Our next and already 12th International Conference on the Scientific and Clinical Applications of Magnetic Carriers is all set and will take place at the University of Copenhagen's new Maersk building. The meeting will take place from May 22-26, 2018.
If you have never been to our meetings, then check out our last and 11th International Conference on the Scientific and Clinical Applications of Magnetic Carriers that took place in Vancouver, Canada from May 31 - June 4, 2016. Details can be seen here. Especially the special issue of JMMM which was just published is worth checking out.
The 2017 meeting in Asheville, NC, was a great success. This would not be possible without the outstanding talks, posters, and discussions that you can go and check out in the attached abstract booklet here. But it also would not be possible without the energy of the organizers, Jennifer Andrew, Mark Bolding, Thompson Mefford, to again find a great meeting location, excellent invited speakers, and allow for pleasant information exchange and a chance for a good time together. Thank you all!
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The 5th Colloquium of the DFG Priority Program 1681: Field controlled particle matrix interactions: synthesis multi-scale modelling and application of magnetic- hybrid materials was held in the Bavarian cloister Benediktbeuern from September 27-29, 2017. This colloquium is part of a special program of the German Research Foundation (DFG), that started in January 2014 and is focused on novel magnetic hybrid materials research. The research ranges from magnetic material production to technical and medical applications and includes modelling of field dependent interaction with different matrices. The large program benefits from the cross-specialization collaboration of chemists, physicist, engineers, biologists, and medics.
Almost 4 years after the start of the program, 86 scientists from each of the 31 projects in the program presented their most recent research findings in scientific talks and posters in the atmosphere of very history-charged walls. The highlight of the annual three-day meeting was, as always, a hiking tour in the mountains that culminates in scientific presentations being given in an alpine hut without any projection equipment. This year, the selected two speakers presented their recently finished dissertations on “Ferrogel actuators for bioapplications” (Emilia Wisotzki, Leipzig) and on “Particle motion investigation by Mössbauer spectroscopy” (Joachim Landers, Duisburg-Essen).
The next colloquium will take place at the end of September 2018, at which time 5 of the 6 years of the grant period will have elapsed. Planning future research in joint projects will then be in everybody's mind. For more information about this large German grant program, check out: http://www.magnetofluiddynamik.de/spp1681/index.php/willkommen
Congratulations to Prof. Anna Roig from the Group of Nanoparticles and Nanocomposites, Institut de Ciencia de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) for obtaining and Albus Grifols Scientific Award.
A team of researchers including Koohee Han and Orlin D. Velev of North Carolina State University made polymer cubes with 10-µm-long edges and selectively coated one face of each cube with a 100-nm-thick film of cobalt, which can be magnetized. Then they formed aqueous suspensions of the microcubes and showed that by controlling the way magnetic fields were applied to the suspensions, including switching the fields on and off and superimposing fields from multiple electromagnets, the cubes could be made to spontaneously and reversibly assemble in a variety of shapes and patterns (Sci. Adv. 2017, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701108). In some cases, the cubes reversibly switched between a linear chain and ringlike configuration. In others, the cubes underwent complex folding and unfolding.
In clinical and biomedical applications of magnetic nanoparticle heating, the importance of accurate and precise heating rate measurements cannot be understated. There is currently no standard equipment, methodology, or reference materials to inform and validate data obtained from such measurements. Theoretical modelling relies upon data from such measurements to guide improvements and to distinguish among competing models. Yet, measurement methods vary and are often conducted under conditions that violate the underlying thermodynamic principles upon which the measurement is founded.
Robert Ivkov, Frederik Soetaert et al independently ascertained regions of data that adhere to the thermodynamic criteria, and yet even within these regions significant variability of measurement is observed. Variations within a single measurement actually exceed the variance among replicate measurements. Such variation within the measurements can be attributed to complex magnetohydrodynamic responses of the magnetic fluid and to heat transfer within the sample. Distinguishing between these effects is not possible without additional orthogonal measurements.
Check out this careful and important work for the magnetic hyperthermia community here. It was just published in the journal "Scientific Reports".
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