Highly Oxidized Graphene Quantum Dots from Coal as Efficient Antioxidants Academic Article uri icon


  • Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have recently been employed in various fields including medicine as antioxidants, primarily because of favorable biocompatibility in comparison to common inorganic quantum dots, although the structural features that lead to the biological activities of GQDs are poorly understood. Here, we report that coal-derived GQDs and their poly(ethylene glycol)-functionalized derivatives serve as efficient antioxidants, and we evaluate their electrochemical, chemical, and in vitro biological activities.

author list (cited authors)

  • Nilewski, L., Mendoza, K., Jalilov, A. S., Berka, V., Wu, G., Sikkema, W., ... Tour, J. M.

publication date

  • January 1, 2019 11:11 AM