Our work featured in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Hyperthermia cancer treatment is a novel application of magnetic nanoparticles which
are used to locally heat tumour cells. The heat is used to destroy tumour cells directly making use of the so-called
programmed cell death or to support conventional therapies like radiation therapy by suppressing their cell repair
mechanism. The search for suitable materials is still an important interdisciplinary issue.
In our work a new combination of cobalt ferrite (CFO) and palladium nanoparticles show improved heat generation ability
that even outperform commercially available nanoparticles. This piece of application-driven basic research gives an
important insight into utilization of tailored nanohybrids and was featured on the inside back cover of the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.
First XMCD measurements of diamagnetic states
Soft x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) is typically used to study ferro- or
paramagnetic materials, but not diamagnetism. In our work, published in the Nature Communications Chemistry,
we overcame this limitation and used XMCD fine structures to distinguish diamagnetic states in molecular magnets in conjunction with
theoretical calculations. This work opens the field of XMCD to detailed investigations of magnetism and related
electronic states of diamagnetic materials like e.g. the surface of superconductors or topological insulators.
Shutdown of BESSY II
Bad news: Because of the coronavirus pandemia, the BESSY II synchrotron radiation source of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin was
converted to minimum operation on March 20th, 2020. User operation stopped completely.
New UHV system for nanoparticle synthesis
Gas-phase condensation can now be used in our group to synthesise metallic and oxidic nanoparticles with narrow
size distribution. The system is UHV compatible and offers the possibility to prepare core-shell nanoparticles by
in-flight coating of the initially formed particles.
The systems was purchased from Mantis Deposition Ltd., a first test run was performed successfully.
Our work on the front cover of Annalen der Physik
What are the mutual influences of electronic properties, crystallographic structures and magnetism? Moreover, how
do they affect phase transitions? To shed light on these subjects, we investigated surface modified magnetite
nanoparticles using element-specific synchrotron radiation spectroscopy. Our work has been featured on the front cover of “Annalen der Physik“ a
journal renowned in the field of physics for more than 225 years.
→ Press release PGI-6
→ Article (open access)