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Tie WANG(wangtie@iccas.ac.cn)


Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) generated in human body can reflect one’s health state, and numerous diseases are identified by some VOCs biomarkers. More recently, analyses of VOCs biomarkers from exhaled breath have turned into a research frontier worldwide because it offers a noninvasive way for diseases diagnosis. Various kinds of nanomaterials are used to enhance the performance of sensing techniques, and play an essential role in miniaturization detection. In this review, several kinds of nanomaterials (metallic, metal oxide, carbon-based, composites and MOFs-based materials) used in various VOCs detection methods, especially in VOCs sensors are summarized. Learning from the successful utilization of nanomaterials in these methods will help to further understand the superiority and limitation of detection techniques. A personal perspective of the research and development in exhaled breath VOCs detection for cancer diagnosis has been presented.

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volatile organic compounds, nanomaterials, cancer, biomarker, exhaled breath

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