Peroxidase-like activity of Fe3O4 nanoparticles and Fe3O4-graphene oxide nanohybrids: Effect of the amino- and carboxyl-surface modifications on H2O2 sensing

Panagiotis Bilalis, Evdokia Karagouni, Dimitra K. Toubanaki

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Magnetic, iron oxide nanoparticles and graphene-iron oxide nanohybrids have been introduced as artificial peroxidase-mimics. In the present paper, the impact of coating with different functional groups on the peroxidase activity of both nanoparticles and nanohybrids, was studied. Magnetite nanoparticles and graphene-iron oxide nanohybrids, with -amino or -carboxyl terminal groups were synthesized and fully characterized by FTIR, TGA, TEM, XRD, VSM and zeta potential. All particle formulations were evaluated for peroxidase activity, by studying the oxidation reaction of the peroxidase substrate 3,3,5,5-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). It was found that all tested formulations retained their catalytic ability (>70%) at 95 °C, at wide pH range, and were reusable with 60% of their catalytic activity after 10 uses. All nanomaterials were found to follow Michaelis–Menten kinetics and peroxidase activity varied with respect to electrostatic affinity between nanoparticles or nanohybrids and the peroxidase substrates, evidenced by differences in determined kinetic parameters. The Km values of all tested particles with H2O2 substrate, were higher than those reported for HRP (0.214-6.36 mM), while the calculated values of reaction rates (Vmax) for the studied nanoparticles and nanohybrids with TMB and H2O2 as substrates were comparable with those reported for HRP. Our findings confirm that iron oxide nanoparticles and graphene based metallic nanohybrids can be tailor-made to possess improved peroxidase-like activity. Such enhancements could further widen nanohybrids application in a wide range of biomedical applications, including H2O2 detection in a proof-of-concept assay, which confirmed low detection limits of the tested formulations (5.3 – 11.3 μM).
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalApplied Organometallic Chemistry
StatePublished - Jun 29 2022

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-07-01
Acknowledgements: This research was partially funded within the framework of the Action “Supporting Postdoctoral Researchers”(grant number LS9_488) of the Operational Program "Education and Lifelong Learning" (Action’s Beneficiary: General Secretariat for Research and Technology), and was co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Greek State. A. Sklavounos and Prof. A.C. Calokerinos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Department of Chemistry) are acknowledged for assisting with the ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy measurements. Dr M. Agallou (Hellenic Pasteur Institute) is greatly acknowledged for helpful discussions on data analysis.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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