Xueyuan Chen and co-workers have synthesised and characterised a variety of water soluble lanthanide-doped KLaF4 luminescent nanocrystals.
Doping with Er3+/Yb3+, Ho3+/Yb3+ or Tm3+/Yb3+ gave upconversion (UC) phosphors, whereas doping with Ce3+/Tb3+ or Eu3+ gave downconversion (DC) phosphors.
The authors believe that these nanocrystal phosphors have potential for use in bioassays, DNA hybridisation, and bio-imaging.
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Controlled synthesis and optical spectroscopy of lanthanide-doped KLaF4 nanocrystals
Rui Liu, Datao Tu, Yongsheng Liu, Haomiao Zhu, Renfu Li, Wei Zheng, En Ma and Xueyuan Chen
Nanoscale, 2012, DOI: 10.1039/C2NR30794D