Nevin Manimala Statistics

Robust Approach to Estimating the Stoichiometric Ratio of Supramolecular Complexes Using the Volume of Cross-Peaks in 2D Asynchronous Spectra and the Jonckheere-Terpstra Test

Anal Chem. 2022 Nov 4. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.2c02332. Online ahead of print.


Estimation of the stoichiometric ratio of a supramolecular aggregate formed by different compounds is very important in elucidating the structure and function of the aggregate. Many spectroscopic methods used to estimate the stoichiometric ratios of coordination complexes become invalid when characteristic peaks of the aggregate overlap with peaks of compounds that form the aggregate. Previously, we combined the asynchronous orthogonal sample design with Job’s method to address the abovementioned problem. However, the interference of noise may lead to incorrect results. Herein, a new method has been developed. In the generation of corresponding Job’s curve, the intensity of a cross peak at a single apex is replaced by the volume of the cross peak. Since most noise is canceled in the calculation of the volume of the cross peak, resultant Job’s curve is robust to noise. Moreover, the Jonckheere-Terpstra statistical test, a famous nonparametric method to detect whether the data has an upward or downward trend, could further reduce the risk of yielding incorrect results caused by noise. We have applied this approach to two real-world examples (resveratrol/β-Cyclodextrin (β-CD) and N, N-diethyl-N‘-benzoylthiourea (DEBT)/Cu2+) with satisfactory results. The method described in this paper provides a robust way to measure the stoichiometric ratio in supramolecular systems.

PMID:36332132 | DOI:10.1021/acs.analchem.2c02332

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