• V Natarajan

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• Magnetoactive elastomeric composites: Cure, tensile, electrical and magnetic properties

Magnetically active elastomer materials were prepared by incorporating nickel powder in synthetic elastomeric matrices, polychloroprene and nitrile rubber. Cure characteristics, mechanical, electrical and magnetic properties were experimentally determined for different volume fractions of magnetoactive filler. The cure time decreases sharply for initial filler loading and the decrease is marginal for additional loading of filler. The tensile strength and modulus at 100% strain was found to increase with increase in the volume fraction of nickel due to reinforcement action. The magnetic impedance and a.c. conductivity are found to increase with increase in volume fraction of nickel as well as frequency.

• Synthesis, characterization, photoluminescence and thermally stimulated luminescence investigations of orange red-emitting Sm3+-doped ZnAl2O4 phosphor

Sm3+-doped ZnAl2O4 phosphor was synthesized by citrate sol–gel method and characterized using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy to identify the crystalline phase and determine the particle size. Photoluminescence (PL) studies on the sample showed emission peaks at 563, 601, 646 and 707 nm with 𝜆ex = 230 nm corresponding to the ${}^{4}G_{5/2} \rightarrow {}^{6}H_{5/2}, {}^{4}G_{5/2} \rightarrow {}^{6}H_{7/2}, {}^{4}G_{5/2} \rightarrow {}^{6}H_{9/2}$ and ${}^{4}G_{5/2} \rightarrow {}^{6}H_{11/2}$ transitions, respectively, due to Sm3+ ions. PL lifetime decay studies confirmed that Sm3+ ions partly entered into the lattice by replacing Al3+ ions and remaining located at the surface of ZnAl2O4 host matrix. Thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) studies of 𝛾-irradiated Sm3+-doped ZnAl2O4 sample showed two glow peaks at 440 and 495 K, the former being most intense than the latter. The trap parameters were determined using different heating rate methods. Spectral characteristics of the TSL glow showed emission around 565, 599 and 641 nm, indicating the role of Sm3+ ion as the luminescent centre. A probable mechanism for the prominent TSL glow peak, observed at 440 K, was proposed. CIE chromaticity coordinates for the system was evaluated, which suggested that Sm3+-doped ZnAl2O4 could be employed as a potential orange red-emitting phosphor.

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Volume 44, 2021
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• # Dr Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar for Science and Technology

Posted on October 12, 2020

Prof. Subi Jacob George — Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bengaluru
Chemical Sciences 2020