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Simple and Economical Analytical Voltammetry in 15 μL Volumes: Paracetamol Voltammetry in Blood Serum as a Working Example

Sripirom, Jiyapa, Sim, Wei Chung, Khunkaewla, Panida, Suginta, Wipa, Schulte, Albert
Analytical chemistry 2018 v.90 no.17 pp. 10105-10110
acetaminophen, blood sampling, blood serum, cost effectiveness, electrochemistry, electrodes, electrolytes, foil, graphene, ingestion, lead, microdialysis, pharmacokinetics, platinum, wastes
Reported is a three-electrode mini-cell for voltammetry in 15 μL solutions. The key device component is a rolled platinum foil of an inverted omega-shaped cross section, which functions as both the electrolyte container and the counter-electrode. The analytical assembly was completed with properly sized working and reference electrodes in the two terminals of the quasi-tubular Pt trough. Its applicability in electrochemical assays of 15 μL solutions was verified by redox mediator voltammetry at graphite and noble metal sensors and by trace lead stripping voltammetry. Real sample analysis was adequate for drug detection in a volunteer’s blood, drawn before and 1 or 4 h after ingestion of paracetamol. In line with its known pharmacokinetics, lack of drug as well as drug presence and clearance were proven correctly in the three samples. The mini-cell here is easy to assemble and operate, indefinitely reusable, and offers valuable economy in chemical usage and minimal waste. This is primarily a versatile device for electrochemical laboratory analysis of samples that are available only in small quantities, and cost-effective quantitative screens for expensive high-molecular-weight compounds, products of microsynthesis, physiological microdialysis collections, and finger-prick blood sampling are seen as feasible targets.