Elucidation of Response Mechanism of a Potentiometric Sweetness Sensor with a Lipid/Polymer Membrane for Uncharged Sweeteners

Zihong Ye, Tianci Ai, Xiao Wu, Takeshi Onodera, Hidekazu Ikezaki, Kiyoshi Toko

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Abstract

Nowadays, the utilization of a taste sensor with lipid/polymer membranes is one of the most accurate and objective ways to evaluate the tastes of solutions. However, it has been difficult to evaluate uncharged sweet substances, such as sucrose, because the conventional taste sensor uses the potentiometric measurement, which is mainly based on changes in the surface electric charge density of the membrane. Previous studies have reported that a sweetness sensor called GL1 can evaluate the sweetness of sugars and sugar alcohols, and is commercially available for food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. However, the response mechanism of GL1 has not been fully elucidated. In this study, we focus on clarifying the effect of concentrations and types of metal ions in the conditioning solution on the response mechanism of the sweetness sensor GL1. Moreover, according to the different concentrations and types of metal ions in conditioning solutions, the complex formation and the hydrated radius were considered to influence the membrane potential measured in a reference solution and the sensor responses. The purpose of this study is to elucidate the response mechanism and improve the selectivity and sensitivity of the sweetness sensor.

Original languageEnglish
Article number166
JournalChemosensors
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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