Answer to Question #133405 in Inorganic Chemistry for Darius

Question #133405
Six litres of 0.4M 3-(N-morpholino) propane sulfonic acid (MOPS) buffer of pH 7.8 are required. Available in the laboratory are 10M HCl and 10M NaOH and the zwitterionic form of MOPS (M.Wt = 210.3). The pKa for the MOPS zwitter ion is 7.2. Describe, showing the relevant calculations, the procedure for preparing the buffer . If 10ml of 10M HCl was added to 1 litre of the above buffer (question 9) what would be the resulting pH?
What would be the resulting pH if 10ml of 10M HCl were added to 1 litre of pure water?
Expert's answer

The following formula is used to calculate the pH of the given buffer

"pH=pK_a +lg(\\dfrac{C_{BA}}{C_{HA}})"


Rearranging the formula



The concentration of the buffer solution is "= 0.4M"


The concentration of MOPS and Na-salt required can be now evaluated

"3.98C_{HA}+C_{HA}=0.4\\newline C_{HA}=\\dfrac{0.4}{3.98+1}=0.08M"


Calculate the number of moles of HA and BA


"n(HA)=C_{HA}*V_{solution}\\newline 0.08*6=0.48mol"

The total number of moles of the solution is


Mass of MOPS="2.4*210.3=504.7g"

Volume of NaOH=1.92/10=0.192 L

Mix 504.7 g of MOPS with 0.192 L of 10M NaOH solution

"C_7H_{15}NO_4S\\ +NaOH\\ =C_7H_{14}NO_4SNa\\ +H_2O"

In a flask, dissolve this mixture with distilled water up to 6L after the reaction is complete



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