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Low impedance pH sensitive electrochemical devices that are potentially applicable to transcutaneous PCO2 measurements.


Two cases of low impedance, non-glass membrane electrodes for pH measurement were evaluated: (I) Metal--metal oxide electrodes and (II) Reduction-oxidation electrodes. The fundamental cause of oxygen sensitivity of metal-metal oxide electrodes were examined and three approaches for its suppression were proposed. For the case of Sb--Sb2Ox electordes, oxygen sensitivity can be attenuated partially by cell loading, either directly across the reference electrode or indirectly across a third slave electrode. In a PO2 range of 8--54 kPa, more than 95% of the PO2 response can be suppressed by loading the cell emf to half of tis open-circuit value. The oxygen sensitivity also was observed to diminished by grinding the metal-metal oxide and pressing it under high pressure into a pellet electrode. Other metal-metal oxide electrodes that have promise in transcutaneous measurement are the Pd-PdO2 electrodes. The redox electrodes are typified by the Quinhydrone electrode. A membrane Quinhydrome electrode showed a sensitivity of 56 mV/Decade at 37 degree C and no oxygen sensitivity up to 50 kPa and a drift of 1 mV/h over a 24-h period. However, the stability deteriorated over a long-term period.

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