For my experiment, I want to investigate the effect of differing pH on the solubilities of a sparingly soluble drug. However, the solubility is too low for me to conduct a reliable study on the solubility (0.003 mg/ml in water). In ethanol, the solubility increases to 10 mg/ml. Can I simply add buffer solutions and acids into ethanol to change its pH as I would do with water? Are there alternatives to adjusting the pH of ethanol?
Although pH scale is rather strictly used for aqueous solutions, the concept of pH in organic or non-aqueous solutions is not trivial. It is called apparent pH or operational pH when organic solvents are present. There is a practical problem here as well, do you think your buffers will dissolve in ethanol? Once you figure this out, you can read a section in "pH measurements in Nonaqueous Solvents" by Laitinen & Harris, “Chemical Analysis ─ An Advanced Text and Reference". It is a very useful book.