Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1983, 48, 1552-1557

Hydrolysis of ethylenediphosphinetetraacetate anions

Jana Podlahová and Jaroslav Podlaha

Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Charles University, 128 40 Prague 2


The anions of ethylenediphosphinetetraacetic acid are hydrolyzed in aqueous solutions at 80 °C in the two following reactions: ((OOCCH2)2PCH2CH2P(CH2COO)2)4- → (OOCCH2(O)HPCH2CH2PH(O)CH2COO)2- → (O(O)HPCH2CH2PH(O)O)2-. Both reactions are acid and base catalyzed so that, at pH < 12, the first reaction is much faster than the second. The reaction course was studied by 1H NMR spectroscopy and by isolation and characterization of the products. The effect of both reactions on the stability of solutions of ethylenediphosphinetetraacetic acid and their salts is negligible at laboratory temperature.