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Daniel Horak, PhD, head of the Department of Polymer Particles in IMC, hosted our group members Marija Lovric and Lejla Ferhatovic for a month and a half long training in synthesis and characterization of iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles, lasting from 04th November till 18th December 2013.Magnetic nanoparticles have attracted considerable interest in biotechnology and biomedicine because of their controllable nanoscale dimensions, biocompatibility, and superior magnetic properties. For biomedical applications, requirements on magnetic nanoparticles are strongly related to their morphology, functionality, and magnetization. Among various possible applications of magnetic nanoparticles in biomedicine, they are videly used as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Cells labbeled with magnetic nanoparticles can be transplanted into the injured body tissue, while non-invasive and long-term monitoring of the introduction, migration, proliferation, differentiation and fate via the total MRI can be performed.

Magnetic nanoparticles (synthesized by Marija Lovric and Lejla Ferhatovic)

 

Marija and Lejla had a privilege to learn in highly motivated and productive research team in IMC, with great experience in the field of colloidal chemistry. The adopted knowledge in synthesis and characterization of iron oxide nanoparticles, its coating with inert and biocompatible materials and functionalization of the coating sets a foundation for future cell labelling and tracking using the MRI system within the GlowBrain project.

 

 

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