I am trying to mix a solution of NaOH, luminol and a catalyst in order to detect hydrogen peroxide with chemiluminescence. However, I was unable to find a suitable catalyst for the detection solution. Potassium ferricyanide reacts with luminol in a non-chemiluminescent reaction, sodium hypochlorite will react without hydrogen peroxide.

Do you know a catalyst for the chemiluminescent reaction of luminol that only reacts with hydrogen peroxide and not luminol?

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    $\begingroup$ Luminol chemiluminescence can be catalyzed by some transition metals, like copper, as well as complexes of those metals $\endgroup$ – Thomas Jungers Sep 28 '18 at 20:48

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