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Spatially confined luminescence process in tip-modified heterogeneous-structured microrods for high-level anti-counterfeiting

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Abstract

Recent years have witnessed the progress of lanthanide-doped materials from fundamental material synthesis to targeted practical applications such as optical applications in photodetection, anti-counterfeiting, volumetric display, optical communication, as well as biological imaging. The unique compositions and structures of well-designed lanthanide ion-doped materials could expand and strengthen their application performances. Herein, we report dual-mode luminescent crystalline microrods that spatially confine upconversion and downconversion photophysical process within defined regions using the specially designed heterogeneous structure. Through an epitaxial growth procedure, downconversion tips have been conjugated with the parent upconversion microrods in oriented directions. This spatially confined structure can effectively depress the deleterious energy depletion in lanthanide ions homogeneously doped materials, and as a result, the red, green, and blue upconversion intensities have been enhanced by 334, 225, and 22 times, respectively. Moreover, the induced tips hardly disturb the upconversion process of the microrod seeds. Upon 980 nm laser or ultraviolet lamp excitation, tunable emission colors were realized in the single tip-modified microrod, indicating potential applications of these microrods for high-level dual-mode anti-counterfeiting.

Graphical abstract: Spatially confined luminescence process in tip-modified heterogeneous-structured microrods for high-level anti-counterfeiting

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The article was received on 17 Jan 2018, accepted on 05 Mar 2018 and first published on 07 Mar 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CP00363G
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018,20, 9516-9522
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    Spatially confined luminescence process in tip-modified heterogeneous-structured microrods for high-level anti-counterfeiting

    Y. Han, C. Gao, Y. Wang, D. Ju, A. Zhou, F. Song, L. Huang and W. Huang, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2018, 20, 9516
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CP00363G

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