Evaluation of iron-cobalt/ferrite core-shell nanoparticles for cancer thermotherapy


Conference Paper

Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) offer promise for local hyperthermia or thermoablative cancer therapy. Magnetic hyperthermia uses MNPs to heat cancerous regions in an rf field. Metallic MNPs have larger magnetic moments than iron oxides, allowing similar heating at lower concentrations. By tuning the magnetic anisotropy in alloys, the heating rate at a particular particle size can be optimized. Fe-Co core-shell MNPs have protective Co Fe2 O4 shell which prevents oxidation. The oxide coating also aids in functionalization and improves biocompatibility of the MNPs. We predict the specific loss power (SLP) for FeCo (SLP ∼450 Wg) at biocompatible fields to be significantly larger in comparision to oxide materials. The anisotropy of Fe-Co MNPs may be tuned by composition and/or shape variation to achieve the maximum SLP at a desired particle size. © 2008 American Institute of Physics.

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Cited Authors

  • Habib, AH; Ondeck, CL; Chaudhary, P; Bockstaller, MR; McHenry, ME

Published Date

  • April 21, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 103 / 7

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0021-8979

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1063/1.2830975

Citation Source

  • Scopus