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Journal Articles Progress in Solid State Chemistry Year : 2006

Emission properties and applications of nanostructured luminescent oxide nanoparticles


Rare earth doped oxide materials are well known for their numerous applications in light emitting devices. An interesting issue is to study the emission properties of nanoparticles, with the aim to understand the influence of small size and surface effects on the emission processes. These particles could furthermore be used in new applications such as the elaboration of transparent emitting devices or new biological labels. The work presented here concerns highly luminescent rare earth doped yttrium vanadates (YVO4:Eu) and lanthanum phosphate LaPO4:Ce,Tb*xH2O nanoparticles. Simple aqueous colloidal syntheses are used for the elaboration of concentrated colloids based on the progressive decomposition of polymeric precursors at moderate temperature (60-90 °C). Both types of particles exhibit strong emission (quantum yields of 25% and 45% for vanadates and phosphates, respectively), but significantly lower than that for the equivalent bulk materials. The alteration of the emission processes is discussed in terms of surface quenching effects. Improvements are obtained through the elaboration of core/shell nanostructures. Surface derivatization has been achieved through the controlled growth of an organically modified silica shell using a functionalized silane precursor. Two examples are given concerning the applications of those particles. The first one is the elaboration of transparent and highly luminescent thin films, obtained by the dispersion of the functionalized particles in a sol-gel silica matrix. The other one is the use of guanidine functionalized particles as biological labels for the single particle detection of sodium channels in cardiac cells.

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hal-00824461 , version 1 (28-05-2013)



D. Giaume, V. Buissette, K. Lahlil, T. Gacoin, J.-P. Boilot, et al.. Emission properties and applications of nanostructured luminescent oxide nanoparticles. Progress in Solid State Chemistry, 2006, 33 (2-4), pp.99. ⟨10.1016/j.progsolidstchem.2005.11.041⟩. ⟨hal-00824461⟩
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