Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemical Engineering - (M.S.)


Chemical Engineering and Chemistry

First Advisor

David S. Kristol

Second Advisor

Richard Clyde Parker

Third Advisor

Robert G. Poetz


The reactions of p-nitrophenylacetate with L-lysine hydrochloride and poly-L-lysine hydrobromide as a function of pH were investigated.

The results indicate that both compounds react with the substrate in the pH range 7.0-10.0 with an apparent optimum pH in the region near 9.65.

Poly-L-lysine reacts more rapidly over the entire pH range investigated than does L-lysine.



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