Production of nanocrystalline Y2O3:Eu powder by microwave plasma-torch and its characterization

Soon Cheon Cho, Han Sup Uhm, Chan Uk Bang, Dong Kwon Lee, Chang Soo Han

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Y2O3:Eu red-emitting nanophosphors were synthesized directly by dissolving Y2O3 and Eu2O3 in HNO3 and by using an atmospheric microwave-plasma torch for a direct continuous preparation and for mass production of Y2O3:Eu powders. Atmospheric microwave plasmas produce a high-temperature plasma flame due to ohmic heating by high frequency electric fields, revealing a maximum central temperature of 6500 ± 350 K. Therefore, the synthesized Y2O3:Eu nanophosphors from instantaneous evaporation of dissolved Y2O3 and Eu2O3 in HNO3 have favorable characteristics such as regular size and cubic equilibrium structure. The nanophosphors were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and photoluminescence (PL).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4052-4055
Number of pages4
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2009 May 29
Externally publishedYes

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  • Atmospheric
  • Microwave plasma
  • YO:Eu nanophosphors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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