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A modified one step and cost-effective chemical green route has been used to synthesize oleate-capped TiO2 anatase nanocrystals (NCs) doped with different amounts of europium, with high yields and without high-temperature post-calcination processes. Europium doping endowed TiO2 NCs with an intense red luminescence associated with the 5D0 → 7F2 transition of the electronic structure of Eu3+ and was responsible for both the morphological change of the NCs structure (from nanorods to spherical nanoparticles) and the blue shift in the absorption edge respect to the undoped TiO2 NCs. Furthermore, photocatalytic experiments revealed that a low-content (0.5 mol%) Eu3+ doped TiO2 NCs showed the best ability as photocatalyst for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under both UV and visible light irradiation, even if all the Eu3+ doped oleate-capped TiO2 NCs were more effective under visible light …
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2018

Daniela Caschera, Fulvio Federici, Tilde de Caro, Barbara Cortese, Pietro Calandra, Alessio Mezzi, Raffaella Lo Nigro, Roberta G Toro

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Volume: 427 Pages: 81-91
Applied Surface Science