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Studies on synthesis, structural and spectroscopic properties of rare earth oxosalts for applications as vacuum ultraviolet phosphors

Grant number: 08/09266-5
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2009
Effective date (End): June 30, 2013
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Inorganic Chemistry
Principal researcher:Osvaldo Antonio Serra
Grantee:Paulo Cesar de Sousa Filho
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (FFCLRP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


For more than a century, the properties and the methods for the obtainment of luminescent materials (phosphors) have been widely explored themes in the Inorganic Chemistry and in the Materials Science. Nowadays, due to their immense academic, technologic and economic importance, these studies receive a unique attention from the researchers of many fields. Surely, the most important group of elements with regard to the study of phosphors comprises the Rare Earths (RE), elements with atomic number between 57 (lanthanum) and 71 (lutetium), besides scandium (Z=21) and yttrium (Z=29). By presenting singular spectroscopic properties, these elements can form luminescent compounds with various applications. In this sense, some Rare Earth oxosalts, as phosphates (REPO4), borates (REBO3), phosphovanadates (RE(P,V)O4), and phosphoniobates (RE(P,Nb)O4), are often studied as hosts form lanthanide ions and, due to many of their physico-chemical properties, they are potential phosphors for new generation luminescent devices (which use excitation on vacuum ultraviolet - VUV -, below 200 nm). In this way, this work aims at developing alternative synthetic routes for Rare Earth oxosalts of many compositions and at evaluating their applicability as red, green or blue phosphors for VUV systems. By applying liquid phase methods (which enable the development of bottom-up approaches for the synthesis of nanomaterials), this work will seek for the control of the morphological, structural and compositional properties of the compounds, monitoring the influence of these factors on their luminescent behaviour. (AU)

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Scientific publications
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PAULO C. DE SOUSA FILHO; OSVALDO A. SERRA. Terras raras no Brasil: histórico, produção e perspectivas. Química Nova, v. 37, n. 4, p. 753-760, . (13/01669-1, 08/09266-5)
DE SOUSA FILHO, PAULO C.; SERRA, OSVALDO A.. Reverse Microemulsion Synthesis, Structure, and Luminescence of Nanosized REPO4:Ln(3+) (RE = La, Y, Gd, or Yb, and Ln = Eu, Tm, or Er). Journal of Physical Chemistry C, v. 115, n. 3, p. 636-646, . (08/09266-5)
BATISTA, JONATHAN CARVALHAES; DE SOUSA FILHO, PAULO CESAR; SERRA, OSVALDO ANTONIO. Effect of the vanadium(V) concentration on the spectroscopic properties of nanosized europium-doped yttrium phosphates. DALTON TRANSACTIONS, v. 41, n. 20, p. 6310-6318, . (08/09266-5)
Academic Publications
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SOUSA FILHO, Paulo Cesar de. Studies on synthesis, structural and spectroscopic properties of rare earth oxosalts for applications as vacuum ultraviolet phosphors. 2013. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto (PCARP/BC) Ribeirão Preto.

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