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Niklaus, Robin; Neudert, Lukas; Stahl, Juliane; Schmidt, Peter J.; Schnick, Wolfgang (2018): Orange-Emitting Li4Sr4[Si4O4N6]O:Eu2+-a Layered Lithium Oxonitridosilicate Oxide. In: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 57, No. 22: pp. 14304-14313
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Abstract

We report on the structure and properties of the lithium oxonitridosilicate oxide Li4Sr4[Si4O4N6]O:Eu2+ obtained from solid-state metathesis. The crystal structure was solved and refined from single-crystal Xray data in the space group P4(2)/nmc (No. 137) [Z = 2, a = 7.4833(6), c = 9.8365(9) angstrom, and R1(obs) = 0.0477]. The structure of Li4Sr4[Si4O4N6]O:Eu2+ is built up from a layered 2D network of SiN3O tetrahedra and exhibits stacking disorder. The results are supported by transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy as well as lattice energy, charge distribution, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Optical measurements suggest an indirect band gap of about 3.6 eV, while DFT calculations on a model free of stacking faults yield a theoretical electronic band gap of 4.4 eV. Samples doped with Eu2+ exhibit luminescence in the orange spectral range (lambda(em) approximate to 625 nm;full width at half-maximum approximate to 4164 cm(-1);internal quantum efficiency at room temperature = 24%), extending the broad field of phosphor materials research toward the sparsely investigated materials class of lithium oxonitridosilicate oxides.