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Keywords:

  • Layered compounds;
  • Intercalations;
  • Amino acids;
  • Rare earths;
  • Luminescence

Abstract

The NO3-type Eu3+-doped layered gadolinium hydroxide (NO3–LGdH:Eu) was prepared by a developed homogeneous precipitation method through hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) hydrolysis with hydrothermal treatment. Two amino acid anions, phenylalanine (Phe) and tyrosine (Tyr), were intercalated into LGdH:Eu to form composites Phe–LGdH:Eu and Tyr–LGdH:Eu. Photoluminescence studies show that the incorporation of Phe and Tyr into the host layer can sharply quench the Eu3+ luminescence. This simple method is expected to be applied in biological systems for detecting amino acids.