Biotemplating Magnetic Nanoparticles on Patterned Surfaces for Potential Use in Data Storage

Johanna Galloway, scott bird, jonathan bramble, kevin critchley, sarah staniland

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Thin-films of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) with high coercivities are deposited onto surfaces for use in data storage applications. This usually requires specialist clean-room facilities, sputtering equipment and high temperatures to achieve the correct crystallographic phases. One possible cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative could be to use biomolecules. Many biomineralization and biotemplating molecules have been identified that are able to template a wide range of technologically relevant materials using mild, aqueous chemistry under physiological reaction conditions. Here, we have designed a dual affinity peptide (DAP) sequence to template MNPs onto a surface. One end of the DAP has a high binding affinity for SiO2 and the other for MNPs of the L10 phase of CoPt, a high coercivity magnetic material. Images of the biomineralized substrates show that nanoparticles of CoPt are localized onto the areas that were functionalized with the biotemplating DAP. Magnetic force microscopy (MFM) plots of the biotemplated nanoparticles show that there is magnetic contrast on the patterned surface.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMRS Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationSymposium MM – Advanced Materials for Biological and Biomedical Applications
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • biomineralization
  • SEM analysis
  • MFM
  • magnetic materials
  • magnetic nanoparticles


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