Improved Thiocyanate-Selective Electrode Based on Tetra(trimethylphenyl)-porphyrinato Manganese(III) Chloride: The Electronic and pH Effects

  • Seo, Hyung-Ran ;
  • Lee, Hyo-Kyoung ;
  • Jeon, Seung-Won
  • Published : 2004.10.20


The thiocyanate-selective PVC membrane electrodes based on 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-porphyrinatomanganese(III) chloride [Mn(TMP)Cl] and 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(2,6-dichlorophenyl)porphyrinatomanganese(III) chloride $[Mn(Cl_8TPP)Cl]$ as ion carriers were investigated. The effect of ionophores, membrane compositions, plasticizers, and solution pHs on the response characteristics were studied. The Mn(TMP)Cl as an ionophore shows the best potentiometric sensitivity with a slope of -58.7 mV/decade and a detection limit of $log[SCN^-]$ = -6.90, and selectivity for thiocyanate over strong hydrophobic interfering anions such as ${ClO_4}^-$ and salicylate. The potentiometric response is affected by the electronic effect of the substituents and solution pHs. The presence of substituents with electron donating and more liphophilic characters around the ligated metal center produces an improved response toward $SCN^-$.


Ion-selective electrodes;Manganese porphyrins;Potentiometric determination;Polymeric membrane;Thiocyanate ion


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