Bioinspired synthesis of water-soluble solid-state nanophosphors

We are developing a bioinspired approach to synthesize solid-state ceramic phosphors with nanometer sizes and water solubility.

Inorganic phosphors are ceramic materials synthesized at elevated temperatures, resulting in strong bonding between their constituting ions. This very property prohibits synthesizing these materials in nanoparticles, thus limiting their use in biological systems and flexible devices. Learning from biology, we are developing a strategy to synthesize solid-state nanophosphors that disperse in water and glow in the dark with a palette of colors.

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