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2020 - Magnetic Nanoparticles: Fundamentals and Applications

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Lecture: Video lectures, starting April 21st
Seminar: Every Wednesday or Friday, 09.15 - 10.00h, starting April 29th or May 15th, video conference; day will be fixed after online survey
Online office hour: Tuesday, 09.30 - 10.30h, and upon request

Content: After an introduction to nanomagnetism and its occurence in nature, this lecture will give an overview of recent research on today’s and future applications e.g. in medical theranostics, environmental care, and technology. In more detail, it will cover the following topics:

  • Superparamagnetism and magnetic relaxation
  • Ferrofluids
  • Biomagnetism and magnetoreception
  • Targeted drug delivery and hyperthermia cancer treatment
  • Water purification
  • High-density data storage devices

Access: Video lectures, lecture notes as well as the link to the online seminar, further material, and organisational details will be provided online via Blackboard:
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Target Group: Students in the Master course “Physics”. Basic knowledge in solid state physics and quantum mechanics is required on a Bachelor-degree level. A bief review of the basics of magnetism will be given in the lecture. The lecture and accompanying practise seminar constitute the module “Modern Methods in Experimental Physics A”.

Credit points: 5 ECTS points

Lecture: Lectures comprise of a weekly video lecture, which is uploaded Monday evening at latest and is accompanied by a short online test with comprehensive questions and 1-2 exercises, which will be discussed in the practise seminar (see below). The purpose of the online test is (i) students can easily check their learning progress by themselves and (ii) the lecturer will see if more explanations or help is needed and can react accordingly. Online tests do not enter the grade in any form.

Practise seminar: Active participation in the online discussions is obligatory, which implies regular attendance to the online seminar. Solutions of exercises are presented by the students, comprehensive questions of the weekly online test as well as from online forum are discussed. Successful completion of the whole module includes, in addition, passing the examination.

Examinations: Depending on the measures against the novel Corona virus, there will be either a written exam on July 14th (day of the last lecture), 8.30h - 10.00h or 30-minutes oral exams via video conference. More details will be announced later on Blackboard.

Past semesters


  • Magnetic Nanoparticles: Fundamentals and Applications

    Freie Universität Berlin  (SS 2017 - 2019)
  • Experimentalphysik 1

    Freie Universität Berlin  (WS 2017/2018)
  • Magnetische Materialien

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (WS 2016/2017)
  • Magnetismus in der Energieforschung

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (WS 2015/16 - WiSe 2016/2017)
  • Grundlagen des Magnetismus

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (WS 2012/13, 2014/15 - 2015/16)
  • Ringvorlesung Moderne Messmethoden der Physik

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (WS 2009/10 - 2014/15)
  • Kooperative Phänomene

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (SS 2008 - 2010, 2013)
  • Einführung in die Festkörperphysik

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (WS 2008/09, 2011/12)


  • Magnetic Nanoparticles: Fundamentals and Applications

    Freie Universität Berlin  (SS 2017, 2018)
  • Experimentalphysik 1

    Freie Universität Berlin  (WS 2017/2018)
  • Eigenschaften und Anwendungen von Nanomaterialien

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (WS 2011/12)

  • Kooperative Phänomene

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (SS 2008 - 2010, 2013)

  • Einführung in die Festkörperphysik

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (WS 2007/08 - 2011/12)

  • Physik I und II für Elektrotechniker

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (SS 2005 - 2006)

Supervision of students in seminars

  • Experimentalphysik

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (SS 2012, WiSe 2012/13)

  • States of Matter

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (WS 2011/12)

  • Physik der digitalen Informationsspeicherung

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (SS 2011)

  • Seminar zum Physikalischen Praktikum für Fortgeschrittene

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (SS 2010)

  • Physik periodischer Strukturen

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (WS 2009/10)

  • Mikroskopie

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (SS 2009)

  • Quanteninformation

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (WS 2008/09)

  • Physikalische Grundlagen der Metrologie

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (SS 2008)

Practical courses

  • Physikalisches Praktikum für Fortgeschrittene: Beugung langsamer Elektronen und Auger-Elektronen-Spektroskopie im Ultrahochvakuum

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (SS 2010 - 2013)
  • Physikalisches Praktikum für Studierende "NanoEngineering"

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (WS 2007/08)

  • Physikalisches Praktikum für Elektrotechniker

    Universität Duisburg-Essen (SS 2005 - 2007)

  • Physikalisch-chemisches Praktikum für Pharmazeuten

    TU Braunschweig (SS 2002 - 2003)

Lecture Notes