Carbon nanotubes: engineering biomedical applications. Academic Article uri icon


  • Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are cylinder-shaped allotropic forms of carbon, most widely produced under chemical vapor deposition. They possess astounding chemical, electronic, mechanical, and optical properties. Being among the most promising materials in nanotechnology, they are also likely to revolutionize medicine. Among other biomedical applications, after proper functionalization carbon nanotubes can be transformed into sophisticated biosensing and biocompatible drug-delivery systems, for specific targeting and elimination of tumor cells. This chapter provides an introduction to the chemical and electronic structure and properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes, followed by a description of the main synthesis and post-synthesis methods. These sections allow the reader to become familiar with the specific characteristics of these materials and the manner in which these properties may be dependent on the specific synthesis and post-synthesis processes. The chapter ends with a review of the current biomedical applications of carbon nanotubes, highlighting successes and challenges.

published proceedings

  • Prog Mol Biol Transl Sci

author list (cited authors)

  • Gomez-Gualdrn, D. A., Burgos, J. C., Yu, J., & Balbuena, P. B.

citation count

  • 38

complete list of authors

  • Gomez-Gualdrón, Diego A||Burgos, Juan C||Yu, Jiamei||Balbuena, Perla B

publication date

  • January 2011