The use of magnetic nanoparticles in analytical chemistry

Jacob S. Beveridge, Jason R. Stephens, Mary Elizabeth Williams

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Magnetic nanoparticles uniquely combine superparamagnetic behavior with dimensions that are smaller than or the same size as molecular analytes. The integration of magnetic nanoparticles with analytical methods has opened new avenues for sensing, purification, and quantitative analysis. Applied magnetic fields can be used to control the motion and properties of magnetic nanoparticles; in analytical chemistry, use of magnetic fields provides methods for manipulating and analyzing species at the molecular level. In this review, we describe applications of magnetic nanoparticles to analyte handling, chemical sensors, and imaging techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-273
Number of pages23
JournalAnnual Review of Analytical Chemistry
StatePublished - Jul 19 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry


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