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  1. How to Show that Sample Size Matters

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    Kozak, Marcin

    2009-01-01

    This article suggests how to explain a problem of small sample size when considering correlation between two Normal variables. Two techniques are shown: one based on graphs and the other on simulation. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)

  2. File list: DNS.Dig.05.AllAg.Gastric_primary_sample [Chip-atlas[Archive

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  17. File list: His.Dig.20.AllAg.Gastric_primary_sample [Chip-atlas[Archive

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  20. Ag2S/CdS/TiO2 Nanotube Array Films with High Photocurrent Density by Spotting Sample Method.

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    Sun, Hong; Zhao, Peini; Zhang, Fanjun; Liu, Yuliang; Hao, Jingcheng

    2015-12-01

    Ag2S/CdS/TiO2 hybrid nanotube array films (Ag2S/CdS/TNTs) were prepared by selectively depositing a narrow-gap semiconductor-Ag2S (0.9 eV) quantum dots (QDs)-in the local domain of the CdS/TiO2 nanotube array films by spotting sample method (SSM). The improvement of sunlight absorption ability and photocurrent density of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube array films (TNTs) which were obtained by anodic oxidation method was realized because of modifying semiconductor QDs. The CdS/TNTs, Ag2S/TNTs, and Ag2S/CdS/TNTs fabricated by uniformly depositing the QDs into the TNTs via the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method were synthesized, respectively. The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectrum (XPS) results demonstrated that the Ag2S/CdS/TNTs prepared by SSM and other films were successfully prepared. In comparison with the four films of TNTs, CdS/TNTs, Ag2S/TNTs, and Ag2S/CdS/TNTs by SILAR, the Ag2S/CdS/TNTs prepared by SSM showed much better absorption capability and the highest photocurrent density in UV-vis range (320~800 nm). The cycles of local deposition have great influence on their photoelectric properties. The photocurrent density of Ag2S/CdS/TNTs by SSM with optimum deposition cycles of 6 was about 37 times that of TNTs without modification, demonstrating their great prospective applications in solar energy utilization fields. PMID:26428017

  1. Evaluating HBsAg rapid test performance for different biological samples from low and high infection rate settings & populations

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    Cruz, Helena Medina; Scalioni, Leticia de Paula; de Paula, Vanessa Salete; da Silva, Elisangela Ferreira; do Ó, Kycia Maria Rodrigues; Milagres, Flavio Augusto Pádua; Cruz, Marcelo Santos; Bastos, Francisco Inácio; Pollo-Flores, Priscila; Leal, Erotildes; Motta-Castro, Ana Rita Coimbra; Pilotto, José Henrique; Lewis-Ximenez, Lia Laura; Lampe, Elisabeth; Villar, Livia Melo

    2015-01-01

    Background Rapid tests (RTs) might have several advantages over standard laboratory procedures, increasing access to diagnosis, especially among vulnerable populations and/or those living in remote areas. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of RTs for the detection of hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg) in samples from different populations/settings. Methods Three RTs for HBsAg detection (Vikia® HBsAg, HBsAg Teste Rápido®, and Imuno-Rápido HBsAg®) and different biologi...

  2. File list: InP.Dig.10.AllAg.Gastric_primary_sample [Chip-atlas[Archive

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  10. Occupied and unoccupied band structure of Ag(100) determined by photoemission from Ag quantum wells and bulk samples

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    Angle-resolved photoemission spectra taken from atomically uniform films of Ag on Fe(100) show layer-resolved quantum-well peaks. The measured peak positions as a function of film thickness permit a unique determination of the initial band dispersion via the Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization rule. This information, combined with normal-emission data taken from a single crystal Ag(100), leads to a unique determination of the final band dispersion. In this study, we employ a two-band model with four adjustable parameters for a simultaneous fit to these experimental results. The initial and final band dispersions deduced from the fit are accurate to better than 0.03 eV at any wave vector k within the range of measurement. The analytic formula for the band dispersions and the parameters for the best fit are given for future reference. The Fermi wave vector along [100], normalized to the Brillouin-zone size, is determined to be kF/kΓX=0.828±0.001, which is more accurate than the de Haas-van Alphen result. The corresponding Fermi velocity is νF=1.06 in units of the free-electron value. The combined reflection phase for the electron wave at the two boundaries is also deduced and compared with a semiempirical formula. This comparison allows us to deduce the edges of the hybridization gap in the Fe substrate. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society

  11. Ag2S/CdS/TiO2 Nanotube Array Films with High Photocurrent Density by Spotting Sample Method

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    Sun, Hong; Zhao, Peini; Zhang, Fanjun; Liu, Yuliang; Hao, Jingcheng

    2015-01-01

    Ag2S/CdS/TiO2 hybrid nanotube array films (Ag2S/CdS/TNTs) were prepared by selectively depositing a narrow-gap semiconductor—Ag2S (0.9 eV) quantum dots (QDs)—in the local domain of the CdS/TiO2 nanotube array films by spotting sample method (SSM). The improvement of sunlight absorption ability and photocurrent density of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube array films (TNTs) which were obtained by anodic oxidation method was realized because of modifying semiconductor QDs. The CdS/TNTs, Ag2S/TNT...

  12. Solvent-dependent turn-on probe for dual monitoring of Ag+ and Zn2+ in living biological samples

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    Highlights: • A solvent-dependent probe was presented for dual monitoring of Ag+ and Zn2+. • The probe exhibited special selectivity and sensitivity at physiological range. • The mechanism was investigated both experimentally and computationally. • The probe was highly suitable for mapping Ag+ and Zn2+ in biological samples. - Abstract: A novel, solvent-dependent “off–on” probe with benzoylthiourea moiety as the functional receptor and fluorescein as the fluorophore was designed for monitoring of Ag+ in EtOH–H2O (2:8, v/v) solution and Zn2+ in CH3CN–H2O (2:8, v/v) solution at physiological range with sufficient selectivity and sensitivity. The Ag+ promoted desulfurization of thiosemicarbazide functionality in formation of the 1,3,4-oxadiazole and the coordination of Zn2+ to the O atom and N atom of the spoirolactam moiety and the S atom of the benzoylthiourea moiety were investigated to be the power that promoted the fluorescent enhancement. This probe was tested highly suitable for mapping Ag+ and Zn2+ in living human osteosarcoma MG-63 cells and microbial cell–EPS–mineral aggregates, thus, providing a wonderful candidate for tracking Ag+ and Zn2+ in biological organisms and processes

  13. Performance of the Liaison XL Murex HIV Ab/Ag Test on Clinical Samples Representing Current Epidemic HIV Variants

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    Lemee, Véronique; Leoz, Marie; Etienne, Manuel; De Oliveira, Fabienne; Plantier, Jean-Christophe

    2014-01-01

    Screening for HIV infection has improved since the first immunoassays. Today, diagnosis of HIV infection can be performed with fourth-generation tests that track both the patient's antibodies and HIV antigen. The objective of this study was to evaluate the clinical sensitivity and specificity of the new DiaSorin Liaison XL Murex HIV Ab/Ag assay compared to another fourth-generation assay, the Abbott Architect HIV Ag/Ab Combo kit. This work was performed on a large panel of 900 samples, includ...

  14. The selective VEGFR1-3 inhibitor axitinib (AG-013736) shows antitumor activity in human neuroblastoma xenografts.

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    Rössler, Jochen; Monnet, Yann; Farace, Francoise; Opolon, Paule; Daudigeos-Dubus, Estelle; Bourredjem, Abderrahmane; Vassal, Gilles; Geoerger, Birgit

    2011-06-01

    Tumor angiogenesis in childhood neuroblastoma is an important prognostic factor suggesting a potential role for antiangiogenic agents in the treatment of high-risk disease. Within the KidsCancerKinome project, we evaluated the new oral selective pan-VEGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor axitinib (AG-013736) against neuroblastoma cell lines and the subcutaneous and orthotopic xenograft model IGR-N91 derived from a primary bone marrow metastasis. Axitinib reduced cell proliferation in a dose-dependent manner with IC(50) doses between 274 and >10,000 nmol/l. Oral treatment with 30 mg/kg BID for 2 weeks in advanced tumors yielded significant tumor growth delay, with a median time to reach five times initial tumor volume of 11.4 days compared to controls (p = 0.0006) and resulted in significant reduction in bioluminescence. Simultaneous inhibition of VEGFR downstream effector mTOR using rapamycin 20 mg/kg q2d×5 did not statistically enhance tumor growth delay compared to single agent activities. Axitinib downregulated VEGFR-2 phosphorylation resulting in significantly decreased microvessel density (MVD) and overall surface fraction of tumor vessels (OSFV) in all xenografts as measured by CD34 immunohistochemical staining (mean MVD ± SD and OSFV at 14 days 21.27 ± 10.03 in treated tumors vs. 48.79 ± 17.27 in controls and 0.56% vs. 1.29%; p = 0.0006, respectively). We further explored the effects of axitinib on circulating mature endothelial cells (CECs) and endothelial progenitor cells (CEPs) measured by flow cytometry. While only transient modification was observed for CECs, CEP counts were significantly reduced during and up to 14 days after end of treatment. Axitinib has potent antiangiogenic properties that may warrant further evaluation in neuroblastoma. PMID:20715103

  15. Fast, high-yield synthesis of amphiphilic Ag nanoclusters and the sensing of Hg2+ in environmental samples

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    Xia, Nan; Yang, Jie; Wu, Zhikun

    2015-05-01

    We report the high-yield (74%) synthesis of Ag30(Capt)18 (abbreviated as Ag30) in a very time-saving fashion (half an hour). The cluster composition was determined by high-resolution mass spectrometry combined with TG analysis, and the structure was probed by 1D and 2D NMR. Interestingly, the nanoclusters can dissolve in water and methanol, as well as in most organic solvents such as ethanol, acetone, acetonitrile, dichloromethane and ethyl acetate with the assistance of acetic acid. Such a good solubility in a range of various polar solvents was not reported previously in nanoclusters' research and is important for applications. An important result from this work is that Ag30 can sense a low concentration of Hg2+ in environmental samples (including lake water and soil solution), indicating that Ag30 can be a potential colorimetric probe for Hg2+. The sensing mechanism was revealed to be related to the anti-galvanic reduction process.We report the high-yield (74%) synthesis of Ag30(Capt)18 (abbreviated as Ag30) in a very time-saving fashion (half an hour). The cluster composition was determined by high-resolution mass spectrometry combined with TG analysis, and the structure was probed by 1D and 2D NMR. Interestingly, the nanoclusters can dissolve in water and methanol, as well as in most organic solvents such as ethanol, acetone, acetonitrile, dichloromethane and ethyl acetate with the assistance of acetic acid. Such a good solubility in a range of various polar solvents was not reported previously in nanoclusters' research and is important for applications. An important result from this work is that Ag30 can sense a low concentration of Hg2+ in environmental samples (including lake water and soil solution), indicating that Ag30 can be a potential colorimetric probe for Hg2+. The sensing mechanism was revealed to be related to the anti-galvanic reduction process. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr00705d

  16. Highly Sensitive Detection of Melamine Using a One-Step Sample Treatment Combined with a Portable Ag Nanostructure Array SERS Sensor

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    Cheng, Jie; Su, Xiao-Ou; Yao, Yue; Han, Caiqin; Wang, Shi; Zhao, Yiping

    2016-01-01

    There is an urgent need for rapid and reliable methods able to detect melamine in animal feed. In this study, a quick, simple, and sensitive method for the determination of melamine content in animal feed was developed using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy on fabricated Ag nanorod (AgNR) array substrates with a one-step sample extraction procedure. The AgNR array substrates washed by HNO3 solvent (10−7 M) and methanol and showed the good stability within 6 months. The Raman shift at △ν = 682 cm−1 was used as the characteristic melamine peak in the calculations. Sufficient linearity was obtained in the 2–200 μg·g−1 range (R2 = 0.926). The limits of detection and quantification were 0.9 and 2 μg·g−1, respectively. The recovery rates were 89.7–93.3%, with coefficients of variation below 2.02%. The method showed good accuracy compared with the tradition GC-MS analysis. This new protocol only need 2 min to fininsh the detection which could be developed for rapid onsite screening of melamine contamination in quality control and market surveillance applications. PMID:27120183

  17. Preparation, characterization, and photocatalytic activity of porous AgBr@Ag and AgBrI@Ag plasmonic photocatalysts

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    Yang, Fan; Tian, Baozhu; Zhang, Jinlong; Xiong, Tianqing; Wang, Tingting

    2014-02-01

    Porous AgBr@Ag and AgBrI@Ag plasmonic photocatalysts were synthesized by a multistep route, including a dealloying method to prepare porous Ag, a transformation from Ag to AgBr and AgBrI, and a photo-reduction process to form Ag nanoparticles on the surface of AgBr and AgBrI. It was found that the porous structure kept unchanged during Ag was transferred into AgBr, AgBrI, AgBr@Ag, and AgBrI@Ag. Both porous AgBr@Ag and porous AgBrI@Ag showed much higher visible-light photocatalytic activity than cubic AgBr@Ag for the degradation of methyl orange, which is because the interconnected pore channels not only provide more reactive sites but also favor the transportation of photo-generated electrons and holes. For AgBrI@Ag, AgBrI solid solution formed at the interface of AgBr and AgI, and the phase junction can effectively separate the photo-generated electrons and holes, favorable to the improvement of photocatalytic activity. The optimal I content for obtaining the highest activity is ∼10 at.%.

  18. Effect of Ag shapes and surface compositions on the photocatalytic performance of Ag/ZnO nanorods

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    Lu, Jia [Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for High-efficiency Utilization of Solar Energy, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan (China); School of Mechanical Engineering, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan (China); Hubei Provincial Key Laboratory of Green Materials for Light Industry, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan (China); Wang, Huihu, E-mail: wanghuihu@mail.hbut.edu.cn [Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for High-efficiency Utilization of Solar Energy, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan (China); School of Mechanical Engineering, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan (China); Hubei Provincial Key Laboratory of Green Materials for Light Industry, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan (China); Dong, Shijie [School of Mechanical Engineering, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan (China); Hubei Provincial Key Laboratory of Green Materials for Light Industry, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan (China); Wang, Fanqiang; Dong, Yifan [School of Mechanical Engineering, Hubei University of Technology, Wuhan (China)

    2014-12-25

    Highlights: • Ag/ZnO nanorods were synthesized via photoreduction and hydrothermal methods. • Ag presents nanosheet and nanoparticle shapes in different synthesis methods. • SPR effect and Ag{sup +} is observed only for Ag/ZnO prepared by hydrothermal method. • Ag nanosheets modified ZnO shows the high activity under UV–Vis. irradiation. • Only Ag nanoparticles modified ZnO nanorods has the visible-light-driven activity. - Abstract: Photoreduction and hydrothermal methods were used respectively to prepare Ag surface modified ZnO nanorods in this paper. The surface microstructure and photocatalytic performance of Ag/ZnO nanorods for methyl orange degradation were evaluated in detail. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV–Vis. diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) were used for microstructure analysis of as-prepared Ag/ZnO nanorods. FESEM images showed that Ag presented nanosheets in Ag/ZnO sample (AZP) prepared by photoreduction method, while it exhibited nanoparticles in the sample (AZH) using hydrothermal method. DRS studies clearly displayed surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of Ag in AZH samples. Furthermore, there was a red shift on absorption edge for AZH samples compared with bare ZnO and AZP samples. The XPS results revealed that Ag{sup +} ions existed on the surface of AZH samples. In contrast to AZH sample, AZP sample demonstrated the higher photocatalytic activity under UV–Vis. light illumination. However, it was interesting that AZH samples exhibited the visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity, which may be due to the cooperation role of the existence of Ag{sup +} ions and SPR effect of Ag nanoparticles. All these results illustrated that the shapes and surface compositions of Ag may be important factors that influence the photocatalytic performance of Ag/ZnO nanorods. The surface microstructure related photocatalytic mechanism was finally

  19. Effect of Ag shapes and surface compositions on the photocatalytic performance of Ag/ZnO nanorods

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    Highlights: • Ag/ZnO nanorods were synthesized via photoreduction and hydrothermal methods. • Ag presents nanosheet and nanoparticle shapes in different synthesis methods. • SPR effect and Ag+ is observed only for Ag/ZnO prepared by hydrothermal method. • Ag nanosheets modified ZnO shows the high activity under UV–Vis. irradiation. • Only Ag nanoparticles modified ZnO nanorods has the visible-light-driven activity. - Abstract: Photoreduction and hydrothermal methods were used respectively to prepare Ag surface modified ZnO nanorods in this paper. The surface microstructure and photocatalytic performance of Ag/ZnO nanorods for methyl orange degradation were evaluated in detail. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV–Vis. diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) were used for microstructure analysis of as-prepared Ag/ZnO nanorods. FESEM images showed that Ag presented nanosheets in Ag/ZnO sample (AZP) prepared by photoreduction method, while it exhibited nanoparticles in the sample (AZH) using hydrothermal method. DRS studies clearly displayed surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of Ag in AZH samples. Furthermore, there was a red shift on absorption edge for AZH samples compared with bare ZnO and AZP samples. The XPS results revealed that Ag+ ions existed on the surface of AZH samples. In contrast to AZH sample, AZP sample demonstrated the higher photocatalytic activity under UV–Vis. light illumination. However, it was interesting that AZH samples exhibited the visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity, which may be due to the cooperation role of the existence of Ag+ ions and SPR effect of Ag nanoparticles. All these results illustrated that the shapes and surface compositions of Ag may be important factors that influence the photocatalytic performance of Ag/ZnO nanorods. The surface microstructure related photocatalytic mechanism was finally proposed

  20. Polygenic Scores Predict Alcohol Problems in an Independent Sample and Show Moderation by the Environment

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    Jessica E. Salvatore

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Alcohol problems represent a classic example of a complex behavioral outcome that is likely influenced by many genes of small effect. A polygenic approach, which examines aggregate measured genetic effects, can have predictive power in cases where individual genes or genetic variants do not. In the current study, we first tested whether polygenic risk for alcohol problems—derived from genome-wide association estimates of an alcohol problems factor score from the age 18 assessment of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC; n = 4304 individuals of European descent; 57% female—predicted alcohol problems earlier in development (age 14 in an independent sample (FinnTwin12; n = 1162; 53% female. We then tested whether environmental factors (parental knowledge and peer deviance moderated polygenic risk to predict alcohol problems in the FinnTwin12 sample. We found evidence for both polygenic association and for additive polygene-environment interaction. Higher polygenic scores predicted a greater number of alcohol problems (range of Pearson partial correlations 0.07–0.08, all p-values ≤ 0.01. Moreover, genetic influences were significantly more pronounced under conditions of low parental knowledge or high peer deviance (unstandardized regression coefficients (b, p-values (p, and percent of variance (R2 accounted for by interaction terms: b = 1.54, p = 0.02, R2 = 0.33%; b = 0.94, p = 0.04, R2 = 0.30%, respectively. Supplementary set-based analyses indicated that the individual top single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs contributing to the polygenic scores were not individually enriched for gene-environment interaction. Although the magnitude of the observed effects are small, this study illustrates the usefulness of polygenic approaches for understanding the pathways by which measured genetic predispositions come together with environmental factors to predict complex behavioral outcomes.

  1. New Confidence Intervals and Bias Comparisons Show that Maximum Likelihood Can Beat Multiple Imputation in Small Samples

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    von Hippel, Paul T.

    2013-01-01

    When analyzing incomplete data, is it better to use multiple imputation (MI) or full information maximum likelihood (ML)? In large samples ML is clearly better, but in small samples ML's usefulness has been limited because ML commonly uses normal test statistics and confidence intervals that require large samples. We propose small-sample t-based ML confidence intervals that have good coverage and are shorter than t-based confidence intervals under MI. We also show that ML point estimates are ...

  2. Preliminary analysis showed country-specific gut resistome based on 1267 feces samples.

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    Yang, Zhenyu; Guo, Zhirong; Qiu, Chuangzhao; Li, Yinhu; Feng, Xin; Liu, Yanhong; Zhang, Yanlin; Pang, Pengyu; Wang, Ping; Zhou, Qian; Han, Lijuan; Dai, Wenkui

    2016-05-01

    Gut microbiota (GM) plays an important role in drug metabolism and absorption. Ever-increasing antibiotic use could result in high accumulation of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in GM, which will reduce the recovery rate of many infectious diseases. The foci of this study is to unravel ARG distribution in GM of 1267 subjects from four countries in three continents, by annotation with ARDB (Antibiotic Resistance Genes Database) and ARG-ANNOT database. Analysis results showed that all three continents had similar ARG composition, but Chinese had the highest ARG relative abundance, followed by American and European. This is possibly attributed to delayed policies on antibiotic use in China, and restrict legislation in Europe. Delivery time and application scope are proportional to ARG enrichment in GM. Findings in this study indicate that ARG accumulation could be associated with government policies on antibiotic use, and corresponding delivery time and application scope, which will be a significant reference to control antibiotic abuse. PMID:26827794

  3. Effect of thermal treatment condition on the Ag precipitates in Al–Ag alloy studied by positron annihilation

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    Formation of Ag precipitates in an Al–1 wt%Ag alloy after aging at different temperatures was studied by positron annihilation spectroscopy. It is found that the aggregation of Ag atoms takes place during natural aging process after the Al–Ag alloy was homogenized at 550 °C and quenched to room temperature water. The Ag nanoclusters could trap positrons and thus positron annihilation measurements give information on the precipitation of Ag atoms. After artificial aging at 120 °C, the Ag signal is enhanced, which indicates further aggregation of Ag atoms. However, after artificial aging of the sample at 200 °C, no Ag nanoclusters are observed. Instead, the quenched-in vacancies show gradual recovery during this aging process. This is probably due to the dissolving of Ag clusters into Al matrix at 200 °C. Furthermore, after the sample was first heat treated at 200 °C and then aged at 120 °C, Ag nanoclusters appear again. This implies that the formation of Ag precipitates during natural aging process is assisted by the quenched-in vacancies. Temperature dependence of the positron annihilation measurements indicates that Ag nanoclusters are shallow positron traps, which makes it difficult to observe the real-time Ag precipitation formation by positrons during artificial aging of Al–Ag alloy

  4. Solvent-dependent turn-on probe for dual monitoring of Ag{sup +} and Zn{sup 2+} in living biological samples

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    Yang, Zheng; She, Mengyao [Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry, College of Chemistry & Materials Science, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710069 (China); Yin, Bing [Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry, College of Chemistry & Materials Science, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710069 (China); College of Chemistry, Beijing Normal University, No. 19, XinJieKouWai St., HaiDian District, Beijing 100875 (China); Hao, Likai; Obst, Martin [Center for Applied Geoscience, Institute for Geoscience, Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen, Hoelderlinstr. 12, Tuebingen 72074 (Germany); Liu, Ping, E-mail: liuping@nwu.edu.cn [Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry, College of Chemistry & Materials Science, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710069 (China); Li, Jianli, E-mail: lijianli@nwu.edu.cn [Ministry of Education Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Functional Molecule Chemistry, College of Chemistry & Materials Science, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710069 (China)

    2015-04-08

    Highlights: • A solvent-dependent probe was presented for dual monitoring of Ag{sup +} and Zn{sup 2+}. • The probe exhibited special selectivity and sensitivity at physiological range. • The mechanism was investigated both experimentally and computationally. • The probe was highly suitable for mapping Ag{sup +} and Zn{sup 2+} in biological samples. - Abstract: A novel, solvent-dependent “off–on” probe with benzoylthiourea moiety as the functional receptor and fluorescein as the fluorophore was designed for monitoring of Ag{sup +} in EtOH–H{sub 2}O (2:8, v/v) solution and Zn{sup 2+} in CH{sub 3}CN–H{sub 2}O (2:8, v/v) solution at physiological range with sufficient selectivity and sensitivity. The Ag{sup +} promoted desulfurization of thiosemicarbazide functionality in formation of the 1,3,4-oxadiazole and the coordination of Zn{sup 2+} to the O atom and N atom of the spoirolactam moiety and the S atom of the benzoylthiourea moiety were investigated to be the power that promoted the fluorescent enhancement. This probe was tested highly suitable for mapping Ag{sup +} and Zn{sup 2+} in living human osteosarcoma MG-63 cells and microbial cell–EPS–mineral aggregates, thus, providing a wonderful candidate for tracking Ag{sup +} and Zn{sup 2+} in biological organisms and processes.

  5. Separation and Preconcentration of Ag(1) in Aqueous Samples by Flotation as an Ion-Associate Using Iodide and Ferroin Followed the Determination by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometry

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    A simple method for separation/preconcentration and determination of Ag (1) in aqueous samples is described. The method is based on formation of an ion-associate between Ag (1)-iodide complex and ferroin, which can be floated at the interface of the aqueous/n-heptane phases. The flotation process was carried out using 500-ml aliquot of the aqueous solution and the floated layer was dissolved in 5 ml of 1 M HNO3 containing methanol (50% v/v) as the solvent. The Ag (1) content was then determined by flame atomic absorption spectrometry (FAAS). The method so could be considered as an enrichment process, was achieved to a quantitative feature, when the pH of the solution was adjusted to 4 and the concentrations of iodide and ferroin were about 3.2x10-4 M and 6.25x10-5 M, respectively. The LOD and RSD (n=7) were obtained 1.0x10-8 M and 2.4%, respectively. It was found that a large number of cations and anions even at high considerably foreign ion/Ag(1) ratios were not interfered. The method was applied satisfactorily to recovery of Ag(I) from different aqueous samples

  6. Study of antibacterial activity of Ag and Ag2CO3 nanoparticles stabilized over montmorillonite

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    Sohrabnezhad, Sh.; Pourahmad, A.; Mehdipour Moghaddam, M. J.; Sadeghi, A.

    2015-02-01

    Silver carbonate and silver nanoparticles (NPs) over of stabilizer montmorillonite (MMT) have been synthesized in aqueous and polyol solvent, respectively. Dispersions of silver nanoparticles have been prepared by the reduction of silver nitrate over of MMT in presence and absence of Na2CO3 compound in ethylene glycol. It was observed that montmorillonite was capable of stabilizing formed Ag nanoparticles through the reduction of Ag+ ions in ethylene glycol. Na2CO3 was used as carbonate source in synthesis of Ag2CO3 NPs in water solvent and also for controlling of Ag nanoparticles size in ethylene glycol medium. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The TEM images showed that Ag NPs size in presence Na2CO3 salts was smaller than without that. The results indicated intercalation of Ag and Ag2CO3 nanoparticles into the montmorillonite clay layers. The diffuse reflectance spectra exhibited a strong surface plasmon resonance (SPR) adsorption peak in the visible region, resulting from Ag nanoparticles. The antibacterial testing results showed that the Ag2CO3-MMT nanocomposite exhibited an antibacterial activity higher than Ag-MMT sample against Escherichia coli.

  7. Qualitative analysis of black stone and its application for detecting Ag and Pb in liquid sample by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)

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    Suyanto, Hery

    2016-03-01

    The aim of this research is to characterize black stone and also to know the capability to adsorb Ag and Pb elements in solution. All analysis in this research used laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (commercial LIBS) method with laser energy of 120 mJ, accumulation 4, gate delay 1 µs and air surrounding gas at 1 atmosphere. Before soaked in 20 ml solution containing Ag and Pb of 40 ppm in 1 hour, the stone was analyzed by LIBS and it contains the main elements such as Ca, Mn, Si, K, Fe, Mg, Mo, H, O and Na until 16 laser shots. However, after immersed in solution, the stone contains impurities Ag and Pb elements with signal to noise ratio (SNR) of 9.5 and 1.2 respectively. Based on this data, the stone is predicted to be able to adsorb Ag element in solution till 12.7 ppm. The data also show that Ag element was adsorbed homogenously by stone till 16th laser shots, although it was washed with flowing demineralized water before it was analyzed.

  8. The dopamine D4 receptor gene shows a gender-sensitive association with cognitive empathy: evidence from two independent samples.

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    Uzefovsky, Florina; Shalev, Idan; Israel, Salomon; Edelman, Shany; Raz, Yael; Perach-Barzilay, Nufar; Mankuta, David; Shamay-Tsoory, Simone G; Knafo, Ariel; Ebstein, Richard P

    2014-08-01

    Increasing evidence points to a role of dopaminergic pathways in modulating social behavior. Specifically, a polymorphic region in the third exon of the Dopamine D4 receptor (DRD4) has been associated with a host of social behaviors, often in an environment-sensitive manner. Empathy is thought to be an important motivator of prosocial behaviors and can be seen as multifaceted, combining cognitive empathy (CE) and emotional empathy (EE). In the current study, we analyzed the association between DRD4 and the 2 aspects of empathy, as well as the effect of gender on this association. In Study 1, a large sample of adult participants (N = 477) was inventoried for general empathy, CE, and EE and genotyped for the DRD4 exon 3 polymorphism. Women scored higher than men on all empathy measures and no main effect of genotype was observed. It is important that a significant interaction between genotype and gender emerged specifically for CE, with women carriers of the 7R-allele scoring higher than noncarriers, whereas in men 7R-carriers scored lower than -7R. Notably, these findings were replicated in an independently recruited sample (N = 121) in Study 2. The current report shows that the DRD4 exon3 polymorphism is associated with CE and the direction of the association is gender-sensitive. PMID:24866520

  9. Substitution effects of Ag/Cu and Al/Cu on Y123 samples: Hall anomaly and transport properties

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    Nazarzadehmoafi, M.; V Daadmehr; Rezakhani, A. T.; S Falahati; F Saeb; Rezaei, S. Barekat

    2011-01-01

    The Hall effect and its associated anomalies offer an important means for describing superconducting property in cuprate compounds. Here, we investigate the electron- and hole-doping effects (implemented through Al- and Ag-doping, respectively) on the Hall effect and transport properties of Y123 superconducting materials (YBa2Cu3-xXxO7-d; X= Ag, Al). The Hall anomaly, in both normal and vortex states, generally depends on multiple factors, such as temperature, magnetic field, and amount/type ...

  10. Critical current and electronic properties of YBCO-Ag compounds

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    Dwir, B.; Affronte, M.; Pavuna, D. (Physics Dept., Swiss Federal Inst. of Tech., Lausanne (Switzerland))

    1989-12-01

    We have found that in YBCO-Ag ceramic compounds Ag fills the intergranular space (''holes'') without affecting Tc. Normal-state resistivity is decreased by {approx equal} x 100 when adding up to 50 wt% Ag. Percolation analysis shows that the critical indices t,s are in agreement with 3D theoretical values, but p{sub c} is higher than expected. The critical current density J{sub c} is enhanced by up to 50% in the samples containing {approx equal} 10 wt% Ag, this enhancement corresponds to a maximum YBCO compactness in the samples. (orig.).

  11. Ethylene glycol-based Ag plating for the wet chemical fabrication of one micrometer Cu/Ag core/shell particles

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    Highlights: • Cu@Ag particles less than one micrometer were fabricated through Ag polyol-plating. • Ag polyol-plating was tried without using additional reagents on Cu core particles. • Continuity, uniformity, and thickness of the Ag shell depended on plating conditions. • The sample showed an excellent oxidation initiation temperature of 280 °C. • Anti-oxidation properties of Cu@Ag powders strongly depend on the Ag shell thickness. - Abstract: With the aim of preparing an inexpensive metal filler that can be added to conductive adhesives used in fine-pitch electronic applications, a polyol solution was used to fabricate Ag-coated Cu (Cu@Ag) particles with a size on the order of one micron without the need for additional reagents. The continuity, uniformity, and thickness of the Ag shell were found to be strongly dependent on the plating conditions, particularly the reaction temperature. The Ag shell prepared at a peak temperature of 180 °C from a precursor with an initial Ag concentration of 15 wt.% was judged to be an optimum one. This same sample also showed an excellent oxidation initiation temperature of approximately 280 °C. It was inferred that the oxidation resistance of the Cu@Ag powder is largely determined by the continuity, uniformity and thickness of the Ag shell

  12. New data for AG haplotype frequencies in Caucasoid populations and selective neutrality of the AG polymorphism.

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    Sanchez-Mazas, A; Bütler-Brunner, E; Excoffier, L; Ghanem, N; Ben Salem, M; Breguet, G; Dard, P; Pellegrini, B; Tikkanen, M J; Langaney, A

    1994-02-01

    We present the results of AG antigen typings of three Caucasoid population samples: Lebanese, Tunisians, and Finns. AG haplotype frequencies estimated by maximum-likelihood methods are compared with the frequencies observed in 13 world populations previously tested for AG specificities by computing a genetic distance matrix used in a multivariate analysis. A high degree of polymorphism characterizes the three samples, with 10 haplotypes detected in the Lebanese and 11 haplotypes detected in the Tunisians and Finns; high heterozygosity levels are also present in the three populations. The genetic distance analysis shows that the three populations possess a genetic structure intermediate between those observed in sub-Saharan Africans and in Caucasoids from the Near East and India. This tight correspondence between AG differentiation and geography is confirmed by a highly significant correlation coefficient found between genetic and geographic distances computed worldwide, suggesting that an isolation by distance model of evolution applies to the AG system. The Ewens-Watterson test for selective neutrality on all world populations tested for AG specificities also supports the hypothesis that the AG system behaves like a neutral polymorphism. Overall, the AG differentiation pattern appears to be close to the patterns observed for other serological polymorphisms, such as RH, GM, and HLA, whose evolutionary mechanisms are also discussed. PMID:8157263

  13. Geochemical maps showing the distribution and abundance of selected elements in stream-sediment samples, Solomon and Bendeleben 1 degree by 3 degree quadrangles, Seward Peninsula, Alaska

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    Smith, S.C.; King, H.D.; O' Leary, R.M.

    1989-01-01

    Geochemical maps showing the distribution and abundance of selected elements in stream-sediment samples, Solomon and Bendeleben 1{degree} by 3{degree} quadrangles, Seward Peninsula, Alaska is presented.

  14. Preparation and antibacterial activities of Ag/Ag+/Ag3+ nanoparticle composites made by pomegranate (Punica granatum) rind extract

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    Yang, Hui; Ren, Yan-yu; Wang, Tao; Wang, Chuang

    Nano-silver and its composite materials are widely used in medicine, food and other industries due to their strong conductivity, size effect and other special performances. So far, more microbial researches have been applied, but a plant method is rarely reported. In order to open up a new way to prepare AgNP composites, pomegranate peel extract was used in this work to reduce Ag+ to prepare Ag/Ag+/Ag3+ nanoparticle composites. UV-Vis was employed to detect and track the reduction of Ag+ and the forming process of AgNPs. The composition, structure and size of the crystal were analyzed by XRD and TEM. Results showed that, under mild conditions, pomegranate peel extract reacted with dilute AgNO3 solution to produce Ag/Ag+/Ag3+ nanoparticle composites. At pH = 8 and 10 mmol/L of AgNO3 concentration, the size of the achieved composites ranged between 15 and 35 nm with spherical shapes and good crystallinity. The bactericidal experiment indicated that the prepared Ag/Ag+/Ag3+ nanoparticles had strong antibacterial activity against gram positive bacteria and gram negative bacteria. FTIR analysis revealed that biological macromolecules with groups of sbnd NH2, sbnd OH, and others were distributed on the surface of the newly synthesized Ag/Ag+/Ag3+ nanoparticles. This provided a useful clue to further study the AgNP biosynthesis mechanism.

  15. Reduced Magnetization and Loss in Ag-Mg Sheathed Bi2212 Wires: Systematics With Sample Twist Pitch and Length

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    Suppression of magnetization and effective filament diameter (deff) with twisting was investigated for a series of recent Bi2212 strands manufactured by Oxford Superconducting Technologies. We measured magnetization as a function of field (out to 14 T), at 5.1 K, of twisted and nontwisted 37 x 18 double restack design strands. The samples were helical coils 5-6 mm in height and approximately 5 mm in diameter. The strand diameter was 0.8 mm. The magnetization of samples having twist pitches of 25.4, 12.7, and 6.35 mm were examined and compared to nontwisted samples of the same filament configuration. The critical state model was used to extract the 12-T deff from magnetization data for comparison. Twisting the samples reduced deff by a factor of 1.5-3. The deff was shown to increase both with L and Lp. Mathematical expressions, based upon the anisotropic continuum model, were fit to the data, and a parameter γ2, which quantifies the electrical connectivity perpendicular to the filament axis, was extracted. The bundle-to-bundle connectivity along the radial axis was found to be approximately 0.2%. The deff was substantially reduced with Lp. In addition, the importance of understanding sample length dependence for quantitative measurements is discussed

  16. Two different mechanisms on UV emission enhancement in Ag-doped ZnO thin films

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    Xu, Linhua, E-mail: congyu3256@tom.com [School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044 (China); Optics and Photonic Technology Laboratory, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044 (China); Zheng, Gaige; Zhao, Lilong; Pei, Shixin [School of Physics and Optoelectronic Engineering, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044 (China); Optics and Photonic Technology Laboratory, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044 (China)

    2015-02-15

    Ag-doped ZnO thin films were prepared by a sol–gel method. The structural, morphological and optical properties of the samples were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV–vis and photoluminescence spectra. The results show that the Ag in the ZnO thin films annealed at 500 °C for 1 h substitutes for Zn and exists in the form of Ag{sup +} ion (Ag{sub Zn}) while the Ag in the ZnO thin films without a post-annealing mainly exists in the form of simple substance (Ag{sup 0}). The incorporation of Ag indeed can improve the ultraviolet emission of ZnO thin films and suppress the visible emissions at the same time. However, the mechanisms on the ultraviolet emission enhancement in the annealed and unannealed Ag-doped ZnO thin films are very different. As for the post-annealed Ag-doped ZnO thin films, the UV emission enhancement maybe mainly results from more electron–hole pairs (excitons) due to Ag-doping while for the unannealed Ag-doped ZnO thin films; the UV emission enhancement is attributed to the resonant coupling between exciton emission in ZnO and localized surface plasmon in Ag nanoparticles. - Highlights: • Ag-doped ZnO thin films have been prepared by the sol–gel method. • Ag-doping can enhance ultraviolet emission of ZnO thin films and depress the visible emissions at the same time. • There are two different mechanisms on UV emission enhancement in Ag-doped ZnO thin films. • The UV emission enhancement from the resonant coupling between excitonic emissions and localized surface plasmon in Ag nanoparticle is very attractive.

  17. Modification of polyamide-CdS-CdSe composite material films with Ag using a cation–cation exchange reaction

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    Highlights: • We investigated deposition of a mixed CdSe-CdS-Ag2Se-Ag2S on polyamide. • A single chalcogen precursor – K2SeS2O6 – was used. • AAS showed five- to ten-fold excess of chalcogens diffused into PA. • Addition of AgNO3 resulted in subsurface Ag2Se–Ag2S formation. - Abstract: Thin mixed CdSe-CdS-Ag2Se-Ag2S films were deposited on a polyamide 6 (PA) surface by successfully using a cation-exchange reaction between Cd2+ and Ag+ to convert CdSe-CdS into Ag2Se-Ag2S. These were deposited using a K2SeS2O6 precursor solution at 60 °C followed by cadmium acetate (Cd(CH3COO)2). An aqueous AgNO3 solution was used as the Ag source. XRD patterns showed a complex PA-Cd-S-Se-Ag film crystalline composition with CdS, CdSe, Ag2S and Ag2Se peaks. Calculated dislocation density ranged within 5–15 × 1013 lines·m−2 indicating high quality atomic layers. Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) showed five- to ten-fold excess of chalcogens to metals in the thin films formed. No chalcogenides were observed on the sample surface during XPS analysis after Ag exchange due to the desorption of CdS and CdSe layers, not diffused into the bulk of the polymer suggesting that silver chalcogenides were located subsurface, as opposed to the outermost layer, likely comprised of Ag2O

  18. Modification of polyamide-CdS-CdSe composite material films with Ag using a cation–cation exchange reaction

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    Krylova, V.; Žalenkienė, S.; Dukstienė, N. [Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, Kaunas University of Technology, Radvilenu st. 19, LT-50254, Kaunas (Lithuania); Baltrusaitis, J., E-mail: job314@lehigh.edu [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Lehigh University, B336 Iacocca Hall, 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015 (United States)

    2015-10-01

    Highlights: • We investigated deposition of a mixed CdSe-CdS-Ag{sub 2}Se-Ag{sub 2}S on polyamide. • A single chalcogen precursor – K{sub 2}SeS{sub 2}O{sub 6} – was used. • AAS showed five- to ten-fold excess of chalcogens diffused into PA. • Addition of AgNO{sub 3} resulted in subsurface Ag{sub 2}Se–Ag{sub 2}S formation. - Abstract: Thin mixed CdSe-CdS-Ag{sub 2}Se-Ag{sub 2}S films were deposited on a polyamide 6 (PA) surface by successfully using a cation-exchange reaction between Cd{sup 2+} and Ag{sup +} to convert CdSe-CdS into Ag{sub 2}Se-Ag{sub 2}S. These were deposited using a K{sub 2}SeS{sub 2}O{sub 6} precursor solution at 60 °C followed by cadmium acetate (Cd(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2}). An aqueous AgNO{sub 3} solution was used as the Ag source. XRD patterns showed a complex PA-Cd-S-Se-Ag film crystalline composition with CdS, CdSe, Ag{sub 2}S and Ag{sub 2}Se peaks. Calculated dislocation density ranged within 5–15 × 10{sup 13} lines·m{sup −2} indicating high quality atomic layers. Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) showed five- to ten-fold excess of chalcogens to metals in the thin films formed. No chalcogenides were observed on the sample surface during XPS analysis after Ag exchange due to the desorption of CdS and CdSe layers, not diffused into the bulk of the polymer suggesting that silver chalcogenides were located subsurface, as opposed to the outermost layer, likely comprised of Ag{sub 2}O.

  19. Molecular structure of (AgPO3)1-x (AgI)x glasses

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    Novita, D.

    2005-03-01

    Melt-quenched AgPO3 glasses were synthesized by dry ( Ag3PO4 + P2O5, prep. 1) and wet (NH4H2PO4 + AgNO3, prep. 2) routes. Glass transitions were examined in MDSC at a scan rate of 3^oC/min. Prep. 1 samples display bimodal glass transition temperatures, with Tg^low = 220^oC and Tg^high = 238^oC and with the Tg^low endotherm higher in strength than the Tg^high one. In contrast, prep. 2 samples show a single Tg = 203^oC that is significantly lower in temperature. These results are consistent with the notion that prep. 2 probably yields samples with bonded water while prep 1 gives pure AgPO3 glasses that are intrinsically phase separated. The nature of the two phases in the latter is less obvious at present, but we note that upon alloying AgI, the additive selectively bonds in the Tg^low phase at low x (0.20) a major structural reorganization occurs, and we observe the opening of a reversibility window in the 0.22 0.37 as floppy. A percolation threshold for electrical conduction occurs^1 near x ˜ 0.3 and falls in the reversibility window as expected. 1. M. Mangion and G.P. Johari, Phys. Rev. B36, 8845 (1987) Supported by NSF grant DMR 04-56472

  20. Ag layer thickness dependence of magnetic properties in Fe/Ag superlattices

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    The magnetic properties of [Fe(20 A)/Ag(t)]20 superlattices with Ag film thickness varying from 7 to 20 A, prepared by molecular beam epitaxy on (0 0 1)MgO substrate, are presented. The epitaxial growth and the quality of layered structure of the samples were controlled by RHEED and X-ray diffraction techniques. Magnetic hysteresis loops with the magnetic field applied parallel and perpendicular to the plane of the films were determined by vibrating sample magnetometer and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer at 4.2 K. Magnetotransport properties were measured by conventional DC four terminal method with the magnetic field applied parallel to the plane of the films at 4.2 K. The analysis of the hysteresis loops indicates an in plane easy magnetization axis and shows a dependence of the interface anisotropy on the Ag film thickness

  1. Modified polyol route for synthesis of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag and α-Fe/Ag nanocomposite

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    Abbas, Mohamed [Center for NanoBioEngineering and Spintronics, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Emerging Material Science, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Ceramics Department, National Research Centre, 12311 Cairo (Egypt); Parvatheeswara Rao, B. [Department of Physics, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam 530003 (India); Abdel-Hamed, M.O. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, El-Minia University (Egypt); Kim, CheolGi, E-mail: cgkim@cnu.ac.kr [Center for NanoBioEngineering and Spintronics, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Emerging Material Science, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • We developed new polyol route for synthesis and coating of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag in one-pot. • The phase change from Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag to α-Fe/Ag by using the annealing system at 600 °C. • XRD, TEM, EDS, XPS, and VSM techniques used to characterize the samples. • The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag nanocomposite showed nearly superparamagnetic properties. - Abstract: We developed a new one-pot synthesis method for realizing silver coated magnetite nanocomposite by way of a modified polyol process. In this reaction, polyethylene glycol was used as a solvent media and it was observed to play a key role to act as a reducing agent, stabilizer as well as a linker for silver coating simultaneously. Further, we could successfully transfer the phase from Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag to α-Fe/Ag by using the annealing system at 600 °C in presence of hydrogen gas. X-ray diffraction data was independently used to confirm the formation of both the phases of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag and α-Fe/Ag. These Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag and α-Fe/Ag samples were also characterized using transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques and compared the results with those of seed Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. The magnetic properties of the composites, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag and α-Fe/Ag with different Ag concentrations, along with the seed Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were measured using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) at room temperature. Maximum magnetization values of 61.3 emu/g and 175.1 emu/g were observed for the samples with 1 mL Ag concentrations of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag and α-Fe/Ag, respectively. This new synthesis method looks to be a promising route for facile synthesis of different magnetic nanocomposites suitable for bioapplications.

  2. Effects of soil and dietary exposures to Ag nanoparticles and AgNO3 in the terrestrial isopod Porcellionides pruinosus

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    The effects of Ag-NPs and AgNO3 on the isopod Porcellionides pruinosus were determined upon soil and dietary exposures. Isopods avoided Ag in soil, with EC50 values of ∼16.0 and 14.0 mg Ag/kg for Ag-NPs and AgNO3, respectively. Feeding inhibition tests in soil showed EC50s for effects on consumption ratio of 127 and 56.7 mg Ag/kg, respectively. Although similar EC50s for effects on biomass were observed for nanoparticulate and ionic Ag (114 and 120 mg Ag/kg dry soil, respectively), at higher concentrations greater biomass loss was found for AgNO3. Upon dietary exposure, AgNO3 was more toxic, with EC50 for effects on biomass change being >1500 and 233 mg Ag/kg for Ag-NPs and AgNO3, respectively. The difference in toxicity between Ag-NPs and AgNO3 could not be explained from Ag body concentrations. This suggests that the relation between toxicity and bioavailability of Ag-NPs differs from that of ionic Ag in soils. - Highlights: • Avoidance response of isopods exposed to Ag-NPs and AgNO3 via soil was similar. • Soil exposure to both Ag forms affected food consumption and isopod biomass. • Isopod feeding activity was also affected upon dietary exposure to both Ag forms. • Overall, AgNO3 was more toxic than Ag-NPs for both soil and dietary exposures. • Avoidance response was the most sensitive endpoint for both Ag forms. - Ag-NPs and AgNO3 equally affected isopod avoidance behavior, while AgNO3 generally caused greater toxicity in the feeding inhibition tests

  3. Microstructural study of Y1Ba2Cu3O7-x/Ag samples irradiated with 60Co γ rays at high doses

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    We have investigated the damage induced by irradiation in Y1Ba2Cu3O7-x silver added samples. The samples were prepared with 0 and 6.5 wt% of silver and irradiated by high-energy γ irradiation (50-150 Mrad). The roles of silver and dosage irradiation are discussed in terms of their effects on microstructure, crystallinity, critical temperature (Tc) and zero-resistance temperature (T0). After irradiation, Tc decreased while the room-temperature electrical resistance increased by a factor of 8 for some of the samples. The difference in T0 between irradiated and non-irradiated YBCO samples was of the order of 10 K. We have found that the difference is bigger for silver-added samples. We have also observed several changes in diffraction patterns of YBCO and YBCO-silver samples. SEM images, EDS and XPS analysis showed that silver resided inside the grains as single atoms and as metallic clusters. The relative concentrations of the elements in samples were quantified by Auger electron spectroscopy. The values showed a gradual increase for radiation doses ranging between 0 and 100 Mrad. For doses up to 100 Mrad, Jc decreased because of the weak-link breakage induced by high doses of γ rays. (author)

  4. Synthesis, morphological control, and antibacterial properties of hollow/solid Ag2S/Ag heterodimers

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    Pang, Maolin

    2010-08-11

    Ag2S and Ag are important functional materials that have received considerable research interest in recent years. In this work, we develop a solution-based synthetic method to combine these two materials into hollow/solid Ag2S/Ag heterodimers at room temperature. Starting from monodisperse Cu2O solid spheres, CuS hollow spheres can be converted from Cu2O through a modified Kirkendall process, and the obtained CuS can then be used as a solid precursor for preparation of the Ag2S/Ag heterodimers through ion exchange and photo-assisted reduction. We have found that formation of the Ag2S/Ag heterodimers is instantaneous, and the size of Ag nanocrystals on the hollow spheres of Ag2S can be controlled by changing the concentration and power of reducing agents in the synthesis. The growth of Ag nanoparticles on hollow spheres of Ag2S in the dimers is along the [111] direction of the silver crystal; the light absorption properties have also been investigated. Furthermore, coupling or tripling of Ag2S/Ag heterodimers into dumbbell-like trimers ((Ag 2S)2/Ag, linear) and triangular tetramers ((Ag 2S)3/Ag, coplanar) can also be attained at 60°C by adding the bidentate ligand ethylenediamine as a cross-linking agent. To test the applicability of this highly asymmetric dipolar composite, photocatalytic inactivation of Escherichia coli K-12 in the presence of the as-prepared Ag 2S/Ag heterodimers has been carried out under UV irradiation. The added Ag2S/Ag heterodimers show good chemical stability under prolonged UV irradiation, and no appreciable solid dissolution is found. Possible mechanisms regarding the enhanced antibacterial activity have also been addressed. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  5. NMR investigation of Ag nanoparticles

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    Son, Kwanghyo; Jang, Zeehoon

    2013-01-01

    109Ag nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and relaxation measurements have been performed on two powder samples of Ag nanoparticles with average sizes of 20 nm and 80 nm. The measurements have been done in an external field of 9.4 T and in the temperature range 10 K Knight shift ( K) and the nuclear spin-lattice relaxation rate (1/ T 1) are observed to be almost identical to the values reported for the bulk Ag metal, whereby the Korringa ratio R(= K 2 T 1 T/S) is found to be 2.0 for both samples in the investigated temperature range.

  6. Synthesis, structural characterisation and antibacterial activity of Ag+-doped fluorapatite nanomaterials prepared by neutralization method

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The neutralization method has been used for synthesis of silver-doped fluorapatite powders. • Particles of silver-doped fluorapatite samples are of nano size and homogenous in composition. • The Ag+-doped fluorapatite samples showed antibacterial effect against Kllebsiela pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus and Micrococcus luteus. • AFM studies showed that silver-doped sample causes considerable morphological changes of tested bacterial cells. - Abstract: Silver doped fluorapatite nanopowders were synthesised by neutralization method, which consists of dissolving Ag2O in solution of HF and H3PO4 and addition to suspension of Ca(OH)2. The powder XRD, SEM and FTIR studies indicated the formation of a fluorapatite nanomaterials with average length of the particles is about 80 nm and a width of about 15 nm. The FTIR studies show that carbonate content in samples is very small and carbonte ions substitute both phosphate and hydroxyl groups in the crystal structure of samples, forming AB-type fluorapatite. Antibacterial studies have demonstrated that all Ag+-doped fluorapatite samples exhibit bactericidal effect against pathogens: Staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus luteus and Kllebsiela pneumoniae. Antibacterial activity increased with the increase of Ag+ in the samples. The atomic force microscopy studies revealed extensive damage to the bacterial cell envelops in the presence of Ag+-doped fluorapatite particles which may lead to their death. The synthesized Ag+-doped fluorapatite nanomaterials are promising as antibacterial biomaterials in orthopedics and dentistry

  7. Enhanced photoelectrochemical performance of Ag-ZnO thin films synthesized by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Highlights: → Synthesis of Ag-ZnO nanocomposites by spray pyrolysis technique. → Examine the effect of Ag doping on the structural, morphological optical, and photoelectrochemical properties. → Surface Plasmon Resonance phenomenon of the spray deposited Ag-ZnO nanocomposites. → Enhancement in photoelectrochemical performance of ZnO thin films after Ag doping. - Abstract: Silver doped zinc oxide (Ag-ZnO) thin films were deposited on glass and tin doped indium oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates by using pneumatic spray pyrolysis technique (SPT) at 450 deg. C from aqueous solutions of zinc acetate and silver nitrate precursors. The effect of silver doping on structural, morphological and optical properties of films was studied. The XRD spectra of the Ag-ZnO films indicate the polycrystalline nature having hexagonal crystal structure. SEM micrographs show the uniform distribution of spherical grains of about 80-90 nm grain size for the pure ZnO thin films. The Ag nanoparticles are clearly visualized in SEM images of Ag-ZnO samples. The optical band gap energy decreases as the percentage of silver doping increases. Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) related phenomena are observed and correlated to the optical properties of Ag-ZnO thin films. The overall photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of the samples was investigated and discussed. Moreover, the samples are more photoactive as compare to the pure ZnO sample and the sample ZnOAg15 shows the highest current. The photocurrent increases upto 249 μA cm-2 and 303 μA cm-2 in visible light and in UV illumination, respectively, and then decreases as the Ag doping increases into the film.

  8. CrN–Ag nanocomposite coatings: Control of lubricant transport by diffusion barriers

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    1-μm-thick self-lubricating CrN–Ag composite coatings containing 16 at.% Ag were deposited on Si substrates by reactive co-sputtering at Ts = 400 °C, and were covered with CrN cap layers with a columnar microstructure and a thickness d = 0–1000 nm. Vacuum annealing at Ta = 500 and 600 °C for 1 h causes Ag transport to the sample surface and the formation of Ag surface grains. Quantitative scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy analyses show that increasing d from 0 to 10 to 100 nm for Ta = 500 °C leads to a decrease in the areal density of Ag surface grains from 0.86 to 0.45 to 0.04 μm−2, while their lateral size remains constant at 360 ± 60 nm. However, increasing Ta to 600 °C causes a doubling of the Ag grain size, and a 4–30 times larger overall Ag transport. These results are explained by kinetic barriers for Ag diffusion through the porous cap layer with a porosity that decreases with increasing d, resulting in an effective activation barrier for Ag transport that increases from 0.78 eV in the absence of a cap layer to 0.89 eV for d = 10 nm and 1.07 eV for d = 30 nm. Auger electron spectroscopy depth profile analyses of annealed layers reveal no detectable Ag within the CrN cap layer and a uniform depletion of the Ag reservoir throughout the composite coating thickness, indicating unhindered Ag transport within the composite. The overall results show that a CrN diffusion barrier cap layer is an effective approach to control Ag lubricant transport to the surface of CrN–Ag composite coatings. - Highlights: ► CrN–Ag composite coatings are capped with CrN diffusion barriers. ► Ag diffuses to the surface during annealing at 500 or 600 °C. ► The Ag transport is controlled by the cap thickness d = 0–1000 nm. ► The activation energy for Ag transport increases with increasing d.

  9. CrN-Ag nanocomposite coatings: Control of lubricant transport by diffusion barriers

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    Papi, P.A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180 (United States); Mulligan, C.P. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180 (United States); U.S. Army Armament Research Development and Engineering Center, Benet Laboratories, Watervliet, NY 12189 (United States); Gall, D., E-mail: galld@rpi.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180 (United States)

    2012-12-01

    1-{mu}m-thick self-lubricating CrN-Ag composite coatings containing 16 at.% Ag were deposited on Si substrates by reactive co-sputtering at T{sub s} = 400 Degree-Sign C, and were covered with CrN cap layers with a columnar microstructure and a thickness d = 0-1000 nm. Vacuum annealing at T{sub a} = 500 and 600 Degree-Sign C for 1 h causes Ag transport to the sample surface and the formation of Ag surface grains. Quantitative scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy analyses show that increasing d from 0 to 10 to 100 nm for T{sub a} = 500 Degree-Sign C leads to a decrease in the areal density of Ag surface grains from 0.86 to 0.45 to 0.04 {mu}m{sup -2}, while their lateral size remains constant at 360 {+-} 60 nm. However, increasing T{sub a} to 600 Degree-Sign C causes a doubling of the Ag grain size, and a 4-30 times larger overall Ag transport. These results are explained by kinetic barriers for Ag diffusion through the porous cap layer with a porosity that decreases with increasing d, resulting in an effective activation barrier for Ag transport that increases from 0.78 eV in the absence of a cap layer to 0.89 eV for d = 10 nm and 1.07 eV for d = 30 nm. Auger electron spectroscopy depth profile analyses of annealed layers reveal no detectable Ag within the CrN cap layer and a uniform depletion of the Ag reservoir throughout the composite coating thickness, indicating unhindered Ag transport within the composite. The overall results show that a CrN diffusion barrier cap layer is an effective approach to control Ag lubricant transport to the surface of CrN-Ag composite coatings. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CrN-Ag composite coatings are capped with CrN diffusion barriers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ag diffuses to the surface during annealing at 500 or 600 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Ag transport is controlled by the cap thickness d = 0-1000 nm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The activation energy for Ag

  10. Ag-110m in fungi in Central Italy after the Chernobyl accident

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    Results are presented for the concentrations of 110mAg measured in Lycoperdon and Agaricus fungi and soil samples in Central Italy from September 1986 to October 1989 along with radiocaesium results and 110mAg/137Cs ratios. Following the Chernobyl accident in spring 1986, 110mAg activity in the fungi collected in autumn 1986 was undetectable but samples collected in 1988 and 1989 showed a remarkable abundance of 110mAg. 110mAg was present in soils in 1986 so it is suggested that it was not available to fungi then because of its chemical form and because of the lack of rainfall during summer 1986. (U.K.)

  11. Ag-Ag2S Hybrid Nanoprisms: Structural versus Plasmonic Evolution.

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    Shahjamali, Mohammad M; Zhou, Yong; Zaraee, Negin; Xue, Can; Wu, Jinsong; Large, Nicolas; McGuirk, C Michael; Boey, Freddy; Dravid, Vinayak; Cui, Zhifeng; Schatz, George C; Mirkin, Chad A

    2016-05-24

    Recently, Ag-Ag2S hybrid nanostructures have attracted a great deal of attention due to their enhanced chemical and thermal stability, in addition to their morphology- and composition-dependent tunable local surface plasmon resonances. Although Ag-Ag2S nanostructures can be synthesized via sulfidation of as-prepared anisotropic Ag nanoparticles, this process is poorly understood, often leading to materials with anomalous compositions, sizes, and shapes and, consequently, optical properties. In this work, we use theory and experiment to investigate the structural and plasmonic evolution of Ag-Ag2S nanoprisms during the sulfidation of Ag precursors. The previously observed red-shifted extinction of the Ag-Ag2S hybrid nanoprism as sulfidation occurs contradicts theoretical predictions, indicating that the reaction does not just occur at the prism tips as previously speculated. Our experiments show that sulfidation can induce either blue or red shifts in the extinction of the dipole plasmon mode, depending on reaction conditions. By elucidating the correlation with the final structure and morphology of the synthesized Ag-Ag2S nanoprisms, we find that, depending on the reaction conditions, sulfidation occurs on the prism tips and/or the (111) surfaces, leading to a core(Ag)-anisotropic shell(Ag2S) prism nanostructure. Additionally, we demonstrate that the direction of the shift in the dipole plasmon is a function of the relative amounts of Ag2S at the prism tips and Ag2S shell thickness around the prism. PMID:27148792

  12. Surface sensing behavior and band edge properties of AgAlS2: Experimental observations in optical, chemical, and thermoreflectance spectroscopy

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    Ching-Hwa Ho

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Optical examination of a chaocogenide compound AgAlS2 which can spontaneously transfer to a AgAlO2 oxide has been investigated by thermoreflectance (TR spectroscopy herein. The single crystals of AgAlS2 were grown by chemical vapor transport (CVT method using ICl3 as a transport agent sealed in evacuated quartz tubes. The as-grown AgAlS2 crystals essentially possess a transparent and white color in vacuum. The crystal surface of AgAlS2 becomes darkened and brownish when putting AgAlS2 into atmosphere for reacting with water vapor or hydrogen gas. Undergoing the chemical reaction process, oxygen deficient AgAlO2-2x with brownish and reddish-like color on surface of AgAlS2 forms. The transition energy of deficient AgAlO2-2x was evaluated by TR experiment. The value was determined to be ∼2.452 eV at 300 K. If the sample is kept dry and moved away from moisture, AgAlS2 crystal can stop forming more deficient AgAlO2-2x surface oxides. The experimental TR spectra for the surface-reacted sample show clearly two transition features at EW=2.452 eV for deficient AgAlO2-2x and EU=3.186 eV for AgAlS2, respectively. The EU transition belongs to direct band-edge exciton of AgAlS2. Alternatively, for surface-oxidation process of AgAlS2 lasting for a long time, a AgAlO2 crystal with yellowish color will eventually form. The TR measurements show mainly a ground-state band edge exciton of E OX 1 detected for AgAlO2. The energy was determined to be E OX 1=2.792 eV at 300 K. The valence-band electronic structure of AgAlS2 has been detailed characterized using polarized-thermoreflectance (PTR measurements in the temperature range between 30 and 340 K. Physical chemistry behaviors of AgAlS2 and AgAlO2 have been comprehensively studied via detailed analyses of PTR and TR spectra. Based on the experimental analyses, optical and chemical behaviors of the AgAlS2 crystals under atmosphere are realized. A possible optical-detecting scheme for using AgAlS2 as a humidity

  13. A visible-light-driven core-shell like Ag2S@Ag2CO3 composite photocatalyst with high performance in pollutants degradation.

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    Yu, Changlin; Wei, Longfu; Zhou, Wanqin; Dionysiou, Dionysios D; Zhu, Lihua; Shu, Qing; Liu, Hong

    2016-08-01

    A series of Ag2S-Ag2CO3 (4%, 8%, 16%, 32% and 40% Ag2S), Ag2CO3@Ag2S (32%Ag2S) and Ag2S@Ag2CO3 (32%Ag2S) composite photocatalysts were fabricated by coprecipitation or successive precipitation reaction. The obtained catalysts were analyzed by N2 physical adsorption, powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and photocurrent test. Under visible light irradiation, the influences of Ag2S content and core-shell property on photocatalytic activity and stability were evaluated in studies focused on the degradation of methyl orange (MO) dye, phenol, and bisphenol A. Results showed that excellent photocatalytic performance was obtained over Ag2S/Ag2CO3 composite photocatalysts with respect to Ag2S and Ag2CO3. With optimal content of Ag2S (32 wt%), the Ag2S-Ag2CO3 showed the highest photocatalytic degradation efficiency. Moreover, the structured property of Ag2S/Ag2CO3 greatly influenced the activity. Compared with Ag2S-Ag2CO3 and Ag2CO3@Ag2S, core-shell like Ag2S@Ag2CO3 demonstrated the highest activity and stability. The main reason for the boosting of photocatalytic performance was due to the formation of Ag2S/Ag2CO3 well contacted interface and unique electron structures. Ag2S/Ag2CO3 interface could significantly increase the separation efficiency of the photo-generated electrons (e(-)) and holes (h(+)), and production of OH radicals. More importantly, the low solubility of Ag2S shell could effectively protect the core of Ag2CO3, which further guarantees the stability of Ag2CO3. PMID:27236845

  14. The Structure and Emission Properties of SiO2 Nanometer Film Containing Ag

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    2001-01-01

    Colloidal silver particles are formed on float glass by heat treatment with coated silica film containing Ag by sol-gel process.The Sn2+on surface of float glass influences the formation of colloidal Ag particles.The microstructure of the film and the granularity of silver particles were studied by TEM and HEED.The emission property of the samples was measured.The results show that aggregation of metal particles degrades emission intensity,and that content of Ag,withdrawing speed and heat treatment temperature of samples has a greater effect on photoluminescence.

  15. Morphology-controlled synthesis of Ag3PO4 nano/microcrystals and their antibacterial properties

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    Graphical abstract: The Ag3PO4 with rhombic dodecahedral, spherical and small size particles were controllable fabricated just by changing the types of the solvent. The materials possess good antibacterial properties toward different kinds of bacteria. - Highlights: • The Ag3PO4 with three morphologies were controllable fabricated. • The Ag3PO4 as-prepared possess obvious antibacterial properties in the dark. • The antibacterial ability of Ag3PO4 could be greatly improved under the visible light irradiation. - Abstract: We reported the controllable fabrication of Ag3PO4 nano/microcrystals through a simple solution-based precipitation reaction. The samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy. The results indicated that the Ag3PO4 crystals with three different morphology, including the rhombic dodecahedron of 500 nm, the sphere of 100 nm and the particles with small-size of 20 nm, could be obtained in the solvents of water, ethylene glycol (EG) and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). The antibacterial assay showed that all samples possess obvious antibacterial properties. In addition, the Ag3PO4 with small size of 20 nm showed better activity due to their high specific surface areas. Notably, we have found that the antibacterial ability of Ag3PO4 could be greatly improved under the visible light irradiation, which are superior to that in the dark and commercial streptomycin

  16. Thermal characterization of Ag and Ag + N ion implanted ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)

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    Most of total hip joints are composed of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE ). However, as ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene is too stable in a body, wear debris may accumulate and cause biological response such as bone absorption and loosening of prosthesis. In this study, ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene samples were Ag and Ag + N hybrid ion implanted by using MEVVA ion implantation technique to improve its surface properties. Samples were implanted with a fluence of 1017 ion/cm2 and extraction voltage of 30 kV. Implanted and unimplanted samples were investigated by thermo-gravimetry analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), optical microscopy (OM) and contact Angle measurement. Thermal characterization results showed that the ion bombardment induced an increase in the % crystallinity, onset and termination degradation temperatures of UHMWPE

  17. AGS II

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    Interest in rare K decays, neutrino oscillations and other fields have generated an increasing demand for running, and improved intensity and duty cycle, at the AGS. Current projects include acceleration of polarized protons and light ions (up to mass 32). Future plans are for a booster to increase intensity and allow heavy ions (up to mass 200), and a stretcher to give 100% duty cycle. A later upgrade could yield an average current of 32 μ amps. 6 figures, 2 tables

  18. Snobbish Show

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    YIN PUMIN

    2010-01-01

    @@ The State Administration of Radio,Film and Television (SARFT),China's media watchdog,issued a new set of mles on June 9 that strictly regulate TV match-making shows,which have been sweeping the country's primetime programming. "Improper social and love values such as money worship should not be presented in these shows.Humiliation,verbal attacks and sex-implied vulgar content are not allowed" the new roles said.

  19. In silico sampling reveals the effect of clustering and shows that the log-normal rank abundance curve is an artefact

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    Neuteboom, J.H.; Struik, P. C.

    2005-01-01

    The impact of clustering on rank abundance, species-individual (S-N)and species-area curves was investigated using a computer programme for in silico sampling. In a rank abundance curve the abundances of species are plotted on log-scale against species sequence. In an S-N curve the number of species (S) is plotted against the log of the total number of individuals (N) in the sample, in a species-area curve S is plotted against log-area. The results from in silico sampling confirm the general ...

  20. Synthesis, characterization and multifunctional properties of plasmonic Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites.

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    Prakash, Jai; Kumar, Promod; Harris, R A; Swart, Chantel; Neethling, J H; van Vuuren, A Janse; Swart, H C

    2016-09-01

    We report on the synthesis of multifunctional Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites and their optical, physio-chemical, surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and antibacterial properties. A series of Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized by sol-gel technique and characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersed x-ray analysis, photoluminescence, UV-vis, x-ray photoelectron and Raman spectroscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method. The Ag nanoparticles (NPs) (7-20 nm) were found to be uniformly distributed around and strongly attached to TiO2 NPs. The novel optical responses of the nanocomposites are due to the strong electric field from the localized surface plasmon (LSP) excitation of the Ag NPs and decreased recombination of photo-induced electrons and holes at Ag-TiO2 interface providing potential materials for photocatalysis. The nanocomposites show enhancement in the SERS signals of methyl orange (MO) molecules with increasing Ag content attributed to the long-range electromagnetic enhancement from the excited LSP of the Ag NPs. To further understand the SERS activity, molecular mechanics and molecular dynamics simulations were used to study the geometries and SERS enhancement of MO adsorbed onto Ag-TiO2 respectively. Simulation results indicate that number of ligands (MO) that adsorb onto the Ag NPs as well as binding energy per ligand increases with increasing NP density and molecule-to-surface orientation is mainly flat resulting in strong bond strength between MO and Ag NP surface and enhanced SERS signals. The antimicrobial activity of the Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites was tested against the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus and enhanced antibacterial effect was observed with increasing Ag content explained by contact killing action mechanism. These results foresee promising applications of the plasmonic metal-semiconductor based nano-biocomposites for both chemical and biological samples. PMID:27456278

  1. High quantum efficiency YbAG-crystals

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    Fagundes-Peters, D. [Universitaet Hamburg, Institut fuer Laser-Physik, Luruper Chaussee 149, 22761, Hamburg (Germany); Martynyuk, N. [Universitaet Hamburg, Institut fuer Laser-Physik, Luruper Chaussee 149, 22761, Hamburg (Germany); Luenstedt, K. [Universitaet Hamburg, Institut fuer Laser-Physik, Luruper Chaussee 149, 22761, Hamburg (Germany); Peters, V. [Universitaet Hamburg, Institut fuer Laser-Physik, Luruper Chaussee 149, 22761, Hamburg (Germany); Petermann, K. [Universitaet Hamburg, Institut fuer Laser-Physik, Luruper Chaussee 149, 22761, Hamburg (Germany)]. E-mail: klaus.petermann@physnet.uni-hamburg.de; Huber, G. [Universitaet Hamburg, Institut fuer Laser-Physik, Luruper Chaussee 149, 22761, Hamburg (Germany); Basun, S. [Joffe Physical-Technical Institute, St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Laguta, V. [Institute for Problems of Material Sciences, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Krjijanovskogo 3, 03142 Kiev (Ukraine); Hofstaetter, A. [I. Physikalisches Institut, Heinrich-Buff-Ring 16, Justus-Liebig-Universitaet Giessen, D-35392 Giessen (Germany)

    2007-07-15

    In this work, the growing process of Yb-doped YAG crystals is modified to achieve stoichiometric YbAG samples with a minimum quenching of the Yb{sup 3+}-fluorescence. The best samples were grown by the Czochralski technique from rhenium-crucibles under reducing atmosphere (H{sub 2}+N{sub 2}). The as-grown YbAG crystals are of light blue color due to Yb{sup 2+}-centers. The fluorescence lifetime of Yb{sup 3+} after annealing the YbAG crystals under oxidizing atmosphere is 862+/-15{mu}s. The non-annealed samples show strong quenching of the Yb{sup 3+}-fluorescence with a lifetime of only a few tens of microseconds depending on the actual growth conditions. This strong quenching is partially attributed to the Yb{sup 2+}-centers giving rise to a cooperative energy transfer process among two excited Yb{sup 3+}-ions and one non-excited Yb{sup 2+}-ion. Typical quenching centers in Yb:YAG crystals grown from Ir-crucibles are Fe- and Ni-impurities. Another effective quenching center in non-annealed crystals is a complex center consisting of a Si{sup 2+}-ion and a charge compensating oxygen vacancy with one trapped electron (F{sup +}color center). This type of center was identified by ESR- and ENDOR-measurements.

  2. Maps showing interpretation, using R-mode factor analysis, of trace-element abundances in heavy-mineral concentrate samples, Delta 1° x 2° Quadrangle, Utah

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    Zimbelman, David R.

    1994-01-01

    A set of heavy-mineral concentrate data for the Delta 1° x 2° quadrangle, Utah Conterminous U.S. Mineral Assessment Program (CUSMAP) project was compiled from results of analyses of samples collected during the National Uranium Resource Evaluation Program (SURE), as well as results obtained from samples collected more recently by the USGS. Data results, sampling methods, and analytical methods are provided in Abrogast and others, 1993; 1990; 1988a; 1988b). A similar report, discussing results obtained from stream-sediment samples, is presented in Zimbelman (1993a). The Delta 1° x 2° quadrangle, Utah (figure 1) contains a variety of hydrothermal mineral deposit types, including porphyry-, vein-, replacement-, and Carlin-type deposits. These deposit types have been worked for commodities including gold, silver, beryllium, uranium, lead, zinc, copper, manganese, and cadmium (Lindsey, 1977; Morris and Mogensen, 1978; Zimbelman and others, 1990; Zimbelman and others, 1988). Heavy-mineral concentrate and stream-sediment samples derived from these hydrothermally altered rocks typically contain many geochemical anomalies (for example, see Zimbelman 1993b, c, d). Element associations characterizing lithology and hydrothermal mineral deposits can be distinguished using R-mode factor analysis. This tool often is useful in reconnaissance-scale surveys where sample anomalies are often weak. and single-element distributions may not help to delineate targets. R-mode factors analysis can help identify geologic trends and areas most likely to contain the mineral deposits. R-mode factor analysis was performed on a data set of results of analyses for 19 elements in 643 samples and produced a six-factor model. These six factors represent the geochemical contributions to the data set provided by lithologic and mineralization processes, The distribution of samples that contain high scores for mineralization-related factors is widespread in the Delta quadrangle. These sample sites

  3. Highly luminescent material based on Alq3:Ag nanoparticles.

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    Salah, Numan; Habib, Sami S; Khan, Zishan H

    2013-09-01

    Tris (8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq3) is an organic semiconductor molecule, widely used as an electron transport layer, light emitting layer in organic light-emitting diodes and a host for fluorescent and phosphorescent dyes. In this work thin films of pure and silver (Ag), cupper (Cu), terbium (Tb) doped Alq3 nanoparticles were synthesized using the physical vapor condensation method. They were fabricated on glass substrates and characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy, atomic force microscope (AFM), UV-visible absorption spectra and studied for their photoluminescence (PL) properties. SEM and AFM results show spherical nanoparticles with size around 70-80 nm. These nanoparticles have almost equal sizes and a homogeneous size distribution. The maximum absorption of Alq3 nanoparticles is observed at 300 nm, while the surface plasmon resonant band of Ag doped sample appears at 450 nm. The PL emission spectra of Tb, Cu and Ag doped Alq3 nanoparticles show a single broad band at around 515 nm, which is similar to that of the pure one, but with enhanced PL intensity. The sample doped with Ag at a concentration ratio of Alq3:Ag = 1:0.8 is found to have the highest PL intensity, which is around 2 times stronger than that of the pure one. This enhancement could be attributed to the surface plasmon resonance of Ag ions that might have increased the absorption and then the quantum yield. These remarkable result suggest that Alq3 nanoparticles incorporated with Ag ions might be quite useful for future nano-optoelectronic devices. PMID:23653126

  4. Hydroxyapatite supported Ag3PO4 nanoparticles with higher visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Hydroxyapatite supported Ag3PO4 nanocomposites have been synthesized by a wet impregnation process. UV-vis absorption spectra show a red shift of the absorption edges for the composite systems compared to pure hydroxyapatite support. The surface structure and morphology of the nanocomposites were characterized by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) apparatus, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results suggest that Ag3PO4 nanoparticles (6-17 nm in diameter) are well dispersed on the hydroxyapatite support and Ag3PO4 nanoparticles density is larger for the higher Ag+ loading sample. The as-prepared nanocomposite photocatalysts showed a pronounced photocatalytic activity upon decomposition of methylene blue dye in aqueous solution under both visible light (wavelength > 400 nm) and UV-vis light irradiation. A synergic mechanism of inherent photocatalytic capability of Ag3PO4 and the accelerated electron/hole separation resulting from the photoinduced electrons captured by the slow-released Ag+ at the interface of Ag3PO4 and hydroxyapatite is proposed for the nanocomposites on the enhancement of photocatalytic performance in comparison to that of pure Ag3PO4 nanoparticles. The support of hydroxyapatite may also act as an absorbent which favors the mass transfer in heterogeneous photocatalysis reaction.

  5. Photosensitization of ZnO by AgBr and Ag2CO3: Nanocomposites with tandem n-n heterojunctions and highly enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity.

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    Pirhashemi, Mahsa; Habibi-Yangjeh, Aziz

    2016-07-15

    Facile ultrasonic-irradiation method was applied for photosensitization of ZnO by combining with AgBr and Ag2CO3 particles through preparation of novel ternary nanocomposites. The prepared samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, EDX, UV-Vis DRS, FT-IR, BET, and PL techniques. Photocatalytic activity was investigated by degradation of rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation. It was found that photocatalytic activity of the ZnO was greatly enhanced by coupling with AgBr and Ag2CO3 particles, as narrow band gap semiconductors, through formation of tandem n-n heterojunctions. The nanocomposite with 20% of Ag2CO3 displayed the highest photocatalytic activity with the degradation rate constants which are nearly 122, 31, and 25 times higher than those of the ZnO, ZnO/AgBr, and ZnO/Ag2CO3 samples, respectively. Moreover, the trapping experiments confirmed that superoxide ion radicals and holes are the main active species responsible for the degradation reaction. Finally, it was also demonstrated that the ternary ZnO/AgBr/Ag2CO3 (20%) nanocomposite has enhanced activity in degradation of methylene blue and methyl orange. Hence, this work shows a great potential of the ternary photocatalyst for purification of contaminated water from organic pollutants. PMID:27111379

  6. In silico sampling reveals the effect of clustering and shows that the log-normal rank abundance curve is an artefact

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    Neuteboom, J.H.; Struik, P.C.

    2005-01-01

    The impact of clustering on rank abundance, species-individual (S-N)and species-area curves was investigated using a computer programme for in silico sampling. In a rank abundance curve the abundances of species are plotted on log-scale against species sequence. In an S-N curve the number of species

  7. New data for AG haplotype frequencies in Caucasoid populations and selective neutrality of the AG polymorphism

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    Sanchez-Mazas, Alicia; Bütler-Brunner, E.; Excoffier, Laurent Georges Louis; Ghanem, N; Ben Salem, M.; BREGUET, Georges; Dard, Patricia Nathalie; Pellegrini, Béatrice; Tikkanen, M J; Langaney, André; Lefranc, Gérard; Bütler, René

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    We present the results of AG antigen typings of three Caucasoid population samples: Lebanese, Tunisians, and Finns. AG haplotype frequencies estimated by maximum-likelihood methods are compared with the frequencies observed in 13 world populations previously tested for AG specificities by computing a genetic distance matrix used in a multivariate analysis. A high degree of polymorphism characterizes the three samples, with 10 haplotypes detected in the Lebanese and 11 haplotypes detected in t...

  8. Ag nanoparticle/ZnO nanorods nanocomposites derived by a seed-mediated method and their photocatalytic properties

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    Yin Xingtian [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi (China); Que Wenxiu, E-mail: wxque@mail.xjtu.edu.cn [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi (China); Fei Duan; Shen Fengyu; Guo Qiushi [Electronic Materials Research Laboratory, School of Electronic and Information Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi (China)

    2012-05-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hedgehog-like Ag nanoparticle/ZnO nanorods (Ag NP/ZnO NRs) core/shell nanocomposites were prepared by a seed-mediated method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer ZnO NRs can grow directly on the surface of the Ag NPs without any other ancillary seed-assisted process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The volume content ratio of the Ag NPs colloids and the ZnO precursory solution is crucial for the morphology of the resulted samples. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Both the heterostructure and the smaller size of resulted crystals contribute to the enhanced photocatalytic performance. - Abstract: Ag nanoparticle/ZnO nanorods (Ag NP/ZnO NRs) nanocomposites with a core/shell structure were prepared by a seed-mediated method, which contains a polyol synthesis of Ag NPs and an overgrowth process of ZnO NRs on the surface of Ag NPs. Compared with the previously reported Ag/ZnO nanocomposites which were mostly constructed by a ZnO core and a Ag shell, the nanocomposites reported in this article showed a novel structure that contained a Ag NP core and ZnO NRs shell, resulting a hedgehog-like morphology. Electron microscope images reveal that the volume content ratio of Ag NPs colloids and the ZnO precursory solution is crucial for the morphology of the resulted samples and a well-constructed Ag NP/ZnO NRs core/shell nanocomposite can be easily obtained when their volume content ratio is set at a proper value. X-ray diffraction analysis shows a good crystalline property of both Ag NPs and ZnO NRs. The relationship between the growing temperature and the morphology of the resulted samples was investigated and a possible growing mechanism of the Ag NP/ZnO NRs nanocomposites was also proposed and discussed. Furthermore, photocatalytic activities of the resulting samples with different morphologies were also studied.

  9. Translocation, accumulation and distribution of 110mAg in carp

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    The experimental carp were raised in the water with 110mAg specific activity of 3.7 x 102 Bq/L, 3.7 x 103 Bq/L, 3.7 x 104 Bq/L respectively. The carp were sampled after raising 1,2,3,5,7,9,12,15,18,21 and 23 days, and separated into scale, bone, muscle, gill, alimentary canal, heart and heptapancreas for measuring the radioactivity. The results showed that 110mAg was absorbed rapidly by carp via gill and alimentary canal from water, and distributed into all parts of the body, mainly in soft tissue with blood circulation. 110mAg accumulation of the body increased with the 110mAg specific activity in the water in the same raising time. The accumulation of 110mAg in gill, alimentary canal, heart, muscle and bone appeared mono-peak curves with raising time. There was a linear relationship between the specific activity of 110mAg in heptapancreas and the carp's raising time in 110mAg water. The concentration abilities for 110mAg in all organs were in the order of heptapancreas>gill>alimentary>canal>heart>muscle>bone

  10. Nonlinear optical properties and optical limiting measurements of graphene oxide - Ag@TiO2 compounds

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    Ebrahimi, M.; Zakery, A.; Karimipour, M.; Molaei, M.

    2016-07-01

    In this work Graphene Oxide (GO), Ag@TiO2 core-shells and GO-Ag@TiO2 compounds were prepared and experimentally verified. Using a low power laser diode with 532 nm wavelength, the magnitude and the sign of the nonlinear refractive index and nonlinear absorption were determined by the Z-scan technique. It was observed that the nonlinear absorption of GO-Ag@TiO2 mixture was higher than pure GO. The optical limiting effect of these samples was also investigated using the 2nd harmonics of a pulsed Nd-YAG laser at 532 nm. Our results showed that the sole Ag@TiO2 didn't show any appreciable optical limiting effect, however after just mixing with graphene oxide the threshold of optical limiting was increased and the compound showed an enhancement of optical limiting behavior compared to GO itself. The presented results are discussed and compared with other literature reports.

  11. Fuzzy Cosets and Quotient Fuzzy AG-subgroups

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    Amanullah,; Ahmad, Imtiaz; Shah, Muhammad

    2014-01-01

    In this paper we extend the concept of fuzzy AG-subgroups. We introduce some results in normal fuzzy AG-subgroups. We define fuzzy cosets and quotient fuzzy AG-subgroups, and prove that the sets of their collection form an AG-subgroup and fuzzy AG-subgroup respectively. We also introduce the fuzzy Lagrange's Theorem of AG-subgroup. It is known that the condition $\\mu(xy)=\\mu(yx)$ holds for all $x,y$ in fuzzy subgroups if $\\mu$ is normal, but in fuzzy AG-subgroup we show that it holds without ...

  12. Deteksi HBsAg dan HBeAg dalam Saliva Pengidap Virus Hepatitis B

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    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV via blood or its product has been well established. However, body fluids like urine and saliva may also contain HBV. A complete HBV consists of HBsAg, HBeAg, HBcAg dan partikel DNA. Hepatitis B carrier is detected by the presence of serologic marker HBsAg while the ongoing viral replication or infectivity is diagnosed by the presence of HBeAg or DNA particle. Meanwhile dentists will often contact with the saliva of their patients in daily practice. This cross-sectional study was carried out to assess the infectivity of the saliva of HBV carriers. During a 10 month period (August 1994 - May 1995 detection of HBsAg and HBeAg in blood and saliva were done in 97 HBV carriers using the ELISA method (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay. Of 97 HBV carriers both positive gor HBsAG in blood were found 56 (Group I and positive HBsAg and negativa HBeAg in the other 41 (Group II. Examination of the saliva of HBV carriers in Group I showed positive HBsAg as well as HBeAg in 48 (85,7%, only positive for HBsAg in 5 (10,7% and both negative for HBsAg and HBeAg in the other 2 (3,6% where as in Group II positive for both HBsAg and HBeAG in the remaining 10 (24,4%. In conclusion, the majority of highly infectious hepatitis B carriers do also have infectious saliva which could be an important source of infection and transmission of the virus in the field of dentistry.

  13. Novel investigation on nanostructure Ni-P-Ag composite coatings

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    Alirezaei, S.; Vaghefi, S. M. Monir; Ürgen, M.; Saatchi, A.; Kazmanli, K.

    2012-11-01

    In this research, silver particles with different contents were co-deposited within Ni-P coating on AISI 1045 steel samples by electroless plating process and then Ni-P-Ag composite coatings were heat treated at 400 °C for 1 h. The concentration of silver particles in Ni-P metallic matrix was determined by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and image analysis software. The phase transformation of deposits was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). Also, the mechanical properties of coatings were evaluated by microhardness and indentation tests. The results showed that the content of silver particles and heat treatment have the great effects on hardness and mechanical properties of Ni-P-Ag electroless composite coatings. Also, heat treatment can lead only to phase transformation in metallic matrix of nanostucture Ni-P-Ag composite coatings.

  14. Solvothermal synthesis of carbon nanotube-AgBiS2 hybrids and their optical limiting properties

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    Liu, Dandan; Cai, Dongdong; Yang, Yan; Zhong, Huiye; Zhao, Yiwen; Song, Yinglin; Yang, Shiping; Wu, Huixia

    2016-03-01

    AgBiS2 nanoparticles (NPs) have been loaded on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) by the solvothermal treatment on a mixture of MWCNTs, AgNO3, Bi(NO3)3·5H2O and thiosemicarbazide in a mixed polyol solvent. The resulting MWCNT-AgBiS2 hybrid samples have been extensively characterized by a variety of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. The AgBiS2 NPs can be uniformly deposited on the sidewalls of MWCNTs by appropriately regulating the reaction conditions including reaction temperature and reaction time. Optical limiting (OL) studies have been performed on typical MWCNT-AgBiS2 samples using the Z-scan and OL measurements at the laser wavelength of 532 nm. The MWCNT-AgBiS2 hybrids with AgBiS2 NPs of ∼16 nm in size uniformly coated on the nanotubes show a significantly enhanced OL effect in comparison to the purified MWCNTs.

  15. Photocatalytic performances and activities of Ag-doped CuFe2O4 nanoparticles

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • CuFe2O4 nanocrystals were synthesized by a co-precipitation method. • Ag/CuFe2O4 catalyst was prepared by the wetness impregnation strategy. • The structural properties of Ag/CuFe2O4 were investigated by XRD, TEM, DRS, and XPS techniques. • Ag/CuFe2O4 has higher photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: In this work, CuFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by a chemical co-precipitation route. The Ag/CuFe2O4 catalyst was prepared based on the CuFe2O4 nanoparticles by the incipient wetness impregnation strategy, which showed excellent photoelectric property and catalytic activity. The structural properties of these samples were systematically investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electronic microscopy (TEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) techniques. The photo-induced charge separation in the samples was demonstrated by surface photovoltage (SPV) measurement. The photocatalytic degradation of 4-CP by the Ag/CuFe2O4 and CuFe2O4 samples were comparatively studied under xenon lamp irradiation. The results indicate that the Ag/CuFe2O4 sample exhibited the higher efficiency for the degradation of 4-CP

  16. Enhancement of the visible light activity and stability of Ag2CO3 by formation of AgI/Ag2CO3 heterojunction

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    Yu, Changlin; Wei, Longfu; Zhou, Wanqin; Chen, Jianchai; Fan, Qizhe; Liu, Hong

    2014-11-01

    An insurmountable problem for silver-based semiconductor photocatalysts is their poor stability. Here, at room temperature, AgI with different concentrations (5%, 10%, 20% and 30%) were coupled into Ag2CO3, producing a series of novel AgI/Ag2CO3 composite photocatalysts. The effects of AgI addition on the Ag2CO3 catalyst for photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation have been investigated. Some physicochemical technologies like N2 physical adsorption/desorption, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS) were applied to characterize these products. Results show that the photocatalytic degradation activity of AgI/Ag2CO3 photocatalyst is much higher than that of pure AgI and Ag2CO3. With the optimal content of AgI (20 wt%), the AgI/Ag2CO3 exhibits the highest photocatalytic degradation efficiency. Its first order reaction rate constant (0.54 h-1) is 20 times of that of AgI (0.026 h-1) and 3.6 times of that of Ag2CO3 (0.15 h-1). The characterizations and theory calculation show that AgI and Ag2CO3 have suitably matched band gap structures. The formation of AgI/Ag2CO3 heterojunction with intimate interface could effectively increase the separation efficiency of the e-/h+ pairs and promote the production of •OH and O2•- radicals, which brings about the fast degradation rate of the dye and an increase in photocatalytic stability.

  17. Facile synthesis of S-Ag nanocomposites and Ag2S short nanorods by the interaction of sulfur with AgNO3 in PEG400.

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    Zhang, Yan-Li; Xie, Xin-Yuan; Liang, Ming; Xie, Shu-Ming; Chen, Jie-Mei; Zheng, Wen-Jie

    2016-06-01

    A facile, eco-friendly and inexpensive method to prepare Ag2S short nanorods and S-Ag nanocomposites using sublimed sulfur, AgNO3, PVP and PEG400 was studied. According to x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy of the Ag2S, the products are highly crystalline and pure Ag2S nanorods with diameters of 70-160 nm and lengths of 200-360 nm. X-ray diffraction of the S-Ag nanocomposites shows that we obtained cubic Ag and S nanoparticles. Transmission electron microscopy shows that the molar ratio of PVP to Ag(+) plays an important role in controlling the size and morphology of the S-Ag nanocomposites. When the molar ratio of PVP to Ag(+) was 10:1, smaller sizes, better dispersibility and narrower distribution of S-Ag nanocomposites with diameters of 10-40 nm were obtained. The formation mechanism of the S-Ag nanocomposites was studied by designing a series of experiments using ultraviolet-visible measurement, and it was found that S nanoparticles are produced first and act as seed crystals; then Ag(+) becomes Ag nanocrystals on the surfaces of the S nanoparticles by the reduction of PVP. PEG400 acts as a catalyzer, accelerating the reaction rate, and protects the S-Ag nanocomposites from reacting to produce Ag2S. The antimicrobial experiments show that the S-Ag nanocomposites have greater antimicrobial activity on Staphylococcus aureus, Aspergillus niger and blue mold than Ag nanoparticles. PMID:27109417

  18. The optical and mechanical properties of PVA-Ag nanocomposite films

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    Highlights: • We prepared PVA -Ag composite films which used in different filed of applications. • The XRD results showed Ag nanoparticles entering the polymer PVA matrix. • Optical band gap as a result of doping has been found to be reduced significantly. • Young's modulus increases while the strain decreases due to increasing Ag content. -- Abstract: Poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) loaded silver (Ag) nanoparticles were successfully prepared by chemical reduction methods. The synthesized nanoparticles are characterized using UV–visible spectrophotometer, X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and Transmission electron microscope (TEM). The contents of the inorganic phase in the nanocomposites were determined by using atomic absorption spectroscopy (AA) for silver, and were found to be 0.2, 0.4, 0.8 and 1.5 wt.%. Optical absorption studies in the wavelength range 190–900 nm showed additional peak at 420 nm for differently doped films, in addition to the peak at 200 nm for undoped PVA film. There is observable change in the absorbed intensity at 420 nm with filling levels. This is due to the link between the Ag metal ion and the polymer OH- groups. The indirect energy gaps were calculated. It was found that Young’s modulus and the strength at the break increase, while the energy gaps and the strain decrease as the concentration of Ag content is increased. The XRD results showed that the Ag nanoparticles entering the polymer PVA matrix and the crystallinity was strongly influenced by the amount of Ag nanoparticles. The electron diffraction image for the highest concentration sample shows the crystalline nature of the silver metal nanoparticles. TEM of the nanocomposite films revealed the presence of Ag particles with average diameter of 12 nm

  19. Study on the effect of surface modifier on self-aggregation behavior of Ag nano-particle

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    Graphical abstract: The typical TEM images of the silver NPs were close to mono-disperse spherical with diameters about 10 nm. The Ag/PVP NPs are highly crystalline, and the interplanar spacing of 0.235 nm is close to the separation between the (1 1 1) crystallographic planes of cubic Ag/PVP. Highlights: ► Four kinds of the mono-dispersed silver NPs with different capping agent were synthesized with diameters about 7, 3, 10, and 5 nm, respectively. ► HRTEM characterization also revealed the Ag/PVP, Ag/PAN, Ag/OA NPs are highly crystalline and the interplanar spacing was calculated. ► FTIR and TG-DSC were used to characterize the binding group of four molecules on Ag nano-particle's surface. ► The Effect of Surface Modifier on Self-Aggregation of Ag Nano-particle was discussed. - Abstract: In this study, four kinds of Ag nano-particles were synthesized with poly (vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP), polyaniline (PAN), L-cysteine (L-cys), and oleic acid (OA) as modified groups. The properties of these Ag nano-particles were characterized by several techniques. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation show four samples were close to monodisperse spherical with diameters about 7, 3, 10, and 5 nm, respectively. The interplanar spacing was calculated and the crystal was discussed with X-ray diffraction (XRD) results. Both Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR) and thermogravimetry (TG)-differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) has revealed the binding group of four molecules on Ag nano-particle's surface. After the Ag nanoparticles (NPs) deposited onto the substrate, surface modifier would collapse on the particle surface. Ag nanoparticles are easier to self-aggregate for the weaker binding of surface modifier. As a result, the conductive film is formed. The effect of modified group and temperature were discussed on the conductivity of the silver films.

  20. Fabrication of AgX-loaded Ag2CO3 (X = Cl, I) composites and their efficient visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity

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    Highlights: • The novel AgX/Ag2CO3 composites have been synthesized by ion exchange reaction. • AgX/Ag2CO3 exhibit higher photoactivity and stability than that of Ag2CO3. • The band structure of AgX/Ag2CO3 is beneficial to improve the photoactivity. - Abstract: The novel visible-light-driven AgX/Ag2CO3 (X = Cl, I) hybrid materials were synthesized by ion exchange reaction. The physical and chemical properties of the catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), diffuse-reflection spectra (DRS) and photocurrent techniques. The as-prepared AgX/Ag2CO3 (X = Cl, I) composites showed higher photocatalytic activity than that of the pure Ag2CO3 photocatalyst under visible light irradiation (λ ⩾ 400 nm) in the process of methylene blue (MB) degradation. The optimal mass percentage of AgCl and AgI in the AgX/Ag2CO3 (X = Cl, I) composite was 20.54 wt% and 40 wt%, respectively. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity was attributed to the suitable band potential between AgX and Ag2CO3, which was beneficial to increase the separation efficiency of electrons and holes. Besides, the photocatalytic mechanism of AgX/Ag2CO3 (X = Cl, I) composites was also proposed

  1. The development of Ag-A for radioactive iodine removal from nuclear fuel reprocessing plants

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    The solid adsorbents Ag-A for radioactive iodine removal from nuclear fuel reprocessing plants were developed. Ag-A which is prepared by impregnating silver nitrate on the alumina carrier can remove the iodine effectively and reduce the amounts of secondary radioactive waste after the iodine adsorbed. The effect of H2O and NOx impurities, linear gas velocity and temperature on I2 and CH3I adsorption on Ag-A were evaluated in terms of removal efficiency and saturated amounts of adsorption under the simulated dissolver off gas (DOG) stream conditions. The removal efficiency of iodine was more than 103. The saturated amounts of I2 adsorption was about 230 mg I2/g-ad for 24 wt% silver content Ag-A, and which meant 80 % of silver utilization was achieved. Moreover, no effects due to H2O and NOx of up to 1 vol% were observed on I2 and CH3I loading for this adsorbent. The stability of adsorbed iodine on the Ag-A against heat and water were also evaluated. For interim storage, the Ag-A needs to be stored in a dry environment. But alternatively, if the Ag-A is once heated at 450degC, it becomes to hold iodine for a long time even in water. The qualification tests using actual dissolver off-gas were carried out at the WAK-plant (Germany). Ag-A test filter beds were installed in the sampling line separated from the main DOG line. Adsorption distribution of I-129 in Ag-A beds, decontamination factor and adsorption capacity were measured. These data show that the Ag-A can be applied as iodine adsorption material in the dissolver off gas treatment system of the nuclear reprocessing plant. (author)

  2. Role of Ag in the formation of interfacial intermetallic phases in Sn-Zn soldering

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    Song, Jenn-Ming; Liu, Pei-Chi; Shih, Chia-Ling; Lin, Kwang-Lung

    2005-09-01

    This study explored the effect of Ag as the substrate or alloying element of solders on the interfacial reaction in Sn-Zn soldering. Results show that instead of Ag-Sn compounds, ζ-AgZn and γ-Ag5Zn8 form at the Sn-Zn/Ag interface. The addition of Ag in Sn-Zn solders leads to the precipitation of ɛ-AgZn3 from the liquid solder on preformed interfacial intermetallics. The morphology of this additional AgZn3 is closely related to the solidification process of Ag-Zn intermetallics and the under intermetallic layer.

  3. Hydroxyapatite supported Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} nanoparticles with higher visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Hong Xiaoting, E-mail: hanren.xiaoting@gmail.com [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Wu Xiaohui; Zhang Qiuyun; Xiao Mingfeng; Yang Gelin; Qiu Meirong; Han Guocheng [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006 (China)

    2012-03-01

    Hydroxyapatite supported Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} nanocomposites have been synthesized by a wet impregnation process. UV-vis absorption spectra show a red shift of the absorption edges for the composite systems compared to pure hydroxyapatite support. The surface structure and morphology of the nanocomposites were characterized by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) apparatus, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results suggest that Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} nanoparticles (6-17 nm in diameter) are well dispersed on the hydroxyapatite support and Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} nanoparticles density is larger for the higher Ag{sup +} loading sample. The as-prepared nanocomposite photocatalysts showed a pronounced photocatalytic activity upon decomposition of methylene blue dye in aqueous solution under both visible light (wavelength > 400 nm) and UV-vis light irradiation. A synergic mechanism of inherent photocatalytic capability of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} and the accelerated electron/hole separation resulting from the photoinduced electrons captured by the slow-released Ag{sup +} at the interface of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} and hydroxyapatite is proposed for the nanocomposites on the enhancement of photocatalytic performance in comparison to that of pure Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} nanoparticles. The support of hydroxyapatite may also act as an absorbent which favors the mass transfer in heterogeneous photocatalysis reaction.

  4. Seroprevalence of hepatitis B virus infection and seroconvertion to anti-HBsAg in laboratory staff in Goiânia, Goiás Soroprevalência da infecção pelo vírus da hepatite B e soroconversão para anti-HBsAg em profissionais de laboratório em Goiânia, Goiás

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    Full Text Available Were analyzed 648 serum samples from laboratory staff in Goiânia, Goiás aiming detection of three serological markers of HBV: HBsAg, anti-HBsAg and anti-HBcAg. The HBsAg and anti-HBcAg positive samples were also analyzed for HBeAg, anti-HBeAg and anti-HBcAgIgM markers. HBV infection rate of 24.1% was observed and, from them, 0.7% were positive for HBsAg. Viral DNA was detected by PCR in two HBsAg positive samples. A vaccination index of 74.5% and a global index of 89.9% of serological response to vaccination were observed. The direct work with biological fluids as well as cleaning workers represented significant risks for acquisition of HBV infection. The data from the present study showed an increase of the vaccination index among laboratory staff but the rates of HBV infection did not change through the years in the region.Neste estudo, foram analisadas 648 amostras de soro, provenientes de profissionais de laboratório de Goiânia-Goiás, visando a detecção de três marcadores sorológicos do VHB: HBsAg, anti-HBsAg e anti-HBcAg. As amostras HBsAg e anti-HBcAg positivas foram também analisadas para os marcadores HBeAg, anti-HBeAg e anti-HBcAgIgM. Foi observado um percentual de soropositividade para infecção pelo VHB de 24,1% sendo que 0,7% destes foram positivos para o HBsAg. O DNA viral foi detectado por PCR nas duas amostras HBsAg positivas. Dos 648 profissionais, 74,5% relataram vacinação para o VHB e, destes, 89,9% apresentaram soroconversão. Trabalho direto com fluidos biológicos bem como trabalho em serviços gerais representaram risco significativo para aquisição da infecção pelo VHB. Os resultados do estudo mostram que embora tenha havido um aumento no índice de vacinação entre os trabalhadores de laboratório, o índice de infecção pelo VHB manteve-se inalterado em relação ao tempo na região.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of Fe 3 O 4 @C@Ag nanocomposites and their antibacterial performance

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    Xia, Haiqing; Cui, Bin; Zhou, Junhong; Zhang, Lulu; Zhang, Ji; Guo, Xiaohui; Guo, Huilin

    2011-09-01

    We synthesized Fe 3O 4@C@Ag nanocomposites through a combination of solvothermal, hydrothermal, and chemical redox reactions. Characterization of the resulting samples by X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, field-emission scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and magnetic measurement is reported. Compared to Fe 3O 4@Ag nanocomposites, the Fe 3O 4@C@Ag nanocomposites showed enhanced antibacterial activity. The Fe 3O 4@C@Ag nanocomposites were able to almost entirely prevent growth of Escherichia coli when the concentration of Ag nanoparticles was 10 μg/mL. Antibacterial activity of the Fe 3O 4@C@Ag nanocomposites was maintained for more than 40 h at 37 °C. The intermediate carbon layer not only protects magnetic core, but also improves the dispersion and antibacterial activity of the silver nanoparticles. The magnetic core can be used to control the specific location of the antibacterial agent (via external magnetic field) and to recycle the residual silver nanoparticles. The Fe 3O 4@C@Ag nanocomposites will have potential uses in many fields as catalysts, absorbents, and bifunctional magnetic-optical materials.

  6. Microstructures and magnetic properties of [SiO2/FePt]5/Ag thin films

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    FAN Jiu-ping; XU Xiao-hong; JIANG Feng-xian; TIAN Bao-qiang; WU Hai-shun

    2008-01-01

    [SiO2/FePt]5/Ag thin films were deposited by RF magnetron sputtering on the glass substrates and post annealing at 550 ℃for 30 min in vacuum. Vibrating sample magnetometer and X-ray diffraction analyser were applied to study the magnetic properties and microstructures of the films. The results show that without Ag underlayer [SiO2/FePt]5 films deposited onto the glass are FCC disordered; with the addition of Ag underlayer [SiO2/FePt]5/Ag films are changed into L10 and (111) mixed texture. The variation of the SiO2 nonmagnetic layer thickness in [SiO2/FePt]5/Ag films indicates that SiO2-doping plays an important role in improving the order parameter and the perpendicular magnetic anisotropy, and reducing the grain size and intergrain interactions. By controllingSiO2 thickness the highly perpendicular magnetic anisotropy can be obtained in the [SiO2 (0. 6nm)/FePt (3 nm)]5/Ag (50 nm) films and highly (001)-oriented films can be obtained in the [SiO2 (2 nm)/FePt (3 nm)]5/Ag (50 nm) films.

  7. Enhancement of visible light activity in Ag modified SnO2/TiO2

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ag modified SnO2/TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by a modified sol–gel method. • As-prepared samples have a small and uniform particle size of about 20 nm. • As-prepared samples exhibit an excellent photo-catalytic efficiency on the degradation of MB. • As-prepared samples maintain high photo-chemical stability after 5 catalytic cycles. - Abstract: Ag modified SnO2/TiO2 nanoparticles were successfully prepared by a modified sol–gel method, without adding any acid or alkali. The entire preparation differs from the traditional sol–gel synthesis of TiO2 that the reaction can get controlled by adjusting the flow speed of water vapor. Ultraviolet–visible diffuse reflectance spectra (UV–vis) and spin-trapping electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) were used to forecast the photocatalytic activity of the samples, and the results were proved by the degradation of methylene blue solution under visible light. Compared with pure TiO2, as-prepared Ag modified SnO2/TiO2 nanoparticles exhibited not only an enhanced photocatalytic activity but also an improved stability. Among all of samples, the composite with 0.5% of Ag and 1% of Sn showed the best photocatalytic performance and stability. Further increasing the Ag proportion will result in the decrease of the photocatalytic activity. A relative mechanism was proposed and discussed in detail

  8. Effects of Ag nanomaterials (NM300K) and Ag salt (AgNO3) can be discriminated in a full life cycle long term test with Enchytraeus crypticus

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    Bicho, Rita C; Ribeiro, Tânia; Rodrigues, Natália P;

    2016-01-01

    . Results showed that effects were higher compared to the standard reproduction test, which is shorter and does not cover the FLC. Both Ag forms caused a reduction on hatching success, juvenile and adult survival and reproduction with similar ECx. Differences between AgNO3 and Ag NM300K could...

  9. A sensitive glucose biosensor based on Ag@C core–shell matrix

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    Zhou, Xuan; Dai, Xingxin; Li, Jianguo [College of Chemistry, Chemical engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Long, Yumei, E-mail: yumeilong@suda.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Chemical engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); The Key Lab of Health Chemistry and Molecular Diagnosis of Suzhou (China); Li, Weifeng, E-mail: liweifeng@suda.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Chemical engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Tu, Yifeng [College of Chemistry, Chemical engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); The Key Lab of Health Chemistry and Molecular Diagnosis of Suzhou (China)

    2015-04-01

    Nano-Ag particles were coated with colloidal carbon (Ag@C) to improve its biocompatibility and chemical stability for the preparation of biosensor. The core–shell structure was evidenced by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and the Fourier transfer infrared (FTIR) spectra revealed that the carbon shell is rich of function groups such as − OH and − COOH. The as-prepared Ag@C core–shell structure can offer favorable microenvironment for immobilizing glucose oxidase and the direct electrochemistry process of glucose oxidase (GOD) at Ag@C modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was realized. The modified electrode exhibited good response to glucose. Under optimum experimental conditions the biosensor linearly responded to glucose concentration in the range of 0.05–2.5 mM, with a detection limit of 0.02 mM (S/N = 3). The apparent Michaelis–Menten constant (K{sub M}{sup app}) of the biosensor is calculated to be 1.7 mM, suggesting high enzymatic activity and affinity toward glucose. In addition, the GOD-Ag@C/Nafion/GCE shows good reproducibility and long-term stability. These results suggested that core–shell structured Ag@C is an ideal matrix for the immobilization of the redox enzymes and further the construction of the sensitive enzyme biosensor. - Highlights: • Enhanced direct electrochemistry of GOD was achieved at Ag@C modified electrode. • A novel glucose biosensor based on Ag@C core–shell structure was developed. • The designed GOD-Ag@C/Nafion/GCE biosensor showed favorable analysis properties. • The biosensor is easy to prepare and can be applied for real sample assay.

  10. A sensitive glucose biosensor based on Ag@C core–shell matrix

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    Nano-Ag particles were coated with colloidal carbon (Ag@C) to improve its biocompatibility and chemical stability for the preparation of biosensor. The core–shell structure was evidenced by transmission electron microscope (TEM) and the Fourier transfer infrared (FTIR) spectra revealed that the carbon shell is rich of function groups such as − OH and − COOH. The as-prepared Ag@C core–shell structure can offer favorable microenvironment for immobilizing glucose oxidase and the direct electrochemistry process of glucose oxidase (GOD) at Ag@C modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was realized. The modified electrode exhibited good response to glucose. Under optimum experimental conditions the biosensor linearly responded to glucose concentration in the range of 0.05–2.5 mM, with a detection limit of 0.02 mM (S/N = 3). The apparent Michaelis–Menten constant (KMapp) of the biosensor is calculated to be 1.7 mM, suggesting high enzymatic activity and affinity toward glucose. In addition, the GOD-Ag@C/Nafion/GCE shows good reproducibility and long-term stability. These results suggested that core–shell structured Ag@C is an ideal matrix for the immobilization of the redox enzymes and further the construction of the sensitive enzyme biosensor. - Highlights: • Enhanced direct electrochemistry of GOD was achieved at Ag@C modified electrode. • A novel glucose biosensor based on Ag@C core–shell structure was developed. • The designed GOD-Ag@C/Nafion/GCE biosensor showed favorable analysis properties. • The biosensor is easy to prepare and can be applied for real sample assay

  11. Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured Ag on porous titania

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    In this work, porous titania was prepared on bulk Ti by chemical oxidation, and then nanostructured silver (Ag) was deposited on titania surface by ion beam sputtering. After annealing treatment, Ag/TiO2 composites were characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Results indicated that a nano-porous titania layer with mean pore size of 150 nm and thickness of 1 μm was formed by chemical oxidation at 80 deg. C for 45 min. There were three Ag species (Ag (0), Ag (1+), and Ag (2+)) on composites surface after annealing treatment, and metallic Ag content achieved maximum value with annealing temperature of 500 deg. C in air. Ag showed high thermal stability being partly attributed to the inhibiting the diffusion of Ag by the underlying porous titania.

  12. Growth of Ag nanocrystals on multiwalled carbon nanotubes and Ag-carbon nanotube interaction

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    WANG ZhenXia; LI XinNian; REN CuiLan; YONG ZhenZhong; ZHU JianKang; LUO WenYun; FANG XiaoMing

    2009-01-01

    The experimental investigations on the interaction between Ag-nanocrystal particles (Ag-NCPs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in Ag-nanocrystal particles/carbon nanotubes (Ag-NCPs/CNTs) hybrid structures were reported.The growth of Ag-NCPs on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was carried out by thermal evaporation deposition.High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses revealed that Ag-NCPs had the crystal lattice feature of face-centered cube (fcc).The growth of Ag-NCPs on MWCNTs induced the cross-section deformation of MWCNT.The ex-perimental results also showed that the synthesized Ag-NCPs/CNTs hybrid structure appeared as quasi-one dimensional nanowires containing the Ag-NCP/CNT hetero-junction.There was local cross-section deformation on MWCNTs at the interface of hetero-junction.These results involve the Important topic about fundamental and practical studies for structure of MNCPs on CNTs and also find clues to further research of Ag nanocrystal growing on MWCNTs and related Ag-CNT interaction.

  13. Growth of Ag nanocrystals on multiwalled carbon nanotubes and Ag-carbon nanotube interaction

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    2009-01-01

    The experimental investigations on the interaction between Ag-nanocrystal particles (Ag-NCPs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in Ag-nanocrystal particles/carbon nanotubes (Ag-NCPs/CNTs) hybrid structures were reported. The growth of Ag-NCPs on multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) was carried out by thermal evaporation deposition. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses revealed that Ag-NCPs had the crystal lattice feature of face-centered cube (fcc). The growth of Ag-NCPs on MWCNTs induced the cross-section deformation of MWCNT. The experimental results also showed that the synthesized Ag-NCPs/CNTs hybrid structure appeared as quasi-one dimensional nanowires containing the Ag-NCP/CNT hetero-junction. There was local cross-section deformation on MWCNTs at the interface of hetero-junction. These results involve the important topic about fundamental and practical studies for structure of MNCPs on CNTs and also find clues to further research of Ag nanocrystal growing on MWCNTs and related Ag-CNT interaction.

  14. Ordering fluctuation dynamics in AuAgZn 2

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    Livet, Frédéric; Fèvre, Mathieu; Beutier, Guillaume; Sutton, Mark

    2015-01-01

    The second-order ordering transition of the AuAgZn2 alloy has been studied by coherent x-ray scattering. Within a few degrees above the critical temperature Tc, equilibrium critical fluctuations are observed together with some pre-transitional local ordering connected to sample defects. The speckles observed correspond to heterodyne interference between local ordering and fluctuations and show a mixed static and dynamical behaviour in a narrow domain of a few tenths of degree above Tc. The dy...

  15. Spin coating of Ag nanoparticles: Effect of reduction

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    Ansari, A. A., E-mail: sdsartale@physics.unipune.ac.in; Sartale, S. D., E-mail: sdsartale@physics.unipune.ac.in [Thin Films and Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune - 411007 (India)

    2014-04-24

    A surfactant free method for the growth of Ag nanoparticles on glass substrate by spin coating of Ag ions solution followed by chemical reduction in aqueous hydrazine hydrate (HyH) solution has been presented. Appearance of surface plasmon resonance confirms the formation of Ag nanoparticles. Morphology and absorbance spectra of Ag nanoparticles films are used to examine effect of hydrazine concentration on the growth of Ag nanoparticles. SEM images show uniformly distributed Ag nanoparticles. Rate constant was found to be dependent on HyH concentration as a consequence influence particle size.

  16. Comparative Study on Performance of Engineering Ag/AgC1 Reference Electrode%工程用Ag/AgCl参比电极性能对比研究

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    尹鹏飞; 马长江; 许立坤

    2011-01-01

    使用热浸涂法和粉压法制备了工程用Ag/AgCl参比电极.电化学性能测试表明热浸涂法和粉压法制备的Ag/AgCl参比电极的电位稳定性都比较好,但热浸涂法制备的Ag/AgCl参比电极的耐极化性能优于粉压法制备的Ag/AgCl参比电极.热浸涂法和粉压法制备的Ag/AgCl参比电极的温度系数都比较小,温度响应特性较好.海水流速对热浸涂法和粉压法制备的Ag/AgCl参比电极的电位有明显影响,参比电极封装外壳可改善电极在流动海水中的电位稳定性能.%Ag/AgCl reference electrodes for engineering were prepared with powder press and thermal dip-coating method. The electrochemical test result showed that the potential stability of them were both good; the Ag/AgCl reference electrode prepared with thermal dip-coating method has smaller polarization resistance than the one prepared with powder press method; the temperature coefficient of Ag/AgCl reference electrodes prepared with thermal dip-coating and powder press method are both small. It showed that the relative flow velocity of seawater has obvious effect on the electrode potential; encapsulation of reference electrodes can- improve their potential stability in flowing seawater.

  17. Ag induced electromagnetic interference shielding of Ag-graphite/PVDF flexible nanocomposites thinfilms

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    Kumaran, R.; Alagar, M.; Dinesh Kumar, S.; Subramanian, V.; Dinakaran, K.

    2015-09-01

    We report Ag nanoparticle induced Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding in a flexible composite films of Ag nanoparticles incorporated graphite/poly-vinylidene difluoride (PVDF). PVDF nanocomposite thin-films were synthesized by intercalating Ag in Graphite (GIC) followed by dispersing GIC in PVDF. The X-ray diffraction analysis and the high-resolution transmission electron microscope clearly dictate the microstructure of silver nanoparticles in graphite intercalated composite of PVDF matrix. The conductivity values of nanocomposites are increased upto 2.5 times when compared to neat PVDF having a value of 2.70 S/cm at 1 MHz. The presence of Ag broadly enhanced the dielectric constant and lowers the dielectric loss of PVDF matrix proportional to Ag content. The EMI shielding effectiveness of the composites is 29.1 dB at 12.4 GHz for the sample having 5 wt. % Ag and 10 wt. % graphite in PVDF.

  18. Detection of Ag(+) using graphite carbon nitride nanosheets based on fluorescence quenching.

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    Bian, Wei; Zhang, Hao; Yu, Qing; Shi, Meijuan; Shuang, Shaomin; Cai, Zongwei; Choi, Martin M F

    2016-12-01

    The graphite carbon nitride (g-C3N4) nanosheets were synthesized and applied for the detection of Ag(+) ion in aqueous solutions. Transmission electron microscopy, Fourier infrared spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, ultraviolet/visible and photoluminescence spectroscopy were used for characterization of g-C3N4 nanosheets. The fluorescence intensity of g-C3N4 nanosheets decreases with the increase in the concentration of Ag(+). The fluorescence probe can be applied for detection of Ag(+). The results show that it has high selectivity to Ag(+) and exhibits a good linearity over the concentration range 0.020-2.0μM with a detection limit of 27nM. Most cations do not have any interference on the detection of Ag(+). The quenching process is assessed and discussed. Finally, the g-C3N4 nanosheets have been successfully used for the detection of Ag(+) in real water samples. The recoveries of spiked water samples are >97%. PMID:27348047

  19. 超声微乳液法制备Ag/AgCl复合纳米颗粒及其光催化性能研究%Preparation of Ag/AgCl from Ultrasonic Microemulsion and Its Photocatalytic Activity

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    胡荣; 任志敏; 陈超; 王智宇

    2012-01-01

    设计了一种全新的微乳液体系,以十二烷基磺酸钠(SDS)、乙醇、正丁醇和异辛烷的混合物作为复合乳化剂,采用超声微乳液法制备了Ag/AgCl复合纳米颗粒.利用SEM和EDS研究样品的形貌、尺寸及表面组成,通过研究样品对甲基橙降解过程的催化作用证明了样品在可见光下的催化活性.重点研究了反应物浓度对Ag/AgCl颗粒尺寸及形貌的影响,结果表明,Ag/AgCl复合纳米颗粒尺寸主要由微乳液尺寸决定,受反应物浓度的影响较小,反映出本工作提出的超声微乳液制备技术具有较高的工艺稳定性.%A new microemulsion system whose emulsifier comprised sodium dodecyl sulfonate, ethanol, n-buta-nol and isooctane was represented firstly. In the new system, a facile, novel ultrasonic microemulsion method was used to prepare Ag/AgCl composite nanoparticles. The morphologies and size and surface composition of the samples were characterized by SEM and EDS. The catalytic activity under visible light of the composite nanoparticles was proved in the process of the decomposition of methyl orange dye. The effects of concentrations of various reactants on the particle size and morphology were investigated primarily. The results show that the sample size and morphology are determined mainly by the size of microemulsion and not particularly sensitive to the variation of the ratio of various reactants, from which we can see that the ultrasonic microemulsion method has a high stability.

  20. Preparation of Ag2O/Ag2CO3/MWNTs composite photocatalysts for enhancement of ciprofloxacin degradation

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    Wang, Huiqin; Li, Jinze; Huo, Pengwei; Yan, Yongsheng; Guan, Qingfeng

    2016-03-01

    The Ag2O/Ag2CO3/multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWNTs) composite photocatalysts were prepared by calcination of the obtained precipitate. The structures and morphology of as-prepared composite photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The Ag2O/Ag2CO3/MWNTs composite photocatalysts exhibit higher degradation rate of ciprofloxacin (CIP) than the pure Ag2CO3, Ag2O/Ag2CO3 and Ag2CO3/MWNTs under visible light irradiation. The amount of loaded Ag2CO3 onto MWNTs and calcined time for Ag2CO3/MWNTs were systematically investigated, and the optimal amount of loaded Ag2CO3 and calcined time of Ag2CO3/MWNTs are 150 wt% and 10 min, respectively. The highest photocatalytic degradation rate of CIP could reach 76% under optimal conditions. The active species trapping experiments were also analyzed, the results show that the holes are main contributor for the degradation processes of CIP, furthermore the electrons, rad O2- and rad OH are also crucially influenced the photocatalytic degradation processes of CIP. The possible photocatalytic processes of CIP with Ag2O/Ag2CO3/MWNTs composite photocatalyst are also proposed.

  1. Nano Ag@AgBr surface-sensitized Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalyst: oil-in-water synthesis and enhanced photocatalytic degradation

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    Lin, Shuanglong; Liu, Li; Hu, Jinshan; Liang, Yinghua, E-mail: liangyh@heuu.edu.cn; Cui, Wenquan, E-mail: wkcui@163.com

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The plasmatic Ag@AgBr surface-sensitized Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composite photocatalysts. • Ag@AgBr greatly increased visible-light absorption for Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. • The plasmonic photocatalysts exhibited enhanced activity for the degradation of MB, phenol and salicylic acid. - Abstract: Nano Ag@AgBr decorated on the surface of flower-like Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} (hereafter designated Ag@AgBr/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}) were prepared via a facile oil-in-water self-assembly method. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), etc. The characterization results indicated that nano Ag@AgBr was observed to be evenly dispersed on the surface of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}, and was approximately 20 nm in size. Ag@AgBr/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} composites exhibited excellent UV–vis absorption, due to quantum dimension effect of Ag@AgBr, the surface plasmonic resonance (SPR) of Ag nanoparticles and the special flower-like structure of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The photoelectrochemical measurement verified that the suitable band potential of Ag@AgBr and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and the existence of metal Ag resulted in the high efficiency in charge separation of the composite. The photocatalytic activities of the Ag@AgBr/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} samples were examined under visible-light irradiation for the degradation of methylene blue (MB). The composite presented excellent photocatalytic activity due to the synergetic effect of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}, AgBr, and Ag nanoparticles. The Ag@AgBr(20 wt.%)/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} sample exhibited the best photocatalytic activity, degrading 95.03% MB after irradiation for 2 h, which was respectively 1.29 times and 1.28 times higher than that of Ag@AgBr and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} photocatalyst. Meanwhile, phenol and salicylic acid were degraded to further prove the degradation ability of Ag@AgBr/Bi{sub 2

  2. Agglomeration of Ag and TiO2 nanoparticles in surface and wastewater: Role of calcium ions and of organic carbon fractions

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    This study aims to investigate factors leading to agglomeration of citrate coated silver (AgNP-Cit), polyvinylpyrrolidone coated AgNPPVP and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles in surface waters and wastewater. ENPs (1 mg/L) were spiked to unfiltered, filtered, ultrafiltered (<10 kDa and <1 kDa) samples. Z-average particle sizes were measured after 1 h, 1 day and 1 week. AgNP-PVP was stable in all fractions of the samples and kept their original size around 60 nm over 1 week. Agglomeration of AgNP-Cit and TiO2 was positively correlated with Ca2+ concentration, but dissolved organic carbon concentrations > 2 mg/L contributed to stabilizing these NP. Moreover, agglomeration of AgNP-Cit in the various organic matter fractions showed that high molecular weight organic compounds such as biopolymers provide stabilization in natural water. A generalized scheme for the agglomeration behavior of AgNP-Cit, AgNP-PVP and TiO2 in natural waters was proposed based on their relation with Ca2+, Mg2+ and DOC concentration. - Highlights: • Agglomeration of AgNP-Cit was positively correlated with Ca2+ concentration. • DOC > 2 mg/L contributes to stabilizing AgNP-Cit and TiO2. • High molecular weight biopolymers provide stabilization in natural water. • Z-average sizes of AgNP-Cit in filtered samples were higher than in unfiltered ones. • AgNP-PVP is stable in surface and wastewater over 1 week. - Agglomeration of ENP in natural waters and wastewater was mostly dependent on the calcium ion and dissolved organic carbon concentrations

  3. Highly efficient and stable Ag-AgBr/TiO2 composites for destruction of Escherichia coli under visible light irradiation.

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    Wang, Xiaoping; Lim, Teik-Thye

    2013-08-01

    A series of Ag-AgBr/TiO2 composites were prepared by a sol-gel method followed by photoreduction. Effect of Ag-AgBr content on the physicochemical properties and antibacterial activities of the Ag-AgBr/TiO2 composites was investigated. These composites showed intrinsic antibacterial activities against Escherichia coli (E. coli) in the dark attributed to the Ag nanoparticles dispersed in the composites. Under visible light irradiation, inactivation of E. coli over these Ag-AgBr/TiO2 composites was attributed to both their photocatalytic disinfection activities and intrinsic antibacterial properties. The Ag-AgBr/TiO2 with an optimum Ti/Ag atomic ratio of 10 exhibited superior visible-light photocatalytic activities for ibuprofen degradation and mineralization as compared to the other Ag-AgBr/TiO2 composites and also Ag-AgBr/P25, Ag/TiO2 and TiO2. It is probably because of the coexistence of two visible-light active components (AgBr and Ag nanoparticles) and the most effective separation of photogenerated electrons and holes in this photocatalyst. Correspondingly, the photocatalyst achieved a much higher efficiency of E. coli destruction than Ag-AgBr/P25 and TiO2. E. coli was almost completely inactivated (7-log reduction) within 60 min by the photocatalyst with a rather low dosage of 0.05 g L(-1) under white LED irradiation. Furthermore, the Ag-AgBr/TiO2 showed high stability for photocatalytic destruction of E. coli and the dark repair and photoreactivation did not occur after the photocatalytic process. Finally, the action spectrum of this photocatalyst for E. coli inactivation and the influence of several inorganic ions present in surface water were also investigated. PMID:23562562

  4. Ultrasonic-assisted preparation of novel ternary ZnO/Ag3VO4/Ag2CrO4 nanocomposites and their enhanced visible-light activities in degradation of different pollutants

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    Pirhashemi, Mahsa; Habibi-Yangjeh, Aziz

    2016-05-01

    Novel ternary ZnO/Ag3VO4/Ag2CrO4 nanocomposites were successfully fabricated via preparation of ZnO/Ag3VO4 followed by coupling of it with Ag2CrO4 through facile ultrasonic-assisted method. The resultant samples were carefully characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive analysis of X-rays, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy, and photoluminescence techniques. Photocatalytic activity for degradation of organic dyes, including rhodamine B, methylene blue, and methyl orange was examined under visible-light irradiation. Among the prepared samples, the ternary nanocomposite with 20% of Ag2CrO4 demonstrated the superior activity. This nanocomposite showed 10.6, 2.9, and 3.0-folds greater activity compared to ZnO, ZnO/Ag2CrO4, and ZnO/Ag3VO4, respectively. The enhanced activity was attributed to more harvesting of the visible-light irradiation and efficiently separation of the photogenerated charge carriers in the ternary nanocomposites. To understand efficiently separation of the charge carriers, a plausible diagram was proposed based on formation of tandem n-n heterojunctions.

  5. Sample preparation strategies for food and biological samples prior to nanoparticle detection and imaging

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    Larsen, Erik Huusfeldt; Löschner, Katrin

    2014-01-01

    Accurate and precise characterization of metrics such as size, mass, shape etc. of nanoparticles (NPs) remains a challenging task. In order to determine quantitative metrics that are relevant in food monitoring or in risk assessment, an instrumental separation method like asymmetric field flow...... AFFF-ICP-MS fractograms, which corresponded to the enzymatic digests, showed a major nano-peak (about 80 % recovery of AgNPs spiked to the meat) plus new smaller peaks that eluted close to the void volume of the fractograms. Small, but significant shifts in retention time of AFFF peaks were observed...... for the meat sample extracts and the corresponding neat AgNP suspension, and rendered sizing by way of calibration with AgNPs as sizing standards inaccurate. In order to gain further insight into the sizes of the separated AgNPs, or their possible dissolved state, fractions of the AFFF eluate were...

  6. Ag/AgCl电极自噪声的测定%Measurement of Ag/AgCl electrode's self-noise

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    胡鹏; 谭浩; 龚沈光

    2011-01-01

    In order to validate whether the Ag/AgCl electrode can be used to detect weak ocean electric signals, a measurement experiment of Ag/AgCl electrode's self-noise was designed based on the analysis of the reason for Ag/AgCl electrode's self-noise. A pair of Ag/AgCl electrode's self-noises in different seawater conductivities was measured in the laboratory. The results show that the electrode can be used to measure the ship's near electric field and its self-noise variation with seawater conductivity. In addition, when the seawater conductivity increases to a certain value, the fluctuation of the electrode's self-noise is small or approximately considered to be zero. The conclusion drawn is significant for the design of an underwater electric field sensor with low self-noise and the analysis of the measured data of the underwater electric field.%为了验证固态Ag/AgCl电极能否满足对微弱海洋电场信号的探测,在对Ag/AgCl电极自噪声产生机理分析的基础上,设计了Ag/AgCl电极自噪声的测量实验.通过实验,测量了不同海水电导率下一对Ag/AgCl电极的自噪声.测量结果表明:该电极能满足船舶电场的近场测量,且其自噪声随海水电导率的增大而减小,当海水电导率增大到一定程度时,该电极的自噪声变化起伏很小,可近似认为没有变化.所得结论对低噪声水下电场传感器的研制和实测水下电场数据的分析具有一定的借鉴意义.

  7. Ag/CdS heterostructural composites: Fabrication, characterizations and photocatalysis

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    Liu, Yang [Key Laboratory of Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials, Taiyuan University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030024 (China); College of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030024 (China); Chi, Mei [Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang, Liaoning 110016 (China); Dong, Hailiang; Jia, Husheng; Xu, Bingshe [Key Laboratory of Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials, Taiyuan University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030024 (China); College of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030024 (China); Zhang, Zhuxia, E-mail: zhangzhuxia@tyut.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials, Taiyuan University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030024 (China); College of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030024 (China)

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • Novel Ag/CdS core–shell heterostructural composites were fabricated using a two-step chemical method. • A formation mechanism of Ag/CdS heterostructural composites. • The photocatalytic activity of Ag/CdS heterostructural composites was found to be improved. • PL emissions are markedly quenched in the Ag/CdS composites than in CdS nanoparticles. - Abstract: Ag/CdS heterostructural materials were successfully synthesized by ultrasound-assisted polyols and hydrothermal method. Under hydrothermal condition, thiourea adsorbed on Ag nanowires releases S{sup 2−} ions, which react with vicinal Cd{sup 2+} ions to form CdS clusters on Ag nanowires. Thereafter, the Ag/CdS composites grow into core–shell structure through CdS aggregation, Ostwald ripening, and preferential growth. The obtained core–shell structures and morphologies were investigated by XRD, SEM, and TEM; the experimental results indicate that the composites are composed of Ag nanowires serving as the core and CdS particles as the shell. The photocatalytic property of Ag/CdS core–shell materials was then investigated in detail. Comparing studies on the degradation of methylene blue were employed by using pure CdS, pure Ag, and Ag/CdS composites, respectively. The results show that the Ag/CdS composites possess higher photocatalytic degradation efficiency. Moreover, the Ag/CdS composites show improved stability, and the photocatalytic activity remains almost unchanged after four recycles. The enhanced photocatalytic effect for Ag/CdS composites is mainly attributed to the photogenerated electron transfer from CdS to Ag nanowire, while photogenerated holes still remain in CdS's valence band. Consequently, the effective separation of photogenerated electrons and holes and the resulting OH radicals improve the photocatalytic efficiency of Ag/CdS composites greatly.

  8. Photo-enhanced salt-water splitting using orthorhombic Ag8SnS6 photoelectrodes in photoelectrochemical cells

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    Cheng, Kong-Wei; Tsai, Wei-Tseng; Wu, Yu-Hsuan

    2016-06-01

    Orthorhombic Ag8SnS6 photoelectrodes are prepared on various substrates via reactive sulfurization using the radio-frequency magnetron sputtering of silver-tin metal precursors. Evaluations of the photoelectrochemical performances of Ag8SnS6 photoelectrodes with various levels of silver content are carried out in various aqueous solutions. X-ray diffraction patterns and Hall measurements of samples after a three-stage sulfurization process show that all samples are the pure orthorhombic Ag8SnS6 phase with n-type conductivity. The energy band gaps, carrier concentrations, and mobilities of samples on glass substrates are 1.31-1.33 eV, 7.07 × 1011-8.52 × 1012 cm-3, and 74.9-368 cm2 V-1 s-1, respectively, depending on the [Ag]/[Ag+Sn] molar ratio in samples. The highest photoelectrochemical performances of orthorhombic Ag8SnS6 photoelectrodes in aqueous 0.35 M Na2S + 0.25 M K2SO3 and 0.5 M NaCl solutions are respectively 2.09 and 2.5 mA cm-2 at an applied voltages of 0.9 and 1.23 V vs. a reversible hydrogen electrode under light irradiation with a light intensity of 100 mW cm-2 from a 300-W Xe lamp.

  9. Antibacterial biodegradable Mg-Ag alloys

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    D Tie

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The use of magnesium alloys as degradable metals for biomedical applications is a topic of ongoing research and the demand for multifunctional materials is increasing. Hence, binary Mg-Ag alloys were designed as implant materials to combine the favourable properties of magnesium with the well-known antibacterial property of silver. In this study, three Mg-Ag alloys, Mg2Ag, Mg4Ag and Mg6Ag that contain 1.87 %, 3.82 % and 6.00 % silver by weight, respectively, were cast and processed with solution (T4 and aging (T6 heat treatment.The metallurgical analysis and phase identification showed that all alloys contained Mg4Ag as the dominant β phase. After heat treatment, the mechanical properties of all Mg-Ag alloys were significantly improved and the corrosion rate was also significantly reduced, due to presence of silver. Mg(OH2 and MgO present the main magnesium corrosion products, while AgCl was found as the corresponding primary silver corrosion product. Immersion tests, under cell culture conditions, demonstrated that the silver content did not significantly shift the pH and magnesium ion release. In vitro tests, with both primary osteoblasts and cell lines (MG63, RAW 264.7, revealed that Mg-Ag alloys show negligible cytotoxicity and sound cytocompatibility. Antibacterial assays, performed in a dynamic bioreactor system, proved that the alloys reduce the viability of two common pathogenic bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus (DSMZ 20231 and Staphylococcus epidermidis (DSMZ 3269, and the results showed that the killing rate of the alloys against tested bacteria exceeded 90%. In summary, biodegradable Mg-Ag alloys are cytocompatible materials with adjustable mechanical and corrosion properties and show promising antibacterial activity, which indicates their potential as antibacterial biodegradable implant materials.

  10. AGS experiments -- 1991, 1992, 1993

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    This report contains: (1) FY 1993 AGS schedule as run; (2) FY 1994--95 AGS schedule; (3) AGS experiments ≥ FY 1993 (as of 30 March 1994); (4) AGS beams 1993; (5) AGS experimental area FY 1991 physics program; (6) AGS experimental area FY 1992 physics program; (7) AGS experimental area FY 1993 physics program; (8) AGS experimental area FY 1994 physics program (planned); (9) a listing of experiments by number; (10) two-page summaries of each experiment; (11) listing of publications of AGS experiments; and (12) listing of AGS experiments

  11. AGS experiments - 1994, 1995, 1996

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  12. AGS experiments - 1994, 1995, 1996

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    Depken, J.C.

    1997-01-01

    This report contains the following information on the Brookhaven AGS Accelerator complex: FY 1996 AGS schedule as run; FY 1997 AGS schedule (working copy); AGS beams 1997; AGS experimental area FY 1994 physics program; AGS experimental area FY 1995 physics program; AGS experimental area FY 1996 physics program; AGS experimental area FY 1997 physics program (in progress); a listing of experiments by number; two-phage summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; listing of publications of AGS experiments begins here; and listing of AGS experimenters begins here.

  13. A reagentless DNA-based electrochemical silver(I) sensor for real time detection of Ag(I) - the effect of probe sequence and orientation on sensor response.

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    Wu, Yao; Lai, Rebecca Y

    2016-06-01

    Ag(I) is known to interact with cytosine (C) via the formation C-Ag(I)-C complexes. The authors have utilized this concept to design six electrochemical Ag(I) sensors using C-rich DNA probes. Alternating current voltammetry and cyclic voltammetry were used to analyze the sensors. The results show that the dual-probe sensors that require the use of both 5'- and 3'-thiolated DNA probes are not suitable for this application, the differences in probe orientation impedes formation of C-Ag(I)-C complexes. Sensors fabricated with DNA probes containing both thymine (T) and C, independent of the location of the alkanethiol linker, do not response to Ag(I) either; T-T mismatches destabilize the duplex even in the presence of Ag(I). However, sensors fabricated with DNA probes containing both adenine (A) and C are ideal for this application, owing to the formation of C-Ag(I)-C complexes, as well as other lesser known interactions between A and Ag(I). Both sensors are sensitive, specific and selective enough to be used in 50% human saliva. They can also be used to detect silver sulfadiazine, a commonly prescribed antimicrobial drug. With further optimization, this sensing strategy may offer a promising approach for detection of Ag(I) in environmental and clinical samples. PMID:26901685

  14. Alumina supported model Pd Ag catalysts: A combined STM, XPS, TPD and IRAS study

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    Khan, N. A.; Uhl, A.; Shaikhutdinov, S.; Freund, H.-J.

    2006-05-01

    The bimetallic Pd-Ag model catalysts were prepared by physical vapor deposition on thin alumina films. The morphology and structure of the Pd-Ag particles were studied by STM, XPS, and by TPD and IRAS of CO. The results showed the formation of true alloy particles with Ag segregated at the surface. The addition of Ag first suppresses the most strongly bonded CO on threefold hollow sites of Pd. With further increasing Ag coverage, only isolated Pd atoms surrounded by Ag atoms are likely present on the surface. The results on CO adsorption suggest that the model Pd-Ag system mimics the structure of the real Pd-Ag catalysts.

  15. structural and magnetic properties of Fe(20Å /Ag(xÅ/Fe(20Å hetro-multilayers

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    P Ghahramaninezhad

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available We have deposited Fe/Ag/Fe multilayer by physical vapor deposition (PVDmethod in different Ag thickness as spacer working in a vacuum of 2×10-6mbar. The structural properties , magnetic response of the samples at low temperatures and room temperature was investigated by XRD, physical properties measurement system (PPMS and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM respectively. Hysteresis loops show that the easy axis of magnetization is in plane of the film . Also the magnetization and Hc of samples decrease with increasing temperature.

  16. Ag-rich precipitates formation in the Cu–11%Al–10%Mn–3%Ag alloy

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    Highlights: • Cu-rich nanoprecipitates are formed in the presence of Ag. • Bainite precipitation is shifted to higher temperatures in the Cu–11%Al–10%Mn–3%Ag alloy. • The eutectoid α phase and bainite α1 phase compete by the Cu atoms during precipitation process. - Abstract: The formation of Ag-rich precipitates in the Cu–11%Al–10%Mn–3%Ag alloy initially quenched from 1123 K was analyzed. The results showed that nanoprecipitates of a Cu-rich phase are produced at about 523 K. In higher temperatures these nanoparticles grow and the relative fraction of Ag dissolved in it is increased, thus forming the Ag-rich phase

  17. Hollow raspberry-like PdAg alloy nanospheres: High electrocatalytic activity for ethanol oxidation in alkaline media

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    Peng, Cheng; Hu, Yongli; Liu, Mingrui; Zheng, Yixiong

    2015-03-01

    Palladium-silver (PdAg) alloy nanospheres with unique structure were prepared using a one-pot procedure based on the galvanic replacement reaction. Their electrocatalytic activity for ethanol oxidation in alkaline media was evaluated. The morphology and crystal structure of the samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Electrochemical characterization techniques, including cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA) measurements were used to analyze the electrochemical performance of the PdAg alloy nanospheres. The SEM and TEM images showed that the PdAg alloy nanospheres exhibit a hierarchical nanostructure with hollow interiors and porous walls. Compared to the commercial Pd/C catalyst, the as-prepared PdAg alloy nanospheres exhibit superior electrocatalytic activity and stability towards ethanol electro-oxidation in alkaline media, showing its potential as a new non-Pt electro-catalyst for direct alcohol fuel cells (DAFCs).

  18. Study on Amorphous Ionic Conductors of AgI-Ag2WO4 Material%AgI-Ag2WO4非晶离子导体材料的研究

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    王禹; 陈旻; 郜嘉平; 李云鹏; 胡行方

    2001-01-01

    通过淬火工艺制备了4AgI.Ag2WO4材料,并使用X射线衍射、热示差等分析方法研究了该种材料的结构和导电性。结果表明,4AgI.Ag2WO4材料是非晶态的玻璃,并具有很高的离子导电率。%Amorphous AgI.Ag2WO4 material in the silver salt-silverorthooxysalt systems was prepared by using quenching method and studied by using RAX-10 X-Ray diffractometer and conductance bridge . DTA was also used to assist in characterizing this material. The results show that 4AgI.Ag2WO4 material is amorphous glass and is passessed of very high ionic couductivity.

  19. Novel investigation on nanostructure Ni-P-Ag composite coatings

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    Alirezaei, S., E-mail: shahram79ir@yahoo.com [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 8415683111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Vaghefi, S.M. Monir [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 8415683111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Uergen, M. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, Istanbul 34469 (Turkey); Saatchi, A. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 8415683111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kazmanli, K. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, Istanbul 34469 (Turkey)

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Uniform co-deposition of silver particles in Ni-P metallic matrix by electroless plating. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phase transformation in metallic matrix by heat treatment at 400 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The relationship between phase transformation and mechanical properties of Ni-P-Ag composite coatings. - Abstract: In this research, silver particles with different contents were co-deposited within Ni-P coating on AISI 1045 steel samples by electroless plating process and then Ni-P-Ag composite coatings were heat treated at 400 Degree-Sign C for 1 h. The concentration of silver particles in Ni-P metallic matrix was determined by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and image analysis software. The phase transformation of deposits was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). Also, the mechanical properties of coatings were evaluated by microhardness and indentation tests. The results showed that the content of silver particles and heat treatment have the great effects on hardness and mechanical properties of Ni-P-Ag electroless composite coatings. Also, heat treatment can lead only to phase transformation in metallic matrix of nanostucture Ni-P-Ag composite coatings.

  20. Novel investigation on nanostructure Ni–P–Ag composite coatings

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    Highlights: ► Uniform co-deposition of silver particles in Ni–P metallic matrix by electroless plating. ► Phase transformation in metallic matrix by heat treatment at 400 °C. ► The relationship between phase transformation and mechanical properties of Ni–P–Ag composite coatings. - Abstract: In this research, silver particles with different contents were co-deposited within Ni–P coating on AISI 1045 steel samples by electroless plating process and then Ni–P–Ag composite coatings were heat treated at 400 °C for 1 h. The concentration of silver particles in Ni–P metallic matrix was determined by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and image analysis software. The phase transformation of deposits was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). Also, the mechanical properties of coatings were evaluated by microhardness and indentation tests. The results showed that the content of silver particles and heat treatment have the great effects on hardness and mechanical properties of Ni–P–Ag electroless composite coatings. Also, heat treatment can lead only to phase transformation in metallic matrix of nanostucture Ni–P–Ag composite coatings.

  1. Oxidative Stress Mechanisms Caused by Ag Nanoparticles (NM300K are Different from Those of AgNO3: Effects in the Soil Invertebrate Enchytraeus Crypticus

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    Maria J. Ribeiro

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The mechanisms of toxicity of Ag nanoparticles (NPs are unclear, in particular in the terrestrial environment. In this study the effects of AgNP (AgNM300K were assessed in terms of oxidative stress in the soil worm Enchytraeus crypticus, using a range of biochemical markers [catalase (CAT, glutathione peroxidase (GPx, glutathione S-transferase (GST, glutathione reductase (GR, total glutathione (TG, metallothionein (MT, lipid peroxidation (LPO]. E. crypticus were exposed during 3 and 7 days (d to the reproduction EC20, EC50 and EC80 levels of both AgNP and AgNO3. AgNO3 induced oxidative stress earlier (3 d than AgNP (7 d, both leading to LPO despite the activation of the anti-redox system. MT increased only for AgNP. The Correspondence Analysis showed a clear separation between AgNO3 and AgNP, with e.g. CAT being the main descriptor for AgNP for  7 d. LPO, GST and GPx were for both 3 and 7 d associated with AgNO3, whereas MT and TG were associated with AgNP. These results may reflect a delay in the effects of AgNP compared to AgNO3 due to the slower release of Ag+ ions from the AgNP, although this does not fully explain the observed differences, i.e., we can conclude that there is a nanoparticle effect.

  2. Effect of alloying additions to Ag on thermal conductivity, electrical and mechanical properties of Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 tapes

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    Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 tapes were fabricated by a powder-in-tube technique with different configurations of the inner and outer sheath materials: Ag, Ag-Mg-Ni, Ag-Sb and Ag-Au. Characterization of thermal conductivity at 4.2 K to 100 K showed that the addition of Au decreased the thermal conductivity remarkably. The value at 40 K was 53.8 W/(m K) for AgAu-AgAu tape, five times lower than that of Ag-AgMgNi tape. The addition of Sb reduced AC losses much more than other alloyed element, partly due to its high electrical resistivity at 77 K. The measurement results of the normalized I c dependence on magnetic field of the tapes indicated, however, no conclusive correlation between alloy type and I c performance in field was highlighted. The mechanical property of alloy-sheathed tape was also evaluated. The sequence of the tapes' tensile strength from highest to lowest was: Ag-Mg-Ni, Ag-Sb, Ag-Au, Ag

  3. Tailoring the size and distribution of Ag nanoparticles in silica glass by defects

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    Yang, Yitao, E-mail: yangyt@impcas.ac.cn [Materials Research Center, Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Zhang, Chonghong; Song, Yin; Gou, Jie; Zhang, Liqing [Materials Research Center, Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Zhang, Hengqing; Liu, Juan; Xian, Yongqiang [Materials Research Center, Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Ma, Yizhun [Materials Research Center, Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2014-02-15

    The composites embedded with metallic nanoparticles show large nonlinear optical susceptibility and strong surface plasmon resonance absorption, which enable potential application in opto-electronics. Ion implantation has been proven to be a powerful technique of synthesis of metallic nanoparticles due to its versatility and compatibility. However, the synthesis of nanoparticles by ion implantation inevitably leads to a broad size distribution due to Ostwald ripening process. The broad size distribution has a negative effect on improving the figure of merits for nonlinear optics. In this paper, we tried to introduce defects in silica glass to act as pre-nucleation centers to mediate the size and distribution of Ag nanoparticles. In experiment, the silica glass samples were pre-irradiated by 200 keV Ar ions to fluences of 0.8, 2.0 and 5.0 × 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}, and then 200 keV Ag ions were implanted into the pre-irradiated samples to fluence of 2.0 × 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}. UV–VIS results show that the absorbance intensity of Ag SPR peak initially increases and then decreases with pre-irradiation fluence, which implies the change in size and density of Ag nanoparticles in samples. TEM results verify that Ag nanoparticles in the sample pre-irradiated to the fluence of 0.8 × 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2} grow bigger and distribute in a relatively narrow region comparing with that without pre-irradiation. With further increase of pre-irradiation fluence, the size of Ag nanoparticles shows a depth dependent distribution. A boundary can be clear seen at the depth of 110 nm, larger Ag nanoparticles disperse in region shallower than 110 nm, and smaller Ag nanoparticles disperse in the region deeper than 110 nm. The average size of Ag nanoparticles initially increases and then decreases with pre-irradiation fluence. Therefore, the introduction of defects by pre-irradiation could be an effective way to tailor the size and distribution of metallic nanoparticles in

  4. Synthesis of Ag nanoparticles for the electrochemical detection of anticancer drug flutamide

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    Farzaneh Ahmadi; Jahan Bakhsh Raoof; Reza Ojani; Mehdi Baghayeri; Moslem Mansour Lakouraj; Hamed Tashakkorian

    2015-01-01

    Ag nanoparticles were synthesized on the surface of a glassy carbon electrode modified with p‐tert‐butylcalix[4]arene and p‐tert‐butylcalix[6]arene by the deposition of Ag+at an open circuit potential followed by the electrochemical reduction of the Ag+. The presence of the calixarene layer on the electrode surface controlled the particle size and prevented agglomeration. Cyclic voltam‐metry showed that the Ag nanoparticles on the modified glassy carbon electrode had good catalytic ability for the reduction of flutamide. The effects of calixarene concentration, potential applied for the reduction of Ag+, number of calixarene layers, and pH value on the electrocatalytic activity of the Ag nanoparticles were investigated. The modified electrode had a linear range in differential pulse voltammetry of 10−1000 µmol/L with a detection limit of 9.33 µmol/L for flutamide at an S/N=3. The method was applied to the detection of flutamide in practical samples.

  5. Cu/Ag-based bifunctional nanoparticles obtained by one-pot laser-assisted galvanic replacement

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    We have prepared, for the first time, stable and uncapped Ag/Cu-based bifunctional nanoparticles (NPs) (BFNPs) in water, by combining ps laser ablation in liquid environment and galvanic replacement. The particles were obtained in a single step by 1,064 nm irradiation of a Cu target in water solutions of AgNO3 or AgNO2. Under proper salt concentration and irradiation conditions, the laser beam activates formation of deep orange colloids, which are positively charged and stable for weeks. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analysis showed a predominance of composite crystalline nanostructures with size in the 1–15 nm range and consisting of fcc Ag and fcc Cu (or its oxides). While CuO tenorite crystalline phase was detected by HRTEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis permitted to observe also the Cu(I) oxidation state of Cu, being the Cu(I)/Cu(II) ratio different in the samples obtained in AgNO3 or AgNO2 baths. Functionalization with organic ligands and subsequent Raman tests demonstrated the SERS activity of the BFNPs and the existence of different complexing surface sites.

  6. Visible-light photoactive Ag-AgBr/α-Ag3VO4 nanostructures prepared in a water-soluble ionic liquid for degradation of wastewater

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    Padervand, Mohsen

    2016-03-01

    Ag-AgBr/α-Ag3VO4 photocatalysts, prepared by an ionic liquid-assisted precipitation method, were used as an efficient visible light-driven photocatalytic system for removal of wastewater and pathogenic bacteria from the aqueous medium. X-ray diffraction powder, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared, scanning electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm (BET) analysis methods were used to characterize the nanostructures. Photodegradation mechanism was investigated and the results showed that the prepared samples were too efficient for the degradation of Acid Blue 92 (AB92) azo dye, and E. coli cells under visible light. The photogenerated electron-hole pairs reacted with the species in the solution and produced super active radicals such as {{O}}{{{H}}^ \\cdot } , {{H}}{{{O}}^ \\cdot }_{{2}} , and {{{O}}^{ \\cdot - }}_{{2}} which are responsible for the degradation of the environmental pollutions. TEM images were used to clarify the antibacterial activity of the products. Finally, as a practical application of the prepared photocatalysts, their ability evaluated for degradation of a real wastewater sample which was provided from the textile industries.

  7. AgSat Imagery Collection Footprints

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    Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture — The AgSat Imagery Collection Footprints map shows the imagery footprints which have been collected under the USDA satellite blanket purchase agreement. Click on a...

  8. On the long-term behaviour of 110mAg in the soil-plant system and its transfer from feed to pig

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    The long-term transfer of radiosilver from soil to pasture grass was investigated over 5 years on an undisturbed pasture using stable silver (109Ag) isotope as a tracer. The silver content of all the samples was determined by neutron activation analysis. The temporal change of the Ag+ uptake into forage was negligible mainly due to the low mobility of silver in the soil (orthi-humic-gleysol). The mean grass/soil concentration factor levelled out at 1.3±0.5x10-2 during the 59-month observation period. In a 30-day feeding experiment with pigs, 110mAg was used to determine distribution and retention. The internal distribution of 110mAg showed the liver to be the most contaminated tissue. The highest 110mAg retention was found in the brain. The biological half-lives obtained for the liver and the brain were 35 and 136 days, respectively

  9. Biochemical Synthesis of Ag/AgCl Nanoparticles for Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Removal of Colored Dyes

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    Xiyun Zhao

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Photocatalytic removal of organic pollution such as waste colored dyes was a promising technique for environment technique. However, effective photocatalysts were needed to enhance the photocatalytic efficiency. Ag/AgCl was regarded as high performance catalyst for photocatalytic degradation. Ag/AgCl nanoparticles were biochemically prepared with metabolin of living fungi which was used as reductant and characterized by X-Ray diffraction (XRD, UV-visible spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The Ag/AgCl nanoparticle composites showed spherical aggregation shape with an average size of about 3–5 nm which is well inside the quantum regime. The UV-visible study showed that Ag/AgCl nanoparticles had strong visible light absorption and exhibited excellent visible-light-driven photocatalytic performance. Photocatalytic results indicated that the obtained Ag/AgCl nanoparticles were suitable for photocatalytic removal of RhB dye under visible light irradiation. The excellent photocatalytic activities could be attributed to the quantum size nanoparticles and the Plasmon resonance of Ag/AgCl composites.

  10. Amorphous Fe-B alloys in B-Fe-Ag multilayers studied by magnetization and Moessbauer measurements

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    Kiss, L.F., E-mail: kissl@szfki.hu [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Balogh, J.; Bujdoso, L.; Kaptas, D.; Kemeny, T. [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary); Kovacs, A. [Center for Electron Nanoscopy, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby 2800 (Denmark); Vincze, I. [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 49, H-1525 Budapest (Hungary)

    2011-06-15

    Research highlights: > The magnetic properties of B-Fe-Ag multi-trilayers were investigated. > They are influenced by the Ag thickness when it is below 5 nm. > The formation of amorphous Fe-B alloys of different B content is observed. > It is due to the role of the Ag layer as barrier to the mixing of Fe and B. > The ultra-thin Fe-rich alloy between Ag and B layers shows ferromagnetic properties. - Abstract: Bulk and local magnetic properties were studied in [1 nm B + 1 nm {sup 57}Fe + x nm Ag]{sub 5}, x = 1, 2, 4, 5 and 10, multilayer samples. Although Ag does not mix with either of the other two elements the magnetic properties of the multilayers are strongly influenced by the Ag thickness below x = 5, whereas no such effect is observed above this value. The Moessbauer measurements indicate a complete amorphization of the thin Fe layers in each sample, as a result of intermixing with the B layers. The variation of the magnetic properties is explained by the variation of the average B concentration of the amorphous Fe-B layers, which depends on the thickness of the Ag barrier layers. The magnetization measurements indicate ferromagnetic behaviour of the ultra-thin amorphous layers with the presence of less than 10% superparamagnetic moments for x = 5 and 10. The average B concentration of the amorphous Fe-B alloy, as estimated from the Fe hyperfine fields, is around 40 at%. It is significantly lower than the 60 at% nominal B concentration, suggesting the presence of an unalloyed B layer, as well. This picture is supported by transmission electron microscopy investigations which reveal two amorphous layers of different B concentration in between the crystalline Ag layers.

  11. Geochemistry of the Patricia Zn-Pb-Ag Deposit (paguanta, NE Chile)

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    Chinchilla Benavides, D.; Merinero Palomares, R.; Piña García, R.; Ortega Menor, L.; Lunar Hernández, R.

    2013-12-01

    The Patricia Zn-Pb-Ag ore deposit is located within the Paguanta mining project, situated at the northern end of the Andean Oligocene Porphyry Copper Belt of Chile. The sulfide mineralization occurs as W-E oriented veins hosted in volcanic rocks, mainly andesite (pyroclastic, ash and lavas), of Upper Cretaceous to Middle Tertiary age. The ore mineralogy (obtained by EMPA analyses) comprises in order of abundance, pyrite, sphalerite (5.5 - 10.89 wt % Fe, 9.8-19 % molar FeS and 0.52 wt % Cd), galena, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite and Ag-bearing sulfosalts. The veins show a zoned and banded internal structure with pyrite at the edges and sphalerite in the center. The Ag occurs mostly as Ag-Cu-Sb sulfosalts, in order of abundance: series freibergite - argentotennantite -polybasite and stephanite. Other minor Ag phases such as argentite, pyrargirite and diaphorite were also identified. These Ag phases are typically associated with the base-metal sulfides. Freibergite occurs filling voids within sphalerite, chalcopyrite and at the contact between sphalerite and galena. Polybasite, stephanite, pyrargirite and argentite are mostly in close association with freibergite. In the case of diaphorite, it commonly occurs filling voids between galena crystals or as inclusions within galena. Some minor Ag-bearing sulfosalts are also identified between pyrite crystals. The alteration minerals are dominated by chlorite, illite and kaolinite. The gangue minerals consist of quartz and carbonates identified by XRD as kutnahorite. We obtained linear correlation statistically significant only for Ag, As Au, Cd, Cu, Pb, Sb and Zn and therefore we generated an enhanced scatter plot matrix of these elements. Bulk rock analyses (ICP/MS and XRF) of drill cores show that Ag is strongly and positively correlated with Pb and As, moderately with Cd, Sb, Au and Zn and weakly with Cu, while Au is moderately and positively correlated with Ag, As, Cd, Sb and Zn and weakly with Cu and Pb. These results

  12. Synthesis, structural characterisation and antibacterial activity of Ag{sup +}-doped fluorapatite nanomaterials prepared by neutralization method

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    Stanić, Vojislav, E-mail: voyo@vinca.rs [University of Belgrade, Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Radosavljević-Mihajlović, Ana S. [University of Belgrade, Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Živković-Radovanović, Vukosava [University of Belgrade, Faculty of Chemistry, P.O. Box 51, 11158 Belgrade (Serbia); Nastasijević, Branislav; Marinović-Cincović, Milena; Marković, Jelena P.; Budimir, Milica D. [University of Belgrade, Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2015-05-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The neutralization method has been used for synthesis of silver-doped fluorapatite powders. • Particles of silver-doped fluorapatite samples are of nano size and homogenous in composition. • The Ag{sup +}-doped fluorapatite samples showed antibacterial effect against Kllebsiela pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus and Micrococcus luteus. • AFM studies showed that silver-doped sample causes considerable morphological changes of tested bacterial cells. - Abstract: Silver doped fluorapatite nanopowders were synthesised by neutralization method, which consists of dissolving Ag{sub 2}O in solution of HF and H{sub 3}PO{sub 4} and addition to suspension of Ca(OH){sub 2}. The powder XRD, SEM and FTIR studies indicated the formation of a fluorapatite nanomaterials with average length of the particles is about 80 nm and a width of about 15 nm. The FTIR studies show that carbonate content in samples is very small and carbonte ions substitute both phosphate and hydroxyl groups in the crystal structure of samples, forming AB-type fluorapatite. Antibacterial studies have demonstrated that all Ag{sup +}-doped fluorapatite samples exhibit bactericidal effect against pathogens: Staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus luteus and Kllebsiela pneumoniae. Antibacterial activity increased with the increase of Ag{sup +} in the samples. The atomic force microscopy studies revealed extensive damage to the bacterial cell envelops in the presence of Ag{sup +}-doped fluorapatite particles which may lead to their death. The synthesized Ag{sup +}-doped fluorapatite nanomaterials are promising as antibacterial biomaterials in orthopedics and dentistry.

  13. Evidence for enhancement of critical current by intergrain Ag in YBaCuO-Ag ceramics

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    Dwir, B.; Affronte, M.; Pavuna, D.

    1989-07-24

    We report the evidence for enhancement of critical current density /ital J//sub /ital c// by /similar to/50%, which occurs when /similar to/10 wt. % Ag is added to Y/sub 1/Ba/sub 2/Cu/sub 3/O/sub 7/minus//delta// ceramics. The maximal /ital J//sub /ital c// (/similar to/700 A/cm/sup 2/ at /ital T/=77 K) appears simultaneously with maximum YBaCuO compactness in the samples. The silver fills the intergranular space (holes) without Cu substitution, and the critical temperature /ital T//sub /ital c// is not reduced from the bulk value (/similar to/91 K). Normal-state resistivity of Ag-YBaCuO samples is decreased by an order of magnitude, and samples exhibit improved contact resistance and resistance to water. While the critical density is improved by adding /similar to/10 wt. % Ag, it decreases at higher Ag concentrations.

  14. A highly sensitive non-enzymatic glucose sensor based on bimetallic Cu-Ag superstructures.

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    Li, Hua; Guo, Chun-Yan; Xu, Cai-Ling

    2015-01-15

    Bimetallic Cu-Ag superstructures were successfully fabricated for the first time by using the natural leaves as reducing agent through a facile one-step hydrothermal process. Morphology, structure and composition of the Cu-Ag superstructures were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) and inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), respectively. The results reveal that the Cu-Ag superstructure is bimetallic nanocomposite constructed by nanoparticles with low Ag content and shows a rough surface and porous flexural algae-like microstructure. By using a three-dimensional nickel foam as the scaffold, a novel non-enzymatic glucose sensor based on Cu-Ag nanocomposites has been fabricated and applied to non-enzymatic glucose detection. The as-prepared Cu-Ag nanocomposites based glucose sensor displays distinctly enhanced electrocatalytic activity compared to those obtained with pure Cu nanomaterials prepared with a similar procedure, revealing a synergistic effect of the matrix Cu and the doped Ag. Cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy indicate that the Cu-Ag superstructures based glucose sensor displays a fascinating sensitivity up to 7745.7 μA mM(-1) cm(-2), outstanding detection limit of 0.08 μM and fast amperometric response (glucose detection. Furthermore, the sensor also exhibits significant selectivity, excellent stability and reproducibility, as well as attractive feasibility for real sample analysis. Because of its excellent electrochemical performance, low cost and easy preparation, this novel electrode material is a promising candidate in the development of non-enzymatic glucose sensor. PMID:25113052

  15. Decay kinetics study of Ag0 in silver doped barium aluminoborate glasses

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    EPR measurements of 30BaO.50B2O3.20Al2O3 at. % glasses containing different amounts of silver impurity, X-and γ-irradiated at room temperature, showed the presence of Ag0 and Ag++ centers. Decay kinetics of Ag0 was determined for different temperatures in glass containing 0.1% of silver. We show that our model of stabilization energy of H0 in B-O rings through van der Waals forces is not applicable to Ag0. Thus, we propose the model of reduction of Ag0 to Ag+ as the mechanism of the Ag0 decay kinetics. (author)

  16. Temperature stability of AgCu nanoparticles

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    Sopoušek, Jiří, E-mail: sopousek@mail.muni.cz; Zobač, Ondřej; Vykoukal, Vít [Masaryk University, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science (Czech Republic); Buršík, Jiří; Roupcová, Pavla [Institute of Physics of Materials ASCR (Czech Republic); Brož, Pavel; Pinkas, Jiří [Masaryk University, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science (Czech Republic); Vřešťál, Jan [Masaryk University, Central European Institute of Technology, CEITEC (Czech Republic)

    2015-12-15

    The colloidal solutions of the Ag–Cu nanoparticles (NPs, 10–32 nm) were prepared by solvothermal reactions. The samples of dried AgCu NPs and the resulting microstructures after heat treatment in air were investigated by various methods including electron microscopy (TEM, SEM) and high-temperature X-ray powder diffraction (HTXRD). The AgCu randomly mixed, Cu-rich, and Ag-rich face centred cubic crystal lattices were detected during the experiments. The temperature induced sintering was observed experimentally by HTXRD at 250 °C. The phase transformations at high temperatures were monitored by differential scanning calorimetry. The formation of the Ag-rich grains during heating in air and evolution of copper oxide microstructure were detected.Graphical abstract.

  17. Fabrication of AgAu alloy-TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles and their photocatalytic properties

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    Zhang, Xiao-yu; Yuan, Shu-long; Yuan, Yu-zhen; Li, Xue

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, for improving the photocatalytic efficiency of titania (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs), AgAu alloy-TiO2 core-shell NPs are fabricated via a sol-gel (SG) process in the presence of AgAu alloy NPs with block copolymer shells as templates. The photocatalytic activities of the AgAu-TiO2 NPs on the photodecomposition of methylene blue (MB) are investigated. The AgAu-TiO2 composite NPs coated with 5.0% titania related to block copolymers show higher photocatalytic activity than the other samples in which the titania contents are larger than 5.0%. The results indicate that the increase of the thickness of the TiO2 shell leads to the decrease of the photocatalytic activity.

  18. Preparation of graphene oxide–Ag3PO4 composite photocatalyst with high visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Graphene oxide/Ag3PO4 (GO–Ag3PO4) composite photocatalysts were prepared by a simple precipitant method. The obtained samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity was investigated by the degradation of MB. An increase in photocatalytic activity was observed for GO–Ag3PO4 composite materials compared with pure Ag3PO4 under visible light. This improvement was attributed to the following two reasons: increased migration efficiency of photo-induced electrons and increased adsorption activity for dye molecules. A study of the effect of the amount of GO on the photocatalytic activity showed that there was an optimum amount of 10%.

  19. Molecular-like Ag clusters sensitized near-infrared down-conversion luminescence in oxyfluoride glasses for broadband spectral modification

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    Molecular-like Ag clusters sized at 1–4 nm have been stabilized in Pb/Cd-free oxyfluoride glasses, showing broadband excitation/emission characteristics and unique wavelength-dependent luminescent performance with a maximal quantum yield of 26.9%. It was experimentally demonstrated that an energy transfer route of Ag clusters → Tb3+ → Yb3+ occurs in Ag+/Tb3+/Yb3+ tri-doped sample, wherein Ag clusters act as sensitizers for near-infrared down-conversion spectral modification. Hopefully, the proposed strategy that noble metal clusters being applied for harvesting solar radiation may potentially solve the sticky problems of the narrow excitation bandwidth and the low excitation efficiency in rare earth ions doped down-conversion materials

  20. Reducing strength prevailing at root surface of plants promotes reduction of Ag+ and generation of Ag(0/Ag2O nanoparticles exogenously in aqueous phase.

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    Full Text Available Potential of root system of plants from wide range of families to effectively reduce membrane impermeable ferricyanide to ferrocyanide and blue coloured 2,6-dichlorophenol indophenol (DCPIP to colourless DCPIPH2 both under non-sterile and sterile conditions, revealed prevalence of immense reducing strength at root surface. As generation of silver nanoparticles (NPs from Ag+ involves reduction, present investigations were carried to evaluate if reducing strength prevailing at surface of root system can be exploited for reduction of Ag+ and exogenous generation of silver-NPs. Root system of intact plants of 16 species from 11 diverse families of angiosperms turned clear colorless AgNO3 solutions, turbid brown. Absorption spectra of these turbid brown solutions showed silver-NPs specific surface plasmon resonance peak. Transmission electron microscope coupled with energy dispersive X-ray confirmed the presence of distinct NPs in the range of 5-50 nm containing Ag. Selected area electron diffraction and powder X-ray diffraction patterns of the silver NPs showed Bragg reflections, characteristic of crystalline face-centered cubic structure of Ag(0 and cubic structure of Ag2O. Root system of intact plants raised under sterile conditions also generated Ag(0/Ag2O-NPs under strict sterile conditions in a manner similar to that recorded under non-sterile conditions. This revealed the inbuilt potential of root system to generate Ag(0/Ag2O-NPs independent of any microorganism. Roots of intact plants reduced triphenyltetrazolium to triphenylformazon and impermeable ferricyanide to ferrocyanide, suggesting involvement of plasma membrane bound dehydrogenases in reduction of Ag+ and formation of Ag(0/Ag2O-NPs. Root enzyme extract reduced triphenyltetrazolium to triphenylformazon and Ag+ to Ag(0 in presence of NADH, clearly establishing potential of dehydrogenases to reduce Ag+ to Ag(0, which generate Ag(0/Ag2O-NPs. Findings presented in this manuscript put

  1. Preparation and Characterization of γ-AgI in Superionic Composite Glasses (AgIx(AgPO31-x

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    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available The γ-AgI phase was stabilized at room temperature in the composites glasses (AgIx(AgPO31-x with x = 0.6 and 0.7 via rapid quenching of their molten mixture. The measurement of the crystal structure has been carried out using an X-ray Difractometer at the Physics Departement of Ibaraki University, Japan. The micro strain and crystal size are derived from Hall’s equation. The X-ray diffraction pattern shows some Bragg peaks that correspond to the crystalline γ-AgI. By increasing the concentration of AgI, the peak width becomes more narrow and the position shifts to the higher angle. This indicates that the crystalline size and microstrain are increasing. The increase of micro strain (η, and particle size (D will increase the ionic mobility, thus increasing the ionic conductivity. It is concluded that solidification process on melt AgI into glass matrix AgPO3 not only decreases the micro strain and the particle size, but it also increases the ionic conductivity.

  2. Microstructural study of Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x}/Ag samples irradiated with {sup 60}Co {gamma} rays at high doses

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    Rangel, R. [Programa de Postgrado en Fisica de Materiales, Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada, Apartado Postal 2681, CP 22800, Ensenada, BC (Mexico); Galvan, D.H. [CECIMAC-UNAM, Apartado Postal 2681, CP 22800, Ensenada, BC (Mexico); Adem, E. [Instituto de Fisica-UNAM, Apartado Postal 20-364, CP 01000, Mexico DF (Mexico); Bartolo-Perez, P. [CINVESTAV-IPN Unidad Merida, Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Merida, Yucatan (Mexico); Maple, M.B. [Physics Department and Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences, La Jolla, CA (United States)

    1998-06-01

    We have investigated the damage induced by irradiation in Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-x} silver added samples. The samples were prepared with 0 and 6.5 wt% of silver and irradiated by high-energy {gamma} irradiation (50-150 Mrad). The roles of silver and dosage irradiation are discussed in terms of their effects on microstructure, crystallinity, critical temperature (T{sub c}) and zero-resistance temperature (T{sub 0}). After irradiation, T{sub c} decreased while the room-temperature electrical resistance increased by a factor of 8 for some of the samples. The difference in T{sub 0} between irradiated and non-irradiated YBCO samples was of the order of 10 K. We have found that the difference is bigger for silver-added samples. We have also observed several changes in diffraction patterns of YBCO and YBCO-silver samples. SEM images, EDS and XPS analysis showed that silver resided inside the grains as single atoms and as metallic clusters. The relative concentrations of the elements in samples were quantified by Auger electron spectroscopy. The values showed a gradual increase for radiation doses ranging between 0 and 100 Mrad. For doses up to 100 Mrad, J{sub c} decreased because of the weak-link breakage induced by high doses of {gamma} rays. (author)

  3. Ti{sub 1−x}Ag{sub x} electrodes deposited on polymer based sensors

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    Marques, S.M., E-mail: mariana.marques@fisica.uminho.pt [GRF-CFUM, Physics Department, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães (Portugal); Manninen, N.K. [SEG-CEMUC Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra, 3030-788 Coimbra (Portugal); Ferdov, Stanislav [GRF-CFUM, Physics Department, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães (Portugal); Lanceros-Mendez, S. [Physics Department, University of Minho, 4700-057 Braga (Portugal); Carvalho, S. [GRF-CFUM, Physics Department, University of Minho, 4800-058 Guimarães (Portugal); SEG-CEMUC Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Coimbra, 3030-788 Coimbra (Portugal)

    2014-10-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ti{sub 1−x}Ag{sub x} thin films with diverse Ag/Ti ratios were deposited by sputtering on piezoelectric PVDF. • The deposition conditions do not promote changes on the polymer structure. • The coatings do not change the piezoelectric properties of the polymer. • Sheet resistivity values show a typical behavior of a binary alloy system. • The deposited films are suitable for the development of functional electrodes. - Abstract: Piezoelectric materials are interesting for the development of sensors and actuators for biomedical applications in areas such as smart prosthesis, implantable biosensors and biomechanical signal monitoring, among others. For acquiring or applying the electrical signal from/to the piezoelectric material, suitable electrodes can be produced from Ti based coatings with tailored multifunctional properties: conductivity and antibacterial characteristics through Ag inclusions. This work reports on Ti{sub 1−x}Ag{sub x} electrodes with different Ag/Ti atomic ratios deposited by dc and pulsed magnetron sputtering at room temperature on poly(vinylidene fluoride), PVDF. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) results revealed that the deposition conditions preserve the polymer structure and suggested the presence of crystalline Tiβ phase in pure titanium coating and fcc-Ag phase in pure silver coating. According to the results obtained from scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis, the coatings are homogeneous and no clusters were found; since β-PVDF is anisotropic, the deposited coatings replicate the underlying substrate surface. Sheet resistivity values show a typical behavior of a binary alloy system, with low resistivity values for coatings of zone 1 (Ti rich) and zone 3 (Ag rich) and a slightly higher resistivity values in zone 2. The piezoelectricity of the different samples show similar values.

  4. Structural and superconducting properties of YBa2Cu3-xMxOy (M=Ag, Al

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    S Falahati

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available   Samples of YBa2Cu3-xAgxOy with x=0, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.3 and samples of YBa2Cu3-xAlxOy with x=0, 0.01, 0.02, 0.03 and 0.045 are prepared by the sol-gel method. Structural and superconducting properties of samples are studied by electrical resistivity (R-T, X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. All the samples show transition to superconducting state and the transition temperatures of the samples increased with increasing Ag doping up to x=0.15. R-T measurements show a small decrease of TC (zero with increasing Al doping up to x=0.02, and followed by a faster decrease with increasing doping concentration. YBCO grains are better linked with increasing Ag doping. So, Ag has positive effects in superconducting properties of YBCO. The crystal structure of samples was refined by MAUD. These results show tha, Ag is substituted for Cu(1 in YBCO. According to these analysis, we introduce x=0.15 as the optimum value for doping concentration .

  5. Microwave-assisted solvothermal synthesis of flower-like Ag/AgBr/BiOBr microspheres and their high efficient photocatalytic degradation for p-nitrophenol

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    Flower-like Ag/AgBr/BiOBr microspheres were successfully fabricated by the approach of microwave-assisted solvothermal and in situ photo-assisted reduction. A reactive ionic liquid 1-hexadecyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide ([C16mim]Br) was employed as Br source in the presence of surfactant polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The photocatalytic activity of Ag/AgBr/BiOBr towards the decomposition of p-nitrophenol under visible light irradiation was evaluated. The results indicated that Ag/AgBr/BiOBr showed enhanced photocatalytic activity towards p-nitrophenol, comparing with P25, BiOBr and Ag/AgBr. More than 96% of p-nitrophenol was decomposed in 3.5 h under visible-light irradation. The excellent photocatalytic activity of flower-like Ag/AgBr/BiOBr microspheres can be attributed to the large specific surface area, strong visible-light absorption, suitable energy band structure and surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag nanoparticles. The possible photocatalytic mechanism was proposed based on the active species test and band gap structure analysis. - Graphical abstract: The photocatalytic reaction mechanisms of the as-prepared Ag/AgBr/BiOBr. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Successful synthesis of flower-like Ag/AgBr/BiOBr microspheres. • The Ag/AgBr/BiOBr showed much higher photocatalytic activity towards p-nitrophenol as compared to BiOBr and Ag/AgBr. • The reasons for the excellent photocatalytic activity are the large specific surface area, strong visible-light absorption and surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag nanoparticles. • The O2·−, Br0 and photogenerated h+ play key roles in the photocatalytic degradation process

  6. XPS and DFT studies of the electronic structures of AgAuS and Ag3AuS2

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    Highlights: • Photoelectron spectra and DOS were obtained for AgAuS and Ag3AuS2 for the first time. • Essentially higher Au 4f binding energy was found in case of Ag3AuS2. • DFT calculations show a larger overlapping of S 3p and Au 5d valence states for Ag3AuS2. • Energy position of Au 4f levels is mainly influenced by Au–Ag interactions. - Abstract: X-ray photoelectron spectra of core levels and the valence bands were acquired, and the density-of-states (DOS) were calculated using periodic density functional theory (DFT) for synthetic ternary compounds AgAuS and Ag3AuS2, known as minerals petrovskaite uytenbogaardtite, respectively, for the first time. The chemical shift of the Au 4f binding energy as large as 0.65 eV relative to bulk elemental gold was found for Ag3AuS2, in contrast to only about 0.3 eV for AgAuS. The DFT analysis showed, in particular, that the S 3p states are largely pushed out from the Ag 4d and Au 5d bands affording two sub-bands in the valence region of both substances, but the overlapping of the S 3p and Au 5d states is larger for Ag3AuS2. It was demonstrated that the energy position of Au 4f levels is mainly influenced by Au–Ag interaction, and increasing the number of Ag atoms in the first coordination shell of S–Au–S units on going from AgAuS to Ag3AuS2 results in the positive shift of the Au 4f bands consistent with the experimental data

  7. The AGS CNI polarimeter

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    A new polarimeter is being installed in the Brookhaven AGS, based on the successful proton-carbon polarimeters in RHIC. The polarimeter will measure the left-right asymmetry for proton-carbon elastic scattering in the Coulomb-nuclear interference (CNI) region, for vertically polarized protons in the AGS. The polarimeter offers a much higher figure of merit than the existing AGS polarimeter which is based on larger angle proton-proton elastic scattering. We expect to measure the polarization in the AGS with a single or a few acceleration cycles. We also plan to measure the polarization in 2 ms bins during the AGS acceleration ramp. Multiple ramps will be necessary, probably over 30 minutes to an hour

  8. Facile synthesis of ternary Ag/AgBr-Ag2CO3 hybrids with enhanced photocatalytic removal of elemental mercury driven by visible light.

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    Zhang, Anchao; Zhang, Lixiang; Lu, Hao; Chen, Guoyan; Liu, Zhichao; Xiang, Jun; Sun, Lushi

    2016-08-15

    A novel technique for photocatalytic removal of elemental mercury (Hg(0)) using visible-light-driven Ag/AgBr-Ag2CO3 hybrids was proposed. The ternary Ag/AgBr-Ag2CO3 hybrids were synthesized by a simple modified co-precipitation method and characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption, scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffused reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron spin resonance (ESR) techniques. The effects of AgBr content, fluorescent lamp (FSL) irradiation, solution temperature, SO2 and NO on Hg(0) removal were investigated in detail. Furthermore, a possible reaction mechanism for higher Hg(0) removal was proposed, and the simultaneous removal of Hg(0), SO2 and NO was studied. The results showed that a high efficiency of Hg(0) removal was obtained by using Ag/AgBr-Ag2CO3 hybrids under fluorescent lamp irradiation. The AgBr content, FSL irradiation, solution temperature, and SO2 all exhibited significant effects on Hg(0) removal, while NO had slight effect on Hg(0) removal. The addition of Ca(OH)2 demonstrated a little impact on Hg(0) removal and could significantly improve the SO2-resistance performance of Ag/AgBr(0.7)-Ag2CO3 hybrid. The characterization results exhibited that hydroxyl radical (OH), superoxide radical (O2(-)), hole (h(+)), and Br(0), were reactive species responsible for removing Hg(0), and the h(+) played a key role in Hg(0) removal. PMID:27135702

  9. The Antimicrobial Properties of Silver Nanoparticles in Bacillus subtilis Are Mediated by Released Ag+ Ions.

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    Yi-Huang Hsueh

    Full Text Available The superior antimicrobial properties of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs are well-documented, but the exact mechanisms underlying Ag-NP microbial toxicity remain the subject of intense debate. Here, we show that Ag-NP concentrations as low as 10 ppm exert significant toxicity against Bacillus subtilis, a beneficial bacterium ubiquitous in the soil. Growth arrest and chromosomal DNA degradation were observed, and flow cytometric quantification of propidium iodide (PI staining also revealed that Ag-NP concentrations of 25 ppm and above increased membrane permeability. RedoxSensor content analysis and Phag-GFP expression analysis further indicated that reductase activity and cytosolic protein expression decreased in B. subtilis cells treated with 10-50 ppm of Ag NPs. We conducted X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS analyses to directly clarify the valence and fine structure of Ag atoms in B. subtilis cells placed in contact with Ag NPs. The results confirmed the Ag species in Ag NP-treated B. subtilis cells as Ag2O, indicating that Ag-NP toxicity is likely mediated by released Ag+ ions from Ag NPs, which penetrate bacterial cells and are subsequently oxidized intracellularly to Ag2O. These findings provide conclusive evidence for the role of Ag+ ions in Ag-NP microbial toxicity, and suggest that the impact of inappropriately disposed Ag NPs to soil and water ecosystems may warrant further investigation.

  10. Effect of MWNT electroless Ag plating on field emission properties of MWNT/Ag nanocomposite cathodes

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    Ye Yun, E-mail: yeyun07@fzu.edu.cn [College of Physics and Information Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350002 (China); Guo Tailiang [College of Physics and Information Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350002 (China)

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ag nanoparticles and coating were electroless plated onto the surface of CNTs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A low turn on field of CNT/Ag cathode was achieved. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new way for high stability of CNT/Ag cathode was suggested. - Abstract: Field emission properties of multiwall carbon nanotube (MWNT) electroless Ag plating nanocomposite cathodes fabricated using screen printing were studied. The MWNT was purified and electroless plated with Ag. The results of field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) showed that the morphology of Ag electroless plating on the surface of MWNT depended on the temperature of electroless plating. Experiments showed that the stability of MWNT/Ag nanocomposite cathodes had no more than 10% degradation, achieving a field emission current density of 4.0 mA/cm{sup 2} at an applied electric field of 0.5 V/{mu}m for 50 h. The proposed MWNT/Ag nanocomposite cathodes possess good field emission properties and have potential for application in field emission displays.

  11. Effect of MWNT electroless Ag plating on field emission properties of MWNT/Ag nanocomposite cathodes

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    Highlights: ► Ag nanoparticles and coating were electroless plated onto the surface of CNTs. ► A low turn on field of CNT/Ag cathode was achieved. ► A new way for high stability of CNT/Ag cathode was suggested. - Abstract: Field emission properties of multiwall carbon nanotube (MWNT) electroless Ag plating nanocomposite cathodes fabricated using screen printing were studied. The MWNT was purified and electroless plated with Ag. The results of field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) showed that the morphology of Ag electroless plating on the surface of MWNT depended on the temperature of electroless plating. Experiments showed that the stability of MWNT/Ag nanocomposite cathodes had no more than 10% degradation, achieving a field emission current density of 4.0 mA/cm2 at an applied electric field of 0.5 V/μm for 50 h. The proposed MWNT/Ag nanocomposite cathodes possess good field emission properties and have potential for application in field emission displays.

  12. AGS experiments: 1993 - 1994 - 1995

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    Depken, J.C.

    1996-04-01

    This report contains: FY 1995 AGS Schedule as Run; FY 1996-97 AGE Schedule (working copy); AGS Beams 1995; AGS Experimental Area FY 1993 Physics Program; AGS Experimental Area FY 1994 Physics Program; AGS Experimental Area FY 1995 Physics Program; AGS Experimental Area FY 1996 Physics Program (In progress); A listing of experiments by number; Two-page summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; Listing of publications of AGS experiments begins here; and Listing of AGS experimenters begins here. This is the twelfth edition.

  13. AGS experiments: 1993 - 1994 - 1995

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    This report contains: FY 1995 AGS Schedule as Run; FY 1996-97 AGE Schedule (working copy); AGS Beams 1995; AGS Experimental Area FY 1993 Physics Program; AGS Experimental Area FY 1994 Physics Program; AGS Experimental Area FY 1995 Physics Program; AGS Experimental Area FY 1996 Physics Program (In progress); A listing of experiments by number; Two-page summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; Listing of publications of AGS experiments begins here; and Listing of AGS experimenters begins here. This is the twelfth edition

  14. Control of Ag nanoparticle distribution influencing bioactive and antibacterial properties of Ag-doped mesoporous bioactive glass particles prepared by spray pyrolysis.

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    Shih, Shao-Ju; Tzeng, Wei-Lung; Jatnika, Rifqi; Shih, Chi-Jen; Borisenko, Konstantin B

    2015-05-01

    Mesoporous bioactive glasses (MBGs) have become important bone implant materials because of their high specific surface area resulting in high bioactivity. Doping MBGs with Ag removes one of the remaining challenges to their applications, namely their lack of intrinsic antibacterial properties. In present work we demonstrate that Ag-doped MBGs can be prepared in one-step spray pyrolysis (SP) process. The SP preparation method offers the advantages of short processing times and continuous production over the sol-gel method previously used to prepare MBGs. Using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and selected area electron diffraction we demonstrate that the synthesized MBG particles have amorphous structure with nanocrystalline Ag inclusions. The scanning transmission electron microscopy-X-ray energy dispersive spectrometry of cross-sectional samples shows that the distribution of the Ag dopant nanoparticles within MBGs can be controlled by using the appropriate formulation of the precursors. The distribution of the Ag dopant nanoparticles within the MBG particles was found to affect their surface areas, bioactivities and antibacterial properties. Based on the observations, we propose a mechanism describing MBG particle formation and controlling dopant distribution. PMID:25171327

  15. Microwave-assisted combustion synthesis of Ag/ZnO nanocomposites and their photocatalytic activities under ultraviolet and visible-light irradiation

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    Zhang, Dafeng; Pu, Xipeng; Li, Huaiyong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Liaocheng University, Liaocheng, Shandong 252000 (China); Yu, Young Moon [LED-Marin Convergence Technology R and BD Center, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-739 (Korea, Republic of); Shim, Jae Jeong; Cai, Peiqing; Kim, Sun Il [Department of Physics and Interdisciplinary Program of Biomedical, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of); Seo, Hyo Jin, E-mail: hjseo@pknu.ac.kr [Department of Physics and Interdisciplinary Program of Biomedical, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Ag/ZnO nanocomposites were synthesized by a microwave-assisted combustion method. • Ag/ZnO nanocomposites exhibited improved photocatalytic activities under UV irradiation. • Poorer photocatalytic performances were obtained under visible-light irradiation. - Abstract: Ag/ZnO nanocomposites were synthesized by a rapid one-step microwave-assisted combustion method. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, photoluminescence and ultraviolet–visible spectrophotometry. XRD results showed that hexagonal ZnO and cubic Ag were obtained. Ag nanoparticles were chemically attached on the surface of ZnO. The decrease in the energy band gap of Ag/ZnO nanocomposites and the photoluminescence quenching were observed while the Ag content was increased. Furthermore, the introduction of Ag nanoparticles leads to significantly improved photocatalytic activities in the case of ultraviolet irradiation, but in the case of visible-light irradiation opposite results were obtained. The corresponding mechanism was discussed in detail.

  16. Hollow Ag/Pd triangular nanoplate: a novel activator for electroless nickel deposition

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    Hollow Ag/Pd triangular nanoplates have been successfully prepared by a galvanic displacement reaction, in which added Pd2+ ions react with Ag triangular nanoplates as templates. By altering the sizes of the Ag nanotemplates, Ag/Pd triangular nanoplates of different sizes can be prepared. Additionally, the large alloy nanoplates show maximum electrochemical activity when Ag/Pd triangular nanoplates of different sizes are applied as new activators for electroless nickel deposition

  17. Microstructure, mechanical properties, bio-corrosion properties and antibacterial properties of Ti-Ag sintered alloys.

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    Chen, Mian; Zhang, Erlin; Zhang, Lan

    2016-05-01

    In this research, Ag element was selected as an antibacterial agent to develop an antibacterial Ti-Ag alloy by a powder metallurgy. The microstructure, phase constitution, mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and antibacterial properties of the Ti-Ag sintered alloys have been systematically studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), compressive test, electrochemical measurements and antibacterial test. The effects of the Ag powder size and the Ag content on the antibacterial property and mechanical property as well as the anticorrosion property have been investigated. The microstructure results have shown that Ti-Ag phase, residual pure Ag and Ti were the mainly phases in Ti-Ag(S75) sintered alloy while Ti2Ag was synthesized in Ti-Ag(S10) sintered alloy. The mechanical test indicated that Ti-Ag sintered alloy showed a much higher hardness and the compressive yield strength than cp-Ti but the mechanical properties were slightly reduced with the increase of Ag content. Electrochemical results showed that Ag powder size had a significant effect on the corrosion resistance of Ti-Ag sintered alloy. Ag content increased the corrosion resistance in a dose dependent way under a homogeneous microstructure. Antibacterial tests have demonstrated that antibacterial Ti-Ag alloy was successfully prepared. It was also shown that the Ag powder particle size and the Ag content influenced the antibacterial activity seriously. The reduction in the Ag powder size was benefit to the improvement in the antibacterial property and the Ag content has to be at least 3wt.% in order to obtain a strong and stable antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The bacterial mechanism was thought to be related to the Ti2Ag and its distribution. PMID:26952433

  18. Synthesis and thermoluminescent characterization of LiF doped with Ag; Sintesis y caracterizacion termoluminiscente de LiF dopado con Ag

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    Encarnacion, E. K.; Reyes, J.; Guerrero, Z. [Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo, Facultad de Ciencias, Ciudad Universitaria, Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic); Sosa, M. A.; Vallejo, M. A.; Rivera P, E., E-mail: emma.kee@gmail.com [Universidad de Guanajuato, Campus Leon, Division de Ciencias e Ingenierias, Loma del Bosque 103, Col. Lomas del Campestre, 37150 Leon, Guanajuato (Mexico)

    2015-10-15

    Full text: In this paper the synthesis and characterization of lithium fluoride (LiF) crystals pure and activated with silver (Ag) is reported. The synthesis was carried out by the method of co-precipitation; three samples were obtained one of pure LiF and two were activated with 0.02 and 0.04% of Ag. All samples were subjected to X-ray emission and the results were analyzed. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermoluminescence and X-ray fluorescence. The XRD results show complete crystal structures. The radiation dosimetry responses are discussed. These are the first results of a research conducted at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in collaboration with the Universidad de Guanajuato. (Author)

  19. Soldering of Bi-2223/Ag high temperature superconducting tapes with Sn-Pb-Bi-Ag alloy paste

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    Soldered joints of Bi-2223/Ag-sheathed high temperature superconducting multifilamentary tapes were fabricated using 63 wt.%Sn-34 wt.%Pb-1 wt.%Bi-2 wt.%Ag paste. The soldered joints were observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Moreover, the electrical properties of joints were evaluated by current-voltage curves, and the tensile strengths of the joints were also tested. The results show that the soldered joint consists of Ag sheath - Ag3Sn compound layer - PbSn2 and Ag3Sn solder layer - Ag3Sn compound layer - Ag sheath. The joints are obeyed with Ohms Law and the magnitude of the joint resistance, which deceases with the increase of the overlap length, can reach the order of 10-8 Ω. The tensile strength of the joints with a brittle fracture mode is a little lower than that of the original tapes.

  20. Soldering of Bi-2223/Ag high temperature superconducting tapes with Sn-Pb-Bi-Ag alloy paste

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    Wei, Guo; Guisheng, Zou; Aiping, Wu; Hailin, Bai; Jialie, Ren

    2010-01-01

    Soldered joints of Bi-2223/Ag-sheathed high temperature superconducting multifilamentary tapes were fabricated using 63 wt.%Sn-34 wt.%Pb-1 wt.%Bi-2 wt.%Ag paste. The soldered joints were observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Moreover, the electrical properties of joints were evaluated by current-voltage curves, and the tensile strengths of the joints were also tested. The results show that the soldered joint consists of Ag sheath - Ag 3Sn compound layer - PbSn 2 and Ag 3Sn solder layer - Ag 3Sn compound layer - Ag sheath. The joints are obeyed with Ohms Law and the magnitude of the joint resistance, which deceases with the increase of the overlap length, can reach the order of 10 -8 Ω. The tensile strength of the joints with a brittle fracture mode is a little lower than that of the original tapes.

  1. Ag(+)-mediated assembly of 5'-guanosine monophosphate.

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    Loo, Kristine; Degtyareva, Natalya; Park, Jihae; Sengupta, Bidisha; Reddish, Michaeal; Rogers, Christopher C; Bryant, Andrea; Petty, Jeffrey T

    2010-04-01

    Polymorphic forms of nucleic acids provide platforms for new nanomaterials, and transition metal cations give access to alternative arrangements of nucleobases by coordinating with electron-rich functional groups. Interaction of Ag(+) with 5'-guanosine monophosphate (5'-GMP) is considered in this work. Ag(+) promotes nucleotide stacking and aggregation, as indicated by the increased viscosity of 5'-GMP solutions with Ag(+), magnification of the circular dichroism response of guanine by Ag(+), and exothermic reactions between Ag(+) and guanine derivatives. Isothermal titration calorimetry studies show that the reaction is favored starting at 10 microM 5'-GMP. Utilizing the exothermic heat change associated with reaction of Ag(+) with 5'-GMP, local structure within the aggregate was assessed. On the basis of the salt dependence of the reaction and comparison with the corresponding nucleoside, the dianionic phosphate of 5'-GMP is one binding site for Ag(+), although this electrostatic interaction is not a dominant contribution to the overall heat change. Another binding site is the N7 on the nucleobase, as determined via studies with 7-deazaguanosine. Besides this binding site, Ag(+) also associates with the O6, as earlier studies deduced from the shift in the carbonyl stretching frequency associated with adduct formation. With these two binding sites on the nucleobase, the empirical stoichiometry of approximately 1 Ag(+):nucleobase derived from the calorimetry studies indicates that Ag(+) coordinates two nucleobases. The proposed structural model is a Ag(+)-mediated guanine dimer within a base stacked aggregate. PMID:20205377

  2. Charge-transfer interactions between TCNQ and silver clusters Ag20 and Ag13.

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    Chen, Jing; Zhang, Hanyu; Liu, Xianhu; Yuan, Chengqian; Jia, Meiye; Luo, Zhixun; Yao, Jiannian

    2016-03-14

    Interactions between tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) and two typical silver clusters Ag13 and Ag20 are studied by first-principles DFT calculations. Charge transfer (CT) from silver clusters to TCNQ molecules initiates the Ag-N bond formation at selective sites resulting in the formation of different isomers of Ag13-TCNQ and Ag20-TCNQ complexes. We show here a comprehensive spectroscopic analysis for the two CT complexes on the basis of Raman and infrared activities. Furthermore, frontier molecular orbital (FMO) and natural bond orbital (NBO) analysis of the complexes provides a vivid illustration of electron cloud overlap and interactions. The behavior of TCNQ adsorbed on the tetrahedral Ag20 cluster was even found in good agreement with the experimental measurement of TCNQ molecules on a single-crystal Ag(111) surface. This study not only endeavors to clarify the charge-transfer interactions of TCNQ with silver, but also presents a finding of enhanced charge transfer between Ag13 and TCNQ indicating potential for candidate building blocks of granular materials. PMID:26888771

  3. Antibacterial Ag/a-C nanocomposite coatings: The influence of nano-galvanic a-C and Ag couples on Ag ionization rates

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    Manninen, N. K.; Calderon, S.; Carvalho, I.; Henriques, M.; Cavaleiro, A.; Carvalho, S.

    2016-07-01

    Biofilm formation has been pointed as a major concern in different industrial applications, namely on biomedical implants and surgical instruments, which has prompted the development of new strategies for production of efficient antimicrobial surfaces. In this work, nano-galvanic couples were created to enhance the antibacterial properties of silver, by embedding it into amorphous carbon (a-C) matrix. The developed Ag/a-C nanocomposite coatings, deposited by magnetron sputtering, revealed an outstanding antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus epidermidis, promoting a total reduction in biofilm formation with no bacteria counts in all dilution. The open circuit potential (OCP) tests in 0.9% NaCl confirmed that a-C shows a positive OCP value, in contrast to Ag coating, thus enhancing the ionization of biocidal Ag+ due to the nano-galvanic couple activation. This result was confirmed by the inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), which revealed a higher Ag ionization rate in the nanocomposite coating in comparison with the Ag coating. The surface of Ag/a-C and Ag coatings immersed in 0.9% NaCl were monitored by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) over a period of 24 h, being found that the Ag ionization determined by ICP-OES was accompanied by an Ag nanoparticles coalescence and agglomeration in Ag/a-C coating.

  4. Curve thermoluminescent analysis of ZrO2 doped with nanoparticles and Ag nano fibers

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    This paper presents the results obtained from the analysis of the high temperature thermoluminescence response induced by UV radiation in pure zirconium (ZrO2) and doped with Ag nanoparticles and Ag nano fibers. The zirconium samples were obtained by the sol-gel method and irradiated with a UV lamp for different times. The results showed that the presence of the dopants change the characteristics of the traps associated with the high temperature peak which is located at 230 C for pure zirconium, and that the greater influence is due the presence of Ag nano fibers, inducing a shift to lower temperatures. It also presents the thermoluminescence response as a function of irradiation time. (Author)

  5. Engineering of hydrophilic and plasmonic properties of Ag thin film by atom beam irradiation

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    Singh, Udai B., E-mail: udaibhansingh123@gmail.com [Inter-University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, Post Box - 10502, New Delhi, 110 067 (India); Agarwal, D.C.; Khan, S.A.; Kumar, Manish; Tripathi, A.; Singhal, R. [Inter-University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, Post Box - 10502, New Delhi, 110 067 (India); Panigrahi, B.K. [Material Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamilnadu (India); Avasthi, D.K. [Inter-University Accelerator Centre, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, Post Box - 10502, New Delhi, 110 067 (India)

    2011-12-01

    Hydrophilic Ag nanostructures were synthesized by physical vapour deposition of 5 nm Ag thin films followed by irradiation with 1.5 keV Ar atoms. Optical absorbance measurements show a characteristic surface plasmon resonance absorption band in visible region. A blue-shift in absorbance from 532 to 450 nm is observed with increasing fluence from 1 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 16} to 3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 16} atoms/cm{sup 2}. Atomic force microscopy was performed for the pristine and irradiated samples to study the surface morphology. The atom beam irradiation induced sputtering and surface diffusion lead to the formation of plasmonic surface. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy of the pristine and irradiated film indicates that metal content in the film decreases with ion fluence, which is attributed to the sputtering of Ag by Ar atoms. The contact angle measurement demonstrates the possibility of engineering the hydrophilicity by atom beam irradiation.

  6. Preparation of vanadium oxide thin films modified with Ag using a hybrid deposition configuration

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    Gonzalez-Zavala, F.; Escobar-Alarcón, L.; Solís-Casados, D. A.; Rivera-Rodríguez, C.; Basurto, R.; Haro-Poniatowski, E.

    2016-04-01

    The application of a hybrid deposition configuration, formed by the interaction of a laser ablation plasma with a flux of atomic vapor, to deposit vanadium oxide thin films modified with different amounts of silver, is reported. The effect of the amount of Ag incorporated in the films on their structural, morphological, compositional and optical properties was studied. The obtained results reveal that films with variable Ag content from 11.7 to 24.6 at.% were obtained. Depending on the silver content, the samples show very different surface morphologies. Optical characterization indicates the presence of nanostructures of Ag. Thin films containing silver exhibit better photocatalytic performances than unmodified V2O5 films. Raman spectra reveal that as the silver content is increased, the signals associated with V2O5 disappear and new modes attributed mainly to silver vanadates appear suggesting the formation of ternary compounds.

  7. Photocatalytic activity of ZnO doped with Ag on the degradation of endocrine disrupting under UV irradiation and the investigation of its antibacterial activity

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    Bechambi, Olfa; Chalbi, Manel; Najjar, Wahiba; Sayadi, Sami

    2015-08-01

    Ag-doped ZnO photocatalysts with different Ag molar content (0.0, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0%) were prepared via hydrothermal method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD), Nitrogen physisorption at 77 K, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV--Visible spectroscopy, Photoluminescence spectra (PL) and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the structural, textural and optical properties of the samples. The results showed that Ag-doping does not change the average crystallite size with the Ag low content (≤1.0%) but slightly decreases with Ag high content (>1.0%). The specific surface area (SBET) increases with the increase of the Ag content. The band gap values of ZnO are decreased with the increase of the Ag doping level. The results of the photocatalytic degradation of bisphenol A (BPA) and nonylphenol (NP) in aqueous solutions under UV irradiation and in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) showed that silver ions doping greatly improved the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO. The TOC conversion BPA and NP are 72.1% and 81.08% respectively obtained using 1% Ag-doped ZnO. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity is ascribed to the fact that the modification of ZnO with an appropriate amount of Ag can increase the separation efficiency of the photogenerated electrons-holes in ZnO. The antibacterial activity of the catalysts which uses Escherichia coli as a model for Gram-negative bacteria confirmed that Ag-doped ZnO possessed more antibacterial activity than the pure ZnO.

  8. The effect of AgNO3 concentration on formation of Ag nanoparticles in Sol-Gel derived Ag-SiO2 thin films

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    A Babapour

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available   In this investigation, Ag-SiO2 thin films with different concentrations of Ag (0.2, 0.4, 1.6 and 8% has been fabricated on soda-lime glass substrate using sol-gel method. After an annealing process, physical and chemical properties of the deposited silica films containing Ag nanoparticles have been studied including optical, topographical structural, morphological and size of the nanoparticle as well as their distribution using UV-visble spectrophotometery, atomic force microscopy (AFM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM techniques, respectively. Based on our data analysis, the Ag nanoparticles did not form in the samples with low (0.2% and high Ag concentrations (8%, without any suitable annealing process. Instead, the nanoparticles were formed easily for the intermediate Ag concentrations. In fact, for the the low and high Ag concentration, the Ag nanoparticles formed at the annealing temperature of 200 º C. In addition, according to TEM observations, the minimum average size of the synthesized particles were determined about 4 hm for the thin films containing 0.2% Ag concentration.

  9. Study on antibacterial activity of chemically synthesized PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • New method of synthesizing PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite. • Surface Plasmon resonance and formation of composite at nano level were analyzed. • HR-TEM study revealed uniform distribution of nanoparticles. • PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite exhibited good antibacterial activity. - Abstract: Pristine polyaniline (PANI), PANI-Ag, PANI-Au and PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposites have been successfully synthesized by chemical oxidative polymerization method using aniline as monomer, ammonium persulphate as oxidant and metal (Ag, Au and Ag-Au) colloids. UV-Vis analysis exhibited surface Plasmon resonances of Ag, Au, Ag-Au nanoparticles. FT-IR spectra revealed the shift in peak position of N-H stretching. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results confirm the presence of Ag, Au and Au-Ag nanoparticles. HR-TEM images show nanosizes of Ag, Au, Ag-Au and the incorporation of such nanoparticles into the PANI matrix. Pristine PANI, PANI-Ag, PANI-Au and PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposites were tested for antibacterial activity by agar well diffusion method. PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite exhibited higher antibacterial activity against both gram-positive [Streptococcus sp. (MTCC 890), Staphylococcus sp. (MTCC 96)] and gram-negative bacteria [Escherichia coli (MTCC 1671) and Klebsiella sp. (MTCC 7407)] when compared with PANI-Ag nanocomposite, PANI-Au nanocomposite and pristine PANI. The novelty of this study is the polymer-bimetal synthesis and its antibacterial potential

  10. Study on antibacterial activity of chemically synthesized PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite

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    Boomi, Pandi [Department of Industrial Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630 003, Tamil Nadu (India); Prabu, Halliah Gurumallesh, E-mail: hgprabu2010@gmail.com [Department of Industrial Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630 003, Tamil Nadu (India); Manisankar, Paramasivam [Department of Industrial Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, Alagappa University, Karaikudi 630 003, Tamil Nadu (India); Ravikumar, Sundaram [Department of Oceanography and Coastal Area Studies, School of Marine Sciences, Alagappa University, Thondi Campus 623 409, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • New method of synthesizing PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite. • Surface Plasmon resonance and formation of composite at nano level were analyzed. • HR-TEM study revealed uniform distribution of nanoparticles. • PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite exhibited good antibacterial activity. - Abstract: Pristine polyaniline (PANI), PANI-Ag, PANI-Au and PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposites have been successfully synthesized by chemical oxidative polymerization method using aniline as monomer, ammonium persulphate as oxidant and metal (Ag, Au and Ag-Au) colloids. UV-Vis analysis exhibited surface Plasmon resonances of Ag, Au, Ag-Au nanoparticles. FT-IR spectra revealed the shift in peak position of N-H stretching. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results confirm the presence of Ag, Au and Au-Ag nanoparticles. HR-TEM images show nanosizes of Ag, Au, Ag-Au and the incorporation of such nanoparticles into the PANI matrix. Pristine PANI, PANI-Ag, PANI-Au and PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposites were tested for antibacterial activity by agar well diffusion method. PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite exhibited higher antibacterial activity against both gram-positive [Streptococcus sp. (MTCC 890), Staphylococcus sp. (MTCC 96)] and gram-negative bacteria [Escherichia coli (MTCC 1671) and Klebsiella sp. (MTCC 7407)] when compared with PANI-Ag nanocomposite, PANI-Au nanocomposite and pristine PANI. The novelty of this study is the polymer-bimetal synthesis and its antibacterial potential.

  11. RRR and thermal conductivity of Ag and Ag-0.2 wt.%Mg alloy in Ag/Bi-2212 wires

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    Li, P.; Ye, L.; Jiang, J.; Shen, T.

    2015-12-01

    Residual resistivity ratio (RRR) and thermal conductivity of metal matrix in metal/superconductor composite wires are important parameters for designing superconducting magnets. However, the resistivity of silver in reacted Ag/Bi-2212 wires has yet to be determined over temperature range from 4.2 K to 80 K because Bi-2212 filaments have a critical transition temperature Tc of ∼ 80 K, and because it is unknown whether the RRR of Ag/Bi-2212 degrades with Cu diffusing from Bi-2212 filaments into silver sheathes at elevated temperatures and to what degree it varies with heat treatment. We measured the resistivity of stand-alone Ag and AgMg (Ag-0.2 wt.% Mg) wires as well as the resistivity of Ag and Ag-0.2 wt.% Mg in Ag/Bi- 2212 round wires reacted in 1 bar oxygen at 890 °C for 1, 8, 24 and 48 hours and quickly cooled to room temperature. The heat treatment was designed to reduce the critical current Ic of Bi- 2212 wires to nearly zero while allowing Cu loss to fully manifest itself. We determined that pure silver exhibits a RRR of ∼ 220 while the oxide-dispersion strengthened Ag-Mg exhibits a RRR of ∼ 5 in stand-alone samples. A surprising result is that the RRR of silver in the composite round wires doesn't degrade with extended time at 890 °C for up to 48 hours. This surprising result may be explained by our observation that the Cu that diffuses into silver tends to form Cu2O precipitates in oxidizing atmosphere, instead of forming Ag-Cu solution alloy. We also measured the thermal conductivity and the magneto-resistivity of pure Ag and Ag-0.2 wt. % Mg from 4.2 K to 300 K in magnetic fields up to 14.8 T and summarized them using a Kohler plot.

  12. Plasma-induced formation of flower-like Ag{sub 2}O nanostructures

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    Yang, Zen-Hung; Ho, Chun-Hsien; Lee, Szetsen, E-mail: slee@cycu.edu.tw

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: Flower-like Ag{sub 2}O nanostructures. - Highlights: • Flower-like Ag{sub 2}O nanostructures were synthesized from Ag colloids using plasma. • XPS was used to monitor plasma treatment effect on Ag colloids. • SERS of methyl orange was used to monitor the plasma oxidation–reduction processes. • Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue was performed using Ag{sub 2}O. • Ag{sub 2}O is a more efficient visible light photocatalyst than Ag colloids. - Abstract: Plasma treatment effect on Ag colloids was investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) techniques. XPS showed that O{sub 2} plasma was critical in removing organic residues in Ag colloids synthesized using citric acid as a reducing agent. With O{sub 2} plasma treatment, Ag colloids were also oxidized to form flower-like Ag{sub 2}O nanostructures. The formation mechanism is proposed. The SERS spectral intensity of methyl orange (MO) adsorbed on Ag surface became deteriorated with O{sub 2} plasma treatment. Followed by H{sub 2} plasma treatment, the SERS intensity of MO on Ag regained, which indicated that Ag{sub 2}O has been reduced to Ag. Nonetheless, the reduction by H{sub 2} plasma could not bring Ag back to the original as-synthesized nanoparticle morphology. The flower-like nanostructure morphology still remained. The photocatalytic degradation reactions of methylene blue (MB) aqueous solutions were carried out using Ag colloids and Ag{sub 2}O nanostructures. The results show that Ag{sub 2}O is more efficient than Ag colloids and many other metal oxides for the photocatalytic degradation of MB in solution when utilizing visible light.

  13. TATTOOLING AND HBS Ag

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    P. Farjam

    1976-12-01

    Full Text Available To investigate the association between tattooing and hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg, sera form 49 tattooed individuals, mostly men aged 15-62 years, and 82 healthy controls matched for age, sex and social class were tested for HBsAg and anti-HBsAg. HBsAg was detected more significantly in tattooed cases than in controls, 24.5% and 6% respectively. Seven (33% of the individuals who had been tattooed within the preceding year, the average time between tattooing and serum collection being 18 weeks, were found to be HBsAg positive, and the predominant subtype was AWY . Anti-HBsAg was detected in %30 and %18 of the tattooed cases and controls respectively. Four of the 18 tattooed individuals and two of the five controls with a history of jaundice had abnormal liver function tests. Drug addiction was notice equally among the tattooed and control groups. Since tattooing is still popular among some population groups in Iran, public Health measures are recommended for the prevention and control of the medical hazards of tattooing, including hepatitis type B.

  14. Breaking tolerance in hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) transgenic mice by vaccination with cross-reactive, natural HBsAg variants

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    Schirmbeck, Reinhold; Dikopoulos, Nektarios; Kwissa, Marcin;

    2003-01-01

    when mice were immunized with natural HBsAg(ayw), or HBsAg(adw2) variants differing within both epitopes by one or two residues. Expression of HBsAg(ayw) from a transgene in the liver renders (HBs-tg) mice tolerant to epitope 1 of HBsAg(ayw). CD8(+) T cells specific for epitope 1 could be primed in HBs...... HBs-tg mice showed reduced antigenemia. Hence, vaccination with natural HBsAg variants from different HBV sero/genotypes can prime cross-reactive, specific CD8(+) T cell immunity that breaks tolerance to HBsAg....

  15. Titanium dioxide encapsulation of supported Ag nanoparticles on the porous silica bead for increased photocatalytic activity

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    Liu, Hui, E-mail: liuhui@sust.edu.cn; Deng, Lu, E-mail: 734217000@qq.com; Sun, Chaochao, E-mail: 596527138@qq.com; Li, Junqi, E-mail: 846119802@qq.com; Zhu, Zhenfeng, E-mail: 329317644@qq.com

    2015-01-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A novel Ag-loading and TiO{sub 2}-coating technique was used to prepare samples. • The photocatalytic activity of the product was evaluated by removing of Rh B. • The as-synthesized samples showed an excellent photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: A new synthetic strategy has been developed to encapsulate Ag nanoparticles in heterogeneous catalysts to prevent their dropping and sintering. Ag nanoparticles with diameters about 5–10 nm were first supported on the porous silica bead. These were then covered with a fresh layer of titanium dioxide with the thickness about 5 nm. SEM and TEM images were used to confirm the success of each synthesis step, and the photocatalytic activity of the as-synthesized samples was evaluated by photocatalytic decolorization of Rhodamine B (Rh B) aqueous solution at ambient temperature under both UV and visible light irradiation. The resulting titanium dioxide encapsulated Ag nanoparticles exhibited an enhanced photocatalytic activity under both UV and visible light irradiation, this can be attributed to effective charge separation and light harvesting of the plasmonic silver nanoparticles decoration, even the reducing of the exciton recombination rate caused by the small grain size of anatase TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals.

  16. Titanium dioxide encapsulation of supported Ag nanoparticles on the porous silica bead for increased photocatalytic activity

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A novel Ag-loading and TiO2-coating technique was used to prepare samples. • The photocatalytic activity of the product was evaluated by removing of Rh B. • The as-synthesized samples showed an excellent photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: A new synthetic strategy has been developed to encapsulate Ag nanoparticles in heterogeneous catalysts to prevent their dropping and sintering. Ag nanoparticles with diameters about 5–10 nm were first supported on the porous silica bead. These were then covered with a fresh layer of titanium dioxide with the thickness about 5 nm. SEM and TEM images were used to confirm the success of each synthesis step, and the photocatalytic activity of the as-synthesized samples was evaluated by photocatalytic decolorization of Rhodamine B (Rh B) aqueous solution at ambient temperature under both UV and visible light irradiation. The resulting titanium dioxide encapsulated Ag nanoparticles exhibited an enhanced photocatalytic activity under both UV and visible light irradiation, this can be attributed to effective charge separation and light harvesting of the plasmonic silver nanoparticles decoration, even the reducing of the exciton recombination rate caused by the small grain size of anatase TiO2 nanocrystals

  17. Fabrication of worm-like Ag2S nanocrystals under mediation of protein

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    Dezhi Qin; Li Zhang; Xian Du; Guangrui Yang; Qiuxia Zhang

    2015-10-01

    A simple protein-assisted method was reported to synthesize pepsin-conjugated Ag2S nanocrystals in aqueous solution. The morphology, composition and structure of the products were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, selected area electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction measurements. The results showed that as-prepared monoclinic Ag2S nanocrystals are worm-like nanochains in shape with sizes about 25 nm in diameter and up to hundreds of nanometres in length. The multiple coordinate bonds of pepsin molecules to the surface of Ag2S nanocrystals make as-prepared samples have good colloidal stability and biocompatibility as elucidated by Fourier transform infrared examination. Thermogravimetry–differential scanning calorimetry analysis indicated that the obtained products are inorganic–organic nanocomposites and there is strong interaction between Ag2S and pepsin. This interaction could result in the change of hydrophilic environment of pepsin and consequently intrinsic fluorescence of protein was quenched by Ag2S nanocrystals. Furthermore, the nanochains assembly of particle–particle and rod–rod oriented attachment was discussed to investigate the growth mechanism.

  18. Synthesis of biocompatible AuAgS/Ag2S nanoclusters and their applications in photocatalysis and mercury detection

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    In this paper, a facile approach for preparation of AuAgS/Ag2S nanoclusters was developed. The unique AuAgS/Ag2S nanoclusters capped with biomolecules exhibit interesting excellent optical and catalytic properties. The fluorescent AuAgS/Ag2S nanoclusters show tunable luminescence depending on the nanocluster size. The apoptosis assay demonstrated that the AuAgS/Ag2S nanoclusters showed low cytotoxicity and good biocompatibility. Therefore, the nanoclusters can be used not only as a probe for labeling cells but also for their photocatalytic activity for photodegradation of organic dye. Moreover, a highly selective and sensitive assay for detection of mercury including Hg2+ and undissociated mercury complexes was developed based on the quenching fluorescent AuAgS/Ag2S nanoclusters, which provides a promising approach for determining various forms of Hg in the mercury-based compounds in environment. These unique nanoclusters may have potential applications in biological labeling, sensing mercury, and photodegradation of various organic pollutants in waste water.Graphical Abstract

  19. Synthesis of biocompatible AuAgS/Ag{sub 2}S nanoclusters and their applications in photocatalysis and mercury detection

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    Zhao, Qian; Chen, Shenna; Zhang, Lingyang; Huang, Haowen, E-mail: hhwn09@163.com; Liu, Fengping [Hunan University of Science and Technology, Key Laboratory of Theoretical Organic Chemistry and Function Molecule, Ministry of Education, Hunan Provincial University Key Laboratory of QSAR/QSPR, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (China); Liu, Xuanyong, E-mail: xyliu@mail.sic.ac.cn [Chinese Academy of Sciences, State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics (China)

    2014-12-15

    In this paper, a facile approach for preparation of AuAgS/Ag{sub 2}S nanoclusters was developed. The unique AuAgS/Ag{sub 2}S nanoclusters capped with biomolecules exhibit interesting excellent optical and catalytic properties. The fluorescent AuAgS/Ag{sub 2}S nanoclusters show tunable luminescence depending on the nanocluster size. The apoptosis assay demonstrated that the AuAgS/Ag{sub 2}S nanoclusters showed low cytotoxicity and good biocompatibility. Therefore, the nanoclusters can be used not only as a probe for labeling cells but also for their photocatalytic activity for photodegradation of organic dye. Moreover, a highly selective and sensitive assay for detection of mercury including Hg{sup 2+} and undissociated mercury complexes was developed based on the quenching fluorescent AuAgS/Ag{sub 2}S nanoclusters, which provides a promising approach for determining various forms of Hg in the mercury-based compounds in environment. These unique nanoclusters may have potential applications in biological labeling, sensing mercury, and photodegradation of various organic pollutants in waste water.Graphical Abstract.

  20. Novel ZnO:Ag nanocomposites induce significant oxidative stress in human fibroblast malignant melanoma (Ht144 cells

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    Syeda Arooj

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The use of photoactive nanoparticles (NPs such as zinc oxide (ZnO and its nanocomposites has become a promising anticancer strategy. However, ZnO has a low photocatalytic decomposition rate and the incorporation of metal ions such as silver (Ag improves their activity. Here different formulations of ZnO:Ag (1, 3, 5, 10, 20 and 30% Ag were synthesized by a simple co-precipitation method and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Rutherford back scattering and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for their structure, morphology, composition and optical band gap. The NPs were investigated with regard to their different photocatalytic cytotoxic effects in human malignant melanoma (HT144 and normal (HCEC cells. The ZnO:Ag nanocomposites killed cancer cells more efficiently than normal cells under daylight exposure. Nanocomposites having higher Ag content (10, 20 and 30% were more toxic compared to low Ag content (1, 3 and 5%. For HT144, under daylight exposure, the IC50 values were ZnO:Ag (10%: 23.37 μg/mL, ZnO:Ag (20%: 19.95 μg/mL, and ZnO:Ag (30%: 15.78 μg/mL. ZnO:Ag (30% was toxic to HT144 (IC50: 23.34 μg/mL in dark as well. The three nanocomposites were further analyzed with regard to their ability to generate reactive oxygen species (ROS and induce lipid peroxidation. The particles led to an increase in levels of ROS at cytotoxic concentrations, but only HT144 showed strongly induced MDA level. Finally, NPs were investigated for the ROS species they generated in vitro. A highly significant increase of 1O2 in the samples exposed to daylight was observed. Hydroxyl radical species, HO•, were also generated to a lesser extent. Thus, the incorporation of Ag into ZnO NPs significantly improves their photo-oxidation capabilities. ZnO:Ag nanocomposites could provide a new therapeutic option to selectively target cancer cells.

  1. Phase diagram prediction and particle characterization of Sn-Ag nano alloy for low melting point lead-free solders

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    Sopousek J.; Vrestal J.; Zemanova A.; Bursi J.

    2012-01-01

    SnAg nanoparticles (SnAg NPs) were prepared by wet synthesis. The chemical composition of the SnAg NPs was obtained by inductively coupled plasma - mass spectrometry. The prepared fine powder samples were characterized by electron microscopic technique (SEM) and thermal analysis (DSC). The nanoparticles with different size were obtained. The size dependent melting point depression (MPD) of the SnAg NPs was determined experimentally. The size dependent phase diagram of the SnAg alloy was...

  2. Modeling the AgInSbTe Memristor

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    Yu, J.; Li, Y.; X. Mu; J. Zhang; Miao, X.; Wang, S.

    2015-01-01

    The AgInSbTe memristor shows gradual resistance tuning characteristics, which makes it a potential candidate to emulate biological plastic synapses. The working mechanism of the device is complex, and both intrinsic charge-trapping mechanism and extrinsic electrochemical metallization effect are confirmed in the AgInSbTe memristor. Mathematical model of the AgInSbTe memristor has not been given before. We propose the flux-voltage controlled memristor model. With piecewise linear approximation...

  3. Evaluation of cysticercus-specific IgG (total and subclasses and IgE antibody responses in cerebrospinal fluid samples from patients with neurocysticercosis showing intrathecal production of specific IgG antibodies

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    Lisandra Akemi Suzuki

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA standardized with vesicular fluid of Taenia solium cysticerci was used to screen for IgG (total and subclasses and IgE antibodies in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF samples from patients with neurocysticercosis showing intrathecal production of specific IgG antibodies and patients with other neurological disorders. The following results were obtained: IgG-ELISA: 100% sensitivity (median of the ELISA absorbances (MEA=1.17 and 100% specificity; IgG1-ELISA: 72.7% sensitivity (MEA=0.49 and 100% specificity; IgG2-ELISA: 81.8% sensitivity (MEA=0.46 and 100% specificity; IgG3-ELISA: 63.6% sensitivity (MEA=0.12 and 100% specificity; IgG4-ELISA: 90.9% sensitivity (MEA=0.85 and 100% specificity; IgE-ELISA 93.8% sensitivity (MEA=0.60 and 100% specificity. There were no significant differences between the sensitivities and specificities in the detection of IgG-ELISA and IgE-ELISA, although in CSF samples from patients with neurocysticercosis the MEA of the IgG-ELISA was significantly higher than that of the IgE-ELISA. The sensitivity and MEA values of the IgG4-ELISA were higher than the corresponding values for the other IgG subclasses. Future studies should address the contribution of IgG4 and IgE antibodies to the physiopathology of neurocysticercosis.

  4. Microwave synthesis of Ag@SiO{sub 2} core–shell using oleylamine

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    Karimipour, Masoud, E-mail: masoud.karimipour@gmail.com; Shabani, Elahe; Mollaei, Mohsen; Molaei, Mehdi [Vali-e-Asr University of Rafsanjan, Department of Physics (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-01-15

    Ag nanoparticles were synthesized using microwave irradiation. Oleylamine was used as a stabilizer and capping agent, dimethylformamide as a reducing agent, and deionized water as a solvent. Synthetic parameters of Ag nanoparticles were optimized systematically. The Ag nanoparticles were used subsequently without any treatment in the preparation of Ag@SiO{sub 2} core–shell nanoparticles. UV–Vis spectroscopy shows a characteristic plasmon peak at 407 and 430 nm for Ag nanoparticles and Ag@SiO{sub 2} core–shells, respectively. Transmission electron microscope images show that Ag nanoparticles have the average size of 15 nm. It is also depicted that the core–shell structure was formed uniformly with the average size of 100 and 25 nm for Ag core and SiO{sub 2} shell, respectively. The application of Na-Cit in the preparation of core–shells yields single Ag core structure.

  5. Microwave synthesis of Ag@SiO2 core–shell using oleylamine

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    Ag nanoparticles were synthesized using microwave irradiation. Oleylamine was used as a stabilizer and capping agent, dimethylformamide as a reducing agent, and deionized water as a solvent. Synthetic parameters of Ag nanoparticles were optimized systematically. The Ag nanoparticles were used subsequently without any treatment in the preparation of Ag@SiO2 core–shell nanoparticles. UV–Vis spectroscopy shows a characteristic plasmon peak at 407 and 430 nm for Ag nanoparticles and Ag@SiO2 core–shells, respectively. Transmission electron microscope images show that Ag nanoparticles have the average size of 15 nm. It is also depicted that the core–shell structure was formed uniformly with the average size of 100 and 25 nm for Ag core and SiO2 shell, respectively. The application of Na-Cit in the preparation of core–shells yields single Ag core structure

  6. Enhanced ultraviolet photocatalytic activity of Ag/ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by modified polymer-network gel method

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    Lu, Y. H.; Xu, M., E-mail: hsuming-2001@aliyun.com [Southwest University for Nationalities, Key Laboratory of Information Materials of Sichuan Province, School of Electrical and Information Engineering (China); Xu, L. X. [Nanyang Technological University, Plasma Sources and Applications Center, NIE (Singapore); Zhang, C. L.; Zhang, Q. P.; Xu, X. N. [Southwest University for Nationalities, Key Laboratory of Information Materials of Sichuan Province, School of Electrical and Information Engineering (China); Xu, S. [Nanyang Technological University, Plasma Sources and Applications Center, NIE (Singapore); Ostrikov, K., E-mail: kostya.ostrikov@qut.edu.au [Queensland University of Technology, Institute for Future Environments and School of Chemistry, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering (Australia)

    2015-09-15

    Ag/ZnO nanoparticle (NP) heterostructures are synthesized through a modified polymer-network gel method in which glucose is added to the precursor solution to prevent the gel from drastically shrinking during drying of the aqueous solution. Structural and optical properties of the samples are characterized by a range of techniques including XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, UV–Vis, and PL. The high-quality Ag-ZnO heterostructure is evidenced clearly by high-resolution TEM. The Ag/ZnO heterostructure nanocomposites exhibit a higher photocatalytic activity in the degradation of methyl orange than pure ZnO. Especially, Ag/ZnO NP heterostructures with the Ag/Zn molar ratio of 5:95 (sample ZA-5) show the highest degradation efficiency, which is 11 times higher compared with pure ZnO. The photoluminescence properties of the heterostructures and O defect states are studied to well explain the observed photocatalytic effects. ZA-5 also exhibits competitive photocatalytic activity for the degradation of other pollutant dyes such as Methylene blue and Rhodamine B compared with the recently reported techniques, while showing excellent catalyst photostability as well as offering simplicity and reliability.

  7. Nano-crystalline Ag-PbTe thermoelectric thin films by a multi-target PLD system

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    Cappelli, E.; Bellucci, A.; Medici, L.; Mezzi, A.; Kaciulis, S.; Fumagalli, F.; Di Fonzo, F.; Trucchi, D. M.

    2015-05-01

    It has been evaluated the ability of ArF pulsed laser ablation to grow nano-crystalline thin films of high temperature PbTe thermoelectric material, and to obtain a uniform and controlled Ag blending, through the entire thickness of the film, using a multi-target system in vacuum. The substrate used was a mirror polished technical alumina slab. The increasing atomic percentage of Ag effect on physical-chemical and electronic properties was evaluated in the range 300-575 K. The stoichiometry and the distribution of the Ag component, over the whole thickness of the samples deposited, have been studied by XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and corresponding depth profiles. The crystallographic structure of the film was analyzed by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GI-XRD) system. Scherrer analysis for crystallite size shows the presence of nano-structures, of the order of 30-35 nm. Electrical resistivity of the samples, studied by the four point probe method, as a function of increasing Ag content, shows a typical semi-conductor behavior. From conductivity values, carrier concentration and Seebeck parameter determination, the power factor of deposited films was calculated. Both XPS, Hall mobility and Seebeck analysis seem to indicate a limit value to the Ag solubility of the order of 5%, for thin films of ∼200 nm thickness, deposited at 350 °C. These data resulted to be comparable to theoretical evaluation for thin films but order of magnitude lower than the corresponding bulk materials.

  8. Synergistic bactericidal effect by combined exposure to Ag nanoparticles and UVA

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    Zhao, Xiaoxu; Toyooka, Tatsushi; Ibuki, Yuko, E-mail: ibuki@u-shizuoka-ken.ac.jp

    2013-08-01

    Broad and strong antimicrobial properties of silver (Ag) have been used for biomedical applications, water treatment, etc. In this study, a synergistic antibacterial effect between Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) and ultraviolet (UV) light was examined. AgNPs (< 0.1 μm) with subsequent exposure to UVA (320–400 nm) showed pronounced toxicity in Escherichia coli, but micro-sized Ag particles (> 1 μm) with UVA and AgNPs with UVB (280–325 nm) did not. As significant bactericidal activity was also exhibited by hydrogen peroxide-treated AgNPs, the surface oxidation of AgNPs caused by UVA irradiation was considered to contribute to the enhanced antibacterial effect. Although no difference in NP-incorporation rates was observed with or without the surface oxidation of AgNPs, a particle size of less than 0.1 μm was a factor for AgNPs uptake and an essential requirement for the antimicrobial function of Ag particles. Incorporated AgNPs oxidized by UVA irradiation released larger amounts of Ag ion inside cells than reduced AgNPs, which reacted with intercellular molecules having –SH groups such as glutathione. The synergistic use of AgNPs and UVA could become a powerful tool with broad antimicrobial applications. Highlights: • Combined treatment with AgNPs and UV achieved a remarkable antibacterial effect in E. coli. • For the antibacterial effect, it is necessary to satisfy the following requirements: • 1) Translocation of nano-sized Ag particles inside E. coli. • 2) Oxidation of AgNPs by UVA, and extensive and persistent release of Ag{sup +} inside E. coli. • Ag{sup +} released inside cells reacted with intercellular molecules having –SH groups such as GSH.

  9. Feasibility study of CaSO4:Eu, CaSO4:Eu,Ag and CaSO4:Eu,Ag(NP) as thermoluminescent dosimeters

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    This work evaluates the dosimetric properties of crystals of CaSO4 doped with unusual elements, such as europium (Eu) and silver (Ag), including their nanoparticle forms, after the incorporation of glass or Teflon and compares them with well-known thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLD). X-ray diffraction analyses showed that samples of doped CaSO4 exhibit only a single phase corresponding to the crystal structure of anhydrite. Optical spectroscopy confirmed the presence of Eu3+ in the crystal matrix and a luminescent gain due the presence of silver nanoparticles. The composites showed thermoluminescent emission glow curves, with a single peak centered at approximately 200 °C for pellets with Teflon and at 230 °C for pellets with glass. The dosimeters based on calcium sulfate doped with europium and silver nanoparticles provided the most intense thermoluminescent (TL) emission of the composites studied. In comparison with commercial TLD, such as LiF:Mg,Ti and CaSO4:Dy, the CaSO4:Eu,Ag(NP)+glass produced in this work presented similar low detection limits and higher sensitivity. The new methods for the preparation of dosimeters and the incorporation of glass are shown to be viable because all of the samples presented a linear, reproducible and first order kinetic TL emission. - Highlights: • Thermoluminescent properties of CaSO4 doped with Eu, Ag and Ag nanoparticles were evaluated. • Crystals were grown using a production route based in the Yamashita method. • Glass or Teflon was incorporate to the crystals in order to obtain composites. • The TL responses of the composites are proportional to the dose absorbed. • The CaSO4:Eu,Ag(NP) + glass has potential to be used as a thermoluminescent dosimeter

  10. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering detection of silver nanoparticles in environmental and biological samples.

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    Guo, Huiyuan; Xing, Baoshan; Hamlet, Leigh C; Chica, Andrea; He, Lili

    2016-06-01

    Growing concerns over the potential release and threat of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) to environmental and biological systems urge researchers to investigate their fate and behavior. However, current analytical techniques cannot meet the requirements for rapidly, sensitively and reliably probing AgNPs in complex matrices. Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) has shown great capability for rapid detection of AgNPs based on an indicator molecule that can bind on the AgNP surface. The objective of this study was to exploit SERS to detect AgNPs in environmental and biological samples through optimizing the Raman indicator for SERS. Seven indicator molecules were selected and determined to obtain their SERS signals at optimal concentrations. Among them, 1,2-di(4-pyridyl)ethylene (BPE), crystal violet and ferric dimethyl-dithiocarbamate (ferbam) produced the highest SERS intensities. Further experiments on binding competition between each two of the three candidates showed that ferbam had the highest AgNPs-binding ability. The underlying mechanism lies in the strong binding affinity of ferbam with AgNPs via multiple sulfur atoms. We further validated ferbam to be an effective indicator for SERS detection of as low as 0.1mg/L AgNPs in genuine surface water and 0.57 mg/L in spinach juice. Moreover, limited interference on SERS detection of AgNPs was found from environmentally relevant inorganic ions, organic matter, inorganic particles, as well as biologically relevant components, demonstrating the ferbam-assisted SERS is an effective and sensitive method to detect AgNPs in complex environmental and biological samples. PMID:26956173

  11. Effects of Rapid Recurrent Thermal Annealing on Giant Magnetoresistance NiFe/Ag Multilayers

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    文岐业; 张怀武; 蒋向东; 唐晓莉; 张万里

    2003-01-01

    NiFe/Ag multilayers were prepared by dc sputtering onto glass-ceramic substrates directly at room temperature.The samples were thermally processed by rapid recurrent thermal anneal (RRTA). We studied the effects of RRTA on giant magnetoresistance (GMR) NiFe/Ag multilayer by controlling the anneal temperature as well as the rapid anneal cycle. The samples after three RRTA cycles have a similar annealing temperature dependence of GMR responses to the ordinary annealed samples. With the increasing anneal cycle, the GMR response improved at first and then reached an unexpected high value of 9% before descent rapidly. Microstructure study shows that this effect is ascribed to the transformation of continuous NiFe layer into discontinuous one, and then into a granular like film in a step-by-step way.

  12. Synthesis and thermoluminescent characterization of LiF doped with Ag

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    Full text: In this paper the synthesis and characterization of lithium fluoride (LiF) crystals pure and activated with silver (Ag) is reported. The synthesis was carried out by the method of co-precipitation; three samples were obtained one of pure LiF and two were activated with 0.02 and 0.04% of Ag. All samples were subjected to X-ray emission and the results were analyzed. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermoluminescence and X-ray fluorescence. The XRD results show complete crystal structures. The radiation dosimetry responses are discussed. These are the first results of a research conducted at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in collaboration with the Universidad de Guanajuato. (Author)

  13. Effect of Sugar Beet Variety and Nonhost Plant on Rhizoctonia solani AG2-2IIIB Soil Inoculum Potential Measured in Soil DNA Extracts.

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    Schulze, Sascha; Koch, Heinz-Josef; Märländer, Bernward; Varrelmann, Mark

    2016-09-01

    A direct soil DNA extraction method from soil samples (250 g) was applied for detection of the soilborne sugar-beet-infecting pathogen Rhizoctonia solani anastomosis group (AG) 2-2IIIB using a newly developed real-time polymerase chain reaction assay that showed specificity to AG2-2IIIB when tested against various R. solani AG. The assay showed a good relation between cycle threshold and amount of AG2-2IIIB sclerotia detected in three spiked field soils and was also able to detect the pathogen in naturally infested field soil samples. A field trial was conducted to quantify R. solani AG2-2IIIB soil inoculum potential (IP) before and after growing a susceptible and a resistant sugar beet variety as well as after subsequent growth of an expected nonhost winter rye. Plants of the susceptible sugar beet variety displayed a higher disease severity. A more than sixfold increase of the R. solani AG2-2IIIB soil IP was observed in contrast to the resistant variety that resulted in a constant IP. Growing winter rye significantly reduced soil IP to the initial level at sowing. Further research is required to better understand the interaction between disease occurrence and soil IP as well as the environmental influence on IP development. PMID:27143412

  14. Synthesis and properties of the metallo-supramolecular polymer hydrogel poly[methyl vinyl ether-alt-mono-sodium maleate]·AgNO3: Ag+/Cu2+ ion exchange and effective antibacterial activity

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    Xu, Feng

    2014-01-01

    The commercial polymeric anhydride poly(methyl vinyl ether-alt-maleic anhydride) (PVM/MA) is converted by reaction with NaOH to give poly(methyl vinyl ether-alt-mono-sodium maleate) (PVM/Na-MA). By addition of AgNO 3-solution, the formation of the silver(i) supramolecular polymer hydrogel poly[methyl vinyl ether-alt-mono-sodium maleate]·AgNO 3 is reported. Freeze-dried samples of the hydrogel show a mesoporous network of polycarboxylate ligands that are crosslinked by silver(i) cations. In the intact hydrogel, ion-exchange studies are reported and it is shown that Ag+ ions can be exchanged by copper(ii) cations without disintegration of the hydrogel. The silver(i) hydrogel shows effective antibacterial activity and potential application as burn wound dressing. © the Partner Organisations 2014.

  15. RHIC FY15 pp Run RHIC and AGS polarization analysis

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    Huang, H. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Adams, P. [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)

    2016-02-20

    The polarization information is important for the spin physics program in Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). There are discrepancies between AGS and RHIC polarization measurements. First, the face value of AGS polarization is higher than RHIC ones in general. Second, the measured polarization profile (described by the profile ratio R) is stronger in AGS than in RHIC. This note analyzes the polarization data from FY15 pp run period. The results show that the differences between AGS and RHIC polarization measurements are reasonable, but the R value difference is puzzling. The difference between blue and yellow ring is worth of spin simulation to explain.

  16. Elastic Constants of the β1-AgCd Alloy

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    Matsuo, Yoshie; Makita, Tomoko; Suzuki, Toshiharu; Nagasawa, Akira

    1981-04-01

    The elastic constants of single crystal of β1-AgCd alloy with 47.9± 0.1 at.%Cd have been measured in a temperature range between 180 K and 360 K, using a ultrasonic pulse-cho overlapping method. It is found that with increasing temperature, the elastic constants CL{=}(C11+C12+2C44)/2 and C44 decrease linearly but C'{=}(C11-C12)/2 increases. In addition, this alloy shows a high elastic anisotropy in comparison with other Ag-based β1-phase alloys such as AgMg and AgZn.

  17. Zwitterionic phosphorylcholine-protected water-soluble Ag nanoparticles

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    2009-01-01

    The water-soluble Ag nanoparticles capped with novel zwitterionic thioalkylated phosphorylcholine were synthesized.The Ag nanoparticles showed remarkable stability in saline media with salt concen-trations as high as 2.0 mol/L and plasma using UV-vis absorption spectroscopy.Similarly,compared with tiopronin and citrate-protected Ag nanoparticles,the zwitterionic phosphorylcholine Ag nanopar-ticles did not precipitate out of solution when charged polyelectrolytes or biopolymers were added.The zwitterionic phosphorylcholine might be a better ligand for stabilizing metal nanoparticles.

  18. Bulk eutectic Cu–Ag alloys with abundant twin boundaries

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    Abundant growth twin boundaries are found and characterized in two bulk eutectic Cu–Ag alloys that can be obtained conveniently. The statistical electron backscattering diffraction results show that both hetero-twin and cube-on-cube orientation relationships coexist in the eutectic Cu–Ag alloy. The tensile strength of the eutectic alloy increases with a decrease in the layer thickness of the Cu/Ag phase. This study provides a potential way to produce bulk eutectic Cu–Ag alloy with abundant twin boundaries that offers a combination of high strength and high ductility.

  19. Ag decorated 3D urchin-like TiO{sub 2} microstructures synthesized via a one-step solvothermal method and their photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Peng; Peng, Chaohao; Yang, Mu, E-mail: yangmu@ustb.edu.cn

    2015-11-05

    Novel 3D urchin-like TiO{sub 2} microstructures decorated with Ag nanoparticles were successfully fabricated by one-step solvothermal method with the mixed solution of ethylene glycol, AgNO{sub 3} and tetrabutyl titanate. The morphology, microstructure, crystalline and composition of the composite materials could be adjusted through changing the content of AgNO{sub 3}, solvothermal temperature and time. The obtained samples were characterized by TEM, XRD and XPS. The formation mechanism of these microstructures was proposed. The Ag nanoparticle-decorated 3D urchin-like TiO{sub 2} microstructures showed excellent photocatalytic activity for the degradation of Rhodamine B under UV–Vis irradiation, which was attributed to their special 3D superstructure, crystalline composition and Ag nanoparticle decorated as well. - Graphical abstract: One-step solvothermal method synthesis of Ag decorated 3D urchin-like TiO{sub 2} microstructures with excellent photocatalytic activity. - Highlights: • A simple approach for Ag decorated 3D urchin-like TiO{sub 2} microstructures. • Simultaneously form, array, and decorate of TiO{sub 2} nanofibers. • Special morphology and composition for excellent photocatalytic activity.

  20. High activity of Ag-doped Cd0.1Zn0.9S photocatalyst prepared by the hydrothermal method for hydrogen production under visible-light irradiation

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: The hydrothermal method was used as a new approach to prepare a series of Ag-doped Cd0.1Zn0.9S photocatalysts. The effect of Ag doping on the properties and photocatalytic activity of Cd0.1Zn0.9S was studied for the hydrogen production from water reduction under visible light irradiation.Results: Compared to the series prepared by the co-precipitation method, samples prepared by the hydrothermal method performed with a better photocatalytic activity. The sample with the optimum amount of Ag doping showed the highest hydrogen production rate of 3.91 mmol/h, which was 1.7 times higher than that of undoped Cd0.1Zn0.9S. With the Ag doping, a red shift in the optical response was observed, leading to a larger portion of the visible light absorption than that of without doping. In addition to the larger absorption in the visible-light region, the increase in photocatalytic activity of samples with Ag doping may also come from the Ag species facilitating electron–hole separation.Conclusion: This study demonstrated that Ag doping is a promising way to enhance the activity of Cd0.1Zn0.9S photocatalyst.

  1. AGS improvement program

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    The interest of both particle and nuclear physicists are coverging on the AGS; this machine is almost ideally and uniquely suited to perform a new class of frontier experiments. Particle physicists would like to study the extremely heavy (multi-TeV) particles posited by new theories by searching for rare k-decays. Nuclear physicists want to create the extremely denser form of nuclear matter which exists within neutron stars by studying heavy ion collisions. The particle physicists require extremely intense proton beams in order to produce enough k's. The nuclear physicists require heavy ions accelerated in the top energies of the AGS. The AGS recently acquired a new capability of accelerating polarized protons to 16.5-GeV and will extend its energy to full energy of the machine. This new capability will open the way to extend the surprising lower energy result of spin-spin correlation at high momentum transfer collisions to much higher energy

  2. Photocatalytic activity of ZnO doped with Ag on the degradation of endocrine disrupting under UV irradiation and the investigation of its antibacterial activity

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A series of Ag-doped ZnO were synthesized via hydrothermal method. • Effect of doping with silver on the textural, structural optical properties of ZnO. • The photocatalytic activity has been tested using bisphenol A and nonylphenol. • The highest degradation efficiency was obtained with 1% Ag. • Ag doping enhances the photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of ZnO. - Abstract: Ag-doped ZnO photocatalysts with different Ag molar content (0.0, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0%) were prepared via hydrothermal method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD), Nitrogen physisorption at 77 K, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV–-Visible spectroscopy, Photoluminescence spectra (PL) and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the structural, textural and optical properties of the samples. The results showed that Ag-doping does not change the average crystallite size with the Ag low content (≤1.0%) but slightly decreases with Ag high content (>1.0%). The specific surface area (SBET) increases with the increase of the Ag content. The band gap values of ZnO are decreased with the increase of the Ag doping level. The results of the photocatalytic degradation of bisphenol A (BPA) and nonylphenol (NP) in aqueous solutions under UV irradiation and in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) showed that silver ions doping greatly improved the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO. The TOC conversion BPA and NP are 72.1% and 81.08% respectively obtained using 1% Ag-doped ZnO. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity is ascribed to the fact that the modification of ZnO with an appropriate amount of Ag can increase the separation efficiency of the photogenerated electrons-holes in ZnO. The antibacterial activity of the catalysts which uses Escherichia coli as a model for Gram-negative bacteria confirmed that Ag-doped ZnO possessed more antibacterial activity than the pure ZnO

  3. Photocatalytic activity of ZnO doped with Ag on the degradation of endocrine disrupting under UV irradiation and the investigation of its antibacterial activity

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    Bechambi, Olfa [Université de Tunis El Manar, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Laboratoire de Chimie des Matériaux et Catalyse, 2092, Tunis (Tunisia); Chalbi, Manel [Laboratoire de Bioprocédés Environnementaux, Centre de Biotechnologie de Sfax, B.P. 1177, 3018 Sfax (Tunisia); Najjar, Wahiba, E-mail: najjarwahiba2014@gmail.com [Université de Tunis El Manar, Faculté des Sciences de Tunis, Laboratoire de Chimie des Matériaux et Catalyse, 2092, Tunis (Tunisia); Sayadi, Sami [Laboratoire de Bioprocédés Environnementaux, Centre de Biotechnologie de Sfax, B.P. 1177, 3018 Sfax (Tunisia)

    2015-08-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A series of Ag-doped ZnO were synthesized via hydrothermal method. • Effect of doping with silver on the textural, structural optical properties of ZnO. • The photocatalytic activity has been tested using bisphenol A and nonylphenol. • The highest degradation efficiency was obtained with 1% Ag. • Ag doping enhances the photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of ZnO. - Abstract: Ag-doped ZnO photocatalysts with different Ag molar content (0.0, 0.5, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0%) were prepared via hydrothermal method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD), Nitrogen physisorption at 77 K, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV–-Visible spectroscopy, Photoluminescence spectra (PL) and Raman spectroscopy were used to characterize the structural, textural and optical properties of the samples. The results showed that Ag-doping does not change the average crystallite size with the Ag low content (≤1.0%) but slightly decreases with Ag high content (>1.0%). The specific surface area (S{sub BET}) increases with the increase of the Ag content. The band gap values of ZnO are decreased with the increase of the Ag doping level. The results of the photocatalytic degradation of bisphenol A (BPA) and nonylphenol (NP) in aqueous solutions under UV irradiation and in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) showed that silver ions doping greatly improved the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO. The TOC conversion BPA and NP are 72.1% and 81.08% respectively obtained using 1% Ag-doped ZnO. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity is ascribed to the fact that the modification of ZnO with an appropriate amount of Ag can increase the separation efficiency of the photogenerated electrons-holes in ZnO. The antibacterial activity of the catalysts which uses Escherichia coli as a model for Gram-negative bacteria confirmed that Ag-doped ZnO possessed more antibacterial activity than the pure ZnO.

  4. Photoelectron Imaging of AgOCH3- and Ag-(CH3OH)x (x=1, 2)

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    Chao-xian Chi; Hua Xie; Ran Cong; Zi-chao Tang; Ming-fei Zhou

    2011-01-01

    The AgOCH3- and Ag-(CH3OH)x (x=1,2) anions are studied by photoelectron imaging as well as ab initio calculations.The adiabatic and vertical detachment energies (ADE and VDE) of AgOCH3- are determined as 1.29(2) and 1.34(2) eV,respectively,from the vibrational resolved photoelectron spectrum.The Ag-(CH3OH)1,2 anionic complexes are characterized as metal atomic anion solvated by the CH3OH molecules with the electron mainly localized on the metal.The photoelectron spectra of Ag-(CH3OH)x (x=0,1,2)show a gradual increase in VDE with increasing x,due to the solvent stabilization.Evidence for the methanol-methanol hydrogen bonding interactions appears when the Ag- is solvated by two methanol molecules.

  5. Increased spectral sensitivity of Si photodetector by surface plasmon effect of Ag nanowires

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    Kim, Hong-Sik; Kumar, Melvin David; Kim, Hyunki; Kim, Joondong

    2016-05-01

    Highly-sensitive Si photodetectors were prepared by using Ag nanowires (AgNWs). A transparent indium-tin-oxide (ITO) coating was coated on a Si substrate followed by spin-coating of AgNWs-containing solution. AgNWs having average length of 5-20 μm with a diameter of about 40-60 nm were observed in FESEM images. The haze effect of AgNWs was totally avoided because of the optimum value of diameter. The transmittance of above 85% was shown by AgNWs over a broad spectral range due to surface plasmon resonance effect. The AgNW-coated device showed an excellent rectifying ratio of 288. Under light illumination, AgNWs-coated device exhibited a significant photoresponse ratio of 5373. This advanced feature of AgNWs-templated method would be applied in broadband wavelength photodetection devices.

  6. Microstructure and Raman spectra of Ag-MgF2 cermet films

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    Shouhua Shi(史守华); Zhuoliang Cao(曹卓良); Zhaoqi Sun(孙兆奇)

    2003-01-01

    Ag-MgF2 cermet films with different Ag fractions were prepared by vacuum evaporation. The microstruc-ture of the films was examined by Raman scattering technique. The surface-enhanced Raman spectrumfor MgF2 molecules in the cermet film strongly suggests the existence of Ag nanoparticles dispersed inMgF2 matrix. The intensities of the Raman spectra of Ag-MgF2 cermet films increase with Ag fraction.The enhancement of Raman scattering disappears when Ag content reaches wt.20%. The analyses withthe transmission electron microscopy showed that Ag-MgF2 cermet films are mainly composed of amor-phous MgF2 matrix with embedded faced-center-cubic Ag nanoparticles. It suggests that the percolationthreshold should be around wt.20% of Ag content.

  7. Immunogenicity and Protective Efficacy of a Novel Recombinant BCG Strain Overexpressing Antigens Ag85A and Ag85B

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    Chun Wang; Ruiling Fu; Xionglin Fan; Chunwei Shi; Jia Lu; Xindong Teng; Lingxia Chen; Kun Tan; Zhenhua Chen

    2012-01-01

    Recombinant Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (rBCG) strain is the promising vaccine candidate for tuberculosis (TB) prevention, which aims at providing more enduring and enhanced protection than the parental BCG vaccine. In this study, three rBCG strains overexpressing immunodominant antigens Ag85B (rBCG::85B), Ag85A (rBCG::85A), or both (rBCG::AB) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis were constructed, respectively. rBCG strains showed higher level of overexpression of Ag85A and/or Ag85B proteins than BCG c...

  8. Highly Active Carbon Supported Pd-Ag Nanofacets Catalysts for Hydrogen Production from HCOOH.

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    Wang, Wenhui; He, Ting; Liu, Xuehua; He, Weina; Cong, Hengjiang; Shen, Yangbin; Yan, Liuming; Zhang, Xuetong; Zhang, Jinping; Zhou, Xiaochun

    2016-08-17

    Hydrogen is regarded as a future sustainable and clean energy carrier. Formic acid is a safe and sustainable hydrogen storage medium with many advantages, including high hydrogen content, nontoxicity, and low cost. In this work, a series of highly active catalysts for hydrogen production from formic acid are successfully synthesized by controllably depositing Pd onto Ag nanoplates with different Ag nanofacets, such as Ag{111}, Ag{100}, and the nanofacet on hexagonal close packing Ag crystal (Ag{hcp}). Then, the Pd-Ag nanoplate catalysts are supported on Vulcan XC-72 carbon black to prevent the aggregation of the catalysts. The research reveals that the high activity is attributed to the formation of Pd-Ag alloy nanofacets, such as Pd-Ag{111}, Pd-Ag{100}, and Pd-Ag{hcp}. The activity order of these Pd-decorated Ag nanofacets is Pd-Ag{hcp} > Pd-Ag{111} > Pd-Ag{100}. Particularly, the activity of Pd-Ag{hcp} is up to an extremely high value, i.e., TOF{hcp} = 19 000 ± 1630 h(-1) at 90 °C (lower limit value), which is more than 800 times higher than our previous quasi-spherical Pd-Ag alloy nanocatalyst. The initial activity of Pd-Ag{hcp} even reaches (3.13 ± 0.19) × 10(6) h(-1) at 90 °C. This research not only presents highly active catalysts for hydrogen generation but also shows that the facet on the hcp Ag crystal can act as a potentially highly active catalyst. PMID:27454194

  9. Ag induced electromagnetic interference shielding of Ag-graphite/PVDF flexible nanocomposites thinfilms

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    Kumaran, R.; Alagar, M. [Polymer Composite Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai 600 025 (India); Dinesh Kumar, S.; Subramanian, V. [Microwave Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Dinakaran, K., E-mail: kdinakaran.tvu@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Thiruvalluvar University, Serkkadu, Vellore 632115 (India)

    2015-09-14

    We report Ag nanoparticle induced Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) shielding in a flexible composite films of Ag nanoparticles incorporated graphite/poly-vinylidene difluoride (PVDF). PVDF nanocomposite thin-films were synthesized by intercalating Ag in Graphite (GIC) followed by dispersing GIC in PVDF. The X-ray diffraction analysis and the high-resolution transmission electron microscope clearly dictate the microstructure of silver nanoparticles in graphite intercalated composite of PVDF matrix. The conductivity values of nanocomposites are increased upto 2.5 times when compared to neat PVDF having a value of 2.70 S/cm at 1 MHz. The presence of Ag broadly enhanced the dielectric constant and lowers the dielectric loss of PVDF matrix proportional to Ag content. The EMI shielding effectiveness of the composites is 29.1 dB at 12.4 GHz for the sample having 5 wt. % Ag and 10 wt. % graphite in PVDF.

  10. Urchin-like m-LaVO4 and m-LaVO4/Ag microspheres: Synthesis and characterization

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    The semiconductor nanostructures decorated with noble metals have attracted increasing attention due to their interesting physical and chemical properties. In this work, urchin-like monoclinic (m-) LaVO4 microspheres were prepared by a hydrothermal method and used as a template to fabricate Ag nanoparticle-decorated m-LaVO4 composites. The morphology and structure were characterized by transmission electron microscope, high-resolution transmission electron microscope, scanning electron microscope, and energy-dispersive X-ray. It was found that Ag nanoparticles with narrow size distribution were uniformly loaded on urchin-like m-LaVO4 microspheres, and the resulted composite microspheres showed distinct surface plasmon absorption band compared to pure m-LaVO4 microspheres. Photocatalytic activities of as-prepared samples were examined by studying the degradation of methyl orange solutions under visible-light irradiation (> 400 nm). Results clearly showed that urchin-like m-LaVO4/Ag microspheres possess much higher photocatalytic activity than pure m-LaVO4 microspheres and P25. - Highlights: • m-LaVO4/Ag composites microspheres were fabricated by a hydrothermal method. • m-LaVO4 microspheres show higher photocatalytic activity than m-LaVO4 microspheres. • m-LaVO4/Ag microspheres exhibit a good stability

  11. Large transport current density in bulk oriented-grained 123/Ag composites

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    This paper reports on ceramic high temperature superconductors (HTS) that are inherently inferior in their mechanical properties. Addition of silver in bulk HTS has been shown to improve their mechanical properties. However, these HTS/Ag composites possess low transport critical current density typical of polycrystalline HTS. This paper deals with the development of a liquid-phase processing method that results in oriented-grained 123/Ag composites with large current carrying capability and enhanced mechanical properties. In this method, composites of 123 superconductor with up to 25 wt.% Ag addition are subjected to liquid-phase processing in air. Oriented-grained samples up to 10 mm long are obtained with Ag particles dispersed throughout the composites. Measurements on these oriented-grained samples using continuous direct current at 77K and zero applied magnetic field routinely give a transport critical current density in excess of 15,000 A/cm2. Magnetization measurements, however, show a Jc of 30,000 A/cm2 at 2 tesla. These results along with improved mechanical properties make these composites promising for bulk superconductivity applications. This work is supported by DARPA and the state of Texas

  12. Supersensitive and selective detection of picric acid explosive by fluorescent Ag nanoclusters.

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    Zhang, Jian Rong; Yue, Yuan Yuan; Luo, Hong Qun; Li, Nian Bing

    2016-02-01

    Picric acid (PA) explosive is a hazard to public safety and health, so the sensitive and selective detection of PA is very important. In the present work, polyethyleneimine stabilized Ag nanoclusters were successfully used for the sensitive and selective quantification of PA on the basis of fluorescence quenching. The quenching efficiency of Ag nanoclusters is proportional to the concentration of PA and the logarithm of PA concentration over two different concentration ranges (1.0 nM-1 μM for the former and 0.25-20 μM for the latter), thus the proposed quantitative strategy for PA provides a wide linear range of 1.0 nM-20 μM. The detection limit based on 3σ/K is 0.1 nM. The quenching mechanism of Ag nanoclusters by PA is discussed in detail. The results indicate that the selective detection of PA over other nitroaromatics including 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4-DNT), p-nitrotoluene (p-NT), m-dinitrobenzene (m-DNB), and nitrobenzene (NB), is due to the electron transfer and energy transfer between PA and polyethyleneimine-capped Ag nanoclusters. In addition, the experimental data obtained for the analysis of artificial samples show that the proposed PA sensor is potentially applicable in the determination of trace PA explosive in real samples. PMID:26661456

  13. Magnetic microstructures from magnetic force microscopy and Monte Carlo simulation in CoFe-Ag-Cu granular films

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    CoFe-Ag-Cu granular films, prepared by rf sputtering, displayed magnetic domain microstructures for ferromagnetic concentrations above about 32% at, and below the percolation threshold. All samples have a fcc structure with an (111) texture perpendicular to the film plane. Magnetic force microscopy (MFM) showed a variety of magnetic domain microstructures, extremely sensitive to the magnetic history of the sample, which arise from the balance of the ferromagnetic exchange, the dipolar interac...

  14. Influence of solvent on the structural and morphological properties of AgI particles prepared using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

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    Silver iodide particles were synthesized in the process of ultrasonic spray pyrolysis using aqueous solutions of thermodynamically stable silver iodide clusters as precursor. The AgI particles were collected in solvents of different polarities such as water, 2-propanol and toluene. In order to study influence of solvent and aging time on the morphological and structural properties of the AgI particles ultra-filtration was employed to isolate solid material from solution. The scanning electron microscopy showed that morphology of the AgI particles is different for different solvents. The AgI particles with hexagonal/triangular shape were obtained in water and toluene, while in 2-propanol hollow spheres were formed. The X-ray diffraction analysis, besides wurtzite hexagonal and zinc blende cubic phases, revealed appearance of tetragonal high-pressure AgI modification for sample collected in toluene and for sample aged in 2-propanol. The aging in toluene induced transformation of all three modifications into single phase with one preferred orientation

  15. Development of Ag dendrites-reduced graphene oxide composite catalysts via galvanic replacement reaction

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    Fu, Li; Sokiransky, Mika Matsunaka; Wang, James; Lai, Guosong; Yu, Aimin

    2016-09-01

    Silver dendrites/reduced graphene oxide (AgD/RGO) composites were synthesized via a facile galvanic replacement method. The successful formation of Ag dendrites and the graphene oxide reduction were proved by a series of characterization techniques. The possible formation mechanism of Ag dendrites during the galvanic replacement reaction was discussed. The catalytic activity of the as-synthesized AgD/RGO composite was evaluated by its performance on the chemical reduction of an organic dye methylene blue. The AgD/RGO composite showed a much higher catalytic performance and stability than that of Ag dendrites.

  16. Ag nanoparticles formed by femtosecond pulse laser ablation in water: self-assembled fractal structures

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    Santillán, Jesica M. J. [CONICET La Plata-CIC, Centro de Investigaciones Ópticas (CIOp) (Argentina); Fernández van Raap, Marcela B., E-mail: raap@fisica.unlp.edu.ar; Mendoza Zélis, Pedro; Coral, Diego [CONICET, Instituto de Física La Plata (IFLP) (Argentina); Muraca, Diego [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Instituto de Física “Gleb Wataghin” (IFGW) (Brazil); Schinca, Daniel C.; Scaffardi, Lucía B., E-mail: lucias@ciop.unlp.edu.ar [CONICET La Plata-CIC, Centro de Investigaciones Ópticas (CIOp) (Argentina)

    2015-02-15

    We report for the first time on the formation of self-assembled fractals of spherical Ag nanoparticles (Nps) fabricated by femtosecond pulse laser ablation of a solid silver target in water. Fractal structures grew both in two and three Euclidean dimensions (d). Ramified-fractal assemblies of 2 nm height and 5–14 μm large, decorated with Ag Nps of 3 nm size, were obtained in a 2d geometry when highly diluted drops of colloidal suspension were dried at a fast heating rate over a mica substrate. When less-diluted drops were dried at slow heating rate, isolated single Nps or rosette-like structures were formed. Fractal aggregates about 31 nm size in 3d geometry were observed in the as-prepared colloidal suspension. Electron diffraction and optical extinction spectroscopy (OES) analyses performed on the samples confirmed the presence of Ag and Ag{sub 2}O. The analysis of the optical extinction spectrum, using the electrostatic approximation of Mie theory for small spheres, showed the existence of Ag bare core, Ag–Ag{sub 2}O and air–Ag core–shell Nps, Ag–Ag{sub 2}O being the most frequent type [69 % relative abundance (r.a.)]. Core-size and shell-thickness distribution was derived from OES. In situ scattering measurements of the Ag colloidal suspension, carried out by small-angle X-ray scattering, indicate a mass fractal composed of packaged 〈D{sub SAXS}〉 = (5 ± 1) nm particles and fractal dimension d{sub f} = 2.5. Ex situ atomic force microscopy imaging displayed well-ramified structures, which, analyzed with box-counting method, yield a fractal dimension d{sub f} = 1.67. The growing behavior of these 2d and 3d self-assembled fractals is consistent with the diffusion-limited aggregation model.

  17. Photocatalytic performances and activities of Ag-doped CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles

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    Zhu, Zhengru, E-mail: zhengruzhu@gmail.com [Research Center of Hydrology and Water Source, School of Urban and Environment, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, 116029 (China); State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemical, Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering (MOE), School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, 116024 (China); Li, Xinyong; Zhao, Qidong [State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemical, Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering (MOE), School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, 116024 (China); Li, Yonghua; Sun, Caizhi; Cao, Yongqiang [Research Center of Hydrology and Water Source, School of Urban and Environment, Liaoning Normal University, Dalian, 116029 (China)

    2013-08-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanocrystals were synthesized by a co-precipitation method. • Ag/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} catalyst was prepared by the wetness impregnation strategy. • The structural properties of Ag/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} were investigated by XRD, TEM, DRS, and XPS techniques. • Ag/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} has higher photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: In this work, CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were synthesized by a chemical co-precipitation route. The Ag/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} catalyst was prepared based on the CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles by the incipient wetness impregnation strategy, which showed excellent photoelectric property and catalytic activity. The structural properties of these samples were systematically investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electronic microscopy (TEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) techniques. The photo-induced charge separation in the samples was demonstrated by surface photovoltage (SPV) measurement. The photocatalytic degradation of 4-CP by the Ag/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} and CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} samples were comparatively studied under xenon lamp irradiation. The results indicate that the Ag/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} sample exhibited the higher efficiency for the degradation of 4-CP.

  18. Irradiation-induced displacement of Ag atoms from lattice sites in an Al-0.2% Mg-0.1% Ag crystal

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    In irradiated alloys of Al containing approximately 0.1 at% Ag, the backscattering - channelling method shows that Al-Ag dumbells are created by the trapping of Al interstitial atoms at Ag solute atoms. The present results demonstrate that the addition of 0.2 at% Mg to such irradiated alloys retards not only the formation of Al-Ag dumbells during annealing from 30 to 100 K but also their annihilation during annealing from 180 to 240 K. Al interstitials are released from Mg traps at 100 to 160 K, causing further trapping at Ag atoms. Approximately 70% of the Ag atoms return to lattice sites at approximately 200 K (stage III) (compared with 100% in the Al-0.1% Ag alloys) and the remainder return to lattice sites at approximately 260 K. These results favour migration of Al-Ag dumbells rather than vacancies during stage III annealing. (author)

  19. Exposure Medium: Key in Identifying Free Ag+ as the Exclusive Species of Silver Nanoparticles with Acute Toxicity to Daphnia magna

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    Shen, Mo-Hai; Zhou, Xiao-Xia; Yang, Xiao-Ya; Chao, Jing-Bo; Liu, Rui; Liu, Jing-Fu

    2015-04-01

    It is still not very clear what roles the various Ag species play in the toxicity of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). In this study, we found that traditional exposure media result in uncontrollable but consistent physicochemical transformation of AgNPs, causing artifacts in determination of median lethal concentration (LC50) and hindering the identification of Ag species responsible for the acute toxicity of AgNPs to Daphnia magna. This obstacle was overcome by using 8 h exposure in 0.1 mmol L-1 NaNO3 medium, in which we measured the 8-h LC50 of seven AgNPs with different sizes and coatings, and determined the concentrations of various Ag species. The LC50 as free Ag+ of the seven AgNPs (0.37-0.44 μg L-1) agreed very well with that of AgNO3 (0.40 μg L-1), and showed the lowest value compared to that as total Ag, total Ag+, and dissolved Ag, demonstrating free Ag+ is exclusively responsible for the acute toxicity of AgNPs to D. magna, while other Ag species in AgNPs have no contribution to the acute toxicity. Our results demonstrated the great importance of developing appropriate exposure media for evaluating risk of nanomaterials.

  20. Mechanistic understanding of reduced AgNP phytotoxicity induced by extracellular polymeric substances.

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    Li, Cheng-Cheng; Wang, Yu-Jun; Dang, Fei; Zhou, Dong-Mei

    2016-05-01

    A knowledge gap concerning the potential effects of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), a common organic material but highly variable in their composition of microbial origin, on the fate and phytotoxicity of silver nanoparticles (AgNP) still remains. A 48-h root elongation toxicity test showed that AgNP toxicity to wheat Triticum aestivum L. was dramatically alleviated by EPS isolated from Pseudomonas putida, as revealed by 7-59% increase in relative root elongation (RRE), 8-99% increase in root weight, 27-32% decrease in malondialdehyde (MDA) content and 11-43% decrease in H2O2 content compared to the treatment with AgNP in the absence of EPS. This was coincident with 7-69% decrease in root Ag concentrations. Our results showed that EPS could protect wheat seedlings from AgNP toxicity by reducing dissolved Ag concentration ([Ag]diss) and by forming AgNP-EPS complex. The FTIR spectra further showed that the amide, carboxyl, and phosphoryl functional groups of EPS were involved in binding with AgNP and/or Ag(+). All these processes worked simultaneously to reduce AgNP bioavailability, and subsequently mitigate AgNP toxicity. These findings highlight the importance of EPS in AgNP biogeochemistry in the terrestrial environment. EPS could be highly useful in developing strategies to counteract the phytotoxicty of metal-based nanoparticles in crops. PMID:26808239

  1. The role of Ag in (Ag,Cu)2ZnSnS4 thin film for solar cell application

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    Highlights: • (Ag,Cu)2ZnSnS4 thin film was synthesized through metallic stacking layers. • Ag incorporation reduces the size and amount of voids at back contact. • Less planar defects and Cu vacancy are formed in the (Ag,Cu)2ZnSnS4. • Solar cell performance was improved with Ag incorporation. - Abstract: Recently, Ag incorporation into Cu(In,Ga)Se2 structure was found to benefit the solar cell performance. However, (Ag,Cu)2ZnSnS4 used as the solar cell absorber is not widely reported even though Ag2ZnSnS4 has shown much better photocatalysts activity for H2 evolution than Cu2ZnSnS4. In this paper, (Ag,Cu)2ZnSnS4 thin film solar cell was synthesized through sulfurization of Ag/Zn/Cu/Sn metallic stacked layers. In order to understand the actual role of Ag in the Cu2ZnSnS4 structure, the changing chemical environment, microstructure and intragrain defect due to the Ag incorporation, were studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. After sulfurization, Ag is uniformly distributed in the absorber and is incorporated into Cu2ZnSnS4 crystal structure but no obvious change of the Cu2ZnSnS4 chemical environment is detected. A large density of voids is formed at the Cu2ZnSnS4/Mo interface and some of these voids are found to be coated with CdS which is believed to be detrimental to Cu2ZnSnS4 device performance. In contrast, Ag incorporation reduces the size and amount of voids and thus effectively eliminates CdS deposited at back contact region. Moreover, fewer planar defects and Cu vacancies are formed in the (Ag,Cu)2ZnSnS4 sample than Cu2ZnSnS4 sample as suggested by electron diffraction patterns. Therefore, improved solar cell performance should result from the formation of (Ag,Cu)2ZnSnS4 structure

  2. Study on antibacterial activity of chemically synthesized PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite

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    Boomi, Pandi; Prabu, Halliah Gurumallesh; Manisankar, Paramasivam; Ravikumar, Sundaram

    2014-05-01

    Pristine polyaniline (PANI), PANI-Ag, PANI-Au and PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposites have been successfully synthesized by chemical oxidative polymerization method using aniline as monomer, ammonium persulphate as oxidant and metal (Ag, Au and Ag-Au) colloids. UV-Vis analysis exhibited surface Plasmon resonances of Ag, Au, Ag-Au nanoparticles. FT-IR spectra revealed the shift in peak position of N-H stretching. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results confirm the presence of Ag, Au and Au-Ag nanoparticles. HR-TEM images show nanosizes of Ag, Au, Ag-Au and the incorporation of such nanoparticles into the PANI matrix. Pristine PANI, PANI-Ag, PANI-Au and PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposites were tested for antibacterial activity by agar well diffusion method. PANI-Ag-Au nanocomposite exhibited higher antibacterial activity against both gram-positive [Streptococcus sp. (MTCC 890), Staphylococcus sp. (MTCC 96)] and gram-negative bacteria [Escherichia coli (MTCC 1671) and Klebsiella sp. (MTCC 7407)] when compared with PANI-Ag nanocomposite, PANI-Au nanocomposite and pristine PANI. The novelty of this study is the polymer-bimetal synthesis and its antibacterial potential.

  3. Ferromagnetic resonance of ultrathin Co /Ag superlattices on Si(111)

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    Kakazei, G. N.; Martin, P. P.; Ruiz, A.; Varela, M.; Alonso, M.; Paz, E.; Palomares, F. J.; Cebollada, F.; Rubinger, R. M.; Carmo, M. C.; Sobolev, N. A.

    2008-04-01

    Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) is used to probe the magnetic properties of Co /Ag superlattices (SLs) with ultrathin Co layers (2-6Å). Different series of 5×[Ag/Co] multilayers have been grown by molecular beam epitaxy on Si(111) substrates, monitoring the growth by reflection high energy electron diffraction. Cross-section transmission electron microscopy confirms the growth of local areas with the designed SL periodicity, a sharp compositional modulation, well defined Ag-Co interfaces, and a perfect fcc (111) stacking. FMR spectra have been recorded at various polar angles in the 0°-90° range. A single and extremely broad resonance peak is observed in all cases. While SLs with Ag layers thinner than 10Å exhibit similar values of the perpendicular anisotropy, a clear reduction is observed for samples with Ag layers about 14Å thick. Possible causes for this change are discussed.

  4. Perpendicular anisotropy in Fe/Ag multilayers

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    Fetzer, C.; Szucs, I.S.; Dezsi, I. [KFKI Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics, Budapest (Hungary); Kaptas, D.; Kiss, L.F.; Vincze, I. [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Budapest (Hungary); Balogh, J.

    2008-08-15

    The direction of the spontaneous magnetization changes from out of plane to in plane at around x=0.6 in[Ag(2.6 nm)/Fe(x nm)]{sub 10} multilayers (0.2{<=}x{<=}1) prepared on Si(111) substrate by vacuum evaporation. Transmission Moessbauer spectroscopy measurements of removed samples with a thick capping layer are compared to conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy measurements of samples on the Si substrate with a thin capping layer. The stress arising because of the application of a thick capping layer and the removal of the samples from the substrate is shown to have negligible effect on the spontaneous magnetization. The results support that the appearance of the perpendicular anisotropy below x=0.6 is an intrinsic property of Fe/Ag multilayers. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  5. AGS experiments: 1990, 1991, 1992

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    This report contains a description of the following: AGS Experimental Area - High Energy Physics FY 1993 and Heavy Ion Physics FY 1993; Table of Beam Parameters and Fluxes; Experiment Schedule ''as run''; Proposed 1993 Schedule; A listing of experiments by number; Two-page summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; Publications of AGS Experiments; and List of AGS Experimenters

  6. Synthesis and Characterization of High Efficiency and Stable Spherical Ag3PO4 Visible Light Photocatalyst for the Degradation of Methylene Blue Solutions

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    Liqin Qin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A facile method for the synthesis of Ag3PO4 visible light photocatalyst has been developed to improve the photocatalytic activity and stability. The as-prepared samples are investigated by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL spectroscopy, and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy techniques. The results reveal that the prepared Ag3PO4 has cube structure with a band gap of 2.26 eV. The as-prepared samples show higher photocatalytic activity for methylene blue (MB degradation than that of N-TiO2 under visible light irradiation.

  7. Irradiation induced dissolution of Cu and growth of Ag nanoclusters in Cu/Ag ion-exchanged soda-lime glass

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    Manikandan, D; Magudapathy, P; Nair, K G M

    2002-01-01

    Complex metal nanoclusters of Cu/Ag are formed in a soda-lime glass matrix by sequential copper and silver ion-exchange followed by ion irradiation. Optical absorption measurements showed signature of copper clusters alone in the Cu/Ag ion-exchanged sample. Irradiation of the ion-exchanged sample with He sup + ions of energy 100 keV of different fluences resulted in the growth of the silver clusters with, the optical absorption spectrum exhibiting two peaks corresponding to the surface plasmon resonance of copper and silver in the same matrix. It was found that with increase in fluence the silver clusters begin to grow while the already formed copper clusters segregate, which can be visualized from the absorption spectra, where the copper band disappears while the silver band grows with the increase in dose. Vacuum annealing of the Cu/Ag ion-exchanged samples resulted in complete disappearance of copper clusters while the silver clusters grew till they attained saturation. The glancing incidence X-ray diffrac...

  8. Transient liquid phase Ag-based solder technology for high-temperature packaging applications

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    Highlights: • Ag-based transient-liquid-phase (TLP) bonding for high-temperature applications. • The shear strength measured at 250 °C showed good high temperature performance. • A higher amount of Sn content than the stoichiometric ratio needed for joining Cu UBM. • Ag–Sn TLP bonding is an effective interconnection method for harsh environment. -- Abstracts: A lead-free Ag-based soldering technique through transient-liquid-phase (TLP) bonding is proposed in this study for high-temperature microelectronic packaging applications. The solder paste, which contained Ag and Sn powders with a no-clean flux, was used to join Cu substrates. The setup was bonded at 250 °C for 10 minutes. The study focuses on mechanical and microstructural characterizations of the joints. The shear strength measured at 250 °C shows good high temperature performance of the joint. The effects of Ag and Sn contents on mechanical, electrical and thermal properties of sintered bulk Ag–Sn samples were also investigated independently. The results demonstrate that the Ag–Sn TLP bonding is an effective interconnection method for harsh environment electronic packaging

  9. Heavy metal tolerance (Cr, Ag and Hg in bacteria isolated from sewage

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    Agostinho A. de Lima e Silva

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Samples of sewage from a university hospital and a chemistry technical school were analysed for the percentage of bacterial tolerance to chromium (Cr, silver (Ag and mercury (Hg. Additionally, we investigated the effect of these metals on pigmentation and on some enzymatic activities of the metal tolerant strains isolated, as well as antimicrobial resistance in some metal tolerant Enterobacteriaceae strains. Tolerance to Cr was observed mainly in Gram positive bacteria while in the case of Ag and Hg the tolerant bacteria were predominately Gram negative. Hg was the metal for which the percentage of tolerance was significantly higher, especially in samples from the hospital sewage (4.1%. Mercury also had the most discernible effect on color of the colonies. Considering the effect of metals on the respiratory enzymes, one strain of Ag-tolerantBacillus sp. and one of Hg-tolerant P. aeruginosa were unable to produce oxidase in the presence of Ag and Hg, respectively, while the expression of gelatinase was largely inhibited in various Gram negative strains (66% by Cr. Drug resistance in Hg-tolerant Enterobacteriaceae strains isolated from the university hospital sewage was greater than 80%, with prevalence of multiple resistance, while the Ag-tolerant strains from the same source showed about 34% of resistance, with the predominance of mono-resistance. Our results showed that, despite the ability of metal tolerant strains to survive and grow in the presence of these elements, the interactions with these metals may result in metabolic or phisiological changes in this group of bacteria.

  10. Effects of Ag nanomaterials (NM300K) and Ag salt (AgNO3) can be discriminated in a full life cycle long term test with Enchytraeus crypticus.

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    Bicho, Rita C; Ribeiro, Tânia; Rodrigues, Natália P; Scott-Fordsmand, Janeck J; Amorim, Mónica J B

    2016-11-15

    Information on effects of silver nanoparticles on soil invertebrates, especially using long-term exposures, is scarce. In this study we investigated the effects of the reference Ag (NM300K) (compared to AgNO3) using the full life cycle test (FLCt) of the soil invertebrate Enchytraeus crypticus. Results showed that effects were higher compared to the standard reproduction test, which is shorter and does not cover the FLC. Both Ag forms caused a reduction on hatching success, juvenile and adult survival and reproduction with similar ECx. Differences between AgNO3 and Ag NM300K could be discriminated using the FLCt: AgNO3 decreased hatching success was shown to be a delay in the process, whereas Ag NM300K caused irreversible effects during the same time frame. These effects may have occurred during the embryo development, hatching (inhibition) or survival of hatched juveniles. Ag NM300K caused non-monotonic concentration-response effect as observed by the high effect of the lowest concentration (20mgkg-1). It is known that dispersion is higher at lower concentrations - this could explain the increased effect at low concentration. Non monotonic responses are well described in the literature, where effects of high cannot predict for low concentrations, hence special attention should be given for NMs low concentration effects. PMID:27474850

  11. Diffusion of Ag, Au and Cs implants in MAX phase Ti3SiC2

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    Jiang, Weilin; Henager, Charles H.; Varga, Tamas; Jung, Hee Joon; Overman, Nicole R.; Zhang, Chonghong; Gou, Jie

    2015-05-16

    MAX phases (M: early transition metal; A: elements in group 13 or 14; X: C or N), such as titanium silicon carbide (Ti3SiC2), have a unique combination of both metallic and ceramic properties, which make them attractive for potential nuclear applications. Ti3SiC2 has been considered as a possible fuel cladding material. This study reports on the diffusivities of fission product surrogates (Ag and Cs) and a noble metal Au (with diffusion behavior similar to Ag) in this ternary compound at elevated temperatures, as well as in dual-phase nanocomposite of Ti3SiC2/3C-SiC and polycrystalline CVD 3C-SiC for behavior comparisons. Samples were implanted with Ag, Au or Cs ions and characterized with various methods, including x-ray diffraction, electron backscatter diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, helium ion microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that in contrast to immobile Ag in 3C-SiC, there is a significant outward diffusion of Ag in Ti3SiC2 within the dual-phase nanocomposite during Ag ion implantation at 873 K. Similar behavior of Au in polycrystalline Ti3SiC2 was also observed. Cs out-diffusion and release from Ti3SiC2 occurred during post-implantation thermal annealing at 973 K. This study suggests caution and further studies in consideration of Ti3SiC2 as a fuel cladding material for advanced nuclear reactors operating at very high temperatures.

  12. Optical studies on sputter-deposited Ag-SiO{sub 2} nanoparticle composites

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    Hsieh, J.H. [Department of Materials Engineering, Ming Chi University of Technology, Taishan, Taipei 24301, Taiwan (China); Li, Chuan, E-mail: cli10@ncu.edu.tw [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli, Taoyuan 32001, Taiwan (China); Wu, Y.Y.; Jang, S.C. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli, Taoyuan 32001, Taiwan (China)

    2011-08-01

    Silicon dioxide with nano-size Ag (Au or Cu) particles embedded on its surface has unique optical properties due to the phenomenon known as surface plasmon resonance (SPR). SPR is the resonance of conduction band electrons which generate electromagnetic waves propagating along the dielectric/metal interface. In this study, Ag/SiO{sub 2} films with different Ag layers (3/5/7/10 nm) were deposited on glass in sequence by magnetron sputtering. Various silver particle sizes were then created by the subsequent rapid thermal annealing (RTA). The RTA was carried out at elevated temperatures from 450 to 600 deg. C over different periods. All samples were examined by field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) for their surface morphology. For optical properties, the films' transmittance and reflectance were measured with wavelengths ranging from 300 to 900 nm by a UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer. Experimental results show that for longer annealing time (15 min) and thicker deposited Ag film, larger Ag particles can be produced. These larger Ag particles on SiO{sub 2} surface serve as the resonators of electrons to result in a broader absorption under the visible light irradiation. Following the experimental results, the Mie theory for a small particle in a dielectric medium can be used to estimate the spectrum of absorption. However, such estimate needs an equivalent dielectric constant of medium (SiO{sub 2} + air) as input a priori. A newly proposed fitting scheme based on the Mie solution was tested. This scheme yielded a good fit to the experimental absorbance and simultaneously gave a reasonable estimate on the effective dielectric constant.

  13. Optical studies on sputter-deposited Ag-SiO2 nanoparticle composites

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    Silicon dioxide with nano-size Ag (Au or Cu) particles embedded on its surface has unique optical properties due to the phenomenon known as surface plasmon resonance (SPR). SPR is the resonance of conduction band electrons which generate electromagnetic waves propagating along the dielectric/metal interface. In this study, Ag/SiO2 films with different Ag layers (3/5/7/10 nm) were deposited on glass in sequence by magnetron sputtering. Various silver particle sizes were then created by the subsequent rapid thermal annealing (RTA). The RTA was carried out at elevated temperatures from 450 to 600 deg. C over different periods. All samples were examined by field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) for their surface morphology. For optical properties, the films' transmittance and reflectance were measured with wavelengths ranging from 300 to 900 nm by a UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer. Experimental results show that for longer annealing time (15 min) and thicker deposited Ag film, larger Ag particles can be produced. These larger Ag particles on SiO2 surface serve as the resonators of electrons to result in a broader absorption under the visible light irradiation. Following the experimental results, the Mie theory for a small particle in a dielectric medium can be used to estimate the spectrum of absorption. However, such estimate needs an equivalent dielectric constant of medium (SiO2 + air) as input a priori. A newly proposed fitting scheme based on the Mie solution was tested. This scheme yielded a good fit to the experimental absorbance and simultaneously gave a reasonable estimate on the effective dielectric constant.

  14. [Study on the development of Ag-nano-hydroxyapatite/polyamide66 porous scaffolds with surface mineralization].

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    Fan, Jianbo; Chang, Shan; Dong, Mina; Huang, Di; Li, Jidong; Jiang, Dianming

    2012-12-01

    Bacterial infection after implantation of bone tissue engineering scaffolds is still a serious clinical problem. Ag-nano-hydroxyapatite/polyamide66 (Ag-nHA/PA66) antibacterial composite scaffold were prepared with phase-inversion method in this study. The scaffolds were mineralized in saturated calcium phosphate solution at 37 degrees C for 1 day. The microstructure and the newly formed nano-apatite deposition on the scaffolds before and after mineralization were observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). In order to investigate the release behaviors of Ag+, the Ag-nHA/PA66 scaffolds were immersed into 5 ml PBS at 37 degrees C for a different period between 3 h and 168 h before and after mineralization. Then the samples were cultured with E. coli (8099) to test the antibacterial effect of the scaffolds. The results showed that, after mineralization, Ag-nHA/PA66 porous scaffolds still possessed a good inter-connection and a new apatite layer was formed on the surface of the scaffolds. The average macropore size was 626.61 +/- 141.94 microm, the porosity was 76.89 +/- 8.21% and the compressive strength was 2.94 +/- 1.12 MPa. All these physical parameters had no significant difference from those of the un-mineralized scaffolds. The Ag+ release of the scaffolds with and without mineralization was fast within 1 day and then kept slow and stable after 1 day. The antibacterial test confirmed that after mineralization the scaffolds had good antibacterial effects on E. coli. PMID:23469542

  15. Diffusion of Ag, Au and Cs implants in MAX phase Ti3SiC2

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    Jiang, Weilin; Henager, Charles H.; Varga, Tamas; Jung, Hee Joon; Overman, Nicole R.; Zhang, Chonghong; Gou, Jie

    2015-07-01

    MAX phases (M: early transition metal; A: elements in group 13 or 14; X: C or N), such as titanium silicon carbide (Ti3SiC2), have a unique combination of both metallic and ceramic properties, which make them attractive for potential nuclear applications. Ti3SiC2 has been considered as a possible fuel cladding material. This study reports on the diffusivities of fission product surrogates (Ag and Cs) and a noble metal Au (with diffusion behavior similar to Ag) in this ternary compound at elevated temperatures, as well as in dual-phase nanocomposite of Ti3SiC2/3C-SiC and polycrystalline CVD 3C-SiC for behavior comparisons. Samples were implanted with Ag, Au or Cs ions and characterized with various methods, including X-ray diffraction, electron backscatter diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, helium ion microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that in contrast to immobile Ag in 3C-SiC, there is a significant outward diffusion of Ag in Ti3SiC2 within the dual-phase nanocomposite during Ag ion implantation at 873 K. Similar behavior of Au in polycrystalline Ti3SiC2 was also observed. Cs out-diffusion and release from Ti3SiC2 occurred during post-implantation thermal annealing at 973 K. This study suggests caution and further studies in consideration of Ti3SiC2 as a fuel cladding material for advanced nuclear reactors operating at very high temperatures.

  16. Ag-SBA-15抗菌剂的制备及其性能研究%Studies on the preparation and performance of Ag-SBA-15 antibacterial agent

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    丁志杰; 马忠友; 郭雨; 郭腾; 陈君华

    2016-01-01

    以板状和纤维状SBA-15为载体,采用正己烷为疏水溶剂、硝酸银的水溶液为亲水溶剂的双溶剂法制备了广谱抗菌剂板状Ag-SBA-15和纤维状Ag-SBA-15。以X射线衍射、扫描电子显微镜、透射电子显微镜和X射线能谱等手段表征了抗菌剂的结构和特性。通过试管稀释法考察了抗菌剂抗菌性能。结果显示,两种形貌SBA-15为载体制得的Ag-SBA-15都保持高度有序的二维六方相介孔结构,银颗粒在载体中均匀分散。试管稀释法测得由板状SBA-15制得抗菌剂对金黄色葡萄球菌的最小抑菌浓度达8ug/mL,而相应条件下由传统纤维状SBA-15为载体制得的抗菌剂最小抑菌浓度为32ug/mL。%Using platelet SBA-15 and fiber SBA-15 as carriers,platelet Ag-SBA-15 and fiber Ag-SBA-15 with the broad-spectrum antibacterial activity were prepared by a double solvent technique,in which n-hexane is used as a hydrophobic solvent and AgNO3 solution is used as a hydrophilic solvent. The structure of samples was investigated by X-ray diffraction(XRD),scanning electron microscopy(SEM),transmission electron microscopy(TEM)and energy dispersive spectrometer(EDS). The antibacterial effect of Ag-SBA-15 was investigated by the tube dilution method. The results showed that Ag-SBA-15 with highly ordered two-dimensional hexagonal structure was synthesized using platelet and fiber SBA-15 as support respectively. Silver nanoparticles were uniformly loaded on the porous support. The tube dilution method showed the minimal inhibitory concentration( MIC) of platelet Ag-SBA-15 for Staphylococcus? aureus is 8ug/mL,whereas the MIC of conventional fiber Ag-SBA-15 is 32ug/mL.

  17. Biocompatibility index of Ag-containing antiseptics

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    Karkour, Yousef

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available We defined a biocompatibility index (BI for comparing. The BI takes into account both the results of the in-vitro cytotoxicity, i.e. the concentration at which 50% of the cells are damaged, and the microbiocidal activity, i.e. the concentration at which the baseline burden of the test micro-organisms is reduced by at least 5-log steps. For AgNO3 and Ag-SD no BI value was calculable since the highest tested active substance concentration of 1% corresponding to the concentration for use results in no reduction in the baseline bacterial burden. However, the theoretical value should be much smaller than 0.002 All tested silver-containing preparations were not effective against Staphylococcus aureus using 30 min contact time. Using Escherichia coli as test microorganisms, colloidal silver in the form of mild silver protein (based on Ag has a BI value of 0.002, chlorhexidine 0.8, PVP-iodine (based on iodine 1.0, polihexanide 1.5, and octenidine 1.8, i.e. the Ag-containing preparations do not act antiseptically within 30 min of contact time. Therefore, depending from the kind of the wound in clinical practice Ag-containing preparations should be substituted by e.g. polihexanide-, octenidine- or PVP-iodine-containing preparations, which show in lower concentration than in the concentration in use microbicidal effect within 30 min.

  18. The correlation between MIB-1, AgNOR, and caspase-3 apoptosis with chemoradiotherapy response in cervical cancer

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    Chemoradiotherapy is one of treatments for the locally advanced cervical cancer given by concurrent radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy in the same time. Chemoradiotherapy response is influenced by biological factor i.e. cell kinetic that consists of cell proliferation and death. In this research, the correlation between AgNOR, MIB-1 cell proliferation biomarker and the expression of apoptotic caspase-3 with chemoradiotherapy response of cervical cancer has been studied. Twenty one microscopic tissue samples were taken from cervical cancer biopsies before radiotherapy. The tissue samples were stained with AgNOR, whereas MIB-1 and apoptosis caspase-3 in the tissue samples were detected by immunochemistry technique. After the completion of chemoradiotherapy treatment, the clinical response was observed by pelvic control method. The result of this research show that there is no correlation between AgNOR, MIB-1 value with apoptosis (p>0.05) before chemoradiotherapy. Cell proliferation observed by AgNOR and MIB-1 before chemoradiotherapy indicate no correlation with chemoradiotherapy response, however the apoptotic expression shows positive correlation with chemoradiotherapy response. The index of caspase-3 apoptosis obtained from this research can be used for considering the chemoradiotherapy schedule for the cervical cancer patient. (author)

  19. In situ growth of Ag nanoparticles on α-Ag2WO4 under electron irradiation: probing the physical principles.

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    San-Miguel, Miguel A; da Silva, Edison Z; Zannetti, Sonia M; Cilense, Mario; Fabbro, Maria T; Gracia, Lourdes; Andrés, Juan; Longo, Elson

    2016-06-01

    Exploiting the plasmonic behavior of Ag nanoparticles grown on α-Ag2WO4 is a widely employed strategy to produce efficient photocatalysts, ozone sensors, and bactericides. However, a description of the atomic and electronic structure of the semiconductor sites irradiated by electrons is still not available. Such a description is of great importance to understand the mechanisms underlying these physical processes and to improve the design of silver nanoparticles to enhance their activities. Motivated by this, we studied the growth of silver nanoparticles to investigate this novel class of phenomena using both transmission electron microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. A theoretical framework based on density functional theory calculations (DFT), together with experimental analysis and measurements, were developed to examine the changes in the local geometrical and electronic structure of the materials. The physical principles for the formation of Ag nanoparticles on α-Ag2WO4 by electron beam irradiation are described. Quantum mechanical calculations based on DFT show that the (001) of α-Ag2WO4 displays Ag atoms with different coordination numbers. Some of them are able to diffuse out of the surface with a very low energy barrier (less than 0.1 eV), thus, initiating the growth of metallic Ag nanostructures and leaving Ag vacancies in the bulk material. These processes increase the structural disorder of α-Ag2WO4 as well as its electrical resistance as observed in the experimental measurements. PMID:27114472

  20. In situ growth of Ag nanoparticles on α-Ag2WO4 under electron irradiation: probing the physical principles

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    San-Miguel, Miguel A.; da Silva, Edison Z.; Zannetti, Sonia M.; Cilense, Mario; Fabbro, Maria T.; Gracia, Lourdes; Andrés, Juan; Longo, Elson

    2016-06-01

    Exploiting the plasmonic behavior of Ag nanoparticles grown on α-Ag2WO4 is a widely employed strategy to produce efficient photocatalysts, ozone sensors, and bactericides. However, a description of the atomic and electronic structure of the semiconductor sites irradiated by electrons is still not available. Such a description is of great importance to understand the mechanisms underlying these physical processes and to improve the design of silver nanoparticles to enhance their activities. Motivated by this, we studied the growth of silver nanoparticles to investigate this novel class of phenomena using both transmission electron microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. A theoretical framework based on density functional theory calculations (DFT), together with experimental analysis and measurements, were developed to examine the changes in the local geometrical and electronic structure of the materials. The physical principles for the formation of Ag nanoparticles on α-Ag2WO4 by electron beam irradiation are described. Quantum mechanical calculations based on DFT show that the (001) of α-Ag2WO4 displays Ag atoms with different coordination numbers. Some of them are able to diffuse out of the surface with a very low energy barrier (less than 0.1 eV), thus, initiating the growth of metallic Ag nanostructures and leaving Ag vacancies in the bulk material. These processes increase the structural disorder of α-Ag2WO4 as well as its electrical resistance as observed in the experimental measurements.

  1. Curve thermoluminescent analysis of ZrO{sub 2} doped with nanoparticles and Ag nano fibers; Analisis de la curva termoluminiscente de la ZrO{sub 2} dopada con nanoparticulas y nanofibras de Ag

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    Mendoza A, D.; Villa S, G.; Gutierrez W, C.; Perez H, R.; Gonzalez M, P. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, Ocoyoacac 52750, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2008-07-01

    This paper presents the results obtained from the analysis of the high temperature thermoluminescence response induced by UV radiation in pure zirconium (ZrO{sub 2}) and doped with Ag nanoparticles and Ag nano fibers. The zirconium samples were obtained by the sol-gel method and irradiated with a UV lamp for different times. The results showed that the presence of the dopants change the characteristics of the traps associated with the high temperature peak which is located at 230 C for pure zirconium, and that the greater influence is due the presence of Ag nano fibers, inducing a shift to lower temperatures. It also presents the thermoluminescence response as a function of irradiation time. (Author)

  2. Room Temperature Synthesis and Catalytic Properties of Surfactant-Modified Ag Nanoparticles

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    Weihua Li

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Well-dispersed Ag nanoparticles with size of 20–30 nm were synthesized in water at room temperature with a self-made novel imidazoline Gemini surfactant quaternary ammonium salt of di (2-heptadecyl-1-formyl aminoethyl imidazoline hexanediamine. Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, ultraviolet-visible absorption spectra, and Fourier transform infrared ray were used to characterize the Ag nanoparticles. Results showed that the micellized aggregation of imidazoline Gemini surfactant in water, the growth of Ag initial particles, and the interaction (adsorption and coordination between surfactant and Ag+/Ag nanoparticles took place simultaneously to form the well-dispersed Ag nanoparticles. Catalytic results show that the surface-modified Ag product was an active metal catalyst for methyl orange reduction reaction due to the effective adsorption between Ag nanoparticles and methyl orange molecules, which was of promising application in environmental protection.

  3. Ti-Ag-Pd alloy with good mechanical properties and high potential for biological applications.

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    Zadorozhnyy, V Yu; Shi, X; Gorshenkov, M V; Kozak, D S; Wada, T; Louzguine-Luzgin, D V; Inoue, A; Kato, H

    2016-01-01

    Ti-based alloys containing Ag were produced by tilt-casting method and their properties were studied. Even in its as-cast state, Ti94Ag3Pd3 showed relatively high tensile properties, good electrochemical behavior, and good biocompatibility. The relatively good mechanical properties of the as-cast α-Ti-type Ti94Ag3Pd3 alloy (tensile strength up to 850 MPa and elongation of ~10%) can be explained by its severely deformed, fine crystalline structure. The high biocompatibility of Ti94Ag3Pd3 can be explained by the Ag-Pd interaction, which inhibits the release of Ag ions from the surface. Ag, in combination with Pd has no toxic effects and demonstrates useful antimicrobial properties. The Ti94Ag3Pd3 alloy shows a good potential to be applied as a biomedical implant alloy. PMID:27122177

  4. Core–shell-typed Ag-SiO2 nanoparticles as solar selective coating materials

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    Silver (Ag) nanoparticles with typical diameter of about 50 nm have been prepared via a polyol process. The as-prepared Ag nanoparticles are well crystallized and exhibit a characteristic surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band centered at ∼423 nm. The SPR band shows a strong dependence on the sizes of Ag nanoparticles and the types of the dielectric medium. Core–shell-typed Ag-SiO2 nanoparticles have also been prepared by depositing a thin layer (∼25 nm) of silica on Ag nanoparticles. The core–shell-typed Ag-SiO2 nanoparticles show similar optical behaviors (absorption, transmission, and reflection) but enhanced stability compared to those of the Ag nanoparticles, indicating that the core–shell-typed Ag-SiO2 nanoparticles may be used as solar selective coating materials for architectural window applications.

  5. Stimulation of current low-frequency oscillation in Ag3In5Se9 by infrared radiation and electric field

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    Consideration is given to results of studying field dependence of current carrier capture by deep impurity levels in monocrystals of complex three-element semiconductive Ag3In5Se9 compound. Current oscillation occurs in a sample at electric field intensity, exceeding 4 v/m and under IR irradiationn; oscillation frequency and amplitude depend on temperature, field intensity, intensity and wave length of radiation. Analysis of results showed, that three deep levels with 0.12, 0.73 and 1.09 eV depths of occurence from the bottom of conduction band, excisted in Ag3In5Se9 monocrystal. Low-frequency oscillation in Ag3In5Se9 is related with field dependence of probability of electron capture by the level, lying at the depth of 0.12 eV

  6. A comparative study about electronic structures at rubrene/Ag and Ag/rubrene interfaces

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    The contact between the electrode and the organic semiconductor is one of the most crucial factors in determining the organic device performance. The development and production technology of different organic devices require the understanding of different types of metal/organic semiconducting thin film interfaces. Comparisons about the electronic structures at Rubrene/Ag and Ag/Rubrene interfaces have been studied using photoemission spectroscopy. The Ag on rubrene interfaces is found to show more interesting and complex natures than its counterpart. The vacuum level (VL) was shifted about 0.51 eV from push back effect for deposition of 5 Å rubrene onto Ag film whereas the electronic features of silver was only suppressed and no energy shift was resulted. While the deposition of 5 Å Ag onto rubrene film leads to the diffusion of the Ag atoms, as a cluster with quantum size effect, inside the film. Angle dependent XPS measurement indicates that diffused metal clusters were present at entire probed depth of the film. Moreover these clusters dope the uppermost surface of the rubrene film which consequences a shift of the electronic states of thick organic film towards higher binding energy. The VL was found to shift about 0.31 eV toward higher binding energy whereas the shift was around 0.21 eV for the electronic states of rubrene layer

  7. Synthesis and properties of polyamide–Ag2S composite based solar energy absorber surfaces

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    Krylovaa, Valentina; Baltrusaitis, Jonas

    2013-01-01

    Silver sulfide (Ag2S), an efficient solar light absorber, was synthesized using a modified chemical bath deposition (CBD) method and polyamide 6 (PA) as a host material via solution phase reaction between AgNO3 and Na2S2O3. X-ray diffraction (XRD) data showed a single, α-Ag2S (acanthite), crystallin

  8. A novel green synthesis of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Ag core shell recyclable nanoparticles using Vitis vinifera stem extract and its enhanced antibacterial performance

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    Venkateswarlu, Sada; Natesh Kumar, B.; Prathima, B. [Analytical and inorganic Division of Chemistry, S.V. University, Tirupati-517502, Andhra Pradesh (India); Anitha, K. [Department of Chemistry, S.K. University, Anantapur-515003, Andhra Pradesh (India); Jyothi, N.V.V., E-mail: nvvjyothi01@gmail.com [Analytical and inorganic Division of Chemistry, S.V. University, Tirupati-517502, Andhra Pradesh (India)

    2015-01-15

    We described a novel and eco-friendly method for preparing Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Ag core shell nanoparticles (CSNPs) with high magnetism and potent antibacterial activity. The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Ag CSNPs were obtained using waste material of Vitis vinifera (grape) stem extract as the green solvent, reducing and capping agent. The result recorded from X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), UV–vis spectrum, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) supports the biosynthesis and characterization of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Ag CSNPs. From transmission electron microscopy (TEM) the size of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Ag nanoparticles was measured below 50 nm; high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) indicates the core shell structure; and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) has revealed polycrystalline nature. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) shows the ferromagnetic nature of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Ag CSNPs at room temperature with saturation magnetization of 15.74 emu/g. Further, these biogenic nanoparticles were highly hazardous to microorganisms. The antibacterial activity of biogenic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-Ag CSNPs showed potent inhibitory activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogens. These nanoparticles may also be reusable because of its excellent ferromagnetic property.

  9. Improved nonlinear optical and optical limiting properties in non-covalent functionalized reduced graphene oxide/silver nanoparticle (NF-RGO/Ag-NPs) hybrid

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    Sakho, El hadji Mamour; Oluwafemi, Oluwatobi S.; Sreekanth, P.; Philip, Reji; Thomas, Sabu; Kalarikkal, Nandakumar

    2016-08-01

    Nonlinear optical (NLO) response under near infrared (800 nm) and visible (532 nm) laser excitations, of 100 fs (fs) and 5 ns (ns) pulse durations respectively, of reduced graphene oxide (RGO), non-covalent functionalized reduced graphene oxide (NF-RGO) and NF-RGO decorated with various concentration of silver nanoparticles (NF-RGO/Ag-NPs) have been investigated using the Open-aperture Z-Scan technique. For both femtosecond and nanosecond laser excitations, the studied graphene-based materials exhibit good nonlinear optical power limiting properties (OL), with NF-RGO/Ag-NPs sample prepared with 0.1 M AgNO3 showing the best nonlinear optical properties. For the ns regime, the optical limiting threshold decreased from 8.3 J/cm2 in NF-RGO to 4.3 J/cm2 in NF-RGO/Ag-NPs, while at fs regime, the nonlinear absorption coefficient (β) was found to increase with decrease in concentration of Ag-NPs in the hybrid. Two-photon absorption (2 PA) in combination with saturable absorption (SA) in femtosecond regime, and reverse saturable absorption (RSA) along with saturable absorption (SA) in the nanosecond regime, are responsible for the observed nonlinear optical absorption (NLA) behavior in these materials. These findings show that the as-synthesized NF-RGO/Ag-NPs hybrid is a relatively better material for nonlinear optical limiting applications.

  10. A novel green synthesis of Fe3O4-Ag core shell recyclable nanoparticles using Vitis vinifera stem extract and its enhanced antibacterial performance

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    We described a novel and eco-friendly method for preparing Fe3O4-Ag core shell nanoparticles (CSNPs) with high magnetism and potent antibacterial activity. The Fe3O4-Ag CSNPs were obtained using waste material of Vitis vinifera (grape) stem extract as the green solvent, reducing and capping agent. The result recorded from X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), UV–vis spectrum, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) supports the biosynthesis and characterization of Fe3O4-Ag CSNPs. From transmission electron microscopy (TEM) the size of the Fe3O4-Ag nanoparticles was measured below 50 nm; high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) indicates the core shell structure; and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) has revealed polycrystalline nature. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) shows the ferromagnetic nature of Fe3O4-Ag CSNPs at room temperature with saturation magnetization of 15.74 emu/g. Further, these biogenic nanoparticles were highly hazardous to microorganisms. The antibacterial activity of biogenic Fe3O4-Ag CSNPs showed potent inhibitory activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative pathogens. These nanoparticles may also be reusable because of its excellent ferromagnetic property

  11. Size effect for phase stability on Au–Cd–Ag of phase boundary composition

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    Matsuoka, Yuki, E-mail: matsuoka@cc.nara-wu.ac.jp [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Nara Women' s University, Kitauoyanishi-machi, Nara 630-8506 (Japan); Graduated School of Engineering, Osaka University (Japan); Suzuki, Keiko; Kudo, Natsuko [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Nara Women' s University, Kitauoyanishi-machi, Nara 630-8506 (Japan); Graduated School of Engineering, Osaka University (Japan)

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    Highlights: ► Size and heat treatment effects of phase boundary composition Au{sub 52.5−x}Cd{sub 47.5}Ag{sub x} were studied. ► The transformation temperature T{sub 0} increases by quench. It is investigated that disordering of atoms and lattice defects make β-phase unstable. ► Downsizing sample decreased T{sub 0} in β-phase, showed a tendency of increase in coexistent phase. ► Downsizing is supposed to make difficult nucleation for martensitic transformation. ► Increasing of surface ratio by downsizing of powder sample is estimated to make easy to transform from unstable β-phase to martensite phase. -- Abstract: Size and heat treatment effects on martensitic transformation of phase boundary composition Au{sub 52.5−x}Cd{sub 47.5}Ag{sub x} were studied. Au{sub 52.5−x}Cd{sub 47.5}Ag{sub x} has coexistent phase of β-phase and α-phase of fcc structure at x > 42 at.%. The transformation temperature T{sub 0} decreases as Au is substituted on Ag over phase boundary. T{sub 0} increases by quench in both case of bulk and powder. This behavior is investigated that disordering of atoms and lattice defects make β-phase (L2{sub 1}, B2 or bcc) unstable. Size effect was also inspected. Downsizing sample decreased the transformation temperature in β-phase. On the contrary, the transformation temperature of the coexistent phase showed a tendency of increase. Downsizing is supposed to make difficult nucleation for martensitic transformation because of reduction of β-phase ordered volume. Increasing of surface (disorder structure) ratio by downsizing of powder sample is estimated to make easy to transform from unstable β-phase to martensite phase.

  12. Microstructure and optical properties of nano Ag-ITO films

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    2010-01-01

    Nano Ag-ITO films with Ag volume fraction of 0.3%-1.0% were prepared by radio-frequency magnetron co-sputtering and analyzed by X-ray diffraction,scanning electron microscopy and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy.Microstructure analysis shows that the films are composed of polycrystalline ITO matrix embedded with Ag nanoparticles with a mean size of 60-100 nm.Transmissivity spectra of Ag-ITO films indicate that the visible light transmissivity of the films decreases with increasing the Ag fraction.The transmissivity of the annealed films is higher than that of the as-deposited films.The volume 0.3% Ag-ITO films have the highest light reflectance.The annealed films exhibit lower light absorptance than as-deposited films.A surface plasmon resonance(SPR) peak of volume 0.3% Ag-ITO films is located around 510 nm.Compared with the annealed ITO film,the annealed volume 0.3% Ag-ITO film shows 10% higher reflectivity,while its transmittance is almost the same as that of the annealed ITO film,indicating its potential application in new-type transflective displays.

  13. AGS experiments - 1995, 1996 and 1997

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    This report contains (1) FY 1995 AGS schedule as run; (2) FY 1996 AGS schedule as run; (3) FY 1997 AGS schedule as run; (4) FY 1998--1999 AGS schedule (proposed); (5) AGS beams 1997; (6) AGS experimental area FY 1995 physics program; (7) AGS experimental area FY 1996 physics program; (8) AGS experimental area FY 1997 physics program; (9) AGS experimental area FY 1998--1999 physics program (proposed); (10) a listing of experiments by number; (11) two-page summaries of each experiment, in order by number; and (12) listing of publications of AGS experiments

  14. AGS experiments -- 1991, 1992, 1993. Tenth edition

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    Depken, J.C.

    1994-04-01

    This report contains: (1) FY 1993 AGS schedule as run; (2) FY 1994--95 AGS schedule; (3) AGS experiments {ge} FY 1993 (as of 30 March 1994); (4) AGS beams 1993; (5) AGS experimental area FY 1991 physics program; (6) AGS experimental area FY 1992 physics program; (7) AGS experimental area FY 1993 physics program; (8) AGS experimental area FY 1994 physics program (planned); (9) a listing of experiments by number; (10) two-page summaries of each experiment; (11) listing of publications of AGS experiments; and (12) listing of AGS experiments.

  15. AGS experiments -- 1995, 1996 and 1997

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    Depken, J.C.; Presti, P.L.

    1997-12-01

    This report contains (1) FY 1995 AGS schedule as run; (2) FY 1996 AGS schedule as run; (3) FY 1997 AGS schedule as run; (4) FY 1998--1999 AGS schedule (proposed); (5) AGS beams 1997; (6) AGS experimental area FY 1995 physics program; (7) AGS experimental area FY 1996 physics program; (8) AGS experimental area FY 1997 physics program; (9) AGS experimental area FY 1998--1999 physics program (proposed); (10) a listing of experiments by number; (11) two-page summaries of each experiment, in order by number; and (12) listing of publications of AGS experiments.

  16. Voestalpine AG : equity valuation

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    Shamuradov, Rustam

    2014-01-01

    Voestalpine AG is a steel-based technology and capital goods group and a world leader in the manufacture, processing, and development of sophisticated steel products. The Group supplies technology-intensive sectors, such as the automotive, railway, aviation, and energy industries. The Group had adopted the development strategy for the decade, targeting 2 billion EUR in total revenue by 2020, which is 73% higher compared to the most recent result. The strategy also implies th...

  17. Equity valuation Siemens AG

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    Silva, Bernardo Santos

    2015-01-01

    This dissertation presents an in-depth analysis and consequent equity valuation of Siemens AG. The main objective of this paper is to provide an alternative perspective of what might be the fair value of this company considering its prospects of growth, risk and position in the market. The idea that value is highly subjective is kept in mind during all this process although it is important to understand how crucial this information is to shareholders and potential investors and the necessity ...

  18. AG mod rovet

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    Storm, Rasmus K.

    2010-01-01

    Den nye storsatsning, AG København, ser ud til at give dansk herrehåndbold uforholdsmæssigt stor opmærksomhed. I en tid med pengenød og forhandlinger om en kommende tv-aftale, er det rent guf for håndboldens parter. Men den nyrige aktør øger også risikoen for, at ligaen brækker midt over såvel...

  19. Structural, morphological and catalytic characterization of neutral Ag salt of 12-tungstophosphoric acid: Influence of preparation conditions

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    Holclajtner-Antunović, Ivanka; Bajuk-Bogdanović, Danica [Faculty of Physical Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Studentski trg 12-16, 11158 Belgrade (Serbia); Popa, Alexandru [Institute of Chemistry Timişoara, Bl. Mihail Viteazul 24, 300223 Timişoara (Romania); Nedić Vasiljević, Bojana [Faculty of Physical Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Studentski trg 12-16, 11158 Belgrade (Serbia); Krstić, Jugoslav [Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade, Njegoševa 12, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Mentus, Slavko [Faculty of Physical Chemistry, University of Belgrade, Studentski trg 12-16, 11158 Belgrade (Serbia); Uskoković-Marković, Snežana, E-mail: snezaum@pharmacy.bg.ac.rs [Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade, Vojvode Stepe 450, 11221 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2015-02-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Preparation conditions influence to self-assembly of nanocrystallites of Ag{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40}. • Ag{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40} obtained by filtration is microporous, Ag{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40} obtained by evaporation is non-porous. • Thermal properties of Ag{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40}, H{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40} and its soluble salts are similar. - Abstract: The objective of this study is the structural and morphological characterization of the Ag{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40} salts (AgWPA) of 12-tungstophosphoric acid (WPA) obtained under different preparation conditions and testing of their acid catalytic activity in dehydration of ethanol. The structure, morphology and physicochemical characteristics were determined by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen physisorption at −196 °C, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and differential thermal (DTA) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). It is shown that the preparation process has a significant influence on the morphological properties of the obtained materials which may be explained by the supposed mechanism of the formation of nanocrystallite′s aggregates with more or less epitaxial connection. Neutral AgWPA obtained by filtration from supernatant forms porous aggregates of a symmetric dodecahedral shape, having average sizes about 2 μm. This sample shows higher specific area in comparison with the salt obtained by evaporation due to the higher micropore volume, while mesopore volumes are the same for both salts. Thus conversion of ethanol and selectivities of the main products, ethylene and diethyl ether, are almost the same and constant for both prepared salts, while their values are changed over the reaction time for the parent WPA acid.

  20. Ag-loaded TiO2/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

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    Vasilaki, E.; Georgaki, I.; Vernardou, D.; Vamvakaki, M.; Katsarakis, N.

    2015-10-01

    In this work, Ag nanoparticles were loaded by chemical reduction onto TiO2 P25 under different loadings ranging from 1 up to 4 wt% and hydrothermally deposited on reduced graphene oxide sheets. Chemical reduction was determined to be an effective preparation approach for Ag attachment to titania, leading to the formation of small silver nanoparticles with an average diameter of 4.2 nm. The photocatalytic performance of the hybrid nanocomposite materials was evaluated via methylene blue (MB) dye removal under visible-light irradiation. The rate of dye decolorization was found to depend on the metal loading, showing an increase till a threshold value of 3 wt%, above which the rate drops. Next, the as prepared sample of TiO2/Ag of better photocatalytic response, i.e., at a 3 wt% loading value, was hydrothermally deposited on a platform of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) of tunable content (mass ratio). TiO2/Ag/rGO coupled nanocomposite presented significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to the TiO2/Ag, TiO2/rGO composites and bare P25 titania semiconductor photocatalysts. In particular, after 45 min of irradiation almost complete decolorization of the dye was observed for the TiO2/Ag/rGO nanocatalyst, while the respective removal efficiency was 92% for TiO2/Ag, 93% for TiO2/rGO and only 80% for the bare TiO2 nanoparticles. This simple step by step preparation strategy allows for optimum exploitation of the advanced properties of metal plasmonic effect and reduced graphene oxide as the critical host for boosting the overall photocatalytic activity towards visible-light.

  1. Multifunctional Fe3O4@C@Ag hybrid nanoparticles: Aqueous solution preparation, characterization and photocatalytic activity

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    Highlights: ► Ag-loaded Fe3O4@C magnetic-optical bifunctional materials have been investigated. ► The magnetism was studied at the room temperature. ► The photocatalytic activity was evaluated under visible light irradiation. ► Ag-loaded Fe3O4@C nanocomposites show superior magnetism and photocatalytic activity. ► A simple synthetic process was discussed. - Abstract: The paper describes a kind of multifunctional Fe3O4@C@Ag hybrid nanoparticles, which can be successfully synthesized using a simple route based on directly adsorption and spontaneous reduction of silver ions onto the surface shell of carbon-coated magnetic nanoparticles. The as-prepared samples have been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrum, vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and UV–vis spectrum (UV–vis). The Ag nanocrystals loaded on the surface shell of carbon-coated magnetic nanoparticles are nearly spherical with an average diameter of 10 nm. And the carbonaceous polysaccharides shell obtained using an glucose hydrothermal reaction act as a role of a bridge between magnetic Fe3O4 core and noble metallic Ag nanocrystals. The as-prepared samples can be used as an effective catalyst for the photodegradation of organic dyes (neutral red) under the exposure of visible light. Results show that the as-prepared samples have a degradation rate of 93.7% for dyes within 30 min, which indicates their high-efficiency and rapid photocatalytic activity

  2. Growth of oriented crystalline Ag nanoislands on air-exposed Si(0 0 1) surfaces

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    Growth of Ag islands under ultrahigh vacuum condition on air-exposed Si(0 0 1)-(2 x 1) surfaces has been investigated by in-situ reflection high energy electron diffraction (RHEED). A thin oxide is formed on Si via exposure of the clean Si(0 0 1)-(2 x 1) surface to air. Deposition of Ag on this oxidized surface was carried out at different substrate temperatures. Deposition at room temperature leads to the growth of randomly oriented Ag islands while well-oriented Ag islands, with (0 0 1)Ag||(0 0 1)Si, [1 1 0]Ag||[1 1 0]Si, have been found to grow at substrate temperatures of ≥350 deg. C in spite of the presence of the oxide layer between Ag islands and Si. The RHEED patterns show similarities with the case of Ag deposition on H-passivated Si(0 0 1) surfaces.

  3. Electrical and optical characteristics of Ag/CdTe thin film structures

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    Effect of Ag diffusion on electrical, optical and structural properties of Ag/CdTe structures have been investigated. In the range of 280-420 degrees Celsius the effective coefficient of thermal diffusion and photodiffusion are described. The acceleration of Ag diffusion under illumination was tentatively attributed to photoionization of Ag increasing the interstitial flux of silver. Ag/CdTe structures exposed to annealing were characterized by X-ray diffraction, conductivity-temperature and optical transmission measurements. In XRD patterns of annealed Ag/CdTe structures, besides the intensive peak of cubic CdTe, the weak peaks of Ag2Te phase are also present. The temperature dependence of conductivity and the absorption spectra of annealed Ag/CdTe structures showed the energy levels 0.13 eV and 0.10 eV respectively and nature of these levels were discussed

  4. Electrical and optical characteristics of Ag/CdTe thin film structures

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    Full text : Effect of Ag diffusion on electrical, optical and structural properties of Ag/CdTe structures have been investigated. In the range of 280-420 degrees Celsius the effective coefficient of thermal diffusion and photodiffusion are described. The acceleration of Ag diffusion under illumination was tentatively attributed to photoionization of Ag increasing the interstitial flux of silver. Ag/CdTe structures exposed to annealing were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), conductivity-temperature and optical transmission measurements. In XRD patterns of annealed Ag/CdTe structures, besides the intensive peak of cubic CdTe, the weak peaks of Ag2Te phase are also present. The temperature dependence of conductivity and the absorption spectra of annealed Ag/CdTe structures showed the energy levels 0.13 eV and 0.10 eV respectively and nature of these levels were discussed

  5. Fabrication and characterization of spark plasma sintered Ce:LuAG ceramic for scintillation application

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    Kumar, S. Arun; Senthilselvan, J.

    2016-05-01

    Rare earth Cerium doped Lutetium Aluminum Garnet (Ce:LuAG) ceramics are widely used as phosphor material in medical imaging and high-energy physics. Due to its technological importance, an attempt has been made to fabricate Ce:LuAG ceramics by using spark plasma sintering (SPS) technique. XRD patterns of SPS sintered Ce:LuAG ceramics reveals a mixed LuAG and CeO2 (antisite defect) phases. The microstructures of SPS sintered Ce:LuAG ceramics shows limited densification, inappropriate compaction of particles and existence of residual pores, voids between the grain boundaries affects the transparency of Ce:LuAG ceramics. Relative density and hardness of post sintered Ce:LuAG ceramic is also determined. The effect of Ce3+ doping concentration and sintering temperature on optical luminescence behavior of Ce:LuAG ceramic is presented.

  6. Template-directed synthesis of Ag nanowire arrays by a simple paired cell method for SERS

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    Mo, Jia-qing; Hou, Jun-wei; Lü, Xiao-yi

    2015-11-01

    The silver (Ag) nanowire arrays with regular and uniform size were successfully fabricated inside the nanochannels of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template by a simple paired cell method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results indicate that the as-synthesized samples are composed of face-centered cubic structure, and the average diameter is about 60-70 nm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and the corresponding fast Fourier transformation (FFT) results show that Ag nanowires have a preferred single-crystal structure. Ultraviolet- visible (UV-vis) spectrum of Ag nanowire arrays exhibits UV emission band at 383 nm which can be attributed to the transverse dipole resonance of Ag nanowire arrays. A good surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectrum is observed by excitation with a 514.5 nm laser, and the intensity of the SERS peak is about 23 times higher than that of the normal Raman peak measured from an empty AAO template. The high enhancement factor suggests that this method can be used to fabricate SERS sensor with high efficiency.

  7. Tunable Visible Emission of Ag-Doped CdZnS Alloy Quantum Dots

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    Sethi Ruchi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Highly luminescent Ag-ion-doped Cd1−xZnxS (0 ≤ x ≤ 1 alloy nanocrystals were successfully synthesized by a novel wet chemical precipitation method. Influence of dopant concentration and the Zn/Cd stoichiometric variations in doped alloy nanocrystals have been investigated. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM to investigate the size and structure of the as prepared nanocrystals. A shift in LO phonon modes from micro-Raman investigations and the elemental analysis from the energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX confirms the stoichiometry of the final product. The average crystallite size was found increasing from 1.0 to 1.4 nm with gradual increase in Ag doping. It was observed that photoluminescence (PL intensity corresponding to Ag impurity (570 nm, relative to the other two bands 480 and 520 nm that originates due to native defects, enhanced and showed slight red shift with increasing silver doping. In addition, decrease in the band gap energy of the doped nanocrystals indicates that the introduction of dopant ion in the host material influence the particle size of the nanocrystals. The composition dependent bandgap engineering in CdZnS:Ag was achieved to attain the deliberate color tunability and demonstrated successfully, which are potentially important for white light generation.

  8. The tune meter systems at the AGS complex

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    A measurement system of the betatron tune is operational at the AGS and one for the AGS Booster is under development. Both systems use ferrite kicker magnets to excite coherent betatron oscillations. Difference signals are samples at the revolution frequency and the tune is extracted from a Fast Fourier Transform. Details of the hardware of both system will be described, as well as all the features of the application program through which the operator interacts with the hardware. 10 refs., 4 figs

  9. Television Quiz Show Simulation

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    Hill, Jonnie Lynn

    2007-01-01

    This article explores the simulation of four television quiz shows for students in China studying English as a foreign language (EFL). It discusses the adaptation and implementation of television quiz shows and how the students reacted to them.

  10. Processing and properties of Ag-clad BSCCO superconductors

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    Long lengths of mono- and multifilament Ag-clad BSCCO (Bi-Sr-Ca-Cu-O) conductors with critical current densities of >104 A/cm2 at 77 K were fabricated by the powder-in-tube method. Tc magnets were assembled by stacking pancake coils fabricated from long tapes and then tested vs applied magnetic field at various temperatures. A magnet that contained ∼2400 m of Tc conductor generated a field of 3.2 T at 4.2 K. In-situ tensile and bending properties of the Ag-clad conductors were studied. Multilayer Ag/superconductor composites were fabricated by chemical etching. Preliminary results with multilayer tapes show that continuous Ag reinforcement of the BSCCO core improves strain tolerance of the tapes so they can carry 90% of their initial Ic at 1% bend strain desite a higher superconductor/Ag ratio than that of unreinforced tapes

  11. Growth Mechanism of Vertically Aligned Ag(TCNQ) Nanowires

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    叶春暖; 曹冠英; 莫晓亮; 方方; 邢晓艳; 陈国荣; 孙大林

    2004-01-01

    Highly oriented Ag(TCNQ) nanowires have been prepared on Si(111) wafer at 100 ℃ by the vapour-transport reaction between silver and TCNQ without any other catalyst. X-ray diffraction analysis shows that the composition and crystal structure of the obtained nanostructure were Ag(TCNQ) crystalline. Most Ag(TCNQ) nanowires were grown uniformly and vertically on the substrate with diameters ranging from 50 to 300nm and the lengths measuring from 2 to 50 μm by scanning electron microscopy. Ag particles were observed on the substrate from pure thin Ag film heated under the same conditions as used in synthesizing the nanowires. Nucleation and short Ag(TCNQ) nanowires were prepared by controlling the reaction time, providing direct evidence of the growth mechanism in a nanometre scale. The growth process was explained according to the vapour-liquid-solid model.The gradient of temperature and the densely distributed Ag particles may contribute to the vertically aligned growth. These results will be helpful for the controllable synthesis of Ag(TCNQ) nanowires.

  12. Hepatitis B Virus DNA in Blood Samples Positive for Antibodies to Core Antigen and Negative for Surface Antigen

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    Gutiérrez, C.; León, G.; Loureiro, C. L.; Uzcátegui, N.; Liprandi, F.; Pujol, F. H.

    1999-01-01

    Anti-hepatitis B core antigen (HBcAg)-positive hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-negative plasma samples from blood donors were tested by nested PCR. DNA positivity was more significantly associated with high levels of anti-HBcAg than with low levels of anti-HBsAg antibodies. Analysis of a dilution of anti-HBcAg antibodies might result in a more rational exclusion of anti-HBcAg-positive HBsAg-negative samples, reducing the number of donations discarded and enabling more countries to incorporate anti-HBcAg testing. PMID:10473534

  13. Study on Synthesis and Antibacterial Properties of Ag NPs/GO Nanocomposites

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    Lei Huang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Using graphene oxide as substrate and stabilizer for the silver nanoparticles, silver nanoparticles-graphene oxide (Ag NPs/GO composites with different Ag loading were synthesized through a facile solution-phase method. During the synthesis process, AgNO3 on GO matrix was directly reduced by NaBH4. The structure characterization was studied through X-ray diffraction (XRD, atomic force microscopy (AFM, high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis, and selected area electron diffraction (SAED. The results show that Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs with the sizes ranging from 5 to 20 nm are highly dispersed on the surfaces of GO sheets. The shape and size of the Ag NPs are decided by the volume of initial AgNO3 solution added in the GO. The antibacterial activities of Ag NPs/GO nanocomposites were investigated and the result shows that all the produced composites exhibit good antibacterial activities against Gram-negative (G− bacterial strain Escherichia coli (E. coli and Gram-positive (G+ strain Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus. Moreover, the antibacterial activities of Ag NPs/GO nanocomposites gradually increased with the increasing of volume of initial AgNO3 solution added in the GO and this improvement of the antibacterial activities results from the combined action of size effect and concentration effect of Ag NPs in Ag NPs/GO nanocomposites.

  14. Ag recovery from copper anode slime by acid leaching at atmospheric pressure to synthesize silver nanoparticles

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    Atefeh Khaleghi; Sattar Ghader; Dariush Afzali

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, recovery of silver from anode slime of Sarcheshmeh copper complex in Iran and subsequent synthesis of silver nanoparticles from leaching solution is investigated. Sarcheshmeh anode slime is mainly consisted of Cu, Ag, Pb and Se. Amount of Ag in the considered anode slime was 5.4%(by weight). The goal was to recover as much as possible Ag from anode slime at atmospheric pressure to synthesize Ag nanoparticles. Therefore, acid leaching was used for this purpose. The anode slime was leached with sulfuric and nitric acid from room to 90 ?C at different acid concentrations and the run which yielded the most recovery of Ag was selected for Ag nanoparticles synthesis. At this condition, Cu, Pb and Se are lea-ched as well as Ag. To separate Ag from leach solution HCl was added and silver was precipitated as AgCl which were then dissolved by ammonia solution. The Ag nanoparticles are synthesized from this solution by chemical reduction method by aid of sodium borohydride in the presence of PVP and PEG as stabiliz-ers. The synthesized Ag nanoparticles showed a peak of 394 nm in UV-vis spectrum and TEM images showed a rather uniform Ag nanoparticles of 12 nm.

  15. Adsorption and visible light-driven photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B in aqueous solutions by Ag@AgBr/SBA-15

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    Hu, Longxing; Yuan, Hang; Zou, Lianpei; Chen, Feiyan; Hu, Xing

    2015-11-01

    A novel composite, Ag@AgBr/SBA-15, was successfully synthesized by dispersion of AgBr on mesoporous silica SBA-15, characterized by several techniques, such as XRD, N2 adsorption-desorption, SEM & EDS, UV-vis spectrum and XPS, and utilized for visible light photocatalytic degradation of dye Rhodamine B (RhB) in aqueous solutions. The results showed that for the various AgBr loadings in the composites, RhB photocatalytic degradation efficiency arrived at the maximum of 77% at 50% loading, or with 50Ag@AgBr/SBA-15. Under the combined mode, the RhB removal reached 88% at 0.3 g/L of 50Ag@AgBr/SBA-15 dosage, 20 mg L-1 of initial RhB concentration, 4.28 of unadjusted initial pH and 20 °C. The RhB photocatalytic degradation followed well with the second-order kinetics, and the increase of the 50Ag@AgBr/SBA-15 dosage, the decrease of the initial RhB concentration and the optimal initial solution pH would be favorable to RhB photocatalytic degradation. The quenching tests demonstrated that the RhB photocatalytic degradation was mainly attributed to the generation of active species such as O2-,bigdot OH and h+. Moreover, the adsorption characteristics of 50Ag@AgBr/SBA-15 were investigated, with its pHpzc of 6.21 acquired and the conclusion that the RhB adsorption isotherm well followed Langmuir model drawn. Additionally, photocatalyst 50Ag@AgBr/SBA-15 can be effectively regenerated with the H2O2 solutions under visible light irradiation, and reused for up to five runs for the degradation of RhB in the presence of visible light, with RhB removal more than 75% and Ag+ leaching undetected for each run.

  16. Oscillatory exchange coupling and strong direct tunnelling with AgCl based heterojunctions

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    Vlaic, P., E-mail: vlaic_pc@yahoo.com [Faculty of Physics, Babes-Bolyai University, 400084 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu”, Biophysics Department, 400023 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Burzo, E. [Faculty of Physics, Babes-Bolyai University, 400084 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Carva, K. [Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Ke Karlovu 5, CZ-12116 Prague 2 (Czech Republic)

    2015-05-05

    Highlights: • Structural and electronic properties of Fe/AgCl/Fe (0 0 1) junctions are studied. • Total energy calculations show that Fe/AgCl/Fe (0 0 1) heterostructures are stable. • The exchange coupling across AgCl spacer shows unexpected oscillations. • Strong direct tunnelling of Δ{sub 1} states across AgCl barrier is evidenced. • High tunnelling magnetoresistance ratios are predicted. - Abstract: The structural stability and ground state electronic properties of Fe/AgCl/Fe (0 0 1) junctions with c(2 × 2) Fe/AgCl (0 0 1) heterointerfaces are studied by means of ab initio surface Green’s function technique for surface and interfaces. The spin-resolved ballistic conductances across Fe/AgCl/Fe (0 0 1) heterojunctions are determined by using Kubo–Landauer approach. Total energy calculations show that sharp Fe/AgCl (0 0 1) interfaces are possible. The interfacial charge transfer is interface sensitive and generates electrostatic interactions that contribute to the stabilization of Fe/AgCl (0 0 1) interfaces. The magnetism of interfacial Fe layers is robust but is responsive to the interfacial structure. The exchange coupling between Fe electrodes across AgCl barriers shows unexpected oscillations with respect to the spacer thickness that may be related in part with the amount of metal induced gap states in AgCl spacers. A powerful Δ{sub 1} spin filter effect is evidenced across AgCl barriers. Depending on the interface structure, large magnetoresistance ratios, above 3100%, are predicted. Interfacial interdiffusion may affect the magnetoresistive properties. The lower lattice mismatch at c(2 × 2) Fe/AgCl (0 0 1) interfaces combined with the strong Δ{sub 1} direct tunnelling across AgCl barriers make Fe/AgCl (0 0 1) interfaces attractive in the context of magnetoelectronics.

  17. Thermopower of YBa2Cu3O7-δ-Ag composites

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    This paper reports on the percolation behavior of normal-state thermopower, resistivity, and superconductivity that have been studied in YBa2Cu3O7-δ-Ag (YBCO-Ag) composite systems. The normal-state resistivity and thermopower show a percolation threshold at a Ag volume fraction (VAg) of 20% to 30%, whereas the superconducting network shows a threshold at a VAg of ∼70% to 80%. The results obtained from this study show that the YBCO-Ag composite obtained from Ag2O and YBCO powders is uniformly distributed with Ag and YBCO remaining as separate phases without changing their characteristics. The measurements of thermopower indicate that the normal-state thermopower and phonon-drag thermopower are affected by the Ag addition. The stability of YBCO is increased when it is in composite form

  18. Thermal Annealing Effect on Structural, Morphological, and Sensor Performance of PANI-Ag-Fe Based Electrochemical E. coli Sensor for Environmental Monitoring

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    Norshafadzila Mohammad Naim

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available PANI-Ag-Fe nanocomposite thin films based electrochemical E. coli sensor was developed with thermal annealing. PANI-Ag-Fe nanocomposite thin films were prepared by oxidative polymerization of aniline and the reduction process of Ag-Fe bimetallic compound with the presence of nitric acid and PVA. The films were deposited on glass substrate using spin-coating technique before they were annealed at 300°C. The films were characterized using XRD, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and FESEM to study the structural and morphological properties. The electrochemical sensor performance was conducted using I-V measurement electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS. The sensitivity upon the presence of E. coli was measured in clean water and E. coli solution. From XRD analysis, the crystallite sizes were found to become larger for the samples after annealing. UV-Vis absorption bands for samples before and after annealing show maximum absorbance peaks at around 422 nm–424 nm and 426 nm–464 nm, respectively. FESEM images show the diameter size for nanospherical Ag-Fe alloy particles increases after annealing. The sensor performance of PANI-Ag-Fe nanocomposite thin films upon E. coli cells in liquid medium indicates the sensitivity increases after annealing.

  19. Synthesis and Characterisation of Silver(I)-Bioglues and Assessment of Biological Activity of AgNO3 Against Staphylococcus aureus

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    2012-01-01

    Bioglue samples prepared in the absence and in the presence of Ag(I) ions (using AgNO3 and [Ag2(3,6,9-tdda)].2H2O (tddaH2 = trioxaundecanedioic acid)) were thermally stable and had the ability to swell in the presence of water. Generally, for the Ag(I)-Bioglues, as the amount of added Ag(I) ions decreased the degree of swelling increased. The surface morphology of the Bioglue without Ag(I) ions was very porous in comparison to the smooth surface of the Ag(I)-Bioglues. In tests using wood and ...

  20. Effect of Graphene Nanoplatelets on Wetting, Microstructure, and Tensile Characteristics of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu (SAC) Alloy

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    Sharma, Ashutosh; Sohn, Heung-Rak; Jung, Jae Pil

    2016-01-01

    The effect of graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) on the wettability, microstructure, and tensile properties of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu (SAC 305) was studied using melting and casting route. The microstructure of the bulk solder is observed with a scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope, and the intermetallic compound (IMC) phases are identified by electron probe micro-analyzer. The solderability of the samples is assessed by spreading and wetting tests on a Cu substrate. The experimental results indicate that an addition of 0.05 wt pct GNPs in Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu solder improves the spreading and wettability significantly compared to monolithic SAC. It is also revealed that the thickness of the Ag3Sn IMCs is reduced as compared to the monolithic SAC alloy. Tensile results show that the composite solder exhibits the 13.9 pct elongation and 17 pct increase in the ultimate tensile strength when 0.05 wt pct GNPs in Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu alloy are added. This may be due to the refinement of the IMCs in composite solders compared to the same in Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu alloy brought about by the uniform dispersion of graphene nanoplatelets. It is suggested in this study that the amount of GNPs in Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu alloy should not exceed 0.05 wt pct as it may degrade the desired properties due to the agglomeration of GNPs.

  1. Chromatographic analysis of phytochemicals components present in mangifera indica leaves for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles by AgNO3 reduction

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    Martínez-Bernett, D.; Silva-Granados, A.; Correa-Torres, S. N.; Herrera, A.

    2016-02-01

    It was studied the green synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) from the reduction of a silver nitrate solution (1 and 10mM) in the presence of an extract of mangifera indica leaves. Phytochemicals components present in extracts of mango leaves were determined using a GC-MS chromatograph. The results showed the presence of the phenolic compound pyrogallol (26.9% wt/5mL of extract) and oleic acid (29.1% wt/5mL of extract), which are useful for the reduction of the metallic salt AgNO3 and the stabilization of silver nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by UV visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), evidencing absorbances at wavelengths of 417nm (AgNPs-1) and 414nm (AgNPs- 10), which are characteristic peaks of this metallic nanoparticles. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) was used to determine the size of the synthesized nanoparticles. A particle size of about 28±7nm was observed for the AgNPs-1 sample and 26±5nm for the AgNPs-10. This suggests the advantages of green chemistry to obtain silver nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution.

  2. Assessing the Effect of PVP of Various Molecular Weight (MW in PES-Ag Membranes: Antimicrobial Study Using E.Coli

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    Hatijah Basri

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available New polymeric silver (Ag composites were prepared using polyethersulfone (PES as polymer material, N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP as solvent and polyvinylpyrollidone (PVP of various molecular weight (MW as organic fillers. Silver nitrate (AgNO3 was added by various loading in order to impart an antibacterial property to the composites. The miscibility of PES/Ag/fillers composites were characterized using TGA and any changes in chemical bonding were characterized using ATR-FTIR techniques. The XPS results showed high intensity in Eb(Ag3d range of 378.1-378.5 and 372.2-372.5 for the highest Ag loading with PVP with the highest MW. This phenomenon had altered the hydrophilicity property of composites. In this study, composites have undergone a bacteria rejection test from E.coli suspension and a domestic waste sample. Composites with highest loading of silver and highest MW of PVP (PES-Ag2P360 was observed for significantly high bacteria rejection, log reduction value (LRV~3. Therefore, PES-silver nanocomposites is a potential membrane for bacteria removal, disinfection and maybe effective for overcoming biofouling problems.

  3. Atomic mechanisms of γ' precipitate plate growth in the Al-Ag system

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    Energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy results that the precipitates have the composition Ag2Al. High-resolution electron microscopy of γ' precipitates in both // and // orientations shows that all interfaces of the precipitate are largely coherent with the matrix and are faceted along low-energy (111) and (110) matrix plans, due to the influence of surface and elastic strain energies on the transformation. Further comparison between experimental and calculated high-resolution images of the precipitate/matrix interface and of Shockley partial dislocation ledges on the precipitate faces demonstrates that both thickening and lengthening of γ' precipitate plates occurs by the passage of the Shockley partial dislocations along alternate (111) matrix planes by a terrace-ledge-kink mechanism. These images and electron diffraction information also indicate that the γ' precipitates are ordered, where the A-planes in the precipitate contain nearly pure Ag and the B-planes have the composition Al2Ag, and that the limiting reaction in the growth process is the substitutional diffusion of Ag cross kinks in the Shockley partial dislocations, which terminate in the Ag-rich A-planes. The terraces between ledges are atomically flat and ledges are uniformly stepped-down from the centers to the edges of isolated precipitates. Convergent-beam electron diffraction (CBED) analyses of γ' precipitates indicate that they have the space group P63/mmc. Effect of specimen thickness on symmetry determinations by CBED was also examined for an α-titanium sample. Results show that the symmetries observed in CBED patterns from thin specimens may be due to the limited thickness of the specimen, rather than to the actual space group of the material

  4. Polypyrrole microspheroidals decorated with Ag nanostructure: Synthesis and their characterization

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    In this work, polypyrrole (PPy) microspheroidals were synthesized by chronopotentiometry on conducting indium tin oxide (ITO) substrate. These prepared PPy microspheroidals were subjected to surface modification by Ag nanostructures using cyclic voltammetery (CV). The decoration of Ag nanostructures on PPy surface was characterized by UV–visible spectroscopy (UV–vis), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), energy dispersion X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). SEM images show nanostar like structures with slight aggregation of Ag nanostructures on the PPy surface. The average particle size of PPy was found to increase from 7.3 to 30 nm after decoration with Ag nanostructure. Further, the XRD patterns shows a decrease in interchain separation and inter planar distance after the impregnation of Ag nanostructures in the PPy film when compared with pure PPy film. FTIR and Raman spectra displayed main vibrational bands; including the characteristic peaks. Raman spectra also show the signature of polaron and bipolaron states. Electrical conductivity of the Ag nanostructure decorated PPy microspheroidals has been measured by the two probe method. A possible mechanism for the formation of Ag-PPy nanostructure has been proposed.

  5. Ionic Conductivity and Phase Transition Behaviour in 4AgI-(1-PbI2-2CuI System

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    Mohammed Hassan

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Samples of general formula 4AgI-(1-PbI2-2CuI, =0-0.4, have been prepared and investigated by XRD, DSC, and temperature-dependent conductivity studies. X-ray diffractograms showed the presence of binary system consisting of AgI and PbI2 in the sample =0. Cu-substituted samples showed very similar diffractograms to that of the pure compound which indicates that no effect for the substitution on the nature of the binary system. DSC curves showed the presence of phase transition whose temperature increased with Cu+ ratio in the system. Ionic conductivity measurements confirmed the occurrence of the phase transition and showed that the high temperature phase is superionic conducting, whose conductivity increases with the increasing Cu+ amount in the system.

  6. A worldwide population study of the Ag-system haplotypes, a genetic polymorphism of human low-density lipoprotein.

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    BREGUET, Georges; Bütler, R; Bütler-Brunner, E.; Sanchez-Mazas, Alicia

    1990-01-01

    The aim of this investigation is to examine the distribution of the Ag immunological polymorphism in human populations on a worldwide scale and to look for possible explanations of this distribution in the field of modern human peopling history and Ag-system evolution. Extensive Ag-antigene typings were carried out on 13 human population samples, including sub-Saharan African, European, west and east Asiatic, Melanesian, Australian aborigine, and Amerindian groups. Complete Ag-haplotype frequ...

  7. AgSbSe{sub 2} and AgSb(S,Se){sub 2} thin films for photovoltaic applications

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    Garza, J.G. [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon (Mexico); Shaji, S. [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon (Mexico); Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, CIIDIT - Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Apodaca, Nuevo Leon (Mexico); Rodriguez, A.C.; Das Roy, T.K. [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon (Mexico); Krishnan, B., E-mail: kbindu_k@yahoo.com [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon (Mexico); Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, CIIDIT - Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Apodaca, Nuevo Leon (Mexico)

    2011-10-01

    Silver antimony selenide (AgSbSe{sub 2}) thin films were prepared by heating sequentially deposited multilayers of antimony sulphide (Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3}), silver selenide (Ag{sub 2}Se), selenium (Se) and silver (Ag). Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} thin film was prepared from a chemical bath containing SbCl{sub 3} and Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Ag{sub 2}Se from a solution containing AgNO{sub 3} and Na{sub 2}SeSO{sub 3} and Se thin films from an acidified solution of Na{sub 2}SeSO{sub 3}, at room temperature on glass substrates. Ag thin film was deposited by thermal evaporation. The annealing temperature was 350 deg. C in vacuum (10{sup -3} Torr) for 1 h. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the thin films formed were polycrystalline AgSbSe{sub 2} or AgSb(S,Se){sub 2} depending on selenium content in the precursor films. Morphology and elemental analysis of these films were done using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Optical band gap was evaluated from the UV-visible absorption spectra of these films. Electrical characterizations were done using Hall effect and photocurrent measurements. A photovoltaic structure: glass/ITO/CdS/AgSbSe{sub 2}/Al was formed, in which CdS was deposited by chemical bath deposition. J-V characteristics of this structure showed V{sub oc} = 435 mV and J{sub sc} = 0.08 mA/cm{sup 2} under illumination using a tungsten halogen lamp. Preparation of a photovoltaic structure using AgSbSe{sub 2} as an absorber material by a non-toxic selenization process is achieved.

  8. AgSbSe2 and AgSb(S,Se)2 thin films for photovoltaic applications

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    Silver antimony selenide (AgSbSe2) thin films were prepared by heating sequentially deposited multilayers of antimony sulphide (Sb2S3), silver selenide (Ag2Se), selenium (Se) and silver (Ag). Sb2S3 thin film was prepared from a chemical bath containing SbCl3 and Na2S2O3, Ag2Se from a solution containing AgNO3 and Na2SeSO3 and Se thin films from an acidified solution of Na2SeSO3, at room temperature on glass substrates. Ag thin film was deposited by thermal evaporation. The annealing temperature was 350 deg. C in vacuum (10-3 Torr) for 1 h. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the thin films formed were polycrystalline AgSbSe2 or AgSb(S,Se)2 depending on selenium content in the precursor films. Morphology and elemental analysis of these films were done using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Optical band gap was evaluated from the UV-visible absorption spectra of these films. Electrical characterizations were done using Hall effect and photocurrent measurements. A photovoltaic structure: glass/ITO/CdS/AgSbSe2/Al was formed, in which CdS was deposited by chemical bath deposition. J-V characteristics of this structure showed Voc = 435 mV and Jsc = 0.08 mA/cm2 under illumination using a tungsten halogen lamp. Preparation of a photovoltaic structure using AgSbSe2 as an absorber material by a non-toxic selenization process is achieved.

  9. Fabrication of a novel visible-light-driven photocatalyst Ag-AgI-TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles supported on carbon nanofibers

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    Yu, Dandan; Bai, Jie, E-mail: baijie@imut.edu.cn; Liang, Haiou; Wang, Junzhong; Li, Chunping

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Visible-light-induced Ag-AgI-TiO{sub 2}/CNFs nanocomposites had been successfully prepared. • Ag-AgI-TiO{sub 2}/CNFs could be easily separated and recycled from an aqueous solution. • The application of CNFs acting as supporters made the photocatalysts have high adsorption capacity. • Ag-AgI-TiO{sub 2}/CNFs could efficiently degrade different organic dyes. - Abstract: Novel visible-light-driven photocatalysts Ag-AgI-TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles embedded onto carbon nanofibers were successfully prepared. Electrospinning technology followed by high-temperature calcination was adopted for the fabrication of carbon nanofibers (CNFs) acting as a supporter. Ag-TiO{sub 2}/CNFs nanocomposites were prepared by combining in situ reduction with physical adsorption process. Ag-AgI-TiO{sub 2}/CNFs were synthesized by oxidizing some silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) contained in Ag-TiO{sub 2}/CNFs to silver iodine (AgI) via chemical oxidation method using iodine (I{sub 2}) as oxidation agents. The as-prepared nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The as-fabricated Ag-AgI-TiO{sub 2}/CNFs showed high efficient adsorption and photocatalytic activity for decomposition of methyl orange (MO), acid red 18 (AR18), methylene blue (MB), and fluorescence sodium under visible light irradiation, which were attributed to the synergistic effects between the high adsorption capacity, good conductivity of carbon nanofibers, and the extraordinary plasma effect of Ag-AgI nanoparticles. In addition, the as-prepared composites could be easily separated from the solution phase due to the large length–diameter ratio of CNFs. The mechanism for the enhanced photocatalytic activity concerned with Ag-AgI-TiO{sub 2}/CNFs was proposed.

  10. Ag Nanoparticles (Ag NM300K in the Terrestrial Environment: Effects at Population and Cellular Level in Folsomia candida (Collembola

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    Luís André Mendes

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available The effects of nanomaterials have been primarily assessed based on standard ecotoxicity guidelines. However, by adapting alternative measures the information gained could be enhanced considerably, e.g., studies should focus on more mechanistic approaches. Here, the environmental risk posed by the presence of silver nanoparticles (Ag NM300K in soil was investigated, anchoring population and cellular level effects, i.e., survival, reproduction (28 days and oxidative stress markers (0, 2, 4, 6, 10 days. The standard species Folsomia candida was used. Measured markers included catalase (CAT, glutathione reductase (GR, glutathione S-transferase (GST, total glutathione (TG, metallothionein (MT and lipid peroxidation (LPO. Results showed that AgNO3 was more toxic than AgNPs at the population level: reproduction EC20 and EC50 was ca. 2 and 4 times lower, respectively. At the cellular level Correspondence Analysis showed a clear separation between AgNO3 and AgNP throughout time. Results showed differences in the mechanisms, indicating a combined effect of released Ag+ (MT and GST and of AgNPs (CAT, GR, TG, LPO. Hence, clear advantages from mechanistic approaches are shown, but also that time is of importance when measuring such responses.

  11. A Holographic Road Show.

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    Kirkpatrick, Larry D.; Rugheimer, Mac

    1979-01-01

    Describes the viewing sessions and the holograms of a holographic road show. The traveling exhibits, believed to stimulate interest in physics, include a wide variety of holograms and demonstrate several physical principles. (GA)

  12. The Optical Nonlinearity of Au and Ag Nanoparticle Prepared by the Γ-Radiation Method

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    Esmaeil Shahriari

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The third order nonlinear optical properties of metal nanoparticles have been of interest in physical chemistry, medical diagnostics and optical devices. Gold colloidal nanoparticles are responsible for the brilliant reds seen in stained glass windows and silver particles are typically yellow. The purpose of the study was to determine the nonlinear refraction and absorption coefficient of the Au and Ag nanoparticles in PVP solution. Approach: The samples were prepared by Γ-radiation method and the nonlinear optical properties of the composites were investigated using a single beam Z-scan technique with a beam power of 40 mW and operated at wavelength of 532 nm. The measurements were carried out for both Open and closed aperture Z-scan arrangements. Results: For both Au/PVP and Ag/PVP samples the results exhibited reverse saturable absorption. The closed aperture Z-scan of the nano-fluid samples revealed self-defocusing effect while the open aperture Z-scan of the samples show a reversible saturable absorption. Conclusion: The Z-scan measurement showed that silver and gold nano-fluid prepared by gamma radiation exhibited large thermal nonlinear refractive index n2 as -8.78×10-7 and -2.478×10-6 cm2/W, respectively. We have also investigated nonlinear absorption of these samples and we found a large value of nonlinear absorption for Ag nanoparticle and a weak absorption for Au nanoparticle. In conclusion, the experimental result shows a good nonlinear refractive index at low laser power in which encouraging for possible applications in nonlinear optical devices.

  13. A simple photolytic reactor employing Ag-doped ZnO nanowires for water purification

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    Well-aligned native zinc oxide (ZnO) and silver-doped ZnO (Ag-ZnO) films were deposited on borosilicate glass via a simple, low-cost, low-temperature, scalable hydrothermal process. The as-synthesized ZnO and Ag-ZnO films were characterized by X-ray diffraction; scanning electron microscopy, UV–visible spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. A simple photolytic reactor was fabricated and later used to find the optimum experimental conditions for photocatalytic performance. The photodegradation of methyl orange in water was investigated using as-prepared ZnO and Ag-ZnO nanowires, and was compared to P25 (a commercial photocatalyst) in both visible and UV radiations. The P25 and Ag-ZnO showed a similar photodegradation performance under UV light, but Ag-ZnO demonstrated superior photocatalytic activity under visible irradiation. The optimized doping of Ag in Ag-ZnO enhanced photocatalytic activity in a simple reactor design and indicated potential applicability of Ag-ZnO for large-scale purification of water under solar irradiation. - Highlights: • Well-aligned zinc oxide (ZnO) and silver-doped ZnO (Ag-ZnO) nanowires were developed. • Simple and effective photolytic reactor was fabricated for water purification. • Ag-ZnO demonstrated superior photocatalytic activity under visible irradiation. • Amount of Ag atoms in Ag-ZnO nanowires is a key to increase photocatalytic activity

  14. Solidification behavior of Sn-9Zn-xAg lead-free solder alloys

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    Solidification behaviors of Sn-9Zn-xAg lead-free solder alloys, which vary with Ag content, are examined by using scanning electron microscopy, electron probe microanalysis, X-ray analysis, computer aided-cooling curve analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. The backscattered images and X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that with the addition of two silver intermetallic compounds; γ-Ag5Zn8 and ε-AgZn3, form in the expense of zinc phase. The solid fraction versus temperature relationship and microstructure analysis show that Sn-Zn eutectic structures appear following the formation of primary tin. It is concluded in this study that the complicated solidification process of Sn-9Zn-xAg alloys can be described as L (liquid) → L + γ-Ag5Zn8→ L + γ-Ag5Zn8 + ε-AgZn3→ L + γ-Ag5Zn8 + ε-AgZn3 + β-Sn → γ-Ag5Zn8 + ε-AgZn3 + β-Sn + eutectic (Sn + Zn)

  15. Solidification behavior of Sn-9Zn-xAg lead-free solder alloys

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    Tsai, Y.-L. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan (China); Hwang, W.-S. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan (China) and Metal Industries Research and Development Centre, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: wshwang@mail.ncku.edu.tw

    2005-12-15

    Solidification behaviors of Sn-9Zn-xAg lead-free solder alloys, which vary with Ag content, are examined by using scanning electron microscopy, electron probe microanalysis, X-ray analysis, computer aided-cooling curve analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. The backscattered images and X-ray diffraction patterns indicate that with the addition of two silver intermetallic compounds; {gamma}-Ag{sub 5}Zn{sub 8} and {epsilon}-AgZn{sub 3}, form in the expense of zinc phase. The solid fraction versus temperature relationship and microstructure analysis show that Sn-Zn eutectic structures appear following the formation of primary tin. It is concluded in this study that the complicated solidification process of Sn-9Zn-xAg alloys can be described as L (liquid) {sup {yields}} L + {gamma}-Ag{sub 5}Zn{sub 8} {sup {yields}} L + {gamma}-Ag{sub 5}Zn{sub 8} + {epsilon}-AgZn{sub 3} {sup {yields}} L + {gamma}-Ag{sub 5}Zn{sub 8} + {epsilon}-AgZn{sub 3} + {beta}-Sn {sup {yields}} {gamma}-Ag{sub 5}Zn{sub 8} + {epsilon}-AgZn{sub 3} + {beta}-Sn + eutectic (Sn + Zn)

  16. Synthesis and characterization of Ag nanoparticles decorated mesoporous sintered activated carbon with antibacterial and adsorptive properties

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    Wang, Wenxia; Xiao, Kaijun, E-mail: fekjxiao@scut.edu.cn; He, Tinglin; Zhu, Liang, E-mail: zhuliang@scut.edu.cn

    2015-10-25

    In this study, the sliver nanoparticles (AgNPs) immobilized on the sintered activated carbon (Ag/SAC) were synthesized by the ultrasonic-assisted impregnation method and were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and nitrogen adsorption. SEM showed that the AgNPs were well embedded in the SAC and immersion time had an important influence on final morphologies of AgNPs. Longer immersing duration caused significant aggregation of the AgNPs. The XRD data revealed that the successful synthesis of AgNPs on the SAC and immobilizing AgNPs on sintered active carbon did not change the crystalline degree of SAC. Texture characteristics were determined by analysis of the N{sub 2}/77 K isotherms. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of Ag/SAC against Escherichia coli (DH5α) and Staphyloccocus aureus (ATCC 29213) was evaluated by a broth dilution method. MICs such as 5 mg/L (against E. coli) and 10 mg/L (against S. aureus) suggest that Ag/SAC have predominant antibacterial activity compared to active carbon. - Highlights: • Sintered active carbon (SAC) was coated with Ag via a facile approach. • The Ag/SAC exhibit good adsorption properties and excellent antibacterial effects. • The Ag/SAC was durable and stable in the application of water purification.

  17. Characterization of AZO and Ag based films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Miao, Dagang [Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China); Jiang, Shouxiang, E-mail: kinor.j@polyu.edu.hk [Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China); Zhao, Hongmei [Department of Prosthodontics, The Affiliated Hospital of Qingdao University, Qingdao (China); Shang, Songmin; Chen, Zhuoming [Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Highly infrared reflective AZO and Ag based films were prepared. • Ag showed better crystallization on AZO film than on glass substrate. • Infrared reflection rate was inversely proportional to the film sheet resistance. • Film with infrared reflection of 97% in FIR region was acquired. - Abstract: Ag, AZO/Ag, Ag/AZO and AZO/Ag/AZO films were prepared on glass substrates by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering technology. The prepared films were systematically investigated by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), UV–visible spectrophotometer, a four-point probe system and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The results indicated that Ag inner layer starts forming a continuous film at the thickness of 10 nm and Ag layer presents superior crystallization on AZO substrate than that on glass substrate. The continuous Ag inner layer film provided the highest average visible transmittance of 85.4% (AZO/Ag/AZO). The lowest sheet resistance of 3.21 Ω/sq and the highest infrared reflection rate of 97% in FIR region can be obtained on AZO/Ag (15 nm)/AZO film. The high infrared reflection property of the AZO/Ag/AZO coating makes it a promising candidate for solar control films.

  18. Characterization of AZO and Ag based films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Highlights: • Highly infrared reflective AZO and Ag based films were prepared. • Ag showed better crystallization on AZO film than on glass substrate. • Infrared reflection rate was inversely proportional to the film sheet resistance. • Film with infrared reflection of 97% in FIR region was acquired. - Abstract: Ag, AZO/Ag, Ag/AZO and AZO/Ag/AZO films were prepared on glass substrates by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering technology. The prepared films were systematically investigated by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), UV–visible spectrophotometer, a four-point probe system and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The results indicated that Ag inner layer starts forming a continuous film at the thickness of 10 nm and Ag layer presents superior crystallization on AZO substrate than that on glass substrate. The continuous Ag inner layer film provided the highest average visible transmittance of 85.4% (AZO/Ag/AZO). The lowest sheet resistance of 3.21 Ω/sq and the highest infrared reflection rate of 97% in FIR region can be obtained on AZO/Ag (15 nm)/AZO film. The high infrared reflection property of the AZO/Ag/AZO coating makes it a promising candidate for solar control films

  19. The atomic Fe/Ag exchange on Ag(100)

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    Langelaar, MH; Boerma, DO; Moss, SC; Ila, D; Cammarata, RC; Chason, EH; Einstein, TL; Williams, ED

    1997-01-01

    In this paper we present a low-energy ion scattering (LEIS) study of the site exchange of Fe adatoms with Ag atoms from the Ag(100) surface. The time-of-flight (TOF) spectra obtained at low temperatures have been interpreted with a newly developed LEIS simulation program MATCH. After low temperature

  20. Nano-Ag complexes prepared by γ-radiolysis and their structures and physical properties

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    In this study, nano-silver (nano-Ag) complexes showing different properties have been synthesized as follows. Polypyrrolidone (PVP)-stabilized silver colloids (NAg), nano-Ag bound to silica (SiO2) (NSS), and nano-Ag bound to a complex of SiO2 and polyaniline (PANI) (NSSPAI) were prepared via γ-irradiation at room temperature. NAg and NSS used PVP as a colloidal stabilizer, while NSSPAI did not use PVP as a colloidal stabilizer. Interesting bonding properties occurred in the nano-Ag complex and anticipated structural changes were clearly shown through a surface analysis of x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The morphologies by field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) analysis showed that nano-Ag complexes have various particle sizes ranging from 10 to 30 nm. NSS (average, 10 nm) and NSSPAI (average, 30 nm) showed a uniformly spherical shape and size, while NAg did not. From the reflection peaks in the x-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, surface crystallinity of the nano-Ag complexes was indicated to be in the same degree as that of NSSPAI>NSS>NAg. Also, in the contact angle (CA) determination, surface hydrophobicity of NSSPAI was stronger than those of NSS and NAg, relatively. The different nano-Ag complexes prepared by γ-irradiation can be applicable in various industry fields due to the increase in specific property. - Highlights: ► Nano-Ag complexes showing different properties have been synthesized via γ-irradiation. ► Nano-Ag colloid (NAg), nano-Ag bound to SiO2 (NSS), nano-Ag bound to SiO2 and PANI complex (NSSPAI). ► Nano-Ag complexes were the same based on Ag metal. ► Results clearly showed fascinating/different physical properties. ► Different nano-Ag complexes can be applicable in various industry fields.

  1. Ti/Pd/Ag Contacts to n-Type GaAs for High Current Density Devices

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    Huo, Pengyun; Rey-Stolle, Ignacio

    2016-06-01

    The metallization stack Ti/Pd/Ag on n-type Si has been readily used in solar cells due to its low metal/semiconductor specific contact resistance, very high sheet conductance, bondability, long-term durability, and cost-effectiveness. In this study, the use of Ti/Pd/Ag metallization on n-type GaAs is examined, targeting electronic devices that need to handle high current densities and with grid-like contacts with limited surface coverage (i.e., solar cells, lasers, or light emitting diodes). Ti/Pd/Ag (50 nm/50 nm/1000 nm) metal layers were deposited on n-type GaAs by electron beam evaporation and the contact quality was assessed for different doping levels (from 1.3 × 1018 cm-3 to 1.6 × 1019 cm-3) and annealing temperatures (from 300°C to 750°C). The metal/semiconductor specific contact resistance, metal resistivity, and the morphology of the contacts were studied. The results show that samples doped in the range of 1018 cm-3 had Schottky-like I- V characteristics and only samples doped 1.6 × 1019 cm-3 exhibited ohmic behavior even before annealing. For the ohmic contacts, increasing annealing temperature causes a decrease in the specific contact resistance ( ρ c,Ti/Pd/Ag ~ 5 × 10-4 Ω cm2). In regard to the metal resistivity, Ti/Pd/Ag metallization presents a very good metal conductivity for samples treated below 500°C ( ρ M,Ti/Pd/Ag ~ 2.3 × 10-6 Ω cm); however, for samples treated at 750°C, metal resistivity is strongly degraded due to morphological degradation and contamination in the silver overlayer. As compared to the classic AuGe/Ni/Au metal system, the Ti/Pd/Ag system shows higher metal/semiconductor specific contact resistance and one order of magnitude lower metal resistivity.

  2. Maps showing distribution of copper, lead, zinc, cadmium, and silver in samples of minus-60-mesh (0.25-MM) stream sediment and nonmagnetic heavy-mineral concentrate, Walker Lake 1 degree by 2 degrees Quadrangle, California and Nevada

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    Chaffee, M.A.; Hill, R.H.; Sutley, S.J.

    1988-01-01

    This report is part of a folio of maps of the Walker Lake 1o x 2o quadrangle, California and Nevada, prepared under the Conterminous United States Mineral Assessment Program. The folio includes geological, geochemical, and geophysical maps, as well as mineral resources assessment maps, which identify selected known or possible mineral-deposit environments in the quadrangle. The geochemical maps show the distributions of selected individual elements (Chaffee and others, 1988 a, b, c) and the distributions of selected groups of elements (Chaffee, 1988a, b, c). Discussions accompanying the individual element maps are restricted to mineral residences of the individual elements as well as to what types of mineral deposits and environments may be represented by anomalies of a particular element. Discussions accompanying the multielemental maps describe the types of mineral deposits that may be related to each element group and indicate the most favorable localities for these deposits. 

  3. The preparation and antibacterial effects of dopa-cotton/AgNPs

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    Xu Hong, E-mail: hxu@dhu.edu.cn [Key Lab of Science and Technology of Eco-textile, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Shi Xue; Ma Hui; Lv Yihang; Zhang Linping [Key Lab of Science and Technology of Eco-textile, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China); Mao Zhiping, E-mail: zhpmao@dhu.edu.cn [Key Lab of Science and Technology of Eco-textile, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620 (China)

    2011-05-15

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been known to have powerful antibacterial activity. In this paper, in situ generation of AgNPs on the surface of dopamine modified cotton fabrics (dopa-cotton/AgNPs) in aqueous solution under room temperature is presented. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) were used to analyze the surface chemical composition and the morphology of the modified cotton fabrics, respectively. The results indicated that the surface of cotton fabrics was successfully coated with polydopamine and AgNPs. The cotton fabrics with AgNPs showed durable antibacterial activity.

  4. Microstructure and tribological properties of NbN-Ag composite films by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Ju, Hongbo; Xu, Junhua

    2015-11-01

    Recently, the chameleon thin films were developed with the purpose of adjusting their chemistry at self-mating interfaces in response to environmental changes at a wide temperature range. However, very few studies have focused on what state the lubricious noble metal exists in the films and the tribological properties at room temperature (RT). Composite NbN-Ag films with various Ag content (Ag/(Nb + Ag)) were deposited using reactive magnetron sputtering to investigate the crystal structure, mechanical and tribological properties. A combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analyses showed that face-centered cubic (fcc) NbN, hexagonal close-packed (hcp) NbN and fcc silver coexisted in NbN-Ag films. The incorporation of soft Ag into NbN matrix led to the hardness decrease from 29.6 GPa at 0 at.% Ag to 11.3 GPa at 19.9 at.% Ag. Tribological properties of NbN-Ag films performed using dry pin-on-disc wear tests against Al2O3 depended on Ag content to a large extent. The average friction coefficient and wear rate of NbN-Ag films decreased as Ag content increased from 4.0 to 9.2 at.%. With a further increase of Ag content, the average friction coefficient further decreased, while the wear rate increased gradually. The optimal Ag content was found to be 9.2-13.5 at.%, which showed low average friction coefficient values of 0.46-0.40 and wear rate values of 1.1 × 10-8 to 1.7 × 10-8 mm3/(mm N). 3D Profiler and Raman spectroscopy measurements revealed that the lubricant tribo-film AgNbO3 detected on the surface of the wear tracks could lead to the friction coefficient curve stay constant and decrease the average friction coefficients. The decrease of wear rate was mainly attributed to the lubricant tribo-film AgNbO3 as Ag content increased from 4.0 to 9.2 at.%; with a further increase in Ag content, the wear rate increased with increasing Ag content in NbN-Ag films because a

  5. Formation and properties of hyaluronan/nano Ag and hyaluronan-lecithin/nano Ag films.

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    Khachatryan, Gohar; Khachatryan, Karen; Grzyb, Jacek; Fiedorowicz, Maciej

    2016-10-20

    A facile and environmentally friendly method of the preparation of silver nanoparticles embedded in hyaluronan (Hyal/Ag) and hyaluronan-lecithin (Hyal-L/Ag) matrix was developed. Thin, elastic foils were prepared from gels by an in situ synthesis of Ag in an aqueous solution of sodium hyaluronate (Hyal), using aq. d-(+)-xylose solution as a reducing agent. The gels were applied to a clean, smooth, defatted Teflon surface and left for drying in the air. The dry foils were stored in a closed container. UV-vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra confirmed formation of about 10nm ball-shaped Ag nanoparticles situated within the polysaccharide template. Thermal properties of the composites were characterized involving differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric (TGA) analyses, whereas molecular weights of polysaccharide chains of the matrix were estimated with the size exclusion chromatography coupled with multiangle laser light scattering and refractometric detectors (HPSEC-MALLS-RI). An increase in the molecular weight of the hyaluronate after generation of Ag nanoparticles was observed. The foils showed specific properties. The study confirmed that silver nanoparticles can be successfully prepared with environmentally friendly method, using hyaluronan as a stabilizing template. Hyaluronan and hyaluronan-lecithin matrices provide nanocrystals uniform in size and shape. The composites demonstrated a bacteriostatic activity. PMID:27474588

  6. Copper substitutions in synthetic miargyrite α-AgSbS{sub 2} mineral: Synthesis, characterization and dielectrical properties

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    Galdámez, A., E-mail: agaldamez@uchile.cl [Departamento de Química, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 653, Santiago (Chile); López-Vergara, F.; Veloso Cid, N.; Manríquez, V. [Departamento de Química, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 653, Santiago (Chile); Ávila, R.E. [Departamento de Producción y Servicios, Comisión Chilena de Energía Nuclear, Casilla 188-D, Santiago (Chile)

    2014-02-14

    The nominal compositions Ag{sub 0.8}Cu{sub 0.2}SbS{sub 2} and Ag{sub 0.7}Cu{sub 0.3}SbS{sub 2} have been synthesized by conventional ceramic solid-state reaction at high temperature. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy chemical analysis (SEM-EDAX) revealed single phases, isostructural to the natural miargyrite α-AgSbS{sub 2} mineral. Examination of the lattice parameters shows a decrease in the cell volume with increasing copper substitutions. The Raman analysis displays absorptions which may be assigned to the Sb–S stretching vibrations of the SbS{sub 3} pyramids. The impedance-frequency analysis showed grain boundary and electrode interface contributions in non-Debye type relaxation, following Jonscher's universal power law. The giant permittivity response is attributed to extrinsic effects without evidence of a ferroelectric transition. Summerfield scaling, leading to the superposition of impedance analysis, implies that the relaxation is thermally activated, without introducing more than one underlying transport mechanism. - Highlights: • Ag{sub 0.8}Cu{sub 0.2}SbS{sub 2} and Ag{sub 0.7}Cu{sub 0.3}SbS{sub 2} are isostructural with the natural miargyrite α-AgSbS{sub 2} mineral. • The overall resistance correspond to grain boundary and electrode/sample interface responses. • In these solid solutions no ferroelectric-like transition is noticed. • The overall frequency dependence follows the Jonscher's universal power law. • σ{sub ac} vs. frequency can be normalized by Summerfield scaling procedure.

  7. Effects of Ag + and Au 3+ ion implantation of lithium niobate

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    Amolo, G. O.; Comins, J. D.; Naidoo, S. R.; Connell, S. H.; Witcomb, M. J.; Derry, T. E.

    2006-09-01

    The optical effects of implantation of lithium niobate crystals with 100 keV Ag + and 8 MeV Au 3+ ions with fluences of 1 × 10 17 ions/cm 2 have been investigated. Metal nanoparticle formation has been studied as a function of annealing temperature, and the resulting optical extinction curves have been simulated by the Mie theory in the small particle limit. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has provided direct evidence for the MNP sizes allowing comparison with the calculated results. A TEM study of an X-cut sample implanted with Ag + ions show that the implanted region is partially amorphised. The differences in the temperature of Au colloid development in X- and Y-cut faces of the lithium niobate crystal are attributed to restoration of crystallinity as a result of annealing.

  8. Synthesis of Ag clusters in microemulsions: A time-resolved UV vis and fluorescence spectroscopy study

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    Ledo, Ana; Martínez, F.; López-Quintela, M. A.; Rivas, J.

    2007-09-01

    The combined use of the microemulsion technique and the kinetic control allows the preparation of small silver clusters. By using UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy the main stages by which the clusters grow, before the formation of nanoparticles, were elucidated. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) were used to further characterize the samples. Two main stages were clearly identified, which are associated with: (1) the formation of Ag n clusters with n<10, which self-aggregate into one atom high 2D nanodiscs of 3.2 nm size and (2) Ag n clusters, which self-aggregate into 3D nanostructures of 1.5 nm in size. The fluorescence properties observed with both stages show that the formed clusters are small enough to display a molecule-like behaviour.

  9. Adsorption of Ag on Ge(100)-(2 x 1)

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    Miller, T.; Rosenwinkel, E.; Chiang, T.C.

    1984-01-01

    The initial stages of interface formation of Ag deposited onto Ge(100)-(2 x 1) were studied with high-energy electron diffraction and high-resolution photoemission. The surface core-level energies for clean Ge(100)-(2 x 1) were not changed with the deposition of about one monolayer of Ag, indicating that there was no chemical reaction or atomic intermixing. The Ag nucleated at a coverage of about 1/3 monolayer and showed three-dimensional growth for higher coverages. 13 references, 3 figures.

  10. Tunable Fano resonances in heterogenous Al-Ag nanorod dimer

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    Ci, Xueting; Song, Min; Liu, Yan; Chen, Gengxu; Wu, E; Zeng, Heping

    2013-01-01

    We theoretically investigate the plasmonic coupling in heterogenous Al-Ag nanorod dimer. A pronounced Fano dip is found in the extinction spectrum produced by the destructive interference between the bright dipole mode from a short Al nanorod and the dark quadrupole mode from a long Ag nanorod nearby. This Fano resonance can be widely tuned in both wavelength and amplitude by varying the rod dimensions, the separation distance and the local dielectric environment. The Al-Ag heterogeneous nanorod dimer shows a high sensitivity to the surrounding environment with a local surface plasmon resonance figure of merit of 7.0, which enables its promising applications in plasmonic sensing and detection.

  11. Show-Bix &

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    2014-01-01

    made from digital scans of the original dias slides located in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde. In front of the audience entering the space and placed on it’s own stand, is an original 60s style telephone with turning dial. Action begins when the audience lift the phone and......The anti-reenactment 'Show-Bix &' consists of 5 dias projectors, a dial phone, quintophonic sound, and interactive elements. A responsive interface will enable the Dias projectors to show copies of original dias slides from the Show-Bix piece ”March på Stedet”, 265 images in total. The copies are...... dial a number. Any number will make the Dias change. All numbers are also assigned to specific sound documents: clips form rare interviews and the complete sound-re-enactment of the Show-Bix piece ‘Omringning’ (‘Surrounding’) in five channels (a quintophonie). This was originally produced in...

  12. Violence and TV Shows

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    ÖZTÜRK, Yrd. Doç. Dr. Şinasi

    2008-01-01

    This study aims to discuss theories on theviolent effects of TV shows on viewers, especiallyon children. Therefore, this study includes a briefdiscussion of definitions of violence, discussionof violence theories, main results of researcheson televised violence, measuring TV violence,perception of televised violence, individualdifferences and reactions to TV violence,aggressiveness and preferences for TV violence.

  13. Controlled formation of ag nanoparticles by means of long-chain sodium polyacrylates in dilute solution.

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    Huber, Klaus; Witte, Thomas; Hollmann, Jutta; Keuker-Baumann, Susanne

    2007-02-01

    A new tool is presented to control formation of Ag nanoparticles. Small amounts of silver ions were added to dilute solutions of long-chain sodium polyacrylates (NaPA). Four NaPA samples covering a molar mass regime of 97 kD polyacrylate coils toward compact structures. Coil shrinking and aggregation was revealed by means of time-resolved static light scattering. If exposed to UV-radiation, small Ag particles formed within the shrunken anionic polyacrylate coils. The Ag nanoparticles were identified by means of an enhanced light scattering and a characteristic plasmon absorption band around 410 nm. No such Ag particle formation could be observed even at 5 times larger concentrations of Ag(+) and NaPA if the two smallest polyacrylate samples have been used under otherwise equal conditions. This molar mass sensitive response of NaPA to Ag(+)-addition suggests an interesting phenomenon: if the coil size of the NaPa chains, which act as Ag(+) collectors, is large enough, local Ag(+) concentration in these coil-shaped Ag(+) containers exceeds a critical value, and irradiation with UV generates Ag nanoparticles. PMID:17263389

  14. Formation of surface oxides and Ag2O thin films with atomic oxygen on Ag(111)

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    Derouin, Jonathan; Farber, Rachael G.; Heslop, Stacy L.; Killelea, Daniel R.

    2015-11-01

    The nature of the oxygen species adsorbed to silver surfaces is a key component of the heterogeneously catalyzed epoxidation of ethylene and partial oxidation of methanol over silver catalysts. We report the formation of two different silver-oxygen species depending on the flux and energy of incident gas-phase oxygen atoms on an Ag(111) surface. A combination of surface science techniques was used to characterize the oxidized surfaces. Atomic oxygen was generated with an Ir filament; lower temperatures created surface oxides previously reported. When O was deposited with a higher filament temperature, the surface became highly corrugated, little subsurface oxygen was observed, and thin layers of Ag2O were likely formed. These results show that the energy and flux of oxygen are important parameters in the chemical identity and abundance of oxygen on silver surfaces and suggest that formation of the Ag2O thin film hinders formation of subsurface oxygen.

  15. Structural, optical and electrical characterization of ITO, ITO/Ag and ITO/Ni transparent conductive electrodes

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    Ali, Ahmad Hadi, E-mail: ahadi@uthm.edu.my [Nano-Optoelectronics Research and Technology Laboratory, School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang (Malaysia); Science Department, Faculty of Science, Technology and Human Development, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Johor (Malaysia); Shuhaimi, Ahmad [Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Hassan, Zainuriah [Nano-Optoelectronics Research and Technology Laboratory, School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang (Malaysia)

    2014-01-01

    We report on the transparent conductive oxides (TCO) characteristics based on the indium tin oxides (ITO) and ITO/metal thin layer as an electrode for optoelectronics device applications. ITO, ITO/Ag and ITO/Ni were deposited on Si and glass substrate by thermal evaporator and radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering at room temperature. Post deposition annealing was performed on the samples in air at moderate temperature of 500 °C and 600 °C. The structural, optical and electrical properties of the ITO and ITO/metal were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–Vis spectrophotometer, Hall effect measurement system and atomic force microscope (AFM). The XRD spectrum reveals significant polycrystalline peaks of ITO (2 2 2) and Ag (1 1 1) after post annealing process. The post annealing also improves the visible light transmittance and electrical resistivity of the samples. Figure of merit (FOM) of the ITO, ITO/Ag and ITO/Ni were determined as 5.5 × 10{sup −3} Ω{sup −1}, 8.4 × 10{sup −3} Ω{sup −1} and 3.0 × 10{sup −5} Ω{sup −1}, respectively. The results show that the post annealed ITO with Ag intermediate layer improved the efficiency of the transparent conductive electrodes (TCE) as compared to the ITO and ITO/Ni.

  16. Biocompatible synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs using marine Vibrio sp. and study their pharmacological applications

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    M. Surya

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This report presents a rapid and a green biogenic approach for the biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles using marine bacteria such as Vibrio sp. The bioactive compounds of Vibrio sp. induced the reduction of Ag+ ions from AgNO3, which resulted in the formation of bacterial mediated silver nanoparticles (AgNPs. The reduction of Ag+ ions to elemental silver was characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM and Dynamic light scattering (DLS. The nanoparticles show maximum absorbance at 421 nm on ultraviolet-visible spectra. The presence of biomolecules were identified by Fourier transform–infrared spectroscopy. The bioactive compounds and nanoparticles were found to direct different shape and sized and their size/ shape were varied. The silver nanoparticle synthesized were spherical, in the range of 40-80 nm in size. In antimicrobial screening, all the pathogens were fairly affected and nil effect was not observed in the test samples, In bacteria, the test sample was most effective against Enterococcus faecalis B2 and Salmonella typhimurium B5. In fungi, which was effective against Candida albicans F1, Microsporum canis F3 and Trichophyton rubrum F4.

  17. Effect of Ag doping on opto-electrical properties of CdS thin films for solar cell applications

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    Highlights: • Polycrystalline CdS thin films are fabricated by means of Close Spaced Sublimation technique. • Ag is doped by simple ion-exchange technique in order to reduce resistivity of CdS thin films. • Remarkable reduction in resistivity without introducing many transparency losses. - Abstract: Cadmium sulfide (CdS) polycrystalline thin films of different thicknesses (ranging from 370 nm to 750 nm) were fabricated on corning glass substrates using Close Spaced Sublimation (CSS) technique. Optical and electrical investigation revealed that CdS thin films show an appreciable transparency (50–70% transmission) in visible range and a highly resistive behavior (106 Ω cm). Samples were doped by silver (Ag) at different concentrations, using ion exchange technique, in order to reduce the resistivity of CdS thin films and to improve their efficiency as a window layer for solar cell application. The doping of Ag in pure CdS thin films resulted into an increase of surface roughness and a decrease both in electrical resistivity and in transparency. By optimizing annealing parameters, we were able to properly control the optical properties of the present system. In fact, the Ag doping of pure CdS films has led to a decrease of the sample resistivity by three orders of magnitude (103 Ω cm) against a 20% cut in optical transmission

  18. Effect of Ag doping on opto-electrical properties of CdS thin films for solar cell applications

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    Nazir, Adnan, E-mail: adnan.nazir@iit.it [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 30, I-16163 Genova (Italy); School of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan); Toma, Andrea [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 30, I-16163 Genova (Italy); Shah, Nazar Abbas [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan); Panaro, Simone [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 30, I-16163 Genova (Italy); Butt, Sajid [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad 44000 (Pakistan); School of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan); Sagar, Rizwan ur Rehman [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan); Raja, Waseem [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 30, I-16163 Genova (Italy); Rasool, Kamran [Micro and Nano Devices Group, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering Pakistan, Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), P.O. Nilore, Islamabad 45650 (Pakistan); Maqsood, Asghari [Department of Physics, Air University, Islamabad (Pakistan)

    2014-10-01

    Highlights: • Polycrystalline CdS thin films are fabricated by means of Close Spaced Sublimation technique. • Ag is doped by simple ion-exchange technique in order to reduce resistivity of CdS thin films. • Remarkable reduction in resistivity without introducing many transparency losses. - Abstract: Cadmium sulfide (CdS) polycrystalline thin films of different thicknesses (ranging from 370 nm to 750 nm) were fabricated on corning glass substrates using Close Spaced Sublimation (CSS) technique. Optical and electrical investigation revealed that CdS thin films show an appreciable transparency (50–70% transmission) in visible range and a highly resistive behavior (10{sup 6} Ω cm). Samples were doped by silver (Ag) at different concentrations, using ion exchange technique, in order to reduce the resistivity of CdS thin films and to improve their efficiency as a window layer for solar cell application. The doping of Ag in pure CdS thin films resulted into an increase of surface roughness and a decrease both in electrical resistivity and in transparency. By optimizing annealing parameters, we were able to properly control the optical properties of the present system. In fact, the Ag doping of pure CdS films has led to a decrease of the sample resistivity by three orders of magnitude (10{sup 3} Ω cm) against a 20% cut in optical transmission.

  19. Visible light driven Ag/Ag3PO4/AC photocatalyst with highly enhanced photodegradation of tetracycline antibiotics

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    Wang, Huiqin; Ye, Zhefei; Liu, Chun; Li, Jinze; Zhou, Mingjun; Guan, Qingfeng; Lv, Peng; Huo, Pengwei; Yan, Yongsheng

    2015-10-01

    Ag/Ag3PO4/active carbon (AC) composite photocatalysts were successfully synthesized using the simple deposition and photoinduced methods. The structures, morphology and photocatalytic properties of as-prepared photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The Ag/Ag3PO4/AC composite photocatalysts exhibited a conspicuously improved photocatalytic performance for tetracycline (TC) degradation. The optimal conditions of loaded dosage and photoinduced time were investigated, and the results showed that the photoinduced time played an important role in prepared processes, and also that for the loaded dosage of Ag3PO4. The DRS analysis showed that the composite photocatalysts exhibited strong absorption ability in the visible light range. The radicals trap experiments demonstrated that there were multiple active species during the degrading process of TC. The possible mechanism of improved photocatalytic activity of Ag-Ag3PO4/AC composite was also proposed.

  20. SERS-active Ag, Au and Ag–Au alloy nanoparticles obtained by laser ablation in liquids for sensing methylene blue

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    Olea-Mejía, Oscar, E-mail: oleaoscar@yahoo.com.mx [Centro Conjunto de Investigación en Química Sustentable UAEM-UNAM, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, km 14.5 Carretera Toluca-Atlacomulco, San Cayetano 50200, México (Mexico); Fernández-Mondragón, Mariana; Rodríguez-de la Concha, Gabriela [Centro Conjunto de Investigación en Química Sustentable UAEM-UNAM, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, km 14.5 Carretera Toluca-Atlacomulco, San Cayetano 50200, México (Mexico); Camacho-López, Marco [Laboratorio de Investigación y Desarrollo de Materiales Avanzados, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Km 14.5 Carretera Toluca-Atlacomulco, San Cayetano 50925, México (Mexico)

    2015-09-01

    Highlights: • We synthesized Ag/Au nanoparticles by laser ablation in liquids. • We characterized such particles by UV–vis, TEM and EDS/STEM. • The SERS effect was studied for the obtained nanoparticles. • Pure silver nanoparticles showed the highest SERS signals. • We can sense methylene blue at a concentration of 10{sup −10} mole/L. - Abstract: We have synthesized Ag–Au nanoparticles by laser ablation in liquids using five different targets: 100% Ag, 80%Ag/20%Au, 50%Ag/50%Au, 20%Ag/80%Au and 100% Au (weight percentages). We used ethanol and methylene blue solutions in ethanol as the liquid media. The nanoparticles were mostly spherical with diameters 15, 19, 18, 23 and 11 nm, respectively. When alloyed targets were used, the resulting nanoparticles were completely alloyed forming solid solutions as evidenced by UV–vis Spectroscopy and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy. The obtained nanoparticles were employed to study the SERS effect of the methylene blue molecule. All the samples showed good SERS activity, however the ones composed of pure silver showed the greatest Raman signal enhancement. Finally, pure Ag nanoparticles were used for sensing methylene blue at different concentrations. While almost no signal can be discerned from the Raman spectrum when no particles are used at a concentration of methylene blue of 1 × 10{sup −2} M (∼3000 ppm), when Ag nanoparticles are used one can observe the characteristic peak of the molecule at concentrations as low as 1 × 10{sup −10} M (∼3 × 10{sup −5} ppm)

  1. SERS-active Ag, Au and Ag–Au alloy nanoparticles obtained by laser ablation in liquids for sensing methylene blue

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    Highlights: • We synthesized Ag/Au nanoparticles by laser ablation in liquids. • We characterized such particles by UV–vis, TEM and EDS/STEM. • The SERS effect was studied for the obtained nanoparticles. • Pure silver nanoparticles showed the highest SERS signals. • We can sense methylene blue at a concentration of 10−10 mole/L. - Abstract: We have synthesized Ag–Au nanoparticles by laser ablation in liquids using five different targets: 100% Ag, 80%Ag/20%Au, 50%Ag/50%Au, 20%Ag/80%Au and 100% Au (weight percentages). We used ethanol and methylene blue solutions in ethanol as the liquid media. The nanoparticles were mostly spherical with diameters 15, 19, 18, 23 and 11 nm, respectively. When alloyed targets were used, the resulting nanoparticles were completely alloyed forming solid solutions as evidenced by UV–vis Spectroscopy and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy. The obtained nanoparticles were employed to study the SERS effect of the methylene blue molecule. All the samples showed good SERS activity, however the ones composed of pure silver showed the greatest Raman signal enhancement. Finally, pure Ag nanoparticles were used for sensing methylene blue at different concentrations. While almost no signal can be discerned from the Raman spectrum when no particles are used at a concentration of methylene blue of 1 × 10−2 M (∼3000 ppm), when Ag nanoparticles are used one can observe the characteristic peak of the molecule at concentrations as low as 1 × 10−10 M (∼3 × 10−5 ppm)

  2. Radiochemical synthesis of 105gAg-labelled silver nanoparticles

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    A method for synthesis of radiolabelled silver nanoparticles is reported. The method is based on proton activation of silver metal powder, enriched in 107Ag, with a 30.7 MeV proton beam. At this proton energy 105gAg is efficiently created, mainly via the 107Ag(p,3n)105Cd → 105gAg reaction. 105gAg has a half-life of 41.29 days and emits easily detectable gamma radiation on decay to 105Pd. This makes it very useful as a tracing radionuclide for experiments over several weeks or months. Following activation and a period to allow short-lived radionuclides to decay, the powder was dissolved in concentrated nitric acid in order to form silver nitrate (AgNO3), which was used to synthesise radiolabelled silver nanoparticles via the process of sodium borohydride reduction. For comparison, non-radioactive silver nanoparticles were synthesised using commercially supplied AgNO3 in order to check if the use of irradiated Ag powder as a starting material would alter in any way the final nanoparticle characteristics. Both nanoparticle types were characterised using dynamic light scattering, zeta-potential and X-ray diffraction measurements, while additionally the non-radioactive samples were analysed by transmission electron microscopy and UV–Vis spectrometry. A hydrodynamic diameter of about 16 nm was determined for both radiolabelled and non-radioactive nanoparticles, while the electron microscopy on the non-radioactive samples indicated that the physical size of the metal NPs was (7.3 ± 1.4) nm

  3. AGS Experiments: 1989, 1990, 1991

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    This report contains: Experimental areas layout; table of beam parameters and fluxes; experiment schedule ''as run''; proposed 1992 schedule; a listing of experiments by number; two-page summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; publications of AGS Experiments begin here; and list of AGS Experimenters begins here

  4. AGS Experiments: 1989, 1990, 1991

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    Depken, J.C.

    1992-02-01

    This report contains: Experimental areas layout; table of beam parameters and fluxes; experiment schedule ``as run``; proposed 1992 schedule; a listing of experiments by number; two-page summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; publications of AGS Experiments begin here; and list of AGS Experimenters begins here.

  5. AGS Experiments: 1989, 1990, 1991

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    Depken, J.C.

    1992-02-01

    This report contains: Experimental areas layout; table of beam parameters and fluxes; experiment schedule as run''; proposed 1992 schedule; a listing of experiments by number; two-page summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; publications of AGS Experiments begin here; and list of AGS Experimenters begins here.

  6. About AgEcon Search

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    <正>AgEcon Search is a free,open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics,including working papers,conference papers,and journal articles. AgEcon Search is co-sponsored by the Department of Applied Economics and the University Libraries at University of Minnesota and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Research

  7. Simple and large scale one-pot method for preparation of AgBr–ZnO nanocomposites as highly efficient visible light photocatalyst

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    Nanocomposites of AgBr–ZnO were successfully prepared in water by refluxing about at 90 °C for 3 h. In this method, zinc nitrate, silver nitrate, sodium bromide and sodium hydroxide were used as starting materials without using any additive and post preparation treatment. The nanocomposites were investigated by XRD, SEM, EDX, UV–vis DRS, and FT-IR techniques. In the nanocomposites, the ZnO has wurtzite hexagonal crystalline phase and loading of AgBr does not change its structure. The SEM images show that with increasing mole fraction of AgBr, surface morphology of the samples is changing to nanorods with smaller diameter. Photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposites was evaluated by degradation of methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. The nanocomposites exhibit higher activity relative to the pure ZnO and AgBr. Among the prepared nanocomposites, the sample with 0.2372 mole fraction of AgBr exhibits highest photocatalytic activity. Moreover, influence of various operational parameters on the degradation reaction was studied and a possible degradation mechanism proposed. Chemical oxygen demand (COD) measurements were applied to check mineralization of MB on the nanocomposite under visible light irradiation.

  8. The photosensitive effect of Ce on the precipitation of Ag nanoparticles induced by femtosecond laser in silicate glass

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    This paper studies the photosensitive effect of cerium oxide on the precipitation of Ag nanoparticles after femtosecond laser irradiating into silicate glass and successive annealing. Spectroscopy analysis and diffraction efficiency measurements show that the introduction of cerium oxide may increase the concentration of Ag atoms in the femtosecond laser-irradiated regions resulting from the photoreduction reaction Ce3+ + Ag+ → Ce4+ + Ag0 via multiphoton excitation. These results promote the aggregation of Ag nanoparticles during the annealing process. It is also found that different concentrations of cerium oxide may influence the Ag nanoparticle precipitation in the corresponding glass. (classical areas of phenomenology)

  9. Structural studies on the substitution of Ag, Na doped LCSMO CMR manganites

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    Subhashini, P.; Munirathinam, B.; Krishnaiah, M.; Venkatesh, R.; Venkateswarlu, D.; Ganesan, V.

    2016-05-01

    Synthesis and characterization of colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) materials has been a subject of scientific research due to the unique transport, magnetotransport, and magnetic properties. The single phase polycrystalline La0.7Ca0.1Sr0.1M0.1MnO3 (LCSMO) (M=Ag and Na) samples prepared using nitrate route method. The structural properties are studied at different dopants by X-ray diffraction. The surface morphology and elemental analysis of both samples were carried out by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray technique (EDAX) respectively. The structural analysis shows that the LCSMO is crystallized in an orthorhombic perovskite structure belonging to Pnma space group. The crystal size of the sample is calculated using Scherrer formula. The SEM images show that the polycrystalline grains are observed to be near spherical shape and uniform in size. EDAX spectra taken from the surface of the synthesized powders show a nominal composition near the desired one for M=Na sample where as some vacancies are present in the A-site in the case of Ag substitution as will be discussed in this paper.

  10. Shanghai Shows Its Heart

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    2007-01-01

    The city known as China’s economic powerhouse showed a more caring face as host of the Special Olympic Games Between October 2 and 11,the Special Olympics Summer Games were hosted in Shanghai,the first time the 40-year-old athletic com- petition for people with intellectual disabilities came to a developing country. This Special Olympics was also larger than all previous games in temps of the number of athletes.

  11. Synthesis of AgBr/Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} composite photocatalyst and enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Song, Limin; Li, Yamiao; Tian, Haifeng [College of Environment and Chemical Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Hollow-Fiber Membrane Materials and Membrane Processes, Tianjin Polytechnic University, No. 399 Binshuixidao Street, Xiqing District, Tianjin 300387 (China); Wu, Xiaoqing [Institute of Composite Materials, Tianjin Polytechnic University, No. 399 Binshuixidao Street, Xiqing District, Tianjin 300387 (China); Fang, Sheng [College of Environment and Chemical Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Hollow-Fiber Membrane Materials and Membrane Processes, Tianjin Polytechnic University, No. 399 Binshuixidao Street, Xiqing District, Tianjin 300387 (China); Zhang, Shujuan, E-mail: songlmnk@sohu.com [College of Science, Tianjin University of Science and Technology, No. 29 Shisan Street, Kaifa District, Tianjin 300457 (China)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} can be used in photocatalytic degradation of dyes. • AgBr/Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} shows higher activity under visible light irradiation. • The kinetics of activity and enhanced photocatalytic mechanism were analyzed. - Abstract: Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} and AgBr/Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} photocatalysts were synthesized by a simple precipitation reaction, and their structures were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electronic microscopy, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area analysis, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, UV–vis absorption spectroscopy, photoluminescence, and surface photovoltage techniques. Photocatalytic degradations of methylene blue over Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} and AgBr/Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} were also studied under visible light irradiation. AgBr/Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} exhibited excellent photocatalytic efficiency, with the activity higher than that of Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}. The band gap and valence band of Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} were 2.67 eV and 1.93 eV, respectively. Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} failed to produce ·OH radicals by directly oxidizing OH{sup −} because the oxidation potential of OH{sup −} was 2.7 eV. Therefore, electrons excited by light reacted with O{sub 2} to produce ·O{sub 2}{sup −} radicals that then formed ·OH radicals. Finally, ·OH radicals oxidized MB molecules. The matching energy bands of Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} and AgBr in the AgBr/Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7} heterocatalysts effectively separated the photo-induced charges, which may enhance the photocatalytic activity of Ag{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}.

  12. Surface plasmon enhanced photoluminescence in amorphous silicon carbide films by adjusting Ag island film sizes

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    Ag island films with different sizes are deposited on hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (α-SiC:H) films, and the influences of Ag island films on the optical properties of the α-SiC:H films are investigated. Atomic force microscope images show that Ag nanoislands are formed after Ag coating, and the size of the Ag islands increases with increasing Ag deposition time. The extinction spectra indicate that two resonance absorption peaks which correspond to out-of-plane and in-plane surface plasmon modes of the Ag island films are obtained, and the resonance peak shifts toward longer wavelength with increasing Ag island size. The photoluminescence (PL) enhancement or quenching depends on the size of Ag islands, and PL enhancement by 1.6 times on the main PL band is obtained when the sputtering time is 10 min. Analyses show that the influence of surface plasmons on the PL of α-SiC:H is determined by the competition between the scattering and absorption of Ag islands, and PL enhancement is obtained when scattering is the main interaction between the Ag islands and incident light. (condensed matter: electronic structure, electrical, magnetic, and optical properties)

  13. Fate of Ag-NPs in Sewage Sludge after Application on Agricultural Soils.

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    Pradas del Real, Ana E; Castillo-Michel, Hiram; Kaegi, Ralf; Sinnet, Brian; Magnin, Valérie; Findling, Nathaniel; Villanova, Julie; Carrière, Marie; Santaella, Catherine; Fernández-Martínez, Alejandro; Levard, Clément; Sarret, Géraldine

    2016-02-16

    The objective of this work was to investigate the fate of silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) in a sludge-amended soil cultivated with monocot (Wheat) and dicot (Rape) crop species. A pot experiment was performed with sludges produced in a pilot wastewater treatment plant containing realistic Ag concentrations (18 and 400 mg kg(-1), 14 mg kg(-1) for the control). Investigations focused on the highest dose treatment. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) showed that Ag2S was the main species in the sludge and amended soil before and after plant culture. The second most abundant species was an organic and/or amorphous Ag-S phase whose proportion slightly varied (from 24% to 36%) depending on the conditions. Micro and nano X-ray fluorescence (XRF) showed that Ag was preferentially associated with S-rich particles, including organic fragments, of the sludge and amended soils. Ag was distributed as heteroaggregates with soil components (size ranging from ≤0.5 to 1-3 μm) and as diffused zones likely corresponding to sorbed/complexed Ag species. Nano-XRF evidenced the presence of mixed metallic sulfides. Ag was weakly exchangeable and labile. However, micronutrient mobilization by plant roots and organic matter turnover may induce Ag species interconversion eventually leading to Ag release on longer time scales. Together, these data provide valuable information for risk assessment of sewage sludge application on agricultural soils. PMID:26756906

  14. Damage behavior of SnAgCu/Cu solder joints subjected to thermomechanical cycling

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    Highlights: •A creep–fatigue damage model based on CDM was proposed. •Designed system includes load frame, strain measure device and damage test device. •Damage evolution of solder joints was a function of accumulated inelastic strain. •Damage of solder joints is an interaction between creep and low-cycle fatigue. -- Abstract: Thermomechanical fatigue damage is a progressive process of material degradation. The objective of this study was to investigate the damage behavior of SnAgCu/Cu solder joints under thermomechanical cycling. A damage model was proposed based on continuum damage mechanics (CDM). Based upon an analysis of displacements for flip-chip solder joints subjected to thermal cycling, a special bimetallic loading frame with single-solder joint samples was designed to simulate the service conditions of actual joints in electronic packages. The assembly, which allowed for strain measurements of an individual solder joint during temperature cycling, was used to investigate the impact of stress–strain cycling on the damage behavior of SnAgCu/Cu solder joints. The characteristic parameters of the damage model were determined through thermomechanical cycling and strain measurement tests. The damage variable D = 1 − R0/R was selected, and values for it were obtained using a four-probe method for the single-solder joint samples every dozen cycles during thermomechanical cycling tests to verify the model. The results showed that the predicted damage was in good agreement with the experimental results. The damage evolution law proposed here is a function of inelastic strain, and the results showed that the damage rate of SnAgCu/Cu solder joints increased as the range of the applied strain increased. In addition, the microstructure evolution of the solder joints was analyzed using scanning electron microscopy, which provided the microscopic explanation for the damage evolution law of SnAgCu/Cu solder joints

  15. On the heterostructured photocatalysts Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Wu, Si-Zhan [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, 381 Wushan Road, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Institute of Materials Science and Chemical Industry, Tongren University, 103 Qingshui Road, Tongren 554300 (China); Li, Kui [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, 381 Wushan Road, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Zhang, Wei-De, E-mail: zhangwd@scut.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, 381 Wushan Road, Guangzhou 510640 (China)

    2015-01-01

    Highlights: • Novel Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}-VN composite photocatalysts were prepared by a simple method. • Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}-VN showed high activity toward degradation of RhB. • Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}-VN composite with large surface area exhibited excellent stability. - Abstract: Heterostructured photocatalysts Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} were prepared by deposition-precipitation method in order to anchor Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4} on the surface of N-vacancy g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} (g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}-VN). The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by degrading rhodamine B (RhB) in aqueous solution. Compared with the pure Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4} and g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}-VN, the heterojuncted photocatalyst 65 wt% Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}-VN exhibits the best activity under visible light irradiation. The photodegradation rate constant of 65 wt% Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}-VN is 0.0556 min{sup −1}, which is 23.4, 5.8 and 6.4 times of that of pure Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4}, pure g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}-VN and P25, respectively. The excellent photocatalytic performance of the Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}-VN catalysts can be ascribed to the matched band structures of Ag{sub 3}VO{sub 4} and g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}, which strengthened the formation of the heterojuncted photocatalyst. The unique heterostructured photocatalyst is favorable for retarding the recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes, thus the photocatalytic activity is significantly increased. Further experiment also reveals that the • O{sub 2}{sup −} and h{sup +} are the major active species in the degradation of RhB.

  16. Enteroantigen (eAg)-binding B lymphocytes in the mouse - phenotype, distribution, function and eAg-specific antibody secretion

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    Venning, Freja Albjerg; Trempenau, Mette Louise; Schmidt, Esben; Claesson, Mogens Helweg

    2013-01-01

    Studies reporting beneficial effects of B lymphocytes in autoimmune diseases have been accumulating and a regulatory role for certain B cell subsets is hence getting more and more recognition. Recently, B cells were shown to exhibit a regulatory effect in a T cell transfer model of colitis. Here, B...... cells in causing proliferation of eAg-specific T cells. In comparison with eAg- B cells, eAg+ B cells secrete a significant amount of IL-10 in vitro, suggesting an anti-inflammatory potential. Compared with wild-type B cells, B cell receptor (BCR) transgenic, hen egg lysozyme-specific B cells show...

  17. Enhanced HBsAg synthesis correlates with increased severity of fibrosis in chronic hepatitis B patients.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Little is known about whether low serum HBsAg levels result from impaired HBsAg synthesis or a reduced number of hepatocytes caused by advanced liver fibrosis. Therefore, we investigated the capacity for HBsAg synthesis in a cross-sectional cohort of treatment-naïve chronic hepatitis B patients. METHODS: Chronic hepatitis B patients (n = 362 were enrolled; liver biopsies were performed and liver histology was scored, and serum HBsAg and HBV DNA levels were investigated. In the enrolled patients, 183 out of 362 have quantitative serum HBsAg levels. Tissue HBsAg was determined by immunohistochemistry. RESULTS: A positive correlation between serum HBsAg and HBV DNA levels was revealed in HBeAg(+ patients (r = 0.2613, p = 0.0050. In HBeAg(+ patients, serum HBsAg and severity of fibrosis were inversely correlated (p = 0.0094, whereas tissue HBsAg levels correlated positively with the stage of fibrosis (p = 0.0280. After applying the mean aminopyrine breath test as a correction factor, adjusted serum HBsAg showed a strong positive correlation with fibrosis severity in HBeAg(+ patients (r = 0.5655, p<0.0001. The adjusted serum HBsAg values predicted 'moderate to severe' fibrosis with nearly perfect performance in both HBeAg(+ patients (area under the curve: 0.994, 95% CI: 0.983-1.000 and HBeAg(- patients (area under the curve: 1.000, 95% CI: 1.000-1.000. CONCLUSIONS: Although serum HBsAg levels were negatively correlated with fibrosis severity in HBeAg(+ patients, aminopyrine breath test-adjusted serum HBsAg and tissue HBsAg, two indices that are unaffected by the number of residual hepatocytes, were positively correlated with fibrosis severity. Furthermore, adjusted serum HBsAg has an accurate prediction capability.

  18. Enhanced formation of silver nanoparticles in Ag+-NOM-iron(II, III) systems and antibacterial activity studies.

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    Adegboyega, Nathaniel F; Sharma, Virender K; Siskova, Karolina M; Vecerova, Renata; Kolar, Milan; Zbořil, Radek; Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge L

    2014-03-18

    This work reports the role of iron redox pair (Fe(3+)/Fe(2+)) in the formation of naturally occurring silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in the aquatic environment. The results showed that Fe(3+) or Fe(2+) ions in the mixtures of Ag(+) and natural organic matter enhanced the formation of AgNPs. The formation of AgNPs depended on pH and types of organic matter. Increase in pH enhanced the formation of AgNPs, and humic acids as ligands showed higher formation of AgNPs compared to fulvic acids. The observed results were described by considering the potentials of redox pairs of silver and iron species and the possible species involved in reducing silver ions to AgNPs. Dynamic light scattering and transmission electron microscopy measurements of AgNPs revealed mostly bimodal size distribution with decrease in size of AgNPs due to iron species in the reaction mixture. Minimum inhibitory concentration of AgNPs needed to inhibit the growth of various bacterial species suggested the role of surfaces of tested Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Stability study of AgNPs, formed in Ag(+)-humic acid/fulvic acids-Fe(3+) mixtures over a period of several months showed high stability of the particles with significant increase in surface plasmon resonance peak. The environmental implications of the results in terms of fate, transport, and ecotoxicity of organic-coated AgNPs are briefly presented. PMID:24524189

  19. Immobilization of Highly Dispersed Ag Nanoparticles on Carbon Nanotubes Using Electron-Assisted Reduction for Antibacterial Performance.

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    Yan, Xiaoliang; Li, Sha; Bao, Jiehua; Zhang, Nan; Fan, Binbin; Li, Ruifeng; Liu, Xuguang; Pan, Yun-Xiang

    2016-07-13

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) supported on certain materials have been widely used as disinfectants. Yet, to date, the antibacterial activity of the supported Ag NPs is still far below optimum. This is mainly associated with the easy aggregation of Ag NPs on the supporting materials. Herein, an electron-assisted reduction (EAR) method, which is operated at temperatures as low as room temperature and without using any reduction reagent, was employed for immobilizing highly dispersed Ag NPs on aminated-CNTs (Ag/A-CNTs). The average Ag NPs size on the EAR-prepared Ag/A-CNTs is only 3.8 nm, which is much smaller than that on the Ag/A-CNTs fabricated from the traditional thermal calcination (25.5 nm). Compared with Ag/A-CNTs fabricated from traditional thermal calcination, EAR-prepared Ag/A-CNTs shows a much better antibacterial activity to E. coli/S. aureus and antifouling performance to P. subcordiformis/T. lepidoptera. This is mainly originated from the significantly enhanced Ag(+) ion releasing rate and highly dispersed Ag NPs with small size on the EAR-prepared Ag/A-CNTs. The findings from the present work are helpful for fabricating supported Ag NPs with small size and high dispersion for efficient antibacterial process. PMID:27327238

  20. Direct observation of Ag filament growth and unconventional SET-RESET operation in GeTe amorphous films

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    Imanishi, Yusuke; Kida, Shimon; Nakaoka, Toshihiro

    2016-07-01

    We report on the direct observation of Ag filament growth and a peculiar resistance switching in amorphous GeTe films with a lateral electrode geometry. The Ag filament growth was monitored by in-situ optical microscopy. The resistance switching was studied in three electrode pairs, Ag-Ag, Pt-Ag, and Pt-Ag/Pt (Ag electrode covered with Pt). In all the three electrode pairs, similar dendritic Ag filaments were clearly observed growing along both directions from one electrode to the other, according to the applied bias polarity. However, the SET and RESET processes are quite different. The Ag-Ag pair produces a unipolar clockwise switching. The Pt-Ag pair shows a bipolar counter-clockwise switching, as predicted in the basic electrochemical metallization theory, but the observed switching polarity is exactly opposite to the basic theory prediction. The Pt-Ag/Pt pair produces a unipolar counter-clockwise switching. The peculiar SET/RESET processes are explained on the basis of strong Ag diffusion into GeTe matrix resulting in an asymmetric effective electrode pair. The findings suggest that the SET/RESET processes are controlled by the amount of Ag and the electrode geometry.

  1. Critical interparticle distance for the remarkably enhanced dielectric constant of BaTiO3-Ag hybrids filled polyvinylidene fluoride composites

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    Luo, Suibin; Yu, Shuhui; Fang, Fang; Lai, Maobai; Sun, Rong; Wong, Ching-Ping

    2014-06-01

    Discrete nano Ag-deposited BaTiO3 (BT-Ag) hybrids with varied Ag content were synthesized, and the hybrids filled polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) composites were prepared. The effect of Ag content on the dielectric properties of the composites were analyzed based on the diffused electrical double layer theory. Results showed that with a higher Ag content in BT-Ag hybrids, the dielectric constant of BT-Ag/PVDF composites increases fast with the filler loading, while the dielectric loss and conductivity showed a suppressed and moderate increase. The dielectric constant of BT-0.61Ag/PVDF (61 wt. % of Ag in BT-Ag hybrid) composites reached 613, with the dielectric loss of 0.29 at 1 kHz. It was deduced that remarkably enhanced dielectric constant appeared when the interparticle distance decreased to a critical value of about 20 nm.

  2. Obesity in show dogs.

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    Corbee, R J

    2012-08-11

    Obesity is an important disease with a growing incidence. Because obesity is related to several other diseases, and decreases life span, it is important to identify the population at risk. Several risk factors for obesity have been described in the literature. A higher incidence of obesity in certain breeds is often suggested. The aim of this study was to determine whether obesity occurs more often in certain breeds. The second aim was to relate the increased prevalence of obesity in certain breeds to the official standards of that breed. To this end, we investigated 1379 dogs of 128 different breeds by determining their body condition score (BCS). Overall, 18.6% of the show dogs had a BCS >5, and 1.1% of the show dogs had a BCS>7. There were significant differences between breeds, which could be correlated to the breed standards. It warrants firm discussions with breeders and judges in order to come to different interpretations of the standards to prevent overweight conditions from being the standard of beauty. PMID:22882163

  3. Graphene oxide supported Au–Ag alloy nanoparticles with different shapes and their high catalytic activities

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    A simple method was developed to fabricate Au–Ag nanoparticle/graphene oxide nanocomposites (Au–Ag/GO) by using simultaneous redox reactions between AgNO3, HAuCl4 and GO. The Au–Ag/GO was characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. The GO nanosheets acted as the reducing agent and the support for the Au–Ag alloy nanoparticles. In addition, Au–Ag alloy nanoparticles with different shapes including core–shell-like, dendrimer-like and flower-like were obtained by simply modifying the concentration of the reactants and the reaction temperature. With no reducing or stabilizing agents added, the Au–Ag/GO nanocomposites show superior catalytic performance for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol and for the aerobic homocoupling of phenylboronic acid. (paper)

  4. Low emissivity Ag/Ta/glass multilayer thin films deposited by sputtering

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    Park, Sun Ho [Division of Advanced Materials Engineering, Kongju National University, Budaedong, Cheonan City (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Kee Sun [Division of Advanced Materials Engineering, Kongju National University, Budaedong, Cheonan City (Korea, Republic of); Green Home Energy Technology Center, Cheonan City (Korea, Republic of); Sivasankar Reddy, A. [Green Home Energy Technology Center, Cheonan City (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-09-15

    Ta is deposited on a glass substrate as an interlayer for the two-dimensional growth of Ag thin films because Ta has good thermal stability and can induce a negative surface-energy change in Ag/glass. From the transmission electron microscopy results, we concluded that the Ag crystals in the bottom layer (seemingly on Ag/Ta) were flattened; this was rarely observed in the three-dimensional growth mode. Comparing Ag/Ta/glass with Ag/glass, we found that the Ta interlayer was effective in reducing both the resistance and the emissivity, accompanied by the relatively high transmittance in the visible region. In particular, Ag(9 nm)/Ta(1 nm)/glass film showed 0.08 of the emissivity, including {approx}61% of the transmittance in the visible region (wavelength: 550 nm).

  5. Low emissivity Ag/Ta/glass multilayer thin films deposited by sputtering

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    Ta is deposited on a glass substrate as an interlayer for the two-dimensional growth of Ag thin films because Ta has good thermal stability and can induce a negative surface-energy change in Ag/glass. From the transmission electron microscopy results, we concluded that the Ag crystals in the bottom layer (seemingly on Ag/Ta) were flattened; this was rarely observed in the three-dimensional growth mode. Comparing Ag/Ta/glass with Ag/glass, we found that the Ta interlayer was effective in reducing both the resistance and the emissivity, accompanied by the relatively high transmittance in the visible region. In particular, Ag(9 nm)/Ta(1 nm)/glass film showed 0.08 of the emissivity, including ∼61% of the transmittance in the visible region (wavelength: 550 nm).

  6. Visible light assisted degradation of organic dye using Ag3PO4

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    The study of visible light photodegradation of organic dye Methylene Blue (MB) have been investigated using silver phosphate (Ag3PO4) as a photocatalyst which is good efficient material for photocatalytic reaction. The simple ion-exchange method is used to prepare Ag3PO4. The structure of the material have been confirmed using X-ray diffraction which shows cubic structure of Ag3PO4. The functional group of the Ag3PO4 has been verified by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The bandgap of Ag3PO4 is calculated using kubelka-munk function from the ultra violet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, the absorption of Ag3PO4 starts from 470 nm. Under simulated visible light irradiation, Ag3PO4 catalyst exhibits good catalytic ability for degrading MB dye

  7. Au/Ag nanoalloy shells as near-infrared SERS nanoprobe for the detection of protein

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    We provide a highly sensitive, uniform and reproducible surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) performance obtained from the randomly aggregated Au/Ag nanoalloy shells substrate. Au/Ag nanoalloy shells consist of SiO2 core and Au/Ag alloy shells layer. The obtained Au/Ag nanoalloy shells with a monodisperse size distribution exhibit different morphology by the analysis of TEM. By changing the ratio of Au and Ag, the plasmonic extinction of Au/Ag nanoshells varied in near-infrared window region. In this experiment, Au/Ag nanoshells with controllable ratio can obtain larger SERS signals, which can be used for ultrasensitive detection of biomolecules. These SERS-active spheres show interesting properties as a novel Raman tag for immunoassays. (paper)

  8. Single-molecule conductance with nitrile and amino contacts with Ag or Cu electrodes

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    The single-molecule conductance of 1,4-dicyanobenzene (DCB), 1,4-benzenediamine (BDA) and 4,4'-biphenyldicarbonitrile (BPDC) with Ag and/or Cu electrodes is measured by electrochemical jump-to-contact STM-break junction. All single-molecule junctions present three sets of conductance values revealing different contact geometries. We observe that the single-molecule conductance of Ag-BDA-Ag junction is larger that of Ag-DCB-Ag junction, and DCB with Ag contacts are more conductive than that with Cu ones. This is related to a different electronic coupling between the molecules and the electrodes. Tunneling decay constants of 1.70 and 1.68 per phenyl group were found for Ag and Cu electrodes, respectively. The present study therefore shows that nitrile and amino groups can also be used as effective anchors for other metals than gold

  9. Not a "reality" show.

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    Wrong, Terence; Baumgart, Erica

    2013-01-01

    The authors of the preceding articles raise legitimate questions about patient and staff rights and the unintended consequences of allowing ABC News to film inside teaching hospitals. We explain why we regard their fears as baseless and not supported by what we heard from individuals portrayed in the filming, our decade-long experience making medical documentaries, and the full un-aired context of the scenes shown in the broadcast. The authors don't and can't know what conversations we had, what documents we reviewed, and what protections we put in place in each televised scene. Finally, we hope to correct several misleading examples cited by the authors as well as their offhand mischaracterization of our program as a "reality" show. PMID:23631336

  10. The effect of nanoparticles size on photocatalytic and antimicrobial properties of Ag-Pt/TiO2 photocatalysts

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    Zielińska-Jurek, Anna; Wei, Zhishun; Wysocka, Izabela; Szweda, Piotr; Kowalska, Ewa

    2015-10-01

    Ag-Pt-modified TiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized using the sol-gel method. Bimetallic modified TiO2 nanoparticles exhibited improved photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation, better than monometallic Ag/TiO2 and Pt/TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs). All modified powders showed localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in visible region. The photocatalysts' characteristics by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), nitrogen adsorption (BET method for specific surface area) showed that sample with the highest photocatalytic activity had anatase structure, about 93 m2/g specific surface area, maximum plasmon absorption at ca. 420 nm and contained small NPs of silver of 6 nm and very fine platinum NPs of 3 nm. The photocatalytic activity was estimated by measuring the decomposition rate of phenol in 0.2 mM aqueous solution under Vis and UV/vis light irradiation. It was found that size of platinum was decisive for the photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation, i.e., the smaller Pt NPs were, the higher was photocatalytic activity. While, antimicrobial activities, estimated for bacteria Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, and pathogenic fungi belonging to Candida family, were only observed for photocatalysts containing silver, i.e., Ag/TiO2 and Ag-Pt/TiO2 nanocomposites.

  11. Showing Value (Editorial

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    Denise Koufogiannakis

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available When Su Cleyle and I first decided to start Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, one of the things we agreed upon immediately was that the journal be open access. We knew that a major obstacle to librarians using the research literature was that they did not have access to the research literature. Although Su and I are both academic librarians who can access a wide variety of library and information literature from our institutions, we belong to a profession where not everyone has equal access to the research in our field. Without such access to our own body of literature, how can we ever hope for practitioners to use research evidence in their decision making? It would have been contradictory to the principles of evidence based library and information practice to do otherwise.One of the specific groups we thought could use such an open access venue for discovering research literature was school librarians. School librarians are often isolated and lacking access to the research literature that may help them prove to stakeholders the importance of their libraries and their role within schools. Certainly, school libraries have been in decline and the use of evidence to show value is needed. As Ken Haycock noted in his 2003 report, The Crisis in Canada’s School Libraries: The Case for Reform and Reinvestment, “Across the country, teacher-librarians are losing their jobs or being reassigned. Collections are becoming depleted owing to budget cuts. Some principals believe that in the age of the Internet and the classroom workstation, the school library is an artifact” (9. Within this context, school librarians are looking to our research literature for evidence of the impact that school library programs have on learning outcomes and student success. They are integrating that evidence into their practice, and reflecting upon what can be improved locally. They are focusing on students and showing the impact of school libraries and

  12. Diffusion of Ag, Au and Cs implants in MAX phase Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2}

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    Jiang, Weilin, E-mail: weilin.jiang@pnnl.gov [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (United States); Henager, Charles H.; Varga, Tamas; Jung, Hee Joon; Overman, Nicole R. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (United States); Zhang, Chonghong; Gou, Jie [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou (China)

    2015-07-15

    MAX phases (M: early transition metal; A: elements in group 13 or 14; X: C or N), such as titanium silicon carbide (Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2}), have a unique combination of both metallic and ceramic properties, which make them attractive for potential nuclear applications. Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2} has been considered as a possible fuel cladding material. This study reports on the diffusivities of fission product surrogates (Ag and Cs) and a noble metal Au (with diffusion behavior similar to Ag) in this ternary compound at elevated temperatures, as well as in dual-phase nanocomposite of Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2}/3C-SiC and polycrystalline CVD 3C-SiC for behavior comparisons. Samples were implanted with Ag, Au or Cs ions and characterized with various methods, including X-ray diffraction, electron backscatter diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, helium ion microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that in contrast to immobile Ag in 3C-SiC, there is a significant outward diffusion of Ag in Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2} within the dual-phase nanocomposite during Ag ion implantation at 873 K. Similar behavior of Au in polycrystalline Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2} was also observed. Cs out-diffusion and release from Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2} occurred during post-implantation thermal annealing at 973 K. This study suggests caution and further studies in consideration of Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2} as a fuel cladding material for advanced nuclear reactors operating at very high temperatures.

  13. Activity and stability studies of titanates and titanate-carbon nanotubes supported Ag anode catalysts for direct methanol fuel cell

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    Mohamed, Mohamed Mokhtar; Khairy, M.; Eid, Salah

    2016-02-01

    Titanate-SWCNT; synthesized via exploiting the interaction between TiO2 anatase with oxygen functionalized SWCNT, supported Ag nanoparticles and Ag/titanate are characterized using XRD, TEM-EDX-SAED, N2 adsorption, Photoluminescence, Raman and FTIR spectroscopy. These samples are tested for methanol electrooxidation via using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and impedance measurements. It is shown that Ag/titanate nanotubes exhibited superior electrocatalytic performance for methanol oxidation (4.2 mA cm-2) than titanate-SWCNT, Ag/titanate-SWCNT and titanate. This study reveals the existence of a strong metal-support interaction in Ag/titanate as explored via formation of Ti-O-Ag bond at 896 cm-1 and increasing surface area and pore volume (103 m2 g-1, 0.21 cm3 g-1) compared to Ag/titanate-SWCNT (71 m2 g-1, 0.175 cm3 g-1) that suffers perturbation and defects following incorporation of SWCNT and Ag. Embedding Ag preferably in SWCNT rather than titanate in Ag/titanate-SWCNT disturbs the electron transfer compared to Ag/titanate. Charge transfer resistance depicted from Nyquist impedance plots is found in the order of titanate > Ag/titanate-SWCNT > titanate-SWCNT > Ag/titanate. Accordingly, Ag/titanate indicates a slower current degradation over time compared to rest of catalysts. Conductivity measurements indicate that it follows the order Ag/titanate > Ag/titanate-SWCNT > titanate > titanate-SWCNT declaring that SWCNT affects seriously the conductivity of Ag(titanate) due to perturbations caused in titanate and sinking of electrons committed by Ago through SWCNT.

  14. Single-step solvothermal synthesis of mesoporous Ag-TiO2-reduced graphene oxide ternary composites with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Arif Sher Shah, Md. Selim; Zhang, Kan; Park, A. Reum; Kim, Kwang Su; Park, Nam-Gyu; Park, Jong Hyeok; Yoo, Pil J.

    2013-05-01

    of AgNO3 and graphene oxide and the hydrolysis of titanium tetraisopropoxide were spontaneously performed in a mixed solvent system of ethylene glycol, N,N-dimethylformamide and a stoichiometric amount of water without resorting to the use of typical reducing agents. The nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, along with different microscopic and spectroscopic techniques, enabling us to confirm the successful reduction of AgNO3 and graphite oxide to metallic Ag and reduced graphene oxide, respectively. Due to the highly facilitated electron transport of well distributed Ag nanoparticles, the synthesized ternary nanocomposite showed enhanced photocatalytic activity for degradation of rhodamine B dye under visible light irradiation. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XRD of GO, EDX analysis of AgTG composites, tables show the size of graphitic domains and peak area analysis, dye adsorption plot, UV-visible absorption spectra of dye at different times, and plots of ln(Ct/C0) vs. time with the corresponding fitting curves of different samples. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr00579h

  15. Density functional theory study on the structural and electronic properties of Ag-adsorbed (MgO)_n clusters

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    Equilibrium geometries, charge distributions, stabilities and electronic properties of the Ag-adsorbed (MgO)n (n = 1-8) clusters have been investigated by density functional theory (DFT) with generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for exchange-correlation functional. The results show that hollow site is energetically preferred for n≥4, and the incoming Ag atoms tend to cluster on the existing Ag cluster. The Mulliken populations indicate that the interaction between the Ag atom and Magnesia clusters is mainly induced by a weak atomic polarization. The adsorbed Ag atom only causes charge redistributions of the atoms near itself. The effect of the adsorbed Ag atom on the bonding natures and structural features of Magnesia clusters is minor. Furthermore, the investigations on the first energy difference, fragmentation energies and electron affinities show that the Ag(MgO)4 and Ag(MgO)6 are the most stable among studied clusters.

  16. Density functional theory study on the structural and electronic properties of Ag-adsorbed (MgO)n clusters

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    GE GuiXian; JING Qun; LUO YouHua

    2009-01-01

    Equilibrium geometries, charge distributions, stabilities and electronic properties of the Ag-adsorbed (MgO)n(n=1-8) clusters have been investigated by density functional theory (DFT)with generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for exchange-correlation functional. The results show that hollow site is energetically preferred for n≥4, and the incoming Ag atoms tend to cluster on the existing Ag cluster.The Mulliken populations indicate that the interaction between the Ag atom and Magnesia clusters is mainly induced by a weak atomic polarization. The adsorbed Ag atom only causes charge redistributions of the atoms near itself. The effect of the adsorbed Ag atom on the bonding natures and structural features of Magnesia clusters is minor. Furthermore, the investigations on the first energy difference,fragmentation energies and electron affinities show that the Ag(MgO)4 and Ag(MgO)6 are the most stable among studied clusters.

  17. The AGS-Booster lattice

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    The AGS Booster has three objectives. They are to increase the space charge limit of the AGS, to increase the intensity of the polarized proton beam by accumulating many linac pulses (since the intensity is limited by the polarized ion source), and to reaccelerate heavy ions from the BNL Tandem Van de Graaff before injection into the AGS. The machine is capable of accelerating protons at 7.5 Hertz from 200 MeV to 1.5 GeV or to lower final energies at faster repetition rates. The machine will also be able to accelerate heavy ions from as low as 1 MeV/nucleon to a magnetic rigidity as high as 17.6 Tesla-meters with a one second repetition rate. As an accumulator for polarized protons, the Booster should be able to store the protons at 200 MeV for several seconds. We expect that the Booster will increase the AGS proton intensity by a factor of four, polarized proton intensity by a factor of twenty to thirty, and will also enable the AGS to accelerate all species of heavy ions (at present the AGS heavy ion program is limited to the elements lighter than sulfur because it can only accelerate fully stripped ions). The construction project started in FY 1985 and is expected to be completed in 1989. The purpose of this paper is to provide a future reference for the AGS Booster lattice

  18. Height preference and strain in Ag islands on Si(111)-(7x7)

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    Goswami, D. K.; Bhattacharjee, K.; Satpati, B.; Roy, S; Kuri, G.; Satyam, P. V.; Dev, B. N.

    2003-01-01

    Growth and strain behavior of thin Ag films on Si substrate have been investigated by scanning tunneling microscopy, cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and high resolution x-ray diffraction studies. Ag islands formed on Si at room temperature growth show strongly preferred heights and flat top. At low coverage, islands containing two atomic layers of Ag are overwhelmingly formed. At higher coverages island height distribution shows strong peaks at relative heights corresponding ...

  19. LEEM study of nucleation, growth, and decay of Ag nanowires on Cu(110)

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    Senevirathne, Indrajith; Bussmann, Ezra; Kellogg, Gary; Kurtz, Richard; Sprunger, Phillip

    2007-03-01

    Low energy electron microscopy (LEEM) has been used to study the nucleation, growth, and ripening of Ag nanowires on Cu(110). Previous STM and LEED studies of Ag on the Cu(110) surface have shown that for a Ag coverage of below 0.3 ML, Ag forms a surface alloy, followed by the formation of a 2D Ag(111) flat superstructure through dealloying at one monolayer. For Ag coverages above 1.3 ML , nanowires of Ag(110), with widths/heights of 12 nm / 2nm, grow along the [110] crystallographic direction with highly anisotropic aspect ratios. LEEM reveals that Ag initially alloys at Cu/Ag step edges producing a distortion of the steps. Upon deposition above 1 ML, nucleation of Ag nanowires was observed across terraces, however nucleation still occurred at defect and step edges. LEEM showed that the nanowires grow to micron lengths and have highly anisotropic aspect ratios. Annealing above 573K resulted in rapid Oswald ripening of nanowires to Ag clusters of several micron dimensions. Quantitative details of the growth and decay mechanisms will be discussed. Sandia Corporation is a Lockheed Martin Company, for the US DOE's NNSA under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000. Work was supported CINT-U2006A123 and NSF-DMR-0504654.

  20. Microstructure of Cu-Ag Uniform Nanoparticulate Films on Polyurethane 3D Catheters: Surface Properties.

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    Rtimi, Sami; Sanjines, Rosendo; Pulgarin, Cesar; Kiwi, John

    2016-01-13

    The preparation, characterization, and antibacterial testing of Cu-Ag sputtered polyurethane (PU) catheters are addressed in this study. PU catheters with different atomic ratios Cu:Ag have been sputtered and led to different optical properties as followed by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and the surface redox properties were also different for different Cu-Ag ratios as observed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The surface atomic percentage concentration of the oxidized/reduced C-species originating from bacterial cultures before and after bacterial inactivation were determined on the Cu-Ag PU catheters. The crystallographic properties were determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD-diffractogram showed the presence of Cu2O (111), Cu (200), CuO (020), and Ag (111) indicating that Cu nanoparticles present a more crystalline character compared to Ag nanoparticles. Increasing the percentage of Ag in the Cu-Ag films, bigger Ag-particle agglomerates were detected by scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) microanalysis confirming the results obtained by AFM. The bacterial inactivation kinetics of the sputtered Cu-Ag films on PU catheters was investigated in detail. Quasi-instantaneous bacterial inactivation kinetics was induced by the sputtered films on PU catheters after optimization of the Cu-Ag film thickness. PMID:26700113

  1. The Great Cometary Show

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    2007-01-01

    its high spatial and spectral resolution, it was possible to zoom into the very heart of this very massive star. In this innermost region, the observations are dominated by the extremely dense stellar wind that totally obscures the underlying central star. The AMBER observations show that this dense stellar wind is not spherically symmetric, but exhibits a clearly elongated structure. Overall, the AMBER observations confirm that the extremely high mass loss of Eta Carinae's massive central star is non-spherical and much stronger along the poles than in the equatorial plane. This is in agreement with theoretical models that predict such an enhanced polar mass-loss in the case of rapidly rotating stars. ESO PR Photo 06c/07 ESO PR Photo 06c/07 RS Ophiuchi in Outburst Several papers from this special feature focus on the later stages in a star's life. One looks at the binary system Gamma 2 Velorum, which contains the closest example of a star known as a Wolf-Rayet. A single AMBER observation allowed the astronomers to separate the spectra of the two components, offering new insights in the modeling of Wolf-Rayet stars, but made it also possible to measure the separation between the two stars. This led to a new determination of the distance of the system, showing that previous estimates were incorrect. The observations also revealed information on the region where the winds from the two stars collide. The famous binary system RS Ophiuchi, an example of a recurrent nova, was observed just 5 days after it was discovered to be in outburst on 12 February 2006, an event that has been expected for 21 years. AMBER was able to detect the extension of the expanding nova emission. These observations show a complex geometry and kinematics, far from the simple interpretation of a spherical fireball in extension. AMBER has detected a high velocity jet probably perpendicular to the orbital plane of the binary system, and allowed a precise and careful study of the wind and the shockwave

  2. Synthesis and properties of calix[4]arene telluropodant ethers as Ag+ selective sensors and Ag+, Hg2+ extractants

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    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Three novel phenyltelluroalkoxyl functionalized tweezer-like calix[4]arenes 6–8 and two monophenyltelluropropoxyl functionalized calix[4]arenes 10 (cone conformer and 12 (partial cone conformer were synthesized and characterized. They are good Ag+-selective ionophores in ion-selective electrodes evaluated by electromotive force measurements of polymer membrane electrodes. The tweezer-like ionophores 6–8 showed excellent extraction ability towards Ag+ and Hg2+.

  3. ZnWO4 nanorods decorated with Ag/AgBr nanoparticles as highly efficient visible-light-responsive photocatalyst for dye AR18 photodegradation

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ag/AgBr-sensitized ZnWO4 nanorod heterojunction was fabricated and characterized. • The composite showed the enhanced visible-light activity for AR18 photodegradation. • The enhancement mechanism and the catalytic degradation mechanism were revealed. • The effects of various parameters on AR18 photodegradation kinetics were examined. - Abstract: A novel Ag-AgBr/ZnWO4 nanorod heterostructure composite was prepared via a facile deposition–precipitation method with ZnWO4 nanorods as the substrate, and characterized by XRD, SEM-EDX, TEM, XPS, and DRS to confirm its structure, morphology, composition, and optical property. The composite was used as a photocatalyst to destroy azo dye Acid Red 18 (AR18) under visible light irradiation. The effects of catalyst composition, solution pH, catalyst loading, and initial dye concentration on photocatalytic degradation rate and efficiency were examined. It was revealed that the photocatalytic activity of Ag-AgBr/ZnWO4 nanojunction system was higher than that of the single ZnWO4 or Ag-AgBr for AR18 degradation under visible light irradiation. The optimal content of Ag-AgBr in Ag-AgBr/ZnWO4 composite was 0.58:1 of Ag/W molar ratio using in the catalyst preparation. Acid pH and decreasing dye initial concentration were favorable to AR18 photodegradation, but the catalyst loading had an optimal value. The catalyst was stable and recyclable, after five successive cycles the photoactivity was fully maintained and the XRD patterns of AgBr displayed no evident change. Photoluminescence spectra revealed the enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability were closely related to the efficient separation of photogenerated carriers in Ag-AgBr/ZnWO4 nanojunction system. Superoxide radicals and holes were found to be main active species for AR18 photodegradation. Finally, the possible mechanism for AR18 degradation over Ag-AgBr/ZnWO4 nanorods under visible light irradiation was proposed as well

  4. ZnWO{sub 4} nanorods decorated with Ag/AgBr nanoparticles as highly efficient visible-light-responsive photocatalyst for dye AR18 photodegradation

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    Li, Kebin, E-mail: kebinlee314@gmail.com [College of Chemistry and Material Science, Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Function Molecule Chemistry of Ministry of Education, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Xue, Jie; Zhang, Yanhui [College of Chemistry and Material Science, Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Function Molecule Chemistry of Ministry of Education, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Wei, Hong [Key Laboratory of Northwest Water Resources, Environment and Ecology, Ministry of Education, Xi’an University of Technology, Xi’an 710048 (China); Liu, Yalan; Dong, Chengxing [College of Chemistry and Material Science, Key Laboratory of Synthetic and Natural Function Molecule Chemistry of Ministry of Education, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China)

    2014-11-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ag/AgBr-sensitized ZnWO{sub 4} nanorod heterojunction was fabricated and characterized. • The composite showed the enhanced visible-light activity for AR18 photodegradation. • The enhancement mechanism and the catalytic degradation mechanism were revealed. • The effects of various parameters on AR18 photodegradation kinetics were examined. - Abstract: A novel Ag-AgBr/ZnWO{sub 4} nanorod heterostructure composite was prepared via a facile deposition–precipitation method with ZnWO{sub 4} nanorods as the substrate, and characterized by XRD, SEM-EDX, TEM, XPS, and DRS to confirm its structure, morphology, composition, and optical property. The composite was used as a photocatalyst to destroy azo dye Acid Red 18 (AR18) under visible light irradiation. The effects of catalyst composition, solution pH, catalyst loading, and initial dye concentration on photocatalytic degradation rate and efficiency were examined. It was revealed that the photocatalytic activity of Ag-AgBr/ZnWO{sub 4} nanojunction system was higher than that of the single ZnWO{sub 4} or Ag-AgBr for AR18 degradation under visible light irradiation. The optimal content of Ag-AgBr in Ag-AgBr/ZnWO{sub 4} composite was 0.58:1 of Ag/W molar ratio using in the catalyst preparation. Acid pH and decreasing dye initial concentration were favorable to AR18 photodegradation, but the catalyst loading had an optimal value. The catalyst was stable and recyclable, after five successive cycles the photoactivity was fully maintained and the XRD patterns of AgBr displayed no evident change. Photoluminescence spectra revealed the enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability were closely related to the efficient separation of photogenerated carriers in Ag-AgBr/ZnWO{sub 4} nanojunction system. Superoxide radicals and holes were found to be main active species for AR18 photodegradation. Finally, the possible mechanism for AR18 degradation over Ag-AgBr/ZnWO{sub 4} nanorods under

  5. Enhancing the visible-light-induced photocatalytic activity of the self-cleaning TiO2-coated cotton by loading Ag/AgCl nanoparticles

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    TiO2-coated cotton possesses excellent self-cleaning properties but requires ultraviolet irradiation for effective photocatalysis. It is highly desirable to develop self-cleaning cotton fabrics that can use visible light in high efficiency under sunlight irradiation. In this work, Ag/AgCl-TiO2-cotton was prepared by coating TiO2 films at low temperature and then loading Ag/AgCl nanoparticles via an impregnating precipitation photoreduction method. It was characterized by meanings of scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectrophotometer. In comparison with TiO2-cotton, Ag/AgCl-TiO2-cotton exhibits a highly visible-light-induced photocatalytic activity for degradation of methyl orange in water. The mechanism for the degradation of methyl orange over the Ag/AgCl-TiO2-cotton was discussed. Under visible light irradiation, Ag NPs are photoexcited due to surface plasmon resonance, and then the photoexcited electrons from Ag NPs inject into the TiO2 conduction band and the holes transfer to the surface of the AgCl particles. The produced radical groups, such as O2• −, H2O2, • OH and Cl0, can cause the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants. - Highlights: • TiO2 was coated on the substrates with low thermal resistance. • Ag/AgCl-TiO2-cotton shows visible-light-induced self-cleaning property. • Silver nanoparticles lead to surface plasmon resonance absorption

  6. Magnetic analysis of a melt-spun Fe-dilute Cu60Ag35Fe5 alloy

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    The magnetic properties of a melt-spun Fe-dilute Cu60Ag35Fe5 alloy are examined by X-ray diffraction, magnetic measurements, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The X-ray diffraction patterns show that the as-spun and annealed (773 K×36 ks) samples contain Cu and Ag phases and no Fe phases; thus, most Fe atoms are dispersed as clusters. Magnetic measurements indicate that the as-spun and annealed samples exhibit superparamagnetic behavior at 300 K, whereas ferromagnetic and superparamagnetic behaviors coexist at 4.2 K. The magnetic moments of small clusters at 300 K are determined by the nonlinear least squares method as 5148 and 4671 μB for as-spun and annealed samples, respectively, whereas those at 300 K are experimentally determined as 3500 and 3200 μB. This decrease in magnetic moments may imply the formation of anti-ferromagnetic coupling by annealing. TEM observation of the melt-spun sample suggests that there are three regions with different compositions: Cu-rich, Ag-rich, and Fe-rich with no precipitation in the matrix. In addition, these regions have obscure interfaces. The magnetic clusters are attributed to the Fe-rich regions

  7. Bioceres: AG Biotechnology from Argentina

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    Roberto Feeney

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available In this case we present a business decision-making situation in which the CEO of an Argentine Ag Biotech company, Bioceres, has to decide the best way to commercialize a new drought-tolerant transgenic technology. The company was founded by twenty three farmers, who shared a common dream that Argentina could become a benchmark in the development of Ag biotechnology. The case has strategic and financial implications, as well as decision-making situation involving a joint venture with an American biotechnology company. It also introduces to discussion the business models of Ag biotechnology companies in developing countries.

  8. (RE)BaCuO/Ag composites: fundamentals of processing, microstructure and control of properties

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    We have investigated the phase equilibria in (RE)BaCuO-Ag systems, the influence of Ag on the processing of (RE)BaCuO/Ag composites and the resulting properties. YBCO/Ag composites have been grown by the modified melt crystallization process with YBa2Cu3O7, Y2O3, Pt and Ag2O in the precursor. The improved strength of the YBCO/Ag composites compared with the conventional YBCO bulk material permitted us to magnetize these materials to achieve trapped fields up to 16 T (at 24 K) in the gap of a mini-magnet. The investigation of the microstructure revealed a remarkable increase of the spacing between micro-cracks especially of those perpendicular to a-b planes when 12 wt% Ag was added. In the case of SmBaCuO/Ag composites Ag has a strong influence on processing and causes interactions between RE123 seeds and the sample. We report on the growth of single-grain SmBaCuO/Ag composites in air and we discuss the influence of post-annealing on increasing Tc and jc. (author)

  9. PVP induce self-seeding process for growth of Au@Ag core@shell nanocomposites

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    Eisa, Wael H.; Al-Ashkar, Emad; El-Mossalamy, S. M.; Ali, Safaa S. M.

    2016-05-01

    A novel self-seeding route is developed for fabrication of metallic nanocomposites of gold (core) and silver (shell) (Au@Ag core@shell). Herein, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) is used as both reducing and stabilizing agent. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au@Ag core@shell can be tuned by controlling the thickness of the Ag shell. The different growth stages of the Au@Ag core@shell have been traced by in situ UV-vis absorption spectra. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy are used for the characterization of the prepared samples.

  10. Structure and magnetic properties of [FePt/Ag]10 multilayer films

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    XU Xiaohong; WANG Fang; WU Haishun

    2004-01-01

    [FePt/Ag]10 multilayers were deposited on glass substrates by magnetron sputtering. After being annealed at 550℃ for 30 min, the coercivities of [FePt/Ag]10 multilayer films were observably improved. Magnetic properties of [FePt/Ag]10 multilayer films are influenced by the Ag content. The highest coercivity is obtained for those multilayer films that the Ag content is about 25%. The analysis for the remanence curves shows that the lower FePt layer thickness is favorable for decreasing the intergranular interaction. Result of XRD shows that a thick Ag layer can enhance the intensity of FePt(001) peak. A magnetic activation volume of the order of 10-24 m3 is obtained by the measurement of magnetic viscosity, showing that it is promising to be ultrahigh density recording media.

  11. Ag Nanoparticles (Ag NM300K) in the Terrestrial Environment: Effects at Population and Cellular Level in Folsomia candida (Collembola).

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    Mendes, Luís André; Maria, Vera L; Scott-Fordsmand, Janeck J; Amorim, Mónica J B

    2015-10-01

    The effects of nanomaterials have been primarily assessed based on standard ecotoxicity guidelines. However, by adapting alternative measures the information gained could be enhanced considerably, e.g., studies should focus on more mechanistic approaches. Here, the environmental risk posed by the presence of silver nanoparticles (Ag NM300K) in soil was investigated, anchoring population and cellular level effects, i.e., survival, reproduction (28 days) and oxidative stress markers (0, 2, 4, 6, 10 days). The standard species Folsomia candida was used. Measured markers included catalase (CAT), glutathione reductase (GR), glutathione S-transferase (GST), total glutathione (TG), metallothionein (MT) and lipid peroxidation (LPO). Results showed that AgNO₃ was more toxic than AgNPs at the population level: reproduction EC₂₀ and EC₅₀ was ca. 2 and 4 times lower, respectively. At the cellular level Correspondence Analysis showed a clear separation between AgNO₃ and AgNP throughout time. Results showed differences in the mechanisms, indicating a combined effect of released Ag⁺ (MT and GST) and of AgNPs (CAT, GR, TG, LPO). Hence, clear advantages from mechanistic approaches are shown, but also that time is of importance when measuring such responses. PMID:26473892

  12. Novel Mn3 [Co(CN)6]2@SiO2@Ag Core-Shell Nanocube: Enhanced Two-Photon Fluorescence and Magnetic Resonance Dual-Modal Imaging-Guided Photothermal and Chemo-therapy.

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    Wang, Dongdong; Guo, Zhen; Zhou, Jiajia; Chen, Jian; Zhao, Gaozheng; Chen, Ruhui; He, Mengni; Liu, Zhenbang; Wang, Haibao; Chen, Qianwang

    2015-11-25

    The versatile Mn3[Co(CN)6]2@SiO2@Ag core-shell NCs are prepared by a simple coprecipitation method. Ag nanoparticles with an average diameter of 12 nm deposited on the surface of Mn3[Co(CN)6]2@SiO2 through S-Ag bonding are fabricated in ethanol solution by reducing silver nitrate (AgNO3 ) with NaBH4 . The NCs possess T1 -T2 dual-modal magnetic resonance imaging ability. The inner Prussian blue analogs (PBAs) Mn3[Co(CN)6]2 exhibit bright two-photon fluorescence (TPF) imaging when excited at 730 nm. Moreover, the TPF imaging intensity displays 1.85-fold enhancement after loading of Ag nanoparticles. Besides, the sample also has multicolor fluorescence imaging ability under 403, 488, and 543 nm single photon excitation. The as-synthesized Mn3[Co(CN)6]2@SiO2@Ag NCs show a DOX loading capacity of 600 mg g(-1) and exhibit an excellent ability of near-infrared (NIR)-responsive drug release and photothermal therapy (PTT) which is induced from the relative high absorbance in NIR region. The combined chemotherapy and PTT against cancer cells in vitro test shows high therapeutic efficiency. The multimodal treatment and imaging could lead to this material a potential multifunctional system for biomedical diagnosis and therapy. PMID:26437078

  13. The Kv channel blocker 4-aminopyridine enhances Ag+ uptake: A scanning electrochemical microscopy study of single living cells

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    Zhan, Dongping; Fan, Fu-Ren F.; Bard, Allen J.

    2008-01-01

    We report that silver ion (Ag+) uptake is enhanced by 4-aminopyridine (4-AP), a well known voltage-sensitive potassium ion channel (Kv) blocker. Both bacterial (Escherichia coli) and mammalian (3T3 fibroblast) cells were used as model systems. Ag+ uptake was monitored with a scanning electrochemical microscope with an amperometric Ag+ ion-selective electrode (Ag+-ISE) and the respiration rates of E. coli cells were measured by oxygen reduction at an ultramicroelectrode. The results showed tha...

  14. Communication: UV photoionization of cytosine catalyzed by Ag+

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    The photo-induced damages of DNA in interaction with metal cations, which are found in various environments, still remain to be characterized. In this paper, we show how the complexation of a DNA base (cytosine (Cyt)) with a metal cation (Ag+) changes its electronic properties. By means of UV photofragment spectroscopy of cold ions, it was found that the photoexcitation of the CytAg+ complex at low energy (315-282) nm efficiently leads to ionized cytosine (Cyt+) as the single product. This occurs through a charge transfer state in which an electron from the p orbital of Cyt is promoted to Ag+, as confirmed by ab initio calculations at the TD-DFT/B3LYP and RI-ADC(2) theory level using the SV(P) basis set. The low ionization energy of Cyt in the presence of Ag+ could have important implications as point mutation of DNA upon sunlight exposition

  15. Modeling the AgInSbTe Memristor

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The AgInSbTe memristor shows gradual resistance tuning characteristics, which makes it a potential candidate to emulate biological plastic synapses. The working mechanism of the device is complex, and both intrinsic charge-trapping mechanism and extrinsic electrochemical metallization effect are confirmed in the AgInSbTe memristor. Mathematical model of the AgInSbTe memristor has not been given before. We propose the flux-voltage controlled memristor model. With piecewise linear approximation technique, we deliver the flux-voltage controlled memristor model of the AgInSbTe memristor based on the experiment data. Our model fits the data well. The flux-voltage controlled memristor model and the piecewise linear approximation method are also suitable for modeling other kinds of memristor devices based on experiment data.

  16. Communication: UV photoionization of cytosine catalyzed by Ag+

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    Taccone, Martín I.; Féraud, Geraldine; Berdakin, Matías; Dedonder-Lardeux, Claude; Jouvet, Christophe; Pino, Gustavo A.

    2015-07-01

    The photo-induced damages of DNA in interaction with metal cations, which are found in various environments, still remain to be characterized. In this paper, we show how the complexation of a DNA base (cytosine (Cyt)) with a metal cation (Ag+) changes its electronic properties. By means of UV photofragment spectroscopy of cold ions, it was found that the photoexcitation of the CytAg+ complex at low energy (315-282) nm efficiently leads to ionized cytosine (Cyt+) as the single product. This occurs through a charge transfer state in which an electron from the p orbital of Cyt is promoted to Ag+, as confirmed by ab initio calculations at the TD-DFT/B3LYP and RI-ADC(2) theory level using the SV(P) basis set. The low ionization energy of Cyt in the presence of Ag+ could have important implications as point mutation of DNA upon sunlight exposition.

  17. Communication: UV photoionization of cytosine catalyzed by Ag(+).

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    Taccone, Martín I; Féraud, Geraldine; Berdakin, Matías; Dedonder-Lardeux, Claude; Jouvet, Christophe; Pino, Gustavo A

    2015-07-28

    The photo-induced damages of DNA in interaction with metal cations, which are found in various environments, still remain to be characterized. In this paper, we show how the complexation of a DNA base (cytosine (Cyt)) with a metal cation (Ag(+)) changes its electronic properties. By means of UV photofragment spectroscopy of cold ions, it was found that the photoexcitation of the CytAg(+) complex at low energy (315-282) nm efficiently leads to ionized cytosine (Cyt(+)) as the single product. This occurs through a charge transfer state in which an electron from the p orbital of Cyt is promoted to Ag(+), as confirmed by ab initio calculations at the TD-DFT/B3LYP and RI-ADC(2) theory level using the SV(P) basis set. The low ionization energy of Cyt in the presence of Ag(+) could have important implications as point mutation of DNA upon sunlight exposition. PMID:26233098

  18. Facile synthesis of Ag-reduced graphene oxide hybrids and their application in electromagnetic interference shielding

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    Long, Tao; Hu, Li; Dai, HongXia; Tang, YuXia

    2014-07-01

    A fast and environmentally friendly method was proposed toward one-pot synthesis of Ag-reduced graphene oxide (Ag-RGO) hybrids by a chemical reduction method assisted by microwave irradiation treatment with the use of sodium citrate as green reductant. The as-synthesized samples were characterized systematically, and the results indicated the successful synthesis of Ag-RGO. Ag-RGO was further applied as filler in polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) matrix polymer composites, and their electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding performance was investigated. The prepared Ag-RGO/PMMA composites with 3.0 vol% Ag-RGO exhibited an excellent EMI shielding effectiveness (EMI SE) of average 26.8 dB in the 8-12 GHz X-band range, which outperformed the RGO/PMMA composites (18.4 dB) with bare RGO as fillers.

  19. Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Analysis of Ultra-Low-Level 129I in Carrier-Free AgI-AgCl Sputter Targets

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    Liu, Qi; Hou, Xiaolin; Zhou, Weijian; Fu, Yunchong

    2015-01-01

    mass spectrometry (AMS) for accurate determination of ultra-low-level 129I in carrier-free AgI-AgCl sputter targets. Copper instead of aluminum was selected as the suitable sample holder material to avoid the reaction of AgI-AgCl powder with aluminum. Niobium powder was selected as thermally and......Separation of carrier-free iodine from low-level iodine samples and accurate measurement of ultra-low-level 129I in microgram iodine target are essential but a bottleneck in geology and environment research using naturally produced 129I. This article presents a detection technique of accelerator...... electrically conductive matrix to be mixed with AgI-AgCl powder, in order to obtain and maintain a stable and high iodine ion current intensity, as well as less memory effect and low background level of 129I. The most optimal ratio of the Nb matrix to the AgI-AgCl powder was found to be 5:1 by mass. The...

  20. Spin dynamics simulations at AGS

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    Huang, H.; MacKay, W.W.; Meot, F.; Roser, T.

    2010-05-23

    To preserve proton polarization through acceleration, it is important to have a correct model of the process. It has been known that with the insertion of the two helical partial Siberian snakes in the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS), the MAD model of AGS can not deal with a field map with offset orbit. The stepwise ray-tracing code Zgoubi provides a tool to represent the real electromagnetic fields in the modeling of the optics and spin dynamics for the AGS. Numerical experiments of resonance crossing, including spin dynamics in presence of the snakes and Q-jump, have been performed in AGS lattice models, using Zgoubi. This contribution reports on various results so obtained.

  1. AgII doped MIL-101 and its adsorption of iodine with high speed in solution

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    Mao, Ping; Qi, Bingbing; Liu, Ying; Zhao, Lei; Jiao, Yan; Zhang, Yi; Jiang, Zheng; Li, Qiang; Wang, Jinfeng; Chen, Shouwen; Yang, Yi

    2016-05-01

    In order to improve the adsorption speed of iodine from water, MIL-101 with extra-large specific surface area (3054 m2/g) was chosen as a base material, and then, Ag was doped into MIL-101 to enhance its adsorption capacity through an incipient-wetness impregnation method. With the characterization of SEM-EDS, TEM, XRD, XPS, TGA, IR, and BET techniques, the resulting Ag was identified to be stay in the framework of MIL-101 stably in the form of AgII (generally, AgII cation is not stable). However, after the adsorption of I- anions, AgII stay in the cages of MIL-101 in the form of AgI/AgI3. It is important to note that, all adsorbents show high adsorption speed of iodine in solution. The equilibrium adsorption time of the adsorbents were acquired by only a few minutes, which can be attributed to its large BET surface area. An interesting note is that, when the doping amount of Ag is less than 9%, the iodine anions adsorption capacity of Ag@MIL-101 is greater than its theoretical adsorption capacity. It shows that both physical adsorption and chemical adsorption are existed in the adsorption process. This study hopefully leads to a new and highly efficient Ag-based adsorbent for iodide adsorb from solutions.

  2. Preparation of Ag/HBP/PAN Nanofiber Web and Its Antimicrobial and Filtration Property

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    Li-Rong Yao

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available To widen the application of nanofibers web in the field of medical health materials, a new Ag/amino-terminated hyperbranched polymer (HBP/polyacrylonitrile (PAN nanofiber web with excellent antimicrobial activity and filtration property was produced with Ag/HBP dispersion solution and PAN nanofiber. Ag/HBP dispersion solution was prepared with HBP as reducer and stabilizer, and Ag/HBP/PAN nanofiber was prepared by modifying electrospun PAN nanofiber with Ag/HBP aqueous solution. The characterization results showed that spherical Ag nanoparticles were prepared and they had a narrow distribution in HBP aqueous solution. The results of Ag/HBP/PAN nanofiber characterized with SEM and EDS showed that the content of silver nanoparticles on the surface of PAN nanofiber was on the increase when the treating temperature rose. The bacterial reduction rates of HBP-treated PAN nanofiber against S. aureus and E. coli were about 89%, while those of the Ag/HBP/PAN nanofiber against S. aureus and E. coli were 99.9% and 99.96%, respectively, due to the cooperative effects from the amino groups in HBP and Ag nanoparticles. Moreover, the small pores and high porosity in Ag/HBP/PAN nanofiber web resulted in high filtration efficiency (99.9% for removing smaller particles (0.1 μm~0.7 μm, which was much higher than that of the gauze mask.

  3. About AgEcon Search

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    <正>AgEcon Search is a free,open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics,including working papers,conference papers,and journal articles. AgEcon Search is co-sponsored by the Department of Applied Economics and the University Libraries at University of Minnesota and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Research in Agricultural

  4. SHOW

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    2013-01-01

    鞋如其人,由一个人对鞋的选择,便可知道他的兴趣与品位所在。无论是球星、艺人还是任何一位你可以叫得出名字的人,无论是在球场上、秀场上还是随处可以偶遇的街头巷尾,你都可以见到NIKE、adidas抑或是奢侈的LV.

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    2013-01-01

    鞋如其人,由一个人对鞋的选择,便可知道他的兴趣与品位所在。无论是球星、艺人还是任何一位你可以叫得出名字的人,无论是在球场上、秀场上还是随处可以偶遇的等着巷尾,你都可以见到NIKE、adidas抑或是奢侈的LV.

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    2013-01-01

    鞋如其人,由一个人对鞋的选择,便可知道他的兴趣与品位所在。无论是球星、艺人还是任何一位你可以叫得出名字的人,无论是在球场上、秀场上还是随处可以偶遇的街头巷尾,你都可以见到NIKE、adidas抑或是奢侈的LV。

  7. Experimental study of the phase equilibria in the Mg–Zn–Ag ternary system at 300 °C

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    Highlights: • The phase equilibria of Mg–Zn–Ag system at 300 °C were determined. • A bcc continuous ternary solid solution forms between MgAg (bcc-B2) and AgZn (bcc-A2) was determined. • The extended solid solubilities of the sub-binary compounds were also determined. - Abstract: The phase equilibria in the Mg–Zn–Ag ternary system at 300 °C were investigated using three diffusion couples and 35 key samples. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy-dispersive spectroscope (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques were used for homogeneity ranges and crystal structure determination. Large solid solubility limits, due to substitution among Mg, Zn and Ag atoms in Mg3Ag and MgZn2 phases, were observed in the present work. Solid solubility limits of Ag and Zn in the hcp (Mg) phase were found to be less than 1 at.%. The extended solid solubilities of the Mg12Zn13, Mg2Zn3, MgZn2 (C14), Mg2Zn11, Ag5Zn8 and hcp (AgZn3) sub-binary compounds were also determined in the Mg–Zn–Ag ternary system. In addition, a bcc continuous ternary solid solution forms between MgAg (bcc-B2) and AgZn (bcc-A2) at 300 °C

  8. Multifunctional Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@C@Ag hybrid nanoparticles: Aqueous solution preparation, characterization and photocatalytic activity

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    Liang, Hongxia [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Niu, Helin, E-mail: niuhelin@ahu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Li, Ping; Tao, Zhiyin; Mao, Changjie; Song, Jiming; Zhang, Shengyi [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China)

    2013-07-15

    Highlights: ► Ag-loaded Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@C magnetic-optical bifunctional materials have been investigated. ► The magnetism was studied at the room temperature. ► The photocatalytic activity was evaluated under visible light irradiation. ► Ag-loaded Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@C nanocomposites show superior magnetism and photocatalytic activity. ► A simple synthetic process was discussed. - Abstract: The paper describes a kind of multifunctional Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@C@Ag hybrid nanoparticles, which can be successfully synthesized using a simple route based on directly adsorption and spontaneous reduction of silver ions onto the surface shell of carbon-coated magnetic nanoparticles. The as-prepared samples have been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrum, vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and UV–vis spectrum (UV–vis). The Ag nanocrystals loaded on the surface shell of carbon-coated magnetic nanoparticles are nearly spherical with an average diameter of 10 nm. And the carbonaceous polysaccharides shell obtained using an glucose hydrothermal reaction act as a role of a bridge between magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} core and noble metallic Ag nanocrystals. The as-prepared samples can be used as an effective catalyst for the photodegradation of organic dyes (neutral red) under the exposure of visible light. Results show that the as-prepared samples have a degradation rate of 93.7% for dyes within 30 min, which indicates their high-efficiency and rapid photocatalytic activity.

  9. Genetic Characteristics, Coreceptor Usage Potential and Evolution of Nigerian HIV-1 Subtype G and CRF02_AG Isolates

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    Ajoge, Hannah O.; Gordon, Michelle L.; de Oliveira, Tulio; Green, Taryn N.; Ibrahim, Sani; Shittu, Oladapo S.; Olonitola, Stephen O.; Ahmad, Aliyu A.; Ndung'u, Thumbi

    2011-01-01

    HIV-1 CRF02_AG and subtype G (HIV-1G) account for most HIV infections in Nigeria, but their evolutionary trends have not been well documented. To better elucidate the dynamics of the epidemic in Nigeria we characterised the gag and env genes of North-Central Nigerian HIV-1 isolates from pregnant women. Of 28 samples sequenced in both genes, the predominant clades were CRF02_AG (39%) and HIV-1G (32%). Higher predicted proportion of CXCR4-tropic (X4) HIV-1G isolates was noted compared to CRF02_AG (p = 0.007, Fisher's exact test). Phylogenetic and Bayesian analysis conducted on our sequences and all the dated available Nigerian sequences on the Los Alamos data base showed that CRF02_AG and HIV-1G entered into Nigeria through multiple entries, with presence of HIV-1G dating back to early 1980s. This study underlines the genetic complexity of the HIV-1 epidemic in Nigeria, possible subtype-specific differences in co-receptor usage, and the evolutionary trends of the predominant HIV-1 strains in Nigeria, which may have implications for the design of biomedical interventions and better understanding of the epidemic. PMID:21423811

  10. Genetic characteristics, coreceptor usage potential and evolution of Nigerian HIV-1 subtype G and CRF02_AG isolates.

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    Hannah O Ajoge

    Full Text Available HIV-1 CRF02_AG and subtype G (HIV-1G account for most HIV infections in Nigeria, but their evolutionary trends have not been well documented. To better elucidate the dynamics of the epidemic in Nigeria we characterised the gag and env genes of North-Central Nigerian HIV-1 isolates from pregnant women. Of 28 samples sequenced in both genes, the predominant clades were CRF02_AG (39% and HIV-1G (32%. Higher predicted proportion of CXCR4-tropic (X4 HIV-1G isolates was noted compared to CRF02_AG (p = 0.007, Fisher's exact test. Phylogenetic and Bayesian analysis conducted on our sequences and all the dated available Nigerian sequences on the Los Alamos data base showed that CRF02_AG and HIV-1G entered into Nigeria through multiple entries, with presence of HIV-1G dating back to early 1980s. This study underlines the genetic complexity of the HIV-1 epidemic in Nigeria, possible subtype-specific differences in co-receptor usage, and the evolutionary trends of the predominant HIV-1 strains in Nigeria, which may have implications for the design of biomedical interventions and better understanding of the epidemic.

  11. Synthesis by Sol-gel and characterization of catalysts Ag/Al2O3-CeO2

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    Aluminia, cerium and mixed oxides Al2O3-CeO2 with different relationship Al/Ce (0.75, 0.50 and 0.25) were prepared by sol-gel and used as support for the Ag. The samples were characterized by XRD, DRIFT, TPR and adsorption of N2 to temperature of liquid nitrogen. The surface area BET showed that the materials that contain aluminia present near values among them. XRD allowed to identify to the cerianite in the oxides that whose support contains cerium and to the α-aluminia. A mixture of phases was observed in the aluminia. Vibration bands attributed to the bond Al-O and Ce-O were observed by DRIFT in the catalytic materials. TPR showed differences in the reducibility of the Ag precursor in the indicative catalysts of a different interaction with the support. (Author)

  12. Plasticity and microstructure of epitaxial Ag/Ni multilayers; Mechanische Eigenschaften und Mikrostruktur epitaktischer Ag/Ni-Multilagenschichten

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    Schmidt, Tobias K.

    2007-10-15

    To meet the still increasing technical demands of new materials, it is required to improve basic knowledge of thin films and multilayers. This thesis describes the microstructure and mechanical behaviour of thin epitaxial Ag/Ni-multilayers. Former investigations were only done on polycrystalline multilayers or epitaxial single layers. The manufacture of epitaxial Ag/Ni-multilayers on (111) orientated Si-substrates was performed by a magnetron sputtering technique under ultra high vacuum (UHV). The thickness of the alternating Ag- and Ni-layers varies between 100 and 400 nm, the thickness of the whole film varies between 200 and 800 nm. Hardness and flow stress of Ag/Ni-multilayers were measured with a nanoindentation technique, a substrate curvature method and by X-ray diffraction. The hardness of these multilayers varies between 1.5 and 2.0 GPa. The Ag single film hardness is 0.5 GPa and Ni film 1.8 GPa. The flow stress of the Ag/Ni-multilayers varies between 350 and 800 MPa. The Ag single layer shows a flow stress of 100 MPa and Ni of 450 MPa. Both hardness and flow stress increase with decreasing layer thickness. In situ TEM and HRTEM experiments showed a semicoherent Ag/Ni-interface. It was observed that these interfaces act as sources and sinks. Dislocation loops formed at the interface expand and shrink according to the stress state. They combine with loops from the opposite interface or with the interface itself and form threading dislocations. Dislocation loops penetrating an interface were not observed. Results were compared with various models which simulate flow stress in thin films and multilayers. The most important models are calculated by Nix-Freund, the Source-model after von Blanckenhagen and the Hall-Petch-model. (orig.)

  13. Direct in situ activation of Ag0 nanoparticles in synthesis of Ag/TiO2 and its photoactivity

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ag0 loaded on TiO2 was prepared by a direct in situ electrochemical method. • 5 wt% Ag–TiO2 demonstrated the best photocatalytic degradation of 2-CP. • Isomorphous substitution of Ag with Ti occurred to form Ti−O−Ag bonds. • Ag0 and oxygen vacancies trapped electrons to enhance e–H+ separation. • Substitution of Ag in the TiO2 structure decreased the number of oxygen vacancies. - Abstract: Metallic Ag nanoparticles (Ag0) were successfully activated using a direct in situ electrochemical method before being supported on TiO2. Catalytic testing showed that 5 wt% Ag–TiO2 gave the highest photodegradation (94%) of 50 mg L−1 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) at pH 5 using 0.375 g L−1 catalyst within 6 h, while under similar conditions, 1 wt% and 10 wt% Ag–TiO2 only gave 75% and 78% degradation, respectively. Characterization results illustrated that the photoactivity was affected by the amount of Ag0 and oxygen vacancies which act as an electrons trap to enhance the electron–hole separation. While, the Ag−O−Ti bonds formation reduced the photoactivity. The degradation followed a pseudo-first order Langmuir–Hinshelwood model where adsorption was the controlling step. Study on the effect of scavengers showed that the hole (H+) and hydroxyl radical (OH·) play important roles in the photodegradation. The regenerated photocatalyst was still stable after five cycling runs

  14. Self-Depolarization Studies on Some Fast Ag+ Ion Conducting Glasses

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    Agrawal, R. C.; Verma, M. L.; Bhatt, A.

    2002-12-01

    A novel technique based on the dc polarization method is being reported to study polarization/self-depolarization phenomenon in some fast Ag+ ion conducting glass systems viz.: 0.8[0.75AgI: 0.25AgCl]: 0.2[Ag2O: MoO3] & 0.7[0.75AgI: 0.25AgCl]: 0.3[Ag2O: WO3]. These superionic glasses were prepared recently in the present laboratory using an alternate host: "a quenched [0.75AgI: 0.25AgCl] mixed system/solid solution" in place of the traditional host AgI. An extensive investigation on ion transport behavior of these systems has been done which appeared elsewhere in the literature. In the present study, the sample pallet, placed in between two blocking (graphite) electrodes, was initially polarized with the help of an external d. c. potential (~ 0.5 V) for sufficient long time ensuring that the system attained the state of complete polarization. This resulted into a build up of a potential gradient across the two faces of the sample pallet, which can be measured instantly on removal of the external dc potential. This has been be referred to as an 'Instant Peak Potential (Vp)'. The magnitude of 'Vp' gives the quantitative information regarding the number of mobile Ag+ ions present in the system at a given temperature. 'Vp' measurements were carried out extensively on the sample pallets of different thickness as a function of time and temperature. The log Vp - 1/T variations for these systems were found to be almost analogous to log n - 1/T plots, reported earlier.

  15. Non-enzymatic amperometric detection of hydrogen peroxide in human blood serum samples using a modified silver nanowire electrode.

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    Thirumalraj, Balamurugan; Zhao, Duo-Han; Chen, Shen-Ming; Palanisamy, Selvakumar

    2016-05-15

    In this paper, we report a highly sensitive amperometric H2O2 sensor based on silver nanowires (AgNWs) modified screen printed carbon electrode. The AgNWs were synthesized using polyol method. The synthesized AgNWs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. The average diameter and length of the synthesized AgNWs were found as 86±5 and 385nm, respectively. Under optimum conditions, the AgNWs modified electrode shows a stable amperometric response for H2O2 and was linear over the concentrations ranging from 0.3 to 704.8μM. The non-enzymatic sensor showed a high sensitivity of 662.6μAmM(-1)cm(-2) with a detection limit of 29nM. The response time of the sensor was found as 2s. Furthermore, the AgNWs modified electrode exhibited a good recovery of H2O2 (94.3%) in the human blood serum samples. PMID:26939075

  16. Strong magnetization damping induced by Ag nanostructures in Ag/NiFe/Ag trilayers

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    Ley Domínguez, D.; da Silva, G. L.; Rodríguez-Suárez, R. L.; Rezende, S. M.; Azevedo, A.

    2013-07-01

    Ferromagnetic resonance has been used to investigate the magnetization relaxation in trilayers of Ag(t)/NiFe(10 nm)/Ag(t), sputter deposited on Si(001) where the thickness of the Ag layer varied from 0 nm to 24 nm. In the first stages of formation, the Ag layers form islands that work as mold to imprint defects or inhomogeneities on the NiFe film surface. The magnetic inhomogeneities and defects imprinted on the surface of the NiFe film act as extrinsic sources of magnetization relaxation in addition to the intrinsic Gilbert damping mechanism. Weak inhomogeneities are associated to the two-magnon scattering source and the strong inhomogeneities are associated to the fluctuations of the local magnetization. By adding the three different sources of magnetization damping, we were able to explain the azimuthal dependence of the ferromagnetic resonance linewidth.

  17. Slow positron studies on single crystals of Ag(100), Ag(111) and Cu(111)

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    Monoenergetic positrons were employed to examine positronium formation as a function of sample temperature (300 to 1200 K) and incident energy (0 to 5 keV) on Ag(100), Ag(111) and Cu(111) surfaces with submonolayer contamination. In these metals at the higher temperatures, positronium formation becomes the dominant process. A one-dimensional diffusion model is fit to the data as a function of incident energy. Th positronium fraction is found to be an activated process and is identified as detrapping from a surface state and an estimate of the depth of this trap is extracted. The diffusion length is found to be temperature independent before the onset of vacancy trapping. At the higher temperatures vacancy trapping is observed by the decrease in the positron diffusion length at the higher incident voltages. A vacancy formation energy is extracted from the data and is generally lower than the accepted bulk values. 18 references

  18. Characterizing the economic value of an epithermal Au-Ag ore with Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)

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    Dalm, M.; Buxton, M.W.N.

    2016-01-01

    LIBS was applied to 19 Au-Ag ore samples to investigate if this technique can be used to distinguish between economic and sub-economic ore either by direct detection of these elements or by using other elements as indicators. However, the Au and Ag grades of the samples are below the detection limit

  19. Enhanced hydrogen evolution from water splitting using Fe-Ni codoped and Ag deposited anatase TiO{sub 2} synthesized by solvothermal method

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    Sun, Tao [School of Chemical Engineering, Northwest University, No. 229 Taibai North Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710069 (China); School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, No. 22 Hankou Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210093 (China); Liu, Enzhou; Liang, Xuhua [School of Chemical Engineering, Northwest University, No. 229 Taibai North Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710069 (China); Hu, Xiaoyun [Department of Physics, Northwest University, No. 229 Taibai North Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710069 (China); Fan, Jun, E-mail: fanjun@nwu.edu.cn [School of Chemical Engineering, Northwest University, No. 229 Taibai North Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710069 (China)

    2015-08-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Fe-Ni/Ag/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites displayed a higher hydrogen evolution rate. • TiO{sub 2} showed well optical property of light absorption by Fe, Ni and Ag modified. • More surface vacancies on TiO{sub 2} generated by the low cost metal introduced. • The separation rate of photoinduced electro-hole pairs was considerable improved. - Abstract: In this paper, the Fe-Ni co-doped and Ag deposited anatase TiO{sub 2} (Fe-Ni/Ag/TiO{sub 2}) nanocomposites were successfully prepared by a simple one-pot solvothermal approach. The investigations indicated that all as-prepared TiO{sub 2} samples were single anatase phase, and the impurity level was generated due to the Fe{sup 3+} or Ni{sup 2+} being located in the intrinsic band gap of TiO{sub 2}, while the Ag{sup +} ions could be transformed into metallic silver due to the reduction reaction and then loaded onto the surface of TiO{sub 2}. Compared with pure TiO{sub 2}, Fe-Ni/Ag/TiO{sub 2} composites with the sizes of Ag nanoparticles from 1.0 to 3.0 nm displayed the well optical property including higher visible light absorption activity and lower electron-hole pair recombination rate, and its absorption wavelength edge moved remarkably with a red shift to 700 nm. The photocatalytic water splitting was performed to produce H{sub 2} over the samples, and the experimental results indicate that Fe-Ni/Ag/TiO{sub 2} composites presented the highest H{sub 2} evolution rate, it can reach up to 793.86 μmol h{sup −1} g{sub cat}{sup −1} (λ > 400 nm for 6 h, energy efficiency is 0.25%), which was much higher than that of pure TiO{sub 2} for 9.57 μmol h{sup −1} g{sub cat}{sup −1}. In addition, a tentative photocatalytic mechanism is proposed to understand the enhancement mechanism over Fe-Ni codoped and Ag deposited anatase TiO{sub 2}.

  20. Enhanced hydrogen evolution from water splitting using Fe-Ni codoped and Ag deposited anatase TiO2 synthesized by solvothermal method

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Fe-Ni/Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites displayed a higher hydrogen evolution rate. • TiO2 showed well optical property of light absorption by Fe, Ni and Ag modified. • More surface vacancies on TiO2 generated by the low cost metal introduced. • The separation rate of photoinduced electro-hole pairs was considerable improved. - Abstract: In this paper, the Fe-Ni co-doped and Ag deposited anatase TiO2 (Fe-Ni/Ag/TiO2) nanocomposites were successfully prepared by a simple one-pot solvothermal approach. The investigations indicated that all as-prepared TiO2 samples were single anatase phase, and the impurity level was generated due to the Fe3+ or Ni2+ being located in the intrinsic band gap of TiO2, while the Ag+ ions could be transformed into metallic silver due to the reduction reaction and then loaded onto the surface of TiO2. Compared with pure TiO2, Fe-Ni/Ag/TiO2 composites with the sizes of Ag nanoparticles from 1.0 to 3.0 nm displayed the well optical property including higher visible light absorption activity and lower electron-hole pair recombination rate, and its absorption wavelength edge moved remarkably with a red shift to 700 nm. The photocatalytic water splitting was performed to produce H2 over the samples, and the experimental results indicate that Fe-Ni/Ag/TiO2 composites presented the highest H2 evolution rate, it can reach up to 793.86 μmol h−1 gcat−1 (λ > 400 nm for 6 h, energy efficiency is 0.25%), which was much higher than that of pure TiO2 for 9.57 μmol h−1 gcat−1. In addition, a tentative photocatalytic mechanism is proposed to understand the enhancement mechanism over Fe-Ni codoped and Ag deposited anatase TiO2

  1. Preparation of Superconductor YBCO-123/Ag Composite Through Urea Molten Salt

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    Superconductor YBCO-123/Ag composite has been prepared through Urea molten salt by mixing salt nitrate of Yttrium, Barium, Copper and Silver. The weight of Silver content varied from 0 % - 50 %. After pyrolysis process the powder was subjected to calcination at 300, 500 and 700 oC subsequently for 1 hour. The calcined powders was pelletized into a disk of 1.0 cm in diameter and thickness of 2-3 mm. Sintering of pellet samples was done at 900 oC for 16 hours. Meissner effect on all samples displayed superconductivity phenomena. Samples were examined by XRD, SEM, measurement of critical temperature by using susceptibility magnet vs temperature, and critical current density measurement by using four point probe. Based on orthorhombic structure of YBCO-123 the result of the lattice crystal calculation were is a = 3.8167 - 3.8241 Ao; b = 3.8561 - 3.8895 Ao and c = 11.6518 - 11.7104 Ao, this showed that silver did not influence the structure of YBCO. Superconductor YBCO-123/Ag composite was prepared. This was proved by critical current density. Jc data which showed increased with increasing of silver content and the highest result was 9.71 x 105 Amp/m2

  2. Molecular-dynamics study of ionic motions and neutron inelastic scattering in α-AgI

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    Chiarotti, Guido L.; Jacucci, G.; Rahman, A.

    1986-11-01

    Contrary to the current interpretation of inelastic-neutron-scattering data on α-AgI, molecular-dynamics calculations show that inelastic neutron scattering is dominated by coherent scattering from Ag+ ions. The calculations agree with the available data. Ag+ ions diffuse by jumps between tetrahedral sites, the consequences being in complete accord with the Chudley-Elliot model only if the full geometrical complexity of these sites is included. Phonon modes due to I- motions are predicted for certain wave vectors.

  3. Ag/Pd core-shell nanoparticles by a successive method: Pulsed laser ablation of Ag in water and reduction reaction of PdCl2

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    In this study Ag/Pd nanoparticles (NPs) have been fabricated by a successive method; first, colloids of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) have been prepared in water by pulsed laser ablation in liquid (PLAL) method. Then PdCl2 solution (up to 0.2 g/l) were added to the as-prepared or aged colloidal Ag NPs. Characterizations were done using UV–vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and transmissions electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. Spectroscopy data showed that surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peaks of as-prepared Ag NPs at about λ = 400 nm were completely extinguished after addition of PdCl2 solution while this effect was not observed when aged Ag NPs are used. XRD and XPS results revealed that by addition of the PdCl2 solution into the as-prepared Ag NPs, metallic palladium, and silver chloride composition products are generated. TEM images revealed that as a result of this reaction, single and core-shell nanoparticles are obtained and their average sizes are 2.4 nm (Ag) and 3.2 nm (Ag/Pd). The calculated d-spacing values form XRD data with observations on high magnification TEM images were able to explain the chemical nature of different parts of Ag/Pd NPs.

  4. The influence of particle size and AgNO3 concentration in the ionic exchange process on the fungicidal action of antimicrobial glass

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    Antimicrobial materials have long been used as an effective means of reducing the risks posed to humans by fungi, bacteria and other microorganisms. These materials are essential in environments where cleanliness, comfort and hygiene are the predominate concerns. This work presents preliminary results for the development of a fungicidal vitreous material that is produced by the incorporation of a silver ionic specimen through ionic exchange reactions. Silver ions were incorporated into powdered glass via ionic exchange in an ionic medium containing silver species with different concentrations of AgNO3. The fungicidal efficiency of the samples was studied as a function of the AgNO3 concentration and the particle size of the glass using the agar diffusion test for the microbiological analysis of the fungus species Candida albicans. The samples were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The experimental results showed that the fungicidal effect was dependent on the AgNO3 concentration in the ionic exchange medium but was not dependent on the particle size of the glass. - Highlights: ► The fungicidal powder glass presents high potential for application as polymeric additive and others application in the medical area. ► The fungicidal effect was dependent on AgNO3 concentration, but was not dependent on the particle size of the glass. ► The XRD results show that the ionic exchange process promotes the formation of silver crystalline phases with cubic cells.

  5. 太阳光响应型 Ag2S/Ag3PO4复合材料的制备及催化降解水杨酸%Sunlight-Responsive Ag2 S/Ag3 PO4 Composite Preparation and Degradation of Salicylic Acid

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    朱遂一; 徐东方; 方帅; 耿直; 杨霞

    2014-01-01

    An efficient sunlight responsive Ag2 S / Ag3 PO4 composite was prepared by co-precipitation method combined with hydrothermal treatment. The morphology, composition, surface physical and chemical property and optical absorption property were characterized by scanning electron microscope(SEM), X-ray powder dif-fraction(XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy ( XPS) and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection ( UV-Vis DR). The 1% Ag2 S / Ag3 PO4 composite has rough surface with smaller particle size less than 0. 8 μm and wider bandgap(2. 24 eV) compared to Ag3 PO4 . The photocatalytic activity of Ag2 S / Ag3 PO4 was evaluated by degradation of salicylic acid which is a typical material in pharmaceuticals and personal care products(PPCPs) and harmful to human health and ecosystems. The results show that Ag2 S / Ag3 PO4 composite doped 1% Ag2 S with hydrothermal treated at 120 ℃ for 4 h exhibits excellent salicylic acid degradation efficiency reached to 88. 2% under simulated sunlight irradiation for 60 min and the light source current intensity is 15 A, when Ag2 S / Ag3 PO4 used 0. 15 g, the initial concentration of salicylic acid is 10 mg / L and pH is 6. 0, respectively. The contribution of various parameters for the enhanced photocatalytic activities is revealed in detail. The pri-mary reasons for the increased simulated sunlight photocatalyst activity are contribution to the perfect cubic crystal structure, smaller particle size and broaden the visible spectral response. Doping sulfide is benefit to absorb sunlight and separate the electron-hole effectively.%以 AgNO3, Na2 HPO4和硫粉为原料,采用共沉淀-水热法合成了具有太阳光响应型 Ag2 S/ Ag3 PO4复合材料,运用扫描电子显微镜(SEM)、 X 射线粉末衍射(XRD)、 X 射线光电子能谱(XPS)和紫外-可见漫反射(UV-Vis DR)光谱等方法对样品进行了表征,并在模拟太阳光条件下,考察了 Ag2 S/ Ag3 PO4对水杨酸的光催化降解效率.结果表明,与 Ag3 PO4

  6. Photoreduction of Ag{sup +} in Ag/Ag{sub 2}S/Au memristor

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    Mou, N.I.; Tabib-Azar, M., E-mail: azar.m@utah.edu

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    Highlights: • The effect of illumination on the operating voltages and switching speed of Ag/Ag{sub 2}S/Au memristors is studied • Illumination decreased the average switching time from high to low resistance states by ∼19% and decreased the turn-off voltages dramatically from −0.8 V to −0.25 V. • Photo-induced reduction of silver in Ag{sub 2}S may be used in three dimensional optical memories that can be electronically read and reset. • Illumination changed sulfur's valency and modified its oxidation/reduction potential. - Abstract: Silver halides and chalcogenides are excellent memristor materials that have been extensively used in the past as photosensitive layers in photography. Here we examine the effect of illumination on the operating voltages and switching speed of Ag/Ag{sub 2}S/Au memristors using a green laser (473–523 nm). Our results indicate that illumination decreases the average switching time from high to low resistance states by ∼19% and decreases the turn-off voltages dramatically from −0.8 V to −0.25 V that we attribute to the change in sulfur valency and a photo-induced change in its oxidation/reduction potential. Photo-induced reduction of silver in Ag{sub 2}S may be used in three dimensional optical memories that can be electronically read and reset.

  7. Structure of Ag, Fe and Ge microclusters

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    The structures of Ag, Fe and Ge microclusters were determined using EXAFS. The measurements were performed over a wide range of clusters sizes. The clusters were prepared using the gas aggregation technique and isolated in solid argon at 4.2 K. The measurements were performed at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) at beam line X-18B. A strong contraction of the interatomic distances was observed for Ag dimers and multimers. Silver clusters larger than 12 A mean diameter show a small contraction of the nn distance and a structure consistent with an fcc lattice. By contrast clusters smaller than 12 A show the presence of a small expansion and a strong reduction or absence of nnn in the EXAFS signal. This points towards a different crystallographic structure for Ag microclusters with diameter less than 12 A. In iron clusters we observe a gradual reduction of the nn distance as the cluster size decreases. The interatomic distance for iron dimers was determined to be 1.94 A, in good agreement with earlier measurements. The iron microclusters show a bcc structure down to a mean diameter of 9 A. Iron clusters with 9 A mean diameter show a structure inconsistent with a bcc lattice. The new structure is consistent with an fcc or hcp lattice. The measurements on Ge clusters show the presence of only nearest neighbors. There was clear evidence of temporal annealing as determined by variations in the near edge structure of the K-absorption edge. Absorption edge measurements were also performed for free Ge clusters travelling perpendicular to the direction of the synchrotron radiation beam. The measurements performed on the free clusters were consistent with those obtained for matrix isolated clusters. (orig.)

  8. Synthesis, characterization and application of ZnO-Ag as a nanophotocatalyst for organic compounds degradation, mechanism and economic study.

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    Mohammadzadeh, S; Olya, M E; Arabi, A M; Shariati, A; Khosravi Nikou, M R

    2015-09-01

    The current work deals with ZnO-Ag nanocomposites (in the wide range of x in the Zn1-xO-Agx chemical composition) synthesized using microwave assisted solution combustion method. The structural, morphological and optical properties of the samples were characterized by XRD (X-ray diffraction), FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectrometry), SEM (scanning electron microscopy technique), EDX (energy dispersive X-ray spectrum), ICP (inductively coupled plasma technique), TEM (transmission electron microscopy), BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method), UV-Vis (ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer) and photoluminescence spectrophotometer. The photocatalytic activity of the ZnO-Ag was investigated by photo-degradation of Acid Blue 113 (AB 113) under UV illumination in a semi-batch reactor. This experiment showed that ZnO-Ag has much more excellent photocatalytic properties than ZnO synthesized by the same method. The enhanced photocatalytic activity was due to the decrease in recombination of photogenerated electron-holes. The results showed the improvement of ZnO photocatalytic activity and there is an optimum amount of Ag (3.5mol%) that needs to be doped with ZnO. The effect of operating parameters such as pH, catalyst dose and dye concentration were investigated. The reaction byproducts were identified by LC/MS (liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry) analysis and a pathway was proposed as well. Kinetic studies indicated that the decolorization process follows the first order kinetics. Also, the degradation percentage of AB 113 was determined using a total organic carbon (TOC) analyzer. Additionally, cost analysis of the process, the mechanism and the role of Ag were discussed. PMID:26354709

  9. First-principles study on distribution of Ag in ZnO

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    Wan, Qixin; Xiong, Zhihua; Li, Dongmei; Liu, Guodong; Peng, Jianfei

    2009-08-01

    Except for the group-V dopants, Ag, as a group IB element, could also act as an acceptor in ZnO, if incorporated on substitutional Zn sites. In this paper, first-principles density-functional calculations have been performed to investigate various distributions of Ag in ZnO. The first-principles calculations were carried out using the density functional theory with the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and the projector augmented wave (PAW) pseudopotentials. The supercell employed contained 32 atoms that corresponded to a 2×2×2 supercell of ZnO. The various distributions of Ag in ZnO have been calculated corresponding to each possible location. In conclusion, the calculation results show that the formation energies of Ag on the substitutional Zn site (AgZn) and incorporation in the interstitial site (Agi) are smaller than that of Ag on the O site (AgO). When AgZn and Agi coexist and are partitioned by an oxygen atom layer, the formation energy and the total energy is the smallest. As a result, Ag prefers to distribute discretely in Ag doped ZnO. It is also found that our results are in agreement with other experimental results.

  10. Crystal and electronic structure study of AgPd3Se

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    The AgPd3Se compound was synthesised from individual elements by solid-state chemical reactions and structurally characterized by powder X-ray diffraction data. AgPd3Se displays cubic symmetry, space group Pa3-bar , unit cell parameter a=8.6289(1) A and Z=8. Double-Friauf polyhedra (DFP), defined by Pd and Se atoms, form the basic structural building block of the AgPd3Se crystal structure. The Ag atoms occupy the centres of DFPs forming an Ag-Ag dimer (2.792(2) A). The packing of DFPs forms two kinds of interpenetrating networks that show similar features as three-dimensional Penrose tiles. AgPd3Se is isostructural with CaAu3Ga. The electric resistivity as well as the electronic structure calculation suggests metallic behaviour. - Graphical abstract: (a) Prolate rhombohedron formed by Pd and Se atoms, (b) oblate rhombohedron formed by Ag atoms and (c) their interpenetration at unit cell level. (d) 3D network of prolate and oblate rhombohedra. Highlights: → Crystal structure of AgPd3Se was determined from powder X-ray diffraction data. → Double-Friauf polyhedra form the basic structural block of the AgPd3Se structure. → Packing of double-Friauf polyhedra produces two kinds of interpenetrating networks. → Metallic behavior was observed.

  11. Detection of hepatitis B virus infection in HBsAg-negative patients by monoclonal antibodies against HBsAg

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    The technique of producing antibody secreting hybridomas has made available high-affinity antibodies of predefined specificity for use as diagnostic reagents. Recently, high-affinity monoclonal antibodies to hepatitis B surface antigens (HBsAg) were produced and characterized. Immunoassay was developed using these antibodies for the detection of HBsAg-associated determinants. The present study indicated the significance of the enhanced detection by monoclonal radioimmunoassay (M-RIA) of HBsAg in sera of patients with hepatitis B virus infection. The M-RIA detected HBsAg in sera of hemodialysis patients and blood donor defined as HBsAg-negative by polyclonal RIA (2.2 %, 0.14 %, respectively). Furthermore, individuals with chronic liver diseases were reactive only in the M-RIA (chronic hepatitis 4.8 %, liver cirrhosis 10.0 %, hepatocellular carcinoma 22.2 %). It is noteworthy that some of these patients were diagnosesed as so-called non-A non-B hepatitis because of no serological markers of hepatitis B virus infection such as HBsAb and HBcAb. The enhanced performance of the monoclonal RIA compared to conventional RIA was due to the increased sensitivity of the assay (55 pg vs 230 pg/ml). In immunohistochemical study, one of the monoclonal antibody named 5C3 was applied for detection of HBsAg in the formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded liver. HBsAg was detected in 6 out of 41 HBsAg-seronegative liver specimen. Thus, the studies showed the importance of the clinical application of monoclonal antibodies such as immunoassay and immunohistochemical study in the diagnosis of hepatitis B virus infection. (author)

  12. EDDY CURRENT EFFECT OF THE BNL-AGS VACUUM CHAMBER ON THE OPTICS OF THE BNL-AGS SYNCHROTRON.

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    TSOUPAS,N.; AHRENS,L.; BROWN,K.A.; GLENN,J.W.; GARDNER,K.

    1999-03-29

    During the acceleration cycle of the AGS synchrotron, eddy currents are generated within the walls of the vacuum chambers of the AGS main magnets. The vacuum chambers have elliptical cross section, are made of inconel material with a wall thickness of 2 mm and are placed within the gap of the combined-function main magnets of the AGS synchrotron. The generation of the eddy currents in the walls of the vacuum chambers, creates various magnetic multipoles, which affect the optics of the AGS machine. In this report these magnetic multipoles are calculated for various time interval starting at the acceleration cycle, where the magnetic field of the main magnet is {approx}0.1 T, and ending before the beam extraction process, where the magnetic field of the main magnet is almost constant at {approx}1.1 T. The calculations show that the magnetic multipoles generated by the eddy-currents affect the optics of the AGS synchrotron during the acceleration cycle and in particular at low magnetic fields of the main magnet. Their effect is too weak to affect the optics of the AGS machine during beam extraction at the nominal energies.

  13. Preparation of Ag/AgCl/BiMg2VO6 composite and its visible-light photocatalytic activity

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    Graphical abstract: - Abstract: A novel composite photocatalyst Ag/AgCl/BiMg2VO6 was synthesized by depositing Ag/AgCl nanoparticles on BiMg2VO6 substrate via a precipitation–photoreduction method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDXA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectrophotometer (UV–vis DRS). The photocatalyst showed high and stable photocatalytic activity for photocatalytic degradation of acid red G under visible-light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). In addition, the active ·O2− and h+, as main reactive species, played the major roles during the reaction process. The high photocatalytic activity of the composite may be related to the efficient electron–hole pairs separation at the photocatalyst interfaces, as well as the surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanoparticles formed on AgCl particles in the degradation reaction

  14. Magnetic properties of mechanically alloyed Fe-Ni-Ag

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    Bennett, L.H.; Swartzendruber, L.J.; Weissmueller, J.; Bendersky, L.A.; Shapiro, A.J. [NIST, Gaithersburg, MD (United States); Takacs, L. [Univ. of Maryland Baltimore County, Catonsville, MD (United States)

    1995-12-01

    The authors prepared mechanically alloyed samples of FeNi, FeNi{sub 3}, and (FeNi{sub 3}){sub 1{minus}x}Ag{sub x}. The production of nanometer size grains was confirmed by x-ray broadening and electron microscopy. X-ray measurements indicated that a small amount ({approximately}7%) of Ag could be alloyed into the Fe-Ni and that considerable lattice strain was present. Moessbauer and magnetic measurements found no evidence for superparamagnetism in these alloys.

  15. Microstructure and properties of Bi-2223/Ag/Ni tapes

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    2012-01-01

    To reduce the production cost of Bi-2223 superconducting tapes, Bi-2223/Ag/Ni tapes were fabricated by the powder-in-tube process. The effect of heat treatment on the microstructure and critical current of the Bi-2223/Ag/Ni tapes were studied. The phase compositions of the samples were characterized using XRD. The microstructure was observed using SEM. Experimental results indicate that higher temperature is more conducive to the formation of Bi-2223 phase at an atmosphere of 8.5% O 2 . After the two-step h...

  16. Differential protein expression in mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis exposed to nano and ionic Ag

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    Gomes, Tânia; Pereira, Catarina G.; Cardoso, Cátia; Bebianno, Maria João, E-mail: mbebian@ualg.pt

    2013-07-15

    protein involved in cytoskeleton and cell structure (paramyosin), while exposure to Ag{sup +} had a strong influence in one protein related to stress response (putative c1q domain containing protein) and two proteins involved in cytoskeleton and cell structure (actin and α-tubulin). Protein identification showed that Ag NPs toxicity is mediated by oxidative stress-induced cell signalling cascades (including mitochondria and nucleus) that can lead to cell death. This toxicity represents the cumulative effect of Ag{sup +} released from the particles and other properties as particle size and surface reactivity. This study helped to unravel the molecular mechanisms that can be associated with Ag NPs toxicity; nevertheless, some additional studies are required to investigate the exact interaction between these NPs and cellular components.

  17. Differential protein expression in mussels Mytilus galloprovincialis exposed to nano and ionic Ag

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    and cell structure (paramyosin), while exposure to Ag+ had a strong influence in one protein related to stress response (putative c1q domain containing protein) and two proteins involved in cytoskeleton and cell structure (actin and α-tubulin). Protein identification showed that Ag NPs toxicity is mediated by oxidative stress-induced cell signalling cascades (including mitochondria and nucleus) that can lead to cell death. This toxicity represents the cumulative effect of Ag+ released from the particles and other properties as particle size and surface reactivity. This study helped to unravel the molecular mechanisms that can be associated with Ag NPs toxicity; nevertheless, some additional studies are required to investigate the exact interaction between these NPs and cellular components

  18. Ruhrgas AG. Business report 2000; Ruhrgas AG. Geschaeftsbericht 2000

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    A detailed account of the situation of the international gas market provides the basis of the status report of Ruhrgas AG and the group of affiliated companies. Emphasis is placed on gas procurement aspects, sales volumes, the construction and operation of natural gas distribution systems, and on development, utilization and application aspects. The activities and situation of major Ruhrgas AG holding companies are described, and the annual financial statements are documented. (orig.) [German] Ausgehend von einer eingehenden Beschreibung des internationalen Gasmarktes wird ein Lagebericht des Konzerns sowie der Ruhrgas AG gegeben. Dabei wird insbesondere auf Fragen der Gasbeschaffung, des Gasabsatzes, des Baus und Betriebs von Erdgasverteilungsnetzen, sowie der Entwicklung und der Anwendungstechnik eingegangen. Ferner wird ueber den Geschaeftsverlauf wesentlicher Ruhrgas-Beteiligungsgesellschaften berichtet. Abschliessend wird der Jahresabschluss dokumentiert. (orig.)

  19. Establishment and identification of OVA-HBsAg transgenic mice regulated by Cre recombinase

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Objective To breed OVA-HBsAg transgenic mice regulated by Cre recombinase in order to provide a better animal model for the study of HBV prevention and therapy. Methods The OVA-HBsAg transgenic mice were generated by microinjection of OVA-HBsAg gene with LoxP sites into the pronucleus of C57BL/6J×DBA zygotes. Pups of F1 OVA-HBsAg female mice cross-fertilized with Alb-Cre male mice were assayed for the expression of HBsAg induced by Cre recombinase. PCR, ELISA and immunohistochemical methods were used to detect the integration and expression of HBsAg gene and Cre gene in the transgenic mice. Results 491 fertilized eggs were injected and a total of 337 survived. The survival rate of injection was 68.6%. 29 F0 pups were produced with 4 PCR-positive mice, and the positive rate was 13.8%. Up to now, F4 pups were obtained. The positive rates from F1 to F4 were 27.5%, 32.0%, 22.9% and 25.0%, respectively. No HBsAg-positive mice were found among these pups. Furthermore, among 16 pups of F1 OVA-HBsAg female mice crossed with Alb-Cre male mice, 6 were positive for both HBsAg and Cre as detected by PCR. There were 2 pups showed positive HBsAg by ELISA assay. The expression rate of HBsAg after Cre recombinase induction was 33.3%. Conclusion OVA-HBsAg transgenic mice has been reproduced successfully, and it can be stably passaged. Cre recombinase can induce the expression of HBsAg in vivo. DOI: 10.11855/j.issn.0577-7402.2015.05.08

  20. Transport of Iodide Ion in Compacted Bentonite Containing Ag2O - 12111

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    Observations of the transport of iodide through compacted bentonite containing Ag2O as additive and that without additive were made. Compacted bentonite samples with densities of 1.41 g/cm3 and 1.60 g/cm3 were used in the experiment. The amount of Ag2O added to the compacted bentonite was in the range of 0.0064 ∼ 0.0468 wt/wt%. Two diffusion solutions were used: one in which iodide ion was dissolved in demineralized water (pure iodide solution), and one in which iodide ion was dissolved in 0.1 M NaCl solution (0.1 M NaCl-iodide solution). Experimental results confirmed that iodide ion was transported by the diffusion process in the compacted bentonite containing Ag2O as well as in the compacted bentonite without Ag2O. The time-lag of diffusion of iodide ion in the compacted bentonite containing Ag2O is larger than that in the compacted bentonite without Ag2O. The increase of the time-lag of diffusion was observed in pure iodide ion solution as well as in 0.1 M NaCl-iodide solution. The apparent diffusion coefficient of iodide ion in the compacted bentonite containing Ag2O was smaller than in the compacted bentonite without Ag2O. The effective diffusion coefficient decreased as the amount of Ag2O in the compacted bentonite increased. (authors)

  1. Surface Degradation of Ag/W Circuit Breaker Contacts During Standardized UL Testing

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    Yu, Haibo; Sun, Yu; Kesim, M. Tumerkan; Harmon, Jason; Potter, Jonathan; Alpay, S. Pamir; Aindow, Mark

    2015-09-01

    The near-surface microstructure of Ag/W contacts from 120 V, 30 A commercial circuit breakers in the as-manufactured condition and after standardized UL overload/temperature-rise, endurance, and short-circuit testing have been investigated using a combination of x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, focused ion beam milling, and transmission electron microscopy. The as-manufactured contacts comprised three constituents: sintered Ag/W composite particles with fine-grained Ag and coarse-grained W, coarse-grained pockets of Ag infiltrate, and a nano-crystalline surface Ag layer. There are also WO3 and Ag2O phases at the surface. After UL overload/temperature-rise testing, there is Ag loss giving a porous W-rich layer at the contact surface. In addition to binary oxides, we observe the formation of Ag2WO4. After UL endurance testing, material is swept across the surface by the breaker action giving a W-rich eroded porous surface on one side and a build-up of mixed oxides on the other. After UL short-circuit testing, a W crust forms due to melting and re-solidification of W and vaporization of Ag, and mid-plane cracks form due to the severe thermal gradients. There is a strong correlation between the observed microstructural features and the contact resistance measurements obtained from these samples.

  2. Mechanism of strong visible light photocatalysis by Ag2O-nanoparticle-decorated monoclinic TiO2(B) porous nanorods

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    Paul, Kamal Kumar; Ghosh, Ramesh; Giri, P. K.

    2016-08-01

    We report on the ultra-high rate of photodegradation of organic dyes under visible light illumination on Ag2O-nanoparticle-decorated (NP) porous pure B-phase TiO2 (TiO2(B)) nanorods (NRs) grown by a solvothermal route. The as-grown TiO2(B) NRs are found to be nanoporous in nature and the Ag2O NPs are uniformly decorated over its surface, since most of the pores work as nucleation sites for the growth of Ag2O NPs. The effective band gap of the TiO2(B)/Ag2O heterostructure (HS), with a weight ratio of 1:1, has been significantly reduced to 1.68 eV from the pure TiO2(B) band gap of 2.8 eV. Steady state and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) studies show the reduced intensity of visible PL and slower recombination dynamics in the HS samples. The photocatalytic degradation efficiency of the TiO2(B)/Ag2O HS has been investigated using aqueous methyl orange and methylene blue as reference dyes under visible light (390–800 nm) irradiation. It is found that photodegradation by the TiO2(B)/Ag2O HS is about one order of magnitude higher than that of bare TiO2(B) NRs and Ag2O NPs. The optimized TiO2(B)/Ag2O HS exhibited the highest photocatalytic efficiency, with 88.2% degradation for 30 min irradiation. The corresponding first order degradation rate constant is 0.071 min‑1, which is four times higher than the reported values. Furthermore, cyclic stability studies show the high stability of the HS photocatalyst for up to four cycles of use. The major improvement in photocatalytic efficiency has been explained on the basis of enhanced visible light absorption and band-bending-induced efficient charge separation in the HS. Our results demonstrate the long-term stability and superiority of the TiO2(B)/Ag2O HS over the bare TiO2(B) NRs and other TiO2-based photocatalysts for its cutting edge application in hydrogen production and environmental cleaning driven by solar light photocatalysis.

  3. Comparative study of methods of detection of hepatitis ′B′ surface antigen (HBsAg.

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    1989-04-01

    Full Text Available The serum samples were collected from 52 patients of acute viral hepatitis and 235 hospital staff from Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases. HBsAg was detected in their sera by counter-immuno-electrophoresis (CIEP, reverse passive hemogglutination (RPHA and by micro-enzyme-linked-immunosorbent assay (ELISA technique. Among the patients, HBsAg was detected in 12 cases (23% by CIEP, in 18 cases (34% by RPHA and in 23 patients (45% by ELISA. In the hospital staff, HBsAg was detected in 4 samples (1.7% by CIEP, in 8 samples (3.5% by RPHA and in 32 samples (13.5% by ELISA. Thus ELISA was found to be the most sensitive technique in detecting HBsAg.

  4. Synthesis of AgInS2-xAg2S-yZnS-zIn6S7 (x, y, z = 0, or 1) Nanocomposites with Composition-Dependent Activity towards Solar Hydrogen Evolution

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    Zhaojie Wang; Shutao Wang; Junxue Liu; Wen Jiang; Yan Zhou; Changhua An; Jun Zhang

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    Metal sulfides-based nanomaterials have been used as a class of efficient solar driven photocatalysts. However, the H2-production rate observed over these photocatalysts remains problematic. Here, the AgInS2-xAg2S-yZnS-zIn6S7 (x, y, z = 0 or 1) nanocomposites with controlled compositions have been successfully prepared by a simple hydrothermal method with AgI polyhedrons as silver source. The obtained AgInS2-xAg2S-yZnS-zIn6S7 nanocomposites showed a composition-dependent activity for H2 evolu...

  5. Comparative evaluation of booster efficacies of BCG, Ag85B, and Ag85B peptides based vaccines to boost BCG induced immunity in BALB/c mice: a pilot study

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    Husain, Aliabbas A.; Warke, Shubhangi R.; Kalorey, Dewanand R.; Daginawala, Hatim F.; Taori, Girdhar M.; Kashyap, Rajpal S

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    Purpose In the present study booster efficacies of Ag85 B, Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), and Ag85B peptides were evaluated using prime boost regimes in BALB/c mice. Materials and Methods Mice were primed with BCG vaccine and subsequently boosted with Ag85B, BCG and cocktail of Ag85B peptides. Results Based on analysis of immune response it was observed mice boosted with Ag85B peptides showed significant (p < 0.001) cytokines levels (interferon γ, interleukin 12) and BCG specific antibodies ...

  6. AG, TL, and IRSL dosimetric properties in X-ray irradiated HPHT diamond crystals

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    Gil-Tolano, M.I. [Programa de Posgrado, Departamento de Investigacion en Fisica, Universidad de Sonora, A. P. 5-088, Hermosillo, Sonora, 83190, Mexico (Mexico); Melendrez, R.; Lancheros-Olmos, J.C.; Soto-Puebla, D.; Chernov, V.; Pedroza-Montero, M.; Barboza-Flores, M. [Departamento de Investigacion en Fisica, Universidad de Sonora, A. P. 5-088, Hermosillo, Sonora, 83190, Mexico (Mexico); Castaneda, B. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Sonora, Blvd. Luis Encinas y Rosales S/N, Hermosillo, Sonora, 83000, Mexico (Mexico)

    2014-10-15

    HPHT diamonds have been studied for several years for their potential in different applications. In previous studies it has been found that the thermoluminescence (TL) glow curves of ''as-grown'' HPHT diamonds are non-reproducible. In this work, we study the afterglow (AG), thermoluminescent (TL), and optically stimulated luminescence (OSL) response of commercial samples of synthetic HPHT type-Ib diamond crystals exposed to X-ray irradiation (0.75 mA, 35 kV) at a dose rate of 0.624 Gy/s, after a high gamma ({sup 60}Co) dose irradiation of 500 kGy followed by a thermal treatment at 1073 K for 1 h in nitrogen atmosphere. Deconvolution of the TL glow curves shows four peaks, located around 379, 509, 561, and 609 K. The crystals exhibit evident AG recorded for 300 s immediately after X-ray irradiation, due to the thermal emptying of the traps responsible for the low-temperature TL peaks (below 400 K). The stimulation of irradiated crystals with 870-nm light, creates pronounced OSL and destroys all TL peaks with the exception of the high-temperature peak at 609 K. The dose responses of the integrated AG, TL, and OSL are linear in the range of 0.6-5 Gy and saturated at higher doses. The reproducibility of AG, TL, and OSL measurements is about 5%. The fading in the first hour of storage in dark conditions at RT of TL signal of HPHT diamond is mainly associated to the emptying of the traps responsible for the 379-K TL peaks. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  7. Particle placement and sheet topological control in the fabrication of Ag-hexaniobate nanocomposites.

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    Adireddy, Shiva; Rostamzadeh, Taha; Carbo, Cecilia E; Wiley, John B

    2015-01-01

    Synthetic methods are demonstrated that allow for the fabrication of Ag-hexaniobate nanocomposites with directed nanoparticle (NP) placement and nanosheet morphological control. The solvothermal treatment of exfoliated nanosheets (NSs) in the presence of Ag NPs leads to a high yield of Ag nanocomposites. This approach is quite flexible and, with control of time and temperature, can be used to produce nanocomposites with specific architectures; Ag NPs can be attached to nanosheets, attached to the surfaces of nanoscrolls, or at higher temperatures, captured within nanoscrolls to form nanopeapod (NPP) structures. The decorated nanosheets and nanoscrolls show surface plasmon resonance (SPR) maxima similar to that of free Ag NPs, while the Ag NPPs exhibit a red shift of about 10 nm. PMID:25531945

  8. Room-temperature synthesis of 3-dimentional Ag-graphene hybrid hydrogel with promising electrochemical properties

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    Highlights: • 3D Ag-graphene hybrid hydrogels were prepared at room-temperature. • Symmetric supercapacitors were fabricated based on the hybrid hydrogels. • 3D Ag-graphene hybrid hydrogels show superior electrical performance. -- Abstract: In this article, we report a room-temperature synthesis of 3-dimentional (3D) Ag-graphene hybrid hydrogels and fabricate a symmetric supercapacitor with this hybrid material. The preparation of this 3D Ag-graphene hybrid hydrogel is facile and its application in macroscopic devices is more convenient than 2-dimentional (2D) graphene-based material. Our work may provide new insights into the room-temperature synthesis of graphene-based materials. In this novel 3D graphene-based material, the unique structure and combination with Ag nanoparticles made this material exhibit better electrochemical performance compared with the pure graphene. Thus, the obtained Ag-graphene hybrid hydorgels could be widely used in various energy storage devices

  9. The study of mechanical properties of Sn-Ag-Cu lead-free solders with different Ag contents and Ni doping under different strain rates and temperatures

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    Research highlights: → The effect of Ag content on the mechanical properties of Sn-Ag-Cu lead-free solders was studied systematically and the Ag content and strain rate-dependent material constitutive models have been developed for the first time. The effect of Ag content on the microstructures of Sn-Ag-Cu solder was also studied. The effect of Ni doping on the mechanical properties of Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu solder was also investigated and the temperature and strain rate-dependent material constitutive model has been developed for Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu-0.02Ni solder, which is essential for finite element simulation for assessment of reliability of electronic assembly with such solder. - Abstract: In this paper, the tensile tests were conducted at 25 oC to investigate the effect of Ag content and Ni doping on the microstructures and mechanical properties of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu, Sn-2.0Ag-0.5Cu, Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu, Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu-0.05Ni and Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu-0.02Ni solders. The effect of strain rate on mechanical properties was investigated for each solder using stain rates of 10-5 s-1, 10-4 s-1, 10-3 s-1, 10-2 s-1 and 10-1 s-1. In addition, the effect of temperature on mechanical properties was investigated for Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu-0.02Ni solder by conducting tests at -35 oC, 25 oC, 75 oC and 125 oC. Test results show that the elastic modulus, yield stress and ultimate tensile strength increase with increasing strain rate and Ag content, but they decrease with increasing temperature. The elastic modulus, yield stress and ultimate tensile strength are lower and the elongation is larger for Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu-0.05Ni solder compared with Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu-0.02Ni solder. The strain rate and Ag content dependent mechanical property models have been developed for Sn-Ag-Cu solders for the first time. In addition, the temperature and rate-dependent mechanical property models have also been developed for Sn-1.0Ag-0.5Cu-0.02Ni solder. The microstructures of solders were also analyzed. The Ag content affects Ag3Sn

  10. Collective magnetic behaviors of Fe-Ag nanostructured thin films above the percolation limit

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    The magnetic behavior of sputtered and pulsed laser deposited (PLD) FexAg100-x thin films with 27≤x≤55 has been studied by means of ac and dc magnetic measurements. Sputtered samples present a continuous decrease in the magnetization, down to 310 K for x=30, where a magnetic transition into a superparamagnetic state with the presence of dipolar interactions is observed. The ac susceptibility measurements indicate that this transition resembles that of three dimensional glassy systems. Sputtered samples with higher concentration of Fe present a similar but slower thermal evolution of magnetization. PLD samples with x≥50 show a Curie-Weiss-type transition above ∼200 K triggered by direct exchange interactions. As the temperature decreases, the system behaves like a ferromagnet and below ∼75 K, a transition into a cluster-glass state appears. As the composition decreases, these phenomena vanish

  11. Cellular Energy Allocation to Assess the Impact of Nanomaterials on Soil Invertebrates (Enchytraeids: The Effect of Cu and Ag

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    Susana I. L. Gomes

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The effects of several copper (Cu and silver (Ag nanomaterials were assessed using the cellular energy allocation (CEA, a methodology used to evaluate the energetic status and which relates with organisms’ overall condition and response to toxic stress. Enchytraeus crypticus (Oligochatea, was exposed to the reproduction effect concentrations EC20/50 of several Cu and Ag materials (CuNO3, Cu-Field, Cu-Nwires and Cu-NPs; AgNO3, Ag NM300K, Ag-NPs Non-coated and Ag-NPs PVP-coated for 7 days (0-3-7d. The parameters measured were the total energy reserves available (protein, carbohydrate and lipid budgets and the energy consumption (Ec integrated to obtain the CEA. Results showed that these parameters allowed a clear discrimination between Cu and Ag, but less clearly within each of the various materials. For Cu there was an increase in Ec and protein budget, while for Ag a decrease was observed. The results corroborate known mechanisms, e.g., with Cu causing an increase in metabolic rate whereas Ag induces mitochondrial damage. The various Cu forms seem to activate different mechanisms with size and shape (e.g., Cu-NPs versus Cu-Nwires, causing clearly different effects. For Ag, results are in line with a slower oxidation rate of Ag-NMs in comparison with Ag-salt and hence delayed effects.

  12. Contribution of Eu ions on the precipitation of silver nanoparticles in Ag-Eu co-doped borate glasses

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Silver nanoparticles are precipitated from the borate glasses during the melting process without any further heat treatment. • The reduction of Eu3+ ions to Eu2+ ions is presented in this material. • The intensity of Ag+ luminescence. • The introduction of Eu ions accelerated the reaction between Eu2+ ions and silver ions inducing the silver clusters formation. - Abstract: Ag+ doped sodium borate glasses with different Eu ions concentration were prepared by the melt-quenching method. The absorption at about 410 nm which was caused by the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Ag nanoparticles (NPs) is promoted with increasing of Eu ions concentration. Meanwhile, the luminescent spectra showed that the emission intensity of Ag+ decreased while that of the Ag aggregates increased simultaneously. The results indicated that the Ag ions intend to form the high-polymeric state such as Ag aggregates and nanoparticles with increasing of europium ions. Owing to the self-reduction of Eu3+ to Eu2+ in our glass system, it revealed that Ag+ has been reduced by the neighboring Eu2+ which leads to the formation of Ag aggregates and the precipitation of Ag NPs in the matrix. In addition, energy transfer (ET) process from Ag+/Ag aggregates to the Eu3+ was investigated for the enhancement of Eu3+ luminescence

  13. Molecular dissection of the AGAMOUS control region shows that cis elements for spatial regulation are located intragenically.

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    Sieburth, L E; Meyerowitz, E M

    1997-03-01

    AGAMOUS (AG) is an Arabidopsis MADS box gene required for the normal development of the internal two whorls of the flower. AG RNA accumulates in distinct patterns early and late in flower development, and several genes have been identified as regulators of AG gene expression based on altered AG RNA accumulation in mutants. To understand AG regulatory circuits, we are now identifying cis regulatory domains by characterizing AG::beta-glucuronidase (GUS) gene fusions. These studies show that a normal AG::GUS staining pattern is conferred by a 9.8-kb region encompassing 6 kb of upstream sequences and 3.8 kb of intragenic sequences. Constructs lacking the 3.8-kb intragenic sequences confer a GUS staining pattern that deviates both spatially and temporally from normal AG expression. The GUS staining patterns in the mutants for the three negative regulators of AG, apetala2, leunig, and curly leaf, showed the predicted change of expression for the construct containing the intragenic sequences, but no significant change was observed for the constructs lacking this intragenic region. These results suggest that intragenic sequences are essential for AG regulation and that these intragenic sequences contain the ultimate target sites for at least some of the known regulatory molecules. PMID:9090880

  14. Preparation and Photocatalytic Activity of Ag Modified Ti-Doped-Bi2O3 Photocatalyst

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    Lilan Zhang; Junfeng Niu; Duo Li; Ding Gao; Jianghong Shi

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    Ti doped Bi2O3 (TDB) and Ag ion modified Ti doped Bi2O3 (Ag@TDB) photocatalysts were prepared by framework replacement synthesis method with different Ag loadings (0.05, 0.3, 0.75, and 1.0 mol/L AgNO3). The structural properties of the prepared catalysts were studied by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), BET surface area, and UV/Vis diffuse reflectance (DRS). The XRD spectra of the Ti doped Bi2O3 calcined at 650°C showed the diffraction peaks of a mixture of Bi12TiO2...

  15. Bicomponent AgCl/PVP nanofibre fabricated by electrospinning with gel–sol method

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    Jie Bai; Yaoxian Li; Lei Sun; Chaoqun Zhang; Qingbiao Yang

    2009-04-01

    A new series of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) and silver chloride nanoparticles (AgCl) composite fibres have been synthesized by electrospinning and gel–sol technology. We used sol–gel process to prepare AgCl nanoparticles in the PVP solution, and then the solutions were electrospun to obtain AgCl/PVP composite nanofibres. The final products were thoroughly characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), which showed the formation of AgCl nanoparticles/PVP composite nanofibres.

  16. Mechanical properties of Ag-clad Bi-based superconducting composite tapes

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    The critical strains for tensile and bend tests show a dependence on the tape thickness and Ag/oxide volume ratio. This is attributable to the improved strength and flexibility of the special interfacial layer between Ag and oxides formed during thermomechanical processes. Microstructure studies reveal that at a strain greater than the critical strain, there are cracks in the oxide core, while the interfacial layer near the Ag sheath is still intact. Multifilamentary configuration is desirable for improving the strength and flexibility of the Ag-clad Bi-based tapes. (orig.)

  17. Optical Limiting Properties of Ag-Cu Metal Alloy Nanoparticles Analysis by using MATLAB

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    Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles were formed by sequential ion implantation (Ag and Cu) in silica using a metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) ion source. Third-order nonlinear optical properties of the nanoparticles were measured at 1064 nm excitations using the Z-scan technique. Curve fitting analysis, based on the MATLAB features for Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticle optical limiting experiments, is used. The results show that Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles display a refractive optical limiting effect at 1064nm. (condensed matter: structure, mechanical and thermal properties)

  18. Thermomechanical fatigue behavior of Sn-Ag solder joints

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    Choi, S.; Subramanian, K. N.; Lucas, J. P.; Bieler, T. R.

    2000-10-01

    Microstructural studies of thermomechanically fatigued actual electronic components consisting of metallized alumina substrate and tinned copper lead, soldered with Sn-Ag or 95.5Ag/4Ag/0.5Cu solder were carried out with an optical microscope and environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). Damage characterization was made on samples that underwent 250 and 1000 thermal shock cycles between -40°C and 125°C, with a 20 min hold time at each extreme. Surface roughening and grain boundary cracking were evident even in samples thermally cycled for 250 times. The cracks were found to originate on the free surface of the solder joint. With increased thermal cycles these cracks grew by grain boundary decohesion. The crack that will affect the integrity of the solder joint was found to originate from the free surface of the solder very near the alumina substrate and progress towards and continue along the solder region adjacent to the Ag3Sn intermetallic layer formed with the metallized alumina substrate. Re-examination of these thermally fatigued samples that were stored at room temperature after ten months revealed the effects of significant residual stress due to such thermal cycles. Such observations include enhanced surface relief effects delineating the grain boundaries and crack growth in regions inside the joint.

  19. Coating of hydroxyapatite doped Ag on commercially pure titanium surface

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    This paper presents results of bioactive coating on commercially pure titanium surface (CpTi) doped with Ag ions. The coating consists of 3 steps, in step 1- surface chemical treatment of the samples with NaOH, step 2 - immersing the substrate in question in a sodium silicate solution (SS) to the nucleation and step 3 - reimmersion these substrates in synthetic solution that simulates the blood serum for precipitation and growth of apatite layer. After the coating step the AgNO3 substrates were immersed in solutions with concentrations of 20 ppm and 100 ppm at 37 ° C for 48h. The substrates were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). By the results verified the formation of an apatite layer with aspects of cells, on the surface of CpTi. The increase in Ag concentration causes an increase in Ag amount doped in apatite layer. With the results we concluded that it is possible to obtain an apatite layer on a metal surface as the CpTi doped with Ag ions

  20. Synthesis, Antibacterial and Thermal Studies of Cellulose Nanocrystal Stabilized ZnO-Ag Heterostructure Nanoparticles

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    Mohd Zobir Hussein

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Synthesis of ZnO-Ag heterostructure nanoparticles was carried out by a precipitation method with cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs as a stabilizer for antimicrobial and thermal studies. ZnO-Ag nanoparticles were obtained from various weight percentages of added AgNO3 relative to Zn precursors for evaluating the best composition with enhanced functional properties. The ZnO-Ag/CNCs samples were characterized systematically by TEM, XRD, UV, TGA and DTG. From the TEM studies we observed that ZnO-Ag heterostructure nanoparticles have spherical shapes with size diameters in a 9–35 nm range. The antibacterial activities of samples were assessed against the bacterial species Salmonella choleraesuis and Staphylococcus aureus. The CNC-stabilized ZnO-Ag exhibited greater bactericidal activity compared to cellulose-free ZnO-Ag heterostructure nanoparticles of the same particle size. The incorporation of ZnO-Ag hetreostructure nanoparticles significantly increased the thermal stability of cellulose nanocrystals.

  1. Novel Ag/Kaolin Nanocomposite as Adsorbent for Removal of Acid Cyanine 5R from Aqueous Solution

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    Saeedeh Hashemian; Mohammad Reza Shahedi

    2013-01-01

    Ag/kaolin nanocomposite was prepared by reduction of Ag+ ion with ethanol at alkaline condition on kaolin surface. Nanocomposite was characterized by FTIR, XRD, TEM, and BET methods. Results showed the Ag/kaolin composite has particle size 50 nm. The surface area was increased from kaolin to Ag/kaolin from 1.0215 to 7.409 m2 g−1, respectively. Ag/kaolin nanocomposite was used for adsorption of acid cyanine 5R (AC5R) from aqueous solution. The effect of parameters such as contact time, pH, an...

  2. Fractal pattern formation in thermal grooving at grain boundaries in Ag films on Si(111) surfaces

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    Roy, A. [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India); Sundaravel, B. [Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Batabyal, R. [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India); Dev, B.N., E-mail: msbnd@iacs.res.in [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2012-05-31

    Growth of Ag films on Br- and H-passivated Si(111) surfaces and the annealing behaviour have been investigated by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, scanning electron microscopy and photoemission electron microscopy techniques. Upon annealing the phenomenon of thermal grooving was observed in the Ag films. Depending on the annealing temperature, at an intermediate annealing time Ag depletion (evaporation) from the grain boundaries produces fractal patterns of Ag-depleted regions. Continued annealing eventually produces a percolated network of Ag-depleted regions (thermal grooves) along the grain boundaries and isolated Ag grains appear as the depth of the grooves reaches the substrate. For the fractal structures produced by thermal grooving, the fractal dimension has been estimated to be 1.60 {+-} 0.04. Observation of a fractal pattern in thermal grooving was not hitherto reported. A thorough analysis of the experimental results has been carried out in the context of current theories. These theories are inadequate to describe the experimental results. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermal grooving in Ag films grown on Si(111) surfaces has been investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer At appropriate temperatures short annealing shows partly depleted grain boundaries. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Depleted grain boundaries reveal a fractal pattern with a fractal dimension of 1.60. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Long annealing produces percolated Ag-depleted regions with isolated Ag grains. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A thorough analysis shows that current theories are unable to explain the results.

  3. Study on synthesis of ultrafine Cu-Ag core-shell powders with high electrical conductivity

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    Peng, Yu-hsien; Yang, Chih-hao; Chen, Kuan-ting; Popuri, Srinivasa R.; Lee, Ching-Hwa; Tang, Bo-Shin

    2012-12-01

    Cu-Ag composite powders with high electrical conductivity were synthesized by electroless plating of silver sulfate, copper powders with eco-friendly sodium citrate as reducing agent, dispersant and chelating agent in an aqueous system. The influences of sodium citrate/Ag ratio on Ag coatings of Cu powders were investigated. Ag was formed a dense coating on the surface of Cu powders at a molar ratio of sodium citrate/Ag = 0.07/1. SEM showed an uniformity of Ag coatings on Cu powders. SEM-EDX also revealed that Cu cores were covered by Ag shells on the whole. The surface composition analysis by XPS indicated that without Cu or Ag atoms in the surface were oxidized. The resistivity measurements of Cu-Ag paste shows that they have closer resistivity as the pure silver paste's after 250 °C for 30 min heat-treatment (2.55 × 10-4 Ω cm) and 350 °C for 30 min heat-treatment (1.425 × 10-4 Ω cm).

  4. Synthesis of Ag@TiO2 core-shells using a rapid microwave irradiation and study of their nonlinear optical properties

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    Karimipour, M.; Ebrahimi, M.; Abafat, Z.; Molaei, M.

    2016-07-01

    Ag@TiO2 core-shells were synthesized by employing oleylamine as capping agent and using a rapid microwave method. The shell growth was optimized first based on the variation of oleylamine content in the reaction solution. Thereafter the shell thickness was varied just by varying titanium isopropoxide (TiTP) with 25, 50, 100 and 200 μl as TiO2 precursor. The prepared core-shells were characterized by means of XRD, FTIR spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and UV-Vis spectroscopy. XRD analysis revealed a cubic crystal structure for Ag and Anatase phase for TiO2. TEM images clearly indicated that the size of Ag core is roughly 15 nm and with the increase of TiTP, the shell thickness increases and varies between 5 nm and 15 nm. UV-Vis spectroscopy indicated that the plasmon resonance of Ag nanoparticles shifts from 407 nm up to 454 nm with the increase of TiTP precursor. Using a low power laser diode at a 532 nm wavelength, the magnitude and the sign of the nonlinear refractive index were determined by the Z-scan technique and Sheik-Bahae model. The results show that the enhancement of nonlinear optical properties originates from the quality of TiO2 shell growth. The highest nonlinearity belongs to the sample synthesized with 100 μlit TiTP. Generally all the prepared Ag@TiO2 core-shells show both saturable and reverse saturable absorption. They exhibit also a considerable nonlinear absorption and nonlinear refractive index ranging from -4.21 × 10-7 to -3.51 × 10-6 which are comparable to the sole Ag and TiO2 nanoparticles.

  5. Probing the rupture of a Ag atomic junction in a Ag-Au mixed electrode

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    Kim, Taekyeong

    2015-09-01

    We probed that the atomic junction in Ag part ruptures during stretching of atomic sized contacts of Ag-Au mixed electrodes, resulting in Ag-Ag electrodes through a scanning tunneling microscope breaking junction (STM-BJ) technique. We observed that the conductance and tunneling decay constant for a series of amine-terminated oligophenyl molecular junctions are essentially the same for the Ag-Au mixed and the Ag-Ag electrodes. We also found the molecular plateau length and the evolution patterns with the Ag-Au mixed electrodes are similar to those with Ag-Ag electrodes rather than the Au-Au electrodes in the molecular junction elongation. This result is attributed to the smaller binding energy of Ag atoms compared to that of Au atoms, so the Ag junction part is more easily broken than that of Au part in stretching of Ag-Au mixed electrodes. Furthermore, we successfully observed that the rupture force of the atomic junction for the Ag-Au mixed electrodes was identical to that for the Ag-Ag electrodes and smaller than that for the Au-Au electrodes. This study may advance the understanding of the electrical and the mechanical properties in molecular devices with Ag and Au electrodes in future.

  6. Phase transitions in jalpaite, Ag3CuS2

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    Ag3CuS2 is comprehensively studied by applying synchrotron and neutron powder diffraction as well as thermal analysis in the range from 2 K up to the melting point around 960 K. The unique sequence of the reversible phase transitions P-based 110 K/↔ I41/a 250K/↔I 41/amd 387 K/↔ Im3-barm 483 K/reversible Im3'barm+Fm3-barm 549 K/reversible Fm3'barm was detected prior to the sample's melting. The transitions at 110, 387 and 483-549 K are found to be of first order, whereas the transition at 250 K is a second-order one. The major change in the structure of jalpaite resulting from the I41/amd 250 K/reversible I41/a phase transition is a modification in the coordination geometry of the silver atoms. A large degree of structural disorder is stated for Fm3-barm- and Im3-barm-structured Ag3CuS2, which correlates with the high ionic conductivity within both cubic polymorphs. The thermal expansion of jalpaite shows some unusual features, i.e. a negative expansion along the c-direction in the I41/amd phase, a nonlinear expansion within the Im3-barm polymorph and an expansion increase upon entering the mixed Im3-barm+Fm3-barm region. Low-temperature specific heat data confirm first- and second-order anomalies at 110 and 250 K, respectively, and illustrate a pronounced non-Debye-like behaviour of jalpaite.

  7. Swift heavy ion (SHI) modification of Ag/Au-TiO2 nanocomposite thin films prepared by co-sputtering

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    Ag-TiO2 and Au-TiO2 nanocomposites with different volume fractions of metal nanoparticles were prepared by co-sputtering. The morphology of these nanocomposites was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Metal volume fractions were determined by SEM-EDX. Optical characterization of these nanocomposites was carried out using UV/Vis/NIR spectroscopy. The nanocomposites were then irradiated by swift heavy ions (SHI) with 100 MeV (Ag8+ ions) at different fluences ranging from 1 X 1012 to 1 X 1013 ions/cm2. The extinction spectra of the pristine samples show plasmon resonances at wavelengths which depend on the volume fraction of metal, particle size and morphology of the composites. The influence of the SHI fluences, on the microstructure and the extinction spectra were observed. The changes in the properties of these nanocomposites are discussed in terms of ion-material interactions

  8. Electrochemical depositions of fluorohydroxyapatite doped by Cu2+, Zn2+, Ag+ on stainless steel substrates

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    Fluoridated hydroxyapatite (FHA, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2-xFx where 0 2+, Cu2+, Ag+) substituted fluoridated hydroxyapatite coatings (M-FHA) were deposited on the surface of medical grade 316L stainless steel samples by electrochemical deposition technique. The FHA coatings were co-substituted with antibacterial ions (Zn2+, Cu2+ or Ag+) by co-precipitation and ion-exchange methods. Characterization studies of coatings from X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) showed that the obtained layers are monophase crystals FHA and did not contain any discernible crystalline impurity. The particles of all samples are of nano size that gives thin layers. The surface morphology, microstructure and Ca/P atomic ratio of the FHA coatings can be regulated by varying electrolyte temperature. This later affects the porosity of the coating surface and the chemical compositions of the deposits. Quantitative elemental analysis indicates that the copper, zinc and silver ions are incorporated into the Fluorohydroxyapatite. The antimicrobial effects of doped fluorohydroxyapatite coatings against pathogen bacterial strains Staphylococcus aureus were tested in liquid media. The results are promising and demonstrated that all doped FHA samples exhibit excellent antimicrobial activity “in vitro” against the microorganism, so the antimicrobial properties of the coatings developed are improved.

  9. About AgEcon Search

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    <正>AgEcon Search is a free,open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics,including working papers,conference papers,and journal articles.AgEcon Search is co-sponsored by the Department of Applied Economics and the University Libraries at University of Minnesota and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics collects,indexes,and electronically distributes full text copies of scholarly research in the broadly defined field of agricultural economics including sub disciplines such as agribusiness,food supply,natural resource economics,environmental eco-

  10. About AgEcon Search

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    <正>AgEcon Search is a free,open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics,inclu-ding working papers,conference papers,and journal articles. AgEcon Search is co-sponsored by the Department of Applied Eco-nomics and the University Libraries at University of Minnesota and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Researchin Agricultural and Applied Economics collects,indexes,and electronically distributes full text copies of scholarly research in the

  11. About AgEcon Search

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    2012-01-01

    <正>AgEcon Search is a free,open access repository of full-text scholarly literature in agricultural and applied economics,inclu-ding working papers,conference papers,and journal articles. AgEcon Search is co-sponsored by the Department of Applied Eco-nomics and the University Libraries at University of Minnesota and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. Research in Agricultural and Applied Economics collects,indexes,and electronically distributes full text copies of scholarly research in the

  12. Ag nanoparticle effects on the thermoluminescent properties of monoclinic ZrO2 exposed to ultraviolet and gamma radiation

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    The goal of this work was to analyse ZrO2 in the pure state and when doped with Ag nanoparticles, by electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction and thermoluminescence methods. According to the results obtained, Ag nanoparticles did not modify the morphology or the crystalline structure of the ZrO2. The thermoluminescent (TL) response of pure ZrO2 showed two peaks, one at 334 K and the other at 417 K, when it was exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and at 342 and 397 K when gamma radiation was used. For ZrO2 impregnated with Ag nanoparticles a diminished TL intensity due to nanoparticle shielding was observed, but the glow curve shape was similar. However, when Ag nanoparticles were added during the ZrO2 synthesis, a shift of the TL peaks towards higher temperature values with reference to pure ZrO2 was observed. A linear dependence of the integrated TL signal as a function of the irradiation dose was observed in all analysed samples. It was possible to determine some kinetic parameters, such as activation energy, kinetic order and frequency factor, using the sequential quadratic programming glow curve deconvolution; it was found that these values are highly dependent on the type of radiation used. Ag nanoparticles present in ZrO2 also modified the kinetic parameters, mainly when they were added during the synthesis of ZrO2. Our results reinforce the possibilities of using pure and doped ZrO2 as an appropriate dosimetric material in radiation physics

  13. Ag/ZnO Nanoparticles as Novel Antibacterial Agent against of Escherichia coli infection, in vitro & in vivo

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    Masoomeh Afzali Poor Khoshkbejari

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Urinary tract infection has change a basic challenge in human population. Antibacterial nanoparticles have turned over the new leaf in scientist's research.Ag/ZnO nanoparticleis synthesis in high temperature (5000C.FT-IR, XRD, SEM and TEM were used for determination of spectroscopic, structural and morphology of samples, respectively. Also the nanoparticle was digested and analyzed by ICP-AES for determining the presence of residual chemical element in the nanoparticle. Bacterial sensitivity to nanoparticle was commonly tested using by MIC and MBC tests. For achievement of in vivo tests, the renal of rats were injected and then were infected with E.coli. After that, animals were divided to 9 treatment group and the effect of three concentrations of MIC and MBC; also intermediate concentrations of MIC and MBC and each as a separate group, were studied.The particles size was less of 12nm, approximately. The MIC and MBC observed for Ag/ZnO were 32µgml-1and 512µgml-1 for E.coli, respectively.Treatment with a concentration 512µgml-1ofAg/ZnO nanoparticle in combination with Ciprofloxacin reduced severity of renal cortical thickness of pyelonephrit is rats.The microscopic pathological examination indicated that there was no any severe Inflammation of renal tubules in the groups that had been treated with 512µgml-1concentration of Ag/ZnO nanoparticlein combination with ciprofloxacin. In compared with the control groups.This study showed thatthe Ag/ZnO nanoparticle in cooperation with ciprofloxacin has great antimicrobial effect against E.coli on renal damage of Pyelonephritis.

  14. Probable metal-insulator transition in Ag4SSe

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    Highlights: • New phase transition in Ag4SSe was discovered with scanning calorimetry and supported with X-ray powder diffraction. • The thermal effect relates to the anomaly in electrical and thermal conductivity of Ag4SSe. • Similar thermal and electrical effects in K3Cu8S6 are explained with the metal-insulator transition. - Abstract: New phase transition (285 K) in low-temperature monoclinic Ag4SSe was found out below the α-β transition (358 K) after the measurements with differential scanning calorimetry. The transition reveals significant hysteresis (over 30 K). X-ray powder diffraction shows that the superlattice with doubled a and b parameters of the unit cell exists below the new transition point. The signs of this new phase transition can be found in thermal and electrical conductivity of Ag4SSe published in literature. Elusive phase transition in Ag2Se shows similar properties. The new transition is likely related to the metal-insulator type transition, like K3Cu8S6

  15. Structural changes in Ag, Fe, Mn, and Ge microclusters

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    The authors report the structures of Ag, Fe, Mn, and Ge microclusters determined using EXAFS. The measurements were performed over a wide range of clusters sizes. The clusters were prepared using the gas aggregation technique and isolated in solid argon at 4.2 K. A strong contraction of the interatomic distances was observed for Ag dimers and multimers. Silver clusters larger than 17 Angstrom mean diameter show a small contraction of the nn distance and structure consistent with an fcc lattice. By contrast smaller clusters show the presence of a small expansion and a strong reduction or absence of nnn in the EXAFS signal. This points towards a different crystallographic structure for Ag microclusters

  16. Temperature dependence of the high-field magnetization in Fe-Ag granular alloys and discontinuous multilayers

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    Kiss, L F; Balogh, J; Bujdoso, L; Kaptas, D; Vincze, I; Tancziko, F, E-mail: kissl@szfki.h [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, H-1525 Budapest, PO Box 49 (Hungary)

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    Fe-Ag co-deposited granular alloy and discontinuous multilayer samples with 10-36 at% Fe average compositions were prepared by vacuum evaporation onto Si(111) single crystal substrates at room temperature. The magnetic properties of the samples were studied by SQUID and in-field Moessbauer spectroscopy. Superparamagnetic behaviour was observed for all the samples with blocking temperatures (T{sub B}) steeply increasing with increasing Fe concentration. The bulk magnetization (M) measured in 5 T shows linear temperature dependence for both types of samples, and the relative decrease with temperature is much larger for a granular alloy than for a multilayer sample of equal T{sub B}. The Moessbauer spectroscopy results indicate that the faster decrease of the high field magnetization in granular alloys is explained by the larger amount of small grains that are not aligned by the 5 T field.

  17. Comparison of serum HBsAg quantitation by four immunoassays, and relationships of HBsAg level with HBV replication and HBV genotypes.

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    Edouard Tuaillon

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The decline in hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg may be an early predictor of the viral efficacy of Hepatitis B virus (HBV therapy. The HBsAg levels obtained by different immunoassays now need comparing and the relationships between levels of HBsAg and HBV DNA alongside HBsAg and genotype must be evaluated. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: HBsAg levels were compared among 80 patients using the Abbott Architect assay, a commercial immunoassay approved for HBsAg detection and quantitation, and three other assays derived from immunoassays approved for HBsAg detection (manufactured by Diasorin, Bio-Rad and Roche. Good correlation was found between the Abbot vs. Diasorin, Bio-Rad and Roche assays with narrow 95% limits of agreement and small mean differences: -0.06 to 0.11, -0.09 log(10 IU/mL; -0.57 to 0.64, -0.04 log(10 IU/mL; -0.09 to 0.45, -0.27 log(10 IU/mL, respectively. These agreements were not affected by genotypes A or D. HBsAg was weakly correlated with HBV DNA, whatever the HBsAg assay used: Abbott, ρ = 0.36 p = 0.001, Diasorin ρ = 0.34, p = 0.002; Bio-Rad ρ = 0.37, p<0.001; or Roche ρ = 0.41, p<0.001. This relationship between levels of HBsAg and HBV DNA seemed to depend on genotypes. Whereas HBsAg (Abbott assay tended to correlate with HBV DNA for genotype A (ρ = 0.44, p = 0.02, no such correlation was significant for genotypes D (ρ = 0.29, p = 0.15. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: The quantitation of HBsAg in routine clinical samples is comparable between the reference assay and the adapted assays with acceptable accuracy limits, low levels of variability and minimum discrepancy. While HBsAg quantitation is not affected by HBV genotype, the observed association between levels of HBsAg and HBV DNA seems genotype dependent.

  18. Photoreduction of Ag+ in Ag/Ag2S/Au memristor

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    Mou, N. I.; Tabib-Azar, M.

    2015-06-01

    Silver halides and chalcogenides are excellent memristor materials that have been extensively used in the past as photosensitive layers in photography. Here we examine the effect of illumination on the operating voltages and switching speed of Ag/Ag2S/Au memristors using a green laser (473-523 nm). Our results indicate that illumination decreases the average switching time from high to low resistance states by ∼19% and decreases the turn-off voltages dramatically from -0.8 V to -0.25 V that we attribute to the change in sulfur valency and a photo-induced change in its oxidation/reduction potential. Photo-induced reduction of silver in Ag2S may be used in three dimensional optical memories that can be electronically read and reset.

  19. Ag nanotubes and Ag/AgCl electrodes in nanoporous membranes

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    Davenport, Matthew; Healy, Ken; Siwy, Zuzanna S, E-mail: zsiwy@uci.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697 (United States)

    2011-04-15

    Miniaturization of the entire experimental setup is a key requirement for widespread application of nanodevices. For nanopore biosensing, integrating electrodes onto the nanopore membrane and controlling the pore length is important for reducing the complexity and improving the sensitivity of the system. Here we present a method to achieve these goals, which relies on electroless plating to produce Ag nanotubes in track-etched polymer nanopore templates. By plating from one side only, we create a conductive nanotube that does not span the full length of the pore, and thus can act as a nanoelectrode located inside the nanopore. To give optimal electrochemical behavior for sensing, we coat the Ag nanotube with a layer of AgCl. We characterize the behavior of this nanoelectrode by measuring its current-voltage response and find that, in most cases, the response is asymmetric. The plated nanopores have initial diameters between 100 and 300 nm, thus a range suitable for detection of viruses.

  20. Ag nanotubes and Ag/AgCl electrodes in nanoporous membranes

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    Miniaturization of the entire experimental setup is a key requirement for widespread application of nanodevices. For nanopore biosensing, integrating electrodes onto the nanopore membrane and controlling the pore length is important for reducing the complexity and improving the sensitivity of the system. Here we present a method to achieve these goals, which relies on electroless plating to produce Ag nanotubes in track-etched polymer nanopore templates. By plating from one side only, we create a conductive nanotube that does not span the full length of the pore, and thus can act as a nanoelectrode located inside the nanopore. To give optimal electrochemical behavior for sensing, we coat the Ag nanotube with a layer of AgCl. We characterize the behavior of this nanoelectrode by measuring its current-voltage response and find that, in most cases, the response is asymmetric. The plated nanopores have initial diameters between 100 and 300 nm, thus a range suitable for detection of viruses.

  1. Synthesis of a new molecularly imprinted polymer for sorption of the silver ions from geological and antiseptic samples for determination by flame atomic absorption spectrometry.

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    Hashemi-Moghaddam, Hamid; Yahyazadeh, Faegheh; Vardini, Mohammad Taghi

    2014-01-01

    A new molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) was synthesized using methacrylic acid (functional monomer), ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (crosslinker), 2,2'-azobisisobutironitril (initiator), silver (Ag) dithizone complex (template), and chloroform (porogenic solvent). This process was a noncovalent, bulk, thermal radical-polymerization. To compare the performance of this polymer, control polymer (nonimprinted polymer) was prepared under well-defined conditions without the use of a template. Extraction experiments were performed on the MIP and a nonimprinted polymer. Then, various parameters were optimized, such as pH, time, concentration of sample, and type of eluent for elution of Ag from polymer. In addition, interfering effects were investigated on the absorption of Ag by the MIP. This polymer was used for the rapid extraction and preconcentration of Ag from an antiseptic and geological sample. Finally, the amount of Ag was measured by flame atomic absorption spectrometry after preconcentration by the synthesized MIP, and results were compared with a direct inductively coupled plasma method. The results showed high performance of this method in preconcentration of Ag. PMID:25902996

  2. A straightforward and effective strategy for controllable synthesis of Ag/Ag{sub 2}S and Ag/CdS heterojunction nanowires

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    Lai, Xuandi [Southern Medical University, State Key Laboratory of Organ Failure Research, National Clinical Research Center of Kidney Disease, Nanfang Hospital (China); Feng, Xiumei; Hu, Jianqiang, E-mail: jqhusc@scut.edu.cn [South China University of Technology, Key Lab of Fuel Cell Technology of Guangdong Province, Department of Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (China); Tan, Lishan [Southern Medical University, State Key Laboratory of Organ Failure Research, National Clinical Research Center of Kidney Disease, Nanfang Hospital (China); Liu, Jianyu, E-mail: jyliu@scut.edu.cn; Chen, Yuyu; Deng, Xiulong [South China University of Technology, Key Lab of Fuel Cell Technology of Guangdong Province, Department of Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (China); Li, Aiqing, E-mail: liaiqing@smu.edu.cn [Southern Medical University, State Key Laboratory of Organ Failure Research, National Clinical Research Center of Kidney Disease, Nanfang Hospital (China)

    2015-02-15

    Ag/Ag{sub 2}S heterojunction nanowires (HJNWs) have been successfully fabricated through one-pot solution-phase method, which were transferred into Ag/CdS HJNWs by cation exchange. The synthesis involved a template-less, non-seed, and one-pot solution-phase process to high-quality Ag/Ag{sub 2}S HJNWs. The sizes, positions, and spacing distances between the Ag{sub 2}S or CdS NPs of the growing Ag{sub 2}S and CdS NPs in the Ag/Ag{sub 2}S and Ag/CdS HJNWs could be finely tailored by reaction temperatures and PVP concentrations. By varying reaction temperature, the sizes and positions (tip or surface) of the growing Ag{sub 2}S and CdS NPs in the Ag/Ag{sub 2}S and Ag/CdS HJNWs could be effectively controlled while PVP concentration could tailor the sizes and spacing distances between the Ag{sub 2}S or CdS NPs of the growing Ag{sub 2}S and CdS NPs in the Ag/Ag{sub 2}S and Ag/CdS HJNWs. We also proposed a primary experimental model to illustrate the growth mechanism of the Ag/Ag{sub 2}S and Ag/CdS HJNWs.

  3. A straightforward and effective strategy for controllable synthesis of Ag/Ag2S and Ag/CdS heterojunction nanowires

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    Ag/Ag2S heterojunction nanowires (HJNWs) have been successfully fabricated through one-pot solution-phase method, which were transferred into Ag/CdS HJNWs by cation exchange. The synthesis involved a template-less, non-seed, and one-pot solution-phase process to high-quality Ag/Ag2S HJNWs. The sizes, positions, and spacing distances between the Ag2S or CdS NPs of the growing Ag2S and CdS NPs in the Ag/Ag2S and Ag/CdS HJNWs could be finely tailored by reaction temperatures and PVP concentrations. By varying reaction temperature, the sizes and positions (tip or surface) of the growing Ag2S and CdS NPs in the Ag/Ag2S and Ag/CdS HJNWs could be effectively controlled while PVP concentration could tailor the sizes and spacing distances between the Ag2S or CdS NPs of the growing Ag2S and CdS NPs in the Ag/Ag2S and Ag/CdS HJNWs. We also proposed a primary experimental model to illustrate the growth mechanism of the Ag/Ag2S and Ag/CdS HJNWs

  4. Extended Aging of Ag/W Circuit Breaker Contacts: Influence on Surface Structure, Electrical Properties, and UL Testing Performance

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    Yu, Haibo; Kesim, M. Tumerkan; Sun, Yu; Harmon, Jason; Potter, Jonathan; Alpay, S. Pamir; Aindow, Mark

    2016-01-01

    Samples of 120 V, 30 A commercial circuit breakers were subjected to various aging treatments and the resulting microstructures at the surfaces of the Ag/W contacts were studied using a combination of x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy techniques. Breakers aged naturally in a hot, humid climate were compared to those subjected to accelerated aging in dry and humid environments. The most extensive oxidation was observed for contacts from breakers subjected to accelerated humid aging; these contacts exhibited thick surface layers consisting of Ag2O, Ag2WO4, Cu(OH)2•H2O, and WO3 phases. Far less surface degradation was observed for dry-aged contacts. Naturally aged contacts showed variations in degradation with more oxidation at the surface regions outside the physical contact area on the contact face. A correlation was found between the contact resistances measured from these samples following ASTM standard B 667-97 and the observed surface microstructures. To evaluate the effects of the surface oxides on breaker performance, humid-aged breakers were subjected to standardized UL overload/temperature-rise, endurance, and short-circuit testing following UL489. The contacts in these breakers exhibit similar microstructural and property changes to those observed previously for as-manufactured contacts after UL testing. These data illustrate the robust performance of this contact technology even after being subjected to aggressive artificial aging.

  5. Toxic effects and bioaccumulation of nano-, micron- and ionic-Ag in the polychaete, Nereis diversicolor.

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    Cong, Yi; Banta, Gary T; Selck, Henriette; Berhanu, Deborah; Valsami-Jones, Eugenia; Forbes, Valery E

    2011-10-01

    There is increasing concern about the toxicities and potential risks, both still poorly understood, of silver nanoparticles for the aquatic environment after their eventual release via wastewater discharges. In this study, the toxicities of sediment associated nano (Nereis diversicolor, were compared after 10 days of sediment exposure, using survival, DNA damage (comet assay) and bioaccumulation as endpoints. The nominal concentrations used in all exposure scenarios were 0, 1, 5, 10, 25, and 50 μg Ag/g dry weight (dw) sediment. Our results showed that Ag was able to cause DNA damage in Nereis coelomocytes, and that this effect was both concentration- and Ag form-related. There was significantly greater genotoxicity (higher tail moment and tail DNA intensities) at 25 and 50 μg/g dw in nano- and micron-Ag treatments and at 50 μg/g dw in the ionic-Ag treatment compared to the controls (0μg/g dw). The nano-Ag treatment had the greatest genotoxic effect of the three tested Ag forms, and the ionic-Ag treatment was the least genotoxic. N. diversicolor did accumulate sediment-associated Ag from all three forms. Ag body burdens at the highest exposure concentration were 8.56 ± 6.63, 6.92 ± 5.86 and 9.86 ± 4.94 μg/g dw for worms in nano-, micron- and ionic-Ag treatments, respectively, but there was no significant difference in Ag bioaccumulation among the three treatments. PMID:21831346

  6. Bio-inspired sustainable and green synthesis of plasmonic Ag/AgCl nanoparticles for enhanced degradation of organic compound from aqueous phase.

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    Devi, Th Babita; Ahmaruzzaman, M

    2016-09-01

    In the current study, we report the utilization of the biogenic potential of Benincasa hispida (ash gourd) peel extract for the synthesis of Ag embedded AgCl nanoparticles nanoparticles (Ag/AgCl NPs) without the use of any external organic solvents. The appearance of dark brown color from the pale yellow color confirmed the formation of Ag/AgCl nanoparticles which was further validated by absorbance peak using UV-visible spectroscopy. The phytochemicals (flavones) present in the B. hispida peel extract acts as a reducing/stabilizing agents. The morphology and size of the synthesized NPs were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), selected area electron microscope (SAED) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM). FT-IR spectra of the B. hispida peel extract and after the development of nanoparticles are determined to identify the functional groups responsible for the conversion of metal ions to metal nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles showed an excellent photocatalytic property in the degradation of toxic dye like malachite green oxalate under sunlight irradiation. For the first time, malachite green oxalate dye was degraded by Ag/AgCl nanoparticles under sunlight irradiation. PMID:27246560

  7. Enhanced Thermoelectric Performance of Bi2O2Se with Ag Addition

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    Bin Zhan

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Polycrystalline Bi2O2Se/Ag nanocomposites were synthesized by spark plasma sintering process. Their thermoelectric properties were evaluated from 300 to 673 K. With the addition of silver, the conductive second phase Ag2Se and Ag can be observed, which results in a significant enhancement of electrical conductivity. The maximum conductivity is 691.8 S cm−1 for Bi2O2Se/20 vol.% Ag, which increased nearly 500 higher times than the pure Bi2O2Se bulk. ZT value can be enhanced greatly, ~0.07, for Bi2O2Se/5 vol.% Ag at 673 K, which is two times larger than the pure sample.

  8. The Effect of (Ag, Ni, Zn-Addition on the Thermoelectric Properties of Copper Aluminate

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    Jianxiao Xu

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Polycrystalline bulk copper aluminate Cu1-x-yAgxByAlO2 with B = Ni or Zn were prepared by spark plasma sintering and subsequent thermal treatment. The influence of partial substitution of Ag, Ni and Zn for Cu-sites in CuAlO2 on the high temperature thermoelectric properties has been studied. The addition of Ag and Zn was found to enhance the formation of CuAlO2 phase and to increase the electrical conductivity. The addition of Ag or Ag and Ni on the other hand decreases the electrical conductivity. The highest power factor of 1.26 × 10-4 W/mK2 was obtained for the addition of Ag and Zn at 1,060 K, indicating a significant improvement compared with the non-doped CuAlO2 sample.

  9. YBa2Cu3O(7-x)-Ag composites prepared by the coprecipitation route

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    The precursor powders to yield composites of YBa2Cu3O(7-x) and Ag (in variable amounts) were obtained by the oxalate coprecipitation technique to obtain a homogeneous dispersion of Ag in YBa2Cu3O(7-x) matrix. The Ag content was varied between one and 30 percent by weight of the nominal composition YBa2Cu3O(6.5). X-ray powder diffraction results indicate a progressive decrease in the intensities of characteristic peaks of the orthorhombic superconducting phase with increasing Ag amount. Bars pressed from these powders were evaluated with respect to transition temperature, current density, contact resistivity, bulk density, and microstructure. A maximum current density of 766 A/sq cm is measured on a sample containing 30 percent by weight of Ag. 9 refs

  10. D.C. conductivity and spectroscopic studies of polyaniline doped with binary dopant ZrOCl2/AgI

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    Kiran Kumari; Vazid Ali; Anand Kumar; Sushil Kumar; M Zulfequar

    2011-10-01

    Aqueous binary dopant (ZrOCl2/AgI) is used in different ratios such as 1:1, 1:2 and 2:1 (w/w) for chemical doping to enhance the conductivity of synthesized polyaniline (PANI). The doping of polyaniline is carried out using tetrahydrofuran as a solvent. Doped samples are characterized using various techniques such as – characteristics, UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry (XRD), FTIR and photoluminescence (PL) studies. A significant enhancement in d.c. conductivity has been observed with the introduction of binary dopant. UV-visible study shows that optical parameters change considerably after doping. Interestingly, both direct and indirect bandgaps are observed in the doped samples. XRD patterns show the semi-crystalline nature of doped polyaniline. FTIR study shows structural modifications in functional groups with doping in PANI. Photoluminescence spectra exhibit emission properties of the samples.

  11. Experimental investigation and calculation of the binary (AgNO3 + KNO3) phase diagram

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    Highlights: • The existence of the solid compound AgK(NO3)2 is ascertained. • The melting of the AgK(NO3)2 compound is non congruent. • The AgK(NO3)2 compound presents a (solid + solid) phase transition at T = 408.7 K. • Calculated (AgNO3 + KNO3) phase diagram is compared with our experimental data in the T = 380–500 K range. - Abstract: The (AgNO3 + KNO3) phase diagram is reinvestigated using differential thermal analysis and X-ray diffraction. The system is characterized by a non-congruent equimolar compound AgK(NO3)2 with a polymorphic transition at T = 408.7 K. Three invariant reactions are distinguished: an eutectoid, an eutectic and a peritectic at T = (405.8, 407.8 and 415.9) K ± 2 K respectively. The pure nitrates AgNO3 and KNO3 exhibit (solid + solid) phase transitions at T = (428.9 and 404.5 K respectively. There is a solid solution of KNO3 in β-AgNO3. In contrast, AgNO3 shows no significant solubility in solid KNO3. Combining our results with experimental data available in the literature, an optimization of the thermodynamic parameters in the binary system is performed. The calculated phase diagram and the thermodynamic functions agree well with the experimental data

  12. Mildly reduced graphene oxide-Ag nanoparticle hybrid films for surface-enhanced Raman scattering

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    Li, Xiaocheng; Tay, Beng Kang; Li, Junshuai; Tan, Dunlin; Tan, Chong Wei; Liang, Kun

    2012-04-01

    Large-area mildly reduced graphene oxide (MR-GO) monolayer films were self-assembled on SiO2/Si surfaces via an amidation reaction strategy. With the MR-GO as templates, MR-GO-Ag nanoparticle (MR-GO-Ag NP) hybrid films were synthesized by immersing the MR-GO monolayer into a silver salt solution with sodium citrate as a reducing agent under UV illumination. SEM image indicated that Ag NPs with small interparticle gap are uniformly distributed on the MR-GO monolayer. Raman spectra demonstrated that the MR-GO monolayer beneath the Ag NPs can effectively quench the fluorescence signal emitted from the Ag films and dye molecules under laser excitation, resulting in a chemical enhancement (CM). The Ag NPs with narrow gap provided numerous hot spots, which are closely related with electromagnetic mechanism (EM), and were believed to remarkably enhance the Raman signal of the molecules. Due to the co-contribution of the CM and EM effects as well as the coordination mechanism between the MR-GO and Ag NPs, the MR-GO-Ag NP hybrid films showed more excellent Raman signal enhancement performance than that of either Ag films or MR-GO monolayer alone. This will further enrich the application of surface-enhanced Raman scattering in molecule detection.

  13. Ag-doped carbon aerogels for removing halide ions in water treatment.

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    Sánchez-Polo, M; Rivera-Utrilla, J; Salhi, E; von Gunten, U

    2007-03-01

    The objective of this study was to analyze the efficiency of silver(Ag)-doped carbon aerogels for the removal of bromide (Br(-)) and iodide (I(-)) from drinking waters. Textural characterization of Ag-doped aerogels showed that an increase in the Ag dose added during the preparation process produced: (i) a reduction in the surface area (S(BET)) and (ii) an increase in mesopore (V(2)) and macropore (V(3)) volumes. Chemical characterization of the materials revealed an acidic surface (pH of point of zero charge, pH(PZC)=4.5, O(surface)=20%). The oxidation state of Ag was +1 and the surface concentration of this element ranged from 4% to 10%. The adsorption capacity (X(m)) and affinity of adsorbent (BX(m)) increased with a reduction in the radius of the halogenide. Furthermore, an increase in the adsorption capacity was observed with higher Ag concentrations on the aerogel surface. The high adsorption capacity of the aerogel may be due to the presence of Ag(I) on its surface, with the formation of the corresponding Ag halides. Our observations indicate that the halogenides adsorption on commercial activated carbon (Sorbo-Norit) is much lower than that of the Ag-doped carbon aerogels. The presence of chloride and natural organic matter (NOM) in the medium reduced the adsorption capacity of Br(-) and I(-) on Ag carbon aerogels. PMID:16970974

  14. Contact geometry and electronic transport properties of Ag–benzene–Ag molecular junctions

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    Highlights: ► We simulate Ag–benzene–Ag junctions with different contact geometries. ► Moderate benzene–Ag interactions can be realized for adsorptions through Ag adatoms. ► Molecular orbitals dominating the low-bias conductance match the contact symmetry. ► Three contact geometries deliver similar conductance consistent with the experiments. - Abstract: Contact geometry and the electronic transport properties of Ag–benzene–Ag molecular junctions have been investigated by using first-principles quantum transport simulations. Our calculations show that a moderate benzene–silver interaction can be achieved when benzene is adsorbed on the Ag(1 1 1) surface through adatoms. In this case three symmetric Ag–benzene–Ag junction models can be constructed, in which the molecule is connected to the electrodes through one or two Ag adatoms on each side. Although the contribution to the transmission around the Fermi level made by the benzene molecular orbitals depends on the number of Ag adatoms and the detailed binding configuration, the transmission coefficients at the Fermi level of the three junctions are calculated to be respectively 0.20, 0.18 and 0.16. These values are well consistent with the experimental ones of 0.24 ± 0.08. Our results thus demonstrate that the conductance of Ag–benzene–Ag junctions is rather stable regardless of the molecule/electrode contact geometry.

  15. Spatial and temporal variation of surface-enhanced Raman scattering at Ag nanowires in aqueous solution

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    Clayton, Daniel A.; McPherson, Tyler; Pan, Shanlin; Chen, Mingyang; Dixon, David A.; Hu, Dehong

    2012-12-13

    We present surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and Raman imaging of small organic molecules at well-defined nanostructures formed by single silver nanowires (NWs). We show that SERS can be obtained at single, crossed, and bundled Ag NWs for mercaptopyridine, adenine, cytosine, guanine, and thymine. Crossed wires and parallel Ag NWs have SERS enhancement factors much higher than single Ag NWs. New additional junctions formed by a silver nanoparticle and a single Ag NW, and bundled NWs provide SERS intensity higher than a single Ag NW. The SERS signal of single Ag NWs can be further enhanced by decorating the Ag NW surface with gold nanoparticles using electroless deposition. Single Ag NW Raman imaging with a 10 ms time resolution when compared with photoluminescence (PL) imaging results reveal a different dynamic response of SERS and PL under steady state laser excitation. Dynamic photoluminescence blinking activities are suppressed in the presence of the surface coating of Raman active molecules (e.g., mercaptopyridine) and the SERS signal is quite stable in a wide field excitation configuration. The Discrete Dipole Approximation (DDA) method was used to calculate the local field intensity that can be applied to help understand the enhanced PL and SERS at the junction of Ag NWs

  16. Characterization of PdAg/Al2O3 composite membrane by electroless co-deposition

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    In this work, PdAg/Al2O3 composite membranes prepared by electroless co-deposition technique have been studied. Effects of plating time, Ag composition and total concentration of metal ions on surface morphologies, composition and microstructure of the resulting layers were investigated. Scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive spectrometer and nitrogen permeation technique were used to characterize the as-prepared composite membranes. From the experimental results, it shows that the surface morphology of the deposited PdAg layer is strongly affected by the Ag content of the plating bath. Since large differences of deposition rates and growth modes are observed between Pd and Ag grains, the PdAg layer exhibits the dendritic structure. As the Ag content is approximately 50%, the dendritic structured PdAg layer reveals the largest nitrogen permeability with the smallest size of residual pores. Furthermore, a comprehensive electrochemical analysis is proposed to interpret the composition and structure of the PdAg layer. Eventually, the experimental results are quite consistent with those predicted from the electrochemical analysis

  17. AGS experiments: 1990, 1991, 1992. Ninth edition

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    Depken, J.C.

    1993-04-01

    This report contains a description of the following: AGS Experimental Area - High Energy Physics FY 1993 and Heavy Ion Physics FY 1993; Table of Beam Parameters and Fluxes; Experiment Schedule ``as run``; Proposed 1993 Schedule; A listing of experiments by number; Two-page summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; Publications of AGS Experiments; and List of AGS Experimenters.

  18. AGS experiments---1987, 1988, 1989

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    This report contains: Experimental Areas Layout; Table of Beam Parameters and Fluxes; Experiment Schedule ''as run''; Experiment Long Range Schedule; A listing of experiments by number; Two-page summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; Publications of AGS experiments; and List of experimenters

  19. AGS experiments, 1988, 1989, 1990

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    Depken, J.C.

    1991-04-01

    This report contains: experimental areas layout; table of beam parameters and fluxes; experiment schedule as run''; experiment long range schedule; a listing of experiments by number; two-page summaries of each experiment begin here, also ordered by number; publications of AGS experiments; and list of experimenters.

  20. AGS experiments: 1985, 1986, 1987

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    Depken, J.C.

    1987-01-01

    This report contains: Experimental areas layout, table of beam parameters and fluxes, experiment schedule ''as run,'' experiment long range schedule, a listing of experiments by number, two-page summaries of each experiment, also ordered by number, and publications of AGS experiments, 1982-1987.