Phosphor-free luminescent, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) were synthesized with a sol-gel method in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and/or didodecyldimethylammonium bromide (DDAB). The surfactants were employed to play double roles as a template to form mesopores and as an organic compound to introduce luminescent centers in calcination step. The incorporation of DDAB produced MSN that was better in luminescent properties than the CTAB-incorporated nanoparticles. A low molar ratio of CTAB to DDAB in their coexistence system could produce highly monodisperse MSN that showed emission intensity higher than that of a conventional phosphor-free luminescent silica nanoparticle having no mesopores.
- Double chain cationic surfactant
- Monodisperse mesoporous silica nanoparticle
- Phosphor-free luminescence
- UV irradiation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Mechanics of Materials