The Vis-NIR multicolor emitting phosphor Ba4Gd3Na3(PO4)(6)F-2: Eu2+, Pr3+ for LED towards plant growth

Zhou, Ziwei; Zhang, Niumiao; Chen, Jiayu; Zhou, Xianju; Molokeev, Maxim S.; Guo, Chongfeng Source: JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL AND ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY, 65 411-417; 10.1016/j.jiec.2018.05.014 SEP 25 2018

Photosynthesis process is the basic for plant growth, which needs energy from the light. The pigments of chlorophyll a, b and bacteriochlorophyll are responsible for the absorption of light, in which blue, red and near-infrared (NIR) light directly or indirectly promote the plant growth and enhancement of nurtiments. It is important for plant to support absorbable light, and phosphhor-converted light emitting diodes (pc-LEDs) are low-cost, energy-saving and enviromental friendly devices for plant growth. To develop a phosphor with emission covering the blue, red and NIR, a series of phosphors Ba4Gd3Na3(PO4)6F2: Eu2+, Pr3+ with blue, red and NIR multi-emitting were prepared. Their emissions not only match well with the absorption spectra of pigments in the plant, but also could be excited by near ultraviolet (n-UV) LED chip. The crystal structure of host Ba4Gd3Na3(PO4)6F2 was refined from the XRD data and three different crystallographic sites occupied by Eu2+ were determined through low temperature photoluminescence spectra. The energy transfer from Eu2+ to Pr3+ ions was also discussed in detail. Results indicated that the multi-emitting Ba4Gd3Na3(PO4)6F2: Eu2+, Pr3+ can serve as a phosphor candidate for plant growth LEDs.