Development and characterization of a FIA system for selective assay of l-ascorbic acid in food samples

Attila Vig, Attila Igloi, Nora Adanyi, Gyongyi Gyemant, Csaba Csutoras, Attila Kiss

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An amperometric detector and an enzymatic reaction were combined for the measurement of l-ascorbic acid. The enzyme cell (containing immobilized ascorbate oxidase) was connected to a flow injection analyzer (FIA) system with a glassy carbon electrode as an amperometric detector. During optimization and measurements two sample injectors were used, one before and one after the enzyme cell, thus eliminating the background interferences. Subtraction of the signal area given in the presence of enzyme from the one given in the absence of enzyme was applied for measuring analyte concentrations and calibration at 400 mV. Analysis capacity of system is 25 samples/hour. The relative standard deviation (RSD) was below 5% (5 times repeated, 400 μmol/L conc.), linearity up to 400 μmol/L, limit of detection (LOD) 5 μmol/L, fitting of calibration curve in 25-400 μmol/L range was R 2 = 0.99.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)947-952
Number of pages6
JournalBioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2010



  • Amperometry
  • Ascorbic acid
  • Biosensor
  • Flow injection analysis
  • Glassy carbon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering

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