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Highly efficient photoluminescence from isolated Eu3+ ions embedded in a high-charge mica

Abstract

Incorporation of lanthanide ions in synthetic clay minerals is a promising approach to combine the efficient sharp-line emission of lanthanides with the unique structural stability and high adsorption capacity of high-charge micas. These aluminosilicate hosts are synthetic exchanger layered-clays which have demonstrated a unique selectivity in heavy metals and radionuclides capture. A phosphor based on the emission of Eu3+ ions homogeneously distributed in the dispersing inorganic-host high-charge mica Na2[Mg6]VIII[Si6Al2]IVO20F4 is reported. Eu3+ cations act as an ideal luminescent probe to study the physical-chemical adsorption mechanisms of the contaminants in the aluminosilicate. Despite the forbidden nature of the f-f transition involved, well-resolved Eu3+ luminescence is observed from both the 5D0 and the 5D1 Eu3+ states in the high-charge mica, and, contrary to previous results, the use of an antenna for light absorption and transfer to the lanthanide is not required. The fluorinated nature and the absence of iron impurities, together with homogeneous dispersion of lanthanide ions provided by Al3+, makes the high-charge mica a biocompatible host as optical sensor or drug delivery material. Further evidence of homogeneous distribution and isolation of Eu3+ cations in the hexagonal cavities of the mica is provided by spectroscopic luminescence and lifetime measurements.

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The article was received on 26 Apr 2017, accepted on 13 Sep 2017 and first published on 13 Sep 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC01818E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Highly efficient photoluminescence from isolated Eu3+ ions embedded in a high-charge mica

    R. Martín Rodríguez, R. Valiente, F. Aguado and A. C. Perdigón Aller, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7TC01818E

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