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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.
The chemical properties of lutetium nanoparticles are outlined in the following table.
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The physical properties of lutetium nanoparticles are given in the following table.
The thermal properties of lutetium nanoparticles are provided in the table below.
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.