Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 125, Issue 2, pp 255–263 | Cite as

Effect of gamma radiation on folic acid and its cobalt complex solutions

  • M. M. El-Dessouky
  • B. M. Abd-Elwahab
  • S. A. Turk


Gamma-radiolysis of folic acid and its cobalt complex were studied in aqueous solutions at doses ranged from 2 to 10 krad and from 2 to 10 Mrad using60Co source. The variations in their spectra of IR, UV, and visible due to their radiolysis were shown. Also the change in pH after radiolysis was determined. The results showed that decomposition of folic acid by gamma-radiation occurred without variation of pH. Fine measurements of pH for irradiated CoCl2 and cobalt-folic acid complex solutions can be utilized for dose determination in the studied range of 2–10 Mrad. IR spectra showed that addition of cobalt chloride to folic acid decreased its decomposition by gamma-radiation. This result proved the importance of addition of cobalt chloride in keeping foodstuffs, which contain folic acid, by irradiation. The mechanism for the effect of radiation on cobalt chloride and cobalt-folic acid complex was discussed.


Radiation Chloride Physical Chemistry Aqueous Solution Cobalt 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. M. El-Dessouky
    • 1
  • B. M. Abd-Elwahab
    • 2
  • S. A. Turk
    • 3
  1. 1.Military Technical College, Kobry El-KobbahCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Faculty of AgricultureAin-Shams UniversityCairoEgypt
  3. 3.Faculty of AgricultureEl-Minia UniversityEl-MiniaEgypt

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