Diagnostic of functionality of polymermembrane–based ion selective electrodes by impedance spectroscopy

A. Radu, S. Anastasova, B. Paczosa-Bator, J. Bobacka, A. Lewenstam, D. Diamond

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Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) is a powerful tool for the analysis of various electrochemical systems because it allows the separation and characterization of individual kinetic processes. In this paper we investigate whether changes in the EIS characteristics can be used to distinguish between solid-state ISEmembrane that have been subjected to physical damage, biofouling or leaching of active components. We conclude that with these relatively simple electronic measurements, we can effectively evaluate the functionality of the ISEmembrane; i.e. we can predict whether the sensors are fully functional, in need for calibration or are completely non-functional. We believe this could form the basis of a simple but effective diagnostic tool for probing the condition of remotely deployed ISEs in widely distributed chemo-sensor networks (e.g. for environmental monitoring) and for enhancing the reliability of these devices. Our ultimate goal is to implement such tools in place of conventional approaches to ISE testing like calibration with standard solutions, which require the integration of complex and costly fluidics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1490-1498
Number of pages9
JournalAnalytical Methods
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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