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Lu3+/Yb3+ and Lu3+/Er3+ co-doped antimony selenide nanomaterials: synthesis, characterization, and electrical, thermoelectrical, and optical properties

Younes Hanifehpour12*, Sang Woo Joo1* and Bong-Ki Min3

Author affiliations

1 School of Mechanical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyongsan 712-749, South Korea

2 Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran

3 Center for Research Facilities, Yeungnam University, Gyongsan 712-749, South Korea

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:141  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-141

Published: 27 March 2013


Lu3+/Yb3+ and Lu3+/Er3+ co-doped Sb2Se3 nanomaterials were synthesized by co-reduction method in hydrothermal condition. Powder X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that the LnxLnxSb2−2xSe3 Ln: Lu3+/Yb3+ and Lu3+/Er3+ crystals (x = 0.00 − 0.04) are isostructural with Sb2Se3. The cell parameters were increased for compounds upon increasing the dopant content (x). Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images show that co-doping of Lu3+/Yb3+ ions in the lattice of Sb2Se3 produces nanorods, while that in Lu3+/Er3+ produces nanoparticles, respectively. The electrical conductivity of co-doped Sb2Se3 is higher than that of the pure Sb2Se3 and increases with temperature. By increasing the concentration of Ln3+ions, the absorption spectrum of Sb2Se3 shows red shifts and some intensity changes. In addition to the characteristic red emission peaks of Sb2Se3, emission spectra of co-doped materials show other emission bands originating from f-f transitions of the Yb3+ ions.

Co-doped; Nanomaterial; Luminescent; Electrical conductivity; Hydrothermal