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Luminescence of mesoporous silicon powders treated by high-pressure water vapor annealing

Bernard Gelloz1, Armando Loni2, Leigh Canham2 and Nobuyoshi Koshida3*

Author affiliations

1 Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, 2-24-16 Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 464-8603, Japan

2 Intrinsiq Materials Ltd., Malvern Hills Science Park, Geraldine Road, Malvern, Worcs, WR14 3SZ, UK

3 Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 2-24-16 Nakacho, Koganei, Tokyo 184-8588, Japan

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:382  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-382

Published: 11 July 2012


We have studied the photoluminescence of nanocrystalline silicon microparticle powders fabricated by fragmentation of PSi membranes. Several porosities were studied. Some powders have been subjected to further chemical etching in HF in order to reduce the size of the silicon skeleton and reach quantum sizes. High-pressure water vapor annealing was then used to enhance both the luminescence efficiency and stability. Two visible emission bands were observed. A red band characteristic of the emission of Si nanocrystals and a blue band related to localized centers in oxidized powders. The blue band included a long-lived component, with a lifetime exceeding 1 sec. Both emission bands depended strongly on the PSi initial porosity. The colors of the processed powders were tunable from brown to off-white, depending on the level of oxidation. The surface area and pore volume of some powders were also measured and discussed. The targeted applications are in cosmetics and medicine.

Porous silicon; Luminescence; Powder; 78.55.Mb; 81.20.Ev; 81.65.Mq up to 3