Paulo P. Freitas

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This paper presents a prototype of a platform for biomolecular recognition detection. The system is based on a magnetoresistive biochip that performs biorecognition assays by detecting magnetically tagged targets. All the electronic circuitry for addressing, driving and reading out signals from spin-valve or magnetic tunnel junctions sensors is implemented(More)
Over the past five years, magnetoelectronics has emerged as a promising new platform technology for biosensor and biochip development. The techniques are based on the detection of the magnetic fringe field of a magnetically labeled biomolecule interacting with a complementary biomolecule bound to a magnetic-field sensor. Magnetoresistive-based sensors,(More)
Since the fundamental discovery of the giant magnetoresistance many spintronic devices have been developed and implemented in our daily life (e.g. information storage and automotive industry). Lately, advances in the sensors technology (higher sensitivity, smaller size) have potentiated other applications, namely in the biological area, leading to the(More)
Although conventional state-of-the-art flow cytometry systems provide rapid and reliable analytical capacities, they are bulky, expensive and complex. To overcome these drawbacks modern flow cytometers have been developed with enhanced portability for on-site measurements. Unlike external fluorescent/optical detectors, magnetoresistive sensors are(More)
In this paper the biological limit of detection of a spin-valve-based magnetoresistive biochip applied to the detection of 20 mer ssDNA hybridization events is presented. Two reactional variables and their impact on the biomolecular recognition efficiency are discussed. Both the influence of a 250 nm diameter magnetic particle attached to the target(More)
Iron oxide nanoparticles (ION), with different coatings and sizes, have attracted extensive interest in the last years to be applied in drug delivery, cancer therapy and as contrast agents in imagiologic techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging. However, the safety of these nanoparticles is still not completely established, particularly to host defense(More)
Iron oxide nanoparticles (ION) can have a wide scope of applications in biomedicine, namely in magnetic resonance imaging, tissue repair, drug delivery, hyperthermia, transfection, tissue soldering, and as antimicrobial agents. The safety of these nanoparticles, however, is not completely established, namely concerning their effect on immune system and(More)
Small magnetoresistive spin valve sensors (2 x 6 microm(2)) were used to detect the binding of single streptavidin functionalized 2 microm magnetic microspheres to a biotinylated sensor surface. The sensor signals, using 8 mA sense current, were in the order of 150-400 microV for a single microsphere depending on sensor sensitivity and the thickness of the(More)
Flow cytometers have been optimized for use in portable platforms, where cell separation, identification and counting can be achieved in a compact and modular format. This feature can be combined with magnetic detection, where magnetoresistive sensors can be integrated within microfluidic channels to detect magnetically labelled cells. This work describes a(More)