Structure and photoluminescence of di-amidosil nanohybrids incorporating europium triflate
Paper in proceedings, 2006
The sol-gel process was used to prepare amorphous di-amide cross-linked alkyl/siloxane hybrid materials (di-amidosils) incorporating europium triflate (Eu(CF3SO3)(3)). Samples with 200 <= n <= 8 (where n is the molar ratio of carbonyl oxygen atoms per Eu3+ ion) were studied. The conformations of the alkyl chains of the host matrix in the doped di-amidosils (essentially gauche) are not affected by the presence of the salt. The Eu3+ ions bond to the C=O groups of the amide cross-links in the whole range of salt concentration examined. "Free" and weakly coordinated triflate ions were detected in all the samples analyzed. At n = 8 an ionic aggregate of unknown nature is formed. The hybrids introduced are room temperature white light emitters due to the convolution of the hybrid host emitting centers (amide cross-linkages and siliceous nanodomais) and the Eu3+ intra-4f(6) D-5(0) -> F-7(0-4) transitions. Photoluminescence data suggest that in the dilute di-amidosil with n = 100 the Eu3+ ions occupy the same type of chemical local environment. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.