Volume 3 - Issue 4

Mini Review Biomedical Science and Research Biomedical Science and Research CC by Creative Commons, CC-BY

Graphene-Based Sensors for Clinical Analysis

*Corresponding author: Livia Alexandra Gugoasa, Laboratory of Electrochemistry and PATLAB, National Institute of Research for Electrochemistry and Condensed Matter, 202 Splaiul Independent Str., 060021, Bucharest-6, Romania. Email: livia.gugoasa@yahoo.com

Received: June 17, 2019; Published: June 25, 2019

DOI: 10.34297/AJBSR.2019.03.000695


Graphene presents great interest as sensor material. Its exceptional physical and chemical properties made it a star material for the electrochemical detection of different analytes from biological samples. The applications in which graphene-based materials were involved generated thousands of papers but in this mini review we sum only very few of them.

Keywords: Graphene, Sensors, Biological samples, Clinical analysis, Electrochemical detection


Graphene sheet, a monocrystalline graphitic film is much stable and of remarkably high quality than graphite and have attracted a significant attention from an experimental and theoretical view [1]. Graphene sheets are considered fascinating materials due to their high specific surface area, good conductivity and excellent mechanical strength [2]. Nowadays, graphene can be fabricated to use it in effective ways and make it easy for researches to use it in the design of electrochemical sensors [3] and as matrix in the design of composite materials (“graphene based”): graphene sheets mixed with Co hexacyanoferrate nanoparticles (GS-CoNP) [4], mixed with methylene blue (MB) and chitosan (CS) as organic component (GSMB- CS) for the assay of prostate specific antigen. GS-MB enhances the conductivity and offers a larger specific surface area which helps the antibody immobilization process [5].

CuO-graphene sheets nanocomposite has been built by physical deposition of CuO nanocubes onto graphene sheets. This method of fabrication is simpler and time saving. The nanocomposite presents a good ability to promote the electron transfer reactions and enhanced electrocatalytic activity, which makes it a good choice for glucose sensing [6].

Graphene`s derivates, graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) are also excellent materials used in electrochemical sensors` design, due to their larger surface area. The modification of structural functional groups makes possible to improve the selectivity aspect of the electrochemical sensors [1].

Graphene oxide and Au nanoclusters (AuNCs) composite was prepared using stacking method between GO and AuNCs. The nanocomposite exhibited excellent features such as water solubility, biocompatibility and good stability. Due to these properties and because it provided a good platform for the interaction between the analyte and electrode, GO-AuNCs was used for the assay of L-cysteine [8].

Another nanocomposite using graphene sheets was prepared by adding an electroactive component, thionine (Th). This GSTh nanocomposite increases antibody loading and makes the development of graphene-based immunosensors, easier, for the assay of fetoprotein (AFP) [9].

In the last years modified rGO composites were used as material in the design of stochastic sensors [10-13]. Platinum and gold graphene composite pastes were mixed with a 10-3 mol L-1 solution of protoporphyrin IX for the screening of saliva samples for simultaneous determination of leptin, plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1), interleukin 6 and monocyte chemotactic protein 1 (MCP-1) [10]. Ag-TiO2 graphene composite was used for molecular recognition of carcinoembryonic antigen in blood samples [11]. Pyridine and porphyrin modification of Ag-TiO2 and Au-TiO2 graphene composite paste was investigated for fast molecular recognition of 8hydroxy-2`-deoxyguanosine from biological samples [12]. A three dimensional (3D) printed Au-rGO composite paste electrode was studied for the electrochemical determination of BPA from saliva samples. The Au-rGO composite powder was mixed with paraffin oil to form a homogenous paste, obtaining the working paste electrode [13].


Graphene GO and rGO are intensively studied materials in the electrochemical field due to its high conductivity, biocompatibility and stability. In the last years researchers used this material for lots of applications such as clinical analysis, with very good results, making graphene a star material in sensors` design.


This work was financially supported by the Ministry of Research and Innovation, CNCSUEFISCDI, under grant number PN-III-P1-1.1- PD2016-0190, within PNCDI III.


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