ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2022, 14, 1, 1496–1504 https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acsami.1c21321
Near-infrared (NIR)-persistent luminescence (PersL) materials are of promising applications in labeling, tracing, bio-imaging, and so forth, featuring distinctive self-sustained NIR light emitting. The PersL radiation spectrum, PersL duration, and charging efficiency are recognized as the key enablers for high-performance NIR PersL materials. Here, we have designed and developed a series of broad-band NIR superlong PersL phosphors (Sr,Ba) (Ga,In)12O19:Cr3+ with efficient UV-red light charging capacity. Typical SrGa10.49In1.5O19:0.01Cr3+ presents intensive NIR PersL from 650 to 1000 nm peaking at ∼770 nm, with a PersL duration of 360 h. This material can be efficiently and repeatedly charged by solar radiation in various outdoor environments. Our work further identifies that this NIR PersL material is advantageous for labeling and tracing as a secret NIR additive and in situ bio-imaging as an optical probe under high tissue penetration red light excitation.