Effects of Eu3+ Concentration on Structural, Optical and Vibrational Properties of Multifunctional Ce1-X,EuXO2-delta Nanoparticles Synthesized by Thermolysis of 2,4-Pentanedione Complexes
AuthorsKremenović, Aleksandar S.
Božanić, Dušan K.
Welsch, A. -M.
Nikolić, Aleksandar S.
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The 5-10 nnn Ce1-XEuXO2-delta (0 LT = x LT = 0.30) nanoparticles with fluorite structure were synthesized by thermal decomposition of Eu- and Ce-2,4-pentanedione complexes mixtures. X-ray line broadening analysis of mixed samples Ce1-XEuXO2-delta (0.05 LT = x LT = 0.30) showed that the crystallite size was lower and root mean square strain higher than in pure ceria. However, within mixed samples Ce1-XEuXO2-delta (0.05 LT = x LT = 0.30) crystallite size and root mean square strain were independent of Eu3+ concentration. Raman spectroscopy results indicated that europium ions yield disorder by breaking the phonon propagation and therefore making the non-centre Brillouin zone modes Raman active. The absorption bands in the spectra of mixed oxides were blue-shifted in comparison to pure CeO2-delta nanopowder. The samples show red emission typical for Eu ions. The biggest photoluminescent intensity was observed for the highest Eu3+ concentration (x = 0.30) and further enhanced with the incr...ease in crystallinity.