Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Abstract Using PVC polymer as membrane matrix and di-n-octylphenyl phosphate (DOPP) as plasticizer, a piezoelectric crystal sensor (PCS) array with 12 adsorptive materials selected from 68 compounds by cluster analysis has been constructed as a perfume odour-sensing system. The frequency shift data obtained from the sensor array responding to four commercial perfume odours are first autoscaled and then treated by principal component analysis. The experimental results show that the plasticized PVC membrane PCS array provides improved performance of pattern recognition compared with the single adsorptive coating PCS array. The frequency shift response characteristics of these sensors have been investigated experimentally. The proposed sensor array has also been applied to the classification of commercial spirituous liquor, wine and soft drink samples, as well as aliphatic alcohol homologues and isomers.
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