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Journal of Automatic Chemistry
Volume 11 (1989), Issue 3, Pages 129-133

Computer-based automation of concentration measurements with ion-selective electrodes

1Dept. Física Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas y Matemáticas, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia 30071, Spain
2Dept. Informática y Automática, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia 30071, Spain

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An integrated computer system consisting of an expandable ionanalyzer and a PC has been used to automate concentration measurements with ion-selective electrodes (ISEs). The ionanalyzer determines ionic concentrations using a reference electrode coupled with an ISE. The measurements and calibrations are carried out in a thermostated sample changer equipped with a flow cell. The data obtained by the ionanalyzer are sent via a standard RS 232-C interface to a microcomputer. In this paper, we describe the automatic data acquisition system and the subsequent processing of the measurements. One program (Transorion) automatically collects the measurements carried out by the ionanalyzer, giving a real-time graphic representation of the measurement on the computer screen. A second program (Graforion) facilitates the management of the data stored by the first program, and listing and graphics of these can be obtained on the printer/plotter. The method has been used to study continuous concentration changes in an aqueous solution of potassium iodide.