Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 42, Issue 8, pp 2792–2795 | Cite as

Synthesis and optical properties of naturally occurring fluorescent mineral, ferroan sphalerite, inspired (Fe,Zn)S nanoparticles

  • Timothy J. BoyleEmail author
  • Harry D. PrattIII
  • Bernadette A. Hernandez-Sanchez
  • Timothy N. Lambert
  • Thomas J. Headley


Inspired by the naturally occurring fluorescent mineral, ferroan sphalerite, [(Fe,Zn)S] nanoparticles were synthesized by a three component reaction of [Fe(Mes)2]2 (Mes = mesityl or C6H2Me3-2,4,6), [Zn(Et)(ONep)(py)]2, and elemental S via both solution and solvothermal routes. The resultant nanoparticles are ≤3 nm and absorb at λmax = 281 nm emitting a bright blue color (λem ∼400 nm).


High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy Zinc Sulfide Mesityl Metal Alkoxide Lead Chalcogenide 
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Drs J. Oliver and B. Wilson (University of New Mexico) for helpful discussions. Support for this work was by: the National Institutes of Health through the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research, Grant 1 R21 EB005365-01 where information on this RFA (Innovation in Molecular Imaging Probes) can be found at; the Office of Basic Energy Sciences at the Department of Energy, and the United State Department of Energy. Sandia is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Company, for the United States Department of Energy under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy J. Boyle
    • 1
    Email author
  • Harry D. PrattIII
    • 1
  • Bernadette A. Hernandez-Sanchez
    • 1
  • Timothy N. Lambert
    • 1
  • Thomas J. Headley
    • 1
  1. 1.Sandia National LaboratoriesAdvanced Materials LaboratoryAlbuquerqueUSA

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