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Lutetium (Lu) Nanoparticles - Properties, Applications

The potential for nanoparticles in medical imaging, industrial applications, disease diagnoses, and several other fields is immense with researchers relentlessly exploring new uses.

Lutetium is a Block F, Period 6 element. It resists corrosion in dry air. The morphology of these particles is spherical, and they appear as a black powder. Due to its rarity and high price, lutetium has limited commercial uses.

Lutetium nanoparticles are graded as a flammable solid.

Chemical Properties

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

Chemical Data
Chemical symbol Lu
CAS No. 7439-94-3
Group 3
Electronic configuration [Xe] 4f15 5d1 6s2

Physical Properties

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

Properties Metric Imperial
Density 9.841 g/cm3 0.3555 lb/in3
Molar mass 174.97 g/mol -

Thermal Properties

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

Properties Metric Imperial
Melting point 1663°C 3025°F
Boiling point 3402°C 6156°F

Manufacturing Process

Lutetium is one of the most difficult elements to produce; however it can be produced through an ion exchange process from monazite sand, which is a material rich in rare earth elements.


The potential applications of lutetium nanoparticles are in the following areas:

  • As a dopant in glass, laser optics and optical fibers
  • In phosphors, nanophosphors and doped phosphorous nanoparticles
  • In coatings, plastics and nanowires
  • In alloy and catalyst applications.

Source: AZoNano

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