Patra, Pritha and Kumar, Ranjith and Jayanthi, K and Fabian, Margit and Gupta, Gaurav and Khan, Sultan and Chakraborty, Saswata and Das, Subrata and Allu, Amarnath R and Annapurna, Kalyandurg (2022) Ln(2)Te(6)O(15) (Ln = La, Gd, and Eu) ``Anti-Glass'' Phase-Assisted Lanthanum-Tellurite Transparent Glass-Ceramics: Eu3+ Emission and Local Site Symmetry Analysis. Inorganic Chemistry, 61 (27). pp. 10342-10358. ISSN 0020-1669

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The presence of lanthanide-tellurite ``anti-glass'' nanocrystalline phases not only affects the transparency in glass-ceramics (GCs) but also influences the emission of a dopant ion. Therefore, a methodical understanding of the crystal growth mechanism and local site symmetry of doped luminescent ions when embedded into the precipitated ``anti-glass'' phase is crucial, which unfolds the practical applications of GCs. Here, we examined the Ln(2)Te(6)O(15) ``anti-glass'' nanocrystalline phase growth mechanism and local site symmetry of Eu3+ ions in transparent GCs produced from 80TeO(2)-10TiO(2)-(5 - x)La2O3-5Gd(2)O(3)-xEu(2)O(3) glasses, where x = 0, 1, 2. A crystallization kinetics study identifies a unique crystal growth mechanism via a constrained nucleation rate. The extent of ``anti-glass'' phase precipitation and its growth in GCs with respect to heat-treatment duration is demonstrated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) analysis. Qualitative analysis of XRD confirms the precipitation of both La2Te6O15 and Gd2Te6O15 nanocrystalline phases. Rietveld refinement of powder X-ray diffraction patterns reveals that Eu3+ ions occupy ``Gd'' sites in Gd2Te6O15 over ``La'' sites in La2Te6O15. Raman spectroscopy reveals the conversion of TeO3 units to TeO4 units with Eu2O3 addition. This confirms the polymerizing role of Eu2O3 and consequently high crystallization tenacity with increasing Eu2O3 concentration. The measured Eu3+ ion photoluminescence spectra revealed its local site symmetry. Moreover, the present GCs showed adequate thermal cycling stability (similar to 50% at 423 K) with the highest activation energy of around 0.3 eV and further suggested that the present transparent GCs would be a potential candidate for the fabrication of red-light-emitting diodes (LEDs) or red component phosphor in W-LEDs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Glass
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2023 07:39
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 07:39

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