Recent developments in carbon dots: a biomedical application perspective

Le Tu, Qian Li, Sheng Qiu, Meiqin Li, Jinwoo Shin, Pan Wu, Nem Singh, Junrong Li, Qihang Ding, Cong Hu, Xiaoxing Xiong, Yao Sun, Jong Seung Kim

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Recently, newly developed carbon-based nanomaterials known as carbon dots (CDs) have generated significant interest in nanomedicine. However, current knowledge regarding CD research in the biomedical field is still lacking. An overview of the most recent development of CDs in biomedical research is given in this review article. Several crucial CD applications, such as biosensing, bioimaging, cancer therapy, and antibacterial applications, are highlighted. Finally, CD-based biomedicine's challenges and future potential are also highlighted to enrich biomedical researchers’ knowledge about the potential of CDs and the need for overcoming various technical obstacles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3038-3053
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry B
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Feb 21

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation (22022404, 22074050, 82172055, 81870939, and 31900051), fundamental research funds for the Central Universities (CCNU22QN007), Guangxi Key Laboratory of Automatic Detecting Technology and Instruments (YQ21206) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) (CRI Project No. 2018R1A3B1052702, J. S. K.).

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© 2023 The Royal Society of Chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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