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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2007, Article ID 36392, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2007/36392
Review Article

Sol-Gel Processing of Nanostructured Inorganic Scintillating Materials

Laboratoire des Matériaux Inorganiques, CNRS UMR 6002, Université Blaise Pascal and ENSCCF, 24 Avenue des Landais, Aubière Cedex 63177, France

Received 30 April 2007; Accepted 4 October 2007

Academic Editor: Wieslaw Strek

Copyright © 2007 J. M. Nedelec. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The development of scintillating materials is believed to reach a new step by controlling their preparation on a nanometric level. Sol-Gel chemistry offers very unique tools for nanoscale mastering of the materials preparation. In particular, shaping of the materials as thin films or nanoparticles offers new application in medical imaging. The control of doping ions dispersion thanks to soft chemistry is also a great advantage of such synthetic routes. In this paper, we will review recent work devoted to the sol-gel preparation of inorganic scintillating materials. We will focus on the new possibilities and advantages offered by sol-gel chemistry for the preparation of new scintillators and improvement of existing ones.