Constructing Interfacial Energy Transfer for Photon Up- and Down-Conversion from Lanthanides in a Core–Shell Nanostructure

Bo Zhou, Lili Tao, Yang Chai, Shu Ping Lau, Qinyuan Zhang, Yuen Hong Tsang

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KGaA, Weinheim We report a new mechanistic strategy for controlling and modifying the photon emission of lanthanides in a core–shell nanostructure by using interfacial energy transfer. By taking advantage of this mechanism with Gd3+as the energy donor, we have realized efficient up- and down-converted emissions from a series of lanthanide emitters (Eu3+, Tb3+, Dy3+, and Sm3+) in these core–shell nanoparticles, which do not need a migratory host sublattice. Moreover, we have demonstrated that the Gd3+-mediated interfacial energy transfer, in contrast to energy migration, is the leading process contributing to the photon emission of lanthanide dopants for the NaGdF4@NaGdF4core–shell system. Our finding suggests a new direction for research into better control of energy transfer at the nanometer length scale, which would help to stimulate new concepts for designing and improving photon emission of the lanthanide-based luminescent materials.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12356-12360
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • core–shell architecture
  • down-conversion
  • interfacial energy transfer
  • lanthanides
  • up-conversion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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