At the Biomagnetics Laboratory in the Dept. of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering of VCU, we conduct latest research on the applications of magnetic materials and devices in biomedical engineering. Biomagnetism is the main research focus of our group which has tremendous scope in solving various problems that are related to human health, especially in neurological interventions.
We are a team of young, enthusiastic and dedicated researchers working on the development of magnetic devices and materials that will positively affect life of millions of people suffering from many neurological disorders.
We currently focus on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) research and biomedical application of room temperature ferromagnetic rare-earth nanoparticles. We closely collaborate with the Dept. of Neurosurgery of School of Medicine and Dept. of Psychiatry to develop new transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) treatment procedures for patients with various neurological disorders.
Room temperature ferromagnetic rare earth nanoparticles for energy harvesting and biomedical applications is our other research focus where we have developed first room temperature gadolinium based ferromagnetic nanoparticles. We have recently developed thin film composites of magnetic nanoparticles and PVDF for energy harvesting that have higher piezoelectric constant than PVDF alone. We are working towards developing first Gd based T2 contrasts agents for MRI applications.