Nano Express

Nanoscale Research Letters

, 4:1009

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Synthesis of YVO4:Eu3+/YBO3Heteronanostructures with Enhanced Photoluminescence Properties

  • Hongliang ZhuAffiliated withCenter of Materials Engineering, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University Email author 
  • , Haihua HuAffiliated withZhejiang University City College
  • , Zhengkai WangAffiliated withCenter of Materials Engineering, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University
  • , Diantai ZuoAffiliated withCenter of Materials Engineering, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University


Novel YVO4:Eu3+/YBO3core/shell heteronanostructures with different shell ratios (SRs) were successfully prepared by a facile two-step method. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to characterize the heteronanostructures. Photoluminescence (PL) study reveals that PL efficiency of the YVO4:Eu3+nanocrystals (cores) can be improved by the growth of YBO3nanocoatings onto the cores to form the YVO4:Eu3+/YBO3core/shell heteronanostructures. Furthermore, shell ratio plays a critical role in their PL efficiency. The heteronanostructures (SR = 1/7) exhibit the highest PL efficiency; its PL intensity of the5D07F2emission at 620 nm is 27% higher than that of the YVO4:Eu3+nanocrystals under the same conditions.


Core/shell heteronanostructures Nanophosphors Photoluminescence Yttrium vanadate Yttrium borate