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A photosynthetic biosensor with enhanced electron transfer generation realized by laser printing technology

Abstract

One of the limits of current electrochemical biosensors is a lack of methods providing stable and highly efficient junctions between biomaterial and solid-state devices. This paper shows how laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT) can enable efficient electron transfer from photosynthetic biomaterial immobilized on screen-printed electrodes (SPE). The ideal pattern, in terms of photocurrent signal of thylakoid droplets giving a stable response signal with a current intensity of approximately 335 ± 13 nA for a thylakoid mass of 28 ± 4 ng, was selected. It is shown that the efficiency of energy production of a photosynthetic system can be strongly enhanced by the LIFT process, as demonstrated by use of the technique to construct an efficient and sensitive photosynthesis-based biosensor for detecting herbicides at nanomolar concentrations.

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Acknowledgements

The work discussed in this paper used technology developed in projects with financial support from the European Commission (e-LIFT FP7 ICT, grant agreement no. 247868; BEEP-C-EN FP 7-SME-2008-01, grant agreement no. 231082, SENSBIOSYN FP 7-SME-2008-01, grant agreement no. 232522), which is gratefully acknowledged.

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Published in the topical collection Biomimetic Recognition Elements for Sensing Applications with guest editor María Cruz Moreno-Bondi.

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Touloupakis, E., Boutopoulos, C., Buonasera, K. et al. A photosynthetic biosensor with enhanced electron transfer generation realized by laser printing technology. Anal Bioanal Chem 402, 3237–3244 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00216-012-5771-7

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Keywords

  • Laser printing
  • Biosensor
  • Photosynthesis
  • Herbicides