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Quantum chemical calculations for the norbadione A complexes with Cs$$^+$$, K$$^+$$, and Na$$^+$$ in gas and aqueous phases

Suno, Hiroya; Machida, Masahiko

We perform quantum chemical calculations for the Cs$$^+$$, K$$^+$$, and Na$$^+$$ complexes of norbadione A (NBA), a pigment molecule in mushrooms known to accumulate Cs$$^+$$. A numerical two-step approach, by Ota $textit{et al.}$, is employed to examine its alkali-metal-cation complexation selectivity in aqueous solutions. Applying it to the neutral, di- and tetra-deprotonated NBAs, we confirm that the complexation selectivity on Cs$$^+$$ emerges only in high pHs, in which the di-protonated NBA dominates, in agreement with experimental results. This is the first demonstration of the approach for a biological molecule whose selectivity is known to be anomalous.

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