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Multi-Wavelength Fluorescence-Quenching Model for Determination of Cu2+ Conditional Stability Constants and Ligand Concentrations of Fulvic Acid

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Abstract:

In this work, a multi-wavelength model (MWM) is developed. It uses fluorescence bands in the fulvic acid (FA) spectrum that quench upon binding of inorganic Cu2+ to FA. Quenching data at pH values of 5, 6, and 7 are placed in sets, containing fluorescence measures at select wavelengths versus added copper (C M). Intensity data of wavelength set 1 are obtained from 25 nm constant offset synchronous fluorescence spectra (SyF), in which are observed distinct peaks (λex = 415 nm, λem = 440 nm; and λex = 471 nm, λem = 496 nm). Wavelength set 2 intensity data are obtained from the FA fluorescence excitation and emission maxima (λex = 335 nm, λem = 450 nm; and λex = 471 nm, λem = 496 nm). Application of MWM shows that the multi-wavelength data sets characterize ligands of different binding strength (log K x) and concentration (C Lx). Corresponding to pH values of 5, 6, and 7, mean and standard deviation values for wavelength set 1 are log K 415/440 = 4.66 (0.12), 5.03 (0.12), and 5.05 (0.08), log K 471/496 = 4.93 (0.06), 5.27 (0.11), and 5.39 (0.09), C 415/440 = 3.1 (1.5), 10.9 (4.5), and 7.9 (3.9) μM, C 471/496 = 14.3 (3.0), 1.7 (0.6), and 1.4 (0.5) μM. And for wavelength set 2, log K 335/450 = 4.50 (0.03), 4.96 (0.27), and 5.22 (0.08), log K 471/496 = 5.02 (0.04), 5.42 (0.32), and 5.71 (0.09), C 335/450 = 8.8 (0.5), 21.9 (7.9), and 18.7 (0.3) μM, C 471/496 = 21.0 (2.5), 7.17 (1.2), and 7.09 (0.3) μM. The ability of the 415/440 nm SyF transect to characterize the main excitation and emission maximum of FA at 335/440 nm is evaluated. Relatively low concentration values returned by the model for this transect (415/440 nm) suggest that it is not entirely illustrative of the maximum. The model predictive capability is verified at pH 6 with two fluorescing Cu2+ chelating organic compounds, L-tyrosine and salicylic acid. This test confirms that the model is capable of providing good estimates of equilibrium binding parameters from multi-wavelength measurements of a mixed ligand system.

Keywords: CONDITIONAL STABILITY CONSTANTS; CU II; FLUORESCENCE QUENCHING; FULVIC ACIDS; MULTI-WAVELENGTH MODEL

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1366/00037020360626005

Affiliations: United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711

Publication date: April 1, 2003

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