Magnetic Force Microscopy of in a Polymer Matrix Embedded Single Magnetic Nanoparticles

Alexander Krivcov, Jennifer Schneider, Tanja Junkers, Hildegard Möbius

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Embedding superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) in functional thin films is of high interest for nanocomposites as well as for biomedical applications. However, there is still the need for high-resolution mapping of the hidden nanoparticles. Magnetic force microscopy (MFM) has proved to be a suitable technique to image SPIONs at ambient conditions and provide information about spatial distribution, size, and magnetic behavior in a single pass. This work reports on high-resolution mapping of magnetite nanoparticles of various sizes embedded in polymer films of various thicknesses. A quantification of the magnetic signals is used to determine the size of the magnetic core of the embedded nanoparticles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1800753
Number of pages8
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (A) - Applications and Materials Science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • embedded nanoparticles
  • magnetic force microscopy
  • magnetic interaction
  • magnetite
  • superparamagnetic nanoparticles

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