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Tuning morphology, surface, and nanocrystallinity of rare earth vanadates by one-pot colloidal conversion of hydroxycarbonates

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Guida, Gabriela [1] ; Huband, Steven [2] ; Walker, Marc [2] ; Walton, Richard I. [3] ; de Sousa Filho, Paulo C. [1]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Campinas UNICAMP, Inst Chem, Dept Inorgan Chem, POB 6154, BR-13083970 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Warwick, Dept Phys, Coventry CV4 7AL, W Midlands - England
[3] Univ Warwick, Dept Chem, Coventry CV4 7AL, W Midlands - England
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: NANOSCALE; v. 13, n. 9, p. 4931-4945, MAR 7 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 0

We show that particle size, morphology, nanocrystallinity, surface area, and defect density of (Y,Eu)VO4 structures can be tuned by one-pot colloidal conversion of rare earth hydroxycarbonates in water/ethylene glycol (EG) suspensions. Using small angle X-ray scattering, transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering, we show how volume fractions of EG direct the amorphous to crystalline conversion at 1 atm/95 degrees C by controlling size and aggregation of hydroxycarbonate precursors. A template effect due to a Kirkendall-type conversion occurs for low EG contents, yielding solids with high densities of oxygen defects, as demonstrated by O-2 uptakes in thermogravimetry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy profiles. Starting from small and aggregated hydroxycarbonates high-porosity (Y,Eu)VO4 nanoparticles were produced with expanded unit cells and short-range (<100 angstrom) crystalline ordering. We explored the effects of synthesis on the textural, microstructure, and defects of (Y,Eu)VO4 solids, which were further correlated to the spectroscopic profiles of Eu3+-activated samples. We show that the ratios between Eu3+ 5D0 internal quantum yields and particle diameters can be directly correlated to the particle surface areas, opening new perspectives for theoretical detailing of f-f luminescence in YVO4 solids, and enabling accurate tuning of structure and applicability of colloidal vanadate nanoparticles for sensing and catalysis applications. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 18/08334-9 - New advanced materials for sensing applications: a collaborative project on structural and spectroscopic characterisation of novel rare-earth solids
Grantee:Paulo Cesar de Sousa Filho
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 17/11764-2 - Strategies on the synthesis of luminescent nanomaterials for the design of new multimodal optical sensors
Grantee:Paulo Cesar de Sousa Filho
Support type: Regular Research Grants