Structural and Luminescent Properties Of Sral2o4:Ce3+ Nanomaterials Kamande
Blue and violent emitting cerium doped strontium aluminate nanophosphor was synthesised through solution combustion method. The colour of undoped SrAl2O4 powders was white while that of SrAl2O4: Ce3+ powders were pale yellow. Both SrAl2O4 and SrAl2O4: Ce3+ emitted blue and faint violent colours when irradiated by strong UV radiations using a UV spectrometer but SrAl2O4: Ce3+ gave more intense blue colour. In this research project, different concentrations of cerium at 0mol% Ce3+, 0.25mol% Ce3+, 0.5mol% Ce3+ and 1mol% Ce3+ were used. Small amounts of each sample were dissolved in propanol and the solutions used to get the absorbance of each sample using UV/VIS spectrophotometer. The absorption increased from 0mol% Ce3+ to 0.5mol% the decreased at 1mol% Ce3+. Urea was used as a fuel. The energy band gap of SrAl2O4: Ce3+ was calculated using the wavelength at 355nm and was found to be 3.475eV. The synthesised phosphor can be used in solid state lighting for production of white light emitting diodes due to its ability to emit blue colour as well as in conventional fluorescent, halogens, discharge and incandescent lamps where near UV light is needed.