Special Issue "Biological Applications of Magnetic Nanoparticles"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanotechnology and Applied Nanosciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2017

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yurii K. Gun'ko

School of Chemistry, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland
Website | E-Mail
Interests: quantum dots; magnetic nanomaterials; carbon nanomaterials; nano-bio-technology; biological imaging

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Magnetic nanomaterials represent one of the most important and emerging classes of materials in nanotechnology due to a range of potential applications, including magnetic data storage, catalysis, magnetic separation, sensing, waste water treatment, and many others. In particular, magnetic nanoparticles have been envisaged for various biological and biomedical applications. For example, magnetic nanoparticles can be used as drug delivery agents, which can be localized in the body at a site of interest using an external magnetic field. When exposed to an alternating magnetic field, magnetic nanoparticles can serve as powerful heat sources, destroying tumour cells, that allows to use these nanomaterials in cancer hyperthermia therapy. Magnetic fluids based on aqueous dispersions of small size magnetic nanoparticles have also been utilized as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This Special Issue is focused on the preparation, biological behaviour studies and prospective applications of magnetic nanomaterials in biology and medicine.

Prof. Yurii Gun'ko
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Applied Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Magnetic nanoparticles
  • drug delivery
  • sensing
  • nanomedicine
  • MRI
  • magnetic hyperthermia

Published Papers (1 paper)

View options order results:
result details:
Displaying articles 1-1
Export citation of selected articles as:


Open AccessArticle A Fast and Cost-Effective Detection of Melamine by Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Using a Novel Hydrogen Bonding-Assisted Supramolecular Matrix and Gold-Coated Magnetic Nanoparticles
Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(5), 475; doi:10.3390/app7050475
Received: 8 March 2017 / Revised: 27 April 2017 / Accepted: 27 April 2017 / Published: 3 May 2017
PDF Full-text (4367 KB) | HTML Full-text | XML Full-text
A fast and cost-effective melamine detection approach has been developed based on surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) using a novel hydrogen bonding-assisted supramolecular matrix. The detection utilizes Fe3O4/Au magnetic nanoparticles coated with 5-aminoorotic acid (AOA) as a SERS active
[...] Read more.
A fast and cost-effective melamine detection approach has been developed based on surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) using a novel hydrogen bonding-assisted supramolecular matrix. The detection utilizes Fe3O4/Au magnetic nanoparticles coated with 5-aminoorotic acid (AOA) as a SERS active substrate (Fe3O4/Au–AOA), and Rhodamine B (RhB) conjugated AOA as a Raman reporter (AOA–RhB). Upon mixing the reagents with melamine, a supramolecular complex [Fe3O4/Au–AOA•••melamine•••AOA–RhB] was formed due to the strong multiple hydrogen bonding interactions between AOA and melamine. The complex was separated and concentrated to a pellet by an external magnet and used as a supramolecular matrix for the melamine detection. Laser excitation of the complex pellet produced a strong SERS signal diagnostic for RhB. The logarithmic intensity of the characteristic RhB peaks was found to be proportional to the concentration of melamine with a limit of detection of 2.5 µg/mL and a detection linearity range of 2.5~15.0 µg/mL in milk. As Fe3O4 nanoparticles and AOA are thousands of times less expensive than the monoclonal antibody used in a traditional sandwich immunoassay, the current assay drastically cut down the cost of melamine detection. The current approach affords promise as a biosensor platform that cuts down sample pre-treatment steps and measurement expense. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biological Applications of Magnetic Nanoparticles)

Figure 1

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Minimally invasive molecular imaging of pancreatic cancer with a miniature multimodal endoscope

Authors: Xianjin Dai, Weiping Qian, Lily Yang, Huabei Jiang

Multimodal magnetic nanoparticles for biological applications

Authors: R. Serrano Garcia, S. Stafford and Y.K. Gun'ko

Journal Contact

Applied Sciences Editorial Office
St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
Tel. +41 61 683 77 34
Fax: +41 61 302 89 18
Editorial Board
Contact Details Submit to Special Issue Edit a special issue Review for Applied Sciences
Back to Top