A simple method to control the formation of cerium phosphate architectures

P. Pusztai, E. Tóth-Szeles, D. Horváth, Tóth, Kukovecz, Z. Kónya

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Growth of cerium phosphate microstructures was examined under mild conditions using a flow reaction system. Two entirely different development pathways were identified by which the formation of architecturally different cerium phosphate spherulites could be triggered. The selection between these mechanisms could readily be achieved by the reverse addition of precursors. Structural differences were examined by using scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry and nitrogen sorption measurement. The precipitate flow profiles were examined comprehensively and taken into consideration to interpret the spherulite formation process. The presumed formation mechanisms were approved by time monitored synthesis and HRTEM investigation. Terbium-doped counterparts of the pristine spherulites were used to assess the structure-related photoluminescence properties. Regardless of the identical crystal phase and chemical composition, a 30-35% difference in photoluminescence intensity was found between the two types of spherulites, suggesting strong architecture-dependent physical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8477-8485
Number of pages9
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - Oct 5 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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