The design of hybrid organic/inorganic nanostructures with controlled assembly drives the development of materials with new or improved properties and superior performances. In this paper, the surface and internal structure of hybrid ZnO poly-N-vinylpyrrolidone (ZnO/PVP) mesocrystals are investigated in detail and correlated with their emitting properties. A photoluminescence study at room temperature reveals that the as-synthesized particles show a remarkable ultraviolet (UV) emission, whereas an emission from defects in the visible region is not observed. On the other hand, a visible emission is achieved upon calcination of the hybrid ZnO/PVP particles in air, and its intensity is found to increase with the calcination temperature and, in some cases, to overwhelm the UV emission. A molecular description is proposed for the absence of a visible emission from defects in the as-synthesized ZnO/PVP mesocrystals on the basis of Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and solid-state 13C NMR (SSNMR) spectroscopy. An in-depth electron microscopy study sheds light on the internal organization of mesocrystals and reveals the formation of nanoreactors, that is, particles with enclosed porosity, upon thermal treatment.
|Titolo:||Interplay of internal structure and interfaces on the emitting properties of hybrid ZnO hierarchical particles|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1021/acsami.7b00777|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|