Special Issue "Rare-Earth-Based Composite and Nanostructured Materials with Advanced Tailored Functionalities"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Composites".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francesco Enrichi
Guest Editor
CNR-ISP Italian National Research - Institute of Polar Sciences, c/o Campus Scientifico Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, via Torino 155, 30172 Venezia-Mestre, Italy
Interests: rare-earth ions; luminescent materials; sol-gel synthesis; micro- and nano-phosphors; nano-particles; plasmonics; optical films and coatings; glasses and glass-ceramics; solar cells; lighting; materials for energy
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Dr. Enrico Trave
Guest Editor
Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, via Torino 155, 30172 Venezia-Mestre, Italy
Interests: nanostructured materials; luminescent materials; glass and ceramics; nanocomposite glasses; lanthanide ions; noble metal nanoparticles; photonic and optical applications
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Dr. Michele Back
Guest Editor
Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy
Interests: nanostructured materials; luminescence; phosphors; nanoparticles; optical thermal sensors; ceramics; lanthanide ions; transition metal ions; metal oxide nanoparticles; photonic applications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the last decades, rare-earth doped materials acquired a key role in the development of systems for light generation, guiding, manipulation and detection. This is mainly due to the intrinsic, unique optical properties exhibited by rare earth ions when embedded in suitable host matrices.

In addition to the typical applications in telecommunication and photonics, rare-earth-based materials have also been developed for more tailored uses, such as phosphors for decorative lighting, remote temperature sensors for bioimaging, spectral modifiers for photovoltaic solar cells, and anti-counterfeiting markers in manufacturing and in cultural heritage preservation.

The possibility of achieving these features also goes through the design of novel material architectures that can activate or enhance specific rare-earth optical properties. In this regard, intense research activity has been undertaken to develop rare-earth-based composite and nanostructured systems, spanning from inorganic/organic hybrid materials to core–shell structures, from nanoparticle-embedded films to loaded porous matrices.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to provide an overview of the state-of-the-art and future perspectives for rare-earth based optical materials with peculiar structural architectures, which are of great interest for the photonic and optoelectronic fields as well as for intriguing tailored applications.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to: novel composite systems and preparation methods, emerging applications for rare-earth-based materials, advanced rare earth optical properties, novel tools and models for optical material characterization.

Dr. Francesco Enrichi
Prof. Dr. Enrico Trave
Dr. Michele Back
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Rare-earth doped materials
  • Luminescence and optical properties
  • Composite materials
  • Advanced optical functionalities
  • Nano-thermometry
  • Spectral modification
  • Micro- and nano-sized phosphors

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