Electrochemically enhanced peroxidase-like activity of nanohybrids for rapid and sensitive detection of H2O2 and Dopamine

Masoomeh Sherazee, Syed Rahin Ahmed, Poushali Das, Seshasai Srinivasan, Amin Reza Rajabzadeh

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Longer detection times and low sensitivities are the two main drawbacks of applying colorimetric detection methods in field applications where rapid and sensitive detection is required. A discovery of the enhancement of nanozymatic activity via electrochemical means which significantly reduces the analyte detection time and enables ultra-low detection levels has been reported in this paper. A novel, simple and facile approach for the synthesis of carbon quantum dot-gold nanoparticles (CQD-AuNPs) has been developed. The CQD-AuNPs showcased catalytic activity through the oxidation of 3,3′,5,5′-Tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and followed the characteristic Michaelis-Menten equation. Surprisingly, the catalytic activity of CQD-AuNPs nanohybrids enhanced considerably while the reaction was completed under an electrochemical process and assisted the detection of H2O2 and Dopamine (DA) with a limit of detection (LOD) value of 240 nM, and 0.75 μM, respectively. Most importantly, the detection time decreased by 60-fold compared to conventional nanozymatic reactions. The work covered in this paper provides a novel approach to develop the nanocomposite and a new detection technique that can be utilized across various fields of science and engineering to improve and exploit enzymatically dependent reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number132576
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
StatePublished - 20 Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes

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The authors would like to acknowledge the support from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada in the form of Discovery Grants to ARR and SS ( RGPIN-2019-07246 and RGPIN-2022-04988 ).

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Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of CanadaRGPIN-2019-07246, RGPIN-2022-04988


    • Carbon quantum dots
    • Colorimetric assay
    • Dopamine
    • Electrochemical
    • Gold nanoparticles
    • HO
    • Nanozyme


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