Structure Transformation and Cerium-Substituted Optical Response across the Carbonitridosilicate Solid Solution (LaδY1-δ)2Si4N6C (δ = 0-0.5).

Author(s) Duke, A.C.; Hermus, M.; Brgoch, J.
Journal Inorg Chem
Date Published 2018 Jan 02
Abstract

Following an investigation proving La2Si4N6C crystallizes in a monoclinic space group, isostructural to Y2Si4N6C, the reportedly hexagonal (La0.5Y0.5)2Si4N6C was reinvestigated to examine the apparent crystal structure change across the solid solution. Initially, calculating the electronic structure and phonon density of states of (La0.5Y0.5)2Si4N6C in the P63mc space group revealed an imaginary phonon mode, which is indicative of a structural instability. Displacing the atoms along the pathway of the imaginary vibration led to a previously unreported space group for carbonitridosilicates, trigonal P31c. The assignment of the trigonal space group was subsequently confirmed by synthesizing (La0.5Y0.5)2Si4N6C using high-temperature, solid state synthesis and analyzing the crystal structure with high-resolution synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction. Preparing the solid solution, (LaδY1-δ)1.98Ce0.02Si4N6C (δ = 0-0.5), showed that the crystal structure changes from the monoclinic to the trigonal space group at δ ≈ 0.25. Finally, substituting Ce3+ in the crystal structure to investigate the optical response via steady-state luminescent and photoluminescent quantum yield measurements reveals severe luminescent quenching with increasing La3+ content, due to a combination of absorption of luminescence by the host structure and thermal quenching. These results display the virtue of combining computational and experimental techniques to solve inorganic crystal structures and assess potential phosphor hosts.

DOI 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02898
ISSN 1520-510X
Citation Duke AC, Hermus M, Brgoch J. Structure Transformation and Cerium-Substituted Optical Response across the Carbonitridosilicate Solid Solution (LaδY1-δ)2Si4N6C (δ = 0-0.5). Inorg Chem. 2018;57(1):519-527.

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