Sensors 2007, 7(10), 2251-2262; doi:10.3390/s7102251
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A Urea Biosensor from Stacked Sol-Gel Films with Immobilized Nile Blue Chromoionophore and Urease Enzyme

School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
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Received: 3 August 2007; Accepted: 13 September 2007 / Published: 11 October 2007
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Optical Biosensors)
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Abstract: An optical urea biosensor was fabricated by stacking several layers of sol-gelfilms. The stacking of the sol-gel films allowed the immobilization of a Nile Bluechromoionophore (ETH 5294) and urease enzyme separately without the need of anychemical attachment procedure. The absorbance response of the biosensor was monitoredat 550 nm, i.e. the deprotonation of the chromoionophore. This multi-layer sol-gel filmformat enabled higher enzyme loading in the biosensor to be achieved. The urea opticalbiosensor constructed from three layers of sol-gel films that contained urease demonstrateda much wider linear response range of up to 100 mM urea when compared with biosensorsthat constructed from 1-2 layers of films. Analysis of urea in urine samples with thisoptical urea biosensor yielded results similar to that determined by a spectrophotometricmethod using the reagent p-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde (R2 = 0.982, n = 6). The averagerecovery of urea from urine samples using this urea biosensor is approximately 103%.
Keywords: Urea optode; pH optode; clinical analysis; non-leaching; stacked sol-gel films.

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Alqasaimeh, M.S.; Heng, L.Y.; Ahmad, M. A Urea Biosensor from Stacked Sol-Gel Films with Immobilized Nile Blue Chromoionophore and Urease Enzyme. Sensors 2007, 7, 2251-2262.

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Alqasaimeh MS, Heng LY, Ahmad M. A Urea Biosensor from Stacked Sol-Gel Films with Immobilized Nile Blue Chromoionophore and Urease Enzyme. Sensors. 2007; 7(10):2251-2262.

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Alqasaimeh, Muawia S.; Heng, Lee Y.; Ahmad, Musa. 2007. "A Urea Biosensor from Stacked Sol-Gel Films with Immobilized Nile Blue Chromoionophore and Urease Enzyme." Sensors 7, no. 10: 2251-2262.

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