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Improved luminescence intensity and stability of thermal annealed ZnO incorporated Alq3 composite films

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The 30 wt% of ZnO (weight percentage of ZnO has been optimised) incorporated tris- (8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminum (Alq3) has been synthesised and coated on to glass substrates using dip coating method. The structural and optical properties of the Alq3/ZnO composite film after thermal annealing from 50 to 300 °C insteps 50° has been studied and reported. XRD pattern reveals the presence of crystalline ZnO in all the annealed films. The films annealed above 150 °C reveal the presence of crystalline Alq3 along with crystalline ZnO. The FTIR spectra confirm the presence of hydroxyquinoline and ZnO vibration in all the annealed composite films. The composite films annealed above 150 °C show a partial sublimation and degradation of hydroxyquinoline compounds. The ZnO incorporated composite films (Alq3/ZnO) exhibit two emission peaks, one corresponding to ZnO at 487 nm and another at 513 nm due to Alq3. The films annealed at 200 °C exhibit maximum photoluminescence (PL) intensity than pristine film at 513 nm when excited at 390 nm.

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Cuba, M., Muralidharan, G. Improved luminescence intensity and stability of thermal annealed ZnO incorporated Alq3 composite films. J Fluoresc 25, 1629–1635 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10895-015-1649-3

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Keywords

  • Tris- (8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminum
  • Photoluminescence
  • Film