Thermodynamic models of the adsorption and desorption of molecular oxygen at the UV and blue emitting centers in mesoporous silica under variable oxygen pressure
CARBONARO, CARLO MARIA;SALIS, MARCELLO;CORPINO, RICCARDO;CHIRIU, DANIELE;STAGI, LUIGI;SERRA, GIOVANNI;BOSIN, ANDREA;RICCI, PIER CARLO
AbstractThe UV excited emission properties of mesoporous silica in the blue and UV range are modified by the adsorption and desorption of oxygen molecules at the two defect sites. To interpret the experimental purging cycles we model the oxygen-silica interaction at thermodynamic level, succeeding in explaining the interaction mechanism and the trend of UV centre to undergo photo-bleaching when excited under vacuum conditions. The analysis called for the presence of two different set of defects for both the centres, pinpointed as defects liable to interact with O2 and non-interacting isolated defects. To support the thermodynamic analysis, we simulated the O2 adsorption and desorption processes within the first principles DFT cluster framework. The calculated atomic configurations and the potential energy curves along selected probable reaction paths allow suggesting the kinetics of molecular oxygen interaction on examined surface silica defects and pointing at an oxygen vacancy E’-like defect as the possible result of the UV centre photo-bleaching.
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