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Chem Mater. 2012 Oct 9;24(19):3674-83. doi: 10.1021/cm300996j. Epub 2012 Aug 29.

Novel sol-gel precursors for thin mesoporous eu(3+)-doped silica coatings as efficient luminescent materials.

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Materials Chemistry, Paris-Lodron University Salzburg , Hellbrunner Str. 34, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria.


Europium(III) ions containing mesoporous silica coatings have been prepared via a solvent evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) approach of different single-source precursors (SSPs) in the presence of Pluronic P123 as a structure-directing agent, using the spin-coating process. A deliberate tailoring of the chemical composition of the porous coatings with various Si:Eu ratios was achieved by processing mixtures of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and Eu(3+)-coordinated SSPs. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses demonstrate that the thin metal oxide-doped silica coatings consist of a porous network with a short-range order of the pore structure, even at high europium(III) loadings. Furthermore, luminescence properties were investigated at different temperatures and different degrees of Eu(3+) contents. The photoluminescence spectra clearly show characteristic emission peaks corresponding to the (5)D0 → (7)FJ (J = 0-5) transitions resulting in a red luminescence visible by the eyes, although the films have a very low thickness (150-200 nm).


SiO2/Eu2O3; luminescence; single-source precursor; sol gel process; thin films

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