The application of magnetic particles in biomedical research and in-vitro diagnostics requires accurate characterization of their magnetic properties, with single-particle resolution and good statistics. Here, we report intra-pair magnetophoresis as a method to accurately quantify the field-dependent magnetic moments of magnetic particles and to rapidly generate histograms of the magnetic moments with good statistics. We demonstrate our method with particles of different sizes and from different sources, with a measurement precision of a few percent. We expect that intra-pair magnetophoresis will be a powerful tool for the characterization and improvement of particles for the upcoming field of particle-based nanobiotechnology.
Reenen, van, A., Gao, Y., Bos, A. H., Jong, de, A. M., Hulsen, M. A., Toonder, den, J. M. J., & Prins, M. W. J. (2013). Accurate quantification of magnetic particle properties by intra-pair magnetophoresis for nanobiotechnology. Applied Physics Letters, 103(4), 043704-1/5. . https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4816429