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The feasibility of a recently introduced homogeneous immunodiagnostic approach to directly detect analyte binding by optical observation of the hydrodynamic properties of magnetically rotated nanorods ("PlasMag") is demonstrated experimentally. Specifically, it is shown that the phase lag of the long axis of nickel nanorods (magnetic core parameters: length(More)
We present a new approach for homogeneous real-time immunodiagnostics (denoted as "PlasMag") that can be directly carried out in sample solutions such as serum, thus promising to circumvent the need of sample preparation. It relies on highly sensitive plasmon-optical detection of the relaxation dynamics of magnetic nanoparticles immersed in the sample(More)
Studying protein interactions is of vital importance both to fundamental biology research and to medical applications. Here, we report on the experimental proof of a universally applicable label-free homogeneous platform for rapid protein analysis. It is based on optically detecting changes in the rotational dynamics of magnetically agitated core-shell(More)
Cobalt nanorods possess ideal magnetic properties for applications requiring magnetically hard nanoparticles. However, their exploitation is undermined by their sensitivity toward oxygen and water, which deteriorates their magnetic properties. The development of a continuous metal shell inert to oxidation could render them stable, opening perspectives not(More)
2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag Gmb Size and composition of nanocrystals (NCs) allow tailoring their optical, magnetic or electronic properties. Incorporated at specific positions on a chip, they might offer specific functions, i.e., the construction of devices that could not be achieved with the host material only. Therefore magnetic and fluorescent colloidal(More)
The growing availability of biomarker panels for molecular diagnostics is leading to an increasing need for fast and sensitive biosensing technologies that are applicable to point-of-care testing. In that regard, homogeneous measurement principles are especially relevant as they usually do not require extensive sample preparation procedures, thus reducing(More)
Detecting biomarkers from complex sample solutions is the key objective of molecular diagnostics. Being able to do so in a simple approach that does not require laborious sample preparation, sophisticated equipment and trained staff is vital for point-of-care applications. Here, we report on the specific detection of the breast cancer biomarker sHER2(More)
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