Special Issue "Nanostructural Materials with Rare Earth Ions: Synthesis, Physicochemical Characterization, Modification and Applications"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Rafał Jakub Wiglusz Website E-Mail
Wlodzimierz Trzebiatowski Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wroclaw, Poland
Interests: Nanotechnology: organic and inorganic nanosized materials; synthesis; structural analysis; nanocomposites; polymer nanocomposites; nanoapatites; nanophosphates; nanoferrites; rare earth ions; energy transfer; nanopowder; nanoparticles; physicochemical properties; optical and spectroscopic properties; biomedicine; bioimaging; biosensors; bio-related application

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, inorganic nanocrystalline materials activated by rare-earth ions (RE3+) have attracted a great deal of attention due to their potential applications as luminophores, up-converting materials, laser materials, and immunologic scavengers, as well as biomedical materials. 

The goals of Special Issue of "Nanostructural Materials with Rare Earth Ions: Synthesis, Physicochemical Characterization, Modification and Applications" will be achieved by the preparation of nanometer-sized materials doped and co-doped with rare earth ions followed by the creation of periodically ordered nanostructures based on single nanoparticles. A small particle size implies high sensitivity and selectivity. These new effects and possibilities are mainly due to quantum effects that are a result of the increasing ratio of surface to volume atoms in low-dimensional systems. An important factor in this context so far has been the design and fabrication of nanocomponents with/displaying new functionalities and characteristics for the improvement of existing materials; including photonic materials, conductive materials, polymers and biocomposites. With this concept of nanotechnology in mind, the aim of the Special Issue should be covered by innovative products and application options in electronics and biomedicine, based solely on nanoscale technology.

Topics to be covered in this Special Issue include:

  • Technology and applications of nanomaterials with rare earth ions,
  • Advanced physicochemical properties, characterization and modification of nanomaterials with rare earth ions,
  • Novel active materials, especially organic and inorganic materials, nanocrystalline materials, nanoceramics doped and co-doped with rare-earth ions with bio-related and emerging applications
  • Magnetic properties of nano-sized rare-earth compounds;
  • Applications of nano-sized rare earth doped and co-doped optical materials

Prof. Rafał Jakub Wiglusz
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Organic and Inorganic Nanomaterials
  • Rare earth ions
  • Biofunctionalization and Biomodification
  • Synthesis and Preparation
  • Bioimaging
  • Biosensors
  • Cytotoxicity
  • Energy transfer
  • Luminescence
  • Nanocomposites
  • Nanoceramics
  • Phosphors
  • Spectroscopic and optical properties
  • Magnetic nanomaterials
  • Thin films
  • Up-conversion
  • Down-conversion

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The Comprehensive Approach to Preparation and Investigation of the Eu3+ Doped Hydroxyapatite/poly(L-lactide) Nanocomposites: Promising Materials for Theranostics Application
Nanomaterials 2019, 9(8), 1146; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano9081146 - 10 Aug 2019
Abstract
In response to the need for new materials for theranostics application, the structural and spectroscopic properties of composites designed for medical applications, received in the melt mixing process, were evaluated. A composite based on medical grade poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) and calcium hydroxyapatite (HAp) doped [...] Read more.
In response to the need for new materials for theranostics application, the structural and spectroscopic properties of composites designed for medical applications, received in the melt mixing process, were evaluated. A composite based on medical grade poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) and calcium hydroxyapatite (HAp) doped with Eu3+ ions was obtained by using a twin screw extruder. Pure calcium Hap, as well as the one doped with Eu3+ ions, was prepared using the precipitation method and then used as a filler. XRPD (X-ray Powder Diffraction) and IR (Infrared) spectroscopy were applied to investigate the structural properties of the obtained materials. DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry) was used to assess the Eu3+ ion content on phase transitions in PLLA. The tensile properties were also investigated. The excitation, emission spectra as well as decay time were measured to determine the spectroscopic properties. The simplified Judd–Ofelt (J-O) theory was applied and a detailed analysis in connection with the observed structural and spectroscopic measurements was made and described. Full article
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