About this Research Topic
Recent advances in the synthesis of nanomaterials and nanoscale characterization, have opened up possibilities that are fundamentally significant to various physical and chemical properties. The nanosized luminescent materials have aroused considerable interest in the scientific community for the last one or two decades and still presents breakthrough research results in the life science and materials science domains due to their improved optical functionalities at the nanometer level which are not easily available from the optical bulk materials. Through precisely controlling the novel physicochemical and spectroscopic properties of the nanoluminescent materials, they can be widely used from nanomedicine to solar energy conversion applications.
This issue attempts to garner advances in a wide range of luminescent nanomaterials including organic-inorganic nanoparticles and hybrids, carbon dots, quantum dots, metal-doped nanomaterials and nanoclusters with their association to common property of light emission in the ultraviolet to mid-infrared region. Several key areas will be covered, addressing the development in straightforward synthesis routes, surface modification, light emission enhancement, easy detection of light emission and their broad applications in various challenging issues in these fields. On the other hand, understanding the properties of these nanomaterials are vital in terms of the modelling and designing the structure of nanoparticles, functionalities and future applications. The interactions of nanoparticles and living body at the interface are of primary importance and therefore, for the target applications in biomedical field, it is extremely important to consider the surface features of the nanoparticles, amongst the other factors. In addition, confining the luminescence emission into specific narrow spectral band is one of the requirements for solar energy conversion, and the most recent advances in this direction will be covered in the topic.
This interdisciplinary issue will pay particular attention to survey and outline the progress on the synthesis of optical nanomaterials and their emerging applications. The issue aims to publish high-quality research papers and reviews addressing recent advances and state-of-the-art topics in the field.
Potential topics to be covered in this issue, but are not limited to, the following:
• Synthesis of novel optical nanomaterials
• Development of luminescent nanoparticles for biomedical applications
• Upconversion, quantum cutting and luminescent downshifting nanomaterials
• Nanostructured optical materials for sensing, lighting, imaging and security applications
• Spectral conversion luminescent nanomaterials
This Research Topic will focus on synthesis of luminescent nanomaterials.
Keywords: luminescence, optical nanomaterials, nanoparticles synthesis, optical sensing, imaging, spectral conversion nanomaterials
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