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Enhancing the Upconversion Photoluminescence of Hexagonal Phase NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ Nanoparticles by Mesoporous Gold Films

Abstract

Efficient enhancement of photoluminescence in rare-earth activated upconversion materials is of great significance for their practical applications in various fields. In this work, three-dimensional mesoporous gold films were fabricated by a low-cost and facile dealloying approach to improve the upconversion photoluminescence efficiency. The mesoporous Au films exhibit good chemical stability, large-area uniformity and abundant distribution of porous nanospaces. Varying the time of the dealloying process leads to modification of pore size distribution, surface roughness and residual Ag content, resulting in effective tuning the wavelength of the broadband localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR). Enhancement factors were identified to be a function of the dealloying time. With the optimized upconversion photoluminescence enhancement a 41-fold increase was achieved with the mesoporous gold substrate which had been dealloyed for 8 days. These results pave the way to overcome the limitation of poor upconversion efficiency for widespread practical applications in life sciences and energy applications.

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The article was received on 27 Mar 2017, accepted on 19 Jun 2017 and first published on 19 Jun 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP01959A
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Enhancing the Upconversion Photoluminescence of Hexagonal Phase NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ Nanoparticles by Mesoporous Gold Films

    H. Qin, A. Shamso, A. Centeno, I. G. Theodorou, A. Mihai, M. P. Ryan and F. Xie, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7CP01959A

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