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Highly sensitive colorimetric detection of copper ions based on regulating the peroxidase-like activity of Au@Pt nanohybrids

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Abstract

In this study, a sensitive colorimetric method for the detection of copper ions (Cu2+) was proposed based on regulating the peroxidase-like activity of Au@Pt nanohybrids (Au@PtNHs). It was found that L-cysteine can inhibit the catalytic ability of Au@PtNHs; however, it loses the inhibition toward the catalytic ability of Au@PtNHs after being oxidized by oxygen through the catalysis of Cu2+. The above phenomena were combined to develop a colorimetric detection method for Cu2+ through measuring the colorimetric signal variation of the H2O2–TMB reaction. This method exhibited high sensitivity and selectivity toward Cu2+ over a variety of other metal ions. The detection limit of this method was 4.0 nM with a linear range of 20–500 nM. Moreover, 20 nM Cu2+ can be distinguished directly by the naked eye. Furthermore, the proposed method was applied to the analysis of real samples with good accuracy, which demonstrated the excellent application potential of the proposed method.

Graphical abstract: Highly sensitive colorimetric detection of copper ions based on regulating the peroxidase-like activity of Au@Pt nanohybrids

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The article was received on 23 Jun 2016, accepted on 13 Sep 2016 and first published on 14 Sep 2016


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6AY01789D
Citation: Anal. Methods, 2016,8, 7531-7536
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    Highly sensitive colorimetric detection of copper ions based on regulating the peroxidase-like activity of Au@Pt nanohybrids

    N. Pan, Y. Zhu, L. Wu, Z. Xie, F. Xue and C. Peng, Anal. Methods, 2016, 8, 7531
    DOI: 10.1039/C6AY01789D

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