Synthesis and photoluminescence of Eu3+- or Tb 3+-doped Mg2SiO4 nanoparticles prepared by a combined novel approach

Hongmei Yang, Jianxin Shi*, Menglian Gong, Kok Wai CHEAH

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Tb3+- or Eu3+-doped magnesium silicate phosphors were prepared for the first time by using a novel approach, combined sol-gel-microwave heating. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and photoluminescence analyses were used to characterize the phosphors. XRD confirmed a forsterite lattice of Mg2SiO4 for the phosphors. TEM observation indicated that the phosphors have a spherical-like shape with little aggregation and the particle size is about 50 nm, and the small size is favorable to the potential application in field emission displays. The luminescent colors of Mg2SiO4:Tb3+ and Mg2SiO 4:Eu3+ phosphors are green and red respectively, furthermore the luminescent intensities of them are relatively higher than the traditional Zn2SiO4:Tb3+ and Zn 2SiO4:Eu3+ phosphors. In addition, Eu 3+ ion emissions as a structural probe suggest that the rare earth ions replace the Mg2+ ions in the site of M2 (C s) in the forsterite lattice of Mg2SiO4.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-264
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Luminescence
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

User-Defined Keywords

  • Microwave
  • Nanoparticles
  • Photoluminescence
  • Sol-gel
  • Structural probe


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