Strontium(II) sensor based on a modified calix[6]arene in PVC matrix

Anal Sci. 2005 Mar;21(3):293-6. doi: 10.2116/analsci.21.293.


5,11,17,23,29,35-Hexakis(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)-37,38,39,40,41,42-hexakis(carboxy methoxy)calix[6]arene (I) has been evaluated as an ionophore for the analysis of Sr2+. The influences of the nature of the plasticizers (DBA, CN, DOP, NPOE) and of the anion excluder (NaTPB) on the characteristics of the electrode were discussed. The best electrode was fabricated with a membrane having composition 6:150:170:3 (I:PVC:DBA:NaTPB). The response to Sr2+ was Nernstian in the range 1.9 x 10(-5) to 1.0 x 10(-1) M of Sr2+. The influence of pH has also been studied. The electrode exhibited better potential stability and had an operational lifetime of 4 months. The K(A,B)(Pot) values showed that other alkaline earth metal ions are well discriminated. The sensor has also been used as an indicator electrode in the potentiometric titration of sodium carbonate with strontium(II) ions.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Calixarenes / chemistry*
  • Electrodes
  • Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
  • Molecular Structure
  • Polyvinyl Chloride / chemistry*
  • Potentiometry
  • Strontium / chemistry*
  • Titrimetry


  • 5,11,17,23,29,35-hexakis(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)-37,38,39,40,41,42-hexakis(carboxy methoxy)calix(6)arene
  • Calixarenes
  • Polyvinyl Chloride
  • Strontium