Members of the ICN2 (Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia) have collaborated in a new research to get nanothermometers that can provide accurate, noninvasive, and self-referenced temperature measurements at the submicrometer scale. Ramón y Cajal Researcher Dr. Inhar Imaz and ICREA Research Professor Daniel Maspoch from the Supramolecular NanoChemistry & Materials Group have participated in the research which has been coordinated from University of Aveiro. The results have been published in Advanced Functional Materials in an article entitled “Lanthanide-Organic Framework Nanothermometers Prepared by Spray-Drying.”
The thermal dependence of the phosphor’s luminescence provides high detection sensitivity and spatial resolution with short acquisition times in, e.g., biological fluids, strong electromagnetic fields, and fast-moving objects.
The strategy followed to design this kind of devices relies on the thermal dependence of the phosphor luminescence, which provides high detection sensitivity and special resolution with short acquisition times.
The temperature determination is usually based on the change of the luminescence intensity or decay times. However, the measurements based on a single f–f transition may be much affected by the variation of the sensor concentration and the drift of the optoelectronic systems, namely, the excitation sources and detectors. Recently, authors reported self-reference nanothermometers based on the intensity ratio of two f–f transitions that overcome the drawbacks of temperature determination with a single transition.
The article also shows that spray-drying prepared MOF nanoparticles may be used as ratiometric luminescent nanothermometers operative over a wide range of temperatures, in particular, in the cryogenic range. Prof. Maspoch and Dr. Imaz have contributed in the synthesis of the MOF nanoparticles of Tb(III) and Eu(III), the first lanthanide-organic framework prepared by the spray-drying method. This system is the most sensitive cryogenic nanothermometer reported so far, combining high sensitivity, reproducibility, and low-temperature uncertainty.
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Source: Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia