Adv Pharm Bull. 2015;5(1): 19-23.
doi: 10.5681/apb.2015.003
PMID: 25789215
PMCID: PMC4352219
Scopus ID: 84924369469
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Review Article

Antimicrobial Activity of Carbon-Based Nanoparticles

Solmaz Maleki Dizaj 1, Afsaneh Mennati 2, Samira Jafari 1, Khadejeh Khezri 2, Khosro Adibkia 3*

1 Drug Applied Research Center and Faculty of Pharmacy, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.
2 Faculty of Science, Physical Chemistry Group, Uremia Payam Noor University, Uremia, Iran.
3 Biotechnology Research Center and Faculty of Pharmacy, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.


Due to the vast and inappropriate use of the antibiotics, microorganisms have begun to develop resistance to the commonly used antimicrobial agents. So therefore, development of the new and effective antimicrobial agents seems to be necessary. According to some recent reports, carbon-based nanomaterials such as fullerenes, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) (especially single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs)) and graphene oxide (GO) nanoparticles show potent antimicrobial properties. In present review, we have briefly summarized the antimicrobial activity of carbon-based nanoparticles together with their mechanism of action. Reviewed literature show that the size of carbon nanoparticles plays an important role in the inactivation of the microorganisms. As major mechanism, direct contact of microorganisms with carbon nanostructures seriously affects their cellular membrane integrity, metabolic processes and morphology. The antimicrobial activity of carbon-based nanostructures may interestingly be investigated in the near future owing to their high surface/volume ratio, large inner volume and other unique chemical and physical properties. In addition, application of functionalized carbon nanomaterials as carriers for the ordinary antibiotics possibly will decrease the associated resistance, enhance their bioavailability and provide their targeted delivery.
Keywords: Carbon nanotubes, Fullerene, Graphene oxide, Antimicrobial activity, Antimicrobial mechanism, Metal – carbon nanocomposites
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Submitted: 07 May 2014
Revision: 06 Jun 2014
ePublished: 05 Mar 2015
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