Applications and nanotoxicity of carbon nanotubes and graphene in biomedicine

Fisher, Caitlin, Rider, Amanda E., Han, Zhao Jun, Kumar, Shailesh, Levchenko, Igor, & Ostrikov, Kostya (2012) Applications and nanotoxicity of carbon nanotubes and graphene in biomedicine. Journal of Nanomaterials, 2012, Article ID 315185.

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Abstract

Owing to their unique mechanical, electrical, optical, and thermal properties, carbon nanostructures including carbon nanotubes and graphenes show great promise for advancing the fields of biology and medicine. Many reports have demonstrated the promise of these carbon nanostructures and their hybrid structures (composites with polymers, ceramics, and metal nanoparticles, etc.) for a variety of biomedical areas ranging from biosensing, drug delivery, and diagnostics, to cancer treatment, tissue engineering, and bioterrorism prevention. However, the issue of the safety and toxicity of these carbon nanostructures, which is vital to their use as diagnostic and therapeutic tools in biomedical fields, has not been completely resolved. This paper aims to provide a summary of the features of carbon nanotube and graphene-based materials and current research progress in biomedical applications. We also highlight the current opinions within the scientific community on the toxicity and safety of these carbon structures.

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ID Code: 73587
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Article ID 315185
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DOI: 10.1155/2012/315185
ISSN: 1687-4110
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: 2012 Caitlin Fisher et al.
Copyright Statement: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Deposited On: 09 Jul 2014 04:04
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 04:55

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