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Calculation of SiliaMetS to Use

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To get an effective metal removal, the amount of SiliaMetS Metal Scavenger used is very important. You can determine by two different ways how much scavenger will be needed;

  • from the residual concentration (more accurate method)
  • from the amount of metal catalyst used (when the residual metal concentration is unknown)

 

From residual metal concentration (ppm)

Knowing the palladium (Pd) level in 800 g of material is 500 ppm, (the oxidation state does not affect the calculation).

Data needed:

  • Loading of the scavenger (SiliaMetS Thiol): 1.2 mmol/g
  • Metal molecular weight: Ex. Pd = 106.42 g/mol
  • Amount of product to be treated containing the Pd: Ex. 800 g
  • Residual concentration of metal: Ex. 500 ppm of Pd

1. Determine the amount of palladium to be scavenged

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2. Calculate the amount of scavenger (SiliaMetS Thiol) to use (1 equivalent)

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To scavenge 400 mg of palladium, 3.13 g of SiliaMetS Thiol is needed if ­using only one equivalent. However, it is highly recommend trying a minimum of 4 equivalents at first. In this case, the amount of SiliaMetS Thiol will be 4 times higher (4 x 3.13 g = 12.40 g).
Sometimes, the metal residual concentration is unknown. In such a case, the amount (g) of palladium to be scavenged can be replaced by the amount of metal catalyst used for the ­reaction:

 

From amount of metal catalyst used

    Data needed:
  • Amount of metal catalyst used: Ex. 10 g of Pd(PPh3)4
  • Metal catalyst molecular weight: Pd(PPh3)4 = 1155.56 g/mol

Determine the amount of palladium to be scavenged

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The amount of SiliaMetS Thiol to be used can then be determined as stated above (see point 2. above). In this particular case, one equivalent of SiliaMetS Thiol ­corresponds to 7.20 g.­