Prospects and challenges of graphene in biomedical applications

Dimitrios Bitounis, Hanene Ali-Boucetta, Byung Hee Hong, Dal Hee Min, Kostas Kostarelos*

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Graphene materials have entered a phase of maturity in their development that is characterized by their explorative utilization in various types of applications and fields from electronics to biomedicine. Herein, we describe the recent advances made with graphene-related materials in the biomedical field and the challenges facing these exciting new tools both in terms of biological activity and toxicological profiling in vitro and in vivo. Graphene materials today have mainly been explored as components of biosensors and for construction of matrices in tissue engineering. Their antimicrobial activity and their capacity to act as drug delivery platforms have also been reported, however, not as coherently. This report will attempt to offer some perspective as to which areas of biomedical applications can expect graphene-related materials to constitute a tool offering improved functionality and previously unavailable options. Graphene offers one of the most exciting tools for biomedicine due to its spectacular physicochemical characteristics. This Progress Report attempts to provide a snapshot of the current-state-of-the-art of graphene-related materials in biomedical applications and a perspective on the challenges around the development of biologically active and safe graphene-based technologies that could serve medical needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2258-2268
Number of pages11
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2013


  • antimicrobials
  • biocompatibility
  • drug delivery
  • graphene oxide
  • tissue engineering
  • toxicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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