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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 458245, 8 pages
Research Article

Development of Amperometric Laccase Biosensor through Immobilizing Enzyme in Magnesium-Containing Mesoporous Silica Sieve (Mg-MCM-41)/Polyvinyl Alcohol Matrix

1College of Mechanics, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China
2College of Mining Technology of TUT, Taiyuan 030024, China
3Institute of Applied Mechanics and Biomedical Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China

Received 5 September 2013; Accepted 22 October 2013; Published 12 January 2014

Academic Editor: Hui Xia

Copyright © 2014 Z. Dai et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Magnesium-containing mesoporous silica sieve (Mg-MCM-41) provided a suitable immobilization of biomolecule matrix due to its uniform pore structure, high surface areas, fast electron-transfer rate, and good biocompatibility. Based on this, an amperometric biosensor was developed by entrapping laccase into the Mg-MCM-41/PVA composite matrix. Laccase from Trametes versicolor was assembled on a composite film of Mg-MCM-41/PVA modified Au electrode and the electrode was investigated by cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy, and chronoamperometry. The results indicated that the Mg-MCM-41/PVA/Lac modified electrode exhibited excellent catalytic activity towards catechol at room temperature in pH 4.8 acetate buffer solution. The optimum experimental conditions of biosensor for the detection of catechol were studied in detail. Under the optimal conditions, the linear range was from 0.94 to 10.23 μM with the sensitivity of 16.9227 A/M, the detection limit of 0.00531 μM, and the response time of less than 14 s. The Michaelis-Menten constant ( ) was estimated by Lineweaver-Burk equation and the value was about 1.01 μM. In addition, the biosensor exhibited high reproducibility and long-time stability. This work demonstrated that Mg-MCM-41/PVA composite provides a suitable support for laccase immobilization and construction of biosensor.