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Sensors 2002, 2(8), 339-346; doi:10.3390/s20800339
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A Hydrogen Ion-Selective Sensor Based on Non-Plasticised Methacrylic-acrylic Membranes

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School of Chemical Sciences & Food Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
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Received: 27 June 2002 / Accepted: 30 June 2002 / Published: 22 August 2002
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Abstract

A methacrylic-acrylic polymer was synthesised for use as a non-plasticised membrane for hydrogen ion-selective sensor incorporating tridodecylamine as an ionophore. The copolymer consisted of methyl methacrylate and n-butyl acrylate monomers in a ratio of 2:8. Characterisation of the copolymer using FTNMR demonstrated that the amount of each monomer incorporated during solution polymerisation was found to be similar to the amount used in the feed before polymerisation. The glass transition temperature of the copolymer determined by differential scanning calorimetry was -30.9 ºC. Potentiometric measurements conducted showed a linear pH response range of 4.3 – 9.6 with the response slope of 56.7 mV/decade. The selectivity of the sensors towards hydrogen ions was similar to other plasticiser based membrane electrodes and the logarithmic selectivity coefficients for discrimination against interference cations is close to –9.7. However, the incorporation of a lipophilic anion as membrane additive is essential in ensuring optimum performance of the hydrogen ion sensor.
Keywords: Hydrogen ion sensor; Methacrylic-acrylic membrane; Lipophilic anion; Nonplasticised Hydrogen ion sensor; Methacrylic-acrylic membrane; Lipophilic anion; Nonplasticised
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Heng, L.V.; Chern, L.H.; Ahmad, M. A Hydrogen Ion-Selective Sensor Based on Non-Plasticised Methacrylic-acrylic Membranes. Sensors 2002, 2, 339-346.

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