Title: Photoluminescence response of terbium-exchanged MFI-type materials to Si/Al ratio, texture, and hydration state
Authors: Tiseanu, Carmen ×
Kumke, Michael U
Parvulescu, Vasile I
Gessner, André
Gagea, Bogdan
Martens, Johan #
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Series Title: Journal of Physical Chemistry B vol:110 issue:51 pages:25707-25715
Abstract: Terbium-exchanged MFI zeolite type materials, i.e., microporous-mesoporous Zeotile-1 with the Si/Al ratio in the range 33-200, Zeogrid with the Si/Al ratio of 75, and nanocrystalline MFI with the Si/Al ratio of 75, were prepared via an ion exchange procedure. All of these zeolites were investigated by means of time-resolved photoluminescence techniques in various hydration states: as-synthesized (hydrated), calcined (heated at 450 degrees C in air), and rehydrated (after a six-month exposure to the atmospheric moisture). The photoluminescence decays and spectra were analyzed by discrete exponential fitting, distribution lifetimes analysis, and area-normalized time-resolved photoluminescence spectra. The results sustained a single average terbium species coordinated to both water molecules and framework oxygens in the hydrated zeolites. The framework contribution increased with the Si/Al ratio in Zeotile-1 and was greatest for the nanocrystalline MFI zeolite. For the calcined Zeotile-1 and Zeogrid, two main terbium species of different environments were found. For the nanocrystalline Tb3+-MFI, a distinct number of species could not be inferred, indicating a more heterogeneous distribution. Rehydration further differentiated among the Tb3+-exchanged zeolites. Photoluminescence line shape and decay of Tb3+-Zeotile-1 were between those of the hydrated and calcined states indicating a slow rehydration rate in contrast with the photoluminescence properties of Tb3+-MFI, which fully recovered the values of the hydrated state. Tb3+-Zeogrid presented an intermediate case: while the PL line shape was fully restored to that measured for the hydrated sample, the decay was still longer than that measured with the hydrated sample. Terbium photoluminescence response related to zeolite texture, Si/Al ratio, and hydration state suggest different sitting and location of terbium in Zeotile-1, Zeogrid, and nanocrystalline MFI materials. In mesoporous Zeotile-1 and Zeogrid, the results sustained two types of terbium sites: one on the internal surface of mesopores, the other inside the pores, while for the nanocrystalline MFI, terbium sites inside the pores predominate.
ISSN: 1520-6106
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis
× corresponding author
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