Synthesis and characterization of nanoscaled BiPO4 and BiPO4:Tb
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BiPO4 has been claimed for several aspects of technical application, including catalysis [1, 2], orthophosphate ion sensing by means of a quartz-crystal microbalance , as well as coprecipitation and separation of radioactive actinides [4, 5]. Especially for catalysis BiPO4 is a promising candidate and has been used, e.g., for a reduction of butyraldehyde to n-butanol . Moreover, BiPO4 has been denoted as a host lattice for incorporation and luminescence of rare-earth ions [7, 8]. Structurally, BiPO4 has been described with three different modifications, whereof the monazite-type structure is thermodynamically most favored [9, 10, 11]. On the nanoscale, rod- or wire-type BiPO4 has been recently synthesized via sonochemical  and CVD  methods. Interestingly, spherical shapes with uniform size and a low degree of agglomeration have not been addressed, yet.
In this study, a polyol-mediated synthesis has applied to realize BiPO4nanocrystals. The underlying concept of...
KeywordsQuantum Yield Polyol Diethylene Glycol Butyraldehyde LaPO4
The authors are grateful to the DFG Center for Functional Nanostructures (CFN) at the University of Karlsruhe for financial support.
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