Development of an Artificial Lipid-Based Membrane Sensor with High Selectivity and Sensitivity to the Bitterness of Drugs and with High Correlation with Sensory Score



This paper reports the development of membrane sensors based on an artificial lipid and plasticizers with high selectivity and sensitivity to drug bitterness by using bis(1-butylpentyl) adipate (BBPA), bis(2-ethylhexyl) sebacate (BEHS), phosphoric acid tris(2-ethylhexyl) ester (PTEH), and tributyl o-acetylcitrate (TBAC) as a plasticizer and phosphoric acid di-n-decyl ester (PADE) as an artificial lipid to optimize surface hydrophobicity of the sensors. In addition, a sensor with highly correlated bitterness sensory score was developed by blending BBPA and TBAC to detect the bitterness suppression effect of sucrose, and other bitter-masking materials. Therefore, this sensor can be used to evaluate the bitterness of various drug formulations with high accuracy. Copyright © 2009 Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.