Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 22(10), 1333 (2006).

A PVC Plasticized Sensor for Ni(II) Ion Based on a Simple Ethylenediamine Derivative
Krishnapillai Girish KUMAR, Remalakshmy PODUVAL, Pearl AUGUSTINE, Sareena JOHN, and Beena SARASWATHYAMMA
Department of Applied Chemistry, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi-682 022, India
A new PVC membrane ion selective electrode which is highly selective towards Ni(II) ions was constructed using a Schiff base containing a binaphthyl moiety as the ionophore. The sensor exhibited a good Nernstian response for nickel ions over the concentration range 1.0 × 10-1 - 5.0 × 10-6 M with a lower limit of detection of 1.3 × 10-6 M. It has a fast response time and can be used for a period of 4 months with a good reproducibility. The sensor is suitable for use in aqueous solutions in a wide pH range of 3.6 - 7.4 and works satisfactorily in the presence of 25% (v/v) methanol or ethanol. The sensor shows high selectivity to nickel ions over a wide variety of cations. It has been successfully used as an indicator electrode in the potentiometric titration of nickel ions against EDTA and also for the direct determination of nickel content in real samples: effluent samples, chocolates and hydrogenated oils.