Volume : Volume 3, issue 2, 2020

Article Type : http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3938876

Research Article :Mercury Catalyzed the Hydrolysis of Quinalphos

Authors : Abdelhamid Esbata*, Erwin Buncel, Gary VanLoon

Authors Affiliations : * Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Misurata University, Misurata, Libya


Abstract : Hydrolysis of the organophosphorothioate compound, quinalphos (Q, O,O-diethyl O-quinoxaline-2-yl phosphorothioate) in the presence of Hg2+ was investigated at 25oC and pH 4.0, 7.0 and 10.0 using HPLC with UV detection. The hydrolysis products were 2-hydroxyquinoxaline (HQ) and O,O-diethyl phosphorothioic acid (PA). The kinetic results show clearly that mercury ion catalyzed the hydrolysis of Q, as the catalytic rate increased by presence of Hg2+. The maximum kobs was observed at the lowest pH value (pH 4.0). In the second part of this work, Electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) technique was used to study how Hg2+ coordinates the substrate (Q) in ways that accelerate hydrolysis. [(PA)2 + Na + Hg]+ complex was formed; this indicates that the binding takes place between Hg2+ and the S atom.

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