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  1. SU-8 Based MEMS Process with Two Metal Layers using α-Si as a Sacrificial Material

    Ramadan, Khaled S.

    2012-04-01

    Polymer based microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) micromachining is finding more interest in research and applications. This is due to its low cost and less time processing compared with silicon MEMS. SU-8 is a photo-patternable polymer that is used as a structural layer for MEMS and microfluidic devices. In addition to being processed with low cost, it is a biocompatible material with good mechanical properties. Also, amorphous silicon (α-Si) has found use as a sacrificial layer in silicon MEMS applications. α-Si can be deposited at large thicknesses for MEMS applications and also can be released in a dry method using XeF2 which can solve stiction problems related to MEMS applications. In this thesis, an SU-8 MEMS process is developed using amorphous silicon (α-Si) as a sacrificial layer. Electrostatic actuation and sensing is used in many MEMS applications. SU-8 is a dielectric material which limits its direct use in electrostatic actuation. This thesis provides a MEMS process with two conductive metal electrodes that can be used for out-of-plane electrostatic applications like MEMS switches and variable capacitors. The process provides the fabrication of dimples that can be conductive or non-conductive to facilitate more flexibility for MEMS designers. This SU-8 process can fabricate SU-8 MEMS structures of a single layer of two different thicknesses. Process parameters were tuned for two sets of thicknesses which are thin (5-10μm) and thick (130μm). Chevron bent-beam structures and different suspended beams (cantilevers and bridges) were fabricated to characterize the SU-8 process through extracting the density, Young’s Modulus and the Coefficient of Thermal Expansion (CTE) of SU-8. Also, the process was tested and used as an educational tool through which different MEMS structures were fabricated including MEMS switches, variable capacitors and thermal actuators.

  2. Water-soluble sacrificial layers for surface micromachining.

    Linder, Vincent; Gates, Byron D; Ryan, Declan; Parviz, Babak A; Whitesides, George M

    2005-07-01

    This manuscript describes the use of water-soluble polymers for use as sacrificial layers in surface micromachining. Water-soluble polymers have two attractive characteristics for this application: 1) They can be deposited conveniently by spin-coating, and the solvent removed at a low temperature (95-150 degrees C), and 2) the resulting layer can be dissolved in water; no corrosive reagents or organic solvents are required. This technique is therefore compatible with a number of fragile materials, such as organic polymers, metal oxides and metals-materials that might be damaged during typical surface micromachining processes. The carboxylic acid groups of one polymer-poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)-can be transformed by reversible ion-exchange from water-soluble (Na+ counterion) to water-insoluble (Ca2+ counterion) forms. The use of PAA and dextran polymers as sacrificial materials is a useful technique for the fabrication of microstructures: Examples include metallic structures formed by the electrodeposition of nickel, and freestanding, polymeric structures formed by photolithography. PMID:17193516

  3. In-situ deposition of sacrificial layers during ion implantation

    The retained dose of implanted ions is limited by sputtering. It is known that a sacrificial layer deposited prior to ion implantation can lead to an enhanced retained dose. However, a higher ion energy is required to obtain a similar implantation depth due to the stopping of ions in the sacrificial layer. It is desirable to have a sacrificial layer of only a few monolayers thickness which can be renewed after it has been sputtered away. We explain the concept and describe two examples: (i) metal ion implantation using simultaneously a vacuum arc ion source and filtered vacuum arc plasma sources, and (ii) Metal Plasma Immersion Ion Implantation and Deposition (MePIIID). In MePIIID, the target is immersed in a metal or carbon plasma and a negative, repetitively pulsed bias voltage is applied. Ions are implanted when the bias is applied while the sacrificial layer suffers sputtering. Low-energy thin film deposition - repair of the sacrificial layer -- occurs between bias pulses. No foreign atoms are incorporated into the target since the sacrificial film is made of the same ion species as used in the implantation phase

  4. Performance characterization of geopolymer composites for hot sodium exposed sacrificial layer in fast breeder reactors

    Highlights: • Performance evaluation of geopolymers subjected to hot liquid sodium is performed. • Apart from mechanical properties, micro-analytical techniques are used for material characterization. • The geopolymer composite showed comparatively lesser damage than conventional cement composites. • Geopolymer technology can emerge as a new choice for sacrificial layer in SCFBRs. - Abstract: A sacrificial layer of concrete is used in sodium cooled fast breeder reactors (SCFBRs) to mitigate thermo-chemical effect of accidentally spilled sodium at and above 550 °C on structural concrete. Performance of this layer is governed by thermo-chemical stability of the ingredients of sacrificial layer concrete. Concrete with limestone aggregate is generally used as a sacrificial layer. Conventional cement based systems exhibit instability in hot liquid sodium environment. Geo-polymer composites are well known to perform excellently at elevated temperatures compared to conventional cement systems. This paper discusses performance of such composites subjected to exposure of hot liquid sodium in air. The investigation includes comprehensive evaluation of various geo-polymer composites before any exposure, after heating to 550 °C in air, and after immersing in hot liquid sodium initially heated to 550 °C in air. Results from the current study indicate that hot liquid sodium produces less damage to geopolymer composites than to the existing conventional cement based system. Hence, the geopolymer technology has potential application in mitigating the degrading effects of sodium fires and can emerge as a new choice for sodium exposed sacrificial layer in SCFBRs

  5. Fabrication of polyimide sacrificial layers with inclined sidewalls based on reactive ion etching

    Yuanjing Chen

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Polyimide is used as a sacrificial material because of its low stress, its removable ability and its compatibility with standard micromachining processes. In this work, polyimide structures with inclined sidewalls are fabricated with a reactive ion etching process, where SiO2 is used as the hard-mask material. The structures can be further used as sacrificial layers in micro-electro-mechanical systems infrared (IR sensors to support IR absorbers, to realize the thermal connections between the absorbers and the thermopiles, and to scale down the size of the sensors. As a result, IR sensors with low-residual-stress absorption, high structural stability, low heat loss and small dimensions can be achieved.

  6. Use of Amphoteric Copolymer Films as Sacrificial Layers for Constructing Free-Standing Layer-by-Layer Films

    Baozhen Wang

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The present paper reports the use of an amphoteric copolymer, poly(diallylamine-co-maleic acid (PDAMA, as a component of precursor layers (or sacrificial layers for constructing free-standing layer-by-layer (LbL films. A PDAMA-poly(styrenesulfonate (PSS film or PDAMA-poly(dimethyldiallylammonium chloride (PDDA film was coated on the surface of a quartz slide at pH 4.0 or 8.0, respectively, as a sacrificial layer that can be removed by changing the pH. The surface of the sacrificial layer was further covered with LbL films composed of poly(allylamine hydrochloride (PAH and PSS. The PAH-PSS films were released from the substrate upon immersing the film-coated quartz slide in acidic or neutral/basic solution, respectively, as a result of the pH-induced dissolution of the PDAMA-PDDA or PDAMA-PSS sacrificial layer. Thus, PDAMA-based sacrificial layers have been demonstrated to dissolve in both acidic and neutral solutions, depending on the type of counter polymer. The thicknesses of the sacrificial layers and released LbL films are crucial factors for constructing free-standing LbL films. The releasing kinetics also depended on the thickness of the crucial layers. The free-standing PAH-PSS films obtained were stable in water or in air in the dry state. PDAMA-based sacrificial layers may be useful in constructing free-standing LbL films containing biomolecules with limited pH stability.

  7. Polydimethylglutarimide (PMGI) as a sacrificial material for SU-8 surface-micromachining

    SU-8 is finding increased use as a structural polymer MEMS material due to its biocompatibility, mechanical properties and low cost. The goal of this work is to expand the use of SU-8 through the creation of SU-8-based surface-micromachining processes that use polydimethylglutarimide (PMGI) as a sacrificial layer. PMGI is a deep-UV positive resist, used mainly for bilayer lift-off processes. PMGI is a good sacrificial layer candidate, as it is spinable at a wide variety of thicknesses, is photopatternable and has a glass transition temperature greater than the processing temperatures required for SU-8. PMGI is shown to be useful as a sacrificial layer for SU-8 surface micromachining processes with one freestanding layer with patterned metal, single-layer devices with more than one thickness, and two layer devices. Two classes of devices were fabricated with the developed processes. The first class of devices are compliant mechanisms, including bent-beam actuators, thermal isolation platforms and out-of-plane grippers. The second class of devices fabricated are freely moving devices such as hinged plates and gears, which require the use of true kinematic joints, such as scissor hinges, staple hinges and pin joints

  8. New sacrificial material for ex-vessel core catcher

    Komlev, Andrei A.; Almjashev, Vyacheslav I.; Bechta, Sevostian V.; Khabensky, Vladimir B.; Granovsky, Vladimir S.; Gusarov, Victor V.

    2015-12-01

    A new functional (sacrificial) material has been developed in the Fe2O3-SrO-Al2O3-CaO system based on strontium hexaferrite ceramic in concrete matrix. The method of producing SM has been advanced technologically; this technological effectiveness allows the SM to be used in ex-vessel core catchers with corium spreading as well as in crucible-type core catchers. Critical properties regarding the efficiency of SM in ex-vessel core catchers, such as porosity, pycnometric density, apparent density, solidus and liquidus temperatures, and water content have been measured. Suitable fractions of SrFe12O19 and high alumina cement (HAC) were found in the SM based on thermodynamic analysis of the SM/corium interaction. The use of sacrificial steel as an additional heat adsorption component in the core catcher allowed us to increase the mass fraction range of SrFe12O19 in the SM from 0.3-0.5 to 0.3-0.85. The activation temperature of the SM/corium interaction has been shown to correspond to the liquidus temperature of the local composition at the SM/corium interface. The calculated value of this temperature was 1716 °C. Analysis of phase transformations in the SrO-Fe2O3 system revealed advantages of the SrFe12O19-based sacrificial material compared with the Fe2O3-contained material owing to the time proximity of SrFe12O19 decomposition and corium interaction activation.

  9. Method of using sacrificial materials for fabricating internal cavities in laminated dielectric structures

    Peterson, Kenneth A.

    2009-02-24

    A method of using sacrificial materials for fabricating internal cavities and channels in laminated dielectric structures, which can be used as dielectric substrates and package mounts for microelectronic and microfluidic devices. A sacrificial mandrel is placed in-between two or more sheets of a deformable dielectric material (e.g., unfired LTCC glass/ceramic dielectric), wherein the sacrificial mandrel is not inserted into a cutout made in any of the sheets. The stack of sheets is laminated together, which deforms the sheet or sheets around the sacrificial mandrel. After lamination, the mandrel is removed, (e.g., during LTCC burnout), thereby creating a hollow internal cavity in the monolithic ceramic structure.

  10. Homeotropic Alignment of a Discotic Liquid Crystal Induced by a Sacrificial Layer

    Pouzet, Eric; De Cupere, Vinciane; Heintz, Christophe;

    2009-01-01

    A convenient method to induce face-on orientation of an alkoxy phtalocyanine discotic mesogen is described. The alignment is imposed by the confinement of the discotic thin films with a top sacrificial polymer layer that is easily removed by washing with a selective solvent, after thermal annealing....... Thin films have been characterized by optical and atomic force microscopy, UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, and grazing incidence wide angle X-ray scattering. The data converge in showing the central role of the sacrificial layer in promoting alignment with the planar molecules orienting parallel to the...

  11. Self-sacrificial surface micromachining using poly(methyl methacrylate)

    This paper explains the idea of self-sacrificial surface micromachining. In a self-sacrificial process, there is no distinction between structural and sacrificial layers. Instead, during patterning, an in situ chemical change converts a structural material into a sacrificial material, or vice versa. This greatly increases the design space of a self-sacrificial process when compared to a traditional process with the same number of layers, as all layers can be used simultaneously for both structural and sacrificial purposes. To show the possibility of self-sacrificial surface micromachining, a concrete implementation was developed using poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) as the material. Unexposed PMMA, with a high average molecular weight, was used as the structural material. Exposed PMMA, with a lower average molecular weight, was used as the sacrificial material. The in situ chemical change was caused by deep-UV irradiation at 254 nm

  12. Micromachining SU-8 pivot structures using AZ photoresist as direct sacrificial layers for a large wing displacement

    This paper presents the micromachining of SU-8 pivot structures. A new processing method was proposed using AZ 4562 as sacrificial layers to create a controlled air gap in the pivot region. These three-dimensional SU-8 pivot structures are designed to obtain a large wing displacement of the bio-mimetic flying micromachine. Several sacrificial methods used for the fabrication of SU-8 structures were reviewed and compared. A new process featuring AZ 4562 sacrificial layers was developed. Two relevant effects, the scission and outgassing effects, were greatly weakened to acquire a better SU-8/AZ interface. It was found that AZ 4562 could be directly deposited on SU-8 without any barrier layer between AZ 4562 and SU-8. So, AZ 4562 can be used directly as a thick sacrificial layer, thus greatly simplifying the fabrication process. SU-8 reinforcing patches can be added to compensate for the loss in the thickness of the central beam in the pivot regions. Using this new method, SU-8 pivot structures with different central beams, either straight or L-shaped, were successfully materialized. The air gap obtained was large and reached ∼100 µm, thus helping to produce a large wing displacement. The fabrication precision and its main factors were evaluated. The deviation of actual structure size from design value was 2–7%, depending on the material and technique involved. Preliminary measurements of the fabricated structure indicating that a large wing displacement, flexure angle and torsion angle can be achieved. This new process is simple, low cost and compatible with standard MEMS technology.

  13. Polymer films as planarization and sacrificial layers for uncooled infrared focal plane arrays

    Liu, Huan; Liu, Weiguo; Cai, Changlong; Zhou, Shun

    2011-02-01

    This paper presents a planarization procedure using polymer films to achieve a flat CMOS surface of Readout Integrated Circuit (ROIC) for the integration between uncooled infrared focal plane arrays and ROIC. At the same time, the polymer film is also used as the sacrificial layers. After amorphous Silicon (a-Si) film was deposited using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD), and patterned using inductively coupled plasma (ICP), the polymer sacrificial layer should be removed to form a-Si self-supporting micro-bridge structure. So the thickness of polymer film determine the height of the micro-bridge; the soft curing temperature determines if the contact hole can be etched by developer during the first photolithography; and the rate of dry etching determines whether the sacrificial layers of the structure can be released successfully. In this paper, the curing temperature, surface roughness, etching process of polymer films are systematically researched. On this basis, polymer film as planarization successfully reduces the 2μm height of the bumps on ROIC to less than 83 nm, over the planarized polymer mesas, bolometer arrays are fabricated. Then the polymer film as sacrificial are removed by ICP and 160x120 self-supporting micro-bridge structure arrays are successfully fabricated.

  14. Development of an SU-8 MEMS process with two metal electrodes using amorphous silicon as a sacrificial material

    Ramadan, Khaled S.

    2013-02-08

    This work presents an SU-8 surface micromachining process using amorphous silicon as a sacrificial material, which also incorporates two metal layers for electrical excitation. SU-8 is a photo-patternable polymer that is used as a structural layer for MEMS and microfluidic applications due to its mechanical properties, biocompatibility and low cost. Amorphous silicon is used as a sacrificial layer in MEMS applications because it can be deposited in large thicknesses, and can be released in a dry method using XeF2, which alleviates release-based stiction problems related to MEMS applications. In this work, an SU-8 MEMS process was developed using ;-Si as a sacrificial layer. Two conductive metal electrodes were integrated in this process to allow out-of-plane electrostatic actuation for applications like MEMS switches and variable capacitors. In order to facilitate more flexibility for MEMS designers, the process can fabricate dimples that can be conductive or nonconductive. Additionally, this SU-8 process can fabricate SU-8 MEMS structures of a single layer of two different thicknesses. Process parameters were optimized for two sets of thicknesses: thin (5-10 m) and thick (130 m). The process was tested fabricating MEMS switches, capacitors and thermal actuators. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  15. Development of an SU-8 MEMS process with two metal electrodes using amorphous silicon as a sacrificial material

    Ramadan, Khaled S.; Nasr, Tarek; Foulds, Ian G.

    2013-03-01

    This work presents an SU-8 surface micromachining process using amorphous silicon as a sacrificial material, which also incorporates two metal layers for electrical excitation. SU-8 is a photo-patternable polymer that is used as a structural layer for MEMS and microfluidic applications due to its mechanical properties, biocompatibility and low cost. Amorphous silicon is used as a sacrificial layer in MEMS applications because it can be deposited in large thicknesses, and can be released in a dry method using XeF2, which alleviates release-based stiction problems related to MEMS applications. In this work, an SU-8 MEMS process was developed using α-Si as a sacrificial layer. Two conductive metal electrodes were integrated in this process to allow out-of-plane electrostatic actuation for applications like MEMS switches and variable capacitors. In order to facilitate more flexibility for MEMS designers, the process can fabricate dimples that can be conductive or nonconductive. Additionally, this SU-8 process can fabricate SU-8 MEMS structures of a single layer of two different thicknesses. Process parameters were optimized for two sets of thicknesses: thin (5-10 µm) and thick (130 µm). The process was tested fabricating MEMS switches, capacitors and thermal actuators.

  16. Release of MEMS devices with hard-baked polyimide sacrificial layer

    Boroumand Azad, Javaneh; Rezadad, Imen; Nath, Janardan; Smith, Evan; Peale, Robert E.

    2013-03-01

    Removal of polyimides used as sacrificial layer in fabricating MEMS devices can be challenging after hardbaking, which may easily result by the end of multiple-step processing. We consider the specific commercial co-developable polyimide ProLift 100 (Brewer Science). Excessive heat hardens this material, so that during wet release in TMAH based solvents, intact sheets break free from the substrate, move around in the solution, and break delicate structures. On the other hand, dry reactive-ion etching of hard-baked ProLift is so slow, that MEMS structures are damaged from undesirably-prolonged physical bombardment by plasma ions. We found that blanket exposure to ultraviolet light allows rapid dry etch of the ProLift surrounding the desired structures without damaging them. Subsequent removal of ProLift from under the devices can then be safely performed using wet or dry etch. We demonstrate the approach on PECVD-grown silicon-oxide cantilevers of 100 micron × 100 micron area supported 2 microns above the substrate by ~100-micron-long 8-micron-wide oxide arms.

  17. Method of Manufacturing A Porous Polymer Component Involving Use of A Dissolvable, Sacrificial Material

    2015-01-01

    and thereby the resulting inner structure of the component 1 is arranged in a controlled and reproducible manner. The sacrificial material 2 and possibly also the component material 3 may e.g. be arranged by use of a 3D-printer or manually. The method may e.g. be used to manufacture a three...

  18. Chemically Compatible Sacrificial Layer-Assisted Lift-Off Patterning Method for Fabrication of Organic Light-Emitting Displays

    Choi, Wonsuk; Kim, Min-Hoi; Lee, Sin-Doo

    2011-08-01

    We developed a generic platform to pattern combinatorial functional layers composed of different classes of organic materials using a repetitive lift-off method based on a chemically compatible sacrificial layer (SL) for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The essential features come from the chemically compatible SL of a fluorous-polymer that can be generated by laser-inscription or transfer-printing. The precise registration of lateral patterns of different materials was achieved on a single substrate through a series of SL-assisted lift-off processes. The chemical compatibility of the SL and the stability of the light-emitting characteristics were shown in a fluorous-solvent treated monochrome OLEDs.

  19. Fabrication of relaxer-based piezoelectric energy harvesters using a sacrificial poly-Si seeding layer

    Fuentes-Fernandez, E. M A

    2014-08-07

    The effect of a polycrystalline silicon (poly-Si) seeding layer on the properties of relaxor Pb(Zr0.53,Ti0.47)O3-Pb(Zn1/3,Nb2/3)O3 (PZT-PZN) thin films and energy-harvesting cantilevers was studied. We deposited thin films of the relaxor on two substrates, with and without a poly-Si seeding layer. The seeding layer, which also served as a sacrificial layer to facilitate cantilever release, was found to improve morphology, phase purity, crystal orientation, and electrical properties. We attributed these results to reduction of the number of nucleation sites and, therefore, to an increase in relaxor film grain size. The areal power density of the wet-based released harvester was measured. The power density output of the energy harvester with this relaxor composition and the poly-Si seeding layer was 325 μW/cm2.

  20. Enhancing mechanical performance of a covalent self-healing material by sacrificial noncovalent bonds.

    Neal, James A; Mozhdehi, Davoud; Guan, Zhibin

    2015-04-15

    Polymers that repair themselves after mechanical damage can significantly improve their durability and safety. A major goal in the field of self-healing materials is to combine robust mechanical and efficient healing properties. Here, we show that incorporation of sacrificial bonds into a self-repairable network dramatically improves the overall mechanical properties. Specifically, we use simple secondary amide side chains to create dynamic energy dissipative hydrogen bonds in a covalently cross-linked polymer network, which can self-heal via olefin cross-metathesis. We envision that this straightforward sacrificial bonding strategy can be employed to improve mechanical properties in a variety of self-healing systems. PMID:25790015

  1. Film transfer enabled by nanosheet seed layers on arbitrary sacrificial substrates

    A. P. Dral

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available An approach for film transfer is demonstrated that makes use of seed layers of nanosheets on arbitrary sacrificial substrates. Epitaxial SrTiO3, SrRuO3, and BiFeO3 films were grown on Ca2Nb3O10 nanosheet seed layers on phlogopite mica substrates. Cleavage of the mica substrates enabled film transfer to flexible polyethylene terephthalate substrates. Electron backscatter diffraction, X-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy confirmed that crystal orientation and film morphology remained intact during transfer. The generic nature of this approach is illustrated by growing films on zinc oxide substrates with a nanosheet seed layer. Film transfer to a flexible substrate was accomplished via acid etching.

  2. Film transfer enabled by nanosheet seed layers on arbitrary sacrificial substrates

    Dral, A. P.; Nijland, M.; Koster, G.; Elshof, J. E. ten, E-mail: j.e.tenelshof@utwente.nl [MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands)

    2015-05-01

    An approach for film transfer is demonstrated that makes use of seed layers of nanosheets on arbitrary sacrificial substrates. Epitaxial SrTiO{sub 3}, SrRuO{sub 3}, and BiFeO{sub 3} films were grown on Ca{sub 2}Nb{sub 3}O{sub 10} nanosheet seed layers on phlogopite mica substrates. Cleavage of the mica substrates enabled film transfer to flexible polyethylene terephthalate substrates. Electron backscatter diffraction, X-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy confirmed that crystal orientation and film morphology remained intact during transfer. The generic nature of this approach is illustrated by growing films on zinc oxide substrates with a nanosheet seed layer. Film transfer to a flexible substrate was accomplished via acid etching.

  3. New release technique of a thick sacrificial layer and residue effects on novel half-coaxial transmission line filters

    This paper presents a new release technique for efficient and complete removal of the thick sacrificial layer applicable to surface-micromachined devices and compares this with other conventional release methods. A fully surface-micromachined half-coaxial transmission line filter having a large air-filled gap of 100 µm in thickness is successfully demonstrated using the proposed release technique. The effects of the sacrificial layer residue on the RF responses of the filters, completed by a conventional oxygen plasma ashing process, are analyzed with the aid of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Experiments show that the proposed new release technique makes it possible to completely remove the thick sacrificial layer, shorten the process time, increase the after-fabrication yield and improve the process reproducibility of the large air-filled gap filters compared to the conventional oxygen plasma ashing method

  4. Rolled-Up Nanotech: Illumination-Controlled Hydrofluoric Acid Etching of AlAs Sacrificial Layers

    Costescu, Ruxandra M.; Deneke, Christoph; Thurmer, Dominic J.; Schmidt, Oliver G.

    2009-12-01

    The effect of illumination on the hydrofluoric acid etching of AlAs sacrificial layers with systematically varied thicknesses in order to release and roll up InGaAs/GaAs bilayers was studied. For thicknesses of AlAs below 10 nm, there were two etching regimes for the area under illumination: one at low illumination intensities, in which the etching and releasing proceeds as expected and one at higher intensities in which the etching and any releasing are completely suppressed. The “etch suppression” area is well defined by the illumination spot, a feature that can be used to create heterogeneously etched regions with a high degree of control, shown here on patterned samples. Together with the studied self-limitation effect, the technique offers a way to determine the position of rolled-up micro- and nanotubes independently from the predefined lithographic pattern.

  5. Rolled-Up Nanotech: Illumination-Controlled Hydrofluoric Acid Etching of AlAs Sacrificial Layers

    Costescu Ruxandra

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The effect of illumination on the hydrofluoric acid etching of AlAs sacrificial layers with systematically varied thicknesses in order to release and roll up InGaAs/GaAs bilayers was studied. For thicknesses of AlAs below 10 nm, there were two etching regimes for the area under illumination: one at low illumination intensities, in which the etching and releasing proceeds as expected and one at higher intensities in which the etching and any releasing are completely suppressed. The “etch suppression” area is well defined by the illumination spot, a feature that can be used to create heterogeneously etched regions with a high degree of control, shown here on patterned samples. Together with the studied self-limitation effect, the technique offers a way to determine the position of rolled-up micro- and nanotubes independently from the predefined lithographic pattern.

  6. Fabrication of Covalently Crosslinked and Amine-Reactive Microcapsules by Reactive Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Azlactone-Containing Polymer Multilayers on Sacrificial Microparticle Templates

    Saurer, Eric M.; Flessner, Ryan M.; Buck, Maren E.; Lynn, David M.

    2011-01-01

    We report on the fabrication of covalently crosslinked and amine-reactive hollow microcapsules using ‘reactive’ layer-by-layer assembly to deposit thin polymer films on sacrificial microparticle templates. Our approach is based on the alternating deposition of layers of a synthetic polyamine and a polymer containing reactive azlactone functionality. Multilayered films composed of...

  7. Comparative study of LPE and VPE silicon thin film on porous sacrificial layer

    Thin film single crystal silicon on foreign substrate is an attractive way to realize cheap and efficient photovoltaic devices. In this paper we will compare epitaxial growth of silicon thin film on double porous sacrificial layers obtained by liquid or vapor phase epitaxy (LPE or VPE). Porous silicon is formed by electrochemical anodisation of monocrystalline silicon in a HF/ethanol solution. VPE is achieved in an atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD) reactor under H2 atmosphere. Growth rate is in between 0.5-3 μm/min. LPE is realised in a graphite sliding boat using indium or tin as solvent. Growth rate is in the range 0.1-1 μm/min depending on the temperature, the cooling rate and the solvent. We discuss the substrate orientation, temperature, growth rate, layer homogeneity and electrical properties of the epilayers for both growing techniques. Diffusion length and mobility are measured respectively with LBIC and Hall effect technique. The values obtained for p-type (μ>100 V/cm2/s and Ln>100 μm) allows the realisation of solar cell using interdigitated technology on the top of this layer, which is detached and transferred onto mullite substrate

  8. Layered materials

    Johnson, David; Clarke, Simon; Wiley, John; Koumoto, Kunihito

    2014-06-01

    Layered compounds, materials with a large anisotropy to their bonding, electrical and/or magnetic properties, have been important in the development of solid state chemistry, physics and engineering applications. Layered materials were the initial test bed where chemists developed intercalation chemistry that evolved into the field of topochemical reactions where researchers are able to perform sequential steps to arrive at kinetically stable products that cannot be directly prepared by other approaches. Physicists have used layered compounds to discover and understand novel phenomena made more apparent through reduced dimensionality. The discovery of charge and spin density waves and more recently the remarkable discovery in condensed matter physics of the two-dimensional topological insulating state were discovered in two-dimensional materials. The understanding developed in two-dimensional materials enabled subsequent extension of these and other phenomena into three-dimensional materials. Layered compounds have also been used in many technologies as engineers and scientists used their unique properties to solve challenging technical problems (low temperature ion conduction for batteries, easy shear planes for lubrication in vacuum, edge decorated catalyst sites for catalytic removal of sulfur from oil, etc). The articles that are published in this issue provide an excellent overview of the spectrum of activities that are being pursued, as well as an introduction to some of the most established achievements in the field. Clusters of papers discussing thermoelectric properties, electronic structure and transport properties, growth of single two-dimensional layers, intercalation and more extensive topochemical reactions and the interleaving of two structures to form new materials highlight the breadth of current research in this area. These papers will hopefully serve as a useful guideline for the interested reader to different important aspects in this field and

  9. Phenomena in the interaction among a core melt and protective and sacrificial materials

    In a postulated core meltdown accident in a light water reactor there are bound to be interactions, in the ex-vessel phase, among the core melt and the structural materials within and below the reactor cavity. In existing plants, these structural materials normally are structural concrete, while future, evolutionary reactor lines are to have sacrificial and protective materials specially designed for this hypothetical case. To add to the state of knowledge about the phenomena occurring, experiments need to be conducted under conditions as realistic as possible. Within the research programs funded by the European Union, the German Federal Ministry for Economics, and the German nuclear power plant operators, experiments on a laboratory as well as an industrial scale on these problems are being carried out in the two projects called CORESA (COrium on REfractory and SAcrificial materials) and ECOSTAR (Ex-vessel COre melt STAbilization Research). The experiments are accompanied by an extensive analytical theoretical program also serving to advance and validate computer codes on the problems under investigation. The projects, which are carried out with international European participation, are expected to allow a concept to be developed for managing postulated accident scenarios involving core meltdown for innovative nuclear power plants, and to provide findings on risk evaluation of plants now in operation so as to further develop accident management measures. (orig.)

  10. UV-Enhanced Sacrificial Layer Stabilised Graphene Oxide Hollow Fibre Membranes for Nanofiltration

    Chong, J. Y.; Aba, N. F. D.; Wang, B.; Mattevi, C.; Li, K.

    2015-11-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) membranes have demonstrated great potential in gas separation and liquid filtration. For upscale applications, GO membranes in a hollow fibre geometry are of particular interest due to the high-efficiency and easy-assembly features at module level. However, GO membranes were found unstable in dry state on ceramic hollow fibre substrates, mainly due to the drying-related shrinkage, which has limited the applications and post-treatments of GO membranes. We demonstrate here that GO hollow fibre membranes can be stabilised by using a porous poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) sacrificial layer, which creates a space between the hollow fibre substrate and the GO membrane thus allowing stress-free shrinkage. Defect-free GO hollow fibre membrane was successfully determined and the membrane was stable in a long term (1200 hours) gas-tight stability test. Post-treatment of the GO membranes with UV light was also successfully accomplished in air, which induced the creation of controlled microstructural defects in the membrane and increased the roughness factor of the membrane surface. The permeability of the UV-treated GO membranes was greatly enhanced from 0.07 to 2.8 L m-2 h-1 bar-1 for water, and 0.14 to 7.5 L m-2 h-1 bar-1 for acetone, with an unchanged low molecular weight cut off (~250 Da).

  11. Screen printing of a capacitive cantilever-based motion sensor on fabric using a novel sacrificial layer process for smart fabric applications

    Free-standing cantilevers have been fabricated by screen printing sacrificial and structural layers onto a standard polyester cotton fabric. By printing additional conductive layers, a complete capacitive motion sensor on fabric using only screen printing has been fabricated. This type of free-standing structure cannot currently be fabricated using conventional fabric manufacturing processes. In addition, compared to conventional smart fabric fabrication processes (e.g. weaving and knitting), screen printing offers the advantages of geometric design flexibility and the ability to simultaneously print multiple devices of the same or different designs. Furthermore, a range of active inks exists from the printed electronics industry which can potentially be applied to create many types of smart fabric. Four cantilevers with different lengths have been printed on fabric using a five-layer structure with a sacrificial material underneath the cantilever. The sacrificial layer is subsequently removed at 160 °C for 30 min to achieve a freestanding cantilever above the fabric. Two silver electrodes, one on top of the cantilever and the other on top of the fabric, are used to capacitively detect the movement of the cantilever. In this way, an entirely printed motion sensor is produced on a standard fabric. The motion sensor was initially tested on an electromechanical shaker rig at a low frequency range to examine the linearity and the sensitivity of each design. Then, these sensors were individually attached to a moving human forearm to evaluate more representative results. A commercial accelerometer (Microstrain G-link) was mounted alongside for comparison. The printed sensors have a similar motion response to the commercial accelerometer, demonstrating the potential of a printed smart fabric motion sensor for use in intelligent clothing applications. (paper)

  12. Sodium Exposure Tests on Limestone Concrete Used as Sacrificial Protection Layer in FBR

    Hot sodium coming in contact with structural concrete in case of sodium leak in FBR system cause damage as a result of thermo-chemical attack by burning sodium. In addition, release of free and bound water from concrete leads to generation of hydrogen gas, which is explosive in nature. Hence limestone concrete, as sacrificial layer on the structural concrete in FBR, needs to be qualified. Four concrete blocks of dimension 600 mm x 600 mm x 300 mm with 300 mm x 300 mm x 150 mm cavity were cast and subjected to controlled sodium exposure tests. They have composition of ordinary portland cement, water, fine and coarse aggregate of limestone in the ratio of 1: 0.58: 2.547: 3.817. These blocks were subjected to preliminary inspection by ultrasonic pulse velocity technique and rebound hammer tests. Each block was exposed for 30 minutes to about 12 kg of liquid sodium (∼ 120 mm liquid column) at 550 deg. C in open air, after which sodium was sucked back from the cavity of the concrete block into a sodium tank. On-line temperature monitoring was carried out at strategic locations of sodium pool and concrete block. After removing sodium from the cavity and cleaning the surfaces, rebound hammer testing was carried out on each concrete block at the same locations where data were taken earlier at pre-exposed stage. The statistical analysis of rebound hammer data revealed that one of the concrete block alone has undergone damage to the extent of 16%. The loss of mass occurred for all the four blocks varied from 0.6 to 2.4% due to release of water during the test duration. Chemical analysis of sodium in concrete samples collected from cavity floor of each block helped in generation of depth profiles of sodium monoxide concentration for each block. From this it is concluded that a bulk penetration of sodium up to 30 mm depth has taken place. However it was also observed that at few local spots, sodium penetrated into concrete up to 50 mm. Cylindrical core samples of 50 mm x 150

  13. Sacrificial Bonds and Hidden Length: Unraveling Molecular Mesostructures in Tough Materials

    Fantner, Georg E.; Oroudjev, Emin; Schitter, Georg; Golde, Laura S.; Thurner, Philipp; Finch, Marquesa M.; Turner, Patricia; Gutsmann, Thomas; Morse, Daniel E.; Hansma, Helen; Hansma, Paul K.

    2005-01-01

    Sacrificial bonds and hidden length in structural molecules and composites have been found to greatly increase the fracture toughness of biomaterials by providing a reversible, molecular-scale energy-dissipation mechanism. This mechanism relies on the energy, of order 100 eV, needed to reduce entropy and increase enthalpy as molecular segments are stretched after being released by the breaking of weak bonds, called sacrificial bonds. This energy is relatively large compared to the energy need...

  14. BEOL compatible high tunnel magneto resistance perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions using a sacrificial Mg layer as CoFeB free layer cap

    Swerts, J., E-mail: Johan.Swerts@imec.be; Mertens, S.; Lin, T.; Couet, S.; Tomczak, Y.; Sankaran, K.; Pourtois, G.; Kim, W.; Meersschaut, J.; Souriau, L.; Radisic, D.; Van Elshocht, S.; Kar, G.; Furnemont, A. [imec, Kapeldreef 75, Leuven 3001 (Belgium)

    2015-06-29

    Perpendicularly magnetized MgO-based tunnel junctions are envisaged for future generation spin-torque transfer magnetoresistive random access memory devices. Achieving a high tunnel magneto resistance and preserving it together with the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy during BEOL CMOS processing are key challenges to overcome. The industry standard technique to deposit the CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB tunnel junctions is physical vapor deposition. In this letter, we report on the use of an ultrathin Mg layer as free layer cap to protect the CoFeB free layer from sputtering induced damage during the Ta electrode deposition. When Ta is deposited directly on CoFeB, a fraction of the surface of the CoFeB is sputtered even when Ta is deposited with very low deposition rates. When depositing a thin Mg layer prior to Ta deposition, the sputtering of CoFeB is prevented. The ultra-thin Mg layer is sputtered completely after Ta deposition. Therefore, the Mg acts as a sacrificial layer that protects the CoFeB from sputter-induced damage during the Ta deposition. The Ta-capped CoFeB free layer using the sacrificial Mg interlayer has significantly better electrical and magnetic properties than the equivalent stack without protective layer. We demonstrate a tunnel magneto resistance increase up to 30% in bottom pinned magnetic tunnel junctions and tunnel magneto resistance values of 160% at resistance area product of 5 Ω.μm{sup 2}. Moreover, the free layer maintains perpendicular magnetic anisotropy after 400 °C annealing.

  15. BEOL compatible high tunnel magneto resistance perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions using a sacrificial Mg layer as CoFeB free layer cap

    Perpendicularly magnetized MgO-based tunnel junctions are envisaged for future generation spin-torque transfer magnetoresistive random access memory devices. Achieving a high tunnel magneto resistance and preserving it together with the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy during BEOL CMOS processing are key challenges to overcome. The industry standard technique to deposit the CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB tunnel junctions is physical vapor deposition. In this letter, we report on the use of an ultrathin Mg layer as free layer cap to protect the CoFeB free layer from sputtering induced damage during the Ta electrode deposition. When Ta is deposited directly on CoFeB, a fraction of the surface of the CoFeB is sputtered even when Ta is deposited with very low deposition rates. When depositing a thin Mg layer prior to Ta deposition, the sputtering of CoFeB is prevented. The ultra-thin Mg layer is sputtered completely after Ta deposition. Therefore, the Mg acts as a sacrificial layer that protects the CoFeB from sputter-induced damage during the Ta deposition. The Ta-capped CoFeB free layer using the sacrificial Mg interlayer has significantly better electrical and magnetic properties than the equivalent stack without protective layer. We demonstrate a tunnel magneto resistance increase up to 30% in bottom pinned magnetic tunnel junctions and tunnel magneto resistance values of 160% at resistance area product of 5 Ω.μm2. Moreover, the free layer maintains perpendicular magnetic anisotropy after 400 °C annealing

  16. Fabrication of Covalently Crosslinked and Amine-Reactive Microcapsules by Reactive Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Azlactone-Containing Polymer Multilayers on Sacrificial Microparticle Templates.

    Saurer, Eric M; Flessner, Ryan M; Buck, Maren E; Lynn, David M

    2011-02-14

    We report on the fabrication of covalently crosslinked and amine-reactive hollow microcapsules using 'reactive' layer-by-layer assembly to deposit thin polymer films on sacrificial microparticle templates. Our approach is based on the alternating deposition of layers of a synthetic polyamine and a polymer containing reactive azlactone functionality. Multilayered films composed of branched poly(ethylene imine) (BPEI) and poly(2-vinyl-4,4-dimethylazlactone) (PVDMA) were fabricated layer-by-layer on the surfaces of calcium carbonate and glass microparticle templates. After fabrication, these films contained residual azlactone functionality that was accessible for reaction with amine-containing molecules. Dissolution of the calcium carbonate or glass cores using aqueous ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) or hydrofluoric acid (HF), respectively, led to the formation of hollow polymer microcapsules. These microcapsules were robust enough to encapsulate and retain a model macromolecule (FITC-dextran) and were stable for at least 22 hours in high ionic strength environments, in low and high pH solutions, and in several common organic solvents. Significant differences in the behaviors of capsules fabricated on CaCO(3) and glass cores were observed and characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Whereas capsules fabricated on CaCO(3) templates collapsed upon drying, capsules fabricated on glass templates remained rigid and spherical. Characterization using EDS suggested that this latter behavior results, at least in part, from the presence of insoluble metal fluoride salts that are trapped or precipitate within the walls of capsules after etching of the glass cores using HF. Our results demonstrate that the assembly of BPEI/PVDMA films on sacrificial templates can be used to fabricate reactive microcapsules of potential use in a wide range of fields, including catalysis, drug and gene delivery, imaging, and

  17. Microfeature edge quality enhancement in excimer laser micromachining of metal films by coating with a sacrificial polymer layer

    A novel technique for enhanced excimer laser micromachining of metallic thin films by first coating the metal film with a thin polymer film is presented. The sacrificial polymer film acts as a protective and a clamping layer, preventing the metal film from undergoing cracking and damage during the laser ablation. The machined patterns are characterized regarding their quality in terms of edge roughness, lateral overcut and boundary integrity in proximity machining. Significant improvement in these aspects is observed when the machining is carried out on metal films coated with thin polymer films. Details of the effects of the fluence and spot overlap on the micromachined patterns are investigated. The technique allows sharp machining of micropatterns on thin metal films, over length scales ranging from hundreds of micrometers down to a single micrometer, thereby proving to be the only technique that can be used to laser micromachine thin films at the length scale of a single micrometer. This technique is expected to be useful for large scale patterning of metallic films, particularly for plasmonic applications and infrared/terahertz metamaterials. (paper)

  18. A novel method to enhance the gettering efficiency in p-type Czochralski silicon by a sacrificial porous silicon layer

    Zhang Caizhen; Wang Yongshun; Wang Zaixing

    2011-01-01

    A new two-step phosphorous diffusion gettering (TSPDG) process using a sacrificial porous silicon layer (PSL) is proposed.Due to a decrease in high temperature time,the TSPDG (PSL) process weakens the deterioration in performances of PSL,and increases the capability of impurity clusters to dissolve and diffuse to the gettering regions.By means of the TSPDG (PSL) process under conditions of 900 ℃/60 min + 700 ℃/30 min,the effective lifetime of minority carriers in solar-grade (SOG) Si is increased to 14.3 times its original value,and the short-circuit current density of solar cells is improved from 23.5 o 28.7 mA/cm2,and the open-circuit voltage from 0.534 to 0.596 V along with the transform efficiency from 8.1% to 11.8%,which are much superior to the results achieved by the PDG (PSL) process at 900 ℃ for 90 min.

  19. Artificial Interface Deriving from Sacrificial Tris(trimethylsilyl)phosphate Additive for Lithium Rich Cathode Materials

    Highlights: • Tris(trimethylsilyl)phosphate (TMSP) is investigated as a film-forming additive. • A modified SEI layer is formed due to the decomposition of TMSP additive. • Cells with 1.0 wt% TMSP exhibit enhanced cycle stability and rate performance. - Abstract: Tris(trimethylsilyl)phosphate (TMSP) has been investigated as an additive to form a modified solid electrolyte interface (SEI) on lithium rich cathode material Li[Li0.2Ni0.13Mn0.54Co0.13]O2 and improve its electrochemical performances. Linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) results show that TMSP additive decomposes at the potential ca. 4.1 V, lower than that of electrolyte solvent decomposition. The morphology images via TEM clearly demonstrate a continuous interfacial layer formed on the cathode surface after initial cycles. XPS results prove that the components of SEI are mainly derived from the decomposition of TMSP. The Li[Li0.2Ni0.13Mn0.54Co0.13]O2 cathode materials cycled in 1.0 wt% TMSP-containing electrolyte demonstrate obvious enhancement in its cycling stability and capacity retention reaches 91.1% after 50 cycles. The improved performances are ascribed to modified SEI which tightly covers on cathode particle, and effectively avoids a direct contact between cathode active material and electrolyte, leading to the stabilized interfacial structures

  20. Improving Efficiency of Aluminium Sacrificial Anode Using Cold Work Process

    Asmara, Y. P.; Siregar, J. P.; Tezara, C.; Ann, Chang Tai

    2016-02-01

    Aluminium is one of the preferred materials to be used as sacrificial anode for carbon steel protection. The efficiency of these can be low due to the formation of oxide layer which passivate the anodes. Currently, to improve its efficiency, there are efforts using a new technique called surface modifications. The objective of this research is to study corrosion mechanism of aluminium sacrificial anode which has been processed by cold work. The cold works are applied by reducing the thickness of aluminium sacrificial anodes at 20% and 40% of thickness reduction. The cathodic protection experiments were performed by immersion of aluminium connected to carbon steel cylinder in 3% NaCl solutions. Visual inspections using SEM had been conducted during the experiments and corrosion rate data were taken in every week for 8 weeks of immersion time. Corrosion rate data were measured using weight loss and linear polarization technique (LPR). From the results, it is observed that cold worked aluminium sacrificial anode have a better corrosion performance. It shows higher corrosion rate and lower corrosion potential. The anodes also provided a long functional for sacrificial anode before it stop working. From SEM investigation, it is shown that cold works have changed the microstructure of anodes which is suspected in increasing corrosion rate and cause de-passivate of the surface anodes.

  1. Comparison of solvent and sacrificial volume-material-based lamination processes of low-temperature co-fired ceramics tapes

    The lamination process determines the quality of low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) based spatial structures. This paper compares two methods of the microchannel fabrication process in zero-shrinkage LTCC substrates. The first one is based on a two-step lamination process and uses various sacrificial volume materials (SVM). The second one is based on the cold chemical lamination (CCL) process. On the one hand, the SVM gives the possibility of decreasing the deformation of the three-dimensional (3D) structures during the lamination process. The channel volume is filled with a special fugitive material. It protects the spatial structure from deformation during lamination, and evaporates completely during the co-firing process. The bonding quality and strength depend strongly on the fugitive phase type. On the other hand, the CCL is a solvent-based method. It is another alternative for bonding of green ceramic tapes. A special liquid agent is screen printed on the green tape, which melts the tape surface. Then the tapes are stacked and compressed at room temperature by a printing roll. The influence of each method on the microchannel geometry is analyzed in this paper. The resulting structures' bonding quality and mechanical properties are examined by a scanning electron microscope (SEM)

  2. Comparison of solvent and sacrificial volume-material-based lamination processes of low-temperature co-fired ceramics tapes

    Malecha, Karol; Jurków, Dominik; Golonka, Leszek J.

    2009-06-01

    The lamination process determines the quality of low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) based spatial structures. This paper compares two methods of the microchannel fabrication process in zero-shrinkage LTCC substrates. The first one is based on a two-step lamination process and uses various sacrificial volume materials (SVM). The second one is based on the cold chemical lamination (CCL) process. On the one hand, the SVM gives the possibility of decreasing the deformation of the three-dimensional (3D) structures during the lamination process. The channel volume is filled with a special fugitive material. It protects the spatial structure from deformation during lamination, and evaporates completely during the co-firing process. The bonding quality and strength depend strongly on the fugitive phase type. On the other hand, the CCL is a solvent-based method. It is another alternative for bonding of green ceramic tapes. A special liquid agent is screen printed on the green tape, which melts the tape surface. Then the tapes are stacked and compressed at room temperature by a printing roll. The influence of each method on the microchannel geometry is analyzed in this paper. The resulting structures' bonding quality and mechanical properties are examined by a scanning electron microscope (SEM).

  3. Synthesis of Freestanding Single-crystal Perovskite Films and Heterostructures by Etching of Sacrificial Water-soluble Layers

    Lu, Di [Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Dept. of Physics; SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States). Stanford Inst. for Materials and Energy Sciences; Baek, David J. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States). School of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Hong, Seung Sae [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States). Stanford Inst. for Materials and Energy Sciences; Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Dept. of Applied Physics; Kourkoutis, Lena F. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States). School of Applied and Engineering Physics; Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States). Kavli Inst. at Cornell for Nanoscale Science; Hikita, Yasuyuki [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States). Stanford Inst. for Materials and Energy Sciences; Hwang, Harold Y. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States). Stanford Inst. for Materials and Energy Sciences; Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Dept. of Applied Physics

    2016-08-22

    The ability to create and manipulate materials in two-dimensional (2D) form has repeatedly had transformative impact on science and technology. In parallel with the exfoliation and stacking of intrinsically layered crystals, atomic-scale thin film growth of complex materials has enabled the creation of artificial 2D heterostructures with novel functionality and emergent phenomena, as seen in perovskite heterostructures. However, separation of these layers from the growth substrate has proven challenging, limiting the manipulation capabilities of these heterostructures with respect to exfoliated materials. Here we present a general method to create freestanding perovskite membranes. The key is the epitaxial growth of water-soluble Sr3Al2O6 on perovskite substrates, followed by in situ growth of films and heterostructures. Millimetre-size single-crystalline membranes are produced by etching the Sr3Al2O6 layer in water, providing the opportunity to transfer them to arbitrary substrates and integrate them with heterostructures of semiconductors and layered compounds.

  4. Pt/Ti Electrodes of PZT Thin Films Patterning by Novel Lift-Off Using ZnO as a Sacrificial Layer

    We achieve a successful novel lift-off of patterning Pt/Ti electrodes on SiO2/Si substrates by employing ZnO sacrificial layer deposition and patterning, successive uniform Pt/Ti deposition and final lift-off. Then we deposit PZT thin films on the electrodes. Compared with the conventional lift-off processes for the electrodes, this novel process does not need post-annealing, which must be performed after conventional lift-off process. It is demonstrated that the electrodes patterned by the novel lift-off process have stronger adhesion. The electrodes and the PZT films on the electrodes are more compact and smoother than those by the conventional lift-off process

  5. A concave-patterned TiN/PECVD-Si3N4 /TiN diaphragm MEMS acoustic sensor based on a polyimide sacrificial layer

    Lee, Jaewoo; Jeon, J. H.; Je, C. H.; Kim, Y.-G.; Lee, S. Q.; Yang, W. S.; Lee, J. S.; Lee, S.-G.

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, we present a concave-patterned TiN/PECVD-Si3N4 /TiN diaphragm micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) acoustic sensor based on a polyimide sacrificial layer. The use of the spin-coated polyimide eliminates the additional Al pad process of conventional device fabrication due to simple O2 ashing to release the sacrificial layer, simplifying the photolithography process. Also, to adjust the acoustic sensor for a bottom-ported package, its diaphragm was implemented to be placed over the back-plate. The TiN/PECVD-Si3N4/TiN multi-layer diaphragm was formed with the stress controllability of PECVD-Si3N4 from  -162 MPa to  +109 MPa. Furthermore, a parallel-plate capacitance model on the basis of an approximately linearized electric field method (ALEM) is proposed to evaluate the capacitance of two plates. The modelled capacitance showed less than 3.7% error in FEM simulation, demonstrating the validity of the proposed model. At a zero-bias voltage, the effective intrinsic and parasitic capacitances in the active area were 1.656 pF and 0.388 pF, respectively. Moreover, with a pull-in analytical model by using ALEM, the effective tensile stress for the diaphragm was extracted to  +31.5 MPa, where the pull-in voltage was 10.7 V. In succession, the dynamic response for the open-circuit sensitivity was modelled with an equivalent circuit model based on lumped parameters. The measured open-circuit sensitivity of  -45.1 dBV Pa-1 at 1 kHz with a bias of 9.6 V was only slightly different from the modelled sensitivity of  -45.0 dBV Pa-1. Thus, these results demonstrate that the proposed sensor is suitable for a front-end voice capture module.

  6. A concave-patterned TiN/PECVD-Si3N4 /TiN diaphragm MEMS acoustic sensor based on a polyimide sacrificial layer

    In this paper, we present a concave-patterned TiN/PECVD-Si3N4 /TiN diaphragm micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) acoustic sensor based on a polyimide sacrificial layer. The use of the spin-coated polyimide eliminates the additional Al pad process of conventional device fabrication due to simple O2 ashing to release the sacrificial layer, simplifying the photolithography process. Also, to adjust the acoustic sensor for a bottom-ported package, its diaphragm was implemented to be placed over the back-plate. The TiN/PECVD-Si3N4/TiN multi-layer diaphragm was formed with the stress controllability of PECVD-Si3N4 from  −162 MPa to  +109 MPa. Furthermore, a parallel-plate capacitance model on the basis of an approximately linearized electric field method (ALEM) is proposed to evaluate the capacitance of two plates. The modelled capacitance showed less than 3.7% error in FEM simulation, demonstrating the validity of the proposed model. At a zero-bias voltage, the effective intrinsic and parasitic capacitances in the active area were 1.656 pF and 0.388 pF, respectively. Moreover, with a pull-in analytical model by using ALEM, the effective tensile stress for the diaphragm was extracted to  +31.5 MPa, where the pull-in voltage was 10.7 V. In succession, the dynamic response for the open-circuit sensitivity was modelled with an equivalent circuit model based on lumped parameters. The measured open-circuit sensitivity of  −45.1 dBV Pa−1 at 1 kHz with a bias of 9.6 V was only slightly different from the modelled sensitivity of  −45.0 dBV Pa−1. Thus, these results demonstrate that the proposed sensor is suitable for a front-end voice capture module. (paper)

  7. Hot sodium-triggered thermo-chemical degradation of concrete aggregates in the sodium resistant sacrificial layers of fast breeder reactors

    Highlights: • Concrete aggregates were exposed to liquid sodium exposure at 550 °C. • Thermal and chemical effects were studied using megascopic and micro-analytical techniques. • Aggregates underwent significant thermo-chemical degradation upon exposure. • Limestone found more suitable for sodium environment than siliceous aggregate. - Abstract: Sodium is used as an efficient coolant in fast breeder reactor (FBR) for extracting nuclear heat from its high power density core to steam generator, to produce electricity. Accidentally spilled Sodium at elevated temperatures of 550 °C or above may interact with concrete leading to its deterioration. A sacrificial concrete layer is provided on the structural concrete to mitigate the harmful impacts of these interactions. Locally available crushed rocks like limestone and granite are employed as aggregates in sacrificial and structural concrete respectively. Rocks are naturally occurring multi-mineral and multiphase inorganic systems of the earth. Aggregates are the main constituents of concrete accounting for 70–80% of its mass. In this paper, an attempt is made to study the physico-chemical modifications that may occur in the aggregates during the interactions between liquid sodium and the aggregates of concrete. The experimental strategy consists of heating of granite, limestone and river sand aggregates at 550 °C for 30 min and further treating them with 1 Normal aqueous solution of NaOH, to differentiate thermal and chemical effects. Furthermore, sodium-aggregate interaction study at 550 °C was conducted to characterize the combined effects of heat and sodium. Siliceous aggregates (granite and river sand) were found to be easily attacked by ferric oxidation during heating in air and also subjected to rapid chemical reactions with liquid NaOH, producing mineral phases of sodium silicate, sodium orthosilicates, calcium orthosilicates and sodium carbonates. Initiation and propagation of cracking in the

  8. Building biomedical materials layer-by-layer

    Paula T. Hammond

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available In this materials perspective, the promise of water based layer-by-layer (LbL assembly as a means of generating drug-releasing surfaces for biomedical applications, from small molecule therapeutics to biologic drugs and nucleic acids, is examined. Specific advantages of the use of LbL assembly versus traditional polymeric blend encapsulation are discussed. Examples are provided to present potential new directions. Translational opportunities are discussed to examine the impact and potential for true biomedical translation using rapid assembly methods, and applications are discussed with high need and medical return.

  9. CMUTs with high-K atomic layer deposition dielectric material insulation layer.

    Xu, Toby; Tekes, Coskun; Degertekin, F

    2014-12-01

    Use of high-κ dielectric, atomic layer deposition (ALD) materials as an insulation layer material for capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs) is investigated. The effect of insulation layer material and thickness on CMUT performance is evaluated using a simple parallel plate model. The model shows that both high dielectric constant and the electrical breakdown strength are important for the dielectric material, and significant performance improvement can be achieved, especially as the vacuum gap thickness is reduced. In particular, ALD hafnium oxide (HfO2) is evaluated and used as an improvement over plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) silicon nitride (Six)Ny)) for CMUTs fabricated by a low-temperature, complementary metal oxide semiconductor transistor-compatible, sacrificial release method. Relevant properties of ALD HfO2) such as dielectric constant and breakdown strength are characterized to further guide CMUT design. Experiments are performed on parallel fabricated test CMUTs with 50-nm gap and 16.5-MHz center frequency to measure and compare pressure output and receive sensitivity for 200-nm PECVD Six)Ny) and 100-nm HfO2) insulation layers. Results for this particular design show a 6-dB improvement in receiver output with the collapse voltage reduced by one-half; while in transmit mode, half the input voltage is needed to achieve the same maximum output pressure. PMID:25474786

  10. Surface imprinting on nano-TiO2 as sacrificial material for the preparation of hollow chlorogenic acid imprinted polymer and its recognition behavior

    Li, Hui; Li, Gui; Li, Zhiping; Lu, Cuimei; Li, Yanan; Tan, Xianzhou

    2013-01-01

    Surface imprinting chlorogenic acid (CGA) on nano-TiO2 particles as sacrificial support material was successfully performed by using 4-vinylpyridine (4-VP) as functional monomer to obtain a hollow CGA-imprinted polymer (H-MIP1). Fourier transmission infrared spectrometry (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were utilized for structurally characterizing the polymers obtained and adsorption dynamics and thermodynamic behavior investigated according to different models. Binding selectivity, adsorption capacity and the reusability for this H-MIP1 were also evaluated. This hollow CGA imprinted polymer shows rapid binding dynamics and higher binding capability toward the template molecules. The pseudo first-order kinetic model was shown best to describe the binding process of CGA on the H-MIP1 and Langmuir isotherm model best to fit the experimental adsorption isotherm data. Through adsorption isotherms at different temperatures, thermodynamic parameter values were obtained. Selectivity coefficients for the H-MIP1 toward the template were 2.209, 3.213, 1.746 and 2.353 relative to CA, VA, PCA and GA, respectively. This H-MIP1 was also indicated with a good imprint effect and a high capability to capture CGA from methanol extract of Eucommia ulmoides (E. ulmoides) leaves. Additionally, a good reusability for this imprinted polymer was exhibited during repeated adsorption-desorption use.

  11. Reductive decontaminaion by using sacrificial electrode

    A high-concentration (5-10 %) agent has generally been used for separate chemical decontamination of individual instruments, such as pumps, installed in a nuclear power plant. Being highly acidic, however, most of the conventional decontamination agents may corrode the instruments under decontamination treatment. The present report addresses the development of a process which permits efficient decontamination in a less corrosive agent with low acidity in the nearly neutral range. The dissolution rate of oxidized iron can be highly increased by reducing the trivalent iron ion into bivalent one. To demonstrate this, an investigation is made to determine the effects of cathode polarization on the dissolution of magnetite, a major component in radioactive oxide film formed on piping wall. A process is developed which uses a sacrificial anode to reduce iron oxides. If a metal used as the sacrificial anode is lower in natural potential and more easily corroded than the material under decontamination treatment, the corrosion of the metal takes place to give electrons to the oxides on the material surface to promote their dissolution. To demonstrate the efficiency of this process, an investigation is made using a neutral decontamination agent together with stainless steel and carbon steel as material for decontamination and sacrificial anode, respectively. (Nogami, K.)

  12. Application of graphite-based sacrificial layers for fabrication of LTCC (low temperature co-fired ceramic) membranes and micro-channels

    Birol, H.; Maeder, T.; Ryser, P.

    2007-01-01

    Fabrication of sensors and micro-fluidic structures from low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) sheets is a growing interest in the micro-packaging community. Such devices usually have inner cavities, whose production is quite complicated. The most elegant method to build such structures so far achieved is by a fugitive phase that is introduced into the multilayer and removed during firing. This paper, therefore, is aimed to introduce the graphite-based sacrificial paste developed for this purpose, and it is constructed in two sections: (i) selection of paste and determination of LTCC open-porosity elimination temperature, and (ii) fabrication and characterization of pressure sensitive LTCC membranes. In the former section, it is shown that increased heating rates (and decreasing tape thickness) shift the open porosity elimination temperature of LTCC by 20 °C, which is small compared to the shift of graphite oxidation temperature (about 100 °C). In the latter section, three parameters affecting the balance between the graphite oxidation and LTCC sintering are studied: heating rate, graphite phase thickness and width of the membrane inlet/outlet channels. As expected, larger heating rates and narrow inlet/outlet channels are found to hinder the oxidation of graphite and evacuation of the resulting products, which results in swollen membranes. Large graphite thickness, through the increased channel height, results in lower swelling in spite of the larger amount of graphite to be oxidized. Membranes with low swelling are found to exhibit excellent pressure sensing characteristics, whereas those with high swelling display hysteretic behavior.

  13. Directional material probe for deposition layer studies

    A simple new tool for deposition layer studies, a directional material probe, is proposed. The probe, which examines the directionality of deposition layer formation, consists of a flat disk and pin. If deposits have directionality, a shadow of the pin is formed on the deposition layer on the disk. If no shadow appears on the deposition layer, this suggests that the deposition layer was formed isotropically. The probe can be applied to plasma-wall interaction studies in fusion devices and laboratory plasma devices such as linear divertor simulators to reveal the material migration mechanisms in such devices. The directional material probe method has been applied to plasma-wall interaction studies in the Large Helical Device (LHD), and a position-dependent variation in the directionality of deposition layer formation was found. (author)

  14. Layer like porous materials with hierarchical structure.

    Roth, Wieslaw J; Gil, Barbara; Makowski, Wacław; Marszalek, Bartosz; Eliášová, Pavla

    2016-06-13

    Many chemical compositions produce layered solids consisting of extended sheets with thickness not greater than a few nanometers. The layers are weakly bonded together in a crystal and can be modified into various nanoarchitectures including porous hierarchical structures. Several classes of 2-dimensional (2D) materials have been extensively studied and developed because of their potential usefulness as catalysts and sorbents. They are discussed in this review with focus on clays, layered transition metal oxides, silicates, layered double hydroxides, metal(iv) phosphates and phosphonates, especially zirconium, and zeolites. Pillaring and delamination are the primary methods for structural modification and pore tailoring. The reported approaches are described and compared for the different classes of materials. The methods of characterization include identification by X-ray diffraction and microscopy, pore size analysis and activity assessment by IR spectroscopy and catalytic testing. The discovery of layered zeolites was a fundamental breakthrough that created unprecedented opportunities because of (i) inherent strong acid sites that make them very active catalytically, (ii) porosity through the layers and (iii) bridging of 2D and 3D structures. Approximately 16 different types of layered zeolite structures and modifications have been identified as distinct forms. It is also expected that many among the over 200 recognized zeolite frameworks can produce layered precursors. Additional advances enabled by 2D zeolites include synthesis of layered materials by design, hierarchical structures obtained by direct synthesis and top-down preparation of layered materials from 3D frameworks. PMID:26489452

  15. Ultrasonic classification of thin layers within multi-layered materials

    Methods for non-destructive inspection of layered materials are becoming more and more popular as a way of assuring product integrity and quality. In this paper, we present a model-based technique using ultrasonic measurements for classification of thin bonding layers within three-layered materials. This could be, for example, an adhesive bond between two thin plates, where the integrity of the bonding layer needs to be evaluated. The method is based on a model of the wave propagation of pulse-echo ultrasound that first reduces the measured data to a few parameters for each measured point. The model parameters are then fed into a statistical classifier that assigns the bonding layer to one of a set of predefined classes. In this paper, two glass plates are bonded together with construction silicone, and the classifiers are trained to determine if the bonding layer is intact or if it contains regions of air or water. Two different classification methods are evaluated: nominal logistic regression and discriminant analysis. The former is slightly more computationally demanding but, as the results show, it performs better when the model parameters cannot be assumed to belong to a multivariate Gaussian distribution. The performance of the classifiers is evaluated using both simulations and real measurements

  16. KAPOOL experiments to simulate molten corium - sacrificial concrete interaction

    In future Light Water Reactors special devices (core catchers) might be required to prevent containment failure by basement erosion after reactor pressure vessel melt-through during a core meltdown accident. In the planned European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) the core melt is retained in the reactor cavity for ∼ 1 h to pick up late melts after the failure of the reactor pressure vessel. The reactor cavity is protected by a layer of sacrificial concrete and closed by a melt gate at the bottom towards the spreading compartment. After erosion of the sacrificial concrete and melt-through of the gate the core melt should be distributed homogeneously into the spreading compartment. There the melt is cooled by flooding with water. The knowledge of the sacrificial concrete erosion phase in the reactor cavity is essential for the severe accident assessment. Several KAPOOL experiments have been performed to investigate the erosion of two possible compositions of sacrificial concretes using alumina-iron thermite melts as a simulant for the core melt. Erosion rates as a function of the melt temperature and the inhomogeneity of the melt front are presented in this paper. (authors)

  17. Understanding Radionuclide Interactions with Layered Materials

    Wang, Y.

    2015-12-01

    Layered materials play an important role in nuclear waste management and environmental cleanup. Better understanding of radionuclide interactions with those materials is critical for engineering high-performance materials for various applications. This presentation will provide an overview on radionuclide interactions with two general categories of layered materials - cationic clays and anionic clays - from a perspective of nanopore confinement. Nanopores are widely present in layered materials, either as the interlayers or as inter-particle space. Nanopore confinement can significantly modify chemical reactions in those materials. This effect may cause the preferential enrichment of radionuclides in nanopores and therefore directly impact the mobility of the radionuclides. This effect also implies that conventional sorption measurements using disaggregated samples may not represent chemical conditions in actual systems. The control of material structures on ion exchange, surface complexation, and diffusion in layered materials will be systematically examined, and the related modeling approaches will be discussed. This work was performed at Sandia National Laboratories, which is a multiprogram laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed-Martin Company, for the DOE under contract DE-AC04-94AL8500.

  18. Bioinspired layered materials with superior mechanical performance.

    Cheng, Qunfeng; Jiang, Lei; Tang, Zhiyong

    2014-04-15

    Nature has inspired researchers to construct structures with ordered layers as candidates for new materials with high mechanical performance. As a prominent example, nacre, also known as mother of pearl, consists of a combination of inorganic plates (aragonite calcium carbonate, 95% by volume) and organic macromolecules (elastic biopolymer, 5% by volume) and shows a unique combination of strength and toughness. Investigations of its structure reveal that the hexagonal platelets of calcium carbonate and the amorphous biopolymer are alternatively assembled into the orderly layered structure. The delicate interface between the calcium carbonate and the biopolymer is well defined. Both the building blocks that make up these assembled layers and the interfaces between the inorganic and organic components contribute to the excellent mechanical property of natural nacre. In this Account, we summarize recent research from our group and from others on the design of bioinspired materials composed by layering various primitive materials. We focus particular attention on nanoscale carbon materials. Using several examples, we describe how the use of different combinations of layered materials leads to particular properties. Flattened double-walled carbon nanotubes (FDWCNTs) covalently cross-linked in a thermoset three-dimensional (3D) network produced the materials with the highest strength. The stiffest layered materials were generated from borate orthoester covalent bonding between adjacent graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets, and the toughest layered materials were fabricated with Al2O3 platelets and chitosan via hydrogen bonding. These new building blocks, such as FDWCNTs and GO, and the replication of the elaborate micro-/nanoscale interface of natural nacre have provided many options for developing new high performance artificial materials. The interface designs for bioinspired layered materials are generally categorized into (1) hydrogen bonding, (2) ionic bonding, and (3

  19. Nano transfer and nanoreplication using deterministically grown sacrificial nanotemplates

    Melechko, Anatoli V.; McKnight, Timothy E.; Guillorn, Michael A.; Ilic, Bojan; Merkulov, Vladimir I.; Doktycz, Mitchel J.; Lowndes, Douglas H.; Simpson, Michael L.

    2012-03-27

    Methods, manufactures, machines and compositions are described for nanotransfer and nanoreplication using deterministically grown sacrificial nanotemplates. An apparatus, includes a substrate and a nanoconduit material coupled to a surface of the substrate. The substrate defines an aperture and the nanoconduit material defines a nanoconduit that is i) contiguous with the aperture and ii) aligned substantially non-parallel to a plane defined by the surface of the substrate.

  20. Acoustic cloaking using layered pentamode materials.

    Scandrett, Clyde L; Boisvert, Jeffrey E; Howarth, Thomas R

    2010-05-01

    While receiving less attention in the literature than electromagnetic cloaking, theoretical efforts to define and create acoustic cloaks based upon mimicking coordinate transformations through use of metamaterials is of interest. The present work extends recent analysis of Norris [Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. A 464, 2411-2434 (2008)] by considering a range of cloaks, from those comprised of fluid layers which are isotropic in bulk moduli with anisotropic density to those having anisotropic bulk moduli and isotropic density. In all but pure inertial varieties, fluid layers comprising the cloaks are pentamode materials governed by a special scalar acoustic equation for pseudopressure derived by Norris. In most cases presented, material properties of the fluid/pentamode layers are based upon target values specified by continuously varying properties resulting from theoretical coordinate transformations geared to minimize scattered pressure limited by realistic goals. The present work analyzes such cloaks for the specific case of plane wave scattering from an acoustically hard sphere. An initial exploration of the parameter space defining such cloaks (for example, material properties of its constituent layers, and operating frequency) is undertaken with a view toward "optimal" design. PMID:21117736

  1. Scanning Tunneling Microscopy of Layered Materials

    Qin, Xiaorong

    This dissertation describes studies of the surfaces of layered materials, including graphite intercalation compounds, transition-metal-dichalcogenides, and single layers of MoS_2. with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). In order to understand how tunneling images reflect the atomic nature of sample surfaces, the electronic and structural properties of intercalated graphite surfaces imaged with STM have been investigated theoretically. The corrugation amplitude (CA) and carbon site asymmetry (CSA) are sensitive to the number of graphite layers covering the first intercalate layer, to the amount and distribution of the charge transferred from intercalate to host and to the surface subband structure. The CA and CSA can be used to map the stage domains across a freshly cleaved surface. The STM images of the surfaces of both donor and acceptor graphite intercalation compounds are discussed. The theory successfully explained the available experimental results, and yielded some predictions which have been verified in recent experiments. A STM system for operation in air was assembled. The crystalline surfaces of graphite and three transition-metal -dichalcogenides (2H-MoS_2, WTe _2 and ReSe_2) have been studied with the STM system. Single layers of MoS_2 can be obtained by the exfoliation of lithium-intercalated MoS_2 powder in water and in several alcohols. In the STM observations, the samples were prepared by depositing either an aqueous or butanol suspension of single-layer MoS_2 on graphite substrates to form restacked films with two monolayers of solvent molecules included between the layers of MoS_2 . The real-space images obtained from the films all showed the existence of an approximate 2 x 1 superstructure on the surfaces, although the 2 x 1 pattern can be modulated by the interface interaction between the MoS_2 layer and the solvent molecules. These results, in conjunction with existing x-ray diffraction and Raman results, imply that the single layers of MoS_2

  2. Atomic Layer Thermopile Materials: Physics and Application

    P. X. Zhang

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available New types of thermoelectric materials characterized by highly anisotropic Fermi surfaces and thus anisotropic Seebeck coefficients are reviewed. Early studies revealed that there is an induced voltage in high TC oxide superconductors when the surface of the films is exposed to short light pulses. Subsequent investigations proved that the effect is due to anisotropic components of the Seebeck tensor, and the type of materials is referred to atomic layer thermopile (ALT. Our recent studies indicate that multilayer thin films at the nanoscale demonstrate enhanced ALT properties. This is in agreement with the prediction in seeking the larger figure of merit (ZT thermoelectric materials in nanostructures. The study of ALT materials provides both deep insight of anisotropic transport property of these materials and at the same time potential materials for applications, such as light detector and microcooler. By measuring the ALT properties under various perturbations, it is found that the information on anisotropic transport properties can be provided. The information sometimes is not easily obtained by other tools due to the nanoscale phase coexistence in these materials. Also, some remained open questions and future development in this research direction have been well discussed.

  3. Nanomanufacturing : nano-structured materials made layer-by-layer.

    Cox, James V.; Cheng, Shengfeng; Grest, Gary Stephen; Tjiptowidjojo, Kristianto (University of New Mexico); Reedy, Earl David, Jr.; Fan, Hongyou; Schunk, Peter Randall; Chandross, Michael Evan; Roberts, Scott A.

    2011-10-01

    Large-scale, high-throughput production of nano-structured materials (i.e. nanomanufacturing) is a strategic area in manufacturing, with markets projected to exceed $1T by 2015. Nanomanufacturing is still in its infancy; process/product developments are costly and only touch on potential opportunities enabled by growing nanoscience discoveries. The greatest promise for high-volume manufacturing lies in age-old coating and imprinting operations. For materials with tailored nm-scale structure, imprinting/embossing must be achieved at high speeds (roll-to-roll) and/or over large areas (batch operation) with feature sizes less than 100 nm. Dispersion coatings with nanoparticles can also tailor structure through self- or directed-assembly. Layering films structured with these processes have tremendous potential for efficient manufacturing of microelectronics, photovoltaics and other topical nano-structured devices. This project is designed to perform the requisite R and D to bring Sandia's technology base in computational mechanics to bear on this scale-up problem. Project focus is enforced by addressing a promising imprinting process currently being commercialized.

  4. Ceramic nanostructure materials, membranes and composite layers

    Burggraaf, A.J.; Keizer, K.; Hassel, van, E Edwin

    1989-01-01

    Synthesis methods to obtain nanoscale materials will be briefly discussed with a focus on sol-gel methods. Three types of nanoscale composites (powders, membranes and ion implanted layers) will be discussed and exemplified with recent original research results. Ceramic membranes with a thickness of 1–10 μm consist of a packing of elementary particles with a size of 3–7 nm. The mean pore size is about 2.5–3 nm. The preparation routes are based on sol and sol-gel technologies. The pores can be ...

  5. Optical modulators with 2D layered materials

    Sun, Zhipei; Martinez, Amos; Wang, Feng

    2016-04-01

    Light modulation is an essential operation in photonics and optoelectronics. With existing and emerging technologies increasingly demanding compact, efficient, fast and broadband optical modulators, high-performance light modulation solutions are becoming indispensable. The recent realization that 2D layered materials could modulate light with superior performance has prompted intense research and significant advances, paving the way for realistic applications. In this Review, we cover the state of the art of optical modulators based on 2D materials, including graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides and black phosphorus. We discuss recent advances employing hybrid structures, such as 2D heterostructures, plasmonic structures, and silicon and fibre integrated structures. We also take a look at the future perspectives and discuss the potential of yet relatively unexplored mechanisms, such as magneto-optic and acousto-optic modulation.

  6. Investigation of Methods to Detect Defects in Thin Layered Materials

    Chinthalapndi, Husam M. Hassan & Ajaykumar S.

    2005-01-01

    Cost effective and reliable damage detection is critical for the utilization of thin layered materials and microstructures. This Thesis presents a brief overview of conventional NDT methods and the usage of unconventional NDT methods applicable to thin layered materials, and the conclusion of applicability of these methods for damage detection in thin layered materials.

  7. Thermoelectric material including conformal oxide layers and method of making the same using atomic layer deposition

    Cho, Jung Young; Ahn, Dongjoon; Salvador, James R.; Meisner, Gregory P.

    2016-06-07

    A thermoelectric material includes a substrate particle and a plurality of conformal oxide layers formed on the substrate particle. The plurality of conformal oxide layers has a total oxide layer thickness ranging from about 2 nm to about 20 nm. The thermoelectric material excludes oxide nanoparticles. A method of making the thermoelectric material is also disclosed herein.

  8. CMUTs with High-K Atomic Layer Deposition Dielectric Material Insulation Layer

    Xu, Toby; Tekes, Coskun; Degertekin, F. Levent

    2014-01-01

    Use of high-κ dielectric, atomic layer deposition (ALD) materials as an insulation layer material for capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs) is investigated. The effect of insulation layer material and thickness on CMUT performance is evaluated using a simple parallel plate model. The model shows that both high dielectric constant and the electrical breakdown strength are important for the dielectric material, and significant performance improvement can be achieved, especiall...

  9. Redox buffered hydrofluoric acid etchant for the reduction of galvanic attack during release etching of MEMS devices having noble material films

    Hankins, Matthew G.

    2009-10-06

    Etchant solutions comprising a redox buffer can be used during the release etch step to reduce damage to the structural layers of a MEMS device that has noble material films. A preferred redox buffer comprises a soluble thiophosphoric acid, ester, or salt that maintains the electrochemical potential of the etchant solution at a level that prevents oxidation of the structural material. Therefore, the redox buffer preferentially oxidizes in place of the structural material. The sacrificial redox buffer thereby protects the exposed structural layers while permitting the dissolution of sacrificial oxide layers during the release etch.

  10. Co-Solvency in Liquid Exfoliation of Layered Materials

    Zheng, Chu Ran

    2012-01-01

    The extraordinary physical properties of layered inorganic materials have become a tremendous breakthrough in prominent electronic related applications. Due to the growing number of application in these materials, simple methods that produce high quality in larger quantities are highly desired. This thesis describes a novel method in exfoliating the layered inorganic materials with versatile solvents via co-solvency approach. This research demonstrates how mixtures of different common solvent...

  11. Layer like porous materials with hierarchical structure

    Roth, W. J.; Gil, B.; Makowski, W.; Marszalek, B.; Eliášová, Pavla

    -, - (2016). ISSN 0306-0012 R&D Projects: GA ČR GBP106/12/G015 Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : porous materials * physical chemistry Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 33.383, year: 2014

  12. Van der Waals stacked 2D layered materials for optoelectronics

    Zhang, Wenjing; Wang, Qixing; Chen, Yu; Wang, Zhuo; Wee, Andrew T. S.

    2016-06-01

    The band gaps of many atomically thin 2D layered materials such as graphene, black phosphorus, monolayer semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides and hBN range from 0 to 6 eV. These isolated atomic planes can be reassembled into hybrid heterostructures made layer by layer in a precisely chosen sequence. Thus, the electronic properties of 2D materials can be engineered by van der Waals stacking, and the interlayer coupling can be tuned, which opens up avenues for creating new material systems with rich functionalities and novel physical properties. Early studies suggest that van der Waals stacked 2D materials work exceptionally well, dramatically enriching the optoelectronics applications of 2D materials. Here we review recent progress in van der Waals stacked 2D materials, and discuss their potential applications in optoelectronics.

  13. Compressive Failure Mechanisms in Layered Materials

    Sørensen, Kim Dalsten

    parameters for which the interface crack remains open and as a consequence a study of the effects of crack closure has been carried out. The other part of the thesis analyzes failure by kink band formation. More specifically a constitutive model developed to study kink band formation has been implemented...... dependent. This has some impact on the convergence rate for decreasing mesh size in the load vs. end shortening response for a rectangular block of material. Especially in the immediate post critical range the convergence rate may be slow. The capabilities of the model to deal with more complicated...

  14. Plasma assisted synthesis of hollow nanofibers using electrospun sacrificial templates

    In this work, we describe the synthesis of nanostructured polymeric materials of controlled tubular geometries using oxygen plasma and polysiloxane-grafting onto electrospun fiber sacrificial templates. The fibers were characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to determine the extent of grafting, graft chemistry and the influence of plasma treatment. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to determine the morphology and size of the electrospun fibers and nanotubes. The average diameter of the electrospun fibers employed ranged between 300 nm and 1500 nm. The micrographs revealed differences that are dependent on the type of grafting chemistry as well as plasma treatment times. The template synthesis of polysiloxane nanotubes using polyester track-etched membranes also shows that the technique is applicable to different substrates

  15. Examples of material solutions in bimetallic layered castings

    S. Tenerowicz

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available In paper is presented technology of bimetallic layered castings based on founding method of layer coating directly in cast process so-called method of mould cavity preparation. Prepared castings consist two fundamental parts i.e. bearing part and working part (layer. The bearing part of bimetallic layered casting is typical foundry material i.e. pearlitic grey cast iron, whereas working part (layer is depending on accepted variant plates of alloy steels sort X6Cr13, X12Cr13, X10CrNi18-8 and X2CrNiMoN22-5-3. The ratio of thickness between bearing and working part is 8:1. The verification of the bimetallic layered castings was evaluated on the basis of ultrasonic NDT (non-destructive testing, structure and macro- and microhardness researches.

  16. Epitaxially Grown Layered MFI–Bulk MFI Hybrid Zeolitic Materials

    Kim, Wun-gwi

    2012-11-27

    The synthesis of hybrid zeolitic materials with complex micropore-mesopore structures and morphologies is an expanding area of recent interest for a number of applications. Here we report a new type of hybrid zeolite material, composed of a layered zeolite material grown epitaxially on the surface of a bulk zeolite material. Specifically, layered (2-D) MFI sheets were grown on the surface of bulk MFI crystals of different sizes (300 nm and 10 μm), thereby resulting in a hybrid material containing a unique morphology of interconnected micropores (∼0.55 nm) and mesopores (∼3 nm). The structure and morphology of this material, referred to as a "bulk MFI-layered MFI" (BMLM) material, was elucidated by a combination of XRD, TEM, HRTEM, SEM, TGA, and N2 physisorption techniques. It is conclusively shown that epitaxial growth of the 2-D layered MFI sheets occurs in at least two principal crystallographic directions of the bulk MFI crystal and possibly in the third direction as well. The BMLM material combines the properties of bulk MFI (micropore network and mechanical support) and 2-D layered MFI (large surface roughness, external surface area, and mesoporosity). As an example of the uses of the BMLM material, it was incorporated into a polyimide and fabricated into a composite membrane with enhanced permeability for CO2 and good CO2/CH4 selectivity for gas separations. SEM-EDX imaging and composition analysis showed that the polyimide and the BMLM interpenetrate into each other, thereby forming a well-adhered polymer/particle microstructure, in contrast with the defective interfacial microstructure obtained using bare MFI particles. Analysis of the gas permeation data with the modified Maxwell model also allows the estimation of the effective volume of the BMLM particles, as well as the CO2 and CH4 gas permeabilities of the interpenetrated layer at the BMLM/polyimide interface. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  17. Designing high-performance layered thermoelectric materials through orbital engineering

    Zhang, Jiawei; Song, Lirong; Madsen, Georg K. H.; Fischer, Karl F. F.; Zhang, Wenqing; Shi, Xun; Iversen, Bo B.

    2016-01-01

    Thermoelectric technology, which possesses potential application in recycling industrial waste heat as energy, calls for novel high-performance materials. The systematic exploration of novel thermoelectric materials with excellent electronic transport properties is severely hindered by limited insight into the underlying bonding orbitals of atomic structures. Here we propose a simple yet successful strategy to discover and design high-performance layered thermoelectric materials through minim...

  18. C60 ion sputtering of layered organic materials

    Two different organic materials, Irganox1010 and Irganox3114, were vacuum deposited as alternating layers. The layers of Irganox3114 were thin (∼2.5 nm) in comparison to the Irganox1010 (∼55 or ∼90 nm); we call these 'organic delta layers'. Both materials are shown to have identical sputtering yields and the alternating layers may be used to determine some of the important metrological parameters for cluster ion beam depth profiling of organic materials. The sputtering yield for C60 ions is shown to diminish with ion dose. Comparison with atomic force microscopy data from films of pure Irganox1010, demonstrates that the depth resolution is limited by the development of topography. Secondary ion intensities are a well-behaved function of sputtering yield and may be employed to obtain useful analytical information. Organic delta layers are shown to be valuable reference materials for comparing the capabilities of different cluster ion sources and experimental arrangements for the depth profiling of organic materials.

  19. Layered material characterization using ultrasonic transmission. An inverse estimation methodology.

    Messineo, María G; Rus, Guillermo; Eliçabe, Guillermo E; Frontini, Gloria L

    2016-02-01

    This paper presents an inverse methodology with the aim to characterize a layered material through the identification of acoustical and mechanical properties of its layers. The framework to accomplish this objective is provided by the Inverse Problems (IPs) theory. Material characterization refers to the detection and localization of discontinuities, as well as to the identification of physical properties, in order to predict the material behaviour. In this particular case, the IP is solved in the form of a parameter estimation problem, in which the goal is the estimation of the characteristic acoustic impedance, transit time, and attenuation of each layer. These parameters are directly related to relevant material properties, such as the speed of sound, density, elastic modulus and elastic energy dissipation constants. The IP solution is obtained by minimizing a cost functional formulated as the least squares error between the waveform calculated using an equivalent model, and the measured waveform obtained from ultrasonic transmission tests. The applied methodology allowed the accurate estimation of the desired parameters in materials composed of up to three layers. As a second contribution, a power law frequency dependence of the wave attenuation was identified for several homogeneous materials, based on the same ultrasonic transmission experiments. PMID:26456278

  20. Designing high-performance layered thermoelectric materials through orbital engineering

    Zhang, Jiawei; Song, Lirong; Madsen, Georg K. H.; Fischer, Karl F. F.; Zhang, Wenqing; Shi, Xun; Iversen, Bo B.

    2016-03-01

    Thermoelectric technology, which possesses potential application in recycling industrial waste heat as energy, calls for novel high-performance materials. The systematic exploration of novel thermoelectric materials with excellent electronic transport properties is severely hindered by limited insight into the underlying bonding orbitals of atomic structures. Here we propose a simple yet successful strategy to discover and design high-performance layered thermoelectric materials through minimizing the crystal field splitting energy of orbitals to realize high orbital degeneracy. The approach naturally leads to design maps for optimizing the thermoelectric power factor through forming solid solutions and biaxial strain. Using this approach, we predict a series of potential thermoelectric candidates from layered CaAl2Si2-type Zintl compounds. Several of them contain nontoxic, low-cost and earth-abundant elements. Moreover, the approach can be extended to several other non-cubic materials, thereby substantially accelerating the screening and design of new thermoelectric materials.

  1. Epitaxial Growth of GaN-based LEDs on Simple Sacrificial Substrates

    Ian Ferguson; Chris Summers

    2009-12-31

    The objective of this project is to produce alternative substrate technologies for GaN-based LEDs by developing an ALD interlayer of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on sacrificial substrates such as ZnO and Si. A sacrificial substrate is used for device growth that can easily be removed using a wet chemical etchant leaving only the thin GaN epi-layer. After substrate removal, the GaN LED chip can then be mounted in several different ways to a metal heat sink/reflector and light extraction techniques can then be applied to the chip and compared for performance. Success in this work will lead to high efficiency LED devices with a simple low cost fabrication method and high product yield as stated by DOE goals for its solid state lighting portfolio.

  2. An investigation into workability of the cover layer materials

    It was the main object of this research to gather basic data on the quality of the constructive performance of a cover layer material as the Radon Barrier Layer through the 'An Investigation into Workability of the Cover Layer Materials' to be applied for the capping of uranium mill tailings and waste rock yard at Ningyo-toge Environmental Engineering Center. In consideration of the business scale, operation efficiency and cost performance, etc, we selected the decomposed granite as a base soil, bentonite as an additive, and a Twister(rotary type comprehensive unit for grinding and mixing) as a mixer for this research. Based on those materials and a mixer, we actually made the cover layer (radon barrier) and measured the permeability, N2 ventilation, strength of the layer, using as a parameter different types of bentonite and different bentonite/sand mixture rations. According to the permeability test results, permeability coefficient proved to be stand at below 1x10-9 m/s, regardless of any combination of bentonite/sand mixture ratios made with the twister. Through a series of laboratory tests, taking into consideration such variation factors as quality variation of the cover layer, base soil and additive, we found out the optimum phase of combination, which are the 7wt% bentonite/sand mixture in case of Volclay; and 16wt% in case Redhill. N2 ventilation tests were also carried out, using as a parameter the degree of moisture saturation of cover layer material. Test results showed that the gas ventilation is sensitive to changes of the degree of the saturation, and that under the conditions of moisture saturation of over 90%, the coefficient of N2 ventilation stands at below 1x10-10 m/s, under which conditions the radon barrier will work out in an efficient way. Lastly, in order to secure the long-term safety of the radon barrier, we described the directions of future investigations and studies, including the necessity of gathering technical data on the quality

  3. Toughening elastomers with sacrificial bonds and watching them break

    Creton, Costantino

    2014-03-01

    Most unfilled elastomers are relatively brittle, in particular when the average molecular weight between crosslinks is lower than the average molecular weight between entanglements. We created a new class of tough elastomers by introducing isotropically prestretched chains inside ordinary acrylic elastomers by successive swelling and polymerization steps. These new materials combine a high entanglement density with a densely crosslinked structure reaching elastic moduli of 4 MPa and fracture strength of 25 MPa. The highly prestretched chains are the minority in the material and can break in the bulk of the material before catastrophic failure occurs, increasing the toughness of the material by two orders of magnitude up to 5 kJ/m2. To investigate the details of the toughening mechanism we introduced specific sacrificial dioxetane bonds in the prestretched chains that emit light when they break. In uniaxial extension cyclic experiments, we checked that the light emission corresponded exactly and quantitatively to the energy dissipation in each cycle demonstrating that short chains break first and long chains later. We then watched crack propagation in notched samples and mapped spatially the location of bond breakage ahead of the crack tip before and during propagation. This new toughening mechanism for elastomers creates superentangled rubbers and is ideally suited to overcome the trade-off between toughness and stiffness of ordinary elastomers. We gratefully acknowledge funding from DSM Ahead

  4. Mechanics of freely-suspended ultrathin layered materials

    Castellanos-Gomez, Andres [Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology (Netherlands); Instituto Madrileno de Estudios Avanzados en Nanociencia (IMDEA-Nanociencia), Madrid (Spain); Singh, Vibhor; Zant, Herre S.J. van der; Steele, Gary A. [Kavli Institute of Nanoscience, Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)

    2015-01-01

    The study of atomically thin two-dimensional materials is a young and rapidly growing field. In the past years, a great advance in the study of the remarkable electrical and optical properties of 2D materials fabricated by exfoliation of bulk layered materials has been achieved. Due to the extraordinary mechanical properties of these atomically thin materials, they also hold a great promise for future applications such as flexible electronics. For example, this family of materials can sustain very large deformations without breaking. Due to the combination of small dimensions, high Young's modulus and high crystallinity of 2D materials, they have attracted the attention of the field of nanomechanical systems as high frequency and high quality factor resonators. In this article, we review experiments on static and dynamic response of 2D materials. We provide an overview and comparison of the mechanics of different materials, and highlight the unique properties of these thin crystalline layers. We conclude with an outlook of the mechanics of 2D materials and future research directions such as the coupling of the mechanical deformation to their electronic structure. (copyright 2014 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  5. Electronic transport properties of few-layer graphene materials

    Russo, S.; Craciun, M. F.; Khodkov, T.; Koshino, M.; Yamamoto, M.; Tarucha, S.

    2011-01-01

    Since the discovery of graphene -a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice - it was clear that this truly is a unique material system with an unprecedented combination of physical properties. Graphene is the thinnest membrane present in nature -just one atom thick- it is the strongest material, it is transparent and it is a very good conductor with room temperature charge mobilities larger than the typical mobilities found in silicon. The significance played by this new m...

  6. CVD COATING OF CERAMIC LAYERS ON CERAMIC CUTTING TOOL MATERIALS

    Porat, R.

    1991-01-01

    When forming cutting tool materials based on ceramic components, one must take into considration the combination of wear resistance and mechanical properties which can withstand unfavorable cutting conditions at the same time maintaining high strength and fracture toughness. Ceramic cutting tools which are designed for machining at high cutting speeds and which have high strength and fracture toughness can be formed by applying a thin layer of ceramic materials on the substrate in order to in...

  7. Optimization of layered material configuration for shock attenuation

    Verreault, J.; Voort, M.M. van der

    2015-01-01

    Multi-layered materials with alternating impedances as a mean to mitigate sympathetic detonation is considered in this investigation by studying the wave scattering and energy absorption phenomena. This is achieved using an analytical wave-tracking model that accounts for the different wave interact

  8. Development of size-customized hepatocarcinoma spheroids as a potential drug testing platform using a sacrificial gelatin microsphere system.

    Leong, Wenyan; Kremer, Antje; Wang, Dong-An

    2016-06-01

    Sacrificial gelatin microspheres can be developed as a cell delivery vehicle for non-anchorage dependent cells - its incorporation into a macroscopic scaffold system not only allows the cells to be cultured in suspension within cavities left behind by the sacrificial material, it also allows scaffold-free tissue development to be confined within the cavities. In this study, dense and highly viable hepatocarcinoma spheroids were developed by means of encapsulation in sacrificial gelatin microspheres produced via a simple water-in-oil emulsion technique. By initial selection of microsphere size and distribution, spheroid size can be controlled for various applications such as uniform tumor spheroids as a reproducible three-dimensional drug screening and testing platform that better mimics the in vivo nature of tumors (instead of conventional monolayer culture), as this study has suggested as a proof-of-concept with chemotherapy drug Doxorubicin. PMID:27040260

  9. Galvanic aspects of aluminum sacrificial anode alloys in seawater.

    Cummings, Jon Richard

    2012-01-01

    Galvanic aspects of aluminum sacrificial anode alloys in artificial seawater were investigated. Specifically, two mercury-bearing alloys and one tin-bearing alloy were studied. The polarization behavior of the aluminum sacrificial anode alloys coupled to HY-80 steel is discussed. Current versus time curves were obtained for aluminum/steel galvanic couples immersed in artificial seawater for specific intervals. Scanning elecron microscopy was used to characterize the anode dissolution patt...

  10. LayerOptics: Microscopic modeling of optical coefficients in layered materials

    Vorwerk, Christian; Cocchi, Caterina; Draxl, Claudia

    2016-04-01

    Theoretical spectroscopy is a powerful tool to describe and predict optical properties of materials. While nowadays routinely performed, first-principles calculations only provide bulk dielectric tensors in Cartesian coordinates. These outputs are hardly comparable with experimental data, which are typically given by macroscopic quantities, crucially depending on the laboratory setup. Even more serious discrepancies can arise for anisotropic materials, e.g., organic crystals, where off-diagonal elements of the dielectric tensor can significantly contribute to the spectral features. Here, we present LayerOptics, a versatile and user-friendly implementation, based on the solution of the Maxwell's equations for anisotropic materials, to compute optical coefficients in anisotropic layered materials. We apply this tool for post-processing full dielectric tensors of molecular materials, including excitonic effects, as computed from many-body perturbation theory using the exciting code. For prototypical examples, ranging from optical to X-ray frequencies, we show the importance of combining accurate ab initio methods to obtain dielectric tensors, with the solution of the Maxwell's equations to compute optical coefficients accounting for optical anisotropy of layered systems. Good agreement with experimental data supports the potential of our approach, in view of achieving microscopic understanding of spectroscopic properties in complex materials.

  11. Sacrificial Template-Based Synthesis of Unified Hollow Porous Palladium Nanospheres for Formic Acid Electro-Oxidation

    Xiaoyu Qiu; Hanyue Zhang; Yuxuan Dai; Fengqi Zhang; Peishan Wu; Pin Wu; Yawen Tang

    2015-01-01

    Large scale syntheses of uniform metal nanoparticles with hollow porous structure have attracted much attention owning to their high surface area, abundant active sites and relatively efficient catalytic activity. Herein, we report a general method to synthesize hollow porous Pd nanospheres (Pd HPNSs) by templating sacrificial SiO2 nanoparticles with the assistance of polyallylamine hydrochloride (PAH) through layer-by-layer self-assembly. The chemically inert PAH is acting as an efficient st...

  12. Antitumoral materials with regenerative function obtained using a layer-by-layer technique

    Ficai D

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Denisa Ficai,1 Maria Sonmez,1,2 Madalina Georgiana Albu,2 Dan Eduard Mihaiescu,1 Anton Ficai,1 Coralia Bleotu3 1Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Material Science, Politehnica University of Bucharest, 2Leather and Footwear Research Institute, National Research and Development Institute for Textiles and Leather, 3Stefan S Nicolau Institute of Virology, Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania Abstract: A layer-by layer technique was successfully used to obtain collagen/hydroxyapatite-magnetite-cisplatin (COLL/HAn-Fe3O4-CisPt, n=1–7 composite materials with a variable content of hydroxyapatite intended for use in the treatment of bone cancer. The main advantages of this system are the possibility of controlling the rate of delivery of cytostatic agents, the presence of collagen and hydroxyapatite to ensure more rapid healing of the injured bone tissue, and the potential for magnetite to be a passive antitumoral component that can be activated when an appropriate external electromagnetic field is applied. In vitro cytotoxicity assays performed on the COLL/HAn-Fe3O4-CisPt materials obtained using a layer-by layer method confirmed their antitumoral activity. Samples with a higher content of hydroxyapatite had more antitumoral activity because of their better absorption of cisplatin and consequently a higher amount of cisplatin being present in the matrices. Keywords: multifunctional materials, antitumoral activity, scaffold, bone grafts

  13. Nanoscale layered double hydroxide materials for corrosion resistance

    Rangel, C. M.; Travassos, Maria Antónia

    2007-01-01

    Layered Double Hydroxides (LDHμs), represented by the general formula [MII (1-x)MIIIx(OH)2[An-x/n].zH2O or [MIMIII2(OH)6[An-1/n].zH2O], where MI, MII, MIII are mono-, di- and tri-valent metal cations, are being researched as anion-exchange materials which interesting intercalation chemistry that accommodate a wide range of applications from heterogeneous catalysis to storage and subsequent controlled release of bioactive agents. In this work, layered double hydroxides containing a monovalent...

  14. Bioactive Gyroid Scaffolds Formed by Sacrificial Templating of Nanocellulose and Nanochitin Hydrogels as Instructive Platforms for Biomimetic Tissue Engineering

    Torres-Rendon, Jose Guillermo; Femmer, Tim; De Laporte, Laura; Tigges, Thomas; Rahimi, Khoshrow; Gremse, Felix; Zafarnia, Sara; Lederle, Wiltrud; Ifuku, Shinsuke; Wessling, Matthias; Hardy, John G.; Walther, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    A sacrificial templating process using lithographically printed minimal surface structures allows complex de novo geometries of delicate hydrogel materials. The hydrogel scaffolds based on cellulose and chitin nanofibrils show differences in terms of attachment of human mesenchymal stem cells, and allow their differentiation into osteogenic outcomes. The approach here serves as a first example toward designer hydrogel scaffolds viable for biomimetic tissue engineering.

  15. 10th International School of Materials Science and Technology : Intercalation in Layered Materials "Ettore Majorana"

    1986-01-01

    This volume is prepared from lecture notes for the course "Intercalation in Layered Materials" which was held at the Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture at Erice, Sicily in July, 1986, as part of the International School of Materials Science and Tech­ nology. The course itself consisted of formal tutorial lectures, workshops, and informal discussions. Lecture notes were prepared for the formal lectures, and short summaries of many of the workshop presentations were prepared. This volume is based on these lecture notes and research summaries. The material is addressed to advanced graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and assumes a background in basic solid state physics. The goals of this volume on Intercalation in Layered Materials include an introduc­ tion to the field for potential new participants, an in-depth and broad exposure for stu­ dents and young investigators already working in the field, a basis for cross-fertilization between workers on various layered host materials...

  16. Optical modulators with two-dimensional layered materials

    Sun, Zhipei; Wang, Feng

    2016-01-01

    Light modulation is an essential operation in photonics and optoelectronics. With existing and emerging technologies increasingly demanding compact, efficient, fast and broadband optical modulators, high-performance light modulation solutions are becoming indispensable. The recent realization that two-dimensional layered materials could modulate light with superior performance has prompted intense research and significant advances, paving the way for realistic applications. In this review, we cover the state-of-the-art of optical modulators based on two-dimensional layered materials including graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides and black phosphorus. We discuss recent advances employing hybrid structures, such as two-dimensional heterostructures, plasmonic structures, and silicon/fibre integrated structures. We also take a look at future perspectives and discuss the potential of yet relatively unexplored mechanisms such as magneto-optic and acousto-optic modulation.

  17. Photoactive materials based on porphyrin / layered double hydroxide hybrid films

    Bujdák, J.; Lang, Kamil; Iyi, N.

    Tours : UK Centre for Materials Education, 2009. B2.1.16. [International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials /1./. 15.03.2009-19.03.2009, Tours] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA203/06/1244 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40320502 Keywords : porphyrin * photochemistry * layered double hydroxide Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry www.hybridmaterialsconference.com

  18. First-Principle Description of Correlation Effects in Layered Materials

    Marini, Andrea; García-González, P.; Rubio, Angel

    2005-01-01

    We present a first-principles description of anisotropic materials characterized by having both weak (dispersion-like) and strong covalent bonds, based on the Adiabatic--Connection Fluctuation--Dissipation Theorem within Density Functional Theory. For hexagonal boron nitride the in-plane and out of plane bonding as well as vibrational dynamics are well described both at equilibrium and when the layers are pulled apart. Also bonding in covalent and ionic solids is described. The formalism allo...

  19. Atomic layer deposited aluminum oxide barrier coatings for packaging materials

    Hirvikorpi, Terhi, E-mail: terhi.hirvikorpi@vtt.f [Oy Keskuslaboratorio - Centrallaboratorium Ab (KCL), P.O. Box 70, FI-02151 Espoo (Finland); Vaehae-Nissi, Mika, E-mail: mika.vaha-nissi@vtt.f [Oy Keskuslaboratorio - Centrallaboratorium Ab (KCL), P.O. Box 70, FI-02151 Espoo (Finland); Mustonen, Tuomas, E-mail: tuomas.mustonen@vtt.f [Oy Keskuslaboratorio - Centrallaboratorium Ab (KCL), P.O. Box 70, FI-02151 Espoo (Finland); Iiskola, Eero, E-mail: eero.iiskola@kcl.f [Oy Keskuslaboratorio - Centrallaboratorium Ab (KCL), P.O. Box 70, FI-02151 Espoo (Finland); Karppinen, Maarit, E-mail: maarit.karppinen@tkk.f [Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Helsinki University of Technology, P.O. Box 6100, FI-02015 TKK (Finland)

    2010-03-01

    Thin aluminum oxide coatings have been deposited at a low temperature of 80 {sup o}C on various uncoated papers, polymer-coated papers and boards and plain polymer films using the atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique. The work demonstrates that such ALD-grown Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings efficiently enhance the gas-diffusion barrier performance of the studied porous and non-porous materials towards oxygen, water vapor and aromas.

  20. A Dynamical Model for a Thin Layer of Granular Materials

    MIAO Guo-Qing; SUI Lei; WEI Rong-Jue

    2001-01-01

    A dynamical model is presented for a thin layer of granular materials similar to that for shallow viscous fluids.We have obtained analytically the expressions for the "thermal expansion", dispersion relation, and dependence of instability onset on driving frequency and viscosity, which are in agreement with experiments. The numerical calculation for the nonlinear problem reproduces the experimental phenomena for a one-dimensional system.

  1. Study of materials for using at waste layer in repositories

    This research has an objective to characterize Brazilian clays and to implant a data base containing the information obtained form tests and suppliers. Such information will allow to buy and and to select optimum material for its utilization in the stuffing layer. Brazilian suppliers were contacted for obtaining information and samples, the various clays were tested and these tests comprehend the following: identification of the mineral constituents, determination of the compaction curve as function of the humidity, hydraulic conductivity, humidity and organic material contents, cationic exchange capacity, specific surface, and etc

  2. Nanotubes Motion on Layered Materials: A Registry Perspective

    Oz, Inbal; Itkin, Yaron; Buchwalter, Asaf; Akulov, Katherine; Hod, Oded

    2015-01-01

    At dry and clean material junctions of rigid materials the corrugation of the sliding energy landscape is dominated by variations of Pauli repulsions. These occur when electron clouds centered around atoms in adjacent layers overlap as they slide across each other. In such cases there exists a direct relation between interfacial surface (in)commensurability and superlubricity, a frictionless and wearless tribological state. The Registry Index is a purely geometrical parameter that quanti?es the degree of interlayer commensurability, thus providing a simple and intuitive method for the prediction of sliding energy landscapes at rigid material interfaces. In the present study, we extend the applicability of the Registry Index to non-parallel surfaces, using a model system of nanotubes motion on ?at hexagonal materials. Our method successfully reproduces sliding energy landscapes of carbon nanotubes on Graphene calculated using a Lennard-Jones type and the Kolmogorov-Crespi interlayer potentials. Furthermore, it...

  3. Theoretical fracture criterion of the layered elastic composite materials

    Ćilli, A.

    2016-03-01

    The theoretical fracture limit in compression of a composite material with two isotropic homogeneous elastic layers is studied using the piecewise homogeneous body model with the three-dimensional theory of elasticity. We assumed the layers have the initial local imperfections and these imperfections are moved with respect to each other by the same length which is expressed by the angle β. The aim of the investigations was to study the influence of this length on the values of the theoretical fracture criterion limit. The numerical results for the influence of the initial local imperfections on the values of fracture limit are presented. It is therefore concluded that the values of the theoretical fracture limit increase with the length of the shifting.

  4. Cellulose Nanofibril Hydrogel Tubes as Sacrificial Templates for Freestanding Tubular Cell Constructs.

    Torres-Rendon, Jose Guillermo; Köpf, Marius; Gehlen, David; Blaeser, Andreas; Fischer, Horst; De Laporte, Laura; Walther, Andreas

    2016-03-14

    The merging of defined nanoscale building blocks with advanced additive manufacturing techniques is of eminent importance for the preparation of multiscale and highly functional materials with de novo designed hierarchical architectures. Here, we demonstrate that hydrogels of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) can be processed into complex shapes, and used as a sacrificial template to prepare freestanding cell constructs. We showcase our approach for the fabrication of hollow fibers using a controlled extrusion through a circular die into a coagulation bath. The dimensions of the hollow fibers are tunable, and the final tubes combine the nanofibrillar porosity of the CNF hydrogel with a submillimeter wall thickness and centimeter-scale length provided by the additive manufacturing technique. We demonstrate that covalent and supramolecular cross-linking of the CNFs can be used to tailor the mechanical properties of the hydrogel tubes within 1 order of magnitude and in an attractive range for the mechanosensation of cells. The resulting tubes are highly biocompatible and allow for the growth of mouse fibroblasts into confluent cell layers in their inner lumen. A detailed screening of several cellulases enables degradation of the scaffolding, temporary CNF hydrogel tube in a quick and highly cell-friendly way, and allows the isolation of coherent cell tubes. We foresee that the growing capabilities of hydrogel printing techniques in combination with the attractive features of CNFs-sustainable, globally abundant, biocompatible and enzymatically degradable-will allow making plant-based biomaterials with hierarchical structures and on-demand degradation useful, for instance, to engineer complex tissue structures to replace animal models, and for implants. PMID:26812393

  5. Nanoscale engineering materials by supercritical fluid and atomic layer deposition

    Peng, Qing

    With the development of material science and technology, modification of substrates, which have random geometry and high aspect ratio three dimensional (3D) complex structures, with desired functional, reactive and stable coatings becomes important and challenging. The ability to fabricate mono- or multi-layers of functional materials with precisely controlled dimensions, finely tuned composition and molecular structures, attracts significant interests in materials science and is the key to construct such devices and structures at nano- and micro-scale with desired properties. In this study, supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) has been studied as an alternative route for modifying substrates due to the unique gas-like (low viscosity, high diffusivity and zero surface tension) and liquid-like properties (high density). (1) The reaction kinetics of metal oxides thin film deposition from pyrolysis of metal organics in scCO2 was studied in detail. This method was demonstrated as a powerful technique to coat oxides, including Al2O3, Ga2O3 and others, into 3D high aspect ratio complex structure of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) forest. (2) The low temperature scCO 2 based hydrogenolysis process was developed as a useful way to functionalize aligned CNTs forest with dense Nickel nanoparticles. On the second part of this work, atomic layer deposition (ALD)/molecular layer deposition (MLD), as a vapor phase, stepwise and self-limiting vacuum based deposition process, was demonstrated as a powerful way to form highly conformal and uniform film onto substrates, even into highly complex 3D complex structures. In this study, (4) Metal oxide ALD is applied onto 3D electrospun polymer microfiber mats template to illustrate an effective and robust strategy to fabricate long and uniform metal oxide microtubes with precisely controllable wall thickness. Designer tubes of various sizes and different materials were demonstrated by using this method. (5) By further extending this technique

  6. Electric Double-layer Capacitor Based on Activated Carbon Material

    2000-01-01

    In this study electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs) based on activated carbon material and organic electrolyte (tetraethyl ammonium tetrafluoroborate) were explored. The fabrication method for EDLC is presented and the performance of EDLC was examined by using the cyclic voltammetry, constant-current charging and discharging technique, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Influence of various components and design parameters on the performance of the capacitors were preliminarily investigated. Up to now, EDLC based on carbon materials can deliver 20.7 W/kg at the discharge rate ofI=0.3 mA, together with the energy density of 8.5 Wh/kg. Equivalent series resistance (ESR) is 0.716 Ω.cm2. The specific power of the capacitor is low and further attempts to raise the power capability of the capacitors are necessary. Some considerations are put forward to further improve the performance of EDLC.

  7. Failure modes and materials design for biomechanical layer structures

    Deng, Yan

    Ceramic materials are finding increasing usage in the area of biomechanical replacements---dental crowns, hip and bone implants, etc.---where strength, wear resistance, biocompatibility, chemical durability and even aesthetics are critical issues. Aesthetic ceramic crowns have been widely used in dentistry to replace damaged or missing teeth. However, the failure rates of ceramic crowns, especially all-ceramic crowns, can be 1%˜6% per year, which is not satisfactory to patients. The materials limitations and underlying fracture mechanisms of these prostheses are not well understood. In this thesis, fundamental fracture and damage mechanisms in model dental bilayer and trilayer structures are studied. Principle failure modes are identified from in situ experimentation and confirmed by fracture mechanics analysis. In bilayer structures of ceramic/polycarbonate (representative of ceramic crown/dentin structure), three major damage sources are identified: (i) top-surface cone cracks or (ii) quasiplasticity, dominating in thick ceramic bilayers; (iii) bottom-surface radial cracks, dominating in thin ceramic bilayers. Critical load P for each damage mode are measured in six dental ceramics: Y-TZP zirconia, glass-infiltrated zirconia and alumina (InCeram), glass-ceramic (Empress II), Porcelain (Mark II and Empress) bonded to polymer substrates, as a function of ceramic thickness d in the range of 100 mum to 10 mm. P is found independent of d for mode (i) and (ii), but has a d 2 relations for mode (iii)---bottom surface radial cracking. In trilayer structures of glass/core-ceramic/polycarbonate (representing veneer porcelain/core/dentin structures), three inner fracture origins are identified: radial cracks from the bottom surface in the (i) first and (ii) second layers; and (iii) quasiplasticity in core-ceramic layer. The role of relative veneer/core thickness, d1/d 2 and materials properties is investigated for three core materials with different modulus (114--270GPa

  8. Utilization of Industrial Waste Material in GSB Layer

    U Arun Kumar

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available India has series of steel plant clusters located along its length and breadth of the territory. Several million metric tons of iron and steel are produced in these plants annually. Along with the production of iron and steel, huge quantities of solid wastes like blast furnace slag and steel slag as well as other wastes such as flue dust, blast furnace sludge, and refractories are also being produced in these plants. These solid wastes can be used as non-traditional/non-conventional aggregates in pavement construction due to acute scarcity of traditional/conventional road construction materials. A study was conducted to investigate the possibility of using Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GBFS with various blended mixes of traditional/conventional aggregates in subbase layer with different percentages. This study also presents the result of experimental investigation on the influence of Rice husk ash (RHA on the index properties of Red soil which is used as filler material in subbase layer.

  9. Layer By Layer Assembly with Sol-Gel Materials and Its Electrochemical Application

    Kim, Jun Ho

    2015-01-01

    Layer by layer assembly, a coating method that uses two opposite charged solutions, has led to functional coating field due to its advantages [1]. Charged polyelectrolytes are widely used as glue in layer by layer assembly, because they provide opposite charge between the solutions, thus avoiding an agglomerate form of coating. However, only a few instance of layer by layer assembly without polyelectrolyte are studied. In this study, layer by layer assembly using the sol-gel oxides instead of...

  10. Ion doping of surface layers in conducting electrical materials

    The presented article gives basic component elements of an implanter MKPCz-99, its parameters and methods for doping surface layers of conducting electrical materials. The discussed device makes possible to dope the materials with ions of gaseous elements. At the application of cones made of solid-element sheets it is possible to perform doping with atoms that do not chemically react with the modified material. By performing voltage drop measurements with a specialized circuit between a movable testing electrode and the modified sample the dependence of transition resistance on pressure force of the testing electrode on the sample can be determined. The testing can be performed at the current passage of a determined value for surfaces modified with ions of gaseous elements or atoms of solid elements. A computer stand for switch testing makes possible to measure temperature of switch contacts and voltage drop at the contact and thereby to determine contact resistance of a switch depending on the number of switch cycles (ON-OFF). Pattern recording of current and voltage at the switch contacts and the application of an adequate computer software makes possible to determined the value of energy between fixed and moving contacts at their getting apart. In order to eliminate action of the environment onto the switch operation measurements can be performed at placing the tested switch together with the driving system in an atmosphere of noble gas like argon. (authors)

  11. Characterization and optimization of OLED materials and layer sequences

    Kowalsky, Wolfgang; Becker, Edo; Benstem, Torsten; Johannes, Hans-Hermann; Metzdorf, Dirk; Neuner, H.; Schoebel, Joerg

    2001-02-01

    In recent years, considerable effort has been put into the development of light emitting devices based on evaporated layers of organic semiconductors. To date, matrix displays consisting of organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) have been brought into marketable commodity. OLED matrix displays offer high contrast, wide viewing angle and a broad temperature range at low power consumption. In contrast to polymer devices, OLEDs are processed in ultrahigh vacuum systems. The organic source materials are sublimated from effusion cells. Due to the sensitivity of organic thin films, device structuring by conventional etching techniques is not feasible and alternative structuring techniques were developed. Electrical current in organic devices is limited by the low conductivity of organic semiconductors and by energy barriers at the metal-organic semiconductor interface. Photoelectric measurements facilitate the determination of barrier height differences between various electrode setups. Further insight in the energy band alignment at organic heterointerfaces are gained by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS). In addition to widely employed electrical (I-V, C-V) and optical (P-I) measurements, thermally stimulated current (TSC) and luminescence (TSL) allow the characterization and a more detailed understanding of carrier traps and charge transport in organic devices. Energy transfer in a doped OLED emitting layer can be investigated by time-resolved photoluminescence measurements.

  12. Layered cathode materials for lithium ion rechargeable batteries

    Kang, Sun-Ho; Amine, Khalil

    2007-04-17

    A number of materials with the composition Li.sub.1+xNi.sub..alpha.Mn.sub..beta.Co.sub..gamma.M'.sub..delta.O.sub.2-- zF.sub.z (M'=Mg,Zn,Al,Ga,B,Zr,Ti) for use with rechargeable batteries, wherein x is between about 0 and 0.3, .alpha. is between about 0.2 and 0.6, .beta. is between about 0.2 and 0.6, .gamma. is between about 0 and 0.3, .delta. is between about 0 and 0.15, and z is between about 0 and 0.2. Adding the above metal and fluorine dopants affects capacity, impedance, and stability of the layered oxide structure during electrochemical cycling.

  13. Calculation of electron and bremsstrahlung fields in heterogenous material layers

    The Ssub(N)-method, a numerical technique to solve the general transport equation is used to describe the passage of electrons through material layers and is discussed with respect to precision and difficulty in comparision with the Monte-Carlo-method. The production and tracking of secondary electrons and bremsstrahlung photons is taken into account. Therefore, the procedure allows investigations in a broad spectral region which is of interest for medical and technical applications. As results energy spectra and distributions in arrangements of different textures are reported for electron energies up to 20 MeV. With a reasonable need of computer time the influence of an inhomogeneous electron irradiation can be studied which is of great importance in electron radiation therapy. The integration of the necessary computer codes in the modular program system RSYST allows an almost automatic performance of calculation and data transfer. (orig./ORU)

  14. Encapsulation of Phase Change Materials Using Layer-by-Layer Assembled Polyelectrolytes

    Qiangying Yi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Phase change materials absorb the thermal energy when changing their phases (e.g., solid-to-liquid at constant temperatures to achieve the latent heat storage. The major drawbacks such as limited thermal conductivity and leakage prevent the PCMs from wide application in desired areas. In this work, an environmentally friendly and low cost approach, layer-by-layer (LbL assembly technique, was applied to build up ultrathin shells to encapsulate the PCMs and therefore to regulate their changes in volume when the phase change occurs. Generally, the oppositely charged strong polyelectrolytes Poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride (PDADMAC and Poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid sodium salt (PSS were employed to fabricate multilayer shells on emulsified octadecane droplets using either bovine serum albumin (BSA or sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS as surfactant. Specifically, using BSA as the surfactant, polyelectrolyte encapsulated octadecane spheres in size of ∼500 nm were obtained, with good shell integrity, high octadecane content (91.3% by mass, and good thermal stability after cycles of thermal treatments.

  15. Large-scale simulations of layered double hydroxide nanocomposite materials

    Thyveetil, Mary-Ann

    Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) have the ability to intercalate a multitude of anionic species. Atomistic simulation techniques such as molecular dynamics have provided considerable insight into the behaviour of these materials. We review these techniques and recent algorithmic advances which considerably improve the performance of MD applications. In particular, we discuss how the advent of high performance computing and computational grids has allowed us to explore large scale models with considerable ease. Our simulations have been heavily reliant on computational resources on the UK's NGS (National Grid Service), the US TeraGrid and the Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications (DEISA). In order to utilise computational grids we rely on grid middleware to launch, computationally steer and visualise our simulations. We have integrated the RealityGrid steering library into the Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator (LAMMPS) 1 . which has enabled us to perform re mote computational steering and visualisation of molecular dynamics simulations on grid infrastruc tures. We also use the Application Hosting Environment (AHE) 2 in order to launch simulations on remote supercomputing resources and we show that data transfer rates between local clusters and super- computing resources can be considerably enhanced by using optically switched networks. We perform large scale molecular dynamics simulations of MgiAl-LDHs intercalated with either chloride ions or a mixture of DNA and chloride ions. The systems exhibit undulatory modes, which are suppressed in smaller scale simulations, caused by the collective thermal motion of atoms in the LDH layers. Thermal undulations provide elastic properties of the system including the bending modulus, Young's moduli and Poisson's ratios. To explore the interaction between LDHs and DNA. we use molecular dynamics techniques to per form simulations of double stranded, linear and plasmid DNA up

  16. Three-dimensional silicone microfluidic interconnection scheme using sacrificial wax filaments

    Dharmatilleke, Saman; Henderson, H. Thurman; Bhansali, Shekhar; Ahn, Chong H.

    2000-08-01

    A very simple room-temperature procedure is presented herein for formation of true three-dimensionality of microplumbing in plastic (silicone elastomer in this case), by molding the plastic to simply encapsulate a pre-formed network of sacrificial wax threads or other connected wax configurations which are ultimately to become micro channels and cavities in the plastic motherboard. When these wax sacrificial areas are etched away with acetone, precise cavities, channels, and capillaries results with direct arbitrary three- dimensionality for the first time. This method leads also to a simple and effective external interconnect scheme where ordinary fused silica tubes may be press-fitted into the surface opening to withstand high pressure. This method may be extended for connection of multiple levels of silicone motherboards together using small sections of fused silica tubing, with no loss of stacking volume because of the lack of any connector lips or bosses. An array of micro channels having circular cross sections with diameters of 100, 150 and 200 microns were molded on silicone elastomer using wax thread. The wax thread was dissolved in acetone after the silicon elastometer became components (motherboards) while being able to control the channel lengths within the stacks as desired. Mixing chambers were also molded in a single silicone elastomer layer, because true three-dimensionality is trivially possible without the complexity of multi stacked lithography.

  17. Effects of free layer materials and thickness on TMR behaviour in magnetic tunnel junctions

    Lim, Woo Chang; Park, Byong Guk; Bae, Ji Young; Lee, Taek Dong

    2004-01-01

    In order to study the effects of free layer thickness on MR ratio and switching field, we changed the free layer material and its thickness. In the regime of an extremely thin free layer, both MR ratio and switching field decreased with decreasing free layer thickness. There is a critical thickness,

  18. Tritium permeation inhibiting layer for high-temperature materials

    In order to prevent tritium contaminations, several spinel layers, which are separated by metallic intermediate layers (Fe, Ni) and covered by a metal layer (Ni), are deposited on the reactor components of a HTR which consist, e.g., of a steel with a high nickel content. The spinel layers are between 3 and 2 m thick. With this measure, tritium permeation could be reduced by a factor of 3 x 10 (steam spinellisation). (orig./PW)

  19. Aggregation and sinking behaviour of resuspended fluffy layer material

    Ziervogel, Kai; Forster, Stefan

    2005-09-01

    The influence of pelagic diatom addition ( Skeletonema costatum) on aggregation dynamics of resuspended fluffy layer material containing natural microorganism assemblages (bacteria and pennate diatoms) was studied during two roller table experiments. Sediment samples were taken at a fine sand site (16 m water depth) located in Mecklenburg Bight, south-western Baltic Sea. Fluff was experimentally resuspended from sediment cores and aggregation processes with and without S. costatum were studied in rotating tanks. Total particulate matter was incorporated into artificial aggregates in equal shares after both roller table experiments. However, biogenic parameters (particulate organic carbon, particulate organic nitrogen, and carbohydrate equivalents), as well as cell numbers of bacteria and pennate diatoms were found in higher percentages in S. costatum aggregates compared to aggregates without S. costatum. Transparent exopolymer particles were apparently irrelevant in the aggregation process during both experiments. Settling velocities of S. costatum aggregates exceeding 1000 μm in diameter showed a significantly higher mean settling velocity compared to aggregates without S. costatum of the same size. The pronounced effect of pelagic diatoms on aggregation processes of fluff in terms of particle attributes, size, and therewith sinking velocities could be demonstrated and may lead to further insight into near bed particle transport in coastal waters.

  20. Photovoltaic properties of double layer devices consisting of titanium dioxide and porphyrin dispersed hole transporting material layer

    The photovoltaic effect in the double layer device consisting of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and tetraphenyl-porphirin (TPP) blended with hole transporting material (HTM), denoted as ITO/TiO2/TPP+HTM/Au, has been investigated in this study. Short circuit photocurrent increases drastically by the usage of double-layered structure and fluorene based monomeric material as HTM. Photovoltaic properties are improved considerably using dopants and dyes with higher ionization potential energy than that of HTM. Furthermore, it was proposed that the quantum efficiency of the photovoltaic device is improved effectively by the treatment of ionic space charge polarization (poling) when supporting electrolyte was doped into organic layers. The enhancement of photocurrent in double layer device is explained in terms of the increase of electric field at the TiO2/organic layer interface due to the accumulation of ionic space charges

  1. The effect of sacrificial bonds on the mechanical behavior of a single polymer chain - A Monte Carlo study

    Full text: Understanding the basic building principles of biological materials from a fundamental point of view is a necessary prerequisite for possible transfer of these principles to technology. The byssal thread is an especially fascinating material showing high toughness, stiffness and extensibility. The byssal thread is secreted by marine mussels to adhere to rocky substrates. Being covered with a hard coating providing wear resistance, it shows an extensibility of more than 100 % with the ability of self-healing. Experimental studies on this system suggest that the high extensibility is due to so called 'sacrificial bonds' (SBs). Sacrificial Bonds are weaker than the covalent bonds holding the structure together and they can thermally induced open and close reversibly. The SBs break before the covalent bond rupture, providing hidden length and allowing for efficient energy dissipation. By this effect the toughness of the structure is significantly enhanced. These findings motivate the following simple model. The basic unit is a linear, covalently bonded polymer chain. Some of the monomers (so called sticky sites) can additionally form sacrificial bonds. Starting from a collapsed chain cyclic loading experiments were mimicked by determination of load-displacement curves by calculation of the mean force exerted by the chain for several end-to-end distances. The effect of the density and of the arrangement (ordered, random) of sticky sites on the mechanical behavior of the chain was investigated. For sufficiently high sticky site densities a pronounced hysteresis between stretching and relaxing of the chain could be observed. (author)

  2. Methods of Fabricating a Layer of Metallic Glass-Based Material Using Immersion and Pouring Techniques

    Hofmann, Douglas (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention implement layers of metallic glass-based materials. In one embodiment, a method of fabricating a layer of metallic glass includes: applying a coating layer of liquid phase metallic glass to an object, the coating layer being applied in a sufficient quantity such that the surface tension of the liquid phase metallic glass causes the coating layer to have a smooth surface; where the metallic glass has a critical cooling rate less than 1000 K/s; and cooling the coating layer of liquid phase metallic glass to form a layer of solid phase metallic glass.

  3. Graphene coated with controllable N-doped carbon layer by molecular layer deposition as electrode materials for supercapacitors

    Chen, Yao; Gao, Zhe; Zhang, Bin; Zhao, Shichao; Qin, Yong

    2016-05-01

    In this work, graphene is coated with nitrogen-doped carbon layer, which is produced by a carbonization process of aromatic polyimide (PI) films deposited on the surfaces of graphene by molecular layer deposition (MLD). The utilization of MLD not only allows uniform coating of PI layers on the surfaces of pristine graphene without any surface treatment, but also enables homogenous dispersion of doped nitrogen atoms in the carbonized products. The as-prepared N-doped carbon layer coated graphene (NC-G) exhibited remarkable capacitance performance as electrode materials for supercapacitor, showing a high specific capacitance of 290.2 F g-1 at current density of 1 A g-1 in 6 M KOH aqueous electrolyte, meanwhile maintaining good rate performance and stable cycle capability. The NC-G synthesized by this way represents an alternative promising candidate as electrode material for supercapacitors.

  4. Layer-by-layer polypyrrole coated graphite oxide and graphene nanosheets as catalyst support materials for fuel cells

    Saner Okan, Burcu; Alkan Gürsel, Selmiye; Alkan Gursel, Selmiye; YÜRÜM, YUDA; Yurum, Yuda

    2013-01-01

    For the production of advanced type of catalyst support materials, the distinguished properties of graphene nanosheets were combined with the structural properties of conducting polypyrrole by the incorporation of graphene nanosheets into a polymer matrix by the proposed simple and low-cost fabrication technique. A precise tuning of electrical conductivity and thermal stability was also achieved by controlling the thickness of randomly dispersed graphene nanosheets by a layer-by-layer polymer...

  5. Compact Layers of Hybrid Halide Perovskites Fabricated via the Aerosol Deposition Process—Uncoupling Material Synthesis and Layer Formation

    Fabian Panzer

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available We present the successful fabrication of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite layers by the aerosol deposition method (ADM. The layers show high structural purity and compactness, thus making them suitable for application in perovskite-based optoelectronic devices. By using the aerosol deposition method we are able to decouple material synthesis from layer processing. Our results therefore allow for enhanced and easy control over the fabrication of perovskite-based devices, further paving the way for their commercialization.

  6. Designing high-Performance layered thermoelectric materials through orbital engineering

    Zhang, Jiawei; Song, Lirong; Madsen, Georg K. H.;

    2016-01-01

    Thermoelectric technology, which possesses potential application in recycling industrial waste heat as energy, calls for novel high-performance materials. The systematic exploration of novel thermoelectric materials with excellent electronic transport properties is severely hindered by limited...

  7. Evaluation of proton conductivity by random walk approach in MOFs and layered materials

    Konale, M. S.; Lin, C. H.; Patil, D.; Zima, Vítězslav; Shimakawa, K.; Svoboda, Jan

    Mulhouse: Univ. Haute Alsace, 2014. [International Workshop on Layered Materials /5./. 27.08.2014-29.08.2014, Mulhouse] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-13368S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : layered materials * metal organic framework * impedance analysis Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  8. Fabrication of sacrificial anode cathodic protection through casting method

    Aluminum is one of the few metals that can be cast by all of the processes used in casting metals. These processes consist of die casting, permanent mold casting, sand casting (green sand and dry sand), plaster casting, investment casting, and continuous casting. Other processes such as lost foam, squeeze casting, and hot isostatic pressing are also used. Permanent mold casting method was selected in which used for fabricating of sacrificial anode cathodic protection. This product was ground for surface finished and fabricated in the cylindrical form and reinforced with carbon steel at a center of the anode. (Author)

  9. Layered Hydroxide–Porphyrin Hybrid Materials: Synthesis, Structure, and Properties

    Demel, Jan; Lang, Kamil

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 2012, č. 32 (2012), s. 5154-5164. ISSN 1434-1948 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP207/10/1447 Institutional support: RVO:61388980 Keywords : layered compounds * intercalations * porphyrin oids * phthalocyanines * singlet oxygen Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry Impact factor: 3.120, year: 2012

  10. Layered materials with improved magnesium intercalation for rechargeable magnesium ion cells

    Doe, Robert Ellis; Downie, Craig Michael; Fischer, Christopher; Lane, George Hamilton; Morgan, Dane; Nevin, Josh; Ceder, Gerbrand; Persson, Kristin Aslaug; Eaglesham, David

    2016-07-26

    Electrochemical devices which incorporate cathode materials that include layered crystalline compounds for which a structural modification has been achieved which increases the diffusion rate of multi-valent ions into and out of the cathode materials. Examples in which the layer spacing of the layered electrode materials is modified to have a specific spacing range such that the spacing is optimal for diffusion of magnesium ions are presented. An electrochemical cell comprised of a positive intercalation electrode, a negative metal electrode, and a separator impregnated with a nonaqueous electrolyte solution containing multi-valent ions and arranged between the positive electrode and the negative electrode active material is described.

  11. Intercalation Assembly Method and Intercalation Process Control of Layered Intercalated Functional Materials

    LI Kaitao; WANG Guirong; LI Dianqing; LIN Yanjun; DUAN Xue

    2013-01-01

    Layered intercalated functional materials of layered double hydroxide type are an important class of functional materials developed in recent years.Based on long term studies on these materials in the State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering in Beijing University of Chemical Technology,the principle for the design of controlled intercalation processes in the light of future production processing requirements has been developed.Intercalation assembly methods and technologies have been invented to control the intercalation process for preparing layered intercalated materials with various structures and functions.

  12. Layered materials with improved magnesium intercalation for rechargeable magnesium ion cells

    Doe, Robert Ellis; Downie, Craig Michael; Fischer, Christopher; Lane, George Hamilton; Morgan, Dane; Nevin, Josh; Ceder, Gerbrand; Persson, Kristin Aslaug; Eaglesham, David

    2015-10-27

    Electrochemical devices which incorporate cathode materials that include layered crystalline compounds for which a structural modification has been achieved which increases the diffusion rate of multi-valent ions into and out of the cathode materials. Examples in which the layer spacing of the layered electrode materials is modified to have a specific spacing range such that the spacing is optimal for diffusion of magnesium ions are presented. An electrochemical cell comprised of a positive intercalation electrode, a negative metal electrode, and a separator impregnated with a nonaqeuous electrolyte solution containing multi-valent ions and arranged between the positive electrode and the negative electrode active material is described.

  13. Layered materials with improved magnesium intercalation for rechargeable magnesium ion cells

    Doe, Robert E.; Downie, Craig M.; Fischer, Christopher; Lane, George H.; Morgan, Dane; Nevin, Josh; Ceder, Gerbrand; Persson, Kristin A.; Eaglesham, David

    2016-01-19

    Electrochemical devices which incorporate cathode materials that include layered crystalline compounds for which a structural modification has been achieved which increases the diffusion rate of multi-valent ions into and out of the cathode materials. Examples in which the layer spacing of the layered electrode materials is modified to have a specific spacing range such that the spacing is optimal for diffusion of magnesium ions are presented. An electrochemical cell comprised of a positive intercalation electrode, a negative metal electrode, and a separator impregnated with a nonaqueous electrolyte solution containing multi-valent ions and arranged between the positive electrode and the negative electrode active material is described.

  14. Layered materials with improved magnesium intercalation for rechargeable magnesium ion cells

    Doe, Robert Ellis; Downie, Craig Michael; Fischer, Christopher; Lane, George Hamilton; Morgan, Dane; Nevin, Josh; Cedar, Gerbrand; Persson, Kristin Aslaug; Eaglesham, David

    2015-11-05

    Electrochemical devices which incorporate cathode materials that include layered crystalline compounds for which a structural modification has been achieved which increases the diffusion rate of multi-valent ions into and out of the cathode materials. Examples in which the layer spacing of the layered electrode materials is modified to have a specific spacing range such that the spacing is optimal for diffusion of magnesium ions are presented. An electrochemical cell comprised of a positive intercalation electrode, a negative metal electrode, and a separator impregnated with a nonaqeuous electrolyte solution containing multi-valent ions and arranged between the positive electrode and the negative electrode active material is described.

  15. Teo-iconología del poder sacrificial entre los mochica Teo-iconology of sacrificial power among the Moche

    Adolfo Chaparro Amaya

    2011-01-01

    Partiendo de las evidencias icónicas del rasgo predatorio y sus equivalentes narrativos presentes en diferentes piezas de la cultura mochica, el texto busca establecer (i) una metodología de aproximación al sacrificio caníbal que tenga en cuenta diversas formas icónicas de ‹escritura›, y (ii) una explicación so-ciocósmica de la política sacrificial. Al articular lo escritural y lo político, es posible aportar una nueva perspectiva a la rica discusión que sobre las relaciones entre...

  16. Standard test method for laboratory evaluation of magnesium sacrificial anode test specimens for underground applications

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    1997-01-01

    1.1 This test method covers a laboratory procedure that measures the two fundamental performance properties of magnesium sacrificial anode test specimens operating in a saturated calcium sulfate, saturated magnesium hydroxide environment. The two fundamental properties are electrode (oxidation potential) and ampere hours (Ah) obtained per unit mass of specimen consumed. Magnesium anodes installed underground are usually surrounded by a backfill material that typically consists of 75 % gypsum (CaSO4·2H2O), 20 % bentonite clay, and 5 % sodium sulfate (Na2SO4). The calcium sulfate, magnesium hydroxide test electrolyte simulates the long term environment around an anode installed in the gypsum-bentonite-sodium sulfate backfill. 1.2 This test method is intended to be used for quality assurance by anode manufacturers or anode users. However, long term field performance properties may not be identical to property measurements obtained using this laboratory test. Note 1—Refer to Terminology G 15 for terms used ...

  17. Ultralight Weight Optical Systems using Nano-Layered Synthesized Materials

    Clark, Natalie; Breckinridge, James

    2014-01-01

    Optical imaging is important for many NASA science missions. Even though complex optical systems have advanced, the optics, based on conventional glass and mirrors, require components that are thick, heavy and expensive. As the need for higher performance expands, glass and mirrors are fast approaching the point where they will be too large, heavy and costly for spacecraft, especially small satellite systems. NASA Langley Research Center is developing a wide range of novel nano-layered synthe...

  18. Models of failure in compression of layered materials

    Jensen, Henrik Myhre

    1999-01-01

    -independent plasticity of the layers. Fibre kinking and matrix splitting are regarded as competing failure modes with the conditions governing the active mode depending on the biaxial stress state in the composite and a combination of micro mechanical parameters. Two criteria for matrix splitting, and two models for the...... evolution of micro cracks in the matrix have been discussed. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved....

  19. Shrinking device realized by using layered structures of homogeneous isotropic materials

    We propose the practical realization of a shrinking device by using layered structures of homogeneous isotropic materials. By mimicking the shrinking device with concentric alternating thin layers of isotropic dielectrics, the permittivity and the permeability in each isotropic layer can be properly determined from the effective medium theory in order to achieve the shrinking effect. The device realized by multilayer coating with dielectrics is validated by TE wave simulation, and good shrinking performance is demonstrated with only a few layers of homogeneous isotropic materials. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  20. Tribological and Wear Properties of Multi-Layered Materials

    V. Bria

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The usage of fabrics as reinforcements in composites is spreading due to fabrics’ properties. The use of fabrics allows obtaining of sinuous surfaces, for instance, unlike the use of prepregs. Using fabrics as reinforcements it is also possible to obtain laminate-like materials having the same matrix in all their volume. In the case of pre-pregs usage always it is necessary to discuss about the bonding between individual plies. For this study eight materials were formed. The forming method consisted in placing the pre-polymer imbued fabric pieces into a mould to obtain plates of composites. Two types of fabric were used: one simple type of untwisted tows of carbon fibres and the second one simple type of alternated untwisted tows of carbon and aramide fibres. Both fabrics were prepared in order to ensure the matrix adherence. The polymer matrix is realised from epoxy system EPIPHEN RE 4020 / EPIPHEN DE 4020 filled with clay and talc in equal amounts of 5% (weight ratio. The use of clay and talc were meant to improve the thermal dimensional stability of final materials. Tribological properties of formed materials were studied using pin-on-disk method with steel disk and pins made of materials. Both orientation of reinforcement fibres relative to friction direction were taken into account. Results are encouraging further studies in order to identify the best solution of forming a multi-component material with more than one designable property.

  1. 46 CFR 35.01-25 - Sacrificial anode installations-TB/ALL.

    2010-10-01

    ... submitted for approval. The anode should be magnesium free and the silicon content limited to trace amounts... 46 Shipping 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Sacrificial anode installations-TB/ALL. 35.01-25 Section... Operating Requirements § 35.01-25 Sacrificial anode installations—TB/ALL. (a) The installation of...

  2. Teo-iconología del poder sacrificial entre los mochica Teo-iconology of sacrificial power among the Moche

    Adolfo Chaparro Amaya

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Partiendo de las evidencias icónicas del rasgo predatorio y sus equivalentes narrativos presentes en diferentes piezas de la cultura mochica, el texto busca establecer (i una metodología de aproximación al sacrificio caníbal que tenga en cuenta diversas formas icónicas de ‹escritura›, y (ii una explicación so-ciocósmica de la política sacrificial. Al articular lo escritural y lo político, es posible aportar una nueva perspectiva a la rica discusión que sobre las relaciones entre canibalismo y poder han venido proponiendo los arqueólogos, los semióticos y los antropólogos de las culturas prehispánicas.Based on the iconographic evidences of predation and their narrative equivalents, present in different aspects of the Mochica culture, this essay seeks to establish (i a methodology for approaching the cannibal sacrifice taking into account different forms of iconic ‹writing›; and (ii establish a socio-cosmic explanation to sacrificial politics. By articulating these scriptural and political aspects, the paper will provide a new perspective to the rich discussion on the relationship between cannibalism and power that has been proposed by archaeologists, anthropologists and studies on the semiotic of Prehispanic cultures.

  3. Atomic Layer Deposition of Bismuth Vanadates for Solar Energy Materials.

    Stefik, Morgan

    2016-07-01

    The fabrication of porous nanocomposites is key to the advancement of energy conversion and storage devices that interface with electrolytes. Bismuth vanadate, BiVO4 , is a promising oxide for solar water splitting where the controlled fabrication of BiVO4 layers within porous, conducting scaffolds has remained a challenge. Here, the atomic layer deposition of bismuth vanadates is reported from BiPh3 , vanadium(V) oxytriisopropoxide, and water. The resulting films have tunable stoichiometry and may be crystallized to form the photoactive scheelite structure of BiVO4 . A selective etching process was used with vanadium-rich depositions to enable the synthesis of phase-pure BiVO4 after spinodal decomposition. BiVO4 thin films were measured for photoelectrochemical performance under AM 1.5 illumination. The average photocurrents were 1.17 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode using a hole-scavenging sulfite electrolyte. The capability to deposit conformal bismuth vanadates will enable a new generation of nanocomposite architectures for solar water splitting. PMID:27246652

  4. Layered packaging: A synergistic method of transporting radioactive material

    The DOE certification for a transportation cask used to ship radioactive Krypton 85 from the Idaho Chemical Processing Plant (ICPP) to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), was allowed to expire in 1987. The Westinghouse Idaho Nuclear Company (WINCO) was charged by DOE with modifying this cask to meet all current NRC requirements and preparing an updated Safety Analysis Report for Packaging, which would be submitted by DOE to the NRC for certification. However, an urgent need arose for ORNL to receive Krypton 85 which was in storage at the ICPP, which would not allow time to obtain certification of the modified shipping cask. WINCO elected to use a layered shipping configuration in which the gaseous Krypton 85 was placed in the uncertified, modified shipping cask to make use of its shielding and thermal insulation properties. This cask was then inserted into the Model No. 6400 (Super Tiger) packaging using a specially constructed plywood box and polyurethane foam dunnage. Structural evaluations were completed to assure the Super Tiger would provide the necessary impact, puncture, and thermal protection during maximum credible accidents. Analyses were also completed to determine the uncertified Krypton shipping cask would provide the necessary containment and shielding for up to 3.7 E+14 Bq of Krypton 85 when packaged inside the Super Tiger. The resulting reports, based upon this layered packaging concept, were adequate to first obtain DOE certification for several restricted shipments of Krypton 85 and then NRC certification for unrestricted shipments

  5. Atomic layer deposition on polymer based flexible packaging materials: Growth characteristics and diffusion barrier properties

    Kaeaeriaeinen, Tommi O., E-mail: tommi.kaariainen@lut.f [ASTRaL, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Prikaatinkatu 3 E, 50100 Mikkeli (Finland); Maydannik, Philipp, E-mail: philipp.maydannik@lut.f [ASTRaL, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Prikaatinkatu 3 E, 50100 Mikkeli (Finland); Cameron, David C., E-mail: david.cameron@lut.f [ASTRaL, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Prikaatinkatu 3 E, 50100 Mikkeli (Finland); Lahtinen, Kimmo, E-mail: kimmo.lahtinen@tut.f [Tampere University of Technology, Paper Converting and Packaging Technology, P.O. Box 541, 33101 Tampere (Finland); Johansson, Petri, E-mail: petri.johansson@tut.f [Tampere University of Technology, Paper Converting and Packaging Technology, P.O. Box 541, 33101 Tampere (Finland); Kuusipalo, Jurkka, E-mail: jurkka.kuusipalo@tut.f [Tampere University of Technology, Paper Converting and Packaging Technology, P.O. Box 541, 33101 Tampere (Finland)

    2011-03-01

    One of the most promising areas for the industrial application of atomic layer deposition (ALD) is for gas barrier layers on polymers. In this work, a packaging material system with improved diffusion barrier properties has been developed and studied by applying ALD on flexible polymer based packaging materials. Nanometer scale metal oxide films have been applied to polymer-coated papers and their diffusion barrier properties have been studied by means of water vapor and oxygen transmission rates. The materials for the study were constructed in two stages: the paper was firstly extrusion coated with polymer film, which was then followed by the ALD deposition of oxide layer. The polymers used as extrusion coatings were polypropylene, low and high density polyethylene, polylactide and polyethylene terephthalate. Water vapor transmission rates (WVTRs) were measured according to method SCAN-P 22:68 and oxygen transmission rates (O{sub 2}TRs) according to a standard ASTM D 3985. According to the results a 10 nm oxide layer already decreased the oxygen transmission by a factor of 10 compared to uncoated material. WVTR with 40 nm ALD layer was better than the level currently required for most common dry flexible packaging applications. When the oxide layer thickness was increased to 100 nm and above, the measured WVTRs were limited by the measurement set up. Using an ALD layer allowed the polymer thickness on flexible packaging materials to be reduced. Once the ALD layer was 40 nm thick, WVTRs and O{sub 2}TRs were no longer dependent on polymer layer thickness. Thus, nanometer scale ALD oxide layers have shown their feasibility as high quality diffusion barriers on flexible packaging materials.

  6. Intercalation of push-pull molecules into layered materials bearing acidic functionalities

    Zima, Vítězslav; Melánová, Klára; Svoboda, Jan; Beneš, L.; Knotek, P.

    Mulhouse: Univ. Hazte Alsace, 2014. [International Workshop on Layered Materials /5./. 27.08.2014-29.08.2014, Mulhouse] Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : zirconium phosphate * phosphate * intercalation Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  7. Living bacterial sacrificial porogens to engineer decellularized porous scaffolds.

    Feng Xu

    Full Text Available Decellularization and cellularization of organs have emerged as disruptive methods in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Porous hydrogel scaffolds have widespread applications in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and drug discovery as viable tissue mimics. However, the existing hydrogel fabrication techniques suffer from limited control over pore interconnectivity, density and size, which leads to inefficient nutrient and oxygen transport to cells embedded in the scaffolds. Here, we demonstrated an innovative approach to develop a new platform for tissue engineered constructs using live bacteria as sacrificial porogens. E.coli were patterned and cultured in an interconnected three-dimensional (3D hydrogel network. The growing bacteria created interconnected micropores and microchannels. Then, the scafold was decellularized, and bacteria were eliminated from the scaffold through lysing and washing steps. This 3D porous network method combined with bioprinting has the potential to be broadly applicable and compatible with tissue specific applications allowing seeding of stem cells and other cell types.

  8. Development of artificial surface layers for thin film cathode materials

    Carrillo Solano, Mercedes Alicia

    2016-01-01

    The present work was based on the investigation of different thin film components of Li ion batteries. A first part was dedicated to the deposition of cathodes in thin film form of a known material, LiCoO2, and an alternative one, Li(NiMnCo)O2 employing physical vapor deposition (PVD) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD), respectively. A second part was focused on the cathode-electrolyte interface for three case studies: 1) as deposited LiCoO2 cathode thin film, 2) ZrO2 coated LiCoO2 thin...

  9. Sacrificial adhesive bonding: a powerful method for fabrication of glass microchips

    Lima, Renato S.; Leão, Paulo A. G. C.; Piazzetta, Maria H. O.; Monteiro, Alessandra M.; Shiroma, Leandro Y.; Gobbi, Angelo L.; Carrilho, Emanuel

    2015-08-01

    A new protocol for fabrication of glass microchips is addressed in this research paper. Initially, the method involves the use of an uncured SU-8 intermediate to seal two glass slides irreversibly as in conventional adhesive bonding-based approaches. Subsequently, an additional step removes the adhesive layer from the channels. This step relies on a selective development to remove the SU-8 only inside the microchannel, generating glass-like surface properties as demonstrated by specific tests. Named sacrificial adhesive layer (SAB), the protocol meets the requirements of an ideal microfabrication technique such as throughput, relatively low cost, feasibility for ultra large-scale integration (ULSI), and high adhesion strength, supporting pressures on the order of 5 MPa. Furthermore, SAB eliminates the use of high temperature, pressure, or potential, enabling the deposition of thin films for electrical or electrochemical experiments. Finally, the SAB protocol is an improvement on SU-8-based bondings described in the literature. Aspects such as substrate/resist adherence, formation of bubbles, and thermal stress were effectively solved by using simple and inexpensive alternatives.

  10. Method of forming aluminum oxynitride material and bodies formed by such methods

    Bakas, Michael P [Ammon, ID; Lillo, Thomas M [Idaho Falls, ID; Chu, Henry S [Idaho Falls, ID

    2010-11-16

    Methods of forming aluminum oxynitride (AlON) materials include sintering green bodies comprising aluminum orthophosphate or another sacrificial material therein. Such green bodies may comprise aluminum, oxygen, and nitrogen in addition to the aluminum orthophosphate. For example, the green bodies may include a mixture of aluminum oxide, aluminum nitride, and aluminum orthophosphate or another sacrificial material. Additional methods of forming aluminum oxynitride (AlON) materials include sintering a green body including a sacrificial material therein, using the sacrificial material to form pores in the green body during sintering, and infiltrating the pores formed in the green body with a liquid infiltrant during sintering. Bodies are formed using such methods.

  11. Effect of base layer materials on physiological and perceptual responses to exercise in personal protective equipment.

    Smith, Denise L; Arena, Logan; DeBlois, Jacob P; Haller, Jeannie M; Hultquist, Eric M; Lefferts, Wesley K; Russell, Tim; Wu, Annie; Fehling, Patricia C

    2014-05-01

    Ten men (non-firefighters) completed a 110 min walking/recovery protocol (three 20-min exercise bouts, with recovery periods of 10, 20, and 20 min following successive bouts) in a thermoneutral laboratory while wearing firefighting personal protective equipment over one of four base layers: cotton, modacrylic, wool, and phase change material. There were no significant differences in changes in heart rate, core temperature, rating of perceived exertion, thermal discomfort, and thermal strain among base layers. Sticking to skin, coolness/hotness, and clothing humidity sensation were more favorable (p clothing sensations assessed. Separate materials performance testing of the individual base layers and firefighting ensembles (base layer + turnout gear) indicated differences in thermal protective performance and total heat loss among the base layers and among ensembles; however, differences in heat dissipation did not correspond with physiological responses during exercise or recovery. PMID:23849898

  12. Low-frequency interlayer vibration modes in two-dimensional layered materials

    Ji, Jianting; Dong, Shan; Zhang, Anmin; Zhang, Qingming

    2016-06-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) layered materials have been attracted tremendous research interest because of their novel photoelectric properties. If a single atomic layer instead of individual atoms is taken as a rigid motion object, two unique interlayer vibrations, i.e. compression/breathing and shear motions, at ultra-low frequencies can be expected and actually have been observed in many layered materials. The vibrations stem from the interlayer van der Waals interaction and can be well described by a conventional linear-chain model in most cases. The vibration frequencies strongly depend on layer thickness, which enables an accurate determination of layer numbers. A quick and nondestructive determination of flake thickness is particularly important for the materials, since the physical properties can be dramatically changed in the cases of several atomic layers. As a measure of interlayer coupling, the low-frequency modes are also sensitive to the stacking methods of atomic layers and the overlapping of different kinds of 2D materials. This allows the modes to play a key role in the applications like van der Waals heterojunctions. In this paper, we will give a brief review on the experimental observations and theoretical understanding of the interlayer modes in several typical 2D systems, as well as their actual and potential applications.

  13. An advanced tunnel oxide layer process for 65 nm NOR floating-gate flash memories

    An advanced tunnel oxide layer process for 65 nm NOR-type floating-gate flash memory is proposed to improve tunnel oxide quality by an additive sacrificial oxide layer growth. The sacrificial oxide layer process effectively controls the thickness variation of tunnel oxide and improves the flatness of the SiO2/Si interface across the active area. The interface traps’ generation during program/erase cycling of flash cells is found to be reduced, and the reliability property is significantly improved as compared to flash cells without the sacrificial oxide layer process. The technology is applicable to further scaled floating-gate flash memories. (paper)

  14. Anomalous elastic buckling of layered crystalline materials in the absence of structure slenderness

    Ren, Manrui; Liu, Yilun; Zhe Liu, Jefferson; Wang, Lifeng; Zheng, Quanshui

    2016-03-01

    Layered crystalline materials, such as graphene, boron nitride, tungsten sulfate, phosphorene, etc., have attracted enormous attentions, due to their unique crystal structures and superior mechanical, thermal, and physical properties. Making use of mechanical buckling is a promising route to control their structural morphology and thus tune their physical properties, giving rise to many novel applications. In this paper, we employ molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and theoretical modeling to study the compressive buckling of a column made of layered crystalline materials with the crystal layers parallel to the compressive direction. We find that the mechanical buckling of the layered crystalline materials exhibits two anomalous and counter-intuitive features as approaching the zero slenderness ratio. First, the critical buckling strain εcr has a finite value that is much lower than the material's elastic limit strain. A continuum mechanics model (by homogenizing the layered materials) is proposed for the εcr, which agrees well with the results of MD simulations. We find that the εcr solely depends on elastic constants without any structural dimension, which appears to be an intrinsic material property and thus is defined as intrinsic buckling strain (IBS), εcrIBS , in this paper. Second, below a certain nanoscale length, l0, in the compressive direction (e.g., about 20 nm for graphite), the critical buckling strain εcr shows a size effect, i.e., increasing as the column length L decreases. To account for the size effect, inspired by our recently developed multi-beam shear model (Liu et al., 2011), a bending energy term of individual crystal layer is introduced in our continuum model. The theoretical model of εcr agrees well with the size effects observed in MD simulations. This study could lay a ground for engineering layered crystalline materials in various nano-materials and nano-devices via mechanical buckling.

  15. Optimized cylindrical invisibility cloak with minimum layers of non-magnetic isotropic materials

    We present optimized design of cylindrical invisibility cloak with minimum layers of non-magnetic isotropic materials. Through an optimization procedure based on genetic algorithm, simpler cloak structure and more realizable material parameters can be achieved with better cloak performance than that of an ideal non-magnetic cloak with a reduced set of parameters. We demonstrate that a cloak shell with only five layers of two normal materials can result in an average 20 dB reduction in the scattering width for all directions when covering the inner conducting cylinder with the cloak. The optimized design can substantially simplify the realization of the invisibility cloak, especially in the optical range.

  16. Optimized cylindrical invisibility cloak with minimum layers of non-magnetic isotropic materials

    Yu Zhenzhong; Feng Yijun; Xu Xiaofei; Zhao Junming; Jiang Tian, E-mail: yjfeng@nju.edu.cn [Department of Electronic Engineering, School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing, 210093 (China)

    2011-05-11

    We present optimized design of cylindrical invisibility cloak with minimum layers of non-magnetic isotropic materials. Through an optimization procedure based on genetic algorithm, simpler cloak structure and more realizable material parameters can be achieved with better cloak performance than that of an ideal non-magnetic cloak with a reduced set of parameters. We demonstrate that a cloak shell with only five layers of two normal materials can result in an average 20 dB reduction in the scattering width for all directions when covering the inner conducting cylinder with the cloak. The optimized design can substantially simplify the realization of the invisibility cloak, especially in the optical range.

  17. On model materials designed by atomic layer deposition for catalysis purposes

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this work was to investigate the potential of model materials designed by atomic layer deposition toward applications in catalysis research. Molybdenum based catalysts promoted with cobalt were selected as target materials, considering their important roles in various industrial processes. Particular attention was paid to understand the growth dynamics of the ALD processes involved and further to characterize the obtained materials carefully. It was of main concern to verify the fe...

  18. Estimation of the critical stress for failure of layered composite materials

    Náhlík, Luboš; Šestáková, Lucie; Hutař, Pavel; Knésl, Zdeněk

    Beijing : Beijing Institute of Technology, 2008. s. 103-103. [International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials /18./. 07.10.2008-10.10.2008, Beijing] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/08/1409; GA AV ČR(CZ) KJB200410803 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : interface * layered materials * crack stability * critical stress * ceramic composites Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  19. Analysis of compressive failure of layered materials by kink band broadening

    Jensen, Henrik Myhre

    1999-01-01

    Failure by steady state kink band broadening in uni-directional fibre composites or layered materials is analysed. An incremental scheme for calculation of kink band broadening stresses and lock-up conditions in the band for arbitrary material behaviour is presented. The method is illustrated by...... material data which are representative for polymer matrix composites for which experimental work exists. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved....

  20. Suicide as a derangement of the self-sacrificial aspect of eusociality.

    Joiner, Thomas E; Hom, Melanie A; Hagan, Christopher R; Silva, Caroline

    2016-04-01

    Building upon the idea that humans may be a eusocial species (i.e., rely on multigenerational and cooperative care of young, utilize division of labor for successful survival), we conjecture that suicide among humans represents a derangement of the self-sacrificial aspect of eusociality. In this article, we outline the characteristics of eusociality, particularly the self-sacrificial behavior seen among other eusocial species (e.g., insects, shrimp, mole rats). We then discuss parallels between eusocial self-sacrificial behavior in nonhumans and suicide in humans, particularly with regard to overarousal states, withdrawal phenomena, and perceptions of burdensomeness. In so doing, we make the argument that death by suicide among humans is an exemplar of psychopathology and is due to a derangement of the self-sacrificial behavioral suite found among eusocial species. Implications and future directions for research are also presented. PMID:26524155

  1. Spatial quadratic solitons guided by narrow layers of a nonlinear material

    Shapira, Asia; Malomed, Boris A; Arie, Ady

    2011-01-01

    We report analytical solutions for spatial solitons supported by layers of a quadratically nonlinear material embedded into a linear planar waveguide. A full set of symmetric, asymmetric, and antisymmetric modes pinned to a symmetric pair of the nonlinear layers is obtained. The solutions describe a bifurcation of the subcritical type, which accounts for the transition from the symmetric to asymmetric modes. The antisymmetric states (which do not undergo the bifurcation) are completely stable (the stability of the solitons pinned to the embedded layers is tested by means of numerical simulations). Exact solutions are also found for nonlinear layers embedded into a nonlinear waveguide, including the case when the uniform and localized nonlinearities have opposite signs (competing nonlinearities). For the layers embedded into the nonlinear medium, stability properties are explained by comparison to the respective cascading limit.

  2. Analysis of Photothermal Characterization of Layered Materials: Design of Optimal Experiments

    Cole, Kevin D.

    2003-01-01

    In this paper numerical calculations are presented for the steady-periodic temperature in layered materials and functionally-graded materials to simulate photothermal methods for the measurement of thermal properties. No laboratory experiments were performed. The temperature is found from a new Green s function formulation which is particularly well-suited to machine calculation. The simulation method is verified by comparison with literature data for a layered material. The method is applied to a class of two-component functionally-graded materials and results for temperature and sensitivity coefficients are presented. An optimality criterion, based on the sensitivity coefficients, is used for choosing what experimental conditions will be needed for photothermal measurements to determine the spatial distribution of thermal properties. This method for optimal experiment design is completely general and may be applied to any photothermal technique and to any functionally-graded material.

  3. Heterostructures based on two-dimensional layered materials and their potential applications

    Li, Ming-yang

    2015-12-04

    The development of two-dimensional (2D) layered materials is driven by fundamental interest and their potential applications. Atomically thin 2D materials provide a wide range of basic building blocks with unique electrical, optical, and thermal properties which do not exist in their bulk counterparts. The van der Waals interlayer interaction enables the possibility to exfoliate and reassemble different 2D materials into arbitrarily and vertically stacked heterostructures. Recently developed vapor phase growth of 2D materials further paves the way of directly synthesizing vertical and lateral heterojunctions. This review provides insights into the layered 2D heterostructures, with a concise introduction to preparative approaches for 2D materials and heterostructures. These unique 2D heterostructures have abundant implications for many potential applications.

  4. Strength of b3Sn intermetallic layers in bronze/niobium filaments composite material

    Tension tests have been used to estimate the strength of Nb3Sn intermetallic layer formed at the filament/matrix interface in the composite superconducting material, bronze(13 at.%Sn)/niobium filament. It is noted that the layer destruction starts with the formation of a group of cracks placed at a similar interval from each other, which are the reason for instability of sUperconducting properties in the composite system. The formula is given that connects the fracturing and superconducting properties, from which it follows that with the increase of layer thickness and its strength, the fracturing reduces, while superconducting properties improve

  5. Struvite precipitation and phosphorus removal using magnesium sacrificial anode.

    Kruk, Damian J; Elektorowicz, Maria; Oleszkiewicz, Jan A

    2014-04-01

    Struvite precipitation using magnesium sacrificial anode as the only source of magnesium is presented. High-purity magnesium alloy cast anode was found to be very effective in recovery of high-quality struvite from water solutions and from supernatant of fermented waste activated sludge from a wastewater treatment plant that does not practice enhanced biological phosphorus removal. Struvite purity was strongly dependent on the pH and the electric current density. Optimum pH of the 24 mM phosphorus and 46 mM ammonia solution (1:1.9 P:N ratio) was in the broad range between 7.5 and 9.3, with struvite purity exceeding 90%. Increasing the current density resulted in elevated struvite purity. No upper limits were observed in the studied current range of 0.05-0.2 A. Phosphorus removal rate was proportional to the current density and comparable for tests with water solutions and with the supernatant from fermented sludge. The highest P-removal rate achieved was 4.0 mg PO4-P cm(-2) h(-1) at electric current density of 45 A m(-2). Initial substrate concentrations affected the rate of phosphorus removal. The precipitated struvite accumulated in bulk liquid with significant portions attached to the anode surface from which regular detachment occurred. PMID:24387911

  6. Different materials as a cathode modification layer on the impact of organic solar cells

    Zhong, Jian; Huang, Qiuyan; Yu, Junsheng; Jiang, Yadong

    2010-10-01

    Organic thin film solar cells based on conjugated polymer or small molecules have showed an interesting approach to energy conversion since Tang reported a single donor-accepter hetero-junction solar cell. The power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells has increased steadily over last decade. Small-molecular weight organic double heterojunction donor-acceptor layer organic solar cells (OSC) with a structure of indium-tin-oxide (ITO)/CuPc(200Å)/C60(400Å)/x/Ag(1000Å), using CuPc(copper Phthalocyanine)as donor layer, and Alq3(8-Hydroxyquinoline aluminum salt), BCP(Bromocresol purple sodium salt) and Bphen(4'7-diphyenyl-1,10-phenanthroline) as cathode modification layer, respectively were fabricated. The performance of OSC was studied as a function of the different materials as an cathode modification layer to optimize the structure. The current-voltage characteristic of the solar cell under AM1.5 solar illumination at an intensity of 100 mw/cm2 showed that the power conversion efficiency (PCE) was dependent of the different materials of the cathode modification layer. the efficiency along with the different materials as an cathode modification layer will diminish under that standard solar illumination(AM1.5)was obtained. Using a double heterostructure of ITO/CuPc(200Å)/C60(400Å)/Alq3(60Å)/Ag(1000Å) with high-vacuum evaporation technology, the efficiency was 0.587%.the efficiency was 0.967% when the material of the cathode modification layer was BCP, with the structure of ITO/CuPc(200Å)/C60(400Å)/BCP(35Å)/Ag(1000Å), and the efficiency was 0.742% when the material of the cathode modification layer was Bphen, with the structure of ITO/CuPc(200Å)/C60(400Å)/ Bphen(50Å)/Ag(1000Å).Using different materials as a cathode modification layer, it can be seen that the material which matches the energy level could even eventually be able to improve the energy conversion efficiency more.

  7. On the strain hardening of near-surface layers in materials under indentation

    The effect of hydrastatic pressure arising under indentation on the strain hardening coefficient of ST3, L62 and Kh18N9T realized in the material volume and near-surface layers of 0.2-3μm thickness is investigated. It is shown that the hydrostatic pressUre factor in imprint determines the correlation accuracy of hardness and tension diagrams. High-sensitive technique for estimating the level of accumulated in the material volume and in its thin near-surface layers of damages based on the comparison of hardness measured in depth and by residual imprint size is suggested

  8. Antifouling and Antibacterial Multifunctional Polyzwitterion/Enzyme Coating on Silicone Catheter Material Prepared by Electrostatic Layer-by-Layer Assembly.

    Vaterrodt, Anne; Thallinger, Barbara; Daumann, Kevin; Koch, Dereck; Guebitz, Georg M; Ulbricht, Mathias

    2016-02-01

    The formation of bacterial biofilms on indwelling medical devices generally causes high risks for adverse complications such as catheter-associated urinary tract infections. In this work, a strategy for synthesizing innovative coatings of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) catheter material, using layer-by-layer assembly with three novel functional polymeric building blocks, is reported, i.e., an antifouling copolymer with zwitterionic and quaternary ammonium side groups, a contact biocidal derivative of that polymer with octyl groups, and the antibacterial hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) producing enzyme cellobiose dehydrogenase (CDH). CDH oxidizes oligosaccharides by transferring electrons to oxygen, resulting in the production of H2O2. The design and synthesis of random copolymers which combine segments that have antifouling properties by zwitterionic groups and can be used for electrostatically driven layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly at the same time were based on the atom-transfer radical polymerization of dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate and subsequent partial sulfobetainization with 1,3-propane sultone followed by quaternization with methyl iodide only or octyl bromide and thereafter methyl iodide. The alternating multilayer systems were formed by consecutive adsorption of the novel polycations with up to 50% zwitterionic groups and of poly(styrenesulfonate) as the polyanion. Due to its negative charge, enzyme CDH was also firmly embedded as a polyanionic layer in the multilayer system. This LbL coating procedure was first performed on prefunctionalized silicon wafers and studied in detail with ellipsometry as well as contact angle (CA) and zetapotential (ZP) measurements before it was transferred to prefunctionalized PDMS and analyzed by CA and ZP measurements as well as atomic force microscopy. The coatings comprising six layers were stable and yielded a more neutral and hydrophilic surface than did PDMS, the polycation with 50% zwitterionic groups having the largest

  9. Silk as a biocohesive sacrificial binder in the fabrication of hydroxyapatite load bearing scaffolds.

    McNamara, Stephanie L; Rnjak-Kovacina, Jelena; Schmidt, Daniel F; Lo, Tim J; Kaplan, David L

    2014-08-01

    Limitations of current clinical methods for bone repair continue to fuel the demand for a high strength, bioactive bone replacement material. Recent attempts to produce porous scaffolds for bone regeneration have been limited by the intrinsic weakness associated with high porosity materials. In this study, ceramic scaffold fabrication techniques for potential use in load-bearing bone repairs have been developed using naturally derived silk from Bombyx mori. Silk was first employed for ceramic grain consolidation during green body formation, and later as a sacrificial polymer to impart porosity during sintering. These techniques allowed preparation of hydroxyapatite (HA) scaffolds that exhibited a wide range of mechanical and porosity profiles, with some displaying unusually high compressive strength up to 152.4 ± 9.1 MPa. Results showed that the scaffolds exhibited a wide range of compressive strengths and moduli (8.7 ± 2.7 MPa to 152.4 ± 9.1 MPa and 0.3 ± 0.1 GPa to 8.6 ± 0.3 GPa) with total porosities of up to 62.9 ± 2.7% depending on the parameters used for fabrication. Moreover, HA-silk scaffolds could be molded into large, complex shapes, and further machined post-sinter to generate specific three-dimensional geometries. Scaffolds supported bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell attachment and proliferation, with no signs of cytotoxicity. Therefore, silk-fabricated HA scaffolds show promise for load bearing bone repair and regeneration needs. PMID:24881027

  10. Layered intercalated functional materials based on efficient utilization of magnesium resources in China

    David; G; EVANS

    2010-01-01

    Mg-based layered intercalated functional materials of the layered double hydroxide type are a significant class of magnesium compounds.Based on long-term studies of these materials in the State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering in Beijing University of Chemical Technology,two principles of "using the intended application of a material as a guide to its structure design and synthesis process" and "the design of controlled intercalation processes in the light of future production processing requirements" have been developed.To achieve these objectives,the composition of the host layers and guest interlayer anions was tailored at the microlevel,while the mesostructure and macrostructure were controlled to fabricate different kinds of Mg-based layered intercalated functional materials.These materials have diverse applications in key areas such as catalysis,the environment,and construction,and as polymer additives.Therefore,China’s magnesium resources may be utilized more efficiently for the benefit of society.

  11. Investigation of helium ions release processes from surface layer of lithium containing materials of fusion reactors

    Full text: The lithium-containing materials are considered as materials, which can be used to solve many pressing issues of creating fusion reactor. Each of these materials has its own specific advantages and disadvantages, but they have in common the ability of realization of the nuclear reactions on lithium isotopes to produce tritium and helium. All the data on the release of helium ions from the surface layer of lithium-containing materials under reactor irradiation were analyzed. To explain the effect of the intensive release of helium ions the experiments with different cooling rates of lead-lithium eutectics were performed

  12. Mixed-layered bismuth--oxygen--iodine materials for capture and waste disposal of radioactive iodine

    Krumhansl, James L; Nenoff, Tina M

    2015-01-06

    Materials and methods of synthesizing mixed-layered bismuth oxy-iodine materials, which can be synthesized in the presence of aqueous radioactive iodine species found in caustic solutions (e.g. NaOH or KOH). This technology provides a one-step process for both iodine sequestration and storage from nuclear fuel cycles. It results in materials that will be durable for repository conditions much like those found in Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) and estimated for Yucca Mountain (YMP). By controlled reactant concentrations, optimized compositions of these mixed-layered bismuth oxy-iodine inorganic materials are produced that have both a high iodine weight percentage and a low solubility in groundwater environments.

  13. Hybrid magnetic materials based on layered double hydroxides: from the chemistry towards the applications

    Abellán Sáez, Gonzalo

    2014-01-01

    Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) are the leitmotiv of this dissertation. Contradicting the assertion that “any past was better”, LDHs have been continuously revisited from the middle of the twentieth century, and represent an excellent example of the never-ending beauty of Chemistry. New synthetic perspectives are giving a new impetus to LDH chemistry, which among hybrid materials, are finding their heyday. This is resulting in novel materials and also paving the way for new fundamental and p...

  14. Effect of biomolecules adsorption on oxide layers developed on metallic materials used in cooling water systems

    This thesis was carried out in the frame of the BIOCOR ITN European project, in collaboration with the industrial partner RSE S.p.A. (Italy). Metallic materials commonly used in cooling systems of power plants may be affected by bio-corrosion induced by biofilm formation. The objective of this work was to study the influence of biomolecules adsorption, which is the initial stage of biofilm formation, on the electrochemical behaviour and the surface chemical composition of three metallic materials (70Cu-30Ni alloy, 304L stainless steel and titanium) in seawater environments. In a first step, the interactions between a model protein, the bovine serum albumin (BSA), and the surface of these materials were investigated. Secondly, tightly bound (TB) and loosely bound (LB) extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), that play a fundamental role in the different stages of biofilm formation, maturation and maintenance, were extracted from Pseudomonas NCIMB 2021 marine strain, and their effects on oxide layers were also evaluated. For that purpose, electrochemical measurements (corrosion potential E(corr) vs time, polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)) performed during the very first steps of oxide layers formation (1 h immersion time) were combined to surface analysis by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-of-flight secondary ions mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). Compared to 70Cu-30Ni alloy in static artificial seawater (ASW) without biomolecules, for which a thick duplex oxide layer (outer redeposited Cu2O layer and inner oxidized nickel layer) is shown, the presence of BSA, TB EPS and LB EPS leads to a mixed oxide layer (oxidized copper and nickel) with a lower thickness. In the biomolecules-containing solutions, this oxide layer is covered by an adsorbed organic layer, mainly composed of proteins. A model is proposed to analyse impedance data obtained at E(corr). The results show a slow-down of the anodic reaction in the presence of

  15. Free-edge stress analysis of functionally graded material layered biocomposite laminates.

    Huang, Bin; Kim, Heung Soo

    2014-10-01

    A stress function based theory is proposed to obtain free-edge stress distributions for three-dimensional, orthotropic, linearly elastic rectangular biocomposite laminates with surface-bonded functionally graded materials (FGM). The assumed stress fields automatically satisfy the pointwise equilibrium equation, as well as traction-free and free edge boundary conditions. The complementary virtual work principle, followed by the general eigenvalue solution procedure, is used to obtain 3-D free edge stress states. A typical stacking sequence of composite laminate is used as numerical investigation with surface bonded FGMs. It is shown that with proper exponential factor of FGMs, the interlaminar stresses at the FGM layer interface can be reduced significantly, in return to prevent debonding of FGM layers. This approach can be useful in the design of functionally graded material layered biocomposite structures. PMID:25942808

  16. Acquaintance with international and Iranian organizations responsible to replacement of the destroying materials of ozone layer

    Acquaintance with international and Iranian organizations responsible to replacement of the depletion materials of ozone layer is discussed. Vienna Convection for depletion is briefly reviewed and then Montreal Protocol is described. Finally,Islamic Republic of Iran programs in this respect are represented

  17. A fluorescent, photochromic and thermochromic trifunctional material based on a layered metal-viologen complex.

    Wan, Fang; Qiu, Li-Xia; Zhou, Liang-Liang; Sun, Yan-Qiong; You, Yi

    2015-11-14

    The azide anion as an energy acceptor and an electron donor has been introduced into a metal-viologen compound to form a 2D layered viologen-based trifunctional material, which exhibits the rare discolored function of reversible photochromism and thermochromism. Interestingly, its fluorescence can be switched by visible light irradiation and heating in air. PMID:26445888

  18. Thermophysical Properties of Mars' North Polar Layered Deposits and Related Materials from Mars Odyssey THEMIS

    Vasavada, A. R.; Richardson, M. I.; Byrne, S.; Ivanov, A. B.; Christensen, P. R.

    2003-01-01

    The presence of a thick sequence of horizontal layers of ice-rich material at Mars north pole, dissected by troughs and eroding at its margins, is undoubtedly telling us something about the evolution of Mars climate [1,2] we just don t know what yet. The North Polar Layered Deposits (NPLD) most likely formed as astronomically driven climate variations led to the deposition of conformable, areally extensive layers of ice and dust over the polar region. More recently, the balance seems to have fundamentally shifted to net erosion, as evidenced by the many troughs within the NPLD and the steep, arcuate scarps present near its margins, both of which expose layering. We defined a number of Regions of Interest ROI) for THEMIS to target as part of the Mars Odyssey Participating Scientist program. We use these THEMIS data in order to understand the morphology and color/thermal properties of the NPLD and related materials over relevant (i.e., m to km) spatial scales. We have assembled color mosaics of our ROIs in order to map the distribution of ices, the different layered units, dark material, and underlying basement. The color information from THEMIS is crucial for distinguishing these different units which are less distinct on Mars Orbiter Camera images. We wish to understand the nature of the marginal scarps and their relationship to the dark material. Our next, more ambitious goal is to derive the thermophysical properties of the different geologic materials using THEMIS and Mars Global Surveyor Thermal Emission Spectrometer TES) data.

  19. 3D-printed silicate porous bioceramics using a non-sacrificial preceramic polymer binder.

    Zocca, A; Elsayed, H; Bernardo, E; Gomes, C M; Lopez-Heredia, M A; Knabe, C; Colombo, P; Günster, J

    2015-06-01

    Silicate bioceramics possess an excellent bioactivity; however, shaping them into complex geometries is still challenging. Therefore, this paper aims to present a new strategy for the shaping of a bioglass-ceramic with controlled geometry and properties starting from a glass powder combined with a preceramic polymer, i.e. a silicon resin, and reactive fillers. The powder-based three-dimensional (3D)-printing of wollastonite (CaSiO3)-based silicate bioceramic parts was demonstrated in this work. The resin plays a dual role, as it not only acts as a non-sacrificial binder for the filler powders in the printing process but it also reacts with the fillers to generate the desired bioceramic phases. The mechanical and physical properties, i.e. ball-on-three-balls test, density, porosity and morphology, were evaluated in 3D-printed discs. These samples possessed a total porosity around 64 vol% and a biaxial flexural strength around 6 MPa. The raw materials used in this work also enabled the 3D-printing of scaffolds possessing a designed multi-scale porosity, suitable bioceramic phase assemblage and a compressive strength of 1 MPa (for cylindrical scaffolds with total porosity ~80 vol%). Solubility in TRIS/HCl and in vitro assays, i.e. viability, cytotoxicity and apoptosis assays, were also performed. In vitro tests indicated good cell viability and no cytotoxicity effect on the cells. PMID:26000907

  20. Film of lignocellulosic carbon material for self-supporting electrodes in electric double-layer capacitors

    Tsubasa Funabashi

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available A novel thin, wood-based carbon material with heterogeneous pores, film of lignocellulosic carbon material (FLCM, was successfully fabricated by carbonizing softwood samples of Picea jezoensis (Jezo spruce. Simultaneous increase in the specific surface area of FLCM and its affinity for electrolyte solvents in an electric double-layer capacitor (EDLC were achieved by the vacuum ultraviolet/ozone (VUV/O3 treatment. This treatment increased the specific surface area of FLCM by 50% over that of original FLCM. The results obtained in this study confirmed that FLCM is an appropriate self-supporting EDLC electrode material without any warps and cracks.

  1. The texture changes of surface layer during material transfer in tribological pair: carbon material - steel

    Often in the areas of dry friction and solid lubrication a material transfer occurs. On both surfaces: bearing bush and journal there is formed a transfer film strongly adhering to the substrate. Owing to friction phenomena the structure of subsurface zone is changed. The reflected beam Schulz method measurements revealed that the changes refer to texture of subsurface zone too. (author)

  2. Frequency characterization of thin soft magnetic material layers used in spiral inductors

    The paper details the characterization of thin magnetic materials layers, particularly soft materials, with respect to their behaviour in frequency (from 10 MHz to 1 GHz). The proposed method is suitable for any soft but insulating magnetic material; Yttrium Iron Garnet (YIG) is used as an example. The principle is based on a comparison between simulations for different values of the permeability and measurement values versus frequency of planar inductor structures; an experimental validation is proposed as well. Thin magnetic material is first deposited on an alumina substrate using RF sputtering technique; a planar spiral winding of copper is then deposited on the magnetic material by the same technique. The effective permeability versus frequency is obtained by comparing two samples of spiral windings with and without magnetic material. Network analyser measurements on samples of various geometrical dimensions and of different thicknesses are necessary to determine the effective magnetic permeability; we have obtained a relative effective permeability of about 30 for seven turns spiral inductor of a 17 μm YIG film. - Highlights: ► A simple and original method is presented for the characterization of soft magnetic layer. ► This is a non-destructive method based on standard equipment. ► The principle is based on a comparison between simulations and measurement. ► An experimental validation is proposed as well.

  3. DETERMINATION OF MECHANICAL STRENGTH OF SAME MATERIAL DOUBLE-LAYER RECTANGULAR TABLETS

    ISMAEL HARTRIAN

    2000-07-01

    Full Text Available The mechanical strength of same material composite beams of Avicel PHI02, Starch 1500 and Emcompress were assessed by three-point bending test. To provide an improved method of comparing the strength of the tablets, the tensile strength of the specimens was calculated by equations based on stress analysis. Increasing the compaction pressure led to decrease of the porosity of the compacted tablets while the overall mass of the composite tablets were kept constant. Meanwhile, the values of fracture load and strengths (including tensile and shear raised by increasing the compaction pressure. However, when the lower layer was compacted twice, the value of tensile stress of the lower layer was more than its value in a single compacted tablet with the same material. This observation was attributed to the extent of the reduction of porosity during compaction of the single tablets which raised in their tensile strength values.

  4. he sacrificial emplotment of national identity. Pádraic Pearse and the 1916 Easter uprising

    Patrick Colm Hogan

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A sense of national identification remains amorphous and inert unless it is cognitively structured and motivationally oriented. Perhaps the most consequential way of structuring and orienting nationalism is through emplotment (organizing in the form of a story. Emplotment commonly follows one of a few cross-culturally recurring genres. In nationalist contexts, the heroic genre—treating military conflict, loss or potential loss, and reasserted sovereignty–is the default form. However, this default may be overridden in particular circumstances. When social devastation precludes heroic achievement, a sacrificial emplotment—treating collective sin, punishment, sacrifice, and redemption—is often particularly salient. Earlier work has examined cases of sacrificial emplotment in its most extreme varieties (treating Hitler and Gandhi. The following essay considers a more ordinary case, the sacrificial nationalism of the prominent Irish anti-colonial revolutionary, Pádraic Pearse, as represented in his plays.

  5. Single-Layered Hittorf's Phosphorus: A Wide-Bandgap High Mobility 2D Material.

    Schusteritsch, Georg; Uhrin, Martin; Pickard, Chris J

    2016-05-11

    We propose here a two-dimensional material based on a single layer of violet or Hittorf's phosphorus. Using first-principles density functional theory, we find it to be energetically very stable, comparable to other previously proposed single-layered phosphorus structures. It requires only a small energetic cost of approximately 0.04 eV/atom to be created from its bulk structure, Hittorf's phosphorus, or a binding energy of 0.3-0.4 J/m(2) per layer, suggesting the possibility of exfoliation in experiments. We find single-layered Hittorf's phosphorus to be a wide band gap semiconductor with a direct band gap of approximately 2.5 eV, and our calculations show it is expected to have a high and highly anisotropic hole mobility with an upper bound lying between 3000-7000 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1). These combined properties make single-layered Hittorf's phosphorus a very good candidate for future applications in a wide variety of technologies, in particular for high frequency electronics, and optoelectronic devices operating in the low wavelength blue color range. PMID:27110837

  6. Review on the Raman spectroscopy of different types of layered materials

    Zhang, Xin; Tan, Qing-Hai; Wu, Jiang-Bin; Shi, Wei; Tan, Ping-Heng

    2016-03-01

    Two-dimensional layered materials, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), have been under intensive investigation. The rapid progress of research on graphene and TMDs is now stimulating the exploration of different types of layered materials (LMs). Raman spectroscopy has shown its great potential in the characterization of layer numbers, interlayer coupling and layer-stacking configurations and will benefit the future explorations of other LMs. Lattice vibrations or Raman spectra of many LMs in bulk have been discussed since the 1960s. However, different results were obtained because of differences or limitations in the Raman instruments at early stages. The developments of modern Raman spectroscopy now allow us to revisit the Raman spectra of these LMs under the same experimental conditions. Moreover, to the best of our knowledge, there were limitations in detailed reviews on the Raman spectra of these different LMs. Here, we provide a review on Raman spectra of various LMs, including semiconductors, topological insulators, insulators, semi-metals and superconductors. We firstly introduce a unified method based on symmetry analysis and polarization measurements to assign the observed Raman modes and characterize the crystal structure of different types of LMs. Then, we revisit and update the positions and assignments of vibration modes by re-measuring the Raman spectra of different types of LMs and by comparing our results to those reported in previous papers. We apply the recent advances on the interlayer vibrations of graphene and TMDs to these various LMs and obtain their shear modulus. The observation of the shear modes of LMs in bulk facilitates an accurate and fast characterization of layer numbers during preparation processes in the future by a robust layer-number dependency on the frequencies of the shear modes. We also summarize the recent advances on the layer-stacking dependence on the intensities of interlayer shear vibrations

  7. Polycrystalline SiC as source material for the growth of fluorescent SiC layers

    Kaiser, M.; Hupfer, T.; Jokubavicus, V.;

    2013-01-01

    Polycrystalline doped SiC act as source for fluorescent SiC. We have studied the growth of individual grains with different polytypes in the source material. We show an evolution and orientation of grains of different polytypes in polycrystalline SiC ingots grown by the Physical Vapor Transport...... method. The grain influence on the growth rate of fluorescent SiC layers grown by a sublimation epitaxial process is discussed in respect of surface kinetics....

  8. Electrophoretically prepared hybrid materials for biopolymer hydrogel and layered ceramic nanoparticles

    Gwak, Gyeong-Hyeon; Choi, Ae-Jin; Bae, Yeoung-Seuk; Choi, Hyun-Jin; Oh, Jae-Min

    2016-01-01

    Background In order to obtain biomaterials with controllable physicochemical properties, hybrid biomaterials composed of biocompatible biopolymers and ceramic nanoparticles have attracted interests. In this study, we prepared biopolymer/ceramic hybrids consisting of various natural biopolymers and layered double hydroxide (LDH) ceramic nanoparticles via an electrophoretic method. We studied the structures and controlled-release properties of these materials. Results and discussion X-ray diffr...

  9. Advanced methods for structural characterization and structure-property correlation for functional materials of layered compounds

    Dürrschnabel, Michael Thomas

    2014-01-01

    A large number of functional materials have layered structures yielding anisotropic physical properties and an exciting physics of extended defects. For the understanding of both phenomena extensive computational methods are necessary for calculating anisotropic physical properties in an ab-initio approach. Calculating high-energy electron scattering is essential to yield quantitative results on defect structures by electron microscopy and spectroscopy. In this thesis superconducting ReBa2Cu3...

  10. Analysis of Counterfeit Coated Tablets and Multi-Layer Packaging Materials Using Infrared Microspectroscopic Imaging.

    Winner, Taryn L; Lanzarotta, Adam; Sommer, André J

    2016-06-01

    An effective method for detecting and characterizing counterfeit finished dosage forms and packaging materials is described in this study. Using attenuated total internal reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic imaging, suspect tablet coating and core formulations as well as multi-layered foil safety seals, bottle labels, and cigarette tear tapes were analyzed and compared directly with those of a stored authentic product. The approach was effective for obtaining molecular information from structures as small as 6 μm. PMID:27068491

  11. Fatigue crack growth and fracture mechanics analysis of a working roll surface layer material

    M. Drobne

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Fatigue crack growth and fracture mechanics analysis of a working roll surface layer material is presented in this paper. The research is done on a hot strip mill working roll where High Chromium Steel is used for roll’s shell material. To obtain corresponding parameters, a rectangular single edge notched bend specimens – SENB, according to standard BS 7448, were used. The fatigue crack growth analysis was done on a resonant testing machine with use of special crack gauges, while for fracture mechanics parameters the electro–mechanical testing machine was used.

  12. Grafted, cross-linked carbon black as a double-layer capacitor electrode material

    Richner, R.; Mueller, S.; Wokaun, A.

    2001-03-01

    Isocyanate prepolymers readily react with oxidic functional groups on carbon black. On carbon black grafted with diisocyanates, reactive isocyanate groups are available for cross-linking to a polyurethane system. This cross-linked carbon black was considered as a new active material for electrochemical electrodes. Active material for electric double-layer capacitor electrodes was produced which had values of specific capacitance of up to 200 F/g. Cross-linking efficiencies of up to 58 % of the polymers utilised were achieved. (author)

  13. Solution-processed cathode interfacial layer materials for high-efficiency polymer solar cells

    Biao Xiao

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Polymer solar cells (PSCs are a new type of renewable energy source currently being extensively investigated due to perceived advantages; such as being lightweight, low-cost and because of the unlimited materials resource. The power conversion efficiency of state-of-the-art PSCs has increased dramatically in the past few years, obtained mainly through the development of new electron donor polymers, acceptors, and novel device structures through the use of various electrode interfacial materials. In this short review, recent progress in solution-processed cathode interfacial layers that could significantly improve device performances is summarized and highlighted.

  14. Atomically thin two-dimensional materials as hole extraction layers in organolead halide perovskite photovoltaic cells

    Kim, Yu Geun; Kwon, Ki Chang; Le, Quyet Van; Hong, Kootak; Jang, Ho Won; Kim, Soo Young

    2016-07-01

    Atomically thin two-dimensional materials such as MoS2, WS2, and graphene oxide (GO) are used as hole extraction layers (HEL) in organolead halide perovskites solar cells (PSCs) instead of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) HEL. MoS2 and WS2 layers with a polycrystalline structure were synthesized by a chemical deposition method using a uniformly spin-coated (NH4)MoS4 and (NH4)WS4 precursor solution. GO was synthesized by the oxidation of natural graphite powder using Hummers' method. The work functions of MoS2, WS2, and GO are measured to be 5.0, 4.95, and 5.1 eV, respectively. The X-ray diffraction spectrum indicated that the synthesized perovskite material is CH3NH3PbI3-xClx. The PSCs with the p-n junction structure were fabricated based on the CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite layer. The power conversion efficiencies of the MoS2, WS2, and GO-based PSCs were 9.53%, 8.02%, and 9.62%, respectively, which are comparable to those obtained from PEDOT:PSS-based devices (9.93%). These results suggest that two-dimensional materials such as MoS2, WS2, and GO can be promising candidates for the formation of HELs in the PSCs.

  15. The effect of temperature, material properties of adhesive layer and geometry on a bi‑material structure

    Approximate analytical models are used to present the influence of the type of adhesive on the behaviour of the peeling stress, debond lengths and plastic zones in a structure consisting of two plates (fabricated from Alumina and Aluminium). The plates are bonded together by an interface zero thickness adhesive layer and subjected to thermal loading. The thermal peeling stress is caused by the thermal and elastic mismatch of the two-plate structure undergoing change of the temperature. It is determined via the interfacial shearing stress. The interface is assumed to exhibit brittle failure under critical shear stress. The peeling stress and the delamination on the interfacial boundary in a bi-material structure are calculated and compared accounting for two different adhesives. Key words: delamination of adhesively bonded bi-material structure, thermal loading, interfacial thermal stresses

  16. Microscopic observation of pattern attack by aggressive ions on finished surface of aluminium alloy sacrificial anode

    This paper presents the results of a microscopic observation on submerged finished surface of aluminium alloy sacrificial anode. Experimental tests were carried out on polished surface aluminium anode exposed to seawater containing aggressive ions in order to observe of pattern corrosion attack on corroding surface of anode. Results have shown, at least under the present testing condition, that surface of sacrificial anode were attack by an aggressive ion such as chloride along grain boundaries. In addition, results of microanalysis showed that the corrosion products on surface of aluminium alloy have Al, Zn and O element for all sample and within the pit was consists of Al, Zn, O and Cl element. (author)

  17. New Material Development for Surface Layer and Surface Technology in Tribology Science to Improve Energy Efficiency

    Ismail, R.; Tauviqirrahman, M.; Jamari, Jamari; Schipper, D. J.

    2009-09-01

    This paper reviews the development of new material and surface technology in tribology and its contribution to energy efficiency. Two examples of the economic benefits, resulted from the optimum tribology in the transportation sector and the manufacturing industry are discussed. The new materials are proposed to modify the surface property by laminating the bulk material with thin layer/coating. Under a suitable condition, the thin layer on a surface can provide a combination of good wear, a low friction and corrosion resistance for the mechanical components. The innovation in layer technology results molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), diamond like carbon (DLC), cubic boron nitride (CBN) and diamond which perform satisfactory outcome. The application of the metallic coatings to carbon fibre reinforced polymer matrix composites (CFRP) has the capacity to provide considerable weight and power savings for many engineering components. The green material for lubricant and additives such as the use of sunflower oil which possesses good oxidation resistance and the use of mallee leaves as bio-degradable solvent are used to answer the demand of the environmentally friendly material with good performance. The tribology research implementation for energy efficiency also touches the simple things around us such as: erasing the laser-print in a paper with different abrasion techniques. For the technology in the engineering surface, the consideration for generating the suitable surface of the components in running-in period has been discussed in order to prolong the components life and reduce the machine downtime. The conclusion, tribology can result in reducing manufacturing time, reducing the maintenance requirements, prolonging the service interval, improving durability, reliability and mechanical components life, and reducing harmful exhaust emission and waste. All of these advantages will increase the energy efficiency and the economic benefits.

  18. Large-Area Quality Control of Atomically-Thin Layered Materials

    Nolen, Craig Merten

    Fast progress in chemical vapor deposition of graphene and other quasi-two-dimensional layered materials such as topological insulators call for development of a reliable high-throughput method of layered materials identification and quality control. The number of atomic planes in graphene or other ultra-thin films has to be determined very fast and over large wafer-scale areas. The previously existed methods of accurate counting of the number of atomic planes in few-layer graphene were primarily based on micro-Raman spectroscopy. These methods were local, slow, and could not be scaled up to characterize the whole wafers. In this dissertation research I proposed and developed an automatic approach for graphene inspection over the wafer-size areas. The proposed method can be scaled up for industrial use. It is based on the image processing analysis of the pseudo-color contrasts uniquely assigned to each few-layer graphene region characterized by a specific number of atomic planes. The initial calibration of the technique is performed with the help of micro-Raman spectroscopy. The image processing is also used to account for the lighting non-uniformity of the samples. Implementation of the technique developed in this dissertation research reduces the cost and time required for graphene identification and quality assessment, and can become the next major impetus for practical applications of graphene, few-layer graphene and other atomically-thin films. The technique was tested on mechanically exfoliated graphene and then extended to the chemical-vapor-deposited graphene, and to bismuth telluride topological insulator thin films. The second part of the dissertation research deals with development of the electrostatic transfer process. The investigated approach allows one to transfer the patterned few-layer graphene films controllably to Si3N4 substrates compatible with other materials. The large-area quality control and graphene transfer techniques developed in this

  19. Review on the Raman spectroscopy of different types of layered materials.

    Zhang, Xin; Tan, Qing-Hai; Wu, Jiang-Bin; Shi, Wei; Tan, Ping-Heng

    2016-03-17

    Two-dimensional layered materials, such as graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), have been under intensive investigation. The rapid progress of research on graphene and TMDs is now stimulating the exploration of different types of layered materials (LMs). Raman spectroscopy has shown its great potential in the characterization of layer numbers, interlayer coupling and layer-stacking configurations and will benefit the future explorations of other LMs. Lattice vibrations or Raman spectra of many LMs in bulk have been discussed since the 1960s. However, different results were obtained because of differences or limitations in the Raman instruments at early stages. The developments of modern Raman spectroscopy now allow us to revisit the Raman spectra of these LMs under the same experimental conditions. Moreover, to the best of our knowledge, there were limitations in detailed reviews on the Raman spectra of these different LMs. Here, we provide a review on Raman spectra of various LMs, including semiconductors, topological insulators, insulators, semi-metals and superconductors. We firstly introduce a unified method based on symmetry analysis and polarization measurements to assign the observed Raman modes and characterize the crystal structure of different types of LMs. Then, we revisit and update the positions and assignments of vibration modes by re-measuring the Raman spectra of different types of LMs and by comparing our results to those reported in previous papers. We apply the recent advances on the interlayer vibrations of graphene and TMDs to these various LMs and obtain their shear modulus. The observation of the shear modes of LMs in bulk facilitates an accurate and fast characterization of layer numbers during preparation processes in the future by a robust layer-number dependency on the frequencies of the shear modes. We also summarize the recent advances on the layer-stacking dependence on the intensities of interlayer shear vibrations

  20. A Method to Estimate the Dynamic Displacement and Stress of a Multi-layered Pavement with Bituminous or Concrete Materials

    LU, ZHENG; Yao, Hailin; Zhang, JingBo

    2014-01-01

    In this research work, a method to estimate the dynamic characteristics of a multilayered pavement with bituminous or concrete materials is proposed. A mechanical model is established to investigate the dynamic displacement and stress of the multi-layered pavement structure. Both the flexible and the rigid pavements, corresponding to bituminous materials and concrete materials, respectively, are studied. The theoretical solutions of the multi-layered pavement structure are deduced considering...

  1. Intensifying the Casimir force between two silicon substrates within three different layers of materials

    Seyedzahedi, A.; Moradian, A.; Setare, M. R.

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the Casimir force for a system composed of two thick slabs as substrates within three different homogeneous layers. We use the scattering approach along with the Matsubara formalism in order to calculate the Casimir force at finite temperature. First, we focus on constructing the reflection matrices and then we calculate the Casimir force for a water-lipid system. According to the conventional use of silicon as a substrate, we apply the formalism to calculate the Casimir force for layers of Au, VO2, mica, KCl and foam rubber on the thick slabs of silicon. Afterwards, introducing an increasing factor, we compare our results with Lifshitz force in the vacuum between two semispaces of silicon in order to illustrate the influence of the layers on intensifying the Casimir force. We also calculate the Casimir force between two slabs of the forementioned materials with finite thicknesses to indicate the substrate's role in increasing the obtained Casimir force. Our simple calculation is interesting since one can extend it along with the Rigorous Coupled Wave Analysis to systems containing inhomogeneous layers as good candidates for designing nanomechanical devices.

  2. Strain-displacement relations for strain engineering in single-layer 2d materials

    Midtvedt, Daniel; Lewenkopf, Caio H.; Croy, Alexander

    2016-03-01

    We investigate the electromechanical coupling in single-layer 2d materials. For non-Bravais lattices, we find important corrections to the standard macroscopic strain-microscopic atomic-displacement theory. We put forward a general and systematic approach to calculate strain-displacement relations for several classes of 2d materials. We apply our findings to graphene as a study case, by combining a tight binding and a valence force-field model to calculate electronic and mechanical properties of graphene nanoribbons under strain. The results show good agreement with the predictions of the Dirac equation coupled to continuum mechanics. For this long wave-limit effective theory, we find that the strain-displacement relations lead to a renormalization correction to the strain-induced pseudo-magnetic fields. A similar renormalization is found for the strain-induced band-gap of black phosphorous. Implications for nanomechanical properties and electromechanical coupling in 2d materials are discussed.

  3. Surface reconstruction and chemical evolution of stoichiometric layered cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

    Lin, Feng; Markus, Isaac M; Nordlund, Dennis; Weng, Tsu-Chien; Asta, Mark D; Xin, Huolin L; Doeff, Marca M

    2014-01-01

    The present study sheds light on the long-standing challenges associated with high-voltage operation of LiNi(x)Mn(x)Co(1-2x)O2 cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. Using correlated ensemble-averaged high-throughput X-ray absorption spectroscopy and spatially resolved electron microscopy and spectroscopy, here we report structural reconstruction (formation of a surface reduced layer, to transition) and chemical evolution (formation of a surface reaction layer) at the surface of LiNi(x)Mn(x)Co(1-2x)O2 particles. These are primarily responsible for the prevailing capacity fading and impedance buildup under high-voltage cycling conditions, as well as the first-cycle coulombic inefficiency. It was found that the surface reconstruction exhibits a strong anisotropic characteristic, which predominantly occurs along lithium diffusion channels. Furthermore, the surface reaction layer is composed of lithium fluoride embedded in a complex organic matrix. This work sets a refined example for the study of surface reconstruction and chemical evolution in battery materials using combined diagnostic tools at complementary length scales. PMID:24670975

  4. Tuning the Transport Properties of Layered Materials for Thermoelectric Applications using First-Principles Calculations

    Saeed, Yasir

    2014-05-11

    Thermoelectric materials can convert waste heat into electric power and thus provide a way to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels. Our aim is to model the underlying materials properties and, in particular, the transport as controlled by electrons and lattice vibrations. The goal is to develop an understanding of the thermoelectric properties of selected materials at a fundamental level. The structural, electronic, optical, and phononic properties are studied in order to tune the transport, focusing on KxRhO2, NaxRhO2, PtSb2 and Bi2Se3. The investigations are based on density functional theory as implemented in the all electron linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbitals WIEN2k and pseudo potential Quantum-ESPRESSO codes. The thermoelectric properties are derived from Boltzmann transport theory under the constant relaxation time approximation, using the BoltzTraP code. We will discuss first the changes in the electronic band structure under variation of the cation concentration in layered KxRhO2 in the 2H phase and NaxRhO2 in the 3R phase. We will also study the hydrated phase. The deformations of the RhO6 octahedra turn out to govern the thermoelectric properties, where the high Seebeck coefficient results from ”pudding mold" bands. We investigate the thermoelectric properties of electron and hole doped PtSb2, which is not a layered material but shares “pudding mold" bands. PtSb2 has a high Seebeck coefficient at room temperature, which increases significantly under As alloying by bandgap opening and reduction of the lattice thermal conductivity. Bi2Se3 (bulk and thin film) has a larger bandgap then the well-known thermoelectric material Bi2Te3, which is important at high temperature. The structural stability, electronic structure, and transport properties of one to six quintuple layers of Bi2Se3 will be discussed. We also address the effect of strain on a single quintuple layer by phonon band structures. We will analyze the electronic and transport

  5. Few layer epitaxial germanene: a novel two-dimensional Dirac material.

    Dávila, María Eugenia; Le Lay, Guy

    2016-01-01

    Monolayer germanene, a novel graphene-like germanium allotrope akin to silicene has been recently grown on metallic substrates. Lying directly on the metal surfaces the reconstructed atom-thin sheets are prone to lose the massless Dirac fermion character and unique associated physical properties of free standing germanene. Here, we show that few layer germanene, which we create by dry epitaxy on a gold template, possesses Dirac cones thanks to a reduced interaction. This finding established on synchrotron-radiation-based photoemission, scanning tunneling microscopy imaging and surface electron diffraction places few layer germanene among the rare two-dimensional Dirac materials. Since germanium is currently used in the mainstream Si-based electronics, perspectives of using germanene for scaling down beyond the 5 nm node appear very promising. Other fascinating properties seem at hand, typically the robust quantum spin Hall effect for applications in spintronics and the engineering of Floquet Majorana fermions by light for quantum computing. PMID:26860590

  6. Design and synthesis of a new layered thermoelectric material LaPbBiS3O.

    Sun, Yun-Lei; Ablimit, Abduweli; Zhai, Hui-Fei; Bao, Jin-Ke; Tang, Zhang-Tu; Wang, Xin-Bo; Wang, Nan-Lin; Feng, Chun-Mu; Cao, Guang-Han

    2014-10-20

    A new quinary oxysulfide LaPbBiS3O was designed and successfully synthesized via a solid-state reaction in a sealed evacuated quartz tube. This material, composed of stacked NaCl-like [M4S6] (where M = Pb, Bi) layers and fluorite-type [La2O2] layers, crystallizes in the tetragonal space group P4/nmm with a = 4.0982(1) Å, c = 19.7754(6) Å, and Z = 2. Electrical resistivity and Hall effect measurements demonstrate that it is a narrow gap semiconductor with an activation energy of ∼17 meV. The thermopower and the figure of merit at room temperature were measured to be -52 μV/K and 0.23, respectively, which makes LaPbBiS3O and its derivatives be promising for thermoelectric applications. PMID:25272272

  7. Emanation thermal analysis for characterization of surface and near surface layers of advanced materials

    A non traditional method, called emanation thermal analysis (ETA), was used the for characterization of surface and near surface layers of SiC based materials. This method consists in the measurement of the release of inert gas (radon) from the samples previously labeled to the depth of several tens of nanometers with the inert gas atoms. The ETA results brought about information about microstructure changes and transport properties of SiC/SiCf composites on heating in the range 30-1300degC in argon and air, respectively. The annealing of structure irregularities which served as diffusion paths for radon was evaluated. The temperature range of the formation and crystallization of the silica layer resulting after oxidation of the SiC/SiCf sample on heating in air was determined from the ETA results. (author)

  8. Elemental analysis on reaction layers formed in the core materials interaction at high temperatures

    To obtain the fundamental data to evaluate the initial stage of the core degradation during a severe accident in LWRs, quantitative elemental analyses with SEM-EDX/WDX were performed on reaction layers formed at interfaces between core materials in laboratory tests at high temperatures. The reaction layers analyzed were those formed in the reactions of Zircaloy-4/Inconel-718, Zircaloy-4/stainless steel type 304, Ag-In-Cd alloy/Zircaloy-4, B4C/stainless steel type 304, and B4C/Zircaloy-4. The results indicated that initiation temperatures of these reactions and discontinuities of the temperature dependence of the reaction rate were obviously connected with eutectic formations. (author)

  9. Monitoring the Startup of a Sacrificial Concrete Sewer for Odor Control

    Nielsen, Asbjørn Haaning; Vollertsen, Jes

    2014-01-01

    The use of a sacrificial concrete sewer for controlling sulphide-related odour downstream of a pressure sewer was investigated in this study. The investigated sewer is located in a rural catchment and is intended to alleviate odour problems downstream of a small diameter pressure sewer with exten...

  10. Fabrication of scalable and structured tissue engineering scaffolds using water dissolvable sacrificial 3D printed moulds

    Mohanty, Soumyaranjan; Larsen, Layla Bashir; Trifol Guzman, Jon;

    2015-01-01

    One of the major challenges in producing large scale engineered tissue is the lack of ability to create large highly perfused scaffolds in which cells can grow at a high cell density and viability. Here, we explore 3D printed polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as a sacrificial mould in a polymer casting...

  11. The influence of Ti and Sr alloying elements on electrochemical properties of aluminum sacrificial anodes

    Saremi, M.; Sina, H.; Keyvani, A.; Emamy, M. [Metallurgy and Materials Department, University of Tehran, P.O. Box 11365/4563, Tehran (Iran)

    2004-07-01

    Aluminum sacrificial anodes are widely used in cathodic protection of alloys in seawater. The interesting properties due to low specific weight, low electrode potential and high current capacity are often hindered by the presence of a passive oxide film which causes several difficulties in their practical application. In this investigation, the electrochemical behavior of Al- 5Zn-0.02In sacrificial anode is studied in 3 wt. % sodium chloride solution. The experiments focused on the influence of Ti and Sr as alloying elements on electrochemical behavior of aluminum sacrificial anode. Ti and Sr are used in different concentrations from 0.03 to 0.1 wt.% 0.01 to 0.05 wt.%, respectively. NACE efficiency and polarization tests are used in this case. It is shown that by using 0.03 wt.% Ti and 0.01 wt.% Sr as the alloying elements to investigate the anodic behavior of the anodes, homogeneous microstructures are obtained which results in improvement of electrochemical properties of aluminum sacrificial anode such as current capacity and anode efficiency. (authors)

  12. Finite Element Analysis of Layered Fiber Composite Structures Accounting for the Material's Microstructure and Delamination

    Stier, Bertram; Simon, Jaan-Willem; Reese, Stefanie

    2015-04-01

    The present paper focuses on composite structures which consist of several layers of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP). For such layered composite structures, delamination constitutes one of the major failure modes. Predicting its initiation is essential for the design of these composites. Evaluating stress-strength relation based onset criteria requires an accurate representation of the through-the-thickness stress distribution, which can be particularly delicate in the case of shell-like structures. Thus, in this paper, a solid-shell finite element formulation is utilized which allows to incorporate a fully three-dimensional material model while still being suitable for applications involving thin structures. Moreover, locking phenomena are cured by using both the EAS and the ANS concept, and numerical efficiency is ensured through reduced integration. The proposed anisotropic material model accounts for the material's micro-structure by using the concept of structural tensors. It is validated by comparison to experimental data as well as by application to numerical examples.

  13. Processing of hazardous material, or damage treatment method for shallow layer underground storage structure

    In radioactive waste processing facilities and shallow layer underground structures for processing hazardous materials, sheet piles having freezing pipes at the joint portions are spiked into soils at the periphery of a damaged portion of the shallow layer underground structure for processing or storing hazardous materials. Liquid nitrogen is injected to the freezing pipes to freeze the joint portions of adjacent sheet piles. With such procedures, continuous waterproof walls are formed surrounding the soils at the peripheries of the damaged portion. Further, freezing pipes are disposed in the surrounding soils, and liquid nitrogen is injected to freeze the soils. The frozen soils are removed, and artificial foundation materials are filled in the space except for the peripheries of the damaged portion after the removal thereof, and liquid suspension is filled in the peripheries of the damaged portion, and restoration steps for closing the damaged portion are applied. Then, the peripheries of the damaged portion are buried again. With such procedures, series of treatments for removing contaminated soils and repairing a damaged portion can be conducted efficiently at a low cost. (T.M.)

  14. Atomic-scale friction modulated by potential corrugation in multi-layered graphene materials

    Friction is an important issue that has to be carefully treated for the fabrication of graphene-based nano-scale devices. So far, the friction mechanism of graphene materials on the atomic scale has not yet been clearly presented. Here, first-principles calculations were employed to unveil the friction behaviors and their atomic-scale mechanism. We found that potential corrugations on sliding surfaces dominate the friction force and the friction anisotropy of graphene materials. Higher friction forces correspond to larger corrugations of potential energy, which are tuned by the number of graphene layers. The friction anisotropy is determined by the regular distributions of potential energy. The sliding along a fold-line path (hollow-atop-hollow) has a relatively small potential energy barrier. Thus, the linear sliding observed in macroscopic friction experiments may probably be attributed to the fold-line sliding mode on the atomic scale. These findings can also be extended to other layer-structure materials, such as molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) and graphene-like BN sheets

  15. Atomic-scale friction modulated by potential corrugation in multi-layered graphene materials

    Zhuang, Chunqiang, E-mail: chunqiang.zhuang@bjut.edu.cn [Beijing Key Laboratory of Microstructure and Properties of Advanced Materials, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124 (China); Liu, Lei [Institute of Earthquake Science, China Earthquake Administration, Beijing 10036 (China)

    2015-03-21

    Friction is an important issue that has to be carefully treated for the fabrication of graphene-based nano-scale devices. So far, the friction mechanism of graphene materials on the atomic scale has not yet been clearly presented. Here, first-principles calculations were employed to unveil the friction behaviors and their atomic-scale mechanism. We found that potential corrugations on sliding surfaces dominate the friction force and the friction anisotropy of graphene materials. Higher friction forces correspond to larger corrugations of potential energy, which are tuned by the number of graphene layers. The friction anisotropy is determined by the regular distributions of potential energy. The sliding along a fold-line path (hollow-atop-hollow) has a relatively small potential energy barrier. Thus, the linear sliding observed in macroscopic friction experiments may probably be attributed to the fold-line sliding mode on the atomic scale. These findings can also be extended to other layer-structure materials, such as molybdenum disulfide (MoS{sub 2}) and graphene-like BN sheets.

  16. Design and Optimization of Passive UHF RFID Tag Antenna for Mounting on or inside Material Layers

    Shao, Shuai

    There is great desire to employ passive UHF RFID tags for inventory tracking and sensing in a diversity of applications and environments. Owing to its battery-free operation, non-line-of sight detection, low cost, long read range and small form factor, each year billions of RFID tags are being deployed in retail, logistics, manufacturing, biomedical inventories, among many other applications. However, the performance of these RFID systems has not met expectations. This is because a tag's performance deteriorates significantly when mounted on or inside arbitrary materials. The tag antenna is optimized only for a given type of material at a certain location of placement, and detuning takes place when attached to or embedded in materials with dielectric properties outside the design range. Thereby, different customized tags may be needed for identifying objects even within the same class of products. This increases the overall cost of the system. Furthermore, conventional copper foil-based RFID tag antennas are prone to metal fatigue and wear, and cannot survive hostile environments where antennas could be deformed by external forces and failures occur. Therefore, it is essential to understand the interaction between the antenna and the material in the vicinity of the tag, and design general purpose RFID tag antennas possessing excellent electrical performance as well as robust mechanical structure. A particularly challenging application addressed here is designing passive RFID tag antennas for automotive tires. Tires are composed of multiple layers of rubber with different dielectric properties and thicknesses. Furthermore, metallic plies are embedded in the sidewalls and steel belts lie beneath the tread to enforce mechanical integrity. To complicate matters even more, a typical tire experiences a 10% stretching during the construction process. This dissertation focuses on intuitively understanding the interaction between the antenna and the material in the

  17. Optical properties of PbS-doped silica optical fiber materials based on atomic layer deposition

    Highlights: • PbS-doped silica optical fiber materials have been fabricated by ALD technique. • PbS-doped silica optical fiber materials are characterized through XPS, Raman and optical properties. • The local structure model of PbS-3MR for the PbS-doped optical fiber materials is built, and its optical properties are investigated using DFT. • The computed results of absorption and emission peaks are at 325.7 and 769.8 nm, which are good agreement with our experiment results. - Abstract: Optical properties of PbS-doped silica optical fiber materials and theoretical simulation are investigated. PbS is deposited on silica optical fiber materials by Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technique with Pb(tmhd)2 and H2S as Pb and S precursors, respectively. Its stoichiometry is confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The valence states of S and Pb element are −2 and +2, respectively. The Raman spectra further reveal that PbS has been doped into optical fiber materials almost without destroying irregular rings structure in silica material network. And there are distinct absorption bands at 248 and 352 nm. Fluorescence spectra are obtained with 330 and 350 nm pumping, two fluorescence peaks at 768 and 808 nm, respectively. In addition, the microstructure models for PbS-doped optical fiber materials are built on Gaussian09 platform, and its optical properties of the absorption and emission spectra are calculated using density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) methods. There are obvious absorption and emission peaks at 325.7 and 769.8 nm, respectively, which are in good agreement with experiments

  18. Surface Modification of Nano Porous Materials for Electric Double Layer Capacitors Application

    Tashima, Daisuke; Kurosawatsu, Kenji; Sung, Youl-Moon; Otsubo, Masahisa; Honda, Chikahisa

    2007-01-01

    In this work, carbonaceous materials were modified in order to improve capacitance and charge density in electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs). Optimal conditions for plasma surface treatment of activated carbon have been examined for times from 10 min to 1 h at 150 ℃. The plasma is a high-frequency glow discharge in N2. The pressure of the gas is 13.3 Pa. The electrode is set up so that the EDLC sample is covered with the glow discharge. Space charge density can be improved by plasma surf...

  19. Proper restorative material selection, digital processes allow highly esthetic shade match combined with layered porcelain.

    Kahng, Luke S

    2014-03-01

    Today's digital technologies are affording dentists and laboratory technicians more control over material choices for creating restorations and fabricating dental prostheses. Digital processes can potentially enable technicians to create ideal marginal areas and account for the thickness and support of layering porcelain over substructures in the design process. In this case report of a restoration of a single central incisor, a number of issues are addressed that are central to using the newest digital technology. As demonstrated, shade selection is a crucial early step in any restorative case preparation. PMID:24773196

  20. Los Alamos MAWST software layered on Westinghouse Savannah River Company's nuclear materials accountability system

    The Los Alamos Safeguards Systems Group's Materials Accounting With Sequential Testing (MAWST) computer program was developed to fulfill DOE Order 5633.3B requiring that inventory-difference control limits be based on variance propagation or any other statistically valid technique. Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC) developed a generic computerized accountability system, NucMAS, to satisfy accounting and reporting requirements for material balance areas. NucMAS maintains the calculation methods and the measurement information required to compute nuclear material transactions in elemental and isotopic masses by material type code. The Safeguards Systems Group designed and implemented to WSRC's specifications a software interface application, called NucMASloe. It is a layered product for NucMAS that automatically formats a NucMAS data set to a format compatible with MAWST and runs MAWST. This paper traces the development of NucMASloe from the Software Requirements through the testing and demonstration stages. The general design constraints are described as well as the difficulties encountered on interfacing an external software product (MAWST) with an existing classical accounting structure (NucMAS). The lessons learned from this effort, the design, and some of the software are directly applicable to the Local Area Network Material Accountability System (LANMAS) being sponsored by DOE

  1. Sacrificial Template-Based Synthesis of Unified Hollow Porous Palladium Nanospheres for Formic Acid Electro-Oxidation

    Xiaoyu Qiu

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Large scale syntheses of uniform metal nanoparticles with hollow porous structure have attracted much attention owning to their high surface area, abundant active sites and relatively efficient catalytic activity. Herein, we report a general method to synthesize hollow porous Pd nanospheres (Pd HPNSs by templating sacrificial SiO2 nanoparticles with the assistance of polyallylamine hydrochloride (PAH through layer-by-layer self-assembly. The chemically inert PAH is acting as an efficient stabilizer and complex agent to control the synthesis of Pd HPNSs, probably accounting for its long aliphatic alkyl chains, excellent coordination capability and good hydrophilic property. The physicochemical properties of Pd HPNSs are thoroughly characterized by various techniques, such as transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The growth mechanism of Pd HPNSs is studied based on the analysis of diverse experimental observations. The as-prepared Pd HPNSs exhibit clearly enhanced electrocatalytic activity and durability for the formic oxidation reaction (FAOR in acid medium compared with commercial Pd black.

  2. An analytical model for dispersion of material in the atmospheric planetary boundary layer in presence of precipitation

    An analytical model for the dispersion of particulates and finely divided material released into the atmosphere near the ground is presented. The possible precipitation when the particles are dense enough and large enough to have deposition velocity, is taken into consideration. The model is derived analytically in the mixing layer or Ekman boundary layer where the mixing process is a direct consequence of turbulent and convective motions generated in the boundary layer. (author)

  3. Casimir Piston of Real Materials and its Application to Multi-Layer Models

    Teo, L P

    2009-01-01

    In this article, we derive the formula for the Casimir force acting on a piston made of real material moving inside a perfectly conducting rectangular box. It is shown that by taking suitable limits, one recovers the formula for the Casimir force acting on a perfectly conducting piston or an infinitely permeable piston. Lipshitz formula for finite temperature Casimir force acting on parallel plates made of real materials is re-derived by considering the five-layer model in the context of piston approach. It is observed that the divergences of the Casimir force will only cancel under certain conditions, for example, when the regions separated by the plates are filled with isorefractive media.

  4. Comprehensive study on the light shielding potential of thermotropic layers for the development of new materials.

    Gruber, D P; Winkler, G; Resch, K

    2015-01-10

    In recent years thermotropic overheating protection glazings have been the focus for both solar thermal collector technology and architecture. A thermotropic glazing changes its light transmittance from highly transparent to light diffusing upon reaching a certain threshold temperature autonomously and reversibly. In thermotropic systems with fixed domains (TSFD) the scattering domains are embedded in a polymer matrix, which exhibits a sudden change of the refractive index upon reaching a threshold temperature. The aim of the present study was to comprehensively investigate the light shielding characteristics and potential of TSFD materials by applying simulation of light scattering in particle-filled layers. In random walk simulations a variety of parameters were varied systematically, and the effect on the light transmission behavior of TSFD was studied. The calculation steps of the simulation process are shown in detail. The simulations demonstrate that there is great potential for the production of functional materials with high overheating protection efficiency. PMID:25967611

  5. INCREASING THE FRACTURE TOUGHNESS OF EROSION-RESISTANT LAYERED MATERIALS PRODUCED BY EXPLOSION WELDING

    V. N. Kovalevski

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available It is proposed to use the J-integral criterion that takes into account the plastic deformation at the crack tip for layered materials based on high-strength steel 38HN3MFA alloys and erosion resistant cobalt alloy ЭП 131, molybdenum alloy MT, which are destroyed according to the laws of elastic-plastic mechanics. The experimental technique for determining and numerical calculation of energetic J-integral has been described. Numerical modeling of the destruction process has shown good convergence with experimental researches. There was shown that the high-velocity deformation at explosive processing of steel forms structure with high parameters of strain crack toughness and significant increase of yield strength of a material.

  6. Holographic recording characteristics and applications of single-layer panchromatic dichromated gelatin material

    Zhu, Jianhua; Xu, Min; Chen, Ligong; Guo, Yongkang; Guo, Lurong

    2005-09-01

    A high-quality single-layer panchromatic dichromated gelatin material is achieved successfully by employing new types of multi-color photosensitizers and photochemical promoters to conventional photo-crosslinking gelatin system. Its holographic recording characteristics such as spectral response, the photosensitivity of three primary colors, spectral selectivity of volume reflection hologram, angular and wavelength selectivity of volume transmission hologram, are studied in detail. Using red, green and blue lasers, namely three primary colors, the bright volume transmission and reflection holograms can be recorded on the panchromatic material at the exposure level of 30 mJ/cm2. Some preliminary results of space, angle and wavelength multiplexing holographic storage for storing multiple binary and grey-tone optical images, are also reported in this paper.

  7. Sputtered platinum-iridium layers as electrode material for functional electrostimulation

    Ganske, G., E-mail: ganske@iwe1.rwth-aachen.d [Institute of Materials in Electrical Engineering I, RWTH Aachen University, Sommerfeldstr. 24, D-52074 Aachen (Germany); Slavcheva, E. [Institute of Materials in Electrical Engineering I, RWTH Aachen University, Sommerfeldstr. 24, D-52074 Aachen (Germany); Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Ooyen, A. van; Mokwa, W.; Schnakenberg, U. [Institute of Materials in Electrical Engineering I, RWTH Aachen University, Sommerfeldstr. 24, D-52074 Aachen (Germany)

    2011-03-31

    In this study co-sputtered layers of platinum-iridium (PtIr) are investigated as stimulation electrode material. The effects of different sputter parameters on the morphology and the electrochemical behavior are examined. It is shown that films sputtered at the lowest incident energy possess the highest charge storage capacity (CSC). At a Pt:Ir atomic-ratio of 55:45 the obtained CSC of 22 mC/cm{sup 2} is enhanced compared to the standard stimulation material platinum (16 mC/cm{sup 2}) but inferior to iridium which has a CSC of 35 mC/cm{sup 2}. Long term cyclic voltammetry measurements show that PtIr can be activated which increases the CSC to 29 mC/cm{sup 2}. Also a change in the film morphology is observed. Sputtered platinum-iridium films promise to combine high mechanical strength and increased charge storage capacity.

  8. Sputtered platinum-iridium layers as electrode material for functional electrostimulation

    In this study co-sputtered layers of platinum-iridium (PtIr) are investigated as stimulation electrode material. The effects of different sputter parameters on the morphology and the electrochemical behavior are examined. It is shown that films sputtered at the lowest incident energy possess the highest charge storage capacity (CSC). At a Pt:Ir atomic-ratio of 55:45 the obtained CSC of 22 mC/cm2 is enhanced compared to the standard stimulation material platinum (16 mC/cm2) but inferior to iridium which has a CSC of 35 mC/cm2. Long term cyclic voltammetry measurements show that PtIr can be activated which increases the CSC to 29 mC/cm2. Also a change in the film morphology is observed. Sputtered platinum-iridium films promise to combine high mechanical strength and increased charge storage capacity.

  9. Cooperation of micro- and meso-porous carbon electrode materials in electric double-layer capacitors

    Zheng, Cheng [State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 5625 Renmin Street, Changchun 130022, Jilin Province (China); Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Qi, Li; Wang, Hongyu [State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 5625 Renmin Street, Changchun 130022, Jilin Province (China); Yoshio, Masaki [Advanced Research Center, Saga University, 1341 Yoga-machi, Saga 840-0047 (Japan)

    2010-07-01

    The capacitive characteristics of micro- and meso-porous carbon materials have been compared in cyclic voltammetric studies and galvanostatic charge-discharge tests. Meso-porous carbon can keep certain high capacitance values at high scan rates, whereas micro-porous carbon possesses very high capacitance values at low scan rates but fades quickly as the scan rate rises up. For better performance of electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs), the cooperative application of both kinds of carbon materials has been proposed in the following two ways: mixing both kinds of carbons in the same electrode or using the asymmetric configuration of carbon electrodes in the same EDLC. The cooperative effect on the electrochemical performance has also been addressed. (author)

  10. Investigation of epitaxial silicon layers as a material for radiation hardened silicon detectors

    Li, Z. [Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States); Eremin, V.; Ilyashenko, I.; Ivanov, A.; Verbitskaya, E. [Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation). Ioffe Physico-Technical Inst.; CERN RD-48 ROSE Collaboration

    1997-12-01

    Epitaxial grown thick layers ({ge} 100 micrometers) of high resistivity silicon (Epi-Si) have been investigated as a possible candidate of radiation hardened material for detectors for high-energy physics. As grown Epi-Si layers contain high concentration (up to 2 {times} 10{sup 12} cm{sup {minus}3}) of deep levels compared with that in standard high resistivity bulk Si. After irradiation of test diodes by protons (E{sub p} = 24 GeV) with a fluence of 1.5 {times} 10{sup 11} cm{sup {minus}2}, no additional radiation induced deep traps have been detected. A reasonable explanation is that there is a sink of primary radiation induced defects (interstitial and vacancies), possibly by as-grown defects, in epitaxial layers. The ``sinking`` process, however, becomes non-effective at high radiation fluences (10{sup 14} cm{sup {minus}2}) due to saturation of epitaxial defects by high concentration of radiation induced ones. As a result, at neutron fluence of 1 {times} 10{sup 14} cm{sup {minus}2} the deep level spectrum corresponds to well-known spectrum of radiation induced defects in high resistivity bulk Si. The net effective concentration in the space charge region equals to 3 {times} 10{sup 12} cm{sup {minus}3} after 3 months of room temperature storage and reveals similar annealing behavior for epitaxial as compared to bulk silicon.

  11. Emission Spectroscopic Boundary Layer Investigation during Ablative Material Testing in Plasmatron

    Helber, Bernd; Chazot, Olivier; Hubin, Annick; Magin, Thierry E.

    2016-01-01

    Ablative Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) allowed the first humans to safely return to Earth from the moon and are still considered as the only solution for future high-speed reentry missions. But despite the advancements made since Apollo, heat flux prediction remains an imperfect science and engineers resort to safety factors to determine the TPS thickness. This goes at the expense of embarked payload, hampering, for example, sample return missions. Ground testing in plasma wind-tunnels is currently the only affordable possibility for both material qualification and validation of material response codes. The subsonic 1.2MW Inductively Coupled Plasmatron facility at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics is able to reproduce a wide range of reentry environments. This protocol describes a procedure for the study of the gas/surface interaction on ablative materials in high enthalpy flows and presents sample results of a non-pyrolyzing, ablating carbon fiber precursor. With this publication, the authors envisage the definition of a standard procedure, facilitating comparison with other laboratories and contributing to ongoing efforts to improve heat shield reliability and reduce design uncertainties. The described core techniques are non-intrusive methods to track the material recession with a high-speed camera along with the chemistry in the reactive boundary layer, probed by emission spectroscopy. Although optical emission spectroscopy is limited to line-of-sight measurements and is further constrained to electronically excited atoms and molecules, its simplicity and broad applicability still make it the technique of choice for analysis of the reactive boundary layer. Recession of the ablating sample further requires that the distance of the measurement location with respect to the surface is known at all times during the experiment. Calibration of the optical system of the applied three spectrometers allowed quantitative comparison. At the fiber scale

  12. Emission Spectroscopic Boundary Layer Investigation during Ablative Material Testing in Plasmatron.

    Helber, Bernd; Chazot, Olivier; Hubin, Annick; Magin, Thierry E

    2016-01-01

    Ablative Thermal Protection Systems (TPS) allowed the first humans to safely return to Earth from the moon and are still considered as the only solution for future high-speed reentry missions. But despite the advancements made since Apollo, heat flux prediction remains an imperfect science and engineers resort to safety factors to determine the TPS thickness. This goes at the expense of embarked payload, hampering, for example, sample return missions. Ground testing in plasma wind-tunnels is currently the only affordable possibility for both material qualification and validation of material response codes. The subsonic 1.2MW Inductively Coupled Plasmatron facility at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics is able to reproduce a wide range of reentry environments. This protocol describes a procedure for the study of the gas/surface interaction on ablative materials in high enthalpy flows and presents sample results of a non-pyrolyzing, ablating carbon fiber precursor. With this publication, the authors envisage the definition of a standard procedure, facilitating comparison with other laboratories and contributing to ongoing efforts to improve heat shield reliability and reduce design uncertainties. The described core techniques are non-intrusive methods to track the material recession with a high-speed camera along with the chemistry in the reactive boundary layer, probed by emission spectroscopy. Although optical emission spectroscopy is limited to line-of-sight measurements and is further constrained to electronically excited atoms and molecules, its simplicity and broad applicability still make it the technique of choice for analysis of the reactive boundary layer. Recession of the ablating sample further requires that the distance of the measurement location with respect to the surface is known at all times during the experiment. Calibration of the optical system of the applied three spectrometers allowed quantitative comparison. At the fiber scale

  13. A Method to Estimate the Dynamic Displacement and Stress of a Multi-layered Pavement with Bituminous or Concrete Materials

    Zheng LU

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this research work, a method to estimate the dynamic characteristics of a multilayered pavement with bituminous or concrete materials is proposed. A mechanical model is established to investigate the dynamic displacement and stress of the multi-layered pavement structure. Both the flexible and the rigid pavements, corresponding to bituminous materials and concrete materials, respectively, are studied. The theoretical solutions of the multi-layered pavement structure are deduced considering the compatibility condition at the interface of the structural layers. By introducing FFT (Fast Fourier Transform algorithm, some numerical results are presented. Comparisons of the theoretical and experimental result implied that the proposed method is reasonable in predicting the stress and displacement of a multi-layered pavement with bituminous or concrete materials. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.20.4.6071

  14. Crystallization of amorphous silicon thin films using nanoenergetic intermolecular materials with buffer layers

    Lee, Choong Hee; Jeong, Tae Hoon; Kim, Do Kyung; Jeong, Woong Hee; Kang, Myung-Koo; Hwang, Tae Hyung; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2009-02-01

    Optimization of the crystallization of amorphous silicon (a-Si) using a mixture of nanoenergetic materials of iron oxide/aluminum (Fe 2O 3/Al) was studied. To achieve high-quality polycrystalline Si (poly-Si) thin films, silicon oxide (SiO 2) and silver (Ag) layer were deposited on the a-Si as buffer layers to prevent the metal diffusion in a-Si during thermite reaction and to transport the thermal energy released from nanoenergetic materials, respectively. Raman measurement was used to define the crystallinity of poly-Si. For molar ratio of Al and Fe of 2 with 100-nm-thick-SiO 2, Raman measurement showed the 519.59 cm -1 of peak position and the 5.08 cm -1 of full width at half maximum with 353 MPa of low tensile stress indicating high quality poly-Si thin film. These results showed that optimized thermite reaction could be used successfully in crystallization of a-Si to high -quality poly-Si thin films.

  15. Electrical and material characterization of tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) charge trapping layer memory

    In this experiment, tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) was used in a metal/oxide/high-k Ta2O5/oxide/silicon (MOHOS) novel nanocrystal memory as a trapping layer. Post-annealing treatment, which can passivate defects and improve the material quality of the high-k dielectric, was applied to optimize device performance for a better memory window and faster P/E (program/erase) cycle. Material and electrical characterization techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and electrical measurements were performed to analyze the device under different annealing conditions. The Ta2O5 charge trapping layer memory annealed at 900 deg. C had a higher window of 3.3 V in the current-voltage (C-V) hysteresis loop, and a higher charge retention capability than the samples prepared under various annealing conditions. These higher levels were due to the higher probability of deep-level charge trapping and lower leakage current.

  16. Wannier function approach to realistic Coulomb interactions in layered materials and heterostructures

    Rösner, M.; Şaşıoǧlu, E.; Friedrich, C.; Blügel, S.; Wehling, T. O.

    2015-08-01

    We introduce an approach to derive realistic Coulomb interaction terms in freestanding layered materials and vertical heterostructures from ab initio modeling of the corresponding bulk materials. To this end, we establish a combination of calculations within the framework of the constrained random-phase approximation, Wannier function representation of Coulomb matrix elements within some low-energy Hilbert space, and continuum medium electrostatics, which we call Wannier function continuum electrostatics (WFCE). For monolayer and bilayer graphene we reproduce full ab initio calculations of the Coulomb matrix elements within an accuracy of 0.3 eV or better. We show that realistic Coulomb interactions in bilayer graphene can be manipulated on the eV scale by different dielectric and metallic environments. A comparison to electronic phase diagrams derived in M. M. Scherer et al. [Phys. Rev. B 85, 235408 (2012), 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.235408] suggests that the electronic ground state of bilayer graphene is a layered antiferromagnet and remains surprisingly unaffected by these strong changes in the Coulomb interaction.

  17. Imaging Fourier transform spectroscopy of the boundary layer plume from laser irradiated polymers and carbon materials

    Acosta, Roberto I.

    The high-energy laser (HEL) lethality community needs for enhanced laser weapons systems requires a better understanding of a wide variety of emerging threats. In order to reduce the dimensionality of laser-materials interaction it is necessary to develop novel predictive capabilities of these events. The objective is to better understand the fundamentals of laser lethality testing by developing empirical models from hyperspectral imagery, enabling a robust library of experiments for vulnerability assessments. Emissive plumes from laser irradiated fiberglass reinforced polymers (FRP), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and porous graphite targets were investigated primarily using a mid-wave infrared (MWIR) imaging Fourier transform spectrometer (FTS). Polymer and graphite targets were irradiated with a continuous wave (cw) fiber lasers. Data was acquired with a spectral resolution of 2 cm-1 and spatial resolution as high as 0.52 mm2 per pixel. Strong emission from H2O, CO, CO2 and hydrocarbons were observed in the MWIR between 1900-4000 cm-1. A single-layer radiative transfer model was developed to estimate spatial maps of temperature and column densities of CO and CO2 from the hyperspectral imagery of the boundary layer plume. The spectral model was used to compute the absorption cross sections of CO and CO2, using spectral line parameters from the high temperature extension of the HITRAN. Also, spatial maps of gas-phase temperature and methyl methacrylate (MMA) concentration were developed from laser irradiated carbon black-pigmented PMMA at irradiances of 4-22 W/cm2. Global kinetics interplay between heterogeneous and homogeneous combustion kinetics are shown from experimental observations at high spatial resolutions. Overall the boundary layer profile at steady-state is consistent with CO being mainly produced at the surface by heterogeneous reactions followed by a rapid homogeneous combustion in the boundary layer towards buoyancy.

  18. Material and Doping Dependence of the Nodal and Anti-Nodal Dispersion Renormalizations in Single- and Multi-Layer Cuprates

    Johnston, S.; /Waterloo U. /SLAC; Lee, W.S.; /Stanford U., Geballe Lab. /SLAC; Nowadnick, E.A.; /SLAC /Stanford U., Phys. Dept.; Moritz, B.; /SLAC /North Dakota U.; Shen, Z.-X.; /Stanford U., Geballe Lab. /SLAC /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Appl. Phys. Dept.; Devereaux, T.P.; /Stanford U., Geballe Lab. /SLAC

    2010-02-15

    In this paper we present a review of bosonic renormalization effects on electronic carriers observed from angle-resolved photoemission spectra in the cuprates. Specifically, we discuss the viewpoint that these renormalizations represent coupling of the electrons to the lattice and review how materials dependence, such as the number of CuO{sub 2} layers, and doping dependence can be understood straightforwardly in terms of several aspects of electron-phonon coupling in layered correlated materials.

  19. Distinguishing crystallite size effects from those of structural disorder on the powder X-ray diffraction patterns of layered materials

    Sylvia Britto; Sumy Joseph; P Vishnu Kamath

    2010-09-01

    Both crystallite size effects and structural disorder contribute to the broadening of lines in the powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) patterns of layered materials. Stacking faults, in particular, are ubiquitous in layered materials and aside from broadening also induce peaks due to select reflections to shift away from the Bragg positions. The effect of structural disorder has to be suitably discounted before the application of the Scherrer formula for the estimation of crystallite size.

  20. Wear Resistance of Piston Sleeve Made of Layered Material Structure: MMC A356R, Anti-Abrasion Layer and FGM Interface

    Hernik Szymon

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is the numerical analysis of the one of main part of car engine – piston sleeve. The first example is for piston sleeve made of metal matrix composite (MMC A356R. The second improved material structure is layered. Both of them are comparison to the classical structure of piston sleeve made of Cr-Ni stainless steel. The layered material structure contains the anti-abrasion layer at the inner surface of piston sleeve, where the contact and friction is highest, FGM (functionally graded material interface and the layer of virgin material on the outer surface made of A356R. The complex thermo-elastic model with Archard's condition as a wear law is proposed. The piston sleeve is modelling as a thin walled cylindrical axisymmetric shell. The coupled between the formulation of thermo-elasticity of cylindrical axisymmetric shell and the Archard’s law with functionally changes of local hardness is proposed.

  1. In Situ XRD Investigations on Structural Change of P2-Layered Materials during Electrochemical Sodiation/Desodiation

    Jung, Young Hwa; Johnsen, Rune E.; Christiansen, Ane Sælland;

    2014-01-01

    Sodium layered oxides (NaxMO2) are attractive as positive electrode materials for rechargeable sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) due to high capacity, fast ionic diffusion and simple synthetic process. O3-layered lithium compounds have led successful commercialization of current lithium-ion batteries; as...... lattice (P63/mmc, No.194), which is identical to P2-layered structure. The structural changes in hexagonal P2-layered oxides have been investigated during electrochemical sodiation/desodiation by in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffractions of a capillary based micro battery cell. From the result of in...

  2. Fluorine uptake into the human tooth from a thin layer of F-releasing material

    Using the proton induced gamma-ray emission (PIGE) method (TIARA, Japan), we have studied fluorine (F) distribution in the human tooth under various conditions. Here, we report F uptake into the human tooth from a thin layer of F-releasing low viscous resin (FLVR). Crowns of human teeth were horizontally cut and the dentin of the cut surface was first covered with four kinds of FLVR (FL-Bond, Reactmer Bond, Xeno Bond, and Protect Liner F; thickness, 50-150 μm) according to the manufacturers' instructions. Non-F-releasing and F-releasing filling resins were also hardened, on the cut surfaces of crowns covered with four kinds of FLVR thin layers. The type of the non-F-releasing filling materials used was LITE FIL IIP: G1-A (FL-Bond and LITE FIL IIP), G2-A (Reactmer Bond and LITE FIL IIP), G3-A (Xeno Bond and LITE FIL IIP), and G4-A (Protect Liner F and LITE FIL IIP). The types of F-releasing filling materials used were G1-B (FL-Bond and Beautifil), G2-B (Reactmer Bond and Reactmer Paste), G3-B (Xeno Bond and Xeno CF Paste), and G4-B (Protect Liner F and Teethmate F-1). Treatment and measurements of specimens were the same as previously reported [H. Yamamoto, M. Nomahci, K. Yasuda, Y. Iwami, S. Ebisu, N. Yamamoto, T. Sakai, T. Kamiya, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B 210 (2003) 388]. F uptake from specimens following one month of application was estimated from 2-D maps. F penetration was observed in all teeth of G1-A-G4-A groups. The maximum values of F concentration in each tooth and F penetration depth were larger for larger F concentrations in FLVR. FLVR was useful for the F uptake into the tooth, and the F distribution near the thin layer of FLVR depended on the materials used. Between G1-A and G1-B or G4-A and G4-B, the F uptake was significantly different. We were able to obtain fundamental data, which were useful for the analysis of F transportation relating to prevention of caries

  3. Fluorine uptake into the human tooth from a thin layer of F-releasing material

    Yamamoto, H. [Department of Restorative Dentistry and Endodontology, Graduate School of Dentistry, Osaka University, 1-8 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka, 565-0871 (Japan)]. E-mail: yhiroko@dent.osaka-u.ac.jp; Nomachi, M. [Graduate School of Science, Osaka University, Toyonaka, Osaka, 560-0043 (Japan); Yasuda, K. [Wakasa Wan Energy Research Center, Tsuruga, Fukui, 914-0192 (Japan); Iwami, Y. [Department of Restorative Dentistry and Endodontology, Graduate School of Dentistry, Osaka University, 1-8 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka, 565-0871 (Japan); Ebisu, S. [Department of Restorative Dentistry and Endodontology, Graduate School of Dentistry, Osaka University, 1-8 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka, 565-0871 (Japan); Komatsu, H. [Graduate School of Dental Medicine, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido, 060-8585 (Japan); Sakai, T. [Advanced Radiation Technology Center, JAERI, Takasaki, Gunma, 370-1292 (Japan); Kamiya, T. [Advanced Radiation Technology Center, JAERI, Takasaki, Gunma, 370-1292 (Japan)

    2007-07-15

    Using the proton induced gamma-ray emission (PIGE) method (TIARA, Japan), we have studied fluorine (F) distribution in the human tooth under various conditions. Here, we report F uptake into the human tooth from a thin layer of F-releasing low viscous resin (FLVR). Crowns of human teeth were horizontally cut and the dentin of the cut surface was first covered with four kinds of FLVR (FL-Bond, Reactmer Bond, Xeno Bond, and Protect Liner F; thickness, 50-150 {mu}m) according to the manufacturers' instructions. Non-F-releasing and F-releasing filling resins were also hardened, on the cut surfaces of crowns covered with four kinds of FLVR thin layers. The type of the non-F-releasing filling materials used was LITE FIL IIP: G1-A (FL-Bond and LITE FIL IIP), G2-A (Reactmer Bond and LITE FIL IIP), G3-A (Xeno Bond and LITE FIL IIP), and G4-A (Protect Liner F and LITE FIL IIP). The types of F-releasing filling materials used were G1-B (FL-Bond and Beautifil), G2-B (Reactmer Bond and Reactmer Paste), G3-B (Xeno Bond and Xeno CF Paste), and G4-B (Protect Liner F and Teethmate F-1). Treatment and measurements of specimens were the same as previously reported [H. Yamamoto, M. Nomahci, K. Yasuda, Y. Iwami, S. Ebisu, N. Yamamoto, T. Sakai, T. Kamiya, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B 210 (2003) 388]. F uptake from specimens following one month of application was estimated from 2-D maps. F penetration was observed in all teeth of G1-A-G4-A groups. The maximum values of F concentration in each tooth and F penetration depth were larger for larger F concentrations in FLVR. FLVR was useful for the F uptake into the tooth, and the F distribution near the thin layer of FLVR depended on the materials used. Between G1-A and G1-B or G4-A and G4-B, the F uptake was significantly different. We were able to obtain fundamental data, which were useful for the analysis of F transportation relating to prevention of caries.

  4. Fabrication of Meso-Porous Sintered Metal Thin Films by Selective Etching of Silica Based Sacrificial Template

    Ludovic F. Dumee

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Meso-porous metal materials have enhanced surface energies offering unique surface properties with potential applications in chemical catalysis, molecular sensing and selective separation. In this paper, commercial 20 nm diameter metal nano-particles, including silver and copper were blended with 7 nm silica nano-particles by shear mixing. The resulted powders were cold-sintered to form dense, hybrid thin films. The sacrificial silica template was then removed by selective etching in 12 wt% hydrofluoric acid solutions for 15 min to reveal a purely metallic meso-porous thin film material. The impact of the initial silica nano-particle diameter (7–20 nm as well as the sintering pressure (5–20 ton·m−2 and etching conditions on the morphology and properties of the final nano-porous thin films were investigated by porometry, pyknometery, gas and liquid permeation and electron microscopy. Furthermore, the morphology of the pores and particle aggregation during shear mixing were assessed through cross-sectioning by focus ion beam milling. It is demonstrated that meso-pores ranging between 50 and 320 nm in average diameter and porosities up to 47% can be successfully formed for the range of materials tested.

  5. Photon tunneling and transmittance resonance through a multi-layer structure with a left-handed material

    This paper investigates the photon tunneling and transmittance resonance through a multi-layer structure including a left-handed material(LHM). An analytical expression for the transmittance in a five-layer structure is given by the analytical transfer matrix method. The transmittance is studied as a function of the refractive index and the width of the LHM layer. The perfect photon tunneling results from the multi-layer structure, especially from the relation between the magnitude of the refractive index and the width of the LHM layer and those of the adjoining layers. Photons may tunnel through a much greater distance in this structure. Transmittance resonance happens, the peaks and valleys appear periodically at the resonance thickness. For an LHM with inherent losses, the perfect transmittance is suppressed. (electromagnetism, optics, acoustics, heat transfer, classical mechanics, and fluid dynamics)

  6. Embedded proteins and sacrificial bonds provide the strong adhesive properties of gastroliths.

    Thormann, Esben; Mizuno, Hiroyasu; Jansson, Kjell; Hedin, Niklas; Fernández, M Soledad; Arias, José Luis; Rutland, Mark W; Pai, Ranjith Krishna; Bergström, Lennart

    2012-07-01

    The adhesive properties of gastroliths from a freshwater crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) were quantified by colloidal probe atomic force microscopy (AFM) between heavily demineralized gastrolith microparticles and gastrolith substrates of different composition. Combined AFM and transmission electron microscopy studies demonstrated that the sequential detachment and large adhesion energies that characterise the adhesive behaviour of a native gastrolith substrate are dominated by sacrificial bonds between chitin fibres and between chitin fibres and CaCO(3). The sacrificial bonds were shown to be strongly related to the gastrolith proteins and when the majority of these proteins were removed by ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), the sequential detachment disappeared and the adhesive energy was reduced by more than two orders of magnitude. PMID:22653376

  7. Chemical Fouling Reduction of a Submersible Steel Spectrophotometer in Estuarine Environments Using a Sacrificial Zinc Anode.

    Tait, Zachary S; Thompson, Megan; Stubbins, Aron

    2015-07-01

    The availability of in situ spectrophotometers, such as the S::CAN spectro::lyser, has expanded the possibilities for high-frequency water quality data collection. However, biological and chemical fouling can degrade the performance of in situ spectrophotometers, especially in saline environments with rapid flow rates. A complex freshwater washing system has been previously designed to reduce chemical fouling for the S::CAN spectro::lyser spectrophotometer. In the current study, we present a simpler, cheaper alternative: the attachment of a sacrificial zinc anode. Results are presented detailing the S::CAN spectro::lyser performance with and without the addition of the sacrificial anode. Attachment of the zinc anode provided efficient corrosion protection during 2-wk deployments in a highly dynamic (average tidal range, 2.5 m) saline tidal saltmarsh creek at Groves Creek, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, Savannah, GA. PMID:26437114

  8. Sacrificial Microchannel Sealing by Glass-Frit Reflow for Chip Scale Atomic Magnetometer

    Tsujimoto, Kazuya; Hirai, Yoshikazu; Sugano, Koji; Tsuchiya, Toshiyuki; Tabata, Osamu

    A novel sealing technique using sacrificial microchannels was proposed for atmosphere control in a micromachined alkali gas-filled cell for a chip scale atomic magnetometer. The microchannels act as feedthrough connecting the cell to outside atmosphere during evacuation and gas-filling steps, and eventually they are sealed by glass-frit reflow. Si microchannel dedicated as a sacrificial microchannel was proposed and its feasibility was successfully demonstrated by experiments. The simulation results clarified the glass-frit reflow characteristics and its dependence on cross-sectional shape of the microchannel. Hermeticity of the proposed sealing technique of less than 10-12Pa·m3/s leak rate was verified by a high resolution helium leak test.

  9. Atomic layer deposition of environmentally benign SnTiOx as a potential ferroelectric material

    Inspired by the need to discover environmentally friendly, lead-free ferroelectric materials, here the authors report the atomic layer deposition of tin titanate (SnTiOx) aiming to obtain the theoretically predicted perovskite structure that possesses ferroelectricity. In order to establish the growth conditions and probe the film structure and ferroelectric behavior, the authors grew SnTiOx films on the commonly used Si(100) substrate. Thin films of SnTiOx have been successfully grown at a deposition temperature of 200 °C, with a Sn/Ti atomic layer deposition (ALD) cycle ratio of 2:3 and postdeposition heat treatments under different conditions. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed excellent composition tunability of ALD. X-ray diffraction spectra suggested anatase phase for all films annealed at 650 and 350 °C, with peak positions shifted toward lower 2-theta angles indicating enlarged unit cell volume. The film annealed in O2 at 350 °C exhibited piezoresponse amplitude and phase hysteresis loops, indicative of the existence of switchable polarization

  10. Oscillatory motion in layered materials: graphene, boron nitride, and molybdenum disulfide.

    Ye, Zhijiang; Otero-de-la-Roza, Alberto; Johnson, Erin R; Martini, Ashlie

    2015-04-24

    Offset-driven self-retraction and oscillatory motion of bilayer graphene has been observed experimentally and is potentially relevant for nanoscale technological applications. In a previous article, we showed that friction between laterally offset graphene layers is controlled by roughness and proposed a simple reduced-order model based on density-functional theory (DFT) and molecular dynamics (MD) data, with which predictions on the experimental size-scale could be made. In this article, we extend our study to other layered materials, with emphasis on boron nitride (BN) and molybdenum disulfide (MoS2). Using MD and DFT simulations of these systems and a generalized version of the reduced-order model, we predict that BN will exhibit behavior similar to graphene (heavily-damped oscillation with a decay rate that increases with roughness) and that MoS2 shows no oscillatory behavior even in the absence of roughness. This is attributed to the higher energy barrier for sliding in MoS2 as well as the surface structure. Our generalized reduced-order model provides a guide to predicting and tuning experimental oscillation behavior using a few parameters that can be derived from simulation data. PMID:25815685

  11. Zinc oxide grown by atomic layer deposition - a material for novel 3D electronics

    Guziewicz, Elzbieta; Krajewski, Tomasz A.; Wachnicki, Lukasz; Luka, Grzegorz; Domagala, Jaroslaw Z.; Paszkowicz, Wojciech; Kowalski, Bogdan J.; Witkowski, Bartlomiej S.; Suchocki, Andrzej [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (Poland); Godlewski, Marek [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (Poland); Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, College of Science Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw (Poland); Duzynska, Anna [Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, College of Science Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw (Poland)

    2010-07-15

    Last years we observe a booming interest in materials which can be successfully grown at low temperature limits showing good structural and electrical characteristics. This trend is closely related to the novel three-dimensional (3D) architecture which seems to be a prospective solution for miniaturization of electronic devices after the 22 nm node. We demonstrate that electrical parameters of ZnO grown by the atomic layer deposition (ALD) method at low temperature limit (100-200 C) fulfil requirements for 3D electronic devices, because electron carrier mobility is above 10 cm{sup 2}/Vs and n concentration at the level of 1 x 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3}. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  12. Work function and electron affinity of some layered transition metal dichalcogenide materials

    Moustafa, Mohamed; Paulheim, Alexander; Niehle, Michael; Mildner-Spindler, Karl; Janowitz, Christoph; Manzke, Recardo [Institut fuer Physik, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    Work function and electron affinity values of various semiconducting and metallic layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) which might be suitable for the photovoltaic applications (such as ZrS{sub x}Se{sub 2-x} where 0{<=}x{<=}2, HfSe{sub 2}, HfS{sub 2}, TiTe{sub 2}, NbTe{sub 2}, TaS{sub 2}) have been measured using photoemission spectroscopy and vibrating capacitor Kelvin probe techniques. All samples were single crystals grown by the chemical vapour transport method with iodine as a transport agent. The measured values are compared to the previously reported empirical and calculated values based on various band models, and proved good agreement for most of the materials.

  13. Filler-depletion layer adjacent to interface impacts performance of thermal interface material

    Susumu Yada

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available When installing thermal interface material (TIM between heat source and sink to reduce contact thermal resistance, the interfacial thermal resistance (ITR between the TIM and heat source/sink may become important, especially when the TIM thickness becomes smaller in the next-generation device integration. To this end, we have investigated ITR between TIM and aluminum surface by using the time-domain thermoreflectance method. The measurements reveal large ITR attributed to the depletion of filler particles in TIM adjacent to the aluminum surface. The thickness of the depletion layer is estimated to be about 100 nm. As a consequence, the fraction of ITR to the total contact thermal resistance becomes about 20% when the TIM thickness is about 50 μm (current thickness, and it exceeds 50% when the thickness is smaller than 10 μm (next-generation thickness.

  14. Cobalt-Based Layered Metal-Organic Framework as an Ultrahigh Capacity Supercapacitor Electrode Material.

    Liu, Xiuxiu; Shi, Changdong; Zhai, Changwei; Cheng, Meiling; Liu, Qi; Wang, Guoxiu

    2016-02-24

    Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have recently received increasing interest due to their potential application in the energy storage and conversion field. Herein, cobalt-based layered MOF ({[Co(Hmt)(tfbdc)(H2O)2]·(H2O)2}n, Co-LMOF; Hmt = hexamethylenetetramine; H2tfbdc = 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoroterephthalic acid) has been evaluated as an electrode material for supercapacitors. The Co-LMOF electrode exhibits a high specific capacitance and excellent cycling stability. Its maximum specific capacitance is 2474 F g(-1) at a current density of 1 A g(-1), and the specific capacitance retention is about 94.3% after 2000 cycles. The excellent electrochemical property may be ascribed to the intrinsic nature of Co-LMOF, enough space available for the storage and diffusion of the electrolyte, and the particles of nanoscale size. PMID:26829547

  15. Sacrificial structures for deep reactive ion etching of high-aspect ratio kinoform silicon x-ray lenses

    Stöhr, Frederik; Michael-Lindhard, Jonas; Hübner, Jörg;

    2015-01-01

    This article describes the realization of complex high-aspect ratio silicon structures with feature dimensions from 100 lm to 100nm by deep reactive ion etching using the Bosch process. As the exact shape of the sidewall profiles can be crucial for the proper functioning of a device, the authors...... investigated how sacrificial structures in the form of guarding walls and pillars may be utilized to facilitate accurate control of the etch profile. Unlike other sacrificial structuring approaches, no silicon-on-insulator substrates or multiple lithography steps are required. In addition, the safe removal of...... the sacrificial structures was accomplished by thermal oxidation and subsequent selective wet etching. The effects of the dimensions and relative placement of sacrificial walls and pillars on the etching result were determined through systematic experiments. The authors applied this process for exact...

  16. The spectre of court-sanctioned sacrificial separation of teenage conjoined twins against their will.

    Davis, Colleen

    2014-06-01

    In a recent decision of the Indian Supreme Court, judges foreshadowed authorising separation of teenage conjoined twins where both would die if not separated but where the operation could save only one. The absence of medical information advising separation precluded such a decision in the case at hand. However, the case raises a number of difficult legal and ethical questions that judges would have to consider before authorising sacrificial separation of these or other non-infant conjoined twins. PMID:25087373

  17. A field study of the effectiveness of sacrificial anodes in ballast tanks of merchant ships

    De Baere, K.; Verstraelen, H; Lemmens, L.; Lenaerts, S.; Dewil, R; Van Ingelgem, Y.; Potters, G.

    2014-01-01

    Sacrificial anodes have become a standard practice for the protection of ballast tanks of merchant vessels against corrosive damage. A well protected tank should extend the life span of a ship and consequently enhances its economic value. An in situ survey comprising more than 100 merchant vessels provided the opportunity to measure the impact of these anodes on the life expectancy of these vessels. Contrary to the general belief of these anodes' beneficial effect, no significant difference w...

  18. Composite surface-plasmon-polariton waves guided by a thin metal layer sandwiched between a homogeneous isotropic dielectric material and a periodically multilayered isotropic dielectric material

    Chiadini, Francesco; Fiumara, Vincenzo; Scaglione, Antonio; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh

    2015-01-01

    Multiple p- and s-polarized compound surface-plasmon-polariton (SPP) waves at a fixed frequency can be guided by a structure consisting of a metal layer sandwiched between a homogeneous isotropic dielectric (HID) material and a periodic multilayered isotropic dielectric (PMLID) material. For any thickness of the metal layer, at least one compound SPP wave must exist. It possesses the p-polarization state, and is strongly bound to the metal/HID interface when the metal thickness is large but to both metal/dielectric interfaces when the metal thickness is small. When the metal layer vanishes, this compound SPP wave transmutes into a Tamm wave. Additional compound SPP waves exist, depending on the thickness of the metal layer, the relative permittivity of the HID material, and the period and composition of the PMLID material. Some of these are p-polarized, the others are s-polarized. All of them differ in phase speed, attenuation rate, and field profile, even though all are excitable at the same frequency. The multiplicity and dependence of the number of compound SPP waves on the relative permittivity of the HID material when the metal layer is thin could be useful for optical sensing applications and intrachip plasmonic optical communication.

  19. The behaviour of selected material/oxide layer systems with change of temperature loading

    In this work, the behaviour of material/oxide layer systems with isothermal and thermal cycling stresses was examined in detail on the example of X 20 CrMoV 12 1, alloy 800 H (X 10 NiCrAlTi 32 20) and HK 40 (G-X 40 CrNiSi 25 20) steels. The materials were in the form of heat exchanger pipes and some of them were bar material. The change of temperature loading was defined by the parameter temperature of the isothermal stopping phase, maximum cooling load, duration of the isothermal stopping phase and the value of the cooling speed. The parameters for the individual materials were as follows: X 20 CrMoV 12 1:650deg C, 350deg-250deg C, 4-24 hours, 10degC/min; Alloy 800 H: 900degC, 650deg-800deg C, 12-48 hours, 25degC/min; HK 40: 950deg C, 750deg C, 12-48 hours, 25degC/min. The compliance of the parameters was controlled by a personal computer, which was used to record sound emission measurements. The analysis of sound signals on the heat exchanger pipes, similar to components, or on bars should give information on the time of occurrence and the type of oxidation damage. The experiments were carried out in air, air + 0.5% SO2 and for X 20 CrMoV 12 1 also with an (Ar + 5% H2) + 50% H2O gas mixture on the inside of the heat exchanger pipes. (orig./MM)

  20. Influence of Mg and Ti on the microstructure and electrochemical performance of aluminum alloy sacrificial anodes

    MA Jingling; WEN Jiuba; LI Xudong; ZHAO Shengli; YAN Yanfu

    2009-01-01

    The experiments focused on the influence of magnesium and titanium as additional alloying elements on the microstructure and electro-chemical behavior of Al-Zn-ln sacrificial anodes. The electrochemical behavior of the aluminum sacrificial anode with 3 wt.% sodium chlo-fide solution was studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) tests. It was found that a microstructure with few precipitates and refined grains could be achieved by adding 1 wt.% Mg and 0.05 wt.% Ti to the Al-Zn-In alloy, resulting in the improved current capacity and efficiency of the alloy. The equivalent circuit based on the EIS experimental data revealed less corrosion and lower adsorbed corrosion pro-duction on the surface of the aluminum alloy with a combination of 1 wt.% Mg and 0.05 wt.% Ti, which suggested that the corrosion behav-ior seemed to be strongly related to the presence of precipitate particles in the aluminum alloy, and moderate amounts of precipitate particles could be beneficial to the electrochemical performance of the aluminum alloy sacrificial anode.

  1. 'Utilitarian' judgments in sacrificial moral dilemmas do not reflect impartial concern for the greater good.

    Kahane, Guy; Everett, Jim A C; Earp, Brian D; Farias, Miguel; Savulescu, Julian

    2015-01-01

    A growing body of research has focused on so-called 'utilitarian' judgments in moral dilemmas in which participants have to choose whether to sacrifice one person in order to save the lives of a greater number. However, the relation between such 'utilitarian' judgments and genuine utilitarian impartial concern for the greater good remains unclear. Across four studies, we investigated the relationship between 'utilitarian' judgment in such sacrificial dilemmas and a range of traits, attitudes, judgments and behaviors that either reflect or reject an impartial concern for the greater good of all. In Study 1, we found that rates of 'utilitarian' judgment were associated with a broadly immoral outlook concerning clear ethical transgressions in a business context, as well as with sub-clinical psychopathy. In Study 2, we found that 'utilitarian' judgment was associated with greater endorsement of rational egoism, less donation of money to a charity, and less identification with the whole of humanity, a core feature of classical utilitarianism. In Studies 3 and 4, we found no association between 'utilitarian' judgments in sacrificial dilemmas and characteristic utilitarian judgments relating to assistance to distant people in need, self-sacrifice and impartiality, even when the utilitarian justification for these judgments was made explicit and unequivocal. This lack of association remained even when we controlled for the antisocial element in 'utilitarian' judgment. Taken together, these results suggest that there is very little relation between sacrificial judgments in the hypothetical dilemmas that dominate current research, and a genuine utilitarian approach to ethics. PMID:25460392

  2. Charge Storage on Ionic Liquid Electric Double Layer: The Role of the Electrode Material

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted -- Highlights: •The widest electrochemical window was obtained for the GC substrate with 3.6 V vs. Ag (considering an arbitrary current cut-off of 10 μA cm−2). •The C(E) curves shape are extremely sensitive to the electrode material. •Given the nature of the electrode surface, the imidazolium cation will adopt distinct orientations. •The electric double layer thickness estimated for the Hg surface is consistent with the aliphatic chains being preferably interacting with the surface. •Any EDL model for ionic liquids that essentially considers the “liquid” side will not be able to reproduce the variety of C(E) curves obtained. -- Abstract: The influence of the electrode surface material, the ions chemical structure and the combination of both on differential capacitance curves plays an important role to a deeper understanding on the molecular level structure of electrical double layers (EDLs) involving ionic liquids (ILs). The research work focused on the structure of ionic liquids on charged surfaces is technologically-important for the development of new applications and in the upward of the existing ones, such electrodeposition or energy storage and conversion. Understanding EDL property will allow maximizing the specific capacitance, which in turn leads to higher energy and powering densities of the devices. The electronic interactions of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium (tris(pentafluoroethyl)trifluorophosphate) [C4MIM][FAP] ionic liquid with Hg, Au, Pt and GC were assessed in order to get a fundamental understanding of the electrical double layer microscopic structure and its intrinsic properties at electrode/IL interface. Ionic liquids containing the [FAP]− anion exhibit a strong hydrophobic nature and wider electrochemical window than previously used ionic liquids and a good electrochemical stability. The magnitude and shape of C(E) curves revealed different orientations of the cation when the nature of the

  3. Nano-photonic phenomena in van der Waals atomic layered materials

    Basov, Dmitri

    Layered van der Waals (vdW) crystals reveal diverse classes of light-matter modes (polaritons) including: surface plasmon polaritons in graphene, hyperbolic phonon polaritons in boron nitride, exciton polaritons in MoS2, Cooper pair plasmon polaritons in high-Tc cuprates, topological plasmon polaritons and many others. Polaritons in vdW materials are of considerable technological interest. For example, polaritonic modes enable sub diffractional focusing and imaging in infrared frequencies. Applications apart, infrared nano-imaging of propagating polaritons facilitates experimental access to new physics of vdW materials not attainable with conventional spectroscopic methods. I will discuss two recent experiments performed in our group that utilize unique virtues of polaritons. Nano-imaging of plasmon polaritons in moire superlattices formed in graphene on boron nitride has allowed us to establish the important features of the electronic structure of this interesting from of graphene. Pump-probe hyper-spectral images of non-equilibrium plasmon polaritons in graphene revealed novel aspects of carrier relaxation.

  4. Electrochemical investigation of Li-excess layered oxide cathode materials/mesocarbon microbead in 18650 batteries

    The electrochemical performance of the 18650 lithium-ion batteries for layered Li-excess oxide Li1.144Ni0.136Co0.136Mn0.544O2(LNCMO) cathode material and mesocarbon microbead (MCMB) anode material is investigated. The battery shows an excellent rate capability with the capacity of 227 mAh g−1 at 8 C-rate (the cut-off voltage is 4.5 V). Furthermore, it exhibits excellent cycle performance that the capacity retention over 300 cycles in the voltage ranges of 2.5-4.5 V (vs. MCMB) and at 0.2 C-rate is about 85%. Although the medium voltage of the battery greatly reduces during the first 30 cycles, it keeps stable in the following cycles. The mechanisms of the capacity fade and voltage decay are also studied based on energy dispersive spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, charge-discharge curves, and dQ/dV plots

  5. Improving quality of textile wastewater with organic materials as multi soil layering

    Supriyadi; Widijanto, H.; Pranoto; Dewi, AK

    2016-02-01

    On agricultural land, fresh water is needed especially for irrigation. Alternative ways to fulfill needs of fresh water is by utilizing wastewater from industry. Wastewater that produced in the industry in Surakarta is over flowing especially textile wastewater. Wastewater that produced from industry has many pollutants that affected decreasing fresh water quality for irrigation. Multi Soil Layering (MSL) is one of method that utilize the soil ability as main media by increasing its function of soil structure to purify wastewater, so it does not contaminate the environment and reusable. This research was purposed to know affectivity of organic materials (such as rice straw, baggase, sawdust, coconut fibre, and corncob) and dosage (5%, 10% and 25%) in MSL, also get alternative purification ways with easy and cheaper price as natural adsorbent. This study using field and laboratory experiment. The result shows that MSL can be an alternative method of purification of wastewater. The appropriate composition of organic materials that can be used as adsorbent is MSL with wood sawdust 10% dosage because it can increase pH, decrease the number of Cr, ammonia, and phosphate but less effective to decrease BOD and COD.

  6. Symmetry lowering in LaOBiS2. A mother material for BiS2-based layered superconductors

    We report X-ray diffraction studies of single-crystal samples of LaOBiS2 and CeOBiS2, which are mother materials for BiS2-based layered superconductors. The structural symmetry in LaOBiS2 is lowered from tetragonal to monoclinic, whereas no such symmetry lowering occurs in CeOBiS2. Crystal structure analysis demonstrates that the space group of LaOBiS2 is monoclinic P21m. The in-plane S atoms uniformly shift along the a-axis in each BiS2 layer. Because the directions of the shift are opposite in the two adjacent BiS2 layers, the spatial inversion symmetry remains. The distortion is attributed to the in-plane lattice mismatch between the BiS2 layers and the block layers. (author)

  7. Structure and mechanical properties of the three-layer material based on a vanadium alloy and corrosion-resistant steel

    Nikulin, S. A.; Rozhnov, A. B.; Nechaikina, T. A.; Rogachev, S. O.; Zavodchikov, S. Yu.; Khatkevich, V. M.

    2014-10-01

    The quality of three-layer pipes has been studied; they are manufactured by hot pressing of a three-layer assembly of tubular billets followed by forging and cold rolling. The operating core is made from a V-4Ti-4Cr alloy. The protective claddings are made from corrosion-resistant steels of two grades, 08Kh17T and 20Kh13. The results of investigation into the structure and microhardness of the junction zone of steel and the vanadium alloy, which includes a contact zone and a transition diffusion layer, are reported. The 08Kh17T steel is shown to be a preferred cladding material.

  8. Synthesis, characterization, and application of novel microporous mixed metal oxides, and nanostructured layered material-polymer films

    Jeong, Hae-Kwon

    Zeolites are microporous crystalline aluminosilicates with pores and cavities of molecular dimension. They consist of interconnected aluminum and silicon tetrahedra to build a variety of 3D open framework structures. Due to their structure, stability, and activity, zeolites have been widely used in a broad variety of applications in industry. It is, therefore, of great interest to make new structures with potentially novel properties. In this regard, there has recently been a growing interest in the synthesis of novel mixed metal oxides with octahedral and tetrahedral units owing to the possibility to find unique electronic and optical properties. Hence, these materials can find advanced applications as well as conventional applications, just like zeolites. Research efforts have led to the discovery of several mixed octahedral and tetrahedral metal oxides with novel crystal structures including titanium silicates and cerium silicate. Layered materials with transport paths along the thickness of the layers are of particular interest due to potential usage as selective layers of nanometer scale in nanocomposite membranes. A new layered silicate (we call AMH-3) has been synthesized under hydrothermal conditions. The crystal structure solution via powder X-ray diffraction has revealed its unique layer structure of three dimensional microporosity within layers. Layered materials with porous layers will open up new areas of applications, such as selective nanocomposite separation membranes. Polymer/selective-flake nanocomposite membranes have been fabricated for the first time, which can, in principle, be scaled down to submicrometer structures. A layered aluminophosphate with a porous net layer is used as a selective phase and a polyimide as a continuous phase. The microstructures of the nanocomposite membranes were investigated using various characterization techniques. Nanocomposite membranes with 10 wt% layered aluminophosphate show substantial enhancement in

  9. Synthesis of polyaniline/carbon black hybrid hollow microspheres by layer-by-layer assembly used as electrode materials for supercapacitors

    Graphical abstract: The polyaniline/carbon black hybrid hollow microspheres with a external diameter about 3.0 μm were prepared via layer-by-layer assembly technique, and the electrochemical tests showed that polyaniline/carbon black hybrid hollow microspheres would be a potential candidates of electrode materials for supercapacitors with high specific capacitance. Highlights: ► The PAn/CB hybrid hollow microspheres were prepared via LBL technique. ► The specific capacitance increased with the increase in the adsorption of PAn and CB. ► The hollow structure and synergistic effect of shell enhance the specific capacitance. ► The PAn/CB hollow microsphere is a candidate of electrode material for supercapacitor. -- Abstract: The polyaniline (PAn)/carbon black (CB) hybrid hollow microspheres have been prepared by the layer-by-layer assembly technique alternately adsorbing of PAn and CB onto the polystyrene sulfonate microsphere templates after etching the templates by dialysis. The hollow structure of the obtained hybrid hollow microspheres was characterized by transmission electron microscopy, which indicated that the external diameter of the hollow microspheres was about 3.0 μm. When the hybrid hollow microsphere were used as the electrode material for supercapacitors, the results showed that the specific capacitance increased with the increase in the adsorption numbers of PAn and CB, which was as high as 532 F g−1 at a charge–discharge current density of 10 mA cm−2 in 1.0 M H2SO4 electrolyte after alternately adsorbing of PAn and CB six times

  10. Van der Waals Layered Materials: Surface Morphology, Interlayer Interaction, and Electronic Structure

    Yeh, Po-Chun

    The search for new ultrathin materials as the "new silicon" has begun. In this dissertation, I examine (1) the surface structure, including the growth, the crystal quality, and thin film surface corrugation of a monolayer sample and a few layers of MoS2 and WSe2, and (2) their electronic structure. The characteristics of these electronic systems depend intimately on the morphology of the surfaces they inhabit, and their interactions with the substrate or within layers. These physical properties will be addressed in each chapter. This thesis has dedicated to the characterization of mono- and a few layers of MoS2 and WSe2 that uses surface-sensitive probes such as low-energy electron microscopy and diffraction (LEEM and LEED). Prior to our studies, the characterization of monolayer MoS2 and WSe2 has been generally limited to optical and transport probes. Furthermore, the heavy use of thick silicon oxide layer as the supporting substrate has been important in order to allow optical microscopic characterization of the 2D material. Hence, to the best of our knowledge, this has prohibited studies of this material on other surfaces, and it has precluded the discovery of potentially rich interface interactions that may exist between MoS 2 and its supporting substrate. Thus, in our study, we use a so-called SPELEEM system (Spectroscopic Photo-Emission and Low Energy Electron Microscopy) to address these imaging modalities: (1) real-space microscopy, which would allow locating of monolayer MoS2 samples, (2) spatially-resolved low-energy diffraction which would allow confirmation of the crystalline quality and domain orientation of MoS2 samples, and, (3) spatially-resolved spectroscopy, which would allow electronic structure mapping of MoS2 samples. Moreover, we have developed a preparation procedure for samples that yield, a surface-probe ready, ultra-clean, and can be transferred on an arbitrary substrate. To fully understand the physics in MoS2 such as direct

  11. Revisiting Surface Modification of Graphite: Dual-Layer Coating for High-Performance Lithium Battery Anode Materials.

    Song, Gyujin; Ryu, Jaegeon; Ko, Seunghee; Bang, Byoung Man; Choi, Sinho; Shin, Myoungsoo; Lee, Sang-Young; Park, Soojin

    2016-06-01

    Surface modification of electrode active materials has garnered considerable attention as a facile way to meet stringent requirements of advanced lithium-ion batteries. Here, we demonstrated a new coating strategy based on dual layers comprising antimony-doped tin oxide (ATO) nanoparticles and carbon. The ATO nanoparticles are synthesized via a hydrothermal method and act as electronically conductive/electrochemically active materials. The as-synthesized ATO nanoparticles are introduced on natural graphite along with citric acid used as a carbon precursor. After carbonization, the carbon/ATO-decorated natural graphite (c/ATO-NG) is produced. In the (carbon/ATO) dual-layer coating, the ATO nanoparticles coupled with the carbon layer exhibit unprecedented synergistic effects. The resultant c/ATO-NG anode materials display significant improvements in capacity (530 mA h g(-1) ), cycling retention (capacity retention of 98.1 % after 50 cycles at a rate of C/5), and low electrode swelling (volume expansion of 38 % after 100 cycles) which outperform that of typical graphite materials. Furthermore, a full-cell consisting of a c/ATO-NG anode and an LiNi0.5 Mn1.5 O4 cathode presents excellent cycle retention (capacity retention of >80 % after 100 cycles). We envision that the dual-layer coating concept proposed herein opens a new route toward high-performance anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. PMID:27027583

  12. New PACVD-hard material layers for wear protection of high-speed steel

    Bartsch, K.; Leonhardt, A. [Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstofforschung Dresden e.V. (Germany); Langer, U.; Kuenanz, K. [Technische Universitaet Dresden, Institut fuer Produktionstechnik, D-01062, Dresden (Germany)

    1997-10-01

    TiC/C, (Ti,Al)N and (Ti,Al)C layers have been deposited employing PACVD under dc-pulse discharge conditions and were investigated with respect to their composition and structure. The layer hardness can be varied in a large range by varying the Al content and the C content in the case of the TiC/C layers. By incorporation of C in TiC layers the friction coefficient can be decreased. Analogously to TiN layers, oxygen impurities cause a drastic hardness decrease in (Ti,Al)N layers. It was demonstrated that by multilayer deposition including TiN, TiCN and (Ti,Al)N with single layers of 100-300 nm thickness the layer stress decreases by about 50%, which results in an increase in layer adhesion. PACVD (Ti,Al)N and TiC/C layers yielded comparable or even better results than PVD layers in drilling 41Cr4 steel and the Al-alloy AlSi9Cu3. (orig.) 11 refs.

  13. Multiple pass and multiple layer friction stir welding and material enhancement processes

    Feng, Zhili [Knoxville, TN; David, Stan A. [Knoxville, TN; Frederick, David Alan [Harriman, TN

    2010-07-27

    Processes for friction stir welding, typically for comparatively thick plate materials using multiple passes and multiple layers of a friction stir welding tool. In some embodiments a first portion of a fabrication preform and a second portion of the fabrication preform are placed adjacent to each other to form a joint, and there may be a groove adjacent the joint. The joint is welded and then, where a groove exists, a filler may be disposed in the groove, and the seams between the filler and the first and second portions of the fabrication preform may be friction stir welded. In some embodiments two portions of a fabrication preform are abutted to form a joint, where the joint may, for example, be a lap joint, a bevel joint or a butt joint. In some embodiments a plurality of passes of a friction stir welding tool may be used, with some passes welding from one side of a fabrication preform and other passes welding from the other side of the fabrication preform.

  14. A sodium layered manganese oxides as 3 V cathode materials for secondary lithium batteries

    The synthesis of a new anhydrous sodium manganese oxide α-Na0.66MnO2.13 obtained via a sol-gel process in organic medium is reported. The partial and limited removal of sodium ions from the layered host lattice (hexagonal symmetry; a = 2.84 A, c = 11.09 A) allows to get a high and stable specific capacity of 180 mAh g-1 at C/20 in the cycling limits 4.3/2 V with a mean working voltage of 3 V without the emergence of a spinel phase. By introducing acetylene black in solution during the sol-gel reaction, a composite material containing 8 wt.% AB has been obtained. The rate capability is shown to be significantly improved leading to an increase of the available specific capacity with for instance 200 and 90 mAh g-1 at C/20 and C rate. This effect is ascribed to a better electronic contact between particles and/or the modification of the oxide surface which makes the intercalation process more homogeneous and more efficient

  15. Leaching of iodide (I(-)) and iodate (IO3(-)) anions from synthetic layered double hydroxide materials.

    Theiss, Frederick L; Ayoko, Godwin A; Frost, Ray L

    2016-09-15

    Several studies have previously demonstrated that layered double hydroxides (LDHs) show considerable potential for the adsorption of radioiodine from aqueous solution; however, few studies have demonstrated that these materials are able to store radioactive (131)I for an acceptable period. The leaching of iodide (I(-)) and iodate (IO3(-)) form Mg/Al LDHs has been carried out. Contact time appeared to be a more significant variable for the leaching of iodate (IO3(-)) compared to that of iodide (I(-)). Experimental results are fitted to the pseudo second order model, suggesting that diffusion is likely to be the rate-limiting step. The presence of carbonate in the leaching solution appeared to significantly increase the leaching of iodide (I(-)) as did the presence of chloride to a lesser extent. The maximum amount of iodate (IO3(-)) leached using ultrapure water as the leaching solution was 21% of the iodate (IO3(-)) originally present. The corresponding result for iodide (I(-)) was even lower at 3%. PMID:27309951

  16. Few-layer Phosphorene: An Ideal 2D Material For Tunnel Transistors

    Ameen, Tarek A.; Ilatikhameneh, Hesameddin; Klimeck, Gerhard; Rahman, Rajib

    2016-01-01

    2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have attracted a lot of attention recently for energy-efficient tunneling-field-effect transistor (TFET) applications due to their excellent gate control resulting from their atomically thin dimensions. However, most TMDs have bandgaps (Eg) and effective masses (m*) outside the optimum range needed for high performance. It is shown here that the newly discovered 2D material, few-layer phosphorene, has several properties ideally suited for TFET applications: 1) direct Eg in the optimum range ~1.0–0.4 eV, 2) light transport m* (0.15 m0), 3) anisotropic m* which increases the density of states near the band edges, and 4) a high mobility. These properties combine to provide phosphorene TFET outstanding ION ~ 1 mA/um, ON/OFF ratio ~ 106 for a 15 nm channel and 0.5 V supply voltage, thereby significantly outperforming the best TMD-TFETs and CMOS in many aspects such as ON/OFF current ratio and energy-delay products. Furthermore, phosphorene TFETS can scale down to 6 nm channel length and 0.2 V supply voltage within acceptable range in deterioration of the performance metrics. Full-band atomistic quantum transport simulations establish phosphorene TFETs as serious candidates for energy-efficient and scalable replacements of MOSFETs. PMID:27345020

  17. Few-layer Phosphorene: An Ideal 2D Material For Tunnel Transistors

    Ameen, Tarek A.; Ilatikhameneh, Hesameddin; Klimeck, Gerhard; Rahman, Rajib

    2016-06-01

    2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have attracted a lot of attention recently for energy-efficient tunneling-field-effect transistor (TFET) applications due to their excellent gate control resulting from their atomically thin dimensions. However, most TMDs have bandgaps (Eg) and effective masses (m*) outside the optimum range needed for high performance. It is shown here that the newly discovered 2D material, few-layer phosphorene, has several properties ideally suited for TFET applications: 1) direct Eg in the optimum range ~1.0–0.4 eV, 2) light transport m* (0.15 m0), 3) anisotropic m* which increases the density of states near the band edges, and 4) a high mobility. These properties combine to provide phosphorene TFET outstanding ION ~ 1 mA/um, ON/OFF ratio ~ 106 for a 15 nm channel and 0.5 V supply voltage, thereby significantly outperforming the best TMD-TFETs and CMOS in many aspects such as ON/OFF current ratio and energy-delay products. Furthermore, phosphorene TFETS can scale down to 6 nm channel length and 0.2 V supply voltage within acceptable range in deterioration of the performance metrics. Full-band atomistic quantum transport simulations establish phosphorene TFETs as serious candidates for energy-efficient and scalable replacements of MOSFETs.

  18. Compound surface-plasmon-polariton waves guided by a thin metal layer sandwiched between a homogeneous isotropic dielectric material and a periodically multilayered isotropic dielectric material

    Chiadini, Francesco; Scaglione, Antonio; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh

    2015-01-01

    Multiple p- and s-polarized compound surface plasmon-polariton (SPP) waves at a fixed frequency can be guided by a structure consisting of a metal layer sandwiched between a homogeneous isotropic dielectric (HID) material and a periodic multilayered isotropic dielectric (PMLID) material. For any thickness of the metal layer, at least one compound SPP wave must exist. It possesses the p-polarization state, is strongly bound to the metal/HID interface when the metal thickness is large but to both metal/dielectric interfaces when the metal thickness is small. When the metal layer vanishes, this compound SPP wave transmutes into a Tamm wave. Additional compound SPP waves exist, depending on the thickness of the metal layer, the relative permittivity of the HID material, and the period and the composition of the PMLID material. Some of these are p polarized, the others being s polarized. All of them differ in phase speed, attenuation rate, and field profile, even though all are excitable at the same frequency. The...

  19. Development of electrodeposited ZnTe layers as window materials in ZnTe/CdTe/CdHgTe multi-layer solar cells

    Zinc telluride (ZnTe) thin films have been deposited on glass/conducting glass substrates using a low-cost electrodeposition method. The resulting films have been characterized using various techniques in order to optimize growth parameters. X-ray diffraction (XRD) has been used to identify the phases present in the films. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell and optical absorption measurements have been performed to determine the electrical conductivity type, and the bandgap of the layers, respectively. It has been confirmed by XRD measurement that the deposited layers mainly consist of ZnTe phases. The PEC measurements indicate that the ZnTe layers are p-type in electrical conduction and optical absorption measurements show that their bandgap is in the range 2.10-2.20 eV. p-Type ZnTe window materials have been used in CdTe based solar cell structures, following new designs of graded bandgap multi-layer solar cells. The structures of FTO/ZnTe/CdTe/metal and FTO/ZnTe/CdTe/CdHgTe/metal have been investigated. The results are presented in this paper using observed experimental data

  20. 海南汉族地区“做斋”民俗文化的阐释--以文昌市为例%The Interpretation of The Sacrificial Activities In Folk Culture in Wenchang, Hainan

    裴锦花; 符江南; 王亮

    2015-01-01

    随着现代化进程加剧,海南汉族地区“做斋”仪式开始失传,“做斋”民俗文化逐渐淡化,在文献和史料上详细记载海南汉族地区“做斋”民俗文化的资料不断减少。如今,民众对“做斋”民俗文化知之甚少。通过阐述文昌“做斋”民俗文化概貌、生存背景及兴衰,力图还原一个较为全面的海南汉族地区“做斋”民俗文化全貌,进而阐释“做斋”民俗文化功能和传承意义,积极推进海南汉族地区“做斋”民俗文化持续健康发展。%The sacrificial activities are disappearing in Han nationality in Hainan.With the promotion of modern revolution, this folk culture is gradually fading from the record of literature and historical materials. Nowadays, the public know little about the ceremony of sacrificial activities in Hainan.This article tries to draw the general picture of sacrificial activities in Han nationality in Hainan by interpreting the background, the sketch, the rise and decline of this folk culture, and illustrates the function of sacrificial activities and its significance of inheritance for booming such folk culture for Han nationality in Hainan.

  1. Stabilization of green bodies via sacrificial gelling agent during electrophoretic deposition

    Worsley, Marcus A.; Kuntz, Joshua D.; Rose, Klint A.

    2016-03-22

    In one embodiment, a method for electrophoretic deposition of a three-dimensionally patterned green body includes suspending a first material in a gelling agent above a patterned electrode of an electrophoretic deposition (EPD) chamber, and gelling the suspension while applying a first electric field to the suspension to cause desired patterning of the first material in a resulting gelation. In another embodiment, a ceramic, metal, or cermet includes a plurality of layers, wherein each layer includes a gradient in composition, microstructure, and/or density in an x-y plane oriented parallel to a plane of deposition of the plurality of layers along a predetermined distance in a z-direction perpendicular to the plane of deposition.

  2. Characterization of the Minimum Effective Layer of Thermal Insulation Material Tow-plaster from the Method of Thermal Impedance

    M.S. Ould Brahim; I. Diagne, S. Tamba, F. Niang and G. Sissoko

    2011-01-01

    Our objective in this study is to determine the effective thermal insulating layer of a composite towplaster. The characterization of thermal insulating material is proposed from the study of the thermal impedance in dynamic two-dimensional frequency. Thermo physical properties of the material tow-plaster are determined from the study of the thermal impedance. Nyquist representations have introduced an interpretation of certain phenomena of heat transfer from the series and shunt resistors. T...

  3. Numerical simulation of phase change material composite wallboard in a multi-layered building envelope

    Highlights: ► A numerical method to study the heat transfer through a PCM composite wallboard is presented. ► PCM wallboard can reduce energy consumption and shift peak electricity load. ► There is an optimal location for the PCM wallboard in the building envelop. ► The PCM wallboard performance depends on weather conditions. - Abstract: Phase change materials (PCMs) have the capability to store/release massive latent heat when undergoing phase change. When impregnated or encapsulated into wallboard or concrete systems, PCMs can greatly enhance their thermal energy storage capacity and effective thermal mass. When used in the building envelope PCM wallboard has the potential to improve building operation by reducing the energy requirement for maintaining thermal comfort, downsizing the AC/heating equipment, and shifting the peak load from the electrical grid. In this work we numerically studied the potential of PCM on energy saving for residential homes. For that purpose we solved the one-dimensional, transient heat equation through the multi-layered building envelope using the Crank–Nicolson discretization scheme. A source term is incorporated to account for the thermal-physical properties of the composite PCM wallboard. Using this code we examined a PCM composite wallboard incorporated into the walls and roof of a typical residential building across various climate zones. The PCM performance was studied under all seasonal conditions using the latest typical meteorological year (TMY3) data for exterior boundary conditions. Our simulations show that PCM performance highly depends on the weather conditions, emphasizing the necessity to choose different PCMs at different climate zones. Comparisons were also made between different PCM wallboard locations. Our work shows that there exists an optimal location for PCM placement within building envelope dependent upon the resistance values between the PCM layer and the exterior boundary conditions. We further

  4. Hydrogen Storage Materials Based on Single-Layer Aluminum Nitride Nanostructures

    WANG Yu-Sheng; YUAN Peng-Fei; LI Meng; SUN Qiang; JIA Yu

    2011-01-01

    Using the first-principles method based on density functional theory, we study the hydrogen storage properties of Li-doped single-layer aluminum nitride nanostructures (A1N). For the pristine A1N sheet, each Al atom adsorbs one H2 with an average binding energy of 0.14eV/H2. The hydrogen binding energies and storage capacities can be markedly increased by doping Li atoms onto the A1N sheet. The charge analysis shows that there are charges transferring from the Li atoms to the A1N sheet, thus the charged Li atoms can polarize hydrogen molecules and enhance the interaction between hydrogen molecules and the A1N sheet. In the fully loaded cases, the Li-doped A1N sheet can contain up to 8.25wt% of molecular hydrogen with an average binding energy of 0.20eV/H2.%Using the first-principles method based on density functional theory,we study the hydrogen storage properties of Li-doped single-layer aluminum nitride nanostructures (AlN).For the pristine AlN sheet,each Al atom adsorbs one H2 with an average binding energy of 0.14 eV/H2.The hydrogen binding energies and storage capacities can be markedly increased by doping Li atoms onto the AlN sheet.The charge analysis shows that there are charges transferring from the Li atoms to the AlN sheet,thus the charged Li atoms can polarize hydrogen molecules and enhance the interaction between hydrogen molecules and the AlN sheet.In the fully loaded cases,the Li-doped AlN sheet can contain up to 8.25wt% of molecular hydrogen with an average binding energy of 0.20eV/H2.Hydrogen has long been considered as a carbondioxide-free energy carrier of the future.[1-3] One of the primary barriers preventing the large-scale use of hydrogen is the lack of an economic,effective and safe hydrogen storage medium.To achieve eventual economic feasibility,the materials should store hydrogen with large gravimetric and volumetric densities and operate under ambient thermodynamic conditions.[4]To meet these criteria,hydrogen storage media should only

  5. Elimination of initial stress-induced curvature in a micromachined bi-material composite-layered cantilever

    Micro-devices with a bi-material-cantilever (BMC) commonly suffer initial curvature due to the mismatch of residual stress. Traditional corrective methods to reduce the residual stress mismatch generally involve the development of different material deposition recipes. In this paper, a new method for reducing residual stress mismatch in a BMC is proposed based on various previously developed deposition recipes. An initial material film is deposited using two or more developed deposition recipes. This first film is designed to introduce a stepped stress gradient, which is then balanced by overlapping a second material film on the first and using appropriate deposition recipes to form a nearly stress-balanced structure. A theoretical model is proposed based on both the moment balance principle and total equal strain at the interface of two adjacent layers. Experimental results and analytical models suggest that the proposed method is effective in producing multi-layer micro cantilevers that display balanced residual stresses. The method provides a generic solution to the problem of mismatched initial stresses which universally exists in micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) devices based on a BMC. Moreover, the method can be incorporated into a MEMS design automation package for efficient design of various multiple material layer devices from MEMS material library and developed deposition recipes. (paper)

  6. Initial evaluation and comparison of plasma damage to atomic layer carbon materials using conventional and low Te plasma sources

    The ability to achieve atomic layer precision is the utmost goal in the implementation of atomic layer etch technology. Carbon-based materials such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene are single atomic layers of carbon with unique properties and, as such, represent the ultimate candidates to study the ability to process with atomic layer precision and assess impact of plasma damage to atomic layer materials. In this work, the authors use these materials to evaluate the atomic layer processing capabilities of electron beam generated plasmas. First, the authors evaluate damage to semiconducting CNTs when exposed to beam-generated plasmas and compare these results against the results using typical plasma used in semiconductor processing. The authors find that the beam generated plasma resulted in significantly lower current degradation in comparison to typical plasmas. Next, the authors evaluated the use of electron beam generated plasmas to process graphene-based devices by functionalizing graphene with fluorine, nitrogen, or oxygen to facilitate atomic layer deposition (ALD). The authors found that all adsorbed species resulted in successful ALD with varying impact on the transconductance of the graphene. Furthermore, the authors compare the ability of both beam generated plasma as well as a conventional low ion energy inductively coupled plasma (ICP) to remove silicon nitride (SiN) deposited on top of the graphene films. Our results indicate that, while both systems can remove SiN, an increase in the D/G ratio from 0.08 for unprocessed graphene to 0.22 to 0.26 for the beam generated plasma, while the ICP yielded values from 0.52 to 1.78. Generally, while some plasma-induced damage was seen for both plasma sources, a much wider process window as well as far less damage to CNTs and graphene was observed when using electron beam generated plasmas

  7. Molecular simulation of adsorption and separation of mixtures of short linear alkanes in pillared layered materials at ambient temperature.

    Li, Wen-Zhuo; Liu, Zi-Yang; Che, Yu-Liang; Zhang, Dan

    2007-08-15

    Grand canonical Monte Carlo and configurational-bias Monte Carlo techniques are carried out to simulate the adsorption of ternary and quaternary mixtures of short linear alkanes, involving methane, ethane, propane, and n-butane, in pillared layered materials at ambient temperature, T=300 K. In the simulation, a pillared layered pore is modeled by a uniform distribution of pillars between two layered walls built by making two separate talc lamellas parallel each other with a given size of interlayer distance. The interaction between fluid molecules and two layered walls is measured by storing potentials calculated in advance at a series of grid points. The interaction between fluid molecules and pillars is also calculated by a site-to-site method. The potential model proposed in this work is proved to be effective because of the simulation result being good agreement with the experimental data for the adsorption of nitrogen at 77 K. Then, the adsorption isotherms of mixtures of short linear alkanes in pillared layered pores with three different porosities psi=0.98, 0.93 and 0.85, and three pore widths H=1.02, 1.70 and 2.38 nm at 300 K are obtained by taking advantage of the model. The simulation results tell us that the longer chain component is preferentially adsorbed at low pressures, and its adsorption increases and then decreases as the pressure increases while the shorter chain component is still adsorbed at high pressures. Moreover, the sorption selectivity of pillared layered materials for the longest chain component in alkane mixtures increases as the mole fraction of methane in the gas phase increases. The selectivity of pillared layered materials for the longest chain component in alkane mixtures also increases as the pore width decreases and the porosity increases. PMID:17482203

  8. Multi-particle modelling for the prediction of delamination in multi-layered materials

    CARON, JF; DIAZ DIAZ, A; CARREIRA, RP; CHABOT, A; EHRLACHER, A

    2005-01-01

    To approach the three-dimensional stress state in multi-layered composites, a laminate theory which considers a kinematic field per layer (particle) is used. Thus, interlaminar stresses are naturally introduced to carry out the equilibrium conditions of the plies. These stresses have a physical meaning and represent the exact out-of-plane 3D stresses calculated at the interface between two layers. These simplified models are able to provide finite interfacial stresses, even at the free edge o...

  9. Compound surface-plasmon-polariton waves guided by a thin metal layer sandwiched between a homogeneous isotropic dielectric material and a structurally chiral material

    Chiadini, Francesco; Scaglione, Antonio; Lakhtakia, Akhlesh

    2015-01-01

    Multiple compound surface plasmon-polariton (SPP) waves can be guided by a structure consisting of a sufficiently thick layer of metal sandwiched between a homogeneous isotropic dielectric (HID) material and a dielectric structurally chiral material (SCM). The compound SPP waves are strongly bound to both metal/dielectric interfaces when the thickness of the metal layer is comparable to the skin depth but just to one of the two interfaces when the thickness is much larger. The compound SPP waves differ in phase speed, attenuation rate, and field profile, even though all are excitable at the same frequency. Some compound SPP waves are not greatly affected by the choice of the direction of propagation in the transverse plane but others are, depending on metal thickness. For fixed metal thickness, the number of compound SPP waves depends on the relative permittivity of the HID material, which can be useful for sensing applications.

  10. Biofabrication of multi-material anatomically shaped tissue constructs

    Additive manufacturing in the field of regenerative medicine aims to fabricate organized tissue-equivalents. However, the control over shape and composition of biofabricated constructs is still a challenge and needs to be improved. The current research aims to improve shape, by converging a number of biocompatible, quality construction materials into a single three-dimensional fiber deposition process. To demonstrate this, several models of complex anatomically shaped constructs were fabricated by combined deposition of poly(vinyl alcohol), poly(ε-caprolactone), gelatin methacrylamide/gellan gum and alginate hydrogel. Sacrificial components were co-deposited as temporary support for overhang geometries and were removed after fabrication by immersion in aqueous solutions. Embedding of chondrocytes in the gelatin methacrylamide/gellan component demonstrated that the fabrication and the sacrificing procedure did not affect cell viability. Further, it was shown that anatomically shaped constructs can be successfully fabricated, yielding advanced porous thermoplastic polymer scaffolds, layered porous hydrogel constructs, as well as reinforced cell-laden hydrogel structures. In conclusion, anatomically shaped tissue constructs of clinically relevant sizes can be generated when employing multiple building and sacrificial materials in a single biofabrication session. The current techniques offer improved control over both internal and external construct architecture underscoring its potential to generate customized implants for human tissue regeneration. (paper)

  11. Encapsulation of sacrificial silicon containing particles for SH oxide ceramics via a boehmite precursor route

    Carabat, A.L.; Zwaag, S. van der; Sloof, W.G.

    2013-01-01

    Easy crack propagation in oxide ceramic coatings limits their application in high temperature environment (e.g. such as engines and gas turbine components) [1]. In order to overcome this problem, incorporation of sacrificial particles into an oxide ceramic coating may be a viable option. Particles of silicon compounds, such as: Si3N4, SiC, MoSi2, TaSi2 and WSi2 are attractive due to their unique features of producing a reaction product (i.e. SiO2) which fills the crack and bonds well to the s...

  12. Tube Formation in Nanoscale Materials

    Yan Chenglin

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The formation of tubular nanostructures normally requires layered, anisotropic, or pseudo-layered crystal structures, while inorganic compounds typically do not possess such structures, inorganic nanotubes thus have been a hot topic in the past decade. In this article, we review recent research activities on nanotubes fabrication and focus on three novel synthetic strategies for generating nanotubes from inorganic materials that do not have a layered structure. Specifically, thermal oxidation method based on gas–solid reaction to porous CuO nanotubes has been successfully established, semiconductor ZnS and Nb2O5nanotubes have been prepared by employing sacrificial template strategy based on liquid–solid reaction, and an in situ template method has been developed for the preparation of ZnO taper tubes through a chemical etching reaction. We have described the nanotube formation processes and illustrated the detailed key factors during their growth. The proposed mechanisms are presented for nanotube fabrication and the important pioneering studies are discussed on the rational design and fabrication of functional materials with tubular structures. It is the intention of this contribution to provide a brief account of these research activities.

  13. Fabrication of functionally graded materials between P21 tool steel and Cu by using laser aided layered manufacturing

    Jeong, Jong Seol; Shin, Ki Hoon [Seoul Nat' l Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-01-15

    With the development of layered manufacturing, thermally conductive molds or molds embedding conformal cooling channels can be directly fabricated. Although P21 tool steel is widely used as a mold material because of its dimensional stability, it is not efficient for cooling molds owing to its low thermal conductivity. Hence, the use of functionally graded materials (FGMs) between P21 and Cu may circumvent a tradeoff between the strength and the heat transfer rate. As a preliminary study for the layered manufacturing of thermally conductive molds having FGM structures, one dimensional P21 Cu FGMs were fabricated by using laser aided direct metal tooling (DMT), and then, material properties such as the thermal conductivity and specific heat that are related to the heat transfer were measured and analyzed.

  14. Fabrication of functionally graded materials between P21 tool steel and Cu by using laser aided layered manufacturing

    With the development of layered manufacturing, thermally conductive molds or molds embedding conformal cooling channels can be directly fabricated. Although P21 tool steel is widely used as a mold material because of its dimensional stability, it is not efficient for cooling molds owing to its low thermal conductivity. Hence, the use of functionally graded materials (FGMs) between P21 and Cu may circumvent a tradeoff between the strength and the heat transfer rate. As a preliminary study for the layered manufacturing of thermally conductive molds having FGM structures, one dimensional P21 Cu FGMs were fabricated by using laser aided direct metal tooling (DMT), and then, material properties such as the thermal conductivity and specific heat that are related to the heat transfer were measured and analyzed

  15. Cyclododecane as support material for clean and facile transfer of large-area few-layer graphene

    The transfer of chemical vapor deposited graphene is a crucial process, which can affect the quality of the transferred films and compromise their application in devices. Finding a robust and intrinsically clean material capable of easing the transfer of graphene without interfering with its properties remains a challenge. We here propose the use of an organic compound, cyclododecane, as a transfer material. This material can be easily spin coated on graphene and assist the transfer, leaving no residues and requiring no further removal processes. The effectiveness of this transfer method for few-layer graphene on a large area was evaluated and confirmed by microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoemission spectroscopy, and four-point probe measurements. Schottky-barrier solar cells with few-layer graphene were fabricated on silicon wafers by using the cyclododecane transfer method and outperformed reference cells made by standard methods.

  16. Tribological Investigations of Hard-Faced Layers and Base Materials of Forging Dies with Different Kinds of Lubricants Applied

    V. Lazić

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper gives a procedure for choosing the right technology for reparative hard facing of damaged forging dies. Since they are subject to impact loads and cyclic temperature elevations, forging dies should be made of steel that is able to withstand great impact loads, maintain good mechanical properties at elevated temperatures and that is resistant to wear and thermal fatigue. For these reasons, forging dies are made of conditionally weldable alloy tool steels; however it makes hard facing of damaged tools even more difficult. In this paper, wear resistance of base materials, hard-faced layers and heat-affected zones are tribologically investigated when two different lubricants - pure synthetical oil LM 76 and LM 76 with 6% molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 are applied. Tribological investigations have shown that the wear resistance of the hard faced layers is considerably greater than the wear resistance of the base material. However, the base material has better properties concerning friction.

  17. Effects of bituminous layer as backfill material on mechanical behavior in tunnel model

    Moriyoshi, Akihiro; Takano, Shin-ei; Urata, Hiroyuki; Suzuki, Tetsuya; Yoshida, Takaki

    2001-01-01

    This paper describes the effects of bituminous material as a backfill material on mechanical behavior in model tunnel in laboratory. It is known that load spreading and relaxation of bituminous material are good properties. Then if we use bituminous material as a backfill material of tunnel, the tunnel will have waterproof, good load spreading property. We used new bituminous material (Aquaphalt) which can solidify in water. We conducted relaxation test in tension for new bituminous mat...

  18. Effect of interface layers on phase-change recording material analyzed by hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy method

    The influence of interface layers on the chemical and electronic states of a phase-change recording material, GeBiTe (GBT) alloy, used in high-speed rewritable HD DVD media was investigated for the first time by hard-X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HX-PES). The binding state of elements for the amorphous state of the phase-change recording film with interface layers is closer to that of the crystalline state than the amorphous film without interface layers. The density of states (DOS) for the valence band of the amorphous state without an interface layer was smaller than that of the crystalline state. The band-edge energy of the amorphous state without an interface layer was lower than that of the crystalline state by about 0.5eV. On the other hand, the DOS and the band-edge energy of the amorphous state of GBT with interface layers were almost the same as those of the crystalline state. This result may lead to almost the same carrier for electrical conduction for the crystalline state as the amorphous state, which is totally unexpected, thus very interesting, because the atomic arrangements should differ from each other. We speculate that these effects are a factor allowing high-speed crystallization. (author)

  19. Slab Waveguide Sensor with Left-handed Material Core Layer for Detection an Adlayer Thickness and Index

    Hani M. Kullab

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available A four-layer slab waveguide structure with a lossy left-handed material (LHM core layer is investigated as a surface sensor for detection any change in an adlayer thickness and refractive index. The sensitivities of the effective refractive index to any change in the refractive index/thickness of the adlayer are derived and studied with the parameters of the LHM. It is found that a slight change in the real parts of the permittivity and permeability of the LHM can significantly improve the sensitivity of the proposed sensor.

  20. Magnesium-Based Sacrificial Anode Cathodic Protection Coatings (Mg-Rich Primers for Aluminum Alloys

    Michael D. Blanton

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium is electrochemically the most active metal employed in common structural alloys of iron and aluminum. Mg is widely used as a sacrificial anode to provide cathodic protection of underground and undersea metallic structures, ships, submarines, bridges, decks, aircraft and ground transportation systems. Following the same principle of utilizing Mg characteristics in engineering advantages in a decade-long successful R&D effort, Mg powder is now employed in organic coatings (termed as Mg-rich primers as a sacrificial anode pigment to protect aerospace grade aluminum alloys against corrosion. Mg-rich primers have performed very well on aluminum alloys when compared against the current chromate standard, but the carcinogenic chromate-based coatings/pretreatments are being widely used by the Department of Defense (DoD to protect its infrastructure and fleets against corrosion damage. Factors such as reactivity of Mg particles in the coating matrix during exposure to aggressive corrosion environments, interaction of atmospheric gases with Mg particles and the impact of Mg dissolution, increases in pH and hydrogen gas liberation at coating-metal interface, and primer adhesion need to be considered for further development of Mg-rich primer technology.

  1. From a Philosophical point of view, can the Budism Be An Anti-Sacrificial Science?

    Francisco Felizol Marques

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Both on Buddhist tradition and René Girard´s thought ignorance and desire are on the basis of suffering and violence. The Buddhist tradition puts/takes ignorance, that nothing exists in and by itself, avydia as the cause of all sufferings because it generates a chain of desire / aversion that leads us to an imprisonment where we move from desiring an object to another. Girard´s perspective founds violence´s origin on the ignorance of our mimetic desire. The subject ignores that, far from being free, autonomous and differentiated, as the "romantic lie" prays, he only desires and wants by imitating a model. Neither the subject nor the object, which the subject freely thinks to desire, exist free for themselves. While this model prevails, he will react more and more violently to the claims of the subject; and even if the subject overtakes its model, he will greedily seek another and another model, always doomed to deception. If we add to this the proximity of the two anti-sacrificial perspectives, displayed on the descriptive closeness of the samsara´s wheel and the circular and sacrificial time of a pagan society, we find between Girard and the buddhist tradition enough common points for their mutual understanding.

  2. Dual catalysis with magnetic chitosan: direct synthesis of cyclic carbonates from olefins with carbon dioxide using isobutyraldehyde as the sacrificial reductant.

    Kumar, Subodh; Singhal, Nikita; Singh, Raj K; Gupta, Piyush; Singh, Raghuvir; Jain, Suman L

    2015-07-14

    Chitosan coated magnetic nanoparticles were synthesized and used as a support for the immobilization of the cobalt(II) acetylacetonate complex [Co(acac)2] and quaternary triphenylphosphonium bromide [P(+)Ph3Br(-)] targeting -NH2 and -OH moieties located on the surface of chitosan. The synthesized material was used as a catalyst for one pot direct synthesis of cyclic carbonates from olefins via an oxidative carboxylation approach with carbon dioxide using isobutyraldehyde as the sacrificial reductant and molecular oxygen as the oxidant. After the reaction, the catalyst was recovered by applying an external magnet and reused for several runs without significant loss in catalytic activity and no leaching was observed during this course. PMID:26055991

  3. Numerical simulation of the throwing power of cathodic prevention applied to marine reinforced concrete piles by means of sacrificial anodes

    Bertolini, Luca; Redaelli, Elena [Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali e Ingegneria Chimica ' G. Natta' , Via Mancinelli, 7, 20131 Milan (Italy)

    2004-07-01

    The paper deals with the determination of current and potential distribution in reinforced concrete elements partially submerged in seawater aimed at predicting the throwing power of cathodic prevention applied by means of sacrificial anodes. Previous laboratory studies carried out on reinforced concrete columns 15 cm x 15 cm x 120 cm showed that the use of sacrificial anodes placed in the solution at the bottom of the column could provide protection of corroding steel bars in the emerged part of the pile up to about 60 cm from the water level. However, if sacrificial anodes were applied when the concrete was chloride free and steel bars were still passive, even the highest bar, placed at 1 m from the level of water, was protected. This is due to the higher polarizability of passive steel, that makes the throwing power of cathodic prevention higher compared to that of cathodic protection. In order to extend the results obtained on small-scale specimens to elements of higher dimensions, numerical simulations of current and potential distribution were carried out. Two-dimensional models were set up of reinforced concrete piles containing steel bars at different heights protected with sacrificial anodes placed in the water in which they were partially submerged. Boundary conditions describing the electrochemical behaviour of bars were obtained from polarisation curves measured on the previously mentioned columns. Values of concrete conductivity at different heights from the water level were also obtained from those tests. Several cases were considered, representative of conditions differing in electrochemical behaviour of steel bars, dimensions of element, position of sacrificial anodes. The paper discusses the results obtained from the models and compares them in terms of the throwing power that can be reached by using sacrificial anodes immersed in the seawater to protect reinforcing steel bars in the emerged part of a pile. (authors)

  4. Recent Advances in Stimuli-Responsive Photo functional Materials Based on Accommodation of Chromophore into Layered Double Hydroxide Nano gallery

    The assembly of photo functional molecules into host matrices has become an important strategy to achieve tunable fluorescence and to develop intelligent materials. The stimuli-responsive photo functional materials based on chromophores-assembled layered double hydroxides (LDHs) have received much attention from both academic and industry fields as a result of their advantages, such as high photo/thermal stability, easy processing, and well reversibility, which can construct new types of smart luminescent nano materials (e.g., ultrathin film and nano composite) for sensor and switch applications. In this paper, external environmental stimuli have mainly involved physical (such as temperature, pressure, light, and electricity) and chemical factors (such as ph and metal ion); recent progress on the LDH-based organic-inorganic stimuli-responsive materials has been summarized. Moreover, perspectives on further development of these materials are also discussed

  5. Band engineering in a van der Waals heterostructure using a 2D polar material and a capping layer

    Cho, Sung Beom; Chung, Yong-Chae

    2016-06-01

    Van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures are expected to play a key role in next-generation electronic and optoelectronic devices. In this study, the band alignment of a vdW heterostructure with 2D polar materials was studied using first-principles calculations. As a model case study, single-sided fluorographene (a 2D polar material) on insulating (h-BN) and metallic (graphite) substrates was investigated to understand the band alignment behavior of polar materials. Single-sided fluorographene was found to have a potential difference along the out-of-plane direction. This potential difference provided as built-in potential at the interface, which shift the band alignment between h-BN and graphite. The interface characteristics were highly dependent on the interface terminations because of this built-in potential. Interestingly, this band alignment can be modified with a capping layer of graphene or BN because the capping layer triggered electronic reconstruction near the interface. This is because the bonding nature is not covalent, but van der Waals, which made it possible to avoid Fermi-level pinning at the interface. The results of this study showed that diverse types of band alignment can be achieved using polar materials and an appropriate capping layer.

  6. Ciprofloxacin-intercalated Zinc Layered Hydroxides Hybrid Material: Synthesis and in Vitro Release Profiles of an Antibiotic Compound

    The intriguing anion exchange properties of layered hydroxides salts, combined with its high layer charge density have provided strong motivations for the potential use of the inorganic layered host material in drug delivery applications. Ciprofloxacin (CFX), a wide spectrum antibiotic has been anion exchanged with nitrate of zinc hydroxide nitrate (ZHN), which belongs to the LHS family, resulted in the expansion of the basal spacing from 9.92 Amstrom of ZHN to 21.5 Angstrom of ZCFX, the obtained hybrid material. Other characterizations, such as Fourier transform infra red spectroscopy (FTIR), CHNS analysis and TGA/ DTG have further corroborated this finding. Electron microscopy study reveals the plate-like structure of the nano hybrid material. The in vitro release of CFX was performed in phosphate saline buffer at pH 7.4 and it behaves in a slow and sustained release profile over a period of 72 hours. This study suggests that ZHN, which demonstrates a controlled release behavior, could be a potential host material in the drug delivery applications. (author)

  7. Effects of open joints and weak layers on wave propagation in geologic materials

    Dick, Richard D.; Fourney, William L.; Weaver, Thomas A.

    1994-07-01

    Computations involving stress wave propagation in rocks containing a weak layer in a strong rock and in rocks with open joints are presented. These computations were based on laboratory experiments using specimens fabricated from Indiana limestone and grout. The results indicate that the weak layer significantly attenuated the amplitude of the stress wave as it propagated through the layer, but the pulse width remained nearly constant. For the open joint case the amplitude remained constant as the width increased until at a sufficiently large separation the amplitude was attenuated. The pulse width, however, decreased with an increasing joint separation. The wave structure may lead to a determination of the quality of the rock through which a stress wave has traveled, i.e., open joints, weak layers, or intact rock.

  8. Numerical modelling of crack shielding and deflection in a multi-layered material system

    Joyce, M R; Reed, P.A.S.; Syngellakis, S.

    2003-01-01

    Finite element analysis has been used to investigate the fatigue behaviour observed in testing a layered structure (representative of an automotive journal bearing). The aim of the analysis was to explain the deflection or bifurcation observed as a fatigue crack propagates through the multi-layered structure of a bearing. A fracture mechanics approach was adopted using detailed evaluations of the J-integral to assess and monitor both crack tip driving force and directional propensity with cra...

  9. Conceptual material design for magnetic tunneling junction cap layer for high magnetoresistance ratio

    A conceptual material design for magnetic tunneling junction cap layer realizing a steep NiFe/AlOx interface is proposed. Tunnel magneto resistance stack of cap/NiFe/AlOx/CoFe/Ru/CoFe/PtMn/Ta//sub was prepared. Maximum magnetoresistance (MR) ratios of nonmagnetic-NiFeZr, Zr, Ta, Ru, and Rh caps at 0 V were 55%, 28%, 50%, 43%, and 42%, respectively. The decrease of MR ratio and the increase of resistance area product RA with Ru cap compared to Ta cap correlate with the partial oxidation of the NiFe/AlOx interface occurring in additional postannealing, which was confirmed by focused-ion-beam-transmission-electron-microscope-energy-dispersive- x-ray-fluorescence observation. Since standard electrode potential is Ta< Fe< Ni< Ru, it is supposed that NiFe with Ru cap is positively charged, the NiFe/AlOx interface is easily oxidized during annealing by negatively charged oxidizing species, and increase of RA and decrease of MR ratio occur. RA with Rh cap was even higher than that with Ru cap, consistent with the higher electrode potential of Rh than that of Ru. On the other hand, as the electrode potential of Ta is lower than NiFe, we think that NiFe with Ta cap is negatively charged, the oxidation of the NiFe/AlOx interface is suppressed, and the lower RA and higher MR ratio than those with Ru cap are obtained. Since the electrode potential of Zr is still lower than Ta, we expected an even higher MR ratio with Zr cap. However, magnetism and magnetostriction of Zr/NiFe/AlOx//sub sample changed significantly at first and saturated rapidly in sequential postannealing processes, indicating that the diffusion of Zr to NiFe proceeds at the beginning and saturates promptly. Therefore, we introduced nonmagnetic-NiFeZr alloy cap and the highest MR ratio of 55% was realized, without suffering from the diffusion of Zr. The highest MR ratio with nonmagnetic-NiFeZr cap is consistent with the lowest electrode potential of Zr, and we believe that nonmagnetic-NiFeZr cap realizes a steep

  10. Quantitative assessment of the interfacial roughness in multi-layered materials using image analysis: Application to oxidation in ceramic-based materials

    Le Roux, Sabine; Deschaux-Beaume, Frédéric; Cutard, Thierry; Lours, Philippe

    2015-01-01

    A method is developed to characterize interfacial roughness of layered materials. A series of contiguous images is acquired with a Scanning Electron Microscope on polished cross-sections. Using image analysis algorithms based on mathematical morphology operations, interface profiles are extracted and mathematically processed to calculate standard surface roughness parameters. In addition, morphological criteria describing the interface tortuosity are determined, such as the " normalized rumpl...

  11. A New Kind of Buffer Layer of TiO2 Self-Assembled Material in Organic Electroluminescent Devices

    白峰; 邓振波; 张梦欣; 邹伟燕; 蔡强

    2003-01-01

    A new kind of TiO2 self-assembled nanometre material has been fabricated and is used as a hole-injecting buffer layer in organic electroluminescent devices. The luminance and the efficiency of a device individually rises from l500cd/m2 to 5000cd/m2 and from 2.0cd/A to 3.92cd/A at the current density of 100mA/cm2. The enhancements in brightness and efficiency are attributed to an improved balance of hole and electron injections due to blocking of the injected holes by the buffer layer and a more homogeneous adhesion of the hole transporting layer to the anode.

  12. Test of Capsule (11M-22K) with Double Layered Thermal Media for Irradiation of Future Nuclear System Materials

    Cho, Man Soon; Choo, Kee Nam; Yang, Seong Woo; Kang, Young Hwan; Park, Sang Jun [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    By the irradiation test, the structural integrity and safety of the capsule during irradiation at high temperature were confirmed. The outlet temperatures of VHTR and SFR are 1,000 .deg. C and 550 .deg. C, respectively, which are much higher than the irradiation temperatures of the material capsules tested at HANARO up to recently. The capsule for high-temperature materials was designed as a double layered thermal media, in which the outer layer is aluminum and the inner layer is Ti or graphite. This capsule aims at allowing irradiation at temperatures of up to 1,000 .deg. C in the near future. As future nuclear systems are to be operated at high temperatures, the irradiation tests at high temperature are necessary. In accordance with this requirement, a capsule suitable for an irradiation test at high temperatures is being developed to overcome a restriction on the use of aluminum at high temperature. A new capsule with thermal media of a double layered structure, the outer of which is Al and the inner is Ti or graphite, was designed. This capsule was applied to an irradiation test up to 900 .deg. C. The capsule for use at the irradiation test up to 1,000 .deg. C will be developed at the beginning in 2014.

  13. Recent Advances in Layered Metal Chalcogenides as Superconductors and Thermoelectric Materials: Fe-Based and Bi-Based Chalcogenides.

    Mizuguchi, Yoshikazu

    2016-04-01

    Recent advances in layered (Fe-based and Bi-based) chalcogenides as superconductors or functional materials are reviewed. The Fe-chalcogenide (FeCh) family are the simplest Fe-based high-Tc superconductors. The superconductivity in the FeCh family is sensitive to external or chemical pressure, and high Tc is attained when the local structure (anion height) is optimized. The Bi-chalcogenide (BiCh2 ) family are a new group of layered superconductors with a wide variety of stacking structures. Their physical properties are also sensitive to external or chemical pressure. Recently, we revealed that the emergence of superconductivity and the Tc in this family correlate with the in-plane chemical pressure. Since the flexibility of crystal structure and electronic states are an advantage of the BiCh2 family for designing functionalities, I briefly review recent developments in this family as not only superconductors but also other functional materials. PMID:26821763

  14. Employment of encapsulated Si with mesoporous TiO2 layer asanode material for lithium secondary batteries

    Sang-Eun PARK; Bo-Eun KIM; Sang-Wha LEE; Joong-Kee LEE

    2009-01-01

    Silicon composite of nano-capsule type is newly applied as an active anode material for lithium ion batteries. TiO2-encapsulated silicon powders were synthesized by a sol-gel reaction with titanium ethoxide. Silicon nanoparticles were successfully embedded into porous titanium oxide capsules that played as a buffer layer against drastic volume changes of silicon during the charge-discharge cycling, consequently leading to the retardation of the capacity fading of intrinsic silicon materials. The electrochemical and structural properties of silicon nanocomposites with different surface areas of encapsulating TiO2 layer were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD), nitrogen gas adsorption analysis by the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller(BET) equation, transmission electron microscopy(TEM), and galvanostatic charge-discharge experiments.

  15. Adhesive and Stress-Strain Properties of the Polymeric Layered Materials Reinforced by the Knitted Net

    Rakhimov Farhod Hushbakovich

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available It is known that the textile materials (woven fabric and mesh used for reinforcing of various polymer films and coatings. This paper discusses reinforcement of thermoplastic polymers based on PE (Polyethylene and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride with a knitted mesh weave loin. According by the research identified adhesion, strength and deformation properties of new polymer laminates. The production of such materials has been discussed in detail and performance of resultant composites material is analyzed and compared with other materials.

  16. Embedding dynamical mean-field theory for superconductivity in layered materials and heterostructures

    Petocchi, Francesco; Capone, Massimo

    2016-06-01

    We study layered systems and heterostructures of s -wave superconductors by means of a suitable generalization of dynamical mean-field theory. In order to reduce the computational effort, we consider an embedding scheme in which a relatively small number of active layers is embedded in an effective potential accounting for the effect of the rest of the system. We introduce a feedback of the active layers on the embedding potential that improves on previous approaches and essentially eliminates the effects of the finiteness of the active slab allowing for cheap computation of very large systems. We extend the method to the superconducting state, and we benchmark the approach by means of simple paradigmatic examples showing some examples on how an interface affects the superconducting properties. As examples, we show that superconductivity can penetrate from an intermediate coupling superconductor into a weaker coupling one for around ten layers, and that the first two layers of a system with repulsive interaction can turn superconducting by proximity effects even when charge redistribution is inhibited.

  17. Study of multi-layer active magnetic regenerators using magnetocaloric materials with first and second order phase transition

    Lei, Tian; Engelbrecht, Kurt; Nielsen, Kaspar Kirstein;

    2016-01-01

    magnetocaloric refrigerators (MCR) demonstrated the great potential for these materials, but a thorough study on the impact of the moderate adiabatic temperature change and strong temperature dependence of the magnetocaloric effect (MCE) is lacking. Besides, comparing active magnetic regenerators (AMR) using...... MCE are quantified and analyzed by using artificially built magnetocaloric properties. Then, based on measured magnetocaloric properties of La(Fe,Mn,Si)13H y and Gd, an investigation on how to layer typical FOPT and SOPT materials with different temperature spans is carried out. Moreover, the...

  18. Characterization of the Minimum Effective Layer of Thermal Insulation Material Tow-plaster from the Method of Thermal Impedance

    M.S. Ould Brahim

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Our objective in this study is to determine the effective thermal insulating layer of a composite towplaster. The characterization of thermal insulating material is proposed from the study of the thermal impedance in dynamic two-dimensional frequency. Thermo physical properties of the material tow-plaster are determined from the study of the thermal impedance. Nyquist representations have introduced an interpretation of certain phenomena of heat transfer from the series and shunt resistors. The overall coefficient of heat exchange is determined from the Bode plots. A method for determining the thermal conductivity is proposed.

  19. Recent Advances in Stimuli-Responsive Photofunctional Materials Based on Accommodation of Chromophore into Layered Double Hydroxide Nanogallery

    Wu Li

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The assembly of photofunctional molecules into host matrices has become an important strategy to achieve tunable fluorescence and to develop intelligent materials. The stimuli-responsive photofunctional materials based on chromophores-assembled layered double hydroxides (LDHs have received much attention from both academic and industry fields as a result of their advantages, such as high photo/thermal stability, easy processing, and well reversibility, which can construct new types of smart luminescent nanomaterials (e.g., ultrathin film and nanocomposite for sensor and switch applications. In this paper, external environmental stimuli have mainly involved physical (such as temperature, pressure, light, and electricity and chemical factors (such as pH and metal ion; recent progress on the LDH-based organic-inorganic stimuli-responsive materials has been summarized. Moreover, perspectives on further development of these materials are also discussed.

  20. A WOOD REPLACEMENT MATERIAL OF SANDWICH STRUCTURE USING COIR FIBER MATS AND FIBERGLASS FABRICS AS CORE LAYER

    Jia Yao,

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The tensile strength and bending strength of natural coir fiber are lower than many other natural fibers. Therefore, coir fiber is unsuitable for many fiber reinforcement applications. This study exploits the better shock resistance and toughness of coir fiber, which suggest that coir fiber can be used as a type of replacement material in plywood. Fast-growing poplar was chosen as the surface material, and coir fiber was selected as the core layer material for their buffering ability and toughness, and fiberglass fabrics were added in the core layer as strengthening components. The optimization of this plywood structure was carried out with an orthogonal experiment and the intuitive analysis method. The mechanical performance of some samples even exceeded that of natural wood. Through analysis of test results and scanning electron microscope (SEM observations, the buffering and toughening mechanisms of the coir fiber mats were revealed. This new material can be used to replace wood in plywood and in the transportation industry as a packaging material and as platform floors for freight vehicles.

  1. Heat transfer and material flow during laser assisted multi-layer additive manufacturing

    A three-dimensional, transient, heat transfer, and fluid flow model is developed for the laser assisted multilayer additive manufacturing process with coaxially fed austenitic stainless steel powder. Heat transfer between the laser beam and the powder particles is considered both during their flight between the nozzle and the growth surface and after they deposit on the surface. The geometry of the build layer obtained from independent experiments is compared with that obtained from the model. The spatial variation of melt geometry, cooling rate, and peak temperatures is examined in various layers. The computed cooling rates and solidification parameters are used to estimate the cell spacings and hardness in various layers of the structure. Good agreement is achieved between the computed geometry, cell spacings, and hardness with the corresponding independent experimental results.

  2. Strengthening of polymer ordered porous materials based on a layered nanocomposite internal structure.

    Heng, Liping; Guo, Xieyou; Guo, Tianqi; Wang, Bin; Jiang, Lei

    2016-07-21

    Ordered porous polymeric films attract more and more attention because they have many advantages and broad application prospects in many fields. But because of their large flexibility and poor mechanical properties, some of the scope for application is greatly limited. Inspired by the ordered pore structure of the honeycomb and the layered structure of natural nacre, we prepared an ordered porous polymer film with a layered structure in the pore wall by the solvent-evaporation-restriction assisted hard template method. Compared with other samples, this kind of film with the layered structure showed both excellent mechanical properties and good stability. This kind of film with high mechanical strength, is considered to have wide applications in the areas of separation, biomedicine, precision instruments, aerospace, environmental protection and so on. PMID:27355160

  3. Structure and magnetism of new hybrid cobalt hydroxide materials built from decorated brucite layers

    Keene, T.D.; Light, M.E.; Hursthouse, M.B.; Price, D. J.

    2011-01-01

    The structure, synthesis and magnetic properties of three new complex cobalt hydroxyl oxalates are presented, showing a modification of the 2-D double layer hydroxide structure. Co12(OH)18(ox)3(pip) [ox = oxalate, C2O42−; pip = piperazine, C4N2H10] (1), is essentially built from brucite-like layers with a one ninth depletion of the octahedral sites and a preservation of a trigonal crystallographic symmetry. ACo28(OH)43(ox)6Br2(H2O)2 [A = Na (2), K (3)] are similarly composed of a brucite-like...

  4. Melt-layer ejection and material changes of three different tungsten materials under high heat-flux conditions in the tokamak edge plasma of TEXTOR

    Coenen, J. W.; Philipps, V.; Brezinsek, S.; Pintsuk, G.; Uytdenhouwen, I.; Wirtz, M.; Kreter, A.; Sugiyama, K.; Kurishita, H.; Torikai, Y.; Ueda, Y.; Samm, U.; TEXTOR-Team

    2011-11-01

    The behaviour of tungsten (W) plasma-facing components (PFCs) has been investigated in the plasma edge of the TEXTOR tokamak to study melt-layer ejection, macroscopic tungsten erosion from the melt layer as well as the changes of material properties such as grain-size and abundance of voids or bubbles. The parallel heat flux at the radial position of the exposed tungsten tile in the plasma ranges around q|| ~ 45 MW m-2 causing samples to be exposed at an impact angle of 35° to 20-30 MW m-2. Locally the temperature reached up to 6000 K, high levels of evaporation and boiling are causing significant erosion in the form of continuous fine spray or droplet ejection. The amount of fine-spray tungsten emission depends strongly on the material properties: in the case of the tungsten-tantalum alloy the effect of spraying and droplet emission is significantly higher at even low temperatures when compared with regular tungsten or even ultra-high purity tungsten which shows almost no spraying at all. Differences in the material composition, grain structure and size may be related to the different evolution of macroscopic erosion. In addition the re-solidified material is studied and strong differences in terms of re-crystallized grain size and evolution of the grain structure and grain orientation are observed. The build up of large voids has been observed.

  5. Novel layered pesticide slow/controlled release materials--supramolecular structure and slow release property of glyphosate intercalated layered double hydroxides

    MENG Jinhong; ZHANG Hui; David G. Evans; DUAN Xue

    2005-01-01

    Two different interlayer structured glyphosate (GLY) intercalated MgAl layered double hydroxides, as novel pesticide slow/controlled release materials, have been synthesized by co-precipitation method under various reaction pH values. The slow/controlled release properties have been tested in Na2CO3 aqueous solution. The release mechanism has been interpreted on the basis of the ion-exchange between the guest GLY anions in the lamellar host and in the release media, and the diffusion process of GLY anions in the interstice and interlayer of GLY intercalates, i.e. diffusion through the particles, is the rate-limiting step of GLY release process. The GLY intercalate assembled at lower pH, possessing higher interlayer gallery height and vertical monolayered arrangement of guest anions in the interlayer with larger packing density, exhibits better slow release property than that assembled at higher pH. The results reveal that the layered double hydroxides have potential application in the pesticide slow/controlled release area.

  6. Results of Tests with Large Sacrificial and Self-Cleaning Strainers and the installation at Ringhals 2

    The paper describes briefly activities performed by Vattenfall Utveckling AB at Alvkarleby Laboratory as part of the qualification programme for the new ECCS strainers at PWR plant Ringhals 2 based on the 'robust solution' with large sacrificial strainers and a self-cleaning 'wing-strainer' of same type as used for the five modified Swedish BWR plants. With the new knowledge gained from several BWR strainer projects following the BarseNick strainer incident in 1992, the functioning of ECCS strainers for PWR was re-evaluated. The upgrading at Ringhals 2, a 3-loop Westinghouse plant having fiberglass and mineral wool as insulation, was the result of a design study including a lot of experimental work mainly in 1993 and 1994. The new ECC system was installed in 5 days in the summer outage 1995. In a first study in year 1993 in the large test tank at Alvkarleby Laboratory it was discovered that the earlier design basis for debris settlement was not fulfilled. Recirculating water falling from a large break will not only prevent settling of the fibrous insulation debris but also disintegrate wads and larger pieces to fibres and fines. It could no longer be assumed that the insulation would settle in front of the strainers. This discovery affected the further work within the project group and the work at Alvkarleby Laboratory. It is presented some test data that have not been published before, e.g. combinations of fibres and particulate material. The test programme included also chemical treated fibrous insulation as well as combinations with carbon powder or oil. Also experiences from combinations of fibres and RMI debris were gained. Some information from projects later performed for the US market are included. Also it is included some experience on deviations in results when tests are performed in different ways. At the end the modified strainer system for Ringhals 2 is presented. (author)

  7. Controllable fabrication of nanostructured materials for photoelectrochemical water splitting via atomic layer deposition.

    Wang, Tuo; Luo, Zhibin; Li, Chengcheng; Gong, Jinlong

    2014-11-21

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting is an attractive approach to generate hydrogen as a clean chemical fuel from solar energy. But there remain many fundamental issues to be solved, including inadequate photon absorption, short carrier diffusion length, surface recombination, vulnerability to photo-corrosion, and unfavorable reaction kinetics. Owing to its self-limiting surface reaction mechanism, atomic layer deposition (ALD) is capable of depositing thin films in a highly controllable manner, which makes it an enabling technique to overcome some of the key challenges confronted by PEC water splitting. This tutorial review describes some unique and representative applications of ALD in fabricating high performance PEC electrodes with various nanostructures, including (i) coating conformal thin films on three-dimensional scaffolds to facilitate the separation and migration of photocarriers and enhance light trapping, as well as realizing controllable doping for bandgap engineering and forming homojunctions for carrier separation; (ii) achieving surface modification through deposition of anti-corrosion layers, surface state passivation layers, and surface catalytic layers; and (iii) identifying the main rate limiting steps with model electrodes with highly defined thickness, composition, and interfacial structure. PMID:24500041

  8. Sacrificial adsorbate for surfactants utilized in chemical floods of enhanced oil recovery operations

    Johnson, Jr., James S.; Westmoreland, Clyde G.

    1982-01-01

    The present invention is directed to a sacrificial or competitive adsorbate for surfactants contained in chemical flooding emulsions for enhanced oil recovery operations. The adsorbate to be utilized in the method of the present invention is a caustic effluent from the bleach stage or the weak black liquor from the digesters and pulp washers of the kraft pulping process. This effluent or weak black liquor is injected into an oil-bearing subterranean earth formation prior to or concurrent with the chemical flood emulsion and is adsorbed on the active mineral surfaces of the formation matrix so as to effectively reduce adsorption of surfactant in the chemical flood. Alternatively, the effluent or liquor can be injected into the subterranean earth formation subsequent to a chemical flood to displace the surfactant from the mineral surfaces for the recovery thereof.

  9. Synthesis of Hollow Silica Nanospheres by Sacrificial Polystyrene Templates for Thermal Insulation Applications

    Linn Ingunn C. Sandberg

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Monodisperse polystyrene (PS spheres with controllable size have been synthesized by a straight forward and simple procedure. The as-synthesized PS spheres have a typical diameter ranging from ~180 nm to ~900 nm, where a reduced sphere size is obtained by increasing the polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP/styrene weight ratio. The PS spheres function as sacrificial templates for the fabrication of hollow silica nanospheres (HSNSs for thermal insulation applications. By modifying the silica coating process, HSNSs with different surface roughness are obtained. All resulting HSNSs show typically a thermal conductivity of about 20 mW/(mK, indicating that the surface phonon scattering is probably not significant in these HSNS samples.

  10. De un sendero sacrificial surcado de goce // from a sacrificed path plow through of pleasure

    Mario Orozco Guzmán

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available El presente trabajo discierne un semblante maldito del sacrificio. En nombre del amor se ha idealizado el sacrificio como paradigma de su audacia y heroísmo, mientras la cultura se ha encargado de enaltecer la proeza sacrificial como puesta en acto del amor. El destinatario de esta inmolación suprema inscribe la producción del goce divino en calidad de objeto “a”, tal como lo revelan sacrificios paradigmáticos presentes en la historia y la literatura. // The current work discerns a cursed countenance from the sacrifice. The sacrifice has been idealized in love's name, as paradigm of its courage and heroism, meanwhile the culture has taken charge of dignifying the sacrificed feat as event in the love act. The addressee of this supreme immolation registers the production of the divine enjoyment as “a” object, just as it is revealed by paradigmatic sacrifices present on history and literature.

  11. New efficient electrochemical synthesis of 1,5-dithioxylopyranosides in the presence of a sacrificial anode.

    Brevet, David; Mugnier, Yves; Samreth, Soth; Dellis, Philippe

    2003-07-22

    Electroreduction of the disulfide derivative RSSR (5, R= [bond]C(6)H(4)[bond]CO[bond]C(6)H(4)[bond]CN) on a mercury pool or a carbon gauze electrode in the presence of 2,3,4-tri-O-acetyl-5-thio-D-xylopyranosyl bromide (1), using a sacrificial zinc anode gave an alpha,beta anomeric mixture of [4-(4-cyanobenzoylphenyl)] 2,3,4-tri-O-acetyl-1,5-dithio-D-xylopyranoside (6) in 40-70% yield, according to the experimental conditions used (nature of solvent, electrolyte salt, and temperature). High selectivity favouring the alpha anomer of 6 is observed starting from the alpha anomer of 1. Mechanistic aspects are discussed. PMID:12860425

  12. Molecular plating of thin lanthanide layers with improved material properties for nuclear applications

    This work describes experiments to gain an improved understanding of the processes associated with the electrochemical production of thin lanthanide layers for nuclear science investigations, i.e., nuclear targets. Nd, Sm, and Gd layers were prepared by means of the so-called molecular plating (MP) technique, where electrodeposition from an organic medium is usually performed in the constant current mode using two-electrode cells. The obtained results allowed the identification of optimized production conditions, which led to a significantly improved layer quality. Constant current density MP is a mass-transport controlled process. The applied current is maintained constant by constant fluxes of electroactive species towards the cathode - where the layer is grown - and the anode. The investigations showed the cell potentials of the electrodeposition systems to be always dominated by the ohmic drop produced by the resistance of the solutions used for the studies. This allowed to derive an expression relating cell potential with concentration of the electroactive species. This expression is able to explain the trends recorded with different electrolyte concentrations and it serves as a basis to get towards a full understanding of the reasons leading to the characteristic minima observed in the evolution of the cell potential curves with time. The minima were found to correspond to an almost complete depletion of the Nd ions obtained by dissolution of the model salt used for the investigations. Nd was confirmed to be deposited at the cathode as derivatives of Nd3+ - possibly as carboxylate, oxide or hydroxide. This fact was interpreted on the basis of the highly negative values of the standard redox potentials typical for lanthanide cations. Among the different electroactive species present in the complex MP solutions, the Nd3+ ions were found to contribute to less than 20% to the total current. Because of electrolysis, also the mixed solvent contributed to the

  13. Fundamental degradation mechanisms of layered oxide Li-ion battery cathode materials: Methodology, insights and novel approaches

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Description of recent in operando and in situ analysis methodology. • Surface science approach using photoemission for analysis of cathode surfaces and interfaces. • Ageing and fatigue of layered oxide Li-ion battery cathode materials from the atomistic point of view. • Defect formation and electronic structure evolution as causes for cathode degradation. • Significance of interfacial energy alignment and contact potential for side reactions. - Abstract: This overview addresses the atomistic aspects of degradation of layered LiMO2 (M = Ni, Co, Mn) oxide Li-ion battery cathode materials, aiming to shed light on the fundamental degradation mechanisms especially inside active cathode materials and at their interfaces. It includes recent results obtained by novel in situ/in operando diffraction methods, modelling, and quasi in situ surface science analysis. Degradation of the active cathode material occurs upon overcharge, resulting from a positive potential shift of the anode. Oxygen loss and eventual phase transformation resulting in dead regions are ascribed to changes in electronic structure and defect formation. The anode potential shift results from loss of free lithium due to side reactions occurring at electrode/electrolyte interfaces. Such side reactions are caused by electron transfer, and depend on the electron energy level alignment at the interface. Side reactions at electrode/electrolyte interfaces and capacity fade may be overcome by the use of suitable solid-state electrolytes and Li-containing anodes

  14. Can sacrificial feeding areas protect aquatic plants from herbivore grazing? Using behavioural ecology to inform wildlife management.

    Wood, Kevin A; Stillman, Richard A; Daunt, Francis; O'Hare, Matthew T

    2014-01-01

    Effective wildlife management is needed for conservation, economic and human well-being objectives. However, traditional population control methods are frequently ineffective, unpopular with stakeholders, may affect non-target species, and can be both expensive and impractical to implement. New methods which address these issues and offer effective wildlife management are required. We used an individual-based model to predict the efficacy of a sacrificial feeding area in preventing grazing damage by mute swans (Cygnus olor) to adjacent river vegetation of high conservation and economic value. The accuracy of model predictions was assessed by a comparison with observed field data, whilst prediction robustness was evaluated using a sensitivity analysis. We used repeated simulations to evaluate how the efficacy of the sacrificial feeding area was regulated by (i) food quantity, (ii) food quality, and (iii) the functional response of the forager. Our model gave accurate predictions of aquatic plant biomass, carrying capacity, swan mortality, swan foraging effort, and river use. Our model predicted that increased sacrificial feeding area food quantity and quality would prevent the depletion of aquatic plant biomass by swans. When the functional response for vegetation in the sacrificial feeding area was increased, the food quantity and quality in the sacrificial feeding area required to protect adjacent aquatic plants were reduced. Our study demonstrates how the insights of behavioural ecology can be used to inform wildlife management. The principles that underpin our model predictions are likely to be valid across a range of different resource-consumer interactions, emphasising the generality of our approach to the evaluation of strategies for resolving wildlife management problems. PMID:25077615

  15. A sparse digital signal model for ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation of layered materials.

    Bochud, N; Gomez, A M; Rus, G; Peinado, A M

    2015-09-01

    Signal modeling has been proven to be an useful tool to characterize damaged materials under ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation (NDE). In this paper, we introduce a novel digital signal model for ultrasonic NDE of multilayered materials. This model borrows concepts from lattice filter theory, and bridges them to the physics involved in the wave-material interactions. In particular, the proposed theoretical framework shows that any multilayered material can be characterized by a transfer function with sparse coefficients. The filter coefficients are linked to the physical properties of the material and are analytically obtained from them, whereas a sparse distribution naturally arises and does not rely on heuristic approaches. The developed model is first validated with experimental measurements obtained from multilayered media consisting of homogeneous solids. Then, the sparse structure of the obtained digital filter is exploited through a model-based inverse problem for damage identification in a carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) plate. PMID:26092090

  16. Bulk and surface acoustic waves in solid-fluid Fibonacci layered materials.

    Quotane, I; El Boudouti, E H; Djafari-Rouhani, B; El Hassouani, Y; Velasco, V R

    2015-08-01

    We study theoretically the propagation and localization of acoustic waves in quasi-periodic structures made of solid and fluid layers arranged according to a Fibonacci sequence. We consider two types of structures: either a given Fibonacci sequence or a periodic repetition of a given sequence called Fibonacci superlattice. Various properties of these systems such as: the scaling law and the self-similarity of the transmission spectra or the power law behavior of the measure of the energy spectrum have been highlighted for waves of sagittal polarization in normal and oblique incidence. In addition to the allowed modes which propagate along the system, we study surface modes induced by the surface of the Fibonacci superlattice. In comparison with solid-solid layered structures, the solid-fluid systems exhibit transmission zeros which can break the self-similarity behavior in the transmission spectra for a given sequence or induce additional gaps other than Bragg gaps in a periodic structure. PMID:25819878

  17. Experiments on passive hypersonic boundary layer control using ultrasonically absorptive carbon-carbon material with random microstructure

    Wagner, Alexander; Kuhn, Markus; Martinez Schramm, Jan; Hannemann, Klaus

    2013-10-01

    For the first time, the influence of ultrasonically absorptive carbon-carbon material on hypersonic laminar to turbulent boundary layer transition was investigated experimentally. A 7° half-angle blunted cone with a nose radius of 2.5 mm and a total length of 1,077 mm was tested at zero angle of attack in the High Enthalpy Shock Tunnel Göttingen of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) at Mach 7.5. One-third of the metallic model surface in circumferential direction was replaced by DLR in-house manufactured ultrasonically absorptive carbon-carbon material with random microstructure for passive transition control. The remaining model surface consisted of polished steel and served as reference surface. The model was equipped with coaxial thermocouples to determine the transition location by means of surface heat flux distribution. Flush-mounted piezoelectric fast-response pressure transducers were used to measure the pressure fluctuations in the boundary layer associated with second-mode instabilities. The free-stream unit Reynolds number was varied over a range of Re m = 1.5 × 106 m-1 to Re m = 6.4 × 106 m-1 at a stagnation enthalpy of h 0 ≈ 3.2 MJ/kg and a wall temperature ratio of T w/ T 0 ≈ 0.1. The present study revealed a clear damping of the second-mode instabilities and a delay of boundary layer transition along the ultrasonically absorptive carbon-carbon insert.

  18. Design strategy of two-dimensional material field-effect transistors: Engineering the number of layers in phosphorene FETs

    Yin, Demin; Yoon, Youngki

    2016-06-01

    Thickness or the number of layers in 2D semiconductors is a key parameter to determine the material's electronic properties and the overall device performance of 2D material electronics. Here, we discuss the engineering practice of optimizing material and device parameters of phosphorene field-effect transistors (FETs) by means of self-consistent atomistic quantum transport simulations, where the impacts of different numbers of phosphorene layers on various device characteristics are explored in particular, considering two specific target applications of high-performance and low-power devices. Our results suggest that, for high-performance applications, monolayer phosphorene should be utilized in a conventional FET structure since it can provide the equally large on current as other multilayer phosphorenes (Ion > 1 mA/μm) without showing a penalty of relatively lower density of states, along with favorableness for steep switching and large immunity to gate-induced drain leakage. On the other hand, more comprehensive approach is required for low-power applications, where operating voltage, doping concentration, and channel length should be carefully engineered along with the thickness of phosphorene in tunnel FET (TFET) structure to achieve ultra-low leakage current without sacrificing on current significantly. Our extensive simulation results revealed that either bilayer or trilayer phosphorene can provide the best performance in TFET with the maximum Ion/Ioff of ˜2 × 1011 and the subthreshold swing as low as 13 mV/dec. In addition, our comparative study of phosphorene-based conventional FET and TFET clearly shows the feasibility and the limitation of each device for different target applications, providing irreplaceable insights into the design strategy of phosphorene FETs that can be also extended to other similar layered material electronic devices.

  19. Sugar-anionic clay composite materials: intercalation of pentoses in layered double hydroxide

    Aisawa, Sumio; Hirahara, Hidetoshi; Ishiyama, Kayoko; Ogasawara, Wataru; Umetsu, Yoshio; Narita, Eiichi

    2003-09-01

    The intercalation of non-ionized guest pentoses (ribose and 2-deoxyribose) into the Mg-Al and Zn-Al layered double hydroxides (LDHs) was carried out at 298 K by the calcination-rehydration reaction using the Mg-Al and Zn-Al oxide precursors calcined at 773 K. The resulting solid products reconstructed the LDH structure with incorporating pentoses, and the maximum amount of ribose intercalated by the Mg-Al oxide precursor was approximately 20 times that by the Zn-Al oxide precursor. The ribose/Mg-Al LDH was observed to have the expanded LDH structure with a broad (003) spacing of 0.85 nm. As the thickness of the LDH hydroxide basal layer is 0.48 nm, the interlayer distance of the ribose/Mg-Al LDH is 0.37 nm. This value corresponds to molecular size of ribose in thickness (0.36 nm), supporting that ribose is horizontally oriented in the interlayer space of LDH. The maximum amount of ribose intercalated by the Mg-Al oxide precursor was approximately 5 times that of 2-deoxyribose. Ribose is substituted only by the hydroxyl group at C-2 position for 2-deoxyribose. Therefore, the number of hydroxyl group of sugar is essentially important for the intercalation of sugar molecule into the LDH, suggesting that the intercalation behavior of sugar for the LDH was greatly influenced by hydrogen bond between hydroxyl group of the intercalated pentose and the LDH hydroxide basal layers.

  20. Preparation and Characterization of TiO2/CdS Layers as Potential Photoelectrocatalytic Materials

    Teofil-Danut Silipas

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The TiO2/CdS semiconductor composites were prepared on
    indium tin oxide (ITO substrates in di®erent mass proportions via wet-chemical techniques using bi-distilled water, acetyl-acetone, poly-propylene-glycol and Triton X-100 as additives. The composite layers were annealed in normal conditions at the temperature of 450±C, 120 min. with a rate of temperature increasing of 5±C/min. The structural and optical properties of all the TiO2/CdS ayers were characterized by X-ray di®raction, UV-VIS spectroscopy, spectrofluorimetry and FT/IR microscopy. The microstructural properties of the deposited TiO2/CdS layers can be modi¯ed by varying the mass proportions of TiO2:CdS. The good crystallinity level and the high optical adsorption of
    the TiO2/CdS layers make them attractive for photoelectrochemical cell applications.

  1. Ultrathin spinel membrane-encapsulated layered lithium-rich cathode material for advanced Li-ion batteries.

    Wu, Feng; Li, Ning; Su, Yuefeng; Zhang, Linjing; Bao, Liying; Wang, Jing; Chen, Lai; Zheng, Yu; Dai, Liqin; Peng, Jingyuan; Chen, Shi

    2014-06-11

    Lack of high-performance cathode materials has become a technological bottleneck for the commercial development of advanced Li-ion batteries. We have proposed a biomimetic design and versatile synthesis of ultrathin spinel membrane-encapsulated layered lithium-rich cathode, a modification by nanocoating. The ultrathin spinel membrane is attributed to the superior high reversible capacity (over 290 mAh g(-1)), outstanding rate capability, and excellent cycling ability of this cathode, and even the stubborn illnesses of the layered lithium-rich cathode, such as voltage decay and thermal instability, are found to be relieved as well. This cathode is feasible to construct high-energy and high-power Li-ion batteries. PMID:24844948

  2. Air-coupled ultrasonic investigation of multi-layered composite materials.

    Kazys, R; Demcenko, A; Zukauskas, E; Mazeika, L

    2006-12-22

    Air-coupled ultrasonics is fine alternative for the immersion testing technique. Usually a through transmission and a pitch-catch arrangement of ultrasonic transducers are used. The pitch-catch arrangement is very attractive for non-destructive testing and evaluation of materials, because it allows one-side access to the object. However, this technique has several disadvantages. It is sensitive to specularly reflected and edge waves. A spatial resolution depends on a distance between the transducers. A new method for detection and visualisation of inhomogeneities in composite materials using one-side access air-coupled ultrasonic measurement technique is described. Numerical predictions of Lamb wave interaction with a defect in a composite material are carried out and the interaction mechanism is explained. Experimental measurements are carried out with different arrangements of the transducers. The proposed method enables detect delamination and impact type defects in honeycomb materials. PMID:16797664

  3. Solution-processed cathode interfacial layer materials for high-efficiency polymer solar cells

    Biao Xiao; Hongbin Wu; Yong Cao

    2015-01-01

    Polymer solar cells (PSCs) are a new type of renewable energy source currently being extensively investigated due to perceived advantages; such as being lightweight, low-cost and because of the unlimited materials resource. The power conversion efficiency of state-of-the-art PSCs has increased dramatically in the past few years, obtained mainly through the development of new electron donor polymers, acceptors, and novel device structures through the use of various electrode interfacial materi...

  4. Gamma-ray double-layered transmission exposure buildup factors of some engineering materials, a comparative study

    Mann, Kulwinder Singh; Heer, Manmohan Singh; Rani, Asha

    2016-08-01

    Comparative study on various deterministic methods and formulae of double layered transmission exposure buildup factors (DLEBF) for point isotropic gamma-ray sources has been performed and the results are provided here. This investigation has been performed on some commonly available engineering materials for the purpose of gamma-ray shielding. In reality, the presence of air around the gamma-ray shield motivated to focus this study on exposure buildup factor (EBF). DLEBF have been computed at four energies viz. 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 MeV for various combinations of the chosen five samples taken two at a time with combined optical thickness up to 8 mean free path (mfp). For the necessary computations for DLEBF, a computer program (BUF-toolkit) has been designed. Comparison of Monte Carlo (EGS4-code) and Geometric Progression (G.P.) fitting point kernel methods were done for DLEBF computation. It is concluded that empirical formula given by Lin and Jiang using EBF computed by G.P. fitting formula is the most accurate and easiest method for DLEBF computations. It was observed that DLEBF values at selected energies for two layered slabs with an orientation (low-Z material followed by high-Z material) were lower than the opposite orientation. For optical thickness up to 8 mfp and chosen energy range (0.5-3.0 MeV), Aluminum-Lime Stone shield, appears to provide the best protection against the gamma-rays.

  5. Flexible n-type thermoelectric materials by organic intercalation of layered transition metal dichalcogenide TiS2.

    Wan, Chunlei; Gu, Xiaokun; Dang, Feng; Itoh, Tomohiro; Wang, Yifeng; Sasaki, Hitoshi; Kondo, Mami; Koga, Kenji; Yabuki, Kazuhisa; Snyder, G Jeffrey; Yang, Ronggui; Koumoto, Kunihito

    2015-06-01

    Organic semiconductors are attracting increasing interest as flexible thermoelectric materials owing to material abundance, easy processing and low thermal conductivity. Although progress in p-type polymers and composites has been reported, their n-type counterpart has fallen behind owing to difficulties in n-type doping of organic semiconductors. Here, we present an approach to synthesize n-type flexible thermoelectric materials through a facile electrochemical intercalation method, fabricating a hybrid superlattice of alternating inorganic TiS2 monolayers and organic cations. Electrons were externally injected into the inorganic layers and then stabilized by organic cations, providing n-type carriers for current and energy transport. An electrical conductivity of 790 S cm(-1) and a power factor of 0.45 mW m(-1) K(-2) were obtained for a hybrid superlattice of TiS2/[(hexylammonium)x(H2O)y(DMSO)z], with an in-plane lattice thermal conductivity of 0.12 ± 0.03 W m(-1) K(-1), which is two orders of magnitude smaller than the thermal conductivities of the single-layer and bulk TiS2. High power factor and low thermal conductivity contributed to a thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, of 0.28 at 373 K, which might find application in wearable electronics. PMID:25849369

  6. Material identification in x-ray microscopy and micro CT using multi-layer, multi-color scintillation detectors

    We demonstrate that a dual-layer, dual-color scintillator construct for microscopic CT, originally proposed to increase sensitivity in synchrotron imaging, can also be used to perform material quantification and classification when coupled with polychromatic illumination. We consider two different approaches to data handling: (1) a data-domain material decomposition whose estimation performance can be characterized by the Cramer–Rao lower bound formalism but which requires careful calibration and (2) an image-domain material classification approach that is more robust to calibration errors. The data-domain analysis indicates that useful levels of SNR (>5) could be achieved in one second or less at typical bending magnet fluxes for relatively large amounts of contrast (several mm path length, such as in a fluid flow experiment) and at typical undulator fluxes for small amount of contrast (tens of microns path length, such as an angiography experiment). The tools introduced could of course be used to study and optimize parameters for a wider range of potential applications. The image domain approach was analyzed in terms of its ability to distinguish different elemental stains by characterizing the angle between the lines traced out in a two-dimensional space of effective attenuation coefficient in the front and back layer images. This approach was implemented at a synchrotron and the results were consistent with simulation predictions. (paper)

  7. Layer-by-layer self-assembled multilayer films composed of graphene/polyaniline bilayers: high-energy electrode materials for supercapacitors.

    Sarker, Ashis K; Hong, Jong-Dal

    2012-08-28

    Multilayer assemblies of uniform ultrathin film electrodes with good electrical conductivity and very large surface areas were prepared for use as electrochemical capacitors. A layer-by-layer self-assembly approach was employed in an effort to improve the processability of highly conducting polyaniline (PANi) and chemically modified graphene. The electrochemical properties of the multilayer film (MF-) electrodes, including the sheet resistance, volumetric capacitance, and charge/discharge ratio, were determined by the morphological modification and the method used to reduce the graphene oxide (GO) to reduced graphene oxide (RGO) in the multilayer films. The PANi and GO concentrations could be modulated to control the morphology of the GO monolayer film in the multilayer assemblies. Optical ellipsometry was used to determine the thickness of the GO film in a single layer (1.32 nm), which agreed well with the literature value (~1.3 nm). Hydroiodic acid (HI), hydrazine, or pyrolysis were tested for the reduction of GO to RGO. HI was found to be the most efficient technique for reducing the GO to RGO in the multilayer assemblies while minimizing damage to the virgin state of the acid-doped PANi. Ultimately, the MF-electrode, which could be optimized by fine-tuning the nanostructure and selecting a suitable reduction method, exhibited an excellent volumetric capacitance, good cycling stability, and a rapid charge/discharge rate, which are required for supercapacitors. A MF-electrode composed of 15 PANi/RGO bilayers yielded a volumetric capacitance of 584 F/cm(3) at a current density of 3.0 A/cm(3). Although this value decreased exponentially as the current density increased, approaching a value of 170 F/cm(3) at 100 A/cm(3), this volumetric capacitance is one of the best yet reported for the other carbon-based materials. The intriguing features of the MF-electrodes composed of PANi/RGO multilayer films offer a new microdimensional design for high energy storage devices

  8. Preparation and Characterization of TiO2/CdS Layers as Potential Photoelectrocatalytic Materials

    Teofil-Danut Silipas; Ioan Bratu; Simina-Virginia Dreve; Ramona-Crina Suciu; Marcela-Corina Rosu; Emil Indrea

    2011-01-01

    The TiO2/CdS semiconductor composites were prepared on
    indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates in di®erent mass proportions via wet-chemical techniques using bi-distilled water, acetyl-acetone, poly-propylene-glycol and Triton X-100 as additives. The composite layers were annealed in normal conditions at the temperature of 450±C, 120 min. with a rate of temperature increasing of 5±C/min. The structural and optical properties of all the TiO2/CdS ayers were ch...

  9. Mass transfer across combustion gas thermal boundary layers - Power production and materials processing implications

    Rosner, D. E.

    1985-01-01

    The effects of Soret diffusion (for vapors) and thermophoresis (for particles) are illustrated using recent optical experiments and boundary layer computations. Mass transfer rate augmentations of up to a factor of 1000 were observed and predicted for submicron-particle capture by cooled solid surfaces, while mass transfer suppressions of more than 10 to the -10th-fold were predicted for 'overheated' surfaces. It is noted that the results obtained are of interest in connection with such technological applications as fly-ash capture in power generation equipment and glass droplet deposition in optical-waveguide manufacture.

  10. Bacterial surface layer proteins as a novel capillary coating material for capillary electrophoretic separations.

    Moreno-Gordaliza, Estefanía; Stigter, Edwin C A; Lindenburg, Petrus W; Hankemeier, Thomas

    2016-06-01

    A novel concept for stable coating in capillary electrophoresis, based on recrystallization of surface layer proteins on hydrophobized fused silica capillaries, was demonstrated. Surface layer protein A (SlpA) from Lactobacillus acidophilus bacteria was extracted, purified and used for coating pre-silanized glass substrates presenting different surface wettabilities (either hydrophobic or hydrophilic). Contact angle determination on SlpA-coated hydrophobic silica slides showed that the surfaces turned to hydrophilic after coating (53 ± 5°), due to a protein monolayer formation by protein-surface hydrophobic interactions. Visualization by atomic force microscopy demonstrated the presence of a SlpA layer on methylated silica slides displaying a surface roughness of 0.44 ± 0.02 nm. Additionally, a protein layer was visualized by fluorescence microscopy in methylated silica capillaries coated with SlpA and fluorescein isothiocyanate-labeled. The SlpA-coating showed an outstanding stability, even after treatment with 20 mM NaOH (pH 12.3). The electroosmotic flow in coated capillaries showed a partial suppression at pH 7.50 (3.8 ± 0.5 10(-9) m(2) V(-1) s(-1)) when compared with unmodified fused silica (5.9 ± 0.1 10(-8) m(2) V(-1) s(-1)). To demonstrate the potential of this novel coating, the SlpA-coated capillaries were applied for the first time for electrophoretic separation, and proved to be very suitable for the isotachophoretic separation of lipoproteins in human serum. The separations showed a high degree of repeatability (absolute migration times with 1.1-1.8% coefficient-of-variation (CV) within a day) and 2-3% CV inter-capillary reproducibility. The capillaries were stable for more than 100 runs at pH 9.40, and showed to be an exceptional alternative for challenging electrophoretic separations at long-term use. PMID:27155306

  11. Preliminary study on piezoresistive and piezoelectric properties of a double-layer soft material for tactile sensing

    Dan He

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a double-layer simplified sensor unit based on the interesting electromechanical properties of MWNT mixed by polymer composite and PVDF films, which is envisaged to imitate the distributed tactile receptors of human hands so as to help the disabled to recover the basic tactile perception. This paper shows the fabrication and performance research of such a new piezoelectric-piezoresistive composite material which indicates a promising .application in prosthtic hand.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.21.2.6454

  12. COATING LAYER AND CORROSION PROTECTION CHARACTERISTICS IN SEA WATER WITH VARIOUS THERMAL SPRAY COATING MATERIALS FOR STS304

    SEONG-JONG KIM; YONG-BIN WOO

    2010-01-01

    We investigated the optimal method of application and the anticorrosive abilities of Zn, Al, and Zn + 15%Al spray coatings in protecting stainless steel 304 (STS304) in sea water. If a defect such as porosity or an oxide layer, causes STS304 to be exposed to sea water, and the thermal spray coating material will act as the cathode and anode, respectively. The Tafel experiments revealed that Al-coated specimens among applied coating methods had the lowest corrosion current densities. As the co...

  13. Theory of the axi-symmetric extrusion process of multi-layer materials with a strong plastic nonhomogeneity

    J. Piwnik; A. Patejuk

    2008-01-01

    A novel simplified r hcorctical solution is found lor thc strcss starcs accompanying thc proccss of cxt ri~siono f ma![ i-laycr matcrialsunder rhc conditions af axial symmetry. Thc solution i~ bawd nn ~ h mc n dcl of pcrfcct plastic material satisfying thc Trcsca yicld condition.thc Haar-Karman conditions bcing sntisficd in each layer. Thc laycrs arc chnnctcrizcd by difrercnt yicld limits and stmng plasticnonhomogeneity. In thc ncighhoi~rhoorol f thc interfaces conrinuous variation of rhc yic...

  14. Comparative researches concerning cleaning chosen construction materials surface layer using UV and IR laser radiation

    The paper presents comparative research studies of cleaning out of deposits and pollution disposals on different constructional materials like; steel, cast iron, aluminium, copper by using UV and IR laser radiation of wavelength λ =1.064 μm; λ = 0.532 μm; λ = 0.355 μm and λ = 0.266 μm and also impulse laser TEA CO2 at radiation λ = 10.6 μm were used for the experiments. Achieved experimental results gave us basic information on parameters and conditions and application of each used radiation wavelength. Each kind of pollution and base material should be individually treated, selecting the length of wave and radiation energy density. Laser microtreatment allows for broad cleaning application of the surface of constructional materials as well as may be used in future during manufacturing processes as: preparation of surface for PVD technology, galvanotechnics, cleaning of the surface of machine parts etc. (author)

  15. Enhanced Photoactivity of Layered Nanocomposite Materials Containing Rare Earths, Titanium Dioxide and Clay

    2006-01-01

    The nanocomposite materials containing rare earths, titanium dioxide and clay (RE/TiO2/Clay) were characterized and tested for the photocatalytic decomposition of formaldehyde. The results show that nanocomposite materials prepared by doping appropriate rare earth elements have better photocatalytic properties than that prepared by doping excessive rare earth elements. The photocatalytic mechanism of composite materials was studied by integrating the theory of photocatalysis with experiment results. Because the site of photocatalytic reaction was limited in the interspace of clay, photocatalytic reaction occurred by two steps: firstly, organic molecules dispersed into the interlayers of clay; secondly, organic molecules and photocatalyst of RE/TiO2 occurred photocatalytic reaction, resulting in forming carbon dioxide.

  16. Study of surfaces and surface layers on high temperature materials after short-time thermal loads

    Being part of the plasma-wall interaction during TOKAMAK operation, erosion- and redeposition processes of First Wall materials substantially influence plasma parameters as well as the properties of the First Wall. An important redeposition process of eroded material is the formation of thin films by atomic condensation. Examinations of First Wall components after TOKAMAK operation lead to the assumption that these thin metallic films tend to agglomerate to small particles under subsequent heat load. In laboratory experiments it is shown that thin metallic films on various substrates can agglomerate under short time high heat fluxes and also under longer lasting lower thermal loads, thus verifying the ''agglomeration hypothesis''. (orig.)

  17. The impact of porosity on the formation of manganese based copper diffusion barrier layers on low-κ dielectric materials

    This work investigates the impact of porosity in low-κ dielectric materials on the chemical and structural properties of deposited Mn thin films for copper diffusion barrier layer applications. X-ray photoelectron spectrscopy (XPS) results highlight the difficulty in distinguishing between the various Mn oxidation states which form at the interlayer dielectric (ILD)/Mn interface. The presence of MnSiO3 and MnO were identified using x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements on both porous and non-porous dielectric materials with evidence of Mn2O3 and Mn3O4 in the deposited film on the latter surface. It is shown that a higher proportion of deposited Mn converts to Mn silicate on an ILD film which has 50% porosity compared with the same dielectric material with no porosity, which is attributed to an enhanced chemical interaction with the effective larger surface area of porous dielectric materials. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX) data shows that the Mn overlayer remains predominately surface localised on both porous and non-porous materials. (paper)

  18. Application of mesoporous SiO2 layer as an insulating layer in high performance hole transport material free CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite solar cells

    Cheng, Nian; Liu, Pei; Bai, Sihang; Yu, Zhenhua; Liu, Wei; Guo, Shi-Shang; Zhao, Xing-Zhong

    2016-07-01

    A mesoporous SiO2 layer is successfully introduced into the hole transport material free perovskite solar cells by spin-coating a SiO2 paste onto the TiO2 scaffold layer. This SiO2 layer can act as an insulating layer and effectively inhibit the charge recombination between the TiO2 layer and carbon electrode. The variation of power conversion efficiencies with the thickness of SiO2 layer is studied here. Under optimized SiO2 thickness, perovskite solar cell fabricated on the TiO2/SiO2 film shows a superior power conversion efficiency of ∼12% and exhibits excellent long time stability for 30 days.

  19. Features in Energy Accumulation in Double Layer on the surface of Graphene Material

    Kompan, Mikhail Evgenievich; Maslov, Alexander Yurievich; Kuznetsov, Viktor Petrovich; Krivchenko, Viktor Aleksandrovich

    2015-01-01

    An application of quantum size carbon structures--graphenes as electrodes of supercapacitors is studied. A fundamental limit of energy and power density arising from quantum nature of objects due to singularity in graphene density of states near Dirac point is determined and technical solutions to partially offset the negative factors are considered. The maximum possible specific capacitance of nanostructured electrode materials is determined.

  20. Layered carbon nanotube-polyelectrolyte electrodes outperform traditional neural interface materials.

    Jan, Edward; Hendricks, Jeffrey L; Husaini, Vincent; Richardson-Burns, Sarah M; Sereno, Andrew; Martin, David C; Kotov, Nicholas A

    2009-12-01

    The safety, function, and longevity of implantable neuroprosthetic and cardiostimulating electrodes depend heavily on the electrical properties of the electrode-tissue interface, which in many cases requires substantial improvement. While different variations of carbon nanotube materials have been shown to be suitable for neural excitation, it is critical to evaluate them versus other materials used for bioelectrical interfacing, which have not been done in any study performed so far despite strong interest to this area. In this study, we carried out this evaluation and found that composite multiwalled carbon nanotube-polyelectrolyte (MWNT-PE) multilayer electrodes substantially outperform in one way or the other state-of-the-art neural interface materials available today, namely activated electrochemically deposited iridium oxide (IrOx) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT). Our findings provide the concrete experimental proof to the much discussed possibility that carbon nanotube composites can serve as excellent new material for neural interfacing with a strong possibility to lead to a new generation of implantable electrodes. PMID:19785391

  1. Automatic identification of single- and/or few-layer thin-film material

    2014-01-01

    component of the digital image (100) for each colour component, and - determining or estimating (306) a colour component of thin-film material to be identified in the digital image (100) for each colour component by obtaining a pre-determined contrast value (C R; C G; C B) for each colour component and...

  2. Toughness and subcritical crack growth in Nb/Nb3Al layered materials

    A brittle intermetallic, Nb3Al, reinforced with a ductile metal, Nb, has been used to investigate the resistance curve and cyclic fatigue behavior of a relatively coarse laminated composite. With this system, the toughness of Nb3Al was found to increase from ∼1 MPa√m to well over 20 MPa√m after several millimeters of stable crack growth; this was attributed to extensive crack bridging and plastic deformation within the Nb layers in the crack wake. Cyclic fatigue-crack growth resistance was also improved in the laminate microstructures compared to pure Nb3Al and Nb-particulate reinforced Nb3Al composites with crack arrester orientations in the laminate providing better fatigue resistance than either the matrix or pure Nb

  3. Multifunctional-layered materials for creating membrane-restricted nanodomains and nanoscale imaging

    Srinivasan, P., E-mail: prasri@ece.ucsb.edu, E-mail: srinivasan@lifesci.ucsb.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106, USA and Neuroscience Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106 (United States)

    2016-01-18

    Experimental platform that allows precise spatial positioning of biomolecules with an exquisite control at nanometer length scales is a valuable tool to study the molecular mechanisms of membrane bound signaling. Using micromachined thin film gold (Au) in layered architecture, it is possible to add both optical and biochemical functionalities in in vitro. Towards this goal, here, I show that docking of complementary DNA tethered giant phospholiposomes on Au surface can create membrane-restricted nanodomains. These nanodomains are critical features to dissect molecular choreography of membrane signaling complexes. The excited surface plasmon resonance modes of Au allow label-free imaging at diffraction-limited resolution of stably docked DNA tethered phospholiposomes, and lipid-detergent bicelle structures. Such multifunctional building block enables realizing rigorously controlled in vitro set-up to model membrane anchored biological signaling, besides serving as an optical tool for nanoscale imaging.

  4. The effect of fibre layering pattern in resisting bending loads of natural fibre-based hybrid composite materials

    Jusoh Muhamad Shahirul Mat

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The effect of fibre layering pattern and hybridization on the flexural properties of composite hybrid laminates between natural fibres of basalt, jute and flax with synthetic fibre of E-glass reinforced epoxy have been investigated experimentally. Results showed that the effect fibre layering pattern was highly significant on the flexural strength and modulus, which were strongly dependent on the hybrid configuration between sandwich-like (SL and intercalation (IC sequence of fibre layers. In addition, specific modulus based on the variation densities of the hybrid laminates was used to discover the best combination either basalt, jute or flax with E-glass exhibits superior properties concerning on the strength to weight-ratio. Generally, SL sequence of glass/basalt exhibited superior strength and stiffness compared with glass/jute and glass/flax in resisting bending loads. In terms of hybridization effect, glass/jute was found to be the best combination with E-glass compared to the rest of natural fibres investigated in the present study. Hence, the proper stacking sequences and material selection are among predominant factors that influence on mechanical properties and very crucial in designing composite hybrid system to meet the desired requirements.

  5. Granular and layered ferroelectric–ferromagnetic thin-film nanocomposites as promising materials with high magnetotransmission effect

    Akbashev, A.R. [Department of Materials Science, Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation); Telegin, A.V., E-mail: telegin@imp.uran.ru [M.N. Miheev Institute of Metal Physics of Ural Branch of RAS, 620990 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Kaul, A.R. [Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University, 119992 Moscow (Russian Federation); Sukhorukov, Yu.P. [M.N. Miheev Institute of Metal Physics of Ural Branch of RAS, 620990 Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2015-06-15

    Epitaxial thin films of granular and layered nanocomposites consisting of ferromagnetic perovskite Pr{sub 1–x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} and ferroelectric hexagonal LuMnO{sub 3} were grown on ZrO{sub 2}(Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) substrates using metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). A self-organized growth of the granular composite took place in situ as a result of phase separation of the Pr–Sr–Lu–Mn–O system into the perovskite and hexagonal phases. Optical transmission measurements revealed a large negative magnetotransmission effect in the layered nanocomposite over a wide spectral and temperature range. The granular nanocomposite unexpectedly showed an even larger, but positive, magnetotransmission effect at room temperature. - Highlights: • Thin-film ferromagnetic–ferroelectric nanocomposites have been prepared by MOCVD. • Giant change of optical transparency of nanocomposites in magnetic field was detected. • Positive magnetotransmission in the granular nanocomposite was discovered in the IR. • Negative magnetotransmission in the layered nanocomposite was revealed in the IR. • Ferroelectric–ferromangetic nanocomposite is a promising material for optoelectronics.

  6. Layer cathode methods of manufacturing and materials for Li-ion rechargeable batteries

    Kang, Sun-Ho; Amine, Khalil

    2008-01-01

    A positive electrode active material for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries of general formula Li.sub.1+xNi.sub..alpha.Mn.sub..beta.A.sub..gamma.O.sub.2 and further wherein A is Mg, Zn, Al, Co, Ga, B, Zr, or Ti and 0material is manufactured by employing either a solid state reaction method or an aqueous solution method or a sol-gel method which is followed by a rapid quenching from high temperatures into liquid nitrogen or liquid helium.

  7. Using multi-shell phase change materials layers for cooling a lithium-ion battery

    Nasehi Ramin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available One of the cooling methods in engineering systems is usage of phase change materials. Phase change materials or PCMs, which have high latent heats, are usually used where high energy absorption in a constant temperature is required. This work presents a numerical analysis of PCMs effects on cooling Li-ion batteries and their decrease in temperature levels during intense discharge. In this study, three PCM shells with different thermo-physical specifications located around a battery pack is examined. The results of each possible arrangement are compared together and the best arrangement leading to the lowest battery temperature during discharge is identified. In addition, the recovery time for the system which is the time required for the PCMs to refreeze is investigated.

  8. Development of photocatalytic ceramic materials through the deposition of TiO2 nanoparticles layers

    Carneiro, Joaquim A. O.; Teixeira, Vasco M. P.; Azevedo, Sofia; Fernandes, Filipa; Neves, Jorge

    2012-01-01

    Urbanism and communities centralization enlarges atmospheric pollution that affects both human beings as well as their constructed buildings. Different scientific and technological studies are being conducted, both in academic and construction industry, aiming the development of new construction materials with properties that can decrease visual pollution of cities, reducing also the number of cleanings required. The present research work aims the study and the production of self-cleaning ...

  9. Influence of oxide layers on the cladding material in a liquid lead environment: a comparison between MATRA and TRACE

    The liquid lead-cooled fast reactor (LFR) is one design proposal for further investigations in the frame of the Generation IV project. Due to the high melting point of lead (327 deg. C), the temperature of operation is in the range of 400 to 500 deg. C. This requires a cladding material, which sustains high temperatures over long time periods. The proposed material will be the ferritic-martensitic steel T-91. One drawback of working in a liquid lead environment is the high solubility of metals in it. A protective oxide layer is one option to face the corrosion issue but has the disadvantage of a low thermal conductivity, which increases the cladding temperature. The layout of the fuel assembly (FA) of the LFR is determined to be either an open quadratic array or a hexagonal design with a wrapper. Both designs influence the thermohydraulic of the core since the heat transfer depends on the geometry of the cooling channel. Investigations of the influence of the oxide layer and of the impact of the heat transfer were done for an open quadratic FA. For the assessment of the above mentioned challenges, the subchannel code MATRA and the system code TRACE were extended and applied. Corresponding results are here compared. (authors)

  10. Influence of oxide layers on the cladding material in a liquid lead environment: a comparison between MATRA and TRACE

    Jaeger, Wadim; Sanchez Espinoza, Victor H. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, Institute for Reactor Safety, Eggenstein-Leopoldshafe (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    The liquid lead-cooled fast reactor (LFR) is one design proposal for further investigations in the frame of the Generation IV project. Due to the high melting point of lead (327 deg. C), the temperature of operation is in the range of 400 to 500 deg. C. This requires a cladding material, which sustains high temperatures over long time periods. The proposed material will be the ferritic-martensitic steel T-91. One drawback of working in a liquid lead environment is the high solubility of metals in it. A protective oxide layer is one option to face the corrosion issue but has the disadvantage of a low thermal conductivity, which increases the cladding temperature. The layout of the fuel assembly (FA) of the LFR is determined to be either an open quadratic array or a hexagonal design with a wrapper. Both designs influence the thermohydraulic of the core since the heat transfer depends on the geometry of the cooling channel. Investigations of the influence of the oxide layer and of the impact of the heat transfer were done for an open quadratic FA. For the assessment of the above mentioned challenges, the subchannel code MATRA and the system code TRACE were extended and applied. Corresponding results are here compared. (authors)

  11. A green synthesis of a layered titanate, potassium lithium titanate; lower temperature solid-state reaction and improved materials performance

    A layered titanate, potassium lithium titanate, with the size range from 0.1 to 30 µm was prepared to show the effects of the particle size on the materials performance. The potassium lithium titanate was prepared by solid-state reaction as reported previously, where the reaction temperature was varied. The reported temperature for the titanate preparation was higher than 800 °C, though 600 °C is good enough to obtain single-phase potassium lithium titanate. The lower temperature synthesis is cost effective and the product exhibit better performance as photocatalysts due to surface reactivity. - Graphical abstract: Finite particle of a layered titanate, potassium lithium titanate, was prepared by solid-state reaction at lower temperature to show modified materials performance. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Potassium lithium titanate was prepared by solid-state reaction. • Lower temperature reaction resulted in smaller sized particles of titanate. • 600 °C was good enough to obtain single phased potassium lithium titanate. • The product exhibited better performance as photocatalyst

  12. Atomic layer deposition of amorphous iron phosphates on carbon nanotubes as cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

    A non-aqueous approach was developed to synthesize iron phosphate cathode materials by the atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique. Deposition of iron phosphate thin films was achieved on nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (NCNTs) by combining ALD subcycles of Fe2O3 (ferrocene-ozone) and POx (trimethyl phosphate-water) at 200 – 350 °C. The thickness of iron phosphate thin films depends linearly on the ALD cycle, indicating their self-limiting growth behavior. The growth per cycle of iron phosphate thin films was determined to be ∼ 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, and 0.5 Å, at 200, 250, 300, and 350 °C, respectively. Characterization by SEM, TEM, and HRTEM techniques revealed uniform and conformal coating of amorphous iron phosphates on the surface of NCNTs. XANES analysis confirmed Fe−O−P bonding in the iron phosphates prepared by ALD. Furthermore, electrochemical measurement verified the high electrochemical activity of the amorphous iron phosphate as a cathode material in lithium-ion batteries. It is expected that the amorphous iron phosphate prepared by this facile and cost-effective ALD approach will find applications in the next generation of lithium-ion batteries and thin film batteries as either cathode materials or surface coating materials

  13. Carbon materials with quasi-graphene layers: The dielectric, percolation properties and the electronic transport mechanism

    Lu Ming-Ming; Yuan Jie; Wen Bo; Liu Jia; Cao Wen-Qiang; Cao Mao-Sheng

    2013-01-01

    We investigate the dielectric properties of muhi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and graphite filling in SiO2 with the filling concentration of 2-20 wt.% in the frequency range of 102-107 Hz.M WCNTs and graphite have general electrical properties and percolation phenomena owing to their quasi-structure made up of graphene layers.Both permittivity ε and conductivity σ exhibit jumps around the percolation threshold.Variations of dielectric properties of the composites are in agreement with the percolation theory.All the percolation phenomena are determined by hopping and migrating electrons,which are attributed to the special electronic transport mechanism of the fillers in the composites.However,the twin-percolation phenomenon exists when the concentration of MWCNTs is between 5-10 wt.% and 15-20 wt.% in the MWCNTs/SiO2 composites,while in the graphite/SiO2 composites,there is only one percolation phenomenon in the graphite concentration of 10-15 wt.%.The unique twin-percolation phenomenon of MWCNTs/SiO2 is described and attributed to the electronic transfer mechanism,especially the network effect of MWCNTs in the composites.The network formation plays an essential role in determining the second percolation threshold of MWCNTs/SiO2.

  14. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) application in metal barrier layer integrity for porous low- k materials

    Simon, Lin; Gidley, D W; Wetzel, J T; Monnig, K A; Ryan, E T; Simon, Jang; Douglas, Yu; Liang, M S; En, W G; Jones, E C; Sturm, J C; Chan, M J; Tiwari, S C; Hirose, M

    2002-01-01

    Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS) is a useful tool to pre-screen metal barrier integrity for Si-based porous low-k dielectrics. Pore size of low-k, thickness of metal barrier Ta, positronium (Ps) leakage from PALS, trench sidewall morphology, electrical test from one level metal (1LM) pattern wafer and Cu diffusion analysis were all correlated. Macro-porous low-k (pore size >=200 AA) and large scale meso-porous low-k (>50~200 AA) encounter both Ps leakage and Cu diffusion into low-k dielectric in the 0.25 mu mL/0.3 mu mS structures when using SEMATECH in-house PVD Ta 250 AA as barrier layer. For small scale meso-porous (>20~50 AA) and micro- porous (<=20 AA) low-k, no Ps leakage and no Cu diffusion into low-k were observed even with PVD Ta 50 AA, which is proved also owing to sidewall densification to seal all sidewall pores due to plasma etch and ash. For future technology, smaller pore size of porous Si-based low-k (=<50 AA) will be preferential for dense low-k like trench sidewall to...

  15. Wafer-scale epitaxial lift-off of optoelectronic grade GaN from a GaN substrate using a sacrificial ZnO interlayer

    Rajan, Akhil; Rogers, David J.; Ton-That, Cuong; Zhu, Liangchen; Phillips, Matthew R.; Sundaram, Suresh; Gautier, Simon; Moudakir, Tarik; El-Gmili, Youssef; Ougazzaden, Abdallah; Sandana, Vinod E.; Teherani, Ferechteh H.; Bove, Philippe; Prior, Kevin A.; Djebbour, Zakaria; McClintock, Ryan; Razeghi, Manijeh

    2016-08-01

    Full 2 inch GaN epilayers were lifted off GaN and c-sapphire substrates by preferential chemical dissolution of sacrificial ZnO underlayers. Modification of the standard epitaxial lift-off (ELO) process by supporting the wax host with a glass substrate proved key in enabling full wafer scale-up. Scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction confirmed that intact epitaxial GaN had been transferred to the glass host. Depth-resolved cathodoluminescence (CL) analysis of the bottom surface of the lifted-off GaN layer revealed strong near-band-edge (3.33 eV) emission indicating a superior optical quality for the GaN which was lifted off the GaN substrate. This modified ELO approach demonstrates that previous theories proposing that wax host curling was necessary to keep the ELO etch channel open do not apply to the GaN/ZnO system. The unprecedented full wafer transfer of epitaxial GaN to an alternative support by ELO offers the perspective of accelerating industrial adoption of the expensive GaN substrate through cost-reducing recycling.

  16. Electrochemical treatment of Orange II dye solution-Use of aluminum sacrificial electrodes and floc characterization

    Electrocoagulation (EC) of Orange II dye in a flow through cell with aluminum as sacrificial electrodes was carried out under varying conditions of dye concentration, current density, flow rate, conductivity, and the initial pH of the solution in order to optimize the operating parameters for maximum benefits. Maximum removal efficiency of 94.5% was obtained at the following conditions: dye concentration = 10 ppm, current density = 160 A/m2, initial pH 6.5, conductance = 7.1 mS/cm, flow rate = 350 mL/min, and concentration of added NaCl = 4.0 g/L of dye solution. The EC-floc was characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and powder X-ray diffraction techniques. The removal mechanism has been proposed that is in compliance with the Pourbaix diagram, solubility curve of aluminum oxides/hydroxides, and physico-chemical properties of the EC-floc.

  17. Hydrogel Composites Containing Sacrificial Collapsed Hollow Particles as Dual Action pH-Responsive Biomaterials.

    Pafiti, Kyriaki; Cui, Zhengxing; Adlam, Daman; Hoyland, Judith; Freemont, Anthony J; Saunders, Brian R

    2016-07-11

    In this study hydrogel composites are investigated that contain sacrificial pH-responsive collapsed hollow particles (CHPs) entrapped within a poly(acrylamide) (PAAm) network. The CHPs were prepared using a scalable (mainly) water-based method and had a bowl-like morphology that was comparable to that of red blood cells. The CHPs were constructed from poly(methyl methacrylate-co-methacrylic acid), which is a pH-responsive copolymer. The PAAm/CHP composite morphology was probed with optical microscopy, CLSM and SEM. These data showed the CHPs were dispersed throughout the PAAm network. Inclusion of the CHPs within the gel composites increased the modulus in a tunable manner. The CHPs fragmented at pH values greater than the pKa of the particles, and this process decreased the gel modulus to values similar to that of the parent PAAm hydrogel. CHPs containing a model drug were used to demonstrate pH-triggered release from PAAm/CHP and the release kinetics obeyed Fickian diffusion. The composite gels had low cytotoxicity as evidenced by Live/Dead and MTT assays. The hydrogel composites showed dual action pH-triggered softening with simultaneous drug release which occurred without a volume increase. The hydrogel composites may have potential application as enteric gels or for intra-articular drug delivery. PMID:27267971

  18. Electrochemical treatment of Orange II dye solution-Use of aluminum sacrificial electrodes and floc characterization

    Mollah, M. Yousuf A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000 (Bangladesh); Gomes, Jewel A.G., E-mail: jewel.gomes@lamar.edu [Dan F. Smith Department of Chemical Engineering, Lamar University, P.O. Box 10053, Beaumont, TX 77710 (United States); Das, Kamol K.; Cocke, David L. [Gill Chair of Chemical Engineering, Lamar University, P.O. Box 10053, Beaumont, TX 77710 (United States)

    2010-02-15

    Electrocoagulation (EC) of Orange II dye in a flow through cell with aluminum as sacrificial electrodes was carried out under varying conditions of dye concentration, current density, flow rate, conductivity, and the initial pH of the solution in order to optimize the operating parameters for maximum benefits. Maximum removal efficiency of 94.5% was obtained at the following conditions: dye concentration = 10 ppm, current density = 160 A/m{sup 2}, initial pH 6.5, conductance = 7.1 mS/cm, flow rate = 350 mL/min, and concentration of added NaCl = 4.0 g/L of dye solution. The EC-floc was characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and powder X-ray diffraction techniques. The removal mechanism has been proposed that is in compliance with the Pourbaix diagram, solubility curve of aluminum oxides/hydroxides, and physico-chemical properties of the EC-floc.

  19. A sacrificial millipede altruistically protects its swarm using a drone blood enzyme, mandelonitrile oxidase.

    Ishida, Yuko; Kuwahara, Yasumasa; Dadashipour, Mohammad; Ina, Atsutoshi; Yamaguchi, Takuya; Morita, Masashi; Ichiki, Yayoi; Asano, Yasuhisa

    2016-01-01

    Soldiers of some eusocial insects exhibit an altruistic self-destructive defense behavior in emergency situations when attacked by large enemies. The swarm-forming invasive millipede, Chamberlinius hualienensis, which is not classified as eusocial animal, exudes irritant chemicals such as benzoyl cyanide as a defensive secretion. Although it has been thought that this defensive chemical was converted from mandelonitrile, identification of the biocatalyst has remained unidentified for 40 years. Here, we identify the novel blood enzyme, mandelonitrile oxidase (ChuaMOX), which stoichiometrically catalyzes oxygen consumption and synthesis of benzoyl cyanide and hydrogen peroxide from mandelonitrile. Interestingly the enzymatic activity is suppressed at a blood pH of 7, and the enzyme is segregated by membranes of defensive sacs from mandelonitrile which has a pH of 4.6, the optimum pH for ChuaMOX activity. In addition, strong body muscle contractions are necessary for de novo synthesis of benzoyl cyanide. We propose that, to protect its swarm, the sacrificial millipede also applies a self-destructive defense strategy-the endogenous rupturing of the defensive sacs to mix ChuaMOX and mandelonitrile at an optimum pH. Further study of defensive systems in primitive arthropods will pave the way to elucidate the evolution of altruistic defenses in the animal kingdom. PMID:27265180

  20. Sacrificial Silver Nanoparticles: Reducing GeI2 To Form Hollow Germanium Nanoparticles by Electroless Deposition.

    Nolan, Bradley M; Chan, Eric K; Zhang, Xinming; Muthuswamy, Elayaraja; van Benthem, Klaus; Kauzlarich, Susan M

    2016-05-24

    Herein we report the electroless deposition of Ge onto sacrificial Ag nanoparticle (NP) templates to form hollow Ge NPs. The formation of AgI is a necessary component for this reaction. Through a systematic study of surface passivating ligands, we determined that tri-n-octylphosphine is necessary to facilitate the formation of hollow Ge NPs by acting as a transport agent for GeI2 and the oxidized Ag(+) cation (i.e., AgI product). Annular dark-field (ADF) scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) imaging of incomplete reactions revealed Ag/Ge core/shell NPs; in contrast, completed reactions displayed hollow Ge NPs with pinholes which is consistent with the known method for dissolution of the nanotemplate. Characterization of the hollow Ge NPs was performed by transmission electron microscopy, ADF-STEM, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, UV-vis spectrophotometry, and Raman spectroscopy. The galvanic replacement reaction of Ag with GeI2 offers a versatile method for controlling the structure of Ge nanomaterials. PMID:27096547

  1. Characterization of dielectric materials in thin layers for the development of S.O.I. (Silicon on Insulator) substrates

    This thesis deals with the characterization of oxide layer placed inside S.O.I. substrates and submitted to irradiation. This type of material is used for the development of hardened electronic components, that is to say components able to be used in a radiative environment. The irradiation induces charges (electrons or holes) in the recovered oxide. A part of these charges is trapped which leads to changes of the characteristics of the electronic components made on these substrates. The main topic of this study is the characterization of trapping properties of recovered oxides and more particularly of 'Unibond' material carried out with a new fabrication process: the 'smart-cut' process. This work is divided into three parts: - study with one carrier: this case is limited to low radiation doses where is only observed holes trapping. The evolution of the physical and chemical properties of the 'Unibond' material recovered oxide has been revealed, this evolution being due to the fabrication process. - Study with two carriers: in this case, there is trapping of holes and electrons. This type of trapping is observed in the case of strong radiation doses. A new type of electrons traps has been identified with the 'Unibond' material oxide. The transport and the trapping of holes and electrons have been studied in the case of transient phenomena created by short radiative pulses. This study has been carried out using a new measurement method. - Study with three carriers: here are added to holes and electrons the protons introduced in the recovered oxide by the annealing under hydrogen. These protons are movable when they are submitted to the effect of an electric field and they induce a memory effect according to their position in the oxide. These different works show that the 'Unibond' material is a very good solution for the future development of S.O.I. (author)

  2. Hierarchical assembly of Ti(IV)/Sn(II) co-doped SnO₂ nanosheets along sacrificial titanate nanowires: synthesis, characterization and electrochemical properties.

    Wang, Hongkang; Xi, Liujiang; Tucek, Jiri; Zhan, Yawen; Hung, Tak Fu; Kershaw, Stephen V; Zboril, Radek; Chung, C Y; Rogach, Andrey L

    2013-10-01

    Hierarchical assembly of Ti(IV)/Sn(II)-doped SnO₂ nanosheets along titanate nanowires serving as both sacrificial templates and a Ti(IV) source is demonstrated, using SnCl2 as a tin precursor and Sn(II) dopants and NaF as the morphology controlling agent. Excess fluoride inhibits the hydrolysis of SnCl2, promoting heterogeneous nucleation of Sn(II)-doped SnO₂ on the titanate nanowires due to the insufficient oxidization of Sn(II) to Sn(IV). Simultaneously, titanate nanowires are dissolved forming Ti(4+) species under the etching effect of in situ generated HF resulting in spontaneous Ti(4+) ion doping of SnO₂ nanosheets formed under hydrothermal conditions. Compositional analysis indicates that Ti(4+) ions are incorporated by substitution of Sn sites at a high level (16-18 at.%), with uniform distribution and no phase separation. Mössbauer spectroscopy quantified the relative content of Sn(II) and Sn(IV) in both Sn(II)-doped and Ti(IV)/Sn(II) co-doped SnO₂ samples. Electrochemical properties were investigated as an anode material in lithium ion batteries, demonstrating that Ti-doped SnO₂ nanosheets show improved cycle performance, which is attributed to the alleviation of inherent volume expansion of the SnO₂-based anode materials by substituting part of Sn sites with Ti dopants. PMID:23904051

  3. Nano-sized structured layered positive electrode materials to enable high energy density and high rate capability lithium batteries

    Deng, Haixia; Belharouak, Ilias; Amine, Khalil

    2012-10-02

    Nano-sized structured dense and spherical layered positive active materials provide high energy density and high rate capability electrodes in lithium-ion batteries. Such materials are spherical second particles made from agglomerated primary particles that are Li.sub.1+.alpha.(Ni.sub.xCo.sub.yMn.sub.z).sub.1-tM.sub.tO.sub.2-dR.sub.d- , where M is selected from can be Al, Mg, Fe, Cu, Zn, Cr, Ag, Ca, Na, K, In, Ga, Ge, V, Mo, Nb, Si, Ti, Zr, or a mixture of any two or more thereof, R is selected from F, Cl, Br, I, H, S, N, or a mixture of any two or more thereof, and 0.ltoreq..alpha..ltoreq.0.50; 0materials and their use in electrochemical devices are also described.

  4. High-performance lithium-rich layered oxide materials: Effects of chelating agents on microstructure and electrochemical properties

    The mechanisms and effects of three typical chelating agents, namely glucose, citric acid and sucrose on the sol-gel synthesis process, electrochemical degradation and structural evolution of 0.5Li2MnO3·0.5LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2 (LLMO) materials are systematically compared for the first time. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analysis indicate that the sample synthesized from sucrose owns well structure, homogenous distribution, low Ni3+ concentration and good surface structural stability during cycling, respectively. Electrochemical tests further prove that the LLMO material obtained from sucrose maintains 258.4 mAh g−1 with 94.8% capacity retention after 100 cycles at 0.2 C. The superior electrochemical performance can be ascribed to the exceptional complexing mechanism of sucrose, compared to those of the glucose and citric acid. Namely, one mole sucrose can be hydrolyzed into two different monosaccharides and further chelates three M (Li, Ni, Co and Mn) ions to form a more uniform ion-chelated matrix during sol-gel process. This discovery is an important step towards understanding the selection criterion of chelating agents for sol-gel method, that chelating agent with excellent complexing capability is beneficial to the distribution, structural stability and electrochemical properties of advanced lithium-rich layered materials

  5. Structures, Energetics, and Electronic Properties of Layered Materials and Nanotubes of Cadmium Chalcogenides

    Zhou, Jia [ORNL; Huang, Jingsong [ORNL; Sumpter, Bobby G [ORNL; Kent, Paul R [ORNL; Terrones Maldonado, Mauricio [ORNL; Smith, Sean C [ORNL

    2013-01-01

    The attractive optoelectronic properties of conducting polymers depend sensitively upon intra- and inter-polymer chain interactions, and therefore new methods to manipulate these interactions are continually being pursued. Here, we report a study of the isotopic effects of deuterium substitution on the structure, morphology, and optoelectronic properties of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene)s (P3HT) with an approach that combines the synthesis of deuterated materials, optoelectronic properties measurements, theoretical simulation, and neutron scattering. Selective substitutions of deuterium on the backbone or side-chains of P3HT result in distinct optoelectronic responses in P3HT/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) photovoltaics. Specifically, the weak non-covalent intermolecular interactions induced by the main-chain deuteration are shown to change the film crystallinity and morphology of P3HT/PCBM blends, and consequently reduce the short circuit current. However, decreased electronic coupling, the formation of a charge transfer state, and increased electron-phonon coupling resulting from side chain deuteration are shown to induce a remarkable reduction in open circuit voltage.

  6. Enhancement of electrochemical performance with Zn-Al-Bi layered hydrotalcites as anode material for Zn/Ni secondary battery

    Bi-doped Zn-Al layered double hydroxides (Zn-Al-Bi LDH) are prepared by the constant pH hydrothermal method and proposed as a novel anodic material in Zn/Ni secondary cells. The Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images reveal that the as-prepared samples are well-crystallized and hexagon layer structure. The electrochemical performances of the Zn-Al-Bi LDH were analyzed by cyclic voltammetry, tafel plot, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and galvanostatic charge-discharge tests. Compared with Zn-Al LDH, Zn-Al-Bi LDH with different Zn/Al/Bi molar rations, especially the sample of Zn/Al/Bi = 3:0.8:0.2 (molar ration) have higher discharge capacity and more stable cycling performances. Cyclic voltammograms clearly illuminated that the Zn-Al-Bi LDHs could decrease polarization, maintain the electrochemical activity, and enhance the discharge capacity of Zn-Al LDH. This battery can undergo at least 800 charge-discharge cycles at constant current of 1C without dendrite and short circuits. The discharge capacity of Zn-Al-Bi LDH after the 800th cycle remains about 380 mAh g−1 and the hexagonal crystal structure have no much changed after cycles

  7. Si-C linked oligo(ethylene glycol) layers in silicon-based photonic crystals: optimization for implantable optical materials.

    Kilian, Kristopher A; Böcking, Till; Gaus, Katharina; Gal, Michael; Gooding, J Justin

    2007-07-01

    Porous silicon has shown potential for various applications in biology and medicine, which require that the material (1) remain stable for the length of the intended application and (2) resist non-specific adsorption of proteins. Here we explore the efficacy of short oligo(ethylene glycol) moieties incorporated into organic layers via two separate strategies in achieving these aims. In the first strategy the porous silicon structure was modified in a single step via hydrosilylation of alpha-oligo(ethylene glycol)-omega-alkenes containing three or six ethylene glycol units. The second strategy employs two steps: (1) hydrosilylation of succinimidyl-10-undecenoate and (2) coupling of an amino hexa(ethylene glycol) species. The porous silicon photonic crystals modified by the two-step strategy displayed greater stability relative to the single step procedure when exposed to conditions of physiological temperature and pH. Both strategies produced layers that resist non-specific adsorption of proteins as determined with fluorescently labelled bovine serum albumin. The antifouling behaviour and greater stability to physiological conditions provided by this chemistry enhances the suitability of porous silicon for biomaterials applications. PMID:17428533

  8. Atomic layer deposition of environmentally benign SnTiO{sub x} as a potential ferroelectric material

    Chang, Siliang; Selvaraj, Sathees Kannan [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60607 (United States); Choi, Yoon-Young; Hong, Seungbum [Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Illinois 60439 (United States); Nakhmanson, Serge M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Institute of Materials Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269 (United States); Takoudis, Christos G., E-mail: takoudis@uic.edu [Department of Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60607 (United States)

    2016-01-15

    Inspired by the need to discover environmentally friendly, lead-free ferroelectric materials, here the authors report the atomic layer deposition of tin titanate (SnTiO{sub x}) aiming to obtain the theoretically predicted perovskite structure that possesses ferroelectricity. In order to establish the growth conditions and probe the film structure and ferroelectric behavior, the authors grew SnTiO{sub x} films on the commonly used Si(100) substrate. Thin films of SnTiO{sub x} have been successfully grown at a deposition temperature of 200 °C, with a Sn/Ti atomic layer deposition (ALD) cycle ratio of 2:3 and postdeposition heat treatments under different conditions. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed excellent composition tunability of ALD. X-ray diffraction spectra suggested anatase phase for all films annealed at 650 and 350 °C, with peak positions shifted toward lower 2-theta angles indicating enlarged unit cell volume. The film annealed in O{sub 2} at 350 °C exhibited piezoresponse amplitude and phase hysteresis loops, indicative of the existence of switchable polarization.

  9. Understanding Voltage Decay in Lithium-Rich Manganese-Based Layered Cathode Materials by Limiting Cutoff Voltage.

    Yang, Jingsong; Xiao, Lifen; He, Wei; Fan, Jiangwei; Chen, Zhongxue; Ai, Xinping; Yang, Hanxi; Cao, Yuliang

    2016-07-27

    The effect of the cutoff voltages on the working voltage decay and cyclability of the lithium-rich manganese-based layered cathode (LRMO) was investigated by electrochemical measurements, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, ex situ X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy line scan technologies. It was found that both lower (2.0 V) and upper (4.8 V) cutoff voltages cause severe voltage decay with cycling due to formation of the spinel phase and migration of the transition metals inside the particles. Appropriate cutoff voltage between 2.8 and 4.4 V can effectively inhibit structural variation as the electrode demonstrates 92% capacity retention and indiscernible working voltage decay over 430 cycles. The results also show that phase transformation not only on high charge voltage but also on low discharge voltage should be addressed to obtain highly stable LRMO materials. PMID:27383918

  10. High-performance hierarchical LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 microspheres synthesized via a facile template-sacrificial route

    Highlights: • Microsphere hierarchical LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 was fabricated. • A facile in situ route with MnO2 as the sacrificial template was developed. • Conventional co-precipitate synthesis method was compared. • The hierarchical microsphere sample exhibits superior electrochemical performance. -- Abstract: LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 microspheres have been successfully synthesized via a facile in situ route with MnO2 as the sacrificial template. The as-obtained sample shows a unique nano/micro-hierarchical structure. As a cathode material for lithium-ion battery, the sample exhibits excellent electrochemical performance with higher capacity, superior cycling stability and rate capability as compared with that prepared by conventional co-precipitate reaction method. The discharge specific capacities for the first cycle are 196, 187, 182 and 176 mA h g−1 at 0.1, 0.2, 0.5 and 1 C, respectively. The superior performance can be ascribed to the unique microstructure with numerous nanosized primary particles that can provide rapid pathway for Li+ and e− diffusion, and facilitate the penetration of the electrolyte

  11. Ballistic impact properties of mixed multi-layered amorphous surface alloyed materials fabricated by high-energy electron-beam irradiation

    The objective of this study is to investigate ballistic impact properties of multi-layered amorphous surface alloyed materials fabricated by high-energy electron-beam irradiation. The mixture of Zr-based amorphous alloy powders and LiF+MgF2 flux powders was deposited on a Ti alloy substrate, and then electron beam was irradiated on this powder mixture to fabricate an one-layered surface alloyed material. On top of this layer, the powder mixture was deposited again and then irradiated with electron beam whose beam current was decreased to fabricate the multi-layered surface alloyed material. In the mixed multi-layered surface alloyed materials fabricated with LM1 alloy powders and LM2 or LM10 alloy powders, the surface region consisted of amorphous phases, together with a small amount of crystalline particles, whereas the center region was complicatedly composed of amorphous phases, crystallized phases, and dendritic β phases. Since the surface region mostly composed of amorphous matrix was quite hard, the alloyed materials sufficiently blocked the travel of a projectile. When cracks formed at the surface region propagated into the center region, the formation of many cracks or debris was accelerated, which could beneficially work for absorbing the ballistic impact energy, thereby leading to the higher ballistic impact properties than the surface alloyed materials fabricated with LM1 or LM2 alloy powders

  12. The properties of thickness-twist (TT) wave modes in a rotated Y-cut quartz plate with a functionally graded material top layer.

    Wang, Bin; Qian, Zhenghua; Li, Nian; Sarraf, Hamid

    2016-01-01

    We propose the use of thickness-twist (TT) wave modes of an AT-cut quartz crystal plate resonator for measurement of material parameters, such as stiffness, density and material gradient, of a functionally graded material (FGM) layer on its surface, whose material property varies exponentially in thickness direction. A theoretical analysis of dispersion relations for TT waves is presented using Mindlin's plate theory, with displacement mode shapes plotted, and the existence of face-shear (FS) wave modes discussed. Through numerical examples, the effects of material parameters (stiffness, density and material gradient) on dispersion curves, cutoff frequencies and mode shapes are thoroughly examined, which can act as a theoretical reference for measurements of unknown properties of FGM layer. PMID:26254981

  13. Long-term performance of different aluminum alloy designs as sacrificial anodes for rebars

    de Rincón, O.

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the performance of various cathodic-protection designs using Aluminum alloys to protect prestressed piles. The results obtained with different system designs (bracelete type-Al/Zn/In alloy, thermosprayed aluminum (3-year evaluation and conventional Al/Zn/In anocies in an epoxy-painted steel bracelet (12-year evaluation, indicated that all of these systems may be used as sacrificial anodes for pile protection. However, the thermosprayed aluminum type can not be used in prestressed concrete piles because the very negative potentials ( < -1100 mV vs. Cu/CuSO4 they supply to the reinforcement could lead to hydrogen embrittlement.

    Este trabajo presenta la realización de varios diseños de protección catódica utilizando aleaciones de aluminio para la protección de pilotes pretensados. Los resultados obtenidos con diferentes diseños (aleación de Al/Zn/In, tipo brazalete y aluminio termorociado (3 años de evaluación y ánodos convencionales de Al/Zn/In colocados en un brazalete de acero pintado con epoxy (12 años de evaluación, indicaron que todos estos sistemas pueden ser utilizados como ánodos de sacrificio para la protección de los pilotes. Sin embargo, el sistema con aluminio termorociado no puede ser utilizado en pilotes de acero pretensado debido al potencial muy negativo alcanzado por la armadura (<-1100 mV vs Cu/CuSO4, lo cual podría inducir a daños por hidrógeno.

  14. Low-Thermal-Conductivity (MS)1+x(TiS2)2 (M = Pb, Bi, Sn) Misfit Layer Compounds for Bulk Thermoelectric Materials

    Chunlei Wan; Yifeng Wang; Ning Wang; Kunihito Koumoto

    2010-01-01

    A series of (MS)1+x(TiS2)2 (M = Pb, Bi, Sn) misfit layer compounds are proposed as bulk thermoelectric materials. They are composed of alternating rock-salt-type MS layers and paired trigonal anti-prismatic TiS2 layers with a van der Waals gap. This naturally modulated structure shows low lattice thermal conductivity close to or even lower than the predicted minimum thermal conductivity. Measurement of sound velocities shows that the ultra-low thermal conductivity partially originates from th...

  15. Microwave Absorption Properties of Double-Layer RADAR Absorbing Materials Based on Doped Barium Hexaferrite/TiO2/Conducting Carbon Black

    Sukanta Das

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this report, we demonstrate microwave absorption properties of barium hexaferrite, doped barium hexaferrite, titanium dioxide and conducting carbon black based RADAR absorbing material for stealth application. Double-layer absorbers are prepared with a top layer consisting of 30% hexaferrite and 10% titanium dioxide while the bottom layer composed of 30% hexaferrite and 10% conducting carbon black, embedded in chloroprene matrix. The top and bottom layers are prepared as impedance matching layer and conducting layer, respectively, with a total thickness of 2 mm. Microwave absorption properties of all the composites were analyzed in X-band region. Maximum reflection loss of −32 dB at 10.64 GHz was observed for barium hexaferrite based double-layer absorber whereas for doped barium hexaferrite based absorber the reflection loss was found to be −29.56 dB at 11.7 GHz. A consistence reflection loss value (>−24 dB was observed for doped barium hexaferrite based RADAR absorbing materials within the entire bandwidth.

  16. Materials based on carbon-filled porous layers of PVC cyclam derivatives cross-linked with the surfaces of asbestos fabric fibers

    Tzivadze, A. Yu.; Fridman, A. Ya.; Morozova, E. M.; Sokolova, N. P.; Voloshchuk, A. M.; Petukhova, G. A.; Bardishev, I. I.; Gorbunov, A. M.; Novikov, A. K.; Polyakova, I. Ya.; Titova, V. N.; Yavich, A. A.; Petrova, N. V.

    2016-08-01

    The synthesis of bilayer materials with porous upper layers composed of PVC hydroxyethylcyclam derivatives filled with carbon and a layer consisting of hydroxyethylcyclam, cross-linked via Si-O-C groups with the silica chains of a developed surface of asbestos fabric, is described. The aza-crown groups in these materials are bound with aqua complexes of H2SO4 or NaOH. The structure of the materials is examined, their adsorption characteristics are determined, and the rate of motion of H+ or OH- ions in electrochemical bridges is measured, while the formation of H2 and O2 in their cathodic and anodic polarization is determined as a function of voltage. It is shown that the upper layer of these materials is adsorption-active and electronand H+- or OH-- conductive, while the bottom layer is only H+- or OH-- conductive; through it, the upper layer is supplied with the H+ or OH- ions needed for the regeneration of the aqua complexes broken down to H2 and O2 on carbon particles.

  17. Neighboring Hetero-Atom Assistance of Sacrificial Amines to Hydrogen Evolution Using Pt-Loaded TiO2-Photocatalyst

    Masahide Yasuda; Takayuki Tomo; Shoichi Hirata; Tsutomu Shiragami; Tomoko Matsumoto

    2014-01-01

    Photocatalytic H2 evolution was examined using Pt-loaded TiO2-photocatalyst in the presence of amines as sacrificial agents. In the case of amines with all of the carbon attached to the hetero-atom such as 2-aminoethanol, 1,2-diamonoethane, 2-amino-1,3-propanediol, and 3-amino-1,2-propanediol, they were completely decomposed into CO2 and water to quantitatively evolve H2. On the other hand, the amines with both hetero-atoms and one methyl group at the β-positions (neighboring carbons) of ami...

  18. Preparation of mesoporous carbon/polypyrrole composite materials and their supercapacitive properties

    WU-JUN ZOU

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available We synthesized mesoporous carbons/polypyrrole composites, using a chemical oxidative polymerization and calcium carbonate as a sacrificial template. N2 adsorption-desorption method, Fourier infrared spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the structure and morphology of the composites. The measurement results indicated that as-synthesized carbon with the disordered mesoporous structure and a pore size of approximately 5 nm was uniformly coated by polypyrrole. The electrochemical behavior of the resulting composite was examined by cyclic voltammetry and cycle life measurements, and the obtained results showed that the specific capacitance of the resulting composite electrode was as high as 313 F g−1, nearly twice the capacitance of pure mesoporous carbon electrode (163 F g–1. This reveals that the electrochemical performance of these materials is governed by a combination of the electric double layer capacitance of mesoporous carbon and pseudocapacitance of polypyrrole.

  19. A potential role for endogenous proteins as sacrificial sunscreens and antioxidants in human tissues.

    Hibbert, Sarah A; Watson, Rachel E B; Gibbs, Neil K; Costello, Patrick; Baldock, Clair; Weiss, Anthony S; Griffiths, Christopher E M; Sherratt, Michael J

    2015-08-01

    as a consequence of an evolutionary pressure to express sacrificial protein sunscreens which reduce UVR penetration and hence mitigate tissue damage. PMID:25911998

  20. A potential role for endogenous proteins as sacrificial sunscreens and antioxidants in human tissues

    Sarah A. Hibbert

    2015-08-01

    exposure as a consequence of an evolutionary pressure to express sacrificial protein sunscreens which reduce UVR penetration and hence mitigate tissue damage.

  1. Sodium montmorillonite/amine-containing drugs complexes: new insights on intercalated drugs arrangement into layered carrier material.

    Murilo L Bello

    Full Text Available Layered drug delivery carriers are current targets of nanotechnology studies since they are able to accommodate pharmacologically active substances and are effective at modulating drug release. Sodium montmorillonite (Na-MMT is a clay that has suitable properties for developing new pharmaceutical materials due to its high degree of surface area and high capacity for cation exchange. Therefore Na-MMT is a versatile material for the preparation of new drug delivery systems, especially for slow release of protonable drugs. Herein, we describe the intercalation of several amine-containing drugs with Na-MMT so we can derive a better understanding of how these drugs molecules interact with and distribute throughout the Na-MMT interlayer space. Therefore, for this purpose nine sodium montmorillonite/amine-containing drugs complexes (Na-MMT/drug were prepared and characterized. In addition, the physicochemical properties of the drugs molecules in combination with different experimental conditions were assessed to determine how these factors influenced experimental outcomes (e.g. increase of the interlayer spacing versus drugs arrangement and orientation. We also performed a molecular modeling study of these amine-containing drugs associated with different Na-MMT/drug complex models to analyze the orientation and arrangement of the drugs molecules in the complexes studied. Six amine-containing drugs (rivastigmine, doxazosin, 5-fluorouracil, chlorhexidine, dapsone, nystatin were found to successfully intercalate Na-MMT. These findings provide important insights on the interlayer aspect of the molecular systems formed and may contribute to produce more efficient drug delivery nanosystems.

  2. A mini review of designed mesoporous materials for energy-storage applications: from electric double-layer capacitors to hybrid supercapacitors.

    Lim, Eunho; Jo, Changshin; Lee, Jinwoo

    2016-04-21

    In recent years, porous materials have attracted significant attention in various research fields because of their structural merits. In particular, well-designed mesoporous structures with two- or three-dimensionally interconnected pores have been recognized as electrode materials of particular interest for achieving high-performance electrochemical capacitors (ECs). In this mini review, recent progress in the design of mesoporous electrode materials for ECs, from electric double-layer capacitors (EDLCs) and pseudocapacitors (PCs) to hybrid supercapacitors (HSCs), and research challenges for the development of new mesoporous electrode materials has been discussed. PMID:27020465

  3. Photomultiplication photodetectors with P3HT:fullerene-free material as the active layers exhibiting a broad response

    Wang, Wenbin; Zhang, Fujun; Bai, Huitao; Li, Lingliang; Gao, Mile; Zhang, Miao; Zhan, Xiaowei

    2016-03-01

    A series of polymer photodetectors (PPDs) are fabricated based on P3HT as an electron donor and fullerene-free material DC-IDT2T as an electron acceptor. The only difference among these PPDs is the P3HT:DC-IDT2T doping weight ratios from 2 : 1 to 150 : 1. The PPDs with P3HT:DC-IDT2T (100 : 1, w/w) as the active layers exhibit champion external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 28 000% and 4000% corresponding to 390 nm and 750 nm light illumination at -20 V bias, respectively. The photomultiplication (PM) phenomenon should be attributed to the enhanced hole tunneling injection due to the interfacial band bending, which is induced by the trapped electrons in DC-IDT2T near the Al cathode. The high EQE value in the long wavelength range is due to the effect of DC-IDT2T photon harvesting and exciton dissociation on the interfacial trap-assisted hole tunneling injection. Meanwhile, the PPDs with DC-IDT2T as the electron acceptor exhibit superior stability compared with the PPDs with PC71BM as the electron acceptor.A series of polymer photodetectors (PPDs) are fabricated based on P3HT as an electron donor and fullerene-free material DC-IDT2T as an electron acceptor. The only difference among these PPDs is the P3HT:DC-IDT2T doping weight ratios from 2 : 1 to 150 : 1. The PPDs with P3HT:DC-IDT2T (100 : 1, w/w) as the active layers exhibit champion external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 28 000% and 4000% corresponding to 390 nm and 750 nm light illumination at -20 V bias, respectively. The photomultiplication (PM) phenomenon should be attributed to the enhanced hole tunneling injection due to the interfacial band bending, which is induced by the trapped electrons in DC-IDT2T near the Al cathode. The high EQE value in the long wavelength range is due to the effect of DC-IDT2T photon harvesting and exciton dissociation on the interfacial trap-assisted hole tunneling injection. Meanwhile, the PPDs with DC-IDT2T as the electron acceptor exhibit superior stability compared with the PPDs

  4. Magnesium-containing layered double hydroxides as orthopaedic implant coating materials--An in vitro and in vivo study.

    Weizbauer, Andreas; Kieke, Marc; Rahim, Muhammad Imran; Angrisani, Gian Luigi; Willbold, Elmar; Diekmann, Julia; Flörkemeier, Thilo; Windhagen, Henning; Müller, Peter Paul; Behrens, Peter; Budde, Stefan

    2016-04-01

    The total hip arthroplasty is one of the most common artificial joint replacement procedures. Several different surface coatings have been shown to improve implant fixation by facilitating bone ingrowth and consequently enhancing the longevity of uncemented orthopaedic hip prostheses. In the present study, two different layered double hydroxides (LDHs), Mg-Fe- and Mg-Al-LDH, were investigated as potential magnesium (Mg)-containing coating materials for orthopaedic applications in comparison to Mg hydroxide (Mg(OH)2). In vitro direct cell compatibility tests were carried out using the murine fibroblast cell line NIH 3T3 and the mouse osteosarcoma cell line MG 63. The host response of bone tissue was evaluated in in vivo experiments with nine rabbits. Two cylindrical pellets (3 × 3 mm) were implanted into each femoral condyle of the left hind leg. The samples were analyzed histologically and with μ-computed tomography (μ-CT) 6 weeks after surgery. An in vitro cytotoxicity test determined that more cells grew on the LDH pellets than on the Mg(OH)2-pellets. The pH value and the Mg(2+) content of the cell culture media were increased after incubation of the cells on the degradable samples. The in vivo tests demonstrated the formation of fibrous capsules around Mg(OH)2 and Mg-Fe-LDH. In contrast, the host response of the Mg-Al-LDH samples indicated that this Mg-containing biomaterial is a potential candidate for implant coating. PMID:25939995

  5. Early Shang Sacrificial Site in the Shang City at Yanshi,Henan%河南偃师商城商代早期王室祭祀遗址

    中国社会科学院考古研究所

    2002-01-01

    The Shang city in Yanshi was the capital of the early Shang Dynasty. In the north of its palace city, a group of remains were found to be vestiges of Shang royal aristocrats' sacrificial activities. The main part consists roughly of three zones with a little difference from each other. The victims commonest seen in the sacrificial area are pigs, which are buried together with or without other species of animals. The rest of offerings include human victims and plants. The sacrificial area was used at many stages of the Shang cultural remains in the Shang city of Yanshi, from the first phase of the first period through the sixth phase of the third period. Its discovery clarified the layout and area division of the palace city and enriched the knowledge of it. Large quantities of serial charcoal samples and pigs' remains provided comparable "dual" serial data for dating the function of the Shang city in Yanshi.

  6. Initial evaluation and comparison of plasma damage to atomic layer carbon materials using conventional and low T{sub e} plasma sources

    Jagtiani, Ashish V.; Miyazoe, Hiroyuki; Chang, Josephine; Farmer, Damon B.; Engel, Michael; Neumayer, Deborah; Han, Shu-Jen; Engelmann, Sebastian U., E-mail: suengelm@us.ibm.com; Joseph, Eric A. [IBM, T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, New York 10598 (United States); Boris, David R.; Hernández, Sandra C.; Walton, Scott G. [Plasma Physics Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375 (United States); Lock, Evgeniya H. [Materials Science and Technology Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375 (United States)

    2016-01-15

    The ability to achieve atomic layer precision is the utmost goal in the implementation of atomic layer etch technology. Carbon-based materials such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene are single atomic layers of carbon with unique properties and, as such, represent the ultimate candidates to study the ability to process with atomic layer precision and assess impact of plasma damage to atomic layer materials. In this work, the authors use these materials to evaluate the atomic layer processing capabilities of electron beam generated plasmas. First, the authors evaluate damage to semiconducting CNTs when exposed to beam-generated plasmas and compare these results against the results using typical plasma used in semiconductor processing. The authors find that the beam generated plasma resulted in significantly lower current degradation in comparison to typical plasmas. Next, the authors evaluated the use of electron beam generated plasmas to process graphene-based devices by functionalizing graphene with fluorine, nitrogen, or oxygen to facilitate atomic layer deposition (ALD). The authors found that all adsorbed species resulted in successful ALD with varying impact on the transconductance of the graphene. Furthermore, the authors compare the ability of both beam generated plasma as well as a conventional low ion energy inductively coupled plasma (ICP) to remove silicon nitride (SiN) deposited on top of the graphene films. Our results indicate that, while both systems can remove SiN, an increase in the D/G ratio from 0.08 for unprocessed graphene to 0.22 to 0.26 for the beam generated plasma, while the ICP yielded values from 0.52 to 1.78. Generally, while some plasma-induced damage was seen for both plasma sources, a much wider process window as well as far less damage to CNTs and graphene was observed when using electron beam generated plasmas.

  7. Neighboring Hetero-Atom Assistance of Sacrificial Amines to Hydrogen Evolution Using Pt-Loaded TiO2-Photocatalyst

    Masahide Yasuda

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Photocatalytic H2 evolution was examined using Pt-loaded TiO2-photocatalyst in the presence of amines as sacrificial agents. In the case of amines with all of the carbon attached to the hetero-atom such as 2-aminoethanol, 1,2-diamonoethane, 2-amino-1,3-propanediol, and 3-amino-1,2-propanediol, they were completely decomposed into CO2 and water to quantitatively evolve H2. On the other hand, the amines with both hetero-atoms and one methyl group at the β-positions (neighboring carbons of amino group such as 2-amino-1-propanol and 1,2-diaminopropane were partially decomposed. Also, the photocatalytic H2 evolution using amines without the hetero-atoms at the β-positions such as ethylamine, propylamine, 1-butylamine, 1,3-diaminopropane, 2-propylamine, and 2-butylamine was inefficient. Thus, it was found that the neighboring hetero-atom strongly assisted the degradation of sacrificial amines. Moreover, rate constants for H2 evolution were compared among amines. In conclusion, the neighboring hetero-atom did not affect the rate constants but enhanced the yield of hydrogen evolution.

  8. Hierarchical assembly of Ti(iv)/Sn(ii) co-doped SnO2 nanosheets along sacrificial titanate nanowires: synthesis, characterization and electrochemical properties

    Wang, Hongkang; Xi, Liujiang; Tucek, Jiri; Zhan, Yawen; Hung, Tak Fu; Kershaw, Stephen V.; Zboril, Radek; Chung, C. Y.; Rogach, Andrey L.

    2013-09-01

    Hierarchical assembly of Ti(iv)/Sn(ii)-doped SnO2 nanosheets along titanate nanowires serving as both sacrificial templates and a Ti(iv) source is demonstrated, using SnCl2 as a tin precursor and Sn(ii) dopants and NaF as the morphology controlling agent. Excess fluoride inhibits the hydrolysis of SnCl2, promoting heterogeneous nucleation of Sn(ii)-doped SnO2 on the titanate nanowires due to the insufficient oxidization of Sn(ii) to Sn(iv). Simultaneously, titanate nanowires are dissolved forming Ti4+ species under the etching effect of in situ generated HF resulting in spontaneous Ti4+ ion doping of SnO2 nanosheets formed under hydrothermal conditions. Compositional analysis indicates that Ti4+ ions are incorporated by substitution of Sn sites at a high level (16-18 at.%), with uniform distribution and no phase separation. Mössbauer spectroscopy quantified the relative content of Sn(ii) and Sn(iv) in both Sn(ii)-doped and Ti(iv)/Sn(ii) co-doped SnO2 samples. Electrochemical properties were investigated as an anode material in lithium ion batteries, demonstrating that Ti-doped SnO2 nanosheets show improved cycle performance, which is attributed to the alleviation of inherent volume expansion of the SnO2-based anode materials by substituting part of Sn sites with Ti dopants.Hierarchical assembly of Ti(iv)/Sn(ii)-doped SnO2 nanosheets along titanate nanowires serving as both sacrificial templates and a Ti(iv) source is demonstrated, using SnCl2 as a tin precursor and Sn(ii) dopants and NaF as the morphology controlling agent. Excess fluoride inhibits the hydrolysis of SnCl2, promoting heterogeneous nucleation of Sn(ii)-doped SnO2 on the titanate nanowires due to the insufficient oxidization of Sn(ii) to Sn(iv). Simultaneously, titanate nanowires are dissolved forming Ti4+ species under the etching effect of in situ generated HF resulting in spontaneous Ti4+ ion doping of SnO2 nanosheets formed under hydrothermal conditions. Compositional analysis indicates that Ti4

  9. The effect of fibre layering pattern in resisting bending loads of natural fibre-based hybrid composite materials

    Jusoh Muhamad Shahirul Mat; Yahya Mohd Yazid; Hussein Nur Izan Syahriah

    2016-01-01

    The effect of fibre layering pattern and hybridization on the flexural properties of composite hybrid laminates between natural fibres of basalt, jute and flax with synthetic fibre of E-glass reinforced epoxy have been investigated experimentally. Results showed that the effect fibre layering pattern was highly significant on the flexural strength and modulus, which were strongly dependent on the hybrid configuration between sandwich-like (SL) and intercalation (IC) sequence of fibre layers. ...

  10. The optimizing designing of bi-material micro cantilever with adhesive layer in between and its application in an uncooled MEMS IR FPA

    Zhang, Xia; Jiao, Bin-bin; Chen, Da-peng; Ye, Tian-chun

    2009-07-01

    Bi-material cantilever is an important basic structure in MEMS device. Most of the materials with thermal property fit for bi-material are not adhering together steadily. An adhesive layer in between is needed. In this paper, based on the thermal stress and combined deformation in Mechanics of Materials, a model related to the physics properties, structure dimension, and the tilt angle caused by thermal stress is set up. A research of how to select the materials and how to determinate the thickness and other size of a bi-material cantilever is carry out by this model, further more, an optic read out IR image chip pixel is designed that shows this model is simple and practical.

  11. The effect of doping (Mn,B)3O4 materials as protective layers in different metallic interconnects for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

    Miguel-Pérez, Verónica; Martínez-Amesti, Ana; Nó, María Luisa; Larrañaga, Aitor; Arriortua, María Isabel

    2013-12-01

    Spinel oxides with the general formula of (Mn,B)3O4 (B = Co, Fe) were used as barrier materials between the cathode and the metallic interconnect to reduce the rate of cathode degradation by Cr poisoning. The effect of doping at the B position was investigated terms of microstructure and electrical conductivity to determine its behaviour and effectiveness as a protective layer in contact with three metallic materials (Crofer 22 APU, SS430 and Conicro 4023 W 188). The analysis showed that the use of these materials considerably decreased the reactivity and diffusion of Cr between the cathode and the metallic interconnects. The protective layer doped with Fe at the B position exhibited the least amount of reactivity with the interconnector and cathode materials. The worst results were observed for SS430 cells coated with a protective layer perhaps due to their low Cr content. The Crofer 22 APU and Conicro 4023 W 188 samples exhibited very similar conductivity results in the presence of the MnCo1.9Fe0.1O4 protective coating. As a result, these two material combinations are a promising option for use as bipolar plates in SOFC.

  12. Constitution of surface layer in Nd-Fe-B sintered magnets and its effect on the material properties

    Surface layer sintered Nd-FeB magnets consists of two zones; first zone is formed of small grains of Nd2Fe14B with oxide inclusion inside grains, and the second zone containing great inclusions of Nd3O3. The latter zone is rich in oxygen and neodymium and poor in iron. The surface layer has strong influence on corrosion resistance of magnets. It has been found that corrosion rate is reduced at order of magnitude when the surface layer is removed by grinding. The magnetic properties do not differ when measured for as-sintered and grinded magnets

  13. 3D hierarchical computational model of wood as a cellular material with fibril reinforced, heterogeneous multiple layers

    Qing, Hai; Mishnaevsky, Leon

    2009-01-01

    A 3D hierarchical computational model of deformation and stiffness of wood, which takes into account the structures of wood at several scale levels (cellularity, multilayered nature of cell walls, composite-like structures of the wall layers) is developed. At the mesoscale, the softwood cell is...... presented as a 3D hexagon-shape-tube with multilayered walls. The layers in the softwood cell are considered as considered as composite reinforced by microfibrils (celluloses). The elastic properties of the layers are determined with Halpin–Tsai equations, and introduced into mesoscale finite element...

  14. Copper(ii) tungstate nanoflake array films: sacrificial template synthesis, hydrogen treatment, and their application as photoanodes in solar water splitting

    Hu, Dianyi; Diao, Peng; Xu, Di; Xia, Mengyang; Gu, Yue; Wu, Qingyong; Li, Chao; Yang, Shubin

    2016-03-01

    We report the preparation of CuWO4 nanoflake (NF) array films by using a solid phase reaction method in which WO3 NFs were employed as sacrificial templates. The SEM, TEM and XRD results demonstrated that the obtained CuWO4 films possessed a network structure that was composed of single crystalline NFs intersected with each other. The CuWO4 NF films showed superior photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity to other CuWO4 photoanodes reported recently for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). We attributed the high activity to the unique morphological and crystalline structure of the CuWO4 film, which enhanced the photoactivity by providing a large specific area, a short hole transport distance from the inside of CuWO4 to the CuWO4/solution interface, and a low grain boundary density. Hydrogen treatment by annealing the CuWO4 NF film in mixed gases of H2 and Ar could further enhance the photoactivity, as hydrogen treatment significantly increased the electron density of CuWO4 by generating oxygen vacancy in the lattice. The photocurrent density for OER obtained on the hydrogen-treated (H-treated) CuWO4 NF film is the largest ever reported on CuWO4 photoanodes in the literature. Moreover, the CuWO4 photoanodes exhibit good stability in weak alkaline solution, while the H-treated CuWO4 photoanodes exhibit acceptable stability. This work not only reveals the potential of CuWO4 as a photoanode material for solar water splitting but also shows that the construction of nanostructured CuWO4 photoanodes is a promising method to achieve high PEC activity toward OER.We report the preparation of CuWO4 nanoflake (NF) array films by using a solid phase reaction method in which WO3 NFs were employed as sacrificial templates. The SEM, TEM and XRD results demonstrated that the obtained CuWO4 films possessed a network structure that was composed of single crystalline NFs intersected with each other. The CuWO4 NF films showed superior photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity to other CuWO4

  15. Room temperature plasma oxidation: A new process for preparation of ultrathin layers of silicon oxide, and high dielectric constant materials

    In this paper we present basic features and oxidation law of the room temperature plasma oxidation (RTPO), as a new process for preparation of less than 2 nm thick layers of SiO2, and high-k layers of TiO2. We show that oxidation rate follows a potential law dependence on oxidation time. The proportionality constant is function of pressure, plasma power, reagent gas and plasma density, while the exponent depends only on the reactive gas. These parameters are related to the physical phenomena occurring inside the plasma, during oxidation. Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (MOS) capacitors fabricated with these layers are characterized by capacitance-voltage, current-voltage and current-voltage-temperature measurements. Less than 2.5 nm SiO2 layers with surface roughness similar to thermal oxide films, surface state density below 3 x 1011 cm-2 and current density in the expected range for each corresponding thickness, were obtained by RTPO in a parallel-plate reactor, at 180 mW/cm2 and pressure range between 9.33 and 66.5 Pa (0.07 and 0.5 Torr) using O2 and N2O as reactive gases. MOS capacitors with TiO2 layers formed by RTPO of sputtered Ti layers are also characterized. Finally, MOS capacitors with stacked layers of TiO2 over SiO2, both layers obtained by RTPO, were prepared and evaluated to determine the feasibility of the use of TiO2 as a candidate for next technology nodes

  16. Copper(ii) tungstate nanoflake array films: sacrificial template synthesis, hydrogen treatment, and their application as photoanodes in solar water splitting.

    Hu, Dianyi; Diao, Peng; Xu, Di; Xia, Mengyang; Gu, Yue; Wu, Qingyong; Li, Chao; Yang, Shubin

    2016-03-10

    We report the preparation of CuWO4 nanoflake (NF) array films by using a solid phase reaction method in which WO3 NFs were employed as sacrificial templates. The SEM, TEM and XRD results demonstrated that the obtained CuWO4 films possessed a network structure that was composed of single crystalline NFs intersected with each other. The CuWO4 NF films showed superior photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity to other CuWO4 photoanodes reported recently for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). We attributed the high activity to the unique morphological and crystalline structure of the CuWO4 film, which enhanced the photoactivity by providing a large specific area, a short hole transport distance from the inside of CuWO4 to the CuWO4/solution interface, and a low grain boundary density. Hydrogen treatment by annealing the CuWO4 NF film in mixed gases of H2 and Ar could further enhance the photoactivity, as hydrogen treatment significantly increased the electron density of CuWO4 by generating oxygen vacancy in the lattice. The photocurrent density for OER obtained on the hydrogen-treated (H-treated) CuWO4 NF film is the largest ever reported on CuWO4 photoanodes in the literature. Moreover, the CuWO4 photoanodes exhibit good stability in weak alkaline solution, while the H-treated CuWO4 photoanodes exhibit acceptable stability. This work not only reveals the potential of CuWO4 as a photoanode material for solar water splitting but also shows that the construction of nanostructured CuWO4 photoanodes is a promising method to achieve high PEC activity toward OER. PMID:26912373

  17. Sacrificial anode stability and polarization potential variation in a ternary Al-xZn-xMg alloy in a seawater-marine environment

    Muazu, Abubakar; Aliyu, Yaro Shehu; Abdulwahab, Malik; Idowu Popoola, Abimbola Patricia

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, the effects of zinc (Zn) and magnesium (Mg) addition on the performance of an aluminum-based sacrificial anode in seawater were investigated using a potential measurement method. Anodic efficiency, protection efficiency, and polarized potential were the parameters used. The percentages of Zn and Mg in the anodes were varied from 2% to 8% Zn and 1% to 4% Mg. The alloys produced were tested as sacrificial anodes for the protection of mild steel in seawater at room temperature. Current efficiency as high as 88.36% was obtained in alloys containing 6% Zn and 1% Mg. The polarized potentials obtained for the coupled (steel/Al-based alloys) are as given in the Pourbaix diagrams, with steel lying within the immunity region/cathodic region and the sacrificial anodes within the anodic region. The protection offered by the sacrificial anodes to the steel after the 7th and 8th week was measured and protection efficiency values as high as 99.66% and 99.47% were achieved for the Al-6%Zn-1%Mg cast anode. The microstructures of the cast anodes comprise of intermetallic structures of hexagonal Mg3Zn2 and body-centered cubic Al2Mg3Zn3. These are probably responsible for the breakdown of the passive alumina film, thus enhancing the anode efficiency.

  18. Fabrication of Three Dimensional Tissue Engineering Polydimethylsiloxane ( PDMS) Microporous Scaffolds Integrated in a Bioreactor Using a 3D Printed Water Dissolvable Sacrificial Mould

    Mohanty, Soumyaranjan; Mantis, Ioannis; Chetan, Aradhya Mallikarjunaiah;

    2015-01-01

    We present a new scalable and general approach for manufacturing structured pores/channels in 3D polymer based scaffolds. The method involves 3D printing of a sacrificial polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) mould whose geometrical features are designed according to the required vascular channel network...

  19. Enhanced charge collection with ultrathin AlOx electron blocking layer for hole-transporting material-free perovskite solar cell.

    Wei, Huiyun; Shi, Jiangjian; Xu, Xin; Xiao, Junyan; Luo, Jianheng; Dong, Juan; Lv, Songtao; Zhu, Lifeng; Wu, Huijue; Li, Dongmei; Luo, Yanhong; Meng, Qingbo; Chen, Qiang

    2015-02-21

    An ultrathin AlOx layer has been deposited onto a CH3NH3PbI3 film using atomic layer deposition technology, to construct a metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) back contact for the hole-transporting material-free perovskite solar cell. By optimization of the ALD deposition cycles, the average power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the cell has been enhanced from 8.61% to 10.07% with a highest PCE of 11.10%. It is revealed that the improvement in cell performance with this MIS back contact is mainly attributed to the enhancement in charge collection resulting from the electron blocking effect of the AlOx layer. PMID:25594083

  20. Depth profiling of SBS/PET layered materials using step-scan phase modulation Fourier transform infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy and two-dimensional correlation analysis

    2010-01-01

    This paper demonstrates the application of step-scan phase modulation Fourier transform infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy(FTIR-PAS) in non-destructively depth profiling of styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer/polyethylene terephthalate(SBS/PET) layered materials.The surface thicknesses of three layered samples were determined to be 1.2,4.3 and 9.4μm by using phase difference analysis,overcoming the spatial detection limits of FTIR.Combined with generalized two-dimensional(G2D) FTIR correlation analysis,the spatial origins of peaks in the SBS/PET spectrum are identified with those having overlapping peaks between different layers are resolved.

  1. Highly brilliant synchrotron radiation operando spectromicroscopy to bridge a gap between material electronic properties and device performances of 2D atomic layers

    Si-based electronics has reached an ultimate fabrication level (22 nm design rule), which makes further progress hardly achieved. Therefore, 2D atomic layers including graphene have been extensively studied as next-generation device materials to supplement device functions which Si-based electronics cannot serve. Unfortunately, however, there is a gap between material electronic properties and device performances in the researches on 2D atomic layers. We demonstrate soft x-ray operando spectromicroscopies, photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) and 3D scanning photoelectron microscopy (3D nano-ESCA), in SPring-8 to bridge the gap in graphene research. The complementary use of these operando spectromicroscopies enables us to probe both valence band and conduction bands of graphene channels under operation, resulting in revealing the effects of the interfaces with contact metal and oxide. The significance of the operando spectromicroscopy is now recognized, resulting in the adoption as a major research target in NEDO academic-industrial alliance project. (author)

  2. Modeling mixed clockwise and counter-clockwise hysteresis in multi-layer materials by using a generalized Jiles–Atherton model

    Andrei, Petru, E-mail: pandrei@eng.fsu.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida State University and Florida A and M University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Mehta, Mohit [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Florida State University and Florida A and M University, Tallahassee, FL 32310 (United States); Dimian, Mihai [Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Stefan cel Mare University, Suceava 720229 (Romania)

    2014-02-15

    A generalized Jiles–Atherton model is proposed to describe mixed clockwise and counter-clockwise hysteresis loops. While it is physically inconsistent for homogeneous magnetic materials, this mixed type of hysteresis is exhibited by several multi-layer and superlattice materials with antiferromagnetic coupling. The modeling approach is based on a newly developed clockwise hysteretic model using the Jiles–Atherton framework and its linear superposition to the classical counter-clockwise version. The resulting technique is implemented in open-access academic software for hysteresis and simulation samples are presented in the paper.

  3. Oil-material fractionation in Gulf deep water horizontal intrusion layer: Field data analysis with chemodynamic fate model for Macondo 252 oil spill.

    Melvin, A T; Thibodeaux, L J; Parsons, A R; Overton, E; Valsaraj, K T; Nandakumar, K

    2016-04-15

    Among the discoveries of the Deepwater Horizon blowout was the so-called "sub-surface plume"; herein termed the "oil-trapping layer". Hydrocarbons were found positioned at ~1100-1300m with thickness ~100-150m and moving horizontally to the SW in a vertically stratified layer at the junction of the cold abyssal water and the permanent thermocline. This study focuses on its formation process and fate of the hydrocarbons within. The originality of this work to the field is two-fold, first it provides a conceptual framework which places layer origin in the context of a horizontal "intrusion" from the near-field, vertical, blow-out plume and second, it offers a theoretical model for the hydrocarbon chemicals within the horizontal layer as it moves far-afield. The model quantifies the oil-material fractionation process for the soluble and fine particle. The classical Box model, retrofitted with an internal gradient, the "G-Box", allows an approach that includes turbulent eddy diffusion coupled with droplet rise velocity and reactive decay to produce a simple, explicit, transparent, algebraic model with few parameters for the fate of the individual fractions. Computations show the soluble and smallest liquid droplets moving very slowly vertically through the layer appearing within the trapping layer at low concentration with high persistence. The larger droplets move-through this trapping zone quickly, attain high concentrations, and eventually form the sea surface slick. It impacts the field of oil spill engineering science by providing the conceptual idea and the algorithms for projecting the quantities and fractions of oil-material in a deep water, horizontal marine current being dispersed and moving far afield. In the field of oil spill modeling this work extends the current generation near-field plume source models to the far-field. The theory portrays the layer as an efficient oil-material trap. The model-forecasted concentration profiles for alkanes and aromatics

  4. Thin Al2O3 barrier coatings grown on bio-based packaging materials by atomic layer deposition

    Hirvikorpi, Terhi

    2011-01-01

    Growing environmental concerns related to the use of synthetic non-biodegradable polymers in the packaging industry have led to the need for new, especially bio-based, materials. Currently, petroleum-based synthetic polymers are widely used due to their relatively low cost and high performance. Biodegradable plastics and fibre-based materials have been proposed as a solution to the waste problems related to these synthetic polymers. Fibre-based packaging materials have many advantages over th...

  5. A simple method for the determination of the complex modulus of resilient materials using a longitudinally vibrating three-layer specimen

    Policarpo, H.; Neves, M. M.; Maia, N. M. M.

    2013-01-01

    This paper proposes a new hybrid analytical-experimental methodology for the determination of the complex modulus of resilient materials as for e.g., composition cork-like materials. It is based on a three-layer specimen test and on a simple equation from the analytical model of the specimen. The analytical formulation solves the problem based on the elementary theory of longitudinal vibrations and without taking the transversal motions into account. This methodology is developed to avoid geometric constraints and boundary condition difficulties found on other tests as well as to minimize the computational time and complexity of the coding. The experimental setup and the deduction of the simple equation are described. Metallic layers are used at the extremities of the specimen, for which the Young modulus and mass density are known, while its loss factor may be neglected. For the intermediate resilient layer, which is assumed to present a linear viscoelastic behavior, the mass density is known. Thus, the only unknowns are the storage modulus and loss factor of that intermediate layer. The modal loss factor and the first resonant frequency of the specimen are identified from the experimental receptance frequency response function (FRF) curve using the rational fraction polynomial method (RFP). By using the first resonance frequency obtained experimentally, the analytical response becomes only a function of the storage modulus, resulting in a simple scalar nonlinear equation. Then, a numerical routine is used to determine the storage modulus by calculating the first zero of the nonlinear equation. To validate the proposed methodology, the frequency response assurance criterion (FRAC) and the frequency amplitude assurance criterion (FAAC) are used. For the five composition cork materials tested, the complex modulus shown low frequency dependence in the 40 Hz to 1600 Hz range. Correlation values between the analytical and the experimental curves are greater than 95

  6. Unusual Application Of Ion Beam Analysis For The Study Of Surface Layers On Materials Relevant To Cultural Heritage

    Recently a new thematic of research -- intentional patinas on antic copper-base objects -- lead the AGLAE (Accelerateur Grand Louvre pour l'Analyse Elementaire) team of the C2RMF (Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musees de France) to improve its methods of analyzing thin surface layers both in their elemental composition and in-depth elemental distribution. A new beam extraction set-up containing a particle detector has been developed in order to use a 6 MeV alpha beam both in PIXE and RBS mode and to monitor precisely the ion dose received by the sample. Both RBS and ionization cross sections were assessed in order to make sure that the analysis can be quantitative. This set up allows great progresses in the understanding of both nature and structure of this very particular oxide layer obtained in the antiquity by chemical treatment on copper alloys, containing gold and/or silver and presenting very interesting properties of color and stability.Besides the non destructive properties of the IBA in external beam mode, this method of analyzing allows the study of samples in interaction with its environment. This was used to study the high temperature oxidation of Cu-Sn alloys using a furnace developed in order to heat a sample and analyze it in RBS mode at the same time. This new way of studying the growth of oxide layers permits to understand the oxidation mechanism of this system and to propose an experimental model for the identification of oxide layers due to an exposition to a high temperature, model needed for a long time by curators in charge of the study and the conservation of archaeological bronzes

  7. Properties of SiC and problems of the material for use as the coating layer of fuel particles

    The properties of silicon carbide (SiC) reported in the literatures and obtained in the authors' experiments, are reviewed with a view to improving the SiC coating layer of fuel particles for HTGR. Described are the deposition, physical and chemical properties, mechanical strength, diffusion and irradiation behaviors. The experimental results obtained in the authors' laboratory in in-pile irradiation and out-of-pile annealing of the SiC-coated particles are also presented. (auth.)

  8. Unusual Application Of Ion Beam Analysis For The Study Of Surface Layers On Materials Relevant To Cultural Heritage

    Mathis, F.; Salomon, J.; Trocellier, P.; Aucouturier, M.

    2006-12-01

    Recently a new thematic of research — intentional patinas on antic copper-base objects — lead the AGLAE (Accélérateur Grand Louvre pour l'Analyse Elémentaire) team of the C2RMF (Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France) to improve its methods of analyzing thin surface layers both in their elemental composition and in-depth elemental distribution. A new beam extraction set-up containing a particle detector has been developed in order to use a 6 MeV alpha beam both in PIXE and RBS mode and to monitor precisely the ion dose received by the sample. Both RBS and ionization cross sections were assessed in order to make sure that the analysis can be quantitative. This set up allows great progresses in the understanding of both nature and structure of this very particular oxide layer obtained in the antiquity by chemical treatment on copper alloys, containing gold and/or silver and presenting very interesting properties of color and stability. Besides the non destructive properties of the IBA in external beam mode, this method of analyzing allows the study of samples in interaction with its environment. This was used to study the high temperature oxidation of Cu-Sn alloys using a furnace developed in order to heat a sample and analyze it in RBS mode at the same time. This new way of studying the growth of oxide layers permits to understand the oxidation mechanism of this system and to propose an experimental model for the identification of oxide layers due to an exposition to a high temperature, model needed for a long time by curators in charge of the study and the conservation of archaeological bronzes.

  9. Chitosan:poly (vinyl) alcohol composite alkaline membrane incorporating organic ionomers and layered silicate materials into a PEM electrochemical reactor

    García Cruz, Leticia; Casado-Coterillo, Clara; Iniesta Valcárcel, Jesús; Montiel Leguey, Vicente; Irabien, Ángel

    2015-01-01

    Mixed matrix membranes (MMM) are prepared from equivalent blends of poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and chitosan (CS) polymers doped with organic ionomers 4VP and AS4, or inorganic layered titanosilicate AM-4 and stannosilicate UZAR-S3, by solution casting to improve the mechanical and thermal properties, hydroxide conductivity and alcohol barrier effect to reduce the crossover. The structural properties, thermal stability, hydrolytic stability, transport and ionic properties of the prepared compo...

  10. Nondestructive quality control of multi-layer spot welds of great thickness made of austenitic basic material

    The ultrasonic testing of three layer spot welds of great thickness made of Austenitic sheets permits the classification of quality from the aspect of strength. Division into nonbinding - glueing - welding is possible without problems. The formation of cracks in the centre of the joint is a sure indication for a weld of higher strength. In a test of 4 components with a total of 196 spot welds, 11 glued positions could be determined with certainty. (orig.)

  11. Improving cycling performance of Li-rich layered cathode materials through combination of Al2O3-based surface modification and stepwise precycling

    Kobayashi, Genki; Irii, Yuta; Matsumoto, Futoshi; Ito, Atsushi; Ohsawa, Yasuhiko; Yamamoto, Shinji; Cui, Yitao; Son, Jin-Young; Sato, Yuichi

    2016-01-01

    Controlling a cathode/electrolyte interface by modifying the surface of a cathode material with metal oxides or phosphates is a concept being explored as a possible strategy for improving the electrochemical performance of such materials. This study therefore looks at the crystal structure and chemical bonding state from bulk to surface of Al2O3-coated Li[Li0.2Ni0.18Co0.03Mn0.58]O2 and explores the influence that surface modification has on the electrochemical performance. Investigation by X-ray diffraction, hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES) and galvanostatic charge/discharge reaction reveals that the surface-modification layer is composed of Li-Al oxides and Al oxides, with a LiM1-xAlxO2 (M = transition metal) interlayer formed between the modification layer and Li[Li0.2Ni0.18Co0.03Mn0.58]O2 particles. The cycling performance of the Li-rich layered oxide is enhanced by its surface modification with Al2O3, achieving a discharge capacity of more than 310 mA h-1 and excellent cycling stability at 50 °C when combined with a more gradual Li-insertion/de-insertion process (i.e., stepwise precycling treatment).

  12. Effect of functionally graded material (FGM) layers on the residual stress of polytypoidally joined Si3N4-Al2O3

    A unique approach introducing sialon polytypoids as a functionally graded material (FGM) bonding has been used to join silicon nitride and alumina. The various multilayered FGM samples ranging from 3 to 20 layers were sintered to fabricate a crack-free joining of heterogeneous ceramics. To calculate thermal stresses for the various multilayered FGM samples, the finite element analysis program (FEAP) was used. These analyses results matched experimental results and showed why some samples had large residual stresses that resulted in fracture. Moreover, the electron probe X-ray microanalysis (EPMA) from a crack-free FGM sample had a smooth concentration profile, which verifies the interface diffusion during sintering at each graded layer and confirms a successful joining

  13. Detrimental influence of catalyst seeding on the device properties of CVD-grown 2D layered materials: A case study on MoSe{sub 2}

    Utama, M. Iqbal Bakti; Lu, Xin; Yuan, Yanwen [Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637371 (Singapore); Xiong, Qihua, E-mail: Qihua@ntu.edu.sg [Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 637371 (Singapore); NOVITAS, Nanoelectronics Centre of Excellence, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)

    2014-12-22

    Seed catalyst such as perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic acid tetrapotassium (PTAS) salt has been used for promoting the growth of atomically thin layered materials in chemical vapor deposition (CVD) synthesis. However, the ramifications from the usage of such catalyst are not known comprehensively. Here, we report the influence of PTAS seeding on the transistor device performance from few-layered CVD-grown molybdenum diselenide (MoSe{sub 2}) flakes. While better repeatability and higher yield can be obtained with the use of PTAS seeds in synthesis, we observed that PTAS-seeded flakes contain particle impurities. Moreover, devices from PTAS-seeded MoSe{sub 2} flakes consistently displayed poorer field-effect mobility, current on-off ratio, and subthreshold swing as compared to unseeded flakes.

  14. Roles of silicon-layer in Ti3SiC2 materials response to helium irradiation: New insights from first-principles calculation

    Using the first-principles method based on density functional theory, the effect of helium irradiation on Ti3SiC2 has been investigated. It was observed that helium atoms prefer to accumulate within the layers where Si atoms have been dislodged creating 2-dimensional channels and bubbles which strongly promotes cleavage fractures between adjacent Ti–Si layers. At high temperature the He atoms diffuse out of these bubbles enabling the diffusion of the mobile Si back to their original sites and the annealing of the material back to the original structure. This behavior may play a positive role in the resistance of Ti3SiC2 to helium irradiation making it a potential candidate for future nuclear reactor applications in the future

  15. Single-layer model to predict the source/sink behavior of diffusion-controlled building materials.

    Kumar, Deept; Little, John C

    2003-09-01

    Building materials may act as both sources of and sinks forvolatile organic compounds (VOCs) in indoor air. A strategy to characterize the rate of absorption and desorption of VOCs by diffusion-controlled building materials is validated. A previously developed model that predicts mass transfer between a flat slab of material and the well-mixed air within a chamber or room is extended. The generalized model allows a nonuniform initial material-phase concentration and a transient influent gas-phase concentration to be simultaneously considered. An analytical solution to the more general model is developed. Experimental data are obtained by placing samples of vinyl flooring inside a small stainless steel chamber and exposing them to absorption/desorption cycles of n-dodecane and phenol. Measured values for the material-air partition coefficient and the material-phase diffusion coefficient were obtained previously in a series of completely independent experiments. The a priori model predictions are in close agreement with the observed experimental data. PMID:12967101

  16. Nanostructured layers of anion-defective gamma–alumina – New perspective TL and OSL materials for skin dosimetry. Preliminary results

    Thin- layer material based on nanostructured Al2O3 of the surface density 5 mg/cm2 was obtained. The material is characterized by high OSL and TL yields comparable with those for TLD-500 which is one of the leaders among the TL and OSL detectors. The dose response, fading and dependence of TL yield on heating rate was studied. It is established that high luminescence yield of the samples under study correlates with the content of anion vacancies and γ-phase of Al2O3. The data for time-resolved luminescent spectroscopy are presented, which evidence for possible correlation between high TL and OSL activity and the F-type centers. It is noted that the material needs to be modified for successful use in dosimetry. In addition further studies to decrease the contribution of unstable (at 300 K) components to OSL and TL yields are required. - Highlights: • Thin nanostructured layers (TNL) of Al2O3 with thickness of 5 mg/cm2 were obtained. • Its TL and OSL yields are related to contents of γ-phase and anion vacancies. • Dose response of TNL shows linear behavior in a range of 10–5000 mGy. • Luminescence properties of TNL are similar to such of anion-defective corundum. • These properties are associated with centers of F-type

  17. Downscaling the Sample Thickness to Sub-Micrometers by Employing Organic Photovoltaic Materials as a Charge-Generation Layer in the Time-of-Flight Measurement

    Liu, Shun-Wei; Lee, Chih-Chien; Su, Wei-Cheng; Yuan, Chih-Hsien; Lin, Chun-Feng; Chen, Kuan-Ting; Shu, Yi-Sheng; Li, Ya-Ze; Su, Tsung-Hao; Huang, Bo-Yao; Chang, Wen-Chang; Liu, Yu-Hsuan

    2015-05-01

    Time-of-flight (TOF) measurements typically require a sample thickness of several micrometers for determining the carrier mobility, thus rendering the applicability inefficient and unreliable because the sample thicknesses are orders of magnitude higher than those in real optoelectronic devices. Here, we use subphthalocyanine (SubPc):C70 as a charge-generation layer (CGL) in the TOF measurement and a commonly hole-transporting layer, N,N’-diphenyl-N,N’-bis(1,1’-biphenyl)-4,4’-diamine (NPB), as a standard material under test. When the NPB thickness is reduced from 2 to 0.3 μm and with a thin 10-nm CGL, the hole transient signal still shows non-dispersive properties under various applied fields, and thus the hole mobility is determined accordingly. Only 1-μm NPB is required for determining the electron mobility by using the proposed CGL. Both the thicknesses are the thinnest value reported to data. In addition, the flexibility of fabrication process of small molecules can deposit the proposed CGL underneath and atop the material under test. Therefore, this technique is applicable to small-molecule and polymeric materials. We also propose a new approach to design the TOF sample using an optical simulation. These results strongly demonstrate that the proposed technique is valuable tool in determining the carrier mobility and may spur additional research in this field.

  18. Synthesis optimisation and characterisation of the organic-inorganic layered materials ZnS(m-xylylenediamine)1/2 and ZnS(p-xylylenediamine)1/2

    Luberda-Durnaś, K.; Guillén, A. González; Łasocha, W.

    2016-06-01

    Hybrid organic-inorganic layered materials of the type ZnS(amine)1/2, where amine=m-xylylenediamine (MXDA) or p-xylylenediamine (PXDA), were synthesised using a simple solvothermal method. Since the samples crystallised in the form of very fine powder, X-ray powder diffraction techniques were used for structural characterisation. The crystal structure studies, involving direct methods, show that both compounds crystallised in the orthorhombic crystal system, but in different space groups: ZnS(MXDA)1/2 in non-centrosymmetric Ccm21, ZnS(PXDA)1/2 in centrosymmetric Pcab. The obtained materials are built according to similar orders: semiconducting monolayers with the formula ZnS, parallel to the (010) plane, are separated by diamines. The organic and inorganic fragments are connected by covalent bonds between metal atoms of the layers and nitrogen atoms of the amino groups. The optical properties of the hybrid materials differ from those of their bulk counterpart. In both compounds a blue-shift of about 0.8 or 0.9 eV was observed with reference to the bulk phase of ZnS.

  19. Efficient blue-green and green electroluminescent devices obtained by doping iridium complexes into hole-block material as supplementary light-emitting layer

    In this work, organic electroluminescent (EL) devices with dominant and supplementary light-emitting layers (EMLs) were designed to further improve the EL performances of two iridiumIII-based phosphorescent complexes, which have been reported to provide EL devices with slow EL efficiency roll-off. The widely used hole-block material 2,2′,2''-(1,3,5-Benzinetriyl)-tris(1-phenyl-1-H-benzimidazole) (TPBi) was selected as host material to construct the supplementary EML. Compared with single-EML devices, double-EMLs devices showed higher EL efficiencies, higher brightness, and lower operation voltage attributed to wider recombination zone and better balance of carriers. In addition, the insertion of supplementary EML is instrumental in facilitating carriers trapping, thus improving the color purity. Finally, high performance blue-green and green EL devices with maximum current efficiencies of 35.22 and 90.68 cd/A, maximum power efficiencies of 26.36 and 98.18 lm/W, and maximum brightness of 56,678 and 112,352 cd/m2, respectively, were obtained by optimizing the doping concentrations. Such a device design strategy extends the application of a double EML device structure and provides a chance to simplify device fabrication processes. -- Highlights: • Electroluminescent devices with supplementary light-emitting layer were fabricated. • Doping concentrations and thicknesses were optimized. • Better balance of holes and electrons causes the enhanced efficiency. • Improved carrier trapping suppresses the emission of host material

  20. Presentation of a reference material for the spatially resolved hydrogen analytics in near-surface layers by means of nuclear-reaction analysis

    The object of the thesis is the presentation of the theory of the 15N-reaction analysis (NRA), the experiemental construction of the corresponding beam pipe at the ion accelerator of the BAM and the evaluation of the measurement results. The aim is the first characterization of a reference material for the H analytics on the base of amorphous silicon (aSi) on a Si[100] substrate. The homogeneity of the aSi:H layers deposited by means of CVD was studied. For this pro substrate for about 30 samples the hydrogen depth profiles were measures, folded by means of a program created within the thesis and subjected to a statistical evaluation. The result were mean value ans standard deviation of the hydrogen concentration as well as an estimator for the contribution of the inhomogeneity to the measurement uncertainty. The stability of the potential reference material was proved by the constancy of result of repeated measurements of the hydrogen concentration during the application of a large dose of 15N ions. In an international ring experiment the reproducibility of the measurement results was proved. For the characterization of the aSi:H layers beside the NRA the white-light interferometry, ellipsometry, profilometry, and X-ray reflectometry, as well as the IR and Raman spectroscopy were used. The stoichiometry of the applied standard material kapton was checked by means of NMR spectroscopy and CHN analysis

  1. Charge injection in thin dielectric layers by atomic force microscopy: influence of geometry and material work function of the AFM tip on the injection process

    Villeneuve-Faure, C.; Makasheva, K.; Boudou, L.; Teyssedre, G.

    2016-06-01

    Charge injection and retention in thin dielectric layers remain critical issues for the reliability of many electronic devices because of their association with a large number of failure mechanisms. To overcome this drawback, a deep understanding of the mechanisms leading to charge injection close to the injection area is needed. Even though the charge injection is extensively studied and reported in the literature to characterize the charge storage capability of dielectric materials, questions about charge injection mechanisms when using atomic force microscopy (AFM) remain open. In this paper, a thorough study of charge injection by using AFM in thin plasma-processed amorphous silicon oxynitride layers with properties close to that of thermal silica layers is presented. The study considers the impact of applied voltage polarity, work function of the AFM tip coating and tip curvature radius. A simple theoretical model was developed and used to analyze the obtained experimental results. The electric field distribution is computed as a function of tip geometry. The obtained experimental results highlight that after injection in the dielectric layer the charge lateral spreading is mainly controlled by the radial electric field component independently of the carrier polarity. The injected charge density is influenced by the nature of electrode metal coating (work function) and its geometry (tip curvature radius). The electron injection is mainly ruled by the Schottky injection barrier through the field electron emission mechanism enhanced by thermionic electron emission. The hole injection mechanism seems to differ from the electron one depending on the work function of the metal coating. Based on the performed analysis, it is suggested that for hole injection by AFM, pinning of the metal Fermi level with the metal-induced gap states in the studied silicon oxynitride layers starts playing a role in the injection mechanisms.

  2. Numerical analysis of the influence of buffer layer thickness on the residual stresses in YBCO/La2Zr2O7/Ni superconducting materials

    The present paper addresses a numerical investigation of the influence of buffer layer thickness on the residual stress in YBCO/La2Zr2O7/Ni architectured materials under cryogenic conditions by using classical lamination theory (CLT) and finite element method (FEM) for coated conductor applications. YBCO/La2Zr2O7 multilayer films were fabricated on Ni tape substrate using reel-to-reel sol-gel and pulse laser deposition (PLD) systems. The microstructural evolution of high temperature superconducting YBCO film and buffer layers with La2Zr2O7 configuration grown on textured Ni tape substrates was investigated by using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Thermal stress analysis of YBCO/La2Zr2O7/Ni multilayer sample was performed by using CLT in the temperature range of 298-175 K in liquid helium media. The YBCO/La2Zr2O7/Ni sample strip was solved by using FEM for linear or nonlinear cases in the temperature range of 298-3 K in liquid helium media. SEM observations revealed that crack-free, pinhole-free, continuous superconducting film and buffer layer were obtained by sol-gel and PLD systems. In addition to microstructural observations, it was found that the largest compressive stresses and failure occur in La2Zr2O7 buffer layer due to its smallest thermal expansion coefficient. The thickness of La2Zr2O7 buffer layer affects the failure. The stress component of σ x is the smallest in Ni tape substrate due to its largest thickness

  3. Pressure-assisted fabrication of organic light emitting diodes with MoO3 hole-injection layer materials

    In this study, pressures of ∼5 to ∼8 MPa were applied to organic light emitting diodes containing either evaporated molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) or spin-coated poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) doped with poly(styrene sulphonate) (PEDOT:PSS) hole-injection layers (HILs). The threshold voltages for both devices were reduced by about half, after the application of pressure. Furthermore, in an effort to understand the effects of pressure treatment, finite element simulations were used to study the evolution of surface contact between the HIL and emissive layer (EML) under pressure. The blister area due to interfacial impurities was also calculated. This was shown to reduce by about half, when the applied pressures were between ∼5 and 8 MPa. The finite element simulations used Young's modulus measurements of MoO3 that were measured using the nanoindentation technique. They also incorporated measurements of the adhesion energy between the HIL and EML (measured by force microscopy during atomic force microscopy). Within a fracture mechanics framework, the implications of the results are then discussed for the pressure-assisted fabrication of robust organic electronic devices.

  4. Pressure-assisted fabrication of organic light emitting diodes with MoO{sub 3} hole-injection layer materials

    Du, J. [The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States); Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States); Anye, V. C.; Vodah, E. O. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (Nigeria); Tong, T. [The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States); Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States); Zebaze Kana, M. G. [Physics Advanced Laboratory, Sheda Science and Technology Complex, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (Nigeria); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Kwara State University, Kwara State (Nigeria); Soboyejo, W. O. [The Princeton Institute for the Science and Technology of Materials (PRISM), Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States); Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (Nigeria)

    2014-06-21

    In this study, pressures of ∼5 to ∼8 MPa were applied to organic light emitting diodes containing either evaporated molybdenum trioxide (MoO{sub 3}) or spin-coated poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) doped with poly(styrene sulphonate) (PEDOT:PSS) hole-injection layers (HILs). The threshold voltages for both devices were reduced by about half, after the application of pressure. Furthermore, in an effort to understand the effects of pressure treatment, finite element simulations were used to study the evolution of surface contact between the HIL and emissive layer (EML) under pressure. The blister area due to interfacial impurities was also calculated. This was shown to reduce by about half, when the applied pressures were between ∼5 and 8 MPa. The finite element simulations used Young's modulus measurements of MoO{sub 3} that were measured using the nanoindentation technique. They also incorporated measurements of the adhesion energy between the HIL and EML (measured by force microscopy during atomic force microscopy). Within a fracture mechanics framework, the implications of the results are then discussed for the pressure-assisted fabrication of robust organic electronic devices.

  5. Are there generic mechanisms governing interactions between nanoparticles and cells? Epitope mapping the outer layer of the protein material interface

    Lynch, Iseult

    2007-01-01

    In this paper we discuss the possibility of a general paradigm for cell-biomaterial and cell-nanoparticle interactions. The basis of the paradigm is that the nature of the biomaterial or nanoparticle surface is not the important parameter, but rather the nature of the outermost layer of adsorbed proteins as well as long-lived misfolded proteins shed from the surfaces. If the adsorbed protein is irreversibly adsorbed onto the surface it may be sufficiently disrupted so that a variety of peptide units (here termed “cryptic epitopes”) not usually expressed in nature at the surface of the protein become exposed. Similarly, where there is a slow exchange time with the surface, surface-induced perturbations may lead to long-lived misfolded proteins being shed from the surface and continuing to express altered surface peptide sequences. In cases where the proteins have lost most of their tertiary structure, anomalous peptide sequences and geometries that are not displayed at the surface by the native protein may in fact be presented after surface adsorption of a protein. Such anomalous surface expressions could contain novel epitopes that trigger various signalling pathways or even diseases. Thus, future approaches to understanding cell-biomaterial and cell-nanoparticle interactions should focus on characterising the outer layer of the adsorbed proteins, or “epitope mapping” as well as examining the possibility of formation of essentially “new” proteins as a result of desorption of conformationally or geometrically altered proteins.

  6. Atomic-layer electroless deposition: a scalable approach to surface-modified metal powders.

    Cappillino, Patrick J; Sugar, Joshua D; El Gabaly, Farid; Cai, Trevor Y; Liu, Zhi; Stickney, John L; Robinson, David B

    2014-04-29

    Palladium has a number of important applications in energy and catalysis in which there is evidence that surface modification leads to enhanced properties. A strategy for preparing such materials is needed that combines the properties of (i) scalability (especially on high-surface-area substrates, e.g. powders); (ii) uniform deposition, even on substrates with complex, three-dimensional features; and (iii) low-temperature processing conditions that preserve nanopores and other nanostructures. Presented herein is a method that exhibits these properties and makes use of benign reagents without the use of specialized equipment. By exposing Pd powder to dilute hydrogen in nitrogen gas, sacrificial surface PdH is formed along with a controlled amount of dilute interstitial hydride. The lattice expansion that occurs in Pd under higher H2 partial pressures is avoided. Once the flow of reagent gas is terminated, addition of metal salts facilitates controlled, electroless deposition of an overlayer of subnanometer thickness. This process can be cycled to create thicker layers. The approach is carried out under ambient processing conditions, which is an advantage over some forms of atomic layer deposition. The hydride-mediated reaction is electroless in that it has no need for connection to an external source of electrical current and is thus amenable to deposition on high-surface-area substrates having rich, nanoscale topography as well as on insulator-supported catalyst particles. STEM-EDS measurements show that conformal Rh and Pt surface layers can be formed on Pd powder with this method. A growth model based on energy-resolved XPS depth profiling of Rh-modified Pd powder is in general agreement. After two cycles, deposits are consistent with 70-80% coverage and a surface layer with a thickness from 4 to 8 Å. PMID:24738575

  7. Analisa Teknis dan Ekonomis Penggunaan ICCP (Impressed Current Cathodic Protection Dibandingkan dengan Sacrificial Anode dalam Proses Pencegahan Korosi

    Afif Wiludin

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Perlindungan badan kapal  terhadap korosi dengan  menggunakan  metode perlindungan katodik pada prinsipnya adalah sel elektrokimia untuk mengendalikan korosi dengan mengkonsentrasikan reaksi oksigen pada sel galvanik dan menekan korosi pada katoda dalam sel yang sama. Pada proteksi katodik, logam yang akan dilindungi dijadikan katoda dan reaksi oksidasi terjadi di anoda. Ada dua macam cathodic protection yaitu Sacrificial Anode Cathodic Protection (SACP dan Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP. Dilakukan penelitian tentang analisa teknis dan ekonomis penggunaan ICCP dibandingkan dengan SACP dalam proses pencegahan korosi, kedua sistem dibandingkan dalam jangka 20 tahun, dari segi teknis dengan menggunakan perbandingan perhitungan sesuai standar DnV, yang dibandingkan dari tahap design, tahap instalasi, dan maintenance, dari segi ekonomis perbandingan dibedakan dari tahap pengadaan komponen-komponen sistem, tahap instalasi, dan tahap maintenance. Data perbandingan diperoleh dengan perhitungan sesuai standar, study literature, diskusi dan interview. Hasil perhitungan perbandingan yang diperkirakan selama 20 tahun, dari segi teknis kedua sistem memenuhi standar yang berdasar pada sistem perhitungan standar DnV B-401, sedangkan dari segi ekonomis, biaya untuk sistem ICCP sebesar Rp. 205.405.000,00 dan sistem SACP sebesar Rp. 562.590.000,00, sehingga lebih ekonomis menggunakan sistem ICCP sebesar Rp 357.185.000, 00 atau 63,49% dari biaya untuk sistem SACP

  8. Effect of scattering anisotropy and material optical anisotropy of oriented fiber layers on the transmitted light polarization

    Sinichkin, Yu. P.; Spivak, A. V.; Yakovlev, D. A.

    2010-08-01

    The effect of polarization-dependent attenuation and birefringence of media composed of oriented fibers on the transmitted light polarization has been experimentally investigated in the visible and IR regions using the polarimetric technique based on the rotational-invariant representation. A comparison of the experimental results obtained for structures composed of layers of oriented glass and 30-μm polypropylene fibers suggests that the contributions of the polarization-dependent attenuation and birefringence of the medium to the transmitted-light polarization parameters can be differentiated. For rat-skin tissue samples, the contribution of the polarization-dependent attenuation to the polarization parameters in the visible and near-IR spectral regions is negligible.

  9. Towards the dynamics of the temperature field gradient in a layer of an inorganic material under radiation heating according to the data of experiments and numerical modeling

    Sobol, V. R.; Goman, P. N.; Mazurenko, O. N.

    2012-05-01

    We have investigated the process of temperature field formation in a layer of a weakly conducting medium with the example of wood and green moss under irradiation of one side with an energy flux and contact heat removal through the opposite back surface of the material onto an asbestos-cement support. The experimental results were compared with the data calculated on the basis of the relations of nonstationary heat transfer in the approximations of closeness and openness of the system. The conditions for heat removal suppression have been concretized and the role of the energy exchange under the prolonged action of radiant energy for estimating the thermal stability parameters of related materials has been elucidated. The obtained data can be used to control radiant fluxes in treating wood, for effective heating of living and industrial premises, improving the methods for opposing high energy fluxes, and preventing the propagation of fire in inhabited localities and in park and forest zones.

  10. Catalytic Graphitization for Preparation of Porous Carbon Material Derived from Bamboo Precursor and Performance as Electrode of Electrical Double-Layer Capacitor

    Tsubota, Toshiki; Maguchi, Yuta; Kamimura, Sunao; Ohno, Teruhisa; Yasuoka, Takehiro; Nishida, Haruo

    2015-12-01

    The combination of addition of Fe (as a catalyst for graphitization) and CO2 activation (a kind of gaseous activation) was applied to prepare a porous carbon material from bamboo powder (a waste product of superheated steam treatment). Regardless of the heat treatment temperature, many macropores were successfully formed after the heating process by removal of Fe compounds. A turbostratic carbon structure was generated in the Fe-added sample heated at 850°C. It was confirmed that the added Fe acted as a template for pore formation. Moreover, it was confirmed that the added Fe acted as a catalyst for graphitization. The resulting electrochemical performance as the electrode of an electrical double-layer capacitor, as demonstrated by cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and charge-discharge testing, could be explained based on the graphitization and activation effects. Addition of Fe could affect the electrical properties of carbon material derived from bamboo.

  11. Tuning the interfacial hole injection barrier between p-type organic materials and Co using a MoO3 buffer layer

    We demonstrate that the interfacial hole injection barrier Δh between p-type organic materials (i.e., CuPc and pentacene) and Co substrate can be tuned by the insertion of a MoO3 buffer layer. Using ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy, it was found that the introduction of MoO3 buffer layer effectively reduces the hole injection barrier from 0.8 eV to 0.4 eV for the CuPc/Co interface, and from 1.0 eV to 0.4 eV for the pentacene/Co interface, respectively. In addition, by varying the thickness of the buffer, the tuning effect of Δh is shown to be independent of the thickness of MoO3 interlayer at both CuPc/Co and pentacene/Co interfaces. This Fermi level pinning effect can be explained by the integer charge-transfer model. Therefore, the MoO3 buffer layer has the potential to be applied in p-type organic spin valve devices to improve the device performance via reducing the interfacial hole injection barrier.

  12. Polyimide as a versatile enabling material for microsystems fabrication: surface micromachining and electrodeposited nanowires integration

    The interest of using polyimide as a sacrificial and anchoring layer is demonstrated for post-processing surface micromachining and for the incorporation of metallic nanowires into microsystems. In addition to properties like a high planarization factor, a good resistance to most non-oxidizing acids and bases, and CMOS compatibility, polyimide can also be used as a mold for nanostructures after ion track-etching. Moreover, specific polyimide grades, such as PI-2611 from HD Microsystems™, involve a thermal expansion coefficient similar to silicon and low internal stress. The process developed in this study permits higher gaps compared to the state-of-the-art, limits stiction problems with the substrate and is adapted to various top-layer materials. Most metals, semiconductors or ceramics will not be affected by the oxygen plasma required for polyimide etching. Released structures with vertical gaps from one to several tens of μm have been obtained, possibly using multiple layers of polyimide. Furthermore, patterned freestanding nanowires have been synthesized with diameters from 20 to 60 nm and up to 3 μm in length. These results have been applied to the fabrication of two specific devices: a generic nanomechanical testing lab-on-chip platform and a miniaturized ionization sensor. (paper)

  13. Interfacial effect on the electrochemical properties of the layered graphene/metal sulfide composites as anode materials for Li-ion batteries

    Lv, Yagang; Chen, Biao; Zhao, Naiqin; Shi, Chunsheng; He, Chunnian; Li, Jiajun; Liu, Enzuo

    2016-09-01

    The layered graphene/metal sulfide composites exhibit excellent electrochemical properties as anode materials for lithium ion battery, due to the synergistic effect between metal sulfide and graphene which still needs to be further understood. In this study, Li adsorption and diffusion on MoS2 and SnS2 monolayers and Li2S surface, as well as at their interfaces with graphene, are systematically investigated through first-principles calculations. The analysis of charge density difference, Bader charge, and density of states indicates that the adsorbed Li atoms interact with both the S atoms at metal sulfide surfaces and C atoms in graphene, resulting in larger Li adsorption energies at the interfaces compared with that on the corresponding surfaces, but with almost no enhancement of the energy barriers for Li atom diffusion. The enhanced Li adsorption capability at Li2S/G interface contributes to the extra storage capacity of graphene/metal sulfide composites. Furthermore, the synergistic mechanism between metal sulfide and graphene is revealed. Moreover, band structure analysis shows the electronic conductivity is enhanced with the incorporation of graphene. The results corroborate the interfacial pseudocapacity-like Li atom storage mechanism, and are helpful for the design of layered graphene/metal sulfide composites as anode materials for lithium ion batteries.

  14. Preparation and Characterization of Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Composite Material: Polymerization of m-Aminobenzoic Acid-Intercalated Into Zn/Al-Layered Double Hydroxides

    Rasheed M.A.Q. Jamhour

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Layered double hydroxides of aluminum and zinc (Zn/Al-LDH’s were synthesized directly by hydrolysis at room temperature as reported elsewhere. After characterization, the material was reacted with m-aminobenzoat anion (m-NH2C6H4COO- which undergoes polymerization in the interlayer space; resulting in the formation of a matrix with polymeric organic macromolecule. The resulting material along with the host LDH’s compound of Zn/Al-Cl was characterized by X-Ray Powder Diffraction (PXRD, Thermal Analysis (TG, Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA, and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR. The study confirms the intercalation of m-aminobenzoat anion. Diffusion of oxygen molecules between the contact region of two anions in the interlayer space and oxidation of the anion lead to the formation of a polymer macromolecule. This intercalation compound result in a gallery height of 15.8 A, indicating that the guest anion stack to form a monolayer with the benzene rings perpendicular to the host layers, giving a suitable orientation for polymerization.

  15. Fabrication of thin silica layer-coated magnetite clusters (nFe3O4/silica) as anode materials for improved Li-ion batteries

    Thin silica layer-coated magnetite clusters (nFe3O4/silica) were prepared as active anode materials for Li-ion batteries. First, citrate-capped magnetites (C-Fe3O4) were synthesized by the co-precipitation method. Then, 3-aminopropyl trimethoxysilane (APTMS)-linked magnetite clusters (A-nFe3O4) were formed via electrostatic interactions between carboxylate groups of C-Fe3O4 and amine groups of APTMS, and the resulting A-nFe3O4 were heat-treated under N2 flow for 2 h. The calcined A-nFe3O4 at 500 °C exhibited the X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns mostly attributed to fcc crystalline phases of Fe3O4, whereas the calcined C-Fe3O4 at 500 °C exhibited the XRD patterns attributed to the mixture of fcc crystalline phases of Fe3O4 and hexagonal crystalline phases of α-Fe2O3. The calcined A-nFe3O4 (i.e., nFe3O4/silica) exhibited the improved retention capacity by more than ca. 50% after 50 cycles as compared to the pristine iron oxides. The improved retention capacity of nFe3O4/silica was attributed to the enhanced chemical stability and large surface area of the thin silica layer-coated iron oxide clusters. - Highlights: • Thin silica layer-coated iron oxides (nFe3O4/silica) were facilely prepared. • The nFe3O4/silica exhibited the improved capacity retention by more than 50%. • Inert silica layer minimized the pulverization of iron oxide clusters

  16. Double layer approach to create durable superhydrophobicity on cotton fabric using nano silica and auxiliary non fluorinated materials

    Manatunga, Danushika Charyangi; de Silva, Rohini M.; de Silva, K. M. Nalin

    2016-01-01

    Creation of differential superhydrophobicity by applying different non-fluorinated hydrophobization agents on a cotton fabric roughened with silica nanoparticles was studied. Cotton fabric surface has been functionalized with silica nanoparticles and further hydrophobized with different hydrophobic agents such as hexadecyltrimethoxy silane (HDTMS), stearic acid (SA), triethoxyoctyl silane (OTES) and hybrid mixtures of HDTMS/SA and HDTMS/OTES. The cotton fabrics before and after the treatment were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The wetting behavior of cotton samples was investigated by water contact angle (WCA) measurement, water uptake, water repellency and soil repellency testing. The treated fabrics exhibited excellent water repellency and high water contact angles (WCA). When the mixture of two hydrophobization agents such as HDTMS/OTES and HDTMS/SA is used, the water contact angle has increased (145°-160°) compared to systems containing HDTMS, OTES, SA alone (130°-140°). It was also noted that this fabricated double layer (silica + hydrophobization agent) was robust even after applying harsh washing conditions and there is an excellent anti-soiling effect observed over different stains. Therefore superhydrophobic cotton surfaces with high WCA and soil repellency could be obtained with silica and mixture of hydrophobization agents which are cost effective and environmentally friendly when compared with the fluorosilane treatment.

  17. Atomic layer deposition of NiS and its application as cathode material in dye sensitized solar cell

    Nickel sulfide (NiS) is grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using sequential exposures of bis(2,2,6,6-tetramethylheptane-3,5-dionate)nickel(II) [Ni(thd)2] and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) at 175 °C. Complementary combinations of in situ and ex situ characterization techniques are used to understand the deposition chemistry and the nature of film growth. The saturated growth rate of ca. 0.21 Å per ALD cycle is obtained, which is constant within the ALD temperature window (175–250 °C). As deposited films on glass substrates are found polycrystalline without any preferred orientation. Electrical transport measurement reveals degenerative/semimetallic characteristics with a carrier concentration of ca. 9 × 1022 cm−3 at room temperature. The ALD grown NiS thin film demonstrates high catalytic activity for the reduction of I−/I3− electrolyte that opens its usage as cost-effective counter electrode in dye sensitized solar cells, replacing Pt

  18. SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS: AlGaSb/GaSb quantum wells grown on an optimized AlSb nucleation layer

    Hanchao, Gao; Cai, Wen; Wenxin, Wang; Zhongwei, Jiang; Haitao, Tian; Tao, He; Hui, Li; Hong, Chen

    2010-05-01

    Five-period AlGaSb/GaSb multiple quantum wells (MQW) are grown on a GaSb buffer. Through optimizing the AlSb nucleation layer, the low threading dislocation density of the MQW is found to be (2.50 ± 0.91) × 108 cm-2 in 1-μm GaSb buffer, as determined by plan-view transmission election microscopy (TEM) images. High resolution TEM clearly shows the presence of 90° misfit dislocations with an average spacing of 5.4 nm at the AlSb/GaAs interface, which effectively relieve most of the strain energy. In the temperature range from T = 26 K to 300 K, photoluminescence of the MQW is dominated by the ground state electron to ground state heavy hole (e1-hh1) transition, while a high energy shoulder clearly seen at T > 76 K can be attributed to the ground state electron to ground state light hole (e1-lh1) transition.

  19. Atomic layer deposition of NiS and its application as cathode material in dye sensitized solar cell

    Mahuli, Neha [Center for Research in Nanotechnology and Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India); Sarkar, Shaibal K., E-mail: shaibal.sarkar@iitb.ac.in [Department of Energy Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India)

    2016-01-15

    Nickel sulfide (NiS) is grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using sequential exposures of bis(2,2,6,6-tetramethylheptane-3,5-dionate)nickel(II) [Ni(thd){sub 2}] and hydrogen sulfide (H{sub 2}S) at 175 °C. Complementary combinations of in situ and ex situ characterization techniques are used to understand the deposition chemistry and the nature of film growth. The saturated growth rate of ca. 0.21 Å per ALD cycle is obtained, which is constant within the ALD temperature window (175–250 °C). As deposited films on glass substrates are found polycrystalline without any preferred orientation. Electrical transport measurement reveals degenerative/semimetallic characteristics with a carrier concentration of ca. 9 × 10{sup 22} cm{sup −3} at room temperature. The ALD grown NiS thin film demonstrates high catalytic activity for the reduction of I{sup −}/I{sub 3}{sup −} electrolyte that opens its usage as cost-effective counter electrode in dye sensitized solar cells, replacing Pt.

  20. Yttrium silicate as an oxidation protection layer for C/C-SiC materials. Synthesis, electrophoretic deposition and high temperature oxidation

    Carbon fibre reinforced carbon composites are promising materials for high temperature applications. They exhibit excellent thermal shock resistance and nearly constant mechanical strength. A serious draw-back of this material is their poor resistivity towards oxidation at temperatures above 400 C. To make use of the very good thermal stability the material needs an outer oxidation protection coating. Silicon carbide has been successfully employed at temperatures up to 1300 C. To increase the application range towards higher temperatures an outer environmental barrier coating is needed. In the present work yttrium silicates were used to complement the silicon carbide coated carbon fibre reinforced carbon material. Both stable compounds in the quasi-binary system Y2O3-SiO2, yttrium orthosilicate (Y2SiO5) and yttrium pyrosilicate (Y2Si2O7), were separately applied to the test samples via electrophoretic deposition. Suitable suspensions were prepared in butanone with iodine as charging agent to adjust conductivity and particle charge. Galvanostatic deposition obeys a linear growth law for the selected deposition times. Alternatively the feasibility of direct electrophoretic deposition from an yttrium silicate precursor sol was tested. Emphasis was put on the development of a suitable sol-system based on alkoxide precursors. Samples coated either with Y2SiO5 or Y2Si2O7 were investigated using thermogravimetric high temperature oxidation in the temperature range from 1450 C to 1650 C, respectively. The coated samples exhibited very good oxidation resistance up to temperatures of 1600 C, while the performance was reduced at 1650 C to a few hours. All samples showed a parabolic mass increase with time indicating a diffusion limited process governing the oxidation kinetics. The cross sections of the samples show a sharp border between the SiO2 that crystallizes to cristobalite and the yttrium silicate layer comprising of yttrium pyrosilicate. A glassy bonding layer is

  1. Controllable preparation of multi-dimensional hybrid materials of nickel-cobalt layered double hydroxide nanorods/nanosheets on electrospun carbon nanofibers for high-performance supercapacitors

    Graphical Abstract: Multi-dimensional hybrid materials of nickel-cobalt layered double hydroxide nanorods/nanosheets grown on electrospun carbon nanofiber membranes were prepared via electrospinning combined with solution co-deposition for high-performance supercapacitor electrodes. - Highlights: • Ni-Co LDH@CNFhybridswerepreparedbyelectrospinningandsolutionco-deposition. • Ni-Co LDH@CNF hybrids show high electrochemical performance for supercapacitors. • This method can be extended to other bimetallic@CNF hybrids for electrode materials. - Abstract: Hybrid nanomaterials with hierarchical structures have been considered as one kind of the most promising electrode materials for high-performance supercapacitors with high capacity and long cycle lifetime. In this work, multi-dimensional hybrid materials of nickel-cobalt layered double hydroxide (Ni-Co LDH) nanorods/nanosheets on carbon nanofibers (CNFs) were prepared by electrospinning technique combined with one-step solution co-deposition method. Carbon nanofiber membranes were obtained by electrospinning of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) followed by pre-oxidation and carbonization. The successful growth of Ni-Co LDH with different morphologies on CNF membrane by using two kinds of auxiliary agents reveals the simplicity and universality of this method. The uniform and immense growth of Ni-Co LDH on CNFs significantly improves its dispersion and distribution. Meanwhile the hierarchical structure of carbon nanofiber@nickel-cobalt layered double hydroxide nanorods/nanosheets (CNF@Ni-Co LDH NR/NS) hybrid membranes provide not only more active sites for electrochemical reaction but also more efficient pathways for electron transport. Galvanostatic charge-discharge measurements reveal high specific capacitances of 1378.2 F g−1 and 1195.4 F g−1 (based on Ni-Co LDH mass) at 1 A g−1 for CNF@Ni-Co LDH NR and CNF@Ni-Co LDH NS hybrid membranes, respectively. Moreover, cycling stabilities for both hybrid membranes are

  2. Improvement of the Cycling Performance and Thermal Stability of Lithium-Ion Cells by Double-Layer Coating of Cathode Materials with Al₂O₃ Nanoparticles and Conductive Polymer.

    Lee, Yoon-Sung; Shin, Won-Kyung; Kannan, Aravindaraj G; Koo, Sang Man; Kim, Dong-Won

    2015-07-01

    We demonstrate the effectiveness of dual-layer coating of cathode active materials for improving the cycling performance and thermal stability of lithium-ion cells. Layered nickel-rich LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2 cathode material was synthesized and double-layer coated with alumina nanoparticles and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-co-poly(ethylene glycol). The lithium-ion cells assembled with a graphite negative electrode and a double-layer-coated LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2 positive electrode exhibited high discharge capacity, good cycling stability, and improved rate capability. The protective double layer formed on the surface of LiNi0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2 materials effectively inhibited the dissolution of Ni, Co, and Mn metals from cathode active materials and improved thermal stability by suppressing direct contact between electrolyte solution and delithiated Li(1-x)Ni0.6Co0.2Mn0.2O2 materials. This effective design strategy can be adopted to enhance the cycling performance and thermal stability of other layered nickel-rich cathode materials used in lithium-ion batteries. PMID:26083766

  3. Supracolloidal Assemblies as Sacrificial Templates for Porous Silk-Based Biomaterials

    John G. Hardy

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Tissues in the body are hierarchically structured composite materials with tissue-specific properties. Urea self-assembles via hydrogen bonding interactions into crystalline supracolloidal assemblies that can be used to impart macroscopic pores to polymer-based tissue scaffolds. In this communication, we explain the solvent interactions governing the solubility of urea and thereby the scope of compatible polymers. We also highlight the role of solvent interactions on the morphology of the resulting supracolloidal crystals. We elucidate the role of polymer-urea interactions on the morphology of the pores in the resulting biomaterials. Finally, we demonstrate that it is possible to use our urea templating methodology to prepare Bombyx mori silk protein-based biomaterials with pores that human dermal fibroblasts respond to by aligning with the long axis of the pores. This methodology has potential for application in a variety of different tissue engineering niches in which cell alignment is observed, including skin, bone, muscle and nerve.

  4. Efficient blue-green and green electroluminescent devices obtained by doping iridium complexes into hole-block material as supplementary light-emitting layer

    Zhou, Liang [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Zheng, Youxuan, E-mail: yxzheng@mail.nju.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry, Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Deng, Ruiping; Feng, Jing; Song, Mingxing; Hao, Zhaomin [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Zhang, Hongjie, E-mail: hongjie@ciac.jl.cn [State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Resource Utilization, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Zuo, Jinglin; You, Xiaozeng [State Key Laboratory of Coordination Chemistry, Nanjing National Laboratory of Microstructures, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2014-04-15

    In this work, organic electroluminescent (EL) devices with dominant and supplementary light-emitting layers (EMLs) were designed to further improve the EL performances of two iridium{sup III}-based phosphorescent complexes, which have been reported to provide EL devices with slow EL efficiency roll-off. The widely used hole-block material 2,2′,2''-(1,3,5-Benzinetriyl)-tris(1-phenyl-1-H-benzimidazole) (TPBi) was selected as host material to construct the supplementary EML. Compared with single-EML devices, double-EMLs devices showed higher EL efficiencies, higher brightness, and lower operation voltage attributed to wider recombination zone and better balance of carriers. In addition, the insertion of supplementary EML is instrumental in facilitating carriers trapping, thus improving the color purity. Finally, high performance blue-green and green EL devices with maximum current efficiencies of 35.22 and 90.68 cd/A, maximum power efficiencies of 26.36 and 98.18 lm/W, and maximum brightness of 56,678 and 112,352 cd/m{sup 2}, respectively, were obtained by optimizing the doping concentrations. Such a device design strategy extends the application of a double EML device structure and provides a chance to simplify device fabrication processes. -- Highlights: • Electroluminescent devices with supplementary light-emitting layer were fabricated. • Doping concentrations and thicknesses were optimized. • Better balance of holes and electrons causes the enhanced efficiency. • Improved carrier trapping suppresses the emission of host material.

  5. Li-Rich Layered Cathode Material Li[Li0.157Ni0.138Co0.134Mn0.571]O2 Synthesized with Solid-State Coordination Method

    Liao, Da-qian; Xia, Chao-yang; Xi, Xiao-ming; Zhou, Chun-xian; Xiao, Ke-song; Chen, Xiao-qing; Qin, Shi-biao

    2016-06-01

    Lithium-rich layered material Li[Li0.157Ni0.138Co0.134Mn0.571]O2 was prepared with the solid-state coordination method. Lithium nitrate, nickel acetate, cobalt acetate, and manganese acetate were used as raw materials, and citric acid as solid complexing agent. The lithium-rich layered material was prepared by heat-treating the precursors of the solid-phase complex compound. The prepared materials exhibited typical layer structure, nanosize distribution, and excellent electrochemical performance, and the preparation process has the advantages of low cost and simplicity. The initial discharge capacity of the prepared material reached as high as 270 mAh/g, and the charge-transfer resistance of the electrode was about 165 Ω at 4.0 V.

  6. Modeling the Insertion Mechanics of Flexible Neural Probes Coated with Sacrificial Polymers for Optimizing Probe Design

    Sagar Singh

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Single-unit recording neural probes have significant advantages towards improving signal-to-noise ratio and specificity for signal acquisition in brain-to-computer interface devices. Long-term effectiveness is unfortunately limited by the chronic injury response, which has been linked to the mechanical mismatch between rigid probes and compliant brain tissue. Small, flexible microelectrodes may overcome this limitation, but insertion of these probes without buckling requires supporting elements such as a stiff coating with a biodegradable polymer. For these coated probes, there is a design trade-off between the potential for successful insertion into brain tissue and the degree of trauma generated by the insertion. The objective of this study was to develop and validate a finite element model (FEM to simulate insertion of coated neural probes of varying dimensions and material properties into brain tissue. Simulations were performed to predict the buckling and insertion forces during insertion of coated probes into a tissue phantom with material properties of brain. The simulations were validated with parallel experimental studies where probes were inserted into agarose tissue phantom, ex vivo chick embryonic brain tissue, and ex vivo rat brain tissue. Experiments were performed with uncoated copper wire and both uncoated and coated SU-8 photoresist and Parylene C probes. Model predictions were found to strongly agree with experimental results (<10% error. The ratio of the predicted buckling force-to-predicted insertion force, where a value greater than one would ideally be expected to result in successful insertion, was plotted against the actual success rate from experiments. A sigmoidal relationship was observed, with a ratio of 1.35 corresponding to equal probability of insertion and failure, and a ratio of 3.5 corresponding to a 100% success rate. This ratio was dubbed the “safety factor”, as it indicated the degree to which the coating

  7. Modeling the Insertion Mechanics of Flexible Neural Probes Coated with Sacrificial Polymers for Optimizing Probe Design.

    Singh, Sagar; Lo, Meng-Chen; Damodaran, Vinod B; Kaplan, Hilton M; Kohn, Joachim; Zahn, Jeffrey D; Shreiber, David I

    2016-01-01

    Single-unit recording neural probes have significant advantages towards improving signal-to-noise ratio and specificity for signal acquisition in brain-to-computer interface devices. Long-term effectiveness is unfortunately limited by the chronic injury response, which has been linked to the mechanical mismatch between rigid probes and compliant brain tissue. Small, flexible microelectrodes may overcome this limitation, but insertion of these probes without buckling requires supporting elements such as a stiff coating with a biodegradable polymer. For these coated probes, there is a design trade-off between the potential for successful insertion into brain tissue and the degree of trauma generated by the insertion. The objective of this study was to develop and validate a finite element model (FEM) to simulate insertion of coated neural probes of varying dimensions and material properties into brain tissue. Simulations were performed to predict the buckling and insertion forces during insertion of coated probes into a tissue phantom with material properties of brain. The simulations were validated with parallel experimental studies where probes were inserted into agarose tissue phantom, ex vivo chick embryonic brain tissue, and ex vivo rat brain tissue. Experiments were performed with uncoated copper wire and both uncoated and coated SU-8 photoresist and Parylene C probes. Model predictions were found to strongly agree with experimental results (<10% error). The ratio of the predicted buckling force-to-predicted insertion force, where a value greater than one would ideally be expected to result in successful insertion, was plotted against the actual success rate from experiments. A sigmoidal relationship was observed, with a ratio of 1.35 corresponding to equal probability of insertion and failure, and a ratio of 3.5 corresponding to a 100% success rate. This ratio was dubbed the "safety factor", as it indicated the degree to which the coating should be over

  8. Effective material parameter retrieval for thin sheets: Theory and application to graphene, thin silver films, and single-layer metamaterials

    An important tool in the field of metamaterials is the extraction of effective material parameters from simulated or measured scattering parameters of a sample. Here we discuss a retrieval method for thin-film structures that can be approximated by a two-dimensional scattering sheet. We determine the effective sheet conductivity from the scattering parameters and we point out the importance of the magnetic sheet current to avoid an overdetermined inversion problem. Subsequently, we present two applications of the sheet retrieval method. First, we determine the effective sheet conductivity of thin silver films and we compare the resulting conductivities with the sheet conductivity of graphene. Second, we apply the method to a cut-wire metamaterial with an electric dipole resonance. The method is valid for thin-film structures such as two-dimensional metamaterials and frequency-selective surfaces and can be easily generalized for anisotropic or chiral media.

  9. Few-layer MoS2-anchored graphene aerogel paper for free-standing electrode materials

    Lee, Wee Siang Vincent; Peng, Erwin; Loh, Tamie Ai Jia; Huang, Xiaolei; Xue, Jun Min

    2016-04-01

    To reduce the reliance on polymeric binders, conductive additives, and metallic current collectors during the electrode preparation process, as well as to assess the true performance of lithium ion battery (LIB) anodes, a free-standing electrode has to be meticulously designed. Graphene aerogel is a popular scaffolding material that has been widely used with embedded nanoparticles for application in LIB anodes. However, the current graphene aerogel/nanoparticle composite systems still involve decomposition into powder and the addition of additives during electrode preparation because of the thick aerogel structure. To further enhance the capacity of the system, MoS2 was anchored onto a graphene aerogel paper and the composite was used directly as an LIB anode. The resultant additive-free MoS2/graphene aerogel paper composite exhibited long cyclic performance with 101.1% retention after 700 cycles, which demonstrates the importance of free-standing electrodes in enhancing cyclic stability.To reduce the reliance on polymeric binders, conductive additives, and metallic current collectors during the electrode preparation process, as well as to assess the true performance of lithium ion battery (LIB) anodes, a free-standing electrode has to be meticulously designed. Graphene aerogel is a popular scaffolding material that has been widely used with embedded nanoparticles for application in LIB anodes. However, the current graphene aerogel/nanoparticle composite systems still involve decomposition into powder and the addition of additives during electrode preparation because of the thick aerogel structure. To further enhance the capacity of the system, MoS2 was anchored onto a graphene aerogel paper and the composite was used directly as an LIB anode. The resultant additive-free MoS2/graphene aerogel paper composite exhibited long cyclic performance with 101.1% retention after 700 cycles, which demonstrates the importance of free-standing electrodes in enhancing cyclic

  10. Improving the Efficiency Enhancement of Photonic Crystal Based InGaN Solar Cell by Using a GaN Cap Layer

    T. F. Gundogdu

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We studied a high indium content (0.8 InGaN based solar cell design where the active InGaN layer is sandwiched between a GaN cap layer and a GaN spacer layer. The incorporation of the sacrificial cap layer allows for the etching of the front surface without removing the active InGaN resulting in a 50% enhancement of the short-circuit current density for a 15 nm-thick InGaN layer.

  11. A general analytical model for formaldehyde and VOC emission/sorption in single-layer building materials and its application in determining the characteristic parameters

    Xiong, Jianyin; Liu, Cong; Zhang, Yinping

    2012-02-01

    A general analytical model for characterizing emission and sorption of formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in single-layer building materials is developed. Compared with traditional models, the present model can be applicable for four kinds of typical physical processes, i.e., emission in ventilated and airtight chambers, and sorption in these two types of chambers. Based on the general analytical model, a novel method is proposed to determine the characteristic parameters (the diffusion coefficient, Dm, and the material/air partition coefficient, K) of formaldehyde and VOC sorption in ventilated and airtight chambers. It establishes a linear relationship between the logarithm of dimensionless excess concentration and sorption time, and the Dm and K can be conveniently obtained from the slope and intercept of the regression line. The results of applying the present model are compared with the experimental data in the literature. The good agreement between them not only validates the model but also demonstrates that the measured characteristic parameters are accurate and reliable. The general analytical model should prove useful for unified characterization and prediction of emission/sorption in building materials as well as for parameter measurement.

  12. Material insights of HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor resistive random access memory devices processed by batch atomic layer deposition

    Niu, Gang; Kim, Hee-Dong; Roelofs, Robin; Perez, Eduardo; Schubert, Markus Andreas; Zaumseil, Peter; Costina, Ioan; Wenger, Christian

    2016-01-01

    With the continuous scaling of resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices, in-depth understanding of the physical mechanism and the material issues, particularly by directly studying integrated cells, become more and more important to further improve the device performances. In this work, HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor (1T1R) RRAM devices were processed in a standard 0.25 μm complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process line, using a batch atomic layer deposition (ALD) tool, which is particularly designed for mass production. We demonstrate a systematic study on TiN/Ti/HfO2/TiN/Si RRAM devices to correlate key material factors (nano-crystallites and carbon impurities) with the filament type resistive switching (RS) behaviours. The augmentation of the nano-crystallites density in the film increases the forming voltage of devices and its variation. Carbon residues in HfO2 films turn out to be an even more significant factor strongly impacting the RS behaviour. A relatively higher deposition temperature of 300 °C dramatically reduces the residual carbon concentration, thus leading to enhanced RS performances of devices, including lower power consumption, better endurance and higher reliability. Such thorough understanding on physical mechanism of RS and the correlation between material and device performances will facilitate the realization of high density and reliable embedded RRAM devices with low power consumption. PMID:27312225

  13. Material insights of HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor resistive random access memory devices processed by batch atomic layer deposition.

    Niu, Gang; Kim, Hee-Dong; Roelofs, Robin; Perez, Eduardo; Schubert, Markus Andreas; Zaumseil, Peter; Costina, Ioan; Wenger, Christian

    2016-01-01

    With the continuous scaling of resistive random access memory (RRAM) devices, in-depth understanding of the physical mechanism and the material issues, particularly by directly studying integrated cells, become more and more important to further improve the device performances. In this work, HfO2-based integrated 1-transistor-1-resistor (1T1R) RRAM devices were processed in a standard 0.25 μm complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process line, using a batch atomic layer deposition (ALD) tool, which is particularly designed for mass production. We demonstrate a systematic study on TiN/Ti/HfO2/TiN/Si RRAM devices to correlate key material factors (nano-crystallites and carbon impurities) with the filament type resistive switching (RS) behaviours. The augmentation of the nano-crystallites density in the film increases the forming voltage of devices and its variation. Carbon residues in HfO2 films turn out to be an even more significant factor strongly impacting the RS behaviour. A relatively higher deposition temperature of 300 °C dramatically reduces the residual carbon concentration, thus leading to enhanced RS performances of devices, including lower power consumption, better endurance and higher reliability. Such thorough understanding on physical mechanism of RS and the correlation between material and device performances will facilitate the realization of high density and reliable embedded RRAM devices with low power consumption. PMID:27312225

  14. Synthesis and structural characterization of zirconium phosphate adipate dimethyl sulphoxide: A new lambda-type organic-inorganic layered material

    Hussein Alhendawi

    2014-07-01

    −Zirconium phosphate adipate dimethyl sulphoxide, -ZrPO4(OOC-(CH2)4-COOH)(CH3)2SO, is prepared by means of topotactic anion exchange of the chloride ligand of -Zirconium phosphate, -ZrPO4Cl(CH3)2SO, with adipate. The samples are characterized by thermal analyses, X-ray diffractometry and FT-IR spectrophotometry. The used analysis approaches provide strong evidence that the chloride monovalent anions of -Zirconium phosphate are completely exchanged with the carboxylate groups of the adipate monoanionic ligands. Moreover, the adipate ligands replace the chloride anions in a 1:1 stoichiometry. In this case the formula of the derivative should contain the monoanionic adipate fragment: (OOC-(CH2)4-COOH). This formula is in agreement with TGA and elemental analysis. With respect to intercalation properties, the synthesized adipate-solid phase has a higher acidic character and a larger gallery height in comparison to the pristine -Zirconium phosphate (1.47, 1.02 nm, respectively). Therefore, this material is expected to be a suitable host for intercalation of huge basic guests.

  15. Cobalt based layered perovskites as cathode material for intermediate temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: A brief review

    Pelosato, Renato; Cordaro, Giulio; Stucchi, Davide; Cristiani, Cinzia; Dotelli, Giovanni

    2015-12-01

    Nowadays, the cathode is the most studied component in Intermediate Temperature-Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (IT-SOFCs). Decreasing SOFCs operating temperature implies slow oxygen reduction kinetics and large polarization losses. Double perovskites with general formula REBaCo2O5+δ are promising mixed ionic-electronic conductors, offering a remarkable enhancement of the oxygen diffusivity and surface exchange respect to disordered perovskites. In this review, more than 250 compositions investigated in the literature were analyzed. The evaluation was performed in terms of electrical conductivity, Area Specific Resistance (ASR), chemical compatibility with electrolytes and Thermal Expansion Coefficient (TEC). The most promising materials have been identified as those bearing the mid-sized rare earths (Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd). Doping strategies have been analyzed: Sr doping on A site promotes higher electrical conductivity, but worsen ASR and TECs; B-site doping (Fe, Ni, Mn) helps lowering TECs, but is detrimental for the electrochemical properties. A promising boost of the electrochemical activity is obtained by simply introducing a slight Ba under-stoichiometry. Still, the high sensitivity of the electrochemical properties against slight changes in the stoichiometry hamper a conclusive comparison of all the investigated compounds. Opportunities for an improvement of double perovskite cathodes performance is tentatively foreseen in combining together the diverse effective doping strategies.

  16. Method for depositing a uniform layer of particulate material on the surface of an article having interconnected porosity

    Wrenn, Jr., George E.; Lewis, Jr., John

    1984-01-01

    The invention is a method for depositing liquid-suspended particles on an immersed porous article characterized by interconnected porosity. In one form of the invention, coating is conducted in a vessel containing an organic liquid supporting a colloidal dispersion of graphite sized to lodge in surface pores of the article. The liquid comprises a first volatile component (e.g., acetone) and a second less-volatile component (e.g., toluene) containing a dissolved organic graphite-bonding agent. The liquid also contains an organic agent (e.g., cellulose gum) for maintaining the particles in suspension. A porous carbon article to be coated is immersed in the liquid so that it is permeated therewith. While the liquid is stirred to maintain a uniform blend, the vessel headspace is evacuated to effect flashing-off of the first component from the interior of the article. This causes particle-laden liquid exterior of the article to flow inwardly through its surface pores, lodging particles in these pores and forming a continuous graphite coating. The coated article is retrieved and heated to resin-bond the graphite. The method can be used to form a smooth, adherent, continuous coating of various materials on various porous articles. The method is rapid and reproducible.

  17. 层状钴基正极材料的改性研究%Modification of layered Co-based cathode material

    杨占旭; 乔庆东; 任铁强; 李琪

    2012-01-01

    Layered LiCoO2 has been the dominant cathode material for commercial Li-ion batteries because of its ease of production, good rate capability and stable discharge voltage platform. However, layered LiCoO2 shows poor overcharge tolerance and thermal stability, which restrict its commercialization. In this article, the progress in ion substitution and surface treatment of layered LiCoO2 to improve the structural and thermal stability at home and abroad has been described in detail. The mechanism has been discussed as well.%层状LiCoO2是目前商品化的主要正极材料,具有易于制备、较好的倍率性能以及放电电压平稳等优点,但其抗过充电性能和热稳定性差限制了其应用.详细阐述了国内外关于层状LiCoO2正极材料的改性研究进展,包括体相掺杂和表面包覆改性两种方法提高材料的抗过充电性能和热稳定性,并对体相掺杂和表面包覆层状LiCoO2正极材料电化学性能提高的机理进行了讨论.

  18. High spatial resolution mapping of deposition layers on plasma facing materials by laser ablation microprobe time-of-flight mass spectroscopy

    A laser ablation microprobe time-of-flight mass spectroscopy (LAM-TOF-MS) system with high spatial resolution, ∼20 nm in depth and ∼500 μm or better on the surface, is developed to analyze the composition distributions of deposition layers on the first wall materials or first mirrors in tokamak. The LAM-TOF-MS system consists of a laser ablation microprobe combined with a TOF-MS and a data acquisition system based on a LabVIEW program software package. Laser induced ablation combined with TOF-MS is an attractive method to analyze the depth profile of deposited layer with successive laser shots, therefore, it can provide information for composition reconstruction of the plasma wall interaction process. In this work, we demonstrate that the LAM-TOF-MS system is capable of characterizing the depth profile as well as mapping 2D composition of deposited film on the molybdenum first mirror retrieved from HL-2A tokamak, with particular emphasis on some of the species produced during the ablation process. The presented LAM-TOF-MS system provides not only the 3D characterization of deposition but also the removal efficiency of species of concern

  19. Artificial layered perovskite oxides A(B0.5B′0.5)O3 as potential solar energy conversion materials

    Perovskite oxides with a d0 electronic configuration are promising photocatalysts and exhibit high electron mobilities. However, their band gaps are too large for efficient solar energy conversion. On the other hand, transition metal cations with partially filled dn electronic configurations give rise to visible light absorption. In this study, by using hybrid density functional theory calculations, it is demonstrated that the virtues of the two categories of materials can be combined in perovskite oxide A(B0.5B′0.5)O3 with a layered B-site ordering along the [001] direction. The electronic structures of the four selected perovskite oxide compounds, La(Ti0.5Ni0.5)O3, La(Ti0.5Zn0.5)O3, Sr(Nb0.5Cr0.5)O3, and Sr(Nb0.5Fe0.5)O3 are calculated and discussed

  20. Analytical extraction of residual stresses and gradients in MEMS structures with application to CMOS-layered materials

    Fachin, F.; Nikles, S. A.; Dugundji, J.; Wardle, B. L.

    2011-09-01

    Accurate thin-film characterization is a key requirement in the MEMS industry. Residual stresses determine both the final shape and the functionality of released micromachined structures, and should therefore be accurately assessed. To date, a number of techniques to characterize thin-film materials have been developed, from substrate curvature measurement to methods that exploit the post-release deformation of test structures. These techniques have some major drawbacks, from high implementation costs to accuracy limitations due to improper boundary condition modeling. Here, we present a new technique for the characterization of multilayered, composite MEMS structures that uses easily accessible experimental information on the post-release deformation of microbridges only, with no need for multiple beam lengths. The method is based on an analytical solution of the (post-)buckling problem of microbridges, including the effect of residual stresses (both mean and gradient) and non-ideal clamping (boundary flexibility). The method allows simultaneous characterization of both the mean and the gradient residual stress components, as well as the effective boundary condition associated with the fabrication process, yielding approximately one order of magnitude improvement in resolution compared to extant methods using the same type and number of test structures. The higher resolution is largely attributable to proper accounting for boundary flexibility by our method, with the boundary condition for the structures in this work being ~90% as stiff in bending relative to the commonly assumed perfectly clamped condition. Additional enhancement can be achieved with post-release deformation measurements of simple cantilevers in addition to the microbridges. The method is useful as it ensures very low stress extraction uncertainty using a limited number of microbridge test structures, and it is transferrable to package-stress characterization. The analytical approach can also be

  1. Analytical extraction of residual stresses and gradients in MEMS structures with application to CMOS-layered materials

    Accurate thin-film characterization is a key requirement in the MEMS industry. Residual stresses determine both the final shape and the functionality of released micromachined structures, and should therefore be accurately assessed. To date, a number of techniques to characterize thin-film materials have been developed, from substrate curvature measurement to methods that exploit the post-release deformation of test structures. These techniques have some major drawbacks, from high implementation costs to accuracy limitations due to improper boundary condition modeling. Here, we present a new technique for the characterization of multilayered, composite MEMS structures that uses easily accessible experimental information on the post-release deformation of microbridges only, with no need for multiple beam lengths. The method is based on an analytical solution of the (post-)buckling problem of microbridges, including the effect of residual stresses (both mean and gradient) and non-ideal clamping (boundary flexibility). The method allows simultaneous characterization of both the mean and the gradient residual stress components, as well as the effective boundary condition associated with the fabrication process, yielding approximately one order of magnitude improvement in resolution compared to extant methods using the same type and number of test structures. The higher resolution is largely attributable to proper accounting for boundary flexibility by our method, with the boundary condition for the structures in this work being ∼90% as stiff in bending relative to the commonly assumed perfectly clamped condition. Additional enhancement can be achieved with post-release deformation measurements of simple cantilevers in addition to the microbridges. The method is useful as it ensures very low stress extraction uncertainty using a limited number of microbridge test structures, and it is transferrable to package-stress characterization. The analytical approach can also

  2. Electronic structure of layered quaternary chalcogenide materials for band-gap engineering: The example of Cs2MIIM3IVQ8

    Besse, Rafael; Sabino, Fernando P.; Da Silva, Juarez L. F.

    2016-04-01

    Quaternary chalcogenide materials offer a wide variety of chemical and physical properties, and hence, those compounds have been widely studied for several technological applications. Recently, experimental studies have found that the chalcogenide Cs2MIIM3IVQ8 family (MII = Mg , Zn , Cd , Hg , MIV = Ge , Sn and Q = S , Se , Te ), which includes 24 compounds, yields a wide range of band gaps, namely, from 1.07 to 3.4 eV, and hence, they have attracted great interest. To obtain an improved atomistic understanding of the role of the cations and anions on the physical properties, we performed a first-principles investigation of the 24 Cs2MIIM3IVQ8 compounds employing density functional theory within semilocal and hybrid exchange-correlation energy functionals and the addition of van der Waals corrections to improve the description of the weakly interacting layers. Our lattice parameters are in good agreement with the available experimental data (i.e., 11 compounds), and the equilibrium volume increases linearly by increasing the atomic number of the chalcogen, which can be explained by the increased atomic radius of the chalcogen atoms from S to Te . We found that van der Waals corrections play a crucial role in the lattice parameter in the stacking direction of the Cs2MIIM3IVQ8 layers, while the binding energy per unit area has similar magnitude as obtained for different layered materials. We obtained that the band gaps follow a linear relation as a function of the unit cell volume, which can be explained by the atomic size of the chalcogen atom and the relative position of the Q p states within the band structure. The fundamental and optical band gaps differ by less than 0.1 eV. The band gaps obtained with the hybrid functional are in good agreement with the available experimental data. Furthermore, we found from the Bader analysis, that the Coulomb interations among the cations and anions play a crucial role on the energetic properties.

  3. Development of Plasma-Sprayed Molybdenum Carbide-Based Anode Layers with Various Metal Oxides for SOFC

    Faisal, N. H.; Ahmed, R.; Katikaneni, S. P.; Souentie, S.; Goosen, M. F. A.

    2015-12-01

    Air plasma-sprayed (APS) coatings provide an ability to deposit a range of novel fuel cell materials at competitive costs. This work develops three separate types of composite anodes (Mo-Mo2C/Al2O3, Mo-Mo2C/ZrO2, Mo-Mo2C/TiO2) using a combination of APS process parameters on Hastelloy®X for application in intermediate temperature proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells. Commercially available carbide of molybdenum powder catalyst (Mo-Mo2C) and three metal oxides (Al2O3, ZrO2, TiO2) was used to prepare three separate composite feedstock powders to fabricate three different anodes. Each of the modified composition anode feedstock powders included a stoichiometric weight ratio of 0.8:0.2. The coatings were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, nanoindentation, and conductivity. We report herein that three optimized anode layers of thicknesses between 200 and 300 µm and porosity as high as 20% for Mo-Mo2C/Al2O3 (250-µm thick) and Mo-Mo2C/TiO2 (300 µm thick) and 17% for Mo-Mo2C/ZrO2 (220-µm thick), controllable by a selection of the APS process parameters with no addition of sacrificial pore-forming material. The nanohardness results indicate the upper layers of the coatings have higher values than the subsurface layers in coatings with some effect of the deposition on the substrate. Mo-Mo2C/ZrO2 shows high electrical conductivity.

  4. High density fluorocarbon plasma etching of methylsilsesquioxane SiOC(H) low-k material and SiC(H) etch stop layer: surface analyses and investigation of etch mechanisms

    This paper focuses on plasma etching and XPS surface analyses of new dielectric materials used in integrated circuits. We investigate by XPS surface modifications of methylsilsesquioxane low-k polymer (SiOC(H)) and amorphous hydrogenated silicon carbide (SiC(H)) when exposed to Ar, SF6 and C2F6-based high density plasmas. Ar and SF6 plasmas remove the carbonaceous groups from the surface leading to the formation of fluorinated top layers (SiOF and SiF-like layers) in SF6 plasma. In the case of C2F6-based mixtures, the surface structure fits well with a two-layer model, consisting of a fluorocarbon top layer above a fluorinated interaction layer (SiOF or SiF) on the bulk materials (SiOC(H) or SiC(H)). Determination of top layer thicknesses from XPS data is discussed. We show that material etch rate is not correlated with the total modified thickness, in contrast to the top fluorocarbon layer thickness which is in good correlation with etch rates. Etch yields (etch rates divided by the ion flux) are calculated and are studied in order to draw material etch mechanisms in C2F6 based mixtures. We conclude that for both materials, etching mechanisms in C2F6/H2 mixtures, and to a lesser extent in C2F6/Ar mixtures, are close to those of silicon in fluorocarbon plasmas and different from those of the conventional interlevel dielectric material SiO2. On the contrary etching mechanisms in C2F6/O2 mixtures are similar to those of silicon dioxide in fluorocarbon plasmas

  5. Fully integrated and encapsulated micro-fabricated vacuum diode and method of manufacturing same

    Resnick, Paul J.; Langlois, Eric

    2015-12-01

    Disclosed is an encapsulated micro-diode and a method for producing same. The method comprises forming a plurality columns in the substrate with a respective tip disposed at a first end of the column, the tip defining a cathode of the diode; disposing a sacrificial oxide layer on the substrate, plurality of columns and respective tips; forming respective trenches in the sacrificial oxide layer around the columns; forming an opening in the sacrificial oxide layer to expose a portion of the tips; depositing a conductive material in of the opening and on a surface of the substrate to form an anode of the diode; and removing the sacrificial oxide layer.

  6. The Sacrificial Crisis

    Östman, Lars

    2007-01-01

    Med udgangspunkt i Jesus´ lidelseshistorie forsøger artiklen via den franske religionsfilosof René Girards tanker om den hellige krise at knytte an til en generel teori om en tilstand, hvor lov og ret er suspenderede. Gennem en kritisk og perspektiverende læsning af Carl Schmitt forståes denne kr...

  7. 双牺牲层微测辐射热计最新研究进展%Recent Developments of Micro-Bolometer Using Double Sacrificial Layers

    彭自求; 王军; 袁凯; 蒋亚东

    2010-01-01

    通过改善结构,来研制更小尺寸、更高分辨率的器件,成为微测辐射热计研制的新趋势,而其中最普遍的做法就是使用双牺牲层.本文介绍了双牺牲层微测辐射热计研究的最新成果,即以Raytheon和DRS等为代表的两种做法,并从器件结构和工艺上比较了两种思路的优劣.

  8. In Situ X‐Ray Diffraction Studies on Structural Changes of a P2 Layered Material during Electrochemical Desodiation/Sodiation

    Jung, Young Hwa; Christiansen, Ane Sælland; Johnsen, Rune E.;

    2015-01-01

    Sodium layered oxides with mixed transition metals have received significant attention as positive electrode candidates for sodium‐ion batteries because of their high reversible capacity. The phase transformations of layered compounds during electrochemical reactions are a pivotal feature for...

  9. Effect of clothing layers in combination with fire fighting personal protective clothing on physiological and perceptual responses to intermittent work and on materials performance test results.

    Smith, Denise L; Haller, Jeannie M; Hultquist, Eric M; Lefferts, Wesley K; Fehling, Patricia C

    2013-01-01

    Personal protective clothing (PPC) shields firefighters from thermal and other occupational hazards; however, it also contributes to physiological and perceptual strain. This study examined the effect of clothing layers worn under structural fire fighting turnout gear (TOG) on physiological and perceptual responses during alternating work/recovery cycles and assessed the clothing ensembles' (PPC + base layer) material performance. Values are reported as mean ± standard error of the mean. Ten men (age, 21 ± 0.3 yr; height, 1.74 ± 0.02 m; weight, 74.3 ± 2.3 kg; VO2max, 58.9 ± 2.0 mL/kg/min) completed a 110-min alternating work/recovery walking protocol (three 20-min exercise bouts/10-, 20-, and 20-min recovery sessions) in a thermo-neutral (21.0°C, 58.7% RH) laboratory while wearing a cotton t-shirt (COT) or COT and a station uniform (SU) shirt under fire fighting TOG (COT+TOG and COT+SU+TOG, respectively). Changes in heart rate (HR), core temperature (Tco), skin temperature (Tsk), rating of perceived exertion (RPE), and thermal sensations (TS) were compared across exercise and recovery periods. During exercise sessions, HR, Tco, Tsk, and RPE reached similar levels for COT+TOG and COT+SU+TOG. During Recoveries 1, 2, and 3, mean chest Tsk decreased by 3.96, 6.64, and 6.49°C, respectively, for COT+TOG compared with 2.24, 3.78, and 4.09°C for COT+SU+TOG (p clothing in the COT+SU+TOG ensemble imposed no greater level of physiological or perceptual strain during moderate-intensity work bouts compared with the COT+TOG ensemble. However, some modest benefits were experienced during the recovery sessions for the COT+TOG ensemble as evidenced by a lower chest Tsk. In addition, materials performance testing revealed COT+SU+TOG provided greater thermal protection (64.8 ± 1.9 vs. 56.4 ± 0.3 cal/cm(2); p heat dissipation compared with COT+TOG. These findings could guide departmental decisions about the use of station shirts. PMID:23472953

  10. Sacrificial etching of Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}As for III-V MEMS surface micromachining

    Kumar, P.; DeVoe, D.L. [University of Maryland, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College Park, MD (United States); Kanakaraju, S. [Laboratory for Physical Sciences, College Park, MD (United States)

    2007-09-15

    A study of Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}As as a sacrificial film for surface micromachining is presented. Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}As etch rate and selectivity are measured over a range of aluminum mole fractions and HF etchant concentrations during the release of structural features up to 500 {mu}m in width. The etch process is found to be diffusion limited, with an inverse power law relationship between etch depth and etch rate. Excellent selectivity greater than 10{sup 5} is achieved between sacrificial AlAs and structural GaAs, even for long etches up to 250 {mu}m in length. Compared with previous studies of Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}As etching for epitaxial liftoff processing, measured etch rates for surface micromachining are approximately an order of magnitude lower, primarily due to the longer effective etch lengths required. However, unlike epitaxial liftoff, Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}As surface micromachining is compatible with higher HF concentrations which can provide comparable overall etch rates, with important implications for AlGaAs MEMS fabrication. (orig.)

  11. Optimization of cycling properties of the layered lithium cobalt nitride Li2.20Co0.40N as negative electrode material for Li-ion batteries

    An optimization of the specific capacity exhibited by the best layered lithiated cobalt nitride Li2.20Co0.40N is proposed by using a conditioning electrochemical oxidation up to 1.1 V before cycling in the 1.1 V–0.02 V potential range. This initial charge process allows the Co3+/Co2+ redox couple to be involved in the cycling process in addition to the Co2+/Co+ couple as in the 1 V–0.02 V voltage range. A new electrochemical fingerprint is obtained with a single step at 0.4/0.8 V for the discharge-charge process and a specific capacity of 300 mAh g−1 at C/5 which constitutes a huge improvement compared to 130 mAh g−1 recovered in the conventional 1 V–0.02 V potential window. This high capacity value and the excellent capacity retention of 100% over at least 75 cycles make Li2.20Co0.40N a promising anode material for Li-ion batteries

  12. A novel radial anode layer ion source for inner wall pipe coating and materials modification--hydrogenated diamond-like carbon coatings from butane gas.

    Murmu, Peter P; Markwitz, Andreas; Suschke, Konrad; Futter, John

    2014-08-01

    We report a new ion source development for inner wall pipe coating and materials modification. The ion source deposits coatings simultaneously in a 360° radial geometry and can be used to coat inner walls of pipelines by simply moving the ion source in the pipe. Rotating parts are not required, making the source ideal for rough environments and minimizing maintenance and replacements of parts. First results are reported for diamond-like carbon (DLC) coatings on Si and stainless steel substrates deposited using a novel 360° ion source design. The ion source operates with permanent magnets and uses a single power supply for the anode voltage and ion acceleration up to 10 kV. Butane (C4H10) gas is used to coat the inner wall of pipes with smooth and homogeneous DLC coatings with thicknesses up to 5 μm in a short time using a deposition rate of 70 ± 10 nm min(-1). Rutherford backscattering spectrometry results showed that DLC coatings contain hydrogen up to 30 ± 3% indicating deposition of hydrogenated DLC (a-C:H) coatings. Coatings with good adhesion are achieved when using a multiple energy implantation regime. Raman spectroscopy results suggest slightly larger disordered DLC layers when using low ion energy, indicating higher sp(3) bonds in DLC coatings. The results show that commercially interesting coatings can be achieved in short time. PMID:25173323

  13. Artificial layered perovskite oxides A(B{sub 0.5}B′{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} as potential solar energy conversion materials

    Chen, Hungru [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Sciences, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Umezawa, Naoto [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Sciences, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); PRESTO, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), 4-1-8 Honcho Kawaguchi, Saitama 332-0012 (Japan); TU-NIMS Joint Research Center, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, 92 Weijin Road, Nankai District, Tianjin (China)

    2015-02-07

    Perovskite oxides with a d{sup 0} electronic configuration are promising photocatalysts and exhibit high electron mobilities. However, their band gaps are too large for efficient solar energy conversion. On the other hand, transition metal cations with partially filled d{sup n} electronic configurations give rise to visible light absorption. In this study, by using hybrid density functional theory calculations, it is demonstrated that the virtues of the two categories of materials can be combined in perovskite oxide A(B{sub 0.5}B′{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} with a layered B-site ordering along the [001] direction. The electronic structures of the four selected perovskite oxide compounds, La(Ti{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, La(Ti{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, Sr(Nb{sub 0.5}Cr{sub 0.5})O{sub 3}, and Sr(Nb{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 0.5})O{sub 3} are calculated and discussed.

  14. Analysis of the Deformability of Two-Layer Materials AZ31/Eutectic / Analiza Możliwości Odkształcania Plastycznego Materiału Dwuwarstwowego AZ31/Eutektyka

    Mola R.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper present the results of physical simulation of the deformation of the two-layered AZ31/eutectic material using the Gleeble 3800 metallurgical processes simulator. The eutectic layer was produced on the AZ31 substrate using thermochemical treatment. The specimens of AZ31 alloy were heat treated in contact with aluminium powder at 445°C in a vacuum furnace. Depending on the heating time, Al-enriched surface layers with a thickness of 400, 700 and 1100 μm were fabricated on a substrate which was characterized by an eutectic structure composed of the Mg17Al12 phase and a solid solution of aluminium in magnesium. In the study, physical simulation of the fabricated two-layered specimens with a varying thickness of the eutectic layer were deformed using the plane strain compression test at various values of strain rates. The testing results have revealed that it is possible to deform the two-layered AZ31/eutectic material at low strain rates and small deformation values.

  15. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) evaluation of sealing ability of MTA and EndoSequence as root-end filling materials with chitosan and carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC) as retrograde smear layer removing agents

    Bolla Nagesh; Eppala Jeevani; Varri Sujana; Bharagavi Damaraju; Kaluvakolanu Sreeha; Penumaka Ramesh

    2016-01-01

    Aim: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the sealing ability of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) and EndoSequence with chitosan and carboxymethyl chitosan (CMC) as retrograde smear layer removing agents using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Materials and Methods: Forty human single rooted teeth were taken. Crowns were decoronated and canals were obturated. Apically roots were resected and retrograde cavities were done. Based on the type of retrograde material placed and the typ...

  16. Morphologies, Processing and Properties of Ceramic Foams and Their Potential as TPS Materials

    Stackpoole, Mairead; Simoes, Conan R.; Johnson, Sylvia M.

    2002-01-01

    The current research is focused on processing ceramic foams with compositions that have potential as a thermal protection material. The use of pre-ceramic polymers with the addition of sacrificial blowing agents or sacrificial fillers offers a viable approach to form either open or closed cell insulation. Our work demonstrates that this is a feasible method to form refractory ceramic foams at relatively low processing temperatures. It is possible to foam complex shapes then pyrolize the system to form a ceramic while retaining the shape of the unfired foam. Initial work focused on identifying suitable pre-ceramic polymers with desired properties such as ceramic yield and chemical make up of the pyrolysis product after firing. We focused on making foams in the Si system (Sic, Si02, Si-0-C), which is in use in current acreage TPS systems. Ceramic foams with different architectures were formed from the pyrolysis of pre-ceramic polymers at 1200 C in different atmospheres. In some systems a sacrificial polyurethane was used as the blowing agent. We have also processed foams using sacrificial fillers to introduce controlled cell sizes. Each sacrificial filler or blowing agent leads to a unique morphology. The effect of different fillers on foam morphologies and the characterization of these foams in terms of mechanical and thermal properties are presented. We have conducted preliminary arc jet testing on selected foams with the materials being exposed to typical re-entry conditions for acreage TPS and these results will be discussed. Foams processed using these approaches have bulk densities ranging from 0.15 to 0.9 g/cm3 and cell sizes ranging from 5 to 500 pm. Compression strengths ranged from 2 to 7 MPa for these systems. Finally, preliminary oxidation studies have been conducted on selected systems and will be discussed.

  17. Designed Single-Step Synthesis, Structure, and Derivative Textural Properties of Well-Ordered Layered Penta-coordinate Silicon Alcoholate Complexes

    Li, XS; Michaelis, VK; Ong, TC; Smith, SJ; Griffin, RG; Wang, EN

    2014-04-15

    The controllable synthesis of well-ordered layered materials with specific nanoarchitecture poses a grand challenge in materials chemistry. Here the solvothermal synthesis of two structurally analogous 5-coordinate organosilicate complexes through a novel transesterification mechanism is reported. Since the polycrystalline nature of the intrinsic hypervalent Si complex thwarts the endeavor in determining its structure, a novel strategy concerning the elegant addition of a small fraction of B species as an effective crystal growth mediator and a sacrificial agent is proposed to directly prepare diffraction-quality single crystals without disrupting the intrinsic elemental type. In the determined crystal structure, two monomeric primary building units (PBUs) self-assemble into a dimeric asymmetric secondary BU via strong Na+O2- ionic bonds. The designed one-pot synthesis is straightforward, robust, and efficient, leading to a well-ordered (10)-parallel layered Si complex with its principal interlayers intercalated with extensive van der Waals gaps in spite of the presence of substantial Na+ counter-ions as a result of unique atomic arrangement in its structure. However, upon fast pyrolysis, followed by acid leaching, both complexes are converted into two SiO2 composites bearing BET surface areas of 163.3 and 254.7m(2)g(-1) for the pyrolyzed intrinsic and B-assisted Si complexes, respectively. The transesterification methodology merely involving alcoholysis but without any hydrolysis side reaction is designed to have generalized applicability for use in synthesizing new layered metal-organic compounds with tailored PBUs and corresponding metal oxide particles with hierarchical porosity.

  18. Three-dimensional ordered TiO2 hollow spheres as scattering layer in dye-sensitized solar cells

    Chen, Yang; Chen, Zhigang

    2016-03-01

    TiO2 nanostructure was constructed to obtain an improved photoelectric conversion performance. The design was based on the three-dimensional ordered assembly of TiO2 hollow spheres (3D-TiO2 HPs), which were synthesized using polystyrene colloidal crystals as sacrificial templates. Owing to this highly periodic structure and high specific surface area, the double-layered photoanode films derived from 3D-TiO2 HPs as light scattering layer exhibited enhanced conversion efficiency (7.0 %), thus leading to a 46 % increment of photovoltaic performance compared to the cell based on P25 TiO2 photoanode (4.8 %).

  19. Estimation of the Thickness and the Material Combination of the Thermal Stress Control Layer (TSCL) for the Stellite21 Hardfaced STD61 Hot Working Tool Steel Using Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis

    Park, Na-Ra; Ahn, Dong-Gyu; Oh, Jin-Woo [Chosun University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-08-15

    The research on a thermal stress control layer (TSCL) begins to undertake to reduce residual stress and strain in the vicinity of the joined region between the hardfacing layer and the base part. The goal of this paper is to estimate the material combination and the thickness of TSCL for the Stellite21 hardfaced STD61 hot working tool steel via three-dimensional finite element analysis (FEA). TSCL is created by the combination of Stellite21 and STD61. The thickness of TSCL ranges from 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm. The influence of the material combination and the thickness of TSCL on temperature, thermal stress and thermal strain distributions of the hardfaced part have been investigated. The results of the investigation have been revealed that a proper material combination of TSCL is Stellite21 of 50 % and STD61 of 50 %, and its appropriate thickness is 1.0 mm.

  20. Estimation of the Thickness and the Material Combination of the Thermal Stress Control Layer (TSCL) for the Stellite21 Hardfaced STD61 Hot Working Tool Steel Using Three-Dimensional Finite Element Analysis

    The research on a thermal stress control layer (TSCL) begins to undertake to reduce residual stress and strain in the vicinity of the joined region between the hardfacing layer and the base part. The goal of this paper is to estimate the material combination and the thickness of TSCL for the Stellite21 hardfaced STD61 hot working tool steel via three-dimensional finite element analysis (FEA). TSCL is created by the combination of Stellite21 and STD61. The thickness of TSCL ranges from 0.5 mm to 1.5 mm. The influence of the material combination and the thickness of TSCL on temperature, thermal stress and thermal strain distributions of the hardfaced part have been investigated. The results of the investigation have been revealed that a proper material combination of TSCL is Stellite21 of 50 % and STD61 of 50 %, and its appropriate thickness is 1.0 mm