What is it about?

Graphene oxide (GO) offers interesting physicochemical and biological properties for biomedicine due to its versatility, biocompatibility, small size, large surface area, and its ability to interact with biological cells and tissues. GO is a two-dimensional material of exceptional strength, unique optical, physical, mechanical, and electronic properties. Ease of functionalization and high antibacterial activity are two major properties identified with GO. Due to its excellent aqueous processability, amphiphilicity, surface functionalization capability, surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS), and fluorescence quenching ability, GO chemically exfoliated from oxidized graphite is considered a promising material for biological applications.

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Why is it important?

Due to π-π* transitions, a low energy is required for electron movement, a property important in Biosensor and Bioimaging applications of GO.


In this article, we present an overview of current advances in GO applications in biomedicine and discuss future perspectives. We conclude that GO is going to play a vital role in Biomedical applications in the near future.

Dr. Sitansu Sekhar Nanda
Myongji University

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This page is a summary of: Functionalization of Graphene Oxide and its Biomedical Applications, Critical Reviews in Solid State and Material Sciences, April 2015, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/10408436.2014.1002604.
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