Optical and magnetic properties of pure and Er, Yb-doped β-NaYF4 hexagonal plates for biomedical applications


The effects of Yb, Er on structural, optical, magnetic and biocompatibility of β-NaYF4 compounds were examined. The pure and Yb, Er-doped β-NaYF4 compounds were synthesized via simple hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed the hexagonal crystal structure. The functional group present in the sample was identified by FT-IR analysis. The vibrational bands were analysed by Raman spectroscopy. Electron Microscope images exhibit the hexagonal plate-like morphology. The characteristic absorbance peaks of Yb, Er and host were obtained in UV–VIS–NIR absorbance spectra. The interesting green and enhanced red emission through Photoluminescence spectra of the prepared compounds might be useful for bio-imaging. Pure β-NaYF4 possessed diamagnetic property and Yb, Er-doped β-NaYF4 exhibited paramagnetic property at room temperature. Yb, Er-doped β-NaYF4 was incubated with HeLa cells and assessed cytotoxicity using MTT assay. Hence, Yb, Er-doped β-NaYF4 materials have promising application in cell imaging and bio-separation applications.

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The authors acknowledge the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India for providing financial support for Mrs. S. Namagal under Women Scientist Scheme (WOS-A)(Ref SR/WOS-A/PM-97/2017), CIF—Pondicherry University for characterization facilities and Greensmed Labs for cytotoxicity study.

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Namagal, S., Jaya, N.V., Muralidharan, M. et al. Optical and magnetic properties of pure and Er, Yb-doped β-NaYF4 hexagonal plates for biomedical applications. J Mater Sci: Mater Electron 31, 11398–11410 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10854-020-03689-w

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