April Crystal Clear: Springtime with nanoroses

This month’s Crystal Clear celebrates the recent lovely spring weather in the UK, where blossom and flowers are blooming.

This image of a nanoscale rose is taken from Hongpeng You and co-workers recent publication in CrystEngComm Issue 8. The rose shaped nanocrystal is a Eu3+-doped tungstate precursor made by the authors using disodium ethylenediamine tetraacetate. The precursors were then made into Eu3+-doped NaY(WO4)2 and Y6WO12, which show strong light emission at tunable wavelengths, giving them potential for use in the electronics industry.

Read the full article to find out more about these nanoflowers…

Facile selective synthesis and luminescence behavior of hierarchical NaY(WO4)2:Eu3+ and Y6WO12:Eu3+
Yuhua Zheng, Hongpeng You, Kai Liu, Yanhua Song, Guang Jia, Yeju Huang, Mei Yang, Lihui Zhang and Guo Ning
CrystEngComm, 2011, 13, 3001-3007
DOI: 10.1039/C1CE05107E, Paper

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