Special Issue "Recent Advances in Upconversion Nanocrystals: Synthesis and Novel Applications"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanophotonics Materials and Devices".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 July 2023 | Viewed by 61

Special Issue Editors

College of Physics and Energy, Fujian Normal University, Fuzhou 350117, China
Interests: rare-earth doped phosphors; nano-phosphors; localized surface plasmon resonance; fluorescence temperature sensors
College of Material and Chemical Engineering, Minjiang University, Fuzhou, China
Interests: rare-earth-doped phosphors; upconversion; surface plasmons; nanomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent research on upconversion nanocrystals has focused on luminescence materials due to their various luminescence properties under low-energy excitation at the nanoscale. They can be applied in biological imaging, theranostics, anticounterfeiting, thermographic phosphor thermometry, etc. Furthermore, via surface modification and core–shell structure design, these nanocrystals can be endowed with high flexibility and customizability. In theory, the unique luminescence mechanism of these nanocrystals significantly differs from that of bulk materials.

This Special Issue focuses on the latest research on upconversion nanocrystals, including the synthesis and modification of novel upconversion nanocrystals, the study of novel application of upconversion nanocrystals, and the luminescence dynamics of upconversion nanocrystals. We invite the submission of original research articles and review articles covering the current progress on upconversion nanocrystals. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Upconversion luminescence in nanostructured glass ceramics;
  2. Tunable polarized upconversion in nanoparticles;
  3. Dual-mode luminescence of nanocrystals for anticounterfeiting labels;
  4. Upconversion mechanism via interfacial energy transfer of core–shell structure nanoparticles;
  5. Abnormal enhancing and quenching mechanism in upconversion nanocrystals;
  6. Novel application of upconversion nanocrystals;
  7. Modeling upconversion luminescence in nanocrystals.

Prof. Dr. Lin Lin
Dr. Biao Zheng
Guest Editors

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  • upconversion
  • nanoparticles
  • glass ceramics
  • energy transfer
  • core–shell
  • biological imaging
  • anticounterfeiting

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