An increase in the field strength of magnetic components in manufacturing processes and electronic devices may result in a reduction in energy consumption. The performance of biomedical applications such as magnetic resonance imaging and hyperthermia treatment of cancer, strictly depend on the strength of magnetic nanoparticles. There is a need to provide a cost-efficient method of manufacturing stronger magnets without increasing the physical size or weight of such materials.
To meet these challenges researchers at the University of Leicester have developed novel nanoparticles with unprecedentedly high magnetic moments, which are essential for developing future and emerging technologies with improved energy efficiencies. These high-moment magnetic nanoparticles have applications in biomedical science and the potential to form the building blocks of the next-generation magnets.