Luminescence of delafossite-type CuAlO2 fibers with Eu substitution for Al cations

Yin Liu, Yuxuan Gong, Nathan P. Mellott, Bu Wang, Haitao Ye, Yiquan Wu*

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    CuAlO2 has been examined as a potential luminescent material by substituting Eu for Al cations in the delafossite structure. CuAlO2:Eu3+ nanofibers have been prepared via electrospinning for the ease of mitigating synthesis requirements and for future optoelectronics and emerging applications. Single-phase CuAlO2 fibers could be obtained at a temperature of 1100 °C in air. The Eu was successfully doped in the delafossite structure and two strong emission bands at ~405 and 610 nm were observed in the photoluminescence spectra. These bands are due to the intrinsic near-band-edge transition of CuAlO2 and the f-f transition of the Eu3+ activator, respectively. Further electrical characterization indicated that these fibers exhibit semiconducting behavior and the introduction of Eu could act as band-edge modifiers, thus changing the thermal activation energies. In light of this study, CuAlO2:Eu3+ fibers with both strong photoluminescence and p-type conductivity could be produced by tailoring the rare earth doping concentrations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)200-209
    Number of pages10
    JournalScience and Technology of Advanced Materials
    Issue number1
    Early online date25 Apr 2016
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    © 2016 The author(s). Published by national institute for Materials Science in partnership with Taylor & Francis.This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the creative commons attribution license CC-By permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

    Funding: US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (contract FA9550-14-1-0155); and FP7 Marie Curie Action (project No: 295208)


    • CuAlO
    • electrospinning
    • luminescent materials


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