Nanomaterials for biosensing with electrochemiluminescence (ECL) detection

Front Biosci (Landmark Ed). 2011 Jan 1;16:1084-108. doi: 10.2741/3737.


Analytical applications of nanomaterials used in electrochemiluminescence (ECL)-based detection methods are reviewed. Among nanomaterials, carbon-based nanomaterials (carbon nanotubes, graphene), metal nanoparticles, quantum dots, inorganic metal complexes and conducting polymers are considered. The most common mechanisms of ECL detections are also described in this review. Finally, challenges and perspectives of the use of such materials in chemical analysis are discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biosensing Techniques / methods*
  • Luminescent Measurements / methods*
  • Metals / chemistry
  • Nanostructures / chemistry*
  • Organometallic Compounds / chemistry


  • Metals
  • Organometallic Compounds
  • tris(2,2'-bipyridyl)ruthenium(II)