Luminescence properties, centroid shift and energy transfer of Ce3+ in aqueous chloride solutions

Jiwei WANG, Yong MEI, Peter Anthony TANNER

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This paper focuses upon three themes: all related to aqueous cerium chloride solutions. First, the features in the absorption spectra of CeCl3 solutions do not shift noticeably with concentration and are at similar energies to bands in the solid-state absorption spectrum of , with the exception of the weak band at 297 nm which is due to . The broad emission band in solution is only due to ⁎ and the emission quenches at concentrations >0.06 M. Bands in the excitation spectra of aqueous CeCl3 solutions apparently change position with increasing concentration, due to absorption by which does not contribute to emission. At concentrations above 1 M, there is total extinction of incident radiation for wavelengths shorter than 310 nm. Second, this system is chosen to illustrate the revised calculation of centroid shift, by taking into account the vibronic nature of spectral features, in contrast with the pure electronic transition of the free ion. Similar calculations are applicable to other Ce3+ systems. Thirdly, excitation spectra are employed to demonstrate the energy transfer occurring from Ce3+ to Tb3+and Eu3+ in aqueous chloride solutions, which is an unusual energy transfer, occurring from 5d to 4f states and between hydrated lanthanide ions in solution. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-444
JournalJournal of Luminescence
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014



Wang, J., Mei, Y., & Tanner, P. A. (2014). Luminescence properties, centroid shift and energy transfer of Ce3+ in aqueous chloride solutions. Journal of Luminescence, 146, 440-444.


  • Energy transfer
  • Hydrated lanthanide ions
  • Centroid shift
  • Photodissociation
  • 5d–4f transition