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Leading physicists and materials scientists from around the world will be migrating to Barcelona, Spain this July to discuss their newest and most exciting work with like-minded colleagues. The week-long conference will feature plenary and semi-plenary lectures, symposia, oral presentations, poster sessions, and plenty of opportunities for scientists to discuss their current research, find inspiration or answers, and spark ideas for future work.

  • The conference will be focused on five main topics of magnetism:
  • Strongly correlated electron systems (including superconductivity and multiferroics)
  • Spin systems and magnetic structures
  • Spin electronics, spin transport and magnetization dynamics
  • Magnetism of nanoscale systems: thin films, nanostructures and nanoparticles
  • Magnetic materials and technologies for energy, information, and life

 

There are a number of scientists sharing their work about biomedical applications of magnetic nanoparticles. Florence Gazeau from the Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes CNRS in Paris, France will be giving a semi-plenary lecture. Dr. Gazeau has recently published work investigating the use of luminescent magnetic hybrid nanoparticles for imaging in small animals. The particles can be detected optically as well as with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Other areas of research in that laboratory include using magnetic nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery.

The scientists participating in a symposia about biomedical applications of magnetic nanoparticles include Kannan M. Krishnan from the University of Washington, USA, Gerardo F. Goya from INA-University of Zaragoza, Spain, and A. Roig from ICMAB/CSIC, Barcelona, SPAIN. Dr. Krishnan is interested in the magnetic and pharmacological nature of MRI imaging tracers. In addition to his academic research he started a company called LodeSpin Labs in 2010 with two former graduate students. The company develops magnetic particles for unique biomedical applications.

Dr. Goya has recently published work about the design, fabrication, and testing of magnetically-driven drug release devices and using magnetic particles for neural disease therapy. Dr Roig is using superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles to label endothelial progenitor cells, and published a paper on that topic last summer. In addition to these scientists there are many more giving short talks and poster presentations. Lively discussions about future biomedical applications of magnets are sure to materialize.

The 20th Annual International Conference on Magnetism will be held July 5-10 in Barcelona, Spain, and will be hosted by the Spanish Society of Magnetism, the Spanish Royal Society of Physics; Group of Solid State Physics, and the International Union of Pure Applied Physics. For more information visit the event’s website at http://www.icm2015.org/

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Lluis M. Martínez | SEPMAG Chief Scientific Officer

Founder of SEPMAG, Lluis holds a PhD in Magnetic Materials by the UAB. He has conducted research at German and Spanish academic institutions. Having worked in companies in Ireland, USA and Spain, he has more than 20 years of experience applying magnetic materials and sensors to industrial products and processes. He has filed several international patents on the field and co-authored more than 20 scientific papers, most of them on the subject of magnetic particle movement.

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