Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 174, Issue 3, pp 945–959 | Cite as

Horseradish Peroxidase Enzyme Immobilized Graphene Quantum Dots as Electrochemical Biosensors

  • A. Muthurasu
  • V. GaneshEmail author


Green colour emitting graphene quantum dots (GQDs) are prepared by a simple acid reflux reaction of graphene oxide (GO) produced using a modified Hummer’s method. Structural and morphological characterizations of such GQDs are performed using spectroscopic (FTIR, UV–vis and photoluminescence) and microscopic (transmission electron microscopy) techniques. These studies reveal the formation of stable, uniform spherical particles of GQDs which emit a green colour and possess surface functional moieties such as epoxide, hydroxyl (−OH) and carboxyl (−COOH) groups. Further, the possibility of immobilizing biomolecules on GQDs using these surface active functional groups is explored. As an example, an enzyme namely horseradish peroxidase (HRP) is shown to be anchored on these GQDs using a coupling reaction between an acid and amine leading to the formation of a peptide amide bond. Enzymatic activity of HRP is investigated by simply drop-casting HRP-immobilized GQDs onto a glassy carbon electrode. Electrochemical studies clearly reveal the formation of a well-defined redox peak and the dependence of redox peak current on scan rate suggests that the HRP enzyme is anchored onto the electrode, surface confined and exhibits a direct electron transfer process that is predominantly controlled by a diffusion process. These HRP-functionalized GQDs are used as a sensing platform for hydrogen peroxide detection. This particular electrochemical biosensor shows the sensitivity values of 0.905 and 7.057 μA/mM and detection limits of ~530 nM and 2.16 μM along with a fast response time of ~2−3 s.


Preparation of graphene quantum dots (GQDs) and their functionalization with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) for electrochemical detection of H2O2 is demonstrated.


Biosensors Electrochemistry Enzymes Fluorescence Graphene quantum dots Horseradish peroxidase Kinetic parameters 



The authors acknowledge the funding from Department of Science and Technology (DST), India, and CSIR, India, through Network Projects having the project numbers GAP 16/10 and CSC 0134, respectively, for carrying out this research work. AM is thankful to CSIR for Junior Research Fellowship to pursue Ph.D. program. Central Instrumentation Facility (CIF) of CSIR–CECRI is also acknowledged for providing FTIR and TEM facilities for characterization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Electrodics and Electrocatalysis (EEC) DivisionCSIR–Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR–CECRI)KaraikudiIndia

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