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Sensors 2018, 18(1), 40; doi:10.3390/s18010040

Quantitative Determination of Spring Water Quality Parameters via Electronic Tongue

Instituto Interuniversitario de Investigación de Reconocimiento Molecular y Desarrollo Tecnológico (IDM), Unidad Mixta Universitat Politècnica de València-Universitat de València, Camí de Vera s/N, 46022 Valencia, Spain
Sociedad de Fomento Agrícola Castellonense (FACSA), C/Mayor 82-84, 12001 Castellón, Spain
Departamento de Ingeniería Electrónica, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería del Diseño, Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Camino de Vera s/N, 46022 Valencia, Spain
Departamento de Química, Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Camino de Vera s/N, 46022 Valencia, Spain
CIBER de Bioingeniería, Biomateriales y Nanomedicina (CIBER-BNN), Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Spain
Unidad Mixta de Investigación en Nanomedicina y Sensores, Universitat Politècnica de València, IIS La Fe, 46026 Valencia, Spain
Unidad Mixta UPV-CIPF de Investigación en Mecanismos de Enfermedades y Nanomedicina, Universitat Politècnica de València, Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Received: 29 September 2017 / Revised: 18 December 2017 / Accepted: 22 December 2017 / Published: 25 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Electronic Tongues and Electronic Noses)
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The use of a voltammetric electronic tongue for the quantitative analysis of quality parameters in spring water is proposed here. The electronic voltammetric tongue consisted of a set of four noble electrodes (iridium, rhodium, platinum, and gold) housed inside a stainless steel cylinder. These noble metals have a high durability and are not demanding for maintenance, features required for the development of future automated equipment. A pulse voltammetry study was conducted in 83 spring water samples to determine concentrations of nitrate (range: 6.9–115 mg/L), sulfate (32–472 mg/L), fluoride (0.08–0.26 mg/L), chloride (17–190 mg/L), and sodium (11–94 mg/L) as well as pH (7.3–7.8). These parameters were also determined by routine analytical methods in spring water samples. A partial least squares (PLS) analysis was run to obtain a model to predict these parameter. Orthogonal signal correction (OSC) was applied in the preprocessing step. Calibration (67%) and validation (33%) sets were selected randomly. The electronic tongue showed good predictive power to determine the concentrations of nitrate, sulfate, chloride, and sodium as well as pH and displayed a lower R2 and slope in the validation set for fluoride. Nitrate and fluoride concentrations were estimated with errors lower than 15%, whereas chloride, sulfate, and sodium concentrations as well as pH were estimated with errors below 10%. View Full-Text
Keywords: spring water; electronic voltammetric tongue; water quality control; partial least squares spring water; electronic voltammetric tongue; water quality control; partial least squares

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Carbó, N.; López Carrero, J.; Garcia-Castillo, F.J.; Tormos, I.; Olivas, E.; Folch, E.; Alcañiz Fillol, M.; Soto, J.; Martínez-Máñez, R.; Martínez-Bisbal, M.C. Quantitative Determination of Spring Water Quality Parameters via Electronic Tongue. Sensors 2018, 18, 40.

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