International Journal on Magnetic Particle Imaging
Vol 6 No 2 Suppl. 1 (2020)

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Teaching Magnetic Particle Spectroscopy to Undergraduates – A Practical Session

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Johanna Stafford  (Nottingham Trent University), James Freeman (Nottingham Trent University), Michael Newton (Nottingham Trent University), Robert Morris  (Nottingham Trent University)


Magnetic Particle Spectroscopy (MPS) is a valuable technique for SPIOs analysis. MPI and MPS are beginning to secure their place in university curricular with some universities delivering post-graduate content. To the best of our knowledge it is however yet to be routinely taught at an undergraduate level. Here we present a lab using a low cost MPS system suitable for a final year undergraduate physics or chemistry student. A third year undergraduate physics student tested the lab in which transmit signals are canceled using a gradiometric receive coil, the frequency spectrum of synomag-D 70nm SPIOs obtained and used to produce a calibration of particle concentration which is used to determine the concentration of two unknown samples. The student obtained a calibration graph with an R2 value of 0.99 and low residual error. The student then went on to successfully find the values of the unknown samples with an error of less than 17%.
Int. J. Mag. Part. Imag. 6(2), Suppl. 1, 2020, Article ID: 2009055, DOI: 10.18416/IJMPI.2020.2009055

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