Metal affinity liquid membrane. II. Facilitated transport of tryptophan

Juan Antonio Calzado, Cristina Palet, Jan Åke Jonsson, Manuel Valiente

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A new supported liquid membrane system based on a palladium carrier (trans-benzylchloride bis-triphenylfosfine palladium(II) (BPP-Pd (II))) for the transport and pre-concentration of amino acids has been characterised. The amino acid tryptophan (Trp) has been used as a target for the membrane transport. The affinity of the anionic form of Trp for the metallic centre (Pd(II)) is the power that maintains the extraction of the amino acids. The lower pH in the receiving phase changes the speciation of the amino acid leading to its release in the receiving phase. Various parameters that characterise the Trp transport by this liquid membrane have been studied, i.e. carrier concentration, stripping agent, concentration of the stripping agent, pH in the donor phase and pre-concentration time. A valuable pre-concentration factor of 45 was achieved with an initial Trp concentration of 0.1mM at pH 9 of the donor solution and after 40h of running the transport experiment. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-167
JournalAnalytica Chimica Acta
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2000


  • Amino acid
  • Liquid membrane
  • Pd(II)
  • Trans-benzylchloride bis-triphenylfosfine palladium(II)
  • Trp


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