Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenide nanomaterials for biosensing applications

Yanling Hu, Ying Huang, Chaoliang Tan, Xiao Zhang, Qipeng Lu, Melinda Sindoro, Xiao Huang, Wei Huang, Lianhui Wang, Hua Zhang

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Biosensors are powerful tools used to monitor biological and biochemical processes, ranging from clinical diagnosis to disease therapy. The huge demands for bioassays greatly promote the development of new nanomaterials as sensing platforms. Two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials with superior properties, such as large surface areas and excellent conductivities, are excellent candidates for biosensor applications. Among them, single- or few-layered transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) nanomaterials represent an emerging class of 2D nanomaterials with unique physical, chemical, and electronic properties. In this mini-review, we summarize the recent progress in 2D TMD nanomaterial-based biosensors for the sensitive detection of various kinds of targets, including nucleic acid, proteins, and small biomolecules, based on different sensors like optical sensors and electrochemical sensors, and bioelectronic sensors. Finally, the challenges and opportunities in this promising field are also proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-36
Number of pages13
JournalMaterials Chemistry Frontiers
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Materials Chemistry


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