Abstract: This paper reviews the synthesis, structure and applications of metal fluoride nanoparticles, with particular focus on rare earth (RE) doped fluoride nanoparticles obtained by our research group. Nanoparticles were produced by precipitation methods using the ligand ammonium di-n-octadecyldithiophosphate (ADDP) that allows the growth of shells around a core particle while simultaneously avoiding particle aggregation. Nanoparticles were characterized on their structure, morphology, and luminescent properties. We discuss the synthesis, properties, and application of heavy metal fluorides; specifically LaF3:RE and PbF2, and group IIA fluorides. Particular attention is given to the synthesis of core/shell nanoparticles, including selectively RE-doped LaF3/LaF3, and CaF2/CaF2 core/(multi-)shell nanoparticles, and the CaF2-LaF3 system.
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Jacobsohn, L.G.; Kucera, C.J.; James, T.L.; Sprinkle, K.B.; DiMaio, J.R.; Kokuoz, B.; Yazgan-Kukouz, B.; DeVol, T.A.; Ballato, J. Preparation and Characterization of Rare Earth Doped Fluoride Nanoparticles. Materials 2010, 3, 2053-2068.
Jacobsohn LG, Kucera CJ, James TL, Sprinkle KB, DiMaio JR, Kokuoz B, Yazgan-Kukouz B, DeVol TA, Ballato J. Preparation and Characterization of Rare Earth Doped Fluoride Nanoparticles. Materials. 2010; 3(3):2053-2068.
Jacobsohn, Luiz G.; Kucera, Courtney J.; James, Tiffany L.; Sprinkle, Kevin B.; DiMaio, Jeffrey R.; Kokuoz, Baris; Yazgan-Kukouz, Basak; DeVol, Timothy A.; Ballato, John. 2010. "Preparation and Characterization of Rare Earth Doped Fluoride Nanoparticles." Materials 3, no. 3: 2053-2068.