Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 390, Issue 3, pp 971–977 | Cite as

An amperometric hydrogen peroxide biosensor based on immobilization of horseradish peroxidase on an electrode modified with magnetic dextran microspheres

  • Hai-Li Zhang
  • Guo-Song Lai
  • De-Yan Han
  • Ai-Min Yu
Original Paper


A new kind of magnetic dextran microsphere (MDMS) with uniform shape and narrow diameter distribution has been prepared from magnetic iron nanoparticles and dextran. Horseradish peroxidase (HRP) was successfully immobilized on the surface of an MDMS-modified glassy-carbon electrode (GCE), and the immobilized HRP displayed excellent electrocatalytic activity in the reduction of H2O2 in the presence of the mediator hydroquinone (HQ). The effects of experimental variables such as the concentration of HQ, solution pH, and the working potential were investigated for optimum analytical performance. This biosensor had a fast response to H2O2 of less than 10 s and an excellent linear relationship was obtained in the concentration range 0.20 μmol L−1–0.68 mmol L−1, with a detection limit of 0.078 μmol L−1 (S/N = 3) under the optimum conditions. The response showed Michaelis–Menten behavior at larger H2O2 concentrations, and the apparent Michaelis–Menten constant \( K^{{app}}_{M} \) was estimated to be 1.38 mmol L−1. Moreover, the selectivity, stability, and reproducibility of the biosensor were evaluated, with satisfactory results.


Amperometric response of the biosensor to successive additions of H2O2 and the plot of amperometric response vs. H2O2 concentration


Horseradish peroxidase Hydrogen peroxide Magnetic microspheres Biosensor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hai-Li Zhang
    • 1
  • Guo-Song Lai
    • 1
  • De-Yan Han
    • 1
  • Ai-Min Yu
    • 2
  1. 1.Hubei Key Laboratory of Bioanalytical Technique, Department of Chemistry and Environmental EngineeringHubei Normal UniversityHuangshiChina
  2. 2.School of Chemical and Mathematical SciencesMurdoch UniversityMurdochAustralia

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