Site-Selective Occupancy of Eu2+ Toward Blue-Light-Excited Red Emission in a Rb3YSi2O7:Eu Phosphor

Jianwei Qiao, Lixin Ning*, Maxim S. Molokeev, Yu Chun Chuang, Qinyuan Zhang, Kenneth R. Poeppelmeier, Zhiguo Xia

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Establishing an effective design principle in solid-state materials for a blue-light-excited Eu2+-doped red-emitting oxide-based phosphors remains one of the significant challenges for white light-emitting diodes (WLEDs). Selective occupation of Eu2+ in inorganic polyhedra with small coordination numbers results in broad-band red emission as a result of enhanced crystal-field splitting of 5d levels. Rb3YSi2O7:Eu exhibits a broad emission band at λmax=622 nm under 450 nm excitation, and structural analysis and DFT calculations support the concept that Eu2+ ions preferably occupy RbO6 and YO6 polyhedra and show the characteristic red emission band of Eu2+. The excellent thermal quenching resistance, high color-rendering index Ra (93), and low CCT (4013 K) of the WLEDs clearly demonstrate that site engineering of rare-earth phosphors is an effective strategy to target tailored optical performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11521-11526
Number of pages6
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number33
StatePublished - Aug 12 2019


  • light-emitting diodes
  • red-emitting phosphors
  • silicates
  • site occupancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis


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