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Nanometrology Methods for Magnetic Nanoparticles

The objectives of the EU financed NanoMag project were to standardize, improve and redefine analysing methods of magnetic nanoparticles. Using improved manufacturing technologies, synthesized magnetic nanoparticles with specific properties were analysed with a multitude of characterization techniques.

Aim and goal
•    Identify analysis techniques to be used as standardization measurements in the field of magnetic nanoparticle research and development
•    Use new or improved analysis techniques to control the properties of magnetic nanoparticles
•    Promote the standardization techniques so they can be used both in research and in industry
•    Provide/enable a traceable route for novel characterization techniques towards the basis of new metrological standards

•    Correlate magnetic and structural properties of magnetic nanoparticles
•    Develop analysis techniques and models in the field of magnetic nanoparticles
•    Improve traceability of the magnetic nanoparticle “life time” from manufacturing to a specific application
•    Present standardized procedures for manufacturing of magnetic nanoparticles with specific properties

The NanoMag project gathered Europe’s leading experts within research institutes, companies, universities and metrology institutes, all carrying out front end research and developing applications in the field of magnetic nanoparticles. Most all of existing analysing techniques for magnetic nanoparticles were used in the project.

The NanoMag results will be used to define standard measurements which are necessary for defining a magnetic nanoparticle system and for quality control. The result will provide valuables tools to the manufacturing process and the regulatory work on magnetic nanoparticles. The application areas of magnetic nanoparticles in the NanoMag project are focused on biomedical applications, for instance biosensing, contrast substances in medical tomography methods and for cancer therapy.


Project name





Region Stockholm, Västra Götaland Region

RISE role in project

Coordination, R&D activities in AC susceptometry analysis, magnetic modelling, synthesis of magnetic nanoparticles, elemental analysis and standardization

Project start


From Nov. 2013 to Nov. 2017

Total budget

120 MSEK


RISE, University College London, Uppsala University, The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), micromod Partikeltechnologie GmbH, Technical University of Denmark, University of Cantabria, Chalmers University of Technology, Federal Institute of Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Technical University of Braunschweig, nanoPET Pharma GmbH, Solve Research & Consultancy AB, University of Lübeck, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Physikalisch Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), National Physical Laboratory (NPL)


European Commission Framework Programme 7 under grant agreement no 604448

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Project members

Christer Johansson

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