Biotechnology Letters

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 1033–1039

Analysis of ethanol in fermentation samples by a robust nanocomposite-based microbial biosensor

  • Jana Šefčovičová
  • Jaroslav Filip
  • Vladimír Mastihuba
  • Peter Gemeiner
  • Jan Tkac
Original Research Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10529-012-0875-x

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Šefčovičová, J., Filip, J., Mastihuba, V. et al. Biotechnol Lett (2012) 34: 1033. doi:10.1007/s10529-012-0875-x
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Abstract

A robust microbial biosensor was constructed from a bionanocomposite prepared by a direct mixing of bacterial cells of Gluconobacter oxydans and carbon nanotubes with ferricyanide employed as a mediator for enhanced sensitivity of ethanol oxidation. A successful integration of the device into flow injection analysis mode of operation provided a high sensitivity of detection of (74 ± 2.7) μA mM−1 cm−2, a low detection limit of 5 μM and a linear range from 10 μM up to 1 mM. A short response time of the biosensor allowed a sample throughput of 67 h−1 at 0.3 ml min−1. The biosensor exhibited high operational stability with a decrease in the biosensor response of 1.7% during 43 h of continuous operation. The device was used to analyse ethanol in fermentation samples with a good agreement with a HPLC method.

Keywords

Carbon nanotubes Ethanol Gluconobacter oxydans Microbial biosensor 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jana Šefčovičová
    • 1
  • Jaroslav Filip
    • 1
  • Vladimír Mastihuba
    • 1
  • Peter Gemeiner
    • 1
  • Jan Tkac
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Glycobiotechnology, Center for GlycomicsInstitute of Chemistry, Slovak Academy of SciencesBratislavaSlovakia

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