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  1. Amorphous mixed-metal hydroxide nanostructures for advanced water oxidation catalysts

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    Gao, Y. Q.; Liu, X. Y.; Yang, G. W.

    2016-02-01

    The design of highly efficient, durable, and earth-abundant catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is crucial in order to promote energy conversion and storage processes. Here, we synthesize amorphous mixed-metal (Ni-Fe) hydroxide nanostructures with a homogeneous distribution of Ni/Fe as well as a tunable Ni/Fe ratio by a simple, facile, green and low-cost electrochemical technique, and we demonstrate that the synthesized amorphous nanomaterials possess ultrahigh activity and super long-term cycle stability in the OER process. The amorphous Ni0.71Fe0.29(OH)x nanostructure affords a current density of 10 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of a mere 0.296 V and a small Tafel slope of 58 mV dec-1, while no deactivation is detected in the CV testing even up to 30 000 cycles, which suggests the promising application of these amorphous nanomaterials in electrochemical oxidation. Meanwhile, the distinct catalytic activities among these amorphous Ni-Fe hydroxide nanostructures prompts us to take notice of the composition of the alloy hydroxides/oxides when studying their catalytic properties, which opens an avenue for the rational design and controllable preparation of such amorphous nanomaterials as advanced OER electrocatalysts.The design of highly efficient, durable, and earth-abundant catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is crucial in order to promote energy conversion and storage processes. Here, we synthesize amorphous mixed-metal (Ni-Fe) hydroxide nanostructures with a homogeneous distribution of Ni/Fe as well as a tunable Ni/Fe ratio by a simple, facile, green and low-cost electrochemical technique, and we demonstrate that the synthesized amorphous nanomaterials possess ultrahigh activity and super long-term cycle stability in the OER process. The amorphous Ni0.71Fe0.29(OH)x nanostructure affords a current density of 10 mA cm-2 at an overpotential of a mere 0.296 V and a small Tafel slope of 58 mV dec-1, while no deactivation is detected in the CV

  2. Selective oxidations on vanadiumoxide containing amorphous mixed oxides (AMM-V) with tert.-butylhydroperoxide

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    Deng, Y.; Hunnius, M.; Storck, S.; Maier, W.F. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Kohlenforschung, Muelheim an der Ruhr (Germany)

    1998-12-31

    The catalytic oxygen transfer properties of vanadium containing zeolites and vanadium based sol-gel catalysts with hydrogen peroxides are well known. The severe problem of vanadium leaching caused by the presence of the by-product water has been addressed. To avoid any interference with homogeneously catalyzed reactions, our study focusses on selective oxidations in a moisture-free medium with tert.-butylhydroperoxide. We have investigated the catalytic properties of amorphous microporous materials based on SiO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}, ZrO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} as matrix material and studied the effects of surface polarity on the oxidation of 1-octene and cyclohexane. (orig.)

  3. Selective oxidation of benzene and cyclohexane using amorphous microporous mixed oxides; Selektive Oxidation von Benzol und Cyclohexan mit amorphen mikroporoesen Mischoxiden

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    Stoeckmann, M.

    2000-07-01

    Phenol was to be produced by direct oxidation of benzene with environment-friendly oxidants like hydrogen peroxide, oxygen, or ozone. Catalysts were amorphous microporous mixed oxides whose properties can be selected directly in the sol-gel synthesis process. Apart from benzene, also cyclohexane was oxidized with ozone using AMM catalysts in order to get more information on the potential of ozone as oxidant in heterogeneously catalyzed reactions. [German] Ziel dieser Arbeit war die Herstellung von Phenol durch die Direktoxidation von Benzol mit umweltfreundlichen Oxidationsmitteln wie Wasserstoffperoxid, Sauerstoff oder Ozon. Als Katalysatoren dienten amorphe mikroporoese Mischoxide, da deren Eigenschaften direkt in der Synthese durch den Sol-Gel-Prozess gezielt eingestellt werden koennen. Neben Benzol wurde auch Cyclohexan mit Ozon unter der Verwendung von AMM-Katalysatoren oxidiert, um das Potential von Ozon als Oxiationsmittel in heterogen katalysierten Reaktionen naeher zu untersuchen. (orig.)

  4. Vanadium based amorphous mixed oxides used as negative electrodes of lithium batteries; Oxydes mixtes amorphes a base de vanadium comme electrodes negatives de batteries au lithium

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    Guyomard, D.; Leroux, F.; Sigala, C.; Le Gal La Salle, A.; Piffard, Y. [Institut des Materiaux de Nantes, 44 (France). Laboratoire de Chimie des Solides

    1996-12-31

    This paper presents recent results concerning the chemical and electrochemical synthesis, the electrochemical properties and the characterization of two new families of amorphous oxides of formula Li{sub x}MVO{sub 4} (1oxides allows the low potential reversible insertion of lithium and can be used as negative electrodes in high performance lithium-ion batteries. (J.S.) 19 refs.

  5. Photochemical route for accessing amorphous metal oxide materials for water oxidation catalysis.

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    Smith, Rodney D L; Prévot, Mathieu S; Fagan, Randal D; Zhang, Zhipan; Sedach, Pavel A; Siu, Man Kit Jack; Trudel, Simon; Berlinguette, Curtis P

    2013-04-01

    Large-scale electrolysis of water for hydrogen generation requires better catalysts to lower the kinetic barriers associated with the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Although most OER catalysts are based on crystalline mixed-metal oxides, high activities can also be achieved with amorphous phases. Methods for producing amorphous materials, however, are not typically amenable to mixed-metal compositions. We demonstrate that a low-temperature process, photochemical metal-organic deposition, can produce amorphous (mixed) metal oxide films for OER catalysis. The films contain a homogeneous distribution of metals with compositions that can be accurately controlled. The catalytic properties of amorphous iron oxide prepared with this technique are superior to those of hematite, whereas the catalytic properties of a-Fe(100-y-z)Co(y)Ni(z)O(x) are comparable to those of noble metal oxide catalysts currently used in commercial electrolyzers. PMID:23539180

  6. Electrochromism of amorphous ruthenium oxide thin films

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    Lee, Se-Hee; Liu, Ping; Tracy, C. Edwin; Deb, Satyen K. [National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Center for Basic Sciences, 1617 Cole Boulevard, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); Cheong, Hyeonsik M. [Sogang University, Shinsoo-Dong, Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of)

    2003-12-01

    We report on the electrochromic behavior of amorphous ruthenium oxide thin films and their electrochemical characteristics for use as counterelectrodes for electrochromic devices. Hydrous ruthenium oxide thin films were prepared by cyclic voltammetry on ITO coated glass substrates from an aqueous ruthenium chloride solution. The cyclic voltammograms of this material show the capacitive behavior including two redox reaction peaks in each cathodic and anodic scan. The ruthenium oxide thin film electrode exhibits a 50% modulation of optical transmittance at 670 nm wavelength with capacitor charge/discharge.

  7. Role of Amorphous Manganese Oxide in Nitrogen Loss

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    LILIANG-MO; WUQI-TU

    1991-01-01

    Studies have been made,by 15N-tracer technique on nitrogen loss resulting from adding amorphous manganese oxide to NH4+-N medium under anaerobic conditions.The fact that the total nitrogen recovery was decreased and that 15NO2,15N2O,15N14NO,15NO,15N2 and 15N14N were emitted has proved that,like amorphous iron oxide,amorphous manganese oxide can also act as an electron acceptor in the oxidation of NH4+-N under anaerobic conditions and give rise to nitrogen loss.This once again illustrates another mechanism by which the loss of ammonium nitrogen in paddy soils is brought about by amorphous iron and manganese oxides.The quantity of nitrogen loss by amorphous manganese oxide increased with an increase in the amount of amorphous manganese oxide added and lessened with time of its aging.The nitrogen loss resulting from amorphous manganese oxide was less than that from amorphous iron oxide.And the nitrogen loss resulting from amorphous manganese oxide was less than that from amorphous iron oxide.And the nitrogen loss by cooperation of amorphous manganese oxide and microorganisms (soil suspension) was larger than that by amorphous manganese oxide alone.In the system,nitrogen loss was associated with the specific surface ares and oxidation-reduction of amorphous manganese oxide.However,their quantitative relationship and the exact reaction processes of nitrogen loss induced by amorphous manganese oxide remain to be further studied.

  8. Ion beam mixing in binary amorphous metallic alloys

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    Ion beam mixing (IM) was measured in homogeneous amorphous metallic alloys of Cu-Er and Ni-Ti as a function of temperature using tracer impurities, i.e., the so-called ''marker geometry''. In Cu-Er, a strong temperature dependence in IM was observed between 80 and 3730K, indicating that radiation-enhanced diffusion mechanisms are operative in this metallic glass. Phase separation of the Cu-Er alloy was also observed under irradiation as Er segregated to the vacuum and SiO2 interfaces of the specimen. At low-temperatures, the amount of mixing in amorphous Ni-Ti is similar to that in pure Ni or Ti, but it is much greater in Cu-Er than in either Cu or Er

  9. Structure and Properties of Amorphous Transparent Conducting Oxides

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    Medvedeva, Julia

    Driven by technological appeal, the research area of amorphous oxide semiconductors has grown tremendously since the first demonstration of the unique properties of amorphous indium oxide more than a decade ago. Today, amorphous oxides, such as a-ITO, a-IZO, a-IGZO, or a-ZITO, exhibit the optical, electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties that are comparable or even superior to those possessed by their crystalline counterparts, pushing the latter out of the market. Large-area uniformity, low-cost low-temperature deposition, high carrier mobility, optical transparency, and mechanical flexibility make these materials appealing for next-generation thin-film electronics. Yet, the structural variations associated with crystalline-to-amorphous transition as well as their role in carrier generation and transport properties of these oxides are far from being understood. Although amorphous oxides lack grain boundaries, factors like (i) size and distribution of nanocrystalline inclusions; (ii) spatial distribution and clustering of incorporated cations in multicomponent oxides; (iii) formation of trap defects; and (iv) piezoelectric effects associated with internal strains, will contribute to electron scattering. In this work, ab-initio molecular dynamics (MD) and accurate density-functional approaches are employed to understand how the properties of amorphous ternary and quaternary oxides depend on quench rates, cation compositions, and oxygen stoichiometries. The MD results, combined with thorough experimental characterization, reveal that interplay between the local and long-range structural preferences of the constituent oxides gives rise to a complex composition-dependent structural behavior in the amorphous oxides. The proposed network models of metal-oxygen polyhedra help explain the observed intriguing electrical and optical properties in In-based oxides and suggest ways to broaden the phase space of amorphous oxide semiconductors with tunable properties. The

  10. Unveiling the complex electronic structure of amorphous metal oxides

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    Arhammar, C.; Pietzsch, A; Bock, N.; Holmstrom, E.; Araujo, C. M.; Grasjo, J.; Zhao, S.; Green, S; Peery, T.; Hennies, F.; Amerioun, S.; Fohlisch, A.; Schlappa, J.; Schmitt, T; Strocov, V. N.

    2011-01-01

    Amorphous materials represent a large and important emerging area of material’s science. Amorphous oxides are key technological oxides in applications such as a gate dielectric in Complementary metal-oxide semiconductor devices and in Silicon-Oxide-Nitride-Oxide-Silicon and TANOS (TaN-Al2O3-Si3N4-SiO2-Silicon) flash memories. These technologies are required for the high packing density of today’s integrated circuits. Therefore the investigation of defect states in these structures is crucial....

  11. Nanostructured amorphous nickel oxide with enhanced antioxidant activity

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    Madhu, G. [Department of Physics, University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695581 (India); Department of Physics, University College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695034 (India); Biju, V., E-mail: bijunano@gmail.com [Department of Physics, University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695581 (India)

    2015-07-15

    Highlights: • Synthesis of nanostructured amorphous nickel oxide by a facile chemical route. • Enhanced antioxidant activity of amorphous NiO compared to crystalline samples. • Role of O{sup 2−} vacancies and high specific surface area in antioxidant activity. • Use of DC conductivity, XPS and BET to explain enhanced antioxidant activity. - Abstract: Nanostructured amorphous nickel oxide was synthesized by the thermal decomposition of nickel chloride–ethanol amine complex. The X-ray diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopic studies established the amorphous nature of the sample. The Fourier Transform Infrared, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy Dispersive and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopic studies of the sample revealed the formation of NiO. The specific surface area of the sample is measured using Brunauer–Emmett–Teller analysis and the mesoporous nature of the sample is established through Barrett–Joyner–Halenda pore size distribution analysis. The antioxidant activity of the amorphous sample measured by 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl hydrazyl (DPPH) scavenging is found to be nearly twice greater than that reported for nanocrystalline NiO samples. The estimated radical scavenging activity of the sample is correlated with the DC conductivity values measured in vacuum and air ambience. The enhanced antioxidant activity of the amorphous NiO is accounted by the increase in the concentration of O{sup 2−} vacancies and the specific surface area. The Ni 2p and O 1s X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopic studies of the sample support the inference.

  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. Amorphous tin-cadmium oxide films and the production thereof

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    Li, Xiaonan; Gessert, Timothy A

    2013-10-29

    A tin-cadmium oxide film having an amorphous structure and a ratio of tin atoms to cadmium atoms of between 1:1 and 3:1. The tin-cadmium oxide film may have an optical band gap of between 2.7 eV and 3.35 eV. The film may also have a charge carrier concentration of between 1.times.10.sup.20 cm.sup.-3 and 2.times.10.sup.20 cm.sup.-3. The tin cadmium oxide film may also exhibit a Hall mobility of between 40 cm.sup.2V.sup.-1 s.sup.-1 and 60 cm.sup.2V.sup.-1 s.sup.-1. Also disclosed is a method of producing an amorphous tin-cadmium oxide film as described and devices using same.

  14. Tungsten oxide nanowire synthesis from amorphous-like tungsten films.

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    Seelaboyina, Raghunandan

    2016-03-18

    A synthesis technique which can lead to direct integration of tungsten oxide nanowires onto silicon chips is essential for preparing various devices. The conversion of amorphous tungsten films deposited on silicon chips by pulsed layer deposition to nanowires by annealing is an apt method in that direction. This perspective discusses the ingenious features of the technique reported by Dellasega et al on the various aspects of tungsten oxide nanowire synthesis. PMID:26871521

  15. Determination of carbon in amorphous carbon and uranium monocarbide by oxidation with lead(IV) oxide, copper(II) oxide or barium sulfate in an inert atmosphere

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    Oxidation behavior was studied on amorphous carbon and carbon in uranium monocarbide when lead(IV) oxide, copper(II) oxide and barium sulfate were used as the oxidizing fluxes in helium. The amorphous carbon and the carbon in the carbide were completely extracted with lead oxide in 5 min at 10000C and in 8 min at 700 and 5000C, respectively. Carbon in two samples was quantitatively extracted at 10000C with copper oxide in 8 and 5 min, and with barium sulfate in 7 and 5 min, respectively. The rate of extraction of carbon with copper oxide decreased with decreasing temperature. It was found that the mixing ratio of the oxidizing flux to the amorphous carbon or carbide gave effect on the recovery of carbon. The conventional capillary-trap method which is used for the determination of carbon has a disadvantage that, when carbon dioxide is caught in a cold trap (liquid nitrogen), oxygen is also trapped. This disadvantage was eliminated when a stream of helium was used in place of oxygen. Carbon in the sample can be determined with lead oxide, copper oxide or barium sulfate by extracting carbon dioxide at 10000C for 10 min. (auth.)

  16. Amorphous structure of iron oxide of bacterial origin

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    In nature, there are various iron oxides produced by the water-habitant bacterial group called “iron-oxidizing bacteria”. These iron oxides have been studied mainly from biological and geochemical perspectives. Today, attempts are made to use such iron oxides as novel functional materials in several applications. However, their quantitative structural characteristics are still unclear. We studied the structure of iron oxide of microtubular form consisting of amorphous nanoparticles formed by an iron-oxidizing bacterium, Leptothrix ochracea, using a combination of high-energy X-ray diffraction and reverse Monte Carlo simulation. We found that its structure consists of a framework of corner- and edge-sharing distorted FeO6 octahedral units, while SiO4 tetrahedral units are isolated in the framework. The results reveal the atomic arrangement of iron oxide of bacterial origin, which is essential for investigating its potential as a functional material. -- Highlights: ► The amorphous structure of bacterial iron oxide was investigated. ► The structure was simulated by high-energy X-ray diffraction and reverse Monte Carlo simulation. ► The structure was constructed of a framework of corner- and edge-sharing distorted FeO6 octahedral units. ► SiO4 tetrahedral units were distributed isolatedly in the framework of FeO6 octahedral units.

  17. Water oxidation catalysis: electrocatalytic response to metal stoichiometry in amorphous metal oxide films containing iron, cobalt, and nickel.

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    Smith, Rodney D L; Prévot, Mathieu S; Fagan, Randal D; Trudel, Simon; Berlinguette, Curtis P

    2013-08-01

    Photochemical metal-organic deposition (PMOD) was used to prepare amorphous metal oxide films containing specific concentrations of iron, cobalt, and nickel to study how metal composition affects heterogeneous electrocatalytic water oxidation. Characterization of the films by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed excellent stoichiometric control of each of the 21 complex metal oxide films investigated. In studying the electrochemical oxidation of water catalyzed by the respective films, it was found that small concentrations of iron produced a significant improvement in Tafel slopes and that cobalt or nickel were critical in lowering the voltage at which catalysis commences. The best catalytic parameters of the series were obtained for the film of composition a-Fe20Ni80. An extrapolation of the electrochemical and XPS data indicates the optimal behavior of this binary film to be a manifestation of iron stabilizing nickel in a higher oxidation level. This work represents the first mechanistic study of amorphous phases of binary and ternary metal oxides for use as water oxidation catalysts, and provides the foundation for the broad exploration of other mixed-metal oxide combinations. PMID:23883103

  18. Optical properties of amorphous tungsten oxide films: Effect of stoichiometry

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    The optical properties of sputter deposited amorphous tungsten oxide films have been measured in-situ during slow electrochemical cycling in a lithium containing electrolyte. Amorphous films exhibit coloration under Li insertion and bleaching under Li extraction. Substoichiometric films show almost reversible optical changes already in the first electrochemical cycle and are completely reversible thereafter. Tungsten oxide films sputtered in a large excess of oxygen were found to be slightly overstoichiometric, as determined by Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry. They exhibit irreversible charge transfer and coloration in the first cycle. Thereafter they cannot be completely bleached and exhibit transmittance contrast between coloured and partially bleached states. The irreversible colouration of the stoichiometric films is associated with a feature at 2.6 to 2.9 eV vs. Li in electrochemical measurements. Possible chemical reactions giving rise to this behaviour are discussed

  19. Tungsten oxide nanowires grown on amorphous-like tungsten films.

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    Dellasega, D; Pietralunga, S M; Pezzoli, A; Russo, V; Nasi, L; Conti, C; Vahid, M J; Tagliaferri, A; Passoni, M

    2015-09-11

    Tungsten oxide nanowires have been synthesized by vacuum annealing in the range 500-710 °C from amorphous-like tungsten films, deposited on a Si(100) substrate by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) in the presence of a He background pressure. The oxygen required for the nanowires formation is already adsorbed in the W matrix before annealing, its amount depending on deposition parameters. Nanowire crystalline phase and stoichiometry depend on annealing temperature, ranging from W18O49-Magneli phase to monoclinic WO3. Sufficiently long annealing induces the formation of micrometer-long nanowires, up to 3.6 μm with an aspect ratio up to 90. Oxide nanowire growth appears to be triggered by the crystallization of the underlying amorphous W film, promoting their synthesis at low temperatures. PMID:26292084

  20. Flexible Electronics Powered by Mixed Metal Oxide Thin Film Transistors

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    Marrs, Michael

    A low temperature amorphous oxide thin film transistor (TFT) and amorphous silicon PIN diode backplane technology for large area flexible digital x-ray detectors has been developed to create 7.9-in. diagonal backplanes. The critical steps in the evolution of the backplane process include the qualification and optimization of the low temperature (200 °C) metal oxide TFT and a-Si PIN photodiode process, the stability of the devices under forward and reverse bias stress, the transfer of the process to flexible plastic substrates, and the fabrication and assembly of the flexible detectors. Mixed oxide semiconductor TFTs on flexible plastic substrates suffer from performance and stability issues related to the maximum processing temperature limitation of the polymer. A novel device architecture based upon a dual active layer improves both the performance and stability. Devices are directly fabricated below 200 ºC on a polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) substrate using mixed metal oxides of either zinc indium oxide (ZIO) or indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) as the active semiconductor. The dual active layer architecture allows for adjustment to the saturation mobility and threshold voltage stability without the requirement of high temperature annealing, which is not compatible with flexible plastic substrates like PEN. The device performance and stability is strongly dependent upon the composition of the mixed metal oxide; this dependency provides a simple route to improving the threshold voltage stability and drive performance. By switching from a single to a dual active layer, the saturation mobility increases from 1.2 cm2/V-s to 18.0 cm2/V-s, while the rate of the threshold voltage shift decreases by an order of magnitude. This approach could assist in enabling the production of devices on flexible substrates using amorphous oxide semiconductors. Low temperature (200°C) processed amorphous silicon photodiodes were developed successfully by balancing the tradeoffs

  1. Electrochromic study on amorphous tungsten oxide films by sputtering

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    Li, Chuan, E-mail: cli10@yahoo.com [Department of Biomedical Engineering, National Yang Ming University, Taipei 11221, Taiwan (China); Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli, Taoyuan 32001, Taiwan (China); Hsieh, J.H. [Department of Materials Engineering, Ming Chi University of Technology, Taishan, Taipei 24301, Taiwan (China); Hung, Ming-Tsung [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, Jhongli, Taoyuan 32001, Taiwan (China); Huang, B.Q. [Department of Biomedical Engineering, National Yang Ming University, Taipei 11221, Taiwan (China)

    2015-07-31

    Tungsten oxide films under different oxygen flow rates are deposited by DC sputtering. The voltage change at target and analyses for the deposited films by X-ray diffraction, scanning electronic microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ultraviolet–visible-near infrared spectroscopy consistently indicate that low oxygen flow rate (5 sccm) only creates metal-rich tungsten oxide films, while higher oxygen flow rate (10–20 sccm) assures the deposition of amorphous WO{sub 3} films. To explore the electrochromic function of deposited WO{sub 3} films, we use electrochemical tests to perform the insertion of lithium ions and electrons into films. The WO{sub 3} films switch between color and bleach states effectively by both potentiostat and cyclic voltammetry. Quantitative evaluation on electrochemical tests indicates that WO{sub 3} film with composition close to its stoichiometry is an optimal choice for electrochromic function. - Highlights: • Amorphous WO{sub 3} films are deposited by DC sputtering under different O{sub 2} flow rates. • Higher oxygen flow rate (> 10 sccm) assures the deposition of amorphous WO{sub 3} films. • Both potentiostat and cyclic voltammetry make WO{sub 3} films switch its color. • An optimal electrochromic WO{sub 3} is to make films close to its stoichiometry.

  2. Electrochromic study on amorphous tungsten oxide films by sputtering

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    Tungsten oxide films under different oxygen flow rates are deposited by DC sputtering. The voltage change at target and analyses for the deposited films by X-ray diffraction, scanning electronic microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ultraviolet–visible-near infrared spectroscopy consistently indicate that low oxygen flow rate (5 sccm) only creates metal-rich tungsten oxide films, while higher oxygen flow rate (10–20 sccm) assures the deposition of amorphous WO3 films. To explore the electrochromic function of deposited WO3 films, we use electrochemical tests to perform the insertion of lithium ions and electrons into films. The WO3 films switch between color and bleach states effectively by both potentiostat and cyclic voltammetry. Quantitative evaluation on electrochemical tests indicates that WO3 film with composition close to its stoichiometry is an optimal choice for electrochromic function. - Highlights: • Amorphous WO3 films are deposited by DC sputtering under different O2 flow rates. • Higher oxygen flow rate (> 10 sccm) assures the deposition of amorphous WO3 films. • Both potentiostat and cyclic voltammetry make WO3 films switch its color. • An optimal electrochromic WO3 is to make films close to its stoichiometry

  3. Preparation and Characterization of Amorphous Silicon Oxide Nanowires

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    2007-01-01

    Large-scale amorphous silicon nanowires (SiNWs) with a diameter about 100 nm and a length of dozens of micrometers on silicon wafers were synthesized by thermal evaporation of silicon monoxide (SiO).Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) observations show that the silicon nanowires are smooth.Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) shows that the silicon nanowires are amorphous and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) indicates that the nanowires have the composition of Si and O elements in an atomic ratio of 1:2, their composition approximates that of SiO2.SiO is considered to be used as a Si sources to produce SiNWs.We conclude that the growth mechanism is closely related to the defect structure and silicon monoxide followed by growth through an oxide-assisted vapor-solid reaction.

  4. Amorphous Hafnium-Indium-Zinc Oxide Semiconductor Thin Film Transistors

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    Sheng-Po Chang

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We reported on the performance and electrical properties of co-sputtering-processed amorphous hafnium-indium-zinc oxide (α-HfIZO thin film transistors (TFTs. Co-sputtering-processed α-HfIZO thin films have shown an amorphous phase in nature. We could modulate the In, Hf, and Zn components by changing the co-sputtering power. Additionally, the chemical composition of α-HfIZO had a significant effect on reliability, hysteresis, field-effect mobility (μFE, carrier concentration, and subthreshold swing (S of the device. Our results indicated that we could successfully and easily fabricate α-HfIZO TFTs with excellent performance by the co-sputtering process. Co-sputtering-processed α-HfIZO TFTs were fabricated with an on/off current ratio of ~106, higher mobility, and a subthreshold slope as steep as 0.55 V/dec.

  5. Bacterial adhesion on amorphous and crystalline metal oxide coatings

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    Almaguer-Flores, Argelia [Facultad de Odontología, División de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigación, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 México D.F. (Mexico); Silva-Bermudez, Phaedra, E-mail: suriel21@yahoo.com [Unidad de Ingeniería de Tejidos, Terapia Celular y Medicina Regenerativa, Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación, Calzada México-Xochimilco No. 289, Col. Arenal de Guadalupe, 14389 México D.F. (Mexico); Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 México D.F. (Mexico); Galicia, Rey; Rodil, Sandra E. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior s/n, Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 México D.F. (Mexico)

    2015-12-01

    Several studies have demonstrated the influence of surface properties (surface energy, composition and topography) of biocompatible materials on the adhesion of cells/bacteria on solid substrates; however, few have provided information about the effect of the atomic arrangement or crystallinity. Using magnetron sputtering deposition, we produced amorphous and crystalline TiO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2} coatings with controlled micro and nanoscale morphology. The effect of the structure on the physical–chemical surface properties was carefully analyzed. Then, we studied how these parameters affect the adhesion of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Our findings demonstrated that the nano-topography and the surface energy were significantly influenced by the coating structure. Bacterial adhesion at micro-rough (2.6 μm) surfaces was independent of the surface composition and structure, contrary to the observation in sub-micron (0.5 μm) rough surfaces, where the crystalline oxides (TiO{sub 2} > ZrO{sub 2}) surfaces exhibited higher numbers of attached bacteria. Particularly, crystalline TiO{sub 2}, which presented a predominant acidic nature, was more attractive for the adhesion of the negatively charged bacteria. The information provided by this study, where surface modifications are introduced by means of the deposition of amorphous or crystalline oxide coatings, offers a route for the rational design of implant surfaces to control or inhibit bacterial adhesion. - Highlights: • Amorphous (a) and crystalline (c) TiO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2} coatings were deposited. • The atomic ordering influences the coatings surface charge and nano-topography. • The atomic ordering modifies the bacterial adhesion for the same surface chemistry. • S. aureus adhesion was lower on a-TiO{sub 2} and a-ZrO{sub 2} than on their c-oxide counterpart. • E. coli adhesion on a-TiO{sub 2} was lower than on the c-TiO{sub 2}.

  6. Chemical aspects of mixed oxide fuel production

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    The paper describes and compares the available head end techniques for production of pelletized mixed oxide fuel. It discusses the solubility of PuO2 in nitric acid as well as its radioactivity, both of which influence the choice of the head end process. The paper also describes several ways to convert the mixed plutonium-uranium nitrates from fuel reprocessing into mixed oxides, and proposes a SOL-GEL-type process as a preferred way. (orig.)

  7. Amorphous silicon oxide window layers for high-efficiency silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Seif, Johannes Peter; Descoeudres, Antoine; Filipic, Miha; Smole, Franc; Topic, Marko; Holman, Zachary Charles; De Wolf, Stefaan; Ballif, Christophe

    2014-01-01

    In amorphous/crystalline silicon heterojunction solar cells, optical losses can be mitigated by replacing the amorphous silicon films by wider bandgap amorphous silicon oxide layers. In this article, we use stacks of intrinsic amorphous silicon and amorphous silicon oxide as front intrinsic buffer layers and show that this increases the short-circuit current density by up to 0.43 mA/cm2 due to less reflection and a higher transparency at short wavelengths. Additionally, high open-circuit volt...

  8. Atomic Layer Deposited Zinc Tin Oxide Channel for Amorphous Oxide Thin Film Transistors

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    Heo, Jaeyeong; Kim, Sang Bok; Gordon, Roy Gerald

    2012-01-01

    Bottom-gate thin film transistors with amorphous zinc tin oxide channels were grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD). The films maintained their amorphous character up to temperatures over 500 \\(^{\\circ}\\)C. The highest field effect mobility was ~13 \\(cm^2/V^.s\\) with on-to-off ratios of drain current ~10\\(^9\\)-10\\(^{10}\\). The lowest subthreshold swing of 0.27 V/decade was observed with thermal oxide as a gate insulator. The channel layers grown at 170 \\(^{\\circ}\\)C showed better transistor ...

  9. Synthesis of amorphous zirconium oxide with luminescent characteristics

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    It was prepared zirconium oxide, ZrO2, by means of hydrolysis-condensation reactions (sol-gel method), using zirconium propoxide, Zr(C3H7O)4, as precursor and nitric acid, HNO3, as catalyst of the hydrolysis reaction. In this synthesis it was used a molar ratio water-alkoxide, r=nH2O/nZr(C3H70)4, high, similar to 200, so that the hydrolysis happens quickly and the nucleation and growth are completed in very little time. The solid was characterized with Ftir spectrophotometry, Differential thermal analysis (Dta), Thermal gravimetric analysis (T G), X-ray diffraction of powders, Scanning electron microscopy (Sem) and X-ray Dispersion energy (EDX). The ZrO2 obtained by this way is amorphous even to 300 C and it consists of big aggregates. The amorphous ZrO2, presents thermoluminescent behavior, after it was irradiated with UV radiation and beta particles of 90Sr/90Y and it was thermally stimulated. (Author)

  10. Systematic study of the ion beam mixing of oxide markers into alumina

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    The study of ion beam mixing of layered compositions is important in two regards: first, there is the potential of alloying the layers into a new functionally different composition and, secondly, from a fundamental aspect, it is important be able to anticipate the potential damage due to degradation of the layer structure that could be caused in these materials due to a radiation environment. The authors have completed a systematic study of ion beam mixing of thin marker layers into amorphous alumina. The degree of mixing was found to be controlled by thermodynamic factors, the nature of the marker (oxidation state), and matrix crystallinity. Ballistic mixing was observed for all markers, but the mixing of some oxide markers exhibits a thermally activated regime at higher temperatures. The experiments were conducted from a low temperature of -170 C to a maximum temperature of 75O C. 210 keV Ar was used to ion beam mix the marker layer at the various temperatures. The marker spreading was analyzed using RBS. The mixing of one marker (Fe2O3) into crystalline alumina (sapphire) was compared to that of the amorphous alumina. It was found that the marker mixed asymmetrically into the two matrix materials, with a higher degree of mixing into the amorphous matrix. TEM cross-section results verify that there is a preference for the marker to mix into the amorphous alumina layer preferentially to the crystalline layer. The interest in ion beam mixing of marker layers in ceramic systems is motivated by the fact that layered oxides are technologically important materials for fusion reactor applications

  11. Optoelectronic properties of valence-state-controlled amorphous niobium oxide

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    Onozato, Takaki; Katase, Takayoshi; Yamamoto, Akira; Katayama, Shota; Matsushima, Koichi; Itagaki, Naho; Yoshida, Hisao; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2016-06-01

    In order to understand the optoelectronic properties of amorphous niobium oxide (a-NbO x ), we have investigated the valence states, local structures, electrical resistivity, and optical absorption of a-NbO x thin films with various oxygen contents. It was found that the valence states of Nb ion in a-NbO x films can be controlled from 5+  to 4+  by reducing oxygen pressure during film deposition at room temperature, together with changing the oxide-ion arrangement around Nb ion from Nb2O5-like to NbO2-like local structure. As a result, a four orders of magnitude reduction in the electrical resistivity of a-NbO x films was observed with decreasing oxygen content, due to the carrier generation caused by the appearance and increase of an oxygen-vacancy-related subgap state working as an electron donor. The tunable optoelectronic properties of a-NbO x films by valence-state-control with oxygen-vacancy formation will be useful for potential flexible optoelectronic device applications.

  12. Optoelectronic properties of valence-state-controlled amorphous niobium oxide.

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    Onozato, Takaki; Katase, Takayoshi; Yamamoto, Akira; Katayama, Shota; Matsushima, Koichi; Itagaki, Naho; Yoshida, Hisao; Ohta, Hiromichi

    2016-06-29

    In order to understand the optoelectronic properties of amorphous niobium oxide (a-NbO x ), we have investigated the valence states, local structures, electrical resistivity, and optical absorption of a-NbO x thin films with various oxygen contents. It was found that the valence states of Nb ion in a-NbO x films can be controlled from 5+  to 4+  by reducing oxygen pressure during film deposition at room temperature, together with changing the oxide-ion arrangement around Nb ion from Nb2O5-like to NbO2-like local structure. As a result, a four orders of magnitude reduction in the electrical resistivity of a-NbO x films was observed with decreasing oxygen content, due to the carrier generation caused by the appearance and increase of an oxygen-vacancy-related subgap state working as an electron donor. The tunable optoelectronic properties of a-NbO x films by valence-state-control with oxygen-vacancy formation will be useful for potential flexible optoelectronic device applications. PMID:27168317

  13. Ion beam mixing in binary amorphous metallic alloys. [Cu-Er; Ni-Ti

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    Hahn, H.; Averback, R.S.; Diaz de la Rubia, T.; Okamoto, P.R.

    1985-12-01

    Ion beam mixing (IM) was measured in homogeneous amorphous metallic alloys of Cu-Er and Ni-Ti as a function of temperature using tracer impurities, i.e., the so-called ''marker geometry''. In Cu-Er, a strong temperature dependence in IM was observed between 80 and 373K, indicating that radiation-enhanced diffusion mechanisms are operative in this metallic glass. Phase separation of the Cu-Er alloy was also observed under irradiation as Er segregated to the vacuum and SiO2 interfaces of the specimen. At low-temperatures, the amount of mixing in amorphous Ni-Ti is similar to that in pure Ni or Ti, but it is much greater in Cu-Er than in either Cu or Er.

  14. Mixed oxide conversion facility alternative conceptual designs

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    Allied-General Nuclear Services recently performed studies to evaluate alternative proliferation-resistant flowsheets of the uranium-based LWR fuel cycle. The alternatives evaluated consist of coprocessing schemes with either a gamma or a heat spike added. A literature search and evaluation were performed to select a process technology for mixed oxide coconversion. The COPRECAL process was chosen as the most suitable conversion process technology. Three alternative mixed oxide conversion facility design concepts were prepared based on the COPRECAL technology. These alternative concepts are compared to a pure plutonium conversion facility. Facility designs, relative proliferation resistance, and cost estimates are discussed

  15. In Situ Study of the Formation of Silicide Phases in Amorphous Co–Si Mixed Layers

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    Van Bockstael, C.; De Keyser, K; Demeulemeester, J; Vantomme, A; Van Meirhaeghe, R; Detavernier, C; Jordan-Sweet, J; Lavoie, C

    2010-01-01

    We investigate Co silicide phase formation when extra Si is added within an as deposited 50 nm Co film. The addition of Si is investigated for both the Co/SiO{sub 2} and Co/Si(1 0 0) system. A series of 10 Co-Si mixed films with a Si content varying from 21 to 59 at.% was prepared and investigated during annealing with in situ X-ray diffraction. The oxide system is used as reference system to identify phases that initially crystallize in an amorphous mixture of a given composition. Multiple phases can nucleate, and the temperature of crystallization depends on the Co-Si atomic ratio. Upon heating of the Co(Si)/Si system, the first reaction is a similar crystallization reaction of the Co(Si) mixture. Once the first phase is formed, one has the normal system of a silicide phase in contact with an unlimited amount of Si from the substrate, and the sequential phase formation towards CoSi{sub 2} is established. For deposited layers of composition ranging from 48%Si to 52%Si, the CoSi is the first phase to form and increasing the amount of Si leads to a remarkable improvement of the thermal stability of CoSi on Si(1 0 0). CoSi{sub 2} nucleation was extensively delayed by 150 C compared to the reaction observed from a pure Co film on Si(1 0 0). Electron backscatter diffraction measurements reveal that in this range, the gradual Si increase systematically leads to bigger CoSi grains (up to 20 {micro}m). This shows that the grain size of the CoSi precursor strongly affects the nucleation of the following CoSi{sub 2} phase. Laser-light scattering measurements suggest that adding more than 42%Si reduces the roughness of the CoSi{sub 2} layer.

  16. Finite-size effects in amorphous indium oxide

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    Mitra, Sreemanta; Tewari, Girish C.; Mahalu, Diana; Shahar, Dan

    2016-04-01

    We study the low-temperature magnetotransport properties of several highly disordered amorphous indium oxide (a:InO) samples. Simultaneously fabricated devices comprising a two-dimensional (2D) film and 10 -μ m -long wires of different widths were measured to investigate the effect of size as we approach the 1D limit, which is around 4 times the correlation length, and happens to be around 100 nm for a:InO. The film and the wires showed magnetic field (B )-induced superconductor to insulator transition (SIT). In the superconducting side, the resistance increased with decrease in wire width, whereas an opposite trend is observed in the insulating side. We find that this effect can be explained in light of charge-vortex duality picture of the SIT. Resistance of the 2D film follows an activated behavior over the temperature (T ), whereas, the wires show a crossover from the high-T -activated to a T -independent behavior. At high-temperature regime the wires' resistance follow the film's until they deviate and became independent of T . We find that the temperature at which this deviation occurs evolves with the magnetic field and the width of the wire, which show the effect of finite size on the transport.

  17. Electrical characterization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide films

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    Itoh, Takashi; Katayama, Ryuichi; Yamakawa, Koki; Matsui, Kento; Saito, Masaru; Sugiyama, Shuhichiroh; Sichanugrist, Porponth; Nonomura, Shuichi; Konagai, Makoto

    2015-08-01

    The electrical characterization of hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiOx:H) films was performed by electron spin resonance (ESR) and electrical conductivity measurements. In the ESR spectra of the a-SiOx:H films, two ESR peaks with g-values of 2.005 and 2.013 were observed. The ESR peak with the g-value of 2.013 was not observed in the ESR spectra of a-Si:H films. The photoconductivity of the a-SiOx:H films decreased with increasing spin density estimated from the ESR peak with the g-value of 2.005. On the other hand, photoconductivity was independent of spin density estimated from the ESR peak with the g-value of 2.013. The optical absorption coefficient spectra of the a-SiOx:H films were also measured. The spin density estimated from the ESR peak with the g-value of 2.005 increased proportionally with increasing optical absorption owing to the gap-state defect.

  18. Stability of a novel synthetic amorphous manganese oxide in contrasting soils

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    Ettler, V.; Knytl, V.; Komárek, M.; Della Puppa, L.; Bordas, F.; Mihaljevič, M.; Klementová, Mariana; Šebek, O.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 214, FEB (2014), s. 2-9. ISSN 0016-7061 Institutional support: RVO:61388980 Keywords : Amorphous manganese oxide * Stability * Soils * Chemical stabilization * Pollution Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry Impact factor: 2.772, year: 2014

  19. Fabrication method for mixed oxide fuel

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    A mixed oxide fuel fabrication method is described which uses a starting material of an oxide of one fuel in the form of spherical particles of two size fractions, fine and coarse, sintering the fine fraction to full density, sintering the coarse fraction to a predetermined density, impregnating the coarse fraction with a salt of a second fuel material and treating this fraction to convert the impregnating material to an oxide, and then loading both fractions into a fuel element. In the preferred process three size fractions are used, i.e. fine, medium, and coarse, with only the coarse fraction being subject to the impregnation step. (LL)

  20. Pourbaix diagrams for mixed metal oxides

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    Thermodynamic information for copper compounds and aqueous species, including estimated values at elevated temperatures, is analyzed. Potential-pH diagrams (Pourbaix diagrams) for the Cu-H2O, Fe-H2O and Fe-Cu-H2O systems are presented and the solubilities of copper and iron oxides (including mixed copper-iron oxide) are evaluated. These results are used to interpret the observed precipitation of oxides on BWR fuel and to estimate the effect of hydrogen water chemistry on their behavior

  1. Ion mixing in oxide-sapphire systems

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    Ion beam mixing of thin oxide films on sapphire substrates has been studied in order to examine any role of equilibrium thermodynamic parameters on the mixing process. Mixing experiments were performed with polycrystalline oxide films deposited on single crystalline α-Al2O3 substrates. According to the equilibrium phase diagrams, Cr2O3 is completely soluble in α-Al2O3, while ZrO2 is insoluble. The couples were irradiated with Cr ions (160 and 340 keV) or Kr ions to fluences of 4 x 1016 ions/cm2 at temperatures between 20 and 900 degrees C. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy were used to analyze samples before and after irradiation to determine the extent and nature of interface modifications. No long-range mixing was detected under any condition studied; the width of the open-quotes mixedclose quotes region in each case was consistent with recoil mixing. The absence of long-range mixing is rationalized in terms of the different ranges of oxygen ions and cations

  2. Fabrication of amorphous silicon nanoribbons by atomic force microscope tip induced local oxidation for thin film device applications

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    Pichon, Laurent; Rogel, Regis; Demami, Fouad

    2010-01-01

    WOS International audience We demonstrate the feasibility of induced local oxidation of amorphous silicon by atomic force microscopy. The resulting local oxide is used as mask for the elaboration of thin film silicon resistor. A thin amorphous silicon layer deposited on a glass substrate is locally oxidized following narrow continuous lines. The corresponding oxide line is then used as mask during plasma etching of the amorphous layer leading to the formation of nanoribbon. Such amorpho...

  3. Amorphization of In/Au-bilayers by low temperature ion beam mixing

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    Miehle, W.; Plewnia, A.; Ziemann, P.

    1993-06-01

    Au/In-bilayers with a thickness ratio corresponding to AuIn 2 have been bombarded at different temperatures TS situ resistance measurements. At TS ≤ 125 K, IM leads to the formation of an amorphous phase, while at TS = 180 K the disordered crystalline AuIn 2-phase is obtained. The mixing efficiencies extracted from the sputter-corrected resistance data are found to be temperature-independent for TS ≤ 180 K and are consistent with the predictions of the thermal spike model.

  4. Packing and the structural transformations in liquid and amorphous oxides from ambient to extreme conditions

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    Zeidler, Anita; Salmon, Philip Stephen; Skinner, Lawrie Basil

    2014-01-01

    The structures of liquid and amorphous oxides are difficult to solve because of the complexity of their disordered networks, and the adaptability in size of oxide ions to their coordination environments. Particular difficulty is therefore associated with an identification of generic features associated with structural transformations. This paper adopts an empirical approach to find the oxide ion size, and shows that the network structures of a wide variety of disordered oxides can be categori...

  5. Origin of deep subgap states in amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide: Chemically disordered coordination of oxygen

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    Sallis, S.; Williams, D. S. [Materials Science and Engineering, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York 13902 (United States); Butler, K. T.; Walsh, A. [Center for Sustainable Technologies and Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY (United Kingdom); Quackenbush, N. F. [Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York 13902 (United States); Junda, M.; Podraza, N. J. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio 43606 (United States); Fischer, D. A.; Woicik, J. C. [Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899 (United States); White, B. E.; Piper, L. F. J., E-mail: lpiper@binghamton.edu [Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York 13902 (United States); Materials Science and Engineering, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York 13902 (United States)

    2014-06-09

    The origin of the deep subgap states in amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO), whether intrinsic to the amorphous structure or not, has serious implications for the development of p-type transparent amorphous oxide semiconductors. We report that the deep subgap feature in a-IGZO originates from local variations in the oxygen coordination and not from oxygen vacancies. This is shown by the positive correlation between oxygen composition and subgap intensity as observed with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We also demonstrate that the subgap feature is not intrinsic to the amorphous phase because the deep subgap feature can be removed by low-temperature annealing in a reducing environment. Atomistic calculations of a-IGZO reveal that the subgap state originates from certain oxygen environments associated with the disorder. Specifically, the subgap states originate from oxygen environments with a lower coordination number and/or a larger metal-oxygen separation.

  6. Origin of deep subgap states in amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide: Chemically disordered coordination of oxygen

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    The origin of the deep subgap states in amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO), whether intrinsic to the amorphous structure or not, has serious implications for the development of p-type transparent amorphous oxide semiconductors. We report that the deep subgap feature in a-IGZO originates from local variations in the oxygen coordination and not from oxygen vacancies. This is shown by the positive correlation between oxygen composition and subgap intensity as observed with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. We also demonstrate that the subgap feature is not intrinsic to the amorphous phase because the deep subgap feature can be removed by low-temperature annealing in a reducing environment. Atomistic calculations of a-IGZO reveal that the subgap state originates from certain oxygen environments associated with the disorder. Specifically, the subgap states originate from oxygen environments with a lower coordination number and/or a larger metal-oxygen separation.

  7. Alternative oxidation technologies for organic mixed waste

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    Borduin, L.C. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Fewell, T. [Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Inc., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    1998-07-01

    The Mixed Waste Focus Area (MWFA) is currently supporting the development and demonstration of several alternative oxidation technology (AOT) processes for treatment of combustible mixed low-level wastes. AOTs have been defined as technologies that destroy organic material without using open-flame reactions. AOTs include both thermal and nonthermal processes that oxidize organic wastes but operate under significantly different physical and chemical conditions than incinerators. Nonthermal processes currently being studied include Delphi DETOX and acid digestion at the Savannah River Site (SRS), and direct chemical oxidation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). All three technologies are at advanced stages of development or are entering the demonstration phase. Nonflame thermal processes include catalytic chemical oxidation, which is being developed and deployed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and steam reforming, a commercial process being supported by the Department of Energy (DOE). Although testing is complete on some AOT technologies, most require additional support to complete some or all of the identified development objectives. Brief descriptions, status, and planned paths forward for each of the technologies are presented.

  8. Damage at hydrogenated amorphous/crystalline silicon interfaces by indium tin oxide overlayer sputtering

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    Demaurex, Bénédicte; De Wolf, Stefaan; Descoeudres, Antoine; Charles Holman, Zachary; Ballif, Christophe

    2012-01-01

    Damage of the hydrogenated amorphous/crystalline silicon interface passivation during transparent conductive oxide sputtering is reported. This occurs in the fabrication process of silicon heterojunction solar cells. We observe that this damage is at least partially caused by luminescence of the sputter plasma. Following low-temperature annealing, the electronic interface properties are recovered. However, the silicon-hydrogen configuration of the amorphous silicon film is permanently changed...

  9. Selective propene oxidation on mixed metal oxide catalysts

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    James, D W

    2002-01-01

    Selective catalytic oxidation processes represent a large segment of the modern chemical industry and a major application of these is the selective partial oxidation of propene to produce acrolein. Mixed metal oxide catalysts are particularly effective in promoting this reaction, and the two primary candidates for the industrial process are based on iron antimonate and bismuth molybdate. Some debate exists in the literature regarding the operation of these materials and the roles of their catalytic components. In particular, iron antimonate catalysts containing excess antimony are known to be highly selective towards acrolein, and a variety of proposals for the enhanced selectivity of such materials have been given. The aim of this work was to provide a direct comparison between the behaviour of bismuth molybdate and iron antimonate catalysts, with additional emphasis being placed on the component single oxide phases of the latter. Studies were also extended to other antimonate-based catalysts, including coba...

  10. Heterogeneous catalysis of mixed oxides perovskite and heteropoly catalysts

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    Misono, M

    2014-01-01

    Mixed oxides are the most widely used catalyst materials for industrial catalytic processes. The principal objective of this book is to describe systematically the mixed oxide catalysts, from their fundamentals through their practical applications.  After describing concisely general items concerning mixed oxide and mixed oxide catalysts, two important mixed oxide catalyst materials, namely, heteropolyacids and perovskites, are taken as typical examples and discussed in detail. These two materials have several advantages: 1. They are, respectively, typical examples of salts of oxoacids an

  11. Electro-oxidation of ethylene glycol on nanoporous Ti-Cu amorphous alloy

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    Chen Cuijie [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Zhu Shengli, E-mail: slzhu@tju.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, Tianjin 300072 (China); Yang Xianjin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, Tianjin 300072 (China); Pi Lele; Cui Zhenduo [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2011-11-30

    Highlights: > Nanoporous Ti-Cu amorphous alloy exhibits apparent EG electrocatalytic ability EG electro-oxidation occurs more easily in alkaline medium than in acid medium. > In acid medium, heat treatment plays an enhancing role towards EG oxidation. > In alkaline medium, heat treatment has opposite effect below and above 0.1 V. - Abstract: This work describes ethylene glycol (EG) electro-oxidation over nanoporous structure catalyst prepared by dealloying Ti-Cu amorphous alloy. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to characterize nanoporous catalysts. Electrocatalytic performances in acid and alkaline mediums were measured by cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The results showed that nanoporous Ti-Cu amorphous alloy exhibited apparent electrocatalytic ability in terms of higher oxidation current in CV and CA curves comparing to raw Ti-Cu amorphous alloy. Electro-oxidation of EG took place more easily in alkaline medium than that in acid medium. In acid medium, heat treatment improved the electrocatalytic activity of nanoporous catalyst. In alkaline medium, heat treatment played an enhancing role below 0.1 V and a depressing role above 0.1 V. Possible electro-oxidation mechanism of EG was also discussed.

  12. Transition metal oxide window layer in thin film amorphous silicon solar cells

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    Pin-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells have been fabricated by replacing state of the art silicon based window layer with more transparent transition metal oxide (TMO) materials. Three kinds of TMOs: vanadium oxide, tungsten oxide, and molybdenum oxide (MoOx) were comparatively investigated to reveal the design principles of metal oxide window layers. It was found that MoOx exhibited the best performance due to its higher work function property compared to other materials. In addition, the band alignment between MoOx and amorphous Si controls the series resistance, which was verified through compositional variation of MoOx thin films. The design principles of TMO window layer in amorphous Si solar cells are summarized as follows: A wide optical bandgap larger than 3.0 eV, a high work function larger than 5.2 eV, and a band alignment condition rendering efficient hole collection from amorphous Si absorber layer. - Highlights: • High work function metal oxides can potentially replace the conventional p-a-SiC. • V2Ox, WOx, and MoOx are comparatively investigated in this study. • MoOx is the most relevant material due to its highest work function. • Slightly oxygen deficient MoOx exhibited performance enhancement at x = 2.9

  13. Critical experiments with mixed oxide fuel

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    Harris, D.R. [Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (United States)

    1997-06-01

    This paper very briefly outlines technical considerations in performing critical experiments on weapons-grade plutonium mixed oxide fuel assemblies. The experiments proposed would use weapons-grade plutonium and Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} at various dissolved boron levels, and for specific fuel assemblies such as the ABBCE fuel assembly with five large water holes. Technical considerations described include the core, the measurements, safety, security, radiological matters, and licensing. It is concluded that the experiments are feasible at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Reactor Critical Facility. 9 refs.

  14. Aqueous ultracapacitors using amorphous MnO2 and reduced graphene oxide

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    Mery, Adrien; Ghamouss, Fouad; Autret, Cécile; Farhat, Douaa; Tran-Van, François

    2016-02-01

    Herein, synthesis and characterization of amorphous MnO2 and application in asymmetric aqueous ultracapacitors are reported. Different amorphous manganese oxide (MnO2) materials were synthesized from the reduction of KMnO4 in different media such as ethanol (EtOH) or dimethylformamide (DMF). The electrochemical behavior of amorphous MnO2, labeled MnO2-Et and MnO2-DMF, were studied by using cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy, and galvanostatic cycling in aqueous electrolyte. XRD, BET, TEM, and SEM characterizations highlighted the amorphous nature and the nanostructuration of these MnO2 materials. BET measurement established that these amorphous MnO2 are mesoporous. In addition, MnO2-Et exhibits a larger specific surface area (168 m2 g-1), a narrower pore diameters distribution with lower diameters compared to MnO2-DMF. These results are in agreement with the electrochemical results. Indeed, MnO2-Et shows a higher specific capacitance and lower impedance in aqueous K2SO4 electrolyte. Furthermore, aqueous asymmetric ultracapacitors were assembled and studied using amorphous MnO2 as positive electrode and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) as negative electrode. These asymmetric systems exhibit an electrochemical stability for more than 20,000 galvanostatic cycles at current density of 1 A g-1 with an operating voltage of 2 V.

  15. Magnetron sputtered transparent conductive zinc-oxide stabilized amorphous indium oxide thin films on polyethylene terephthalate substrates at ambient temperature

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    Amorphous transparent conducting zinc-oxide stabilized indium oxide thin films, named amorphous indium zinc oxide (a-IZO), were deposited by direct current magnetron sputtering at ambient temperature on flexible polyethylene terephthalate substrates. It has been demonstrated that the electrical resistivity could attain as low as ∼ 5 × 10−4 Ω cm, which was noticeably lower than amorphous indium tin oxide films prepared at the same condition, while the visible transmittance exceeded 84% with the refractive index of 1.85–2.00. In our experiments, introduction of oxygen gas appeared to be beneficial to the improvement of the transparency and electrical conductivity. Both free carrier absorption and indirect transition were observed and Burstein–Moss effect proved a-IZO to be a degenerated amorphous semiconductor. However, the linear relation between the optical band gap and the band tail width which usually observed in covalent amorphous semiconductor such as a-Si:H was not conserved. Besides, porosity could greatly determine the resistivity and optical constants for the thickness variation at this deposition condition. Furthermore, a broad photoluminescence peak around 510 nm was identified when more than 1.5 sccm oxygen was introduced. - Highlights: ► Highly conducting amorphous zinc-oxide stabilized indium oxide thin films were prepared. ► The films were fabricated on polyethylene terephthalate at ambient temperature. ► Introduction of oxygen can improve the transparency and electrical conductivity. ► The linear relation between optical band gap and band tail width was not conserved

  16. Improved Photo-Induced Stability in Amorphous Metal-Oxide Based TFTs for Transparent Displays.

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    Koo, Sang-Mo; Ha, Tae-Jun

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, we investigate the origin of photo-induced instability in amorphous metal-oxide based thin-film transistors (oxide-TFTs) by exploring threshold voltage (Vth) shift in transfer characteristics. The combination of photo irradiation and prolonged gate bias stress enhanced the shift in Vth in amorphous hafnium-indium-zinc-oxide (a-HfIZO) TFTs. Such results stem from the extended trapped charges at the localized defect states related to oxygen vacancy which play a role in a screening effect on the electric field induced by gate voltage. We also demonstrate the chemically clean interface in oxide-TFTs by employing oxygen annealing which reduces the density of trap states, thereby resulting in improved photo-induced stability. We believe that this work stimulates the research society of transparent electronics by providing a promising approach to suppress photo-induced instability in metal-oxide TFTs. PMID:26726416

  17. The atomic structure of ternary amorphous TixSi1−xO2 hybrid oxides

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    Atomic length-scale order characteristics of binary and ternary amorphous oxides are presented within the framework of ab initio theory. A combined numerically efficient density functional based tight-binding molecular dynamics and density functional theory approach is applied to model the amorphous (a) phases of SiO2 and TiO2 as well as the amorphous phase of atomically mixed TixSi1−xO2 hybrid-oxide alloys over the entire composition range. Short and mid-range order in the disordered material phases are characterized by bond length and bond-angle statistics, pair distribution function analysis, coordination number and coordination polyhedra statistics, as well as ring statistics. The present study provides fundamental insights into the order characteristics of the amorphous hybrid-oxide frameworks formed by versatile types of TiOn and SiOm coordination polyhedra. In a-SiO2 the fourfold crystal coordination of Si ions is almost completely preserved and the atomic structure is widely dominated by ring-like mid-range order characteristics. In contrast, the structural disorder of a-TiO2 arises from short-range disorder in the local coordination environment of the Ti ion. The coordination number analysis indicates a large amount of over and under-coordinated Ti ions (coordination defects) in a-TiO2. Aside from the ubiquitous distortions of the crystal-like coordinated polyhedra, even the basic coordination-polyhedra geometry type changes for a significant fraction of TiO6 units (geometry defects). The combined effects of topological and chemical disorder in a-TixSi1−xO2 alloys lead to a continuos increase in both the Si as well as the Ti coordination number with the chemical composition x. The important roles of intermediate fivefold coordination states of Ti and Si cations are highlighted for ternary a-TixSi1−xO2 as well as for binary a-TiO2. The continuous decrease in ring size with increasing Ti content reflects the progressive loss of mid-range order

  18. Deep subgap feature in amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide: Evidence against reduced indium

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    Amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) is the archetypal transparent amorphous oxide semiconductor. Despite the gains made with a-IGZO over amorphous silicon in the last decade, the presence of deep subgap states in a-IGZO active layers facilitate instabilities in thin film transistor properties under negative bias illumination stress. Several candidates could contribute to the formation of states within the band gap. Here, we present evidence against In+ lone pair active electrons as the origin of the deep subgap features. No In+ species are observed, only In0 nano-crystallites under certain oxygen deficient growth conditions. Our results further support under coordinated oxygen as the source of the deep subgap states. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  19. Deep subgap feature in amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide: Evidence against reduced indium

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    Sallis, Shawn; Williams, Deborah S. [Materials Science and Engineering, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, 13902 (United States); Quackenbush, Nicholas F.; Senger, Mikell [Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, 13902 (United States); Woicik, Joseph C. [Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, 20899 (United States); White, Bruce E.; Piper, Louis F.J. [Materials Science and Engineering, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, 13902 (United States); Department of Physics, Applied Physics and Astronomy, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York, 13902 (United States)

    2015-07-15

    Amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) is the archetypal transparent amorphous oxide semiconductor. Despite the gains made with a-IGZO over amorphous silicon in the last decade, the presence of deep subgap states in a-IGZO active layers facilitate instabilities in thin film transistor properties under negative bias illumination stress. Several candidates could contribute to the formation of states within the band gap. Here, we present evidence against In{sup +} lone pair active electrons as the origin of the deep subgap features. No In{sup +} species are observed, only In{sup 0} nano-crystallites under certain oxygen deficient growth conditions. Our results further support under coordinated oxygen as the source of the deep subgap states. (copyright 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. Amorphous transparent conducting oxides in context: Work function survey, trends, and facile modification

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    Yeh, T.C. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (United States); Material Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL (United States); Zhu, Q.; Buchholz, D.B. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (United States); Martinson, A.B. [Material Sciences Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, IL (United States); Chang, R.P.H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (United States); Mason, T.O., E-mail: t-mason@northwestern.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (United States)

    2015-03-01

    Highlights: • The work function of amorphous TCOs (by PLD) were measured using the Kelvin Probe. • The work functions of oxide combinations were between those of the endpoint oxides. • The work function may be modified by adding ALD layers on the surface of the film. - Abstract: The work functions of various amorphous and crystalline transparent conducting oxides (TCOs) were measured using Kelvin probe. The films, made by pulsed laser deposition, exhibited varying work functions dependent on the composition and deposition parameters. Tin oxide showed the largest work functions of the oxides measured, while zinc oxide showed the lowest. Binary and ternary combinations of the basis TCOs showed intermediate work functions dependent on the endpoint components. Amorphous TCOs, important in OPV and other technological applications, exhibited similar work functions to their crystalline counterparts. UV/ozone treatment of TCOs temporarily increased the work function, consistent with proposed defect mechanisms associated with near-surface changes in carrier content and Fermi level. Finally, a method for facile adjustment of the work function of commercial TCOs by atomic layer deposition (ALD) capping layers was presented, illustrated by the growth of zinc oxide layers on commercial crystalline ITO films.

  1. Optical waveguiding in amorphous tellurium oxide thin films

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    Optical waveguiding characteristics of amorphous TeO2-x films deposited by reactive sputtering under different O2:Ar gas mixtures are investigated on fused quartz and Corning glass substrates. Infra-red absorption band in the range 641-658 cm-1 confirmed the formation of a Te-O bond, and a 20:80 O2:Ar gas mixture ratio is found to be optimum for achieving highly uniform and transparent films at a high deposition rate. As grown amorphous films exhibited a large band gap (3.76 eV); a high refractive index value (2.042-2.052) with low dispersion over a wide wavelength range of 500-2000 nm. Optical waveguiding with low propagation loss of 0.26 dB/cm at 633 nm is observed on films subjected to a post-deposition annealing treatment at 200 deg. C. Packing density and etch rates have been determined and correlated with the lowering of optical propagation loss in the annealed films

  2. 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...

  3. An amorphous phase formation at palladium / silicon oxide (Pd/SiOx) interface through electron irradiation - electronic excitation process

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    A Pd-Si amorphous phase was formed at a palladium/silicon oxide (Pd/SiOx) interface at room temperature by electron irradiation at acceleration voltages ranging between 25 kV and 200 kV. Solid-state amorphization was stimulated without the electron knock-on effects. The total dose required for the solid-state amorphization decreases with decreasing acceleration voltage. This is the first report on electron irradiation induced metallic amorphous formation caused by the electronic excitation at metal/silicon oxide interface

  4. An amorphous phase formation at palladium / silicon oxide (Pd/SiOx) interface through electron irradiation - electronic excitation process

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    Nagase, Takeshi; Yamashita, Ryo; Yabuuchi, Atsushi; Lee, Jung-Goo

    2015-11-01

    A Pd-Si amorphous phase was formed at a palladium/silicon oxide (Pd/SiOx) interface at room temperature by electron irradiation at acceleration voltages ranging between 25 kV and 200 kV. Solid-state amorphization was stimulated without the electron knock-on effects. The total dose required for the solid-state amorphization decreases with decreasing acceleration voltage. This is the first report on electron irradiation induced metallic amorphous formation caused by the electronic excitation at metal/silicon oxide interface.

  5. An amorphous phase formation at palladium / silicon oxide (Pd/SiOx interface through electron irradiation - electronic excitation process

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    Takeshi Nagase

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available A Pd-Si amorphous phase was formed at a palladium/silicon oxide (Pd/SiOx interface at room temperature by electron irradiation at acceleration voltages ranging between 25 kV and 200 kV. Solid-state amorphization was stimulated without the electron knock-on effects. The total dose required for the solid-state amorphization decreases with decreasing acceleration voltage. This is the first report on electron irradiation induced metallic amorphous formation caused by the electronic excitation at metal/silicon oxide interface.

  6. Room-temperature fabrication of light-emitting thin films based on amorphous oxide semiconductor

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    Kim, Junghwan, E-mail: JH.KIM@lucid.msl.titech.ac.jp; Miyokawa, Norihiko; Ide, Keisuke [Materials and Structures Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Mailbox R3-4, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama (Japan); Toda, Yoshitake [Materials Research Center for Element Strategy, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Mailbox SE-6, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama (Japan); Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Hosono, Hideo; Kamiya, Toshio [Materials and Structures Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Mailbox R3-4, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama (Japan); Materials Research Center for Element Strategy, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Mailbox SE-6, 4259 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama (Japan)

    2016-01-15

    We propose a light-emitting thin film using an amorphous oxide semiconductor (AOS) because AOS has low defect density even fabricated at room temperature. Eu-doped amorphous In-Ga-Zn-O thin films fabricated at room temperature emitted intense red emission at 614 nm. It is achieved by precise control of oxygen pressure so as to suppress oxygen-deficiency/excess-related defects and free carriers. An electronic structure model is proposed, suggesting that non-radiative process is enhanced mainly by defects near the excited states. AOS would be a promising host for a thin film phosphor applicable to flexible displays as well as to light-emitting transistors.

  7. Room-temperature fabrication of light-emitting thin films based on amorphous oxide semiconductor

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    Kim, Junghwan; Miyokawa, Norihiko; Ide, Keisuke; Toda, Yoshitake; Hiramatsu, Hidenori; Hosono, Hideo; Kamiya, Toshio

    2016-01-01

    We propose a light-emitting thin film using an amorphous oxide semiconductor (AOS) because AOS has low defect density even fabricated at room temperature. Eu-doped amorphous In-Ga-Zn-O thin films fabricated at room temperature emitted intense red emission at 614 nm. It is achieved by precise control of oxygen pressure so as to suppress oxygen-deficiency/excess-related defects and free carriers. An electronic structure model is proposed, suggesting that non-radiative process is enhanced mainly by defects near the excited states. AOS would be a promising host for a thin film phosphor applicable to flexible displays as well as to light-emitting transistors.

  8. Intrinsic nature of visible-light absorption in amorphous semiconducting oxides

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    Youngho Kang

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available To enlighten microscopic origin of visible-light absorption in transparent amorphous semiconducting oxides, the intrinsic optical property of amorphous InGaZnO4 is investigated by considering dipole transitions within the quasiparticle band structure. In comparison with the crystalline InGaZnO4 with the optical gap of 3.6 eV, the amorphous InGaZnO4 has two distinct features developed in the band structure that contribute to significant visible-light absorption. First, the conduction bands are down-shifted by 0.55 eV mainly due to the undercoordinated In atoms, reducing the optical gap between extended states to 2.8 eV. Second, tail states formed by localized oxygen p orbitals are distributed over ∼0.5 eV near the valence edge, which give rise to substantial subgap absorption. The fundamental understanding on the optical property of amorphous semiconducting oxides based on underlying electronic structure will pave the way for resolving instability issues in recent display devices incorporating the semiconducting oxides.

  9. Selective propene oxidation on mixed metal oxide catalysts

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    Selective catalytic oxidation processes represent a large segment of the modern chemical industry and a major application of these is the selective partial oxidation of propene to produce acrolein. Mixed metal oxide catalysts are particularly effective in promoting this reaction, and the two primary candidates for the industrial process are based on iron antimonate and bismuth molybdate. Some debate exists in the literature regarding the operation of these materials and the roles of their catalytic components. In particular, iron antimonate catalysts containing excess antimony are known to be highly selective towards acrolein, and a variety of proposals for the enhanced selectivity of such materials have been given. The aim of this work was to provide a direct comparison between the behaviour of bismuth molybdate and iron antimonate catalysts, with additional emphasis being placed on the component single oxide phases of the latter. Studies were also extended to other antimonate-based catalysts, including cobalt antimonate and vanadium antimonate. Reactivity measurements were made using a continuous flow microreactor, which was used in conjunction with a variety of characterisation techniques to determine relationships between the catalytic behaviour and the properties of the materials. The ratio of Fe/Sb in the iron antimonate catalyst affects the reactivity of the system under steady state conditions, with additional iron beyond the stoichiometric value being detrimental to the acrolein selectivity, while extra antimony provides a means of enhancing the selectivity by decreasing acrolein combustion. Studies on the single antimony oxides of iron antimonate have shown a similarity between the reactivity of 'Sb2O5' and FeSbO4, and a significant difference between these and the Sb2O3 and Sb2O4 phases, implying that the mixed oxide catalyst has a surface mainly comprised of Sb5+. The lack of reactivity of Sb2O4 implies a similarity of the surface with that of Sb2O3

  10. 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

  11. Generalized molybdenum oxide surface chemical state XPS determination via informed amorphous sample model

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    Baltrusaitis, Jonas, E-mail: job314@lehigh.edu [Department of Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University, B336 Iacocca Hall, 111 Research Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015 (United States); PhotoCatalytic Synthesis group, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, Meander 229, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands); Mendoza-Sanchez, Beatriz [CRANN, Chemistry School, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin (Ireland); Fernandez, Vincent [Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel, 2 rue de la Houssinière, BP 32229, F-44322 Nantes Cedex 3 (France); Veenstra, Rick [PhotoCatalytic Synthesis group, MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, Meander 229, P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede (Netherlands); Dukstiene, Nijole [Department of Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, Kaunas University of Technology, Radvilenu pl. 19, LT-50254 Kaunas (Lithuania); Roberts, Adam [Kratos Analytical Ltd, Trafford Wharf Road, Wharfside, Manchester, M17 1GP (United Kingdom); Fairley, Neal [Casa Software Ltd, Bay House, 5 Grosvenor Terrace, Teignmouth, Devon TQ14 8NE (United Kingdom)

    2015-01-30

    Highlights: • We analyzed and modeled spectral envelopes of complex molybdenum oxides. • Molybdenum oxide films of varying valence and crystallinity were synthesized. • MoO{sub 3} and MoO{sub 2} line shapes from experimental data were created. • Informed amorphous sample model (IASM) developed. • Amorphous molybdenum oxide XPS envelopes were interpreted. - Abstract: Accurate elemental oxidation state determination for the outer surface of a complex material is of crucial importance in many science and engineering disciplines, including chemistry, fundamental and applied surface science, catalysis, semiconductors and many others. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is the primary tool used for this purpose. The spectral data obtained, however, is often very complex and can be subject to incorrect interpretation. Unlike traditional XPS spectra fitting procedures using purely synthetic spectral components, here we develop and present an XPS data processing method based on vector analysis that allows creating XPS spectral components by incorporating key information, obtained experimentally. XPS spectral data, obtained from series of molybdenum oxide samples with varying oxidation states and degree of crystallinity, were processed using this method and the corresponding oxidation states present, as well as their relative distribution was elucidated. It was shown that monitoring the evolution of the chemistry and crystal structure of a molybdenum oxide sample due to an invasive X-ray probe could be used to infer solutions to complex spectral envelopes.

  12. Oxidative Damage and Energy Metabolism Disorder Contribute to the Hemolytic Effect of Amorphous Silica Nanoparticles

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    Jiang, Lizhen; Yu, Yongbo; Li, Yang; Yu, Yang; Duan, Junchao; Zou, Yang; Li, Qiuling; Sun, Zhiwei

    2016-02-01

    Amorphous silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) have been extensively used in biomedical applications due to their particular characteristics. The increased environmental and iatrogenic exposure of SiNPs gained great concerns on the biocompatibility and hematotoxicity of SiNPs. However, the studies on the hemolytic effects of amorphous SiNPs in human erythrocytes are still limited. In this study, amorphous SiNPs with 58 nm were selected and incubated with human erythrocytes for different times (30 min and 2 h) at various concentrations (0, 10, 20, 50, and 100 μg/mL). SiNPs induced a dose-dependent increase in percent hemolysis and significantly increased the malondialdehyde (MDA) content and decreased the superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, leading to oxidative damage in erythrocytes. Hydroxyl radical (·OH) levels were detected by electron spin resonance (ESR), and the decreased elimination rates of ·OH showed SiNPs induced low antioxidant ability in human erythrocytes. Na+-K+ ATPase activity and Ca2+-Mg2+ ATPase activity were found remarkably inhibited after SiNP treatment, possibly causing energy sufficient in erythrocytes. Percent hemolysis of SiNPs was significantly decreased in the presence of N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) and adenosine diphosphate (ADP). It was concluded that amorphous SiNPs caused dose-dependent hemolytic effects in human erythrocytes. Oxidative damage and energy metabolism disorder contributed to the hemolytic effects of SiNPs in vitro.

  13. Oxidative Damage and Energy Metabolism Disorder Contribute to the Hemolytic Effect of Amorphous Silica Nanoparticles.

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    Jiang, Lizhen; Yu, Yongbo; Li, Yang; Yu, Yang; Duan, Junchao; Zou, Yang; Li, Qiuling; Sun, Zhiwei

    2016-12-01

    Amorphous silica nanoparticles (SiNPs) have been extensively used in biomedical applications due to their particular characteristics. The increased environmental and iatrogenic exposure of SiNPs gained great concerns on the biocompatibility and hematotoxicity of SiNPs. However, the studies on the hemolytic effects of amorphous SiNPs in human erythrocytes are still limited. In this study, amorphous SiNPs with 58 nm were selected and incubated with human erythrocytes for different times (30 min and 2 h) at various concentrations (0, 10, 20, 50, and 100 μg/mL). SiNPs induced a dose-dependent increase in percent hemolysis and significantly increased the malondialdehyde (MDA) content and decreased the superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, leading to oxidative damage in erythrocytes. Hydroxyl radical (·OH) levels were detected by electron spin resonance (ESR), and the decreased elimination rates of ·OH showed SiNPs induced low antioxidant ability in human erythrocytes. Na(+)-K(+) ATPase activity and Ca(2+)-Mg(2+) ATPase activity were found remarkably inhibited after SiNP treatment, possibly causing energy sufficient in erythrocytes. Percent hemolysis of SiNPs was significantly decreased in the presence of N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) and adenosine diphosphate (ADP). It was concluded that amorphous SiNPs caused dose-dependent hemolytic effects in human erythrocytes. Oxidative damage and energy metabolism disorder contributed to the hemolytic effects of SiNPs in vitro. PMID:26831695

  14. The beneficial effect of nanocrystalline and amorphous nature on the anode performance of manganese oxide for lithium ion batteries

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    Highlights: • A soft-chemical redox reaction yields efficient anode material of amorphous MnO2 nanocrystal. • Amorphous MnO2 nanocrystal shows better anode performance than well-crystalline homologue. • This result highlights the merit of nanocrystalline nature for the electrode performance of MnO2. • The present redox reaction provides a scalable and economic route to efficient anode material. - Abstract: The effect of the amorphous structure and nanocrystalline nature of metal oxide on its anode performance in lithium ion batteries is investigated with two nanocrystalline and one well-crystallized layered manganese oxides. X-ray amorphous manganese oxide nanocrystals are synthesized by soft-chemical redox reactions using reducing agents of KBH4 and LiI at room temperature, whereas well-crystallized layered manganese oxide is obtained by solid state reaction at elevated temperature. Although both of the amorphous manganese oxides lack a long-range structural order, they are crystallized with a layered MnO2-type local structure, which is nearly identical to the crystal structure of the well-crystallized K0.45MnO2. In comparison with the well-crystallized K0.45MnO2, both the amorphous manganese oxides commonly possess smaller particle sizes with larger surface areas and better homogeneity of composite structure. The amorphous manganese oxide nanocrystals show better anode performance with greater discharge capacity for lithium ion batteries than does the well-crystallized K0.45MnO2, which is attributable to the greater surface area, higher structural and electrochemical stability, more homogeneous composite structure, and better charge-transfer characteristics of the amorphous materials. This result highlights the merit of the nanocrystalline and amorphous nature for optimizing the electrode performance of manganese oxide. The present solution-based redox reaction can provide a facile, economic, and scalable route for synthesizing efficient manganese

  15. Characterization of amorphous hydrogenated carbon films deposited by MFPUMST at different ratios of mixed gases

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    Haiyang Dai; Changyong Zhan; Hui Jiang; Ningkang Huang

    2012-12-01

    Amorphous hydrogenated carbon films (-C:H) on -type (100) silicon wafers were prepared with a middle frequency pulsed unbalanced magnetron sputtering technique (MFPUMST) at different ratios of methane–argon gases. The band characteristics, mechanical properties as well as refractive index were measured by Raman spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), nano-indentation tests and spectroscopic ellipsometry. It is found that the 3 fraction increases with increasing Ar concentration in the range of 17–50%, and then decreases when Ar concentration exceeds 50%. The nano-indentation tests reveal that nano-hardness and elastic modulus of the films increase with increasing Ar concentration in the range of 17–50%, while decreases with increasing Ar concentration from 50% to 86%. The variations in the nano-hardness and the elastic modulus could be interpreted due to different 3 fractions in the prepared -C:H films. The variation of refractive index with wavelength have the same tendency for the -C:H films prepared at different Ar concentrations, they decrease with increasing wavelength from 600 to 1700 nm. For certain wavelengths within 600–1700 nm, refractive index has the highest value at the Ar concentration of 50%, and it is smaller at the Ar concentration of 86% than at 17%. The results given above indicate that ratio of mixed gases has a strong influence on bonding configuration and properties of -C:H films during deposition. The related mechanism is discussed in this paper.

  16. Mediated electrochemical oxidation of mixed wastes

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    The Mediated Electrochemical Oxidation (MEO) process was studied for destroying low-level combustible mixed wastes at Rocky Flats Plant. Tests were performed with non-radioactive surrogate materials: Trimsol for contaminated cutting oils, and reagent-grade cellulose for contaminated cellulosic wastes. Extensive testing was carried out on Trimsol in both small laboratory-scale apparatus and on a large-scale system incorporating an industrial-size electrochemical cell. Preliminary tests were also carried out in the small-scale system with cellulose. Operating and system parameters that were studied were: use of a silver-nitric acid versus a cobalt-sulfuric acid system, effect of electrolyte temperature, effect of acid concentration, and effect of current density. Destruction and coulombic efficiencies were calculated using data obtained from continuous carbon dioxide monitors and total organic carbon (TOC) analysis of electrolyte samples. For Trimsol, the best performance was achieved with the silver-nitrate system at high acid concentrations, temperatures, and current densities. Destruction efficiencies of 99% or greater, and coulombic efficiencies up to 70% were obtained. For the cellulose, high destruction efficiencies and reasonable coulombic efficiencies were obtained for both silver-nitrate and cobalt-sulfate systems

  17. Molybdenum-vanadium-antimony mixed oxide catalyst for isobutane partial oxidation synthesized using magneto hydrodynamic forces

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    Stuyven, Bernard; Emmerich, Jens; Eloy, Pierre; Van Humbeeck, Jan; Jacobs, Pierre; Kirschhock, Christine; Martens, Johan; Breynaert, Eric

    2014-01-01

    A peculiar effect was observed that the oxidation behavior of antimony oxide prepared in presence of a weak permanent magnetic field is changed. Reactivity of alpha-Sb2O3 (senarmontite) towards oxidation is significantly enhanced after recirculating its suspension in a magneto hydrodynamic (MHD) system. This inspired the MHD synthesis of a molybdenum-vanadiumantimony mixed oxide with superior catalytic activity for selective partial oxidation of isobutane. Traditionally these mixed oxides are...

  18. Reduced contact resistance in inkjet printed high-performance amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide transistors.

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    Hennek, Jonathan W; Xia, Yu; Everaerts, Ken; Hersam, Mark C; Facchetti, Antonio; Marks, Tobin J

    2012-03-01

    Solution processing of amorphous metal oxide materials to fabricate thin-film transistors (TFTs) has received great recent interest. We demonstrate here an optimized "ink" and printing process for inkjet patterning of amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) TFTs and investigate the effects of device structure on derived electron mobility. Bottom-gate top-contact (BGTC) TFTs are fabricated and shown to exhibit electron mobilities comparable to a-Si:H. Furthermore, a record electron mobility of 2.5 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) is demonstrated for bottom-gate bottom-contact (BGBC) TFTs. The mechanism underlying such impressive performance is investigated using transmission line techniques, and it is shown that the semiconductor-source/drain electrode interface contact resistance is nearly an order of magnitude lower for BGBC transistors versus BGTC devices. PMID:22321212

  19. Eigenschaften amorpher transparenter leitfähiger Oxide (a-TCOs)

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    Körner, Wolfgang; Elsässer, Christian

    2013-01-01

    In this contribution the optical and electrical properties of amorphous transparent conductive oxides (a-TCOs) are analysed by means of atomistic material modelling. The investigation of model structures by computer simulations allows a deeper understanding of the physical phenomena. In the case of the a-TCOs deep energy levels in the electronic band structure, that reduce for example the optical transparency, can be linked to structural defects on the atomic scale. This allows a well-directe...

  20. Nanoporous nickel-copper-phosphorus amorphous alloy film for methanol electro-oxidation in alkaline medium

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    Highlights: • Novel Ni-Cu-P amorphous alloy with nanoporous structure was fabricated by LSV etching. • Lower onset oxidation potential of methanol at NP-NiCuP than both S-NiCuP and NP-NiCu. • Superior activity and stability for methanol oxidation at the NP-NiCuP electrode. • Long lifetime of the NP-NiCuP electrode. - Abstract: Nanoporous Ni-Cu-P amorphous alloy (NP-NiCuP) and nanoporous Ni-Cu crystalline alloy (NP-NiCu) are prepared by the linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) etching of copper from the electroless Ni-Cu-P and Ni-Cu alloy coatings, respectively. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis show that the nanoporous Ni-Cu-P alloy is amorphous structure. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis demonstrates the NP-NiCuP shows a 3-D bi-continuous porous structure with the pore size of 150–200 nm and the ligament size of around 100 nm. Electrochemical performances are measured by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA). The results prove that the NP-NiCuP electrode exhibits higher the proton diffusion coefficient (D0) of Ni(OH)2 and surface coverage (Γ*) of the redox species than those on smooth electroless Ni-Cu-P amorphous alloy (S-NiCuP) and NP-NiCu electrodes in alkaline solution obviously. Moreover, electro-oxidation of methanol suggests that the NP-NiCuP electrode holds higher anodic current density and lower onset potential than the S-NiCuP and NP-NiCu electrodes. Finally, the NP-NiCuP electrode has stable redox behavior and superior catalytic stability for methanol oxidation

  1. Drain bias effect on the instability of amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide thin film transistor

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    We fabricated amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide thin film transistors (TFTs) in a top gate structure on a glass substrate. We investigated the effect of drain bias on the instability of the device. Although the device showed highly stable characteristics under both positive and negative gate bias stress, it showed significant degradation in the transfer characteristics under drain bias stress. The degradation phenomena are somewhat similar to those of negative gate bias illumination stress (NBIS). In the case of NBIS, degradation mechanisms have been confused between two kinds of illustrations, one of which is hole trapping in the gate insulator and the other is an increase of electron density in the active layer. Our experimental results revealed that the degradation mechanism of drain bias stress is closer to the latter mechanism of NBIS in amorphous oxide TFTs. - Highlights: ► Drain bias also degrades amorphous oxide thin film transistors. ► Increase of electron density near the drain junction occurs under drain bias stress. ► Oxygen vacancies can be ionized through the impingement of fast electrons

  2. Electron-irradiation-induced crystallization at metallic amorphous/silicon oxide interfaces caused by electronic excitation

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    Nagase, Takeshi; Yamashita, Ryo; Lee, Jung-Goo

    2016-04-01

    Irradiation-induced crystallization of an amorphous phase was stimulated at a Pd-Si amorphous/silicon oxide (a(Pd-Si)/SiOx) interface at 298 K by electron irradiation at acceleration voltages ranging between 25 kV and 200 kV. Under irradiation, a Pd-Si amorphous phase was initially formed at the crystalline face-centered cubic palladium/silicon oxide (Pd/SiOx) interface, followed by the formation of a Pd2Si intermetallic compound through irradiation-induced crystallization. The irradiation-induced crystallization can be considered to be stimulated not by defect introduction through the electron knock-on effects and electron-beam heating, but by the electronic excitation mechanism. The observed irradiation-induced structural change at the a(Pd-Si)/SiOx and Pd/SiOx interfaces indicates multiple structural modifications at the metal/silicon oxide interfaces through electronic excitation induced by the electron-beam processes.

  3. LOW TEMPERATURE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF AMORPHOUS OXIDE NANOCLUSTERS IN POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE MATRIX

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    V. V. VOLKOV; WANG ZHONG-LIN; Zou BING-SUO; XIE SI-SHEN

    2000-01-01

    We studied the temperature-dependent steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence properties of very small (1-2 nm) ZnO, CdO, and PbO amorphous nanoclusters prepared in AOT reverse micelles and imbedded in polymethyl methacrylate(PMMA) films. X-ray diffraction and electron diffraction and imaging indicate that these structures are amorphous. These amorphous oxide nanoclusters demonstrate similar structural, electronic, and optical properties. Properties of steady-state fluorescence spectra indicate the unique localization of electronic states due to the amorphous structure. ZnO and CdO show double-band fluorescence structure, which is due to the spin-orbital splitting, similar to Cu2O. Time-resolved fluorescence studies of the nanoclusters in the polymer reveal two lifetime components, as found in solution. The slow component reflects relaxation processes from band-tail states while the fast component may be related to high-lying extended states. The temperature dependence of fast fluorescence component reveals the presence of exciton hopping between anharmonic wells at temperatures higher than 200K. We correlate the barrier height between two wells formed around local atoms with the inter-atomic distance and bond ionicity.

  4. Selective Oxidation of Amorphous Carbon Layers without Damaging Embedded Single Wall Carbon Nanotube Bundles

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    Choi, Young Chul; Lim, Seong Chu

    2013-11-01

    Single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were synthesized by arc discharge, and then purified by selective oxidation of amorphous carbon layers that were found to encase SWCNT bundles and catalyst metal particles. In order to remove selectively the amorphous carbon layers with SWCNTs being intact, we have systematically investigated the thermal treatment conditions; firstly, setting the temperature by measuring the activation energies of SWCNTs and amorphous carbon layers, and then, secondly, finding the optimal process time. As a consequence, the optimal temperature and time for the thermal treatment was found to be 460 °C and 20 min, respectively. The complete elimination of surrounding amorphous carbon layers makes it possible to efficiently disperse the SWCNT bundles, resulting in high absorbance of SWCNT-ink. The SWCNTs which were thermal-treated at optimized temperature (460 °C) and duration (20 min) showed much better crystallinity, dispersibility, and transparent conducting properties, compared with as-synthesized and the nanotubes thermal-treated at different experimental conditions.

  5. Review of recent developments in amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film transistor devices

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    Park, Joon Seok; Maeng, Wan-Joo; Kim, Hyun-Suk [Display Device Laboratory, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Mt. 14-1, Nongseo-dong, Yongin, 446-712 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jin-Seong, E-mail: jinseongpark@dankook.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dankook University, Mt. 29, Anseo-dong, Cheonan, 330-714 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-01-01

    The present article is a review of the recent progress and major trends in the field of thin-film transistor (TFT) research involving the use of amorphous oxide semiconductors (AOS). First, an overview is provided on how electrical performance may be enhanced by the adoption of specific device structures and process schemes, the combination of various oxide semiconductor materials, and the appropriate selection of gate dielectrics and electrode metals in contact with the semiconductor. As metal oxide TFT devices are excellent candidates for switching or driving transistors in next generation active matrix liquid crystal displays (AMLCD) or active matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) displays, the major parameters of interest in the electrical characteristics involve the field effect mobility ({mu}{sub FE}), threshold voltage (V{sub th}), and subthreshold swing (SS). A study of the stability of amorphous oxide TFT devices is presented next. Switching or driving transistors in AMLCD or AMOLED displays inevitably involves voltage bias or constant current stress upon prolonged operation, and in this regard many research groups have examined and proposed device degradation mechanisms under various stress conditions. The most recent studies involve stress experiments in the presence of visible light irradiating the semiconductor, and different degradation mechanisms have been proposed with respect to photon radiation. The last part of this review consists of a description of methods other than conventional vacuum deposition techniques regarding the formation of oxide semiconductor films, along with some potential application fields including flexible displays and information storage.

  6. 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

  7. Room-temperature fabrication of light-emitting thin films based on amorphous oxide semiconductor

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    Junghwan Kim

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We propose a light-emitting thin film using an amorphous oxide semiconductor (AOS because AOS has low defect density even fabricated at room temperature. Eu-doped amorphous In-Ga-Zn-O thin films fabricated at room temperature emitted intense red emission at 614 nm. It is achieved by precise control of oxygen pressure so as to suppress oxygen-deficiency/excess-related defects and free carriers. An electronic structure model is proposed, suggesting that non-radiative process is enhanced mainly by defects near the excited states. AOS would be a promising host for a thin film phosphor applicable to flexible displays as well as to light-emitting transistors.

  8. Visible-light-induced instability in amorphous metal-oxide based TFTs for transparent electronics

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    Tae-Jun Ha

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available We investigate the origin of visible-light-induced instability in amorphous metal-oxide based thin film transistors (oxide-TFTs for transparent electronics by exploring the shift in threshold voltage (Vth. A large hysteresis window in amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO TFTs possessing large optical band-gap (≈3 eV was observed in a visible-light illuminated condition whereas no hysteresis window was shown in a dark measuring condition. We also report the instability caused by photo irradiation and prolonged gate bias stress in oxide-TFTs. Larger Vth shift was observed after photo-induced stress combined with a negative gate bias than the sum of that after only illumination stress and only negative gate bias stress. Such results can be explained by trapped charges at the interface of semiconductor/dielectric and/or in the gate dielectric which play a role in a screen effect on the electric field applied by gate voltage, for which we propose that the localized-states-assisted transitions by visible-light absorption can be responsible.

  9. Cathodo- and photoluminescence increase in amorphous hafnium oxide under annealing in oxygen

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    Ivanova, E. V.; Zamoryanskaya, M. V.; Pustovarov, V. A.; Aliev, V. Sh.; Gritsenko, V. A.; Yelisseyev, A. P.

    2015-04-01

    Cathodo- and photoluminescence of amorphous nonstoichiometric films of hafnium oxide are studied with the aim to verify the hypothesis that oxygen vacancies are responsible for the luminescence. To produce oxygen vacancies, hafnium oxide was enriched in surplus metal during synthesis. To reduce the oxygen concentration, the film was annealed in oxygen. A qualitative control of the oxygen concentration was carried out by the refractive index. In the initial, almost stoichiometric films we observed a 2.7-eV band in cathodoluminescence. Annealing in oxygen results in a considerable increase in its intensity, as well as in the appearance of new bands at 1.87, 2.14, 3.40, and 3.6 eV. The observed emission bands are supposed to be due to single oxygen vacancies and polyvacancies in hafnium oxide. The luminescence increase under annealing in an oxygen atmosphere may be a result of the emission quenching effect.

  10. Carrier transport and electronic structure in amorphous oxide semiconductor, a-InGaZnO4

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    Carrier transport properties in amorphous oxide semiconductor InGaZnO4 (a-IGZO) thin films were investigated in detail using temperature dependence of Hall measurements. It was found that Hall mobility increased distinctly as carrier concentration increased. Unlikely conventional amorphous semiconductors such as a-Si/H, definite normal Hall voltage signals were observed on the films with carrier concentrations (N e)>1016 cm-3, and Hall mobilities as large as 15 cm2 (Vs)-1 were attained in the films with N e>1020 cm-3. When N e was less than 1019 cm-3, the temperature dependence of Hall mobility showed thermally-activated behavior in spite that carrier concentration was independent of temperature. While, it changed to almost degenerate conduction at N e>1018 cm-3. These behaviors are similar to those observed in single-crystalline IGZO, and are explained by percolation conduction through distributed potential barriers which are formed in the vicinity of the conduction band bottom due to the randomness of the amorphous structure. The effective mass of a-IGZO was estimated to be ∼0.34 m e (m e is the mass of free electron) from optical data, which is almost the same as that of crystalline IGZO (∼0.32 m e)

  11. Influence of growth conditions on the crystallization behaviour of reactively magnetron sputtered amorphous molybdenum oxide films

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    The objective of the present work is the synthesis and characterization of meta-stable crystalline phases of group IV and VI transition metal oxides. To grow such specimen, amorphous films are deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering of the elemental transition metal target. Crystallization is induced by thermal annealing and studied by XRD (phase information), SEM and optical microscopy (morphology). Special emphasis is put on the influence of specific features of the amorphous matrix on the crystallization behaviour. Particularly, the stoichiometry of the precursor is tailored by adjusting the deposition process parameters. The elemental composition of such specimen is deduced from RBS measurements. The optical properties of amorphous and crystalline films are investigated by spectroscopic ellipsometry and reflections/transmittance measurements in the UV/VIS spectral region. The optical data is modelled to determine the dielectric function which has been related to the crystallization behaviour. The focus of the present study is on the investigation of MoO3 films. It is shown that films with different crystallization behaviour and corresponding crystalline phases can be fabricated by tailoring film deposition and subsequent annealing.

  12. Optical and electrical studies of cerium mixed oxides

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    Sherly, T. R., E-mail: trsherly@gmail.com [Post Graduate Department of Physics, Sanathana Dharma College, Alappuzha, Kerala (India); Raveendran, R. [Nanoscience Research Laboratory, Sree Narayana College, Kollam, Kerala 691001 (India)

    2014-10-15

    The fast development in nanotechnology makes enthusiastic interest in developing nanomaterials having tailor made properties. Cerium mixed oxide materials have received great attention due to their UV absorption property, high reactivity, stability at high temperature, good electrical property etc and these materials find wide applications in solid oxide fuel cells, solar control films, cosmetics, display units, gas sensors etc. In this study cerium mixed oxide compounds were prepared by co-precipitation method. All the samples were doped with Zn (II) and Fe (II). Preliminary characterizations such as XRD, SEM / EDS, TEM were done. UV - Vis, Diffuse reflectance, PL, FT-IR, Raman and ac conductivity studies of the samples were performed.

  13. Dry Etching Characteristics of Amorphous Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide Thin Films

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    郑艳彬; 李光; 王文龙; 李秀昌; 姜志刚

    2012-01-01

    Amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) backplane technology is the best candidate for flat panel displays (FPDs). In this paper, a-IGZO TFT structures are described. The effects of etch parameters (rf power, dc-bias voltage and gas pressure) on the etch rate and etch profile are discussed. Three kinds of gas mixtures are compared in the dry etching process of a-IGZO thin films. Lastly, three problems are pointed out that need to be addressed in the dry etching process of a-IGZO TFTs.

  14. Amorphous lanthanum lutetium oxide thin films as an alternative high-k gate dielectric

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    Lopes, J. M. J.; Roeckerath, M.; Schlom, D. G.; Heeg, T.; Rije, E.; Schubert, J; Mantl, S.; Afanas'ev, V.V.; Shamuilia, S.; Stesmans, A.; Jia, Y.

    2006-01-01

    Lanthanum lutetium oxide thin films were grown on (100) Si by pulsed laser deposition. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, atomic force microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and x-ray reflectometry were employed to investigate the samples. The results indicate the growth of stoichiometric and smooth LaLuO3 films that remain amorphous up to 1000 degrees C. Internal photoemission and photoconductivity measurements show a band gap width of 5.2 +/- 0.1 eV and symmetrical conduction and valence band ...

  15. Interface Study on Amorphous Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide Thin Film Transistors Using High-k Gate Dielectric Materials

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    Yu-Hsien Lin; Jay-Chi Chou

    2015-01-01

    We investigated amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) thin film transistors (TFTs) using different high-k gate dielectric materials such as silicon nitride (Si3N4) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3) at low temperature process (

  16. Mixed oxide fuel for water cooled reactors

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    The problems connected with introduction of plutonium extracted from spent fuels of operating NPPs into water cooled reactor fuel cycle are considered. The trends in formation of the World market of mixed fuel are illustrated taking as examples Great Britain and Japan

  17. Pulverizing and mixing method and device for uranium/plutonium mixed oxide powder

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    The present invention concerns a uranium/plutonium mixed oxide fuel (MOX) and it provides a device for uniformly mixing PuO2 powder and UO2 powder. Namely, a vessel contains a uranium/plutonium mixed oxide powder at a thickness of lower than a critical level. An upper disk and a lower disk are opposed to each other at a predetermined distance in the inside of the vessel. Each of the disks has crusher teeth in an annular shape with a different diameter. An oxide powder is supplied to the vessel, and the upper disk and the lower disk are rotated at a high speed in the direction opposite to each other. As is described above, since the oxide powder is mixed under pulverization while being dispersed by the method and the device of the present invention, the powder is mixed at a good homogeneity. Since the oxide powder is pulverized and mixed in the vessel, the operation can be preceded in a completely sealed state. Since the operation can be conducted continuously, the processing performance can be improved. Since the thickness of the powder in the inside of the vessel and the thickness thereof at a discharge port are at a subcritical level, control for the critical safety is facilitated. (I.S.)

  18. Amorphous iron–chromium oxide nanoparticles with long-term stability

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    Iacob, Mihail [“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi 700487 (Romania); Institute of Chemistry of ASM, Academiei str. 3, Chisinau 2028, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Cazacu, Maria, E-mail: mcazacu@icmpp.ro [“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi 700487 (Romania); Turta, Constantin [Institute of Chemistry of ASM, Academiei str. 3, Chisinau 2028, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Doroftei, Florica [“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi 700487 (Romania); Botko, Martin; Čižmár, Erik; Zeleňáková, Adriana; Feher, Alexander [Institute of Physics, Faculty of Science, P.J. Šafárik University, Park Angelinum 9, SK-04154 Košice (Slovakia)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • Fe–Cr oxide nanoparticles with pre-established metals ratio were obtained. • The amorphous state and its long-term stability were highlighted by X-ray diffraction. • The average diameter of dried nanoparticles was 3.5 nm, as was estimated by TEM, AFM. • In hexane dispersion, nanoparticles with diameter in the range 2.33–4.85 nm were found. • Superparamagnetic state of NPs co-exists with diamagnetism of the organic layer. - Abstract: Iron–chromium nanoparticles (NPs) were obtained through the thermal decomposition of μ{sub 3}-oxo heterotrinuclear (FeCr{sub 2}O) acetate in the presence of sunflower oil and dodecylamine (DA) as surfactants. The average diameter of the NPs was 3.5 nm, as estimated on the basis of transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy images. Both techniques revealed the formation of roughly approximated spheres with some irregularities and agglomerations in larger spherical assemblies of 50–100 nm. In hexane, NPs with diameters in the 2.33–4.85 nm range are individually dispersed, as emphasized by dynamic light scattering measurements. The amorphous nature of the product was emphasized by X-ray powder diffraction. The study of the magnetic properties shows the presence of superparamagnetic state of iron–chromium oxide NPs and the diamagnetic contribution from DA layer forming a shell of NPs.

  19. Transparent ferromagnetic and semiconducting behavior in Fe-Dy-Tb based amorphous oxide films

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    Taz, H.; Sakthivel, T.; Yamoah, N. K.; Carr, C.; Kumar, D.; Seal, S.; Kalyanaraman, R.

    2016-06-01

    We report a class of amorphous thin film material comprising of transition (Fe) and Lanthanide metals (Dy and Tb) that show unique combination of functional properties. Films were deposited with different atomic weight ratio (R) of Fe to Lanthanide (Dy + Tb) using electron beam co-evaporation at room temperature. The films were found to be amorphous, with grazing incidence x-ray diffraction and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies indicating that the films were largely oxidized with a majority of the metal being in higher oxidation states. Films with R = 0.6 were semiconducting with visible light transmission due to a direct optical band-gap (2.49 eV), had low resistivity and sheet resistance (7.15 × 10‑4 Ω-cm and ~200 Ω/sq respectively), and showed room temperature ferromagnetism. A metal to semiconductor transition with composition (for R electronic and magnetic properties could lead to the use of the material in multiple applications, including as a transparent conductor, active material in thin film transistors for display devices, and in spin-dependent electronics.

  20. Amorphous iron–chromium oxide nanoparticles with long-term stability

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    Highlights: • Fe–Cr oxide nanoparticles with pre-established metals ratio were obtained. • The amorphous state and its long-term stability were highlighted by X-ray diffraction. • The average diameter of dried nanoparticles was 3.5 nm, as was estimated by TEM, AFM. • In hexane dispersion, nanoparticles with diameter in the range 2.33–4.85 nm were found. • Superparamagnetic state of NPs co-exists with diamagnetism of the organic layer. - Abstract: Iron–chromium nanoparticles (NPs) were obtained through the thermal decomposition of μ3-oxo heterotrinuclear (FeCr2O) acetate in the presence of sunflower oil and dodecylamine (DA) as surfactants. The average diameter of the NPs was 3.5 nm, as estimated on the basis of transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy images. Both techniques revealed the formation of roughly approximated spheres with some irregularities and agglomerations in larger spherical assemblies of 50–100 nm. In hexane, NPs with diameters in the 2.33–4.85 nm range are individually dispersed, as emphasized by dynamic light scattering measurements. The amorphous nature of the product was emphasized by X-ray powder diffraction. The study of the magnetic properties shows the presence of superparamagnetic state of iron–chromium oxide NPs and the diamagnetic contribution from DA layer forming a shell of NPs

  1. High-stability transparent amorphous oxide TFT with a silicon-doped back-channel layer

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    Lee, Hyoung-Rae; Park, Jea-Gun [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    We significantly reduced various electrical instabilities of amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs) by using the co-deposition of silicon on an a-IGZO back channel. This process showed improved stability of the threshold voltage (V{sub th}) under high temperature and humidity and negative gate-bias illumination stress (NBIS) without any reduction of IDS. The enhanced stability was achieved with silicon, which has higher metal-oxide bonding strengths than gallium does. Additionally, SiO{sub x} distributed on the a-IGZO surface reduced the adsorption and the desorption of H{sub 2}O and O{sub 2}. This process is applicable to the TFT manufacturing process with a variable sputtering target.

  2. 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.

  3. Effect of SR irradiation on crystallization of amorphous tin oxide film

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    Kimura, Y; Hanamoto, K; Sasaki, M; Kimura, S; Nakada, Tatsuya; Nakayama, Y; Kaito, C

    2001-01-01

    In order to see the effect of SR irradiation on crystal growth, crystallization of tin oxide films has been performed in vacuum under SR irradiation. A thin amorphous tin oxide film 50 nm thick was prepared on the carbon substrate by vacuum evaporation of SnO sub 2 power. A SnO crystal appeared between 450-500 deg. C upon vacuum heating, with a preferred orientation of (0 0 1). By SR irradiation using a cylindrical mirror for 20 s, the SnO crystal appeared with the preferred orientation of (1 1 1). The crystal with the crystallographic shear structure was grown by SR irradiation. This growth under a SR beam is discussed in terms of SR beam excitation of lone-pair electrons seen in the SnO crystal structure.

  4. Chronological change of electrical resistance in GeCu2Te3 amorphous film induced by surface oxidation

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    Unusual chronological electrical resistance change behavior was investigated for amorphous GeCu2Te3 phase change material. More than a 1 order decrease of electrical resistance was observed in the air even at room temperature. The resistance of the amorphous film gradually increased with increasing temperature and then showed a drop upon crystallization. Such unusual behavior was attributed to the oxidation of the amorphous GeCu2Te3 film. From the compositional depth profile measurement, the GeCu2Te3 film without any capping layer was oxidized in air at room temperature and the formed oxide was mainly composed of germanium oxide. Consequently, a highly-conductive Cu-rich layer was formed in the vicinity of the surface of the film, which reduced the total resistance of the film. The present results could provide insight into the chronological change of electrical resistance in amorphous chalcogenide materials, indicating that not only relaxation of the amorphous, but also a large atomic diffusion contributes to the chronological resistance change. (paper)

  5. Chemical interaction of Ce-Fe mixed oxides for methane selective oxidation

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    祝星; 杜云鹏; 王华; 魏永刚; 李孔斋; 孙令玥

    2014-01-01

    Chemical interaction of Ce-Fe mixed oxides was investigated in methane selective oxidation via methane temperature pro-grammed reduction and methane isothermal reaction tests over Ce-Fe oxygen carriers. In methane temperature programmed reduction test, Ce-Fe oxide behaved complete oxidation at the lower temperature and selective oxidation at higher temperatures. Ce-Fe mixed oxides with the Fe content in the range of 0.1-0.5 was able to produce syngas with high selectivity in high-temperature range (800-900 °C), and a higher Fe amount over 0.5 seemed to depress the CO formation. In isothermal reaction, complete oxidation oc-curred at beginning following with selective oxidation later. Ce1-xFexO2-δ oxygen carriers (x≤0.5) were proved to be suitable for the selective oxidation of methane. Ce-Fe mixed oxides had the well-pleasing reducibility with high oxygen releasing rate and CO selec-tivity due to the interaction between Ce and Fe species. Strong chemical interaction of Ce-Fe mixed oxides originated from both Fe* activated CeO2 and Ce3+ activated iron oxides (FeOm), and those chemical interaction greatly enhanced the oxygen mobility and se-lectivity.

  6. Interaction between uranium-plutonium mixed oxide and zircaloy-2

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    Currently there is considerable interest in the utilisation of zircaloy-clad mixed U-Pu oxide as fuel for thermal reactors. Thermodynamic calculations predict that zircaloy can easily reduce PuO2 to Pu2O3 and this has been confirmed experimentally. However, mixed oxide is expected to behave differently in this respect. The present investigation is an attempt to study, out-of-pile, the extent of chemical reaction between U-Pu oxide and zircaloy-2. Although the thermal reactor fuels generally contain a low percentage of PuO2(2), a mixed oxide containing 20%PuO2 was chosen for this study to enhance the possibility of reaction. It was assumed that if no reaction takes place with this composition none would occur with those containing less PuO2. With a view to keeping the reactants in close proximity, the experiments were carried out on composite pellets made from powdered sintered mixed oxide and zircaloy filings. Some composite pellets of pure PuO2 and zircaloy were also included in the study as an extreme case of reactivity. (Auth.)

  7. Liquid-mix synthesis of oxide powders and thin films using a starch-based polymer

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    A commercially available water-soluble starch derivative was used as the sole organic precursor in the Liquid-Mix synthesis of mixed-cation oxide powders and thin films. The acidified polymer (by nitric acid) was able to complex metal ions through the carboxylate ligands. Loosely agglomerated fine powders as well as dense thin films of complex oxides have been prepared using the same type of polymer. Oxide powders of Cr-doped lanthanum aluminate and yttrium aluminum garnet both crystallized in a single step, without forming any intermediate or second phases, when the amorphous resin intermediates were calcined at 650 C and 750 C for 2 hours, respectively. It was demonstrated that nitric acid could effectively reduce the viscosity of the polymer-nitrate solution to make it suitable for spin coating process. Dense thin films of Y(8 mol%)-doped ZrO2 were formed on Si and Al2O3 substrates by spin coating the polymeric solution and heating at temperatures below 1,000 C

  8. Microstructure and oxygen evolution of Fe-Ce mixed oxides by redox treatment

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    Li, Kongzhai; Haneda, Masaaki; Ning, Peihong; Wang, Hua; Ozawa, Masakuni

    2014-01-01

    The relationship between structure and reduction/redox properties of Fe-Ce mixed oxides with a Fe content of 5, 10, 20 or 30 mol%, prepared by a coprecipitation method, were investigated by XRD, Raman, TEM, TPR and TPO techniques. It is found that all the iron ions can be incorporated into the ceria lattice to form a solid solution for the FeCe 5 (Fe 5%) sample, but amorphous or crystal Fe2O3 particles were found to be present on the Fe-Ce oxide samples with higher the iron content. The reducibility of single solid solution was much better than the pure CeO2, and the appearance of dispersed Fe2O3 particles improved the surface reducibility of materials. The iron ions incorporated into the CeO2 lattice accelerated the oxygen release from bulk to surface, and surface Fe2O3 particles in close contact to CeO2 acted as a catalyst for the reaction between solid solution and hydrogen. The microstructure of exposed Fe2O3 with Ce-Fe-O solid solution allows the Fe-Ce mixed oxides to own good reducibility and high OSC, which also counteracts the deactivation of the reducibility resulting from the sintering of materials in the redox cycling.

  9. Effect of hydrogen on dynamic charge transport in amorphous oxide thin film transistors

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    Kim, Taeho; Nam, Yunyong; Hur, Ji-Hyun; Park, Sang-Hee Ko; Jeon, Sanghun

    2016-08-01

    Hydrogen in zinc oxide based semiconductors functions as a donor or a defect de-activator depending on its concentration, greatly affecting the device characteristics of oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs). Thus, controlling the hydrogen concentration in oxide semiconductors is very important for achieving high mobility and minimizing device instability. In this study, we investigated the charge transport dynamics of the amorphous semiconductor InGaZnO at various hydrogen concentrations as a function of the deposition temperature of the gate insulator. To examine the nature of dynamic charge trapping, we employed short-pulse current‑voltage and transient current‑time measurements. Among various examined oxide devices, that with a high hydrogen concentration exhibits the best performance characteristics, such as high saturation mobility (10.9 cm2 v‑1 s‑1), low subthreshold slope (0.12 V/dec), and negligible hysteresis, which stem from low defect densities and negligible transient charge trapping. Our finding indicates that hydrogen atoms effectively passivate the defects in subgap states of the bulk semiconductor, minimizing the mobility degradation and threshold voltage instability. This study indicates that hydrogen plays a useful role in TFTs by improving the device performance and stability.

  10. Effect of hydrogen on dynamic charge transport in amorphous oxide thin film transistors.

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    Kim, Taeho; Nam, Yunyong; Hur, Ji-Hyun; Park, Sang-Hee Ko; Jeon, Sanghun

    2016-08-12

    Hydrogen in zinc oxide based semiconductors functions as a donor or a defect de-activator depending on its concentration, greatly affecting the device characteristics of oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs). Thus, controlling the hydrogen concentration in oxide semiconductors is very important for achieving high mobility and minimizing device instability. In this study, we investigated the charge transport dynamics of the amorphous semiconductor InGaZnO at various hydrogen concentrations as a function of the deposition temperature of the gate insulator. To examine the nature of dynamic charge trapping, we employed short-pulse current-voltage and transient current-time measurements. Among various examined oxide devices, that with a high hydrogen concentration exhibits the best performance characteristics, such as high saturation mobility (10.9 cm(2) v(-1) s(-1)), low subthreshold slope (0.12 V/dec), and negligible hysteresis, which stem from low defect densities and negligible transient charge trapping. Our finding indicates that hydrogen atoms effectively passivate the defects in subgap states of the bulk semiconductor, minimizing the mobility degradation and threshold voltage instability. This study indicates that hydrogen plays a useful role in TFTs by improving the device performance and stability. PMID:27363543

  11. High temperature mechanical and oxidation behavior of amorphous silicon carbonitride processed via chemical nanoprecursor route

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    Shah, Sandeep Rameshchandra

    Polymer precursor derived ceramics have been studied since last four decades. They promise higher purity and excellent properties with lower processing temperatures in comparison to the traditional route of processing ceramics from powders. The main focus in the literature for polymer derived materials has been on the study of cross linking and pyrolysis of precursors. Relatively fewer reports are available on processing bulk components and property characterization. The polymer precursor determines the nanostructure of the resulting amorphous material and is therefore termed nanoprecursor. In the present dissertation the processing of nanoprecursor to obtain bulk ceramics is studied, with development of an innovative process to fabricate dense defect free materials. The properties of these defect free materials are characterized. Commercially available oligo-ureamethylvinylsilazane (Ceraset(TM)-SN) was used in the present dissertation. The pyrolysis at 1000°C in nitrogen or argon resulted in an amorphous ceramic with chemical composition SiC 0.86N0.82. The specimens obtained by the new process are called cast specimens. Mechanical properties such as flexural strength, hardness, Young s modulus and fracture toughness were determined. The cast specimens showed much better properties as compared to nanoprecursor derived ceramics processed by methods published in the literature. Nanoprecursor derived SiCN show excellent creep resistance at 1350°C at uniaxial stresses ranging from 25--100 MPa. Though a small deformation was measured (~2% in 7 hours), careful analysis showed that this deformation was not creep deformation. The deformation was sintering like, but resulted mainly from the reduction of the activation volume of the amorphous material. The oxidation behavior of the silicon carbonitrides was studied. The material showed passive oxidation, in air at temperature of 1350°C and exhibited parabolic kinetics. Growth rate of the oxidation scale was about a factor

  12. Tailoring the optical and hydrophobic property of zinc oxide nanorod by coating with amorphous graphene

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    Pahari, D.; Das, N. S.; Das, B.; Chattopadhyay, K. K.; Banerjee, D.

    2016-09-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods were synthesized at room temperature on potassium permanganate activated silicon and glass substrate by simple chemical method using zinc acetate as precursor. To modify the surface energy of the as prepared ZnO thin films the samples were coated with amorphous graphene (a-G) synthesized by un-zipping of chemically synthesized amorphous carbon nanotubes (a-CNTs). All the pure and coated samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscope, Raman spectroscopy, and Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy. The roughness analysis of the as prepared samples was done by atomic force microscopic analysis. The detail optical properties of all the samples were studied with the help of a UV-Visible spectrophotometer. The surface energy of the as prepared pure and coated samples was calculated by measuring the contact angle of two different liquids. It is seen that the water repellence of ZnO nanorods got increased after they are being coated with a-Gs. Also even after UV irradiation the contact angle remain same unlike the case for the uncoated sample where the contact angle gets decreased significantly after UV irradiation. Existing Cassie-Wenzel model has been employed along with the Owen's approach to determine the different components of surface energy.

  13. Foaming of amorphous drug delivery systems prepared by hot melt mixing and extrusion

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    Terife, Graciela

    Currently there is considerable interest from both academe and pharmaceutical industry in exploring foaming processes and their products in drug delivery applications. However, there is still little knowledge of the impact of the morphology of the foamed structures on the performance of drug products in spite of some publications in this area. Therefore, the main objective of this dissertation is to gain a fundamental understanding of the correlation between foam morphology and performance of amorphous drug delivery systems, which are comprised of an Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) and Polymer excipient. The Hot Melt Extrusion (HME) process is used to compound the following API / polymer binary systems: Indomethacin (INM) with SoluplusRTM (PVCap-PVAc-PEG); Carbamazepine (CBZ) with PVCap-PVAc-PEG; and INM with EudragitRTM EPO. Comprehensive characterization of these binary systems carried out by combining Differential Scanning Calorimetry, Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, and Scanning Electron Microscopy, shows that in all HME-prepared and foamed samples the APIs are amorphous and dissolved in the polymer excipients. The most important contributions of this dissertation can be grouped into three areas: (a) an understanding of the mechanisms by which foamed dosage forms can lead to faster API release, as well as the key morphological aspects of the cellular structures to achieve this, (b) an understanding of the correlation between the mechanism controlling the release of an API from an amorphous dosage and the enhancement in its release rate upon foaming, and (c) an understanding of the impact of the morphology of the cellular structures in the milling efficiency of HME products and the dissolution performance of the particles produced. In the first area, foamed amorphous solid solutions with three different morphologies are produced through the batch foaming process. A strong correlation between foam morphology and the enhancement

  14. Preirradiation microstructural characterization of FFTF mixed oxide fuel

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    Charts, drawings, graphs, and photographs are presented concerning the research program to evaluate potential for fuel to undergo densification during irradiation, to assure PuO2 homogeneity in mixed oxide fuel, to provide data base for pre-/post-irradiation comparisons, and to evaluate effect of fuel fabrication conditions

  15. Electronic Sputtering of Nanodimensional Hydrogenated Amorphous Carbon and Copper Oxide Thin Films

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    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Electronic sputtering of carbon from hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H/Si film and oxygen from copper oxide (CuO/Si film at different electronic energy loss (Se value is reported. The sputtering is monitored by online elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA technique and the yield (sputtered atoms/incident ion is determined. Two important results emerging out from this study are: (i much higher yield of C and O from a-C:H and CuO films as compared to conventional kinetic sputtering and (ii sputtering yield increases with increase in Se in both the cases. These observations are understood on the basis of thermal spike model of ion-solid interaction.Defence Science Journal, 2009, 59(4, pp.370-376, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.59.1536

  16. Electromagnetic wave absorption properties of iron/rare earth oxide composites dispersed by amorphous carbon powder

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    The sludge powders of Nd-Fe-B sintered magnets were oxidized at 250-325 deg. C for 2 h and then the α-Fe/Fe2B/Nd2O3/amorphous carbon (a-C) nanocomposite powders were prepared by ball-milling the sludge with the a-C powder for 12-40 h. The resin composites of 75 mass% of these nanocomposite powders showed excellent electromagnetic wave absorption properties in GHz range. The effective absorption of RL <-20 dB were observed in a range of 7.6-18.0 GHz and the minimum absorption peaks around -58.5 dB appeared at 12.0 GHz with matching thickness of 1.9 mm for the samples heated at 300 deg. C for 2 h and then ball-milled with 4.8 mass% a-C for 30 h

  17. Size modulation of nanocrystalline silicon embedded in amorphous silicon oxide by Cat-CVD

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    Different issues related to controlling size of nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si) embedded in hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiOx:H) deposited by catalytic chemical vapor deposition (Cat-CVD) have been reported. Films were deposited using tantalum (Ta) and tungsten (W) filaments and it is observed that films deposited using tantalum filament resulted in good control on the properties. The parameters which can affect the size of nc-Si domains have been studied which include hydrogen flow rate, catalyst and substrate temperatures. The deposited samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, HRTEM and micro-Raman spectroscopy, for determining the size of the deposited nc-Si. The crystallite formation starts for Ta-catalyst around the temperature of 1700 oC.

  18. Contact resistance improvement using interfacial silver nanoparticles in amorphous indium-zinc-oxide thin film transistors

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    Xu, Rui; He, Jian [School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 (United States); State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), Chengdu 610054 (China); Song, Yang [Department of Physics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 (United States); Li, Wei [State Key Laboratory of Electronic Thin Films and Integrated Devices, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), Chengdu 610054 (China); Zaslavsky, A. [School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 (United States); Department of Physics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 (United States); Paine, D. C., E-mail: David-Paine@brown.edu [School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 (United States)

    2014-09-01

    We describe an approach to reduce the contact resistance at compositional conducting/semiconducting indium-zinc-oxide (IZO) homojunctions used for contacts in thin film transistors (TFTs). By introducing silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) at the homojunction interface between the conducting IZO electrodes and the amorphous IZO channel, we reduce the specific contact resistance, obtained by transmission line model measurements, down to ∼10{sup −2 }Ω cm{sup 2}, ∼3 orders of magnitude lower than either NP-free homojunction contacts or solid Ag metal contacts. The resulting back-gated TFTs with Ag NP contacts exhibit good field effect mobility of ∼27 cm{sup 2}/V s and an on/off ratio >10{sup 7}. We attribute the improved contact resistance to electric field concentration by the Ag NPs.

  19. A novel composite material based on antimony(III) oxide and amorphous silica

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    Zemnukhova, Ludmila A. [Institute of Chemistry, Far-Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, 690022 Vladivostok (Russian Federation); Panasenko, Alexander E., E-mail: panasenko@ich.dvo.ru [Institute of Chemistry, Far-Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, 690022 Vladivostok (Russian Federation)

    2013-05-01

    The composite material nSb₂O₃·mSiO₂·xH₂O was prepared by hydrolysis of SbCl₃ and Na₂SiO₃ in an aqueous medium. It has been shown that the composition of the material is influenced by the ratio of the initial components and the acidity of the reaction medium. The morphology of the material particles and its specific surface area have been determined. The thermal and optic properties were also investigated. - Graphical abstract: Novel composite material containing amorphous silica and crystal antimony(III) oxide has been synthesized by hydrolysis of SbCl₃ and Na₂SiO₃ in an aqueous medium. Highlights: • The composite material nSb₂O₃·mSiO₂·xH₂O was prepared in an aqueous medium. • The composition of the material is controllable by a synthesis conditions. • The morphology of the material and its optic properties have been determined.

  20. Performance enhancement of amorphous indium-zinc-oxide thin film transistors by microwave annealing

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    Xu, Rui; He, Jian; Li, Wei; Paine, David C.

    2015-12-01

    The effect of microwave annealing on the field effect mobility and threshold voltage of amorphous indium zinc oxide (a-IZO) thin film transistors (TFTs) is reported. A control device with traditional hotplate annealing at 200 °C for 1 h was applied for comparison. The results show that both microwave annealing and low-temperature hotplate annealing increase the field effect mobility from 12.3 cm2/V s in as-deposited state to ∼19 cm2/V s in annealed state. However, the negative shift in threshold voltage with microwave annealing (from 0.23 V to -2.86 V) is smaller than that with low-temperature hotplate annealing (to -9 V). A mechanism related with the electrical properties of a-IZO material is proposed. This rapid low-temperature annealing technology makes a-IZO TFTs promising for use in flexible, transparent electronics.

  1. Stoichiometric analysis of compositionally graded combinatorial amorphous thin film oxides using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

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    Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is a recently developed locally destructive elemental analysis technique that can be used to analyze solid, liquid, and gaseous samples. In the system explored here, a neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser ablates a small amount of the sample and spectral emission from the plume is analyzed using a set of synchronized spectrometers. We explore the use of LIBS to map the stoichiometry of compositionally graded amorphous indium zinc oxide thin-film libraries. After optimization of the experimental parameters (distance between lens and samples, spot size on the samples, etc.), the LIBS system was calibrated against inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy which resulted in a very consistent LIBS-based elemental analysis. Various parameters that need to be watched closely in order to produce consistent results are discussed. We also compare LIBS and x-ray fluorescence as techniques for the compositional mapping of libraries.

  2. 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

  3. Cobalt-silicon mixed oxide nanocomposites by modified sol-gel method

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    Cobalt-silicon mixed oxide materials (Co/Si=0.111, 0.250 and 0.428) were synthesised starting from Co(NO3)2.6H2O and Si(OC2H5)4 using a modified sol-gel method. Structural, textural and surface chemical properties were investigated by thermogravimetric/differential thermal analyses (TG/DTA), XRD, UV-vis, FT-IR spectroscopy and N2 adsorption at -196 deg. C. The nature of cobalt species and their interactions with the siloxane matrix were strongly depending on both the cobalt loading and the heat treatment. All dried gels were amorphous and contained Co2+ ions forming both tetrahedral and octahedral complexes with the siloxane matrix. After treatment at 400 deg. C, the sample with lowest Co content appeared amorphous and contained only Co2+ tetrahedral complexes, while at higher cobalt loading Co3O4 was present as the only crystalline phase, besides Co2+ ions strongly interacting with siloxane matrix. At 850 deg. C, in all samples crystalline Co2SiO4 was formed and was the only crystallising phase for the nanocomposite with the lowest cobalt content. All materials retained high surface areas also after treatments at 600 deg. C and exhibited surface Lewis acidity, due to cationic sites. The presence of cobalt affected the textural properties of the siloxane matrix decreasing microporosity and increasing mesoporosity. - Graphical abstract: Highly dispersed cobalt-silicon mixed oxide nanocomposites (Co/Si=0.111, 0.250 and 0.428) were obtained by a modified sol-gel method using almost solely aqueous solutions. The nature of cobalt species and their interactions with the siloxane matrix are strongly depending on both the cobalt loading and the heat treatment. All materials retained high surface areas also after treatments at 600 deg. C and exhibited surface Lewis acidity

  4. Mesostructured amorphous manganese oxides: facile synthesis and highly durable elimination of low-concentration NO at room temperature in air.

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    Du, Yanyan; Hua, Zile; Huang, Weimin; Wu, Meiying; Wang, Min; Wang, Jin; Cui, Xiangzhi; Zhang, Lingxia; Chen, Hangrong; Shi, Jianlin

    2015-04-01

    At a high space velocity of 120 000 mL g(-1) h(-1) and a relative humidity of 50-90%, 98% removal of 10 ppm NO has been achieved for over 237 h and no sign of deactivation was observed with mesostructured amorphous manganese oxides (AMO), due to the prevention of the catalyst active sites from deactivation. PMID:25728967

  5. Arsenic availability in rice from a mining area: Is amorphous iron oxide-bound arsenic a source or sink?

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    The effect of iron (Fe) redox cycling on the mobility and bioavailability of arsenic (As) in paddy soils has attracted increasing concerns, especially in Asia, where the paddy soil is characteristic of Fe with high abundance and activity. However, whether amorphous Fe oxide-bound As acts as a source or a sink of As in natural field conditions needs to be clarified further. In this study, 73 pairs of soil and rice were collected from paddy fields contaminated by As-containing acid mining drainage. The most significant correlations between the iron fractions and As fractions suggest that Fe redox cycling can directly affect As fractionation in soils, which can then indirectly affect As bioavailability. Significantly negative correlations between amorphous Fe oxide-bound As in soil and As in rice grain were found, indicating that amorphous Fe oxide-bound As acts a sink of As. - Highlights: • Fe redox cycling can affect As fractionation and thus As bioavailability in soil. • Amorphous Fe oxide-bound As acts a sink of As. • Fe is of great significance in controlling As mobility and availability to rice. - The effects of Fe redox cycling on As fractionation in the soil and As bioavailability to rice were investigated

  6. Temperature-dependent minority carrier lifetime of crystalline silicon wafers passivated by high quality amorphous silicon oxide

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    Inaba, Masahiro; Todoroki, Soichiro; Nakada, Kazuyoshi; Miyajima, Shinsuke

    2016-04-01

    We investigated the effects of annealing on the temperature-dependent minority carrier lifetime of a crystalline silicon wafer passivated by hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide. The annealing significantly affects the lifetime and its temperature dependence. Our device simulations clearly indicate that valence band offset significantly affects the temperature dependence. We also found a slight increase in the interface defect density after annealing.

  7. Low-temperature formation of source–drain contacts in self-aligned amorphous oxide thin-film transistors

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    Nag, M.; Muller, R.; Steudel, S.; Smout, S.; Bhoolokam, A.; Myny, K.; Schols, S.; Genoe, J.; Cobb, B.; Kumar, A.; Gelinck, G.; Fukui, Y.; Groeseneken, G.; Heremans, P.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrated self-aligned amorphous-Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) where the source–drain (S/D) regions were made conductive via chemical reduction of the a-IGZO via metallic calcium (Ca). Due to the higher chemical reactivity of Ca, the process can be operated at

  8. Photochemical oxidation: A solution for the mixed waste dilemma

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    Prellberg, J.W.; Thornton, L.M.; Cheuvront, D.A. [Vulcan Peroxidation Systems, Inc., Tucson, AZ (United States)] [and others

    1995-12-31

    Numerous technologies are available to remove organic contamination from water or wastewater. A variety of techniques also exist that are used to neutralize radioactive waste. However, few technologies can satisfactorily address the treatment of mixed organic/radioactive waste without creating unacceptable secondary waste products or resulting in extremely high treatment costs. An innovative solution to the mixed waste problem is on-site photochemical oxidation. Liquid-phase photochemical oxidation has a long- standing history of successful application to the destruction of organic compounds. By using photochemical oxidation, the organic contaminants are destroyed on-site leaving the water, with radionuclides, that can be reused or disposed of as appropriate. This technology offers advantages that include zero air emissions, no solid or liquid waste formation, and relatively low treatment cost. Discussion of the photochemical process will be described, and several case histories from recent design testing, including cost analyses for the resulting full-scale installations, will be presented as examples.

  9. The synthesis and arrested oxidation of amorphous cobalt nanoparticles using DMSO as a functional solvent

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    Magnetic nanoparticles exhibit a strong tendency to become overly oxidized and unstable during synthesis, ultimately leading to nanoparticle agglomeration and degradation. Capping agents can be used during nanoparticle synthesis to provide particle surface coverage and to improve nanoparticle dispersibility in solution, while preventing excessive oxidation and agglomeration. This paper presents a technique to synthesize amorphous 3.7 ± 1.5 nm cobalt (Co) nanoparticles using dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) to function as both the stabilizing agent and the solvent for Co nanoparticles via a quick, solvent-based reduction of Co2+ with NaBH4 in a DMSO solvent. UV–visible spectroscopy analysis was used to determine the minimum amount of reducing agent needed to produce Co nanoparticles so as to limit the waste of reagents. TEM and SEM imaging were used to study the morphology of the Co nanoparticles from the DMSO dispersion and of the Co nanoparticle powder. FT-IR was used to elucidate the nature of the interaction between the Co nanoparticle surface and DMSO. Furthermore, SEM–EDS elemental mapping was used to determine the composition and surface properties of the Co nanoparticles. This synthesis method demonstrates that Co nanoparticles can be successfully synthesized by simply using DMSO as a functional solvent, thereby avoiding excessive oxidation and agglomeration in solution

  10. Carrier Transport at Metal/Amorphous Hafnium-Indium-Zinc Oxide Interfaces.

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    Kim, Seoungjun; Gil, Youngun; Choi, Youngran; Kim, Kyoung-Kook; Yun, Hyung Joong; Son, Byoungchul; Choi, Chel-Jong; Kim, Hyunsoo

    2015-10-14

    In this paper, the carrier transport mechanism at the metal/amorphous hafnium-indium-zinc oxide (a-HIZO) interface was investigated. The contact properties were found to be predominantly affected by the degree of interfacial reaction between the metals and a-HIZO; that is, a higher tendency to form metal oxide phases leads to excellent Ohmic contact via tunneling, which is associated with the generated donor-like oxygen vacancies. In this case, the Schottky-Mott theory is not applicable. Meanwhile, metals that do not form interfacial metal oxide, such as Pd, follow the Schottky-Mott theory, which results in rectifying Schottky behavior. The Schottky characteristics of the Pd contact to a-HIZO can be explained in terms of the barrier inhomogeneity model, which yields a mean barrier height of 1.40 eV and a standard deviation of 0.14 eV. The work function of a-HIZO could therefore be estimated as 3.7 eV, which is in good agreement with the ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (3.68 eV). Our findings will be useful for establishing a strategy to form Ohmic or Schottky contacts to a-HIZO films, which will be essential for fabricating reliable high-performance electronic devices. PMID:26411354

  11. A tunable amorphous p-type ternary oxide system: The highly mismatched alloy of copper tin oxide

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    Isherwood, Patrick J. M., E-mail: P.J.M.Isherwood@lboro.ac.uk; Walls, John M. [CREST, School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU (United Kingdom); Butler, Keith T.; Walsh, Aron [Centre for Sustainable Technologies and Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY (United Kingdom)

    2015-09-14

    The approach of combining two mismatched materials to form an amorphous alloy was used to synthesise ternary oxides of CuO and SnO{sub 2}. These materials were analysed across a range of compositions, and the electronic structure was modelled using density functional theory. In contrast to the gradual reduction in optical band gap, the films show a sharp reduction in both transparency and electrical resistivity with copper contents greater than 50%. Simulations indicate that this change is caused by a transition from a dominant Sn 5s to Cu 3d contribution to the upper valence band. A corresponding decrease in energetic disorder results in increased charge percolation pathways: a “compositional mobility edge.” Contributions from Cu(II) sub band-gap states are responsible for the reduction in optical transparency.

  12. Heterogeneous Partial (ammOxidation and Oxidative Dehydrogenation Catalysis on Mixed Metal Oxides

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an overview of heterogeneous partial (ammoxidation and oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH of hydrocarbons. The review has been voluntarily restricted to metal oxide-type catalysts, as the partial oxidation field is very broad and the number of catalysts is quite high. The main factors of solid catalysts for such reactions, designated by Grasselli as the “seven pillars”, and playing a determining role in catalytic properties, are considered to be, namely: isolation of active sites (known to be composed of ensembles of atoms, Me–O bond strength, crystalline structure, redox features, phase cooperation, multi-functionality and the nature of the surface oxygen species. Other important features and physical and chemical properties of solid catalysts, more or less related to the seven pillars, are also emphasized, including reaction sensitivity to metal oxide structure, epitaxial contact between an active phase and a second phase or its support, synergy effect between several phases, acid-base aspects, electron transfer ability, catalyst preparation and activation and reaction atmospheres, etc. Some examples are presented to illustrate the importance of these key factors. They include light alkanes (C1–C4 oxidation, ethane oxidation to ethylene and acetic acid on MoVTe(SbNb-O and Nb doped NiO, propene oxidation to acrolein on BiMoCoFe-O systems, propane (ammoxidation to (acrylonitrile acrylic acid on MoVTe(SbNb-O mixed oxides, butane oxidation to maleic anhydride on VPO: (VO2P2O7-based catalyst, and isobutyric acid ODH to methacrylic acid on Fe hydroxyl phosphates. It is shown that active sites are composed of ensembles of atoms whose size and chemical composition depend on the reactants to be transformed (their chemical and size features and the reaction mechanism, often of Mars and van Krevelen type. An important aspect is the fact that surface composition and surface crystalline structure vary with reaction on stream until

  13. An amorphous phase formation at palladium / silicon oxide (Pd/SiO{sub x}) interface through electron irradiation - electronic excitation process

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    Nagase, Takeshi, E-mail: t-nagase@uhvem.osaka-u.ac.jp [Research Center for Ultra-High Voltage Electron Microscopy, Osaka University, 7-1, Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Division of Materials and Manufacturing Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1, Yamada-Oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Yamashita, Ryo; Yabuuchi, Atsushi [Division of Materials and Manufacturing Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, 2-1, Yamada-Oka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan); Lee, Jung-Goo [Powder & Ceramics Division, Korea Institute of Materials Science, 66 Sangnam-dong, Changwon, Kyungsangnam-Do 641-101 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-11-15

    A Pd-Si amorphous phase was formed at a palladium/silicon oxide (Pd/SiO{sub x}) interface at room temperature by electron irradiation at acceleration voltages ranging between 25 kV and 200 kV. Solid-state amorphization was stimulated without the electron knock-on effects. The total dose required for the solid-state amorphization decreases with decreasing acceleration voltage. This is the first report on electron irradiation induced metallic amorphous formation caused by the electronic excitation at metal/silicon oxide interface.

  14. Co-Mn-Al Mixed Oxides as Catalysts for Ammonia Oxidation to N2O.

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    Ludvíková, Jana; Jablońska, M.; Jirátová, Květa; Chmielarz, L.; Balabánová, Jana; Kovanda, F.; Obalová, L.

    2016-01-01

    Roč. 42, č. 3 (2016), s. 2669-2690. ISSN 0922-6168 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA14-13750S Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : Co-Mn-Al mixed oxides * catalytic ammonia oxidation * N2O production * mechanochemical production Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 1.221, year: 2014

  15. Co-Mn-Al Mixed Oxides in NH3 Oxidation and DeNOx-SCR Reaction

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    Ludvíková, Jana; Jablonska, m.; Jirátová, Květa; Chmielarz, L.; Kovanda, F.

    -: -, 2013, 2-T8-344. ISBN N. [European Congress on Catalysis – EuropaCat-XI /11./. Lyon (FR), 01.09.2013-06.09.2013] R&D Projects: GA TA ČR TA01020336 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : catalyst preparation * Co-Mn-Al mixed oxides * NH3 oxidation Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  16. Catalytic soot oxidation over Ce- and Cu-doped hydrotalcites-derived mesoporous mixed oxides.

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    Wang, Zhongpeng; Wang, Liguo; He, Fang; Jiang, Zheng; Xiao, Tiancun; Zhang, Zhaoliang

    2014-09-01

    Ce- and Cu-doped hydrotalcites derived mixed oxides were prepared through co-precipitation and calcination method, and their catalytic activities for soot oxidation with O2 and O2/NO were investigated. The solids were characterized by XRD, TG-DTG, BET, H2-TPR, in situ FTIR and TPO techniques. All the catalysts precursors showed the typical diffraction patterns of hydrotalcite-like materials having layered structure. The derived mixed oxides exhibited mesoporous properties with specific surface area of 45-160 m2/g. After both Ce and Cu incorporated, mixed crystalline phases of CuO (tenorite), CeO2 (fluorite) and MgAl2O4 (spinel) were formed. As a result, the NO(x) adsorption capacity of this catalyst was largely increased to 201 μmol/g, meanwhile, it was also the most effective to convert NO into NO2 in the sorption process due to the enhanced reducibility. The in situ FTIR spectra revealed that NO(x) were stored mainly as chelating bidentate and monodentate nitrate. The interaction effect between Cu and Ce in the mixed oxide resulted in different NO(x) adsorption behavior. Compared with the non-catalyzed soot oxidation, soot conversion curves over the mixed oxides catalysts shift to low temperature in O2. The presence of NO in the gas phase significantly enhanced the soot oxidation activity with ignition temperature decreased to about 320 degrees C, which is due to NO conversion to NO2 over the catalyst followed by the reaction of NO2 with soot. This explains the cooperative effect of Ce and Cu in the mixed oxide on soot oxidation with high activity and 100% selectivity to CO2 formation. PMID:25924375

  17. Metal Mixed Oxides and Zeolites in Oxidation of Ethanol and Isopropanol

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    Gaálová, J. (Jana); Jirátová, K.; Klempa, J. (Jan); Šolcová, O.; Maupin, I.; Mijoin, J.; Magnoux, P.; Barbier Jr., J.

    2014-01-01

    The different kinds of catalysts – zeolite, (mixed) oxide – were tested and compared in catalytic oxidation of ethanol and isopropanol respectively. All catalysts proved remarkable aktivity in catalytic oxidation of selected model compounds. Even the less active catalyst, basic zeolite NaX, converted 50 % of ethanol as well as isopropanol at around 300 °C. The deepen comparison revealed that CeO2 and zeolite NaX-CeO2 is more suitable for oxidation of isopropanol while oxidation of ethanol is ...

  18. Synthesis and characterization of amorphous poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(trimethylene carbonate) polymer blend electrolytes

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    Solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) have been proposed as substitutes for conventional non-aqueous electrolytes in various electrochemical devices. These promising materials may be of interest in various practical devices including batteries, sensors and electrochromic displays as they can offer high performance in terms of specific energy and specific power (batteries), safe operation, form flexibility in device arquitecture and low manufacturing costs. Many different host polymers have been characterized over the last 30 years, however a relatively un-explored strategy involves the use of interpenetrating blends incorporating two or more polymers. Electrolyte systems based on interpenetrating blends of known host polymers, poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(trimethylene carbonate), doped with lithium perchlorate, were prepared by co-dissolution in acetonitrile. This combination of polymer components results in the formation of a material that may be applicable in batteries and electrochromic devices. The results of characterization of polymer electrolyte systems based on interpenetrating blends of amorphous poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(trimethylene carbonate) host matrices, with lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI) as guest salt, are described in this study. Electrolytes with compositions of n between 5 and 15 (where n represents the total number of cation-coordinating units per lithium ion) were obtained as flexible, transparent and free-standing films that were characterized by measurements of conductivity, cyclic voltammetry, differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetry.

  19. Amorphous cobalt potassium phosphate microclusters as efficient photoelectrochemical water oxidation catalyst

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    Zhang, Ye; Zhao, Chunsong; Dai, Xuezeng; Lin, Hong; Cui, Bai; Li, Jianbao

    2013-12-01

    A novel amorphous cobalt potassium phosphate hydrate compound (KCoPO4·H2O) is identified to be active photocatalyst for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) to facilitate hydrogen generation from water photolysis. It has been synthesized through a facile and cost-effective solution-based precipitation method using earth-abundant materials. Its highly porous structure and large surface areas are found to be responsible for the excellent electrochemical performance featuring a low OER onset at ˜550 mVSCE and high current density in alkaline condition. Unlike traditional cobalt-based spinel oxides (Co3O4, NiCo2O4) and phosphate (Co-Pi, Co(PO3)2) electrocatalysts, with proper energy band alignment for light-assisted water oxidation, cobalt potassium phosphate hydrate also exhibits robust visible-light response, generating a photocurrent density of ˜200 μA cm-2 at 0.7 VSCE. This catalyst could thus be considered as a promising candidate to perform photoelectrochemical water splitting.

  20. Electrical, electronic and optical properties of amorphous indium zinc tin oxide thin films

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    Highlights: • The electronic property of indium zinc tin oxide thin films was investigated by using XPS and REELS. • The band gap varied with different In/Zn/Sn compositions. • The EXAFS results showed that the smaller Zn–Zn separation distance led to higher electron mobility. • The Sn/Zn composition ratio played a crucial role in improving the electrical properties of a-IZTO thin films. - Abstract: The electrical and optical properties of amorphous indium zinc tin oxide (a-IZTO) thin films were examined as a function of chemical composition. Effects of Sn/Zn composition ratio and In content on the electrical and optical properties of a-IZTO thin films are discussed. The electron mobility of thin film transistors with higher Sn/Zn composition ratio was dramatically improved due to a shorter zinc–zinc separation distance. The thin film transistor with the composition of In:Zn:Sn = 20:48:32 exhibits a high mobility of 30.6 cm2 V−1 s−1 and a high on–off current ratio of 109

  1. Design and synthesis of mixed oxides nanoparticles for biofuel applications

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    Chen, Senniang [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2010-05-15

    The work in this dissertation presents the synthesis of two mixed metal oxides for biofuel applications and NMR characterization of silica materials. In the chapter 2, high catalytic efficiency of calcium silicate is synthesized for transesterfication of soybean oil to biodisels. Chapter 3 describes the synthesis of a new Rh based catalyst on mesoporous manganese oxides. The new catalyst is found to have higher activity and selectivity towards ethanol. Chapter 4 demonstrates the applications of solid-state Si NMR in the silica materials.

  2. Development of advanced mixed oxide fuels for plutonium management

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    A number of advanced Mixed Oxide (MOX) fuel forms are currently being investigated at Los Alamos National Laboratory that have the potential to be effective plutonium management tools. Evolutionary Mixed Oxide (EMOX) fuel is a slight perturbation on standard MOX fuel, but achieves greater plutonium destruction rates by employing a fractional nonfertile component. A pure nonfertile fuel is also being studied. Initial calculations show that the fuel can be utilized in existing light water reactors and tailored to address different plutonium management goals (i.e., stabilization or reduction of plutonium inventories residing in spent nuclear fuel). In parallel, experiments are being performed to determine the feasibility of fabrication of such fuels. Initial EMOX pellets have successfully been fabricated using weapons-grade plutonium

  3. Water oxidation catalysis: an amorphous quaternary Ba-Sr-Co-Fe oxide as a promising electrocatalyst for the oxygen-evolution reaction.

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    Zhang, Cuijuan; Berlinguette, Curtis P; Trudel, Simon

    2016-01-25

    We present an amorphous quaternary Ba-Sr-Co-Fe oxide (a-BSCF) with a specific stoichiometry, readily fabricated via a photochemical decomposition method. a-BSCF demonstrates high catalytic activity towards the oxygen-evolution reaction (OER). PMID:26659269

  4. Method of producing mixed oxide nuclear fuel pellet

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    A powder mixture obtained by mixing UO2 powder and GD2O3 powder is cold-pressed into a molding product and then sintered in a CO2/H2 mixture within the mixing ratio from 2 to 0.01 at a temperature higher than 1650degC for 30 min to 4 hours. Thus, since the difference between the sintering rate of UO2 particles to each other and sintering rate of UO2 particles and Gd2O3 particles in the mixed oxide molding product is within a permissible range, no large pores are left in the sintering product. Accordingly, even if the addition amount of Gd2O3 increased as compared with the usual case, sintering products at high density and of a stable texture can be obtained only in one step of sintering. (T.M.)

  5. Spectral peculiarities of monolayers made of oxidized nanogranules of amorphous copper and their aggregates with high surface concentration

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    We present results of a theoretical and experimental investigation into monolayers made of oxidized nanogranules of amorphous copper and their aggregates with a high surface concentration. We show theoretically that the packing density of the nanogranules, the size of aggregates, and the thickness and composition of the oxide layer over a Cu nanogranule affect the shift in the plasma resonance. Experimentally we established a non-monotone dependence of the absorption in the plasma resonance band and the UV spectral range with a high surface packing density of copper nanoparticles. The optical measurements indicated a non-uniform oxidation of the granules on the substrate

  6. Hydrogen evolution from a copper(I) oxide photocathode coated with an amorphous molybdenum sulphide catalyst.

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    Morales-Guio, Carlos G; Tilley, S David; Vrubel, Heron; Grätzel, Michael; Hu, Xile

    2014-01-01

    Concerns over climate change resulting from accumulation of anthropogenic carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the uncertainty in the amount of recoverable fossil fuel reserves are driving forces for the development of renewable, carbon-neutral energy technologies. A promising clean solution is photoelectrochemical water splitting to produce hydrogen using abundant solar energy. Here we present a simple and scalable technique for the deposition of amorphous molybdenum sulphide films as hydrogen evolution catalyst onto protected copper(I) oxide films. The efficient extraction of excited electrons by the conformal catalyst film leads to photocurrents of up to -5.7 mA cm(-2) at 0 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode (pH 1.0) under simulated AM 1.5 solar illumination. Furthermore, the photocathode exhibits enhanced stability under acidic environments, whereas photocathodes with platinum nanoparticles as catalyst deactivate more rapidly under identical conditions. The work demonstrates the potential of earth-abundant light-harvesting material and catalysts for solar hydrogen production. PMID:24402352

  7. Effects of oxygen stoichiometry on electrochromic properties in amorphous tungsten oxide films

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    Inamdar, Akbar I.; Kim, Y.S.; Jang, B.U. [Department of Semiconductor Science, Dongguk University, Seoul 100-715 (Korea, Republic of); Im, Hyunsik, E-mail: hyunsik7@dongguk.edu [Department of Semiconductor Science, Dongguk University, Seoul 100-715 (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Woong [Department of Semiconductor Science, Dongguk University, Seoul 100-715 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Dae-Young [Department of Biological and Environmental Science, Dongguk University, Seoul 100-715 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyungsang [Department of Physics, Dongguk University, Seoul 100-715 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-06-01

    We have investigated the electrochromic properties of amorphous granular tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3+{delta}}) thin films with over-stoichiometric oxygen content ({delta}), using LiClO{sub 4} with propylene carbonate as an electrolyte. Different optical and electrochromic characteristics are observed with increasing {delta}. All the devices are electrochemically stable for more than 5000 color/bleach cycles without apparent degradation, and they have a faster response to coloration than to bleaching. WO{sub 3+{delta}} films with an optimized {delta} value show an optical modulation of 86% at a wavelength of 630 nm and the highest coloration efficiency ever reported of {approx} 213 cm{sup 2}/C. The {delta}-dependent coloration mechanism is discussed using the site saturation model. It is proposed that WO{sub 3+{delta}} films with the optimal {delta} value have favorable thickness and stoichiometry for the generation of Li{sup +}W{sup +5} states. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We report on electrochromic characteristics in WO{sub 3+{delta}} films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electrochromic properties of WO{sub 3+{delta}} films depend on different oxygen contents. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Coloration efficiency of 213 cm{sup 2}/C is obtained in a WO{sub 3+{delta}} film with an optimized {delta}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The electrochromic mechanism is presented.

  8. Mesoporous amorphous tungsten oxide electrochromic films: a Raman analysis of their good switching behavior

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Mesoporous films exhibit better electrochemical kinetics compared to the dense films. • Mesoporous films exhibit better reversibility compared to the dense films. • Li+cations disrupt WO3 network in a reversible way in the mesoporous film. • Li+ irreversibly intercalate in the voids of crystallites in the dense film. - Abstract: The intercalation and de-intercalation of lithium cations in electrochromic tungsten oxide thin films are significantly influenced by their structural and surface characteristics. In this study, we prepared two types of amorphous films via the sol-gel technique: one dense and one mesoporous in order to compare their response upon lithium intercalation and de-intercalation. According to chronoamperometric measurements, Li+ intercalates/de-intercalates faster in the mesoporous film (24s/6s) than in the dense film (48s/10s). The electrochemical measurements (cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry) also showed worse reversibility for the dense film compared to the mesoporous film, giving rise to important Li+ trapping and remaining coloration of the film. Raman analysis showed that the mesoporous film provides more accessible and various W-O surface bonds for Li+ intercalation. On the contrary, in the first electrochemical insertion and de-insertion in the dense film, Li+ selectively reacts with a few surface W-O bonds and preferentially intercalates into pre-existing crystallites to form stable irreversible LixWO3 bronze

  9. Amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide as electron transport layer in organic photodetectors

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    Amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) is demonstrated as an electron transport layer (ETL) in a high-performance organic photodetector (OPD). Dark current in the range of 10 nA/cm2 at a bias voltage of −2 V and a high photoresponse in the visible spectrum were obtained in inverted OPDs with poly(3-hexylthiophene) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester active layer. The best results were obtained for the optimum a-IGZO thickness of 7.5 nm with specific detectivity of 3 × 1012 Jones at the wavelength of 550 nm. The performance of the best OPD devices using a-IGZO was shown to be comparable to state-of-the-art devices based on TiOx as ETL, with higher rectification achieved in reverse bias. Yield and reproducibility were also enhanced with a-IGZO, facilitating fabrication of large area OPDs. Furthermore, easier integration with IGZO-based readout backplanes can be envisioned, where the channel material can be used as photodiode buffer layer after additional treatment

  10. A physics-based model of threshold voltage for amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film transistors

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    Chen, Chi-Le; Chen, Wei-Feng; Zhou, Lei; Wu, Wei-Jing; Xu, Miao; Wang, Lei; Peng, Jun-Biao

    2016-03-01

    In the application of the Lambert W function, the surface potential for amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film transistors (AOS TFTs) under the subthreshold region is approximated by an asymptotic equation only considering the tail states. While the surface potential under the above-threshold region is approximated by another asymptotic equation only considering the free carriers. The intersection point between these two asymptotic equations represents the transition from the weak accumulation to the strong accumulation. Therefore, the gate voltage corresponding to the intersection point is defined as threshold voltage of AOS TFTs. As a result, an analytical expression for the threshold voltage is derived from this novel definition. It is shown that the threshold voltage achieved by the proposed physics-based model is agreeable with that extracted by the conventional linear extrapolation method. Furthermore, we find that the free charge per unit area in the channel starts increasing sharply from the threshold voltage point, where the concentration of the free carriers is a little larger than that of the localized carriers. The proposed model for the threshold voltage of AOS TFTs is not only physically meaningful but also mathematically convenient, so it is expected to be useful for characterizing and modeling AOS TFTs.

  11. Amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide as electron transport layer in organic photodetectors

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    Arora, H. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Phelma–Grenoble INP, 3 Parvis Louis Néel, 38016 Grenoble Cedex 01 (France); Malinowski, P. E., E-mail: pawel.malinowski@imec.be; Chasin, A.; Cheyns, D.; Steudel, S.; Schols, S. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Heremans, P. [IMEC, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); ESAT, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2015-04-06

    Amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) is demonstrated as an electron transport layer (ETL) in a high-performance organic photodetector (OPD). Dark current in the range of 10 nA/cm{sup 2} at a bias voltage of −2 V and a high photoresponse in the visible spectrum were obtained in inverted OPDs with poly(3-hexylthiophene) and phenyl-C{sub 61}-butyric acid methyl ester active layer. The best results were obtained for the optimum a-IGZO thickness of 7.5 nm with specific detectivity of 3 × 10{sup 12} Jones at the wavelength of 550 nm. The performance of the best OPD devices using a-IGZO was shown to be comparable to state-of-the-art devices based on TiO{sub x} as ETL, with higher rectification achieved in reverse bias. Yield and reproducibility were also enhanced with a-IGZO, facilitating fabrication of large area OPDs. Furthermore, easier integration with IGZO-based readout backplanes can be envisioned, where the channel material can be used as photodiode buffer layer after additional treatment.

  12. Water-soluble thin film transistors and circuits based on amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide.

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    Jin, Sung Hun; Kang, Seung-Kyun; Cho, In-Tak; Han, Sang Youn; Chung, Ha Uk; Lee, Dong Joon; Shin, Jongmin; Baek, Geun Woo; Kim, Tae-il; Lee, Jong-Ho; Rogers, John A

    2015-04-22

    This paper presents device designs, circuit demonstrations, and dissolution kinetics for amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide (a-IGZO) thin film transistors (TFTs) comprised completely of water-soluble materials, including SiNx, SiOx, molybdenum, and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA). Collections of these types of physically transient a-IGZO TFTs and 5-stage ring oscillators (ROs), constructed with them, show field effect mobilities (∼10 cm2/Vs), on/off ratios (∼2×10(6)), subthreshold slopes (∼220 mV/dec), Ohmic contact properties, and oscillation frequency of 5.67 kHz at supply voltages of 19 V, all comparable to otherwise similar devices constructed in conventional ways with standard, nontransient materials. Studies of dissolution kinetics for a-IGZO films in deionized water, bovine serum, and phosphate buffer saline solution provide data of relevance for the potential use of these materials and this technology in temporary biomedical implants. PMID:25805699

  13. Oxygen effect of transparent conducting amorphous Indium Zinc Tin Oxide films on Polyimide substrate for flexible electrode

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    This paper discusses the effect of oxygen on the transparent conducting properties and mechanical durability of the amorphous indium zinc tin oxide (IZTO) films. IZTO films deposited on flexible clear polyimide (PI) substrate using pulsed direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering at room temperature under various oxygen partial pressures. All IZTO films deposited at room temperature exhibit an amorphous structure. The electrical and optical properties of the IZTO films were sensitively influenced by oxygen partial pressures. At optimized deposition condition of 3.0% oxygen partial pressure, the IZTO film shows the lowest resistivity of 6.4 × 10−4 Ωcm, high transmittance of over 80% in the visible range, and figure of merit value of 3.6 × 10−3 Ω−1 without any heat controls. In addition, high work function and good mechanical flexibility of amorphous IZTO films are beneficial to flexible applications. It is proven that the proper oxygen partial pressure is important parameter to enhance the transparent conducting properties of IZTO films on PI substrate deposited at room temperature. - Highlights: • Indium zinc tin oxide (IZTO) films were deposited on polyimide at room temperature. • Transparent conducting properties of IZTO were influenced with oxygen partial pressure. • The smooth surface and high work function of IZTO were beneficial to anode layer. • The mechanical reliability of IZTO shows better performance to indium tin oxide film

  14. Amorphous silica nanoparticles trigger nitric oxide/peroxynitrite imbalance in human endothelial cells: inflammatory and cytotoxic effects

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    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available J Jose Corbalan1,2, Carlos Medina1, Adam Jacoby2, Tadeusz Malinski2, Marek W Radomski11School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Panoz Institute, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland; 2Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USABackground: The purpose of this study was to investigate the mechanism of noxious effects of amorphous silica nanoparticles on human endothelial cells.Methods: Nanoparticle uptake was examined by transmission electron microscopy. Electrochemical nanosensors were used to measure the nitric oxide (NO and peroxynitrite (ONOO- released by a single cell upon nanoparticle stimulation. The downstream inflammatory effects were measured by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction, and flow cytometry, and cytotoxicity was measured by lactate dehydrogenase assay.Results: We found that the silica nanoparticles penetrated the plasma membrane and rapidly stimulated release of cytoprotective NO and, to a greater extent, production of cytotoxic ONOO-. The low [NO]/[ONOO-] ratio indicated increased nitroxidative/oxidative stress and correlated closely with endothelial inflammation and necrosis. This imbalance was associated with nuclear factor κB activation, upregulation of key inflammatory factors, and cell death. These effects were observed in a nanoparticle size-dependent and concentration-dependent manner.Conclusion: The [NO]/[ONOO-] imbalance induced by amorphous silica nanoparticles indicates a potentially deleterious effect of silica nanoparticles on vascular endothelium.Keywords: amorphous silica nanoparticles, nanotoxicology, nitric oxide, peroxynitrite, inflammation, risk factors

  15. Ballistic impact properties of mixed multi-layered amorphous surface alloyed materials fabricated by high-energy electron-beam irradiation

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    The objective of this study is to investigate ballistic impact properties of multi-layered amorphous surface alloyed materials fabricated by high-energy electron-beam irradiation. The mixture of Zr-based amorphous alloy powders and LiF+MgF2 flux powders was deposited on a Ti alloy substrate, and then electron beam was irradiated on this powder mixture to fabricate an one-layered surface alloyed material. On top of this layer, the powder mixture was deposited again and then irradiated with electron beam whose beam current was decreased to fabricate the multi-layered surface alloyed material. In the mixed multi-layered surface alloyed materials fabricated with LM1 alloy powders and LM2 or LM10 alloy powders, the surface region consisted of amorphous phases, together with a small amount of crystalline particles, whereas the center region was complicatedly composed of amorphous phases, crystallized phases, and dendritic β phases. Since the surface region mostly composed of amorphous matrix was quite hard, the alloyed materials sufficiently blocked the travel of a projectile. When cracks formed at the surface region propagated into the center region, the formation of many cracks or debris was accelerated, which could beneficially work for absorbing the ballistic impact energy, thereby leading to the higher ballistic impact properties than the surface alloyed materials fabricated with LM1 or LM2 alloy powders

  16. Analysis of the porosity distribution of mixed oxide pins

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    In the frame of the Joint Irradiation Program IVO-FR2-Vg7 between the Centre of Nuclear Research of Karlsruhe (KfK), the irradiation of 30 mixed-oxide fuel rods in the FR2 experimental reactor was carried out. The pins were located in 10 single-walled NaK capsules. The behaviour of the fuel during its burnup was studied, mainly, the rest-porosity and cracking distribution in the pellet, partial densification, etc. In this work 3 pins from the capsule No. 165 were analyzed. The experimental results (pore and cracking profiles) were interpreted by the fuel rod code SATURN. (Author) 20 refs

  17. Irradiation creep of the mixed oxide UPuO2

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    The irradiation creep under compression of the mixed oxide UO2-PuO2 was studied up to fission yields of 6x1013fcm-3s-1, under stresses -2, in the temperature range 700-900 deg C. The creep rate is proportional to the applied stress and fission yield, athermal in the studied temperature range and non-dependent of burnup (up to 30000MWjt-1). In a sample under compression, swelling is observed due to the formation of fission products during the irradiation and the swelling rate is of the same order that in a cladded fuel element

  18. Structural and thermal investigation of gadolinium gallium mixed oxides obtained by coprecipitation: Observation of a new metastable phase

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    Bazzoni, Marco; Bettinelli, Marco; Daldosso, Matteo; Enzo, Stefano; Serra, Filomena; Speghini, Adolfo

    2005-07-01

    Polycrystalline gadolinium gallium mixed oxides were prepared by coprecipitation and annealing at various temperatures below 1000 °C. The oxide materials appear to be X-ray amorphous after a heat treatment at 500 °C for 30 h, but after 30 h at 800 and 900 °C a major, unreported, hexagonal phase, isostructural with TAlO 3 compounds (where T=Y, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er) appears to crystallize. On the other hand, a highly energetic mechanical treatment of the amorphous powder previously annealed at 500 °C changes considerably the shape and position of exothermal events occurring in the range from 700 up to 900 °C. Subsequent annealing at 900 °C of the mechanically treated powder gives rise to the complete formation of the Gd 3Ga 5O 12 garnet structure at the expense of the hexagonal phase and of the minor Gd 4Ga 2O 9 oxide phase. However, a 7.0 wt% contamination is found to be due to tetragonal zirconia coming from vials and balls colliding media. The garnet phase may have strong deviations from the nominal stoichiometry of the garnet, as suggested by the refined lattice parameter obtained from the powder diffraction patterns and by the remarkable absence of intensity relative to the (220) Bragg peak position.

  19. Structural and thermal investigation of gadolinium gallium mixed oxides obtained by coprecipitation: Observation of a new metastable phase

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    Polycrystalline gadolinium gallium mixed oxides were prepared by coprecipitation and annealing at various temperatures below 1000 deg. C. The oxide materials appear to be X-ray amorphous after a heat treatment at 500 deg. C for 30 h, but after 30 h at 800 and 900 deg. C a major, unreported, hexagonal phase, isostructural with TAlO3 compounds (where T=Y, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er) appears to crystallize. On the other hand, a highly energetic mechanical treatment of the amorphous powder previously annealed at 500 deg. C changes considerably the shape and position of exothermal events occurring in the range from 700 up to 900 deg. C. Subsequent annealing at 900 deg. C of the mechanically treated powder gives rise to the complete formation of the Gd3Ga5O12 garnet structure at the expense of the hexagonal phase and of the minor Gd4Ga2O9 oxide phase. However, a 7.0 wt% contamination is found to be due to tetragonal zirconia coming from vials and balls colliding media. The garnet phase may have strong deviations from the nominal stoichiometry of the garnet, as suggested by the refined lattice parameter obtained from the powder diffraction patterns and by the remarkable absence of intensity relative to the (220) Bragg peak position

  20. Determination of photocatalytic activity in amorphous and crystalline titanium oxide films prepared using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Wu, Cheng-Yang; Chiang, Bo-Sheng; Chang, Springfield; Liu, Day-Shan

    2011-01-01

    Hydro-oxygenated amorphous titanium oxide (a-TiO x:OH) films were prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) using precursors of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and oxygen. The influences of chemical states and crystal quality on the photocatalytic activity were systematically investigated in the as-deposited and post-annealed films. The degree of the photocatalytic activity was deeply correlated with the porosity related to the hydroxyl (OH) groups in the as-deposited amorphous film. The crystallized anatase structures was observed from the 200 °C-deposited a-TiO x:OH film after a post-annealing treatment at 400 °C. The photocatalytic activity related to the film with anatase structure was markedly superior to that of an amorphous film with porous structures. The larger the crystal size of the anatase structure, the higher the photocatalytic activity obtained. At elevated annealed temperatures, the inferior anatase structure due to the crystalline transformation led to a low photocatalytic activity. It was concluded that the photocatalytic activity of an amorphous TiO x film prepared using PECVD was determined by the porosity originating from the functional OH groups in the film, whereas the crystalline quality of anatase phase in the annealed poly-TiO x film was crucial to the photocatalytic activity.

  1. Determination of the optical band gap for amorphous and nanocrystalline copper oxide thin films prepared by SILAR technique

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    Abdel Rafea, M; Roushdy, N [Electronic Materials Department, Advanced Technologies and New Materials Institute, Mubarak City for Scientific Research and Technology Applications, PO Box 21934, New Borg El-Arab City, Alexandria (Egypt)], E-mail: m.abdelrafea@mucsat.sci.eg

    2009-01-07

    Amorphous copper oxide films were deposited using the SILAR technique. Both Cu{sub 2}O and CuO crystallographic phases exist in deposited and annealed films. Crystallization and growth processes by annealing at temperatures up to 823 K form grains with nano- and micro-spherical shapes. The calculated crystallite size from the XRD measurement was found to be in the range 14-21 nm while nano-spheres in the diameter range 50-100 nm were observed by SEM micrographs. The band gap for amorphous film was found to be 2.3 eV which increased slowly to 2.4 eV by annealing the film at 373 K. This was explained by defect redistribution in amorphous films. Annealing in the temperature range 373-673 K decreased the band gap gradually to 1.85 eV. The decrease of the band gap with annealing temperature in the range 373-673 K agrees well with the Brus model of the energy gap confinement effect in nanostructured semiconducting materials. Annealing in the temperature range 673-823 K decreases the band gap slowly to 1.7 eV due to the smaller contribution of the confinement effect. Below 573 K, Cu{sub 2}O is the most probable crystalline phase in the film, while Cu{sub 2}O and CuO crystalline phases may coexist at annealing temperatures above 573 K due to further oxidation of Cu{sub 2}O. A wider transmittance spectral window in the visible region was obtained by controlling the annealing conditions of the amorphous copper oxide film and its applicability to the window layer of solar cell was suggested.

  2. Determination of the optical band gap for amorphous and nanocrystalline copper oxide thin films prepared by SILAR technique

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    Amorphous copper oxide films were deposited using the SILAR technique. Both Cu2O and CuO crystallographic phases exist in deposited and annealed films. Crystallization and growth processes by annealing at temperatures up to 823 K form grains with nano- and micro-spherical shapes. The calculated crystallite size from the XRD measurement was found to be in the range 14-21 nm while nano-spheres in the diameter range 50-100 nm were observed by SEM micrographs. The band gap for amorphous film was found to be 2.3 eV which increased slowly to 2.4 eV by annealing the film at 373 K. This was explained by defect redistribution in amorphous films. Annealing in the temperature range 373-673 K decreased the band gap gradually to 1.85 eV. The decrease of the band gap with annealing temperature in the range 373-673 K agrees well with the Brus model of the energy gap confinement effect in nanostructured semiconducting materials. Annealing in the temperature range 673-823 K decreases the band gap slowly to 1.7 eV due to the smaller contribution of the confinement effect. Below 573 K, Cu2O is the most probable crystalline phase in the film, while Cu2O and CuO crystalline phases may coexist at annealing temperatures above 573 K due to further oxidation of Cu2O. A wider transmittance spectral window in the visible region was obtained by controlling the annealing conditions of the amorphous copper oxide film and its applicability to the window layer of solar cell was suggested.

  3. Preparation of Well Dispersed and Ultra-Fine Ce(Zr)O2 Mixed Oxide by Mechanochemical Processing

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    程昌明; 李永绣; 周雪珍; 陈伟凡

    2004-01-01

    Ultra-fine CeO2-ZrO2 mixed oxide was successfully synthesized by wet-solid phase mechanochemical processing, Ce2(CO3)3·8H2O, ZrOCl2·xH2O and ammonia were used as reactants. It is found that the crystalline Ce2(CO3)3·8H2O and ZrOCl2·xH2O are changed to amorphous cerium and zirconium hydroxide precursor after milling with ammonia, and Ce0.15Zr0.85O2 mixed oxide with pure tetragonal phase structure and medium particle size(D50)less than 1μm is formed by calcining precursor over 673 K. The XRD patterns indicate that the crystal unite size increases with rising calcining temperature due to crystal growth. However, the particle size and BET surface area of the Ce(Zr)O2 mixed oxide decreases with rising calcining temperature, which may be attributed to the contract of particles and the vanish of holes inside grains.

  4. Mechanism of Selenite Removal by a Mixed Adsorbent Based on Fe–Mn Hydrous Oxides Studied Using X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy

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    2014-11-18

    © 2014 American Chemical Society. Selenium cycling in the environment is greatly controlled by various minerals, including Mn and Fe hydrous oxides. At the same time, such hydrous oxides are the main inorganic ion exchangers suitable (on the basis of their chemical nature) to sorb (toxic) anions, separating them from water solutions. The mechanism of selenite adsorption by the new mixed adsorbent composed of a few (amorphous and crystalline) phases [maghemite, MnCO3, and X-ray amorphous Fe(III) and Mn(III) hydrous oxides] was studied by extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy [supported by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) data]. The complexity of the porous adsorbent, especially the presence of the amorphous phases of Fe(III) and Mn(III) hydrous oxides, is the main reason for its high selenite removal performance demonstrated by batch and column adsorption studies shown in the previous work. Selenite was bound to the material via inner-sphere complexation (via oxygen) to the adsorption sites of the amorphous Fe(III) and Mn(III) oxides. This anion was attracted via bidentate binuclear corner-sharing coordination between SeO3 2- trigonal pyramids and both FeO6 and MnO6 octahedra; however, the adsorption sites of Fe(III) hydrous oxides played a leading role in selenite removal. The contribution of the adsorption sites of Mn(III) oxide increased as the pH decreased from 8 to 6. Because most minerals have a complex structure (they are seldom based on individual substances) of various crystallinity, this work is equally relevant to environmental science and environmental technology because it shows how various solid phases control cycling of chemical elements in the environment.

  5. Preparation of uniform nanoparticles of ultra-high purity metal oxides, mixed metal oxides, metals, and metal alloys

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    Woodfield, Brian F.; Liu, Shengfeng; Boerio-Goates, Juliana; Liu, Qingyuan; Smith, Stacey Janel

    2012-07-03

    In preferred embodiments, metal nanoparticles, mixed-metal (alloy) nanoparticles, metal oxide nanoparticles and mixed-metal oxide nanoparticles are provided. According to embodiments, the nanoparticles may possess narrow size distributions and high purities. In certain preferred embodiments, methods of preparing metal nanoparticles, mixed-metal nanoparticles, metal oxide nanoparticles and mixed-metal nanoparticles are provided. These methods may provide tight control of particle size, size distribution, and oxidation state. Other preferred embodiments relate to a precursor material that may be used to form nanoparticles. In addition, products prepared from such nanoparticles are disclosed.

  6. Ion sensing properties of vanadium/tungsten mixed oxides

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    Guidelli, Eder Jose, E-mail: ederguidelli@gmail.com [Departamento de Fisica e Matematica, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciencias e Letras de Ribeirao Preto, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Av. Bandeirantes, 3900, 14040-901, Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil); Guerra, Elidia Maria [Universidade Federal de Sao Joao Del Rei, CAP, Ouro Branco-MG (Brazil); Mulato, Marcelo [Departamento de Fisica e Matematica, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciencias e Letras de Ribeirao Preto, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Av. Bandeirantes, 3900, 14040-901, Ribeirao Preto, SP (Brazil)

    2011-02-15

    Vanadium/tungsten mixed oxide (V{sub 2}O{sub 5}/WO{sub 3}) sensing membranes were deposited on glassy carbon substrates and used as the H{sup +} sensor of the extended gate field effect transistor (EGFET) device. X-ray diffractograms indicated a decrease of the interplanar spacing of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} after the insertion of WO{sub 3} revealing that the lamellar structure is under compressive stress. The crystallinity increases with increasing WO{sub 3} molar ratio. The film is not homogeneous, with more WO{sub 3} material sitting at the surface. This influences the response of pH sensors using the EGFET configuration. The maximum sensitivity of 68 mV pH{sup -1} was obtained for the sample with 5% WO{sub 3} molar ratio. For higher WO{sub 3} molar ratios, the behavior is not linear. It can be concluded that V{sub 2}O{sub 5} dominates for acidic solutions while WO{sub 3} dominates for basic solutions. Therefore, the mixed oxide with low amount of WO{sub 3} is the main candidate for further use as biosensor.

  7. Ion sensing properties of vanadium/tungsten mixed oxides

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    Vanadium/tungsten mixed oxide (V2O5/WO3) sensing membranes were deposited on glassy carbon substrates and used as the H+ sensor of the extended gate field effect transistor (EGFET) device. X-ray diffractograms indicated a decrease of the interplanar spacing of V2O5 after the insertion of WO3 revealing that the lamellar structure is under compressive stress. The crystallinity increases with increasing WO3 molar ratio. The film is not homogeneous, with more WO3 material sitting at the surface. This influences the response of pH sensors using the EGFET configuration. The maximum sensitivity of 68 mV pH-1 was obtained for the sample with 5% WO3 molar ratio. For higher WO3 molar ratios, the behavior is not linear. It can be concluded that V2O5 dominates for acidic solutions while WO3 dominates for basic solutions. Therefore, the mixed oxide with low amount of WO3 is the main candidate for further use as biosensor.

  8. Effect of Oxygen and Diborane Gas Ratio on P-type Amorphous Silicon Oxide films and Its Application to Amorphous Silicon Solar Cells

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available We reported diborane (B2H6 doped wide bandgap hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (p-type a-SiOx:H filmsprepared by using silane (SiH4 hydrogen (H2 and nitrous oxide (N2O in a radio frequency (RF plasma enhancedchemical vapor deposition (PECVD system. We improved the Eopt and conductivity of p-type a-SiOx:H films withvarious N2O and B2H6 ratios and applied those films in regards to the a-Si thin film solar cells. For the single layerp-type a-SiOx:H films, we achieved an optical band gap energy (Eopt of 1.91 and 1.99 eV, electrical conductivity ofapproximately 10-7 S/cm and activation energy (Ea of 0.57 to 0.52 eV with various N2O and B2H6 ratios. We appliedthose films for the a-Si thin film solar cell and the current-voltage characteristics are as given as: Voc = 853 and842 mV, Jsc = 13.87 and 15.13 mA/cm2. FF = 0.645 and 0.656 and η = 7.54 and 8.36% with B2H6 ratios of 0.5 and 1%respectively.

  9. Oxidation and Carbidation of Laser-Ablated Amorphized Ti Particles in Carbon Monoxide

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    Jandová, Věra; Kupčík, Jaroslav; Bastl, Zdeněk; Šubrt, Jan; Pola, Josef

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 19, MAY (2013), s. 104-110. ISSN 1293-2558 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 ; RVO:61388980 ; RVO:61388955 Keywords : titanium * laser ablation * amorphization Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 1.679, year: 2013

  10. Structure and Catalytic Behavior of CuO-ZrO-CeO2 Mixed Oxides

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    王恩过; 陈诵英

    2002-01-01

    The effect of doping CuO on the structure and properties of zirconia-ceria mixed oxide was studied. The results show that addition of CuO decreases the reduction temperature of ceria, and stabilizes the cubic structure of mixed oxides, and enhances catalytic activity of CuO-ZrO-CeO2 mixed oxides for CO oxidation. Increasing ceria content in the mixed oxides can enhance the catalytic activity, but some impurities such as sulfate make catalytic activity falling. There is little effect of calcination temperature on catalytic activities, implying that these catalysts are effective with good thermal stability.

  11. Mixed oxide fuel development for the Indian Nuclear Power Programme

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    The Indian Nuclear Power Programme at present is based mainly on Pressurized Heavy Water Reactors (LHWRs) with the exception of two Boiling Water Reactors (BWRs) in operation since 1969. The former use Zircaloy-clad natural uranium oxide (Nat.UO2) fuel and the latter low enriched uranium oxide (LEU) fuel elements. India has adopted the philosophy of closed fuel cycle and recycling of plutonium (Pu) essentially in the fast reactor programme. However, due to slower progress of fast reactor programme, utilization of plutonium as mixed oxide (MOX) fuel in a recycle mode in the thermal reactors is contemplated as an interim measure. Studies have been carried out for the introduction of MOX in the PHWR cores using identical Zircaloy hardware as for natural uranium core, consisting of 19-rod fuel bundles. Some of the fuel characteristics for extended burn-up such as higher grain size, controlled porosity, etc. had been under study. These studies enabled working out an appropriate flow-sheet and establishing the requirements of process machinery and equipment for MOX fuel manufacturing plant. The standard process flow-sheet for ceramic fuel fabrication by pelletizing route has been adopted for manufacturing, with selection of some of the process steps to suit glove-box operations. 3 refs, 5 figs, 4 tabs

  12. Mass transport in mixed conducting perovskite related oxides

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    Shaw, C K M

    2001-01-01

    mechanical and chemical stability of LSCN under practical operating temperatures have been measured and related to long term stability in typical SOFC assemblies. The phase stability and the effect of preparation conditions under different atmospheres on La sub 2 Ni sub 1 sub - sub x Co sub x O sub 4 sub + subdelta compounds were examined using high temperature X-ray diffraction. Fast oxygen uptake at low temperatures was observed in these studies indicating rapid oxygen diffusion, which was confirmed by isotope exchange investigations. The oxygen diffusion and surface exchange data obtained from IEDP-SIMS measurements of La sub 2 Ni sub 0 sub . sub 8 Co sub 0 sub . sub 2 O sub 4 sub + subdelta have enabled suppositions to be made regarding the reduction process and aided further interpretation of the defect model for these oxides. Mixed ionic electronic conducting oxides of the perovskite structure have attracted great interest in the field of solid oxide electrochemical devices. Their ability to allow poten...

  13. Iron-tellurium-selenium mixed oxide catalysts for the selective oxidation of propylene to acrolein

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    This paper reports on iron-tellurium-selenium mixed oxide catalysts prepared by coprecipitation from aqueous solution investigated for the propylene to acrolein reaction in the temperature range 543-773 K. Infrared spectroscopy, electron dispersive X-ray analysis, X-ray diffraction, and isotopic tracer techniques have also been employed to characterize this catalytic system. Properties of the Fe-Te-Se mixed oxide catalysts have been compared with Fe-Te mixed oxides in an effort to deduce the functionality of Se. The selenium in the Fe-Te-Se-O catalyst has been found to be the hydrocarbon activating site. The activation energies for the acrolein and carbon dioxide formation are 71 and 54 kJ/mol, respectively. Reactions carried out with 18O2 have shown lattice oxygen to be primarily responsible for the formation of both acrolein and carbon dioxide. The initial and rate-determining step for acrolein formation is hydrogen abstraction as determined by an isotope effect associated with the C3D6 reaction. No isotope effect is observed for carbon dioxide formation from C3D6 suggesting that CO2 is formed by parallel, not consecutive, oxidation of propylene

  14. Ion beam mixed oxidation protective coating on Zry-4 cladding

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    Park, Jae-Won; Kim, Jae-Un; Park, Jeong-Yong

    2016-06-01

    In this study, SiC was coated on the surface of Zry-4 cladding to improve the oxidation protectiveness. In the coating of SiC onto Zry-4, the prime concern was adhesion at an elevated temperature. Here, a 70 keV N ion beam was irradiated onto a SiC coating layer of ∼100 nm in thickness; this was deposited via the e-beam evaporation method. Additional coating to a target thickness was then carried out. The films deposited without ion-beam mixing (IBM) often peeled-off at an elevated temperature, while the IBM SiC film always adhered to Zry-4, even after heating to ∼1000 °C; at such a temperature, however, cracks formed in the film. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis showed that the deposited SiC film contained about 20 at.% of O, while after annealing in air, 76 at.% of O was found on the surface layer. This implied that both the surface of SiC film and Zry-4 in the crack lines were oxidized. Comparing the Zr3d peak positions across the interface, a shift of binding energy by ∼1 eV was detected, representing that, in view of favorable thermodynamics, SiC/Zry-4 seems to be an acceptable system to apply IBM. To heal the crack, the process of IBM for a 1 μm thick coating and annealing was repeated. High-resolution field emission secondary electron microscopy (FE-SEM) showed that the crack lines, the main places at which oxidation occurred, were gradually covered as the process was repeated, ensuring enhanced oxidation protectiveness.

  15. Codoping of zinc and tungsten for practical high-performance amorphous indium-based oxide thin film transistors

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    Using practical high-density sputtering targets, we investigated the effect of Zn and W codoping on the thermal stability of the amorphous film and the electrical characteristics in thin film transistors. zinc oxide is a potentially conductive component while W oxide is an oxygen vacancy suppressor in oxide films. The oxygen vacancy from In-O and Zn-O was suppressed by the W additive because of the high oxygen bond dissociation energy. With controlled codoping of W and Zn, we demonstrated a high mobility with a maximum mobility of 40 cm2/V s with good stability under a negative bias stress in InWZnO thin film transistors

  16. Advantages of using amorphous indium zinc oxide films for window layer in Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells

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    The advantages of using indium zinc oxide (IZO) films instead of conventional Ga-doped zinc oxide (ZnO:Ga) films for Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells are described. The electrical properties of IZO are independent of film thickness. IZO films have higher mobility (30–40 cm2/Vs) and lower resistivity (4–5 × 10−4 Ω cm) compared to ZnO:Ga films deposited without intentional heating, because the number of grain boundaries in amorphous IZO films is small. The properties of a CIGS solar cell using IZO at the window layer were better than those obtained using a conventional ZnO:Ga at the window layer; moreover, the properties tended to be independent of thickness. These results indicate that use of IZO as a transparent conducting oxide layer is expected to increase the efficiency of CIGS solar cells.

  17. Codoping of zinc and tungsten for practical high-performance amorphous indium-based oxide thin film transistors

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    Kizu, Takio, E-mail: KIZU.Takio@nims.go.jp, E-mail: TSUKAGOSHI.Kazuhito@nims.go.jp; Mitoma, Nobuhiko; Tsukagoshi, Kazuhito, E-mail: KIZU.Takio@nims.go.jp, E-mail: TSUKAGOSHI.Kazuhito@nims.go.jp [International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Miyanaga, Miki; Awata, Hideaki [Advanced Materials R& D Laboratories, Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd., 1-1-1 Koyakita, Itami, Hyogo 664-0016 (Japan); Nabatame, Toshihide [MANA Foundry and MANA Advanced Device Materials Group, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan)

    2015-09-28

    Using practical high-density sputtering targets, we investigated the effect of Zn and W codoping on the thermal stability of the amorphous film and the electrical characteristics in thin film transistors. zinc oxide is a potentially conductive component while W oxide is an oxygen vacancy suppressor in oxide films. The oxygen vacancy from In-O and Zn-O was suppressed by the W additive because of the high oxygen bond dissociation energy. With controlled codoping of W and Zn, we demonstrated a high mobility with a maximum mobility of 40 cm{sup 2}/V s with good stability under a negative bias stress in InWZnO thin film transistors.

  18. Amorphous film thickness dependence for epitaxy of perovskite oxide films under excimer laser irradiation

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    We have studied the epitaxial growth of perovskite manganite LaMnO3 (LMO) on SrTiO3(1 0 0) in the excimer laser assisted metal organic deposition process. The LMO was preferentially grown from the substrate surface by the KrF laser irradiation. The study of amorphous LMO film thickness dependence on epitaxial growth under the excimer laser irradiation revealed that the photo-thermal heating effect strongly depended on the amorphous film thickness due to a low thermal conductivity of amorphous LMO: the ion-migration for chemical bond-forming at the reaction interface would be strongly enhanced in the amorphous LMO film with the large film thickness about 210 nm. On the other hand, the photo-chemical effect occurred efficiently for the amorphous film thickness in the range of 35-210 nm. These results indicate that the epitaxial growing rate was dominated by the photo-thermal heating after the photo-chemical activation at the growth interface.

  19. Supported Mixed Oxide Catalysts for the Total Oxidation of Volatile Organic Compounds

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    Kovanda, F.; Jirátová, Květa

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 176, č. 1 (2011), s. 110-115. ISSN 0920-5861. [International Symposium on Air Pollution Abatement Catalysis (APAC) /2./. Cracow, 08.09.2010-10.09.2010] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP106/10/1762; GA ČR GA106/09/1664 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : layered double hydroxides * mixed oxides * ethanol total oxidation Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 3.407, year: 2011

  20. Emission computer tomography on a Dodewaard mixed oxide fuel pin

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    A nondestructive technique as well as a destructive PIE technique have been used to verify the results obtained with a newly 8-e computer tomography (GECT) system. Multi isotope Scanning (MIS), electron probe micro analysis (EPMA) and GECT were used on a mixed oxide (MOX) fuel rod from the Dodewaard reactor with an average burnup of 24 MWd/kg fuel. GECT shows migration of Cs to the periphery of fuel pellets and to radial cracks and pores in the fuel, whereas MIS shows Cs migration to pellet interfaces. The EPMA technique appeared not to be useful to show migration of Cs but, it shows the distribution of fission products from Pu. EPMA clearly shows the distribution of fission products from Pu, but did not reveal the Cs-migration. (orig./HP)

  1. Mixed oxide fuel dissolution: Program of studies and first results

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    Aiming at decreasing enriched uranium needs and at a valorization of plutonium from reprocessing of PWR spent fuels, Electricite de France decided, since fall 1987, to introduce mixed oxide UO2 - PuO2 fuel elements at a ratio Pu/(U+Pu) between 5 and 9 %. 1/3 of reactor load is so replaced by recycled plutonium. It was necessary to verify that the dissolution of these fuels in industrial conditions does not PuO2 residues. First tests show that dissolution kinetics and relative losts in U and Pu (respectively 0.01 % and 0.03 % after 3 hours in boiling nitric acid) are close to those obtained with standard enriched UO2 fuels

  2. Yttrium bismuth titanate pyrochlore mixed oxides for photocatalytic hydrogen production

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    Merka, Oliver

    2012-10-18

    In this work, the sol-gel synthesis of new non-stoichiometric pyrochlore titanates and their application in photocatalytic hydrogen production is reported. Visible light response is achieved by introducing bismuth on the A site or by doping the B site by transition metal cations featuring partially filled d orbitals. This work clearly focusses on atomic scale structural changes induced by the systematical introduction of non-stoichiometry in pyrochlore mixed oxides and the resulting influence on the activity in photocatalytic hydrogen production. The materials were characterized in detail regarding their optical properties and their atomic structure. The pyrochlore structure tolerates tremendous stoichiometry variations. The non-stoichiometry in A{sub 2}O{sub 3} rich compositions is compensated by distortions in the cationic sub-lattice for the smaller Y{sup 3+} cation and by evolution of a secondary phase for the larger Bi{sup 3+} cation on the A site. For TiO{sub 2} rich compositions, the non-stoichiometry leads to a special vacancy formation in the A and optionally O' sites. It is shown that pyrochlore mixed oxides in the yttrium bismuth titanate system represent very active and promising materials for photocatalytic hydrogen production, if precisely and carefully tuned. Whereas Y{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} yields stable hydrogen production rates over time, the bismuth richer compounds of YBiTi{sub 2}O{sub 7} and Bi{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} are found to be not stable under irradiation. This drawback is overcome by applying a special co-catalyst system consisting of a precious metal core and a Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} shell on the photocatalysts.

  3. Calculational Benchmark Problems for VVER-1000 Mixed Oxide Fuel Cycle

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    Emmett, M.B.

    2000-03-17

    Standard problems were created to test the ability of American and Russian computational methods and data regarding the analysis of the storage and handling of Russian pressurized water reactor (VVER) mixed oxide fuel. Criticality safety and radiation shielding problems were analyzed. Analysis of American and Russian multiplication factors for fresh fuel storage for low-enriched uranium (UOX), weapons- (MOX-W) and reactor-grade (MOX-R) MOX differ by less than 2% for all variations of water density. For shielding calculations for fresh fuel, the ORNL results for the neutron source differ from the Russian results by less than 1% for UOX and MOX-R and by approximately 3% for MOX-W. For shielding calculations for fresh fuel assemblies, neutron dose rates at the surface of the assemblies differ from the Russian results by 5% to 9%; the level of agreement for gamma dose varies depending on the type of fuel, with UOX differing by the largest amount. The use of different gamma group structures and instantaneous versus asymptotic decay assumptions also complicate the comparison. For the calculation of dose rates from spent fuel in a shipping cask, the neutron source for UOX after 3-year cooling is within 1% and for MOX-W within 5% of one of the Russian results while the MOX-R difference is the largest at over 10%. These studies are a portion of the documentation required by the Russian nuclear regulatory authority, GAN, in order to certify Russian programs and data as being acceptably accurate for the analysis of mixed oxide fuels.

  4. Effects of amorphous silica coating on cerium oxide nanoparticles induced pulmonary responses

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    Ma, Jane; Mercer, Robert R.; Barger, Mark; Schwegler-Berry, Diane; Cohen, Joel M.; Demokritou, Philip; Castranova, Vincent

    2015-01-01

    Recently cerium compounds have been used in a variety of consumer products, including diesel fuel additives, to increase fuel combustion efficiency and decrease diesel soot emissions. However, cerium oxide (CeO2) nanoparticles have been detected in the exhaust, which raises a health concern. Previous studies have shown that exposure of rats to nanoscale CeO2 by intratracheal instillation (IT) induces sustained pulmonary inflammation and fibrosis. In the present study, male Sprague–Dawley rats were exposed to CeO2 or CeO2 coated with a nano layer of amorphous SiO2 (aSiO2/CeO2) by a single IT and sacrificed at various times post-exposure to assess potential protective effects of the aSiO2 coating. The first acellular bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and BAL cells were collected and analyzed from all exposed animals. At the low dose (0.15 mg/kg), CeO2 but not aSiO2/CeO2 exposure induced inflammation. However, at the higher doses, both particles induced a dose-related inflammation, cytotoxicity, inflammatory cytokines, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9, and tissue inhibitor of MMP at 1 day post-exposure. Morphological analysis of lung showed an increased inflammation, surfactant and collagen fibers after CeO2 (high dose at 3.5 mg/kg) treatment at 28 days post-exposure. aSiO2 coating significantly reduced CeO2-induced inflammatory responses in the airspace and appeared to attenuate phospholipidosis and fibrosis. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis showed Ce and phosphorous (P) in all particle-exposed lungs, whereas Si was only detected in aSiO2/CeO2-exposed lungs up to 3 days after exposure, suggesting that aSiO2 dissolved off the CeO2 core, and some of the CeO2 was transformed to CePO4 with time. These results demonstrate that aSiO2 coating reduce CeO2-induced inflammation, phospholipidosis and fibrosis. PMID:26210349

  5. Heterogeneous Partial (amm) Oxidation and Oxidative Dehydrogenation Catalysis on Mixed Metal Oxides

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    2016-01-01

    This paper presents an overview of heterogeneous partial (amm)oxidation and oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) of hydrocarbons. The review has been voluntarily restricted to metal oxide-type catalysts, as the partial oxidation field is very broad and the number of catalysts is quite high. The main factors of solid catalysts for such reactions, designated by Grasselli as the " seven pillars " , and playing a determining role in catalytic properties, are considered to be, namely: isolation of acti...

  6. Single-component routes to perovskite phase mixed metal oxides

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    This paper reports that crystalline perovskite phase mixed metal oxides have been prepared at low temperatures from single-component mixed metal-organic precursors specifically designed for this purpose. Pyridine solutions of divalent metal α-hydroxycarboxylates of general empirical formula A(O2CMe2OH)2 where A = Pb, Ca, Sr, Ba: Me = methyl, react with metal alkoxide compounds such as B(OR')4, where B = Ti, Zr, Sn with the elimination of two equivalents of alcohol to form species with a fixed A:B stoichiometry of 1:1 according to the equation below. A(O2C(CMe2OH)2 + B(OR')4 > A(O2CCMe2O)2B(OR')2 + 2HOR'. Hydrolysis of these solutions with an excess of water results in homogeneous clear solutions from which white or pale yellow solids can be isolated, by evaporation of the volatile components in vacuo. Thermolysis at 350 degrees C in O2 resulted in formation of crystalline perovskite phase products for the representative examples PbTiO3, PbZrO3, BaTiO3 CaTiO3 and BaSnO3

  7. The melting behaviour of uranium/neptunium mixed oxides

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    Highlights: • Melting temperatures in the (UO2 + NpO2) system have been measured by laser heating and fast pyrometry. • The melting behaviour of this system is satisfactorily described by an ideal solution model. • Raman spectroscopy demonstrates that blending and sintering of UO2 and NpO2 results in the formation of oxygen defects. • Addition of NpO2 to a UO2 matrix does not lead to significant chemical or thermal changes. - Abstract: The melting behaviour in the pseudo-binary system (UO2 + NpO2) has been studied experimentally for the first time in this work with the help of laser heating under controlled atmosphere. It has been observed that the solidus and liquidus lines of this system follow an ideal solution behaviour (negligible mixing enthalpy) between the well-established solid/liquid transition temperatures of pure UO2 (3130 K) and that recently assessed for NpO2 (T = 3070 K). Pre- and post-melting material characterizations performed with the help of X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy are also consistent with ideal mixing of the two end members. Such behaviour follows the similar structure and bonding properties of tetravalent uranium and neptunium and the similar melting points of the two oxides. The interest of this investigation is twofold. From a technological viewpoint, it indicates that the incorporation of NpO2 in UO2 fuel or transmutation targets is a viable option to recycle neptunium without inducing any relevant change in the chemical or thermal stability of the uranium dioxide matrix, even up to the melting point. From a more fundamental perspective, it confirms that actinide dioxides, and particularly UO2, tend to mix in a way closer to ideal, the closer are the atomic numbers, 5-f electron shell filling, atomic radii and oxygen potentials of the metals forming the pure dioxides

  8. Amorphous GeOx-Coated Reduced Graphene Oxide Balls with Sandwich Structure for Long-Life Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Choi, Seung Ho; Jung, Kyeong Youl; Kang, Yun Chan

    2015-07-01

    Amorphous GeOx-coated reduced graphene oxide (rGO) balls with sandwich structure are prepared via a spray-pyrolysis process using polystyrene (PS) nanobeads as sacrificial templates. This sandwich structure is formed by uniformly coating the exterior and interior of few-layer rGO with amorphous GeOx layers. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis reveals a Ge:O stoichiometry ratio of 1:1.7. The amorphous GeOx-coated rGO balls with sandwich structure have low charge-transfer resistance and fast Li(+)-ion diffusion rate. For example, at a current density of 2 A g(-1), the GeOx-coated rGO balls with sandwich and filled structures and the commercial GeO2 powders exhibit initial charge capacities of 795, 651, and 634 mA h g(-1), respectively; the corresponding 700th-cycle charge capacities are 758, 579, and 361 mA h g(-1). In addition, at a current density of 5 A g(-1), the rGO balls with sandwich structure have a 1600th-cycle reversible charge capacity of 629 mA h g(-1) and a corresponding capacity retention of 90.7%, as measured from the maximum reversible capacity at the 100th cycle. PMID:26047208

  9. Ethanol Oxidation over Transition Metal Mixed Oxides Supported on Structured Supports

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    Jirátová, Květa; Kovanda, F.; Ludvíková, Jana; Balabánová, Jana; Krejčová, S.

    Prague : J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of ASCR, v.v.i, 2014 - (Žilková, N.; Horáček, M.), Po37 ISBN 978-80-87351-34-5. [Symposium on Catalysis /46./. Prague (CZ), 03.11.2014-05.11.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA14-13750S Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : high catalytic activity * metal mixed oxides * volatile organic compound Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  10. Metal Mixed Oxides and Zeolites in Oxidation of Ethanol and Isopropanol

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    Gaálová, Jana; Jirátová, Květa; Klempa, Jan; Šolcová, Olga; Maupin, I.; Mijoin, J.; Magnoux, P.; Barbier Jr., J.

    - : -, 2014 - (Razeghi, M.), s. 113-120 ISBN 978-1-61804-223-1. [2014 International Conference on Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS '14). Venice (IT), 15.03.2014-17.03.2014] R&D Projects: GA MPO FR-TI1/059 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : ethanol * isopropanol * metal mixed oxide Subject RIV: DK - Soil Contamination ; De-contamination incl. Pesticides http://www.europment.org/library/2014/venice/bypaper/BICHE/BICHE-20.pdf

  11. Metal Mixed Oxides and Zeolites in Oxidation of Ethanol and Isopropanol

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    Gaálová, Jana; Jirátová, Květa; Klempa, Jan; Šolcová, Olga; Maupin, I.; Mijoin, J.; Magnoux, P.; Barbier Jr., J.

    -: -, 2014 - (Razeghi, M.), s. 113-120 ISBN 978-1-61804-223-1. [2014 International Conference on Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS '14). Venice (IT), 15.03.2014-17.03.2014] R&D Projects: GA MPO FR-TI1/059 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : ethanol * isopropanol * metal mixed oxide Subject RIV: DK - Soil Contamination ; De-contamination incl. Pesticides http://www.europment.org/library/2014/venice/bypaper/BICHE/BICHE-20.pdf

  12. Co-Containing Mixed Oxides and Their Activity in Catalytic Decomposition of Nitrous Oxide

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    Obalová, L.; Jirátová, Květa; Kovanda, F.; Pacultová, K.; Lacný, Z.; Mikulová, Z.

    Praha : Process Engineering Publisher, 2004. s. 332. ISBN 80-86059-40-5. [International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2004 /16./. 22.08.2004-26.08.2004, Praha] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA104/04/2116 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4072921 Keywords : catalytic decomposition * mixed oxide s Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  13. Dispersion and interaction of graphene oxide in amorphous and semi-crystalline nano-composites: a PALS study

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    Maurer, Frans H. J.; Arza, Carlos R.

    2015-06-01

    The influence of dispersion and interaction of Graphene Oxide (GO) in semicrystalline Polyhydroxy butyrate (PHB) and glassy amorphous Poly(tBP-oda) is explored by Positron Annihilation Lifetime Spectroscopy (PALS). The ortho-Positronium lifetimes which represent the main free volume hole size of both polymers are mainly affected by the large differences in internal stresses built up by the shrinkage of the polymers during their preparation, restricted by the platelet structure of GO. The ortho-Positronium intensities, which represent the ortho-Positronium formation probabilities, suggest a strong dependency of on the dispersion of the nano-particles and their aspect ratio.

  14. Electromechanical properties of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide transistors structured with an island configuration on plastic

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    Park, Chang Bum; Na, Hyung Il; Yoo, Soon Sung; Park, Kwon-Shik

    2016-03-01

    A comparative study of the electromechanical properties was carried out on a low-temperature-processed amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin-film transistor, particularly with regard to the structural design of the device under the stress accumulation of an outward bending surface. Shown herein is the reliable electromechanical integrity of island-structured devices against the mechanical strain at bending radii of mm order. The onset of crack strain also closely corresponded to the electrical failure of the stressed device. These results revealed that the island configuration on the bending surface effectively suppresses the stress accumulation on sheets composed of inorganic stacked layers in a uniaxial direction.

  15. Ferroelectric switching of poly(vinylidene difluoride-trifluoroethylene) in metal-ferroelectric-semiconductor non-volatile memories with an amorphous oxide semiconductor

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    Gelinck, G.H.; Breemen, A.J.J.M. van; Cobb, B.

    2015-01-01

    Ferroelectric polarization switching of poly(vinylidene difluoride-trifluoroethylene) is investigated in different thin-film device structures, ranging from simple capacitors to dual-gate thin-film transistors (TFT). Indium gallium zinc oxide, a high mobility amorphous oxide material, is used as sem

  16. Understanding the hydrogen and oxygen gas pressure dependence of the tribological properties of silicon oxide-doped hydrogenated amorphous carbon coatings

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    Koshigan, KD; Mangolini, F; McClimon, JB; Vacher, B.; Bec, S; Carpick, RW; Fontaine, J

    2015-01-01

    Silicon oxide-doped hydrogenated amorphous carbons (a–C:H:Si:O) are amorphous thin films used as solid lubricants in a range of commercial applications, thanks to its increased stability in extreme environments, relative to amorphous hydrogenated carbons (a–C:H). This work aims to develop a fundamental understanding of the environmental impact on the tribology of a–C:H:Si:O. Upon sliding an a–C:H:Si:O film against a steel counterbody, two friction regimes develop: high friction in high vacuum...

  17. Methane combustion over lanthanum-based perovskite mixed oxides

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    Arandiyan, Hamidreza [New South Wales Univ., Sydney (Australia). School of Chemical Engineering

    2015-11-01

    This book presents current research into the catalytic combustion of methane using perovskite-type oxides (ABO{sub 3}). Catalytic combustion has been developed as a method of promoting efficient combustion with minimum pollutant formation as compared to conventional catalytic combustion. Recent theoretical and experimental studies have recommended that noble metals supported on (ABO{sub 3}) with well-ordered porous networks show promising redox properties. Three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) materials with interpenetrated and regular mesoporous systems have recently triggered enormous research activity due to their high surface areas, large pore volumes, uniform pore sizes, low cost, environmental benignity, and good chemical stability. These are all highly relevant in terms of the utilization of natural gas in light of recent catalytic innovations and technological advances. The book is of interest to all researchers active in utilization of natural gas with novel catalysts. The research covered comes from the most important industries and research centers in the field. The book serves not only as a text for researcher into catalytic combustion of methane, 3DOM perovskite mixed oxide, but also explores the field of green technologies by experts in academia and industry. This book will appeal to those interested in research on the environmental impact of combustion, materials and catalysis.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of uranium-americium mixed oxides

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    Americium isotopes represent a significant part of high-level and long-lived nuclear waste in spent fuels. Among the envisaged reprocessing scenarios, their transmutation in fast neutron reactors using uranium-americium mixed-oxide pellets (U1-xAmxO2±δ) is a promising option which would help decrease the ecological footprint of ultimate waste repository sites. In this context, this thesis is dedicated to the study of such compounds over a wide range of americium contents (7.5 at.% ≤ Am/(U+Am) ≤ 70 at.%), with an emphasis on their fabrication from single-oxide precursors and the assessment of their structural and thermodynamic stabilities, also taking self-irradiation effects into account. Results highlight the main influence of americium reduction to Am(+III), not only on the mechanisms of solid-state formation of the U1-xAmxO2±δ solid solution, but also on the stabilization of oxidized uranium cations and the formation of defects in the oxygen sublattice such as vacancies and cub-octahedral clusters. In addition, the data acquired concerning the stability of U1-xAmxO2±δ compounds (existence of a miscibility gap, vaporization behavior) were compared to calculations based on new thermodynamic modelling of the U-Am-O ternary system. Finally, α-self-irradiation-induced structural effects on U1-xAmxO2±δ compounds were analyzed using XRD, XAS and TEM, allowing the influence of americium content on the structural swelling to be studied as well as the description of the evolution of radiation-induced structural defects. (author)

  19. Domain structure for an amorphous iridium-oxide water-oxidation catalyst characterized by X-ray pair distribution function analysis.

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    Huang, Jier; Blakemore, James D; Fazi, Diego; Kokhan, Oleksandr; Schley, Nathan D; Crabtree, Robert H; Brudvig, Gary W; Tiede, David M

    2014-02-01

    The domain structure of an amorphous, "blue layer" iridium-oxide water-oxidation catalyst film (BL) electrodeposited from the soluble precursor complex, [Cp*Ir(H2O)3]SO4, was characterized by X-ray pair distribution function (PDF) analysis. The results show that the experimental PDF can be fit remarkably well using a single Ir5O22 cluster extracted from the rutile lattice. The model includes distortions that indicate the presence of Ir(μ-O)3Ir or distorted Ir(μ-O)2Ir substructures, and hence deviations from a rutile structure. The five Ir atom cluster is suggested to represent the population-averaged distribution of metal-oxo clusters in the film. BL is found to be distinguished from other amorphous film water-oxidation catalysts because of the remarkably small domain size and homogeneity. As such, the blue layer catalyst provides a model for investigating ligand-determined metal-oxide cluster assembly and catalyst mechanism. PMID:24336574

  20. Melting behavior of mixed U-Pu oxides under oxidizing conditions

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    Strach, Michal; Manara, Dario; Belin, Renaud C.; Rogez, Jacques

    2016-05-01

    In order to use mixed U-Pu oxide ceramics in present and future nuclear reactors, their physical and chemical properties need to be well determined. The behavior of stoichiometric (U,Pu)O2 compounds is relatively well understood, but the effects of oxygen stoichiometry on the fuel performance and stability are often still obscure. In the present work, a series of laser melting experiments were carried out to determine the impact of an oxidizing atmosphere, and in consequence the departure from a stoichiometric composition on the melting behavior of six mixed uranium plutonium oxides with Pu content ranging from 14 to 62 wt%. The starting materials were disks cut from sintered stoichiometric pellets. For each composition we have performed two laser melting experiments in pressurized air, each consisting of four shots of different duration and intensity. During the experiments we recorded the temperature at the surface of the sample with a pyrometer. Phase transitions were qualitatively identified with the help of a reflected blue laser. The observed phase transitions occur at a systematically lower temperature, the lower the Pu content of the studied sample. It is consistent with the fact that uranium dioxide is easily oxidized at elevated temperatures, forming chemical species rich in oxygen, which melt at a lower temperature and are more volatile. To our knowledge this campaign is a first attempt to quantitatively determine the effect of O/M on the melting temperature of MOX.

  1. Electrochemical Tuning of Amorphous Carbon Amount and Surface Oxidation Degree of Graphitic Quantum Dots.

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    Wang, Jun; Li, Yan; Zhang, Bo-Ping; Ma, Ning; Ge, Juan; Li, Ling; Li, Ting; Liu, Qian-Qian

    2016-04-01

    Graphitic quantum dots (GQDs) have attracted much interesting of researchers because of its amazing optical properties and its ability to be used for many applications. Now, there are various methods have been reported for preparation of GQDs. Among them electrochemical method is simple technology, while it can afford various conditions to realize controllable prepared of GQDs. In this study, we tuned the PH values of electrolyte to probe the relationship of electrolyte environment and GQDs' optical properties as well as to seek the effective controllable condition for GQDs' preparation. It is found that the density of oxygen-related functional groups and the amount of amorphous carbon of GQDs were related to the PH values of electrolyte. The amount of amorphous carbon decreased as the PH values increased in the region of 6.6 to 7.1. Although, the positions of photoluminescence (PL) peak almost no changed of GQDs with different density of oxygen-related functional groups, GQDs with the lowest amount of amorphous carbon achieved the maximum PL intensity. Therefore, controlling amorphous carbon's amount by electrochemical method may afford a new direction to improve the fluorescence (FL) emission of GQDs. PMID:27451661

  2. Preliminary comparison of three processes of AlN oxidation: dry, wet and mixed ones

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Three methods of AlN layers oxidation: dry, wet and mixed (wet with oxygen were compared. Some physical parameters of oxidized thin films of aluminum nitride (AlN layers grown on silicon Si(1 1 1 were investigated by means Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS and Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (SE. Three series of the thermal oxidations processes were carried out at 1012 °C in pure nitrogen as carrying gas and various gas ambients: (a dry oxidation with oxygen, (b wet oxidation with water steam and (c mixed atmosphere with various process times. All the research methods have shown that along with the rising of the oxidation time, AlN layer across the aluminum oxide nitride transforms to aluminum oxide. The mixed oxidation was a faster method than the dry or wet ones.

  3. Low-Temperature Photochemically Activated Amorphous Indium-Gallium-Zinc Oxide for Highly Stable Room-Temperature Gas Sensors.

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    Jaisutti, Rawat; Kim, Jaeyoung; Park, Sung Kyu; Kim, Yong-Hoon

    2016-08-10

    We report on highly stable amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide (IGZO) gas sensors for ultraviolet (UV)-activated room-temperature detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The IGZO sensors fabricated by a low-temperature photochemical activation process and exhibiting two orders higher photocurrent compared to conventional zinc oxide sensors, allowed high gas sensitivity against various VOCs even at room temperature. From a systematic analysis, it was found that by increasing the UV intensity, the gas sensitivity, response time, and recovery behavior of an IGZO sensor were strongly enhanced. In particular, under an UV intensity of 30 mW cm(-2), the IGZO sensor exhibited gas sensitivity, response time and recovery time of 37%, 37 and 53 s, respectively, against 750 ppm concentration of acetone gas. Moreover, the IGZO gas sensor had an excellent long-term stability showing around 6% variation in gas sensitivity over 70 days. These results strongly support a conclusion that a low-temperature solution-processed amorphous IGZO film can serve as a good candidate for room-temperature VOCs sensors for emerging wearable electronics. PMID:27430635

  4. Eco-friendly synthesis and characterization of Ni-Si nanoparticles mixed oxides as catalyst for partial oxidation of methane

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    The nanoparticles of Ni-Si mixed oxides were prepared by co-precipitation method using nickel nitrate; Ni(NO3)2 6H2O and tetraethyl orthosilicate. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and hydrogen temperature program reduction (H2-TPR). The results revealed that Ni-Si mixed oxides particles were obtained with average particle size 1-2 nm. The Ni-Si nanoparticles mixed oxides successfully catalyzed the partial oxidation of methane to hydrogen and carbon monoxide (Syn gas) using a fixed-bed reactor with about 92% activity and high selectivity. No coke formation and deactivation of catalyst were observed during the course of reaction. Particularly significant is the similar reactivity of this catalyst with that of Ni-Ce-Zr mixed oxides

  5. 76 FR 65544 - Standard Format and Content of License Applications for Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facilities

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    ... issuance of the guide (74 FR 36780). The comment period closed on September 21, 2009. The staff's responses... COMMISSION Standard Format and Content of License Applications for Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facilities... Format and Content of License Applications for Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facilities.'' This...

  6. Mixed conducting materials for partial oxidation of hydrocarbons

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    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Thermodynamic calculations with additional conditions for the conservation of carbon and hydrogen were used to predict the gas composition obtained by partial oxidation of methane as a function of oxygen partial pressure and temperature; this was used to assess the stability and oxygen permeability requirements of mixed conducting membrane materials proposed for this purpose. A re-examination of known mixed conductors shows that most materials with highest permeability still fail to fulfil the requirements of stability under reducing conditions. Other materials possess sufficient stability but their oxygen permeability is insufficient. Different approaches were thus used to attempt to overcome those limitations, including changes in composition in the A and B site positions of ABO3 perovskites, and tests of materials with different structure types. Promising results were obtained mainly for some materials with perovskite or related K2NiF4-type structures. Limited stability of the most promising materials shows that one should rely mainly on kinetic limitations in the permeate side to protect the mixed conductor from severe reducing conditions.

    Se han usado cálculos termodinámicos con condiciones adicionales para la conservación del carbono e hidrógeno para predecir la composición del gas obtenido mediante la oxidación parcial del metano en función de la presión parcial de oxígeno y de la temperatura; esto se ha usado para asegurar los requerimientos de estabilidad y permeabilidad al oxígeno de los materiales conductores mixtos empleados como membrana para este propósito. Un nuevo exámen de los conductores mixtos conocidos muestra que la mayoría de los materiales con la mayor permeabilidad todavía fallan en el cumplimiento de los requerimientos de estabilidad bajo condiciones reductoras. Otros materiales poseen suficiente estabilidad, pero su permeabilidad al oxígeno es insuficiente. Por ello se han empleado diferentes

  7. Comparison of the electronic structure of amorphous versus crystalline indium gallium zinc oxide semiconductor: structure, tail states and strain effects

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    de Jamblinne de Meux, A.; Pourtois, G.; Genoe, J.; Heremans, P.

    2015-11-01

    We study the evolution of the structural and electronic properties of crystalline indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) upon amorphization by first-principles calculation. The bottom of the conduction band (BCB) is found to be constituted of a pseudo-band of molecular orbitals that resonate at the same energy on different atomic sites. They display a bonding character between the s orbitals of the metal sites and an anti-bonding character arising from the interaction between the oxygen and metal s orbitals. The energy level of the BCB shifts upon breaking of the crystal symmetry during the amorphization process, which may be attributed to the reduction of the coordination of the cationic centers. The top of the valence band (TVB) is constructed from anti-bonding oxygen p orbitals. In the amorphous state, they have random orientation, in contrast to the crystalline state. This results in the appearance of localized tail states in the forbidden gap above the TVB. Zinc is found to play a predominant role in the generation of these tail states, while gallium hinders their formation. Last, we study the dependence of the fundamental gap and effective mass of IGZO on mechanical strain. The variation of the gap under strain arises from the enhancement of the anti-bonding interaction in the BCB due to the modification of the length of the oxygen-metal bonds and/or to a variation of the cation coordination. This effect is less pronounced for the amorphous material compared to the crystalline material, making amorphous IGZO a semiconductor of choice for flexible electronics. Finally, the effective mass is found to increase upon strain, in contrast to regular materials. This counterintuitive variation is due to the reduction of the electrostatic shielding of the cationic centers by oxygen, leading to an increase of the overlaps between the metal orbitals at the origin of the delocalization of the BCB. For the range of strain typically met in flexible electronics, the induced

  8. Solid 7Li-NMR and in situ XRD studies of the insertion reaction of lithium with tin oxide and tin-based amorphous composite oxide

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    The lithium insertion reactions with tin (II) oxide (SnO) and tin-based composite oxide (abbreviated as TBCO) are studied by solid 7Li-NMR Knight shift, T1 and T1ρ relaxation rate, TEM and in situ XRD methods. By the insertion reaction for SnO, the lithium oxide and β-tin are produced first at Li/Sn = 2; at Li/Sn = 3 to 6 the products are not simple and a mixture of LiSn2, LiSn, Li5Sn2 and Li7Sn2 alloys is detected during the insertion. For the TBCO, which is revealed as amorphous, mainly constituted by randomly distributed very short-range (order of 10-9 m) regions by TEM observation, it is found that electrochemically inserted lithium forms Li2O and produces metallic tin (Sn) in the first step (Li/Sn 7Sn2 (and Li7Si2), are produced in the second step (Li/Sn >2). During the second step, the Li/Sn ratio of formed lithium-tin alloy is kept at almost 4. By the analyses of 7Li NMR Knight shifts, line shape and in situ XRD, the lithium-inserted TBCOs are characterized as almost amorphous and mixtures of highly ionic components. (author)

  9. Selective oxidation of propane to acrylic acid over mixed metal oxide catalysts

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    Wei Zheng; Zhenxing Yu; Ping Zhang; Yuhang Zhang; Hongying Fu; Xiaoli Zhang; Qiquan Sun; Xinguo Hu

    2008-01-01

    The effects of metal atomic ratio, water content, oxygen content, and calcination temperature on the catalytic perfor-mances of MoVTeNbO mixed oxide catalyst system for the selective oxidation of propane to acrylic acid have been investigated and discussed. Among the catalysts studied, it was found that the MoVTeNbO catalyst calcined at a temperature of 600 ℃ showed the best performance in terms of propane conversion and selectivity for acrylic acid under an atmosphere of nitrogen. An effective MoVTeNbO oxide catalyst for propane selective oxidation to acrylic acid was obtained with a combination of a preferred metal atomic ratio (Mo1 V0.31Te0.23Nb0.12). The optimum reaction condition for the selective oxidation of propane was the molar ratio of C3H81 :O2 : H2O : N1 = 4.4 : 12.8 : 15.3 : 36.9. Under such conditions, the conversion of propane and the maximum yield of acrylic acid reached about 50% and 21%, respectively.

  10. Reducibility of ceria-lanthana mixed oxides under temperature programmed hydrogen and inert gas flow conditions

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    The present paper deals with the preparation and characterization of La/Ce mixed oxides, with La molar contents of 20, 36 and 57%. We carry out the study of the structural, textural and redox properties of the mixed oxides, comparing our results with those for pure ceria. For this aim we use temperature programmed reduction (TPR), temperature programmed desorption (TPD), nitrogen physisorption at 77 K, X-ray diffraction and high resolution electron microscopy. The mixed oxides are more easy to reduce in a flow of hydrogen than ceria. Moreover, in an inert gas flow they release oxygen in higher amounts and at lower temperatures than pure CeO2. The textural stability of the mixed oxides is also improved by incorporation of lanthana. All these properties make the ceria-lanthana mixed oxides interesting alternative candidates to substitute ceria in three-way catalyst formulations. (orig.)

  11. Hydrogen evolution from a copper(I) oxide photocathode coated with an amorphous molybdenum sulphide catalyst

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    Morales-Guio, Carlos G.; Tilley, S. David; Vrubel, Heron; Graetzel, Michael; HU, Xile

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    Concerns over climate change resulting from accumulation of anthropogenic carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the uncertainty in the amount of recoverable fossil fuel reserves are driving forces for the development of renewable, carbon-neutral energy technologies. A promising clean solution is photoelectrochemical water splitting to produce hydrogen using abundant solar energy. Here we present a simple and scalable technique for the deposition of amorphous molybdenum sulphide films as hydrog...

  12. Metallic and Insulating Interfaces of Amorphous SrTiO3-Based Oxide Heterostructures

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    Chen, Yunzhong; Pryds, Nini; Kleibeuker, Josée E.; Koster, Gertjan; Sun, Jirong; Stamate, Eugen; Shen, Baogen; Rijnders, Guus; Linderoth, Søren

    2011-01-01

    AlO3, SrTiO3, and yttria-stabilized zirconia films. On the other hand, samples of amorphous La7/8Sr1/8MnO3 films on SrTiO3 substrates remain insulating. The interfacial conductivity results from the formation of oxygen vacancies near the interface, suggesting that the redox reactions on the surface of...

  13. Fabrication of non-fertile and evolutionary mixed oxide fuels

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    Non-fertile and evolutionary mixed oxide (EMOX) fuels for light water reactors have been fabricated using the solid-state reaction method. Specifically, the non-fertile fuel form fabricated for this study was a PuO2-ZrO2-CaO-Er2O3composition. Weapons-grade plutonium served as the source of PuO2. The non-fertile fuel offers the key advantage of the open-quotes deep burnclose quotes capability for a once-through cycle. The non-fertile fuel achieves this performance through the absence of uranium, which breeds plutonium, in the fuel composition. An EMOX fuel form with a composition of PuO2-UO2-ZrO2-CaO was also fabricated using weapons-grade plutonium and depleted uranium. The EMOX fuel concept allows for greater plutonium destruction as compared to standard MOX fuel and provides a licensing path forward towards eventual implementation of non-fertile fuels in light water reactors. This paper summarizes the ongoing activities and past accomplishments for the fabrication of non-fertile and EMOX fuel pellets. 2 figs

  14. Kinetics of gaseous atoms in uranium plutonium mixed oxide

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    The kinetics of fission gas atoms in nuclear fuel are much different from those discussed in academic fields such as statistical mechanics and/or statistical thermodynamics established by Ludwig Boltzmann. The field of movement should have unique microstructure such as pore, grain boundary, and especially plutonium enriched zone (Pu spot) in case of Uranium Plutonium Mixed Oxide (MOX). The mechanism of fission gas release has been studied by many researchers for these nearly fifty years since Booth first set down the simple approximations to fission gas release from irradiated UO2. However, there is still no general agreement what mechanisms are responsible for observed coalescence of intergranular bubbles during their growth. It might be due to the complexity of the kinetics of gaseous atoms in nuclear fuel pellet having unique microstructure, temperature gradient and irradiation damage. The objectives of this paper are to introduce brief review of fundamental process of kinetics of gaseous atom in nuclear fuel and to develop effective fission gas release model. The fission gas release mechanism for MOX fuel which has heterogeneous microstructure including Pu spot is introduced based on the result of post-irradiation examination with MOX having high plutonium content. (authors)

  15. Formation of nano-porous GeOx by de-alloying of an Al–Ge–Mn amorphous alloy

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    The present study shows that nanometer-scale amorphous phase separation occurs by spinodal decomposition of the undercooled liquid in a melt-spun Al60Ge30Mn10 alloy, although there is no atomic pair with positive enthalpy of mixing. By adopting a proper de-alloying process, an interconnected nano-porous germanium oxide with an amorphous structure is successfully synthesized. The present study shows that nano-porous amorphous germanium oxide can be easily obtained by de-alloying of Al-based amorphous alloys with nm-scale composition fluctuation

  16. Investigation of the Carbon Monoxide Gas Sensing Characteristics of Tin Oxide Mixed Cerium Oxide Thin Films

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    Muhammad B. Haider

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of tin oxide mixed cerium oxide were grown on unheated substrates by physical vapor deposition. The films were annealed in air at 500 °C for two hours, and were characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and optical spectrophotometry. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy results reveal that the films were highly porous and porosity of our films was found to be in the range of 11.6–21.7%. The films were investigated for the detection of carbon monoxide, and were found to be highly sensitive. We found that 430 °C was the optimum operating temperature for sensing CO gas at concentrations as low as 5 ppm. Our sensors exhibited fast response and recovery times of 26 s and 30 s, respectively.

  17. Sol-gel derived oxides and mixed oxides catalysts with narrow mesoporous distribution

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    A novel sol-gel process for preparing oxides and mixed oxides sols from precipitation and peptization process is reported in this article. Inorganic salts are used as raw materials in this study. It is found that the amount of acid has great influence on the stability and particle diameter distribution of the precursor sols. Ultrasonic treatment is used to prepare alumina sol at room temperature. The result of 27Al NMR shows that there exist Al137+ species in the sol. By controlling the sol particles with narrow particle diameter distribution, alumina, titania and silica-alumina (SA) materials with narrow mesoporous distribution are formed by regular packing of sol particles during gelation without using any templates. The results also show that the structure and particle diameter distribution of precursor sol determine the final materials' texture.

  18. Revisiting Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Ethane by W Doping into MoVMn Mixed Oxides at Low Temperature

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    Mohammed H. Al-Hazmi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The catalytic performance of MoVMnW mixed oxides was investigated in the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane at three different reaction temperatures (235, 255, and 275°C using oxygen as an oxidant. The catalysts were characterized by using X-ray diffraction, temperature-programmed reduction, and scanning electron microscopy. The MoVMnW mixed oxide catalyst showed the 70–90% of ethylene selectivity at the reaction temperatures. However, a significant decrease in the selectivity of ethylene was observed by increasing the reaction temperature from 235°C to 275°C.

  19. Impact of soft annealing on the performance of solution-processed amorphous zinc tin oxide thin-film transistors

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    2013-05-08

    It is demonstrated that soft annealing duration strongly affects the performance of solution-processed amorphous zinc tin oxide thin-film transistors. Prolonged soft annealing times are found to induce two important changes in the device: (i) a decrease in zinc tin oxide film thickness, and (ii) an increase in oxygen vacancy concentration. The devices prepared without soft annealing exhibited inferior transistor performances, in comparison to devices in which the active channel layer (zinc tin oxide) was subjected to soft annealing. The highest saturation field-effect mobility - 5.6 cm2 V-1 s-1 with a drain-to-source on-off current ratio (Ion/Ioff) of 2 × 108 - was achieved in the case of devices with 10-min soft-annealed zinc tin oxide thin films as the channel layer. The findings of this work identify soft annealing as a critical parameter for the processing of chemically derived thin-film transistors, and it correlates device performance to the changes in material structure induced by soft annealing. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  20. Co-catalytic effect of Rh and Ru for the ethanol electro-oxidation in amorphous microparticulated alloys

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    Blanco, Tamara C.; Pierna, Angel R.; Barroso, Javier [Dpto. de Ingenieria Quimica y del Medio Ambiente, Universidad del Pais Vasco, San Sebastian (Spain)

    2011-11-15

    The ethanol electro-oxidation on platinum catalyst in acid media leads to the formation of acetaldehyde and acetic acid as main products. Another problem is the poisoning of the electro-catalyst surface with CO formed during the fuel oxidation reaction. To increase the performance of Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells (DEFCs) it is necessary to develop new electrode materials or modification of the existing Pt catalysts. This work presents the electrochemical response to ethanol and CO oxidation of different compositional amorphous alloys obtained by ball milling technique, used as electrodes. Alloys with Ni{sub 59}Nb{sub 40}Pt{sub 0.6}Rh{sub 0.4} and Ni{sub 59}Nb{sub 40}Pt{sub 0.6}Rh{sub 0.2}Ru{sub 0.2} composi-tions were studied. The current density towards ethanol oxidation decreases with the presence of ruthenium; however, this electrode shows the best tolerance to CO, with lower surface coverage (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  1. Co-catalytic effect of Rh and Ru for the ethanol electro-oxidation in amorphous microparticulated alloys

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    The ethanol electro-oxidation on platinum catalyst in acid media leads to the formation of acetaldehyde and acetic acid as main products. Another problem is the poisoning of the electro-catalyst surface with CO formed during the fuel oxidation reaction. To increase the performance of Direct Ethanol Fuel Cells (DEFCs) it is necessary to develop new electrode materials or modification of the existing Pt catalysts. This work presents the electrochemical response to ethanol and CO oxidation of different compositional amorphous alloys obtained by ball milling technique, used as electrodes. Alloys with Ni59Nb40Pt0.6Rh0.4 and Ni59Nb40Pt0.6Rh0.2Ru0.2 composi-tions were studied. The current density towards ethanol oxidation decreases with the presence of ruthenium; however, this electrode shows the best tolerance to CO, with lower surface coverage (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. The spectrographic analysis of plutonium oxide or mixed plutonium oxide/uranium oxide fuel pellets by the dried residue technique

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    An emission spectrographic method for the quantitative determination of metallic impurities in plutonium oxide and mixed plutonium oxide/uranium oxide is described. The fuel is dissolved in nitric acid and the plutonium and/or uranium extracted with tributyl phosphate. A small aliquot of the aqueous residue is dried on a 'mini' pyrolitic graphite plate and excited by high voltage AC spark in an oxygen atmosphere. Spectra are recorded in a region which has been specially selected to record simultaneously lines of boron and cadmium in the 2nd order and all the other elements of interest in the 1st order. Indium is used as an internal standard. The excitation of very small quantities of the uraniumm/plutonium free residue by high voltage spark, together with three separate levels of containment reduce the hazards to personnel and the environment to a minimum with limited effect on sensitivity and accuracy of the results. (auth)

  3. Continuous precipitation of mineral products: influence of mixing conditions on the co-precipitation of cerium-zirconium mixed oxides

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    An automated experimental set-up with rapid mixers is used to study the influence of mixing conditions on the co-precipitation of cerium-zirconium mixed oxides. The intensity of mixing is controlled by the inlet flow rates of the reacting solutions. An engulfment model is used to estimate a mixing time from the measurement of a segregation index by the Villermaux-Dushman reaction system. Three geometries of Hartridge Roughton mixers are compared. Mixing performance is better when a separate mixing chamber upstream of a narrower outlet pipe is present. A better mixing decreases the maximal reducibility temperature of the material and increases the crystal strains of the particles calcined at 1100 C. This is probably due to a better homogenization of the particles content. The important incorporation of nitrates in the particle at the outlet of the mixers shows precipitation occurs while the mixing process is not finished. This experimental result was confirmed by numerical simulation and an estimation of sur-saturations during the mixing process. (author)

  4. Synthesis of amorphous zirconium oxide with luminescent characteristics; Sintesis de oxido de circonio amorfo con caracteristicas luminiscentes

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    Barrera S, M.; Chavez G, M.; Soto E, A.M.; Velasquez O, C.; Garcia S, M.A.; Olvera T, L.; Rivera M, T. [UAM-I, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2004-07-01

    It was prepared zirconium oxide, ZrO{sub 2}, by means of hydrolysis-condensation reactions (sol-gel method), using zirconium propoxide, Zr(C{sub 3}H{sub 7}O){sub 4}, as precursor and nitric acid, HNO{sub 3}, as catalyst of the hydrolysis reaction. In this synthesis it was used a molar ratio water-alkoxide, r=n{sub H2O}/n{sub Zr}(C{sub 3}H{sub 7}0){sub 4}, high, similar to 200, so that the hydrolysis happens quickly and the nucleation and growth are completed in very little time. The solid was characterized with Ftir spectrophotometry, Differential thermal analysis (Dta), Thermal gravimetric analysis (T G), X-ray diffraction of powders, Scanning electron microscopy (Sem) and X-ray Dispersion energy (EDX). The ZrO{sub 2} obtained by this way is amorphous even to 300 C and it consists of big aggregates. The amorphous ZrO{sub 2}, presents thermoluminescent behavior, after it was irradiated with UV radiation and beta particles of {sup 90}Sr/{sup 90}Y and it was thermally stimulated. (Author)

  5. Crystallization behavior of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide films and its effects on thin-film transistor performance

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    Suko, Ayaka; Jia, JunJun; Nakamura, Shin-ichi; Kawashima, Emi; Utsuno, Futoshi; Yano, Koki; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2016-03-01

    Amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide (a-IGZO) films were deposited by DC magnetron sputtering and post-annealed in air at 300-1000 °C for 1 h to investigate the crystallization behavior in detail. X-ray diffraction, electron beam diffraction, and high-resolution electron microscopy revealed that the IGZO films showed an amorphous structure after post-annealing at 300 °C. At 600 °C, the films started to crystallize from the surface with c-axis preferred orientation. At 700-1000 °C, the films totally crystallized into polycrystalline structures, wherein the grains showed c-axis preferred orientation close to the surface and random orientation inside the films. The current-gate voltage (Id-Vg) characteristics of the IGZO thin-film transistor (TFT) showed that the threshold voltage (Vth) and subthreshold swing decreased markedly after the post-annealing at 300 °C. The TFT using the totally crystallized films also showed the decrease in Vth, whereas the field-effect mobility decreased considerably.

  6. Studies on mixed metal oxides solid solutions as heterogeneous catalysts

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    H. R. Arandiyan

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a series of perovskite-type mixed oxide LaMo xV1-xO3+δ powder catalysts (x = 0, 0.1, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9, and 1.0, with 0.5 < δ < 1.5, prepared by the sol-gel process and calcined at 750ºC, provide an attractive and effective alternative means of synthesizing materials with better control of morphology. Structures of resins obtained during the gel formation process by FT-IR spectroscopy and XRD analysis showed that all the LaMo xV1-xO3+δ samples are single phase perovskite-type solid solutions. The surface area (BET between 2.5 - 5.0 m²/g (x = 0.1 and 1.0 respectively increases with increasing Mo ratio in the samples. They show high purity, good chemical homogeneity, and lower calcinations temperatures as compared with the solid-state chemistry route. SEM coupled to EDS and thermogravimetric analysis/differential thermal analyses (TGA/DTA have been carried out in order to evaluate the homogeneity of the catalyst. Finally, the experimental studies show that the calcination temperature and Mo content exhibited a significant influence on catalytic activity. Among the LaMo xV1-xO3+δ samples, LaMo0.7V0.3O4.2 showed the best catalytic activity for the topic reaction and the best activity and stability for ethane reforming at 850ºC under 8 bar.

  7. Effect of Sr on the properties of Ce–Zr–La mixed oxides

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    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Ce–Zr–La–Sr mixed oxides, with different Sr contents, were prepared by the sol–gel method. In a flow-system microreactor, the reduction properties and the oxygen storage capacity (OSC of the Ce–Zr–La–Sr mixed oxides were investigated by a temperature programmed reduction (TPR and a pulse technique. It was shown that the properties of the Ce–Zr–La mixed oxides depend on the Sr content and that the optimum Sr content in the Ce–Zr–La–Sr mixed oxide is 3 mol%. The Ce–Zr–La–Sr mixed oxides doped with 3 mol% Sr (Ce0.52Zr0.4La0.05Sr0.03O1.945 has the largest specific surface area and better reduction properties and oxygen storage capacity in comparison to the other investigated samples. The XRD results of the Ce–Zr–La–Sr mixed oxides showed that their X-ray diffraction patterns are well in agreement with that of fluorite-type CeO2 with Sr ions incorporated into the Ce–Zr–La mixed oxide structures. With increasing calcination temperature, the intensity of the X-ray diffraction peaks increased, but no new peaks were observed. All of these indicate that the synthesized samples had good thermal stability.

  8. Large enhancement of the thermoelectric Seebeck coefficient for amorphous oxide semiconductor superlattices with extremely thin conductive layers

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    Herein we demonstrate that amorphous oxide semiconductor (AOS) superlattices composed of a-In-Zn-O (well) and a-In-Ga-Zn-O (barrier) layers, fabricated on SiO2 glass substrate by pulsed laser deposition at room temperature, exhibited an enhanced Seebeck coefficient vertical stroke S vertical stroke. The vertical stroke S vertical stroke value increases drastically with decreasing a-In-Zn-O thickness (dIZO) when dIZO -1 (dIZO=0.3 nm), which is ∝4 times larger than that of bulk vertical stroke S vertical stroke 3D (19 μV K-1), while it kept its high electrical conductivity, clearly demonstrating that the quantum size effect can be utilized in AOS superlattices. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  9. Surface reactivity and oxygen migration in amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide films annealed in humid atmosphere

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    An isotope tracer study, i.e., 18O/16O exchange using 18O2 and H218O, was performed to determine how post-deposition annealing (PDA) affected surface reactivity and oxygen diffusivity of amorphous indium–gallium–zinc oxide (a-IGZO) films. The oxygen tracer diffusivity was very high in the bulk even at low temperatures, e.g., 200 °C, regardless of PDA and exchange conditions. In contrast, the isotope exchange rate, dominated by surface reactivity, was much lower for 18O2 than for H218O. PDA in a humid atmosphere at 400 °C further suppressed the reactivity of O2 at the a-IGZO film surface, which is attributable to –OH-terminated surface formation

  10. High performance solution-deposited amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide thin film transistors by oxygen plasma treatment

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    2012-05-16

    Solution-deposited amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) thin film transistors(TFTs) with high performance were fabricated using O2-plasma treatment of the films prior to high temperature annealing. The O2-plasma treatment resulted in a decrease in oxygen vacancy and residual hydrocarbon concentration in the a-IGZO films, as well as an improvement in the dielectric/channel interfacial roughness. As a result, the TFTs with O2-plasma treated a-IGZO channel layers showed three times higher linear field-effect mobility compared to the untreated a-IGZO over a range of processing temperatures. The O2-plasma treatment effectively reduces the required processing temperature of solution-deposited a-IGZO films to achieve the required performance.

  11. The redox behaviour of CuO-ZrO2-CeO2 mixed oxides catalysts

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    The redox behavior of CuO-ZrO2-CeO2 mixed oxide catalysts has been studied. It is found that the composition of the mixed oxides and thermal treatment could affect the reducibility of the samples, and that reduced CuO-ZrO2-CeO2 mixed oxides are oxidised easily. The experimental results also show that there is strong interaction between CuO and CeO2-ZrO2 mixed oxide, and that the interaction promotes both the reduction of CuO and CeO2 in mixed oxides as well as the catalytic activity for CO oxidation. (author)

  12. Thermal Transport in Graphene Oxide – From Ballistic Extreme to Amorphous Limit

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    Xin Mu; Xufei Wu; Teng Zhang; Go, David B.; Tengfei Luo

    2014-01-01

    Graphene oxide is being used in energy, optical, electronic and sensor devices due to its unique properties. However, unlike its counterpart – graphene – the thermal transport properties of graphene oxide remain unknown. In this work, we use large-scale molecular dynamics simulations with reactive potentials to systematically study the role of oxygen adatoms on the thermal transport in graphene oxide. For pristine graphene, highly ballistic thermal transport is observed. As the oxygen coverag...

  13. Large scale integration of flexible non-volatile, re-addressable memories using P(VDF-TrFE) and amorphous oxide transistors

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    Gelinck, G.H.; Cobb, B.; Breemen, A.J.J.M. van; Myny, K.

    2015-01-01

    Ferroelectric polymers and amorphous metal oxide semiconductors have emerged as important materials for re-programmable non-volatile memories and high-performance, flexible thin-film transistors, respectively. However, realizing sophisticated transistor memory arrays has proven to be a challenge, an

  14. Different Abilities of Eight Mixed Cultures of Methane-oxidizing Bacteria to Degrade TCE

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    Broholm, Kim; Christensen, Thomas Højlund; Jensen, Bjørn K.

    1993-01-01

    The ability of eight mixed cultures of methane-oxidizing bacteria to degrade trichloroethylene (TCE) was examined in laboratory batch experiments. This is one of the first reported works studying TCE degradation by mixed cultures of methane-oxidizing bacteria at 10°C, a common temperature for soils...... degradation of methane and TCE. During the first 10–15 days after the addition of methane a significant degradation of methane and a minor degradation of TCE were observed. This experiment revealed that the ability of mixed cultures of methane-oxidizing bacteria to degrade TCE varied significantly even though...

  15. Co3O4-CeO2 mixed oxide-based catalytic materials for diesel soot oxidation

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    Dhakad, M.; Mitshuhashi, T.; Rayalu, S.; Doggali, P.; Bakardjieva, Snejana; Šubrt, Jan; Fino, D.; Haneda, H.; Labhsetwar, N.

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 132, 1-4 (2008), s. 188-193. ISSN 0920-5861 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LC523 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40320502 Keywords : soot oxidation * diesel particulate * Co3O4-CeO2 type mixed oxide Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry Impact factor: 3.004, year: 2008

  16. Effects of calcium and phosphate on uranium(IV) oxidation. Comparison between nanoparticulate uraninite and amorphous UIV–phosphate

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    Latta, Drew E. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Kemner, Kenneth M. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Mishra, Bhoopesh [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Illinois Inst. of Technology, Chicago, IL (United States); Boyanov, Maxim I. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2016-02-01

    The mobility of uranium in subsurface environments depends strongly on its redox state, with UIV phases being significantly less soluble than UVI minerals. This study compares the oxidation kinetics and mechanisms of two potential products of UVI reduction in natural systems, a nanoparticulate UO2 phase and an amorphous UIV–Ca–PO4 analog to ningyoite (CaUIV(PO4)2·1–2H2O). The valence of U was tracked by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES), showing similar oxidation rate constants for UIVO2 and UIV–phosphate in solutions equilibrated with atmospheric O2 and CO2 at pH 7.0 (kobs,UO2 = 0.17 ± 0.075 h-1 vs. kobs,UIVPO4 = 0.30 ± 0.25 h-1). Addition of up to 400 μM Ca and PO4 decreased the oxidation rate constant by an order of magnitude for both UO2 and UIV–phosphate. The intermediates and products of oxidation were tracked by electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction (pXRD), and extended X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy (EXAFS). In the absence of Ca or PO4, the product of UO2 oxidation is Na–uranyl oxyhydroxide (under environmentally relevant concentrations of sodium, 15 mM NaClO4 and low carbonate concentration), resulting in low concentrations of dissolved UVI (<2.5 × 10-7 M). Oxidation of UIV–phosphate produced a Na-autunite phase (Na2(UO2)PO4·xH2O), resulting in similarly low dissolved U concentrations (<7.3 × 10-8 M). When Ca and PO4 are present in the solution, the EXAFS data and the solubility of the UVI phase resulting from oxidation of UO2 and UIV–phosphate are consistent with the precipitation of Na-autunite. Bicarbonate extractions and Ca K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy of oxidized solids indicate the formation of a Ca–UVI–PO4 layer on the UO2 surface and suggest a passivation layer mechanism for the decreased rate of UO2 oxidation in the presence of Ca and PO4. Interestingly, the extractions were unable to remove all of the oxidized U from partially oxidized UO2 solids, suggesting that oxidized U is

  17. Effects of calcium and phosphate on uranium(IV) oxidation: Comparison between nanoparticulate uraninite and amorphous UIV-phosphate

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    Latta, Drew E.; Kemner, Kenneth M.; Mishra, Bhoopesh; Boyanov, Maxim I.

    2016-02-01

    The mobility of uranium in subsurface environments depends strongly on its redox state, with UIV phases being significantly less soluble than UVI minerals. This study compares the oxidation kinetics and mechanisms of two potential products of UVI reduction in natural systems, a nanoparticulate UO2 phase and an amorphous UIV-Ca-PO4 analog to ningyoite (CaUIV(PO4)2·1-2H2O). The valence of U was tracked by X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy (XANES), showing similar oxidation rate constants for UIVO2 and UIV-phosphate in solutions equilibrated with atmospheric O2 and CO2 at pH 7.0 (kobs,UO2 = 0.17 ± 0.075 h-1 vs. kobs,UIVPO4 = 0.30 ± 0.25 h-1). Addition of up to 400 μM Ca and PO4 decreased the oxidation rate constant by an order of magnitude for both UO2 and UIV-phosphate. The intermediates and products of oxidation were tracked by electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction (pXRD), and extended X-ray absorption fine-structure spectroscopy (EXAFS). In the absence of Ca or PO4, the product of UO2 oxidation is Na-uranyl oxyhydroxide (under environmentally relevant concentrations of sodium, 15 mM NaClO4 and low carbonate concentration), resulting in low concentrations of dissolved UVI (<2.5 × 10-7 M). Oxidation of UIV-phosphate produced a Na-autunite phase (Na2(UO2)PO4·xH2O), resulting in similarly low dissolved U concentrations (<7.3 × 10-8 M). When Ca and PO4 are present in the solution, the EXAFS data and the solubility of the UVI phase resulting from oxidation of UO2 and UIV-phosphate are consistent with the precipitation of Na-autunite. Bicarbonate extractions and Ca K-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy of oxidized solids indicate the formation of a Ca-UVI-PO4 layer on the UO2 surface and suggest a passivation layer mechanism for the decreased rate of UO2 oxidation in the presence of Ca and PO4. Interestingly, the extractions were unable to remove all of the oxidized U from partially oxidized UO2 solids, suggesting that oxidized U is distributed between

  18. Direct Imaging of Octahedral Distortion in a Complex Molybdenum Vanadium Mixed Oxide

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    Lunkenbein, T.; F. Girgsdies; Wernbacher, A.; Noack, J; Auffermann, G.; Yasuhara, A; Klein-Hoffmann, A.; Ueda, W; Eichelbaum, M; Trunschke, A.; Schlögl, R.; Willinger, M.

    2015-01-01

    Complex Mo,V-based mixed oxides that crystallize in the orthorhombic M1-type structure are promising candidates for the selective oxidation of small alkanes. The oxygen sublattice of such a complex oxide has been studied by annular bright field scanning transmission electron microscopy. The recorded micrographs directly display the local distortion in the metal oxygen octahedra. From the degree of distortion we are able to draw conclusions on the distribution of oxidation states in the cation...

  19. Band gap structure modification of amorphous anodic Al oxide film by Ti-alloying

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    Canulescu, Stela; Rechendorff, K.; Borca, C. N.;

    2014-01-01

    The band structure of pure and Ti-alloyed anodic aluminum oxide has been examined as a function of Ti concentration varying from 2 to 20 at. %. The band gap energy of Ti-alloyed anodic Al oxide decreases with increasing Ti concentration. X-ray absorption spectroscopy reveals that Ti atoms are not...

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Mixed Metal Oxide Nanocomposite Energetic Materials

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    Gash, A; Pantoya, M; Jr., J S; Zhao, L; Shea, K; Simpson, R; Clapsaddle, B

    2003-11-18

    In the field of composite energetic materials, properties such as ingredient distribution, particle size, and morphology, affect both sensitivity and performance. Since the reaction kinetics of composite energetic materials are typically controlled by the mass transport rates between reactants, one would anticipate new and potentially exceptional performance from energetic nanocomposites. We have developed a new method of making nanostructured energetic materials, specifically explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, using sol-gel chemistry. A novel sol-gel approach has proven successful in preparing metal oxide/silicon oxide nanocomposites in which the metal oxide is the major component. Two of the metal oxides are tungsten trioxide and iron(III) oxide, both of which are of interest in the field of energetic materials. Furthermore, due to the large availability of organically functionalized silanes, the silicon oxide phase can be used as a unique way of introducing organic additives into the bulk metal oxide materials. As a result, the desired organic functionality is well dispersed throughout the composite material on the nanoscale. By introducing a fuel metal into the metal oxide/silicon oxide matrix, energetic materials based on thermite reactions can be fabricated. The resulting nanoscale distribution of all the ingredients displays energetic properties not seen in its microscale counterparts due to the expected increase of mass transport rates between the reactants. The synthesis and characterization of these metal oxide/silicon oxide nanocomposites and their performance as energetic materials will be discussed.

  1. Highly conductive p-type amorphous oxides from low-temperature solution processing

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    Li Jinwang [Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), ERATO, Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, 2-5-3 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); Green Devices Research Center, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); Tokumitsu, Eisuke [Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), ERATO, Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, 2-5-3 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); Green Devices Research Center, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); Precision and Intelligence Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259-R2-19 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Koyano, Mikio [Green Devices Research Center, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); Mitani, Tadaoki [Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), ERATO, Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, 2-5-3 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); Shimoda, Tatsuya [Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), ERATO, Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, 2-5-3 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); Green Devices Research Center, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan)

    2012-09-24

    We report solution-processed, highly conductive (resistivity 1.3-3.8 m{Omega} cm), p-type amorphous A-B-O (A = Bi, Pb; B = Ru, Ir), processable at temperatures (down to 240 Degree-Sign C) that are compatible with plastic substrates. The film surfaces are smooth on the atomic scale. Bi-Ru-O was analyzed in detail. A small optical bandgap (0.2 eV) with a valence band maximum (VBM) below but very close to the Fermi level (binding energy E{sub VBM} = 0.04 eV) explains the high conductivity and suggests that they are degenerated semiconductors. The conductivity changes from three-dimensional to two-dimensional with decreasing temperature across 25 K.

  2. Amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide thin film grown by pulse laser deposition technique

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    Mistry, Bhaumik V.; Joshi, U. S.

    2016-05-01

    Highly electrically conducting and transparent in visible light IGZO thin film were grown on glass substrate at substrate temperature of 400 C by a pulse laser deposition techniques. Structural, surface, electrical, and optical properties of IGZO thin films were investigated at room temperature. Smooth surface morphology and amorphous nature of the film has been confirmed from the AFM and GIXRD analysis. A resistivity down to 7.7×10-3 V cm was reproducibly obtained while maintaining optical transmission exceeding 70% at wavelengths from 340 to 780 nm. The carrier densities of the film was obtain to the value 1.9×1018 cm3, while the Hall mobility of the IGZO thin film was 16 cm2 V-1S-1.

  3. Transport in high mobility amorphous wide band gap indium zinc oxide films

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    This paper discusses the electron transport in the n-type amorphous indium-zinc-oxygen system produced at room temperature by rf magnetron sputtering, under different oxygen partial pressures. The data show that the transport is not band tail limited, as it happens in conventional disordered semiconductors, but highly dependent on its ionicity, which explains the very high mobilities (≥60 cm2V-1s-1) achieved. The room temperature dependence of the Hall mobility on the carrier concentration presents a reverse behaviour than the one observed in conventional crystalline/polycrystalline semi-conductors, explained mainly by the presence of charged structural defects in excess of 4 x 1010 cm-2 that scatter the electrons that pass through them. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  4. Surface modification of zinc oxide nanoparticles with amorphous silica alters their fate in the circulation.

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    Konduru, Nagarjun V; Murdaugh, Kimberly M; Swami, Archana; Jimenez, Renato J; Donaghey, Thomas C; Demokritou, Philip; Brain, Joseph D; Molina, Ramon M

    2016-08-01

    Nanoparticle (NP) pharmacokinetics and biological effects are influenced by many factors, especially surface physicochemical properties. We assessed the effects of an amorphous silica coating on the fate of zinc after intravenous (IV) injection of neutron activated uncoated (65)ZnO or silica-coated (65)ZnO NPs in male Wistar Han rats. Groups of IV-injected rats were sequentially euthanized, and 18 tissues were collected and analyzed for (65)Zn radioactivity. The protein coronas on each ZnO NP after incubation in rat plasma were analyzed by SDS-PAGE gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry of selected gel bands. Plasma clearance for both NPs was biphasic with rapid initial and slower terminal clearance rates. Half-lives of plasma clearance of silica-coated (65)ZnO were shorter (initial - <1 min; terminal - 2.5 min) than uncoated (65)ZnO (initial - 1.9 min; terminal - 38 min). Interestingly, the silica-coated (65)ZnO group had higher (65)Zn associated with red blood cells and higher initial uptake in the liver. The (65)Zn concentrations in all the other tissues were significantly lower in the silica-coated than uncoated groups. We also found that the protein corona formed on silica-coated ZnO NPs had higher amounts of plasma proteins, particularly albumin, transferrin, A1 inhibitor 3, α-2-hs-glycoprotein, apoprotein E and α-1 antitrypsin. Surface modification with amorphous silica alters the protein corona, agglomerate size, and zeta potential of ZnO NPs, which in turn influences ZnO biokinetic behavior in the circulation. This emphasizes the critical role of the protein corona in the biokinetics, toxicology and nanomedical applications of NPs. PMID:26581431

  5. Optical and vibrational spectra analysis of CVD - mixed oxide films: Optimization of the films electrochromic performance

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    Ivanova, T; Gesheva, K A [Central Laboratory of Solar Energy and New Energy Sources, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 72 Tzarigradsko Chaussee, 1784 Sofia (Bulgaria); Abrashev, M [Faculty of Physics, St. Kl. Ohridski University of Sofia, 5 J. Bourchier Blvd., 1164 Sofia (Bulgaria); Sharlandjiev, P; Nazarova, D, E-mail: kagesh@phys.bas.b [Central Laboratory of Optical Storage and Processing of Information, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Bl. 101, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2010-04-01

    Mixed oxide films based on Mo and W were successfully prepared by atmospheric pressure CVD at the low substrate temperature of 200{sup o}C. High amount of oxygen was used to ensure a high degree of oxidation resulting in more stoichiometric oxide films. The structural transformations under different thermal treatments were studied by Raman spectroscopy and FTIR spectroscopy analysis. The films were characterized electrochemically by cyclic voltammetry using different electrolytes, scan rates, etc. The mixed oxide films exhibited a strong electrochromic (EC) effect.

  6. Optical and vibrational spectra analysis of CVD - mixed oxide films: Optimization of the films electrochromic performance

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    Mixed oxide films based on Mo and W were successfully prepared by atmospheric pressure CVD at the low substrate temperature of 200oC. High amount of oxygen was used to ensure a high degree of oxidation resulting in more stoichiometric oxide films. The structural transformations under different thermal treatments were studied by Raman spectroscopy and FTIR spectroscopy analysis. The films were characterized electrochemically by cyclic voltammetry using different electrolytes, scan rates, etc. The mixed oxide films exhibited a strong electrochromic (EC) effect.

  7. Nanoparticles of TiAlZr mixed oxides as supports of hydrodesulfurization catalysts: Synthesis and characterization

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    Kraleva, E., E-mail: ekraleva@gmail.com [Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystems Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Gagarin st.2 (Bulgaria); Spojakina, A. [Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Saladino, M.L. [Dipartimento di Chimica ' S. Cannizzaro' , Universita di Palermo and INSTM-Udr Palermo, Parco d' Orleans II Viale delle Scienze pad 17, I-90128 Palermo,Italy (Italy); Caponetti, E. [Dipartimento di Chimica ' S. Cannizzaro' , Universita di Palermo and INSTM-Udr Palermo, Parco d' Orleans II Viale delle Scienze pad 17, I-90128 Palermo,Italy (Italy); Centro Grandi Apparecchiature - UniNetLab, Universita di Palermo, Via F. Marini 14, I-90128 Palermo (Italy); Nasillo, G. [Centro Grandi Apparecchiature - UniNetLab, Universita di Palermo, Via F. Marini 14, I-90128 Palermo (Italy); Jiratova, K. [Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, 16502 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)

    2012-02-05

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Preparation of ternary mixed oxide by sol-gel method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Catalytic properties of the three-mixed oxides. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Heteropolyacid H{sub 3}PMo{sub 12}O{sub 40} and its cobalt salt Co{sub 1.5}PMo{sub 12}O{sub 40} that of active components in catalytic systems for thiophene hydrodesulfurization (HDS). - Abstract: TiAlZr mixed oxides, synthesized using sol-gel method, were characterized and used as supports of hydrodesulfurization catalysts (12 wt% Mo) prepared by impregnation either with molybdenum heteropolyacid H{sub 3}PMo{sub 12}O{sub 40} or its cobalt salt Co{sub 1.5}PMo{sub 12}O{sub 40}. Structure, morphology and textural properties of oxides and catalysts were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, Nitrogen adsorption porosimetry, TEM-EDS, temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) techniques. Activity of the catalytic systems was tested in thiophene hydrodesulfurization (HDS). No formation of a new oxide phase was revealed in the synthesized mixed materials. However the effect of separated oxides on the structure of ternary oxides was observed. Maximum in HDS activity of Mo containing samples was determined by optimum content of alumina in the mixed oxides. Incorporation of cobalt into the heteropolyacid increased the HDS activity about two times and masked the effect of the support composition.

  8. Nanoparticles of TiAlZr mixed oxides as supports of hydrodesulfurization catalysts: Synthesis and characterization

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    Highlights: ► Preparation of ternary mixed oxide by sol–gel method. ► Catalytic properties of the three-mixed oxides. ► Heteropolyacid H3PMo12O40 and its cobalt salt Co1.5PMo12O40 that of active components in catalytic systems for thiophene hydrodesulfurization (HDS). - Abstract: TiAlZr mixed oxides, synthesized using sol–gel method, were characterized and used as supports of hydrodesulfurization catalysts (12 wt% Mo) prepared by impregnation either with molybdenum heteropolyacid H3PMo12O40 or its cobalt salt Co1.5PMo12O40. Structure, morphology and textural properties of oxides and catalysts were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, Nitrogen adsorption porosimetry, TEM-EDS, temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) and temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) techniques. Activity of the catalytic systems was tested in thiophene hydrodesulfurization (HDS). No formation of a new oxide phase was revealed in the synthesized mixed materials. However the effect of separated oxides on the structure of ternary oxides was observed. Maximum in HDS activity of Mo containing samples was determined by optimum content of alumina in the mixed oxides. Incorporation of cobalt into the heteropolyacid increased the HDS activity about two times and masked the effect of the support composition.

  9. Single crystal particles of a mesoporous mixed transition metal oxide with a wormhole structure.

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    Lee, B; Lu, D; Kondo, J N; Domen, K

    2001-10-21

    A new type of mesoporous mixed transition metal oxide of Nb and Ta (NbTa-TIT-1) has been prepared through a two-step calcination, which consists of single crystal particles with wormhole mesoporous structure. PMID:12240191

  10. Preparation of mixed oxides (Th,U)O2: an evaluation of different techniques

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    An evaluation of different ways of obtaining (Th-U)O2 mixed oxides is described. Coprecipitation, mechanical mixing of uranium and thorium powders, and the sol-gel technique were studied in order to get a large spectrum of knowledge of the process performance. The use of ultrasonic waves for the homogenization of the hydroxide mixture and microwave heating for powder drying was also investigated. Sol-gel showed the best results regarding the specific area for obtained samples. Oxide drying by microwave is an effective method to get mixed oxides for fuel fabrication. Neither coprecipitation nor mechanical mixing of the thorium and uranium oxide powders is suitable for the purpose. The obtained data are less than 70% than those achieved when sol-gel process is performed. Electronic microscopy, X-ray fluorescence and diffraction, thermogravimetry, specific gravidity and specific area determination (BET) used for sample characterization were convenient and accomplished good results. (author)

  11. Insight into the photocatalytic activity of ZnCr-CO3 LDH and derived mixed oxides

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    Paušová, Š.; Krysa, J.; Jirkovský, Jaromír; Forano, C.; Mailhot, G.; Prevot, V.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 170, JUL 01 (2015), s. 25-33. ISSN 0926-3373 Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : photocatalysis * layered double hydroxides * mixed oxides Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 7.435, year: 2014

  12. Different Abilities of Eight Mixed Cultures of Methane-oxidizing Bacteria to Degrade TCE

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    Broholm, Kim; Christensen, Thomas Højlund; Jensen, Bjørn K.

    1993-01-01

    The ability of eight mixed cultures of methane-oxidizing bacteria to degrade trichloroethylene (TCE) was examined in laboratory batch experiments. This is one of the first reported works studying TCE degradation by mixed cultures of methane-oxidizing bacteria at 10°C, a common temperature for soils...... and groundwaters. Only three of the eight mixed cultures were able to degrade TCE, or to degrade TCE fast enough to result in a significant removal of TCE within the experimental time, when the cultures used methane as growth substrate. The same three mixed cultures were able to degrade TCE when they...... oxidized methanol, but only for a limited time period of about 5 days. Several explanations for the discontinued degradation of TCE are given. An experiment carried out to re-activate the methane-oxidizing bacteria after 8 days of growth on methanol by adding methane did not immediately result in...

  13. Feasibility Study of 1/3 Thorium-Plutonium Mixed Oxide Core

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    2014-01-01

    Thorium-plutonium mixed oxide (Th-MOX) fuel has become one of the most promising solutions to reduce a large and increasing plutonium stockpile. Compared with traditional uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (U-MOX) fuels, Th-MOX fuel has higher consumption rate of plutonium in LWRs. Besides, thorium based fuels have improved thermomechanical material properties compared with traditional U-MOX fuels. Previous studies on a full Th-MOX core have shown reduced efficiency in reactivity control mechanism...

  14. Synthesis and Characterization of Mixed Metal Oxide Nanocomposite Energetic Materials

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    Clapsaddle, B; Gash, A; Plantier, K; Pantoya, M; Jr., J S; Simpson, R

    2004-04-27

    In the field of composite energetic materials, properties such as ingredient distribution, particle size, and morphology affect both sensitivity and performance. Since the reaction kinetics of composite energetic materials are typically controlled by the mass transport rates between reactants, one would anticipate new and potentially exceptional performance from energetic nanocomposites. We have developed a new method of making nanostructured energetic materials, specifically explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, using sol-gel chemistry. A novel sol-gel approach has proven successful in preparing metal oxide/silicon oxide nanocomposites in which the metal oxide is the major component. By introducing a fuel metal, such as aluminum, into the metal oxide/silicon oxide matrix, energetic materials based on thermite reactions can be fabricated. Two of the metal oxides are tungsten trioxide and iron(III) oxide, both of which are of interest in the field of energetic materials. In addition, due to the large availability of organically functionalized silanes, the silicon oxide phase can be used as a unique way of introducing organic additives into the bulk metal oxide materials. These organic additives can cause the generation of gas upon ignition of the materials, therefore resulting in a composite material that can perform pressure/volume work. Furthermore, the desired organic functionality is well dispersed throughout the composite material on the nanoscale with the other components, and is therefore subject to the same increased reaction kinetics. The resulting nanoscale distribution of all the ingredients displays energetic properties not seen in its microscale counterparts due to the expected increase of mass transport rates between the reactants. The synthesis and characterization of iron(III) oxide/organosilicon oxide nanocomposites and their performance as energetic materials will be discussed.

  15. Mixed-chelate therapy of intratracheally deposited cadmium oxide

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    Mixed-chelate treatment with EDTA and salicylic acid was no more effective in accelerating the removal of intratracheally instilled 109CdO, or in protecting against CdO-induced mortality, than was EDTA given alone

  16. A transparent diode with high rectifying ratio using amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide/SiNx coupled junction

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    We introduce a transparent diode that shows both high rectifying ratio and low leakage current at process temperature below 250 °C. This device is clearly distinguished from all previous transparent diodes in that the rectifying behavior results from the junction between a semiconductor (amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide (a-IGZO)) and insulator (SiNx). We systematically study the properties of each junction within the device structure and demonstrate that the a-IGZO/SiNx junction is the source of the outstanding rectification. The electrical characteristics of this transparent diode are: 2.8 A/cm2 on-current density measured at −7 V; lower than 7.3 × 10−9 A/cm2 off-current density; 2.53 ideality factor; and high rectifying ratio of 108–109. Furthermore, the diode structure has a transmittance of over 80% across the visible light range. The operating principle of the indium-tin oxide (ITO)/a-IGZO/SiNx/ITO device was examined with an aid of the energy band diagram and we propose a preliminary model for the rectifying behavior. Finally, we suggest further directions for research on this transparent diode

  17. Interface Study on Amorphous Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide Thin Film Transistors Using High-k Gate Dielectric Materials

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    Yu-Hsien Lin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigated amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO thin film transistors (TFTs using different high-k gate dielectric materials such as silicon nitride (Si3N4 and aluminum oxide (Al2O3 at low temperature process (<300°C and compared them with low temperature silicon dioxide (SiO2. The IGZO device with high-k gate dielectric material will expect to get high gate capacitance density to induce large amount of channel carrier and generate the higher drive current. In addition, for the integrating process of integrating IGZO device, postannealing treatment is an essential process for completing the process. The chemical reaction of the high-k/IGZO interface due to heat formation in high-k/IGZO materials results in reliability issue. We also used the voltage stress for testing the reliability for the device with different high-k gate dielectric materials and explained the interface effect by charge band diagram.

  18. Study of oxidation behaviour of Zr-based bulk amorphous alloy Zr65Cu17.5Ni10Al7.5 by thermogravimetric analyser

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    A Dhawan; K Raetzke; F Faupel; S K Sharma

    2001-06-01

    The oxidation behaviour of Zr-based bulk amorphous alloy Zr65Cu17.5Ni10Al7.5 has been studied in air environment at various temperatures in the temperature range 591–684 K using a thermogravimetric analyser (TGA). The oxidation kinetics of the alloy in the amorphous phase obeys the parabolic rate law for oxidation in the temperature range 591–664 K. The values of the activation energy and pre-factor as calculated from the Arrhenius temperature dependence of the rate constants have been found to be 1.80 eV and 2.12 × 109 g cm–2.sec–1/2, respectively.

  19. Molten carbonate fuel cell cathode with mixed oxide coating

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    Hilmi, Abdelkader; Yuh, Chao-Yi

    2013-05-07

    A molten carbonate fuel cell cathode having a cathode body and a coating of a mixed oxygen ion conductor materials. The mixed oxygen ion conductor materials are formed from ceria or doped ceria, such as gadolinium doped ceria or yttrium doped ceria. The coating is deposited on the cathode body using a sol-gel process, which utilizes as precursors organometallic compounds, organic and inorganic salts, hydroxides or alkoxides and which uses as the solvent water, organic solvent or a mixture of same.

  20. Method for the manufacture of nitric acid soluble mixed oxide fuel pellets

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    For the manufacture of nitric acid-soluble mixed oxide fuel pellets with adjustable proportions, the starting powder is ground down to a primary grain size of < 2 μm together with a halogen-free grinding aid and subsequently mixed. The change is then granulated in a rotating chamber, pressed into pellet form and sintered. (orig.)

  1. Comparison of the electrical and optical properties of direct current and radio frequency sputtered amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide films

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    The electrical and optical properties of direct current and radio frequency (RF) sputtered amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) films are compared. It is found that the RF sputtered a-IGZO films have better stoichiometry (In:Ga:Zn:O = 1:1:1:2.5–3.0), lower electrical conductivity (σ < 8 S/cm), higher refractive index (n = 1.9–2.0) and larger band gap (Eg = 3.02–3.29 eV), and show less shift of Fermi level (△ EF ∼ 0.26 eV) and increased concentration of electrons (△ Ne ∼ 104) in the conduction band with the reduction concentration of oxygen vacancy (VO). Although a-IGZO has intensively been studied for a semiconductor channel material of thin film transistors in next-generation flat panel displays, its fundamental material parameters have not been thoroughly reported. In this work, the work function (φ) of a-IGZO films is tested with the ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. It is found that the φ of a-IGZO films is in the range of 4.0–5.0 eV depending on the VO. - Highlights: ► Amorphous InGaZnO4 (a-IGZO) films were prepared with different sputtering modes. ► Electrical and optical properties of the different films were compared. ► Fermi level (△EF) shift in a-IGZO films were tested by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. ► The relation of △EF with the properties of a-IGZO films were discussed. ► Work function was tested by ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy

  2. Optical refractive index and static permittivity of mixed Zr-Si oxide thin films prepared by ion beam induced CVD

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    Mixed oxides ZrxSi1-xO2 (0 3CH2O)3SiH and Zr[OC(CH3)3]4 volatile precursors induced by mixtures of O2+ and Ar+ ions. The films were flat and amorphous independently of the Si/Zr ratio and did not present phase segregation of the pure single oxides (SiO2 and ZrO2). A 10-23 at.% of H and 1-5 at.% of C atoms remained incorporated in the films depending on the mixture ratio of the Si and Zr precursors and the composition of the bombarding gas used during the deposition process. These impurities are mainly forming hydroxyl and carboxylic groups. Optical refractive index and static permittivity of the films were determined by reflection NIR-Vis spectroscopy and C-V electrical characterization, respectively. It is found that the refractive index increases non-linearly from 1.45 to 2.10 as the Zr content in the thin films increases. The static permittivity also increases non-linearly from ∼ 4 for pure SiO2 to ∼ 15 for pure ZrO2. Optical and electrical characteristics of the films are justified by their impurity content and the available theories

  3. Atomistic Texture of Amorphous Manganese Oxides for Electrochemical Water Splitting Revealed by Ab Initio Calculations Combined with X-ray Spectroscopy.

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    Mattioli, Giuseppe; Zaharieva, Ivelina; Dau, Holger; Guidoni, Leonardo

    2015-08-19

    Amorphous transition-metal (hydr)oxides are considered as the most promising catalysts that promote the oxidation of water to molecular oxygen, protons, and "energized" electrons, and, in turn, as fundamental parts of "artificial leaves" that can be exploited for large scale generation of chemical fuels (e.g., hydrogen) directly from sunlight. We present here a joint theoretical-experimental investigation of electrodeposited amorphous manganese oxides with different catalytic activities toward water oxidation (MnCats). Combining the information content of X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements with the predictive power of ab initio calculations based on density functional theory, we have been able to identify the essential structural and electronic properties of MnCats. We have elucidated (i) the localization and structural connection of Mn(II), Mn(III), and Mn(IV) ions in such amorphous oxides and (ii) the distribution of protons at the MnCat/water interface. Our calculations result in realistic 3D models of the MnCat atomistic texture, formed by the interconnection of small planar Mn-oxo sheets cross-linked through different kinds of defective Mn atoms, isolated or arranged in closed cubane-like units. Essential for the catalytic activity is the presence of undercoordinated Mn(III)O5 units located at the boundary of the amorphous network, where they are ready to act as hole traps that trigger the oxidation of neighboring water molecules when the catalyst is exposed to an external positive potential. The present validation of a sound 3D model of MnCat improves the accuracy of XAFS fits and opens the way for the development of mechanistic schemes of its functioning beyond a speculative level. PMID:26226190

  4. Route of electrochemical oxidation of the antibiotic sulfamethoxazole on a mixed oxide anode.

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    Hussain, Sajjad; Gul, Saima; Steter, Juliana R; Miwa, Douglas W; Motheo, Artur J

    2015-10-01

    The appearance of pharmaceutical compounds and their bioactive transformation products in aquatic environments is becoming an issue of increasing concern. In this study, the electrochemical oxidation of the widely used antibiotic sulfamethoxazole (SMX) was investigated using a commercial mixed oxide anode (Ti/Ru0.3Ti0.7O2) and a single compartment filter press-type flow reactor. The kinetics of SMX degradation was determined as a function of electrolyte composition, applied current density, and initial pH. Almost complete (98 %) degradation of SMX could be achieved within 30 min of electrolysis in 0.1 mol L(-1) NaCl solution at pH 3 with applied current densities ≥20 mA cm(-2). Nine major intermediates of the reaction were identified by LC-ESI-Q-TOF-MS (e.g., C6H9NO2S (m/z = 179), C6H4NOCl (m/z = 141), and C6H6O2 (m/z = 110)). The degradation followed various routes involving cleavage of the oxazole and benzene rings by hydroxyl and/or chlorine radicals, processes that could occur before or after rupture of the N-S bond, followed by oxidation of the remaining moieties. Analysis of the total organic carbon content revealed that the antibiotic was partially mineralized under the conditions employed and some inorganic ions, including NO3 (-) and SO4 (2-), could be identified. The results presented herein demonstrate the efficacy of the electrochemical process using a Ti/Ru0.3Ti0.7O2 anode for the remediation of wastewater containing the antibiotic SMX. PMID:26002364

  5. Impurity analysis in dirty rejected oxide generated during mixed oxide fuel fabrication

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    Uranium and plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel is being fabricated for Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) at Advanced Fuel Fabrication Facility (AFFF), Tarapur having two compositions viz. (U,21% Pu)O2 and (U,28% Pu)O2. Inherently, during various stages of fabrication process, Pu bearing scraps gets generated. Broadly these scraps are categorized as clean rejected oxide (CRO) and dirty rejected oxide (DRO) depending upon the chemical impurity content. The valuable fissile material 'Pu' needs to be recovered from scrap and reuse for fuel fabrication. A microwave based wet direct denitration process for recycling and re-use of CRO has been developed and adapted at AFFF. Nearly 2% of processed fuel material is generated as DRO. The concerns associated with long term storage of the scraps are mainly fissile content degradation and men-rem besides economic. Since the content of Pu in the scraps is high and significant quantities are piled-up during a campaign. Essentially processes are required to be developed for in-house recovery and recycling of these scraps. Thus it is important to analyse the impurities in the scraps with regard to chemical nature, total content, source and deviation from the acceptable levels. In the present paper, estimation of impurities in DRO generated during various operations was carried out. The specified metallic (Al, Ag, B, Be, Cd, Ca, Mg, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sn, Si, W, Zn etc.) and non-metallic (C, H, Cl and F) impurities were determined in 25 samples. Metallic impurities were determined by a glove box adapted ICP-OES. C was determined by combustion following IR absorptive measurement. IGF followed by TCD measurement was employed for H determination. Cl and F were measured by respective ISEs after pyrohydrolytic extraction

  6. Amorphous silicon thin-film solar cells deposited on flexible substrates using different zinc oxide layers

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    Alpuim, P.; Samantilleke, A.; Marins, E.; Rebouta, L. [Centro de Fisica, Universidade do Minho, 4800-058 Guimaraes (Portugal); Oliveira, F.; Cerqueira, M.F. [Centro de Fisica, Universidade do Minho, 4800-058 Guimaraes (Portugal); Centro de Fisica, Universidade do Minho, 4710-057 Braga (Portugal); Stefanov, S.; Chiussi, S. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, E.T.S.I. Industriales, Universidade de Vigo, Campus Universitario Lagoas Marcosende, 36310 Vigo (Spain); Serra, C. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, E.T.S.I. Industriales, Universidade de Vigo, Campus Universitario Lagoas Marcosende, 36310 Vigo (Spain); C.A.C.T.I., Universidade de Vigo, Campus Universitario Lagoas Marcosende, 36310 Vigo (Spain); Bouree, J.E. [Laboratoire de Physique des Interfaces et des Couches Minces, CNRS UMR 7647, Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France)

    2010-04-15

    In order to improve the transparent contact layer in amorphous silicon solar cells fabricated on low-temperature plastic substrates, Al and Ga doped ZnO films were deposited at room temperature on plastic and glass and their optical, electronic and structural properties were correlated and optimized. Aiming to explore light trapping effects, plastic substrates were laser textured and their haze and total transmittance and reflectance were compared with those of untextured substrates. Although the haze increased dramatically, from 1.7 to 78.9%, the total transmittance of PET coated with ZnO:Ga decreased from 83.9%, in the untextured substrate, to 58.5% in the textured PET. The haze in reflected light of PET coated with Al increased from 4.3% to 66.2% after texturing but the total reflectance decreased from 70.1% to 36.8%. Therefore the untextured substrates were used in the solar cells. a-Si:H solar cells were deposited at a substrate temperature of 150 C on plastic, in the superstrate p-i-n configuration, and on stainless steel, in the substrate n-i-p configuration. The efficiency is {proportional_to}5% in both types of devices, limited by low J{sub sc} and low fill factor. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  7. Photochromism of amorphous molybdenum oxide films with different initial Mo5+ relative concentrations

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    We report the effect of deposition conditions on the intrinsic color and photochromic properties of amorphous MoO3 thin films (a-films) deposited by R.F. unbalanced magnetron sputtering. Optical transmission spectroscopy was used to measure optical properties of the films. The conversion between Mo6+ and Mo5+ for as-deposited and UV irradiated films was characterized using XPS. Raman spectroscopy was used to confirm that the results of XPS were consistent with the bulk of the films. It is shown that absorption coefficient of as-deposited films increases with Mo5+ content. The temporal evolution of absorption coefficients for all films under UV light irradiation is measured using optical transmission spectroscopy. The largest change in absorption was observed for the film with the highest initial Mo5+ content. The temporal evolution of absorption coefficients for all the films shows initial fast rise within first minute of irradiation. XPS and Raman results show that for all films Mo5+ content increases as a result of UV irradiation except for the film with the highest initial Mo5+ content, for which the Mo5+ content decreases relative to Mo6+ despite the fact that the absorption of the film continues to rise. Further understanding of this mechanism is important since it will lead to enhanced photochromism and extend the photo-colorability of the films beyond the point at which the conversion of Mo6+ to Mo5+ is saturated.

  8. Strain-induced transformation of amorphous spherical precipitates into platelets: Application to oxide particles in silicon

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    The spherical shape of an amorphous precipitate becomes unstable if the combination P2R of precipitate radius R and pressure P exceeds some critical value. This critical value was found to be about 4.44 Gσ, where G is the matrix shear modulus and σ is the specific energy of the precipitate/matrix interface. Once this instability criterion is fulfilled, the initially spherical particle will reduce the total free energy (the sum of strain energy and the surface energy) by becoming a thin oblate spheroid (effectively, a platelet). The actual pressure P in the course of oxygen precipitation in silicon is controlled by a high self-interstitial supersaturation caused by emission of self-interstitials by growing precipitates. The duration of annealing necessary to reach the stage of collapse of spheres into platelets is calculated as a function of temperature and the precipitate density. Calculated results are compatible with the experimentally observed annealing conditions for platelet formation. Another important example of sphere to platelet transformation is microdefect formation in vacancy-type silicon. In this case a large negative value of P is sufficient to induce collapse. [copyright] 2001 American Institute of Physics

  9. Fabrication of ion conductive tin oxide-phosphate amorphous thin films by atomic layer deposition

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    This work reports the atomic layer deposition (ALD) of tin oxide-phosphate films using tetrakis(dimethylamino)tin and trimethyl phosphate as precursors. The growth rates were 1.23–1.84 Å/cycle depending upon the deposition temperature and precursor combination. The ionic conductivity of the ALD tin oxide-phosphate films was evaluated by cross-plane impedance measurements in the temperature range of 50–300 °C under atmospheric air, with the highest conductivity measured as 1.92 × 10−5 S cm−1 at 300 °C. Furthermore, high-resolution x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy exhibited two O1s peaks that were classified as two subpeaks of hydroxyl ions and oxygen ions, revealing that the quantity of hydroxyl ions in the ALD tin oxide-phosphate films influences their ionic conductivity

  10. Degradation of organophosphorus pesticide parathion methyl on nanostructured titania-iron mixed oxides

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    Highlights: • Ti–Fe mixed oxides were synthesized via low-temperature one-pot method. • Mixed oxides were used for degradation of parathion methyl. • Pure reference oxide samples showed no degradation ability. • Mixed oxides reached 70% degree of conversion of parathion methyl. - Abstract: Titania-iron mixed oxides with various Ti:Fe ratio were prepared by homogeneous hydrolysis of aqueous solutions of titanium(IV) oxysulphate and iron(III) sulphate with urea as a precipitating agent. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman and infrared spectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, XRF analysis, specific surface area (BET) and porosity determination (BJH). These oxides were used for degradation of organophosporus pesticide parathion methyl. The highest degradation efficiency approaching <70% was found for the samples with Ti:Fe ratio 0.25:1 and 1:0.25. Contrary, parathion methyl was not degraded on the surfaces of pure oxides. In general, the highest degradation rate exhibited samples consisted of the iron or titanium oxide containing a moderate amount of the admixture. However, distinct correlations between the degradation rate and the sorbent composition were not identified

  11. Preparation and Properties of Co-Mn-Al Mixed Oxide Catalyst Deposited on Stainless Steel Sieve

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    Kovanda, F.; Bouša, D.; Jirátová, Květa; Grygar, Tomáš; Obalová, L.

    - : -, 2013, 2-T8-351. ISBN N. [European Congress on Catalysis – EuropaCat-XI /11./. Lyon (FR), 01.09.2013-06.09.2013] R&D Projects: GA TA ČR TA01020336 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : layered double hydroxides * electrochemical deposition * mixed oxide catalysts * VOC oxidation * N2O decomposition Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  12. Degradation of organophosphorus pesticide parathion methyl on nanostructured titania-iron mixed oxides

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    Henych, Jiří, E-mail: henych@iic.cas.cz [Department of Material Chemistry, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry AS CR v.v.i., 25068 Řež (Czech Republic); Štengl, Václav; Slušná, Michaela; Matys Grygar, Tomáš [Department of Material Chemistry, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry AS CR v.v.i., 25068 Řež (Czech Republic); Janoš, Pavel; Kuráň, Pavel; Štastný, Martin [Faculty of the Environment, J.E. Purkyně University, Králova Výšina 7, 400 96 Ústí nad Labem (Czech Republic)

    2015-07-30

    Highlights: • Ti–Fe mixed oxides were synthesized via low-temperature one-pot method. • Mixed oxides were used for degradation of parathion methyl. • Pure reference oxide samples showed no degradation ability. • Mixed oxides reached 70% degree of conversion of parathion methyl. - Abstract: Titania-iron mixed oxides with various Ti:Fe ratio were prepared by homogeneous hydrolysis of aqueous solutions of titanium(IV) oxysulphate and iron(III) sulphate with urea as a precipitating agent. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman and infrared spectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, XRF analysis, specific surface area (BET) and porosity determination (BJH). These oxides were used for degradation of organophosporus pesticide parathion methyl. The highest degradation efficiency approaching <70% was found for the samples with Ti:Fe ratio 0.25:1 and 1:0.25. Contrary, parathion methyl was not degraded on the surfaces of pure oxides. In general, the highest degradation rate exhibited samples consisted of the iron or titanium oxide containing a moderate amount of the admixture. However, distinct correlations between the degradation rate and the sorbent composition were not identified.

  13. Dopant selection for control of charge carrier density and mobility in amorphous indium oxide thin-film transistors: Comparison between Si- and W-dopants

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    The dependence of oxygen vacancy suppression on dopant species in amorphous indium oxide (a-InOx) thin film transistors (TFTs) is reported. In a-InOx TFTs incorporating equivalent atom densities of Si- and W-dopants, absorption of oxygen in the host a-InOx matrix was found to depend on difference of Gibbs free energy of the dopants for oxidation. For fully oxidized films, the extracted channel conductivity was higher in the a-InOx TFTs containing dopants of small ionic radius. This can be explained by a reduction in the ionic scattering cross sectional area caused by charge screening effects

  14. Development of thin film amorphous silicon oxide/microcrystalline silicon double-junction solar cells and their temperature dependence

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    Sriprapha, K.; Piromjit, C.; Limmanee, A.; Sritharathikhun, J. [Institute of Solar Energy Technology Development (SOLARTEC), National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), 111 Thailand Science Park, Phahonyothin Road, Klong 1, Klong Luang, Pathumthani 12120 (Thailand)

    2011-01-15

    We have developed thin film silicon double-junction solar cells by using micromorph structure. Wide bandgap hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (a-SiO:H) film was used as an absorber layer of top cell in order to obtain solar cells with high open circuit voltage (V{sub oc}), which are attractive for the use in high temperature environment. All p, i and n layers were deposited on transparent conductive oxide (TCO) coated glass substrate by a 60 MHz-very-high-frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (VHF-PECVD) technique. The p-i-n-p-i-n double-junction solar cells were fabricated by varying the CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2} flow rate of i top layer in order to obtain the wide bandgap with good quality material, which deposited near the phase boundary between a-SiO:H and hydrogenated microcrystalline silicon oxide ({mu}c-SiO:H), where the high V{sub oc} can be expected. The typical a-SiO:H/{mu}c-Si:H solar cell showed the highest initial cell efficiency of 10.5%. The temperature coefficient (TC) of solar cells indicated that the values of TC for conversion efficiency ({eta}) of the double-junction solar cells were inversely proportional to the initial V{sub oc}, which corresponds to the bandgap of the top cells. The TC for {eta} of typical a-SiO:H/{mu}c-Si:H was -0.32%/ C, lower than the value of conventional a-Si:H/{mu}c-Si:H solar cell. Both the a-SiO:H/{mu}c-Si:H solar cell and the conventional solar cell showed the same light induced degradation ratio of about 20%. We concluded that the solar cells using wide bandgap a-SiO:H film in the top cells are promising for the use in high temperature regions. (author)

  15. Preliminary comparison of three processes of AlN oxidation: dry, wet and mixed ones

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    Korbutowicz R.; Zakrzewski A.

    2016-01-01

    Three methods of AlN layers oxidation: dry, wet and mixed (wet with oxygen) were compared. Some physical parameters of oxidized thin films of aluminum nitride (AlN) layers grown on silicon Si(1 1 1) were investigated by means Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) and Spectroscopic Ellipsometry (SE). Three series of the thermal oxidations processes were carried out at 1012 °C in pure nitrogen as carrying gas and various gas ambients: (a) dry oxidation with oxygen, (b) wet oxidation with w...

  16. E-beam and UV induced fabrication of CeO2, Eu2O3 and their mixed oxides with UO2

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    Pavelková, Tereza; Vaněček, Vojtěch; Jakubec, Ivo; Čuba, Václav

    2016-07-01

    CeO2, Eu2O3 and mixed oxides of CeO2-UO2, Eu2O3-UO2 were fabricated. The preparative method was based on the irradiation of aqueous solutions containing cerium/europium (and uranyl) nitrates and ammonium formate. In the course of irradiation, the solid phase (precursor) was precipitated. The composition of irradiated solutions significantly affected the properties of precursor formed in the course of the irradiation. However, subsequent heat treatment of (amorphous) precursors at temperatures ≤650 °C invariably resulted in the formation of powder oxides with well-developed nanocrystals with linear crystallite size 13-27 nm and specific surface area 10-46 m2 g-1. The applicability of both ionizing (e-beam) and non-ionizing (UV) radiation was studied.

  17. Photochromism of amorphous molybdenum oxide films with different initial Mo{sup 5+} relative concentrations

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    Rouhani, Mehdi [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology And Research, 3 Research Link, 117602 (Singapore); Foo, Yong L. [Singapore Institute of Technology, EFG Bank Building, 25 North Bridge Road 03-01 179104 (Singapore); Hobley, Jonathan; Pan, Jisheng; Subramanian, Gomathy Sandhya [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology And Research, 3 Research Link, 117602 (Singapore); Yu, Xiaojiang [Singapore Synchrotron Light Source, National University of Singapore 5 Research Link, 117603 (Singapore); Rusydi, Andrivo [Singapore Synchrotron Light Source, National University of Singapore 5 Research Link, 117603 (Singapore); Department of Physics, National University of Singapore, 2 Science Drive 3, 117551 (Singapore); Gorelik, Sergey, E-mail: goreliks@imre.a-star.edu.sg [Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, Agency for Science, Technology And Research, 3 Research Link, 117602 (Singapore)

    2013-05-15

    We report the effect of deposition conditions on the intrinsic color and photochromic properties of amorphous MoO{sub 3} thin films (a-films) deposited by R.F. unbalanced magnetron sputtering. Optical transmission spectroscopy was used to measure optical properties of the films. The conversion between Mo{sup 6+} and Mo{sup 5+} for as-deposited and UV irradiated films was characterized using XPS. Raman spectroscopy was used to confirm that the results of XPS were consistent with the bulk of the films. It is shown that absorption coefficient of as-deposited films increases with Mo{sup 5+} content. The temporal evolution of absorption coefficients for all films under UV light irradiation is measured using optical transmission spectroscopy. The largest change in absorption was observed for the film with the highest initial Mo{sup 5+} content. The temporal evolution of absorption coefficients for all the films shows initial fast rise within first minute of irradiation. XPS and Raman results show that for all films Mo{sup 5+} content increases as a result of UV irradiation except for the film with the highest initial Mo{sup 5+} content, for which the Mo{sup 5+} content decreases relative to Mo{sup 6+} despite the fact that the absorption of the film continues to rise. Further understanding of this mechanism is important since it will lead to enhanced photochromism and extend the photo-colorability of the films beyond the point at which the conversion of Mo{sup 6+} to Mo{sup 5+} is saturated.

  18. Amorphous Zinc Oxide Integrated Wavy Channel Thin Film Transistor Based High Performance Digital Circuits

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    Hanna, Amir

    2015-12-04

    High performance thin film transistor (TFT) can be a great driving force for display, sensor/actuator, integrated electronics, and distributed computation for Internet of Everything applications. While semiconducting oxides like zinc oxide (ZnO) present promising opportunity in that regard, still wide area of improvement exists to increase the performance further. Here, we show a wavy channel (WC) architecture for ZnO integrated TFT which increases transistor width without chip area penalty, enabling high performance in material agnostic way. We further demonstrate digital logic NAND circuit using the WC architecture and compare it to the conventional planar architecture. The WC architecture circuits have shown 2× higher peak-to-peak output voltage for the same input voltage. They also have 3× lower high-to-low propagation delay times, respectively, when compared to the planar architecture. The performance enhancement is attributed to both extra device width and enhanced field effect mobility due to higher gate field electrostatics control.

  19. Functionalization of Amorphous Chalcogenide and Titanium Oxide Layers by Gold Nanoparticles

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    Kökényesi Sándor (1946-) (fizikus); Biri Sándor; Hegedűs Csaba (1953-) (fogszakorvos); Csarnovics István (1986-) (fizikus); Csik Attila

    2014-01-01

    The technology problems of fabricating different, nanometers sized gold particles in the layered composites like light-sensitive chalcogenide glass/gold nanoparticles/transparent substrate or titanium/titanium oxide/gold nanoparticles were investigated in our work. Combination of ion implantation, plasma deposition with annealing processes results physical routes for creation of gold nanoparticles in the mentioned structures, which possess plasmon effects. These functionalized structures are ...

  20. High purity samarium oxide from mixed rare earth carbonates

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    A simple and economical chemical process for the production of highly pure samarium oxides is discussed. The raw material, which was used in the form of rare earth carbonates was produced industrially from the chemical treatment of Brazilian monazite. Ion exchange chromatography was performed using a strong cationic resin that is typically employed in water treatment processes to fractionate rare earth elements (REE) without the use of retention ions. Under these conditions, 99.9% pure Sm2O3 was eluted using the ammonium salt of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) at a controlled pH. The EDTA-samarium complex was separated from EDTA and then precipitated as oxalate and fired to samarium oxide. Molecular absorption spectrophotometry was used to monitor the samarium content during the proposed process, and sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry was used to certify the purity of the samarium oxide. Typical samarium oxide obtained from the proposed procedure contained the following contaminants in micrograms per gram: Sc (20.90); Y (11.80); La (8.4); Ce (4.3); Pr (2.5); Nd (5.1); Eu (94); Gd (114); Tb (3.6); Dy (2.5), Ho (2.3); Er (3.0); Tm (2.3); Yb (38,2); Lu (25.6). The high-purity samarium oxides produced in the present study can be used as an alternative to imported products in research and development applications. (author)

  1. High purity samarium oxide from mixed rare earth carbonates

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    Queiroz, Carlos A. da S.; Seneda, Jose A.; Vasconcellos, Mari E. de, E-mail: cqueiroz@ipen.br, E-mail: jaseneda@ipen.br, E-mail: mstela@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Pedreira Filho, Walter dos R., E-mail: walter.pedreira@fundacentro.gov.br [Fundaco Jorge Duprat Figueiredo de Seguranca e Medicina do Trabalho (FUNDACENTRO), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    A simple and economical chemical process for the production of highly pure samarium oxides is discussed. The raw material, which was used in the form of rare earth carbonates was produced industrially from the chemical treatment of Brazilian monazite. Ion exchange chromatography was performed using a strong cationic resin that is typically employed in water treatment processes to fractionate rare earth elements (REE) without the use of retention ions. Under these conditions, 99.9% pure Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} was eluted using the ammonium salt of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) at a controlled pH. The EDTA-samarium complex was separated from EDTA and then precipitated as oxalate and fired to samarium oxide. Molecular absorption spectrophotometry was used to monitor the samarium content during the proposed process, and sector field inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry was used to certify the purity of the samarium oxide. Typical samarium oxide obtained from the proposed procedure contained the following contaminants in micrograms per gram: Sc (20.90); Y (11.80); La (8.4); Ce (4.3); Pr (2.5); Nd (5.1); Eu (94); Gd (114); Tb (3.6); Dy (2.5), Ho (2.3); Er (3.0); Tm (2.3); Yb (38,2); Lu (25.6). The high-purity samarium oxides produced in the present study can be used as an alternative to imported products in research and development applications. (author)

  2. Study of reactions between uranium-plutonium mixed oxide and uranium nitride and between uranium oxide and uranium nitride

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    A new type of combustible elements which is a mixture of uranium nitride and uranium-plutonium oxide could be used for Quick Neutrons Reactors. Three different studies have been made on the one hand on the reactions between uranium nitride (UN) and uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (U,Pu)O2, on the other hand on these between UN and uranium oxide UO2. They show a sizeable reaction between nitride and oxide for the studied temperatures range (1573 K to 1973 K). This reaction forms a oxynitride compound, MOx Ny with M=U or M=(U,Pu), whose crystalline structure is similar to oxide's. Solubility of nitride in both oxides is studied, as the reaction kinetics. (TEC). 32 refs., 48 figs., 22 tabs

  3. Semiconductor to metallic transition in bulk accumulated amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide dual gate thin-film transistor

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    We investigated the effects of top gate voltage (VTG) and temperature (in the range of 25 to 70 oC) on dual-gate (DG) back-channel-etched (BCE) amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) thin film transistors (TFTs) characteristics. The increment of VTG from -20V to +20V, decreases the threshold voltage (VTH) from 19.6V to 3.8V and increases the electron density to 8.8 x 1018cm−3. Temperature dependent field-effect mobility in saturation regime, extracted from bottom gate sweep, show a critical dependency on VTG. At VTG of 20V, the mobility decreases from 19.1 to 15.4 cm2/V ⋅ s with increasing temperature, showing a metallic conduction. On the other hand, at VTG of - 20V, the mobility increases from 6.4 to 7.5cm2/V ⋅ s with increasing temperature. Since the top gate bias controls the position of Fermi level, the temperature dependent mobility shows metallic conduction when the Fermi level is above the conduction band edge, by applying high positive bias to the top gate

  4. Channel length dependence of negative-bias-illumination-stress in amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin-film transistors

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    We have investigated the dependence of Negative-Bias-illumination-Stress (NBIS) upon channel length, in amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs). The negative shift of the transfer characteristic associated with NBIS decreases for increasing channel length and is practically suppressed in devices with L = 100-μm. The effect is consistent with creation of donor defects, mainly in the channel regions adjacent to source and drain contacts. Excellent agreement with experiment has been obtained by an analytical treatment, approximating the distribution of donors in the active layer by a double exponential with characteristic length LD ∼ Ln ∼ 10-μm, the latter being the electron diffusion length. The model also shows that a device with a non-uniform doping distribution along the active layer is in all equivalent, at low drain voltages, to a device with the same doping averaged over the active layer length. These results highlight a new aspect of the NBIS mechanism, that is, the dependence of the effect upon the relative magnitude of photogenerated holes and electrons, which is controlled by the device potential/band profile. They may also provide the basis for device design solutions to minimize NBIS

  5. Temperature-dependent bias-stress-induced electrical instability of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin-film transistors

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    Qian, Hui-Min; Yu, Guang; Lu, Hai; Wu, Chen-Fei; Tang, Lan-Feng; Zhou, Dong; Ren, Fang-Fang; Zhang, Rong; Zheng, You-Liao; Huang, Xiao-Ming

    2015-07-01

    The time and temperature dependence of threshold voltage shift under positive-bias stress (PBS) and the following recovery process are investigated in amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistors. It is found that the time dependence of threshold voltage shift can be well described by a stretched exponential equation in which the time constant τ is found to be temperature dependent. Based on Arrhenius plots, an average effective energy barrier Eτstress = 0.72 eV for the PBS process and an average effective energy barrier Eτrecovery = 0.58 eV for the recovery process are extracted respectively. A charge trapping/detrapping model is used to explain the threshold voltage shift in both the PBS and the recovery process. The influence of gate bias stress on transistor performance is one of the most critical issues for practical device development. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant Nos. 2011CB301900 and 2011CB922100) and the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, China

  6. Improvement in gate bias stress instability of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide thin-film transistors using microwave irradiation

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    Jo, Kwang-Won; Cho, Won-Ju, E-mail: chowj@kw.ac.kr [Department of Electronic Materials Engineering, Kwangwoon University, 447-1, Wolgye-dong, Nowon-gu, Seoul 139-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-11-24

    In this study, we evaluated the effects of microwave irradiation (MWI) post-deposition-annealing (PDA) treatment on the gate bias stress instability of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide thin-film transistors (a-IGZO TFTs) and compared the results with a conventional thermal annealing PDA treatment. The MWI-PDA-treated a-IGZO TFTs exhibited enhanced electrical performance as well as improved long-term stability with increasing microwave power. The positive turn-on voltage shift (ΔV{sub ON}) as a function of stress time with positive bias and varying temperature was precisely modeled on a stretched-exponential equation, suggesting that charge trapping is a dominant mechanism in the instability of MWI-PDA-treated a-IGZO TFTs. The characteristic trapping time and average effective barrier height for electron transport indicate that the MWI-PDA treatment effectively reduces the defects in a-IGZO TFTs, resulting in a superior resistance against gate bias stress.

  7. Semiconductor to metallic transition in bulk accumulated amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide dual gate thin-film transistor

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    Minkyu Chun

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the effects of top gate voltage (VTG and temperature (in the range of 25 to 70 oC on dual-gate (DG back-channel-etched (BCE amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO thin film transistors (TFTs characteristics. The increment of VTG from -20V to +20V, decreases the threshold voltage (VTH from 19.6V to 3.8V and increases the electron density to 8.8 x 1018cm−3. Temperature dependent field-effect mobility in saturation regime, extracted from bottom gate sweep, show a critical dependency on VTG. At VTG of 20V, the mobility decreases from 19.1 to 15.4 cm2/V ⋅ s with increasing temperature, showing a metallic conduction. On the other hand, at VTG of - 20V, the mobility increases from 6.4 to 7.5cm2/V ⋅ s with increasing temperature. Since the top gate bias controls the position of Fermi level, the temperature dependent mobility shows metallic conduction when the Fermi level is above the conduction band edge, by applying high positive bias to the top gate.

  8. Channel length dependence of negative-bias-illumination-stress in amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin-film transistors

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    Um, Jae Gwang; Mativenga, Mallory; Jang, Jin, E-mail: jjang@khu.ac.kr [Advanced Display Research Center, Department of Information Display, Kyung Hee University, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 130-701 (Korea, Republic of); Migliorato, Piero [Advanced Display Research Center, Department of Information Display, Kyung Hee University, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 130-701 (Korea, Republic of); Electrical Engineering Division, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom)

    2015-06-21

    We have investigated the dependence of Negative-Bias-illumination-Stress (NBIS) upon channel length, in amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs). The negative shift of the transfer characteristic associated with NBIS decreases for increasing channel length and is practically suppressed in devices with L = 100-μm. The effect is consistent with creation of donor defects, mainly in the channel regions adjacent to source and drain contacts. Excellent agreement with experiment has been obtained by an analytical treatment, approximating the distribution of donors in the active layer by a double exponential with characteristic length L{sub D} ∼ L{sub n} ∼ 10-μm, the latter being the electron diffusion length. The model also shows that a device with a non-uniform doping distribution along the active layer is in all equivalent, at low drain voltages, to a device with the same doping averaged over the active layer length. These results highlight a new aspect of the NBIS mechanism, that is, the dependence of the effect upon the relative magnitude of photogenerated holes and electrons, which is controlled by the device potential/band profile. They may also provide the basis for device design solutions to minimize NBIS.

  9. Semiconductor to metallic transition in bulk accumulated amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide dual gate thin-film transistor

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    Chun, Minkyu; Chowdhury, Md Delwar Hossain; Jang, Jin, E-mail: jjang@khu.ac.kr [Advanced Display Research Center and Department of Information Display, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    We investigated the effects of top gate voltage (V{sub TG}) and temperature (in the range of 25 to 70 {sup o}C) on dual-gate (DG) back-channel-etched (BCE) amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) thin film transistors (TFTs) characteristics. The increment of V{sub TG} from -20V to +20V, decreases the threshold voltage (V{sub TH}) from 19.6V to 3.8V and increases the electron density to 8.8 x 10{sup 18}cm{sup −3}. Temperature dependent field-effect mobility in saturation regime, extracted from bottom gate sweep, show a critical dependency on V{sub TG}. At V{sub TG} of 20V, the mobility decreases from 19.1 to 15.4 cm{sup 2}/V ⋅ s with increasing temperature, showing a metallic conduction. On the other hand, at V{sub TG} of - 20V, the mobility increases from 6.4 to 7.5cm{sup 2}/V ⋅ s with increasing temperature. Since the top gate bias controls the position of Fermi level, the temperature dependent mobility shows metallic conduction when the Fermi level is above the conduction band edge, by applying high positive bias to the top gate.

  10. Effect of Ta addition of co-sputtered amorphous tantalum indium zinc oxide thin film transistors with bias stability.

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    Son, Dae-Ho; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Park, Si-Nae; Sung, Shi-Joon; Kang, Jin-Kyu

    2014-11-01

    In this work, we have fabricated thin film transistors (TFTs) using amorphous tantalum indium zinc oxide (a-TaInZnO) channels by the co-sputtering process. The effects of incorporating tantalum on the InZnO material were investigated using Hall-effect measurement results, and electrical characteristics. We also found that the carrier densities of thin films and the transistor on-off currents were greatly influenced by the composition of tantalum addition. Ta ions have strong affinity to oxygen and so suppress the formation of free electron carriers inthin films; they play an important role in enhancing the electrical characteristic due to their high oxygen bonding ability. The electrical characteristics of the optimized TFTs shows a field effect mobility of 3.67 cm2 V(-1) s(-1), a threshold voltage of 1.28 V, an on/off ratio of 1.1 x 10(8), and a subthreshold swing of 480 mV/dec. Under gate bias stress conditions, the TaInZnO TFTs showed lower shift in threshold voltage shifts. PMID:25958492

  11. Contact resistance asymmetry of amorphous indium–gallium–zinc–oxide thin-film transistors by scanning Kelvin probe microscopy

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    Chen-Fei, Wu; Yun-Feng, Chen; Hai, Lu; Xiao-Ming, Huang; Fang-Fang, Ren; Dun-Jun, Chen; Rong, Zhang; You-Dou, Zheng

    2016-05-01

    In this work, a method based on scanning Kelvin probe microscopy is proposed to separately extract source/drain (S/D) series resistance in operating amorphous indium–gallium–zinc–oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistors. The asymmetry behavior of S/D contact resistance is deduced and the underlying physics is discussed. The present results suggest that the asymmetry of S/D contact resistance is caused by the difference in bias conditions of the Schottky-like junction at the contact interface induced by the parasitic reaction between contact metal and a-IGZO. The overall contact resistance should be determined by both the bulk channel resistance of the contact region and the interface properties of the metal-semiconductor junction. Project supported by the Key Industrial R&D Program of Jiangsu Province, China (Grant No. BE2015155), the Priority Academic Program Development of Higher Education Institutions of Jiangsu Province, China, and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 021014380033).

  12. Designed synthesis of tunable amorphous carbon nanotubes (a-CNTs) by a novel route and their oxidation resistance properties

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    Longlong Xu; Yifu Zhang; Xiongzhi Zhang; Yu Huang; Xiaoyu Tan; Chi Huang; Xiao Mei; Fei Niu; Changgong Meng; Gongzhen Cheng

    2014-10-01

    Tunable amorphous carbon nanotubes (a-CNTs) were successfully synthesized using V3O7.H2O and glucose solution as the starting materials by a novel route for the first time. The as-obtained samples were separately characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive spectrometer (EDS), elemental analysis (EA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT–IR) and Raman spectrum. The results showed that the as-obtained a-CNTs had uniform diameters with outer diameter ranging from 140 to 250 nm and inner diameter about 28 nm on an average, and their length was up to several micrometres. No VO residues remaining in a-CNTs showed the as-obtained a-CNTs with high purity. The as-prepared a-CNTs were a kind of hydrogenated a-CNTs containing both the 3- and 2-type carbons. Furthermore, the thermal stability of the as-obtained a-CNTs in the air atmosphere were investigated by thermo-gravimetric/differential thermal analyser (TG-DTA), revealing that the as-obtained a-CNTs had good thermal stability and oxidation resistance below 300 °C in air.

  13. Reduction of tail state on boron doped hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide films prepared at high hydrogen dilution.

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    Park, Jinjoo; Iftiquar, S M; Lee, Sunwha; Park, Hyeongsik; Shin, Chonghoon; Jung, Junhee; Lee, Youn-Jung; Balaji, Nagarajan; Yi, Junsin

    2013-12-01

    In this report, we have investigated on the defect state of diborane (B2H6) doped wide bandgap hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (p-type a-SiO:H) films prepared using silane (SiH4), hydrogen (H2) and nitrous oxide (N2O) in a radio frequency (RF) plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system with different hydrogen dilutions. The films prepared with higher hydrogen dilution show lower Urbach energy (Eu), lower microstructure (R*), lower short and medium range disorder (omegaTO, Gamma(TO), I(TA)/I(TO), I(LA)/I(TO)), higher dark conductivity (sigma d) and higher refractive index (n) with high optical gap (Eg). Eu decreases from 248 meV to 153 meV, and R* decreases from 0.46 to 0.26, Raman peak omegaTO-TO mode position shifts from 480.24 to 483.28, GammaTO-full width half maximum of omegaTO decreases from 78.16 to 63.87, I(TA)/I(TO)-the ratio of integrated area of TA and TO mode decreases from 0.624 to 0.474, I(LA)/I(TO)-the ratio of integrated area of LA and TO mode deceases from 0.272 to 0.151, sigma d increases from 4.6 x 10(-7) S/cm to 1.1 x 10(-6) S/cm, n increases from 3.70 to 3.86. Reduced Nd, Eu and R* at wide Eg indicates that the films are more useful for solar cell window layer. Applying this layer to a single junction solar cell shows open circuit voltage (Voc) = 0.80 V, short circuit current density (Jsc) = 16.3 mA/cm2, fill factor (FF) = 72%, efficiency (eta) = 9.4%. PMID:24266147

  14. Fabrication of uranium–americium mixed oxide pellet from microsphere precursors: Application of CRMP process

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    Highlights: • Dust free process for (U,Am)O2 transmutation target fabrication. • Synthesis of U0.9Am0.1O2 mixed oxide microspheres from ion exchange resin. • Fabrication of dense U0.9Am0.1O2 pellet with 95% TD from mixed oxide microspheres. - Abstract: Mixed uranium–americium oxides are one of the materials envisaged for Americium Bearing Blankets dedicated to transmutation in fast neutron reactors. Recently, several processes have been developed in order to validate fabrication flowchart in terms of material specifications such as density and homogeneity but also to suggest simplifications for lowering industrial costs and hazards linked to dust generation of highly contaminating and irradiating compounds. This study deals with the application of an innovative route using mixed oxide microspheres obtained from metal loaded resin bead calcination, called Calcined Resin Microsphere Pelletization (CRMP). The synthesis of mixed oxide microsphere precursor of U0.9Am0.1O2±δ is described as well as its characterisation. The use of this free-flowing precursor allows the pressing and sintering of one pellet of U0.9Am0.1O2±δ. The ceramic obtained was characterised and results showed that its microstructure is dense and homogeneous and its density attains 95% of the theoretical density. This study validates the scientific feasibility of the CRMP process applied to the fabrication of uranium and americium-containing materials

  15. Analysis of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin-film transistor contact metal using Pilling-Bedworth theory and a variable capacitance diode model

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    Kiani, Ahmed; Hasko1, David G; William I. Milne; Flewitt, Andrew J.

    2013-01-01

    It is widely reported that threshold voltage and on-state current of amorphous indiumgallium- zinc-oxide bottom-gate thin-film transistors is strongly influenced by the choice of source/drain contact metal. Electrical characterisation of thin-film transistors indicates that the electrical properties depend on the type and thickness of the metal(s) used. Electron transport mechanisms and possibilities for control of the defect state density are discussed. Pilling-Bedworth theory...

  16. Amorphous silicon oxide layers for surface passivation and contacting of heterostructure solar cells of amorphous and crystalline silicon; Amorphe Siliziumoxidschichten zur Oberflaechenpassivierung und Kontaktierung von Heterostruktur-Solarzellen aus amorphen und kristallinem Silizium

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    Einsele, Florian

    2010-02-05

    Atomic hydrogen plays a dominant role in the passivation of crystalline silicon surfaces by layers of amorphous silicon. In order to research into this role, this thesis presents the method of hydrogen effusion from thin amorphous films of silicon (a-Si:H) and silicon oxide (a-SiO{sub x}:H). The oxygen concentration of the sub-stoichiometric a-SiO{sub x}:H films ranges up to 10 at.-%. The effusion experiment yields information about the content and thermal stability of hydrogen and about the microstructure of the films. A mathematical description of the diffusion process of atomic hydrogen yields an analytical expression of the effusion rate R{sub E} depending on the linearly increasing temperature in the experiment. Fitting of the calculated effusion rates R{sub E} to measured effusion spectra yields the diffusion coefficient of atomic hydrogen in a-SiO{sub x}:H. With increasing oxygen concentration, the diffusion coefficient of hydrogen in the a-SiO{sub x}:H films decreases. This is attributed to an increasing Si-H bond energy due to back bonded oxygen, resulting in a higher stability of hydrogen in the films. This result is confirmed by an increasing thermal stability of the p-type c-Si passivation with a-SiO{sub x}:H of increasing oxygen concentrations up to 5 at.-%. The passivation reaches very low recombination velocities of S < 10 cm/s at the interface. However, for higher oxygen concentrations up to 10 at.-%, the passivation quality decreases significantly. Here, infrared spectroscopy of Si-H vibrational modes and hydrogen effusion show an increase of hydrogen-rich interconnected voids in the films. This microstructure results in a high amount of molecular hydrogen (H{sub 2}) in the layers, which is not suitable for the saturation of c-Si interface defects. Annealing of the films at temperatures around 400 C leads to a release of H{sub 2} from the voids, as a result of which Si-Si bonds in the material reconstruct. Subsequently, hydrogen migration in the

  17. Development of Mixed Ion-Electron Conducting Metal Oxides for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Kan, Wang Hay

    A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is an energy conversion device, which directly converts chemical fuels (e.g., H2, C xHy) into electricity and heat with high efficiency up to 90%. The by-product of CO2 can be safely sequestrated or subsequently chemically transformed back into fuels (e.g., CO, CH 4) by electrolysis using renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. The state-of-the-art Ni-YSZ anode is de-activated in the presence of ppm level of H2S and forming coke in hydrocarbons. Currently, mixed ion and electron conductors (MIECs) are considered as alternatives for Ni-YSZ in SOFCs. The key goal of the research was to develop mixed ion-electron conducting metal oxides based on B-site disordered perovskite-type Ba(Ca,Nb)1-x MxO3-delta (M = Mn, Fe, Co), the B-site 1:1 ordered perovskite-type (M = Mn, Fe, Co) and the Sr2PbO4-type Sr2Ce1-xPrxO4 for SOFCs. Ba2(Ca,Nb)2-xMxO6-delta was chemically stable in 30 ppm levels of H2S at 600 °C for 24 h and in pure CO2 at 800 °C for 24 h. The thermal expansion coefficients (TEC) of the as-prepared ordered perovskites was found to be comparable to Zr0.84Y0.16O1.92 (YSZ). The near-surface concentration of Fe2+ in Ba2Ca 0.67Fe0.33NbO6-delta was found to be about 3 times higher than that in the bulk sample. The electrochemical performance of Ba2Ca0.67M0.33NbO6-delta was assessed by ac impedance spectroscopy using a YSZ supported half-cell. The area specific polarization resistance (ASR) of all samples was found to decrease with increasing temperature. The ASR for H2 gas oxidation can be correlated to the higher concentration of low valence Fe2+ species near-surface (nano-scale). BaCa0.335M0.165Nb0.5O3-delta crystallizes in the B-site disordered primitive perovskite (space group Pm-3m) at 900 °C in air, which can be converted into the B-site 1:2 ordered perovskite (space group P-3m1) at 1200 °C and the B-site 1:1 ordered double perovskite phase (space group Fm-3m ) at 1300 °C. The chemical stability of the perovskites in CO

  18. Influence of Vanadium Oxidation States on the Performance of V-Mg-Al Mixed-Oxide Catalysts for the Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Propane

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    Leticia Schacht; Juan Navarrete; Persi Schacht; Ramírez, Marco A.

    2010-01-01

    V-Mg-Al mixed-oxide catalysts for oxidative dehydrogenation of propane were prepared by thermal decomposition of Mg-Al-layered double hydroxides with vanadium interlayer doping. The obtained catalysts were tested for the oxidative dehydrogenation of propane, obtaining good results in catalytic activity (conversion 16.55 % and selectivity 99.97 %). Results indicated that catalytic performance of these materials depends on how vanadium is integrated in the layered structure, which is determined...

  19. Application of neutron well coincidence counting for plutonium determination in mixed oxide fuel fabrication plant

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    Mixed oxide (MOX) fuel is an alternative to conventional enriched uranium oxide fuel in thermal reactors. Indian interest in plutonium recycle in thermal reactors is primarily due to the need to develop alternative indigenous fuel for two boiling water reactors (BWR) at Tarapur, which are designed to use imported light enriched uranium fuel. A few MOX assemblies have been fabricated and loaded into the reactors. Neutron well coincidence counting (NWCC) system has been successfully employed to check the enrichments of PuO2 in MOX blends. NWCC has also been successfully applied in developing dry recycling process of clean rejected oxide (CRO) and dirty rejected oxide (DRO). (author)

  20. Direct imaging of octahedral distortion in a complex molybdenum vanadium mixed oxide.

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    Lunkenbein, Thomas; Girgsdies, Frank; Wernbacher, Anna; Noack, Johannes; Auffermann, Gudrun; Yasuhara, Akira; Klein-Hoffmann, Achim; Ueda, Wataru; Eichelbaum, Maik; Trunschke, Annette; Schlögl, Robert; Willinger, Marc G

    2015-06-01

    Complex Mo,V-based mixed oxides that crystallize in the orthorhombic M1-type structure are promising candidates for the selective oxidation of small alkanes. The oxygen sublattice of such a complex oxide has been studied by annular bright field scanning transmission electron microscopy. The recorded micrographs directly display the local distortion in the metal oxygen octahedra. From the degree of distortion we are able to draw conclusions on the distribution of oxidation states in the cation columns at different sites. The results are supported by X-ray diffraction and electron paramagnetic resonance measurements that provide integral details about the crystal structure and spin coupling, respectively. PMID:25914205

  1. Characterization and simulation on antireflective coating of amorphous silicon oxide thin films with gradient refractive index

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    Huang, Lu; Jin, Qi; Qu, Xingling; Jin, Jing; Jiang, Chaochao; Yang, Weiguang; Wang, Linjun; Shi, Weimin

    2016-08-01

    The optical reflective properties of silicon oxide (SixOy) thin films with gradient refractive index are studied both theoretically and experimentally. The thin films are widely used in photovoltaic as antireflective coatings (ARCs). An effective finite difference time domain (FDTD) model is built to find the optimized reflection spectra corresponding to structure of SixOy ARCs with gradient refractive index. Based on the simulation analysis, it shows the variation of reflection spectra with gradient refractive index distribution. The gradient refractive index of SixOy ARCs can be obtained in adjustment of SiH4 to N2O ratio by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system. The optimized reflection spectra measured by UV-visible spectroscopy confirms to agree well with that simulated by FDTD method.

  2. Characteristics of hollow microtubes consisting of amorphous iron oxide nanoparticles produced by iron oxidizing bacteria, Leptothrix ochracea

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    Some features of characteristic iron oxide sheaths which the iron oxidizing bacteria Leptothrix ochracea (L. oceracea) formed were studied in order to make clear their morphology microstructure, chemical composition, and crystal structure through scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Each sheath was a hollow tube with average outer and inner diameters of 1.1 and 1.4 μm, respectively. Their length ranged from 10 to 200 μm and the aspect ratio was 10-200. Each sheath was constructed by very small particles with a diameter of less than 100 nm. The hollow sheaths were mainly composed of Fe and O with small amounts of Si and P. The chemical composition analyzed by EDX was roughly Fe:Si:P=80:15:5 with the exception of O. XRD measurement revealed that crystal structures of the sheath were similar to that of 2-line ferrihydrite. The sheath showed spin-glass-like magnetic properties

  3. Biological behavior of mixed sodium and plutonium oxide aerosols

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    New risks from sodium cooled fast breeders are due to solubilization of plutonium dioxide by sodium oxides. The resulting chemical forms of higher valency stage are more transportable than PuO2. Bone burden is about 100 times as high as observed with PuO2. Diffusion is fast, therapy must be started within 6 h. DTPA is still effective, however chelation efficiency is lower than in the case of Pu IV-DTPA chelation

  4. Mixed metal oxide films as pH sensing materials

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    Arshak, Khalil; Gill, Edric; Korostynska, Olga; Arshak, Arousian

    2007-05-01

    Due to the demand for accurate, reliable and highly sensitive pH sensors, research is being pursued to find novel materials to achieve this goal. Semiconducting metal oxides, such as TiO, SnO and SnO II and insulating oxides such as Nb IIO 5 and Bi IIO 3, and their mixtures in different proportions are being investigated for this purpose. The films of these materials mixtures are used in conjunction with an interdigitated electrode pattern to produce a conductimetric/capacitive pH sensor. The advantages of this approach include straightforward manufacturing, versatility and cost-effectiveness. It was noted that upon contact with a solution, the electrical parameters of the films, such as resistance etc., change. The correlation of these changes with pH values is the basis for the proposed system development. The ultimate goal is to find materials composition, which would have the highest sensitivity towards the pH level of the solutions. It was found that the materials that produced the highest sensitivity either had a long response time or were unstable over a wide pH range. Those exhibiting lower sensitivities were found to be more stable over a wide pH range. All oxide films tested demonstrated a change in electrical parameters upon contact with buffers of known pH value.

  5. Study of the catalytic activity of mixed non-stoichiometric uranium-thorium oxides in carbon monoxide oxidation

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    The aim of this work has been to study the catalytic properties of non-stoichiometric uranium-thorium oxides having the general formula UxTh1-xO2+y, for the oxidation of carbon monoxide. The preparation of pure, homogeneous, isotropic solids having good structural stability and a surface area as high as possible calls for a strict control of the conditions of preparation of these oxides right from the preparation of 'mother salts': the mixed oxalates UxTh1-x(C2O4)2, 2H2O. A study has been made of their physico-chemical properties (overall and surface chemical constitution, texture, structure, electrical conductivity), as well as of their adsorption properties with respect to gaseous species occurring in the catalytic reaction. This analysis has made it possible to put forward a reaction mechanism based on successive oxidations and reductions of the active surface by the reactants. A study of the reactions kinetics has confirmed the existence of this oxidation-reduction mechanism which only occurs for oxides having a uranium content of above 0.0014. The carbon dioxide produced by the reaction acts as an inhibitor by blocking the sites on which carbon monoxide can be adsorbed. These non-stoichiometric mixed oxides are a particularly clear example of catalysis by oxygen exchange between the solid and the gas phase. (author)

  6. Interspecies comparison of the metabolism and dosimetry of inhaled mixed oxides of plutonium and uranium

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    Three studies were conducted to provide information on the biological fate, distribution of radiation doses among tissues, and implications for potential health consequences of an inhalation exposure to mixed-oxide nuclear fuel materials. In each study, Fischer-344 rats, beagle dogs, and cynomolgus monkeys inhaled one of three aerosols: 750 degrees C calcined mixed oxides of UO2 and PuO2, 1750 degrees C sintered (U,Pu)O2, or 850 degrees C calcined open-quotes pureclose quotes PuO2. These materials were collected from glove-box enclosures immediately after industrial processing of mixed-oxide fuel materials. Lung retention, tissue distribution, and mode of excretion of 238-240Pu, 241Am, and uranium (when present) were quantified by radiochemical analysis of tissue and excreta samples from animals sacrificed at selected times to 6.5 yr after inhalation exposure

  7. [Preparation by different methods and characterization of desulfurization mixed oxides derived from hydrotalcites].

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    Zhu, Chun-Lei; Wang, Hai-Lin; Sun, Chun-Bao

    2014-05-01

    Hydrotalcite-based MgAl mixed oxides were synthesized by urea hydrolysis and constant-pH coprecipitation methods, and characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) , thermal gravity analysis-differential thermal gravity (TG-DTG) , scanning electron microscope (SEM), N2-adsorption/desorption and CO2 temperature programmed desorption (CO2-TPD), and their adsorption performances for SO2 were also tested. It was found that MgAl mixed oxides prepared by coprecipitation method would facilitate the catalyst to maintain a high specific area (148. 1 m2.g-1) and more basic sites, which resulted in higher SO2 adsorption capacity and velocity. The SO2 adsorption capacity of the mixed oxides prepared by urea hydrolysis and constant-pH coprecipitation methods were 0.55 g.g-1and 0. 79 gg-1 respectively at 700 degreeC. PMID:25055700

  8. Effects of dietary supplementation with mineral/vitamin mix on beef meat colour and oxidation parameters

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    Miriam Iacurto

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Meat colour and oxidation parameters were investigated on Longissimus thoracis (LT muscle from Charolais young bulls fed with the same ration, based on mineral/vitamin mix supplementation, before slaughtering, for either 30 days (Mvit30 or 60 days (Mvit60. LT muscle was aged for 3, 7, 14 days. Different mineral/vitamin mix times supplementation had a significant influence on meat colour stability at the three different ageing times. Significant differences were found on Lightness value and Hue angle value. Oxidation parameters confirmed meat colour data. In fact, at 14 d ageing time, LT muscle, obtained from animals belong to the Mvit60 group, showed both Metamyoglobin percentage and thiobarbituric acid (TBA values lower than the others. Results point out that supplementation with mineral/vitamin mix before slaughtering increases meat colour stability and reduces oxidative processes which are the basis for degradative processes.

  9. Ferroelectric switching of poly(vinylidene difluoride-trifluoroethylene) in metal-ferroelectric-semiconductor non-volatile memories with an amorphous oxide semiconductor

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    Gelinck, G. H., E-mail: Gerwin.Gelinck@tno.nl [Holst Centre/TNO, High Tech Campus 31, 5656 AE Eindhoven (Netherlands); Department of Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of Technology, P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (Netherlands); Breemen, A. J. J. M. van; Cobb, B. [Holst Centre/TNO, High Tech Campus 31, 5656 AE Eindhoven (Netherlands)

    2015-03-02

    Ferroelectric polarization switching of poly(vinylidene difluoride-trifluoroethylene) is investigated in different thin-film device structures, ranging from simple capacitors to dual-gate thin-film transistors (TFT). Indium gallium zinc oxide, a high mobility amorphous oxide material, is used as semiconductor. We find that the ferroelectric can be polarized in both directions in the metal-ferroelectric-semiconductor (MFS) structure and in the dual-gate TFT under certain biasing conditions, but not in the single-gate thin-film transistors. These results disprove the common belief that MFS structures serve as a good model system for ferroelectric polarization switching in thin-film transistors.

  10. Photocharge Transport and Recombination Measurements in Amorphous Silicon Films and Solar Cells by Photoconductive Frequency Mixing: Final Subcontract Report: 13 May 1994 - 15 January 1998

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    Braunstein, R.; Tang, Y.; Dong, S.; Liebe, J.; Sun, G.; Kattwinkel, A. (University of California: Los Angeles, California)

    1999-05-04

    This report describes work performed during this subcontract by the University of California. The photoconductivity, lifetime, and drift mobility of intrinsic hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H), hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC:H), and hydrogenated amorphous silicon germanium (a-SiGe:H) were determined using a photomixing technique in the as prepared and light-soaked states. In addition to the decay of the photoconductivity and electron lifetime, continuous decay of the electron drift mobility was found during the light-soaking process (Staebler-Wronski effect). Experimental data were fitted to a stretched exponential law. Different stretched-exponential parameters for photoconductivity, lifetime, and drift mobility were obtained, which indicates the production of defects with different generation kinetics upon light soaking. The transport properties of intrinsic a-Si:H samples (which were produced by the hot-wire technique at NREL at different substrate temperatures such that the hydrogen content ranged from >10% to <1%), were systematically studied. It was found that with increasing substrate temperature, the lifetime, the drift mobility, and the photoconductivity decreased, but the Urbach energy ({approx} 0.1 eV below the conduction band) increased. These results indicate that for the a-Si:H films with increasing deposition temperature, the density of positively charged, negatively charged, and neutral defects all show a tendency to increase, in agreement with the results observed by other workers employing other measurement techniques. Researchers also found that the drift mobility of these samples increases and the lifetime decreases with increasing electric field, while the mt product is essentially independent of the electric field in the range of 1,000-10,000 V/cm. The electric field dependence of mobility (Dm) /m0/ (DE) in the as-grown or/and annealed states are always larger than that in the light-soaked state. This electric field

  11. Solvent-Free Selective Oxidation of Toluene with O2 Catalyzed by Metal Cation Modified LDHs and Mixed Oxides

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    Xiaoli Wang

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    Full Text Available A series of metal cation modified layered-double hydroxides (LDHs and mixed oxides were prepared and used to be the selective oxidation of toluene with O2. The results revealed that the modified LDHs exhibited much higher catalytic performance than their parent LDH and the modified mixed oxides. Moreover, the metal cations were also found to play important roles in the catalytic performance and stabilities of modified catalysts. Under the optimal reaction conditions, the highest toluene conversion reached 8.7% with 97.5% of the selectivity to benzyldehyde; moreover, the catalytic performance remained after nine catalytic runs. In addition, the reaction probably involved a free-radical mechanism.

  12. Photo-induced oxidation and amorphization of trigonal tellurium: A means to engineer hybrid nanostructures and explore glass structure under spatial confinement

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    Controlled photo-induced oxidation and amorphization of elemental trigonal tellurium are achieved by laser irradiation at optical wavelengths. These processes are monitored in situ by time-resolved Raman scattering and ex situ by electron microscopies. Ultrathin TeO2 films form on Te surfaces, as a result of irradiation, with an interface layer of amorphous Te intervening between them. It is shown that irradiation, apart from enabling the controllable transformation of bulk Te to one-dimensional nanostructures, such as Te nanotubes and hybrid core-Te/sheath-TeO2 nanowires, causes also a series of light-driven (athermal) phase transitions involving the crystallization of the amorphous TeO2 layers and its transformation to a multiplicity of crystalline phases including the γ-, β-, and α-TeO2 crystalline phases. The kinetics of the above photo-induced processes is investigated by Raman scattering at various laser fluences revealing exponential and non-exponential kinetics at low and high fluence, respectively. In addition, the formation of ultrathin (less than 10 nm) layers of amorphous TeO2 offers the possibility to explore structural transitions in 2D glasses by observing changes in the short- and medium-range structural order induced by spatial confinement.

  13. MC3T3-E1 cell response of amorphous phase/TiO{sub 2} nanocrystal composite coating prepared by microarc oxidation on titanium

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    Zhou, Rui [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Wei, Daqing, E-mail: daqingwei@hit.edu.cn [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Yang, Haoyue; Feng, Wei [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Cheng, Su [Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Architecture and Civil Engineering, Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Li, Baoqiang; Wang, Yaming; Jia, Dechang; Zhou, Yu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)

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    Bioactive amorphous phase/TiO{sub 2} nanocrystal (APTN) composite coatings were fabricated by microarc oxidation (MAO) on Ti. The APTN coatings are composed of much amorphous phase with Si, Na, Ca, Ti and O elements and a few TiO{sub 2} nanocrystals. With increasing applied voltage, the micropore density of the APTN coating decreases and the micropore size of the APTN coating increases. The results indicate that less MC3T3-E1 cells attach on the APTN coatings as compared to Ti. However, the APTN coatings greatly enhance the cell proliferation ability and the activity of alkaline phosphatase. The amorphous phase and the concentrations of the released Ca and Si from the APTN coatings during cell culture have significant effects on the cell response. - Highlights: • Amorphous phase/TiO2 nanocrystal (APTN) composite coatings were fabricated. • The MC3T3-E1 cell response of the APTN coatings was evaluated. • The APTN coatings greatly enhanced the cell proliferation ability.

  14. A study of oxygen transport in mixed conducting oxides using isotopic exchange and conductivity relaxation

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    Otter, den, FAH

    2000-01-01

    Mixed conducting oxygen ion conductors can be applied as membranes for the separation of oxygen from air, as electrodes for both oxygen pumps and solid oxide fuel cells. In these applications, oxygen molecules dissociate on the surface of the material. The atomic oxygen species pick up two electrons each before they are incorporated in the oxygen anion sublattice. Oxygen transport through the bulk usually occurs by a hopping process. The transport of oxygen through a mixed conducting membrane...

  15. Effects of dietary supplementation with mineral/vitamin mix on beef meat colour and oxidation parameters

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    Miriam Iacurto; Sergio Gigli; Bruno Ronchi; David Meo Zilio; Katya Carbone; Federico Vincenti

    2010-01-01

    Meat colour and oxidation parameters were investigated on Longissimus thoracis (LT) muscle from Charolais young bulls fed with the same ration, based on mineral/vitamin mix supplementation, before slaughtering, for either 30 days (Mvit30) or 60 days (Mvit60). LT muscle was aged for 3, 7, 14 days. Different mineral/vitamin mix times supplementation had a significant influence on meat colour stability at the three different ageing times. Significant differences were found on Lightness value and...

  16. High temperature oxidation behaviour of nanostructured cermet coatings in a mixed CO2 - O2 environment

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    Farrokhzad, M. A.; Khan, T. I.

    2014-06-01

    Nanostructured ceramic-metallic (cermet) coatings composed of nanosized ceramic particles (α-Al2O3 and TiO2) dispersed in a nickel matrix were co-electrodeposited and then oxidized at 500°C, 600°C and 700°C in a mixed gas using a Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA) apparatus. The mixed gas was composed of 15% CO2, 10% O2 and 75% N2. This research investigates the effects of CO2 and O2 partial pressures on time-depended oxidation rates for coatings and compared them to the results from atmospheric oxidation under similar temperatures. The increase in partial pressure of oxygen due to the presence of CO2 at each tested temperature was calculated and correlated to the oxidation rate of the coatings. The results showed that the presence of CO2 in the system increased the oxidation rate of cermet coatings when compared to atmospheric oxidation at the same temperature. It was also shown that the increase in the oxidation rate is not the result of CO2 acting as the primary oxidant but as a secondary oxidant which results in an increase of the total partial pressure of oxygen and consequently higher oxidation rates. The WDS and XRD analyses results showed that the presence of nanosized TiO2 particles in a nickel matrix can improve oxidation behaviour of the coatings by formation of Ni-Ti compounds on oxidizing surface of the coating which was found beneficiary in reducing the oxidation rates for cermet coatings.

  17. NOx selective catalytic reduction at high temperatures with mixed oxides derived from layered double hydroxides

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    Palomares Gimeno, Antonio Eduardo; Franch Martí, Cristina; Ribera, Antonio; Abellán, G.

    2012-01-01

    Mixed oxides derived from layered double hydroxides (LDHs) have been investigated as potential catalysts for the NOx removal at high temperatures. The best results were obtained with Co–Al mixed oxides derived from LDHs that are active at 750 ◦C in the presence of oxygen and water. These catalysts could reduce or/and decompose the NOx formed in the dense phase of the FCC regenerator, being deactivated at oxygen concentrations higher than 1.5%. Nevertheless this deactivation is not...

  18. Considerations in the assessment of the consequences of effluents from mixed oxide fuel fabrication plants

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    The purpose of this study was to provide information and identify parameters relevant to assessing the consequences to man and his environment of large scale mixed plutonium-uranium oxide fuel fabrication plants which will be needed in the next 10 to 15 years. The report identifies the pertinent parameters, values, factors and methods which may be used in evaluating the environmental consequences of routine plant operation as well as postulated accidents. This study provides a base for the development of siting criteria and safety analyses for mixed oxide fuel fabrication facilities. (auth)

  19. Preparation of low oxygen-to-metal mixed oxide fuels for the advanced fast reactor

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    The preparation process for homogeneous mixed oxide pellets with a precise O/M ratio was established. The process was used to prepare pellets for heat treatments in two stages which consisted of the sintering process at high oxygen potential and the annealing process done in the atmosphere of controlled oxygen partial pressure. In the annealing process, it was found that abnormal growth of pores and occurrence of cracks were caused inside the pellet, and it was necessary for prevention of the microstructure change to control the oxygen potential of the atmosphere. Mixed oxide pellets with minor actinides were fabricated by the process and were provided to irradiation tests. (authors)

  20. Method and apparatus for mixing gaseous oxidant and lixiviant in an in situ leach operation

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    Method and apparatus are disclosed for mixing a gaseous oxidant (e.g., oxygen) and a lixiviant (e.g., an aqueous carbonate solution) at a downhole location in a well before the oxygen-saturated lixiviant is injected into a formation to be leached. The invention involves establishing a mixing zone in the well by positioning an orifice plate in the well at the downhole location. Lixiviant as it is flowed down the well passes through a restrictive opening in the plate causing a substantial increase in the flow velocity of the lixiviant. At the same time, gaseous oxidant is supplied to a point adjacent the opening in the plate and due to the increased velocity of the lixiviant flowing through the orifice, the oxidant is trapped to form a gas pocket below the orifice. Lixiviant flows through the gas pocket and becomes saturated with the gaseous oxidant

  1. Visibly transparent and radiopaque inorganic organic composites from flame-made mixed-oxide fillers

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    Radiopaque composites have been produced from flame-made ytterbium/silica mixed oxide within a crosslinked methacrylate resin matrix. The refractive index of the filler powder increased with ytterbium oxide loading. A high transparency was achieved for a matching refractive index of the filler powder and the polymer in comparison to commercial materials with 52 wt% ceramic filling. It was demonstrated that powder homogeneity with regard to particle morphology and distribution of the individual metal atoms is essential to obtain a highly transparent composite. In contrast, segregation of crystalline single-oxide phases drastically decreased the composite transparency despite similar specific surface areas, refractive indices and overall composition. The superior physical strength, transparency and radiopacity compared to composites made from conventional silica based-fillers makes the flame-made mixed-oxide fillers especially attractive for dental restoration materials

  2. Ion exchange properties of amorphous zirconium phosphate in mixed solvents tracer equilibria, capacity and kinetics of exchange

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    Tracer equilibria measurements for sorption on zirconium phosphate (ZrP) of Na+ in up to 90% methanol and acetone and of Cs+ in up to 90% methanol and 60% isopropanol and acetone have shown that in all these solutions, ion exchange is the main sorption mechanism. With the exception of the Na+ capacity in 90% methanol, the Na+- and Cs+-capacities of ZrP, are higher in solutions containing up to 90% methanol, 60% isopropanol and 60% acetone than in water, which is probably due to the higher basicity of the mixed solvents and a possible dehydration of Na+ and Cs+, particularly in solutions of relatively high organic solvent contents. The diffusion coefficient of Na+ in ZrP decreases on addition of up to 90% methanol and acetone and the decrease is highest in the presence of 90% methanol. (orig.)

  3. Alkali Metals as Promoters in Co-Mn-Al Mixed Oxide for N2O Decomposition

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    Obalová, L.; Karásková, K.; Wach, A.; Kustrowski, P.; Mamulová-Kutláková, K.; Michalik, S.; Jirátová, Květa

    462-463, JUL 10 (2013), s. 227-235. ISSN 0166-9834 R&D Projects: GA TA ČR TA01020336 Grant ostatní: MŠMT(CZ) CZ.1.05/2.1.00/03/0100; MŠMT(CZ) CZ.1.07/2.3.00/20.0074 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : layered double hydroxides * hydrothermal reaction * mixed oxides * supported catalysts * ethanol total oxidation Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  4. Magnetic behavior of Mg-Al-Zn-Fe mixed oxides from precursors layered double hydroxide

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    Mixed oxides of Mg-Al-Zn-Fe were obtained by calcination of layered double hydroxides (LDH) prepared by coprecipitation reaction with hydrothermal treatment. The structural characterization of precursors and oxides was carried out by X rays diffraction, showing increases of ZnO phase with the increase of the zinc content. Magnetic behavior was studied by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and by a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) showing both paramagnetic and super paramagnetic behavior depending on both particles size and composition.

  5. Magnetic behavior of Mg-Al-Zn-Fe mixed oxides from precursors layered double hydroxide

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    Oliva, M.I., E-mail: marcosivanoliva@gmail.com [Facultad de Matematica, Astronomia y Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, M. Allende y H. de la Torre Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Cordoba (Argentina); IFFAM AF (CONICET - FaMAF UNC), M. Allende y H. de la Torre Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Cordoba (Argentina); Heredia, A. [CITeQ - Facultad R. Cordoba, Universidad Tecnologica Nacional Maestro Lopez esq. Cruz Roja Argentina, CP 5016 Cordoba (Argentina); Zandalazini, C.I. [Centro Laser de Ciencias Moleculares. INFIQC-FCQ-Grupo de Ciencia de Materiales-FaMAF-Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Ciudad Universitaria, CP5000 Cordoba, Argentina CONICET (Argentina); Crivello, M. [CITeQ - Facultad R. Cordoba, Universidad Tecnologica Nacional Maestro Lopez esq. Cruz Roja Argentina, CP 5016 Cordoba (Argentina); Corchero, E. [Facultad de Matematica, Astronomia y Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, M. Allende y H. de la Torre Ciudad Universitaria, 5000 Cordoba (Argentina)

    2012-08-15

    Mixed oxides of Mg-Al-Zn-Fe were obtained by calcination of layered double hydroxides (LDH) prepared by coprecipitation reaction with hydrothermal treatment. The structural characterization of precursors and oxides was carried out by X rays diffraction, showing increases of ZnO phase with the increase of the zinc content. Magnetic behavior was studied by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and by a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) showing both paramagnetic and super paramagnetic behavior depending on both particles size and composition.

  6. Thermal expansion and heat capacity measurement of uranium-thorium-dysprosium mixed oxides

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    Dysprosium showed 40 at. % solubility in (U0.2Th0.8)O2.00 forming Face centered cubic solid solutions. XRD analysis showed that lattice parameter of mixed oxides decrease whereas average linear thermal expansion coefficients obtained using high temperature X-ray diffractometer (HTXRD) increase with increase in Dy content. Heat capacity measurements of oxides were carried out using Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) in the temperature range 300-850 K. (author)

  7. Ni–Ta–O mixed oxide catalysts for the low temperature oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane to ethylene

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    Zhu, Haibo

    2015-09-01

    The "wet" sol-gel and "dry" solid-state methods were used to prepare Ni-Ta-O mixed oxide catalysts. The resulting Ni-Ta oxides exhibit high activity and selectivity for the low temperature oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane to ethylene. The Ta/(Ni + Ta) atomic ratios (varying from 0 to 0.11 in "wet" sol-gel method, and from 0 to 0.20 in "dry" solid-state method) as well as the preparation methods used in the synthesis, play important roles in controlling catalyst structure, activity, selectivity and stability in the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane. Electron microscopy characterizations (TEM, EELS mapping, and HAADF-STEM) clearly demonstrate that the Ta atoms are inserted into NiO crystal lattice, resulting in the formation of a new Ni-Ta oxide solid solution. More Ta atoms are found to be located at the lattice sites of crystal surface in sol-gel catalyst. While, a small amount of thin layer of Ta2O5 clusters are detected in solid-state catalyst. Further characterization by XRD, N2 adsorption, SEM, H2-TPR, XPS, and Raman techniques reveal different properties of these two Ni-Ta oxides. Due to the different properties of the Ni-Ta oxide catalysts prepared by two distinct approaches, they exhibit different catalytic behaviors in the ethane oxidative dehydrogenation reaction at low temperature. Thus, the catalytic performance of Ni-Ta-O mixed oxide catalysts can be systematically modified and tuned by selecting a suitable synthesis method, and then varying the Ta content. ©2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Decommissioning of a mixed oxide fuel fabrication facility

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    Decommissioning of the coprecipitation plant, which made plutonium/uranium oxide fuel, is a lead project in the BNFL Sellafield decommissioning programme. The overall programme has the objectives of gaining data and experience in a wide range of decommissioning operations and hence in this specific project to pilot the decommissioning of plant heavily contaminated with plutonium and other actinides. Consequently the operations have been used to test improvements in temporary containment, contamination control and decontamination methods and also to develop in situ plutonium assay, plutonium recovery and size-reduction methods. Finally the project is also yielding data on manpower requirements, personnel radiation uptake and waste arisings to help in the planning of future decommissioning projects

  9. Study of an Amorphous Silicon Oxide Buffer Layer for p-Type Microcrystalline Silicon Oxide/n-Type Crystalline Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells and Their Temperature Dependence

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Intrinsic hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide (i-a-SiO:H films were used as front and rear buffer layers in crystalline silicon heterojunction (c-Si-HJ solar cells. The surface passivity and effective lifetime of these i-a-SiO:H films on an n-type silicon wafer were improved by increasing the CO2/SiH4 ratios in the films. Using i-a-SiO:H as the front and rear buffer layers in c-Si-HJ solar cells was investigated. The front i-a-SiO:H buffer layer thickness and the CO2/SiH4 ratio influenced the open-circuit voltage (Voc, fill factor (FF, and temperature coefficient (TC of the c-Si-HJ solar cells. The highest total area efficiency obtained was 18.5% (Voc=700 mV, Jsc=33.5 mA/cm2, and FF=0.79. The TC normalized for this c-Si-HJ solar cell efficiency was −0.301%/°C.

  10. Effect of nickel oxide seed layers on annealed-amorphous titanium oxide thin films prepared using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    The effect of a nickel oxide (NiOx) seed layer on the crystallization and photocatalytic activity of the sequentially plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposited amorphous titanium oxide (TiOx) thin film processed by a post-annealing process was investigated. The evolution of the crystalline structures, chemical bond configurations, and surface/cross-sectional morphologies of the annealed TiOx films, with and without a NiOx seed layer, was examined using X-ray diffractometer, Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and field emission scanning electron microscope measurements. Thermo- and photo-induced hydrophilicity was determined by measuring the contact angle of water droplet. Photocatalytic activity after UV light irradiation was evaluated from the decolorization of a methylene blue solution. The crystallization temperature of the TiOx film, deposited on a NiOx seed layer, was found to be lower than that of a pure TiOx film, further improving the thermo- and photo-induced surface super-hydrophilicity. The TiOx film deposited onto the NiOx seed layer, resulting in significant cluster boundaries, showed a rough surface morphology and proved to alleviate the anatase crystal growth by increasing the post-annealing temperature, which yielded a more active surface area and prohibited the recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes. The photocatalytic activity of the NiOx/TiOx system with such a textured surface therefore was enhanced and optimized through an adequate post-annealing process.

  11. Optimization and Characterisation of Amorphous Iron Disilicide formed by Ion Beam Mixing of Fe/Si Multilayer Structures for Photovoltaic Applications

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    This study presents an optimization and characterization of amorphous Iron Disilicide (a-FeSi2) synthesized using Ion Beam Mixing (IBM) of Fe/Si multilayer structures. The layers were deposited using RF magnetron sputtering, and subsequently irradiated with Ar+ and Fe+ beams of 150 and 200 keV. Rutherford Back Scattering (RBS) analysis was used to determine the structure and level of silicidation of the samples. The nature of the band-gap and the optical absorption coefficients were determined by optical transmission analysis. The results demonstrate that the synthesis of a-FeSi2 can be achieved using this technique, with the total level of silicidation being highly dependant upon the initial structure configuration and beam parameters. Direct band-gap energies of ∼0.90 eV have been observed for those samples with the highest levels of silicidation, with optical absorption coefficients of ∼104 cm-1. Therefore this method of fabrication has been shown to produce a-FeSi2 layers without the need for post-synthesis treatment, using established technologies without compromising the optical properties that make this material such a promising semiconductor for the photovoltaics market.

  12. Optimization and Characterisation of Amorphous Iron Disilicide formed by Ion Beam Mixing of Fe/Si Multilayer Structures for Photovoltaic Applications

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    Antwis, Luke; Wong, Lewis; Smith, Andy; Homewood, Kevin; Jeynes, Chris; Gwilliam, Russell

    2011-01-01

    This study presents an optimization and characterization of amorphous Iron Disilicide (a-FeSi2) synthesized using Ion Beam Mixing (IBM) of Fe/Si multilayer structures. The layers were deposited using RF magnetron sputtering, and subsequently irradiated with Ar+ and Fe+ beams of 150 and 200 keV. Rutherford Back Scattering (RBS) analysis was used to determine the structure and level of silicidation of the samples. The nature of the band-gap and the optical absorption coefficients were determined by optical transmission analysis. The results demonstrate that the synthesis of a-FeSi2 can be achieved using this technique, with the total level of silicidation being highly dependant upon the initial structure configuration and beam parameters. Direct band-gap energies of ˜0.90 eV have been observed for those samples with the highest levels of silicidation, with optical absorption coefficients of ˜104 cm-1. Therefore this method of fabrication has been shown to produce a-FeSi2 layers without the need for post-synthesis treatment, using established technologies without compromising the optical properties that make this material such a promising semiconductor for the photovoltaics market.

  13. Nitrogen plasma treatment of fluorine-doped tin oxide for enhancement of photo-carrier collection in amorphous Si solar cells

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    Nitrogen plasma treatment was performed on fluorine-doped tin oxide (SnO2:F) front electrodes, and its impact on the performance of pin type amorphous Si (a-Si) solar cells was investigated. Nitrogen plasma treatment reverses the surface band bending of SnO2:F from accumulation to depletion, thus in turn reversing the band bending of the p type amorphous silicon carbide (p-a-SiC) window layer. The reversal of band bending leads to the collection of carriers generated in p-a-SiC, and quantum efficiency in the short wavelength regime is thereby enhanced. On the other hand, surface depletion of SnO2:F causes a reduction of the diode built-in voltage and increased series resistance, which could degrade the open circuit voltage (Voc) and fill factor (FF), the degradation of which is strongly affected by the deposition time of p-a-SiC.

  14. Widely bandgap tunable amorphous Cd–Ga–O oxide semiconductors exhibiting electron mobilities ≥10 cm2 V−1 s−1

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    Amorphous oxide semiconductors exhibit large electron mobilities; however, their bandgaps are either too large for solar cells or too small for deep ultraviolet applications depending on the materials system. Herein, we demonstrate that amorphous Cd–Ga–O semiconductors display bandgaps covering the entire 2.5–4.3 eV region while maintaining large electron mobilities ≥10 cm2 V−1 s−1. The band alignment diagram obtained by ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy and the bandgap values reveal that these semiconductors form type-II heterojunctions with p-type Cu2O, which is suitable for solar cells and solar-blind ultraviolet sensors

  15. In situ formation of dual amorphous phases with nanoscale fractal morphology by ion beam mixing in the ternary Y-Nb-Co system

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    Wang, W.C. [Advanced Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Yan, H.F. [Advanced Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Li, J.H. [Advanced Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Zeng, F. [Advanced Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Liu, B.X. [Advanced Materials Laboratory, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)], E-mail: dmslbx@tsinghua.edu.cn

    2007-10-15

    Dual amorphous phases with Nb-rich and Y-rich compositions, respectively, are observed in Y{sub 25}Nb{sub 30}Co{sub 45} and Y{sub 15}Nb{sub 40}Co{sub 45} multilayered films upon ion irradiation. The interfaces of the two amorphous phases are also identified by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy associated with the Fourier transformation of the image. Interestingly, the obtained dual amorphous phases feature fractal morphology with a fractal dimension of 2.54, suggesting that the growth of the amorphous phases is through a diffusion-limited aggregation model.

  16. Study on fuel failure behaviour of plutonium-uranium mixed oxide fuel with NSRR, (1)

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    A research programme is being planned to examine fuel behaviour of plutonium-uranium mixed oxide fuel in water under reactivity initiated accident conditions with Nuclear Safety Research Reactor (NSRR). The plutonium content of the mixed oxide fuel is small as in the case of mixed oxide fuel for thermal reactors. In preparation for the programme, the following had been carried out: design and fabrication in trial of a capsule, evaluations of the energy deposition in a test fuel rod and reactivity worth of a capsule, preliminary experiment with UO2 fuel, and fabrication of mixed oxide fuel pellets. Safety evaluation by the Government of the programme and making of a fuel transportation cask are now in progress. Described in this report are plans in detail of the programme, results of the nuclear characteristic evaluation and preliminary experiment, and the development of a capsule and a transportation cask, safety evaluation by a JAERI ad hoc committee and data in this connection. Preliminary experiments showed that an energy deposition of 300 cal/g. fuel could be attained in a doubly-encapsulated 6.33 wt.% PuO2-UO2 fuel rod by a single pulse irradiation in NSRR; the capsule was also adequate. (author)

  17. Effect of Co/Ni ratios in cobalt nickel mixed oxide catalysts on methane combustion

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    Lim, Tae Hwan; Cho, Sung June; Yang, Hee Sung; Engelhard, Mark H.; Kim, Do Heui

    2015-07-31

    A series of cobalt nickel mixed oxide catalysts with the varying ratios of Co to Ni, prepared by co-precipitation method, were applied to methane combustion. Among the various ratios, cobalt nickel mixed oxides having the ratios of Co to Ni of (50:50) and (67:33) demonstrate the highest activity for methane combustion. Structural analysis obtained from X-ray diffraction (XRD) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) evidently demonstrates that CoNi (50:50) and (67:33) samples consist of NiCo2O4and NiO phase and, more importantly, NiCo2O4spinel structure is largely distorted, which is attributed to the insertion of Ni2+ions into octahedral sites in Co3O4spinel structure. Such structural dis-order results in the enhanced portion of surface oxygen species, thus leading to the improved reducibility of the catalysts in the low temperature region as evidenced by temperature programmed reduction by hydrogen (H2TPR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) O 1s results. They prove that structural disorder in cobalt nickel mixed oxides enhances the catalytic performance for methane combustion. Thus, it is concluded that a strong relationship between structural property and activity in cobalt nickel mixed oxide for methane combustion exists and, more importantly, distorted NiCo2O4spinel structure is found to be an active site for methane combustion.

  18. A study of oxygen transport in mixed conducting oxides using isotopic exchange and conductivity relaxation

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    Otter, den Matthijs Willem

    2000-01-01

    Mixed conducting oxygen ion conductors can be applied as membranes for the separation of oxygen from air, as electrodes for both oxygen pumps and solid oxide fuel cells. In these applications, oxygen molecules dissociate on the surface of the material. The atomic oxygen species pick up two electrons

  19. Spatial and temporal variability of nitrous oxide emissions in a mixed farming landscape of Denmark

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    Schelde, Kirsten; Cellier, P; Bertolini, T; Dalgaard, Tommy; Weidinger, T; Theobald, M R; Olesen, Jørgen E

    2012-01-01

    Nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from agricultural land are variable at the landscape scale due to variability in land use, management, soil type, and topography. A field experiment was carried out in a typical mixed farming landscape in Denmark, to investigate the main drivers of variations in N2O...

  20. Comparative study of structural, optical and impedance measurements on V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and V-Ce mixed oxide thin films

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    Malini, D. Rachel [Department of Physics, The American College, Madurai-625 012 (India); Sanjeeviraja, C., E-mail: sanjeeviraja@rediffmail.com [Department of Physic, Alagappa Chettiar College of Engg. & Tech., Karaikudi-630 004 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Vanadium pentoxide (V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) and Vanadium-Cerium mixed oxide thin films at different molar ratios of V{sub 2}O{sub 5} and CeO{sub 2} have been deposited at 200 W rf power by rf planar magnetron sputtering in pure argon atmosphere. The structural and optical properties were studied by taking X-ray diffraction and transmittance and absorption spectra respectively. The amorphous thin films show an increase in transmittance and optical bandgap with increase in CeO{sub 2} content in as-prepared thin films. The impedance measurements for as-deposited thin films show an increase in electrical conductivity with increase in CeO{sub 2} material.

  1. Comparative study of structural, optical and impedance measurements on V2O5 and V-Ce mixed oxide thin films

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    Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) and Vanadium-Cerium mixed oxide thin films at different molar ratios of V2O5 and CeO2 have been deposited at 200 W rf power by rf planar magnetron sputtering in pure argon atmosphere. The structural and optical properties were studied by taking X-ray diffraction and transmittance and absorption spectra respectively. The amorphous thin films show an increase in transmittance and optical bandgap with increase in CeO2 content in as-prepared thin films. The impedance measurements for as-deposited thin films show an increase in electrical conductivity with increase in CeO2 material

  2. Partial oxidation of methane to syngas in a mixed-conducting oxygen permeable membrane reactor

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    2000-01-01

    Mixed-conducting oxygen permeable membranes represent a class of novel ceramic membranes, which exhibit mixed oxygen ionic and electronic conductivities. At high temperatures, oxygen can permeate through the membrane from the high to low oxygen pressure side under an oxygen concentration gradient. Theoretically, the permselectivity of oxygen is 100%. Recently, a novel mixed-conducting membrane--Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ has been developed, which shows extremely high oxygen permeability and promising stability. Furthermore, the reactor made with such membranes was successfully applied to the partial oxidation of methane to syngas reaction using air as the oxygen source, which realized the coupling of the separation of oxygen from air and the partial oxidation of membrane reaction in one process. At 850℃, methane conversion >88%, CO selectivity >97% and oxygen permeation rate of about 7.8 mL/(cm2.min) were obtained.

  3. Fabrication of uranium–americium mixed oxide pellet from microsphere precursors: Application of CRMP process

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    Remy, E. [Radiochemistry and Processes Department, CEA, Nuclear Energy Division, F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Picart, S., E-mail: sebastien.picart@cea.fr [Radiochemistry and Processes Department, CEA, Nuclear Energy Division, F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Delahaye, T. [Fuel Cycle Technology Department, CEA, Nuclear Energy Division, F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Jobelin, I. [Radiochemistry and Processes Department, CEA, Nuclear Energy Division, F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Lebreton, F.; Horlait, D. [Fuel Cycle Technology Department, CEA, Nuclear Energy Division, F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Bisel, I. [Radiochemistry and Processes Department, CEA, Nuclear Energy Division, F-30207 Bagnols-sur-Cèze (France); Blanchart, P. [Heterogeneous Materials Research Group, Centre Européen de la Céramique, F-87068 Limoges (France); Ayral, A. [Institut Européen des Membranes, CNRS-ENSCM-UM2, CC47, University Montpellier 2, F-34095 Montpellier cedex 5 (France)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Dust free process for (U,Am)O{sub 2} transmutation target fabrication. • Synthesis of U{sub 0.9}Am{sub 0.1}O{sub 2} mixed oxide microspheres from ion exchange resin. • Fabrication of dense U{sub 0.9}Am{sub 0.1}O{sub 2} pellet with 95% TD from mixed oxide microspheres. - Abstract: Mixed uranium–americium oxides are one of the materials envisaged for Americium Bearing Blankets dedicated to transmutation in fast neutron reactors. Recently, several processes have been developed in order to validate fabrication flowchart in terms of material specifications such as density and homogeneity but also to suggest simplifications for lowering industrial costs and hazards linked to dust generation of highly contaminating and irradiating compounds. This study deals with the application of an innovative route using mixed oxide microspheres obtained from metal loaded resin bead calcination, called Calcined Resin Microsphere Pelletization (CRMP). The synthesis of mixed oxide microsphere precursor of U{sub 0.9}Am{sub 0.1}O{sub 2±δ} is described as well as its characterisation. The use of this free-flowing precursor allows the pressing and sintering of one pellet of U{sub 0.9}Am{sub 0.1}O{sub 2±δ}. The ceramic obtained was characterised and results showed that its microstructure is dense and homogeneous and its density attains 95% of the theoretical density. This study validates the scientific feasibility of the CRMP process applied to the fabrication of uranium and americium-containing materials.

  4. Oxidation and Reduction Behaviors of Plutonium and Uranium Mixed Oxide Powders

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    As research and development activities for MOX fuel pellet production, oxidation and reduction behaviors of MOX powders were investigated by thermogravimetry and X-ray diffraction measurements. It was observed that the oxidation limit decreased with oxidizing temperature and Pu content. The MOX powders showed a two-step oxidation and kinetic stability under non-stoichiometry. The oxidation rates were evaluated from the isothermal oxidation tests. It was found that the reduction temperature of M4O9 + M3O8 was higher than that of M4O9. This indicated that the reduction of M4O9 was prevented by the existence of M3O8. Activation energy of the reduction was derived from the non-isothermal reduction tests. The data are expected to contribute to establishing a control technique for O/M ratio during MOX powder storage and pellet production. (author)

  5. Catalytic combustion of benzene over CuO-CeO2 mixed oxides.

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    Jung, Won Young; Lim, Kwon-Taek; Hong, Seong-Soo

    2014-11-01

    Catalytic combustion of benzene over CuO-CeO2 mixed oxides has been investigated. The CuO-CeO2 mixed oxides were prepared by the combustion method using malic acid as an organic fuel and characterized by XRD, XPS and TPR. For the CuO-CeO2 catalyst with a Cu/(Cu + Ce) molar ratio of more than 0.4, highly dispersed copper oxide species were shown at 2θ = 35.5 degrees and 38.8 degrees. The CuO-CeO2 catalyst prepared using 2.0 M malic acid showed the highest activity, with conversion reaching nearly 100% at 350 degrees C. In addition, the highest activity is shown on Cu0.40 (the index denotes the molar ratio Cu/(Cu + Ce)) sample and then it decreases on Cu0.5 and Cu0.7 samples. PMID:25958554

  6. Elimination of organic contamination in mixed waste without by-product generation using photochemical oxidation

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    Numerous technologies are available to successfully remove organic contamination from water and wastewater. A variety of techniques also exist that are used to treat radioactive waste. However, few technologies can satisfactorily address the treatment of mixed organic/radioactive waste without creating unacceptable waste products or resulting in extremely high treatment costs. An innovative solution to the mixed waste problem is photochemical oxidation. Liquid-phase photochemical oxidation has a long-standing history of successful application to the destruction of organic compounds. With the application of this technology, the organic contaminants are destroyed on-site leaving the water, with radionuclides, that can be reused or disposed of as appropriate. Photochemical oxidation offers process advantages that include zero air emissions, no solid or liquid waste formation, and relatively low treatment cost. Case histories from design testing, including full-scale cost analyses, are presented

  7. Automation of remote handling in uranium and mixed oxide fuel element fabrication plants

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    The subject of the analyses are plants for the fabrication or uranium oxide and uranium-plutonium mixed oxide fuel elements. The reference basis of the paper is an overview of the state-of-the-art of manufacturing technologies with regard to automation and remote handling during fuel element fabrication in national and foreign plants, and in comparabel sectors of conventional technologies. Proceeding from ambient dose rates, residence times, and technical conditions or individual doses at typical work-places during fuel element fabrication, work processes are pointed out which, taking into account technical possibilities, should be given priority when automating, and technical solutions for it are sought. Advantages and disadvantages of such measures are outlined, and reduction of radiation exposure is shown (example: mixed oxide fuel fabrication plant at Hanau). (orig./HP)

  8. Effect of cooling rate on achieving thermodynamic equilibrium in uranium-plutonium mixed oxides

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    Vauchy, Romain; Belin, Renaud C.; Robisson, Anne-Charlotte; Hodaj, Fiqiri

    2016-02-01

    In situ X-ray diffraction was used to study the structural changes occurring in uranium-plutonium mixed oxides U1-yPuyO2-x with y = 0.15; 0.28 and 0.45 during cooling from 1773 K to room-temperature under He + 5% H2 atmosphere. We compare the fastest and slowest cooling rates allowed by our apparatus i.e. 2 K s-1 and 0.005 K s-1, respectively. The promptly cooled samples evidenced a phase separation whereas samples cooled slowly did not due to their complete oxidation in contact with the atmosphere during cooling. Besides the composition of the annealing gas mixture, the cooling rate plays a major role on the control of the Oxygen/Metal ratio (O/M) and then on the crystallographic properties of the U1-yPuyO2-x uranium-plutonium mixed oxides.

  9. Supported Layered Double Hydroxide-Related Mixed Oxides and Their Application in the Total Oxidation of Volatile Organic Compounds

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    Kovanda, F.; Jirátová, Květa

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 53, č. 2 (2011), s. 305-316. ISSN 0169-1317 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP106/10/1762; GA ČR GA106/09/1664 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : layered double hydroxides * hydrothermal reaction * mixed oxides Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 2.474, year: 2011

  10. Synergy of FexCe1-xO2 mixed oxides for N2O decomposition

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    Perez-Alonso, FJ; Melian Cabrera, Ignacio; Granados, ML; Kapteijn, F; Fierro, JLG

    2006-01-01

    Fe-Ce mixed oxides prepared by coprecipitation showed considerable synergy in N2O decomposition when compared with pure metal oxide counterparts. The mixed system also displayed higher stability in reaction at high temperature. Through characterisation by XRD, XPS and TPR, the activity-stability imp

  11. Effect of Al2O3 insulator thickness on the structural integrity of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide based thin film transistors.

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    Kim, Hak-Jun; Hwang, In-Ju; Kim, Youn-Jea

    2014-12-01

    The current transparent oxide semiconductors (TOSs) technology provides flexibility and high performance. In this study, multi-stack nano-layers of TOSs were designed for three-dimensional analysis of amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) based thin film transistors (TFTs). In particular, the effects of torsional and compressive stresses on the nano-sized active layers such as the a-IGZO layer were investigated. Numerical simulations were carried out to investigate the structural integrity of a-IGZO based TFTs with three different thicknesses of the aluminum oxide (Al2O3) insulator (δ = 10, 20, and 30 nm), respectively, using a commercial code, COMSOL Multiphysics. The results are graphically depicted for operating conditions. PMID:25971080

  12. Photo-oxidation of organic compounds in liquid low-level mixed wastes at the INEL

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    A bench-scale oxidation apparatus is implemented to study the effectiveness of using an artificial ultraviolet source, a 175-watt medium pressure mercury vapor lamp, to enhance the destruction of organic contaminants in water with chemical oxidants. The waste streams used in this study are samples or surrogates of mixed wastes at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. The contaminants that are investigated include methylene chloride, 1,1,1-trichlorethane, 1, 1-dichlororethane, acetone, 2-propanol, and ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid. We focus on H2O2-based oxidizers for our treatment scheme, which include the UV/H2O2 system, the dark Fenton system (H2O2/Fe2+), and the photo- assisted Fenton system (UV/H2O2/Fe3+) is used in particular. Variables include concentration of the chemical oxidizer, concentration of the organic contaminant, and the elapsed reaction time. Results indicate that the photo-assisted Fenton system provides the best overall performance of the oxidizing systems listed above, where decreases in concentrations of methylene chloride, 1,1,1- trichloroethane, 1,1-dichlororethane, 2-propanol, and ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid were seen. However, UV-oxidation treatment provided no measurable benefit for a mixed waste containing acetone in the presence of 2-propanol

  13. Method of producing homogeneous mixed metal oxides and metal-metal oxide mixtures

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    A method for preparing particulate metal or metal oxide of controlled partile size comprises contacting an an aqueous solution containing dissolved metal values with excess urea at a temperature sufficient to cause urea to react with water to provide a molten urea solution containing the metal values; heating the molten urea solution to cause the metal values to precipitate, forming a mixture containing precipitated metal values; heating the mixture containing precipitated metal values to evaporate volatile material leaving a dry powder containing said metal values. The dry powder can be calcined to provide particulate metal oxide or reduced to provide particulate metal. Oxide mixtures are provided when the aqueous solution contains values of more than one metal. Homogeneousmetal-metal oxide mistures for preparing cermets can be prepared by selectively reducing at least one of the metal oxides. (auth)

  14. Analysis on the interfacial properties of transparent conducting oxide and hydrogenated p-type amorphous silicon carbide layers in p–i–n amorphous silicon thin film solar cell structure

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    Quantitative estimation of the specific contact resistivity and energy barrier at the interface between transparent conducting oxide (TCO) and hydrogenated p-type amorphous silicon carbide (a-Si1−xCx:H(p)) was carried out by inserting an interfacial buffer layer of hydrogenated p-type microcrystalline silicon (μc-Si:H(p)) or hydrogenated p-type amorphous silicon (a-Si:H(p)). In addition, superstrate configuration p–i–n hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cells were fabricated by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition to investigate the effect of the inserted buffer layer on the solar cell device. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy was employed to measure the work functions of the TCO and a-Si1−xCx:H(p) layers and to allow direct calculations of the energy barriers at the interfaces. Especially interface structures were compared with/without a buffer which is either highly doped μc-Si:H(p) layer or low doped a-Si:H(p) layer, to improve the contact properties of aluminum-doped zinc oxide and a-Si1−xCx:H(p). Out of the two buffers, the superior contact properties of μc-Si:H(p) buffer could be expected due to its higher conductivity and slightly lower specific contact resistivity. However, the overall solar cell conversion efficiencies were almost the same for both of the buffered structures and the resultant similar efficiencies were attributed to the difference between the fill factors of the solar cells. The effects of the energy barrier heights of the two buffered structures and their influence on solar cell device performances were intensively investigated and discussed with comparisons. - Highlights: ► Decrease of fill factor due to high contact resistance of Al:ZnO/a-SiC:H(p) interface. ► Insertion of buffer layer (μc-Si or a-Si) between Al:ZnO and p-layer for comparison. ► μc-Si:H(p) buffer with high conductivity has better fill factor but higher barrier. ► a-Si:H(p) buffer with low conductivity forms lower barrier and

  15. A mixed proton-oxide ion-electron conducting anode for highly coking-resistant solid oxide fuel cells

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    Highlights: • A multi-phase mixed proton-oxide ion-electron conducting anode was employed. • BaO/Ni interfaces facilitate water-mediated carbon removal. • Fast oxygen ions flux and formed water are favorable for hydrocarbon reformation. - Abstract: A multi-phase mixed proton-oxide ion-electron conducting composite is employed as a new anode material for a coking-resistant solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) based on oxide ion conducting electrolyte, operated in methane and ethanol. The formation of BaO/Ni interfaces can effectively readily adsorb water and facilitate water-mediated carbon removal. The fast oxygen ions flux and formed steam at anode side are also found to be favorable for hydrocarbon reformation to promote the cell performance and long term stability. At 700 °C, maximum power densities of 580 and 368 mW cm−2 are achieved in methane and ethanol, respectively. The resistance against carbon deposition is significantly improved, showing stable voltage in 120 h durability test

  16. Preparation and Cycling Performance of Iron or Iron Oxide Containing Amorphous Al-Li Alloys as Electrodes

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    Franziska Thoss

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Crystalline phase transitions cause volume changes, which entails a fast destroying of the electrode. Non-crystalline states may avoid this circumstance. Herein we present structural and electrochemical investigations of pre-lithiated, amorphous Al39Li43Fe13Si5-powders, to be used as electrode material for Li-ion batteries. Powders of master alloys with the compositions Al39Li43Fe13Si5 and Al39Li43Fe13Si5 + 5 mass-% FeO were prepared via ball milling and achieved amorphous/nanocrystalline states after 56 and 21.6 h, respectively. In contrast to their Li-free amorphous pendant Al78Fe13Si9, both powders showed specific capacities of about 400 and 700 Ah/kgAl, respectively, after the third cycle.

  17. Electron tunnelling into amorphous germanium and silicon.

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    Smith, C. W.; Clark, A. H.

    1972-01-01

    Measurements of tunnel conductance versus bias, capacitance versus bias, and internal photoemission were made in the systems aluminum-oxide-amorphous germanium and aluminium-oxide-amorphous silicon. A function was extracted which expresses the deviation of these systems from the aluminium-oxide-aluminium system.

  18. Physico-chemical studies of cuprous oxide (Cu{sub 2}O) nanoparticles coated on amorphous carbon nanotubes (α-CNTs)

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    Johan, Mohd Rafie, E-mail: mrafiej@um.edu.my; Meriam Suhaimy, Syazwan Hanani; Yusof, Yusliza, E-mail: yus_liza@siswa.um.edu.my

    2014-01-15

    Amorphous carbon nanotubes (α-CNTs) were synthesized by a chemical reaction between ferrocene and ammonium chloride at a temperature (∼250 °C) in an air furnace. As- synthesized α-CNTs were purified with deionized water and hydrochloric acid. A purified α-CNTs were hybridized with cuprous oxide nanoparticles (Cu{sub 2}O) through a simple chemical process. Morphology of the samples was analyzed with field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra showed the attachment of acidic functional groups onto the surface of α-CNTs and the formation of hybridized α-CNTs-Cu{sub 2}O. Raman spectra reveal the amorphous nature of the carbon. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern confirmed the amorphous phase of the carbon and the formation of Cu{sub 2}O crystalline phase. The coating of Cu{sub 2}O was confirmed by FESEM, TEM, and XRD. Optical absorption of the samples has also been investigated and the quantum confinement effect was illustrated in the absorption spectra.

  19. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon oxide containing a microcrystalline silicon phase and usage as an intermediate reflector in thin-film silicon solar cells

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    Lambertz, A.; Grundler, T.; F. Finger

    2011-01-01

    To further improve the stability of amorphous/microcrystalline silicon (a-Si:H/mu c-Si:H) tandem solar cells, it is important to reduce the thickness of the a-Si: H top cell. This can be achieved by introduction of an intermediate reflector between the a-Si: H top and the mu c-Si: H bottom cell which reflects light back into the a-Si: H cell and thus, increases its photocurrent at possibly reduced thickness. Microcrystalline silicon oxide (mu c-SiOx:H) is used for this purpose and the trade-o...

  20. Bias-induced migration of ionized donors in amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film transistors with full bottom-gate and partial top-gate structures

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    Mallory Mativenga

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Bias-induced charge migration in amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film transistors (TFTs confirmed by overshoots of mobility after bias stressing dual gated TFTs is presented. The overshoots in mobility are reversible and only occur in TFTs with a full bottom-gate (covers the whole channel and partial top-gate (covers only a portion of the channel, indicating a bias-induced uneven distribution of ionized donors: Ionized donors migrate towards the region of the channel that is located underneath the partial top-gate and the decrease in the density of ionized donors in the uncovered portion results in the reversible increase in mobility.

  1. Development and Assessment of a Thermo-kinetic model on Mixed Oxide (MOX) Fuels using Dictra

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    MOX fuels containing recycled plutonium are currently used in PWR throughout France. Moreover, mixed oxide fuels is the recommended fuel type for Gen IV SFR's. Thus it is of paramount importance to understand the diffusion properties within the fuel matrix. Mixed oxide fuels such as uranium-plutonium dioxide exhibits a non-stoichiometric range over a wide temperature scale. Atomic transport properties are governed by the defects in the fuel. The DICTRA-based model considers diffusion across non-stoichiometric ranges described by experimentally available data. Before considering mixed oxide fuels, the binaries UO2±x and PuO2-x are assessed. A vacancy and interstitial diffusion-model for oxygen is applied to U-O and Pu-O systems as a function of defect structures, derived from CALPHAD-type thermodynamic descriptions. Oxygen and metal self-diffusion coefficients are assessed for a mobility database. Chemical diffusion coefficients are derived using the Darken relation and defect migration energies are evaluated. A diffusion model of the oxides in the C1 phase with O/M=1.85-2.15 at various temperatures is presented. (author)

  2. Soft chemical control of the crystal and magnetic structure of a layered mixed valent manganite oxide sulfide

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Oxidative deintercalation of copper ions from the sulfide layers of the layered mixed-valent manganite oxide sulfide Sr2MnO2Cu1.5S2 results in control of the copper-vacancy modulated superstructure and the ordered arrangement of magnetic moments carried by the manganese ions. This soft chemistry enables control of the structures and properties of these complex materials which complement mixed-valent perovskite and perovskite-related transition metal oxides.

  3. Degradation of organophosphorus pesticide parathion methyl on nanostructured titania-iron mixed oxides

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    Henych, Jiří; Štengl, Václav; Slušná, Michaela; Matys Grygar, Tomáš; Janoš, Pavel; Kuráň, Pavel; Štastný, Martin

    2015-07-01

    Titania-iron mixed oxides with various Ti:Fe ratio were prepared by homogeneous hydrolysis of aqueous solutions of titanium(IV) oxysulphate and iron(III) sulphate with urea as a precipitating agent. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman and infrared spectroscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, XRF analysis, specific surface area (BET) and porosity determination (BJH). These oxides were used for degradation of organophosporus pesticide parathion methyl. The highest degradation efficiency approaching <70% was found for the samples with Ti:Fe ratio 0.25:1 and 1:0.25. Contrary, parathion methyl was not degraded on the surfaces of pure oxides. In general, the highest degradation rate exhibited samples consisted of the iron or titanium oxide containing a moderate amount of the admixture. However, distinct correlations between the degradation rate and the sorbent composition were not identified.

  4. A hybrid water-splitting cycle using copper sulfate and mixed copper oxides

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    Schreiber, J. D.; Remick, R. J.; Foh, S. E.; Mazumder, M. M.

    1980-01-01

    The Institute of Gas Technology has derived and developed a hybrid thermochemical water-splitting cycle based on mixed copper oxides and copper sulfate. Similar to other metal oxide-metal sulfate cycles that use a metal oxide to 'concentrate' electrolytically produced sulfuric acid, this cycle offers the advantage of producing oxygen (to be vented) and sulfur dioxide (to be recycled) in separate steps, thereby eliminating the need of another step to separate these gases. The conceptual process flow-sheet efficiency of the cycle promises to exceed 50%. It has been completely demonstrated in the laboratory with recycled materials. Research in the electrochemical oxidation of sulfur dioxide to produce sulfuric acid and hydrogen performed at IGT indicates that the cell performance goals of 200 mA/sq cm at 0.5 V will be attainable using relatively inexpensive electrode materials.

  5. Application of mechanochemical activation for synthesis of uranium-lanthanoid mixed oxides

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    The applicability of mechanochemistry to produce uranium-lanthanoid mixed oxides is presented. Phase homogeneous uranium-cerium solid solutions of the type Cex U1-x O2 (x = 0.3 / 0.95) and polyphase systems containing Lay U1-y O2+x (y = 0.12) were prepared by mechanochemical activation in air of sol-gel produced precursors. The possibility for synthesis of urania-lanthania solid solution by mechanochemical interaction of La2O3 with sol-gel produced U (IV,VI) oxide is established. The crystal structures of the obtained oxides before and after the mechanochemical treatment are analysed by the use of X-ray diffraction method. The size of the crystallites (8-16 nm), lattice parameters, crystallite strains and densities of the oxides are calculated by BRASS program for Rietveld calculation. (author)

  6. Role of cerium-zirconium mixed oxides as catalysts for car pollution: a short review

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    This article focuses on the role of mixed oxides in the Ce-Zr-O system, which is important as an excellent promoter for oxygen storage capacity in automotive three-way catalysts. In a model of Pt-alumina catalysts, there is a clear effect of CeO2-ZrO2 solid solution on NO and CO removal activities under dynamic air/fuel conditions. It is suggested that the design and development of automotive catalyst can be realized through research on complex oxides in Ce-Zr-O and related systems. (orig.)

  7. XPS study of surface absorbed oxygen of ABO3 mixed oxides

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    ZHAO Xin; YANG Qiuhua; CUI Jinjin

    2008-01-01

    Perovskite-type complex oxides ABO3 (A=Sr, La;B=Mn, Fe, Co) were prepared by citric acid method. The degradation of water-solubilized dyes was carried out using the mixed oxides as photocatalyst. The surface absorbed oxygen was analyzed using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicated that there was a relationship between the photocatalytic activity and the content of the surface absorbed oxygen. The higher the content of the surface absorbed oxygen was, the better the performance of the photocatalyst.

  8. Reliability of fast reactor mixed-oxide fuel during operational transients

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    Results are presented from the cooperative U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation of Japan (PNC) Phase I and II operational transient testing program conducted in the EBR-II reactor. The program includes second-generation (D9 and PNC 316 claddings) and more advanced (ferritic martensitic alloy, 20 % Ni austenitic stainless steel, and oxide-dispersion-strengthened ferritic stainless steel claddings) mixed-oxide fuel pins. The irradiation tests include duty-cycle operation and extended overpower tests. The results demonstrate the capability of second-generation fuel pins to survive a wide range of duty-cycle and extended overpower events. (author)

  9. Alkali Metals Promoted Co-Mn-Al Mixed Oxide for N2O Catalytic Decomposition

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    Karásková, K.; Kulová, T.; Obalová, L.; Jirátová, Květa; Kovanda, F.

    Bratislava : Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering, 2011 - (Markoš, J.), s. 251 ISBN 978-80-227-3503-2. [International Conference of Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering /38./. Tatranské Matliare (SK), 23.05.2011-27.05.2011] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/09/1664 Grant ostatní: GA MŠk ED2.1.00/03.0100 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : nitrous oxide * catalytic decomposition * mixed oxide catalyst Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering

  10. STUDY ON SEGMENTED POLYURETHANE WITH MIXED SOFT SEGMENTS OF POLYCHLOROMETHYL METHYL SILOXANE AND POLYTETRAMETHYLENE OXIDE

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    JIANG Xiqun; YANG Changzheng; YU Xuehai

    1994-01-01

    Two series of polyurethanes based on mixed polychloromethyl methyl siloxane and polytetramethylene oxide in different weight fractions were synthesized. The phase separation of samples was studied using DSC and dynamic mechanical property analysis. The results showed that the introduction of chloromethyl group into polysiloxane increased its polarity and hence improved the miscibilities with polytetramethylene oxide and polyurethane hard segment.Particularly, in the case of N-methyldiethanolamine extended materials, the surface and tensile properties of these samples can be adjusted by various ratios of two soft segments.

  11. Reaction pathways for catalytic gas-phase oxidation of glycerol over mixed metal oxides

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    Suprun, W.; Glaeser, R.; Papp, H. [Leipzig Univ. (Germany). Inst. of Chemical Technology

    2011-07-01

    Glycerol as a main by-product from bio-diesel manufacture is a cheap raw material with large potential for chemical or biochemical transformations to value-added C3-chemicals. One possible way of glycerol utilization involves its catalytic oxidation to acrylic acid as an alternative to petrochemical routes. However, this catalytic conversion exhibits various problems such as harsh reaction conditions, severe catalyst coking and large amounts of undesired by-products. In this study, the reaction pathways for gas-phase conversion of glycerol over transition metal oxides (Mo, V und W) supported on TiO{sub 2} and SiO{sub 2} were investigated by two methods: (i) steady state experiments of glycerol oxidation and possible reactions intermediates, i.e., acrolein, 3-hydroxy propionaldehyde and acetaldehyde, and (ii) temperature-programmed surface reaction (TPSR) studies of glycerol conversion in the presence and in the absence of gas-phase oxygen. It is shown that the supported W-, V and Mo-oxides possess an ability to catalyze the oxidation of glycerol to acrylic acid. These investigations allowed us to gain a deeper insight into the reaction mechanism. Thus, based on the obtained results, three possible reactions pathways for the selective oxidation of glycerol to acrylic acid on the transition metal-containing catalysts are proposed. The major pathways in presence of molecular oxygen are a fast successive destructive oxidation of glycerol to CO{sub x} and the dehydration of glycerol to acrolein which is a rate-limiting step. (orig.)

  12. Bi–Mn mixed metal organic oxide: A novel 3d-6p mixed metal coordination network

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    Shi, Fa-Nian, E-mail: fshi@ua.pt [School of Science, Shenyang University of Technology, 110870 Shenyang (China); Department of Chemistry, CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Rosa Silva, Ana [Department of Chemistry, CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Bian, Liang [Key Laboratory of Functional Materials and Devices for Special Environments, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi 830011, Xinjiang (China)

    2015-05-15

    A new terminology of metal organic oxide (MOO) was given a definition as a type of coordination polymers which possess the feature of inorganic connectivity between metals and the direct bonded atoms and show 1D, 2D or 3D inorganic sub-networks. One such compound was shown as an example. A 3d-6p (Mn–Bi. Named MOOMnBi) mixed metals coordination network has been synthesized via hydrothermal method. The new compound with the molecular formula of [MnBi{sub 2}O(1,3,5-BTC){sub 2}]{sub n} (1,3,5-BTC stands for benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylate) was characterized via single crystal X-ray diffraction technique that revealed a very interesting 3-dimensional (3D) framework with Bi{sub 4}O{sub 2}(COO){sub 12} clusters which are further connected to Mn(COO){sub 6} fragments into a 2D MOO. The topology study indicates an unprecedented topological type with the net point group of (4{sup 13}.6{sup 2})(4{sup 13}.6{sup 8})(4{sup 16}.6{sup 5})(4{sup 18}.6{sup 10})(4{sup 22}.6{sup 14})(4{sup 3}) corresponding to 3,6,7,7,8,9-c hexa-nodal net. MOOMnBi shows catalytic activity in the synthesis of (E)-α,β-unsaturated ketones. - Graphical abstract: This metal organic framework (MOF) is the essence of a 2D metal organic oxide (MOO). - Highlights: • New concept of metal organic oxide (MOO) was defined and made difference from metal organic framework. • New MOO of MOOMnBi was synthesized by hydrothermal method. • Crystal structure of MOOMnBi was determined by single crystal X-ray analysis. • The catalytic activity of MOOMnBi was studied showing reusable after 2 cycles.

  13. Bi–Mn mixed metal organic oxide: A novel 3d-6p mixed metal coordination network

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    A new terminology of metal organic oxide (MOO) was given a definition as a type of coordination polymers which possess the feature of inorganic connectivity between metals and the direct bonded atoms and show 1D, 2D or 3D inorganic sub-networks. One such compound was shown as an example. A 3d-6p (Mn–Bi. Named MOOMnBi) mixed metals coordination network has been synthesized via hydrothermal method. The new compound with the molecular formula of [MnBi2O(1,3,5-BTC)2]n (1,3,5-BTC stands for benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxylate) was characterized via single crystal X-ray diffraction technique that revealed a very interesting 3-dimensional (3D) framework with Bi4O2(COO)12 clusters which are further connected to Mn(COO)6 fragments into a 2D MOO. The topology study indicates an unprecedented topological type with the net point group of (413.62)(413.68)(416.65)(418.610)(422.614)(43) corresponding to 3,6,7,7,8,9-c hexa-nodal net. MOOMnBi shows catalytic activity in the synthesis of (E)-α,β-unsaturated ketones. - Graphical abstract: This metal organic framework (MOF) is the essence of a 2D metal organic oxide (MOO). - Highlights: • New concept of metal organic oxide (MOO) was defined and made difference from metal organic framework. • New MOO of MOOMnBi was synthesized by hydrothermal method. • Crystal structure of MOOMnBi was determined by single crystal X-ray analysis. • The catalytic activity of MOOMnBi was studied showing reusable after 2 cycles

  14. 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.

  15. General features of conceptual design for the pilot plant to manufacture fuel rods from mixed oxides

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    This paper conceptually describes: 1) the processes in the manufacturing lines; 2) the distribution of quality controls and glove boxes in manufacturing lines; 3) the Control and Radiological Safety Room; 4) the Dressing Room; 5) the requirements of the ventilation system. The plant will be located in the first floor of the Radiochemical Processes Laboratory building, occupying a surface of 600 m2. The necessary equipment for the following manufacturing lines will be provided: a) conversion from Pu(NO3)4 to PuO 2 (through Pu(III)oxalate); b) manufacture of homogeneous of mixed oxides of U and Pu; c) manufacture of (U,Pu)O2 pellets; d) manufacture of fuel rods of mixed uranium and plutonium oxides. (Author)

  16. Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of mesoporous iron-titanium mixed oxide for catalytic application

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    A mixed phase of mesoporous iron-titanium mixed oxide (ITMO) has been successfully synthesized by simple sol-gel technique by taking iron (II) sulphate and Ti-isopropoxide as the precursors and sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) as the surfactant. The prepared catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectra (UV-vis DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), N2 adsorption-desorptions isotherm, temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and gas chromatography (GC). Low-angle XRD (LAXRD) as well as surface area analysis confirms the mesoporosity nature of the catalysts. The phase and crystallinity were revealed by XRD study. The crystallinity of the catalysts increased with increase in calcinations temperature. Catalysts screening were performed for oxidation of cyclohexane to cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone.

  17. Thermal conductivity of hypostoichiometric low Pu content (U,Pu)O2-x mixed oxide

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    The 'laser flash' method was used to measure the thermal diffusivity of PWR mixed oxide fuels with Pu contents ranging from 3 to 15 wt% and oxygen to metal ratio (O/M) ranging from 2.00 to ∼1.95. The temperature range extends from 700 to 2300 K. The fuel thermal conductivity is derived using heat capacity values of the mixed oxides calculated by Kopp's law from recommended values for the heat capacities of UO2, PuO2 and O2. We observe an effect of the deviation from stoichiometry on the conductivity smaller than what is recommended for high plutonium content FBR fuel. Our results are fitted in the low temperature range to a classical phonon transport model. Abeles's simplified theory of phonon diffusion by point defects is used to discuss the results. We propose a new thermal conductivity relation, which takes into account the effect of the O/M ratio

  18. Oxidation kinetic analysis of a mixed uranium dicarbide and graphite compound

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    Marchand, M., E-mail: mickael.marchand@cea.fr [Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA, CADARACHE, DEN, DEC, SPUA/Laboratoire des Combustibles Uranium, 13108 Saint Paul-lez-Durance Cedex (France); Fiquet, O., E-mail: olivier.fiquet@cea.fr [Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA, CADARACHE, DEN, DEC, SPUA/Laboratoire des Combustibles Uranium, 13108 Saint Paul-lez-Durance Cedex (France); Brothier, M. [Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux énergies alternatives, CEA, CADARACHE, DEN, DEC, SPUA/Laboratoire des Combustibles Uranium, 13108 Saint Paul-lez-Durance Cedex (France)

    2013-06-15

    Highlights: ► Experimental study of uranium carbides and graphite powder oxidations. ► Single rate limiting step identification by extensive kinetic analysis. ► Pseudo-steady-state validation during chemical conversion. ► Combination of TGA, TDA, XRD and gas phase chromatography results. -- Abstract: The oxidation of a mixed uranium dicarbide and graphite powder has been investigated by simultaneous thermal gravimetric (TGA) and differential thermal (DTA) analyses coupled with gas phase chromatography. For isothermal oxidation conditions with temperatures below 330 °C, only the UC{sub 2} chemical phase is progressively oxidised into U{sub 3}O{sub 8} oxides. Parabolic weight gain curves as a function of oxidation over time were obtained. A detailed kinetic study is proposed to establish a pseudo-steady-state during the oxidation process. Using an experimental method based on the sudden temperature increases, a single rate-limiting step has been validated and then modelled by a 3D diffusion law. An apparent activation energy calculated from the Arrhenius representation has been evaluated at −35 kJ/mol, thus describing the diffusion of oxygen through the oxide layer.

  19. The decommissioning of large and complex glove box structures in a mixed oxide fuel fabrication plant

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    Information is given concerning the different techniques applied during the decommissioning of glove boxes and equipment inside the BELGONUCLEAIRE Mixed Oxide fuel fabrication plant. The techniques have been selected on the basis of the glove box dimensions, the capability of being removed out of the building and/or being transported on the public road, the inner contamination level etc... Different techniques applied are explained. (author)

  20. The mechanism for free chlorine oxidation of reduced manganese in mixed-media filters

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    Occiano, Suzanne

    1988-01-01

    The removal mechanisms of soluble manganese [Mn (1l)] through mixed-media filters were investigated. Experimentation was directed toward the continuous supply of an oxidant during column filter studies. Free chlorine (HOCl, OC1â ) was chosen to increase soluble manganese removal efficiency because chlorine is readily available and inexpensive. Filter media from four different water treatment plants were used in this study. Continuous-flow filter columns were operated in the presence and a...

  1. Coordinated safeguards for materials management in a mixed-oxide fuel facility

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    A coordinated safeguards system is described for safeguarding strategic quantities of special nuclear materials in mixed-oxide recycle fuel fabrication facilities. The safeguards system is compatible with industrial process requirements and combines maximum effectiveness consistent with modest cost and minimal process interference. It is based on unit process accounting using a combination of conventional and state-of-the-art NDA measurement techniques. The effectiveness of the system against single and multiple thefts is evaluated using computer modeling and simulation techniques

  2. Layered Double Hydroxide-Related Mixed Oxides Deposited on Al2O3/Al Support

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    Kovanda, F.; Jirátová, Květa; Koloušek, D.; Klempa, Jan; Gaálová, Jana

    Jerusalem : -, 2009, s. 536. ISBN N. [EuropaCat IX: "Catalysis for Sustainable World". Salamanca (ES), 30.08.2009-04.09.2009] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA104/07/1400; GA ČR GA106/09/1664 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : layered double hydroxides * supported mixed oxide catalysts * emperature programmed reduction Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry http://www.certh.gr/577CC7CC.en.aspx

  3. Coordinated safeguards for materials management in a mixed-oxide fuel facility

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    Shipley, J.P.; Cobb, D.D.; Dietz, R.J.; Evans, M.L.; Schelonka, E.P.; Smith, D.B.; Walton, R.B.

    1977-02-01

    A coordinated safeguards system is described for safeguarding strategic quantities of special nuclear materials in mixed-oxide recycle fuel fabrication facilities. The safeguards system is compatible with industrial process requirements and combines maximum effectiveness consistent with modest cost and minimal process interference. It is based on unit process accounting using a combination of conventional and state-of-the-art NDA measurement techniques. The effectiveness of the system against single and multiple thefts is evaluated using computer modeling and simulation techniques.

  4. A facile solution combustion synthesis of nanosized amorphous iron oxide incorporated in a carbon matrix for use as a high-performance lithium ion battery anode material

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    Zhu, Chunyu, E-mail: chunyu6zhu@gmail.com; Saito, Genki; Akiyama, Tomohiro

    2015-06-05

    Highlights: • Iron oxide–carbon composite was fabricated by facile solution combustion synthesis. • Iron oxide nanoparticles of about 5 nm were uniformly embedded in dense carbon matrix. • The composite exhibited enhanced cyclability and rate capability. • A high capacity of 687 mA h g{sup −1} after 200 cycles at a current rate of 0.5 A g{sup −1} were obtained. - Abstract: An amorphous iron oxide–carbon composite has been fabricated through an effective, inexpensive, and scalable method employing solution combustion synthesis. Amorphous iron oxide nanoparticles with diameters of about 5 nm were synthesized and uniformly embedded in a dense carbon matrix. The synthesized composite exhibits enhanced cyclability and rate capability, showing a high reversible capacity of 687 mA h g{sup −1} after 200 discharge/charge cycles at a current rate of 0.5 A g{sup −1}, compared to the 400 mA h g{sup −1} observed for Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles. This enhanced performance was retained despite more demanding conditions, delivering a high capacity of about 525 mA h g{sup −1} and a nearly perfect coulombic efficiency even after 400 cycles at 1 A g{sup −1}. The easy production and superior electrochemical properties of this composite suggest that it is a promising material for use as an anode material in high performance lithium ion batteries.

  5. Low temperature incineration of mixed wastes using bulk metal oxide catalysts

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    Volume reduction of low-level mixed wastes from former nuclear weapons facilities is a significant environmental problem. Processing of these materials presents unique scientific and engineering problems due to the presence of minute quantities of radionuclides which must be contained and concentrated for later safe disposal. Low-temperature catalytic incineration is one option that has been utilized at the Rocky Flats facility for this purpose. This paper presents results of research regarding evaluation of bulk metal oxides as catalysts for low-temperature incineration of carbonaceous residues which are typical by-products of fluidized bed combustion of mixed wastes under oxygen-lean conditions. A series of 14 metal oxides were screened in a thermogravimetric analyzer, using on-line mass spectrometry for speciation of reaction product gases. Catalyst evaluation criteria focused on the thermal-redox activity of the metals using both carbon black and PVC char as surrogate waste materials. Results indicated that metal oxides which were P-type semiconductor materials were suitable as catalysts for this application. Oxides of cobalt, molybdenum, vanadium, and manganese were found to be particularly stable and active catalysts under conditions specific to this process (T<650C, low oxygen partial pressures). Bench-scale evaluation of these metal oxides with respect to stability to chlorine (HCl) attack was carried out at 550C using a TG/MS system. Cobalt oxide was found to be resistant to metal loss in a HCl/He gaseous environment while metal loss from Mo, Mn, and V-based catalysts was moderate to severe. XRD and SEM/EDX analysis of spent Co catalysts indicated the formation of non-stoichiometric cobalt chlorides. Regeneration of chlorinated cobalt was found to successfully restore the low-temperature combustion activity to that of the fresh metal oxide

  6. Catalytic combustion of soot over Ru-doped mixed oxides catalysts

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    LF Nascimento; RF Martins; OA Serra

    2014-01-01

    We employed modified substrates as outer heterogeneous catalysts to reduce the soot originating from the incomplete die-sel combustion. Here, we proposed that ceria (CeO2)-based catalysts could lower the temperature at which soot combustion occurred from 610 ºC to values included in the operation range of diesel exhausts (270-400 ºC). Here, we used the sol-gel method to synthesize catalysts based on mixed oxides (ZnO:CeO2) deposited on cordierite substrates, and modified by ruthenium nanoparticles. The presence of ZnO in these mixed oxides produced defects associated with oxygen vacancies, improving thermal stability, redox potential, sulfur resistance, and oxygen storage. We evaluated the morphological and structural properties of the material by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brumauer-emmett-teller method (BET), temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR), scanning electron micros-copy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). We investigated how the addition of Ru (0.5 wt.%) affected the catalytic activity of ZnO:CeO2 in terms of soot combustion. Thermogravimetric analysis (TG/DTA) revealed that presence of the catalyst de-creased the soot combustion temperature by 250 ºC, indicating that the oxygen species arose at low temperatures, which was the main reason for the high reactivity of the oxidation reactions. Comparative analysis of soot emission by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) showed that the catalyst containing Ru on the mixed oxide-impregnated cordierite samples efficiently oxidized soot in a diesel stationary motor:soot emission decreased 80%.

  7. Mixed

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    Pau Baya

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Remenat (Catalan (Mixed, "revoltillo" (Scrambled in Spanish, is a dish which, in Catalunya, consists of a beaten egg cooked with vegetables or other ingredients, normally prawns or asparagus. It is delicious. Scrambled refers to the action of mixing the beaten egg with other ingredients in a pan, normally using a wooden spoon Thought is frequently an amalgam of past ideas put through a spinner and rhythmically shaken around like a cocktail until a uniform and dense paste is made. This malleable product, rather like a cake mixture can be deformed pulling it out, rolling it around, adapting its shape to the commands of one’s hands or the tool which is being used on it. In the piece Mixed, the contortion of the wood seeks to reproduce the plasticity of this slow heavy movement. Each piece lays itself on the next piece consecutively like a tongue of incandescent lava slowly advancing but with unstoppable inertia.

  8. Selective oxidation of propene on bismuth molybdate and mixed oxides of tin and antimony and of uranium and antimony

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    Propene + 1802 reactions have been studied in a static reaction system on bismuth molybdate and mixed oxides of tin and antimony and of uranium and antimony. The [160] acrolein content of the total acrolein formed and the proportion of 160 in the oxygen of the carbon dioxide by-product have been determined. The results indicate that for each catalyst the lattice is the only direct source of the oxygen in the aldehyde, and that lattice and/or gas phase oxygen is used in carbon dioxide formation. Oxygen anion mobility appears to be greater in the molybdate catalyst than in the other two. (author)

  9. Deep Ethanol Oxidation over Nanosized Co-Mn-Al Mixed Oxides Supported on Pelletized Magnesia-Alumina

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    Jirátová, Květa; Balabánová, Jana; Kovanda, F.; Obalová, L.

    Novosibirsk: Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, 2015 - (Bukhtiyarov, V.; Stakheev, A.), s. 1835-1836 ISBN 978-5-906376-10-7. [European Congress on Catalysis – EuropaCat-XII /12./. Kazaň (RU), 30.08.2015-04.09.2015] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA14-13750S Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : cobalt-manganese * mixed oxides * magnesia-alumina Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering http://hdl.handle.net/11104/0250629

  10. Deep Ethanol Oxidation over Nanosized Co-Mn-Al Mixed Oxides Supported on Pelletized Magnesia-Alumina

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    Jirátová, Květa; Balabánová, Jana; Kovanda, F.; Obalová, L.

    Novosibirsk : Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, 2015 - (Bukhtiyarov, V.; Stakheev, A.), s. 1835-1836 ISBN 978-5-906376-10-7. [European Congress on Catalysis – EuropaCat-XII /12./. Kazaň (RU), 30.08.2015-04.09.2015] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA14-13750S Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : cobalt- manganese * mixed oxides * magnesia-alumina Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering http://hdl.handle.net/11104/0250629

  11. Development of Stable Cerium Zirconium Mixed Oxide Nanoparticle Additive for Emission Reduction in Biodiesel Blends

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    Sajith V

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Harmful emissions associated with the use of biodiesel is a serious issue and various fuel additives are being used for the reduction of emissions as well as for the improvement of engine performance. Use of cerium oxide nanoparticles as fuel additive is one of the methods for the reduction of emissions, due to its peculiar redox functionality and oxygen buffering capability. Doping of ceria with transition metals such as zirconium improves its Oxygen storage capacity and thermal stability, thereby enhancing simultaneous oxidation and reduction reactions. The present work focuses on the development of cerium zirconium mixed oxide nanoparticle based additive for the reduction of emissions from diesel engine fuelled with biodiesel - diesel blends. Cerium zirconium mixed oxide was synthesized by means of co precipitation method. The stability of the nanofluids was improved by the addition of surfactant, namely Oleic acid. The optimum concentration of surfactant was determined based on estimation of critical micelle concentration, by means of standard tests. Stability of catalytic nanoparticle in fuel was evaluated from the measurement of Zeta potential. Various properties were determined as per ASTM standards to investigate the effect of the nanoparticles on fuel properties. Addition of catalytic nanoparticle in diesel - biodiesel blends does not significantly affect the fuel properties. Engine performance and emission tests were conducted on single cylinder diesel engine to assess the potential of synthesized nanofuel and 15% average reduction of NO emissions was observed for B5 and B10 blends with 15 ppm of catalytic nanoparticle concentration.

  12. Safety of Uranium and Plutonium Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facilities. Specific Safety Guide

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    This Safety Guide supplements the Safety Requirements publication Safety of Fuel Cycle Facilities and addresses all the stages in the life cycle of MOX fuel fabrication facilities, with emphasis placed on design and operation. It describes the actions, conditions and procedures for meeting safety requirements and deals specifically with the handling, processing and storage of plutonium oxide, depleted, natural or reprocessed uranium oxide or mixed oxide manufactured from the above to be used as a feed material to form MOX fuel rods and assemblies for export and subsequent use in water reactors and fast breeder reactors. The publication is intended to be of use to designers, operating organizations and regulators to ensure the safety of MOX fuel fabrication facilities. Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. General safety recommendations; 3. Site evaluation; 4. Design; 5. Construction; 6. Commissioning; 7. Operation; 8. Decommissioning; Annexes.

  13. Dry recovery test of plutonium-uranium mixed oxide fuel pellets

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    The oxidation conditions for pulverizing directly Pu-U mixed oxide pellets without mechanical crushing were examined to simplify the process and to reduce radiation exposure during the dry recovery of highly enriched Pu pellets. The specimens used were the Pusub(0.3) Usub(0.7) Osub(2-x) pellets with different density, which were sintered at 1650 deg C for 2 hours under an atmosphere of 5 % H2 - N2. The oxidation experiment was carried out under several conditions. The oxidation products were examined by weight gain, X-ray diffraction, appearance pictures, SEM photographs and so on. From these studies, it can be concluded that the oxidation in NO2 diluted with air was very powerful, but if only the coarse spalling of Pusub(0.3) Usub(0.7) O2 sintered pellets is required, it is sufficient to oxidize them in air for 1 hr in a temperature range from 400 to 600 deg C. (Asami, T.)

  14. Preparation of catalysts based on Ce-Mn mixed oxide by coprecipitation for combustion of n-hexane

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    Catalysts based on Ce-Mn mixed with different Ce/Mn molar ratios ranging from 0,5 to 2 have been prepared by coprecipitation at pH constant with ageing times of 4, 18 and 24 h for combustion of n-hexane. XRD patterns of the mixed oxides showed the majority presence of fluorite phase. Specific BET surface areas of mixed oxides were always higher than their single counterparts and their adsorption isotherm depicted a mesoporous surface of Type IV. TPR thermograms confirmed the presence of mixed oxide phase, whose profile shifted to smaller temperatures with increasing content of ceria. Catalytic tests were performed with 2000 ppm of n-hexane and WHSV of 80 h-1 in a fixed-bed reactor. For all samples, only CO2 and water were observed at total conversion and no partial combustion products were obtained. Ce-Mn mixed oxides were more active than simple oxide samples no matter the aging time. Mixed samples presented thermal stability in contrast with simple ones. Mixed sample with Ce/Mn molar ratio of 2 depicted the highest activity probably due to higher surface area and better reducibility ability of mixed phase. (author)

  15. The mechanism of oxygen reactions at porous oxide electrodes Part III: Water oxidation catalysis at RuO2/NiO mixed oxide electrodes

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    Lyons, Michael

    2014-01-01

    RuO2/NiO mixed oxide electrodes prepared by thermal decomposition were examined as potential water oxidation catalysts. Addition of just 10 mol% RuO2 to a NiO electrode was found to decrease the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) onset potential by 20% with increasing additions having significantly diminishing returns. The OER current densities for the RuO2/NiO electrode were found to increase when preconditioned by application of prolonged polarization regimes with the Tafel slope also decreasi...

  16. Surface composition and catalytic activity of La-Fe mixed oxides for methane oxidation

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    Liu, Fengxiang [School of Chemistry, Beijing Institute of Technology, Liangxiang East Road, Beijing 102488 (China); Li, Zhanping [Analysis Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Ma, Hongwei [School of Chemistry, Beijing Institute of Technology, Liangxiang East Road, Beijing 102488 (China); Gao, Zhiming, E-mail: zgao@bit.edu.cn [School of Chemistry, Beijing Institute of Technology, Liangxiang East Road, Beijing 102488 (China)

    2015-10-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The sample with La/Fe atomic ratio of 0.94 is single phase perovskite La{sub 0.94}FeO{sub 3−d}. • The excess ironic oxide exists on the surface of the perovskite crystallites. • La{sup 3+} ions are enriched on surface of the oxides even for the La{sub 0.68}Fe sample. - Abstract: Four La-Fe oxide samples with La/Fe atomic ratio y = 1.02 ∼ 0.68 (denoted as LayFe) were prepared by the citrate method. The samples had a decreased specific surface area with the La/Fe atomic ratio decreasing. XRD pattern proved that the sample La{sub 0.94}Fe is single phase perovskite La{sub 0.94}FeO{sub 3−d}. Phase composition of the samples was estimated by the Rietveld refinement method. XPS analyses indicate that La{sup 3+} ions are enriched on surface of crystallites for all the samples, and surface carbonate ions are relatively abundant on the samples La{sub 1.02}Fe and La{sub 0.94}Fe. Catalytic activity for methane oxidation per unit surface area of the samples is in the order of La{sub 0.68}Fe > La{sub 0.76}Fe > La{sub 0.94}Fe > La{sub 1.02}Fe both in the presence and in the absence of gaseous oxygen. A reason for this order would be the higher concentration of Fe{sup 3+} ion on the surface of the samples La{sub 0.68}Fe and La{sub 0.76}Fe.

  17. Mixed ionic liquids/graphene-supported platinum nanoparticles as an electrocatalyst for methanol oxidation

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    Graphical abstract: A kind of mixed ionic liquids (ILs) of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([bmim][BF4], IL1) and hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF6], IL2) was introduced to the functionalization of graphene (GN) nanosheets, which was used to the synthesis of platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) to obtain the Pt/IL1-IL2/GN nanocomposite. The as-prepared Pt/IL1-IL2/GN composites exhibited highly electrocatalytic activity (764.3 mA mg − 1Pt at 0.6 V vs. SCE) and stability toward methanol oxidation, demonstrating their promising potential as the anode catalyst for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). - Highlights: • Pt/mixed ionic liquids/graphene composite catalyst was easily synthesized. • The special phase equilibrium characteristics exerted by the peculiar interactions between different ILs can promote the homogeneous growth of small Pt nanoparticles. • The as-made catalyst exhibited enhanced electro-catalytic performance for methanol oxidation. - Abstract: A kind of mixed ionic liquids (ILs) of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([bmim][BF4], IL1) and hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF6], IL2) was introduced to the functionalization of graphene (GN) nanosheets, which was used to the synthesis of platinum nanoparticles (Pt NPs) to obtain the Pt/IL1-IL2/GN nanocomposite. The interaction between mixed ILs and GN achieved a stable performance due to the excellent electronic and interfacial property of the fabricated nanocomposites, which was favorable for effective loading of Pt NPs on the IL1-IL2/GN support. The as-prepared Pt/IL1-IL2/GN composites exhibited highly electrocatalytic activity (764.3 mA mg−1Pt at 0.6 V vs. SCE) and stability toward methanol oxidation, demonstrating their promising potential as the anode catalyst for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs)

  18. Oxidative potential of smoke from burning wood and mixed biomass fuels.

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    Kurmi, O P; Dunster, C; Ayres, J G; Kelly, F J

    2013-10-01

    More than half the world's population still rely on burning biomass fuels to heat and light their homes and cook food. Household air pollution, a common component of which is inhalable particulate matter (PM), emitted from biomass burning is associated with increased vulnerability to respiratory infection and an enhanced risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In the light of an emerging hypothesis linking chronic PM exposure during childhood and increased vulnerability to respiratory diseases in adulthood, in a chain of events involving oxidative stress, reduced immunity and subsequent infection, the aim of this study was to characterise the oxidative potential (OP) of PM collected during the burning of wood and mixed biomass, whilst cooking food in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. Our assessments were based on the capacity of the particles to deplete the physiologically relevant antioxidants from a validated, synthetic respiratory tract lining fluid (RTLF). Incubation of mixed biomass and wood smoke particles suspensions with the synthetic RTLF for 4 h resulted in a mean loss of ascorbate of 64.76 ± 16.83% and 83.37 ± 14.12% at 50 μg/ml, respectively. Reduced glutathione was depleted by 49.29 ± 15.22% in mixed biomass and 65.33 ± 13.01% in wood smoke particles under the same conditions. Co-incubation with the transition metal chelator diethylenetriaminepentaacetate did not inhibit the rate of ascorbate oxidation, indicating a negligible contribution by redox-active metals in these samples. The capacity of biomass smoke particles to elicit oxidative stress certainly has the potential to contribute towards negative health impacts associated with traditional domestic fuels in the developing world. PMID:23926954

  19. Status of plutonium recycle from mixed oxide fuel fabrication wastes (U,Pu)O2 facility activities

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    Within the specific subject of mixed oxides corresponding to the Fuel Cycle activities performed at CNEA, the recovery of plutonium from wastes originated during tests and pre-fabrication stages is performed. (author)

  20. Mixed Oxides of Transition Metals as Catalysts for Total Ethanol Oxidation

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    Ludvíková, Jana; Jirátová, Květa; Kovanda, F.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 66, č. 6 (2012), s. 589-597. ISSN 0366-6352. [International Conference of the Slovak Society of Chemical Engineering /38./. Tatranské Matliare, 23.05.2011-27.05.2011] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP106/10/1762; GA ČR GD203/08/H032 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : volatile organic compound * total oxidation * layered double hydroxidesLDH precursors Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 0.879, year: 2012

  1. Cesium Doped Co-Mn-Al Mixed Oxides in Total Methanol Oxidation

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    Ludvíková, Jana; Jirátová, Květa; Piwowarska, Z.; Chmielarz, L.; Jablonska, m.

    Prague : J.Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry of the ASCR , v.v.i, 2012 - (Žilková, E.; Horáček, M.), Po 3 ISBN 978-80-87351-20-8. [Symposium on Catalysis /44./. Prague (CZ), 05.11.2012-06.11.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP106/10/1762 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : methanol * oxidation * Co-Mn-Al Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering http://www.jh-inst.cas.cz/~catsymp

  2. Poisoning and reactivation processes in oxide-type cathodes: Part I. Polycrystalline mixed oxides

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    Shih, A.; Haas, G. A.

    A study has been made of the poisoning and reactivation characteristics of alkaline earth oxide-type cathodes after extended periods of shelf storage. Both emitted and incident electrons were used to measure changes in the electronics properties, i.e. work function. The variations in work function over the surface were obtained in both distribution form as well as topographic presentation using a scanning low energy electron probe (SLEEP). These measurements were correlated with simultaneously occurring compositional changes using Auger, gas desorption and ion scattering techniques. Measurements were made on realistic cathodes in actual vacuum tube ambients. The results showed that oxide-type cathodes poison within a few hours after shut-down by the adsorption of residual gases contained in the vacuum ambient. (The effects of CO 2 were specifically demonstrated.) These adsorbates are, however, desorbed upon heating and in combination with other reactivation processes (such as formation of surface Ba layers when using reducing substrates), the cathode can reach full activation again by the time the temperature reaches the normal operating temperature. The poisoning and reactivation phenomena are a combination of a number of simultaneous processes, and studies to separate and identify these is the objective of part II of this paper.

  3. Mixed Waste Focus Area alternative oxidation technologies development and demonstration program

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    The Mixed Waste Focus Area (MWFA) is currently supporting the development and demonstration of several alternative oxidation technology (AOT) processes for treatment of combustible mixed low-level wastes. The impetus for this support derives from regulatory and political hurdles frequently encountered by traditional thermal techniques, primarily incinerators. AOTs have been defined as technologies that destroy organic material without using open-flame reactions. Whether thermal or nonthermal, the processes have the potential advantages of relatively low-volume gaseous emissions, generation of few or no dioxin/furan compounds, and operation at low enough temperatures that metals (except mercury) and most radionuclides are not volatilized. Technology development and demonstration are needed to confirm and realize the potential of AOTs and to compare them on an equal basis with their fully demonstrated thermal counterparts. AOTs include both thermal and nonthermal processes that oxidize organic wastes but operate under significantly different physical and chemical conditions than incinerators. Nonthermal processes currently being studied include Delphi DETOX and acid digestion at the Savannah River Site, and direct chemical oxidation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. All three technologies are at advanced stages of development or are entering the demonstration phase. Nonflame thermal processes include catalytic chemical oxidation, which is being developed and deployed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and team reforming, a commercial process being supported by Department of Energy. Related technologies include two low-flow, secondary oxidation processes (Phoenix and Thermatrix units) that have been tested at MSE, Inc., in Butte, Montana. Although testing is complete on some AOT technologies, most require additional support to complete some or all of the identified development objectives. Brief descriptions, status, and planned paths forward for each

  4. Mixed Waste Focus Area alternative oxidation technologies development and demonstration program

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    Borduin, L.C. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Fewell, T.; Gombert, D.; Priebe, S. [Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Co., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    1998-07-01

    The Mixed Waste Focus Area (MWFA) is currently supporting the development and demonstration of several alternative oxidation technology (AOT) processes for treatment of combustible mixed low-level wastes. The impetus for this support derives from regulatory and political hurdles frequently encountered by traditional thermal techniques, primarily incinerators. AOTs have been defined as technologies that destroy organic material without using open-flame reactions. Whether thermal or nonthermal, the processes have the potential advantages of relatively low-volume gaseous emissions, generation of few or no dioxin/furan compounds, and operation at low enough temperatures that metals (except mercury) and most radionuclides are not volatilized. Technology development and demonstration are needed to confirm and realize the potential of AOTs and to compare them on an equal basis with their fully demonstrated thermal counterparts. AOTs include both thermal and nonthermal processes that oxidize organic wastes but operate under significantly different physical and chemical conditions than incinerators. Nonthermal processes currently being studied include Delphi DETOX and acid digestion at the Savannah River Site, and direct chemical oxidation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. All three technologies are at advanced stages of development or are entering the demonstration phase. Nonflame thermal processes include catalytic chemical oxidation, which is being developed and deployed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and team reforming, a commercial process being supported by Department of Energy. Related technologies include two low-flow, secondary oxidation processes (Phoenix and Thermatrix units) that have been tested at MSE, Inc., in Butte, Montana. Although testing is complete on some AOT technologies, most require additional support to complete some or all of the identified development objectives. Brief descriptions, status, and planned paths forward for each

  5. Amorphous Computing

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    Sussman, Gerald

    2002-03-01

    Digital computers have always been constructed to behave as precise arrangements of reliable parts, and our techniques for organizing computations depend upon this precision and reliability. Two emerging technologies, however, are begnning to undercut these assumptions about constructing and programming computers. These technologies -- microfabrication and bioengineering -- will make it possible to assemble systems composed of myriad information- processing units at almost no cost, provided: 1) that not all the units need to work correctly; and 2) that there is no need to manufacture precise geometrical arrangements or interconnection patterns among them. Microelectronic mechanical components are becoming so inexpensive to manufacture that we can anticipate combining logic circuits, microsensors, actuators, and communications devices integrated on the same chip to produce particles that could be mixed with bulk materials, such as paints, gels, and concrete. Imagine coating bridges or buildings with smart paint that can sense and report on traffic and wind loads and monitor structural integrity of the bridge. A smart paint coating on a wall could sense vibrations, monitor the premises for intruders, or cancel noise. Even more striking, there has been such astounding progress in understanding the biochemical mechanisms in individual cells, that it appears we'll be able to harness these mechanisms to construct digital- logic circuits. Imagine a discipline of cellular engineering that could tailor-make biological cells that function as sensors and actuators, as programmable delivery vehicles for pharmaceuticals, as chemical factories for the assembly of nanoscale structures. Fabricating such systems seem to be within our reach, even if it is not yet within our grasp Fabrication, however, is only part of the story. We can envision producing vast quantities of individual computing elements, whether microfabricated particles, engineered cells, or macromolecular computing

  6. Influence of Gold on Ce-Zr-Co Fluorite-Type Mixed Oxide Catalysts for Ethanol Steam Reforming

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The effect of gold presence on carbon monoxide oxidation and ethanol steam reforming catalytic behavior of two Ce-Zr-Co mixed oxides catalysts with a constant Co charge and different Ce/Zr ratios was investigated. The Ce-Zr-Co mixed oxides were obtained by the pseudo sol-gel like method, based on metallic propionates polymerization and thermal decomposition, whereas the gold-supported Ce-Zr-Co mixed oxides catalysts were prepared using the direct anionic exchange. The catalysts were characterized using XRD, TPR, and EDXS-TEM. The presence of Au in doped Ce-Zr-Co oxide catalyst decreases the temperature necessary to reduce the cobalt and the cerium loaded in the catalyst and favors a different reaction pathway, improving the acetaldehyde route by ethanol dehydrogenation, instead of the ethylene route by ethanol dehydration or methane re-adsorption, thus increasing the catalytic activity and selectivity into hydrogen.

  7. Feasibility Study of 1/3 Thorium-Plutonium Mixed Oxide Core

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    Full Text Available Thorium-plutonium mixed oxide (Th-MOX fuel has become one of the most promising solutions to reduce a large and increasing plutonium stockpile. Compared with traditional uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (U-MOX fuels, Th-MOX fuel has higher consumption rate of plutonium in LWRs. Besides, thorium based fuels have improved thermomechanical material properties compared with traditional U-MOX fuels. Previous studies on a full Th-MOX core have shown reduced efficiency in reactivity control mechanisms, stronger reactivity feedback, and a significantly lower fraction of delayed neutrons compared with a traditional uranium oxide (UOX core. These problems complicate the implementation of a full Th-MOX core in a similar way as for a traditional U-MOX core. In order to reduce and avoid some of these issues, the introduction of a lower fraction of Th-MOX fuel in the core is proposed. In this study, one-third of the assemblies are Th-MOX fuel, and the rest are traditional UOX fuel. The feasibility study is based on the Swedish Ringhals-3 PWR. The results show that the core characteristics are more similar to a traditional UOX core, and the fraction of delayed neutrons is within acceptable limits. Moreover, the damping of axial xenon oscillations induced by control rod insertions is almost 5 times more effective for the 1/3 Th-MOX core compared with the standard core.

  8. Self-aligned top-gate amorphous indium zinc oxide thin-film transistors exceeding low-temperature poly-Si transistor performance.

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    Park, Jae Chul; Lee, Ho-Nyeon; Im, Seongil

    2013-08-14

    Thin-film transistor (TFT) is a key component of active-matrix flat-panel displays (AMFPDs). These days, the low-temperature poly silicon (LTPS) TFTs are to match with advanced AMFPDs such as the active matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) display, because of their high mobility for fast pixel switching. However, the manufacturing process of LTPS TFT is quite complicated, costly, and scale-limited. Amorphous oxide semiconductor (AOS) TFT technology is another candidate, which is as simple as that of conventioanl amorphous (a)-Si TFTs in fabrication but provides much superior device performances to those of a-Si TFTs. Hence, various AOSs have been compared with LTPS for active channel layer of the advanced TFTs, but have always been found to be relatively inferior to LTPS. In the present work, we clear the persistent inferiority, innovating the device performaces of a-IZO TFT by adopting a self-aligned coplanar top-gate structure and modifying the surface of a-IZO material. Herein, we demonstrate a high-performance simple-processed a-IZO TFT with mobility of ∼157 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1), SS of ∼190 mV dec(-1), and good bias/photostabilities, which overall surpass the performances of high-cost LTPS TFTs. PMID:23823486

  9. Engineering development and demonstration of DETOX{sup SM} wet oxidation for mixed waste treatment

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    Dhooge, P.M.; Goldblatt, S.D.; Moslander, J.E.; Robertson, D.T.; Rogers, T.W.; Zigmond, J.A.

    1997-12-01

    DETOX{sup SM}, a catalyzed chemical oxidation process, is under development for treatment of hazardous and mixed wastes at Department of Energy sites. To support this effort, developmental engineering studies have been formed for aspects of the process to help ensure safe and effective operation. Subscale agitation studies have been preformed to identify a suitable mixing head and speed for the primary reaction vessel agitator. Mechanisms for feeding solid waste materials to the primary reaction vessel have been investigated. Filtration to remove solid field process residue, and the use of various filtration aids, has been studied. Extended compatibility studies on the materials of construction have been performed. Due to a change to Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFETS) for the mixed waste portion of the demonstration, types of wastes suitable and appropriate for treatment at RFETS had to be chosen. A Prototype unit has been fabricated and will be demonstrated on hazardous and mixed wastes at Savannah River Site (SRS) and RFETS during 1997 and 1998. The unit is in shakedown testing at present. Data validation and an engineering evaluation will be performed during the demonstration.

  10. Engineering development and demonstration of DETOXSM wet oxidation for mixed waste treatment

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    DETOXSM, a catalyzed chemical oxidation process, is under development for treatment of hazardous and mixed wastes at Department of Energy sites. To support this effort, developmental engineering studies have been formed for aspects of the process to help ensure safe and effective operation. Subscale agitation studies have been preformed to identify a suitable mixing head and speed for the primary reaction vessel agitator. Mechanisms for feeding solid waste materials to the primary reaction vessel have been investigated. Filtration to remove solid field process residue, and the use of various filtration aids, has been studied. Extended compatibility studies on the materials of construction have been performed. Due to a change to Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site (RFETS) for the mixed waste portion of the demonstration, types of wastes suitable and appropriate for treatment at RFETS had to be chosen. A Prototype unit has been fabricated and will be demonstrated on hazardous and mixed wastes at Savannah River Site (SRS) and RFETS during 1997 and 1998. The unit is in shakedown testing at present. Data validation and an engineering evaluation will be performed during the demonstration

  11. Production of mixed oxide fuel for fast reactor irradiation test by co-precipitation

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    Studies were made on the production of homogeneous mixed oxide by co-precipitation. Experiments were made on the effects of the addition rate of ammonia water, precipitation temperature, aging time of co-precipitate, and pH value. Plutonium refined by anion exchange was mixed with solution of uranium. The concentration of free acid in the mixed solution was adjusted to 1.5-2.0 M, and the total volume of the solution was made 3.01. The weight of Pu and U in the solution was 100g. The solution was kept at a definite temperature while being stirred. Concentrated ammonia solution was added to the solution at a definite rate. The precipitate thus formed was filtrated after aging, then dried for 24 hours at 100 +- 20C. Dried co-precipitate was calcinated for 1 hr at 5500C. The reduction for 4 hours at 8000C gave the mixed powder of PuO2 and UO2. After pressing, the powder was sintered for 2 hours at 17000C. The shrinkage ratio decreased as the activity and tap density of the original powder increased. The activity determined by specific surface area increased as the rate of ammonia water addition increased, and as the precipitation temperature rose. Tap density was independent of the rate of addition of ammonia water. The activity of the powder increased and the tap density decreased as the aging time of precipitate increased. (Fukutomi, T.)

  12. Co-Mn-Al Mixed Oxides on Anodized Aluminum Supports and Their Use as Catalysts in the Total Oxidation of Ethanol

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    Kovanda, F.; Jirátová, Květa; Ludvíková, Jana; Raabová, H.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 464, AUG 15 (2013), s. 181-190. ISSN 0926-860X R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP106/10/1762 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : layered double hydroxides * hydrothermal reaction * mixed oxides * supported catalysts * ethanol total oxidation Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 3.674, year: 2013

  13. Electrical characteristics of mixed Zr-Si oxide thin films prepared by ion beam induced chemical vapor deposition at room temperature

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    Mixed Zr-Si oxide thin films have been prepared at room temperature by ion beam decomposition of organometallic volatile precursors. The films were flat and amorphous. They did not present phase segregation of the pure single oxides. A significant amount of impurities (-C-, -CHx, -OH, and other radicals coming from partially decomposed precursors) remained incorporated in the films after the deposition process. This effect is minimized if the Ar content in the O2/Ar bombarding gas is maximized. Static permittivity and breakdown electrical field of the films were determined by capacitance-voltage and current-voltage electrical measurements. It is found that the static permittivity increases non-linearly from ∼ 4 for pure SiO2 to ∼ 15 for pure ZrO2. Most of the dielectric failures in the films were due to extrinsic breakdown failures. The maximum breakdown electrical field decreases from ∼ 10.5 MV/cm for pure SiO2 to ∼ 45 MV/cm for pure ZrO2. These characteristics are justified by high impurity content of the thin films. In addition, the analysis of the conduction mechanisms in the formed dielectrics is consistent to Schottky and Poole-Frenkel emission for low and high electric fields applied, respectively.

  14. Neutronics benchmark for the Quad Cities-1 (Cycle 2) mixed oxide assembly irradiation

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    Fisher, S.E.; Difilippo, F.C.

    1998-04-01

    Reactor physics computer programs are important tools that will be used to estimate mixed oxide fuel (MOX) physics performance in support of weapons grade plutonium disposition in US and Russian Federation reactors. Many of the computer programs used today have not undergone calculational comparisons to measured data obtained during reactor operation. Pin power, the buildup of transuranics, and depletion of gadolinium measurements were conducted (under Electric Power Research Institute sponsorship) on uranium and MOX pins irradiated in the Quad Cities-1 reactor in the 1970`s. These measurements are compared to modern computational models for the HELIOS and SCALE computer codes. Good agreement on pin powers was obtained for both MOX and uranium pins. The agreement between measured and calculated values of transuranic isotopes was mixed, depending on the particular isotope.

  15. Amorphous silicon solar cells. Comparison of p-i-n and n-i-p structures with zinc-oxide front contact

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    This work compares amorphous silicon solar cells in the p-i-n and n-i-p structure. In both cell structures, sputtered zinc-oxide (ZnO) films were established as front contact. We developed smooth TCO films with high conductivity and high transparency. The required surface texture is achieved by a post deposition wet chemical etching step in diluted HCl. In both cell structures, a contact barrier emerges at the amorphous-p/ZnO interface. In both cases, the negative effects of the barrier on the electrical properties of the solar cell are avoided by the application of highly conductive, microcrystalline p-layers (μc-p), which were developed with the RF as well as the VHF deposition technique. We were able to clearly show that the optimum p-layer structure for a-Si:H solar cells with ZnO front contact is an amorphous/microcrystalline double-layer: The thin μc-p-layer provides a low-ohmic ZnO/p-contact, while an amorphous phase is essential in order to build up a high open-circuit voltage (VOC). The optical optimization led to high quantum efficiencies in both cell types and showed an advantage of the n-i-p structure in the laboratory caused by the possible antireflection design of the front contact in this structure. We confirmed literature reports asserting a drop in the Voc of p-i-n cells when using elevated substrate temperatures during deposition of the i-layer material, while the decrease in Voc for the n-i-p cells simply correlates with the decrease of the band gap of the absorber material. The implementation of the developed materials led to a highly efficient a-Si:H/a-Si:H tandem cell in the p-i-n structure on sputtered ZnO with 9.2% stable efficiency after 900 h of light soaking. The transfer of the achieved results to module production is performed in an joint venture between research and industry. (orig.)

  16. Removal of inhaled industrial mixed oxide aerosols from Beagle dogs by lung lavage and chelation therapy

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    An experiment was conducted in 15 adult Beagle dogs to evaluate lung lavage and chelation therapy for the removal of inhaled particles of mixed actinide oxides. The dogs were divided into three groups of five dogs each. Each group was exposed to an aerosol from a different industrial process. Group 1 was exposed to mixed oxide material which had been calcined at 7500C collected from a ball milling process. Group 2 was exposed to mixed oxide material from a centerless grinding operation which had been previously heat treated to 17500C. The third group was exposed to 239PuO2 not containing uranium from a V-blending procedure which had been heat treated at 8500C. After exposure, three dogs in each group were given ten lung lavages and 18 intravenous injections of calcium trisodium diethylenetriaminepentaacetate (DTPA). All dogs were sacrificed 64 days after inhalation exposure. The tissues were radioanalyzed for plutonium and americium. Fluorimetric analyses for uranium in the tissues are in progress. The urine, feces and lavage fluid are also being analyzed for plutonium, americium and uranium. The distribution of plutonium and americium expressed as percentages of the sacrifice body burden was similar in the tissues of the treated and unteated dogs. The lungs contained most of the radionuclides with a small amount in the liver, skeleton and tracheobronchial lymph nodes. The percentage of the sacrifice body burden of americium and plutonium that was present in the lung was less in the treated dogs and was higher in the TBLN's and skeleton than in the untreated dogs. The ratio of Pu/Am was higher in the lungs than in the original material obtained from the industrial sites suggesting a shorter retention time for americium than plutonium to 64 days in the dog

  17. Heat capacity, thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of uranium–americium mixed oxides

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    Highlights: • The (U1-y,Amy)O2-x mixed oxides with y = 0.0877 and 0.1895 and x = 0.01–0.03 was studied. • Enthalpy increments measured from 425 K up to 1790 K by drop calorimetry. • Thermal diffusivity was measured from 500 to 1550 K. • Heat capacity of the (U, Am)O2-x solid solution was thus obtained for the first time. • For thermal conductivity a correlation using a classical phonon transport model is proposed. - Abstract: The enthalpy increments of (U1-y,Amy)O2-x mixed oxides with y = 0.0877 and 0.1895 and x = 0.01–0.03 were measured using drop calorimetry in the temperature range 425–1790 K and the heat capacity was obtained as differential of the obtained enthalpy increments with respect to temperature. The thermal diffusivity was measured using the laser flash technique from 500 to 1550 K. The thermal conductivity was calculated from the measured thermal diffusivity, density and heat capacity. Measured enthalpy increments of the (U1-y,Amy)O2-x solid solutions are very close to the end members, indicating no excess contribution. The derived heat capacities for the two intermediate compositions are slightly higher than that of UO2 and in a good agreement with literature data of AmO2 up to 1100 K. For the thermal conductivity of (U, Am)O2−x mixed oxides a correlation using the classical phonon transport model in crystal structures is proposed

  18. Mediated electrochemical oxidation as an alternative to incineration for mixed wastes

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    Mediated Electrochemical Oxidation (MEO) is an aqueous process which oxidizes organics electrochemically at low temperatures and ambient pressures. The process can be used to treat mixed wastes containing hazardous organics by destroying the organic components of the wastes. The radioactive components of the wastes are dissolved in the electrolyte where they can be recovered if desired, or immobilized for disposal. The process of destroying organics is accomplished via a mediator, which is in the form of metallic ions in solution. At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) we have worked with worked with several mediators, including silver, cobalt and cerium. We have tested mediators in nitric as well as sulfuric acids. We have recently completed extensive experimental studies on cobalt-sulfuric acid and silver-nitric acid systems for destroying the major organic components of Rocky Flats Plant combustible mixed wastes. Organics tested were: Trimsol (a cutting oil), cellulose (including paper and cloth), rubber (latex), plastics (Tyvek, polyethylene and polyvinyl chloride) and biomass (bacteria). The process was capable of destroying almost all of the organics tested, attaining high destruction efficiencies at reasonable coulombic efficiencies. The only exception was polyvinyl chloride, which was destroyed very slowly resulting in poor coulombic efficiencies. Besides the process development work mentioned above, we are working on the design of a pilot-plant scale integrated system to be installed in the Mixed Waste Management Facility (MWMF) at LLNL. The system will also be completely integrated with upstream and downstream processes (for example, feed preparation, off-gas and water treatment, and final forms encapsulation). The conceptual design for the NEO-MWMF system has been completed and preliminary design work has been initiated. Demonstration of the process with low-level mixed wastes is expected to commence in 1998

  19. Facile Routes To Improve Performance of Solution-Processed Amorphous Metal Oxide Thin Film Transistors by Water Vapor Annealing.

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    Park, Won-Tae; Son, Inyoung; Park, Hyun-Woo; Chung, Kwun-Bum; Xu, Yong; Lee, Taegweon; Noh, Yong-Young

    2015-06-24

    Here, we report on a simple and high-rate oxidization method for producing solution-based compound mixtures of indium zinc oxide (IZO) and indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) metal-oxide semiconductors (MOS) for thin-film transistor (TFT) applications. One of the issues for solution-based MOS fabrication is how to sufficiently oxidize the precursor in order to achieve high performance. As the oxidation rate of solution processing is lower than vacuum-based deposition such as sputtering, devices using solution-processed MOS exhibit relatively poorer performance. Therefore, we propose a method to prepare the metal-oxide precursor upon exposure to saturated water vapor in a closed volume for increasing the oxidization efficiency without requiring additional oxidizing agent. We found that the hydroxide rate of the MOS film exposed to water vapor is lower than when unexposed (≤18%). Hence, we successfully fabricated oxide TFTs with high electron mobility (27.9 cm(2)/V·s) and established a rapid process (annealing at 400 °C for 5 min) that is much shorter than the conventional as-deposited long-duration annealing (at 400 °C for 1 h) whose corresponding mobility is even lower (19.2 cm(2)/V·s). PMID:26043206

  20. Oxygen storage and catalytic NO removal promoted by CeO2-containing mixed oxides

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    CeO2-ZrO2 mixed oxides show improved redox properties as compared to CeO2 which makes them important innovative materials for three-way catalysts. The origin of this effect and the structural/redox correlation are discussed. The influence of the improved redox capacities on the reduction of NO by CO catalyzed by Rh/CeO2-ZrO2 catalysts is reported and evidence for an active role of the CeO2-ZrO2 support in NO activation is presented. (orig.)

  1. Detailed description of an SSAC at the facility level for mixed oxide fuel fabrication facilities

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    The purpose of this document is to provide a detailed description of a system for the accounting for and control of nuclear material in a mixed oxide fuel fabrication facility which can be used by a facility operator to establish his own system to comply with a national system for nuclear material accounting and control and to facilitate application of IAEA safeguards. The scope of this document is limited to descriptions of the following SSAC elements: (1) Nuclear Material Measurements; (2) Measurement Quality; (3) Records and Reports; (4) Physical Inventory Taking; (5) Material Balance Closing

  2. Tunable catalytic properties of bi-functional mixed oxides in ethanol conversion to high value compounds

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    Ramasamy, Karthikeyan K.; Gray, Michel J.; Job, Heather M.; Smith, Colin D.; Wang, Yong

    2016-04-10

    tA highly versatile ethanol conversion process to selectively generate high value compounds is pre-sented here. By changing the reaction temperature, ethanol can be selectively converted to >C2alcohols/oxygenates or phenolic compounds over hydrotalcite derived bi-functional MgO–Al2O3cata-lyst via complex cascade mechanism. Reaction temperature plays a role in whether aldol condensationor the acetone formation is the path taken in changing the product composition. This article containsthe catalytic activity comparison between the mono-functional and physical mixture counterpart to thehydrotalcite derived mixed oxides and the detailed discussion on the reaction mechanisms.

  3. Behavior of mixed-oxide fuel elements during the TOPI-1E transient overpower test

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    A slow-ramp, extended overpower transient test was conducted on a group of nineteen preirradiated mixed-oxide fuel elements in EBR-II. During the transient two of the test elements with high-density fuel and tempered martensitic cladding (PNC-FMS) breached at an overpower of ∼75%. Fuel elements with austenitic claddings (D9, PNC316, and PNC150), many with aggressive design features and high burnups, survived the overpower transient and incurred little or no cladding strain. Fuel elements with annual fuel or heterogeneous fuel columns also behaved well

  4. Mg-Fe-mixed oxides derived from layered double hydroxides: A study of the surface properties

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    Marinković-Nedučin Radmila P.; Nikolić Aleksandar D.; Jović Branislav; Hadnađev-Kostić Milica S.; Vulić Tatjana J.

    2011-01-01

    The influence of surface properties on the selectivity of the synthesized catalysts was studied, considering that their selectivity towards particular hydrocarbons is crucial for their overall activity in the chosen Fischer- -Tropsch reaction. Magnesium- and iron-containing layered double hydroxides (LDH), with the general formula: [Mg1-xFex(OH)2](CO3)x/2?mH2O, x = = n(Fe)/(n(Mg)+n(Fe)), synthesized with different Mg/Fe ratio and their thermally derived mixed oxides were investigated. M...

  5. Effect of the preparation method on the physicochemical properties of mixed magnesium-vanadium oxides

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    Mixed Mg-V oxides have been prepared following three different methods (calcination of precursors constituted by a layered double hydroxide, impregnation of MgO with vanadate, or mechanical MgO-V2O5 mixtures), and have been characterized following powder X-ray diffraction, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, vis-UV and FT-IR spectroscopies, thermal analysis, temperature-programmed reduction, and specific surface area assessment. Mg3V2O8 is mainly formed, although small amounts of α-Mg2V2O7 are detected in some cases, in addition to MgO

  6. Degradation of Trimethyl Phosphate on TiZrCe Mixed Oxides

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    Henych, Jiří; Štengl, Václav; Slušná, Michaela

    Singapore: IACSIT Press, 2014 - (Liu, J.), s. 41-45. (International Proceedings of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering. 78). ISBN 978-981-09-3005-9. ISSN 2010-4618. [International Conference on Environment, Chemistry and Biology /3./. Port Louis (MU), 29.11.2014-30.11.2014] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP106/12/1116 Institutional support: RVO:61388980 Keywords : homogeneous hydrolysis * urea * TMP * mixed oxides Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry http://www.ipcbee.com/vol78/008-ICECB2014-D0019.pdf

  7. Glycerol oxidehydration to acrylic acid on complex mixed-metal oxides

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    Chieregato, Alessandro

    2015-01-01

    [EN] The project of this Ph.D. thesis is based on a co-supervised collaboration between Università di Bologna, ALMA MATER STUDIORUM (Italy) and Instituto de Tecnología Química, Universitat Politècnica de València ITQ-UPV (Spain). This Ph.D. thesis is about the synthesis, characterization and catalytic testing of complex mixed-oxide catalysts mainly related to the family of Hexagonal Tungsten Bronzes (HTBs). These materials have been little explored as catalysts, although they have a great...

  8. Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis for the mixed-oxide thermal lattice U-L212

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    The sensitivities of a mixed oxide (2Wt%PuO2 - 8% 240Pu) fueled, light water moderated critical lattice experiment carried out at Battelle Northwest Laboratories under EPRI sponsorship have been determined. A two-dimensional diffusion theory analysis was performed and the sensitivity of the eigenvalue (k) and four reaction rate ratios to changes in nuclear data have been determined. The sensitivity analysis capability was extended to include upscattering and multi-dimension ability. A covariance matrix has been developed for 239Pu, and the uncertainty associated with calculated performance parameters due to uncertainties in nuclear data has been obtained

  9. Experimental studies on vibration characteristics on ball bearing operated with copper oxide nano particle mixed lubricant

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    Prakash E.; Siva Kumar K; Muthu Kumar K

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate the vibration suppression characteristics of ball bearing supplied with nano-copper oxide (CuO) mixed lubricant. CuO nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical method and characterized using XRD and TEM to study the crystallanity and ultrastructure. The synthesized CuO nanoparticles were of the size range 5-8 nm. 0.2%, 0.5%, and 1% (W/V) of CuO nanoparticles was added to the lubricant (ISO VG 68) and was used for further analysis. The test rig setup...

  10. Effects of low-temperature (120 °C) annealing on the carrier concentration and trap density in amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide thin film transistors

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    Kim, Jae-sung; Piao, Mingxing; Jang, Ho-Kyun; Kim, Gyu-Tae, E-mail: gtkim@korea.ac.kr [School of Electrical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 136-701 (Korea, Republic of); Oh, Byung Su [School of Electrical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 136-701 (Korea, Republic of); Samsung Display Company, Yongin (Korea, Republic of); Joo, Min-Kyu [School of Electrical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 136-701 (Korea, Republic of); IMEP-LAHC, Grenoble INP, Minatec, CS 50257, 38016 Grenoble (France); Ahn, Seung-Eon [School of Electrical Engineering, Korea University, Seoul 136-701 (Korea, Republic of); Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Samsung Electronics Corporations, Yongin 446-712 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-12-28

    We report an investigation of the effects of low-temperature annealing on the electrical properties of amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to characterize the charge carrier concentration, which is related to the density of oxygen vacancies. The field-effect mobility was found to decrease as a function of the charge carrier concentration, owing to the presence of band-tail states. By employing the transmission line method, we show that the contact resistance did not significantly contribute to the changes in device performance after annealing. In addition, using low-frequency noise analyses, we found that the trap density decreased by a factor of 10 following annealing at 120 °C. The switching operation and on/off ratio of the a-IGZO TFTs improved considerably after low-temperature annealing.

  11. A thermalization energy analysis of the threshold voltage shift in amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide thin film transistors under positive gate bias stress

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    Niang, K. M.; Barquinha, P. M. C.; Martins, R. F. P.; Cobb, B.; Powell, M. J.; Flewitt, A. J.

    2016-02-01

    Thin film transistors (TFTs) employing an amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) channel layer exhibit a positive shift in the threshold voltage under the application of positive gate bias stress (PBS). The time and temperature dependence of the threshold voltage shift was measured and analysed using the thermalization energy concept. The peak energy barrier to defect conversion is extracted to be 0.75 eV and the attempt-to-escape frequency is extracted to be 107 s-1. These values are in remarkable agreement with measurements in a-IGZO TFTs under negative gate bias illumination stress (NBIS) reported recently (Flewitt and Powell, J. Appl. Phys. 115, 134501 (2014)). This suggests that the same physical process is responsible for both PBS and NBIS, and supports the oxygen vacancy defect migration model that the authors have previously proposed.

  12. Scaling characteristics of depletion type, fully transparent amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin-film transistors and inverters following Ar plasma treatment

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    Kim, Joonwoo; Jeong, Soon Moon; Jeong, Jaewook

    2015-11-01

    We fabricated depletion type, transparent amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistors (TFTs) and inverters with an Ar plasma treatment and analyzed their scaling characteristics with channel lengths ranging from 2 to 100 µm. The improvement of the field-effect mobility of a-IGZO TFTs is apparent only for short channel lengths. There is also an unexpected side effect of the Ar plasma treatment, which introduces back-channel interfacial states and induces a positive shift in the threshold voltage of a-IGZO TFTs. The resulting increase in the field-effect mobility and the positive shift in the threshold voltage of each TFT increase the differential gain up to 3 times and the positive shift in the transient point of the transparent inverters.

  13. Uniform surface modification of diatomaceous earth with amorphous manganese oxide and its adsorption characteristics for lead ions

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    Li, Song; Li, Duanyang; Su, Fei; Ren, Yuping; Qin, Gaowu, E-mail: lis@atm.neu.edu.cn

    2014-10-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A uniform MnO{sub 2} layer was anchored onto diatomite surface. • Kinetics and isotherms over MnO{sub 2} modified diatomite were studied. • The Pb(II) adsorption is based on ion-exchange mechanism. - Abstract: A novel method to produce composite sorbent material compromising porous diatomaceous earth (DE) and surface functionalized amorphous MnO{sub 2} is reported. Via a simple in situ redox reaction over the carbonized DE powders, a uniform layer of amorphous MnO{sub 2} was anchored onto the DE surface. The hybrid adsorbent was characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and infrared spectroscopy. The batch method has been employed to investigate the effects of surface coating on adsorption performance of DE. According to the equilibrium studies, the adsorption capacity of DE for adsorbing lead ions after MnO{sub 2} modification increased more than six times. And the adsorption of Pb{sup 2+} on the MnO{sub 2} surface is based on ion-exchange mechanism. The developed strategy presents a novel opportunity to prepare composite adsorbent materials by integrating nanocrystals with porous matrix.

  14. Characterization of plutonium aerosols from an industrial mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility

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    Samples of the aerosols present in a glove box during a plutonium oxide and uranium oxide powder mixing operation were taken with a small seven-stage cascade impactor to determine the aerodynamic size distribution and concentration and with a Lovelace Aerosol Particle Separator (LAPS) to study the characteristics of the particles with respect to aerodynamic equivalent size. Using alpha spectroscopy, it was found that about 11 percent of the alpha activity of the aerosol was associated with 241Am. The size distributions measured with the cascade impactor had activity median aerodynamic diameters (AMAD) equal to 1.9 +- 0.3 (S.D.) μm and geometric standard deviations (sigma/sub g/) equal to 1.59 +- 0.07 with alpha activity concentrations best expressed as log-normally distributed with median of 45 nCi/l and geometric standard deviation of 1.8. (U.S.)

  15. Microstructural Modeling of Thermal Conductivity of High Burn-up Mixed Oxide Fuel

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    Predicting the thermal conductivity of oxide fuels as a function of burn-up and temperature is fundamental to the efficient and safe operation of nuclear reactors. However, modeling the thermal conductivity of fuel is greatly complicated by the radially inhomogeneous nature of irradiated fuel in both composition and microstructure. In this work, radially and temperature-dependent models for effective thermal conductivity were developed utilizing optical micrographs of high burn-up mixed oxide fuel. The micrographs were employed to create finite element meshes with the OOF2 software. The meshes were then used to calculate the effective thermal conductivity of the microstructures using the BISON fuel performance code. The new thermal conductivity models were used to calculate thermal profiles at end of life for the fuel pellets. These results were compared to thermal conductivity models from the literature, and comparison between the new finite element-based thermal conductivity model and the Duriez-Lucuta model was favorable

  16. Application of a mixed metal oxide catalyst to a metallic substrate

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    Sevener, Kathleen M. (Inventor); Lohner, Kevin A. (Inventor); Mays, Jeffrey A. (Inventor); Wisner, Daniel L. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    A method for applying a mixed metal oxide catalyst to a metallic substrate for the creation of a robust, high temperature catalyst system for use in decomposing propellants, particularly hydrogen peroxide propellants, for use in propulsion systems. The method begins by forming a prepared substrate material consisting of a metallic inner substrate and a bound layer of a noble metal intermediate. Alternatively, a bound ceramic coating, or frit, may be introduced between the metallic inner substrate and noble metal intermediate when the metallic substrate is oxidation resistant. A high-activity catalyst slurry is applied to the surface of the prepared substrate and dried to remove the organic solvent. The catalyst layer is then heat treated to bind the catalyst layer to the surface. The bound catalyst layer is then activated using an activation treatment and calcinations to form the high-activity catalyst system.

  17. Formation of metallic clusters in oxide insulators by means of ion beam mixing

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    The intermixing and near-interface cluster formation of Pt and FePt thin films deposited on different oxide surfaces by means of Pt+ ion irradiation and subsequent annealing was investigated. Irradiated as well as postannealed samples were investigated using high resolution transmission electron microscopy. In MgO and Y:ZrO2 covered with Pt, crystalline clusters with mean sizes of 2 and 3.5 nm were found after the Pt+ irradiations with 8x1015 and 2x1016 cm-2 and subsequent annealing, respectively. In MgO samples covered with FePt, clusters with mean sizes of 1 and 2 nm were found after the Pt+ irradiations with 8x1015 and 2x1016 cm-2 and subsequent annealing, respectively. In Y:ZrO2 samples covered with FePt, clusters up to 5 nm in size were found after the Pt+ irradiation with 2x1016 cm-2 and subsequent annealing. In LaAlO3 the irradiation was accompanied by a full amorphization of the host matrix and appearance of embedded clusters of different sizes. The determination of the lattice constant and thus the kind of the clusters in samples covered by FePt was hindered due to strong deviation of the electron beam by the ferromagnetic FePt

  18. Solution processable broadband transparent mixed metal oxide nanofilm optical coatings via substrate diffusion doping

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    Glynn, Colm; Aureau, Damien; Collins, Gillian; O'Hanlon, Sally; Etcheberry, Arnaud; O'Dwyer, Colm

    2015-11-01

    Devices composed of transparent materials, particularly those utilizing metal oxides, are of significant interest due to increased demand from industry for higher fidelity transparent thin film transistors, photovoltaics and a myriad of other optoelectronic devices and optics that require more cost-effective and simplified processing techniques for functional oxides and coatings. Here, we report a facile solution processed technique for the formation of a transparent thin film through an inter-diffusion process involving substrate dopant species at a range of low annealing temperatures compatible with processing conditions required by many state-of-the-art devices. The inter-diffusion process facilitates the movement of Si, Na and O species from the substrate into the as-deposited vanadium oxide thin film forming a composite fully transparent V0.0352O0.547Si0.4078Na0.01. Thin film X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering spectroscopy show the crystalline component of the structure to be α-NaVO3 within a glassy matrix. This optical coating exhibits high broadband transparency, exceeding 90-97% absolute transmission across the UV-to-NIR spectral range, while having low roughness and free of surface defects and pinholes. The production of transparent films for advanced optoelectronic devices, optical coatings, and low- or high-k oxides is important for planar or complex shaped optics or surfaces. It provides opportunities for doping metal oxides to ternary, quaternary or other mixed metal oxides on glass, encapsulants or other substrates that facilitate diffusional movement of dopant species.Devices composed of transparent materials, particularly those utilizing metal oxides, are of significant interest due to increased demand from industry for higher fidelity transparent thin film transistors, photovoltaics and a myriad of other optoelectronic devices and optics that require more cost-effective and simplified processing techniques for functional oxides and coatings

  19. A 6b 10MS/s current-steering DAC manufactured with amorphous Gallium-Indium-Zinc-Oxide TFTs achieving SFDR > 30dB up to 300kHz

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    Raiteri, D.; Torricelli, F.; Myny, K.; Nag, M.; Putten, B. van der; Smits, E.; Steudel, S.; Tempelaars, K.; Tripathi, A.K.; Gelinck, G.H.; Roermund, A. van; Cantatore, E.

    2012-01-01

    Amorphous Gallium-Indium-Zinc-Oxide (GIZO or IGZO) has been recently proposed [1] as an interesting semiconductor for manufacturing TFTs because of its mobility (μ∼20cm 2/Vs), superior to other common materials for large-area electronics like organic semiconductors and a-Si (μ∼1cm 2/Vs). The amorpho

  20. Calcium-based mixed oxide catalysts for methanolysis of Jatropha curcas oil to biodiesel

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    Calcium-based mixed oxides catalysts (CaMgO and CaZnO) have been investigated for the transesterification of Jatropha curcas oil (JCO) with methanol, in order to evaluate their potential as heterogeneous catalysts for biodiesel production. Both CaMgO and CaZnO catalysts were prepared by coprecipitation method of the corresponding mixed metal nitrate solution in the presence of a soluble carbonate salt at ∼ pH 8-9. The catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), temperature programmed desorption of CO2 (CO2-TPD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and N2 adsorption (BET). The conversion of JCO by CaMgO and CaZnO were studied and compared with calcium oxide (CaO), magnesium oxide (MgO) and zinc oxide (ZnO) catalysts. Both CaMgO and CaZnO catalysts showed high activity as CaO and were easily separated from the product. CaMgO was found more active than CaZnO in the transesterification of JCO with methanol. Under the suitable transesterification conditions at 338 K (catalyst amount = 4 wt. %, methanol/oil molar ratio = 15, reaction time = 6 h), the JCO conversion of more than 80% can be achieved over CaMgO and CaZnO catalysts. Even though CaO gave the highest activity, the conversion of JCO decreased significantly after reused for forth run whereas the conversion was only slightly lowered for CaMgO and CaZnO after sixth run.

  1. Improvement of bias-stability in amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin-film transistors by using solution-processed Y2O3 passivation

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    We demonstrate back channel improvement of back-channel-etch amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistors by using solution-processed yttrium oxide (Y2O3) passivation. Two different solvents, which are acetonitrile (35%) + ethylene glycol (65%), solvent A and deionized water, solvent B are investigated for the spin-on process of the Y2O3 passivation—performed after patterning source/drain (S/D) Mo electrodes by a conventional HNO3-based wet-etch process. Both solvents yield devices with good performance but those passivated by using solvent B exhibit better light and bias stability. Presence of yttrium at the a-IGZO back interface, where it occupies metal vacancy sites, is confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The passivation effect of yttrium is more significant when solvent A is used because of the existence of more metal vacancies, given that the alcohol (65% ethylene glycol) in solvent A may dissolve the metal oxide (a-IGZO) through the formation of alkoxides and water

  2. Plutonium-uranium mixed oxide characterization by coupling micro-X-ray diffraction and absorption investigations

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    Degueldre, C.; Martin, M.; Kuri, G.; Grolimund, D.; Borca, C.

    2011-09-01

    Plutonium-uranium mixed oxide (MOX) fuels are currently used in nuclear reactors. The potential differences of metal redox state and microstructural developments of the matrix before and after irradiation are commonly analysed by electron probe microanalysis. In this work the structure and next-neighbor atomic environments of Pu and U oxide features within unirradiated homogeneous MOX and irradiated (60 MW d kg -1) MOX samples was analysed by micro-X-ray fluorescence (μ-XRF), micro-X-ray diffraction (μ-XRD) and micro-X-ray absorption fine structure (μ-XAFS) spectroscopy. The grain properties, chemical bonding, valences and stoichiometry of Pu and U are determined from the experimental data gained for the unirradiated as well as for irradiated fuel material examined in the center of the fuel as well as in its peripheral zone (rim). The formation of sub-grains is observed as well as their development from the center to the rim (polygonization). In the irradiated sample Pu remains tetravalent (>95%) and no (oxidation in the rim zone. Any slight potential plutonium oxidation is buffered by the uranium dioxide matrix while locally fuel cladding interaction could also affect the redox of the fuel.

  3. Solution processable broadband transparent mixed metal oxide nanofilm optical coatings via substrate diffusion doping.

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    Glynn, Colm; Aureau, Damien; Collins, Gillian; O'Hanlon, Sally; Etcheberry, Arnaud; O'Dwyer, Colm

    2015-12-21

    Devices composed of transparent materials, particularly those utilizing metal oxides, are of significant interest due to increased demand from industry for higher fidelity transparent thin film transistors, photovoltaics and a myriad of other optoelectronic devices and optics that require more cost-effective and simplified processing techniques for functional oxides and coatings. Here, we report a facile solution processed technique for the formation of a transparent thin film through an inter-diffusion process involving substrate dopant species at a range of low annealing temperatures compatible with processing conditions required by many state-of-the-art devices. The inter-diffusion process facilitates the movement of Si, Na and O species from the substrate into the as-deposited vanadium oxide thin film forming a composite fully transparent V0.0352O0.547Si0.4078Na0.01. Thin film X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering spectroscopy show the crystalline component of the structure to be α-NaVO3 within a glassy matrix. This optical coating exhibits high broadband transparency, exceeding 90-97% absolute transmission across the UV-to-NIR spectral range, while having low roughness and free of surface defects and pinholes. The production of transparent films for advanced optoelectronic devices, optical coatings, and low- or high-k oxides is important for planar or complex shaped optics or surfaces. It provides opportunities for doping metal oxides to ternary, quaternary or other mixed metal oxides on glass, encapsulants or other substrates that facilitate diffusional movement of dopant species. PMID:26575987

  4. PREPARATION AND PROPERTIES OF Co-Fe MIXED OXIDES OBTAINED BY CALCINATION OF LAYERED DOUBLE HYDROXIDES

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    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Solids containing Co(II and Fe(III with molar ratios of 2/1, 3/2, 1/1, 2/3 and 1/2 have been synthetised by coprecipitation at constant pH. All they displayed a hydrotalcite-like structure with interlayer carbonate, which crystallinity decreases as the iron content was increased. No other crystalline phase was identified, even in the Fe-rich samples. They have been characterised by powder X-ray diffraction, FT-IR spectroscopy, thermal analysis (differential thermal analysis, thermogravimetric analysis and temperature-programmed reduction, in addition to specific surface area assessment by nitrogen adsorption at -196°C. A minor oxidation of Co(II to Co(III is observed in the Co-rich samples, although it reverses again to Co(II upon calcination in oxygen at ca. 850°C. Thermal decomposition takes place in a single step up to ca. 350°C, and the specific surface area increases with the iron content, probably because of the presence of hydrated amorphous iron oxides. The solids calcined at 1200°C in air contain crystalline CoO, Co3O4 and CoFe2O4 (spinel, this one being the dominant phase, and only phase detected for large Fe contents. Metallic species are more easily reduced in the original solids than in the calcined ones, and in all cases iron seems to be reduced at a higher temperature than cobalt.

  5. Thermal and oxidation stability of organo-fluorine compound-mixed electrolyte solutions for lithium ion batteries

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    Nishikawa, Daiki; Nakajima, Tsuyoshi; Ohzawa, Yoshimi; Koh, Meiten; Yamauchi, Akiyoshi; Kagawa, Michiru; Aoyama, Hirokazu

    2013-12-01

    Thermal and oxidation stability of fluorine compound-mixed electrolyte solutions have been investigated. Charge/discharge behavior of natural graphite electrode has been also examined in the same electrolyte solutions. Fluorine compounds demonstrate much lower reactivity with metallic Li than ethylene carbonate/dimethyl carbonate. Fluorine compound-mixed electrolyte solutions show the lower reactivity with LiC6 and the smaller exothermic peaks due to decomposition of electrolyte solutions and surface films than original solutions without fluorine compound. Oxidation currents are also smaller in fluorine compound-mixed electrolyte solutions than in original ones. First coulombic efficiencies in fluorine compound-mixed electrolyte solutions are similar to those in original ethylene carbonate-based solutions except one case. Mixing of fluorine compounds highly increase first coulombic efficiencies of natural graphite electrode in propylene carbonate-containing solution.

  6. Fabrication of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2} mixed oxides by reactive magnetron co-sputtering

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    Juškevičius, Kęstutis, E-mail: kestutis.juskevicius@ftmc.lt [Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Savanorių ave. 231, LT-02300 Vilnius (Lithuania); Audronis, Martynas, E-mail: m.audronis@yahoo.co.uk [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin street, S1 3JD (United Kingdom); Subačius, Andrius; Kičas, Simonas; Tolenis, Tomas; Buzelis, Rytis; Drazdys, Ramutis; Gaspariūnas, Mindaugas; Kovalevskij, Vitalij [Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Savanorių ave. 231, LT-02300 Vilnius (Lithuania); Matthews, Allan; Leyland, Adrian [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The University of Sheffield, Sir Robert Hadfield Building, Mappin street, S1 3JD (United Kingdom)

    2015-08-31

    This paper investigates niobia/silica mixed oxide thin films deposited by reactive pulse-DC/RF magnetron co-sputtering of Nb and Si metal targets at room temperature. The reactive gas flow during the sputtering processes was either controlled by direct mass flow rate (i.e. constant reactive gas flow) or by an active feedback process control system. 61% and 137% higher deposition rates of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} and SiO{sub 2} layers, respectively, were obtained using the latter technique as compared to constant reactive gas flow. Films exhibited bulk or near-bulk density. All mixture films produced in this study had an amorphous structure. A volume law of mixtures was used to determine the coating composition. It is shown that the fraction of SiO{sub 2} or/and Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} has a linear dependency on sputter target power density. On this basis, rugate filter coating designs can be easily deposited, where refractive index gradually varies between that of pure Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} and pure SiO{sub 2}. Substantially less inhomogeneity of coating mixtures was found in films produced using a reactive sputtering process with feedback-control. - Highlights: • 61% and 137% increase in deposition rates of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} and SiO{sub 2} • Rugate coating designs can be readily deposited. • Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2} mixture films exhibited bulk or near-bulk density. • Optimized process leads to stoichiometric and homogenous mixtures. • Films are amorphous and suitable for low loss optical coatings.

  7. Utilization of mixed oxide materials for solid polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell

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    Fuel cell technology offers clean, silent and robust sources of energy for our future needs. Among the five common fuel cells widely been used, solid polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (SPEFC) gives more advantages in many respects. It is able to generate power more efficiently for both vehicular and stationary in the range of 5 to 500 kW without causing pollution. It's operate at low temperature of 5OoC at an efficiency of 50 to 60 %. Furthermore, it can produce high current density even though it is operating at low temperature (the highest temperature is 90oC) and at the pressure of 600 kPa. It's source of fuel arc hydrogen and oxygen, while discharge very small quantity of water as the product. In this work, the optimization of electrocatalyst for fuel cell electrode using various mixed oxide materials was carried out. The elucidation of active site species that contribute to the performance of the fuel cell was achieved using X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscopy techniques. The result of testing using laboratory scale fuel cell model reveals that the flow rate of fuel gases, the pretreatment of electrocatalysts and the composition of mixed oxide electrocatalysts, play important roles in determining the best performance of the working SPEFC fuel cell system. (Author)

  8. Amorphous-silicon@silicon oxide/chromium/carbon as an anode for lithium-ion batteries with excellent cyclic stability

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    Highlights: • A new amorphous-Si@SiOx/Cr/carbon anode composite for lithium-ion batteries is synthesized by a simple method. • At a current density of 100 mA g−1, this as-prepared composite exhibit a stable discharge capacity of about 810 mAh g−1 with good capacity retention up to 200 cycles. Even at a current density of 800 mA g−1, a stable discharge capacity of 570 mAh g−1 can be obtained. • This work creates a new method to improve the electrochemical performance of SiO-based electrode materials. - Abstract: A new amorphous-Si@SiOx/Cr/carbon (a-Si@SiOx/Cr/C) anode composite for lithium-ion batteries is synthesized, using SiO, chromium powder and graphite as starting materials. X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) are employed to characterize the composition, morphology and microstructure of the composite. Coin-type cells are assembled to investigate the electrochemical behaviors of the as-prepared composites by constant current charge–discharge technique, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The results show that chromium facilitates the crush of Si@SiOx and graphite during milling, and thus improves their mutual dispersion in the composite. When cycled at 100 mA g−1, the a-Si@SiOx/Cr/C exhibits a stable discharge capacity of about 810 mAh g−1 (calculated on the mass of a-Si@SiOx/Cr/C) with good capacity retention up to 200 cycles. The improved electrochemical performance is attributed to the reduced particle size of a-Si@SiOx and the synergistic effect of carbon and chromium

  9. Evaluation of Co-precipitation Processes for the Synthesis of Mixed-Oxide Fuel Feedstock Materials

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    Collins, Emory D [ORNL; Voit, Stewart L [ORNL; Vedder, Raymond James [ORNL

    2011-06-01

    The focus of this report is the evaluation of various co-precipitation processes for use in the synthesis of mixed oxide feedstock powders for the Ceramic Fuels Technology Area within the Fuels Cycle R&D (FCR&D) Program's Advanced Fuels Campaign. The evaluation will include a comparison with standard mechanical mixing of dry powders and as well as other co-conversion methods. The end result will be the down selection of a preferred sequence of co-precipitation process for the preparation of nuclear fuel feedstock materials to be used for comparison with other feedstock preparation methods. A review of the literature was done to identify potential nitrate-to-oxide co-conversion processes which have been applied to mixtures of uranium and plutonium to achieve recycle fuel homogeneity. Recent studies have begun to study the options for co-converting all of the plutonium and neptunium recovered from used nuclear fuels, together with appropriate portions of recovered uranium to produce the desired mixed oxide recycle fuel. The addition of recycled uranium will help reduce the safeguard attractiveness level and improve proliferation resistance of the recycled fuel. The inclusion of neptunium is primarily driven by its chemical similarity to plutonium, thus enabling a simple quick path to recycle. For recycle fuel to thermal-spectrum light water reactors (LWRs), the uranium concentration can be {approx}90% (wt.), and for fast spectrum reactors, the uranium concentration can typically exceed 70% (wt.). However, some of the co-conversion/recycle fuel fabrication processes being developed utilize a two-step process to reach the desired uranium concentration. In these processes, a 50-50 'master-mix' MOX powder is produced by the co-conversion process, and the uranium concentration is adjusted to the desired level for MOX fuel recycle by powder blending (milling) the 'master-mix' with depleted uranium oxide. In general, parameters that must be

  10. Evaluation of Co-precipitation Processes for the Synthesis of Mixed-Oxide Fuel Feedstock Materials

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    The focus of this report is the evaluation of various co-precipitation processes for use in the synthesis of mixed oxide feedstock powders for the Ceramic Fuels Technology Area within the Fuels Cycle R and D (FCR and D) Program's Advanced Fuels Campaign. The evaluation will include a comparison with standard mechanical mixing of dry powders and as well as other co-conversion methods. The end result will be the down selection of a preferred sequence of co-precipitation process for the preparation of nuclear fuel feedstock materials to be used for comparison with other feedstock preparation methods. A review of the literature was done to identify potential nitrate-to-oxide co-conversion processes which have been applied to mixtures of uranium and plutonium to achieve recycle fuel homogeneity. Recent studies have begun to study the options for co-converting all of the plutonium and neptunium recovered from used nuclear fuels, together with appropriate portions of recovered uranium to produce the desired mixed oxide recycle fuel. The addition of recycled uranium will help reduce the safeguard attractiveness level and improve proliferation resistance of the recycled fuel. The inclusion of neptunium is primarily driven by its chemical similarity to plutonium, thus enabling a simple quick path to recycle. For recycle fuel to thermal-spectrum light water reactors (LWRs), the uranium concentration can be ∼90% (wt.), and for fast spectrum reactors, the uranium concentration can typically exceed 70% (wt.). However, some of the co-conversion/recycle fuel fabrication processes being developed utilize a two-step process to reach the desired uranium concentration. In these processes, a 50-50 'master-mix' MOX powder is produced by the co-conversion process, and the uranium concentration is adjusted to the desired level for MOX fuel recycle by powder blending (milling) the 'master-mix' with depleted uranium oxide. In general, parameters that must be controlled for co

  11. Computational and Experimental Study of the Thermodynamics of Uranium-Cerium Mixed Oxides

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    Hanken, Benjamin Edward

    The thermophysical properties of mixed oxide (MOX) fuels, and how they are influenced by the incorporation of fission products and other actinides, must be well understood for their safe use in an advanced fuel cycle. Cerium is a common plutonium surrogate in experimental studies of MOX, as it closely matches plutonium's ionic radii in the 3+ and 4+ oxidation states, and is soluble in fluorite-structured UO2. As a fission product, cerium's effects on properties of MOX are also of practical interest. To provide additional insights on structure-dependent behavior, urania solid solutions can be studied via density functional theory (DFT), although approaches beyond standard DFT are needed to properly account for the localized nature of the ƒ-electrons. In this work, DFT with Hubbard-U corrections (DFT+U) was employed to study the energetics of fluorite-structured U1-yCe yO2 mixtures. The employed computational approach makes use of a procedure which facilitates convergence of the calculations to multiple self-consistent DFT+U solutions for a given cation arrangement, corresponding to different charge states for the U and Ce ions in several prototypical cation arrangements. Results indicate a significant dependence of the structural and energetic properties of U1-yCeyO2 on the nature of both charge and cation ordering. With the effective Hubbard-U parameters that reproduce well the measured oxidation-reduction energies for urania and ceria, it was found that charge transfer between U4+ and Ce4+ ions, leading to the formation of U5+ and Ce3+, gives rise to an increase in the mixing energy in the range of 4-14 kJ/mol of the formula unit, depending on the nature of the cation ordering. In conjunction with the computational approach, high-temperature oxide-melt drop-solution calorimetry experiments were performed on eight samples spanning compositions of y = 0.119 to y = 0.815. Room temperature mixing enthalpies of U1-yCeyO2 determined from these experiments show near

  12. Catalysts with Cu base supported in mixed oxides to generate H2: reformed of methanol in oxidant atmosphere

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    In this work, the characterization of Cu supported in CeO2-ZrO2, for to generate H2 starting from the one reformed of methanol with water vapor and oxygen is presented. The sol-gel technique and classic impregnation for the obtaining of the supports and catalysts respectively were used. The materials were characterized by XRD, SEM, adsorption- desorption of N2 and TPR. The catalytic materials presented crystalline phases associated with the zircon (tetragonal and monoclinic phase) and the ceria (cubic phase) depending on the CeO2/ZrO2 relationship. The morphology of the catalysts was analyzed by SEM being observed semispheric particles for the rich materials in ZrO2 and added planars in the rich materials in CeO2. The ceria addition to the zircon favors the specific area of the mixed oxides CeO2-ZrO2 and it promotes the reducibility of the copper oxide at low temperatures. The rich catalysts in ceria also showed high activity in the methanol transformation and bigger selectivity toward the production of H2. This result is associated with the presence of copper species that decrease to low temperature present in the rich catalysts in ceria and that they are not present in the rich catalysts in zircon. (Author)

  13. Water reactivity with mixed oxide (U,Pu)O2 surfaces

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    The interaction of water with actinides oxide surfaces remains poorly understood. The adsorption of water on PuO2 surface and (U,Pu)O2 surface leads to hydrogen generation through radiolysis but also surface evolution. The study of water interaction with mixed oxide (U,Pu)O2 and PuO2 surfaces requires the implementation of non intrusive techniques. The study of the hydration of CeO2 surface is used to study the effectiveness of different techniques. The results show that the water adsorption leads to the surface evolution through the formation of a hydroxide superficial layer. The reactivity of water on the surface depends on the calcination temperature of the oxide precursor. The thermal treatment of hydrated surfaces can regenerate the surface. The study on CeO2 hydration emphasizes the relevancies of these techniques in studying the hydration of surfaces. The hydrogen generation through water radiolysis is studied with an experimental methodology based on constant relative humidity in the radiolysis cell. The hydrogen accumulation is linear for the first hours and then tends to a steady state content. A mechanism of hydrogen consumption is proposed to explain the existence of the steady state of hydrogen content. This mechanism enables to explain also the evolution of the oxide surface during hydrogen generation experiments as shown by the evolution of hydrogen accumulation kinetics. The accumulation kinetics depends on the dose rate, specific surface area and the relative humidity but also on the oxide aging. The plutonium percentage appears to be a crucial parameter in hydrogen accumulation kinetics. (author)

  14. High temperature X-ray diffraction study of the oxidation products and kinetics of uranium-plutonium mixed oxides.

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    Strach, Michal; Belin, Renaud C; Richaud, Jean-Christophe; Rogez, Jacques

    2014-12-15

    The oxidation products and kinetics of two sets of mixed uranium-plutonium dioxides containing 14%, 24%, 35%, 46%, 54%, and 62% plutonium treated in air were studied by means of in situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) from 300 to 1773 K every 100 K. The first set consisted of samples annealed 2 weeks before performing the experiments. The second one consisted of powdered samples that sustained self-irradiation damage. Results were compared with chosen literature data and kinetic models established for UO2. The obtained diffraction patterns were used to determine the temperature of the hexagonal M3O8 (M for metal) phase formation, which was found to increase with Pu content. The maximum observed amount of the hexagonal phase in wt % was found to decrease with Pu addition. We conclude that plutonium stabilizes the cubic phases during oxidation, but the hexagonal phase was observed even for the compositions with 62 mol % Pu. The results indicate that self-irradiation defects have a slight impact on the kinetics of oxidation and the lattice parameter even after the phase transformation. It was concluded that the lattice constant of the high oxygen phase was unaffected by the changes in the overall O/M when it was in equilibrium with small quantities of M3O8. We propose that the observed changes in the high oxygen cubic phase lattice parameter are a result of either cation migration or an increase in the miscibility of oxygen in this phase. The solubility of Pu in the hexagonal phase was estimated to be below 14 mol % even at elevated temperatures. PMID:25412433

  15. Combined removal of diesel soot particulates and NOx over CeO2–ZrO2 mixed oxides

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    Atribak, Idriss; Bueno López, Agustín; García García, Avelina

    2008-01-01

    CeO2 and Ce–Zr mixed oxides with different Ce:Zr ratios were prepared; characterised by Raman spectroscopy, XRD, TEM, N2 adsorption at −196 ◦C, and H2-TPR; and tested for soot oxidation under NOx/O2. Among the different mixed oxides, Ce0.76Zr0.24O2 provided the best results. Ce0.76Zr0.24O2 presented greater activity than pure CeO2 for soot oxidation by NOx/O2 when both catalysts were calcined at 500 ◦C (soot oxidation rates at 500 ◦C are 14.9 and 11.4 μgsoot/s, respectively), and ...

  16. An in-situ gas chromatography investigation into the suppression of oxygen gas evolution by coated amorphous cobalt-phosphate nanoparticles on oxide electrode

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    Gim, Jihyeon; Song, Jinju; Kim, Sungjin; Jo, Jeonggeun; Kim, Seokhun; Yoon, Jaegu; Kim, Donghan; Hong, Suk-Gi; Park, Jin-Hwan; Mathew, Vinod; Han, Junhee; Song, Sun-Ju; Kim, Jaekook

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    The real time detection of quantitative oxygen release from the cathode is performed by in-situ Gas Chromatography as a tool to not only determine the amount of oxygen release from a lithium-ion cell but also to address the safety concerns. This in-situ gas chromatography technique monitoring the gas evolution during electrochemical reaction presents opportunities to clearly understand the effect of surface modification and predict on the cathode stability. The oxide cathode, 0.5Li2MnO3•0.5LiNi0.4Co0.2Mn0.4O2, surface modified by amorphous cobalt-phosphate nanoparticles (a-CoPO4) is prepared by a simple co-precipitation reaction followed by a mild heat treatment. The presence of a 40 nm thick a-CoPO4 coating layer wrapping the oxide powders is confirmed by electron microscopy. The electrochemical measurements reveal that the a-CoPO4 coated overlithiated layered oxide cathode shows better performances than the pristine counterpart. The enhanced performance of the surface modified oxide is attributed to the uniformly coated Co-P-O layer facilitating the suppression of O2 evolution and offering potential lithium host sites. Further, the formation of a stable SEI layer protecting electrolyte decomposition also contributes to enhanced stabilities with lesser voltage decay. The in-situ gas chromatography technique to study electrode safety offers opportunities to investigate the safety issues of a variety of nanostructured electrodes.

  17. An in-situ gas chromatography investigation into the suppression of oxygen gas evolution by coated amorphous cobalt-phosphate nanoparticles on oxide electrode.

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    Gim, Jihyeon; Song, Jinju; Kim, Sungjin; Jo, Jeonggeun; Kim, Seokhun; Yoon, Jaegu; Kim, Donghan; Hong, Suk-Gi; Park, Jin-Hwan; Mathew, Vinod; Han, Junhee; Song, Sun-Ju; Kim, Jaekook

    2016-01-01

    The real time detection of quantitative oxygen release from the cathode is performed by in-situ Gas Chromatography as a tool to not only determine the amount of oxygen release from a lithium-ion cell but also to address the safety concerns. This in-situ gas chromatography technique monitoring the gas evolution during electrochemical reaction presents opportunities to clearly understand the effect of surface modification and predict on the cathode stability. The oxide cathode, 0.5Li2MnO3∙0.5LiNi0.4Co0.2Mn0.4O2, surface modified by amorphous cobalt-phosphate nanoparticles (a-CoPO4) is prepared by a simple co-precipitation reaction followed by a mild heat treatment. The presence of a 40 nm thick a-CoPO4 coating layer wrapping the oxide powders is confirmed by electron microscopy. The electrochemical measurements reveal that the a-CoPO4 coated overlithiated layered oxide cathode shows better performances than the pristine counterpart. The enhanced performance of the surface modified oxide is attributed to the uniformly coated Co-P-O layer facilitating the suppression of O2 evolution and offering potential lithium host sites. Further, the formation of a stable SEI layer protecting electrolyte decomposition also contributes to enhanced stabilities with lesser voltage decay. The in-situ gas chromatography technique to study electrode safety offers opportunities to investigate the safety issues of a variety of nanostructured electrodes. PMID:27001370

  18. Microbial Ecology Assessment of Mixed Copper Oxide/Sulfide Dump Leach Operation

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    Bruhn, D F; Thompson, D N; Noah, K S

    1999-06-01

    Microbial consortia composed of complex mixtures of autotrophic and heterotrophic bacteria are responsible for the dissolution of metals from sulfide minerals. Thus, an efficient copper bioleaching operation depends on the microbial ecology of the system. A microbial ecology study of a mixed oxide/sulfide copper leaching operation was conducted using an "overlay" plating technique to differentiate and identify various bacterial consortium members of the genera Thiobacillus, Leptospirillum, Ferromicrobium, and Acidiphilium. Two temperatures (30C and 45C) were used to select for mesophilic and moderately thermophilic bacteria. Cell numbers varied from 0-106 cells/g dry ore, depending on the sample location and depth. After acid curing for oxide leaching, no viable bacteria were recovered, although inoculation of cells from raffinate re-established a microbial population after three months. Due to the low pH of the operation, very few non-iron-oxidizing acidophilic heterotrophs were recovered. Moderate thermophiles were isolated from the ore samples. Pregnant liquor solutions (PLS) and raffinate both contained a diversity of bacteria. In addition, an intermittently applied waste stream that contained high levels of arsenic and fluoride was tested for toxicity. Twenty vol% waste stream in PLS killed 100% of the cells in 48 hours, indicating substantial toxicity and/or growth inhibition. The data indicate that bacteria populations can recover after acid curing, and that application of the waste stream to the dump should be avoided. Monitoring the microbial ecology of the leaching operation provided significant information that improved copper recovery.

  19. Microstructural characterization of high burn-up mixed oxide fast reactor fuel

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    Teague, Melissa, E-mail: melissa.teague@inl.gov [Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415 (United States); Gorman, Brian; King, Jeffrey [Colorado School of Mines, 1500 Illinois St, Golden, CO 80401 (United States); Porter, Douglas; Hayes, Steven [Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415 (United States)

    2013-10-15

    High burn-up mixed oxide fuel with local burn-ups of 3.4–23.7% FIMA (fissions per initial metal atom) were destructively examined as part of a research project to understand the performance of oxide fuel at extreme burn-ups. Optical metallography of fuel cross-sections measured the fuel-to-cladding gap, clad thickness, and central void evolution in the samples. The fuel-to-cladding gap closed significantly in samples with burn-ups below 7–9% FIMA. Samples with burn-ups in excess of 7–9% FIMA had a reopening of the fuel-to-cladding gap and evidence of joint oxide-gain (JOG) formation. Signs of axial fuel migration to the top of the fuel column were observed in the fuel pin with a peak burn-up of 23.7% FIMA. Additionally, high burn-up structure (HBS) was observed in the two highest burn-up samples (23.7% and 21.3% FIMA). The HBS layers were found to be 3–5 times thicker than the layers found in typical LWR fuel. The results of the study indicate that formation of JOG and or HBS prevents any significant fuel-cladding mechanical interaction from occurring, thereby extending the potential life of the fuel elements.

  20. Electrolytic reduction of mixed (Fe, Ti) oxide using molten calcium chloride electrolyte

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    Highlights: ► Tan et al. have electrolyzed mixtures of TiO2 and Fe2O3 to produce alloys containing Fe–Ti intermetallic phases such as FeTi and Fe2Ti using the FFC process. However, the produced alloys have a porous structure with many carbon impurities, e.g., titanium carbide (TiC). Most of the carbon contamination could be caused by the presence of carbon particles in the porous alloy structure. They did not mention any obvious ways of excluding carbon and other impurities, and only suggested that the use of mixed oxides with refined structures or using a single phase, namely ilmenite (FeO·TiO2), were methods of decreasing impurities in the formed alloys. For future industrialization, there is an urgent need for obvious ways of producing purer Fe–Ti alloys with dense structures, rather than porous structures, as these absorb carbon impurities. ► Finally, we successfully reduced to a highly purified Fe–Ti intermetallic alloy of FeTi and β-Ti (FeTi4) phases. FeTi phases of size around 5–10 μm were dispersed in a matrix of the β-Ti (FeTi4) phase. The carbon content of the electrolyzed alloy was as low as less than 0.01 mass%. It was suggested that the dense structure of the alloy of FeTi and β-Ti (FeTi4) avoided the inclusion of carbon particle impurities, unlike the porous alloy structure. - Abstract: The production of high-purity metals or alloys using effective technologies is critical for future industrialization. With this aim in mind, a fundamental study of electrolysis in molten CaCl2 electrolytes was conducted to develop a new production process for ferrotitanium (Fe–Ti) intermetallic alloys. Mixed solid oxides of TiO2 and Fe2O3 were used in a molar ratio of 5.44:1.00. In this composition of Ti and Fe, FeTi and β-Ti containing iron can co-exist in equilibrium. A mixed solid (Fe, Ti) oxide was reduced electrochemically in a molten CaCl2 electrolyte at 950 °C. The metallic samples formed by electrolytic reduction of the mixed solid (Fe, Ti

  1. Cu–Ce–O mixed oxides from Ce-containing layered double hydroxide precursors: Controllable preparation and catalytic performance

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    Cu/Zn/Al layered double hydroxide (LDH) precursors have been synthesized using an anion exchange method with anionic Ce complexes containing the dipicolinate (pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylate) ligand. Cu–Ce–O mixed oxides were obtained by calcination of the Ce-containing LDHs. The materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, thermogravimetry–differential thermal analysis, elemental analysis, and low temperature N2 adsorption/desorption measurements. The results reveal that the inclusion of Ce has a significant effect on the specific surface area, pore structure, and chemical state of Cu in the resulting Cu–Ce–O mixed metal oxides. The resulting changes in composition and structure, particularly the interactions between Cu and Ce centers, significantly enhance the activity of the Ce-containing materials as catalysts for the oxidation of phenol by hydrogen peroxide. - Graphical Abstract: Cu–Ce–O mixed oxides calcined from [Ce(dipic)3]3−- intercalated Cu/Zn/Al layered double hydroxides were synthesized and displayed good catalytic performances in phenol oxidation due to the Cu–Ce interactions. Highlights: ► [Ce(dipic)3]3−-intercalated Cu/Zn/Al layered double hydroxides were synthesized. ► Cu–Ce–O mixed oxides derivated from the LDHs were characterized as catalysts. ► Presence of Ce influenced physicochemical property and catalytic performance. ► Cu–Ce interaction was largely responsible for enhanced catalytic ability.

  2. Resonant structures based on amorphous silicon sub-oxide doped with Er3+ with silicon nanoclusters for an efficient emission at 1550 nm

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    Figueira, D S L; Tessler, L R; Frateschi, N C

    2009-01-01

    We present a resonant approach to enhance 1550nm emission efficiency of amorphous silicon sub-oxide doped with Er3+ (a-SiOx) layers with silicon nanoclusters (Si-NC). Two distinct techniques were combined to provide a structure that allowed increasing approximately 12x the 1550nm emission. First, layers of SiO2 were obtained by conventional wet oxidation and a-SiOx matrix was deposited by reactive RF co-sputtering. Secondly, an extra pump channel (4I15/2 to 4I9/2) of Er3+ was created due to Si-NC formation on the same a-SiOx matrix via a hard annealing at 1150 C. The SiO2 and the a-SiOx thicknesses were designed to support resonances near the pumping wavelength (~500nm), near the Si-NC emission (~800nm) and near the a-SiOx emission (~1550nm) enhancing the optical pumping process.

  3. Large scale integration of flexible non-volatile, re-addressable memories using P(VDF-TrFE) and amorphous oxide transistors

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    Ferroelectric polymers and amorphous metal oxide semiconductors have emerged as important materials for re-programmable non-volatile memories and high-performance, flexible thin-film transistors, respectively. However, realizing sophisticated transistor memory arrays has proven to be a challenge, and demonstrating reliable writing to and reading from such a large scale memory has thus far not been demonstrated. Here, we report an integration of ferroelectric, P(VDF-TrFE), transistor memory arrays with thin-film circuitry that can address each individual memory element in that array. n-type indium gallium zinc oxide is used as the active channel material in both the memory and logic thin-film transistors. The maximum process temperature is 200 °C, allowing plastic films to be used as substrate material. The technology was scaled up to 150 mm wafer size, and offers good reproducibility, high device yield and low device variation. This forms the basis for successful demonstration of memory arrays, read and write circuitry, and the integration of these. (paper)

  4. High-pressure Gas Activation for Amorphous Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide Thin-Film Transistors at 100 °C

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    Kim, Won-Gi; Tak, Young Jun; Du Ahn, Byung; Jung, Tae Soo; Chung, Kwun-Bum; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2016-03-01

    We investigated the use of high-pressure gases as an activation energy source for amorphous indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) thin film transistors (TFTs). High-pressure annealing (HPA) in nitrogen (N2) and oxygen (O2) gases was applied to activate a-IGZO TFTs at 100 °C at pressures in the range from 0.5 to 4 MPa. Activation of the a-IGZO TFTs during HPA is attributed to the effect of the high-pressure environment, so that the activation energy is supplied from the kinetic energy of the gas molecules. We reduced the activation temperature from 300 °C to 100 °C via the use of HPA. The electrical characteristics of a-IGZO TFTs annealed in O2 at 2 MPa were superior to those annealed in N2 at 4 MPa, despite the lower pressure. For O2 HPA under 2 MPa at 100 °C, the field effect mobility and the threshold voltage shift under positive bias stress were improved by 9.00 to 10.58 cm2/V.s and 3.89 to 2.64 V, respectively. This is attributed to not only the effects of the pressurizing effect but also the metal-oxide construction effect which assists to facilitate the formation of channel layer and reduces oxygen vacancies, served as electron trap sites.

  5. A transparent diode with high rectifying ratio using amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide/SiN{sub x} coupled junction

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    Choi, Myung-Jea; Kim, Myeong-Ho; Choi, Duck-Kyun, E-mail: duck@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-03

    We introduce a transparent diode that shows both high rectifying ratio and low leakage current at process temperature below 250 °C. This device is clearly distinguished from all previous transparent diodes in that the rectifying behavior results from the junction between a semiconductor (amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide (a-IGZO)) and insulator (SiN{sub x}). We systematically study the properties of each junction within the device structure and demonstrate that the a-IGZO/SiN{sub x} junction is the source of the outstanding rectification. The electrical characteristics of this transparent diode are: 2.8 A/cm{sup 2} on-current density measured at −7 V; lower than 7.3 × 10{sup −9} A/cm{sup 2} off-current density; 2.53 ideality factor; and high rectifying ratio of 10{sup 8}–10{sup 9}. Furthermore, the diode structure has a transmittance of over 80% across the visible light range. The operating principle of the indium-tin oxide (ITO)/a-IGZO/SiN{sub x}/ITO device was examined with an aid of the energy band diagram and we propose a preliminary model for the rectifying behavior. Finally, we suggest further directions for research on this transparent diode.

  6. Voltammetric Studies of Propranolol and Hydrochlorothiazide Oxidation in Standard and Synthetic Biological Fluids Using a Nitrogen-Containing Tetrahedral Amorphous Carbon (ta-C:N) Electrode

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Nitrogen-containing tetrahedral amorphous carbon electrode for electroanalysis. • Electrochemical behavior of propranolol (PROP) and hydrochlorothiazide (HTZ). • ta-C:N electrode presents good electrochemical performance for PROP and HTZ. • Electrochemical performance of ta-C:N electrode is similar to the BDD electrode. • PROP and HTZ are simultaneously quantified in artificial biological samples. - Abstract: The electrochemical detection of two pharmaceuticals, propranolol (PROP) and hydrochlorothiazide (HTZ), was studied using a nitrogen-containing tetrahedral amorphous carbon (ta-C:N) electrode. Measurements were also made using a boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode, for comparison. The ta-C:N electrode functioned well for the simultaneous determination of PROP and HTZ in artificial urine and serum by square-wave voltammetry, both of which were detected at high positive potentials. The PROP (ca. 1.2 V) and HTZ (ca. 1.4 V) oxidation peak potentials were separated by about 200 mV. The respective analytical response curves presented good linearity in the investigated concentration range from 0.9 to 9.8 μmol L−1 for PROP and from 3.0 to 9.8 μmol L−1 for HTZ with calculated limits of detection (S/N = 3) of 0.75 μmol L−1 (∼194 ng/mL) for PROP and 2.50 μmol L−1 (∼744 ng/mL) for HTZ. Essentially, the lowest concentration measured voltammetrically was the LOD. The results indicate that the ta-C:N electrode could be an excellent new carbon material for electrochemically-active analytes requiring high potentials for detection

  7. Enhancement on photocatalytic activity of an amorphous titanium oxide film with nano-textured surface by selective-fluorination etching process

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    Highlights: • The amorphous TiOx film surface was modified via selective fluorination etching process. • The resulting nano-textured surface markedly enriched the specific surface area and surface acidity. • The photocatalytic activity was comparable to an annealed TiOx film with anatase structure. - Abstract: A selective-fluorination etching process achieved by an UV light pre-irradiation and the subsequently fluorination etching was developed to enhance the photocatalytic activity of a low-temperature deposited amorphous titanium oxide (a-TiOx) film. Textured surface on the a-TiOx films formed by this process were investigated using atomic force microscope and field emission scanning electron microscope. Evidence of the fluorine ions introduced into the a-TiOx films was examined using Fourier transform infrared spectrometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The etching thickness of the a-TiOx film was found to be deeply relevant to the film pre-irradiated by the UV light. An a-TiOx film with nano-textured surface, which was favorable to enlarge the specific surface area, thus was obtainable from the notable etching selectivity of the film pre-irradiated by UV light through a nano-sized mask. In addition, the surface acidity of the a-TiOx film was enhanced by the formation of the Ti-F chemical bonds originating from the fluorination etching process, which also was functional to facilitate the production of surface OH free radicals. Accordingly, the resulting fluorinated a-TiOx film with nano-textured surface performed a quality photocatalytic activity comparable to that of the high-temperature achieved TiOx film with anatase structures

  8. Influence of oxidation temperature on photoluminescence and electrical properties of amorphous thin film SiC:H:O+Tb

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    Gordienko, S.O.; Nazarov, A.N.; Rusavsky, A.V.; Vasin, A.V.; Gomeniuk, Yu.V.; Lysenko, V.S.; Strelchuk, V.V.; Nikolaenko, A.S. [Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductor Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Prospekt Nauki 41, 03028 Kyiv (Ukraine); Ashok, S. [The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Engineering Science, 212 Earth and Engineering Science Bldg., University Park, PA 16802 (United States)

    2011-09-15

    The influence of low-temperature oxidation on chemical composition, luminescent and electrical properties of a-Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}:H thin films fabricated by reactive RF magnetron sputtering has been studied. A strong dependence on RF sputtering power is seen on the electrical and chemical properties. The a-Si{sub 1-x}C{sub x}:H films fabricated by low RF power levels followed by low-temperature oxidation (at 450 C-500 C) display high intensity of PL, good MOSCV characteristic and low leakage current through the dielectric. Increase of oxidation temperature increases precipitation of carbon nano-inclusions in the materials, that result in reduction of PL intensity and increase of dielectric leakage. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  9. Influence of thermal treatments on the basic and catalytic properties of Mg,Al-mixed oxides derived from hydrotalcites

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    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available This work studied the influence of calcination conditions on basic properties and catalytic performance of Mg,Al-mixed oxides derived from a hydrotalcite sample (Al/(Al+Mg=0.20. Various heating rates, calcination atmospheres and lengths of calcination at 723K were evaluated. TPD of CO2 and retroaldolization of diacetone alcohol (DAA were used to determine the basic properties of the mixed oxides. The basic site density determined by TPD of CO2 showed a better correlation with catalytic activity for acetone/citral aldol condensation than the relative basicity obtained from retroaldolization of DAA. Calcination atmosphere was the parameter that influenced most the basic and the catalytic properties of the Mg,Al-mixed oxides, with calcination under dry air being the best choice.

  10. Bright blue photoluminescence from a mixed tin and manganese oxide xerogel prepared via sol-hydrothermal-gel process

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    Xiang Xia; Cheng Xiao-Feng; He Shao-Bo; Yuan Xiao-Dong; Zheng Wan-Guo; Li Zhi-Jie; Liu Chun-Ming; Zhou Wei-Lie; Zu Xiao-Tao

    2011-01-01

    A new blue photoluminescent material,a mixed tin and manganese oxide xerogel,is prepared via sol-hydrothermalgel process assisted by citric acid.The composition xerogel exhibits strong blue emission at room temperature,with an emission maximum at 434 nm under short (234 nm) or long-wavelength (343 nm) ultraviolet excitation.The photoluminescent excitation spectrum of the mixed tin and manganese oxide xerogel,monitored at an intensity maximum wavelength of 434 nm of the emission,consists of two excitation peaks at 234 nm and 343 nm.With heat treatment temperature increasing from 110 ℃ to 200 ℃,the blue emission intensity increases remarkably,whereas it is almost completely quenched after being treated at 300 ℃.The carbon impurities in the mixed tin and manganese oxide xerogel,confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy,should be responsible for the bright blue photoluminescence.

  11. Nanoporous composites prepared by a combination of SBA-15 with Mg–Al mixed oxides. Water vapor sorption properties

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    Amaury Pérez-Verdejo

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available This work presents two easy ways for preparing nanostructured mesoporous composites by interconnecting and combining SBA-15 with mixed oxides derived from a calcined Mg–Al hydrotalcite. Two different Mg–Al hydrotalcite addition procedures were implemented, either after or during the SBA-15 synthesis (in situ method. The first procedure, i.e., the post-synthesis method, produces a composite material with Mg–Al mixed oxides homogeneously dispersed on the SBA-15 nanoporous surface. The resulting composites present textural properties similar to the SBA-15. On the other hand, with the second procedure (in situ method, Mg and Al mixed oxides occur on the porous composite, which displays a cauliflower morphology. This is an important microporosity contribution and micro and mesoporous surfaces coexist in almost the same proportion. Furthermore, the nanostructured mesoporous composites present an extraordinary water vapor sorption capacity. Such composites might be utilized as as acid-base catalysts, adsorbents, sensors or storage nanomaterials.

  12. Fractionation of Cu and Zn isotopes during adsorption onto amorphous Fe(III) oxyhydroxide: Experimental mixing of acid rock drainage and ambient river water

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    Balistrieri, L.S.; Borrok, D.M.; Wanty, R.B.; Ridley, W.I.

    2008-01-01

    Fractionation of Cu and Zn isotopes during adsorption onto amorphous ferric oxyhydroxide is examined in experimental mixtures of metal-rich acid rock drainage and relatively pure river water and during batch adsorption experiments using synthetic ferrihydrite. A diverse set of Cu- and Zn-bearing solutions was examined, including natural waters, complex synthetic acid rock drainage, and simple NaNO3 electrolyte. Metal adsorption data are combined with isotopic measurements of dissolved Cu (65Cu/63Cu) and Zn (66Zn/64Zn) in each of the experiments. Fractionation of Cu and Zn isotopes occurs during adsorption of the metal onto amorphous ferric oxyhydroxide. The adsorption data are modeled successfully using the diffuse double layer model in PHREEQC. The isotopic data are best described by a closed system, equilibrium exchange model. The fractionation factors (??soln-solid) are 0.99927 ?? 0.00008 for Cu and 0.99948 ?? 0.00004 for Zn or, alternately, the separation factors (??soln-solid) are -0.73 ?? 0.08??? for Cu and -0.52 ?? 0.04??? for Zn. These factors indicate that the heavier isotope preferentially adsorbs onto the oxyhydroxide surface, which is consistent with shorter metal-oxygen bonds and lower coordination number for the metal at the surface relative to the aqueous ion. Fractionation of Cu isotopes also is greater than that for Zn isotopes. Limited isotopic data for adsorption of Cu, Fe(II), and Zn onto amorphous ferric oxyhydroxide suggest that isotopic fractionation is related to the intrinsic equilibrium constants that define aqueous metal interactions with oxyhydroxide surface sites. Greater isotopic fractionation occurs with stronger metal binding by the oxyhydroxide with Cu > Zn > Fe(II).

  13. Criticality safety aspects in the fabrication of mixed oxide fuel for light water reactors

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    Criticality safety aspects in the fabrication of (Pu, nat.U) mixed oxide fuel (MOX) for commercial light water reactors are discussed in this paper. Maximum PuO2 content in the MOX fuel is assumed as 4 wt%. The flowsheet that is mostly adopted for MOX fuel fabrication involves mechanical blending of PuO2 and nat. UO2 powders. Most of the process steps in the fabrication require handling of unmoderated fissile materials in leak tight glove box enclosures and criticality safety may not seriously limit the batch size and throughput of the MOX plants. However, radiation safety considerations that arise in the handling of high exposure Pu are likely to be more restrictive. Criticality safety limits for dry and wet operations and in storage of fuel are discussed. (author). 1 ref., 1 fig., 3 tabs

  14. Americium and plutonium release behavior from irradiated mixed oxide fuel during heating

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    Sato, I.; Suto, M.; Miwa, S.; Hirosawa, T.; Koyama, S.

    2013-06-01

    The release behavior of Pu and Am was investigated under the reducing atmosphere expected in sodium cooled fast reactor severe accidents. Irradiated Pu and U mixed oxide fuels were heated at maximum temperatures of 2773 K and 3273 K. EPMA, γ-ray spectrometry and α-ray spectrometry for released and residual materials revealed that Pu and Am can be released more easily than U under the reducing atmosphere. The respective release rate coefficients for Pu and Am were obtained as 3.11 × 10-4 min-1 and 1.60 × 10-4 min-1 at 2773 K under the reducing atmosphere with oxygen partial pressure less than 0.02 Pa. Results of thermochemical calculations indicated that the main released chemical forms would likely be PuO for Pu and Am for Am under quite low oxygen partial pressure.

  15. Dielectric investigations of vanadium modified barium zirconium titanate ceramics obtained from mixed oxide method

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    Moura, F. [Laboratorio Interdisciplinar em Ceramica, Departamento de Fisico-Quimica, Instituto de Quimica Universidade Estadual Paulista, Bairro Quitandinha, CEP 14800-900, Araraquara, SP (Brazil); Simoes, A.Z. [Universidade Federal de Itajuba - Unifei - Campus Itabira, Rua Sao Paulo 377, Bairro Amazonas - Itabira-MG, CEP 35900-373 (Brazil)], E-mail: alezipo@yahoo.com; Aguiar, E.C.; Nogueira, I.C.; Zaghete, M.A.; Varela, J.A.; Longo, E. [Laboratorio Interdisciplinar em Ceramica, Departamento de Fisico-Quimica, Instituto de Quimica Universidade Estadual Paulista, Bairro Quitandinha, CEP 14800-900, Araraquara, SP (Brazil)

    2009-06-24

    Vanadium modified barium zirconium titanate ceramics Ba(Zr{sub 0.10}Ti{sub 0.90})O{sub 3}:2V (BZT:2V) were prepared from the mixed oxide method. According to X-ray diffraction analysis, addition of vanadium leads to ceramics free of secondary phases. Electrical characteristics reveal a dielectric permittivity at around 15,000 with low dielectric loss with a remnant polarization (P{sub r}) of 8 {mu}C/cm{sup 2} at 2 kV/cm. From the obtained results, we assume that vanadium substitution in the BZT lattice affects dielectric characteristics due to the electron-relaxation-mode in which carriers (polarons, protons, and so on) are coupled with existing dielectric modes.

  16. Dielectric investigations of vanadium modified barium zirconium titanate ceramics obtained from mixed oxide method

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    Vanadium modified barium zirconium titanate ceramics Ba(Zr0.10Ti0.90)O3:2V (BZT:2V) were prepared from the mixed oxide method. According to X-ray diffraction analysis, addition of vanadium leads to ceramics free of secondary phases. Electrical characteristics reveal a dielectric permittivity at around 15,000 with low dielectric loss with a remnant polarization (Pr) of 8 μC/cm2 at 2 kV/cm. From the obtained results, we assume that vanadium substitution in the BZT lattice affects dielectric characteristics due to the electron-relaxation-mode in which carriers (polarons, protons, and so on) are coupled with existing dielectric modes.

  17. Behavior of mixed-oxide fuel elements during an overpower transient

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    A slow-ramp (0.1%/s), extended overpower (∼90%) transient test was conducted in EBR-II on 19 mixed-oxide fuel elements with conservative, moderate, and aggressive designs. Claddings for the elements were Type 316, D9, or PNC-316 stainless steel. Before the transient, the elements were preirradiated under steady-state or steady-state plus duty-cycle (periodic 15% overpower transient) conditions to burnups of 2.5-9.7 at%. Cladding integrity during the transient test was maintained by all fuel elements except one, which had experienced substantial overtemperature in the earlier stedy-state irradiation. Extensive centerline fuel melting occurred in all test elements. Significantly, this melting did not cause any elements to breach, although it did have a strong effect on the other aspects of fuel element behavior. (orig.)

  18. Chemical interaction in uranium-plutonium mixed oxide fuel pins for LMFBR

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    A review is made on the current understanding and problems of chemical interaction between uranium-plutonium mixed oxide and stainless steel cladding for LMFBR fuel pins. The oxygen potential of the fuel was considered as one of the key factors that influences the interaction and the methods of its measurement, its change with irradiation, effect of oxygen redistribution and measured values of irradiated fuel are described. The mechanisms of conventional intergranular and matrix attacks and more recent cladding component chemical transport (CCCT), which was proposed by GE and has been often observed in highly irradiated fuel pins, are explained. Finally, description is given on a statistical analysis of the attack depth and method of inhibiting the cladding. (author)

  19. A safeguards approach applicable to A plutonium mixed oxide powder plant

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    This report describes a safeguards approach possible to apply in a plutonium mixed oxide powder plant which handles large amounts of plutonium in the light of experience gained in some other plutonium bulk handling facilities in the nuclear fuel cycle under IAEA safeguards. The approach is based on performing two routine verifications of the nuclear material per month without interrupting the process operations in the plant combined with continual flow verifications for ongoing process and transfer operations; and two physical inventory verifications per year. The total annual effort to cover all the verifications was estimated to be in the range of 150 to 240 man day. The analysis of the approach showed that with further advances in the Non destructive assay measurement techniques for the determination of plutonium content in solutions and MOX powder would lead to development of the approach towards increase in effectiveness and decrease in the verification effort. 2 fig., 4 tab

  20. Chemical states of fission products in irradiated uranium-plutonium mixed oxide fuel

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    The chemical states of fission products (FPs) in irradiated uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel for the light water reactor (LWR) were estimated by thermodynamic equilibrium calculations on system of fuel and FPs by using ChemSage program. A stoichiometric MOX containing 6.1 wt. percent PuO2 was taken as a loading fuel. The variation of chemical states of FPs was calculated as a function of oxygen potential. Some pieces of information obtained by the calculation were compared with the results of the post-irradiation examination (PIE) of UO2 fuel. It was confirmed that the multicomponent and multiphase thermodynamic equilibrium calculation between fuel and FPs system was an effective tool for understanding the behavior of FPs in fuel. (author)

  1. The underwater coincidence counter for plutonium measurements in mixed-oxide fuel assemblies manual

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    G. W. Eccleston; H. O. Menlove; M. Abhold; M. Baker; J. Pecos

    1999-05-01

    This manual describes the Underwater Coincidence Counter (UWCC) that has been designed for the measurement of plutonium in mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel assemblies prior to irradiation. The UWCC uses high-efficiency {sup 3}He neutron detectors to measure the spontaneous-fission and induced-fission rates in the fuel assembly. Measurements can be made on MOX fuel assemblies in air or underwater. The neutron counting rate is analyzed for singles, doubles, and triples time correlations to determine the {sup 240}Pu effective mass per unit length of the fuel assembly. The system can verify the plutonium loading per unit length to a precision of less than 1% in a measurement time of 2 to 3 minutes. System design, components, performance tests, and operational characteristics are described in this manual.

  2. Molecular data of mixed metal oxides with importance in nuclear safety

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    Kovács, Attila; Konings, Rudy J. M.

    2016-08-01

    The gas-phase structural and spectroscopic properties of selected mixed metal oxides (Cs2CrO4, Cs2MnO4, Cs2MoO4, Cs2RuO4, BaMoO4, BaMoO3) have been calculated using Density Functional Theory (DFT). The possible structural isomers have been analyzed and for the found global minima the vibrational (IR, Raman) spectra have been predicted taking into account also anharmonic corrections. The bonding properties have been characterized by means of the Natural Bond Orbital analysis model while the low-lying excited electronic states have been calculated using time-dependent DFT. In order to assess the stability of the target species the dissociation enthalpies have been evaluated.

  3. Reduction of bromate to bromide coupled to acetate oxidation by anaerobic mixed microbial cultures.

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    van Ginkel, C G; van Haperen, A M; van der Togt, B

    2005-01-01

    Bromate, a weakly mutagenic oxidizing agent, exists in surface waters. The biodegradation of bromate was investigated by assessing the ability of mixed cultures of micro-organisms for utilization of bromate as electron acceptor and acetate as electron donor. Reduction of bromate was only observed at relatively low concentrations (sludge from an activated sludge treatment plant and a digester reduced bromate without lag period at a constant rate. Using an enrichment culture adapted to bromate, it was demonstrated that bromate was a terminal electron acceptor for anaerobic growth. Approximately 50% of the acetate was utilized for growth with bromate by the enrichment culture. A doubling of 20 h was estimated from a logarithmic growth curve. Other electron acceptors, like perchlorate, chlorate and nitrate, were not reduced or at negligible rates by bromate-utilizing microorganisms. PMID:15607164

  4. Experimental studies on vibration characteristics on ball bearing operated with copper oxide nano particle mixed lubricant

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    Prakash E

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this paper is to investigate the vibration suppression characteristics of ball bearing supplied with nano-copper oxide (CuO mixed lubricant. CuO nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical method and characterized using XRD and TEM to study the crystallanity and ultrastructure. The synthesized CuO nanoparticles were of the size range 5-8 nm. 0.2%, 0.5%, and 1% (W/V of CuO nanoparticles was added to the lubricant (ISO VG 68 and was used for further analysis. The test rig setup consists of a ball bearing and loading arrangement operated by a DC motor. The bearing (New, Ball defect and Outer defect vibrations were measured using base lubricant and CuO lubricant mixture.Our results show a reduction of 41% vibration amplitude while using 0.2% (W/V CuO nanoparticles inouter case defected compared to base lubricant.

  5. Americium and plutonium release behavior from irradiated mixed oxide fuel during heating

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    The release behavior of Pu and Am was investigated under the reducing atmosphere expected in sodium cooled fast reactor severe accidents. Irradiated Pu and U mixed oxide fuels were heated at maximum temperatures of 2773 K and 3273 K. EPMA, γ-ray spectrometry and α-ray spectrometry for released and residual materials revealed that Pu and Am can be released more easily than U under the reducing atmosphere. The respective release rate coefficients for Pu and Am were obtained as 3.11 × 10−4 min−1 and 1.60 × 10−4 min−1 at 2773 K under the reducing atmosphere with oxygen partial pressure less than 0.02 Pa. Results of thermochemical calculations indicated that the main released chemical forms would likely be PuO for Pu and Am for Am under quite low oxygen partial pressure

  6. Development of a digital-analogue robotic system for input solution and mixed oxide samples

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    Automated analytical systems for uranium and plutonium samples have been under development at the Nuclear Material Control Center (NMCC) since 1983. These include two systems for a large scale reprocessing plant for measurement of input solution samples and for measurement of mixed oxide (MOX) samples using automated destructive analysis procedures. Diverse tasks, such as designing the enclosures, developing the control systems and performing preparatory experiments, were combined. On the basis of NMCC's routine manual analysis, input solution sample analysis employing the isotope dilution method has been automated. A new method has been applied to automate the analysis of MOX powder samples. This method uses glass bead samples prepared by the system. Each sample may have different properties; therefore each is processed in different enclosures. The methods for the two analyses were quite different. The technical considerations were based on NMCC's ten years of expertise in nuclear material analysis. (author). 4 refs

  7. Conversion of Syngas-Derived C2+ Mixed Oxygenates to C3-C5 Olefins over ZnxZryOz Mixed Oxides Catalysts

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    Smith, Colin D.; Lebarbier, Vanessa M.; Flake, Matthew D.; Ramasamy, Karthikeyan K.; Kovarik, Libor; Bowden, Mark E.; Onfroy, Thomas; Dagle, Robert A.

    2016-04-01

    In this study we report on a ZnxZryOz mixed oxide type catalyst capable of converting a syngas-derived C2+ mixed oxygenate feedstock to isobutene-rich olefins. Aqueous model feed comprising of ethanol, acetaldehyde, acetic acid, ethyl acetate, methanol, and propanol was used as representative liquid product derived from a Rh-based mixed oxygenate synthesis catalyst. Greater than 50% carbon yield to C3-C5 mixed olefins was demonstrated when operating at 400-450oC and 1 atm. In order to rationalize formation of the products observed feed components were individually evaluated. Major constituents of the feed mixture (ethanol, acetaldehyde, acetic acid, and ethyl acetate) were found to produce isobutene-rich olefins. C-C coupling was also demonstrated for propanol feedstock - a minor constituent of the mixed oxygenate feed - producing branched C6 olefins, revealing scalability to alcohols higher than ethanol following an analogous reaction pathway. Using ethanol and propanol feed mixtures, cross-coupling reactions produced mixtures of C4, C5, and C6 branched olefins. The presence of H2 in the feed was found to facilitate hydrogenation of the ketone intermediates, thus producing straight chain olefins as byproducts. While activity loss from coking is observed complete catalyst regeneration is achieved by employing mild oxidation. For conversion of the mixed oxygenate feed a Zr/Zn ratio of 2.5 and a reaction temperature of 450oC provides the best balance of stability, activity, and selectivity. X-ray diffraction and scanning transmission electron microscopy analysis reveals the presence of primarily cubic phase ZrO2 and a minor amount of the monoclinic phase, with ZnO being highly dispersed in the lattice. The presence of ZnO appears to stabilize the cubic phase resulting in less monoclinic phase as the ZnO concentration increases. Infrared spectroscopy shows the mixed oxide acid sites are characterized as primarily Lewis type acidity. The direct relationship between

  8. High temperature oxidation behaviour of nanostructured cermet coatings in a mixed CO2 – O2 environment

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    Nanostructured ceramic-metallic (cermet) coatings composed of nanosized ceramic particles (α-Al2O3 and TiO2) dispersed in a nickel matrix were co-electrodeposited and then oxidized at 500°C, 600°C and 700°C in a mixed gas using a Thermo-gravimetric Analysis (TGA) apparatus. The mixed gas was composed of 15% CO2, 10% O2 and 75% N2. This research investigates the effects of CO2 and O2 partial pressures on time-depended oxidation rates for coatings and compared them to the results from atmospheric oxidation under similar temperatures. The increase in partial pressure of oxygen due to the presence of CO2 at each tested temperature was calculated and correlated to the oxidation rate of the coatings. The results showed that the presence of CO2 in the system increased the oxidation rate of cermet coatings when compared to atmospheric oxidation at the same temperature. It was also shown that the increase in the oxidation rate is not the result of CO2 acting as the primary oxidant but as a secondary oxidant which results in an increase of the total partial pressure of oxygen and consequently higher oxidation rates. The WDS and XRD analyses results showed that the presence of nanosized TiO2 particles in a nickel matrix can improve oxidation behaviour of the coatings by formation of Ni-Ti compounds on oxidizing surface of the coating which was found beneficiary in reducing the oxidation rates for cermet coatings

  9. Evaluation of tubular reactor designs for supercritical water oxidation of U.S. Department of Energy mixed waste

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    Supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) is an emerging technology for industrial waste treatment and is being developed for treatment of the US Department of Energy (DOE) mixed hazardous and radioactive wastes. In the SCWO process, wastes containing organic material are oxidized in the presence of water at conditions of temperature and pressure above the critical point of water, 374 C and 22.1 MPa. DOE mixed wastes consist of a broad spectrum of liquids, sludges, and solids containing a wide variety of organic components plus inorganic components including radionuclides. This report is a review and evaluation of tubular reactor designs for supercritical water oxidation of US Department of Energy mixed waste. Tubular reactors are evaluated against requirements for treatment of US Department of Energy mixed waste. Requirements that play major roles in the evaluation include achieving acceptable corrosion, deposition, and heat removal rates. A general evaluation is made of tubular reactors and specific reactors are discussed. Based on the evaluations, recommendations are made regarding continued development of supercritical water oxidation reactors for US Department of Energy mixed waste

  10. High-level neutron-coincidence-counter (HLNCC) implementation: assay of the plutonium content of mixed-oxide fuel assemblies

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    The portable High-Level Neutron Coincidence Counter is used to assay the 240Pu-effective loading of a reference mixed-oxide fuel assembly by neutron coincidence counting. We have investigated the effects on the coincidence count rate of the total fuel loading (UO2 + PuO2), the fissile loading, the fuel rod diameter, and the fuel rod pattern. The coincidence count rate per gram of 240Pu-effective per centimeter is primarily dependent on the total fuel loading of the assembly; the higher the loading, the higher the coincidence count rate. Detailed procedures for the assay of mixed-oxide fuel assemblies are developed

  11. Synthesis, thermo-analytical and IR spectral studies of hydrazinated mixed metal carboxylates: A single source precursor to nanosize mixed metal oxides

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    Gawas, U.B. [Department of Chemistry, Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, Goa 403 206 (India); Verenkar, V.M.S., E-mail: vmsv@rediffmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Goa University, Taleigao Plateau, Goa 403 206 (India)

    2013-03-20

    Highlights: ► The hydrazinated nickel manganese zinc ferrous fumarate precursors were synthesized. ► The chemical and thermo-analytical studies confirm the formation of precursors. ► The TG/DTA studies of precursors show three-step decomposition to nanosize ferrites. ► The XRD studies indicate the formation of Ni{sub 0.5−x}Mn{sub x}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x = 0.0–0.5) ferrites. ► The Scherrer crystallite size was 19–28 nm while TEM shows particle size of 12–50 nm. - Abstract: A series of hydrazinated mixed nickel manganese zinc ferrous hydrazine fumarate complexes were synthesized from aqueous mixed metal chloride solutions and sodium fumarate-hydrazine hydrate mixture. The detailed characterization was carried out by chemical analysis, infrared spectroscopy and isothermal mass loss studies. The hydrazine ligand in these complexes shows bidentate bridging nature while fumarate anion exhibit monodentate behavior. These complexes act as single source precursors for nanosize ferrites. Thermal decomposition of these precursors was studied upto 800 °C in static air using simultaneous TG/DTA. The thermal decomposition study indicates 3-step decomposition of these precursors into nanosize mixed metal oxides. The nanosize mixed metal oxides were then characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and infrared spectral studies.

  12. Synthesis, thermo-analytical and IR spectral studies of hydrazinated mixed metal carboxylates: A single source precursor to nanosize mixed metal oxides

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    Highlights: ► The hydrazinated nickel manganese zinc ferrous fumarate precursors were synthesized. ► The chemical and thermo-analytical studies confirm the formation of precursors. ► The TG/DTA studies of precursors show three-step decomposition to nanosize ferrites. ► The XRD studies indicate the formation of Ni0.5−xMnxZn0.5Fe2O4 (x = 0.0–0.5) ferrites. ► The Scherrer crystallite size was 19–28 nm while TEM shows particle size of 12–50 nm. - Abstract: A series of hydrazinated mixed nickel manganese zinc ferrous hydrazine fumarate complexes were synthesized from aqueous mixed metal chloride solutions and sodium fumarate-hydrazine hydrate mixture. The detailed characterization was carried out by chemical analysis, infrared spectroscopy and isothermal mass loss studies. The hydrazine ligand in these complexes shows bidentate bridging nature while fumarate anion exhibit monodentate behavior. These complexes act as single source precursors for nanosize ferrites. Thermal decomposition of these precursors was studied upto 800 °C in static air using simultaneous TG/DTA. The thermal decomposition study indicates 3-step decomposition of these precursors into nanosize mixed metal oxides. The nanosize mixed metal oxides were then characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and infrared spectral studies

  13. Role of flue gas components in mercury oxidation over TiO2 supported MnOx-CeO2 mixed-oxide at low temperature.

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    Li, Hailong; Wu, Chang-Yu; Li, Ying; Li, Liqing; Zhao, Yongchun; Zhang, Junying

    2012-12-01

    MnO(x)-CeO(2) mixed-oxide supported on TiO(2) (Mn-Ce/Ti) was synthesized by an ultrasound-assisted impregnation method and employed to oxidize elemental mercury (Hg(0)) at 200°C in simulated coal combustion flue gas. Over 90% of Hg(0) oxidation was achieved on the Mn-Ce/Ti catalyst at 200°C under simulated flue gas representing those from burning low-rank coals with a high gas hourly space velocity of 60,000 h(-1). Gas-phase O(2) regenerated the lattice oxygen and replenished the chemisorbed oxygen, which facilitated Hg(0) oxidation. HCl was the most effective flue gas component responsible for Hg(0) oxidation. 10 ppm HCl plus 4% O(2) resulted in 100% Hg(0) oxidation under the experimental conditions. SO(2) competed with Hg(0) for active sites, thus deactivating the catalyst's capability in oxidizing Hg(0). NO covered the active sites and consumed surface oxygen active for Hg(0) oxidation, hence limiting Hg(0) oxidation. Water vapor showed prohibitive effect on Hg(0) oxidation due to its competition with HCl and Hg(0) for active adsorption sites. This study provides information about the promotional or inhibitory effects of individual flue gas components on Hg(0) oxidation over a highly effective Mn-Ce/Ti catalyst. Such knowledge is of fundamental importance for industrial applications of the Mn-Ce/Ti catalyst in coal-fired power plants. PMID:23131500

  14. Tunable Mixed Ionic/Electronic Conductivity and Permittivity of Graphene Oxide Paper for Electrochemical Energy Conversion.

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    Bayer, Thomas; Bishop, Sean R; Perry, Nicola H; Sasaki, Kazunari; Lyth, Stephen M

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    Graphene oxide (GO) is a two-dimensional graphitic carbon material functionalized with oxygen-containing surface functional groups. The material is of interest in energy conversion, sensing, chemical processing, gas barrier, and electronics applications. Multilayer GO paper has recently been applied as a new proton conducting membrane in low temperature fuel cells. However, a detailed understanding of the electrical/dielectric properties, including separation of the ionic vs electronic contributions under relevant operating conditions, has so far been lacking. Here, the electrical conductivity and dielectric permittivity of GO paper are investigated in situ from 30 to 120 °C, and from 0 to 100% relative humidity (RH) using impedance spectroscopy. These are related to the water content, measured by thermogravimetric analysis. With the aid of electron blocking measurements, GO is demonstrated to be a mixed electronic-protonic conductor, and the ion transference number is derived for the first time. For RH > 40%, conductivity is dominated by proton transport (with a maximum of 0.5 mS/cm at 90 °C and 100% RH). For RH potential of GO for application not only as a proton conducting electrolyte but also as a mixed conducting electrode material under appropriate conditions. Such materials are highly applicable in electrochemical energy conversion and storage devices such as fuel cells and electrolyzers. PMID:27088238

  15. The incorporation of graphene oxide into polysulfone mixed matrix membrane for CO2/CH4 separation

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    Zahri, K.; Goh, P. S.; Ismail, A. F.

    2016-06-01

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) is often found as the main impurity in natural gas, where methane (CH4) is the major component. The presence of CO2 in natural gas leads to several problems such as reducing the energy content of natural gas and cause pipeline corrosion. Thus it must be removed to meet specifications (CO2 ≤ 2 mol%) before the gas can be delivered to the pipeline. In this work, hollow fiber mixed matrix membrane (MMM) were fabricated by embedding graphene oxide (GO) into a polysulfone (PSf) polymer matrix to improve membrane properties as well as its separation performance towards CO2/CH4 gas. The membrane properties were investigated for pristine membrane and mixed matrix membrane filled with filler loading of 0.25%. The synthesized GO and properties of fabricated membranes were characterized and studied using TEM, AFM, XRD, FTIR and SEM respectively. The permeance of pure gases and ideal selectivity of CO2/CH4 gas were determined using pure gas permeation experiment. GO has affinity towards CO2 gas. The nanosheet structure creates path for small molecule gas and restricted large molecule gas to pass through the membrane. The incorporation of GO in PSf polymer enhanced the permeance of CO 2 and CO2/CH4 separation from 64.47 to 86.80 GPU and from 19 to 25 respectively.

  16. The behaviour of transuranic mixed oxide fuel in a Candu-900 reactor

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    The production of transuranic actinide fuels for use in current thermal reactors provides a useful intermediary step in closing the nuclear fuel cycle. Extraction of actinides reduces the longevity, radiation and heat loads of spent material. The burning of transuranic fuels in current reactors for a limited amount of cycles reduces the infrastructure demand for fast reactors and provides an effective synergy that can result in a reduction of as much as 95% of spent fuel waste while reducing the fast reactor infrastructure needed by a factor of almost 13.5 [1]. This paper examines the features of actinide mixed oxide fuel, TRUMOX, in a CANDUR* nuclear reactor. The actinide concentrations used were based on extraction from 30 year cooled spent fuel and mixed with natural uranium in 3.1 wt% actinide MOX fuel. Full lattice cell modeling was performed using the WIMS-AECL code, super-cell calculations were analyzed in DRAGON and full core analysis was executed in the RFSP 2-group diffusion code. A time-average full core model was produced and analyzed for reactor coefficients, reactivity device worth and online fuelling impacts. The standard CANDU operational limits were maintained throughout operations. The TRUMOX fuel design achieved a burnup of 27.36 MWd/kg HE. A full TRUMOX fuelled CANDU was shown to operate within acceptable limits and provided a viable intermediary step for burning actinides. The recycling, reprocessing and reuse of spent fuels produces a much more sustainable and efficient nuclear fuel cycle. (authors)

  17. Mixed alkali effect on the spectroscopic properties of alkali-alkaline earth oxide borate glasses

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    Srinivas, G.; Ramesh, B.; Shareefuddin, Md.; Chary, M. N.; Sayanna, R.

    2016-05-01

    The mixed alkali and alkaline earth oxide borate glass with the composition xK2O - (25-x) Li2O-12.5BaO-12.5MgO-50B2O3 (x = 0, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25mol %) and doped with 1mol% CuO were prepared by the melt quenching technique. From the optical absorption spectra the optical band gap, electronic polarizability(α02-), interaction parameter (A), theoretical and experimental optical basicity (Λ) values were evaluated. From the Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) spectral data the number of spins (N) and susceptibility (χ) were evaluated. The values of (α02-), and (Λ) increases with increasing of K2O content and electronic polarizability and interaction parameter show opposite behaviuor which may be due to the creation of non-bridging oxygens and expansion of borate network. The reciprocal of susceptibility (1/χ) and spin concentration (N) as a function of K2O content, varied nonlinearly which may be due to creation of non-bridging oxygens in the present glass system. This may be attributed to mixed alkali effect (MAE).

  18. Mediated electrochemical oxidation treatment for Rocky Flats combustible low-level mixed waste. Final report, FY 1993 and 1994

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    Mediated Electrochemical Oxidation (MEO) is an aqueous process which destroys hazardous organics by oxidizing a mediator at the anode of an electrochemical cell; the mediator in turn oxidizes the organics within the bulk of the electrolyte. With this process organics can be nearly completely destroyed, that is, the carbon and hydrogen present in the hydrocarbon are almost entirely mineralized to carbon dioxide and water. The MEO process is also capable of dissolving radioactive materials, including difficult-to-dissolve compounds such as plutonium oxide. Hence, this process can treat mixed wastes, by destroying the hazardous organic components of the waste, and dissolving the radioactive components. The radioactive material can be recovered if desired, or disposed of as non-mixed radioactive waste. The process is inherently safe, since the hazardous and radioactive materials are completely contained in the aqueous phase, and the system operates at low temperatures (below 80 degree C) and at ambient pressures

  19. Removal of Hazardous Pollutants from Wastewaters: Applications of TiO2-SiO2 Mixed Oxide Materials

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    Shivatharsiny Rasalingam

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The direct release of untreated wastewaters from various industries and households results in the release of toxic pollutants to the aquatic environment. Advanced oxidation processes (AOP have gained wide attention owing to the prospect of complete mineralization of nonbiodegradable organic substances to environmentally innocuous products by chemical oxidation. In particular, heterogeneous photocatalysis has been demonstrated to have tremendous promise in water purification and treatment of several pollutant materials that include naturally occurring toxins, pesticides, and other deleterious contaminants. In this work, we have reviewed the different removal techniques that have been employed for water purification. In particular, the application of TiO2-SiO2 binary mixed oxide materials for wastewater treatment is explained herein, and it is evident from the literature survey that these mixed oxide materials have enhanced abilities to remove a wide variety of pollutants.

  20. An analysis of structural characteristics in amorphous vanadium oxide (V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) cathode film for thin film batteries after cycling by high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM)

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    Kim, H.K.; Jeon, E.J.; Cho, W.I.; Yoon, Y.S. [Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea); Seong, T.Y.; Ok, Y.W. [K-JIST, Kwangju (Korea)

    2001-03-01

    Amorphous vanadium oxide (a-V{sub 2}O{sub 5}) film grown on Pt/Ti/Si substrates have been electrochemically cycled using solid state LiPON electrolyte. It was shown that an average capacity of about 15 {mu}Ah is kept over more than 500 cycles. However, the capacity fade starts after a few cycles. To investigate the structural characteristics of amorphous vanadium oxide with Li intercalation-deintercalation, we employed high-resolution electron microscopy (HREM). It was found that as-deposited V{sub 2}O{sub 5} film exhibits a homogeneous amorphous structure; grain boundary or polycrystalline structures are not visible, which is consistent with the transmission electron diffraction (TED) result. After 450 cycles, cross sectional TEM image of the V{sub 2}O{sub 5} film shows that the microcrystalline vanadium oxide phase is randomly distributed at an amorphous vanadium oxide cathode film. It was thought that the formation of randomly distributed microcrystalline V{sub 2}O{sub 5} in a-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} cathode film results in an irreversible insertion-extraction of Li atoms during electrochemical cycling. In addition to the phase transformation of V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, the formation of the crystalline Li{sub x}V{sub 2}O{sub 5} phase at the interface between vanadium oxide and LiPON electrolyte may affect the capacity fade in cathode film by affecting the Li ion's diffusion mobility. (author). 10 refs., 7 figs.