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Master SERP+ Programme

Luminescence of lanthanid systems. Applications in chemistry and biology


  • Introduction: the elements - from their discovery to modern uses
  • Physicochemical properties, electronic structure and spectroscopy of the lanthanides
  • Co-ordination and structural properties of Ln(III) complexes
  • Luminescence of the lanthanides and luminescent probes
  • Structural and spectroscopic probes - application in chemistry and biology
  • Chemiluminescence of systems containing lanthanide ions as analytical tool
  • Nanoluminophors based of systems doped with Ln(III), their hybrids, functionalization and biocompatibility
  • Modern applications of lanthanide containing luminescent and multifunctional materials in science and technology
  • Synthesis of nanophosphors doped with Eu3+ by co-precipitation and Pechini’s sol-gel method.
  • Structural, morphological and spectroscopic analysis of obtained products.
  • Up-conversion phenomenon in nanomaterials doped with lanthanide ions. Synthesis and  spectroscopic investigations.


This course aims to introduce the basics of lanthanide. This includes introduction to:

  • basic and spectroscopic properties of complexes containing 4f elements (lanthanides, Ln)
  • spectroscopic (photo- and chemi-luminescent) properties and mechanisms of sensitizations of the Ln trivalent ions in systems of analytical and biological importance
  • design and synthesis of molecular (supramolecular) luminescent probes and multifunctional luminescent nanomaterials based on trivalent 4f ions
  • lanthanide based materials and multi-functional nanomaterials in modern applications
  • modern laser spectroscopy instrumentation, methods of analysis and interpretation of data

Recommended Books

  • Cotton, Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry, John Wile & Sons Ltd, Chichester, England 2006.
  • J-C.G. Bünzli, G.R. Choppin, Lanthanide Probes in Life Chemical and Earths Sciences, Elsevier, Amsterdam 1989.
  • T. Xueyuan Chen, Yongsheng Liu, Datao Tu, Lanthanide-Doped Luminescent Nanomaterials, Springer, Berlin, 2014.

Teaching Staff

Prof. Stefan Lis

Dr. Tomasz Grzyb

Dr. Agata Szczeszak


Lectures: 15h

Practical: 30h

Recitation 15h