Nanodiamond-induced UV transparency in phosphate glasses and development of plasmonic Cu nanocomposites

José A. Jiménez, Mariana Sendova

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    Nanodiamond (ND) powder has been explored as a means for improving the ultraviolet (UV) transparency of phosphate glasses of interest to high-performance optics. Binary barium phosphate (BaO:P2O5) glasses were prepared by melting wherein increasing amounts of ND powder were added to batch materials up to 0.1 wt%. Besides a detailed UV/Vis optical analysis, structural characterizations were performed by X-ray diffraction, Raman scattering and 31P nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopies. The data was consistent with a structural modification suggesting P–O–C bond formation accompanying the ND-induced UV transparency. Further, the reductant character of diamond was exploited for reducing CuO in the glass matrix and ultimately produce plasmonic Cu nanocomposites upon thermal treatment.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number120193
    JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
    StatePublished - Sep 15 2020


    • Optical properties
    • Phosphate glasses
    • Plasmonics
    • Structural properties

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Ceramics and Composites
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Materials Chemistry


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