Graphdiyne Nanosheet-Based Drug Delivery Platform for Photothermal/Chemotherapy Combination Treatment of Cancer

Jun Jin, Mengyu Guo, Jiaming Liu, Jing Liu, Huige Zhou, Jiayang Li, Liming Wang, Huibiao Liu, Yuliang Li, Yuliang Zhao, Chunying Chen

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Nowadays, two-dimensional (2D) materials have attracted extensive attention as cancer drug delivery platforms owing to their unparalleled physicochemical properties and superior specific surface area. Graphdiyne (GDY) is a novel 2D carbon material. Compared with graphene, GDY not only has benzene rings composed of sp2-hybridized carbon atoms but also has acetylene units composed of sp-hybridized carbon atoms; therefore, it possesses multiple conjugated electronic structures. Herein, we used doxorubicin (DOX) as a model drug to develop a GDY nanosheet-based drug delivery platform for a photothermal/chemotherapy combination in living mice. With a high photothermal conversion ability and drug loading efficiency, GDY/DOX under 808 nm laser irradiation showed a much higher cancer inhibition rate compared with solo therapy both in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, GDY exhibited great biocompatibility and no obvious side effects, as shown by histopathological examination and serum biochemical analysis. For the first time, our work demonstrated a successful example of GDY for efficient photothermal/chemotherapy and suggests both safety and great promise for GDY in cancer treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8436-8442
Number of pages7
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number10
StatePublished - Mar 14 2018


  • chemotherapy
  • combination treatment
  • doxorubicin
  • drug delivery
  • graphdiyne
  • photothermal therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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