Low temperature-synthesized MgAl 2 O 4 :Eu 3+ nanophosphors and their structural validations using density functional theory: photoluminescence, photocatalytic, and electrochemical properties for multifunctional applications

Luminescence. 2022 Apr 7. doi: 10.1002/bio.4246. Online ahead of print.


A low temperature-assisted and oxalyl dihydrazide fuel-induced combustion synthesized series of uncalcined MgAl2 O4 :Eu3+ nanophosphors showed an average crystallite size of ~20 nm, and bandgap energy (Eg ) of 4.50-5.15 eV, and were validated using density functional theory and found to match closely with the experimental values. The photoluminescence characteristic emission peaks of Eu3+ ions were recorded between 480 and 680 nm. The nanophosphors excited at 392 nm showed f-f transitions assigned as 5 D07 FJ (J = 0, 1, 2, and 3). The optimized MgAl2 O4 phosphors had Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage coordinates in the red region, a correlated colour temperature of 2060 K, and a colour purity of 98.83%. The estimated luminescence quantum efficiency ( η $$ \eta $$ ) was observed to be ~63% using Judd-Ofelt analysis. Electrochemical and photocatalytic performance were explored and indicated its multifunctional applications. Therefore, MgAl2 O4 :Eu3+ nanophosphors could be used for the fabrication of light-emitting diodes, industrial dye degradation, and as electrodes for supercapacitor applications.

Keywords: Judd-Ofelt parameter; MgAl2O4:Eu3+; electrochemical performance; nanophosphors; photocatalysis; photoluminescence; solution combustion synthesis.