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  1. Dendritic materials as a dry release sacrificial layer

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    Suh, Hyuk-Jeen

    2001-07-01

    A class of polymers known as dendritic materials has been studied for use as a sacrificial layer in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication. This thesis describes the material characterization and process development of dendritic materials for a dry sacrificial layer etching process. A less structured type of dendritic material known as hyperbranched polymers in particular was studied to prevent stiction. Chapter 2 provides a quick overview of stiction theory and some of the current techniques used to address the problem. A particular hyperbranched polymer known as HB560 was synthesized at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. HB560 has a high glass transition temperature so that the material decomposes without passing through a liquid phase. The lack of a liquid phase transition allows the material to be used as a dry sacrificial layer for MEMS fabrication. Material characterization of HBPs is described in Chapter 3 and process development and integration with MEMS fabrication are outlined in Chapter 4. Various test devices were successfully fabricated using the developed process to demonstrate a dry sacrificial etching technique. An array of cantilever beams 100 mum in width by 1000 mum in length was successfully released in 10 min. In addition, an array of microchannels was fabricated to better understand the limitations of HB560 decomposition. A full 1-cm-long microchannel with longitudinal aspect ratio of 16 600 was successfully realized in 10 min. A comparison study with other techniques shows that HB560 etching is on the order of 200 times faster than a 49% HF wet etching techniques used in MEMS fabrication. A published process with a faster etch rate could not be found. In order to demonstrate the large sacrificial etching capabilities of HB560 as well as its unique material characteristics, a microblister pack chamber, 5000 mum in diameter and nearly 2 cm in length, was successfully fabricated. A lateral aspect ratio of 8300 and a longitudinal aspect ratio of 31 000 were achieved and described in Chapter 5. Chapter 6 summarizes the thesis with discussions pertaining to future work.

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

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    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.

  3. Water-soluble sacrificial layers for surface micromachining.

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    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

  4. Methods of producing free-standing semiconductors using sacrificial buffer layers and recyclable substrates

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    Ptak, Aaron Joseph; Lin, Yong; Norman, Andrew; Alberi, Kirstin

    2015-05-26

    A method of producing semiconductor materials and devices that incorporate the semiconductor materials are provided. In particular, a method is provided of producing a semiconductor material, such as a III-V semiconductor, on a spinel substrate using a sacrificial buffer layer, and devices such as photovoltaic cells that incorporate the semiconductor materials. The sacrificial buffer material and semiconductor materials may be deposited using lattice-matching epitaxy or coincident site lattice-matching epitaxy, resulting in a close degree of lattice matching between the substrate material and deposited material for a wide variety of material compositions. The sacrificial buffer layer may be dissolved using an epitaxial liftoff technique in order to separate the semiconductor device from the spinel substrate, and the spinel substrate may be reused in the subsequent fabrication of other semiconductor devices. The low-defect density semiconductor materials produced using this method result in the enhanced performance of the semiconductor devices that incorporate the semiconductor materials.

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

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    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

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

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    Haneefa, K. Mohammed, E-mail: mhkolakkadan@gmail.com [Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras, Chennai (India); Santhanam, Manu [Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Madras, Chennai (India); Parida, F.C. [Radiological Safety Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (India)

    2013-12-15

    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.

  7. Formulation and processing of screen-printing vehicles for sacrificial layers on thick-film and LTCC substrates

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    Maeder, Thomas; Jacq, Caroline; Fournier, Yannick; Ryser, Peter

    2008-01-01

    Ceramic technologies such as thick-film and LTCC (Low Temperature Cofired Ceramic) are excellent platforms for the fabrication of mesoscale devices such as sensors, actuators, microreactors and MEMS packaging. This work presents two alternative screen-printing vehicles for the processing of sacrificial materials and low-firing thick films: 1) a non-aggressive glycol-based vehicle for screen printing thick sacrificial layers onto thin LTCC, and 2) a "high non-evaporables" vehicle for mineral /...

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

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    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.

  9. Selective etchant for oxide sacrificial material in semiconductor device fabrication

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    Clews, Peggy J.; Mani, Seethambal S.

    2005-05-17

    An etching composition and method is disclosed for removing an oxide sacrificial material during manufacture of semiconductor devices including micromechanical, microelectromechanical or microfluidic devices. The etching composition and method are based on the combination of hydrofluoric acid (HF) and sulfuric acid (H.sub.2 SO.sub.4). These acids can be used in the ratio of 1:3 to 3:1 HF:H.sub.2 SO.sub.4 to remove all or part of the oxide sacrificial material while providing a high etch selectivity for non-oxide materials including polysilicon, silicon nitride and metals comprising aluminum. Both the HF and H.sub.2 SO.sub.4 can be provided as "semiconductor grade" acids in concentrations of generally 40-50% by weight HF, and at least 90% by weight H.sub.2 SO.sub.4.

  10. Structuration of zero-shrinkage LTCC using mineral sacrificial materials

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    Maeder, Thomas; Jacq, Caroline; Fournier, Yannick; Hraiz, Wassim; Ryser, Peter

    2009-01-01

    Recently, LTCC (low-temperature co-fired ceramic) technology has increasingly found applications beyond pure electronics, in fields such as microfluidics, sensors and actuators, due to the ease of shaping the tapes in the green (unfired) state. Accurate control of hollow structures such as channels, membranes, cavities and gaps below cantilevers has remained difficult, however, although carbon-based sacrificial materials and adhesive/solvent-assisted low-pressure lamination techni...

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

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    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

  12. New sacrificial material for ex-vessel core catcher

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    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.

  13. Formation of thick spin-on glass (SOG) sacrificial layer for capacitive accelerometer encapsulation

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    Hamzah, Azrul A.; Majlis, Burhanuddin Y.; Ahmad, Ibrahim

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents a method to form thick spin-on glass (SOG) sacrificial layer for accelerometer encapsulation fabrication. SOG is chosen as the sacrificial material because it is easy to apply, has good thickness uniformity, and can be easily etched back before densification. Siloxane type SOG is applied on blank wafers and accelerometer patterns by multiple spin, bake, and cure processes. A series of gradual hot plate baking up to 250C are experimented for each spun layer. After multiple spin and bake, the SOG layers are etched back in hydrofluoric acid (HF) solution of various concentrations to form rectangular encapsulation bases. 25 samples are prepared for SOG thickness uniformity characterization. Center thickness and four perimeter thickness measurements are taken for each sample using thin-film mapper. These five measurements are averaged to get sample thickness. Two surface profiler measurements are taken for each sample perpendicularly to each other using Tencor surface profiler. The minimum reading is subtracted from the maximum reading to get sample variation. Upon SEM inspection, mildly sloped etched walls from HF etching are observed. No surface cracking was visible. Shallow trench patterns are apparent on SOG deposited on accelerometer pattern. The average sample thickness is 5 ?m with 3.7% thickness variation across samples. The average variation within each sample is 0.14 ?m with an average of 2.6% thickness variation within sample. These thickness variations are acceptable for encapsulation structure deposition.

  14. Processing of Graphite-Based Sacrificial Layer for Microfabrication of Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramics (LTCC)

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    Birol, Hansu; Maeder, Thomas; Ryser, Peter

    2006-01-01

    The processing and application of graphite powder-based sacrificial layer for fabrication of microfluidic structures in LTCC is described. Such layers are produced as pastes, which are screen-printed in LTCC sheets to avoid sagging, by supporting closed, three-dimensional structures such as channels, membranes during firing. The aim of the paper is to highlight the selection of paste materials and the effects of processing conditions on the fabricated micro-fluidic components. It is see...

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    Pouzet, Eric; De Cupere, Vinciane; Heintz, Christophe; Andreasen, Jens Wenzel; Breiby, Dag Werner; Nielsen, Martin Meedom; Viville, Pascal; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Gbabode, Gabin; Geerts, Yves H.

    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 anneali...

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

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    Pouzet, Eric; De Cupere, Vinciane; Heintz, Christophe; Andreasen, Jens Wenzel; Breiby, Dag Werner; Nielsen, Martin Meedom; Viville, Pascal; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Gbabode, Gabin; Geerts, Yves H.

    2009-01-01

    . 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...

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

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    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.

  1. Fabrication of LTCC Micro-fluidic Devices Using Sacrificial Carbon Layers

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    Birol, Hansu; Maeder, Thomas; Jacq, Caroline; Corradini, Giancarlo; Passerini, Reynald; Fournier, Yannick; Strssler, Sigfrid; Ryser, Peter

    2005-01-01

    Ease of fabrication and design flexibility are two attractive features of low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) technology for fabrication of complex micro-fluidic devices. Such structures are designed and processed using different shaping methods, the extent and complexity of which depends on the final device specifications (dimensions, mechanical and functional properties). In this work, we propose a sacrificial layer method based on carbon-black paste, which burns out during the L...

  2. A novel sacrificial-layer process based on anodic bonding and its application in an accelerometer

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    Wang, Lingyun; He, Yong; Zhan, Zhan; Yu, Lingke; Wang, Huan; Chen, Daner

    2015-04-01

    It is found in our experiments that the depletion layer of anodic bonding is etched faster than the bulk glass (Pyrex 7740) in hydrofluoric acid (HF). Based on this interesting phenomenon, a novel process of a sacrificial layer is proposed in this paper. In order to deeply understand and investigate the rules concerning the influence of bonding parameters on this effect, firstly the width of the depletion layer under different bonding voltages and temperatures and the selection ratio of etching are revealed. To validate the feasibility of the method, a micro-machined accelerometer is designed and fabricated. The test results of resonant frequency and sensitivity of the fabricated accelerometer are 3254.5 Hz and 829.85-844.93 mV/g, respectively. This was further evidence that the depletion layer could be used as a sacrificial layer and the removable structure could be successfully released by fast etching this layer. The important feature of this method is that only one mask is needed in the whole process and therefore it could greatly simplify the fabrication process of the device.

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

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    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...

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

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    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...

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    Costescu Ruxandra; Deneke Christoph; Thurmer Dominic; Schmidt Oliver

    2009-01-01

    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 &#...

  8. Combined TMAH and HF sacrificial layer etching technique for surface micromachined devices

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    Lisec, Thomas; Kreutzer, Martin; Wenk, Beatrice; Wagner, Bernd

    1995-09-01

    This paper presents a two step sacrifical layer etching technique used for the fabrication of surface mciromachined piezoresistive pressure sensors. The sacrificial layer itself is a sandwich structure of a thin polysilicon layer with the underetching channels and a much thicker 'buried' oxide underneath. First the polysilicon part is etched in an aqueous TMAH solution with high etch rates realizing a first shallow cavity. After rinsing, the oxide part is removed in 7:1 buffered HF. Since the oxide is etched now vertically, the process is completed within minutes. Sticking is suppressed successfully and non special drying techniques are required. The whole sensor structures could be passivated by LPCVD or PECVD layers against both etchants. Although the final depth of the cavity is 1 micrometers the sensor structure remains nearly flat. This minimizes technological problems concerning for example the piezoresistor definition or the sealing of the sensor and reduces the noise in the piezoresistor arrangement.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  11. Multiscale ommatidial arrays with broadband and omnidirectional antireflection and antifogging properties by sacrificial layer mediated nanoimprinting.

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    Raut, Hemant Kumar; Dinachali, Saman Safari; Loke, Yee Chong; Ganesan, Ramakrishnan; Ansah-Antwi, Kwadwo Konadu; Gra, Aleksander; Khoo, Eng Huat; Ganesh, V Anand; Saifullah, Mohammad S M; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2015-02-24

    Moth's eye inspired multiscale ommatidial arrays offer multifunctional properties of great significance in optoelectronic devices. However, a major challenge remains in fabricating these arrays on large-area substrates using a simple and scalable technique. Here we present the fabrication of these multiscale ommatidial arrays over large areas by a distinct approach called sacrificial layer mediated nanoimprinting, which involves nanoimprinting aided by a sacrificial layer. The fabricated arrays exhibited excellent pattern uniformity over the entire patterned area. Optimum dimensions of the multiscale ommatidial arrays determined by the finite-difference time domain simulations served as the design parameters for replicating the arrays on glass. A broadband suppression of reflectance to a minimum of ?1.4% and omnidirectional antireflection for highly oblique angles of incidence up to 70 were achieved. In addition, superhydrophobicity and superior antifogging characteristics enabled the retention of optical properties even in wet and humid conditions, suggesting reliable optical performance in practical outdoor conditions. We anticipate that these properties could potentially enhance the performance of optoelectronic devices and minimize the influence of in-service conditions. Additionally, as our technique is solely nanoimprinting-based, it may enable scalable and high-throughput fabrication of multiscale ommatidial arrays. PMID:25634665

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

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    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

  13. Generation of cavities in silicon wafers by laser ablation using silicon nitride as sacrificial layer

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    Throughout this investigation, experiments on laser ablation with silicon (Si) wafers have been performed using silicon nitride (Si3N4) as a sacrificial layer to find the optimal fluence capable of removing the Si3N4, which allows the subsequent anisotropic etching in Si with potassium hydroxide. As a result, an alternative to the traditional micromachining techniques that require more steps and processing times has been introduced. The effect of the pulse numbers on Si wafers has been studied and it has been observed that when increasing the pulse numbers at the same fluence, the capacity of the pyramidal cavity formed was greater than using only one pulse at higher fluences. Microcavities were performed with a floating Si3N4 layer. This happens to be very useful for the development of drug delivery systems and the manufacture of microarrays. Microcavities were also used as masters for the fabrication of microionizers in polydimethyl siloxane (PDMS).

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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...

  17. Evaluation of Ablation rate by the change of Sacrificial Material for PECS in EU-APR

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    EU-APR, modified and improved from its original design of APR1400, has been developed to comply with European Utility Requirements (EUR) and nuclear design requirements of the European countries. In EU-APR, Severe Accident Mitigation Systems are dedicated to providing an independent defense line from that of Engineered Safety Feature (ESF) and Diverse Safety Feature (DSF). They consist of Emergency Reactor Depressurization System (ERDS), Passive Ex-vessel corium retaining and Cooling System (PECS), Severe Accident Containment Spray System (SACSS), Hydrogen Mitigation System (HMS) and Containment Filtered Vent System (CFVS). The PECS, so called core catcher, was introduced to prevent the Molten Core Concrete Interaction (MCCI) after Reactor Vessel (RV) failure. The PECS has experienced a lot of changes from its original design. Recently, the most significant change was that as a SM, limestone concrete is installed on PECS's body wall instead of previous sacrificial material rich in Fe2O3. The main reason of this design change is to overcome the issue that the sacrificial material is ablated rather too fast when reacting with corium that contains a large fraction of Zr metal. Other changes in the geometry of PECS's wall and downcomer design are considered as minor ones. In this paper, the comparison of ablation rates between previous SM and limestone concrete is carried out using MAAP5 code with respective MCCI model according to the material. In this paper, major improvements of MAAP5 model for PECS in EU-APR are presented and the evaluation of ablation rate for the previous SM model and the new LC model is carried out by means of ablation depths with LBLOCA sequence. Two models have respective unique ablation process. The ablation of LC model proceeds at a constant rate regardless of water while the ablation of SM model proceeds at a faster rate before the arrival of cooling water for corium and SM mixture. The change of sacrificial material also takes advantages of the high gaseous content, high melting temperature and latent heat of ablation of limestone concrete. It means that the corium may be stabilized with limited concrete ablation depth so that the amount of sacrificial material to be installed on PECS can be reduced in case of using limestone concrete. In the near future, a study will be carried out to derive a 3-dimensional flux distribution based on the result of MAAP5 analysis for PECS in EU-APR

  18. Evaluation of Ablation rate by the change of Sacrificial Material for PECS in EU-APR

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    Hwang, Do Hyun; Kim, Yong Soo; Lee, Keun Sung [KHNP-CRI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

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    EU-APR, modified and improved from its original design of APR1400, has been developed to comply with European Utility Requirements (EUR) and nuclear design requirements of the European countries. In EU-APR, Severe Accident Mitigation Systems are dedicated to providing an independent defense line from that of Engineered Safety Feature (ESF) and Diverse Safety Feature (DSF). They consist of Emergency Reactor Depressurization System (ERDS), Passive Ex-vessel corium retaining and Cooling System (PECS), Severe Accident Containment Spray System (SACSS), Hydrogen Mitigation System (HMS) and Containment Filtered Vent System (CFVS). The PECS, so called core catcher, was introduced to prevent the Molten Core Concrete Interaction (MCCI) after Reactor Vessel (RV) failure. The PECS has experienced a lot of changes from its original design. Recently, the most significant change was that as a SM, limestone concrete is installed on PECS's body wall instead of previous sacrificial material rich in Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The main reason of this design change is to overcome the issue that the sacrificial material is ablated rather too fast when reacting with corium that contains a large fraction of Zr metal. Other changes in the geometry of PECS's wall and downcomer design are considered as minor ones. In this paper, the comparison of ablation rates between previous SM and limestone concrete is carried out using MAAP5 code with respective MCCI model according to the material. In this paper, major improvements of MAAP5 model for PECS in EU-APR are presented and the evaluation of ablation rate for the previous SM model and the new LC model is carried out by means of ablation depths with LBLOCA sequence. Two models have respective unique ablation process. The ablation of LC model proceeds at a constant rate regardless of water while the ablation of SM model proceeds at a faster rate before the arrival of cooling water for corium and SM mixture. The change of sacrificial material also takes advantages of the high gaseous content, high melting temperature and latent heat of ablation of limestone concrete. It means that the corium may be stabilized with limited concrete ablation depth so that the amount of sacrificial material to be installed on PECS can be reduced in case of using limestone concrete. In the near future, a study will be carried out to derive a 3-dimensional flux distribution based on the result of MAAP5 analysis for PECS in EU-APR.

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

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    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).

  20. Fabrication of low-temperature co-fired ceramics micro-fluidic devices using sacrificial carbon layers

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    Birol, Hansu; Maeder, Thomas; Jacq, Caroline; Straessler, Sigfrid; Ryser, Peter

    2005-01-01

    Ease of fabrication and design flexibility are two attractive features of low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) technology for fabrication of complex micro-fluidic devices. Such structures are designed and processed using different shaping methods, the extent and complexity of which depends on the final device specifications (dimensions, mechanical and functional properties). In this work, we propose a sacrificial layer method based on carbon-black paste, which burns out during the LTCC fi...

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

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    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)

  2. Creation of freestanding wrinkled nano-films with desired deformation properties by controlling the surface morphology of a sacrificial layer

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    Hirakata, Hiroyuki; Maruyama, Tomohiro; Yonezu, Akio; Minoshima, Kohji

    2013-05-01

    Various wrinkle patterns can be formed due to the buckling of a stiff thin film on a compliant substrate. However, most wrinkled films previously reported were fixed on a large deformable substrate and thereby the potential deformability of the film was mechanically constrained by the substrate. In this study, we developed a technique for forming various wrinkled structures on the surface of a sacrificial resin layer. Since the sacrificial layer can be subsequently removed with a solvent, freestanding wrinkled films are created using the sacrificial layer. We found that a wrinkled structure is formed on the surface of the layer by applying a compressive strain to the resin layer at the appropriate moment during the hardening process. The wrinkle pattern depends on the curing time and the timing of the straining in two in-plane orthogonal directions. In addition to conventional stripe and labyrinth patterns by simple uniaxial and equi-biaxial strains, respectively, it was found that independent biaxial strains induce interesting structures, such as an orthogonally ordered wrinkle pattern and a nonsymmetrical buckling structure, in which the stripe array produced by the first straining remains and many finer wrinkles appear in each stripe by the second straining in the orthogonal direction. We conducted tensile experiments for 300-nm-thick freestanding Cu films having these wrinkled structures. The wrinkled nano-films have a variety of mechanical properties: the stripe structure has extremely high deformability (more than 10% strain) and reversibility, the labyrinth structure shows planar isotropic deformation, and the nonsymmetrical buckling structure has an anisotropic modulus and strength. Finite element analysis on the wrinkle structures revealed that the local stress concentration dominates the fracture limits.

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

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    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...

  4. Heat Transfer Calculation of core melt diluted by oxide sacrificial material during in-vessel retention

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    Diluting the core melt with oxide sacrificial material (OSM) during in-vessel retention (IVR) is a newly proposed severe-accident-management strategy of advanced LWRs. When severe accident occurs, the relocated core melt is diluted by OSM, resulting in the inverse stratification of melt pool configuration. Therefore, the researches on the calculations of heat transfer of melt pool are essential to optimize the component of OSM and evaluate the effectiveness of the strategy. The heat flux on the vessel outer surface after diluting the core melt with Fe3O4, TiO2 and Al2O3, respectively was calculated. The results show that the structure of upper plenum will melt due to the intense heat radiation after OSM is used. The maximum heat flux on the vessel outer surface reduces with the increase of OSM. When the volume of the OSM ceramics reaches 15 m3, the reactor vessel length should be increased by approximately 2 m. In this case, the heat flux reduces about 45% compared to the reactors without OSM. Moreover, the reduction of heat flux is most pronounced as Fe3O4 is used. In addition, the melting point of UO2-ZrO2-OSM affects the appearance of a crust on the surface of the oxide mixture, which in turn influences the maximum heat flux on the vessel outer surface. (authors)

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

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    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

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

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    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 biomedical research. PMID:21383867

  7. The case for using a sacrificial layer of absorbent insulation in the design of flat and low-sloped roofing

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    Stockton, Gregory R.

    2013-05-01

    Beginning about twenty-five years ago, there was a marked increase in the number of single-ply membrane roof designs used to cover and waterproof flat and low-sloped building roofs. Over the past ten years, there has been a substantial increase in the number of installations of white and more reflective single-ply roof systems, mostly using high density cellular foam insulation in the substrate for insulation. A major factor in the increase in the popularity of these highly insulated and more reflective roof systems is the fact that many governments began offering incentives for building owners to use reflective coverings and better insulated roofs. Now, owing to the energy efficient requirements for the design and construction of new buildings put forth in ASHRAE Standard 90.1, "Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings" and the world's apparent desire to be "green" (or at least appear to be), more and more roof designs will include these reflective single-ply membranes, which use the cellular foam insulation boards to meet these requirements. Using a lower density traditional insulation will mean that the roof will have to be very thick to comply, increasing the costs of installation. High density cellular foams do not absorb water until time, vapor pressure drive, UV and thermal shock break down the foam and it becomes more absorbent. This could be 5-7 years or longer, depending on the roof construction and other factors. This means that any water that enters the roof through a breach (leak) in the membrane goes straight into the building. This is not a good consequence since the failure mode of any roof is water entering the building. Keeping the water out of the building is the purpose of the waterproofing layer. This paper reviews the techniques of moisture testing on building roofs and infrared (IR) thermography, and puts forth the idea and reasoning behind having a sacrificial layer of very absorbent insulation installed in every flat and low-sloped roof so that when a breach occurs, it can easily be found, documented and repaired during an annual infrared inspection; as IR is an effective predictive maintenance technique and condition monitoring best practice for roof maintenance.

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

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    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)

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

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    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).

  10. Structuration of thin bridge and cantilever structures in thick-film technology using mineral sacrificial materials

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    Maeder, Thomas; Jacq, Caroline; Fournier, Yannick; Hraiz, Wassim; Ryser, Peter

    2009-01-01

    Thick-film and LTCC (Low Temperature Cofired Ceramic) technologies find increasing use in meso-scale sensors, actuators and related devices that feature excellent dimensional, thermal and chemical stability at moderate cost. While several materials and processes allow fabrication of structures such as channels, membranes and relatively short bridges, obtaining slender bridges and cantilevers with good shape control for applications such as microforce sensors has hitherto remained ...

  11. High-reflectivity GaN/air vertical distributed Bragg reflectors fabricated by wet etching of sacrificial AlInN layers

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    Microstructures containing GaN/air distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) regions were fabricated by a selective wet etch to remove sacrificial AlInN layers from GaNAlInN multilayers. The epitaxial multilayers were grown on free-standing GaN substrates, and contained AlInN essentially lattice matched with GaN in order to minimize strain. Two geometries were defined for study by standard lithographic techniques and dry etching: cylindrical pillars and doubly anchored rectangular bridges. Microreflectivity spectra were recorded from the air-gap DBRs, and indicated peak reflectivities exceeding 70% for a typical 3-period microbridge. These values are likely to be limited by the small scale of the features in comparison with the measurement spot. The stopband in this case was centred at 409 nm, and the reflectivity exceeded 90% of the maximum over 73 nm. Simulations of reflectance spectra, including iterations to layer thicknesses, gave insight into the tolerances achievable in processing, in particular indicating bounds on the parasitic removal of GaN layers during wet etching. Air-gap nitride DBRs as described can be further developed in various ways, including adaptation for electrostatic tuning, incorporation into microcavities, and integration with active emitters. (rapid communication)

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

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    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.

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

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    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 siliceous aggregates are sustained due to differential thermal expansion of minerals and chemical invasion of inter-granular structures. Limestone, on the other hand, was mostly stable, and its thermal performance was affected by the fraction of deleterious accessory minerals present in it. Combined action of corrosive NaOH and heat induced cracks in hot sodium environment at 550 °C may lead to more drastic degradation of concrete with siliceous aggregate than with limestone aggregate

  14. Building biomedical materials layer-by-layer

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    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.

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

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

    2014-01-01

    Use of high-? 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 (SixNy) 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 SixNy 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

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

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    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

  17. Liquid phase epitaxy monocrystalline silicon thin film on sacrificial layers for carrying out cheap photovoltaic devices; Croissance de silicium monocristallin en couche mince par epitaxie en phase liquide sur couches sacrificielles pour report sur substrat faible cout pour applications photovoltaiques

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    Berger, S.

    2003-07-01

    This work deals with the use of sacrificial layers obtained by liquid phase epitaxy for manufacturing solar cells. Three kinds of sacrificial layers are studied: the macroporous silicon or grids, the nano-porous silicon and the layers embrittled by ionic implantation. The macroporous silicon allows to control the porosity and then the embrittlement of the layer. It is easily transferable and detachable. The used substrate is recyclable. The transfer is carried out before the growth. A study on silicon for allowing an electrochemical attack has been carried out. The wished characteristics of the grids have been defined in order to be able to make a growth above it. The transfer, followed by the growth, has been carried out. The orientation of the support being (100), the morphology of the layer is an assembly of pyramids. The adjustment of the parameters allows to improve the coalescence between the pyramids. During this work, a phenomenon has been observed: the consumption of the growth substrate silicon. A study has been carried out on SOI supports for adjusting the growth parameters. In order to decrease the costs, it has been considered to carry out the epitaxy before the transfer. The nano-porous silicon layers have then appeared as the continuity of the study. The characteristics of this porous silicon have been studied to allow the detachment of the epitaxied layer. The layers obtained on the substrate (100) are formed of pyramids whose coalescence depends of the parameters of the epitaxy. On the substrate (111), the layers obtained are continuous and homogeneous and the detachment is carried out. Another solution is to adapt the SMART-CUT ionic implantation technique to the photovoltaic field. (O.M.)

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

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    Birol, Hansu; Maeder, Thomas; Ryser, Peter

    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 ...

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

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    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.

  20. Sacrificial bridges for MEMS fabrication

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    This study discusses sacrificial bridges that are used to release MEMS devices. Before being released, sacrificial bridges connect all the component structures into an integral structure. Solder bump bonding is used to mount the MEMS chip on another chip or a printed circuit board (PCB) and to maintain the alignment among all component structures after removal of the sacrificial bridges. Two types of sacrificial bridges were designed, analyzed and fabricated. The fabrication process—which used low resistivity single crystal silicon (SCS) wafers as the device material—was developed to implement the sacrificial bridges. Novel SCS through silicon vias (TSVs), which interconnect stacked chips, was made using the same process. An electrostatic comb drive actuator was fabricated and mounted onto a PCB. The fabricated actuator was tested to demonstrate the feasibility of the fabrication process, sacrificial bridges and SCS TSVs. The results show that the actuator worked well. Its maximum displacement and resonant frequency were 69.9 µm and 406 Hz, respectively. This method is promising for the delivery of a novel 3D system in package for MEMS devices

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

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    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.

  2. Surface micromachined PDMS microfluidic devices fabricated using a sacrificial photoresist

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    Ganapathy Subramani, Balasubramanian; Selvaganapathy, Ponnambalam Ravi

    2009-01-01

    PDMS is a widely used material for construction of microfluidic devices. The traditional PDMS microfabrication process, although versatile, cannot be used to form microfluidic devices with embedded tall topological features, such as thick-film electrodes and porous reactor beds. This paper presents an elegant surface micromachining process for microfluidic devices that allows complete leak-proof sealing and a conformal contact of the PDMS with tall pre-existing topographical features and demonstrates this approach by embedding 6 m thick Ag/AgCl (high capacity 1680 A s) electrodes inside the microchannels. In this process, thin spin-cast films of the PDMS are used as the structural material and a photoresist is used as the sacrificial material. A crucial parameter, namely adhesion of the spun-cast structural layer to the substrate, was characterized for different pre-polymer ratios using a standard tensile test, and a 1:3 (curing agent:base) combination was found to be the best with a maximum adhesion strength of 7.2 MPa. The elastic property of the PDMS allowed extremely fast release times of ~1 min of the fabricated microchannels. The versatility of this process was demonstrated by the fabrication of a pneumatic microvalve with multi-layered microchannel geometry. The valve closure occurred at 6.37 kPa. Preliminary results of this paper have been presented at the Canadian Workshop on MEMS and Microfluidics, Montral, Canada, August 2007.

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

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    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

  4. LTCC free-standing structures with mineral sacrificial paste

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    Fournier, Yannick; Triverio, Olivier; Maeder, Thomas; Ryser, Peter

    2008-01-01

    In this work, mineral sacrificial pastes (MSP) previously developed for standard thick-film technology (alumina substrates) are extended to LTCC in order to make a capacitive anemometer. Application of MSP materials on free-sintering (unconstrained and not zero-shrinkage) LTCC is challenging: shrinkage must be matched to that of the LTCC in order to avoid excessive deformation, or sufficiently compliant materials must be used. Here, different MSP materials / materials systems are...

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

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    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)

  6. Thin film of Poly(acrylic acid-co-allyl acrylate as a Sacrificial Protective Layer for Hydrophilic Self Cleaning Glass

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    J?nis Lejnieks

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Poly(acrylic acid-co-allyl acrylate statistical copolymers were synthesized in a controlled manner in two steps: first tert.butyl acrylate and allyl acrylate were polymerized via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP and afterwords the tert.butyl protective groups were removed via hydrolysis. Samples of self cleaning glass (SCG were coated with thin films of poly(acrylic acid-co-allyl acrylate and cross-linked afterwards by UV irradiation (in the presence of a photoinitiator and an accelerator. Solution cast thin films were transparent and homogeneous before and after UV cross-linking. The irradiated samples were found to be hydrophilic (? < 20 and water insoluble. The coating prevented the spontaneous hydrophobization of the SCG by residual silicon exhaled from the sealing material. The TiO2 photocatalyst that covers the glass surface was found to strip the protective coating. The rate of the photooxidation process was measured by IR spectroscopy. The real field performance of the protective coating was also tested.

  7. Preparation and application of minerals-based sacrificial pastes for fabrication of LTCC structures

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    Birol, Hansu; Maeder, Thomas; Ryser, Peter

    2006-01-01

    This work presents the preliminary results on application of mineral sacrificial layer that is prepared to structure LTCC (low temperature co-fired ceramic). The proposed method suggests utilization of a sacrificial paste, which remains "permanent" during firing and later removed by chemical dissolution, thus providing an effective support throughout the firing. The paste is based on a mixture of B2O3 and alkaline earth oxides and screen-printed on an LTCC sheet that is laminated with additio...

  8. Preface "Layer silicate materials and clays"

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    Valdre, G.

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Here we report the preface entitled "Layer silicate materials and clays" related to the 14th International Clay Conference, Castellaneta Marina, Italy, June 2009. A special issue of the Philosophical Magazine collects some selected works of ?Clay Science? with the purpose to show the wide range of applications and/or new fields, or recent relevant achievements in traditional, well-established subjects, or prospects of future developments, all related to material sciences.

  9. Nano transfer and nanoreplication using deterministically grown sacrificial nanotemplates

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    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.

  10. Layered zeolite materials and methods related thereto

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    Tsapatsis, Michael; Maheshwari, Sudeep; Bates, Frank S; Koros, William J

    2013-08-06

    A novel oxide material (MIN-I) comprising YO.sub.2; and X.sub.2O.sub.3, wherein Y is a tetravalent element and X is a trivalent element, wherein X/Y=O or Y/X=30 to 100 is provided. Surprisingly, MIN-I can be reversibly deswollen. MIN-I can further be combined with a polymer to produce a nanocomposite, depolymerized to produce predominantly fully exfoliated layers (MIN-2), and pillared to produce a pillared oxide material (MIN-3), analogous to MCM-36. The materials are useful in a wide range of applications, such as catalysts, thin films, membranes, and coatings.

  11. Acoustic cloaking using layered pentamode materials.

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    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

  12. Condenser optic with sacrificial reflective surface

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    Tichenor, Daniel A.; Kubiak, Glenn D.; Lee, Sung Hun

    2007-07-03

    Employing collector optics that has a sacrificial reflective surface can significantly prolong the useful life of the collector optics and the overall performance of the condenser in which the collector optics are incorporated. The collector optics is normally subject to erosion by debris from laser plasma source of radiation. The presence of an upper sacrificial reflective surface over the underlying reflective surface effectively increases the life of the optics while relaxing the constraints on the radiation source. Spatial and temporally varying reflectivity that results from the use of the sacrificial reflective surface can be accommodated by proper condenser design.

  13. Capillary flow in sacrificially etched nanochannels

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    Hamblin, Mark N.; Hawkins, Aaron R.; Murray, Dallin; Maynes, Daniel; Lee, Milton L.; Woolley, Adam T.; Tolley, H. Dennis

    2011-01-01

    Planar nanochannels are fabricated using sacrificial etching technology with sacrificial cores consisting of aluminum, chromium, and germanium, with heights ranging from 18 to 98 nm. Transient filling via capillary action is compared against the Washburn equation [E. W. Washburn, Phys. Rev. 17, 273 (1921)], showing experimental filling speeds significantly lower than classical continuum theory predicts. Departure from theory is expressed in terms of a varying dynamic contact angle, reaching v...

  14. Electrically actuated sacrificial membranes for valving in microsystems

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    Allain, M.; Berthier, J.; Basrour, S.; Pouteau, P.

    2010-03-01

    Valving is essential to microflow circuits and networks in microsystem technology. Many different types of valves have been designed and fabricated. Membranes of sacrificial material have already been designed for one-shot valving. However, the new design proposed here, based on sacrificial micro-membranes with embedded electrodes, has the advantages of being efficient, easily controllable and requiring very low energy levels. We have shown that a 100 µm × 100 µm × 500 nm Si3N4 membrane with a platinum electrode can be actuated to break up with an energy input of only 6 µJ, during an actuation time of 200 µs. At rest, in the absence of actuation, such membranes can withstand a pressure of 1 bar. The goal of the development of such membranes is to hydrodynamically connect, one by one, a series of initially isolated micro-chambers implemented in a silicon chip.

  15. Radionuclide separations using pillared layered materials

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    This is the final report of a two-year Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Pillared Layered Materials (PLMs) are layered inorganic ion exchangers propped apart by metal oxide pillars. PLMs have been synthesized to sorb strontium from liquid nuclear wastes. A study that compared over 60 sorbers for their ability to sorb strontium from Hanford simulants showed that PLMs were the best sorbers; strontium distribution coefficients (SrKd) > 20000 mL/g were obtained. In addition, PLMs showed a high degree of selectivity for strontium over cesium, transition metals, lanthanides and actinides. The sorption of strontium is, however, inhibited by complexants (EDTA); SrKd values drop to d values for Sr2+ and Ba2+ show a strong pH dependence; Kd values increase to >104 above pH 12. The general surface complexation mechanism explains the sorption of these cations on PLMs

  16. Protective nitrided layers for thermonuclear reactor materials

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    Radiation resistance and hydrogen permeability of nitrided layer of steel 08Kh18N10T-perspective material for the first wall of thermonuclear reactor-have been investigated. The nitrided layer was produced in the flow of high-purity nitrogen at 1000 deg C for 80 min, 8h 10 min and 22 h; diffusion zones 50, 150 and 200 ?m wide respectively were obtained. It is established, that irradiation with helium and hydrogen ions at 400-450 deg C by the doses up to 5x1019 cm-1 practically does not change the sample surface. The zone of internal nitridation, containing fine dispersed particles of Cr2N, decreases noticeally the steel hydrogen permeability

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

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    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.

  18. Optical modulators with 2D layered materials

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    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.

  19. Layered Atom Arrangements in Complex Materials

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    K.E. Sikafus; R.W.Grimes; S.M.Corish; A.R. Cleave; M.Tang; C.R.Stanek; B.P. Uberuaga; J.A.Valdez

    2005-04-15

    In this report, we develop an atom layer stacking model to describe systematically the crystal structures of complex materials. To illustrate the concepts, we consider a sequence of oxide compounds in which the metal cations progress in oxidation state from monovalent (M{sup 1+}) to tetravalent (M{sup 4+}). We use concepts relating to geometric subdivisions of a triangular atom net to describe the layered atom patterns in these compounds (concepts originally proposed by Shuichi Iida). We demonstrate that as a function of increasing oxidation state (from M{sup 1+} to M{sup 4+}), the layer stacking motifs used to generate each successive structure (specifically, motifs along a 3 symmetry axis), progress through the following sequence: MMO, MO, M{sub r}O, MO{sub r/s}O{sub u/v}, MOO (where M and O represent fully dense triangular atom nets and r/s and u/v are fractions used to describe partially filled triangular atom nets). We also develop complete crystallographic descriptions for the compounds in our oxidation sequence using trigonal space group R{bar 3}.

  20. Atomic layer deposition of metal sulfide materials.

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    Dasgupta, Neil P; Meng, Xiangbo; Elam, Jeffrey W; Martinson, Alex B F

    2015-02-17

    CONSPECTUS: The field of nanoscience is delivering increasingly intricate yet elegant geometric structures incorporating an ever-expanding palette of materials. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is a powerful driver of this field, providing exceptionally conformal coatings spanning the periodic table and atomic-scale precision independent of substrate geometry. This versatility is intrinsic to ALD and results from sequential and self-limiting surface reactions. This characteristic facilitates digital synthesis, in which the film grows linearly with the number of reaction cycles. While the majority of ALD processes identified to date produce metal oxides, novel applications in areas such as energy storage, catalysis, and nanophotonics are motivating interest in sulfide materials. Recent progress in ALD of sulfides has expanded the diversity of accessible materials as well as a more complete understanding of the unique chalcogenide surface chemistry. ALD of sulfide materials typically uses metalorganic precursors and hydrogen sulfide (H2S). As in oxide ALD, the precursor chemistry is critical to controlling both the film growth and properties including roughness, crystallinity, and impurity levels. By modification of the precursor sequence, multicomponent sulfides have been deposited, although challenges remain because of the higher propensity for cation exchange reactions, greater diffusion rates, and unintentional annealing of this more labile class of materials. A deeper understanding of these surface chemical reactions has been achieved through a combination of in situ studies and quantum-chemical calculations. As this understanding matures, so does our ability to deterministically tailor film properties to new applications and more sophisticated devices. This Account highlights the attributes of ALD chemistry that are unique to metal sulfides and surveys recent applications of these materials in photovoltaics, energy storage, and photonics. Within each application space, the benefits and challenges of novel ALD processes are emphasized and common trends are summarized. We conclude with a perspective on potential future directions for metal chalcogenide ALD as well as untapped opportunities. Finally, we consider challenges that must be addressed prior to implementing ALD metal sulfides into future device architectures. PMID:25581295

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

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    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...

  2. Alternating Current Corrosion of Aluminium Sacrificial Anodes

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    Forthun, Kari

    2013-01-01

    Direct Electric Heating (DEH) is applied to subsea oil production and transmission pipelines to prevent freezing of hydrates as wax during productions shut downs. To prevent clogging, the pipes are heated by application of alternating current (AC) voltage. As a result, a risk for AC corrosion is introduced, which is the motivation and subject of this thesis. The steel pipes are coated and applied conventional cathodic protection (CP) by use of AlZnIn sacrificial anodes. The present work focus...

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

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    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.

  4. Quantifying the Stacking Registry Matching in Layered Materials

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    Hod, Oded

    2010-01-01

    A detailed account of a recently developed method [Marom et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 046801 (2010)] to quantify the registry mismatch in layered materials is presented. The registry index, which was originally defined for planar hexagonal boron-nitride, is extended to treat graphitic systems and generalized to describe multi-layered nanotubes. It is shown that using simple geometric considerations it is possible to capture the complex physical features of interlayer sliding in layered materials. The intuitive nature of the presented model and the efficiency of the related computations suggest that the method can be used as a powerful characterization tool for interlayer interactions in complex layered systems.

  5. Examples of material solutions in bimetallic layered castings

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    S. Tenerowicz; M. Cholewa; T. Wróbela

    2011-01-01

    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...

  6. Compressive Failure Mechanisms in Layered Materials

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    Sørensen, Kim Dalsten

    kink bands. The present thesis falls into two parts dealing with the two failure modes. In the first part of the thesis the effects of system geometry on buckling driven delamination is investigated. Previous work has focused on buckling driven delamination of surface layers on flat substrates or on...... 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...

  7. Layer like porous materials with hierarchical structure

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    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

  8. Nanoprocessing of layered crystalline materials by atomic force microscopy

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    Miyake, Shojiro; Wang, Mei

    2015-03-01

    By taking advantage of the mechanical anisotropy of crystalline materials, processing at a single-layer level can be realized for layered crystalline materials with periodically weak bonds. Mica (muscovite), graphite, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), and boron nitride have layered structures, and there is little interaction between the cleavage planes existing in the basal planes of these materials. Moreover, it is easy to image the atoms on the basal plane, where the processed shape can be observed on the atomic level. This study reviews research evaluating the nanometer-scale wear and friction as well as the nanometer-scale mechanical processing of muscovite using atomic force microscopy (AFM). It also summarizes recent AFM results obtained by our research group regarding the atomic-scale mechanical processing of layered materials including mica, graphite, MoS2, and highly oriented pyrolytic graphite.

  9. Method for depositing layers of high quality semiconductor material

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    Guha, Subhendu (Troy, MI); Yang, Chi C. (Troy, MI)

    2001-08-14

    Plasma deposition of substantially amorphous semiconductor materials is carried out under a set of deposition parameters which are selected so that the process operates near the amorphous/microcrystalline threshold. This threshold varies as a function of the thickness of the depositing semiconductor layer; and, deposition parameters, such as diluent gas concentrations, must be adjusted as a function of layer thickness. Also, this threshold varies as a function of the composition of the depositing layer, and in those instances where the layer composition is profiled throughout its thickness, deposition parameters must be adjusted accordingly so as to maintain the amorphous/microcrystalline threshold.

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

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    Rahmathullah, Aflal M.; Jason Robinette, E.; Chen Hong; Elabd, Yossef A. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Drexel University, PA 19104 (United States); Palmese, Giuseppe R. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Drexel University, PA 19104 (United States)], E-mail: palmese@coe.drexel.edu

    2007-12-15

    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.

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

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    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

  12. Ablative Laser Propulsion Using Multi-Layered Material Systems

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    Nehls, Mary; Edwards, David; Gray, Perry; Schneider, T.

    2002-01-01

    Experimental investigations are ongoing to study the force imparted to materials when subjected to laser ablation. When a laser pulse of sufficient energy density impacts a material, a small amount of the material is ablated. A torsion balance is used to measure the momentum produced by the ablation process. The balance consists of a thin metal wire with a rotating pendulum suspended in the middle. The wire is fixed at both ends. Recently, multi-layered material systems were investigated. These multi-layered materials were composed of a transparent front surface and opaque sub surface. The laser pulse penetrates the transparent outer surface with minimum photon loss and vaporizes the underlying opaque layer.

  13. Examples of material solutions in bimetallic layered castings

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    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.

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

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    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.

  15. A Cosserat multiparticle model for periodically layered materials

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    Lebee, Arthur; Sab, Karam

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, the Cosserat multiparticle model (CM2) for 3D periodically layered materials is proposed in order to reproduce both size and boundary effects in these materials. This model can handle n- phase periodically layered materials with 4n+1 kinematic variables at each 3D geometric point: two in-plane displacements and two rotations per phase plus one common out-of-plane displacement. The model gives excellent agreement with full finite element results for out-of-plane shearing.

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

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    Zhang, Jiawei; Song, Lirong; Madsen, Georg K. H.; Færch Fischer, Karl Frederik; Zhang, Wenqing; Shi, Xun; Iversen, Bo Brummerstedt

    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 minimizing the crystal field splitting energy of orbitals to realize high orbital degeneracy. The approach...

  17. Thermodynamics of sacrificial deoxidation of refractory metals

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    Sacrificial deoxidation via suboxide evaporation at high temperature and vacuum is one of the most important techniques for the purification of many refractory metals. A theoretical thermodynamic approach has been attempted to assess and examine the deoxidation tendencies of refractory metals of groups IV and V. Based on the thermodynamic data available for gaseous suboxides and reported or estimated values of oxygen activities in the metals, vapour pressures of suboxides have been calculated and plotted as a function of temperature and oxygen content of the metal. From these data it has been possible to estimate: (1) the extent of deoxidation, (2) the vaporization loss of metal during deoxidation, and (3) the rate of deoxidation. Calculations have also been made for ternary systems such as Nb-Zr-O and Ta-Hf-O. The calculated values are compared with the reported values based on the experimental observations. (author)

  18. Contact mechanics of layered elastic materials: experiment and theory

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    This paper reports an experimental and theoretical investigation of the indentation of a layered elastic solid, with special reference to the surface force apparatus (SFA). The contacting surfaces of the SFA comprise a 3-layer material: a thin mica surface layer on a thicker epoxy layer supported by a thick silica substrate. An existing finite element analysis of the deformation of ideal mica/epoxy/silica surfaces used in the SFA is adapted to compare with the experimental measurements of the variation of contact size with load, both with and without adhesion at the interface. This is in marked difference to the Johnson, Kendall and Roberts (JKR) theory for homogeneous solids. Experiments and finite element calculations were also carried out on the elastic indentation of a thin (5.5 μm) layer of mica on a very thick layer of epoxy (>100 μm). As input data for the calculations, the elastic moduli of the mica and epoxy were measured in separate indentation experiments. The stiffness of a layered solid can be expressed by an 'effective modulus' Ee*, which has been deduced from the experimental measurements and compared with the theoretical values with fair success. The work of adhesion is commonly measured in the SFA by observing the 'pull-off force' to separate the surfaces. The theory shows that, for a layered solid, the pull-force can vary significantly from the JKR value for a homogeneous solid. In particular, it was found that the mica surface energy, γsv, measured by SFA experiments using crossed cylinders of mean radius R, where the materials are layered and the mica/mica adhesion is high, can vary with the pull-off force Fp according to Fp/4πR sv p/2πR, and for this particular experiment was given as γsv = Fp/3.5 πR as compared with γsv = Fp/3πR for homogeneous materials

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

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    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

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    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 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. PMID:26948043

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

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    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.

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

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    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 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. PMID:26948043

  3. Visibility of two-dimensional layered materials on various substrates

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    Mller, M. R.; Gumprich, A.; Ecik, E.; Kallis, K. T.; Winkler, F.; Kardynal, B.; Petrov, I.; Kunze, U.; Knoch, J.

    2015-10-01

    For the investigation of 2D layered materials such as graphene, transition-metal dichalcogenides, boron nitride, and their heterostructures, dedicated substrates are required to enable unambiguous identification through optical microscopy. A systematic study is conducted, focusing on various 2D layered materials and substrates. The simulated colors are displayed and compared with microscopy images. Additionally, the issue of defining an appropriate index for measuring the degree of visibility is discussed. For a wide range of substrate stacks, layer thicknesses for optimum visibility are given along with the resulting sRGB colors. Further simulations of customized stacks can be conducted using our simulation tool, which is available for download and contains a database featuring a wide range of materials.

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

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    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.

  5. An investigation into workability of the cover layer materials

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    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 variation of cover layer materials, the same caused by continuous mixing process, and the need of further investigations and designing into/of the comprehensive cover layer systems, including the capillary-break layer, etc. (author)

  6. Toughening elastomers with sacrificial bonds and watching them break

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    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

  7. Optical Phonon Limited High Field Transport in Layered Materials

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    Chandrasekar, Hareesh; Ganapathi, Kolla L.; Bhattacharjee, Shubhadeep; Bhat, Navakanta; Nath, Digbijoy N.

    2015-01-01

    An optical phonon limited velocity model has been employed to investigate high-field transport in a selection of layered 2D materials for both, low-power logic switches with scaled supply voltages, and high-power, high-frequency transistors. Drain currents, effective electron velocities and intrinsic cut-off frequencies as a function of carrier density have been predicted thus providing a benchmark for the optical phonon limited high-field performance limits of these materials. The optical ph...

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

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    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...

  9. Electronic transport properties of few-layer graphene materials

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    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...

  10. The effect of gamma irradiation on few layered graphene materials

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    Ansn Casaos, Alejandro; Purtolas, J. A.; Pascual, F.J.; Hernndez-Ferrer, J.; Castell, Pere; Benito,Ana M.; Maser, Wolfgang K.; Martnez, M. Teresa

    2014-01-01

    The effect of -irradiation on the structure and composition of chemically synthesized few-layered graphene materials was studied. Fully oxidized graphene oxide and graphene nanoribbons, as well as their respective chemically post-reduced forms, were treated under -irradiation in an air-sealed environment. Three different irradiation doses of 60, 90 and 150 kGy were applied. Structure and composition of the irradiated materials were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier...

  11. Mechanics of freely-suspended ultrathin layered materials

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    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)

  12. Thin layer laser bonding using spin-on-glass materials

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    We developed and characterized a new laser bonding process with a nano adhesive layer for transparent materials. The adhesive is spin-coated on a glass substrate and cured locally with a focused laser beam. The minimum viscosity of the adhesive is very low, so that a thin layer only a few hundred nanometers thick can be coated on a cover substrate. Laser irradiation from a Nd:YAG laser system with a wavelength of 1064 nm is employed as the curing source for the localized nano layer bonding process. The measured thickness of the bonding layer is in the range of 400 nm to 3 ?m. This process can be applied to the nano or micro bonding of various transparent systems such as flat panel displays, biochips, and heat-sensitive microelectronics. We present experimental results and discuss the process characteristics

  13. Hydrogen retention in ITER relevant mixed material layers

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    D retention in mixed layers of ITER first wall materials, i.e. Be2C (prepared by annealing C film on Be substrate sample at 773 K), Be12W (by annealing W film on Be substrate at 1073 K) and tungsten carbide (by annealing W film on graphite substrate annealed at 1373 K) was investigated under controlled laboratory conditions. D retention in Be2C and Be12W layers was similar to that of Be rather than that of graphite or W respectively, while D retention in tungsten carbide layers was similar to that of polycrystalline W rather than that of graphite. The fluence dependence of the retained D fraction in each mixed layer showed no clear saturation in the experimentally accessible implantation fluence range (23 D/m2), and increased with incident fluence as ??0.2 in Be2C, Be12W and ??0.5 in tungsten carbide.

  14. A 3D interconnected microchannel network formed in gelatin by sacrificial shellac microfibers

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    Leon M. Bellan; Pearsall, Matthew; Cropek, Donald; Langer, Robert

    2012-01-01

    3D microfluidic networks are fabricated in a gelatin hydrogel using sacrificial melt-spun microfibers made from a material with pH-dependent solubility. The fibers, after being embedded within the gel, can be removed by changing the gel pH to induce dissolution. This process is performed in an entirely aqueous environment, avoiding extreme temperatures, low pressures, and toxic organic solvents.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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...

  18. 10th International School of Materials Science and Technology : Intercalation in Layered Materials "Ettore Majorana"

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    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...

  19. Optical modulators with two-dimensional layered materials

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    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.

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

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    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

  1. Optical modulators with two-dimensional layered materials

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    Sun, Zhipei; Martinez, Amos; 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...

  2. Sacrificial template method of fabricating a nanotube

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    Yang, Peidong (Berkeley, CA); He, Rongrui (Berkeley, CA); Goldberger, Joshua (Berkeley, CA); Fan, Rong (El Cerrito, CA); Wu, Yi-Ying (Albany, CA); Li, Deyu (Albany, CA); Majumdar, Arun (Orinda, CA)

    2007-05-01

    Methods of fabricating uniform nanotubes are described in which nanotubes were synthesized as sheaths over nanowire templates, such as using a chemical vapor deposition process. For example, single-crystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires are utilized as templates over which gallium nitride (GaN) is epitaxially grown. The ZnO templates are then removed, such as by thermal reduction and evaporation. The completed single-crystalline GaN nanotubes preferably have inner diameters ranging from 30 nm to 200 nm, and wall thicknesses between 5 and 50 nm. Transmission electron microscopy studies show that the resultant nanotubes are single-crystalline with a wurtzite structure, and are oriented along the direction. The present invention exemplifies single-crystalline nanotubes of materials with a non-layered crystal structure. Similar "epitaxial-casting" approaches could be used to produce arrays and single-crystalline nanotubes of other solid materials and semiconductors. Furthermore, the fabrication of multi-sheath nanotubes are described as well as nanotubes having multiple longitudinal segments.

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

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    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

  4. Nanotubes Motion on Layered Materials: A Registry Perspective

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    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...

  5. Self assembled multi-layer nanocomposite of graphene and metal oxide materials

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    Liu, Jun; Choi, Daiwon; Kou, Rong; Nie, Zimin; Wang, Donghai; Yang, Zhenguo

    2014-09-16

    Nanocomposite materials having at least two layers, each layer consisting of one metal oxide bonded to at least one graphene layer were developed. The nanocomposite materials will typically have many alternating layers of metal oxides and graphene layers, bonded in a sandwich type construction and will be incorporated into an electrochemical or energy storage device.

  6. Self assembled multi-layer nanocomposite of graphene and metal oxide materials

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    Liu, Jun; Aksay, Ilhan A; Choi, Daiwon; Kou, Rong; Nie, Zimin; Wang, Donghai; Yang, Zhenguo

    2015-04-28

    Nanocomposite materials having at least two layers, each layer consisting of one metal oxide bonded to at least one graphene layer were developed. The nanocomposite materials will typically have many alternating layers of metal oxides and graphene layers, bonded in a sandwich type construction and will be incorporated into an electrochemical or energy storage device.

  7. Sacrificial bonds in stacked-cup carbon nanofibers: biomimetic toughening mechanisms for composite systems.

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    Palmeri, Marc J; Putz, Karl W; Brinson, L Catherine

    2010-07-27

    Many natural composites, such as nacre or bone, achieve exceptional toughening enhancements through the rupture of noncovalent secondary bonds between chain segments in the organic phase. This "sacrificial bond" rupture dissipates enormous amounts of energy and reveals significant hidden lengths due to unraveling of the highly coiled macromolecules, leaving the structural integrity of their covalent backbones intact to large extensions. In this work, we present the first evidence of similar sacrificial bond mechanisms in the inorganic phase of composites using inexpensive stacked-cup carbon nanofibers (CNF), which are composed of helically coiled graphene sheets with graphitic spacing between adjacent layers. These CNFs are dispersed in a series of high-performance epoxy systems containing trifunctional and tetrafunctional resins, which are traditionally difficult to toughen in light of their highly cross-linked networks. Nonetheless, the addition of only 0.68 wt % CNF yields toughness enhancements of 43-112% for the various blends. Analysis of the relevant toughening mechanisms reveals two heretofore unseen mechanisms using sacrificial bonds that complement the observed crack deflection, rupture, and debonding/pullout that are common to many composite systems. First, embedded nanofibers can splay discretely between adjacent graphitic layers in the side walls; second, crack-bridging nanofibers can unravel continuously. Both of these mechanisms entail the dissipation of the pi-pi interactions between layers in the side walls without compromising the structural integrity of the graphene sheets. Moreover, increases in electrical conductivity of approximately 7-10 orders of magnitude were found, highlighting the multifunctionality of CNFs as reinforcements for the design of tough, inexpensive nanocomposites with improved electrical properties. PMID:20568708

  8. Evaluation of layer-by-layer graphene structures as supercapacitor electrode materials

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    Zang, Xiaobei; Li, Peixu; Chen, Qiao; Wang, Kunlin; Wei, Jinquan; Wu, Dehai; Zhu, Hongwei

    2014-01-01

    Very less attention has been paid recently to the electrochemical properties of graphene films with intrinsic flat structure prepared by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). In this work, button supercapacitors were fabricated using ionic liquid as electrolytes and layer-by-layer graphene structures as electrodes. The specific capacitances of the supercapacitors increased with the increase of layer number. The areal specific capacitance of ten-layer graphene supercapacitor was 0.29 mF/cm2 at the scan rate of 50 mV/s, which was about three times of that of monolayer graphene supercapacitor (0.1 mF/cm2). The sandwiched multi-layer structures with oxide deposition further improved the device performance. However, the polycrystalline nature of CVD-grown graphene films introduced structural instability during charge-discharge process, resulting in degraded capacitive performance and cycling stability. Our results suggest that graphene films with intrinsic "in-plane" structure might not be ideal candidates for electrode materials.

  9. Theoretical fracture criterion of the layered elastic composite materials

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    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.

  10. Models of failure in compression of layered materials

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    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.......Compressive failure of fibre reinforced or layered materials by fibre kinking, matrix splitting and fibre/matrix debonding is analysed, The main focus is on brittle matrix composites, however, the analysis of effects due to debonding is carried out in a general framework allowing for arbitrary time...

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

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    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

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

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    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, complex coaxial Al2O3/ZnO/Al2O3 multilayed microtubular structure is fabricated, which provides an unique platform to study the solid state reaction and diffusion process (Kirkendall Effect) between Al2 O3 shells and the confined middle ZnO layers by annealing the samples at 700C. (6) The extension of ALD-MLD process of polyamides, zinc hybrid, aminosilane self assembly monolayers were studied by various techniques to illustrate the surface reaction mechanism.

  13. Failure modes and materials design for biomechanical layer structures

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    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) and strength (400--1400MPa): Y-TZP zirconia, InCeram alumina and Empress II glass-ceramic. Explicit relations for the critical loads P to produce these different damage modes in bilayer and trilayer structures are developed in terms of basic material properties (modulus E, strength, hardness H and toughness T) and geometrical variables (thickness d and contact sphere radius r). These experimentally validated relations are used to design of optimal material combinations for improved fracture resistance and to predict mechanical performance of current dental materials.

  14. Utilization of Industrial Waste Material in GSB Layer

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    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.

  15. Ion doping of surface layers in conducting electrical materials

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    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)

  16. Layered cathode materials for lithium ion rechargeable batteries

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    Kang, Sun-Ho (Naperville, IL); Amine, Khalil (Downers Grove, IL)

    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.

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

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    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)

  18. Ultra-thin Materials from Atomic Layer Deposition for Microbolometers

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    Eigenfeld, Nathan Thomas

    This research focuses on the incorporation of atomic layer deposition (ALD) materials into microbolometer devices for infrared (IR) imaging. Microbolometers are suspended micro-electromechanical (MEMS) devices, which respond electrically to absorbed IR radiation. By minimizing the heat capacity (thermal mass) of these devices, their performance may be substantially improved. Thus, implementing ultra-thin freestanding ALD materials into microbolometer devices will offer a substantial reduction in the overall heat capacity of the device. A novel nanofabrication method is developed to produce robust ultra-thin suspended structures from ALD generated materials including W, Ru and Al2O 3. Unique aspects of ALD such as high conformality offer the ability to create 3-dimensional structures with mechanical reinforcement. Additionally, the ability to tune residual stresses via atomically precise thickness control enables the fabrication of flat suspended structures. Since microbolometer elements are electro-thermally active, the electro-thermal properties of ultra-thin ALD W, Ru and Al2O3 are investigated. Several distinct deviations from bulk electro-thermal properties of resistivity, temperature coefficient of resistance, thermal conductivity and specific heat capacity are identified and interpreted with traditional nanoscale transport modeling and theory. For example, for ALD W, the electrical resistivity is increased by up to 99%, thermal conductivity is reduced by up to 91% and specific heat capacity increased 70% from bulk. Finally, the developed ALD nano-fabrication process and measured ALD material properties are combined to fabricate an industrial level, state-of-the-art microbolometer pixel structure with 1.4X performance improvement. Further microbolomter performance enhancements based on the developed nanofabrication methods and electro-thermal measurements are discussed.

  19. Sacrificial bonds and hidden length in biomaterials -- a kinetic, constitutive description of strength and toughness in bone

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    Lieou, Charles K C; Carlson, Jean M

    2013-01-01

    Sacrificial bonds and hidden length in structural molecules account for the greatly increased fracture toughness of biological materials compared to synthetic materials without such structural features, by providing a molecular-scale mechanism for energy dissipation. One example is in the polymeric glue connection between collagen fibrils in animal bone. In this paper, we propose a simple kinetic model that describes the breakage of sacrificial bonds and the release of hidden length, based on Bell's theory. We postulate a master equation governing the rates of bond breakage and formation. This enables us to predict the mechanical behavior of a quasi-one-dimensional ensemble of polymers at different stretching rates. We find that both the rupture peak heights and maximum stretching distance increase with the stretching rate. In addition, our theory naturally permits the possibility of self-healing in such biological structures.

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

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    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.

  1. Bioactive gyroid scaffolds formed by sacrificial templating of nanocellulose and nanochitin hydrogels as instructive platforms for biomimetic tissue engineering.

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

    2015-05-20

    A sacrificial templating process using lithographically printed minimal surface structures allows complex de novo geo-metries 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. PMID:25833165

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

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    Ludovic F. Dumee; Fenghua She; Mikel Duke; Stephen Gray,; Peter Hodgson; Lingxue Kong

    2014-01-01

    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% h...

  3. Estimation of stresses in layers of dentures relining materials

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    J. ?mudzki

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Durability tests of materials relining dentures should be carried out in conditions reflecting the realloading that accompanies bite force transmission. The influence of geometry resulting from a denture foundationshape on real stresses in relining has not been so far found.Design/methodology/approach: Using FEM modeling, identified were the stress levels in relining layers inconditions reflecting biting loading for two opposite cases of bone foundation atrophy.Findings: The equivalent Huber-Mises` stresses have not reached their critical values, although tangentialstresses on the interfacial where relining is bonded with denture base have reached 440kPa, which, for some of thecommercial types of relining denotes the bonding strength.Research limitations/implications: The linear elastic mechanical characteristics were assumed. Hence,during further research, taken into account should be the stiffening of characteristics in the upper loadings range,which is typical for silicones.Practical implications: In case of a convex foundation the biggest danger will be caused by any bond defectsoccurring in the central area because in that area shear of bond has reached the highest values.Originality/value: Values of stresses components identified in this paper reflect the real shear conditions ofrelining bonding with denture base and might constitute a determinant for strength tests.

  4. Arhaeoastronomical analysis of Levinsadovka sacrificial complex (South Russia)

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    Vodolazhskaya, Larisa

    2013-01-01

    The article presents research data using arhaeoastronomical methods of Levinsadovka settlement sacrificial complex in Northern Black Sea coast. In this work, new method of accounting terrain elevations using topographic maps was developed in arhaeoastronomical studies. Calculations of azimuths of the sun and moon rise and set in the astronomically significant moments of the year were made and astronomical regularities in the organization of the sacrificial complex identified. Related to the moon directions, as the most dedicated, identified. Revealed that the stone tools and fragments, used as sacrifices, mark the direction to the northern minor standstill moonrise. A similar situation was found on two archaeological sites: in Bezymennoye II settlement South sanctuary and in Pustynka settlement religious building. Drawing on ethnographic and folklore data, it is concluded about semiotic connection of stone tools, found in these religious constructions, with the "thunderstones" and meteorites.

  5. Vertically aligned carbon nanofibers as sacrificial templates for nanofluidic structures

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    We report a method to fabricate nanoscale pipes ('nanopipes') suitable for fluidic transport. Vertically aligned carbon nanofibers grown by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition are used as sacrificial templates for nanopipes with internal diameters as small as 30 nm and lengths up to several micrometers that are oriented perpendicular to the substrate. This method provides a high level of control over the nanopipe location, number, length, and diameter, permitting them to be deterministically positioned on a substrate and arranged into arrays

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

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    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

  7. Replication of optical MEMS structures in sol–gel materials

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    Obi, S.; Gale, M.T.; Kuoni, A.; de Rooij, Nicolaas F.

    2010-01-01

    A replication method of fabrication for micro electro mechanical systems (MEMS) structures is presented, for use as an alternative to silicon processing. UV-curable ORMOCER® sol–gel is used as base material. The basic fabrication process involves deposition and patterning of a sacrificial spacer layer and a combined molding and photolithography step. This method allows creation of free-standing micro-mechanical elements with monolithic integration of high resolution micro-optical structures. ...

  8. Carbon and titanium based layers for wood-based material

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    W. Kaczorowski; D. Batory

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: The main purpose of this work was to work out the technology of manufacturing carbon and titanium based layers on the surfaces of sintered carbides machining edges used in furniture industry.Design/methodology/approach: A hybrid deposition system employing DC magnetron sputtering and radio frequency plasma assisted chemical vapour deposition (RF PACVD) in one reaction chamber was used to manufacture Ti:C gradient layers. For the laboratory investigation layers were deposited on sinte...

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

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    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)

  10. PDMS as a sacrificial substrate for SU-8-based biomedical and microfluidic applications

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    We describe a new fabrication process utilizing polydimethylesiloxane (PDMS) as a sacrificial substrate layer for fabricating free-standing SU-8-based biomedical and microfluidic devices. The PDMS-on-glass substrate permits SU-8 photo patterning and layer-to-layer bonding. We have developed a novel PDMS-based process which allows the SU-8 structures to be easily peeled off from the substrate after complete fabrication. As an example, a fully enclosed microfluidic chip has been successfully fabricated utilizing the presented new process. The enclosed microfluidic chip uses adhesive bonding technology and the SU-8 layers from 10 µm to 450 µm thick for fully enclosed microchannels. SU-8 layers as large as the glass substrate are successfully fabricated and peeled off from the PDMS layer as single continuous sheets. The fabrication results are supported by optical microscopy and profilometry. The peel-off force for the 120 µm thick SU-8-based chips is measured using a voice coil actuator (VCA). As an additional benefit the release step leaves the input and the output of the microchannels accessible to the outside world facilitating interconnecting to the external devices

  11. Crack propagation in the vicinity of the interface in layered materials

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    Knésl Z.; Hutař P.; Náhlík L.; Šestáková L.

    2009-01-01

    The paper deals with the problem of crack propagation in the vicinity of the interface in layered materials. Layered materials are often used in practice, primarily because of their better mechanical properties in comparison with the properties of individual materials components. The configuration of a crack with its tip at the bi-material interface can be created during crack propagation in the structure. It is important to decide if the crack propagates into the second material in this case...

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  14. Sacrificial amphiphiles: Eco-friendly chemical herders as oil spill mitigation chemicals

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    Gupta, Deeksha; Sarker, Bivas; Thadikaran, Keith; John, Vijay; Maldarelli, Charles; John, George

    2015-01-01

    Crude oil spills are a major threat to marine biota and the environment. When light crude oil spills on water, it forms a thin layer that is difficult to clean by any methods of oil spill response. Under these circumstances, a special type of amphiphile termed as “chemical herder” is sprayed onto the water surrounding the spilled oil. The amphiphile forms a monomolecular layer on the water surface, reducing the air–sea surface tension and causing the oil slick to retract into a thick mass that can be burnt in situ. The current best-known chemical herders are chemically stable and nonbiodegradable, and hence remain in the marine ecosystem for years. We architect an eco-friendly, sacrificial, and effective green herder derived from the plant-based small-molecule phytol, which is abundant in the marine environment, as an alternative to the current chemical herders. Phytol consists of a regularly branched chain of isoprene units that form the hydrophobe of the amphiphile; the chain is esterified to cationic groups to form the polar group. The ester linkage is proximal to an allyl bond in phytol, which facilitates the hydrolysis of the amphiphile after adsorption to the sea surface into the phytol hydrophobic tail, which along with the unhydrolyzed herder, remains on the surface to maintain herding action, and the cationic group, which dissolves into the water column. Eventual degradation of the phytol tail and dilution of the cation make these sacrificial amphiphiles eco-friendly. The herding behavior of phytol-based amphiphiles is evaluated as a function of time, temperature, and water salinity to examine their versatility under different conditions, ranging from ice-cold water to hot water. The green chemical herder retracted oil slicks by up to ~500, 700, and 2500% at 5°, 20°, and 35°C, respectively, during the first 10 min of the experiment, which is on a par with the current best chemical herders in practice. PMID:26601197

  15. Sacrificial amphiphiles: Eco-friendly chemical herders as oil spill mitigation chemicals.

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    Gupta, Deeksha; Sarker, Bivas; Thadikaran, Keith; John, Vijay; Maldarelli, Charles; John, George

    2015-06-01

    Crude oil spills are a major threat to marine biota and the environment. When light crude oil spills on water, it forms a thin layer that is difficult to clean by any methods of oil spill response. Under these circumstances, a special type of amphiphile termed as "chemical herder" is sprayed onto the water surrounding the spilled oil. The amphiphile forms a monomolecular layer on the water surface, reducing the air-sea surface tension and causing the oil slick to retract into a thick mass that can be burnt in situ. The current best-known chemical herders are chemically stable and nonbiodegradable, and hence remain in the marine ecosystem for years. We architect an eco-friendly, sacrificial, and effective green herder derived from the plant-based small-molecule phytol, which is abundant in the marine environment, as an alternative to the current chemical herders. Phytol consists of a regularly branched chain of isoprene units that form the hydrophobe of the amphiphile; the chain is esterified to cationic groups to form the polar group. The ester linkage is proximal to an allyl bond in phytol, which facilitates the hydrolysis of the amphiphile after adsorption to the sea surface into the phytol hydrophobic tail, which along with the unhydrolyzed herder, remains on the surface to maintain herding action, and the cationic group, which dissolves into the water column. Eventual degradation of the phytol tail and dilution of the cation make these sacrificial amphiphiles eco-friendly. The herding behavior of phytol-based amphiphiles is evaluated as a function of time, temperature, and water salinity to examine their versatility under different conditions, ranging from ice-cold water to hot water. The green chemical herder retracted oil slicks by up to ~500, 700, and 2500% at 5°, 20°, and 35°C, respectively, during the first 10 min of the experiment, which is on a par with the current best chemical herders in practice. PMID:26601197

  16. Micro- and mesoporous carbide-derived carbon prepared by a sacrificial template method in high performance lithium sulfur battery cathodes

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    Oschatz, Martin; Lee, J. T.; Kim, H.; Borchardt, Lars; Cho, W. I.; Ziegler, C.; Kaskel, Stefan; Yushin, G.; Nickel, Winfrid

    2014-01-01

    Polymer-based carbide-derived carbons (CDCs) with combined micro- and mesopores are prepared by an advantageous sacrificial templating approach using poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) spheres as the pore forming material. Resulting CDCs reveal uniform pore size and pore shape with a specific surface area of 2434 m2 g−1 and a total pore volume as high as 2.64 cm3 g−1. The bimodal CDC material is a highly attractive host structure for the active material in lithium–sulfur (Li–S) battery cathodes....

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

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    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.

  18. Atonement at the right hand : the sacrificial significance of Jesus’ exaltation in Acts

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    Moffitt, David M.

    2015-01-01

    Luke-Acts is strangely silent regarding the sacrificial significance of Jesus’ crucifixion. Curiously, too, Acts more closely links the salvific benefits that Jesus provides with his resurrection and exaltation than with his death. Luke, many conclude, is not concerned to explain Jesus’ atoning work in terms of Jewish sacrificial categories. By way of contrast, this article argues that Luke’s connection of forgiveness and purification (i.e., sacrificial atonement) with Jesus’ exaltation indic...

  19. Laminated metal composite formed from low flow stress layers and high flow stress layers using flow constraining elements and making same

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    Syn, Chol K. (Moraga, CA); Lesuer, Donald R. (Livermore, CA)

    1995-01-01

    A laminated metal composite of low flow stress layers and high flow stress layers is described which is formed using flow constraining elements, preferably in the shape of rings, individually placed around each of the low flow stress layers while pressure is applied to the stack to bond the layers of the composite together, to thereby restrain the flow of the low flow stress layers from the stack during the bonding. The laminated metal composite of the invention is made by the steps of forming a stack of alternate layers of low flow stress layers and high flow stress layers with each layer of low flow stress material surrounded by an individual flow constraining element, such as a ring, and then applying pressure to the top and bottom surfaces of the resulting stack to bond the dissimilar layers together, for example, by compression rolling the stack. In a preferred embodiment, the individual flow constraining elements surrounding the layers of low flow stress material are formed of a material which may either be the same material as the material comprising the high flow stress layers, or have similar flow stress characteristics to the material comprising the high flow stress layers. Additional sacrificial layers may be added to the top and bottom of the stack to avoid damage to the stack during the bonding step; and these additional layers may then be removed after the bonding step.

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

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    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

  1. Protective nitrided layers for the structural materials of thermonuclear reactors

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    Application of protective coatings based on light elements having strong interatomic bonds is one of the most practical and promising methods of decreasing the rate of erosion (wear) of the first wall of thermonuclear reactors due to ion sputtering and blistering. We carried out experiments for determining the surface radiation resistance and hydrogen permeability of a steel having a protective nitrided layer. In order to develop the protective layer on the 08Kh18N10T steel, it was subjected to nitriding in a stream of high purity nitrogen at 10000C. The specimens having a nitride layer were bombarded simultaneously with helium and hydrogen ions; besides this, hydrogen permeability of the specimens having a zone of internal nitriding was studied

  2. A rational design of cosolvent exfoliation of layered materials by directly probing liquidsolid interaction

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    Halim, Udayabagya; Zheng, Chu Ran; Chen, Yu; Lin, Zhaoyang; Shan JIANG; Cheng, Rui; Huang, Yu; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2013-01-01

    Exfoliation of layered materials such as graphite and transition metal dichalcogenides into mono- or few-layers is of significant interest for both the fundamental studies and potential applications. Here we report a systematic investigation of the fundamental factors governing the liquid exfoliation process and the rational design of a cosolvent approach for the exfoliation of layered materials. We show that Youngs equation can be used to predict the optimal cosolvent concentration for the ...

  3. Fabrication of sacrificial anode cathodic protection through casting method

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    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)

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

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    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

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  8. Electrical Transport of Field-Effect Transistors Based on CVD Grown Two-Dimensional Layered Materials

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    Lin, Ming-Wei; Li, Xufan; Wang, Kai; Puretzky, Alexander; Rouleau, Christopher; Geohegan, David; Xiao, Kai; CNMS, ORNL Team

    2015-03-01

    By changing the layer numbers, the electrical transport of field effect transistors based on CVD grown two-dimensional (2D) layered materials of transition metal dichalcongenides (TMDCs) such as MoSe2, WSe2 and WS2 shown the different characteristics will be demonstrated. The transport measurements show that the altered semiconductor characteristics of these 2D materials can be possibly attributed to the shift of Fermi level when changing the number of layers. Besides, the transport characteristics can be tuned by adjusting the W/Mo doping level and mobility is also increased with increasing the layer numbers. In addition, the annealing effect on these CVD grown 2D layered materials will be discussed. This work is conducted at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, which is sponsored at Oak Ridge National Laboratory by the Scientific User Facilities Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, U.S. Department of Energy.

  9. A rational design of cosolvent exfoliation of layered materials by directly probing liquid-solid interaction.

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    Halim, Udayabagya; Zheng, Chu Ran; Chen, Yu; Lin, Zhaoyang; Jiang, Shan; Cheng, Rui; Huang, Yu; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2013-01-01

    Exfoliation of layered materials such as graphite and transition metal dichalcogenides into mono- or few-layers is of significant interest for both the fundamental studies and potential applications. Here we report a systematic investigation of the fundamental factors governing the liquid exfoliation process and the rational design of a cosolvent approach for the exfoliation of layered materials. We show that Young's equation can be used to predict the optimal cosolvent concentration for the effective exfoliation of graphite and molybdenum disulphide in water mixtures with methanol, ethanol, isopropanol and t-butyl alcohol. Moreover, we find that the cosolvent molecular size has an important role in the exfoliation yield, attributed to the larger steric repulsion provided by the larger cosolvent molecules. Our study provides critical insight into the exfoliation of layered materials, and defines a rational strategy for the design of an environmentally friendly pathway to the high yield exfoliation of layered materials. PMID:23896793

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

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    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 (CaSO42H2O), 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 1Refer to Terminology G 15 for terms used ...

  11. Low-loss microwave cavity using layered-dielectric materials

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    Maggiore, C. J.; Clogston, A. M.; Spalek, G.; Sailor, W. C.; Mueller, F. M.

    1994-03-01

    Loss measurements have been carried out on a cylindrical pillbox cavity whose metallic flat end walls have been replaced by an ordered sequence of high purity sapphire and air dielectric layers. The loss of the TE01 mode at 18.99 GHz was substantially lowered. An improvement in cavity Q for this mode from 8.30×103 to 531×103 was observed. These experimental results closely reproduce two independent theoretical simulations. All measurements were taken at 30 °C.

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

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    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

  13. Teo-iconologa del poder sacrificial entre los mochica Teo-iconology of sacrificial power among the Moche

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    Adolfo Chaparro Amaya

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Partiendo de las evidencias icnicas del rasgo predatorio y sus equivalentes narrativos presentes en diferentes piezas de la cultura mochica, el texto busca establecer (i una metodologa de aproximacin al sacrificio canbal que tenga en cuenta diversas formas icnicas de escritura, y (ii una explicacin so-ciocsmica de la poltica sacrificial. Al articular lo escritural y lo poltico, es posible aportar una nueva perspectiva a la rica discusin que sobre las relaciones entre canibalismo y poder han venido proponiendo los arquelogos, los semiticos y los antroplogos de las culturas prehispnicas.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.

  14. Magnetization and Electronic Structure of FeAs Layered Material

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    Magnetic induction in the superconductor (B=H +4?M) in the zero field cooled samples (ZFC) is not equal to zero. Depending upon the chemical environment it has negative value in some and positive values in some others. In the field cooled samples, the magnetization becomes paramagnetic. We have calculated the band structure of one layer of FeAs lattice with spin polarized as well as unpolarized orbitals as a function of doping by Li atoms. For n number of Li atoms (n=0, 1,..., 4), we calculated the band gap at all of the k-points as well as the Fermi energy. The reduced normal state gap was found to lead to superconductivity. (author)

  15. Crystallographic dependence of the lateral undercut wet etch rate of Al0.5In0.5P in diluted HCl for III-V sacrificial release

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    Ansbk, Thor; Semenova, Elizaveta; Yvind, Kresten; Hansen, Ole

    2013-01-01

    The authors investigated the use of InAlP as a sacrificial layer lattice-matched to GaAs when diluted hydrochloric acid is used for sacrificial etching. They show that InAlP can be used to fabricate submicrometer air gaps in micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems and that a selectivity toward GaAs larger than 500 is achieved. This selectivity enables fabrication control of the nanometer-size structures required in photonic crystal and high-index contrast subwavelength grating structures. The c...

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

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    Xu, Feng; Sridharan, BanuPriya; Durmus, Naside Gozde; Wang, ShuQi; Yavuz, Ahmet Sinan; Gurkan, Umut Atakan; Demirci, Utkan

    2011-01-01

    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. PMID:21552485

  17. A estrutura sacrificial do compadrio: uma ontologia da desigualdade?

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    Marcos Lanna

    2009-01-01

    It is shown that god-parenthood is not only a religious or kinship institution and that it does not reinforce inequalities that supposedly pre-exist it, but rather it is a structure that generates inequalities. God-parenthood is understood as a structure by the description of reciprocity circuits. Understood as the circulation of a child from biological towards spiritual parents, to be returned by "grace", it implies asymmetries and inequalities. It also evokes the ontology of the social, founded on non-mercantile values' circulation, and on what Sahlins (2008 designates "elementary structure of political life". It is shown that reciprocity is related to the sacrificial aspect of the child's gift, and also to other types of considerations, such as that present in the catholic vows. Finally, it is demonstrated the relevancy of this type of analysis for future understandings of other benefits and categories often taken as purely economic ones, such as "labor".

  18. High Curie temperature drive layer materials for ion-implanted magnetic bubble devices

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    Fratello, V. J.; Wolfe, R.; Blank, S. L.; Nelson, T. J.

    1984-01-01

    Ion implantation of bubble garnets can lower the Curie temperature by 70 C or more, thus limiting high temperature operation of devices with ion-implanted propagation patterns. Therefore, double-layer materials were made with a conventional 2-micron bubble storage layer capped by an ion-implantable drive layer of high Curie temperature, high magnetostriction material. Contiguous disk test patterns were implanted with varying doses of a typical triple implant. Quality of propagation was judged by quasistatic tests on 8-micron period major and minor loops. Variations of magnetization, uniaxial anisotropy, implant dose, and magnetostriction were investigated to ensure optimum flux matching, good charged wall coupling, and wide operating margins. The most successful drive layer compositions were in the systems (SmDyLuCa)3(FeSi)5O12 and (BiGdTmCa)3(FeSi)5O12 and had Curie temperatures 25-44 C higher than the storage layers.

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

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    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.

  20. The correlation of layer waviness defect on compression strength of carbon fiber composite material

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    As advanced composite materials having superior physical and mechanical properties are being developed, optimization of their production process is eagerly being sought. One of the most common defects in production of structural composites is layer waviness. Layer waviness is more pronounced in thick section flat and cylindrical laminates that are extensively used in missile casings. Submersibles and space platforms. Layer waviness undulates the entire layer of a multidirectional laminate in through-the-thickness direction leading to gross deterioration of its compression strength. This research investigates the influence of multiple layer waviness in a double nest formation on the compression strength of a composite laminate. Different wave fractions of wavy 0 degree layer were fabricated in IM/855 1- 7 carbon- epoxy composite laminate on a steel mold using single step fabrication procedure. The laminate was cured on a heated press according to specific curing cycle. Static compression testing was performed using short block compression fixture on an universal testing machine. The purpose of these tests was to determine the effects of multiple layer wave regions on the compression strength of composite laminate. The experimental and analytical results revealed that up to about 35% fraction of wavy 0 degree layers. The reduction in compression strength of composite laminate was constant after fraction of wavy 0 degree layers exceeded 35%. This analysis indicated that the percentage of 0 degree wavy layer may be used to estimate the reduction in compression strength of a composite laminate under restricted conditions. (author)

  1. Steady State Crack Propagation in Layered Material Systems Displaying Visco-plastic Behaviour

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    Nielsen, Kim Lau

    2012-01-01

    The steady state fracture toughness of elastic visco-plastic materials is studied numerically, using both a conventional and a higher order model. Focus is on the combined effect of strain hardening, strain gradient hardening and strain rate hardening on cracking in layered material systems, and...

  2. Type II strained layer superlattice: a potential infrared sensor material for space

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    Zheng, L.; Tidrow, M. Z.; Novello, A.; Weichel, H.; Vohra, S.

    2008-02-01

    The Missile Defense Agency's Advanced Technology Office is developing advanced passive electro-optical and infrared sensors for future space-based seekers by exploring new infrared detector materials. A Type II strained layer superlattice, one of the materials under development, has shown great potential for space applications. Theoretical results indicate that strained layer superlattice has the promise to be superior to current infrared sensor materials, such as HgCdTe, quantum well infrared photodetectors, and Si:As. Strained layer superlattice-based infrared detector materials combine the advantages of HgCdTe and quantum well infrared photodetectors. The bandgap of strained layer superlattice can be tuned for strong broadband absorption throughout the short-, mid-, long-, and very long wavelength infrared bands. The electronic band structure can be engineered to suppress Auger recombination noise and reduce the tunneling current. The device structures can be easily stacked for multicolor focal plane arrays. The III-V semiconductor fabrication offers the potential of producing low-defect-density, large-format focal plane arrays with high uniformity and high operability. A current program goal is to extend wavelengths to longer than 14 ?m for space applications. This paper discusses the advantages of strained layer superlattice materials and describes efforts to improve the material quality, device design, and device processing.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  5. Fabrication of membranes and microchannels in low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) substrate using novel water-based sacrificial carbon pastes

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    Malecha, Karol; Maeder, Thomas; Jacq, Caroline

    2012-01-01

    In this work, 3D structuration of LTCC (low-temperature co-fired ceramic) for microfluidics was studied, using two novel sacrificial carbon paste compositions. These pastes are based on graphite with a water-soluble vehicle consisting of polyvinylpyrrolidone binder (PVP) dissolved in propylene glycol (PG), which is not aggressive to green LTCC material. Both examined pastes differ slightly in binder content and added plasticizer, glycerol (G) or trimethylolpropane (TMP). The thermal propertie...

  6. The Influnece of Peat Layer on Hidrogen and Aluminium Concentration Originating from the Substratum Sulphidic Materials

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    Benito Heru Purwanto; Eko Hanudin; Bostang Radjagukguk; Arifin Fahmi

    2012-01-01

    Much of peatland in Indonesia has sulphidic materials as substratum. Soil acidity and metal elements in peatland may originate from the sulphidic materials which occur underneath of the peat layer. Peat soil buffering capacity and chelating ability of the peat materials regulate the soil acidity and metal solubility in the peatland. The study was aimed to examine the influence of peat thickness and land hydrological conditions on the concentrations of exchangeable aluminium (Al) and hidrogen ...

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

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    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

  8. The influence of double nested layer waviness on compression strength of carbon fiber composite materials

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    As advanced composite materials having superior physical and mechanical properties are being developed, optimization of their production processes in eagerly being sought. One of the most common defect in production of structural composites is layer waviness. Layer waviness is more pronounced in thick section flat and cylindrical laminates that are extensively used in missile casings, submersibles and space platforms. Layer waviness undulates the entire layers of a multidirectional laminate in through-the-thickness direction leading to gross deterioration of its compression strength. This research investigates the influence of multiple layer waviness in a double nest formation on the compression strength of a composite laminate. Different wave fractions of wave 0 degree centigrade layer fabricated in IM/85510-7 carbon - epoxy composite laminate on a steel mold using single step fabrication procedure. The laminate was cured on a heated press according to specific curing cycle. Static compression testing was performed using NASA short block compression fixture on an MTS servo Hydraulic machine. The purpose of these tests was to determine the effects of multiple layer wave regions on the compression strength of composite laminate. The experimental and analytical results revealed that up to about 35% fraction of wave 0 degree layer exceeded 35%. This analysis indicated that the percentage of 0 degree wavy layer may be used to estimate the reduction in compression strength of a composite laminate under restricted conditions. (author)

  9. Magnetic orientation and control of magnetic anisotropy in thermoelectric and superconducting materials with layered crystal structures

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    We report magnetic orientation of layered functional materials, thermoelectric and superconducting compounds, with feeble magnetic susceptibility using three different magnetic orientation techniques and control of their magnetic anisotropies. For thermoelectric layered oxides, the combination of magnetic orientation and electrophoretic deposition enabled the fabrication of multi-layered thermoelectric modules containing a highly oriented thermoelectric layer formed by the static field. For superconducting compounds, tri-axial orientation of RF-based high critical temperature superconductors with and without twin microstructure using a modulated rotation magnetic field was attempted, and their magnetization axes at room temperature were determined. Moreover, we now focus on the magnetic orientation of Iron-based pnictide superconductors in epoxy resin, and these magnetic orientation techniques are useful for the fabrication of functional materials with high performance and for the clarification of mechanism of superconductivity in Iron-based pnictides. (author)

  10. Optimisation of the material properties of indium tin oxide layers for use in organic photovoltaics

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    Doggart, P.; Bristow, N.; Kettle, J., E-mail: j.kettle@bangor.ac.uk [School of Electronic Engineering, Bangor University, Dean St., Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales LL57 1UT (United Kingdom)

    2014-09-14

    The influence of indium tin oxide [(In{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Sn), ITO] material properties on the output performance of organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices has been modelled and investigated. In particular, the effect of altering carrier concentration (n), thickness (t), and mobility (μ{sub e}) in ITO films and their impact on the optical performance, parasitic resistances and overall efficiency in OPVs was studied. This enables optimal values of these parameters to be calculated for solar cells made with P3HT:PC{sub 61}BM and PCPDTBT:PC{sub 71}BM active layers. The optimal values of n, t and μ{sub e} are not constant between different OPV active layers and depend on the absorption spectrum of the underlying active layer material system. Consequently, design rules for these optimal values as a function of donor bandgap in bulk-heterojunction active layers have been formulated.

  11. Contribution of material's surface layer on charge state distribution in laser ablation plasma

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    Kumaki, Masafumi; Steski, Dannie; Ikeda, Shunsuke; Kanesue, Takeshi; Okamura, Masahiro; Washio, Masakazu

    2016-02-01

    To generate laser ablation plasma, a pulse laser is focused onto a solid target making a crater on the surface. However, not all the evaporated material is efficiently converted to hot plasma. Some portion of the evaporated material could be turned to low temperature plasma or just vapor. To investigate the mechanism, we prepared an aluminum target coated by thin carbon layers. Then, we measured the ablation plasma properties with different carbon thicknesses on the aluminum plate. The results showed that C6+ ions were generated only from the surface layer. The deep layers (over 250 nm from the surface) did not provide high charge state ions. On the other hand, low charge state ions were mainly produced by the deeper layers of the target. Atoms deeper than 1000 nm did not contribute to the ablation plasma formation.

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

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    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. (PsycINFO Database Record PMID:26524155

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

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    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

  14. Material properties and field-effect transistor characteristics of hybrid organic/graphene active layers

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    Ha, Tae-Jun; Lee, Jongho; Chowdhury, Sk. Fahad; Akinwande, Deji; Dodabalapur, Ananth

    2012-10-01

    We report on the material properties and device characteristics of field-effect transistors (FETs) consisting of hybrid mono-layer graphene/organic semiconductor active layers. By capping with selected organic and polymeric layers, transformation of the electronic characteristics of mono-layer graphene FETs was observed. The off-state current is reduced while the on-state current and field-effect mobility are either unaffected or increased after depositing ?-conjugated organic semiconductors. Significantly, capping mono-layer graphene FETs with fluoropolymer improved the on-off current ratio from 5 to 10 as well as increased the field-effect mobility by factor of two compared to plain graphene FETs. Removal of ?-conjugated organic semiconductors or fluoropolymer from graphene FETs results in a return to the original electronic properties of mono-layer graphene FETs. This suggests that weak reversible electronic interactions between graphene and ?-conjugated organic semiconductors/fluoropolymer favorably tune the material and electrical characteristics of mono-layer graphene.

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  17. Suitability of Structural Aluminium Profiles as Sacrificial Anode for Carbon Steel

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    Iyiola O. OTUNNIYI; Daniel T. Oloruntoba

    2012-01-01

    The life of low carbon steels in many small scale structures can be remarkably prolonged by complementary sacrificial anode cathodic protection (SACP) but for constraints in availability of specialty anodes. Suitability of commonly available structural aluminium profiles as sacrificial anodes for low carbon steel has been investigated. Three different profiles were studied. Bare and coated steel samples were found to migrate clearly too cathodic potential regimes when coupled with the press-f...

  18. Locating interfaces in vertically-layered materials and determining concentrations in mixed materials utilizing acoustic impedance measurements

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    Langlois, Gary N.

    1983-09-13

    Measurement of the relative and actual value of acoustic characteristic impedances of an unknown substance, location of the interfaces of vertically-layered materials, and the determination of the concentration of a first material mixed in a second material. A highly damped ultrasonic pulse is transmitted into one side of a reference plate, such as a tank wall, where the other side of the reference plate is in physical contact with the medium to be measured. The amplitude of a return signal, which is the reflection of the transmitted pulse from the interface between the other side of the reference plate and the medium, is measured. The amplitude value indicates the acoustic characteristic impedance of the substance relative to that of the reference plate or relative to that of other tested materials. Discontinuities in amplitude with repeated measurements for various heights indicate the location of interfaces in vertically-layered materials. Standardization techniques permit the relative acoustic characteristic impedance of a substance to be converted to an actual value. Calibration techniques for mixtures permit the amplitude to be converted to the concentration of a first material mixed in a second material.

  19. Locating interfaces in vertically-layered materials and determining concentrations in mixed materials utilizing acoustic-impedance measurements. [Patent application

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    1981-06-10

    Measurement of the relative and actual value of acoustic characteristic impedances of an unknown substance, location of the interfaces of vertically-layered materials, and the determination of the concentration of a first material mixed in a second material are presented. A highly damped ultrasonic pulse is transmitted into one side of a reference plate, such as a tank wall, where the other side of the reference plate is in physical contact with the medium to be measured. The amplitude of a return signal, which is the reflection of the transmitted pulse from the interface between the other side of the reference plate and the medium, is measured. The amplitude value indicates the acoustic characteristic impedance of the substance relative to that of the reference plate or relative to that of other tested materials. Discontinuities in amplitude with repeated measurements for various heights indicate the location of interfaces in vertically-layered materials. Standardization techniques permit the relative acoustic characteristic impedance of a substance to be converted to an actual value. Calibration techniques for mixtures permit the amplitude to be converted to the concentration of a first material mixed in a second material.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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 effect. Enzyme activity was found to be dependent on the depth of embedment in the multilayer coating. Depending on the used polymeric building block, up to a 60% reduction in the amount of adhering bacteria and clear evidence for killed bacteria due to the antimicrobial functionality of the coating could be confirmed. Overall, this work demonstrates the feasibility of an easy to perform and shape-independent method for preparing an antifouling and antimicrobial coating for the significant reduction of biofilm formation and thus reducing the risk of acquiring infections by using urinary catheters. PMID:26766428

  3. Development of a Biocompatible Layer-by-Layer Film System Using Aptamer Technology for Smart Material Applications

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    Amanda Foster

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Aptamers are short, single-stranded nucleic acids that fold into well-defined three dimensional (3D structures that allow for binding to a target molecule with affinities and specificities that can rival or in some cases exceed those of antibodies. The compatibility of aptamers with nanostructures such as thin films, in combination with their affinity, selectivity, and conformational changes upon target interaction, could set the foundation for the development of novel smart materials. In this study, the development of a biocompatible aptamer-polyelectrolyte film system was investigated using a layer-by-layer approach. Using fluorescence microscopy, we demonstrated the ability of the sulforhodamine B aptamer to bind its cognate target while sequestered in a chitosan-hyaluronan film matrix. Studies using Ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis spectrophotometry also suggest that deposition conditions such as rinsing time and volume play a strong role in the internal film interactions and growth mechanisms of chitosan-hyaluronan films. The continued study and development of aptamer-functionalized thin films provides endless new opportunities for novel smart materials and has the potential to revolutionize the field of controlled release.

  4. PECULIARITIES OF LAMB WAVE PROPAGATION THROUGH TWO-LAYERED THIN PLATE MATERIALS

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Peculiarities of the plate wave propagation through two-layered thin plate have been analyzed and formulas for velocity determination of the quickest plate mode have been proposed.  The ascertained interaction makes it possible   to determine coating layer thickness in accordance with the given and known elastic parameters of contacting materials. On the basis of the developed methodology experiments have been carried out that revealed qualitative and quantitative correspondence  between theoretical and experimental data. The paper shows a principle possibility for assessment  of  material separation surface by time propagation data of the investigated mode .

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

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    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

  6. Investigation of Materials for Boundary Layer Control in a Supersonic Wind Tunnel

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    Braafladt, Alexander; Lucero, John M.; Hirt, Stefanie M.

    2013-01-01

    During operation of the NASA Glenn Research Center 15- by 15-Centimeter Supersonic Wind Tunnel (SWT), a significant, undesirable corner flow separation is created by the three-dimensional interaction of the wall and floor boundary layers in the tunnel corners following an oblique-shock/ boundary-layer interaction. A method to minimize this effect was conceived by connecting the wall and floor boundary layers with a radius of curvature in the corners. The results and observations of a trade study to determine the effectiveness of candidate materials for creating the radius of curvature in the SWT are presented. The experiments in the study focus on the formation of corner fillets of four different radii of curvature, 6.35 mm (0.25 in.), 9.525 mm (0.375 in.), 12.7 mm (0.5 in.), and 15.875 mm (0.625 in.), based on the observed boundary layer thickness of 11.43 mm (0.45 in.). Tests were performed on ten candidate materials to determine shrinkage, surface roughness, cure time, ease of application and removal, adhesion, eccentricity, formability, and repeatability. Of the ten materials, the four materials which exhibited characteristics most promising for effective use were the heavy body and regular type dental impression materials, the basic sculpting epoxy, and the polyurethane sealant. Of these, the particular material which was most effective, the heavy body dental impression material, was tested in the SWT in Mach 2 flow, and was observed to satisfy all requirements for use in creating the corner fillets in the upcoming experiments on shock-wave/boundary-layer interaction.

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

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    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

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

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    Krumhansl, James L; Nenoff, Tina M

    2013-02-26

    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.

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

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    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.

  10. Elastic properties of a material composed of alternating layers of negative and positive Poisson's ratio

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    The theory of elasticity predicts a variety of phenomena associated with solids that possess a negative Poisson's ratio. The fabrication of metamaterials with a 'designed' microstructure that exhibit a Poisson's ratio approaching the thermodynamic limits of 1/2 and -1 increases the likelihood of realising these phenomena for applications. In this work, we investigate the properties of a layered composite, with alternating layers of materials with negative and positive Poisson's ratio approaching the thermodynamic limits. Using the finite element method to simulate uniaxial loading and indentation of a free standing composite, we observed an increase in the resistance to mechanical deformation above the average value of the two materials. Even though the greatest increase in stiffness is gained as the thermodynamic limits are approached, a significant amount of added stiffness can be attained, provided that the Young's modulus of the negative Poisson's ratio material is not less than that of the positive Poisson's ratio material

  11. Formation of a screening layer under irradiation of solid materials by power plasma flows

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    The dynamics of the target plasma, formed by irradiation of solid-state materials by high-temperature currents of hydrogen plasma with the power density of W ? 10 MW/cm2, is experimentally studied. Interaction of the plasma with the materials proceeded in the magnetic field, oriented perpendicular to the surface. Graphite, plexiglas, quartz, boron nitride, aluminium, stainless steel, copper, molybdenum, tungsten were used as the target material. It is shown that a dense layer (n > 1017 cm-3) of the target plasma, screening the surface from the direct impact of the plasma current, is formed during t = 1-2 ?s on the irradiated surface. The magnetic field limits the target plasma expansion across the power lines and establishes unidimensional hydrodynamical behavior of the plasma. The dynamics and parameters of the screening layer plasma essentially depend on the target materials

  12. Experimental flame speed in multi-layered nano-energetic materials

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    Manesh, Navid Amini; Basu, Saptarshi; Kumar, Ranganathan [Department of Mechanical, Material and Aerospace Engineering, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (United States)

    2010-03-15

    This paper deals with the reaction of dense Metastable Intermolecular Composite (MIC) materials, which have a higher density than conventional energetic materials. The reaction of a multilayer thin film of aluminum and copper oxide has been studied by varying the substrate material and thicknesses. The in-plane speed of propagation of the reaction was experimentally determined using a time of- flight technique. The experiment shows that the reaction is completely quenched for a silicon substrate having an intervening silica layer of less than 200 nm. The speed of reaction seems to be constant at 40 m/s for silica layers with a thickness greater than 1 {mu}m. Different substrate materials such as glass and photoresist were also used. (author)

  13. Nanotubes from Misfit Layered Compounds: A New Family of Materials with Low Dimensionality.

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    Panchakarla, Leela S; Radovsky, Gal; Houben, Lothar; Popovitz-Biro, Ronit; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E; Tenne, Reshef

    2014-11-01

    Nanotubes that are formed from layered materials have emerged to be exciting one-dimensional materials in the last two decades due to their remarkable structures and properties. Misfit layered compounds (MLC) can be produced from alternating assemblies of two different molecular slabs with different periodicities with the general formula [(MX)1+x]m[TX2]n (or more simply MS-TS2), where M is Sn, Pb, Bi, Sb, rare earths, T is Sn, Nb, Ta, Ti, V, Cr, and so on, and X is S, Se. The presence of misfit stresses between adjacent layers in MLC provides a driving force for curling of the layers that acts in addition to the elimination of dangling bonds. The combination of these two independent forces leads to the synthesis of misfit layered nanotubes, which are newcomers to the broad field of one-dimensional nanostructures and nanotubes. The synthesis, characterization, and microscopic details of misfit layered nanotubes are discussed, and directions for future research are presented. PMID:26278742

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

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    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 biomolecules (BSA, TB EPS and LB EPS), and a corrosion inhibition effect by LB EPS and to a lesser extent by BSA. No detrimental effect is evidenced with TB EPS. On the other hand, the effect of TB EPS and BSA on the passivation behaviour of Ti in ASW and of 304L stainless steel in chloride-free solution was studied. From EIS data, resistivity profiles within oxide films can be plotted. For both materials, oxide layers are more protective with BSA and less protective with TB EPS compared to the solution without biomolecules. At last, biomolecules induce no significant differences in oxide layer composition and thickness. (author)

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

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    Tsubasa Funabashi; Jun Mizuno; Masamichi Sato; Masao Kitajima; Makoto Matsuura; Shuichi Shoji

    2013-01-01

    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 ...

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

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    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...

  17. π-Conjugated Materials as the Hole-Transporting Layer in Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Alexandre Gheno; Sylvain Vedraine; Bernard Ratier; Johann Bouclé

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    Hybrid organometal halide perovskites have attracted much attention these past four years as the new active layer for photovoltaic applications. Researches are now intensively focused on the stability issues of these solar cells, the process of fabrication and the design of innovative materials to produce efficient perovskite devices. In this review, we highlight the recent progress demonstrated in 2015 in the design of new π-conjugated organic materials used as hole transporters in such sola...

  18. Preparation of textured layers of ferroelectric materials by means of high-frequency spraying technique

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    The optimal conditions for producing the layers of multicomponent ferroelectrics oriented on an amorphous (glass) substrate by using the method of high-frequency sputtering of LiNbO3, LiTaO3 and BaTiO3 have been established. At the temperature of the substrate between 400 and 450 deg C and at sputtering rates from 20 to 35 A/min perfect textured layers of ferroelectrics for all these compounds have been obtained. The electrophysical and optical properties of layers of these materials with the film thickness from 0.4 to 0.7 have been studied. The most likely mechanism by which these layers are produced is discussed

  19. Dynamic Response of Layered TiB/Ti Functionally Graded Material Specimens

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    This paper covers the dynamic response of rectangular (25.4x101.6x3.175 mm) specimens manufactured from layers of TiB/Ti. The layers contained volume fractions of TiB that varied from 0 to 85% and thus formed a functionally graded material. Witness samples of the 85% TiB material were also tested to provide a baseline for the statistical variability of the test techniques. Static and dynamic tests were performed to determine the in situ material properties and fundamental frequencies. Damping in the material/ fixture was also found from the dynamic response. These tests were simulated using composite beam theory which gave an analytical solution, and using finite element analysis. The response of the 85% TiB specimens was found to be much more uniform than the functionally graded material and the dynamic response more uniform than the static response. A least squares analysis of the data using the analytical solutions were used to determine the elastic modulus and Poisson's ratio of each layer. These results were used to model the response in the finite element analysis. The results indicate that current analytical and numerical methods for modeling the material give similar and adequate predictions for natural frequencies if the measured property values were used. The models did not agree as well if the properties from the manufacturer or those of Hill and Linn were used

  20. Test of the material for radon seal layer at the mine waste disposal site Jazbec

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    About 1.4 million t of mine waste was deposited at the mine waste disposal site Jazbec during the mining of ore at the Zirovski vrh uranium mine. The average concentration of uranium in the mine waste is about 60 g/t, the average specific activity of 226Ra is 730 Bq/m3. To reduce the radon exhalation rate and the penetration of rainfall water into the waste pile, it should be covered with an appropriate material. The surface of the waste pile is about 5 ha. The thickness of the cover should be about 2 m. A test field on the waste pile Jazbec (100 m long and 12-20 m wide) was constructed in 2003. The surface of the test field was separated into two parts: one part with a multi-layer cover (5 layers), the second part with only two layers. For the seal layer, fine clayey silt and sand were used. Measurements of radon exhalation were carried out on the mine waste material, on the seal layer, on the protection layer and finally on the humus layer. For the radon exhalation measurements, the method with charcoal absorbers was applied. The time of exposure was 48 h. The results of the radon exhalation rates confirmed that clayey silt and sand mixture is an adequate material to use as a radon barrier. The average results of the radon exhalation rates were 50% and more lower than the prescribed authorized limit of 0.1 Bqm2s-1. The results of the water penetration measurements were not as low as is required by the regulations. The improvement of clayey silt and sand characteristics with bentonite was also evaluated. (author)

  1. INCREASE OF EROSIVE RESISTANCE AND VISCOSITY OF DESTRUCTION OF THE LAYERED MATERIALS RECEIVED BY EXPLOSION WELDING

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    V. N. Kovalevskiy; Yu. G. Alekseev; E. V. Sagarda; I. V. Fomihina

    2015-01-01

    It is offered to use the J-integral, which considers the plastic deformation at the crack tip, for layered materials based on high-strength steel Z8HN3MFA and erosion-resistant cobalt alloys EP131 or molybdenum alloy MT, which collapse under the laws of elastoplastic mechanics.

  2. INCREASE OF EROSIVE RESISTANCE AND VISCOSITY OF DESTRUCTION OF THE LAYERED MATERIALS RECEIVED BY EXPLOSION WELDING

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available It is offered to use the J-integral, which considers the plastic deformation at the crack tip, for layered materials based on high-strength steel Z8HN3MFA and erosion-resistant cobalt alloys EP131 or molybdenum alloy MT, which collapse under the laws of elastoplastic mechanics.

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

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    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

  4. Modelling of sacrificial spin-on glass (SOG) etching in non-straight microchannels using hydrofluoric acid

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    Hamzah, Azrul A.; Majlis, Burhanuddin Y.; Ahmad, Ibrahim

    2006-01-01

    This paper studies spin-on glass (SOG) etching in T-shaped microchannels by hydrofluoric acid (HF). Since oxide etching by HF in microchannels is both reaction and diffusion limited, an etching model based on non-first order chemical reaction/steady-state diffusion sacrificial layer etching mechanism is presented to compensate for the etching effect at channel junction. Microchannels are formed on silicon substrate by deep reactive ion etching (DRIE). Samples with channel depth varying from 1?m to 6 ?m are prepared by varying exposure time to reactant gas in DRIE chamber. Channel widths prior to the junction are varied from 2 ?m to 10 ?m while channel width beyond the junction is fixed at 5 ?m. The channels are then filled with SOG by multiple spin, bake and cure processes. After etchback planarization using 5% HF solution, the samples are coated with 1.5 ?m thick positive photoresist. An etch window is opened at channel fronts to expose underlying SOG. The samples are then time-etched in 5% HF solution and etch front propagation is observed under optical microscope through the transparent photoresist layer. It is observed that SOG etch rate in the microchannels is independent of channel width or channel depth. SOG etch rate at channel's T-junction is 0.67 times lower than etch rate in the straight channels preceding it due to HF concentration variation and etch product transfer rate variation effects. The proposed model fits experimental data well. Offset crosses vent pattern is determined as a good candidate for removing sacrificial oxide under an enclosed cap structure.

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

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    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.

  6. 3D-printed silicate porous bioceramics using a non-sacrificial preceramic polymer binder.

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    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

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

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    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.

  8. Uncovering Magnetic Order in Nanostructured Disordered Materials : A Study of Amorphous Magnetic Layered Structures

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    2011-01-01

    The scope of this thesis is the study of the interplay between structure and magnetism in amorphous materials. The investigations focus on the growth of amorphous layers and the study of the influence of structural disorder and reduced physical extension on the magnetic properties of thin films and multilayers. The examined magnetic materials are FeZr alloys, as well as other amorphous transition metal alloys such as CoZr and FeCoZr. Thin films and multilayers of the studied materials were depos...

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

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    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)

  10. Formation of artificially-layered superconducting materials by pulsed-laser deposition

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    Artificially-layered structures, consisting of (Sr,Ba,Ca)CuO{sub 2} layers in the tetragonal, {open_quotes}infinite layer{close_quotes} crystal structure, have been grown by pulsed-laser deposition. Superlattice chemical modulation is observed for structures with SrCuO{sub 2} and (Sr,Ca)CuO{sub 2} layers as thin as a single unit cell ({approximately}3.4 {Angstrom}). In addition, novel thin-film superconductors were formed by using the constraint of epitaxy to stabilize SrCuO{sub 2}/BaCuO{sub 2} superlattices in the infinite layer structure. Using this approach, two new structural families, Ba{sub 2}Sr{sub n-1}Cu{sub n+1} O{sub 2n+2+{gamma}} and Ba{sub 4}Sr{sub n-1}Cu{sub n+3}O{sub 2n+6+{gamma}}, have been synthesized which superconduct at temperatures as high as 70 K. These results represent not only the synthesis of new structural families of superconductors, but also demonstrate that pulsed-laser deposition and epitaxial stabilization can be effectively used to engineer artificially-layered thin-film materials.

  11. A bismuth based layer structured organic-inorganic hybrid material with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Liu, Yuanyuan; Wang, Guanzhi; Dong, Juncai; An, Yang; Huang, Baibiao; Qin, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Xiaoyang; Dai, Ying

    2016-05-01

    A bismuth-based organic-inorganic hybrid material with layered structure (BiO-BTCIE) was synthesized by taking advantage of an ion exchange reaction. The structure of BiO-BTCIE was examined by XRD, EXAFS, FT-IR, TG/DTA, etc. By replacing the HCOO(-) with BTC anions in the Bi2O2(2+) interlayer, the Bi2O2(2+) layer is distorted as revealed by the EXAFS, which lead to a longer life time of the photogenerated charge carriers and a higher photocatalytic activity of BiO-BTCIE (more than 10 times). PMID:26894872

  12. Comparison of some coating techniques to fabricate barrier layers on packaging materials

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    Atomic layer deposition (ALD), electron beam evaporation, magnetron sputtering and a sol-gel method were used to deposit thin aluminum oxide coatings onto two different fiber-based packaging materials of commercial board grades coated with synthetic and biodegradable polymers. Significant decreases in both the water vapor and oxygen permeation rates were observed. With each technique the barrier performance was improved. However, among the techniques tested ALD was found to be most suitable. Our results moreover revealed that biodegradable polylactic acid-coated paperboard with a 25-nm thick layer of aluminum oxide grown by ALD on top of it showed promising barrier characteristics against water vapor and oxygen.

  13. Formation of nanocrystalline surface layers in various metallic materials by near surface severe plastic deformation

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    Masahide Sato, Nobuhiro Tsuji, Yoritoshi Minamino and Yuichiro Koizumi

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The surface of the various kinds of metallic materials sheets were severely deformed by wire-brushing at ambient temperature to achieve nanocrystalline surface layer. The surface layers of the metallic materials developed by the near surface severe plastic deformation (NS-SPD were characterized by means of TEM. Nearly equiaxed nanocrystals with grain sizes ranging from 30 to 200 nm were observed in the near surface regions of all the severely scratched metallic materials, which are Ti-added ultra-low carbon interstitial free steel, austenitic stainless steel (SUS304, 99.99 wt.%Al, commercial purity aluminum (A1050 and A1100, AlMg alloy (A5083, Al-4 wt.%Cu alloy, OFHC-Cu (C1020, CuZn alloy (C2600 and Pb-1.5%Sn alloy. In case of the 1050-H24 aluminum, the depth of the surface nanocrystalline layer was about 15 ?m. It was clarified that wire-brushing is an effective way of NS-SPD, and surface nanocrystallization can be easily achieved in most of metallic materials.

  14. The Influnece of Peat Layer on Hidrogen and Aluminium Concentration Originating from the Substratum Sulphidic Materials

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    Benito Heru Purwanto

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Much of peatland in Indonesia has sulphidic materials as substratum. Soil acidity and metal elements in peatland may originate from the sulphidic materials which occur underneath of the peat layer. Peat soil buffering capacity and chelating ability of the peat materials regulate the soil acidity and metal solubility in the peatland. The study was aimed to examine the influence of peat thickness and land hydrological conditions on the concentrations of exchangeable aluminium (Al and hidrogen (H in the peatland. The study was carried out on peaty acid sulphate soil, deep peat, moderate peat and shallow peat. Exchangeable Al and H were observed in the wet season, transition from wet to dry season and dry season. The results showed that exchangeables of Al and H were mainly originated from sulphidic material which were occured underneath of the peat layer. Peat layer had an important role on the solubility of Al and H in the peatland. Peat thickness had influence on exchangeable-Al and H, 50 cm of the peat thickness (shallow peat was the critical for peat function to reduce the Al and H solubility in the peatland. Hydrological condition factor did not influence on the solubility of Al and H.

  15. Restricted equivalence of paired epsilon-negative and mu-negative layers to a negative phase-velocity material ({\\em alias} left-handed material)

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    Lakhtakia, A.; Krowne, C. M.

    2003-01-01

    The time-harmonic electromagnetic responses of (a) a bilayer made of an epsilon-negative layer and a mu-negative layer, and (b) a single layer of a negative phase-velocity material are compared. Provided all layers are electrically thin, a restricted equivalence between (a) and (b) exists. The restricted equivalence depends on the linear polarization state and the transverse wavenumber. Implications for perfect lenses and parallel-plate waveguides are considered.

  16. Characterization of spatially modulated multicomponent materials deposited by atomic layer deposition

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    CHARACTERIZATION OF SPATIALLY MODULATED MULTICOMPONENT MATERIALS DEPOSITED BY ATOMIC LAYER DEPOSITION Nicholas G. Becker, Ph.D. Illinois Institute of Technology, July 2014 Adviser: Dr. John F. Zasadzinski Spatially modulated multicomponent materials are used in a variety of fields and industries. In this dissertation Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) will be used to create two types of spatially modulated materials: Erbium doped Yttrium Oxide (Er +3:Y2O3) for high-energy lasers and standard reference materials for Synchrotron based X-ray Fluorescence (SXRF) and Scanning Transmission X-ray Microscopy (STXM). Er+3:Y2O 3 was produced and the inter- and intra-layer doping of each film was controlled by the cycle ration of ALD grown Er2O3:Y 2O3 and the steric hinderance of erbium precursor ligands, respectively. Photoluminescent spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction measurements showed that all films of Er+3:Y2O3 were crystalline as deposited, with no evidence of amorphous, or glassy, emission lines in the PLS spectra. Photoluminescent Lifetime (PLL) measurements were performed to prove that ALD can be used to control both the inter- and intra-layer doping. PLL was shown to vary with both Er2O3:Y 2O3 cycle ratio ad with erbium precursor growth rate, increasing to a maximum of 6.5ms. This is the longest PLL reported for ALD grown Er +3:Y 2O3. Results from Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy, and ultraviolet to visible light spectroscopy are presented to verify inter- and intra-layer doping control. Standard reference materials for SXRF and STXM were produced via ALD on transmission electron microscopy windows and native oxide silicon. Materials produced were Fe203, TiO2, ZnO, AlO 3, and Y2O3. Films were analyzed with SXRF, and STXM to determine the optical density and from this the areal density was calculated using preexisting standard reference materials and absorption value charts. It was found that the RBS measurements were more precise, and were within the error associated with the SXRF and STXM measurements.

  17. Microstructural characterization of mixed-material deposition layer on the LHD divertor tiles by using nano-geological diagnosis

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    Fusion plasma research crucially needs to understand the characteristics of the deposition layer that forms in the vacuum vessel because of the migration of plasma-facing materials. Such a deposition layer can accumulate on the fuel particles on account of a co-deposition process and can be a source of dust in the plasma. In this study, nano-geological diagnosis which uses a focused ion beam (FIB) fabrication technique and transmission electron microscope (TEM) observations, has been applied to the mixed-material deposition layer formed in a large helical device (LHD). A cross-sectional view of the deposition layer with nanometer resolution was successfully observed. The total thickness of the layer was estimated at ∼8 μm, and it has very fine and stratified layer structures in the nanometer level. The characteristics of each layer are indicative of the operational history of the LHD and the mechanism of dust formation by layer flaking

  18. Microstructural characterization of mixed-material deposition layer on the LHD divertor tiles by using nano-geological diagnosis

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    Tokitani, M., E-mail: tokitani.masayuki@LHD.nifs.ac.jp [National Institute for Fusion Science, Oroshi, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Masuzaki, S. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Oroshi, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan); Yoshida, N. [Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyushu University, Kasuga-Koen, Kasuga, Fukuoka 816-8580 (Japan); Sagara, A.; Noda, N.; Yamada, H. [National Institute for Fusion Science, Oroshi, Toki, Gifu 509-5292 (Japan)

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    Fusion plasma research crucially needs to understand the characteristics of the deposition layer that forms in the vacuum vessel because of the migration of plasma-facing materials. Such a deposition layer can accumulate on the fuel particles on account of a co-deposition process and can be a source of dust in the plasma. In this study, nano-geological diagnosis which uses a focused ion beam (FIB) fabrication technique and transmission electron microscope (TEM) observations, has been applied to the mixed-material deposition layer formed in a large helical device (LHD). A cross-sectional view of the deposition layer with nanometer resolution was successfully observed. The total thickness of the layer was estimated at ?8 ?m, and it has very fine and stratified layer structures in the nanometer level. The characteristics of each layer are indicative of the operational history of the LHD and the mechanism of dust formation by layer flaking.

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

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    ISMAEL HARTRIAN

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    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.

  20. Sound transmission through double cylindrical shells lined with porous material under turbulent boundary layer excitation

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    Zhou, Jie; Bhaskar, Atul; Zhang, Xin

    2015-11-01

    This paper investigates sound transmission through double-walled cylindrical shell lined with poroelastic material in the core, excited by pressure fluctuations due to the exterior turbulent boundary layer (TBL). Biot's model is used to describe the sound wave propagating in the porous material. Three types of constructions, bonded-bonded, bonded-unbonded and unbonded-unbonded, are considered in this study. The power spectral density (PSD) of the inner shell kinetic energy is predicted for two turbulent boundary layer models, different air gap depths and three types of polyimide foams, respectively. The peaks of the inner shell kinetic energy due to shell resonance, hydrodynamic coincidence and acoustic coincidence are discussed. The results show that if the frequency band over the ring frequency is of interest, an air gap, even if very thin, should exist between the two elastic shells for better sound insulation. And if small density foam has a high flow resistance, a superior sound insulation can still be maintained.

  1. Suitability of Structural Aluminium Profiles as Sacrificial Anode for Carbon Steel

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    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available The life of low carbon steels in many small scale structures can be remarkably prolonged by complementary sacrificial anode cathodic protection (SACP but for constraints in availability of specialty anodes. Suitability of commonly available structural aluminium profiles as sacrificial anodes for low carbon steel has been investigated. Three different profiles were studied. Bare and coated steel samples were found to migrate clearly too cathodic potential regimes when coupled with the press-finish BS1470:6000 AlMgSi series alloy in a chloride medium. No weight loss was observed for the coated steel sample, while the aluminium profile showed dissolution. This alloy, commonly available in press-finish profiles for structural purposes, is therefore recommendable as sacrificial anodes for complementary SACP of low carbon steel structures under atmospheric or aqueous exposures.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  4. Thermo-electric performance investigation of two layer inhomogeneous doped graded material FeSi2

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    The two layer inhomogeneous graded β phase FeSi2 was preparated by Field-activated method. The dopant content in the interface was analyzed by WDS. The Seebeck coefficient and resistivity of Mn-doped and Co-doped inhomogeneous doped samples were measured. Power factor of samples were calculated. Compared with homogeneous materials, this kind of inhomogeneous dopant structure can adjust the relation between the thermo-electric performance and temperature

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

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    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...

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

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    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...

  7. Development of N-layer materials for SNS junction and SQUID applications

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    Materials characteristics including water reactivity, oxygen loss, electromigration of oxide ions, and interfacial reactivity problems have plagued attempts to produce reliable and reproducible cuprate SNS superconductor junctions. In an effort to solve some of these formidable problems, new N-layer compounds from the family of R1-xCaxBa2-yLayCu3-zMzO7-δ (R = Y, Gd and Pr; M = Co, Ni and Zn; 0 2Cu3O7-δ phase and the modified materials exhibit enhanced durability properties. The compounds have been utilized to make both SNS junctions and SQUID devices

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

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    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.

  9. SYNTHESIS AND ADSORPTION CHARACTERISTIC OF HUMIC/MGAL LAYERED DOUBLE HYDROXIDE HYBRID MATERIALS

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    XIAOQIAN LIU; YAN LIU; JIANCHAO LEE

    2010-01-01

    Two synthetic routes, coprecipitation and adsorption, for the incorporation of humic acid and Mg-Al layered double hydroxide (MgAl-LDH) were investigated and two kinds of dark brown Humic / MgAl-LDH hybrid materials were synthesized. X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), total organic carbon (TOC) and elemental analysis show that the stable humic anions contents in the prepared materials are 10.84% (w w-1) and 5.88% (w w-1) ...

  10. Automatic identification of single- and/or few-layer thin-film material

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    One or more digital representations of single- (101) and/or few-layer (102) thin- film material are automatically identified robustly and reliably in a digital image (100), the digital image (100) having a predetermined number of colour components, by - determining (304) a background colour...... 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...

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

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    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. Lifshitz 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 pist...

  12. Interaction of Peat Soil and Sulphidic Material Substratum: Role of Peat Layer and Groundwater Level Fluctuations on Phosphorus Concentration

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Phosphorus (P often becomes limiting factor for plants growth. Phosphorus geochemistry in peatland soil is associated with the presence of peat layer and groundwater level fluctuations. The research was conducted to study the role of peat layer and groundwater level fluctuations on P concentration in peatland. The research was conducted on deep, moderate and shallow peat with sulphidic material as substratum, peaty acid sulphate soil, and potential acid sulphate soil. While P concentration was observed in wet season, in transition from wet to dry season, and in dry season. Soil samples were collected by using peat borer according to interlayer and soil horizon. The results showed that peat layer might act as the main source of P in peatland with sulphidic material substratum. The upper peat layer on sulphidic material caused by groundwater level fluctuations had no directly effect on P concentration in the peat layers. Increased of P concentration in the lowest sulphidic layer might relate to redox reaction of iron in the sulphidic layer and precipitation process. Phosphorus concentration in peatland with sulphidic material as substratum was not influenced by peat thickness. However, depletion or disappearance of peat layer decreased P concentration in soil solution. Disappearance of peat layer means loss of a natural source of P for peatland with sulphidic material as substratum, therefore peat layer must be kept in order to maintain of peatlands.

  13. Monolithic multilayer microfluidics via sacrificial molding of 3D-printed isomalt

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    Gelber, Matthew K.; Bhargava, Rohit

    2015-01-01

    Here we demonstrate a method for creating multilayer or 3D microfluidics by casting a curable resin around a water-soluble, freestanding sacrificial mold. We use a purpose-built 3D printer to pattern self-supporting filaments of the sugar alcohol isomalt, which we then back-fill with a transparent epoxy resin. Dissolving the sacrificial mold leaves a network of cylindrical channels as well as input and output ports. We use this technique to fabricate a combinatorial mixer capable of producing...

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

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    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)

  15. Application of sacrificial point anode for prevention of steel corrosion in cracked concrete

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    Irmawaty, Rita

    2015-01-01

    The effectiveness of sacrificial anode to protect embedded steel in cracked concrete under different curing conditions; air curing, immersed in a 3% NaCl solution and dry/wet cyclic is presented here. Water-to-cement ratio of 0.4 and pre-crack widths varied from 0.1 to 0.4 mm were studied. Reinforced concrete prism on 150x150x500 mm in sizes with pre-cracks under flexural load was used in this study. The result showed that sacrificial anode was effective to protect the embedded steel in crack...

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

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    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.

  17. Growth of molten core debris pools in concrete. Part II. A. Pool growth in composite beds; B. Effect of overlaying steel layers. Final report, March 1, 1978-September 30, 1979

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    The heat and mass transfer processes taking place in molten core debris/concrete systems have been experimentally investigated. Two types of experiments have been conducted. The first experiment simulates the growth of a molten debris pool in a composite sacrificial bed. This experiment models debris pool growth in an inner, low-melting point, sacrificial material zone followed by a melting attack on the concrete bed. The purpose of the inner zone is to quickly melt and dilute the debris pool so that its subsequent downward growth in the concrete may be slowed. In the second experiment a two-layer immiscible liquid system is volumetrically heated and allowed to melt into a low-density gas releasing solid bed which is miscible in the initially-higher-density bottom liquid. The solid melts, mixes with, and dilutes the bottom liquid pool until its density is lower than that of the top liquid

  18. Polymer magnetic microactuators fabricated with hot embossing and layer-by-layer nano self-assembly.

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    Xue, Wei; Cui, Tianhong

    2007-08-01

    Polymer-based magnetic microactuators have been fabricated with hot embossing technique and layer-by-layer (LbL) nano self-assembly. Silicon molds are fabricated with conventional UV lithography and wet etching techniques. Hot embossing is used to transfer the patterns from silicon molds to polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) sheets. The overall processing time for the pattern transfer is less than 20 min. Low-cost devices with massive and rapid replication can be fabricated. Six layers of magnetic iron oxide (Fe2O3) nanoparticles are LbL self-assembled on the PMMA surface as the magnetically sensitive material. Positive photoresist PR1813 is used as the sacrificial layer to protect the gold electrode on the back side of the membrane. LbL nano self-assembly technique provides a simple method to obtain the magnetic film with low cost, short processing time, simple fabrication steps at room temperature. The volume of the magnetic material can be precisely controlled by the number of nano-assembled iron oxide layers. The mechanical, electrical, and magnetic properties of the microactuator are characterized by a laser interferometer. The natural frequency of the actuator is approximately 151 Hz; and the maximum deflection amplitude is about 34 nm. At all frequencies, the increase of the magnetic field increases the deflection amplitude which is in agreement with the theoretical equation. PMID:17685279

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

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    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. Finally, we review the recent advances on Raman spectroscopy in the characterization of anisotropic LMs, such as black phosphorus and rhenium diselenide. We believe that this review will benefit the future research studies on the fundamental physics and potential applications of these various LMs, particularly when they are reduced down to monolayers or multilayers. PMID:26955865

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  2. Vertically stacked multi-heterostructures of layered materials for logic transistors and complementary inverters

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    Yu, Woo Jong; Li, Zheng; Zhou, Hailong; Chen, Yu; Wang, Yang; Huang, Yu; Duan, Xiangfeng

    2013-03-01

    Graphene has attracted considerable interest for future electronics, but the absence of a bandgap limits its direct applicability in transistors and logic devices. Recently, other layered materials such as molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) have been investigated to address this challenge. Here, we report the vertical integration of multi-heterostructures of layered materials for the fabrication of a new generation of vertical field-effect transistors (VFETs) with a room temperature on-off ratio > 103 and a high current density of up to 5,000?A?cm-2. An n-channel VFET is created by sandwiching few-layer MoS2 as the semiconducting channel between a monolayer graphene sheet and a metal thin film. This approach offers a general strategy for the vertical integration of p- and n-channel transistors for high-performance logic applications. As an example, we demonstrate a complementary inverter with a larger-than-unity voltage gain by vertically stacking graphene, Bi2Sr2Co2O8 (p-channel), graphene, MoS2 (n-channel) and a metal thin film in sequence. The ability to simultaneously achieve a high on-off ratio, a high current density and a logic function in such vertically stacked multi-heterostructures can open up possibilities for three-dimensional integration in future electronics.

  3. In situ ellipsometry of surface layer of non-metallic transparent materials during its finish processing

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    Filatov, Oleksandr Y.; Poperenko, Leonid V.

    2006-10-01

    For modern technology applications it is important to develop non-contact methods of control of the modification of dielectric materials surface layer. The aim of the work is to determine the level of roughness changes in the surface layer of non-metallic material, optical glass BK-7, and to control it by in situ ellipsometry. The probing light spot was formed at a second (lower) reflective surface of the plate being studied during its mechanical processing at direct observation of these changes. The fine mechanical polishing was carried out for 2 hours by using the grinding-polishing machine installed directly on the sample table of ellipsometer LEF-3M. The angle of light incidence was close to 70 degree. The ellipsometric parameters, were determined within the mechanically processed area. For this purpose, the probing light beam passed two times through the sample and then returned to the initial (air) medium, where its polarization state was studied. The polarized beam falls on lower plate surface polished by conventional technology using grinding-polishing CeO 2-based instrument "Aquapol" (grain size 1 micron). The time dependences of the ellipsometric parameters during the surface layer treatment were studied. In these dependences the tendency of changes of ellipsometric parameters indicates the surface roughness enhancement.

  4. In situ ellipsometry of surface layer of non-metallic transparent materials during its finish processing

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    For modern technology applications it is important to develop non-contact methods of control of the modification of dielectric materials surface layer. The aim of the work is to determine the level of roughness changes in the surface layer of non-metallic material, optical glass BK-7, and to control it by in situ ellipsometry. The probing light spot was formed at a second (lower) reflective surface of the plate being studied during its mechanical processing at direct observation of these changes. The fine mechanical polishing was carried out for 2 hours by using the grinding-polishing machine installed directly on the sample table of ellipsometer LEF-3M. The angle of light incidence was close to 70 degree. The ellipsometric parameters, were determined within the mechanically processed area. For this purpose, the probing light beam passed two times through the sample and then returned to the initial (air) medium, where its polarization state was studied. The polarized beam falls on lower plate surface polished by conventional technology using grinding-polishing CeO2-based instrument 'Aquapol' (grain size 1 micron). The time dependences of the ellipsometric parameters during the surface layer treatment were studied. In these dependences the tendency of changes of ellipsometric parameters indicates the surface roughness enhancement

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

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    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.

  6. Friction of sheared granular layers: Role of particle dimensionality, surface roughness, and material properties

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    Knuth, Matthew; Marone, Chris

    2007-03-01

    We report on laboratory experiments designed to investigate three fundamental deformation mechanisms for frictional shear of granular fault gouge: sliding, rolling, and dilation. Mechanisms were isolated by shearing layers composed of rods in geometric configurations that resulted in one-dimensional, two-dimensional, and rolling-only particle interactions. Results of digital video are presented with measurements of friction and strain to illuminate the distribution of shear and the relationship between particle motions and friction. The double-direct-shear configuration was used with boundary conditions of constant layer normal stress (1 MPa) and controlled shear loading rate (10 ?m/s) with initial layer thickness of 6 mm. Layers were sheared in a servo-hydraulic testing machine at room temperature (22C) and relative humidity (5 to 10%). Three materials were studied: alloy 260 brass, dried semolina pasta, and hardwood dowels, with particle diameters of 1.59 mm, 1.86 mm, and 2.06 mm, respectively. Pasta layers had mean sliding friction coefficients of 0.24, 0.11, and 0.02 in 2-D, 1-D, and rolling configurations, respectively. Layers of brass rods had average friction coefficients of 0.23, 0.15, and 0.01, respectively, in 2-D, 1-D, and rolling configurations; and the wood samples exhibited friction values of 0.18, 0.19, and 0.09, respectively. Evolution of strength during shear correlated strongly with the displacement derivative of layer thickness. SEM images document the role of surface finish on frictional properties. Rapid reorientations of particles correspond to stick-slip stress drops and may be related to the collapse and reformation of granular force chains. We find a systematic relationship between the strength of granular layers and (1) the surface roughness of particles and (2) the number of particle contact dimensions. Our data provide important insights on the mechanics of granular fault gouge and constraints on the fundamental parameters used in numerical models of tectonic faulting.

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

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    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 properties of Tl-doped Bi2Se3 under strain, focusing on the giant Rashba spin splitting (Tl doping breaks the inversion symmetry in Bi2Se3) and its dependence on biaxial tensile and compressive strain.

  8. Testing of single-layer materials and products by neutron backscattering method

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    Results of calculational and experimental investigations of neutron backscattering (albedo) from single-layer barriers, effect of local inhomogeneity in the barrier and behind the barrier in the field of backscattered neutrons are considered. Calculational and experimental values of sensitivity in thickness gauging and defectoscopy of single-layer items under conditions of one-side access are given. Possibility for revealing local inhomogeneities (defects) by means of backscattered neutrons of a material with low atomic number and density, located behind metal screens of large thickness, is shown. Extremely high sensitivity of the method to the presence of defect behind the screen permits to detect it not only at its location directly behind the screen but at comparatively large distances behind the screen (up to 200 mm). Solution of similar problems in case of one-side access to an object is not possible by any other radiation and nonradiation methods

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

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    Dávila, María Eugenia; Le Lay, Guy

    2016-02-01

    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.

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

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    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)

  11. Electrothermal crack analysis in a finite conductive layer with temperature-dependent material properties

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    The method of Greenwood and Williamson is extended to obtain a solution to the coupled non-linear problem of steady-state electrical and thermal conduction across a crack in a conductive layer, for which the electrical resistivity and thermal conductivity are functions of temperature. The problem can be decomposed into the solution of a pair of non-linear algebraic equations involving boundary values and material properties. The new mixed-boundary value problem given from the thermal and electrical boundary conditions for the crack in the conductive layer is reduced in order to solve a singular integral equation of the first kind, the solution of which can be expressed in terms of the product of a series of the Chebyshev polynomials and their weight function. The non-existence of the solution for an infinite conductor in electrical and thermal conduction is shown. Numerical results are given showing the temperature field around the crack

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

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    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

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

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    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)

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

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    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

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

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    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

  16. Li-rich layer-structured cathode materials for high energy Li-ion batteries

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    Li, Liu; Lee, Kim Seng; Lu, Li

    2014-08-01

    Li-rich layer-structured xLi2MnO3 ? (1 - x)LiMO2 (M = Mn, Ni, Co, etc.) materials have attracted much attention due to their extraordinarily high reversible capacity as the cathode material in Li-ion batteries. To better understand the nature of this type of materials, this paper reviews history of development of the Li-rich cathode materials, and provides in-depth study on complicated crystal structures and reaction mechanisms during electrochemical charge/discharge cycling. Despite the fabulous capability at low rate, several drawbacks still gap this type of high-capacity cathode materials from practical applications, for instance the large irreversible capacity loss at first cycle, poor rate capability, severe voltage decay and capacity fade during electrochemical charge/discharge cycling. This review will also address mechanisms for these inferior properties and propose various possible solutions to solve above issues for future utilization of these cathode materials in commercial Li-ion batteries.

  17. Sidetracked by trolleys: Why sacrificial moral dilemmas tell us little (or nothing) about utilitarian judgment

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    Kahane, Guy

    2015-01-01

    Research into moral decision-making has been dominated by sacrificial dilemmas where, in order to save several lives, it is necessary to sacrifice the life of another person. It is widely assumed that these dilemmas draw a sharp contrast between utilitarian and deontological approaches to morality, and thereby enable us to study the psychological and neural basis of utilitarian judgment. However, it has been previously shown that some sacrificial dilemmas fail to present a genuine contrast between utilitarian and deontological options. Here, I raise deeper problems for this research paradigm. Even when sacrificial dilemmas present a contrast between utilitarian and deontological options at a philosophical level, it is misleading to interpret the responses of ordinary folk in these terms. What is currently classified as utilitarian judgment does not in fact share essential features of a genuine utilitarian outlook, and is better explained in terms of commonsensical moral notions. When subjects deliberate about such dilemmas, they are not deciding between opposing utilitarian and deontological solutions, but engaging in a richer process of weighing opposing moral reasons. Sacrificial dilemmas therefore tell us little about utilitarian decision-making. An alternative approach to studying proto-utilitarian tendencies in everyday moral thinking is proposed. PMID:25791902

  18. Simplified method of analysis of sacrificial shield wall for pipe whip restraint load

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    the purpose of this paper is to analyze the sacrificial shield wall for the pipe whip load which is particularly important for the safety analysis and failure predictions of concrete reactor pressure vessel. The location of the shield wall makes it a very important structure for the support of the pipe whip restraints. The sacrificial shield wall is a composite structural steel and plain concrete, open-ended cylindrical shell structure stiffened by stiffening rings and vertical stiffeners. The restraint reaction loads act over a small area and are assumed to be concentrated and local loads on the sacrificial shield wall. The response of the sacrificial shield wall to the restraint-reaction load is assessed in terms of local effects and overall structural response which can be treated separately but are interrelated in actuality. Due to the complex physical processes involved with the analysis, local effects are evaluated primarily by the application of ring theory and the overall structural response by the beam theory. Local effects are evaluated considering a sector (-4500) of a ring of mean radius 'a' and subjected to a concentrated (two-pulse loading) dynamic load of magnitude 'F' at center (theta=00). Overall effects are evaluated by considering a cantilever cylindrical beam of mean radius 'a'. An effective spring and effective mass are used to represent the most contributing ring mode from the ring analysis described earlier into the beam model. The results of the simplified approach are compared with the results by the bending theory of

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

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    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...

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

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    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.

  1. Dense Deposition of Gold Nanoclusters Utilizing a Porphyrin/Inorganic Layered Material Complex as the Template.

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    Fujimura, Takuya; Yoshida, Yuma; Inoue, Haruo; Shimada, Tetsuya; Takagi, Shinsuke

    2015-08-25

    We examined the deposition of gold clusters through the reduction of a gold precursor sensitized by nonaggregated, assembled porphyrin molecules on an inorganic layered material surface in order to develop a novel strategy for constructing assemblies of gold clusters. Visible light irradiation on nonaggregated, assembled porphyrin on the inorganic surface in the presence of the gold precursor and an electron donor induced the deposition of gold NPs on the surface of the inorganic layered material. Uniform gold clusters, with an average diameter of 1.5 nm, were deposited on the surface without aggregation. The average interparticle distance between adjacent gold clusters (center to center) was 2.3 nm, which agrees well with the average intermolecular distance of the nonaggregated, assembled porphyrin molecules on the inorganic surface. Thus, the generated gold clusters appear to reflect the nonaggregated, assembled structure of the porphyrin molecules on the inorganic surface. This method, termed the photosensitized template reduction (PTR) method, is a useful and novel technique for the deposition of metal nanoparticles on the surfaces of supporting materials. PMID:26267669

  2. Visibility of atomically-thin layered materials buried in silicon dioxide

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    Simsek, Ergun; Mukherjee, Bablu

    2015-11-01

    Recently, the coating of thin oxide or nitride film on top of crystals of atomically-thin layered material (ATLM) has been introduced, which benefits optical and electrical properties of the materials and shields them from environmental contact, and has important implications for optoelectronics applications of layered materials. By calculating the reflection contrast, we show the possibility of using an additional oxide film on top of ATLM with good average optical color contrast in broad- and narrow-band wavelength ranges. Our work presents a more comprehensive map of optical color contrast of various ATLMs including graphene, MoS2, MoSe2, WS2, and WSe2 when kept in a sandwich structure between two thin SiO2 films on a Si substrate. The average color contrasts of ATLMs with varying thicknesses of SiO2 films at three different wavelength ranges (i.e. broadband range, range for green filtering and range for red filtering) have been discussed with a summary of optimized thicknesses of the top and bottom oxide films in order to achieve the highest color contrast from the sandwich structures.

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

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    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. Finally, we review the recent advances on Raman spectroscopy in the characterization of anisotropic LMs, such as black phosphorus and rhenium diselenide. We believe that this review will benefit the future research studies on the fundamental physics and potential applications of these various LMs, particularly when they are reduced down to monolayers or multilayers.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. Finally, we review the recent advances on Raman spectroscopy in the characterization of anisotropic LMs, such as black phosphorus and rhenium diselenide. We believe that this review will benefit the future research studies on the fundamental physics and potential applications of these various LMs, particularly when they are reduced down to monolayers or multilayers. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/C5NR07205K

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

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    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 proximity and designing broad band and mechanically robust RFID tag antennas for elastic materials. As a first step, the effects of dielectric materials on an antenna's impedance match and radiation pattern are investigated. The detuning effect is quantified based on the theoretical frequency scaling and effective permittivity of a dielectric material of finite thickness. Using simple formulas, the operational range of a tag can be predicted without intensive full-wave simulations of different materials. Next, a spectral domain Green's function is applied to compute the antenna pattern when the tag is mounted on or inside a layered medium. The optimal placement of the tag is found based on the focusing effect that the material has on the gain pattern of the antenna. For tires, the steel ply in the sidewall of a tire looks like a periodic wire grating. The performance of an antenna placed close to a wire grating is predicted using Floquet theory. The results indicate that steel plies embedded in the tire can be utilized as a reflector to further focus the gain pattern and increase the read range of a tag. Using these design tools and theoretical analysis, several broadband RFID tag antennas are designed for multi-layered materials. A novel stretchable conductive textile (E-fiber) based tag antenna is also developed for placement in elastic materials. Prototype antennas are fabricated and embedded in a tire during the tire manufacturing process. Experimental results indicate that tags with the new antennas achieve significant improvement compared with commercially available tags.

  5. Understanding the Origin of Enhanced Performances in Core-Shell and Concentration-Gradient Layered Oxide Cathode Materials.

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    Song, Dawei; Hou, Peiyu; Wang, Xiaoqing; Shi, Xixi; Zhang, Lianqi

    2015-06-17

    Core-shell and concentration-gradient layered oxide cathode materials deliver superior electrochemical properties such as long cycle life and outstanding thermal stability. However, the origin of enhanced performance is not clear and seldom investigated until now. Here, a specific structured layered oxide (LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2) consisting of concentration-gradient core, transition layer, and stable outer shell, is designed and achieved from double-shelled precursors to overcome the great challenge by comparison with the normal layered LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2. As expected, the specific structured layered oxide displays excellent cycle life and thermal stability. After numerous cycles, the valence state of Ni and Co at normal layered oxide surface tends to a higher oxidation state than that of the specific structured oxide, and the spinel phase is observed on particle surface of normal layered oxide. Also, the deficient spinel/layered mixed phases lead to high surface film and charge-transfer resistance for normal layered oxide, whereas the specific structured one still remains a layered structure. Those results first illustrate the origin of improved electrochemical performance of layered core-shell and concentration-gradient cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. PMID:26017733

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

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    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

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

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    Dong, Yanhua; Wen, Jianxiang; Pang, Fufei; Chen, Zhenyi; Wang, Jie; Luo, Yanhua [Key Laboratory of Specialty Fiber Optics and Optical Access Networks, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China); Peng, Gangding [Photonics and Optical Communications, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052, NSW (Australia); Wang, Tingyun, E-mail: tywang@mail.shu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Specialty Fiber Optics and Optical Access Networks, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200072 (China)

    2014-11-30

    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){sub 2} and H{sub 2}S 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.

  8. The effect of gamma-irradiation on few-layered graphene materials

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    Ansn-Casaos, A., E-mail: alanson@icb.csic.es [Instituto de Carboqumica, ICB-CSIC, Miguel Luesma Castn 4, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Purtolas, J.A. [Department of Materials Science and Technology-EINA, Instituto de Investigacin en Ingeniera de Aragn, I3A, Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Pascual, F.J. [Department of Materials Science and Technology-EINA, Instituto de Investigacin en Ingeniera de Aragn, I3A, Universidad de Zaragoza, E-50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Centro Universitario de la Defensa de Zaragoza, Academia General Militar, Carretera de Huesca s/n, E-50090 Zaragoza (Spain); Hernndez-Ferrer, J. [Instituto de Carboqumica, ICB-CSIC, Miguel Luesma Castn 4, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Castell, P. [AITIIP Technological Center, Polgono Industrial Empresarium, C/Romero 12, 50720 Zaragoza (Spain); Benito, A.M.; Maser, W.K.; Martnez, M.T. [Instituto de Carboqumica, ICB-CSIC, Miguel Luesma Castn 4, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain)

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: The effect of ?-irradiation was studied on two graphene materials. Both graphene materials were examined in their oxidized and post-reduced forms. We comparatively characterized ?-irradiation and chemical reduction effects. Irradiation caused modifications in the graphene carbon lattice. Small changes in the oxygen content occurred during irradiation. - Abstract: The effect of ?-irradiation on the structure and composition of chemically synthesized few-layered graphene materials was studied. Fully oxidized graphene oxide and graphene nanoribbons, as well as their respective chemically post-reduced forms, were treated under ?-irradiation in an air-sealed environment. Three different irradiation doses of 60, 90 and 150 kGy were applied. Structure and composition of the irradiated materials were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The XRD patterns were not affected by ?-irradiation, and small changes were observed in the FTIR and TGA results. However, significant modifications were detected by Raman spectroscopy and XPS, particularly in the Raman G/D band intensity ratios and in the C 1s XPS profiles. Comparatively, the changes in Raman and XPS spectra after ?-irradiation were even greater than those occurring during the chemical reduction of graphene oxides. Our results indicate that the graphene carbon lattice was strongly affected by ?-irradiation, but the materials experienced small variations in their oxygen content.

  9. The effect of gamma-irradiation on few-layered graphene materials

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    Highlights: The effect of ?-irradiation was studied on two graphene materials. Both graphene materials were examined in their oxidized and post-reduced forms. We comparatively characterized ?-irradiation and chemical reduction effects. Irradiation caused modifications in the graphene carbon lattice. Small changes in the oxygen content occurred during irradiation. - Abstract: The effect of ?-irradiation on the structure and composition of chemically synthesized few-layered graphene materials was studied. Fully oxidized graphene oxide and graphene nanoribbons, as well as their respective chemically post-reduced forms, were treated under ?-irradiation in an air-sealed environment. Three different irradiation doses of 60, 90 and 150 kGy were applied. Structure and composition of the irradiated materials were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The XRD patterns were not affected by ?-irradiation, and small changes were observed in the FTIR and TGA results. However, significant modifications were detected by Raman spectroscopy and XPS, particularly in the Raman G/D band intensity ratios and in the C 1s XPS profiles. Comparatively, the changes in Raman and XPS spectra after ?-irradiation were even greater than those occurring during the chemical reduction of graphene oxides. Our results indicate that the graphene carbon lattice was strongly affected by ?-irradiation, but the materials experienced small variations in their oxygen content

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

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    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

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

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    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.

  12. A fluidized layer of granular material used for the separation of particulate impurities in drinking water treatment

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    Pivokonsk, Martin; Bubkov, Petra; Hna?ukov, Petra; Knesl, Bohuslav

    2011-01-01

    This paper deals with the application of a fluidized layer of granular material (FLGM) for the direct separation of destabilized impurities during drinking water treatment. Further, it investigates the effect of operation parameters (fluidized layer grain size, technological arrangement, velocity gradient, retention time, dosage of destabilisation reagent and temperature) on the aggregation and separation efficiency of the layer. The tests were carried out in a pilot plant scale. Aluminium su...

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

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    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)

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  16. Process for forming one or more substantially pure layers in substrate material using ion implantation

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    This patent describes a process for forming a substantially pure, monocrystalline layer of an implantable element in a monocrystalline substrate. It comprises selecting an implantable element and a monocrystalline substrate to be implanted wherein, at the temperature to be used for the implantation and annealing; the solubilities of the implantable element and the substrate material in one another are less than 10 at. %; and no intermediate phases containing both the implantable element and the substrate material exist; implanting, at a temperature ranging from about -196 degrees C to about 10 degrees C below the melting point of the substrate, at least about 5 x 1016 atoms/cm2 of the implantable element in the substrate; and annealing the implanted substrate at a temperature ranging from about 20 degrees C to about 10 degrees C below the melting point of the substrate for a period of time of about 1 second to about 100 hours

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

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    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.

  18. Electrochemical Effects of Atomic Layer Deposition on Cathode Materials for Lithium Batteries

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    Scott, Isaac David

    One of the greatest challenges of modern society is to stabilize a consistent energy supply that will meet our growing energy demand while decreasing the use of fossil fuels and the harmful green house gases which they produce. Developing reliable and safe solutions has driven research into exploring alternative energy sources for transportation including fuel cells, hydrogen storage, and lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). For the foreseeable future, though, rechargeable batteries appear to be the most practically viable power source. To deploy LIBs in next-generation vehicles, it is essential to develop electrodes with durability, high energy density, and high power. Unfortunately, the power capability of LIBs is generally hindered by Li+-ion diffusion in micrometer-sized materials and the formation of an insulating solid electrolyte interface (SEI) layer on the surface of the active material. In addition, degradation of the battery material due to chemical and electrochemical reactions with the electrolyte lead to both capacity fade and safety concerns both at room and higher temperatures. The current study focuses on mitigating these issues for high voltage cathode materials by both using nanoscale particles to improve Li+-ion diffusion and using ultrathin nanoscale coatings to protect the battery materials from undesirable side reactions. The electrode material is coated with Al2O3 using atomic layer deposition (ALD), which is a method to grow conformal thin films with atomic thickness (angstrom level control) using sequential, self-limiting surface reactions. First, nano-LiCoO 2 is employed to demonstrate the effectiveness of ALD coatings and demonstrates a profound increase in rate performance (>250% improvement) over generally employed micrometer-sized particles. Second, the cathode materials LiNi 0.8Co0.15Al0.05O2, LiNi0.33Mn 0.33Co0.33O2, LiMn2O4, and LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 were used to demonstrate the benefits ALD coatings have on thermal runaway. The results show a decrease in exothermic reactions at elevated temperatures (>180 C) for the coated versus uncoated material. Third, impedance studies were carried out on LiNi0.5Mn1.5O 4 to study the kinetic effects the ALD layer has on battery performance. These studies show that despite Al2O3 being electrically resistive in the bulk; the ultrathin coatings do not impede battery reaction kinetics. Finally, ALD coatings were studied for use in Li-O2 batteries. The results from these studies provide new opportunities for the battery industry to design other novel electrodes that are highly durable, safe, and provide good power performance. It also demonstrates that many of the issues that are detrimental to LIBs may simply be addressed by employing the scalable technique of atomic layer deposition.

  19. Novel magnetic materials prepared by electrodeposition techniques: arrays of nanowires and multi-layered microwires

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    The fabrication process by electrodeposition routes and the study of general magnetic properties is reported for two types of nanostructured magnetic materials: (a) nickel-filled highly-ordered nanoporous alumina templates, and (b) electrodeposited Ni layers onto glass coated amorphous microwires. Arrays of Ni nanowires, about 30 nm in diameter and separated by about 100 nm, are obtained by electrodeposition into the pores of alumina membranes prepared by two-steps anodization process from highly pure aluminum substrates. Morphological studies have been performed by high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM). The study includes the optimization of preparation parameters and the magnetic characterization of the hexagonally arranged nanowire arrays, i.e. the influence of the pore diameter and the interwire distance on the coercivity of the whole nanowire array. On the other hand, multi-layered magnetic microwires have been prepared in the following sequence: a nanometric Au coat is first sputtered onto Pyrex coated FeSiB amorphous microwires followed by electrodeposition of a 500 nm thick Ni external cover. While in as-cast microwires the hysteresis loop is squared shaped (magnetic bistability), in the case of the multilayer microwire, a transverse magnetic anisotropy is induced when reducing the measuring temperature as a consequence of the stresses induced by the different thermal expansion coefficients of the various layers

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

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    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

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

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    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.

  2. Radioactive Materials Monitoring on Superficial Layer Soils in Gyeongsangnam-Do

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    In this paper, for the purpose of investigating the effects of artificial radioactive materials between 2012 and 2013 year, analysis on 80 superficial layer soils in total collected in industrial estates, farmlands, mining areas located in Gyeongsangnam-Do were conducted by using HPGe(High Purification Germanuim Gamma-ray Spectrometer). Before investigation, the calibrations on the HPGe detector were conducted twice a year with a view to confirming the normal operation of measuring equipment. And, based on the calibration results, the effects of artificial radioactive materials were analyzed. Also, to ensure reliability on analysis results, a comparative analysis was conducted using the analysis results presented by KINS(Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety), and using the MDA(Minimum Detectable Activity) values specified by related regulations. In this investigation, 131I, 134Cs, 137Cs, and so on, were selected as examination nuclides. By analyzing results on total 80 superficial layer soils, because all of nuclides satisfied the MDA requirements specified in the Nuclear Safety Committee Notification No. 2012-5, it is judged that there is no problem related with the reliability of the analyzed results. Also, 134Cs was detected infinitesimally only in the industrial complex soil sample of Tongyeong region. Therefore, it is judged that continuously monitoring on the soil samples of Gyeongsangnam-Do is required from now on

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

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    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.

  4. Material transport in a convective surface mixed layer under weak wind forcing

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    Mensa, Jean A.; zgkmen, Tamay M.; Poje, Andrew C.; Imberger, Jrg

    2015-12-01

    Flows in the upper ocean mixed layer are responsible for the transport and dispersion of biogeochemical tracers, phytoplankton and buoyant pollutants, such as hydrocarbons from an oil spill. Material dispersion in mixed layer flows subject to diurnal buoyancy forcing and weak winds (| u10 | = 5m s-1) are investigated using a non-hydrostatic model. Both purely buoyancy-forced and combined wind- and buoyancy-forced flows are sampled using passive tracers, as well as 2D and 3D particles to explore characteristics of horizontal and vertical dispersion. It is found that the surface tracer patterns are determined by the convergence zones created by convection cells within a time scale of just a few hours. For pure convection, the results displayed the classic signature of Rayleigh-Benard cells. When combined with a wind stress, the convective cells become anisotropic in that the along-wind length scale gets much larger than the cross-wind scale. Horizontal relative dispersion computed by sampling the flow fields using both 2D and 3D passive particles is found to be consistent with the Richardson regime. Relative dispersion is an order of magnitude higher and 2D surface releases transition to Richardson regime faster in the wind-forced case. We also show that the buoyancy-forced case results in significantly lower amplitudes of scale-dependent horizontal relative diffusivity, kD(?), than those reported by Okubo (1970), while the wind- and buoyancy-forced case shows a good agreement with Okubo's diffusivity amplitude, and the scaling is consistent with Richardson's 4/3rd law, kD ? ?4/3. These modeling results provide a framework for measuring material dispersion by mixed layer flows in future observational programs.

  5. Gigantic swelling of inorganic layered materials: a bridge to molecularly thin two-dimensional nanosheets.

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    Geng, Fengxia; Ma, Renzhi; Ebina, Yasuo; Yamauchi, Yusuke; Miyamoto, Nobuyoshi; Sasaki, Takayoshi

    2014-04-01

    Platy microcrystals of a typical layered material, protonated titanate, have been shown to undergo an enormous degree of swelling in aqueous solutions of various amines, including tertiary amines, quaternary ammonium hydroxides, and primary amines. Introducing these solutions expanded the crystal gallery height by up to ~100-fold. Through systematic analysis, we determined that ammonium ion intercalation is predominantly affected by the acid-base equilibrium and that the degree of swelling or inflow of H2O is controlled by the osmotic pressure balance between the gallery and the solution environment, both of which are relatively independent of electrolyte identity but substantially dependent on molarity. In solutions of tertiary amines and quaternary ammonium hydroxides, the uptake of ammonium ions increases nearly linearly with increasing external concentration before reaching a saturation plateau, i.e., ~40% relative to the cation-exchange capacity of the crystals used. The only exception is tetrabutylammonium ions, which yield a lower saturation value, ~30%, owing to steric effects. The swelling behaviors in some primary amine solutions differ as a result of the effect of attractive forces between amine solute molecules on the solution osmotic pressure. Although the swelling is essentially colligative in nature, the stability of the resultant swollen structure is heavily dependent on the chemical nature of the guest ions. Intercalated ions of higher polarity and smaller size help stabilize the swollen structure, whereas ions of lower polarity and larger size lead readily to exfoliation. The insight gained from this study sheds new light on both the incorporation of guest molecules into a gallery of layered structures in general and the exfoliation of materials into elementary single-layer nanosheets. PMID:24635385

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

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

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    Jung, Young Hwa; Johnsen, Rune E.; Christiansen, Ane Sælland; Norby, Poul; Kim, Do Kyung

    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...

  9. Sacrificial Tamper Slows Down Sample Explosion in FLASH Diffraction Experiments

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    Intense and ultrashort x-ray pulses from free-electron lasers open up the possibility for near-atomic resolution imaging without the need for crystallization. Such experiments require high photon fluences and pulses shorter than the time to destroy the sample. We describe results with a new femtosecond pump-probe diffraction technique employing coherent 0.1 keV x rays from the FLASH soft x-ray free-electron laser. We show that the lifetime of a nanostructured sample can be extended to several picoseconds by a tamper layer to dampen and quench the sample explosion, making <1 nm resolution imaging feasible.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  12. Cleaning of conveyor belt materials using ultrasound in a thin layer of water.

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    Axelsson, L; Holck, A; Rud, I; Samah, D; Tierce, P; Favre, M; Kure, C F

    2013-08-01

    Cleaning of conveyor belts in the food industry is imperative for preventing the buildup of microorganisms that can contaminate food. New technologies for decreasing water and energy consumption of cleaning systems are desired. Ultrasound can be used for cleaning a wide range of materials. Most commonly, baths containing fairly large amounts of water are used. One possibility to reduce water consumption is to use ultrasonic cavitation in a thin water film on a flat surface, like a conveyor belt. In order to test this possibility, a model system was set up, consisting of an ultrasound transducer/probe with a 70-mm-diameter flat bottom, operating at 19.8 kHz, and contaminated conveyor belt materials in the form of coupons covered with a thin layer of water or water with detergent. Ultrasound was then applied on the water surface at different power levels (from 46 to 260 W), exposure times (10 and 20 s), and distances (2 to 20 mm). The model was used to test two different belt materials with various contamination types, such as biofilms formed by bacteria in carbohydrate- or protein-fat-based soils, dried microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts, and mold spores), and allergens. Ultrasound treatment increased the reduction of bacteria and yeast by 1 to 2 log CFU under the most favorable conditions compared with water or water-detergent controls. The effect was dependent on the type of belt material, the power applied, the exposure time, and the distance between the probe and the belt coupon. Generally, dried microorganisms were more easily removed than biofilms. The effect on mold spores was variable and appeared to be species and material dependent. Spiked allergens were also efficiently removed by using ultrasound. The results in this study pave the way for new cleaning designs for flat conveyor belts, with possibilities for savings of water, detergent, and energy consumption. PMID:23905796

  13. π-Conjugated Materials as the Hole-Transporting Layer in Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Alexandre Gheno

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Hybrid organometal halide perovskites have attracted much attention these past four years as the new active layer for photovoltaic applications. Researches are now intensively focused on the stability issues of these solar cells, the process of fabrication and the design of innovative materials to produce efficient perovskite devices. In this review, we highlight the recent progress demonstrated in 2015 in the design of new π-conjugated organic materials used as hole transporters in such solar cells. Indeed, several of these “synthetic metals” have been proposed to play this role during the last few years, in an attempt to replace the conventional 2,2′,7,7′-tetrakis-(N,N-di-4-methoxyphenylamino-9,9′-spirobifluorene (Spiro-OMeTAD reference. Organic compounds have the benefits of low production costs and the abundance of raw materials, but they are also crucial components in order to address some of the stability issues usually encountered by this type of technology. We especially point out the main design rules to reach high efficiencies.

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

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    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 (720 nm as well as the sintering pressure (520tonm?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 materialstested.

  15. Few-layered MoSe2 nanosheets as an advanced electrode material for supercapacitors.

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    Balasingam, Suresh Kannan; Lee, Jae Sung; Jun, Yongseok

    2015-09-21

    We report the synthesis of few-layered MoSe2 nanosheets using a facile hydrothermal method and their electrochemical charge storage behavior. A systematic study of the structure and morphology of the as-synthesized MoSe2 nanosheets was performed. The downward peak shift in the Raman spectrum and the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images confirmed the formation of few-layered nanosheets. The electrochemical energy-storage behavior of MoSe2 nanosheets was also investigated for supercapacitor applications in a symmetric cell configuration. The MoSe2 nanosheet electrode exhibited a maximum specific capacitance of 198.9 F g(-1) and the symmetric device showed 49.7 F g(-1) at a scan rate of 2 mV s(-1). A capacitance retention of approximately 75% was observed even after 10 000 cycles at a high charge-discharge current density of 5 A g(-1). The two-dimensional MoSe2 nanosheets exhibited a high specific capacitance and good cyclic stability, which makes it a promising electrode material for supercapacitor applications. PMID:26239099

  16. Periodic materials-based vibration attenuation in layered foundations: experimental validation

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    Guided by the recent advances in solid-state research in periodic materials, a new type of layered periodic foundation consisting of concrete and rubber layers is experimentally investigated in this paper. The distinct feature of this new foundation is its frequency band gaps. When the frequency contents of a wave fall within the range of the frequency band gaps, the wave, and hence its energy, will be weakened or cannot propagate through the foundation, so the foundation itself can serve as a vibration isolator. Using the theory of elastodynamics and the Bloch–Floquet theorem, the mechanism of band gaps in periodic composites is presented, and a finite element model is built to show the isolation characteristic of a finite dimensional periodic foundation. Based on these analytical results, moreover, a scaled model frame and a periodic foundation were fabricated and shake table tests of the frame on the periodic foundation were performed. Ambient, strong and harmonic vibration attenuations are found when the exciting frequencies fall into the band gaps. (fast track communication)

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

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    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

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

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    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

  19. New magnetic materials obtained by ion-exchange reactions from non-magnetic layered perovskites

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    New layered magnetic materials (MCl)Ca2Ta3O10 (M = Cu, Fe), have been prepared by ion-exchange reactions of non-magnetic perovskite derivatives, ACa2Ta3O10 (A = Rb, Li), in corresponding anhydrous molten salts. Powder x-ray diffraction patterns of the products are successfully indexed assuming tetragonal symmetry with cell dimensions a = 3.829 A and c = 15.533 A for Cu, and a = 3.822 A and c = 15.672 A for Fe. Being separated by the Ca2Ta3O10 triple-layer perovskite slabs, the transition-metal chloride (MCl) network provides a two-dimensional magnetic lattice. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show that (CuCl)Ca2Ta3O10 is in an antiferromagnetic state below 8 K, while (FeCl)Ca2Ta3O10 has two anomalies at 91 and 125 K, suggesting successive phase transitions due to geometrical spin frustration

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

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

    2015-04-01

    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.

  1. Low concentration of iron as first wall material in LHD plasmas with edge ergodic layer

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    Impurity behavior of iron, which is a main element of the first wall made of stainless steel, is studied in Large Helical Device (LHD). The total density of iron in core plasmas is found to be fairly low, at least four or five orders of magnitude smaller than the electron density, even if the impurity accumulation occurs. The density of edge Fe15+ ions analyzed from two-dimensional measurement of impurity line emissions in EUV range increases with density. It indicates that the screening effect developed in edge ergodic layer intrinsically existing in LHD works well for the iron. The simulation with EMC3-EIRENE also predicts the impurity screening is more effective for heavier impurities than light impurities. The present result strongly suggests a tolerant use of high-Z materials to the first wall of helical devices. (author)

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

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    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

  3. Non-destructive characterization of surface layers on non ferromagnetic materials

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    Electromagnetic nondestructive techniques are usually applied to solve many inspection problems in industry. In particular, eddy currents are used for the detection of defects and the characterization of physical properties of metallic materials and components. One such application is the measurement of thickness of non conductive layers on a conducting substrate. A laboratory device for the quantitative determination of those thicknesses was developed at our laboratory. It works in the range from 0 to 100 μm and was calibrated with a micro metre screw. This task involved the design and construction of the sensors their characterization (working frequency, resolution, sensitivity, etc.) and the setup of the mechanical system and the electronic signal generation and measurement circuit. (author)

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

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    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.

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

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    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.)

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

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    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.

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

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    Mohanty, Soumyaranjan; Larsen, Layla Bashir; Trifol Guzman, Jon; Szabo, Peter; Burri, Harsha Vardhan Reddy; Canali, Chiara; Dufva, Martin; Emnéus, Jenny; Wolff, Anders

    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...... process. The PVA mould network defines the channels and is dissolved after curing the polymer casted around it. The printing parameters determined the PVA filament density in the sacrificial structure and this density resulted in different stiffness of the corresponding elastomer replica. It was possible...... knowledge this is the largest scaffold ever to be produced with such small feature sizes and with so many structuredchannels. The fabricated scaffoldswere applied for in-vitro culturing of hepatocytes over a 12-day culture period. Smaller scaffolds (6× 4mm) were tested for cell culturing and could support...

  8. CDR 1 shielding mortar and the filling of sacrificial shields of Alto Lazio nuclear power station

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    The use of mortars for shelding needs in place of heavy concrete or metals was growing in the last fifteen years. The reason is they are easy to use in applications where the shilding or the technological requirement are severe or construction field asks for peculiar devices. Mortar emploied in the filling of the central part of the Alto Lazio 1 and 2 Sacrificial Shields was studied and produced by Nuclear Protection, with the continuous surveillance by ENEL, CCN, and ENEA. The qualification required a long sequence of analyses and experimental tests. In the report are indicated the characteristics of the CDR 1 mortar, with the technical and the QC requirements, the technological tests, the neutron and gamma attenuation tests and the thermogravimetric tests performed; the filling of a 1:1 scale moke-up, and finally the filling of the two A.L. sacrificial shields

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

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    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

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

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    Michael D. Blanton; James W. Rawlins; Shashi S. Pathak; Sharathkumar K. Mendon

    2012-01-01

    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 ...

  11. Transfer Printed P3HT/PCBM Photoactive Layers: From Material Intermixing to Device Characteristics.

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    Abdellah, Alaa; Falco, Aniello; Schwarzenberger, Ulrich; Scarpa, Giuseppe; Lugli, Paolo

    2016-02-01

    The fabrication of organic electronic devices involving complex stacks of solution-processable functional materials has proven challenging. Significant material intermixing often occurs as a result of cross-solubility and postdeposition treatments, rendering the realization of even the simplest bilayer architectures rather cumbersome. In this study we investigate the feasibility of a dry transfer printing process for producing abrupt bilayer organic photodiodes (OPDs) and the effect of thermal annealing on the integrity of the bilayer. The process involves the transfer of readily deposited thin films of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) using a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) stamp. Fabricated structures are characterized by means of cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV/vis absorption spectroscopy, and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS). Joint consideration of all results unveils abrupt interfaces with no thermal treatment applied and significant material intermixing for samples annealed above 100 C. The role of the thermally assisted intermixing in determining the performance of complete devices is evaluated through the comparison of J-V characteristics and external quantum efficiencies (EQEs) of identical photodiodes subject to different annealing conditions. It is shown that the performance of such devices approaches the one of bulk heterojunction photodiodes upon thermal annealing at 140 C for 5 min. Our results demonstrate that transfer printing is a reliable and simple process for the realization of functional multilayers, paving the way for organic electronic devices incorporating complex stacks. It further contributes to a fundamental understanding of material composition within photoactive layers by elucidating the process of thermally assisted intermixing. PMID:26754413

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

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    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 substrate is changed. The predominantly hydrophobic interactions of the imidazolium hydrocarbon chains with the Hg are traduced by the camel shape type curve. In contrast, the low and nearly constant C(E) values obtained for Au electrode point to the interfacial structure being dominated by the electrostatic π-stacking of the imidazolium ring/electrode interaction with the aromatic ring adopting an orientation more parallel to the surface

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

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    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

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

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    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

  15. Stacking sequence determines Raman intensities of observed interlayer shear modes in 2D layered materials A general bond polarizability model

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    Luo, Xin; Lu, Xin; Cong, Chunxiao; Yu, Ting; Xiong, Qihua; Ying Quek, Su

    2015-01-01

    2D layered materials have recently attracted tremendous interest due to their fascinating properties and potential applications. The interlayer interactions are much weaker than the intralayer bonds, allowing the as-synthesized materials to exhibit different stacking sequences, leading to different physical properties. Here, we show that regardless of the space group of the 2D materials, the Raman frequencies of the interlayer shear modes observed under the typical configuration blue shift for AB stacked materials, and red shift for ABC stacked materials, as the number of layers increases. Our predictions are made using an intuitive bond polarizability model which shows that stacking sequence plays a key role in determining which interlayer shear modes lead to the largest change in polarizability (Raman intensity); the modes with the largest Raman intensity determining the frequency trends. We present direct evidence for these conclusions by studying the Raman modes in few layer graphene, MoS2, MoSe2, WSe2 and Bi2Se3, using both first principles calculations and Raman spectroscopy. This study sheds light on the influence of stacking sequence on the Raman intensities of intrinsic interlayer modes in 2D layered materials in general, and leads to a practical way of identifying the stacking sequence in these materials. PMID:26469313

  16. Stacking sequence determines Raman intensities of observed interlayer shear modes in 2D layered materials - A general bond polarizability model

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    Luo, Xin; Lu, Xin; Cong, Chunxiao; Yu, Ting; Xiong, Qihua; Ying Quek, Su

    2015-10-01

    2D layered materials have recently attracted tremendous interest due to their fascinating properties and potential applications. The interlayer interactions are much weaker than the intralayer bonds, allowing the as-synthesized materials to exhibit different stacking sequences, leading to different physical properties. Here, we show that regardless of the space group of the 2D materials, the Raman frequencies of the interlayer shear modes observed under the typical configuration blue shift for AB stacked materials, and red shift for ABC stacked materials, as the number of layers increases. Our predictions are made using an intuitive bond polarizability model which shows that stacking sequence plays a key role in determining which interlayer shear modes lead to the largest change in polarizability (Raman intensity); the modes with the largest Raman intensity determining the frequency trends. We present direct evidence for these conclusions by studying the Raman modes in few layer graphene, MoS2, MoSe2, WSe2 and Bi2Se3, using both first principles calculations and Raman spectroscopy. This study sheds light on the influence of stacking sequence on the Raman intensities of intrinsic interlayer modes in 2D layered materials in general, and leads to a practical way of identifying the stacking sequence in these materials.

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

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    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.

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

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    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

  19. Formation of accessory mineral bed layers during erosion of bentonite buffer material

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. dilute groundwater at a transmissive fracture interface, accessory phases within bentonite, such as quartz, feldspar, etc., might remain behind and form a filter bed or cake. As more and more montmorillonite is lost, the thickness of the accessory mineral bed increases and the continued transport of montmorillonite slows and possibly stops if the porosity of the filter bed is sufficiently compressed. Alternatively or concurrently, as the accessory mineral filter bed retains montmorillonite colloids, a filter cake composed of montmorillonite itself may be formed. Ultimately, depending on their extent, properties, and durability, such processes may provide the bentonite buffer system with an inherent, self-filtration mechanism which serves to limit the effects of colloidal erosion. A conceptual view of bentonite buffer extrusion and erosion in an intersecting fracture with formation of an accessory mineral filter bed and montmorillonite filter cake is presented in Figure 1. Due to the swelling pressure of the bentonite buffer, the situation described in Figure 1 may be analogous to that of the case of pressure filtration where a filter cake is formed by pressing a suspension through a filter medium and, by a mechanism known as expression, the filter cake is compressed by direct contact with a solid surface resulting in a reduction of its porosity. In order to examine whether the erosion of bentonite material through contact with dilute groundwater at a transmissive fracture interface could intrinsically result in 1) the formation of an accessory mineral filter bed and cake and/or 2) filter caking of montmorillonite itself, a series of laboratory tests were performed in a flow-through, horizontal, 1 mm aperture, artificial fracture system. Bentonite buffer material was simulated by using mixtures (75/25 weight percent ratio) of purified sodium montmorillonite and various additives serving as accessory mineral proxies (kaolin, quartz sand, chromatographic silica). The resulting mixtures were compacted into dense sample tablets with effective montmorillonite dry densities between 1.4 to 1.6 g/cm3. The fracture erosion tests were performed using a Grimsel groundwater simulant (relative to Na+ and Ca2+ concentration only) contact solution at an average flow rate of 0.09 ml/min through the system. In colloid filtration theories, the filter bed is modelled as an assemblage of single or unit collectors having a known geometry. According to Richards [2010], the particle size distribution of the accessory minerals in MX-80 bentonite consists of particles with sizes less than 30 μm. Of the additive materials used in this study, the kaolin material consists of particles with sizes less than 20 μm showing a peak size of 6 μm, the chromatographic silica consists of particles with sizes narrowly distributed between 10 to 14 μm, and the sand consists of particles with sizes between 160 to 550 μm at a peak size of 280 μm. The tests were designed to lead to the development of erosive conditions (i.e., sodium montmorillonite against a dilute solution) and, in every case, the formation of an accessory mineral bed layer near the extrusion/erosion interface was observed. Moreover, these layers grew progressively in thickness over the course of the tests. These results provide evidence that, following erosive loss of colloidal montmorillonite through contact with dilute groundwater at a transmissive fracture interface, accessory phases (within bentonite) remain behind and form bed layers

  20. Comparative Study of Charge Trapping Type SOI-FinFET Flash Memories with Different Blocking Layer Materials

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The scaled charge trapping (CT type silicon on insulator (SOI FinFET flash memories with different blocking layer materials of Al2O3 and SiO2 have successfully been fabricated, and their electrical characteristics including short-channel effect (SCE immunity, threshold voltage (Vt variability, and the memory characteristics have been comparatively investigated. It was experimentally found that the better SCE immunity and a larger memory window are obtained by introducing a high-k Al2O3 blocking layer instead of a SiO2 blocking layer. It was also confirmed that the variability of Vt before and after one program/erase (P/E cycle is almost independent of the blocking layer materials.

  1. Interaction of Peat Soil and Sulphidic Material Substratum: Role of Peat Layer and Groundwater Level Fluctuations on Phosphorus Concentration

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    Benito Heru Purwanto

    2014-01-01

    Phosphorus (P) often becomes limiting factor for plants growth. Phosphorus geochemistry in peatland soil is associated with the presence of peat layer and groundwater level fluctuations. The research was conducted to study the role of peat layer and groundwater level fluctuations on P concentration in peatland. The research was conducted on deep, moderate and shallow peat with sulphidic material as substratum, peaty acid sulphate soil, and potential acid sulphate soil. While P concentration w...

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

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    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.

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

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    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 performance with oxygen selectivity over nitrogen as high as 8.9 (as compared to 3.6 of pure polymer) and carbon dioxide selectivity over methane as high as 40.9 (as compared to 13.4 of pure polymer) in room temperature permeation measurements. This improved performance, along with permeability estimation through the aluminophosphate layers with a semiempirical model, suggests that the layered aluminophosphate acts as a molecular sieve favoring smaller molecules.

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

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    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

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

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    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-to-indirect band gap transition, hole mobility, strain, or large spin-orbit splitting, we investigate our sample using micro-probe angle-resolved photoemission (micro-ARPES), which is a powerful tool to directly measure the electronic structure. We find that the valence bands of monolayer MoS2, particularly the low-binding-energy bands, are distinctly different from those of bulk MoS 2 in that the valence band maximum (VBM) of a monolayer is located at K¯ of the first Brillouin zone (BZ), rather than at Gamma, as is the case in bilayer and thicker MoS2 crystals. This result serves as a direct evidence, if complemented with the photoluminescence studies of conduction bands, which shows the direct-to-indirect transition from mono- to multi-layer MoS2. We also confirmed this same effect in WSe2 in our later studies. Also, by carefully studying the uppermost valence band (UVB) of both exfoliated and CVD-grown monolayer MoS2, we found a compression in energy in comparison with the calculated band, an effect, which were also observed in suspended sample with minimum-to-none substrate interaction. We tentatively attribute it to an intrinsic effect of monolayer MoS2 owning to lattice relaxation. The degree of compression in CVD-grown MoS2 is larger than that in exfoliated monolayer MoS 2, likely due to defects, doping, or stress. Furthermore, we find that the uppermost valence band near ?¯ of monolayer MoS2 is less dispersive than that of the bulk, which leads to a striking increase in the hole effective-mass and, hence, the reduced carrier mobility of the monolayer compared to bulk MoS2. Beyond monolayer MoS2, we have studied the evolution of bandgap as a function of interlayer twist angles in a bilayer MoS2 system. Our micro-ARPES measurements over the whole surface-Brillouin zone reveal the Gamma state is, indeed, the highest lying occupied state for all twist angles, affirming the indirect bandgap designation for bilayer MoS2, irrespective of twist angle. We directly quantify the energy separation between the high symmetry points Gamma and K¯ of the highest occupied states; this energy separation is predicted to be directly proportional to the interlayer separation, which is a function of the twist angle. We also confirm that this trend is a result of the energy shifting of the top-most occupied state at Gamma, which is predicted by DFT calculations. Finally, we also report on the variation of the hole effective mass at Gamma and K¯ with respect to twist angle and compare it with theory. Our study provides a direct measurement and serves as an example for how the interlayer coupling can affect the band structure and electron transitions, which is crucial in designing TMDs devices. I briefly sum up our angle-resolve two-photon photoemission (2PPE) studies on self-assembly molecules, organic molecules, and graphene on highly-crystalline metal systems, and our investigation of their interfacial charge transfer/trapping, image potential states, and coverage-dependent dipole moments, as well as their work functions by using a tunable ultra-fast femtosecond laser. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

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

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    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.

  7. Preparation and biological evaluation of a fibroblast growth factor-2-apatite composite layer on polymeric material

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    Sasaki, Kenkichi; Kamitakahara, Masanobu; Ioku, Koji [Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Aoba 6-6-20, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Oyane, Ayako [Nanosystem Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 4, 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8562 (Japan); Hyodo, Koji [Human Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-2-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8564 (Japan); Ito, Atsuo; Sogo, Yu, E-mail: a-oyane@aist.go.j [Human Technology Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 6, 1-1-1, Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8566 (Japan)

    2010-12-15

    A polymeric percutaneous device with good biocompatibility and resistance to bacterial infection is required clinically. In this study, a fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2)-hydroxyapatite (HAp) composite layer (FHAp layer) was formed on the surfaces of ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH) specimens using a coating process in a supersaturated calcium phosphate solution supplemented with FGF-2. FGF-2 in the FHAp layer retained its biological activity to promote proliferation of fibroblasts. The EVOH specimens coated with HAp and FHAp layers were percutaneously implanted in the scalp of rats. Not only the HAp layer but also the FHAp layer showed good biocompatibility, and FGF-2 showed no harmful effects on the skin tissue responses to the implanted specimen as long as 14 d. No significantly higher infection resistance was verified for the FHAp layer over the HAp layer, although an FHAp layer coated on a metallic percutaneous device for bone fixation demonstrated higher resistance to bacterial infection over an HAp layer in the previous study. The efficacy of FHAp layers coated on percutaneous implants in resistance to bacterial infection depends on physical factors including fixation condition, stiffness and movement of implants.

  8. Preparation and biological evaluation of a fibroblast growth factor-2-apatite composite layer on polymeric material.

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    Sasaki, Kenkichi; Oyane, Ayako; Hyodo, Koji; Ito, Atsuo; Sogo, Yu; Kamitakahara, Masanobu; Ioku, Koji

    2010-12-01

    A polymeric percutaneous device with good biocompatibility and resistance to bacterial infection is required clinically. In this study, a fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2)-hydroxyapatite (HAp) composite layer (FHAp layer) was formed on the surfaces of ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH) specimens using a coating process in a supersaturated calcium phosphate solution supplemented with FGF-2. FGF-2 in the FHAp layer retained its biological activity to promote proliferation of fibroblasts. The EVOH specimens coated with HAp and FHAp layers were percutaneously implanted in the scalp of rats. Not only the HAp layer but also the FHAp layer showed good biocompatibility, and FGF-2 showed no harmful effects on the skin tissue responses to the implanted specimen as long as 14 d. No significantly higher infection resistance was verified for the FHAp layer over the HAp layer, although an FHAp layer coated on a metallic percutaneous device for bone fixation demonstrated higher resistance to bacterial infection over an HAp layer in the previous study. The efficacy of FHAp layers coated on percutaneous implants in resistance to bacterial infection depends on physical factors including fixation condition, stiffness and movement of implants. PMID:20966534

  9. Preparation and biological evaluation of a fibroblast growth factor-2-apatite composite layer on polymeric material

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    A polymeric percutaneous device with good biocompatibility and resistance to bacterial infection is required clinically. In this study, a fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2)-hydroxyapatite (HAp) composite layer (FHAp layer) was formed on the surfaces of ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH) specimens using a coating process in a supersaturated calcium phosphate solution supplemented with FGF-2. FGF-2 in the FHAp layer retained its biological activity to promote proliferation of fibroblasts. The EVOH specimens coated with HAp and FHAp layers were percutaneously implanted in the scalp of rats. Not only the HAp layer but also the FHAp layer showed good biocompatibility, and FGF-2 showed no harmful effects on the skin tissue responses to the implanted specimen as long as 14 d. No significantly higher infection resistance was verified for the FHAp layer over the HAp layer, although an FHAp layer coated on a metallic percutaneous device for bone fixation demonstrated higher resistance to bacterial infection over an HAp layer in the previous study. The efficacy of FHAp layers coated on percutaneous implants in resistance to bacterial infection depends on physical factors including fixation condition, stiffness and movement of implants.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

  12. Characterization of material properties of soft solid thin layers with acoustic radiation force and wave propagation.

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    Urban, Matthew W; Nenadic, Ivan Z; Qiang, Bo; Bernal, Miguel; Chen, Shigao; Greenleaf, James F

    2015-10-01

    Evaluation of tissue engineering constructs is performed by a series of different tests. In many cases it is important to match the mechanical properties of these constructs to those of native tissues. However, many mechanical testing methods are destructive in nature which increases cost for evaluation because of the need for additional samples reserved for these assessments. A wave propagation method is proposed for characterizing the shear elasticity of thin layers bounded by a rigid substrate and fluid-loading, similar to the configuration for many tissue engineering applications. An analytic wave propagation model was derived for this configuration and compared against finite element model simulations and numerical solutions from the software package Disperse. The results from the different models found very good agreement. Experiments were performed in tissue-mimicking gelatin phantoms with thicknesses of 1 and 4?mm and found that the wave propagation method could resolve the shear modulus with very good accuracy, no more than 4.10% error. This method could be used in tissue engineering applications to monitor tissue engineering construct maturation with a nondestructive wave propagation method to evaluate the shear modulus of a material. PMID:26520332

  13. Low temperature silicon dioxide by thermal atomic layer deposition: Investigation of material properties

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    Hiller, D.; Zierold, R.; Bachmann, J.; Alexe, M.; Yang, Y.; Gerlach, J. W.; Stesmans, A.; Jivanescu, M.; Mller, U.; Vogt, J.; Hilmer, H.; Lper, P.; Knle, M.; Munnik, F.; Nielsch, K.; Zacharias, M.

    2010-03-01

    SiO2 is the most widely used dielectric material but its growth or deposition involves high thermal budgets or suffers from shadowing effects. The low-temperature method presented here (150 C) for the preparation of SiO2 by thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD) provides perfect uniformity and surface coverage even into nanoscale pores, which may well suit recent demands in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. The ALD reaction based on 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane, water, and ozone provides outstanding SiO2 quality and is free of catalysts or corrosive by-products. A variety of optical, structural, and electrical properties are investigated by means of infrared spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, secondary ion mass spectrometry, capacitance-voltage and current-voltage measurements, electron spin resonance, Rutherford backscattering, elastic recoil detection analysis, atomic force microscopy, and variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry. Many features, such as the optical constants (n, k) and optical transmission and surface roughness (1.5 ), are found to be similar to thermal oxide quality. Rapid thermal annealing (RTA) at 1000 C is demonstrated to significantly improve certain properties, in particular by reducing the etch rate in hydrofluoric acid, oxide charges, and interface defects. Besides a small amount of OH groups and a few atomic per mille of nitrogen in the oxide remaining from the growth and curable by RTA no impurities could be traced. Altogether, the data point to a first reliable low temperature ALD-growth process for silicon dioxide.

  14. Thin layer activation of non-metallic materials by using nuclear implantation

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    Nuclear implantation of the cyclotron produced 7Be isotope was used for labeling of plastic and other materials that cannot be activated in nuclear wear measurements. In our experiments boron of natural composition was used in the form of a NiBSi metallic-glass foil as implantation target through the natB(p,x)7Be nuclear reactions. Kapton (C22H10O5N2) and beryllium targets are also suitable by using a 3He beam [through 12C(3He,2?)7Be and 9Be(3He,?n)7Be reactions, respectively] to produce a high flux of radioactive 7Be in order to implant a very thin surface layer of the secondary target. The chosen secondary target should have a composition which does not contain elements which can be activated by the bombarding beam. This condition was controlled separately by the bombardment with the same beam. This control-irradiation is also useful to make corrections for possible interferences. Based on our early and recent experiences we have chosen Be as implantation target, having the most proper conditions for nuclear implantation. (orig.)

  15. Sitting Phases of Polymerizable Amphiphiles for Controlled Functionalization of Layered Materials.

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    Bang, Jae Jin; Rupp, Kortney K; Russell, Shane R; Choong, Shi Wah; Claridge, Shelley A

    2016-04-01

    Precisely tailoring surface chemistry of layered materials is a growing need for fields ranging from electronics to biology. For many applications, the need for noncovalently adsorbed ligands to simultaneously control interactions with a nonpolar substrate and a polar solvent is a particular challenge. However, biology routinely addresses a similar challenge in the context of the lipid bilayer. While conventional standing phases of phospholipids (such as those found in a bilayer) would not provide spatially ordered interactions with the substrate, here we demonstrate formation of a sitting phase of polymerizable phospholipids, in which the two alkyl chains extend along the surface and the two ionizable functionalities (a phosphate and an amine) sit adjacent to the substrate and project into the solvent, respectively. Interfacial ordering and polymerization are assessed by high-resolution scanning probe measurements. Water contact angle titrations demonstrate interfacial pKa shifts for the lipid phosphate but not for the amine, supporting localization of the phosphate near the nonpolar graphite surface. PMID:26974686

  16. 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

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    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...

  17. Simulation of trapping properties of high κ material as the charge storage layer for flash memory application

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    We investigated the trapping properties of high κ material as the charge storage layer in non-volatile flash memory devices using a two-dimensional device simulator, Medici. The high κ material is sandwiched between two silicon oxide layers, resulting in the Silicon-Oxide-High κ-Oxide-Silicon (SOHOS) structure. The trap energy levels of the bulk electron traps in high κ material were determined. The programming and erasing voltage and time using Fowler Nordheim tunneling were estimated by simulation. The effect of deep level traps on erasing was investigated. Also, the effect of bulk traps density, thickness of block oxide and thickness of high κ material on the threshold voltage of the device was simulated

  18. Atomic layer deposition of HfxAlyCz as a work function material in metal gate MOS devices

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    As advanced silicon semiconductor devices are transitioning from planar to 3D structures, new materials and processes are needed to control the device characteristics. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) of HfxAlyCz films using hafnium chloride and trimethylaluminum precursors was combined with postdeposition anneals and ALD liners to control the device characteristics in high-k metal-gate devices. Combinatorial process methods and technologies were employed for rapid electrical and materials characterization of various materials stacks. The effective work function in metal–oxide–semiconductor capacitor devices with the HfxAlyCz layer coupled with an ALD HfO2 dielectric was quantified to be mid-gap at ∼4.6 eV. Thus, HfxAlyCz is a promising metal gate work function material that allows for the tuning of device threshold voltages (Vth) for anticipated multi-Vth integrated circuit devices

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

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    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.

  20. Layer by Layer Ex-Situ Deposited Cobalt-Manganese Oxide as Composite Electrode Material for Electrochemical Capacitor.

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    Rusi; Chan, P Y; Majid, S R

    2015-01-01

    The composite metal oxide electrode films were fabricated using ex situ electrodeposition method with further heating treatment at 300C. The obtained composite metal oxide film had a spherical structure with mass loading from 0.13 to 0.21 mg cm(-2). The structure and elements of the composite was investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX). The electrochemical performance of different composite metal oxides was studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge-discharge (CD). As an active electrode material for a supercapacitor, the Co-Mn composite electrode exhibits a specific capacitance of 285 Fg(-1) at current density of 1.85 Ag(-1) in 0.5 M Na2SO4 electrolyte. The best composite electrode, Co-Mn electrode was then further studied in various electrolytes (i.e., 0.5 M KOH and 0.5 M KOH/0.04 M K3Fe(CN) 6 electrolytes). The pseudocapacitive nature of the material of Co-Mn lead to a high specific capacitance of 2.2 x 10(3) Fg(-1) and an energy density of 309 Whkg(-1) in a 0.5 M KOH/0.04 M K3Fe(CN) 6 electrolyte at a current density of 10 Ag(-1). The specific capacitance retention obtained 67% of its initial value after 750 cycles. The results indicate that the ex situ deposited composite metal oxide nanoparticles have promising potential in future practical applications. PMID:26158447

  1. Hybrid magnetic/superconducting materials obtained by insertion of a single-molecule magnet into TaS2 layers

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    A material in which superconducting and magnetic properties coexist is synthesized by the intercalation of single-molecule magnets into the layered structure of a group V metal dichalcogenide. A molecule-based/solid-state hybrid strategy is here employed, proving as a promising chemical approach for preparing new materials in which superconductivity coexists with different molecule-intrinsic functionalities. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  2. Thermal stress in a bi-material assembly with a 'piecewise-continuous' bonding layer: theorem of three axial forces

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    We consider a bi-material assembly with a 'piecewise-continuous' bonding layer. The layer is characterized by different elastic constants of its 'pieces' (segments) and is assumed to be thin. Young's moduli of all the 'pieces' of the bonding layer are significantly lower than the moduli of the adherend materials. In such a situation the coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) of the bonding material need not be accounted for. Only the interfacial compliance of the bonding layer is important. This is indeed the case for the majority of electronic, opto-electronic or photonic assemblies. We consider the situation when the assembly is manufactured at an elevated temperature and is subsequently cooled down to a low (say, room) temperature. The objective of the analysis is to develop a simple, easy-to-use and physically meaningful analytical ('mathematical') predictive model for the evaluation of the interfacial shearing stresses that arise at the boundaries of the 'pieces' (segments) of the bonding layer and at the assembly edge. The basic equation is obtained for the thermally induced forces acting in the adherends' cross-sections that correspond to the boundaries between the dissimilar portions of the bonding layer. This equation has the form of the theorem of three (bending) moments in the theory of multi-span beams lying on separate simple supports and could therefore be called the 'theorem of three axial forces'. We show, as an illustration, how this equation could be employed to design a bi-material assembly with an inhomogeneous bonding layer and with low interfacial shearing stresses. Low shearing stresses will certainly result in lower peeling stresses as well. The numerical example is carried out for an assembly with a relatively high-modulus bonding material in its mid-portion (aimed primarily at providing good adhesion and, if necessary, good heat transfer as well) and a low-modulus material in its peripheral portions (aimed primarily at bringing down the interfacial stresses). The maximum interfacial shearing stress in the assembly with the inhomogeneous bonding layer turned out to be only about 30% of the maximum shearing stress in an assembly with a homogeneous bonding layer having throughout its length the same modulus as the bonding material in the mid-portion of an assembly with an inhomogeneous bond. We would like to emphasize that the inhomogeneous bonding material addressed in this analysis does not necessarily have to be an epoxy one. Many other bonding materials with different moduli in the mid-portion and at the peripheral portions of the assembly could be considered for various practical applications. For instance, a high-modulus solder material such as, say, a tin-silver-copper (SAC) solder can be employed in the mid-portion of an assembly and a low-modulus solder (e.g. an indium-based alloy) at its peripheral portions. In other applications a high-modulus solder material could be considered for the mid-portion of the assembly and a low-modulus epoxy adhesive at its peripheral portions. We would also like to point out that the developed concept can be easily generalized for the situations when the bonding material is not a continuous one, but is of the ball-grid-array (BGA) or a pad-grid-array (PGA) type. Our concept could also be easily generalized for a two-dimensional case, for the situation when bending deformations should be accounted for, for non-uniform distribution of temperature (i.e. for assemblies with temperature gradients in the through-thickness and/or in the longitudinal direction), for situations when time-dependent effects (visco-elasticity, creep, stress relaxation) in the bonding material are important and for numerous other more complicated and practically important situations that might be encountered in engineering practice.

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

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    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 identified the energy savings potential by comparing the performance of the PCM wallboard against the performance of a building envelope without PCM. Our study shows that PCM composite wallboard can reduce the energy consumption in summer and winter and can shift the peak electricity load in the summer

  4. Application of the thin electrolyte layer technique to corrosion testing of dental materials

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    Ledvina, Martin

    Proper simulation of the oral environment for the corrosion testing of dental materials is crucial for determining corrosion rates and mechanisms correctly. In this study, the thin electrolyte layer technique (TET) was characterized and employed to investigate the importance of the chemical composition of the testing environment on the outcome of electrochemical tests. The thickness of the electrolyte layer in TET is only 0.5 mm and contains only 20 muL of electrolyte. This arrangement simulates the physical characteristics of the oral environment and facilitates testing in human saliva. Oxygen availability for reduction on the sample surface was determined, using cathodic polarization of Pt in borate buffer, to be lower in TET than in traditional (bulk electrolyte) techniques. Appreciable differences were found during polarization experiments on 316 L SS in saline and artificial saliva. Oxygen content was found to play a significant role in the corrosivity of various species contained in artificial saliva. Potentiodynamic polarization employing human saliva in TET on 316L SS proved to be very different from tests performed in artificial saliva. This was believed to be due to the presence of organic species, specifically proteins, contained in human saliva. This was further confirmed by cyclic polarization and corrosion current measurements of four commercial nickel-chromium (NiCr) alloys with varying amounts of Be. For this phase of the experiment, artificial saliva (AS), AS with 1% albumin, AS with 1% of mucin and parotid human saliva were employed as electrolytes. The results obtained in the various electrolytes depended on the composition, microstructure, stability of passive film, and the presence of casting porosity of the alloys tested. Proteins had insignificant effect on alloys with highly stable passive films, whereas, corrosion rates increased substantially in those alloys with compromised passive film formation. Proteins, especially mucin, lowered the activity of pores and seemed to produce an inhibitive action against localized corrosion. The same trends were observed in human saliva. To clarify the mechanisms of protein-surface interaction, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was employed with the same alloy-electrolyte combinations. Based on the results, it was hypothesized that proteins are adsorbed to the anodic areas where pits may be forming or casting porosity exists. The electrostatic interaction and affinity of proteins for metallic ions plays a significant role. The absorbed macromolecules physically block transport of reactants to and from the interface and slow down the corrosion reaction appreciably. Overall, this investigation contributed to the further understanding of the electrochemistry of the oral environment, particularly the contribution of proteinaceous species.

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

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    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

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    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.

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    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. Biofabrication of multi-material anatomically shaped tissue constructs

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    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)

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

    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.

  11. A study of Al-Zn-Sn alloy sacrificial anode cathodic protection requirements for structure used in seawater

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    Full text: The study will be focused on the alloying of Aluminum alloy sacrificial anode. The work will explore, evaluate and assess the effectiveness of Al-Zn-Sn alloy sacrificial anode tested in tropical seawater. This study is directed toward the development of new and more comprehensive data that will provide a technical basis for improved, more cost - effective guidelines for prediction, verification and optimization of cathodic protection requirements for structures used in tropical seawater. Furthermore, this study will also evaluate the potential and benefits of laboratory research upon marine corrosion without needed to be in the actual marine environment. The influence of alloy composition on the electrochemical properties of this Al-Zn-Sn will be determined by various tasks of testing which fully conducted in the laboratory. SEM and EDAX analysis will be employed in order to characterize surface structure of Al-Zn-Sn alloy. The corrosion measurement analyzer will be used by means to identify the electrochemical properties such as potential, corrosion rate and passivation of Al-Zn-Sn sacrificial anode when immersed in seawater. The relationship between morphological structure and electrochemical results will be examined. The data obtained will be used to evaluate the performance of Al-Zn-Sn alloy as a sacrificial anode cathodic protection for structure used in tropical seawater. Further verification will be made to testify that the Al-Zn-Sn alloy meets the quality requirements to be used as a sacrificial anode in tropical seawater. (author)

  12. Tube Formation in Nanoscale Materials

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    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. Long-term performance of different aluminum alloy designs as sacrificial anodes for rebars

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    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, thermo sprayed aluminum (3-year evaluation) and conventional Al/Zn/In anodes 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 thermo sprayed aluminum type can not be used in prestressed concrete piles because the very negative potentials (4) they supply to the reinforcement could lead to hydrogen embrittlement. (Author) 16 refs

  14. Gas purification by the plasma-oxidation of a rotating sacrificial electrode

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    Dahle, S.; Hirschberg, J.; Vil, W.; Maus-Friedrichs, W.

    2015-06-01

    A novel approach for the purification of inert gases by means of a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma has been demonstrated for argon and nitrogen. A rotating sacrificial electrode has been employed together with an electrode cleaning system to remove passivating product films during the plasma processing and thus enhance capacity and reaction rates. The purification of nitrogen using this approach was shown to be quite successful. The conditioning of technical argon yielded rotational temperatures well beyond 150?C, thus being unable to remove the water content effectively.

  15. Dependence of structure and temperature for lithium-rich layered-spinel microspheres cathode material of lithium ion batteries.

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    Wang, Di; Yu, Ruizhi; Wang, Xianyou; Ge, Long; Yang, Xiukang

    2015-01-01

    Homogeneous lithium-rich layered-spinel 0.5Li2MnO3·0.5LiMn1/3Ni1/3Co1/3O2 microspheres (~1 μm) are successfully prepared by a solvothermal method and subsequent high-temperature calcinations process. The effects of temperature on the structure and performance of the as-prepared cathode material are systemically studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), galvanostatical charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectra. The results show that a spinel Li4Mn5O12 component can be controllably introduced into the lithium-rich layered material at 750°C. Besides, it has been found that the obtained layered-spinel cathode material represents excellent electrochemical characteristics. For example, it can deliver a high initial discharge capacity of 289.6 mAh g(-1) between 2.0 V and 4.6 V at a rate of 0.1 C at room temperature, and a discharge capacity of 144.9 mAh g(-1) at 5 C and 122.8 mAh g(-1) even at 10 C. In addition, the retention of the capacity is still as high as 88% after 200 cycles, while only 79.9% for the single-phase layered material. The excellent electrochemical performance of the as-prepared cathode material can probably be attributed to the hybrid structures combining a fast Li-ion diffusion rate of 3D spinel Li4Mn5O12 phase and a high capacity of the layered Li-Mn-Ni-Co-O component. PMID:25672573

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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.

  19. Layered-Layered-Spinel Cathode Materials Prepared by a High-Energy Ball-Milling Process for Lithium-ion Batteries.

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    Kim, Soo; Noh, Jae-Kyo; Aykol, Muratahan; Lu, Zhi; Kim, Haesik; Choi, Wonchang; Kim, Chunjoong; Chung, Kyung Yoon; Wolverton, Chris; Cho, Byung-Won

    2016-01-13

    In this work, we report the electrochemical properties of 0.5Li2MnO3·0.25LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2·0.25LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 and 0.333Li2MnO3·0.333LiNi0.5Co0.2Mn0.3O2·0.333LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 layered-layered-spinel (L*LS) cathode materials prepared by a high-energy ball-milling process. Our L*LS cathode materials can deliver a large and stable capacity of ∼200 mAh g(-1) at high voltages up to 4.9 V, and do not show the anomalous capacity increase upon cycling observed in previously reported three-component cathode materials synthesized with different routes. Furthermore, we have performed synchrotron-based in situ X-ray diffraction measurements and found that there are no significant structural distortions during charge/discharge runs. Lastly, we carry out (opt-type) van der Waals-corrected density functional theory (DFT) calculations to explain the enhanced cycle characteristics and reduced phase transformations in our ball-milled L*LS cathode materials. Our simple synthesis method brings a new perspective on the use of the high-power L*LS cathodes in practical devices. PMID:26645115

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

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    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)

  1. Effect of Soft Material Hardness and Hard Material Surface Morphology on Friction and Transfer Layer Formation; Dry Condition

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    Mr.M Basavaraju

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The morphological features of the surface in both micro and macro levels are important factors governing the tribological behavior of the contacting surfaces. Surface hardness is also an important factor which governs the friction and wear behaviors of the contacting surfaces. Surface morphology of a tool is an important factor as it primarily controls the tribological behavior at the interface which in turn controls the surface finish of products. In the present investigation a pin-on-plate sliding tester was used to identify the effect of surface morphology and hardness on co-efficient of friction and transfer layer which characterizes the tribological behavior. The morphology of mild steel (EN8 plate surfaces were modified by employing three different surface modification methods like grinding (silicon carbide wheel polishing, shot blasting and electric discharge machining methods. Surface roughness parameters which characterize the morphology of the steel plates were measured using a three dimensional optical profilometer. Role of hardness is studied by employing lead, copper and Aluminum (Al6082 pins which were slid against steel plates. Experiments were conducted for plate inclination angles of 1, 1.5,2 and 2.5 degrees. Normal load was varied from 1 to 150N during the tests. Experiments were conducted under dry condition in ambient environment. Scanning electron microscope was used to study the formation of transfer layer on plate and pin surfaces. It was observed that the co-efficient of friction and transfer layer formation were found to depend on the surface morphology of the harder surface. The quantum of transfer layer formation on the surfaces is found to increase with increase in surface roughness

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

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    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.

  3. Ab initio and thermodynamic modelling of alloying effects on activity of sacrificial aluminium anodes

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    Research highlights: → Effect of alloying on the corrosion activity of sacrificial Al anodes. → Sn in solid solution form is a key alloying element for activation of Al anodes. → Ternary additions that increase Sn solubility decrease the potential of Al alloys. → Elements bigger than Al expand the Al lattice and allow more Sn to dissolve in Al. → Large ternary dopants can reduce Sn's solubility in Al if they form compounds with Sn. - Abstract: This work summarizes the experimental literature to date on Al-alloy sacrificial anodes and shows that the presence of Sn as an alloying element in solid solution form consistently debases the alloy corrosion potential. This study then assesses the lattice expander theory, which states that lattice-expanding dopants can be used to increase Sn solubility in Al and thereby reduce passivation. The thermodynamic effects on Sn solubility of lattice expanders (Ga, Mg, Zr, In and Bi) are predicted with ab-initio methods. Our results support lattice expander theory although we demonstrate that Sn solubility can decrease by alloying with even large dopants if they form compounds with Sn.

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

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    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

  5. Materials selection for optimum energy production by double layer expansion methods

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    Iglesias, Guillermo R.; Fernández, María M.; Ahualli, Silvia; Jiménez, María L.; Kozynchenko, Oleksander P.; Delgado, Ángel V

    2014-01-01

    The capacitive mixing procedure for energy extraction based on Double Layer Expansion (CDLE) belongs to the group of so-called CAPMIX techniques, which aim at obtaining energy from the salinity difference between fresh and sea waters. Specifically, the CDLE technique takes advantage of the voltage rise that occurs when sea water is exchanged for river water in a pair of porous electrodes which jointly behave as an electrical double layer supercapacitor. In this article, we deal with some expe...

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

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    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...

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

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    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)

  8. Fabrication of nano-sized metal patterns on flexible polyethylene-terephthalate substrate using bi-layer nanoimprint lithography

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    Polymer films are widely used as a substrate for displays and for solar cells since they are cheap, transparent and flexible, and their material properties are easy to design. Polyethylene-terephthalate (PET) is especially useful for various applications requiring transparency, flexibility and good thermal and chemical resistance. In this study, nano-sized metal patterns were fabricated on flexible PET film by using nanoimprint lithography (NIL). Water-soluble poly-vinyl alcohol (PVA) resin was used as a planarization and sacrificial layer for the lift-off process, as it does not damage the PET films and can easily be etched off by using oxygen plasma. NIL was used to fabricate the nano-sized patterns on the non-planar or flexible substrate. Finally, a nano-sized metal pattern was successfully formed by depositing the metal layer over the imprinted resist patterns and applying the lift-off process, which is economic and environmentally friendly, to the PET films.

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

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    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.

  10. Structural characterization of thin layered materials using x-ray standing wave enhanced elastic and inelastic scattering measurements

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    By measuring the intensities of the x-ray standing wave induced elastic and inelastic x-ray scattering from thin multilayer structures, we show that structural characterizations of the high and low z (atomic number) material layers can be performed independently. The method has been tested by analyzing the structural properties of an Nb/C/Nb trilayer and an Mo/Si periodic multilayer structure. The results of the x-ray scattering measurements have been compared with those obtained using x-ray reflectivity and conventional x-ray standing wave fluorescence techniques. It has been demonstrated that the present approach is especially suitable for studying multilayer structures comprising low atomic number layers, as it eliminates the requirement of a fluorescence signal, which is very weak in the case of low z materials.

  11. Nanocomposite Material Based on GaSe and InSe Layered Crystals Intercalated by RbNO3 Ferroelectric

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    Z.R. Kudrynskyi

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, we established for the first time that single-crystal samples of gallium GaSe and indium InSe selenides can be intercalated by molecules of RbNO3 ferroelectric salt rubidium nitrate. We investigated kinetics of the intercalation process at different temperature-time regimes. Structural properties of the intercalate nanocomposites were studied by X-ray diffraction. The studied structures can be presented as composite superlattices which consist of a lattice of anisotropic layered semiconductor with embedded ferroelectric layers. We established that GaSe nanocomposite material exhibits electric energy storage properties. Energy storage properties are associated with polarization of the intercalated ferroelectric under external electric field. We developed a solid state electric energy storage device on the basis of GaSe nanocomposite material.

  12. Role of atomic layer deposited aluminum oxide as oxidation barrier for silicon based materials

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    Fiorentino, Giuseppe, E-mail: g.fiorentino@tudelft.nl; Morana, Bruno [Department of Microelectronic, Delft University of Technology, Feldmannweg 17, 2628 CT Delft (Netherlands); Forte, Salvatore [Department of Electronic, University of Naples Federico II, Piazzale Tecchio, 80125 Napoli (Italy); Sarro, Pasqualina Maria [Department of Microelectronic, Delft University of Technology, Feldmannweg 17, 2628 CT, Delft (Netherlands)

    2015-01-15

    In this paper, the authors study the protective effect against oxidation of a thin layer of atomic layer deposited (ALD) aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}). Nitrogen doped silicon carbide (poly-SiC:N) based microheaters coated with ALD Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} are used as test structure to investigate the barrier effect of the alumina layers to oxygen and water vapor at very high temperature (up to 1000?C). Different device sets have been fabricated changing the doping levels, to evaluate possible interaction between the dopants and the alumina layer. The as-deposited alumina layer morphology has been evaluated by means of AFM analysis and compared to an annealed sample (8 h at 1000?C) to estimate the change in the grain structure and the film density. The coated microheaters are subjected to very long oxidation time in dry and wet environment (up to 8 h at 900 and 1000?C). By evaluating the electrical resistance variation between uncoated reference devices and the ALD coated devices, the oxide growth on the SiC is estimated. The results show that the ALD alumina coating completely prevents the oxidation of the SiC up to 900?C in wet environment, while an oxide thickness reduction of 50% is observed at 1000?C compared to uncoated devices.

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

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    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.

  14. Patterning Technology of Ferrite and Insulating Material in a Single Layer of the Multilayer Ceramic Device

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    Fumio Uchikoba; Ken Saito; Toshiki Fujino; Aki Kenmochi; Minami Takato

    2012-01-01

    Patterning technology of ferrite and insulating material in multilayer ceramic devices is proposed. In the conventional technology, the different ceramic materials such as the ferrite and the insulating material have been prepared in the form of the each different green sheet, and then they have been stacked each other. Otherwise the different material has filled cavities that were formed by a mechanical punching in advanced. In our proposing technology, arbitrary patterning of the different ...

  15. Adhesive and stress-strain properties of the polymeric layered materials reinforced by the knitted net

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    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. (author)

  16. Wrinkling micropatterns regulated by a hard skin layer with a periodic stiffness distribution on a soft material

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    Wang, Jiawen; Li, Bo; Cao, Yan-Ping; Feng, Xi-Qiao; Gao, Huajian

    2016-01-01

    A wrinkling-based method is proposed to create various surface micropatterns regulated by a hardened skin layer with a periodic stiffness distribution on a soft material. It is shown that the surface patterns generated by this technique are controlled by three fundamental surface deformation modes that involve sinusoidal wrinkling, Euler buckling, and rigid rotation of the skin. Systematic experiments and a phase diagram validate the efficacy and robustness of the proposed method.

  17. Influence of the type of ceramic moulding materials on the top layer of titanium precision castings

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    Myszka D.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the results of the research which was executed to describe the conditions specific of the formation of surface of certain micro-geometry and of the upper layers on precision titanium castings for medical industry. On the ready precision castings some tests were carried out to obtain the surface micro-geometry satisfying the requirements of implants to be used in human organism. The surfaces with specific spherical macro-unevenness were formed as well as plane surfaces of 2 ÷ 6 μm roughness. With the help of the light and electron microscopy, the possibility of formation of upper layers directly through an interaction of liquid titanium or Ti6Al4V alloy with the first layer of ceramic mould made from the ceramic mixtures based on Ekosil binder and molochite or zirconia has been confirmed.

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

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    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.

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

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    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...

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

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    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

  1. Symbolic Forms from the Iron Age in the North-West of the Iberian Peninsula: Sacrificial Bronzes and their Problems

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    Armada, Xosé-Lois; Óscar GARCÍA-VUELTA

    2006-01-01

    [EN] The paper studies a group of bronze pieces with sacrificial motifs from the north-west of the Iberian Peninsula dating from the Late Iron Age. On the basis of formal and topographic analysis of these objects, we examine their importance to knowledge of the ritual and symbolic aspects of these societies, and analyse the main research problems they raise.

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

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    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 applied constant current as an electroactive species. The presence of electrolyzed solvent was confirmed by the analysis of the produced deposits, which were always covered by both chemisorbed and physisorbed solvent molecules. Target characterizations showed the surfaces of the layers to present severe cracks, which were found to form during the drying time after completion of the MP. Different drying environments, i.e., air or Ar, did not affect the deposits. The drying-related nature of cracking and the solvent composition of the produced layers suggested to perform constant current density MPs using solvents with significantly different physical properties, most notably the boiling point. N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF), i.e., the highest boiling point solvent, proved to be very effective for the production of crack-free surfaces. DMF, in combination with the use of very smooth deposition substrates, allowed the growth of smooth, defectless layers, which likely underwent smaller stress during drying than the deposits produced by using rougher substrates and more volatile solvents. The roughness of the deposition substrate and the solvent used for the platings proved then to be core factors for the preparation of high quality layers. MP thus showed to be very effective for the production of uniform and homogeneous targets with excellent yield. Tests of the performance of layers produced by MP as α-particle sources were also carried out. 147Sm was used as model isotope for the α spectroscopy investigations. Both peak resolution and the fraction of α particles reaching the detector were found to be influenced by source effects. These effects were categorized according to different ''layer variables'', i.e., variables influencing the α spectra by means of ''layer effects'', and were found to be promoted by the plating solvent and the roughness of the deposition substrate used to perform the MPs. These parameters likely affected thickness, morphology, and growth mode of the layers. The layer variables proved to alter the relative detection efficiencies of the α measurements by as much as 15%. Only the uniform and homogeneous layers produced by MP from DMF using the smoothest deposition substrate available turned out to be optimum α-particle sources. The results obtained from this work open the way to an improved production of nuclear targets by means of molecular plating. Future applications include in particular the preparation of targets to be used in neutron-induced fission experiments and in low-background, low-activity α measurements.

  3. Cathodic protection by zinc sacrificial anodes: impact on marine sediment metallic contamination.

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    Rousseau, C; Baraud, F; Leleyter, L; Gil, O

    2009-08-15

    Cathodic protection by sacrificial zinc anodes is often applied to prevent immerged metallic structures from corrosion. But this technique induces the zinc anodes dissolution, which can induce marine sediments and seawater contamination. A large scale experiment, in natural seawater, was conducted during 12 months, in order to evaluate the potential environmental impact of this continuous zinc dissolution, and of some necessary cleaning operations of the anodes surfaces. The heavy metal (Cr, Cu, Pb and Zn) concentration in water and sediment samples was monitored. A sequential extraction procedure was applied on sediment samples to differentiate the zinc mobile fractions from the residual one. A significant increase of zinc concentration was observed in water as well as in the surface sediments under the specific operating conditions. Sediments then become a secondary pollution source, as the sorbed labile zinc can be remobilized to seawater. PMID:19250740

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

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    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.

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

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    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

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

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    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

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

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    Hausbrand, R., E-mail: hausbrand@surface.tu-darmstadt.de; Cherkashinin, G.; Ehrenberg, H.; Grting, M.; Albe, K.; Hess, C.; Jaegermann, W.

    2015-02-15

    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 LiMO{sub 2} (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.

  8. Fixed, Fluid, and Transient: Negotiating Layers of Art Classroom Material Culture

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    Woywod, Christine

    2015-01-01

    Objects of material culture have meaning. American flags, worktables, bulletin boards, interactive whiteboards, and large white-faced clocks signify "classroom" while color wheels, cupboards, cabinets, sinks, drawing supplies, and that particular scent that lingers after years of exposure to painting materials even more specifically…

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

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    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

  10. Mass exchange in adjacent layers of grain material stored in silo

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    Bilański W.K.

    1998-06-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of a study on the process of moisture diffusion during barley grain storage in a grain storage silo. The moisture migration was caused by concentration gradient. The study was conducted using a model test station and consisted in the measurement of barley grain moisture and temperature in a silo, and in measuring the pressure exerted by the grain bulk on the silo wall. Analysis of the results showed that none of the parameters studied was stable. It was found that when the grain moisture content applied was 16% in the bottom layer and 10% in the upper layer the average value of grain moisture content in the silo increased from 13.2% to 14.1% over the ten days of the process, while with reverse positioning of the layers in the silo the corresponding increase reached 13.8%. This was due to additional precipitation of water in the course of the process of grain respiration. Moisture diffusion caused an increase in the temperature of the grain within the silo (up to 33°C at ambient temperature of 16°C. Another important effect of the moisture diffusion was the swelling of grains, which caused an increase in the pressure of the barley grain bulk against the silo wall. The highest increase in the wall load was observed at the boundary line between layers of grain of different moisture content levels. The changes in the values of the parameters under study were described by means of regression equations.

  11. Experimental study of shielding layer plasma radiation at high power plasma-material interaction

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    Some results of the study of radiation of shielding layer plasma in visible and VUV regions of spectrum during high power (Pirr ? 10 MW/cm2) plasma irradiation to targets (graphite and tungsten) are given in the report. It is observed the difference of some radiation characteristics in dependence of registration direction. It is concluded that visible radiation power flux on the target surface can be characterised by quasistationary level during irradiation. (author)

  12. Influence of the type of ceramic moulding materials on the top layer of titanium precision castings

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    Myszka D.; Karwiński A.; Leśniewski W.; Wieliczko P.

    2007-01-01

    The article presents the results of the research which was executed to describe the conditions specific of the formation of surface of certain micro-geometry and of the upper layers on precision titanium castings for medical industry. On the ready precision castings some tests were carried out to obtain the surface micro-geometry satisfying the requirements of implants to be used in human organism. The surfaces with specific spherical macro-unevenness were formed as well as plane surfaces of ...

  13. Long-term self-assembly of inorganic layered materials influenced by the local states of the interlayer cations.

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    Sato, Kiminori; Numata, Kazuomi; Dai, Weili; Hunger, Michael

    2014-06-14

    A wide variety of parameters as, e.g., temperature, humidity, particle size, and cation state are known to influence the agglomeration process of two-dimensional (2D) nanosheets, called self-assembly, in inorganic layered materials. The detailed studies on which parameters are decisive and how they influence the self-assembly, however, have not been performed yet. Here, the long-term self-assembly was studied for layered stevensite and hectorite, and compared with our previous data of saponite for elucidating an influence of local states of the interlayer cations. The results were analyzed with respect to a recently established rheological model, in which 2D nanosheets migrate parallel to the layer direction aided by water molecules as lubricants [K. Sato et al., J. Phys. Chem. C, 2012, 116, 22954]. With decreasing the strength of the local electric fields facing to the interlayer spaces, cation positions split into two or three, which makes the distribution of water molecules more uniformly. These water molecules enhance the rheological motion of the 2D nanosheets parallel to the layer direction, thus accelerating the self-assembly process. PMID:24770790

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

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    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.

  15. Effect of constraining layer stiffness on performance of damping tile materials using finite element modelling with Rayleigh integral

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    Orzechowski, Jeffrey M.; Landmann, Alan E.

    Three different materials are proposed as options for high-leverage constrained-layer acoustical damping tiles when applied to an aircraft skin with stringers. The finite element method is used to calculate the complex velocity at an array of positions on the surface of the structure. Far-field radiated mean square pressure, between 350 and 1000 Hz, is then calculated from these complex velocities using the Rayleigh integral. This methodology is applied to evaluate damping tile performance as a function of material flexural modulus. Each configuration studied has identical geometry and viscoelastic material but varies in tile flexural modulus only. The results indicate that sound transmission reduction performance increases significantly with increasing damping tile flexural modulus.

  16. Shape-selective sieving layers on an oxide catalyst surface

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    Canlas, Christian P.; Lu, Junling; Ray, Natalie A.; Grosso-Giordano, Nicolas A.; Lee, Sungsik; Elam, Jeffrey W.; Winans, Randall E.; van Duyne, Richard P.; Stair, Peter C.; Notestein, Justin M.

    2012-12-01

    New porous materials such as zeolites, metal-organic frameworks and mesostructured oxides are of immense practical utility for gas storage, separations and heterogeneous catalysis. Their extended pore structures enable selective uptake of molecules or can modify the product selectivity (regioselectivity or enantioselectivity) of catalyst sites contained within. However, diffusion within pores can be problematic for biomass and fine chemicals, and not all catalyst classes can be readily synthesized with pores of the correct dimensions. Here, we present a novel approach that adds reactant selectivity to existing, non-porous oxide catalysts by first grafting the catalyst particles with single-molecule sacrificial templates, then partially overcoating the catalyst with a second oxide through atomic layer deposition. This technique is used to create sieving layers of Al2O3 (thickness, 0.4-0.7 nm) with nanocavities (<2 nm in diameter) on a TiO2 photocatalyst. The additional layers result in selectivity (up to 9:1) towards less hindered reactants in otherwise unselective, competitive photocatalytic oxidations and transfer hydrogenations.

  17. Characterization of candidate materials in SCWR conditions - Estimation of kinetic parameters of individual corrosion layer constituents

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    Understanding of corrosion phenomena of candidate materials under SCWR (Supercritical Water Reactor) conditions necessitates a reliable experimental testing of such materials and also a development of modelling techniques for the relevant conditions. The long term objective of this work is to perform a study that would serve as a guide for the selection of in-core materials for the European HPLWR (High Performance Light Water Reactor). One of the key performance indicators for the material selection is the corrosion and oxidation behaviour of materials in SCWR conditions. Therefore, a combination of in-situ studies with ex-situ analytical characterisation of the oxide films forming on the internal component candidate materials in contact with supercritical water are needed. In the present paper, a first step towards employing a model for the in-depth contents of individual metallic constituents (i.e. Fe, Cr, Ni, Mn) to estimate the kinetic and transport parameters of the oxidation process in SCWR conditions is performed. A preliminary description of the model concept and the calculation procedure for ferritic-martensitic (F/M) steel P91 and austenitic stainless steel AISI 316L(NG) are presented. For the purpose, selected material samples were analyzed using glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to determine the in-depth composition of the formed oxides. (authors)

  18. Three-Dimensional Finite Element Simulations for the Thermal Characteristics of PCRAMs with Different Buffer Layer Materials

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    Simulation of the heat consumption in phase change random access memories (PCRAMs) is investigated by a three-dimensional finite element model. It is revealed that the thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity of the buffer layer are crucial in controlling the heating efficiency in RESET process. The buffer layer materials W, TiN, WO3, TiO2 and poly-germanium (poly-Ge) are applied in the simulation respectively, and compared with each other. The simulation results show that limitation of electrical conductivity is effective on heating efficiency and the limitation of thermal conductivity is important on the reliable RESET process. (cross-disciplinary physics and related areas of science and technology)

  19. Molecular Sensing Ability of Layered Inorganic/Luminous Organic Nano Hybrid Solid Materials

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    To apply titanate nanosheet/decyltrimethlammonium/rhodamine 3B (TNS/C10TMA/R3B) hybrid material with highly luminescent ability to high performance sensor or indicator, spectroscopic properties in the absence and presence of water and/or NH3 vapors were investigated. The TNS/C10TMA/R3B hybrid material exhibited tone change of photoadsorption and photoluminescence in the presence of water vapor. Moreover, this material exhibited remarkable quenching in the presence of NH3 vapor under humid condition. It was found that this quenching was caused by an intramolecular cyclization reaction of incorporated R3B. This photoluminescence intensity decreased with an increase in NH3 concentration. This fact is that the present hybrid material has a high potential for molecular sensor or indicator.

  20. New diffusion protective layers on constructional materials used in aggressive chemical environments

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    The review of materials and protective coatings for constructions working in aggressive chemical conditions have been done. The new trends and solutions have been performed. Manufacturing and properties of Si-B protective coatings in comparison with other corrosion resistant materials have been described. It has been shown the better anticorrosive properties of elaborated Si-B coatings manufactured in the diffusion powder process than specified for stainless steels dedicated for working in chemical aggressive conditions. (author)

  1. Simulation of Sputtering Damage of Tungsten Coating Layer on First Wall Materials of a Fusion Reactor

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    First Wall (FW) structural materials of fusion reactors, such as International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), are subjected to transient loads (disruptions, ELMs, and VDE) resulting in the loss of integrity from erosion/deposition processes. The dominant mechanism for erosion of Plasma Facing Component (PFC) materials is sputtering by which atoms from the surface of solid are ejected due to interaction with energetic plasma ions. Simulation of such trajectories of ions is used to calculate sputtering yields further estimating lifetime of materials. Tungsten coating on FW materials such as tungsten (W) and Carbon Fiber Composites (CFC) has been considered to compensate for this loss of eroded materials. In this study, a computational simulation of sputtering of W coating on W and CFC target was performed to incorporate physical interpretation of impact of coating density and surface binding energy (adhesion) on target damage behaviors. In variation of tungsten coating density, TRIM simulation on 3D target damage on tungsten substrate is carried out. For the higher coating density, the less target damage occurs. Surface binding energy modification seems to have no effect on sputtering yield of coating at all. Balancing of coating density and adhesion needs to be optimized Experimental validation of such results is to carry out for FW candidate target materials such as CFC and W by PS and PVD coating technique

  2. Simulation of Sputtering Damage of Tungsten Coating Layer on First Wall Materials of a Fusion Reactor

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    Kim, Hyunmyung; Lee, Ho Jung; Jang, Changheui [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    First Wall (FW) structural materials of fusion reactors, such as International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), are subjected to transient loads (disruptions, ELMs, and VDE) resulting in the loss of integrity from erosion/deposition processes. The dominant mechanism for erosion of Plasma Facing Component (PFC) materials is sputtering by which atoms from the surface of solid are ejected due to interaction with energetic plasma ions. Simulation of such trajectories of ions is used to calculate sputtering yields further estimating lifetime of materials. Tungsten coating on FW materials such as tungsten (W) and Carbon Fiber Composites (CFC) has been considered to compensate for this loss of eroded materials. In this study, a computational simulation of sputtering of W coating on W and CFC target was performed to incorporate physical interpretation of impact of coating density and surface binding energy (adhesion) on target damage behaviors. In variation of tungsten coating density, TRIM simulation on 3D target damage on tungsten substrate is carried out. For the higher coating density, the less target damage occurs. Surface binding energy modification seems to have no effect on sputtering yield of coating at all. Balancing of coating density and adhesion needs to be optimized Experimental validation of such results is to carry out for FW candidate target materials such as CFC and W by PS and PVD coating technique.

  3. Enhanced photon absorption in spiral nanostructured solar cells using layered 2D materials

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    Tahersima, Mohammad H.; Sorger, Volker J.

    2015-08-01

    Recent investigations of semiconducting two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides have provided evidence for strong light absorption relative to its thickness attributed to high density of states. Stacking a combination of metallic, insulating, and semiconducting 2D materials enables functional devices with atomic thicknesses. While photovoltaic cells based on 2D materials have been demonstrated, the reported absorption is still just a few percent of the incident light due to their sub-wavelength thickness leading to low cell efficiencies. Here we show that taking advantage of the mechanical flexibility of 2D materials by rolling a molybdenum disulfide (MoS2)/graphene (Gr)/hexagonal boron nitride stack to a spiral solar cell allows for optical absorption up to 90%. The optical absorption of a 1 ?m long hetero-material spiral cell consisting of the aforementioned hetero stack is about 50% stronger compared to a planar MoS2 cell of the same thickness; although the volumetric absorbing material ratio is only 6%. A core-shell structure exhibits enhanced absorption and pronounced absorption peaks with respect to a spiral structure without metallic contacts. We anticipate these results to provide guidance for photonic structures that take advantage of the unique properties of 2D materials in solar energy conversion applications.

  4. Bacterial surface layer proteins as a novel capillary coating material for capillary electrophoretic separations.

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    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

  5. Desiccated Coconut Residue Based Activated Carbon as an Electrode Material for Electric Double Layer Capacitor

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    Mohd Adib Yahya; C. W. Z. C. W. Ngah; Hashim, M. A.; Musa Ahmad; Mohd Ambar Yarmo

    2015-01-01

    Activated carbon derived from desiccated coconut residue was treated with sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and analyzed for its supercapacitor performance. The sample was then characterized by N2 adsorption at -196°C, Energy dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis and X-ray diffraction (XRD) in order to investigate its surface area, porosity and microcrystalline properties. Specific surface area (SSA) was found to be 1394.79 m2/g with high microporosity of 76.92 %. Electrochemical double-layer capacitance was...

  6. Toward Nanoscale Material Applications: Colloidal Quantum Dot Memory And Multi-Layer Graphene Electronics And Optoelectronics

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    Olac-vaw, Roman

    In this dissertation, the analysis of a possible use of colloidal semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) in memory storage devices is presented. The charging and discharging behaviors of capped cadmium selenide (CdSe) QDs deposited on a sheet of graphite film layers in ambient conditions were analyzed. Individual QDs can be addressed (charged) with the synergistic action of light and the mechanical interaction of a probe of an atomic force microscope (AFM). The probe squeezes the coating layer of QDs helping the photoelectron to tunnel to either the conductive AFM probe or to the substrate. The charge can be induced on individual QDs by locating the QDs with AFM. The charges were stable in ambient conditions (survived up to 24 hours), and even recovered within a minute after their forced neutralization by airflow of negative ions. The analyzed QDs allow recording information at a density up to 1Tb/cm 2. A possibility to attain charging (writing) time down to nanoseconds while keeping discharging (storage) times for more than 100 years is also demonstrated. These results may also be of interest for QDs based sensors, memory, and solar cell applications. Multi-layer heteroepitaxial graphene was successfully formed on 3C-SiC grown on a Si substrate using single gas source molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The observation of ambipolar behavior, one of the unique properties of graphene, verifies the successful growth of graphene layers. The epitaxial graphene is believed to be unintentionally p-type doped with the Fermi level offset around +0.11˜+0.12 V at the Dirac point. Backgate field-effect transistors using multilayer graphene channel were designed, fabricated and characterized for electronic and optoelectronic applications. Even though some gate leakage current was observed, the experimental results show the device worked as an n-type transistor as well as an infrared detector. The drain saturated current of the graphene channel transistor is on the order of mA/mm. The extracted effective mobility was calculated to be around 6000 cm/ V.s which is much higher than Si under any circumstances. The photoreponsivity of the device was achieved up to 100 A/W at 1064 nm wavelength source. Constant photocurrent from 1400 nm to 1600 nm due to interband transition was also observed. The response at 1.6 THz with photoresponsivity of 75 muA/W at 1.6 THz is believed due to intraband transitions.

  7. Aligned carbon nanotube film enables thermally induced state transformations in layered polymeric materials.

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    Lee, Jeonyoon; Stein, Itai Y; Kessler, Seth S; Wardle, Brian L

    2015-04-29

    The energy losses and geometric constraints associated with conventional curing techniques of polymeric systems motivate the study of a highly scalable out-of-oven curing method using a nanostructured resistive heater comprised of aligned carbon nanotubes (A-CNT). The experimental results indicate that, when compared to conventional oven based techniques, the use of an "out-of-oven" A-CNT integrated heater leads to orders of magnitude reductions in the energy required to process polymeric layered structures such as composites. Integration of this technology into structural systems enables the in situ curing of large-scale polymeric systems at high efficiencies, while adding sensing and control capabilities. PMID:25872577

  8. Engineering topological superconductors using surface atomic-layer/molecule hybrid materials.

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    Uchihashi, Takashi

    2015-08-28

    Surface atomic-layer (SAL) superconductors consisting of epitaxially grown metal adatoms on a clean semiconductor surface have been recently established. Compared to conventional metal thin films, they have two important features: (i) space-inversion symmetry-breaking throughout the system and (ii) high sensitivity to surface adsorption of foreign species. These potentially lead to manifestation of the Rashba effect and a Zeeman field exerted by adsorbed magnetic organic molecules. After introduction of the archetypical SAL superconductor Si(111)-(√7 × √3)-In, we describe how these features are utilized to engineer a topological superconductor with Majorana fermions and discuss its promises and expected challenges. PMID:26234824

  9. Mass transfer across combustion gas thermal boundary layers - Power production and materials processing implications

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    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. Nanostructured layers of anion-defective gammaalumina New perspective TL and OSL materials for skin dosimetry. Preliminary results

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    Thin- layer material based on nanostructured Al2O3 of the surface density 5mg/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 ?-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 300K) components to OSL and TL yields are required. - Highlights: Thin nanostructured layers (TNL) of Al2O3 with thickness of 5mg/cm2 were obtained. Its TL and OSL yields are related to contents of ?-phase and anion vacancies. Dose response of TNL shows linear behavior in a range of 105000mGy. Luminescence properties of TNL are similar to such of anion-defective corundum. These properties are associated with centers of F-type

  11. Multi-layered organic light-emitting diode fabrication using low molecular weight materials by electrospray method

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    Koishikawa, Yasushi; Miyazaki, Hiroshi [Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA), Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Nippon Steel and Sumikin Chemical Co., Ltd., 46-80 Nakabaru Sakinohama, Tobata, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka 804-8503 (Japan); Yahiro, Masayuki [Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA), Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Institute of Systems, Information Technologies and Nanotechnologies (ISIT), 2-1-22 Momochihama, Sawara, Fukuoka 814-0001 (Japan); Adachi, Chihaya, E-mail: adachi@cstf.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA), Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER), Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan)

    2013-10-31

    Active technology development efforts to improve the productivity of organic light emitting diode (OLED) fabrication using wet processes based on ink-jet technology have been conducted by taking advantage of the low cost and large area processability of organic materials. However, OLEDs formed by conventional wet processes have been unable to reproduce the high performance levels of OLEDs that were mass-produced by dry processes based on vacuum deposition. We have therefore focused on the electrospray (ES) method as a potential fabrication technology. In this paper, we report on a multilayer thin-film fabrication process with low molecular-weight materials using an ES method that allows atomization of the organic materials by Coulomb repulsion and successive adhesion of solid-state multi-layered thin films. We demonstrate OLED fabrication by this ES method and the characteristics of the resulting devices. - Highlights: We fabricated multilayers of small organic molecules using electrospray (ES) method. ES method allows a film formation without erosion of the underlying organic layers. We evaluate the characteristics of OLEDs fabricated by ES method.

  12. Flexible n-type thermoelectric materials by organic intercalation of layered transition metal dichalcogenide TiS2.

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    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

  13. Material identification in x-ray microscopy and micro CT using multi-layer, multi-color scintillation detectors.

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    Modgil, Dimple; Rigie, David S; Wang, Yuxin; Xiao, Xianghui; Vargas, Phillip A; La Rivire, Patrick J

    2015-10-21

    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. PMID:26422059

  14. Collision of a vortex ring on granular material. Part II. Erosion of the granular layer

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    In our previous paper (part I), an experimental result was presented on the normal impact of a vortex ring on the granular layer (glass beads of diameter 0.10 mm), which was placed at a specified distance from the outlet of the vortex ring generator. The Reynolds number of the vortex ring ranged from 1000 to 6000, whereas the traveling distance ranged from 2 to 13 times of the diameter of the vortex ring generator nozzle. In part I, the deformation of the vortex ring impacting on the granular layer and the development of the secondary vortex ring were focused. In this paper (part II), the erosion of the granular surface by the vortex ring is described. Various patterns were found depending on the Reynolds number of the vortex ring and the traveling distance. Two patterns, one (grooves) which has radial striations from the central depressed region to the outer edge of the rim and the other (dimples) which is characterized by isolated small depressions around the outer edge of the rim, are examined in detail. The formation processes of these patterns are elucidated in terms of the deformation of the vortex ring. (paper)

  15. Nanoscale interaction mechanism between a solid tip and a layered material while in relative motion: the boric acid case

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    Prioli, R.; Ponciano, C. R.; Freire, F. L., Jr.

    The interaction occurring between a layered material (boric acid) and an atomic force microscope tip is discussed. It is shown that images containing the periodicity of a boric acid crystal, and the low friction occurring between the tip and the crystal surface, are caused by an effective tip composed of boric acid molecules. The friction at the sliding system decreases with an increase of the scanning velocity, suggesting that the dependence of friction on the velocity can be caused by a change of the energy dissipation regime from the nonlinear dynamics of a sliding system to phonon excitation.

  16. Preliminary Study on Piezoresistive and Piezoelectric Properties of a Double-layer Soft Material for Tactile Sensing

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a double-layer simplified sensor unit with interesting electromechanical properties, which consists of a film made from multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWNT mixed by polymer composite and a thin film of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF. It 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 prosthetic hand.

  17. Dependence of structure and temperature for lithium-rich layered-spinel microspheres cathode material of lithium ion batteries

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    Di Wang; Ruizhi Yu; Xianyou Wang; Long Ge; Xiukang Yang

    2015-01-01

    Homogeneous lithium-rich layered-spinel 0.5Li2MnO3·0.5LiMn1/3Ni1/3Co1/3O2 microspheres (~1 μm) are successfully prepared by a solvothermal method and subsequent high-temperature calcinations process. The effects of temperature on the structure and performance of the as-prepared cathode material are systemically studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), galvanostatical charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectra. ...

  18. Theory of the axi-symmetric extrusion process of multi-layer materials with a strong plastic nonhomogeneity

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    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...

  19. Study of surfaces and surface layers on high temperature materials after short-time thermal loads

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    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.)

  20. The impact of porosity on the formation of manganese based copper diffusion barrier layers on low-? dielectric materials

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    McCoy, A. P.; Bogan, J.; Walsh, L.; Byrne, C.; O'Connor, R.; Woicik, J. C.; Hughes, G.

    2015-08-01

    This work investigates the impact of porosity in low-? 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.

  1. Features in Energy Accumulation in Double Layer on the surface of Graphene Material

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    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.

  2. Processing of brittle materials in the nanometer range of thickness of layers cut

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    Shavva, M. A.; Lapshin, V. V.; Grubyy, S. V.

    2015-09-01

    The article deals with the results of experimental research in the ultra-precision diamond machining of brittle materials - potassium dihydrogen phosphate, single-crystal quartz, quartz glass, crystalline glass, sapphire, and germanium. The processing modes at which the nanometer roughness of the processed surface was achieved are specified.

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

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    Kaiser, M.; Hupfer, T.; Jokubavicus, V.; Schimmel, S.; Syväjärvi, M.; Ou, Yiyu; Ou, Haiyan; Linnarsson, M. K.; Wellmann, P.

    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...

  4. Comparative study on electrical properties of atomic layer deposited high-permittivity materials on silicon substrates

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    Deep level transient spectroscopy, capacitance-voltage and conductance transient measurement techniques have been applied in order to evaluate the electrical quality of thin high-permittivity oxide layers on silicon. The oxides studied included HfO2 film grown from two different oxygen-free metal precursors and Ta2O5 and Nb2O5 nanolaminates. The interface trap densities correlated to the oxide growth chemistry and semiconductor substrate treatment. No gap state densities induced by structural disorder were measured in the films grown on chemical SiO2. Trap densities were also clearly lower in HfO2 films compared to Ta2O5-Nb2O5

  5. Toughness and subcritical crack growth in Nb/Nb3Al layered materials

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    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

  6. Multifunctional-layered materials for creating membrane-restricted nanodomains and nanoscale imaging

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    Srinivasan, P.

    2016-01-01

    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.

  7. Electron Beam Lithography Using Highly Sensitive Negative Type of Plant-Based Resist Material Derived from Biomass on Hardmask Layer

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    Takei, Satoshi; Oshima, Akihiro; Sekiguchi, Atsushi; Yanamori, Naomi; Kashiwakura, Miki; Kozawa, Takahiro; Tagawa, Seiichi

    2011-10-01

    We investigated electron beam (EB) lithography using a novel highly sensitive negative type of plant-based resist material derived from biomass on a hardmask layer for trilayer processes. The chemical design concept for using the plant-based resist material with glucose and dextrin derivatives was first demonstrated in the EB lithography. The 1 µm line patterning images with highly efficient crosslinking properties and low film thickness shrinkage were provided under specific process conditions of EB lithography. The results shown reveal that the alpha-linked disaccharide formed by a 1,1-glucoside bond between two glucose units in dextrin derivatives was an important factor in controlling the highly sensitive EB patterning and developer properties.

  8. Granular and layered ferroelectric–ferromagnetic thin-film nanocomposites as promising materials with high magnetotransmission effect

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    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.

  9. Granular and layered ferroelectric–ferromagnetic thin-film nanocomposites as promising materials with high magnetotransmission effect

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    Epitaxial thin films of granular and layered nanocomposites consisting of ferromagnetic perovskite Pr1–xSrxMnO3 and ferroelectric hexagonal LuMnO3 were grown on ZrO2(Y2O3) 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

  10. The effect of fibre layering pattern in resisting bending loads of natural fibre-based hybrid composite materials

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    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.

  11. A novel class of strain gauges based on layered percolative films of 2D materials.

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    Hempel, Marek; Nezich, Daniel; Kong, Jing; Hofmann, Mario

    2012-11-14

    Here we report on the fabrication and characterization of a novel type of strain gauge based on percolative networks of 2D materials. The high sensitivity of the percolative carrier transport to strain induced morphology changes was exploited in strain sensors that can be produced from a wide variety of materials. Highly reliable and sensitive graphene-based thin film strain gauges were produced from solution processed graphene flakes by spray deposition. Control of the gauge sensitivity could be exerted through deposition-induced changes to the film morphology. This exceptional property was explained through modeling of the strain induced changes to the flake-flake overlap for different percolation networks. The ability to directly deposit strain gauges on complex-shaped and transparent surfaces was presented. The demonstrated scalable fabrication, superior sensitivity over conventional sensors, and unique properties of the described strain gauges have the potential to improve existing technology and open up new fields of applications for strain sensors. PMID:23045955

  12. Development of photocatalytic ceramic materials through the deposition of TiO2 nanoparticles layers

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    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 ...

  13. Mechanical contact for layered anisotropic materials using a semi-analytical method

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    Bagault, Caroline

    2013-01-01

    Fretting and wear are recurrent problems in the field of aeronautics. Contacts the blade / disk at the compressor or high-pressure turbine aircraft engines, for example, are subjected to high stresses at high temperatures. The challenge for manufacturers is to maximize the lifetime of these components and be able to predict crack initiation. To improve handling parts, coatings are used to protect them. Materials and their mechanical properties have a direct impact on the contact and the lifet...

  14. Quantum electrodynamics near anisotropic polarizable materials: Casimir-Polder shifts near multi-layers of graphene

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    Eberlein, Claudia

    2012-01-01

    In a recent paper we have formulated a theory of non-relativistic quantum electrodynamics in the presence of an inhomogeneous Huttner-Barnett dielectric. Here we generalize the formalism to anisotropic materials and show how it may be modified to include conducting surfaces. We start with the derivation of the photon propagator for a slab of material and use it to work out the energy-level shift near a medium whose conductivity in the direction parallel to the surface far exceeds that in the direction perpendicular to the surface. We investigate the influence of the anisotropy of the material's electromagnetic response on the Casimir-Polder shifts, both analytically and numerically, and show that it may have a significant impact on the atom-surface interaction, especially in the non-retarded regime, i.e. for small atom-surface separations. Our results for the energy shift may be used to estimate the Casimir-Polder force acting on quantum objects close to multilayers of graphene or graphite. They are particula...

  15. Variational principles and size-dependent bounds for piezoelectric inhomogeneous materials with piezoelectric spring–layer imperfect interfaces

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    The piezoelectric spring–layer interface model is widely used in describing some imperfect interfaces frequently involved in piezoelectric inhomogeneous materials. Typically, it is appropriate for modeling a thin, soft and low conducting interface between two bulk phases. This model stipulates that, across an interface, the displacement and electric potential are discontinuous while the traction and normal electric displacement are continuous and proportional to the displacement and electric potential jumps, respectively. In this work, the classical minimum potential principles of linear piezoelectricity are extended to piezoelectric inhomogeneous materials with piezoelectric spring–layer imperfect interfaces, and to investigating the interface effects on their effective properties. By choosing simple admissible displacement–electric displacement and stress–electric potential coupling fields, the extended Voigt and Reuss bounds can explicitly be derived for the corresponding effective properties of a transversely isotropic fiber reinforced composite which is subjected to remotely uniform in-plane electric loading and anti-plane mechanical loading. Numerical results are provided to illustrate the size-dependent features of the obtained Voigt and Reuss bounds. (paper)

  16. Phenylvinyl-Substituted Carbazole Twin Compounds as Efficient Materials for the Charge-Transporting Layers of OLED Devices

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    Tavgeniene, D.; Liu, L.; Krucaite, G.; Volyniuk, D.; Grazulevicius, J. V.; Xie, Z.; Zhang, B.; Grigalevicius, S.

    2015-10-01

    Twin compounds containing two phenylvinyl-substituted carbazole rings were synthesized by multi-step synthesis. The compounds were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and electron photoemission spectroscopy. The thermal stability of the materials was very high; initial thermal degradation temperatures were in the range 411-419C. The glass-transition temperatures of the amorphous materials were in the range 74-119C. Electron photoemission spectra of thin layers of the compounds revealed ionization potentials were in the range 5.05-5.45 eV. The hole-transporting properties of thin amorphous layers of the twin compounds were tested in organic light-emitting diodes with Alq3 as green emitter. The best overall performance was observed for a device based on the twin compound containing 3-[2-(4-methylphenyl)vinyl]carbazole groups; the turn-on voltage was 2.6 V, the maximum photometric efficiency 2.34 cd/A, and maximum brightness approximately 7380 cd/m2. At a brightness of 1000 cd/m2 the photometric efficiency was 23% higher than for a PEDOT:PSS-based device.

  17. A green synthesis of a layered titanate, potassium lithium titanate; lower temperature solid-state reaction and improved materials performance

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    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

  18. Determining the humidity profiles in thick layers of building materials by means of prompt gamma neutron activation analysis

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    A new non-destructive and quantitative test method for determining the humidity profiles of thick layers (0.2-0.8 m) of building materials and structures is proposed. The method is based on spectrometric detection of hard prompt gamma rays (2.23 MeV) from the absorption of thermalised fast neutrons in hydrogen nuclei. For scanning the object, e.g.: A thick layer made of concrete or bricks etc. in the X, Y direction, one uses a collimated bundle of fast neutrons (14 MeV) from a mobile neutron generator. The humidity profile is determined by gamma spectrometer scanning of the prompt gamma source density along the optical path of the neutron bundle in the object, by means of a gas spectrometer equipped with a collimator (ID tomography). The method makes the simultaneous detection of different nests of salts and structural materials, e.g. steel bars, copper or aluminium plates, possible. Based on the transport properties of the neutrons and the properties of the PGNAA method, the characteristic properties and experimental possibilities of the proposed method are described. The plans for researching and developing the method and the adaptation of the measuring apparatus are explained. (orig./HP)

  19. Atomic layer deposition of amorphous iron phosphates on carbon nanotubes as cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    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

  20. Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) application in metal barrier layer integrity for porous low- k materials

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    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...

  1. Carbon materials with quasi-graphene layers: The dielectric, percolation properties and the electronic transport mechanism

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    We investigate the dielectric properties of multi-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. MWCNTs 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

  2. Impact of Carbon and Tungsten as Divertor Materials on the Scrape-off Layer Conditions in JET

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    Full text: In detached divertor conditions, a five-fold stronger reduction of the ion current to the low-field side target plate and a 30% increase in the density limit were observed in neutral-beam heated, low-confinement mode plasmas with the ITER-like Wall compared to the previous carbon wall. These significant differences occurred at higher core densities despite the fact that nearly identical scrape-off layer parameters were measured in attached divertor conditions. When attached, the magnitude and distribution of radiative power as well as the total ion currents to the divertor target plates were measured the same for a range of divertor plasma geometries, including configurations with the high field side strike point on the vertical plate and the low field side strike point on the horizontal plate, and configurations with both strike points on the vertical plates. The 5-to-10-fold reduction of the scrape-off layer carbon content as inferred from low charge state carbon emission, and the fact that both beryllium and tungsten have a low radiation potential in the scrape-off layer, would indicate that the deuterium emission was and still is the dominating radiator. Simulations of deuterium gas fuelling scans with the fluid edge code EDGE2/EIRENE show that replacing carbon with beryllium and tungsten as wall materials leads to reduced impurity radiation, as expected, and translates into an increase in the power conducted to the plates. The ion currents to the plates, however, are predicted to be similar in both materials configurations. Saturation of the ion currents is predicted at the highest achievable density; the simulations do not predict the reduction of the currents close to the density limit as observed in the experiments. Since the JET ITER-like wall constitutes the same materials and their poloidal distribution as foreseen for the nuclear phase of ITER, understanding the observed differences in the SOL conditions between the two materials configuration, and clarifying the discrepancy between the experimental data and simulations are instrumental for erosion and power handling in ITER. (author)

  3. Influence of fouling on the efficiency of sacrificial anodes in providing cathodic protection in Southeast Asian tropical seawater.

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    Blackwood, D J; Lim, C S; Teo, S L M

    2010-10-01

    Aluminum and zinc based sacrificial anodes are routinely used to provide corrosion protection to metals (typically steel) exposed to seawater, for example in steel pipelines and storage tanks. However, the high fouling rates experienced in South East Asia means that both the anodes and the metals to be protected rapidly become coated with macrofoulers, which could potentially prevent the anodes from being effective. The present study, involving exposure tests of up to 18 months, indicates that both aluminum and zinc sacrificial anodes remain effective even after being completely coated with biofouling. Furthermore, it was easier to remove the biofouling on the cathodically protected samples than on their unprotected counterparts, possibly due to the higher local pH produced by cathodic protection at the metal and seawater interface. PMID:20818571

  4. ‘Utilitarian’ judgments in sacrificial moral dilemmas do not reflect impartial concern for the greater good

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    Kahane, G; Everett, JA; Earp, BD; Farias, M.; Savulescu, J.; Kahane, Guy; Everett, Jim; Earp, Brian; Farias, Miguel; Savulescu, Julianl

    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,...

  5. Structuration of the low temperature co-fired ceramics (LTCC) using novel sacrificial graphite paste with PVA–propylene glycol–glycerol–water vehicle

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    Malecha, Karol; Maeder, Thomas; Jacq, Caroline; Ryser, Peter

    2011-01-01

    A novel formulation for thick-film graphite sacrificial pastes is studied in this paper. It is composed of coarse graphite powder (grain size: 25 μm), dispersed in a vehicle consisting of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) dissolved in a propylene glycol (PG)–glycerol (G)–water mix, which is not aggressive to thin LTCC sheets. The presented sacrificial paste has been successfully applied for fabrication of thin (

  6. The Effect of the Thickness of the Low Temperature AlN Nucleation Layer on the Material Properties of GaN Grown on a Double-Step AlN Buffer Layer by the MOCVD Method

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    Huang, Wei-Ching; Chu, Chung-Ming; Hsieh, Chi-Feng; Wong, Yuen-Yee; Chen, Kai-wei; Lee, Wei-I.; Tu, Yung-Yi; Chang, Edward-Yi; Dee, Chang Fu; Majlis, B. Y.; Yap, S. L.

    2016-02-01

    The influence of low-temperature AlN (LT-AlN) nucleation layer thickness on the material properties of the GaN layer grown on the double-step AlN layer is investigated. When GaN was grown without the LT-AlN nucleation layer, the GaN layer has low sheet resistance of 464 ohm/sq and the surface was decorated with pitted region. On the other hand, when a LT-AlN layer with a thickness of 5 nm was inserted, a GaN layer with sheet resistance higher than 106 ohm/sq was achieved. This thin nucleation layer also improved the GaN morphology, suppressed inversion domain formation, and reduced oxygen impurity incorporation. However, the surface morphology and quality of the GaN crystal were severely degraded when the LT-AlN thickness was increased to 10 nm due to the formation of disorientated grains in the LT-AlN layer.

  7. Electrochemical treatment of Orange II dye solution-Use of aluminum sacrificial electrodes and floc characterization

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    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.

  8. Synthesis of porous silica hollow spheres using sacrificial template for drug delivery applications

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we report on the synthesis of SiO2 hollow spheres using carbon nanospheres as the sacrificial template by hydrothermal method. The synthesized substrates are in a spherical morphology and uniform size distribution. The effects of hydrothermal process, concentration and the reaction temperature were optimized during synthesis of carbon nanospheres. Infrared spectroscopy (IR, and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM methods were used for identification of the synthesized products. The synthesized SiO2 nanospheres were used as drug carrier to investigate in vitro release behavior of monoterpenic phenol isomers, carvacrol and thymol, in simulated body fluid (SBF. Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis method was carried out to determine the amount of the drugs entrapped in the carrier. The results indicated that SiO2 nanospheres have high ability to adsorb the drugs and there is no need for adjusting the pH during the adsorption process. The drug release profile shows a three stages pattern and indicates a delayed release action.

  9. Sacrificial Silver Nanoparticles: Reducing GeI2 To Form Hollow Germanium Nanoparticles by Electroless Deposition.

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    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

  10. Deoxyguanosine phosphate mediated sacrificial bonds promote synergistic mechanical properties in nacre-mimetic nanocomposites.

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    Martikainen, Lahja; Walther, Andreas; Seitsonen, Jani; Berglund, Lars; Ikkala, Olli

    2013-08-12

    We show that functionalizing polymer-coated colloidal nanoplatelets with guanosine groups allows synergistic increase of mechanical properties in nacre-mimetic lamellar self-assemblies. Anionic montmorillonite (MTM) was first coated using cationic poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) to prepare core-shell colloidal platelets, and subsequently the remaining chloride counterions allowed exchange to functional anionic 2'-deoxyguanosine 5'-monophosphate (dGMP) counterions, containing hydrogen bonding donors and acceptors. The compositions were studied using elemental analysis, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, wide-angle X-ray scattering, and tensile testing. The lamellar spacing between the clays increases from 1.85 to 2.14 nm upon addition of the dGMP. Adding dGMP increases the elastic modulus, tensile strength, and strain 33.0%, 40.9%, and 5.6%, respectively, to 13.5 GPa, 67 MPa, and 1.24%, at 50% relative humidity. This leads to an improved toughness seen as a ca. 50% increase of the work-to-failure. This is noteworthy, as previously it has been observed that connecting the core-shell nanoclay platelets covalently or ionically leads to increase of the stiffness but to reduced strain. We suggest that the dynamic supramolecular bonds allow slippage and sacrificial bonds between the self-assembling nanoplatelets, thus promoting toughness, still providing dynamic interactions between the platelets. PMID:23822180

  11. Electrochemical treatment of Orange II dye solution-Use of aluminum sacrificial electrodes and floc characterization

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    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.

  12. Carbon aerogels as electrode material for electrical double layer supercapacitors-Synthesis and properties

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    This paper constitutes a description of technological research the aim of which was to design a symmetric supercapacitor dedicated for the system of quality of electrical energy improvement (supply interruption, voltage dip). The main task was to use the carbon aerogel technology as the efficient method for production of electrode material with desirable properties. Carbon aerogels were prepared by carbonization of resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) polymer gels. RF-gels were synthesized by curing polycondensation and by the inverse emulsion polymerization of resorcinol with formaldehyde, followed by microwave drying. The morphostructural characteristics of the carbon aerogels were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and the N2 adsorption (BET method). The electrochemical properties were characterized by means of cycle voltammetry, galvanostatic charging/discharging, and self-discharge.

  13. Characterization of dielectric materials in thin layers for the development of S.O.I. (Silicon on Insulator) substrates

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    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)

  14. Investigation into the manufacturing of female blanking dies made of multi-layers of steel and superplastic Materials

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    Superplasticity is a feature which means the ability of deforming up to large strains at relatively low stresses when the material is deformed under certain condition of temperature and strain rate. This superplastic characteristic of metals and alloys is invested in manufacturing parts mainly used in the automobile industry. Superplastic tin-lead eutectic alloy is usually used for the laboratory investigations due to its low melting point, high ductility, and very low strength. In this paper, the utilization of superplastic tin-lead alloy is used to investigate the possibility of manufacturing female blanking dies. These dies are mainly machined with loss of materials with time consuming and high cost particularly in case of complicated and intricate shapes of dies. The idea was brought about from a previous work of one of the authors on the blanking of this superplastic materials where the best quality blanks (i.e. minimum dishing, doming and edge taper) of the blanks at zero radial clearance percentage. Hence, the pierced sheet will have the same dimensions and details of the punch. Multi layered plate made of alternative laminates of steel and tin-lead superplastic material joined at their interfaces by an adhesive material of high shear strength, araldite, were used in producing the female dies, by piercing the plate by a punch of the required shape. Three different shapes of blanking dies were produced the details of the punches appeared clearly in the pierced plate. This newly reported method has the following advantages, high accuracy is achieved, low force and energy are required for production of the dies, and hence low production cost. (author)

  15. High-performance lithium-rich layered oxide materials: Effects of chelating agents on microstructure and electrochemical properties

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    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

  16. Nano-sized structured layered positive electrode materials to enable high energy density and high rate capability lithium batteries

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    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.

  17. Sensitivity study of multi-layer active magnetic regenerators using first order magnetocaloric material La(Fe,Mn,Si)13Hy

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    Lei, Tian; Nielsen, Kaspar K.; Engelbrecht, Kurt; Bahl, Christian R. H.; Neves Bez, Henrique; Veje, Christian T.

    2015-07-01

    We present simulation results of multi-layer active magnetic regenerators using the solid-state refrigerant La(Fe,Mn,Si)13Hy. This material presents a large, however quite sharp, isothermal entropy change that requires a careful choice of number of layers and working temperature for multi-layer regenerators. The impact of the number of layers and the sensitivity to the working temperature as well as the temperature span are quantified using a one dimensional numerical model. A study of the sensitivity of variation in Curie temperature through a uniform and normal distribution is also presented. The results show that the nominal cooling power is very sensitive to the Curie temperature variation in the multi-layer regenerators. A standard deviation of the Curie temperature variation for a normal distribution less than 0.6 K is suggested in order to achieve sufficient performance of a 15-layer regenerator with Curie temperature spacing of 2 K.

  18. In situ high-temperature TEM observation of material escape from a surface of CoFeNi/Cu/ZrAlO composite into the amorphous carbon layer

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    Highlights: • We observed a moment of CoFeNi particle movement from surface into the carbon layer. • Liquid-like behavior of the CoFeNi particles was detected. • After heating, carbon layer became tightly packed with small particles and single atoms. • Three main phases, CoFeNi, FePt, and W, were detected in the carbon layer. - Abstract: We observed the moment of material escape from a surface of CoFeNi/Cu/Zr(Al)O2 composite into the amorphous carbon layer when we studied the phase transformation of the structure using in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) technique at 800 °C. To protect the top surface of the TEM specimen against focused-ion beam process damage, the specimen had been coated with an amorphous carbon layer, a thin Pt film and a W protective layer. During our high-temperature experiments at 800 °C, we detected that the CoFeNi nanoparticles moved from the surface of the TEM specimen into the amorphous carbon layer. A porous amorphous carbon layer had a large impact on the visualization of this phenomenon. Liquid-like behavior of the CoFeNi phase, which possessed some crystalline order, was detected before the material escaped from the surface. After heating, the carbon layer became tightly packed with small particles and single atoms. The majority of the particles in the carbon layer were in the size range of 1–4 nm. The particles were assigned to the CoFeNi, FePt, and W phases. The CoFeNi particles escaped directly from the specimen surface, while the FePt and W particles were formed in the carbon layer during heating as a result of atomic reactions. The single atoms observed in the carbon layer were attributed to the heavy elements Pt and W

  19. Atomic layer deposition of environmentally benign SnTiO{sub x} as a potential ferroelectric material

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    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.

  20. Enhancement of electrochemical performance with Zn-Al-Bi layered hydrotalcites as anode material for Zn/Ni secondary battery

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    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

  1. High-performance hierarchical LiNi1/3Mn1/3Co1/3O2 microspheres synthesized via a facile template-sacrificial route

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    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

  2. Diseo de aleaciones para nodos de sacrificio sustentables / Designing alloys for sustainable sacrificial anodes

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    Guillermo, Salas-Banuet; Laura, Verduzco-Flores.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Se presenta: un proceso de diseo de aleaciones para fabricar nodos de sacrificio, usados en ambientes marinos; la propuesta de sustituir al In con Ag, en aleaciones Al-Zn-In, buscando sustentar el medio ambiente; y la proposicin de incluir los parmetros de los procesos de fabricacin de nodos y [...] los estructurales en la normatividad sobre nodos de sacrificio. Se manufacturaron en el laboratorio, se ensayaron y compararon ocho aleaciones Al-Zn 2% (contenido menor al que seala la norma para aleaciones con In (de 3.5 a 5%) y con Sn (de 4 a 5%), buscando mayor sustentabilidad); cuatro se alearon con In (de 0.59 a 0.766%) y cuatro con Ag (de 0.23 a 0.428%). Se usaron dos rapideces de enfriamiento durante la solidificacin, buscando modificar la estructura y cambiar propiedades y comportamientos ante la corrosin -el potencial de corrosin, la rapidez de corrosin, la activacin del nodo, el tipo de corrosin y la eficiencia de corriente-. se evaluaron las estructuras y se midieron sus potenciales; se encontr que la variacin de la rapidez de enfriamiento modific la estructura de las aleaciones, sus propiedades y comportamientos ante la corrosin y que el comportamiento general de algunas de las aleaciones con Ag es superior a las que contienen in. Las mayores eficiencias se dieron en las aleaciones con menor contenido de In (69%) y de Ag (71%). Abstract in english In this paper we present: a) a design process for manufacturing alloys to be used as sacrificial anodes in marine environments; b) the proposal to replace in with Ag, in search of alloys that could contribute to environmental sustain; and c) the proposal to include the parameters related to anode st [...] ructure and their manufacturing process in the regulation of sacrificial anodes. Eight Al-Zn 2% alloys were manufactured, tested, and compared in our laboratory. These had a lower content than the one indicated by the alloy standards - 3.5-5% and 4-5% content for in and Sn respectively- looking for a more sustainable environment. Four of them were alloyed with In (from 0.59 to 0.766%), and four with Ag (from 0.23 to 0.428%). in order to modify the structure, two cooling rates were used during solidification, seeking to modify their properties, and hence their behavior against corrosion, i.e. corrosion potential, corrosion rate, anode activation, type of corrosion and current efficiency. It was found that the variation of the cooling rate changes the structure of the alloys, their properties and corrosion behaviors. The overall behavior of some of the Ag alloys is superior to those containing In. The higher efficiencies were obtained for alloys with the lower amount of In (69%) and Ag (71%).

  3. Stacking sequence determines Raman intensities of observed interlayer shear modes in 2D layered materials--A general bond polarizability model.

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    Luo, Xin; Lu, Xin; Cong, Chunxiao; Yu, Ting; Xiong, Qihua; Quek, Su Ying

    2015-01-01

    2D layered materials have recently attracted tremendous interest due to their fascinating properties and potential applications. The interlayer interactions are much weaker than the intralayer bonds, allowing the as-synthesized materials to exhibit different stacking sequences, leading to different physical properties. Here, we show that regardless of the space group of the 2D materials, the Raman frequencies of the interlayer shear modes observed under the typical z(xx)z configuration blue shift for AB stacked materials, and red shift for ABC stacked materials, as the number of layers increases. Our predictions are made using an intuitive bond polarizability model which shows that stacking sequence plays a key role in determining which interlayer shear modes lead to the largest change in polarizability (Raman intensity); the modes with the largest Raman intensity determining the frequency trends. We present direct evidence for these conclusions by studying the Raman modes in few layer graphene, MoS2, MoSe2, WSe2 and Bi2Se3, using both first principles calculations and Raman spectroscopy. This study sheds light on the influence of stacking sequence on the Raman intensities of intrinsic interlayer modes in 2D layered materials in general, and leads to a practical way of identifying the stacking sequence in these materials. PMID:26469313

  4. A potential role for endogenous proteins as sacrificial sunscreens and antioxidants in human tissues.

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    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

    Excessive ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure of the skin is associated with adverse clinical outcomes. Although both exogenous sunscreens and endogenous tissue components (including melanins and tryptophan-derived compounds) reduce UVR penetration, the role of endogenous proteins in absorbing environmental UV wavelengths is poorly defined. Having previously demonstrated that proteins which are rich in UVR-absorbing amino acid residues are readily degraded by broadband UVB-radiation (containing UVA, UVB and UVC wavelengths) here we hypothesised that UV chromophore (Cys, Trp and Tyr) content can predict the susceptibility of structural proteins in skin and the eye to damage by physiologically relevant doses (up to 15.4J/cm(2)) of solar UVR (95% UVA, 5% UVB). We show that: i) purified suspensions of UV-chromophore-rich fibronectin dimers, fibrillin microfibrils and ?- and ?-lens crystallins undergo solar simulated radiation (SSR)-induced aggregation and/or decomposition and ii) exposure to identical doses of SSR has minimal effect on the size or ultrastructure of UV chromophore-poor tropoelastin, collagen I, collagen VI microfibrils and ?-crystallin. If UV chromophore content is a factor in determining protein stability in vivo, we would expect that the tissue distribution of Cys, Trp and Tyr-rich proteins would correlate with regional UVR exposure. From bioinformatic analysis of 244 key structural proteins we identified several biochemically distinct, yet UV chromophore-rich, protein families. The majority of these putative UV-absorbing proteins (including the late cornified envelope proteins, keratin associated proteins, elastic fibre-associated components and ?- and ?-crystallins) are localised and/or particularly abundant in tissues that are exposed to the highest doses of environmental UVR, specifically the stratum corneum, hair, papillary dermis and lens. We therefore propose that UV chromophore-rich proteins are localised in regions of high UVR exposure as a consequence of an evolutionary pressure to express sacrificial protein sunscreens which reduce UVR penetration and hence mitigate tissue damage. PMID:25911998

  5. Long-term performance of different aluminum alloy designs as sacrificial anodes for rebars

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    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.

  6. Properties of the material spontaneously formed in interfacial layer of system at extraction of rare-earth elements

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    Kizim, N. F.; Golubina, E. N.; Chekmarev, A. M.

    2013-03-01

    The wetting ability of the material formed spontaneously in the interface layer of an aqueous solution of a rare-earth element (REE) salt/solution of di-(2-ethylhexyl)phosphoric acid (D2EHPA) extraction system adhered onto a glass plate is investigated. It is found that its properties depend on the natures of the REE and the solvent, and the initial concentrations of the REE and the extracting reactant. It is shown that the material formed at the interface and adhered onto a glass plate has controlled wetting ability. The difference between the properties of interface REE formations for yttrium and cerium subgroups is established. The electric conductivity of interphase formations in the same systems is measured and shown to display an extreme dependence on time in systems with heptane but a monotonically increasing one in systems with toluene. It is shown that the electric conductivity of interphase formations diminishes sharply with an increase in the ratio of the initial concentrations of REE salt and D2EHPA. It is concluded that an increase in the relative gain of the average molar mass of interphase formations indicates coagulation and the formation of polymers.

  7. Materials and proportion's design of self-compacting mortar used for low diffusion layer in sub-surface radioactive waste disposal facility in Japan

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    This paper describes the design procedure for the material selection and mix proportion of the self-compacting mortar used for low diffusion layer cementitious material in the sub-surface radioactive waste disposal facility in Japan. The low diffusion layer is required for reducing transportation by controlling diffusion of a radionuclide. Therefore the low diffusion, cracks control, and low leaching are the important matters in the mix design. The process to select mortar mix design of the low diffusion layer is explained in detail. Of 33 kinds mix proportions used in laboratory comparative testing, the combinations of low heat portland cement, fly ash, lime powder and expansive addition was provisionally set to the mix proportion of the self-compacting mortar used for low diffusion layer. (author)

  8. Highly Dispersed Ultrafine Pt Nanoparticles on Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanosheets: In Situ Sacrificial Template Synthesis and Superior Electrocatalytic Performance for Methanol Oxidation.

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    Wu, Shouliang; Liu, Jun; Tian, Zhenfei; Cai, Yunyu; Ye, Yixing; Yuan, Qinglin; Liang, Changhao

    2015-10-21

    We report a simple and environmentally friendly route to prepare platinum/reduced graphene oxide (Pt/rGO) nanocomposites (NCs) with highly reactive MnOx colloids as reducing agents and sacrificial templates. The colloids are obtained by laser ablation of a metallic Mn target in graphene oxide (GO)-containing solution. Structural and morphological investigations of the as-prepared NCs revealed that ultrafine Pt nanoparticles (NPs) with an average size of 1.8 (±0.6) nm are uniformly dispersed on the surfaces of rGO nanosheets. Compared with commercial Pt/C catalysts, Pt/rGO NCs with highly electrochemically active surface areas show remarkably improved catalytic activity and durability toward methanol oxidation. All of these superior characteristics can be attributed to the small particle size and uniform distribution of the Pt NPs, as well as the excellent electrical conductivity and stability of the rGO catalyst support. These findings suggest that Pt/rGO electrocatalysts are promising candidate materials for practical use in fuel cells. PMID:26435201

  9. High-efficiency exfoliation of layered materials into 2D nanosheets in switchable CO2/Surfactant/H2O system

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    Wang, Nan; Xu, Qun; Xu, Shanshan; Qi, Yuhang; Chen, Meng; Li, Hongxiang; Han, Buxing

    2015-11-01

    Layered materials present attractive and important properties due to their two-dimensional (2D) structure, allowing potential applications including electronics, optoelectronics, and catalysis. However, fully exploiting the outstanding properties will require a method for their efficient exfoliation. Here we present that a series of layered materials can be successfully exfoliated into single- and few-layer nanosheets using the driving forces coming from the phase inversion, i.e., from micelles to reverse micelles in the emulsion microenvironment built by supercritical carbon dioxide (SC CO2). The effect of variable experimental parameters including CO2 pressure, ethanol/water ratio, and initial concentration of bulk materials on the exfoliation yield have been investigated. Moreover, we demonstrate that the exfoliated 2D nanosheets have their worthwhile applications, for example, graphene can be used to prepare conductive paper, MoS2 can be used as fluorescent label to perform cellular labelling, and BN can effectively reinforce polymers leading to the promising mechanical properties.

  10. Preparation of mesoporous carbon/polypyrrole composite materials and their supercapacitive properties

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    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.

  11. Vanadium Oxyfluoride/Few-Layer Graphene Composite as a High-Performance Cathode Material for Lithium Batteries.

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    Cambaz, Musa Ali; Vinayan, B P; Clemens, Oliver; Munnangi, Anji Reddy; Chakravadhanula, Venkata Sai Kiran; Kübel, Christian; Fichtner, Maximilian

    2016-04-18

    Metal oxyfluoride compounds are gathering significant interest as cathode materials for lithium ion batteries at the moment because of their high theoretical capacity and resulting high energy density. In this regard, a new and direct approach is presented to synthesize phase-pure vanadium oxyfluoride (VO2F). The structure of VO2F was identified by Rietveld refinement of the powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern. It crystallizes in a perovskite-type structure with disorder of the oxide and fluoride ions. The as-synthesized VO2F was tested as a cathode material for lithium ion batteries after being surface-coated with few-layer graphene. The VO2F delivered a first discharge capacity of 254 mA h g(-1) and a reversible capacity of 208 mA h g(-1) at a rate of C/20 for the first 20 cycles with an average discharge voltage of 2.84 V, yielding an energy density of 591 W h kg(-1). Improved rate capability that outperforms the previous report has been achieved, showing a discharge capacity of 150 mA h g(-1) for 1 C. The structural changes during lithium insertion and extraction were monitored by ex-situ XRD analysis of the electrodes discharged and charged to various stages. Lithium insertion results in an irreversible structural change of the anion lattice from (3)/4 cubic close packing to hexagonal close packing to accommodate the inserted lithium ions while keeping the overall space-group symmetry. For the first time we have revealed a structural change for the ReO3-type structure of as-prepared VO2F to the RhF3 structure after lithiation/delithiation, with structural changes that have not been observed in previous reports. Furthermore, the new synthetic approach described here would be a platform for the synthesis of new oxyfluoride compounds. PMID:27018603

  12. Photomultiplication photodetectors with P3HT:fullerene-free material as the active layers exhibiting a broad response

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    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 with PC71BM as the electron acceptor. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: J-V curves of PPDs; J-V curves of the electron-only and hole-only devices; EQE spectra of the PPDs with different thicknesses of P3HT : DC-IDT2T (2 : 1, w/w) as the active layers under -10 V bias; light intensity spectrum of the monochromatic light through a monochromator; EQE spectra of the PPDs measured under -10 V bias after different storage times. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr00079g

  13. A potential role for endogenous proteins as sacrificial sunscreens and antioxidants in human tissues

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    Sarah A. Hibbert

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Excessive ultraviolet radiation (UVR exposure of the skin is associated with adverse clinical outcomes. Although both exogenous sunscreens and endogenous tissue components (including melanins and tryptophan-derived compounds reduce UVR penetration, the role of endogenous proteins in absorbing environmental UV wavelengths is poorly defined. Having previously demonstrated that proteins which are rich in UVR-absorbing amino acid residues are readily degraded by broadband UVB-radiation (containing UVA, UVB and UVC wavelengths here we hypothesised that UV chromophore (Cys, Trp and Tyr content can predict the susceptibility of structural proteins in skin and the eye to damage by physiologically relevant doses (up to 15.4 J/cm2 of solar UVR (95% UVA, 5% UVB. We show that: i purified suspensions of UV-chromophore-rich fibronectin dimers, fibrillin microfibrils and β- and γ-lens crystallins undergo solar simulated radiation (SSR-induced aggregation and/or decomposition and ii exposure to identical doses of SSR has minimal effect on the size or ultrastructure of UV chromophore-poor tropoelastin, collagen I, collagen VI microfibrils and α-crystallin. If UV chromophore content is a factor in determining protein stability in vivo, we would expect that the tissue distribution of Cys, Trp and Tyr-rich proteins would correlate with regional UVR exposure. From bioinformatic analysis of 244 key structural proteins we identified several biochemically distinct, yet UV chromophore-rich, protein families. The majority of these putative UV-absorbing proteins (including the late cornified envelope proteins, keratin associated proteins, elastic fibre-associated components and β- and γ-crystallins are localised and/or particularly abundant in tissues that are exposed to the highest doses of environmental UVR, specifically the stratum corneum, hair, papillary dermis and lens. We therefore propose that UV chromophore-rich proteins are localised in regions of high UVR exposure as a consequence of an evolutionary pressure to express sacrificial protein sunscreens which reduce UVR penetration and hence mitigate tissue damage.

  14. Design and performance of a cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope in high magnetic field for 2D layered materials study

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    Chuang, Tien-Ming; Chung, Pei-Fang; Guan, Syu-You; Yu, Shan-An; Liu, Che-An; Hsu, Chia-Sheng; Su, Chih-Chuan; Sankar, Raman; Chou, Fang-Cheng

    2015-03-01

    We will describe the design and performance of a cryogenic scanning tunneling microscope (STM) system in a high magnetic field. A Pan-type STM is mounted on a homemade low vibration 4He pot refrigerator, which can be operated in continuous flow mode at T ~ 1.6K and in a magnetic field of up to 9 Tesla. A cleavage device at T =4.2K stage is used to cleave the 2D layered materials before inserting into STM as well as functioning as the radiation shield. The liquid helium boil rate of 4.6 liters per day is achieved due to our careful design, which allows the measurement at base temperature up to 10 days. We will demonstrate its capability of measuring atomically registered energy resolved spectroscopic maps in both real space and momentum space by our recent results on Rashba BiTeI. This work is supported by Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan and Kenda Foundation, Taiwan.

  15. Layer Transfer of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 Thin Film and Solar Cell Fabrication

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    Minemoto, Takashi; Anegawa, Takaya; Osada, Shintaro; Takakura, Hideyuki

    2010-01-01

    Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) thin films were transferred to alternative substrates by a lift-off process, and solar cells were fabricated using the transferred films. CIGS films were grown on Mo/soda-lime glass (SLG) substrates by a three-stage evaporation process. The CIGS films were transferred to two alternative substrates: a rigid SLG and a flexible polyimide film. In the lift-off process, an intentional sacrificial layer between CIGS and Mo back contact layers was not prepared. CIGS solar cells with In2O3:Sn/ZnO/CdS/CIGS/Mo/conductive-epoxy/alternative-substrates structure were fabricated. Both solar cells showed almost half of the conversion efficiencies of a CIGS solar cell fabricated by a standard process. This is because of poor short circuit current and fill factor due to voltage-dependent current collection and high series resistance. Modifications of the composition profile of the CIGS layer and back contact property will improve the device performance. These results demonstrated the possibility of using the lift-off process for CIGS solar cells to widen the variety of substrate material choice.

  16. Atomic-Resolution Visualization of Distinctive Chemical Mixing Behavior of Ni, Co and Mn with Li in Layered Lithium Transition-Metal Oxide Cathode Materials

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    Yan, Pengfei; Zheng, Jianming; Lv, Dongping; Wei, Yi; Zheng, Jiaxin; Wang, Zhiguo; Kuppan, Saravanan; Yu, Jianguo; Luo, Langli; Edwards, Danny J.; Olszta, Matthew J.; Amine, Khalil; Liu, Jun; Xiao, Jie; Pan, Feng; Chen, Guoying; Zhang, Jiguang; Wang, Chong M.

    2015-07-06

    Capacity and voltage fading of layer structured cathode based on lithium transition metal oxide is closely related to the lattice position and migration behavior of the transition metal ions. However, it is scarcely clear about the behavior of each of these transition metal ions. We report direct atomic resolution visualization of interatomic layer mixing of transition metal (Ni, Co, Mn) and lithium ions in layer structured oxide cathodes for lithium ion batteries. Using chemical imaging with aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) and DFT calculations, we discovered that in the layered cathodes, Mn and Co tend to reside almost exclusively at the lattice site of transition metal (TM) layer in the structure or little interlayer mixing with Li. In contrast, Ni shows high degree of interlayer mixing with Li. The fraction of Ni ions reside in the Li layer followed a near linear dependence on total Ni concentration before reaching saturation. The observed distinctively different behavior of Ni with respect to Co and Mn provides new insights on both capacity and voltage fade in this class of cathode materials based on lithium and TM oxides, therefore providing scientific basis for selective tailoring of oxide cathode materials for enhanced performance.

  17. Methodological research with ion beams and thin layer activation techniques for materials characterization at micrometric and submicrometric depth

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    Analysis and materials characterization is a permanent concern of our department. Advantages and complementarity as compared to conventional technologies are due to the high sensitivity, quick results and nondestructive character of most ion beam technologies. Regarding technical parameters of IFIN-HH accelerators (Tandem and Cyclotron) there were three main objectives: 1. Updating cyclotron dedicated extension for Thin Layer Activation (TLA) techniques used in wear/corrosion studies and other tribological phenomenon. This technique permits radioactive surface labelling of metallic structures at depths up to 300 micrometers, and spectroscopic techniques with dedicated electromechanical installations allows wear/corrosion determinations to be made for various mechanical parts. During 1992-1998 this issue was part of two international research programs coordinated by IAEA Vienna. In cooperation with JRC-IAM from Ispra Italy, CNRS-CERI from Orleans France, MASTER SA and ICTCM from Bucharest, Romania, we proposed a TTQM project; 2. Method and irradiating device for developing implant recoil technique used in tribological studies (wear/corrosion, material transfer, diffusion etc.) at submicrometric depths. This technique which do not require a direct interaction of ion beam with the target, permits radioactive labelling of materials such as metals, plastics and ceramic at depths of 100-300 nanometers. The calibration operations for radioactivity/depth correlation, request RBS, ERDA, PIXE and XRF techniques; 3. The positron source project were continued with the experiments on the on and off-line version using positron sources produced in the cyclotron, to gain experience with detection chains and to study and design the different versions for the on-line production of positrons with cyclotron. In the first stage the nuclear reaction 48Ti(p,n)48V was used. 48V radioisotope decays with a 56% branching ratio by emitting positrons with the maximum energy of 0.7 MeV with a half-time of 16 days. We use these sources for testing the performances of our installations and detectors in Doppler broadening measurements on copper, lead, aluminum and indium. In the frame of a Cooperation Agreement with the Institute for Applied Physics from Chisinau, some positron lifetime preliminaries measurements were made, for which we needed also a fast coincidence device equipped with two fast detectors. (authors)

  18. Initial evaluation and comparison of plasma damage to atomic layer carbon materials using conventional and low T{sub e} plasma sources

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    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)

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    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.

  19. Structural evolution of NM (Ni and Mn) lithium-rich layered material revealed by in-situ electrochemical Raman spectroscopic study

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    Huang, Jing-Xin; Li, Bing; Liu, Bo; Liu, Bi-Ju; Zhao, Jin-Bao; Ren, Bin

    2016-04-01

    Li-rich layered materials are one of promising candidates of cathode materials for energy storage in electric vehicles (EVs) due to their high energy density. The practical application of these materials relies on the in-depth understanding of the crystal structures and reaction mechanisms during the electrochemical processes to overcome the potential decay issue. In this work, in-situ electrochemical Raman spectroscopy has been developed and used to investigate the structural evolution of the Li-rich layered material (0.5LiNi0.5Mn0.5O2·0.5Li2MnO3). An electrochemical Raman spectroscopic cell with an excellent air-tightness and optical signal collection efficiency has been designed and used for in-situ investigation of the NM Li-rich material during the very first two electrochemical cycles. We found that the reactions of Ni2+ to Ni3+ and Ni3+ to Ni4+ appearing in the potential range of from 3.70 V to 4.45 V show a good reversibility. The in-situ Raman spectra after the first two electrochemical cycles also indicate the activation of Li2MnO3 changes the ionic local coordination structure and increases the ionic disorder of the pristine NM Li-rich layered material. This structural change has a great impact on the subsequent electrochemical cycles. The in-situ Raman spectroscopy results can help to improve the performance of NM Li-rich layered materials.

  20. Magnesium-containing layered double hydroxides as orthopaedic implant coating materials-An in vitro and in vivo study.

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    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. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 104B: 525-531, 2016. PMID:25939995