Synthesis and Upconversion Luminescence of NaYF4:Yb, Tm/TiO2 Core/Shell Nanoparticles with Controllable Shell Thickness

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NaYF4:Yb, Tm/TiO2 core/shell nanoparticles were synthesized by a two-step method. First, the NaYF4:Yb, Tm nanocrystals were prepared using solvothermal technology; then, TiO2 shells were deposited on the nanocrystals by the hydrolysis of titanium ethoxide (TEOT) to form core/shell structures. By controlling the reaction time, we can adjust the thickness of TiO2 shell and thereby the weight percentage of TiO2 in the core/shell nanoparticles. The effect of shell thickness on the upconversion fluorescence of NaYF4:Yb, Tm nanocrystals was investigated in detail.

Keywords: CORE/SHELL; NAYF4; RARE EARTH; TIO2; UPCONVERSION LUMINESCENCE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2011.5251

Publication date: November 1, 2011

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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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