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Double-Protected All-Inorganic Perovskite Nanocrystals by Crystalline Matrix and Silica for Triple-Modal Anti-Counterfeiting Codes

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posted on 17.07.2017, 00:00 by Leimeng Xu, Jiawei Chen, Jizhong Song, Jianhai Li, Jie Xue, Yuhui Dong, Bo Cai, Qingsong Shan, Boning Han, Haibo Zeng
Novel fluorescence with highly covert and reliable features is quite desirable to combat the sophisticated counterfeiters. Herein, we report a simultaneously triple-modal fluorescent characteristic of CsPbBr3@Cs4PbBr6/SiO2 by the excitation of thermal, ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light for the first time, which can be applied for the multiple modal anti-counterfeiting codes. The diphasic structure CsPbBr3@Cs4PbBr6 nanocrystals (NCs) was synthesized via the typical reprecipitation method followed by uniformly encapsulation into silica microspheres. Cubic CsPbBr3 is responsible for the functions of anti-counterfeiting, while Cs4PbBr6 crystalline and SiO2 are mainly to protect unstable CsPbBr3 NCs from being destroyed by ambient conditions. The as-prepared CsPbBr3@Cs4PbBr6/SiO2 NCs possess improved stability and are capable of forming printable ink with organic binders for patterns. Interestingly, the fluorescence of diphasic CsPbBr3@Cs4PbBr6/SiO2 capsule patterns can be reversibly switched by the heating, UV, and IR light irradiation, which has been applied as triple-modal fluorescent anti-counterfeiting codes. The results demonstrate that the perovskite@silica capsules are highly promising for myriad applications in areas such as fluorescent anti-counterfeiting, optoelectronic devices, medical diagnosis, and biological imaging.