Microchimica Acta

, 185:1 | Cite as

Metastable α-AgVO3 microrods as peroxidase mimetics for colorimetric determination of H2O2

  • Yi Wang
  • Dun ZhangEmail author
  • Jin Wang
Original Paper


Single phase metastable α-AgVO3 microrods with high crystallinity, tetragonal rod-like microstructure, uniform particle size distribution, and good dispersion were synthesized by direct coprecipitation at room temperature. They are shown to be viable peroxidase mimics that catalyze the oxidation of 3,3′,5,5′-tetramethylbenzidine in the presence of H2O2. Kinetic analysis indicated typical Michaelis–Menten catalytic behavior. The findings were used to design a colorimetric assay for H2O2, best measured at 652 nm. The method has a linear response in the 60 to 200 μM H2O2 concentration range, with a 2 μM detection limit. Benefitting from the chemical stability of the microrods, the method is well reproducible. It also is easily performed and highly specific.
Graphic abstract

Single phase metastable α-AgVO3 microrods with high crystallinity, tetragonal rod-like microstructure, uniform particle size distribution, and good dispersion can efficiently catalyze the oxidation reaction of peroxidase substrate 3,3′,5,5′-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) in the presence of H2O2 to produce a blue color change.


Silver vanadate Metastable phase Coprecipitation XRD SEM Enzyme mimic TMB Hydrogen peroxide Kinetic Colorimetric detection 



This work was supported by Natured Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 41776090 and 41476068), the National Key Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2016YFC1400605), the National Key Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2014CB643304), and AoShan Talent Program Supported by Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology.

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

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Corrosion and Bio-fouling, Institute of OceanologyChinese Academy of SciencesQingdaoChina
  2. 2.Open Studio for Marine Corrosion and ProtectionQingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and TechnologyQingdaoChina
  3. 3.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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