Journal of agricultural and food chemistry

Inclusion complex of butachlor with beta-cyclodextrin: characterization, solubility, and speciation-dependent adsorption.

PMID 19624132


Due to soil adsorption, higher amounts of the herbicide butachlor are necessary to achieve its herbicidal activity, hence increasing its environmental risks. In this study, the effects of beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) on solubility and soil adsorption of butachlor were investigated. Formation of a 1:1 stoichiometric inclusion complex between them with an apparent stability constant of 443 L mol(-1) was confirmed in the solution. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy showed that the (N-CO) amide bond and alkyl ether moiety of butachlor molecule could enter into the cavity of beta-CD, but the double-substituted aromatic ring was excluded because it was larger size than the cavity. Significant enhancing dissolution of butachlor in the inclusion complex occurred in comparison to the free herbicide. The adsorption of butachlor on soil was reduced with an increase of beta-CD concentration because of the formation of the inclusion complex with low adsorption potency. Although the sorption distribution coefficient of complexed butachlor (i.e., butachlor/beta-cyclodextrin inclusion complex) (K(d,c) = 6.14) was about 14% of that of the free herbicide (K(d,f) = 44.54), the proportion of the adsorbed amount of complexed butachlor to the total adsorbed amount rose with the increase of beta-CD concentration. Thus, the adsorption of inclusion complex cannot be neglected in the presence of high concentrations cyclodextrins, although its water solubility was much higher than that of the free herbicide. These results indicate that beta-CD may be used as a formation additive to improve the solubility of butachlor, reduce its adsorption on soil, and increase the availability of butachlor for weeds.

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