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Probing the local structure of the near-infrared emitting persistent phosphor LiGa5O8:Cr3+

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Abstract

Near-infrared emitting persistent phosphors have promising applications in the field of in vivo medical imaging. In this paper, we prepared the persistent phosphor LiGa5O8:Cr3+ (LGO:Cr) which exhibits emission in the tissue transparency window and shows afterglow for multiple hours after excitation. Addition of Si or Ge improves the persistent luminescence. X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy, coupled with elemental analysis, revealed that there is a maximum amount of Si or Ge that can be incorporated in the host. Via X-ray absorption spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance experiments, we studied the local environment of chromium in the LGO spinel host. The presence of both Cr3+ and Cr4+ on octahedral sites in LGO was confirmed. Electron paramagnetic resonance showed that Cr3+ resides in a rhombically distorted octahedral lattice site and that the Cr3+ local environment is sensitive to variation in point defects in the surrounding.

Graphical abstract: Probing the local structure of the near-infrared emitting persistent phosphor LiGa5O8:Cr3+

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The article was received on 16 Jun 2017, accepted on 26 Sep 2017 and first published on 26 Sep 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TC02699D
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, Advance Article
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    Probing the local structure of the near-infrared emitting persistent phosphor LiGa5O8:Cr3+

    O. Q. De Clercq, L. I. D. J. Martin, K. Korthout, J. Kusakovskij, H. Vrielinck and D. Poelman, J. Mater. Chem. C, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7TC02699D

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