Coordination states of Mn2+ inside and near the surface of ZnS:Mn nanocrystal (NC) (ca. 1.8 nm in particle radius) coated with poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) were examined by the detailed analysis of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The symmetry of both Mn2+ sites inside and near the surface of NC is lower than that of submicron particles (0.125 μm in particle radius), because of larger lattice distortion and larger zero field splitting constant. Temperature dependence of line width (ΔHpp) of EPR signals from Mn2+ inside and near surface sites of ZnS:Mn disappears when the particle radius of ZnS:Mn decreases from 0.125 μm to 1.8nm. These indicate increasing extent of d-d transition and stronger interaction between Mn2+ and ZnS as well as between Mn2+ and PAA in NC, leading to more effective energy transfer from ZnS and PAA to Mn2+. These phenomena explain the high luminescence intensity of ZnS:Mn nanocrystal coated with PAA.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Modelling and Simulation
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics