, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 1033-1039
Date: 19 Feb 2012

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

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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.