Easy emission-color-control of Mn-doped zinc silicate phosphor by use of pH and supercritical water conditions

Suguru Toyama, Masafumi Takesue, Taku Aida, Masaru Watanabe, Richard Lee Jr. Smith

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Abstract

Emission of Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ can be readily controlled to have continuously variable colors between green and yellow by adjusting the pH of the starting solutions in supercritical water syntheses. Mostly single phase β-Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ exhibiting yellow emission was formed at a pH of 10.5. By changing pH of the starting solution from low values (ca. 2.8) to high values (ca. 12.5), emission color could be proportionally varied from green emission to yellow emission because the amount of each phase was found to change. The selectivity of α- and β-Zn2SiO4 crystallization in supercritical water is strongly related to the solubility of dissolved species of the zinc ion source, Zn(OH)2 in water. Photoluminescence results showed that the reaction atmosphere determines emission color over a wide range of dominant wavelengths, 534-571 nm, according to the crystalline phases formed. The use of pH with supercritical water allows a simple control strategy for emission color control of Zn2SiO4:Mn2+ phosphors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-69
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Supercritical Fluids
Volume98
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Emission color control
  • Hydrothermal reaction
  • Supercritical water
  • Zinc silicate
  • pH control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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