Date of Award

6-1971

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

Cassidy (1) fully outlines the historical progress of research to 1968 about the carbamate reaction; this paper will simply summarize that effort. It is presently believed that carbon dioxide is transported by the blood in three ways: 1) dissolved CO2 and carbonic acid, 2) bicarbonate ions, and 3) carbamate. Roughton and Rossi-Bernardi (10) have proposed the use of a glycylglycine and CO2 model for the carbamate reaction. Instead of the barium precipitate method, they have used a pH and pCO2 electrode system to measure the uptake of CO2. Since the dissolved CO2 and HCO3 can be calculated from the pCO2 and pH measurements using the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation, the original CO2 concentration only need be known to calculate the amount of carbamate formed.

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