Aim: A novel all solid-state contact PVC-membrane beryllium-selective electrode based on
4-hydroxybenzo-15-crown-5 ether as an ionophore is described.
Results: The best performance was obtained with a membrane composition of 4% ionophore, 67% dioctyl
sebacate (DOS), 28% poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC), and 1% potassium tetrakis (p-chloro)phenylborate
(KTClPB) (w/w). The all solid-state contact PVCmembrane beryllium-selective electrode together with
an Ag/AgCl reference electrode exhibited sub-Nernstian response with a slope of 22±1 mV/decade to
beryllium ions from 1.0x10-6 to 1.0x10-1 M, and resulted a considerably low detection limit of
6.2x10 7. The electrode had a good performance in selectivity over a wide range of interfering cations
tested. It showed a working pH range between 4.0-8.2 with fast response time (<10 s) and a good reproducibility.
Conclusion: The all solid-state contact PVC-membrane beryllium-selective electrode developed was
successfully applied in potentiometric titration of Be2+ ions with EDTA.
Keywords: Beryllium-selective electrode, 4-hydroxybenzo-15-crown-5 ether, potentiometry, PVC membrane, ionophore,
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