The Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Lanthanide-based Nanomaterials and Their Use in 3D Biological Imaging and Radiation Dosimetry
Brian Langloss, Ph.D. candidate
Michael Therien, advisor
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: French Family Science Center 3232
Avery, Meg

Lanthanide-doped materials have been studied for decades for their unique photophysical properties derived from their f-block orbitals. More recently, the prominence of techniques allowing for the study and characterization of nanoscale materials has led to a renewed interest in these materials on the nanoscale. This work has led to a wealth of studies on the synthesis and characterization of a number of lanthanide doped nanomaterials as well as numerous proposals and preliminary demonstrations of their applications. This dissertation focuses on three key aspects of this field: (1) a synthetic means to controlling the relative intensities of the emissive bands in upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) (2) the development of a 3D imaging modalities that leverage the unique photophysical properties of upconverting nanomaterials and (3) the application of scintillating nanoscale radiation detection materials as an alternative to the single-crystal bulk lanthanide doped materials and plastic scintillators currently employed.