Date of Award

6-1960

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

Ethylenediaminetetracetic acid, known commonly as EDTA and commercially as Versene, Trilon B, Sequestrene, and Complexone II, III, and IV; was first produced in 1936 by the I.G. Farbenindustrie. EDTA reacts chemically as a ligand. That is, it forms a complex by occupying two or more coordination prositions of the atom it reacts with. The resulting complex is called a chelate, which stems from the Greek word for clas. EDTA acts as a sequestering agent by forming stable, water-soluble chelates with metal ions.

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