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Rare earths: jewels for functional materials of the future

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Abstract

In recent decades, rare earths have become vital to a wealth of advanced materials and technologies including catalysts, alloys, magnets, optics and lasers, rechargeable hydride batteries, electronics, economical lighting, wind- and solar-energy conversion, bio-analyses and imaging. In this perspective article we give a broad overview of rare earth resources and uses first and then of selected applications in dedicated fields such as telecommunications, lasers, photovoltaics (solar-energy conversion), lighting (fluorescent lamps and OLEDs), luminescent probes for bio-analyses and bio-imaging, as well as magnetism and magnetic refrigeration.

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The article was received on 07 Dec 2010, accepted on 06 Jan 2011 and first published on 02 Feb 2011


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C0NJ00969E
Citation: New J. Chem., 2011,35, 1165-1176
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    Rare earths: jewels for functional materials of the future

    S. V. Eliseeva and J. G. Bünzli, New J. Chem., 2011, 35, 1165
    DOI: 10.1039/C0NJ00969E

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