CDT-ACM student Andreas Sergides has successfully applied for a European research grant from the Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Magnetic Hyperthermia and Indirect Radiation Therapy action network (RADIOMAG)) to join the “Engineering of metal nanoparticles” research group at Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (LCC- CNRS) in Toulouse, France.
During a two-month placement (March – April 2017), Andreas studied the synthesis and characterisation of metal nanoparticles using completely airless conditions, under the supervision of Professor Catherine Amiens. His project concerns the synthesis and functionalisation of iron-based magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications, such as MRI and Magnetic Fluid Hyperthermia for cancer treatment. The synthesis of metal nanoparticles is quite tricky due to their poor air stability, as they are prone to oxidation. This placement has offered Andreas the opportunity to develop his skills on the synthesis, handling and characterisation of nanoparticles under airless conditions.