Modeling mass transfer with enzymatic reaction in electrochemical multilayer microreactors

Authors

  • Saliha Bacha,

    1. Laboratoire de Génie Chimique UMR CNRS 5503, Université Paul Sabatier, 31062 Toulouse cedex, France
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  • Marielle Montagné,

    1. Laboratoire de Génie Chimique UMR CNRS 5503, Université Paul Sabatier, 31062 Toulouse cedex, France
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  • Alain Bergel

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    1. Laboratoire de Génie Chimique UMR CNRS 5503, Université Paul Sabatier, 31062 Toulouse cedex, France
    • Laboratoire de Génie Chimique UMR CNRS 5503, Université Paul Sabatier, 31062 Toulouse cedex, France
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Abstract

Electrochemical biosensors were used to develop a numerical model of transient mass transfer coupled with enzymatic reactions in thin multilayer microstructures. A finite volume method integrates the partial derivative mass-balance equations making the model very versatile. With a multilayer physical description, general nonlinear enzymatic kinetics and efficient space discretization, the model could be applied to various devices under a broad range of physicochemical conditions. Theoretical results were validated according to experimental data obtained with three different biosensors involving homogeneous or heterogeneous enzymatic catalyses. Model predictions are further discussed for a bienzymatic immobilized enzyme system. The biosensor transient behavior depended strongly on the location of the enzymes in the device and on the mass-transport features. A transient maximum on the current-time curves was predicted accurately by the model. This could be used to improve the biosensor performance. The model can also be a useful framework for designing new electrochemical microreactors.

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