Nanoparticles and cells: an interdisciplinary approach

Chimia (Aarau). 2012;66(3):104-9. doi: 10.2533/chimia.2012.104.


In this article we present an overview of some of our research in the field of nanoscience. By combining two different scientific backgrounds (chemistry and biology), we investigate nanoparticle-cell interactions from different angles. This requires an interdisciplinary approach involving material synthesis and characterization, cell biology (biochemistry) and microscopy. In particular, we describe the synthesis and magnetic properties of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles as well as their behavior in cell culture, evaluate different visualization and detection methods, and investigate the interaction of such magnetic particles with immune cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cells / chemistry*
  • Cells / cytology
  • Cells / drug effects
  • Ferric Compounds / chemical synthesis
  • Ferric Compounds / chemistry
  • Magnetics
  • Nanoparticles / chemistry*


  • Ferric Compounds
  • ferric oxide