Journal of Nanomaterials

Carbon-Based Nanomaterials as Novel Nanosensors


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1State University of New York, Buffalo, USA

2Lamar University, Beaumont, USA

3University of Central Lancashire, Lancashire, UK

4Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, India

5Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China

Carbon-Based Nanomaterials as Novel Nanosensors


In recent years, nanosensor technology has experienced extraordinarily rapid development as a result of the extensive scientific efforts in achieving improved nanofabrication techniques and advanced understanding of nanoscale phenomena. Carbon-based nanomaterials (CBNs), such as fullerene, graphene, carbon nanotubes, and carbon dots, have recently gained considerable attention among scientific communities due to their unique combinations of chemical and physical properties. Thanks to the intensive research efforts carried out by researchers, the CBNs have found their place in a wide range of applications, and they stand out as novel nanosensors due to their outstanding performance in detecting heavy metal ions, food additives, and toxic pesticides, as well as reporting sensors for bioimaging.

Desirable CBNs for sensing applications can be produced by well-controlled methods to possess specific functionalities via surface modification and doping with heteroatoms. Such modified CBNs have the potential to sensitively and selectively target specific molecules based on their unique fluorescent and luminescent properties. The potential advances of multidisciplinary scientific efforts offer opportunities to exploit CBNs with desirable sensing selectivity and sensitivity to satisfy the needs of environmental monitoring, food safety control, healthcare, homeland security, and so forth.

This special issue welcomes high-quality research articles as well as reviews that seek to address recent development on the preparation, characterization, applications of CBNs as nanosensors, sensing mechanism study, and the relevant prospect opportunities and challenges.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Preparation and characterization of CBNs
  • Methodologies for separation, purification, and scale-up of CBNs
  • Techniques for improvement of the sensing properties (i.e., surface functionalization and doping surface with heteroatoms) of CBNs
  • CBNs-based nanohybrids for sensing applications
  • CBNs-based nanocomposite film for sensing applications
  • CBNs for in vitro and in vivo sensing applications
  • Application of CBNs as imaging sensors
  • Theoretical investigation on the sensing mechanism behind CBNs
  • Prospects on advances, opportunities, and challenges of CBNs as nanosensors


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 3643517
  • - Editorial

Carbon-Based Nanomaterials as Novel Nanosensors

Qin Hu | Evan K. Wujcik | ... | Xiaojuan Gong
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 1804178
  • - Review Article

Characterization and Analytical Separation of Fluorescent Carbon Nanodots

Qin Hu | Xiaojuan Gong | ... | Martin M. F. Choi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5150613
  • - Research Article

One-Step Preparation of Graphene Oxide/Cellulose Nanofibril Hybrid Aerogel for Adsorptive Removal of Four Kinds of Antibiotics

Jin Wang | Qiufang Yao | ... | Qingfeng Sun
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 6843403
  • - Research Article

Effect of Saline Solution on the Electrical Response of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes-Epoxy Nanocomposites

Hammad Younes | Md. Mahfuzur Rahman | ... | Irfan Saadat
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 9703614
  • - Research Article

Rapid Biosynthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Based on Flocculation and Reduction of an Exopolysaccharide from Arthrobacter sp. B4: Its Antimicrobial Activity and Phytotoxicity

Li Yumei | Li Yamei | ... | Bao Jie
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 3475248
  • - Research Article

Preparation of a Leaf-Like BiVO4-Reduced Graphene Oxide Composite and Its Photocatalytic Activity

Shimin Xiong | Tianhui Wu | ... | Xuan Xu
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