Drug delivery to tumours or other sites in body sometimes need to be urgent. And in order to revolutionise this drug delivery, researchers have come up with new superparamagnetic crystals that could easily transport the drugs in your body that need to be targeted precisely.
The process earlier seemed to be difficult as controlling the movement of crystals with special magnetic properties was not a mangeable task for scientists.
For the new study, a team of Chinese researchers developed a process of larger superparamagnetic crystals than earlier. The discovery has offered many applications to use the crystals in order to better and save lives.
"These larger crystals are easier to control using external magnetic fields, and they will not aggregate when those fields are removed, which will make them much more useful in practical applications, including drug delivery," Kezheng Chen from Quingdou University of Science and Technology in Quingdou, China.
Chen's crystals might also be of use in engineering projects that require "smart fluids" to change their properties in presence of magnetic field.
Another useful application of crystals can be to build more comfortable and realistic prosthetic limbs, the researchers said, in the paper published in the journal Physics Letters A.