Microchimica Acta

, Volume 183, Issue 8, pp 2431–2439 | Cite as

A comparative study of carbon nanotube supported MFe2O4 spinels (M = Fe, Co, Mn) for amperometric determination of H2O2 at neutral pH values

  • Xiang Zhu
  • Hongli ZhaoEmail author
  • Xiangheng Niu
  • Tingting Liu
  • Libo Shi
  • Minbo LanEmail author
Original Paper


Three ferrites of type MFe2O4 (where M is bivalent Fe, Co or Mn) dispersed on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) were prepared by a coprecipitation method. Their electrocatalytic properties toward the reduction of H2O2 at pH 7.4 were systematically compared. Catalytic reduction rates at an applied potential of −0.4 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) and pseudo Michaelis-Menten constants show the electrocatalytic ability to follows the order Fe3O4 > CoFe2O4 > MnFe2O4. This diversity is attributed to the differences in the M(II) used and its occupancy on the lattice surface. The sensitivities are 120.98 ± 0.15, 48.45 ± 0.23 and 32.25 ± 0.27 μA cm−2 mM−1, and the limits of detection are 0.98, 2.59 and 5.64 μM of H2O2 (at an S/N ratio of 3).

Graphical abstract

The activity diversity of MFe2O4 originates from the differences of the M(II) substitution and its occupancy on the lattice surface. Moreover, a process of electrochemical sensing of H2O2 is illustrated.


Ferrospinels Peroxidase mimetic Catalysis Screen-printed carbon electrodes Electrochemical reduction Chronoamperometry X–ray photoelectron spectrometer 



This research was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC, no. 21305044), and the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality (STCSM, no. 13510710900).

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The author(s) declare that they have no competing interests

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shanghai Key Laboratory of Functional Materials ChemistryEast China University of Science and TechnologyShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Institute of Green Chemistry and Chemical TechnologyJiangsu UniversityZhenjiangPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor EngineeringEast China University of Science and TechnologyShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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