Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) consist of positively charged brucite-like layers with interlayer anions for charge compensation. Delaminated cationic LDH nanosheets can be used as building blocks to fabricate functional nanocomposites. In this study, we fabricated photoluminescent multilayer films containing positively charged LDH nanosheets and negatively charged YVO4:Eu3+ nanoparticles on quartz glass substrates through a layer-by-layer assembly technique. The absorbance and photoluminescence (PL) intensity of the YVO4:Eu3+ nanoparticles in the multilayer films were proportional to the number of deposition cycles. These linear relationships indicate that constant amounts of LDH nanosheets and YVO4:Eu3+ nanoparticles were alternately deposited on the substrate. The change in intensity of the 620 nm emission of the YVO4:Eu3+ nanoparticle powder and the multilayer film (LDH/YVO4:Eu3+)10 under continuous 270 nm excitation was measured to compare both photostabilities. The PL intensity of the YVO4:Eu3+ nanoparticle powder decreased to 7% of the initial intensity and then gradually recovered to 19%. In contrast, the PL intensity of the multilayer film (LDH/YVO4:Eu3+)10 decreased to 36% of the initial intensity and then recovered to 139%. The photo-degradation and recovery are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics