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YU Hai-yang, TU Lang-ping, ZHANG You-lin, ZHAO Hui-ying, KONG Xiang-gui. Quantitative analysis of the surface quenching effect of lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles in solvents[J]. Chinese Optics, 2019, 12(6): 1288-1294. doi: 10.3788/CO.20191206.1288
Citation: YU Hai-yang, TU Lang-ping, ZHANG You-lin, ZHAO Hui-ying, KONG Xiang-gui. Quantitative analysis of the surface quenching effect of lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles in solvents[J]. Chinese Optics, 2019, 12(6): 1288-1294. doi: 10.3788/CO.20191206.1288

Quantitative analysis of the surface quenching effect of lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles in solvents

doi: 10.3788/CO.20191206.1288

National Natural Science Foundation of China 11874354

National Natural Science Foundation of China 51772122

National Natural Science Foundation of China 11874355

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  • Corresponding author: KONG Xiang-gui, E-mail:xgkong14@ciomp.ac.cn
  • Received Date: 29 Jan 2019
  • Rev Recd Date: 03 Feb 2019
  • Publish Date: 01 Dec 2019
  • Laser-induced upconversion luminescence of lanthanide-doped nanoparticles has attracted great interest from researchers for many years due to its unique optical properties. The influence of solvents on the surfaces of these nanoparticles is a common problem in practical applications of these materials. However, traditional analysis methods are incapable of quantifying the influences of solvents. In response to this difficulty, we used a Monte Carlo simulation to reconstruct macroscopic upconversion luminescence at the microscopic level of ion-ion interaction. Then, we succeeded in obtaining quantified analysis results of the surface effects from four different aqueous solvents, which were water, methanol, ethanol and N, N-dimethylformamide(DMF). Both steady-state and dynamic spectra results show that the surface quenching rate of the upconversion nanoparticles in the highest to the lowest order of the four solvents are water, methanol, ethanol and DMF, which is attributed to the hydroxyl group and its activity. The computational simulation results show that the surface quenching rates of the Yb3+ excited state(2F5/2) in NaYF4:20%Yb, 2%Er upconversion nanoparticles in the four solvents are 2.5×104 s-1(DMF), 1×105 s-1(methanol and ethanol) and 5×105 s-1(water), which confirms our hypothesis.


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