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Ion probing with Luminescent PbS Quantum dots in PVA

Pendyala, Naresh Babu and Rao, Koteswara KSR (2009) Ion probing with Luminescent PbS Quantum dots in PVA. In: International Seminar on Science and Technology of Glass Materials (ISSTGM-2009), MAR 16-19, 2009 , Acharya Nagarjuna Univ, Guntur, INDIA.

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The PbS quantum dots synthesized in PVA are used to investigate their photoluminescence (PL) response to various ions such as Zn, Cd, Hg, Ag, Cu, Fe, Mn, Co, Cr and Ni ions. The enhancement in the photoluminescence intensity is observed with specific ions namely Zn, Cd, Hg and Ag. Among these four ions, the PL response to Hg and Ag even at sub-micro-molar concentrations is quite high, approximately an order of magnitude higher than Zn and Cd. It is interesting to observe that the change in Pb and S molar ratio has profound effect on the selectivity of these ions. The samples prepared under excess of S are quite effective compared to Pb. Indeed, the later one has hardly any effect on the photoluminescence response. These results also indicate that the sensitivity of these QDs could be fine-tuned by controlling the S concentration at the surface. Contrary to the above, Cu, Fe and Co quenches the photoluminescence. Another interesting property of PbS in PVA observed is photo-brightening mechanism due to the curing of the polymer with laser. However, the presence of excess ions at the surface changes its property to photo-darkening/brightening that depends on the direction of carrier transfer mechanism (from QDs to the surface adsorbed metal ions or vice-versa), which is an interesting feature for metal ion detectivity.

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Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2011 11:55
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URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/35836

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