Stabilizing reagents that can be deposited onto paper is an important issue for researchers who depend on paper-based analytical devices (PADs), because long-term stability of the devices is essential in point-of-care testing. Here, we found that poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) would stabilize hydrogen peroxide placed on a paper substrate following exposure to air. Horseradish peroxidase was employed as a sample in colorimetric measurements of PADs after hydrogen peroxide and 3,3′,5,5′-tetramethylbenzidine were deposited as substrates in an enzymatic reaction. The addition of PVA to hydrogen peroxide significantly suppressed its degradation. Concentrations of PVA that ranged from 0.5 to 2%, increased the duration of the stability of hydrogen peroxide, and the results for a PVA concentration of 1% approximated those of 2% PVA. Storage of the PADs at 4 °C in a refrigerator extended the stability of the hydrogen peroxide containing 2% PVA by as much as 30 days. The stability of hydrogen peroxide without PVA was degraded after one day under room temperature.
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