From synthesis to fabrication: Engineering thin translucent films with green persistent luminescent nanoparticles

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Fritzen D.L.
Nardy G.
Portes M.C.
Giordano L.
Bonturim E.
Teixeira V.C.
Rodrigues L.C.V.
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© 2023Green-emitting ZnGa2O4:Mn2+ persistent luminescent nanoparticles were synthesized via a solvothermal method followed by a microwave-assisted sintering at 1150 °C. The obtained cubic-like particles averaged 62 ± 16 nm by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and presented afterglow for up to 2 h after a 5 min excitation in the UV. By Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), it was observed that the Mn2+ dopant replaces uniquely Zn2+ sites during synthesis. The obtained particles were dispersed with hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) in water to create thin films by drop-casting. The films with different concentrations of nanoparticles (1 g/m2, 10 g/m2 and 100 g/m2) had average visible transmittances between 20% and 24%, and presented persistent luminescence after UV excitation, with longer duration by increasing nanoparticle concentration. By synchrotron X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) nanomapping of these films it is possible to see clusters of up to 6 μm of the nanoparticles in the film due to water pockets during film-casting. The X-ray Excited Optical Luminescence (XEOL) showed only Mn2+ emission and the XEOL-XRF mapping proved the integrity of the nanoparticles after film fabrication. By combining the solvothermal method, microwave-assisted sintering, and drop casting, this study establishes a promising pathway for the development of advanced flexible and translucent persistent luminescent composites.
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Drop casting , Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose , Luminescent nanoparticle , Microwave-assisted , Solvothermal method , Synthesised , Translucents , X ray fluorescence , X-ray excited optical luminescence , Zn 2+
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