Fabrication and characterization of transparent monolithic nanocomposites between YVO4:Bi3+,Eu3+ nanophosphor and TMAS-derived silica

Yoshiki Iso, Satoru Takeshita, Tetsuhiko Isobe

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We fabricate monolithic nanocomposites of silica containing YVO 4:Bi3+,Eu3+ nanoparticles, which are synthesized by co-precipitation method via a citrate precursor. A basic aqueous solution of tetramethylammonium silicate is chosen as a silica source, since the YVO4:Bi3+,Eu3+ nanoparticles can be well-dispersed in this solution. The fabricated nanocomposites are transparent to the naked eye under white light and emit red light under near-UV light excitation through an interband transition of the nanoparticles followed by energy transfer to Eu3+. The net optical density at 365.0 nm for the nanocomposite is proportional to its thickness. Furthermore, its net photoluminescence intensity at 619.5 nm is proportional to the net optical density. Both proportional relationships are attributed to negligibly low light scattering intensity of the nanoparticles because of their well-dispersion in silica.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)717-722
Number of pages6
JournalOptical Materials
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan


  • Nanocomposite
  • Nanophosphor
  • Photoluminescence
  • Silica
  • Tetramethylammonium silicate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Computer Science(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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