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Potentiometric Sensors for Iodide and Bromide Based on Pt(II)-Porphyrin

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      Pt(II) 5,10,15,20-tetra(4-methoxy-phenyl)-porphyrin (PtTMeOPP) was used in the construction of new ion-selective sensors. The potentiometric response characteristics (slope and selectivity) of iodide and bromide-selective electrodes based on (PtTMeOPP) metalloporphyrin in o-nitrophenyloctylether (NPOE), dioctylphtalate (DOP) and dioctylsebacate (DOS) plasticized poly(vinyl chloride) membranes are compared. The best results were obtained for the membranes plasticized with DOP and NPOE. The sensors have linear responses with near-Nernstian slopes toward bromide and iodide ions and good selectivity. The membrane plasticized with NPOE was electrochemically characterized using the EIS method to determine its water absorption and the diffusion coefficient into the membrane.

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        Porphyrins and related macrocycles have been intensively exploited as sensing materials in chemical sensors, since in these devices they mimic most of their biological functions, such as reversible binding, catalytic activation, and optical changes. Such a magnificent bouquet of properties allows applying porphyrin derivatives to different transducers, ranging from nanogravimetric to optical devices, also enabling the realization of multifunctional chemical sensors, in which multiple transduction mechanisms are applied to the same sensing layer. Potential applications are further expanded through sensor arrays, where cross-selective sensing layers can be applied for the analysis of complex chemical matrices. The possibility of finely tuning the macrocycle properties by synthetic modification of the different components of the porphyrin ring, such as peripheral substituents, molecular skeleton, coordinated metal, allows creating a vast library of porphyrinoid-based sensing layers. From among these, one can select optimal arrays for a particular application. This feature is particularly suitable for sensor array applications, where cross-selective receptors are required. This Review briefly describes chemical sensor principles. The main part of the Review is divided into two sections, describing the porphyrin-based devices devoted to the detection of gaseous or liquid samples, according to the corresponding transduction mechanism. Although most devices are based on porphyrin derivatives, seminal examples of the application of corroles or other porphyrin analogues are evidenced in dedicated sections.
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            [1 ]Faculty of Chemistry, Biology, Geography, West University of Timisoara, 4 V. Parvan Ave, Timisoara 300223, Romania; danavlascici@
            [2 ]Institute of Chemistry Timişoara of Romanian Academy, 24 M. Viteazul Ave, Timisoara 300223, Romania; plesu_nicole@ (N.P.); ancalascu@ (A.L.); mihaelapetric@ (M.P.); mdorosencu@ (M.C.); anca_palade@ (A.B.)
            [3 ]Faculty of Industrial Chemistry and Environmental Engineering, Politehnica University Timisoara, Pta Victoriei 2, Timisoara 300006, Romania; gfagadar@
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