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Controllable Synthesis of Upconversion Nanophosphors toward Scale-Up Productions

Lookup NU author(s): Joshua Saczek, Dr Haoyu Wang, Sreepathy Sridhar


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© 2020 Wiley-VCH GmbH. Upconversion nanophosphors (UCNPs) are considered as an important synthesis arm within biomedical and energy sectors due to their unique optical characteristics, which can convert near-infrared light into higher energy emissions. However, key challenges, cost, compatibility of the materials, etc. have to be taken into serious consideration to transform this in-lab UCNPs technology into scale-up production for wider commercial needs. This review highlights the fundamental concepts of synthetic approaches for UCNPs and recaps recent advances in terms of large-scale production. A number of typical synthesis routes in both batch and continuous processes are reviewed, alongside their limitations and potential improvements when being considered for mass production. By discussing and exploiting the technical compacity for the potential synthetic trends, key challenges, and expectations of future synthesis methods for UCNPs are also outlined.

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Author(s): Jiao Y, Ling C, Wang J-X, Amanico H, Saczek J, Wang H, Sridhar S, Xu BB, Wang S, Wang D

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Particle and Particle Systems Characterization

Year: 2020

Volume: 37

Issue: 9

Print publication date: 01/09/2020

Online publication date: 16/08/2020

Acceptance date: 14/06/2020

ISSN (print): 0934-0866

ISSN (electronic): 1521-4117

Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag


DOI: 10.1002/ppsc.202000129