Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) assisted hydro/solvothermal synthesis of up-converting rare earth fluorides
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Over the last decade, a lot of effort was directed toward developing of the representative methodologies for the preparation of up-converting (UC) particles which exhibit a unique narrow visible emission when excited by lower-energy photon radiation. This work presents the impact of different processing parameters on structural, morphological and optical properties of up-converting (UC) rare earth fluorides obtained by hydro/solvothermal synthesis. Monodisperse NaYF4:Yb3+/Er3+ particles with different morphology, size and crystal phase were synthesized with a help of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) through adjusting the precursor concentration, degree of doping, polarity of solvent and reaction time. They are characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray and Furrier transform infrared spectroscopy, as well as photoluminescence measurements. It was shown that particle size and phase composition are dependent on t...he precursor concentration, type of solvent and doping degree, while the cubic to hexagonal transformation of NaYF4:Yb3+/Er3+ phase is affected by the reaction time. The crystallization of the orthorhombic YF3:Yb3+/Er3+ phase is established either after decreasing concentration of dopants or increasing polarity of solvents. All of the synthesized particles exhibited efficient up-conversion emission which can be tuned from pure green to the yellowish-orange through control of particles size and phase composition.
Keywords:EDTA / hydrothermal synthesis / solvothermal synthesis
Source:Program and the Book of Abstracts / Fifteenth Young Researchers' Conference Materials Sciences and Engineering, December 7-9, 2016, Belgrade, 2016, 39-39
- Belgrade : Institute of Technical Sciences of SASA