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  1. Research on Interpore Distance of Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template

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    Liu, Xue-jie; Li, Liang-fang

    2013-01-01

    The relationship between the interpore of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template and the influencing factors of electrolyte, temperature and oxidation voltage etc. was researched and summarized in this paper. It was pointed out that the interpore was influenced mostly by electrolyte type and oxidation voltage, and least by the electrolyte concentration and oxidation temperature. The interpore of AAO template increases with the oxidation voltage increases. By adjusting the electrolyte and oxidat...

  2. Fabrication of YBCO nanowires with anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template

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    Dadras, Sedigheh, E-mail: dadras@alzahra.ac.ir; Aawani, Elaheh

    2015-10-15

    We have fabricated YBCO nanowires by using anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template and sol–gel method, to investigate the fundamental properties of the one-dimensional nanostructure YBCO high-temperature superconductor and enhance its applications. The field-emission scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction pattern results have shown forming of Y-123 nanowires in the template. As an outcome, the YBCO nanowires, prepared by dipping AAO template into YBCO sol method, have average diameter of about 38 nm and length of 1 μm; this is an optimum nanowire sample with larger diameter and length. The resistance–temperature measurement indicates that the onset critical temperature of these samples occurs at 91 K, and the resistance of the optimum sample at onset transition is 10 times lower than the other sample.

  3. Preparation of Aluminum Nanomesh Thin Films from an Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template as Transparent Conductive Electrodes

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    Li, Yiwen; Chen, Yulong; Qiu, Mingxia; Yu, Hongyu; Zhang, Xinhai; Sun, Xiao Wei; Chen, Rui

    2016-02-01

    We have employed anodic aluminum oxide as a template to prepare ultrathin, transparent, and conducting Al films with a unique nanomesh structure for transparent conductive electrodes. The anodic aluminum oxide template is obtained through direct anodization of a sputtered Al layer on a glass substrate, and subsequent wet etching creates the nanomesh metallic film. The optical and conductive properties are greatly influenced by experimental conditions. By tuning the anodizing time, transparent electrodes with appropriate optical transmittance and sheet resistance have been obtained. The results demonstrate that our proposed strategy can serve as a potential method to fabricate low-cost TCEs to replace conventional indium tin oxide materials.

  4. CoPt patterned media in anodized aluminum oxide templates

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    Patterned recording media consisting of a vertically aligned array of L10 phase CoPt nanowires embedded in a thin anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) template on silicon has been prepared. A sputter deposited thin film of aluminum on silicon was anodized and a CoPt magnetic alloy was electrodeposited into the pores of the AAO. The vertically aligned arrays of CoPt nanowires were about ∼100 nm tall with ∼20 nm average diameter. Since the CoPt nanowire array is laterally constrained by the surrounding AAO, the nanowire diameter is maintained without coarsening during the L10 phase conversion heat treatment at 700 deg. C. After annealing and conversion to the L10 phase, the ∼20 nm CoPt nanowires exhibit a large coercivity of ∼8 kOe measured in the in-plane and perpendicular directions

  5. Fabrication of Nanostructured PLGA Scaffolds Using Anodic Aluminum Oxide Templates

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    Hsueh, Cheng-Chih; Hsu, Shan-Hui; Hung, Huey-Shan

    2008-01-01

    PLGA (poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)) is one of the most used biodegradable and biocompatible materials. Nanostructured PLGA even has great application potentials in tissue engineering. In this research, a fabrication technique for nanostructured PLGA membrane was investigated and developed. In this novel fabrication approach, an anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) film was use as the template ; the PLGA solution was then cast on it ; the vacuum air-extraction process was applied to transfer the nano porous pattern from the AAO membrane to the PLGA membrane and form nanostures on it. The cell culture experiments of the bovine endothelial cells demonstrated that the nanostructured PLGA membrane can double the cell growing rate. Compared to the conventional chemical-etching process, the physical fabrication method proposed in this research not only is simpler but also does not alter the characteristics of the PLGA. The nanostructure of the PLGA membrane can be well controlled by the AAO temperate.

  6. Electrochemical fabrication of CdS/Co nanowire arrays in porous aluminum oxide templates

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    Yoon, C H

    2002-01-01

    A procedure for preparing semiconductor/metal nanowire arrays is described, based on a template method which entails electrochemical deposition into nanometer-wide parallel pores of anodic aluminum oxide films on aluminum. Aligned CdS/Co heterostructured nanowires have been prepared by ac electrodeposition in the anodic aluminum oxide templates. By varying the preparation conditions, a variety of CdS/Co nanowire arrays were fabricated, whose dimensional properties could be adjusted.

  7. Anodic Aluminum Oxide Templates for Nano wires Array Fabrication

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    This paper reports on the process developed to fabricate anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) templates suitable for the fabrication of nano wire arrays. Anodization process has been used to fabricate the AAO templates with pore diameters ranging from 15 nm to 30 nm. Electrodeposition of parallel arrays of high aspect ratio nickel nano wires were demonstrated using these fabricated AAO templates. The nano wires produced were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was found that the orientations of the electrodeposited nickel nano wires were governed by the deposition current and electrolyte conditions. (author)

  8. Fabrication, structural characterization and sensing properties of polydiacetylene nanofibers templated from anodized aluminum oxide

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    Polydiacetylene (PDA), a unique conjugated polymer, has shown its potential in the application of chem/bio-sensors and optoelectronics. In this work, we first infiltrated PDA monomer (10, 12-pentacosadiynoic acid, PCDA) melted into the anodized aluminum oxide template, and then illuminated the infil...

  9. Field emission properties of low-density carbon nanotubes prepared on anodic aluminum-oxide template

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    Anodic aluminum-oxide (AAO) templates were fabricated by two-step anodizing an Al film. After the Co catalyst had been electrochemically deposited onto the bottom of the AAO template, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were grown by using catalytic pyrolysis of C2H2 and H2 at 650 .deg. C. Overgrowth of CNTs with low density on the AAO templates was observed. The field-emission measurements on the samples showed a turn-on field of 2.17 V/μm and a field enhancement factor of 5700. The emission pattern on a phosphor screen was quite homogeneous over the area at a relatively low electric field.

  10. Nanopatterning of Crystalline Silicon Using Anodized Aluminum Oxide Templates for Photovoltaics

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    Chao, Tsu-An

    A novel thin film anodized aluminum oxide templating process was developed and applied to make nanopatterns on crystalline silicon to enhance the optical properties of silicon. The thin film anodized aluminum oxide was created to improve the conventional thick aluminum templating method with the aim for potential large scale fabrication. A unique two-step anodizing method was introduced to create high quality nanopatterns and it was demonstrated that this process is superior over the original one-step approach. Optical characterization of the nanopatterned silicon showed up to 10% reduction in reflection in the short wavelength range. Scanning electron microscopy was also used to analyze the nanopatterned surface structure and it was found that interpore spacing and pore density can be tuned by changing the anodizing potential.

  11. Growth control of carbon nanotubes using by anodic aluminum oxide nano templates.

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    Park, Yong Seob; Choi, Won Seek; Yi, Junsin; Lee, Jaehyeong

    2014-05-01

    Anodic Aluminum Oxide (AAO) template prepared in acid electrolyte possess regular and highly anisotropic porous structure with pore diameter range from five to several hundred nanometers, and with a density of pores ranging from 10(9) to 10(11) cm(-2). AAO can be used as microfilters and templates for the growth of CNTs and metal or semiconductor nanowires. Varying anodizing conditions such as temperature, electrolyte, applied voltage, anodizing and widening time, one can control the diameter, the length, and the density of pores. In this work, we deposited Al thin film by radio frequency magnetron sputtering method to fabricate AAO nano template and synthesized multi-well carbon nanotubes on a glass substrate by microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (MPECVD). AAO nano-porous templates with various pore sizes and depths were introduced to control the dimension and density of CNT arrays. The AAO nano template was synthesize on glass by two-step anodization technique. The average diameter and interpore distance of AAO nano template are about 65 nm and 82 nm. The pore density and AAO nano template thickness are about 2.1 x 10(10) pores/cm2 and 1 microm, respectively. Aligned CNTs on the AAO nano template were synthesized by MPECVD at 650 degrees C with the Ni catalyst layer. The length and diameter of CNTs were grown 2 microm and 50 nm, respectively. PMID:24734654

  12. Optical Properties of Au Nanoparticles Coated on Surface of Glass or Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template

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    FENG Jinyang; WU Can; MA Xiao; ZHANG Hongquan; ZHAO Xiujian

    2012-01-01

    Au nanoparticles coated on the surface of glass (Sample A) or on anodic aluminum oxide template surface (Sample B) were prepared using titanium dioxide sol-gel doped with chloroauric acid and with a reduction process.FE-SEM,UV-Vis spectrum and Fluorescence spectrum tests show that Au nanoparticles have been distributed randomly on the surface of glass,while deposition occurs on the surface of regular hollows for anodic aluminum oxide template.A sharp absorption peak appears at the wavelength of 536 nm for sample B,while there is a red shift,with a broader peak for sample A.A distinct fluorescence emission at the wavelength of 633 nm is detected for sample A,but no noticeable fluorescence emission has been found for Sample B.The results indicate that the microstructure and optical properties of Au nanoparticles can be modulated by different substrate.

  13. Fabrication of polymeric nano-batteries array using anodic aluminum oxide templates.

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    Zhao, Qiang; Cui, Xiaoli; Chen, Ling; Liu, Ling; Sun, Zhenkun; Jiang, Zhiyu

    2009-02-01

    Rechargeable nano-batteries were fabricated in the array pores of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template, combining template method and electrochemical method. The battery consisted of electropolymerized PPy electrode, porous TiO2 separator, and chemically polymerized PAn electrode was fabricated in the array pores of two-step anodizing aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane, based on three-step assembling method. It performs typical electrochemical battery behavior with good charge-discharge ability, and presents a capacity of 25 nAs. AFM results show the hexagonal array of nano-batteries' top side. The nano-battery may be a promising device for the development of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), and Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems (NEMS). PMID:19441424

  14. Controllable synthesis of Ag nanorods using a porous anodic aluminum oxide template

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    This paper describes a new approach to the synthesis of Ag nanorods. A solvothermal method was used to make Ag nanoparticles inside anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates. The nanoparticles were then annealed at 300 deg. C to produce Ag nanorods. The size of AAO templates, which is focused on in this study, would determine the diameter of Ag nanorods. The product was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In this study, a nanorod growth mechanism is deduced, and understanding of the growth of nanorods inside AAO templates is furthered. This work demonstrates that it is possible to make crystalline nanorods that the size can be varied.

  15. Rayleigh instability in polymer thin films coated in the nanopores of anodic aluminum oxide templates.

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    Tsai, Chia-Chan; Chen, Jiun-Tai

    2014-01-14

    We study the Rayleigh instability of polystyrene (PS) thin films coated in the nanopores of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates. After thermal annealing, the surface of the PS thin films undulates and the nanostructures transform from nanotubes to Rayleigh-instability-induced nanostructures (short nanorods with encapsulated air bubbles). With longer annealing times, the nanostructures further transform to nanorods with longer lengths. PS samples with two different molecular weights (24 and 100 kg/mol) are used, and their instability transformation processes are compared. The morphology diagrams of the nanostructures at different stages are also constructed to elucidate the mechanism of the morphology transformation. PMID:24380368

  16. Preparation and Characterization of Fe Nanowire Arrays Embedded in Porous Anodic Aluminum Oxide Templates

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    迟广俊; 姚素薇

    2004-01-01

    Fe nanowire arrays are prepared by electrodeposition in porous anodic aluminum oxide template from a composite electrolyte solution. These nanowires have an uniform diameter of approximate 25 nm and a length in excess of 2.5μm.The micrographs and crystal structures of Fe nanowlres are studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected-area electron diffraction (SAED), and X-ray diffraction(XRD). It is found that each nanowire is essentially a single crystal and has a different orientation in each array. Hysteresis loops of Fe nanowire array show that its easy magnetization direction is perpendicular to the sample plane.

  17. Synthesis of silicon nanotubes with cobalt silicide ends using anodized aluminum oxide template

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    Silicon nanotubes (SiNTs) are compatible with Si-based semiconductor technology. In particular, the small diameters and controllable structure of such nanotubes are remaining challenges. Here we describe a method to fabricate SiNTs intrinsically connected with cobalt silicide ends based on highly ordered anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates. Size and growth direction of the SiNTs can be well controlled via the templates. The growth of SiNTs is catalyzed by the Co nanoparticles reduced on the pore walls of the AAO after annealing, with a controllable thickness at a given growth temperature and time. Simultaneously, cobalt silicide forms on the bottom side of the SiNTs.

  18. Synthesis of ordered Sinanowire arrays in porous anodic aluminum oxide templates

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    2001-01-01

    Highly ordered polycrystalline Si nanowire arrays were synthesized in porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates by the chemical vapor deposition (CVD)method. The morphological structure, the crystal character of Si nanowire arrays and the individual nanowire were analyzed by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM),scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atom force microscopy (AFM) and the X-ray diffraction spectrum (XRD), respectively. It is shown that most fabricated silicon nanowires (SiNWs) tend to be assembled parallelly in bundles and constructed with highly orientated arrays. This method provides a simple and low cost fabricating craftwork and the diameters and lengths of SiNWs can be controlled, the large area Si nanowire arrays can be achieved easily under such a way.The curling and twisting SiNWs are fewer than those by other synthesis methods.

  19. Synthesis of carbon nanotube arrays using ethanol in porous anodic aluminum oxide template

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    YU Guojun; WANG Sen; GONG Jinlong; ZHU Dezhang; HE Suixia; LI Yulan; ZHU Zhiyuan

    2005-01-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays confined by porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template were synthesized using ethanol as reactant carbon source at low pressure. Images by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and low magnification transmission electron microscopy (TEM) show that these CNTs have highly uniform outer diameter and length, absolutely controlled by the diameter and depth of nano-channel arrays of the AAO. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) imaging indicates that the graphitization of the CNT walls is better than the results reported on this kind of template-based CNT arrays, although it is not so good as that of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) synthesized by catalysis. CNTs synthesized using acetylene as reactant gas show much less graphitization than those prepared using ethanol by comparing the results of HRTEM and Raman spectroscopy. The etching effects of decomposed OH radicals on the amorphous carbon and the roughness of AAO nano-channel arrays on the CNTs growth were employed to explain the graphitization and growth of the CNTs.

  20. Fabrication of diameter-modulated and ultrathin porous nanowires in anodic aluminum oxide templates

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    Sulka, Grzegorz D., E-mail: Sulka@chemia.uj.edu.pl [Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Germany); Department of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry, Jagiellonian University, Ingardena 3, 30060 Krakow (Poland); Brzozka, Agnieszka [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Non-Ferrous Metals, Al. Mickiewicza 30, Krakow 30-059 (Poland); Liu, Lifeng [Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Germany)

    2011-05-30

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: > AAO templates with modulated pore diameter were fabricated by pulse anodization. > HA pulse duration tunes the shape of pores and the structure of AAO channels. > Au, Ag, Ni and Ag-Au diameter-modulated nanowires were synthetized. > Porous ultrathin Au nanowires were obtained by dealloying Ag-Au nanowires. - Abstract: Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes with modulated pore diameter were synthesized by pulse anodization in 0.3 M sulfuric acid at 1 deg. C. For AAO growth, a typical combination of alternating mild anodizing (MA) and hard anodizing (HA) pulses with applied potential pulses of 25 V and 35 V was applied. The control of the duration of HA pulses will provide an interesting way to tune the shape of pores and the structure of AAO channels. It was found that a non-uniform length of HA segments in cross section of AAO is usually observed when the HA pulse duration is shorter than 1.2 s. The pulse anodization performed with longer HA pulses leads to the formation of AAO templates with periodically modulated pore diameter and nearly uniform length of segments. Various diameter-modulated metallic nanowires (Au, Ag, Ni and Ag-Au) were fabricated by electrodeposition in the pores of anodic alumina membranes. A typical average nanowire diameter was about 30 nm and 48 nm for MA and HA nanowire segments, respectively. After a successful dealloying silver from Ag-Au nanowires, porous ultrathin Au nanowires were obtained.

  1. Fabrication of diameter-modulated and ultrathin porous nanowires in anodic aluminum oxide templates

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: → AAO templates with modulated pore diameter were fabricated by pulse anodization. → HA pulse duration tunes the shape of pores and the structure of AAO channels. → Au, Ag, Ni and Ag-Au diameter-modulated nanowires were synthetized. → Porous ultrathin Au nanowires were obtained by dealloying Ag-Au nanowires. - Abstract: Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes with modulated pore diameter were synthesized by pulse anodization in 0.3 M sulfuric acid at 1 deg. C. For AAO growth, a typical combination of alternating mild anodizing (MA) and hard anodizing (HA) pulses with applied potential pulses of 25 V and 35 V was applied. The control of the duration of HA pulses will provide an interesting way to tune the shape of pores and the structure of AAO channels. It was found that a non-uniform length of HA segments in cross section of AAO is usually observed when the HA pulse duration is shorter than 1.2 s. The pulse anodization performed with longer HA pulses leads to the formation of AAO templates with periodically modulated pore diameter and nearly uniform length of segments. Various diameter-modulated metallic nanowires (Au, Ag, Ni and Ag-Au) were fabricated by electrodeposition in the pores of anodic alumina membranes. A typical average nanowire diameter was about 30 nm and 48 nm for MA and HA nanowire segments, respectively. After a successful dealloying silver from Ag-Au nanowires, porous ultrathin Au nanowires were obtained.

  2. Geant4 simulation of zinc oxide nanowires in anodized aluminum oxide template as a low energy X-ray scintillator detector

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    In this work, ZnO nanowires in anodized aluminum oxide nanoporous template are proposed as an architecture for development of new generation of scintillator based X-ray imagers. The optical response of crystalline ordered ZnO nanowire arrays in porous anodized aluminum oxide template under 20 keV X-ray illumination is simulated using the Geant4 Monte Carlo code. The results show that anodized aluminum oxide template has a special impact as a light guide to conduct the optical photons induced by X-ray toward the detector thickness and to decrease the light scattering in detector volume. This inexpensive and effective method can significantly improve the spatial resolution in scintillator based X-ray imagers, especially in medical applications.

  3. Large-area sub-micron structured surfaces using micro injection moulding templates of nanoporous anodized Aluminum Oxide

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    Zhang, Nan; Harrison, S.; Meagher, P.; et al.

    2012-01-01

    This study demonstrates a mass production method using nanoporous Anodized Aluminum Oxide (AAO) templates as mould insert tools that are used to structure large area polymer surfaces by a micro injection moulding process. SEM and water contact angle measurements served to evaluate the effect of nanostructures on surface properties. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells were cultured on nano-structured and ultra-smooth surfaces of polymer parts. Experimental results indicated that...

  4. Fabrication of a Ni nano-imprint stamp for an anti-reflective layer using an anodic aluminum oxide template.

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    Park, Eun-Mi; Lim, Seung-Kyu; Ra, Senug-Hyun; Suh, Su-Jung

    2013-11-01

    Aluminum anodizing can alter pore diameter, density distribution, periodicity and layer thickness in a controlled way. Because of this property, porous type anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) was used as a template for nano-structure fabrication. The alumina layer generated at a constant voltage increased the pore size from 120 nm to 205 nm according to an increasing process time from 60 min to 150 min. The resulting fabricated AAO templates had pore diameters at or less than 200 nm. Ni was sputtered as a conductive layer onto this AAO template and electroplated using DC and pulse power. Comparing these Ni stamps, those generated from electroplating using on/reverse/off pulsing had an ordered pillar array and maintained the AAO template morphology. This stamp was used for nano-imprinting on UV curable resin coated glass wafer. Surface observations via electron microscopy showed that the nano-imprinted patterned had the same shape as the AAO template. A soft mold was subsequently fabricated and nano-imprinted to form a moth-eye structure on the glass wafer. An analysis of the substrate transmittance using UV-VIS/NIR spectroscopy showed that the transmittance of the substrate with the moth-eye structure was 5% greater that the non-patterned substrate. PMID:24245297

  5. The fabrication of Ag nanoflake arrays via self-assembly on the surface of an anodic aluminum oxide template

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    Vertical-aligned Ag nanoflake arrays are fabricated on the surface of an anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template under a hydrothermal condition for the first time. The porous surface of AAO templates and the precursor solution may play key roles in the process of fabricating Ag nanoflakes. The rim of pores can provide many active sites for nucleation and growth, and then nanoflake arrays gradually form through self-assembly of Ag on the surface of AAO membranes. The product is characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and a growth mechanism of nanoflake is deduced. This work demonstrates that it is possible to make ordered nanoarrays without dissolving templates using the hydrothermal method, and this interesting Ag nanoflake arrays may provide a wider range of nanoscale applications.

  6. Silver nanoparticles deposited on anodic aluminum oxide template using magnetron sputtering for surface-enhanced Raman scattering substrate

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    Wong-ek, Krongkamol [Nanoscience and Technology Program, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 10330 (Thailand); Eiamchai, Pitak; Horprathum, Mati; Patthanasettakul, Viyapol [National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, 112 Thailand Science Park, Phahonyothin Rd., Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 (Thailand); Limnonthakul, Puenisara [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Mongkut' s University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140 (Thailand); Chindaudom, Pongpan [National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, 112 Thailand Science Park, Phahonyothin Rd., Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 (Thailand); Nuntawong, Noppadon, E-mail: noppadon.nuntawong@nectec.or.t [National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, 112 Thailand Science Park, Phahonyothin Rd., Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 (Thailand)

    2010-09-30

    Low-cost and highly sensitive surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates have been fabricated by a simple anodizing process and a magnetron sputtering deposition. The substrates, which consist of silver nanoparticles embedded on anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates, are investigated by a scanning electron microscope and a confocal Raman spectroscopy. The SERS activities are demonstrated by Raman scattering from adsorbed solutions of methylene blue and pyridine on the SERS substrate surface. The most optimized SERS substrate contains the silver nanoparticles, with a size distribution of 10-30 nm, deposited on the AAO template. From a calculation, the SERS enhancement factor is as high as 8.5 x 10{sup 7}, which suggests strong potentials for direct applications in the chemical detection and analyses.

  7. Electrodeposited Ni,Fe,Co and Cu single and multilayer nanowire arrays on anodic aluminum oxide template

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    Bobomurod HAMRAKULOV; In-Soo KIM; M.G.LEE; B.H.PARK

    2009-01-01

    The Ni, Fe, Co and Cu single and multilayer nanowire arrays to make perpendicular magnetic recording media were fabricated with nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates from Watt solution and additives by the DC electrodeposition. The results show that the diameters of Ni, Fe, Co and Cu single and multilayer nanowires in AAO templates are 40-80 nm and the lengths are about 30 μm with the aspect ratio of 350-750. The magnetic properties of the prepared nanowires are different under different electrodepositing conditions. The remanences (Br) of Ni/Cu/Fe multilayer nanowires are lower than those of others multilayer nanowires, and coercivity (Hc) of Ni/Cu/Fe multilayer nanowires are lower than those of others multilayer nanowires. These are compatible with the required conditions of high density magnetic media devices that should have the low coercivity to easily success magnetization and high remanence to keep magnetization after removal of magnetic field.

  8. Highly Ordered Zinc Oxide Nanotubules Synthesized within the Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template

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    WANG Zhen; LI HuLin

    2001-01-01

    @@ Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a wide-band-gap semiconductor, which has a broad range of applications, e.g., in pigment, rubber additives, gas sensors, varistors and transducers1. It has recently been demonstrated that nanophase zinc oxide can be used in photocells of the Gatzel type2, which results in improved current generation efficiency. The properties of high aspect ratios and small sizes of zinc oxide nanotubules or nanowires are expected to improve the luminescence efficiency of the electro-optical devices and the sensitivity of the chemical sensors3.

  9. Highly Ordered Zinc Oxide Nanotubules Synthesized within the Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template

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    WANG; Zhen

    2001-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is a wide-band-gap semiconductor, which has a broad range of applications, e.g., in pigment, rubber additives, gas sensors, varistors and transducers1. It has recently been demonstrated that nanophase zinc oxide can be used in photocells of the Gatzel type2, which results in improved current generation efficiency. The properties of high aspect ratios and small sizes of zinc oxide nanotubules or nanowires are expected to improve the luminescence efficiency of the electro-optical devices and the sensitivity of the chemical sensors3.  ……

  10. Graphene-Assisted Chemical Etching of Silicon Using Anodic Aluminum Oxides as Patterning Templates.

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    Kim, Jungkil; Lee, Dae Hun; Kim, Ju Hwan; Choi, Suk-Ho

    2015-11-01

    We first report graphene-assisted chemical etching (GaCE) of silicon by using patterned graphene as an etching catalyst. Chemical-vapor-deposition-grown graphene transferred on a silicon substrate is patterned to a mesh with nanohole arrays by oxygen plasma etching using an anodic- aluminum-oxide etching mask. The prepared graphene mesh/silicon is immersed in a mixture solution of hydrofluoric acid and hydro peroxide with various molecular fractions at optimized temperatures. The silicon underneath graphene mesh is then selectively etched to form aligned nanopillar arrays. The morphology of the nanostructured silicon can be controlled to be smooth or porous depending on the etching conditions. The experimental results are systematically discussed based on possible mechanisms for GaCE of Si. PMID:26473800

  11. Highly Transparent and Flexible Triboelectric Nanogenerators with Subwavelength-Architectured Polydimethylsiloxane by a Nanoporous Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template.

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    Dudem, Bhaskar; Ko, Yeong Hwan; Leem, Jung Woo; Lee, Soo Hyun; Yu, Jae Su

    2015-09-23

    Highly transparent and flexible triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) were fabricated using the subwavelength-architectured (SWA) polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) with a nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template as a replica mold. The SWA PDMS could be utilized as a multifunctional film for a triboelectric layer, an antireflection coating, and a self-cleaning surface. The nanopore arrays of AAO were formed by a simple, fast, and cost-effective electrochemical oxidation process of aluminum, which is relatively impressive for fabrication of the TENG device. For electrical contacts, the SWA PDMS was laminated on the indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) as a bottom electrode, and the bare ITO-coated PET (i.e., ITO/PET) was used for the top electrode. Compared to the ITO/PET, the SWA PDMS on the ITO/PET improved the transmittance from 80.5 to 83% in the visible wavelength region and also had high transmittances of >85% at wavelengths of 430-455 nm. The SWA PDMS also exhibited the hydrophobic surface with a water contact angle (θCA) of ∼115°, which can be useful for self-cleaning applications. The average transmittance (Tavg) of the entire TENG device was observed to be ∼70% over a broad wavelength range. At an external pushing frequency of 0.5 Hz, for the TENG device with the ITO top electrode, open-circuit voltage (VOC) and short-circuit current (ISC) values of ∼3.8 V and ∼0.8 μA were obtained instantaneously, respectively, which were higher than those (i.e., VOC ≈ 2.2 V, and ISC ≈ 0.4 μA) of the TENG device with a gold top electrode. The effect of external pushing force and frequency on the output device performance of the TENGs was investigated, including the device robustness. A theoretical optical analysis of SWA PDMS was also performed. PMID:26301328

  12. Nanostructures Based on Porous Aluminum Oxide Templates: Fabrication, Properties and Applications

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    LI HuLin

    2001-01-01

    @@ Using the template method to fabricate nanostructures is an entirely new approach for fabricating nanostructures based on self-organization that developed since the middle 1990s, which means that nanostructures can be made directly in the openings of the template under an environment of liquid or vapor. In this case the size and shape of the nano-objects are determined by the size and shape of the openings in the nanotemplates,and may vary over a wide range depending on the template used. This flexibility also extends to the range of materials deposited in the template's openings. This approach is particularly attractive since it circumvents the lithographic limitations altogether by making use of naturally occurring nanotemplates.

  13. Nanostructures Based on Porous Aluminum Oxide Templates: Fabrication, Properties and Applications

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    LI; HuLin

    2001-01-01

    Using the template method to fabricate nanostructures is an entirely new approach for fabricating nanostructures based on self-organization that developed since the middle 1990s, which means that nanostructures can be made directly in the openings of the template under an environment of liquid or vapor. In this case the size and shape of the nano-objects are determined by the size and shape of the openings in the nanotemplates,and may vary over a wide range depending on the template used. This flexibility also extends to the range of materials deposited in the template's openings. This approach is particularly attractive since it circumvents the lithographic limitations altogether by making use of naturally occurring nanotemplates.  ……

  14. Preparation of thin hexagonal highly-ordered anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template onto silicon substrate and growth ZnO nanorod arrays by electrodeposition

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    Chahrour, Khaled M.; Ahmed, Naser M.; Hashim, M. R.; Elfadill, Nezar G.; Qaeed, M. A.; Bououdina, M.

    2014-12-01

    In this study, anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates of Aluminum thin films onto Ti-coated silicon substrates were prepared for growth of nanostructure materials. Hexagonally highly ordered thin AAO templates were fabricated under controllable conditions by using a two-step anodization. The obtained thin AAO templates were approximately 70 nm in pore diameter and 250 nm in length with 110 nm interpore distances within an area of 3 cm2. The difference between first and second anodization was investigated in details by in situ monitoring of current-time curve. A bottom barrier layer of the AAO templates was removed during dropping the voltage in the last period of the anodization process followed by a wet etching using phosphoric acid (5 wt%) for several minutes at ambient temperature. As an application, Zn nanorod arrays embedded in anodic alumina (AAO) template were fabricated by electrodeposition. Oxygen was used to oxidize the electrodeposited Zn nanorods in the AAO template at 700 °C. The morphology, structure and photoluminescence properties of ZnO/AAO assembly were analyzed using Field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Atomic force microscope (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence (PL).

  15. Effect of annealing on the magnetic properties of Ni nanowires prepared by using an anodized aluminum oxide template

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    We report the growth mechanism and the magnetic properties of Ni nanowires on an anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) template. The porous AAO was fabricated using a two-step anodization process. The Ni nanowires were grown by using DC pulsed and AC electrodeposition methods, and the Ni nanowires were more uniformly grown by using the AC electrodeposition method than by using the DC pulsed electrodeposition method. We also studied the magnetic properties of the Ni nanowires and the post-annealed Ni nanowires (at 600 .deg. C in air). The annealed Ni nanowires showed smaller ferromagnetic saturation than the unannealed Ni nanowires. This result indicates that NiO existed in the Ni nanowires after the post-annealing process. In addition, the magnetic properties of the Ni nanowires at 5 K showed that the easy magnetization axis in the annealed Ni nanowires had rotated from the parallel to the nanowire surface to the perpendicular to that surface. Since the shape anisotropy of continuous Ni thin films favors the direction of the easy magnetization axis being parallel to direction of their surfaces, these results show that at low temperatures, the magnetic properties of Ni nanowires behave as those of continuous Ni thin films.

  16. Magnetron sputtering of silver nanowires using anodic aluminum oxide template: a new active substrate of surface enhanced Raman scattering and an investigation of its enhanced mechanism.

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    Zhang, Lisheng; Zhang, Pengxiang; Fang, Yan

    2007-05-22

    A high quality anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template with ordered apertures about 50-80 nm was fabricated by anodizing aluminum in electrolytes through a two-step method, and silver nanowires with diameters from 40 nm to 70 nm were prepared on this AAO template by magnetron sputtering. On the glass covered with silver nanowires, high quality surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectra of sudan II (C18H16N2O) with enhancement factors of 10(5) were obtained. And comparison of SERS spectra on silver nanowires with the SERS spectra of silver colloids indicates that main enhanced mode is lightning rod effect of nanorods on the Sudan II/silver nanowires system. PMID:17481411

  17. Effect of geometric curvature on vitrification behavior for polymer nanotubes confined in anodic aluminum oxide templates

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    Chen, Jiao; Li, Linling; Zhou, Dongshan; Wang, Xiaoliang; Xue, Gi

    2015-09-01

    The glass transition behavior of polystyrene (PS) nanotubes confined in cylindrical alumina nanopores was studied as a function of pore diameter (d ) and polymer tube thickness (δ). Both the calorimetric glass transition temperature and the microstructure measured by a nonradiative energy transfer method indicated that the polymer nanotube, or concave polymer thin film, exhibited significant differences in vitrification behavior compared to the planar one. A closer interchain proximity and an increased Tg were observed for polymer nanotubes with respect to the bulk polymer. Tg for polymer nanotubes was primarily dependent on the curvature radius d of the template, while it was less dependent on the thickness δ of the PS tube wall in the range of 11-23 nm. For small nanotubes (d =55 nm ) , the Tg increased as high as 18 °C above the bulk value. This vitrified property reverted back to the bulk value when the substrate was chemically removed, which indicated the crucial importance of the interfacial effect imposed by the hard wall with a concave geometry.

  18. Influence of wet etching time cycles on morphology features of thin porous Anodic Aluminum oxide (AAO) template for nanostructure's synthesis

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    Chahrour, Khaled M.; Ahmed, Naser M.; Hashim, M. R.; Elfadill, Nezar G.; Al-Diabat, Ahmad M.; Bououdina, M.

    2015-12-01

    This study examines the influence of chemical wet etching time cycles on the morphological features of thin porous AAO template. Pore widening via wet-etching treatment at room temperature was found to modify the pore quality of AAO template and reduces the barrier layer on the bottom of AAO pore array in order to facilitate uniform electrodeposition of nanostructures onto AAO template. High quality AAO pore arrays with different mean pore diameters (64, 70, and 87 nm) were prepared under controllable pore-widening time cycles of 10, 30 and 45 min at room temperature, respectively. The AAO templates and the produced Cu nanorods were characterized using FESEM, EDX, XRD and AFM. The results indicate that the morphology of the aligned arrays of Cu nanorods is strongly affected by the duration of etching and the removal of AAO template. This study showed that the optimum etching duration required to maintain the aligned nanorods without any fracture is approximately 5 min. In addition, the regular hemispherical concave Al surface ensuring the self-ordering of AAO pore can be established when striping is employed for 45 min. Thus, it can be inferred that the duration of wet etching treatment (striping) of Al oxide film performed after the first-step anodization plays a vital role in the final arrangement of nanopores.

  19. Preparation of well-aligned carbon nanotubes/silicon nanowires core-sheath composite structure arrays in porous anodic aluminum oxide templates

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    李梦轲; 陆梅; 王成伟; 力虎林

    2002-01-01

    The well-aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) arrays with opened ends were prepared in ordered pores of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template by the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. After then, silicon nanowires (SiNWs) were deposited in the hollow cavities of CNTs. By using this method, CNTs/SiNWs core-sheath composite structure arrays were synthesized successfully. Growing structures and physical properties of the CNTs/SiNWs composite structure arrays were analyzed and researched by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction spectrum (XRD), respectively. The field emission (FE) behavior of the CNTs/SiNWs composite structure arrays was studied based on Fowler- Nordheim tunneling mechanism and current-voltage (I -V) curve. And the photoluminescence (PL) was also characterized. Significantly, the CNTs/SiNWs core-sheath composite structure nanowire fabricated by AAO template method is characteristic of a metal/semiconductor (M/S) behavior and can be utilized to synthesize nanoscale PN junction or Schottky diode device. This process also could be useful for the fabrication of SiNWs and other nanoscale core-sheath composite structure nanowires with chemically inert interfaces for nanoscale electronic and device applications where surface oxidation is undesirable. The diameters and lengths of nanoscale composite structure arrays can be dominated easily, and the experimental result shows that the curling and twisting structures are fewer than those prepared by other synthesized methods.

  20. Preparation of well-aligned carbon nanotubes/silicon nanowires core-sheath composite structure arrays in porous anodic aluminum oxide templates

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    李梦轲; 力虎林; 陆梅; 王成伟

    2002-01-01

    The well-aligned carbon nanotubes (CNTs) arrays with opened ends were prepared in ordered pores of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template by the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method. After then, silicon nanowires (SiNWs) were deposited in the hollow cavities of CNTs. By using this method, CNTs/SiNWs core-sheath composite structure arrays were synthesized successfully. Growing structures and physical properties of the CNTs/SiNWs composite structure arrays were analyzed and researched by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction spectrum (XRD), respectively. The field emission (FE) behavior of the CNTs/SiNWs composite structure arrays was studied based on Fowler-Nordheim tunneling mechanism and current-voltage (/-V) curve. And the photoluminescence (PL) was also characterized. Significantly, the CNTs/SiNWs core-sheath composite structure nanowire fabricated by AAO template method is characteristic of a metal/semiconductor (M/S) behavior and can be

  1. Self-Ordered Nanoporous Alumina Templates Formed by Anodization of Aluminum in Oxalic Acid

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    Vida-Simiti, Ioan; Nemes, Dorel; Jumate, Nicolaie; Thalmaier, Gyorgy; Sechel, Niculina

    2012-10-01

    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes with highly ordered nanopores serve as ideal templates for the formation of various nanostructured materials. The procedure of the template preparation is based on a two-step self-organized anodization of aluminum. In the current study, AAO templates were fabricated in 0.3 M oxalic acid under the anodizing potential range of 30-60 V at an electrolyte temperature of ~5°C. The AAO templates were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and differential thermal analysis. The as obtained layers are amorphous; the mean pore size is between 40 nm and 75 nm and increases with the increase of the anodization potential. Well-defined pores across the whole aluminum template, a pore density of ~1010 pores/cm2, and a tendency to form a porous structure with hexagonal symmetry were observed.

  2. Structural and magnetic characterization of as-prepared and annealed FeCoCu nanowire arrays in ordered anodic aluminum oxide templates

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    Rodríguez-González, B., E-mail: jbenito@uvigo.es [CACTI, University of Vigo, E-36310 Vigo (Spain); International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, INL. Av. Mestre J. Veiga, 4715-330 Braga (Portugal); Bran, C.; Warnatz, T.; Vazquez, M. [Institute of Materials Science of Madrid, CSIC, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Rivas, J. [International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, INL. Av. Mestre J. Veiga, 4715-330 Braga (Portugal)

    2014-04-07

    Herein, we report on the preparation, structure, and magnetic characterization of FeCoCu nanowire arrays grown by DC electrodeposition inside self-assembled ordered nanopores of anodic aluminum oxide templates. A systematic study of their structure has been performed both in as-prepared samples and after annealing in the temperature range up to 800 °C, although particular attention has been paid to annealing at 700 °C after which maximum magnetic hardening is achieved. The obtained nanowires have a diameter of 40 nm and their Fe{sub 0.28}Co{sub 0.67}Cu{sub 0.05} composition was confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). Focused ion-beam lamellas of two samples (as-prepared and annealed at 700 °C) were prepared for their imaging in the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) perpendicularly to the electron beam, where the obtained EDS compositional mappings show a homogeneous distribution of the elements. X-ray diffraction analysis, and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns confirm that nanowires exhibit a bcc cubic structure (space group Im-3m). In addition, bright-dark field images show that the nanowires have a polycrystalline structure that remains essentially the same after annealing, but some modifications were observed: (i) an overall increase and sharpening of recrystallized grains, and (ii) an apparent shrinkage of the nanowires diameter. Obtained SAED patterns also show strong textured components with determined <111> and <112> crystalline directions parallel to the wires growth direction. The presence of both directions was also confirmed in the HRTEM images doing Fourier transform analyses. Magnetic measurements show strong magnetic anisotropy with magnetization easy axis parallel to the nanowires in as-prepared and annealed samples. The magnetic properties are tuned by suitable thermal treatments so that, maximum enhanced coercivity (∼2.7 kOe) and normalized remanence (∼0.91 Ms) values are

  3. 多孔阳极氧化铝模板组装Fe纳米线及其表征%Preparation and Characterization of Fe Nanowire Arrays Embedded in Porous Anodic Aluminum Oxide Templates

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    迟广俊; 姚素薇

    2004-01-01

    Fe nanowire arrays are prepared by electrodeposition in porous anodic aluminum oxide template from a composite electrolyte solution. These nanowires have an uniform diameter of approximate 25 nm and a length in excess of 2.5μm. The micrographs and crystal structures of Fe nanowires are studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected-area electron diffraction (SAED), and X-ray diffraction(XRD). It is found that each nanowire is essentially a single crystal and has a different orientation in each array. Hysteresis loops of Fe nanowire array show that its easy magnetization direction is perpendicular to the sample plane.

  4. Fabrication of nanotubules of thermoelectric gamma-Na0.7CoO2 using porous aluminum oxide membrane as supporting template

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    Liu, Chia-Jyi; Chen, Shu-Yo; Shih, Long-Jiann

    2009-01-01

    We report the successful synthesis of nanotubules of thermoelectric materials gamma-NaxCoO2 using two different sol-gel routes aided by porous anodized aluminium oxide (AAO) membrane as supporting templates. The gamma-NaxCoO2 nanotubule using urea-based route can be achieved at 650 degree C at a heating rate of 1 degree C/min and held for 4h. The gamma-NaxCoO2 nanotubule using citric acid-based route can be achieved at 500 degree C using a rapid-heat-up procedure and held for 30 min. The prod...

  5. Fabrication of nanotubules of thermoelectric γ-Na0.7CoO2 using porous aluminum oxide membrane as supporting template

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    We report the successful synthesis of nanotubules of thermoelectric materials γ-NaxCoO2 using two different sol-gel routes aided by porous anodized aluminium oxide (AAO) membrane as supporting templates. The γ-NaxCoO2 nanotubule using urea-based route can be achieved at 650 deg. C at a heating rate of 1 deg. C min-1 and held for 4 h. The γ-NaxCoO2 nanotubule using citric acid-based route can be achieved at 500 deg. C using a rapid-heat-up procedure and held for 30 min. The products were investigated using various techniques including XRD, SEM and TEM. Electron diffraction pattern taken along [0 0 1] zone axis direction on the nanotubule shows that all the diffraction spots can be indexed using a hexagonal unit cell with a = b = 0.56 nm, which can be considered as a superstructure with cell doubling within the ab plane.

  6. Burning characteristics of individual aluminum/aluminum oxide particles

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    1996-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited An experimental investigation was conducted in which the burning characteristics of individual aluminum/aluminum oxide particles were measured using a windowed combustion bomb at atmospheric pressure and under gravity-fall conditions. A scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to measure the size distribution of the initial aluminum particles and the aluminum oxide residue. Analysis of the residue indicated that the mass of aluminum...

  7. Effect of processing on structural features of anodic aluminum oxides

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    Erdogan, Pembe; Birol, Yucel

    2012-09-01

    Morphological features of the anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates fabricated by electrochemical oxidation under different processing conditions were investigated. The selection of the polishing parameters does not appear to be critical as long as the aluminum substrate is polished adequately prior to the anodization process. AAO layers with a highly ordered pore distribution are obtained after anodizing in 0.6 M oxalic acid at 20 °C under 40 V for 5 minutes suggesting that the desired pore features are attained once an oxide layer develops on the surface. While the pore features are not affected much, the thickness of the AAO template increases with increasing anodization treatment time. Pore features are better and the AAO growth rate is higher at 20 °C than at 5 °C; higher under 45 V than under 40 V; higher with 0.6 M than with 0.3 M oxalic acid.

  8. Oxidation kinetics of aluminum diboride

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    Whittaker, Michael L.; Sohn, H. Y.; Cutler, Raymond A.

    2013-11-01

    The oxidation characteristics of aluminum diboride (AlB2) and a physical mixture of its constituent elements (Al+2B) were studied in dry air and pure oxygen using thermal gravimetric analysis to obtain non-mechanistic kinetic parameters. Heating in air at a constant linear heating rate of 10 °C/min showed a marked difference between Al+2B and AlB2 in the onset of oxidation and final conversion fraction, with AlB2 beginning to oxidize at higher temperatures but reaching nearly complete conversion by 1500 °C. Kinetic parameters were obtained in both air and oxygen using a model-free isothermal method at temperatures between 500 and 1000 °C. Activation energies were found to decrease, in general, with increasing conversion for AlB2 and Al+2B in both air and oxygen. AlB2 exhibited O2-pressure-independent oxidation behavior at low conversions, while the activation energies of Al+2B were higher in O2 than in air. Differences in the composition and morphology between oxidized Al+2B and AlB2 suggested that Al2O3-B2O3 interactions slowed Al+2B oxidation by converting Al2O3 on aluminum particles into a Al4B2O9 shell, while the same Al4B2O9 developed a needle-like morphology in AlB2 that reduced oxygen diffusion distances and increased conversion. The model-free kinetic analysis was critical for interpreting the complex, multistep oxidation behavior for which a single mechanism could not be assigned. At low temperatures, moisture increased the oxidation rate of Al+2B and AlB2, but both appear to be resistant to oxidation in cool, dry environments.

  9. Oxidation dynamics of aluminum nanorods

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    Aluminum nanorods (Al-NRs) are promising fuels for pyrotechnics due to the high contact areas with oxidizers, but their oxidation mechanisms are largely unknown. Here, reactive molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study thermally initiated burning of oxide-coated Al-NRs with different diameters (D = 26, 36, and 46 nm) in oxygen environment. We found that thinner Al-NRs burn faster due to the larger surface-to-volume ratio. The reaction initiates with the dissolution of the alumina shell into the molten Al core to generate heat. This is followed by the incorporation of environmental oxygen atoms into the resulting Al-rich shell, thereby accelerating the heat release. These results reveal an unexpectedly active role of the alumina shell as a “nanoreactor” for oxidation

  10. Surfactant-Templated Mesoporous Metal Oxide Nanowires

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    Hongmei Luo; Qianglu Lin; Stacy Baber; Mahesh Naalla

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate two approaches to prepare mesoporous metal oxide nanowires by surfactant assembly and nanoconfinement via sol-gel or electrochemical deposition. For example, mesoporous Ta2O5 and zeolite nanowires are prepared by block copolymer Pluronic 123-templated sol-gel method, and mesoporous ZnO nanowires are prepared by electrodeposition in presence of anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) surfactant, in porous membranes. The morphologies of porous nanowires are studied by sca...

  11. Oxidation kinetics of aluminum diboride

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    The oxidation characteristics of aluminum diboride (AlB2) and a physical mixture of its constituent elements (Al+2B) were studied in dry air and pure oxygen using thermal gravimetric analysis to obtain non-mechanistic kinetic parameters. Heating in air at a constant linear heating rate of 10 °C/min showed a marked difference between Al+2B and AlB2 in the onset of oxidation and final conversion fraction, with AlB2 beginning to oxidize at higher temperatures but reaching nearly complete conversion by 1500 °C. Kinetic parameters were obtained in both air and oxygen using a model-free isothermal method at temperatures between 500 and 1000 °C. Activation energies were found to decrease, in general, with increasing conversion for AlB2 and Al+2B in both air and oxygen. AlB2 exhibited O2-pressure-independent oxidation behavior at low conversions, while the activation energies of Al+2B were higher in O2 than in air. Differences in the composition and morphology between oxidized Al+2B and AlB2 suggested that Al2O3–B2O3 interactions slowed Al+2B oxidation by converting Al2O3 on aluminum particles into a Al4B2O9 shell, while the same Al4B2O9 developed a needle-like morphology in AlB2 that reduced oxygen diffusion distances and increased conversion. The model-free kinetic analysis was critical for interpreting the complex, multistep oxidation behavior for which a single mechanism could not be assigned. At low temperatures, moisture increased the oxidation rate of Al+2B and AlB2, but both appear to be resistant to oxidation in cool, dry environments. - Graphical abstract: Isothermal kinetic data for AlB2 in air, showing a constantly decreasing activation energy with increasing conversion. Model-free analysis allowed for the calculation of global kinetic parameters despite many simultaneous mechanisms occurring concurrently. (a) Time–temperature plots, (b) conversion as a function of time, (c) Arrhenius plots used to calculate activation energies, and (d) activation energy

  12. Hemispherical Shell Nanostructures from Metal-Stripped Embossed Alumina on Aluminum Templates

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    Nielsen, Peter; Albrektsen, Ole; Simonsen, Adam Cohen;

    2011-01-01

    aluminum/ alumina (Al/Al2O3) templates as a novel and versatile nanofabrication procedure, and we demonstrate explicitly how to exploit the technique for developing large-area hexagonally close-packed hemispherical shell nanostructures by stripping noble metal layers from embossed templates fabricated from...

  13. Progress in Nano-Engineered Anodic Aluminum Oxide Membrane Development

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    Gerrard Eddy Jai Poinern

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The anodization of aluminum is an electro-chemical process that changes the surface chemistry of the metal, via oxidation, to produce an anodic oxide layer. During this process a self organized, highly ordered array of cylindrical shaped pores can be produced with controllable pore diameters, periodicity and density distribution. This enables anodic aluminum oxide (AAO membranes to be used as templates in a variety of nanotechnology applications without the need for expensive lithographical techniques. This review article is an overview of the current state of research on AAO membranes and the various applications of nanotechnology that use them in the manufacture of nano-materials and devices or incorporate them into specific applications such as biological/chemical sensors, nano-electronic devices, filter membranes and medical scaffolds for tissue engineering.

  14. Surfactant-Templated Mesoporous Metal Oxide Nanowires

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    Hongmei Luo

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate two approaches to prepare mesoporous metal oxide nanowires by surfactant assembly and nanoconfinement via sol-gel or electrochemical deposition. For example, mesoporous Ta2O5 and zeolite nanowires are prepared by block copolymer Pluronic 123-templated sol-gel method, and mesoporous ZnO nanowires are prepared by electrodeposition in presence of anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS surfactant, in porous membranes. The morphologies of porous nanowires are studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM analyses.

  15. Dual-Templated Cobalt Oxide for Photochemical Water Oxidation.

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    Deng, Xiaohui; Bongard, Hans-Josef; Chan, Candace K; Tüysüz, Harun

    2016-02-01

    Mesoporous Co3 O4 was prepared using a dual templating approach whereby mesopores inside SiO2 nanospheres, as well as the void spaces between the nanospheres, were used as templates. The effect of calcination temperature on the crystallinity, morphology, and textural parameters of the Co3 O4 replica was investigated. The catalytic activity of Co3 O4 for photochemical water oxidation in a [Ru(bpy)3 ](2+) [S2 O8 ](2-) system was evaluated. The Co3 O4 replica calcined at the lowest temperature (150 °C) exhibited the best performance as a result of the unique nanostructure and high surface area arising from the dual templating. The performance of Co3 O4 with highest surface area was further examined in electrochemical water oxidation. Superior activity over high temperature counterpart and decent stability was observed. Furthermore, CoO with identical morphology was prepared from Co3 O4 using an ethanol reduction method and a higher turnover-frequency number for photochemical water oxidation was obtained. PMID:26404798

  16. Photoemission study of tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum/aluminum oxide/tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum interface

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    The evolution of the interface electronic structure of a sandwich structure involving aluminum oxide and tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq), i.e. (Alq/AlOx/Alq), has been investigated with photoemission spectroscopy. Strong chemical reactions have been observed due to aluminum deposition onto the Alq substrate. The subsequent oxygen exposure releases some of the Alq molecules from the interaction with aluminum. Finally, the deposition of the top Alq layer leads to an asymmetry in the electronic energy level alignment with respect to the AlOx interlayer

  17. Nanosized aluminum nitride hollow spheres formed through a self-templating solid-gas interface reaction

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    Nanosized aluminum nitride hollow spheres were synthesized by simply heating aluminum nanoparticles in ammonia at 1000 deg. C. The as-synthesized sphere shells are polycrystalline with cavity diameters ranging from 15 to 100 nm and shell thickness from 5 to 15 nm. The formation mechanism can be explained by the nanoscale Kirkendall effect, which results from the difference in diffusion rates between aluminum and nitrogen. The Al nanoparticles served as both reactant and templates for the hollow sphere formation. The effects of precursor particle size and temperature were also investigated in terms of product morphology. Room temperature cathode luminescence spectrum of the nanosized hollow spheres showed a broad emission band centered at 415 nm, which is originated from oxygen related luminescence centers. The hollow structure survived a 4-h heat treatment at 1200 deg. C, exhibiting excellent thermal stability. - Graphical abstract: Nanosized aluminum nitride hollow spheres were synthesized by nitridation of aluminum nanoparticles at 1000 deg. C using ammonia

  18. A novel approach to large-scale formation of through-hole porous anodic aluminum template

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    Ya Nan Zhang; Miao Chen; Zhi Lu Liu; Yan Chun Zhao

    2008-01-01

    A novel anodic oxidization equipment was designed to fabricate a large number of porous anodic alumina (PAA) templates in one time.This approach improved the efficiency of the preparation of the PAA templates remarkably in a normal lab and is expected to be used for the large-scale production in the future.

  19. Formulation and method for preparing gels comprising hydrous aluminum oxide

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    Collins, Jack L.

    2014-06-17

    Formulations useful for preparing hydrous aluminum oxide gels contain a metal salt including aluminum, an organic base, and a complexing agent. Methods for preparing gels containing hydrous aluminum oxide include heating a formulation to a temperature sufficient to induce gel formation, where the formulation contains a metal salt including aluminum, an organic base, and a complexing agent.

  20. Barrier layer non-uniformity effects in anodized aluminum oxide nanopores on ITO substrates

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    Nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) has been used widely as a template for device fabrication. In many nanostructured electro-optical device designs, AAO grown on an ITO substrate is the desired configuration. However, a residual thin aluminum oxide barrier layer between ITO and the AAO pores remains and process non-uniformities during the template fabrication can cause serious problems in the quality of nanowires deposited later in these pores. It was observed that in many templates, even the pores closest to each other could have their barrier layer thicknesses differ by as much as 10-20 nm. In this paper, causes and remedies for this non-uniformity are investigated, including the effects of a thin Ti interlayer inserted between the ITO and AAO. Templates with different Ti layer thickness and annealing conditions were compared. Mechanisms for the formation of voids beneath the barrier layer were analyzed and studied experimentally. Reactive ion etch (RIE) was found to be the preferred method to mitigate process non-uniformities. Using the above methods, barrier-free AAO templates on ITO substrates were obtained; their thicknesses ranged from 200 to 1000 nm. The characteristics of CdS nanowires electrodeposited into the initial templates with non-uniform barrier layer thicknesses and into the processed, barrier-free templates were compared.

  1. Specific features of aluminum nanoparticle water and wet air oxidation

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    The oxidation processes of the electrically exploded aluminum nanopowders in water and in wet air are examined in the paper. The morphology of the intermediate reaction products of aluminum oxidation has been studied using the transmission electron microscopy. It was shown that the aluminum nanopowder water oxidation causes the formation of the hollow spheres with mesoporous boehmite nanosheets coating. The wedge-like bayerite particles are formed during aluminum nanopowder wet air oxidation

  2. 21 CFR 73.1015 - Chromium-cobalt-aluminum oxide.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Chromium-cobalt-aluminum oxide. 73.1015 Section 73... LISTING OF COLOR ADDITIVES EXEMPT FROM CERTIFICATION Drugs § 73.1015 Chromium-cobalt-aluminum oxide. (a) Identity. The color additive chromium-cobalt-aluminum oxide is a blue-green pigment obtained by calcining...

  3. Commensurate vortex pinning in Nb films patterned onto anodized aluminum oxide

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    Anodic aluminum oxide templates containing extended arrays of holes with ∼30-nm diameter and approximately 128-nm spacing were sputter-coated with Nb. We find pronounced matching effects in the transport and magnetization measurements beyond 4 kOe. In addition, we observe Little-Parks oscillations of the superconducting critical temperature. We compare the flux pinning in the patterned samples to unpatterned reference samples and find a significant enhancement of the critical current

  4. Fabrication of micro-Ni arrays by electroless and electrochemical depositions with etched porous aluminum template

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    Houfang Lu; Kangping Yan; Jixin Yan; Jianzhong Wang

    2010-10-01

    Nickel micro-arrays were fabricated by electroless and electrochemical deposition in an etched porous aluminum membrane. The aluminum membrane with metal characteristic could be fabricated from high-purity aluminium by electrochemical method. The aluminum reduced Ni2+ into Ni and the formed Ni nuclei served as the catalyst for further reduction of Ni2+ in electroless solution. With the help of the membrane, nickel micro-columns of about 1–2 m diameter were obtained. The surface-deposited nickel layer served as a substrate for the nickel micro-columns, and the resulting material possessed strong mechanical strength. Electrochemical deposition was operated without preparing a conductive layer on the template due to the conductivity of the aluminum membrane. Nickel micro-tubes with an outer diameter of about 1–2 m and a wall thickness in the order of tens of nm were obtained. The nickel micro-arrays were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).

  5. Monolithic Approach to Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Aluminum Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Nassau Stern Company is investigating an approach for manufacturing oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) aluminum in bulk rather than powder form. The approach...

  6. Templated electrodeposition and photocatalytic activity of cuprous oxide nanorod arrays.

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    Haynes, Keith M; Perry, Collin M; Rivas, Marlene; Golden, Teresa D; Bazan, Antony; Quintana, Maria; Nesterov, Vladimir N; Berhe, Seare A; Rodríguez, Juan; Estrada, Walter; Youngblood, W Justin

    2015-01-14

    Cuprous oxide (Cu2O) nanorod arrays have been prepared via a novel templated electrodeposition process and were characterized for their photocatalytic behavior in nonaqueous photoelectrochemical cells. Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod films serve as sacrificial templates for the in situ formation of polymer nanopore membranes on transparent conductive oxide substrates. Nitrocellulose and poly(lactic acid) are effective membrane-forming polymers that exhibit different modes of template formation, with nitrocellulose forming conformal coatings on the ZnO surface while poly(lactic acid) acts as an amorphous pore-filling material. Robust template formation is sensitive to the seeding method used to prepare the precursor ZnO nanorod films. Photoelectrochemical cells prepared from electrodeposited Cu2O films using methyl viologen as a redox shuttle in acetonitrile electrolyte exhibit significant charge recombination that can be partially suppressed by a combination of surface passivation methods. Surface-passivated nanostructured Cu2O films show enhanced photocurrent relative to planar electrodeposited Cu2O films of similar thickness. We have obtained the highest photocurrent ever reported for electrodeposited Cu2O in a nonaqueous photoelectrochemical cell. PMID:25455203

  7. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF IRON OXIDE NANOPARTICLES ON DISACCHARIDE TEMPLATES

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    B ANILREDDY

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available We report here the preparation of nanoparticles of iron oxide in the presence of polysaccharidetemplates. Interaction between iron sulfate and template has been carried out in aqueous phase,followed by the selective and controlled removal of the template to achieve narrow distribution ofparticle size. Particles of iron oxide obtained have been characterized for their stability in solventmedia, size, size distribution and crystallinity and it was found that when the negative value of thezeta potential increases, particle size decreases. A narrow particle size distribution with D100 = 275nm was obtained with chitosan and starch templates. SEM measurements further confirm the particlesize measurement. Diffuse reflectance UV–VIS spectra values show that the template is completelyremoved from the final iron oxide particles and powder XRD measurements show that the peaks ofthe diffractogram are in agreement with the theoretical data of hematite. The salient observations ofour study shows that there occurs a direct correlation between zeta potential, polydispersity index,band gap energy and particle size. The crystallite size of the particles was found to be 30–35 nm. Alarge negative zeta potential was found to be advantageous for achieving lower particle sizes, as theparticles remained discrete without agglomeration.

  8. Supported lipid bilayers as templates to design manganese oxide nanoparticles

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    J Maheshkumar; B Sreedhar; B U Nair; A Dhathathreyan

    2012-09-01

    This work reports on the preparation of nanoclusters of manganese oxide using biotemplating techniques. Supported lipid bilayers (SLBs) on quartz using cationic lipid [Dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DOMA)] and mixed systems with neutral phospholipids dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) and dioleoyl phosphatidylcholine (DOPC) have been used as templates to synthesize these nanoparticles in a waterbased medium at room temperature. The Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) show manganese oxide nanostructures that are composed of crystals or small clusters in the size range of 20-50 nm in diameter. Small angle XRD showed that template removal through calcining process results in nanostructures of the manganese oxide in sizes from 30 to 50 nm. Using these organized assemblies it is possible to control the nano and mesoscopic morphologies of particles and both rod-like and spherical particles can be synthesized.

  9. Virus-Templated Near-Amorphous Iron Oxide Nanotubes.

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    Shah, Sachin N; Khan, Abid A; Espinosa, Ana; Garcia, Miguel A; Nuansing, Wiwat; Ungureanu, Mariana; Heddle, Jonathan G; Chuvilin, Andrey L; Wege, Christina; Bittner, Alexander M

    2016-06-14

    We present a simple synthesis of iron oxide nanotubes, grown under very mild conditions from a solution containing Fe(II) and Fe(III), on rod-shaped tobacco mosaic virus templates. Their well-defined shape and surface chemistry suggest that these robust bionanoparticles are a versatile platform for synthesis of small, thin mineral tubes, which was achieved efficiently. Various characterization tools were used to explore the iron oxide in detail: Electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), magnetometry (SQUID-VSM), diffraction (XRD, TEM-SAED), electron spectroscopies (EELS, EDX, XPS), and X-ray absorption (XANES with EXAFS analysis). They allowed determination of the structure, crystallinity, magnetic properties, and composition of the tubes. The protein surface of the viral templates was crucial to nucleate iron oxide, exhibiting analogies to biomineralization in natural compartments such as ferritin cages. PMID:27181278

  10. Air-Impregnated Nanoporous Anodic Aluminum Oxide Layers for Enhancing the Corrosion Resistance of Aluminum.

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    Jeong, Chanyoung; Lee, Junghoon; Sheppard, Keith; Choi, Chang-Hwan

    2015-10-13

    Nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide layers were fabricated on aluminum substrates with systematically varied pore diameters (20-80 nm) and oxide thicknesses (150-500 nm) by controlling the anodizing voltage and time and subsequent pore-widening process conditions. The porous nanostructures were then coated with a thin (only a couple of nanometers thick) Teflon film to make the surface hydrophobic and trap air in the pores. The corrosion resistance of the aluminum substrate was evaluated by a potentiodynamic polarization measurement in 3.5 wt % NaCl solution (saltwater). Results showed that the hydrophobic nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide layer significantly enhanced the corrosion resistance of the aluminum substrate compared to a hydrophilic oxide layer of the same nanostructures, to bare (nonanodized) aluminum with only a natural oxide layer on top, and to the latter coated with a thin Teflon film. The hydrophobic nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide layer with the largest pore diameter and the thickest oxide layer (i.e., the maximized air fraction) resulted in the best corrosion resistance with a corrosion inhibition efficiency of up to 99% for up to 7 days. The results demonstrate that the air impregnating the hydrophobic nanopores can effectively inhibit the penetration of corrosive media into the pores, leading to a significant improvement in corrosion resistance. PMID:26393523

  11. Synthesis, characterization and formation process of transition metal oxide nanotubes using carbon nanofibers as templates

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    Mono and binary transition metal oxide nanotubes could be synthesized by the immersion of carbon nanofiber templates into metal nitrate solutions and removal of the templates by heat treatment in air. The transition metal oxide nanotubes were composed of nano-crystallites of metal oxides. The functional groups on the carbon nanofiber templates were essential for the coating of these templates: they acted as adsorption sites for the metal nitrates, ensuring a uniform metal oxide coating. During the removal of the carbon nanofiber templates by calcination in air, the metal oxide coatings promoted the combustion reaction between the carbon nanofibers and oxygen. - Graphical abstract: Mono and binary transition metal-oxide nanotubes could be synthesized by the immersion of carbon nanofiber templates into metal nitrate solutions and removal of the templates by heat treatment in air.

  12. Tailoring defect structure and optical absorption of porous anodic aluminum oxide membranes

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    Defects influence the optical and electronic properties of nanostructured materials that may be relevant for applications. In self-organized anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates we have investigated the effect of annealing, doping and nanoscale metal deposition. Optical absorption spectroscopy has been used as a sensitive probe for the defect density in AAO templates. The electronic spectra are found to be dominated by bands which originate from oxygen-deficient color centers (F+, F and F2). In annealing studies, the integrated absorption of the bands changes non-monotonically with annealing temperature and annealing time. This demonstrates that the concentration of defects can be optimized to tailor the optical properties of the AAO. Metallic Au wires are deposited in the template to establish a plasmonic template or array. The investigations provide an interesting insight into the interplay of reactivity and diffusivity on nanoscales. - Highlights: ► Preparation of metal wire arrays in oxide templates with tailored plasmonic properties. ► Oxygen defects are characterized using optical absorption and fluorescence. ► Optical absorption spectra are assigned to energy levels of oxygen vacancies (color centers). ► Annealing and electrodeposition of Au wires minimize defects maintaining the morphology.

  13. Fabrication of anodic aluminum oxide with incorporated chromate ions

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    Stępniowski, Wojciech J.; Norek, Małgorzata; Michalska-Domańska, Marta; Bombalska, Aneta; Nowak-Stępniowska, Agata; Kwaśny, Mirosław; Bojar, Zbigniew

    2012-10-01

    The anodization of aluminum in 0.3 M chromic acid is studied. The influence of operating conditions (like anodizing voltage and electrolyte's temperature) on the nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide geometry (including pore diameter, interpore distance, the oxide layer thickness and pores density) is thoroughly investigated. The results revealed typical correlations of the anodic alumina nanopore geometry with operating conditions, such as linear increase of pore diameter and interpore distance with anodizing voltage. The anodic aluminum oxide is characterized by a low pores arrangement, as determined by Fast Fourier transforms analyses of the FE-SEM images, which translates into a high concentration of oxygen vacancies. Moreover, an optimal experimental condition where chromate ions are being successfully incorporated into the anodic alumina walls, have been determined: the higher oxide growth rate the more chromate ions are being trapped. The trapped chromate ions and a high concentration of oxygen vacancies make the anodic aluminum oxide a promising luminescent material.

  14. Electrodeposition of Vanadium Oxide/Manganese Oxide Hybrid Thin Films on Nanostructured Aluminum Substrates

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    Rehnlund, David; Valvo, Mario; Edström, Kristina; Nyholm, Leif

    2014-01-01

    Electrodeposition of functional coatings on aluminum electrodes in aqueous solutions often is impeded by the corrosion of aluminum. In the present work it is demonstrated that electrodeposition of vanadium, oxide films on nanostructured aluminum substrates can be achieved in acidic electrolytes employing a novel strategy in which a thin interspacing layer of manganese oxide is first electrodeposited on aluminum microrod substrates. Such deposited films, which were studied using SEM, XPS, XRD,...

  15. Modeling the Shock Ignition of a Copper Oxide Aluminum Thermite

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    Lee, Kibaek; Stewart, D. Scott; Clemenson, Michael; Glumac, Nick; Murzyn, Christopher

    2015-06-01

    An experimental ``striker confinement'' shock compression test was developed in the Glumac-group at the University of Illinois to study ignition and reaction in composite reactive materials. These include thermitic and intermetallic reactive powders. The test places a sample of materials such as a thermite mixture of copper oxide and aluminum powders that are initially compressed to about 80 percent full density. Two RP-80 detonators simultaneously push steel bars into reactive material and the resulting compression causes shock compaction of the material and rapid heating. At that point one observes significant reaction and propagation of fronts. But the fronts are peculiar in that they are comprised of reactive events that can be traced to the reaction/diffusion of the initially separated reactants of copper oxide and aluminum that react at their mutual interfaces that nominally make copper liquid and aluminum oxide products. We discuss our model of the shock ignition of the copper oxide aluminum thermite in the context of the striker experiment and how a Gibbs formulation model, that includes multi-components for liquid and solid phases of aluminum, copper oxide, copper and aluminum oxide can predict the events observed at the particle scale in the experiments. Supported by HDTRA1-10-1-0020 (DTRA), N000014-12-1-0555 (ONR).

  16. Hangzhou Jinjiang Group Shanxi Fusheng Aluminum Phase I 800,000 t/a Aluminum Oxide Project Started Operation

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    2014-01-01

    <正>On October 19,the Shanxi Province Pinglu County Phase I 800,000t/a Aluminum Oxide Project of Shanxi Fusheng Aluminum Co.,Ltd,a subordinate of Hangzhou Jinjiang Group,started operation.This is the fourth Aluminum oxide project constructed and operated by Jinjiang Group.

  17. Porous silicon carbide and aluminum oxide with unidirectional open porosity as model target materials for radioisotope beam production

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    Czapski, M; Tardivat, C; Stora, T; Bouville, F; Leloup, J; Luis, R Fernandes; Augusto, R Santos

    2013-01-01

    New silicon carbide (SiC) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3) of a tailor-made microstructure were produced using the ice-templating technique, which permits controlled pore formation conditions within the material. These prototypes will serve to verify aging of the new advanced target materials under irradiation with proton beams. Before this, the evaluation of their mechanical integrity was made based on the energy deposition spectra produced by FLORA codes. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Chemical Liquid Phase Deposition of Thin Aluminum Oxide Films

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    Sun, Jie; Sun, Yingchun

    2007-01-01

    Thin aluminum oxide films were deposited by a new and simple physicochemical method called chemical liquid phase deposition (CLD) on semiconductor materials. Aluminum sulfate with crystallized water and sodium bicarbonate were used as precursors for film growth, and the control of the system pH value played an important role in this experiment. The growth rate is 12 nm/h at room temperature. Post-growth annealing not only densifies and purifies the films, but results in film crystallization a...

  19. Preparation and analysis of anodic aluminum oxide films with continuously tunable interpore distances

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    Qin, Xiufang; Zhang, Jinqiong; Meng, Xiaojuan; Deng, Chenhua; Zhang, Lifang; Ding, Guqiao; Zeng, Hao; Xu, Xiaohong

    2015-02-01

    Nanoporous anodic aluminum oxides are often used as templates for preparation of nanostructures such as nanodot, nanowire and nanotube arrays. The interpore distance of anodic aluminum oxide is the most important parameter in controlling the periodicity of these nanostructures. Herein we demonstrate a simple and yet powerful method to fabricate ordered anodic aluminum oxides with continuously tunable interpore distances. By using mixed solution of citric and oxalic acids with different molar ratio, the range of anodizing voltages within which self-ordered films can be formed were extended to between 40 and 300 V, resulting in the interpore distances change from 100 to 750 nm. Our work realized very broad range of interpore distances in a continuously tunable fashion and the experiment processes are easily controllable and reproducible. The dependence of the interpore distances on acid ratios in mixed solutions was discussed through analysis of anodizing current and it was found that the effective dissociation constant of the mixed acids is of great importance. The interpore distances achieved are comparable to wavelengths ranging from UV to near IR, and may have potential applications in optical meta-materials for photovoltaics and optical sensing.

  20. Tris(8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminum (III) (Alq3) nanowires templated from an eggshell membrane

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    Lee, Tu, E-mail: tulee@cc.ncu.edu.t [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National Central University, 300 Jhong-Da Rd, Jhong-Li City 320, Taiwan (China); Chang, Shih Chia; Peng, Jen Fan [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National Central University, 300 Jhong-Da Rd, Jhong-Li City 320, Taiwan (China)

    2010-07-30

    One to 2-{mu}m long, {<=} 400-nm wide amorphous tris(8-hydroxyquinoline)aluminum (III) (Alq3) nanowires (NWs) grown from the 15-min boiled outer shell membrane (OSM) of the hen's egg and from the OSM solution cast film via thermal evaporation with a source temperature of 260 {sup o}C and a substrate temperature of 138 {sup o}C under 6.7 x 10{sup -2} Pa gave about 1.4 to 1.7 times more photoluminescence emission than the control Alq3 sample did, which was grown from the plain glass surface. The characteristic bonding energies of C 1s X-ray photoelectron signal at 282 eV, O 1s signal at 529 eV and N 1s signal at 397 eV suggested that the relatively high NW density for the 15-min boiled OSM and the OSM solution cast film, was mainly caused by the formation of the O=C-O-C=O anhydride moiety and the C=N group in the proteinaceous OSM at high temperature of 90 {sup o}C to 100 {sup o}C. Therefore, we proposed that the 15-min boiled OSM and the OSM solution cast film apparently served as good templates by providing nano-regions of high concentration of the O=C-O-C=O anhydride groups and the C=N groups for nesting the Alq3 gas molecules to form nano-conical Alq3 nuclei for the growth of long and narrow NWs.

  1. Effect of sealing on the morphology of anodized aluminum oxide

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    Highlights: • We explored structural change of anodizing aluminum oxide induced by sealing. • All sealing methods decrease pore size as shown by X-ray/neutron scattering. • Cold sealing and hot water sealing do not alter the aluminum oxide framework. • Hot nickel acetate sealing both fills the pores and deposits on air oxide interface. • Samples with hot nickel acetate sealing outperform other sealing methods. - Abstract: Ultra-small angle X-ray scattering (USAXS), small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), X-ray reflectometry (XRR) and neutron reflectometry (NR) were used to probe structure evolution induced by sealing of anodized aluminum. While cold nickel acetate sealing and hot-water sealing decrease pore size, these methods do not alter the cylindrical porous framework of the anodic aluminum oxide layer. Hot nickel acetate both fills the pores and deposits on the air surface (air–oxide interface), leading to low porosity and small mean pore radius (39 Å). Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and direct current polarization show that samples sealed by hot nickel acetate outperform samples sealed by other sealing methods

  2. Sorption of 90Sr by an aluminum oxide

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    The sorption mechanism of an alkaline-earth bivalent cation on activated aluminum oxide is compared to the sorption mechanism of a monovalent ion. The selective retention of the alkaline-earth cation is made use of to remove trace amounts of Sr90 from radioactive waste waters. A kinetic study is reported, leading to the calculation of an industrial column. (author)

  3. OXYANION SORPTION TO HIGH SURFACE AREA IRON AND ALUMINUM OXIDES

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    Sorption of selected oxyanions (Mo, As, and P) to high surface area iron and aluminum oxides was investigated using in situ Raman and ATR-FTIR spectroscopy, batch sorption methods, electrophoretic mobility measurements, and surface complexation modeling. In situ ATR-FTIR and Raman spectra were coup...

  4. 21 CFR 73.3110a - Chromium-cobalt-aluminum oxide.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Chromium-cobalt-aluminum oxide. 73.3110a Section... LISTING OF COLOR ADDITIVES EXEMPT FROM CERTIFICATION Medical Devices § 73.3110a Chromium-cobalt-aluminum oxide. (a) Identity. The color additive chromium-cobalt-aluminum oxide (Pigment Blue 36) (CAS Reg....

  5. Reduction of Oxidative Melt Loss of Aluminum and Its Alloys

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    Dr. Subodh K. Das; Shridas Ningileri

    2006-03-17

    This project led to an improved understanding of the mechanisms of dross formation. The microstructural evolution in industrial dross samples was determined. Results suggested that dross that forms in layers with structure and composition determined by the local magnesium concentration alone. This finding is supported by fundamental studies of molten metal surfaces. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data revealed that only magnesium segregates to the molten aluminum alloy surface and reacts to form a growing oxide layer. X-ray diffraction techniques that were using to investigate an oxidizing molten aluminum alloy surface confirmed for the first time that magnesium oxide is the initial crystalline phase that forms during metal oxidation. The analytical techniques developed in this project are now available to investigate other molten metal surfaces. Based on the improved understanding of dross initiation, formation and growth, technology was developed to minimize melt loss. The concept is based on covering the molten metal surface with a reusable physical barrier. Tests in a laboratory-scale reverberatory furnace confirmed the results of bench-scale tests. The main highlights of the work done include: A clear understanding of the kinetics of dross formation and the effect of different alloying elements on dross formation was obtained. It was determined that the dross evolves in similar ways regardless of the aluminum alloy being melted and the results showed that amorphous aluminum nitride forms first, followed by amorphous magnesium oxide and crystalline magnesium oxide in all alloys that contain magnesium. Evaluation of the molten aluminum alloy surface during melting and holding indicated that magnesium oxide is the first crystalline phase to form during oxidation of a clean aluminum alloy surface. Based on dross evaluation and melt tests it became clear that the major contributing factor to aluminum alloy dross was in the alloys with Mg content. Mg was

  6. H₂O Dissociation-Induced Aluminum Oxide Growth on Oxidized Al(111) Surfaces.

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    Liu, Qianqian; Tong, Xiao; Zhou, Guangwen

    2015-12-01

    The interaction of water vapor with amorphous aluminum oxide films on Al(111) is studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to elucidate the passivation mechanism of the oxidized Al(111) surfaces. Exposure of the aluminum oxide film to water vapor results in self-limiting Al2O3/Al(OH)3 bilayer film growth via counter-diffusion of both ions, Al outward and OH inward, where a thinner starting aluminum oxide film is more reactive toward H2O dissociation-induced oxide growth because of the thickness-dependent ionic transport in the aluminum oxide film. The aluminum oxide film exhibits reactivity toward H2O dissociation in both low-vapor pressure [p(H2O) = 1 × 10(-6) Torr] and intermediate-vapor pressure [p(H2O) = 5 Torr] regimes. Compared to the oxide film growth by exposure to a p(H2O) of 1 × 10(-6) Torr, the exposure to a p(H2O) of 5 Torr results in the formation of a more open structure of the inner Al(OH)3 layer and a more compact outer Al2O3 layer, demonstrating the vapor-pressure-dependent atomic structure in the passivating layer. PMID:26550986

  7. Thermocurrent dosimetry with high purity aluminum oxide

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    Fullerton, G.D.; Cameron, J.R.; Moran, P.R.

    1976-01-01

    The application of thermocurrent (TC) to ionizing radiation dosimetry was studied. It was shown that TC in alumina (Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/) has properties that are suited to personnel dosimetry and environmental monitoring. TC dosimeters were made from thin disks of alumina. Aluminum electrodes were evaporated on each side: on one face a high voltage electrode and on the opposite face a measuring electrode encircled by a guard ring. Exposure to ionizing radiation resulted in stored electrons and holes in metastable trapping sites. The signal was read-out by heating the dosimeter with a voltage source and picnometer connected in series between the opposite electrodes. The thermally remobilized charge caused a transient TC. The thermogram, TC versus time or temperature, is similar to a TL glow curve. Either the peak current or the integrated current is a measure of absorbed dose. Six grades of alumina were studied from a total of four commercial suppliers. All six materials displayed radiation induced TC signals. Sapphire of uv-grade quality from the Adolf Meller Co. (AM) had the best dosimetry properties of those investigated. Sources of interference were studied. Thermal fading, residual signal and radiation damage do not limit TC dosimetry. Ultraviolet light can induce a TC response but it is readily excluded with uv-opaque cladding. Improper surface preparation prior to electrode evaporation was shown to cause interference. A spurious TC signal resulted from polarization of surface contaminants. Spurious TC was reduced by improved cleaning prior to electrode application. Polished surfaces resulted in blocking electrodes and caused a sensitivity shift due to radiation induced thermally activated polarization. This was not observed with rough cut surfaces.

  8. Characterization of Anodic Aluminum Oxide Membrane with Variation of Crystallizing Temperature for pH Sensor.

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    Yeo, Jin-Ho; Lee, Sung-Gap; Jo, Ye-Won; Jung, Hye-Rin

    2015-11-01

    We fabricated electrolyte-dielectric-metal (EDM) device incorporating a high-k Al2O3 sensing membrane from a porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) using a two step anodizing process for pH sensors. In order to change the properties of the AAO template, the crystallizing temperature was varied from 400 degrees C to 700 degrees C over 2 hours. The structural properties were observed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The pH sensitivity increased with an increase in the crystallizing temperature from 400 degrees C to 600 degrees C. However at 700 degrees C, deformation occurred. The porous AAO sensor with a crystallizing temperature of 600 degrees C displayed the good sensitivity and long-term stability and the values were 55.7 mV/pH and 0.16 mV/h, respectively. PMID:26726567

  9. Thermally stimulated luminescence studies in combustion synthesized polycrystalline aluminum oxide

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    K R Nagabhushana; B N Lakshminarasappa; D Revannasiddaiah; Fouran Singh

    2008-08-01

    Synthesis of materials by combustion technique results in homogeneous and fine crystalline product. Further, the technique became more popular since it not only saved time and energy but also was easy to process. Aluminum oxide phosphor was synthesized by using urea as fuel in combustion reaction. Photoluminescence (PL) and thermally stimulated luminescence (TSL) characteristics of -irradiated aluminum oxide samples were studied. A broad PL emission with a peak at ∼ 465 nm and a pair of strong and sharp emissions with peaks at 679 and 695 nm were observed in -rayed samples. The PL intensity was observed to increase with increase in -ray dose. Two prominent and well resolved TSL glows with peaks at 210°C and 365°C were observed in all -irradiated Al2O3 samples. The TSL intensity was also found to increase with increase in -ray dose. The TSL glow curves indicated second order kinetics.

  10. Catalytic Behaviour of Mesoporous Cobalt-Aluminum Oxides for CO Oxidation

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    Ankur Bordoloi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Ordered mesoporous materials are promising catalyst supports due to their uniform pore size distribution, high specific surface area and pore volume, tunable pore sizes, and long-range ordering of the pore packing. The evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA process was applied to synthesize mesoporous mixed oxides, which consist of cobalt ions highly dispersed in an alumina matrix. The characterization of the mesoporous mixed cobalt-aluminum oxides with cobalt loadings in the range from 5 to 15 wt% and calcination temperatures of 673, 973, and 1073 K indicates that Co2+ is homogeneously distributed in the mesoporous alumina matrix. As a function of the Co loading, different phases are present comprising poorly crystalline alumina and mixed cobalt aluminum oxides of the spinel type. The mixed cobalt-aluminum oxides were applied as catalysts in CO oxidation and turned out to be highly active.

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

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

    2010-03-01

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

  12. Anodic aluminum oxide with fine pore size control for selective and effective particulate matter filtering

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    Zhang, Su; Wang, Yang; Tan, Yingling; Zhu, Jianfeng; Liu, Kai; Zhu, Jia

    2016-07-01

    Air pollution is widely considered as one of the most pressing environmental health issues. Particularly, atmospheric particulate matters (PM), a complex mixture of solid or liquid matter suspended in the atmosphere, are a harmful form of air pollution due to its ability to penetrate deep into the lungs and blood streams, causing permanent damages such as DNA mutations and premature death. Therefore, porous materials which can effectively filter out particulate matters are highly desirable. Here, for the first time, we demonstrate that anodic aluminum oxide with fine pore size control fabricated through a scalable process can serve as effective and selective filtering materials for different types of particulate matters (such as PM2.5, PM10). Combining selective and dramatic filtering effect, fine pore size control and a scalable process, this type of anodic aluminum oxide templates can potentially serve as a novel selective filter for different kinds of particulate matters, and a promising and complementary solution to tackle this serious environmental issue.

  13. Effect of aluminum metal surface on oxidation of iodide under gamma irradiation conditions

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    The effects of aluminum surface on I- oxidation under gamma irradiation were investigated. Without irradiation, only O2 oxidized I- at pH < 2, and aluminum expedited the oxidation reaction. With irradiation, the radiolysis products from water and air oxidized I- into I3-. At pH < 2, O2 generated by water radiolysis additionally oxidized I-. However, at pH > 6, the H2O2 radiolysis product reduced I3- into I-. A smaller amount of I3- was observed in pH 1.9 and 3.3 solutions in contact with aluminum under irradiation because oxidants preferentially oxidize aluminum rather than I-. Moreover, for pH < 6.0, even less I3- was formed by aluminum exposed to air because air radiolysis products also preferentially oxidized aluminum. (author)

  14. A nine-atom rhodium–aluminum oxide cluster oxidizes five carbon monoxide molecules

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    Li, Xiao-Na; Zhang, Hua-Min; Yuan, Zhen; He, Sheng-Gui

    2016-01-01

    Noble metals can promote the direct participation of lattice oxygen of very stable oxide materials such as aluminum oxide, to oxidize reactant molecules, while the fundamental mechanism of noble metal catalysis is elusive. Here we report that a single atom of rhodium, a powerful noble metal catalyst, can promote the transfer of five oxygen atoms to oxidize carbon monoxide from a nine-atom rhodium–aluminum oxide cluster. This is a sharp improvement in the field of cluster science where the transfer of at most two oxygen atoms from a doped cluster is more commonly observed. Rhodium functions not only as the preferred trapping site to anchor and oxidize carbon monoxide by the oxygen atoms in direct connection with rhodium but also the primarily oxidative centre to accumulate the large amounts of electrons and the polarity of rhodium is ultimately transformed from positive to negative. PMID:27094921

  15. A nine-atom rhodium-aluminum oxide cluster oxidizes five carbon monoxide molecules.

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    Li, Xiao-Na; Zhang, Hua-Min; Yuan, Zhen; He, Sheng-Gui

    2016-01-01

    Noble metals can promote the direct participation of lattice oxygen of very stable oxide materials such as aluminum oxide, to oxidize reactant molecules, while the fundamental mechanism of noble metal catalysis is elusive. Here we report that a single atom of rhodium, a powerful noble metal catalyst, can promote the transfer of five oxygen atoms to oxidize carbon monoxide from a nine-atom rhodium-aluminum oxide cluster. This is a sharp improvement in the field of cluster science where the transfer of at most two oxygen atoms from a doped cluster is more commonly observed. Rhodium functions not only as the preferred trapping site to anchor and oxidize carbon monoxide by the oxygen atoms in direct connection with rhodium but also the primarily oxidative centre to accumulate the large amounts of electrons and the polarity of rhodium is ultimately transformed from positive to negative. PMID:27094921

  16. Prediction of new thermodynamically stable aluminum oxides

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    Liu, Yue; Wang, Shengnan; Zhu, Qiang; Dong, Xiao; Kresse, Georg

    2015-01-01

    Recently, it has been shown that under pressure, unexpected and counterintuitive chemical compounds become stable. Laser shock experiments (A. Rode, unpublished) on alumina (Al2O3) have shown non-equilibrium decomposition of alumina with the formation of free Al and a mysterious transparent phase. Inspired by these observations, with have explored the possibility of the formation of new chemical compounds in the system Al-O. Using the variable-composition structure prediction algorithm USPEX, in addition to the well-known Al2O3, we have found two extraordinary compounds Al4O7 and AlO2 to be thermodynamically stable in the pressure range 330-443 GPa and above 332 GPa, respectively. Both of these compounds at the same time contain oxide O2- and peroxide O22- ions, and both are insulating. Peroxo-groups are responsible for gap states, which significantly reduce the electronic band gap of both Al4O7 and AlO2.

  17. Anodic Oxidation in Aluminum Electrode by Using Hydrated Amorphous Aluminum Oxide Film as Solid Electrolyte under High Electric Field.

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    Yao, Manwen; Chen, Jianwen; Su, Zhen; Peng, Yong; Zou, Pei; Yao, Xi

    2016-05-01

    Dense and nonporous amorphous aluminum oxide (AmAO) film was deposited onto platinized silicon substrate by sol-gel and spin coating technology. The evaporated aluminum film was deposited onto the AmAO film as top electrode. The hydrated AmAO film was utilized as a solid electrolyte for anodic oxidation of the aluminum electrode (Al) film under high electric field. The hydrated AmAO film was a high efficiency electrolyte, where a 45 nm thick Al film was anodized completely on a 210 nm thick hydrated AmAO film. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristics and breakdown phenomena of a dry and hydrated 210 nm thick AmAO film with a 150 nm thick Al electrode pad were studied in this work. Breakdown voltage of the dry and hydrated 210 nm thick AmAO film were 85 ± 3 V (405 ± 14 MV m(-1)) and 160 ± 5 V (762 ± 24 MV m(-1)), respectively. The breakdown voltage of the hydrated AmAO film increased about twice, owing to the self-healing behavior (anodic oxidation reaction). As an intuitive phenomenon of the self-healing behavior, priority anodic oxidation phenomena was observed in a 210 nm thick hydrated AmAO film with a 65 nm thick Al electrode pad. The results suggested that self-healing behavior (anodic oxidation reaction) was occurring nearby the defect regions of the films during I-V test. It was an effective electrical self-healing method, which would be able to extend to many other simple and complex oxide dielectrics and various composite structures. PMID:27070754

  18. Fabrication of silver nanoparticles decorated anodic aluminum oxide as the SERS substrate for the detection of pesticide thiram

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    Tan, En-zhong

    2015-07-01

    An efficient surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate is developed based on silver nanoparticles decorated anodic aluminum oxide (Ag/AAO). The AAO templates were fabricated using a two-step anodization approach, and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were obtained by thermal decomposition of Ag nitrate in AAO. The structure of Ag/AAO hybrid substrate is characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that the as-prepared SERS substrates consist of high-density AgNPs with sizes of tens of nanometers. The AgNPs are adsorbed on the surface of AAO template in the form of network structure which is called "hot spot". The SERS enhancement ability of the nanostructure is verified using thiram as probing molecules. The limit of detection is as low as 1×10-9 mol/L. The results indicate that the as-prepared substrate possesses excellent SERS sensitivity, high stability and uniformity enhancement.

  19. Porous silicon carbide and aluminum oxide with unidirectional open porosity as model target materials for radioisotope beam production

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    Highlights: • SiC and Al2O3 of uniaxial porosity were produced with ice-templating method. • The method allows controlled pore formation within the material. • Calculation of mechanical integrity under irradiation with protons was performed. • Generated thermal stresses should not exceed material’s strength. -- Abstract: New silicon carbide (SiC) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3) of a tailor-made microstructure were produced using the ice-templating technique, which permits controlled pore formation conditions within the material. These prototypes will serve to verify aging of the new advanced target materials under irradiation with proton beams. Before this, the evaluation of their mechanical integrity was made based on the energy deposition spectra produced by FLUKA codes

  20. Radioluminescence of rare-earth doped aluminum oxide

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    Santiago, M.; Molina, P. [Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Instituto de Fisica Arroyo Seco, Pinto 399, 7000 Tandil (Argentina); Barros, V. S.; Khoury, H. J.; Elihimas, D. R., E-mail: msantiag@exa.unicen.edu.ar [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Departamento de Energia Nuclear, Av. Prof. Luiz Freire 1000, Recife, PE 50740-540 (Brazil)

    2011-10-15

    Carbon-doped aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:C) is one of the most used radioluminescence (Rl) materials for fiberoptic dosimetry due to its high efficiency and commercial availability. However, this compound presents the drawback of emitting in the spectral region, where the spurious radioluminescence of fibers is also important. In this work, the radioluminescence response of rare-earth doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples has been evaluated. The samples were prepared by mixing stoichiometric amounts of aluminum nitrate, urea and dopants with different amounts of terbium, samarium, cerium and thulium nitrates varying from 0 to 0.15 mo 1%. The influence of the different activators on the Rl spectra has been investigated in order to determine the feasibility of using these compounds for Rl fiberoptic dosimetry. (Author)

  1. Irradiation behavior of uranium oxide - Aluminum dispersion fuel

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    An oxide version of the DART code has been generated in order to assess the irradiation behavior of UO2-Al dispersion fuel. The aluminum-fuel interaction models were developed based on U3O8-Al irradiation data. Deformation of the fuel element occurs due to fuel particle swelling driven by both solid and gaseous fission products and as a consequence of the interaction between the fuel particles and the aluminum matrix. The calculations show that, with the assumption that the correlations derived from U3O8 are valid for UO2, the LEU UO2-Al with a 42% fuel volume loading (4 g U/cm3 ) irradiated at fuel temperatures greater than 413 K should undergo breakaway swelling at core burnups greater than about 1.12 x 1027 fissions m-3 (∼63% 235U burnup). (author)

  2. Chemical Liquid Phase Deposition of Thin Aluminum Oxide Films

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    SUN,Jie(孙捷); SUN,Ying-Chun(孙迎春)

    2004-01-01

    Thin aluminum oxide films were deposited by a new and simple physicochemical method called chemical liquid phase deposition (CLD) on semiconductor materials. Aluminum sulfate with crystallized water and sodium bicarbonate were used as precursors for film growth, and the control of the system's pH value played an important role in this experiment. The growth rate is 12 nm/h with the deposition at [Al2(SO4)3]=0.0837 mol·L-1, [NaHCO3]=0.214 mol·L-1, 15 ℃. Post-growth annealing not only densifies and purifies the films, but results in film crystallization as well, Excellent quality of A12O3 films in this work is supported by electron dispersion spectroscopy,Fourier transform infrared spectrum, X-ray diffraction spectrum and scanning electron microscopy photograph.

  3. Fabrication of high quality anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) on low purity aluminum—A comparative study with the AAO produced on high purity aluminum

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    Highlights: • Nanoporous alumina was fabricated by anodization in sulfuric acid solution with glycol. • The AAO manufacturing on low- and high-purity Al was compared. • The pores size was ranging between 30 and 50 nm. • No difference in the quality of the AAO fabricated on both Al types was observed. • The current vs. anodization time curves were recorded. -- Abstract: In this work the quality, arrangement, composition, and regularity of nanoporous AAO formed on the low-purity (AA1050) and high-purity aluminum during two-step anodization in a mixture of sulfuric acid solution (0.3 M), water and glycol (3:2, v/v), at various voltages (15, 20, 25, 30, 35 V) and at temperature of −1 °C, are investigated. The electrochemical conditions have allowed to obtain pores with the size ranging from 30 to 50 nm, which are much larger than those usually obtained by anodization in a pure sulfuric acid solution (<20 nm). The mechanism of the AAO growth is discussed. It was found that with the increase of applied anodizing voltage a number of incorporated sulfate ions in the aluminum oxide matrix increases, which was connected with the appearance of an unusual area in the current vs. time curves. On the surface of anodizing low- and high-purity aluminum, the formation of hillocks was observed, which was associated with the sulfate ions incorporation. The sulfate ions are replacing the oxygen atom/atoms in the AAO amorphous crystal structure and, consequently, the AAO template swells, the oxide cracks and uplifts causing the formation of hillocks. The same mechanism occurs for both low- and high-purity aluminum. Nanoporous AAO characterized by a very high regularity, not registered previously for low purity aluminum, was obtained. Furthermore, no significant difference in the regularity ratio between the AAO obtained on low- and high-purity aluminum, was observed. The electrochemical conditions applied in this study can be, thus, used for the fabrication of high quality

  4. Morphology of Platinum Nanowire Array Electrodeposited Within Anodic Aluminium Oxide Template Characterized by Atomic Force Microscopy

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    孔令斌; 陆梅; 李梦轲; 郭新勇; 力虎林

    2003-01-01

    Uniform platinum nanowires were synthesized by electrodepositing the platinum under a very low altering current frequency (20Hz) and increasing voltage (5-15 V) in the pores of anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) template.Atomic force microscopy observation indicates that the template membranes we obtained have hexagonally closepacked nanochannels. The platinum nanowires have highly ordered arrays after partially dissolving the aluminium oxide membrane. With the increasing dissolving time, the platinum nanowire array collapsed. A concave topography of the aluminium substrate was observed after the aluminium oxide membrane was dissolved completely and the platinum nanowires were released from the template. Platinum nanowires were also characterized by transmission electron microscopy and the phase structure of the Al/AAO/Pt composite was proven by x-ray diffraction.

  5. Comparative study of the growth of sputtered aluminum oxide films on organic and inorganic substrates

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    Sellner, Stefan; Gerlach, Alexander; Kowarik, Stefan; Schreiber, Frank; Dosch, Helmut; Meyer, Stephan; Pflaum, Jens; Ulbricht, Gerhard

    2007-01-01

    We present a comparative study of the growth of the technologically highly relevant gate dielectric and encapsulation material aluminum oxide in inorganic and also organic heterostructures. Atomic force microscopy studies indicate strong similarities in the surface morphology of aluminum oxide films grown on these chemically different substrates. In addition, from X-ray reflectivity measurements we extract the roughness exponent \\beta of aluminum oxide growth on both substrates. By renormalis...

  6. Standard specification for nuclear-grade aluminum oxide pellets

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    2008-01-01

    1.1 This specification applies to pellets of aluminum oxide that may be ultimately used in a reactor core, for example, as filler or spacers within fuel, burnable poison, or control rods. In order to distinguish between the subject pellets and “burnable poison” pellets, it is established that the subject pellets are not intended to be used as neutron-absorbing material. 1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

  7. Electrophoretic deposition of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on porous anodic aluminum oxide using ionic liquid as a dispersing agent

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    Hekmat, F.; Sohrabi, B.; Rahmanifar, M. S.; Jalali, A.

    2015-06-01

    Multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MW-CNTs) have been arranged in nanochannels of anodic aluminum oxide template (AAO) by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) to make a vertically-aligned carbon nanotube (VA-CNT) based electrode. Well ordered AAO templates were prepared by a two-step anodizing process by applying a constant voltage of 45 V in oxalic acid solution. The stabilized CNTs in a water-soluble room temperature ionic liquid (1-methyl-3-octadecylimidazolium bromide), were deposited in the pores of AAO templates which were conductive by deposition of Ni nanoparticles in the bottom of pores. In order to obtain ideal results, different EPD parameters, such as concentration of MWCNTs and ionic liquid on stability of MWCNT suspensions, deposition time and voltage which are applied in EPD process and also optimal conditions for anodizing of template were investigated. The capacitive performance of prepared electrodes was analyzed by measuring the specific capacitance from cyclic voltammograms and the charge-discharge curves. A maximum value of 50 Fg-1 at the scan rate of 20 mV s-1was achieved for the specific capacitance.

  8. Synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles of narrow size distribution on polysaccharide templates

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    M Nidhin; R Indumathy; K J Sreeram; Balachandran Unni Nair

    2008-02-01

    We report here the preparation of nanoparticles of iron oxide in the presence of polysaccharide templates. Interaction between iron (II) sulfate and template has been carried out in aqueous phase, followed by the selective and controlled removal of the template to achieve narrow distribution of particle size. Particles of iron oxide obtained have been characterized for their stability in solvent media, size, size distribution and crystallinity and found that when the negative value of the zeta potential increases, particle size decreases. A narrow particle size distribution with 100 = 275 nm was obtained with chitosan and starch templates. SEM measurements further confirm the particle size measurement. Diffuse reflectance UV–vis spectra values show that the template is completely removed from the final iron oxide particles and powder XRD measurements show that the peaks of the diffractogram are in agreement with the theoretical data of hematite. The salient observations of our study shows that there occurs a direct correlation between zeta potential, polydispersity index, bandgap energy and particle size. The crystallite size of the particles was found to be 30–35 nm. A large negative zeta potential was found to be advantageous for achieving lower particle sizes, owing to the particles remaining discrete without agglomeration.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of hollow metal oxide micro-tubes using a biomaterial template

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    Various hollow metal oxide micro-tubes (SnO2, ZrO2, ZnO, and NiO) were prepared by a simple impregnation method using Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn. (kapok) as a biomaterial template. Calcination heat treatment was successfully used for the removal of the kapok template. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) was used to study the uniform morphology of the hollow metal oxide micro-tubes, which had an average diameter of 15–20 μm. The hollow metal oxide micro-tubes were further characterized by thermal gravity analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS). This synthesis method provides a new facile route for the fabrication of hollow metal oxide micro-tubes. - Highlights: • Hollow metal oxide micro-tubes (HMTs) were prepared by the template technique. • HMTs were made of SnO2, ZrO2, ZnO, and NiO. • HMTs were prepared using Ceiba pentandra (L.) Gaertn. as a biomaterial template. • The average diameter size of HMTs obtained was 15–20 μm

  10. Chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade aluminum oxide and aluminum oxide-boron carbide composite pellets

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    1981-01-01

    Aluminum oxide pellets are used in a reactor core as filler or spacers within fuel, burnable poison, or control rods. In order to be suitable for this purpose, the material must meet certain criteria for impurity content. The test methods in the standard are designed to show whether or not a given material meets these specifications. The following analytical procedures are described in detail: boron by titrimetry; separation of boron by mass spectrometry; isotopic composition by mass spectrometry; separation of halides by pyrohydrolysis; fluoride by ion-selective electrode; chloride, bromide, and iodide by amperometric microtitrimetry; trace elements by emission spectroscopy. (JMT)

  11. Nanosized Cobalt Oxides over Aluminum Monoliths for VOC Oxidation.

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    Jirátová, Květa; Kovanda, F.; Klempa, Jan; Balabánová, Jana

    Poznań: Poznan Science and Technology Park, 2016, P61. ISBN N. [Designing New Heterogeneous Catalysts: Faraday Discussion. London (GB), 04.04.2016-06.04.2016] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA14-13750S Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : cobalt oxides * Al monoliths * catalyst layer Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  12. Formation of anodic aluminum oxide with serrated nanochannels.

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    Li, Dongdong; Zhao, Liang; Jiang, Chuanhai; Lu, Jia G

    2010-08-11

    We report a simple and robust method to self-assemble porous anodic aluminum oxide membranes with serrated nanochannels by anodizing in phosphoric acid solution. Due to high field conduction and anionic incorporation, an increase of anodizing voltage leads to an increase of the impurity levels and also the field strength across barrier layer. On the basis of both experiment and simulation results, the initiation and formation of serrated channels are attributed to the evolution of oxygen gas bubbles followed by plastic deformation in the oxide film. Alternating anodization in oxalic and phosphoric acids is applied to construct multilayered membranes with smooth and serrated channels, demonstrating a unique way to design and construct a three-dimensional hierarchical system with controllable morphology and composition. PMID:20617804

  13. Interfacial charging phenomena of aluminum (hydr)oxides

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    Hiemstra, T.; Yong, H.; Van Riemsdijk, W.H.

    1999-08-31

    The interfacial charging of Al(OH){sub 3} (gibbsite and bayerite) and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} has been studied. For Al(OH){sub 3} it can be shown that the very strong variation in charging behavior for different preparations is related to the relative presence of differently reacting crystal planes. The edge faces of the hexagonal gibbsite crystals are proton reactive over the whole pH range, in contrast to the 001 plane, which is mainly uncharged below pH = 10. On this 001 face only doubly coordinated surface groups are found, in contrast to the edges which also have singly coordinated surface groups. The results are fully in agreement with the predictions of the Multi site complexation (MUSIC) model. The proton adsorption, electrolyte ion adsorption, and shift of the IEP of gibbsite and aluminum oxide have been modeled simultaneously. For gibbsite, the ion pair formation of Na is larger than that of Cl, as is evidenced by modeling the experimentally observed upward shift on the IEP and charge reversal at high electrolyte concentrations. All these experimental results can be satisfactorily modeled with the MUSIC model, including the experimental surface potential of aluminum oxide (ISFET).

  14. Corrosion evaluation of zirconium doped oxide coatings on aluminum formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation.

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    Bajat, Jelena; Mišković-Stanković, Vesna; Vasilić, Rastko; Stojadinović, Stevan

    2014-01-01

    The plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) of aluminum in sodium tungstate (Na(2)WO(4) · (2)H(2)O) and Na(2)WO(4) · (2)H(2)O doped with Zr was analyzed in order to obtain oxide coatings with improved corrosion resistance. The influence of current density in PEO process and anodization time was investigated, as well as the influence of Zr, with the aim to find out how they affect the chemical content, morphology, surface roughness, and corrosion stability of oxide coatings. It was shown that the presence of Zr increases the corrosion stability of oxide coatings for all investigated PEO times. Evolution of EIS spectra during the exposure to 3% NaCl, as a strong corrosive agent, indicated the highest corrosion stability for PEO coating formed on aluminum at 70 mA/cm(2) for 2 min in a zirconium containing electrolyte. PMID:25125114

  15. Growth of tungsten oxide on carbon nanowalls templates

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    Wang, Hua, E-mail: wanghua@dlou.edu.cn [Faculty of Chemical, Environmental and Biological Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); College of Fisheries and Life Science, Dalian Ocean University, Dalian 116023 (China); Su, Yan [Faculty of Chemical, Environmental and Biological Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Chen, Shuo, E-mail: shuochen@dlut.edu.cn [Faculty of Chemical, Environmental and Biological Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Quan, Xie [Faculty of Chemical, Environmental and Biological Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► Tungsten oxide deposited on carbon nanowalls by hot filament chemical vapor deposition technique. ► This composite has two-dimensional uniform morphology with a crystalline structure of monoclinic tungsten trioxide. ► Surface photoelectric voltage measurements show that this product has photoresponse properties. - Abstract: In the present work we present a simple approach for coupling tungsten oxide with carbon nanowalls. The two-dimensional carbon nanowalls with open boundaries were grown using plasma enhanced hot filament chemical vapor deposition, and the subsequent tungsten oxide growth was performed in the same equipment by direct heating of a tungsten filament. The tungsten oxide coating is found to have uniform morphology with a crystalline structure of monoclinic tungsten trioxide. Surface photoelectric voltage measurements show that this product has photoresponse properties. The method of synthesis described here provides an operable route to the production of two-dimensional tungsten oxide nanocomposites.

  16. Comparative effects of macro-sized aluminum oxide and aluminum oxide nanoparticles on erythrocyte hemolysis: influence of cell source, temperature, and size

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    Al2O3 is the most abundantly produced nanomaterial and has been used in diverse fields, including the medical, military, and industrial sectors. As there are concerns about the health effects of nanoparticles, it is important to understand how they interact with cells, and specifically with red blood cells. The hemolysis induced by three commercial nano-sized aluminum oxide particles (nanopowder 13 nm, nanopowder <50 nm, and nanowire 2–6 × 200–400 nm) was compared to aluminum oxide and has been studied on erythrocytes from humans, rats, and rabbits, in order to elucidate the mechanism of action and the influence of size and shape on hemolytic behavior. The concentrations inducing 50 % hemolysis (HC50) were calculated for each compound studied. The most hemolytic aluminum oxide particles were of nanopowder 13, followed by nanowire and nanopowder 50. The addition of albumin to PBS induced a protective effect on hemolysis in all the nano-forms of Al2O3, but not on Al2O3. The drop in HC50 correlated to a decrease in nanomaterial size, which was induced by a reduction of aggregation. Aluminum oxide nanoparticles are less hemolytic than other oxide nanoparticles and behave differently depending on the size and shape of the nanoparticles. The hemolytic behavior of aluminum oxide nanoparticles differs from that of aluminum oxide

  17. Comparative effects of macro-sized aluminum oxide and aluminum oxide nanoparticles on erythrocyte hemolysis: influence of cell source, temperature, and size

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    Vinardell, M. P., E-mail: mpvinardellmh@ub.edu; Sordé, A. [Universitat de Barcelona, Departament de Fisiologia, Facultat de Farmàcia (Spain); Díaz, J. [Universitat de Barcelona CCiT, Scientific and Technological Centers (Spain); Baccarin, T.; Mitjans, M. [Universitat de Barcelona, Departament de Fisiologia, Facultat de Farmàcia (Spain)

    2015-02-15

    Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is the most abundantly produced nanomaterial and has been used in diverse fields, including the medical, military, and industrial sectors. As there are concerns about the health effects of nanoparticles, it is important to understand how they interact with cells, and specifically with red blood cells. The hemolysis induced by three commercial nano-sized aluminum oxide particles (nanopowder 13 nm, nanopowder <50 nm, and nanowire 2–6 × 200–400 nm) was compared to aluminum oxide and has been studied on erythrocytes from humans, rats, and rabbits, in order to elucidate the mechanism of action and the influence of size and shape on hemolytic behavior. The concentrations inducing 50 % hemolysis (HC{sub 50}) were calculated for each compound studied. The most hemolytic aluminum oxide particles were of nanopowder 13, followed by nanowire and nanopowder 50. The addition of albumin to PBS induced a protective effect on hemolysis in all the nano-forms of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, but not on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The drop in HC{sub 50} correlated to a decrease in nanomaterial size, which was induced by a reduction of aggregation. Aluminum oxide nanoparticles are less hemolytic than other oxide nanoparticles and behave differently depending on the size and shape of the nanoparticles. The hemolytic behavior of aluminum oxide nanoparticles differs from that of aluminum oxide.

  18. Porous manganese oxide synthesized through organic-electrolyte templates and their catalytic applications

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    We report a facile approach to the preparation of porous manganese oxide materials by the organic-electrolyte templates based on strategy. The final products are thoroughly characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) techniques. The results reveal that porosity (pore size and distribution, surface area) of these manganese oxides has strong relationship with the templates used, which implies a simple way to obtain a series of porous materials. By comparing the catalytic effects of these manganese oxides in oxidation of indene and benzyl alcohol, we find that the pore size and distribution are also crucial to the catalytic properties of these porous materials.

  19. Nacre-like calcium carbonate controlled by ionic liquid/graphene oxide composite template

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    Nacre-like calcium carbonate nanostructures have been mediated by an ionic liquid (IL)-graphene oxide (GO) composite template. The resultant crystals were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and X-ray powder diffractometry (XRD). The results showed that either 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([BMIM]BF4) or graphene oxide can act as a soft template for calcium carbonate formation with unusual morphologies. Based on the time-dependent morphology changes of calcium carbonate particles, it is concluded that nacre-like calcium carbonate nanostructures can be formed gradually utilizing [BMIM]BF4/GO composite template. During the process of calcium carbonate formation, [BMIM]BF4 acted not only as solvents but also as morphology templates for the fabrication of calcium carbonate materials with nacre-like morphology. Based on the observations, the possible mechanisms were also discussed. - Highlights: • Nacre-like CaCO3/GO were prepared by gas diffusion. • Ionic liquid/GO served as composite templates. • The interaction of Ca2+ ions and GO played a very important role in the formation of nacre-like CaCO3

  20. The Electrical and Mechanical Properties of Porous Anodic 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy Oxide Film

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    Tsung-Chieh Cheng; Chu-Chiang Chou

    2015-01-01

    The properties of the growth of the 6061-T6 aluminum alloy oxide were studied using sulfuric acid anodization. The parameters for the manufacturing process include electrolyte categories, electrolyte concentration, and operating voltages. The results showed that the aluminum oxides obtained by anodization process are mainly amorphous structure and the anodic current density is an important factor affecting the rate of response for oxygen and aluminum ions in barrier. In this experiment, polis...

  1. Development of Pinhole-Free Amorphous Aluminum Oxide Protective Layers for Biomedical Device Applications

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    Litvinov, Julia; Wang, Yi-Ju; George, Jinnie; Chinwangso, Pawilai; Brankovic, Stanko; Willson, Richard C.; Litvinov, Dmitri

    2013-01-01

    This paper describes synthesis of ultrathin pinhole-free insulating aluminum oxide layers for electronic device protection in corrosive liquid environments, such as phosphate buffered saline (PBS) or clinical fluids, to enable emerging biomedical applications such as biomolecular sensors. A pinhole-free 25-nm thick amorphous aluminum oxide layer has been achieved using ultra-high vacuum DC magnetron reactive sputtering of aluminum in oxygen/argon plasma followed by oxygen plasma post-processi...

  2. Template-assisted patterning of functional polymers

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    Haberkorn, Niko

    2010-01-01

    In this thesis, anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes, which provide well-aligned uniform mesoscopic pores with adjustable pore parameters, were fabricated and successfully utilized as templates for the fabrication of functional organic nanowires, nanorods and the respective well-ordered arrays. The template-assisted patterning technique was successfully applied for the realization of different objectives:rnHigh-density and well-ordered arrays of hole-conducting nanorods composed of cross-lin...

  3. Aluminum Oxide Formation On Fecral Catalyst Support By Electro-Chemical Coating

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available FeCrAl is comprised essentially of Fe, Cr, Al and generally considered as metallic substrates for catalyst support because of its advantage in the high-temperature corrosion resistance, high mechanical strength, and ductility. Oxidation film and its adhesion on FeCrAl surface with aluminum are important for catalyst life. Therefore various appropriate surface treatments such as thermal oxidation, Sol, PVD, CVD has studied. In this research, PEO (plasma electrolytic oxidation process was applied to form the aluminum oxide on FeCrAl surface, and the formed oxide particle according to process conditions such as electric energy and oxidation time were investigated. Microstructure and aluminum oxide particle on FeCrAl surface after PEO process was observed by FE-SEM and EDS with element mapping analysis. The study presents possibility of aluminum oxide formation by electro-chemical coating process without any pretreatment of FeCrAl.

  4. Application of the Generic Modeling Template Approach to Unsaturated Fatty Acid Oxidation and Crystallization Systems

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    Fedorova, Marina; Papadakis, Emmanouil; Meisler, Kresten Troelstrup; Sin, Gürkan; Gani, Rafiqul

    In this work, a couple of applications of the template-based approach for model development are presented. The computer-aided template concept has been developed based on a model decomposition technique and has been implemented as a software tool, which provides a user-friendly interface for...... following the modelling workflow steps, guidance through the steps , as well as providing additional information and comments. The application of the tool is highlighted with two case studies: oxidation of unsaturated acid with hydrogen peroxide and modeling of a crystal lization operation for the...... paracetamol-ethanol system....

  5. Astaxanthin ameliorates aluminum chloride-induced spatial memory impairment and neuronal oxidative stress in mice.

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    Al-Amin, Md Mamun; Reza, Hasan Mahmud; Saadi, Hasan Mahmud; Mahmud, Waich; Ibrahim, Abdirahman Adam; Alam, Musrura Mefta; Kabir, Nadia; Saifullah, A R M; Tropa, Sarjana Tarannum; Quddus, A H M Ruhul

    2016-04-15

    Aluminum chloride induces neurodegenerative disease in animal model. Evidence suggests that aluminum intake results in the activation of glial cells and generation of reactive oxygen species. By contrast, astaxanthin is an antioxidant having potential neuroprotective activity. In this study, we investigate the effect of astaxanthin on aluminum chloride-exposed behavioral brain function and neuronal oxidative stress (OS). Male Swiss albino mice (4 months old) were divided into 4 groups: (i) control (distilled water), (ii) aluminum chloride, (iii) astaxanthin+aluminum chloride, and (iv) astaxanthin. Two behavioral tests; radial arm maze and open field test were conducted, and OS markers were assayed from the brain and liver tissues following 42 days of treatment. Aluminum exposed group showed a significant reduction in spatial memory performance and anxiety-like behavior. Moreover, aluminum group exhibited a marked deterioration of oxidative markers; lipid peroxidation (MDA), nitric oxide (NO), glutathione (GSH) and advanced oxidation of protein products (AOPP) in the brain. To the contrary, co-administration of astaxanthin and aluminum has shown improved spatial memory, locomotor activity, and OS. These results indicate that astaxanthin improves aluminum-induced impaired memory performances presumably by the reduction of OS in the distinct brain regions. We suggest a future study to determine the underlying mechanism of astaxanthin in improving aluminum-exposed behavioral deficits. PMID:26927754

  6. A study of hydrogen permeation in aluminum alloy treated by various oxidation processes

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    A set of oxide coatings was formed on the surface of an Al alloy (wt%: Fe, 0.24; Si, 1.16; Cu, 0.05-0.2; Zn, 0.1; Al, residual) by means of various oxidation processes. The hydrogen permeability through the aluminum alloy and its coating materials was determined by a vapor phase permeation technique at temperatures ranging from 400 to 500 C using high-purity H2 (99.9999%) gas with an upstream hydrogen pressure of 104-105 Pa. The experimental results show that the hydrogen permeability through aluminum oxide coating is 100-2000 times lower than that through the aluminum alloy substrate. This means that the aluminum oxide is a significant hydrogen permeation barrier. A high hydrogen permeation resistance was observed in an oxide layer prefilmed in 200 C water, while an anodized aluminum oxide film had a less obstructive effect, possibly caused by the porous structure of the anodic oxide. The hydrogen permeability through films of aluminum oxide was not a simple function of the aluminum-oxide phase configuration. (orig.)

  7. Preparation of Manganese Oxide Hollow Spheres Using pH-responsive Microgels as Templates

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    Wei Zhang; Zhi-cheng Zhang

    2009-01-01

    Manganese oxide hollow spheres were prepared by a novel and facile approach using pH-responsive microgels as templates. The final products were thoroughly characterized with X-ray powder diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared, and transmission electron microscopy. The results reveal that the shell thickness of manganese oxide hollow spheres increased with the dosage of KMnO4, which implies that a controllable and feasible strategy for manganese oxide hollow spheres prepa-ration has been established. Further studies on the microgels template showed some of them had an irreversible swelling/deswelling transition due to the uneven cross-link extent. Based on the results, a probable formation mechanism for the hollow spheres was proposed.

  8. Mineralization and optical characterization of copper oxide nanoparticles using a high aspect ratio bio-template

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    Organized chains of copper oxide nanoparticles were synthesized, without palladium (Pd) activation, using the M13 filamentous virus as a biological template. The interaction of Cu precursor ions with the negatively charged viral coat proteins were studied with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Discrete nanoparticles with an average diameter of 4.5 nm and narrow size distribution were closely spaced along the length of the high aspect ratio templates. The synthesized material was identified as a mixture of cubic Cu2O and monoclinic CuO. UV/Vis absorption measurements were completed and a direct optical band gap of 2.87 eV was determined using Tauc's method. This value was slightly larger than bulk, signaling quantum confinement effects within the templated materials.

  9. Mineralization and optical characterization of copper oxide nanoparticles using a high aspect ratio bio-template

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    Zaman, Mohammed Shahriar; Haberer, Elaine D.

    2014-10-01

    Organized chains of copper oxide nanoparticles were synthesized, without palladium (Pd) activation, using the M13 filamentous virus as a biological template. The interaction of Cu precursor ions with the negatively charged viral coat proteins were studied with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Discrete nanoparticles with an average diameter of 4.5 nm and narrow size distribution were closely spaced along the length of the high aspect ratio templates. The synthesized material was identified as a mixture of cubic Cu2O and monoclinic CuO. UV/Vis absorption measurements were completed and a direct optical band gap of 2.87 eV was determined using Tauc's method. This value was slightly larger than bulk, signaling quantum confinement effects within the templated materials.

  10. Mineralization and optical characterization of copper oxide nanoparticles using a high aspect ratio bio-template

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    Zaman, Mohammed Shahriar [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Riverside, California 92521 (United States); Haberer, Elaine D., E-mail: haberer@ucr.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Riverside, California 92521 (United States); Materials Science and Engineering Program, University of California, Riverside, California 92521 (United States)

    2014-10-21

    Organized chains of copper oxide nanoparticles were synthesized, without palladium (Pd) activation, using the M13 filamentous virus as a biological template. The interaction of Cu precursor ions with the negatively charged viral coat proteins were studied with Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Discrete nanoparticles with an average diameter of 4.5 nm and narrow size distribution were closely spaced along the length of the high aspect ratio templates. The synthesized material was identified as a mixture of cubic Cu₂O and monoclinic CuO. UV/Vis absorption measurements were completed and a direct optical band gap of 2.87 eV was determined using Tauc's method. This value was slightly larger than bulk, signaling quantum confinement effects within the templated materials.

  11. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of electrochemically synthesized aluminum oxide nanoparticles

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    Pathania, Deepak; Katwal, Rishu; Kaur, Harpreet

    2016-03-01

    In this study, aluminum oxide (Al2O3) nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized via an electrochemical method. The effects of reaction parameters such as supporting electrolytes, solvent, current and electrolysis time on the shape and size of the resulting NPs were investigated. The Al2O3 NPs were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis/differential thermal analysis, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. Moreover, the Al2O3 NPs were explored for photocatalytic degradation of malachite green (MG) dye under sunlight irradiation via two processes: adsorption followed by photocatalysis; coupled adsorption and photocatalysis. The coupled process exhibited a higher photodegradation efficiency (45%) compared to adsorption followed by photocatalysis (32%). The obtained kinetic data was well fitted using a pseudo-first-order model for MG degradation.

  12. Amorphous coatings deposited on aluminum alloy by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    GUAN Yong-jun; XIA Yuan

    2005-01-01

    Amorphous [Al-Si-O] coatings were deposited on aluminum alloy by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO). The process parameters, composition, micrograph, and mechanical property of PEO amorphous coatings were investigated. It is found that the growth rate of PEO coatings reaches 4.44 μm/min if the current density is 0.9 mA/mm2. XRD results show that the PEO coatings are amorphous in the current density range of 0.3 - 0.9mA/mm2. EDS results show that the coatings are composed of O, Si and Al elements. SEM results show that the coatings are porous. Nano indentation results show that the hardness of the coatings is about 3 - 4 times of that of the substrate, while the elastic modulus is about the same with the substrate. Furthermore, a formation mechanism of amorphous PEO coatings was proposed.

  13. Development of Pinhole-Free Amorphous Aluminum Oxide Protective Layers for Biomedical Device Applications.

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    Litvinov, Julia; Wang, Yi-Ju; George, Jinnie; Chinwangso, Pawilai; Brankovic, Stanko; Willson, Richard C; Litvinov, Dmitri

    2013-06-15

    This paper describes synthesis of ultrathin pinhole-free insulating aluminum oxide layers for electronic device protection in corrosive liquid environments, such as phosphate buffered saline (PBS) or clinical fluids, to enable emerging biomedical applications such as biomolecular sensors. A pinhole-free 25-nm thick amorphous aluminum oxide layer has been achieved using ultra-high vacuum DC magnetron reactive sputtering of aluminum in oxygen/argon plasma followed by oxygen plasma post-processing. Deposition parameters were optimized to achieve the best corrosion protection of lithographically defined device structures. Electrochemical deposition of copper through the aluminum oxide layers was used to detect the presence (or absence) of pinholes. FTIR, XPS, and spectroscopic ellipsometry were used to characterize the material properties of the protective layers. Electrical resistance of the copper device structures protected by the aluminum oxide layers and exposed to a PBS solution was used as a metric to evaluate the long-term stability of these device structures. PMID:23682201

  14. In-flight oxidation of aluminum in the twin-wire electric arc process

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    Guillen, Donna Post; Williams, Brian G.

    2006-03-01

    This paper examines the in-flight oxidation of aluminum sprayed in air using the twin-wire electric arc (TWEA) thermal spray process. Aerodynamic shear at the droplet surface increases the amount of in-flight oxidation by promoting entrainment of the surface oxides within the molten droplet and continually exposing fresh fluid available for oxidation. Mathematical predictions herein confirm experimental measurements that reveal an elevated, nearly constant surface temperature (˜2273 K) of the droplets during flight. The calculated oxide volume fraction of a “typical” droplet with internal circulation compares favorably to the experimentally determined oxide content (3.3 12.7%) for a typical TWEA-sprayed aluminum coating sprayed onto a room temperature substrate. It is concluded that internal circulation within the molten aluminum droplet is a significant source of oxidation. This effect produces an oxide content nearly two orders of magnitude larger than that of a droplet without continual oxidation.

  15. Quantificational Etching of AAO Template

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    Guojun SONG; Dong CHEN; Zhi PENG; Xilin SHE; Jianjiang LI; Ping HAN

    2007-01-01

    Ni nanowires were prepared by electrodeposition in porous anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) template from a composite electrolyte solution. Well-ordered Ni nanowire arrays with controllable length were then made by the partial removal of AAO using a mixture of phosphoric acid and chromic acid (6 wt pct H3PO4:1.8 wt pct H3CrO4). The images of Ni nanowire arrays were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to determine the relationship between etching time and the length of Ni nanowire arrays. The results indicate that the length of nanowires exposed from the template can be accurately controlled by controlling etching time.

  16. Synthesis of mesoporous cerium-zirconium mixed oxides by hydrothermal templating method

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    2008-01-01

    Mesoporous cerium-zirconium mixed oxides were prepared by hydrothermal method using cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as template.The effects of amount of template,pH value of solution and hydrothermal temperature on mesostructure of samples were systematically investigated.The final products were characterized by XRD,TEM,FT-IR,and BET.The results indicate that all the cerium-zirconium mixed oxides present a meso-structure.At molar ratio of n(CTAB)/n((Ce)+(Zr))=0.15,pH value of 9,and hydrothermal temperature of 120 ℃,the samples obtained possess a specific surface area of 207.9 m2/g with pore diameter of 3.70 nm and pore volume of 0.19 cm3/g.

  17. Photochemistry of adsorbed nitrate on aluminum oxide particle surfaces.

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    Rubasinghege, Gayan; Grassian, Vicki H

    2009-07-01

    Nitrogen oxides, including nitrogen dioxide and nitric acid, react with mineral dust particles in the atmosphere to yield adsorbed nitrate. Although nitrate ion is a well-known chromophore in natural waters, little is known about the surface photochemistry of nitrate adsorbed on mineral particles. In this study, nitrate adsorbed on aluminum oxide, a model system for mineral dust aerosol, is irradiated with broadband light (lambda > 300 nm) as a function of relative humidity (RH) in the presence of molecular oxygen. Upon irradiation, the nitrate ion readily undergoes photolysis to yield nitrogen-containing gas-phase products including NO(2), NO, and N(2)O, with NO being the major product. The relative ratio and product yields of these gas-phase products change with RH, with N(2)O production being highest at the higher relative humidities. Furthermore, an efficient dark reaction readily converts the major NO product into NO(2) during post-irradiation. Photochemical processes on mineral dust aerosol surfaces have the potential to impact the chemical balance of the atmosphere, yet little is known about these processes. In this study, the impact that adsorbed nitrate photochemistry may have on the renoxification of the atmosphere is discussed. PMID:19534452

  18. Nanoscale carbon tubules deposited in anodic aluminium oxide template:a study of soft x-ray transmission

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    Liu Li-Feng; Zhou Zhen-Ping; Yuan Hua-Jun; Ci Li-Jie; Liu Dong-Fang; Gao Yan; Wang Jian-Xiong; Wang Gang; Zhou Wei-Ya; Zhu Pei-Ping; Cui Ming-Qi; Zheng Lei; Zhu Jie; Zhao Yi-Dong; Song Li; Yan Xiao-Qin

    2004-01-01

    Well-aligned, catalyst-free nanoscale carbon tubules array was prepared by organic compound vapour deposition method using anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) as a template. The experiment of soft x-ray channelling in such carbon tubules array deposited in AAO template was performed at Beijing Synchrotron Radiation Facility. The transmission of x-rays in carbon tubules array with AAO template support was found even higher than that in bare AAO template at high-energy part of energy spectrum though the porous area of the former was smaller than that of the latter. A qualitative explanation is presented to interpret our results.

  19. Aluminum ions accelerated the oxidative stress of copper-mediated melanin formation

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    Di, Junwei; Bi, Shuping

    2003-11-01

    A comparison between the effects of aluminum and cupric ions on the dopachrome (DC) conversion and the cooperation effect of the both ions in the DOPA oxidation to melanin pathway has been studied by UV-Vis spectrophotometric method. Both aluminum and cupric ions catalyze the DC conversion reaction, which is an important step in the melanin synthesis pathway. However, cupric ions catalyze the conversion of DC to yield 5,6-dihydroxyindole-2-carboxylic acid (DHICA) but the product of DC conversion catalyzed by aluminum is 5,6-dihydroxyindole (DHI). DOPA oxidation catalyzed by aluminum and cupric ions is studied in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. The results from our experiments provide evidence that aluminum can markedly increase the oxidative stress of copper-mediated the melanin formation and influence the properties of the melanin by means of changing the ratio of DHICA/DHI in the acidic environment (pH 5.5).

  20. Fabrication and applications of nanocomposite structures using anodized aluminum oxide membranes

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    Gapin, Andrew Isaac

    As the field of nanotechnology continues to advance and device feature sizes scale down to ever smaller dimensions, it is becoming increasingly important to develop quick and efficient methods for large-scale production at the nanoscale. Creating such a template would have widespread uses in areas such as magnetic data storage, chemical sensors, and mask technology. One promising approach to realizing this goal may lie in utilizing the self-ordering behavior found in porous anodized aluminum oxide (AAO). This material offers many advantages such as the ability to customize the pore diameter and spacing and easy device integration based on its compatibility with silicon substrates. The pores of the AAO templates can be filled with many different materials via electrochemical deposition or other methods to produce numerous potential devices. In this work, current research results detailing the fabrication of AAO templates and their use in creating ˜100 nm tall CoPt, Ni, and composite Ni/CoPt nanowires is demonstrated. The synthesis of such nanostructures may ultimately be advantageous for new types of patterned magnetic recording media. The Ni nanowires exhibit relatively soft magnetic coercivity of 242 Oe, while the CoPt nanowires show a very high coercivity of at least 10.97 kOe, measured in the perpendicular direction along the nanowires axis. The composite soft magnet/hard magnet Ni/CoPt nanowires exhibit intermediate perpendicular coercivities depending on the relative amounts of Ni and CoPt. The Ni 80nm/CoPt20nm nanowires showed a coercivity of 1.96 kOe, the Ni50nm/CoPt50nm nanowires had a coercivity of 3.59 kOe, and the Ni20nm/CoPt80nm nanowires had a coercivity of 5.10 kOe. This marked decrease in the coercivity is significant because it could facilitate easier magnetic data writing. Analysis of the magnetic properties of the various nanowire structures and their dependence on the processing parameters is presented. A method for utilizing the AAO structure

  1. Effect of anneal pre-treatment of polycrystalline aluminum sheets on synthesis of highly-ordered anodic aluminum oxide membranes

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    2008-01-01

    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes with large ordered pore domains were successfully prepared by adopting the anneal pre-treatment of polycrystalline alu- minum sheets. A statistical method with Gaussian distribution was introduced to quantitatively study the size of the domain with ordered pores. The largest average area of ordered pore domains was 2.6 μm2±0.11 μm2. The corresponding AAO membrane was synthesized by aluminum sheets annealed at 893 K for 24 h.

  2. Preparation and luminescence properties of lutetium oxide hollow spheres by a template-directed route

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: → Uniform Lu2O3 hollow spheres have been obtained by a template-directed method. → The colloidal carbon spheres were used as template. → The main synthesis process was carried out in aqueous condition. → The Lu2O3:Ln3+ hollow spheres show intense down- and upconversion luminescence. → The hollow spheres may find potential applications in biological fields. - Abstract: Well-dispersed lutetium oxide (Lu2O3) hollow spheres have been obtained by a template-directed method with carbon spheres as template followed by a heat treatment. The main synthesis process was carried out in aqueous condition without any organic solvents, surfactant, or etching agents. SEM and TEM images reveal that the Lu2O3 hollow spheres inherit the spherical shape and good dispersion of carbon spheres, and the shells of the hollow spheres are composed of a large amount of uniform nanoparticles. The lanthanide activator ions doped Lu2O3 hollow spheres show intense down- and upconversion luminescence with different colors under ultraviolet or 980 nm light excitation, which may find potential applications in the fields of drug delivery or biological labeling. Furthermore, the luminescent mechanisms of the luminescent hollow spheres were investigated.

  3. Control of zinc oxide nanowire array properties with electron-beam lithography templating for photovoltaic applications

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    Hydrothermally synthesized zinc oxide nanowire arrays have been used as nanostructured acceptors in emerging photovoltaic (PV) devices. The nanoscale dimensions of such arrays allow for enhanced charge extraction from PV active layers, but the device performance critically depends on the nanowire array pitch and alignment. In this study, we templated hydrothermally-grown ZnO nanowire arrays via high-resolution electron-beam-lithography defined masks, achieving the dual requirements of high-resolution patterning at a pitch of several hundred nanometers, while maintaining hole sizes small enough to control nanowire array morphology. We investigated several process conditions, including the effect of annealing sputtered and spincoated ZnO seed layers on nanowire growth, to optimize array property metrics—branching from individual template holes and off-normal alignment. We found that decreasing template hole size decreased branching prevalence but also reduced alignment. Annealing seed layers typically improved alignment, and sputtered seed layers yielded nanowire arrays superior to spincoated seed layers. We show that these effects arose from variation in the size of the template holes relative to the ZnO grain size in the seed layer. The quantitative control of branching and alignment of the nanowire array that is achieved in this study will open new paths toward engineering more efficient electrodes to increase photocurrent in nanostructured PVs. This control is also applicable to inorganic nanowire growth in general, nanomechanical generators, nanowire transistors, and surface-energy engineering. (paper)

  4. Vertically aligned zinc oxide nanowires electrodeposited within porous polycarbonate templates for vibrational energy harvesting

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    Boughey, Francesca L.; Davies, Timothy; Datta, Anuja; Whiter, Richard A.; Sahonta, Suman-Lata; Kar-Narayan, Sohini

    2016-07-01

    A piezoelectric nanogenerator has been fabricated using a simple, fast and scalable template-assisted electrodeposition process, by which vertically aligned zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires were directly grown within a nanoporous polycarbonate (PC) template. The nanowires, having average diameter 184 nm and length 12 μm, are polycrystalline and have a preferred orientation of the [100] axis parallel to the long axis. The output power density of a nanogenerator fabricated from the as-grown ZnO nanowires still embedded within the PC template was found to be 151 ± 25 mW m‑3 at an impedance-matched load, when subjected to a low-level periodic (5 Hz) impacting force akin to gentle finger tapping. An energy conversion efficiency of ∼4.2% was evaluated for the electrodeposited ZnO nanowires, and the ZnO–PC composite nanogenerator was found to maintain good energy harvesting performance through 24 h of continuous fatigue testing. This is particularly significant given that ZnO-based nanostructures typically suffer from mechanical and/or environmental degradation that otherwise limits their applicability in vibrational energy harvesting. Our template-assisted synthesis of ZnO nanowires embedded within a protective polymer matrix through a single growth process is thus attractive for the fabrication of low-cost, robust and stable nanogenerators.

  5. Synthesis and photocatalytic property of porous metal oxides nanowires based on carbon nanofiber template

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    Fan, Weiqiang; Li, Meng; Xu, Jinfu; Bai, Hongye; Zhang, Rongxian; Chen, Chao

    2015-11-01

    A series of porous metal oxides nanowires (Fe2O3, Co3O4, NiO and CuO) have been successfully synthesized, where commercial carbon nanofibers were used as the template. The obtained samples were systematically characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance (UV-Vis DR) spectra and transmission electron microscope (TEM). According to the photodegradation data, the porous metal oxides nanowires exhibit significantly photocatalytic activity for degrading tetracycline (TC). Furthermore, the porous Fe2O3 nanowires show the best photocatalytic performance among all the samples.

  6. Surface enhanced Raman scattering of biospecies on anodized aluminum oxide films

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    Zhang, C.; Smirnov, A. I.; Hahn, D.; Grebel, H.

    2007-06-01

    Traditionally, aluminum and anodized aluminum oxide films (AAO) are not the platforms of choice for surface-enhanced raman scattering (SERS) experiments despite of the aluminum's large negative permittivity value. Here we examine the usefulness of aluminum and nanoporous alumina platforms for detecting soft biospecies ranging from bacterial spores to protein markers. We used these flat platforms to examine SERS of a model protein (cytochrome c from bovine heart tissue) and bacterial cells (spores of Bacillus subtilis ATCC13933 used as Anthrax simulant) and demonstrated clear Raman amplification.

  7. Discharge behaviors during plasma electrolytic oxidation on aluminum alloy

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    Liu, Run [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China); Zhenjiang Watercraft College, Zhenjiang 212000, Jiangsu (China); Wu, Jie [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China); Xue, Wenbin, E-mail: xuewb@bnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China); Qu, Yao; Yang, Chaolin; Wang, Bin; Wu, Xianying [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China)

    2014-11-14

    A plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) process was performed on the 2024 aluminum alloy in silicate electrolyte to fabricate ceramic coatings under a constant voltage. Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) was employed to evaluate the characteristics of plasma discharge during PEO process. The plasma electron temperature and density were obtained by analyzing the spectral lines of OES, and the atomic ionization degree in discharge zone was calculated in terms of Saha thermal ionization equation. The illumination intensity of plasma discharge and the temperature in the interior of alloy were measured. Combining the surface morphology and cross-sectional microstructure with the optical emission spectra and illumination at different discharge stage, a discharge model in the growth of PEO ceramic coatings was proposed. It is found that there are two discharge modes of type A with small spark size and type B with large spark size, and the latter only appears in the intermediate stage of PEO process. The illumination intensity has a maximum value in the initial stage of oxidation with many sparks of discharge type A. The electron temperature in plasma discharge zone is about 3000 K–7000 K and atomic ionization degree of Al is about 2.0 × 10{sup −5}–7.2 × 10{sup −3}, which depend on discharge stage. The discharge type B plays a key role on the electron temperature and atomic ionization degree. The electron density keeps stable in the range of about 8.5 × 10{sup 21} m{sup −3}–2.6 × 10{sup 22} m{sup −3}. - Highlights: • The characteristics of PEO plasma discharge was evaluated by OES. • Electron temperature, concentration, atomic ionization degree were calculated. • Discharge model for the growth of PEO coatings was proposed. • Temperature in the interior of alloy during PEO process was measured.

  8. Fabrication and applications of nanocomposite structures using anodized aluminum oxide membranes

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    Gapin, Andrew Isaac

    2007-01-01

    As the field of nanotechnology continues to advance and device feature sizes scale down to ever smaller dimensions, it is becoming increasingly important to develop quick and efficient methods for large-scale production at the nanoscale. Creating such a template would have widespread uses in areas such as magnetic data storage, chemical sensors, and mask technology. One promising approach to realizing this goal may lie in utilizing the self-ordering behavior found in porous anodized aluminum ...

  9. A method to study the history of a double oxide film defect in liquid aluminum alloys

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    Raiszadeh, R.; Griffiths, W. D.

    2006-12-01

    Entrained double oxide films have been held responsible for reductions in mechanical properties in aluminum casting alloys. However, their behavior in the liquid metal, once formed, has not been studied directly. It has been proposed that the atmosphere entrapped in the double oxide film defect will continue to react with the liquid metal surrounding it, perhaps leading to its elimination as a significant defect. A silicon-nitride rod with a hole in one end was plunged into liquid aluminum to hold a known volume of air in contact with the liquid metal at a constant temperature. The change in the air volume with time was recorded by real-time X-ray radiography to determine the reaction rates of the trapped atmosphere with the liquid aluminum, creating a model for the behavior of an entrained double oxide film defect. The results from this experiment showed that first oxygen, and then nitrogen, was consumed by the aluminum alloy, to form aluminum oxide and aluminum nitride, respectively. The effect of adding different elements to the liquid aluminum and the effect of different hydrogen contents were also studied.

  10. Passivation effects of atomic-layer-deposited aluminum oxide

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Atomic-layer-deposited (ALD aluminum oxide (Al2O3 has recently demonstrated an excellent surface passivation for both n- and p-type c-Si solar cells thanks to the presence of high negative fixed charges (Qf ~ 1012−1013 cm-2 in combination with a low density of interface states (Dit. This paper investigates the passivation quality of thin (15 nm Al2O3 films deposited by two different techniques: plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PE-ALD and Thermal atomic layer deposition (T-ALD. Other dielectric materials taken into account for comparison include: thermally-grown silicon dioxide (SiO2 (20 nm, SiO2 (20 nm deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD and hydrogenated amorphous silicon nitride (a-SiNx:H (20 nm also deposited by PECVD. With the above-mentioned dielectric layers, Metal Insulator Semiconductor (MIS capacitors were fabricated for Qf and Dit extraction through Capacitance-Voltage-Conductance (C-V-G measurements. In addition, lifetime measurements were carried out to evaluate the effective surface recombination velocity (SRV. The influence of extracted C-V-G parameters (Qf,Dit on the injection dependent lifetime measurements τ(Δn, and the dominant passivation mechanism involved have been discussed. Furthermore we have also studied the influence of the SiO2 interfacial layer thickness between the Al2O3 and silicon surface on the field-effect passivation mechanism. It is shown that the field effect passivation in accumulation mode is more predominant when compared to surface defect passivation.

  11. Turbostratic boron nitride coated on high-surface area metal oxide templates

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    Klitgaard, Søren Kegnæs; Egeblad, Kresten; Brorson, M.;

    2007-01-01

    Boron nitride coatings on high-surface area MgAl2O4 and Al2O3 have been synthesized and characterized by transmission electron microscopy and by X-ray powder diffraction. The metal oxide templates were coated with boron nitride using a simple nitridation in a flow of ammonia starting from ammonium...... borate adsorbed on MgAl2O4 or gamma-Al2O3. This procedure resulted in the formation of a turbostratic boron nitride film with a thickness of a few individual BN layers....

  12. Interaction of ester functional groups with aluminum oxide surfaces studied using infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy.

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    van den Brand, J; Blajiev, O; Beentjes, P C J; Terryn, H; de Wit, J H W

    2004-07-20

    The bonding of two types of ester group-containing molecules with a set of different oxide layers on aluminum has been investigated using infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy. The different oxide layers were made by giving typical surface treatments to the aluminum substrate. The purpose of the investigation was to find out what type of ester-oxide bond is formed and whether this is influenced by changes in the composition and chemistry of the oxide. The extent by which these bonded ester molecules resisted disbondment in water or substitution by molecules capable of chemisorption was also investigated. The ester groups were found to show hydrogen bonding with hydroxyls on the oxide surfaces through their carbonyl oxygens. For all oxides, the ester groups showed the same nu(C = O) carbonyl stretching vibration after adsorption, indicating very similar bonding occurs. However, the oxides showed differences in the amount of molecules bonded to the oxide surface, and a clear relation was observed with the hydroxyl concentration present on the oxide surface, which was determined from XPS measurements. The two compounds showed differences in the free to bonded nu(C = O) infrared peak shift, indicating differences in bonding strength with the oxide surface between the two types of molecules. The bonding of the ester groups with the oxide surfaces was found to be not stable in the presence of water and also not in the presence of a compound capable of chemisorption with the aluminum oxide surface. PMID:15248718

  13. Fabrication of CoPd alloy nanowire arrays on an anodic aluminum oxide/Ti/Si substrate and their enhanced magnetic properties

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    An anodic aluminum oxide/Ti/Si substrate was successfully synthesized by the anodization of an aluminum film on a Ti/Si substrate and then used as a template to grow 10 nm diameter CoPd alloy nanowires. X-ray diffraction and energy-dispersed X-ray patterns indicated that Co0.97Pd0.03 nanowire arrays with a preferential orientation of (0 0 2) were formed during electrodeposition. High coercivity (about 1700 Oe) and squareness (about 0.85) were obtained in the samples when the magnetic field was applied parallel to the axis of the nanowires; these values are much larger than those of pure Co nanowire arrays with the same diameters

  14. Improvement of plasmonic enhancement of quantum dot emission via an intermediate silicon-aluminum oxide interface

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    We studied the emission of quantum dots in the presence of plasmon-metal oxide substrates, which consist of arrays of metallic nanorods embedded in amorphous silicon coated with a nanometer-thin layer of aluminum oxide on the top. We showed that the combined effects of plasmons and the silicon-aluminum oxide interface can lead to significant enhancement of the quantum efficiency of quantum dots. Our results show that such an interface can significantly enhance plasmonic effects of the nanorods via quantum dot-induced exciton-plasmon coupling, leading to partial polarization of the quantum dots' emission

  15. Niobium-aluminum base alloys having improved, high temperature oxidation resistance

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    Hebsur, Mohan G. (Inventor); Stephens, Joseph R. (Inventor)

    1991-01-01

    A niobium-aluminum base alloy having improved oxidation resistance at high temperatures and consisting essentially of 48%-52% niobium, 36%-42% aluminum, 4%-10% chromium, 0%-2%, more preferably 1%-2%, silicon and/or tungsten with tungsten being preferred, and 0.1%-2.0% of a rare earth selected from the group consisting of yttrium, ytterbium and erbium. Parabolic oxidation rates, k.sub.p, at 1200.degree. C. range from about 0.006 to 0.032 (mg/cm.sup.2).sup.2 /hr. The new alloys also exhibit excellent cyclic oxidation resistance.

  16. Optical Anisotropy and Porosity of Anodic Aluminum Oxide Characterized by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry

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    Kooij, E. Stefan; Wormeester, Herbert; Galca, Aurelian C.; Poelsema, Bene

    2003-01-01

    Anodic oxidation of aluminum results in a mesoporous oxide film. The thin-film geometry of our samples enables straightforward optical modeling of ellipsometry spectra of fully anodized films, using only three physically relevant parameters. The system of randomly distributed, but aligned cylindrica

  17. Interface modification of organic photovoltaics by combining molybdenum oxide (MoOx) and molecular template layer

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    We report discrete heterojunction small molecular organic photovoltaics (OPVs) with enhanced performance by modifying the interface using molybdenum oxide (MoOx) and molecular template layer perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic-3,4,9,10-dianhydride (PTCDA). A large increase in open-circuit voltage was obtained in copper phthalocyanine/fullerene, i.e., CuPc/C60 and CuPc/PCBM, discrete planar heterojunction photovoltaics with an insertion of 5 nm MoOx hole transport layer at the interface between the anode electrode and the CuPc donor layer. It results from the band bending at the interface and the pinning of the highest occupied molecular orbital level of CuPc to the Fermi level of MoOx due to the defect states (oxygen vacancies) in MoOx thin films. Moreover, the short-circuit current showed an efficient improvement by inserting a 1 nm PTCDA layer at the interface between the MoOx layer and the CuPc layer. The PTCDA layer induces the growth of CuPc thin film with lying-down molecular arrangement, supporting the charge transports along the vertical direction. The power conversion efficiencies of CuPc/C60 and CuPc/PCBM discrete planar heterojunction photovoltaic devices were improved from about 0.80% to 1.50% with inserting both MoOx and PTCDA layers. The results suggest that the performance of organic discrete planar heterojunction photovoltaics could be optimized by interface modification with combining hole transport layer and molecular template layer, which are potentially suitable for other highly efficient OPVs, such as small molecular tandem OPVs. - Highlights: • Organic small molecule photovoltaics were fabricated by interface modification. • An inserted molybdenum oxide layer largely enhances open-circuit voltage. • An inserted molecular template layer dramatically improves short-circuit current. • The power conversion efficiencies are almost doubled with interface modification

  18. Phase evolution of magnetite nanocrystals on oxide supports via template-free bismuth ferrite precursor approach

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    Cheung, Jeffrey; Bogle, Kashinath; Cheng, Xuan; Sullaphen, Jivika; Kuo, Chang-Yang; Chen, Ying-Jiun; Lin, Hong-Ji; Chen, Chien-Te; Yang, Jan-Chi; Chu, Ying-Hao; Valanoor, Nagarajan

    2012-11-01

    This report investigates the phase evolution pathway of magnetite nanocrystal synthesis on oxide-supported substrates. A template-free phase separation approach, which exploits the thermodynamic instability of ternary perovskite BiFeO3 and inherent volatility of bismuth oxide in low oxygen pressure and high temperature is presented. The formation of an intermediate hematite nanocrystal phase is found as a key step that controls the eventual size and morphology of the magnetite nanocrystals. X-ray absorption spectra measurements and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism confirm that the spectral fingerprints of the magnetite nanocrystals match with that of bulk crystals. Magnetic measurements show that magnetic anisotropy is directly attributed to the nanocrystal morphology.

  19. Role of Amphiphilic Block Copolymer Composition on Pore Characteristics of Micelle-Templated Mesoporous Cobalt Oxide Films.

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    Wang, Siyang; Tangvijitsakul, Pattarasai; Qiang, Zhe; Bhaway, Sarang M; Lin, Kehua; Cavicchi, Kevin A; Soucek, Mark D; Vogt, Bryan D

    2016-04-26

    Block copolymer templating is a versatile approach for the generation of well-defined porosity in a wide variety of framework chemistries. Here, we systematically investigate how the composition of a poly(methoxy poly[ethylene glycol] methacrylate)-block-poly(butyl acrylate) (PMPEG-PBA) template impacts the pore characteristics of mesoporous cobalt oxide films. Three templates with a constant PMPEG segment length and different hydrophilic block volume fractions of 17%, 51%, and 68% for the PMPEG-PBA are cooperatively assembled with cobalt nitrate hexahydrate and citric acid. Irrespective of template composition, a spherical nanostructure is templated and elliptical mesostructures are obtained on calcination due to uniaxial contraction of the film. The average pore size increases from 11.4 ± 2.8 to 48.5 ± 4.3 nm as the length of the PBA segment increases as determined from AFM. For all three templates examined, a maximum in porosity (∼35% in all cases) and surface area is obtained when the precursor solids contain 35-45 wt % PMPEG-PBA. This invariance suggests that the total polymer content drives the structure through interfacial assembly. The composition for maximizing porosity and surface area with the micelle-templating approach results from a general decrease in porosity with increasing cobalt nitrate hexahydrate content and the increasing mechanical integrity of the framework to resist collapse during template removal/crystallization as the cobalt nitrate hexahydrate content increases. Unlike typical evaporation induced self-assembly with sol-gel chemistry, the hydrophilic/hydrophobic composition of the block copolymer template is not a critical component to the mesostructure developed with micelle-templating using metal nitrate-citric acid as the precursor. PMID:27040316

  20. Murine pulmonary responses after sub-chronic exposure to aluminum oxide-based nanowhiskers

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    Adamcakova-Dodd Andrea; Stebounova Larissa V; O’Shaughnessy Patrick T; Kim Jong; Grassian Vicki H; Thorne Peter S

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Aluminum oxide-based nanowhiskers (AO nanowhiskers) have been used in manufacturing processes as catalyst supports, flame retardants, adsorbents, or in ceramic, metal and plastic composite materials. They are classified as high aspect ratio nanomaterials. Our aim was to assess in vivo toxicity of inhaled AO nanowhisker aerosols. Methods Primary dimensions of AO nanowhiskers specified by manufacturer were 2–4 nm x 2800 nm. The aluminum content found in this nanomaterial was...

  1. Effects of temperature and voltage mode on nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide films by one-step anodization

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    Many conventional anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates were performed using two-step direct current anodization (DCA) at low temperature (0–5 °C) to avoid dissolution effects. This process is relatively complex. Pulse anodization (PA) by switching between high and low voltages has been used to improve wear resistance and corrosion resistance in barrier type anodic oxidation of aluminum or hard anodization for current nanotechnology. However, there are only few investigations of AAO by hybrid pulse anodization (HPA) with normal-positive and small-negative voltages, especially for the one-step anodization, to shorten the running time. In this article, the effects of temperature and voltage modes (DCA vs. HPA) on one-step anodization have been investigated. The porous AAO films were fabricated using one-step anodization in 0.5 M oxalic acid in different voltage modes including the HPA and DCA and the environment temperature were varied at 5–15 °C. The morphology, pore size and oxide thickness of AAO films were characterized by high resolution field emission scanning electron microscope. The pore size distribution and circularity of AAO films can be quantitatively analyzed by image processing of SEM. The pore distribution uniformity and circularity of AAO by HPA is much better than DCA due to its effective cooling at relatively high temperatures. On the other hand, increasing environment temperature can increase the growth rate and enlarge the pore size of AAO films. The results of one-step anodization by hybrid pulse could promote the AAO quality and provide a simple and convenient fabrication compared to DCA.

  2. Electrophoretic deposition of PTFE particles on porous anodic aluminum oxide film and its tribological properties

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    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) composite film was successfully fabricated by depositing PTFE particles into porous anodic aluminum oxide film using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process. Firstly, porous anodic aluminum oxide film was synthesized by anodic oxidation process in sulphuric acid electrolyte. Then, PTFE particles in suspension were directionally deposited into the porous substrate. Finally, a heat treatment at 300 °C for 1 h was utilized to enhance PTFE particles adhesion to the substrate. The influence of anodic oxidation parameters on the morphology and micro-hardness of the porous anodic aluminum oxide film was studied and the PTFE particles deposited into the pores were authenticated using energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Tribological properties of the PTFE composite film were investigated under dry sliding. The experimental results showed that the composite film exhibit remarkable low friction. The composite film had friction coefficient of 0.20 which deposited in 15% PTFE emulsion at temperature of 15 °C and current density of 3 A/dm2 for 35 min. In addition, a control specimen of porous anodic aluminum oxide film and the PTFE composite film were carried out under the same test condition, friction coefficient of the PTFE composite film was reduced by 60% comparing with the control specimen at 380 MPa and 100 mm/s. The lubricating mechanism was that PTFE particles embedded in porous anodic aluminum oxide film smeared a transfer film on the sliding path and the micro-pores could support the supplement of solid lubricant during the sliding, which prolonged the lubrication life of the aluminum alloys.

  3. Electrophoretic deposition of PTFE particles on porous anodic aluminum oxide film and its tribological properties

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    Zhang, Dongya; Dong, Guangneng, E-mail: donggn@mail.xjtu.edu.cn; Chen, Yinjuan; Zeng, Qunfeng

    2014-01-30

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) composite film was successfully fabricated by depositing PTFE particles into porous anodic aluminum oxide film using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process. Firstly, porous anodic aluminum oxide film was synthesized by anodic oxidation process in sulphuric acid electrolyte. Then, PTFE particles in suspension were directionally deposited into the porous substrate. Finally, a heat treatment at 300 °C for 1 h was utilized to enhance PTFE particles adhesion to the substrate. The influence of anodic oxidation parameters on the morphology and micro-hardness of the porous anodic aluminum oxide film was studied and the PTFE particles deposited into the pores were authenticated using energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Tribological properties of the PTFE composite film were investigated under dry sliding. The experimental results showed that the composite film exhibit remarkable low friction. The composite film had friction coefficient of 0.20 which deposited in 15% PTFE emulsion at temperature of 15 °C and current density of 3 A/dm{sup 2} for 35 min. In addition, a control specimen of porous anodic aluminum oxide film and the PTFE composite film were carried out under the same test condition, friction coefficient of the PTFE composite film was reduced by 60% comparing with the control specimen at 380 MPa and 100 mm/s. The lubricating mechanism was that PTFE particles embedded in porous anodic aluminum oxide film smeared a transfer film on the sliding path and the micro-pores could support the supplement of solid lubricant during the sliding, which prolonged the lubrication life of the aluminum alloys.

  4. Electrophoretic deposition of PTFE particles on porous anodic aluminum oxide film and its tribological properties

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    Zhang, Dongya; Dong, Guangneng; Chen, Yinjuan; Zeng, Qunfeng

    2014-01-01

    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) composite film was successfully fabricated by depositing PTFE particles into porous anodic aluminum oxide film using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) process. Firstly, porous anodic aluminum oxide film was synthesized by anodic oxidation process in sulphuric acid electrolyte. Then, PTFE particles in suspension were directionally deposited into the porous substrate. Finally, a heat treatment at 300 °C for 1 h was utilized to enhance PTFE particles adhesion to the substrate. The influence of anodic oxidation parameters on the morphology and micro-hardness of the porous anodic aluminum oxide film was studied and the PTFE particles deposited into the pores were authenticated using energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Tribological properties of the PTFE composite film were investigated under dry sliding. The experimental results showed that the composite film exhibit remarkable low friction. The composite film had friction coefficient of 0.20 which deposited in 15% PTFE emulsion at temperature of 15 °C and current density of 3 A/dm2 for 35 min. In addition, a control specimen of porous anodic aluminum oxide film and the PTFE composite film were carried out under the same test condition, friction coefficient of the PTFE composite film was reduced by 60% comparing with the control specimen at 380 MPa and 100 mm/s. The lubricating mechanism was that PTFE particles embedded in porous anodic aluminum oxide film smeared a transfer film on the sliding path and the micro-pores could support the supplement of solid lubricant during the sliding, which prolonged the lubrication life of the aluminum alloys.

  5. Preparation of mesoporous cerium oxide templated by tri-block copolymer for solid oxide fuel cell

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    Mesoporous structured CeO2 with high specific surface area was synthesized at ambient temperature in this study. The synthesis of this material was accomplished using a tri-block copolymer as the organic supermolecular template and the cerium nitrate hexahydrate as the inorganic precursor. X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption and desorption isotherms and transmission electron microscopy have been used to characterize the mesoporous structure. The nitrogen adsorption and desorption isotherms analysis indicates that the average pore size is 3.5 and 3.4 nm and the specific surface area is 155 and 103 m2/g for the samples calcined at 523 and 723 K, respectively

  6. Studies of "reactive templated grain growth" in some complex-oxide perovskites

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    West, David Lawrence

    This thesis details research on "reactive-templated grain growth" (RTGG) processing of complex-oxide perovskites. Four independent yet interwoven investigations are described. In the first, molten-salt synthesis yielded plate-like (˜0.2 x 5 x 5 mum) Ruddlesden-Popper (Sr3Ti 2O7) and Aurivillius (Bi4Ti3O 12 (BiT) and BaBi2Nb2O9) phases which served as "templates" in the subsequent studies. "Chemical preparation" routes were designed to produce intimately mixed, fine-grain matrix powders for the second and third investigations. A "citrate gel" method was developed for Bi1/2Na 1/2TiO3 (BNT)-based powders and a "sequential precipitation" method for PbNi1/3Nb2/3O3 - PbTiO3 (PNNT)-based powders. Both methods were original to the present investigation and resulted in dense, mum to sub-mum scale microstructures when applied to un-templated compositions. Microstructure studies of templated, chemically-prepared mixtures indicated that both Aurivillius phases behaved similarly with BNT-based matrices: An initially heterogeneous microstructure evolved towards a dense assemblage of anisometric (˜1 x 5 x 5 mum) grains. Sr3Ti 2O7 exhibited consistent behavior with both BNT and PNNT-based matrices: The microstructure evolved towards an aggregation of equi-axed, mum-scale grains with larger, isolated pores. A qualitative model was proposed to account for the behavior. It considered the excess matrix constituents after reaction to ABO3 perovskite and predicted an A-excess matrix in BNT-based mixtures templated with the Aurivillius phases and a B-excess matrix in BNT-based mixtures templated with Sr3Ti2O7. Predictions for PNNT-based matrices were less definite but not contradictory. In the final phase of the investigation, the solids formulation for BiT-templated, RTGG-processed Bi1/2Na17/40K3/40TiO 3 (BNKT) was systematically varied. This approach, original to this thesis, involved pre-reacting to well-defined alkali and bismuth titanate precursors. Use of these in different BNKT

  7. Structural features of anodic oxide films formed on aluminum substrate coated with self-assembled microspheres

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    Asoh, Hidetaka [Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kogakuin University, 2665-1 Nakano, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0015 (Japan)], E-mail: asoh@cc.kogakuin.ac.jp; Uchibori, Kota; Ono, Sachiko [Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kogakuin University, 2665-1 Nakano, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0015 (Japan)

    2009-07-15

    The structural features of anodic oxide films formed on an aluminum substrate coated with self-assembled microspheres were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. In the first anodization in neutral solution, the growth of a barrier-type film was partially suppressed in the contact area between the spheres and the underlying aluminum substrate, resulting in the formation of ordered dimple arrays in an anodic oxide film. After the subsequent second anodization in acid solution at a voltage lower than that of the first anodization, nanopores were generated only within each dimple. The nanoporous region could be removed selectively by post-chemical etching using the difference in structural dimensions between the porous region and the surrounding barrier region. The mechanism of anodic oxide growth on the aluminum substrate coated with microspheres through multistep anodization is discussed.

  8. Atmospheric pressure plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of zinc oxide and aluminum zinc oxide

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    Zinc oxide (ZnO) and aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films were deposited via atmospheric pressure plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. A second-generation precursor, bis(1,1,1,5,5,5-hexafluoro-2,4-pentanedionato)(N,N′-diethylethylenediamine) zinc, exhibited significant vapor pressure and good stability at one atmosphere where a vaporization temperature of 110 °C gave flux ∼ 7 μmol/min. Auger electron spectroscopy confirmed that addition of H2O to the carrier gas stream mitigated F contamination giving nearly 1:1 metal:oxide stoichiometries for both ZnO and AZO with little precursor-derived C contamination. ZnO and AZO thin film resistivities ranged from 14 to 28 Ω·cm for the former and 1.1 to 2.7 Ω·cm for the latter. - Highlights: • A second generation precursor was utilized for atmospheric pressure film growth. • Addition of water vapor to the carrier gas stream led to a marked reduction of ZnF2. • Carbonaceous contamination from the precursor was minimal

  9. Atmospheric pressure plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition of zinc oxide and aluminum zinc oxide

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    Johnson, Kyle W. [Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (United States); Guruvenket, Srinivasan; Sailer, Robert A. [Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (United States); Ahrenkiel, S. Phillip [Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD (United States); Schulz, Douglas L., E-mail: SBRconsulting@hotmail.com [Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (United States); Department of Mechanical Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (United States)

    2013-12-02

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) and aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films were deposited via atmospheric pressure plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. A second-generation precursor, bis(1,1,1,5,5,5-hexafluoro-2,4-pentanedionato)(N,N′-diethylethylenediamine) zinc, exhibited significant vapor pressure and good stability at one atmosphere where a vaporization temperature of 110 °C gave flux ∼ 7 μmol/min. Auger electron spectroscopy confirmed that addition of H{sub 2}O to the carrier gas stream mitigated F contamination giving nearly 1:1 metal:oxide stoichiometries for both ZnO and AZO with little precursor-derived C contamination. ZnO and AZO thin film resistivities ranged from 14 to 28 Ω·cm for the former and 1.1 to 2.7 Ω·cm for the latter. - Highlights: • A second generation precursor was utilized for atmospheric pressure film growth. • Addition of water vapor to the carrier gas stream led to a marked reduction of ZnF{sub 2}. • Carbonaceous contamination from the precursor was minimal.

  10. Laser sintering of magnesia with nanoparticles of iron oxide and aluminum oxide

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    Highlights: • Laser sintered MgO pellets with nanoparticles of Al2O3 and Fe2O3. • Characterized these pellets by XRD, SEM and XPS. • Spinel formations were observed in both cases. • Changes in morphology and structure were analyzed. - Abstract: Nanoparticles of iron oxide (Fe2O3, 20–40 nm) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3, 50 nm) were mixed in different concentrations (3, 5 and 7 wt%) in a magnesium oxide (MgO) matrix. The mixture pellet was irradiated with 532 nm output from a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser using different laser fluence and translation speed for sintering. The refractory samples obtained were analyzed using X-ray diffraction technique, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results showed that the samples irradiated at translation speed of 110 μm/s and energy fluence of 1.7 J/cm2 with a concentration of 5 and 7 wt% of Fe2O3 presented the MgFe2O4 spinel-type phase. With the addition of Al2O3 nanoparticles, at a translation speed of 110 μm/s and energy fluence of 1.7 J/cm2, there were the formations of MgAl2O4 spinel phase. The changes in morphologies and microstructure due to laser irradiation were analyzed

  11. Urchin-like AlOOH nanostructures on Al microspheres grown via in-situ oxide template

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    Xu, Jiaquan [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States); Estruga, Marc [Department of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI 53706 (United States); Chen, Lianyi [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States); Yahata, Brennan [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States); Choi, Hongseok [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634 (United States); Li, Xiaochun, E-mail: xcli@seas.ucla.edu [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (United States)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • We present a simple, scalable method to grow urchin-like AlOOH on Al microspheres. • Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles from the native oxide films and self-assemble to form templates. • Urchin-like nanostructures spontaneously form and growth on the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} templates. - Abstract: Three dimensional (3D) metal oxide hydroxide nanostructures are highly desirable for numerous applications. Here, we present a simple, scalable method to grow urchin-like AlOOH nanostructures on the surface of Al microspheres. Al nanoparticles with native oxide film were melted in molten salts, forming an immiscible materials system. During ultrasonic processing of the mixture, emulsion of micro Al droplets occurs and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles form from the native oxide films and self-assemble to form in-situ nanostructured templates on the surfaces of Al microspheres. When the solidified mixture of Al spheres and salt is exposed to water, urchin-like nanostructures spontaneously form on the Al microspheres due to a heterogeneous nucleation and growth of γ-AlOOH on the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} templates. This work could be readily extended to other metals, providing a novel and scalable method for the fabrication of urchin-like metal oxide hydroxide nanostructures on metal microspheres.

  12. Study of defect generated visible photoluminescence in zinc oxide nano-particles prepared using PVA templates

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    Oudhia, A. [Department of Physics, Government V.Y.T. PG. Autonomous College, Durg, 491001 C.G. (India); Choudhary, A., E-mail: aarti.bhilai@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Government V.Y.T. PG. Autonomous College, Durg, 491001 C.G. (India); Sharma, S.; Aggrawal, S. [Department of Physics, Government V.Y.T. PG. Autonomous College, Durg, 491001 C.G. (India); Dhoble, S.J. [RTM University Nagpur, Maharashtra (India)

    2014-10-15

    Intrinsic defect generated photoluminescence (PL) in zinc oxide nanoparticles (NPs) obtained by a PVA template based wet-chemical process has been studied. A good controllability was achieved on the surface defects, structure and the morphology of ZnO NPs through the variation of solvents used in synthesis. The PL emission strongly depended on the defect structure and morphology. SEM, XRD, annealing and PL excitation studies were used to analyze the types of defects involved in the visible emission as well as the defect concentration. The mechanism for the blue, green and yellow emissions was proposed. The spectral content of the visible emission was controlled through generation/removal of defects through the shape transformation or annealing by focusing on defect origins and broad controls. - Highlights: • ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized using poly-vinyl alcohol template in various solvents. • The structure and morphology of ZnO nanoparticles were depended on dielectric constant and boiling point of solvents. • Photoluminescence properties of ZnO nanoparticles were studied. • Maximum optical absorbance and Photoluminescence intensity were found in ethanolic preparation. • ZnO nanoparticles were annealed at different temperatures for detection of defect emission.

  13. Study of defect generated visible photoluminescence in zinc oxide nano-particles prepared using PVA templates

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    Intrinsic defect generated photoluminescence (PL) in zinc oxide nanoparticles (NPs) obtained by a PVA template based wet-chemical process has been studied. A good controllability was achieved on the surface defects, structure and the morphology of ZnO NPs through the variation of solvents used in synthesis. The PL emission strongly depended on the defect structure and morphology. SEM, XRD, annealing and PL excitation studies were used to analyze the types of defects involved in the visible emission as well as the defect concentration. The mechanism for the blue, green and yellow emissions was proposed. The spectral content of the visible emission was controlled through generation/removal of defects through the shape transformation or annealing by focusing on defect origins and broad controls. - Highlights: • ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized using poly-vinyl alcohol template in various solvents. • The structure and morphology of ZnO nanoparticles were depended on dielectric constant and boiling point of solvents. • Photoluminescence properties of ZnO nanoparticles were studied. • Maximum optical absorbance and Photoluminescence intensity were found in ethanolic preparation. • ZnO nanoparticles were annealed at different temperatures for detection of defect emission

  14. Characterization and Tribological Properties of Hard Anodized and Micro Arc Oxidized 5754 Quality Aluminum Alloy

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    M. Ovundur

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This study was initiated to compare the tribological performances of a 5754 quality aluminum alloy after hard anodic oxidation and micro arc oxidation processes. The structural analyses of the coatings were performed using XRD and SEM techniques. The hardness of the coatings was determined using a Vickers micro-indentation tester. Tribological performances of the hard anodized and micro arc oxidized samples were compared on a reciprocating wear tester under dry sliding conditions. The dry sliding wear tests showed that the wear resistance of the oxide coating generated by micro arc oxidation is remarkably higher than that of the hard anodized alloy.

  15. Porous Spherical Cellulose Composites Coated by Aluminum (Ⅲ) Oxide and Silicone: Preparation,Characterization and Adsorption Behavior

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    2001-01-01

    Porous spherical cellulose composite (PSCA) coated by aluminum (Ⅲ) oxide was prepared andmodified by organosilicone. SEM images of the surface morphology of the bead cellulose shows that it hasspherical shape and abundant porous structure on its surface. The mapping images of aluminum and silicon ofthe composite (PSCAS) present aluminum( Ⅲ ) oxide and silicone are uniformly dispersed on the surface. Theadsorption behavior of PSCAS toward metal ions was determined.

  16. Cerium oxide as conversion coating for the corrosion protection of aluminum

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    JELENA GULICOVSKI

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available CeO2 coatings were formed on the aluminum after Al surface preparation, by dripping the ceria sol, previously prepared by forced hydrolysis of Ce(NO34. The anticorrosive properties of ceria coatings were investigated by the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS during the exposure to 0.03 % NaCl. The morphology of the coatings was examined by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM. EIS data indicated considerably larger corrosion resistance of CeO2-coated aluminum than for bare Al. The corrosion processes on Al below CeO2 coating are subjected to more pronounced diffusion limitations in comparison to the processes below passive aluminum oxide film, as the consequence of the formation of highly compact protective coating. The results show that the deposition of ceria coatings is an effective way to improve corrosion resistance for aluminum.

  17. Investigation of tin oxide nanofibers synthesized via bio-template technique

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    Kundu, Virender Singh, E-mail: vskundu-kuk@rediffmail.com; Dhiman, Jonny; Kumar, Suresh [Department of Electronic Science, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra (India); Dhiman, R. L. [Post-Graduate Department of Applied Physics, S.D. College, Ambala Cantt. 133 001 India (India)

    2015-08-28

    In the present paper tin oxide nanofibers have been by synthesized using cotton as bio-template via sol-gel route. This is comparatively a new synthesis technique. The structure and morphology of the obtained SnO{sub 2} nanofibers were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The optical properties of the same have been studied by using UV-Vis spectroscopy. The observed XRD pattern showed that peaks are very narrow and sharp which indicates crystalline nature of samples. SEM images gave an idea about the sample morphology and confirm that the obtained sample were nanofibers. The optical absorbance spectrum of the sample under study was recorded in UV-visible region (200nm- 800nm). The band gap of the sample was found to be 3.95 eV which is higher than their bulk counterpart.

  18. Tungsten Oxide and Polyaniline Composite Fabricated by Surfactant-Templated Electrodeposition and Its Use in Supercapacitors

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    Benxue Zou

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Composite nanostructures of tungsten oxide and polyaniline (PANI were fabricated on carbon electrode by electrocodeposition using sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS as the template. The morphology of the composite can be controlled by changing SDBS surfactant and aniline monomer concentrations in solution. With increasing concentration of aniline in surfactant solution, the morphological change from nanoparticles to nanofibers was observed. The nanostructured WO3/PANI composite exhibited enhanced capacitive charge storage with the specific capacitance of 201 F g−1 at 1.28 mA cm−2 in large potential window of -0.5~ 0.65 V versus SCE compared to the bulk composite film. The capacitance retained about 78% when the sweeping potential rate increased from 10 to 150 mV/s.

  19. Nanostructured sapphire vicinal surfaces as templates for the growth of self-organized oxide nanostructures

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    Thune, E., E-mail: elsa.thune@unilim.fr [Laboratoire Sciences des Procedes Ceramiques et de Traitements de Surface (SPCTS), UMR CNRS 6638, ENSCI, 47-73 Avenue Albert Thomas, F-87065 Limoges Cedex (France); Boulle, A. [Laboratoire Sciences des Procedes Ceramiques et de Traitements de Surface (SPCTS), UMR CNRS 6638, ENSCI, 47-73 Avenue Albert Thomas, F-87065 Limoges Cedex (France); Babonneau, D.; Pailloux, F. [Laboratoire de Physique des Materiaux (PHYMAT), UMR CNRS 6630, Universite de Poitiers, Boulevard Marie et Pierre Curie - Teleport 2, BP 30179, F-86962 Futuroscope - Chasseneuil Cedex (France); Hamd, W.; Guinebretiere, R. [Laboratoire Sciences des Procedes Ceramiques et de Traitements de Surface (SPCTS), UMR CNRS 6638, ENSCI, 47-73 Avenue Albert Thomas, F-87065 Limoges Cedex (France)

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    Vicinal substrates of sapphire with miscut angle of 10 deg. from the (0 0 1) planes towards the [1 1 0] direction have been annealed in air in the range from 1000 to 1500 deg. C. The behaviour of these surfaces has been characterized as a function of the temperature and the thermal treatment time by Atomic Force Microscopy observations. A thermal treatment at 1250 deg. C allows to stabilize a surface made of periodically spaced nanosized step-bunches. Such stepped surfaces were used as template to grow self-patterned epitaxial oxide nanoparticles by thermal annealing of yttria-stabilized zirconia thin films produced by sol-gel dip-coating. Grazing Incidence Small Angle X-ray Scattering and High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy were used to study the morphology of the nanoparticles and their epitaxial relationships with the substrate.

  20. Investigation of tin oxide nanofibers synthesized via bio-template technique

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    In the present paper tin oxide nanofibers have been by synthesized using cotton as bio-template via sol-gel route. This is comparatively a new synthesis technique. The structure and morphology of the obtained SnO2 nanofibers were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The optical properties of the same have been studied by using UV-Vis spectroscopy. The observed XRD pattern showed that peaks are very narrow and sharp which indicates crystalline nature of samples. SEM images gave an idea about the sample morphology and confirm that the obtained sample were nanofibers. The optical absorbance spectrum of the sample under study was recorded in UV-visible region (200nm- 800nm). The band gap of the sample was found to be 3.95 eV which is higher than their bulk counterpart

  1. Scalable solid-template reduction for designed reduced graphene oxide architectures.

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    Chen, Jun; Shepherd, Roderick L; Razal, Joselito M; Huang, Xiao; Zhang, Weimin; Zhao, Jie; Harris, Andrew T; Wang, Shu; Minett, Andrew I; Zhang, Hua

    2013-08-28

    Herein, we report a solid-state reduction process (in contrast to solution-based approach) by using an environmentally friendly reductant, such as vitamin C (denoted VC), to be directly employed to solid-state graphene oxide (GO) templates to give the highly active rGO architecture with a sheet resistance of as low as 10 Ω sq(-1). In addition, predesigned rGO patterns/tracks with tunable resistivity can be directly "written" on a preprepared solid GO film via the inkjet-printing technique using VC/H2O as the printing-ink. This advanced reduction process allows foreign active materials to be preincorporated into the GO matrix to form quality active composite architectures. PMID:23790146

  2. A template-free solvent-mediated synthesis of high surface area boron nitride nanosheets for aerobic oxidative desulfurization.

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    Wu, Peiwen; Zhu, Wenshuai; Chao, Yanhong; Zhang, Jinshui; Zhang, Pengfei; Zhu, Huiyuan; Li, Changfeng; Chen, Zhigang; Li, Huaming; Dai, Sheng

    2016-01-01

    Hexagonal boron nitride nanosheets (h-BNNs) with rather high specific surface area (SSA) are important two-dimensional layer-structured materials. Here, a solvent-mediated synthesis of h-BNNs revealed a template-free lattice plane control strategy that induced high SSA nanoporous structured h-BNNs with outstanding aerobic oxidative desulfurization performance. PMID:26502800

  3. Mueller Matrix of Specular Reflection Using an Aluminum Grating Surface with Oxide Nanofilm.

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    Qiu, Jun; Ran, Dongfang; Liu, Linhua; Hsu, Pei-Feng

    2016-06-01

    The accurate nondestructive and real-time determination of the critical dimensions of oxide nanofilms on periodic nanostructures has potential applications in nanofabrication techniques. Mueller ellipsometry is fast, accurate, nondestructive, and can be used in the ambient air. This study used the elements of a Mueller matrix of specular reflection, which is based on a Mueller ellipsometry method, to evaluate the thickness of an oxide nanofilm on an aluminum grating surface. By using non-traditional rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA), we decomposed the Mueller matrix to obtain the relationship between the evaluated polarization properties of reflected light and the dimensions of oxide nanofilms on aluminum grating surfaces. We also quantitatively analyzed the Mueller matrix elements' variation due to the thicknesses of top, sidewall, and bottom oxides. We consider these oxide films are naturally formed and of nonuniform thickness on grating structures. The results show that the elements of Mueller matrix shift with the increasing of the uniform thickness of oxide at a fixed wavelength. Moreover, as oxide nanofilms on grating structures are nonuniform, the impact of the thickness of side wall oxide on the Mueller matrix elements is more obvious than that of top and bottom oxides at the relative larger incidence wavelength range. The finding of this work may facilitate the nondestructive and real-time measurement of the thickness of oxide nanofilms on metal gratings where the metal is easily oxidized. PMID:27129364

  4. Enhancement of oxidation resistance of NBD 200 silicon nitride ceramics by aluminum implantation

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    Mukundhan, Priya

    Silicon nitride (Si3N4) ceramics are leading candidates for high temperature structural applications. They have already demonstrated functional capabilities well beyond the limits of conventional metals and alloys in advanced diesel and turbine engines. However, the practical exploitation of these benefits is limited by their oxidation and associated degradation processes in chemically aggressive environments. Additives and impurities in Si3N4 segregate to the surface of Si3N 4 and accelerate its high temperature oxidation process. This study aims to investigate the oxidation behavior of Norton NBD 200 silicon nitride (hot isostatically pressed with ˜1 wt.% MgO) and its modification by aluminum surface alloying. NBD 200 samples tribochemically polished to a mirror finish (10 nm) were implanted with 5, 10, 20 and 30 at.% aluminum at multienergies and multi-doses to achieve a uniform implant depth distribution to 200 nm. Unimplanted and aluminum-implanted samples were oxidized at 800°--1100°C in 1 atm O2 for 0.5--10 hours. Oxidation kinetics was determined using profilometry in conjunction with etch patterning. The morphological, structural and chemical characteristics of the oxide were characterized by various analytical techniques such as scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive x-ray analysis, secondary ion mass spectrometry and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Oxidation of NBD 200 follows parabolic kinetics in the temperature range investigated and the process is diffusion-controlled. The oxide layers are enriched with sodium and magnesium from the bulk of the Si3N 4. The much higher oxidation rate for NBD 200 silicon nitride than for other silicon nitride ceramics with a similar amount of MgO is attributed to the presence of sodium. The rate-controlling mechanism is the outward diffusion of Mg2+ from the grain boundaries to the oxide scale. Aluminum implantation alleviates the detrimental effects of Na+ and Mg2+; not only is the rate of oxidation

  5. Plasma-enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition of Aluminum Oxide Using Ultrashort Precursor Injection Pulses

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    Dingemans, G.; M. C. M. van de Sanden,; Kessels, W. M. M.

    2012-01-01

    An alternative plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) method is developed and applied for the deposition of high-quality aluminum oxide (AlOx) films. The PECVD method combines a continuous plasma with ultrashort precursor injection pulses. We demonstrate that the modulation of the precurs

  6. Propagation of nonequilibrium phonons in aluminum-oxide ceramics fabricated by cold isostatic pressing

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    Propagation of slightly nonequilibrium phonons in aluminum-oxide ceramics fabricated by cold isostatic pressing has been studied. Assuming that phonon propagation in ceramic grains is ballistic, we have analyzed characteristics of the phonon scattering and drawn some conclusions about the nature of grain boundaries

  7. Standard specification for nuclear-grade aluminum oxide-boron carbide composite pellets

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    2005-01-01

    1.1 This specification applies to pellets composed of mixtures of aluminum oxide and boron carbide that may be ultimately used in a reactor core, for example, in neutron absorber rods. 1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

  8. In-situ measurement of the electrical conductivity of aluminum oxide in HFIR

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    Zinkle, S.J.; White, D.P.; Snead, L.L. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)] [and others

    1996-10-01

    A collaborative DOE/Monbusho irradiation experiment has been completed which measured the in-situ electrical resistivity of 12 different grades of aluminum oxide during HFIR neutron irradiation at 450{degrees}C. No evidence for bulk RIED was observed following irradiation to a maximum dose of 3 dpa with an applied dc electric field of 200 V/mm.

  9. Wettability of Y2O3: A Relative Analysis of Thermally Oxidized, Reactively Sputtered and Template Assisted Nanostructured Coatings

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    Natarajan T. Manikandanath

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The wettability of reactively sputtered Y2O3, thermally oxidized Y-Y2O3 and Cd-CdO template assisted Y2O3 coatings has been studied. The wettability of as-deposited Y2O3 coatings was determined by contact angle measurements. The water contact angles for reactively sputtered, thermally oxidized and template assisted Y2O3 nanostructured coatings were 99°, 117° and 155°, respectively. The average surface roughness values of reactively sputtered, thermally oxidized and template assisted Y2O3 coatings were determined by using atomic force microscopy and the corresponding values were 3, 11 and 180 nm, respectively. The low contact angle of the sputter deposited Y2O3 and thermally oxidized Y-Y2O3 coatings is attributed to a densely packed nano-grain like microstructure without any void space, leading to low surface roughness. A water droplet on such surfaces is mostly in contact with a solid surface relative to a void space, leading to a hydrophobic surface (low contact angle. Surface roughness is a crucial factor for the fabrication of a superhydrophobic surface. For Y2O3 coatings, the surface roughness was improved by depositing a thin film of Y2O3 on the Cd-CdO template (average roughness = 178 nm, which resulted in a contact angle greater than 150°. The work of adhesion of water was very high for the reactively sputtered Y2O3 (54 mJ/m2 and thermally oxidized Y-Y2O3 coatings (43 mJ/m2 compared to the Cd-CdO template assisted Y2O3 coating (7 mJ/m2.

  10. Oxidation of silicon implanted with high-dose aluminum

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    Si (100) wafers were implanted with Al at 500 C to high doses at multi-energies and were oxidized in 1 atm flowing oxygen at 1,000--1,200 C. The morphology, structure, and oxidation behavior of the implanted and oxidized Si were studied using optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy in conjunction with selected area electron diffraction and energy dispersive x-ray analysis. Large Al precipitates were formed and embedded near the surface region of the implanted Si. The oxidation rate of the Al-implanted Si wafers was lower than that of virgin Si. The unique morphology of the implanted Si results from rapid Al diffusion and segregation promoted by hot implantation. The reduction of the oxidation rate of Si by Al implantation is attributed to the preferential oxidation of Al and formation of a continuous diffusion barrier of Al2O3

  11. Dissolution of Oxide Films on Aluminum in Near Neutral Solutions

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    Isaacs, Hugh S.; Xu, Feng; Jeffcoate, Carrol S.

    1999-10-17

    Simple linear potentiodynamic cycling measurements have been made on abraded pure Al in borate, chromate, phosphate, sulfate and nitrate solutions. In borate and chromate solutions the currents continued to decrease with each subsequent cycle. In phosphate dissolution of the oxide takes place producing repetitive repeat curves. The current variations in borate and chromate were simulated using a high field conduction oxide growth model. Including oxide dissolution in the model simulated the phosphate behavior. Results in sulfate and nitrate solutions were more complex. The behavior in the sulfate solution was attributed to effects of sulfate the oxide/solution interface.

  12. Magnetic studies of mesoporous nanostructured iron oxide materials synthesized by one-step soft-templating.

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    Jin, Jing; Hines, William A; Kuo, Chung-Hao; Perry, David M; Poyraz, Altug S; Xia, Yan; Zaidi, Taha; Nieh, Mu-Ping; Suib, Steven L

    2015-07-14

    A combined magnetization and (57)Fe spin-echo nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) study has been carried out on mesoporous nanostructured materials consisting of the magnetite (Fe3O4) and maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) phases. Two series of samples were synthesized using a recently developed one-step soft-templating approach with systematic variations in calcination temperature and reaction atmosphere. Nuclear magnetic resonance has been shown to be a valuable tool for distinguishing between the two magnetic iron oxide spinel phases, Fe3O4 and γ-Fe2O3, on the nanoscale as well as monitoring phase transformation resulting from oxidation. For the Fe3O4 and γ-Fe2O3 phases, peaks in the NMR spectra are attributed to Fe in the tetrahedral (A) sites and octahedral (B) sites. The magnetic field dependence of the peaks was observed and confirmed the site assignments. Fe3O4 on a nanoscale readily oxidizes to form γ-Fe2O3 and this was clearly evident in the NMR spectra. As evidenced by transmission electron microscope (TEM) images, the porous mesostructure for the iron oxide materials is formed by a random close-packed aggregation of nanoparticles; correspondingly, superparamagnetic behavior was observed in the magnetic measurements. Although X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows the spinel structure for the Fe3O4 and γ-Fe2O3 phases, unlike NMR, it is difficult to distinguish between the two phases with XRD. Nitrogen sorption isotherms characterize the mesoporous structures of the materials, and yield BET surface area values and limited BJH pore size distribution curves. PMID:26067028

  13. Laser sintering of magnesia with nanoparticles of iron oxide and aluminum oxide

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    García, L.V.; Mendivil, M.I.; Roy, T.K. Das; Castillo, G.A. [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Av. Pedro de Alba s/n, Cd. Universitaria, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon 66451 (Mexico); Shaji, S., E-mail: sshajis@yahoo.com [Facultad de Ingenieria Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Av. Pedro de Alba s/n, Cd. Universitaria, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon 66451 (Mexico); CIIDIT, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Apodaca, Nuevo Leon (Mexico)

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • Laser sintered MgO pellets with nanoparticles of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. • Characterized these pellets by XRD, SEM and XPS. • Spinel formations were observed in both cases. • Changes in morphology and structure were analyzed. - Abstract: Nanoparticles of iron oxide (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, 20–40 nm) and aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, 50 nm) were mixed in different concentrations (3, 5 and 7 wt%) in a magnesium oxide (MgO) matrix. The mixture pellet was irradiated with 532 nm output from a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser using different laser fluence and translation speed for sintering. The refractory samples obtained were analyzed using X-ray diffraction technique, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results showed that the samples irradiated at translation speed of 110 μm/s and energy fluence of 1.7 J/cm{sup 2} with a concentration of 5 and 7 wt% of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} presented the MgFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel-type phase. With the addition of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles, at a translation speed of 110 μm/s and energy fluence of 1.7 J/cm{sup 2}, there were the formations of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel phase. The changes in morphologies and microstructure due to laser irradiation were analyzed.

  14. Positron annihilation study of iron oxide nanoparticles in mesoporous silica MCM-41 template

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    The subject of investigation were the samples obtained by impregnation of MCM-41 template with an aqueous solution prepared from Fe(NO3)3·9H2O. As a result of such a procedure, iron oxides deposits on MCM-41 were formed. The Moessbauer studies revealed an occurrence of Fe3O4 nanocrystallites in the both ferri- and superparamagnetic states. Almost 80% small particles exist in a paramagnetic state. The positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) spectra were measured in air or in vacuum. The long-lived ortho-positronium (o-Ps) components and their intensities are time dependent due to air molecules interaction with iron oxide nanocrystallites and silica walls surfaces. The adsorption of air on the nanocrystallites surface causes a total screening of their surface and a raise of the o-Ps lifetime values. Observed anti-quenching effect is a result of competition of two phenomena: practically switching off a pick-off mechanism related to interaction of o-Ps with magnetite nanoparticles and considerably weaker usual quenching by paramagnetic oxygen molecules. (authors)

  15. Modelling the growth process of porous aluminum oxide film during anodization

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    Aryslanova, E. M.; Alfimov, A. V.; Chivilikhin, S. A.

    2015-11-01

    Currently it has become important for the development of metamaterials and nanotechnology to obtain regular self-assembled structures. One such structure is porous anodic alumina film that consists of hexagonally packed cylindrical pores. In this work we consider the anodization process, our model takes into account the influence of layers of aluminum and electrolyte on the rate of growth of aluminum oxide, as well as the effect of surface diffusion. In present work we consider those effects. And as a result of our model we obtain the minimum distance between centers of alumina pores in the beginning of anodizing process.

  16. Combined flame and electrodeposition synthesis of energetic coaxial tungsten-oxide/aluminum nanowire arrays.

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    Dong, Zhizhong; Al-Sharab, Jafar F; Kear, Bernard H; Tse, Stephen D

    2013-09-11

    A nanostructured thermite composite comprising an array of tungsten-oxide (WO2.9) nanowires (diameters of 20-50 nm and lengths of >10 μm) coated with single-crystal aluminum (thickness of ~16 nm) has been fabricated. The method involves combined flame synthesis of tungsten-oxide nanowires and ionic-liquid electrodeposition of aluminum. The geometry not only presents an avenue to tailor heat-release characteristics due to anisotropic arrangement of fuel and oxidizer but also eliminates or minimizes the presence of an interfacial Al2O3 passivation layer. Upon ignition, the energetic nanocomposite exhibits strong exothermicity, thereby being useful for fundamental study of aluminothermic reactions as well as enhancing combustion characteristics. PMID:23899165

  17. Luminescence properties of oxide films formed by anodization of aluminum in 12-tungstophosphoric acid

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    In this paper, we have investigated luminescence properties of oxide films formed by anodization of aluminum in 12-tungstophosphoric acid. For the first time we have measured weak luminescence during anodization of aluminum in this electrolyte (so-called galvanoluminescence GL) and showed that there are wide GL bands in the visible region of the spectrum and observed two dominant spectral peaks. The first one is at about 425 nm, and the second one shifts with anodization voltage. As the anodization voltage approaches the breakdown voltage, a large number of sparks appear superimposed on the anodic GL. Several intensive band peaks were observed under breakdown caused by electron transitions in W, P, Al, O, H atoms. Furthermore, photoluminescence (PL) of anodic oxide films and anodic-spark formed oxide coatings were performed. In both cases wide PL bands in the range from 320 nm to 600 nm were observed.

  18. Investigation of sub-nm ALD aluminum oxide films by plasma assisted etch-through

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    A new technique, called 'plasma defect etching' (PDE), is proposed for studying the continuity of ultra-thin layers. The PDE technique utilizes the extremely high selectivity in the deep reactive ion etching (DRIE) process, thus achieving visualization of the defects in the layer, because etching of substrate happens only through voids and microholes of the layer. The etch profile generally reproduces the non-continuous structure of the layer. This PDE technique was applied for the investigation of thin, sub-nm aluminum oxide films grown on silicon wafers by atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique. Silicon substrate was etched by SF6 at cryogenic temperatures in an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) reactor, exploiting the extremely high ratio of silicon/aluminum oxide etch rates in fluorine plasmas. The surface morphology was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The PDE method shows that in the case of water as an oxidation precursor, separate islands of aluminum oxide form during the five first ALD cycles. On the other hand, the use of ozone precursor helps to oxidize silicon surface and facilitates growth of a uniform layer

  19. Aluminum cladding oxidation of prefilmed in-pile fueled experiments

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    Marcum, W. R.; Wachs, D. M.; Robinson, A. B.; Lillo, M. A.

    2016-04-01

    A series of fueled irradiation experiments were recently completed within the Advanced Test Reactor Full size plate In center flux trap Position (AFIP) and Gas Test Loop (GTL) campaigns. The conduct of the AFIP experiments supports ongoing efforts within the global threat reduction initiative (GTRI) to qualify a new ultra-high loading density low enriched uranium-molybdenum fuel. This study details the characterization of oxide growth on the fueled AFIP experiments and cross-correlates the empirically measured oxide thickness values to existing oxide growth correlations and convective heat transfer correlations that have traditionally been utilized for such an application. This study adds new and valuable empirical data to the scientific community with respect to oxide growth measurements of highly irradiated experiments, of which there is presently very limited data. Additionally, the predicted oxide thickness values are reconstructed to produce an oxide thickness distribution across the length of each fueled experiment (a new application and presentation of information that has not previously been obtainable in open literature); the predicted distributions are compared against experimental data and in general agree well with the exception of select outliers.

  20. The thickness of native oxides on aluminum alloys and single crystals

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    Highlights: • We have determined the native oxide film thickness on several Al samples. • The results obtained from XRR and XPS show excellent agreement. • The results obtained from EIS show consistently thinner oxide films. • The oxides on the alloys are thicker than the oxides on the single crystals. - Abstract: We present results from measurements of the native oxide film thickness on four different industrial aluminum alloys and three different aluminum single crystals. The thicknesses were determined using X-ray reflectivity, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. In addition, atomic force microscopy was used for micro-structural studies of the oxide surfaces. The reflectivity measurements were performed in ultra-high vacuum, vacuum, ambient, nitrogen and liquid water conditions. The results obtained using X-ray reflectivity and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy demonstrate good agreement. However, the oxide thicknesses determined from the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy show a larger discrepancy from the above two methods. In the present contribution the reasons for this discrepancy are discussed. We also address the effect of the substrate type and the presence of water on the resultant oxide thickness

  1. The thickness of native oxides on aluminum alloys and single crystals

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    Evertsson, J., E-mail: jonas.evertsson@sljus.lu.se [Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research, Lund University, Box 118, 221 00 Lund (Sweden); Bertram, F. [Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research, Lund University, Box 118, 221 00 Lund (Sweden); Zhang, F. [KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry, Division of Surface and Corrosion Science, Drottning Kristinas Vg 51, 100 44 Stockholm (Sweden); Rullik, L.; Merte, L.R.; Shipilin, M. [Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research, Lund University, Box 118, 221 00 Lund (Sweden); Soldemo, M.; Ahmadi, S. [KTH Royal Institute of Technology, ICT, Material Physics, 16440 Kista (Sweden); Vinogradov, N.; Carlà, F. [ESRF, B.P. 220, 38043 Grenoble (France); Weissenrieder, J.; Göthelid, M. [KTH Royal Institute of Technology, ICT, Material Physics, 16440 Kista (Sweden); Pan, J. [KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Chemistry, Division of Surface and Corrosion Science, Drottning Kristinas Vg 51, 100 44 Stockholm (Sweden); Mikkelsen, A. [Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research, Lund University, Box 118, 221 00 Lund (Sweden); Nilsson, J.-O. [Sapa Technology, Kanalgatan 1, 612 31 Finspång (Sweden); Lundgren, E. [Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research, Lund University, Box 118, 221 00 Lund (Sweden)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • We have determined the native oxide film thickness on several Al samples. • The results obtained from XRR and XPS show excellent agreement. • The results obtained from EIS show consistently thinner oxide films. • The oxides on the alloys are thicker than the oxides on the single crystals. - Abstract: We present results from measurements of the native oxide film thickness on four different industrial aluminum alloys and three different aluminum single crystals. The thicknesses were determined using X-ray reflectivity, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. In addition, atomic force microscopy was used for micro-structural studies of the oxide surfaces. The reflectivity measurements were performed in ultra-high vacuum, vacuum, ambient, nitrogen and liquid water conditions. The results obtained using X-ray reflectivity and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy demonstrate good agreement. However, the oxide thicknesses determined from the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy show a larger discrepancy from the above two methods. In the present contribution the reasons for this discrepancy are discussed. We also address the effect of the substrate type and the presence of water on the resultant oxide thickness.

  2. Effect of preparation procedure on the formation of nanostructuredceria–zirconia mixed oxide catalysts for ethyl acetate oxidation:Homogeneous precipitation with urea vs template-assistedhydrothermal synthesis

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    Tsoncheva, T.; Ivanova, R.; Henych, Jiří; Dimitrov, M.; Kormunda, M.; Kovacheva, D.; Scotti, N.; Dal Santo, V.; Štengl, Václav

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 502, JUL (2015), s. 418-432. ISSN 0926-860X Institutional support: RVO:61388980 Keywords : Ceria–zirconia mixed oxides * Template-assisted hydrothermal method * Urea hydrolysis * Ethyl acetate oxidationa Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry Impact factor: 3.942, year: 2014

  3. Nanowires: properties, applications and synthesis via porous anodic aluminium oxide template

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    Jaya Sarkar; Gobinda Gopal Khan; A Basumallick

    2007-06-01

    Quasi one-dimensional nanowires possess unique electrical, electronic, thermoelectrical, optical, magnetic and chemical properties, which are different from that of their parent counterpart. The physical properties of nanowires are influenced by the morphology of the nanowires, diameter dependent band gap, carrier density of states etc. Nanowires hold lot of promises for different applications. Basic electronic devices like junction diodes, transistors, FETs and logic gates can be fabricated by using semiconductor and superlattice nanowires. Thermoelectric cooling system can be fabricated by using metallic nanowires. Semiconductor nanowire junctions can be used for different opto-electronic applications. Moreover, periodic arrays of magnetic nanowires hold high potential for recording media application. Nanowires are also potential candidates for sensor and bio-medical applications. In the present article, the physical and chemical properties of nanowires along with their probable applications in different fields have been reviewed in detail. The review also includes highlights of the synthesis of nanowires via porous anodic aluminium oxide template since the technique is simple, cost-effective and a low temperature technique.

  4. Biosynthesis of cathodoluminescent zinc oxide replicas using butterfly (Papilio paris) wing scales as templates

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    Papilio paris butterflies have an iridescent blue color patch on their hind wings which is visible over a wide viewing angle. Optical and scanning electron microscopy observations of scales from the wings show that the blue color scales have very different microstructure to the matt black ones which also populate the wings. Scanning electron micrographs of the blue scales show that their surfaces comprise a regular two-dimensional array of concavities. By contrast the matt black scales have fine, sponge-like structure, between the ridges and the cross ribs in the scales. Using both types of scale as bio-templates, we obtain zinc oxide (ZnO) replicas of the microstructures of the original scales. Room temperature (T = 300 K) cathodoluminescence spectra of these ZnO replicas have also been studied. Both spectra show a similar sharp near-band-edge emission, but have different green emission, which we associate with the different microstructures of the ZnO replicas

  5. Biosynthesis of cathodoluminescent zinc oxide replicas using butterfly (Papilio paris) wing scales as templates

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    Zhang Wang [State Key Lab of Metal Matrix Composites, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 200240, Shanghai (China); Zhang Di [State Key Lab of Metal Matrix Composites, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 200240, Shanghai (China)], E-mail: zhangdi@sjtu.edu.cn; Fan Tongxiang; Ding Jian; Gu Jiajun [State Key Lab of Metal Matrix Composites, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 200240, Shanghai (China); Guo Qixin; Ogawa, Hiroshi [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Saga University, Saga 840-8502 (Japan)

    2009-01-01

    Papilio paris butterflies have an iridescent blue color patch on their hind wings which is visible over a wide viewing angle. Optical and scanning electron microscopy observations of scales from the wings show that the blue color scales have very different microstructure to the matt black ones which also populate the wings. Scanning electron micrographs of the blue scales show that their surfaces comprise a regular two-dimensional array of concavities. By contrast the matt black scales have fine, sponge-like structure, between the ridges and the cross ribs in the scales. Using both types of scale as bio-templates, we obtain zinc oxide (ZnO) replicas of the microstructures of the original scales. Room temperature (T = 300 K) cathodoluminescence spectra of these ZnO replicas have also been studied. Both spectra show a similar sharp near-band-edge emission, but have different green emission, which we associate with the different microstructures of the ZnO replicas.

  6. Electrical properties of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanoparticles synthesized by chemical vapor synthesis

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    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles have been prepared by chemical vapor synthesis, which facilitates the incorporation of a higher percentage of dopant atoms, far above the thermodynamic solubility limit of aluminum. The electrical properties of aluminum-doped and undoped zinc oxide nanoparticles were investigated by impedance spectroscopy. The impedance is measured under hydrogen and synthetic air between 323 and 673 K. The measurements under hydrogen as well as under synthetic air show transport properties depending on temperature and doping level. Under hydrogen atmosphere, a decreasing conductivity with increasing dopant content is observed, which can be explained by enhanced scattering processes due to an increasing disorder in the nanocrystalline material. The temperature coefficient for the doped samples switches from positive temperature coefficient behavior to negative temperature coefficient behavior with increasing dopant concentration. In the presence of synthetic air, the conductivity firstly increases with increasing dopant content by six orders of magnitude. The origin of the increasing conductivity is the generation of free charge carriers upon dopant incorporation. It reaches its maximum at a concentration of 7.7% of aluminum, and drops for higher doping levels. In all cases, the conductivity under hydrogen is higher than under synthetic air and can be changed reversibly by changing the atmosphere.

  7. Large pore volume mesoporous aluminum oxide synthesized via nano-assembly

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    2009-01-01

    A new nano-assembly approach has been proposed for the preparation of macropore volume mesoporous aluminum oxide supports. Secondary nano-assembly and a frame structure mechanism for large pore volume mesoporous supports have been proposed. In a primary nano-assembly supersoluble micelle,aluminum hydroxide nanoparticles were precipitated in situ in surfactants with a volume balance (VB) less than 1,followed by secondary nano-assembly in linear and cylindrical shapes. The secondary nano-assembly of cylindrical aluminum hydroxides was calcined to form nano cylindrical aluminum oxides. For the formation of macropore volume mesoporous supports,we utilized a frame structure mechanism of mesoporous support,in which the exterior surface of the carrier may not be continuous. This macropore volume support has been used for the hydrotreatment of a residual oil catalyst,which possesses the following physical characteristics:pore volume 1.8―2.7 mL·g-1,specific surface area 180―429 m2·g-1,average pore diameter 17―57 nm,average pore diameter more than 10 nm (81%―94%),porosity 87%―93%,and crush strength 7.7―25 N·mm-1.

  8. Modeling of oxidation of aluminum nanoparticles by using Cabrera Mott Model

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    Ramazanova, Zamart; Zyskin, Maxim; Martirosyan, Karen

    2012-10-01

    Our research focuses on modeling new Nanoenergetic Gas-Generator (NGG) formulations that rapidly release a large amount of gaseous products and generates shock and pressure waves. Nanoenergetic thermite reagents include mixtures of Al and metal oxides such as bismuth trioxide and iodine pentoxide. The research problem is considered a spherically symmetric case and used the Cabrera Mott oxidation model to describe the kinetics of oxide growth on spherical Al nanoparticles for evaluating reaction time which a process of the reaction with oxidizer happens on the outer part of oxide layer of aluminum ions are getting in contact with an oxidizing agent and react. We assumed that a ball of Al of radius 20 to 50 nm is covered by a thin oxide layer 2-4 nm and is surrounded by abundant amount of oxygen stored by oxidizers. The ball is rapidly heated up to ignition temperature to initiate self-sustaining oxidation reaction. As a result highly exothermic reaction is generated. In the oxide layer of excess concentrations of electrons and ions are dependent on the electric field potential with the corresponding of the Gibbs factors and that it conducts to the solution of a nonlinear Poisson equation for the electric field potential in a moving boundary domain. Motion of the boundary is determined by the gradient of a solution on the boundary. We investigated oxidation model numerically, using the COMSOL software utilizing finite element analysis. The computing results demonstrate that oxidation rate increases with the decreasing particle radius.

  9. Iron oxide nanoparticle layer templated by polydopamine spheres: a novel scaffold toward hollow-mesoporous magnetic nanoreactors.

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    Huang, Liang; Ao, Lijiao; Xie, Xiaobin; Gao, Guanhui; Foda, Mohamed F; Su, Wu

    2015-01-14

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle layers with high packing density and controlled thickness were in situ deposited on metal-affinity organic templates (polydopamine spheres), via one-pot thermal decomposition. The as synthesized hybrid structure served as a facile nano-scaffold toward hollow-mesoporous magnetic carriers, through surfactant-assisted silica encapsulation and its subsequent calcination. Confined but accessible gold nanoparticles were successfully incorporated into these carriers to form a recyclable catalyst, showing quick magnetic response and a large surface area (642.5 m(2) g(-1)). Current nano-reactors exhibit excellent catalytic performance and high stability in reduction of 4-nitrophenol, together with convenient magnetic separability and good reusability. The integration of compact iron oxide nanoparticle layers with programmable polydopamine templates paves the way to fabricate magnetic-response hollow structures, with high permeability and multi-functionality. PMID:25437262

  10. Standard test methods for chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade aluminum oxide and aluminum oxide-boron carbide composite pellets

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    1994-01-01

    1.1 These test methods cover procedures for the chemical, mass spectrometric, and spectrochemical analysis of nuclear-grade aluminum oxide and aluminum oxide-boron carbide composite pellets to determine compliance with specifications. 1.2 The analytical procedures appear in the following order: Sections Boron by Titrimetry 7 to 13 Separation of Boron for Mass Spectrometry 14 to 19 Isotopic Composition by Mass Spectrometry 20 to 23 Separation of Halides by Pyrohydrolysis 24 to 27 Fluoride by Ion-Selective Electrode 28 to 30 Chloride, Bromide, and Iodide by Amperometric Microtitrimetry 31 to 33 Trace Elements by Emission Spectroscopy 34 to 46 1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. 1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. (F...

  11. Interactions between nitric oxide and plant hormones in aluminum tolerance

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    He, Huyi; He, Longfei; Gu, Minghua

    2012-01-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) is involved, together with plant hormones, in the adaptation to Al stress in plants. However, the mechanism by which NO and plant hormones interplay to improve Al tolerance are still unclear. We have recently shown that patterns of plant hormones alteration differ between rye and wheat under Al stress. NO may enhance Al tolerance by regulating hormonal equilibrium in plants, as a regulator of plant hormones signaling. In this paper, some unsolved issues are discussed based o...

  12. Aluminum oxide sputtering: a new approach to understanding the sputtering process for binary targets

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    The relative abundances of the products Al, Al2O, and AlO sputtered in 15- and 40-kV Ar+ and 15-kV H+ bombardments of aluminum oxide targets (anodized film, polycrystalline disk, sapphire) are functions of the target material and of the nature, flux, and fluence of the ion beam. This finding suggests that, in collisional sputtering, the material's sensitive parameters are the surface binding energies of the sputtered species. These energies are functions of the surface composition present at the moment of a particular sputtering event and should be identified with the partial molar enthalpy of vaporization of a particular species. The aluminum oxide species--Al, Al2O, AlO, Al2O2, AlO2, Al(O2)2, and AlO3--are characterized by matrix isolation spectroscopy aided by O18 isotopic substitution experiments. 12 figures, 4 tables

  13. Stabilization of aluminum doped zinc oxide nanoparticle suspensions and their application in organic solar cells

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    Wolf, N., E-mail: nadine.wolf@zae-bayern.de [Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern), Division: Energy Efficiency, Am Galgenberg 87, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Stubhan, T. [Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (I-MEET), Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martensstraße 7, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Manara, J.; Dyakonov, V. [Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern), Division: Energy Efficiency, Am Galgenberg 87, 97074 Wuerzburg (Germany); Brabec, C.J. [Institute of Materials for Electronics and Energy Technology (I-MEET), Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martensstraße 7, 91058 Erlangen (Germany); Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE Bayern), Division: Renewable Energies, Haberstraße 2a, 91058 Erlangen (Germany)

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    Aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanoparticles were redispersed in isopropyl alcohol and stabilized with different stabilizers and mixtures of stabilizers that allow for electronically functional particles. The size of the redispersed nanoparticles was small enough to use these suspensions to build interfacial layers in inverted polymer-fullerene solar cells. The performance of these devices was found to depend on the stabilizer used in the nanoparticle suspension. The best performance was obtained with an AZO interfacial layer built with a 3,6,9-trioxadecanoic acid and polyvinylpyrrolidone stabilized nanoparticle suspension. - Highlights: • Preparation of stable aluminum doped zinc oxide nanoparticle suspensions • Different stabilizers were used to stabilize these nanoparticle suspensions. • The material was used as interfacial layers in inverted polymer solar cells. • The performance of these devices depends on the stabilizer used in the suspension.

  14. Effect of conditions of thermal treatment on the porous structure of an aluminum oxide-containing nanofibrous aerogel

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    Markova, E. B.; Krasil'nikova, O. K.; Grankina, T. Yu.; Serov, Yu. M.

    2016-08-01

    The effect the conditions of thermal treatment have on a specific surface and the number of primary adsorption centers is studied. The relationship between changing adsorption characteristics and changes in the structure of nanofibrous aluminum oxide is considered.

  15. Radial Combustion Propagation in Iron(III) Oxide/Aluminum Thermite Mixtures

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    Durães, Luísa; Campos, José; Portugal, António

    2006-01-01

    The self-sustained thermite reaction between iron oxide (Fe2O3) and aluminum is a classical source of energy. In this work the radial combustion propagation on thin circular samples of stoichiometric and over aluminized Fe2O3/Al thermite mixtures is studied. The radial geometry allows an easy detection of sample heterogeneities and the observation of the combustion behavior in their vicinity. The influence of factors like reactant mixtures stoichiometry, samples green density and system geome...

  16. Computer simulation of the photoluminescence of nanostructured aluminum oxide excited with pulsed synchrotron radiation

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    Kortov, V. S.; Spiridonova, T. V.; Zvonarev, S. V.

    2013-01-01

    An algorithm and a program are developed to calculate the photoluminescence (PL) parameters for bulk single-crystal and nanoscale dielectrics excited with pulsed synchrotron radiation. The luminescence spectra of F and F+centers and the PL decay kinetics in single-crystal and nanoscale aluminum-oxide samples containing oxygen anion vacancies are calculated for various nanoparticle sizes. It is shown that a noticeable broadening of the bands and a decrease in the afterglow time is observed for...

  17. Characterization of Lipid Bilayer Formation in Aligned Nanoporous Aluminum Oxide Nanotube Arrays

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    Karp, Ethan S.; Newstadt, Justin P.; Chu, Shidong; Lorigan, Gary A.

    2007-01-01

    Aligning lipid bilayers in nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) is a new method to help study membrane proteins by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic methods. The ability to maintain hydration, sample stability, and compartmentalization over long periods of time, and to easily change solvent composition are major advantages of this new method. To date, 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) has been the onl...

  18. Growth behavior of anodic oxide formed by aluminum anodizing in glutaric and its derivative acid electrolytes

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    Nakajima, Daiki; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Natsui, Shungo; Suzuki, Ryosuke O.

    2014-12-01

    The growth behavior of anodic oxide films formed via anodizing in glutaric and its derivative acid solutions was investigated based on the acid dissociation constants of electrolytes. High-purity aluminum foils were anodized in glutaric, ketoglutaric, and acetonedicarboxylic acid solutions under various electrochemical conditions. A thin barrier anodic oxide film grew uniformly on the aluminum substrate by glutaric acid anodizing, and further anodizing caused the film to breakdown due to a high electric field. In contrast, an anodic porous alumina film with a submicrometer-scale cell diameter was successfully formed by ketoglutaric acid anodizing at 293 K. However, the increase and decrease in the temperature of the ketoglutaric acid resulted in non-uniform oxide growth and localized pitting corrosion of the aluminum substrate. An anodic porous alumina film could also be fabricated by acetonedicarboxylic acid anodizing due to the relatively low dissociation constants associated with the acid. Acid dissociation constants are an important factor for the fabrication of anodic porous alumina films.

  19. Elaboration of aluminum oxide-based graphite containing castables

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    Zhou, Ningsheng

    The aim of this work was set to develop effective and practicable new methods to incorporate natural flake graphite (FG) into the Al2O 3 based castables for iron and steel making applications. Three approaches, viz. micro-pelletized graphite (PG), crushed briquette of Al2O3-graphite (BAG) and TiO2 coated graphite (CFG), have been developed to insert flake graphite into Al2O 3 rich Al2O3-SiC based and Al2O 3-MgO based castables. These approaches were put into effect as countermeasures against the problems caused by FG in order: (1) to agglomerate the FG powders so as to decrease the specific surface area; (2) to diminish the density difference by using crushed carbon bonded compact of oxide-FG mixture; (3) to modify the surface of the flake graphite by forming hydrophilic coating; (4) to control the dispersion state of the graphite in the castable to maintain enough bonding strength; and (5) to use appropriate antioxidants to inhibit the oxidation of FG. The whole work was divided into two stages. In stage one, Al2O 3-SiC-C castables were dealt with to compare 4 modes of inserting graphite, i.e., by PG, BAG, CFG and FG. Overall properties were measured, all in correlation with graphite amount and incorporating mode. In stage two, efforts were made to reduce water demand in the Al2O3-MgO castables system. For this purpose, the matrix portion of the castable mixes was extracted and a coaxial double cylinder viscometer was adopted to investigate rheological characteristics of the matrix slurries vs. 4 kinds of deflocculants, through which the best deflocculant and its appropriate amount were found. Efforts were then made to add up to 30% MgO into the castables, using a limited amount of powders (<0.3 mm), the rest being increased in size gradually up to the top size of 4.76 mm. Into the optimized Al2O3-MgO castables graphite was incorporated by PG and BAG, and 4 kinds of antioxidants, Si, SiC, B4C and ZrB2, were added respectively or in combination. Overall properties

  20. Peculiarities of luminescence of nanostructured aluminum oxide with chromium impurity

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    Comparative study of Cr3+ ions photo-, X-ray- and cathodoluminescence in R-lines region in monocrystal and nanostructural aluminium oxide samples with different phase composition is conducted. Peculiarities of chromium impurity inclusion into Al2O3 nanocrystal lattices at high-temperature thermal treatment of Al2O3 and Cr2O3 nanopowders mixture are revealed. It is shown that aluminium oxides nanostructuring can result in formation of complicated aggregate complexes which include anion vacancies and impurity cations. It is marked that the most likely cause of quenching of R-lines luminescence and their broadening at Al2O3 crystal symmetry decrease in α → θ → δ → γ series is anion sublattice disordering while action of crystal field is responsible for levels displacement. It is established that thermal treatment at 1200 deg C doesn't result in complete transformation of nanostructural Al2O3 into α-form as it takes place in macro state

  1. Effect of aluminum oxide on the compressive strength of pellets

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    Jian-liang Zhang; Zhen-yang Wang; Xiang-dong Xing; Zheng-jian Liu

    2014-01-01

    Analytical-reagent-grade Al2O3 was added to magnetite ore during the process of pelletizing, and the methods of mercury intru-sion, scanning electron microscopy, and image processing were used to investigate the effect of Al2O3 on the compressive strength of the pellets. The results showed that, as the Al2O3 content increased, the compressive strength of the pellets increased slightly and then decreased gradually. When a small amount of Al2O3 was added to the pellets, the Al2O3 combined with fayalite (2FeO·SiO2) and the aluminosilicate (2FeO·2Al2O3·5SiO2) was generated, which releases some iron oxide and reduces the inhibition of fayalite to the solid phase of consolidation. When Al2O3 increased sequentially, high melting point of Al2O3 particles hinder the oxidation of Fe3O4 and the recrystallization of Fe2O3, making the internal porosity of the pellets increase, which leads to the decrease in compressive strength of the pellets.

  2. Self-assembly of semicrystalline PE-b-PS diblock copolymers within AAO nanoporous templates

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    Casas Becerra, María Teresa; Michell, Rose Mary; Blaszczyk-Lezak, Iwona; Puiggalí Bellalta, Jordi; Mijangos, Carmen; Lorenzo, Arnaldo T.; Müller, Alejandro

    2015-01-01

    Strongly segregated polyethylene-b-polystyrene (PE-b-PS) diblock copolymers were infiltrated within anodic aluminum oxide nanoporous templates (AAO) (with 60 nm diameter). After carefully removing the nanofibers from the nanopores, TEM revealed their morphology. This is the first time that the morphology of semi-crystalline diblock copolymers infiltrated within AAO templates is observed. Regardless of their composition, the infiltrated nanofibers are constituted by core–shell or pseudo core–s...

  3. Systematic review of potential health risks posed by pharmaceutical, occupational and consumer exposures to metallic and nanoscale aluminum, aluminum oxides, aluminum hydroxide and its soluble salts

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    Willhite, Calvin C.; Karyakina, Nataliya A.; Yokel, Robert A.; Yenugadhati, Nagarajkumar; Wisniewski, Thomas M.; Arnold, Ian M. F.; Momoli, Franco; Krewski, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Aluminum (Al) is a ubiquitous substance encountered both naturally (as the third most abundant element) and intentionally (used in water, foods, pharmaceuticals, and vaccines); it is also present in ambient and occupational airborne particulates. Existing data underscore the importance of Al physical and chemical forms in relation to its uptake, accumulation, and systemic bioavailability. The present review represents a systematic examination of the peer-reviewed literature on the adverse health effects of Al materials published since a previous critical evaluation compiled by Krewski et al. (2007). Challenges encountered in carrying out the present review reflected the experimental use of different physical and chemical Al forms, different routes of administration, and different target organs in relation to the magnitude, frequency, and duration of exposure. Wide variations in diet can result in Al intakes that are often higher than the World Health Organization provisional tolerable weekly intake (PTWI), which is based on studies with Al citrate. Comparing daily dietary Al exposures on the basis of “total Al” assumes that gastrointestinal bioavailability for all dietary Al forms is equivalent to that for Al citrate, an approach that requires validation. Current occupational exposure limits (OELs) for identical Al substances vary as much as 15-fold. The toxicity of different Al forms depends in large measure on their physical behavior and relative solubility in water. The toxicity of soluble Al forms depends upon the delivered dose of Al+3 to target tissues. Trivalent Al reacts with water to produce bidentate superoxide coordination spheres [Al(O2)(H2O4)+2 and Al(H2O)6+3] that after complexation with O2•−, generate Al superoxides [Al(O2•)](H2O5)]+2. Semireduced AlO2• radicals deplete mitochondrial Fe and promote generation of H2O2, O2•− and OH•. Thus, it is the Al+3-induced formation of oxygen radicals that accounts for the oxidative damage that

  4. Sorption of phenanthrene by dissolved organic matter and its complex with aluminum oxide nanoparticles

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    Intent of this study was to explore the potential application of polymerin, the polymeric, dissolved organic matter fraction from olive oil wastewaters, in technologies aimed at remediating hydrophobic organic compounds (HOCs) point-source pollution. Phenanthrene binding with polymerin was investigated. Moreover, the effect of addition of micro and nanoscale aluminum oxides (Al2O3) was studied, as well as sorption of polymerin on the oxides. Phenanthrene binding capacity by polymerin was notably higher than the sorption capacities for both types of Al2O3 particles. Polymerin sorption on nanoparticles was nearly 100 times higher than microparticles. In a three-phase system, using microparticles, higher phenanthrene sorption was found by adding into water polymerin, oxides and phenanthrene simultaneously. In contrast, using nanoparticles, a considerable enhancement of phenanthrene sorption was shown by adding phenanthrene to a pre-formed and dried polymerin-oxide complex. These findings support the application of polymerin, especially associated with Al2O3 nanoparticles, in remediation of water contaminated with HOCs. This work highlights the significant role of nanoparticles. - Size of aluminum oxides significantly affects sorption of polymerin and phenanthrene

  5. Reaction behavior between the oxide film of LY12 aluminum alloy and the flux

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    薛松柏; 董健; 吕晓春; 顾文华

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, the brazing mechanism of LY12 aluminum alloy at middle range temperature was presented. The CsF-AlF3 non-corrosive flux was utilized to remove the complex oxide film on the surface of LY12 aluminum alloy. The results revealed that the oxide film was removed by the improved CsF-AlF3 flux accompanied with the occurrence of reaction as well as dissolution and the compounds CsF played an important role to remove the oxide film. Actually, the high activity of flux, say, the ability to remove the oxide film, was due to the presence of the compounds, such as NH4F,NH4AlF4 and composite molten salt. The production of HF was the key issue to accelerate the reaction and enhance to eliminate the oxide film by dissolution. It was found that the rare earth element La at small percentage was not enriched at the interface. Moreover, the rare earth fluoride enhanced the dissolution behavior.

  6. Application of diffusion barriers to the refractory fibers of tungsten, columbium, carbon and aluminum oxide

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    Douglas, F. C.; Paradis, E. L.; Veltri, R. D.

    1973-01-01

    A radio frequency powered ion-plating system was used to plate protective layers of refractory oxides and carbide onto high strength fiber substrates. Subsequent overplating of these combinations with nickel and titanium was made to determine the effectiveness of such barrier layers in preventing diffusion of the overcoat metal into the fibers with consequent loss of fiber strength. Four substrates, five coatings, and two metal matrix materials were employed for a total of forty material combinations. The substrates were tungsten, niobium, NASA-Hough carbon, and Tyco sapphire. The diffusion-barrier coatings were aluminum oxide, yttrium oxide, titanium carbide, tungsten carbide with 14% cobalt addition, and zirconium carbide. The metal matrix materials were IN 600 nickel and Ti 6/4 titanium. Adhesion of the coatings to all substrates was good except for the NASA-Hough carbon, where flaking off of the oxide coatings in particular was observed.

  7. High performance In2O3 thin film transistors using chemically derived aluminum oxide dielectric

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    Nayak, Pradipta K.

    2013-07-18

    We report high performance solution-deposited indium oxide thin film transistors with field-effect mobility of 127 cm2/Vs and an Ion/Ioff ratio of 106. This excellent performance is achieved by controlling the hydroxyl group content in chemically derived aluminum oxide (AlOx) thin-film dielectrics. The AlOx films annealed in the temperature range of 250–350 °C showed higher amount of Al-OH groups compared to the films annealed at 500 °C, and correspondingly higher mobility. It is proposed that the presence of Al-OH groups at the AlOx surface facilitates unintentional Al-doping and efficient oxidation of the indium oxide channel layer, leading to improved device performance.

  8. The influence of titanium and iron oxides on the coloring and friability of the blue fired aluminum oxide as an abrasive material

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    E. R. Passos; J. A. Rodrigues

    2016-01-01

    Abstract The quality of abrasive grains is crucial to increase the lifespan of roughing, polishing and cutting tools. The purpose of the work herein was to evaluate the variables of the blue fired aluminum oxide heat treatment process. This heat treatment process improves the physical properties of the brown fused aluminum oxide and results in a blue coloring, which uniquely identifies it within the abrasives industry. The work herein includes information beginning with the electro-fusion pro...

  9. Synthesis and structure analysis of aluminum doped zinc oxide powders

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    NIE DengPan; XUE Tao; ZHANG Yu; LI XiangJun

    2008-01-01

    Hexagonal Al-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) powders with a nominal composition of Zn1-xAlxO (0≤x≤0.028) were synthesized by the co-precipitation method. The contents of the Al element in the samples were measured by the inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) technique. The structures of the Zn1-xAlxO (0≤x≤0.028) compounds calcined at 1000 and 1200℃ have been deter-mined using the Rietveld full-profile analysis method. Rietveld refinements of the diffraction data indi-cated that the addition of Al initially has a considerably positive effect on the decreasing of the lattice parameters a and c of Zn1-xAlxO, but the effect becomes very slight and even negative with the further increase of the Al content. The solid solubility limit of Al in ZnO (mole fraction y) is 2.21%, resulting in Zn0.978Al0.22O. It seems that when the Al content is excessive, Al prefers to form a ZnAl2O4 compound with ZnO, but not to incorporate into the ZnO lattice to occupy the Zn2+ cites. Two phases, [ZnO] (or Al-doped ZnO) and [ZnAl2O4], are obviously segregated in Zn1-xAlxO while the value of x is larger than 0.024. The UV-Vis absorption spectra show that the Al-doped ZnO exhibits a red-shift in the absorption edge without reduced transmission compared with pure ZnO, which also confirms that Al ions enter the ZnO lattice and form a Zn1-xAlxO solid solution.

  10. Synthesis and structure analysis of aluminum doped zinc oxide powders

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    2008-01-01

    Hexagonal Al-doped zinc oxide (ZnO) powders with a nominal composition of Zn1-xAlxO (0≤x≤0.028) were synthesized by the co-precipitation method. The contents of the Al element in the samples were measured by the inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES) technique. The structures of the Zn1-xAlxO (0≤x≤0.028) compounds calcined at 1000 and 1200℃ have been deter- mined using the Rietveld full-profile analysis method. Rietveld refinements of the diffraction data indi- cated that the addition of Al initially has a considerably positive effect on the decreasing of the lattice parameters a and c of Zn1-xAlxO, but the effect becomes very slight and even negative with the further increase of the Al content. The solid solubility limit of Al in ZnO (mole fraction y) is 2.2l%, resulting in Zn0.978Al0.22O. It seems that when the Al content is excessive, Al prefers to form a ZnAl2O4 compound with ZnO, but not to incorporate into the ZnO lattice to occupy the Zn2+ cites. Two phases, [ZnO] (or Al-doped ZnO) and [ZnAl2O4], are obviously segregated in Zn1-xAlxO while the value of x is larger than 0.024. The UV-Vis absorption spectra show that the Al-doped ZnO exhibits a red-shift in the absorption edge without reduced transmission compared with pure ZnO, which also confirms that Al ions enter the ZnO lattice and form a Zn1-xAlxO solid solution.

  11. A Prediction Study of Aluminum Alloy Oxidation of the Fuel Cladding in Jordan Research and Training Reactor

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    U3Si2-Al dispersion fuel with Al cladding will be used for Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR). Aluminum alloy cladding experiences the oxidation layer growth on the surface during the reactor operation. The formation of oxides on the cladding affects fuel performance by increasing fuel temperature. According to the current JRTR fuel management scheme and operation strategy for 5 MW power, a fresh fuel is discharged after 900 effective full power days (EFPD) with 18 cycles of 50 days loading. For the proper prediction of the aluminum oxide thickness of fuel cladding during the long residence time, a reliable model is needed. In this work, several oxide thickness prediction models are compared with the measured data from in-pile test by RERTR program. Moreover, specific parametric studies and a preliminary prediction of the aluminum alloy oxidation using the latest model are performed for JRTR fuel

  12. Method of making highly porous, stable aluminum oxides doped with silicon

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    Khosravi-Mardkhe, Maryam; Woodfield, Brian F.; Bartholomew, Calvin H.; Huang, Baiyu

    2016-03-22

    The present invention relates to a method for making high surface area and large pore volume thermally stable silica-doped alumina (aluminum oxide) catalyst support and ceramic materials. The ability of the silica-alumina to withstand high temperatures in presence or absence of water and prevent sintering allows it to maintain good activity over a long period of time in catalytic reactions. The method of preparing such materials includes adding organic silicon reagents to an organic aluminum salt such as an alkoxide in a controlled quantity as a doping agent in a solid state, solvent deficient reaction followed by calcination. Alternatively, the organic silicon compound may be added after calcination of the alumina, followed by another calcination step. This method is inexpensive and simple. The alumina catalyst support material prepared by the subject method maintains high pore volumes, pore diameters and surface areas at very high temperatures and in the presence of steam.

  13. Sound Absorption Characteristics of Aluminum Foams Treated by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Open-celled aluminum foams with different pore sizes were fabricated. A plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO treatment was applied on the aluminum foams to create a layer of ceramic coating. The sound absorption coefficients of the foams were measured by an impedance tube and they were calculated by a transfer function method. The experimental results show that the sound absorption coefficient of the foam increases gradually with the decrease of pore size. Additionally, when the porosity of the foam increases, the sound absorption coefficient also increases. The PEO coating surface is rough and porous, which is beneficial for improvement in sound absorption. After PEO treatment, the maximum sound absorption of the foam is improved to some extent.

  14. Optimization of anodized aluminum oxide pore morphology for GaAs nanowire growth

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    Regine A. Loberternos

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Anodic Aluminum oxide films were produced by anodization of sputtered Aluminum thin films on Silicon substrates. The effects of anodization voltage and aqueous oxalic acid solution on the pore diameter and interpore distance were studied. Parameters were sequentially varied to optimize the pore uniformity. Pore morphology was most uniform at 40V anodization voltage and 0.3M solution concentration. Average pore diameter and interpore distance for these parameters are 26.14nm ± 13% and 74.62 ± 8%, respectively. Pore diameter uniformity was further improved by etching with phosphoric acid solution. The AAO films were also successfully used to pattern gold nanoparticle catalysts for the synthesis of semiconductor nanowires.

  15. Electromechanical Breakdown of Barrier-Type Anodized Aluminum Oxide Thin Films Under High Electric Field Conditions

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    Chen, Jianwen; Yao, Manwen; Yao, Xi

    2016-02-01

    Barrier-type anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) thin films were formed on a polished aluminum substrate via electrochemical anodization in 0.1 mol/L aqueous solution of ammonium pentaborate. Electromechanical breakdown occurred under high electric field conditions as a result of the accumulation of mechanical stress in the film-substrate system by subjecting it to rapid thermal treatment. Before the breakdown event, the electricity of the films was transported in a highly nonlinear way. Immediately after the breakdown event, dramatic cracking of the films occurred, and the cracks expanded quickly to form a mesh-like dendrite network. The breakdown strength was significantly reduced because of the electromechanical coupling effect, and was only 34% of the self-healing breakdown strength of the AAO film.

  16. Study on wear behavior of plasma electrolytic oxidation coatings on aluminum alloy

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    CUI Shihai; HAN Jianmin; LI Weijing; KANG Suk-Bong; LEE Jung-Moo

    2006-01-01

    Thick and hard ceramic coatings were fabricated on A356 aluminum alloy by using plasma electrolytic oxidation(PEO) technique.The microstructure and phase composition of the PEO coatings were examined by using SEM and XRD method.It is found that the PEO coatings are mainly composed of crystalline α-Al2O3 and mullite.The dry sliding wear test of PEO coatings were carried out on a ring-on-ring wear machine.Results shows that there is hardly no wear loss of polished PEO coatings while the wear rate of uncoated aluminum alloy is 4.3×10-5 mm3·(N·m)-1 at a speed of 0.52 m·s-1 and a load of 40 N.

  17. Ablation characteristics of aluminum oxide and nitride ceramics during femtosecond laser micromachining

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    Kim, Sung Hoon [School of Information and Mechatronics, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), 1 Oryong-dong Buk-gu, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Sohn, Ik-Bu [Advanced Photonics Research Institute, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), 1 Oryong-dong Buk-gu, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Sungho, E-mail: shjeong@gist.ac.kr [School of Information and Mechatronics, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), 1 Oryong-dong Buk-gu, Gwangju 500-712 (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-09-30

    Femtosecond laser ablation of aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and aluminum nitride (AlN) ceramics was performed under normal atmospheric conditions ({lambda} = 785 nm, {tau}{sub p} = 185 fs, repetition rate = 1 kHz), and threshold laser fluencies for single- and multi-pulse ablation were determined. The ablation characteristics of the two ceramics showed similar trends except for surface morphologies, which revealed virtually no melting in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} but clear evidence of melting for AlN. Based on subsequent X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses, the chemistry of these ceramics appeared to remain the same before and after femtosecond laser ablation.

  18. Colloidal infrared reflective and transparent conductive aluminum-doped zinc oxide nanocrystals

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    Buonsanti, Raffaella; Milliron, Delia J

    2015-02-24

    The present invention provides a method of preparing aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanocrystals. In an exemplary embodiment, the method includes (1) injecting a precursor mixture of a zinc precursor, an aluminum precursor, an amine, and a fatty acid in a solution of a vicinal diol in a non-coordinating solvent, thereby resulting in a reaction mixture, (2) precipitating the nanocrystals from the reaction mixture, thereby resulting in a final precipitate, and (3) dissolving the final precipitate in an apolar solvent. The present invention also provides a dispersion. In an exemplary embodiment, the dispersion includes (1) nanocrystals that are well separated from each other, where the nanocrystals are coated with surfactants and (2) an apolar solvent where the nanocrystals are suspended in the apolar solvent. The present invention also provides a film. In an exemplary embodiment, the film includes (1) a substrate and (2) nanocrystals that are evenly distributed on the substrate.

  19. Determining the Effect of Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticles on the Aggregation of Amyloid-Beta in Transgenic Caenorhabditis elegans

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    Patel, Suhag; Matticks, John; Howell, Carina

    2014-03-01

    The cause of Alzheimer's disease has been linked partially to genetic factors but the predicted environmental components have yet to be determined. In Alzheimer's, accumulation of amyloid-beta protein in the brain forms plaques resulting in neurodegeneration and loss of mental functions. It has been postulated that aluminum influences the aggregation of amyloid-beta. To test this hypothesis, transgenic Caenorhabditis elegans, CL2120, was used as a model organism to observe neurodegeneration in nematodes exposed to aluminum oxide nanoparticles. Behavioral testing, fluorescent staining, and fluorescence microscopy were used to test the effects of aggregation of amyloid-beta in the nervous systems of effected nematodes exposed to aluminum oxide nanoparticles. Energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy was used to quantify the total concentration of aluminum oxide that the worms were exposed to during the experiment. Exposure of transgenic and wild type worms to a concentration of 4 mg mL-1 aluminum oxide showed a decrease in the sinusoidal motion, as well as an infirmity of transgenic worms when compared to control worms. These results support the hypothesis that aluminum may play a role in neurodegeneration in C. elegans, and may influence and increase the progression of Alzheimer's disease. This work was supported by National Science Foundation grants DUE-1058829, DMR-0923047 DUE-0806660 and Lock Haven FPDC grants.

  20. Preparation of copper nano-wires by template synthesis method

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    郑国渠; 倪似愚; 郑华钧; 干学宏; 张九渊

    2004-01-01

    Highly ordered and porous anodic aluminum oxide templates were prepared. The ordered copper nanowires arrays were assembled in nano-holes of the template by alternating current electrodeposition at lower voltage.The morphologies of template and copper nano-wires arrays were characterized by means of field emission scanning electron microscope(FESEM) and the crystal structure of copper nano-wires was determined by means of X-ray diffraction. The results indicate that copper nano-wires hold the preferred crystalline orientation along (111), (200),(220) and (331) crystal faces during growth, and the growth of copper nano-wires in the nano-holes of the template is homogenous and continuous.

  1. Kinetics and thermodynamics of aluminum oxide nanopowder as adsorbent for Fe (III from aqueous solution

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    Mohamed A. Mahmoud

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Batch adsorption of Fe (III from aqueous solution by aluminum oxide nanopowder was studied in batch system. The removal efficiency (99.9% was obtained at pH 4 and 50 min contact time. The results indicate that the process follows Langmuir isotherm and pseudo-second-order kinetics model. As well as the thermodynamic data indicated that the exothermic nature process. The values of enthalpy (ΔH°, mean free energy (E and activation energy (Ea indicate that the adsorption process is physical sorption.

  2. Investigation of the radiation defect in aluminum oxide by the spectrum of diffuse reflection

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    Full text : The results of investigation of radiation defects in the γ irradiated disperse aluminum oxide by the spectrum of diffuse reflection were given in this work. It was shown that, γ irradiation Al2O3 guides absorption in and around tied assistance generation of electron (F+) and hole (V) centers. Multicomponent structure was observed in V centers under hv=2,5-3,2 with maximum under γ=375,390 and 410 nm, appropriated hole centers of V, V= and VOH types. The study of kinetic regularity of capital of the V centers depending on absorbed dose. General concentration of the hole centers was calculated

  3. Defects and characteristics of the structure and properties of aluminum oxides

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    Kopylov, V. B.; Aleksandrov, K. A.; Sergeev, E. V.

    2008-07-01

    Based on IR spectroscopy data, it was established that nonstoichiometry defects in the structure of aluminum oxides were components of the Wannier-Mott exciton states and included the Al-O, Al-Al, O2, O{2/+}, O{2/-}, O{2/2-}, O3, and O2 n isolated oscillators in the ground and electronically excited states. It was shown that their presence manifested itself by thermoemission of molecular oxygen singlet forms, excess heat capacity, and anomalous diamagnetism at elevated temperatures.

  4. A Single-Tube Nucleic Acid Extraction, Amplification, and Detection Method Using Aluminum Oxide

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    Dames, Shale; Bromley, L. Kathryn; Herrmann, Mark; Elgort, Marc; Erali, Maria; Smith, Roger; Voelkerding, Karl V.

    2006-01-01

    A disposable 0.2-ml polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tube modified with an aluminum oxide membrane (AOM) has been developed for the extraction, amplification, and detection of nucleic acids. To assess the dynamic range of AOM tubes for real-time PCR, quantified herpes simplex virus (HSV) DNA was used to compare AOM tubes to standard PCR tubes. AOM PCR tubes used for amplification and detection of quantified HSV-1 displayed a crossing threshold (CT) shift 0.1 cycles greater than PCR tube contro...

  5. Photoluminescence emission of nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide films prepared in phosphoric acid

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    Nourmohammadi, Abolghasem; Asadabadi, Saeid Jalali; Yousefi, Mohammad Hasan; Ghasemzadeh, Majid

    2012-12-01

    The photoluminescence emission of nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide films formed in phosphoric acid is studied in order to explore their defect-based subband electronic structure. Different excitation wavelengths are used to identify most of the details of the subband states. The films are produced under different anodizing conditions to optimize their emission in the visible range. Scanning electron microscopy investigations confirm pore formation in the produced layers. Gaussian analysis of the emission data indicates that subband states change with anodizing parameters, and various point defects can be formed both in the bulk and on the surface of these nanoporous layers during anodizing.

  6. Hydrogenation of Levulinic Acid over Nickel Catalysts Supported on Aluminum Oxide to Prepare γ-Valerolactone

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    Jie Fu; Dong Sheng; Xiuyang Lu

    2015-01-01

    Four types of nickel catalysts supported on aluminum oxide (Ni/Al2O3) with different nickel loadings were synthesized using the co-precipitation method and were used for the hydrogenation of levulinic acid (LA) to prepare γ-valerolactone (GVL). The synthesized Ni/Al2O3 catalysts exhibited excellent catalytic activity in dioxane, and the activity of the catalysts was excellent even after being used four times in dioxane. The catalytic activity in dioxane as a solvent was found to be superior t...

  7. The uniformity of Al distribution in aluminum-doped zinc oxide films grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Luka, G., E-mail: gluka@ifpan.edu.pl [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (Poland); Wachnicki, L.; Witkowski, B.S.; Krajewski, T.A.; Jakiela, R.; Guziewicz, E. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (Poland); Godlewski, M. [Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw (Poland); Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, College of Science, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw (Poland)

    2011-02-25

    We investigated the aluminum distribution in aluminum-doped zinc oxide films grown by atomic layer deposition. Surface morphology, structure, composition and electrical properties of obtained films were studied. For the aluminum content less than 2 at.%, a periodicity of Al distribution along the layer depth was observed. This periodicity diminished significantly after annealing the samples in nitrogen atmosphere at 300 deg. C. For the Al content higher than 2 at.%, its distribution in ZnO:Al films was uniform within the depth measurement accuracy of {approx}5-10 nm.

  8. Effect of environment on iodine oxidation state and reactivity with aluminum.

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    Smith, Dylan K; McCollum, Jena; Pantoya, Michelle L

    2016-04-20

    Iodine oxide is a highly reactive solid oxidizer and with its abundant generation of iodine gas during reaction, this oxidizer also shows great potential as a biocidal agent. A problem with using I2O5 in an energetic mixture is its highly variable reactive behavior. This study isolates the variable reactivity associated with I2O5 as a function of its chemical reaction in various environments. Specifically, aluminum fuel and iodine oxide powder are combined using a carrier fluid to aid intermixing. The carrier fluid is shown to significantly affect the oxidation state of iodine oxide, thereby affecting the reactivity of the mixture. Four carrier fluids were investigated ranging in polarity and water miscibility in increasing order from hexane water as well as untreated, dry-mixed reactants. Oxidation state and reactivity were examined with experimental techniques including X-ray photoelectric spectroscopy (XPS) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Results are compared with thermal equilibrium simulations. Flame speeds increased with polarity of the fluid used to intermix the powder and ranged from 180 to 1202 m s(-1). The I2O5 processed in the polar fluids formed hydrated states of iodine oxide: HIO3 and HI3O8; and, the nonpolar and dry-mixed samples formed: I2O4 and I4O9. During combustion, the hydrated iodine oxides rapidly dehydrated from HIO3 to HI3O8 and from HI3O8 to I2O5. Both steps release 25% of their mass as vapor during combustion. Increased gas generation enhances convective energy transport and accounts for the increase in reactivity seen in the mixtures processed in polar fluids. These results explain the chemical mechanisms underlying the variable reactivity of I2O5 that are a function of the oxide's highly reactive nature with its surrounding environment. These results will significantly impact the selection of carrier fluid in the synthesis approach for iodine containing reactive mixtures. PMID:27052472

  9. Study on phosphating treatment of aluminum alloy: role of yttrium oxide

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    ZHANG Shenglin

    2009-01-01

    Zinc phosphate coatings formed on 6061-Al alloy, after dipping in phosphating solutions containing different amounts of Y2O3(yttrium oxide), were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electrochemical measurements. Significant variations in the morphology and corrosion resistance afforded by zinc phosphate coating were especially observed as Y2O3 in phosphating solution varied from 0 to 40 mg/L. The addition of Y2O3 changed the initial potential of the interface between aluminum alloy substrate and phosphating solution and increased the number of nucleation sites. The phosphate coating thereby was less porous structure and covered the surface of aluminum alloy completely within short phosphating time. Phosphate coating was mainly composed of Zn3(PO4)2-4H2O (hopeite) and AIPO4(aluminum phosphate). Y2O3, as an additive of phosphatization, accelerated precipitation and refined the gain size of phosphate coating. The corrosion resistance of zinc phosphate coating in 3% NaCl solution was improved as shown by po-larization measurement. In the present research, the optimal amount of Y2O3 was 10-20 mg/L, and the optimal phosphating time was 600 s.

  10. DEXTROSE-TEMPLATED MICROWAVE-ASSISTED COMBUSTION SYNTHESIS OF SPONGY METAL OXIDES

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    Microwave-assisted combustion synthesis of porous nanocrystalline titania and carbon coated titania is reported using dextrose as template and the product was compared with the one obtained using conventional heating furnace. Out of three compositions viz., 1:1, 1:3, and 1:5 (met...

  11. Impurity-defect structure of anodic aluminum oxide produced by two-sided anodizing in tartaric acid

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    Chernyakova, K. V.; Vrublevsky, I. A.; Ivanovskaya, M. I.; Kotsikau, D. A.

    2012-03-01

    Porous aluminum oxide is prepared in a 0.4 M aqueous solution of tartaric acid by two-sided anodizing. Fourier Transform IR spectroscopy (FTIR) data reveal the presence, in the alumina, of unoxidized tartarate ions, as well as products of their partial (radical organic products and CO) and complete (CO2) oxidation. Carboxylate ions and elemental carbon contained in the anodic oxide impart a gray color to the films.

  12. Plasmon-induced optical switching of electrical conductivity in porous anodic aluminum oxide films encapsulated with silver nanoparticle arrays.

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    Huang, Chen-Han; Lin, Hsing-Ying; Lau, Ben-Chao; Liu, Chih-Yi; Chui, Hsiang-Chen; Tzeng, Yonhua

    2010-12-20

    We report on plasmon induced optical switching of electrical conductivity in two-dimensional (2D) arrays of silver (Ag) nanoparticles encapsulated inside nanochannels of porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films. The reversible switching of photoconductivity greatly enhanced by an array of closely spaced Ag nanoparticles which are isolated from each other and from the ambient by thin aluminum oxide barrier layers are attributed to the improved electron transport due to the localized surface plasmon resonance and coupling among Ag nanoparticles. The photoconductivity is proportional to the power, and strongly dependent on the wavelength of light illumination. With Ag nanoparticles being isolated from the ambient environments by a thin layer of aluminum oxide barrier layer of controlled thickness in nanometers to tens of nanometers, deterioration of silver nanoparticles caused by environments is minimized. The electrochemically fabricated nanostructured Ag/AAO is inexpensive and promising for applications to integrated plasmonic circuits and sensors. PMID:21197062

  13. Effects of rare earth oxide additives on the thermal behaviors of aluminum nitride ceramics

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    YAO Yijun; WANG Ling; LI Chuncheng; JIANG Xiaolong; QIU Tai

    2009-01-01

    The effects of Y_2O_3 and Er_2O_3 on the sintering behaviors, thermal properties and microstructure of AIN ceramics were investigated. The ex-perimental results show that the sintering temperature can be decreased; the relative density and thermal behavior can be improved by adding rare earth oxide in AIN ceramics. For AIN ceramics with 3 wt.% Er_2O_3 additive, the relative density is 98.8%, and the thermal conductivity reaches 106 W·m~(-1)·K~(-1). The microstructure research found that no obvious aluminum erbium oxide was found in AIN ceramics doped with 3 wt.% Er_2O_3, which favored the improvement of the thermal conductivity of AIN ceramics.

  14. Radon test measurements with Ce-doped yttrium aluminum oxide perovskite scintillator

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    F. de Notaristefani

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available Scintillation properties of a Ce-doped yttrium aluminium oxide perovskite monocrystal optically coupled to a Hamamatsu H5784 photomultiplier are analyzed with a standard bialkali photocathode for radon and radon daughters gamma-ray spectrometry. Tests in water up to 100°C and in acidic solutions of HCl (37%, H2SO4 (48% and HNO3 (65% were performed to simulate environments of geophysical interest, such as geothermal and volcanic areas. Comparative measurements with standard radon sources provided by the National Institute for Metrology of Ionizing Radiations (ENEA confirm the non-hygroscopic properties of the scintillator and small dependence of the light yield on temperature and HNO3.The Ce-doped yttrium aluminum oxide perovskite monocrystal shows high response stability for radon gamma-ray spectrometry in environments with large temperature gradients and high acid concentrations.

  15. The application of the barrier-type anodic oxidation method to thickness testing of aluminum films

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    Chen, Jianwen; Yao, Manwen; Xiao, Ruihua; Yang, Pengfei; Hu, Baofu; Yao, Xi

    2014-09-01

    The thickness of the active metal oxide film formed from a barrier-type anodizing process is directly proportional to its formation voltage. The thickness of the consumed portion of the metal film is also corresponding to the formation voltage. This principle can be applied to the thickness test of the metal films. If the metal film is growing on a dielectric substrate, when the metal film is exhausted in an anodizing process, because of the high electrical resistance of the formed oxide film, a sudden increase of the recorded voltage during the anodizing process would occur. Then, the thickness of the metal film can be determined from this voltage. As an example, aluminum films are tested and discussed in this work. This method is quite simple and is easy to perform with high precision.

  16. Hydrogen plasma treatment for improved conductivity in amorphous aluminum doped zinc tin oxide thin films

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    M. Morales-Masis

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Improving the conductivity of earth-abundant transparent conductive oxides (TCOs remains an important challenge that will facilitate the replacement of indium-based TCOs. Here, we show that a hydrogen (H2-plasma post-deposition treatment improves the conductivity of amorphous aluminum-doped zinc tin oxide while retaining its low optical absorption. We found that the H2-plasma treatment performed at a substrate temperature of 50 °C reduces the resistivity of the films by 57% and increases the absorptance by only 2%. Additionally, the low substrate temperature delays the known formation of tin particles with the plasma and it allows the application of the process to temperature-sensitive substrates.

  17. Integration of biaxally aligned conducting oxides with silicon using ion-beam assisted deposited MgO templates

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    Park, B. H. (Bae Ho); Groves, J. R. (James R.); DePaula, R. F. (Raymond Felix); Jia, Quanxi; Arendt, P. N. (Paul N.); Emmert, L. A. (Luke A.)

    2001-01-01

    Two conducting oxides, La{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}CoO{sub 3}(LSCO) and SrRuO{sub 3}, were deposited by pulsed laser ablation onto silicon substrates coated with biaxially textured MgO on an amorphous silicon nitride isolation layer. Comparison is made between templates using just 10 nm of ion-beam assisted deposited (IBAD) MgO and substrates with an additional 100 nm of homoepitaxial MgO. Both of these conducting oxide layers exhibited in-plane and out-of-plane texture, on the order of that obtained by the underlying MgO. The SrRuO{sub 3} was c-axis oriented on both substrates, but exhibited a slightly sharper out-of-plane texture when the homoepitaxial MgO layer was included. On the other hand, the LSCO showed only (100) orientation when deposited directly on the IBAD-MgO templates, whereas a significant (110) peak was observed for films on the homoepitaxial MgO. A simple calculation of the distribution of grain boundary angles, assuming a normal distribution of grains, is also presented.

  18. Fabrication of hybrid graphene oxide/polyelectrolyte capsules by means of layer-by-layer assembly on erythrocyte cell templates

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    Joseba Irigoyen

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A novel and facile method was developed to produce hybrid graphene oxide (GO–polyelectrolyte (PE capsules using erythrocyte cells as templates. The capsules are easily produced through the layer-by-layer technique using alternating polyelectrolyte layers and GO sheets. The amount of GO and therefore its coverage in the resulting capsules can be tuned by adjusting the concentration of the GO dispersion during the assembly. The capsules retain the approximate shape and size of the erythrocyte template after the latter is totally removed by oxidation with NaOCl in water. The PE/GO capsules maintain their integrity and can be placed or located on other surfaces such as in a device. When the capsules are dried in air, they collapse to form a film that is approximately twice the thickness of the capsule membrane. AFM images in the present study suggest a film thickness of approx. 30 nm for the capsules in the collapsed state implying a thickness of approx. 15 nm for the layers in the collapsed capsule membrane. The polyelectrolytes used in the present study were polyallylamine hydrochloride (PAH and polystyrenesulfonate sodium salt (PSS. Capsules where characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, atomic force microscopy (AFM, dynamic light scattering (DLS and Raman microscopy, the constituent layers by zeta potential and GO by TEM, XRD, and Raman and FTIR spectroscopies.

  19. Preparation of Pt-mesoporous tungsten carbide/carbon composites via a soft-template method for electrochemical methanol oxidation

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    Ma, Chun’an, E-mail: science@zjut.edu.cn; Kang, Lingzhi; Shi, Meiqin; Lang, Xiaoling; Jiang, Yekun

    2014-03-05

    Highlights: • Mesoporous composite Pt-m(WC/C) is prepared by a soft template method. • The structure of phenolic gives a space limitation effect on the growth of WC. • Analysis of the effect of F127 on controlling the structure of composites. • Pt-m(WC/C) exhibits more than three times higher than Pt/C in catalytic activity. -- Abstract: This paper introduces a simple and reproducible chemical process for synthesis of Pt-mesoporous tungsten carbide/carbon composites composites Pt-m(WC/C) by means of a soft-template method. In this process, low-molecular-weight phenolic resol acted as the precursor both for carbon support and also the carbon resource of tungsten carbide. Tungsten hexachloride was used as a tungsten precursor along with different amount of triblock copolymer Pluronic F127 as pore-forming component. The best performance of Pt-m(WC/C) towards methanol oxidation is found when the mass ratios of WCl{sub 6}:F127 is 1:0.6. The composite presents an improved methanol oxidation performance evidenced by a negative shift in onset potential, and increase of peak current density, compared with commercial Pt/C. The difference is explained by the adding of appropriate amount of F127 which facilitates the construction of mesoporous matrix structure of WC/C.

  20. Analysis of anti-condensation mechanism on superhydrophobic anodic aluminum oxide surface

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    Wetting theory about superhydrophobic surfaces reveals that hydrophobicity of surfaces has great relationship with surface roughness and surface free energy. Adopt electrochemical plus fluorine silane modified method to prepare superhydrophobic surface on anodic aluminum oxide surface, which not only enhances surface roughness, but also reduces surface free energy, even the static contact angle can reach 159.2° and anti-condensation is authenticated. Based on the experimental findings, analyze the reason of anti-condensation on superhydrophobic surfaces: one is that the density of droplets formed on superhydrophobic surfaces is low and the number of droplets is little; the other is bigger static contact angle and smaller rolling angle on superhydrophobic surfaces make droplets easy to detach on smaller tilt angle. This research can solve some condensation problems of equipment using in HVAC systems, such as heat exchangers in air conditioning system, cold radiation boards, air supply outlets, and so on. Highlights: • Prepare superhydrophobic surface on anodic aluminum oxide surface. • Analyze the reason of anti-condensation on superhydrophobic surfaces. • The density of droplets formed on superhydrophobic surfaces is low. • Droplets on superhydrophobic surfaces are easy to detach. • This research can solve some problems of equipment using in HVAC systems

  1. Characterization of lipid bilayer formation in aligned nanoporous aluminum oxide nanotube arrays.

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    Karp, Ethan S; Newstadt, Justin P; Chu, Shidong; Lorigan, Gary A

    2007-07-01

    Aligning lipid bilayers in nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) is a new method to help study membrane proteins by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic methods. The ability to maintain hydration, sample stability, and compartmentalization over long periods of time, and to easily change solvent composition are major advantages of this new method. To date, 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) has been the only phospholipid used for membrane protein studies with AAO substrates. The different properties of lipids with varying chain lengths require modified sample preparation procedures to achieve well formed bilayers within the lining of the AAO substrates. For the first time, the current study presents a simple methodology to incorporate large quantities of 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (POPC), DMPC, and 1,2-dipalmitoyl-3-sn-phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) phospholipids inside AAO substrate nanopores of varying sizes. (2)H and (31)P solid-state NMR were used to confirm the alignment of each lipid and compare the efficiency of alignment. This study is the first step in standardizing the use of AAO substrates as a tool in NMR and EPR and will be useful for future structural studies of membrane proteins. Additionally, the solid-state NMR data suggest possible applications of nanoporous aluminum oxide in future vesicle fusion studies. PMID:17482492

  2. New roots to formation of nanostructures on glass surface through anodic oxidation of sputtered aluminum

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    Satoru Inoue, Song-Zhu Chu, Kenji Wada, Di Li and Hajime Haneda

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available New processes for the preparation of nanostructure on glass surfaces have been developed through anodic oxidation of sputtered aluminum. Aluminum thin film sputtered on a tin doped indium oxide (ITO thin film on a glass surface was converted into alumina by anodic oxidation. The anodic alumina gave nanometer size pore array standing vertically on the glass surface. Kinds of acids used in the anodic oxidation changed the pore size drastically. The employment of phosphoric acid solution gave several tens nanometer size pores. Oxalic acid cases produced a few tens nanometer size pores and sulfuric acid solution provided a few nanometer size pores. The number of pores in a unit area could be changed with varying the applied voltage in the anodization and the pore sizes could be increased by phosphoric acid etching. The specimen consisting of a glass substrate with the alumina nanostructures on the surface could transmit UV and visible light. An etched specimen was dipped in a TiO2 sol solution, resulting in the impregnation of TiO2 sol into the pores of alumina layer. The TiO2 sol was heated at ~400 °C for 2 h, converting into anatase phase TiO2. The specimens possessing TiO2 film on the pore wall were transparent to the light in UV–Visible region. The electro deposition technique was applied to the introduction of Ni metal into pores, giving Ni nanorod array on the glass surface. The removal of the barrier layer alumina at the bottom of the pores was necessary to attain smooth electro deposition of Ni. The photo catalytic function of the specimens possessing TiO2 nanotube array was investigated in the decomposition of acetaldehyde gas under the irradiation of UV light, showing that the rate of the decomposition was quite large.

  3. Photoluminescence blue shift of indium phosphide nanowire networks with aluminum oxide coating

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    Fryauf, David M.; Zhang, Junce; Norris, Kate J.; Diaz Leon, Juan J.; Oye, Michael M.; Kobayashi, Nobuhiko P. [Nanostructured Energy Conversion Technology and Research (NECTAR), Advanced Studies Laboratories, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); Baskin School of Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA (United States); Wei, Min [Baskin School of Engineering, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA (United States); School of Micro-Electronics and Solid-Electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu (China)

    2014-07-15

    This paper describes our finding that optical properties of semiconductor nanowires were modified by depositing a thin layer of metal oxide. Indium phosphide nanowires were grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition on silicon substrates with gold catalyst resulting in three-dimensional nanowire networks, and optical properties were obtained from the collective nanowire networks. The networks were coated with an aluminum oxide thin film deposited by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition. We studied the dependence of the peak wavelength of photoluminescence spectra on the thickness of the oxide coatings. A continuous blue shift in photoluminescence spectra was observed when the thickness of the oxide coating was increased. The observed blue shift is attributed to the Burstein-Moss effect due to increased carrier concentration in the nanowire cores caused by repulsion from intrinsic negative fixed charges located at the inner oxide surface. Samples were further characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and selective area diffractometry to better understand the physical mechanisms for the blue shift. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  4. A Prediction Study on Oxidation of Aluminum Alloy Cladding of U3Si2-Al Fuel Plate

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    U3Si2-Al dispersion fuel with aluminum alloy cladding will be used for the Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR). Aluminum alloy cladding undergoes corrosion at slow rates under operational status. This causes thinning of the cladding walls and impairs heat transfer to the coolant. Predictions of the aluminum oxide thickness of the fuel cladding and the maximum temperature difference across the oxide film are needed for reliability evaluation based on the design criteria and limits which prohibit spallation of oxide film. In this work, several oxide thickness prediction models were compared with the measured data of in-pile test results from RERTR program. Moreover, specific parametric studies and a preliminary prediction of the aluminum alloy oxidation using the latest model were performed for JRTR fuel. According to the current JRTR fuel management scheme and operation strategy for 5 MW power, fresh fuel is discharged after 900 effective full power days (EFPD), which is too long a span to predict oxidation properly without an elaborate model. The latest model developed by Kim et al. is in good agreement with the recent in-pile test data as well as with the out-of-pile test data available in the literature, and is one of the best predictors for the oxidation of aluminum alloy cladding in various operating condition. Accordingly, this model was chosen for estimating the oxide film thickness. Through the preliminarily evaluation, water pH level is to be controlled lower than 6.2 for the conservativeness in the case of including the effect of anticipated operational occurrences and the spent fuel residence time in the storage rack after discharging. (author)

  5. Comparative Assessment of Antimicrobial Efficiency of Ionic Silver, Silver Monoxide, and Metallic Silver Incorporated onto an Aluminum Oxide Nanopowder Carrier

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    Agnieszka Maria Jastrzębska; Ewa Karwowska; Andrzej R. Olszyna; Antoni R. Kunicki

    2013-01-01

    The present paper provides comparative assessment of antimicrobial efficiency of ionic silver (Ag+), silver monoxide (Ag2O), and metallic silver (Ag) incorporated onto an aluminum oxide nanopowder carrier (Al2O3). The deposition of Ag+ ions, Ag2O nanoparticles, and Ag nanoparticles on an different phases of aluminum oxide nanopowder carrier was realized using consecutive stages of dry sol-gel method. The Al2O3-Ag+, Al2O3-Ag2O, and Al2O3-Ag nanopowders were widely characterized qualitatively a...

  6. Murine pulmonary responses after sub-chronic exposure to aluminum oxide-based nanowhiskers

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    Adamcakova-Dodd Andrea

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Aluminum oxide-based nanowhiskers (AO nanowhiskers have been used in manufacturing processes as catalyst supports, flame retardants, adsorbents, or in ceramic, metal and plastic composite materials. They are classified as high aspect ratio nanomaterials. Our aim was to assess in vivo toxicity of inhaled AO nanowhisker aerosols. Methods Primary dimensions of AO nanowhiskers specified by manufacturer were 2–4 nm x 2800 nm. The aluminum content found in this nanomaterial was 30% [mixed phase material containing Al(OH3 and AlOOH]. Male mice (C57Bl/6 J were exposed to AO nanowhiskers for 4 hrs/day, 5 days/wk for 2 or 4 wks in a dynamic whole body exposure chamber. The whiskers were aerosolized with an acoustical dry aerosol generator that included a grounded metal elutriator and a venturi aspirator to enhance deagglomeration. Average concentration of aerosol in the chamber was 3.3 ± 0.6 mg/m3 and the mobility diameter was 150 ± 1.6 nm. Both groups of mice (2 or 4 wks exposure were necropsied immediately after the last exposure. Aluminum content in the lung, heart, liver, and spleen was determined. Pulmonary toxicity assessment was performed by evaluation of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL fluid (enumeration of total and differential cells, total protein, activity of lactate dehydrogenase [LDH] and cytokines, blood (total and differential cell counts, lung histopathology and pulmonary mechanics. Results Following exposure, mean Al content of lungs was 0.25, 8.10 and 15.37 μg/g lung (dry wt respectively for sham, 2 wk and 4 wk exposure groups. The number of total cells and macrophages in BAL fluid was 2-times higher in animals exposed for 2 wks and 6-times higher in mice exposed for 4 wks, compared to shams (p p  Conclusions Sub-chronic inhalation exposures to aluminum-oxide based nanowhiskers induced increased lung macrophages, but no inflammatory or toxic responses were observed.

  7. High stability mechanisms of quinary indium gallium zinc aluminum oxide multicomponent oxide films and thin film transistors

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    Quinary indium gallium zinc aluminum oxide (IGZAO) multicomponent oxide films were deposited using indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) target and Al target by radio frequency magnetron cosputtering system. An extra carrier transport pathway could be provided by the 3 s orbitals of Al cations to improve the electrical properties of the IGZO films, and the oxygen instability could be stabilized by the strong Al-O bonds in the IGZAO films. The electron concentration change and the electron mobility change of the IGZAO films for aging time of 10 days under an air environment at 40 °C and 75% humidity were 20.1% and 2.4%, respectively. The experimental results verified the performance stability of the IGZAO films. Compared with the thin film transistors (TFTs) using conventional IGZO channel layer, in conducting the stability of TFTs with IGZAO channel layer, the transconductance gm change, threshold voltage VT change, and the subthreshold swing S value change under the same aging condition were improved to 7.9%, 10.5%, and 14.8%, respectively. Furthermore, the stable performances of the IGZAO TFTs were also verified by the positive gate bias stress. In this research, the quinary IGZAO multicomponent oxide films and that applied in TFTs were the first studied in the literature

  8. Oxidation Behavior of In-Flight Molten Aluminum Droplets in the Twin-Wire Electric Arc Thermal Spray Process

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    Donna Post Guillen; Brian G. Williams

    2005-05-01

    This paper examines the in-flight oxidation of molten aluminum sprayed in air using the twin-wire electric arc (TWEA) thermal spray process. The oxidation reaction of aluminum in air is highly exothermic and is represented by a heat generation term in the energy balance. Aerodynamic shear at the droplet surface enhances the amount of in-flight oxidation by: (1) promoting entrainment and mixing of the surface oxides within the droplet, and (2) causing a continuous heat generation effect that increases droplet temperature over that of a droplet without internal circulation. This continual source of heat input keeps the droplets in a liquid state during flight. A linear rate law based on the Mott-Cabrera theory was used to estimate the growth of the surface oxide layer formed during droplet flight. The calculated oxide volume fraction of an average droplet at impact agrees well with the experimentally determined oxide content for a typical TWEA-sprayed aluminum coating, which ranges from 3.3 to 12.7%. An explanation is provided for the elevated, nearly constant surface temperature (~ 2000 oC) of the droplets during flight to the substrate and shows that the majority of oxide content in the coating is produced during flight, rather than after deposition.

  9. Effect of interfacial oxide thickness on the photocatalytic activity of magnetron-sputtered TiO2coatings on aluminum substrate

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    Daviðsdóttir, Svava; Petit, Jean-Pierre; Shabadi, Rajashekhara;

    2015-01-01

    measurements showed a maximum UV-light absorption by titanium dioxide occurring slightly prior to the energy of the maximum photocurrent. The photocurrent of titanium dioxide decreases with increasing thickness of the aluminum oxide interface layer. Aluminum oxide acts as an insulator; disfavoring the electron...

  10. Effect of interfacial oxide thickness on the photocatalytic activity of magnetron-sputtered TiO2 coatings on aluminum substrate

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    Daviðsdóttir, Svava; Petit, Jean-Pierre; Shabadi, Rajashekhara;

    2015-01-01

    measurements showed a maximum UV-light absorption by titanium dioxide occurring slightly prior to the energy of the maximum photocurrent. The photocurrent of titanium dioxide decreases with increasing thickness of the aluminum oxide interface layer. Aluminum oxide acts as an insulator; disfavoring the electron...

  11. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of the stability of Fomblin Z25 on the native oxide of aluminum

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    Herrera-Fierro, Pilar; Pepper, Stephen V.; Jones, William R.

    1992-01-01

    Thin films of Fomblin Z25, a perfluoropolyalkylether lubricant, were vapor deposited onto clean, oxidized aluminum, and onto sapphire surfaces, and their behavior at different temperatures was studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and temperature desorption spectroscopy (TDS). The interfacial fluid molecules decompose on the native oxide at room temperature, and continue to decompose at elevated temperatures, as previous studies had shown to occur on the clean metal. TDS indicated that different degradation mechanisms were operative for clean and oxidized aluminum. On sapphire substrates, no reaction was observed at room temperature. The native oxide of aluminum is neither passive nor protective towards Fomblin Z25. At higher temperatures (150 C), degradation of the polymer on sapphire produced a debris layer at the interface with a chemical composition similar to the one formed on aluminum oxide. Rubbing a Fomblin film on a single crystal sapphire also induced the decomposition of the lubricant in contact with the interface and the formation of a debris layer.

  12. Role of aluminum doping on phase transformations in nanoporous titania anodic oxides

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    The role of aluminium doping on anatase to rutile phase transformation of nanoporous titanium oxide films were investigated. For this purpose pure and aluminum doped metal films were deposited on alumina substrates by cathodic arc physical deposition. The nanoporous anodic oxides were prepared by porous anodizing of pure and aluminum doped titanium metallic films in an ethylene glycol + NH4F based electrolyte. Nanoporous amorphous structures with 60–80 nm diameter and 2–4 μm length were formed on the surfaces of alumina substrates. The amorphous undoped and Al-doped TiO2 anodic oxides were heat-treated at different temperatures in the range of 280–720 °C for the investigation of their crystallization behavior. The combined effects of nanoporous structure and Al doping on crystallization behavior of titania were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and micro Raman analysis. The results indicated that both Al ions incorporated into the TiO2 structure and the nanoporous structure retarded the rutile formation. It was also revealed that presence or absence of metallic film underneath the nanopores has a major contribution to anatase-rutile transformation. - Highlights: • Al-doped TiO2 nanopores were grown on alumina substrates using anodization method. • The crystallization behavior of nanoporous Al-doped TiO2 were investigated. • Al doping into nanoporous TiO2 retarded the anatase-rutile transformation. • Nanostructuring has significant role in controlling rutile formation temperature. • The absence of the metallic film under the nanopores delayed the rutile formation

  13. Role of aluminum doping on phase transformations in nanoporous titania anodic oxides

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    Bayata, Fatma [Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 34060, Eyup, Istanbul (Turkey); Ürgen, Mustafa, E-mail: urgen@itu.edu.tr [Istanbul Technical University, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, 34469, Maslak, Istanbul (Turkey)

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    The role of aluminium doping on anatase to rutile phase transformation of nanoporous titanium oxide films were investigated. For this purpose pure and aluminum doped metal films were deposited on alumina substrates by cathodic arc physical deposition. The nanoporous anodic oxides were prepared by porous anodizing of pure and aluminum doped titanium metallic films in an ethylene glycol + NH{sub 4}F based electrolyte. Nanoporous amorphous structures with 60–80 nm diameter and 2–4 μm length were formed on the surfaces of alumina substrates. The amorphous undoped and Al-doped TiO{sub 2} anodic oxides were heat-treated at different temperatures in the range of 280–720 °C for the investigation of their crystallization behavior. The combined effects of nanoporous structure and Al doping on crystallization behavior of titania were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and micro Raman analysis. The results indicated that both Al ions incorporated into the TiO{sub 2} structure and the nanoporous structure retarded the rutile formation. It was also revealed that presence or absence of metallic film underneath the nanopores has a major contribution to anatase-rutile transformation. - Highlights: • Al-doped TiO{sub 2} nanopores were grown on alumina substrates using anodization method. • The crystallization behavior of nanoporous Al-doped TiO{sub 2} were investigated. • Al doping into nanoporous TiO{sub 2} retarded the anatase-rutile transformation. • Nanostructuring has significant role in controlling rutile formation temperature. • The absence of the metallic film under the nanopores delayed the rutile formation.

  14. Interactions of aluminum with biochars and oxidized biochars: implications for the biochar aging process.

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    Qian, Linbo; Chen, Baoliang

    2014-01-15

    Interactions of aluminum with primary and oxidized biochars were compared to understand the changes in the adsorption properties of aged biochars. The structural characteristics of rice straw-derived biochars, before and after oxidation by HNO3/H2SO4, were analyzed by element composition, FTIR, and XPS. The adsorption of Al to primary biochars was dominated by binding to inorganic components (such as silicon particles) and surface complexation of oxygen-containing functional groups via esterification reactions. Oxidization (aging) introduced carboxylic functional groups on biochar surfaces, which served as additional binding sites for Al(3+). At pH 2.5-3.5, the Al(3+) binding was significantly greater on oxidized biochars than primary biochars. After loading with Al, the -COOH groups anchored to biochar surfaces were transformed into COO(-) groups, and the negative surface charge diminished, which indicated that Al(3+) coordinated with COO(-). Biochar is suggested as a potential adsorbent for removing Al from acidic soils. PMID:24364719

  15. Covalent functionalization of graphene oxide with polyglycerol and their use as templates for anchoring magnetic nanoparticles

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    Pham, Tuan Anh; Kumar, Nanjundan Ashok; Jeong, Yeon Tae

    2010-01-01

    An efficient strategy for the preparation of water-dispersible hybrid material containing graphene oxide and polyglycerol for the first time is demonstrated. Pristine graphite was firstly oxidized to obtain graphene oxide with hydroxyl functional groups. Then, the covalent grafting of polyglycerol o

  16. The role of stress in self-ordered porous anodic oxide formation and corrosion of aluminum

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    Capraz, Omer Ozgur

    The phenomenon of plastic flow induced by electrochemical reactions near room temperature is significant in porous anodic oxide (PAO) films, charging of lithium batteries and stress-corrosion cracking (SCC). As this phenomenon is poorly understood, fundamental insight into flow from our work may provide useful information for these problems. In-situ monitoring of the stress state allows direct correlation between stress and the current or potential, thus providing fundamental insight into technologically important deformation and failure mechanisms induced by electrochemical reactions. A phase-shifting curvature interferometry was designed to investigate the stress generation mechanisms on different systems. Resolution of our curvature interferometry was found to be ten times more powerful than that obtained by state-of-art multiple deflectometry technique and the curvature interferometry helps to resolve the conflicting reports in the literature. During this work, formation of surface patterns during both aqueous corrosion of aluminum and formation of PAO films were investigated. Interestingly, for both cases, stress induced plastic flow controls the formation of surface patterns. Pore formation mechanisms during anodizing of the porous aluminum oxide films was investigated . PAO films are formed by the electrochemical oxidation of metals such as aluminum and titanium in a solution where oxide is moderately soluble. They have been used extensively to design numerous devices for optical, catalytic, and biological and energy related applications, due to their vertically aligned-geometry, high-specific surface area and tunable geometry by adjusting process variables. These structures have developed empirically, in the absence of understanding the process mechanism. Previous experimental studies of anodizing-induced stress have extensively focused on the measurement of average stress, however the measurement of stress evolution during anodizing does not provide

  17. Constructing inverse V-type TiO2-based photocatalyst via bio-template approach to enhance the photosynthetic water oxidation

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    Graphical abstract: Inverse V-type TiO2-based photocatalyst was synthesized by using cross-linked titanium precursor to duplicate bio-template. - Highlights: • Cross-linked titanium precursor can facilitate an accurate duplication of templates. • In situ deposition of Ag0 from AgBr can maintain the completeness of surface structure. • Perfect inverse V-type Ag0/TiO2 can achieve efficient water oxidation. - Abstract: Bio-template approach was employed to construct inverse V-type TiO2-based photocatalyst with well distributed AgBr in TiO2 matrix by making dead Troides Helena wings with inverse V-type scales as the template. A cross-linked titanium precursor with homogenous hydrolytic rate, good liquidity, and low viscosity was employed to facilitate a perfect duplication of the template and the dispersion of AgBr based on appropriate pretreatment of the template by alkali and acid. The as-synthesized inverse V-type TiO2/AgBr can be turned into inverse V-type TiO2/Ag0 from AgBr photolysis during photocatalysis to achieve in situ deposition of Ag0 in TiO2 matrix, by this approach, to avoid the deformation of surface microstructure inherited from the template. The result showed that the cooperation of perfect inverse V-type structure and the well distributed TiO2/Ag0 microstructures can efficiently boost the photosynthetic water oxidation compared to non-inverse V-type TiO2/Ag0 and TiO2/Ag0 without using template. The anti-reflection function of inverse V-type structure and the plasmatic effect of Ag0 might be able to account for the enhanced photon capture and efficient photoelectric conversion

  18. Bio-templated synthesis of lithium manganese oxide microtubes and their application in Li{sup +} recovery

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    Yu, Qianqian, E-mail: qianqianyu09@gmail.com; Sasaki, Keiko; Hirajima, Tsuyoshi

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: • Biogenic birnessite was used to synthesize microtube-type Li{sup +} ion sieve. • The biomineral facilitates LMO formation at a lower temperature. • HMO-MT with high Li{sup +} uptake capacity was obtained. • Temperature effects on properties of HMO-MTs were studied. -- Abstract: Microbial transformations, a primary pathway for the Mn oxides formation in nature, provide potential for material-oriented researchers to fabricate new materials. Using Mn oxidizing fungus Paraconiothyrium sp. WL-2 as a bio-oxidizer as well as a bio-template, a special lithium ion sieve with microtube morphology was prepared through a solid-state transformation. Varying the calcination temperature from 300 to 700 °C was found to influence sample properties and consequently, the adsorption of Li{sup +}. Lithium manganese oxide microtube (LMO-MTs) calcined at different temperatures as well as their delithiated products (HMO-MTs) were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Calcination temperatures affect not only the content but also the crystal structure of LMO spinel, which is important in Li{sup +} adsorption. The optimized sample was obtained after calcination at 500 °C for 4 h, which shows higher Li{sup +} adsorption capacity than particulate materials.

  19. Adhesion-enhanced thick copper film deposition on aluminum oxide by an ion-beam-mixed Al seed layer

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    We report a highly-adherent 30-μm Cu conductive-path coating on an aluminum-oxide layer anodized on an aluminum-alloy substrate for a metal-printed circuit-board application. A 50-nm Al layer was first coated with an e-beam evaporative deposition method on the anodized oxide, followed by ion bombardment to mix the interfacial region. Subsequently, a Cu coating was deposited onto the mixed seed layer to the designed thickness. Adhesions of the interface were tested by using tape adhesion test, and pull-off tests and showed commercially acceptable adhesions for such thick coating layers. The ion beam mixing (IBM) plays the role of fastening the thin seed coating layer to the substrate and enhancing the adhesion of the Cu conductive path on the anodized aluminum surface.

  20. Formation of bismuth oxide nanowires by simultaneous templating and electrochemical adhesion of DNA on Si/SiO{sub 2}

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    Hale, Michael G. [School of Chemistry, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU (United Kingdom); Little, Ross; Salem, Mohamed Ali [School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU (United Kingdom); Hedley, Joseph H.; Horrocks, Benjamin R. [School of Chemistry, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU (United Kingdom); Siller, Lidija, E-mail: Lidija.Siller@ncl.ac.uk [School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU (United Kingdom)

    2012-10-01

    Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)-templated growth of Bi/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanowires attached to the Si surface was obtained by electrochemical reduction of Bi(III) at an n-type Si electrode in aqueous Bi(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}/HNO{sub 3} at pH 2.5 with calf thymus DNA. The nanowires had a mean diameter of 5 nm and a range of lengths from 1.4 {mu}m to 6.1 {mu}m. The composition and structure of the wires were determined by atomic force microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. The dominant component of the material is Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} owing to the rapid re-oxidation of nanoscale Bi in the presence of air and water. Our method has the potential to construct complex architectures of Bi/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostrucures on high quality Si substrates. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have developed an electrochemical method to grow Bi/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanowires on silicon. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Bi/Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanowires are templated by deoxyribonucleic acid molecules. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The procedure also adheres the nanowires to the electrode for characterization.

  1. Doping optimization and surface modification of aluminum doped zinc oxide films as transparent conductive coating

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    Aluminum doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) films were grown using spray pyrolysis technique. Effect of doping on structural, electrical, optical and morphological properties was studied. Aluminum doping improved the prominence of [002] growth while maintaining the grain size ∼ 48 nm. Using an intermediate Al/Zn atomic ratio in precursor (1.5:100), we could achieve a low resistivity ρ ∼ 7 × 10−4 Ωcm. These films possessed an average visible transmittance ∼ 88%, an optical gap ∼ 3.7 eV and plasma wavelength at 1.87 μm. A simultaneous use of methanol and iso-propanol in the precursor lead to a moderate surface roughness ∼ 12 nm. The films were surface modified using wet chemical etching in diluted hydrochloric acid, for varied time intervals (5 s–15 s) and etchant concentrations (0.125%–1%). The etching experiments could be used to know the building of the film as also to modify the surface for desired optical and morphological properties. - Highlights: ► High conductivity ZnO:Al films prepared by spray pyrolysis. ► Physical properties very competitive as transparent conductor. ► Co-use of methanol and iso-propanol made smoother but compact films. ► Wet chemical etching helped to modify the surface and understand the growth.

  2. Chemical Bath Deposition of Aluminum Oxide Buffer on Curved Surfaces for Growing Aligned Carbon Nanotube Arrays.

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    Wang, Haitao; Na, Chongzheng

    2015-07-01

    Direct growth of vertically aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays on substrates requires the deposition of an aluminum oxide buffer (AOB) layer to prevent the diffusion and coalescence of catalyst nanoparticles. Although AOB layers can be readily created on flat substrates using a variety of physical and chemical methods, the preparation of AOB layers on substrates with highly curved surfaces remains challenging. Here, we report a new solution-based method for preparing uniform layers of AOB on highly curved surfaces by the chemical bath deposition of basic aluminum sulfate and annealing. We show that the thickness of AOB layer can be increased by extending the immersion time of a substrate in the chemical bath, following the classical Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov crystallization kinetics. The increase of AOB thickness in turn leads to the increase of CNT length and the reduction of CNT curviness. Using this method, we have successfully synthesized dense aligned CNT arrays of micrometers in length on substrates with highly curved surfaces including glass fibers, stainless steel mesh, and porous ceramic foam. PMID:26053766

  3. Aluminum work function: Effect of oxidation, mechanical scraping and ion bombardment

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    Vinet, P.; Lemogne, T.; Montes, H.

    1985-01-01

    Surface studies have been performed on aluminum polycrystalline surfaces which have been mechanically scraped. Such studies were initiated in order to understand surface effects occurring in tribological processes which involve rubbing surfaces and the effects of adsorption of oxygen. To characterize the surfaces, the following three different experimental approaches have been used: (1) X.P.S. (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy), in order to check the cleanliness of the surfaces and follow the adsorption and oxidation kinetics; (2) Analysis of the work function changes by following the energy spectra of secondary electrons emitted under low energy electron bombardment; and (3) Analysis of photoemission intensities under U.V. excitation. The reference state being chosen to be the surface cleaned by ion bombardment and exposures to oxygen atmospheres have been shown to lower the work function of clean polycrystalline aluminum by 1.2 eV. The oxygen pressure is found to affect only the kinetics of these experiments. Mechanical scraping has been shown to induce a decrease ( 0.3 eV) in the work function, which could sharply modify the kinetics of adsorption on the surface.

  4. Formation of unidirectional nanoporous structures in thickly anodized aluminum oxide layer

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    Hyun-Chae NA; Taek-Jin SUNG; Seok-Heon YOON; Seung-Kyoun HYUN; Mok-Soon KIM; Young-Gi LEE; Sang-Hyun SHIN; Seok-Moon CHOI; Sung YI

    2009-01-01

    A series of anodic aluminum oxide(AAO) was grown on the commercially pure 1050 aluminum sheet by controlling electrolyte temperature (2-15 ℃) and anodizing time (0.5-6 h), using a fixed applied current density of 3 A/dm2 in diluted sulfuric acid electrolyte. A crack-free thick AAO with the thickness of 105-120 ìm and containing unidirectional nano sized pores (average pore diameter of 5-7 nm) is successfully achieved in the specimens anodized for 2 h, irrespective of electrolyte temperature. When anodizing time reaches 6 h, very thick AAO with the thickness of 230-284 ìm is grown, and average diameter of unidirectional pores is in the range of 6-24 nm. The higher values in both the AAO thickness and pore diameter are attained for the specimens anodized at higher temperatures of 10-15 ℃. A crack is observed to exist in the AAO after anodizing up to 4 h and more. A higher fraction (more than 9%) of the crack is shown in the specimens anodized at higher temperatures of 10-15 ℃ for 6 h and a considerable amount of giant cracks are contained.

  5. Effects of Complex Structured Anodic Oxide Dielectric Layer Grown in Pore Matrix for Aluminum Capacitor.

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    Shin, Jin-Ha; Yun, Sook Young; Lee, Chang Hyoung; Park, Hwa-Sun; Suh, Su-Jeong

    2015-11-01

    Anodization of aluminum is generally divided up into two types of anodic aluminum oxide structures depending on electrolyte type. In this study, an anodization process was carried out in two steps to obtain high dielectric strength and break down voltage. In the first step, evaporated high purity Al on Si wafer was anodized in oxalic acidic aqueous solution at various times at a constant temperature of 5 degrees C. In the second step, citric acidic aqueous solution was used to obtain a thickly grown sub-barrier layer. During the second anodization process, the anodizing potential of various ranges was applied at room temperature. An increased thickness of the sub-barrier layer in the porous matrix was obtained according to the increment of the applied anodizing potential. The microstructures and the growth of the sub-barrier layer were then observed with an increasing anodizing potential of 40 to 300 V by using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). An impedance analyzer was used to observe the change of electrical properties, including the capacitance, dissipation factor, impedance, and equivalent series resistance (ESR) depending on the thickness increase of the sub-barrier layer. In addition, the breakdown voltage was measured. The results revealed that dielectric strength was improved with the increase of sub-barrier layer thickness. PMID:26726615

  6. In-Line Sputtered Gallium and Aluminum Codoped Zinc Oxide Films for Organic Solar Cells

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    Full Text Available Gallium and aluminum codoped zinc oxide (GAZO films were deposited at different temperatures by in-line sputtering. Aluminum is thermally unstable compared to other elements in GAZO films. The grains of GAZO films increase with deposition temperature. Coalescence between grains was observed for GAZO films deposited at 250°C. The deposition temperature exhibits positive influence on crystallinity, and electrical and optical properties of GAZO films. The carrier concentration and mobility of GAZO films increase, while the electrical resistivity of GAZO films decreases with deposition temperature. The average optical transmittance of GAZO films rises with deposition temperature. In-line sputtering demonstrates a potential method with simplicity, mass production, and large-area deposition to produce GAZO films with good electrical and optical quality. The electrical resistivity of 4.3 × 10−4 Ω cm and the average optical transmittance in the visible range from 400 to 800 nm of 92% can be obtained for GAZO films deposited at 250°C. The hybrid organic solar cells (OSC were fabricated on GAZO-coated glass substrates. Blended poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM were the photoactive materials in OSC. The power conversion efficiency of OSC is 0.65% for the OSC with the 250°C deposited GAZO electrode.

  7. Synthesis of biomimetic cerium oxide by bean sprouts bio-template and its photocatalytic performance

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    周梦凯; 张凯; 陈丰; 陈志刚

    2016-01-01

    Biomimetic nano CeO2 materials were prepared by using bean sprouts as bio-template through impregnation and thermal decomposition. For characterization of structure, X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-Vis/DRS) nitrogen adsorp-tion-desorption measurements and Labsolar H2 system were adopted. The results demonstrated that the samples prepared at 550 ºC not only completely removed the original bio-template, but also retained the morphology and microstructure of bean sprouts. Then the biomorphic structure of fluorite structure CeO2 material was obtained. Micro-pores with a diameter of about 2–3 nm were distributed among the particles, which provided more favorable channel for the photocatalytic reaction. Biomimetic CeO2 materials exhibited clear red shift (50 nm) compared with powder CeO2, which could be excited by visible irradiation. Biomimetic CeO2 materials dis-played the superior photocatalytic activity for the hydrogen production by water splitting under the sunlight irradiation, the hydrogen yield could reach 400μmol/g catalyst after 6 h.

  8. Effects of reducing solvent on copper, nickel, and aluminum joining using silver nanoparticles derived from a silver oxide paste

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    The effects of reducing solvent on copper, nickel, and aluminum joining using silver nanoparticles derived from a silver oxide paste was investigated by thermal analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation, and tensile shear testing. A complete weight loss of diethylene glycol (DEG) in a paste occurred during the redox reaction, whereas a polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG) paste retained the PEG solvent until about 300°C due to its longer carbon chains. Residual PEG in the paste reduced the natural oxide film on copper and nickel substrates during bonding, facilitating a direct sinter of silver nanoparticles to these substrates. On the other hand, silver nanoparticles were sintered to the natural oxide film on an aluminum substrate by the DEG paste. The suitability of the reducing solvent for oxide film reduction of the metal substrate during bonding was explained by an Ellingham diagram. (author)

  9. Copper-aluminum oxide catalysts for total oxidation of toluene synthesized by thermal decomposition of co-precipitated precursors

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    Highlights: • Cu–Al oxides obtained by coprecipitation are active catalysts in toluene combustion. • Advantage of the catalyst is low copper content and alkali-free precipitating agent. • The stable oxide form built of CuO and CuAl2O4 is attained at 900 °C. • The optimum atomic Cu:Al ratio, ensuring maximum toluene conversion, is about 0.6. • The most active sample contains small CuO crystallites dispersed on the surface. - Abstract: Copper–aluminum containing precursors with various Cu/Al molar ratios (from 0.32–1.28) were prepared by co-precipitation in the presence of ammonium carbonate. The thermal stability of the obtained materials was investigated by thermal analysis, which revealed three crucial decomposition steps, finally resulting in the formation of mixed Cu–Al oxides. The changes in structure and texture of the samples at each decomposition step were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance UV–vis spectroscopy (UV–vis-DRS) and low temperature sorption of nitrogen. It was found that the entire removal of structural carbonates requires a calcination temperature as high as 900 °C. The samples after thermal treatment at this temperature varied in the phase composition of the bulk (determined by XRD) as well as of the surface (determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy). All samples contained the CuAl2O4 phase. Furthermore, an increase in Cu content led to the appearance of an increasing amount of CuO. Copper oxide in the form of relatively small crystallites turned out to be the catalytically active phase in the total oxidation of toluene

  10. Copper-aluminum oxide catalysts for total oxidation of toluene synthesized by thermal decomposition of co-precipitated precursors

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    Białas, Anna [Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Ingardena 3, 30-060 Kraków (Poland); Kuśtrowski, Piotr, E-mail: kustrows@chemia.uj.edu.pl [Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Ingardena 3, 30-060 Kraków (Poland); Dudek, Barbara; Piwowarska, Zofia; Wach, Anna [Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Ingardena 3, 30-060 Kraków (Poland); Michalik, Marek [Institute of Geological Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Oleandry 2a, 30-063 Kraków (Poland); Kozak, Marek [Division of Petroleum Processing, Oil and Gas Institute, Łukasiewicza 1, 31-429 Kraków (Poland)

    2014-08-20

    Highlights: • Cu–Al oxides obtained by coprecipitation are active catalysts in toluene combustion. • Advantage of the catalyst is low copper content and alkali-free precipitating agent. • The stable oxide form built of CuO and CuAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} is attained at 900 °C. • The optimum atomic Cu:Al ratio, ensuring maximum toluene conversion, is about 0.6. • The most active sample contains small CuO crystallites dispersed on the surface. - Abstract: Copper–aluminum containing precursors with various Cu/Al molar ratios (from 0.32–1.28) were prepared by co-precipitation in the presence of ammonium carbonate. The thermal stability of the obtained materials was investigated by thermal analysis, which revealed three crucial decomposition steps, finally resulting in the formation of mixed Cu–Al oxides. The changes in structure and texture of the samples at each decomposition step were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance UV–vis spectroscopy (UV–vis-DRS) and low temperature sorption of nitrogen. It was found that the entire removal of structural carbonates requires a calcination temperature as high as 900 °C. The samples after thermal treatment at this temperature varied in the phase composition of the bulk (determined by XRD) as well as of the surface (determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy). All samples contained the CuAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} phase. Furthermore, an increase in Cu content led to the appearance of an increasing amount of CuO. Copper oxide in the form of relatively small crystallites turned out to be the catalytically active phase in the total oxidation of toluene.

  11. Synthesis and properties of iridescent Zn-containing anodic aluminum oxide films

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    A simple method of fabricating Zn-containing anodic aluminum oxide films for multifunctional anticounterfeit technology is reported. The resulting membranes were characterized with UV–vis illumination studies, natural light illumination color experiments, and electron microscopy analysis. Deposition of Zn in the nanopore region can enhance the color saturation of the thin alumina film with different colors dramatically. Both the anodization time and etching time have great influence on the structural color. The mechanisms for the emergence of this phenomenon are discussed and theoretical analysis further demonstrates the experimental results. - Highlights: • Iridescent PAA@Zn nanocomposite films were successfully fabricated. • A simple organics-assisted method is applied to making a series of fancy and multicolor patterns. • The color varies with the angle of incidence of the light used to view the film as is expected with Bragg–Snell formula. • Such colored films could be used in multifunctional anti-counterfeiting applications

  12. Photoluminescence and Raman studies in swift heavy ion irradiated polycrystalline aluminum oxide

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    K R Nagabhushana; B N Lakshminarasappa; Fouran Singh

    2009-10-01

    Polycrystalline aluminum oxide is synthesized by combustion technique and XRD studies of the sample revealed the -phase. The synthesized sample is irradiated with 120 MeV swift Au9+ ions for the fluence in the range from 1 × 1011 to 1 × 1013 ions cm-2. A broad photoluminescence (PL) emission with peak at ∼447 nm and two sharp emissions with peak at ∼ 679 and ∼ 695 nm are observed in pristine when sample was excited with 326 nm. However, in the irradiated samples the PL intensity at ∼ 447, 679 and 695 nm decreases with increase in ion fluence. The -Al2O3 gives rise to seven Raman modes with Raman intensity with peaks at ∼ 253, 396, 417, 546, 630, 842, 867 cm-1 observed in pristine. The intensity of these modes decreases with increase in ion fluence. However, the Raman modes observed at lower fluences are found to disappear at higher fluence.

  13. Effect of intermetallic phases on the anodic oxidation and corrosion of 5A06 aluminum alloy

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    Li, Song-mei; Li, Ying-dong; Zhang, You; Liu, Jian-hua; Yu, Mei

    2015-02-01

    Intermetallic phases were found to influence the anodic oxidation and corrosion behavior of 5A06 aluminum alloy. Scattered intermetallic particles were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) after pretreatment. The anodic film was investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and its corrosion resistance was analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Tafel polarization in NaCl solution. The results show that the size of Al-Fe-Mg-Mn particles gradually decreases with the iron content. During anodizing, these intermetallic particles are gradually dissolved, leading to the complex porosity in the anodic film beneath the particles. After anodizing, the residual particles are mainly silicon-containing phases, which are embedded in the anodic film. Electrochemical measurements indicate that the porous anodic film layer is easily penetrated, and the barrier plays a dominant role in the overall protection. Meanwhile, self-healing behavior is observed during the long immersion time.

  14. Tribological Influence of Kinematic Oil Viscosity Impregnated in Nano pores of Anodic Aluminum Oxide Film

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    The friction behavior of a 60-μm-thick anodic aluminum oxide (AEU) film having cylindrical nano pores of 45-nm diameter was investigated as a function of impregnated oil viscosity ranging from 3.4 to 392.6 CT. Reciprocating ball-on-flat sliding friction tests using a 1-mm-diameter steel ball as the counterpart were carried out with normal load ranging from 0.1 to 1 N in an ambient environment. The friction coefficient significantly decreased with an increase in the oil viscosity. The boundary lubrication film remained effectively under all test conditions when high-viscosity oil was impregnated, whereas it was easily destroyed when low-viscosity oil was impregnated. Thin plastic deformed layer patches were formed on the worn surface with high-viscosity oil without evidence of thromboembolic reaction and transfer of counterpart material

  15. Nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide-coated polycarbonate surface: Tailoring of transmittance and reflection properties

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    Nanostructured coatings increase the transmittance and decrease the reflection of polycarbonate (PC). In this work, nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) coating was formed electrochemically on a PC surface. The reflection properties of the AAO-coated PC were modified by varying the thickness of the AAO layer, the anodization parameters, and the pore size of AAO. Transmittance and reflection were measured by ellipsometry. The optical transmittance of the AAO film on PC was 86-94% in the wavelength range 420-780 nm, which was about four percentage units higher than the transmittance of uncoated PC. The minimum reflection of 0.2% was observed for PC with an AAO coating of 177 nm. The reflection was about five percentage units less than the corresponding value for uncoated polycarbonate. Nanoporous surfaces and profiles of AAO were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscope

  16. Screen Cage Ion Plating (SCIP) and scratch testing of polycrystalline aluminum oxide

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    Spalvins, Talivaldis; Sliney, Harold E.; Deadmore, Daniel L.

    1992-01-01

    A screen cage ion plating (SCIP) technique was developed to apply silver films on electrically nonconducting aluminum oxide. It is shown that SCIP has remarkable throwing power; surfaces to be coated need not be in direct line of sight with the evaporation source. Scratch tests, employing a diamond stylus with a 200 micro m radius tip, were performed on uncoated and on silver coated alumina. Subsequent surface analysis show that a significant amount of silver remains on the scratched surfaces, even in areas where high stylus load produced severe crack patterns in the ceramic. Friction coefficients were lowered during the scratch tests on the coated alumina indicating that this modification of the ion planting process should be useful for applying lubricating films of soft metals to electrical insulating materials. The very good throwing power of SCIP also strongly suggests general applicability of this process in other areas of technology, e.g., electronics, in addition to tribology.

  17. Studies of aluminum oxide thin films deposited by laser ablation technique

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    Płóciennik, P.; Guichaoua, D.; Korcala, A.; Zawadzka, A.

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents the structural and optical investigations of the aluminum oxide nanocrystalline thin films. Investigated films were fabricated by laser ablation technique in high vacuum onto quartz substrates. The films were deposited at two different temperatures of the substrates equal to room temperature and 900 K. X-ray Diffraction spectra proved nanocrystalline character and the corundum phase of the film regardless on the substrate temperature during the deposition process. Values of the refractive indices, extinction and absorption coefficients were calculated by using Transmission and Reflection Spectroscopy in the UV-VIS-NIR range of the wavelength. Coupling Prism Method was used for films thickness estimations. Experimental measurements and theoretical calculations of the Third Harmonic Generation were also reported. Obtained results show that the lattice strain may affect obtained values of the third order nonlinear optical susceptibility.

  18. Nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide-coated polycarbonate surface: Tailoring of transmittance and reflection properties

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    Saarikoski, Inka; Suvanto, Mika [Department of Chemistry, University of Joensuu, P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu (Finland); Pakkanen, Tapani A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Joensuu, P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu (Finland)], E-mail: Tapani.Pakkanen@joensuu.fi

    2008-10-01

    Nanostructured coatings increase the transmittance and decrease the reflection of polycarbonate (PC). In this work, nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) coating was formed electrochemically on a PC surface. The reflection properties of the AAO-coated PC were modified by varying the thickness of the AAO layer, the anodization parameters, and the pore size of AAO. Transmittance and reflection were measured by ellipsometry. The optical transmittance of the AAO film on PC was 86-94% in the wavelength range 420-780 nm, which was about four percentage units higher than the transmittance of uncoated PC. The minimum reflection of 0.2% was observed for PC with an AAO coating of 177 nm. The reflection was about five percentage units less than the corresponding value for uncoated polycarbonate. Nanoporous surfaces and profiles of AAO were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscope.

  19. Microstructures and Composition of Ceramic Coatings on Aluminum Produced by Micro-Arc Oxidation

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    SHEN De-jiu; WANG Yu-lin; GU Wei-chao; XING Guang-zhong

    2004-01-01

    Microstructures and phase composition of the ceramic coatings formed on pure aluminum by heteropolar pulsed current ceramic synthesizing system for different periods were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). Results show that the amount of the discharge channels in the ceramic coating sminish while the aperture largen in the micro-arc oxidation process, and the surface of the ceramic coatingmelted and solidified in the process.XRD studies of ceramic coatings deposited for different time show that these coatings consist mainly of α-Al2 O3, γ-Al2 O3 , θ-Al2 O3 and a little amorphous phase, and phase composition of compact and porous ceramic coatings don' t have much difference but have a little change of the content of α-Al2 O3 and amorphous phase.

  20. Quench of molten aluminum oxide associated with in-vessel debris retention by RPV internal water

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    In-vessel debris coolability experiments were performed in ALPHA program at JAERI. Molten aluminum oxide (Al2O3) was poured into a pool of water in a lower head experimental vessel. Post-test observation and measurement using an ultrasonic technique indicated the formation of the interfacial gap between the solidified Al2O3 and the vessel wall. Thermal responses of the vessel wall implied that the interfacial gap acted initially as a thermal resistance and water subsequently penetrated into the interfacial gap. The maximum heat flux at the inner surface of the vessel facing to the solidified Al2O3 was roughly evaluated to be ranged from 320 kW/m2 to 600 kW/m2. A post-test analysis was conducted with CAMP code. The influence of the interfacial gap on thermal behavior of Al2O3 and the vessel wall was examined. (authors)

  1. Hydrogenation of Levulinic Acid over Nickel Catalysts Supported on Aluminum Oxide to Prepare γ-Valerolactone

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    Jie Fu

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Four types of nickel catalysts supported on aluminum oxide (Ni/Al2O3 with different nickel loadings were synthesized using the co-precipitation method and were used for the hydrogenation of levulinic acid (LA to prepare γ-valerolactone (GVL. The synthesized Ni/Al2O3 catalysts exhibited excellent catalytic activity in dioxane, and the activity of the catalysts was excellent even after being used four times in dioxane. The catalytic activity in dioxane as a solvent was found to be superior to the activity in water. Nitrogen physisorption, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy were employed to characterize the fresh and used catalysts. The effects of the nickel loading, temperature, hydrogen pressure, and substrate/catalyst ratio on the catalytic activity were investigated.

  2. Lubricating layer formed on porous anodic alumina template due to pore effect at water lubricated sliding and its properties

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    A porous anodic alumina (PAA) template was manufactured to investigate the pore effect on the formation of lubricating layers. A PAA template with 260 nm pores was manufactured by two-step anodization using phosphoric acid. A sliding wear test was carried out using a ball-on-disk tester. Due to the pore effect, an aluminum hydroxide film; i.e., the lubricating layer, was formed at a specific condition. The PAA template has a low friction regime because of the aluminum hydroxide film. The adhesion and friction forces of the aluminum hydroxide film were measured using atomic force microscopy (AFM), and the adhesion and friction forces of the lubricating layer were lower than that of a typical oxide layer. Using AFM analysis, the existence of a lubricating layer can be verified.

  3. Template-engaged synthesis of hollow porous platinum-palladium alloy nanospheres for efficient methanol electro-oxidation

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    Qiu, Xiaoyu; Dai, Yuxuan; Zhu, Xiaoshu; Zhang, Hanyue; Wu, Ping; Tang, Yawen; Wei, Shaohua

    2016-01-01

    Hollow porous structures of Pt-Pd bimetallic alloy possess unique compositional and structural superiorities for catalytic and electrocatalytic applications, and are thus anticipated to manifest novel properties and/or enhanced performance compared with their monometallic counterparts. Herein, a general electrostatic-attraction-directed layer-by-layer assembly approach has been developed for the construction of a novel type of hollow porous Pt-Pd alloy nanospheres (Pt-Pd HPNSs) using SiO2 nanospheres as templates. Moreover, the Pt-Pd HPNSs with controllable shell thickness are prepared and their comparative electrocatalytic performances toward methanol oxidation reaction (MOR) are investigated. It's found that optimized Pt-Pd HPNSs manifests markedly enhanced catalytic activity and durability in comparison with both commercial Pt black and Pd black catalysts.

  4. An anode with aluminum doped on zinc oxide thin films for organic light emitting devices

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    Doped zinc oxides are attractive alternative materials as transparent conducting electrode because they are nontoxic and inexpensive compared with indium tin oxide (ITO). Transparent conducting aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films have been deposited on glass substrates by DC reactive magnetron sputtering method. Films were deposited at a substrate temperature of 150-bar oC in 0.03 Pa of oxygen pressure. The electrical and optical properties of the film with the Al-doping amount of 2 wt% in the target were investigated. For the 300-nm thick AZO film deposited using a ZnO target with an Al content of 2 wt%, the lowest electrical resistivity was 4x10-4Ωcm and the average transmission in the visible range 400-700 nm was more than 90%. The AZO film was used as an anode contact to fabricate organic light-emitting diodes. The device performance was measured and the current efficiency of 2.9 cd/A was measured at a current density of 100 mA/cm2

  5. Microstructural Effects on the Reactivity of Nano-Aluminum/Iodine (V) Oxide Films

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    Little, Brian; Langhals, Jarred; Emery, Sam; Martinez, Lucas; Welle, Eric; Lindsay, Michael

    2015-06-01

    Recent efforts investigating the self-ignition mechanism of nanoaluminum blended with iodine (V) oxide in the form of powders with and without additives suggests that ignition begins below the decomposition point of either reactant and takes place at the alumina shell surrounding the aluminum nanoparticle. As observed in previous studies of powder composites, microstructural features such as particle morphology are expected to strongly influence properties that govern the combustion behavior of this energetic material (EM). In this study, highly reactive composites containing amorphous and/or crystalline iodine oxide and nano-sized Al was blended with an additive and deposited as films. Physiochemical techniques such as thermal gravimetric analysis, scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, high-speed imaging, time of arrival data via photodiodes and planar doppler velocimetry were employed to characterize these EMs with emphasis on correlating the reaction rate (burn rate) with inherent microstructural features (porosity, thickness, TMD, etc). This work was a continuation of efforts to probe the self-ignition mechanism of Al-iodine (V) oxide composites.

  6. Oxidation Phase Diagram of Small Aluminum Clusters Based on First-Principles Calculations

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    Wang, Ligen; Kuklja, Maija

    2009-06-01

    It is important to understand the properties of individual nanometals before we can exploit their efficiency as energetic materials or as enhancement additives to other energetic formulations. In this paper, we construct the (p, T) phase diagram for the O/Al13 system based on first-principles atomistic thermodynamics. The temperature and pressure is taken into account via the oxygen chemical potential. The optimized Al13 cluster has an icosahedral shape. We find that O adsorption on the Al13 surface is site-specific; in particular, O adsorption at the bridge sites is most stable, whereas adsorption at the hollow sites is slightly unfavorable. For various oxygen adsorption layers, we determine the adsorption configurations/patterns by performing Monte Carlo calculations. We assume that the metal cluster becomes completely oxidized and calculate formation enthalpies of various oxidized metal clusters. The obtained phase diagram shows that an intact Al13 cluster is stable at the low O chemical potential range and the fully oxidized metal cluster is stable at the high O chemical potential range. However, the O adsorption phases are never thermodynamically stable. This study provides important insights into basic behavior of small aluminum clusters in the presence of oxygen, and may affect reliable predictions of behavior of Al-high explosive composites.

  7. Sediment toxicity and bioaccumulation of nano and micron-sized aluminum oxide.

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    Stanley, Jacob K; Coleman, Jessica G; Weiss, Charles A; Steevens, Jeffery A

    2010-02-01

    Nano-aluminum oxide (Al(2)O(3)) is used commercially in coatings and abrasives. Nano-Al(2)O(3) can also be generated through the oxidation of nano-aluminum in military propellants and energetics. The purpose of the present study was to assess toxicity and bioaccumulation of nano-Al(2)O(3) to a variety of sediment organisms (Tubifex tubifex, Hyalella azteca, Lumbriculus variegatus, and Corbicula fluminea). The bioaccumulation and toxicity of nano-Al(2)O(3) was compared with that of micron-sized Al(2)O(3) to investigate potential size-related effects. Results of the present study show species-specific differences in relative bioaccumulation of nano and micron-sized Al(2)O(3). Significant toxic effects (survival and growth) were observed in H. azteca testing, but only at high concentrations unlikely to be found in the environment. Nano-Al(2)O(3) was found to be more toxic than micron-sized Al(2)O(3) to H. azteca survival in a 14-d study in which organisms were in direct contact with a thin layer of 625 or 2,500 mg of Al(2)O(3) dispersed on the surface of either sediment or sand. A significant growth effect was also observed for nano but not micron-sized Al(2)O(3) at the highest treatment level tested (100 g/kg Al(2)O(3)) in a 10-d H. azteca bioassay in which Al(2)O(3) was homogenized with sediment. However, differences in measured sediment Al concentrations (micron-sized = 55.1 [+/-0.6] g/kg Al; nano-sized = 66.2 [+/-0.6] g/kg Al) in the nano and micron-sized Al(2)O(3) preclude direct comparison of the toxicity of these two treatments based on particle size. PMID:20821462

  8. Oxide and proton conductivity in aluminum-doped tricalcium oxy-silicate

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    Porras-Vazquez, J.M.; De la Torre, A.G.; Losilla, E.R.; Aranda, M.A.G. [Dept. Quimica Inorganica, Cristalografia y Mineralogia, Universidad de Malaga, Campus Teatinos, 29071-Malaga (Spain)

    2007-06-15

    Aluminum doping in tricalcium silicate, Ca{sub 3}(SiO{sub 4})O, has been studied by high-resolution laboratory X-ray powder diffraction and the Rietveld method. Two nominal series have been designed and studied. Oxygen-fixed Ca{sub 3-x/2}Al{sub x/2}(Si{sub 1-x/2}Al{sub x/2}O{sub 4})O series has been prepared as single-phase up to x = 0.03. However, oxygen-variable Ca{sub 3}(Si{sub 1-x}Al{sub x}O{sub 4})O{sub 1-x/2}{open_square}{sub x/2} series has not been stabilized for any composition. The samples show oxide anion conductivity with a small p-type electronic contribution under oxidizing conditions. Typical total conductivities for these solids are 10{sup -} {sup 5}-10{sup -} {sup 4}S cm{sup -} {sup 1} at 1100 K. The oxide ion transference numbers are very high, {proportional_to} 0.98, under reducing conditions, i.e. dry 5%H{sub 2}-N{sub 2}/air gradient. The oxide ion transference numbers are slightly lower, {proportional_to} 0.91 under oxidizing conditions, i.e. dry O{sub 2}/air gradient. These compounds display a very important proton contribution to the overall conductivities under humidified atmospheres. The proton transference number ranges between 0.72 and 0.55 at 873 and 1023 K, respectively. (author)

  9. Interface modification of organic photovoltaics by combining molybdenum oxide (MoO{sub x}) and molecular template layer

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    Duan, Haichao [Institute of Super-microstructure and Ultrafast Process in Advanced Materials, School of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Hunan Key Laboratory for Super-microstructure and Ultrafast Process, School of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Yang, Junliang, E-mail: junliang.yang@csu.edu.cn [Institute of Super-microstructure and Ultrafast Process in Advanced Materials, School of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Hunan Key Laboratory for Super-microstructure and Ultrafast Process, School of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Fu, Lin; Xiong, Jian; Yang, Bingchu; Ouyang, Jun; Zhou, Conghua; Huang, Han [Institute of Super-microstructure and Ultrafast Process in Advanced Materials, School of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Hunan Key Laboratory for Super-microstructure and Ultrafast Process, School of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Gao, Yongli [Institute of Super-microstructure and Ultrafast Process in Advanced Materials, School of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Hunan Key Laboratory for Super-microstructure and Ultrafast Process, School of Physics and Electronics, Central South University, Changsha, Hunan 410083 (China); Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627 (United States)

    2015-01-01

    We report discrete heterojunction small molecular organic photovoltaics (OPVs) with enhanced performance by modifying the interface using molybdenum oxide (MoO{sub x}) and molecular template layer perylene-3,4,9,10-tetracarboxylic-3,4,9,10-dianhydride (PTCDA). A large increase in open-circuit voltage was obtained in copper phthalocyanine/fullerene, i.e., CuPc/C{sub 60} and CuPc/PCBM, discrete planar heterojunction photovoltaics with an insertion of 5 nm MoO{sub x} hole transport layer at the interface between the anode electrode and the CuPc donor layer. It results from the band bending at the interface and the pinning of the highest occupied molecular orbital level of CuPc to the Fermi level of MoO{sub x} due to the defect states (oxygen vacancies) in MoO{sub x} thin films. Moreover, the short-circuit current showed an efficient improvement by inserting a 1 nm PTCDA layer at the interface between the MoO{sub x} layer and the CuPc layer. The PTCDA layer induces the growth of CuPc thin film with lying-down molecular arrangement, supporting the charge transports along the vertical direction. The power conversion efficiencies of CuPc/C{sub 60} and CuPc/PCBM discrete planar heterojunction photovoltaic devices were improved from about 0.80% to 1.50% with inserting both MoO{sub x} and PTCDA layers. The results suggest that the performance of organic discrete planar heterojunction photovoltaics could be optimized by interface modification with combining hole transport layer and molecular template layer, which are potentially suitable for other highly efficient OPVs, such as small molecular tandem OPVs. - Highlights: • Organic small molecule photovoltaics were fabricated by interface modification. • An inserted molybdenum oxide layer largely enhances open-circuit voltage. • An inserted molecular template layer dramatically improves short-circuit current. • The power conversion efficiencies are almost doubled with interface modification.

  10. Preparation of porous chromium oxide nanotubes using carbon nanotubes as templates and their application as an ethanol sensor

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    Chromium oxide nanotubes were successfully prepared using multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as a template via a supercritical fluid-mediated route. In this method, with chromium (III) nitrate nonahydrate as precursor, chromium oxide was first deposited on MWCNTs in supercritical ethanol in the presence of NH4HCO3. The as-prepared chromium oxide/MWCNT nanocomposites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. It was demonstrated that the MWCNTs were coated with a layer of amorphous Cr2O3·xH2O. The thickness of the Cr2O3·xH2O sheath on MWCNTs could be tuned by manipulating the ratio of precursor to MWCNTs. Calcining the composites at 550 deg. C, the MWCNTs were removed, producing polycrystalline α-Cr2O3 nanotubes. The as-prepared α-Cr2O3 sample was used as a sensor material to detect ethanol vapor, and it was demonstrated that the α-Cr2O3 nanotubes exhibited good performance even at 400 deg. C

  11. Constructing inverse V-type TiO2-based photocatalyst via bio-template approach to enhance the photosynthetic water oxidation

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    Jiang, Jinghui; Zhou, Han; Ding, Jian; Zhang, Fan; Fan, Tongxiang; Zhang, Di

    2015-08-01

    Bio-template approach was employed to construct inverse V-type TiO2-based photocatalyst with well distributed AgBr in TiO2 matrix by making dead Troides Helena wings with inverse V-type scales as the template. A cross-linked titanium precursor with homogenous hydrolytic rate, good liquidity, and low viscosity was employed to facilitate a perfect duplication of the template and the dispersion of AgBr based on appropriate pretreatment of the template by alkali and acid. The as-synthesized inverse V-type TiO2/AgBr can be turned into inverse V-type TiO2/Ag0 from AgBr photolysis during photocatalysis to achieve in situ deposition of Ag0 in TiO2 matrix, by this approach, to avoid the deformation of surface microstructure inherited from the template. The result showed that the cooperation of perfect inverse V-type structure and the well distributed TiO2/Ag0 microstructures can efficiently boost the photosynthetic water oxidation compared to non-inverse V-type TiO2/Ag0 and TiO2/Ag0 without using template. The anti-reflection function of inverse V-type structure and the plasmatic effect of Ag0 might be able to account for the enhanced photon capture and efficient photoelectric conversion.

  12. Functionalizing Aluminum Oxide by Ag Dendrite Deposition at the Anode during Simultaneous Electrochemical Oxidation of Al.

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    Rafailović, Lidija D; Gammer, Christoph; Rentenberger, Christian; Trišović, Tomislav; Kleber, Christoph; Karnthaler, Hans Peter

    2015-11-01

    A novel synthesis strategy is presented for depositing metallic Ag at the anode during simultaneous electrochemical oxidation of Al. This unexpected result is achieved based on galvanic coupling. Metallic dendritic nanostructures well-anchored in a high surface area supporting matrix are envisioned to open up a new avenue of applications. PMID:26398487

  13. Effect of Aluminum concentration on structural and optical properties of DC reactive magnetron sputtered Zinc Aluminum Oxide thin films for transparent electrode applications

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    Zinc Aluminum Oxide(ZAO) thin films were deposited on glass substrates by DC reactive magnetron sputtering in an Ar+O2 gas mixture using commercial available Zn metal (99.99% purity) and Al (99.99% purity) targets of 2 inch diameter and 4 mm thickness. The films were characterized and the effect of aluminum (Al) concentration (2 at %-6 at %) on the structural and optical properties was studied. The average crystallite size obtained from Scherer formula is in the range of 32-44nm. Microstructural analysis using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) supplemented with EDS is carried out to find the grain size as well as to find the composition elemental data of prepared thin films. Optical study is performed to calculate the extinction coefficient (k), absorption coefficient (a), optical band gap (Eg) using transmission spectra obtained using UV-VIS-NIR spectrophotometer. There was widening of optical band gap with increasing aluminum concentration. ZAO film with low resistivity 3.2 × 10−4 cm and high transmittance of 80% is obtained for 3at% doped Al which is crucial for optoelectronic applications.

  14. Analysis of multilayered, nitrogen-doped aluminum oxide and hafnium oxide dielectric films for wide-temperature capacitor applications

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    Capacitors with stable dielectric properties across a wide temperature range are a vital component in many power conditioning applications. High breakdown strength and low loss are also important for many applications. In this study, the dielectric properties of multilayer nitrogen-doped aluminum oxide and hafnium oxide films were characterized, comparing their properties to single layer films. The films were found to be stable from − 50 to 200 °C and from 20 Hz to 1 MHz. An order of magnitude decrease in leakage current was observed for the bilayer films. Breakdown strength for the multilayer films increased up to 75%. This concurs with the hypothesis that the addition of dielectric interfaces provides area to trap and dissipate runaway charge moving through the dielectric, thus lowering leakage current and increasing the breakdown strength. - Highlights: • Multilayer dielectric had stable dielectric properties for a wide temperature range. • Leakage current decreased an order of magnitude with layered dielectrics. • Breakdown strength increase of up to 75% was observed with layered dielectrics

  15. Effect of Holding Time Before Solidification on Double-Oxide Film Defects and Mechanical Properties of Aluminum Alloys

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    El-Sayed, Mahmoud Ahmed; Salem, Hanadi A. G.; Kandeil, Abdelrazek Youssef; Griffiths, W. D.

    2011-12-01

    Double-oxide films (bifilms) have been held responsible for the variability in mechanical properties of aluminum castings. It has been suggested that the air entrapped inside a bifilm can react with the surrounding melt, leading to its consumption, which might improve the mechanical properties of the castings. In this work the effect of holding the melt before solidification on the distribution of mechanical properties, and by implication on entrained double oxide films, was investigated for several different aluminum alloys. The Weibull moduli of plate castings were determined under tensile conditions, and their fracture surfaces were examined for evidence of oxide films. The results suggested the occurrence of two competing mechanisms during the holding treatment: (1) the consumption of air inside the bifilms by reaction with the surrounding molten metal that may lead to improvements in mechanical properties and (2) the accompanying diffusion of hydrogen into the bifilms, which would be expected to have a deleterious effect on properties.

  16. Behavior of aluminum oxide, intermetallics and voids in Cu-Al wire bonds

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    Nanoscale interfacial evolution in Cu-Al wire bonds during isothermal annealing from 175 deg. C to 250 deg. C was investigated by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The native aluminum oxide film (∼5 nm thick) of the Al pad migrates towards the Cu ball during annealing. The formation of intermetallic compounds (IMC) is controlled by Cu diffusion, where the kinetics obey a parabolic growth law until complete consumption of the Al pad. The activation energies to initiate crystallization of CuAl2 and Cu9Al4 are 60.66 kJ mol-1 and 75.61 kJ mol-1, respectively. During IMC development, Cu9Al4 emerges as a second layer and grows together with the initial CuAl2. When Al is completely consumed, CuAl2 transforms to Cu9Al4, which is the terminal product. Unlike the excessive void growth in Au-Al bonds, only a few voids nucleate in Cu-Al bonds after long-term annealing at high temperatures (e.g., 250 oC for 25 h), and their diameters are usually in the range of tens of nanometers. This is due to the lower oxidation rate and volumetric shrinkage of Cu-Al IMC compared with Au-Al IMC.

  17. Aluminum-induced oxidative stress and neurotoxicity in grass carp (Cyprinidae--Ctenopharingodon idella).

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    Fernández-Dávila, María Lourdes; Razo-Estrada, Amparo Celene; García-Medina, Sandra; Gómez-Oliván, Leobardo Manuel; Piñón-López, Manuel Jesús; Ibarra, Rocio Guzmán; Galar-Martínez, Marcela

    2012-02-01

    Aluminum is used in a large number of anthropogenic processes, leading to aquatic ecosystems pollution. Diverse studies show that in mammals this metal may produce oxidative stress, is neurotoxic, and is involved in the development of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzhaimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Nevertheless, there are only few studies with respect to Al-induced neurotoxicity on aquatic fauna, particularly on fishes of economical interest, such as the grass carp (Ctenopharingodon idella). This study evaluates Al-induced toxicity on the grass carp C. idella. Specimens were exposed to the maximum concentration allowed in order to protect aquatic life (0.1 mg L⁻¹), for 12, 24, 48, 72 and 96 h. After the exposure time, lipid peroxidation degree, superoxide dismutase and catalase activity, as well as dopamine, adrenaline and noradrenaline levels were evaluated. Al concentration in organisms and water was also measured, in order to determine the bioconcentration factor. Results show that Al bioconcentrates in grass carp inducing oxidative stress (increment of 300 and 455 percent on lipid peroxidation degree and SOD activity, and decrement of 49 percent on CAT activity) and neurotoxicity (increment of 55 and 155 percent on dopamine and adrenaline levels and decrement of 93 percent on noradrenaline level). PMID:21993346

  18. Impact of water corrosion on nanoscale conductance on aluminum doped zinc oxide

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    Kim, Jong-Hun; Lee, Hyunsoo; Choi, Sunghyun [Graduate School of EEWS (WCU) and Nanocentury KI, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Center for Nanomaterials and Chemical Reactions, Institute for Basic Science, Daejeon, 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Bae, Kyoung Hwan [The Thin Film Coating Team, KCC Corporation, Marbook Dong 83, Ki-Heung Gu, Yong-In City, 459-708 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jeong Young, E-mail: jeongypark@kaist.ac.kr [Graduate School of EEWS (WCU) and Nanocentury KI, KAIST, Daejeon, 305-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-11-29

    One major cause of failure in solar cell modules is associated with the degradation of conductive layers by the ingress of water. In this study, the corrosive interactions between water and transparent conducting oxides, including aluminum-doped ZnO (AZO) and indium tin oxide (ITO), were studied. The AZO layer exhibited ∼ 90% increase in sheet resistance from 17.5 to 33 ohm/square after an accelerated moisture test where the samples were stored at 80 °C and 100% humidity, while the conductivity of the ITO layer remained essentially unchanged. In order to elucidate the water-induced degradation mechanism of AZO, the structure and composition were characterized with conductive atomic force microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) before and after the moisture test. It was found that the grain boundary of AZO exhibits a higher local conductance compared to that in the middle of the grain. A decrease in local conductance at the grain boundary after the moisture test was observed, which is attributed to depletion of the Zn, based on XPS and EDS analyses. - Highlights: • The moisture treatment lowers the local conductance of Al-doped ZnO (AZO). • Conductive atomic force microscopy shows the nanoelectronic properties of AZO. • Locally conductive areas are distributed along the grain boundaries. • The ratio of Zn to O along the grain boundaries was higher than that inside the grain.

  19. Evaluation of cerium oxide coated Cu cermets as inert anodes for aluminum electrowinning

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    Cu/NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} cermets were evaluated, with and without an in-situ deposited CEROX (TM; cerium oxide) coating, in 100 h laboratory A1 electrowinning tests. Bath ratio and current density were varied between tests and corrosion was determined by contamination of the aluminum and cryolite by cermet components (Cu, Fe, and Ni). Higher bath ratios of 1.5 to 1.6 led to less corrosion and thicker CEROX coatings. Lower current densities led to slightly less corrosion but much less oxidation of the Cu cermet substrate. At identical test conditions, the corrosion of the CEROX coated cermets was 1/7 that of an uncoated cermet. Corrosion was increased in CEROX coated cermets tested under unsaturated alumina conditions. The electrical conductivity of the CEROX coating was measured to be {approximately}0.2 ohm{sup {minus}1}cm{sup {minus}1}, resulting in a slight voltage penalty, depending on the thickness of the coating.

  20. Application of a palladium hexacyanoferrate film-modified aluminum electrode to electrocatalytic oxidation of hydrazine.

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    Razmi, Habib; Azadbakht, Azadeh; Sadr, Moayad Hossaini

    2005-11-01

    A palladium hexacyanoferrate (PdHCF) film as an electrocatalytic material was obtained at an aluminum (Al) electrode by a simple electroless dipping method. The modified Al electrode demonstrated a well-behaved redox couple due to the redox reaction of the PdHCF film. The PdHCF film showed an excellent electrocatalytic activity toward the oxidation of hydrazine. The electrocatalytic oxidation of hydrazine was studied by cyclic voltammetry and rotating disk electrode voltammetry techniques. A calibration graph obtained for the hydrazine consisted of two segments (localized at concentration ranges 0.39-10 and 20-75 mM). The rate constant k and transfer coefficient alpha for the catalytic reaction and the diffusion coefficient of hydrazine in the solution D, were found to be 3.11 x 10(3) M(-1) s(-1), 0.52 and 8.03 x 10(-6) cm2 s(-1) respectively. The modified electrode was used to amperometric determination of hydrazine in photographic developer. The interference of ascorbic acid and thiosulfate were investigated and greatly reduced using a thin film of Nafion on the modified electrode. The modified electrode indicated reproducible behavior and a high level of stability during electrochemical experiments, making it particularly suitable for analytical purposes. PMID:16317900

  1. Behavior of aluminum oxide, intermetallics and voids in Cu-Al wire bonds

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    Xu, H., E-mail: HXu14@bama.ua.edu [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States); Liu, C.; Silberschmidt, V.V. [Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU (United Kingdom); Pramana, S.S. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); White, T.J. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Centre for Advanced Microscopy, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601 (Australia); Chen, Z. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Acoff, V.L. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 (United States)

    2011-08-15

    Nanoscale interfacial evolution in Cu-Al wire bonds during isothermal annealing from 175 deg. C to 250 deg. C was investigated by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The native aluminum oxide film ({approx}5 nm thick) of the Al pad migrates towards the Cu ball during annealing. The formation of intermetallic compounds (IMC) is controlled by Cu diffusion, where the kinetics obey a parabolic growth law until complete consumption of the Al pad. The activation energies to initiate crystallization of CuAl{sub 2} and Cu{sub 9}Al{sub 4} are 60.66 kJ mol{sup -1} and 75.61 kJ mol{sup -1}, respectively. During IMC development, Cu{sub 9}Al{sub 4} emerges as a second layer and grows together with the initial CuAl{sub 2}. When Al is completely consumed, CuAl{sub 2} transforms to Cu{sub 9}Al{sub 4}, which is the terminal product. Unlike the excessive void growth in Au-Al bonds, only a few voids nucleate in Cu-Al bonds after long-term annealing at high temperatures (e.g., 250 {sup o}C for 25 h), and their diameters are usually in the range of tens of nanometers. This is due to the lower oxidation rate and volumetric shrinkage of Cu-Al IMC compared with Au-Al IMC.

  2. Silicon effects on formation of EPO oxide coatings on aluminum alloys

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    Wang, L. [Department of Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, N9B 3P4 (Canada); Nie, X. [Department of Mechanical, Automotive and Materials Engineering, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, N9B 3P4 (Canada)]. E-mail: xnie@uwindsor.ca

    2006-01-03

    Electrolytic plasma processes (EPP) can be used for cleaning, metal-coating, carburizing, nitriding, and oxidizing. Electrolytic plasma oxidizing (EPO) is an advanced technique to deposit thick and hard ceramic coatings on a number of aluminum alloys. However, the EPO treatment on Al-Si alloys with a high Si content has rarely been reported. In this research, an investigation was conducted to clarify the effects of silicon contents on the EPO coating formation, morphology, and composition. Cast hypereutectic 390 alloys ({approx} 17% Si) and hypoeutectic 319 alloys ({approx} 7% Si) were chosen as substrates. The coating morphology, composition, and microstructure of the EPO coatings on those substrates were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis and X-ray diffraction (XRD). A stylus roughness tester was used for surface roughness measurement. It was found that the EPO process had four stages where each stage was corresponding to various coating surface morphology, composition, and phase structures, characterised by different coating growth mechanisms.

  3. Interactive effect of cerium and aluminum on the ignition point and the oxidation resistance of magnesium alloy

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    This paper focused on the interactive effect of cerium (Ce) addition and aluminum (Al) content in magnesium alloy on ignition point and oxidation resistance. Ce content played an important role in improving the oxidation resistance of Mg alloy. Ignition point ascended with increasing Ce content. 0.25 wt% Ce content in Mg alloys could greatly improve tightness of the oxide film of Mg alloys. However, when Ce content in the alloy exceeded its solid solubility, ignition point descended. Furthermore, Al content in the alloy also influenced the ignition point. The higher the Al content was, the lower the ignition point

  4. Facile synthesis of polyaniline nanotubes using reactive oxide templates for high energy density pseudocapacitors

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    Chen, Wei

    2013-01-01

    A remarkable energy density of 84 W h kg(cell) -1 and a power density of 182 kW kg(cell) -1 have been achieved for full-cell pseudocapacitors using conducting polymer nanotubes (polyaniline) as electrode materials and ionic liquid as electrolytes. The polyaniline nanotubes were synthesized by a one-step in situ chemical polymerization process utilizing MnO2 nanotubes as sacrificial templates. The polyaniline-nanotube pseudocapacitors exhibit much better electrochemical performance than the polyaniline-nanofiber pseudocapacitors in both acidic aqueous and ionic liquid electrolytes. Importantly, the incorporation of ionic liquid with polyaniline-nanotubes has drastically improved the energy storage capacity of the PAni-nanotube pseudocapacitors by a factor of ∼5 times compared to that of the PAni-nanotube pseudocapacitors in the acidic aqueous electrolyte. Furthermore, even after 10000 cycles, the PAni-nanotube pseudocapacitors in the ionic liquid electrolyte maintain sufficient high energy density and can light LEDs for several minutes, with only 30 s quick charge. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  5. Fabrication of Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene Nanostructures with Anodic Alumina Oxide Templates, Characterization and Biofilm Development Test for Staphylococcus epidermidis.

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    Full Text Available Medical devices can be contaminated by microbial biofilm which causes nosocomial infections. One of the strategies for the prevention of such microbial adhesion is to modify the biomaterials by creating micro or nanofeatures on their surface. This study aimed (1 to nanostructure acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS, a polymer composing connectors in perfusion devices, using Anodic Alumina Oxide templates, and to control the reproducibility of this process; (2 to characterize the physico-chemical properties of the nanostructured surfaces such as wettability using captive-bubble contact angle measurement technique; (3 to test the impact of nanostructures on Staphylococcus epidermidis biofilm development. Fabrication of Anodic Alumina Oxide molds was realized by double anodization in oxalic acid. This process was reproducible. The obtained molds present hexagonally arranged 50 nm diameter pores, with a 100 nm interpore distance and a length of 100 nm. Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene nanostructures were successfully prepared using a polymer solution and two melt wetting methods. For all methods, the nanopicots were obtained but inside each sample their length was different. One method was selected essentially for industrial purposes and for better reproducibility results. The flat ABS surface presents a slightly hydrophilic character, which remains roughly unchanged after nanostructuration, the increasing apparent wettability observed in that case being explained by roughness effects. Also, the nanostructuration of the polymer surface does not induce any significant effect on Staphylococcus epidermidis adhesion.

  6. Metallic nanoparticle shape and size effects on aluminum oxide-induced enhancement of exciton-plasmon coupling and quantum dot emission

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    Wing, Waylin J.; Sadeghi, Seyed M.; Gutha, Rithvik R.; Campbell, Quinn; Mao, Chuanbin

    2015-09-01

    We investigate the shape and size effects of gold metallic nanoparticles on the enhancement of exciton-plasmon coupling and emission of semiconductor quantum dots induced via the simultaneous impact of metal-oxide and plasmonic effects. This enhancement occurs when metallic nanoparticle arrays are separated from the quantum dots by a layered thin film consisting of a high index dielectric material (silicon) and aluminum oxide. Our results show that adding the aluminum oxide layer can increase the degree of polarization of quantum dot emission induced by metallic nanorods by nearly two times, when these nanorods have large aspect ratios. We show when the aspect ratio of these nanorods is reduced to half, the aluminum oxide loses its impact, leading to no improvement in the degree of polarization. These results suggest that a silicon/aluminum oxide layer can significantly enhance exciton-plasmon coupling when quantum dots are in the vicinity of metallic nanoantennas with high aspect ratios.

  7. Metallic nanoparticle shape and size effects on aluminum oxide-induced enhancement of exciton-plasmon coupling and quantum dot emission

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    We investigate the shape and size effects of gold metallic nanoparticles on the enhancement of exciton-plasmon coupling and emission of semiconductor quantum dots induced via the simultaneous impact of metal-oxide and plasmonic effects. This enhancement occurs when metallic nanoparticle arrays are separated from the quantum dots by a layered thin film consisting of a high index dielectric material (silicon) and aluminum oxide. Our results show that adding the aluminum oxide layer can increase the degree of polarization of quantum dot emission induced by metallic nanorods by nearly two times, when these nanorods have large aspect ratios. We show when the aspect ratio of these nanorods is reduced to half, the aluminum oxide loses its impact, leading to no improvement in the degree of polarization. These results suggest that a silicon/aluminum oxide layer can significantly enhance exciton-plasmon coupling when quantum dots are in the vicinity of metallic nanoantennas with high aspect ratios

  8. Metallic nanoparticle shape and size effects on aluminum oxide-induced enhancement of exciton-plasmon coupling and quantum dot emission

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    Wing, Waylin J.; Sadeghi, Seyed M., E-mail: seyed.sadeghi@uah.edu; Gutha, Rithvik R.; Campbell, Quinn [Department of Physics, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, Alabama 35899 (United States); Mao, Chuanbin [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 73019 (United States)

    2015-09-28

    We investigate the shape and size effects of gold metallic nanoparticles on the enhancement of exciton-plasmon coupling and emission of semiconductor quantum dots induced via the simultaneous impact of metal-oxide and plasmonic effects. This enhancement occurs when metallic nanoparticle arrays are separated from the quantum dots by a layered thin film consisting of a high index dielectric material (silicon) and aluminum oxide. Our results show that adding the aluminum oxide layer can increase the degree of polarization of quantum dot emission induced by metallic nanorods by nearly two times, when these nanorods have large aspect ratios. We show when the aspect ratio of these nanorods is reduced to half, the aluminum oxide loses its impact, leading to no improvement in the degree of polarization. These results suggest that a silicon/aluminum oxide layer can significantly enhance exciton-plasmon coupling when quantum dots are in the vicinity of metallic nanoantennas with high aspect ratios.

  9. Crystalline mesoporous tungsten oxide nanoplate monoliths synthesized by directed soft template method for highly sensitive NO{sub 2} gas sensor applications

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    Hoa, Nguyen Duc, E-mail: ndhoa@itims.edu.vn [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) (Viet Nam); Duy, Nguyen Van [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) (Viet Nam); Hieu, Nguyen Van, E-mail: hieu@itims.edu.vn [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) (Viet Nam)

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Mesoporous WO{sub 3} nanoplate monoliths were obtained by direct templating synthesis. ► Enable effective accession of the analytic molecules for the sensor applications. ► The WO{sub 3} sensor exhibited a high performance to NO{sub 2} gas at low temperature. -- Abstract: Controllable synthesis of nanostructured metal oxide semiconductors with nanocrystalline size, porous structure, and large specific surface area is one of the key issues for effective gas sensor applications. In this study, crystalline mesoporous tungsten oxide nanoplate-like monoliths with high specific surface areas were obtained through instant direct-templating synthesis for highly sensitive nitrogen dioxide (NO{sub 2}) sensor applications. The copolymer soft template was converted into a solid carbon framework by heat treatment in an inert gas prior to calcinations in air to sustain the mesoporous structure of tungsten oxide. The multidirectional mesoporous structures of tungsten oxide with small crystalline size, large specific surface area, and superior physical characteristics enabled the rapid and effective accession of analytic gas molecules. As a result, the sensor response was enhanced and the response and recovery times were reduced, in which the mesoporous tungsten oxide based gas sensor exhibited a superior response of 21,155% to 5 ppm NO{sub 2}. In addition, the developed sensor exhibited selective detection of low NO{sub 2} concentration in ammonia and ethanol at a low temperature of approximately 150 °C.

  10. Effect of Polar Environments on the Aluminum Oxide Shell Surrounding Aluminum Particles: Simulations of Surface Hydroxyl Bonding and Charge.

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    Padhye, Richa; Aquino, Adelia J A; Tunega, Daniel; Pantoya, Michelle L

    2016-06-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) calculations were performed to understand molecular variations on an alumina surface due to exposure to a polar environment. The analysis has strong implications for the reactivity of aluminum (Al) particles passivated by an alumina shell. Recent studies have shown a link between the carrier fluid used for Al powder intermixing and the reactivity of Al with fluorine containing reactive mixtures. Specifically, flame speeds show a threefold increase when polar liquids are used to intermix aluminum and fluoropolymer powder mixtures. It was hypothesized that the alumina lattice structure could be transformed due to hydrogen bonding forces exerted by the environment that induce modified bond distances and charges and influence reactivity. In this study, the alumina surface was analyzed using DFT calculations and model clusters as isolated systems embedded in polar environments (acetone and water). The conductor-like screening model (COSMO) was used to mimic environmental effects on the alumina surface. Five defect models for specific active -OH sites were investigated in terms of structures and vibrational -OH stretching frequencies. The observed changes of the surface OH sites invoked by the polar environment were compared to the bare surface. The calculations revealed a strong connection between the impact of carrier fluid polarity on the hydrogen bonding forces between the surface OH sites and surrounding species. Changes were observed in the OH characteristic properties such as OH distances (increase), atomic charges (increase), and OH stretching frequencies (decrease); these consequently improve OH surface reactivity. The difference between medium (acetone) and strong (water) polar environments was minimal in the COSMO approximation. PMID:27175545

  11. Multimillion atom simulations of dynamics of oxidation of an aluminum nanoparticle and nanoindentation on ceramics.

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    Vashishta, Priya; Kalia, Rajiv K; Nakano, Aiichiro

    2006-03-01

    We have developed a first-principles-based hierarchical simulation framework, which seamlessly integrates (1) a quantum mechanical description based on the density functional theory (DFT), (2) multilevel molecular dynamics (MD) simulations based on a reactive force field (ReaxFF) that describes chemical reactions and polarization, a nonreactive force field that employs dynamic atomic charges, and an effective force field (EFF), and (3) an atomistically informed continuum model to reach macroscopic length scales. For scalable hierarchical simulations, we have developed parallel linear-scaling algorithms for (1) DFT calculation based on a divide-and-conquer algorithm on adaptive multigrids, (2) chemically reactive MD based on a fast ReaxFF (F-ReaxFF) algorithm, and (3) EFF-MD based on a space-time multiresolution MD (MRMD) algorithm. On 1920 Intel Itanium2 processors, we have demonstrated 1.4 million atom (0.12 trillion grid points) DFT, 0.56 billion atom F-ReaxFF, and 18.9 billion atom MRMD calculations, with parallel efficiency as high as 0.953. Through the use of these algorithms, multimillion atom MD simulations have been performed to study the oxidation of an aluminum nanoparticle. Structural and dynamic correlations in the oxide region are calculated as well as the evolution of charges, surface oxide thickness, diffusivities of atoms, and local stresses. In the microcanonical ensemble, the oxidizing reaction becomes explosive in both molecular and atomic oxygen environments, due to the enormous energy release associated with Al-O bonding. In the canonical ensemble, an amorphous oxide layer of a thickness of approximately 40 angstroms is formed after 466 ps, in good agreement with experiments. Simulations have been performed to study nanoindentation on crystalline, amorphous, and nanocrystalline silicon nitride and silicon carbide. Simulation on nanocrystalline silicon carbide reveals unusual deformation mechanisms in brittle nanophase materials, due to

  12. Mesoporous composite nickel cobalt oxide/graphene oxide synthesized via a template-assistant co-precipitation route as electrode material for supercapacitors

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    Xu, Yanjie; Wang, Lincai; Cao, Peiqi; Cai, Chuanlin; Fu, Yanbao; Ma, Xiaohua

    2016-02-01

    A simple co-precipitation method utilizing SDS (sodium dodecyl sulfate) as template and ammonia as precipitant is successfully employed to synthesize nickel cobalt oxide/graphene oxide (NiCo2O4/GO) composite. The as-prepared composite (NCG-10) exhibits a high capacitance of 1211.25 F g-1, 687 F g-1 at the current density of 1 A g-1, 10 A g-1 and good cycling ability which renders NCG-10 as promising electrode material for supercapacitors. An asymmetric supercapacitor (ASC) (full button cell) has been constructed with NCG-10 as positive electrode and lab-made reduced graphene oxide (rGO) as negative electrode. The fabricated NCG-10//rGO with an extended stable operational voltage of 1.6 V can deliver a high specific capacitance of 144.45 F g-1 at a current density of 1 A g-1. The as-prepared NCG-10//rGO demonstrates remarkable energy density (51.36 W h kg-1 at 1 A g-1), high power density (50 kW kg-1 at 20 A g-1). The retention of capacitance is 88.6% at the current density of 8 A g-1 after 2000 cycles. The enhanced capacitive performance can be attributed to the improved specific surface area and 3D open area of NCG-10 generated by the pores and channels with the substantial function of SDS.

  13. Evaluation of the microstructural and photocatalytic properties of aluminum-doped zinc oxide coatings deposited by plasma spraying

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    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) material produced from a nanopowder agglomerate was deposited as a plasma-sprayed coating, and the resulting microstructural and photocatalytic properties of these coatings were investigated. The microstructure of the AZO coatings was analyzed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Additionally, the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue caused by the AZO coatings was estimated via ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy. The results of this study demonstrate that the AZO coatings deposited by plasma spraying can influence the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue. - Highlights: • We doped aluminum (Al) in a zinc oxide (ZnO) coating using plasma spraying. • More significant recrystallization was observed after plasma spraying. • The surface of the Al-doped ZnO coating exhibited a microplatelet microstructure. • The Al-doped ZnO coating displayed high photocatalytic activities

  14. Evaluation of the microstructural and photocatalytic properties of aluminum-doped zinc oxide coatings deposited by plasma spraying

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    Su, C.Y., E-mail: cysu@ntut.edu.tw [Graduate Institute of Manufacturing Technology, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Lu, C.T., E-mail: gayyag2000@hotmail.com [Graduate Institute of Manufacturing Technology, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Hsiao, W.T., E-mail: Jesse_Hsiao@itri.org.tw [Materials and Chemical Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Chutung 310, Taiwan (China); Liu, W.H., E-mail: xhan@itri.org.tw [Materials and Chemical Research Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Chutung 310, Taiwan (China); Nano Technology Laboratory, Department of Materials Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 402, Taiwan (China); Shieu, F.S., E-mail: fsshieu@dragon.nchu.edu.tw [Nano Technology Laboratory, Department of Materials Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 402, Taiwan (China)

    2013-10-01

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) material produced from a nanopowder agglomerate was deposited as a plasma-sprayed coating, and the resulting microstructural and photocatalytic properties of these coatings were investigated. The microstructure of the AZO coatings was analyzed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Additionally, the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue caused by the AZO coatings was estimated via ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy. The results of this study demonstrate that the AZO coatings deposited by plasma spraying can influence the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue. - Highlights: • We doped aluminum (Al) in a zinc oxide (ZnO) coating using plasma spraying. • More significant recrystallization was observed after plasma spraying. • The surface of the Al-doped ZnO coating exhibited a microplatelet microstructure. • The Al-doped ZnO coating displayed high photocatalytic activities.

  15. Growth Mechanism and Optimized Parameters to Synthesize Nation-115 Nanowire Arrays with Anodic Aluminium Oxide Membranes as Templates

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    ZHANG Lu; PAN Cao-Feng; ZHU Jing

    2008-01-01

    @@ Nafion-115 nanowire arrays are synthesized with an extrusion method using AAO membranes as templates. It is indicated that the vacuum treating of AAO templates before surface decoration plays an important role in obtaining high filling rate of the Nafion-115 nanowires in the AAO templates, while the concentration of Nafion-115 DMSO solutions does not affect the filling rate greatly. The optimized parameters to synthesize the Nafion-115 nanowire arrays are studied. The filling rate of the Nafion-115 nanowires in the AAO templates synthesized with the optimized parameters is about 95%. The growth mechanism of Nafion-115 nanowires is discussed to qualitatively explain the experimental results.

  16. Pomegranate Alleviates Oxidative Damage and Neurotransmitter Alterations in Rats Brain Exposed to Aluminum Chloride and/or Gamma Radiation

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    Aluminum and gamma radiation, both are potent neurotoxins and have been implicated in many human neuro degenerative diseases. The present study was designed to investigate the role of pomegranate in alleviating oxidative damage and alteration of neurotransmitters in the brain of rats exposed to aluminum chloride (AlCl3), and/or gamma radiation (IR). The results revealed that rats whole body exposed to γ- rays, (1 Gy/week up to 4 Gy), and/or administered aluminum chloride (35 mg/kg body weight), via gavages for 4 weeks, resulted in brain tissue damage, featuring by significant increase of the level of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS), and advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP), associated with significant decrease of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) activities, as well as glutathione (GSH) content indicating occurrence of oxidative stress. A significant decrease of serotonin (5-HT) level associated with a significant increase of 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid (5-HIAA), in addition to a significant decrease in dopamine (DA), norepinephrine (NE) and epinephrine (EPI) contents recorded at the 1st, 7th and 14th day post-irradiation, indicating alterations in the metabolism of brain monoamines. On the other hand, the results exhibited that, supplementation of rats with pomegranate, via gavages, at a dose of 3 ml /kg body weight/ day, for 4 weeks along with AlCl3 with or without radiation has significantly ameliorated the changes occurred in the mentioned parameters and the values returned close to the normal ones. It could be concluded that pomegranate, by its antioxidant constituents might antagonize brain oxidative damage and minimize the severity of aluminum (Al), and/or radiation-induced neurotransmitters disorders

  17. Distribution of electric field near the surface of the aluminum oxide particle in the dust-electron thermal plasma

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    We obtained the equation, which describes the distribution of electrical field in an equilibrium dust-electron plasma taking into account parameters of the electron gas inside the dust particles. The inclusion of these parameters performed on the basis of the model of ''solid- state plasma'', considering the condensed particle system as the ion core and the free electron gas. These calculations are performed for aluminum oxide particles

  18. Nanosecond laser ablation processes in aluminum-doped zinc-oxide for photovoltaic devices

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    Canteli, D., E-mail: david.canteli@ciemat.es [Division de Energias Renovables, Energia Solar Fotovoltaica, CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense, 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Fernandez, S. [Division de Energias Renovables, Energia Solar Fotovoltaica, CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense, 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Molpeceres, C. [Centro Laser, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Ctra. de Valencia Km 7.3, 28031 Madrid (Spain); Torres, I.; Gandia, J.J. [Division de Energias Renovables, Energia Solar Fotovoltaica, CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense, 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A study of the ablation of AZO thin films deposited at different temperature conditions with nanosecond UV laser light for photovoltaic devices has been performed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ablation threshold of AZO thin films was measured and related with the absorption coefficient of the films at the laser wavelength, showing a direct correspondence. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A change in the material structure in the areas closest to the edges of laser grooves made in samples deposited at temperatures below 100 Degree-Sign C was observed and studied. - Abstract: Aiming to a future use in thin film solar modules, the processing of aluminum doped zinc oxide thin films with good optoelectronic properties with a nanosecond-pulsed ultraviolet laser has been studied. The ablation threshold fluence of the films has been determined and associated with the material properties. The ablation process has been optimized and grooves with good properties for photovoltaic devices have been obtained. The morphology of the ablated surfaces has been observed by confocal microscopy and its structure has been characterized by Raman spectroscopy. The influence of ablation parameters like focus distance, pulse energy and repetition frequency in the groove morphology has been studied with special attention to the thermal effects on the material structure.

  19. Remarkable enhancement of upconversion luminescence on 2-D anodic aluminum oxide photonic crystals.

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    Wang, He; Yin, Ze; Xu, Wen; Zhou, Donglei; Cui, Shaobo; Chen, Xu; Cui, Haining; Song, Hongwei

    2016-05-21

    Lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) are attracting extensive attention due to their unique physical properties and great application potential. However, the lower luminescence quantum yield/strength is still an obstacle for real application. Local field modulation is a promising method to highly enhance the upconversion luminescence (UCL) of the UCNPs. In this work, a novel kind of two-dimensional photonic crystal (2D-PC), anodic aluminum oxides (AAOs), was explored to improve the UCL of NaYF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) nanoplates (NPs). An optimum enhancement factor (EF) of 65-fold was obtained for the overall intensity of Er(3+) under 980 nm excitation, and 130-fold for the red emission. Systematic studies indicate that UCL enhancement mainly originates from the enlargement of the excitation field by scattering and reflection of AAO PCs. It should also be highlighted that the modulation of 2D-PC on the UCL of NaYF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) NPs demonstrates weak size-dependent and thickness-dependent behavior, which is well consistent with the stimulated electromagnetic field distribution by the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method. PMID:27139324

  20. Effects of anodic aluminum oxide membrane on performance of nanostructured solar cells

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    Dang, Hongmei; Singh, Vijay

    2015-05-01

    Three nanowire solar cell device configurations have been fabricated to demonstrate the effects of the host anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane on device performance. The three configurations show similar transmittance spectra, indicating that AAO membrane has negligible optical absorption. Power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the device is studied as a function of the carrier transport and collection in cell structures with and without AAO membrane. Free standing nanowire solar cells exhibit PCE of 9.9%. Through inclusion of AAO in solar cell structure, interface defects and traps caused by humidity and oxygen are reduced, and direct contact of CdTe tentacles with SnO2 and formation of micro shunt shorts are prevented; hence PCE is improved to 11.1%-11.3%. Partially embedded nanowire solar cells further reduce influence of non-ideal and non-uniform nanowire growth and generate a large amount of carriers in axial direction and also a small quantity of carriers in lateral direction, thus becoming a promising solar cell structure. Thus, including AAO membrane in solar cell structure provides favorable electro-optical properties as well as mechanical advantages.

  1. Vibration Durability Testing of Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide (NCA Lithium-Ion 18650 Battery Cells

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    James Michael Hooper

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper outlines a study undertaken to determine if the electrical performance of Nickel Cobalt Aluminum Oxide (NCA 3.1 Ah 18650 battery cells can be degraded by road induced vibration typical of an electric vehicle (EV application. This study investigates if a particular cell orientation within the battery assembly can result in different levels of cell degradation. The 18650 cells were evaluated in accordance with Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE J2380 standard. This vibration test is synthesized to represent 100,000 miles of North American customer operation at the 90th percentile. This study identified that both the electrical performance and the mechanical properties of the NCA lithium-ion cells were relatively unaffected when exposed to vibration energy that is commensurate with a typical vehicle life. Minor changes observed in the cell’s electrical characteristics were deemed not to be statistically significant and more likely attributable to laboratory conditions during cell testing and storage. The same conclusion was found, irrespective of cell orientation during the test.

  2. Neutron spectrum measurements in the aluminum oxide filtered beam facility at the Brookhaven Medical Research Reactor

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    Neutron spectrum measurements were performed on the aluminum oxide filter installed in the Brookhaven Medical Research Reactor (BMRR). For these measurements, activation foils were irradiated at the exit port of the beam facility. A technique based on dominant resonances in selected activation reactions was used to measure the epithermal neutron spectrum. The fast and intermediate-energy ranges of the neutron spectrum were measured by threshold reactions and 10B-shielded 235U fission reactions. Neutron spectral data were derived from the activation data by two approaches: (1) a short analysis which yields neutron flux values at the energies of the dominant or primary resonances in the epithermal activation reactions and integral flux data for neutrons above corresponding threshold or pseudo-threshold energies, and (2) the longer analysis which utilized all the activation data in a full-spectrum, unfolding process using the FERRET spectrum adjustment code. This paper gives a brief description of the measurement techniques, analysis methods, and the results obtained

  3. Optical constants of anodic aluminum oxide films formed in oxalic acid solution

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    The anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films with highly ordered nanopore arrays were prepared in oxalic acid solution under different anodizing voltage and time, its surface and cross section appearances were characterized by using field emission scanning electron microscopy, the transmission spectra with the interference fringes were measured at normal incidence over the wavelength range 200 to 2500 nm. Then the modified Swanepoel method was used for the determination of the optical constants and thickness of the free standing AAO films. The results indicate that the refractive index increases with the increase of anodizing voltage and the decrease of anodizing time, which is mainly due to the content of Al2O3 with octahedron increases in the AAO films. The dispersion of the refractive index is discussed in terms of the single-oscillator Wemple-DiDomenico model, and the energy dependence of the absorption coefficient can be described using the direct transition model proposed by Tauc. Likewise, the optical energy gap Eg is derived from Tauc's extrapolation, and Eg increases from 4.178 to 4.256 eV with the anodizing voltage, but is weakly dependent on anodizing time. All the results are self-consistent in the paper

  4. Ru nanostructure fabrication using an anodic aluminum oxide nanotemplate and highly conformal Ru atomic layer deposition

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    Kim, Woo-Hee; Park, Sang-Joon; Son, Jong-Yeog; Kim, Hyungjun [Department of Material Science and Engineering, POSTECH Pohang University of Science and Technology, San 31, Hyoja-Dong, Nam-Gu, Pohang 790-784 (Korea, Republic of)

    2008-01-30

    We fabricated metallic nanostructures directly on Si substrates through a hybrid nanoprocess combining atomic layer deposition (ALD) and a self-assembled anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) nanotemplate. ALD Ru films with Ru(DMPD)(EtCp) as a precursor and O{sub 2} as a reactant exhibited high purity and low resistivity with negligible nucleation delay and low roughness. These good growth characteristics resulted in the excellent conformality for nanometer-scale vias and trenches. Additionally, AAO nanotemplates were fabricated directly on Si and Ti/Si substrates through a multiple anodization process. AAO nanotemplates with various hole sizes (30-100 nm) and aspect ratios (2:1-20:1) were fabricated by controlling the anodizing process parameters. The barrier layers between AAO nanotemplates and Si substrates were completely removed by reactive ion etching (RIE) using BCl{sub 3} plasma. By combining the ALD Ru and the AAO nanotemplate, Ru nanostructures with controllable sizes and shapes were prepared on Si and Ti/Si substrates. The Ru nanowire array devices as a platform for sensor devices exhibited befitting properties of good ohmic contact and high surface/volume ratio.

  5. Significance of novel bioinorganic anodic aluminum oxide nanoscaffolds for promoting cellular response

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    Poinern, Gérrard Eddy Jai; Shackleton, Robert; Mamun, Shariful Islam; Fawcett, Derek

    2011-01-01

    Tissue engineering is a multidisciplinary field that can directly benefit from the many advancements in nanotechnology and nanoscience. This article reviews a novel biocompatible anodic aluminum oxide (AAO, alumina) membrane in terms of tissue engineering. Cells respond and interact with their natural environment, the extracellular matrix, and the landscape of the substrate. The interaction with the topographical features of the landscape occurs both in the micrometer and nanoscales. If all these parameters are favorable to the cell, the cell will respond in terms of adhesion, proliferation, and migration. The role of the substrate/scaffold is crucial in soliciting a favorable response from the cell. The size and type of surface feature can directly influence the response and behavior of the cell. In the case of using an AAO membrane, the surface features and porosity of the membrane can be dictated at the nanoscale during the manufacturing stage. This is achieved by using general laboratory equipment to perform a relatively straightforward electrochemical process. During this technique, changing the operational parameters of the process directly controls the nanoscale features produced. For example, the pore size, pore density, and, hence, density can be effectively controlled during the synthesis of the AAO membrane. In addition, being able to control the pore size and porosity of a biomaterial such as AAO significantly broadens its application in tissue engineering. PMID:24198483

  6. Optical constants of anodic aluminum oxide films formed in oxalic acid solution

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    Wang Jian [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Wang Chengwei [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)], E-mail: cwwang@nwnu.edu.cn; Li Yan [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Liu Weimin [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2008-09-01

    The anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films with highly ordered nanopore arrays were prepared in oxalic acid solution under different anodizing voltage and time, its surface and cross section appearances were characterized by using field emission scanning electron microscopy, the transmission spectra with the interference fringes were measured at normal incidence over the wavelength range 200 to 2500 nm. Then the modified Swanepoel method was used for the determination of the optical constants and thickness of the free standing AAO films. The results indicate that the refractive index increases with the increase of anodizing voltage and the decrease of anodizing time, which is mainly due to the content of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with octahedron increases in the AAO films. The dispersion of the refractive index is discussed in terms of the single-oscillator Wemple-DiDomenico model, and the energy dependence of the absorption coefficient can be described using the direct transition model proposed by Tauc. Likewise, the optical energy gap E{sub g} is derived from Tauc's extrapolation, and E{sub g} increases from 4.178 to 4.256 eV with the anodizing voltage, but is weakly dependent on anodizing time. All the results are self-consistent in the paper.

  7. Ru nanostructure fabrication using an anodic aluminum oxide nanotemplate and highly conformal Ru atomic layer deposition.

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    Kim, Woo-Hee; Park, Sang-Joon; Son, Jong-Yeog; Kim, Hyungjun

    2008-01-30

    We fabricated metallic nanostructures directly on Si substrates through a hybrid nanoprocess combining atomic layer deposition (ALD) and a self-assembled anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) nanotemplate. ALD Ru films with Ru(DMPD)(EtCp) as a precursor and O(2) as a reactant exhibited high purity and low resistivity with negligible nucleation delay and low roughness. These good growth characteristics resulted in the excellent conformality for nanometer-scale vias and trenches. Additionally, AAO nanotemplates were fabricated directly on Si and Ti/Si substrates through a multiple anodization process. AAO nanotemplates with various hole sizes (30-100 nm) and aspect ratios (2:1-20:1) were fabricated by controlling the anodizing process parameters. The barrier layers between AAO nanotemplates and Si substrates were completely removed by reactive ion etching (RIE) using BCl(3) plasma. By combining the ALD Ru and the AAO nanotemplate, Ru nanostructures with controllable sizes and shapes were prepared on Si and Ti/Si substrates. The Ru nanowire array devices as a platform for sensor devices exhibited befitting properties of good ohmic contact and high surface/volume ratio. PMID:21817499

  8. Monolayer-directed Assembly and Magnetic Properties of FePt Nanoparticles on Patterned Aluminum Oxide

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    Guus Rijnders

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available FePt nanoparticles (NPs were assembled on aluminum oxide substrates, and their ferromagnetic properties were studied before and after thermal annealing. For the first time, phosph(onates were used as an adsorbate to form self-assembled monolayers (SAMs on alumina to direct the assembly of NPs onto the surface. The Al2O3 substrates were functionalized with aminobutylphosphonic acid (ABP or phosphonoundecanoic acid (PNDA SAMs or with poly(ethyleneimine (PEI as a reference. FePt NPs assembled on all of these monolayers, but much less on unmodified Al2O3, which shows that ligand exchange at the NPs is the most likely mechanism of attachment. Proper modification of the Al2O3 surface and controlling the immersion time of the modified Al2O3 substrates into the FePt NP solution resulted in FePt NPs assembly with controlled NP density. Alumina substrates were patterned by microcontact printing using aminobutylphosphonic acid as the ink, allowing local NP assembly. Thermal annealing under reducing conditions (96%N2/4%H2 led to a phase change of the FePt NPs from the disordered FCC phase to the ordered FCT phase. This resulted in ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. Such a process can potentially be applied in the fabrication of spintronic devices.

  9. Nanosecond laser ablation processes in aluminum-doped zinc-oxide for photovoltaic devices

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    Highlights: ► A study of the ablation of AZO thin films deposited at different temperature conditions with nanosecond UV laser light for photovoltaic devices has been performed. ► The ablation threshold of AZO thin films was measured and related with the absorption coefficient of the films at the laser wavelength, showing a direct correspondence. ► A change in the material structure in the areas closest to the edges of laser grooves made in samples deposited at temperatures below 100 °C was observed and studied. - Abstract: Aiming to a future use in thin film solar modules, the processing of aluminum doped zinc oxide thin films with good optoelectronic properties with a nanosecond-pulsed ultraviolet laser has been studied. The ablation threshold fluence of the films has been determined and associated with the material properties. The ablation process has been optimized and grooves with good properties for photovoltaic devices have been obtained. The morphology of the ablated surfaces has been observed by confocal microscopy and its structure has been characterized by Raman spectroscopy. The influence of ablation parameters like focus distance, pulse energy and repetition frequency in the groove morphology has been studied with special attention to the thermal effects on the material structure.

  10. Removal of trivalent chromium from aqueous solution using aluminum oxide hydroxide.

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    Bedemo, Agaje; Chandravanshi, Bhagwan Singh; Zewge, Feleke

    2016-01-01

    Water is second most essential for human being. Contamination of water makes it unsuitable for human consumption. Chromium ion is released to water bodies from various industries having high toxicity which affects the biota life in these waters. In this study aluminum oxide hydroxide was tested for its efficiency to remove trivalent chromium from aqueous solutions through batch mode experiments. Chromium concentrations in aqueous solutions and tannery waste water before and after adsorption experiments were determined using flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The effects of pH, contact time, initial concentration and adsorbent dosage on the adsorption of Cr(III) were studied. The study revealed that more than 99 % removal of Cr(III) was achieved over wide range of initial pH (3-10). The optimum conditions for the removal of Cr(III) were found to be at pH 4-6 with 40 g/L adsorbent dose at 60 min of contact time. The adsorption capacity was assessed using Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms. The equilibrium data at varying adsorbent dose obeyed the two isotherms. The adsorbent was found to be efficient for the removal of Cr(III) from tannery waste effluent. PMID:27547663

  11. Sex-Dependent Depression-Like Behavior Induced by Respiratory Administration of Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticles.

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    Zhang, Xin; Xu, Yan; Zhou, Lian; Zhang, Chengcheng; Meng, Qingtao; Wu, Shenshen; Wang, Shizhi; Ding, Zhen; Chen, Xiaodong; Li, Xiaobo; Chen, Rui

    2015-12-01

    Ultrafine aluminum oxide, which are abundant in ambient and involved occupational environments, are associated with neurobehavioral alterations. However, few studies have focused on the effect of sex differences following exposure to environmental Al₂O₃ ultrafine particles. In the present study, male and female mice were exposed to Al₂O₃ nanoparticles (NPs) through a respiratory route. Only the female mice showed depression-like behavior. Although no obvious pathological changes were observed in mice brain tissues, the neurotransmitter and voltage-gated ion channel related gene expression, as well as the small molecule metabolites in the cerebral cortex, were differentially modulated between male and female mice. Both mental disorder-involved gene expression levels and metabolomics analysis results strongly suggested that glutamate pathways were implicated in sex differentiation induced by Al₂O₃ NPs. Results demonstrated the potential mechanism of environmental ultrafine particle-induced depression-like behavior and the importance of sex dimorphism in the toxic research of environmental chemicals. PMID:26690197

  12. Sex-Dependent Depression-Like Behavior Induced by Respiratory Administration of Aluminum Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Xin Zhang

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Ultrafine aluminum oxide, which are abundant in ambient and involved occupational environments, are associated with neurobehavioral alterations. However, few studies have focused on the effect of sex differences following exposure to environmental Al2O3 ultrafine particles. In the present study, male and female mice were exposed to Al2O3 nanoparticles (NPs through a respiratory route. Only the female mice showed depression-like behavior. Although no obvious pathological changes were observed in mice brain tissues, the neurotransmitter and voltage-gated ion channel related gene expression, as well as the small molecule metabolites in the cerebral cortex, were differentially modulated between male and female mice. Both mental disorder-involved gene expression levels and metabolomics analysis results strongly suggested that glutamate pathways were implicated in sex differentiation induced by Al2O3 NPs. Results demonstrated the potential mechanism of environmental ultrafine particle-induced depression-like behavior and the importance of sex dimorphism in the toxic research of environmental chemicals.

  13. Aluminum oxide passivated radial junction sub-micrometre pillar array textured silicon solar cells

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    We report radial, p–n junction, sub-micrometre, pillar array textured solar cells, fabricated on an n-type Czochralski silicon wafer. Relatively simple processing schemes such as metal-assisted chemical etching and spin on dopant techniques were employed for the fabrication of the proposed solar cells. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) grown aluminum oxide (Al2O3) was employed as a surface passivation layer on the B-doped emitter surface. In spite of the fact that the sub-micrometre pillar array textured surface has a relatively high surface-to-volume ratio, we observed an open circuit voltage (VOC) and a short circuit current density (JSC) as high as 572 mV and 29.9 mA cm−2, respectively, which leads to a power conversion efficiency in excess of 11.30%, for the optimized structure of the solar cell described herein. Broadband omnidirectional antireflection effects along with the light trapping property of the sub-micrometre, pillar array textured surface and the excellent passivation quality of the ALD-grown Al2O3 on the B-doped emitter surface were responsible for the enhanced electrical performance of the proposed solar cells. (paper)

  14. Substrate surface polariton splitting due to thin zinc oxide and aluminum nitride films presence

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    Surface polariton (SP) is the non-radiative interface electromagnetic mode, propagating along the interface between two media, if one of them is absorbing (metal, semiconductor or dielectric with the strong absorption bands) and exponentially decaying out of the interface. The introduction of a transition layer at this interface results in the shift and broadening of SP. This effect can be used to obtain film parameters (thickness and optical constants) in the region of SP existence. Zinc oxide (ZnO) films (100–300 nm thick) have been prepared on the LiF and CaF2 substrates and aluminum nitride films (40 and 400 nm thick) have been prepared on sapphire substrates. The SP spectra have been measured by attenuated total reflection (ATR) technique. IFS66v (BRUKER) infrared Fourier-transform spectrometer was used for ATR and near normal incidence external reflection spectral measurements. Angular dependencies of the absorption bands positions in the ATR spectra give the dispersion of SP. The measured SP dispersion is compared with one calculated using the film parameters obtained by dispersion analysis of the external reflectivity spectra. The splitting of the dispersion curves of substrate SP was found. It is due to the resonance interaction of substrate SP with the film optical phonons. This splitting is proportional to the square root of the film thickness. For ZnO films on CaF2 “long range” SPs were observed. These effects allow estimate film complex dielectric function in the region under consideration.

  15. Prediction model for oxide thickness on aluminum alloy cladding during irradiation

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    An empirical model predicting the oxide film thickness on aluminum alloy cladding during irradiation has been developed as a function of irradiation time, temperature, heat flux, pH, and coolant flow rate. The existing models in the literature are neither consistent among themselves nor fit the measured data very well. They also lack versatility for various reactor situations such as a pH other than 5, high coolant flow rates, and fuel life longer than ∼1200 hrs. Particularly, they were not intended for use in irradiation situations. The newly developed model is applicable to these in-reactor situations as well as ex-reactor tests, and has a more accurate prediction capability. The new model demonstrated with consistent predictions to the measured data of UMUS and SIMONE fuel tests performed in the HFR, Petten, tests results from the ORR, and IRIS tests from the OSIRIS and to the data from the out-of-pile tests available in the literature as well. (author)

  16. Aluminum Oxide-Coated Sand for Improved Treatment of Urban Stormwater.

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    Johannsen, Lisbeth L; Cederkvist, Karin; Holm, Peter E; Ingvertsen, Simon T

    2016-03-01

    Infiltration facilities for urban stormwater runoff, such as biofilters, rain gardens, and curb extensions, typically contain an engineered soil mixture for effective drainage and retention of pollutants. The treatment efficiency of such soils is generally considered high for many pollutants. However, recent studies have revealed that in situ mobilization of soil organic matter may cause leaching of a range of pollutants and therefore diminish the long-term performance of engineered soils. The purpose of this study was to develop and test sand coated with aluminum (Al) oxides for improving the retention of organic matter and a range of common pollutants in engineered soils. Two alternative Al-coating methods were successfully developed in the laboratory. The Al coating of the sand increased the specific surface area from 0.3 to 1.1 m g to 0.87 to 2.2 m g depending on sand fraction. One method was upscaled to produce 100 kg coated sand. The stability of the coatings was studied in batch experiments. Dry shaking showed a high resistance of the coating against mechanical stress. Increasing the ionic strength by the addition of NaCl seemed to improve the stability of the coatings. Varying pH showed that acidic conditions could compromise the Al coating stability. Overall, one coating method showed slightly better results in terms of higher surface area and stability. The Al coating significantly improved the retention capacity of the sand toward dissolved organic carbon. The results document that it is possible to coat sand effectively with Al oxides and consequently to improve the retention capacity and lifetime of engineered soils for urban stormwater management. PMID:27065420

  17. Template synthesis of highly crystalline and monodisperse iron oxide pigments of nanosize

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    Synthesis of highly crystalline and monodisperse iron oxide nanoparticles is reported. The separation of Fe centers through site-specific binding to a polysaccharide-alginate matrix enables the generation of particles with a monodisperse or narrow size distribution character, resulting in transparent pigments. Site-specific interactions coupled with gel like character of alginate is proposed as the mechanism behind generation of lower particle sizes. Alginate-Fe complexes developed were subjected to heat treatment to provide for crystalline character and development of hematite (α-Fe2O3). Conditions most ideal for achieving monodispersity and lower sizes have been optimized and confirmed through microscopic and photon correlation spectroscopic measurements

  18. Constructing inverse V-type TiO{sub 2}-based photocatalyst via bio-template approach to enhance the photosynthetic water oxidation

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    Jiang, Jinghui; Zhou, Han; Ding, Jian; Zhang, Fan; Fan, Tongxiang, E-mail: txfan@sjtu.edu.cn; Zhang, Di

    2015-08-30

    Graphical abstract: Inverse V-type TiO{sub 2}-based photocatalyst was synthesized by using cross-linked titanium precursor to duplicate bio-template. - Highlights: • Cross-linked titanium precursor can facilitate an accurate duplication of templates. • In situ deposition of Ag{sup 0} from AgBr can maintain the completeness of surface structure. • Perfect inverse V-type Ag{sup 0}/TiO{sub 2} can achieve efficient water oxidation. - Abstract: Bio-template approach was employed to construct inverse V-type TiO{sub 2}-based photocatalyst with well distributed AgBr in TiO{sub 2} matrix by making dead Troides Helena wings with inverse V-type scales as the template. A cross-linked titanium precursor with homogenous hydrolytic rate, good liquidity, and low viscosity was employed to facilitate a perfect duplication of the template and the dispersion of AgBr based on appropriate pretreatment of the template by alkali and acid. The as-synthesized inverse V-type TiO{sub 2}/AgBr can be turned into inverse V-type TiO{sub 2}/Ag{sup 0} from AgBr photolysis during photocatalysis to achieve in situ deposition of Ag{sup 0} in TiO{sub 2} matrix, by this approach, to avoid the deformation of surface microstructure inherited from the template. The result showed that the cooperation of perfect inverse V-type structure and the well distributed TiO{sub 2}/Ag{sup 0} microstructures can efficiently boost the photosynthetic water oxidation compared to non-inverse V-type TiO{sub 2}/Ag{sup 0} and TiO{sub 2}/Ag{sup 0} without using template. The anti-reflection function of inverse V-type structure and the plasmatic effect of Ag{sup 0} might be able to account for the enhanced photon capture and efficient photoelectric conversion.

  19. Nanoscale aluminum concaves for light-trapping in organic thin-films

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    Goszczak, Arkadiusz Jarosław; Adam, Jost; Cielecki, Paweł Piotr; Fiutowski, Jacek; Rubahn, Horst-Günter; Madsen, Morten

    2016-07-01

    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates, fabricated from oxalic acid and phosphoric acid, lead to non-periodic nanoscale concave structures in their underlying aluminum layer, which are investigated for their field-enhancement properties by applying a thin-film polymer coating based laser ablation technique. Local ablation spots, corresponding to field enhancement on the ridge edges of the aluminum concave nanostructures, are observed in surface-covering polymer films, and confirmed with FDTD studies. The field enhancement leads to improved light absorption in the applied polymer layers, which may be used as an efficient method for enhancing the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells.

  20. Nanoscale aluminum concaves for light-trapping in organic thin-films

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    Goszczak, Arkadiusz Jaroslaw; Adam, Jost; Cielecki, Pawel Piotr;

    2016-01-01

    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates, fabricated from oxalic acid and phosphoric acid, lead to non-periodic nanoscale concave structures in their underlying aluminum layer, which are investigated for their field-enhancement properties by applying a thin-film polymer coating based laser ablation...... technique. Local ablation spots, corresponding to field enhancement on the ridge edges of the aluminum concave nanostructures, are observed in surface-covering polymer films, and confirmed with FDTD studies. The field enhancement leads to improved light absorption in the applied polymer layers, which may be...

  1. Nanoscale aluminum concaves for light-trapping in organic thin-films

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    Goszczak, Arkadiusz Jaroslaw; Adam, Jost; Cielecki, Pawel Piotr; Fiutowski, Jacek; Rubahn, Horst-Günter; Madsen, Morten

    2016-01-01

    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates, fabricated from oxalic acid and phosphoric acid, lead to non-periodic nanoscale concave structures in their underlying aluminum layer, which are investigated for their field-enhancement properties by applying a thin-film polymer coating based laser ablation...... technique. Local ablation spots, corresponding to field enhancement on the ridge edges of the aluminum concave nanostructures, are observed in surface-covering polymer films, and confirmed with FDTD studies. The field enhancement leads to improved light absorption in the applied polymer layers, which may be...... used as an efficient method for enhancing the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells....

  2. Fabrication of large-area self-organizing gold nanostructures on a porous Al2O3 template for application as a SERS-substrate

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    Nielsen, Peter; Hassing, Søren; Albrektsen, Ole;

    A new technique for fabrication of large-area self-organizing variably ordered gold nanostructures with sub-10 nm gaps on templates of hexagonally ordered porous anodic aluminum oxide is demonstrated. The size as well as the interparticle distance of the fabricated gold nanostructures are adjusted...

  3. ATOMIC LAYER DEPOSITION OF TITANIUM OXIDE THIN FILMS ONNANOPOROUS ALUMINA TEMPLATES FOR MEDICAL APPLICATIONS

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    Brigmon, R.

    2009-05-05

    Nanostructured materials may play a significant role in controlled release of pharmacologic agents for treatment of cancer. Many nanoporous polymer materials are inadequate for use in drug delivery. Nanoporous alumina provides several advantages over other materials for use in controlled drug delivery and other medical applications. Atomic layer deposition was used to coat all the surfaces of the nanoporous alumina membrane in order to reduce the pore size in a controlled manner. Both the 20 nm and 100 nm titanium oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes did not exhibit statistically lower viability compared to the uncoated nanoporous alumina membrane control materials. In addition, 20 nm pore size titanium oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes exposed to ultraviolet light demonstrated activity against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Nanostructured materials prepared using atomic layer deposition may be useful for delivering a pharmacologic agent at a precise rate to a specific location in the body. These materials may serve as the basis for 'smart' drug delivery devices, orthopedic implants, or self-sterilizing medical devices.

  4. The effect of plasma electrolytic oxidation on the mean stress sensitivity of the fatigue life of the 6082 aluminum alloy

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    Winter, L.; Morgenstern, R.; Hockauf, K.; Lampke, T.

    2016-03-01

    In this work the mean stress influence on the high cycle fatigue behavior of the plasma electrolytic oxidized (PEO) 6082 aluminum alloy (AlSi1MgMn) is investigated. The present study is focused on the fatigue life time and the susceptibility of fatigue-induced cracking of the oxide coating and their dependence on the applied mean stress. Systematic work is done comparing conditions with and without PEO treatment, which have been tested using three different load ratios. For the uncoated substrate the cycles to failure show a significant dependence on the mean stress, which is typical for aluminum alloys. With increased load ratio and therefore increased mean stress, the fatigue strength decreases. The investigation confirms the well-known effect of PEO treatment on the fatigue life: The fatigue strength is significantly reduced by the PEO process, compared to the uncoated substrate. However, also the mean stress sensitivity of the fatigue performance is reduced. The fatigue limit is not influenced by an increasing mean stress for the PEO treated conditions. This effect is firstly shown in these findings and no explanation for this effect can be found in literature. Supposedly the internal compressive stresses and the micro-cracks in the oxide film have a direct influence on the crack initiation and growth from the oxide film through the interface and in the substrate. Contrary to these findings, the susceptibility of fatigue-induced cracking of the oxide coating is influenced by the load ratio. At tension-tension loading a large number of cracks, which grow partially just in the aluminum substrate, are present. With decreasing load ratio to alternating tension-compression stresses, the crack number and length increases and shattering of the oxide film is more pronounced due to the additional effective compressive part of the load cycle.

  5. Preparation of core/shell and hollow nanostructures of cerium oxide by electrodeposition on a polystyrene sphere template.

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    Yamaguchi, Ippei; Watanabe, Mitsuru; Shinagawa, Tsutomu; Chigane, Masaya; Inaba, Minoru; Tasaka, Akimasa; Izaki, Masanobu

    2009-05-01

    Core/shell nanostructures of polystyrene (PS)/CeO2 have been prepared on conductive glass substrates by using a novel electrochemical route consisting of (i) the electrophoretic deposition of a PS sphere monolayer on the substrate and (ii) the following potentiostatic electrodeposition of CeO2 on the PS sphere template in Ce(NO3)3 aqueous solutions. The structural morphologies of the deposit changed drastically depending on the Ce(NO3)3 concentration; i.e., spherical and needlelike shells were deposited. The deposit was formed only on the PS sphere surface because of an interaction between cationic cerium species and a sulfate group that was immobilized on the PS sphere surface. The spherical shell layer was assigned as CeO2, and the needlelike shells were composed of Ce(OH)3 needles formed on the CeO2 layer surface, indicating that the deposit species changes from CeO2 to Ce(OH)3 during electrodeposition only in a 1 mM Ce3+ solution. Deposition of Ce(OH)3 would begin when electrogenerated hydrogen peroxide was consumed by decomposition under reductive conditions and could no longer oxidize Ce3+ ions. The corresponding CeO2 hollow shells were obtained by thermal elimination of the PS sphere core and transformation of Ce(OH)3 into CeO2 while keeping their original shapes. PMID:20355893

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

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    Xiaoyu Qiu

    2015-06-01

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

  7. Thermal Expansion Behavior of Hexagonal ZnS Single-Crystal Nanowires Embedded in Anodized Aluminum Oxide Template

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    The thermal expansion behavior of semiconductor single-crystal nanowire arrays is of importance for their applications in electronic and optoelectronic nanodevices. We prepare hexagonal ZnS single-crystal nanowire arrays growing along the [110] direction via electrodeposition. The thermal expansion properties of the as-prepared ZnS nanowires have been studied by in situ x-ray diffraction method. The thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) of the ZnS nanowires decreases consistently from room temperature to 225° C where it reaches a minimum value, and then increases rapidly. The average TEC in the studied temperature range is 4.74 × 10−6/°C, which is smaller than that of the conventional bulk counterpart

  8. Microstructure and corrosion behavior of micro-arc oxidation coating on 6061 aluminum alloy pre-treated by high-temperature oxidation

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    Shen, Dejiu, E-mail: sdj217@ysu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Li, Guolong, E-mail: lglysu@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Guo, Changhong [College of Mechanical Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Zou, Jie [China Aviation Industry Chengdu Engine (Group) Co. Ltd., Chengdu 610503 (China); Cai, Jingrui; He, Donglei; Ma, Haojie; Liu, Fangfei [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China)

    2013-12-15

    In this paper, we investigate the microstructure and corrosion behavior of the micro-arc oxidation (MAO) coating on 6061 aluminum alloy that pre-treated by high-temperature oxidation (HTO). Microstructure, chemical and corrosion behaviors of the fabricated MAO ceramic coatings were studied by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and electrochemical corrosion tests. The results reveal that the pre-fabricated HTO film remarkably affects the formation of the MAO coating, leads to an enriched content of Mg, and decreases the compactness of the coating. The corrosion resistance of the 6061 aluminum alloy has been significantly improved by treatments of HTO, normal MAO (NMAO) and HTO pre-treated MAO (HTO-MAO), and the NMAO coating exhibits the best corrosion performance. The content of Mg in HTO pre-fabricated film is remarkedly higher than that in the substrate, which greatly influences the formation of the MAO coating.

  9. Microstructure and corrosion behavior of micro-arc oxidation coating on 6061 aluminum alloy pre-treated by high-temperature oxidation

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    In this paper, we investigate the microstructure and corrosion behavior of the micro-arc oxidation (MAO) coating on 6061 aluminum alloy that pre-treated by high-temperature oxidation (HTO). Microstructure, chemical and corrosion behaviors of the fabricated MAO ceramic coatings were studied by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and electrochemical corrosion tests. The results reveal that the pre-fabricated HTO film remarkably affects the formation of the MAO coating, leads to an enriched content of Mg, and decreases the compactness of the coating. The corrosion resistance of the 6061 aluminum alloy has been significantly improved by treatments of HTO, normal MAO (NMAO) and HTO pre-treated MAO (HTO-MAO), and the NMAO coating exhibits the best corrosion performance. The content of Mg in HTO pre-fabricated film is remarkedly higher than that in the substrate, which greatly influences the formation of the MAO coating.

  10. Fabrication of nanostructure via self-assembly of nanowires within the AAO template

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    Brust Mathias

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractThe novel nanostructures are fabricated by the spatial chemical modification of nanowires within the anodic aluminum oxide (AAO template. To make the nanowires better dispersion in the aqueous solution, the copper is first deposited to fill the dendrite structure at the bottom of template. During the process of self-assembly, the dithiol compound was used as the connector between the nanowires and nanoparticles by a self-assembly method. The nanostructures of the nano cigars and structure which is containing particles junction are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM. These kinds of novel nanostructure will be the building blocks for nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices.

  11. Fabrication of Cu nano-arrays by template method and their characterizations

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    REN Xin; HUANG Xinmin; ZHANG Huhai; HE Meiqing

    2007-01-01

    Cu nanotubes and nanowires were fabricated by electroless deposition using porous aluminum oxide membrane as template in coating bath at room temperature.The images of Cu nanotubes and nanowires are obtained by transmission electron microscopy(TEM).X-ray diffractometry (XRD)is employed to study the morphology.Results indicate mat the success of fabrication depends on the reducing process of pore treatment.The outer diameter of Cu nanotubes can be controlled by adjusting the aperture of anodic alumina membranes (AAM)template,and the thickness of the tube wall can be controlled by deposition time.The morphology of Cu nanotubes and nanowires are polycrystalline.

  12. Mechanochemical reactions and strengthening in epoxy-cast aluminum iron-oxide mixtures

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    Ferranti, Louis, Jr.

    2007-12-01

    -viscoplastic deformation and brittle fracture behaviors. Significant elastic and plastic deformation during both loading and unloading stages is observed, with approximately 50% elastic recovery of total axial strain occurring rapidly (tens of microseconds) after impact. Coupling high-speed camera images and velocity interferometry measurements shows that the elastic recovery coincides with peak axial strain and the elastic and plastic wave interaction. The incorporation of nano-scale aluminum particles enhances the dynamic stress-strain response and significantly improves the composites' resilience to impact as compared to pure epoxy, and with the use of micron-scale aluminum particles. Post-mortem analysis of recovered Taylor impacted specimens indicates evidence of early stages of strain-induced reactions occurring at select stress, strain, and strain rates. The observed reaction products correlate with results of thermal analysis, which include DTA and in situ high temperature x-ray diffraction (HTXRD). Central to this study was the interaction of metal-oxide powder mixtures with the epoxy matrix and how their chemical and mechanical properties balance to form a structural energetic material system. The study focuses on describing the underlying principles governing the deformation and fracture behavior, processing characteristics of epoxy-cast Al+Fe2O3 powder mixtures, mechanochemical sensitivity, and reaction response. In order to accomplish this, the effects of size, morphology, and distribution of particles were evaluated based on mechanical and chemical response to high pressures and combined stress-strain states using time-resolved measurements.

  13. Conversion of three-dimensional nanostructured biosilica templates into non-oxide replicas

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    Bao, Zhihao

    Diatoms possess characteristics such as abundance, diversity, and high reproductivity, which make their nano-structured frustules (diatom frustules) attractive for a wide range of applications. To overcome the limitation of their silica based frustule composition, diatom frustules have been converted into a variety of materials including silicon, silicon carbide, silver, gold, palladium and carbon in the present study. The compositions and the extent of shape preservation of the replicas are examined and evaluated with different characterization methods such as X-ray diffraction, SEM, TEM and FTIR analyses. These replicas still retained the complex 3D structures and nano-scaled features of the starting diatom frustules. Some properties and possible applications of converted materials are explored and the kinetics and thermodynamics related to the successful replications (conversions) are also studied and discussed: (1) A low temperature (650°C) magnesiothermic reaction was used to convert three dimensional (3-D) nano-structured diatom frustules into microporous nanocrystalline silicon replicas. These silicon replicas possessed a very high surface area (>500 m2/g) and a large population of micropores (≤2 nm). The oxidized silicon frustule replicas exhibited photoluminescence under UV light. A microsensor fabricated from such a silicon frustule replica exhibited rapid (≤25 s) and sensitive nitric oxide gas detection (1 p.p.m.) with very low applied biased voltage (100 mV). This suggested a possible application in microscale gas sensing. The magnesium vapor partial pressure was the key parameter in controlling the products from the magnesiothermic reaction. Magnesium silicide is suggested as the source of magnesium gas to avoid the formation of a magnesium silicide product during the magnesiothermic reaction. (2) Metallic frustule replicas (e.g., Ag, Au, Pd) were obtained by immersing the microporous nanocrystalline silicon replicas in electroless plating

  14. Fabrication of one-dimensional ZnO nanotube and nanowire arrays with an anodic alumina oxide template via electrochemical deposition

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    In this work, two kinds of one-dimensional ZnO nanowires (NWs) and nanotubes (NTs) were synthesized by using electrochemical deposition with the aid of a high aspect ratio anodic alumina oxide (AAO) template. ZnO NWs and NTs were characterized by using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. An AAO template was fabricated by two-step anodization in 0.3 M oxalic acid with a voltage of 80 V. The thickness and channel diameter of the AAO template were about 150 μm and 120–150 nm, respectively. The morphologies of the ZnO nanostructures synthesized under 20 vol.% H2O2 with various electrolyte concentrations of 0.1 M and 0.5 M ZnSO4, were NTs and NWs, respectively. Both NTs and NWs were uniform in size, which corresponded to the sizes of AAO pores. The thickness of the NTs walls can be controlled based on the deposition time and current density. The crystallinity of the ZnO NTs and NWs annealing in the air were restricted by AAO pore. The growth of the ZnO NTs and NWs was caused by heterogeneous nucleation, and different growth rates through the wall of the AAO will result in different nanostructures, with the growth of the NTs being slower than that of the NWs. - Highlights: • Templated electrodeposition of ZnO nanotubes (NTs) and nanowires (NWs) • ZnO NTs and NWs fabricated using anodic alumina oxide templates • The growth mechanism of ZnO NTs and NWs is modeled

  15. Influence of the surface pre-treatment of aluminum on the processes of formation of cerium oxides protective films

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    Andreeva, R.; Stoyanova, E.; Tsanev, A.; Stoychev, D.

    2016-03-01

    It is known that there is special interest in the contemporary investigations on conversion treatment of aluminum aimed at promoting its corrosion stability, which is focused on electrolytes on the basis of salts of metals belonging to the group of rare-earth elements. Their application is especially attractive, as it enables a successful substitution of the presently applied highly efficient, but at the same time toxic Cr6+-containing electrolytes. The present paper presents a study on the influence of the preliminary alkaline activation and acidic de-oxidation of the aluminum surface on the processes of immersion formation of protective cerium oxides films on Al 1050. The results obtained show that their deposition from simple electrolytes (containing only salts of Ce3+ ions) on the Al surface, treated only in alkaline solution, occurs at a higher rate, which leads to preparing thicker oxide films having a better protective ability. In the cases when the formation of oxide films is realized in a complex electrolyte (containing salts of Ce3+ and Cu2+ ions), better results are obtained with respect to the morphology and protective action of cerium oxides film on samples that have been consecutively activated in alkaline solution and deoxidized in acidic solution. Electrochemical investigations were carried out in a model corrosion medium (0.1 M NaCl); it was shown that the cerium protective films, deposited by immersion, have a cathodic character with regard to the aluminum support and inhibit the occurrence of the depolarizing corrosion process -- the reaction of oxygen reduction.

  16. Growth of porous type anodic oxide films at micro-areas on aluminum exposed by laser irradiation

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    Kikuchi, Tatsuya [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, N13-W8, Kita-Ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)], E-mail: kiku@eng.hokudai.ac.jp; Sakairi, Masatoshi [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, N13-W8, Kita-Ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Takahashi, Hideaki [Asahikawa National College of Technology, Syunkohdai, 2-2, 1-6, Asahikawa 071-8142 (Japan)

    2009-11-30

    Aluminum covered with pore-sealed anodic oxide films was irradiated with a pulsed Nd-YAG laser to remove the oxide film at micro-areas. The specimen was re-anodized for long periods to examine the growth of porous anodic oxide films at the area where substrate had been exposed by measuring current variations and morphological changes in the oxide during the re-anodizing. The chemical dissolution resistance of the pore-sealed anodic oxide films in an oxalic acid solution was also examined by measuring time-variations in rest potentials during immersion. The resistance to chemical dissolution of the oxide film became higher with increasing pore-sealing time and showed higher values at lower solution temperatures. During potentiostatic re-anodizing at five 35-{mu}m wide and 4-mm long lines for 72 h after the film was removed the measured current was found to increase linearly with time. Semicircular columnar-shaped porous type anodic oxide was found to form during the re-anodizing at the laser-irradiated area, and was found to grow radially, thus resulting in an increase in the diameter. After long re-anodizing, the central and top parts of the oxide protruded along the longitudinal direction of the laser-irradiated area. The volume expansion during re-anodizing resulted in the formation of cracks, parallel to the lines, in the oxide film formed during the first anodizing.

  17. Growth of porous type anodic oxide films at micro-areas on aluminum exposed by laser irradiation

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    Aluminum covered with pore-sealed anodic oxide films was irradiated with a pulsed Nd-YAG laser to remove the oxide film at micro-areas. The specimen was re-anodized for long periods to examine the growth of porous anodic oxide films at the area where substrate had been exposed by measuring current variations and morphological changes in the oxide during the re-anodizing. The chemical dissolution resistance of the pore-sealed anodic oxide films in an oxalic acid solution was also examined by measuring time-variations in rest potentials during immersion. The resistance to chemical dissolution of the oxide film became higher with increasing pore-sealing time and showed higher values at lower solution temperatures. During potentiostatic re-anodizing at five 35-μm wide and 4-mm long lines for 72 h after the film was removed the measured current was found to increase linearly with time. Semicircular columnar-shaped porous type anodic oxide was found to form during the re-anodizing at the laser-irradiated area, and was found to grow radially, thus resulting in an increase in the diameter. After long re-anodizing, the central and top parts of the oxide protruded along the longitudinal direction of the laser-irradiated area. The volume expansion during re-anodizing resulted in the formation of cracks, parallel to the lines, in the oxide film formed during the first anodizing.

  18. Effects of aluminum additions to gas atomized reaction synthesis produced oxide dispersion strengthened alloys

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    Spicher, Alexander Lee

    The production of an aluminum containing ferritic oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloy was investigated. The production method used in this study was gas atomization reaction synthesis (GARS). GARS was chosen over the previously commercial method of mechanical alloying (MA) process due to complications from this process. The alloy compositions was determined from three main components; corrosion resistance, dispersoid formation, and additional elements. A combination of Cr and Al were necessary in order to create a protective oxide in the steam atmosphere that the boiler tubing in the next generation of coal-fired power plants would be exposed to. Hf and Y were chosen as dispersoid forming elements due to their increased thermal stability and potential to avoid decreased strength caused by additions of Al to traditional ODS materials. W was used as an additive due to benefits as a strengthener as well as its benefits for creep rupture time. The final composition chosen for the alloy was Fe-16Cr-12Al-0.9W-0.25Hf-0.2Y at%. The aforementioned alloy, GA-1-198, was created through gas atomization with atomization gas of Ar-300ppm O2. The actual composition created was found to be Fe-15Cr-12.3Al-0.9W-0.24Hf-0.19Y at%. An additional alloy that was nominally the same without the inclusion of aluminum was created as a comparison for the effects on mechanical and corrosion properties. The actual composition of the comparison alloy, GA-1-204, was Fe-16Cr-0Al-0.9W-0.25Hf-0.24Y at%. An investigation on the processing parameters for these alloys was conducted on the GA-1-198 alloy. In order to predict the necessary amount of time for heat treatment, a diffusion study was used to find the diffusion rate of oxygen in cast alloys with similar composition. The diffusion rate was found to be similar to that of other GARS compositions that have been created without the inclusion of aluminum. The effect of heat treatment time was investigated with temperatures of 950°C, 1000

  19. Synthesis of ZnSe semiconductor nanodot arrays by templated PVD

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    Valeev, Rishat; Beltukov, Artemiy [Physico-Technical Institute of UB RAS, Kirova st. 132, 426000 Izhevsk (Russian Federation); Udmurt State University, Universitetskaya st. 1, 426034 Izhevsk (Russian Federation); Romanov, Eduard; Krylov, Petr [Udmurt State University, Universitetskaya st. 1, 426034 Izhevsk (Russian Federation); Deev, Andrew [Physico-Technical Institute of UB RAS, Kirova st. 132, 426000 Izhevsk (Russian Federation); Napolski, Kirill; Eliseev, Andrei [Faculty of Material Sciences, Lomonosov' s Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory st. 1, 119991 Moscow (Russian Federation); Mezentsev, Nikolai [Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics of SB RAS, Lavrentiev st. 11, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Kriventsov, Vladimir [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis of SB RAS, Lavrentiev st. 5, 630090 Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2010-06-15

    Here we report a novel approach for preparation of ZnSe nanodot arrays by physical vapor deposition on porous aluminum oxide templates possessing ordered system of channels. The structure of nanodot arrays was investigated by scanning electron microscopy and EXAFS-spectroscopy. The geometry of nanodots and local atomic structure parameters like the interatomic distances and coordination numbers of Zn and Se atoms are reported. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. Nanowires and nanostructures fabrication using template methods

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    Mátéfi-Tempfli, Stefan; Mátéfi-Tempfli, M.; Vlad, A.;

    2009-01-01

    One of the great challenges of today is to find reliable techniques for the fabrication of nanomaterials and nanostructures. Methods based on template synthesis and on self organization are the most promising due to their easiness and low cost. This paper focuses on the electrochemical synthesis ...... nanowires and nanostructures using nanoporous host materials such as supported anodic aluminum considering it as a key template for nanowires based devices. New ways are opened for applications by combining such template synthesis methods with nanolithographic techniques....

  1. Facile template-free synthesis of pine needle-like Pd micro/nano-leaves and their associated electro-catalytic activities toward oxidation of formic acid

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    Wang Chuanyi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Pine needle-like Pd micro/nano-leaves have been synthesized by a facile, template-free electrochemical method. As-synthesized Pd micro/nano-leaves were directly electrodeposited on an indium tin oxide substrate in the presence of 1.0 mM H2PdCl4 + 0.33 M H3PO4. The formation processes of Pd micro/nano-leaves were revealed by scanning electron microscope, and further characterized by X-ray diffraction and electrochemical analysis. Compared to conventional Pd nanoparticles, as-prepared Pd micro/nano-leaves exhibit superior electrocatalytic activities for the formic acid oxidation.

  2. Rapid susceptibility testing and microcolony analysis of Candida spp. cultured and imaged on porous aluminum oxide.

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    Colin J Ingham

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Acquired resistance to antifungal agents now supports the introduction of susceptibility testing for species-drug combinations for which this was previously thought unnecessary. For pathogenic yeasts, conventional phenotypic testing needs at least 24 h. Culture on a porous aluminum oxide (PAO support combined with microscopy offers a route to more rapid results. METHODS: Microcolonies of Candida species grown on PAO were stained with the fluorogenic dyes Fun-1 and Calcofluor White and then imaged by fluorescence microscopy. Images were captured by a charge-coupled device camera and processed by publicly available software. By this method, the growth of yeasts could be detected and quantified within 2 h. Microcolony imaging was then used to assess the susceptibility of the yeasts to amphotericin B, anidulafungin and caspofungin (3.5 h culture, and voriconazole and itraconazole (7 h culture. SIGNIFICANCE: Overall, the results showed good agreement with EUCAST (86.5% agreement; n = 170 and E-test (85.9% agreement; n = 170. The closest agreement to standard tests was found when testing susceptibility to amphotericin B and echinocandins (88.2 to 91.2% and the least good for the triazoles (79.4 to 82.4%. Furthermore, large datasets on population variation could be rapidly obtained. An analysis of microcolonies revealed subtle effects of antimycotics on resistant strains and below the MIC of sensitive strains, particularly an increase in population heterogeneity and cell density-dependent effects of triazoles. Additionally, the method could be adapted to strain identification via germ tube extension. We suggest PAO culture is a rapid and versatile method that may be usefully adapted to clinical mycology and has research applications.

  3. Analysis of mid-tropospheric space shuttle exhausted aluminum oxide particles

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    Cofer, Wesley R.; Lala, G. Garland; Wightman, James P.

    Aluminum oxide (Al 2O 3) particles from the exhaust of the space shuttle were collected from the shuttle column cloud immediately after the launch of STS-61A on 30 October 1985. The participates were collected on Teflon filters during a tight descending aircraft spiral maneuver over the altitude interval of 7.6-4.6 km. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) examination of the particles revealed that they were virtually all spherical and ranged in diameter from about 0.1 μm to 10 μm. Particles of < 0.1 μm in diameter were not readily visible in the SEM photomicrographs; however, such particles would not be captured efficiently on the Teflon filters used. Results from energy dispersive analysis by X-ray (EDAX) and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA) confirmed that the particles were predominantly composed of Al and O 2. A particle size distribution was determined from the Al 2O 3 samples. The distribution was bimodal, with one observed peak centered near 2.0 μm. The data indicated the existence of another mode centered at a diameter of < 0.3 μm, but could not be accurately located because our technique cut off at diameters of < 0.1 μm. A mass median diameter of slightly < 2 μm was determined. The collection was evaluated for ice nucleation activity, using the filter technique with a static vapor-diffusion chamber. Only a small fraction (about 1:10 6) of active ice nuclei were determined among the Al 2O 3 particulates.

  4. Fracture mechanical investigations about crack resistance behaviour in non-transforming ceramics in particular aluminum oxide

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    The aim of this work is the clearification of R-curve behaviour of non-transforming ceramics, in particular aluminum oxide exhibiting incrystalline fracture. Investigations of crack growth in controlled bending experiments were performed using 3-Pt- and 4-Pt-bending samples of differing sizes under inert conditions. The fracture experiments were realized using several loading techniques, for example constant and varying displacement rates, load rupture (P = 0) and relaxation tests (v = 0). In addition unloading and reloading experiments were performed to investigate hysteresis curves and residual displacements in accordance with R-curve behaviour. During the crack-growth experiments, the crack extension was measured in situ using a high resolution immersion microscope. With this technique, the fracture processes near the crack tip (crack activity zone) was observed as well. The crack resistance as a function of crack extension (R-curve) was determined using differing calculation methods. All of the methods used resulted in approximately identical R-curves, within the statistical error band. The crack resistance at initiation R0 was 20 N/m. The crack resistance increased during approximately 3 mm of growth to a maximum of 90 N/m. A decrease in the crack resistance was determined for large a/W (crack length normalized with sample height) values, independant of the calculation methods. The R-curve behaviour was interpreted as due to a functional resistance behind the observed crack tip, which arises from a volume dilatation in the crack activity zone while the crack proceeds. (orig.)

  5. Synthesis of aluminum oxide dispersed α-Fe with nano sized grains by simple milling

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    Hwang, Seung J., E-mail: sjhwang@daejin.ac.kr

    2015-07-25

    Highlights: • Nano-sized α-Fe with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} dispersoid was produced by milling with elemental powders. • Milled powders were consolidated by Hot pressing and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP). • HIPed materials showed a homogeneous distribution of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} in α-Fe nanocrystalline. • Yield strength of the HIPed materials was as high as 824 MPa. • Most of strengthening contributions are attributed to the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} dispersoids. - Abstract: Aluminum oxide (with 4 volume% of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) dispersed α-Fe (BCC) with nano-sized grain was synthesized by reactive-cryogenic milling with a mixture of the elemental Fe, Al and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} (Magnetite) powders as a reactant. Prior to the Hot Isostatic Press (HIP) for further densification of the materials, the milled powders were hot pressed (HPed) at the elevated temperature. The microstructure of the consolidated materials was characterized by standard metallographic techniques such as TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy), STEM–EDS (Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy), and XRD (X-ray Diffractometer). Mechanical properties of the materials were determined by compressive yield test and micro Vickers hardness test at room temperature. The grain size estimation was attempted for the materials by XRD, using the Scherrer formula and TEM pictures. The microstructure of the materials was comprised with a mixture of a homogeneous distribution of Fe and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano grains. The 0.2% off-set yield strength and micro Vickers hardness of the materials were as high as 824 ± 39 MPa and 3.70 ± 0.1 GPa, respectively.

  6. Atomic layer deposited lithium aluminum oxide: (In)dependency of film properties from pulsing sequence

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    Miikkulainen, Ville, E-mail: ville.miikkulainen@helsinki.fi; Nilsen, Ola; Fjellvåg, Helmer [Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN), Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1126 Blindern, NO-0318 Oslo (Norway); Li, Han; King, Sean W. [Intel Corporation, 5200 NE Elam Young Parkway, Hillsboro, Oregon 97124 (United States); Laitinen, Mikko; Sajavaara, Timo [Department of Physics, University of Jyväskylä, P.O. Box 35, FI-40014 Jyväskylä (Finland)

    2015-01-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) holds markedly high potential of becoming the enabling method for achieving the three-dimensional all-solid-state thin-film lithium ion battery (LiB). One of the most crucial components in such a battery is the electrolyte that needs to hold both low electronic conductivity and at least fair lithium ion conductivity being at the same time pinhole free. To obtain these desired properties in an electrolyte film, one necessarily has to have a good control over the elemental composition of the deposited material. The present study reports on the properties of ALD lithium aluminum oxide (Li{sub x}Al{sub y}O{sub z}) thin films. In addition to LiB electrolyte applications, Li{sub x}Al{sub y}O{sub z} is also a candidate low dielectric constant (low-k) etch stop and diffusion barrier material in nanoelectronics applications. The Li{sub x}Al{sub y}O{sub z} films were deposited employing trimethylaluminum-O{sub 3} and lithium tert-butoxide-H{sub 2}O for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Li{sub 2}O/LiOH, respectively. The composition was aimed to be controlled by varying the pulsing ratio of those two binary oxide ALD cycles. The films were characterized by several methods for composition, crystallinity and phase, electrical properties, hardness, porosity, and chemical environment. Regardless of the applied pulsing ratio of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Li{sub 2}O/LiOH, all the studied ALD Li{sub x}Al{sub y}O{sub z} films of 200 and 400 nm in thickness were polycrystalline in the orthorhombic β-LiAlO{sub 2} phase and also very similar to each other with respect to composition and other studied properties. The results are discussed in the context of both fundamental ALD chemistry and applicability of the films as thin-film LiB electrolytes and low-k etch stop and diffusion barriers.

  7. Chemical and structural analysis of solvothermal synthesized tungsten oxide nanotube without template and its hydrogen sensitive property

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    Graphical abstract: Imaged models of formation of nanotube during crystal growth: (a) precursor react with each other; (b) the crystal plane bended as crystallization; (c) the nanotube formed finally. Highlights: • The WO3 naonotube was prepared by solvothermal method without any addition. • The steric effect and the nucleation and growth mechanism resulted in the nanotube. • The nanotube film surface showed high oxygen vacancies. • The nanotube film showed diffusion dominated sensitivity. -- Abstract: Tungsten oxide nanotubes were synthesized by solvothermal process without template. The steric effect and the concentration of WCl6 are the dominant factors for the formation mechanism of the nanotube. The steric effect was experimentally and systematically studied with solvents including ethanol, isopropanol, n-propanol and butylalcohol, which have different molecular configuration and length, while the effect of concentration was investigated by characterizing the nanostructured productions. The samples have been investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The surface chemistry of the nanotube is characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicated that the solvents species and WCl6 concentration obviously diversified the morphologies of the products; the nanotubes synthesized with isopropanol composed of W18O49 phase; the crystal defects (O atom vacancy) formed during rapid crystallization could be modified by heat treatment. The DC electrical response of the nanotube thin film to hydrogen was measured the temperature range from 200 °C to 300 °C, which indicated a decline in electrical resistance with good sensitivity, and showed the mechanism that the reaction limited process works at low temperature, whereas the diffusion limited process works at higher temperature

  8. Reversible post-breakdown conduction in aluminum oxide-polymer capacitors

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    CHEN, Qian; Gomes, HL; Rocha, PRF; De Leeuw,; Meskers, SCJ Stefan

    2013-01-01

    Aluminum/Al2O3/polymer/metal capacitors submitted to a low-power constant current stress undergo dielectric breakdown. The post-breakdown conduction is metastable, and over time the capacitors recover their original insulating properties. The decay of the conduction with time follows a power law (1/t) α . The magnitude of the exponent α can be raised by application of an electric field and lowered to practically zero by optical excitation of the polyspirofluorene polymer. The metastable condu...

  9. Syntheses, structures, and ionic conductivities of perovskite-structured lithium–strontium–aluminum/gallium–tantalum-oxides

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    The ionic conductivities of new perovskite-structured lithium–strontium–aluminum/gallium–tantalum oxides were investigated. Solid solutions of the new perovskite oxides, (LixSr1−x)(Al(1−x)/2Ta(1+x)/2)O3 and (LixSr1−x)(Ga(1−x)/2Ta(1+x)/2)O3, were synthesized using a ball-milled-assisted solid-state method. The partial substitution of the smaller Ga+3 for Ta+5 resulted in new compositions, the structures of which were determined by neutron diffraction measurements using a cubic perovskite structural model with the Pm−3m space group. Vacancies were introduced into the Sr(Li) sites by the formation of solid solutions with compositions (LixSr1−x−y☐y)(Ga[(1−x)/2]−yTa[(1+x)/2]+y)O3, where the composition range of 0≤y≤0.20 was examined for x=0.2 and 0.25. The highest conductivity, 1.85×10−3 S cm−1 at 250 °C, was obtained for (Li0.25Sr0.625☐0.125)(Ga0.25Ta0.75)O3 (x=0.25, y=0.125). Enhanced ionic conductivities were achieved by the introduction of vacancies at the A-sites. - Graphical abstract: Novel lithium-conducting oxides with the cubic perovskite structure (LixSr1−x−y☐y)(Ga[(1−x)/2]−yTa[(1+x)/2]+y)O3 provide a specific solid-solution region with various x and y values, exhibiting the highest ionic conductivity (1.85 S cm−1 at 250 °C) for (Li0.25Sr0.625☐0.125)(Ga0.25Ta0.75)O3 (x=0.25, y=0.125 in (LixSr1−x−y☐y)(Ga[(1−x)/2]−yTa[(1+x)/2]+y)O3). The vacancies (☐) introduced into the A-sites contribute to the enhancement of lithium diffusion in the perovskite structure because of the enlargement of the bottleneck size and suppression of the interaction between lithium and oxygen. - Highlights: • The perovskite-structured novel Li–Sr–Al/Ga–Ta oxides were investigated. • The Ga cation offers a larger bottleneck by increasing the B−O bond length. • The greater conductivity was observed upon Ga-containing perovskite. • The ionic conductivity was improved by the introduction of vacancies into A-site

  10. Syntheses, structures, and ionic conductivities of perovskite-structured lithium–strontium–aluminum/gallium–tantalum-oxides

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    Phraewphiphat, Thanya, E-mail: thanya@echem.titech.ac.jp [Department of Electronic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Iqbal, Muhammad, E-mail: iqbal@echem.titech.ac.jp [Department of Electronic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Suzuki, Kota, E-mail: ksuzuki@echem.titech.ac.jp [Department of Electronic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Matsuda, Yasuaki, E-mail: matsuda@chem.mie-u.ac.jp [Department of Chemistry, Mie University, 1577 Kurimamachiyacho, Tsu, Mie 514-8507 (Japan); Yonemura, Masao, E-mail: masao.yonemura@kek.jp [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1106 (Japan); Hirayama, Masaaki, E-mail: hirayama@echem.titech.ac.jp [Department of Electronic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan); Kanno, Ryoji, E-mail: kanno@echem.titech.ac.jp [Department of Electronic Chemistry, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori, Yokohama 226-8502 (Japan)

    2015-05-15

    The ionic conductivities of new perovskite-structured lithium–strontium–aluminum/gallium–tantalum oxides were investigated. Solid solutions of the new perovskite oxides, (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x})(Al{sub (1−x)/2}Ta{sub (1+x)/2})O{sub 3} and (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x})(Ga{sub (1−x)/2}Ta{sub (1+x)/2})O{sub 3}, were synthesized using a ball-milled-assisted solid-state method. The partial substitution of the smaller Ga{sup +3} for Ta{sup +5} resulted in new compositions, the structures of which were determined by neutron diffraction measurements using a cubic perovskite structural model with the Pm−3m space group. Vacancies were introduced into the Sr(Li) sites by the formation of solid solutions with compositions (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3}, where the composition range of 0≤y≤0.20 was examined for x=0.2 and 0.25. The highest conductivity, 1.85×10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1} at 250 °C, was obtained for (Li{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 0.625}☐{sub 0.125})(Ga{sub 0.25}Ta{sub 0.75})O{sub 3} (x=0.25, y=0.125). Enhanced ionic conductivities were achieved by the introduction of vacancies at the A-sites. - Graphical abstract: Novel lithium-conducting oxides with the cubic perovskite structure (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3} provide a specific solid-solution region with various x and y values, exhibiting the highest ionic conductivity (1.85 S cm{sup −1} at 250 °C) for (Li{sub 0.25}Sr{sub 0.625}☐{sub 0.125})(Ga{sub 0.25}Ta{sub 0.75})O{sub 3} (x=0.25, y=0.125 in (Li{sub x}Sr{sub 1−x−y}☐{sub y})(Ga{sub [(1−x)/2]−y}Ta{sub [(1+x)/2]+y})O{sub 3}). The vacancies (☐) introduced into the A-sites contribute to the enhancement of lithium diffusion in the perovskite structure because of the enlargement of the bottleneck size and suppression of the interaction between lithium and oxygen. - Highlights: • The perovskite-structured novel Li

  11. A colorimetric sensor based on anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) substrate for the detection of nitroaromatics.

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    Liu, Y.; Wang, H. H.; Indacochea, J. E.; Wang, M. L. (Materials Science Division); (Northeastern Univ.); (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago)

    2011-12-15

    Simple and low cost colorimetric sensors for explosives detection were explored and developed. Anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) with large surface area through its porous structure and light background color was utilized as the substrate for colorimetric sensors. Fabricated thin AAO films with thickness less than {approx} 500 nm allowed us to observe interference colors which were used as the background color for colorimetric detection. AAO thin films with various thickness and pore-to-pore distance were prepared through anodizing aluminum foils at different voltages and times in dilute sulfuric acid. Various interference colors were observed on these samples due to their difference in structures. Accordingly, suitable anodization conditions that produce AAO samples with desired light background colors for optical applications were obtained. Thin film interference model was applied to analyze the UV-vis reflectance spectra and to estimate the thickness of the AAO membranes. We found that the thickness of produced AAO films increased linearly with anodization time in sulfuric acid. In addition, the growth rate was higher for AAO anodized using higher voltages. The thin film interference formulism was further validated with a well established layer by layer deposition technique. Coating poly(styrene sulfonate) sodium salt (PSS) and poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) layer by layer on AAO thin film consistently shifted its surface color toward red due to the increase in thickness. The red shift of UV-vis reflectance was correlated quantitatively to the number of layers been assembled. This sensitive red shift due to molecular attachment (increase in thickness) on AAO substrate was applied toward nitroaromatics detection. Aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTS) which can be attached onto AAO nanowells covalently through silanization and attract TNT molecules was coated and applied for TNT detection. UV-vis spectra of AAO with APTS shifted to the longer wavelength side due to

  12. Sol-gel deposition and plasma treatment of intrinsic, aluminum-doped, and gallium-doped zinc oxide thin films as transparent conductive electrodes

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    Zhu, Zhaozhao; Mankowski, Trent; Balakrishnan, Kaushik; Shikoh, Ali Sehpar; Touati, Farid; Benammar, Mohieddine A.; Mansuripur, Masud; Falco, Charles M.

    2015-09-01

    Zinc oxide and aluminum/gallium-doped zinc oxide thin films were deposited via sol-gel spin-coating technique. Employing plasma treatment as alternative to post thermal annealing, we found that the morphologies of these thin films have changed and the sheet resistances have been significantly enhanced. These plasma-treated thin films also show very good optical properties, with transmittance above 90% averaged over the visible wavelength range. Our best aluminum/gallium-doped zinc oxide thin films exhibit sheet resistances (Rs) of ~ 200 Ω/sq and ~ 150 Ω/sq, respectively.

  13. Comparison of the kinetic laws of the dissolution of bauxite and aluminum and iron(III) oxides and hydroxides in hydrochloric acid

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    Gololobova, E. G.; Gorichev, I. G.; Lainer, Yu. A.; Kozlov, K. V.

    2013-07-01

    The influence of the temperature and concentration of a hydrochloric acid solution on the dissolution kinetics of aluminum and iron(III) oxides and hydroxides and a natural sample of aluminum-containing raw materials, bauxite, is studied. The rate W of the transition of iron(III) ions from bauxite is higher than the rate of aluminum ion transition. The dependence of the fraction of a dissolved solid phase on time τ of dissolution of the oxides and hydroxides is determined, α = 1 — exp(- Asinh( Wτ)). The solubility of iron(III) chloride increases and that of aluminum chloride decreases as the HCl concentration increases. An empirical equation is proposed for the description of the dependence of the process rate on a series of parameters,.

  14. Effecting Factors on Thickness of Oxide Aluminum Membrane%多孔阳极氧化铝膜厚度影响因素

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    王晓燕; 翟秀静; 张延安; 符岩; 郑双

    2011-01-01

    以H2SO4为电解液对高纯铝箔进行阳极氧化,用涡流测厚仪分析制备工艺参数对多孔氧化铝膜厚度的影响.结果表明,在一定电解液浓度及电解电压下,氧化铝膜厚度随电解液浓度及电解电压的增加而增大,但过高的电解液浓度及电解电压均会造成氧化铝膜的快速击穿.氧化铝膜厚度随电解时间的增加而增大,但初期的增长速度较快,后期随电解时间的增加变化缓慢.在一定温度范围内氧化铝膜的厚度随温度的升高而增加.%High-pure aluminum foil is oxidized in anodic with H2SO4 as electrolyte. The effect of the technological parameters on thickness of oxide aluminum membrane is investigated by using eddy current sensor thickness. The results show that the thickness of oxide aluminum membrane is increased with the increase of electrolyte concentration and voltage, but the exorbitant electrolyte concentration and electrolysis voltage are prone to rapid breakdown of aluminum foil. The thickness of oxide aluminum membrane is increased with the increase of the electrolysis time, however the growth speed of oxide aluminum membrane thickness is firstly fast and then becomes slow. Within a certain range of temperature, the thickness of oxide aluminum membrane is increased with the increase of the electrolysis temperature.

  15. Structural, Optical, and Dielectric Properties of Aluminum Oxide Nanofibers Synthesized by a Lower-Temperature Sol-Gel Approach

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    Riaz, Saira; Sajid-ur-Rehman; Abutalib, Mymona; Naseem, Shahzad

    2016-07-01

    Alumina (Al2O3) is the most versatile and important ceramic material, having applications in various fields including electronic devices. It is stable at high temperatures and is chemically inert. The sol-gel method, a relatively lower-temperature technique, has been used to synthesize aluminum oxide nanofibers. The molarity of the sol concentration was varied as 0.7 M, 0.8 M, 0.9 M, 1.0 M, and 1.1 M. The structural, optical, and dielectric properties of the as-synthesized nanofibers were characterized. x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis results confirmed formation of α-Al2O3 phase of aluminum oxide, notably without any heat treatment or use of water as solvent. The crystallite size and unit cell volume of the nanofibers increased as the sol concentration was increased to 0.9 M, but further increase in sol concentration resulted in reduction of crystallite size and increase in dislocations. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results revealed uniform distribution of nanofibers (˜25 nm to 30 nm) under all conditions. Nanofibers prepared using sol concentration of 0.9 M showed high transmission (˜89%) in the visible and infrared regions. The energy bandgap varied from 3.69 eV to 4.1 eV with the variation in molar concentration. Lower bandgap correlated with defect-induced states in the bandgap. The high refractive index is indicative of high density of aluminum oxide nanofibers. High grain-boundary resistance (1.455 MΩ) and high dielectric constant (˜15.76) along with low tangent loss were observed at molar concentration of 0.9 M.

  16. Hybrid aluminum and indium conducting filaments for nonpolar resistive switching of Al/AlOx/indium tin oxide flexible device

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    Yuan, Fang; Wang, Jer-Chyi; Zhang, Zhigang; Ye, Yu-Ren; Pan, Liyang; Xu, Jun; Lai, Chao-Sung

    2014-02-01

    The nonpolar resistive switching characteristics of an Al/AlOx/indium tin oxide (ITO) device on a plastic flexible substrate are investigated. By analyzing the electron diffraction spectroscopy results and thermal coefficient of resistivity, it is discovered that the formation of aluminum and indium conducting filaments in AlOx film strongly depends on the polarity of the applied voltage. The metal ions arising from the Al and ITO electrodes respectively govern the resistive switching in corresponding operation polarity. After 104 times of mechanical bending, the device can perform satisfactorily in terms of resistance distribution, read sequence of high and low resistive states, and thermal retention properties.

  17. Multi-electrolyte-step anodic aluminum oxide method for the fabrication of self-organized nanochannel arrays

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    2012-01-01

    Nanochannel arrays were fabricated by the self-organized multi-electrolyte-step anodic aluminum oxide [AAO] method in this study. The anodization conditions used in the multi-electrolyte-step AAO method included a phosphoric acid solution as the electrolyte and an applied high voltage. There was a change in the phosphoric acid by the oxalic acid solution as the electrolyte and the applied low voltage. This method was used to produce self-organized nanochannel arrays with good regularity and circularity, meaning less power loss and processing time than with the multi-step AAO method. PMID:22333268

  18. Gas-Phase Partial Oxidation of Lignin to Carboxylic Acids over Vanadium Pyrophosphate and Aluminum-Vanadium-Molybdenum.

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    Lotfi, Samira; Boffito, Daria C; Patience, Gregory S

    2015-10-26

    Lignin is a complex polymer that is a potential feedstock for aromatic compounds and carboxylic acids by cleaving the β-O-4 and 5-5' linkages. In this work, a syringe pump atomizes an alkaline solution of lignin into a catalytic fluidized bed operating above 600 K. The vanadium heterogeneous catalysts convert all the lignin into carboxylic acids (up to 25 % selectivity), coke, carbon oxides, and hydrogen. Aluminum-vanadium-molybdenum mostly produced lactic acid (together with formic acid, acrylic acid, and maleic anhydride), whereas the vanadium pyrophosphate catalyst produced more maleic anhydride. PMID:26361086

  19. Highly flexible transparent thin film heaters based on silver nanowires and aluminum zinc oxides

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    Cheong, Hahn-Gil; Kim, Jin-Hoon; Song, Jun-Hyuk; Jeong, Unyong; Park, Jin-Woo, E-mail: jwpark09@yonsei.ac.kr

    2015-08-31

    In this work, we developed highly flexible transparent film heaters (f-TFHs) composed of Ag nanowire networks (AgNWs) and aluminum zinc oxide (AZO). Uniform AgNWs were roll-to-roll coated on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates using the Mayer rod method, and AZO was sputter-deposited atop the AgNWs at room temperature. The sheet resistance (R{sub s}) and transparency (T{sub opt}) of the AZO-coated AgNWs changed only slightly compared with the uncoated AgNWs. AZO is thermally less conductive than the heat pipes, but increases the thermal efficiency of the heaters blocking the heat convection through the air. Based on Joule heating, a higher average film temperature (T{sub ave}) is attained at a fixed electric potential drop between electrodes (ϕ) as the R{sub s} of the film decreases. Our experimental results revealed that T{sub ave} of the hybrid f-TFH is higher than AgNWs when the ratio of the area coverage of AgNWs to AZO is over a certain value. When a ϕ as low as 3 V/cm was applied to 5 cm × 5 cm f-TFHs, the maximum temperature of the hybrid film was over 100 °C, which is greater than that of AgNWs by more than 30 °C. Furthermore, uniform heating throughout the surfaces is achieved in the hybrid films while heating begins in small areas where densities of the nanowires (NWs) are the highest in the bare network. The non-uniform heating decreases the lifetime of f-TFHs by forming hot spots. Cyclic bending test results indicated that the hybrid films were as flexible as the AgNWs, and the R{sub s} of the hybrid films changes only slightly until 5000 cycles. Combined with the high-throughput coating technology presented here, the hybrid films will provide a robust and scalable strategy for large-area f-TFHs with highly enhanced performance. - Highlights: • We developed highly efficient flexible thin film heaters based on Ag nanowires and AZO composites. • In the composite, AZO plays an important role as an insulation blanket to block heat loss to

  20. Preparation of aluminum doped zinc oxide films and the study of their microstructure, electrical and optical properties

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    Aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) polycrystalline thin films were prepared by sol-gel dip-coating process on optical glass substrates. Zinc acetate solutions of 0.5 M in isopropanol stabilized by diethanolamine and doped with a concentrated solution of aluminum nitrate in ethanol were used. The content of aluminum in the sol was varied from 1 to 3 at.%. Crystalline ZnO thin films were obtained following an annealing process at temperatures between 300 deg. C and 500 deg. C for 1 h. The coatings have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Visible spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy, and electrical resistance measurement. The ZnO:Al thin films are transparent (∼ 90%) in near ultraviolet and visible regions. With the annealing temperature increasing from 300 deg. C to 500 deg. C, the film was oriented more preferentially along the (0 0 2) direction, the grain size of the film increased, the transmittance also became higher and the electrical resistivity decreased. The X-ray diffraction analysis revealed single-phase ZnO hexagonal wurtzite structure. The best conductors were obtained for the AZO films containing 1 at.% of Al, annealed at 500 deg. C, 780 nm film thickness

  1. Quasi-hexagonal vortex-pinning lattice using anodized aluminum oxide nanotemplates

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    Hallet, X.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, M.; Michotte, S.;

    2009-01-01

    The bottom barrier layer of well-ordered nanoporous alumina membranes reveals a previously unexploited nanostructured template surface consisting of a triangular lattice of hemispherical nanoscale bumps. Quasi-hexagonal vortex-pinning lattice arrays are created in superconducting Nb films deposit...

  2. Pulmonary fibrosis in aluminum oxide workers. Investigation of nine workers, with pathologic examination and microanalysis in three of them

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    Epidemiologic surveys have indicated an excess of nonmalignant respiratory disease in workers exposed to aluminum oxide (Al2O3) during abrasives production. However, clinical, roentgenographic, histologic, and microanalytic description of these workers are lacking. This is a report of nine Al2O3-exposed workers with abnormal chest roentgenograms (profusion greater than or equal to 1/0, ILO/UC) from a plant engaged in the production of Al2O3 abrasives from alundum ore. Mean duration of exposure was 25 yr, and time since first exposure was 28 yr. in a subgroup of three, the severity of symptoms, reduction in the forced vital capacity (67% predicted) and diffusing capacity (51% predicted), and progressive roentgenographic changes (profusion greater than or equal to 2/2) prompted open lung biopsy. Lung tissue was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and electron microprobe analysis. In each of the three biopsies, interstitial fibrosis with honeycombing was seen on routine section. In one biopsy, silica and asbestos fiber counts were at the low end of the range seen with silicosis and asbestosis; however, the absence of asbestos bodies and silicotic nodules suggested that the fibrosis was due to another cause. Metals occurred in amounts several orders of magnitude above background, and the majority was aluminum as Al2O3 and aluminum alloys. The findings in these nine workers suggests a common exposure as the possible cause. The nonspecific pathologic findings, absence of asbestos bodies and silicotic nodules, and the striking number of aluminum-containing particles suggest that Al2O3 is that common exposure. The possibility of mixed dust fibrosis should also be considered

  3. A template-based superhydrophobic tube structure with nanofiber forests and its mass flow characteristic

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    A variety of two-dimensional (2D) superhydrophobic surfaces have been fabricated for biological and industrial applications. Here, we report a simple and inexpensive non-planar (i.e. three-dimensional, 3D) superhydrophobic structure with nanofiber entanglements. The 3D structure with the contact angle of about 170° is fabricated by the dip coating of polytetrafluoroethylene and the etching process of an anodic aluminum oxide (AAO)/aluminum (Al) wire template which is prepared by anodization of an industrial Al wire (99.5% purity, 1000 times cheaper than Al of 99.999%). The 3D superhydrophobic surface was fabricated on the inside of a tube using a template AAO replica. Flow characteristics were then determined by measuring the mass flow of water through the tube. The superhydrophobic surface gives better flow and an increasing mass flow rate.

  4. Mesoporous zirconium titanium oxides. Part 3. Synthesis and adsorption properties of unfunctionalized and phosphonate-functionalized hierarchical polyacrylonitrile-F-127-templated beads.

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    Sizgek, G Devlet; Griffith, Christopher S; Sizgek, Erden; Luca, Vittorio

    2009-10-01

    A method is presented for the preparation of zirconium titanate mixed oxides in bead form having hierarchical pore structure. This method entailed the use of both preformed polyacrylonitrile (PAN) polymer beads and surfactants as templates. The templates were removed by calcination at temperatures below about 500 degrees C, resulting in mixed oxide beads with trimodal pore size distributions and interconnected pores. The pore size distributions as determined using nitrogen adsorption-desorption showed clear maxima at 4.5 and 45 nm length scales and also clear evidence of microporosity. The macroporous framework morphology was a replica of the PAN beads with radial structure. The mesoporous framework possessed wormhole-like pores with pore size of about 6 nm that was consistent with the F-127 triblock copolymer template used. The mixed oxide beads exhibited surface areas of 215 and 185 m2/g after calcination at 500 and 600 degrees C. Thermal stability up to 650 degrees C is unprecedented for bulk systems. The adsorption properties were characterized using uranyl as the target cation and the mass transport in the beads with the present hierarchical architectures has been shown to be exceptional. The beads were functionalized with 4-amino,1-hydroxy,1,1-bis-phosphonic acid (HABDP) and amino-tris-methylene phosphonic acid (ATMP) and the adsorption properties for the extraction of uranyl sulfate complexes from acidic solution examined. Of the two molecules investigated, ATMP functionalization resulted in the best extraction efficiency with equilibrium uptake of about 90% of uranium available in solution between pH 1 and 2. The beads could potentially be utilized as catalysts, catalyst supports, adsorbents, and separation materials. PMID:19746937

  5. Cerium oxide coated anodes for aluminum electrowinning: Topical report, October 1, 1986-June 30, 1987

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    Walker, J. K.

    1987-12-01

    Because of the cost of building and maintaining a carbon anode plant and the energy penalties associated with the use of carbon anodes in the production of aluminum, the use of inert anodes has long been proposed. Various cermet anodes have been investigated. In this paper, tests on a material, cerium oxyfluoride (CEROX), deposited in situ as an anode, are reported. (JDH)

  6. Facile template-free synthesis of pine needle-like Pd micro/nano-leaves and their associated electro-catalytic activities toward oxidation of formic acid

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    Wang Chuanyi; Xu Jingkun; Zhou Rong; Zhou Weiqiang; Zhang Hongmei; Du Yukou; Yang Ping

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Pine needle-like Pd micro/nano-leaves have been synthesized by a facile, template-free electrochemical method. As-synthesized Pd micro/nano-leaves were directly electrodeposited on an indium tin oxide substrate in the presence of 1.0 mM H2PdCl4 + 0.33 M H3PO4. The formation processes of Pd micro/nano-leaves were revealed by scanning electron microscope, and further characterized by X-ray diffraction and electrochemical analysis. Compared to conventional Pd nanoparticles, as-prepared ...

  7. Enhancement of barrier properties of aluminum oxide layer by optimization of plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition process

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    Aluminum oxide (AlxOy) layers were deposited on polyethylene naphthalate substrates by low frequency plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition process for barrier property enhancement. Trimethylaluminum and oxygen plasma were used as precursor and reactant materials, respectively. In order to enhance the barrier properties several process parameters were examined such as plasma power, working pressure and electrode–substrate distance. Increase of plasma power enhanced the reactivity of activated atomic and molecular oxygen to reduce the carbon contents in AlxOy layer, which appeared to enhance the barrier properties. But too high power caused generation of byproducts which were reincorporated in AlxOy layer to reduce the barrier properties. Plasma generated at lower working pressure was provided with an additional energy for reactions and had more diffusion of the plasma. The O/Al ratio of the layer approached the stoichiometric value by increasing the electrode–substrate distance. At the following conditions: 300 W of plasma power, 26.7 Pa of working pressure and 50 mm of electrode–substrate distance, water vapor transmission rates of the AlxOy layer reached 8.85 × 10−4 g/m2 day. - Highlights: • Aluminum oxide layer was well formed by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition. • Process parameters were optimized to enhance the barrier properties. • Barrier coating of plastic substrate can be applied to flexible display devices

  8. Aluminum-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles attenuate the TSLP levels via suppressing caspase-1 in activated mast cells.

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    Kim, Min-Ho; Seo, Jun-Ho; Kim, Hyung-Min; Jeong, Hyun-Ja

    2016-04-01

    Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZO-NPs) are used as antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and to treat cancer. However, although ZO-NPs have excellent efficiency and specificity, their cytotoxicity is higher than that of micron-sized zinc oxide. Doping ZO-NPs with aluminum can improve therapeutic efficacy, but the biological effects and mechanisms involved have not been elucidated. Here, we reported the efficacy of aluminum-doped ZO-NP (AZO) on thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) production and caspase-1 activation in human mast cell line, HMC-1 cells. AZO significantly reduced TSLP levels as well as interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α without inducing cytotoxicity. Furthermore, AZO more effectively reduced TSLP, IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-α levels than ZO-NP. The levels of inflammatory cytokine mRNA were also reduced by AZO treatment. AZO blocked production of IL-1β and activations of caspase-1 and nuclear factor-κB by inhibiting IκB kinase β and receptor interacting protein 2. In addition, AZO attenuated phosphorylation of mitogen-activated protein kinases, such as extracellular signal-regulated kinase, c-Jun N-terminal kinases, and p38. These findings provide evidence that AZO improves anti-inflammatory properties and offer a safe and effective potential treatment option. PMID:26825457

  9. Comprehensive study and design of scaled metal/high-k/Ge gate stacks with ultrathin aluminum oxide interlayers

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    Asahara, Ryohei; Hideshima, Iori; Oka, Hiroshi; Minoura, Yuya; Hosoi, Takuji, E-mail: hosoi@mls.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp; Shimura, Takayoshi; Watanabe, Heiji [Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Ogawa, Shingo [Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Toray Research Center Inc., 3-3-7 Sonoyama, Otsu, Shiga 520-8567 (Japan); Yoshigoe, Akitaka; Teraoka, Yuden [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5148 (Japan)

    2015-06-08

    Advanced metal/high-k/Ge gate stacks with a sub-nm equivalent oxide thickness (EOT) and improved interface properties were demonstrated by controlling interface reactions using ultrathin aluminum oxide (AlO{sub x}) interlayers. A step-by-step in situ procedure by deposition of AlO{sub x} and hafnium oxide (HfO{sub x}) layers on Ge and subsequent plasma oxidation was conducted to fabricate Pt/HfO{sub 2}/AlO{sub x}/GeO{sub x}/Ge stacked structures. Comprehensive study by means of physical and electrical characterizations revealed distinct impacts of AlO{sub x} interlayers, plasma oxidation, and metal electrodes serving as capping layers on EOT scaling, improved interface quality, and thermal stability of the stacks. Aggressive EOT scaling down to 0.56 nm and very low interface state density of 2.4 × 10{sup 11 }cm{sup −2}eV{sup −1} with a sub-nm EOT and sufficient thermal stability were achieved by systematic process optimization.

  10. Electrically conductive anodized aluminum coatings

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    Alwitt, Robert S. (Inventor); Liu, Yanming (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A process for producing anodized aluminum with enhanced electrical conductivity, comprising anodic oxidation of aluminum alloy substrate, electrolytic deposition of a small amount of metal into the pores of the anodized aluminum, and electrolytic anodic deposition of an electrically conductive oxide, including manganese dioxide, into the pores containing the metal deposit; and the product produced by the process.

  11. Template synthesis and characterization of molybdenum disulfide nanotubules

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    Graphical abstract: The image is a SEM image of branched MoS2 nanotubes, which are prepared in AAO templates. It is obvious to observe the branch of MoS2 nanotubes (labeled by arrows), and it reflects the microcosmic morphologies of pores in templates. Highlights: → Large quantities of hollow MoS2 tubules. → Explanation for the formation of branched shape. → Explanation for the morphology of bamboo-like structure. -- Abstract: Molybdenum disulfide nanotubules were prepared by thermal decomposition of ammonium thiomolybdate ((NH4)2MoS4) precursors on anodized aluminum oxide template. Large quantities of hollow MoS2 nanotubules with the bamboo-like structure were obtained. The morphology and structures of MoS2 tubules were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, electron diffraction and optical absorption spectroscopy. MoS2 nanotubules completely reflected the three-dimensional structure of nanopores in template. The properties of Mo-S chemical bonds in lattice structure and the wetting state between porous surface and precursor have a great effect on the formation of sections in nanotubules, the ridges in the nanopores also play a very special role of this formation.

  12. The resistive switching memory of CoFe2O4 thin film using nanoporous alumina template

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    Jiang, Changjun; Wu, Lei; Wei, WenWen; Dong, Chunhui; Yao, Jinli

    2014-01-01

    A novel conductive process for resistive random access memory cells is investigated based on nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide template. Bipolar resistive switching characteristic is clearly observed in CoFe2O4 thin film. Stable and repeatable resistive switching behavior is acquired at the same time. On the basis of conductive filament model, possible generation mechanisms for the resistive switching behaviors are discussed intensively. Besides, the magnetic properties of samples (before an...

  13. Structure and formation mechanism of rolled-in oxide areas on aluminum lithographic printing sheets

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    The subsurface area introduced during rolling on the 1100 aluminum alloy series alters its surface properties, which makes it more susceptible to corrosion. A combination of different transmission electron microscopy techniques is employed to observe the orientation of small grain structures and the distribution elements in the subsurface layer. This approach provided valuable insight into the formation mechanism of the layer and the phenomena taking place during rolling.

  14. Synthesis of hierarchical NiCo2O4 hollow nanorods via sacrificial-template accelerate hydrolysis for electrochemical glucose oxidation.

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    Yang, Jiao; Cho, Misuk; Lee, Youngkwan

    2016-01-15

    Hierarchical NiCo2O4 hollow nanorods (HR) were directly grown on stainless steel via a sacrificial template accelerated hydrolysis and post calcination using ZnO nanorod as a template. The composition of the NiCo2O4 HR electrode was determined using X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The morphology of the NiCo2O4 HR is comprised of nanoflakes that were characterized with scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The mixed-valence metal oxide and hollow structure provided high chemical reactivity and a large surface area for glucose oxidation in an alkaline solution. Under an optimal applied potential of +0.6 V, the developed NiCo2O4 HR electrode showed a broad detection range of 0.0003–1.0 mM, a sensitivity of 1685.1 μA mM−1 cm−2, and a low detection limit of 0.16 μM. These results represent a significant improvement over both NiO and Co3O4 HR. The developed NiCo2O4 HR electrode not only demonstrated excellent selectivity in the presence of several electro-active species, but also exhibited high stability following a 200 cycles voltammetry test. PMID:26281005

  15. Adsorption of carbon monoxide on small aluminum oxide clusters: Role of the local atomic environment and charge state on the oxidation of the CO molecule

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    We present extensive density functional theory (DFT) calculations dedicated to analyze the adsorption behavior of CO molecules on small AlxOy± clusters. Following the experimental results of Johnson et al. [J. Phys. Chem. A 112, 4732 (2008)], we consider structures having the bulk composition Al2O3, as well as smaller Al2O2 and Al2O units. Our electron affinity and total energy calculations are consistent with aluminum oxide clusters having two-dimensional rhombus-like structures. In addition, interconversion energy barriers between two- and one-dimensional atomic arrays are of the order of 1 eV, thus clearly defining the preferred isomers. Single CO adsorption on our charged AlxOy± clusters exhibits, in general, spontaneous oxygen transfer events leading to the production of CO2 in line with the experimental data. However, CO can also bind to both Al and O atoms of the clusters forming aluminum oxide complexes with a CO2 subunit. The vibrational spectra of AlxOy + CO2 provides well defined finger prints that may allow the identification of specific isomers. The AlxOy+ clusters are more reactive than the anionic species and the final Al2O+ + CO reaction can result in the production of atomic Al and carbon dioxide as observed from experiments. We underline the crucial role played by the local atomic environment, charge density distribution, and spin-multiplicity on the oxidation behavior of CO molecules. Finally, we analyze the importance of coadsorption and finite temperature effects by performing DFT Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics. Our calculations show that CO oxidation on AlxOy+ clusters can be also promoted by the binding of additional CO species at 300 K, revealing the existence of fragmentation processes in line with the ones experimentally inferred

  16. Aluminum powder metallurgy processing

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    Flumerfelt, J.F.

    1999-02-12

    The objective of this dissertation is to explore the hypothesis that there is a strong linkage between gas atomization processing conditions, as-atomized aluminum powder characteristics, and the consolidation methodology required to make components from aluminum powder. The hypothesis was tested with pure aluminum powders produced by commercial air atomization, commercial inert gas atomization, and gas atomization reaction synthesis (GARS). A comparison of the GARS aluminum powders with the commercial aluminum powders showed the former to exhibit superior powder characteristics. The powders were compared in terms of size and shape, bulk chemistry, surface oxide chemistry and structure, and oxide film thickness. Minimum explosive concentration measurements assessed the dependence of explosibility hazard on surface area, oxide film thickness, and gas atomization processing conditions. The GARS aluminum powders were exposed to different relative humidity levels, demonstrating the effect of atmospheric conditions on post-atomization processing conditions. The GARS aluminum powders were exposed to different relative humidity levels, demonstrating the effect of atmospheric conditions on post-atomization oxidation of aluminum powder. An Al-Ti-Y GARS alloy exposed in ambient air at different temperatures revealed the effect of reactive alloy elements on post-atomization powder oxidation. The pure aluminum powders were consolidated by two different routes, a conventional consolidation process for fabricating aerospace components with aluminum powder and a proposed alternative. The consolidation procedures were compared by evaluating the consolidated microstructures and the corresponding mechanical properties. A low temperature solid state sintering experiment demonstrated that tap densified GARS aluminum powders can form sintering necks between contacting powder particles, unlike the total resistance to sintering of commercial air atomization aluminum powder.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  18. Preparation of silica-sustained electrospun polyvinylpyrrolidone fibers with uniform mesopores via oxidative removal of template molecules by H2O2 treatment

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    Silica-sustained electrospun PVP fibers with uniform mesopores were synthesized via facile oxidative removal of template molecules by H2O2 extraction. Tetraethyl orthosilicate, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), and triblock poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) copolymer pluronic P123 compose the electrospinning sol to fabricate the silica-sustained PVP hybrid fibers. The effect of different post-treatment methods on the pore size distribution was investigated by calcination and extraction, respectively. Experimental results showed that oxidative removal of structure-directing agent P123 in the hybrid fibers by H2O2 treatment can easily form narrow pore size distribution, and the incorporation of 3D silica skeleton built by hot steam aging facilitated preserving the original cylindrical morphology of fibers. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), FT-IR spectra and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were used to characterize the hybrid fibers. The hybrid fibers can be expected to have potential applications in drug release or tissue engineering because of their suitable pore size, large surface area and good biocompatibility.

  19. Effects of Surface Nitrification on Thermal Conductivity of Modified Aluminum Oxide Nanofibers-Reinforced Epoxy Matrix Nanocomposites

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    Kim, Byungjoo; Bae, Kyongmin; An, Kayhyeok [Jeonju Institute of Machinery and Carbon Composites, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of); Park, Soojin [Inha University, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-10-15

    Aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanofibers were treated thermally under an ammonia (NH{sub 3}) gas stream balanced by nitrogen to form a thin aluminum nitride (AlN) layer on the nanofibers, resulting in the enhancement of thermal conductivity of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/epoxy nanocomposites. The micro-structural and morphological properties of the NH{sub 3}-assisted thermally-treated Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanofibers were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AEM), respectively. The surface characteristics and pore structures were observed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Zeta-potential and N{sub 2}/77 K isothermal adsorptions. From the results, the formation of AlN on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanofibers was confirmed by XRD and XPS. The thermal conductivity (TC) of the modified Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanofibers/epoxy composites increased with increasing treated temperatures. On the other hand, the severely treated Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/epoxy composites showed a decrease in TC, resulting from a decrease in the probability of heat-transfer networks between the filler and matrix in this system due to the aggregation of nanofiber fillers.

  20. Analysis of Intermetallic Phases Formed on Surface Vapor Oxidized H13 Hot Work Steels in Molten Aluminum

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    WANGRong; WUXiao-chun; MINYong-an

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, the author dipped surface vapor oxidized H13 steel specimens into 700℃ molten aluminum liquid for a certain period of time. Analyze the intermetallic phases formed on the H 13 samples surface with optical microscope and X-ray diffraction method. The observation of immersion test sample's cross-section shows that Fe304 film will protect die substrate from molten aluminum erosion. The identification of the intermetallic phases reveals that they consist of 2 parts, which is named as the composite layer and the compact layer. Further investigations are made in order to know the phase constituents of the 2 layers, they are Al8Fe2Si (outer composite layer), (AlCuMg) and Al5Fe2 (compact layer), respectively. The experimental results show that on the same specimen, a convex surface with bigger radius of curvature is more likely to be molten and the melting loss speed is also faster than a flat and smooth surface. The thickness of compact layer on a smooth surface is much bigger than that of the convex surface. Therefore, the author supposes the compact layer is favorable in stabilizing the die surface material from further melting loss, as their formation on the die surface, the melting loss speed will decrease.

  1. Analysis of Intermetallic Phases Formed on Surface Vapor Oxidized H13 Hot Work Steels in Molten Aluminum

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    WANG Rong; WU Xiao-chun; MIN Yong-an

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, the author dipped surface vapor oxidized H13 steel specimens into 700℃ molten aluminum liquid for a certain period of time. Analyze the intermetallic phases formed on the H13 samples surface with optical microscope and X-ray diffraction method. The observation of immersion test sample's cross-section shows that Fe3O4 film will protect die substrate from molten aluminum erosion. The identification of the intermetallic phases reveals that they consist of 2parts, which is named as the composite layer and the compact layer. Further investigations are made in order to know the phase constituents of the 2 layers, they are Al8Fe2Si (outer composite layer), (AlCuMg) and Al5Fe2 (compact layer),respectively. The experimental results show that on the same specimen, a convex surface with bigger radius of curvature is more likely to be molten and the melting loss speed is also faster than a flat and smooth surface. The thickness of compact layer on a smooth surface is much bigger than that of the convex surface. Therefore, the author supposes the compact layer is favorable in stabilizing the die surface material from further melting loss, as their formation on the die surface, the melting loss speed will decrease.

  2. Effects of Surface Nitrification on Thermal Conductivity of Modified Aluminum Oxide Nanofibers-Reinforced Epoxy Matrix Nanocomposites

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    Aluminum oxide (Al2O3) nanofibers were treated thermally under an ammonia (NH3) gas stream balanced by nitrogen to form a thin aluminum nitride (AlN) layer on the nanofibers, resulting in the enhancement of thermal conductivity of Al2O3/epoxy nanocomposites. The micro-structural and morphological properties of the NH3-assisted thermally-treated Al2O3 nanofibers were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and atomic force microscopy (AEM), respectively. The surface characteristics and pore structures were observed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Zeta-potential and N2/77 K isothermal adsorptions. From the results, the formation of AlN on Al2O3 nanofibers was confirmed by XRD and XPS. The thermal conductivity (TC) of the modified Al2O3 nanofibers/epoxy composites increased with increasing treated temperatures. On the other hand, the severely treated Al2O3/epoxy composites showed a decrease in TC, resulting from a decrease in the probability of heat-transfer networks between the filler and matrix in this system due to the aggregation of nanofiber fillers

  3. Oxidative removal of acetaminophen using zero valent aluminum-acid system:Efficacy, influencing factors, and reaction mechanism

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    Honghua Zhang; Beipei Cao; Wanpeng Liu; Kunde Lin; Jun Feng

    2012-01-01

    Commercial available zero valent aluminum under air-equilibrated acidic conditions (ZVA1/H+/air system) demonstrated an excellent capacity to remove aqueous organic compounds.Acetaminophen (ACTM),the active ingredient of the over-the-counter drug Tylenol(R),is widely present in the aquatic environment and therefore the treatment of ACTM-contaminated water calls for further research.Herein we investigated the oxidative removal of ACTM by ZVAl/H+/air system and the reaction mechanism.In acidic solutions (pH < 3.5),ZVAl displayed an excellent capacity to remove ACTM.More than 99% of ACTM was eliminated within 16 hr in pH 1.5 reaction solutions initially containing 2.0 g/L aluminum and 2.0 mg/L ACTM at 25 ± 1℃.Higher temperature and lower pH facilitated ACTM removal.The addition of different iron species Fe0,Fe2+ and Fe3+ into ZVAl/H+/air system dramatically accelerated the reaction likely due to the enhancing transformation of H2O2 to HO·via Fenton's reaction.Furthermore,the primary intermediate h.ydroquinone and the anions formate,acetate and nitrate,were identified and a possible reaction scheme was proposed.This work suggested that ZVA1/H+/air system may be potentially employed to treat ACTM-contaminated water.

  4. The influence of atmospheric species on the degradation of aluminum doped zinc oxide and Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells

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    Theelen, M.J.; Foster, C.; Dasgupta, S.; Vroon, Z.A.E.P.; Barreau, N.; Zeman, M.

    2014-01-01

    Aluminum doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) layers were exposed to the atmospheric gases carbondioxide (CO2), oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2) and air as well as liquid H2O purged with these gases, in order to investigate the chemical degradation behavior of these layers. The samples were analyzed by electrical, c

  5. Physical and chemical degradation behavior of sputtered aluminum doped zinc oxide layers for Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells

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    Theelen, M.; Boumans, T.; Stegeman, F.; Colberts, F.; Illiberi, A.; Berkum, J. van; Barreau, N.; Vroon, Z.; Zeman, M.

    2014-01-01

    Sputtered aluminum doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Al) layers on borosilicate glass were exposed to damp heat (85 C/85% relative humidity) for 2876 h to accelerate the physical and chemical degradation behavior. The ZnO:Al samples were characterized by electrical, compositional and optical measurements before

  6. Corrosion resistance of flaky aluminum pigment coated with cerium oxides/hydroxides in chloride and acidic electrolytes

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    Niroumandrad, S.; Rostami, M.; Ramezanzadeh, B.

    2015-12-01

    The objective of this study was to enhance the corrosion resistance of lamellar aluminum pigment through surface treatment by cerium oxides/hydroxides. The surface composition of the pigments was studied by energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The corrosion resistance of the pigment was evaluated by conventional hydrogen evolution measurements in acidic solution and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in 3.5% NaCl solution. Results showed that the Ce-rich coating composed of Ce2O3 and CeO2 was precipitated on the pigment surface after immersion in the cerium solution. The corrosion resistance of pigment was significantly enhanced after modification with cerium layer.

  7. Improved light extraction of LYSO scintillator by the photonic structure from a layer of anodized aluminum oxide

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    As a promising scintillator in the field of medical imaging systems, LYSO with its high refractive index suffers from a low light extraction efficiency due to the total internal reflection. Here, we demonstrate that a photonic structure formed by an anodized aluminum oxide layer can enhance the light extraction efficiency by the outcoupling the light trapped in the crystal. An enhancement of light output by 25% can be achieved by an AAO layer covered on the surface of LYSO. The imperfect periodicity of AAO can lead to a consistent enhancement for the entire range of emission wavelength and directionality. Such enhanced light output is practical and attractive for use in the scintillation detection systems. It is important to note that the fabrication method of AAO is simple and low-cost for the large area applications, which is obviously advantageous over the expensive traditional methods such as electron beam lithography

  8. Simulation study of a highly efficient, high resolution X-ry sensor based on self-organizing aluminum oxide

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    Muehlbauer, Joerg; Reims, Nils; Krueger, Peter; Schreiber, Juergen; Mukhurov, Nikolai I; Uhlmann, Norman

    2012-01-01

    State of the art X-ray imaging sensors comprise a trade-off between the achievable efficiency and the spatial resolution. To overcome such limitations, the use of structured and scintillator filled aluminum oxide (AlOx) matrices has been investigated. We used Monte-Carlo (MC) X-ray simulations to determine the X-ray imaging quality of these AlOx matrices. Important factors which influence the behavior of the matrices are: filling factor (surface ratio between channels and 'closed' AlOx), channel diameter, aspect ratio, filling material etc. Therefore we modeled the porous AlOx matrix in several different ways with the MC X-ray simulation tool ROSI [1] and evaluated its properties to investigate the achievable performance at different X-ray spectra, with different filling materials (i.e. scintillators) and varying channel height and pixel readout. In this paper we focus on the quantum efficiency, the spatial resolution and image homogeneity.

  9. The effect of oxygen flow rate on refractive index of aluminum oxide film deposited by electron beam evaporation technique

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    R Shakouri

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The effects of oxygen flow rate on refractive index of aluminum oxide film have been investigated. The Al2O3 films are deposited by electron beam on glass substrate at different oxygen flow rates. The substrate was heated to reach  and the temperature was constant during the thin film growth. The transmittance spectrum of samples was recorded in the wavelength 400-800 nm.  Then, using the maxima and minima of transmittance the refractive index and the extinction coefficient of samples were determined. It has been found that if we reduce the oxygen flow, while the evaporation rate is kept constant, the refractive index of Al2O3 films increases. On the other hand, reduced oxygen pressure causes the Al2O3 films to have some absorption.

  10. Compression Molded Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene-Hydroxyapatite-Aluminum Oxide-Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Composites for Hard Tissue Replacement

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    Ankur Gupta; Garima Tripathi; Debrupa Lahiri; Kantesh Balani

    2013-01-01

    Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is widely used for articulating surfaces in total hip and knee replacements.In the present work,UHMWPE based polymer composites were synthesized by synergistic reinforcing of bioactive hydroxyapatite (HA),bioinert aluminum oxide (Al2O3),and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) using compression molding.Phase and microstructural analysis suggests retention of UHMWPE and reinforcing phases in the compression molded composites.Microstructural analysis elicited variation in densification due to the size effect of the reinforcing particles.The hybrid composites exhibited hardness,elastic modulus and toughness comparable to that of UHMWPE.The interfacial effect of reinforcement phases has evinced the effectiveness of Al2O3 over HA and CNT reinforcements,depicting synergistic enhancement in hardness and elastic modulus.Weak interfacial bonding of polymer matrix with HA and CNT requires utilization of coupling agents to achieve enhanced mechanical properties without deteriorating cytocompatible properties.

  11. Improved light extraction of LYSO scintillator by the photonic structure from a layer of anodized aluminum oxide

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    Zhu, Zhichao; Liu, Bo; Cheng, Chuanwei; Zhang, Haifeng; Wu, Shuang; Gu, Mu; Chen, Hong; Chen, Liang; Liu, Jinliang; Ouyang, Xiaoping

    2015-06-01

    As a promising scintillator in the field of medical imaging systems, LYSO with its high refractive index suffers from a low light extraction efficiency due to the total internal reflection. Here, we demonstrate that a photonic structure formed by an anodized aluminum oxide layer can enhance the light extraction efficiency by the outcoupling the light trapped in the crystal. An enhancement of light output by 25% can be achieved by an AAO layer covered on the surface of LYSO. The imperfect periodicity of AAO can lead to a consistent enhancement for the entire range of emission wavelength and directionality. Such enhanced light output is practical and attractive for use in the scintillation detection systems. It is important to note that the fabrication method of AAO is simple and low-cost for the large area applications, which is obviously advantageous over the expensive traditional methods such as electron beam lithography.

  12. Effects of acetic acid on microstructure and electrochemical properties of nano cerium oxide films coated on AA7020-T6 aluminum alloy

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    H. Hasannejad; T. Shahrabi; M. Aliofkhazraei

    2009-01-01

    Nano cerium oxide films were applied on AA7020-T6 aluminum alloy and the effects of acetic acid concentration on the microstructure and electrochemical properties of the coated samples were investigated by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), crack-flee films with well-developed grains were obtained and grain sizes of the films decreased. Elimination of cracks and decreasing grain size of the nano cerium oxide films caused corrosion resistance to increase.

  13. Enhanced adsorptive removal of p-nitrophenol from water by aluminum metal–organic framework/reduced graphene oxide composite

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    Wu, Zhibin; Yuan, Xingzhong; Zhong, Hua; Wang, Hou; Zeng, Guangming; Chen, Xiaohong; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Lei; Shao, Jianguang

    2016-05-01

    In this study, the composite of aluminum metal–organic framework MIL-68(Al) and reduced graphene oxide (MA/RG) was synthesized via a one–step solvothermal method, and their performances for p–nitrophenol (PNP) adsorption from aqueous solution were systematically investigated. The introduction of reduced graphene oxide (RG) into MIL-68(Al) (MA) significantly changes the morphologies of the MA and increases the surface area. The MA/RG-15% prepared at RG-to-MA mass ratio of 15% shows a PNP uptake rate 64% and 123% higher than MIL-68(Al) and reduced graphene oxide (RG), respectively. The hydrogen bond and π – π dispersion were considered to be the major driving force for the spontaneous and endothermic adsorption process for PNP removal. The adsorption kinetics, which was controlled by film–diffusion and intra–particle diffusion, was greatly influenced by solution pH, ionic strength, temperature and initial PNP concentration. The adsorption kinetics and isotherms can be well delineated using pseudo–second–order and Langmuir equations, respectively. The presence of phenol or isomeric nitrophenols in the solution had minimal influence on PNP adsorption by reusable MA/RG composite.

  14. Enhanced adsorptive removal of p-nitrophenol from water by aluminum metal–organic framework/reduced graphene oxide composite

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    Wu, Zhibin; Yuan, Xingzhong; Zhong, Hua; Wang, Hou; Zeng, Guangming; Chen, Xiaohong; Wang, Hui; zhang, Lei; Shao, Jianguang

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the composite of aluminum metal–organic framework MIL-68(Al) and reduced graphene oxide (MA/RG) was synthesized via a one–step solvothermal method, and their performances for p–nitrophenol (PNP) adsorption from aqueous solution were systematically investigated. The introduction of reduced graphene oxide (RG) into MIL-68(Al) (MA) significantly changes the morphologies of the MA and increases the surface area. The MA/RG-15% prepared at RG-to-MA mass ratio of 15% shows a PNP uptake rate 64% and 123% higher than MIL-68(Al) and reduced graphene oxide (RG), respectively. The hydrogen bond and π – π dispersion were considered to be the major driving force for the spontaneous and endothermic adsorption process for PNP removal. The adsorption kinetics, which was controlled by film–diffusion and intra–particle diffusion, was greatly influenced by solution pH, ionic strength, temperature and initial PNP concentration. The adsorption kinetics and isotherms can be well delineated using pseudo–second–order and Langmuir equations, respectively. The presence of phenol or isomeric nitrophenols in the solution had minimal influence on PNP adsorption by reusable MA/RG composite. PMID:27181188

  15. Enhanced adsorptive removal of p-nitrophenol from water by aluminum metal-organic framework/reduced graphene oxide composite.

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    Wu, Zhibin; Yuan, Xingzhong; Zhong, Hua; Wang, Hou; Zeng, Guangming; Chen, Xiaohong; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Lei; Shao, Jianguang

    2016-01-01

    In this study, the composite of aluminum metal-organic framework MIL-68(Al) and reduced graphene oxide (MA/RG) was synthesized via a one-step solvothermal method, and their performances for p-nitrophenol (PNP) adsorption from aqueous solution were systematically investigated. The introduction of reduced graphene oxide (RG) into MIL-68(Al) (MA) significantly changes the morphologies of the MA and increases the surface area. The MA/RG-15% prepared at RG-to-MA mass ratio of 15% shows a PNP uptake rate 64% and 123% higher than MIL-68(Al) and reduced graphene oxide (RG), respectively. The hydrogen bond and π - π dispersion were considered to be the major driving force for the spontaneous and endothermic adsorption process for PNP removal. The adsorption kinetics, which was controlled by film-diffusion and intra-particle diffusion, was greatly influenced by solution pH, ionic strength, temperature and initial PNP concentration. The adsorption kinetics and isotherms can be well delineated using pseudo-second-order and Langmuir equations, respectively. The presence of phenol or isomeric nitrophenols in the solution had minimal influence on PNP adsorption by reusable MA/RG composite. PMID:27181188

  16. Comparative Assessment of Antimicrobial Efficiency of Ionic Silver, Silver Monoxide, and Metallic Silver Incorporated onto an Aluminum Oxide Nanopowder Carrier

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    The present paper provides comparative assessment of antimicrobial efficiency of ionic silver (Ag+), silver monoxide (Ag2O), and metallic silver (Ag) incorporated onto an aluminum oxide nanopowder carrier (Al2O3). The deposition of Ag+ ions, Ag2O nanoparticles, and Ag nanoparticles on an different phases of aluminum oxide nanopowder carrier was realized using consecutive stages of dry sol-gel method. The Al2O3-Ag+, Al2O3-Ag2O, and Al2O3-Ag nanopowders were widely characterized qualitatively and quantitatively by SEM, physical nitrogen sorption and XRD analyses. Results indicate that the Al2O3 nanopowders added with Ag+, Ag2O, and Ag, apart from phase composition, were not differing considerably from one another in terms of their morphology and physical properties. However, nanopowders of Al2O3-Ag were more agglomerated than Al2O3-Ag2O and Al2O3-Ag+ nanopowders. The antibacterial activity of the nanopowders was examined by the spread plate method using bacterial strains such as Escherichia coli, Sarcina lutea, and Bacillus subtilis. The best antibacterial properties against Sarcina lutea strain were achieved in the amorphous-Al2O3-Ag+ and Al2O3-Ag2O nanopowders, whereas the worst antimicrobial activity against Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli was shown by the Al2O3-Ag+ and Al2O3-Ag nanopowders. The observed increase of the antibacterial activity as the silver content was not however significant for Al2O3-Ag nanopowders. The results obtained in the present experiments show that the Al2O3-Ag+, Al2O3-Ag2O, and Al2O3-Ag nanopowders, possessing good bactericidal properties, can be produced by using consecutive stages of dry sol-gel method, and Al2O3 nanopowder added with Ag2O is considered as the best raw material in the production of antiseptic materials.

  17. Graphene oxide nanosheets as an effective template for the synthesis of porous TiO2 film in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Ping; He, Fenglong; Wang, Jin; Yu, Huogen; Zhao, Li

    2015-12-01

    Template method by using various organic components as the pore-forming agent is an effective strategy for the preparation of various porous inorganic materials. After high-temperature calcination in air, the organic components can be in situ decomposed into the gaseous CO2, resulting in the formation of porous structures in inorganic materials. In addition to the well-known organic components, it is highly required to develop new and simple carbon-containing template to prepare porous inorganic nanostructures. In this study, graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets were used as a new template for the preparation of porous TiO2 film photoelectrode, which can be applied in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The porous TiO2 film was fabricated via a three-step method, including the initially homogeneous grafting of GO nanosheets on the TiO2 surface (TiO2-GO), the preparation of TiO2-GO film using blade method and final formation of porous structure after the in situ removal of GO by high-temperature calcination. The effect of GO content on photoelectric conversion performance of the as-fabricated DSSCs was investigated. It was found that the conversion efficiency of DSSC based on porous TiO2-GO (0.75%) film reached up to a maximum value (4.65%), which was much higher than that of DSSC based on nonporous TiO2 film (4.01%). The enhanced conversion efficiency can be attributed to the formation of more porous structures caused by the GO nanosheets after high-temperature calcination. This work may provide a new insight for preparing other porous structured materials.

  18. Electrochemical potentials of layered oxide and olivine phosphate with aluminum substitution: A first principles study

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    Arun Kumar Varanasi; Phani Kanth Sanagavarapu; Arghya Bhowmik; Mridula Dixit Bharadwaj; Balasubramanian Narayana; Umesh V Waghmare; Dipti Deodhare; Alind Sharma

    2013-12-01

    First-principles prediction of enhancement in the electrochemical potential of LiCoO2 with aluminum substitution has been realized through earlier experiments. For safer and less expensive Li-ion batteries, it is desirable to have a similar enhancement for alternative cathode materials, LiFePO4 and LiCoPO4. Here, we present first-principles density functional theory based analysis of the effects of aluminum substitution on electrochemical potential of LiCoO2, LiFePO4 and LiCoPO4. While Al substitution for transition metal results in increase in electrochemical potential of LiCoO2, it leads to reduction in LiFePO4 and LiCoPO4. Through comparative topological analysis of charge density of these materials, we identify a ratio of Bader charges that correlates with electrochemical potential and determine the chemical origin of these contrasting effects: while electronic charge from lithium is transferred largely to oxygen in LiCoO2, it gets shared by the oxygen and Co/Fe in olivine phosphates due to strong covalency between O and Co/Fe. Our work shows that covalency of transition metal–oxygen bond plays a key role in determining battery potential.

  19. EFFECT OF ANION, PH, AND TEMPERATURE ON THE DISSOLUTION BEHAVIOR OF ALUMINUM OXIDE FILMS

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    The growth and dissolution behavior of oxide film on abraded pure Al has been investigated using cyclic polarization and has been found to be highly dependent on solution chemistry and temperature. The nature of the anions, borate, chromate, phosphate, and sulfate, at pH 3 to 11, and temperatures 0 to 60 C were examined. In near neutral solutions the dissolution behavior was greatly affected by each anion. In borate and chromate solutions at near neutral pH and room temperature, the currents continued to decrease with each subsequent cycle due to oxide thickening. In contrast, a significant rate of oxide dissolution occurred to produce reproducible repetitive curves during subsequent cycles in a phosphate and sulfate. Sulfate also produced a distinctly different mode during high field oxide growth. In increasing acidic (pH and lt; 4) or basic (pH and gt;9) solutions the oxide dissolution rate increased rapidly. The oxide dissolution rate was always enhanced with increasing temperature. At high pH (and gt;9) or elevated temperature (60 C), a current maximum was observed in chromate, due to a diffusion controlled monochromate ion enhanced dissolution reaction at the oxide/solution interface

  20. EFFECT OF ANION, PH, AND TEMPERATURE ON THE DISSOLUTION BEHAVIOR OF ALUMINUM OXIDE FILMS.

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    LEE,H.; ISAACS,H.S.

    2001-09-02

    The growth and dissolution behavior of oxide film on abraded pure Al has been investigated using cyclic polarization and has been found to be highly dependent on solution chemistry and temperature. The nature of the anions, borate, chromate, phosphate, and sulfate, at pH 3 to 11, and temperatures 0 to 60 C were examined. In near neutral solutions the dissolution behavior was greatly affected by each anion. In borate and chromate solutions at near neutral pH and room temperature, the currents continued to decrease with each subsequent cycle due to oxide thickening. In contrast, a significant rate of oxide dissolution occurred to produce reproducible repetitive curves during subsequent cycles in a phosphate and sulfate. Sulfate also produced a distinctly different mode during high field oxide growth. In increasing acidic (pH < 4) or basic (pH >9) solutions the oxide dissolution rate increased rapidly. The oxide dissolution rate was always enhanced with increasing temperature. At high pH (>9) or elevated temperature (60 C), a current maximum was observed in chromate, due to a diffusion controlled monochromate ion enhanced dissolution reaction at the oxide/solution interface.

  1. Thermal oxidation of single crystal aluminum antimonide and materials having the same

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    Sherohman, John William; Yee, Jick Hong; Coombs, III, Arthur William; Wu, Kuang Jen J.

    2012-12-25

    In one embodiment, a method for forming a non-conductive crystalline oxide layer on an AlSb crystal includes heat treating an AlSb crystal in a partial vacuum atmosphere at a temperature conducive for air adsorbed molecules to desorb, surface molecule groups to decompose, and elemental Sb to evaporate from a surface of the AlSb crystal and exposing the AlSb crystal to an atmosphere comprising oxygen to form a crystalline oxide layer on the surface of the AlSb crystal. In another embodiment, a method for forming a non-conductive crystalline oxide layer on an AlSb crystal includes heat treating an AlSb crystal in a non-oxidizing atmosphere at a temperature conducive for decomposition of an amorphous oxidized surface layer and evaporation of elemental Sb from the AlSb crystal surface and forming stable oxides of Al and Sb from residual surface oxygen to form a crystalline oxide layer on the surface of the AlSb crystal.

  2. Oxidation of hydrogen-passivated silicon surfaces by scanning near-field optical lithography using uncoated and aluminum-coated fiber probes

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    Madsen, Steen; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.; Birkelund, Karen;

    1997-01-01

    Optically induced oxidation of hydrogen-passivated silicon surfaces using a scanning near-field optical microscope was achieved with both uncoated and aluminum-coated fiber probes. Line scans on amorphous silicon using uncoated fiber probes display a three-peak profile after etching in potassium...... hydroxide. Numerical simulations of the electromagnetic field around the probe-sample interaction region are used to explain the experimental observations. With an aluminum-coated fiber probe, lines of 35 nm in width were transferred into the amorphous silicon layer. (C) 1997 American Institute of Physics....

  3. A corrosion resistant cerium oxide based coating on aluminum alloy 2024 prepared by brush plating

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    Cerium oxide based coatings were prepared on AA2024 Al alloy by brush plating. The characteristic of this technology is that hydrogen peroxide, which usually causes the plating solution to be unstable, is not necessary in the plating electrolyte. The coating showed laminated structures and good adhesive strength with the substrate. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis showed that the coatings were composed of Ce(III) and Ce(IV) oxides. The brush plated coatings on Al alloys improved corrosion resistance. The influence of plating parameters on structure and corrosion resistance of the cerium oxide based coating was studied.

  4. A corrosion resistant cerium oxide based coating on aluminum alloy 2024 prepared by brush plating

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    Tang Junlei; Han Zhongzhi [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Zuo Yu, E-mail: zuoy@mail.buct.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Tang Yuming [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)

    2011-01-15

    Cerium oxide based coatings were prepared on AA2024 Al alloy by brush plating. The characteristic of this technology is that hydrogen peroxide, which usually causes the plating solution to be unstable, is not necessary in the plating electrolyte. The coating showed laminated structures and good adhesive strength with the substrate. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis showed that the coatings were composed of Ce(III) and Ce(IV) oxides. The brush plated coatings on Al alloys improved corrosion resistance. The influence of plating parameters on structure and corrosion resistance of the cerium oxide based coating was studied.

  5. Stability and corrosion resistance of superhydrophobic surface on oxidized aluminum in NaCl aqueous solution

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    Lv, Damei; Ou, Junfei; Xue, Mingshan; Wang, Fajun

    2015-04-01

    Superhydrophobic surface (SHS) was fabricated on aluminum via surface roughening by NaClO and surface passivation by hexadecyltrimethoxysilane. The long-term durability for storing the sample in air and the chemical stability for contacting the sample with NaCl solution were investigated. The short-term corrosion resistance for immersing the sample in NaCl solution for 1 h was investigated by potentiodynamic polarization, and the long-term corrosion resistance for immersing the sample in NaCl solution for 7 days was investigated by variation analyses on surface wettability, surface morphology, and surface chemistry. All experimental results suggested that the so-obtained SHS possessed good stability and good corrosion resistance under the testing conditions.

  6. Partial oxidation of dimethyl ether using the structured catalyst Rh/Al2O3/Al prepared through the anodic oxidation of aluminum.

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    Yu, B Y; Lee, K H; Kim, K; Byun, D J; Ha, H P; Byun, J Y

    2011-07-01

    The partial oxidation of dimethyl ether (DME) was investigated using the structured catalyst Rh/Al2O3/Al. The porous Al2O3 layer was synthesized on the aluminum plate through anodic oxidation in an oxalic-acid solution. It was observed that about 20 nm nanopores were well developed in the Al2O3 layer. The thickness of Al2O3 layer can be adjusted by controlling the anodizing time and current density. After pore-widening and hot-water treatment, the Al2O3/Al plate was calcined at 500 degrees C for 3 h. The obtained delta-Al2O3 had a specific surface area of 160 m2/g, making it fit to be used as a catalyst support. A microchannel reactor was designed and fabricated to evaluate the catalytic activity of Rh/Al2O3/Al in the partial oxidation of DME. The structured catalyst showed an 86% maximum hydrogen yield at 450 degrees C. On the other hand, the maximum syngas yield by a pack-bed-type catalyst could be attained by using a more than fivefold Rh amount compared to that used in the structured Rh/Al2O3/Al catalyst. PMID:22121705

  7. Aluminum oxide thin films deposited on silicon substrates from Al(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} and an organic solvent by spray pyrolysis

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    Aguilar-Frutis, M.; Alejos, T. [Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada del IPN, Legaria 694 Col. Irrigacion, Del. Miguel Hidalgo C.P. 11500, Mexico DF (Mexico); Guzman-Mendoza, J. [Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada del IPN, Legaria 694 Col. Irrigacion, Del. Miguel Hidalgo C.P. 11500, Mexico DF (Mexico); Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Del. Coyoacan C.P. 04510, Mexico DF (Mexico); Garcia-Hipolito, M. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Del. Coyoacan C.P. 04510, Mexico DF (Mexico); Falcony, C. [Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Apdo. Postal 14-740, 07000, Mexico DF (Mexico)

    2003-09-01

    Aluminum oxide thin films were deposited on silicon substrates at temperatures in the range from 500 to 650 C, from Al(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} dissolved in N,N-Dimethylformamide and using the spray pyrolysis technique. The films of aluminum oxide resulted stoichiometric, amorphous and optically transparent in the visible spectrum, with a refractive index close to 1.66 when a 0.2 molar solution of Al(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} was used. The films as deposited had a surface roughness as low as 3.8 nm and were almost free of Al-OH bonds, depending on the experimental deposition conditions. The best films were incorporated in a Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor structure and were able to stand electric fields up to 2 MV/cm without destructive breakdown and a dielectric constant of 7.95. (copyright 2003 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  8. Influence of copper in spheres of iron and aluminum oxide; Influencia do cobre nas propriedades texturais e estruturais de esferas de oxido de ferro e aluminio

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    Sousa, A.F. de; Gomes, E.C.C.; Valentini, A.; Longhinotti, E., E-mail: adfrsou@hotmail.co [Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC), Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica Analitica e Fisico-Quimica; Sales, F.A.M. [Universidade Federal do Ceara (UFC), Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). Dept. de Fisica

    2010-07-01

    The various applications of mesoporous materials in adsorption and catalysis have driven research for new synthetic routes to improve the structural and morphological characteristics of the compounds currently available. Spherical mesoporous materials of aluminum oxide and / or iron were synthesized in proportions of 10.30 and 50%, and then impregnated with copper oxide by wet impregnation method. Supporters of spherical iron oxide and aluminum before and after impregnation with copper were characterized by XRD, SEM, chemical analysis, BET and TPR. The analysis results of XRD showed the formation of crystalline phases AB{sub 2}O{sub 4} type, the results of TPR showed a shift of the band of iron reduction with the incorporation of copper and the samples indicated a decrease in porosity, possibly due to the closure of pores with the addition of copper. (author)

  9. Poly(furfuryl alcohol) nanospheres: a facile synthesis approach based on confinement effect of polymer and a template for synthesis of metal oxide hollow nanospheres

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    Wei-Zhi Wang; Zhi-Qiang Li; Kong-Lin Wu; Ya-Jing Lu; Ya-Fei Xu; Xin-Jie Song

    2015-12-01

    This paper describes a facile hydrothermal approach to the large-scale synthesis of well-dispersed poly(furfuryl alcohol) (PFA) nanospheres with an average diameter of 350 nm in the presence of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP). Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy studies showed that different morphologies of PFA could be obtained by adjusting the ratio of PVP and furfuryl alcohol (FA). As a whole, the results demonstrate that PVP plays a key role in controlling the polymerization process of FA. The confinement effect of PVP is proposed to explain the formation process of PFA nanospheres. Furthermore, the as-prepared PFA nanospheres have a functional surface that allow them to act as an ideal template for fabricating metal oxide hollow nanospheres.

  10. Preparation of Aligned Ultra-long and Diameter-controlled Silicon Oxide Nanotubes by Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition Using Electrospun PVP Nanofiber Template

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    Zhou, Ming; Zhou, Jinyuan; Li, Ruishan; Xie, Erqing

    2010-02-01

    Well-aligned and suspended polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) nanofibers with 8 mm in length were obtained by electrospinning. Using the aligned suspended PVP nanofibers array as template, aligned ultra-long silicon oxide (SiO x) nanotubes with very high aspect ratios have been prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) process. The inner diameter (20-200 nm) and wall thickness (12-90 nm) of tubes were controlled, respectively, by baking the electrospun nanofibers and by coating time without sacrificing the orientation degree and the length of arrays. The micro-PL spectrum of SiO x nanotubes shows a strong blue-green emission with a peak at about 514 nm accompanied by two shoulders around 415 and 624 nm. The blue-green emission is caused by the defects in the nanotubes.

  11. Characterization and wear- and corrosion-resistance of microarc oxidation ceramic coatings on aluminum alloy

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    Wei Tongbo [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Yan Fengyuan [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)]. E-mail: fyyan@ns.lzb.ac.cn; Tian Jun [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2005-03-08

    Thick and hard ceramic coatings were prepared on Al-Cu-Mg alloy (2024 Al alloy) making use of microarc oxidation in an alkali-silicate electrolytic solution. The microstructure, phase composition, corrosion resistance friction and wear behaviors of the microarc oxidation coatings and the impact toughness of the impacted Al alloy blocks were investigated. Moreover, the corroded surfaces and the impacted surfaces and cross-sections of the microarc oxidation coatings were observed with a scanning electron microscope. The results show that the microarc oxidation coatings can be divided into a porous loose outer region consisting predominantly of {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al-Si-O phase and a dense internal region consisting predominantly of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. They have excellent corrosion resistance, though the thicker coating shows somewhat poorer corrosion-resistance than the thinner one. The differences in the corrosion-resistance of the microarc oxidation coatings with different thicknesses are related to their different microstructures. The impact toughness of the Al alloy substrate is decreased after modification with the microarc oxidation coatings of extremely high hardness. This implies that the microarc oxidation coatings on the Al alloy substrate may not be suitable to impacting working condition. After abrasion away of the loose outer layer, the polished compact inner coatings possess excellent wear- and corrosion-resistance and strong adhesion to the substrate, and they show further significantly improved wear-resistance under the lubrication of a commercial 4838 lubricating oil. Namely, the friction coefficient and wear rate of the polished 100 {mu}m coating under the oil-lubricated-condition are reduced to be 1/10 and 1/1000 of that under dry sliding. The microarc oxidation coatings mainly composed of hard {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} could find promising application in preventing the corrosion and wear of Al alloy-based components.

  12. Evolution of micro-arc oxidation behaviors of the hot-dipping aluminum coatings on Q235 steel substrate

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    Micro-arc oxidation (MAO) is not applicable to prepare ceramic coatings on the surface of steel directly. In this work, hybrid method of MAO and hot-dipping aluminum (HDA) were employed to fabricate composite ceramic coatings on the surface of Q235 steel. The evolution of MAO coatings, such as growth rate, thickness of the total coatings, ingrown and outgrown coatings, cross section and surface morphologies and phase composition of the ceramic coatings were studied. The results indicate that both the current density and the processing time can affect the total thickness, the growth rate and the ratio of ingrown and outgrown thickness of the ceramic coatings. The total thickness, outgrown thickness and growth rate have maximum values with the processing time prolonged. The time when the maximum value appears decreases and the ingrown dominant turns to outgrown dominant little by little with the current density increasing. The composite coatings obtained by this hybrid method consists of three layers from inside to outside, i.e. Fe-Al alloy layer next to the substrate, aluminum layer between the Fe-Al layer and the ceramic coatings which is as the top exterior layer. Metallurgical bonding was observed between every of the two layers. There are many micro-pores and micro-cracks, which act as discharge channels and result of quick and non-uniform cooling of melted sections in the MAO coatings. The phase composition of the ceramic coatings is mainly composed of amorphous phase and crystal Al2O3 oxides. The crystal Al2O3 phase includes κ-Al2O3, θ-Al2O3 and β-Al2O3. Compared with the others, the β-Al2O3 content is the least. The MAO process can be divided into three periods, namely the common anodic oxidation stage, the stable MAO stage and the ceramic coatings destroyed stage. The exterior loose part of the ceramic coatings was destroyed badly in the last period which should be avoided during the MAO process.

  13. Synergistic Effect of Superhydrophobicity and Oxidized Layers on Corrosion Resistance of Aluminum Alloy Surface Textured by Nanosecond Laser Treatment.

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    Boinovich, Ludmila B; Emelyanenko, Alexandre M; Modestov, Alexander D; Domantovsky, Alexandr G; Emelyanenko, Kirill A

    2015-09-01

    We report a new efficient method for fabricating a superhydrophobic oxidized surface of aluminum alloys with enhanced resistance to pitting corrosion in sodium chloride solutions. The developed coatings are considered very prospective materials for the automotive industry, shipbuilding, aviation, construction, and medicine. The method is based on nanosecond laser treatment of the surface followed by chemisorption of a hydrophobic agent to achieve the superhydrophobic state of the alloy surface. We have shown that the surface texturing used to fabricate multimodal roughness of the surface may be simultaneously used for modifying the physicochemical properties of the thick surface layer of the substrate itself. Electrochemical and wetting experiments demonstrated that the superhydrophobic state of the metal surface inhibits corrosion processes in chloride solutions for a few days. However, during long-term contact of a superhydrophobic coating with a solution, the wetted area of the coating is subjected to corrosion processes due to the formation of defects. In contrast, the combination of an oxide layer with good barrier properties and the superhydrophobic state of the coating provides remarkable corrosion resistance. The mechanisms for enhancing corrosion protective properties are discussed. PMID:26271017

  14. Analysis on porous aluminum anodic oxide film formed in Re-OA-H3PO4 solution

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    An anodic porous film on aluminum was prepared in a mixed electrolyte of phosphoric acid and organic acid and cerium salt. The growth, morphology and chemical composition of the film were investigated. The results indicate that the growth of porous layers in this solution undergo three stages during anodizing, as in other conventional solution, while the whole growth rate is nonlinear. This electrolyte is sensitive to anodizing temperature, which affects current density in great degree. SEM indicates the surface morphology of film is strongly dependent on temperature and current density and its cross-section has two distinct oxide layers. Al, O and P are found in the film with different distribution in the two layers with EPMA. However, Ce has been detected on the outer surface with EDAX. XPS analysis on the electron binding energy of the component elements show the chemical composition of oxide film surface are Al2O3, Ce(OH) and some phosphates. The formation mechanics of Ce compound is also deduced

  15. Graphene Oxide/Polyacrylamide/Aluminum Ion Cross-Linked Carboxymethyl Hemicellulose Nanocomposite Hydrogels with Very Tough and Elastic Properties.

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    Kong, Weiqing; Huang, Danyang; Xu, Guibin; Ren, Junli; Liu, Chuanfu; Zhao, Lihong; Sun, Runcang

    2016-06-01

    Development of high-strength hydrogels has recently attracted ever-increasing attention. In this work, a new design strategy has been proposed to prepare graphene oxide (GO)/polyacrylamide (PAM)/aluminum ion (Al(3+) )-cross-linked carboxymethyl hemicellulose (Al-CMH) nanocomposite hydrogels with very tough and elastic properties. GO/PAM/Al-CMH hydrogels were synthesized by introducing graphene oxide (GO) into PAM/CMH hydrogel, followed by ionic cross-linking of Al(3+) . The nanocomposite hydrogels were characterized by means of FTIR, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDX) along with their swelling and mechanical properties. The maximum compressive strength and the Young's modulus of GO3.5 /PAM/Al-CMH0.45 hydrogel achieved values of up to 1.12 and 13.27 MPa, increased by approximately 6488 and 18330 % relative to the PAM hydrogel (0.017 and 0.072 MPa). The as-prepared GO/PAM/Al-CMH nanocomposite hydrogels possess high strength and great elasticity giving them potential in bioengineering and drug-delivery system applications. PMID:27062081

  16. Evaluation of cerium oxide coated Cu cermets as inert anodes for aluminum electrowinning. Final report, August 1990--March 1992

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    1992-08-01

    Cu/NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} cermets were evaluated, with and without an in-situ deposited CEROX (TM; cerium oxide) coating, in 100 h laboratory A1 electrowinning tests. Bath ratio and current density were varied between tests and corrosion was determined by contamination of the aluminum and cryolite by cermet components (Cu, Fe, and Ni). Higher bath ratios of 1.5 to 1.6 led to less corrosion and thicker CEROX coatings. Lower current densities led to slightly less corrosion but much less oxidation of the Cu cermet substrate. At identical test conditions, the corrosion of the CEROX coated cermets was 1/7 that of an uncoated cermet. Corrosion was increased in CEROX coated cermets tested under unsaturated alumina conditions. The electrical conductivity of the CEROX coating was measured to be {approximately}0.2 ohm{sup {minus}1}cm{sup {minus}1}, resulting in a slight voltage penalty, depending on the thickness of the coating.

  17. Vertical arrays of SiO2 micro/nanotubes templated from Si pillars by chemical oxidation for high loading capacity buoyant aquatic devices.

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    Yoon, Sung-Soo; Khang, Dahl-Young

    2013-12-26

    A simple and facile method to fabricate SiO2 micro- or nanotubes has been demonstrated based on room temperature wet chemical oxidation of a porous layer of Si pillar templates that have been prepared by metal-assisted chemical etching (MaCE). Under typical conditions, Si pillars produced by the MaCE have been found to be covered with a thin nanoporous Si layer. The porous Si skin layer has been chemically oxidized by simple dipping in AgNO3 solution at room temperature, which has led to seamless SiO2 shell layer thanks to the accompanying volume expansion during the wet oxidation. Following wet removal of core Si by KOH yields the SiO2 micro- or nanotubes, either in test tube shape or in open shape at both ends, depending on processing method. The vertical arrays of the SiO2 tube on the Si substrate, after hydrophobic siloxane oligomer printing, has been found to have very large loading capacity on water, due to extremely high porosity (>90%) and good enough mechanical stability. The novel method to fabricate SiO2 tubes can shed new light in design of novel aquatic devices, other than simple mimicking the leg of a water strider. Also, the method may be very helpful in various applications of SiO2 nanotubes. PMID:24313459

  18. Alumina Templates on Silicon Wafers with Hexagonally or Tetragonally Ordered Nanopore Arrays via Soft Lithography

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    Due to the potential importance and usefulness, usage of highly ordered nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide can be broadened in industry, when highly ordered anodized aluminum oxide can be placed on a substrate with controlled thickness. Here we report a facile route to highly ordered nanoporous alumina with the thickness of hundreds-of-nanometer on a silicon wafer substrate. Hexagonally or tetragonally ordered nanoporous alumina could be prepared by way of thermal imprinting, dry etching, and anodization. Adoption of reusable polymer soft molds enabled the control of the thickness of the highly ordered porous alumina. It also increased reproducibility of imprinting process and reduced the expense for mold production and pattern generation. As nanoporous alumina templates are mechanically and thermally stable, we expect that the simple and cost effective fabrication through our method would be highly applicable in electronics industry

  19. Carbonaceous spheres—an unusual template for solid metal oxide mesoscale spheres: Application to ZnO spheres

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    Patrinoiu, Greta; Calderón-Moreno, Jose Maria; Culita, Daniela C. [Illie Murgulescu Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy, Splaiul Independentei 202, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Birjega, Ruxandra [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, P.O. Box Mg—27, Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Ene, Ramona [Ilie Murgulescu Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy, Splaiul Independentei 202, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Carp, Oana, E-mail: ocarp@icf.ro [Ilie Murgulescu Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy, Splaiul Independentei 202, 060021 Bucharest (Romania)

    2013-06-15

    A green template route for the synthesis of mesoscale solid ZnO spheres was ascertained. The protocol involves a double coating of the carbonaceous spheres with successive layers of zinc-containing species by alternating a non-ultrasound and ultrasound-assisted deposition, followed by calcination treatments. The composites were characterized by FTIR spectroscopy, thermal analysis, scanning electron microscopy while the obtained ZnO spheres by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption isotherms and photoluminescence investigations. A growth mechanism of the solid spheres is advanced based on these results. While the spheres' diameters and the mean size values of ZnO are independent on deposition order, the surface area and the external porosity are fairly dependent. The photoluminescence measurements showed interesting emission features, with emission bands in the violet to orange region. The spheres present high photocatalytical activity towards the degradation of phenol under UV irradiation, the main reaction being its mineralization. - Graphical abstract: A novel and eco-friendly methodology for the synthesis of mesoscale solid ZnO spheres was developed. The protocol involves a double coating of the starch-derived carbonaceous spheres with successive layers of zinc-containing species by alternating a non-ultrasound and ultrasound-assisted deposition, followed by calcination treatments. - Highlights: • ZnO solid spheres are obtained via a template route using carbonaceous spheres. • Two-step coatings of interchangeable order are used as deposition procedure. • The coating procedure influences the porosity and surface area. • ZnO spheres exhibited interesting visible photoluminescence properties. • Solid spheres showed photocatalytical activity in degradation of phenol.

  20. Selection of crucible oxides in molten titanium and titanium aluminum alloys by thermo-chemistry calculations

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    Kostov A.; Friedrich B

    2005-01-01

    Titanium and its alloys interstitially dissolve a large amount of impurities such as oxygen and nitrogen, which degrade the mechanical and physical properties of alloys. On the other hand crucible oxides based on CaO, ZrO2 Y2O3, etc., and their spinels (combination of two or more oxides) can be used for melting titanium and its alloys. However, the thermodynamic behavior of calcium, zirconium, yttrium on the one side, and oxygen on the other side, in molten Ti and Ti-Al alloys have not been m...

  1. Effect of aluminum addition on electrical properties, dielectric characteristics, and its stability of (Pr, Co, Cr, Y)-added zinc oxide-based varistors

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    Choon-W Nahm

    2010-06-01

    The electrical properties, dielectric characteristics, and its stability against d.c. accelerated aging stress of (Pr, Co, Cr, Y)-added zinc oxide-based varistors were investigated for different aluminum concentrations under a sintering temperature of 1280°C. As the aluminum concentration increased, the average grain size () increased in the range of 4.3–5.5 m and the sintered density increased in the range of 5.63–5.67 g/cm3. As the aluminum concentration increased, the breakdown field decreased in the range of 6327–710 V/cm and the maximum nonlinear coefficient (46.9) was obtained for 0.005 mol% in aluminum concentration, further additions impaired the nonlinear properties. As the aluminum concentration increased, the apparent dielectric constant increased in the range of 500.5–1327.4 and dissipation factor increased in the range of 0.00493–0.0724. The varistor added with 0.001 mol% Al exhibited the highest stability for – characteristics in which % 1\\ mA is +1.4% and % is –5.7%, under stress state of 0.95 1\\ mA/150° C/24 h.

  2. The Effect of Microarc Oxidation (MAO Modes on Corrosion Behavior of High-Silicon Aluminum Alloy

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The investigation studies the properties of hardened surface layers, developed with the microarc oxidation method (MAO on ingots of a Al-Si alloy. It has been proved that properties of the developed surfaces (microhardness, thickness, porosity and corrosion properties depend on the concentration of electrolyte components.

  3. Role of AAO template filling process parameters in controlling the structure of one-dimensional polymer nanoparticles

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    Solution template wetting is a common technique used to fabricate elongated polymer nanostructures; however, the parameters controlling the resulting morphology remain unclear. The purpose of this investigation was to elucidate the effects of process variables on the types of nanostructures obtained and to understand the physical mechanisms associated with structure development. 1 wt% polystyrene-THF solutions were infiltrated into commercial and homemade anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) templates. The wetting interaction between the AAO template and the polymer solution was examined through contact angle measurements. In general, for moderate dipping times (<18 h), the morphology of the nanopolymer was rod-like at low molecular weights, while tubes were observed at high molecular weight, even at this low concentration. Nanorods were obtained for all molecular weights for extended dipping times. The data suggest that phase separated layers may grow sequentially from the pore walls and yield nanotubes if the growth is interrupted or produce nanorods for unhindered deposition over long periods.

  4. Wide band gap semiconductor templates

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    Arendt, Paul N. (Los Alamos, NM); Stan, Liliana (Los Alamos, NM); Jia, Quanxi (Los Alamos, NM); DePaula, Raymond F. (Santa Fe, NM); Usov, Igor O. (Los Alamos, NM)

    2010-12-14

    The present invention relates to a thin film structure based on an epitaxial (111)-oriented rare earth-Group IVB oxide on the cubic (001) MgO terminated surface and the ion-beam-assisted deposition ("IBAD") techniques that are amendable to be over coated by semiconductors with hexagonal crystal structures. The IBAD magnesium oxide ("MgO") technology, in conjunction with certain template materials, is used to fabricate the desired thin film array. Similarly, IBAD MgO with appropriate template layers can be used for semiconductors with cubic type crystal structures.

  5. Synthesis of aluminum oxy-hydroxide nanofibers from porous anodic alumina.

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    Jha, Himendra; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Sakairi, Masatoshi; Takahashi, Hideaki

    2008-10-01

    A novel method for the synthesis of aluminum oxy-hydroxide nanofibers from a porous anodic oxide film of aluminum is demonstrated. In the present method, the porous anodic alumina not only acts as a template, but also serves as the starting material for the synthesis. The porous anodic alumina film is hydrothermally treated for pore-sealing, which forms aluminum oxy-hydroxide inside the pores of the oxide film as well as on the surface of the film. The hydrothermally sealed porous oxide film is immersed in the sodium citrate solution, which selectively etches the porous aluminum oxide from the film, leaving the oxy-hydroxide intact. The method is simple and gives highly uniform aluminum oxy-hydroxide nanofibers. Moreover, the diameter of the nanofibers can be controlled by controlling the pore size of the porous anodic alumina film, which depends on the anodizing conditions. Nanofibers with diameters of about 38-85 nm, having uniform shape and size, were successfully synthesized using the present method. PMID:21832599

  6. Synthesis of aluminum oxy-hydroxide nanofibers from porous anodic alumina

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    Jha, Himendra; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Sakairi, Masatoshi; Takahashi, Hideaki [Laboratory of Interface Microstructure Analysis (LIMSA), Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)], E-mail: himendra@eng.hokudai.ac.jp

    2008-10-01

    A novel method for the synthesis of aluminum oxy-hydroxide nanofibers from a porous anodic oxide film of aluminum is demonstrated. In the present method, the porous anodic alumina not only acts as a template, but also serves as the starting material for the synthesis. The porous anodic alumina film is hydrothermally treated for pore-sealing, which forms aluminum oxy-hydroxide inside the pores of the oxide film as well as on the surface of the film. The hydrothermally sealed porous oxide film is immersed in the sodium citrate solution, which selectively etches the porous aluminum oxide from the film, leaving the oxy-hydroxide intact. The method is simple and gives highly uniform aluminum oxy-hydroxide nanofibers. Moreover, the diameter of the nanofibers can be controlled by controlling the pore size of the porous anodic alumina film, which depends on the anodizing conditions. Nanofibers with diameters of about 38-85 nm, having uniform shape and size, were successfully synthesized using the present method.

  7. Fractionation of fulvic acid by iron and aluminum oxides: influence on copper toxicity to Ceriodaphnia dubia

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    Smith, Kathleen S.; James F. Ranville; Emily K. Lesher; Daniel J. Diedrich; Diane M. McKnight; Ruth M. Sofield

    2014-01-01

    This study examines the effect on aquatic copper toxicity of the chemical fractionation of fulvic acid (FA) that results from its association with iron and aluminum oxyhydroxide precipitates. Fractionated and unfractionated FAs obtained from streamwater and suspended sediment were utilized in acute Cu toxicity tests on ,i>Ceriodaphnia dubia. Toxicity test results with equal FA concentrations (6 mg FA/L) show that the fractionated dissolved FA was 3 times less effective at reducing Cu toxicity (EC50 13 ± 0.6 μg Cu/L) than were the unfractionated dissolved FAs (EC50 39 ± 0.4 and 41 ± 1.2 μg Cu/L). The fractionation is a consequence of preferential sorption of molecules having strong metal-binding (more aromatic) moieties to precipitating Fe- and Al-rich oxyhydroxides, causing the remaining dissolved FA to be depleted in these functional groups. As a result, there is more bioavailable dissolved Cu in the water and hence greater potential for Cu toxicity to aquatic organisms. In predicting Cu toxicity, biotic ligand models (BLMs) take into account dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration; however, unless DOC characteristics are accounted for, model predictions can underestimate acute Cu toxicity for water containing fractionated dissolved FA. This may have implications for water-quality criteria in systems containing Fe- and Al-rich sediment, and in mined and mineralized areas in particular. Optical measurements, such as specific ultraviolet absorbance at 254 nm (SUVA254), show promise for use as spectral indicators of DOC chemical fractionation and inferred increased Cu toxicity.

  8. The effect of Bi{sup 3+} and Li{sup +} co-doping on the luminescence characteristics of Eu{sup 3+}-doped aluminum oxide films

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    Padilla-Rosales, I., E-mail: ipadilla@cinvestav.mx [Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Nanociencias y Nanotecnología, Av. IPN 2508, Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, CP 07360 México D.F. (Mexico); Martinez-Martinez, R. [Instituto de Física y Matemáticas, Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca, Carretera a Acatlima Km. 2.5, CP 69000 Huajuapan de León, Oax, México (Mexico); Cabañas, G. [Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Nanociencias y Nanotecnología, Av. IPN 2508, Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, CP 07360 México D.F. (Mexico); Falcony, C. [Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Departamento de Física, Av. IPN 2508, Col. San Pedro Zacatenco, CP 07360 México D.F. (Mexico)

    2015-09-15

    The incorporation of Bi{sup 3+} and Li{sup +} as co-dopants in Eu{sup 3+}-doped aluminum oxide films deposited by the ultrasonic spray pyrolysis technique and its effect on the luminescence characteristics of this material are described. Both Bi{sup 3+} and Li{sup +} do not introduce new luminescence features but affect the luminescence intensity of the Eu{sup 3+} related emission spectra as well as the excitation spectra. The introduction of Bi{sup 3+} generates localized states in the aluminum oxide host that result in a quenching of the luminescence intensity, while Li{sup +} and Bi{sup 3+} co-doping increase the luminescence intensity of these films. - Highlights: • Li and Bi co-doping increase the luminescence. • Bi creates localized states in the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} host. • Li was incorporated as a co-activator.

  9. Fabrication of a Zinc Aluminum Oxide Nanowire Array Photoelectrode for a Solar Cell Using a High Vacuum Die Casting Technique

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    Chin-Guo Kuo; Jung-Hsuan Chen; Yueh-Han Liu

    2014-01-01

    Zinc aluminum alloy nanowire was fabricated by the vacuum die casting. Zinc aluminum alloy was melted, injected into nanomold under a hydraulic pressure, and solidified as nanowire shape. Nanomold was prepared by etching aluminum sheet with a purity of 99.7 wt.% in oxalic acid solution. A nanochannel within nanomold had a pore diameter of 80 nm and a thickness of 40 μm. Microstructure and characteristic analysis of the alumina nanomold and zinc-aluminum nanowire were performed by scanning ele...

  10. DEGRADATION OF SM2ZR2O7 THERMAL BARRIER COATING CAUSED BY CALCIUM-MAGNESIUM-ALUMINUM-SILICON OXIDE (CMAS) DEPOSITION

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    Wang, Honglong; Sheng, Zhizhi; Tarwater, Emily; Zhang, Xingxing; Dasgupta, Sudip; Fergus, Jeffrey

    2015-03-16

    Rare earth zirconates are promising materials for use as thermal barrier coatings in gas turbine engines. Among the lanthanide zirconate materials, Sm2Zr2O7 with the pyrochlore structure has lower thermal conductivity and better corrosion resistance against calcium-magnesium-aluminum-silicon oxide (CMAS). In this work, after reaction with CMAS, the pyrochlore structure transforms to the cubic fluorite structure and Ca2Sm8(SiO4)6O2 forms in elongated grain.

  11. On the kinetics of the aluminum-water reaction during exposure in high-heat flux test loops: 1, A computer program for oxidation calculations

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    The ''Griess Correlation,'' in which the thickness of the corrosion product on aluminum alloy surfaces is expressed as a function of time and temperature for high-flux-reactor conditions, was rewritten in the form of a simple, general rate equation. Based on this equation, a computer program that calculates oxide-layer thickness for any given time-temperature transient was written. 4 refs

  12. Ultra-violet Sensing Characteristic and Field Emission Properties of Vertically Aligned Aluminum Doped Zinc Oxide Nanorod Arrays

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    Ultra-violet (UV) sensing behavior and field emission characteristic have been investigated on vertically aligned aluminum (Al) doped zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorod arrays prepared using sol-gel immersion method. Uniform and high coverage density of ZnO nanorod arrays have been successfully deposited on seeded-catalyst coated substrates. The synthesized nanorods have diameter sizes between 50 nm to 150 nm. The XRD spectra show Al doped ZnO nanorod array has high crystallinity properties with the dominancy of crystal growth along (002) plane or c-axis. UV photoresponse measurement indicates that Al doped ZnO nanorod array sensitively detects UV light as shown by conductance increment after UV illumination exposure. The nanorod array shows good field emission properties with low turn on field and threshold field at 2.1 V/μm and 5.6 V/μm, respectively. The result suggested that Al doped ZnO nanorod arrays prepared by low-cost sol-gel immersion method show promising result towards fabrication of multi applications especially in UV photoconductive sensor and field emission displays.

  13. Integrative functional transcriptomic analyses implicate specific molecular pathways in pulmonary toxicity from exposure to aluminum oxide nanoparticles.

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    Li, Xiaobo; Zhang, Chengcheng; Bian, Qian; Gao, Na; Zhang, Xin; Meng, Qingtao; Wu, Shenshen; Wang, Shizhi; Xia, Yankai; Chen, Rui

    2016-09-01

    Gene expression profiling has developed rapidly in recent years and it can predict and define mechanisms underlying chemical toxicity. Here, RNA microarray and computational technology were used to show that aluminum oxide nanoparticles (Al2O3 NPs) were capable of triggering up-regulation of genes related to the cell cycle and cell death in a human A549 lung adenocarcinoma cell line. Gene expression levels were validated in Al2O3 NPs exposed A549 cells and mice lung tissues, most of which showed consistent trends in regulation. Gene-transcription factor network analysis coupled with cell- and animal-based assays demonstrated that the genes encoding PTPN6, RTN4, BAX and IER play a role in the biological responses induced by the nanoparticle exposure, which caused cell death and cell cycle arrest in the G2/S phase. Further, down-regulated PTPN6 expression demonstrated a core role in the network, thus expression level of PTPN6 was rescued by plasmid transfection, which showed ameliorative effects of A549 cells against cell death and cell cycle arrest. These results demonstrate the feasibility of using gene expression profiling to predict cellular responses induced by nanomaterials, which could be used to develop a comprehensive knowledge of nanotoxicity. PMID:26830206

  14. Fabrication of Pd Micro-Membrane Supported on Nano-Porous Anodized Aluminum Oxide for Hydrogen Separation.

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    Kim, Taegyu

    2015-08-01

    In the present study, nano-porous anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) was used as a support of the Pd membrane. The AAO fabrication process consists of an electrochemical polishing, first/second anodizing, barrier layer dissolving and pores widening. The Pd membrane was deposited on the AAO support using an electroless plating with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) as a plating agent. The AAO had the regular pore structure with the maximum pore diameter of ~100 nm so it had a large opening area but a small free standing area. The 2 µm-thick Pd layer was obtained by the electroless plating for 3 hours. The Pd layer thickness increased with increasing the plating time. However, the thickness was limited to ~5 µm in maximum. The H2 permeation flux was 0.454 mol/m2-s when the pressure difference of 66.36 kPa0.5 was applied at the Pd membrane under 400 °C. PMID:26369167

  15. Impedance spectroscopy of highly ordered nano-porous electrodes based on Au-AAO (anodic aluminum oxide) structure.

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    Ahn, Jaehwan; Cho, Sungbo; Min, Junhong

    2013-11-01

    Electrochemical measurements using the microelectrodes are increasingly utilized for the label-free detection of the small amount of biological materials such as DNA, protein, and cells. However, the interfacial electrode impedance increases and may hinder the detection of weak signals as the size of electrode decreases. To enhance the measurement sensitivity while reducing the electrode size, in this study, microelectrodes employing a nanoporous structure were fabricated and characterized by using electrical impedance spectroscopy. We made the highly ordered honeycomb nanoporous structure of Anodic Aluminum Oxide (AAO) by electrochemical anodizing and formed Au layer on the surface of AAO (Au/AAO) by electroless Au plating method. The electrical characteristics of the fabricated Au/AAO electrodes were evaluated by using de Levie's model derived for the pore electrodes. As a result, the interfacial electrode impedance of the fabricated Au/AAO electrodes was 2-3 order lower than the value of the planar electrodes at frequencies below 1 kHz. It implies this nanoporous electrode could be directly applied to label free detection of biomaterials. PMID:24245278

  16. Facile fabrication of Ag dendrite-integrated anodic aluminum oxide membrane as effective three-dimensional SERS substrate

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    Zhang, Cong-yun; Lu, Ya; Zhao, Bin; Hao, Yao-wu; Liu, Ya-qing

    2016-07-01

    A novel surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-active substrate has been successfully developed, where Ag-dendrites are assembled on the surface and embedded in the channels of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane, via electrodeposition in AgNO3/PVP aqueous system. Reaction conditions were systematically investigated to attain the best Raman enhancement. The growth mechanism of Ag dendritic nanostructures has been proposed. The Ag dendrite-integrated AAO membrane with unique hierarchical structures exhibits high SERS activity for detecting rhodamine 6G with a detection limit as low as 1 × 10-11 M. Furthermore, the three-dimensional (3D) substrates display a good reproducibility with the average intensity variations at the major Raman peak less than 12%. Most importantly, the 3D SERS substrates without any surface modification show an outstanding SERS response for the molecules with weak affinity for noble metal surfaces. The potential application for the detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was evaluated with fluoranthene as Raman target molecule and a sensitive SERS detection with a limit down to 10-8 M was reached. The 3D SERS-active substrate shows promising potential for rapid detection of trace organic pollutants even weak affinity molecules in the environment.

  17. Preparation and characterization of solid-state sintered aluminum-doped zinc oxide with different alumina contents

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    Yu-Hsien Chou; J L H Chau; W L Wang; C S Chen; S H Wang; C C Yang

    2011-06-01

    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) ceramics with 0−2.5 wt.% alumina (Al2O3) content were prepared using a solid-state reaction technique. It was found that AZO grains became finer in size and more irregular in shape than undoped ZnO as the Al2O3 content increased. Addition of Al2O3 dopant caused the formation of phase transformation stacking faults in ZnO grains. The second phase, ZnAl2O4 spinel, was observed at the grain boundaries and triple junctions, and inside the grains. In this study, a 3-inch circular Al2O3 (2 wt.%)-doped ZnO ceramic target sintered at 1500°C for 6 h has a relative density of 99.8% with a resistivity of 1.8 × 10-3 -cm. The AZO film exhibits optical transparency of 90.3% in the visible region and shows an electrical resistivity of 2.5 × 10-3 -cm.

  18. Nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide as a promising material for the electrostatically-controlled thin film interference filter

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    This study presents the approach to implement the electrostatically-controlled thin film optical filter by using a nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (np-AAO) layer as the key suspended micro structure. The bi-stable optical filter operates in the visible spectral range. In this work, the presented bi-stable optical filter has averaged reflectivity of 60%, and the central wavelengths are 580 and 690 nm respectively for on and off states. The presented np-AAO layer offers the following merits for the thin film optical filter: (1) material properties of np-AAO film, such as refractive index, elastic modulus and dielectric constant, can be easily changed by a low temperature pore-widening process, (2) in-use stiction of the suspended np-AAO structure can be reduced by the small contact area of nanoporous textures, (3) driving (pull-in) voltage can be reduced due to a large dielectric constant (εAAO is 7.05) and small stiffness of np-AAO film and (4) dielectric charging can be reduced by the np-AAO material; thus the offset voltage is small. The study reports the design, fabrication and experimental results of the bi-stable optical filter to demonstrate the advantages of the presented device. The np-AAO material also has the potential for applications of other electrostatic drive micro devices. (paper)

  19. Effect of carbon nanotube and aluminum oxide addition on plasma-sprayed hydroxyapatite coating's mechanical properties and biocompatibility

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    This study reports on the synthesis of novel bioceramic composite coating of hydroxyapatite (HA) reinforced with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3) using plasma spray technique. Fracture toughness of HA-20 wt.% Al2O3 improved by 158% as compared to HA coating whereas HA-18.4 wt.% Al2O3-1.6 wt.% CNT showed an improvement of 300%. Carbon nanotubes provided reinforcement via rebar mechanism. Human fiber osteoblast cell-growth studies showed that biocompatibility of the coating remained unaltered, as Al2O3 retained its bio-inertness and CNT, its bioactivity, within the composite coatings. Composite coating showed lower attachment, but higher proliferation rate, for the osteoblast cells, which has been attributed to the surface roughness. An optimized relation between coating composition, its biocompatibility and mechanical properties was established to predict the most suited coating material for orthopedic implants. HA-Al2O3-CNT composite coating displayed most improved mechanical properties while retaining its biocompatibility.

  20. Novel approach for synthesis of boehmite nanostructures and their conversion to aluminum oxide nanostructures for remove Congo red.

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    Liu, Xueming; Niu, Chunge; Zhen, Xinping; Wang, Jide; Su, Xintai

    2015-08-15

    A phase transfer method was developed to prepare boehmite (γ-AlOOH) nanostructures with various morphologies including nanofragments, nanorods, nanoflakes and multiply stacked nanostructures. The effect of the reaction temperature on the morphology of the as-prepared γ-AlOOH was investigated systematically. After calcination, the corresponding aluminum oxide (γ-Al2O3) nanostructures were obtained from the as-prepared γ-AlOOH products and preserving the same morphology. The obtained samples were characterized by several techniques, such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and N2 adsorption-desorption technique. The possible formation mechanism of the boehmites has also been proposed. Adsorption experiments indicated that γ-Al2O3 nanorods exhibited better adsorption capacity for Congo red (CR) in contrast to other as-prepared γ-Al2O3 nanostructures and commercial alumina (Al2O3), and the adsorption obeyed well to Langmuir isotherm model. Besides, the adsorption kinetics followed pseudo-second-order rate equation. PMID:25935282

  1. Oxidation study on as-bonded intermetallic of copper wire–aluminum bond pad metallization for electronic microchip

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    In this work, influence of Copper free air ball (FAB) oxidation towards Intermetallic Compound (IMC) at Copper wire–Aluminum bond pad metallization (Cu/Al) is studied. Samples are synthesized with different Copper FAB oxidation condition by turning Forming Gas supply ON and OFF. Studies are performed using Optical Microscope (OM), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and line-scan Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX). SEM result shows there is a cross-sectional position offset from center in sample synthesized with Forming Gas OFF. This is due to difficulty of determining the position of cross-section in manual grinding/polishing process and high occurrence rate of golf-clubbed shape of oxidized Copper ball bond. TEM inspection reveals that the Copper ball bond on sample synthesized with Forming Gas OFF is having intermediate oxidation. Besides, the presence of IMC at the bonding interface of Cu/Al for both samples is seen. TEM study shows voids form at the bonding interface of Forming Gas ON sample belongs to unbonded area; while that in Forming Gas OFF sample is due to volume shrinkage of IMC growth. Line-scan EDX shows the phases present in the interfaces of as-bonded samples are Al4Cu9 (∼3 nm) for sample with Forming Gas ON and mixed CuAl and CuAl2 (∼15 nm) for sample with Forming Gas OFF. Thicker IMC in sample with Forming Gas OFF is due to cross-section is positioned at high stress area that is close to edge of ball bond. Mechanical ball shear test shows that shear strength of sample with Forming Gas OFF is about 19% lower than that of sample with Forming Gas ON. Interface temperature is estimated at 437 °C for as-bonded sample with Forming Gas ON by using empirical parabolic law of volume diffusion. -- Highlights: ► 3 nm Al4Cu9 are found in sample prepared with Forming Gas ON. ► 15 nm mixed CuAl + CuAl2 are found in sample prepared with Forming Gas OFF. ► Voids are present at the bonding interfaces of both samples

  2. Oxidation study on as-bonded intermetallic of copper wire-aluminum bond pad metallization for electronic microchip

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    Joseph Sahaya Anand, T., E-mail: anand@utem.edu.my [Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, University Technical Malaysia Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, 76100 Durian Tunggal, Melaka (Malaysia); Yau, Chua Kok [Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, University Technical Malaysia Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, 76100 Durian Tunggal, Melaka (Malaysia); University of Technical Malaysia Supported by Infineon Technology - Malaysia - Sdn. Bhd., Melaka (Malaysia); Huat, Lim Boon [Department of Innovation, Infineon Technology - Malaysia - Sdn. Bhd., FTZ Batu Berendam, 75350 Melaka (Malaysia)

    2012-10-15

    In this work, influence of Copper free air ball (FAB) oxidation towards Intermetallic Compound (IMC) at Copper wire-Aluminum bond pad metallization (Cu/Al) is studied. Samples are synthesized with different Copper FAB oxidation condition by turning Forming Gas supply ON and OFF. Studies are performed using Optical Microscope (OM), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and line-scan Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX). SEM result shows there is a cross-sectional position offset from center in sample synthesized with Forming Gas OFF. This is due to difficulty of determining the position of cross-section in manual grinding/polishing process and high occurrence rate of golf-clubbed shape of oxidized Copper ball bond. TEM inspection reveals that the Copper ball bond on sample synthesized with Forming Gas OFF is having intermediate oxidation. Besides, the presence of IMC at the bonding interface of Cu/Al for both samples is seen. TEM study shows voids form at the bonding interface of Forming Gas ON sample belongs to unbonded area; while that in Forming Gas OFF sample is due to volume shrinkage of IMC growth. Line-scan EDX shows the phases present in the interfaces of as-bonded samples are Al{sub 4}Cu{sub 9} ({approx}3 nm) for sample with Forming Gas ON and mixed CuAl and CuAl{sub 2} ({approx}15 nm) for sample with Forming Gas OFF. Thicker IMC in sample with Forming Gas OFF is due to cross-section is positioned at high stress area that is close to edge of ball bond. Mechanical ball shear test shows that shear strength of sample with Forming Gas OFF is about 19% lower than that of sample with Forming Gas ON. Interface temperature is estimated at 437 Degree-Sign C for as-bonded sample with Forming Gas ON by using empirical parabolic law of volume diffusion. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 3 nm Al{sub 4}Cu{sub 9} are found in sample prepared with Forming Gas ON. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 15 nm mixed CuAl + CuAl{sub 2} are found

  3. Influence of sodium silicate concentration on structural and tribological properties of microarc oxidation coatings on 2017A aluminum alloy substrate

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    Polat, Aytekin, E-mail: apolat@nigde.edu.t [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Nigde University, Nigde 51100 (Turkey); Makaraci, Murat [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kocaeli University, Kocaeli (Turkey); Usta, Metin [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Gebze Institute of Technology, Kocaeli (Turkey)

    2010-08-20

    In this paper, thick and hard oxide coatings resistant to wear were produced on 2017A-T6 Al alloy by the microarc oxidation (MAO) technique in an alkali electrolyte consisting of different sodium silicate concentrations (0-8 g/l). The coatings were characterized by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and surface profilometry. Microhardness, scratch adhesion and pin-on-disk sliding wear tests were also performed to evaluate the tribological properties of the coatings. The influence of sodium silicate concentration on the structural and tribological properties of the MAO coatings was discussed. Results reveal that increasing sodium silicate concentration from 0 to 8 g/l in the electrolyte caused an increase in the electrolyte conductivity (from 7.71 to 18.1 mS/cm) and a decrease in positive final voltage (from 627 to 590 V) in the MAO process. In response to the increase in sodium silicate concentration, the thickness, surface roughness (R{sub a}) and critical load (L{sub c}) corresponding to adhesive failure of the coatings were increased simultaneously from 74 to 144 {mu}m, and 4.4 to 6.58 {mu}m, and 127.76 to 198.54 N, respectively. At the same time, the phase structure and composition of the coatings also varied by the participation of silicate ions in the reactions and their incorporation into the coating structure. Moreover, it was observed that the coating formed in the low sodium silicate concentration (4 g/l) had higher surface hardness (2020 HV) and improved wear resistance than the one (1800 HV) formed in the high sodium silicate concentration (8 g/l). The coatings produced in three different electrolytic solutions provided an excellent wear resistance and a load carrying capacity compared to the uncoated aluminum alloy.

  4. STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES ALUMINUM OXIDE FILMS AS A FUNCTION OF DEPOSITION ANGLE

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    Full text: Aluminium Oxide films were deposited on glass substrates (18? 18 ? 1 mm,cut from microscope slide) by using resistive evaporation method, from tungsten boats, at room temperature, of two different depositions 20 and 50 degree deposition angles. The evaporated material was pieces of Aluminium Oxide. An ETS 160 (Vacuum Evaporation System) coating plant with a base pressure of 3 ? 10?5 mbar, was used. Prior to deposition, all glass substrates were ultrasonically cleaned in heated acetone first and then in ethanol. The substrate holder was a disk of 36.5 cm in diameter with adjustable height up to 50 cm and also adjustable holders for placing any kind of substrates. Thickness of layers was determined by quartz crystal microbalance technique. The other deposition conditions such as deposition rate, vacuum pressure, and substrate temperature were the same in all tests.The surface physical morphology and roughness were obtained by means of AFM(Dual Scope TM DS 95-200/50) analysis. Scanning electron microscopy methodused for determining nanostructure of layers. The transmittance of films was measured using UV-VIS spectrophotometer (Hitachi U ? 3310) instrument. The spectra of layers were in range of 300?1100 nm wavelength (UV-VIS). The transmission (?T) of electrons through thin films of C, Al2O3, Al, Ni, Ag, and Au, together with their distribution in angle and energy, can measured in a spherical retarding-potential analyzer.Aluminium Oxide thin films of 65 nm thickness at two different deposition angles of 20 and 50 degrees were deposited on glass substrates at room temperature, by using resistive evaporation method under UHV conditions. The structural details were determined by AFM and SEM methods. The optical spectra were measured by spectrophotometer in the spectral range of 300 ?1100 nm wave length (UV-VIS).The relation between nanostructures and optical properties to deposition angle were discussed.

  5. Emulsion-templated macroporous carbons synthesized by hydrothermal carbonization and their application for the enzymatic oxidation of glucose.

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    Brun, Nicolas; Edembe, Lise; Gounel, Sébastien; Mano, Nicolas; Titirici, Magdalena M

    2013-04-01

    Carbon-based monoliths have been designed using a simple synthetic pathway based on using high internal phase emulsion (HIPE) as a soft template to confine the polymerization and hydrothermal carbonization of saccharide derivatives (furfural) and phenolic compounds (phloroglucinol). Monosaccharides can be isolated from the cellulosic fraction of lignocellulosic biomass and phloroglucinol can be extracted from the bark of fruit trees; however, this approach constitutes an interesting sustainable synthetic route. The macroscopic characteristics can be easily modulated; a high macroporosity and total pore volume of up to 98 % and 18 cm(3)g(-1) have been obtained, respectively. After further thermal treatment under inert atmosphere, the as-synthesized macroporous carbonized HIPEs (carbo-HIPEs) have shaping capabilities relating to interesting mechanical properties as well as a high electrical conductivity of up to 300 Sm(-1) . These conductive foams exhibit a hierarchical structure associated with the presence of both meso- and micropores that exhibit specific Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface areas and DFT total pore volumes up to 730 m(2)g(-1) and 0.313 cm(3)g(-1) , respectively. Because of their attractive structural characteristics and intrinsic properties, these macroporous monoliths have been incorporated as a proof of principle within electrochemical devices as modified thin carbon disc electrodes. A promising two-fold improvement in the catalytic current is observed for the electrooxidation of glucose after the immobilization of a glucose oxidase-based biocatalytic mixture onto the carbo-HIPE electrodes compared to that observed if using commercial glassy carbon electrodes. PMID:23495045

  6. Oxidation and corrosion behavior of titanium aluminum nitride coatings by arc ion plating

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    LI Ming-sheng; FENG Chang-jie; ZHANG Zhi-feng; WANG Fu-hui

    2006-01-01

    Composite metastable TiN and Ti1-xAlxN coatings with different Al content were deposited on 1Cr11Ni2W2MoV stainless steel for aero-engine compressor blades by arc ion plating. The results show that all coatings have a B1NaCl structure and the preferred orientation changes from (111) to (220) with increasing Al content; the lattice parameter of Ti1-xAlxN decreases with the increase of Al content. The oxidation-resistance of (Ti,Al)N coatings is significantly improved owing to the formation of Al-riched oxide on the surface of the coatings. The nitride coatings can significantly improve the corrosion-resistance of 1Cr11Ni2W2MoV stainless steel under the synergistic of water vapor and NaCl, and the corrosion-resistance becomes better when the Al content increases, because not only the quick formation of thin alumina layer prevents the further corrosion but also the formation of alumina seals the pinholes or defects in the coatings, which prevents the occurrence of localized nodules-like corrosion.

  7. The study of the volume expansion of aluminum during porous oxide formation at galvanostatic regime

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    The volume expansion factor of porous alumina, formed by through anodizing of an Al foil of thickness 11.5 μm in the range of current densities of 4-35 mA cm-2 in oxalic and sulfuric acid at 18-24 deg. C has been studied. The microstructure of anodizing samples has been observed using scanning electron microscopy. The thickness of obtained porous alumina films was measured by a mechanical profilometer with a computer signal-processing. The volume expansion factor of porous alumina varied from 1.35 to 1.65. Linear dependences were obtained for the volume expansion factor of porous alumina versus the anodizing voltage and the ionic current-density logarithm versus the inverse volume expansion factor. Unlike oxide formation in sulfuric acid, these dependences have two subsequential rectilinear regions in oxalic acid. This peculiarity of the dependences in oxalic acid was explained by formation of a region of the immobile negative space charge in the barrier Al oxide layer and its influence on the ionic transport

  8. Evolution of the thickness of the aluminum oxide film due to the pH of the cooling water and surface temperature of the fuel elements clad of a nuclear reactor

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    This paper describes the mechanism of growth of a film of aluminum oxide on an alloy of the same material, which serves as a protective surface being the constituent material of the RP-10 nuclear reactor fuel elements clads. The most influential parameters on the growth of this film are: the pH of the cooling water and the clad surface temperature of the fuel element. For this study, a mathematical model relating the evolution of the aluminum oxide layer thickness over the time, according to the same oxide film using a power law is used. It is concluded that the time of irradiation, the heat flux at the surface of the aluminum material, the speed of the coolant, the thermal conductivity of the oxide, the initial thickness of the oxide layer and the solubility of the protective oxide are parameters affecting in the rate and film formation. (author).

  9. High temperature oxidation behavior of gamma-nickel+gamma'-nickel aluminum alloys and coatings modified with platinum and reactive elements

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    Mu, Nan

    Materials for high-pressure turbine blades must be able to operate in the high-temperature gases (above 1000°C) emerging from the combustion chamber. Accordingly, the development of nickel-based superalloys has been constantly motivated by the need to have improved engine efficiency, reliability and service lifetime under the harsh conditions imposed by the turbine environment. However, the melting point of nickel (1455°C) provides a natural ceiling for the temperature capability of nickel-based superalloys. Thus, surface-engineered turbine components with modified diffusion coatings and overlay coatings are used. Theses coatings are capable of forming a compact and adherent oxide scale, which greatly impedes the further transport of reactants between the high-temperature gases and the underlying metal and thus reducing attack by the atmosphere. Typically, these coatings contain beta-NiAl as a principal constituent phase in order to have sufficient aluminum content to form an Al2O3 scale at elevated temperatures. The drawbacks to the currently-used beta-based coatings, such as phase instabilities, associated stresses induced by such phase instabilities, and extensive coating/substrate interdiffusion, are major motivations in this study to seek next-generation coatings. The high-temperature oxidation resistance of novel Pt+Hf-modified gamma-Ni+gamma'-Ni 3Al-based alloys and coatings were investigated in this study. Both early-stage and 4-days isothermal oxidation behavior of single-phase gamma-Ni and gamma'-Ni3Al alloys were assessed by examining the weight changes, oxide-scale structures, and elemental concentration profiles through the scales and subsurface alloy regions. It was found that Pt promotes Al 2O3 formation by suppressing the NiO growth on both gamma-Ni and gamma'-Ni3Al single-phase alloys. This effect increases with increasing Pt content. Moreover, Pt exhibits this effect even at lower temperatures (˜970°C) in the very early stage of oxidation. It

  10. Fabrication of aluminum foam from aluminum scrap Hamza

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available In this study the optimum parameters affecting the preparation of aluminum foam from recycled aluminum were studied, these parameters are: temperature, CaCO3 to aluminum scrap wt. ratio as foaming agent, Al2O3 to aluminum scrap wt. ratio as thickening agent, and stirring time. The results show that, the optimum parameters are the temperature ranged from 800 to 850oC, CaCO3 to aluminum scrap wt. ratio was 5%, Al2O3 to aluminum scrap wt. ratio was 3% and stirring time was 45 second with stirring speed 1200 rpm. The produced foam apparent densities ranged from 0.40-0.60 g/cm3. The microstructure of aluminum foam was examined by using SEM, EDX and XRD, the results show that, the aluminum pores were uniformly distributed along the all matrices and the cell walls covered by thin oxide film.

  11. Novel nanoarray structures formed by template based approach: Characterization and electrochemistry

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    Alhoshan, Mansour Saleh

    Several different methods have been developed to form nanomaterials. The methods employed depend on the desired properties and applications. One of the broadest and important synthetic approaches for nanomaterials is based on templates. Templates provide a predetermined configuration or cast to guide the formation of nanomaterials with the desired morphology. They provide a very rich method to fabricate nanomaterials with a wide range of different morphologies and tunable sizes. After a materials formation reaction, the template can be sacrificially removed, leaving behind the final product that replicates the morphology of the original template. The synthetic methods based on templates overcome a weakness of other synthesis methods by providing good control of the final morphology of the produced nanomaterials. In addition, the methods are very general with respect to the types of materials that may be prepared. The main focus in this thesis is to produce highly ordered novel structures and arrays at nano/micro scales that are of electrochemical interest with good control of size and shape. Template-based approaches were used here to fabricate nano/micro tubes, rods, wires and porous films. By this approach, we incorporated electroless deposition and electrodeposition reactions with various templates, so that once the template is removed, the desired structures are reveled. Among the templates that were used are: track etched polycarbonate membrane, anodized aluminum oxide membrane and silica colloidal sphere. Electroless deposition and electrodeposition within the template to form nanomaterials is very attractive approach because it can be carried out under conditions mild enough to avoid any damage of both the desired materials and the template used. This approach makes possible the formation of a wide range of nanomaterials that may be useful technologically for catalytic, electronic, and energy storage applications. Examples of the nanostructures that were

  12. Kinetic of sintering of polyethilene glycol and lanthanum dopped aluminum oxide obtained by the sol-gel method

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    Novaković Tatjana B.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Sintering and crystallization of low-density polyethylene glycol (PEG and lanthanum, La(III-doped Al2O3 aerogels prepared from aluminum isopropoxide were investigated. The sintering behavior of non-doped and doped aerogels was examined by following the change of specific surface area with isothermal heat-treatment. The specific surface area and crystalline phases of non-doped and PEG+La(III-doped aerogels were determined, and the effects of dopants on the sintering and crystallization of Al2O3 aerogels are discussed. Isothermal sintering experiments showed that the sintering mechanism of non-doped and PEG+La(III-doped Al2O3 aerogels is surface diffusion. The specific surface areas of alumina samples decrease rapidly during the initial period of sintering, and more slowly with prolonged sintering time. The change of the porous structure is correlated with the phase transformation of γ-Al2O3 during calcinations of Al2O3 aerogels. The surface area of non-doped Al2O3 aerogels came to about 20 m2g-1 with heat-treatment at 1100°C because of crystallization of α-Al2O3 after densification. In the case of heattreatment at 1200°C, the largest surface area was observed for PEG+La(III doped Al2O3 aerogels and the XRD pattern showed only low ordered θ-Al2O3. These indicate that the addition of PEG+La(III to boehmite sol prevents Al2O3 aerogels from sintering and crystallizing to the α-Al2O3 phase. Even after 20 h at 1000°C, PEG+La (III-doped alumina samples maintain a rather good specific surface area (108 m2 g-1 in comparison to the non-doped, containing mainly θ-Al2O3 and minor amounts of δ-Al2O3. Aluminum-oxides with these structural and textural properties are widely used as a coatings and catalyst supports in the field of various catalysis.

  13. Characterizing Pyroxene Reaction Space in Calcium-Aluminum Rich Inclusions: Oxidation During CAI Rim Formation

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    Dyl, K. A.; Young, E. D.

    2009-12-01

    We define the reaction space that controls changes in pyroxene composition in CAIs and Wark-Lovering (WL) rims in an oxidizing solar nebula. Ti-rich pyroxenes in CAIs record a sub-solar oxygen fugacity (Ti3+/Ti4+~1.5). WL rim pyroxenes in the CAI Leoville 144A have a distinctly lower oxidation state.This difference supports WL rim condensation in an environment of increasing O2(g) and Mg(g) (Simon et al. 2005). We used the following phase components to identify four linearly independent reactions (Thompson 1982): diopside, CaTs (Al2Mg-1Si-1), T3 (Ti3+AlMg-1Si-1), T4 (Ti4+Al2Mg-1Si-2), En (MgCa-1), perovskite, O(g), Mg(g), SiO(g), and Ca(g). Compositional variation in this system is dominated by two reactions. The first is oxidation of Ti3+ via reaction with O and Mg in the gas phase: 1.5 O(g) + Mg(g) → ¼ Di + [Ti4+Mg3/4Ti3+-1Ca-1/4Si-1/2] (1). Pyroxene is produced and En is introduced. The second reaction (2) is perovskite formation. It is observed in the WL rim of Leoville 144A, and experiments confirm that an elevated Ti component converts pyroxene to perovskite(Gupta et al. 1973). MgCa-1 is the third linearly independent reaction (3). They combine to give: ½ Di + x Ca(g)→ x Mg(g)+ Pv + [Mg1/2-xSiTi4+-1Ca-1/2+x](2,3). Unlike (1), pyroxene is consumed in this reaction. The parameter x defines the extent of Mg-Ca exchange. When x > 0.5, WL rim formation occurs in an environment where Mg is volatile and Ca condenses. The reaction space defined by reactions (1) and (2,3) describes the transition from CAI interior to WL rims. WL rim pyroxene Ti contents, [CaTs], and Ca < 1 pfu are all explained in this space. The fourth linearly independent reaction is SiO(g):1/8 Di + ¼ Mg(g)→ ¾ SiO(g) + [Mg3/8Ca1/8Ti4+Ti3+-1Si-1/2](4). Silica reduction forms Ti4+, releasing SiO(g). (4) does not describe the oxidation of Ti3+ in WL rim pyroxene, but (1) - (4) results in En formation directly from the gas phase. This may explain WL rim analyses that have Si contents in excess

  14. Crystal orientation dependent thermoelectric properties of highly oriented aluminum-doped zinc oxide thin films

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    2013-02-06

    We demonstrate that the thermoelectric properties of highly oriented Al-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films can be improved by controlling their crystal orientation. The crystal orientation of the AZO films was changed by changing the temperature of the laser deposition process on LaAlO3 (100) substrates. The change in surface termination of the LaAlO3 substrate with temperature induces a change in AZO film orientation. The anisotropic nature of electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of the AZO films showed a favored thermoelectric performance in c-axis oriented films. These films gave the highest power factor of 0.26 W m−1 K−1 at 740 K.

  15. Adsorption of titanium, chromium, and copper atoms on thin aluminum and magnesium oxide film surfaces

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    Tvauri, I. V.; Turiev, A. M.; Tsidaeva, N. I.; Gazzaeva, M. E.; Vladimirov, G. G.; Magkoev, T. T.

    2012-04-01

    Methods of Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), spectroscopy of characteristic electron energy losses (SCEEL), slow electron diffraction (SED), and contact potential difference (CPD) in ultrahigh vacuum are used to investigate the adsorption-emission properties and stability of two-component film systems formed by putting of Ti, Cr, and Cu atoms on MgO-Mo(011) and Al2O3-Mo(011) surfaces. All atoms have the properties of electronegative adsorbates. Continuous adatom monolayers are formed on the Al2O3-Mo(011) system surface, and three-dimensional islands are formed on the MgO-Mo(011) surface. The properties of monoatomic films on the oxide layer surface are close to those observed for bulk materials. No radical changes of the system properties are detected with increasing dielectric layer thickness. The thermal stability of the newly formed structures decreases in the order Ti, Cr, Cu, Al2O3(MgO), and Mo(011).

  16. Water electrolysis-induced optical degradation of aluminum-doped zinc oxide films

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    A type of optical degradation of aluminium-doped zinc oxide (AZO) films due to water electrolysis-induced reduction reaction was reported. An experiment was designed in which AZO films were immersed in a 0.01 M NaOH aqueous solution as cathode to electrolyze water. Significant decreases in the optical transmission of the treated samples were observed. Studies by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope showed that the degradation of AZO films was due to compositional and structural changes with the treatment of water electrolysis, which resulted from the reduction reaction of atomic hydrogen generated in the electrolysis of water. This optical degradation reflects the stability degradation of AZO films under water electrolysis environment

  17. Perl Template Toolkit

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    Chamberlain, Darren; Cross, David; Torkington, Nathan; Diaz, tatiana Apandi

    2004-01-01

    Among the many different approaches to "templating" with Perl--such as Embperl, Mason, HTML::Template, and hundreds of other lesser known systems--the Template Toolkit is widely recognized as one of the most versatile. Like other templating systems, the Template Toolkit allows programmers to embed Perl code and custom macros into HTML documents in order to create customized documents on the fly. But unlike the others, the Template Toolkit is as facile at producing HTML as it is at producing XML, PDF, or any other output format. And because it has its own simple templating language, templates

  18. Pull-test adhesion measurements of diamondlike carbon films on silicon carbide, silicon nitride, aluminum oxide, and zirconium oxide

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    Hydrogenated amorphous carbon or diamondlike carbon (DLC) films were formed by 400 eV methane (CH4) ion bombardment of various smooth and rough ceramics, as well as ceramics coated with a layer of Si or Ti. Adhesion was measured by a bonded-pin method. Excellent adhesion was measured for smooth SiC and Si3N4, but adhesion of DLC to smooth Al2O3 and ZrO2 was negligible. The use of a Si bonding interlayer produced good adhesion to all the substrates, but a Ti layer was ineffective due to poor bonding between the DLC film and Ti. Bulk thermodynamic calculations are not directly applicable to bonding at the interface because the interface is two dimensional and the compositions of interfacial phases are generally not known. If the standard enthalpy ΔH degree for the reaction between CH4 and the substrate material is calculated under the assumption that a carbide phase is produced, a relationship is seen between the reaction enthalpy and the relative adhesion. Large positive enthalpies are associated with poor adhesion; negative or small positive enthalpies are associated with good adhesion. This relation between enthalpy and adhesion was also observed for DLC deposited on Si. The lack of adhesion to the Ti was attributed to inadvertent formation of a surface oxide layer that rendered the enthalpy for the reaction with CH4 positive

  19. Effects of Surface Oxide on the Nitridation Behavior of Aluminum Particles

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    Kim, Sung-Hoon; Noh, Jae-Hong; Ahn, Jae-Pyoung; Lee, Jae-Chul; Kwon, Hoon; Lee, Jaegab; Yang, Heang Ryeal; Lee, Kon-Bae

    2015-01-01

    A detailed transmission electron microscopy study coupled with electron energy loss spectroscopy was conducted on AlN formed by the direct nitridation of Al particles under nitrogen atmosphere. The nitridation mechanism comprised two steps: the formation of AlN shell on Al particles and the growth of AlN with a lath type in Al droplets. Here, we found that the surface oxide layer of the Al particles acted as a channel layer, which supplied nitrogen in the atomic state to liquid Al, after being transformed into a thin AlON layer during the initial nitridation. In the Al particles, the inward growth of AlN with a shell structure occurred at the sub layer of the AlON layer. On the other hand, the extracted liquid Al droplets formed after the cracking of the AlN shell rested on the Al particles surrounded by the AlON layer. The nitridation of the droplets began at the interface between the Al particle and droplet and not at the free surface and grew outward from the droplet. Herein, based on the observation of the AlON layer formation, we propose a new mechanism for the nitridation of Al particles.

  20. Interstitial Oxide Ion Distribution and Transport Mechanism in Aluminum-Doped Neodymium Silicate Apatite Electrolytes.

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    An, Tao; Baikie, Tom; Orera, Alodia; Piltz, Ross O; Meven, Martin; Slater, Peter R; Wei, Jun; Sanjuán, María L; White, T J

    2016-04-01

    Rare earth silicate apatites are one-dimensional channel structures that show potential as electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) due to their high ionic conductivity at intermediate temperatures (500-700 °C). This advantageous property can be attributed to the presence of both interstitial oxygen and cation vacancies, that create diffusion paths which computational studies suggest are less tortuous and have lower activation energies for migration than in stoichiometric compounds. In this work, neutron diffraction of Nd(28+x)/3AlxSi6-xO26 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1.5) single crystals identified the locations of oxygen interstitials, and allowed the deduction of a dual-path conduction mechanism that is a natural extension of the single-path sinusoidal channel trajectory arrived at through computation. This discovery provides the most thorough understanding of the O(2-) transport mechanism along the channels to date, clarifies the mode of interchannel motion, and presents a complete picture of O(2-) percolation through apatite. Previously reported crystallographic and conductivity measurements are re-examined in the light of these new findings. PMID:27015162