Measurement of hydrogen peroxide in an advanced oxidation process using an automated biosensor

Dennis Hawkes, Alan Guwy, Richard Dinsdale, Barbara Modrzejewska

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Abstract A hydrogen peroxide biosensor was used to monitor hydrogen peroxide concentrations in a UV/hydrogen peroxide immobilised Fenton advanced oxidation process (AOP). The biosensor is based on gas phase monitoring and thus is more resistant to fouling from the liquid phase constituents of industrial processes. The biosensor is supplied with catalase continually, therefore overcoming any problems with enzyme degradation, which would occur in an immobilised enzyme biosensor. The biosensors response was linear within the experimental range 30–400 mg H2O2 l-1 with a R2 correlation of 0.99. The hydrogen peroxide monitor was used to monitor residual peroxide in an AOP, operated with a step overload of hydrogen peroxide, with correlation factors of 0.96–0.99 compared to offline hydrogen peroxide determinations by UV spectroscopy. Sparging the sample with nitrogen was found to be effective in reducing the interference from dissolved gases produced with the AOP itself. It is proposed that this biosensor could be used to improve the effectiveness of AOPs via hydrogen peroxide control.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260 - 268
Number of pages8
JournalWater Research
Issue number1
Early online date23 Oct 2006
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • hydrogen peroxide biosensor
  • aop
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • hydroxyl radical
  • automated


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