New Ferrofluid Movie

November 21, 2010

 Ferrofluids under the influence of a magnetic field are always exciting. Here in a  movie from Roseal in Romania. Movie

A Facile Template-Free Approach to Magnetodriven, Multifunctional Artificial Cilia

August 14, 2010

Jaakko Timonen, Robin Ras et al. did an excellent job at growing flexible and magnetic artificial cilia without templates. The magnetic cilia formed spontaneously from a suspension of micrometer-sized ferromagnetic particles and elastomeric polymer in a liquid solvent when dried in an external magnetic field. The millimeter-sized cilia mimics were mechanically stable.

  The cilia mimics responded to an external magnetic field by reversibly bending along the field. Objects placed on the ciliae could be moved around, and liquids could be mixed. Check out the fascinating journal article or some of the movies!

ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/am100244x
Publication Date (Web): August 9, 2010

Nanoscale Scanning Probe Ferromagnetic Resonance Imaging Using Localized Modes

August 12, 2010

Inhee Lee, Chris Hammel et al. just published an interestingarticle in Nature on August 12 about a scanning probe technique in which the intense, confined magnetic field of a micromagnetic probe tip is used to localize the ferromagnetic resonance mode immediately beneath the probe, and demonstrate that they can image magnetic features at a resolution of 200 nm. Such a technique should be especially useful to characterize complex, often buried, nanoscale structures. This technology is rather distinct from MRI.

Magnetic Actuation of Drug Release Leads to Cell Death

August 07, 2010

Abstract ImageCourtney Thomas, Jinwoo Cheon and Jeffrey Zink et al. just published an exciting article in JACS about the remote actuation of drug release in cell culture. They used mesoporous silica nanoparticles in an oscillating magnetic field and thus induced hyperthermia. A novel material that incorporates zinc-doped iron oxide nanocrystals within a mesoporous silica framework that has been surface-modified with pseudorotaxanes is described. Upon application of an AC magnetic field, the nanocrystals generate local internal heating, causing the molecular machines to disassemble and allowing the cargos (drugs) to be released. When breast cancer cells (MDA-MB-231) were treated with doxorubicin-loaded particles and exposed to an AC field, cell death occurred (see picture). This material promises to be anoninvasive, externally controlled drug delivery system with cancer-killing properties.

Cobalt Nanoparticles Useful in Advanced Lithium-Ion Batteries

August 02, 2010

Zhong-Shuai Wu, Hui-Ming Chen et al are reporting a facile strategy to synthesize the nanocomposite of Co3O4 nanoparticles anchored on conducting graphene as an advanced anode material for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The Co3O4 nanoparticles obtained are 10-30 nm in size and homogeneously anchor on graphene sheets as spacers to keep the neighboring sheets separated. This Co3O4/graphene nanocomposite displays superior Li-battery performance with large reversible capacity, excellent cyclic performance, and good rate capability, highlighting the importance of the anchoring of nanoparticles on graphene sheets for maximum utilization of electrochemically active Co3O4 nanoparticles and graphene for energy storage applications in high-performance lithium-ion batteries.

To check it out yourself, go to the ACS Nano article here.

Magnetic Carrier Meeting 2010 in Rostock a Big Success !

June 15, 2010

The 8th International Conference on the Scientific and Clinical Applications of Magnetic Carriers took place in Rostock, Germany from May 25-29, 2010 and was again a full success. We had 370 participants from 43 countries! For more details and the program, see here.

Core-Shell Magnetic Morphology of Structurally Uniform Magnetite Nanoparticles

May 21, 2010

Experimental findings confirm a theoretical prediction that certain chemically uniform nanoparticles have magnetically distinct cores and shells.

Using refined neutron-scattering techniques, Kathryn Krycka of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Sara Majetich at Carnegie Mellon University and others probed the three-dimensional magnetic structure of magnetite nanoparticles nine nanometres wide. In the presence of an external magnetic field, they found a shell layer 1.0%u20131.5 nanometres thick in which magnetization was angled at 90 to the particle%u2019s core.

Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 207203 (2010)

The findings indicate that nanoparticles cannot be assumed to have uniform magnetic moments. That these findings are rather weird is even better described by this comment from NIST itself:

Manhattan Scientifics Touts Breast Cancer Detection Tool

May 03, 2010

Nanotechnology developer Manhattan Scientifics said it is looking for a partner to develop and commercialize a biomagnetic-based imaging system that aims to identify breast cancer three years earlier than mammograms.

The radiation-free system was developed by Edward Flynn, Ph.D; Manhattan Scientifics acquired exclusive rights to the technology in February. It uses magnetic field sensors to measure small magnetic fields emitted by nanoparticles that have been injected into the body and targeted specifically toward cancer cells, the New York City company said.

Manhattan Scientifics believes the biomagnetic imaging technique can identify and image tiny clusters of cancer cells, allowing for cancer detection at a substantially earlier stage than currently possible. The biomagnetic sensor method is also applicable to ovarian, leukemia, prostate, and potentially other cancers, the firm said. For more information, check out their website.

Also, Ed Flynn does not like that the medical industry largely continues to ignore the need to focus on emerging technologies that can be used earlier. These technologies may help avoid the misdiagnosis issues plaguing mammograms and give a DCIS (or other breast cancer) diagnosis with 100% specificity. Check out his commentary about this here.

Pulsed Magnet System for Sale

April 05, 2010

Mike Sabo at Pulse Therapeutics Inc. has a complete two-coil, water cooled pulsed resistive magnet system for sale. They used it to to explore magnetic catheter navigation and magnetic particle delivery modalities. If you are interested in acquiring this system, please check out the details here.

Magnets 'can modify your morality'

April 01, 2010

Scientists have shown they can change people's moral judgements by disrupting a specific area of the brain with magnetic pulses.

They identified a region of the brain just above and behind the right ear which appears to control morality. And by using magnetic pulses to block cell activity they impaired volunteers' notion of right and wrong. The small Massachusetts Institute of Technology study appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Lead researcher Dr Liane Young said: "You think of morality as being a really high-level behaviour. "To be able to apply a magnetic field to a specific brain region and change people's moral judgments is really astonishing." Read more here.

Are Magnetic Particles used on the German Bob Sleds in the Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010?

February 15, 2010

Pain, a 39-year-old Calgarian who won the silver medal at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy, says he and his Canadian teammates are at a distinct disadvantage at the Vancouver Games because he says the Germans are using illegal magnetic components in their sleds.

"I know for a fact they have a magnetic component in their sleds and I do question whether that%u2019s legal or not." What do you think, could they be using ferrofluids in their sleds? Check out more of these rumours here.

Interesting Special Issue

February 14, 2010

It is not the newest issue of the "Journal of Materials Chemistry" that I found here, but there are quite a few interesting articles in it that concern magnetic particles. Check out this special issue edited by Jinwoo Cheon from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea. You can access the table of contents here.

The cover page to the left here highlights that proteins serve to both passivate iron oxide nanoparticles and modulate their cellular uptake. The picture was designed by Vincent Rotello (J Mater Chem 19 (2009) 6328)

The Next Great Magnet

February 03, 2010

All of us know that NdFeB magnets are the strongest permanent magnets. However, why that is and what is important in magnet development, most of us are not that sure. Peter Campbell, however, does know, and has written a nice article about it. Check it out here.

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