Halide Replacement with Complete Preservation of Crystal Lattice in Mixed-Anion Lanthanide Oxyhalides. Academic Article uri icon


  • A challenge in anion control in periodic solids is to preserve the crystal lattice while substituting for different anions of widely varying size and hardness. Post-synthetic modification routes that place cations or anions in non-equilibrium configurations are promising; however, such methods remain relatively unexplored for anion placement. Here, we report the synthesis of LaOI nanocrystals by a non-hydrolytic sol-gel condensation reaction and their transformation into LaOBr, LaOCl, and LaOF nanocrystals along hard-soft acid-base principles using post-synthetic metathesis reactions with ammonium halides. Anion displacement proceeds along halide planes, preserving the tetragonal matlockite structure. Energy-variant X-ray excited optical luminesce signatures of alloyed Tb3+ -ions is a sensitive quantum reporter of the preservation of the cation sublattice and hardening of the crystal structure upon anion replacement.

published proceedings

  • Angew Chem Int Ed Engl

altmetric score

  • 8.9

author list (cited authors)

  • Udayakantha, M., Handy, J. V., Davidson, R. D., Kaur, J., Villalpando, G., Zuin, L., Chakraborty, S., & Banerjee, S.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Udayakantha, Malsha||Handy, Joseph V||Davidson, Rachel D||Kaur, Jagjit||Villalpando, Graciela||Zuin, Lucia||Chakraborty, Sudip||Banerjee, Sarbajit

publication date

  • July 2021