Responses of Monolayer Membrances of Thiol-Containing Lipids to Odor Substances

Yoshio Miyazaki, Kenshi Hayashi, Kiyoshi Toko, Kaoru Yamafuji Nakashima

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It is known that thiol-containing compounds form monolayer membranes on a gold surface via chemisorption from organic solvents in terms of a strong connection ability between thiol and the metal. Here we prepared different kinds of thiol-containing lipids and fabricated monolayer membranes on the gold disk electrode whose surface structures were similar to biological membranes. Responses of this lipid-coated electrode to odor substances were examined by an electrochemical method of a cyclic voltammetry. Blocking ability for the redox reaction of Fe(CN)6 3− was found to change upon adsorption of odor substances into monolayer membranes. The order of threshold values to detect the odorants was β-iononeβ-citralβchloroform≦n-amyl acetate; this order was the same as that in the human olfactory sense. The present study indicates that the monolayer membrane of thiol-containing lipids can be useful as a transducer of an odor sensor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1555-1560
Number of pages6
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 1992

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  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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