Chiral graphene quantum dots as antibacterial drugs

Project ID: 1071

Cube proposed by: Angela Violi

Unit: Engineering

Cycle: MCubed 2.0

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2 accomplishments including $3,409,811 in research funding!
About this project: 
Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) are carbon nanosheets of <20 nm in lateral dimension and have recently attracted great research attention because of their unique spin and electronic properties. Recent work on the effects of nanomaterial and enzyme activity has shown that the shape-dependent inhibition behavior is associated with several factors determining the association of nanomaterials and the enzyme with geometrical match at molecular and nano scales. The goal of this project is to study the antibacterial properties of chiral graphene quantum dots with the overall goal to determine fingerprint differences in structures of GQDs that lead to nanomaterial of distinct antibacterial property. The results from this investigation can open the possibility for the purposeful engineering of grapheme quantum dots as broad spectrum inhibitors.