Recently the UnipHied consortium published a new article – Symmetric Potentiometric Cells for the Measurement of Unified pH Values. Symmetry 2020, 12, 1150, where we compared the performance of different cells and instruments used to measure acidities on the unified pH scale (pHabs). The advantage of the unified pH scale is that it enables expressing the acidities of any systems – non-aqueous, solutions, colloidal systems, etc – via pHabsH2O values, which are directly comparable to the conventional pH values of the aqueous pH scale.
This is the first time unified acidities have been measured outside of our group. Nine partners from Europe – national metrology institutes and universities – have set up systems to measure pHabs and validated them with standard aqueous buffers.
The results show that the method is robust and does not depend on the cell nor the instrument (pH meter, potentiostat, or electrometer). The inherent symmetry of the cell design helps to reduce the experimental workload and improve the accuracy of the obtained results.
The UnipHied project is funded from the EMPIR programme (project 17FUN09) co-financed by the Participating States and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.