skip to main content

Title: Photoluminescence of titanium-doped zinc spinel blue-emitting nanophosphors

A blue-emitting phosphor of titanium-doped zinc spinel (ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Ti; Ti=0–6.0 mol% in relation to Al) nanopowders was prepared by a simple sol–gel method. On annealing at 1000 °C, single-phase ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Ti powders had primary particles of 25–30 nm in size and most Ti ions in the form of Ti{sup 4+}. Under UV excitation at 280 nm, a strong and broad blue emission centered at 435 nm was observed. The sources of the excitation and emission were assigned to the charge-transfer excitation and recombination between O{sup 2–}–Ti{sup 4+} and Ti{sup 3+}–O{sup –} ion pairs. Optimum brightness occurred at a doping of 2.0 mol% Ti. The decay lifetime of ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:2%Ti was calculated to be 3.0 ms for the blue emission with CIE coordinates of x=0.168 and y=0.153. The results suggest that ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Ti is a promising candidate for application as a blue component phosphor for UV-converting white light-emitting diodes. - Graphical abstract: The absorption band around 270 nm is associated with the charge-transfer processes between octahedral Ti{sup 4+} and O{sup 2−} ions. The excitation band around 280 nm corresponds to the charge-transfer excitations from O{sup 2–}(2p){sup 6} electrons to Ti{sup 4+} (3d{sup 0}). Under 280 nm excitation,more » the PL spectrum shows a strong blue emission with a peak at around 435 nm. - Highlights: • Single-phase ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}:Ti nanocrystals have been synthesized by a sol–gel process. • Under UV excitation at 280 nm, the blue emission centered at 435 nm is observed. • Blue emission is attributed to a charge-transfer transition involving the Ti{sup 4+} ions.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ; ;  [1]
  1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Formosa University, Huwei, Yunlin 632, Taiwan (China)
  2. Department of Electronic Engineering, National Formosa University, Huwei, Yunlin 632, Taiwan (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22334248
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solid State Chemistry; Journal Volume: 214; Conference: 7. international conference on materials for advanced technologies, Singapore (Singapore), 30 Jun - 5 Jul 2013; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; ABSORPTION; DOPED MATERIALS; EXCITATION; NANOSTRUCTURES; OXYGEN IONS; PARTICLES; PEAKS; PHOTOLUMINESCENCE; SOL-GEL PROCESS; SPECTRA; SPINELS; TITANIUM; TITANIUM IONS; ZINC