Rapid Synthesis of Eu2Zr2O7 Nanocrystals via Salt-Assistant Combustion Method
Eu2Zr2O7 nanocrystals with cubic structure were successfully synthesized by salt-assistant combustion method. The Eu2Zr2O7 nanocrystals were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Emission/ excitation spectra. The effect of thermal treatment temperature on the crystal size of nanocrystals was studied. The results indicated that Eu2Zr2O7 nanocrystals obtained by this method were well-dispersed and uniform in particle size distribution with average size of 20 nm. By comparison, it was found that the introduction of KCl in the solution combustion reaction process can effectively prevent nanocrystallites from sintering and forming inseparable three-dimensional network, and result in the formation of well-dispersed nanoparticles. The method provides a convenient, low-cost and nontoxic route for the synthesis of nanostructures of oxide materials. Moreover, the strong fluorescent property of the Eu2Zr2O7 nanocrystals obtained by salt-assistant combustion method at 385 nm upon excitation was measured at room temperature. The results showed that Eu2Zr2O7 nanocrystals obtained by salt-assistant combustion method put up excellent fluorescent properties.
Yansheng Yin and Xin Wang
Y. P. Tong et al., "Rapid Synthesis of Eu2Zr2O7 Nanocrystals via Salt-Assistant Combustion Method", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 79-82, pp. 405-408, 2009