Developing luminescent nanomaterials that can meet the application needs for a sustainable society

A new publication from the group Phonon-Mediated Nonradiative Relaxation in Ln3+-Doped Luminescent Nanocrystals tackles the unsatisfactory photoluminescence efficiency of Ln3+-doped nanocrystals that severely restricts their practical application. The publication shows that phonon-mediated nonradiative relaxation in Ln3+-doped nanocrystals is substantially influenced by a variety of factors. Moreover, without explicit knowledge and consideration of these factors, property analysis will probably end up with misinterpretation. Thus the use of knowledge established for bulk materials to interpret the experimental findings collected at the nanoscale should be cautiously scrutinized. The authors conclude that systematic studies are needed for the informed development of Ln3+-doped luminescent nanomaterials that can meet the application needs for a sustainable society.

Latest publication

Frustration and 120° Magnetic Ordering in the Layered Triangular
Antiferromagnets AFe(PO3F)2 (A = K, (NH4)2Cl, NH4, Rb, and Cs)

The newest publication from the Mudring group is here! The paper presents a new family of layered iron oxofluorophosphates, AFe(PO3F)2, that were made by ionothermal methods using PF6 ionic liquids. In the context of frustrated triangular antiferromagnets, the close structural relationship between the layered compounds as well as polymorphism enables studying the magnetic properties as a function of cation identity and crystal symmetry.

New journal: Industrial Chemistry and Materials

The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, have partnered to publish a new open access journal Industrial Chemistry & Materials. Professor Anja-Verena Mudring is part of the team as an associate editor.  Industrial Chemistry & Materials (ICM) will publish innovative research and major technological breakthroughs in all aspects of industrial chemistry and materials, with a particular focus on the important innovation of low-carbon chemical industry, energy and functional materials. By bringing researchers, engineers, and policymakers into one place, research is inspired, challenges are solved and the applications of science and technology are accelerated. Submissions are open.

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New intermetallic research from our lab

From the group’s latest paper, relativistic effects show in chemical bonding: Bader analysis reveals a strong anionic character for the transition metals M = Pd, Pt in Ca3M4Bi8. Thus, the compounds have to be called a palladide and platinide, just like halides!

You can read the new article here.

From a Dense Structure to Open Frameworks: The Structural Plethora of Alkali Metal Iron Fluorophosphates

In the latest article from the Mudring group, they demonstrate that using ionic liquids as the reaction medium, structure templates, and mineralizer, all-in-one, allows for the design of transition metal fluorophosphate of varied dimensionality. Aside from engineering of magnetic exchange interaction, which is extremely exciting particularly from a fundamental viewpoint, their synthetic approach might lead to new battery cathode materials!

You can read the full article here.

Magnetic phase diagram revealed using neutron diffraction

In a collaboration with colleagues from 5 countries, Siebeneichler et al. combined X-ray diffraction, magnetization and neutron diffraction to establish a universal phase diagram for ThCr2Si2-type solid solutions of REMn2X2. They were able to relate the emergence of magnetic incommensurability to structural features.

You can read the full paper here.

New postdoc position

Professor Mudring is hiring a new postdoc in Ionic Liquids – Synthesis of Organic, Organometallic and Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials. The application deadline is 8th May. You can apply here.