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    Novel microfluidic graphene oxide–protein amperometric biosensor for detecting sulfur compounds

    , Article Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry ; Volume 66, Issue 3 , 2019 , Pages 353-360 ; 08854513 (ISSN) Ghaemi, A ; Abdi, K ; Javadi, S ; Shehneh, M. Z ; Yazdian, F ; Omidi, M ; Rashedi, H ; Haghiralsadat, B. F ; Asayeshnaeini, O ; Sharif University of Technology
    Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd  2019
    Sulfur compounds are essential for many industries and organisms; however, they cause serious respiratory problems in human beings. Therefore, determination of sulfur concentration is of paramount importance. The research approach in the field of detecting contaminants has led to smaller systems that provide faster and more effective ways for diagnosis purposes. In this study, a novel portable amperometric graphene oxide–protein biosensor platform is investigated. The main characteristic of this structure is the implementation of a microfluidic configuration. With albumin metalloprotein as the biorecognition element, graphene oxide was synthesized and characterized by transmission electron... 

    Theoretical aspects of the enhancement of metal binding affinity by intramolecular hydrogen bonding and modulating p: K a values

    , Article New Journal of Chemistry ; Volume 41, Issue 24 , 2017 , Pages 15110-15119 ; 11440546 (ISSN) Motahari, A ; Fattahi, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    Royal Society of Chemistry  2017
    Polyols were used as model ligands for Mg2+, Ca2+, and Zn2+ complexes to study the role of the hydrogen bond network on the metal binding affinity and modulation of successive pKa values using density functional theory. The results confirm that the acidity of polyols dramatically increases upon metal complexation in the order Zn2+ > Mg2+ > Ca2+. For example, the three H-site positions in the hydroxyl groups of the heptaol, bound to Zn2+, are 11.2, 29.9, and 30.9 pKa units (in methanol) more acidic than those of pure heptaol. This acidity enhancement leads to making polyols as good ligands toward complexation. For instance, the formation constants of the heptaol in the presence of Zn2+, Mg2+,...