Ultra small Gd2O3 nanoparticles: Absorption and emission properties

A.T.M. Anishur Rahman, Krasimir Vasilev, Peter Majewski

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In this paper, we report a facile method for synthesis of ultra small (1-3nm) gadolinium oxide (Gd2O3) nanoparticles using citric acid (CA) as a capping agent. The dependence of nanoparticle (NP) size on the ratio between CA and gadolinium (Gd) is investigated. Absorption properties of the ultra small Gd2O3 NPs in UV region have four characteristic peaks at 312nm, 274nm, 253nm and 228nm. Finally, we show that the Gd2O3 nanoparticles synthesized by this method induce triplet emission (phosphorescence) from CA and EG in the NIR region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)592-596
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Gadolinium oxide nanoparticles
  • Heavy atom impact
  • MRI
  • Multimodal imaging
  • Optical imaging
  • Phosphorescence

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