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Manipulation of micro- and nanostructure motion with magnetic fields

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In this review we will focus on how magnetic fields can be used to manipulate the motion of various micro- and nanostructures in solution. We will distinguish between ferromagnetic, paramagnetic and diamagnetic materials. Furthermore, the use of various kinds of magnetic fields, such as homogeneous, inhomogeneous and rotating magnetic fields, is discussed. To date most research has focused on the use of ferro- and paramagnetic materials, but here we also describe the possibilities of magnetic manipulation of diamagnetic materials. Since the vast majority of soft matter is diamagnetic, this paves the way for many new applications to manipulate the motion of micro- and nanostructures.

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The article was received on 30 Aug 2013, accepted on 04 Oct 2013 and first published on 04 Oct 2013


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C3SM52294F
Citation: Soft Matter, 2014,10, 1295-1308
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    Manipulation of micro- and nanostructure motion with magnetic fields

    R. S. M. Rikken, R. J. M. Nolte, J. C. Maan, J. C. M. van Hest, D. A. Wilson and P. C. M. Christianen, Soft Matter, 2014, 10, 1295
    DOI: 10.1039/C3SM52294F

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