Editor’s Collection: Rare Earth Materials


We are delighted to share with you our latest collection of recently published articles focusing on Rare Earth Materials handpicked by Associate Editor, Dongfeng Xue, Multiscale Crystal Materials Research Center, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, CAS, China

Rare earth materials play a key role in many practical applications such as catalysts, lasers, luminescence, magnetism, and sensors, which are of great interest to the community. Crystallisation involves two continuous stages (including nucleation and crystal growth) when preparing rare earth materials, therefore, crystal engineering strategies may stimulate much more innovative ideas when using rare earth elements as powerful functional sources or modifiers in the scale of the whole system. Rare earth elements have f-orbitals and f-electrons that possess specific coordination abilities with a wide range of coordination numbers from 2 to 16, which provide many opportunities to create novel structures and functions.

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Selected articles:

Trends in rare earth thiophosphate syntheses: Rb3Ln(PS4)2 (Ln = La, Ce, Pr), Rb3−xNaxLn(PS4)2 (Ln = Ce, Pr; x = 0.50, 0.55), and RbEuPS4 obtained by molten flux crystal growth

Logan S. Breton, Mark D. Smith and Hans-Conrad zur Loye

, 2021, 23, 5241-5248

From [B6O13]8− to [GaB5O13]8− to [Ga{B5O9(OH)}{BO(OH)2}]2−: synthesis, structure and nonlinear optical properties of new metal borates

Qi-Ming Qiu and Guo-Yu Yang

, 2021, 23, 5200-5207

Bridgman growth and characterization of a HoCa4O(BO3)3 crystal

Xinchao He, Zhigang Sun, Xiaoniu Tu, Sheng Wang, Kainan Xiong, Hongbing Chen, Xiaoyan Zhang, Liming Shen and Yanqing Zheng

CrystEngComm, 2021, 23, 4833-4839

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Meet the Editor

Dongfeng Xue is a Professor at the Multiscale Crystal Materials Research Center, Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. He received his PhD in inorganic chemistry at Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, CAS, in 1998. Following postdoctoral studies at the Universität Osnabrück, University of Ottawa and the National Institute for Materials Science in Tsukuba, he was promoted to full professor in 2001 at Dalian University of Technology, China. In 2011, he returned to Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry to assume his professorship in materials chemistry, as the director of State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization during 2015-2019. In 2020, he moved to Shandong University as the director of State Key Laboratory of Crystal Materials. In 2021, he created Multiscale Crystal Materials Research Center at Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology. His research interests focus on multiscale crystallization of inorganic matter for energy and optical applications. He has published more than 500 papers and book chapters, and holds around 20 patents. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Corresponding Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities (EAASH, Paris).

About CrystEngComm

Published by the Royal Society of Chemistry and with a truly international Editorial Board, CrystEngComm is the forum for the design and understanding of crystalline materials. We welcome studies on the investigation of molecular behaviour within crystals, control of nucleation and crystal growth, engineering of crystal structures, and construction of crystalline materials with tuneable properties and functions.

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