BioMed Central featured a study entitled, “Physically Synthesized Ni-Cu Nanoparticles For Magnetic Hyperthermia”, authored by Martin Bettge, Jhunu Chatterjee and Yousef Haik. The goal of the study was to demonstrate how self-regulating magnetic hyperthermia could be achieved by synthesizing nanomagnetic particles with desired Curie temperature.
The process used in this study was composed of melting of the Copper and Nickel (Cu-NI) mixture and ball milling of the resulted bulk alloy. It was then observed for impact on nanostructured materials. Both mechanical abrasion and continuous grinding were used to break down the bulk amount into the desired particle size. Brookhaven’s NanoBrook ZetaPALS was used to determine accurate particle size data to create desired alloy composition and size. Through the study, the researchers were able to come up with a process for manufacturing nanomagnetic particles that allowed for larger scale production.
Magnetic hyperthermia provides the heat that reduces viability of cancer cells and increases their sensitivity to chemotherapy and radiation, making it an active area for research in cancer treatment advances. Effective, precise and reliable instruments are required to ensure useful and accurate results. Brookhaven Instruments carries a line of prestigious and state-of-the-art equipment including the NanoBrook ZetaPALS.