Synthesis, growth and photoluminescence behaviour of Gd2O2SO4:Eu3+ nanophosphors: the effect of temperature on the structural, morphological and optical properties
Gd2(SO4)3·8H2O, Gd2O2SO4, and Gd2O2SO4:Eu3+ nanoparticles have been synthesized in the presence of Gd3+ ions and sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) by the simple complexation-thermal decomposition (CTD) method. The structural analysis, growth mechanism and optical properties of the Gd2(SO4)3·8H2O, and Gd2O2SO4 are described by the diffraction pattern, functional group analysis, Raman, morphology, elemental analysis, and absorbance spectra. The most intriguing factor was that the Gd2O2SO4 nanoplates are in the range of 42–50 nm without adding any external stabilizer. The results revealed that the Gd2O2SO4 nanoparticles with an orthorhombic structure have a band gap of 3.12 eV. Furthermore, Gd2O2SO4 shows an intense red photoluminescence associated with the 5D0 → 7F2 transition in the presence of Eu3+. The results suggest that the Gd2O2SO4:Eu3+ nanophosphors, may have a beneficial approach in the field of biomedical application as luminescent probe/labels.