Upconverting Nanomaterials: Perspectives, Synthesis, and Applications serves as a powerful instrument that explores cutting-edge research knowledge on the topic of upconverting nanosystems, while simultaneously providing the necessary fundamental background for nonspecialist readers. The various aspects of upconverting materials are approached both from a theoretical point of view, particularly upconverting phenomenon, and a practical one. By presenting synthetic strategies, functionalization, production of core shell structures and nanocomposites, this book supplies PhD students, researchers, and scientists with a wealth of ideas they can apply to different fields of research. Thirty-five renowned scientists from around the world have collaborated to produce 11 chapters that help to "make a voyage" through the most important aspects of UPNPs, including syntheses, mechanism, functionalization, and applications.
Table of Contents
Section I: Synthesis and Mechanism. A perspective on lanthanide chemistry. Principle of luminescence upconversion and its enhancement in nanosystems. Synthesis of upconverting nanomaterials: Designing the composition and the nanostructure. Functionalization Aspects of Water Dispersible Upconversion Nanoparticles. Synergistic Effects in Organic-Coated Upconversion Nanoparticles. Tuning Optical Properties of Lanthanide Upconversion Nanoparticles. Upconversion Enhancement Using Epitaxial Core/Shell Nanostructures. Section II: Applications. Active-Core-Active-Shell Upconverting Nanoparticles: novel mechanisms, features and perspectives for bio-labeling. Upconversion Nanoparticles for Phototherapy. Upconverting Nanoparticles for Security Applications. Nanothermometry using Upconverting Nanoparticles.
Claudia Altavilla graduated in chemistry (cum laude) in 2001 and earned her PhD in chemistry in 2006 from the University of Catania, Italy. She worked as a visiting scientist at Ludwig Maximillians Universitat of Munich, Germany with Professor Wolfgang Parak and at the University of Florence, Italy with Professor Dante Gatteschi. From 2006 to 2013, she worked as a research fellow at the NANOMATES Centre of the University of Salerno, Italy. Currently, she is a research fellow at the CNR-IPCB (Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials), in Portici, Naples, Italy. Her research interests include: biopolymers, upconverting, magnetic, and 2D graphene-like materials for applications in materials science, civil engineering, lubricants, sensors, and biomedicine. She is a referee for international journals on materials science and nanotechnology. Dr. Altavilla is the author of several papers and monographs and holds two international patents. She is also the editor of Inorganic Nanoparticles: Synthesis Applications and Perspectives, CRC, November 2012.