Potentiometric sensing of heavy metal ions using a novel zeolite Y membrane

S. Senthilkumar, Andrew J. King, Stuart M. Holmes, Robert A W Dryfe, R. Saraswathi

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    The application of zeolite Y membranes to the potentiometric sensing of heavy metal ions is described. Membranes are prepared from a pressed disk of zeolite Y, treated using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) as a silica source. The resulting silica-zeolite Y composite membranes are characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, MAS NMR and their potentiometric response to cations with a diameter greater than the zeolite Y pore. The initial response to cadmium (Cd2+) and lead (Pb2+) ions obeys the Nernst equation, including appropriate corrections for non-ideality, although the responses decay over a time-scale of several hours for higher concentration ratios. © 2006 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2297-2304
    Number of pages7
    Issue number23
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


    • Heavy metal ions
    • Intercrystalline
    • Potentiometry
    • Sensor
    • Zeolite membrane


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