Lanthanide-Doped Layered Double Hydroxides Intercalated with Sensitizing Anions: Efficient Energy Transfer between Host and Guest Layers

2009-10-01T00:00:00Z (GMT) by Poernomo Gunawan Rong Xu
Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) doped with Tb3+ ions in the brucite-like layers were prepared by a simple one-step coprecipitation method at ambient conditions. When 4-biphenylacetate (BPA) anions were intercalated in the interlayer space, a high concentration of Tb3+ up to around 19 wt % can be homogeneously incorporated in the octahedral lattice of LDHs. The luminescence study indicated that efficient energy transfer from the excited state of the intercalated BPA guest molecules to Tb3+ centers in the host layers takes place. Compared with LDHs without a photosensitizer, Tb3+-doped LDHs intercalated with BPA display much enhanced green luminescence from Tb3+ ions. Long lifetimes of around 1.3 ms and high quantum yields of 14−22% were obtained. In addition, the emission color of this type of hybrid materials can be tuned from blue to green by varying the amount of Tb3+ ions. As the compositions of metal cations and interlayer anions in the LDH structure can be easily varied, the inorganic−organic hybrid system reported here opens great opportunity for developing efficient and functional luminescent materials by simple wet chemical methods.