Formation Process of Y2O3:Bi3+,Eu3 +Nanosheets from Hydroxide Precursor Nanosheets

Takuya Matsunaga, Yoshiki Iso, Tetsuhiko Isobe

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We studied the formation of Y2O3:Bi3+,Eu3+ nanosheets from different Y2O3 precursors to propose a mechanism for their formation. One limitation of solar cells is their low sensitivity to near-ultraviolet light, which may be improved by including a phosphor to convert near-ultraviolet light to visible light, which can be readily absorbed. An attractive phosphor for this role is Y2O3:Bi3+,Eu3+; however, it remains unclear how Y2O3:Bi3+,Eu3+ forms from Y2O3 precursor nanosheets. Therefore, we studied the formation of Y2O3:Bi3+,Eu3+ nanosheets from Y2O3 precursors fabricated under various conditions including different pH, base type, and autoclave duration. We found that single-crystalline Y2O3:Bi3+,Eu3+ nanosheets formed from Y2O3 precursor nanosheets produced under suitable conditions. The Y2O3:Bi3+,Eu3+ nanosheets retained the crystallographic orientation of the precursor Y2O3 nanosheets. The formation of these nanosheets did not require the presence of organic ligands. Our findings indicate that Y2O3:Bi3+,Eu3+ nanosheet formation involved anisotropic assembly of crystallized nanoparticles and a subsequent dissolution-recrystallization process. The Y2O3:Bi3+,Eu3+ nanosheets fabricated under certain conditions displayed absorption and emission properties suitable for use as solar converters.

Original languageEnglish
Article number096013
JournalECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Sept

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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