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Assembly of Silver Nanoparticles into Hollow Spheres Using Eu(III) Compound based on Trifluorothenoyl-Acetone

Youyi Sun123*, Yaqing Liu12, Guizhe Zhao12 and Qijin Zhang3

Author Affiliations

1 College of Materials Science and Engineering, North University of China, Taiyuan, Shangxi, 030051, P.R. China

2 Research Center for Engineering Technology of Polymeric Composites of Shangxi, North University of China, Taiyuan, Shangxi, 030051, P.R. China

3 Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, 230026, P.R. China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2008, 3:82-86  doi:10.1007/s11671-008-9118-4

Published: 26 February 2008


The preparation of luminescent silver hollow spheres using Eu(III) compound based on trifluorothenoyl-acetone is described. The structure and size of silver hollow spheres were determined by TEM images. The result shows the formation of hollow structure and average size of the silver hollow spheres (0.9 μm). The silver hollow spheres were further characterized by UV absorption spectrum, SNOM and SEM images, suggesting them to be formed by self-assemble of some isolated silver nanoparticles. The luminescent properties of them were also investigated and they are shown to be high emission strength; moreover, they offer the distinct advantage of a lower packing density compared with other commercial luminescent products.

Assemble; Silver nanoparticles; Hollow; Luminescence