Effects of Li+ co-doping on properties of Eu3+ activated TiO2 anatase nanoparticles
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Sol-gel technique for the synthesis of anatase TiO2 at 420 degrees C produces nanocrystals of 10-20 nm in size with Ti4+ in crystal volume and Ti3+ at terminal planes of the crystal. The study of Li+ co-doping effects on the structure, morphology, absorption, and luminescence of Eu3+ activated TiO2 anatase nanocrystals is presented. Pure anatase structure is achieved up to 9 at.% Li, with significant improvement in crystallinity of europium doped anatase TiO2. The Li+ co-doping reduces the unit cell volume of the crystal, induces the blue shift of the absorption edge, lengthens the lifetime of Eu3+ D-5(0) excited state, and improves the Eu3+ emission intensity up to 37.5%. Judd-Ofelt analysis of Eu3+ emission showed enhancement of quantum efficiency from 66.4% to 98.7% when TiO2:Eu3+ was co-doped with 9 at.% of Li. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.