Neodymium (Nd) Nanoparticles - Properties, Applications

Topics Covered

Introduction
Chemical Properties
Physical Properties
Thermal Properties
Manufacturing Process
Applications

Introduction

Nanoparticles are microparticles have atleast one dimension less than 100 nm. They are of great scientific interest as they have the potential to effectively bridge between larger materials and atomic or molecular structures.

Neodymium is the second most abundant element of the rare earths after cerium. It can be used for applications that include dielectrics, glass coloring and tinting and permanent magnets. Neodymium nanoparticles are black spherical high surface area particles that are available in high purity, ultra high purity, coated and dispersed forms.

Chemical Properties

The chemical properties of neodymium nanoparticles are outlined in the following table.

Chemical Data
Chemical symbol Nd
CAS No. 7440-00-8
Group 6
Electronic configuration [Xe] 4f4 6s2

Physical Properties

The physical properties of neodymium nanoparticles are given in the following table.

Properties Metric Imperial
Density 6.80 g/cm3 0.246 lb/in3
Molar mass 144.24 g/mol -

Thermal Properties

The thermal properties of neodymium nanoparticles are provided in the table below.

Properties Metric Imperial
Melting point 1024°C 1875°F
Boiling point 3100°C 5610°F

Manufacturing Process

Neodymium nanoparticles can be synthesized through reverse micelle method that uses a molecule with a polar head and nonpolar tail, known as a surfactant, to form and contain nanoparticles.

Applications

The following are the applications of neodymium nanoparticles:

  • Dopant in glass and optical fibers
  • Textiles
  • Coatings, plastics, nanowires and nanofibers.

Date Added: Mar 29, 2013 | Updated: Jul 22, 2013
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