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Re-Dispersible Li+ and Eu3+ Co-Doped Nanocrystalline ZnO: Luminescence and EPR Studies

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Nano-crystals of ZnO, Eu3+ doped ZnO, and Li+, Eu3+ co-doped ZnO have been prepared by urea hydrolysis in ethylene glycol medium at 150 °C. Ethylene glycol acts as capping agent for nanoparticles. Three colors 437 (blue), 540 (green) and 615 nm (red) from 2 at.% Li+ and 5 at.% Eu3+ co-doped ZnO have been observed from luminescence studies compared to that from 5 at.%. Eu3+ doped ZnO, which shows emission at 437 and 615 nm. It is established that green light is originated from the oxygen vacancy brought by Li+ incorporation into ZnO. Particles are re-dispersible in organic solvent such as ethanol, and are able to incorporate into polymer-based material such as SiO2 matrix.

Keywords: BLUE LIGHT; GREEN LIGHT; NANOCRYSTALS; RED LIGHT; ZNO

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2008.152

Publication date: June 1, 2008

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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