Chelating Agents

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CHELATING AGENTS

Chelating agents are the organic compounds which form multiple bonds with single metal ion. The compound thus formed by a chelating agent and a metal ion is called a Chelate. (5)

These chelating agents are also called ligands, chelants, chelators or sequestering agents. (1)

  • It forms stable ring structures with metal ions.(6)
  • It is used to reduce the metal ions concentration in solution.(6)

In chelate the chelating agent is an electron pair donor and metal is electron pair acceptor.Thus the bonding between them is a coordinate covalent bond. (5)

Based on the capability of ligand to donate no of pair of electrons they are classified as:

  • Monodentate:contain one donor electron
  • Bidentate: contain two donor electrons. And so on. Examples :( 2)

1) Most commonly used chelating agent is EDTA i.e. Ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid. EDTA has wide uses:

  • Anticoagulant
  • Antidote for lead poisoning
  • For separation of rare earth elements from each other.
  • For enhancing cleaning power of detergents and soaps

2) Ethylene diamine is also a versatile chelating agent.

3) Other important chelating agent found in biological system is porphine.It form complex with iron to form heme group.

4) Dimercaprol: chelating agent for heavy metals like arsenic, mercury, gold and antimony.

Applications :( 1), (3)

  • Chelating agents like Histidine,malate and phytochelatin are found in plants
  • Chemical weathering is due to chelating agents.
  • Used in chemical analysis as water softeners.
  • Chelating agents are used to detoxify various metal poisons like mercury, arsenic, lead etc.
  • EDTA is used in root canal treatment
  • Gadolinium complexes are used as contrast agents in MRI scans.
  • Used in photography, in chemical plating, in electroplating, in textile dyeing, as additives in plastics and in food and paper industry.

This blog do not contain any plagiarized matter

REFERENCES:

1) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelation -

2) scifun.chem.wisc.edu/chemweek/chelates/chelates.html

3) chemicalland21.com/specialtychem/.../chelating%20agents.htm

4) www.wisegeek.com/what-are-chelating-agents.htm

5) www.westerhuis-restauratie.nl/pdf/chelating-agents.pdf

6) medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/chelating+agent

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Gangadhar Hari's picture

Good work Navya keep it up. Can you give me the potential adverse effects associated with use of chelating agents??
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NICE BLOG PROVIDED WITH RELEVANT AND GOOD INFORMATION. WITH REGARDS ANKUR SOOD TEAM- GLORY

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