Impact of NaF mineralizer on cerium-containing nanoparticles synthesized by hydrothermal process

Yong Chen, Tianmo Liu, Chunlin Chen, Weiwei Guo, Rong Sun, Shuhui Lv, Mitsuhiro Saito, Xianghe Peng, Susumu Tsukimoto, Zhongchang Wang

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    We report the preparation of cerium-containing nanoparticles by a simple yet efficient hydrothermal synthesis process using cerium resource and NaF mineralizer with no surfactant or template. We demonstrate that morphology and chemistry of the synthesized CeO2 and CeF3 nanomaterials can be manipulated via tuning concentration of the mineralizer NaF alone. The synthesis mechanism, chemical evolution, and optical properties of the harvested nanomaterials have also been investigated. The ceria and its hybrid system are found to exhibit an excellent UV-shielding capability, which provides further evidence that the mineralizer NaF is critical for governing the morphology and properties of the cerium-containing nanomaterials. Such a facile method to synthesize the functional nano-crystallites with tunable morphology and chemistry by tailoring the concentration of mineralizer alone should be applicable to other types of nanomaterials and relevant for a wide range of applications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)181-186
    Number of pages6
    JournalPhysica E: Low-Dimensional Systems and Nanostructures
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    • Condensed Matter Physics


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