Vinylferrocene copolymers based biosensors for phenol derivatives

Fuat Dursun, Seyda Korkut Ozoner, Ali Demirci, Mesut Gorur, Faruk Yilmaz, Elif Erhan

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Background: Newly synthesized composite films of P(glycidyl methacrylate 85-co-vinylferrocene 15)/Poly(glutaraldehyde)/Polypyrrole [P(GMA 85-co-VFc 15)/PGA/PPy] and Poly(3-methylthienyl methacrylate 85-co-vinylferrocene 15)/Polypyrrole [P (MTM 85-co-VFc 15)/PPy] were used as matrices for tyrosinase based working electrodes. Direct covalent attachment of enzyme was carried out via the pendant epoxy groups of P(GMA 85-co-VFc 15) film, and the entrapment of enzyme was achieved for electrode containing P(MTM 85-co-VFc 15) film via electropolymerization of pyrrole in the presence of enzyme. The aim of the study is amperometric determination of various phenolics and investigation of the effect of interfacial interactions between enzyme and matrices on biosensor response. Results: The lowest detection limit and the highest sensitivity for a P(GMA 85-co-VFc 15) based working electrode was found to be 0.113 μmol L -1 for 4-methoxyphenol, 40 nA (μmol L -1) -1 for pyrocatechol, respectively. Results showed that sensitivities were at least 8500-55000 times higher than the results in previous P(GMA-co-VFc) related studies. Conclusion: Facilitated electron transfer was achieved by means of mediator incorporated in conductive composites of VFc based redox copolymers. The effect was greater when enzyme was covalently bonded via epoxy groups due to the proximity of enzyme, mediator and electrode surface. Results showed that a multifunctional surface was provided on electrodes since the suggested copolymers could mediate an electrochemical reaction, and the multifunctional surface was capable of coating with conductive PPy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-104
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan
Externally publishedYes


  • 3-methylthienyl methacrylate
  • Conductive composites
  • Glycidyl methacrylate
  • Immobilized tyrosinase
  • Redox polymers
  • Vinylferrocene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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