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  1. The dissolution of Ag(111) electrodes investigated by in situ scanning tunnelling microscopy

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    Wilson, T K

    1998-01-01

    voltammetric methods. This remained evident for varying extents of silver dissolution. Ag(111) electrodes were oxidised in 0.1 M KCIO sub 4 solutions by a single swept ORC of 0.77x10 sup - sup 3 C cm sup - sup 2. The final rest potential of the Ag(111) working electrode was over the potential range of -36 mV to 114 mV versus the SCE where the silver islands of the reformed surface are believed to be unstable. Results show that a majority of silver islands of all sizes are stable with time, whereas the silver islands with irregular shapes tended to evolve to exhibit higher degrees of spherical geometry. Additionally, the position of the silver islands did not remain constant during the acquisition of STM images. Results from in situ STM demonstrated that the underlying step-terrace morphology of the Ag(111) electrodes did not remain constant with time. Both macroscale and nanoscale changes to the Ag(111) electrode surface were observed. It is concluded that this is due to the transport of material along and fr...

  2. Investigation of unoccupied electronic states in PTCDA/Ag(111)

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    Sachs, Soenke; Krause, Stefan; Schoell, Achim [Universitaet Wuerzburg (Germany). Experimentelle Physik II; Schwalb, Christian; Marks, Manuel; Hoefer, Ulrich [Universitaet Marburg (Germany). Fachbereich Physik; Umbach, Eberhard [Universitaet Wuerzburg (Germany). Experimentelle Physik II; Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Energetics, momentum and time evolution of electronic states in organic semiconductors and at their interfaces are fundamental properties that strongly determine the performance in electronic applications. All of these properties can be explored with two-photon photoelectron (2PPE) spectroscopy for occupied and in particular for unoccupied electronic states. In the archetypal system perylene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) on single crystal Ag(111) surfaces considerable differences between the electronic states of chemisorbed monolayer films and multilayer films are eminent. These differences, which are due to the altered chemical environment of PTCDA- and as well Ag-derived states in the vicinity of the interface, can be tracked with 2PPE. A new unoccupied interface state at the Ag/PTCDA interface with a free-electron like dispersion and comparatively short lifetime is detected that influences the charge injection characteristics considerably. The results of the 2PPE spectroscopy are compared to the results of complementary spectroscopies like UPS, IPES, and STS.

  3. Investigation of the electron dynamics at the PTCDA/Ag(111)-interface; Untersuchung der Elektronendynamik an der PTCDA-Ag (111) - Grenzflaeche

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    Schwalb, Christian

    2008-12-17

    In this work the electron dynamics at the PTCDA/Ag(111) interface have been studied with time- and angleresolved Two-photon photoemission (2PPE) as well as time-resolved photoluminescence (PL). The first part of this work concentrates on the characterization of an unoccupied electronic state, that develops 0.6 eV above the Fermi level due to the adsorption of the PTCDA molecules, whereas the shockley surface state of the clean surface vanishes. The measurements clearly identify this state as an interface state that is located between the metal surface and the first layer of the molecules. Dispersion measurements yield an effective mass of this state of 0.39 m{sub e} at the Gamma-point and show backfolding at the zone boundaries of the rectangular PTCDA unit cell. Time-resolved measurements show a surprisingly short lifetime of t=54 fs, clearly indicating a strong coupling of the state with the metal. This behaviour can be explained by a shift of the shockley surface state. This for the clean Ag(111)-surface normally occupied state shifts above the Fermi level because of the highly polarizable PTCDA molecules. Calculations with a one dimensional model potential support this interpretation. Angleresolved lifetime measurements as a function of parallel momentum show a correlation of the decay dynamics of the interface state with the measured bandstructure. The observed drop of the lifetime for larger parallel momentum is significantly smaller as expected for the pure shockley state. This behaviour can be explained due to a hybridisation of the shockley state with the LUMO+1 of the first PTCDA monolayer for k parallel >>0. The second part of this work deals with the intramolecular excitation at the PTCDA/Ag(111) interface after excitation with laser pulses with 2.33 eV and 4.66 eV photon energy. Time-resolved photoluminescence measurements show a strong rise in the PL-lifetime as a function of PTCDA coverage, that can be explained by an increase in the crystallinity of

  4. Adsorption of bay-substituted perylene bisimide dyes on Ag(111) investigated by PES and NEXAFS

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    Scholz, Markus; Krause, Stefan; Haeming, Marc; Schoell, Achim [Universitaet Wuerzburg (Germany). Experimentelle Physik II; Schmidt, Ruediger; Wuerthner, Frank [Universitaet Wuerzburg (Germany). Institut fuer Organische Chemie; Reinert, Friedrich [Universitaet Wuerzburg (Germany). Experimentelle Physik II; Gemeinschaftslabor fuer Nanoanalytik, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    Perylene tetracarboxylic acid bisimides (PBI) are among the best available n-conducting organic materials. Halogen substituents attached to the perylene bay positions change the molecular structure by introducing a twist angle into the usually planar perylene backbone. This influences the optical properties, the stacking of the molecules, as well as the electronic properties. Moreover, the molecular conformation is also expected to effect the interaction with metal contacts, an aspect of crucial importance for electronic devices. We report on a high resolution photoemission (PES) and x-ray absorption (NEXAFS) study of the electronic structure and the molecular orientation of ultra-thin films of the planer PBI-H{sub 4}, and the core twisted PBI-Cl{sub 4} on Ag(111) substrates. In the monolayer regime, substantial changes in the UPS and XPS data with respect to the bulk samples clearly indicate a covalent interaction at the interface. In the valence regime charge transfer induced occupied states are observed at the Fermi-level. This is corroborated by the NEXAFS results, which allow probing a possible change of the molecular conformation due to the interfacial interaction.

  5. First-principles study of surface plasmons on Ag(111) and H/Ag(111)

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    Yan, Jun; Jacobsen, Karsten Wedel; Thygesen, Kristian Sommer

    2011-01-01

    Linear-response time-dependent density functional theory is used to investigate the relation between molecular bonding and surface plasmons for the model system H/Ag(111). We employ an orbital-dependent exchange-correlation functional to obtain a correct description of the Ag 3d band, which is cr...

  6. Adsorption of the ionic liquid [BMP][TFSA] on Au(111 and Ag(111: substrate effects on the structure formation investigated by STM

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    Benedikt Uhl

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In order to resolve substrate effects on the adlayer structure and structure formation and on the substrate–adsorbate and adsorbate–adsorbate interactions, we investigated the adsorption of thin films of the ionic liquid (IL 1-butyl-1-methylpyrrolidinium-bis(trifluoromethylsulfonylimide [BMP][TFSA] on the close-packed Ag(111 and Au(111 surfaces by scanning tunneling microscopy, under ultra high vacuum (UHV conditions in the temperature range between about 100 K and 293 K. At room temperature, highly mobile 2D liquid adsorbate phases were observed on both surfaces. At low temperatures, around 100 K, different adsorbed IL phases were found to coexist on these surfaces, both on silver and gold: a long-range ordered (‘2D crystalline’ phase and a short-range ordered (‘2D glass’ phase. Both phases exhibit different characteristics on the two surfaces. On Au(111, the surface reconstruction plays a major role in the structure formation of the 2D crystalline phase. In combination with recent density functional theory calculations, the sub-molecularly resolved STM images allow to clearly discriminate between the [BMP]+ cation and [TFSA]− anion.

  7. Monolayer solid of N-2/Ag(111)

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    Bruch, L.W.; Hansen, Flemming Yssing

    1998-01-01

    An incommensurate monolayer solid of N-2/Ag(111) is modeled using extensive molecular-dynamics simulations. The conditions treated range from the low-temperature orientationally ordered solid to the melting of the solid. The properties are evaluated as a function of spreading pressure. Comparison...... is made to recent experimental data for N-2/Ag(111) and to results for N-2 adsorbed on graphite. Cu(110), and MgO(001). [S0163-1829(98)02715-5]....

  8. Point defects in epitaxial silicene on Ag(111) surfaces

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    Liu, Hongsheng; Feng, Haifeng; Du, Yi; Chen, Jian; Wu, Kehui; Zhao, Jijun

    2016-06-01

    Silicene, a counterpart of graphene, has achieved rapid development due to its exotic electronic properties and excellent compatibility with the mature silicon-based semiconductor technology. Its low room-temperature mobility of ∼100 cm2 V‑1 s‑1, however, inhibits device applications such as in field-effect transistors. Generally, defects and grain boundaries would act as scattering centers and thus reduce the carrier mobility. In this paper, the morphologies of various point defects in epitaxial silicene on Ag(111) surfaces have been systematically investigated using first-principles calculations combined with experimental scanning tunneling microscope (STM) observations. The STM signatures for various defects in epitaxial silicene on Ag(111) surface are identified. In particular, the formation energies of point defects in Ag(111)-supported silicene sheets show an interesting dependence on the superstructures, which, in turn, may have implications for controlling the defect density during the synthesis of silicene. Through estimating the concentrations of various point defects in different silicene superstructures, the mystery of the defective appearance of \\sqrt{13}× \\sqrt{13} and 2\\sqrt{3}× 2\\sqrt{3} silicene in experiments is revealed, and 4 × 4 silicene sheet is thought to be the most suitable structure for future device applications.

  9. Current-induced switching of PTCDA on Ag(111)

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    Neucheva, Olga; Weiss, Christian; Temirov, Ruslan; Tautz, Frank Stefan [Institut fuer Bio- und Nanosysteme (IBN-3), Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany); JARA-Fundamental of Future Information Technology, Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    A low temperature scanning tunneling microscope (LT-STM) has been used to investigate electron transport through a single PTCDA molecule on Ag(111). Under certain conditions, one of the carboxylic oxygen atoms of the PTCDA molecule establishes a chemical bond with the STM tip, forming a covalently bound single molecular junction. In this contribution, we investigate the process of contact formation as a function of parameters such as distance, bias voltage and electrical current through the molecular junction. In a narrow distance and voltage interval, bistable switching of the oxygen atom between a high- and low-conductance state is observed. The implications of this observation are discussed.

  10. Hindered rotational physisorption states of H2 on Ag(111) surfaces.

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    Kunisada, Y; Kasai, H

    2015-07-15

    We have investigated the physisorption states of H2 on Ag(111) surfaces. To clarify the accurate adsorption properties of H2 on Ag(111), we performed first-principles calculations based on spin-polarized density functional theory (DFT) with the semiempirical DFT-D2 method and the newly-developed exchange functional with the non-local correlation functional vdW-DF2 (rev-vdW-DF2). We constructed exhaustive potential energy surfaces, and revealed that non-negligible out-of-plane potential anisotropy with a perpendicular orientation preference exists even for H2 physisorption on planar Ag(111), as predicted by previous results of resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization spectroscopy and temperature-programmed desorption experiments. Therefore, the molecular rotational ground states of ortho-H2 split into two energy levels in the anisotropic potential. The obtained adsorption energy and the number of bound states, including the zero-point energies and the rotational energy shift, agree with diffractive and rotationally mediated selective adsorption scattering resonance measurements. The origin of the potential anisotropy on Ag(111) is a combination of the London dispersion interaction and the virtual transition of the metal electron to the unoccupied molecular state. PMID:26151425

  11. Two-dimensional pentacene:3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride supramolecular chiral networks on Ag(111).

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    Chen, Wei; Li, Hui; Huang, Han; Fu, Yuanxi; Zhang, Hong Liang; Ma, Jing; Wee, Andrew Thye Shen

    2008-09-17

    Self-assembly of the binary molecular system of pentacene and 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) on Ag(111) has been investigated by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, molecular dynamics (MD), and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Well-ordered two-dimensional (2D) pentacene:PTCDA supramolecular chiral networks are observed to form on Ag(111). The 2D chiral network formation is controlled by the strong interfacial interaction between adsorbed molecules and the underlying Ag(111), as revealed by MD and DFT calculations. The registry effect locks the adsorbed pentacene and PTCDA molecules into specific adsorption sites due to the corrugation of the potential energy surface. The 2D supramolecular networks are further constrained through the directional CO...H-C multiple intermolecular hydrogen bonding between the anhydride groups of PTCDA and the peripheral aromatic hydrogen atoms of the neighboring pentacene molecules. PMID:18722423

  12. Atomic structure of "multilayer silicene" grown on Ag(111): Dynamical low energy electron diffraction analysis

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    Kawahara, Kazuaki; Shirasawa, Tetsuroh; Lin, Chun-Liang; Nagao, Ryo; Tsukahara, Noriyuki; Takahashi, Toshio; Arafune, Ryuichi; Kawai, Maki; Takagi, Noriaki

    2016-09-01

    We have investigated the atomic structure of the "multilayer silicene" grown on the Ag(111) single crystal surface by using low energy electron diffraction (LEED) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). We measured the intensity of the LEED spot as a function of the incident electron energy (I-V curve) and analyzed the I-V curve using a dynamical LEED theory. We have found that the Si(111)(√{ 3} ×√{ 3})-Ag model well reproduces the I-V curve whereas the models consisting of the honeycomb structure of Si do not. The bias dependence of the STM image of multilayer silicene agrees with that of the Si(111)(√{ 3} ×√{ 3})-Ag reconstructed surface. Consequently, we have concluded that the multilayer silicene grown on Ag(111) is identical to the Si(111)(√{ 3} ×√{ 3})-Ag reconstructed structure.

  13. Structural and electronic properties of graphene nanoflakes on Au(111) and Ag(111)

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    Tesch, Julia; Leicht, Philipp; Blumenschein, Felix; Gragnaniello, Luca; Fonin, Mikhail; Marsoner Steinkasserer, Lukas Eugen; Paulus, Beate; Voloshina, Elena; Dedkov, Yuriy

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the electronic properties of graphene nanoflakes on Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces by means of scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy as well as density functional theory calculations. Quasiparticle interference mapping allows for the clear distinction of substrate-derived contributions in scattering and those originating from graphene nanoflakes. Our analysis shows that the parabolic dispersion of Au(111) and Ag(111) surface states remains unchanged with the band minimum shifted to higher energies for the regions of the metal surface covered by graphene, reflecting a rather weak interaction between graphene and the metal surface. The analysis of graphene-related scattering on single nanoflakes yields a linear dispersion relation E(k), with a slight p-doping for graphene/Au(111) and a larger n-doping for graphene/Ag(111). The obtained experimental data (doping level, band dispersions around EF, and Fermi velocity) are very well reproduced within DFT-D2/D3 approaches, which provide a detailed insight into the site-specific interaction between graphene and the underlying substrate. PMID:27002297

  14. Electron dynamics at the PTCDA/Ag(111) interface studied with 2PPE

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    Marks, Manuel; Schwalb, Christian; Hoefer, Ulrich [Fachbereich Physik und Zentrum fuer Materialwissenschaften, Philipps-Universitaet Marburg (Germany); Sachs, Soenke; Schoell, Achim [Universitaet Wuerzburg (Germany). Experimentelle Physik II; Umbach, Eberhard [Universitaet Wuerzburg (Germany). Experimentelle Physik II; Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    We investigated epitaxial grown PTCDA (3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid-dianhydride) on the Ag(111) surface as model system for a metal-organic interface by means of time- and angle-resolved two-photon photoemission (2PPE). In the presence of thin PTCDA films, an unoccupied state with an effective electron mass of 0.39 m{sub e} is observed in the projected band gap of Ag 0.6 eV above E{sub F}. Its inelastic electronic lifetime is {approx_equal}50 fs and the state has an appreciable metallic character, significantly exceeding that of the image-potential states. We assign the new state to a mixture of the former Ag(111) Shockley surface state and the LUMO+1 of the first PTCDA monolayer (ML). In contrast to this interface state, which changes only weakly with PTCDA coverage, the binding energy of the first image-potential state shows a strong dependence. It increases by 135 meV for 1 ML, compared to clean Ag(111), but with absorption of the second ML, a subsequent drop of -70 meV relative to the clean surface occurs. A similar coverage dependence can be seen in the effective electron mass, which decreases by 20% from the first to the second PTCDA layer.

  15. Magnetic and electronic structure of Mn nanostructures on Ag(111) and Au(111)

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    Cardias, R.; Bezerra-Neto, M. M.; Ribeiro, M. S.; Bergman, A.; Szilva, A.; Eriksson, O.; Klautau, A. B.

    2016-01-01

    We present results of the electronic and magnetic structure of Mn nanowires adsorbed on Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces. For finite Mn nanowires on Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces, our ab initio results show that the large difference between the spin-orbit splitting of these two surfaces leads to completely different magnetic configurations. The magnetic ordering for Mn nanowires adsorbed on Ag(111) is governed by the strong exchange interaction between Mn adatoms. For Mn nano-chains on Au(111), the competition between Heisenberg and Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interactions leads to a complex magnetic structure of the clusters considered here. Among the more conspicuous results we note a spin-spiral helical type for the nanowire with seven atoms, and a complex magnetic configuration incommensurate with the substrate lattice for a double-sized Mn wire. The effect of the structural relaxation is also investigated, showing sensitivity of the exchange interactions to the bond distance to the substrate. We also demonstrate that small changes in the band filling of these Mn chains results in drastically different changes of the interatomic exchange. Finally, we show that dispersion of the electronic energy spectrum is possible even in nanostructures with bounded spatial extension.

  16. Imaging and manipulation of a polar molecule oil Ag(111)

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    Lin, Rong; Braun, K.F.; Tang, H.;

    2001-01-01

    A scanning tunneling microscope (STM) was applied to image and laterally manipulate isolated phosphangulene molecules on Ag(111) at 6 K. Atomic-resolution images clearly revealed three characteristic types of appearances (three-lobed, fish and bump shape) for the adsorbed molecules, which could c...

  17. Imaging and manipulation of a polar molecule on Ag(111)

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    Lin, R.; Braun, K.F.; Tang, H.;

    2001-01-01

    A scanning tunneling microscope (STM) was applied to image and laterally manipulate isolated phosphangulene molecules on Ag(111) at 6 K. Atomic-resolution images clearly revealed three characteristic types of appearances (three-lobed, fish and bump shape) for the adsorbed molecules, which could c...

  18. Late growth stages and post-growth diffusion in organic epitaxy: PTCDA on Ag(111)

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    Krause, B.; Duerr, A. C.; Schreiber, F.; Dosch, H.; Seeck, O.H.

    2004-01-01

    The late growth stages and the post-growth diffusion of crystalline organic thin films have been investigated for 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) on Ag(111), a model system in organic epitaxy. In situ x-ray measurements at the anti-Bragg point during the growth show intensity oscillations followed by a time-independent intensity which is independent of the growth temperature. At T > 350 K, the intensity increases after growth up to a temperature-dependent saturation value...

  19. Self-assembled rows of Ni porphyrin dimers on the Ag(111) surface

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    SENGE, Mathias; SERGEEVA, NATALIA

    2010-01-01

    PUBLISHED The growth and ordering of 5-(10,15,20-triphenylporphyrinatonickel(II))dimer (NiTPP-dimer) molecules on the Ag(111) surface have been investigated using scanning tunnelling microscopy/spectroscopy (STM/STS) and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED). At one monolayer (ML) coverage the NiTPP-dimer forms a well-ordered close-packed molecular layer in which the porphyrin molecules have a flat orientation with the molecular plane lying parallel to the substrate. STM and LEED data obt...

  20. Electron spectroscopy of organic heterointerfaces: SnPc/PTCDA/Ag(111)

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    Greif, Michael; Haeming, Marc; Wiessner, Michael; Schoell, Achim [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik VII, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Reinert, Friedrich [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik VII, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); FZK Karlsruhe, Gemeinschaftslabor fuer Nanoanalytik, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Heterointerfaces between different organic molecules are an issue of great technologic relevance. However, structurally well-defined ultrathin interfaces which are suited for the investigation with surface sensitive techniques are difficult to prepare. In order to exploit its potential as a model system in this respect we have investigated hetero-layers consisting of tin-phthalocyanine (SnPc) and perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA) deposited on clean Ag(111) surfaces with photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and UPS), X-ray absorption and low energy electron diffraction (LEED). The spectroscopic signatures of the two compounds can be distinguished unambiguously in the core and valence spectra. For ultra-thin SnPc layers deposited on a single layer of PTCDA on Ag(111) structural information can be derived from angle resolved XPS and NEXAFS. The data indicates that a closed monomolecular layer of flat lying SnPc is established. This is corroborated by the UPS spectra which show a characteristic splitting of the SnPc HOMO signal due to dimer formation only for SnPc coverages beyond one layer. Moreover, LEED was applied in order to investigate the lateral ordering.

  1. Electronic structure of ultra thin organic hetero-interfaces - SnPc/PTCDA/Ag(111)

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    Schoell, Achim; Haeming, Marc; Greif, Michael; Wiessner, Michael [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik VII, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Reinert, Friedrich [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik VII, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Gemeinschaftslabor fuer Nanoanalytik, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    While the interfaces of molecules to a substrate have been studied extensively, knowledge about the interface between different molecular compounds is still relatively scarce. This is to some extend caused by the fact that these interfaces, which are of great relevance for opto-electronic devices consisting out of multiple organic compounds, are more complicated to access experimentally. Structurally well defined model systems, which allow for a systematic and detailed investigation of the interface characteristics, are thus of great importance. In this work we provide data from x-ray absorption and photoelectron spectroscopy on the organic heterolayer system tin-phthalocyanine (SnPc)/perylen-tetracarboxylicacid dianhydride (PTCDA). We show, that SnPc, prepared on a Ag(111) surface precovered by a monolayer of PTCDA, forms a well defined interface with a closed first layer of flat lying molecules. Moreover, the bonding of the SnPc molecules to the PTCDA interlayer is clearly non-covalent and a detailed inspection of the valence spectra shows that the respective molecular signatures can be distinguished well. The SnPc/PTCDA/Ag(111) system is thus well-suited for further investigations employing complicated techniques.

  2. Luminescence from 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride on Ag(111) surface excited by tunneling electrons in scanning tunneling microscopy.

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    Ino, Daisuke; Yamada, Taro; Kawai, Maki

    2008-07-01

    The electronic excitations induced with tunneling electrons into adlayers of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) on Ag(111) have been investigated by in situ fluorescence spectroscopy in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). A minute area of the surface is excited by an electron tunneling process in STM. Fluorescence spectra strongly depend on the coverage of PTCDA on Ag(111). The adsorption of the first PTCDA layer quenches the intrinsic surface plasmon originated from the clean Ag(111). When the second layer is formed, fluorescence spectra are dominated by the signals from PTCDA, which are interpreted as the radiative decay from the manifold of first singlet excited state (S(1)) of adsorbed PTCDA. The fluorescence of PTCDA is independent of the bias polarity. In addition, the fluorescence excitation spectrum agrees with that by optical excitation. Both results indicate that S(1) is directly excited by the inelastic impact scattering of electrons tunneling within the PTCDA adlayer. PMID:18624490

  3. Dynamical bi-stability of single-molecule junctions: A combined experimental/theoretical study of PTCDA on Ag(111)

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    Brumme, Thomas; Neucheva, Olga; Toher, Cormac; Gutiérrez, Rafael; Weiss, Christian; Temirov, Ruslan; Greuling, Andreas; Kaczmarski, Marcin; Rohlfing, Michael; Tautz, Stefan; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio

    2010-01-01

    The dynamics of a molecular junction consisting of a PTCDA molecule between the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope and a Ag(111) surface have been investigated experimentally and theoretically. Repeated switching of a PTCDA molecule between two conductance states is studied by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy for the first time, and is found to be dependent on the tip-substrate distance and the applied bias. Using a minimal model Hamiltonian approach combined with density-fun...

  4. Dynamical bistability of single-molecule junctions: A combined experimental and theoretical study of PTCDA on AG(111)

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    Brumme, T.; Neucheva, O.A.; Cuniberti, G.; Toher, C.; Gutiérrez, R.; Weiss, C.(Theory Center, Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA, 23606, U.S.A.); Temirov, R.; Greuling, A.; M. Kaczmarski; Rohlfing, M.; Tautz, F. S.

    2011-01-01

    The dynamics of a molecular junction consisting of a PTCDA molecule between the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope and a Ag(111) surface have been investigated experimentally and theoretically. Repeated switching of a PTCDA molecule between two conductance states is studied by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy for the first time and is found to be dependent on the tip-substrate distance and the applied bias. Using a minimal model Hamiltonian approach combined with density-func...

  5. Thermal stability and partial dewetting of crystalline organic thin films: 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride on Ag(111)

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    Krause, B.; Dürr, A. C.; Schreiber, F.; Dosch, H.; Seeck, O

    2003-01-01

    The thermal stability and dewetting effects of crystalline organic thin films on inorganic substrates have been investigated for a model system for organic epitaxy, 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) on Ag(111). The thin films deposited under a variety of growth conditions have been annealed stepwise and studied by in situ x-ray diffraction and noncontact atomic force microscopy. It has been found that comparatively smooth films deposited at temperatures T(g)less than or sim...

  6. From hydrogen bonding to metal coordination and back: Porphyrin-based networks on Ag(111).

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    Studener, F; Müller, K; Marets, N; Bulach, V; Hosseini, M W; Stöhr, M

    2015-03-14

    The self-assembly of a metal-free porphyrin bearing two pyridyl coordinating sites and two pentyl chains at trans meso positions was investigated under ultrahigh vacuum on a Ag(111) surface by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The STM measurements revealed a well-ordered close-packed structure with a rhombic unit cell for coverages ≤1 monolayer with their molecular plane parallel to the surface. The growth direction of the molecular islands is aligned along the step edges, which are restructured due to molecule-substrate interactions. The shorter unit cell vector of the molecular superstructure follows the〈1-10〉direction of the Ag(111) substrate. Hydrogen bonds between pyridyl and pyrrole groups of neighboring molecules as well as weak van der Waals forces between the pentyl chains stabilize the superstructure. Deposition of cobalt atoms onto the close-packed structure at room temperature leads to the formation of a hexagonal porous network stabilized by metal-ligand bonding between the pyridyl ligands and the cobalt atoms. Thermal annealing of the Co-coordination network at temperatures >450 K results in the transformation of the hexagonal network into a second close-packed structure. Changes in the molecule-substrate interactions due to metalation of the porphyrin core with Co as well as intermolecular interactions can explain the observed structural transformations. PMID:25770515

  7. From hydrogen bonding to metal coordination and back: Porphyrin-based networks on Ag(111)

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    Studener, F., E-mail: f.studener@rug.nl; Müller, K.; Stöhr, M., E-mail: m.a.stohr@rug.nl [Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, 9747AG Groningen (Netherlands); Marets, N.; Bulach, V., E-mail: bulach@unistra.fr; Hosseini, M. W., E-mail: hosseini@unistra.fr [Laboratoire de Tectonique Moléculaire, UMR UDS-CNRS 7140, Université de Strasbourg, 4 rue Blaise Pascal, 67070 Strasbourg (France)

    2015-03-14

    The self-assembly of a metal-free porphyrin bearing two pyridyl coordinating sites and two pentyl chains at trans meso positions was investigated under ultrahigh vacuum on a Ag(111) surface by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The STM measurements revealed a well-ordered close-packed structure with a rhombic unit cell for coverages ≤1 monolayer with their molecular plane parallel to the surface. The growth direction of the molecular islands is aligned along the step edges, which are restructured due to molecule-substrate interactions. The shorter unit cell vector of the molecular superstructure follows the 〈1-10〉 direction of the Ag(111) substrate. Hydrogen bonds between pyridyl and pyrrole groups of neighboring molecules as well as weak van der Waals forces between the pentyl chains stabilize the superstructure. Deposition of cobalt atoms onto the close-packed structure at room temperature leads to the formation of a hexagonal porous network stabilized by metal-ligand bonding between the pyridyl ligands and the cobalt atoms. Thermal annealing of the Co-coordination network at temperatures >450 K results in the transformation of the hexagonal network into a second close-packed structure. Changes in the molecule-substrate interactions due to metalation of the porphyrin core with Co as well as intermolecular interactions can explain the observed structural transformations.

  8. Incommensurate growth of Co thin film on close-packed Ag(111) surface

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    Barman, Sukanta; Menon, Krishna Kumar S. R.

    2016-05-01

    Growth of ultrathin Co layers on close-packed Ag(111)were investigated by means of Low Energy Electron Diffraction (LEED), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Angle-resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy(ARPES) techniques. The close-packed hexagonal face of Co(0001), exhibits a lattice misfit about 13% with Ag(111) surface which manipulates the growth to be incommensurate up to a certain thickness. The strain field causes aperiodic height undulation in the sub-angstrom regime of the film which was confirmed by p(1 × 1) LEED pattern along with a 6-fold moiré reconstruction pattern in the lower film thickness (up to ˜2ML). The evolution of the LEED pattern was studied with increasing film coverage. Lattice strain was measured with respect to the relative positions of these double spots as a functionof film thickness. Almost a constant strain (˜13%) in the full range of film thickness explains the moiré pattern formation in order to stabilize the incommensurate growth. For higher film coverages, an epitaxial well-ordered commensurate growth was observed. Core level and valance band electronic structures of these films were studied by XPS and ARPES techniques.

  9. 2PPE measurements of PTCDA on Ag(111)

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    Schwalb, Christian; Hoefer, Ulrich [Fachbereich Physik und Zentrum fuer Materialwissenschaften, Philipps-Universitaet Marburg, D-35032 Marburg (Germany); Sachs, Soenke; Schoell, Achim; Umbach, Eberhard [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik II, D- 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    Electron transfer at a metal-molecule interface plays an important role in many chemical disciplines, ranging from molecular electronics to surface photochemistry. We present measurements using time-resolved two-photon photoemission (2PPE) to probe the energetics and dynamics of electronically excited states in epitaxial 3,4,9,10perylenetetracarboxylic acid-dianhydride (PTCDA) thin films on a Ag(111) surface for a thickness range from one to ten monolayers. These measurements allow the identification and determination of the energetic positions for the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO), and LUMO+1. Angle-resolved 2PPE-measurements show a weak dispersion for the LUMO of {proportional_to}150 meV. Our experiments indicate that the excitation process for the LUMO is mainly done by electrons from the Ag(111) substrate. Time-resolved measurements probing the dynamics of the system show an increasing of lifetime for the LUMO for increasing layer thickness from 40 to 80 fs.

  10. Change in surface states of Ag(111) thin films upon adsorption of a monolayer of PTCDA organic molecules

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    The change in the electronic structure of silver thin films of different thicknesses with the Ag( 111) orientation due to the interaction with an adsorbed monolayer of ordered organic molecules of 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA) has been investigated in terms of density functional theory. It has been shown that one of the two surface states of the pure films transforms into an unocc upied interface state due to the interaction so that all the main features of the initial state are retained. The relation of the resulting state to the unoccupied state experimentally observed in the PTCDA/Ag( 111 ) system by scanning tunneling and two-photon photoemission spectroscopy has been discussed.

  11. 苯乙烯在Ag(111)和Ag(110)表面环氧化反应结构敏感性的理论研究%Theoretical Investigation of Structure-Sensitivity of Styrene Epoxidation on Ag(111) and Ag(110) Surfaces

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    王晨; 魏子章; 吕永康; 邢斌; 王贵昌

    2013-01-01

    The selective oxidation of styrene on oxygen-covered Ag(110) and Ag(111) surfaces is studied by density functional theory (DFT) calculations with the periodic slab model. On the Ag(110) surface, a pre-adsorbed oxygen atom prefers the 3-fold hol ow site (3h) with an adsorption energy of-3.59 eV. On the Ag(111) surface, the most stable adsorption site for a pre-adsorbed oxygen atom is the fcc site, and the adsorption energy is-3.69 eV. The reaction process of the selective oxidation of styrene includes two steps: the formation of surface intermediates (branched oxametal acycle and linear oxametal acycle) and the subsequent formation of different products. The calculated results show that the formation of styrene oxide via the linear oxametal acycle (i.e., the pre-adsorbed atomic oxygen bound to the methylene group in styrene) is the favorable reaction mechanism on both Ag(110) and Ag(111) surfaces. The reaction barriers for the different reaction steps of styrene epoxidation on the Ag(110) surface are general y higher than those on the Ag(111) surface. Moreover, the micro-kinetic simulation results indicate that the relative selectivity towards the formation of styrene oxide on the Ag(111) surface is much higher than that on the Ag(110) surface (0.38 vs 0.003) because the energy barrier for the styrene epoxidation is smal er than that for the formation of phenyl acetaldehyde and its combustion intermediate on Ag(111) surface. The reverse trends occurred on the Ag(110) surface.%  采用密度泛函理论(DFT)对苯乙烯在Ag(110)表面和Ag(111)表面的环氧化反应进行了计算研究.经计算,在Ag(110)表面预吸附氧原子更易吸附在3重穴位(3h),吸附能为-3.59 eV;在Ag(111)表面预吸附氧原子的最稳定吸附位是fcc位,吸附能为-3.69 eV.苯乙烯的环氧化反应过程首先经过一个金属中间体,然后再进一步反应变为产物,其中经过直链中间体较支链中间体更加有利. Ag(110)面的反应活化能一般大于Ag

  12. C60 chain phases on ZnPc/Ag(111) surfaces: Supramolecular organization driven by competing interactions.

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    Jin, W; Liu, Q; Dougherty, D B; Cullen, W G; Reutt-Robey, J E; Weeks, J; Robey, S W

    2015-03-14

    Serpentine chain C60 phases were observed in scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images of C60 layers on zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc) or pentacene covered Ag(111) and Au(111) surfaces. This low-density, quasi-one-dimensional organization contrasts starkly with the close-packed hexagonal phases observed for C60 layers on bare metal substrates. STM was employed to perform a detailed investigation of these chain structures for C60/ZnPc/Ag(111) heterolayers. Motivated by the similarity of these chain phases, and the chain and stripe organization occurring in dipole-fluid systems, we investigated a model based on competing van der Waals attractions and electrostatic repulsions between C60 molecules as an explanation for the driving force behind these monolayer phases. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations revealed significant charge transfer to C60 from the Ag(111) substrate, through the intervening ZnPc layer, inducing electrostatic interactions between C60 molecules. Molecular dynamics simulations performed with attractive van der Waals interactions plus repulsive dipole-dipole interactions reproduced the C60 chain phases with dipole magnitudes consistent with DFT calculations. PMID:25770499

  13. Raman analysis of first monolayers of PTCDA on Ag(111)

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    We present a Raman spectroscopic analysis of the bonding properties of organic molecules on Ag(111) surfaces as a model system for organic semiconductor/metal contacts. The planar molecule 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylicacid-dianhydride (PTCDA) is used in the present study due to its high electronic mobility and thermal stability. Vibrational signatures of the first monolayer in direct contact with the metal, especially the modes at 1310 and 1575 cm-1, are found to be shifted to lower frequencies. First principles calculations result in corresponding mode patterns, which are essentially located in the centre of the molecule thus indicating the area, where major metal interaction takes place. Furthermore, upon annealing at 450 K the vibrational frequencies of the second monolayer are modified with respect to bulk PTCDA, which reflect particular changes of the bonding situation of this layer. For subsequent layers bulk-like behaviour is observed

  14. Polymorphism in Self-Assembled Structures of 9-Anthracene Carboxylic Acid on Ag(111

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Surface self-assembly process of 9-anthracene carboxylic acid (AnCA on Ag(111 was investigated using STM. Depending on the molecular surface density, four spontaneously formed and one annealed AnCA ordered phases were observed, namely a straight belt phase, a zigzag double-belt phase, two simpler dimer phases, and a kagome phase. The two high-density belt phases possess large unit cells on the scale length of 10 nm, which are seldom observed in molecular self-assembled structures. This structural diversity stems from a complicated competition of different interactions of AnCA molecules on metal surface, including intermolecular and molecular-substrate interactions, as well as the steric demand from high molecular surface density.

  15. DFT study of PTCDA on Ag(111) including a STM tip

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    Greuling, Andreas; Kaczmarski, Marcin; Rohlfing, Michael [Universitaet Osnabrueck, Fachbereich Physik, Barbarastrasse 7, 49069 Osnabrueck (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Any progress in the field of molecular electronics requires a detailed knowledge of conduction through molecules. As a prerequisite, detailed knowledge of the geometrical structure of a model system like the system PTCDA on Ag(111) probed with a STM tip is of big importance. In experiment it is possible to peel the PTCDA from the surface by using a STM tip above a corner oxygen atom. Furthermore, the molecule flips from the surface to the tip and back under certain tip-surface distance and voltage conditions. Here, we investigate these mechanisms by employing ab initio calculations applying the widely used SIESTA code. Using Density Functional Theory (DFT) in the Local Density Approximation (LDA) we present calculated geometries for the process of peeling of the molecule. Additionally we show tip-surface interaction potentials also considering the influence of a homogeneous electrical field.

  16. Exploring Ag(111) Substrate for Epitaxially Growing Monolayer Stanene: A First-Principles Study

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    Gao, Junfeng; Zhang, Gang; Zhang, Yong-Wei

    2016-07-01

    Stanene, a two-dimensional topological insulator composed of Sn atoms in a hexagonal lattice, is a promising contender to Si in nanoelectronics. Currently it is still a significant challenge to achieve large-area, high-quality monolayer stanene. We explore the potential of Ag(111) surface as an ideal substrate for the epitaxial growth of monolayer stanene. Using first-principles calculations, we study the stability of the structure of stanene in different epitaxial relations with respect to Ag(111) surface, and also the diffusion behavior of Sn adatom on Ag(111) surface. Our study reveals that: (1) the hexagonal structure of stanene monolayer is well reserved on Ag(111) surface; (2) the height of epitaxial stanene monolayer is comparable to the step height of the substrate, enabling the growth to cross the surface step and achieve a large-area stanene; (3) the perfect lattice structure of free-standing stanene can be achieved once the epitaxial stanene monolayer is detached from Ag(111) surface; and finally (4) the diffusion barrier of Sn adatom on Ag(111) surface is found to be only 0.041 eV, allowing the epitaxial growth of stanene monolayer even at low temperatures. Our above revelations strongly suggest that Ag(111) surface is an ideal candidate for growing large-area, high-quality monolayer stanene.

  17. Adsorbate-induced facetting reconstruction and self-organized domain patterning of vicinal Ag(111) surfaces; Adsorbatinduzierte richtungsabhaengige Facettierung und selbstorganisierte Domaenen-Musterbildung auf vizinalen Ag(111)-Oberflaechen

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    Schmitt, Stefan

    2007-02-05

    This thesis investigates structural aspects of adsorbate-induced facetting of vicinal Ag(111) surfaces. It is mainly based on scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and low energy electron diffraction (LEED) experiments performed under UHV conditions. The planar dye-molecule perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxilicacid-dianhydride (PTCDA) adsorbs preferentially at the step edges of the 8.5 Ag(111) vicinal surfaces used in the experiments. It causes a facetting reconstruction by the formation of (111) terraces and facets with a high step density. Moreover, two distinct preferential inclinations of facets were observed, which can only be explained by the selective influence of the adsorbate superstructure. In terms of thermodynamics, the facetting reconstruction can be described as an orientational phase separation, adapted to the constraints of planar surfaces. This concept is capable of explaining the local facetting phenomena. The formalism used predicts an important role of nucleation kinetics. This aspect is taken into account by introducing an additional phase of mobile molecules (2D molecular gas), which cannot be measured directly. Furthermore, strong arguments for the appearance of a critical island size for the PTCDA/ Ag(111) superstructure were found. This work presents structural information of all stable superstructures of PTCDA on vicinal Ag(111) surfaces. Altogether 16 such superstructures were found, 3 of which had been observed and published before. Density and commensurability were found to systematically depend on the step-structure. The two preferred inclinations of facets are related to two characteristic types of domain boundaries of the herringbone superstructure to the adjacent (111)-terrace. On the (111) terraces, small islands of metastable superstructures were found. Facets and (111) terraces form a regular grating-like domain pattern with a variable structural width of 5 to 75 nm. STM measurements show direct evidence for a long-range interaction

  18. Ultrafast electronic response of Ag(111) and Cu(111) surfaces: From early excitonic transients to saturated image potential

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    Silkin, V. M.; Lazić, P.; Došlić, N.; Petek, H.; Gumhalter, B.

    2015-10-01

    We investigate the evolution of attosecond to femtosecond screening and emergent potentials that govern the dynamics and energetics of electrons and holes excited in the various stages of multiphoton photoemission processes and control the photoelectron yield in recently reported experiments [X. Cui, C. Wang, A. Argondizzo, S. Garrett-Roe, B. Gumhalter, and H. Petek, Nat. Phys. 10, 505 (2014), 10.1038/nphys2981]. The study is focused on the dynamical screening of holes created in preexistent quasi-two-dimensional Shockley state bands on Ag(111) and Cu(111) surfaces and of electrons excited to the intermediate and emerging screened states. Using the formalism of self-consistent electronic response, we analyze first the effects of screening on the dynamics of photoexcited electrons and holes and then of the Coulomb correlated photoexcited pair. Special attention is paid to the correlated primary electron-hole states, which commence as transient surface excitons and develop in the course of screening into uncorrelated electrons and holes propagating in the image potential and surface state bands, respectively. The obtained results enable to establish a consistent picture of transient electron dynamics at Ag(111) and Cu(111) surfaces that are becoming accessible by the time-, energy-, and momentum-resolved pump-probe multiphoton photoelectron spectroscopies.

  19. Surface stress and its consequences: In-situ study of PTCDA induced faceting of vicinal Ag(111)

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    Pollinger, Florian; Vrdoljak, Pavo; Schmitt, Stefan; Kumpf, Christian; Schoell, Achim [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik II, Wuerzburg (Germany); Tian, Zhen; Sander, Dirk; Kirschner, Juergen [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Halle (Germany); Umbach, Eberhard [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik II, Wuerzburg (Germany); Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Adsorption of organic molecules on vicinal metal surfaces is known to promote faceting and self-organized ordering on mesoscopic scales. The adsorption of PTCDA on vicinal Ag(111) surfaces leads to grating-like structures after annealing. The system PTCDA/Ag(10 8 7) was investigated using two complementary techniques: An optical cantilever bending technique sensitive to changes in surface stress and spot-profile analysis low energy electron diffraction (SPA-LEED) to monitor the development of the interface structure during faceting. The data was compared to the related, non-faceting system PTCDA on Ag(111). Overall, we find a surface stress change of 0.7 N/m due to the PTCDA-induced faceting, whereas the adsorption of PTCDA without faceting induces a change of 0.4 N/m. Moreover, the data allows an explicit and unambiguous correlation of the surface stress change to the structural and morphological evolution of the interface during the adsorption of the PTCDA adlayer. In conclusion, the results provide experimental evidence for significant surface stress induced by an organic adsorbate and for its importance for faceting and long-range ordering at metal-organic interfaces.

  20. Substrate dependent bonding distances of PTCDA - A comparative XSW study on Cu(111) and Ag(111)

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    Gerlach, A; Sellner, S.; Schreiber, F.; Koch, N; Zegenhagen, J.

    2006-01-01

    We study the adsorption geometry of 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) on Ag(111) and Cu(111) using X-ray standing waves. The element-specific analysis shows that the carbon core of the molecule adsorbs in a planar configuration, whereas the oxygen atoms experience a non-trivial and substrate dependent distortion. On copper (silver) the carbon rings resides 2.66 A (2.86 A) above the substrate. In contrast to the conformation on Ag(111), where the carboxylic oxygen atoms are...

  1. Tailoring metal-organic hybrid interfaces: heteromolecular structures with varying stoichiometry on Ag(111)

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    Stadtmüller, Benjamin; Henneke, Caroline; Soubatch, Serguei; Tautz, F. Stefan; Kumpf, Christian

    2015-02-01

    The physical properties of interfaces between organic semiconductors and metal surfaces crucially influence the performance of organic electronic devices. In order to enable the tailoring of such metal-organic hybrid interfaces we study the adsorption of heteromolecular thin films containing the prototypical molecules copper-II-phthalocyanine (CuPc) and 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetra-carboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) on the Ag(111) surface. Here, we demonstrate how the lateral order can be tuned by changing the relative coverage of both adsorbates on the surface. The layer growth has been studied in real time with low energy electron microscopy, and—for different stoichiometries—the geometric properties of three heteromolecular submonolayer phases have been investigated using high resolution low energy electron diffraction and low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy. Furthermore, we have used a theoretical approach based on van der Waals and electrostatic potentials in order to reveal the influence of the intermolecular and the molecule-substrate interactions on the lateral order of heteromolecular films.

  2. Interface dipoles of organic molecules on Ag(111) in hybrid density-functional theory

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    Hofmann, Oliver T.; Atalla, Viktor; Moll, Nikolaj; Rinke, Patrick; Scheffler, Matthias

    2013-12-01

    We investigate the molecular acceptors 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA), 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4TCNQ) and 4,5,9,10-pyrenetetraone (PYTON) on Ag(111) using density-functional theory (DFT). For two groups of the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof (HSE(α, ω)) family of exchange-correlation functionals (ω = 0 and 0.2 Å) we study the isolated components as well as the combined systems as a function of the amount of exact-exchange (α). We find that hybrid functionals favour electron transfer to the adsorbate. Comparing with experimental work function data, for α ≈ 0.25 we report a notable but small improvement over (semi) local functionals for the interface dipole. Although Kohn-Sham eigenvalues are only approximate representations of ionization energies, incidentally, at this value also the density of states agrees well with the photoelectron spectra. However, increasing α to values for which the energy of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital matches the experimental electron affinity in the gas phase worsens both the interface dipole and the density of states. Our results imply that semi-local DFT calculations may often be adequate for conjugated organic molecules on metal surfaces and that the much more computationally demanding hybrid functionals yield only small improvements.

  3. Thermal and Electronic Fluctuations of Flexible Adsorbed Molecules: Azobenzene on Ag(111)

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    Maurer, Reinhard J.; Liu, Wei; Poltavsky, Igor; Stecher, Thomas; Oberhofer, Harald; Reuter, Karsten; Tkatchenko, Alexandre

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the thermal and electronic collective fluctuations that contribute to the finite-temperature adsorption properties of flexible adsorbates on surfaces on the example of the molecular switch azobenzene C12 H10 N2 on the Ag(111) surface. Using first-principles molecular dynamics simulations, we obtain the free energy of adsorption that accurately accounts for entropic contributions, whereas the inclusion of many-body dispersion interactions accounts for the electronic correlations that govern the adsorbate binding. We find the adsorbate properties to be strongly entropy driven, as can be judged by a kinetic molecular desorption prefactor of 1024 s-1 that largely exceeds previously reported estimates. We relate this effect to sizable fluctuations across structural and electronic observables. A comparison of our calculations to temperature-programed desorption measurements demonstrates that finite-temperature effects play a dominant role for flexible molecules in contact with polarizable surfaces, and that recently developed first-principles methods offer an optimal tool to reveal novel collective behavior in such complex systems.

  4. Processes of adsorption/desorption of iodides and cadmium cations onto/from Ag(111

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    VLADIMIR D. JOVIĆ

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the adsorption/desorption processes of iodides and cadmium cations in the presence of iodides onto/from Ag(111 were investigated. It was shown that both processes were complex, characterized by several peaks on the cyclic voltammograms (CVs. By PeakFit analysis of the recorded CVs and subsequent fitting of the obtained peaks by the Frumkin adsorption isotherm, the interaction parameter (f and the Gibbs energy of adsorption (DGads for each adsorbed phase were determined. In the case of iodide adsorption, four peaks were characterized by negative values of f, indicating attractive lateral interaction between the adsorbed anions, while two of them possessed value of f < –4, indicating phase transition processes. The adsorption/desorption processes of cadmium cations (underpotential deposition – UPD of cadmium in the presence of iodide anions was characterized by two main peaks, each of them being composed of two or three peaks with negative values of f. By the analysis of charge vs. potential dependences obtained either from the CVs or current transients on potentiostatic pulses, it was concluded that adsorbed iodides did not undergo desorption during the process of Cd UPD, but became replaced by Cd ad-atoms and remained adsorbed on top of a Cd layer and/or in between Cd the ad-atoms.

  5. Self-Assembly of Tetraphenyldibenzoperiflanthene (DBP) Films on Ag(111) in the Monolayer Regime.

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    Kirchhuebel, Tino; Gruenewald, Marco; Sojka, Falko; Kera, Satoshi; Bussolotti, Fabio; Ueba, Takahiro; Ueno, Nobuo; Rouillé, Gaël; Forker, Roman; Fritz, Torsten

    2016-03-01

    Tetraphenyldibenzoperiflanthene (DBP) is a promising candidate as a component of highly efficient organic photovoltaic cells and organic light-emitting diodes. The structural properties of thin films of this particular lander-type molecule on Ag(111) were investigated by complementary techniques. Highly ordered structures were obtained, and their mutual alignment was characterized by means of low-energy electron diffraction (LEED). Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images reveal two slightly different arrangements within the first monolayer (ML), both describable as specific herringbone patterns with two molecules per unit cell whose dibenzoperiflanthene framework is parallel to the surface. In contrast, single DBP molecules in the second ML were imaged with much higher intramolecular resolution, resembling the shape of the frontier orbitals in the gas phase as calculated by means of density functional theory (DFT). Further deposition leads to the growth of highly ordered bilayer islands on top of the first ML with identical unit cell dimensions and orientation but slightly inclined molecules. This suggests that the first ML acts as a template for the epitaxial growth of further layers. Simultaneously, a significant number of second-layer molecules mainly located at step edges or scattered over narrow terraces do not form highly ordered aggregates. PMID:26844381

  6. Interface dipoles of organic molecules on Ag(111) in hybrid density-functional theory

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    We investigate the molecular acceptors 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA), 2,3,5,6-tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4TCNQ) and 4,5,9,10-pyrenetetraone (PYTON) on Ag(111) using density-functional theory (DFT). For two groups of the Heyd–Scuseria–Ernzerhof (HSE(α, ω)) family of exchange-correlation functionals (ω = 0 and 0.2 Å) we study the isolated components as well as the combined systems as a function of the amount of exact-exchange (α). We find that hybrid functionals favour electron transfer to the adsorbate. Comparing with experimental work function data, for α ≈ 0.25 we report a notable but small improvement over (semi) local functionals for the interface dipole. Although Kohn–Sham eigenvalues are only approximate representations of ionization energies, incidentally, at this value also the density of states agrees well with the photoelectron spectra. However, increasing α to values for which the energy of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital matches the experimental electron affinity in the gas phase worsens both the interface dipole and the density of states. Our results imply that semi-local DFT calculations may often be adequate for conjugated organic molecules on metal surfaces and that the much more computationally demanding hybrid functionals yield only small improvements. (paper)

  7. Surface-state enhancement of tunneling thermopower on the Ag(111) surface.

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    Maksymovych, Petro; Kelly, Simon J; Cerdá, Jorge I

    2014-12-23

    Thermoelectric effects in tunnel junctions are currently being revisited for their prospects in cooling and energy harvesting applications, and as sensitive probes of electron transport. Quantitative interpretation of these effects calls for advances in both theory and experiment, particularly with respect to the electron transmission probability across a tunnel barrier which encodes the energy dependence and the magnitude of tunneling thermopower. Using noble metal surfaces as clean model systems, we demonstrate a comparatively simple and quantitative approach where the transmission probability is directly measured experimentally. Importantly, we estimate not only thermovoltage, but also its energy and temperature dependencies. We have thus resolved surface-state enhancement of thermovoltage, which manifests as 10-fold enhancement of thermopower on terraces of the Ag(111) surface compared to single-atom step sites and surface-supported nanoparticles. To corroborate experimental analysis, the methodology was applied to the transmission probability obtained from first-principles calculations for the (111) surfaces of the three noble metals, finding good agreement between overall trends. Surface-state effects themselves point to a possibility of achieving competitive performance of all-metal tunnel junctions when compared to molecular junctions. At the same time, the approach presented here opens up possibilities to investigate the properties of nominally doped or gated thermoelectric tunnel junctions as well as temperature gradient in nanometer gaps.

  8. Adsorption geometry and interface states: Relaxed and compressed phases of NTCDA/Ag(111)

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    Jakob, P.; Zaitsev, N. L.; Namgalies, A.; Tonner, R.; Nechaev, I. A.; Tautz, F. S.; Höfer, U.; Sánchez-Portal, D.

    2016-09-01

    The theoretical modeling of metal-organic interfaces represents a formidable challenge, especially considering the delicate balance of various interaction mechanisms and the large size of the involved molecular species. In the present study, the energies of interface states, which are known to display a high sensitivity to the adsorption geometry and electronic structure of the deposited molecular species, have been used to test the suitability and reliability of current theoretical approaches. Two well-ordered overlayer structures (relaxed and compressed monolayers) of 1,4,5,8-naphthalene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (NTCDA) on Ag(111) have been investigated using two-photon photoemission to derive precise interface-state energies for these closely related systems. The experimental values are reproduced by our density-functional theory (DFT) calculations with two approaches to treat dispersion interactions (semi-empirical correction DFT-D3 and parametrized functional optB88) and basis set approaches (localized numerical atomic orbitals, plane waves) with remarkable accuracy. Our results underline the trustworthiness and some of the limitations of current DFT-based methods regarding the description of geometric and electronic properties of metal-organic interfaces.

  9. Growth and ordering of Ni(II) diphenylporphyrin monolayers on Ag(111) and Ag/Si(111) studied by STM and LEED

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    The room temperature self-assembly and ordering of (5,15-diphenylporphyrinato)nickel(II) (NiDPP) on the Ag(111) and Ag/Si(111)-(√3 × √3)R30° surfaces have been investigated using scanning tunnelling microscopy and low-energy electron diffraction. The self-assembled structures and lattice parameters of the NiDPP monolayer are shown to be extremely dependent on the reactivity of the substrate, and probable molecular binding sites are proposed. The NiDPP overlayer on Ag(111) grows from the substrate step edges, which results in a single-domain structure. This close-packed structure has an oblique unit cell and consists of molecular rows. The molecules in adjacent rows are rotated by approximately 17° with respect to each other. In turn, the NiDPP molecules form three equivalent domains on the Ag/Si(111)-(√3 × √3)R30° surface, which follow the three-fold symmetry of the substrate. The molecules adopt one of three equivalent orientations on the surface, acting as nucleation sites for these domains, due to the stronger molecule-substrate interaction compared to the case of the Ag(111). The results are explained in terms of the substrate reactivity and the lattice mismatch between the substrate and the molecular overlayer. (paper)

  10. A theoretical study of a ZnO graphene analogue: adsorption on Ag(111) and hydrogen transport

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    Demiroglu, Ilker; Illas, Francesc; Bromley, Stefan T [Department de Quimica Fisica and Institut de Quimica Teorica i Computacional (IQTCUB), Universitat de Barcelona (UB), C/MartI i Franques 1, E-08028 Barcelona (Spain); Stradi, Daniele, E-mail: s.bromley@ub.edu [Departamento de Quimica, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain)

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    A single sheet of zinc oxide (ZnO) based on the same flat two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal topology as graphene, but with alternating neighbouring Zn and O atoms in place of carbon atoms, is studied theoretically. Following experimental studies, the adsorption of 2D-ZnO with the Ag(111) surface is investigated using density functional theory, with and without a semi-empirical correction for dispersive interactions, and with classical interatomic potentials. The interaction of H atoms with the hexagonal Zn{sub 3}O{sub 3} rings of 2D-ZnO is given special attention where multi-centre bond formation is observed to significantly assist the transport of H atoms through the 2D-ZnO sheet.

  11. A theoretical study of a ZnO graphene analogue: adsorption on Ag(111) and hydrogen transport.

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    Demiroglu, Ilker; Stradi, Daniele; Illas, Francesc; Bromley, Stefan T

    2011-08-24

    A single sheet of zinc oxide (ZnO) based on the same flat two-dimensional (2D) hexagonal topology as graphene, but with alternating neighbouring Zn and O atoms in place of carbon atoms, is studied theoretically. Following experimental studies, the adsorption of 2D-ZnO with the Ag(111) surface is investigated using density functional theory, with and without a semi-empirical correction for dispersive interactions, and with classical interatomic potentials. The interaction of H atoms with the hexagonal Zn(3)O(3) rings of 2D-ZnO is given special attention where multi-centre bond formation is observed to significantly assist the transport of H atoms through the 2D-ZnO sheet.

  12. Two-photon Photo-emission of Ultrathin Film PTCDA Morphologies on Ag(111)

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    Yang, Aram

    2008-01-01

    Morphology- and layer-dependent electronic structure and dynamics at the PTCDA/Ag(111) interface have been studied with angle-resolved two-photon photoemission. In Stranski-Krastanov growth modes, the exposed wetting layer inhibited the evolution of the vacuum level and valence band to bulk values. For layer-by-layer growth, we observed the transition of electron structure from monolayer to bulk values within eight monolayers. Effective masses and lifetimes of the conduction band and the n=1 ...

  13. Untersuchung der Elektronendynamik an der PTCDA/Ag(111)-Grenzfläche

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    Schwalb, Christian

    2009-01-01

    Im Rahmen dieser Arbeit wird die Elektronendynamik an der PTCDA/Ag(111)-Grenzfläche mit Hilfe von zeit- und winkelaufgelöster Zweiphotonen-Photoemission (2PPE) sowie zeitaufgelöster Photolumineszenz-Spektroskopie (PL) untersucht. Der erste Teil der Arbeit widmet sich der Charakterisierung eines unbesetzten elektronischen Zustands, der sich durch die Adsorption der PTCDA-Moleküle 0.6 eV oberhalb der Fermienergie ausbildet, während ...

  14. Long-range surface faceting induced by chemisorption of PTCDA on stepped Ag(111) surfaces

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    Schmitt, Stefan; Schöll, Achim; Umbach, Eberhard

    2016-01-01

    The organic molecule PTCDA preferentially adsorbs on steps of vicinal Ag(111) surfaces and bunches them to well defined facet planes. These depend on coverage and annealing temperature and are independent of the nominal step direction and angle of inclination of the unreconstructed initial surface. We study the development of the facets and present a map of all 16 types of facets in a stereographic triangle of 35° off the [111]-direction. The faceting mechanism is interpreted as orientational phase separation originating from different bonding strengths of PTCDA on various facets. The faceting drives the system to the minimum of its surface free energy.

  15. Growth and structure of the organic molecule PTCDA on Ag(111)

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    Krause, Bärbel

    2002-01-01

    Thin 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) films with the average thickness d between 50 and 200 Å, and the deposition rate F between 1 and 10 Å/min, have been deposited by molecular beam epitaxy on Ag(111). The films have been studied by atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffraction. It has been found that their structural and morphological properties vary significantly with the growth conditions. A transition from relatively smooth films to island growth on top of 2 wetting...

  16. Interference of spin states in photoemission from Sb/Ag(111) surface alloys

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    Meier, Fabian; Osterwalder, Juerg; Hugo Dil, J [Physik-Institut, Universitaet Zuerich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zuerich (Switzerland); Petrov, Vladimir [St Petersburg Polytechnical University, 29 Polytechnicheskaya Street, 195251 St Petersburg (Russian Federation); Mirhosseini, Hossein; Henk, Juergen [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, D-06120 Halle (Saale) (Germany); Patthey, Luc, E-mail: jan-hugo.dil@psi.ch [Swiss Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen (Switzerland)

    2011-02-23

    Using a three-dimensional spin polarimeter we have gathered evidence for the interference of spin states in photoemission from the surface alloy Sb/Ag(111). This system features a small Rashba-type spin splitting of a size comparable to the momentum broadening of the quasiparticles, thus causing an intrinsic overlap between states with orthogonal spinors. Besides a small spin polarization caused by the spin splitting, we observe a large spin polarization component in the plane normal to the quantization axis of the Rashba effect. Strongly suggestive of coherent spin rotation, this effect is largely independent of the photon energy and photon polarization. (fast track communication)

  17. Unconventional Fermi surface spin patterns in the (Bi/Pb/Sb)/Ag(111) surface alloy

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    Meier, Fabian; Dil, Hugo [Physik Institut Universitaet Zuerich (Switzerland); Swiss Light Source PSI (Switzerland); Petrov, Vladimir [Physics Institute St Petersburg (Russian Federation); Patthey, Luc [Swiss Light Source PSI (Switzerland); Osterwalder, Juerg [Physik Institut Universitaet Zuerich (Switzerland)

    2009-07-01

    By a controllable change in the stoichiometry of the long range ordered mixed surface alloy (Bi/Pb/Sb)/Ag(111) the Rashba and Fermi energy can be tuned over a wide range. We show by spin and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy that the spin structure of the individual surface state bands remain unaffected despite the random intermixing of the adatoms. We further report on the observation of unconventional Fermi surface spin textures. These spin textures are found when the Fermi energy lies between the crossing point and the apex of the Rashba type Kramer's pair. The results will be discussed in the context of spin transport.

  18. Dynamics of electron transport at the PTCDA/Ag(111)-interface studied with time-resolved 2PPE

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    Schwalb, Christian; Marks, Manuel B.; Hoefer, Ulrich [Fachbereich Physik, Zentrum fuer Materialwissenschaften, Philipps-Universitaet Marburg, D-35032 Marburg (Germany); Sachs, Soenke; Schoell, Achim [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik II, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Umbach, Eberhard [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik II, D-97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, D-76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    Time-resolved two-photon photoemission (2PPE) is able to provide very detailed information about the electronic structure and the dynamics of electron transfer processes of well-ordered interfaces between organic semiconductors and metals. As a model system we have investigated thin epitaxial PTCDA films on Ag(111). A dispersing unoccupied state with an effective electron mass of 0.39 m{sub e} at the anti {gamma}-point emerges 0.6 eV above the metallic Fermi level E{sub F}. Its short lifetime of 55 fs is a clear indication that this state has a strong overlap with the metal and essentially originates from an upshift of the Shockley surface state of the Ag substrate. In order to investigate the role of the interface state for charge carrier injection, we populate the LUMO of PTCDA in films of varying thickness and simultaneously record fluorescence and photoemission spectra. A long lived component observed in the 2PPE signal close to E{sub F} clearly correlates with film thickness and fluorescence lifetime.

  19. 3D-force-spectroscopy and -dissipation data of an organic-inorganic interface: PTCDA on Ag(111)

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    Braun, Daniel-Alexander; Langewisch, Gernot; Fuchs, Harald; Schirmeisen, Andre [CeNTech (Center for Nanotechnology) and Institute of Physics, University of Muenster (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    Organic semiconductors have attracted intensive research over the last years. Especially the adsorption of {pi}-conjugated organic molecules on metal substrates in view of potential applications in organic and molecular electronics gained a lot of interest. One of the most studied molecules is 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) and it has been investigated on a wide range of substrates. Noncontact atomic force microscopy (ncAFM) experiments with PTCDA adsorbed on Cu(111) revealed, that the intramolecular contrast of PTCDA-molecules depends strongly on the local adsorption environment. Here we present experimental ncAFM results of 3-dimensional force and dissipation spectroscopy experiments of PTCDA adsorbed on Ag(111) with submolecular resolution. The dissipation is understood as a hysteresis of forces between approach and retraction of the tip and is caused by bistabilities in the potential energy surface of the tip-sample system. Therefore the dissipation signal can reveal information about the mechanical properties of individual molecules.

  20. Electronic structure at the perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride/Ag(111) interface studied with two-photon photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Sachs, Sönke; Schwalb, Christian H; Marks, Manuel; Schöll, Achim; Reinert, Friedrich; Umbach, Eberhard; Höfer, Ulrich

    2009-10-14

    The electronic structure of the prototype metal/organic contact 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA) on a Ag(111)-surface has been investigated using time- and angle-resolved two-photon photoelectron spectroscopy (2PPE). Our analysis addresses particularly the nature of the interface state (IS) emerging at the interface due to the substrate-adsorbate interaction [C. H. Schwalb, S. Sachs, M. Marks et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 146801 (2008)]. Its free-electron-like dispersion and a possible backfolding at the surface Brillouin zone boundaries are discussed. Time-resolved pump-probe experiments reveal the inelastic electron lifetime along the dispersion parabola and show its decrease for increasing parallel momentum. The temperature dependence of the peak linewidth indicates a coupling of the IS to molecular vibrations. Moreover, additional aspects are addressed, such as the determination of the electron attenuation length of photoelectrons for low kinetic energy originating from the IS and the work function change of the sample upon PTCDA adsorption with very high energy resolution. PMID:19831458

  1. The adsorption geometry of PTCDA on Ag(111). An NIXSW study

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    Hauschild, Annegret

    2007-12-14

    The bonding lengths of a large pi-conjugated molecule which was adsorbed on a metal surface were determined for the first molecular layer. The system consisting of the organic molecules 3,4,9,10-Perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) grown on a silver(111) surface was investigated. PTCDA on Ag(111) appears in two phases in the first layer: The commensurate long range ordered monolayer at room temperature (RT phase) is a stable phase, whereas the disordered phase which is grown at temperatures below 160 K (LT phase) is a metastable phase. The bonding distance of the molecules from the surface is an indication for the bonding strength. Distortions of the molecules from the planar geometry give additional information on the bonding mechanism. Using NIXSW, the vertical distance of the molecules was investigated by the core-level C1s transition. Since carbon is the main element of the molecules, its vertical distance corresponds to the averaged molecular distance. Furthermore, the distances of the oxygen atoms of the molecules were determined by using the O1s transition. In the molecule, two types of chemically different oxygen atoms exist: the four outer carboxylic oxygen atoms and the two inner anhydride oxygen atoms. For the first time, this chemical shift of one atom sort within a molecule was utilized for a separation of the photoemission spectra which were taken in a standing wave experiment. Within this work, different vertical positions for atoms of the same element could be identified. For the RT phase an average molecular bonding distance of 2.86 A was measured. For the LT phase the corresponding value is 2.80 A. Thus, the molecules in the LT phase are 0.06 A closer to the Ag surface than the molecules in the RT phase, this result clearly is significant. In the LT phase, a stronger intramolecular distortion was observed, the oxygen atoms lie 0.14 A below the carbon core, whereas the molecules in the RT phase do not exhibit such a strong distortion, the

  2. Vermessung von Dispersion und Elektronendynamik der NTCDA/Ag(111) Grenzflächenzustände mittels 2-Photonen-Photoemission

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    Schmidt, Benjamin

    2010-01-01

    Vermessung der Bildpotentialzustände sowie des Interfacezustands an der NTCDA/Ag(111)-Grenzfläche im Vergleich zum wohlbekannten PTCDA/Ag(111)-Modellsystem. Untersucht werden sowohl die Dispersion als auch die Elektronendynamik der Zustände.

  3. Tetracene confinement in L-methionine gratings on the Ag(111) surface

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    Urgel, José I.; Vijayaraghavan, S.; Ecija, D.; Auwärter, W.; Barth, J. V.

    2016-01-01

    We present a direct study on the positioning and mobility of tetracene molecules in self-assembled methionine nanogratings on the Ag(111) surface. Our scanning tunneling microscopy observations reveal the preferential arrangement of isolated tetracene units within substrate stripes framed by one-dimensional methionine supramolecular rows, under the influence of long-range indirect interactions. However, the orientational order of the rod-like tetracene species is induced by the epitaxial fit to the underlying surface atomic lattice; and preferential alignment with the tetracene axes along the direction of the methionine grating could not be achieved. In scanning tunneling microscopy measurements under perturbative conditions, we find a one-dimensional diffusion of the confined tetracene along the direction of the molecular axis and restricted by the methionine gratings for non-parallel orientations.

  4. Structures of Adatom Clusters on Ag(111) Surface by Genetic Algorithm

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    SUN Zhi-Hua; LIU Qing-Wei; LI Yu-Fen; ZHUANG Jun

    2004-01-01

    @@ We study the structures of Ag adatom clusters supported on the metal Ag(111) surface using the genetic algorithm (GA). The atomic interactions are modelled by the surface-embedded-atom method. The lowest-energy structures of adatom clusters with sizes n = 3-20 are obtained, in which n = 7, 10, 12, 14, 16, 19 are the magic numbers.Furthermore, we give a series of structures with energies close to the lowest energy (the lower-energy isomers), and the structure features are studied in detail. Except for some magic clusters and small clusters, every configuration of adatom clusters generally has two distinct adsorption ways, so the isomers always appear in pairs.

  5. 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

  6. Diffusion of Cu adatoms and dimers on Cu(111) and Ag(111) surfaces

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    Mińkowski, Marcin; Załuska-Kotur, Magdalena A.

    2015-12-01

    Diffusion of Cu adatoms and dimers on Cu(111) and Ag(111) surfaces is analyzed based on ab initio surface potentials. Single adatom diffusion is compared with dimer diffusion on both surfaces. Surface geometry makes the adatoms jump alternately between two states in the same way in both systems, whereas dimers undergo more complex diffusion process that combines translational and rotational motion. Small difference in the surface lattice constant between Cu and Ag crystals results in a completely different energy landscape for dimer jumps. As an effect the character of diffusion process changes. Homogeneous Cu dimer diffusion is more difficult and dimers rather rotate within single surface cell, whereas diffusion over Ag surface is faster and happens more smoothly. The temperature dependence of diffusion coefficient and its parameters: energy barrier and prefactor is calculated and compared for both surfaces.

  7. Relaxation of surface stress induced by an organic adsorbate: PTCDA on vicinal Ag(111)

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    Pollinger, Florian; Vrdoljak, Pavo; Fertig, Dominik; Schmitt, Stefan; Kumpf, Christian; Schoell, Achim; Umbach, Eberhard [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik II, Am Hubland, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Tian, Zhen; Sander, Dirk; Kirschner, Juergen [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    Self-organization of metallic surfaces on large scales can be induced by the adsorption of organic molecules and has been observed in several experiments. One example is the growth of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic-acid dianhydride (PTCDA) on stepped (8.5 -vicinal) Ag(111) surfaces. At elevated temperatures, the adsorbate molecules lead to a bunching of substrate steps, which agglomerate to facets of critical sizes. The facets arrange in a coverage-dependent grating-like pattern on a mesoscopic length scale. The resulting order requires a long-range interaction which is mediated by the substrate. It can be explained by a change of surface stress induced by the adsorbate layer. Experimentally, such a change is directly accessible by an optical cantilever bending technique. We monitored the bending of a faceting thin Ag(10 8 7) crystal with this method in order to quantify the occurring relaxation of surface stress.

  8. Dynamics of Spatially Confined Bisphenol A Trimers in a Unimolecular Network on Ag(111).

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    Lloyd, Julian A; Papageorgiou, Anthoula C; Fischer, Sybille; Oh, Seung Cheol; Saǧlam, Özge; Diller, Katharina; Duncan, David A; Allegretti, Francesco; Klappenberger, Florian; Stöhr, Martin; Maurer, Reinhard J; Reuter, Karsten; Reichert, Joachim; Barth, Johannes V

    2016-03-01

    Bisphenol A (BPA) aggregates on Ag(111) shows a polymorphism between two supramolecular motifs leading to formation of distinct networks depending on thermal energy. With rising temperature a dimeric pairing scheme reversibly converts into a trimeric motif, which forms a hexagonal superstructure with complex dynamic characteristics. The trimeric arrangements notably organize spontaneously into a self-assembled one-component array with supramolecular BPA rotors embedded in a two-dimensional stator sublattice. By varying the temperature, the speed of the rotors can be controlled as monitored by direct visualization. A combination of scanning tunneling microscopy and dispersion-corrected density-functional tight-binding (DFTB-vdW(surf)) based molecular modeling reveals the exact atomistic position of each molecule within the assembly as well as the driving force for the formation of the supramolecular rotors. PMID:26849384

  9. Experimental and theoretical study of the adsorption of fumaramide [2]rotaxane on Au(111) and Ag(111) surfaces

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    Mendoza, S.M.; Whelan, C.M.; Jalkanen, J.-P.; Zerbetto, F.; Gatti, F.; Kay, E.R.; Leigh, D.A.; Lubomska, Monika; Rudolf, Petra

    2005-01-01

    Thin films of fumaramide [2] rotaxane, a mechanically interlocked molecule composed of a macrocycle and a thread in a "bead and thread" configuration, were prepared by vapor deposition on both Ag(111) and Au(111) substrates. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high-resolution electron-energy-

  10. Two-photon Photoemission of Organic Semiconductor Molecules on Ag(111)

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    Yang, Aram [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    2008-05-01

    Angle- and time-resolved two-photon photoemission (2PPE) was used to study systems of organic semiconductors on Ag(111). The 2PPE studies focused on electronic behavior specific to interfaces and ultrathin films. Electron time dynamics and band dispersions were characterized for ultrathin films of a prototypical n-type planar aromatic hydrocarbon, PTCDA, and representatives from a family of p-type oligothiophenes.In PTCDA, electronic behavior was correlated with film morphology and growth modes. Within a fewmonolayers of the interface, image potential states and a LUMO+1 state were detected. The degree to which the LUMO+1 state exhibited a band mass less than a free electron mass depended on the crystallinity of the layer. Similarly, image potential states were measured to have free electron-like effective masses on ordered surfaces, and the effective masses increased with disorder within the thin film. Electron lifetimes were correlated with film growth modes, such that the lifetimes of electrons excited into systems created by layer-by-layer, amorphous film growth increased by orders of magnitude by only a few monolayers from the surface. Conversely, the decay dynamics of electrons in Stranski-Krastanov systems were limited by interaction with the exposed wetting layer, which limited the barrier to decay back into the metal.Oligothiophenes including monothiophene, quaterthiophene, and sexithiophene were deposited on Ag(111), and their electronic energy levels and effective masses were studied as a function of oligothiophene length. The energy gap between HOMO and LUMO decreased with increasing chain length, but effective mass was found to depend on domains from high- or low-temperature growth conditions rather than chain length. In addition, the geometry of the molecule on the surface, e.g., tilted or planar, substantially affected the electronic structure.

  11. Investigation of electrode materials for alkaline batteries

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    Arcand, G. M.

    1971-01-01

    A number of amalgam electrode systems were investigated for possible use as high rate anodes and cathodes. The systems examined include: lithium, sodium, and potassium in Group 1, magnesium, calcium, and barium in Group 2, aluminum in Group 3, lead in Group 4, copper in Group 1b, and zinc and cadmium in Group 2b. The K(Hg) and Na(Hg) anodes in 10 VF and 15 VF (an unambiguous expression of concentration that indicates the number of formula weights of solute dissolved in a liter of solution) hydroxide solutions have proven satisfactory; some of these have produced current densities of more than 8 A/sq cm. None of the amalgam cathodes have approached this performance although the TI(Hg) has delivered 1 A/sq cm. Se(Hg) and Te(Hg) cathodes have given very stable discharges. Zn(Hg) and Cd(Hg) electrodes did not show good high rate characteristics, 200 to 300 mA/sq cm being about the maximum current densities obtainable. Both anodes are charged through a two-step process in which M(Hg) is first formed electrochemically and subsequently reduces Zn(II or Cd(II) to form the corresponding amalgam. The second step is extremely rapid for zinc and very slow for cadmium.

  12. Theoretical study of PTCDA adsorbed on the coinage metal surfaces, Ag(111), Au(111) and Cu(111)

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    Romaner, L; Nabok, D; Puschnig, P; Ambrosch-Draxl, C [Chair of Atomistic Modelling and Design of Materials, University of Leoben, Franz-Josef-Strasse 18, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Zojer, E [Institute of Solid State Physics, Graz University of Technology, Petersgasse 16, A-8010 Graz (Austria)], E-mail: lorenz.romaner@unileoben.ac.at

    2009-05-15

    A thorough understanding of the adsorption of molecules on metallic surfaces is a crucial prerequisite for the development and improvement of functionalized materials. A prominent representative within the class of {pi}-conjugated molecules is 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA) which, adsorbed on the Ag(111), Au(111) or Cu(111) surfaces, shows characteristic trends for work-function modification, alignment of molecular levels with the substrate Fermi energy and binding distances. We carried out density functional theory (DFT) calculations to investigate to what extent these trends can be rationalized on a theoretical basis. We used different density functionals (DF) including a fully non-local van der Waals (vdW) DF capable of describing dispersion interactions. We show that, rather independent of the DF, the calculations yield level alignments and work-function modifications consistent with ultra-violet photoelectron spectroscopy when the monolayer is placed onto the surfaces at the experimental distances (as determined from x-ray standing wave experiments). The lowest unoccupied molecular orbital is occupied on the Ag and Cu surfaces, whereas it remains unoccupied on the Au surface. Simultaneously, the work function increases for Ag but decreases for Cu and Au. Adsorption distances and energies, on the other hand, depend very sensitively on the choice of the DF. While calculations in the local density approximation bind the monolayer consistently with the experimental trends, the generalized gradient approximation in several flavors fails to reproduce realistic distances and energies. Calculations employing the vdW-DF reveal that substantial bonding contributions arise from dispersive interactions. They yield reasonable binding energies but larger binding distances than the experiments.

  13. Theoretical study of PTCDA adsorbed on the coinage metal surfaces, Ag(111), Au(111) and Cu(111)

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    A thorough understanding of the adsorption of molecules on metallic surfaces is a crucial prerequisite for the development and improvement of functionalized materials. A prominent representative within the class of π-conjugated molecules is 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA) which, adsorbed on the Ag(111), Au(111) or Cu(111) surfaces, shows characteristic trends for work-function modification, alignment of molecular levels with the substrate Fermi energy and binding distances. We carried out density functional theory (DFT) calculations to investigate to what extent these trends can be rationalized on a theoretical basis. We used different density functionals (DF) including a fully non-local van der Waals (vdW) DF capable of describing dispersion interactions. We show that, rather independent of the DF, the calculations yield level alignments and work-function modifications consistent with ultra-violet photoelectron spectroscopy when the monolayer is placed onto the surfaces at the experimental distances (as determined from x-ray standing wave experiments). The lowest unoccupied molecular orbital is occupied on the Ag and Cu surfaces, whereas it remains unoccupied on the Au surface. Simultaneously, the work function increases for Ag but decreases for Cu and Au. Adsorption distances and energies, on the other hand, depend very sensitively on the choice of the DF. While calculations in the local density approximation bind the monolayer consistently with the experimental trends, the generalized gradient approximation in several flavors fails to reproduce realistic distances and energies. Calculations employing the vdW-DF reveal that substantial bonding contributions arise from dispersive interactions. They yield reasonable binding energies but larger binding distances than the experiments.

  14. Ab initio study of origin and properties of a metal-organic interface state of the PTCDA/Ag(111) system

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    Zaitsev, N. L.; Nechaev, I. A.; P. M. Echenique; Chulkov, E. V.

    2010-01-01

    We present a detailed study of a monolayer film of 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA) on Ag(111) (the PTCDA/Ag(111) system). The study is done within density functional theory with the use of the periodic slab model. The slab is chosen to contain a PTCDA monolayer film on a silver thin film of different thicknesses (6, 9, and 12 layers) with the (111) orientation. We show that one of two surface states of the pure Ag(111) films transforms into an unoccupied interface s...

  15. Nature of free-electron-like states in PTCDA molecules adsorbed on an Ag(111) surface

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    Persson, Mats; Dyer, Matthew [Surface Science Research Centre, University of Liverpool, L69 3BX Liverpool (United Kingdom)

    2009-07-01

    Advances in molecular assembly experiments on metal surfaces and potential applications arising from them call for a better understanding of the electronic structure at the interface of metals and organic systems. There is a high interest in delocalized electronic states, because of their potential use in molecular and opto-electronics applications. Recently, unoccupied, free-electron-like states arising in mono layers of 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA) molecules adsorbed on an Ag(111) surface at energies close to the Fermi energy have been observed by scanning tunneling and photoemission spectroscopies. So as to reveal the nature of these delocalized states we have carried out a density functional study of the electronic structure and local density of states of these systems. We show that the observed free-electron state originates from a Shockley surface state (SS) at the zone centre of the bare surface. The SS is shifted up by the interaction with the organic overlayer.

  16. Complex Stoichiometry reordering of PTCDA on Ag(111) upon K Intercalation

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    Brivio, G. P.; Baby, A.; Zwick, C.; Gruenewald, M.; Forker, R.; Fritz, T.; Fratesi, G.; Hofmann, O. T.; Zojer, E.

    Alkali metal atoms are a simple yet efficient n-type dopant of organic semiconductors. However, the molecular crystal structures need be controlled and well understood in order to optimize the electronic properties (charge carrier density and mobility) of the target material. Here, we report that potassium intercalation into PTCDA monolayer domains on a Ag(111) substrate induces distinct stoichiometry-dependent structural reordering processes, resulting in highly ordered and large KxPTCDA domains. The emerging structures are analyzed by low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), scanning tunneling hydrogen microscopy (STHM), and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) as a function of the stoichiometry and by density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Large stable monolayer domains are found for x=2,4. The epitaxy types for all intercalated stages are determined as point-on-line. The K atoms adsorb in the vicinity of the oxygen atoms of the PTCDA molecules, and their positions are determined with sub-Angstrom precision. This is a crucial prerequisite for the prospective assessment of the electronic properties of such composite films, as they depend on the mutual alignment between donor atoms and acceptor molecules.

  17. Quasi-freestanding epitaxial silicene on Ag(111) by oxygen intercalation.

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    Du, Yi; Zhuang, Jincheng; Wang, Jiaou; Li, Zhi; Liu, Hongsheng; Zhao, Jijun; Xu, Xun; Feng, Haifeng; Chen, Lan; Wu, Kehui; Wang, Xiaolin; Dou, Shi Xue

    2016-07-01

    Silicene is a monolayer allotrope of silicon atoms arranged in a honeycomb structure with massless Dirac fermion characteristics similar to graphene. It merits development of silicon-based multifunctional nanoelectronic and spintronic devices operated at room temperature because of strong spin-orbit coupling. Nevertheless, until now, silicene could only be epitaxially grown on conductive substrates. The strong silicene-substrate interaction may depress its superior electronic properties. We report a quasi-freestanding silicene layer that has been successfully obtained through oxidization of bilayer silicene on the Ag(111) surface. The oxygen atoms intercalate into the underlayer of silicene, resulting in isolation of the top layer of silicene from the substrate. In consequence, the top layer of silicene exhibits the signature of a 1 × 1 honeycomb lattice and hosts massless Dirac fermions because of much less interaction with the substrate. Furthermore, the oxidized silicon buffer layer is expected to serve as an ideal dielectric layer for electric gating in electronic devices. These findings are relevant for the future design and application of silicene-based nanoelectronic and spintronic devices. PMID:27532041

  18. High resolution photoelectron spectroscopy at the SnPc/Ag(111) interface

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    Scheuermann, C.; Haeming, M.; Kroeger, I.; Stadler, C.; Kumpf, C.; Schoell, A.; Reinert, F.; Umbach, E. [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik II, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany)

    2008-07-01

    Phthalocyanines are interesting for applications in organic devices due to the potential of tailoring their properties by introducing different metal ligands into the heterocycle. Some derivates offer the potential of tuning the work function of metal contacts due to an intrinsic dipole moment. We present a high resolution photoelectron spectroscopy study on SnPc submonolayers on Ag(111). Based on a structural analysis, which shows the existence of different adsorption phases with different orientation of the molecular dipoles depending on temperature and coverage, the PES data indicate a significant effect on the surface work function. The valence and core spectra allow identifying a covalent interaction at the interface with the appearance of a new state at EF. Moreover, the data provide evidence for a systematic weakening of the interfacial interaction with increasing coverage. This is accompanied by a constriction of the substrate-adsorbate charge transfer, which becomes evident from an analysis of the core level line shapes. As a consequence, a comprehensive description of the electronic structure in the contact regime, of the resulting interface dipole, and of work function effects needs to account not only for structural properties such as the intrinsic molecular geometry, but also for intermolecular- and interfacial interactions which may involve significant charge transfer.

  19. Structural and electronic properties of thin organic heterointerfaces SnPc/PTCDA/Ag(111)

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    Haeming, Mark; Sauer, Christoph; Greif, Michael; Schoell, Achim [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik VII, Wuerzburg (Germany); Reinert, Friedrich [Universitaet Wuerzburg, Experimentelle Physik VII, Wuerzburg (Germany); KIT, Gemeinschaftslabor fuer Nanoanalytik, Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    Knowledge about the structural and electronic properties of organic heterointerfaces is of vital importance for electronic devices based on organic semiconductors. Yet information about these systems is still scarce due to difficulties in preparing well defined interfaces. With tin-phtalocyanine (SnPc) deposited on a Ag(111) surface precovered by perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA) we present a well suited model system to gain insight into such heterointerfaces. Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and UPS) as well as near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) studies are applied in order to gain both structural and electronic information. Distinct features in core-level and valence spectra allow us to unambiguously distinguish between both molecules. We show clear evidence that SnPc forms a flat lying wetting layer on top of PTCDA with a mainly physisorptive character. Moreover a rigid level shift of all spectroscopic SnPc features with respect to the homomolecular SnPc films is observed, similar to what is known for Schottky contacts, which corresponds to a change in work function. We demonstrate that the built-in electric field at the interface can be explained by the formation of an interface dipole, which extends over several adsorbate monolayers.

  20. UV photo-dissociation and photodesorption of N{sub 2}O on Ag(111)

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    Kim, Ki Hyun; Watanabe, Kazuo; Menzel, Dietrich; Freund, Hans-Joachim, E-mail: watanabe@fhi-berlin.mpg.d [Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Faradayweg 4-6, 14195 Berlin (Germany)

    2010-03-03

    Nanosecond laser induced photoreactions of N{sub 2}O adsorbed on Ag(111) have been studied by temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and mass-selected, angle-dependent time-of-flight (MS-TOF) measurements of neutral desorbing particles. N{sub 2}O molecules in the first monolayer are thermally inert but photo-dissociate into N{sub 2} + O, or photodesorb molecularly or dissociatively, at photon energies above 3.5 eV. We have found that TOF spectra of photodesorbed N{sub 2} as well as of N{sub 2}O measured at hnu = 4.7 eV consist of two velocity components. The desorption flux of the fastest component of N{sub 2}O peaks approx 25 deg. off the surface normal, whereas the others are directed in the surface normal. Origins and photo-excitation as well as photodesorption mechanisms of the N{sub 2}O and N{sub 2} signals are discussed.

  1. Dehydrocyclization of peripheral alkyl groups in porphyrins at Cu(100) and Ag(111) surfaces

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    Williams, Christopher G.; Wang, Miao; Skomski, Daniel; Tempas, Christopher D.; Kesmodel, Larry L.; Tait, Steven L.

    2016-11-01

    The self-assembly of organic and metal-organic species at metal surfaces is a topic of high interest for applications that can benefit from tunable surface functionalization through organic building block design. As the complexity of molecular building blocks increases to direct ordering and function, thermal stability of the adsorbate often increases opening up new surface-catalyzed reaction pathways. We report dehydrocyclization of octaethylporphyrin to tetrabenzoporphyrin on the Cu(100) and Ag(111) surfaces at 500-600 K. Dehydrocyclization of smaller species is not typically observed on these surfaces at low pressure due to short adsorption lifetimes. The dehydrocyclization of peripheral ethyl groups forms benzo groups which then undergo additional dehydrogenation. The reaction products are characterized by high resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). These results extend our understanding of reaction pathways that may be encountered as molecular building blocks increase in size and complexity on relatively inert surfaces.

  2. Evidence for graphite-like hexagonal AlN nanosheets epitaxially grown on single crystal Ag(111)

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    Tsipas, P.; Kassavetis, S.; Tsoutsou, D.; Xenogiannopoulou, E.; Golias, E.; Giamini, S. A.; Grazianetti, C.; Chiappe, D.; Molle, A.; Fanciulli, M.; Dimoulas, A.

    2013-12-01

    Ultrathin (sub-monolayer to 12 monolayers) AlN nanosheets are grown epitaxially by plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy on Ag(111) single crystals. Electron diffraction and scanning tunneling microscopy provide evidence that AlN on Ag adopts a graphite-like hexagonal structure with a larger lattice constant compared to bulk-like wurtzite AlN. This claim is further supported by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy indicating a reduced energy bandgap as expected for hexagonal AlN.

  3. The nature of the observed free-electron-like state in a PTCDA monolayer on Ag(111)

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    Dyer, Matthew S.; Persson, Mats

    2009-01-01

    A free-electron like band has recently been observed in a monolayer of PTCDA (3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydride) molecules on Ag(111) by two-photon photoemission [Schwalb et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 146801 (2008)] and scanning tunneling spectroscopy [Temirov et al., Nature 444, 350 (2006)]. Using density functional theory calculations, we find that the observed free-electron like band originates from the Shockley surface state band being dramatically shifted up in energy by the ...

  4. The nature of the observed free-electron-like state in a PTCDA monolayer on Ag(111)

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    Dyer, Matthew S; Persson, Mats, E-mail: msd30@liv.ac.u [Surface Science Research Centre, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX (United Kingdom)

    2010-06-15

    A free-electron-like band has recently been observed in a monolayer of 3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) molecules on Ag(111) by two-photon photoemission (Schwalb et al 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 146801) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (Temirov et al 2006 Nature 444 350). Using density functional theory calculations, we find that the observed free-electron-like band originates from the Shockley surface state band being dramatically shifted up in energy by the interaction with the adsorbed molecules, while it also acquires a substantial admixture with a molecular band.

  5. The nature of the observed free-electron-like state in a PTCDA monolayer on Ag(111)

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    A free-electron-like band has recently been observed in a monolayer of 3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) molecules on Ag(111) by two-photon photoemission (Schwalb et al 2008 Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 146801) and scanning tunneling spectroscopy (Temirov et al 2006 Nature 444 350). Using density functional theory calculations, we find that the observed free-electron-like band originates from the Shockley surface state band being dramatically shifted up in energy by the interaction with the adsorbed molecules, while it also acquires a substantial admixture with a molecular band.

  6. Effects of rotational-symmetry breaking on physisorption of ortho- and para-H2 on Ag(111).

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    Sugimoto, Toshiki; Fukutani, Katsuyuki

    2014-04-11

    Quantum-state-selective thermal desorption of H2 weakly physisorbed on Ag(111) demonstrates significantly different desorption features between the nuclear-spin modifications. An energy shift due to the rotational-symmetry breaking induced by an anisotropic interaction affects not only the enthalpy but also the entropy of adsorption. The preexponential factor for desorption of the ortho-H2 is about three times as large as that of the para-H2. The entropy difference indicates a perpendicular orientation preference of anisotropic physisorption potential, which also suggests the importance of partial hybridization interaction for weak physisorption.

  7. Site-specific dissociation dynamics of H{sub 2}/D{sub 2} on Ag(111) and Co(0001) and the validity of the site-averaging model

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    Hu, Xixi [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131 (United States); Institute of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Mesoscopic Chemistry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Jiang, Bin [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131 (United States); Department of Chemical Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China); Xie, Daiqian, E-mail: dqxie@nju.edu.cn, E-mail: hguo@unm.edu [Institute of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Mesoscopic Chemistry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Synergetic Innovation Center of Quantum Information and Quantum Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China); Guo, Hua, E-mail: dqxie@nju.edu.cn, E-mail: hguo@unm.edu [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131 (United States)

    2015-09-21

    Dissociative chemisorption of polyatomic molecules on metal surfaces involves high-dimensional dynamics, of which quantum mechanical treatments are computationally challenging. A promising reduced-dimensional approach approximates the full-dimensional dynamics by a weighted average of fixed-site results. To examine the performance of this site-averaging model, we investigate two distinct reactions, namely, hydrogen dissociation on Co(0001) and Ag(111), using accurate first principles potential energy surfaces (PESs). The former has a very low barrier of ∼0.05 eV while the latter is highly activated with a barrier of ∼1.15 eV. These two systems allow the investigation of not only site-specific dynamical behaviors but also the validity of the site-averaging model. It is found that the reactivity is not only controlled by the barrier height but also by the topography of the PES. Moreover, the agreement between the site-averaged and full-dimensional results is much better on Ag(111), though quantitative in neither system. Further quasi-classical trajectory calculations showed that the deviations can be attributed to dynamical steering effects, which are present in both reactions at all energies.

  8. Manipulation of the surface density of states of Ag(111) by means of resonators: Experiment and theory

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    Fernández, J.; Moro-Lagares, María; Serrate, D.; Aligia, A. A.

    2016-08-01

    We show that the density of surface Shockley states of Ag(111) probed by the differential conductance G (V )=d I /d V by a scanning-tunneling microscope (STM) can be enhanced significantly at certain energies and positions introducing simple arrays of Co or Ag atoms on the surface, in contrast to other noble-metal surfaces. Specifically we have studied resonators consisting of two parallel walls of five atoms deposited on the clean Ag(111) surface. A simple model in which the effect of the adatoms is taken into account by an attractive local potential and a small hybridization between surface and bulk at the position of the adatoms explains the main features of the observed G (V ) and allows us to extract the proportion of surface and bulk states sensed by the STM tip. These results might be relevant to engineer the surface spectral density of states, to study the effects of surface states on the Kondo effect, and to separate bulk and surface contributions in STM studies of topological surface states.

  9. Impact of a molecular wetting layer on the structural and optical properties of tin(II)-phthalocyanine multilayers on Ag(111)

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    Gruenewald, Marco; Peuker, Julia; Meissner, Matthias; Sojka, Falko; Forker, Roman; Fritz, Torsten

    2016-03-01

    We investigate ultrathin highly ordered layers of tin(II)-phthalocyanine (SnPc) on top of a monolayer (ML) of 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) on Ag(111). The films are analyzed structurally by means of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) as well as optically using differential reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). We find that the first ML of SnPc is entirely rearranged upon bilayer (BL) formation, yielding a commensurate registry in higher-order coincidence with the underlying PTCDA lattice. SnPc layers adsorbed on top self-assemble in further BLs. Within each BL the molecules are arranged pairwise, i.e., stacked as physical dimers, providing a characteristic absorption spectrum with strongly redshifted components compared to SnPc monomers. This altered spectral envelope mainly originates from strong orbital overlap of stacked molecules within each BL. In contrast, adjacent BLs show only weak orbital overlap, which is responsible for an additional redshift of the low-energy transition band. Our results demonstrate that a simple modification of the metal substrate surface, e.g., by a PTCDA wetting layer, has beneficial effects on structural ordering of SnPc multilayers adsorbed on top. The impact on the optical absorption spectrum manifests in a narrow and intense absorption peak in the near-infrared spectral region which is significantly less pronounced if the PTCDA layer is omitted.

  10. XPS of oxygen atoms on Ag(111) and Ag(110) surfaces: accurate study with SAC/SAC-CI combined with dipped adcluster model.

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    Ishikawa, Atsushi; Nakatsuji, Hiroshi

    2013-08-01

    O1s core-electron binding energies (CEBE) of the atomic oxygens on different Ag surfaces were investigated by the symmetry adapted cluster-configuration interaction (SAC-CI) method combined with the dipped adcluster model, in which the electron exchange between bulk metal and adsorbate is taken into account properly. Electrophilic and nucleophilic oxygens (O(elec) and O(nuc)) that might be important for olefin epoxidation in a low-oxygen coverage condition were focused here. We consider the O1s CEBE as a key property to distinguish the surface oxygen states, and series of calculation was carried out by the Hartree-Fock, Density functional theory, and SAC/SAC-CI methods. The experimental information and our SAC/SAC-CI results indicate that O(elec) is the atomic oxygen adsorbed on the fcc site of Ag(111) and that O(nuc) is the one on the reconstructed added-row site of Ag(110) and that one- and two-electron transfers occur, respectively, to the O(elec) and O(nuc) adclusters from the silver surface.

  11. Structure and growth of dotriacontane films on SiO_2 and Ag(111) surfaces: synchrotron X-ray scattering and molecular dynamics simulations

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    Mo, H.; Trogisch, S.; Taub, H.;

    2004-01-01

    We report synchrotron X-ray scattering experiments and molecular dynamics simulations of the structure and growth mode of dotriacontane (n-C32H(66) or C32) films adsorbed on Ag(111) and SiO2-coated Si(100) substrates. On the SiO2 surface, the X-ray measurements confirm a structural model of the...

  12. Complex Stoichiometry-Dependent Reordering of 3,4,9,10-Perylenetetracarboxylic Dianhydride on Ag(111) upon K Intercalation.

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    Zwick, Christian; Baby, Anu; Gruenewald, Marco; Verwüster, Elisabeth; Hofmann, Oliver T; Forker, Roman; Fratesi, Guido; Brivio, Gian Paolo; Zojer, Egbert; Fritz, Torsten

    2016-02-23

    Alkali metal atoms are frequently used for simple yet efficient n-type doping of organic semiconductors and as an ingredient of the recently discovered polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon superconductors. However, the incorporation of dopants from the gas phase into molecular crystal structures needs to be controlled and well understood in order to optimize the electronic properties (charge carrier density and mobility) of the target material. Here, we report that potassium intercalation into the pristine 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) monolayer domains on a Ag(111) substrate induces distinct stoichiometry-dependent structural reordering processes, resulting in highly ordered and large KxPTCDA domains. The emerging structures are analyzed by low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy, scanning tunneling hydrogen microscopy (ST[H]M), and low-energy electron diffraction as a function of the stoichiometry. The analysis of the measurements is corroborated by density functional theory calculations. These turn out to be essential for a correct interpretation of the experimental ST[H]M data. The epitaxy types for all intercalated stages are determined as point-on-line. The K atoms adsorb in the vicinity of the oxygen atoms of the PTCDA molecules, and their positions are determined with sub-Ångström precision. This is a crucial prerequisite for the prospective assessment of the electronic properties of such composite films, as they depend rather sensitively on the mutual alignment between donor atoms and acceptor molecules. Our results demonstrate that only the combination of experimental and theoretical approaches allows for an unambiguous explanation of the pronounced reordering of KxPTCDA/Ag(111) upon changing the K content. PMID:26718635

  13. The Investigation of EDM Parameters on Electrode Wear Ratio

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    Reza Atefi

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM is a well-established machining option for manufacturing geometrically complex or hard material parts that are extremely difficult-to-machine by conventional machining processes. The non-contact machining technique has been continuously evolving from a mere tool and die making process. In this study, the influence of different electro discharge machining parameters (current, pulse on-time, pulse off-time, arc voltage on the electrode wear ratio as a result of application copper electrode to hot work steel DIN1.2344 has been investigated. Design of the experiment was chosen as full factorial. Artificial neural network has been used to choose proper machining parameters and to reach certain electrode wear ratio. Finally a hybrid model has been designed to reduce the artificial neural network errors. The experiment results indicated a good performance of proposed method in optimization of such a complex and non-linear problems.

  14. Slow positrons in metal single crystals. I. Positronium formation at Ag(100), Ag(111), and Cu(111) surfaces

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    Lynn, K.G.; Welch, D.O.

    1980-07-01

    Monoenergetic positrons, with an incident energy of 0 --5 keV, were focused onto Ag(100), Ag(111), and Cu(111) surfaces with submonolayer contamination, and positronium formation was studied as a function of sample temperature from 300 to 1200 K. The data were fitted with a simple positron diffusion model including surface and vacancy trapping, assuming that positronium is formed only at the surface. The formation of part of the positronium fraction is found to be a temperature-activated process which is identified as detrapping from a surface state, and an estimate of the binding energy in this trap is deduced. The diffusion length is found to be only slightly temperature dependent between room temperature and the onset of vacancy trapping. At the higher sample temperatures positron trapping at thermally generated vacancies 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 found to be lower than the values obtained from bulk measurements.

  15. Adsorbatinduzierte richtungsabhängige Facettierung und selbstorganisierte Domänen-Musterbildung auf vizinalen Ag(111)-Oberflächen

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    Schmitt, Stefan

    2007-01-01

    Die vorliegende Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit den strukturellen Aspekten einer adsorbat-induzierten Facettierung von vizinalen Ag(111)-Oberflächen. Bei dem Adsorbat handelte es sich um das organische Molekül Perylen-3,4,9,10-Tetracarbonsäure-Dianhydrid (PTCDA). Die Experimente wurden unter Ultrahochvakuum-Bedingungen durchgeführt, die Charakterisierung erfolgte hauptsächlich mit den Messmethoden Rastertunnelmikroskopie (STM) und niederenergetische Elektronenbeugung (LEED). Das planare Farbstoff...

  16. Photoelektronenspektroskopische Untersuchungen zur Adsorption und Reaktivität von Co(II)-, Zn(II)- und Fe(II)-Porphyrinen auf Ag(111)

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    Flechtner, Ken-Dominic

    2007-01-01

    Im Rahmen der vorliegenden Arbeit wurden verschiedene Metalloporphyrinschichten im Ultrahochvakuum auf Ag(111) bezüglich der Wechselwirkung mit der Silberoberfläche, der In Situ Herstellung solcher Metalloporphyrinschichten und der Koordination kleiner Moleküle in Axialposition untersucht. Das Ultrahochvakuum eröffnet dabei die Möglichkeit, die Eigenschaften, wie Reaktivität oder elektronische Struktur der Metalloporphyrine im lösungsmittelfreien Zustand zu studieren, d.h. störungsfrei zu cha...

  17. Reactivity of Ultra-Thin ZnO Films Supported by Ag(111) and Cu(111): A Comparison to ZnO/Pt(111)

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    Pan, Q.; B. Liu; McBriarty, M.; Martynova, Y.; Groot, I. de; Wang, S.; Bedzyk, M.; Shaikhutdinov, S.; Freund, H.

    2014-01-01

    We studied structure and reactivity of ZnO(0001) ultrathin films grown on Ag(111) and Cu(111) single crystal surfaces. Structural characterization was carried out by scanning tunneling microscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, low-energy electron diffraction, and temperature programmed desorption. The CO oxidation behavior of the films was studied at low temperature (450 K) at near atmospheric pressures using gas chromatography. For ZnO/Cu(111), it is shown that under reaction conditions ZnO r...

  18. Influence of the adsorption geometry of PTCDA on Ag(111) on the tip–molecule forces in non-contact atomic force microscopy

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    Gernot Langewisch; Jens Falter; André Schirmeisen; Harald Fuchs

    2014-01-01

    Perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) adsorbed on a metal surface is a prototypical organic–anorganic interface. In the past, scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy studies of PTCDA adsorbed on Ag(111) have revealed differences in the electronic structure of the molecules depending on their adsorption geometry. In the work presented here, high-resolution 3D force spectroscopy measurements at cryogenic temperatures were performed on a surface area tha...

  19. In situ nonlinear optical spectroscopy of electron-phonon couplings at alkali-doped C{sub 60}/Ag(111) interfaces

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    Kakudji, Ernest [Research Centre in Physics of Matter and Radiation (PMR), University of Namur (FUNDP), B-5000 Namur (Belgium); Physics Department, University of Kinshasa (UNIKIN), Kinshasa (CD); Silien, Christophe [Materials and Surface Science Institute, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Lis, Dan; Cecchet, Francesca; Thiry, Paul A.; Peremans, Andre; Caudano, Yves [Research Centre in Physics of Matter and Radiation (PMR), University of Namur (FUNDP), B-5000 Namur (Belgium); Nouri, Abdelkader [Laboratoire Materiaux, Ecole Normale Superieure d' Enseignement Technique (ENSET), Oran 31000 (Algeria)

    2010-08-15

    We use doubly resonant, infrared-visible sum-frequency generation spectroscopy (DR-SFG) to probe vibrational and electronic properties of C{sub 60} and K-doped C{sub 60} monolayers adsorbed on Ag(111) single crystal under ultra-high vacuum (UHV). We recorded the interface SFG spectra for five visible wavelengths. We observe a strong dependence of the SFG intensity of the totally symmetric A{sub g}(2) mode of the fullerene while scanning the visible wavelength, due to the DR-SFG phenomenon. The SFG intensity of the A{sub g}(2) mode is the strongest at 488 nm and at 532 nm for the pure and fully doped monolayers, respectively. These results demonstrate the occurrence of electron-phonon couplings at the C{sub 60}/Ag(111) and saturated K/C{sub 60}/Ag(111) interfaces. They enable us to determine the energy of the coupled electronic transition and to link the electronic resonance to the h{sub u} (HOMO) to t{sub 1g} (LUMO + 1) transition of C{sub 60}. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  20. Direct Visualization of Surface Phase of Oxygen Molecules Physisorbed on the Ag(111) Surface: A Two-dimensional Quantum Spin System

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    Yamamoto, Shunji; Yoshida, Yasuo; Imada, Hiroshi; Kim, Yousoo; Hasegawa, Yukio

    Oxygen molecule (O2) is one of the smallest molecular magnets with an S = 1 quantum spin. This makes O2 attractive as a building block of low-dimensional (LD) quantum spin systems. Recently, the existence of a spin in physisorbed O2 on Ag(111) was confirmed by the ortho-para conversion of molecular hydrogen. Therefore, there is a strong need for STM-based techniques with single-molecule resolution in order to verify the potential of the O2/Ag(111) for LD quantum spin systems. Here we report the real-space observation of oxygen molecules physisorbed on an Ag(111) surface by using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy. A well-ordered O2 structure was observed, and the lattice was distorted from an isosceles triangular lattice. The distortion can be explained by the competition between the magnetic and elastic instabilities of the O2 lattice. In differential tunneling conductance spectra, we found no feature of the Kondo resonance at 4.7 K; in contrast, the physisorbed O2 on Ag(110) showed a clear Kondo resonance at 18 K. Based on these observations, we discuss the realization of an S = 1 two-dimensional antiferromagnetic quantum spin system.

  1. Investigation of Ice-Templated Porous Electrodes for Application in Organic Batteries.

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    Stolze, Christian; Janoschka, Tobias; Flauder, Stefan; Müller, Frank A; Hager, Martin D; Schubert, Ulrich S

    2016-09-14

    Application and investigation of porous composite electrodes for organic batteries fabricated by an ice-templating method are reported for the first time. The possibility to produce polymer composite electrodes with highly aligned, parallel pores is demonstrated and electrochemical investigations are presented to examine their suitability for application in organic batteries. The performance of such ice-templated porous electrodes is experimentally compared with planar electrodes of similar composition against zinc and lithium counter electrodes, respectively. Fundamental properties limiting the performance of ice-templated porous electrodes are discussed and further means to overcome those limitations are proposed. PMID:27570872

  2. Self-assembled two-dimensional nanoporous molecular arrays and photoinduced polymerization of 4-bromo-4′-hydroxybiphenyl on Ag(111)

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    Shen, Qian; He, Jing Hui [Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, 3 Science Drive 3, Singapore 117543 (Singapore); Singapore-Peking University Research Centre for a Sustainable Low-Carbon Future, 1 CREATE Way, #15-01, CREATE Tower, Singapore 138602 (Singapore); Zhang, Jia Lin [Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, 3 Science Drive 3, Singapore 117543 (Singapore); Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Wu, Kai [Singapore-Peking University Research Centre for a Sustainable Low-Carbon Future, 1 CREATE Way, #15-01, CREATE Tower, Singapore 138602 (Singapore); BNLMS, SKLSCUSS, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Xu, Guo Qin [Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, 3 Science Drive 3, Singapore 117543 (Singapore); Singapore-Peking University Research Centre for a Sustainable Low-Carbon Future, 1 CREATE Way, #15-01, CREATE Tower, Singapore 138602 (Singapore); National University of Singapore (Suzhou) Research Institute, Suzhou (China); Wee, Andrew Thye Shen [Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, 2 Science Drive 3, Singapore 117542 (Singapore); Chen, Wei, E-mail: phycw@nus.edu.sg [Department of Chemistry, National University of Singapore, 3 Science Drive 3, Singapore 117543 (Singapore); Singapore-Peking University Research Centre for a Sustainable Low-Carbon Future, 1 CREATE Way, #15-01, CREATE Tower, Singapore 138602 (Singapore); National University of Singapore (Suzhou) Research Institute, Suzhou (China); Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, 2 Science Drive 3, Singapore 117542 (Singapore)

    2015-03-14

    Self-assembled two-dimensional molecular arrays and photoinduced polymerization of 4-bromo-4′-hydroxybiphenyl on Ag(111) were studied using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy combined with density functional theory calculations. Square-like self-assembled structures of 4-bromo-4′-hydroxybiphenyl stabilized by intermolecular hydrogen and halogen bonds were transformed into hexagonal nanopores of biphenyl biradicals by 266 nm UV laser irradiation at 80 K. The biradicals further coupled to each other and formed covalently linked polyphenylene polymer chains at room temperature.

  3. Investigation of localization of DNA molecules using triangular metal electrodes with varying separation

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    Prasad, D. Nagendra; Ghonge, Sudarshan; Banerjee, Souri

    2016-04-01

    In this paper we investigate the effect of separation of triangular metal electrodes with both convex and concave geometries, on the localization of suspended DNA molecules under the combined effect of dielectrophoresis and AC electro-osmosis through simulations using COMSOL Multiphysics. Trapping points are realized within the electrodes which are found to vary with the separation of the electrodes.

  4. A study of the O/Ag(111) system with scanning tunneling microscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy at ambient pressures

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    Heine, Christian; Eren, Baran; Lechner, Barbara A. J.; Salmeron, Miquel

    2016-10-01

    The interaction of O2 with the Ag(111) surface was studied with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) in the pressure range from 10- 9 Torr to 1 atm at room temperature and with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) up to 0.3 Torr O2 in the temperature range from RT to 413 K. STM images show that the Ag(111) surface topography is little affected in regions with large flat terraces, except for the appearance of mobile features due to oxygen atoms at pressures above 0.01 Torr. In regions where the step density is high, the surface became rough under 0.01 Torr of O2, due to the local oxidation of Ag. Various chemical states of oxygen due to chemisorbed, oxide and subsurface species were identified by XPS as a function of pressure and temperature. The findings from the STM images and XPS measurements indicate that formation of an oxide phase, the thermodynamically stable form at room temperature under ambient O2 pressure, is kinetically hindered in the flat terrace areas but proceeds readily in regions with high-step density.

  5. Investigation of Bioglass-Electrode Interfaces after Thermal Poling

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    Mariappan, C. R.; Roling, B.

    2007-01-01

    Electrical and electrochemical processes in a bioactive soda-lime phosphosilicate glasses and in a bioabsorbable soda-lime phosphate glass during thermal poling were studied by means of thermally stimulated depolarization current measurements, ac impedance spectroscopy, and SEM/EDX analyses. The thermal poling was done by sputtering thin Pt electrode films onto the faces of the glass samples and by applying voltages up to 1 kV to the electrodes at temperatures up to 513 K. The poling leads to...

  6. Investigation of vapour-grown conductive polymer/heteropolyacid electrodes

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    Heteropolyacid-doped conductive polymer coatings were grown by vapour transport of monomer (pyrrole or N-methylpyrrole) onto carbon paper coated with aqueous oxidant solutions (heteropolyacids or iron(III) chloride). Coated electrodes were studied by scanning electron microscopy and cyclic voltammetry. Polymer/heteropolyanion coatings had smooth morphologies giving pseudocapacitance of up to 422 F g-1 (with respect to active polymer material) and 0.45 F cm-2 (geometric area of the electrode)

  7. Comparative investigation on electrochemical behavior of hydroquinone at carbon ionic liquid electrode, ionic liquid modified carbon paste electrode and carbon paste electrode

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    Ionic liquid, 1-heptyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (HMIMPF6), has been used to fabricate two new electrodes, carbon ionic liquid electrode (CILE) and ionic liquid modified carbon paste electrode (IL/CPE), using graphite powder mixed with HMIMPF6 or the mixture of HMIMPF6/paraffin liquid as the binder, respectively. The electrochemical behaviors of hydroquinone at the CILE, the IL/CPE and the CPE were investigated in phosphate buffer solution. At all these electrodes, hydroquinone showed a pair of redox peaks. The order of the current response and the standard rate constant of hydroquinone at these electrodes were as follows: CILE > IL/CPE > CPE, while the peak-to-peak potential separation was in an opposite sequence: CILE < IL/CPE < CPE. The results show the superiority of CILE to IL/CPE and CPE, and IL/CPE to CPE in terms of promoting electron transfer, improving reversibility and enhancing sensitivity. The CILE was chosen as working electrode to determine hydroquinone by differential pulse voltammetry, which can be used for sensitive, simple and rapid determination of hydroquinone in medicated skin cosmetic cream

  8. Electrochemical investigation of NO at single-wall carbon nanotubes modified electrodes

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    Tingliang Xia; Hongmei Bi; Keying Shi

    2010-05-01

    The NO electro-oxidation was investigated at various single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) modified electrodes by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Compared with the glassy carbon electrode, the SWCNTs modified electrodes possess higher electro-catalytic activity to NO electro-oxidation. CV results indicate that the peak current density of NO electro-oxidation at the SWCNT-COOH (SWCNTs with carboxyl groups) modified electrode is the highest and the peak potential is the most negative among the four kinds of electrodes. EIS indicates that the charge transfer resistance of NO electro-oxidation at the SWCNT-COOH modified electrode is the least. The determined factors (charge transfer and mass transfer of diffusion) of NO electro-oxidation are different in varied potential region. The mechanism of NO electro-oxidation reaction at the SWCNTs modified electrodes is also discussed.

  9. Influence of the adsorption geometry of PTCDA on Ag(111) on the tip–molecule forces in non-contact atomic force microscopy

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    Langewisch, Gernot; Falter, Jens; Fuchs, Harald

    2014-01-01

    Summary Perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) adsorbed on a metal surface is a prototypical organic–anorganic interface. In the past, scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy studies of PTCDA adsorbed on Ag(111) have revealed differences in the electronic structure of the molecules depending on their adsorption geometry. In the work presented here, high-resolution 3D force spectroscopy measurements at cryogenic temperatures were performed on a surface area that contained a complete PTCDA unit cell with the two possible geometries. At small tip-molecule separations, deviations in the tip-sample forces were found between the two molecule orientations. These deviations can be explained by a different electron density in both cases. This result demonstrates the capability of 3D force spectroscopy to detect even small effects in the electronic properties of organic adsorbates. PMID:24611130

  10. Formation of complex wedding-cake morphologies during homoepitaxial film growth of Ag on Ag(111): atomistic, step-dynamics, and continuum modeling

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    Li Maozhi [Department of Physics, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872 (China); Han, Yong [Institute of Physical Research and Technology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Thiel, P A [Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering and Ames Laboratory-USDOE, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 (United States); Evans, J W [Department of Mathematics and Ames Laboratory-USDOE, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50010 (United States)

    2009-02-25

    An atomistic lattice-gas model is developed which successfully describes all key features of the complex mounded morphologies which develop during deposition of Ag films on Ag(111) surfaces. We focus on this homoepitaxial thin film growth process below 200 K. The unstable multilayer growth mode derives from the presence of a large Ehrlich-Schwoebel step-edge barrier, for which we characterize both the step-orientation dependence and the magnitude. Step-dynamics modeling is applied to further characterize and elucidate the evolution of the vertical profiles of these wedding-cake-like mounds. Suitable coarse-graining of these step-dynamics equations leads to instructive continuum formulations for mound evolution.

  11. Influence of the adsorption geometry of PTCDA on Ag(111) on the tip-molecule forces in non-contact atomic force microscopy.

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    Langewisch, Gernot; Falter, Jens; Schirmeisen, André; Fuchs, Harald

    2014-01-01

    Perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) adsorbed on a metal surface is a prototypical organic-anorganic interface. In the past, scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy studies of PTCDA adsorbed on Ag(111) have revealed differences in the electronic structure of the molecules depending on their adsorption geometry. In the work presented here, high-resolution 3D force spectroscopy measurements at cryogenic temperatures were performed on a surface area that contained a complete PTCDA unit cell with the two possible geometries. At small tip-molecule separations, deviations in the tip-sample forces were found between the two molecule orientations. These deviations can be explained by a different electron density in both cases. This result demonstrates the capability of 3D force spectroscopy to detect even small effects in the electronic properties of organic adsorbates. PMID:24611130

  12. Influence of the adsorption geometry of PTCDA on Ag(111 on the tip–molecule forces in non-contact atomic force microscopy

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    Gernot Langewisch

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA adsorbed on a metal surface is a prototypical organic–anorganic interface. In the past, scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy studies of PTCDA adsorbed on Ag(111 have revealed differences in the electronic structure of the molecules depending on their adsorption geometry. In the work presented here, high-resolution 3D force spectroscopy measurements at cryogenic temperatures were performed on a surface area that contained a complete PTCDA unit cell with the two possible geometries. At small tip-molecule separations, deviations in the tip-sample forces were found between the two molecule orientations. These deviations can be explained by a different electron density in both cases. This result demonstrates the capability of 3D force spectroscopy to detect even small effects in the electronic properties of organic adsorbates.

  13. The Investigation of EDM Parameters on Electrode Wear Ratio

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    Reza Atefi; Navid Javam; Ali Razmavar; Farhad Teimoori

    2012-01-01

    Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) is a well-established machining option for manufacturing geometrically complex or hard material parts that are extremely difficult-to-machine by conventional machining processes. The non-contact machining technique has been continuously evolving from a mere tool and die making process. In this study, the influence of different electro discharge machining parameters (current, pulse on-time, pulse off-time, arc voltage) on the electrode wear ratio as a resul...

  14. Electrochemical investigation of platinum electrode in solid electrolyte cell

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    Jaccoud, Arnaud; Foti, Gyoergy; Comninellis, Christos [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2006-01-05

    Electro-oxidation of platinum film electrode deposited on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is examined in situ using potential programmed voltammetry at 450 C in oxygen containing atmosphere. Under prolonged anodic oxidation different sorts of oxidized species are formed which are consumed subsequently during a linear cathodic potential scan resulting in three distinct reduction peaks, one of them being fairly reversible while the two others strongly irreversible. Higher oxidation potential and longer time of polarization favor the irreversible processes. The coexistence of three electrochemical processes is explained with the extension of the triple phase boundary. The rapid first process is identified as formation of PtO{sub x} at the electrode/metal interface, the second process - a much slower, parallel one - is related to the phenomenon of oxygen backspillover at the metal/gas interface, and the slowest third process - consecutive to the first one - is attributed to growth of the PtO{sub x} layer at the electrode/metal interface toward the bulk of the metal by analogy to electro-oxidation of platinum in aqueous liquid electrochemistry. (authors)

  15. Investigation of ITO free transparent conducting polymer based electrode

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    Sharma, Vikas; Sapna, Sachdev, Kanupriya

    2016-05-01

    The last few decades have seen a significant improvement in organic semiconductor technology related to solar cell, light emitting diode and display panels. The material and structure of the transparent electrode is one of the major concerns for superior performance of devices such as OPV, OLED, touch screen and LCD display. Commonly used ITO is now restricted due to scarcity of indium, its poor mechanical properties and rigidity, and mismatch of energy levels with the active layer. Nowadays DMD (dielectric-metal-dielectric) structure is one of the prominent candidates as alternatives to ITO based electrode. We have used solution based spin coated polymer layer as the dielectric layer with silver thin film embedded in between to make a polymer-metal-polymer (PMP) structure for TCE applications. The PMP structure shows low resistivity (2.3 x 10-4Ω-cm), high carrier concentration (2.9 x 1021 cm-3) and moderate transparency. The multilayer PMP structure is characterized with XRD, AFM and Hall measurement to prove its suitability for opto-electronic device applications.

  16. Electrochemical investigation of nickel pattern electrodes in H2/H2O and CO/CO2 atmospheres

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    Ehn, A.; Høgh, Jens Valdemar Thorvald; Graczyk, M.;

    2010-01-01

    In this study, nickel pattern electrodes were electrochemically investigated in a three-electrode setup, operating both with H2 / H2 O and CO/ CO2 atmospheres. Heating introduced structural differences in the nickel layer among the pattern electrodes, which appear to affect the electrode performa......In this study, nickel pattern electrodes were electrochemically investigated in a three-electrode setup, operating both with H2 / H2 O and CO/ CO2 atmospheres. Heating introduced structural differences in the nickel layer among the pattern electrodes, which appear to affect the electrode...... and the partial pressure of CO was determined for the dense nickel pattern electrode, which agrees with previous results using nickel point electrodes. © 2010 The Electrochemical Society....

  17. Investigation of Planar Pick-up and Kicker Electrodes for Stochastic Cooling

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    Balk, M; Weiland, T; Nolden, F; Caspers, Friedhelm

    2002-01-01

    The success of stochastic cooling crucially depends on the interaction between the beam and high frequency devices for detection (pick-up electrodes) and deflection (kicker electrodes). This contribution shows the theoretical investigation of a planar electrode to be used for stochastic cooling of secondary particles with a beta of 0.83. The coupling to the beam is realised by a slot line. Transition networks are added to extract the signal. The detailed investigation is performed via a numerical electromagnetic field analysis. The longitudinal kick of the deflectors is calculated as a function of the beam position and scaled to the applied voltage. According to the Panofsky-Wenzel theorem the transverse kick is obtained simultaneously. The electromagnetic properties of the discussed electrode are compared to existing ones as currently in use in the ESR storage ring (GSI, Darmstadt).

  18. Investigation on the Corona Discharge in Blade-to-Plane Electrode Configuration

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    Kaci, Meziane; Ait Said, Hakim; Laifaoui, Abdelkrim; Aissou, Massinissa; Nouri, Hamou; Zebboudj, Youcef

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this work is to analyze the characteristics of the corona discharge in blade-to-plane electrode configuration. An experimental investigation has been carried out on the geometric parameters that govern the formation of both positive and negative corona discharges, such as the inter-electrode distance, the blade-to-blade spacing, and the number of the discharging blades. The current-voltage characteristics, the breakdown voltage, and the Warburg current distribution were measured. The assisted corona discharge is an example of a blade electrode discharge that can be used to reduce the operating voltage of a conventional corona discharge. The current-voltage characteristics of both positive and negative corona discharges in a blade-to-plane electrode configuration are of the Townsend's law form. The general formula proposed by Meng et al. can also be applied in this system. It has been shown that the breakdown voltage and the corona conductance are strongly affected by the inter-electrode distance. To obtain a maximum current, the blade electrodes should be distant from each other by a value of 2 a ≥ h. To obtain a constant value of current, the blade electrodes should be separated by a value of 2 a >> h, confirming the Cooperman's law. The current density distribution is satisfied; an exponent of 5.0 is taken for positive polarity and an exponent of 4.8 for negative polarity.

  19. Investigating microbial activities of electrode-associated microorganisms in real-time

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    Sanja eAracic

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Electrode-associated microbial biofilms are essential to the function of bioelectrochemical systems. These systems exist in a number of different configurations but all rely on electroactive microorganisms utilizing an electrode as either an electron acceptor or an electron donor to catalyze biological processes. Investigations of the structure and function of electrode-associated biofilms are critical to further the understanding of how microbial communities are able to reduce and oxidize electrodes. The community structure of electrode-reducing biofilms is diverse and often dominated by Geobacter spp. whereas electrode-oxidizing biofilms are often dominated by other microorganisms. The application of a wide range of tools, such as high-throughput sequencing and metagenomic data analyses, provide insight into the structure and possible function of microbial communities on electrode surfaces. However, the development and application of techniques that monitor gene expression profiles in real-time are required for a more definite spatial and temporal understanding of the diversity and biological activities of these dynamic communities. This mini-review summarizes the key gene expression techniques used in bioelectrochemical systems research, which have led to a better understanding of population dynamics, cell-cell communication and molecule-surface interactions in mixed and pure BES communities

  20. The molecular dynamic study of anharmonic effects at Cu(111) and Ag(111) surfaces in the presence of Cu- and Ag-trimer island

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    Shah, Zulfiqar Ali [Department of Physics, Hazara University, Mansehra 21300 (Pakistan); Hayat, Sardar Sikandar, E-mail: sikandariub@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Hazara University, Mansehra 21300 (Pakistan); Department of Physics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur 63120 (Pakistan); Rehman, Z. [Department of Physics, Hazara University, Mansehra 21300 (Pakistan); Bouafia, Farida [LMPM, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Sidi Bel Abbes, Sidi Bel Abbes 22000 (Algeria)

    2014-05-01

    The molecular dynamics (MD) technique based on semi-empirical potentials, is used to carry out the diffusion of Cu- and Ag-trimer on Cu- and Ag(111) surface at 300, 500 and 700 K temperatures. The constant energy MD simulation elaborates the anharmonic effects at the surface such as fissures, dislocations and vacancy creation, in the presence of island. The fissures and dislocations formed are in the range of 1.5–4 Å and 1–7 Å, respectively, from the island's position. The Cu and Ag islands both diffuse easily on Cu(111) surface, manipulate that the trend of diffusion is faster on Cu surface as compared to Ag surface. The process of breaking and opening of the island has also been observed. Moreover, a surface atom popped-up at 700 K by creating a vacancy near the Cu island on Ag surface. The rate of diffusion increases with the increase in temperature, both for homo- and hetero-cases.

  1. van der Waals-corrected Density Functional Theory simulation of adsorption processes on noble-metal surfaces: Xe on Ag(111), Au(111), and Cu(111)

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    Silvestrelli, Pier Luigi

    2016-01-01

    The DFT/vdW-WF2s1 method based on the generation of localized Wannier functions, recently developed to include the van der Waals interactions in the Density Functional Theory and describe adsorption processes on metal surfaces by taking metal-screening effects into account, is applied to the case of the interaction of Xe with noble-metal surfaces, namely Ag(111), Au(111), and Cu(111). The study is also repeated by adopting the DFT/vdW-QHO-WF variant relying on the Quantum Harmonic Oscillator model which describes well many-body effects. Comparison of the computed equilibrium binding energies and distances, and the $C_3$ coefficients characterizing the adatom-surface van der Waals interactions, with available experimental and theoretical reference data shows that the methods perform well and elucidate the importance of properly including screening effects. The results are also compared with those obtained by other vdW-corrected DFT schemes, including PBE-D, vdW-DF, vdW-DF2, rVV10, and by the simpler Local Dens...

  2. Quantum mechanics capacitance molecular mechanics modeling of core-electron binding energies of methanol and methyl nitrite on Ag(111) surface

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    Löytynoja, T.; Li, X.; Jänkälä, K.; Rinkevicius, Z.; Ågren, H.

    2016-07-01

    We study a newly devised quantum mechanics capacitance molecular mechanics (QMCMM) method for the calculation of core-electron binding energies in the case of molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces. This yet untested methodology is applied to systems with monolayer of methanol/methyl nitrite on an Ag(111) surface at 100 K temperature. It was found out that the studied C, N, and O 1s core-hole energies converge very slowly as a function of the radius of the metallic cluster, which was ascribed to build up of positive charge on the edge of the Ag slab. Further analysis revealed that an extrapolation process can be used to obtain binding energies that deviated less than 0.5 eV against experiments, except in the case of methanol O 1s where the difference was as large as 1.8 eV. Additional QM-cluster calculations suggest that the latter error can be connected to the lack of charge transfer over the QM-CMM boundary. Thus, the results indicate that the QMCMM and QM-cluster methods can complement each other in a holistic picture of molecule-adsorbate core-ionization studies, where all types of intermolecular interactions are considered.

  3. Quantum mechanics capacitance molecular mechanics modeling of core-electron binding energies of methanol and methyl nitrite on Ag(111) surface.

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    Löytynoja, T; Li, X; Jänkälä, K; Rinkevicius, Z; Ågren, H

    2016-07-14

    We study a newly devised quantum mechanics capacitance molecular mechanics (QMCMM) method for the calculation of core-electron binding energies in the case of molecules adsorbed on metal surfaces. This yet untested methodology is applied to systems with monolayer of methanol/methyl nitrite on an Ag(111) surface at 100 K temperature. It was found out that the studied C, N, and O 1s core-hole energies converge very slowly as a function of the radius of the metallic cluster, which was ascribed to build up of positive charge on the edge of the Ag slab. Further analysis revealed that an extrapolation process can be used to obtain binding energies that deviated less than 0.5 eV against experiments, except in the case of methanol O 1s where the difference was as large as 1.8 eV. Additional QM-cluster calculations suggest that the latter error can be connected to the lack of charge transfer over the QM-CMM boundary. Thus, the results indicate that the QMCMM and QM-cluster methods can complement each other in a holistic picture of molecule-adsorbate core-ionization studies, where all types of intermolecular interactions are considered. PMID:27421423

  4. Van Der Waals-Corrected Density Functional Theory Simulation of Adsorption Processes on Noble-Metal Surfaces: Xe on Ag(111), Au(111), and Cu(111)

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    Silvestrelli, Pier Luigi; Ambrosetti, Alberto

    2016-10-01

    The DFT/vdW-WF2s1 method based on the generation of localized Wannier functions, recently developed to include the van der Waals interactions in the density functional theory and describe adsorption processes on metal surfaces by taking metal-screening effects into account, is applied to the case of the interaction of Xe with noble-metal surfaces, namely Ag(111), Au(111), and Cu(111). The study is also repeated by adopting the DFT/vdW-QHO-WF variant relying on the quantum harmonic oscillator model which describes well many body effects. Comparison of the computed equilibrium binding energies and distances, and the C_3 coefficients characterizing the adatom-surface van der Waals interactions, with available experimental and theoretical reference data shows that the methods perform well and elucidates the importance of properly including screening effects. The results are also compared with those obtained by other vdW-corrected DFT schemes, including PBE-D, vdW-DF, vdW-DF2, rVV10, and by the simpler local density approximation and semi-local (PBE) generalized gradient approximation approaches.

  5. Electrochemical Investigation of Carbon as Additive to the Negative Electrode of Lead-Acid Battery

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    Fernandez Matthew M.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The increasing demand of cycle life performance of Pb-acid batteries requires the improvement of the negative Pb electrode’s charge capacity. Electrochemical investigations were performed on Pb electrode and Pb+Carbon (Carbon black and Graphite electrodes to evaluate the ability of the additives to enhance the electrochemical faradaic reactions that occur during the cycle of Pb-acid battery negative electrode. The electrodes were characterized through Cyclic Voltammetry (CV, Potentiodynamic Polarization (PP, and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS. CV revealed that the addition of carbon on the Pb electrode increased anodic and cathodicreactions by tenfold. The kinetics of PbSO4 passivation measured through PPrevealed that the addition of Carbon on the Pb electrode accelerated the oxide formation by tenfold magnitude. The Nyquist plot measured through EIS suggest that the electrochemical mechanism and reaction kinetics is under charge-transfer. From the equivalent circuit and physical model, Pb+CB1 electrode has the lowest EIS parameters while Pb+G has the highest which is attributed to faster faradaic reaction.The Nyquist plot of the passivated Pb+CB1 electrode showed double semicircular shape. The first layer represents to the bulk passive PbSO4 layer and the second layer represents the Carbon+PbSO4 layer. The enhancements upon addition of carbon on the Pb electrode were attributed to the additive’s electrical conductivity and total surface area. The electrochemical active sites for the PbSO4 to nucleate and spread increases upon addition of electrical conductive and high surface area carbon additives.

  6. Normal-incidence x-ray standing-wave determination of the adsorption geometry of PTCDA on Ag(111): Comparison of the ordered room-temperature and disordered low-temperature phases

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    Hauschild, A.; Temirov, R.; Soubatch, S.; Bauer, O.; Schöll, A.; Cowie, B.C.C.; Lee, T. -L.; Tautz, F. S.; Sokolowski, M.

    2010-01-01

    Normal incidence x-ray standing wave (NIXSW) experiments have been performed for monolayers of 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic-dianhydride (PTCDA) adsorbed on the Ag(111) surface. Two phases were analyzed: the low-temperature phase (LT phase), which is disordered and obtained for deposition at substrate temperatures below 150 K, and the ordered phase, which is obtained for deposition at room temperature (RT phase). From the NIXSW analysis the vertical bonding distances to the Ag surface wer...

  7. Investigation of materials for inert electrodes in aluminum electrodeposition cells

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    Haggerty, J. S.; Sadoway, D. R.

    1987-09-14

    Work was divided into major efforts. The first was the growth and characterization of specimens; the second was Hall cell performance testing. Cathode and anode materials were the subject of investigation. Preparation of specimens included growth of single crystals and synthesis of ultra high purity powders. Special attention was paid to ferrites as they were considered to be the most promising anode materials. Ferrite anode corrosion rates were studied and the electrical conductivities of a set of copper-manganese ferrites were measured. Float Zone, Pendant Drop Cryolite Experiments were undertaken because unsatisfactory choices of candidate materials were being made on the basis of a flawed set of selection criteria applied to an incomplete and sometimes inaccurate data base. This experiment was then constructed to determine whether the apparatus used for float zone crystal growth could be adapted to make a variety of important based melts and their interactions with candidate inert anode materials. The third major topic was Non Consumable Anode (Data Base, Candidate Compositions), driven by our perception that the basis for prior selection of candidate materials was inadequate. Results are presented. 162 refs., 39 figs., 18 tabs.

  8. Investigation of top electrode for PZT thick films based MEMS sensors

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    Hindrichsen, Christian Carstensen; Pedersen, Thomas; Kristiansen, Paw T.;

    2010-01-01

    influence on the conductance of the top electrode influencing the optimal top electrode thickness. A 100 nm thick top electrode on the PZT thick film with a surface roughness of 273 nm has a 4.5 times higher resistance compared to a similar wire on a planar SiO2 surface which has a surface roughness of less......In this work processing of screen printed piezoelectric PZT thick films on silicon substrates is investigated for use in future MEMS devices. E-beam evaporated Al and Pt are patterned on PZT as a top electrode using a lift-off process with a line width down to 3 mu m. Three test structures are used...... to investigate the optimal thickness of the top electrode, the degradation of the piezoelectric properties of the PZT film in absence of a diffusion barrier layer and finally how to fabricate electrical interconnects down the edge of the PZT thick film. The roughness of the PZT is found to have a strong...

  9. Observation and modeling of conformational molecular structures driving the self-assembly of tri-adamantyl benzene on Ag(111).

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    Calmettes, Bastien; Estrampes, Nicolas; Coudret, Christophe; Roussel, Thomas J; Faraudo, Jordi; Coratger, Roland

    2016-07-27

    The self-organization of tri-adamantyl (TAB) benzene molecules has been investigated using low temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (LT-STM). The molecular structures have also been studied using molecular modeling. In particular, these calculations have been performed on large areas (1000 nm(2)) from the atomic structure of the molecular building block, combining molecular dynamics (MD) and Monte-Carlo (MC) approaches. These investigations show that the structure of the molecule and its flexibility allow for the formation of different networks as a function of surface coverage. The calculations demonstrate that the stability of the largest structures is obtained through the increase of the interfacial energy induced by the rotation of the adamantyl groups, a behavior whose consequences explain the subtle contrasts observed in the experimental STM images. PMID:26667964

  10. An Investigation of Groundwater Flow on a Coastal Barrier using Multi Electrode Profiling

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    Poulsen, Søren Erbs; Christensen, Steen; Rasmussen, Keld Rømer;

    2008-01-01

    Preliminary geophysical and hydrogeological investigations indicate that multi-electrode profiling (MEP) can be used to monitor groundwater salinity on a coastal barrier where a shallow thin aquifer discharges to the North Sea. A monitoring system including five groups of piezometers and five MEP...

  11. Investigation of Top/bottom Electrode and Diffusion Barrier Layer for PZT thick film MEMS Sensors

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    Pedersen, Thomas; Hindrichsen, Christian Carstensen; Lou-Møller, R.;

    2007-01-01

    In this work screen printed piezoelectric Ferroperm PZ26 lead zirconate titanate (PZT) thick film is used for two MEMS devices. A test structure is used to investigate several aspects regarding bottom and top electrodes. 450 nm ZrO2 thin film is found to be an insufficient diffusion barrier layer...... for thick film PZT sintered at 850degC. E-beam evaporated Al and Pt is patterned on PZT with a lift-off process with a line width down to 3 mum. The roughness of the PZT is found to have a strong influence on the conductance of the top electrode....

  12. Investigation of Top/Bottom electrode and Diffusion Barrier Layer for PZT Thick Film MEMS Sensors

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    Hindrichsen, Christian Carstensen; Pedersen, Thomas; Thomsen, Erik Vilain

    2008-01-01

    Top and bottom electrodes for screen printed piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate, Pb(ZrxTi1 - x)O3 (PZT) thick film are investigated with respect to future MEMS devices. Down to 100 nm thick E-beam evaporated Al and Pt films are patterned as top electrodes on the PZT using a lift-off process wi...... with a line width down to 3 μ m. A 700 nm thick ZrO2 layer as insolating diffusion barrier layer is found to be insufficient as barrier layer for PZT on a silicon substrate sintered at 850°C. EDX shows diffusion of Si into the PZT layer....

  13. A Novel Micro-hole Electrode Used to Investigate Electron Transfer Reactions at ITIES

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    2002-01-01

    A novel micro-hole electrode was fabricated to investigate the electron transfer reaction at the interface between two immiscible electrolyte solutions (ITIES). The electron transfer reaction between ferro/ferricyanide in aqueous phase (W) and ferrocene in 1, 2-dichloroethane (O) phase was studied as a test experiment. The results showed that the diffusion coefficient obtained from the micro-hole electrode was consistent with that obtained at macro-interface. Due to its simplicity and the very small IR drop it will be a useful tool for the study of ITIES systems.

  14. A Novel Micro—hole Electrode Used to Investigate Electron Transfer Reactions at ITIES

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    DongPingZHAN; BingLiangWU

    2002-01-01

    A novel micro-hole electrode was fabricated to investigate the electron transfer reaction at the interface between two immiscible electrolyte solutions (ITIES). The electron transfer reaction between feero/ferricyanide in aqueous phase(W) and ferrocene in 1,2-dichloroethane (O) phase was studied as a test experiment. The results showed that the diffusion coefficient obtained from the micro-hole electrode was consistent with that obtained at macro-interface. Due to its simplicity and the very small IR drop it will be a useful tool for the study of ITIES systems.

  15. The Investigation of Oscillographic Chronopotentiometry at Silver Disk Electrode and Its Mechanism

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    2000-01-01

    A new method of oscillographic chronopotentiometry at silver disk electrode was investigated .By using it, a series of ions such as Pb, In, Cr, Tl, Bi etc. were determined. The detection limits are two or three orders of magnitude lower than those by oscillographic chronopotentiometry at mercury electrode. The proposed method is characterized by fine sensitivity、stable oscillogram and no mercury. The research on the mechanism of this method shows that these achievements are caused by the characterristics of silver electroxidation and electroreduction and the oscillographic chronopotentiometry (OC).

  16. Identification of Ag-acceptors in $^{111}\\!$Ag $^{111}\\!$Cd doped ZnTe and CdTe

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    Hamann, J; Deicher, M; Filz, T; Lany, S; Ostheimer, V; Strasser, F; Wolf, H; Wichert, T

    2000-01-01

    Nominally undoped ZnTe and CdTe crystals were implanted with radioactive $^{111}\\!$Ag, which decays to $^{111}\\!$Cd, and investigated by photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). In ZnTe, the PL lines caused by an acceptor level at 121 meV are observed: the principal bound exciton (PBE) line, the donor-acceptor pair (DAP) band, and the two-hole transition lines. In CdTe, the PBE line and the DAP band that correspond to an acceptor level at 108 meV appear. Since the intensities of all these PL lines decrease in good agreement with the half-life of $^{111}\\!$Ag of 178.8 h, both acceptor levels are concluded to be associated with defects containing a single Ag atom. Therefore, the earlier assignments to substitutional Ag on Zn- and Cd-lattice sites in the respective II-VI semiconductors are confirmed. The assignments in the literature of the S$_1$, S$_2$, and S$_3$ lines in ZnTe and the X$\\scriptstyle^\\textrm{Ag}_{1}\\,\\,,$ X$\\scriptstyle^\\textrm{Ag}_{2}$/ C$\\scriptstyle^\\textrm{Ag}_{1}\\,$ and C$\\scriptstyle^\\textrm{...

  17. Identification of Ag-acceptors in $^{111}Ag^{111}Cd$ doped ZnTe and CdTe

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    Hamann, J; Deicher, M; Filz, T; Lany, S; Ostheimer, V; Strasser, F; Wolf, H; Wichert, T

    2000-01-01

    Nominally undoped ZnTe and CdTe crystals were implanted with radioactive /sup 111/Ag, which decays to /sup 111/Cd, and investigated by photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). In ZnTe, the PL lines caused by an acceptor level at 121 meV are observed: the principal bound exciton (PBE) line, the donor-acceptor pair (DAP) band, and the two-hole transition lines. In CdTe, the PBE line and the DAP band that correspond to an acceptor level at 108 meV appear. Since the intensities of all these PL lines decrease in good agreement with the half-life of /sup 111/Ag of 178.8 h, both acceptor levels are concluded to be associated with defects containing a single Ag atom. Therefore, the earlier assignments to substitutional Ag on Zn- and Cd-lattice sites in the respective II-VI semiconductors are confirmed. The assignments in the literature of the S/sub 1/, S /sub 2/, and S/sub 3/ lines in ZnTe and the X/sub 1//sup Ag/, X/sub 2 //sup Ag//C/sub 1//sup Ag/, and C/sub 2//sup Ag/ lines in CdTe to Ag- related defect complexes are ...

  18. Investigations on structural iron electrochemical properties in layered silicates using massive mica electrodes

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    Document available in extended abstract form only. Nuclear waste repositories are being installed in deep excavated rock formations in some places in Europe to isolate and store radioactive waste. In France, the Callovo-Oxfordian formation (COx) is a potential candidate for a nuclear waste repository. The redox reactivity of COx clay rock samples are already under study using microscopic, spectrometric and wet analysis techniques. In order to cross and overcome certain limits by improvement in the knowledge, specific electrodes should be constructed and devoted to the deepening of the electrochemical behaviour of the COx system in different situations. Iron is one of the most common redox species in soils and sedimentary rocks. Iron-bearing phyllosilicates play key roles in various biogeochemical processes. The complexity of the physical and chemical changes involving their structural iron makes the studies of its redox properties challenging. Most of the recent reported efforts were focused on probing Fe redox on finely powdered clay particles, and have been hampered by inadequate interactions between particles and electrodes. Moreover, such experiments usually involve redox probe ions, thus adding supplementary difficulties in the determination of structural iron redox parameters such as redox potential (Eh) and kinetics. The present study aims at qualitatively investigating the above mentioned phenomena on minerals like iron-bearing micas. In the current work, we present initial insights regarding efforts to build a direct electrical interface between solid electrodes and conveniently shaped macroscopic mica crystals in order to investigate the redox properties of structural iron in dry and aqueous environments, in the presence of representative perturbations. A classical three electrode system has been used for voltammetric measurements. Platinum plate was the counter electrode. Potentials have been measured against either silver-silver chloride electrode or

  19. Investigation of Heat Transfer and Magnetohydrodynamic Flow in Electroslag Remelting Furnace Using Vibrating Electrode

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    Wang, Fang; Wang, Qiang; Lou, Yanchun; Chen, Rui; Song, Zhaowei; Li, Baokuan

    2016-01-01

    A transient three-dimensional (3D) coupled mathematical model has been developed to understand the effect of a vibrating electrode on the electromagnetic, two-phase flow and temperature fields as well as the solidification in the electroslag remelting (ESR) process. With the magnetohydrodynamic model, the Joule heating and Lorentz force, which are the source terms in the energy and momentum equations, are recalculated at each iteration as a function of the phase distribution. The influence of the vibrating electrode on the formation of the metal droplet is demonstrated by the volume of fluid approach. Additionally, the solidification of the metal is modeled by an enthalpy-based technique, in which the mushy zone is treated as a porous medium with porosity equal to the liquid fraction. The present work is the first attempt to investigate the innovative technology of the ESR process with a vibrating electrode by a transient 3D comprehensive model. A reasonable agreement between the experiment and simulation is obtained. The results indicate that the whole process is presented as a periodic activity. When the metal droplets fall from the tip of the electrode, the horizontal component of velocity will generate electrode vibration. This will lead to the distribution variation of the flow field in the slag layer. The variation of temperature distribution occurs regularly and is periodically accompanied by the behavior of the falling metal droplets. With the decreasing vibrating frequency and amplitude, the relative velocity of the electrode and molten slag increase accordingly. The diameter of the molten droplets, the maximum temperature and the depth of the molten pool gradually become smaller, lower and shallower.

  20. Voltammetric investigation of the dissociative electron transfer to polychloromethanes at catalytic and non-catalytic electrodes

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    Isse, Abdirisak Ahmed; Sandona, Giancarlo; Durante, Christian [Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Universita di Padova, Via Marzolo 1, 35131 Padova (Italy); Gennaro, Armando [Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Universita di Padova, Via Marzolo 1, 35131 Padova (Italy)], E-mail: armando.gennaro@unipd.it

    2009-04-30

    The electrochemical behavior of CCl{sub 4}, CHCl{sub 3} and CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} has been investigated by cyclic voltammetry at glassy carbon and silver electrodes in DMF + 0.1 M Et{sub 4}NClO{sub 4} in the absence and presence of a good proton donor. At both electrodes, each compound exhibits a series of reduction peaks which represent sequential hydrodechlorination steps up to methane. The nature of the electrode material and the proton availability of the medium affect drastically the voltammetric pattern of the compounds. Silver exhibits extraordinary electrocatalytic properties toward the reduction process, with positive shifts of the peak potentials of about 0.57-0.95 V as compared to glassy carbon. Reduction of any polychloromethane, CH{sub n}Cl{sub (4-n)} (n = 0-2), yields the carbanion CH{sub n}Cl{sub (3-n)}{sup -} which partitions into two reaction channels: (i) protonation and (ii) Cl{sup -} elimination to give a carbene :CH{sub n}Cl{sub (2-n)}. If a strong proton donor is added into the solution, sequential hydrodechlorination becomes the principal reaction route at both electrodes. When, instead, purposely added acid is not present in solution, both reaction pathways ought to be considered. In these conditions, when possible, self-protonation reactions play an important role in the overall reduction process.

  1. Investigation on the electrocatalytic characteristics of SnO2 electrodes with nanocoating prepared by electrodeposition method

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    2009-01-01

    SnO2 electrodes have many advantages in the degradation of toxic or bio-refractory organic wastewater,and SnO2 is a kind of anode material which has the potential to be widely used.Electrocatalytic effi-ciency and service life of Ti\\SnO2 electrodes are key factors that can influence its applications.In order to enhance the electrocatalytic characteristics of Ti\\SnO2 electrodes,a type of electrocatalytic electrode with nanocoating was prepared by direct current(DC)electrodeposition method and thermal oxidation technique.With phenol as the model pollutant,the electrochemical degradation efficiencies of elec-trodes with nanocoating and non-nanocoating were investigated.It was demonstrated that the elec-trodes with nanocoating have higher efficiency than that of electrodes with non-nanocoating.The degradation time was decreased 33.3% for the same amount of phenol’s degradation.The crystal structure of surface coating,the micrograph of electrode surface and the chemical environment of Sn and Sb in the electrode surface were analyzed with the help of XRD,SEM and XPS.The results showed that the surface of electrode was mainly SnO2 crystal with rutile structure and that much adsorbed oxygen in nanocoating was the dominant factor for enhancing the electrocatalytic characteristics.

  2. Investigation on the electrocatalytic characteristics of SnO2 electrodes with nanocoating prepared by electrodeposition method

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    LIU JunFeng; FENG YuJie

    2009-01-01

    SnO2 electrodes have many advantages in the degradation of toxic or bio-refractory organic wastewater, and SnO2 is a kind of anode material which has the potential to be widely used. Electrocatalytic effi-ciency and service life of Ti\\SnO2 electrodes are key factors that can influence its applications. In order to enhance the electrocatalytic characteristics of Ti\\SnO2 electrodes, a type of electrocatalytic electrode with nanocoating was prepared by direct current (DC) electrodeposition method and thermal oxidation technique. With phenol as the model pollutant, the electrochemical degradation efficiencies of elec-trodes with nanocoating and non-nanocoating were investigated. It was demonstrated that the elec-trodes with nanocoating have higher efficiency than that of electrodes with non-nanocoating. The degradation time was decreased 33.3% for the same amount of phenol's degradation. The crystal structure of surface coating, the micrograph of electrode surface and the chemical environment of Sn and Sb in the electrode surface were analyzed with the help of XRD, SEM and XPS. The results showed that the surface of electrode was mainly SnO2 crystal with rutile structure and that much adsorbed oxygen in nanocoating was the dominant factor for enhancing the electrocatalytic characteristics.

  3. Investigation of electrolyte wetting in lithium ion batteries: Effects of electrode pore structures and solution

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    Sheng, Yangping

    Beside natural source energy carriers such as petroleum, coal and natural gas, the lithium ion battery is a promising man-made energy carrier for the future. This is a similar process evolved from horse-powered era to engine driven age. There are still a lot of challenges ahead like low energy density, low rate performance, aging problems, high cost and safety etc. In lithium ion batteries, investigation about manufacturing process is as important as the development of material. The manufacturing of lithium ion battery, including production process (slurry making, coating, drying etc.), and post-production (slitting, calendering etc.) is also complicated and critical to the overall performance of the battery. It includes matching the capacity of anode and cathode materials, trial-and-error investigation of thickness, porosity, active material and additive loading, detailed microscopic models to understand, optimize, and design these systems by changing one or a few parameters at a time. In the manufacturing, one of the most important principles is to ensure good wetting properties between porous solid electrodes and liquid electrolyte. Besides the material surface properties, it is the process of electrolyte transporting to fill the pores in the electrode after injection is less noticed in academic, where only 2-3 drops of electrolyte are needed for lab coin cell level. In industry, the importance of electrolyte transport is well known and it is considered as part of electrolyte wetting (or initial wetting in some situations). In consideration of practical usage term, electrolyte wetting is adopted to use in this dissertation for electrolyte transporting process, although the surface chemistry about wetting is not covered. An in-depth investigation about electrolyte wetting is still missing, although it has significant effects in manufacturing. The electrolyte wetting is determined by properties of electrolyte and electrode microstructure. Currently, only viscosity

  4. In-situ Microscopic FT-IR Spectroelectrochemical Investigation of Polythiophene Film Modified Electrode

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    2001-01-01

    A polythiophene film was electrochemically deposited on a Pt micro-plate electrode and investigated by cyclic voltammetry and in-situ reflection microscopic FTIR spectroscopy. The FTIR analysis showed that the electropolymerization of thiophene on the Pt surface was affected by the surface adsorption processes of thiophene molecules. Two adsorption modes were identified. Two structure models of the polythiophene chain were observed simultaneously. It was proposed that the good conductibility of the polythiophene film was originated from a co-vibratory equilibrium of the link part of model Ⅰ and model Ⅱ.

  5. Solid State Multinuclear Magnetic Resonance Investigation of Electrolyte Decomposition Products on Lithium Ion Electrodes

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    DeSilva, J .H. S. R.; Udinwe, V.; Sideris, P. J.; Smart, M. C.; Krause, F. C.; Hwang, C.; Smith, K. A.; Greenbaum, S. G.

    2012-01-01

    Solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) formation in lithium ion cells prepared with advanced electrolytes is investigated by solid state multinuclear (7Li, 19F, 31P) magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements of electrode materials harvested from cycled cells subjected to an accelerated aging protocol. The electrolyte composition is varied to include the addition of fluorinated carbonates and triphenyl phosphate (TPP, a flame retardant). In addition to species associated with LiPF6 decomposition, cathode NMR spectra are characterized by the presence of compounds originating from the TPP additive. Substantial amounts of LiF are observed in the anodes as well as compounds originating from the fluorinated carbonates.

  6. Hybrid direct carbon fuel cell anode processes investigated using a 3-electrode half-cell setup

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    Deleebeeck, Lisa; Arenillas, A.; Menendez, J.A.;

    2015-01-01

    anthracite and bituminous coals, as well as carbon black, were tested, revealing similar open circuit potential and activation energies in mixed 96-4vol% N2-CO2 and 50-50vol% CO-CO2 environments between 700 and 800°C. Bituminous coal showed the highest activity, likely associated to a high O/C ratio......A 3-electrode half-cell setup consisting of a yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte support was employed to investigate the chemical and electrochemical processes occurring in the vicinity of a model hybrid direct carbon fuel cell (HDCFC) anode (Ni-YSZ) in contact with a molten carbon...

  7. Benchmark investigation of diamondoid-functionalized electrodes for nanopore DNA sequencing

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    Sivaraman, Ganesh; Amorim, Rodrigo G.; Scheicher, Ralph H.; Fyta, Maria

    2016-10-01

    Small diamond-like particles, diamondoids, have been shown to effectively functionalize gold electrodes in order to sense DNA units passing between the nanopore-embedded electrodes. In this work, we present a comparative study of Au(111) electrodes functionalized with different derivatives of lower diamondoids. Focus is put on the electronic and transport properties of such electrodes for different DNA nucleotides placed within the electrode gap. The functionalization promotes a specific binding to DNA leading to different properties for the system, which provides a tool set to systematically improve the signal-to-noise ratio of the electronic measurements across the electrodes. Using quantum transport calculations, we compare the effectiveness of the different functionalized electrodes in distinguishing the four DNA nucleotides. Our results point to the most effective diamondoid functionalization of gold electrodes in view of biosensing applications.

  8. Investigation into the production of metastable Nb/sub 3/Ge powder via the rotating electrode process

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    McCormick, J.P.

    1977-12-01

    The production of metastable Nb/sub 3/Ge powder via the rotating electrode process (REP) employing ''splat cooling'' was investigated. An electrode capable of withstanding the thermal shock of the electric arc used in REP was produced through powder metallurgy techniques. The effect of various parameters involved in the rotating electrode process was studied in correlation with process control and crystal structure, microstructure and compositional analyses of the powder produced. Superconducting transition temperature measurements were made on the powder both as-produced and after annealing experiments.

  9. Investigation on the dielectric properties of (Ba, Sr)TiO3 thin films on hybrid electrodes

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    Ba0.65Sr0.35TiO3 (BST) thin films were deposited on Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si, RuO2/SiO2/Si and RuO2/Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates by radio frequency magnetron sputtering technique. The effects of these bottom electrodes on the microstructure and dielectric properties of the BST thin films were investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscope (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electrical measurements. The BST thin films on RuO2/Pt hybrid bottom electrodes exhibit good crystalline and interfacial structure with a thinner transition layer. Dielectric measurement reveals that the films on RuO2/Pt hybrid electrodes have comparable dielectric constant and loss tangent with the films on Pt electrode, and the dielectric tunability of BST films on RuO2/Pt reaches 38.2%, which is higher than that of BST films on a single Pt or RuO2 electrode. The BST thin films on RuO2/Pt exhibit lower leakage current density by nearly two orders' of magnitude than that on RuO2 electrode. The higher tunability and lower leakage current of the films on RuO2/Pt hybrid bottom electrodes are mainly attributed to the RuO2 layer, which facilitates the nucleation and growth of BST films, and inhibits the interfacial diffusion between the BST films and bottom electrodes. The results show a potential for RuO2/Pt hybrid electrodes replacing Pt electrode in microelectronic device applications.

  10. EXPERIMENTAL INVESTIGATION ON ELECTRICAL DISCHARGE MACHINING OF TITANIUM ALLOY USING COPPER, BRASS AND ALUMINUM ELECTRODES

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    S. DHANABALAN

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, an evaluation has been done on Material Removal Rate (MRR, Surface Roughness (SR and Electrode Wear Rate (EWR during Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM of titanium alloy using copper, brass and aluminum electrodes. Analyzing previous work in this field, it is found that electrode wear and material removal rate increases with an increase current. It is also found that the electrode wear ratio increases with an increase in current. The higher wear ratio is found during machining of titanium alloy using a brass electrode. An attempt has been made to correlate the thermal conductivity and melting point of electrode with the MRR and electrode wear. The MRR is found to be high while machining titanium alloy using brass electrode. During machining of titanium alloy using copper electrodes, a comparatively smaller quantity of heat is absorbed by the work material due to low thermal conductivity. Due to the above reason, the MRR becomes very low. Duringmachining of titanium alloy using aluminium electrodes, the material removal rate and electrode wear rate are only average value while machining of titanium alloy using brass and copper electrodes.

  11. Investigation of Electrode Erosion Mechanism of Multi-Phase AC Arc by High-Speed Video Camera

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    A multi-phase AC arc has been applied to the glass melting technology. However, the electrode erosion is one of the most considerable issues to be solved. In order to investigate the erosion mechanism of the multi-phase AC arc, the combination of the high-speed video camera and the band-pass filters was introduced to measure the electrode temperature. Results indicated the tip temperature of the electrode surface in the 12-phase arc was lower than that in the 2-phase arc, while erosion rate in 12-phase arc was higher than that in the 2-phase arc. Furthermore, the dynamic behaviour of the vapours in the arc was investigated by using the same high-speed camera system. The tungsten electrode mainly evaporates at the anodic period during AC cycle. The oxygen concentration in the arc increases with larger number of the phases, resulting in the higher erosion rate in the 12-phase arc.

  12. Investigation of Effect of Welding Current on Welding Penetration in Covered Electrode Arc Welding And MIG Welding

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    2013-01-01

    In this study, the effect of welding current on penetration in covered electrode arc welding and MIG (Metal Inert Gas) welding was investigated. St 37 quality steel materials were used in the experiments. Three different welding current (60, 90 and 120 A with covered electrode arc welding, 100, 125 and 155 A with MIG welding) was selected for welding process and was made 200 mm long weld. The welded specimens were cut particular lengths, then metallographic tests were performed. As a result o...

  13. Impedance spectroscopy investigation of electrophysical characteristics of the electrode-liquid crystal interface

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    Belyaev, B. A.; Drokin, N. A.

    2015-01-01

    The behavior of frequency dependences of the impedance of a capacitive measuring cell with a liquid crystal has been investigated in the frequency range from 10-1 to 105 Hz. A method for determining electrophysical characteristics of the liquid crystal in the bulk and at the liquid crystal-metal electrode interface has been proposed and tested for liquid crystals of the alkyl cyanobiphenyl series, which are doped with ionic surfactants. The method is based on the use of an equivalent electrical circuit, which makes it possible to approximate the impedance spectra with the required accuracy, and also on the determination of the frequency at the singular point in the impedance spectra, at which the reactive component of the electric current flowing through the liquid-crystal cell is negligible compared to the active component.

  14. In situ X-ray diffraction investigation of zinc based electrode in Ni–Zn secondary batteries

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    In situ/in operando X-ray diffraction coupled with electrochemical cycling of ZnO based electrodes in KOH electrolyte has been used as a powerful tool in order to investigate the influence of additives. The technique has been performed in order to highlight the role of bismuth based conductive additives on the cycling ability of the electrode. It enables to clearly evidence the conversion of zinc oxide to zinc metal. During the first charge, it also helps to visualize the conversion of Bi2O3 additive into metallic bismuth prior to ZnO reduction which leads to the formation of an electronic pathway at the nanometer scale complementary from the current collector and the TiN percolation conductive network. Additionally, each Bi2O3 grain seems to be converted in a single bismuth grain which is not agglomerated with other bismuth particles even after 50 cycles. This behaviour leads to a steady capacity of the zinc based electrode compared to the same electrode without Bi2O3 additive. Subsequently, in situ XRD investigation of Zn based negative electrode in nickel–zinc batteries can be a powerful tool to design new composite electrode with long term cycling efficiency

  15. Investigation of a new electrode array technology for a central auditory prosthesis.

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    Roger Calixto

    Full Text Available Ongoing clinical studies on patients recently implanted with the auditory midbrain implant (AMI into the inferior colliculus (IC for hearing restoration have shown that these patients do not achieve performance levels comparable to cochlear implant patients. The AMI consists of a single-shank array (20 electrodes for stimulation along the tonotopic axis of the IC. Recent findings suggest that one major limitation in AMI performance is the inability to sufficiently activate neurons across the three-dimensional (3-D IC. Unfortunately, there are no currently available 3-D array technologies that can be used for clinical applications. More recently, there has been a new initiative by the European Commission to fund and develop 3-D chronic electrode arrays for science and clinical applications through the NeuroProbes project that can overcome the bulkiness and limited 3-D configurations of currently available array technologies. As part of the NeuroProbes initiative, we investigated whether their new array technology could be potentially used for future AMI patients. Since the NeuroProbes technology had not yet been tested for electrical stimulation in an in vivo animal preparation, we performed experiments in ketamine-anesthetized guinea pigs in which we inserted and stimulated a NeuroProbes array within the IC and recorded the corresponding neural activation within the auditory cortex. We used 2-D arrays for this initial feasibility study since they were already available and were sufficient to access the IC and also demonstrate effective activation of the central auditory system. Based on these encouraging results and the ability to develop customized 3-D arrays with the NeuroProbes technology, we can further investigate different stimulation patterns across the ICC to improve AMI performance.

  16. X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Investigation on Electrochemical Degradation of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Electrodes

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    Andersen, Shuang Ma; Dhiman, Rajnish; Skou, Eivind Morten

    2015-01-01

    X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies were systematically carried out on the electrodes before and after the electrochemical stress tests in an aqueous electrolyte at 20 °C and 70 °C. The electrodes have different ionomer structures (no ionomer, only ionomer, physically mixed ionomer and hot...

  17. In operando Raman spectroscopy as a tool for investigation of solid oxide electrodes

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    Traulsen, Marie Lund; Holtappels, Peter; Walker, Robert

    Solid oxide electrodes are important in a number of technologies including solid oxide fuel cells, solid oxide electrolysis cells, gas sensors and electrochemical gas purification. The electrodes operate at elevated temperatures (300-900 °C), while they are subjected to gas flow and electrical...... polarisation. Conventionally, the solid oxide electrodes have been studied by electrochemical techniques during operation, and then analyzed post-mortem using electron microscopy, elemental analyses etc. However, accurate interpretation of the electrochemical response from the electrodes requires careful...... in situ monitoring with techniques capable of resolving specific chemical changes that occur in real time. For instance Raman spectroscopy may yield insight into the presence of segregated oxide species or contaminating impurities on the electrodes during operation. In the work presented here, Raman...

  18. Electroanalytical investigation and determination of pefloxacin in pharmaceuticals and serum at boron-doped diamond and glassy carbon electrodes.

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    Uslu, Bengi; Topal, Burcu Dogan; Ozkan, Sibel A

    2008-02-15

    The anodic behavior and determination of pefloxacin on boron-doped diamond and glassy carbon electrodes were investigated using cyclic, linear sweep, differential pulse and square wave voltammetric techniques. In cyclic voltammetry, pefloxacin shows one main irreversible oxidation peak and additional one irreversible ill-defined wave depending on pH values for both electrodes. The results indicate that the process of pefloxacin is irreversible and diffusion controlled on boron-doped diamond electrode and irreversible but adsorption controlled on glassy carbon electrode. The peak current is found to be linear over the range of concentration 2x10(-6) to 2x10(-4)M in 0.5M H(2)SO(4) at about +1.20V (versus Ag/AgCl) for differential pulse and square wave voltammetric technique using boron-doped diamond electrode. The repeatability, reproducibility, precision and accuracy of the methods in all media were investigated. Selectivity, precision and accuracy of the developed methods were also checked by recovery studies. The procedures were successfully applied to the determination of the drug in pharmaceutical dosage forms and humans serum samples with good recovery results. No electroactive interferences from the excipients and endogenous substances were found in the pharmaceutical dosage forms and biological samples, respectively.

  19. Investigation of Pt, Ti, TiN, and nano-porous carbon electrodes for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator applications

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    Norlin, A.; Pan, J.; Leygraf, C

    2004-09-15

    The electrochemical behavior and stability of Pt, Ti, TiN, and nano-porous carbon for implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) electrode application were investigated in a phosphate buffered saline solution. The electrochemical interfacial properties were examined by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and the potential and current response during ICD shock pulses were recorded by a digital oscilloscope. Changes in surface composition and structure were investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and environmental scanning electron microscopy. When exposed to anodic 700 V shock pulses with duration of 10 ms, only Pt was stable, nano-porous carbon electrode was slightly attacked, whereas Ti and TiN electrodes suffered severe degradation. Upon cathodic shock pulsing, all the materials were stable, but Ti and TiN electrodes with a smooth surface showed evidence of hydrogen adsorption. Porous and rough electrodes produced less gas evolution compared to a smooth surfaces, due to a higher amount of charge transferred through non-Faradaic processes. The reason for this could be higher interfacial capacity due to the large surface area.

  20. The fabrication, characterisation and electrochemical investigation of screen-printed graphene electrodes.

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    Randviir, Edward P; Brownson, Dale A C; Metters, Jonathan P; Kadara, Rashid O; Banks, Craig E

    2014-03-14

    We report the fabrication, characterisation (SEM, Raman spectroscopy, XPS and ATR) and electrochemical implementation of novel screen-printed graphene electrodes. Electrochemical characterisation of the fabricated graphene electrodes is undertaken using an array of electroactive redox probes and biologically relevant analytes, namely: potassium ferrocyanide(II), hexaammine-ruthenium(III) chloride, N,N,N',N'-tetramethyl-p-phenylenediamine (TMPD), β-nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH), L-ascorbic acid (AA), uric acid (UA) and dopamine hydrochloride (DA). The electroanalytical capabilities of the fabricated electrodes are also considered towards the sensing of AA and DA. The electrochemical and (electro)analytical performances of the fabricated screen-printed graphene electrodes are considered with respect to the relative surface morphologies and material compositions (elucidated via SEM, Raman, XPS and ATR spectroscopy), the density of electronic states (% global coverage of edge-plane like sites/defects) and the specific fabrication conditions utilised. Comparisons are made between two screen-printed graphene electrodes and alternative graphite based screen-printed electrodes. The graphene electrodes are fabricated utilising two different commercially prepared 'graphene' inks, which have long screen ink lifetimes (>3 hours), thus this is the first report of a true mass-reproducible screen-printable graphene ink. Through employment of appropriate controls/comparisons we are able to report a critical assessment of these screen-printed graphene electrodes. This work is of high importance and demonstrates a proof-of-concept approach to screen-printed graphene electrodes that are highly reproducible, paving the way for mass-producible graphene sensing platforms in the future. PMID:24458292

  1. Electrochemical and spectroscopic investigations of immobilized de novo designed heme proteins on metal electrodes

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    Albrecht, Tim; Li, WW; Ulstrup, Jens;

    2005-01-01

    configuration. The proteins possess different binding domains on the top surfaces of the bundles to allow for electrostatic, covalent, and hydrophobic binding to metal electrodes. Electrostatic immobilization was achieved for proteins with lysine-rich binding domains (MOP-P) that adsorb to electrodes covered by...... electron-transfer rate constant of 13 s(-1) is similar to those reported for natural heme proteins with comparable electron-transfer distances, which indicates that covalently bound synthetic heme proteins provide efficient electronic communication with a metal electrode as a prerequisite for potential...

  2. Comprehensive Investigation of Silver Nanoparticle/Aluminum Electrodes for Copper Indium Sulfide/Polymer Hybrid Solar Cells

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    Arar, Mario; Pein, Andreas; Haas, Wernfried;

    2012-01-01

    ,1,3-benzothiadiazole)] (PSiF-DBT) nanocomposite solar cells, which improves the fill factor compared to pure aluminum electrodes. A comprehensive structural investigation was performed by means of transmission electron microscopy and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry revealing the presence of silver...

  3. Investigations of electrochemical oxygen transfer reaction on boron-doped diamond electrodes

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    Kapalka, Agnieszka; Foti, Gyoergy [Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Comninellis, Christos [Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)], E-mail: christos.comninellis@epfl.ch

    2007-12-31

    In this paper, the electrochemical oxygen transfer reaction (EOTR) is studied on boron-doped diamond electrodes using simple C{sub 1} organic compounds (methanol and formic acid). The kinetics of both oxygen evolution (side reaction) and organics oxidation (main reaction) has been investigated using boron-doped diamond microelectrodes-array (BDD MEA). Oxygen evolution, in the high-potential region, takes place with a Tafel slope of 120 mV dec{sup -1} and zero reaction order with respect to H{sup +}. In the presence of organics, a shift of the polarization curves to lower potentials is observed while the Tafel slopes remain close to 120 mV dec{sup -1}. A simplified model of C{sub 1} organics oxidation is proposed. Both water discharge and organics oxidation are assumed to be fast reactions. The slowest step of the studied EOTR is the anodic discharge of hydroxyl radicals to oxygen. Further in this work, electrolysis of formic acid on boron-doped diamond macroelectrode is presented. In order to achieve 100% current efficiency, electrolysis was carried out under programmed current, in which the current density was adjusted to the limiting value.

  4. Investigation of the work function fluctuations of electrodes for high precision low energy experiments

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    High precision experiments at low energies are used in several areas of fundamental physics. Examples are, a.o., high precision beta decay experiments and experiments using Penning traps for mass measurements or for g-factor measurements. The knowledge of the potentials and potential differences inside these experiments is crucial to achieve the desired sensitivities. However, the potentials are modified by the work function of the electrodes, which can show fluctuations of of several hundred meV, both spatially and temporally. For the low energy precision experiments aSPECT and KATRIN we have commissioned and studied a scanning Kelvin probe system to investigate the work function fluctuations of gold surfaces on different substrates. Since the Kelvin probe is a relative method, also photoelectron spectroscopy was performed additionally to obtain information on the absolute work functions. The temporal stability of the work functions of the surfaces was also tested, as well as the influence of standard cleaning procedures for ultra-high vacuum applications and bake-out. This poster presents the results of these measurements.

  5. LiCoO2 electrode/electrolyte interface of Li-ion batteries investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

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    2007-01-01

    The storage behavior and the first delithiation of LiCoO2 electrode in 1 mol/L LiPF6-EC:DMC:DEC electrolyte were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). It has found that, along with the increase of storage time, the thickness of SEI film increases, and some organic carbonate lithium compounds are formed due to spontaneous reactions occurring between the LiCoO2 electrode and the electrolyte. When electrode potential is changed from 3.8 to 3.95 V, the reversible breakdown of the resistive SEI film occurs, which is attributed to the reversible dissolution of the SEI film component. With the increase of electrode potential, the thickness of SEI film increases rapidly above 4.2 V, due to overcharge reactions. The inductive loop observed in impedance spectra of the LiCoO2 electrode in Li/LiCoO2 cells is attributed to the formation of a Li1-xCoO2/LiCoO2 concentration cell. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that the lithium-ion insertion-deinsertion in LiCoO2 hosts can be well described by both Langmuir and Frumkin insertion isotherms, and the symmetry factor of charge transfer has been evaluated at 0.5.

  6. An Investigation of Ionic Flows in a Sphere-Plate Electrode Gap

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    This paper presents analyses of ion flow characteristics and ion discharge pulses in a sphere-ground plate electrode system. As a result of variation in electric field intensity in the electrode gap, the ion flows towards electrodes generate non-uniform discharging pulses. Inspection of these pulses provides useful information on ionic stream kinetics, the effective thickness of ion cover around electrodes, and the timing of ion clouds discharge pulse sequences. A finite difference time domain (FDTD) based space-charge motion simulation is used for the numerical analysis of the spatio-temporal development of ionic flows following the first Townsend avalanche, and the simulation results demonstrate expansion of the positive ion flow and compression of the negative ion flow, which results in non-uniform discharge pulse characteristics

  7. An Investigation of Ionic Flows in a Sphere-Plate Electrode Gap

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    Z. Alisoy, H.; Alagoz, S.; T. Alisoy, G.; B. Alagoz, B.

    2013-10-01

    This paper presents analyses of ion flow characteristics and ion discharge pulses in a sphere-ground plate electrode system. As a result of variation in electric field intensity in the electrode gap, the ion flows towards electrodes generate non-uniform discharging pulses. Inspection of these pulses provides useful information on ionic stream kinetics, the effective thickness of ion cover around electrodes, and the timing of ion clouds discharge pulse sequences. A finite difference time domain (FDTD) based space-charge motion simulation is used for the numerical analysis of the spatio-temporal development of ionic flows following the first Townsend avalanche, and the simulation results demonstrate expansion of the positive ion flow and compression of the negative ion flow, which results in non-uniform discharge pulse characteristics.

  8. Investigation of electro-oxidation activity of Pt-CNTs/GC electrodes

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    2008-01-01

    The morphology and structure of Pt-CNTs/GC electrodes were characterized via Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and selected area electron diffraction.The electro-oxidation behavior of CO and methanol on Pt-CNTs/GC electrodes were studied with cyclic voltommograms or chronoamperometry.Three oxidation peaks were observed for CO absorbed on PtCNTs/GC electrodes.Methanol was found to be dissociated spontaneously on the electrode to produce a strong absorbed intermediate CO.Among the three oxidation peaks,peak Ⅰ was presumed to be due to the bridged CO absorption while peaks Ⅱ and Ⅲ were attributed to the split in the linear CO which is absorbed on the PtCNTs/GC nanocluster with different particle size and Pt film.The oxidation current of methanol on the Pt-CNTs/GC electrode did not always increase with the increase in the amount of Pt loading,The result indicates that there is an optimal Pt loading for methanol oxidation.It is necesSary to select the catalyst with proper Pt loading when the anode of a direct-methanol fuel cell is prepared.

  9. Investigation of polyaniline films doped with Fe3+ as the electrode material for electrochemical supercapacitors

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    Highlights: • The PANI/Fe3+ films were synthesized by CV on stainless steel wire mesh. • The growth rate of PANI/Fe3+ films were greatly increased. • The PANI/Fe3+ films show a larger specific capacitance and lower resistance. • The relationship between electrochemical properties of a serious of transition metal ions doped PANI and the ratio of electronic affinity and ionic radius (Ea/r) has also been researched. - Abstract: H+ and Fe3+ ions co–doped polyaniline were synthesized by cyclic voltammetry onto the stainless steel mesh with various concentration of ferric chloride (FeCl3·6H2O) in electrolyte. The structure and morphology of PANI and PANI/Fe3+ films were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT–IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques. The electrochemical properties of PANI and PANI/Fe3+ films were investigated by cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge–discharge test and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in 0.5 mol L−1 H2SO4 electrolyte in three–electrode system. The PANI/0.2 M Fe3+ film shows a larger specific capacitance of 602 F g−1 at a current density of 3 mA/cm2 and lower resistance compared with the pure PANI film. The relationship between electrochemical properties of a serious of transition metal ions doped PANI/Mn+ (Mn+ = Mn2+, Co2+, Ni2+, Cu2+, Zn2+ and Fe3+) films and the ratio of electronic affinity and ionic radius (Ea/r) has also been researched

  10. Self-assembled structures of 4‧-([2,2‧:6‧,2″-terpyridine]-4‧-yl)-[1,1‧-phenyl]-4-carboxylic acid molecules induced by metal atoms on ag(111) surface

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    Ling, Jie; Lu, Yan; Liu, Lacheng; Liu, Xiaoqing; Wang, Li

    2016-07-01

    The self-assembled supramolecular structures of 4‧-([2,2‧:6‧,2″-terpyridine]-4‧-yl)-[1,1‧-phenyl]-4-carboxylic acid (Y) molecules on Ag(111) surface induced by metal elements have been studied by scanning tunneling microscopy. After annealing, the as-deposited monolayer of Y molecules shows four kinds of well-ordered structures due to the competition between dipole interaction, hydrogen bonding and Van der Waals interaction. Introduced Cu atoms drive ordered monolayer into a self-assembled supramolecular structure with bright spots. Deposited Ag atoms cause the monolayer change to a windmill shape self-assembled supramolecular structure. Though the Cu and Ag are in the same group of the periodic table, a Cu atom connects two COOH groups and an Ag atom trends to bind to three COOH groups during the formation of metal-organic bonding within both induced structures. Such result suggests that the self-assembled structures formed by metal-organic coordination bonding can be controlled by choosing the number of metal-organic coordination bonds, which can be helpful to design metal-organic molecular architectures comprising functional building blocks.

  11. INVESTIGATION OF SURFACING TECHNOLOGICAL OPPORTUNITIES BY THE INDIRECT THREE-PHASE ARC WITH CONSUMABLE ELECTRODES

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    Bezrukih, A.; Meister, R; Lubnin, M.; Gotovko, S.

    2010-01-01

    This paper is devoted to the high-effective process of surfacing by the indirect three-phase arc with covered electrodes. The share of the parent metal in the surfaced one does not exceed 10 % which is infeasible for one-arc surfacing.

  12. Electrochemical investigation of functionalized graphene aerogel with different amount of p-phenylenediamine as an advanced electrode material for supercapacitors

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    Gholipour-Ranjbar, Habib; Ganjali, Mohammad Reza; Norouzi, Parviz; Naderi, Hamid Reza

    2016-07-01

    Graphene aerogel has attracted great attention as a new and efficient electrode material for supercapacitors. It can be expected that functionalization of graphene aerogels can further improve their capability. In this study, graphene aerogel functionalized with different amount of p-phenylenediamine (PPD) and the effect of PPD amount on the supercapacitive performance of functionalized graphene aerogel (FGA) was investigated. Structural characterizations showed that PPD molecules initiated graphene aerogel sheets assembly into three-dimensional structures and also increasing PPD amount led to increase in surface area. Electrochemical investigations proved that the FGA with larger pore size showed enhanced supercapacitive performance compared with the FGA with smaller pore size. The optimized FGA-based electrode exhibited outstanding specific capacitance (SC) of 385 F g‑1 at a discharge current density of 1 A g‑1, good rate capability (215 F g‑1 at 20 A g‑1), and exceptionally high cyclic stability by displaying 25% increase in SC after 5000 cycle.

  13. Investigation of gas concentration cell based on LiSiPO electrolyte and Li2CO3, Au electrode

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    ZHU YongMing; CHU WingFong; WEPPNER Werner

    2009-01-01

    Solid lithium ion conducting electrochemical cells using LiSiPO as solid electrolyte and Li2CO3 mixed with Au as electrodes were prepared and employed as chemical sensors for the detection of CO2 gas.The EMF of the cell depends on the concentration of CO2 in air according to the partial pressure de-pendence of Nernst's law in the investigated range from 100 to 2000 ppm over the temperature range from 473 K to 673 K.

  14. Investigation of a Nanophotonic Sensor with Electrode Modified by Semiconductor Quantum Dots

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    O.A. Sushko

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper focuses on optical sensors, namely nanophotonic ones intended for liquid media contained polynuclear aromatics assay. Developed by us nanophotonic sensor includes optically transparent working electrode modified by quantum-dimensional structures such as spherical semiconductor quantum dots (QDs. Monomolecular layer of QDs is plotted onto the electrode by Langmuir-Blodgett technology. Particular attention is paid to the processes of assay in nanophotonic sensor. As an analyte we used polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH such as benzo[a]pyrene (BP, which is known for its carcinogenic properties. The developed nanophotonic sensor can be used in ecology for organic carcinogens detection in water objects of environment as well as for biomedical, physical chemical assays and some others.

  15. Investigation on the Electrochemical Polymerization of Catechol by Means of Rotating Ring—disk Electrode

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    孔泳; 穆绍林

    2003-01-01

    The electrolysis of catechol was studied in the pH values of 1 to 10. The results from the rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE) experiments show that at low pH values,the electrochemical polymerization of catechol was performed by one step,and at higher pH values,the electrochemical polymerization of catechol was carried out by two steps,i.e.oxidation of catechol and followed by polymerization.The intermediates generated at the disk were detected at the ring electrode in the ring potential region of -0.2 to 0 V(vs.Ag/AgCl).One of reasons for the decrease in the ratio of ir to id with increasing the ring potential is caused by formation of positively charged intermediates at the disk electrode.This ratio increases with increasing the rotation rate of the RRDE,which indicates that the intermediates are not stable.A shielding effect during polymerization of catechol was observed when the ring potential was set at 0.1 V (vs.Ag/AgCl).The electron spin resonance(ESR) of polycatechol show that polycatechol possesses unpaired electrons.The images of polycatechol films synthesized at differentconditions are described.

  16. Investigation of the Dynamics of a Clamped-Clamped Microbeam Near the Third Mode Using a Partial Electrode

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    Masri, Karim M.

    2014-08-17

    We present an investigation of the dynamics of a clamped-clamped microbeam excited electrostatically near its third mode. To maximize the response at the third mode, a partial electrode configuration is utilized. A multi-mode Galerkin method is used to develop a reduced order model (ROM) of the beam. A shooting method to find the periodic motion is utilized to generate frequency response curves. The curves show hardenining behavior and dynamic pull-in. We show that the dynamic amplitude of the partial configuration is higher than that of a full electrode configuration. These results are promising for the use of higher-order modes for mass detection and for ultra sensitive resonant sensors.

  17. Sol-gel derived carbon ceramic electrode for the investigation of the electrochemical behavior and electrocatalytic activity of neodymium hexacyanoferrate

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    The electrochemical properties of an electroactive rare earth metal hexacyanoferrate, neodymium hexacyanoferrate (NdHCF) were studied by mechanically attaching NdHCF samples to the surface of carbon ceramic electrodes (CCEs) derived from sol-gel technique. The resulting modified electrodes exhibit well-defined redox responses with the formal potential of 0.241 V (versus SCE) at a scan rate of 20 mV s-1 in 0.5 M KCl solution. The voltammetric characteristics of the NdHCF-modified CCEs in the presence of different alkali metal cations (Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+ and Cs+) were investigated by voltammetry. The NdHCF-modified CCEs presented a good electrocatalytic activity towards the reduction of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and was used for amperometric detection of H2O2. In addition, the NdHCF-CCEs exhibited a distinct advantage of simple preparation, surface renewal, good stability and reproducibility

  18. Investigations of spectral characteristics of modified photo-electrodes made of TiO{sub 2} and SrTiO{sub 3}

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    Sarkisyan, A.G.; Aroutiounian, V.M.; Shahnazaryan, G.E.; Arakelyan, V.M.; Zargaryan, Y.G.; Begoyan, K.H. [Yerevan State Univ., Department of Physics of Semiconductors, Yerevan (Armenia); Turner, J.A. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado (United States)

    2003-09-01

    The photocurrent spectral dependences of ceramic photo-electrodes made of semiconductor oxides TiO{sub 2} and SrTiO{sub 3} modified by means of partial reduction, doped with impurities or fluorinated are investigated. The spectral distribution of the quantum yield is calculated and the character of the interband optical transitions near the edge of the fundamental absorption of the semiconductor photo-electrode is investigated. The presence of two direct and two indirect optical transitions in the investigated semiconductor photo-electrodes is established. The threshold photon energies corresponding to these transitions are calculated. (authors)

  19. Investigation of high voltage discharges in low pressure gases through large ceramic superconducting electrodes

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    Podkletnov, Evgeny; Modanese, Giovanni

    2002-01-01

    A device has been built and tested, in which a ceramic superconducting cathode and a copper anode cause electrical discharges in low pressure gases, at temperatures between 50 and 70 K. The electrodes are connected to a capacitors array charged up to 2000 kV; peak currents are of the order of 10^4 A. The cathode has the diameter of 10 cm and is fabricated by OCMTG technology. In discharges at voltage above 500 kV two new phenomena were observed, probably related to each other. First, the disc...

  20. Numerical Investigation of Thermal Effect in Plasma Electrode Pockels Cell for High Average Power

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    CAO Ding-Xiang; ZHANG Xiong-Jun; ZHENG Wan-Guo; HE Shao-Bo; SUI Zhan

    2006-01-01

    @@ The average power of a Pockels cell is limited by thermal effects arising from the optical absorption of the laser pulse. These thermal effects can be managed by configuring the switch as a plasma-electrode thin plate Pockels cell, which works under heat-capacity operation. Simulation results show that, based on KD*P (in thickness 0.5cm) at an average power loading of 1 kW, the aperture integrated depolarization loss at 1.06 um is less than 10% in 5min working time.

  1. Electrochemical and spectroscopic investigations of immobilized de novo designed heme proteins on metal electrodes

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    Albrecht, Tim; Li, WW; Ulstrup, Jens;

    2005-01-01

    by self-assembled monolayers of mercaptopropionic acid, whereas cysteamine-based monolayers were employed for covalent attachment of proteins with cysteine. Immobilized residues in the binding domain (MOP-C) proteins were studied by surface-enhanced resonance Roman (SERR) spectroscopy and electrochemical...... electron-transfer rate constant of 13 s(-1) is similar to those reported for natural heme proteins with comparable electron-transfer distances, which indicates that covalently bound synthetic heme proteins provide efficient electronic communication with a metal electrode as a prerequisite for potential...

  2. Combined voltammetric and spectroscopic investigation of binding interaction between nifedipine and human serum albumin on polyelectrolyte modified ITO electrode

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    Highlights: • The polyelectrolyte coated ITO surface was used as working electrode. • HSA was bounded onto modified electrode surface. • The interaction of nifedipine with HSA was studied. • Electrochemical and fluorescence techniques were used for characterization. -- Abstract: The binding interaction between the drug molecule, nifedipine (Nf), and the human serum albumin (HSA) on polyelectrolyte modified indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode has been investigated by the combination of electrochemical and fluorescence spectroscopy techniques. Surface modification has also been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Contact Angle (CA) measurements in each step. The cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance parameters (peak potential difference (ΔEp)), peak current difference (ΔIp) and charge-transfer resistance (Rct) indicate that nifedipine strongly interacted with human serum albumin molecule on the polyelectrolyte modified ITO electrode surface. Stern–Volmer quenching constant Ka is inversely correlated with the temperature, which indicates that the probable quenching mechanism of the nifedipine-human serum albumin binding reaction is initiated by complex formation. The results obtained from these techniques showed that Nf could bind to HSA. The binding constant (Kb) and the number of binding sites (n) of the drug with HSA at different temperatures were determined. At 298 K, Kb was found as 4.04 × 10−3 and n was 1.08 for Nf-HSA. According to the van’t Hoff equation, the thermodynamic parameters, ΔG, ΔH and ΔS, were obtained, showing the involvement of hydrophobic and electrostatic force in this interaction

  3. Ionic liquid modified carbon paste electrode and investigation of its electrocatalytic activity to hydrogen peroxide

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    Erhan Canbay; Hayati Türkmen; Erol Akyilmaz

    2014-05-01

    This paper reports on the preparation and advantages of novel amperometric biosensors in the presence of hydrophobic ionic liquid (IL), 1-methyl-3-butylimidazolium bromide ([MBIB]). Carbon paste bio-sensor has been constructed by entrapping horseradish peroxidase in graphite and IL mixed with paraffin oil as a binder. The resulting IL/graphite material brings new capabilities for electrochemical devices by combining the advantages of ILs composite electrodes. Amounts of H2O2 were amperometrically detected by monitoring current values at reduction potential (–0.15 V) of K3Fe(CN)6. Decrease in biosensor responses were linearly related to H2O2 concentrations between 10 and 100 M with 2 s response time. Limit of detection of the biosensor were calculated to be 3.98 M for H2O2. In the optimization studies of the biosensor some parameters such as optimum pH, optimum temperature, enzyme amount, interference effects of some substances on the biosensor response, reproducibility and storage stability were carried out. The promising results are ascribed to the use of an ionic liquid, which forms an excellent charge-transfer bridge and wide electrochemical windows in the bulk of carbon paste electrode.

  4. Novel 3D plasmonic nano-electrodes for cellular investigations and neural interfaces

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    Malerba, Mario; Dipalo, Michele; Messina, Gabriele C.; Amin, Hayder; La Rocca, Rosanna; Shalabaeva, Victoria; Simi, Alessandro; Maccione, Alessandro; Berdondini, Luca; De Angelis, Francesco

    2014-08-01

    We propose the development of an innovative plasmonic-electronic multifunctional platform, capable at the same time of performing chemical analysis and electronic recordings from a cellular interface. The system, based on 3D hollow metallic nanotubes, integrated on customized multi-electrode-arrays, allows the study of neuronal signaling over different lengths, spanning from the molecular, to the cellular, to the network scale. Here we show that the same structures are efficient electric field enhancers, despite the continuous metal layer at the base, which connects them to the electric components of the integrated circuits. The methodology we propose, due to its simplicity and high throughput, has the potential for further improvements both in the field of plasmonics, and in the integration on large areas of commercial active electronic devices.

  5. Experimental and theoretical investigations of functionalized boron nitride as electrode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Zhang, Fan; Nemeth, Karoly; Bareño, Javier; Dogan, Fulya; Bloom, Ira D.; Shaw, Leon L.

    2016-01-01

    The feasibility of synthesizing functionalized h-BN (FBN) via the reaction between molten LiOH and solid h-BN is studied for the first time and its first ever application as an electrode material in Li-ion batteries is evaluated. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations are performed to provide mechanistic understanding of the possible electrochemical reactions derived from the FBN. Various materials characterizations reveal that the melt-solid reaction can lead to exfoliation and functionalization of h-BN simultaneously, while electrochemical analysis proves that the FBN can reversibly store charges through surface redox reactions with good cycle stability and coulombic efficiency. DFT calculations have provided physical insights into the observed electrochemical properties derived from the FBN.

  6. CO adsorption on electrode of Pt nanoparticles investigated by cyclic voltammetry and in situ FTIR spectroscopy

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    2003-01-01

    Pt nanoparticles were prepared by the chemical reduction method. The average diameter of Pt nanoparticles was determined to be 2.5 nm by TEM. The electrochemical properties of Pt nanoparticles were studied by cyclic voltammetry. In comparison with massive Pt, the oxidation current peak of CO adsorbed on Pt nanoparticles is broader. Twin adsorbates of CO on Pt nanoparticles were determined by in situ FTIRS for the first time. It has revealed that the linear and twin-bonded CO can be converted into bridge-bonded CO with the variation of electrode potential. A series of special properties of Pt nanoparticles, such as enhanced IR absorption of CO adsorbates, were also observed.

  7. The use of single-electrode wireless EEG in biobehavioral investigations.

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    Poltavski, Dmitri V

    2015-01-01

    The purpose of this chapter is to introduce novice and intermediate EEG researchers to a convenient and user-friendly EEG system from NeuroSky, Inc. In our recent study we were interested in changes in the frontal cortical EEG activity of healthy adults as a function of accommodative stress during performance of a sustained attention task. We used a commercially available low-cost wireless EEG device from NeuroSky (MindSet), which has a single active Fp1 dry electrode capable of recording research-grade EEG coupled with powerful noise-filtering and data software support. The convenience and ease-of-use of MindSet is further enhanced with validated eSense meters of Attention and Meditation. In this chapter we also provide additional data analytic support for EEG power spectrum using SPSS syntax commonly used in many biobehavioral sciences.

  8. Long Term Stability Investigation of Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell with Infiltrated Porous YSZ Air Electrode Under High Current

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    Veltzé, Sune; Ovtar, Simona; Simonsen, Søren Bredmose;

    2015-01-01

    The increased interest in stable and low cost electrodes for solid oxide cells (SOC) has driven the research of electrode preparation to infiltration of catalyst material into porous backbone material. The infiltration method enables a reduction of amount of catalyst material and increases its...... stabilised zirconia (YSZ) backbone air electrode and Ni/YSZ cermet fuel electrode. The SOC was tested at electrolysis conditions under high current (up to -1 A/cm2). The porous YSZ electrodes was infiltrated with gadolinium-doped ceria oxide (CGO), to act as a barrier layer between the catalyst...

  9. Investigations of Thallium(Ⅰ) Underpotential Deposition on the Silver Rotating Disk Electrode and Its Analytical Application

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    2001-01-01

    The cyclic voltammetry(CV) and the square-wave technique were used for the investigations of thallium(Ⅰ) underpotential deposition(UPD) on the silver electrode. A solution of 10 \\{mmol/L\\} HClO4+10 mmol/L NaCl was selected as the supporting electrolyte. The calibration plots for Tl(Ⅰ) concentration in the range of 2×10-9—1×10-7 mol/L were obtained. The detection limit was 5×10-10 mol/L. For the solutions of 4.0×10-9 mol/L thallium added before the urine sample pretreatment procedure, the average recovery was 105.6% with a relative standard deviation(RSD) of 15.5%.

  10. Electrode surface modification by a spirobifluorene derivative. An XPS and electrochemical investigation

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    Cecchet, F; Fioravanti, G; Marcaccio, M; Margotti, M; Mattiello, L; Paolucci, F; Rapino, S; Rudolf, P

    2005-01-01

    Ordered thin layers of a spirobifluorene derivative containing an amino group were formed by grafting them onto a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of 11-mercaptoundecanoic acid (11-MUA) on gold. Either physical (H-bonding) or chemical bonding (activated by EDCI) was investigated. X-ray photoelectron s

  11. Operando X-ray Investigation of Electrode/Electrolyte Interfaces in Model Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Volkov, Sergey; Vonk, Vedran; Khorshidi, Navid; Franz, Dirk; Kubicek, Markus; Kilic, Volkan; Felici, Roberto; Huber, Tobias M.; Navickas, Edvinas; Rupp, Ghislain M.; Fleig, Jürgen; Stierle, Andreas

    2016-01-01

    We employed operando anomalous surface X-ray diffraction to investigate the buried interface between the cathode and the electrolyte of a model solid oxide fuel cell with atomic resolution. The cell was studied under different oxygen pressures at elevated temperatures and polarizations by external potential control. Making use of anomalous X-ray diffraction effects at the Y and Zr K-edges allowed us to resolve the interfacial structure and chemical composition of a (100)-oriented, 9.5 mol % y...

  12. Ascorbic Acid Rejection Characteristics of Modified Platinum Electrodes: A Shelf Life Investigation

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    Andrea M. Wynne; Finnerty, Niall J.

    2015-01-01

    Ascorbic acid (AA) is the principle interferent present in brain extracellular fluid that can inhibit the ability of electrochemical sensors to selectively detect a particular analyte of interest. Considerable efforts have been made in recent times to develop highly selective membrane coatings to counteract the drawbacks associated with AA interference during in vivo monitoring. The primary objective of the work described within was to investigate the long term effect of storing such selecti...

  13. Investigation of the oxygen reduction activity on Silver – a rotating disk electrode study

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    Wiberg, Gustav K. H.; Mayrhofer, Karl J.J.; Arenz, Matthias

    2010-01-01

    Abstract In this study the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is investigated on a nanoparticulate Silver electrocatalyst in alkaline solution. The catalytic activity of the catalyst is determined both in terms of mass activity as well as specific activity and turn over frequency, respectively. It is demonstrated that the established mass activities are independent of the applied catalyst loading, an essential requirement for a reasonable analysis. The determination of the electrochem...

  14. Investigation of Coral-Like Cu2O Nano/Microstructures as Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Chih-Hung Tsai

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a chemical oxidation method was employed to fabricate coral-like Cu2O nano/microstructures on Cu foils as counter electrodes (CEs for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs. The Cu2O nano/microstructures were prepared at various sintering temperatures (400, 500, 600 and 700 °C to investigate the influences of the sintering temperature on the DSSC characteristics. First, the Cu foil substrates were immersed in an aqueous solution containing (NH42S2O8 and NaOH. After reacting at 25 °C for 30 min, the Cu substrates were converted to Cu(OH2 nanostructures. Subsequently, the nanostructures were subjected to nitrogen sintering, leading to Cu(OH2 being dehydrated into CuO, which was then deoxidized to form coral-like Cu2O nano/microstructures. The material properties of the Cu2O CEs were comprehensively determined using a scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer, X-ray diffractometer, Raman spectrometer, X-ray photoelectron spectroscope, and cyclic voltameter. The Cu2O CEs sintered at various temperatures were used in DSSC devices and analyzed according to the current density–voltage characteristics, incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency, and electrochemical impedance characteristics. The Cu2O CEs sintered at 600 °C exhibited the optimal electrode properties and DSSC performance, yielding a power conversion efficiency of 3.62%. The Cu2O CEs fabricated on Cu foil were generally mechanically flexible and could therefore be applied to flexible DSSCs.

  15. Investigating Surface and Interface Phenomena in LiFeBO3 Electrodes Using Photoelectron Spectroscopy Depth Profiling

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    Maibach, Julia; Younesi, Reza; Schwarzburger, Nele;

    2014-01-01

    The formation of surface and interface layers at the electrodes is highly important for the performance and stability of lithium ion batteries. To unravel the surface composition of electrode materials, photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) is highly suitable as it probes chemical surface and interfac...

  16. Investigation of High-k Dielectrics and Metal Gate Electrodes for Non-volatile Memory Applications

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    Jayanti, Srikant

    Due to the increasing demand of non-volatile flash memories in the portable electronics, the device structures need to be scaled down drastically. However, the scalability of traditional floating gate structures beyond 20 nm NAND flash technology node is uncertain. In this regard, the use of metal gates and high-k dielectrics as the gate and interpoly dielectrics respectively, seem to be promising substitutes in order to continue the flash scaling beyond 20nm. Furthermore, research of novel memory structures to overcome the scaling challenges need to be explored. Through this work, the use of high-k dielectrics as IPDs in a memory structure has been studied. For this purpose, IPD process optimization and barrier engineering were explored to determine and improve the memory performance. Specifically, the concept of high-k / low-k barrier engineering was studied in corroboration with simulations. In addition, a novel memory structure comprising a continuous metal floating gate was investigated in combination with high-k blocking oxides. Integration of thin metal FGs and high-k dielectrics into a dual floating gate memory structure to result in both volatile and non-volatile modes of operation has been demonstrated, for plausible application in future unified memory architectures. The electrical characterization was performed on simple MIS/MIM and memory capacitors, fabricated through CMOS compatible processes. Various analytical characterization techniques were done to gain more insight into the material behavior of the layers in the device structure. In the first part of this study, interfacial engineering was investigated by exploring La2O3 as SiO2 scavenging layer. Through the silicate formation, the consumption of low-k SiO2 was controlled and resulted in a significant improvement in dielectric leakage. The performance improvement was also gauged through memory capacitors. In the second part of the study, a novel memory structure consisting of continuous metal FG

  17. Investigation of the Alkaline Electrochemical Interface and Development of Composite Metal/Metal-Oxides for Hydrogen and Oxygen Electrodes

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    Bates, Michael

    electrolyte. The HER kinetics of numerous binary & ternary Ni-alloys and composite Ni/metal-oxide/C samples were evaluated in aqueous 0.1 M KOH electrolyte. Furthermore a model of the double layer interface is proposed, which helps explain the observed ensemble effect in the presence of AEI. In Chapter 3, Ni-Fe and Ni-Fe-Co mixed-metal-oxide (MMO) films were investigated for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activity in 0.1M KOH on high surface area Raney-Nickel supports. During investigations of MMO activity, aniline was identified as a useful "capping agent" for synthesis of high-surface area MMO-polyaniline (PANI) composite materials. A Ni-Fe-Co/PANI-Raney-Ni catalyst was developed which exhibits enhanced mass-activity compared to state-of-the-art Ni-Fe OER electrocatalysts reported to date. The morphology of the MMO catalyst film on PANI/Raney-Ni support provides excellent dispersion of active-sites and should maintain high active-site utilization for catalyst loading on gas-diffusion electrodes. In Chapter 4, the de-activation of reversible-hydrogen electrode catalysts was investigated and the development of a Pt-Ir-Nx/C catalyst is reported, which exhibits significantly increased stability in the HBr/Br 2 electrolyte. In contrast a Pt-Ir/C catalyst exhibited increased tolerance to high-voltage cycling and in particular showed recovery of electrocatalytic activity after reversible de-activation (presumably from bromide adsorption and subsequent oxidative bromide stripping). Under the harshest testing conditions of high-voltage cycling or exposure to Br2 the Pt-based catalyst showed a trend in stability: Pt < Pt-Ir < Pt-Ir-Nx. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  18. Performance investigation of InAs based dual electrode tunnel FET on the analog/RF platform

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    Anand, Sunny; Sarin, R. K.

    2016-09-01

    In this paper for the first time, InAs based doping-less Tunnel FET is proposed and investigated. This paper also demonstrates and discusses the impact of gate stacking (SiO2 + HfO2) with equivalent oxide thickness EOT = 0.8 for analog/RF performance. The charge plasma technique is used to form source/drain region on an intrinsic InAs body by selecting proper work function of metal electrode. The paper compares different combinations of gate stacking (SiO2 and HfO2) on the basis of different analog and RF parameters such as transconductance (gm), transconductance to drive current ratio (gm/ID), output conductance (gd), intrinsic gain (AV), total gate capacitance (Cgg) and unity-gain cutoff frequency (fT). The proposed device produces an ON state current of ION ∼6 mA along with ION/IOFF ∼1012, point subthreshold slope (SS ∼ 1.9 mV/dec), average subthreshold slope (AV-SS ∼ 14.2 mV/dec) and cut-off frequency in Terahertz. The focus of this work is to eliminate the fabrication issues and providing the enhanced performance compared to doped device.

  19. Preparation of CuInS2/TiO2 nanotube heterojunction arrays electrode and investigation of its photoelectrochemical properties

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    Graphical abstract: Schematic illustration of the synthesis steps of CuInS2/TiO2 heterojunction arrays electrode. - Highlights: • CuInS2/TiO2 nanotube heterojunction arrays electrode was successfully fabricated via a modified SILAR method. • Morphology, chemical compositions and the photoelectrochemical properties were studied. • The formed heterojunction structure is demonstrated as n–n type heterojunction. - Abstract: CuInS2/TiO2 nanotube heterojunction arrays electrode was synthesized via a modified successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The morphology, crystalline structure and chemical composition of the composite electrode were characterized with field-emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), respectively. The optical properties were investigated by UV–vis diffusion reflection spectra (DRS) and photoluminescence (PL) spectra as well as the photoelectrochemical measurements. Significantly enhanced photoelectrochemical properties of CuInS2/TiO2 NTs electrode were observed under visible light irradiation, which could be attributed to the high absorption coefficient of CuInS2 in visible region and the heterostructure formed between CuInS2 and TiO2

  20. Electron microscopy investigations of changes in morphology and conductivity of LiFePO4/C electrodes

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    Scipioni, Roberto; Jørgensen, Peter S.; Ngo, Duc-The;

    2016-01-01

    conductivity of the CB agglomerates is low compared to that of the fresh CB particles. HRTEM analysis shows that fresh CB particles are quasi crystalline, whereas the LFP/CB interface in the degraded electrode shows amorphous carbon surrounding the LFP particles. The presence of the amorphous carbon is known...... to impede the electronic conductivity and thereby decreasing percolation in the cathode and reducing the electrode capacity....

  1. 粒子电极堆放方式对三维电极体系性能的影响研究%Investigation of the packing model of particle electrode on the efficiency of three-dimensional electrode reactor

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    钟锐超; 周德鸿; 陈卫国; 纪庆升

    2011-01-01

    通过对自制的粒子电极串进行实验,探讨了一种消除三维电极反应床中短路电流的新方法,并研究了不同粒子堆放方式对电催化效果的影响.结果表明,粒子本身长度的适当增长,使其与溶液电位差增大,废水脱色率也随之增大.采用B-β型粒子电极串在20V电压下反应60min,14mm长的粒子电极对直接湖蓝5B废水的脱色率可达到71.4%,比7mm长的粒子电极高出10%.另外,粒子电极串由于减少了短路电流,从而使废水脱色率高于常规填充床.采用B-β型粒子电极串在20V电压下反应30min,粒子电极串脱色率可达到66.9%,而使用等量的粒子电极在常规填充床中则只有45.3%的脱色率.%Based on homemade regular particle electrodes,a novel method for eliminating the short circuit current in three-dimensional reactor was proposed and the effect of the packing model of particle electrode on electrocatalysis was investigated.The results indicated that the potential difference between particle electrode and solution increased and the decolorization ratio for dye wastewater improved with the increase in the length of particle at an appropriate range.When decolorization was performed on 14 mm particle electrode in B-β packing model at 20 V for 60 min,the decolorization ratio for direst sky blue 5B wastewater was 71.4%,which was 10% higher than that on 7 mm particle electrode in B-β packing model in the same conditions.Furthermore,the decolorization ratio for wastewater was improved due to the elimination of short circuit current.The decolorization ratio reached 66.9% on particle electrode in B-β packing model at 20 V for 30 min,while only 45.3% of decolorization ratio was obtained from conventional packing reactor in the same amount.

  2. Investigation of the impact of insulator material on the performance of dissimilar electrode metal-insulator-metal diodes

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    Alimardani, Nasir; King, Sean W.; French, Benjamin L.; Tan, Cheng; Lampert, Benjamin P.; Conley, John F.

    2014-07-01

    The performance of thin film metal-insulator-metal (MIM) diodes is investigated for a variety of large and small electron affinity insulators using ultrasmooth amorphous metal as the bottom electrode. Nb2O5, Ta2O5, ZrO2, HfO2, Al2O3, and SiO2 amorphous insulators are deposited via atomic layer deposition (ALD). Reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy (REELS) is utilized to measure the band-gap energy (EG) and energy position of intrinsic sub-gap defect states for each insulator. EG of as-deposited ALD insulators are found to be Nb2O5 = 3.8 eV, Ta2O5 = 4.4 eV, ZrO2 = 5.4 eV, HfO2 = 5.6 eV, Al2O3 = 6.4 eV, and SiO2 = 8.8 eV with uncertainty of ±0.2 eV. Current vs. voltage asymmetry, non-linearity, turn-on voltage, and dominant conduction mechanisms are compared. Al2O3 and SiO2 are found to operate based on Fowler-Nordheim tunneling. Al2O3 shows the highest asymmetry. ZrO2, Nb2O5, and Ta2O5 based diodes are found to be dominated by Frenkel-Poole emission at large biases and exhibit lower asymmetry. The electrically estimated trap energy levels for defects that dominate Frenkel-Poole conduction are found to be consistent with the energy levels of surface oxygen vacancy defects observed in REELS measurements. For HfO2, conduction is found to be a mix of trap assisted tunneling and Frenkel-Poole emission. Insulator selection criteria in regards to MIM diodes applications are discussed.

  3. Investigation of nanosecond pulsed dielectric barrier discharge using plate-to-plate electrode with asymmetric dielectric arrangement in airflow

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    Qi, Haicheng; Fan, Zhihui; Liu, Yidi; Ren, Chunsheng

    2016-05-01

    Atmospheric pressure dielectric barrier discharge plasma is produced in airflow by applying nanosecond high voltage pulses with peak voltage about 35 kV and rising time about 40 ns on a plate-to-plate electrode arrangement. The effects of airflow rate (0-50 m/s) on the discharge characteristics are investigated under different barrier conditions (the bare anode case and the bare cathode case). For both cases, the breakdown voltage and the time lag increase distinctly and the discharge intensity decreases sharply when the airflow rate increases from 0 to 30 m/s, and then keep almost constant until the airflow rate is further increased to 50 m/s. For the bare anode case (the cathode is covered by dielectric plate), the discharge mode transforms gradually from filamentary to diffuse discharge with the increasing airflow rate. While for the bare cathode case, some micro-discharge channels are still excited, though the discharge becomes more diffuse when the airflow rate is higher than 30 m/s. By acquiring the time-resolved images of the discharge, it is proved that it is the primary discharge which becomes diffuse when airflow is introduced and the following two discharges of the same voltage pulse occur principally at the positions where the primary discharge is more intense. And in both cases, the plasma temperatures are reduced, but the degree is different. All the phenomena can be explained mainly by the variation of the space charge distribution when the airflow is introduced into the discharge gap. And it is indicated that the bare anode case has an advantage in obtaining diffuse discharge.

  4. Cyclic voltammetric investigations of microstructured and platinum-covered glassy carbon electrodes in contact with a polymer electrolyte membrane

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    Scherer, G.G.; Veziridis, Z.; Staub, M. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland); Freimuth, H. [Inst. fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz IMM, Mainz (Germany)

    1997-06-01

    Model gas diffusion electrodes were prepared by microstructuring glassy carbon surfaces with high aspect ratios and subsequent deposition of platinum. These electrodes were characterized by hydrogen under-potential deposition (H-upd) in contact with a polymer electrolyte membrane employing cyclic voltametry. H-upd was found on platinum areas not in direct contact to the solid electrolyte, as long as a continuous platinum-path existed. A carbon surface between platinum acts as barrier for H-upd. (author) 4 figs., 5 refs.

  5. Investigation of Novel Electrode Materials for Electrochemically-Based Remediation of High- and Low-Level Mixed Wastes in the DOE Complex - Final Report

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    Lewis, N.S.; Anderson, M.

    2000-12-01

    New materials are investigated, based on degenerately-doped titanias, for use in the electrochemical degradation of organics and nitrogen-containing compounds in sites of concern to the DOE remediation effort. The data collected in this project appear to provide a rational approach for design of more efficient nanoporous electrodes. Also, osmium complexes appear to be promising candidates for further optimization in operating photo electrochemical cells for solar energy conversion applications.

  6. Investigation of Novel Electrode Materials for Electrochemically-Based Remediation of High- and Low-Level Mixed Wastes in the DOE Complex - Final Report

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    New materials are investigated, based on degenerately-doped titanias, for use in the electrochemical degradation of organics and nitrogen-containing compounds in sites of concern to the DOE remediation effort. The data collected in this project appear to provide a rational approach for design of more efficient nanoporous electrodes. Also, osmium complexes appear to be promising candidates for further optimization in operating photo electrochemical cells for solar energy conversion applications

  7. Attaining 2D Black Phosphorus and Investigations into Floating-Electrode Dielectric Barrier Discharge Treatment of Solutions

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    Smith, Joshua Benjamin

    -ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and Raman spectroscopy have confirmed successful growth of 2D black phosphorus from red phosphorus thin films for potential uses in 2D semiconductor applications. Additionally, this work discusses some of the chemistry occurring in solution as a result of nonthermal plasma treatment from a floating-electrode dielectric barrier discharge (FE-DBD) configuration. Nonthermal plasma generation allows for the treatment of heat sensitive materials. This has opened up the field to numerous clinical applications of nonthermal plasma treatment including sterilization and wound healing along with potentials in dentistry, dermatology, and even food industries. FE-DBD plasma treatment of water was found to provide a wide-range antimicrobial solution that remained active following 2 years of aging. This plasma-treated water was found to generate a number of ROS/RNS and the formation of these components was studied and verified with UV/Vis and ESR spectroscopy. Enhanced effects were observed when cell culture medium was plasma treated, suggesting the formation of additional reactive species from the plasma treatment of a variety of biomolecules. It is essential to understand these effects for a number of reasons. The possibility to generate a wide range of antimicrobial solutions from air, water, and basic biomolecules could provide a solution for those bacteria that have developed antibiotic resistances. Simultaneously, information into the reaction mechanisms of this FE-DBD plasma treatment can be investigated. All of the applications mentioned above involve complex networks of basic biomolecules, from skin tissue to bacteria cell walls. This work analyzes the effects of plasma treatment on several biomolecule solutions and simultaneously takes aim at understanding some of the potential mechanisms of plasma treatment. Studies were carried out using NMR and GC/MS. This information was used to investigate the possible targeted areas for FE

  8. Development of Carbon Based optically Transparent Electrodes from Pyrolyzed Photoresist for the Investigation of Phenomena at Electrified Carbon-Solution Interfaces

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    Donner, Sebastian [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2007-01-01

    The work presented herein describes a fundamental investigations of carbon as electrode material by using the pyrolysis of photoresist to create an optically transparent material. The development of these carbon-based optically transparent electrodes (C-OTEs) enables investigations of molecular interactions within the electrical double layer, processes that are central to a wide range of important phenomena, including the impact of changes in the surface charge density on adsorption. The electrochemical importance of carbon cannot be understated, having relevance to separations and detection by providing a wide potential window and low background current in addition to being low cost and light weight. The interactions that govern the processes at the carbon electrode surface has been studied extensively. A variety of publications from the laboratories of McCreery and Kinoshita provide in depth summaries about carbon and its many applications in electrochemistry. These studies reveal that defects, impurities, oxidation, and a variety of functional groups create adsorption sites on carbon surfaces with different characteristics. The interest in C-OTEs was sparked by the desire to study and understand the behavior of individual molecules at electrified interfaces. It draws on the earlier development of Electrochemically Modulated Liquid Chromatography (EMLC), which uses carbon as the stationary phase. EMLC takes advantage of changing the applied potential to the carbon electrode to influence the retention behavior of analytes. However, perspectives gained from, for example, chromatographic measurements reflect the integrated response of a large ensemble of potentially diverse interactions between the adsorbates and the carbon electrode. Considering the chemically and physically heterogeneous surface of electrode materials such as glassy carbon, the integrated response provides little insight into the interactions at a single molecule level. To investigate individual

  9. Investigation of a Branchlike MoO(3)/polypyrrole hybrid with enhanced electrochemical performance used as an electrode in supercapacitors.

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    Zhang, Xia; Zeng, Xianzhong; Yang, Min; Qi, Yanxing

    2014-01-22

    A branchlike MoO3/polypyrrole conductive nanocomposite was facilely prepared by wrapping a homogeneous polypyrrole (PPy) layer around MoO3 nanobelts via the in situ oxidative polymerization of a self-assembled pyrrole monomer. X-ray powder diffraction characterization demonstrated that the PPy polymer does not hinder the crystallization of the MoO3 nanobelts substrate. The electrochemical tests show that the specific capacitance of 129 F g(-1) for the MoO3/PPy hybrid is higher than both pristine MoO3 and pure PPy. Moreover, the hybrid electrode with good electrical conductivity displays good cyclic stability of 90% retention after 200 cycles of charge/discharge. These results indicate a promising potential application of the MoO3/PPy nanocomposite for use as an effective electrode material in supercapacitors. PMID:24367933

  10. Bifunctional alkaline oxygen electrodes

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    Swette, L.; Kackley, N.; Mccatty, S. A.

    1991-01-01

    The authors describe the identification and testing of electrocatalysts and supports for the positive electrode of moderate-temperature, single-unit, rechargeable alkaline fuel cells. Recent work on Na(x)Pt3O4, a potential bifunctional catalyst, is described, as well as the application of novel approaches to the development of more efficient bifunctional electrode structures. The three dual-character electrodes considered here showed similar superior performance; the Pt/RhO2 and Rh/RhO2 electrodes showed slightly better performance than the Pt/IrO2 electrode. It is concluded that Na(x)Pt3O4 continues to be a promising bifunctional oxygen electrode catalyst but requires further investigation and development.

  11. Fabrication of Carbon-Platinum Interdigitated Array Electrodes and Their Application for Investigating Homogeneous Hydrogen Evolution Catalysis

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    Liu, Fei; Divan, Ralu; Parkinson, Bruce A.

    2015-06-29

    Carbon interdigitated array (IDA) electrodes have been applied to study the homogeneous hydrogen evolution electrocatalyst [Ni(PPh2NBn2)2]2+ (where PPh2NBn2 is 1,5-dibenzyl-3,7-diphenyl-1,5-diaza-3,7-diphosphacyclooctane). The existence of reaction intermediates in the catalytic cycle is inferred from the electrochemical behavior of a glassy carbon disk electrodes and carbon IDA electrodes. The currents on IDA electrodes for an EC’ (electron transfer reaction followed by a catalytic reaction) mechanism are derived from the number of redox cycles and the contribution of non-catalytic currents. The catalytic reaction rate constant was then extracted from the IDA current equations. Applying the IDA current and kinetic equations to the electrochemical response of the [Ni(PPh2NBn2)2]2+ catalyst yielded a rate constant of 0.10 s-1 for the hydrogen evolution reaction that agrees with the literature value. The quantitative analysis of IDA cyclic voltammetry can be used as a simple and straightforward method for determining rate constants in other catalytic systems. This work was supported as part of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for DOE. Use of the Center for Nanoscale Materials was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357.

  12. Role of iron oxide impurities in electrocatalysis by multiwall carbon nanotubes: An investigation using a novel magnetically modified ITO electrodes

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    Kanchan M Samant; Vrushali S Joshi; Kashinath R Patil; Santosh K Haram

    2014-04-01

    The role of iron oxide impurities in the electrocatalytic properties of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) prepared by catalytic chemical vapour decomposition method (CCVD) is studied in detail. A novel magnetically modified electrodes have been developed by which MWCNTs were immobilized on indium-tin oxide (ITO) electrodes, without any chemical binders. The electro-catalytic oxidation of dopamine, and reduction of hydrogen peroxide have been studied by cyclic voltammetry on magnetically modified electrodes with (i) MWCNTs with occluded iron oxide impurities (Fe-MWCNTs), (ii) MWCNTs grown on iron oxide nanoparticle particulate films (Io-MWCNTs) and (iii) pristine iron oxide nanoparticle particulate film (Io-NPs). A shift towards less positive potentials for the oxidation of dopamine was observed which is in the order of Fe-MWCNTs < Io-MWCNTs < Io-NPs. Similarly, trend towards less negative potentials for the reduction of hydrogen peroxide was observed. Thus, the electrocatalytic activities displayed by MWCNTs have been attributed to the iron oxide impurities associated with it. The systematic variation was related to the nature of interaction of iron oxide nanoparticles with MWCNT surface.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of novel dopamine-derivative:Application of modified multi-wall carbon nanotubes paste electrode for electrochemical investigation

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    Shadpour Mallakpour; Mehdi Hatami; Ali A. Ensafi; Hassan Karimi-Maleh

    2011-01-01

    Novel dopamine-derivative compound, 3,5-diamino-N-(3,4-dihydroxyphenethyl)benzamide (3,5-DAB) was prepared in two steps. In the first step dopamine hydrochloride was reacted with 3,5-dinitrobenzoyl chloride in the presence of propylene oxide. In the second step reduction of nitro groups resulted in preparation of 3,5-DAB in quantitative yield. This material was characterized using conventional spectroscopic methods such as FT-IR and 1H NMR. In addition, the redox response of a modified carbon nanotubes paste electrode of 3,5-DAB was investigated in aqueous solution at a neutral pH. The result showed that the electrode process has a guasi-reversible response, with △Ep, greater than the (59/n) mV expected for a reversible system. Finally, the diffusion coefficient for redox process in paraffin oil matrix obtained using chronoamperometry methods.

  14. Graphite electrode thermal behavior and solid electrolyte interphase investigations: Role of state-of-the-art binders, carbonate additives and lithium bis(fluorosulfonyl)imide salt

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    Forestier, Coralie; Grugeon, Sylvie; Davoisne, Carine; Lecocq, Amandine; Marlair, Guy; Armand, Michel; Sannier, Lucas; Laruelle, Stephane

    2016-10-01

    The risk of thermal runaway is, for Li-ion batteries, a critical issue for large-scale applications. This results in manufacturers and researchers placing great emphasis on minimizing the heat generation and thereby mitigating safety-related risks through the search for suitable materials or additives. To this end, an in-depth stepwise investigation has been undertaken to provide a better understanding of the exothermic processes that take place at the negative electrode/electrolyte interface as well as an increased visibility of the role of the state-of-the-art electrode binders, additives and lithium salt by means of the classical DSC technique. A reliable experimental set up helped quantify the beneficial or harmful contribution of binder polymers to the exothermic behavior of the CMC/SBR containing graphite electrode film in contact with 1 M LiPF6 in EC:DMC:EMC (1:1:1 v/v/v) electrolyte. Further, the role of the VC, FEC and VEC electrolyte additives (2 wt%) in reinforcing the protective SEI layer towards thermally induced electrolyte reduction is discussed in the light of infrared spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy analyzes results. Moreover, after a preliminary corrosion study of LiPF6/LiFSI mixtures, we showed that the 0.66/0.33 M composition can be used in commercial NMC-based LiBs with a positive effect on the thermal runaway.

  15. Investigation And Optimization Of EDM Process Of AISI 4140 Alloy Steel Using Various Tool Electrodes: A Review Paper

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    Kishor Lal ,

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this research work is to determine the optimized settings of key machining factors like pulse on time, discharge current and duty cycle for AISI 4140 alloy steel using various tool electrodes. The output responses will be measured are material removal rate (MRR,surface roughness(SR and tool wear rate(TWR. Mathematical models are proposed for the above are L27 orthogonal array. The micro structural changes in the work piece after machining process will also be examined by the use of SEM.

  16. Investigation the Efficiency of Electrolysis Process using 3 Dimensional Graphite Electrodes for Decolonization of Phenolphthalein and Phenol red from Aqueous Environments

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    Mohmmad Reza Massoudinejad

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: The presence of chemical dyes in the water resources not only pollutes them, but also brings about death of organisms and serious indemnities to the environment through stopping oxygen production and preventing penetration of the sunlight. In this study, we investigated the efficiency of the electrolysis process for decolonization of phenolphthalein and phenol red from aqueous environment. Materials and Methods: The experiments were conducted in an electrochemical reactor having a working volume of 1 liter equipped with 2 graphite electrodes. This study was conducted at laboratory scale. Samples were prepared by dissolving two phenol red and phenolphthalein dyes in drinking water. Then, the effect of operating parameters such as voltage, inter-electrode distance, and NaCl concentration on the complete dye removal was determined considering optimum retention time using  Factorial variance analyses and the graphs were plotted using MS Excel software.Results: the results showed that the optimum conditions for completely removal of phenolphthalein was achieved applying a voltage of 48 V, the retention time of 9 minutes, 5 cm inter-electrode distance, and the salt concentration of 1.5 g/l, whereas, complete removal of phenol red was achieved applying a voltage of 48 V, the retention time of 8 minutes, 5 cm inter-electrode distance, and the salt concentration of 2 g/l. Under these conditions, COD removal efficiency for phenol red and phenolphthalein was 85 and 80 percent respectively.Conclusion: This study revealed that electrolysis process is an effective method to remove both phenolphthalein and phenol red dyes from effluent, because it can completely remove the dyes in a short time.

  17. Magnetohydrodynamic electrode

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    Boquist, Carl W.; Marchant, David D.

    1978-01-01

    A ceramic-metal composite suitable for use in a high-temperature environment consists of a refractory ceramic matrix containing 10 to 50 volume percent of a continuous high-temperature metal reinforcement. In a specific application of the composite, as an electrode in a magnetohydrodynamic generator, the one surface of the electrode which contacts the MHD fluid may have a layer of varying thickness of nonreinforced refractory ceramic for electrode temperature control. The side walls of the electrode may be coated with a refractory ceramic insulator. Also described is an electrode-insulator system for a MHD channel.

  18. Electron microscopy investigations of changes in morphology and conductivity of LiFePO4/C electrodes

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    Scipioni, Roberto; Jørgensen, Peter S.; Ngo, Duc-The; Simonsen, Søren B.; Liu, Zhao; Yakal-Kremski, Kyle J.; Wang, Hongqian; Hjelm, Johan; Norby, Poul; Barnett, Scott A.; Jensen, Søren H.

    2016-03-01

    In this work we study the structural degradation of a laboratory Li-ion battery LiFePO4/Carbon Black (LFP/CB) cathode by various electron microscopy techniques including low kV Focused Ion Beam (FIB)/Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) 3D tomography. Several changes are observed in FIB/SEM images of fresh and degraded cathodes, including cracks in the LFP particles, secondary disconnected particles, and agglomeration of CB. Low voltage (1 kV) SEM images show that the CB agglomerates have a different brightness than the fresh CB, due to charging effects. This suggests that the electronic conductivity of the CB agglomerates is low compared to that of the fresh CB particles. HRTEM analysis shows that fresh CB particles are quasi crystalline, whereas the LFP/CB interface in the degraded electrode shows amorphous carbon surrounding the LFP particles. The presence of the amorphous carbon is known to impede the electronic conductivity and thereby decreasing percolation in the cathode and reducing the electrode capacity.

  19. Numerical Investigation of Influence of Electrode Immersion Depth on Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow in Electroslag Remelting Process

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    Wang, Qiang; Cai, Hui; Pan, Liping; He, Zhu; Liu, Shuang; Li, Baokuan

    2016-07-01

    The influence of the electrode immersion depth on the electromagnetic, flow and temperature fields, as well as the solidification progress in an electroslag remelting furnace have been studied by a transient three-dimensional coupled mathematical model. Maxwell's equations were solved by the electrical potential approach. The Lorentz force and Joule heating were added into the momentum and energy conservation equations as a source term, respectively, and were updated at each time step. The volume of fluid method was invoked to track the motion of the metal droplet and slag-metal interface. The solidification was modeled by an enthalpy-porosity formulation. An experiment was carried out to validate the model. The total amount of Joule heating decreases from 2.13 × 105 W to 1.86 × 105 W when the electrode immersion depth increases from 0.01 m to 0.03 m. The variation law of the slag temperature is different from that of the Joule heating. The volume average temperature rises from 1856 K to 1880 K when the immersion depth increases from 0.01 m to 0.02 m, and then drops to 1869 K if the immersion depth continuously increases to 0.03 m. As a result, the deepest metal pool, which is around 0.03 m, is formed when the immersion depth is 0.02 m.

  20. Surface functionality and electrochemical investigations of a graphitic electrode as a candidate for alkaline energy conversion and storage devices

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    Soliman, Ahmed B.; Abdel-Samad, Hesham S.; Abdel Rehim, Sayed S.; Hassan, Hamdy H.

    2016-02-01

    Graphite is a typical electrocatalyst support in alkaline energy conversion and storage devices such as fuel cells, supercapacitores and lithium ion batteries. The electrochemical behaviour of a graphite electrode in 0.5 M NaOH was studied to elucidate its surface structure/electrochemical activity relationship. Graphite voltammograms are characterized by an anodic shoulder AI and a cathodic peak CI in addition to the oxygen reduction reaction plateaus, PI and PII. AI and CI were attributed to oxidation and reduction of some graphite surface function groups, respectively. Rotating ring disk electrode (RRDE) study revealed two different oxygen types assigned as inner and outer oxygen. The inner oxygen was reduced via the more efficient 4-electron pathway. The outer oxygen reduction proceeded with a lower efficient 2-electron pathway. The calculated percentages of the 4-electron pathway were ranged from 70% to 90%. A full mechanism for the graphite surface function groups changes over the studied potential window was suggested through the combination between the voltammetric, FT-IR and Raman results.

  1. Working Electrodes

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    Komorsky-Lovrić, Šebojka

    In electrochemistry an electrode is an electronic conductor in contact with an ionic conductor. The electronic conductor can be a metal, or a semiconductor, or a mixed electronic and ionic conductor. The ionic conductor is usually an electrolyte solution; however, solid electrolytes and ionic melts can be used as well. The term "electrode" is also used in a technical sense, meaning the electronic conductor only. If not specified otherwise, this meaning of the term "electrode" is the subject of the present chapter. In the simplest case the electrode is a metallic conductor immersed in an electrolyte solution. At the surface of the electrode, dissolved electroactive ions change their charges by exchanging one or more electrons with the conductor. In this electrochemical reaction both the reduced and oxidized ions remain in solution, while the conductor is chemically inert and serves only as a source and sink of electrons. The technical term "electrode" usually also includes all mechanical parts supporting the conductor (e.g., a rotating disk electrode or a static mercury drop electrode). Furthermore, it includes all chemical and physical modifications of the conductor, or its surface (e.g., a mercury film electrode, an enzyme electrode, and a carbon paste electrode). However, this term does not cover the electrolyte solution and the ionic part of a double layer at the electrode/solution interface. Ion-selective electrodes, which are used in potentiometry, will not be considered in this chapter. Theoretical and practical aspects of electrodes are covered in various books and reviews [1-9].

  2. Investigation of Surface Roughness and Material Removal Rate (MRR on Tool Steel Using Brass and Copper Electrode for Electrical Discharge Grinding (EDG Process

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    M. Hafiz Helmi

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the investigation on surface roughness and material removal rate (MRR of tool steel machined with brass and copper electrode for Electrical Discharge Grinding (EDG process. The machining parameter include pulse ON time, pulse OFF time, peak current and capacitance. Analysis of variance (ANOVA with Taguchi method is used to investigate the significant effect on the performance characteristic and the optimal cutting parameters of EDG. The result shows that, the surface roughness value when using of both tool materials are mostly influenced by pulse ON time and peak current. The capacitance parameter in both experiments was not giving any significant effect. The significant factors for the material removal rate due to the machining parameter are peak current parameter and ON time parameter but it also can increase the machining time

  3. Investigation Of Li{sub X}CoO{sub 2} Li- Intercalation Electrodes Using X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    Haas, O.; Holzapfel, M.; Yang, X.Q. [BNL Lab (United States); Yoon, W.-S. [BNL Lab (United States); Chung, K.-Y. [BNL Lab (United States)

    2005-03-01

    Li{sub X}CoO{sub 2} was investigated with X-ray absorption spectroscopy using hard and soft X-rays and compared with some results obtained in previous investigations of La{sub (1-x)}-Ca{sub x}CoO{sub 3}, which has a similar electron configuration. (author)

  4. Investigation of Cu(II) Binding to Bovine Serum Albumin by Potentiometry with an Ion Selective Electrode

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    Jie Liu

    2004-01-01

    A laboratory project that investigates Cu(II) bind to bovine serum albumin (BSA) in an aqueous solution is developed to assist undergraduate students in gaining better understanding of the interaction of ligands with biological macromolecule. Thus, students are introduced to investigation of Cu(II) binding to BSA by potentiometry with the Cu(II)…

  5. Two-and three-electrode impedance spectroscopic studies of graphite electrode in the first lithiation

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    ZHUANG QuanChao; TIAN LeiLei; WEI GuoZhen; DONG QuanFeng; SUN ShiGang

    2009-01-01

    The first lithiation of graphite electrode was investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) in a two-electrode button cell and a three-electrode glass cell.The results demonstrate that the study of the variation of EIS feature of the graphite electrode in the two-electrode button cell with electrode polarization potential decreasing in the first lithiation cannot be used to investigate the formation mechanism of the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) film.However,the formation and growth process of the SEI film can be acquired by investigating the variation of EIS features of the graphite electrode in the three-electrode glass cell with the decrease of electrode polarization potential in the first lithiation.Moreover,the results also point out that the SEI film on graphite electrode is mainly formed between 1.0 and 0.6 V in the first lithiation.

  6. Preparation and investigation of nano-thick FTO/Ag/FTO multilayer transparent electrodes with high figure of merit.

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    Yu, Shihui; Li, Lingxia; Lyu, Xiaosong; Zhang, Weifeng

    2016-01-01

    In order to improve the conductivity of the single-layered nano-thick F doped SnO2 (FTO) thin films, an Ag mid-layer is embedded between the FTO layers. In our work, the effects of mid-layer Ag and top FTO layer on the structural, electrical and optical properties of FTO/Ag/FTO multilayered composite structures deposited on quartz glass substrates by magnetron sputtering at 100 °C have been investigated. As the thickness of Ag mid-layer increases, the resistivity decreases. As the top FTO layer thickness increases, the resistivity increases. The highest value of figure of merit φTC is 7.8 × 10(-2 ) Ω(-1) for the FTO (20 nm)/Ag (7 nm)/FTO (30 nm) multilayers, while the average optical transmittance is 95.5% in the visible range of wavelengths and the resistivity is 8.8 × 10(-5 ) Ω·cm. In addition, we also describe the influence of Ag and top FTO layer thickness on structural, electrical and optical properties of the nano-thick FTO (20 nm)/Ag/FTO multilayers and the mechanism of the changes of electrical and optical properties at different Ag and top FTO layer thicknesses.

  7. Investigations on the Cosputtered ITO-ZnO Transparent Electrode Ohmic Contacts to n-GaN

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    Wei-Hua Hsiao

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Transparent indium tin oxide (ITO and cosputtered ITO-zinc oxide (ZnO films’ contacts to an n-GaN epilayer were investigated. Both of these electrodes’ contact to the n-GaN epilayer showed Schottky behavior, although the contact resistance of the ITO-ZnO/n-GaN system was lower than that of the ITO/n-GaN system. By placing a thin Ti interlayer between the ITO-ZnO/n-GaN interface, nonalloyed ohmic contact was achieved. The inset Ti interlayer was both beneficial both for enhancing the outdiffusion of the nitrogen atoms at the surface of the n-GaN and suppressing the indiffusion of oxygen atoms from the surface of the ITO-ZnO to n-GaN. The figure-of-merit (FOM, evaluated from the specific contact resistance and optical property of the Ti/ITO-ZnO system’s contact to the n-GaN epilayer, was optimized further at an adequate thickness of the Ti interlayer.

  8. Multi-Electrode Resistivity Probe for Investigation of Local Temperature Inside Metal Shell Battery Cells via Resistivity: Experiments and Evaluation of Electrical Resistance Tomography

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    Xiaobin Hong

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Direct Current (DC electrical resistivity is a material property that is sensitive to temperature changes. In this paper, the relationship between resistivity and local temperature inside steel shell battery cells (two commercial 10 Ah and 4.5 Ah lithium-ion cells is innovatively studied by Electrical Resistance Tomography (ERT. The Schlumberger configuration in ERT is applied to divide the cell body into several blocks distributed in different levels, where the apparent resistivities are measured by multi-electrode surface probes. The investigated temperature ranges from −20 to 80 °C. Experimental results have shown that the resistivities mainly depend on temperature changes in each block of the two cells used and the function of the resistivity and temperature can be fitted to the ERT-measurement results in the logistical-plot. Subsequently, the dependence of resistivity on the state of charge (SOC is investigated, and the SOC range of 70%–100% has a remarkable impact on the resistivity at low temperatures. The proposed approach under a thermal cool down regime is demonstrated to monitor the local transient temperature.

  9. Investigation on the electrochemical behavior of neodymium chloride at W, Al and Cd electrodes in molten LiCl-KCl eutectic

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Electrochemical behavior of neodymium (III) ion was studied in LiCl-KCl eutectic melt in the temperature range 723-798 K on inert tungsten electrode using various transient electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, convolution voltammetry, chronopotentiometry and square wave voltammetry. The reduction of Nd(III) ion to Nd metal on tungsten electrode takes place in two steps- Nd(III)/Nd(II) and Nd(II)/Nd(0). Reduction of Nd(III) to Nd(II) showed reversible electrode behavior and that for Nd(II) to Nd metal followed the quasi-reversible behavior. Heterogeneous rate constant for the reduction, Nd(II)/Nd(0) was estimated from the convoluted voltammograms. The apparent standard electrode potentials,ENd(III)/Nd(II)*, ENd(II)/Nd(0)* and ENd(III)/Nd(0)* were estimated from the cyclic voltammograms and open circuit potentiograms. • The electrode behavior of Nd(III) ion on solid aluminium electrode and liquid cadmium electrode was studied by cyclic voltammetry. Under-potential reduction of Nd(III) ion takes place on Al and Cd cathodes in a single step with three electron transfer. The apparent standard electrode potentials, ENd(III)/Nd(Al)* and ENd(III)/Nd(Cd)* were estimated for different temperatures in the range 698-773 K. The formation of intermetallics, Al11Nd3 and Cd11Nd were studied from open circuit potential measurement on Al and Cd film electrode respectively. Thermodynamic properties of Nd-Al and Nd-Cd systems were evaluated. - Abstract: Electrochemical behavior of neodymium (III) ion was studied in LiCl-KCl eutectic melt in the temperature range 723-798 K on inert tungsten electrode using various transient electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, convolution voltammetry, chronopotentiometry and square wave voltammetry. The reduction of Nd(III) ion to Nd metal on tungsten electrode takes place in two steps- Nd(III)/Nd(II) and Nd(II)/Nd(0). The diffusion coefficient of Nd(III) and Nd (II) ions were

  10. Electrochemical and impedance investigation of the effect of lithium malonate on the performance of natural graphite electrodes in lithium-ion batteries

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    Sun, Xiao-Guang; Dai, Sheng [Chemical Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, One Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States)

    2010-07-01

    Lithium malonate (LM) was coated on the surface of a natural graphite (NG) electrode, which was then tested as the negative electrode in the electrolytes of 0.9 M LiPF{sub 6}/EC-PC-DMC (1/1/3, w/w/w) and 1.0 M LiBF{sub 4}/EC-PC-DMC (1/1/3, w/w/w) under a current density of 0.075 mA cm{sup -2}. LM was also used as an additive to the electrolyte of 1.0 M LiPF{sub 6}/EC-DMC-DEC (1/1/1, v/v/v) and tested on a bare graphite electrode. It was found that both the surface coating and the additive approach were effective in improving first charge-discharge capacity and coulomb efficiency. Electrochemical impedance spectra showed that the decreased interfacial impedance was coupled with improved coulomb efficiency of the cells using coated graphite electrodes. Cyclic voltammograms (CVs) on fresh bare and coated natural graphite electrodes confirmed that all the improvement in the half-cell performance was due to the suppression of the solvent decomposition through the surface modification with LM. The CV data also showed that the carbonate electrolyte with LM as the additive was not stable against oxidation, which resulted in lower capacity of the full cell with commercial graphite and LiCoO{sub 2} electrodes. (author)

  11. Electrochemical and impedance investigation of the effect of lithium malonate on the performance of natural graphite electrodes in lithium-ion batteries

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    Sun, Xiao-Guang [ORNL; Dai, Sheng [ORNL

    2010-01-01

    Lithium malonate (LM) was coated on the surface of a natural graphite (NG) electrode, which was then tested as the negative electrode in the electrolytes of 0.9 M LiPF6/EC-PC-DMC (1/1/3, by weight) and 1.0 M LiBF4/EC-PC-DMC (1/1/3, by weight) under a current density of 0.075 mA cm-2. LM was also used as an additive to the electrolyte of 1.0 M LiPF6/EC-DMC-DEC (1/1/1, by volume) and tested on a bare graphite electrode. It was found that both the surface coating and the additive approach were effective in improving first charge discharge capacity and coulomb efficiency. Electrochemical impedance spectra showed that the decreased interfacial impedance was coupled with improved coulomb efficiency of the cells using coated graphite electrodes. Cyclic voltammograms (CVs) on fresh bare and coated natural graphite electrodes confirmed that all the improvement in the half-cell performance was due to the suppression of the solvent decomposition through the surface modification with LM. The CV data also showed that the carbonate electrolyte with LM as the additive was not stable against oxidation, which resulted in lower capacity of the full cell with commercial graphite and LiCoO2 electrodes.

  12. Performance of lightweight nickel electrodes

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    Britton, Doris L.

    1988-01-01

    The NASA Lewis Research Center is currently developing nickel electrodes for nickel-hydrogen (Ni-H2) batteries. These electrodes are lighter in weight and have higher energy densities than the heavier state-of-the-art (SOA) sintered nickel electrodes. In the present approach, lightweight materials or plaques are used as conductive supports for the nickel hydroxide active material. These plaques (fiber and felt, nickel plated plastic and graphite) are commercial products that are fabricated into nickel electrodes by electrochemically impregnating them with active material. Evaluation is performed in half cells structured in the bipolar configuration. Initial performance tests include capacity measurements at five discharge levels, C/2, 1.0C, 1.37C, 2.0C and 2.74C. The electrodes that pass the initial tests are life cycle tested in a low earth orbit regime at 80 percent depth of discharge. Different formulations of nickel fiber materials obtained from several manufacturers are currently being tested as possible candidates for nickel electrodes. One particular lightweight fiber mat electrode has accumulated over 3000 cycles to date, with stable capacity and voltage. Life and performance data of this electrode were investigated and presented. Good dimensional stability and active material adherence have been demonstrated in electrodes made from this lightweight plaque.

  13. An ionization chamber with magnetic levitated electrodes

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    Kawaguchi, T

    1999-01-01

    A new type of ionization chamber which has magnetically levitated electrodes has been developed. The electrodes are supplied voltages for the repelling of ions by a battery which is also levitated with the electrodes. The characteristics of this ionization chamber are investigated in this paper.

  14. Impedance spectroscopic investigation of the effect of thin azo-calix[4]arene film type on the cation sensitivity of the gold electrodes

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    Mlika, R., E-mail: mlikarym@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie des Interfaces (LPCI), Faculte des Sciences de Monastir, Avenue de l' environnement, 5000 Monastir (Tunisia); Rouis, A. [Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie des Interfaces (LPCI), Faculte des Sciences de Monastir, Avenue de l' environnement, 5000 Monastir (Tunisia); Bonnamour, I. [Universite de Lyon, Institut de Chimie et Biochimie Moleculaires et Supramoleculaires, Universite Claude Bernar, Lyon 1, 43 Boulevard du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne (France); Ouada, H. Ben [Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie des Interfaces (LPCI), Faculte des Sciences de Monastir, Avenue de l' environnement, 5000 Monastir (Tunisia)

    2011-10-10

    In this work, we report the impedance spectroscopic investigation of the effect of the thin film type on the selectivity of gold/azo-calix[4]arene electrodes. For this purpose, two C1 and C3 azo-calix[4]arene derivative molecules, used as thin films, are deposited by spin-coating process on the gold surface. These thin films were first studied using contact angle measurements. This revealed a less hydrophobic character for C3 thin film, which has been attributed to the presence of hydroxyl groups at the lower rim. The sensitivity study, by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS), towards Cu{sup 2+} and Eu{sup 3+} cations, has showed that the C3 thin film is more sensitive and selective towards Eu{sup 3+} than C1. This best performance is due to the presence of two ester groups acting as clips and leading to more complexation stability. The EIS results were modeled by an appropriate equivalent circuit for the aim of elucidating electrical properties of thin films. This modeling has exposed that C3 thin film presents lower ionic conductivity and limited diffusion phenomenon at the interface. Highlights: {yields} C1 and C3 azo-calix[4]arenes thin films are deposited on the gold surface. {yields} The lower hydrophobicity for C3 was attributed to the presence of hydroxyl groups. {yields} The C3 thin film is more sensitive and selective towards Eu{sup 3+} than C1 one. {yields} This best performance is due to the presence of two ester groups acting as clips.

  15. Investigating the dependence of the temperature of high-intensity discharge (HID) lamp electrodes on the operating frequency by pyrometric measurements

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    Reinelt, J.; Westermeier, M.; Ruhrmann, C.; Bergner, A.; Awakowicz, P.; Mentel, J.

    2011-03-01

    Phase-resolved temperature distributions are determined along a rod-shaped tungsten electrode, by which an ac arc is operated within a model lamp filled with argon. Switched dc and sinusoidal currents are applied with amplitudes of several amperes and operating frequencies being varied between 10 Hz and 10 kHz. The temperature is deduced from the grey body radiation of the electrode being recorded with a spectroscopic measuring system. Phase-resolved values of the electrode tip temperature Ttip and of the power input Pin are determined comparing the measured temperature distributions with the integral of the one-dimensional heat balance with these parameters as integration constants. They are supplemented by phase-resolved measurements of the sum of cathode and anode fall called the electrode sheath voltage. If a switched dc current is applied it is found that both quantities are within the cathodic phase only marginally higher than for a cathode being operated with a dc current. Ttip and Pin start to decrease for low currents and to increase for high currents at the beginning of the anodic phase. But with increasing operating frequency the deviations from the cathodic phase are reduced until they cannot be resolved for frequencies of several kHz. A more pronounced modulation, but the same tendencies, is observed with a sinusoidal current waveform. For 10 kHz a diffuse arc attachment with an almost phase-independent electrode tip temperature, which deviates only marginally from that of a dc cathode, and an electrode sheath voltage proportional to the arc current is established with both current waveforms.

  16. Investigating the depth electrode-brain interface in deep brain stimulation using finite element models with graded complexity in structure and solution

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    Yousif, Nada; Liu, Xuguang

    2009-01-01

    Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an increasingly used surgical therapy for a range of neurological disorders involving the long-term electrical stimulation of various regions of the human brain in a disorder-specific manner. Despite being used for the last 20 years, the underlying mechanisms are still not known, and disputed. In particular, when the electrodes are implanted into the human brain, an interface is created with changing biophysical properties which may impact on stimulation. We pr...

  17. Investigation of the electrochemical and electrocatalytic behavior of positively charged gold nanoparticle and L-cysteine film on an Au electrode

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    Positively charged gold nanoparticle (positively charged nano-Au), which was prepared, characterized by ξ-potential and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used in combination with L-cysteine to fabricate a modified electrode for electrocatalytic reaction of biomolecules. Compared with electrodes modified by negatively charged gold nanoparticle/L-cysteine, or L-cysteine alone, the electrode modified by the positively charged gold nanoparticle/L-cysteine exhibited excellent electrochemical behavior toward the oxidation of biomolecules such as ascorbic acid, dopamine and hydrogen peroxide. Moreover, the proposed mechanism for electrocatalytic response of positively charged gold nanoparticle was discussed. The immunosensor showed a specific to ascorbic acid in the range 5.1 x 10-7-6.7 x 10-4 M and a low detection limit of 1.5 x 10-7 M. The experimental results demonstrate that positively charged gold nanoparticle have more efficient electrocatalytic reaction than negatively charged gold nanoparticle, which opens up new approach for fabricating sensor

  18. Investigation of the electrochemical and electrocatalytic behavior of positively charged gold nanoparticle and L-cysteine film on an Au electrode

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    Zhang Lingyan [Chongqing Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest China University, Chongqing 400715 (China); Forensic Identification Center, Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Chongqing 401120 (China); Yuan Ruo [Chongqing Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest China University, Chongqing 400715 (China)]. E-mail: yuanruo@swu.edu.cn; Chai Yaqing [Chongqing Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest China University, Chongqing 400715 (China); Li Xuelian [Chongqing Key Laboratory of Analytical Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Southwest China University, Chongqing 400715 (China)

    2007-07-16

    Positively charged gold nanoparticle (positively charged nano-Au), which was prepared, characterized by {xi}-potential and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used in combination with L-cysteine to fabricate a modified electrode for electrocatalytic reaction of biomolecules. Compared with electrodes modified by negatively charged gold nanoparticle/L-cysteine, or L-cysteine alone, the electrode modified by the positively charged gold nanoparticle/L-cysteine exhibited excellent electrochemical behavior toward the oxidation of biomolecules such as ascorbic acid, dopamine and hydrogen peroxide. Moreover, the proposed mechanism for electrocatalytic response of positively charged gold nanoparticle was discussed. The immunosensor showed a specific to ascorbic acid in the range 5.1 x 10{sup -7}-6.7 x 10{sup -4} M and a low detection limit of 1.5 x 10{sup -7} M. The experimental results demonstrate that positively charged gold nanoparticle have more efficient electrocatalytic reaction than negatively charged gold nanoparticle, which opens up new approach for fabricating sensor.

  19. Graphene-based electrodes

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    Huang, Xiao; Zeng, Zhiyuan; Fan, Zhanxi; Liu, Juqing; Zhang, Hua [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore, 639798 (Singapore)

    2012-11-27

    Graphene, the thinnest two dimensional carbon material, has become the subject of intensive investigation in various research fields because of its remarkable electronic, mechanical, optical and thermal properties. Graphene-based electrodes, fabricated from mechanically cleaved graphene, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown graphene, or massively produced graphene derivatives from bulk graphite, have been applied in a broad range of applications, such as in light emitting diodes, touch screens, field-effect transistors, solar cells, supercapacitors, batteries, and sensors. In this Review, after a short introduction to the properties and synthetic methods of graphene and its derivatives, we will discuss the importance of graphene-based electrodes, their fabrication techniques, and application areas. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. Graphene-based electrodes.

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    Huang, Xiao; Zeng, Zhiyuan; Fan, Zhanxi; Liu, Juqing; Zhang, Hua

    2012-11-27

    Graphene, the thinnest two dimensional carbon material, has become the subject of intensive investigation in various research fields because of its remarkable electronic, mechanical, optical and thermal properties. Graphene-based electrodes, fabricated from mechanically cleaved graphene, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown graphene, or massively produced graphene derivatives from bulk graphite, have been applied in a broad range of applications, such as in light emitting diodes, touch screens, field-effect transistors, solar cells, supercapacitors, batteries, and sensors. In this Review, after a short introduction to the properties and synthetic methods of graphene and its derivatives, we will discuss the importance of graphene-based electrodes, their fabrication techniques, and application areas. PMID:22927209

  1. Methods on Investigating Properties of Electrode/Electrolyte Interfaces in Lithium-Ion Batteries%锂离子电池电极界面特性研究方法

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    秦银平; 庄全超; 史月丽; 江利; 孙智; 孙世刚

    2011-01-01

    The rechargeable lithium-ion battery has been extensively used in mobile communication and portable instruments due to its many advantages, such as high volumetric and gravimetric energy density and low self-discharge rate. In addition, it is the most promising candidate as the power source for (hybrid) electric vehicles and stationary energy storage. The properties of electrode/electrolyte interfaces play an important role in the electrochemical performance of the electrode material and a battery, such as the capacities, irreversible charge "loss", rate capability and cyclability. In present paper, the methods to investigate the properties of electrode/electrolyte interfaces, for example, traditional electrochemical methods, microscopy methods, spectroscopic methods, electrochemical quartz crystal microgravimetry (EQCM) are summarized. The principles, advantages and disadvantages of these methods and their applications in investigating the properties of electrode/electrolyte interfaces, especially the progress in the combination of these methods to investigate the properties of electrode/electrolyte interfaces, are introduced in detail, and these methods will be considerable to study the new materials or the traditional materials for lithium-ion batteries in the future.%电极界面特性是影响锂离子电池充放电循环容量与稳定性的重要因素.本文总结了目前对电极界面特性进行研究的方法,主要包括传统的电化学方法、显微方法、谱学方法、电化学石英微晶天平等,重点论述了上述研究方法的原理、优缺点和在研究电极界面特性中的应用,以及这些方法相结合所取得的一些研究进展,并指出在今后的工作中,无论是对新材料的研究还是传统材料的研究,这些方法都仍将发挥重要作用.

  2. Vibrational Stark Effect of the Electric-Field Reporter 4-Mercaptobenzonitrile as a Tool for Investigating Electrostatics at Electrode/SAM/Solution Interfaces

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    Peter Hildebrandt

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available 4-mercaptobenzonitrile (MBN in self-assembled monolayers (SAMs on Au and Ag electrodes was studied by surface enhanced infrared absorption and Raman spectroscopy, to correlate the nitrile stretching frequency with the local electric field exploiting the vibrational Stark effect (VSE. Using MBN SAMs in different metal/SAM interfaces, we sorted out the main factors controlling the nitrile stretching frequency, which comprise, in addition to external electric fields, the metal-MBN bond, the surface potential, and hydrogen bond interactions. On the basis of the linear relationships between the nitrile stretching and the electrode potential, an electrostatic description of the interfacial potential distribution is presented that allows for determining the electric field strengths on the SAM surface, as well as the effective potential of zero-charge of the SAM-coated metal. Comparing this latter quantity with calculated values derived from literature data, we note a very good agreement for Au/MBN but distinct deviations for Ag/MBN which may reflect either the approximations and simplifications of the model or the uncertainty in reported structural parameters for Ag/MBN. The present electrostatic model consistently explains the electric field strengths for MBN SAMs on Ag and Au as well as for thiophenol and mercaptohexanoic acid SAMs with MBN incorporated as a VSE reporter.

  3. [Effects of different electrodes on bioelectrical impedance values].

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    Nakadomo, F; Tanaka, K; Yokoyama, T; Maeda, K

    1990-01-01

    Effects of different electrodes on bioelectrical impedance values measured by the Selco bioelectrical impedance plethysmograph (SIF-881, Japan) were investigated using 8 adult females (age: 35.3 +/- 7.6 yr, Ht: 156.9 +/- 3.8 cm, Wt: 57.1 +/- 9.9 kg, and hydrodensitometrically determined body fat: 29.4 +/- 6.0%). The Lectec MP3000 electrode (Liberty Carton, USA) and the Bipolar electrode (Sanwa, Japan) produced significantly higher impedance values when compared to the Disposable electrode (Adovance, Japan) and the ECG electrode (Nihon Kohden, Japan). The coefficient of variation was significantly lower for the Disposable electrode (0.8%) and the ECG electrode (0.2%) than that for the Lectec MP3000 electrode (2.3%) and the Bipolar electrode (4.9%). In conclusion, the ECG electrode provides higher bioelectrical impedance values with the highest reproducibility in the assessment of human body composition by the bioelectrical impedance plethysmography.

  4. Effect of electrode shape on grounding resistances - Part 1

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    Ingeman-Nielsen, Thomas; Tomaskovicova, Sonia; Dahlin, Torleif

    2016-01-01

    . The focus-one protocol is a new method for estimating single electrode grounding resistances by measuring the resistance between a single electrode in an ERT array and all the remaining electrodes connected in parallel. For large arrays, the measured resistance is dominated by the grounding resistance...... of the electrode under test, the focus electrode. We have developed an equivalent circuit model formulation for the resistance measured when applying the focus-one protocol. Our model depends on the individual grounding resistances of the electrodes of the array, the mutual resistances between electrodes......, and the instrument input impedance. Using analytical formulations for the potentials around prolate and oblate spheroidal electrode models (as approximations for rod and plate electrodes), we have investigated the performance and accuracy of the focus-one protocol in estimating single-electrode grounding resistances...

  5. Electrocatalytic activity of bismuth doped silver electrodes

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    Amjad, M

    2002-01-01

    Investigation of redox reactions on silver, and bismuth doped silver electrodes in aqueous KOH solutions, by using potentiostatic steady-state polarization technique, has been carried out. The redox wave potential and current displacements along with multiplicity of the latter have been examined. These electrodes were employed for the oxidation of organic molecules such as ethylamine in alkaline media. Subsequently, these electrodes were ranked with respect to their activity for the redox reactions. (author)

  6. Esophageal ECG: The challenge of electrode design

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    Niederhauser, Thomas; Häberlin, Andreas; Vogel, R; Marisa, Thanks; Götte, Josef; Jacomet, Marcel

    2011-01-01

    Two commercially available electrode catheters are examined for their suitability in esophageal long-term ECG recordings. Both, electrical sensing characteristics as well as clinical acceptance were investigated in a clinical study including inpatients with cardiovascular diseases. In total, 31 esophageal ECG were obtained in 36 patients. Results showed that esophageal electrodes were well tolerated by the patients. Hemispherical electrodes with higher diameter required more insertion attempt...

  7. Reproducibility of ERG responses obtained with the DTL electrode.

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    Hébert, M; Vaegan; Lachapelle, P

    1999-03-01

    Previous investigators have suggested that the DTL fibre electrode might not be suitable for the recording of replicable electroretinograms. We present experimental evidence that when used adequately, this electrode does permit the recording of highly reproducible retinal potentials.

  8. Micromachined electrode array

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    Okandan, Murat (Edgewood, NM); Wessendorf, Kurt O. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2007-12-11

    An electrode array is disclosed which has applications for neural stimulation and sensing. The electrode array, in certain embodiments, can include a plurality of electrodes each of which is flexibly attached to a common substrate using a plurality of springs to allow the electrodes to move independently. In other embodiments of the electrode array, the electrodes can be fixed to the substrate. The electrode array can be formed from a combination of bulk and surface micromachining, and can include electrode tips having an electroplated metal (e.g. platinum, iridium, gold or titanium) or a metal oxide (e.g. iridium oxide) for biocompatibility. The electrode array can be used to form a part of a neural prosthesis, and is particularly well adapted for use in an implantable retinal prosthesis.

  9. Flexible retinal electrode array

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    Okandan, Murat (Albuquerque, NM); Wessendorf, Kurt O. (Albuquerque, NM); Christenson, Todd R. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2006-10-24

    An electrode array which has applications for neural stimulation and sensing. The electrode array can include a large number of electrodes each of which is flexibly attached to a common substrate using a plurality of springs to allow the electrodes to move independently. The electrode array can be formed from a combination of bulk and surface micromachining, with electrode tips that can include an electroplated metal (e.g. platinum, iridium, gold or titanium) or a metal oxide (e.g. iridium oxide) for biocompatibility. The electrode array can be used to form a part of a neural prosthesis, and is particularly well adapted for use in an implantable retinal prosthesis where the electrodes can be tailored to provide a uniform gentle contact pressure with optional sensing of this contact pressure at one or more of the electrodes.

  10. Advances in lightweight nickel electrode technology

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    Coates, Dwaine; Paul, Gary; Daugherty, Paul

    1989-01-01

    Studies are currently underway to further the development of lightweight nickel electrode technology. Work is focused primarily on the space nickel-hydrogen system and nickel-iron system but is also applicable to the nickel-cadmium and nickel-zinc systems. The goal is to reduce electrode weight while maintaining or improving performance, thereby increasing electrode energy density. Two basic electrode structures are being investigated. The first is the traditional nickel sponge produced from sintered nickel-carbonyl powder. The second is a new material for this application which consists of a non-woven mat of nickel fiber. Electrodes are being manufactured, tested, and evaluated at the electrode and cell level.

  11. Ionic Conduction in Lithium Ion Battery Composite Electrode Governs Cross-sectional Reaction Distribution

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    Orikasa, Yuki; Gogyo, Yuma; Yamashige, Hisao; Katayama, Misaki; Chen, Kezheng; Mori, Takuya; Yamamoto, Kentaro; Masese, Titus; Inada, Yasuhiro; Ohta, Toshiaki; Siroma, Zyun; Kato, Shiro; Kinoshita, Hajime; Arai, Hajime; Ogumi, Zempachi; Uchimoto, Yoshiharu

    2016-05-01

    Composite electrodes containing active materials, carbon and binder are widely used in lithium-ion batteries. Since the electrode reaction occurs preferentially in regions with lower resistance, reaction distribution can be happened within composite electrodes. We investigate the relationship between the reaction distribution with depth direction and electronic/ionic conductivity in composite electrodes with changing electrode porosities. Two dimensional X-ray absorption spectroscopy shows that the reaction distribution is happened in lower porosity electrodes. Our developed 6-probe method can measure electronic/ionic conductivity in composite electrodes. The ionic conductivity is decreased for lower porosity electrodes, which governs the reaction distribution of composite electrodes and their performances.

  12. Interaction of vitamin B1 with bovine serum albumin investigation using vitamin B1-selective electrode: potentiometric and molecular modeling study.

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    Hosseinzadeh, Reza; Khorsandi, Khatereh

    2016-09-01

    Vitamin B1 or thiamin is one of the B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which produces energy. The B vitamins are necessary for healthy skin, eyes, hair, and liver. It also could help the nervous system function properly, and is necessary for brain functions. Drug interactions with protein can affect the distribution of the drug and eliminate the drug in living systems. In this study, the binding of thiamine hydrochloride (vitamin B1) to bovine serum albumin (BSA) was evaluated using a new proposed vitamin B1 (thiamine)-selective membrane electrode under various experimental conditions, such as pH, ionic strength, and protein concentration; in addition molecular modeling was applied as well. The binding isotherms plotted based on potentiometric data and analyzed using the Wyman binding potential concept. The apparent binding constant was determined and used for the calculation of intrinsic Gibbs free energy of binding. According to the electrochemical and molecular docking results, it can be concluded that the hydrophobic interactions and hydrogen binding are major interactions between BSA and vitamin B1. PMID:26372107

  13. Interaction of vitamin B1 with bovine serum albumin investigation using vitamin B1-selective electrode: potentiometric and molecular modeling study.

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    Hosseinzadeh, Reza; Khorsandi, Khatereh

    2016-09-01

    Vitamin B1 or thiamin is one of the B vitamins. All B vitamins help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which produces energy. The B vitamins are necessary for healthy skin, eyes, hair, and liver. It also could help the nervous system function properly, and is necessary for brain functions. Drug interactions with protein can affect the distribution of the drug and eliminate the drug in living systems. In this study, the binding of thiamine hydrochloride (vitamin B1) to bovine serum albumin (BSA) was evaluated using a new proposed vitamin B1 (thiamine)-selective membrane electrode under various experimental conditions, such as pH, ionic strength, and protein concentration; in addition molecular modeling was applied as well. The binding isotherms plotted based on potentiometric data and analyzed using the Wyman binding potential concept. The apparent binding constant was determined and used for the calculation of intrinsic Gibbs free energy of binding. According to the electrochemical and molecular docking results, it can be concluded that the hydrophobic interactions and hydrogen binding are major interactions between BSA and vitamin B1.

  14. Dry electrodes for electrocardiography

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    Patient biopotentials are usually measured with conventional disposable Ag/AgCl electrodes. These electrodes provide excellent signal quality but are irritating for long-term use. Skin preparation is usually required prior to the application of electrodes such as shaving and cleansing with alcohol. To overcome these difficulties, researchers and caregivers seek alternative electrodes that would be acceptable in clinical and research environments. Dry electrodes that operate without gel, adhesive or even skin preparation have been studied for many decades. They are used in research applications, but they have yet to achieve acceptance for medical use. So far, a complete comparison and evaluation of dry electrodes is not well described in the literature. This work compares dry electrodes for biomedical use and physiological research, and reviews some novel systems developed for cardiac monitoring. Lastly, the paper provides suggestions to develop a dry-electrode-based system for mobile and long-term cardiac monitoring applications. (topical review)

  15. The Composite Insertion Electrode

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    Atlung, Sven; Zachau-Christiansen, Birgit; West, Keld;

    1984-01-01

    The specific energy obtainable by discharge of porous insertion electrodes is limited by electrolyte depletion in thepores. This can be overcome using a solid ion conductor as electrolyte. The term "composite" is used to distinguishthese electrodes from porous electrodes with liquid electrolyte. ...... conductivities, the thicknessof the electrode, the volume fractions, and the slope of the potential curve.......The specific energy obtainable by discharge of porous insertion electrodes is limited by electrolyte depletion in thepores. This can be overcome using a solid ion conductor as electrolyte. The term "composite" is used to distinguishthese electrodes from porous electrodes with liquid electrolyte....... The theoretical basis for such electrodes is discussedand, using a simplified model, equations are derived to describe the distribution of potential and current duringdischarge/charge operation. Under the assumption that the insertion compound particles are small enough to ensureequilibrium, and that the local...

  16. Insulated ECG electrodes

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    Portnoy, W. M.; David, R. M.

    1973-01-01

    Insulated, capacitively coupled electrode does not require electrolyte paste for attachment. Other features of electrode include wide range of nontoxic material that may be employed for dielectric because of sputtering technique used. Also, electrode size is reduced because there is no need for external compensating networks with FET operational amplifier.

  17. Microresonator electrode design

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    Olsson, III, Roy H.; Wojciechowski, Kenneth; Branch, Darren W.

    2016-05-10

    A microresonator with an input electrode and an output electrode patterned thereon is described. The input electrode includes a series of stubs that are configured to isolate acoustic waves, such that the waves are not reflected into the microresonator. Such design results in reduction of spurious modes corresponding to the microresonator.

  18. A Simple Hydrogen Electrode

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    Eggen, Per-Odd

    2009-01-01

    This article describes the construction of an inexpensive, robust, and simple hydrogen electrode, as well as the use of this electrode to measure "standard" potentials. In the experiment described here the students can measure the reduction potentials of metal-metal ion pairs directly, without using a secondary reference electrode. Measurements…

  19. Why is the electroanalytical performance of carbon paste electrodes involving an ionic liquid binder higher than paraffinic binders? A simulation investigation.

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    Ghatee, M H; Namvar, S; Zolghadr, A R; Moosavi, F

    2015-10-14

    Recently, carbon paste electrodes (CPE) fabricated using an ionic liquid (IL) binder have shown enhanced electroanalytical performance over conventional paraffinic binders. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of graphite mixed with ionic liquid and with paraffin binder can unravel the potential atomistic factors responsible for such enhancement. Based on an experimentally optimized binder/graphite mass ratio, which has been reported to be crucial for such a performance, comprehensive simulations (at 323 K) are performed with the ensembles involving an ionic liquid binder (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate, [C4mim]PF6) and a paraffin binder (n-C20H42) mixed with graphite comprising large-size hexagonal-shaped double graphene plates. Structural analysis indicates both binders form only a monolayer on the graphite surface, covering the surface locally by IL but all-encompassing by paraffin. With charged and uncharged graphite, the IL monolayer tends to cover mainly the graphite center without approaching the edge planes. On the contrary, a monolayer of the paraffin binder covers uniformly the center, near the center, and the edge planes. Cations and anions of the IL form well-defined two dimensional pentagonal matrixes with characteristic high adsorption energy, almost 2.4 times higher than paraffin adsorption. The cation and anion coordination ability of the IL is responsible for such a local distribution. The simulation of these phenomena under experimental conditions unravels strong two-dimensional coordination properties inherent to the ionic liquid when distributed over the graphite surface. This direct MD simulation comparison of the IL properties with an organic liquid counterpart, made for the first time, can be used to explain the high electroanalytical performance (electron transfer) of CPEs involving an IL binder over paraffin binders.

  20. Plastic Membrane Sensor from a Disposed Combined Glass Electrode

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    Marafie, Hayat M.; Shoukry, Adel F.; Alshatti, Laila A.

    2007-01-01

    The construction of combined plastic membrane electrode for hydralazinium cation from a disposed glass electrode is described. A variety of electrodes could be prepared by students using other types of polymers, plasticizers, or exchangers which could also help to study effects of pH and temperature, or environmental investigations.

  1. Electrode porosity and effective electrocatalyst activity in electrode-membrane-assemblies (MEAs) of PEMFCs

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    Fischer, A.; Wendt, H. [Institut fuer Chemische Technologie, Darmstadt (Germany)

    1996-12-31

    New production technologies of membrane-electrode-assemblies for PEWCs which ensure almost complete catalyst utilization by {open_quotes}wetting{close_quotes} the internal catalyst surface with the ionomeric electrolyte, allow for a reduction of Pt-loadings from prior 4 mg cm{sup -2} to now less than 0.5 mg cm{sup -2}. Such electrodes are not thicker than from 5 to 10 {mu}m. Little has been published hitherto about the detailed micromorphology of such electrodes and the role of electrode porosity on electrode performance. It is well known, that the porosity of thicker fuel cell electrodes, e.g. of PAFC or AFC electrodes is decisive for their performance. Therefore the issue of this investigation is to measure and to modify the porosity of electrodes prepared by typical MEA production procedures and to investigate the influence of this porosity on the effective catalyst activity for cathodic reduction of oxygen from air in membrane cells. It may be anticipated that any mass transfer hindrance of gaseous reactants into porous electrodes would manifest itself rather in the conversion of dilute gases than in the conversion of pure gases (e.g. neat oxygen). Therefore in this investigation the performance of membrane cell cathodes with non pressurized air had been compared to that with neat oxygen at cathodes which had a relatively low Pt-loading of 0.15 mg cm{sup -2}.

  2. Effect of electrode thickness variation on operation of capacitive deionization

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    Porada, S.; Bryjak, M.; Wal, van der, A.C.; Biesheuvel, P. M.

    2012-01-01

    In capacitive deionization (CDI) water is desalinated by applying an electrical field between two porous electrodes placed on either side of a spacer channel that transports the aqueous solution. In this work we investigate the equilibrium salt adsorption and the dynamic development of the effluent salt concentration in time, both as function of spacer and electrode thicknesses. The electrode thickness will be varied in a symmetric manner (doubling both electrodes) and in an asymmetric manner...

  3. Stabilizing dimensional changes in Si-based composite electrodes by controlling the electrode porosity: An in situ electrochemical dilatometric study

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    Jeong, Goojin [Green Energy System Center, Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gumi, Gyeongbuk 730-701 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sang Min; Choi, Nam Soon [Battery Development Team, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. Cheonan, Chungnam 330-300 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Young-Ugk, E-mail: kyuang@snu.ac.kr [Battery Development Team, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. Cheonan, Chungnam 330-300 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Churl Kyoung [School of Advanced Materials and System Engineering, Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Gumi, Gyeongbuk, 730-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-30

    Highlights: > A porosity-controllable Si-based composite electrode was fabricated. > PMMA showing unzipping phenomena was utilized as a pore-forming agent. > Cyclic dilation behavior was investigated with an in situ electrochemical dilatometry. > PMMA-treated electrodes exhibited improved cycle performance. > Control of electrode porosity by PMMA can be an effective way for Si-based electrodes. - Abstract: A porosity-controllable Si-based composite electrode was fabricated in the present study. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), which possesses the unique thermal property of unzipping, was utilized as a pore-forming agent during electrode fabrication. PMMA-treated electrodes presented relatively low volume expansion and little deformation during lithiation. The cyclic dilation behavior of PMMA-treated electrodes was investigated by applying an in situ electrochemical dilatometric method, and enhanced dimensional reversibility during cycling was observed. The dilation behavior was closely related to the electrochemical performance, and PMMA-treated electrodes exhibited improved capacity retention and low impedance change during cycling. The newly generated pores in the PMMA-treated electrode can accommodate the volumetric expansion of Si-based active materials, which suppresses electrode deformation and the breakdown of the electrical network. The porosity plays an important role in Si-based electrodes. Thus, controlling the porosity through PMMA-treatment can be an effective way for the application of Si-based composite electrodes for advanced lithium-ion batteries.

  4. Electrochemical characterization of electrolytes and electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. Development of a new measuring method for electrochemical investigations on electrodes with the electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM); Elektrochemische Charakterisierung von Elektrolyten und Elektroden fuer Lithium-Ionen-Batterien. Entwicklung einer neuen Messmethode fuer elektrochemische Untersuchungen an Elektroden mit der EQCM

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    Moosbauer, Dominik Johann

    2010-11-09

    In this work the conductivities of four different lithium salts, LiPF6, LiBF4, LiDFOB, and LiBOB in the solvent mixture EC/DEC (3/7) were investigated. Furthermore, the influence of eight ionic liquids (ILs) as additives on the conductivity and electrochemical stability of lithium salt-based electrolytes was studied. The investigated salts were the well-known lithium LiPF6 and LiDFOB. Conductivity studies were performed over the temperature range (238.15 to 333.15) K. The electrochemical stabilities of the solutions were determined at aluminum electrodes. The salt solubility of LiBF4 and LiDFOB in EC/DEC (3/7) was measured with the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), a method developed in our group. Moreover, a method to investigate interactions between the electrolyte and electrode components with the electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) was developed. First, investigations of corrosion and passivation effects on aluminum with different lithium salts were performed and masses of deposited products estimated. Therefore, the quartzes were specially prepared with foils. Active materials of cathodes, in this work lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4), were also investigated with the EQCM by a new method. [German] In dieser Arbeit wurden die Leitfaehigkeiten von vier unterschiedlichen Salzen, LiPF6, LiBF4, LiDFOB und LiBOB in dem Loesemittelgemisch EC/DEC (3/7) untersucht. Des Weiteren wurde der Einfluss von acht Ionischen Fluessigkeiten (ILs) als Additive fuer Lithium-Elektrolyte auf die elektrochemische Stabilitaet und die Leitfaehigkeit studiert. Die untersuchten Salze waren LiPF6 und LiDFOB. Die Leitfaehigkeitsmessungen wurden in einem Temperaturbereich von (238,15 bis 333,15) K durchgefuehrt. Die elektrochemischen Stabilitaeten der Elektrolyte fanden an Aluminium statt. Mit einer an der Arbeitsgruppe entwickelten neuen Methode wurden zudem die Salzloeslichkeiten von LiBF4 und LiDFOB in EC/DEC (3/7) mit der Quarzmikrowaage (QCM) bestimmt. Weiterhin wurden

  5. 超级电容器Mn-Pb纳米复合电极材料的电化学性能研究%Electrochemical investigation of Mn-Pb nanocomposite oxide for supercapacitor electrode material

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    张治安; 杨邦朝; 胡永达

    2006-01-01

    Mn-Pb nanocomposite oxide, as electrode material for supercapacitor, was successfully prepared by solid-state reaction of KMnO4 with manganese acetate and lead acetate at low temperature. The nanocomposite oxide was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The capacitive characteristics of the nanocomposite oxide in 1mol/L Na2 SO4 aqueous electrolyte were investigated with cyclic voltammetry and chronopotentiometry in a three-electrode system. It was found that the nanocomposite oxide was amorphous with the particle size of 10nm. The nanocomposite oxide exhibited excellent capacitive properties within the potential range from -0.2~+0.9 (V vs. SCE), indicating a promising electrode material for supercapacitor. The specific capacitance of the nanocomposite oxide decreased with increasing discharge current and it was 180.5F/g by constant current discharge of 2mA.%利用低温固相反应法制备了Mn-Pb复合氧化物超级电容器电极材料.采用XRD、TEM、循环伏安和恒流充放电法对电极材料的形貌和结构特点以及电化学性能进行了测试分析.结果表明,复合氧化物的粒径均为纳米尺寸,呈无定型结构.复合氧化物在1mol/L Na2SO4中,电位窗口为-0.2~0.9(V vs.SCE)范围内具有典型的电容特征.纳米氧化物电极比容量随放电电流的增大而减小.当放电电流为2mA时,Mn-Pb复合氧化物电极的比容量为180.5F/g.

  6. Pocket ECG electrode

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    Lund, Gordon F. (Inventor)

    1982-01-01

    A low-noise electrode suited for sensing electrocardiograms when chronically and subcutaneously implanted in a free-ranging subject. The electrode comprises a pocket-shaped electrically conductive member with a single entrance adapted to receive body fluids. The exterior of the member and the entrance region is coated with electrical insulation so that the only electrolyte/electrode interface is within the member remote from artifact-generating tissue. Cloth straps are bonded to the member to permit the electrode to be sutured to tissue and to provide electrical lead flexure relief.

  7. Handbook of reference electrodes

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    Inzelt, György; Scholz, Fritz

    2013-01-01

    Reference Electrodes are a crucial part of any electrochemical system, yet an up-to-date and comprehensive handbook is long overdue. Here, an experienced team of electrochemists provides an in-depth source of information and data for the proper choice and construction of reference electrodes. This includes all kinds of applications such as aqueous and non-aqueous solutions, ionic liquids, glass melts, solid electrolyte systems, and membrane electrodes. Advanced technologies such as miniaturized, conducting-polymer-based, screen-printed or disposable reference electrodes are also covered. Essen

  8. Experimental investigation of the effect of indium content on the CuIn{sub 5}S{sub 8} electrodes using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

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    Gannouni, M., E-mail: gm_mounir@yahoo.fr; Assaker, I. Ben; Chtourou, R.

    2015-01-15

    This paper reports on the use of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to investigate the electrochemical behavior of spinel CuIn{sub 5}S{sub 8}/electrolyte interface. The CuIn{sub 5}S{sub 8} spinel films have been potentiostatically deposited onto indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass substrate. CuCl{sub 2} and InCl{sub 3} mixed solutions with different [Cu]/[In] ratios were used as cation precursor and Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 3} as the anion precursor in acidic solution and at room temperature. The effect of the [Cu]/[In] ratio in the precursor solution on the structural, chemical stoichiometry, and morphological properties of prepared samples, as well as the electrochemical behavior of the CuIn{sub 5}S{sub 8}/electrolyte interface was investigated. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy data have been modeled using an equivalent circuit approach. Several parameters such as, flat-band potential and free carrier concentration were determined by the change in the Mott–Schottky plots.

  9. Transmission electron microscopy and ferromagnetic resonance investigations of tunnel magnetic junctions using Co2MnGe Heusler alloys as magnetic electrodes

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    Belmeguenai, M.; Genevois, C.; Zighem, F.; Roussigné, Y.; Chérif, S. M.; Westerholt, K.; El Bahoui, A.; Fnidiki, A.; Moch, P.

    2014-01-01

    HRTEM, nano-beam electronic diffraction, energy dispersive X-rays scanning spectroscopy, Vibrating Sample Magnetometry (VSM) and FerroMagnetic Resonance (FMR) techniques are used in view of comparing (static and dynamic) magnetic and structural properties of Co2MnGe (13 nm)/Al2O3 (3 nm)/Co (13 nm) tunnel magnetic junctions (TMJ), deposited on various single crystalline substrates (a-plane sapphire, MgO(100) and Si(111)). They allow for providing a correlation between these magnetic properties and the fine structure investigated at atomic scale. The Al2O3 tunnel barrier is always amorphous and contains a large concentration of Co atoms, which, however, is significantly reduced when using a sapphire substrate. The Co layer is polycrystalline and shows larger grains for films grown on a sapphire substrate. The VSM investigation reveals in-plane anisotropy only for samples grown on a sapphire substrate. The FMR spectra of the TMJs are compared to the obtained ones with a single Co and Co2MnGe films of identical thickness deposited on a sapphire substrate. As expected, two distinct modes are detected in the TMJs while only one mode is observed in each single film. For the TMJ grown on a sapphire substrate the FMR behavior does not significantly differ from the superposition of the individual spectra of the single films, allowing for concluding that the exchange coupling between the two magnetic layers is too small to give rise to observable shifts. For TMJs grown on a Si or on a MgO substrate the resonance spectra reveal one mode which is nearly identical to the obtained one in the single Co film, while the other observed resonance shows a considerably smaller intensity and cannot be described using the magnetic parameters appropriate to the single Co2MnGe film.

  10. Transmission electron microscopy and ferromagnetic resonance investigations of tunnel magnetic junctions using Co{sub 2}MnGe Heusler alloys as magnetic electrodes

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    Belmeguenai, M., E-mail: belmeguenai.mohamed@univ-paris13.fr [LSPM (CNRS-UPR 3407), Université Paris 13, 99 avenue Jean-Baptiste Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse (France); Genevois, C. [Groupe de Physique des Matériaux, UMR CNRS 6634, Site Universitaire du Madrillet, BP12, 76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray cedex (France); Zighem, F.; Roussigné, Y.; Chérif, S.M. [LSPM (CNRS-UPR 3407), Université Paris 13, 99 avenue Jean-Baptiste Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse (France); Westerholt, K. [Institut für Experimentelle Physik, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 44780 Bochum (Germany); El Bahoui, A.; Fnidiki, A. [Groupe de Physique des Matériaux, UMR CNRS 6634, Site Universitaire du Madrillet, BP12, 76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray cedex (France); Moch, P. [LSPM (CNRS-UPR 3407), Université Paris 13, 99 avenue Jean-Baptiste Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse (France)

    2014-01-31

    High resolution transmission electron microscopy, nano-beam electronic diffraction, energy dispersive X-rays scanning spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) techniques are used in view of comparing (static and dynamic) magnetic and structural properties of Co{sub 2}MnGe(13 nm)/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}(3 nm)/Co(13 nm) tunnel magnetic junctions (TMJs), deposited on various single crystalline substrates (a-plane sapphire, MgO(100) and Si(111)). They allow for providing a correlation between these magnetic properties and the fine structure investigated at atomic scale. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} tunnel barrier is always amorphous and contains a large concentration of Co atoms, which, however, is significantly reduced when using a sapphire substrate. The Co layer is polycrystalline and shows larger grains for films grown on a sapphire substrate. The VSM investigation reveals in-plane anisotropy only for samples grown on a sapphire substrate. The FMR spectra of the TMJs are compared to the obtained ones with a single Co and Co{sub 2}MnGe films of identical thickness deposited on a sapphire substrate. As expected, two distinct modes are detected in the TMJs while only one mode is observed in each single film. For the TMJ grown on a sapphire substrate, the FMR behavior does not significantly differ from the superposition of the individual spectra of the single films, allowing for a conclusion that the exchange coupling between the two magnetic layers is too small to give rise to observable shifts. For TMJs grown on a Si or on a MgO substrate, the resonance spectra reveal one mode which is nearly identical to the obtained one in the single Co film, while the other observed resonance shows a considerably smaller intensity and cannot be described using the magnetic parameters appropriate to the single Co{sub 2}MnGe film. The large Co concentration in the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interlayer prevents for a simple interpretation of the observed spectra

  11. Improved technology for manufacture of carbon electrodes

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    A Platon; A Dumbrava; N Iutes-Petrescu; Luzia Simionescu

    2000-02-01

    Current industrial carbon electrodes are typically manufactured by blending petroleum coke particles (the filler) with molten coal tar pitch (the binder) and extruding the resultant mix to form the `green electrode’. This is then baked under controlled conditions. In case of usage as anodes in steel electric furnaces (or as other carbon and graphite products), the electrodes could undergo further processing like pitch impregnation or graphitization. During heat treatment, some of the organics are destructively distilled, vaporized or decomposed, resulting in carbon deposition in the electrode. As the vaporized materials exit the body of the electrode they cause porosity in the walls, which results in reduction in density, current carrying capacity and flexural strength. The paper presents investigations to improve some physico-chemical characteristics of these electrodes (such as coefficient of thermal expansion, mechanical strengths, density, pore volume, porosity etc.), obtained in different manufacture steps, by addition of varieties of coal tar pitch. These include attempts to improve the chemical compatibility of the coke-pitch system in the mixture and establish the method and the point of introduction of additive, the concentration required and appropriate analytical control during the entire manufacture. Methods of analysis used include thermogravimetry and porosimetry. The microstructure of the electrodes is investigated through a wide range and the data obtained include pore size and pore volume distribution, surface area, porosity, particle size distribution and type of pores. The overall results clearly indicate better characteristics and performance for electrodes with additives as against electrodes without them, such as lower porosity, lower thermal expansion coefficients and greater mechanical strength. These data are analyzed with respect to the process step and electrode type.

  12. Bifunctional catalytic electrode

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    Cisar, Alan (Inventor); Murphy, Oliver J. (Inventor); Clarke, Eric (Inventor)

    2005-01-01

    The present invention relates to an oxygen electrode for a unitized regenerative hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell and the unitized regenerative fuel cell having the oxygen electrode. The oxygen electrode contains components electrocatalytically active for the evolution of oxygen from water and the reduction of oxygen to water, and has a structure that supports the flow of both water and gases between the catalytically active surface and a flow field or electrode chamber for bulk flow of the fluids. The electrode has an electrocatalyst layer and a diffusion backing layer interspersed with hydrophilic and hydrophobic regions. The diffusion backing layer consists of a metal core having gas diffusion structures bonded to the metal core.

  13. A semiconductor based electrode

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    Khamatani, A.; Kobayasi, K.

    1983-03-30

    The semiconductor electrode is submerged into an electrolyte which is held in the illuminated chamber. The other electrode is placed in a dark chamber connected with the channel to be illuminated, which has a partition in the form of a membrane. An electric current flows in the external circuit of the element with illumination of the first electrode. The illuminated electrode is covered with a thin film of a substance which is stable with the action of the electrolyte. The film is made of Si02, A1203, GaN or A1N. The protective coating makes it possible to use materials less stable than Ti02 in a rutile modification, but which have higher characteristics than the GaP, GaAs, CdS and InP, for making the electrode.

  14. Materials analyses and electrochemical impedance of implantable metal electrodes.

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    Howlader, Matiar M R; Ul Alam, Arif; Sharma, Rahul P; Deen, M Jamal

    2015-04-21

    Implantable electrodes with high flexibility, high mechanical fixation and low electrochemical impedance are desirable for neuromuscular activation because they provide safe, effective and stable stimulation. In this paper, we report on detailed materials and electrical analyses of three metal implantable electrodes - gold (Au), platinum (Pt) and titanium (Ti) - using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning acoustic microscopy, drop shape analysis and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. We investigated the cause of changes in electrochemical impedance of long-term immersed Au, Pt and Ti electrodes on liquid crystal polymers (LCPs) in phosphate buffered saline (PBS). We analyzed the surface wettability, surface and interface defects and the elemental depth profile of the electrode-adhesion layers on the LCP. The impedance of the electrodes decreased at lower frequencies, but increased at higher frequencies compared with that of the short-term immersion. The increase of impedances was influenced by the oxidation of the electrode/adhesion-layers that affected the double layer capacitance behavior of the electrode/PBS. The oxidation of the adhesion layer for all the electrodes was confirmed by XPS. Alkali ions (sodium) were adsorbed on the Au and Pt surfaces, but diffused into the Ti electrode and LCPs. The Pt electrode showed a higher sensitivity to surface and interface defects than that of Ti and Au electrodes. These findings may be useful when designing electrodes for long-term implantable devices.

  15. Surface modification of recording electrodes

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    Iaci Miranda Pereira

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Waterborne Polyurethanes (PUs are a family of polymers that contains urethane linkages synthesized in an aqueous environment and are thus free of organic solvents. Recently, waterborne PUs have been extensively studied for biomedical applications because of their biocompatibility. The present work investigates the following: (1 the impact on electrical performance of electrode materials (platinum and silicon modified chemically by a layer of waterborne PU, and (2 the behavior of rat cardiac fibroblasts and rat cardiomyocytes when in contact with an electrode surface. Diisocyanate and poly(caprolactone diol were the main reagents for producing PUs. The electrochemical impedance of the electrode/electrolyte interface was accessed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The cellular viability, proliferation, and morphology changes were investigated using an MTT assay. Cardiomyocyte adherence was observed by scanning electron microscopy. The obtained surface was uniform, flat, and transparent. The film showed good adhesion, and no peeling was detected. The electrochemical impedance decreased over time and was influenced by the ionic permeability of the PU layer. The five samples did not show cytotoxicity when in contact with neonatal rat cells.

  16. Investigation into real-time pressure sensing properties of SnO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}, and TiO{sub 2}/ZnO thick films with interdigitated electrodes

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    Korostynska, O., E-mail: olga.korostynska@dit.ie [School of Physics, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin (Ireland); Arshak, A. [Department of Physics, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Arshak, K. [Electronic and Computer Engineering Department, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Morris, D. [Ballybrien, Ballymacarbry, Clonmel Co., Tipperary (Ireland)

    2011-09-25

    Highlights: > The pressure sensing properties of metal oxides thick film capacitors are reported. > At the applied load of 5 kPa, the response times of 2.5 s, 5.6 s and 4 s were recorded for SnO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}, and TiO{sub 2}/ZnO sensors, respectively. > These pressure sensors have long-term stability and low hysteresis. > They are reusable, as their electrical properties were restored by annealing. - Abstract: The pressure sensing properties of nanocomposite SnO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}, and TiO{sub 2}/ZnO thick film capacitors with interdigitated electrodes are investigated. To form the dielectric layers, the metal oxides powders were respectively mixed with isopropanol, wet ball milled for 24 h, then the mixtures were dried at 120 deg. C and further the powders were placed under 2 tonnes of pressure to form pellets, which were fired at 1250 deg. C (rate of 5 deg. C/min) in a vacuum of 6 x 10{sup -3} mbar for 5 h, followed by cooling (rate of 3 deg. C/min). After firing, the resultant nanopowders were mixed with 7 wt.% of polyvinyl butyral (binder) and suitable amount of ethylenglycolmonobutylether (solvent) to form the pastes. These were screen-printed over the Ag electrodes on alumina substrates to form SnO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}, and TiO{sub 2}/ZnO capacitor pressure sensors accordingly. The evaluation of pressure sensing properties of these sensors was performed using a HP 4192A Impedance Analyser, which recorded the changes in the values of the capacitances under different mechanical stresses. At the applied load of 5 kPa, the response times of 2.5 s, 5.6 s and 4 s were recorded for SnO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}, and TiO{sub 2}/ZnO sensors, respectively. In addition to instant response times, these pressure sensors have the advantage of being reusable, as their electrical properties were restored to the original value after annealing for 2 h at 80 deg. C. Moreover, one year later after the initial testing, the sensors were still operational and produced similar time

  17. Investigation of the Electrochemical Corrosion of Copper under a Micrometric Electrolyte Droplet Using a Three-Electrode System%用三电极体系研究铜在微液滴下的电化学腐蚀

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    程庆利; 张卫华; 陶彬

    2015-01-01

    由于大气腐蚀高阻抗的特征,传统的参比电极难以用于大气腐蚀研究之中。为了获取准确的大气腐蚀电化学信息,我们需要对传统的参比电极进行修改。本文在三电极体系中采用修改的参比电极,通过电化学阻抗和电化学极化两种方法研究铜在含有(NH4)2SO4液滴下的腐蚀行为,结果表明液滴下铜的平均腐蚀速率随着液滴体积从1到20μL增加而减小;当液滴高度不超过850μm时,平均腐蚀速率随着液滴高度的减小却迅速地增大。此外,电化学阻抗和电化学极化得出的腐蚀速率相一致,这证明修改的参比电极可以用于液滴下的大气腐蚀研究。%Owing to its high impedance, studying atmospheric corrosion using a traditional reference electrode (RE) is difficult. To obtain more accurate information on the electrochemical processes involved in atmospheric corrosion, it is necessary to improve the traditional RE. In this paper, the corrosion behavior of copper under an electrolyte droplet containing (NH4)2SO4 was investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and polarization measurements using a three-electrode system with a modified RE. The average corrosion rate increased with decreasing electrolyte volumes (from 1 to 20μL) and with decreasing heights of the droplet at heights below 850μm. The EIS and polarization results were in agreement, thereby demonstrating that the modified RE could be effectively used to study atmospheric corrosion under an electrolyte droplet.

  18. Solid Reference Electrode of Metallurgical Oxygen Sensor

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    LOU Tian-jun; KONG Xiang-hua; HUANG Ke-qin; LIU Qing-guo

    2006-01-01

    The thermal equilibrium state of the reference electrode was investigated. The results show that the temperature difference between the inside and the outside of zirconia tube was very small and the Seebeck effect can be ignored after the sensor was dipped into liquid steel for more than 2 s. A special sensor was designed to test the relation between the EMF (electromotive force) of sensor and the thermal equilibrium state of the reference electrode. Based on these results, it is suggested that the peak in EMF curve was caused by the change of oxygen potential in reference electrode before the thermal equilibrium was reached. If NiO was added by 2%-5% to the Cr/Cr2O3 reference electrode, the peak in EMF curve could be eliminated.

  19. Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond electrodes for neural interfaces: In vivo biocompatibility evaluation

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    María eAlcaide; Andrew eTaylor; Morten eFjorback; Vladimir eZachar; Cristian Pablo Pennisi

    2016-01-01

    Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (BDD) electrodes have recently attracted attention as materials for neural electrodes due to their superior physical and electrochemical properties, however their biocompatibility remains largely unexplored. In this work, we aim to investigate the in vivo biocompatibility of BDD electrodes in relation to conventional titanium nitride (TiN) electrodes using a rat subcutaneous implantation model. High quality BDD films were synthesized on electrodes intended ...

  20. Boron-Doped Nanocrystalline Diamond Electrodes for Neural Interfaces: In vivo Biocompatibility Evaluation

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    Alcaide, María; Taylor, Andrew; Fjorback, Morten; Zachar, Vladimir; Pennisi, Cristian P.

    2016-01-01

    Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (BDD) electrodes have recently attracted attention as materials for neural electrodes due to their superior physical and electrochemical properties, however their biocompatibility remains largely unexplored. In this work, we aim to investigate the in vivo biocompatibility of BDD electrodes in relation to conventional titanium nitride (TiN) electrodes using a rat subcutaneous implantation model. High quality BDD films were synthesized on electrodes intended ...

  1. Electrochemical Characterization of New Silver Gas Diffusion Electrodes during Oxygen Reduction in Alkaline Solution

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    Wagner, Norbert

    2013-01-01

    In order to analyze in detail the kinetics of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and the influence of the porous electrode structure on the electrode performance in alkaline solution (10 M NaOH) at 80°C electrochemical impedance measurements (EIS) and cyclic voltammograms (CV) have been performed. The investigated electrodes were technical silver gas diffusion electrodes (GDE) and porous silver membranes with different pore radii ranging from 0.2 µm to 5 µm. Silver gas diffusion electrodes w...

  2. Fabric-Based Wearable Dry Electrodes for Body Surface Biopotential Recording.

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    Yokus, Murat A; Jur, Jesse S

    2016-02-01

    A flexible and conformable dry electrode design on nonwoven fabrics is examined as a sensing platform for biopotential measurements. Due to limitations of commercial wet electrodes (e.g., shelf life, skin irritation), dry electrodes are investigated as the potential candidates for long-term monitoring of ECG signals. Multilayered dry electrodes are fabricated by screen printing of Ag/AgCl conductive inks on flexible nonwoven fabrics. This study focuses on the investigation of skin-electrode interface, form factor design, electrode body placement of printed dry electrodes for a wearable sensing platform. ECG signals obtained with dry and wet electrodes are comparatively studied as a function of body posture and movement. Experimental results show that skin-electrode impedance is influenced by printed electrode area, skin-electrode interface material, and applied pressure. The printed electrode yields comparable ECG signals to wet electrodes, and the QRS peak amplitude of ECG signal is dependent on printed electrode area and electrode on body spacing. Overall, fabric-based printed dry electrodes present an inexpensive health monitoring platform solution for mobile wearable electronics applications by fulfilling user comfort and wearability.

  3. Note: electrode polarization of Galinstan electrodes for liquid impedance spectroscopy.

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    Mellor, Brett L; Kellis, Nathan A; Mazzeo, Brian A

    2011-04-01

    Electrode polarization is a significant obstacle in the impedance measurements of ionic liquids. An atomically smooth electrode surface could potentially reduce unwanted impedance contributions from electrode polarization. Liquid metal electrodes were formed by adhering Galinstan to acrylic plates in a parallel-plate capacitor arrangement. Electrode polarization was compared to a similar cell with stainless steel electrodes. The impedance of salt and protein solutions (β-lactoglobulin) was measured from 40 Hz to 110 MHz. Because of oxide layer formation, the performance of the Galinstan electrode is significantly different than the theoretical ideal.

  4. Si film electrodes prepared on discontinuous current collector

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    Cho, Gyu-bong; Im, Yeon-min; Lee, Won-rak; Lee, Sang-hun; Ji, Seong- yong [School of Materials Science and Engineering and Research Institute for Green Energy Convergence Technology, Gyeongsang National University, Gazwadong 900, Jinju, Gyeongnam 660-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Guk-tae [Institute of Physical Chemistry, MEET Battery Research Center, Corrensstr 46, 48149 Münster (Germany); Nam, Tae-hyun [School of Materials Science and Engineering and Research Institute for Green Energy Convergence Technology, Gyeongsang National University, Gazwadong 900, Jinju, Gyeongnam 660-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ki-won, E-mail: kiwonkim@gnu.ac.kr [School of Materials Science and Engineering and Research Institute for Green Energy Convergence Technology, Gyeongsang National University, Gazwadong 900, Jinju, Gyeongnam 660-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-11-01

    Discontinuous Si film electrodes with 400, 800, and 1700 μm discontinuous lines (break lines) were fabricated by a simple masking and etching process. The structural and electrochemical properties of continuous and discontinuous Si film electrodes were investigated by means of optical microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and charge–discharge tests. Although all electrodes showed similar first-charge capacities in the range of 210–230 μAh/g, the discontinuous electrode exhibited improved coulombic efficiency and cyclability when compared to the continuous electrode. Up to 100 cycles, the discontinuous electrode with the shortest line distance of 400 μm demonstrated the highest efficiency (95.2%) and capacity retention (89%). Observation of the cycled Si film electrodes revealed that discontinuity enhanced the structural stability of the electrode during the charge–discharge process. - Highlights: • Si film electrodes with various distances between discontinuous lines were fabricated. • The discontinuous electrode improved coulombic efficiency and cycleability. • The discontinuous line in the Si film electrode enhanced the structural stability.

  5. Techniques of Electrode Fabrication

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    Guo, Liang; Li, Xinyong; Chen, Guohua

    Electrochemical applications using many kinds of electrode materials as an advanced oxidation/reduction technique have been a focus of research by a number of groups during the last two decades. The electrochemical approach has been adopted successfully to develop various environmental applications, mainly including water and wastewater treatment, aqueous system monitoring, and solid surface analysis. In this chapter, a number of methods for the fabrication of film-structured electrode materials were selectively reviewed. Firstly, the thermal decomposition method is briefly described, followed by introducing chemical vapor deposition (CVD) strategy. Especially, much attention was focused on introducing the methods to produce diamond novel film electrode owing to its unique physical and chemical properties. The principle and influence factors of hot filament CVD and plasma enhanced CVD preparation were interpreted by refereeing recent reports. Finally, recent developments that address electro-oxidation/reduction issues and novel electrodes such as nano-electrode and boron-doped diamond electrode (BDD) are presented in the overview.

  6. Sensor employing internal reference electrode

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    2013-01-01

    The present invention concerns a novel internal reference electrode as well as a novel sensing electrode for an improved internal reference oxygen sensor and the sensor employing same.......The present invention concerns a novel internal reference electrode as well as a novel sensing electrode for an improved internal reference oxygen sensor and the sensor employing same....

  7. Characterization of textile electrodes and conductors using standardized measurement setups

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    Textile electrodes and conductors are being developed and used in different monitoring scenarios, such as ECG or bioimpedance spectroscopy measurements. Compared to standard materials, conductive textile materials offer improved wearing comfort and enable long-term measurements. Unfortunately, the development and investigation of such materials often suffers from the non-reproducibility of the test scenarios. For example, the materials are generally tested on human skin which is difficult since the properties of human skin differ for each person and can change within hours. This study presents two test setups which offer reproducible measurement procedures for the systematic analysis of textile electrodes and conductors. The electrode test setup was designed with a special skin dummy which allows investigation of not only the electrical properties of textile electrodes but also the contact behavior between electrode and skin. Using both test setups, eight textile electrodes and five textile conductors were analyzed and compared

  8. Capacitive de-ionization electrode

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    Daily, III, William D.

    2013-03-19

    An electrode "cell" for use in a capacitive deionization (CDI) reactor consists of the electrode support structure, a non-reactive conductive material, the electrode accompaniment or substrate and a flow through screen/separator. These "layers" are repeated and the electrodes are sealed together with gaskets between two end plates to create stacked sets of alternating anode and cathode electrodes in the CDI reactor.

  9. Reference Electrodes in Metal Corrosion

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    S. Szabó; Bakos, I.

    2010-01-01

    With especial regard to hydrogen electrode, the theoretical fundamentals of electrode potential, the most important reference electrodes and the electrode potential measurement have been discussed. In the case of the hydrogen electrode, it have been emphasised that there is no equilibrium between the hydrogen molecule (H2) and the hydrogen (H+), hydronium (H3O+) ion in the absence of a suitable catalyst. Taking into account the practical aspects as well, the theorectical basis of working of h...

  10. Electrocatalytic oxidation of ethanol using zeolite modified carbon paste electrode

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    Maryam Abrishamkar

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this research application of synthesized ZSM-5 zeolite to prepare the modified carbon paste electrodes was studied. To prepare of modified electrode, the nickel ions as mediator for electrochemical oxidation of ethanol were doped to ZSM-5 zeolite framework through ion exchange mechanism and oxidation of ethanol on the surface of proposed electrode in the alkaline solution was investigated using cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry methods. Also, the catalytic rate constant for oxidation of ethanol (k was reported.

  11. Nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors.

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    Nolan, Hugo; Mendoza-Sanchez, Beatriz; Ashok Kumar, Nanjundan; McEvoy, Niall; O'Brien, Sean; Nicolosi, Valeria; Duesberg, Georg S

    2014-02-14

    Herein we use Nitrogen-doped reduced Graphene Oxide (N-rGO) as the active material in supercapacitor electrodes. Building on a previous work detailing the synthesis of this material, electrodes were fabricated via spray-deposition of aqueous dispersions and the electrochemical charge storage mechanism was investigated. Results indicate that the functionalised graphene displays improved performance compared to non-functionalised graphene. The simplicity of fabrication suggests ease of up-scaling of such electrodes for commercial applications. PMID:24418938

  12. A multi-electrode biomimetic electrolocation sensor

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    Mayekar, K.; Damalla, D.; Gottwald, M.; Bousack, H.; von der Emde, G.

    2012-04-01

    We present the concept of an active multi-electrode catheter inspired by the electroreceptive system of the weakly electric fish, Gnathonemus petersii. The skin of this fish exhibits numerous electroreceptor organs which are capable of sensing a self induced electrical field. Our sensor is composed of a sending electrode and sixteen receiving electrodes. The electrical field produced by the sending electrode was measured by the receiving electrodes and objects were detected by the perturbation of the electrical field they induce. The intended application of such a sensor is in coronary diagnostics, in particular in distinguishing various types of plaques, which are major causes of heart attack. For calibration of the sensor system, finite element modeling (FEM) was performed. To validate the model, experimental measurements were carried out with two different systems. The physical system was glass tubing with metal and plastic wall insertions as targets. For the control of the experiment and for data acquisition, the software LabView designed for 17 electrodes was used. Different parameters of the electric images were analyzed for the prediction of the electrical properties and size of the inserted targets in the tube. Comparisons of the voltage modulations predicted from the FEM model and the experiments showed a good correspondence. It can be concluded that this novel biomimetic method can be further developed for detailed investigations of atherosclerotic lesions. Finally, we discuss various design strategies to optimize the output of the sensor using different simulated models to enhance target recognition.

  13. Improving myoelectric pattern recognition robustness to electrode shift by changing interelectrode distance and electrode configuration.

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    Young, Aaron J; Hargrove, Levi J; Kuiken, Todd A

    2012-03-01

    Pattern recognition of myoelectric signals for prosthesis control has been extensively studied in research settings and is close to clinical implementation. These systems are capable of intuitively controlling the next generation of dexterous prosthetic hands. However, pattern recognition systems perform poorly in the presence of electrode shift, defined as movement of surface electrodes with respect to the underlying muscles. This paper focused on investigating the optimal interelectrode distance, channel configuration, and electromyography feature sets for myoelectric pattern recognition in the presence of electrode shift. Increasing interelectrode distance from 2 to 4 cm improved pattern recognition system performance in terms of classification error and controllability (p pattern recognition control. Finally, we investigated different feature sets for pattern recognition control using a linear discriminant analysis classifier and found that an autoregressive set significantly (p < 0.01) reduced sensitivity to electrode shift compared to a traditional time-domain feature set.

  14. The effect of different electrodes on the electronic transmission of benzene junctions: Analytical approach

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    Mohebbi, Razie; Seyed-Yazdi, Jamileh

    2016-06-01

    In this paper we have investigated the electronic transmission of systems electrode-benzene-electrode using the Landauer approach. The effect of different electrodes made of metal (Au) and semiconductors (Si, TiO2) is investigated. These three electrodes are compared between them and the results show that the electronic transmission of benzene junctions, when using semiconductor electrodes, is associated to a gap in transmission which is due to the electrodes band gap. As a consequence, a threshold voltage is necessary to obtain conducting channels.

  15. Analysis and Modelling of Electrode Wear in Resistance Spot Welding

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    Madsen, Anders; Pedersen, Kim; Friis, Kasper Storgaard;

    2010-01-01

    A model describing electrode wear as a function of weld number, initial tip diameter, truncated cone angle, welding current and electrode force is proposed. Excellent agreement between the model and experimental results is achieved, showing that the model can describe the change in electrode tip...... a central cavity is formed and one where smaller pits are formed randomly across the electrode face. The influence of these two types of surface pits on the nugget size are investigated using the FE code SORPAS, revealing ring welds and undersized weld nuggets....

  16. Ion-selective electrodes

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    Mikhelson, Konstantin N. [St. Petersburg State Univ. (Russian Federation). Ion-Selective Electrode Laboratory

    2013-06-01

    Ion-selective electrodes (ISEs) have a wide range of applications in clinical, environmental, food and pharmaceutical analysis as well as further uses in chemistry and life sciences. Based on his profound experience as a researcher in ISEs and a course instructor, the author summarizes current knowledge for advanced teaching and training purposes with a particular focus on ionophore-based ISEs. Coverage includes the basics of measuring with ISEs, essential membrane potential theory and a comprehensive overview of the various classes of ion-selective electrodes. The principles of constructing ISEs are outlined, and the transfer of methods into routine analysis is considered.

  17. Single Electrode Heat Effects

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    Jacobsen, Torben; Broers, G. H. J.

    1977-01-01

    The heat evolution at a single irreversibly working electrode is treated onthe basis of the Brønsted heat principle. The resulting equation is analogous to the expression for the total heat evolution in a galvanic cellwith the exception that –DeltaS is substituted by the Peltier entropy, Delta......SP, of theelectrode reaction. eta is the overvoltage at the electrode. This equation is appliedto a high temperature carbonate fuel cell. It is shown that the Peltier entropyterm by far exceeds the heat production due to the irreversible losses, and thatthe main part of heat evolved at the cathode is reabsorbed...

  18. Ion-selective electrodes

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    Mikhelson, Konstantin N

    2013-01-01

    Ion-selective electrodes (ISEs) have a wide range of applications in clinical, environmental, food and pharmaceutical analysis as well as further uses in chemistry and life sciences. Based on his profound experience as a researcher in ISEs and a course instructor, the author summarizes current knowledge for advanced teaching and training purposes with a particular focus on ionophore-based ISEs. Coverage includes the basics of measuring with ISEs, essential membrane potential theory and a comprehensive overview of the various classes of ion-selective electrodes. The principles of constructing I

  19. Carbon additives for electrical double layer capacitor electrodes

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    Weingarth, D.; Cericola, D.; Mornaghini, F. C. F.; Hucke, T.; Kötz, R.

    2014-11-01

    Electrochemical double layer capacitors (EDLCs) are inherently high power devices when compared to rechargeable batteries. While capacitance and energy storage ability are mainly increased by optimizing the electrode active material or the electrolyte, the power capability could be improved by including conductive additives in the electrode formulations. This publication deals with the use of four different carbon additives - two carbon blacks and two graphites - in standard activated carbon based EDLC electrodes. The investigations include: (i) physical characterization of carbon powder mixtures such as surface area, press density, and electrical resistivity measurements, and (ii), electrochemical characterization via impedance spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry of full cells made with electrodes containing 5 wt.% of carbon additive and compared to cells made with pure activated carbon electrodes in organic electrolyte. Improved cell performance was observed in both impedance and cyclic voltammetry responses. The results are discussed considering the main characteristics of the different carbon additives, and important considerations about electrode structure and processability are drawn.

  20. ERG electrode in pediatric patients: comparison of DTL fiber, PVA-gel, and non-corneal skin electrodes.

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    Coupland, S G; Janaky, M

    1989-04-01

    Hard contact lens electrodes have been the type most frequently used in pediatric electroretinography but they are not well-tolerated by patients. The Dawson Trick Litzkow fiber electrode is better tolerated but it is fragile and difficult to sterilize. A new electrode made from anomalous polyvinyl alcohol gel is inexpensive, has stable electrical recording properties, and can be discarded after use. Dermal electrodes have been used for electroretinogram recording for some time; however, there are few reports that directly compare their performance against standard contact lens assemblies. We compared the DTL and the polyvinyl gel electrodes in the same group of subjects and investigated their recording characteristics along with non corneal skin electrodes placed on the infraorbital ridge. Signal-averaged electroretinogram were obtained under both scotopic and photopic stimulation conditions and the implicit time and amplitudes of the a- and b-waves were determined. Overall, dermal recordings generally had shorter implicit times and lower amplitudes than with the fiber or gel electrodes. The dermal electrodes were best tolerated and outlasted the corneal in repeated use. Since amplitude characteristics of the dermal electrodes were generally about 50% of that obtained with corneal electrodes, we feel that under standardized conditions they are acceptable for most clinical recording situations in infants and young children.

  1. Current and potential distributions on a cylinder electrode

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    Grabowski, A.J.

    1990-07-01

    This work presents the numerical solution for the current and potential distributions of a cylindrical electrode. In particular, it investigates the primary current distribution, the secondary current distribution with linearized kinetics, and the potential distribution due to constant current density on the working electrode. 16 refs., 19 figs.

  2. Ultrasound Assisted Electrochemical Degradation of Cyanides: Influence of Electrode Type

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    IORDACHE, Ioan; NECHITA, Mircea Teodor; Rosca, Ioan; AELENEI, Nicolae

    2004-01-01

    The sonoelectrochemical degradation of cyanide ions (CN-) in the presence of 6 types of electrodes (aluminium, titanium, nickel, copper, stainless steel (inox), and graphite) were investigated in order to emphasise the influence of the electrode type on the efficiency of the degradation process.

  3. Kinetic Studies on Ni-YSZ Composite Electrodes

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    Njodzefon, Jean-Claude; Sudireddy, Bhaskar Reddy; Hjelm, Johan;

    2015-01-01

    AC and DC techniques were applied to investigate the electrochemical reaction kinetics of porous composite Ni/8-mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (Ni/8YSZ) solid oxide cell (SOC) electrodes using a novel pseudo-3-electrode cell geometry. From OCV impedance spectra an activation energy Ea of 1.13 e...

  4. Phenol determination on HDTMA-bentonite-based electrodes

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    Mojovic, Z., E-mail: zoricam@nanosys.ihtm.bg.ac.rs [University of Belgrade, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, Department of Catalysis and Chemical Engineering, Njegoseva 12, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Jovic-Jovicic, N.; Milutinovic-Nikolic, A.; Bankovic, P.; Rabi-Stankovic, A. Abu; Jovanovic, D. [University of Belgrade, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, Department of Catalysis and Chemical Engineering, Njegoseva 12, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2011-10-30

    Highlights: {yields} HDTMA-modified bentonites were tested as electrode materials in the electro-oxidation of phenol. {yields} The influences of the surfactant loading and pH of the supporting electrolyte were investigated. {yields} Rapid deactivation of electrodes occurred in an acidic environment. {yields} Good stability of the investigated electrodes was obtained in alkaline medium. {yields} The sensitivity toward phenol and stability of the electrodes was markedly improved with increasing HDTMA loading. - Abstract: The partial and complete substitution of cations in the interlayer region of clay with different amounts of hexadecyl trimethylammonium bromide (HDTMABr) was performed. The aim was to synthesize organo-bentonites to be used as constituents of porous electrodes for the electrooxidation of phenol. Domestic clay from Bogovina was subjected to a common procedure of the production of organo-bentonites. It included the following steps: grinding, sieving, Na-exchange, cation exchange and drying. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, while the textural properties were evaluated by nitrogen physisorption. The multisweep cyclic voltammetry was applied to analyze the behavior of the clay modified glassy carbon electrode. The influences of the surfactant loading and pH of the support electrolyte were investigated. Rapid deactivation of electrodes occurred in an acidic environment, while good stability of the investigated electrodes was obtained in alkaline medium.

  5. Kinetic Studies on Ni-YSZ Composite Electrodes

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    Njodzefon, Jean-Claude; Hjelm, Johan; Graves, Christopher R.;

    2015-01-01

    . Furthermore, when polarized, the cell heats up due to joule heating of the electrolyte but also the electrodes either heat or cool due to exothermic oxidation or endothermic reduction of gaseous reactant species. Kinetic investigation of SOC electrodes independent of the above effects thus requires...

  6. Porous graphite electrodes for rechargeable ion-transfer batteries

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    Novak, P.; Scheifele, W.; Haas, O. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1997-06-01

    The influence of preparation pressure and pore-forming additives on the properties of graphite-based, Li{sup +}-intercalating electrodes for ion-transfer batteries have been investigated. The electrochemical performance of graphite electrodes could be improved by adjusting the porosity. Specific charge of >300 Ah/kg (with respect to the graphite mass) could be achieved. (author) 4 figs., 2 refs.

  7. Flexible electrode belt for EIT using nanofiber web dry electrodes

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    Efficient connection of multiple electrodes to the body for impedance measurement and voltage monitoring applications is of critical importance to measurement quality and practicality. Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) experiments have generally required a cumbersome procedure to attach the multiple electrodes needed in EIT. Once placed, these electrodes must then maintain good contact with the skin during measurements that may last several hours. There is usually also the need to manage the wires that run between the electrodes and the EIT system. These problems become more severe as the number of electrodes increases, and may limit the practicality and portability of this imaging method. There have been several trials describing human–electrode interfaces using configurations such as electrode belts, helmets or rings. In this paper, we describe an electrode belt we developed for long-term EIT monitoring of human lung ventilation. The belt included 16 embossed electrodes that were designed to make good contact with the skin. The electrodes were fabricated using an Ag-plated PVDF nanofiber web and metallic threads. A large contact area and padding were used behind each electrode to improve subject comfort and reduce contact impedances. The electrodes were incorporated, equally spaced, into an elasticated fabric belt. We tested the electrode belt in conjunction with the KHU Mark1 multi-frequency EIT system, and demonstrate time-difference images of phantoms and human subjects during normal breathing and running. We found that the Ag-plated PVDF nanofiber web electrodes were suitable for long-term measurement because of their flexibility and durability. Moreover, the contact impedance and stability of the Ag-plated PVDF nanofiber web electrodes were found to be comparable to similarly tested Ag/AgCl electrodes. (paper)

  8. Dry EEG Electrodes

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    Lopez-Gordo, M. A.; Sanchez-Morillo, D.; Valle, F. Pelayo

    2014-01-01

    Electroencephalography (EEG) emerged in the second decade of the 20th century as a technique for recording the neurophysiological response. Since then, there has been little variation in the physical principles that sustain the signal acquisition probes, otherwise called electrodes. Currently, new advances in technology have brought new unexpected fields of applications apart from the clinical, for which new aspects such as usability and gel-free operation are first order priorities. Thanks to new advances in materials and integrated electronic systems technologies, a new generation of dry electrodes has been developed to fulfill the need. In this manuscript, we review current approaches to develop dry EEG electrodes for clinical and other applications, including information about measurement methods and evaluation reports. We conclude that, although a broad and non-homogeneous diversity of approaches has been evaluated without a consensus in procedures and methodology, their performances are not far from those obtained with wet electrodes, which are considered the gold standard, thus enabling the former to be a useful tool in a variety of novel applications. PMID:25046013

  9. Photoelectrosynthesis at semiconductor electrodes

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    Nozik, A. J.

    1980-12-01

    The general principles of photoelectrochemistry and photoelectrosynthesis are reviewed and some new developments in photoelectrosynthesis are discussed. Topics include energetics of semiconductor-electrolyte interfaces(band-edge unpinning); hot carrier injection at illuminated semiconductor-electrolyte junctions; derivatized semiconductor electrodes; particulate photoelectrochemical systems; layered compounds and other new materials; and dye sensitization. (WHK)

  10. The progress of nanocrystalline hydride electrode materials

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    This paper reviews research at the Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Poznan University of Technology, on the synthesis of nanocrystalline hydride electrode materials. Nanocrystalline materials have been synthesized by mechanical alloying (MA) followed by annealing. Examples of the materials include TiFe-, ZrV2-, LaNi5 and Mg2Ni-type phases. Details on the process used and the enhancement of properties due to the nanoscale structures are presented. The synthesized alloys were used as negative electrode materials for Ni-MH battery. The properties of hydrogen host materials can be modified substantially by alloying to obtain the desired storage characteristics. For example, it was found that the respective replacement of Fe in TiFe by Ni and/or by Cr, Co, Mo improved not only the discharge capacity but also the cycle life of these electrodes. The hydrogen storage properties of nanocrystalline ZrV2- and LaNi5-type powders prepared by mechanical alloying and annealing show no big difference with those of melt casting (polycrystalline) alloys. On the other hand, a partial substitution of Mg by Mn or Al in Mg2Ni alloy leads to an increase in discharge capacity, at room temperature. Furthermore, the effect of the nickel and graphite coating on the structure of some nanocrystalline alloys and the electrodes characteristics were investigated. In the case of Mg2Ni-type alloy mechanical coating with graphite effectively reduced the degradation rate of the studied electrode materials. The combination of a nanocrystalline TiFe-, ZrV2- and LaNi5-type hydride electrodes and a nickel positive electrode to form a Ni-MH battery, has been successful. (authors)

  11. Microtitrimetry by differential electrolytic potentiometry using metallic electrodes and nanomaterials modified metallic electrodes

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    Amro, Abdulaziz Nabil

    For the first time silver wire electrodes have been coated with carbon nanotubes using floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. The production of CNTs has been conducted in a horizontal tubular reactor. Acetylene gas was used as a carbon source. Ferrocene has been used as a catalyst precursor for the growth of CNT. Different parameters have been optimized to get a high yield of CNTs and ensure their growth on the silver electrodes using univariate method. The parameters studied include the hydrogen flow rate, acetylene flow rate, temperature of the furnace, time of the reaction and the location of the electrodes in the reactor tube. The optimum conditions for those parameters were: for hydrogen and acetylene, the flow rates were 25 mL /min and 75 mL / min respectively. The furnace temperature was found to be 700 °C and the reaction time was 15 minutes. Regarding the location of the silver wires it should be located in the first 10 cm of the front side of the tube. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transition electron microscopy (TEM) have been used to characterize carbon on silver electrodes. According to the experimental results, TEM figures show that CNT produced on Silver wire is multiwall carbon nanotubes MWCNT. Silver electrodes either pure or coated with CNT were used as indicating systems in micro titration using both dc differential electrolytic potentiometry (DEP) and mark-space bias DEP techniques. All types of titrimetric reactions were investigated using different types of electrodes like Pt and gold for oxidation reduction titrations, antimony electrodes for acid base titrations, silver electrodes for precipitation titrations in addition to Ag-CNT electrodes. End points at volumes of 1 microL were determined. Different parameters were optimized like the current density, the percentage bias, the volume of the sample and the concentrations of the reactants. Microtitrimetry has been applied on several types of analytes; Ferrous

  12. Ion-selective electrode reviews

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    Thomas, J D R

    1985-01-01

    Ion-Selective Electrode Reviews, Volume 7 is a collection of papers that covers the applications of electrochemical sensors, along with the versatility of ion-selective electrodes. The coverage of the text includes solid contact in membrane ion-selective electrodes; immobilized enzyme probes for determining inhibitors; potentiometric titrations based on ion-pair formation; and application of ion-selective electrodes in soil science, kinetics, and kinetic analysis. The text will be of great use to chemists and chemical engineers.

  13. Electroanalysis with carbon paste electrodes

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    Svancara, Ivan; Walcarius, Alain; Vytras, Karel

    2011-01-01

    Introduction to Electrochemistry and Electroanalysis with Carbon Paste-Based ElectrodesHistorical Survey and GlossaryField in Publication Activities and LiteratureCarbon Pastes and Carbon Paste ElectrodesCarbon Paste as the Binary MixtureClassification of Carbon Pastes and Carbon Paste ElectrodesConstruction of Carbon Paste HoldersCarbon Paste as the Electrode MaterialPhysicochemical Properties of Carbon PastesElectrochemical Characteristics of Carbon PastesTesting of Unmodified CPEsIntera

  14. The Influence of Electrodes and Conditioning on Space Charge Accumulation in XLPE

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    Fleming, R. J.; Henriksen, Mogens; Holbøll, Joachim

    2000-01-01

    , and vacuum-evaporated gold, were used as electrodes. Three different conditioning procedures were investigated. Unconditioned samples developed heterocharge with density increasing from zero at the electrodes, to a maximum at roughly one-third of the thickness, and then falling to zero around the center....... Homocharge accumulation close to the electrodes in samples with semicon electrodes was affected little by this conditioning, but was reduced considerably in samples with gold electrodes. Conditioning by holding at room temperature for seven days at rotary pump pressure had little effect. The heterocharge....... The homocharge originates in electronic charge injection/extraction across the electrode/XLPE interfaces....

  15. AC Dielectrophoresis Using Elliptic Electrode Geometry

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    S. M. Rezaul Hasan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents negative AC dielectrophoretic investigations using elliptic electrode geometry. Simulations of the electric field gradient variation using various ratios of the semimajor and the semiminor axis were carried out to determine the optimum elliptic geometry for the dielectrophoretic electrokinetics of specimen in an assay with laminar (low Reynolds number fluid flow. Experimental setup of the elliptic electrode assembly using PCB fabrication and electrokinetic accumulation of specimen in a dielectrophoretic cage is also being reported. Using an actuating signal between 1 kHz and 1 MHz, successful trapping of 45 μm polystyrene beads suspended in distilled water was demonstrated due to negative dielectrophoresis near 100 kHz using the novel elliptic electrode.

  16. Interdigitated ring electrodes: Theory and experiment

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    Barnes, Edward O; Pozo-Ayuso, Diego F; Castaño-Alvarez, Mario; Lewis, Grace E M; Dale, Sara E C; Marken, Frank; Compton, Richard G

    2013-01-01

    The oxidation of potassium ferrocyanide, K_4Fe(CN)_6, in aqueous solution under fully supported conditions is carried out at interdigitated band and ring electrode arrays, and compared to theoretical models developed to simulate the processes. Simulated data is found to fit well with experimental results using literature values of diffusion coefficients for Fe(CN)_6^(4-) and Fe(CN)_6^(3-). The theoretical models are used to compare responses from interdigitated band and ring arrays, and the size of ring array required to approximate the response to a linear band array is investigated. An equation is developed for the radius of ring required for a pair of electrodes in a ring array to give a result with 5% of a pair of electrodes in a band array. This equation is found to be independent of the scan rate used over six orders of magnitude.

  17. Electrical characteristic of the titanium mesh electrode for transcutaneous intrabody communication to monitor implantable artificial organs.

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    Okamoto, Eiji; Kikuchi, Sakiko; Mitamura, Yoshinori

    2016-09-01

    We have developed a tissue-inducing electrode using titanium mesh to obtain mechanically and electrically stable contact with the tissue for a new transcutaneous communication system using the human body as a conductive medium. In this study, we investigated the electrical properties of the titanium mesh electrode by measuring electrode-tissue interface resistance in vivo. The titanium mesh electrode (Hi-Lex Co., Zellez, Hyogo, Japan) consisted of titanium fibers (diameter of 50 μm), and it has an average pore size of 200 μm and 87 % porosity. The titanium mesh electrode has a diameter of 5 mm and thickness of 1.5 mm. Three titanium mesh electrodes were implanted separately into the dorsal region of the rat. We measured the electrode-electrode impedance using an LCR meter for 12 weeks, and we calculated the tissue resistivity and electrode-tissue interface resistance. The electrode-tissue interface resistance of the titanium mesh electrode decreased slightly until the third POD and then continuously increased to 75 Ω. The electrode-tissue interface resistance of the titanium mesh electrode is stable and it has lower electrode-tissue interface resistance than that of a titanium disk electrode. The extracted titanium mesh electrode after 12 weeks implantation was fixed in 10 % buffered formalin solution and stained with hematoxylin-eosin. Light microscopic observation showed that the titanium mesh electrode was filled with connective tissue, inflammatory cells and fibroblasts with some capillaries in the pores of the titanium mesh. The results indicate that the titanium mesh electrode is a promising electrode for the new transcutaneous communication system.

  18. Electrode models in electrical impedance tomography

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    WANG M.

    2005-01-01

    This paper presents different views on electrode modelling, which include electrode electrochemistry models for modelling the effects of electrode-electrolyte interface, electric field electrode models for modelling electrode geometry, and electrode models for modelling the effects of electrode common mode voltage and double layer capacitance. Taking the full electrode models into consideration .in electrical impedance tomography (EIT) will greatly help the optimised approach to a good solution and further understanding of the measurement principle.

  19. Ion-selective electrode reviews

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    Thomas, J D R

    1983-01-01

    Ion-Selective Electrode Reviews, Volume 5 is a collection of articles that covers ion-speciation. The book aims to present the advancements of the range and capabilities of selective ion-sensors. The topics covered in the selection are neutral carrier based ion-selective electrodes; reference electrodes and liquid junction effects in ion-selective electrode potentiometry; ion transfer across water/organic phase boundaries and analytical; and carbon substrate ion-selective electrodes. The text will be of great use to chemists and chemical engineers.

  20. Magnetohydrodynamic generator electrode

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    Marchant, David D.; Killpatrick, Don H.; Herman, Harold; Kuczen, Kenneth D.

    1979-01-01

    An improved electrode for use as a current collector in the channel of a magnetohydrodynamid (MHD) generator utilizes an elongated monolithic cap of dense refractory material compliantly mounted to the MHD channel frame for collecting the current. The cap has a central longitudinal channel which contains a first layer of porous refractory ceramic as a high-temperature current leadout from the cap and a second layer of resilient wire mesh in contact with the first layer as a low-temperature current leadout between the first layer and the frame. Also described is a monolithic ceramic insulator compliantly mounted to the frame parallel to the electrode by a plurality of flexible metal strips.

  1. Electrode array for neural stimulation

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    Wessendorf, Kurt O. (Albuquerque, NM); Okandan, Murat (Edgewood, NM); Stein, David J. (Albuquerque, NM); Yang, Pin (Albuquerque, NM); Cesarano, III, Joseph (Albuquerque, NM); Dellinger, Jennifer (Albuquerque, NM)

    2011-08-16

    An electrode array for neural stimulation is disclosed which has particular applications for use in a retinal prosthesis. The electrode array can be formed as a hermetically-sealed two-part ceramic package which includes an electronic circuit such as a demultiplexer circuit encapsulated therein. A relatively large number (up to 1000 or more) of individually-addressable electrodes are provided on a curved surface of a ceramic base portion the electrode array, while a much smaller number of electrical connections are provided on a ceramic lid of the electrode array. The base and lid can be attached using a metal-to-metal seal formed by laser brazing. Electrical connections to the electrode array can be provided by a flexible ribbon cable which can also be used to secure the electrode array in place.

  2. Transparent Electrodes for Organic Solar Cells

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    Selzer, Franz

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this work was to investigate silver nanowire as well as carbon nanotube networks as transparent conducting electrodes for small molecule organic solar cells. In the framework of the nanowire investigations, a low-temperature method at less than 80 °C is developed to obtain highly conductive networks directly after the deposition and without post-processing. In detail, specific non-conductive organic materials act as a matrix where the nanowires are embedded in such that a mutua...

  3. Nano-scale Electrodes for Molecular/Organic Electronics

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    K.Tsukagoshi

    2007-01-01

    1 Results Nanometer-scale electrodes with a nano-junction allow us to investigate conduction properties of nano-materials. Because many nano-materials usually form grain boundaries or domain boundaries with high tunneling resistance, it is difficult to investigate the intrinsic properties through a series of tunneling resistance. To make direct contact with the single nano-material, such as a single polymer string, we developed nano-scale electrodes. By using these nano-electrodes as new tool, we invest...

  4. Understanding Periodic Dislocations in 2D Supramolecular Crystals: The PFP/Ag(111) Interface

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    Goiri, E.; García Lastra, Juan Maria; Corso, M.;

    2012-01-01

    ), and their interplay with molecule–substrate interactions is very subtle, making it difficult to single out the driving force for a nanoscale dislocation pattern. On the basis of a combined experimental and theoretical work, we here show that periodic dislocations in a molecular PFP film are mainly driven...

  5. PTCDA induced faceting of a vicinal Ag(111) surface: an in-situ LEEM study

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    Schmidt, Thomas; Marchetto, Helder; Sala, Alessandro; Freund, Hajo [Fritz-Haber-Institut, Abt. CP, 14195 Berlin (Germany); Pollinger, Florian; Schmitt, Stefan; Maier, Florian C.; Reinert, Friedrich T. [Universitaet Wuerzburg, EP II, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Umbach, Eberhard [Universitaet Wuerzburg, EP II, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    Adsorption of organic molecules on vicinal metal surfaces is known to promote faceting and self-organized ordering on mesoscopic scales. In the temperature range between 400 K and 620 K the adsorption of PTCDA on a Ag(10 8 7) surface has been studied in-situ and in real-time by LEEM (low energy electron microscopy) and LEED, using the SMART microscope. The deposition of one organic layer leads to grating-like structures. The direct observation reveals a two-step process: first, facets with an angle of ca. 25 inclination are formed with (111) orientated areas in between, whereas only the facets are covered by PTCDA. In a second step the bare (111) areas are covered by PTCDA, forming a complete monolayer. The temperature dependence of the structure sizes and the influence of inhomogeneity in the initial substrate step density are discussed.

  6. Ambient pressure oxidation of Ag(111) surfaces : an in-situ X-ray study

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    Reicho, Alexander

    2008-01-01

    The oxidation of metals plays an outstanding role in everyday life. Typical phenomena are the formation of rust on steel or oxide scales on copper, showing up as a green patina. The formation of metal oxides is not always an unwanted process. The functionality of many materials is directly related to their controlled oxidation. The most prominent examples are passivating oxide layers on stainless steel. Relevant for this thesis are industrially applied heterogeneous catalytic reactions for th...

  7. STM-imaging of nanostructure dynamics on Ag(111)-experimental challenges and solutions

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    Morgenstern, Karina; Rosenfeld, Georg; Poelsema, Bene; Comsa, George

    1996-01-01

    We describe experimental problems arising with the continuous observation of nanostructure dynamics by STM. We discuss the necessity to use a high-speed STM, possibilities to deal with the thermal drift, and tests to rule out the influence of the scanning process on the observation.

  8. Screening of redox couples and electrode materials

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    Giner, J.; Swette, L.; Cahill, K.

    1976-01-01

    Electrochemical parameters of selected redox couples that might be potentially promising for application in bulk energy storage systems were investigated. This was carried out in two phases: a broad investigation of the basic characteristics and behavior of various redox couples, followed by a more limited investigation of their electrochemical performance in a redox flow reactor configuration. In the first phase of the program, eight redox couples were evaluated under a variety of conditions in terms of their exchange current densities as measured by the rotating disk electrode procedure. The second phase of the program involved the testing of four couples in a redox reactor under flow conditions with a varity of electrode materials and structures.

  9. Accuracy of Plantar Electrodes Compared with Hand and Foot Electrodes in Fat-free-mass Measurement

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    Michel Y. Jaffrin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates the measurement of fat-free mass (FFM by bioimpedance using foot-to-foot impedancemeters (FFI with plantar electrodes measuring the foot-to-foot resistance R34 and hand-to-foot medical impedancemeters. FFM measurements were compared with corresponding data using Dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA. Equations giving FFM were established using linear multiple regression on DXA data in a first group of 170 subjects. For validation, these equations were used on a second group of 86 subjects, and FFM were compared with DXA data; no significant difference was observed. The same protocol was repeated, but using electrodes on the right hand and foot in standing position to measure the hand to-foot resistance R13. Mean differences with DXA were higher for R13 than for R34. Effect of electrode size and feet position on resistance was also investigated. R34 decreased when electrode area increased or if feet were moved forward. It decreased if feet were moved backward. A proper configuration of contact electrodes can improve measurement accuracy and reproducibility of FFI.

  10. Highly Stretchable and Flexible Graphene/ITO Hybrid Transparent Electrode

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    Liu, Juhua; Yi, Yaohua; Zhou, Yihua; Cai, Huafei

    2016-02-01

    The flexible hybrid transparent electrode was prepared by a two-step process: graphene film was firstly grown on Cu foil by modified thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and then transferred onto indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode on the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. The quality of the graphene is characterized by various analytic techniques, including the AFM, SEM, TEM, and Raman spectroscopy. The gradient flux was found to be beneficial to decrease defect. The thickness, morphology, light transmittance, and electromechanical properties of three conductive electrodes were investigated and compared. The outcomes show that the hybrid electrode could resist mechanical force and the results are better than original ITO electrode. It may be a potential trend to apply the graphene to other conducts in the flexible transparent conductive field.

  11. A Reliable Reference Electrode in Molten Carbonate and Its Applications

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    2000-01-01

    A Ag|AgCl reference electrode which can be used in molten carbonate media has been described in this paper.It consists of a silver wire immersed in a solution of AgCl(1mol%) in (Li0.62,K0.38)2CO3,with a zirconia junction.The main properties of reference electrode,such as reproducibility ,stability and reversibility, were checked.The results have demonstrated that the reference electrode is reliable.With such reference electrode catalysis of various electrode materials to oxygen reduction in molten alkali carbonate media was investigated.It is found that as catalysts for oxygen reduction oxidized nickel-niobium alloy is superior to nickel oxide.

  12. Highly Stretchable and Flexible Graphene/ITO Hybrid Transparent Electrode.

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    Liu, Juhua; Yi, Yaohua; Zhou, Yihua; Cai, Huafei

    2016-12-01

    The flexible hybrid transparent electrode was prepared by a two-step process: graphene film was firstly grown on Cu foil by modified thermal chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and then transferred onto indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode on the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. The quality of the graphene is characterized by various analytic techniques, including the AFM, SEM, TEM, and Raman spectroscopy. The gradient flux was found to be beneficial to decrease defect. The thickness, morphology, light transmittance, and electromechanical properties of three conductive electrodes were investigated and compared. The outcomes show that the hybrid electrode could resist mechanical force and the results are better than original ITO electrode. It may be a potential trend to apply the graphene to other conducts in the flexible transparent conductive field. PMID:26920153

  13. Nanostructured gold and platinum electrodes on silicon structures for biosensing

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    Ogurtsov, V. I.; Sheehan, M. M.

    2005-01-01

    Gold and platinum metal electrodes on Si/SiO2 having undergone anisotropic potassium hydroxide (KOH) etch treatment are considered. This treatment etches at different rates and directions in the material resulting in creation of numerous pyramid shaped holes in the silicon substrate. This surface is used to make metal electrodes with increased electrode efficiency. The electrodes can serve as the sensors or as the sensor substrates (for surface polymer modification) and because both gold and platinum are inert they have applications for food safety biosensing. Wine, an economically significant food product, was chosen as a matrix, and impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was selected as a method of investigation of electrode behaviour. Based on results of EIS, different complexity equivalent circuits were determined by applying fitting mean square root optimisation of sensor complex impedance measurements.

  14. Nanostructured gold and platinum electrodes on silicon structures for biosensing

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    Gold and platinum metal electrodes on Si/SiO2 having undergone anisotropic potassium hydroxide (KOH) etch treatment are considered. This treatment etches at different rates and directions in the material resulting in creation of numerous pyramid shaped holes in the silicon substrate. This surface is used to make metal electrodes with increased electrode efficiency. The electrodes can serve as the sensors or as the sensor substrates (for surface polymer modification) and because both gold and platinum are inert they have applications for food safety biosensing. Wine, an economically significant food product, was chosen as a matrix, and impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was selected as a method of investigation of electrode behaviour. Based on results of EIS, different complexity equivalent circuits were determined by applying fitting mean square root optimisation of sensor complex impedance measurements

  15. Chronic impedance spectroscopy of an endovascular stent-electrode array

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    Opie, Nicholas L.; John, Sam E.; Rind, Gil S.; Ronayne, Stephen M.; Grayden, David B.; Burkitt, Anthony N.; May, Clive N.; O'Brien, Terence J.; Oxley, Thomas J.

    2016-08-01

    Objective. Recently, we reported a minimally invasive stent-electrode array capable of recording neural signals from within a blood vessel. We now investigate the use of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements to infer changes occurring to the electrode-tissue interface from devices implanted in a cohort of sheep for up to 190 days. Approach. In a cohort of 15 sheep, endovascular stent-electrode arrays were implanted in the superior sagittal sinus overlying the motor cortex for up to 190 days. EIS was performed routinely to quantify viable electrodes for up to 91 days. An equivalent circuit model (ECM) was developed from the in vivo measurements to characterize the electrode-tissue interface changes occurring to the electrodes chronically implanted within a blood vessel. Post-mortem histological assessment of stent and electrode incorporation into the wall of the cortical vessels was compared to the electrical impedance measurements. Main results. EIS could be used to infer electrode viability and was consistent with x-ray analysis performed in vivo, and post-mortem evaluation. Viable electrodes exhibited consistent 1 kHz impedances across the 91 day measurement period, with the peak resistance frequency for the acquired data also stable over time. There was a significant change in 100 Hz phase angles, increasing from -67.8° ± 8.8° at day 0 to -43.8° ± 0.8° at day 91, which was observed to stabilize after eight days. ECM’s modeled to the data suggested this change was due to an increase in the capacitance of the electrode-tissue interface. This was supported by histological assessment with >85% of the implanted stent struts covered with neointima and incorporated into the blood vessel within two weeks. Conclusion. This work demonstrated that EIS could be used to determine the viability of electrode implanted chronically within a blood vessel. Impedance measurements alone were not observed to be a useful predictor of alterations occurring

  16. Compliant composite electrodes and large strain bistable actuation

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    Yun, Sungryul; Yu, Zhibin; Niu, Xiaofan; Hu, Weili; Li, Lu; Brochu, Paul; Pei, Qibing

    2012-04-01

    Dielectric elastomer actuators (DEA) and bistable electroactive polymers (BSEP) both require compliant electrodes with rubbery elasticity and high conductivity at large strains. Stretchable opto-electronic devices additionally require the compliant electrodes to be optically transparent. Many candidate materials have been investigated. We report a new approach to mechanically robust, stretchable compliant electrodes. A facile in-situ composite synthesis and transfer technique is employed, and the resulting composite electrodes retain the high surface conductivity of the original conductive network formed by nanowires or nanotubes, while exhibiting the mechanical flexibility of the matrix polymer. The composite electrodes have high transparency and low surface roughness useful for the fabrication of polymer thinfilm electronic devices. The new electrodes are suitable for high-strain actuation, as a complaint resistive heating element to administer the temperature of shape memory polymers, and as the charge injection electrodes for flexible/stretchable polymer light emitting diodes. Bistable electroactive polymers employing the composite electrodes can be actuated to large strains via heating-actuation-cooling cycles.

  17. Boron-Doped Nanocrystalline Diamond Electrodes for Neural Interfaces: In vivo Biocompatibility Evaluation.

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    Alcaide, María; Taylor, Andrew; Fjorback, Morten; Zachar, Vladimir; Pennisi, Cristian P

    2016-01-01

    Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (BDD) electrodes have recently attracted attention as materials for neural electrodes due to their superior physical and electrochemical properties, however their biocompatibility remains largely unexplored. In this work, we aim to investigate the in vivo biocompatibility of BDD electrodes in relation to conventional titanium nitride (TiN) electrodes using a rat subcutaneous implantation model. High quality BDD films were synthesized on electrodes intended for use as an implantable neurostimulation device. After implantation for 2 and 4 weeks, tissue sections adjacent to the electrodes were obtained for histological analysis. Both types of implants were contained in a thin fibrous encapsulation layer, the thickness of which decreased with time. Although the level of neovascularization around the implants was similar, BDD electrodes elicited significantly thinner fibrous capsules and a milder inflammatory reaction at both time points. These results suggest that BDD films may constitute an appropriate material to support stable performance of implantable neural electrodes over time. PMID:27013949

  18. Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond electrodes for neural interfaces: In vivo biocompatibility evaluation

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond (BDD electrodes have recently attracted attention as materials for neural electrodes due to their superior physical and electrochemical properties, however their biocompatibility remains largely unexplored. In this work, we aim to investigate the in vivo biocompatibility of BDD electrodes in relation to conventional titanium nitride (TiN electrodes using a rat subcutaneous implantation model. High quality BDD films were synthesized on electrodes intended for use as an implantable neurostimulation device. After implantation for 2 and 4 weeks, tissue sections adjacent to the electrodes were obtained for histological analysis. Both types of implants were contained in a thin fibrous encapsulation layer, the thickness of which decreased with time. Although the level of neovascularization around the implants was similar, BDD electrodes elicited significantly thinner fibrous capsules and a milder inflammatory reaction at both time points. These results suggest that BDD films may constitute an appropriate material to support stable performance of implantable neural electrodes over time.

  19. Fabrication of a three-electrode battery using hydrogen-storage materials

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    Roh, Chi-Woo; Seo, Jung-Yong; Moon, Hyung-Seok; Park, Hyun-Young; Nam, Na-Yun; Cho, Sung Min; Yoo, Pil J.; Chung, Chan-Hwa

    2015-04-01

    In this study, an energy storage device using a three-electrode battery is fabricated. The charging process takes place during electrolysis of the alkaline electrolyte where hydrogen is stored at the palladium bifunctional electrode. Upon discharging, power is generated by operating the alkaline fuel cell using hydrogen which is accumulated in the palladium hydride bifunctional electrode during the charging process. The bifunctional palladium electrode is prepared by electrodeposition using a hydrogen bubble template followed by a galvanic displacement reaction of platinum in order to functionalize the electrode to work not only as a hydrogen storage material but also as an anode in a fuel cell. This bifunctional electrode has a sufficiently high surface area and the platinum catalyst populates at the surface of electrode to operate the fuel cell. The charging and discharging performance of the three-electrode battery are characterized. In addition, the cycle stability is investigated.

  20. Continuous Separation of Cesium Based on NiHCF/PTCF Electrode by Electrochemically Switched Ion Exchange

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    孙斌; 郝晓刚; 王忠德; 张忠林; 刘世斌; 官国清

    2012-01-01

    Nickel hexacyanoferrate (NiHCF) film was synthesized on porous three-dimensional carbon felt (PTCF) substrate by repetitious batch chemical depositions, and the NiHCF/PTCF electrode was used as electrochemically switched ion exchange (ESIX) electrode in a packed bed for continuous separation for cesium ions. The morphologies of the prepared electrodes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and the effects of solution concentration on the ion-exchange capacity of the electrodes were investigated by cyclic voltammetry technique. Cycling stability and long-term storage stability of NiHCF/PTCF electrodes were also studied. The NiHCF/PTCF electrodes with excellent ion-exchange ability were used to assemble a diaphragm-isolated ESIX reactor for cesium separation. Continuous separation of cesium and regeneration of NiHCF/PTCF electrode based on the diaphragm-isolated reactor were performed in a laboratory-scale two-electrode system.

  1. Arc Behaviours in Vacuum Interrupters with Axial Magnetic Field Electrodes

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    WANG Zhongyi; ZHENG Yuesheng; LIU Zhiyuan; CHENG Shaoyong

    2008-01-01

    To improve the limiting current interruption capability and minimizing vacuum interrupter with axial magnetic field (AMF) electrodes,it is significant to investigate the vacuum arc behaviours between the contacts.AMF distributions of the slot type electrodes were studied by both numerical analysis and experiments. Furthermore,the behaviours of vacuum arcs for different parameters of the slot type AMF electrodes were investigated by using high-speed CCD camera.The influences of gap distance,contact diameter and phase shift time between AMF and arc current on the vacuum arc were investigated.The results provide a reference for research and development of vacuum interrupters with slot type or other types of AMF electrode.

  2. Coated carbon nanotube array electrodes

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    Ren, Zhifeng; Wen, Jian; Chen, Jinghua; Huang, Zhongping; Wang, Dezhi

    2008-10-28

    The present invention provides conductive carbon nanotube (CNT) electrode materials comprising aligned CNT substrates coated with an electrically conducting polymer, and the fabrication of electrodes for use in high performance electrical energy storage devices. In particular, the present invention provides conductive CNTs electrode material whose electrical properties render them especially suitable for use in high efficiency rechargeable batteries. The present invention also provides methods for obtaining surface modified conductive CNT electrode materials comprising an array of individual linear, aligned CNTs having a uniform surface coating of an electrically conductive polymer such as polypyrrole, and their use in electrical energy storage devices.

  3. Ion-selective electrode reviews

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    Thomas, J D R

    1982-01-01

    Ion-Selective Electrode Reviews, Volume 3, provides a review of articles on ion-selective electrodes (ISEs). The volume begins with an article on methods based on titration procedures for surfactant analysis, which have been developed for discrete batch operation and for continuous AutoAnalyser use. Separate chapters deal with detection limits of ion-selective electrodes; the possibility of using inorganic ion-exchange materials as ion-sensors; and the effect of solvent on potentials of cells with ion-selective electrodes. Also included is a chapter on advances in calibration procedures, the d

  4. Electro-oxidation treatment of Sn/PANI electrode and electrocatalytic activity of Pt/Sn hydroxide/PANI composite electrodes

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    ZHOU Hai-hui; PENG Zheng; JIAO Yong-gang; LIAO Jie; KUANG Ya-fei

    2008-01-01

    After being electro-oxidized by cyclic voltammetry(CV) method in 0.5 mol/L H2504 solution or in 0.2mol/L H2O2+0.5 mol/L H2SO4 solution, the Sn/polyaniline (PANI) electrodes were modified with Pt microparticles by pulse galvanostatic method, thus Pt/Sn hydroxide/PANI electrodes were prepared. The electrocatalytic activities of the Pt/Sn/PANI electrode and Pt/Sn hydroxide/PANI electrode for formaldehyde electro-oxidation were investigated by CV method. The effects of deposition charges (Qdep) of PANI, Sn and Pt, scan rate and formaldehyde concentration on the electrocatalytic activity of Pt/Sn hydroxide/PANI electrode were also studied. The results show that the electrocatalytic activities of the Pt/Sn hydroxide/PANI electrodes are much higher than those of the Pt/Sn/PANI electrode.

  5. Nickel hydroxide modified electrodes for urea determination

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    Luiz Henrique Dall´Antonia

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Nickel hydroxide films were prepared by electrodeposition from a solution Ni(NO32 0,05 mol L ?¹ on ITO electrodes (Tin oxide doped with Indium on PET-like plastic film, applying a current of - 0,1 A cm ?² during different time intervals between 1800 and 7200 s. The electrochemical behavior of the nickel hydroxide electrode was investigated through a cyclic voltammogram, in NaOH 1,0 mol L ?¹, where it was observed two peaks in the profile in 0,410 and 0,280 V, corresponding to redox couple Ni(II/Ni(III. A sensor for urea presenting a satisfactory answer can be obtained when, after the deposit of the film of Ni(OH2 on the electrode of nickel, it is immersed in a solution of NaOH 1,0 mol L ?¹ and applying a potential of + 0,435 V, where the maximum of the anodic current occurs in the cyclic voltammogram. Analyzing the results it can be observed that, for a range of analite concentration between 5 to 50 m mol L ?¹, the behavior is linear and the sensibility found was of 20,3 mA cm?² (mol L?¹?¹, presenting reproducibility confirming the nickel hydroxide electrodes utilization for the determination of urea.

  6. DIFFUSION IN BIOFILMS RESPIRING ON ELECTRODES

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    Renslow, RS; Babauta, JT; Majors, PD; Beyenal, H

    2012-01-01

    The goal of this study was to measure spatially and temporally resolved effective diffusion coefficients (De) in biofilms respiring on electrodes. Two model electrochemically active biofilms, Geobacter sulfurreducens PCA and Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, were investigated. A novel nuclear magnetic resonance microimaging perfusion probe capable of simultaneous electrochemical and pulsed-field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance (PFG-NMR) techniques was used. PFG-NMR allowed noninvasive, nondestr...

  7. Lithium Manganese Silicate Positive Electrode Material

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    Yang, Qiong

    2014-01-01

    As the fast development of the electronic portable devices and drastic fading of fossil energy sources. The need for portable secondary energy sources is increasingly urgent. As a result, lithium ion batteries are being investigated intensely to meet the performance requirements. Among various electrode materials, the most expensive and capacity limiting component is the positive materials. Based on this, researches have been mostly focused on the development of novel cathode materials with ...

  8. Lightning electromagnetic field generated by grounding electrode considering soil ionization

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    ZENG Rong; HE Jinliang; ZHANG Bo; GAO Yanqing

    2006-01-01

    A circuit model with lumped time-variable parameter is proposed to calculate the transient characteristic of grounding electrode under lightning current, which takes into consideration the dynamic and nonlinear effect of soil ionization around the grounding electrode. The ionization phenomena in the soil are simulated by means of time-variable parameters under appropriate conditions. The generated electromagnetic field in the air is analyzed by using electrical dipole theory and image theory when the lightning current flows into the grounding electrode. The influence of soil ionization on the electromagnetic field is investigated.

  9. Organic electrode coatings for next-generation neural interfaces.

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    Aregueta-Robles, Ulises A; Woolley, Andrew J; Poole-Warren, Laura A; Lovell, Nigel H; Green, Rylie A

    2014-01-01

    Traditional neuronal interfaces utilize metallic electrodes which in recent years have reached a plateau in terms of the ability to provide safe stimulation at high resolution or rather with high densities of microelectrodes with improved spatial selectivity. To achieve higher resolution it has become clear that reducing the size of electrodes is required to enable higher electrode counts from the implant device. The limitations of interfacing electrodes including low charge injection limits, mechanical mismatch and foreign body response can be addressed through the use of organic electrode coatings which typically provide a softer, more roughened surface to enable both improved charge transfer and lower mechanical mismatch with neural tissue. Coating electrodes with conductive polymers or carbon nanotubes offers a substantial increase in charge transfer area compared to conventional platinum electrodes. These organic conductors provide safe electrical stimulation of tissue while avoiding undesirable chemical reactions and cell damage. However, the mechanical properties of conductive polymers are not ideal, as they are quite brittle. Hydrogel polymers present a versatile coating option for electrodes as they can be chemically modified to provide a soft and conductive scaffold. However, the in vivo chronic inflammatory response of these conductive hydrogels remains unknown. A more recent approach proposes tissue engineering the electrode interface through the use of encapsulated neurons within hydrogel coatings. This approach may provide a method for activating tissue at the cellular scale, however, several technological challenges must be addressed to demonstrate feasibility of this innovative idea. The review focuses on the various organic coatings which have been investigated to improve neural interface electrodes. PMID:24904405

  10. Light addressable gold electrodes

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    Khalid, Waqas

    2011-07-01

    The main objective carried out in this dissertation was to fabricate Light Amplified Potentiometric sensors (LAPS) based upon the semiconductor nanoparticles (quantum dots) instead of its bulk form. Quantum dots (QDs) were opted for this device fabrication because of their superior fluorescent, electric and catalytic properties. Also in comparison to their bulk counterparts they will make device small, light weighted and power consumption is much lower. QDs were immobilized on a Au substrate via 1,4 benzene dithiol (BDT) molecule. Initially a self-assembled monolayer (SAM) of BDT was established on Au substrate. Because of SAM, the conductivity of Au substrate decreased dramatically. Furthermore QDs were anchored with the help of BDT molecule on Au substrate. When QDs immobilized on Au substrate (QD/Au) via BDT molecule were irradiated with UV-visible light, electron-hole pairs were generated in QDs. The surface defect states in QDs trapped the excited electrons and long lived electron-hole pairs were formed. By the application of an appropriate bias potential on Au substrate the electrons could be supplied or extracted from the QDs via tunneling through BDT. Thus a cathodic or anodic current could be observed depending upon bias potential under illumination. However without light illumination the QD/Au electrode remained an insulator. To improve the device different modifications were made, including different substrates (Au evaporated on glass, Au evaporated on mica sheets and Au sputtered on SiO{sub 2}/Si) and different dithiol molecules (capped and uncapped biphenyl 4,4' dithiol and capped and uncapped 4,4' dimercaptostilbenes) were tried. Also different QD immobilization techniques (normal incubation, spin coating, layer by layer assembly (LbL) of polyelectrolytes and heat immobilization) were employed. This device was able to detect electrochemically different analytes depending upon the QDs incorporated. For example CdS QDs were able to detect 4

  11. In-situ Raman spectroscopy as a characterization tool for carbon electrodes

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    Panitz, J.-C.; Joho, F.B.; Novak, P. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1999-08-01

    Lithium intercalation and de-intercalation into/from graphite electrodes in a nonaqueous electrolyte has been studied using in-situ Raman spectroscopy. Our experiments give information on the electrode-electrolyte interface with improved spatial resolution. The spectra taken from the electrode surface change with electrode potential. In this way, information on the nature of the chemical species present during charging and discharging half cycles is gained. For the first time, mapping techniques were applied to investigate if lithium intercalation proceeds homogeneously on the carbon electrode. (author) 3 figs., 1 tab., 4 refs.

  12. Electrohydrodynamically induced flow direction in a wire-non-parallel plate electrode corona discharge

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    Chang, J S [McIARS and Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1 (Canada); Ueno, J [Department of Electrical Engineering, Osaka City University, Osaka 558-8585 (Japan); Tsubone, H [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ariake National College of Technology, Omuta, Fukuoka 836-8585 (Japan); Harvel, G D [McIARS and Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1 (Canada); Minami, S [Department of Electrical Engineering, Osaka City University, Osaka 558-8585 (Japan); Urashima, K [McIARS and Department of Engineering Physics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4M1 (Canada)

    2007-09-07

    An experimental investigation has been conducted to study the net flow direction induced by electrohydrodynamic forces in a wire-non-parallel plate electrode corona discharge. The experiments were conducted at two different locations of corona wire electrode for negative and positive applied voltage from 0 to 14 kV at atmospheric pressure and room temperature, where air was used as the working fluid. It was experimentally revealed that the net flow direction of electrohydrodynamically induced gas flow in a wire-non-parallel plate electrode system was changed depending on the location of the corona wire electrode relative to the grounded electrode position.

  13. Distribution of current in the electrodes of lead-acid batteries: a thermographic analysis approach

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    Streza, M.; Nuţ, C.; Tudoran, C.; Bunea, V.; Calborean, A.; Morari, C.

    2016-02-01

    An experimental method for the investigation of the current distribution in the electrodes of lead-acid batteries has been developed. The information is extracted by analysing the heat dissipation in the electrode during the discharge by using a high-performance IR camera. The effect of the current in the metallic grid can be de-convoluted from the total heat produced in the electrode by numerical processing of the temperature distribution over the electrode surface. By its simplicity and effectiveness, the proposed method has the potential to become an important tool in optimising electrode geometry.

  14. Plasma Activation of Integrated Carbon Nanotube Electrodes for Electrochemical Detection of Catechol

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    WANG Shenggao; WANG Tao; LI Yanqiong; ZHAO Xiujian; HAN Jianjun; WANG Jianhua

    2007-01-01

    In this study,integrated multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) electrodes were prepared in the holes of glass directly by microwave plasma chemical vapour deposition (MWPCVD).The electrochemical behaviour of catechol at the integrated MWCNT electrodes was investigated.The oxygen plasma treated CNT electrodes had better electrochemical performance for the analysis of catechol than that of as-synthesized CNT electrodes.Both the as-synthesized CNTs and plasma treated CNTs were characterized by TEM(transmission electron microscopy,XPS(X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and Raman spectroscopy.The results revealed that the oxygen plasma activation is an effective method to enhance the electrochemical properties of CNT electrodes.

  15. Making EDM Electrodes By Stereolithography

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    Barlas, Philip A.

    1988-01-01

    Stereolithography is computer-aided manufacturing technique. Used to make models and molds of electrodes for electrical-discharge machining (EDM). Eliminates intermediate steps in fabrication of plastic model of object used in making EDM electrode to manufacture object or mold for object.

  16. EDM Electrode for Internal Grooves

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    Ramani, V.; Werner, A.

    1985-01-01

    Electroerosive process inexpensive alternative to broaching. Hollow brass electrodes, soldered at one end to stainless-steel holding ring, held in grooves in mandrel. These electrodes used to machine grooves electrically in stainless-steel tube three-eights inch (9.5 millimeters) in diameter. Tool used on tubes already in place in equipment.

  17. Tungsten oxide in polymer electrolyte fuel cell electrodes-A thin-film model electrode study

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    Wickman, Bjoern, E-mail: bjorn.wickman@chalmers.s [Competence Centre for Catalysis, Department of Applied Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-412 96 Goeteborg (Sweden); Wesselmark, Maria; Lagergren, Carina; Lindbergh, Goeran [Applied Electrochemistry, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, KTH, SE-100 44 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2011-10-30

    Highlights: > Platinum and tungsten oxide thin-film electrocatalysts. > Single cell fuel cell evaluation. > Hydrogen-tungsten bronze formation. > CO oxidation on platinum on tungsten oxide. - Abstract: Thin films of WO{sub x} and Pt on WO{sub x} were evaporated onto the microporous layer of a gas diffusion layer (GDL) and served as model electrodes in the polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) as well as in liquid electrolyte measurements. In order to study the effects of introducing WO{sub x} in PEFC electrodes, precise amounts of WO{sub x} (films ranging from 0 to 40 nm) with or without a top layer of Pt (3 nm) were prepared. The structure of the thin-film model electrodes was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy prior to the electrochemical investigations. The electrodes were analyzed by cyclic voltammetry and the electrocatalytic activity for hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) and CO oxidation was examined. The impact of Nafion in the electrode structure was examined by comparing samples with and without Nafion solution sprayed onto the electrode. Fuel cell measurements showed an increased amount of hydrogen tungsten bronzes formed for increasing WO{sub x} thicknesses and that Pt affected the intercalation/deintercalation process, but not the total amount of bronzes. The oxidation of pre-adsorbed CO was shifted to lower potentials for WO{sub x} containing electrodes, suggesting that Pt-WO{sub x} is a more CO-tolerant catalyst than Pt. For the HOR, Pt on thicker films of WO{sub x} showed an increased limiting current, most likely originating from the increased electrochemically active surface area due to proton conductivity and hydrogen permeability in the WO{sub x} film. From measurements in liquid electrolyte it was seen that the system behaved very differently compared to the fuel cell measurements. This exemplifies the large differences between the liquid electrolyte and fuel cell systems. The thin-film model

  18. Electrode for a lithium cell

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    Thackeray, Michael M.; Vaughey, John T.; Dees, Dennis W.

    2008-10-14

    This invention relates to a positive electrode for an electrochemical cell or battery, and to an electrochemical cell or battery; the invention relates more specifically to a positive electrode for a non-aqueous lithium cell or battery when the electrode is used therein. The positive electrode includes a composite metal oxide containing AgV.sub.3O.sub.8 as one component and one or more other components consisting of LiV.sub.3O.sub.8, Ag.sub.2V.sub.4O.sub.11, MnO.sub.2, CF.sub.x, AgF or Ag.sub.2O to increase the energy density of the cell, optionally in the presence of silver powder and/or silver foil to assist in current collection at the electrode and to improve the power capability of the cell or battery.

  19. Separation of tryptophan enantiomers with molecularly imprinted polypyrrole electrode column

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    2010-01-01

    In this study,we have fabricated molecularly imprinted polypyrrole(PPy) packed electrode columns and investigated their effects on separation of tryptophan(Trp) enantiomers by using potential control.The results indicate that the imprinted PPy electrode columns could efficiently enhance the L-Trp uptake and separate Trp enantiomers effectively,implying the great potential for the enantioselective recognition of other amino acids enantiomers.

  20. Carbon Nanotube Electrodes for Effective Interfacing with Retinal Tissue

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    Shoval, Asaf; Adams, Christopher; David-Pur, Moshe; Shein, Mark; Hanein, Yael; Sernagor, Evelyne

    2009-01-01

    We have investigated the use of carbon nanotube coated microelectrodes as an interface material for retinal recording and stimulation applications. Test devices were micro-fabricated and consisted of 60, 30 μm diameter electrodes at spacing of 200 μm. These electrodes were coated via chemical vapor deposition of carbon nanotubes, resulting in conducting, three dimensional surfaces with a high interfacial area. These attributes are important both for the quality of the cell-surface coupling as...

  1. Electrostatic actuation of nanomechanical optical fibres with integrated electrodes

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    Podoliak, N.; Lian, Zhenggang; Segura, Martha; Loh, W H; Horak, P.

    2014-01-01

    We investigate theoretically and experimentally the possibility of electrostatic actuation of nanomechanical optical fibers with integrated electrodes. The fiber has two optically guiding cores suspended in air by thin flexible membranes. This fiber structure allows for control of the optical properties via nanometer-range mechanical core movements. The electrostatic actuation of the fiber is generated by electrically charged electrodes embedded in the fiber cladding. Fiber designs with one t...

  2. Nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors

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    NOLAN, HUGO; Mendoza-Sanchez, Beatriz; Ashok Kumar, Nanjundan; McEvoy, Niall; O'Brien, Sean; NICOLOSI, VALERIA; Duesberg, Georg S.

    2014-01-01

    Herein we use Nitrogen-doped reduced Graphene Oxide (N-rGO) as the active material in supercapacitor electrodes. Building on a previous work detailing the synthesis of this material, electrodes were fabricated via spray-deposition of aqueous dispersions and the electrochemical charge storage mechanism was investigated. Results indicate that the functionalised graphene displays improved performance compared to non-functionalised graphene. The simplicity of fabrication suggests ease of up-scali...

  3. The problem of skin-electrode processes during medical electrography.

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    Tatarenko, L

    1975-01-01

    The processes were studied which take place at the skin-electrode zone when surface electrodes are applied to the human body for the medical electrography (ECG, EEG, EMG, etc.). These processes were investigated from the point of view of their influence on the distortion-resistence and the precision of the biopotential registration; they were studied also as a possible source of bioinformation. The results of the experimental research are discussed.

  4. Advantage of four-electrode over two-electrode defibrillators.

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    Bragard, J; Šimić, A; Laroze, D; Elorza, J

    2015-12-01

    Defibrillation is the standard clinical treatment used to stop ventricular fibrillation. An electrical device delivers a controlled amount of electrical energy via a pair of electrodes in order to reestablish a normal heart rate. We propose a technique that is a combination of biphasic shocks applied with a four-electrode system rather than the standard two-electrode system. We use a numerical model of a one-dimensional ring of cardiac tissue in order to test and evaluate the benefit of this technique. We compare three different shock protocols, namely a monophasic and two types of biphasic shocks. The results obtained by using a four-electrode system are compared quantitatively with those obtained with the standard two-electrode system. We find that a huge reduction in defibrillation threshold is achieved with the four-electrode system. For the most efficient protocol (asymmetric biphasic), we obtain a reduction in excess of 80% in the energy required for a defibrillation success rate of 90%. The mechanisms of successful defibrillation are also analyzed. This reveals that the advantage of asymmetric biphasic shocks with four electrodes lies in the duration of the cathodal and anodal phase of the shock. PMID:26764786

  5. Advantage of four-electrode over two-electrode defibrillators

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    Bragard, J.; Šimić, A.; Laroze, D.; Elorza, J.

    2015-12-01

    Defibrillation is the standard clinical treatment used to stop ventricular fibrillation. An electrical device delivers a controlled amount of electrical energy via a pair of electrodes in order to reestablish a normal heart rate. We propose a technique that is a combination of biphasic shocks applied with a four-electrode system rather than the standard two-electrode system. We use a numerical model of a one-dimensional ring of cardiac tissue in order to test and evaluate the benefit of this technique. We compare three different shock protocols, namely a monophasic and two types of biphasic shocks. The results obtained by using a four-electrode system are compared quantitatively with those obtained with the standard two-electrode system. We find that a huge reduction in defibrillation threshold is achieved with the four-electrode system. For the most efficient protocol (asymmetric biphasic), we obtain a reduction in excess of 80% in the energy required for a defibrillation success rate of 90%. The mechanisms of successful defibrillation are also analyzed. This reveals that the advantage of asymmetric biphasic shocks with four electrodes lies in the duration of the cathodal and anodal phase of the shock.

  6. Electrochemical degradation of chlorobenzene on boron-doped diamond and platinum electrodes

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    Liu Lei [Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, Shanghai, 200092 (China); Zhao Guohua, E-mail: g.zhao@tongji.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, Shanghai, 200092 (China); Wu Meifen; Lei Yanzhu; Geng Rong [Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, Shanghai, 200092 (China)

    2009-08-30

    In this paper the electrochemical degradation of chlorobenzene (CB) was investigated on boron-doped diamond (BDD) and platinum (Pt) anodes, and the degradation kinetics on these two electrodes was compared. Compared with the total mineralization with a total organic carbon (TOC) removal of 85.2% in 6 h on Pt electrode, the TOC removal reached 94.3% on BDD electrode under the same operate condition. Accordingly, the mineralization current efficiency (MCE) during the mineralization on BDD electrode was higher than that on the Pt electrode. Besides TOC, the conversion of CB, the productions and decay of intermediates were also monitored. Kinetic study indicated that the decay of CB on BDD and Pt electrodes were both pseudo-first-order reactions, and the reaction rate constant (k{sub s}) on BDD electrode was higher than that on Pt electrode. The different reaction mechanisms on the two electrodes were investigated by the variation of intermediates concentrations. Two different reaction pathways for the degradation of CB on BDD electrode and Pt electrode involving all these intermediates were proposed.

  7. Electrochemical degradation of chlorobenzene on boron-doped diamond and platinum electrodes.

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    Liu, Lei; Zhao, Guohua; Wu, Meifen; Lei, Yanzhu; Geng, Rong

    2009-08-30

    In this paper the electrochemical degradation of chlorobenzene (CB) was investigated on boron-doped diamond (BDD) and platinum (Pt) anodes, and the degradation kinetics on these two electrodes was compared. Compared with the total mineralization with a total organic carbon (TOC) removal of 85.2% in 6h on Pt electrode, the TOC removal reached 94.3% on BDD electrode under the same operate condition. Accordingly, the mineralization current efficiency (MCE) during the mineralization on BDD electrode was higher than that on the Pt electrode. Besides TOC, the conversion of CB, the productions and decay of intermediates were also monitored. Kinetic study indicated that the decay of CB on BDD and Pt electrodes were both pseudo-first-order reactions, and the reaction rate constant (k(s)) on BDD electrode was higher than that on Pt electrode. The different reaction mechanisms on the two electrodes were investigated by the variation of intermediates concentrations. Two different reaction pathways for the degradation of CB on BDD electrode and Pt electrode involving all these intermediates were proposed. PMID:19264395

  8. Film stresses and electrode buckling in organic solar cells

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    Brand, Vitali

    2012-08-01

    We investigate the film stresses that develop in the polymer films and metal electrodes of poly(3-hexyl thiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells. A compressive biaxial stress of ∼-36 MPa was measured in PEDOT:PSS while a tensile stress of ∼6 MPa was measured in the BHJ layer. We then analyze the effect of electrode deposition rate on the film stresses in the Al electrode. Compressive stresses of ∼-100 to -145 MPa in the Al electrode lead to a buckling instability resulting in undulating electrode surface topography. The BHJ layer was found to have the lowest cohesion (∼1.5-1.8 J/m 2) among the layers of the solar cell and dependent on the Al electrode deposition rate. The cohesive failure path in the BHJ layer exhibited the same periodicity and orientation of the Al electrode buckling topography. We discuss the implications of the film stresses on damage processes during device fabrication and operation. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Effect of Calendering on Electrode Wettability in Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Yangping eSheng

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Controlling the wettability between the porous electrode and the electrolyte in lithium ion batteries can improve both the manufacturing process and the electrochemical performance of the cell. The wetting rate, which is the electrolyte transport rate in the porous electrode, can be quantified using the wetting balance. The effect of the calendering process on the wettability of anode electrodes was investigated. A graphite anode film with an as-coated thickness of 59 μm was used as baseline electrode film and was calendered to produce films with thickness ranging from 55 to 41 µm. Results show that wettability is improved by light calendering from an initial thickness of 59 μm to a calendered thickness of 53 μm where the wetting rate increased from 0.375 to 0.589 mm/s0.5. Further calendering below 53 µm resulted in a decrease in wetting rates to a minimum observed value of 0.206 mm/s0.5 at a calendered thickness of 41 μm. Under the same electrolyte, wettability of the electrode is controlled to a great extent by the pore structure in the electrode film which includes parameters such as porosity, pore size distribution, pore geometry and topology. Relations between the wetting behavior and the pore structure as characterized by mercury intrusion and electron microscopy exist and can be used to manipulate the wetting behavior of electrodes.

  10. Point Electrode Studies of the Solid Electrolyte-Electrode Interface

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    Jacobsen, Torben

    In the development of new electrode materials for high temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells methods are needed for the electrochemical evaluation of the catalytic properties of the materials. A major problem in the comparison of materials is how to determine the geometry and the effective length......\\parbox[t]{7.3cm}{Strong anodic activation due to computer communication error.} It is seen that as long as the electrode is kept at the equilibrium potential, the capacity pr.\\,unit area is constant, indicating a stable reaction zone. Polarising the electrode a decrease in this ratio is observed. Although...

  11. Influence on discharge uniformity of electrodes configuration

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    Zheng Jian; Sui Zhan; Lu Jing Ping; Zheng Kui Xing; Zhang Xiong Jun; Dong Yun; Feng Bin

    2002-01-01

    Large area glow discharge plasma that is transparent and highly conductive can be used as electrodes in Pockels cell to extend the switch aperture. To investigate this technology, a glow discharging chamber with a clear aperture of 5 cm x 5 cm was constructed, and hollow cathode, button cathode, pin cathode, bar cathode and bar anode were designed and produced. Using CCD imaging system, the discharging uniformity of different cathodes was tested with bar anode and under the different pressure pre-ionization voltage and main discharging voltage. A uniform plasma can be obtained with a hollow cathode when the pre-ionization voltage is about 700 V, the pressure is about 30 Pa, and the main discharging voltage is about 4 kV, which can be used for the plasma electrode of Pockels cell

  12. MHD Electrode and wall constructions

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    Way, Stewart; Lempert, Joseph

    1984-01-01

    Electrode and wall constructions for the walls of a channel transmitting the hot plasma in a magnetohydrodynamic generator. The electrodes and walls are made of a plurality of similar modules which are spaced from one another along the channel. The electrodes can be metallic or ceramic, and each module includes one or more electrodes which are exposed to the plasma and a metallic cooling bar which is spaced from the plasma and which has passages through which a cooling fluid flows to remove heat transmitted from the electrode to the cooling bar. Each electrode module is spaced from and electrically insulated from each adjacent module while interconnected by the cooling fluid which serially flows among selected modules. A wall module includes an electrically insulating ceramic body exposed to the plasma and affixed, preferably by mechanical clips or by brazing, to a metallic cooling bar spaced from the plasma and having cooling fluid passages. Each wall module is, similar to the electrode modules, electrically insulated from the adjacent modules and serially interconnected to other modules by the cooling fluid.

  13. Capacitance enhancement via electrode patterning.

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    Ho, Tuan A; Striolo, Alberto

    2013-11-28

    The necessity of increasing the energy density in electric double layer capacitors to meet current demand is fueling fundamental and applied research alike. We report here molecular dynamics simulation results for aqueous electrolytes near model electrodes. Particular focus is on the effect of electrode patterning on the structure of interfacial electrolytes, and on the potential drop between the solid electrodes and the bulk electrolytes. The latter is estimated by numerically integrating the Poisson equation using the charge densities due to water and ions accumulated near the interface as input. We considered uniform and patterned electrodes, both positively and negatively charged. The uniformly charged electrodes are modeled as graphite. The patterned ones are obtained by removing carbon atoms from the top-most graphene layer, yielding nanoscopic squares and stripes patterns. For simplicity, the patterned electrodes are effectively simulated as insulators (the charge remains localized on the top-most layer of carbon atoms). Our simulations show that the patterns alter the structure of water and the accumulation of ions at the liquid-solid interfaces. Using aqueous NaCl solutions, we found that while the capacitance calculated for three positively charged electrodes did not change much, that calculated for the negatively charged electrodes significantly increased upon patterning. We find that both water structure and orientation, as well as ion accumulation affect the capacitance. As electrode patterning affects differently water structure and ion accumulation, it might be possible to observe ion-specific effects. These results could be useful for advancing our understanding of electric double layer capacitors, capacitive desalination processes, as well as of fundamental interfacial electrolytes properties. PMID:24289370

  14. Nanostructured copper particles-incorporated Nafion-modified electrode for oxygen reduction

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    T Selvaraju; R Ramaraj

    2005-10-01

    The electrocatalytic activity of nanostructured copper particles (represented as Cunano) incorporated Nafion (Nf) film-coated glassy carbon (GC) electrode (GC/Nf/Cunano) towards oxygen reduction was investigated in oxygenated 0.1 M phosphate buffer (pH 7.2). The electrodeposited Cunano in Nf film was characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The electrocatalytic activity of Cunano at the modified electrode towards oxygen reduction was studied using cyclic voltammetry technique. The molecular oxygen reduction at the GC/Nf/Cunano-modified electrode started at a more positive potential than at a bare GC electrode. A possible reaction mechanism was proposed in which oxygen reduction may proceed through two-step two-electron processes at the GC/Nf/Cunano electrode. The GC/Nf/Cunano electrode shows higher stability for oxygen reduction in neutral solution and the electrode may find applications in fuel cells.

  15. An analytical model for electrode-ceramic interaction in multilayer piezoelectric actuators

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    B. L. Wang; J. C. Han

    2007-01-01

    The present paper develops an analytical model for multi-electrodes in multi-layered piezoelectric actuators, in which the electrodes are vertical to and terminated at the edges of the medium and electroelastic field concentrations ahead of the electrodes in the multilayer piezoelectric actuators are examined. By considering a representative unit in realistic multilayers, the problem is formulated in terms of electric potential between the electrode tips and results in a system of singular integral equations in which the electric potential is taken as unknown function. Effects are investigated of electrode spacing and piezoelectric coupling on the singular electroelastic fields at the electrode tips, and closed-form expressions are given for the electromechanical field near the electrode tips. Exact solution for un-coupled dielectrics is provided, where no piezoelectric coupling is present.

  16. Carbon nanotube electrodes for effective interfacing with retinal tissue

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    Asaf Shoval

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated the use of carbon nanotube microelectrodes as an interface material for retinal recording and stimulation applications. Test devices were micro-fabricated and consisted of 60 pristine 30 um electrodes coated with chemical vapor deposited carbon nanotubes, resulting in conducting, three dimensional surfaces with a high effective interfacial area. These attributes are important both for the quality of the cell-surface coupling as well as for electro-chemical interfacing efficiency. The entire chip was packaged to fit a commercial multielectrode recording and stimulation system. Electrical recordings of spontaneous spikes from whole-mount neonatal mouse retinas were consistently obtained minutes after retinas were placed over the electrodes, exhibiting typical bursting and propagating waves. Most importantly, the signals obtained with carbon nanotube electrodes have exceptionally high signal to noise ratio, reaching values as high as 75. Moreover, spikes are marked by a conspicuous gradual increase in amplitude recorded over a period of minutes to hours, suggesting improvement in cell-electrode coupling. This phenomenon is not observed in conventional commercial electrodes. Electrical stimulation using carbon nanotube electrodes was also achieved. We attribute the superior performances of the carbon nanotube electrodes to their three dimensional nature and the strong neuro-carbon nanotube affinity. The results presented here show the great potential of carbon nanotube electrodes for retinal interfacing applications. Specifically, our results demonstrate a route to achieve a reduction in the electrode size down to few micrometers in order to achieve high efficacy local stimulation needed in retinal prosthetic devices.

  17. Modified nickel electrodes: a review

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    Catalysts in the form of electrode surfaces offer the added dimension of the electrode potential which can be used to manage the catalyst reactivity and in some cases selectivity. The catalytic effect of nickel oxyhydroxide for the electrochemical determination of organics in alkaline media is very common. This has also received substantial thought because of the application of Ni in rechargeable alkaline batteries. This subject matter has been reviewed from different views before. The present review depicts the role of additives and the modifiers towards the enhancement of electro catalytic properties of electrode surface. (author)

  18. Development of a Compact Wireless Laplacian Electrode Module for Electromyograms and Its Human Interface Applications

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    Akira Ichikawa

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we developed a compact wireless Laplacian electrode module for electromyograms (EMGs. One of the advantages of the Laplacian electrode configuration is that EMGs obtained with it are expected to be sensitive to the firing of the muscle directly beneath the measurement site. The performance of the developed electrode module was investigated in two human interface applications: character-input interface and detection of finger movement during finger Braille typing. In the former application, the electrode module was combined with an EMG-mouse click converter circuit. In the latter, four electrode modules were used for detection of finger movements during finger Braille typing. Investigation on the character-input interface indicated that characters could be input stably by contraction of (a the masseter, (b trapezius, (c anterior tibialis and (d flexor carpi ulnaris muscles. This wide applicability is desirable when the interface is applied to persons with physical disabilities because the disability differs one to another. The investigation also demonstrated that the electrode module can work properly without any skin preparation. Finger movement detection experiments showed that each finger movement was more clearly detectable when comparing to EMGs recorded with conventional electrodes, suggesting that the Laplacian electrode module is more suitable for detecting the timing of finger movement during typing. This could be because the Laplacian configuration enables us to record EMGs just beneath the electrode. These results demonstrate the advantages of the Laplacian electrode module.

  19. Synchronized Current Oscillations of Formic Acid Electro-oxidation in a Microchip-based Dual-Electrode Flow Cell

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    Kiss, István Z.; Munjal, Neil; Martin, R. Scott

    2009-01-01

    We investigate the oscillatory electro-oxidation of formic acid on platinum in a microchip-based dual-electrode cell with microfluidic flow control. The main dynamical features of current oscillations on single Pt electrode that had been observed in macro-cells are reproduced in the microfabricated electrochemical cell. In dual-electrode configuration nearly in-phase synchronized current oscillations occur when the reference/counter electrodes are placed far away from the microelectrodes. The synchronization disappears with close reference/counter electrode placements. We show that the cause for synchronization is weak albeit important, bidirectional electrical coupling between the electrodes; therefore the unidirectional mass transfer interactions are negligible. The experimental design enables the investigation of the dynamical behavior in micro-electrode arrays with well-defined control of flow of the electrolyte in a manner where the size and spacing of the electrodes can be easily varied. PMID:20160883

  20. Synchronized Current Oscillations of Formic Acid Electro-oxidation in a Microchip-based Dual-Electrode Flow Cell.

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    Kiss, István Z; Munjal, Neil; Martin, R Scott

    2009-12-30

    We investigate the oscillatory electro-oxidation of formic acid on platinum in a microchip-based dual-electrode cell with microfluidic flow control. The main dynamical features of current oscillations on single Pt electrode that had been observed in macro-cells are reproduced in the microfabricated electrochemical cell. In dual-electrode configuration nearly in-phase synchronized current oscillations occur when the reference/counter electrodes are placed far away from the microelectrodes. The synchronization disappears with close reference/counter electrode placements. We show that the cause for synchronization is weak albeit important, bidirectional electrical coupling between the electrodes; therefore the unidirectional mass transfer interactions are negligible. The experimental design enables the investigation of the dynamical behavior in micro-electrode arrays with well-defined control of flow of the electrolyte in a manner where the size and spacing of the electrodes can be easily varied.

  1. Inkjet Printing of Back Electrodes for Inverted Polymer Solar cells

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    Angmo, Dechan; Sweelssen, Jorgen; Andriessen, Ronn;

    2013-01-01

    Evaporation is the most commonly used deposition method in the processing of back electrodes in polymer solar cells used in scientifi c studies. However, vacuum-based methods such as evaporation are uneconomical in the upscaling of polymer solar cells as they are throughput limiting steps...... in an otherwise fast roll-to-roll production line. In this paper, the applicability of inkjet printing in the ambient processing of back electrodes in inverted polymer solar cells with the structure ITO/ZnO/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/ Ag is investigated. Furthermore, the limitation of screen printing, the commonly...... employed method in the ambient processing of back electrode, is demonstrated and discussed. Both inkjet printing and screen printing of back electrodes are studied for their impact on the photovoltaic properties of the polymer solar cells measured under 1000 Wm−2 AM1.5. Each ambient processing technique...

  2. Electrode materials for microbial fuel cells: nanomaterial approach

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    Mustakeem, Mustakeem

    2015-11-05

    Microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology has the potential to become a major renewable energy resource by degrading organic pollutants in wastewater. The performance of MFC directly depends on the kinetics of the electrode reactions within the fuel cell, with the performance of the electrodes heavily influenced by the materials they are made from. A wide range of materials have been tested to improve the performance of MFCs. In the past decade, carbon-based nanomaterials have emerged as promising materials for both anode and cathode construction. Composite materials have also shown to have the potential to become materials of choice for electrode manufacture. Various transition metal oxides have been investigated as alternatives to conventional expensive metals like platinum for oxygen reduction reaction. In this review, different carbon-based nanomaterials and composite materials are discussed for their potential use as MFC electrodes.

  3. Flexible electrochromic films based on CVD-graphene electrodes

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    Graphene synthesized via chemical vapor deposition is a notable candidate for flexible large-area transparent electrodes due to its great physical properties and its 2D activated surface area. Electrochromic devices in optical displays, smart windows, etc are suitable applications for graphene when used as a transparent conductive electrode. In this study, various-layer graphene was synthesized via chemical vapor deposition, and inorganic WOx was deposited on the layers, which have advantageous columnar structures and W6+ and W4+ oxidation states. The characteristics of graphene and WOx were verified using optical transmittance, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The optimum transparent conductive electrode condition for controlling graphene layers was investigated based on the optical density and cyclic voltammetry. Electrochromic devices were fabricated using a three-layer graphene electrode, which had the best optical density. The graphene in the flexible electrochromic device demonstrated a potential for replacing ITO in flexible electronics. (paper)

  4. Flexible electrochromic films based on CVD-graphene electrodes

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    Choi, Dong Soo; Han, Seung Ho; Kim, Hyeongkeun; Kang, So Hee; Kim, Yena; Yang, Cheol-Min; Kim, Tae Young; Yoon, Dae Ho; Yang, Woo Seok

    2014-09-01

    Graphene synthesized via chemical vapor deposition is a notable candidate for flexible large-area transparent electrodes due to its great physical properties and its 2D activated surface area. Electrochromic devices in optical displays, smart windows, etc are suitable applications for graphene when used as a transparent conductive electrode. In this study, various-layer graphene was synthesized via chemical vapor deposition, and inorganic WOx was deposited on the layers, which have advantageous columnar structures and W6+ and W4+ oxidation states. The characteristics of graphene and WOx were verified using optical transmittance, Raman spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The optimum transparent conductive electrode condition for controlling graphene layers was investigated based on the optical density and cyclic voltammetry. Electrochromic devices were fabricated using a three-layer graphene electrode, which had the best optical density. The graphene in the flexible electrochromic device demonstrated a potential for replacing ITO in flexible electronics.

  5. Non-polarisable dry electrode based on NASICON ceramic.

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    Gondran, C; Siebert, E; Fabry, P; Novakov, E; Gumery, P Y

    1995-05-01

    A NASICON-type ceramic (high sodium ion conductor) is proposed to record bioelectric signals. The electrode does not need gel before its application. The principle of the measurements is based on a sodium ion exchange between the skin and the material. Electrical measurements performed in saline solutions show that the electrode is slightly polarisable. The skin-electrode impedance was investigated. The impedance decreases as a function of the time of application. The resistive component is the major source of the impedance change. This can be explained by the perspiration process which occurs immediately with time after the application of the NASICON-based electrode on the skin. The skin condition is also an important parameter. NaCl saline solution or abrasion causes the resistance to decrease markedly.

  6. Removal of suspended solids and turbidity from marble processing wastewaters by electrocoagulation: Comparison of electrode materials and electrode connection systems

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    Solak, Murat [Duezce University, Kaynasli Vocational School, Environmental Protection and Control Department, 81900 Duezce (Turkey); Kilic, Mehmet, E-mail: kavi@mmf.sdu.edu.tr [Sueleyman Demirel University, Engineering and Architecture Faculty, Environmental Engineering Department, 32260 Isparta (Turkey); Hueseyin, Yazici; Sencan, Aziz [Sueleyman Demirel University, Engineering and Architecture Faculty, Environmental Engineering Department, 32260 Isparta (Turkey)

    2009-12-15

    In this study, removal of suspended solids (SS) and turbidity from marble processing wastewaters by electrocoagulation (EC) process were investigated by using aluminium (Al) and iron (Fe) electrodes which were run in serial and parallel connection systems. To remove these pollutants from the marble processing wastewater, an EC reactor including monopolar electrodes (Al/Fe) in parallel and serial connection system, was utilized. Optimization of differential operation parameters such as pH, current density, and electrolysis time on SS and turbidity removal were determined in this way. EC process with monopolar Al electrodes in parallel and serial connections carried out at the optimum conditions where the pH value was 9, current density was approximately 15 A/m{sup 2}, and electrolysis time was 2 min resulted in 100% SS removal. Removal efficiencies of EC process for SS with monopolar Fe electrodes in parallel and serial connection were found to be 99.86% and 99.94%, respectively. Optimum parameters for monopolar Fe electrodes in both of the connection types were found to be for pH value as 8, for electrolysis time as 2 min. The optimum current density value for Fe electrodes used in serial and parallel connections was also obtained at 10 and 20 A/m{sup 2}, respectively. Based on the results obtained, it was found that EC process running with each type of the electrodes and the connections was highly effective for the removal of SS and turbidity from marble processing wastewaters, and that operating costs with monopolar Al electrodes in parallel connection were the cheapest than that of the serial connection and all the configurations for Fe electrode.

  7. A Hydrogen Ion-Selective Poly(Vinyl Chloride) Membrane Electrode Based on Calix[4]arene as a Perchlorate Ion-Selective Electrode

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    CANEL, Esin; ERDEN, Sevcan; ÖZEL, Ayça DEMİREL; MEMON, Sahahabuddin

    2008-01-01

    A hydrogen ion-selective electrode was prepared using 5,11,17,23-tetra-tert-butyl-25,26,27,28-tetracyanometoxy-calix[4]arene and the possibility of its use as a perchlorate ion-selective electrode was investigated using its characteristic of becoming perchlorate sensitive in acidic regions. The electrode of the optimum characteristic had a composition of 1% ionophore, 66% o-NPOE, and 33% PVC. This electrode exhibited a linear response over the range 1.0 \\times 10-1-1.0 \\times 10-5 M o...

  8. 钴酸锰/泡沫镍复合电极材料的制备及其电化学性能研究%Fabrication of MnCo2O4/nickel foam electrodes and the investigation of their electrochemical properties

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    张杰; 许家胜; 王琳; 钱建华

    2016-01-01

    利用两步法成功制备出两种MnCo2O4纳米等级结构材料,研究了其电化学性能。结果证实得到的纳米片为 MnCo2O4纳米等级结构,并均匀生长在泡沫镍基底上,电化学性质测试表明,这种纳米片/泡沫镍复合电极表现出优异的电化学性质。这种优异的性质与介孔的MnCo2O4纳米片这一新颖的结构有密切的关系,5 A/g时的比电容值高达475 F/g。MnCo2O4/泡沫镍复合材料是一种非常有潜力的超级电容电极材料,MnCo2O4纳米材料结构和形貌对超级电容器电极材料的电化学性质有较大的影响。%Two kinds of MnCo2O4 hierarchical structures were uniformly grown on Ni foam via a facile two-step method. These electrode materials were directly used as the integrated electrode for supercapacitors. The electrochemical properties were investigated. These MnCo2O4/Ni foam electrodes exhibit ultrahigh capacitance because of these unique nanostructures. The specific capacitance value is 475 F/g at current density of 5 A/g. The structure and morphology of MnCo2O4 nanomaterials play an important role in the electrochemical performance of the supercapacitor materials and the MnCo2O4/Ni foam electrode could be a great potential material for the supercapacitor in industry.

  9. Synchronized Current Oscillations of Formic Acid Electro-oxidation in a Microchip-based Dual-Electrode Flow Cell

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    Kiss, István Z.; Munjal, Neil; Martin, R. Scott

    2009-01-01

    We investigate the oscillatory electro-oxidation of formic acid on platinum in a microchip-based dual-electrode cell with microfluidic flow control. The main dynamical features of current oscillations on single Pt electrode that had been observed in macro-cells are reproduced in the microfabricated electrochemical cell. In dual-electrode configuration nearly in-phase synchronized current oscillations occur when the reference/counter electrodes are placed far away from the microelectrodes. The...

  10. Composite Electrodes for Electrochemical Supercapacitors

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    Yang QuanMin; Li Jun; Zhitomirsky Igor

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Manganese dioxide nanofibers with length ranged from 0.1 to 1 μm and a diameter of about 4–6 nm were prepared by a chemical precipitation method. Composite electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors were fabricated by impregnation of the manganese dioxide nanofibers and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) into porous Ni plaque current collectors. Obtained composite electrodes, containing 85% of manganese dioxide and 15 mass% of MWCNT, as a conductive additive, with to...

  11. Expansion and shrinkage of the sulfur composite electrode in rechargeable lithium batteries

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    He, Xiangming; Ren, Jianguo; Wang, Li; Pu, Weihua; Jiang, Changyin; Wan, Chunrong [Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2009-05-01

    The expansion and shrinkage characteristics of sulfur composite cathode electrode in rechargeable lithium batteries have been investigated. It was found that the sulfur composites electrodes expanded when discharging and shrank when charging again. The thickness change of the electrode was measured to be about 22%. The thickness of lithium metal anodes was also changed when lithium deposition and dissolution, while the sulfur composites electrodes expanded and shrank conversely. The investigation showed that the thickness changes of lithium anode and sulfur composite cathode could be compensated with each other to keep the total thickness of the cell not to change so much. (author)

  12. Electronic structure and excited state dynamics in optically excited PTCDA films investigated with two-photon photoemission

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    Marks, M.; Sachs, S.; Schwalb, C. H.; Schöll, A.; Höfer, U.

    2013-09-01

    We present an investigation of the electronic structure and excited state dynamics of optically excited 3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride (PTCDA) thin films adsorbed on Ag(111) using two-photon photoemission spectroscopy (2PPE). 2PPE allows us to study both occupied and unoccupied electronic states, and we are able to identify signals from the highest occupied and the two lowest unoccupied electronic states of the PTCDA thin film in the 2PPE spectra. The energies for occupied states are identical to values from ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. Compared to results from inverse photoelectron spectroscopy (IPES), the 2PPE signals from the two lowest unoccupied electronic states, LUMO and LUMO+1, are found at 0.8 eV and 1.0 eV lower energies, respectively. We attribute this deviation to the different final states probed in 2PPE and IPES and the attractive interaction of the photoexcited electron and the remaining hole. Furthermore, we present a time-resolved investigation of the excited state dynamics of the PTCDA film in the femtosecond time regime. We observe a significantly shorter inelastic excited state lifetime compared to findings from time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy of PTCDA single crystals which could originate from excitation quenching by the metal substrate.

  13. Electron transfer at sensitized semiconductor electrodes

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    Spitler, M.T.

    1977-03-01

    Electron transfer from the excited state of sensitizing dyes to the conduction band of semiconductors has been studied through photoelectrochemical techniques. Two systems were analyzed in detail: rhodamine B on ZnO and rose bengal on TiO/sub 2/. Prior to electrochemical experimentation, the adsorption characteristics of these dyes were investigated using ZnO, ZnS, and TiO/sub 2/ single crystals as substrates. Absorbance measurements of the adsorbed dye were taken as a function of the solution concentration of the dye. Adsorption isotherms heats of adsorption were also established; they were similar to literature data reported for adsorption of these dyes on powdered substrates. Using the absorbance data, the quantum efficiency for photoinjection of electrons from rhodamine B into a ZnO electrode was determined to be 2.7 x 10/sup -2/. This value was independent of the dye surface concentration down to 50% coverage of the electrode. With the assumption that not all of the rhodamine B adsorbed on the electrode has the same rate of electron injection, a kinetic model for the time decay of the photocurrent was developed; data were analyzed according to this theory. A rate constant for photoreduction of the adsorbed dye was determined for the reducing agents. 86 references.

  14. Diffusion in biofilms respiring on electrodes

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    Renslow, Ryan S. [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States); Babauta, Jerome T. [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States); Majors, Paul D. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Beyenal, Haluk [Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States)

    2012-11-15

    The goal of this study was to measure spatially and temporally resolved effective diffusion coefficients (De) in biofilms respiring on electrodes. Two model electrochemically active biofilms, Geobacter sulfurreducens PCA and Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, were investigated. A novel nuclear magnetic resonance microimaging perfusion probe capable of simultaneous electrochemical and pulsed-field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance (PFG-NMR) techniques was used. PFG-NMR allowed for noninvasive, nondestructive, high spatial resolution in situ De measurements in living biofilms respiring on electrodes. The electrodes were polarized so that they would act as the sole terminal electron acceptor for microbial metabolism. We present our results as both two-dimensional De heat maps and surface-averaged relative effective diffusion coefficient (Drs) depth profiles. We found that (1) Drs decreases with depth in G. sulfurreducens biofilms, following a sigmoid shape; (2) Drs at a given location decreases with G. sulfurreducens biofilm age; (3) average De and Drs profiles in G. sulfurreducens biofilms are lower than those in S. oneidensis biofilms—the G. sulfurreducens biofilms studied here were on average 10 times denser than the S. oneidensis biofilms; and (4) halting the respiration of a G. sulfurreducens biofilm decreases the De values. Density, reflected by De, plays a major role in the extracellular electron transfer strategies of electrochemically active biofilms.

  15. High Speed, Low Cost Fabrication of Gas Diffusion Electrodes for Membrane Electrode Assemblies

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    DeCastro, Emory S.; Tsou, Yu-Min; Liu, Zhenyu

    2013-09-20

    Fabrication of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) depends on creating inks or pastes of catalyst and binder, and applying this suspension to either the membrane (catalyst coated membrane) or gas diffusion media (gas diffusion electrode) and respectively laminating either gas diffusion media or gas diffusion electrodes (GDEs) to the membrane. One barrier to cost effective fabrication for either of these approaches is the development of stable and consistent suspensions. This program investigated the fundamental forces that destabilize the suspensions and developed innovative approaches to create new, highly stable formulations. These more concentrated formulations needed fewer application passes, could be coated over longer and wider substrates, and resulted in significantly lower coating defects. In March of 2012 BASF Fuel Cell released a new high temperature product based on these advances, whereby our customers received higher performing, more uniform MEAs resulting in higher stack build yields. Furthermore, these new materials resulted in an “instant” increase in capacity due to higher product yields and material throughput. Although not part of the original scope of this program, these new formulations have also led us to materials that demonstrate equivalent performance with 30% less precious metal in the anode. This program has achieved two key milestones in DOE’s Manufacturing R&D program: demonstration of processes for direct coating of electrodes and continuous in-line measurement for component fabrication.

  16. Stimulation and recording electrodes for neural prostheses

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    Pour Aryan, Naser; Rothermel, Albrecht

    2015-01-01

    This book provides readers with basic principles of the electrochemistry of the electrodes used in modern, implantable neural prostheses. The authors discuss the boundaries and conditions in which the electrodes continue to function properly for long time spans, which are required when designing neural stimulator devices for long-term in vivo applications. Two kinds of electrode materials, titanium nitride and iridium are discussed extensively, both qualitatively and quantitatively. The influence of the counter electrode on the safety margins and electrode lifetime in a two electrode system is explained. Electrode modeling is handled in a final chapter.

  17. Extraction electrode geometry for a calutron

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    Veach, A.M.; Bell, W.A. Jr.

    1975-09-23

    This patent relates to an improved geometry for the extraction electrode and the ground electrode utilized in the operation of a calutron. The improved electrodes are constructed in a partial-picture-frame fashion with the slits of both electrodes formed by two tungsten elongated rods. Additional parallel spaced-apart rods in each electrode are used to establish equipotential surfaces over the rest of the front of the ion source. (auth)

  18. Pyrolyzed Photoresist Electrodes for Integration in Microfluidic Chips for Transmitter Detection from Biological Cells

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    Larsen, Simon Tylsgaard; Argyraki, Aikaterini; Amato, Letizia;

    2013-01-01

    screening applications. We also investigated the effect of using two different photoresists for fabrication of pyrolyzed photoresist electrodes. We observed a significant difference in the cross-sectional profile of band electrodes made of AZ 4562 and AZ 5214 photoresist. This difference can be explained...... by the difference in photoresist viscosity. By adding a soft bake step to the fabrication procedure, the flatness of pyrolyzed AZ 5214 electrodes could be improved which would facilitate their integration in microfluidic chip devices....

  19. Effect of electrode geometry on photovoltaic performance of polymer solar cells

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    Li, Meng; Ma, Heng; Wang, Zhaokui; Wang, Chuankun; Jiang, Yurong; Liu, Ning

    2013-01-01

    This paper investigates the impact of electrode geometry on the performance of polymer solar cells (PSCs). Four types of negative electrodes with equal area (0.09 cm2) but different shape (round, oval, square, and triangular) are evaluated with respect to short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage, fill factor, and power conversion efficiency of PSCs. The results show that the device with round electrodes gives the best photovoltaic performance; in contrast, the device with triangula...

  20. Inkjet printed ECG electrodes for long term biosignal monitoring in personalized and ubiquitous healthcare

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    John C. Batchelor and Alexander J. Casson

    2015-01-01

    This paper investigates the performance of inkjet printed electrodes for electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring in personalized and ubiquitous healthcare. As a rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing approach, inkjet printing can allow personalization of electrode sizes and shapes and can be used with a range of substrates to achieve good long term connections to the skin. We compare the performance of two types of inkjet electrodes printed using different substrates. Results demonstrate that b...

  1. Impedance Diagrams of the Electrodes in the Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell

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    Meland, Anne-Kristine

    2007-01-01

    The objective of this thesis was to better understand the electrodes of the polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC), and especially the anode. We were interested in how CO poisoning affected the fuel cell and therefore we started by looking at the unpoisoned anode. It was important to get a good understanding of the mechanisms of the unpoisoned electrode to have a good background to understand the poisoned one.The electrodes were investigated using in situ electrochemical impedance spe...

  2. Monolayers and multilayers of chlorophyll [correction of chlorophyl] a on a mercury electrode.

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    Moncelli, M R; Becucci, L; Dolfi, A; Tadini Buoninsegni, F; Agostiano, A

    2002-05-15

    A novel experimental technique used to investigate chlorophyll films on a hanging mercury drop electrode is described. Two different procedures are employed to prepare self-assembled chlorophyll monolayers and multilayers on the mercury electrode. Upon illuminating the chlorophyll a (Chl)-coated mercury electrode with an appropriate light source, the photocurrents generated by the Chl aggregates are measured under short-circuit conditions in the absence of photoartefacts. The preliminary results obtained by this novel technique are presented. PMID:12009465

  3. Development of electrodes for the NASA iron/chromium

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    Swette, L.; Jalan, V.

    1984-01-01

    This program was directed primarily to the development of the negative (Cr3+/Cr2+) electrode for the NASA chromous/ferric Redox battery. The investigation of the effects of substrate processing and gold/lead catalyzation parameters on electrochemical performance were continued. In addition, the effects of reactant cross-mixing, acidity level, and temperature were examined for both Redox couples. Finally, the performance of optimized electrodes was tested in system hardware (1/3 square foot single cell). The major findings are discussed: (1) The recommended processing temperature for the carbon felt, as a substrate for the negative electrode, is 1650 to 1750 C, (2) The recommended gold catalyzation procedure is essentially the published NASA procedure (NASA TM-82724, Nov. 1981) based on deposition from aqueous methanol solution, with the imposition of a few controls such as temperature (25 C) and precatalyzation pH of the felt (7), (3) Experimental observations of the gold catalyzation process and subsequent electron microscopy indicate that the gold is deposited from the colloidal state, induced by contact of the solution with the carbon felt, (4) Electrodeposited lead appears to be present as a thin uniform layer over the entire surface of the carbon fibers, rather than an discrete particles, and (5) Cross-mixing of reactants (Fe-2+ in negative electrode solution or Cr-3+ in the positive electrode solution) did not appear to produce significant interference at either electrode.

  4. Effect of Electrode Configuration on Nitric Oxide Gas Sensor Behavior.

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    Cui, Ling; Murray, Erica P

    2015-01-01

    The influence of electrode configuration on the impedancemetric response of nitric oxide (NO) gas sensors was investigated for solid electrochemical cells [Au/yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ)/Au)]. Fabrication of the sensors was carried out at 1050 °C in order to establish a porous YSZ electrolyte that enabled gas diffusion. Two electrode configurations were studied where Au wire electrodes were either embedded within or wrapped around the YSZ electrolyte. The electrical response of the sensors was collected via impedance spectroscopy under various operating conditions where gas concentrations ranged from 0 to 100 ppm NO and 1%-18% O₂ at temperatures varying from 600 to 700 °C. Gas diffusion appeared to be a rate-limiting mechanism in sensors where the electrode configuration resulted in longer diffusion pathways. The temperature dependence of the NO sensors studied was independent of the electrode configuration. Analysis of the impedance data, along with equivalent circuit modeling indicated the electrode configuration of the sensor effected gas and ionic transport pathways, capacitance behavior, and NO sensitivity. PMID:26404312

  5. Effect of Electrode Configuration on Nitric Oxide Gas Sensor Behavior

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    Ling Cui

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The influence of electrode configuration on the impedancemetric response of nitric oxide (NO gas sensors was investigated for solid electrochemical cells [Au/yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ/Au]. Fabrication of the sensors was carried out at 1050 °C in order to establish a porous YSZ electrolyte that enabled gas diffusion. Two electrode configurations were studied where Au wire electrodes were either embedded within or wrapped around the YSZ electrolyte. The electrical response of the sensors was collected via impedance spectroscopy under various operating conditions where gas concentrations ranged from 0 to 100 ppm NO and 1%–18% O2 at temperatures varying from 600 to 700 °C. Gas diffusion appeared to be a rate-limiting mechanism in sensors where the electrode configuration resulted in longer diffusion pathways. The temperature dependence of the NO sensors studied was independent of the electrode configuration. Analysis of the impedance data, along with equivalent circuit modeling indicated the electrode configuration of the sensor effected gas and ionic transport pathways, capacitance behavior, and NO sensitivity.

  6. Polyaniline-graphite composite film glucose oxidase electrode

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    ZHOU Hai-hui; CHEN Hong; CHEN Jin-hua; KUANG Ya-fei

    2006-01-01

    A novel polyaniline-graphite composite film glucose oxidase (PGCF GOD) electrode was developed. The PGCF was synthesized by cyclic voltammetry method in 0.5 mol/L H2SO4 solution containing 1 g/L graphite powder and 0.2 mol/L aniline. The PGCF GOD electrode was prepared by doping GOD into the composite film. The morphology of the PGCF and the response property of the PGCF GOD electrode were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical measurement,respectively. The results show that the PGCF has a porous and netty structure and the PGCF GOD electrode has excellent response property such as high sensitivity and short response time. Influences of pH value, temperature, glucose concentration and potential on the response current of the electrode were also discussed. The sensor has a maximum steady-state current density of 357.17 tA/cm2and an apparent Michaelis-Menten constant of 16.57 mmol/L. The maximum current response of the enzyme electrode occurs under the condition of pH 5.5, 0.8 V and 65 ℃.

  7. Supercapacitor Electrodes from Activated Carbon Monoliths and Carbon Nanotubes

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    Dolah, B. N. M.; Othman, M. A. R.; Deraman, M.; Basri, N. H.; Farma, R.; Talib, I. A.; Ishak, M. M.

    2013-04-01

    Binderless monoliths of supercapacitor electrodes were prepared by the carbonization (N2) and activation (CO2) of green monoliths (GMs). GMs were made from mixtures of self-adhesive carbon grains (SACG) of fibers from oil palm empty fruit bunches and a combination of 5 & 6% KOH and 0, 5 & 6% carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by weight. The electrodes from GMs containing CNTs were found to have lower specific BET surface area (SBET). The electrochemical behavior of the supercapacitor fabricated using the prepared electrodes were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and galvanostatic charge-discharge (GCD). In general an addition of CNTs into the GMs reduces the equivalent series resistance (ESR) value of the cells. A cell fabricated using electrodes from GM with 5% CNT and 5% KOH was found to have the largest reduction of ESR value than that from the others GMs containing CNT. The cell has steeper Warburg's slope than that from its respective non-CNT GM, which reflect the smaller resistance for electrolyte ions to move into pores of electrodes despite these electrodes having largest reduction in specific BET surface area. The cell also has the smallest reduction of specific capacitance (Csp) and maintains the specific power range despite a reduction in the specific energy range due to the CNT addition.

  8. Toward Uniformly Dispersed Battery Electrode Composite Materials: Characteristics and Performance.

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    Kwon, Yo Han; Huie, Matthew M; Choi, Dalsu; Chang, Mincheol; Marschilok, Amy C; Takeuchi, Kenneth J; Takeuchi, Esther S; Reichmanis, Elsa

    2016-02-10

    Battery electrodes are complex mesoscale systems comprised of electroactive components, conductive additives, and binders. In this report, methods for processing electrodes with dispersion of the components are described. To investigate the degree of material dispersion, a spin-coating technique was adopted to provide a thin, uniform layer that enabled observation of the morphology. Distinct differences in the distribution profile of the electrode components arising from individual materials physical affinities were readily identified. Hansen solubility parameter (HSP) analysis revealed pertinent surface interactions associated with materials dispersivity. Further studies demonstrated that HSPs can provide an effective strategy to identify surface modification approaches for improved dispersions of battery electrode materials. Specifically, introduction of surfactantlike functionality such as oleic acid (OA) capping and P3HT-conjugated polymer wrapping on the surface of nanomaterials significantly enhanced material dispersity over the composite electrode. The approach to the surface treatment on the basis of HSP study can facilitate design of composite electrodes with uniformly dispersed morphology and may contribute to enhancing their electrical and electrochemical behaviors. The conductivity of the composites and their electrochemical performance was also characterized. The study illustrates the importance of considering electronic conductivity, electron transfer, and ion transport in the design of environments incorporating active nanomaterials. PMID:26765041

  9. Nanomolar determination of Pb (II ions by selective templated electrode

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    Mazloum-Ardakani Mohammad

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Polypyrrole modified electrode, prepared by electropolymerization of pyrrole in the presence of methyl red as a dopant, was templated with respect to Pb2+ ion and applied for potentiometric and voltammetric detection of this ion. The templating process improved the analytical response characteristics of the electrode, specially their selectivity, with respect to Pb2+ ion. The improvement depends on both the incorporated ligand (dopant and the templating process, with the latter being more vital. The potentiometric response of the electrode was linear within the Pb2+ concentration range of 2.0×10-6 to 5.0×10-2 M with a near-Nernstian slope of 28.6 mV decade-1 and a detection limit of 7.0 ×10-7 M. The electrode was also used for preconcentration differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry (DPASV and results showed that peak currents for the incorporated lead species were dependent on the metal ion concentration in the range of 1.0×10-8 to 1.0×10-3 M. The detection limit of DPASV method was 3.5 ×10-9 M. The selectivity of the electrode with respect to some transition metal ions was investigated. The modified-templated electrode was used for the successful assay of lead in two standard reference material samples.

  10. Chronic impedance spectroscopy of an endovascular stent-electrode array

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    Opie, Nicholas L.; John, Sam E.; Rind, Gil S.; Ronayne, Stephen M.; Grayden, David B.; Burkitt, Anthony N.; May, Clive N.; O’Brien, Terence J.; Oxley, Thomas J.

    2016-08-01

    Objective. Recently, we reported a minimally invasive stent-electrode array capable of recording neural signals from within a blood vessel. We now investigate the use of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements to infer changes occurring to the electrode–tissue interface from devices implanted in a cohort of sheep for up to 190 days. Approach. In a cohort of 15 sheep, endovascular stent-electrode arrays were implanted in the superior sagittal sinus overlying the motor cortex for up to 190 days. EIS was performed routinely to quantify viable electrodes for up to 91 days. An equivalent circuit model (ECM) was developed from the in vivo measurements to characterize the electrode–tissue interface changes occurring to the electrodes chronically implanted within a blood vessel. Post-mortem histological assessment of stent and electrode incorporation into the wall of the cortical vessels was compared to the electrical impedance measurements. Main results. EIS could be used to infer electrode viability and was consistent with x-ray analysis performed in vivo, and post-mortem evaluation. Viable electrodes exhibited consistent 1 kHz impedances across the 91 day measurement period, with the peak resistance frequency for the acquired data also stable over time. There was a significant change in 100 Hz phase angles, increasing from ‑67.8° ± 8.8° at day 0 to ‑43.8° ± 0.8° at day 91, which was observed to stabilize after eight days. ECM’s modeled to the data suggested this change was due to an increase in the capacitance of the electrode–tissue interface. This was supported by histological assessment with >85% of the implanted stent struts covered with neointima and incorporated into the blood vessel within two weeks. Conclusion. This work demonstrated that EIS could be used to determine the viability of electrode implanted chronically within a blood vessel. Impedance measurements alone were not observed to be a useful predictor of alterations

  11. Using mesoporous carbon electrodes for brackish water desalination.

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    Zou, Linda; Li, Lixia; Song, Huaihe; Morris, Gayle

    2008-04-01

    Electrosorptive deionisation is an alternative process to remove salt ions from the brackish water. The porous carbon materials are used as electrodes. When charged in low voltage electric fields, they possess a highly charged surface that induces adsorption of salt ions on the surface. This process is reversible, so the adsorbed salt ions can be desorbed and the electrode can be reused. In the study, an ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) electrode was developed for electrosorptive desalination. The effects of pore arrangement pattern (ordered and random) and pore size distribution (mesopores and micropores) on the desalination performance was investigated by comparing OMC and activated carbon (AC). It were revealed from X-ray diffraction and N(2) sorption measurements that AC has both micropores and mesopores, whereas ordered mesopores are dominant in OMC. Their performance as potential electrodes to remove salt was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge/discharge tests at a range of electrolyte concentrations and sweep rates. It is deduced that under the same electrochemical condition the specific capacitance values of OMC electrode (i.e. 133 F/g obtained from CV at a sweep rate of 1 mV/s in 0.1M NaCl solution) are larger than those of AC electrode (107 F/g), suggesting that the former has a higher desalting capacity than the latter. Furthermore, the OMC electrode shows a better rate capacity than the AC electrode. In addition, the desalination capacities were quantified by the batch-mode experiment at low voltage of 1.2V in 25 ppm NaCl solution (50 micros/cm conductivity). It was found that the adsorbed ion amounts of OMC and AC electrodes were 11.6 and 4.3 micromol/g, respectively. The excellent electrosorptive desalination performance of OMC electrode might be not only due to the suitable pore size (average of 3.3 nm) for the propagation of the salt ions, but also due to the ordered mesoporous structure that facilitates desorption of the

  12. Diffusional transport to and through thin-layer nanoparticle film modified electrodes: capped CdSe nanoparticle modified electrodes.

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    Hepburn, William G; Batchelor-McAuley, Christopher; Tschulik, Kristina; Barnes, Edward O; Kachoosangi, Roohollah Torabi; Compton, Richard G

    2014-09-01

    We present a simple and general theoretical model which accounts fully for the influence of an electrode modifying non-electroactive layer on the voltammetric response of a diffusional redox probe. The layer is solely considered to alter the solubilities and diffusion coefficients of the electroactive species within the thin layer on the electrode surface. On this basis it is demonstrated how, first, the apparent electrochemical rate constant can deviate significantly from that measured at an unmodified electrode. Second, depending on the conditions within the layer the modification of the electrode may lead to either apparent 'negative' or 'positive' electrocatalytic effects without the true standard electrochemical rate constant for the electron transfer at the electrode surface being altered. Having presented the theoretical model three experimental cases are investigated, specifically, the reductions of ruthenium(III) hexaamine, oxygen and boric acid on a gold macro electrode with and without a multi-layer organic capped nanoparticle film. In the latter case of the reduction of boric acid the voltammetric reduction is found to be enhanced by the presence of the organic layer. This result is interpreted as being due to an increase in the solubility of the analyte within the non-electroactive layer and not due to an alteration of the standard electrochemical rate constant. PMID:25050481

  13. Optimisation of manufacturing parameters for a Ni-Ag fuel cell electrode

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    Pishbin, M.H. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran); Mohammadi, A.R. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Canada); Nasri, M. [Information Technology Company of Iran, Tehran (Iran)

    2007-08-15

    The aim of this research is to optimise manufacturing parameters for a fuel cell electrode. The combination of nickel oxide, silver oxide and ammonium bicarbonate powders is used to produce the electrode. The main role of silver element is to increase the activity in the electrode. Ni-Ag electrode can be used in fuel cells as positive and negative electrodes. All powders are mixed in the benzene solution by a magnetic mixer and then compressed to form green electrode. The range of pressure in this step is between 40 and 160 MPa. The green electrode is sintered in hydrogen atmosphere through a tube furnace and then cooled to 200 C under argon atmosphere. The range of sintering temperature and time is 500-800 C and 10-60 min, respectively. Also, silver oxide and ammonium bicarbonate percentages are varied from 20 to 65 and 15 to 35%, respectively. All parameters including composition, pressure, sintering temperature and time are changed during electrode fabrication to achieve optimised properties in the electrode. So, it is necessary to perform several tests measuring porosity, surface area, density, weight loss, mechanical strength, shrinkage, exchange current density and metallographic photos. The optimum conditions of the electrode production resulting from this investigation include compacting pressure 60 MPa, sintering temperature 560 C, sintering time 15 min, silver oxide percentage 50% and ammonium bicarbonate percentage 27%. (Abstract Copyright [2007], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  14. Metabolic Characteristics of a Glucose-Utilizing Shewanella oneidensis Strain Grown under Electrode-Respiring Conditions.

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    Gen Nakagawa

    Full Text Available In bioelectrochemical systems, the electrode potential is an important parameter affecting the electron flow between electrodes and microbes and microbial metabolic activities. Here, we investigated the metabolic characteristics of a glucose-utilizing strain of engineered Shewanella oneidensis under electrode-respiring conditions in electrochemical reactors for gaining insight into how metabolic pathways in electrochemically active bacteria are affected by the electrode potential. When an electrochemical reactor was operated with its working electrode poised at +0.4 V (vs. an Ag/AgCl reference electrode, the engineered S. oneidensis strain, carrying a plasmid encoding a sugar permease and glucose kinase of Escherichia coli, generated current by oxidizing glucose to acetate and produced D-lactate as an intermediate metabolite. However, D-lactate accumulation was not observed when the engineered strain was grown with a working electrode poised at 0 V. We also found that transcription of genes involved in pyruvate and D-lactate metabolisms was upregulated at a high electrode potential compared with their transcription at a low electrode potential. These results suggest that the carbon catabolic pathway of S. oneidensis can be modified by controlling the potential of a working electrode in an electrochemical bioreactor.

  15. Enhancing biocompatibility of some cation selective electrodes using heparin modified bacterial cellulose.

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    Badr, Ibrahim H A; Abdel-Sattar, R; Keshk, Sherif M A S

    2015-12-10

    Bacterial cellulose (BC) and heparin-modified bacterial cellulose (HBC) were utilized to enhance the biocompatibility of highly thrombogenic PVC-based potassium and calcium membrane electrodes. Three types of membrane electrodes were prepared: (1) conventional PVC electrode (control), (2) PVC-based electrode sandwiched with bacterial cellulose membrane (BC-PVC), and (3) PVC-based electrode sandwiched with heparin-modified bacterial cellulose membrane (HBC-PVC). The potentiometric response characteristics of the modified potassium and calcium membrane electrodes (BC-PVC and HBC-PVC) were compared with those of the control PVC-based potassium and calcium selective electrode, respectively. Response characteristics of the modified membrane electrodes were comparable to the control PVC membrane electrode. The platelet adhesion investigations indicated that (BC) and (HBC) layers are less thrombogenic compared to PVC. Therefore, use of BC or HBC would enable the enhancement of the biocompatibility of PVC-based membrane electrodes for potassium and calcium while practically maintaining the overall electrochemical performance of the PVC sensing film. PMID:26428173

  16. Electrochemical cell and electrode designs for high-temperature/high-pressure kinetic measurements

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    Many corrosion processes of interest to the nuclear power industry occur in high-temperature/high-pressure aqueous systems. The investigation of the kinetics of the appropriate electrode reactions is a serious experimental challenge, partially because of the high temperatures and pressures and partially because many of these reactions are very rapid, requiring fast relaxation measurements. An electrochemical measuring system is described which is suitable for measurements of the kinetics of fast electrode reactions at temperatures extending to at least 3000C and pressures to at least 10 MPa (100 atmospheres). The system includes solution preparation and handling equipment, the electrochemical cell, and several electrode designs. One of the new designs is a coaxial working electrode-counter electrode assembly; this electrode can be used with very fast-rising pulses, and it provides a well defined, repeatedly-polishable working surface. Low-impedance reference electrodes are also described, based on electrode concepts responding to the pH or the redox potential of the test solution. Additionally, a novel, long-life primary reference electrode design is reported, based on a modification of the external, pressure-balanced Ag/AgCl reference electrode

  17. A study of the electrochemical behaviour of electrodes in operating solid-state supercapacitors

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    The electrochemical behaviour of electrodes and of complete solid-state supercapacitors has been studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge/discharge (CD) measurements using two independent electrochemical equipments. The first one controlled the execution of the test and recorded the voltage and current values of the complete supercapacitor while the other one recorded the potential changes of the single electrodes. In this work, two different types of capacitors were studied: (a) a symmetric supercapacitor using carbon electrodes, and (b) a hybrid (asymmetric) supercapacitor with ruthenium oxide/carbon in the positive electrode and carbon in the negative electrode. The studies evidenced that in the symmetric capacitors the positive electrode controlled the capacitive performance and an optimal mass ratio from 1.2:1 to 1.3:1 between the positive and the negative electrodes was found in the investigated conditions. For the hybrid supercapacitor it was observed that the ruthenium-based positive electrode influenced the capacitive performance of carbon-based negative electrode and that an accurate balance of carbon loading in the negative electrode was necessary

  18. A study of the electrochemical behaviour of electrodes in operating solid-state supercapacitors

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    Staiti, P.; Lufrano, F. [CNR-ITAE, Istituto di Tecnologie Avanzate per l' Energia ' ' Nicola Giordano' ' , Messina (Italy)

    2007-12-01

    The electrochemical behaviour of electrodes and of complete solid-state supercapacitors has been studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge/discharge (CD) measurements using two independent electrochemical equipments. The first one controlled the execution of the test and recorded the voltage and current values of the complete supercapacitor while the other one recorded the potential changes of the single electrodes. In this work, two different types of capacitors were studied: (a) a symmetric supercapacitor using carbon electrodes, and (b) a hybrid (asymmetric) supercapacitor with ruthenium oxide/carbon in the positive electrode and carbon in the negative electrode. The studies evidenced that in the symmetric capacitors the positive electrode controlled the capacitive performance and an optimal mass ratio from 1.2:1 to 1.3:1 between the positive and the negative electrodes was found in the investigated conditions. For the hybrid supercapacitor it was observed that the ruthenium-based positive electrode influenced the capacitive performance of carbon-based negative electrode and that an accurate balance of carbon loading in the negative electrode was necessary. (author)

  19. Synthesis and characterization of tin oxide/carbon aerogel composite electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors

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    Hwang, Sung-Woo; Hyun, Sang-Hoon [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei University, 134 Shinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea)

    2007-10-11

    Two types of carbon aerogel-based functional electrodes for supercapacitor applications are developed. To improve the electrochemical performance of the electrodes, carbon aerogels are doped with pseudocapacitive tin oxide either by impregnating tin oxide sol into resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) wet gels (Method I), or by impregnating tin tetrachloride solution into carbon aerogel electrodes (Method II). The electrodes are heat-treated to 450 C in air to activate the electrode surface and complete the oxidation of tin-precursors in the network structure of the aerogel. The effects of different impregnation methods on the physical/electrochemical properties of the composite electrodes are investigated. Microstructural and compositional variations of the electrodes with tin oxide doping are also examined by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The tin oxide/carbon aerogel composite electrodes synthesized by both methods have similar specific capacitances (66-70 F g{sup -1}). Composite electrodes synthesized via Method II showed better cyclic stability compared with electrodes synthesized via Method I. (author)

  20. Preparation of carbonaceous electrodes and evaluation of their performance by electrochemical techniques

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    Carbonaceous electrodes, from glassy carbon (GC), graphite rod or graphite powder, have been prepared for coulometric and voltammetric investigation. Beaker type graphite electrode of larger surface area was used as working electrode for the analysis of uranium and plutonium in solution by coulometry. Results have shown usefulness of the electrode for both uranium and plutonium analysis. Thus the graphite electrode can be used in place of mercury for uranium analysis and in place of platinum gauze for plutonium analysis. GC electrode ( from French and Indian material ), graphite or carbon paste electrode of smaller surface area prepared here have also been found to give satisfactory performance as could be observed from cyclic voltammetric (cv) patterns for standard K9Fe(CN)6/K4Fe(CN)6 redox system. Especially the GC electrode, (French) polished to 1μ finish with diamond paste gave very low values (1μ amp.) of background current in 1M KCl and the difference in cathodic and anodic peak potentials (δE values) was close to 60 mV from one electron transfer. Therefore the electrode can be used for various types of electrochemical studies relating to redox potentials, reaction mechanism, kinetic parameters etc. of different electrode processes. (author). 20 refs., 3 tabs., 10 figs., 8 photographs

  1. Geometric Characteristics of Three Dimensional Reconstructed Anode Electrodes of Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Cheolwoong Lim

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The realistic three dimensional (3D microstructure of lithium ion battery (LIB electrode plays a key role in studying the effects of inhomogeneous microstructures on the performance of LIBs. However, the complexity of realistic microstructures imposes a significant computational cost on numerical simulation of large size samples. In this work, we used tomographic data obtained for a commercial LIB graphite electrode to evaluate the geometric characteristics of the reconstructed electrode microstructure. Based on the analysis of geometric properties, such as porosity, specific surface area, tortuosity, and pore size distribution, a representative volume element (RVE that retains the geometric characteristics of the electrode material was obtained for further numerical studies. In this work, X-ray micro-computed tomography (CT with 0.56 μm resolution was employed to capture the inhomogeneous porous microstructures of LIB anode electrodes. The Sigmoid transform function was employed to convert the initial raw tomographic images to binary images. Moreover, geometric characteristics of an anode electrode after 2400 cycles at the charge/discharge rate of 1 C were compared with those of a new anode electrode to investigate morphological change of the electrode. In general, the cycled electrode shows larger porosity, smaller tortuosity, and similar specific surface area compared to the new electrode.

  2. Composite Electrodes for Electrochemical Supercapacitors

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    Li, Jun; Yang, Quan Min; Zhitomirsky, Igor

    2010-03-01

    Manganese dioxide nanofibers with length ranged from 0.1 to 1 μm and a diameter of about 4-6 nm were prepared by a chemical precipitation method. Composite electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors were fabricated by impregnation of the manganese dioxide nanofibers and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) into porous Ni plaque current collectors. Obtained composite electrodes, containing 85% of manganese dioxide and 15 mass% of MWCNT, as a conductive additive, with total mass loading of 7-15 mg cm-2, showed a capacitive behavior in 0.5-M Na2SO4 solutions. The decrease in stirring time during precipitation of the nanofibers resulted in reduced agglomeration and higher specific capacitance (SC). The highest SC of 185 F g-1 was obtained at a scan rate of 2 mV s-1 for mass loading of 7 mg cm-2. The SC decreased with increasing scan rate and increasing electrode mass.

  3. Composite Electrodes for Electrochemical Supercapacitors

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    Yang QuanMin

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Manganese dioxide nanofibers with length ranged from 0.1 to 1 μm and a diameter of about 4–6 nm were prepared by a chemical precipitation method. Composite electrodes for electrochemical supercapacitors were fabricated by impregnation of the manganese dioxide nanofibers and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT into porous Ni plaque current collectors. Obtained composite electrodes, containing 85% of manganese dioxide and 15 mass% of MWCNT, as a conductive additive, with total mass loading of 7–15 mg cm−2, showed a capacitive behavior in 0.5-M Na2SO4 solutions. The decrease in stirring time during precipitation of the nanofibers resulted in reduced agglomeration and higher specific capacitance (SC. The highest SC of 185 F g−1 was obtained at a scan rate of 2 mV s−1 for mass loading of 7 mg cm−2. The SC decreased with increasing scan rate and increasing electrode mass.

  4. Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Porous Electrodes

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    Ferguson, Todd R

    2012-01-01

    We review classical porous electrode theory and extend it to non-ideal active materials, including those capable of phase transformations. Using principles of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, we relate the cell voltage, ionic fluxes, and Faradaic charge-transfer kinetics to the variational electrochemical potentials of ions and electrons. The Butler-Volmer exchange current is consistently expressed in terms of the activities of the reduced, oxidized and transition states, and the activation overpotential is defined relative to the local Nernst potential. We also apply mathematical bounds on effective diffusivity to estimate porosity and tortuosity corrections. The theory is illustrated for a Li-ion battery with active solid particles described by a Cahn-Hilliard phase-field model. Depending on the applied current and porous electrode properties, the dynamics can be limited by electrolyte transport, solid diffusion and phase separation, or intercalation kinetics. In phase-separating porous electrodes, the model...

  5. Nanofiber membrane-electrode-assembly and method of fabricating same

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    Pintauro, Peter N.; Ballengee, Jason; Brodt, Matthew

    2016-02-02

    In one aspect of the present invention, a fuel cell membrane-electrode-assembly (MEA) has an anode electrode, a cathode electrode, and a membrane disposed between the anode electrode and the cathode electrode. At least one of the anode electrode, the cathode electrode and the membrane is formed of electrospun nanofibers.

  6. PHOTOCHARGEABLE BEHAVIOR OF HYDROGEN STORAGE ALLOY ELECTRODE MODIFIED WITH TiO_2 NANOPARTICLES

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    王改田; 涂江平; 张博; 张文魁; 吴建波; 黄辉

    2004-01-01

    Photochargeable behavior of hydrogen storage alloy electrode modified with TiO_2 nanoparticles(MH/TiO_2) was investigated by measuring its photocharge-discharge characteristics. The results showed the MH/TiO_2 electrode could store light energy photoelectrochemically when it was illuminated. The potential of the MH/TiO_2 electrode could be charged to 0.843 V.The discharge time of the MH/TiO_2 electrode increased with increasing the illuminating time, The mechanism of photochargeable behavior of the MH/T...

  7. CoO AS ADDITIVE IN POSITIVE ELECTRODE OF NICKEL-METAL HYDRIDE BATTERY

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    吴建波; 涂江平; 韩泰安; 周才明; 张文魁; 赵新兵

    2004-01-01

    A series of positive electrodes for Ni/MH battery were fabricated by addition of CoO.The morphology and microstructure of the electrodes were examined by SEM and EDS, and electrochemical behavior was investigated in three-compartment appliances at room temperature.The electrochemical performance of the positive electrodes with CoO was improved. Under the same charge-discharge cycle, the electrodes with CoO showed higher specific capacity, lower charge mean voltage and higher discharge mean voltage. But ...

  8. The Printing and Firing Process of Al Paste in PTC Ohmic Contact Electrodes

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    LIANG Fei; ZHOU Dong-xiang; LU Wen-zhong; GONG Shu-ping

    2004-01-01

    Al electrodes are well known as ohmic contact electrodes for the PTC component , the influence of their thickness on final component properties was investigated by comparing their ohmic characteristics with the ones of InGa electrodes . After observing the Al paste physical and chemical behaviors during rising temperature by thermal analysis (DTA), the firing operation of Al electrodes could be divided into three main subsections: the temperature rising time (tr), the peak firing temperature (Tp) and the hold time at peak firing temperature (th). The effects of these three parameters on final component properties were discussed in detail.

  9. Electrochemical Behavior of CoSb3-based Electrodes Using Binary PAni/PVDF Binder

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    Jian XIE; Xinbing ZHAO; Gaoshao CAO

    2007-01-01

    The polyaniline (PAni)/polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) hybrid was served as a novel binder for CoSb3-based alloy electrode. The effect of PAni content on the electrochemical performances of the alloy electrode was investigated. It was found that the CoSb3 electrode using the binary PAni/PVDF binder exhibits higher reversible capacity than that using the single PVDF binder, especially in the initial cycles. As a result, the PAni/PVDF hybrid could be a promising binder for the alloy electrode.

  10. Properties of Ag/AgCl electrodes fabricated with IC-compatible technologies

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    Bousse, L.J.; Bergveld, P.; Geeraedts, H.J.M.

    1986-01-01

    The purpose of this work is to fabricate and characterize Ag/AgCl electrodes made on a silicon chip at the wafer level with integrated circuit-compatible fabrication techniques. Such electrodes are useful as reference electrodes in several kinds of chemical sensors. Two types of electrode were investigated. The first type uses an evaporated AgCl layer that is patterned with lift-off photolithography. The second type is formed by exposing a selected part of the silver substrate to a KCrO3Cl so...

  11. Electrochemical Epitaxial Growth of a Pt(111) Phase on an Au(111) Electrode

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    Uosaki, Kohei; Ye, Shen; Naohara, Hideo; Oda, Yasuhiro; Haba, Toshio; KONDO, Toshihiro

    1997-01-01

    The electrochemical deposition of platinum on an Au(111) single-crystal electrode in acidic solutions containing H2PtCl6 was studied using an electrochemical scanning tunneling microscope (STM) and electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM). The STM investigation showed an ordered adlayer of PtCl6^[2-] on the electrode surface during the electrochemical deposition of platinum and a Pt(111)-(1x1) structure on the electrode surface after the electrode was rinsed with a Pt complex-free s...

  12. Nanoengineered membrane electrode assembly interface

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    Song, Yujiang; Shelnutt, John A

    2013-08-06

    A membrane electrode structure suitable for use in a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) that comprises membrane-affixed metal nanoparticles whose formation is controlled by a photochemical process that controls deposition of the metal nanoparticles using a photocatalyst integrated with a polymer electrolyte membrane, such as an ionomer membrane. Impregnation of the polymer membrane with the photocatalyst prior to metal deposition greatly reduces the required amount of metal precursor in the deposition reaction solution by restricting metal reduction substantially to the formation of metal nanoparticles affixed on or near the surface of the polymer membrane with minimal formation of metallic particles not directly associated with the membrane.

  13. Ceramic components for MHD electrode

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    Marchant, D.D.

    A ceramic component which exhibits electrical conductivity down to near room temperatures has the formula: Hf/sub x/In/sub y/A/sub z/O/sub 2/ where x = 0.1 to 0.4, y = 0.3 to 0.6, z = 0.1 to 0.4 and A is a lanthanide rare earth or yttrium. The component is suitable for use in the fabrication of MHD electrodes or as the current leadout portion of a composite electrode with other ceramic components.

  14. The activity of nanocrystalline Fe-based alloys as electrode materials for the hydrogen evolution reaction

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    Müller, Christian Immanuel; Sellschopp, Kai; Tegel, Marcus; Rauscher, Thomas; Kieback, Bernd; Röntzsch, Lars

    2016-02-01

    In view of alkaline water electrolysis, the activities for the hydrogen evolution reaction of nanocrystalline Fe-based electrode materials were investigated and compared with the activities of polycrystalline Fe and Ni. Electrochemical methods were used to elucidate the overpotential value, the charge transfer resistance and the double layer capacity. Structural properties of the electrode surface were determined with SEM, XRD and XPS analyses. Thus, a correlation between electrochemical and structural parameters was found. In this context, we report on a cyclic voltammetric activation procedure which causes a significant increase of the surface area of Fe-based electrodes leading to a boost in effective activity of the activated electrodes. It was found that the intrinsic activity of activated Fe-based electrodes is very high due to the formation of a nanocrystalline surface layer. In contrast, the activation procedure influences only the intrinsic activity of the Ni electrodes without the formation of a porous surface layer.

  15. Photorechargeable Properties of Metal Hydride-SrTiO3 Electrode

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    Wen Kui ZHANG; Xi Li TONG; Hui HUANG; Yong Ping GAN; Na HUANG

    2005-01-01

    A photosensitive metal hydride electrode was prepared by modification with perovskite-type SrTiO3 photocatalyst. The photorechargeable properties of the prepared electrodes were investigated by using electrochemical cyclic voltammetry and EIS measurements. The results showed that the modified electrode exhibited the obvious photorechargeable properties. The reduction current increased remarkably under the xeon light irradiation compared with the unmodified electrode. During the photocharging process, the potential of the modified electrode shifted quickly to negative direction and a potential plateau of about -0.90V (vs. Hg/HgO) occurred at the end of light irradiation. The corresponding discharge capacity of the electrode was about 5.4mAh/g.

  16. Correcting electrode modelling errors in EIT on realistic 3D head models.

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    Jehl, Markus; Avery, James; Malone, Emma; Holder, David; Betcke, Timo

    2015-12-01

    Electrical impedance tomography (EIT) is a promising medical imaging technique which could aid differentiation of haemorrhagic from ischaemic stroke in an ambulance. One challenge in EIT is the ill-posed nature of the image reconstruction, i.e., that small measurement or modelling errors can result in large image artefacts. It is therefore important that reconstruction algorithms are improved with regard to stability to modelling errors. We identify that wrongly modelled electrode positions constitute one of the biggest sources of image artefacts in head EIT. Therefore, the use of the Fréchet derivative on the electrode boundaries in a realistic three-dimensional head model is investigated, in order to reconstruct electrode movements simultaneously to conductivity changes. We show a fast implementation and analyse the performance of electrode position reconstructions in time-difference and absolute imaging for simulated and experimental voltages. Reconstructing the electrode positions and conductivities simultaneously increased the image quality significantly in the presence of electrode movement.

  17. Preparation and properties of low-cost graphene counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wu, Qishuang; Shen, Yue; Wang, Qiandi; Gu, Feng; Cao, Meng; Wang, Linjun

    2013-12-01

    With the advantages of excellent electrical properties, high catalytic activity and low-cost preparation, Graphene is one of the most expected carbon materials to replace the expensive Pt as counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). In this paper, graphene counter electrodes were obtained by simple doctor-blade coating method on fluorine tin oxides (FTOs). The samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope (SEM). Then the low-cost graphene electrodes were applied in typical sandwich-type DSSCs with TiO2 or ZnO as photoanodes, and their photoelectric conversion efficiency (η) were about 4.34% and 2.28%, respectively, which were a little lower than those of Pt electrodes but much higher than those of graphite electrodes. This law was consistent with the test results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Low-cost graphene electrodes can be applied in DSSCs by process optimization.

  18. Ion-selective electrodes with solid contact for heavy metals determination

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    Wardak C.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Potentiometric properties of ion-selective electrodes with solid contact for lead, cadmium and zinc determination were investigated. The ionic liquids (ILs alkyl methyl imidazolium chlorides are used as lipophilic ionic additive to the membrane phase and as transducer media. The basic analytical parameters of the studied electrodes, such as the slope characteristic, the detection limit, response time, lifetime, selectivity coefficients against various inorganic cations as well as the dependence of the electrodes potential on pH were determined. The obtained electrode are characterized by good analytical parameters: theoretical characteristic slope, low detection limit, short response time and very long lifetime. The electrodes was successfully applied to the direct determination of lead, cadmium and zinc ions in waste water samples. The results obtained indicate that the electrodes provide a good alternative for the determination of these heavy metals in real samples.

  19. Charge transfer across the water/nitrobenzene interface bythree-electrode system

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    YUAN; Yi; (袁艺); GAO; Zhao; (高(目目空); ); ZHANG; Meiqin; (张美芹); ZHANG; Zhiquan; (张志权); SHAO; Yuanhua; (邵元华)

    2002-01-01

    A droplet of aqueous solution containing a certain molar ratio of redox couple is first attached onto a platinum electrode surface, then the resulting drop electrode is immersed into the organic solution containing very hydrophobic electrolyte. Combined with reference and counter electrodes, a classical three-electrode system has been constructed. Ion transfer (IT) and electron transfer (ET) are investigated systematically using three-electrode voltammetry. Potassium ion transfer and electron transfer between potassium ferricyanide in the aqueous phase and ferrocene in nitrobenzene are observed with potassium ferricyanide/potassium ferrocyanide as the redox couple. Meanwhile, the transfer reactions of lithium, sodium, potassium, proton and ammonium ions are obtained with ferric sulfate/ferrous sulfate as the redox couple. The formal transfer potentials and the standard Gibbs transfer energy of these ions are evaluated and consistent with the results obtained by a four-electrode system and other methods.

  20. Recent developments in the NSWC composite electrode

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    Ferrando, W. A.

    1982-03-01

    A characterization of the physical parameters and life cycle data on nickel composite electrodes was conducted. Attempts to improve the nickel composite electrodes with respect to longevity, light weight, and low cost were made. The physical characteristics of a group of electrodes were examined with emphasis on the porosity of the plaques, the thickness of the electrodes, and the potential presence of electrolytes contamination. It was concluded that the nickel composite electrodes exhibit good life cycle characteristics and that their fabrication seems to present real possibilities for the future as a method of making electrodes that are durable, lightweight, and low cost.

  1. Compressed multiwall carbon nanotube composite electrodes provide enhanced electroanalytical performance for determination of serotonin

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    Serotonin (5-HT) is an important neurochemical that is present in high concentrations within the intestinal tract. Carbon fibre and boron-doped diamond based electrodes have been widely used to date for monitoring 5-HT, however these electrodes are prone to fouling and are difficult to fabricate in certain sizes and geometries. Carbon nanotubes have shown potential as a suitable material for electroanalytical monitoring of 5-HT but can be difficult to manipulate into a suitable form. The fabrication of composite electrodes is an approach that can shape conductive materials into practical electrode geometries suitable for biological environments. This work investigated how compression of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) epoxy composite electrodes can influence their electroanalytical performance. Highly compressed composite electrodes displayed significant improvements in their electrochemical properties along with decreased internal and charge transfer resistance, reproducible behaviour and improved batch to batch variability when compared to non-compressed composite electrodes. Compression of MWCNT epoxy composite electrodes resulted in an increased current response for potassium ferricyanide, ruthenium hexaammine and dopamine, by preferentially removing the epoxy during compression and increasing the electrochemical active surface of the final electrode. For the detection of serotonin, compressed electrodes have a lower limit of detection and improved sensitivity compared to non-compressed electrodes. Fouling studies were carried out in 10 μM serotonin where the MWCNT compressed electrodes were shown to be less prone to fouling than non-compressed electrodes. This work indicates that the compression of MWCNT carbon-epoxy can result in a highly conductive material that can be moulded to various geometries, thus providing scope for electroanalytical measurements and the production of a wide range of analytical devices for a variety of systems

  2. Development of high temperature reference electrodes for in-pile application: Part I. Feasibility study of the external pressure balanced Ag/AgCl reference electrode (EPBRE) and the cathodically charged Palladium hydrogen electrode

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    Bosch, R.W.; Van Nieuwenhove, R

    1998-10-01

    The main problems connected with corrosion potential measurements at elevated temperatures and pressures are related to the stability and lifetime of the reference electrode and the correct estimation of the potential related to the Standard Hydrogen Scale (SHE). Under Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) conditions of 300 degrees Celsius and 150 bar, the choice of materials is also a limiting factor due to the influence of radiation. Investigations on two reference electrodes that can be used under PWR conditions are reported: the cathodically charged palladium hydrogen electrode, and the external pressure balanced silver/silver chloride electrode. Preliminary investigations with the Pd-electrode were focused on the calculation of the required charging time and the influence of dissolved oxygen. High temperature applications are discussed on the basis of results reported in the literature. Investigations with the silver/silver chloride reference electrode mainly dealt with the salt bridge which is necessary to connect the reference electrode with the testing solution. It is shown that the thermal junction potential is independent of the length of the salt bridge. In addition, the high temperature contributes to an increase of the conductivity of the solution, which is beneficial for the salt bridge connection.

  3. Development of high temperature reference electrodes for in-pile application: Part I. Feasibility study of the external pressure balanced Ag/AgCl reference electrode (EPBRE) and the cathodically charged Palladium hydrogen electrode

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    The main problems connected with corrosion potential measurements at elevated temperatures and pressures are related to the stability and lifetime of the reference electrode and the correct estimation of the potential related to the Standard Hydrogen Scale (SHE). Under Pressurised Water Reactor (PWR) conditions of 300 degrees Celsius and 150 bar, the choice of materials is also a limiting factor due to the influence of radiation. Investigations on two reference electrodes that can be used under PWR conditions are reported: the cathodically charged palladium hydrogen electrode, and the external pressure balanced silver/silver chloride electrode. Preliminary investigations with the Pd-electrode were focused on the calculation of the required charging time and the influence of dissolved oxygen. High temperature applications are discussed on the basis of results reported in the literature. Investigations with the silver/silver chloride reference electrode mainly dealt with the salt bridge which is necessary to connect the reference electrode with the testing solution. It is shown that the thermal junction potential is independent of the length of the salt bridge. In addition, the high temperature contributes to an increase of the conductivity of the solution, which is beneficial for the salt bridge connection

  4. Ambipolar Tetraphenylpyrene (TPPy) Single-Crystal Field-Effect Transistor with Symmetric and Asymmetric Electrodes

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    Bisri, S Z; Takahashi, T; Takenobu, T; Yahiro, M; Adachi, C; Iwasa, Y

    2008-01-01

    An ambipolar field-effect transistor (FET) based on a 1,3,6, 8-tetraphenylpyrene (TPPy) single-crystal, a high photoluminescent material, has been successfully fabricated using symmetric and asymmetric electrodes. Several kinds of metal electrodes have been employed to investigate the charge injecti

  5. Flexible active electrode arrays with ASICs that fit inside the rat’s spinal canal

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    Giagka, V.; Demosthenous, A.; Donaldson, N.

    2015-01-01

    Epidural spinal cord electrical stimulation (ESCS) has been used as a means to facilitate locomotor recovery in spinal cord injured humans. Electrode arrays, instead of conventional pairs of electrodes, are necessary to investigate the effect of ESCS at different sites. These usually require a large

  6. Micromachined dense palladium electrodes for thin-film solid acid fuel cells

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    Unnikrishnan, Sandeep

    2009-01-01

    This thesis paves the way towards the microfabrication of a solid acid electrolyte based fuel cell (µSAFC), which has a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) consisting of a thin-film of water soluble electrolyte encapsulated between two dense palladium electrode membranes. This project work investigate

  7. Electroenzymatic Reactions With Oxygen on Laccase-Modified Electrodes in Anhydrous (Pure) Organic Solvent

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    Yarapolov, A.; Shleev, S.; Zaitseva, E.;

    2007-01-01

    glassy carbon and graphite electrodes with adsorbed laccase. The influence of the time for drying the laccase solution at the electrode surface on the electroreduction of oxygen was studied. Investigating the electroenzymatic oxidation reaction of catechol and hydroquinone in DMSO reveals the formation...

  8. Polarization Induced Changes in LSM Thin Film Electrode Composition Observed by In Operando Raman Spectroscopy and TOF-SIMS

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    McIntyre, Melissa D.; Traulsen, Marie Lund; Norrman, Kion;

    2015-01-01

    Polarization induced changes in LSM electrode composition were investigated by utilizing in operando Raman spectroscopy and post mortem TOF-SIMS depth profiling. Experiments were conducted on cells with 160 nm thick (La0.85Sr0.15)0.9MnO3±δ thin film electrodes in 10% O2 at 700 °C under various......-surface region. Ex situ TOF-SIMS depth profiles were recorded through the LSM electrodes and revealed distinct compositional changes throughout the electrodes. The electrode elements and impurities separated into well-defined layers that were more stratified for stronger applied polarizations. The mechanism...

  9. Electrochemical reduction of Tm on Mg electrodes and co-reduction of Mg, Li and Tm on W electrodes

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    The reduction process of Tm(III) ions was investigated in LiCl–KCl–MgCl2 melt on a W electrode and in LiCl–KCl melt on a Mg electrode at 753 K, respectively. On the W electrode, in LiCl–KCl–MgCl2 melt the reduction of Tm(III) ions was a two-step process: Tm(III) + e−1 → Tm(II) and yTm(II) + 2ye−1 + xMg → MgxTmy. The reduction process of Tm(III)/Tm(II) was not observed on the Mg electrode, and only two signals, related to Mg–Tm intermetallic compounds were observed, in the cyclic voltammogram and chronopotentiogram. Galvanostatic electrolysis was employed to prepare Mg–Li–Tm alloys on both W and Mg electrodes. The deposits were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical microscopy (OM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Mg24Tm5 and Mg2Tm phases were detected in the deposits. The effect of Tm addition on Mg–Li alloy was investigated via potentiodynamic polarization and OM at room temperature. The grain size of Mg–Li alloy becomes much smaller after addition of Tm element. The corrosion potentials of Mg–Li–Tm alloys shift toward a more positive direction than that of Mg–Li alloy

  10. Analysis of SOFCs Using Reference Electrodes

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    Finklea, H.; Chen, X.; Gerdes, K.; Pakalapati, S.; Celik, I.

    2013-01-01

    Reference electrodes are frequently applied to isolate the performance of one electrode in a solid oxide fuel cell. However, reference electrode simulations raise doubt to veracity of data collected using reference electrodes. The simulations predict that the reported performance for the one electrode will frequently contain performance of both electrodes. Nonetheless, recent reports persistently treat data so collected as ideally isolated. This work confirms the predictions of the reference electrode simulations on two SOFC designs, and to provides a method of validating the data measured in the 3-electrode configuration. Validation is based on the assumption that a change in gas composition to one electrode does not affect the impedance of the other electrode at open circuit voltage. This assumption is supported by a full physics simulation of the SOFC. Three configurations of reference electrode and cell design are experimentally examined using various gas flows and two temperatures. Impedance data are subjected to deconvolution analysis and equivalent circuit fitting and approximate polarization resistances of the cathode and anode are determined. The results demonstrate that the utility of reference electrodes is limited and often wholly inappropriate. Reported impedances and single electrode polarization values must be scrutinized on this basis.

  11. Lithium electronic environments in rechargeable battery electrodes

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    Hightower, Adrian

    This work investigates the electronic environments of lithium in the electrodes of rechargeable batteries. The use of electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) in conjunction with transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is a novel approach, which when coupled with conventional electrochemical experiments, yield a thorough picture of the electrode interior. Relatively few EELS experiments have been preformed on lithium compounds owing to their reactivity. Experimental techniques were established to minimize sample contamination and control electron beam damage to studied compounds. Lithium hydroxide was found to be the most common product of beam damaged lithium alloys. Under an intense electron beam, halogen atoms desorbed by radiolysis in lithium halides. EELS spectra from a number of standard lithium compounds were obtained in order to identify the variety of spectra encountered in lithium rechargeable battery electrodes. Lithium alloys all displayed characteristically broad Li K-edge spectra, consistent with transitions to continuum states. Transitions to bound states were observed in the Li K and oxygen K-edge spectra of lithium oxides. Lithium halides were distinguished by their systematic chemical shift proportional to the anion electronegativity. Good agreement was found with measured lithium halide spectra and electron structure calculations using a self-consistant multiscattering code. The specific electrode environments of LiC6, LiCoO2, and Li-SnO were investigated. Contrary to published XPS predictions, lithium in intercalated graphite was determined to be in more metallic than ionic. We present the first experimental evidence of charge compensation by oxygen ions in deintercalated LiCoO2. Mossbauer studies on cycled Li-SnO reveal severely defective structures on an atomic scale. Metal hydride systems are presented in the appendices of this thesis. The mechanical alloying of immiscible Fe and Mg powders resulted in single-phase bcc alloys of less than 20

  12. Electrode structures of polymer-electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC). An electron microscopy approach to the characterization of the electrode structure of polymer electrolyte fuel cells

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    Scheiba, Frieder

    2009-01-28

    Polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC) have a complex electrode structure, which usually consists of a catalyst, a catalyst support, a polymer electrolyte and pores. The materials used are largely amorphous, have a strong defective structure or have particle diameter of only a few nanometers. In the electrode the materials form highly disordered aggregated structures. Both aspects complicate a systematic structural analysis significantly. However, thorough knowledge of the electrode structure, is needed for systematic advancement of fuel cell technology and to obtain a better understanding of mass and charge carrier transport processes in the electrode. Because of the complex structure of the electrode, an approach based on the examination of electrode thin-sections by electron microscopy was chosen in this work to depicting the electrode structure experimentally. The present work presents these studies of the electrode structure. Some fundamental issues as the influence of the polymer electrolyte concentration and the polarity of the solvent used in the electrode manufacturing process were addressed. During the analysis particular attention was payed to the distribution and structure of the polymer electrolyte. A major problem to the investigations, were the low contrast between the polymer electrolyte, the catalyst support material and the embedding resin. Therefore, dilerent techniques were investigated in terms of their ability to improve the contrast. In this context, a computer-assisted acquisition procedure for energy filtered transmission electron microscopy (EF-TEM) was developed. The acquisition procedure permits a significant extension of the imageable sample. At the same time, it was possible to substantially reduce beam damage of the specimen and to minimize drift of the sample considerably. This allowed unambiguous identification of the polymer electrolyte in the electrode. It could further be shown, that the polymer electrolyte not only coats the

  13. Robust high temperature oxygen sensor electrodes

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    Lund, Anders

    conducting gadolinium-doped cerium oxide (CGO). The addition of CGO was found to decrease the polarisation resistance of the oxygen reaction by up to an order of magnitude compared with a single phase platinum electrode by increasing the effective triple phase boundary (TPB) length. It did not have any......Platinum is the most widely used material in high temperature oxygen sensor electrodes. However, platinum is expensive and the platinum electrode may, under certain conditions, suffer from poisoning, which is detrimental for an oxygen sensor. The objective of this thesis is to evaluate electrode...... materials as candidates for robust oxygen sensor electrodes. The present work focuses on characterising the electrochemical properties of a few electrode materials to understand which oxygen electrode processes are limiting for the response time of the sensor electrode. Three types of porous platinum...

  14. A method for making a hydrogen electrode

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    Ikeyama, M.; Ivaki, T.; Yanagikhara, N.

    1983-09-08

    A metallic grid is pressed to the surface of a foam metallic plate which contains powders of a compound which adsorb H2. The electrode is processed at the powder caking temperature. The electrode has a long service life.

  15. Electric and electrochemical properties of catalytically active oxygen electrode materials

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    Burggraaf, A.J.; Dijk, van M.P.; Vries, de K.J.

    1986-01-01

    The electrical conductivity has been investigated of some oxygen ion and mixed conducting materials. Electrodes are prepared from thin sputtered layers of these oxides combined with a small Au or Pt strip. The kinetics of the oxygen reaction has been studied for temperatures of 820–1020 K and PO2 va

  16. Surface intermediates on metal electrodes at high temperatures

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    Zachau-Christiansen, Birgit; Jacobsen, Torben; Bay, Lasse;

    1998-01-01

    The mechanisms widely conceived for the O(2)-reduction or H(2)-oxidation reactions in SOFC's involve intermediate O/H species adsorbed on the electrode surface. The presence of these intermediates is investigated by linear sweep voltammetry. In air at moderate temperatures (500 degrees C) Pt in c...

  17. The field enhancement factor of sand-blasted electrodes

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    McAllister, Iain Wilson; Vibholm (fratrådt), Svend

    1992-01-01

    A sample of six sand-blasted electrodes has been subjected to both mechanical and electrical investigations. When the surfaces of a series of conductors are mechanically treated, the resultant microscopic surface geometries will be similar, but not identical. As a consequence of this spread in the...

  18. Electrode Kinetics and Gas Conversion in Solid Oxide Cells

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    Njodzefon, Jean-Claude

    ) joule heating effects as a result of current flow across the electrolyte, (ii) concentration-related effects like gas diffusion, and (iii) overlapping of the characteristic frequencies of processes, the investigations were extended from full cell geometries to a novel pseudo-three electrode cell...

  19. Oxygen reduction on teflon-bonded carbon electrode

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    周德璧; 黄可龙; 张世民

    2004-01-01

    Oxygen reduction on Teflon-bonded carbon gas diffusion electrode without catalyst in 6 mol/L KOH solution was investigated with acimpedance spectroscopy and other electrochemical techniques. The kinetic parameters were measured with an exchange current density of J0= 3.44 × 10-9 and a Tafel slope of 46 mV/dec in low overpotential range (-0.05 --0.14 V vs SCE), which are comparable with those reported on carbon supported platinum electrode. The reaction mechanism of OR and the active effect of carbon black were examined.

  20. Electrochemical behaviour of benzene on platinum electrodes

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    Montilla Jiménez, Francisco; Huerta Arráez, Francisco; Morallón Núñez, Emilia; Vázquez Picó, José Luis

    1999-01-01

    The adsorption and oxidation of benzene in acidic media on platinum electrodes (polycrystalline and single-crystal electrodes) have been studied by cyclic voltammetry and in-situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The oxidation characteristics of benzene depend on the surface structure of the platinum electrode used. In all platinum electrodes studied, the main reduction product of benzene is cyclohexane, and the oxidation products detected by infrared spectroscopy have been CO2 and ben...

  1. Voltammetry at porous electrodes: A theoretical study

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    Barnes, Edward O; Chena, Xiaojun; Li, Peilin; Compton, Richard G.

    2014-01-01

    Theory is presented to simulate both chronoamperometry and cyclic voltammetry at porous electrodes fabricated by means of electro-deposition around spherical templates. A theoretical method to extract heterogeneous rate constants for quasireversible and irreversible systems is proposed by the approximation of decoupling of the diffusion within the porous electrode and of bulk diffusion to the electrode surface.

  2. Inexpensive and Disposable pH Electrodes

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    Goldcamp, Michael J.; Conklin, Alfred; Nelson, Kimberly; Marchetti, Jessica; Brashear, Ryan; Epure, Emily

    2010-01-01

    Inexpensive electrodes for the measurement of pH have been constructed using the ionophore tribenzylamine for sensing H[superscript +] concentrations. Both traditional liquid-membrane electrodes and coated-wire electrodes have been constructed and studied, and both exhibit linear, nearly Nernstian responses to changes in pH. Measurements of pH…

  3. Fluctuations at electrode-YSZ interfaces

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    Jacobsen, Torben; Hansen, Karin Vels; Skou, Eivind

    2005-01-01

    . At temperatures below 900$^\\circ$C the fluctuations cease. At LSM oxygen electrodes and Ni hydrogen electrodes the fluctuations are similar in amplitude and frequency, but the characteristic shape is not observed. Also some spectacular, but not easily reproduced, observations on Ni electrodes in hydrogen/water...

  4. 21 CFR 882.1310 - Cortical electrode.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Cortical electrode. 882.1310 Section 882.1310 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL...) Identification. A cortical electrode is an electrode which is temporarily placed on the surface of the brain...

  5. 21 CFR 890.1175 - Electrode cable.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Electrode cable. 890.1175 Section 890.1175 Food... DEVICES PHYSICAL MEDICINE DEVICES Physical Medicine Diagnostic Devices § 890.1175 Electrode cable. (a) Identification. An electrode cable is a device composed of strands of insulated electrical conductors...

  6. Measurement of noise and impedance of dry and wet textile electrodes, and textile electrodes with hydrogel.

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    Puurtinen, Merja M; Komulainen, Satu M; Kauppinen, Pasi K; Malmivuo, Jaakko A V; Hyttinen, Jari A K

    2006-01-01

    Textile sensors, when embedded into clothing, can provide new ways of monitoring physiological signals, and improve the usability and comfort of such monitoring systems in the areas of medical, occupational health and sports. However, good electrical and mechanical contact between the electrode and the skin is very important, as it often determines the quality of the signal. This paper introduces a study where the properties of dry textile electrodes, textile electrodes moistened with water, and textile electrodes covered with hydrogel were studied with five different electrode sizes. The aim was to study how the electrode size and preparation of the electrode (dry electrode/wet electrode/electrode covered with hydrogel membrane) affect the measurement noise, and the skin-electrode impedance. The measurement noise and skin-electrode impedance were determined from surface biopotential measurements. These preliminary results indicate that noise level increases as the electrode size decreases. The noise level is high in dry textile electrodes, as expected. Yet, the noise level of wet textile electrodes is quite low and similar to that of textile electrodes covered with hydrogel. Hydrogel does not seem to improve noise properties, however it may have effects on movement artifacts. Thus, it is feasible to use textile embedded sensors in physiological monitoring applications when moistening or hydrogel is applied.

  7. Iron-substituted AB5-type MH electrode

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    Sumita Srivastava; R K Upadhyaya

    2013-12-01

    The present investigation is aimed to study MmNi5-type (Mm = Mischmetal) hydrogen storage alloys with composition, Mm0.8La0.2Ni3.7Al0.38Co0.3Mn0.6−Mo0.02Fe ( = 0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3). The alloys are synthesized by radio-frequency inductionmelting. To study their electrochemical properties viameasurements of discharge capacity, activation process, rate capability and cyclic stability, electrodes are fabricated using as-synthesized and annealed version of the alloys. The maximum discharge capacity is recorded as 288 mAhg-1 for the iron concentration, = 0.1, as compared to 270 mAhg-1 for the alloy electrode without iron. Similarly, 99% cyclic stability is observed in annealed alloy electrode ( = 0.1) as compared to 78% in the alloy electrode without iron. Hence, small amount of iron-substitution ( = 0.1) in the alloy is found to improve the electrochemical properties. This improvement is thought to be due to less pulverization of the alloy in electrochemically-cycled alloy, as confirmed through structural and microstructural characterizations carried out by X-ray diffraction phase analysis and scanning electron microscopy of as-fabricated and electrochemically-cycled electrodes.

  8. On the hydrophilicity of electrodes for capacitive energy extraction.

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    Lian, Cheng; Kong, Xian; Liu, Honglai; Wu, Jianzhong

    2016-11-23

    The so-called Capmix technique for energy extraction is based on the cyclic expansion of electrical double layers to harvest dissipative energy arising from the salinity difference between freshwater and seawater. Its optimal performance requires a careful selection of the electrical potentials for the charging and discharging processes, which must be matched with the pore characteristics of the electrode materials. While a number of recent studies have examined the effects of the electrode pore size and geometry on the capacitive energy extraction processes, there is little knowledge on how the surface properties of the electrodes affect the thermodynamic efficiency. In this work, we investigate the Capmix processes using the classical density functional theory for a realistic model of electrolyte solutions. The theoretical predictions allow us to identify optimal operation parameters for capacitive energy extraction with porous electrodes of different surface hydrophobicity. In agreement with recent experiments, we find that the thermodynamic efficiency can be much improved by using most hydrophilic electrodes. PMID:27624786

  9. Electrochemical treatment of tannery wastewater using DSA electrodes

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    In this work we studied the electrochemical treatment of a tannery wastewater using dimensionally stable anodes (DSA) containing tin, iridium, ruthenium, and titanium. The electrodes were prepared by thermal decomposition of the polymeric precursors. The electrolyses were performed under galvanostatic conditions, at room temperature. Effects of the oxide composition, current density, and effluent conductivity were investigated, and the current efficiency was calculated as a function of the time for the performed electrolyses. Results showed that all the studied electrodes led to a decrease in the content of both total phenolic compounds and total organic carbon (TOC), as well as lower absorbance in the UV-vis region. Toxicity tests using Daphnia similis demonstrated that the electrochemical treatment reduced the wastewater toxicity. The use of DSA type electrodes in the electrochemical treatment of tannery wastewater proved to be useful since it can promote a decrease in total phenolic compounds, TOC, absorbance, and toxicity

  10. Effect of surfactants on capacitance properties of carbon electrodes

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    Effect of surfactants present in alkaline solutions on the capacitance of carbon electrodes has been studied. Different types of surfactants, i.e., sodium and lithium dodecyl sulphate as anionic surfactants, tetrapropylammonium bromide and iodide as cationic surfactants and polymer of polyethylene glycol and p-t-octylophenol (commercially called Triton® X-100) as non-ionic one have been selected for this target. Concentration of these electrolyte additives was 0.005 mol L−1. Decreasing the surface tension in the electrode/electrolyte interface allows better penetration of electrolyte into the pores. However, surfactants played a different role depending on the electrode polarity. Detailed analysis of capacitance versus current load, frequency dependence as well as self-discharge, cyclability and behaviour in wider voltage range proved especially a profitable effect of Triton® X-100 on capacitor operating in alkaline solution. Influence of surfactant concentration on capacitance properties was also investigated.

  11. Electrochemical treatment of tannery wastewater using DSA electrodes.

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    Costa, Carla Regina; Botta, Clarice M R; Espindola, Evaldo L G; Olivi, Paulo

    2008-05-01

    In this work we studied the electrochemical treatment of a tannery wastewater using dimensionally stable anodes (DSA) containing tin, iridium, ruthenium, and titanium. The electrodes were prepared by thermal decomposition of the polymeric precursors. The electrolyses were performed under galvanostatic conditions, at room temperature. Effects of the oxide composition, current density, and effluent conductivity were investigated, and the current efficiency was calculated as a function of the time for the performed electrolyses. Results showed that all the studied electrodes led to a decrease in the content of both total phenolic compounds and total organic carbon (TOC), as well as lower absorbance in the UV-vis region. Toxicity tests using Daphnia similis demonstrated that the electrochemical treatment reduced the wastewater toxicity. The use of DSA type electrodes in the electrochemical treatment of tannery wastewater proved to be useful since it can promote a decrease in total phenolic compounds, TOC, absorbance, and toxicity. PMID:17931769

  12. Graphene oxide - Polyvinyl alcohol nanocomposite based electrode material for supercapacitors

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    Pawar, Pranav Bhagwan; Shukla, Shobha; Saxena, Sumit

    2016-07-01

    Supercapacitors are high capacitive energy storage devices and find applications where rapid bursts of power are required. Thus materials offering high specific capacitance are of fundamental interest in development of these electrochemical devices. Graphene oxide based nanocomposites are mechanically robust and have interesting electronic properties. These form potential electrode materials efficient for charge storage in supercapacitors. In this perspective, we investigate low cost graphene oxide based nanocomposites as electrode material for supercapacitor. Nanocomposites of graphene oxide and polyvinyl alcohol were synthesized in solution phase by integrating graphene oxide as filler in polyvinyl alcohol matrix. Structural and optical characterizations suggest the formation of graphene oxide and polyvinyl alcohol nanocomposites. These nanocomposites were found to have high specific capacitance, were cyclable, ecofriendly and economical. Our studies suggest that nanocomposites prepared by adding 0.5% wt/wt of graphene oxide in polyvinyl alcohol can be used an efficient electrode material for supercapacitors.

  13. Three-dimensional ordered macroporous platinum-based electrode for methanol oxidation

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    2006-01-01

    In this paper, three-dimensional ordered macroporous platinum catalysts with high real surface area were synthesized using the inverted colloidal crystals template technique and have been employed for the electrooxidation of methanol. The morphology and electrocatalytic behavior of the porous Pt electrodes were investigated with atomic force microscopy and electrochemical techniques. For the same amount of Pt deposited, the real surface areas of the electrodes are 9.16 and 8.00 cm2 for the porous electrodes with pore size of 320 and 500 nm respectively, which are more than 5 times larger than the directly deposited Pt electrode (1.4 cm2). The pore size effect on the methanol electrooxidation was investigated by testing low concentration solution of methanol and porous materials with different pore sizes. The synthesized macroporous Pt electrode shows high stability toward the electrooxidation of methanol and is promising for the direct methanol fuel cell.

  14. Determination of the Trigger-Electrode Position for the Field-Distortion Spark Gap

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    汪沨; 许日; 王琦; 邱毓昌

    2002-01-01

    The optimal axial position of the trigger-electrode of the field-distortion spark gap is investigated through electric field calculation. The electric fields of the gap are calculated when locating trigger-electrode at different positions. It is shown that if the distance d between the trigger electrode and the low electric potential electrode is greater than 1.3 mm, the maximum field intensity occurs at the edge of the trigger-electrode, which will facilitate the generation of multi-channel discharge. According to calculated results, the working characteristics of the gap is investigated and it shows that when d = 1.4 mm the field distortion gap can be triggered reliably.

  15. Enhanced DNA sequencing performance through edge-hydrogenation of graphene electrodes

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    He, Yuhui; Grigoriev, Anton; Ahuja, Rajeev; Long, Shibing; Huo, ZongLiang; Liu, Ming

    2010-01-01

    We propose using graphene electrodes with hydrogenated edges for solid-state nanopore-based DNA sequencing, and perform molecular dynamics simulations in conjunction with electronic transport calculations to explore the potential merits of this idea. The results of our investigation show that, compared to the unhydrogenated system, edge-hydrogenated graphene electrodes facilitate the temporary formation of H-bonds with suitable atomic sites in the translocating DNA molecule. As a consequence, the average conductivity is drastically raised by about 3 orders of magnitude while exhibiting significantly reduced statistical variance. We have furthermore investigated how these results are affected when the distance between opposing electrodes is varied and have identified two regimes: for narrow electrode separation, the mere hindrance due to the presence of protruding hydrogen atoms in the nanopore is deemed more important, while for wider electrode separation, the formation of H-bonds becomes the dominant effect....

  16. ENOBIO dry electrophysiology electrode; first human trial plus wireless electrode system.

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    Ruffini, Giulio; Dunne, Stephen; Farres, Esteve; Cester, Ivan; Watts, Paul C P; Silva, S P; Grau, Carles; Fuentemilla, Lluis; Marco-Pallares, Josep; Vandecasteele, Bjorn

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents the results of the first human trials with the ENOBIO electrophysiology electrode prototype plus the initial results of a new wireless prototype with flexible electrodes based on the same platform. The results indicate that a dry active electrode that employs a CNT array as the electrode interface can perform on a par with traditional "wet" electrodes for the recording of EEG, ECG, EOG and EMG. We also demonstrate a new platform combining wireless technology plus flexible electrodes for improved comfort for applications that take advantage of the dry electrode concept.

  17. A Handy EEG Electrode Set for patients suffering from altered mental state.

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    Lepola, Pasi; Myllymaa, Sami; Töyräs, Juha; Hukkanen, Taina; Mervaala, Esa; Määttä, Sara; Lappalainen, Reijo; Myllymaa, Katja

    2015-12-01

    Although electroencephalography (EEG) is an important diagnostic tool for investigating patients with unexplained altered mental state (AMS), recording of emergency EEG is not a clinical routine. This is mainly due to the cumbersome electrode solutions. A Handy EEG Electrode Set consists of ten EEG, two EOG, two ground and two commutative reference hydrogel-coated silver wire electrodes attached to a thin polyester carrier film. The clinical usefulness of the Handy EEG Electrode Set was tested in 13 patients (five females, eight males) with AMS. EEG recordings were conducted at the same time with a standard 10-20 electrode set. The registration in the first patient case without the behind-ear electrodes (T9 and T10), indicated that these electrodes are very crucial to provide clinically relevant information from posterior regions of brain. In following 12 cases, the sensitivity and specificity for detecting EEG abnormality based on the Handy EEG Electrode Set recordings were 83 and 100 %, respectively. The Handy EEG Electrode Set proved to be easy to use and to provide valuable information for the neurophysiological evaluation of a patient suffering from AMS. However, further studies with larger number of patients are warranted to clarify the true diagnostic accuracy and applicability of this approach.

  18. Fluoride Removal From Drinking Water by Electrocoagulation Using Iron and Aluminum Electrodes

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Background Existence of fluoride in drinking water above the permissible level causes human skeletal fluorosis. Objectives Electrocoagulation by iron and aluminum electrodes was proposed for removing fluoride from drinking water. Materials and Methods Effects of different operating conditions such as treatment time, initial pH, applied voltage, type and number of electrodes, the spaces between aluminum and iron electrodes, and energy consumption during electrocoagulation were investigated in the batch reactor. Variable concentrations of fluoride solution were prepared by mixing proper amounts of sodium fluoride with deionized water. Results Experimental results showed that aluminum electrode is more effective in fluoride removal than iron, as in 40 minutes and initial pH of 7.5 at 20 V, the fluoride removal process reached to 97.86%. The final recommendable limit of fluoride (1.5 mg/L was obtained in 10 minutes at 20 V with the aluminum electrode. Conclusions In electrocoagulation with iron and aluminum electrodes, increase of voltage, number of electrodes and reaction time as well as decrease of the spaces between electrodes, enhanced the fluoride removal efficiency from drinking water. In addition the effect of pH and initial concentration of fluoride varied with types of electrodes.

  19. Effect of top electrode material on radiation-induced degradation of ferroelectric thin film structures

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    Brewer, Steven J.; Deng, Carmen Z.; Callaway, Connor P.; Paul, McKinley K.; Fisher, Kenzie J.; Guerrier, Jonathon E.; Rudy, Ryan Q.; Polcawich, Ronald G.; Jones, Jacob L.; Glaser, Evan R.; Cress, Cory D.; Bassiri-Gharb, Nazanin

    2016-07-01

    The effects of gamma irradiation on the dielectric and piezoelectric responses of Pb[Zr0.52Ti0.48]O3 (PZT) thin film stacks were investigated for structures with conductive oxide (IrO2) and metallic (Pt) top electrodes. The samples showed, generally, degradation of various key dielectric, ferroelectric, and electromechanical responses when exposed to 2.5 Mrad (Si) 60Co gamma radiation. However, the low-field, relative dielectric permittivity, ɛr, remained largely unaffected by irradiation in samples with both types of electrodes. Samples with Pt top electrodes showed substantial degradation of the remanent polarization and overall piezoelectric response, as well as pinching of the polarization hysteresis curves and creation of multiple peaks in the permittivity-electric field curves post irradiation. The samples with oxide electrodes, however, were largely impervious to the same radiation dose, with less than 5% change in any of the functional characteristics. The results suggest a radiation-induced change in the defect population or defect energy in PZT with metallic top electrodes, which substantially affects motion of internal interfaces such as domain walls. Additionally, the differences observed for stacks with different electrode materials implicate the ferroelectric-electrode interface as either the predominant source of radiation-induced effects (Pt electrodes) or the site of healing for radiation-induced defects (IrO2 electrodes).

  20. Applications of Ellipsometry in the Investigations of Electrode-Solution Interface%“电极/溶液”界面的椭圆偏振测量技术研究进展

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    雷惊雷; 吴良柳; 李凌杰; 巫生茂; 张胜涛

    2013-01-01

    Ellipsometry is an optical technique with high-sensitivity to quantitatively obtain surface/interface properties such as thickness and refractive index by analyzing the changes in polarized light reflected from the surface/interface. Its noncontacting and nondestructive nature makes it possible to acquire the in situ real-time information of the change at the surface/interface. Therefore, ellipsometry has been used widely in the electrochemical investigations. In this paper, based on the brief introduction of the measurement principle of ellipsometry, the current progress and the future trends of ellipsometry in electrochemistry are discussed. The applications of ellipsometry in the fields of conversion and storage of electrochemical energy, electrochemistry of materials science, electroanalysis and bioelectrochemistry are reviewed.%椭圆偏振测量技术是通过解析偏振光束在界面上或薄膜中反射或透射时偏振状态的变化,获取界面或薄膜的厚度、复折射率等性质的一种光学方法,是一种高灵敏度、非破坏性的原位实时表征技术,被广泛应用于“电极/溶液”界面的研究.本文简要介绍了椭圆偏振测量技术的基本原理及其最新发展,并着重评述了能源电化学、材料电化学、电分析与生物电化学等领域中,应用椭圆偏振测量技术研究“电极/溶液”界面的现状.

  1. Novel flexible Dry multipin electrodes for EEG: Signal quality and interfacial impedance of Ti and TiN coatings.

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    Fiedler, P; Fonseca, C; Pedrosa, P; Martins, A; Vaz, F; Griebel, S; Haueisen, J

    2013-01-01

    Conventional Silver/Silver-Chloride electrodes are inappropriate for routine high-density EEG and emerging new fields of application like brain computer interfaces. A novel multipin electrode design is proposed. It enables rapid and easy application while maintaining signal quality and patient comfort. The electrode design is described and impedance and EEG tests are performed with Titanium and Titanium Nitride coated electrodes. The results are compared to conventional reference electrodes in a multi-volunteer study. The calculated signal parameters prove the multipin electrode concept to reproducibly acquire EEG signal quality comparable to Ag/AgCl electrodes. The promising results encourage further investigation and can provide a technological base for future preparation-free multichannel EEG systems. PMID:24109745

  2. Bifunctional electrocatalyst for oxygen/air electrodes

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    Highlights: • Nano-Silver powder was prepared by chemical method. • Ag catalyst was characterized by SEM and XRD studies. • Ag was investigated as bi-functional electrocatalyst for oxygen/air electrodes. • Ag shows good electrochemical activity towards OER and ORR reactions. - Abstract: Nano-Silver powder has been studied as bi-functional electrocatalyst for both oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline medium. Ag nano-powder has been prepared by a simple wet chemical method with Silver nitrate as precursor and Glucose as reducing agent. X-ray Diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy studies were carried out to characterize the Silver catalyst. Electrochemical oxygen evolution characterization shows anodic peak typically at the range between 0.350 and 0.514 V Vs Hg/HgO corresponding to Silver oxidation followed by the onset of oxygen evolution at 0.706 V. Oxygen reduction reaction studies carried out using Rotating Disc Electrode (RDE) confirm the four electron reaction mechanism. Ag catalyst shows promising characteristics for oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction

  3. Development of a lightweight nickel electrode

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    Britton, D. L.; Reid, M. A.

    1984-01-01

    Nickel electrodes made using lightweight plastic plaque are about half the weight of electrodes made from state of the art sintered nickel plaque. This weight reduction would result in a significant improvement in the energy density of batteries using nickel electrodes (nickel hydrogen, nickel cadmium and nickel zinc). These lightweight electrodes are suitably conductive and yield comparable capacities (as high as 0.25 AH/gm (0.048 AH/sq cm)) after formation. These lightweight electrodes also show excellent discharge performance at high rates.

  4. Long life lithium batteries with stabilized electrodes

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    Amine, Khalil; Liu, Jun; Vissers, Donald R.; Lu, Wenquan

    2009-03-24

    The present invention relates to non-aqueous electrolytes having electrode stabilizing additives, stabilized electrodes, and electrochemical devices containing the same. Thus the present invention provides electrolytes containing an alkali metal salt, a polar aprotic solvent, and an electrode stabilizing additive. In some embodiments the additives include a substituted or unsubstituted cyclic or spirocyclic hydrocarbon containing at least one oxygen atom and at least one alkenyl or alkynyl group. When used in electrochemical devices with, e.g., lithium manganese oxide spinel electrodes or olivine or carbon-coated olivine electrodes, the new electrolytes provide batteries with improved calendar and cycle life.

  5. The Effect of Microstructure On Transport Properties of Porous Electrodes

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    Peterson, Serena W.

    The goal of this work is to further understand the relationships between porous electrode microstructure and mass transport properties. This understanding allows us to predict and improve cell performance from fundamental principles. The investigated battery systems are the widely used rechargeable Li-ion battery and the non-rechargeable alkaline battery. This work includes three main contributions in the battery field listed below. Direct Measurement of Effective Electronic Transport in Porous Li-ion Electrodes. An accurate assessment of the electronic conductivity of electrodes is necessary for understanding and optimizing battery performance. The bulk electronic conductivity of porous LiCoO2-based cathodes was measured as a function of porosity, pressure, carbon fraction, and the presence of an electrolyte. The measurements were performed by delamination of thin-film electrodes from their aluminum current collectors and by use of a four-line probe. Imaging and Correlating Microstructure To Conductivity. Transport properties of porous electrodes are strongly related to microstructure. An experimental 3D microstructure is needed not only for computation of direct transport properties, but also for a detailed electrode microstructure characterization. This work utilized X-ray tomography and focused ion beam (FIB)/scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to obtain the 3D structures of alkaline battery cathodes. FIB/SEM has the advantage of detecting carbon additives; thus, it was the main tomography tool employed. Additionally, protocols and techniques for acquiring, processing and segmenting series of FIB/SEM images were developed as part of this work. FIB/SEM images were also used to correlate electrodes' microstructure to their respective conductivities for both Li-ion and alkaline batteries. Electrode Microstructure Metrics and the 3D Stochastic Grid Model. A detailed characterization of microstructure was conducted in this work, including characterization of the

  6. Method for manufacturing magnetohydrodynamic electrodes

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    Killpatrick, Don H.; Thresh, Henry R.

    1982-01-01

    A method of manufacturing electrodes for use in a magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) generator comprising the steps of preparing a billet having a core 10 of a first metal, a tubular sleeve 12 of a second metal, and an outer sheath 14, 16, 18 of an extrusile metal; evacuating the space between the parts of the assembled billet; extruding the billet; and removing the outer jacket 14. The extruded bar may be made into electrodes by cutting and bending to the shape required for an MDH channel frame. The method forms a bond between the first metal of the core 10 and the second metal of the sleeve 12 strong enough to withstand a hot and corrosive environment.

  7. Low-voltage FIB/SEM Tomography for 3D Microstructure Evolution of LiFePO4/C Electrode

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    Scipioni, Roberto; Jørgensen, Peter Stanley; Ngo, Duc-The;

    2015-01-01

    This work presents an investigation of the degradation mechanisms that occur in LiFePO4/C battery electrodes during charge/discharge cycling. Impedance spectra were measured on a fresh electrode and an electrode aged by cycling. The spectra were modeled with an equivalent circuit which indicates...

  8. Coulomb blockade and charge ordering in a few layers of TTF-TCNQ investigated by low-temperature STM/STS

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    Jeon, Seokmin; Maksymovych, Petro

    In contrast to the vast effort on bulk crystal phases of the prototypical organic charge-transfer complex, TTF-TCNQ, study of low-dimensional phases has been limited to monolayer phases on substrates. In this state, however, none of the physics of the bulk phase is observed owing to the overwhelming effect of the substrate. We investigate the molecular structure and electronic properties of a few layers of TTF-TCNQ grown on Au(111) and Ag(111) using STM/STS at 4.3 K. By decoupling the molecular electronic state from the metal surface, we have made the first observation of the effect of confinement on the electronic properties of TTF-TCNQ. STS reveals a plethora of sharp features due to molecular orbitals, each influenced by charge-transfer between the molecules. We hypothesize the existence of a Mott-insulator state in 3-layer islands, with a Coulomb gap of ~1 eV. In contrast, the corresponding bulk phase is a Peierls insulator with a gap of ~20 meV. The root cause of the nanoscale phase is traced to simultaneous electron confinement and structural frustration, which dramatically modify the energy balance of self-ionization allowing for integer charge transfer. These studies open broad opportunities to explore correlated electron physics in molecular systems. This research was conducted at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, which is a DOE Office of Science User Facility.

  9. A dry electrode for EEG recording.

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    Taheri, B A; Knight, R T; Smith, R L

    1994-05-01

    This paper describes the design, fabrication and testing of a prototype dry surface electrode for EEG signal recording. The new dry electrode has the advantages of no need for skin preparation or conductive paste, potential for reduced sensitivity to motion artifacts and an enhanced signal-to-noise ratio. The electrode's sensing element is a 3 mm stainless steel disk which has a 2000 A (200 nm) thick nitride coating deposited onto one side. The back side of the disk is attached to an impedance converting amplifier. The prototype electrode was mounted on a copper plate attached to the scalp by a Velcro strap. The performance of this prototype dry electrode was compared to commercially available wet electrodes in 3 areas of electroencephalogram (EEG) recording: (1) spontaneous EEG, (2) sensory evoked potentials, and (3) cognitive evoked potentials. In addition to the raw EEG, the power spectra of the signals from both types of electrodes were also recorded. The results suggest that the dry electrode performs comparably to conventional electrodes for all types of EEG signal analysis. This new electrode may be useful for the production of high resolution surface maps of brain activity where a large number of electrodes or prolonged recording times are required.

  10. Snap-in compressible biomedical electrode

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    Frost, J. D., Jr.; Hillman, C. E., Jr. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    A replaceable, prefilled electrode enclosed in a plastic seal and suitably adapted for attachment to a reusable, washable cap having snaps thereon is disclosed. The apparatus is particularly adapted for quick positioning of electrodes to obtain an EEG. The individual electrodes are formed of a sponge body which is filled with a conductive electrolyte gel during manufacture. The sponge body is adjacent to a base formed of a conductive plastic material. The base has at its center a male gripper snap. The cap locates the female snap to enable the electrode to be positioned. The electrode can be stored and used quickly by attaching to the female gripper snap. The snap is correctly positioned and located by mounting it in a stretchable cap. The cap is reusable with new electrodes for each use. The electrolyte gel serves as the contact electrode to achieve a good ohmic contact with the scalp.

  11. Redox electrode materials for supercapatteries

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    Yu, Linpo; Chen, George Z.

    2016-09-01

    Redox electrode materials, including transition metal oxides and electronically conducting polymers, are capable of faradaic charge transfer reactions, and play important roles in most electrochemical energy storage devices, such as supercapacitor, battery and supercapattery. Batteries are often based on redox materials with low power capability and safety concerns in some cases. Supercapacitors, particularly those based on redox inactive materials, e.g. activated carbon, can offer high power output, but have relatively low energy capacity. Combining the merits of supercapacitor and battery into a hybrid, the supercapattery can possess energy as much as the battery and output a power almost as high as the supercapacitor. Redox electrode materials are essential in the supercapattery design. However, it is hard to utilise these materials easily because of their intrinsic characteristics, such as the low conductivity of metal oxides and the poor mechanical strength of conducting polymers. This article offers a brief introduction of redox electrode materials, the basics of supercapattery and its relationship with pseudocapacitors, and reviews selectively some recent progresses in the relevant research and development.

  12. Stretchable Micro-Electrode Array

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    Maghribi, M; Hamilton, J; Polla, D; Rose, K; Wilson, T; Krulevitch, P

    2002-03-08

    This paper focuses on the design consideration, fabrication processes and preliminary testing of the stretchable micro-electrode array. We are developing an implantable, stretchable micro-electrode array using polymer-based microfabrication techniques. The device will serve as the interface between an electronic imaging system and the human eye, directly stimulating retinal neurons via thin film conducting traces and electroplated electrodes. The metal features are embedded within a thin ({approx}50 micron) substrate fabricated using poly (dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS), a biocompatible elastomeric material that has very low water permeability. The conformable nature of PDMS is critical for ensuring uniform contact with the curved surface of the retina. To fabricate the device, we developed unique processes for metalizing PDMS to produce robust traces capable of maintaining conductivity when stretched (5%, SD 1.5), and for selectively passivating the conductive elements. An in situ measurement of residual strain in the PDMS during curing reveals a tensile strain of 10%, explaining the stretchable nature of the thin metalized devices.

  13. Electrical properties of metallic electrodes.

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    Ragheb, T; Geddes, L A

    1990-03-01

    The series equivalent resistance R and capacitance C of metal/saline electrode/electrolyte interfaces were measured as a function of frequency (100 Hz-20k Hz) and current density (0.25 to 1000 A m-2) for eight typical electrode metals. For each of the metals tested, R decreased and C increased as the current density was increased above a critical value (with the exception of silver and MP35N at frequencies above 1 kHz for which R increased and C decreased slightly). With the exception of copper, the current density linearity limit (for 10 per cent decrease in R or 10 per cent increase in C) increased with increasing frequency and, in most cases, the current density linearity limit for 10 per cent increase in C was slightly less than that for 10 per cent decrease in R. Among the metals tested, copper and aluminium had the lowest current carrying capability and rhodium had the highest current-carrying capability. The current carrying capabilities of 316 SS, platinum, silver and MP35N, were intermediate and similar. With increasing current density, an increase in the electrode/electrolyte capacitance was the most sensitive indicator of the current-carrying linearity limit. PMID:2376994

  14. Application of Polyaniline Incorporated Carbon Particles Coated Platinum Electrode in Coulometric Titration to Determination of Polyisoprene Alcohol

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    ZHAO Ge; LIU Meng; LIU Kuai-zhi; QU Jiang-ying; CHENG Gang; DU Zu-ling

    2003-01-01

    The feasibility of using electrodes modified with polyaniline incorporated carbon particles films for improving the precision of coulometric titration is demonstrated. The problem of large deviation produced during determining polyisoprene by coulometric titration with direct titration technique(double Pt electrodes indicating electrode) has been solved. In the titration process, polyisoprene alcohol, an electro-inactive species, is adsorbed on the surface of the bare Pt electrode, which inhibits the electrode reaction of Br- and Br2. Therefore, when the titration reaches the end-point, the detected current will slowly change with time, which can make the repeatability of end-point poor. The atomic force microscopic images show the morphology of the electrode surface of adsorbing polyisoprene alcohol. The application of the chemically modified electrode instead of the bare Pt electrode to indicating the end-point has been investigated. The results show that the Pt electrode coated with polyaniline incorporated carbon particles films is an excellent indicator electrode. This electrode has advantages that the indicating signals are sharp and repeatable at end-point. The precision and the accuracy of the determination of polyisoprene alcohol are satisfactory.

  15. Square Wave Voltammetric Determination of Residues of Carbendazim Using a Fullerene/Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes/Nafion/Coated Glassy Carbon Electrode

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    Djimadoum N. Teadoum; Seraphine K. Noumbo; Kamdem T. Arnaud; Temgoua T. Ranil; Antoine D. Mvondo Zé; Ignas K. Tonle

    2016-01-01

    A glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was modified with a fullerene/Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes (MWCNTs)/Nafion composite and applied to the determination of carbendazim, a fungicide. The voltammetric behavior of the analyte was investigated using Cyclic Voltammetry (CV), on the bare GCE and on the same electrode coated by a thin film of the composite material. The electrode response was more than fourfold important on the modified electrode, due to electrical conductivity of fullerene and MWCNT a...

  16. IDENTIFICATION OF CHLOROMETHANE FORMATION PATHS DURING ELECTROCHEMICAL DECHLORINATION OF TCE USING GRAPHITE ELECTRODES

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    The purpose of this research is to investigate the formation of chloromethane during TCE dechlorination in a mixed electrochemical reactor using graphite electrodes. Chloromethane was the major chlorinated organic compound detected in previous dechlorination experiments. In order...

  17. ZnO nanorods for simultaneous light trapping and transparent electrode application in solar cells

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    Khan, Yasser

    2011-10-01

    Efficacy of using vertically grown ZnO nanorod array in enhancing electromagnetic field intensity and serving as the top contact layer (transparent electrodes) for solar cells was investigated. © 2011 IEEE.

  18. DETERMINATION OF HETEROGENEOUS ELECTRON TRANSFER RATE CONSTANTS AT MICROFABRICATED IRIDIUM ELECTRODES. (R825511C022)

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    There has been an increasing use of both solid metal and microfabricated iridium electrodes as substrates for various types of electroanalysis. However, investigations to determine heterogeneous electron transfer rate constants on iridium, especially at an electron beam evapor...

  19. Performance characteristics of lead oxides in pasted lead/acid battery electrodes

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    Afifi, S.E. (Electrometallurgy Lab., Central Metallurgical Research and Development Inst., Cairo (Egypt)); Saba, A.E. (Electrometallurgy Lab., Central Metallurgical Research and Development Inst., Cairo (Egypt)); Shenouda, A.Y. (Electrometallurgy Lab., Central Metallurgical Research and Development Inst., Cairo (Egypt))

    1993-10-15

    The performance characteristics of lead oxides used for the pasted type of lead/acid battery plate have been investigated. The [alpha]- and [beta]-PbO polymorphs have been prepared carefully and used for pasting model electrodes. The factors that may affect the electrical capacity of such electrodes have been studied. These are: the type of oxide; percentage of free lead; additives such as carboxymethyl cellulose, zeolite and graphite. Lead hydroxide has also been studied with special attention. Photomicrographs have been taken to examine the crystal forms that develop on the electrode surface. Finally, some industrial samples have been investigated. (orig.)

  20. Electrode reaction of Pu3+/Pu couple in LiCl-KCl eutectic melts: comparison of the electrode reaction at the surface of liquid Bi with that at a solid Mo electrode

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    The electrode reaction of Pu3+/Pu couple at the interface between LiCl-KCl eutectic melt containing PuCl3 and liquid Bi phase was investigated by cyclic voltammetry at 723, 773 and 823 K. For comparison, the system was also studied using a solid Mo electrode in place of the liquid Bi electrode. It was found that the electrode reaction of Pu3+/Pu couple at the Bi electrode was almost reversible. The redox potentials of Pu3+/Pu couple at the liquid Bi electrode in the LiCl-KCl eutectic melt containing 0.87 wt% PuCl3 (0.0014 mole fraction) at 723, 773 and 823 K were observed to be more positive by 0.575, 0.572 and 0.566 V, respectively, than those at the Mo electrode. These differences in potential were thermodynamically analyzed by assuming a lowering of the activity of Pu in Bi phase according to the alloy formation of PuBi2. (author)