Neodymium Oxide (Nd2O3) Powder
Neodymium oxide (Nd2O3) is an important, naturally abundant and highly reactive rare earth metal oxide. Nd2O3 powder has a hexagonal crystal structure and a blueish-white color. The high melting point of the material is around 2300°C. Nd2O3 is not only thermally stable but also is rather hygroscopic and water-insoluble. Remarkable optical, electrical, and chemical properties of Nd2O3 have been utilized in various different applications. Neodymium oxide powder has especially attracted attention in photonic applications such as phosphors providing yellow-to-violet upconversion emission. In addition to photonic applications, Nd2O3 powder is utilized as additives for coloring and enhancing the optical properties of glasses. It is also used as an effective semiconductor material in diodes, as components for high temperature ceramics and superconductors. Catalytic properties of Nd2O3 powder is utilized in oxidative coupling of methane, N2 decomposition, dehydrogenation of alcohols. Other application areas of Nd2O3 are solid-sate lasers, high temperature ceramics, superconductors, and protective coatings.