Laboratoire de Chimie Analytique Bio-Inorganique et Environnement, Institut des Sciences Analytiques et de Physico-chimie pour l'Environnement et les Matériaux, CNRS-UPPA-UMR-5254, Hélioparc, 2 Avenue du Président Pierre Angot, 64053 Pau, France.
A novel approach is suggested to investigate the mechanisms of chemical complexation reactions based on the results of Fujii with co-workers; they have experimentally observed that several metals and metalloids demonstrate mass-independent isotope fractionation during the reactions with the DC18C6 crown ether using solvent-solvent extraction. In this manuscript, the isotope fractionation caused by the magnetic isotope effect is used to understand the mechanisms of chemical exchange reactions. Due to the rule that reactions are allowed for certain electron spin states, and forbidden for others, magnetic isotopes show chemical anomalies during these reactions. Mass-independent fractionation is suggested to take place due to the hyperfine interaction of the nuclear spin with the electron spin of the intermediate product. Moreover, the sign of the mass-independent fractionation is found to be dependent on the element and its species, which is also explained by the magnetic isotope effect. For example, highly negative mass-independent isotope fractionation of magnetic isotopes was observed for reactions of DC18C6 with SnCl(2) species and with several Ru(III) chloro-species, and highly positive for reactions of this ether with TeCl(6)(2-), and with several Cd(II) and Pd(II) species. The atomic radius of an element is also a critical parameter for the reaction with crown ether, particularly the element ions with [Kr]4d(n)5s(m) electron shell fits the best with the DC18C6 crown ring. It is demonstrated that the magnetic isotope effect in combination with the theory of orbital hybridization can help to understand the mechanism of complexation reactions. The suggested approach is also applied to explain previously published mass-independent fractionation of Hg isotopes in other types of chemical exchange reactions.
"These mechanisms for few reactions are described below in detail based on MIE electron transfer and type of ligands. This is the second paper describing reaction mechanisms using MIE, as the first one described ligand exchange (or complexation) reactions  "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Magnetic isotope effect can cause mass-independent isotope fractionation, which can be used to predict the mechanisms of chemical reactions. In this critical paper, the isotope fractionation caused by magnetic isotope effect is used to understand detailed mechanisms of oxidation-reduction reactions for some previously published experimental data. Due to the rule that reactions are allowed for certain electron spin state, and forbidden for others, magnetic isotopes show chemical anomalies during these reactions due to the hyperfine interaction of the nuclear spin with the electron spin. It is demonstrated that compound or complex in paramagnetic (triplet) state accepts electrons during the reactions of electron transfer. Also, ligand field strength is responsible for the magnitude and the sign of the mass-independent fractionation. From another side, magnetic isotope effect can be used to predict the ligand strength. According to the proposed mechanism, the following parameters are important for the sign and magnitude of mass-independent isotope fractionation caused by magnetic isotope effect (due to predominant either singlet-triplet or triplet-singlet evolution): (i) the arrangement of the ligands around the metal ion; (ii) the nature (strength) of the ligands surrounding the metal ion; (iii) presence/absence of light. The suggested approach is applied to understand Hg reduction by dissolved organic carbon or by Sn(II).
Advances in Physical Chemistry 01/2011; 2011(1687-7985). DOI:10.1155/2011/450325
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Mercury (Hg) is assumed to be predominantly methylated by microorganisms in the environment. However, the mechanisms and extent of abiotic methylation are poorly appreciated. The understanding of the mecha-nisms leading to abiotic methylation and demethylation in the aquatic environment is of special concern since methylmercury (MeHg) biomagnifies in the food web. Bioaccumulating organisms have also been found to preserve specific Hg isotopic signatures that provide direct insight into aquatic Hg transformations. In this study we investigated the influence of chloride on the magnitude of Hg isotope fractionation during abiotic methylation of inorganic Hg (Hg(II)) using methylcobalamin as methyl donor compound. Coupling of gas chromatography with multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry has allowed to determine simultaneously isotopic ratios of inorganic and methyl-Hg species. Kinetic experiments demon-strated that the presence of chloride not only slowed the chemical alkylation of Hg(II) by methylcobalamin, but also decreased the extent of the methylation, which it is especially significant under visible light condi-tions due to the enhancement of MeHg photodecomposition. Abiotic methylation of Hg(II) by methylcobalamin in the presence of chloride caused significant Hg mass-dependent isotope fractionation (MDF) for both Hg(II) substrate (δ 202 Hg(II) from − 0.74‰ to 2.48‰) and produced MeHg (δ 202 MeHg from − 1.44‰ to 0.38‰) both under dark and visible light conditions. The value of this MDF under such saline con-ditions was higher than that previously reported (δ 202 MeHg from − 0.73‰ to 0.09‰) in the absence of chlo-ride and appeared mainly related to inorganic Hg speciation in solution, which is predominantly mercuric chloro-complexes (i.e. HgCl 4 2−). Different isotopic signatures were observed for the different Hg species at the same time of reaction for either dark or visible light (450–650 nm wavelengths) conditions. However, no significant mass-independent fractionation (MIF) was induced under any conditions within the analytical uncertainties (−0.17 ± 0.31 b Δ 201 Hg b 0.17 ± 0.28‰), suggesting that photo-induced demethylation does not always involve MIF. These results also suggest that methylation by methylcobalamin can be an experi-mental model to study Hg isotope fractionation extent during elementary reaction of methyl transfer in biotic systems.
Chemical Geology 01/2013; 336:26. DOI:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.08.029 · 3.52 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The isotopic composition of species-specific atmospheric mercury (Hg) was investigated in the coastal environment of Grand Bay, Mississippi, USA. Atmospheric mercury species (Hg0(g), HgII(g) and Hg(p)) were collected individually, and analyzed for isotopic composition. Gaseous elemental Hg (Hg0(g)) displayed δ202Hg ranging from − 3.88‰ to − 0.33‰. Aerosol Hg (Hg(p)) displayed intermediate δ202Hg ranging from − 1.61‰ to − 0.12‰, while reactive gaseous Hg (HgII(g)) displayed positive δ202Hg ranging from + 0.51‰ to + 1.61‰. Significant positive mass-independent fractionation (MIF) was observed in Hg(p) (∆199Hg = + 0.36‰ to + 1.36‰), while Hg0(g) displayed negative MIF (∆199Hg = − 0.41‰ to − 0.03‰) and HgII(g) displayed intermediate MIF (∆199Hg = − 0.28‰ to 0.18‰). Positive MIF of 199Hg and 201Hg measured in Hg(p) is consistent with significant in-aerosol photoreduction. Significant MIF of 200Hg was observed in all Hg species with Hg0(g) displaying negative ∆200Hg values of − 0.19‰ to − 0.06‰ while HgII(g) and Hg(p) displayed positive ∆200Hg values of + 0.06‰ to + 0.28‰, which are similar to ∆200Hg values reported by Gratz et al. (2010). These results suggest that isotope tracing of each atmospheric Hg species may be feasible during important atmospheric processes such as wet and dry deposition.
Chemical Geology 01/2013; 336:37–49. DOI:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2012.10.007 · 3.52 Impact Factor
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