Ultrathin lanthanide oxides nanomaterials: synthesis, properties and applications

Xinyu Zhang, Yongwei Wang, Fenghua Cheng, Zhiping Zheng, Yaping Du

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Over the past decade, ultrathin lanthanide oxides (Ln2O3, Ln = La to Lu) nanomaterials have been intensively studied in the fields of rare earth materials science. This unique class of nanomaterials has shown many unprecedented properties (big surface area, high surface effect, physical and chemical activities) and is thus being explored for numerous promising applications. In this review, a brief introduction of ultrathin Ln2O3 nanomaterials was given and their unique advantages were highlighted. Then, the typical synthetic methodologies were summarized and compared (thermal decomposition, solvothermal, soft template, co-precipition and microwave etc.). Due to the high surface effect, some promising applications of ultrathin Ln2O3 nanomaterials, such as drug delivery and catalysis of CO oxidation, were reviewed. Finally, on the basis of current achievements on ultrathin Ln2O3 nanomaterials, personal perspectives and challenges on future research directions were proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1422-1434
Number of pages13
JournalScience Bulletin
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Catalysis
  • Drug delivery
  • Lanthanide oxides
  • Surface related proptries
  • Synthetic strategies
  • Ultrathin nanostructures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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