selectivity coefficient, \(k_{\text{A/B}}\)

in ion exchange chromatography
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The equilibrium @[email protected] obtained by application of the law of mass action to @[email protected] and characterizing quantitatively the ability of an @[email protected] to select one of two ions present in the same solution. The ions involved in the exchange should be specified as subscripts. Examples: Exchange: \[k_{\text{Mg}/\text{Ca}}=\frac{\text{[Mg]}_{\text{S}}/\text{[Ca]}_{\text{S}}}{\text{[Mg]}_{\text{M}}/\text{[Ca]}_{\text{M}}}\] Mg2+Ca2+ Exchange: SO42−Cl \[k_{\text{SO}_{4}/\text{Cl}} = \frac{\text{[}\text{SO}_{4}\text{]}_{\text{S}}/\text{[Cl]}_{\text{S}}^{2}}{\text{[}\text{SO}_{4}\text{]}_{\text{M}}/\text{[Cl]}_{\text{M}}^{2}}\] In the above equations subscript S refers to the @[email protected] ('stationary phase') and M to the external solution ('mobile phase'). For exchanges involving @[email protected] differing in their charges, the numerical value of \(k_{\text{A}/\text{B}}\) depends on the choice of the concentration scales in the @[email protected] and the external solution (@[email protected] scale, molar scale, @[email protected] scale, etc.). Concentration units must be clearly stated for an exchange of ions of differing charges. The corrected @[email protected] @[email protected] (\(k_{\text{A}/\text{B}}^{a}\)) is calculated in a way identical to the @[email protected] @[email protected] except that the concentrations in the external solutions are replaced by activities. This term should not be used as a synonym for @[email protected]
Sources:
PAC, 1993, 65, 2373. (Nomenclature for liquid-liquid distribution (solvent extraction) (IUPAC Recommendations 1993)) on page 2385 [Terms] [Paper]
PAC, 1993, 65, 819. (Nomenclature for chromatography (IUPAC Recommendations 1993)) on page 857 [Terms] [Paper]