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Show simple item record Kabongo, GL Mhlongo, GH Malwela, T Mothudi, BM Hillie, KT Dhlamini, MS 2014-09-16T12:29:20Z 2014-09-16T12:29:20Z 2014-04
dc.identifier.citation Kabongo GL Mhlongo, G.H, Malwela, T, Mothudi, B.M, Hillie, K.T and Dhlamini, M.S. 2014. Microstructural and photoluminescence properties of sol–gel derived Tb3+ doped ZnO nanocrystals. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, vol. 591, pp 156-163 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0925-8388
dc.description Copyright: 2014 Elsevier. This is an ABSTRACT ONLY. The definitive version is published in Journal of Alloys and Compounds, vol. 591, pp 156-163 en_US
dc.description.abstract Un-doped and Tb(Sup3+) doped ZnO nanocrystals with different concentrations of Tb(Sup3+) were synthesized by a sol–gel method and their photoluminescence (PL) properties were investigated. The successful incorporation of Tb(sup3+) ions with different concentration (0.15, 0.5 and 1 mol %) in ZnO was realized and confirmed through different characterization. High crystalline ZnO products were produced without the need of a post-heat treatment. Elemental mapping conducted on the as prepared samples using Scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX) revealed homogeneous distribution of Zn, O, and Tb ions. The high resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM) analyses indicated that the un-doped and Tb(sup3+) doped samples were composed of homogeneously dispersed particles of high crystallinity with an average size ranging from 3 to 6 nm in diameter, which was in agreement with X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses. Raman spectroscopy was used to further elucidate the wurtzitic structure of the prepared samples. PL study revealed that among different Tb(sup3+) concentrations, 0.5 mol% Tb(sup3+) doped ZnO nanoparticles showed clear emission from the dopant originating from the 4f–4f intra-ionic transitions of Tb(sup3+) while the broad defects emission was dominating in the 0.15 and 1 mol% Tb(sup3+) doped ZnO. Optical band gap was extrapolated from the Ultraviolet Visible spectroscopy (UV–Vis) absorption analysis using TAUC’s method and the widening of the optical band gap for the 0.15 and 0.5 mol% Tb(sup3+) doped samples and the reduction of the optical band gap for the 1 mol% Tb(sup3+) doped sample as compared to the un-doped sample was observed. Energy transfer mechanism between Tb(sup3+) and ZnO is discussed in detail. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Workflow;13375
dc.subject Sol–gel en_US
dc.subject Zinc oxide en_US
dc.subject Terbium en_US
dc.subject Quantum dots en_US
dc.subject Band gap en_US
dc.subject Photoluminescence en_US
dc.title Microstructural and photoluminescence properties of sol–gel derived Tb3+ doped ZnO nanocrystals en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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