Special Issue "Optical Properties of Rare-Earth Doped Nanostructured Materials"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Optics and Photonics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Mihail Secu
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Guest Editor
National Institute for Materials Physics, Magurele, Romania
Interests: nanocrystals; nanofluorides; sol–gel; glasses; glass ceramic; polymeric composites; rare-earth elements; up-conversion; photoluminescence; thermoluminescence; radiation defects

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Rare-earth doped nanostructured materials have attracted great interest because of their luminescence properties (wide spectral range, intense and sharp bands, and long lifetime), with a high potential for applications in various fields, such as optoelectronic devices, radiation detection, white light generation displays, photovoltaics, telecommunications, solid state lasers, or nano-labels, in biological imaging and nanomedicine. Great efforts have been devoted to searching for new and controllable synthesis methods, by using various chemical methods, along with a better understanding of the nanosize and surface-related effects.

A promising development of the rare-earth doped nanostructured materials is represented by luminescent hybrid composite materials. These are based on stabilized rare-earth doped nanoparticles homogeneously dispersed in a glassy or polymeric matrix—nano-glass ceramics or inorganic-polymer composites, respectively. Such nanocomposites would allow for the exploitation of their favorable optical functionalities and optical transparency (because of a lack of scattering). By deposition on selected substrates, transparent thin films can be obtained, suitable for use in optical devices.

Dr. Mihail Secu
Guest Editor

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  • nanocrystals
  • fluorides
  • hybrid composite
  • glasses
  • glass ceramics
  • rare-earth elements
  • up-conversion
  • photoluminescence

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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