About this Research Topic
Inorganic phosphor materials have traditionally been investigated for lighting applications, with special mention white light generation through combination of a UV LED and a red-, blue-, and green-emitting phosphors. However, during the past few years new applications of these materials have risen and turned the focus of intensive research, mainly because of the upconversion characteristic found in 3lanthanides. In thermometry, the emissive properties change as a function of temperature results in temperature sensors that do not require physical contact of the probe. Following this idea, medical imaging can be achieved by introducing phosphor nanoparticles in a biological sample. Moreover, upconversion and quantum cutting phenomena are exploited in the spectral conversion processes for increasing the energy conversion efficiency in solar cells.
The amount of research around this topic is huge and in current development. Therefore, it is our desire to collect and offer the state-of-the-art articles covering materials synthesis, structure-property relationship and optical properties characterization of recent inorganic phosphor materials and luminescent devices. We expect that this collection will show the readers the current research, and at the same time provide new ideas for improvement in materials and devices made of inorganic phosphors.
The aim of the present Research Topic is to address promising, recent, and novel research trends in the development and applications of inorganic phosphor materials. The scope of this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:
• New inorganic phosphor materials
• Applications of inorganic phosphor materials
• Emerging technologies with luminescent materials
• Advances in characterization techniques
Keywords: Phosphors, Luminescent Materials, Lanthanides, Upconversion, Quantum Cutting
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