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International Journal of Electrochemistry
Volume 2011, Article ID 643683, 10 pages
Research Article

A Solid Binding Matrix/Mimic Receptor-Based Sensor System for Trace Level Determination of Iron Using Potential Measurements

REQUIMTE, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, Rua Benardino de Almeida 431, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal

Received 14 March 2011; Accepted 2 May 2011

Academic Editor: Vinod Kumar Gupta

Copyright © 2011 Ayman H. Kamel et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Iron(II)-(1,10-phenanthroline) complex imprinted membrane was prepared by ionic imprinting technology. In the first step, Fe(II) established a coordination linkage with 1,10-phenanthroline and functional monomer 2-vinylpyridine (2-VP). Next, the complex was copolymerized with ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as a crosslinker in the presence of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) as an initiator. Potentiometric chemical sensors were designed by dispersing the iron(II)-imprinted polymer particles in 2-nitrophenyloctyl ether (o-NPOE) plasticizer and then embedded in poly vinyl chloride (PVC) matrix. The sensors showed a Nernstian response for [Fe(phen)3]2+ with limit of detection 3.15 ng mL−1 and a Nernstian slope of 35.7 mV per decade.