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  1. p-Type semiconducting nickel oxide as an efficiency-enhancing anodal interfacial layer in bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Irwin, Michael D; Buchholz, Donald B; Marks, Tobin J; Chang, Robert P. H.

    2014-11-25

    The present invention, in one aspect, relates to a solar cell. In one embodiment, the solar cell includes an anode, a p-type semiconductor layer formed on the anode, and an active organic layer formed on the p-type semiconductor layer, where the active organic layer has an electron-donating organic material and an electron-accepting organic material.

  2. Control of interfacial layers for high-performance porous Si lithium-ion battery anode.

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    Park, Hyungmin; Lee, Sungjun; Yoo, Seungmin; Shin, Myoungsoo; Kim, Jieun; Chun, Myungjin; Choi, Nam-Soon; Park, Soojin

    2014-09-24

    We demonstrate a facile synthesis of micrometer-sized porous Si particles via copper-assisted chemical etching process. Subsequently, metal and/or metal silicide layers are introduced on the surface of porous Si particles using a simple chemical reduction process. Macroporous Si and metal/metal silicide-coated Si electrodes exhibit a high initial Coulombic efficiency of ∼90%. Reversible capacity of carbon-coated porous Si gradually decays after 80 cycles, while metal/metal silicide-coated porous Si electrodes show significantly improved cycling performance even after 100 cycles with a reversible capacity of >1500 mAh g(-1). We confirm that a stable solid-electrolyte interface layer is formed on metal/metal silicide-coated porous Si electrodes during cycling, leading to a highly stable cycling performance.

  3. Interfacial effect on the electrochemical properties of the layered graphene/metal sulfide composites as anode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    Lv, Yagang; Chen, Biao; Zhao, Naiqin; Shi, Chunsheng; He, Chunnian; Li, Jiajun; Liu, Enzuo

    2016-09-01

    The layered graphene/metal sulfide composites exhibit excellent electrochemical properties as anode materials for lithium ion battery, due to the synergistic effect between metal sulfide and graphene which still needs to be further understood. In this study, Li adsorption and diffusion on MoS2 and SnS2 monolayers and Li2S surface, as well as at their interfaces with graphene, are systematically investigated through first-principles calculations. The analysis of charge density difference, Bader charge, and density of states indicates that the adsorbed Li atoms interact with both the S atoms at metal sulfide surfaces and C atoms in graphene, resulting in larger Li adsorption energies at the interfaces compared with that on the corresponding surfaces, but with almost no enhancement of the energy barriers for Li atom diffusion. The enhanced Li adsorption capability at Li2S/G interface contributes to the extra storage capacity of graphene/metal sulfide composites. Furthermore, the synergistic mechanism between metal sulfide and graphene is revealed. Moreover, band structure analysis shows the electronic conductivity is enhanced with the incorporation of graphene. The results corroborate the interfacial pseudocapacity-like Li atom storage mechanism, and are helpful for the design of layered graphene/metal sulfide composites as anode materials for lithium ion batteries.

  4. Organic photovoltaic device with interfacial layer and method of fabricating same

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    Marks, Tobin J.; Hains, Alexander W.

    2013-03-19

    An organic photovoltaic device and method of forming same. In one embodiment, the organic photovoltaic device has an anode, a cathode, an active layer disposed between the anode and the cathode; and an interfacial layer disposed between the anode and the active layer, the interfacial layer comprising 5,5'-bis[(p-trichlorosilylpropylphenyl)phenylamino]-2,2'-bithiophene (PABTSi.sub.2).

  5. Understanding the interfacial phenomena of a 4.7 V and 55 °C Li-ion battery with Li-rich layered oxide cathode and grap2hite anode and its correlation to high-energy cycling performance

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    Pham, Hieu Quang; Hwang, Eui-Hyung; Kwon, Young-Gil; Song, Seung-Wan

    2016-08-01

    Research progress of high-energy performance and interfacial phenomena of Li1.13Mn0.463Ni0.203Co0.203O2 cathode and graphite anode in a 55 °C full-cell under an aggressive charge cut-off voltage to 4.7 V (4.75 V vs. Li/Li+) is reported. Although anodic instability of conventional electrolyte is the critical issue on high-voltage and high-temperature cell operation, interfacial phenomena and the solution to performance improvement have not been reported. Surface spectroscopic evidence revealed that structural degradation of both cathode and anode materials, instability of surface film at cathode, and metal-dissolution from cathode and -deposition at anode, and a rise of interfacial resistance with high-voltage cycling in 55 °C conventional electrolyte are resolved by the formation of a stable surface film with organic/inorganic mixtures at cathode and solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) at anode using blended additives of fluorinated linear carbonate and vinylene carbonate. As a result, significantly improved cycling stability of 77% capacity retention delivering 227-174 mAhg-1 after 50 cycles is obtained, corresponding to 819-609 Wh per kg of cathode active material. Interfacial stabilization approach would pave the way of controlling the performance and safety, and widening the practical application of Li-rich layered oxide cathode materials and high-voltage electrolyte materials in various high-energy density Li-ion batteries.

  6. Interfacial chemistry of zinc anodes for reinforced concrete structures

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    Covino, B.S. Jr.; Bullard, S.J.; Cramer, S.D.; Holcomb, G.R. [Dept. of Energy, Albany, OR (United States). Albany Research Center; McGill, G.E.; Cryer, C.B. [Oregon Dept. of Transportation, Salem, OR (United States); Stoneman, A. [International Lead Zinc Research Organization, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States); Carter, R.R. [California Dept. of Transportation, Sacramento, CA (United States)

    1997-12-01

    Thermally-sprayed zinc anodes are used in both galvanic and impressed current cathodic protection systems for reinforced concrete structures. The Albany Research Center, in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Transportation, has been studying the effect of electrochemical aging on the bond strength of zinc anodes for bridge cathodic protection systems. Changes in anode bond strength and other anode properties can be explained by the chemistry of the zinc-concrete interface. The chemistry of the zinc-concrete interface in laboratory electrochemical aging studies is compared with that of several bridges with thermal-sprayed zinc anodes and which have been in service for 5 to 10 years using both galvanic and impressed current cathodic protection systems. The bridges are the Cape Creek Bridge on the Oregon coast and the East Camino Undercrossing near Placerville, CA. Also reported are interfacial chemistry results for galvanized steel rebar from the 48 year old Longbird Bridge in Bermuda.

  7. Interfacial Layer Optimization in Organic Photovoltaics

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    Litofsky, Joshua; Lafalce, Evan; Jiang, Xiaomei

    2014-03-01

    Organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs) based on benchmark π - conjugated polymer polythiophene and electron acceptor PCBM are made up of a sandwich-like structure of multifunctional layers. Interfacial layers (IL) facilitate charge transport between the charge generation layer and the electrodes and enhance charge extraction. Optimizing the IL thus provides one mean of maximizing the efficiency of OPVs. Various electron transport layers such as ZnO and LiF were used, and hole transport layers included PEDOT:PSS and V2O5. Two different device architectures were explored: conventional structure with ITO serving as an anode and inverted structure when ITO acts as a cathode. Using various deposition techniques, we worked to optimize IL thickness and film formation methods. By analyzing device shunt and series resistances using a standard diode equation, we were able to identify the optimal parameters for device performance. The combination of thin IL with electrodes of appropriate work function yielded much better results compared to the control device with no IL. We can use these results and techniques to further optimize future OPV devices based on other novel material systems. This work was supported by the NSF REU grant # DMR-1263066: REU Site in Applied Physics at USF.

  8. Interfacial phenomena in electric field-assisted anodic bonding of Kovar/Al film-glass

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    2001-01-01

    Anodic bonding of glass to Kovar alloy coated with Al film (Glass-Al film/Kovar) was performed in the temperature range of 513~713?K under the static electric voltage of 500?V in order to investigate the interfacial phenomena of Al-glass joint. The results reveal that Na and K ions within the glass are displaced by the applied field from the anode-side surface of the glass to form depletion layers of them. The K ion depletion layer is narrow and followed by a K pile-up layer, and both the two layers are formed within the Na depletion layer. The width of the Na and K depletion layers is increased with increasing bonding temperature and time. The activation energies for the growth of both depletion layers were close to that for Na diffusion in the glass. TEM observations reveal that Al film coated at the surface of Kovar alloy is oxidized to amorphous Al2O3 containing a few of Fe, Ni and Co by oxygen ions from the glass drifted by high electric field during bonding. The amount of Fe ions diffusing into the glass adjacent to the anode is significantly low due to the presence of Al film between Kovar alloy and the glass. As a result, the amorphous reaction layer of Fe-Si-O in the glass near the interface is avoided which is formed in Kovar-glass joints.

  9. Efficient organic photovoltaic cells on a single layer graphene transparent conductive electrode using MoOx as an interfacial layer.

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    Du, J H; Jin, H; Zhang, Z K; Zhang, D D; Jia, S; Ma, L P; Ren, W C; Cheng, H M; Burn, P L

    2017-01-07

    The large surface roughness, low work function and high cost of transparent electrodes using multilayer graphene films can limit their application in organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. Here, we develop single layer graphene (SLG) films as transparent anodes for OPV cells that contain light-absorbing layers comprised of the evaporable molecular organic semiconductor materials, zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc)/fullerene (C60), as well as a molybdenum oxide (MoOx) interfacial layer. In addition to an increase in the optical transmittance, the SLG anodes had a significant decrease in surface roughness compared to two and four layer graphene (TLG and FLG) anodes fabricated by multiple transfer and stacking of SLGs. Importantly, the introduction of a MoOx interfacial layer not only reduced the energy barrier between the graphene anode and the active layer, but also decreased the resistance of the SLG by nearly ten times. The OPV cells with the structure of polyethylene terephthalate/SLG/MoOx/CuI/ZnPc/C60/bathocuproine/Al were flexible, and had a power conversion efficiency of up to 0.84%, which was only 17.6% lower than the devices with an equivalent structure but prepared on commercial indium tin oxide anodes. Furthermore, the devices with the SLG anode were 50% and 86.7% higher in efficiency than the cells with the TLG and FLG anodes. These results show the potential of SLG electrodes for flexible and wearable OPV cells as well as other organic optoelectronic devices.

  10. Interfacial debonding from a sandwiched elastomer layer

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    Mukherjee, Bikramjit

    2016-01-01

    The problem of a thin elastomeric layer confined between two stiff adherends arises in numerous applications such as microelectronics, bio-inspired adhesion and the manufacture of soft biomedical products. A common requirement is that the debonding of the elastomeric layer from the adherends be controlled to avoid undesirable failure modes. This level of control may necessitate understanding the collective role of the interfacial adhesion, material properties, part geometries, and loading co...

  11. Molecularly controlled interfacial layer strategy toward highly efficient simple-structured organic light-emitting diodes.

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    Han, Tae-Hee; Choi, Mi-Ri; Woo, Seong-Hoon; Min, Sung-Yong; Lee, Chang-Lyoul; Lee, Tae-Woo

    2012-03-15

    A highly efficient simplified organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a molecularly controlled strategy to form near-perfect interfacial layer on top of the anode is demonstrated. A self-organized polymeric hole injection layer (HIL) is exploited increasing hole injection, electron blocking, and reducing exciton quenching near the electrode or conducting polymers; this HIL allows simplified OLED comprised a single small-molecule fluorescent layer to exhibits a high current efficiency (∼20 cd/A).

  12. Review of interfacial layer's effect on thermal conductivity in nanofluid

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    Kotia, Ankit; Borkakoti, Sheeba; Deval, Piyush; Ghosh, Subrata Kumar

    2017-01-01

    An ordered liquid layer around the particle-liquid interface is called as interfacial layer. It has been observed that interfacial layer is an essential parameter for determining the effective thermal conductivity of nanofluids. The review attempts to summarize the prominent articles related to interfacial layer effect on the thermal conductivity of nanofluids. First section of the paper discusses about various experimental approaches used to describe the effect of interfacial layer. Second section deals with about the mathematical models and assumed values regarding the thickness of interfacial layer by several authors. A review of previous works featuring mathematical investigations and experimental approaches seem to be suggesting that, interfacial layer have dominating effect on the effective thermal conductivity of the nanofluids. Third section of the paper deals with various mathematical models available in open literature for interfacial layer thermal conductivity. In the last section, models for effective thermal conductivity of the nanofluids considering the interfacial layer and percentage deviations in the predictions of mathematical models have been discussed.

  13. Modeling interfacial liquid layers on environmental ices

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    M. H. Kuo

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Interfacial layers on ice significantly influence air-ice chemical interactions. In solute-containing aqueous systems, a liquid brine may form upon freezing due to the exclusion of impurities from the ice crystal lattice coupled with freezing point depression in the concentrated brine. The brine may be segregated to the air-ice interface where it creates a surface layer, in micropockets, or at grain boundaries or triple junctions.

    We present a model for brines and their associated liquid layers in environmental ice systems that is valid over a wide range of temperatures and solute concentrations. The model is derived from fundamental equlibrium thermodynamics and takes into account nonideal solution behavior in the brine, partitioning of the solute into the ice matrix, and equilibration between the brine and the gas phase for volatile solutes. We find that these phenomena are important to consider when modeling brines in environmental ices, especially at low temperatures. We demonstrate its application for environmentally important volatile and nonvolatile solutes including NaCl, HCl, and HNO3. The model is compared to existing models and experimental data from literature where available. We also identify environmentally relevant regimes where brine is not predicted to exist, but the QLL may significantly impact air-ice chemical interactions. This model can be used to improve the representation of air-ice chemical interactions in polar atmospheric chemistry models.

  14. Anodization of carbon fibers on interfacial mechanical properties of epoxy matrix composites.

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    Park, Soo-Jin; Chang, Yong-Hwan; Kim, Yeong-Cheol; Rhee, Kyong-Yop

    2010-01-01

    The influence of anodic oxidation on the mechanical interfacial properties of carbon-fiber-reinforced epoxy resin composites was investigated. The surface properties of the anodized carbon fibers were studied through the measurement of contact angles and through SEM, XPS, and FT-IR analyses. The mechanical interfacial properties of the composites were studied through measurements of interlaminar shear strength (ILSS), critical stress intensity factor (K(IC)), and critical strain energy release rate (G(IC)). It was shown that the surface functional groups containing oxygen on the anodized carbon fibers exert great effects on the surface energetics of fibers and the mechanical interfacial properties, e.g., ILSS, of the resulting composites. Contact angle measurements based on the wicking rate of a test liquid showed that anodic oxidation lead to an increase in the surface free energy of the carbon fibers, mainly in its specific (or polar) component. In terms of surface energetics, it was found that wetting played an important role in increasing the degree of adhesion at interfaces between the fibers and the resin matrices of the composites.

  15. 1,3-dioxolane pretreatment to improve the interfacial characteristics of a lithium anode

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    DING Fei; LIU Yuwen; HU Xinguo

    2006-01-01

    1,3-dioxolane (DOL) was originally used to pretreat a lithium metal electrode to improve its interfacial characteristics. Electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) measurements revealed that, after the DOL pretreatment, the lithium electrode had better interfacial stability during immersion in electrolyte and as repeated charge/discharge cycles. It was proved by SEM that the pretreated one has smoother morphology and less dendrite after repeated charge/discharge cycles.Consequentially, benefiting from the better interface characteristics of the lithium electrode, the rechargeable lithium cell with a DOL-pretreated lithium anode had the obviously enhanced discharging performance and better cyclability.

  16. Interfacial Stability in a Two-Layer Benard Problem.

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    1985-04-01

    STABILITY IN A TWO-LAYER BENARD PROBLEM Yuriko Renardy Technical Summary Report #2814 April 1985 I cti- Work Unit Number 2 - Physical Mathematics...34•"• -••’-’• ^ ••’••• VI , •• W -•- • •- ’•"• INTERFACIAL STABILITY IN A TWO-LAYER BENARD PROBLEM Yuriko Renardy I. INTRODUCTION Two layers of fluids are...Subtltl») INTERFACIAL STABILITY IN A TWO-LAYER BENARD PROBLEM 7. AUTMORf.; Yuriko Renardy »• PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME AND ADDRESS

  17. Comparison in interfacial phenomena in electric-field assisted anodic bonding of Kovar-glass and Kovar/Al film-glass

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    2001-01-01

    Anodic bonding of Kovar-glass and Kovar/Al film-glass were performed at temperatures of 513(¨)K to 663(¨)K under the static electric voltage of 500(¨)V, in order to compare the interfacial phenomena in electric-field assisted anodic bonding of Kovar-glass and Al-glass . SEM and EPMA were used to observe and analyzed the interfacial region. The growth rate of the alkali ions depletion layers in Kovar/Al-glass joint was slower than that in Kovar-glass joint. But the activation energies for the growth of depletion layers are about the same for both kinds of joint.

  18. Tailored interfacial rheology for gastric stable adsorption layers.

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    Scheuble, N; Geue, T; Windhab, E J; Fischer, P

    2014-08-11

    Human lipid digestion begins at the interface of oil and water by interfacial adsorption of lipases. Tailoring the available surface area for lipase activity can lead to specific lipid sensing in the body, thus, tailored satiety hormone release. In this study we present biopolymer layers at the MCT-oil/water interface with different stabilities under human gastric environment (37 °C, pH 2, pepsin). Physicochemical changes and enzymatic degradation of interfacial layers were monitored online by interfacial shear rheology. We show the weakening of β-lactoglobulin (β-lg) layers at body temperature and acidification and their hydrolysis by pepsin. If sufficient concentrations of nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) are given to an existing β-lg layer, this weakening is buffered and the proteolysis delayed. A synergistic, composite layer is formed by adding methylated NCC to the β-lg layer. This layer thermogels at body temperature and resists hydrolysis by pepsin. Coexistence of these two emulsifiers at the air/water interface is evidenced by neutron reflectometry measurements, where morphological information are extracted. The utilized layers and their analysis provide knowledge of physicochemical changes during in vitro digestion of interfaces, which promote functional food formulations.

  19. Graphene as an efficient interfacial layer for electrochromic devices.

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    Lin, Feng; Bult, Justin B; Nanayakkara, Sanjini; Dillon, Anne C; Richards, Ryan M; Blackburn, Jeffrey L; Engtrakul, Chaiwat

    2015-06-03

    This study presents an interfacial modification strategy to improve the performance of electrochromic films that were fabricated by a magnetron sputtering technique. High-quality graphene sheets, synthesized by chemical vapor deposition, were used to modify fluorine-doped tin oxide substrates, followed by the deposition of high-performance nanocomposite nickel oxide electrochromic films. Electrochromic cycling results revealed that a near-complete monolayer graphene interfacial layer improves the electrochromic performance in terms of switching kinetics, activation period, coloration efficiency, and bleached-state transparency, while maintaining ∼100% charge reversibility. The present study offers an alternative route for improving the interfacial properties between electrochromic and transparent conducting oxide films without relying on conventional methods such as nanostructuring or thin film composition control.

  20. Amine-terminated ionic liquid functionalized carbon nanotubes for enhanced interfacial electron transfer of Shewanella putrefaciens anode in microbial fuel cells

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    Wei, Huan; Wu, Xiao-Shuai; Zou, Long; Wen, Guo-Yun; Liu, Ding-Yu; Qiao, Yan

    2016-05-01

    An amine-terminated ionic liquid (IL-NH2) is applied to functionalize carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for improving the interfacial electron transfer of Shewanella putrefaciens (S. putrefaciens) anode in Microbial fuel cells (MFCs). The introduction of thin layer of ILs does not change the morphology of CNTs a lot but increases surface positive charges as well as nitrogen functional groups of the CNTs based anode. The CNT-IL composite not only improves the adhesion of S. putrefaciens cells but also promotes both of the flavin-mediated and the direct electron transfer between the S. putrefaciens cells and the anode. It is interesting that the CNT-IL is more favorable for the mediated electron transfer than for the direct electron transfer. The CNT-IL/carbon cloth anode delivers 3-fold higher power density than that of CNT anode and shows great long-term stability in the batch-mode S. putrefaciens MFCs. This CNT-IL could be a promising anode material for high performance MFCs.

  1. Improved Reliability of Small Molecule Organic Solar Cells by Double Anode Buffer Layers

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    Pao-Hsun Huang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available An optimized hybrid planar heterojunction (PHJ of small molecule organic solar cells (SM-OSCs based on copper phthalocyanine (CuPc as donor and fullerene (C60 as acceptor was fabricated, which obviously enhanced the performance of device by sequentially using both MoO3 and pentacene as double anode buffer layers (ABL, also known as hole extraction layer (HEL. A series of the vacuum-deposited ABL, acting as an electron and exciton blocking layer, were examined for their characteristics in SM-OSCs. The performance and reliability were compared between conventional ITO/ABL/CuPc/C60/BCP/Ag cells and the new ITO/double ABL/CuPc/C60/BCP/Ag cells. The effect on the electrical properties of these materials was also investigated to obtain the optimal thickness of ABL. The comparison shows that the modified cell has an enhanced reliability compared to traditional cells. The improvement of lifetime was attributed to the idea of double layers to prevent humidity and oxygen from diffusing into the active layer. We demonstrated that the interfacial extraction layers are necessary to avoid degradation of device. That is to say, in normal temperature and pressure, a new avenue for the device within double buffer layers has exhibited the highest values of open circuit voltage (Voc, fill factor (FF, and lifetime in this work compared to monolayer of ABL.

  2. Layer-by-layer graphene/TCNQ stacked films as conducting anodes for organic solar cells.

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    Hsu, Chang-Lung; Lin, Cheng-Te; Huang, Jen-Hsien; Chu, Chih-Wei; Wei, Kung-Hwa; Li, Lain-Jong

    2012-06-26

    Large-area graphene grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) is a promising candidate for transparent conducting electrode applications in flexible optoelectronic devices such as light-emitting diodes or organic solar cells. However, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the polymer photovoltaic devices using a pristine CVD graphene anode is still not appealing due to its much lower conductivity than that of conventional indium tin oxide. We report a layer-by-layer molecular doping process on graphene for forming sandwiched graphene/tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ)/graphene stacked films for polymer solar cell anodes, where the TCNQ molecules (as p-dopants) were securely embedded between two graphene layers. Poly(3-hexylthiophene)/phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT/PCBM) bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells based on these multilayered graphene/TCNQ anodes are fabricated and characterized. The P3HT/PCBM device with an anode structure composed of two TCNQ layers sandwiched by three CVD graphene layers shows optimum PCE (∼2.58%), which makes the proposed anode film quite attractive for next-generation flexible devices demanding high conductivity and transparency.

  3. Properties of Ultra-Thin Hafnium Oxide and Interfacial Layer Deposited by Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Taeho Lee; Young-Bae Kim; Kyung-Il Hong; Duck-Kyun Choi; Jinho Ahn

    2004-01-01

    Ultra-thin hafnium-oxide gate dielectric films deposited by atomic layer deposition technique using HfCl4 and H2O precursor on a hydrogen-terminated Si substrate were investigated. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicates that the interface layer is Hf-silicate rather than phase separated Hf-silicide and silicon oxide structure. The Hf-silicate interfacial layer partially changes into SiOx after high temperature annealing, resulting in a complex HfO2-silicate-SiOx dielectric structure. Electrical measurements confirms that HfO2 on Si is stable up to 700 ℃ for 30 s under N2 ambient.

  4. Improved SOFC performance with continuously graded anode functional layer

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    Wang, Zhenhua; Xu, Ping [Department of Chemistry, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Zhang, Naiqing; Sun, Kening [Academy of Fundamental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, Heilongjiang 150001 (China); Qiao, Jinshuo [Academy of Fundamental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, Heilongjiang 150001 (China); Post-doctoral Research Center of Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, Heilongjiang 150001 (China)

    2009-06-15

    Continuously graded anode functional layers (CG-AFLs) were fabricated on the Ni-YSZ anode substrates by electrophoretic co-deposition (EPD) technique. The microstructure and composition of the CG-AFLs were investigated. The result showed that uniform and graded structure in AFL was obtained. The single cells were constructed on the basis of CG-AFLs, with a maximum output power density greater than 1.10 W cm{sup -2} obtained at 800 C for the cell with 9.8 {mu}m-thick CG-AFL. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) indicated that the excellent cell performance was contributed to the enlargement of triple phase boundary (TPB) by adding the CG-AFL. (author)

  5. MoO3–Au composite interfacial layer for high efficiency and air-stable organic solar cells

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    Pan, Hongbin; Zuo, Lijian; Fu, Weifei;

    2013-01-01

    Efficient and stable polymer bulk-heterojunction solar cells based on regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PC61BM) blend active layer have been fabricated with a MoO3–Au co-evaporation composite film as the anode interfacial layer (AIL). The optical...... resistance and thus improving the fill factor and efficiency of the devices. Additionally, the air stability of devices with different AILs (MoO3–Au composite, MoO3 and PEDOT:PSS) were studied and it was found that the MoO3–Au composite layer remarkably improved the stability of the solar cells with shelf...

  6. Intermediate-Temperature Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells with a Gadolinium-Doped Ceria Anodic Functional Layer Deposited via Radio-Frequency Sputtering.

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    Tanveer, Waqas Hassan; Ji, Sanghoon; Yu, Wonjong; Cho, Gu Young; Lee, Yoon Ho; Cha, Suk Won

    2015-11-01

    We investigated the effects of the insertion of a gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC) anodic functional layer (AFL) on the electrochemical performance of intermediate-temperature solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Fully stabilized yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) was used as an oxygen-ion-conducting and support material. Nickel-Samaria-doped ceriathin film was used as an anode material, while screen-printed lanthanum strontium magnetite served as a cathode material. In order to enhance the interfacial reaction on the anode side, a GDC-AFL with a thickness of about 140 nm, deposited via radio-frequency sputtering, was inserted into the anode-electrolyte interface. SOFCs with and without a GDC-AFL were electrochemically characterized. In an intermediate temperature range of about 700 - 800 degrees C, the application of the GDC-AFL led to an increase in the peak power density of approximately 16%.

  7. Electrochemical and optical characterizations of anodic porous n-InP(1 0 0) layers

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    Santinacci, Lionel, E-mail: santinacci@cinam.univ-mrs.f [Institut Lavoisier de Versailles (UMR CNRS 8180), University of Versailles Saint-Quentin, 45 avenue des Etats-Unis, F-78000 Versailles (France); Goncalves, Anne-Marie; Simon, Nathalie; Etcheberry, Arnaud [Institut Lavoisier de Versailles (UMR CNRS 8180), University of Versailles Saint-Quentin, 45 avenue des Etats-Unis, F-78000 Versailles (France)

    2010-12-30

    In this paper, electrochemical and optical characterizations of anodic porous n-InP(1 0 0) are reported. The direct relation between the observed pore morphology and the physical properties is demonstrated using electrochemical methods such as cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy as well as optical techniques like photocurrent spectroscopy and photoluminescence measurements. An enhancement of the interfacial capacitance, proportional to the anodic charge, is revealed by voltammetry and Mott-Schottky analysis. It is related to the drastic increase of the area of the porous electrode. However, when the porous samples are sufficiently reverse-biased, the capacitance enlargement disappears because the nanosized pore walls are fully depleted and the electroactive area recovers its initial value. Photocurrent spectroscopy and photoluminescence measurements show the porous film behaves like an absorbent layer. This effect is also ascribed to the specific geometry of the space charge layer within the pore walls. A model based on the absorption coefficient and the effective optical path length is thus used to describe the phenomenon. However the model is not sufficient to depict the phenomenon and the charge recombination in the additional surface states created during the pore formation and the long transit time of electrons in the porous matrix are also significant. Additional effects such as the initial enhancement of the photocurrent response and the redshift of the absorption edge of the photocurrent spectra are observed. Inversely, no shift of the photoluminescence peak is detected. However an exponential quenching of the photoluminescence is also attributed to an absorbent behavior of the porous layer.

  8. Magnetic Field Tailored Annular Hall Thruster with Anode Layer

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    Lee, Seunghun; Kim, Holak; Kim, Junbum; Lim, Youbong; Choe, Wonho; Korea Institute of Materials Science Collaboration

    2016-09-01

    Plasma propulsion system is one of the key components for advanced missions of satellites as well as deep space exploration. A typical plasma propulsion system is Hall effect thruster that uses crossed electric and magnetic fields to ionize a propellant gas and to accelerate the ionized gas to generate momentum. In Hall thruster plasmas, magnetic field configuration is important due to the fact that electron confinement in the electromagnetic fields affects both plasma and ion beam characteristics as well as thruster performance parameters including thrust, specific impulse, power efficiency, and life time. In this work, development of an anode layer Hall thruster (TAL) with magnetic field tailoring has been attempted. The TAL is possible to keep discharge in 1 to 2 kilovolts of anode voltage, which is useful to obtain high specific impulse. The magnetic field tailoring is used to minimize undesirable heat dissipation and secondary electron emission from the wall surrounding the plasma. We will report 3 W and 200 W thrusters performances measured by a pendulum thrust stand according to the magnetic field configuration. Also, the measured result will be compared with the plasma diagnostics conducted by an angular Faraday probe, a retarding potential analyzer, and a ExB probe.

  9. Ultrasonic Guided Waves in Piezoelectric Layered Composite with Different Interfacial Properties

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    Xiao Chen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Combining the propagation model of guided waves in a multilayered piezoelectric composite with the interfacial model of rigid, slip, and weak interfaces, the generalized dispersion characteristic equations of guided waves propagating in a piezoelectric layered composite with different interfacial properties are derived. The effects of the slip, weak, and delamination interfaces in different depths on the dispersion properties of the lowest-order mode ultrasonic guided wave are analyzed. The theory would be used to characterize the interfacial properties of piezoelectric layered composite nondestructively.

  10. Interfacial Characteristics of Efficient Bulk Heterojunction Solar Cells Fabricated on MoOx Anode Interlayers

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    Jasieniak, Jacek J.; Treat, Neil D.; McNeill, Christopher R.; Tremolet de Villers, Bertrand J.; Gaspera, Enrico Della; Chabinyc, Michael L.

    2016-05-25

    The role of the interface between an MoOx anode interlayer and a polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction is investigated. Processing differences in the MoOx induce large variations in the vertical stratification of the bulk heterojunction films. These variations are found to be inconsistent in predicting device performance, with a much better gauge being the quantity of polymer chemisorbed to the anode interlayer.

  11. Visualization and characterization of interfacial polymerization layer formation

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    Zhang, Yali; Benes, Nieck E.; Lammertink, Rob G.H.

    2015-01-01

    We present a microfluidic platform to visualize the formation of free-standing films by interfacial polymerization. A microfluidic device is fabricated, with an array of micropillars to stabilize an aqueous–organic interface that allows a direct observation of the films formation process via optical

  12. The effect of interfacial layers on charge transport in organic solar cell

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    Mbuyise, Xolani G.; Tonui, Patrick; Mola, Genene Tessema, E-mail: mola@ukzn.ac.za

    2016-09-01

    The effect of interfacial buffer layers in organic photovoltaic cell (OPV) whose active layer is composed of poly(3 hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) blend was studied. The electrical properties of OPV devices produced with and without interfacial layers are compared and discussed in terms of measured parameters of the cells. The charge transport properties showed significant difference on the mobility and activation factor between the two types of device structures. The life time measurements in the unprotected conditions are also presented and discussed.

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  14. Effects of Anodic Buffer Layer in Top-Illuminated Organic Solar Cell with Silver Electrodes

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    Tien-Lung Chiu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available An efficient ITO-free top-illuminated organic photovoltaic (TOPV based on small molecular planar heterojunction was achieved by spinning a buffer layer of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene:poly(styrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS, on the Ag-AgOx anode. The PEDOT:PSS thin film separates the active layer far from the Ag anode to prevent metal quenching and redistributes the strong internal optical field toward dissociated interface. The thickness and morphology of this anodic buffer layer are the key factors in determining device performances. The uniform buffer layer contributes a large short-circuit current and open-circuit voltage, benefiting the final power conversion efficiency (PCE. The TOPV device with an optimal PEDOT:PSS thickness of about 30 nm on Ag-AgOx anode exhibits the maximum PCE of 1.49%. It appreciates a 1.37-fold enhancement in PCE over that of TOPV device without buffer layer.

  15. Self-healing sandwich structures incorporating an interfacial layer with vascular network

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    Chen, Chunlin; Peters, Kara; Li, Yulong

    2013-02-01

    A self-healing capability specifically targeted for sandwich composite laminates based on interfacial layers with built-in vascular networks is presented. The self-healing occurs at the facesheet-core interface through an additional interfacial layer to seal facesheet cracks and rebond facesheet-core regions. The efficacy of introducing the self-healing system at the facesheet-core interface is evaluated through four-point bend and edgewise compression testing of representative foam core sandwich composite specimens with impact induced damage. The self-healing interfacial layer partially restored the specific initial stiffness, doubling the residual initial stiffness as compared to the control specimen after the impact event. The restoration of the ultimate specific skin strength was less successful. The results also highlight the critical challenge in self-healing of sandwich composites, which is to rebond facesheets which have separated from the core material.

  16. Investigation of top-emitting OLEDs using molybdenum oxide as anode buffer layer

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    LIN Hui; YU Jun-sheng; ZHANG Wei

    2012-01-01

    A high-effective bottom anode is essential for high-performance top-emitting organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs).In this paper,Ag-based top-emitting OLEDs are investigated.Ag has the highest reflectivity for visible light among all metals,yet its hole-injection properties are not ideal for anodes of top-emitting OLED.The performance of the devices is significantly improved using the molybdenum oxide as anode buffer layer at the surface of Ag.By introducing the molybdenum oxide,the hole injection from Ag anodes into top-emitting OLED is largely enhanced with rather high reflectivity retained.

  17. Visualization and characterization of interfacial polymerization layer formation.

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    Zhang, Yali; Benes, Nieck E; Lammertink, Rob G H

    2015-01-21

    We present a microfluidic platform to visualize the formation of free-standing films by interfacial polymerization. A microfluidic device is fabricated, with an array of micropillars to stabilize an aqueous-organic interface that allows a direct observation of the films formation process via optical microscopy. Three different amines are selected to react with trimesoyl chloride: piperazine, JEFFAMINE(®)D-230, and an ammonium functionalized polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane. Tracking the formation of the free-standing films in time reveals strong effects of the characteristics of the amine precursor on the morphological evolution of the films. Piperazine exhibits a rapid reaction with trimesoyl chloride, forming a film up to 20 μm thick within half a minute. JEFFAMINE(®)D-230 displays much slower film formation kinetics. The location of the polymerization reaction was initially in the aqueous phase and then shifted into the organic phase. Our in situ real-time observations provide information on the kinetics and the changing location of the polymerization. This provides insights with important implications for fine-tuning of interfacial polymerizations for various applications.

  18. Imidazole-Functionalized Fullerene as a Vertically Phase-Separated Cathode Interfacial Layer of Inverted Ternary Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Li, Dan; Liu, Qing; Zhen, Jieming; Fang, Zhimin; Chen, Xiang; Yang, Shangfeng

    2017-01-25

    By using a facile one-pot nucleophilic addition reaction, we synthesized a novel imidazole (IMZ)-functionalized fullerene (C60-IMZ), and applied it as a third component of inverted ternary polymer solar cells (PSCs), leading to dramatic efficiency enhancement. According to FT-IR, XPS spectroscopic characterizations, and elemental analysis, the chemical structure of C60-IMZ was determined with the average IMZ addition number estimated to be six. The lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) level of C60-IMZ measured by cyclic voltammetry was -3.63 eV, which is up-shifted relative to that of 6,6-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM). Upon doping C60-IMZ as a third component into an active layer blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and PC61BM, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the inverted ternary PSCs was 3.4% under the optimized doping ratio of 10 wt %, dramatically higher than that of the control device ITO/P3HT:PC61BM/MoO3/Ag based on the binary P3HT:PC61BM blend (1.3%). The incorporation of C60-IMZ results in enhancement of the absorption of P3HT:PC61BM blend film, increase of the electron mobility of the device, and rougher film surface of the P3HT:PC61BM active layer beneficial for interfacial contact with the Ag anode. Furthermore, C60-IMZ doped in P3HT:PC61BM blend may migrate to the surface of ITO cathode via vertical phase separation as revealed by XPS depth analysis, consequently forming a cathode interfacial layer (CIL), which can lower the work function (WF) of ITO cathode. Thus, the interfacial contact between the active layer and ITO cathode is improved, facilitating electron transport from the active layer to ITO cathode. The effectiveness of C60-IMZ as a vertically phase-separated CIL on efficiency enhancement of inverted ternary PSCs is further verified by doping it into another active layer system comprised of a low-bandgap conjugated polymer, poly(thieno[3,4-b]-thiophene/benzodithiophene) (PTB7), blended with [6,6]-phenyl C71

  19. Combined effect of the transition layer and interfacial coupling on the properties of ferroelectric bilayer film

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    Sun Pu-Nan; Cui Lian; Lü Tian-Quan

    2009-01-01

    Within the framework of modified Ginzburg-Landau-Devonshire phenomenological theory,a ferroelectric bilayer film with a transition layer within each constituent film and an interfacial coupling between two materials has been studied.Properties including the Curie temperature and the spontaneous polarization of a bilayer film composed of two equally thick ferroelectric constituent films are discussed.The results show that the combined effect of the transition layer and the interfacial coupling plays an important role in explaining the interesting behaviour of ferroelectric multilayer structures consisting of two ferroelectric materials.

  20. Atomic Layer Deposition of SnO2 on MXene for Li-Ion Battery Anodes

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    Ahmed, Bilal

    2017-02-24

    In this report, we show that oxide battery anodes can be grown on two-dimensional titanium carbide sheets (MXenes) by atomic layer deposition. Using this approach, we have fabricated a composite SnO2/MXene anode for Li-ion battery applications. The SnO2/MXene anode exploits the high Li-ion capacity offered by SnO2, while maintaining the structural and mechanical integrity by the conductive MXene platform. The atomic layer deposition (ALD) conditions used to deposit SnO2 on MXene terminated with oxygen, fluorine, and hydroxyl-groups were found to be critical for preventing MXene degradation during ALD. We demonstrate that SnO2/MXene electrodes exhibit excellent electrochemical performance as Li-ion battery anodes, where conductive MXene sheets act to buffer the volume changes associated with lithiation and delithiation of SnO2. The cyclic performance of the anodes is further improved by depositing a very thin passivation layer of HfO2, in the same ALD reactor, on the SnO2/MXene anode. This is shown by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy to also improve the structural integrity of SnO2 anode during cycling. The HfO2 coated SnO2/MXene electrodes demonstrate a stable specific capacity of 843 mAh/g when used as Li-ion battery anodes.

  1. Plasma interfacial mixing layers: Comparisons of fluid and kinetic models

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    Vold, Erik; Yin, Lin; Taitano, William; Albright, B. J.; Chacon, Luis; Simakov, Andrei; Molvig, Kim

    2016-10-01

    We examine plasma transport across an initial discontinuity between two species by comparing fluid and kinetic models. The fluid model employs a kinetic theory approximation for plasma transport in the limit of small Knudsen number. The kinetic simulations include explicit particle-in-cell simulations (VPIC) and a new implicit Vlasov-Fokker-Planck code, iFP. The two kinetic methods are shown to be in close agreement for many aspects of the mixing dynamics at early times (to several hundred collision times). The fluid model captures some of the earliest time dynamic behavior seen in the kinetic results, and also generally agrees with iFP at late times when the total pressure gradient relaxes and the species transport is dominated by slow diffusive processes. The results show three distinct phases of the mixing: a pressure discontinuity forms across the initial interface (on times of a few collisions), the pressure perturbations propagate away from the interfacial mixing region (on time scales of an acoustic transit) and at late times the pressure relaxes in the mix region leaving a non-zero center of mass flow velocity. The center of mass velocity associated with the outward propagating pressure waves is required to conserve momentum in the rest frame. Work performed under the auspices of the U.S. DOE by the LANS, LLC, Los Alamos National Laboratory under Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396. Funding provided by the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) Program.

  2. Mechanisms governing the interfacial delamination of thermal barrier coating system with double ceramic layers

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    Xu, Rong; Fan, Xueling; Wang, T. J.

    2016-05-01

    A systematic study of factors affecting the interfacial delamination of thermal barrier coating system (TBCs) with double ceramic layers (DCL) is presented. Crack driving forces for delaminations at two weak interfaces are examined. The results show that a thicker outermost ceramic layer can induce dramatic increase in crack driving force and make the interface between two ceramic coatings become more prone to delamination. The behavior is shown to be more prominent in TBCs with stiffer outmost coating. The thickness ratio of two ceramic layers is an important parameter for controlling the failure mechanisms and determining the lifetime of DCL TBCs under inservice condition. By accounting for the influences of thickness ratio of two ceramic layers and interfacial fracture toughnesses of two involved interfaces, the fracture mechanism map of DCL TBCs has been constructed, in which different failure mechanisms are identified. The results quanlitatively agree with the aviliable experimental data.

  3. Optimization of residual stresses in MMC's through the variation of interfacial layer architectures and processing parameters

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    Pindera, Marek-Jerzy; Salzar, Robert S.

    1996-01-01

    The objective of this work was the development of efficient, user-friendly computer codes for optimizing fabrication-induced residual stresses in metal matrix composites through the use of homogeneous and heterogeneous interfacial layer architectures and processing parameter variation. To satisfy this objective, three major computer codes have been developed and delivered to the NASA-Lewis Research Center, namely MCCM, OPTCOMP, and OPTCOMP2. MCCM is a general research-oriented code for investigating the effects of microstructural details, such as layered morphology of SCS-6 SiC fibers and multiple homogeneous interfacial layers, on the inelastic response of unidirectional metal matrix composites under axisymmetric thermomechanical loading. OPTCOMP and OPTCOMP2 combine the major analysis module resident in MCCM with a commercially-available optimization algorithm and are driven by user-friendly interfaces which facilitate input data construction and program execution. OPTCOMP enables the user to identify those dimensions, geometric arrangements and thermoelastoplastic properties of homogeneous interfacial layers that minimize thermal residual stresses for the specified set of constraints. OPTCOMP2 provides additional flexibility in the residual stress optimization through variation of the processing parameters (time, temperature, external pressure and axial load) as well as the microstructure of the interfacial region which is treated as a heterogeneous two-phase composite. Overviews of the capabilities of these codes are provided together with a summary of results that addresses the effects of various microstructural details of the fiber, interfacial layers and matrix region on the optimization of fabrication-induced residual stresses in metal matrix composites.

  4. Solution-processed cathode interfacial layer materials for high-efficiency polymer solar cells

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    Biao Xiao

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Polymer solar cells (PSCs are a new type of renewable energy source currently being extensively investigated due to perceived advantages; such as being lightweight, low-cost and because of the unlimited materials resource. The power conversion efficiency of state-of-the-art PSCs has increased dramatically in the past few years, obtained mainly through the development of new electron donor polymers, acceptors, and novel device structures through the use of various electrode interfacial materials. In this short review, recent progress in solution-processed cathode interfacial layers that could significantly improve device performances is summarized and highlighted.

  5. Interfacial Atomic Structure of Twisted Few-Layer Graphene.

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    Ishikawa, Ryo; Lugg, Nathan R; Inoue, Kazutoshi; Sawada, Hidetaka; Taniguchi, Takashi; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2016-02-18

    A twist in bi- or few-layer graphene breaks the local symmetry, introducing a number of intriguing physical properties such as opening new bandgaps. Therefore, determining the twisted atomic structure is critical to understanding and controlling the functional properties of graphene. Combining low-angle annular dark-field electron microscopy with image simulations, we directly determine the atomic structure of twisted few-layer graphene in terms of a moiré superstructure which is parameterized by a single twist angle and lattice constant. This method is shown to be a powerful tool for accurately determining the atomic structure of two-dimensional materials such as graphene, even in the presence of experimental errors. Using coincidence-site-lattice and displacement-shift-complete theories, we show that the in-plane translation state between layers is not a significant structure parameter, explaining why the present method is adequate not only for bilayer graphene but also a few-layered twisted graphene.

  6. Interfacial Atomic Structure of Twisted Few-Layer Graphene

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    Ishikawa, Ryo; Lugg, Nathan R.; Inoue, Kazutoshi; Sawada, Hidetaka; Taniguchi, Takashi; Shibata, Naoya; Ikuhara, Yuichi

    2016-02-01

    A twist in bi- or few-layer graphene breaks the local symmetry, introducing a number of intriguing physical properties such as opening new bandgaps. Therefore, determining the twisted atomic structure is critical to understanding and controlling the functional properties of graphene. Combining low-angle annular dark-field electron microscopy with image simulations, we directly determine the atomic structure of twisted few-layer graphene in terms of a moiré superstructure which is parameterized by a single twist angle and lattice constant. This method is shown to be a powerful tool for accurately determining the atomic structure of two-dimensional materials such as graphene, even in the presence of experimental errors. Using coincidence-site-lattice and displacement-shift-complete theories, we show that the in-plane translation state between layers is not a significant structure parameter, explaining why the present method is adequate not only for bilayer graphene but also a few-layered twisted graphene.

  7. Interfacial double layer mediated electrochemical growth of thin-walled platinum nanotubes

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    Zhang, Liqiu; Kim, Sang Min; Cho, Sanghyun; Jang, Hee-Jeong; Liu, Lichun; Park, Sungho

    2017-01-01

    This work demonstrates that thin-walled platinum nanotubes can be readily synthesized by controlling the interfacial double layer in alumina nanochannels. The gradient distribution of ions in nanochannels enables the creation of Pt nanotubes with walls as thin as 5 nm at the top end when using a solution containing polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and chloroplatinic acid (H2PtCl6) under the influence of an electric potential in nanochannels. The highly efficient formation of thin-walled Pt nanotubes is a result of the concentration gradient of {{{{PtCl}}}6}2- and a thick double layer, which was caused by the low concentration of Pt precursors and the enhanced surface charge density induced by protonated PVP steric adsorption. This well-controlled synthesis reveals that the interfacial double layer is a useful tool to tailor the structure of nanomaterials in a nanoscale space, and holds promise in the construction of more complex functional nanostructures.

  8. The simulation of the temperature effects on the microhardness of anodic alumina oxide layers

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    M. Gombár

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to improve the mechanical properties of the layer deposited by anodic oxidation of aluminum on the material EN AW-1050 H24, in the contribution was investigated the microhardness of the deposited layer as a function of the physic-chemical factors affecting in the process of anodic oxidation at the constant anodic current density J = 3 A.dm-2 in electrolyte formed by sulfuric acid and oxalic acid, with the emphasis on the influence of electrolyte temperature in the range – 1,78 °C to 45,78 °C. The model of the studied dependence was compiled based on mathematical and statistical analysis of matrix from experimental obtained data from composite rotation plan of experiment with five independent variable factors (amount of sulfuric acid in the electrolyte, the amount of oxalic acid in the electrolyte, electrolyte, anodizing time and applied voltage.

  9. Simple O2 Plasma-Processed V2O5 as an Anode Buffer Layer for High-Performance Polymer Solar Cells

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    Bao, Xichang; Zhu, Qianqian; Wang, Ting

    2015-01-01

    a vanadium(V) triisopropoxide oxide alcohol solution on ITO and then O2 plasma treatment for 10 min [V2O5 (O2 plasma)]. PSCs based on P3HT:PC61BM and PBDTTT-C:PC71BM using V2O5 (O2 plasma) as an anode buffer layer show high power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of 4.47 and 7.54%, respectively, under...... plasma) anode buffer layer. The improved PCE is ascribed to the greatly improved fill factor and enhanced short-circuit current density of the devices, which benefited from the change in the work function of V2O5, a surface with many dangling bonds for better interfacial contact, and the excellent charge...... the illumination of AM 1.5G (100 mW/cm2). Compared to that of the control device with PBDTTT-C:PC71BM as the active layer and PEDOT:PSS (PCE of 6.52%) and thermally annealed V2O5 (PCE of 6.27%) as the anode buffer layer, the PCE was improved by 15.6 and 20.2%, respectively, after the introduction of a V2O5 (O2...

  10. Enhancement of device performance of organic solar cells by an interfacial perylene derivative layer

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    Kim, Inho

    2010-05-26

    We report that device performance of organic solar cells consisting of zinc phthalocyanine and fullerene (C60) can be enhanced by insertion of a perylene derivative interfacial layer between fullerene and bathocuproine (BCP) exciton blocking layer (EBL). The morphology of the BCP is influenced by the underlying N,N′-dihexyl-perylene-3,4,9,10-bis(dicarboximide) (PTCDI-C6), which promotes migration of the cathode metal into the BCP layer. Insertion of a PTCDI-C6 layer between fullerene and BCP layers enhances the power conversion efficiency to 2.5%, an improvement of 32% over devices without PTCDI-C6 layer. The enhancement in device performance by insertion of PTCDI-C6 is attributed to a reduction in series resistance due to promoted metal migration into BCP and optimized optical interference effects in multilayered devices. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  11. Influences of interfacial properties on second-harmonic generation of Lamb waves propagating in layered planar structures

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    Deng Mingxi [College of Automation, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing 400065 (China); Wang Ping [College of Automation, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing 400065 (China); Lv Xiafu [College of Automation, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing 400065 (China)

    2006-07-21

    This paper describes influences of interfacial properties on second-harmonic generation of Lamb waves propagating in layered planar structures. The nonlinearity in the elastic wave propagation is treated as a second-order perturbation of the linear elastic response. Due to the kinematic nonlinearity and the elastic nonlinearity of materials, there are second-order bulk and surface/interface driving sources in layered planar structures through which Lamb waves propagate. These driving sources can be thought of as forcing functions of a series of double frequency lamb waves (DFLWs) in terms of the approach of modal expansion analysis for waveguide excitation. The total second-harmonic fields consist of a summation of DFLWs in the corresponding stress-free layered planar structures. The interfacial properties of layered planar structures can be described by the well-known finite interfacial stiffness technique. The normal and tangential interfacial stiffness constants can be coupled with the equation governing the expansion coefficient of each DFLW component. On the other hand, the normal and tangential interfacial stiffness constants are associated with the degree of dispersion between Lamb waves and DFLWs. Theoretical analyses and numerical simulations indicate that the efficiency of second-harmonic generation by Lamb wave propagation is closely dependent on the interfacial properties of layered structures. The potential of using the effect of second-harmonic generation by Lamb wave propagation to characterize the interfacial properties of layered structures are considered. Some experimental results are presented.

  12. Enhanced laser induced damage threshold of dielectric antireflection coatings by the introduction of one interfacial layer

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    Congjuan Wang; Zhaoxia Han; Yunxia Jin; Jianda Shao; Zhengxiu Fan

    2008-01-01

    @@ A new method for increasing laser induced damage threshold (LIDT) of dielectric antireflection (AR) coating is proposed. Compared with AR film stack of H2.5L (H:HfO2, L:SiO2) on BK7 substrate, SiO2 interfacial layer with four quarter wavelength optical thickness (QWOT) is deposited on the substrate before the preparation of H2.5L film. It is found that the introduction of SiO2 interfacial layer with a certain thickness is effective and flexible to increase the LIDT of dielectric AR coatings. The measured LIDT is enhanced by about 50%, while remaining the low reflectivity with less than 0.09% at the center wavelength of 1064 nm. Detailed mechanisms of the LIDT enhancement are discussed.

  13. Mechanical and Abrasive Wear Properties of Anodic Oxide Layers Formed on Aluminium

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    W.Bensalah; K.Elleuch; M.Feki; M.Wery; H.F.Ayedi

    2009-01-01

    Aluminium oxide coatings were formed on aluminium substrates in oxalic acid-sulphuric acid bath. Abrasion tests of the obtained anodic layers were carried out on a pin-on-disc machine in accordance with the ISO/DP 825 specifications. The Vickers microhardness, D (HV0.2). and the abrasion weight loss, Wa (mg) were measured. Influence of oxalic acid concentration (Cox), bath temperature (T) and anodic current density (J) on D and Wa has been examined, and the sulphuric acid concentration (Caul) was maintained at 160 g.L-1. It was found that high microhardness and abrasive wear resistance of oxide layers were produced under low temperatures and high current densities with the addition of oxalic acid. The morphology and the composition of the anodic oxide layer were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), optical microscopy and glow-discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES). It was found that the chemistry of the anodizing electrolyte, temperature, and current density are the controlling factors of the mechanical properties of the anodic oxide layer.

  14. Interfacial modulus mapping of layered dental ceramics using nanoindentation

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    Bushby, Andrew J; P'ng, Ken MY; Wilson, Rory M

    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE The aim of this study was to test the modulus of elasticity (E) across the interfaces of yttria stabilized zirconia (YTZP) / veneer multilayers using nanoindentation. MATERIALS AND METHODS YTZP core material (KaVo-Everest, Germany) specimens were either coated with a liner (IPS e.max ZirLiner, Ivoclar-Vivadent) (Type-1) or left as-sintered (Type-2) and subsequently veneered with a pressable glass-ceramic (IPS e.max ZirPress, Ivoclar-Vivadent). A 5 µm (nominal tip diameter) spherical indenter was used with a UMIS CSIRO 2000 (ASI, Canberra, Australia) nanoindenter system to test E across the exposed and polished interfaces of both specimen types. The multiple point load – partial unload method was used for E determination. All materials used were characterized using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X – ray powder diffraction (XRD). E mappings of the areas tested were produced from the nanoindentation data. RESULTS A significantly (P<.05) lower E value between Type-1 and Type-2 specimens at a distance of 40 µm in the veneer material was associated with the liner. XRD and SEM characterization of the zirconia sample showed a fine grained bulk tetragonal phase. IPS e-max ZirPress and IPS e-max ZirLiner materials were characterized as amorphous. CONCLUSION The liner between the YTZP core and the heat pressed veneer may act as a weak link in this dental multilayer due to its significantly (P<.05) lower E. The present study has shown nanoindentation using spherical indentation and the multiple point load - partial unload method to be reliable predictors of E and useful evaluation tools for layered dental ceramic interfaces. PMID:28018566

  15. Load sharing in bioinspired fibrillar adhesives with backing layer interactions and interfacial misalignment

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    Bacca, Mattia; Booth, Jamie A.; Turner, Kimberly L.; McMeeking, Robert M.

    2016-11-01

    Bio-inspired fibrillar adhesives rely on the utilization of short-range intermolecular forces harnessed by intimate contact at fibril tips. The combined adhesive strength of multiple fibrils can only be utilized if equal load sharing (ELS) is obtained at detachment. Previous investigations have highlighted that mechanical coupling of fibrils through a compliant backing layer gives rise to load concentration and the nucleation and propagation of interfacial flaws. However, misalignment of the adhesive and contacting surface has not been considered in theoretical treatments of load sharing with backing layer interactions. Alignment imperfections are difficult to avoid for a flat-on-flat interfacial configuration. In this work we demonstrate that interfacial misalignment can significantly alter load sharing and the kinematics of detachment in a model adhesive system. Load sharing regimes dominated by backing layer interactions and misalignment are revealed, the transition between which is controlled by the misalignment angle, fibril separation, and fibril compliance. In the regime dominated by misalignment, backing layer deformation can counteract misalignment giving rise to improved load sharing when compared to an identical fibrillar array with a rigid backing layer. This result challenges the conventional belief that stiffer (and thinner) backing layers consistently reduce load concentration among fibrils. Finally, we obtain analytically the fibril compliance distribution required to harness backing layer interactions to obtain ELS. Through fibril compliance optimization, ELS can be obtained even with misalignment. However, since misalignment is typically not deterministic, it is of greater practical significance that the array optimized for perfect alignment exhibits load sharing superior to that of a homogeneous array subject to misalignment. These results inform the design of fibrillar arrays with graded compliance capable of exhibiting improved load sharing

  16. Analysis of nanopore arrangement and structural features of anodic alumina layers formed by two-step anodizing in oxalic acid using the dedicated executable software

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    Zaraska, Leszek; Stępniowski, Wojciech J.; Sulka, Grzegorz D.; Ciepiela, Eryk; Jaskuła, Marian

    2014-02-01

    Anodic porous alumina layers were fabricated by a two-step self-organized anodization in 0.3 M oxalic acid under various anodizing potentials ranging from 30 to 60 V at two different temperatures (10 and 17 ∘C). The effect of anodizing conditions on structural features and pore arrangement of AAO was investigated in detail by using the dedicated executable publication combined with ImageJ software. With increasing anodizing potential, a linear increase of the average pore diameter, interpore distance, wall thickness and barrier layer thickness, as well as a decrease of the pore density, were observed. In addition, the higher pore diameter and porosity values were obtained for samples anodized at the elevated temperature, independently of the anodizing potential. A degree of pore order was investigated on the basis of Delaunay triangulations (defect maps) and calculation of pair distribution or angle distribution functions (PDF or ADF), respectively. All methods confirmed that in order to obtain nanoporous alumina with the best, hexagonal pore arrangement, the potential of 40 V should be applied during anodization. It was confirmed that the dedicated executable publication can be used to a fast and complex analysis of nanopore arrangement and structural features of nanoporous oxide layers.

  17. Preparation and Evaluation of Multi-Layer Anodes of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

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    Santiago, Diana; Farmer, Serene C.; Setlock, John A.

    2012-01-01

    The development of an energy device with abundant energy generation, ultra-high specific power density, high stability and long life is critical for enabling longer missions and for reducing mission costs. Of all different types of fuel cells, the solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) is a promising high temperature device that can generate electricity as a byproduct of a chemical reaction in a clean way and produce high quality heat that can be used for other purposes. For aerospace applications, a power-to-weight of (is) greater than 1.0 kW/kg is required. NASA has a patented fuel cell technology under development, capable of achieving the 1.0 kW/kg figure of merit. The first step toward achieving these goals is increasing anode durability. The catalyst plays an important role in the fuel cells for power generation, stability, efficiency and long life. Not only the anode composition, but its preparation and reduction are key to achieving better cell performance. In this research, multi-layer anodes were prepared varying the chemistry of each layer to optimize the performance of the cells. Microstructure analyses were done to the new anodes before and after fuel cell operation. The cells' durability and performance were evaluated in 200 hrs life tests in hydrogen at 850 C. The chemistry of the standard nickel anode was modified successfully reducing the anode degradation from 40% to 8.4% in 1000 hrs and retaining its microstructure.

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

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

    2015-10-13

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

  19. Interfacial-layers-free Ga2O3(Gd2O3)/Ge MOS Diodes

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    Lee, C. H.; Lin, T. D.; Lee, K. Y.; Huang, M. L.; Tung, L. T.; Hong, M.; Kwo, J.

    2008-03-01

    High κ dielectric Ga2O3(Gd2O3) films were deposited directly on Ge by Molecular-Beam-Epitaxy without the employment of GeON interfacial layer. Excellent electrical properties, such as a high κ value of 14.5, a low leakage current density of only 3x10-9 A/cm^2 at Vfb+1V, and well-behaved CV characteristics, were demonstrated, even being subjected to a 500^oC annealing in N2 ambient for 5 min. An abrupt Ga2O3(Gd2O3)/Ge interface without any interfacial layer was revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy as well as in-situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Detailed XPS studies indicate that the oxide/Ge interface consists of mainly Ge-O-Gd bonding, distinctly different from that of native oxide. Furthermore, the 500^oC annealing did not change the chemical bonding, implying a great thermodynamic stability of the hetero-structure. The outstanding electrical and thermodynamic properties qualified Ga2O3(Gd2O3) as a promising dielectric for Ge and proved the GeON interfacial layer to be unnecessary.

  20. Laser-Doping through Anodic Aluminium Oxide Layers for Silicon Solar Cells

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    This paper demonstrates that silicon can be locally doped with aluminium to form localised p+ surface regions by laser-doping through anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) layers formed on the silicon surface. The resulting p+ regions can extend more than 10 μm into the silicon and the electrically active p-type dopant concentration exceeds 1020 cm−3 for the first 6-7 μm of the formed p+ region. Anodic aluminium oxide layers can be doped with other impurities, such as boron and phosphorus, by anodisin...

  1. Characteristics of Anodized Layer in Investment Cast Ni50Ti50 Shape Memory Alloy

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    Shimaa H. El-Hadad

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available NiTi shape memory alloys are promising implant materials due to their shape memory effect and super elasticity. In the current study, some Ni50Ti50 (mass % SMAs samples were prepared by investment casting. These samples were then anodized and thermally treated to improve the surface properties. A fully saturated oxide layer was obtained. The structure and hardness properties of the anodized surfaces were then investigated. A hard porous layer with no free Ni atoms could be obtained which can be used as prebiomimetic surface for biological application.

  2. Improvement of the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction by introducing a Ta buffer layer

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    Kim, Nam-Hui; Jung, Jinyong; Cho, Jaehun; You, Chun-Yeol, E-mail: cyyou@inha.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Inha University, Incheon 402-751 (Korea, Republic of); Han, Dong-Soo; Kim, June-Seo, E-mail: spin2mtj@gmail.com; Swagten, Henk J. M. [Department of Applied Physics, Center for NanoMaterials, Eindhoven University of Technology, PO Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven (Netherlands)

    2015-10-05

    We report systematic measurements of the interfacial Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction (iDMI) by employing Brillouin light scattering in Pt/Co/AlO{sub x} and Ta/Pt/Co/AlO{sub x} structures. By introducing a tantalum buffer layer, the saturation magnetization and the interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy are significantly improved due to the better interface between heavy metal and ferromagnetic layer. From the frequency shift between Stokes- and anti-Stokes spin-waves, we successively obtain considerably larger iDM energy densities (D{sub max} = 1.65 ± 0.13 mJ/m{sup 2} at t{sub Co} = 1.35 nm) upon adding the Ta buffer layer, despite the nominally identical interface materials. Moreover, the energy density shows an inverse proportionality with the Co layer thickness, which is the critical clue that the observed iDMI is indeed originating from the interface between the Pt and Co layers.

  3. Coal Char Derived Few-Layer Graphene Anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Dan Wang

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Few-layer graphene films were synthesized through chemical vapor deposition technique using coal char as solid carbon source. Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and selected area electron diffraction were used to characterize the graphene films. The electrochemical performance of the coal char derived few layer graphene anodes for lithium ion batteries was investigated by charge/discharge curves  and  discharge  capacity  at  different  current  densities.  The  graphene  anode maintained the reversible capacity at ~0.025, 0.013, and 0.007 mAh/cm2  at a current density of 10, 30, and 50 µA/cm2, respectively. The coal char derived graphene anodes show potential applications in thin film batteries for nanoelectronics.

  4. Determination of interfacial layers in high - k ALD nanolaminate materials by ARXPS and SRXPS measurements.

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    Wyrodek, Jakub; Tallarida, Massimo; Schmeisser, Dieter [Brandenburgische Technische Universitaet, Angewandte Physik-Sensorik, Cottbus (Germany); Weisheit, Martin [GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Dresden (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    The interfacial layers of high dielectric constant (high-k) nanolaminate films are here explored. Problems concerning ALD nanolaminate layers deals mainly with lack of accurate methods to determine in depth profile of few nm thick stacks. Modified angle resolved XPS (ARXPS) and synchrotron radiation XPS(SRXPS) are proposed as methods suitable in layer profiling. Studied stacks containing ZrO/HfO or AlO/ZrO, were prepared on Si substrates by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Two sets of experiments were covered. First dealt with initial growth (up to 20 cycles, with thickness d<2 nm) of AlO/ZrO and included layer by layer insitu investigation by SRXPS. Second experiment refer to industrial grown ZrO/HfO films (d{proportional_to}3 nm) processed with various parameters resulting in both, layer by layer and homogenous depositions. For those samples ex situ XPS, with angle dependent variation of probing depth, measurements were covered. By comparing obtained intensity ratios for different angles with computational developed stack model it was found that no simple layer by layer but some intermixing growth occurred including interaction with silicon substrate.

  5. Inverse analysis determining interfacial properties between metal film and ceramic substrate with an adhesive layer

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    Haifeng Zhao; Yueguang Wei

    2008-01-01

    In the present study, peel tests and inverse analysis were performed to determine the interfacial mechanical parameters for the metal film/ceramic system with an epoxy interface layer between film and ceramic. Al films with a series of thicknesses between 20 and 250μm and three peel angles of 90°,135°and 180°were considered. A finite element model with the cohesive zone elements was used to simulate the peeling process. The finite element results were taken as the training data of a neural network in the inverse analysis. The interfacial cohesive energy and the separation strength can be determined based on the inverse analysis and peel experimental result

  6. Interfacial layers in high-temperature-oxidized NiCrAl

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    Larson, L. A.; Browning, R.; Poppa, H.; Smialek, J.

    1983-01-01

    The utility of Auger electron spectroscopy combined with ball cratering for depth analysis of oxide and diffusion layers produced in a Ni-14Cr-24Al alloy by oxidation in air at 1180 C for 25 hr is demonstrated. During postoxidation cooling, the oxide layers formed by this alloy spalled profusely. The remaining very thin oxide was primarily Cr2O3 with a trace of Ni. The underlying metal substrate exhibited gamma/gamma-prime and beta phases with a metallic interfacial layer which was similar to the bulk gamma/gamma-prime phase but slightly enriched in Cr and Al. These data are compared to electron microprobe results from a nominally identical alloy. The diffusion layer thickness is modelled with a simple mass balance equation and compared to recent results on the diffusion process in NiCrAl alloys.

  7. Next-Generation Lithium Metal Anode Engineering via Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Kozen, Alexander C; Lin, Chuan-Fu; Pearse, Alexander J; Schroeder, Marshall A; Han, Xiaogang; Hu, Liangbing; Lee, Sang-Bok; Rubloff, Gary W; Noked, Malachi

    2015-06-23

    Lithium metal is considered to be the most promising anode for next-generation batteries due to its high energy density of 3840 mAh g(-1). However, the extreme reactivity of the Li surface can induce parasitic reactions with solvents, contamination, and shuttled active species in the electrolyte, reducing the performance of batteries employing Li metal anodes. One promising solution to this issue is application of thin chemical protection layers to the Li metal surface. Using a custom-made ultrahigh vacuum integrated deposition and characterization system, we demonstrate atomic layer deposition (ALD) of protection layers directly on Li metal with exquisite thickness control. We demonstrate as a proof-of-concept that a 14 nm thick ALD Al2O3 layer can protect the Li surface from corrosion due to atmosphere, sulfur, and electrolyte exposure. Using Li-S battery cells as a test system, we demonstrate an improved capacity retention using ALD-protected anodes over cells assembled with bare Li metal anodes for up to 100 cycles.

  8. In situ formation of graphene layers on graphite surfaces for efficient anodes of microbial fuel cells.

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    Tang, Jiahuan; Chen, Shanshan; Yuan, Yong; Cai, Xixi; Zhou, Shungui

    2015-09-15

    Graphene can be used to improve the performance of the anode in a microbial fuel cell (MFC) due to its good biocompatibility, high electrical conductivity and large surface area. However, the chemical production and modification of the graphene on the anode are environmentally hazardous because of the use of various harmful chemicals. This study reports a novel method based on the electrochemical exfoliation of a graphite plate (GP) for the in situ formation of graphene layers on the surface of a graphite electrode. When the resultant graphene-layer-based graphite plate electrode (GL/GP) was used as an anode in an MFC, a maximum power density of 0.67 ± 0.034 W/m(2) was achieved. This value corresponds to 1.72-, 1.56- and 1.26-times the maximum power densities of the original GP, exfoliated-graphene-modified GP (EG/GP) and chemically-reduced-graphene-modified GP (rGO/GP) anodes, respectively. Electrochemical measurements revealed that the high performance of the GL/GP anode was attributable to its macroporous structure, improved electron transfer and high electrochemical capacitance. The results demonstrated that the proposed method is a facile and environmentally friendly synthesis technique for the fabrication of high-performance graphene-based electrodes for use in microbial energy harvesting.

  9. Interfacial structure of tungsten layers formed by selective low pressure chemical vapor deposition

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    Stacy, W.T.; Broadbent, E.K.; Norcott, M.H.

    1985-02-01

    We have analyzed the interfacial structure of selectively deposited LPCVD tungsten on monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, and polycrystalline aluminum substrates. Cross-sectional specimens were examined by transmission electron microscopy to determine the amount of substrate consumed by the selective deposition process and to assess the degree of lateral encroachment under masking SiO/sub 2/ layers for different conditions of deposition and surface preparation. The tungsten-silicon interfacial structure was found to depend strongly on the initia surface preparation. Immersion in a dilute HF solution resulted in a smooth interface, while a glow-discharge treatment (CF/sub 4/ + O/sub 2/) led to highly irregular interfaces, which, in extreme cases, contained tunnels extending 1 ..mu..m or more into the silicon substrate. Layers formed in WF/sub 6/ plus H/sub 2/ were found to consist of two layers, of which the lower layer i formed by the substrate reduction of WF/sub 6/.

  10. The function of microporous layers and the interaction between the anode and cathode in DMFCs

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    Zhang, H. F.; Wang, SY; Pei, PC

    2008-01-01

    A combined effect of microporous layers (MPLs) on direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) is investigated. From the distribution of the outstanding carbon loading combinations of the cathode MPL and anode MPL as well as the evolutions of polarization curves, a combined effect in which the contributions...... of the two MPLs interdepend is observed. A further discussion indicates that either MPL in DMFCs is of double roles: a side role of obstructing mass transfers and a main role of adjusting an interaction between the anode and cathode. It is inferred that it is the combination of the two roles that produces...

  11. Effect of the layer of anodized 7075-T6 aluminium corrosion properties

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    Montoya Z, R. D.; L, E. Vera; Pineda T, Y.; Cedeño, M. L.

    2017-01-01

    Aluminium alloys are widely used in various sectors of industry. The 7075-T6 alloy corresponding to an Al-Zn T6, is mostly used as structural component in the aviation industry, due to the good relationship between weight and mechanical properties. However, the negative point of this alloys is the resistance to corrosion, which is why they need to be coated with an anodic film. Different surface treatments, such as anodizing, are used to improve corrosion resistance. Anodizing is an electrolytic process by which a protective layer on aluminium known as “alumina” is formed, this is formed by the passage of an electric current in an acidic electrolyte. This investigation presents a study of the effect of the thickness of layers of alumina deposited by anodized method, in the corrosion resistance of 7075-T6 aluminium. This study was performed by using in a solution of tartaric acid - sulfuric acid and an inorganic salt. To evaluate the influence alumina layer thickness on the corrosion properties some tests were carried out by using the electrochemical spectroscopy impedances (EIS) technique and Tafel polarization curves. It was found that the grown of the thickness of film favourably influences in the corrosion resistance.

  12. Au Nanoparticles as Interfacial Layer for CdS Quantum Dot-sensitized Solar Cells

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    Zhu Guang

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Quantum dot-sensitized solar cells based on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO/Au/TiO2/CdS photoanode and polysulfide electrolyte are fabricated. Au nanoparticles (NPs as interfacial layer between FTO and TiO2 layer are dip-coated on FTO surface. The structure, morphology and impedance of the photoanodes and the photovoltaic performance of the cells are investigated. A power conversion efficiency of 1.62% has been obtained for FTO/Au/TiO2/CdS cell, which is about 88% higher than that for FTO/TiO2/CdS cell (0.86%. The easier transport of excited electron and the suppression of charge recombination in the photoanode due to the introduction of Au NP layer should be responsible for the performance enhancement of the cell.

  13. Hydrophobic and high adhesive polyaniline layer of rectangular microtubes fabricated by a modified interfacial polymerization

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    Zhou, Chuanqiang; Gong, Xiangxiang; Qu, Yun; Han, Jie

    2016-08-01

    A modified interfacial polymerization of aniline is developed to fabricate hydrophobic and adhesive polyaniline (PANI) layer of rectangular microtubes on the glass substrate. The modified method uses pentanol as an organic medium to dissolve aniline monomer, with the water film of oxidant and surfactant on the glass substrate as water phase. The effects of some synthetic parameters (such as monomer concentration, alcohol molecular structure and surfactant type) on the morphology of PANI layer are studied for better understanding the fabrication of PANI nanostructures on the film. The alcohol molecular structure plays key role for the supermolecular assembly of PANI chains into nanostructures, while the surfactant may direct the array and deposition of these nanostructures on the glass substrate. The formation reason of PANI rectangular sub-microtubes is roughly interpreted according to our previous works. Wettability experiment indicates that the as-prepared PANI layer exhibits excellent hydrophobicity and high adhesive properties to water drop.

  14. Origin of interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures.

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    Peng, Shouzhong; Wang, Mengxing; Yang, Hongxin; Zeng, Lang; Nan, Jiang; Zhou, Jiaqi; Zhang, Youguang; Hallal, Ali; Chshiev, Mairbek; Wang, Kang L; Zhang, Qianfan; Zhao, Weisheng

    2015-12-11

    Spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM) attracts extensive attentions due to its non-volatility, high density and low power consumption. The core device in STT-MRAM is CoFeB/MgO-based magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ), which possesses a high tunnel magnetoresistance ratio as well as a large value of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). It has been experimentally proven that a capping layer coating on CoFeB layer is essential to obtain a strong PMA. However, the physical mechanism of such effect remains unclear. In this paper, we investigate the origin of the PMA in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures by using a first-principles computation scheme. The trend of PMA variation with different capping materials agrees well with experimental results. We find that interfacial PMA in the three-layer structures comes from both the MgO/CoFe and CoFe/capping layer interfaces, which can be analyzed separately. Furthermore, the PMAs in the CoFe/capping layer interfaces are analyzed through resolving the magnetic anisotropy energy by layer and orbital. The variation of PMA with different capping materials is attributed to the different hybridizations of both d and p orbitals via spin-orbit coupling. This work can significantly benefit the research and development of nanoscale STT-MRAM.

  15. Origin of interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures

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    Peng, Shouzhong; Wang, Mengxing; Yang, Hongxin; Zeng, Lang; Nan, Jiang; Zhou, Jiaqi; Zhang, Youguang; Hallal, Ali; Chshiev, Mairbek; Wang, Kang L.; Zhang, Qianfan; Zhao, Weisheng

    2015-12-01

    Spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM) attracts extensive attentions due to its non-volatility, high density and low power consumption. The core device in STT-MRAM is CoFeB/MgO-based magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ), which possesses a high tunnel magnetoresistance ratio as well as a large value of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA). It has been experimentally proven that a capping layer coating on CoFeB layer is essential to obtain a strong PMA. However, the physical mechanism of such effect remains unclear. In this paper, we investigate the origin of the PMA in MgO/CoFe/metallic capping layer structures by using a first-principles computation scheme. The trend of PMA variation with different capping materials agrees well with experimental results. We find that interfacial PMA in the three-layer structures comes from both the MgO/CoFe and CoFe/capping layer interfaces, which can be analyzed separately. Furthermore, the PMAs in the CoFe/capping layer interfaces are analyzed through resolving the magnetic anisotropy energy by layer and orbital. The variation of PMA with different capping materials is attributed to the different hybridizations of both d and p orbitals via spin-orbit coupling. This work can significantly benefit the research and development of nanoscale STT-MRAM.

  16. Layered reduced graphene oxide with nanoscale interlayer gaps as a stable host for lithium metal anodes

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    Lin, Dingchang; Liu, Yayuan; Liang, Zheng; Lee, Hyun-Wook; Sun, Jie; Wang, Haotian; Yan, Kai; Xie, Jin; Cui, Yi

    2016-07-01

    Metallic lithium is a promising anode candidate for future high-energy-density lithium batteries. It is a light-weight material, and has the highest theoretical capacity (3,860 mAh g-1) and the lowest electrochemical potential of all candidates. There are, however, at least three major hurdles before lithium metal anodes can become a viable technology: uneven and dendritic lithium deposition, unstable solid electrolyte interphase and almost infinite relative dimension change during cycling. Previous research has tackled the first two issues, but the last is still mostly unsolved. Here we report a composite lithium metal anode that exhibits low dimension variation (˜20%) during cycling and good mechanical flexibility. The anode is composed of 7 wt% ‘lithiophilic’ layered reduced graphene oxide with nanoscale gaps that can host metallic lithium. The anode retains up to ˜3,390 mAh g-1 of capacity, exhibits low overpotential (˜80 mV at 3 mA cm-2) and a flat voltage profile in a carbonate electrolyte. A full-cell battery with a LiCoO2 cathode shows good rate capability and flat voltage profiles.

  17. Sustained, Controlled and Stimuli-Responsive Drug Release Systems Based on Nanoporous Anodic Alumina with Layer-by-Layer Polyelectrolyte

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    Porta-i-Batalla, Maria; Eckstein, Chris; Xifré-Pérez, Elisabet; Formentín, Pilar; Ferré-Borrull, J.; Marsal, Lluis F.

    2016-08-01

    Controlled drug delivery systems are an encouraging solution to some drug disadvantages such as reduced solubility, deprived biodistribution, tissue damage, fast breakdown of the drug, cytotoxicity, or side effects. Self-ordered nanoporous anodic alumina is an auspicious material for drug delivery due to its biocompatibility, stability, and controllable pore geometry. Its use in drug delivery applications has been explored in several fields, including therapeutic devices for bone and dental tissue engineering, coronary stent implants, and carriers for transplanted cells. In this work, we have created and analyzed a stimuli-responsive drug delivery system based on layer-by-layer pH-responsive polyelectrolyte and nanoporous anodic alumina. The results demonstrate that it is possible to control the drug release using a polyelectrolyte multilayer coating that will act as a gate.

  18. Ultraviolet-ozone-treated PEDOT:PSS as anode buffer layer for organic solar cells.

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    Su, Zisheng; Wang, Lidan; Li, Yantao; Zhao, Haifeng; Chu, Bei; Li, Wenlian

    2012-08-17

    Ultraviolet-ozone-treated poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS)was used as the anode buffer layer in copper phthalocyanine (CuPc)/fullerene-based solar cells. The power conversion efficiency of the cells with appropriated UV-ozone treatment was found to increase about 20% compared to the reference cell. The improved performance is attributed to the increased work function of the PEDOT:PSS layer, which improves the contact condition between PEDOT:PSS and CuPc, hence increasing the extraction efficiency of the photogenerated holes and decreasing the recombination probability of holes and electrons in the active organic layers.

  19. NiSi(x)/a-Si Nanowires with Interfacial a-Ge as Anodes for High-Rate Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Han, Xiang; Chen, Huixin; Li, Xin; Lai, Shumei; Xu, Yihong; Li, Cheng; Chen, Songyan; Yang, Yong

    2016-01-13

    Conductive metal nanowire is a promising current collector for the Si-based anode material in high-rate lithium-ion batteries. However, to harness this remarkable potential for high power density energy storage, one has to address the interfacial potential barrier that hinders the electron injection from the metal side. Herein, we present that, solely by inserting ultrathin amorphous germanium (a-Ge) (∼5 nm) at the interface of NiSix/amorphous Si (a-Si), the rate capacity was substantially enhanced, 477 mAh g(-1) even at a high rate of 40 A g(-1). In addition, batteries containing the NiSix/Ge+Si anodes cycled over 1000 times at 10 A g(-1) while the capacity retaining more than 877 mAh g(-1), which is among the highest reported. The excellent electrochemical performance is directly correlated with the significantly improved electrical conductivity and mechanical stability throughout the entire electrode. The potential barrier between the NiSix and a-Si was modulated by a-Ge, which constructs an electron highway. Besides, the a-Ge interlayer enhances the interfacial adhesion by reducing void fraction and the inhomogeneous strain of the Li-Ge and Li-Si stacking structure was accommodated through the bending and twist of relatively thin NiSix, thus ensures a more stable high-rate cycling performance. Our work shows an effective way to fabricate metal/a-Si nanowires for high-rate lithium-ion battery anodes.

  20. Laser-Doping through Anodic Aluminium Oxide Layers for Silicon Solar Cells

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    Pei Hsuan Doris Lu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper demonstrates that silicon can be locally doped with aluminium to form localised p+ surface regions by laser-doping through anodic aluminium oxide (AAO layers formed on the silicon surface. The resulting p+ regions can extend more than 10 μm into the silicon and the electrically active p-type dopant concentration exceeds 1020 cm−3 for the first 6-7 μm of the formed p+ region. Anodic aluminium oxide layers can be doped with other impurities, such as boron and phosphorus, by anodising in electrolytes containing the extrinsic impurities in ionic form. The ions become trapped in the formed anodic oxide during anodisation, therefore enabling the impurity to be introduced into the silicon, with aluminium, during laser-doping. This codoping process can be used to create very heavily doped surface layers which can reduce contact resistance on metallisation, whilst the deeper doping achieved by the intrinsic aluminium may act to shield the surface from minority carriers. laser-doping through AAO layers can be performed without introducing any voids in the silicon or fumes which may be harmful to human health.

  1. Effects of cathode electrolyte interfacial (CEI) layer on long term cycling of all-solid-state thin-film batteries

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    Wang, Ziying; Lee, Jungwoo Z.; Xin, Huolin L.; Han, Lili; Grillon, Nathanael; Guy-Bouyssou, Delphine; Bouyssou, Emilien; Proust, Marina; Meng, Ying Shirley

    2016-08-01

    All-solid-state lithium-ion batteries have the potential to not only push the current limits of energy density by utilizing Li metal, but also improve safety by avoiding flammable organic electrolyte. However, understanding the role of solid electrolyte - electrode interfaces will be critical to improve performance. In this study, we conducted long term cycling on commercially available lithium cobalt oxide (LCO)/lithium phosphorus oxynitride (LiPON)/lithium (Li) cells at elevated temperature to investigate the interfacial phenomena that lead to capacity decay. STEM-EELS analysis of samples revealed a previously unreported disordered layer between the LCO cathode and LiPON electrolyte. This electrochemically inactive layer grew in thickness leading to loss of capacity and increase of interfacial resistance when cycled at 80 °C. The stabilization of this layer through interfacial engineering is crucial to improve the long term performance of thin-film batteries especially under thermal stress.

  2. Superior Stable and Long Life Sodium Metal Anodes Achieved by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Zhao, Yang; Goncharova, Lyudmila V; Lushington, Andrew; Sun, Qian; Yadegari, Hossein; Wang, Biqiong; Xiao, Wei; Li, Ruying; Sun, Xueliang

    2017-03-03

    Na-metal batteries are considered as the promising alternative candidate for Li-ion battery beneficial from the wide availability and low cost of sodium, high theoretical specific capacity, and high energy density based on the plating/stripping processes and lowest electrochemical potential. For Na-metal batteries, the crucial problem on metallic Na is one of the biggest challenges. Mossy or dendritic growth of Na occurs in the repetitive Na stripping/plating process with an unstable solid electrolyte interphase layer of nonuniform ionic flux, which can not only lead to the low Coulombic efficiency, but also can create short circuit risks, resulting in possible burning or explosion. In this communication, the atomic layer deposition of Al2 O3 coating is first demonstrated for the protection of metallic Na anode for Na-metal batteries. By protecting Na foil with ultrathin Al2 O3 layer, the dendrites and mossy Na formation have been effectively suppressed and lifetime has been significantly improved. Furthermore, the thickness of protective layer has been further optimized with 25 cycles of Al2 O3 layer presenting the best performance over 500 cycles. The novel design of atomic layer deposition protected metal Na anode may bring in new opportunities to the realization of the next-generation high energy-density Na metal batteries.

  3. Interfacial stability and self-similar rupture of evaporating liquid layers under vapor recoil

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    Wei, Tao; Duan, Fei

    2016-12-01

    We investigate interfacial stability of an evaporating viscous liquid layer above/below a horizontal heated substrate in the framework of a long-wave model that accounts for surface tension, positive/negative gravity, and evaporation effects of mass loss and vapor recoil. With the time-dependent linear stability analysis, it is found that the interface instability is enhanced by vapor recoil with time using an effective growth rate. The destabilizing mechanism of vapor thrust competes with the stabilizing surface tension, and the effects of the latter are not asymptotically negligible near rupture, reflected by a rescaled effective interfacial pressure. A two-dimensional nonlinear evolution is investigated for the quasi-equilibrium evaporating layers with different evaporative conditions for Rayleigh-Taylor unstable and sessile layers. For weak mass loss and strong vapor recoil, the well-defined capillary ridges emerge around a deepening narrow valley with increasing wavelength under a positive gravity, while, on the basis of initial condition, main and secondary droplets are either coalesced partially or separated by a sharp dry-out point under a negative gravity. The rupture location depends strongly on the characteristics of a given initial condition, except for the random perturbation. For both the cases, an increase in the modified evaporation number tends to reduce the rupture time tr and droplet thickness remarkably. Similarity analysis along with numerical strategy is presented for the final stage of touch-down dynamics, determined by a physical balance between the vapor recoil and capillary force. The evaporation-driven rupture with a significant vapor recoil and negligible mass loss is shown to contain a countably infinite number of similarity solutions whose horizontal and vertical length scales behave as (tr - t)1/2 and (tr - t)1/3. The first similarity solution represents a stable single-point rupture.

  4. HEMA inhibits interfacial nano-layering of the functional monomer MDP.

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    Yoshida, Y; Yoshihara, K; Hayakawa, S; Nagaoka, N; Okihara, T; Matsumoto, T; Minagi, S; Osaka, A; Van Landuyt, K; Van Meerbeek, B

    2012-11-01

    Previous research showed that the functional monomer 10-methacryloxydecyl dihydrogen phosphate (MDP) ionically bonds to hydroxyapatite (HAp) and forms a nano-layered structure at the interface with HAp-based substrates. Such hydrophobic nano-layering is considered to contribute to the long-term durability of the bond to tooth tissue. However, dental adhesives are complex mixtures usually containing different monomers. This study investigated the effect of the monomer 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) on the chemical interaction of MDP with HAp by x-ray diffraction (XRD), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). We examined the chemical interaction of 5 experimental MDP solutions with increasing concentrations of HEMA. XRD revealed that addition of HEMA inhibits nano-layering at the interface, while NMR confirmed that MDP remained adsorbed onto the HAp surface. QCM confirmed this adsorption of MDP to HAp, as well as revealed that the demineralization rate of HAp by MDP was reduced by HEMA. It was concluded that even though the adsorption of MDP to HAp was not hindered, addition of HEMA inhibited interfacial nano-layering. Potential consequences with regard to bond durability necessitate further research.

  5. Novel light-weight, high-performance anode-supported microtubular solid oxide fuel cells with an active anode functional layer

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    Liu, Tong; Wang, Yao; Ren, Cong; Fang, Shumin; Mao, Yating; Chen, Fanglin

    2015-10-01

    Influence of the air-gap, the distance from the tube-in-orifice spinneret to the upper surface of the external coagulant bath during the extrusion/phase-inversion process, on the microstructure of nickel - yttria-stabilized zirconia (Ni-YSZ) hollow fibers has been systematically studied. When the air-gap is 0 cm, the obtained Ni-YSZ hollow fiber has a sandwich microstructure. However, when the air-gap is increased to 15 cm, a bi-layer Ni-YSZ hollow fiber consisting of a thin layer with small pores and a thick support with highly porous fingerlike macrovoids has been achieved. The output power density of microtubular solid oxide fuel cells (MT-SOFCs) with a cell configuration of Ni-YSZ/YSZ/YSZ-LSM increases from 594 mW cm-2 for the cells with the Ni-YSZ anode of sandwich microstructure to 832 mW cm-2 for the cells with the Ni-YSZ anode of bi-layer microstructure at 750 °C, implying that to achieve the same output power density, the weight of the cells with the bi-layer anode support can be reduced to 41.5% compared with that of the cells with the sandwich anode support. Thermal-cycling test shows no obvious degradation on the open-circuit-voltage (OCV), indicating that the MT-SOFCs have robust resistance to thermal cycling.

  6. A layer-by-layer ZnO nanoparticle-PbS quantum dot self-assembly platform for ultrafast interfacial electron injection

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    Eita, Mohamed Samir

    2014-08-28

    Absorbent layers of semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) are now used as material platforms for low-cost, high-performance solar cells. The semiconductor metal oxide nanoparticles as an acceptor layer have become an integral part of the next generation solar cell. To achieve sufficient electron transfer and subsequently high conversion efficiency in these solar cells, however, energy-level alignment and interfacial contact between the donor and the acceptor units are needed. Here, the layer-by-layer (LbL) technique is used to assemble ZnO nanoparticles (NPs), providing adequate PbS QD uptake to achieve greater interfacial contact compared with traditional sputtering methods. Electron injection at the PbS QD and ZnO NP interface is investigated using broadband transient absorption spectroscopy with 120 femtosecond temporal resolution. The results indicate that electron injection from photoexcited PbS QDs to ZnO NPs occurs on a time scale of a few hundred femtoseconds. This observation is supported by the interfacial electronic-energy alignment between the donor and acceptor moieties. Finally, due to the combination of large interfacial contact and ultrafast electron injection, this proposed platform of assembled thin films holds promise for a variety of solar cell architectures and other settings that principally rely on interfacial contact, such as photocatalysis. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Ru nanostructure fabrication using an anodic aluminum oxide nanotemplate and highly conformal Ru atomic layer deposition.

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    Kim, Woo-Hee; Park, Sang-Joon; Son, Jong-Yeog; Kim, Hyungjun

    2008-01-30

    We fabricated metallic nanostructures directly on Si substrates through a hybrid nanoprocess combining atomic layer deposition (ALD) and a self-assembled anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) nanotemplate. ALD Ru films with Ru(DMPD)(EtCp) as a precursor and O(2) as a reactant exhibited high purity and low resistivity with negligible nucleation delay and low roughness. These good growth characteristics resulted in the excellent conformality for nanometer-scale vias and trenches. Additionally, AAO nanotemplates were fabricated directly on Si and Ti/Si substrates through a multiple anodization process. AAO nanotemplates with various hole sizes (30-100 nm) and aspect ratios (2:1-20:1) were fabricated by controlling the anodizing process parameters. The barrier layers between AAO nanotemplates and Si substrates were completely removed by reactive ion etching (RIE) using BCl(3) plasma. By combining the ALD Ru and the AAO nanotemplate, Ru nanostructures with controllable sizes and shapes were prepared on Si and Ti/Si substrates. The Ru nanowire array devices as a platform for sensor devices exhibited befitting properties of good ohmic contact and high surface/volume ratio.

  8. SnO2 nanosheet as a photoanode interfacial layer for dyesensitized solar cells

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    CAI Feng-shi; WANG Jing; YUAN Zhi-hao; DUAN Yue-qin

    2011-01-01

    SnO2,nanosheet films about 200 nm in thickness are successfully fabricated on fluorine-doped tin oxide(FTO) glass by a facile solution-grown approach.The prepared SnO2 nanosheet film is applied as an interfacial layer between the nanocrystalline TiO2 film and the FTO substrate in dye-sensitized solar cells(DSCs).Experimental results show that the introduction of a SnO2 nanosheet film not only suppresses the electron back-transport reaction at the electrolyte/FTO interface but also provides an efficient electron transition channel along the SnO2 nanosheets,and as a result,increasing the open circuit voltage and short current density,and finally improving the conversion efficiency for the DSCs from 3.89% to 4.62%.

  9. Possibilities of Increase of Adhesion of the Cubic Boron Nitride Coatings by Applying an Interfacial Layers

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    Maciej Kupczyk

    2004-01-01

    In the work the chosen investigations of the adhesion force of thin, superhard coatings to the cutting edges made of cemented carbides are presented. For identification of the adhesion force of coatings to substrate an automatic scratch tester constructed at Poznan University of Technology was applied. The estimation of the adhesion force (value of critical load measured during scratch test) was carried out on the base of the vibration signal. Results of investigations are pointed at the influence of a surface preparation (degreasing, etching, low and high-temperature sputtering) on a critical load values.It was found that the most effective method for surface preparation is low temperature sputtering. The influence of the TiC+Al2O3+TiN interfacial layer on increase of the adhesion force of BN coating to cemented carbides substrate was observed.

  10. Electric-field-induced interfacial instabilities of a soft elastic membrane confined between viscous layers.

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    Dey, Mohar; Bandyopadhyay, Dipankar; Sharma, Ashutosh; Qian, Shizhi; Joo, Sang Woo

    2012-10-01

    We explore the electric-field-induced interfacial instabilities of a trilayer composed of a thin elastic film confined between two viscous layers. A linear stability analysis (LSA) is performed to uncover the growth rate and length scale of the different unstable modes. Application of a normal external electric field on such a configuration can deform the two coupled elastic-viscous interfaces either by an in-phase bending or an antiphase squeezing mode. The bending mode has a long-wave nature, and is present even at a vanishingly small destabilizing field. In contrast, the squeezing mode has finite wave-number characteristics and originates only beyond a threshold strength of the electric field. This is in contrast to the instabilities of the viscous films with multiple interfaces where both modes are found to possess long-wave characteristics. The elastic film is unstable by bending mode when the stabilizing forces due to the in-plane curvature and the elastic stiffness are strong and the destabilizing electric field is relatively weak. In comparison, as the electric field increases, a subdominant squeezing mode can also appear beyond a threshold destabilizing field. A dominant squeezing mode is observed when the destabilizing field is significantly strong and the elastic films are relatively softer with lower elastic modulus. In the absence of liquid layers, a free elastic film is also found to be unstable by long-wave bending and finite wave-number squeezing modes. The LSA asymptotically recovers the results obtained by the previous formulations where the membrane bending elasticity is approximately incorporated as a correction term in the normal stress boundary condition. Interestingly, the presence of a very weak stabilizing influence due to a smaller interfacial tension at the elastic-viscous interfaces opens up the possibility of fabricating submicron patterns exploiting the instabilities of a trilayer.

  11. Analysis of nanopore arrangement of porous alumina layers formed by anodizing in oxalic acid at relatively high temperatures

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    Zaraska, Leszek; Stępniowski, Wojciech J.; Jaskuła, Marian; Sulka, Grzegorz D.

    2014-06-01

    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) layers were formed by a simple two-step anodization in 0.3 M oxalic acid at relatively high temperatures (20-30 °C) and various anodizing potentials (30-65 V). The effect of anodizing conditions on structural features of as-obtained oxides was carefully investigated. A linear and exponential relationships between cell diameter, pore density and anodizing potential were confirmed, respectively. On the other hand, no effect of temperature and duration of anodization on pore spacing and pore density was found. Detailed quantitative and qualitative analyses of hexagonal arrangement of nanopore arrays were performed for all studied samples. The nanopore arrangement was evaluated using various methods based on the fast Fourier transform (FFT) images, Delaunay triangulations (defect maps), pair distribution functions (PDF), and angular distribution functions (ADF). It was found that for short anodizations performed at relatively high temperatures, the optimal anodizing potential that results in formation of nanostructures with the highest degree of pore order is 45 V. No direct effect of temperature and time of anodization on the nanopore arrangement was observed.

  12. From front contact to back contact in cadmium telluride/cadmium sulfide solar cells: Buffer layer and interfacial layer

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    Roussillon, Yann

    Cadmium telluride (CdTe) polycrystalline thin film solar cells, with their near optimum direct band-gap of 1.4 eV matching almost perfectly the sun radiation spectrum, are a strong contender as a less expensive alternative, among photovoltaic materials, than the more commonly used silicon-based cells. Polycrystalline solar cells are usually deposited over large areas. Such devices often exhibit strong fluctuations (nonuniformities) in electronic properties, which originate from deposition and post-deposition processes, and are detrimental to the device performance. Therefore their effects need to be constrained. A new approach in this work was, when a CdS/CdTe solar cell is exposed to light and immersed in a proper electrolyte, fluctuations in surface potential can drive electrochemical reactions which result in a nonuniform interfacial layer that could balance the original nonuniformity. This approach improved the device efficiency for CdS/CdTe photovoltaic devices from 1--3% to 11--12%. Cadmium sulfide (CdS), used as a window layer and heterojunction partner to CdTe, is electrically inactive and absorb light energies above its band-gap of 2.4 eV. Therefore, to maximize the device efficiency, a thin US layer needs to be used. However, more defects, such as pinholes, are likely to be present in the film, leading to shunts. A resistive transparent layer, called buffer layer, is therefore deposited before CdS. A key observation was that the open-circuit voltage (Voc) for cells made using a buffer layer was high, around 800 mV, similar to cells without buffer layer after Cu doping. The standard p-n junction theory cannot explain this phenomena, therefore an alternative junction mechanism, similar to metal-insulator-semiconductor devices, was developed. Furthermore, alternative Cu-free back-contacts were used in conjunction with a buffer layer. The Voc of the devices was found to be dependent of the back contact used. This change occurs as the back-contact junction

  13. Structure and vibrational dynamics of interfacial Sn layers in Sn/Si multilayers

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    Cuenya, B. Roldan; Keune, W.; Sturhahn, W.; Toellner, T. S.; Hu, M. Y.

    2001-12-01

    The structure and vibrational dynamics of room-temperature-grown nanoscale Sn/amorphous (a-)Si multilayers have been studied by x-ray diffraction, Raman scattering, 119Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy, and 119Sn nuclear-resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (NRIXS) of synchrotron radiation. With increasing Sn-layer thickness, the formation of β-Sn was observed, except at the Sn/Si interfaces, where a 10-Å-thick metastable pure amorphous-α-Sn-like layer remains stabilized. By means of NRIXS we have measured the Sn-projected vibrational density of states (VDOS) in these multilayers (in particular, at the interfaces), and in 500-Å-thick epitaxial α-Sn films on InSb(001) as a reference. Further, the Sn-specific Lamb-Mössbauer factor (f factor), mean kinetic energy per atom, mean atomic force constant, and vibrational entropy per atom were obtained. The VDOS of the amorphous-α-Sn-like interface layer is observed to be distinctly different from that of (bulk) α-Sn and β-Sn, and its prominent vibrational energies are found to scale with those of amorphous Ge and Si. The observed small difference in vibrational entropy (ΔS/kB=+0.17+/-0.05 per atom) between α-Sn and interfacial amorphous-α-like Sn does not account for the stability of the latter phase.

  14. Amorphous oxide alloys as interfacial layers with broadly tunable electronic structures for organic photovoltaic cells.

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    Zhou, Nanjia; Kim, Myung-Gil; Loser, Stephen; Smith, Jeremy; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Guo, Xugang; Song, Charles; Jin, Hosub; Chen, Zhihua; Yoon, Seok Min; Freeman, Arthur J; Chang, Robert P H; Facchetti, Antonio; Marks, Tobin J

    2015-06-30

    In diverse classes of organic optoelectronic devices, controlling charge injection, extraction, and blocking across organic semiconductor-inorganic electrode interfaces is crucial for enhancing quantum efficiency and output voltage. To this end, the strategy of inserting engineered interfacial layers (IFLs) between electrical contacts and organic semiconductors has significantly advanced organic light-emitting diode and organic thin film transistor performance. For organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices, an electronically flexible IFL design strategy to incrementally tune energy level matching between the inorganic electrode system and the organic photoactive components without varying the surface chemistry would permit OPV cells to adapt to ever-changing generations of photoactive materials. Here we report the implementation of chemically/environmentally robust, low-temperature solution-processed amorphous transparent semiconducting oxide alloys, In-Ga-O and Ga-Zn-Sn-O, as IFLs for inverted OPVs. Continuous variation of the IFL compositions tunes the conduction band minima over a broad range, affording optimized OPV power conversion efficiencies for multiple classes of organic active layer materials and establishing clear correlations between IFL/photoactive layer energetics and device performance.

  15. Selective modulation of charge-carrier transport of a photoanode in a photoelectrochemical cell by a graphitized fullerene interfacial layer

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    Park, S.; Lim, D.C.; Hong, E.M.; Lee, J-Y.; Heo, J.; Lim, J.H.; Lee, C.-L.; Kim, K.; Mul, G.

    2015-01-01

    We show that a graphitic carbon interfacial layer, derived from C70 by annealing at 500 °C, results in a significant increase in the attainable photocurrent of a photoelectrochemical cell that contains a WO3-functionalized fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) photoanode. Time-resolved photoluminescence sp

  16. Electrical and Structural Characteristics of High-k Gate Dielectrics with Epitaxial Si3N4 Interfacial Layer on Si(111)

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    Sim, Hyunjun; Samantaray, Chandan B.; Lee, Taeho; Yeom, Hanwoong; Hwang, Hyunsang

    2004-12-01

    In this study, the electrical and structural characteristics of Gd2O3 gate dielectrics with an epitaxial Si3N4 interfacial layer grown on Si(111) were investigated. Compared with control Gd2O3 gate dielectrics deposited on HF-last treated Si (111), the Gd2O3 gate dielectrics with an epitaxial Si3N4 interfacial layer exhibited excellent electrical characteristics such as low leakage current density and low interface state density. These characteristics are due to a high-quality interfacial layer formation on Si. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were employed to analyze the structures of the gate dielectrics and interfacial layer. High-k gate dielectrics with an epitaxial Si3N4 interfacial layer have considerable potential for future use in sub-0.1 μm metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs).

  17. Electrical and physicochemical properties of atomic-layer-deposited HfO{sub 2} film on Si substrate with interfacial layer grown by nitric acid oxidation

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    Kim, Seung Hyun [Department of Advanced Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 15588 (Korea, Republic of); Seok, Tae Jun; Jin, Hyun Soo [Department of Materials Science & Chemical Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 15588 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Woo-Byoung, E-mail: woo7838@dankook.ac.kr [Department of Energy Engineering, Dankook University, Cheonan 330-714 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Tae Joo, E-mail: tjp@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Advanced Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 15588 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Materials Science & Chemical Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 15588 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-03-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ultrathin SiO{sub 2} interfacial layers grown using nitric acid oxidation and O{sub 3} oxidation were adopted at the interface of HfO{sub 2}/Si. • Higher physical density of interfacial layer grown using nitric acid oxidation resulted in the suppressed Si diffusion from substrate into the film. • The interface properties as well as permittivity of the film were improved by adoption of interfacial layer grown using nitric acid oxidation. - Abstract: The ultrathin SiO{sub 2} interfacial layer (IL) was adopted at the interface between atomic-layer-deposited HfO{sub 2} gate dielectric film and a Si substrate, which was grown using nitric acid oxidation (NAO) and O{sub 3} oxidation (OZO) prior to HfO{sub 2} film deposition. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy result revealed that Si diffusion from the substrate into the film was suppressed for the film with NAO compared to that with OZO, which was attributed to the higher physical density of IL. The electrical measurement using metal–insulator–semiconductor devices showed that the film with NAO exhibited higher effective permittivity and lower densities of fixed charge and slow state at the interface. Furthermore, the leakage current density at an equivalent electrical thickness was lower for the film with NAO than OZO.

  18. Si/Ge double-layered nanotube array as a lithium ion battery anode.

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    Song, Taeseup; Cheng, Huanyu; Choi, Heechae; Lee, Jin-Hyon; Han, Hyungkyu; Lee, Dong Hyun; Yoo, Dong Su; Kwon, Moon-Seok; Choi, Jae-Man; Doo, Seok Gwang; Chang, Hyuk; Xiao, Jianliang; Huang, Yonggang; Park, Won Il; Chung, Yong-Chae; Kim, Hansu; Rogers, John A; Paik, Ungyu

    2012-01-24

    Problems related to tremendous volume changes associated with cycling and the low electron conductivity and ion diffusivity of Si represent major obstacles to its use in high-capacity anodes for lithium ion batteries. We have developed a group IVA based nanotube heterostructure array, consisting of a high-capacity Si inner layer and a highly conductive Ge outer layer, to yield both favorable mechanics and kinetics in battery applications. This type of Si/Ge double-layered nanotube array electrode exhibits improved electrochemical performances over the analogous homogeneous Si system, including stable capacity retention (85% after 50 cycles) and doubled capacity at a 3C rate. These results stem from reduced maximum hoop strain in the nanotubes, supported by theoretical mechanics modeling, and lowered activation energy barrier for Li diffusion. This electrode technology creates opportunities in the development of group IVA nanotube heterostructures for next generation lithium ion batteries.

  19. Effect of electrolyte temperature on the thickness of anodic aluminium oxide (AAO layer

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    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Effect of electrolyte temperature on the thickness of resulting oxide layer has been studied. Unlike previous published studies this article was aimed to monitor the relationship between electrolyte temperature and resulting AAO layer thickness in interaction with other input factors affecting during anodizing process under special process condition, i.e. lower concentration of sulphuric acid, oxalic acid, boric acid and sodium chloride. According to Design of Experiments (DOE 80 individual test runs of experiment were carried out. Using statistical analysis and artificial intelligence for evaluation, the computational model predicting the thickness of oxide layer in the range from 5 / μm to 15 / μm with tolerance ± 0,5 / μm was developed.

  20. Increased Power in Sediment Microbial Fuel Cell: Facilitated Mass Transfer via a Water-Layer Anode Embedded in Sediment.

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    Yoo Seok Lee

    Full Text Available We report a methodology for enhancing the mass transfer at the anode electrode of sediment microbial fuel cells (SMFCs, by employing a fabric baffle to create a separate water-layer for installing the anode electrode in sediment. The maximum power in an SMFC with the anode installed in the separate water-layer (SMFC-wFB was improved by factor of 6.6 compared to an SMFC having the anode embedded in the sediment (SMFC-woFB. The maximum current density in the SMFC-wFB was also 3.9 times higher (220.46 mA/m2 than for the SMFC-woFB. We found that the increased performance in the SMFC-wFB was due to the improved mass transfer rate of organic matter obtained by employing the water-layer during anode installation in the sediment layer. Acetate injection tests revealed that the SMFC-wFB could be applied to natural water bodies in which there is frequent organic contamination, based on the acetate flux from the cathode to the anode.

  1. Nanoporous anodic titanium dioxide layers as potential drug delivery systems: Drug release kinetics and mechanism.

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    Jarosz, Magdalena; Pawlik, Anna; Szuwarzyński, Michał; Jaskuła, Marian; Sulka, Grzegorz D

    2016-07-01

    Nanoporous anodic titanium dioxide (ATO) layers on Ti foil were prepared via a three step anodization process in an electrolyte based on an ethylene glycol solution with fluoride ions. Some of the ATO samples were heat-treated in order to achieve two different crystallographic structures - anatase (400°C) and a mixture of anatase and rutile (600°C). The structural and morphological characterizations of ATO layers were performed using a field emission scanning electron microscope (SEM). The hydrophilicity of ATO layers was determined with contact angle measurements using distilled water. Ibuprofen and gentamicin were loaded effectively inside the ATO nanopores. Afterwards, an in vitro drug release was conducted for 24h under a static and dynamic flow conditions in a phosphate buffer solution at 37°C. The drug concentrations were determined using UV-Vis spectrophotometry. The absorbance of ibuprofen was measured directly at 222nm, whether gentamicin was determined as a complex with silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) at 394nm. Both compounds exhibited long term release profiles, despite the ATO structure. A new release model, based on the desorption of the drug from the ATO top surface followed by the desorption and diffusion of the drug from the nanopores, was derived. The proposed release model was fitted to the experimental drug release profiles, and kinetic parameters were calculated.

  2. Research on the adhesive ability between ITO anode and PET substrate improved by polyimide buffer layer

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    WANG Liduo; LI Yang; CHANG Chun; DUAN Lian; QIU Yong

    2005-01-01

    A layer of polyimide is adopted to improve the adhesive ability between common flexible PET (poly(ethylene terephthalate)), generally used in the FOLEDs (flexible organic light-emitting diodes), and ITO anode. It has been demonstrated by the scrape method that great improvement of the critical load value of flexible conductive substrate and lots of melioration of the substrate's flexibility has been made. Moreover, using such a complex substrate the current density and luminescence of the OLED device are approximately four times as much as those by using common PET substrate.

  3. Giant interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in MgO/CoFe/capping layer structures

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    Peng, Shouzhong; Zhao, Weisheng; Qiao, Junfeng; Su, Li; Zhou, Jiaqi; Yang, Hongxin; Zhang, Qianfan; Zhang, Youguang; Grezes, Cecile; Amiri, Pedram Khalili; Wang, Kang L.

    2017-02-01

    Magnetic tunnel junction based on the CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB structures is of great interest due to its application in the spin-transfer-torque magnetic random access memory (STT-MRAM). Large interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) is required to achieve high thermal stability. Here, we use the first-principles calculations to investigate the magnetic anisotropy energy (MAE) of the MgO/CoFe/capping layer structures, where the capping materials include 5d metals Hf, Ta, Re, Os, Ir, Pt, and Au and 6p metals Tl, Pb, and Bi. We demonstrate that it is feasible to enhance PMA by using proper capping materials. Relatively large PMA is found in the structures with the capping materials of Hf, Ta, Os, Ir, and Pb. More importantly, the MgO/CoFe/Bi structure gives rise to giant PMA (6.09 mJ/m2), which is about three times larger than that of the MgO/CoFe/Ta structure. The origin of the MAE is elucidated by examining the contributions to MAE from each atomic layer and orbital. These findings provide a comprehensive understanding of the PMA and point towards the possibility to achieve the advanced-node STT-MRAM with high thermal stability.

  4. Probing the Interfacial Interaction in Layered-Carbon-Stabilized Iron Oxide Nanostructures: A Soft X-ray Spectroscopic Study.

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    Zhang, Hui; Liu, Jinyin; Zhao, Guanqi; Gao, Yongjun; Tyliszczak, Tolek; Glans, Per-Anders; Guo, Jinghua; Ma, Ding; Sun, Xu-Hui; Zhong, Jun

    2015-04-22

    We have stabilized the iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) of various sizes on layered carbon materials (Fe-oxide/C) that show excellent catalytic performance. From the characterization of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), X-ray emission spectroscopy (XES), scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM) and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy (XMCD), a strong interfacial interaction in the Fe-oxide/C hybrids has been observed between the small iron oxide NPs and layered carbon in contrast to the weak interaction in the large iron oxide NPs. The interfacial interaction between the NPs and layered carbon is found to link with the improved catalytic performance. In addition, the Fe L-edge XMCD spectra show that the large iron oxide NPs are mainly γ-Fe2O3 with a strong ferromagnetic property, whereas the small iron oxide NPs with strong interfacial interaction are mainly α-Fe2O3 or amorphous Fe2O3 with a nonmagnetic property. The results strongly suggest that the interfacial interaction plays a key role for the catalytic performance, and the experimental findings may provide guidance toward rational design of high-performance catalysts.

  5. Co-delivery of ibuprofen and gentamicin from nanoporous anodic titanium dioxide layers.

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    Pawlik, Anna; Jarosz, Magdalena; Syrek, Karolina; Sulka, Grzegorz D

    2017-04-01

    Although single-drug therapy may prove insufficient in treating bacterial infections or inflammation after orthopaedic surgeries, complex therapy (using both an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory drug) is thought to address the problem. Among drug delivery systems (DDSs) with prolonged drug release profiles, nanoporous anodic titanium dioxide (ATO) layers on Ti foil are very promising. In the discussed research, ATO samples were synthesized via a three-step anodization process in an ethylene glycol-based electrolyte with fluoride ions. The third step lasted 2, 5 and 10min in order to obtain different thicknesses of nanoporous layers. Annealing the as-prepared amorphous layers at the temperature of 400°C led to obtaining the anatase phase. In this study, water-insoluble ibuprofen and water-soluble gentamicin were used as model drugs. Three different drug loading procedures were applied. The desorption-desorption-diffusion (DDD) model of the drug release was fitted to the experimental data. The effects of crystalline structure, depth of TiO2 nanopores and loading procedure on the drug release profiles were examined. The duration of the drug release process can be easily altered by changing the drug loading sequence. Water-soluble gentamicin is released for a long period of time if gentamicin is loaded in ATO as the first drug. Additionally, deeper nanopores and anatase phase suppress the initial burst release of drugs. These results confirm that factors such as morphological and crystalline structure of ATO layers, and the procedure of drug loading inside nanopores, allow to alter the drug release performance of nanoporous ATO layers.

  6. Improved Performance of Organic Light-Emitting Diodes with MgF2 as the Anode Buffer Layer

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    XIE Jing; ZHANG De-Qiang; WANG Li-Duo; DUAN Lian; QIAO Juan; QIU Yong

    2006-01-01

    @@ Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) based on N,N'-bis(1-naphthyl)-N,N'-diphenyl-1,1'-biphenyl-4,4'-diamine (NPB) and tris (8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminium (Alq3) are improved by using a thin MgF2 buffer layer sandwiched between the indium tin oxide (ITO) anode and hole transporting layer (HTL) of NPB.

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

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    Lingyun Wang

    2015-04-01

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

  8. Liquid crystal alignment in nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide layer for LCD panel applications.

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    Hong, Chitsung; Tang, Tsung-Ta; Hung, Chi-Yu; Pan, Ru-Pin; Fang, Weileun

    2010-07-16

    This paper reports the implementation and integration of a self-assembled nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (np-AAO) film and liquid crystal (LC) on an ITO-glass substrate for liquid crystal display (LCD) panel applications. An np-AAO layer with a nanopore array acts as the vertical alignment layer to easily and uniformly align the LC molecules. Moreover, the np-AAO nanoalignment layer provides outstanding material properties, such as being inorganic with good transmittance, and colorless on ITO-glass substrates. In this application, an LCD panel, with the LC on the np-AAO nanoalignment layer, is successfully implemented on an ITO-glass substrate, and its performance is demonstrated. The measurements show that the LCD panel, consisting of an ITO-glass substrate and an np-AAO layer, has a transmittance of 60-80%. In addition, the LCD panel switches from a black state to a bright state at 3 V(rms), with a response time of 62.5 ms. In summary, this paper demonstrates the alignment of LC on an np-AAO layer for LCD applications.

  9. Atomic layer deposited tungsten nitride thin films as a new lithium-ion battery anode.

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    Nandi, Dip K; Sen, Uttam K; Sinha, Soumyadeep; Dhara, Arpan; Mitra, Sagar; Sarkar, Shaibal K

    2015-07-14

    This article demonstrates the atomic layer deposition (ALD) of tungsten nitride using tungsten hexacarbonyl [W(CO)6] and ammonia [NH3] and its use as a lithium-ion battery anode. In situ quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), ellipsometry and X-ray reflectivity (XRR) measurements are carried out to confirm the self-limiting behaviour of the deposition. A saturated growth rate of ca. 0.35 Å per ALD cycle is found within a narrow temperature window of 180-195 °C. In situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) vibrational spectroscopy is used to determine the reaction pathways of the surface bound species after each ALD half cycle. The elemental presence and chemical composition is determined by XPS. The as-deposited material is found to be amorphous and crystallized to h-W2N upon annealing at an elevated temperature under an ammonia atmosphere. The as-deposited materials are found to be n-type, conducting with an average carrier concentration of ca. 10(20) at room temperature. Electrochemical studies of the as-deposited films open up the possibility of this material to be used as an anode material in Li-ion batteries. The incorporation of MWCNTs as a scaffold layer further enhances the electrochemical storage capacity of the ALD grown tungsten nitride (WNx). Ex situ XRD analysis confirms the conversion based reaction mechanism of the as-grown material with Li under operation.

  10. Mono-layer BC2 a high capacity anode material for Li-ion batteries

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    Hardikar, Rahul; Samanta, Atanu; Han, Sang Soo; Lee, Kwang-Ryeol; Singh, Abhishek

    2015-04-01

    Mono-layer of graphene with high surface area compared to the bulk graphite phase, shows less Li uptake. The Li activity or kinetics can be modified via defects and/or substitutional doping. Boron and Nitrogen are the best known dopants for carbonaceous anode materials. In particular, boron doped graphene shows higher capacity and better Li adsorption compared to Nitrogen doped graphene. Here, using first principles density functional theory calculations, we study the spectrum of boron carbide (BCx) mono-layer phases in order to estimate the maximum gravimetric capacity that can be achieved by substitutional doping in graphene. Our results show that uniformly boron doped BC2 phase shows a high capacity of? 1400 mAh/g, much higher than previously reported capacity of BC3. Supported by Korea Institute of Science and Technology.

  11. Stability of High Band Gap P3HT : PCBM Organic Solar Cells Using TiOx Interfacial Layer

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    Kurniawan Foe

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We fabricated a poly[3-hexylthiophene] (P3HT and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM organic photovoltaic cells (OPCs using TiOx interfacial layer. We performed optimization processes for P3HT : PC61BM with the TiOx layer. We found that a solution based TiOx layer coated at a spin speed of 3000 rpm improved the photon absorption of the active layer. An optimized TiOx layer was also used as the interfacial layer to investigate the stability of P3HT : PC61BM OPC. After 70 days of storage, we observed that the short-circuit current density (JSC dropped by 16.2%, fill factor (FF dropped by 10.6%, and power conversion efficiency (PCE dropped approximately by 25%, while the open-circuit voltage (VOC remained relatively stable. We found that a solution based TiOx layer synthesized using a sol-gel chemistry method was very effective in protecting the active layer from degradation.

  12. Synthesis of exfoliated PA66 nanocomposites via interfacial polycondensation: effect of layered silicate and silica nanoparticles

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    HOSSIEN GHARABAGHI; MEHDI RAFIZADEH; FARAMARZ AFSHAR TAROMI

    2016-08-01

    Nanocomposites of polyamide 66 (PA66) with layered silicate and silica (SiO2) nanoparticles were prepared via in situ interfacial polycondensation method. Hexamethylenediamine (HDMA) and adipoyl chloride(AdCl) were reacted in a two-phase media. Montmorillonite (NaMMT) and silica nanoparticles were added to reacting media. Preparation of PA66 and its nanocomposites were studied using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.Dispersion of nanoparticles was studied using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that two structures were achieved using two kinds of nanoparticles. Silica nanoparticles were partially exfoliated, while NaMMT nanoparticles were hybrid intercalated–exfoliated in nanocomposite samples. Thermal properties of samples were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry. The results suggest that crystallinity is heterogeneous in the presence of nanoparticles. Kinetic of crystallization was studied by means of Avrami equation, based on the kinetic parameters, spherulites are produced. Results were reported for nanocomposites containing 2 and 4% of nanoparticles. Avrami equation parameter, n, shows that spherulite crystallization occured in the samples. Addition of nanoparticles decreases n first, then n increases with nanoparticle content.

  13. Ultimate Scaling of High-κ Gate Dielectrics: Higher-κ or Interfacial Layer Scavenging?

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    Takashi Ando

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Current status and challenges of aggressive equivalent-oxide-thickness (EOT scaling of high-κ gate dielectrics via higher-κ ( > 20 materials and interfacial layer (IL scavenging techniques are reviewed. La-based higher-κ materials show aggressive EOT scaling (0.5–0.8 nm, but with effective workfunction (EWF values suitable only for n-type field-effect-transistor (FET. Further exploration for p-type FET-compatible higher-κ materials is needed. Meanwhile, IL scavenging is a promising approach to extend Hf-based high-κ dielectrics to future nodes. Remote IL scavenging techniques enable EOT scaling below 0.5 nm. Mobility-EOT trends in the literature suggest that short-channel performance improvement is attainable with aggressive EOT scaling via IL scavenging or La-silicate formation. However, extreme IL scaling (e.g., zero-IL is accompanied by loss of EWF control and with severe penalty in reliability. Therefore, highly precise IL thickness control in an ultra-thin IL regime ( < 0.5 nm will be the key technology to satisfy both performance and reliability requirements for future CMOS devices.

  14. Manipulation of interfacial instabilities by using a soft, deformable solid layer

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    Gaurav; V Shankar

    2015-05-01

    Multilayer flows are oftensusceptible to interfacial instabilities caused due to jump in viscosity/elasticity across thefluid–fluid interface. It is frequently required to manipulate and control these interfacial instabilities in various applications such as coating processes or polymer coextrusion. We demonstrate here the possibility of using a deformable solid coating to control such interfacial instabilities for various flow configurations and for different fluid rheological behaviors. In particular, we show complete suppression of interfacial flow instabilities by making the walls sufficiently deformable when the configuration was otherwise unstable for the case of flow past a rigid surface. While these interfacial instabilities could be suppressed in certain parameter regimes, it is also possible to enhance the flow instabilities by tuning the shear modulus of the deformable solid coating for other ranges of parameters.

  15. Porous anodic alumina on galvanically grown PtSi layer for application in template-assisted Si nanowire growth

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    Stavrinidou Eleni

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We report on the fabrication and morphology/structural characterization of a porous anodic alumina (PAA/PtSi nano-template for use as matrix in template-assisted Si nanowire growth on a Si substrate. The PtSi layer was formed by electroless deposition from an aqueous solution containing the metal salt and HF, while the PAA membrane by anodizing an Al film deposited on the PtSi layer. The morphology and structure of the PtSi layer and of the alumina membrane on top were studied by Scanning and High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopies (SEM, HRTEM. Cross sectional HRTEM images combined with electron diffraction (ED were used to characterize the different interfaces between Si, PtSi and porous anodic alumina.

  16. Two-Dimensional SnO Anodes with a Tunable Number of Atomic Layers for Sodium Ion Batteries

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    Zhang, Fan

    2017-01-18

    We have systematically changed the number of atomic layers stacked in 2D SnO nanosheet anodes and studied their sodium ion battery (SIB) performance. The results indicate that as the number of atomic SnO layers in a sheet decreases, both the capacity and cycling stability of the Na ion battery improve. The thinnest SnO nanosheet anodes (two to six SnO monolayers) exhibited the best performance. Specifically, an initial discharge and charge capacity of 1072 and 848 mAh g-1 were observed, respectively, at 0.1 A g-1. In addition, an impressive reversible capacity of 665 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles at 0.1 A g-1 and 452 mAh g-1 after 1000 cycles at a high current density of 1.0 A g-1 was observed, with excellent rate performance. As the average number of atomic layers in the anode sheets increased, the battery performance degraded significantly. For example, for the anode sheets with 10-20 atomic layers, only a reversible capacity of 389 mAh g-1 could be obtained after 100 cycles at 0.1 A g-1. Density functional theory calculations coupled with experimental results were used to elucidate the sodiation mechanism of the SnO nanosheets. This systematic study of monolayer-dependent physical and electrochemical properties of 2D anodes shows a promising pathway to engineering and mitigating volume changes in 2D anode materials for sodium ion batteries. It also demonstrates that ultrathin SnO nanosheets are promising SIB anode materials with high specific capacity, stable cyclability, and excellent rate performance.

  17. Interfacial layers evolution during annealing in Ti-Al multi-laminated composite processed using hot press and roll bonding

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    Assari, A. H.; Eghbali, B.

    2016-09-01

    Ti-Al multi-laminated composites have great potential in high strength and low weight structures. In the present study, tri-layer Ti-Al composite was synthesized by hot press bonding under 40 MPa at 570 °C for 1 h and subsequent hot roll bonding at about 450 °C. This process was conducted in two accumulative passes to 30% and to 67% thickness reduction in initial and final passes, respectively. Then, the final annealing treatments were done at 550, 600, 650, 700 and 750 °C for 2, 4 and 6 h. Investigations on microstructural evolution and thickening of interfacial layers were performed by scanning electron microscopes, energy dispersive spectrometer, X-ray diffraction and micro-hardness tests. The results showed that the thickening of diffusion layers corresponds to amount of deformation. In addition to thickening of the diffusion layers, the thickness of aluminum layers decreased and after annealing treatment at 750 °C for 6 h the aluminum layers were consumed entirely, which occurred because of the enhanced interdiffusion of Ti and Al elements. Scanning electron microscope equipped with energy dispersive spectrometer showed that the sequence of interfacial layers as Ti3Al-TiAl-TiAl2-TiAl3 which are believed to be the result of thermodynamic and kinetic of phase formation. Micro-hardness results presented the variation profile in accordance with the sequence of intermetallic phases and their different structures.

  18. Selective modulation of charge-carrier transport of a photoanode in a photoelectrochemical cell by a graphitized fullerene interfacial layer.

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    Park, Sun-Young; Lim, Dong Chan; Hong, Eun Mi; Lee, Joo-Yeoul; Heo, Jinhee; Lim, Jae Hong; Lee, Chang-Lyoul; Kim, Young Dok; Mul, Guido

    2015-01-01

    We show that a graphitic carbon interfacial layer, derived from C70 by annealing at 500 °C, results in a significant increase in the attainable photocurrent of a photoelectrochemical cell that contains a WO3 -functionalized fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) photoanode. Time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy, photoconductive atomic force microscopy, Hall measurements, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy show that the increase in photocurrent is the result of fast and selective electron transport from optically excited WO3 through the graphitic carbon interfacial layer to the FTO-coated glass electrode. Thus the energy efficiency of perspective solar-to-fuel devices can be improved by modification of the interface of semiconductors and conducting substrate electrodes by using graphitized fullerene derivatives.

  19. Studying interfacial reactions of cholesterol sulfate in an unsaturated phosphatidylglycerol layer with ozone using field induced droplet ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Ko, Jae Yoon; Choi, Sun Mi; Rhee, Young Min; Beauchamp, J L; Kim, Hugh I

    2012-01-01

    Field-induced droplet ionization (FIDI) is a recently developed ionization technique that can transfer ions from the surface of microliter droplets to the gas phase intact. The air-liquid interfacial reactions of cholesterol sulfate (CholSO(4)) in a 1-palmitoyl-2-oleoyl-sn-phosphatidylglycerol (POPG) surfactant layer with ozone (O(3)) are investigated using field-induced droplet ionization mass spectrometry (FIDI-MS). Time-resolved studies of interfacial ozonolysis of CholSO(4) reveal that water plays an important role in forming oxygenated products. An epoxide derivative is observed as a major product of CholSO(4) oxidation in the FIDI-MS spectrum after exposure of the droplet to O(3) for 5 s. The abundance of the epoxide product then decreases with continued O(3) exposure as the finite number of water molecules at the air-liquid interface becomes exhausted. Competitive oxidation of CholSO(4) and POPG is observed when they are present together in a lipid surfactant layer at the air-liquid interface. Competitive reactions of CholSO(4) and POPG with O(3) suggest that CholSO(4) is present with POPG as a well-mixed interfacial layer. Compared with CholSO(4) and POPG alone, the overall ozonolysis rates of both CholSO(4) and POPG are reduced in a mixed layer, suggesting the double bonds of both molecules are shielded by additional hydrocarbons from one another. Molecular dynamics simulations of a monolayer comprising POPG and CholSO(4) correlate well with experimental observations and provide a detailed picture of the interactions between CholSO(4), lipids, and water molecules in the interfacial region.

  20. MgO-decorated few-layered graphene as an anode for li-ion batteries.

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    Petnikota, Shaikshavali; Rotte, Naresh K; Reddy, M V; Srikanth, Vadali V S S; Chowdari, B V R

    2015-02-01

    Combustion of magnesium in dry ice and a simple subsequent acid treatment step resulted in a MgO-decorated few-layered graphene (FLG) composite that has a specific surface area of 393 m(2)/g and an average pore volume of 0.9 cm(3)/g. As an anode material in Li-ion batteries, the composite exhibited high reversible capacity and excellent cyclic performance in spite of high first-cycle irreversible capacity loss. A reversible capacity as high as 1052 mAh/g was measured during the first cycle. Even at the end of the 60th cycle, more than 83% of the capacity could be retained. Cyclic voltammetry results indicated pseudocapacitance behavior due to electrochemical absorption and desorption of lithium ions onto graphene. An increase in the capacity has been observed during long-term cycling owing to electrochemical exfoliation of graphene sheets. Owing to its good thermal stability and superior cyclic performance with high reversible capacities, MgO-decked FLG can be an excellent alternative to graphite as an anode material in Li-ion batteries, after suitable modifications.

  1. Interfacial Layer Growth Condition Dependent Electrical Conduction in HfO2/SiO2 Heterostructured Thin Films

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    Sahoo, S. K.; Misra, D.

    2012-01-01

    The electrical conduction mechanism contributing to the leakage current at different field regions has been studied in this work. The current-voltage (I-V) measurement of TiN/HfO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/P-Si nMOS capacitor has been taken for two different interfacial layer (SiO{sub 2}) growth conditions such as in situ steam grown (ISSG) and chemical processes. It is observed that Poole-Frenkel mechanism is the dominant conduction mechanism in high field region whereas Ohmic conduction is dominant in the low field region. Also it is seen that the gate leakage current is reduced for the devices having chemically grown interfacial layer compared to that of ISSG devices. Both trap energy level ({phi}{sub t}) and activation energy (E{sub a}) increase in the chemically grown interfacial layer devices for the Poole-Frenkel and Ohmic conduction mechanisms respectively in comparison to ISSG devices. Trap energy level ({phi}{sub t}) of {approx} 0.2 eV, obtained from Poole-Frenkel mechanism indicates that the doubly ionized oxygen vacancies (V{sup 2-}) are the active defects and are contributing to the leakage current in these devices.

  2. High interfacial storage capability of porous NiMn2O4/C hierarchical tremella-like nanostructures as the lithium ion battery anode.

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    Kang, Wenpei; Tang, Yongbing; Li, Wenyue; Yang, Xia; Xue, Hongtao; Yang, Qingdan; Lee, Chun-Sing

    2015-01-07

    Porous hierarchical NiMn2O4/C tremella-like nanostructures are obtained through a simple solvothermal and calcination method. As the anode of lithium ion batteries (LIBs), porous NiMn2O4/C nanostructures exhibit a superior specific capacity and an excellent long-term cycling performance even at a high current density. The discharge capacity can stabilize at 2130 mA h g(-1) within 350 cycles at a current density of 1000 mA g(-1). After a long-term cycling of 1500 cycles, the capacity is still as high as 1773 mA h g(-1) at a high current density of 4000 mA g(-1), which is almost five times higher than the theoretical capacity of graphite. The porous NiMn2O4/C hierarchical nanostructure provides sufficient contact with the electrolyte and fast three-dimensional Li(+) diffusion channels, and dramatically improves the capacity of NiMn2O4/C via interfacial storage.

  3. Evolution of the interfacial layer during the atomic layer deposition of HfO{sub 2} on Si/SiO{sub 2} substrates

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    Karavaev, Konstantin; Tallarida, Massimo; Schmeisser, Dieter [Brandenburgische Technische Universitaet, LS Angewandte Physik-Sensorik, Konrad-Wachsmann-Allee, 17, 03046, Cottbus (Germany)

    2009-07-01

    We studied the formation of the interfacial layer in the Si/SiO{sub 2}/HfO{sub 2} system using the in-situ Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) reactor developed in our group. We measured the X-ray photoelectron and X-ray absorption spectra with synchrotron radiation at the beamline U49-2/PGM2-BESSY II. The ALD growth was obtained using different Hf-precursors (HfCl{sub 4},TEMAHf and TDMAHf) on various prepared substrates at different temperatures. The investigation was carried out in-situ giving the possibility to determine the properties of the grown film after every ALD cycle without breaking the vacuum. We observed the evolution of the Si/SiO{sub 2}/HfO{sub 2} system during the formation of first three Hf-oxide layers, detecting the interfacial growth of SiO{sub 2} during the initial ALD cycles from the XPS spectra of Si2p. We discuss how the interfacial layer growth depends on the various ALD parameters.

  4. Enhancing the platinum atomic layer deposition infiltration depth inside anodic alumina nanoporous membrane

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    Vaish, Amit, E-mail: anv@udel.edu; Krueger, Susan; Dimitriou, Michael; Majkrzak, Charles [National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Neutron Research, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8313 (United States); Vanderah, David J. [Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research, NIST, Rockville, Maryland 20850 (United States); Chen, Lei, E-mail: lei.chen@nist.gov [NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899-8313 (United States); Gawrisch, Klaus [Laboratory of Membrane Biochemistry and Biophysics, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892 (United States)

    2015-01-15

    Nanoporous platinum membranes can be straightforwardly fabricated by forming a Pt coating inside the nanopores of anodic alumina membranes (AAO) using atomic layer deposition (ALD). However, the high-aspect-ratio of AAO makes Pt ALD very challenging. By tuning the process deposition temperature and precursor exposure time, enhanced infiltration depth along with conformal coating was achieved for Pt ALD inside the AAO templates. Cross-sectional scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and small angle neutron scattering were employed to analyze the Pt coverage and thickness inside the AAO nanopores. Additionally, one application of platinum-coated membrane was demonstrated by creating a high-density protein-functionalized interface.

  5. Simple solution-processed CuO{sub X} as anode buffer layer for efficient organic solar cells

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    Shen, Wenfei [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 189 Songling Road, Qingdao 266101 (China); Institute of Hybrid Materials, The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University, 308 Ningxia Road, Qingdao 266071 (China); Yang, Chunpeng [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 189 Songling Road, Qingdao 266101 (China); Bao, Xichang, E-mail: baoxc@qibebt.ac.cn [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 189 Songling Road, Qingdao 266101 (China); Sun, Liang; Wang, Ning [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 189 Songling Road, Qingdao 266101 (China); Tang, Jianguo [Institute of Hybrid Materials, The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University, 308 Ningxia Road, Qingdao 266071 (China); Chen, Weichao [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 189 Songling Road, Qingdao 266101 (China); Yang, Renqiang, E-mail: yangrq@qibebt.ac.cn [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 189 Songling Road, Qingdao 266101 (China)

    2015-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Simple solution-processed CuO{sub X} hole transport layer for efficient organic solar cell. • Good photovoltaic performances as hole transport layer in OSCs with P3HT and PBDTTT-C as donor materials. • The device with CuO{sub X} as hole transport layer shows great improved stability compared with that of device with PEDOT:PSS as hole transport layer. - Abstract: A simple, solution-processed ultrathin CuO{sub X} anode buffer layer was fabricated for high performance organic solar cells (OSCs). XPS measurement demonstrated that the CuO{sub X} was the composite of CuO and Cu{sub 2}O. The CuO{sub X} modified ITO glass exhibit a better surface contact with the active layer. The photovoltaic performance of the devices with CuO{sub X} layer was optimized by varying the thickness of CuO{sub X} films through changing solution concentration. With P3HT:PC{sub 61}BM as the active layer, we demonstrated an enhanced PCE of 4.14% with CuO{sub X} anode buffer layer, compared with that of PEDOT:PSS layer. The CuO{sub X} layer also exhibits efficient photovoltaic performance in devices with PBDTTT-C:PC{sub 71}BM as the active layer. The long-term stability of CuO{sub X} device is better than that of PEDOT:PSS device. The results indicate that the easy solution-processed CuO{sub X} film can act as an efficient anode buffer layer for high-efficiency OSCs.

  6. Influence of the anodic etching current density on the morphology of the porous SiC layer

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    Anh Tuan Cao

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In this report, we fabricated a porous layer in amorphous SiC thin films by using constant-current anodic etching in an electrolyte of aqueous diluted hydrofluoric acid. The morphology of the porous amorphous SiC layer changed as the anodic current density changed: At low current density, the porous layer had a low pore density and consisted of small pores that branched downward. At moderate current density, the pore size and depth increased, and the pores grew perpendicular to the surface, creating a columnar pore structure. At high current density, the porous structure remained perpendicular, the pore size increased, and the pore depth decreased. We explained the changes in pore size and depth at high current density by the growth of a silicon oxide layer during etching at the tips of the pores.

  7. Formation of Diffusion Layers by Anode Plasma Electrolytic Nitrocarburizing of Low-Carbon Steel

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    Kusmanov, S. A.; Kusmanova, Yu. V.; Naumov, A. R.; Belkin, P. N.

    2015-08-01

    The structure of the low-carbon steel after plasma electrolytic nitrocarburizing in the electrolyte containing acetonitrile was investigated. The cross-sectional microstructure, composition, and phase constituents of a modified layer under different processing conditions were characterized. It is shown that the electrolyte that contained ammonium chloride and acetonitrile provides the saturation of steel with nitrogen and carbon and the formation of the Fe4N and FeN0.05 nitrides, Fe4C carbide and other phases. The nitrogen diffusion decreases the austenitization temperature and results in the formation of martensite after the sample cooling in the electrolyte. The formation of a carbon and nitrogen source in a vapor-gas envelope (VGE) is investigated. The proposed mechanism includes evaporation of acetonitrile in the VGE, its adsorption on an anode with the following thermal decomposition, and also the acetonitrile reduction to amine with subsequent hydrolysis to ethanol that is determined with the use of chromatographic method. The aqueous solution that contained 10 wt.% NH4Cl and 10 wt.% CH3CN allows one to obtain the nitrocarburized layer with the thickness of 0.22 mm and microhardness up to 740 HV during 10 min at 850 °C. This treatment regime leads to the decrease in the surface roughness of steel R a from 1.01 μm to 0.17 μm.

  8. Nano Ru Impregnated Ni-YSZ Anode as Carbon Resistance Layer for Direct Ethanol Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    SUN; Liangliang; ZHENG; Tao; HU; Zhimin; LUO; Linghong; WU; Yefan; XU; Xu; CHENG; Liang; SHI; Jijun

    2015-01-01

    Carbon formation on conventional Ni and Y2O3 stabilized zirconia(Ni/YSZ) anodes is a major problem for direct ethanol solid oxide fuel cells(DE-SOFC). A nanostructure Ru layer was grown in Ni/YSZ anodes through wet impregnation method with RuC l3 solvent at pH =4. Anode-supported Ni-YSZ/YSZ/(La0.8Sr0.2)0.98 MnO 3±δ(LSM) and Ru-Ni-YSZ/YSZ/LSM fuel cells were compared in terms of the performance and carbon formation with ethanol fuel. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy disperse spectroscopy and electrochemical workstation were used to study the morphology and fuel cell performance. The results indicate that a nano structured and pearl like Ru layer was well dispersed on the surface of Ni-YSZ materials. The single cell with Ru-impregnated Ni/YSZ showed a maximum power density of 369 m W/cm at 750°C, which was higher than Ni-YSZ/YSZ/LSM. Specifically, no carbon was formed in the anode after 1000 min operation. Fuel cell performance and carbon resistance were enhanced with the addition of the Ru layer.

  9. Nano Ru Impregnated Ni-YSZ Anode as Carbon Resistance Layer for Direct Ethanol Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    SUN Liangliang; ZHENG Tao; HU Zhimin; LUO Linghong; WU Yefan; XU Xu; CHENG Liang; SHI Jijun

    2015-01-01

    Carbon formation on conventional Ni and Y2O3stabilized zirconia (Ni/YSZ) anodes is a major problem for direct ethanol solid oxide fuel cells (DE-SOFC). A nanostructure Ru layer was grown in Ni/YSZ anodes through wet impregnation method with RuCl3solvent at pH=4. Anode-supported Ni-YSZ/YSZ/(La0.8Sr0.2)0.98MnO3±δ(LSM) and Ru-Ni-YSZ/YSZ/LSM fuel cells were compared in terms of the performance and carbon formation with ethanol fuel. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy,energy disperse spectroscopy and electrochemical workstation were used to study the morphology and fuel cell performance. The results indicate that a nano structured and pearl like Ru layer was well dispersed on the surface of Ni-YSZ materials. The single cell with Ru-impregnated Ni/YSZ showed a maximum power density of 369 mW/cmat 750°C, which was higher than Ni-YSZ/YSZ/LSM. Specifically, no carbon was formed in the anode after 1000 min operation. Fuel cell performance and carbon resistance were enhanced with the addition of the Ru layer.

  10. Improved Gate Dielectric Deposition and Enhanced Electrical Stability for Single-Layer MoS2 MOSFET with an AlN Interfacial Layer.

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    Qian, Qingkai; Li, Baikui; Hua, Mengyuan; Zhang, Zhaofu; Lan, Feifei; Xu, Yongkuan; Yan, Ruyue; Chen, Kevin J

    2016-01-01

    Transistors based on MoS2 and other TMDs have been widely studied. The dangling-bond free surface of MoS2 has made the deposition of high-quality high-k dielectrics on MoS2 a challenge. The resulted transistors often suffer from the threshold voltage instability induced by the high density traps near MoS2/dielectric interface or inside the gate dielectric, which is detrimental for the practical applications of MoS2 metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET). In this work, by using AlN deposited by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) as an interfacial layer, top-gate dielectrics as thin as 6 nm for single-layer MoS2 transistors are demonstrated. The AlN interfacial layer not only promotes the conformal deposition of high-quality Al2O3 on the dangling-bond free MoS2, but also greatly enhances the electrical stability of the MoS2 transistors. Very small hysteresis (ΔVth) is observed even at large gate biases and high temperatures. The transistor also exhibits a low level of flicker noise, which clearly originates from the Hooge mobility fluctuation instead of the carrier number fluctuation. The observed superior electrical stability of MoS2 transistor is attributed to the low border trap density of the AlN interfacial layer, as well as the small gate leakage and high dielectric strength of AlN/Al2O3 dielectric stack.

  11. Anodic Layer of Pb-Ca-Sn-Ce Alloy for Maintenance-Free Lead/Acid Batteries

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    Li Dangguo; Zhou Genshu; Lin Guanfa; Zheng Maosheng

    2005-01-01

    The anodic films of novel Pb-Ca-Sn-Ce alloy, traditional Pb-Ca-Sn and Pb-Sb alloys formed in sulfuric solution at anodic +0.9 V potential corrosion for 6 h were investigated by means of XPS, XRD methods and AC impedance measurement. The results show that the growth of Pb(Ⅱ) oxide on the new Pb-Ca-Sn-Ce alloy surface is inhibited. The AC impedance measurement shows that resistance of the corrosion layer of novel Pb-Ca-Sn-Ce alloy decreases. It is found that the novel Pb-Ca-Sn-Ce alloy can encourage the development of PbO2 in the scale, and enhance the conductivity of the anodic scale. Hence the deep recycling properties of the battery can be expected better.

  12. Improvement of output performance of solid oxide fuel cell by optimizing Ni/samaria-doped ceria anode functional layer

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    Ai, Na; Lue, Zhe; Chen, Kongfa; Huang, Xiqiang [Center for Condensed Matter Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Tang, Jinke [Department of Physics, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148 (United States); Su, Wenhui [Center for Condensed Matter Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); International Center for Material Physics, Academia, Shenyang 110015 (China)

    2008-10-15

    Anode functional layers (AFLs) were fabricated using slurry spin coating method on anode substrates to improve the performance of cells based on samaria-doped ceria (SDC) films. The effects of the chemical compositions of AFL and AFL thickness on the performance of solid oxide fuel cell anodes were investigated by studying their effect on the ohmic loss, electrode overpotential, and output performance of cells in different atmospheres. With humidified hydrogen used as fuel and oxygen as oxidant, the cell with an 8-{mu}m-thick AFL (NiO:SDC = 6:4) exhibited excellent maximum power densities of 3.41, 2.89, 1.46 and 0.80 W cm{sup -2} at 650, 600, 550 and 500 C, respectively. (author)

  13. Effects of the buffer layer inserted between the transparent conductive oxide anode and the organic electron donor

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    Godoy, A.; Kouskoussa, B.; Benchouk, K.; Khelil, A. [Facultad Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Diego Portales, Ejercito 141, Santiago de Chile (Chile); Cattin, L.; Soto, G.M. [Universite de Nantes, Nantes Atlantique Universites, Institut des Materiaux Jean Rouxel (IMN)-CNRS, Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, 2 rue de la Houssiniere, BP 92208, Nantes F-44000 (France); Toumi, L. [LPCM2E, Universite d' Oran Es-Senia, LPCM2E (Algeria); Diaz, F.R.; del Valle, M.A. [Laboratorio de Polimeros, Facultad de Quimica, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Casilla 306, Correo 22, Santiago (Chile); Morsli, M.; Bernede, J.C. [Universite de Nantes, Nantes Atlantique Universites, LAMP, Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, 2 rue de la Houssiniere, BP 92208, Nantes F-44000 (France)

    2010-04-15

    In optoelectronic devices, the work function of the transparent conductive oxide, which is used as anode, does not match well the highest occupied molecular orbital of the organic material, which induces the formation of a barrier opposed to hole exchange at this interface. Therefore a thin buffer layer is often used to achieve good matching of the band structure at the interface. From experimental results it can be deduced that the main effects of the buffer layer consist in a better matching of the band structure at the interface anode/organic material and in a more homogeneous organic layer growth. We show that, whatever the nature of the buffer layer-metal, oxide, organic material - the classical Schottky-Mott model allows to anticipate, at least roughly, the behaviour of the contact, even if some dipole effect are often present. A good correlation between the ''metal/buffer layer'' work function and the barrier {phi}{sub b} for hole exchange at anode/organic electron donor interfaces is obtained, as expected by the model. (author)

  14. Crystalline Molybdenum Oxide Thin-Films for Application as Interfacial Layers in Optoelectronic Devices

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    Fernandes Cauduro, André Luis; dos Reis, Roberto; Chen, Gong

    2017-01-01

    The ability to control the interfacial properties in metal-oxide thin films through surface defect engineering is vital to fine-tune their optoelectronic properties and thus their integration in novel optoelectronic devices. This is exemplified in photovoltaic devices based on organic, inorganic...

  15. Second-order solutions for random interfacial waves in N-layer density stratified fluid with steady uniform currents

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    Chen Xiao-Gang; Guo Zhi-Ping; Song Jin-Bao

    2008-01-01

    In the present paper,the random interfacial waves in N-layer density-stratified fluids moving at different steady uniform speeds are researched by using an expansion technique,and the second-order asymptotic solutions of the random displacements of the density interfaces and the associated velocity potentials in N-layer fluid are presented based on the small amplitude wave theory.The obtained results indicate that the wave-wave second-order nonlinear interactions of the wave components and the second-order nonlinear interactions between the waves and currents are described.As expected,the solutions include those derived by Chen(2006)as a special case where the steady uniform currents of the N-layer fluids are taken as zero,and the solutions also reduce to those obtained by Song(2005)for second-order solutions for random interracial waves with steady uniform currents if N=2.

  16. Morphological modelling of three-phase microstructures of anode layers using SEM images.

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    Abdallah, Bassam; Willot, François; Jeulin, Dominique

    2016-07-01

    A general method is proposed to model 3D microstructures representative of three-phases anode layers used in fuel cells. The models are based on SEM images of cells with varying morphologies. The materials are first characterized using three morphological measurements: (cross-)covariances, granulometry and linear erosion. They are measured on segmented SEM images, for each of the three phases. Second, a generic model for three-phases materials is proposed. The model is based on two independent underlying random sets which are otherwise arbitrary. The validity of this model is verified using the cross-covariance functions of the various phases. In a third step, several types of Boolean random sets and plurigaussian models are considered for the unknown underlying random sets. Overall, good agreement is found between the SEM images and three-phases models based on plurigaussian random sets, for all morphological measurements considered in the present work: covariances, granulometry and linear erosion. The spatial distribution and shapes of the phases produced by the plurigaussian model are visually very close to the real material. Furthermore, the proposed models require no numerical optimization and are straightforward to generate using the covariance functions measured on the SEM images.

  17. Macroporous p-GaP Photocathodes Prepared by Anodic Etching and Atomic Layer Deposition Doping.

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    Lee, Sudarat; Bielinski, Ashley R; Fahrenkrug, Eli; Dasgupta, Neil P; Maldonado, Stephen

    2016-06-29

    P-type macroporous gallium phosphide (GaP) photoelectrodes have been prepared by anodic etching of an undoped, intrinsically n-type GaP(100) wafer and followed by drive-in doping with Zn from conformal ZnO films prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD). Specifically, 30 nm ALD ZnO films were coated on GaP macroporous films and then annealed at T = 650 °C for various times to diffuse Zn in GaP. Under 100 mW cm(-2) white light illumination, the resulting Zn-doped macroporous GaP consistently exhibit strong cathodic photocurrent when measured in aqueous electrolyte containing methyl viologen. Wavelength-dependent photoresponse measurements of the Zn-doped macroporous GaP revealed enhanced collection efficiency at wavelengths longer than 460 nm, indicating that the ALD doping step rendered the entire material p-type and imparted the ability to sustain a strong internal electric field that preferentially drove photogenerated electrons to the GaP/electrolyte interface. Collectively, this work presents a doping strategy with a potentially high degree of controllability for high-aspect ratio III-V materials, where the ZnO ALD film is a practical dopant source for Zn.

  18. Effects of interfacial transition layers on the electrical properties of individual Fe 30 Co 61 Cu 9 /Cu multilayer nanowires

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    Ma, Hongbin

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we accurately measure the electrical properties of individual Fe30Co61Cu9/Cu multilayered nanowires using nanomanipulators in in situ scanning electron microscopy to reveal that interfacial transition layers are influential in determining their transport behaviors. We investigate the morphology, crystal structure and chemistry of the Fe30Co61Cu9/Cu multilayered nanowires to characterize them at the nanoscale. We also compare the transport properties of these multilayered nanowires to those of individual pure Cu nanowires and to those of alloy Fe30Co61Cu9 nanowires. The multilayered nanowires with a 50 nm diameter had a remarkable resistivity of approximately 5.41 × 10-7 Ω m and a failure current density of 1.54 × 1011 A m-2. Detailed analysis of the electrical data reveals that interfacial transition layers influence the electrical properties of multilayered nanowires and are likely to have a strong impact on the life of nanodevices. This work contributes to a basic understanding of the electrical parameters of individual magnetic multilayered nanowires for their application as functional building blocks and interconnecting leads in nanodevices and nanoelectronics, and also provides a clear physical picture of a single multilayered nanowire which explains its electrical resistance and its source of giant magnetoresistance. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2016.

  19. Electrical characterization of thulium silicate interfacial layers for integration in high-k/metal gate CMOS technology

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    Dentoni Litta, Eugenio; Hellström, Per-Erik; Henkel, Christoph; Östling, Mikael

    2014-08-01

    This work presents a characterization of the electrical properties of thulium silicate thin films, within the scope of a possible application as IL (interfacial layer) in scaled high-k/metal gate CMOS technology. Silicate formation is investigated over a wide temperature range (500-900 °C) through integration in MOS capacitor structures and analysis of the resulting electrical properties. The results are compared to those obtained from equivalent devices integrating lanthanum silicate interfacial layers. The thulium silicate IL is formed through a gate-last CMOS-compatible process flow, providing IL EOT of 0.1-0.3 nm at low formation temperature and interface state density at flatband condition below 2 × 1011 cm-2 eV-1. The effects of a possible integration in a gate-first process flow with a maximum thermal budget of 1000 °C are also evaluated, achieving an IL EOT of 0.2-0.5 nm, an interface state density at flatband condition ∼1 × 1011 cm-2 eV-1 and a reduction in gate leakage current density of one order of magnitude compared to the same stack without IL.

  20. Interfacial Fast Release Layer in Monodisperse Poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) Microspheres Accelerates the Drug Release.

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    Wu, Jun; Zhao, Xiaoli; Yeung, Kelvin W K; To, Michael K T

    2016-01-01

    Understanding microstructural evolutions of drug delivery devices during drug release process is essential for revealing the drug release mechanisms and controlling the drug release profiles. In this study, monodisperse poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres in different diameters were fabricated by microfluidics in order to find out the relationships between the microstructural evolutions and the drug release profiles. It was found that poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres underwent significant size expansion which took place from the periphery to the center, resulting in the formation of interfacial fast release layers. At the same time, inner pores were created and the diffusion rate was increased so that the early stage drug release was accelerated. Due to the different expansion rates, small poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres tendered to follow homogeneous drug release while large poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres tendered to follow heterogeneous drug release. This study suggests that the size expansion and the occurrence of interfacial fast release layer were important mechanisms for early stage drug release of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) microspheres.

  1. Modification of SnO2 Anodes by Atomic Layer Deposition for High Performance Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Yesibolati, Nulati

    2013-05-01

    Tin dioxide (SnO2) is considered one of the most promising anode materials for Lithium ion batteries (LIBs), due to its large theoretical capacity and natural abundance. However, its low electronic/ionic conductivities, large volume change during lithiation/delithiation and agglomeration prevent it from further commercial applications. In this thesis, we investigate modified SnO2 as a high energy density anode material for LIBs. Specifically two approaches are presented to improve battery performances. Firstly, SnO2 electrochemical performances were improved by surface modification using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). Ultrathin Al2O3 or HfO2 were coated on SnO2 electrodes. It was found that electrochemical performances had been enhanced after ALD deposition. In a second approach, we implemented a layer-by-layer (LBL) assembled graphene/carbon-coated hollow SnO2 spheres as anode material for LIBs. Our results indicated that the LBL assembled electrodes had high reversible lithium storage capacities even at high current densities. These superior electrochemical performances are attributed to the enhanced electronic conductivity and effective lithium diffusion, because of the interconnected graphene/carbon networks among nanoparticles of the hollow SnO2 spheres.

  2. Interfacial mixing in as-deposited Si/Ni/Si layers analyzed by x-ray and polarized neutron reflectometry

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    Bhattacharya, Debarati, E-mail: debarati@barc.gov.in [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Basu, Saibal; Singh, Surendra [Solid State Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Roy, Sumalay; Dev, Bhupendra Nath [Department of Materials Science, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, 2A and 2B Raja S.C. Mullick Road, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700032 (India)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Room temperature diffusion in Si/Ni/Si trilayer detected through complementary x-ray and polarized neutron reflectometry. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Analyses of XPNR data generated the construction of the layered structure in terms of physical parameters along with alloy layers created by diffusion. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Scattering length density information from XPNR provided quantitative assessment of the stoichiometry of alloys formed at the Si/Ni and Ni/Si interfaces. - Abstract: Interdiffusion occurring across the interfaces in a Si/Ni/Si layered system during deposition at room temperature was probed using x-ray reflectivity (XRR) and polarized neutron reflectivity (PNR). Exploiting the complementarity of these techniques, both structural and magnetic characterization with nanometer depth resolution could be achieved. Suitable model fitting of the reflectivity profiles identified the formation of Ni-Si mixed alloy layers at the Si/Ni and Ni/Si interfaces. The physical parameters of the layered structure, including quantitative assessment of the stoichiometry of interfacial alloys, were obtained from the analyses of XRR and PNR patterns. In addition, PNR provided magnetic moment density profile as a function of depth in the stratified medium.

  3. Understanding and Shaping the Morphology of the Barrier Layer of Supported Porous Anodized Alumina on Gold Underlayers.

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    Berger, Nele; Es-Souni, Mohammed

    2016-07-12

    Large-area ordered nanorod (NR) arrays of various functional materials can be easily and cost-effectively processed using on-substrate anodized porous aluminum oxide (PAO) films as templates. However, reproducibility in the processing of PAO films is still an issue because they are prone to delamination, and control of fabrication parameters such as electrolyte type and concentration and anodizing time is critical for making robust templates and subsequently mechanically reliable NR arrays. In the present work, we systematically investigate the effects of the fabrication parameters on pore base morphology, devise a method to avoid delamination, and control void formation under the barrier layer of PAO films on gold underlayers. Via systematic control of the anodization parameters, particularly the anodization current density and time, we follow the different stages of void development and discuss their formation mechanisms. The practical aspect of this work demonstrates how void size can be controlled and how void formation can be utilized to control the shape of NR bases for improving the mechanical stability of the NRs.

  4. Tuning indium tin oxide work function with solution-processed alkali carbonate interfacial layers for high-efficiency inverted organic photovoltaic cells.

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    Chen, Fei; Chen, Qi; Mao, Lin; Wang, Yixin; Huang, Xun; Lu, Wei; Wang, Bing; Chen, Liwei

    2013-12-01

    Selective electron collection by an interfacial layer modified indium tin oxide cathode is critically important for achieving high-efficiency inverted structure organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. Here, we demonstrate that solution-processed alkali carbonates, such as Li2CO3, Na2CO3, K2CO3, Rb2CO3, Cs2CO3, are good interfacial layer materials. Both carbonate concentration and annealing conditions can affect cathode work function and surface roughness. By proper optimization, different alkali carbonates can be almost equally effective as the cathode interfacial layer. Furthermore, good device performance can be achieved at a low annealing temperature (cells on plastic substrates. This work indicates that alkali carbonates, not just cesium carbonate, are valid choices as the cathode interlayer in inverted OPV devices.

  5. Development of Plasma-Sprayed Molybdenum Carbide-Based Anode Layers with Various Metal Oxides for SOFC

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    Faisal, N. H.; Ahmed, R.; Katikaneni, S. P.; Souentie, S.; Goosen, M. F. A.

    2015-12-01

    Air plasma-sprayed (APS) coatings provide an ability to deposit a range of novel fuel cell materials at competitive costs. This work develops three separate types of composite anodes (Mo-Mo2C/Al2O3, Mo-Mo2C/ZrO2, Mo-Mo2C/TiO2) using a combination of APS process parameters on Hastelloy®X for application in intermediate temperature proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells. Commercially available carbide of molybdenum powder catalyst (Mo-Mo2C) and three metal oxides (Al2O3, ZrO2, TiO2) was used to prepare three separate composite feedstock powders to fabricate three different anodes. Each of the modified composition anode feedstock powders included a stoichiometric weight ratio of 0.8:0.2. The coatings were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, nanoindentation, and conductivity. We report herein that three optimized anode layers of thicknesses between 200 and 300 µm and porosity as high as 20% for Mo-Mo2C/Al2O3 (250-µm thick) and Mo-Mo2C/TiO2 (300 µm thick) and 17% for Mo-Mo2C/ZrO2 (220-µm thick), controllable by a selection of the APS process parameters with no addition of sacrificial pore-forming material. The nanohardness results indicate the upper layers of the coatings have higher values than the subsurface layers in coatings with some effect of the deposition on the substrate. Mo-Mo2C/ZrO2 shows high electrical conductivity.

  6. Silicon dioxide with a silicon interfacial layer as an insulating gate for highly stable indium phosphide metal-insulator-semiconductor field effect transistors

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    Kapoor, V. J.; Shokrani, M.

    1991-01-01

    A novel gate insulator consisting of silicon dioxide (SiO2) with a thin silicon (Si) interfacial layer has been investigated for high-power microwave indium phosphide (InP) metal-insulator-semiconductor field effect transistors (MISFETs). The role of the silicon interfacial layer on the chemical nature of the SiO2/Si/InP interface was studied by high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results indicated that the silicon interfacial layer reacted with the native oxide at the InP surface, thus producing silicon dioxide, while reducing the native oxide which has been shown to be responsible for the instabilities in InP MISFETs. While a 1.2-V hysteresis was present in the capacitance-voltage (C-V) curve of the MIS capacitors with silicon dioxide, less than 0.1 V hysteresis was observed in the C-V curve of the capacitors with the silicon interfacial layer incorporated in the insulator. InP MISFETs fabricated with the silicon dioxide in combination with the silicon interfacial layer exhibited excellent stability with drain current drift of less than 3 percent in 10,000 sec, as compared to 15-18 percent drift in 10,000 sec for devices without the silicon interfacial layer. High-power microwave InP MISFETs with Si/SiO2 gate insulators resulted in an output power density of 1.75 W/mm gate width at 9.7 GHz, with an associated power gain of 2.5 dB and 24 percent power added efficiency.

  7. Disordered 3 D Multi-layer Graphene Anode Material from CO2 for Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Smith, Kassiopeia; Parrish, Riley; Wei, Wei; Liu, Yuzi; Li, Tao; Hu, Yun Hang; Xiong, Hui

    2016-06-22

    We report the application of disordered 3 D multi-layer graphene, synthesized directly from CO2 gas through a reaction with Li at 550 °C, as an anode for Na-ion batteries (SIBs) toward a sustainable and greener future. The material exhibited a reversible capacity of ∼190 mA h g(-1) with a Coulombic efficiency of 98.5 % at a current density of 15 mA g(-1) . The discharge capacity at higher potentials (>0.2 V vs. Na/Na(+) ) is ascribed to Na-ion adsorption at defect sites, whereas the capacity at low potentials (CO2 gas makes it attractive not only as an anode material for SIBs but also to mitigate CO2 emission.

  8. Interfacial Layer Growth Condition Dependent Carrier Transport Mechanisms in HfO2/SiO2 Gate Stacks

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    Sahoo, S. K.; Misra, D.

    2012-06-04

    The temperature and field dependent leakage current in HfO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} gate stack for in situ steam grown and chemical interfacial layers (ILs) are studied in the temperature range of 20 C to 105 C. Poole-Frenkel mechanism in high field whereas Ohmic conduction in low field region are dominant for both devices. Leakage current decreases whereas both trap energy level ({phi}{sub t}) and activation energy (E{sub a}) increase for chemically grown IL devices. The trap level energy, ({phi}{sub t}) -0.2 eV, indicates that doubly charged oxygen vacancies (V{sup 2-}) are the active electron traps which contribute to the leakage current in these gate stacks.

  9. The effect of different oxide layers on the sensing properties of anodic alumina nanoporous film

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    H. Abbasian

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, anodized aluminum oxide template was prepared by accelerated mild anodization technique in 0.6M phosphoric aside and 175 V, anodization voltage. Pore widening was performed by chemical etching in 0.5M phosphoric acid for 8, 16, 32, 40 minutes. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM images showed the pores, diameter exponentially increases with etching time. By depositing silver contacts on the prepared samples and using an RC circuit for applying impedance spectroscopy, the characteristics of the humidity sensor based on constructed samples were investigated. The maximum response was seen for the sample etched for 40 minutes. For this sample, the detectable threshold of relative moisture was 30% and the response and the recovery time were 8, 2 seconds, respectively

  10. INFLUENCE OF TEMPERATURE ON BEHAVIOR OF THE INTERFACIAL CRACK BETWEEN THE TWO LAYERS

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    Jelena M Djoković

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper is considered a problem of the semi-infinite crack at the interface between the two elastic isotropic layers in conditions of the environmental temperature change. The energy release rate needed for the crack growth along the interface was determined, for the case when the two-layered sample is cooled from the temperature of the layers joining down to the room temperature. It was noticed that the energy release rate increases with the temperature difference increase. In the paper is also presented the distribution of stresses in layers as a function of the temperature and the layers' thickness variations. Analysis is limited to the case when the bimaterial sample is exposed to uniform temperature.

  11. Optimization of Residual Stresses in MMC's Using Compensating/Compliant Interfacial Layers. Part 2: OPTCOMP User's Guide

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    Pindera, Marek-Jerzy; Salzar, Robert S.; Williams, Todd O.

    1994-01-01

    A user's guide for the computer program OPTCOMP is presented in this report. This program provides a capability to optimize the fabrication or service-induced residual stresses in uni-directional metal matrix composites subjected to combined thermo-mechanical axisymmetric loading using compensating or compliant layers at the fiber/matrix interface. The user specifies the architecture and the initial material parameters of the interfacial region, which can be either elastic or elastoplastic, and defines the design variables, together with the objective function, the associated constraints and the loading history through a user-friendly data input interface. The optimization procedure is based on an efficient solution methodology for the elastoplastic response of an arbitrarily layered multiple concentric cylinder model that is coupled to the commercial optimization package DOT. The solution methodology for the arbitrarily layered cylinder is based on the local-global stiffness matrix formulation and Mendelson's iterative technique of successive elastic solutions developed for elastoplastic boundary-value problems. The optimization algorithm employed in DOT is based on the method of feasible directions.

  12. Effect of interfacial layers on physical and electrical properties of dinaphtho[2,3-b:2‧,3‧-d]thiophene organic thin-film transistors

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    Shaari, Safizan; Naka, Shigeki; Okada, Hiroyuki

    2017-03-01

    We fabricated hexyl-substituted dinaphtho[2,3-b:2‧,3‧-d]thiophene (C6-DNT-V) organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) with different interfacial layers. The interfacial layers comprised various types of polymers, polyimide, self-assembled monolayers, and high-κ materials. We investigated the effect of interfacial layers on the physical and electrical properties of C6-DNT-V OTFTs. The relationships between mobility and contact angle, threshold voltage and contact angle, on/off ratio and contact angle, mobility and X-ray diffraction intensity, and mobility and dielectric constant were investigated. We found that the contact angle strongly affected the threshold voltage, and the correlation coefficient was calculated to be 0.88. This is due to the fact that use of interfacial layers on the dielectric surface changes the contact angle and hence the surface energy. The altered surface energy will contribute to a change in the grain boundary of C6-DNT-V and affect the shift in threshold voltage. The relationships between other properties showed correlation coefficients of lower than 0.51.

  13. Interfacial Water Structure in Langmuir Monolayer and Gibbs Layer Probed by Sum Frequency Generation Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    张贞; 郭源

    2012-01-01

    Langmuir monolayer and Gibbs layer exhibit surface-active properties and it can be used as simple model systems to investigate the physicochemical properties of biological membranes. In this report, we presented the OH stretching vibration of H2O in the 4"-n-pentyl-4-cyano-p-terphenyl (5CT), nonadecanenitrile (C18CN) Langmuir monolayer and compared them with CH3CN Gibbs layer at the air/water interface with polarization SFG-VS. This study demonstrated that the hydrogen bond network is different in the Langmuir monolayer of 5CT, C18CN from CH3CN Gibbs layer at the air/water interface which showed two different water structures on the different surface layer. The results provided a deeper insight into understanding the hydrogen bond on the interfaces.

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

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

    2013-11-01

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

  15. Highly Efficient Simplified Organic Light-Emitting Diodes Utilizing F4-TCNQ as an Anode Buffer Layer

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    DONG Mu-Sen; WU Xiao-Ming; HUA Yu-Lin; QI Qing-Jin; YIN Shou-Gen

    2010-01-01

    @@ We demonstrate that the electroluminescent performances of organic light-emitting diodes(OLEDs)are significantly improved by evaporating a thin F4-TCNQ film as an anode buffer layer on the ITO anode.The optimum Alq3-based OLEDs with F4-TCNQ buffer layer exhibit a lower turn-on voltage of 2.6 V,a higher brightness of39820cd/m2 at 13 V,and a higher current efficiency of 5.96cd/A at 6 V,which are obviously superior to those of the conventional device(turn-on voltage of 4.1 V,brightness of 18230cd/m2 at 13 V,and maximum current efficiency of 2.74 cd/A at 10 V).Furthermore,the buffered devices with F4-TCNQ as the buffer layer could not only increase the efficiency but also simplify the fabrication process compared with the p-doped devices in which F4-TCNQ is doped into/3-NPB as p-HTL(3.11 cd/A at 7 V).The reason why the current efficiency of the p-doped devices is lower than that of the buffered devices is analyzed based on the concept of doping,the measurement of absorption and photoluminescence spectra of the organic materials,and the current density-voltage characteristics of the corresponding hole-only devices.

  16. Performance of Zinc Anodes for Cathodic Protection of Reinforced Concrete Bridges

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    Covino, Bernard S. Jr.; Cramer, Stephen D.; Bullard, Sophie J.; Holcomb, Gordon R.; Russell, James H.; Collins, W. Keith; Laylor, Martin H.; Cryer, Curtis B.

    2002-03-01

    , anode resistance, circuit resistance, electrochemical age, and air and water permeability. Models are presented for the operation of periodically-wetted and unwetted thermal spray Zn anodes from the initial energizing of the anode to the end of its service life. The models were developed in terms of bond strength, circuit resistance, anode-concrete interfacial chemistry, electrochemical age, and anode condition. The most significant results of the research are: (1) preheating concrete surfaces prior to coating with Zn is unnecessary; (2) anodes generally fail due to loss of bond strength rather than Zn consumption; (3) Unwetted anodes fail more quickly than periodically-wetted anodes; (4) 0.47-0.60 mm (12-15 mil) anode thickness is adequate for most Oregon DOT coastal impressed current CP (ICCP) installations; (5) based on bond strength, thermal spray Zn ICCP anode service life is approximately 27 years at 0.0022 A/m2 (0.2 mA/ft2); (6) anode reaction products alter the anode-concrete interface by rejecting Ca from the cement paste, by replacing it with Zn, and by the accumulation of a Zn mineral layer that includes chloride and sulfur compounds; (7) CP system circuit resistance provides an effective means for monitoring the condition of Zn ICCP anodes as they age.

  17. Formation of carbonaceous nano-layers under high interfacial pressures during lubrication with mineral and bio-based oils

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    Baltrus, John P. [U.S. DOE

    2014-01-01

    In order to better protect steel surfaces against wear under high loads, understanding of chemical reactions between lubricants and metal at high interfacial pressures and elevated temperatures needs to be improved. Solutions at 5 to 20 wt. % of zinc di-2-ethylhexyl dithio phosphate (ZDDP) and chlorinated paraffins (CP) in inhibited paraffinic mineral oil (IPMO) and inhibited soy bean oil (ISBO) were compared on a Twist Compression Tribotester (TCT) at 200 MPa. Microscopy of wear tracks after 10 seconds tribotesting showed much smoother surface profiles than those of unworn areas. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) coupled with Ar-ion sputtering demonstrated that additive solutions in ISBO formed 2–3 times thicker carbon-containing nano-layers compared to IPMO. The amounts of Cl, S or P were unexpectedly low and detectable only on the top surface with less than 5 nm penetration. CP blends in IPMO formed more inorganic chlorides than those in ISBO. It can be concluded that base oils are primarily responsible for the thickness of carbonaceous nano-layers during early stages of severe boundary lubrication, while CP or ZDDP additive contributions are important, but less significant.

  18. SnO2 anode surface passivation by atomic layer deposited HfO2 improves li-ion battery performance

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    Yesibolati, Nulati

    2014-03-14

    For the first time, it is demonstrated that nanoscale HfO2 surface passivation layers formed by atomic layer deposition (ALD) significantly improve the performance of Li ion batteries with SnO2-based anodes. Specifically, the measured battery capacity at a current density of 150 mAg -1 after 100 cycles is 548 and 853 mAhg-1 for the uncoated and HfO2-coated anodes, respectively. Material analysis reveals that the HfO2 layers are amorphous in nature and conformably coat the SnO2-based anodes. In addition, the analysis reveals that ALD HfO2 not only protects the SnO2-based anodes from irreversible reactions with the electrolyte and buffers its volume change, but also chemically interacts with the SnO2 anodes to increase battery capacity, despite the fact that HfO2 is itself electrochemically inactive. The amorphous nature of HfO2 is an important factor in explaining its behavior, as it still allows sufficient Li diffusion for an efficient anode lithiation/delithiation process to occur, leading to higher battery capacity. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. HA coating on titanium with nanotubular anodized TiO2 intermediate layer via electrochemical deposition

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    WANG Yue-qin; TAO Jie; WANG Ling; HE Ping-ting; WANG Tao

    2008-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) coating has been prepared on titanium substrate through an electrochemical deposition approach.In order to improve the bonding strength between HA coating and Ti substrate,a well oriented and uniform titanium oxide nanotube array on the surface of titanium substrate was applied by means of anodic oxidation pre-treatment.Then the calcium hydrogen phosphate (CaHPO4-2H2O,DCPD) coating,as the precursor of hydroxyapatite coating,was electrodeposited on the anodized Ti.At the initial stage of electro-deposition,the DCPD crystals,in nanometer precipitates,are anchored in and between the tubes.With increasing the deposition time,the nanometer DCPD crystals are connected together to form a continuous coating on titanium oxide nanotube array.Finally,the DCPD coating is converted into hydroxyapatite one simply by being immersed in alkaline solution.

  20. Novel Combination of Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells with Low Temperature Processed Compact TiO2 Layer via Anodic Oxidation.

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    Du, Yangyang; Cai, Hongkun; Wen, Hongbin; Wu, Yuxiang; Huang, Like; Ni, Jian; Li, Juan; Zhang, Jianjun

    2016-05-25

    In this work, a facile and low temperature processed anodic oxidation approach is proposed for fabricating compact and homogeneous titanium dioxide film (AO-TiO2). In order to realize morphology and thickness control of AO-TiO2, the theory concerning anodic oxidation (AO) is unveiled and the influence of relevant parameters during the process of AO such as electrolyte ingredient and oxidation voltage on AO-TiO2 formation is observed as well. Meanwhile, we demonstrate that the planar perovskite solar cells (p-PSCs) fabricated in ambient air and utilizing optimized AO-TiO2 as electron transport layer (ETL) can deliver repeatable power conversion efficiency (PCE) over 13%, which possess superior open-circuit voltage (Voc) and higher fill factor (FF) compared to its counterpart utilizing conventional high temperature processed compact TiO2 (c-TiO2) as ETL. Through a further comparative study, it is indicated that the improvement of device performance should be attributed to more effective electron collection from perovskite layer to AO-TiO2 and the decrease of device series resistance. Furthermore, hysteresis effect about current density-voltage (J-V) curves in TiO2-based p-PSCs is also unveiled.

  1. Vanadium Sulfide on Reduced Graphene Oxide Layer as a Promising Anode for Sodium Ion Battery.

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    Sun, Ruimin; Wei, Qiulong; Li, Qidong; Luo, Wen; An, Qinyou; Sheng, Jinzhi; Wang, Di; Chen, Wei; Mai, Liqiang

    2015-09-23

    As an alternative system of rechargeable lithium ion batteries, sodium ion batteries revitalize researchers' interest due to the low cost, abundant sodium resources, and similar storage mechanism to lithium ion batteries. VS4 has emerged as a promising anode material for SIBs due to low cost and its unique linear chains structure that can offer potential sites for sodium storage. Herein, we present the growth of VS4 on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) as SIBs anode for the first time. The VS4/rGO anode exhibits promising performance in SIBs. It delivers a reversible capacity of 362 mAh g(-1) at 100 mA g(-1) and a good rate performance. We also investigate the sodium storage behavior of the VS4/rGO. Different than most transition metal sulfides, the VS4/rGO composite experiences a three-step separation mechanism during the sodiation process (VS4 to metallic V and Na2S, then the electrochemical mechanism is akin to Na-S). The VS4/rGO composite proves to be a promising material for rechargeable SIBs.

  2. Improved light extraction of LYSO scintillator by the photonic structure from a layer of anodized aluminum oxide

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    Zhu, Zhichao [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Special Artificial Microstructure Materials and Technology, School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Liu, Bo, E-mail: lbo@tongji.edu.cn [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Special Artificial Microstructure Materials and Technology, School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Cheng, Chuanwei; Zhang, Haifeng; Wu, Shuang; Gu, Mu; Chen, Hong [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Special Artificial Microstructure Materials and Technology, School of Physics Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China); Chen, Liang; Liu, Jinliang; Ouyang, Xiaoping [Northwest Institute of Nuclear Technology, Xi’an 710024 (China)

    2015-06-21

    As a promising scintillator in the field of medical imaging systems, LYSO with its high refractive index suffers from a low light extraction efficiency due to the total internal reflection. Here, we demonstrate that a photonic structure formed by an anodized aluminum oxide layer can enhance the light extraction efficiency by the outcoupling the light trapped in the crystal. An enhancement of light output by 25% can be achieved by an AAO layer covered on the surface of LYSO. The imperfect periodicity of AAO can lead to a consistent enhancement for the entire range of emission wavelength and directionality. Such enhanced light output is practical and attractive for use in the scintillation detection systems. It is important to note that the fabrication method of AAO is simple and low-cost for the large area applications, which is obviously advantageous over the expensive traditional methods such as electron beam lithography.

  3. Running interfacial waves in two-layer fluid system subject to longitudinal vibrations

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    Goldobin, Denis S.; Pimenova, Anastasiya V.; Kovalevskaya, Kseniya V.; Lyubimov, Dmitry V.; Lyubimova, Tatyana P.

    2014-01-01

    We study the waves at the interface between two thin horizontal layers of immiscible fluids subject to high-frequency horizontal vibrations. Previously, the variational principle for energy functional, which can be adopted for treatment of quasi-stationary states of free interface in fluid dynamical systems subject to vibrations, revealed existence of standing periodic waves and solitons in this system. However, this approach does not provide regular means for dealing with evolutionary proble...

  4. Running interfacial waves in a two-layer fluid system subject to longitudinal vibrations.

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    Goldobin, D S; Pimenova, A V; Kovalevskaya, K V; Lyubimov, D V; Lyubimova, T P

    2015-05-01

    We study the waves at the interface between two thin horizontal layers of immiscible fluids subject to high-frequency horizontal vibrations. Previously, the variational principle for energy functional, which can be adopted for treatment of quasistationary states of free interface in fluid dynamical systems subject to vibrations, revealed the existence of standing periodic waves and solitons in this system. However, this approach does not provide regular means for dealing with evolutionary problems: neither stability problems nor ones associated with propagating waves. In this work, we rigorously derive the evolution equations for long waves in the system, which turn out to be identical to the plus (or good) Boussinesq equation. With these equations one can find all the time-independent-profile solitary waves (standing solitons are a specific case of these propagating waves), which exist below the linear instability threshold; the standing and slow solitons are always unstable while fast solitons are stable. Depending on initial perturbations, unstable solitons either grow in an explosive manner, which means layer rupture in a finite time, or falls apart into stable solitons. The results are derived within the long-wave approximation as the linear stability analysis for the flat-interface state [D.V. Lyubimov and A.A. Cherepanov, Fluid Dynamics 21, 849 (1986)] reveals the instabilities of thin layers to be long wavelength.

  5. Interfacial engineering of two-dimensional nano-structured materials by atomic layer deposition

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    Zhuiykov, Serge; Kawaguchi, Toshikazu; Hai, Zhenyin; Karbalaei Akbari, Mohammad; Heynderickx, Philippe M.

    2017-01-01

    Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) is an enabling technology which provides coating and material features with significant advantages compared to other existing techniques for depositing precise nanometer-thin two-dimensional (2D) nanostructures. It is a cyclic process which relies on sequential self-terminating reactions between gas phase precursor molecules and a solid surface. ALD is especially advantageous when the film quality or thickness is critical, offering ultra-high aspect ratios. ALD provides digital thickness control to the atomic level by depositing film one atomic layer at a time, as well as pinhole-free films even over a very large and complex areas. Digital control extends to sandwiches, hetero-structures, nano-laminates, metal oxides, graded index layers and doping, and it is perfect for conformal coating and challenging 2D electrodes for various functional devices. The technique's capabilities are presented on the example of ALD-developed ultra-thin 2D tungsten oxide (WO3) over the large area of standard 4" Si substrates. The discussed advantages of ALD enable and endorse the employment of this technique for the development of hetero-nanostructure 2D semiconductors with unique properties.

  6. Running interfacial waves in a two-layer fluid system subject to longitudinal vibrations

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    Goldobin, D. S.; Pimenova, A. V.; Kovalevskaya, K. V.; Lyubimov, D. V.; Lyubimova, T. P.

    2015-05-01

    We study the waves at the interface between two thin horizontal layers of immiscible fluids subject to high-frequency horizontal vibrations. Previously, the variational principle for energy functional, which can be adopted for treatment of quasistationary states of free interface in fluid dynamical systems subject to vibrations, revealed the existence of standing periodic waves and solitons in this system. However, this approach does not provide regular means for dealing with evolutionary problems: neither stability problems nor ones associated with propagating waves. In this work, we rigorously derive the evolution equations for long waves in the system, which turn out to be identical to the plus (or good) Boussinesq equation. With these equations one can find all the time-independent-profile solitary waves (standing solitons are a specific case of these propagating waves), which exist below the linear instability threshold; the standing and slow solitons are always unstable while fast solitons are stable. Depending on initial perturbations, unstable solitons either grow in an explosive manner, which means layer rupture in a finite time, or falls apart into stable solitons. The results are derived within the long-wave approximation as the linear stability analysis for the flat-interface state [D.V. Lyubimov and A.A. Cherepanov, Fluid Dynamics 21, 849 (1986)], 10.1007/BF02628017 reveals the instabilities of thin layers to be long wavelength.

  7. The influence of magnesium oxide interfacial layer on photovoltaic properties of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Asemi, M.; Ghanaatshoar, M.

    2016-09-01

    In the present study, to enhance the power conversion efficiency of the DSSCs, we introduce MgO insulating layers at the interface between TiO2 and electrolyte to decrease charge recombination rate by suppressing the electron transfer from TiO2 to the electrolyte. The thickness of the MgO layer plays a vital role in the kinetics of dye-sensitized solar cells and affects their overall efficiency. The cell with optimized thickness of MgO layer exhibits the highest conversion efficiency ( η = 5.12 %) with a high short-circuit current density (18.15 mA/cm2) and open-circuit voltage (0.571 V). Open-circuit voltage decay measurement results verify the improvement of the electrons lifetime in the DSSCs fabricated with surface-modified photoanodes due to the retarding the charge recombination. In order to explore the reasons for the J SC improvement, incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency measurement was taken. Our results show that the enhancement in the photoinjected electron lifetime can contribute to an increase in the electron collection efficiency, leading to the improved J SC value. Furthermore, the enhancement in the photoinjected electron recombination rate is also demonstrated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

  8. Comparison of hydrolytic and non-hydrolytic atomic layer deposition chemistries: Interfacial electronic properties at alumina-silicon interfaces

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    Marstell, Roderick J.; Strandwitz, Nicholas C., E-mail: strand@lehigh.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015 (United States)

    2015-11-14

    We report the differences in the passivation and electronic properties of aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) deposited on silicon via traditional hydrolytic atomic layer deposition (ALD) and non-hydrolytic (NH) ALD chemistries. Traditional films were grown using trimethylaluminum (TMA) and water and NHALD films grown using TMA and isopropanol at 300 °C. Hydrolytically grown ALD films contain a smaller amount of fixed charge than NHALD films (oxide fixed charge Q{sub f} {sub Traditional} = −8.1 × 10{sup 11 }cm{sup −2} and Q{sub f} {sub NHALD} = −3.6 × 10{sup 12 }cm{sup −2}), and a larger degree of chemical passivation than NHALD films (density of interface trap states, D{sub it} {sub Traditional} = 5.4 × 10{sup 11 }eV{sup −1 }cm{sup −2} and D{sub it} {sub NHALD} = 2.9 × 10{sup 12 }eV{sup −1 }cm{sup −2}). Oxides grown with both chemistries were found to have a band gap of 7.1 eV. The conduction band offset was 3.21 eV for traditionally grown films and 3.38 eV for NHALD. The increased D{sub it} for NHALD films may stem from carbon impurities in the oxide layer that are at and near the silicon surface, as evidenced by both the larger trap state time constant (τ{sub Traditional} = 2.2 × 10{sup −9} s and τ{sub NHALD} = 1.7 × 10{sup −7} s) and the larger carbon concentration. We have shown that the use of alcohol-based oxygen sources in NHALD chemistry can significantly affect the resulting interfacial electronic behavior presenting an additional parameter for understanding and controlling interfacial electronic properties at semiconductor-dielectric interfaces.

  9. Assembly and organization of poly(3-hexylthiophene) brushes and their potential use as novel anode buffer layers for organic photovoltaics.

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    Alonzo, José; Kochemba, W Michael; Pickel, Deanna L; Ramanathan, Muruganathan; Sun, Zhenzhong; Li, Dawen; Chen, Jihua; Sumpter, Bobby G; Heller, William T; Kilbey, S Michael

    2013-10-01

    Buffer layers that control electrochemical reactions and physical interactions at electrode/film interfaces are key components of an organic photovoltaic cell. Here the structure and properties of layers of semi-rigid poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) chains tethered at a surface are investigated, and these functional systems are applied in an organic photovoltaic device. Areal density of P3HT chains is readily tuned through the choice of polymer molecular weight and annealing conditions, and insights from optical absorption spectroscopy and semiempirical quantum calculation methods suggest that tethering causes intrachain defects that affect co-facial π-stacking of brush chains. Because of their ability to modify oxide surfaces, P3HT brushes are utilized as an anode buffer layer in a P3HT-PCBM (phenyl-C₆₁-butyric acid methyl ester) bulk heterojunction device. Current-voltage characterization shows a significant enhancement in short circuit current, suggesting the potential of these novel nanostructured buffer layers to replace the PEDOT:PSS buffer layer typically applied in traditional P3HT-PCBM solar cells.

  10. Effect of the Electrolyte Temperature and the Current Density on a Layer Microhardness Generated by the Anodic Aluminium Oxidation

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    Emil Spišák

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper investigates the influence of the chemical composition and temperature of electrolyte, the oxidation time, voltage, and the current density on Vickers microhardness of aluminium oxide layers, at the same time. The layers were generated in the electrolytes with different concentrations of sulphuric and oxalic acids and surface current densities 1 A·dm−2, 3 A·dm−2, and 5 A·dm−2. The electrolyte temperature varied from −1.78°C to 45.78°C. The results have showed that while increasing the electrolyte temperature at the current density of 1 A·dm−2, the increase in the layer microhardness values is approximately by 66%. While simultaneously increasing the molar concentration of H2SO4 in the electrolyte, the growth rate of the microhardness value decreases. At the current density of 3 A·dm−2, by increasing the electrolyte temperature, a reduction in the microhardness of the generated layer occurs with the anodic oxidation time less than 25 min. The electrolyte temperature is not significant with the changing values of the layer microhardness at voltages less than 10.5 V.

  11. Direct anodic growth of thick WO{sub 3} mesosponge layers and characterization of their photoelectrochemical response

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    Lee, Wonjoo; Kim, Doohun; Lee, Kiyoung; Roy, Poulomi [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, WW4-LKO, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martensstrasse 7, D-91058 Erlangen (Germany); Schmuki, Patrik, E-mail: schmuki@ww.uni-erlangen.d [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, WW4-LKO, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Martensstrasse 7, D-91058 Erlangen (Germany)

    2010-12-30

    Thick mesoporous tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) layers can be formed by anodization of tungsten in a 10 wt% K{sub 2}HPO{sub 4}/glycerol electrolyte, if the electrolyte temperature is around 80-100 {sup o}C. At 90 {sup o}C, a regular mesoporous WO{sub 3} layer was grown up to a thickness of approximately 9 {mu}m. This WO{sub 3} mesosponge layer consists of typical feature sizes of 20-30 nm and pore widths of 10-30 nm. The photoresponse of different layer thicknesses and different annealing treatments was characterized in a photoelectrochemical cell. The highest photocurrents were observed with a 2.5 {mu}m thick WO{sub 3} layer annealed at 550 {sup o}C consisting of a mixture of orthorhombic, triclinic and monoclinic phases. Incident photon to current efficiencies (IPCEs) of the samples were 73.4% in a 1 M HClO{sub 4} electrolyte and 167.5% for methanol photo-oxidation in 0.1 M CH{sub 3}OH/1 M HClO{sub 4} electrolyte, at 1 V vs. Ag/AgCl under illumination at a wavelength of 420 nm.

  12. Propagation regimes of interfacial solitary waves in a three-layer fluid

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    O. E. Kurkina

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Long weakly nonlinear finite-amplitude internal waves in a fluid consisting of three inviscid immiscible layers of arbitrary thickness and constant densities (stable configuration, Boussinesq approximation bounded by a horizontal rigid bottom from below and by a rigid lid at the surface are described up to the second order of perturbation theory in small parameters of nonlinearity and dispersion. First, a pair of alternatives of appropriate KdV-type equations with the coefficients depending on the parameters of the fluid (layer positions and thickness, density jumps are derived for the displacements of both modes of internal waves and for each interface between the layers. These equations are integrable for a very limited set of coefficients and do not allow for proper description of several near-critical cases when certain coefficients vanish. A more specific equation allowing for a variety of solitonic solutions and capable of resolving most of near-critical situations is derived by means of the introduction of another small parameter that describes the properties of the medium and rescaling of the ratio of small parameters. This procedure leads to a pair of implicitly interrelated alternatives of Gardner equation (KdV-type equations with combined nonlinearity for the two interfaces. We present a detailed analysis of the relationships for the solutions for the disturbances at both interfaces and various regimes of the appearance and propagation properties of soliton solutions to these equations depending on the combinations of the parameters of the fluid. It is shown both the quadratic and the cubic nonlinear terms vanish for several realistic configurations of such a fluid.

  13. Multiple moving interfacial cracks between two dissimilar piezoelectric layers under electromechanical loading

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    Nourazar, Mahsa; Ayatollahi, Mojtaba

    2016-07-01

    The dynamic problem of several moving cracks at the interface between two dissimilar piezoelectric materials is analyzed. The combined out-of-plane mechanical and in-plane electrical loads are applied to the layers. Fourier transforms are used to reduce the problem to a system of singular integral equations with simple Cauchy kernel. The integral equations are solved numerically by converting to a system of linear algebraic equations and by using a collocation technique. The results presented consist of the stress intensity factors and the electric displacement intensity factors. It is found that generally the field intensity factors increase with increasing crack propagation speed.

  14. A moving contact line as a rheometer for nanometric interfacial layers

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    Lhermerout, Romain; Perrin, Hugo; Rolley, Etienne; Andreotti, Bruno; Davitt, Kristina

    2016-08-01

    How a liquid drop sits or moves depends on the physical and mechanical properties of the underlying substrate. This can be seen in the hysteresis of the contact angle made by a drop on a solid, which is known to originate from surface heterogeneities, and in the slowing of droplet motion on deformable solids. Here, we show how a moving contact line can be used to characterize a molecularly thin polymer layer on a solid. We find that the hysteresis depends on the polymerization index and can be optimized to be vanishingly small (microfluidic and biomedical applications that are otherwise inaccessible.

  15. Improved photoanode structure based on anodic titania nanotube array covered by TiO2-NPs/nanographite composite layer for ETA-cells

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    Gavrilin, I. M.; Dronov, A. A.; Shilyaeva, Yu I.; Lebedev, E. A.; Kuzmicheva, M. S.; Savchuk, T. P.; Gavrilov, S. A.

    2016-08-01

    This work is devoted to the morphology and electrical properties optimization of flexible photoanodes based on anodic titanium oxide nanotubular arrays (TiO2-NTAs) for solar cells with extremely thin absorbing layer (ETA-cells) by TiO2-nanographite thin composite layer formation on the TiO2-NTAs surface. First, the carbon doped TiO2-NTAs were synthesized by annealing of the as-anodized TiO2-NTAs in argon without foreign carbonaceous precursor. The residual ethylene glycol absorbed on the nanotube wall during anodization serves as the carbon source and the C species are uniformly distributed along the entire nanotube to form the C-TiO2 NTAs. Further decorating of C-TiO2-NTAs surface by TiO2 nanoparticles to form the TiO2-nanographite (NG) composite layer with high conductivity and increased photoanode effective area showed improved ETA-cells performance.

  16. Layer-by-layer assembled graphene-coated mesoporous SnO2 spheres as anodes for advanced Li-ion batteries

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    Shahid, Muhammad

    2014-10-01

    We report layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly of graphene/carbon-coated mesoporous SnO2 spheres (Gr/C-SnO2 spheres), without binder and conducting additives, as anode materials with excellent Li-ion insertion-extraction properties. Our results indicate that these novel LBL assembled electrodes have high reversible Li storage capacity, improved cycling, and especially good rate performance, even at high specific currents. The superior electrochemical performance offered by these LBL assembled Gr/C-SnO2 spheres is attributed to the enhanced electronic conductivity and effective diffusion of Li ions in the interconnected network of nanoparticles forming the mesoporous SnO2 spheres. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Interfacial n-Doping Using an Ultrathin TiO2 Layer for Contact Resistance Reduction in MoS2.

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    Kaushik, Naveen; Karmakar, Debjani; Nipane, Ankur; Karande, Shruti; Lodha, Saurabh

    2016-01-13

    We demonstrate a low and constant effective Schottky barrier height (ΦB ∼ 40 meV) irrespective of the metal work function by introducing an ultrathin TiO2 ALD interfacial layer between various metals (Ti, Ni, Au, and Pd) and MoS2. Transmission line method devices with and without the contact TiO2 interfacial layer on the same MoS2 flake demonstrate reduced (24×) contact resistance (RC) in the presence of TiO2. The insertion of TiO2 at the source-drain contact interface results in significant improvement in the on-current and field effect mobility (up to 10×). The reduction in RC and ΦB has been explained through interfacial doping of MoS2 and validated by first-principles calculations, which indicate metallic behavior of the TiO2-MoS2 interface. Consistent with DFT results of interfacial doping, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) data also exhibit a 0.5 eV shift toward higher binding energies for Mo 3d and S 2p peaks in the presence of TiO2, indicating Fermi level movement toward the conduction band (n-type doping). Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) further corroborates the interfacial doping model, as MoS2 flakes capped with ultrathin TiO2 exhibit a reduction of 0.3 eV in the effective work function. Finally, a systematic comparison of the impact of selective doping with the TiO2 layer under the source-drain metal relative to that on top of the MoS2 channel shows a larger benefit for transistor performance from the reduction in source-drain contact resistance.

  18. Interfacial Energy Alignment at the ITO/Ultra-Thin Electron Selective Dielectric Layer Interface and Its Effect on the Efficiency of Bulk-Heterojunction Organic Solar Cells.

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    Itoh, Eiji; Goto, Yoshinori; Saka, Yusuke; Fukuda, Katsutoshi

    2016-04-01

    We have investigated the photovoltaic properties of an inverted bulk heterojunction (BHJ) cell in a device with an indium-tin-oxide (ITO)/electron selective layer (ESL)/P3HT:PCBM active layer/MoOx/Ag multilayered structure. The insertion of only single layer of poly(diallyl-dimethyl-ammonium chloride) (PDDA) cationic polymer film (or poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) polymeric interfacial dipole layer) and titanium oxide nanosheet (TN) films as an ESL effectively improved cell performance. Abnormal S-shaped curves were observed in the inverted BHJ cells owing to the contact resistance across the ITO/active layer interface and the ITO/PDDA/TN/active layer interface. The series resistance across the ITO/ESL interface in the inverted BHJ cell was successfully reduced using an interfacial layer with a positively charged surface potential with respect to ITO base electrode. The positive dipole in PEI and the electronic charge phenomena at the electrophoretic deposited TN (ED-TN) films on ITO contributed to the reduction of the contact resistance at the electrode interface. The surface potential measurement revealed that the energy alignment by the transfer of electronic charges from the ED-TN to the base electrodes. The insertion of the ESL with a large positive surface potential reduced the potential barrier for the electron injection at ITO/TN interface and it improved the photovoltaic properties of the inverted cell with an ITO/TN/active layer/MoOx/Ag structure.

  19. Contrasting suspended covers reveal the impact of an artificial monolayer on heat transfer processes at the interfacial boundary layer.

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    Pittaway, P; Martínez-Alvarez, V; Hancock, N

    2015-01-01

    The highly variable performance of artificial monolayers in reducing evaporation from water storages has been attributed to wind speed and wave turbulence. Other factors operating at the interfacial boundary layer have seldom been considered. In this paper, two physical shade covers differing in porosity and reflectivity were suspended over 10 m diameter water tanks to attenuate wind and wave turbulence. The monolayer octadecanol was applied to one of the covered tanks, and micrometeorological conditions above and below the covers were monitored to characterise diurnal variation in the energy balance. A high downward (air-to-water) convective heat flux developed under the black cover during the day, whereas diurnal variation in the heat flux under the more reflective, wind-permeable white cover was much less. Hourly air and water temperature profiles under the covers over 3 days when forced convection was minimal (low wind speed) were selected for analysis. Monolayer application reduced temperature gain in surface water under a downward convective heat flux, and conversely reduced temperature loss under an upward convective heat flux. This 'dual property' may explain why repeat application of an artificial monolayer to retard evaporative loss (reducing latent heat loss) does not inevitably increase water temperature.

  20. Role of interfacial friction for flow instabilities in a thin polar-ordered active fluid layer

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    Sarkar, Niladri; Basu, Abhik

    2015-11-01

    We construct a generic coarse-grained dynamics of a thin inflexible planar layer of polar-ordered suspension of active particles that is frictionally coupled to an embedding isotropic passive fluid medium with a friction coefficient Γ . Being controlled by Γ , our model provides a unified framework to describe the long-wavelength behavior of a variety of thin polar-ordered systems, ranging from wet to dry active matter and free-standing active films. Investigations of the linear instabilities around a chosen orientationally ordered uniform reference state reveal generic moving and static instabilities in the system that can depend sensitively on Γ . Based on our results, we discuss estimation of bounds on Γ in experimentally accessible systems.

  1. Possibilities of Increase of Adhesion of the Cubic Boron Nitride Coatings by Applying an Interfacial Layers

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    MaciejKupczyk

    2004-01-01

    In the work the chosen investigations of the adhesion force of thin, superhard coatings to the cutting edges made of cemented carbides are presented. For identification of the adhesion force of coatings to substrate an automatic scratch tester constructed at Poznan University of Technology was applied. The estimation of the adhesion force (value of critical load measured during scratch test) was carried out on the base of the vibration signal. Results of investigations are pointed at the influence of a surface preparation (degreasing, etching, low and high-temperature sputtering) on a critical load values. It was round that the most effective method for surface preparation is low temperature sputtering. The influence of the TiC+Al2O3+TiN interracial layer on increase of the adhesion force of BN coating to cemented carbides substrate was observed.

  2. Two-layer interfacial flows beyond the Boussinesq approximation: a Hamiltonian approach

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    Camassa, R.; Falqui, G.; Ortenzi, G.

    2017-02-01

    The theory of integrable systems of Hamiltonian PDEs and their near-integrable deformations is used to study evolution equations resulting from vertical-averages of the Euler system for two-layer stratified flows in an infinite two-dimensional channel. The Hamiltonian structure of the averaged equations is obtained directly from that of the Euler equations through the process of Hamiltonian reduction. Long-wave asymptotics together with the Boussinesq approximation of neglecting the fluids’ inertia is then applied to reduce the leading order vertically averaged equations to the shallow-water Airy system, albeit in a non-trivial way. The full non-Boussinesq system for the dispersionless limit can then be viewed as a deformation of this well known equation. In a perturbative study of this deformation, a family of approximate constants of the motion are explicitly constructed and used to find local solutions of the evolution equations by means of hodograph-like formulae.

  3. Structure and ionic conductivity of the solid electrolyte interphase layer on tin anodes in Na-ion batteries

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    Kuo, Liang-Yin; Moradabadi, Ashkan; Huang, Hsin-Fu; Hwang, Bing-Joe; Kaghazchi, Payam

    2017-02-01

    Structure, stability, and ionic conductivity of the SEI layer on Sn anodes in Na-ion batteries (NIBs) are studied using experimental and theoretical methods. Raman spectra show that the SEI layer consists of Na2O and Na2CO3, the latter becoming more dominant close to the discharged state (at 0.3 V). According to our theoretical phase diagrams, Na2O can be stable in the whole voltage range of charge/discharge (from 0.0 V to 1.90 V), but Na2CO3 can decompose under carbon and/or oxygen poor conditions, leading to the formation of Na2O. These findings are in agreement with our experimental cyclic voltammetry and Raman spectra as function of voltage. Both compounds of the SEI layer have very low ionic conductivity close to the discharge state (0.2-0.3 V), but the ionic conductivity of Na2O is much larger than that of Na2CO3 for a wide range of voltages from 0.4 V to the charge state (∼1.5 V). This work suggests that engineered artificial SEI with Na2O or naturally formed SEI in a carbon and/or oxygen poor environment can improve the conductivity of the SEI layer in NIBs.

  4. Development of electrostatic supercapacitors by atomic layer deposition on nanoporous anodic aluminium oxides for energy harvesting applications

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    Lucia eIglesias

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Nanomaterials can provide innovative solutions for solving the usual energy harvesting and storage drawbacks that take place in conventional energy storage devices based on batteries or electrolytic capacitors, because they are not fully capable for attending the fast energy demands and high power densities required in many of present applications. Here, we report on the development and characterization of novel electrostatic supercapacitors made by conformal Atomic Layer Deposition on the high open surface of nanoporous anodic alumina membranes employed as templates. The structure of the designed electrostatic supercapacitor prototype consists of successive layers of Aluminium doped Zinc Oxide, as the bottom and top electrodes, together Al2O3 as the intermediate dielectric layer. The conformality of the deposited conductive and dielectric layers, together with their composition and crystalline structure have been checked by XRD and electron microscopy techniques. Impedance measurements performed for the optimized electrostatic supercapacitor device give a high capacitance value of 200 µF/cm2 at the frequency of 40 Hz, which confirms the theoretical estimations for such kind of prototypes, and the leakage current reaches values around of 1.8 mA/cm2 at 1 V. The high capacitance value achieved by the supercapacitor prototype together its small size turns these devices in outstanding candidates for using in energy harvesting and storage applications.

  5. Electrochemical preparation of MoO{sub 3} buffer layer deposited onto the anode in organic solar cells

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    Gacitua, M.; Soto, G.; Valle, M.A. del [Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Facultad de Quimica, Laboratorio de Electroquimica de Polimeros (LEP), Santiago (Chile); Boutaleb, Y.; Rehamnia, R. [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie, Universite Badji Mokhtar, Annaba (Algeria); Cattin, L.; Louarn, G. [Universite de Nantes, Nantes Atlantique Universites, Institut des Materiaux Jean Rouxel (IMN)-CNRS, Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, Nantes (France); Abe, S.Y. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee et de Technologie (LPMCT), Universite de Cocody (Ivory Coast); Lare, Y. [Laboratoire d' Energie Solaire, Universite de Lome, Lome (Togo); Morsli, M; Bernede, J.C. [Universite de Nantes, Nantes Atlantique Universites, LAMP, EA 3825, Faculte des Sciences et des Techniques, Nantes (France); Drici, A. [LEREC Departement de physique, Universite Badji Mokhtar, Annaba (Algeria)

    2010-08-15

    In this work the authors have studied the advantages of using electrochemically deposited molybdenum oxide as a buffer layer in an organic bilayer heterojunction solar cell arrangement. Furthermore, it has been probed that electrochemistry provides an alternative low cost, reproducible and less laborious method to prepare thin layered deposits. The precursor solution is composed by a concentrated molybdic acid solution in a sulphuric media in order to ensure the obtainment of low reduced molybdenum species. Therefore, by means of potentiostatic techniques, ITO/molybdenum oxide transparent anodes were tested for the photovoltaic device showing improved surface properties. XDR and AFM techniques were used to characterize the morphology of the deposits. The films with optimum thickness (5 nm) are amorphous. XPS analysis indicates that the best results in solar cell performance are in hand with a heterogeneous composition of the molybdenum oxide film presenting Mo{sup V} and Mo{sup VI} as predominant species. The MoO{sub 3} films deposited by cyclic voltammetry are not as homogeneous as those deposited by potentiostatic technique and only Mo{sup VI} species are present. These differences may justify the different behaviour of the solar cells using these different buffer layers. Only buffer layers deposited by potentiostatic technique allow improving the cells performances in the same way than those achieved by evaporation. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  6. Two-layer interfacial flows beyond the Boussinesq approximation: a Hamiltonian approach

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    Camassa, R; Ortenzi, G

    2015-01-01

    The theory of integrable systems of Hamiltonian PDEs and their near-integrable deformations is used to study evolution equations resulting from vertical-averages of the Euler system for two-layer stratified flows in an infinite 2D channel. The Hamiltonian structure of the averaged equations is obtained directly from that of the Euler equations through the process of Hamiltonian reduction. Long-wave asymptotics together with the Boussinesq approximation of neglecting the fluids' inertia is then applied to reduce the leading order vertically averaged equations to the shallow-water Airy system, and thence, in a non-trivial way, to the dispersionless non-linear Schr\\"odinger equation. The full non-Boussinesq system for the dispersionless limit can then be viewed as a deformation of this well known equation. In a perturbative study of this deformation, it is shown that at first order the deformed system possesses an infinite sequence of constants of the motion, thus casting this system within the framework of comp...

  7. The preparation of an elastomer/silicate layer nanocompound with an exfoliated structure and a strong ionic interfacial interaction by utilizing an elastomer latex containing pyridine groups.

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    He, Shao-jian; Wang, Yi-qing; Feng, Yi-ping; Liu, Qing-sheng; Zhang, Li-qun

    2010-03-19

    A great variety of polymer/layered silicate (PLS) nanocomposites have been reported, however, there are few exfoliated PLS nanocomposites and their inorganic-organic interfaces are still a great problem, especially for the elastomers. In this research, a kind of exfoliated elastomer/silicate layer nanocompound was prepared and proved by XRD and TEM, in which 10 phr Na(+)-montmorillonite was dispersed in butadiene-styrene-vinyl pyridine rubber by latex compounding method with acidic flocculants. Moreover, a dynamic mechanical thermal analyzer (DMTA) suggested a strong interfacial interaction (interaction parameter B(H) = 4.91) between the silicate layers and macromolecules in addition to the weak inorganic-organic interfacial interaction, and solid state (15)N NMR indicated the formation of a strong ionic interface through the acidifying pyridine. Subsequently, a remarkable improvement of the dispersing morphology, mechanical performance and gas barrier property appeared, compared to that using calcium ion flocculants. This supports the formation of an exfoliated structure and an improved interfacial interaction.

  8. Metal speciation in a complexing soft film layer: a theoretical dielectric relaxation study of coupled chemodynamic and electrodynamic interfacial processes.

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    Merlin, Jenny; Duval, Jérôme F L

    2012-04-07

    We report a comprehensive formalism for the dynamics of metal speciation across an interphase formed between a complexing soft film layer and an electrolyte solution containing indifferent ions and metal ions that form complexes with charged molecular ligands distributed throughout the film. The analysis integrates the intricate interplay between metal complexation kinetics and diffusive metal transfer from/toward the ligand film, together with the kinetics of metal electrostatic partitioning across the film/solution interphase. This partitioning is determined by the settling dynamics of the interfacial electric double layer (EDL), as governed by time-dependent conduction-diffusion transports of both indifferent and reactive metal ions. The coupling between such chemodynamic and electrodynamic processes is evaluated via derivation of the dielectric permittivity increment for the ligand film/electrolyte interphase that is perturbed upon application of an ac electric field (pulsation ω) between electrodes supporting the films. The dielectric response is obtained from the ω-dependent distributions of all ions across the ligand film, as ruled by coupled Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations amended for a chemical source term involving the intra-film complex formation and dissociation pulsations (ω(a) and ω(d) respectively). Dielectric spectra are discussed for bare and film coated-electrodes over a wide range of field pulsations and Deborah numbers De = ω(a,d)/ω(diff), where ω(diff) is the electric double layer relaxation pulsation. The frequency-dependent dynamic or inert character of the formed metal complexes is then addressed over a time window that ranges from transient to fully relaxed EDL. The shape and magnitude of the dielectric spectra are further shown to reflect the lability of dynamic complexes, i.e. whether the overall speciation process at a given pulsation ω is primarily rate-limited either by complexation kinetics or by ion-transport dynamics. The

  9. The effect of dye-sensitized solar cell based on the composite layer by anodic TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Yang, Jun Hyuk; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Bark, Chung Wung; Choi, Hyung Wook

    2014-01-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays are very attractive for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) owing to their superior charge percolation and slower charge recombination. Highly ordered, vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays have been fabricated by a three-step anodization process. Although the use of a one-dimensional structure provides an enhanced photoelectrical performance, the smaller surface area reduces the adsorption of dye on the TiO2 surface. To overcome this problem, we investigated the effect of DSSCs constructed with a multilayer photoelectrode made of TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2 nanotube arrays. We fabricated the novel multilayer photoelectrode via a layer-by-layer assembly process and thoroughly investigated the effect of various structures on the sample efficiency. The DSSC with a four-layer photoelectrode exhibited a maximum conversion efficiency of 7.22% because of effective electron transport and enhanced adsorption of dye on the TiO2 surface.

  10. The effect of dye-sensitized solar cell based on the composite layer by anodic TiO2 nanotubes

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    Yang, Jun Hyuk; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Bark, Chung Wung; Choi, Hyung Wook

    2014-12-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays are very attractive for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) owing to their superior charge percolation and slower charge recombination. Highly ordered, vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays have been fabricated by a three-step anodization process. Although the use of a one-dimensional structure provides an enhanced photoelectrical performance, the smaller surface area reduces the adsorption of dye on the TiO2 surface. To overcome this problem, we investigated the effect of DSSCs constructed with a multilayer photoelectrode made of TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2 nanotube arrays. We fabricated the novel multilayer photoelectrode via a layer-by-layer assembly process and thoroughly investigated the effect of various structures on the sample efficiency. The DSSC with a four-layer photoelectrode exhibited a maximum conversion efficiency of 7.22% because of effective electron transport and enhanced adsorption of dye on the TiO2 surface.

  11. A Synopsis of Interfacial Phenomena in Lithium-Based Polymer Electrolyte Electrochemical Cells

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    Baldwin, Richard S.; Bennett, William R.

    2007-01-01

    The interfacial regions between electrode materials, electrolytes and other cell components play key roles in the overall performance of lithium-based batteries. For cell chemistries employing lithium metal, lithium alloy or carbonaceous materials (i.e., lithium-ion cells) as anode materials, a "solid electrolyte interphase" (SEI) layer forms at the anode/electrolyte interface, and the properties of this "passivating" layer significantly affect the practical cell/battery quality and performance. A thin, ionically-conducting SEI on the electrode surface can beneficially reduce or eliminate undesirable side reactions between the electrode and the electrolyte, which can result in a degradation in cell performance. The properties and phenomena attributable to the interfacial regions existing at both anode and cathode surfaces can be characterized to a large extent by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and related techniques. The intention of the review herewith is to support the future development of lithium-based polymer electrolytes by providing a synopsis of interfacial phenomena that is associated with cell chemistries employing either lithium metal or carbonaceous "composite" electrode structures which are interfaced with polymer electrolytes (i.e., "solvent-free" as well as "plasticized" polymer-binary salt complexes and single ion-conducting polyelectrolytes). Potential approaches to overcoming poor cell performance attributable to interfacial effects are discussed.

  12. Surface Passivation of MoO3 Nanorods by Atomic Layer Deposition Towards High Rate Durable Li Ion Battery Anodes

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    Ahmed, Bilal

    2015-06-03

    We demonstrate an effective strategy to overcome the degradation of MoO3 nanorod anodes in Lithium (Li) ion batteries at high rate cycling. This is achieved by conformal nanoscale surface passivation of the MoO3 nanorods by HfO2 using atomic layer deposition (ALD). At high current density such as 1500 mA/g, the specific capacity of HfO2 coated MoO3 electrodes is 68% higher than bare MoO3 electrodes after 50 charge/discharge cycles. After 50 charge/discharge cycles, HfO2 coated MoO3 electrodes exhibited specific capacity of 657 mAh/g, on the other hand, bare MoO3 showed only 460 mAh/g. Furthermore, we observed that HfO2 coated MoO3 electrodes tend to stabilize faster than bare MoO3 electrodes because nanoscale HfO2 layer prevents structural degradation of MoO3 nanorods. Additionally, the growth temperature of MoO3 nanorods and the effect of HfO2 layer thickness was studied and found to be important parameters for optimum battery performance. The growth temperature defines the microstructural features and HfO2 layer thickness defines the diffusion coefficient of Li–ions through the passivation layer to the active material. Furthermore, ex–situ HRTEM, X–ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy and X–ray diffraction was carried out to explain the capacity retention mechanism after HfO2 coating.

  13. Surface Passivation of MoO₃ Nanorods by Atomic Layer Deposition toward High Rate Durable Li Ion Battery Anodes.

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    Ahmed, B; Shahid, Muhammad; Nagaraju, D H; Anjum, D H; Hedhili, Mohamed N; Alshareef, H N

    2015-06-24

    We demonstrate an effective strategy to overcome the degradation of MoO3 nanorod anodes in lithium (Li) ion batteries at high-rate cycling. This is achieved by conformal nanoscale surface passivation of the MoO3 nanorods by HfO2 using atomic layer deposition (ALD). At high current density such as 1500 mA/g, the specific capacity of HfO2-coated MoO3 electrodes is 68% higher than that of bare MoO3 electrodes after 50 charge/discharge cycles. After 50 charge/discharge cycles, HfO2-coated MoO3 electrodes exhibited specific capacity of 657 mAh/g; on the other hand, bare MoO3 showed only 460 mAh/g. Furthermore, we observed that HfO2-coated MoO3 electrodes tend to stabilize faster than bare MoO3 electrodes because nanoscale HfO2 layer prevents structural degradation of MoO3 nanorods. Additionally, the growth temperature of MoO3 nanorods and the effect of HfO2 layer thickness was studied and found to be important parameters for optimum battery performance. The growth temperature defines the microstructural features and HfO2 layer thickness defines the diffusion coefficient of Li-ions through the passivation layer to the active material. Furthermore, ex situ high resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction were carried out to explain the capacity retention mechanism after HfO2 coating.

  14. Improved interfacial and electrical properties of atomic layer deposition HfO{sub 2} films on Ge with La{sub 2}O{sub 3} passivation

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    Li Xuefei; Liu Xiaojie; Cao Yanqiang [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Li Aidong, E-mail: adli@nju.edu.cn [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Li Hui; Wu Di [National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer La{sub 2}O{sub 3} IPLs were deposited on Ge substrates at 250 Degree-Sign C by ALD using La[N(SiMe{sub 3}){sub 2}]{sub 3} and H{sub 2}O as the precursors. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CET of 1.35 nm and leakage current of 8.3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} A/cm{sup 2} at V{sub g} = 1 V are observed for the HfO{sub 2}/La{sub 2}O{sub 3} gate stack on Ge substrate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The improvement in the interfacial and electrical properties is related to the formation of a stable LaGeO{sub x} interfacial layer. - Abstract: We report the characteristics of HfO{sub 2} films deposited on Ge substrates with and without La{sub 2}O{sub 3} passivation at 250 Degree-Sign C by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using La[N(SiMe{sub 3}){sub 2}]{sub 3} and Hf[N(CH{sub 3})(C{sub 2}H{sub 5})]{sub 4} as the precursors. The HfO{sub 2} is observed to form defective HfGeO{sub x} at its interface during 500 Degree-Sign C postdeposition annealing. The insertion of an ultrathin La{sub 2}O{sub 3} interfacial passivation layer effectively prevents the Ge outdiffusion and improves interfacial and electrical properties. Capacitance equivalent thickness (CET) of 1.35 nm with leakage current density J{sub A} of 8.3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} A/cm{sup 2} at V{sub g} = 1 V is achieved for the HfO{sub 2}/La{sub 2}O{sub 3} gate stacks on Ge substrates.

  15. Interfacial Materials for Organic Solar Cells: Recent Advances and Perspectives.

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    Yin, Zhigang; Wei, Jiajun; Zheng, Qingdong

    2016-08-01

    Organic solar cells (OSCs) have shown great promise as low-cost photovoltaic devices for solar energy conversion over the past decade. Interfacial engineering provides a powerful strategy to enhance efficiency and stability of OSCs. With the rapid advances of interface layer materials and active layer materials, power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of both single-junction and tandem OSCs have exceeded a landmark value of 10%. This review summarizes the latest advances in interfacial layers for single-junction and tandem OSCs. Electron or hole transporting materials, including metal oxides, polymers/small-molecules, metals and metal salts/complexes, carbon-based materials, organic-inorganic hybrids/composites, and other emerging materials, are systemically presented as cathode and anode interface layers for high performance OSCs. Meanwhile, incorporating these electron-transporting and hole-transporting layer materials as building blocks, a variety of interconnecting layers for conventional or inverted tandem OSCs are comprehensively discussed, along with their functions to bridge the difference between adjacent subcells. By analyzing the structure-property relationships of various interfacial materials, the important design rules for such materials towards high efficiency and stable OSCs are highlighted. Finally, we present a brief summary as well as some perspectives to help researchers understand the current challenges and opportunities in this emerging area of research.

  16. Interfacial Materials for Organic Solar Cells: Recent Advances and Perspectives

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    Yin, Zhigang; Wei, Jiajun

    2016-01-01

    Organic solar cells (OSCs) have shown great promise as low‐cost photovoltaic devices for solar energy conversion over the past decade. Interfacial engineering provides a powerful strategy to enhance efficiency and stability of OSCs. With the rapid advances of interface layer materials and active layer materials, power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of both single‐junction and tandem OSCs have exceeded a landmark value of 10%. This review summarizes the latest advances in interfacial layers for single‐junction and tandem OSCs. Electron or hole transporting materials, including metal oxides, polymers/small‐molecules, metals and metal salts/complexes, carbon‐based materials, organic‐inorganic hybrids/composites, and other emerging materials, are systemically presented as cathode and anode interface layers for high performance OSCs. Meanwhile, incorporating these electron‐transporting and hole‐transporting layer materials as building blocks, a variety of interconnecting layers for conventional or inverted tandem OSCs are comprehensively discussed, along with their functions to bridge the difference between adjacent subcells. By analyzing the structure–property relationships of various interfacial materials, the important design rules for such materials towards high efficiency and stable OSCs are highlighted. Finally, we present a brief summary as well as some perspectives to help researchers understand the current challenges and opportunities in this emerging area of research.

  17. Effect of atomic layer deposition growth temperature on the interfacial characteristics of HfO{sub 2}/p-GaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors

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    Liu, C.; Zhang, Y. M.; Zhang, Y. M.; Lv, H. L., E-mail: hllv@mail.xidian.edu.cn [School of Microelectronics, Xidian University and Key Laboratory of Wide Band-Gap Semiconductor Materials and Devices, Xi' an 710071 (China)

    2014-12-14

    The effect of atomic layer deposition (ALD) growth temperature on the interfacial characteristics of p-GaAs MOS capacitors with ALD HfO{sub 2} high-k dielectric using tetrakis(ethylmethyl)amino halfnium precursor is investigated in this study. Using the combination of capacitance-voltage (C-V) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements, ALD growth temperature is found to play a large role in controlling the reaction between interfacial oxides and precursor and ultimately determining the interface properties. The reduction of surface oxides is observed to be insignificant for ALD at 200 °C, while markedly pronounced for growth at 300 °C. The corresponding C-V characteristics are also shown to be ALD temperature dependent and match well with the XPS results. Thus, proper ALD process is crucial in optimizing the interface quality.

  18. Direct ceramic inkjet printing of yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolyte layers for anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    Tomov, R.I.; Hopkins, S.C. [Applied Superconductivity and Cryoscience Group, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB4 3QZ (United Kingdom); Krauz, M.; Kluczowski, J.R. [Institute of Power Engineering, Ceramic Department CEREL, 36-040 Boguchwala (Poland); Jewulski, J. [Institute of Power Engineering, Fuel Cells Department, 02-981 Warsaw (Poland); Glowacka, D.M. [Detector Physics Group, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Glowacki, B.A. [Applied Superconductivity and Cryoscience Group, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB4 3QZ (United Kingdom); Institute of Power Engineering, Fuel Cells Department, 02-981 Warsaw (Poland)

    2010-11-01

    Electromagnetic drop-on-demand direct ceramic inkjet printing (EM/DCIJP) was employed to fabricate dense yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte layers on a porous NiO-YSZ anode support from ceramic suspensions. Printing parameters including pressure, nozzle opening time and droplet overlapping were studied in order to optimize the surface quality of the YSZ coating. It was found that moderate overlapping and multiple coatings produce the desired membrane quality. A single fuel cell with a NiO-YSZ/YSZ ({proportional_to}6 {mu}m)/LSM + YSZ/LSM architecture was successfully prepared. The cell was tested using humidified hydrogen as the fuel and ambient air as the oxidant. The cell provided a power density of 170 mW cm{sup -2} at 800 C. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed a highly coherent dense YSZ electrolyte layer with no open porosity. These results suggest that the EM/DCIJP inkjet printing technique can be successfully implemented to fabricate electrolyte coatings for SOFC thinner than 10 {mu}m and comparable in quality to those fabricated by more conventional ceramic processing methods. (author)

  19. Modeling Analysis of Bi-Layer Ni-(ZrO2x(Y2O31−x Anodes for Anode-Supported Intermediate Temperature-Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Anna Enrico

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Intermediate temperature-solid oxide fuel cell (IT-SOFC Ni-(ZrO2x(Y2O31−x (Ni-YSZ anodes formed by two layers, with different thicknesses and morphologies, offer the possibility of obtaining adequate electrochemical performance coupled to satisfactory mechanical properties. We investigate bi-layered Ni-YSZ anodes from a modeling point of view. The model includes reaction kinetics (Butler-Volmer equation, mass transport (Dusty-Gas model, and charge transport (Ohm’s law, and allows to gain an insight into the distribution of the electrochemical reaction within the electrode. Additionally, the model allows to evaluate a reciprocal overall electrode resistance 1/Rp ≈ 6 S·cm−2 for a bi-layer electrode formed by a 10 µm thick active layer (AL composed of 0.25 µm radius Ni and YSZ particles (34% vol. Ni, coupled to a 700 µm thick support layer (SL formed by 0.5 µm radius Ni and YSZ particles (50% vol. Ni, and operated at a temperature of 1023 K. Simulation results compare satisfactorily to literature experimental data. The model allows to investigate, in detail, the effect of morphological and geometric parameters on the various sources of losses, which is the first step for an optimized electrode design.

  20. High-Q Wafer Level Package Based on Modified Tri-Layer Anodic Bonding and High Performance Getter and Its Evaluation for Micro Resonant Pressure Sensor.

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    Wang, Liying; Du, Xiaohui; Wang, Lingyun; Xu, Zhanhao; Zhang, Chenying; Gu, Dandan

    2017-03-16

    In order to achieve and maintain a high quality factor (high-Q) for the micro resonant pressure sensor, this paper presents a new wafer level package by adopting cross-layer anodic bonding technique of the glass/silicon/silica (GSS) stackable structure and integrated Ti getter. A double-layer structure similar to a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer is formed after the resonant layer and the pressure-sensitive layer are bonded by silicon direct bonding (SDB). In order to form good bonding quality between the pressure-sensitive layer and the glass cap layer, the cross-layer anodic bonding technique is proposed for vacuum package by sputtering Aluminum (Al) on the combination wafer of the pressure-sensitive layer and the resonant layer to achieve electrical interconnection. The model and the bonding effect of this technique are discussed. In addition, in order to enhance the performance of titanium (Ti) getter, the prepared and activation parameters of Ti getter under different sputtering conditions are optimized and discussed. Based on the optimized results, the Ti getter (thickness of 300 nm to 500 nm) is also deposited on the inside of the glass groove by magnetron sputtering to maintain stable quality factor (Q). The Q test of the built testing system shows that the number of resonators with a Q value of more than 10,000 accounts for more than 73% of the total. With an interval of 1.5 years, the Q value of the samples remains almost constant. It proves the proposed cross-layer anodic bonding and getter technique can realize high-Q resonant structure for long-term stable operation.

  1. A comparative study regarding effects of interfacial ferroelectric Bi4Ti3O12 (BTO) layer on electrical characteristics of Au/-Si structures

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    M Yildirim; M Gökçen

    2014-04-01

    Present study focuses on the effects of interfacial ferroelectric BTO layer on the electrical characteristics of Au/-Si structures, hence Au/-Si (MS) and Au/BTO/-Si (MFS) structures were fabricated and admittance measurements (capacitance–voltage: - and conductance–voltage: G/-) of both structures were conducted between 10 kHz and 1 MHz at room temperature. Results showed that - and G/- characteristics were affected not only by frequency but also through deposition of BTO layer. Some effects can be listed as sharper peaks in - plots, higher capacitance and conductance values. Structure’s series resistance (s) also decreased due to BTO layer. Interface states (ss) profiles of the structures were obtained using Hill–Coleman and high-low frequency capacitance (HF - LF). Some of the main electrical parameters were extracted from -2- plots using depletion capacitance approach. Furthermore, current–voltage characteristics of MS and MFS structures were presented.

  2. Performance enhancement of GaN metal–semiconductor–metal ultraviolet photodetectors by insertion of ultrathin interfacial HfO{sub 2} layer

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    Kumar, Manoj, E-mail: panwarm72@yahoo.com, E-mail: aokyay@ee.bilkent.edu.tr [UNAM-National Nanotechnology Research Center and Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, 06800 Ankara (Turkey); Tekcan, Burak; Okyay, Ali Kemal, E-mail: panwarm72@yahoo.com, E-mail: aokyay@ee.bilkent.edu.tr [UNAM-National Nanotechnology Research Center and Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, 06800 Ankara, Turkey and Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University, 06800 Ankara (Turkey)

    2015-03-15

    The authors demonstrate improved device performance of GaN metal–semiconductor–metal ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors (PDs) by ultrathin HfO{sub 2} (UT-HfO{sub 2}) layer on GaN. The UT-HfO{sub 2} interfacial layer is grown by atomic layer deposition. The dark current of the PDs with UT-HfO{sub 2} is significantly reduced by more than two orders of magnitude compared to those without HfO{sub 2} insertion. The photoresponsivity at 360 nm is as high as 1.42 A/W biased at 5 V. An excellent improvement in the performance of the devices is ascribed to allowed electron injection through UT-HfO{sub 2} on GaN interface under UV illumination, resulting in the photocurrent gain with fast response time.

  3. Finding the lost open-circuit voltage in polymer solar cells by UV-ozone treatment of the nickel acetate anode buffer layer.

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    Wang, Fuzhi; Sun, Gang; Li, Cong; Liu, Jiyan; Hu, Siqian; Zheng, Hua; Tan, Zhan'ao; Li, Yongfang

    2014-06-25

    Efficient polymer solar cells (PSCs) with enhanced open-circuit voltage (Voc) are fabricated by introducing solution-processed and UV-ozone (UVO)-treated nickel acetate (O-NiAc) as an anode buffer layer. According to X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data, NiAc partially decomposed to NiOOH during the UVO treatment. NiOOH is a dipole species, which leads to an increase in the work function (as confirmed by ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy), thus benefitting the formation of ohmic contact between the anode and photoactive layer and leading to increased Voc. In addition, the UVO treatment improves the wettability between the substrate and solvent of the active layer, which facilitates the formation of an upper photoactive layer with better morphology. Further, the O-NiAc layer can decrease the series resistance (Rs) and increase the parallel resistance (Rp) of the devices, inducing enhanced Voc in comparison with the as-prepared NiAc-buffered control devices without UVO treatment. For PSCs based on the P3HT:PCBM system, Voc increases from 0.50 to 0.60 V after the NiAc buffer layer undergoes UVO treatment. Similarly, in the P3HT:ICBA system, the Voc value of the device with a UVO-treated NiAc buffer layer increases from 0.78 to 0.88 V, showing an enhanced power conversion efficiency of 6.64%.

  4. Interfacial Characterizations of a Nickel-Phosphorus Layer Electrolessly Deposited on a Silane Compound-Modified Silicon Wafer Under Thermal Annealing

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    Lai, Kuei-Chang; Wu, Pei-Yu; Chen, Chih-Ming; Wei, Tzu-Chien; Wu, Chung-Han; Feng, Shien-Ping

    2016-10-01

    Front-side metallization of a Si wafer was carried out using electroless deposition of nickel-phosphorus (Ni-P) catalyzed by polyvinylpyrrolidone-capped palladium nanoclusters (PVP-nPd). A 3-[2-(2-Aminoethylamino)ethylamino] propyl-trimethoxysilane (ETAS) layer was covalently bonded on the Si surface as bridge linker to the Pd cores of PVP-nPd clusters for improving adhesion between the Ni-P layer and the Si surface. To investigate the effects of an interfacial ETAS layer on the Ni silicide formation at the Ni-P/Si contact, the Ni-P-coated Si samples were thermally annealed via rapid thermal annealing (RTA) from 500°C to 900°C for 2 min. To compare with the ETAS sample, the sputtered Ni layer on Si and electroless Ni-P layer on ion-Pd-catalyzed Si (both are standard processes) were also investigated. The microstructural characterizations for the Ni-P or Ni layer deposited on the Si wafer were performed using x-ray diffractometer, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Our results showed that the ETAS layer acted as a barrier to slow the atomic diffusion of Ni toward the Si side. Although the formation of Ni silicides required a higher annealing temperature, the adhesion strength and contact resistivity measurements of annealed Ni-P/Si contacts showed satisfactory results, which were essential to the device performance and reliability during thermal annealing.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of atomic layer deposited titanium nitride thin films on lithium titanate spinel powder as a lithium-ion battery anode

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    Snyder, Mark Q.; Wheeler, M. Clayton [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Maine, 5737 Jenness Hall, Orono, ME 04469 (United States); Trebukhova, Svetlana A.; Ravdel, Boris; DiCarlo, Joseph [Yardney Technical Products/Lithion Inc., Pawcatuck, CT 06379 (United States); Tripp, Carl P. [Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (LASST), 5708 ESRB-Barrows, Orono, ME 04469 (United States); Department of Chemistry, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469 (United States); DeSisto, William J. [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Maine, 5737 Jenness Hall, Orono, ME 04469 (United States); Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (LASST), 5708 ESRB-Barrows, Orono, ME 04469 (United States)

    2007-02-25

    Lithium titanate spinel (Li{sub 4}Ti{sub 5}O{sub 12}, or LTS) is receiving consideration as a nanopowder anode material for use in lithium-ion batteries. LTS has more positive working potential than traditional graphite anodes, and it does not react with electrolyte components. However, the main drawback of LTS powder is its poor interparticle electronic conductance that reduces the high-rate ability of the electrode. To improve this we have coated the surface of the LTS powder with a titanium nitride layer by atomic layer deposition (ALD). In situ infrared spectroscopy studies were conducted to confirm the attachment of the titanium precursor. The nitrogen content of films was measured by total nitrogen content testing. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) micrographs confirmed the formation of a thin titanium nitride film around LTS particles by ALD. Finally, lithium cells with electrodes made of original and modified LTS nanopowders were assembled and tested. (author)

  6. Interfacial band-edge engineered TiO2 protection layer on Cu2O photocathodes for efficient water reduction reaction

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    Choi, Jaesuk; Song, Jun Tae; Jang, Ho Seong; Choi, Min-Jae; Sim, Dong Min; Yim, Soonmin; Lim, Hunhee; Jung, Yeon Sik; Oh, Jihun

    2017-01-01

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting has emerged as a potential pathway to produce sustainable and renewable chemical fuels. Here, we present a highly active Cu2O/TiO2 photocathode for H2 production by enhancing the interfacial band-edge energetics of the TiO2 layer, which is realized by controlling the fixed charge density of the TiO2 protection layer. The band-edge engineered Cu2O/TiO2 (where TiO2 was grown at 80 °C via atomic layer deposition) enhances the photocurrent density up to -2.04 mA/cm2 at 0 V vs. RHE under 1 sun illumination, corresponding to about a 1,200% enhancement compared to the photocurrent density of the photocathode protected with TiO2 grown at 150 °C. Moreover, band-edge engineering of the TiO2 protection layer prevents electron accumulation at the TiO2 layer and enhances both the Faraday efficiency and the stability for hydrogen production during the PEC water reduction reaction. This facile control over the TiO2/electrolyte interface will also provide new insight for designing highly efficient and stable protection layers for various other photoelectrodes such as Si, InP, and GaAs. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  7. Photoelectrochemical Characterization of Sprayed α-Fe2O3 Thin Films: Influence of Si Doping and SnO2 Interfacial Layer

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    Yongqi Liang

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available α-Fe2O3 thin film photoanodes for solar water splitting were prepared by spray pyrolysis of Fe(AcAc3. The donor density in the Fe2O3 films could be tuned between 1017–1020 cm-3 by doping with silicon. By depositing a 5 nm SnO2 interfacial layer between the Fe2O3 films and the transparent conducting substrates, both the reproducibility and the photocurrent can be enhanced. The effects of Si doping and the presence of the SnO2 interfacial layer were systematically studied. The highest photoresponse is obtained for Fe2O3 doped with 0.2% Si, resulting in a photocurrent of 0.37 mA/cm2 at 1.23 VRHE in a 1.0 M KOH solution under 80 mW/cm2 AM1.5 illumination.

  8. Atomic-layer-deposited Al2O3 and HfO2 on InAlAs: A comparative study of interfacial and electrical characteristics

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    Wu, Li-Fan; Zhang, Yu-Ming; Lv, Hong-Liang; Zhang, Yi-Men

    2016-10-01

    Al2O3 and HfO2 thin films are separately deposited on n-type InAlAs epitaxial layers by using atomic layer deposition (ALD). The interfacial properties are revealed by angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AR-XPS). It is demonstrated that the Al2O3 layer can reduce interfacial oxidation and trap charge formation. The gate leakage current densities are 1.37 × 10-6 A/cm2 and 3.22 × 10-6 A/cm2 at +1 V for the Al2O3/InAlAs and HfO2/InAlAs MOS capacitors respectively. Compared with the HfO2/InAlAs metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitor, the Al2O3/InAlAs MOS capacitor exhibits good electrical properties in reducing gate leakage current, narrowing down the hysteresis loop, shrinking stretch-out of the C-V characteristics, and significantly reducing the oxide trapped charge (Q ot) value and the interface state density (D it). Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2010CB327505), the Advanced Research Foundation of China (Grant No. 914xxx803-051xxx111), the National Defense Advance Research Project, China (Grant No. 513xxxxx306), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51302215), the Scientific Research Program Funded by Shaanxi Provincial Education Department, China (Grant No. 14JK1656), and the Science and Technology Project of Shaanxi Province, China (Grant No. 2016KRM029).

  9. Structural and electrical characteristics of ALD-HfO2/n-Si gate stack with SiON interfacial layer for advanced CMOS technology

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    Gupta, Richa; Rajput, Renu; Prasher, Rakesh; Vaid, Rakesh

    2016-09-01

    We report the fabrication of an ultra-thin silicon oxynitride (SiON) as an interfacial layer (IL) for n-Si/ALD-HfO2 gate stack with reduced leakage current. The XRD, AFM, FTIR, FESEM and EDAX characterizations have been performed for structural and morphological studies. Electrical parameters such as dielectric constant (K), interface trap density (Dit), leakage current density (J), effective oxide charge (Qeff), barrier height (Φbo), ideality factor (ƞ), breakdown-voltage (Vbr) and series resistance (Rs) were extracted through C-V, G-V and I-V measurements. The determined values of K, Dit, J, Qeff, Φbo, ƞ, Vbr and Rs are 14.4, 0.5 × 10 11 eV-1 cm-2, 2.2 × 10-9 A/cm2, 0.3 × 1013 cm-2, 0.42, 2.1, -0.33 and 14.5 MΩ respectively. SiON growth prior to HfO2 deposition has curtailed the problem of high leakage current density and interfacial traps due to sufficient amount of N2 incorporated at the interface.

  10. Investigation on the Microstructure, Interfacial IMC Layer, and Mechanical Properties of Cu/Sn-0.7Cu- xNi/Cu Solder Joints

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    Yang, Li; Ge, Jinguo; Zhang, Yaocheng; Dai, Jun; Liu, Haixiang; Xiang, Jicen

    2016-07-01

    Sn-0.7Cu- xNi composite solder has been fabricated via mechanical mixing of different weight percentages of Ni particles with Sn-0.7Cu solder paste, and the effect of the Ni concentration on the microstructure, wettability, and tensile properties of Cu/Sn-0.7Cu- xNi/Cu solder joints investigated. The results show that refined dot-shaped particles of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) are uniformly dispersed in a primary β-Sn matrix in the Cu/Sn-0.7Cu-(0.05-0.1)Ni/Cu solder joints. The interfacial IMC layer thickness increased slightly when adding Ni content to 0.05 wt.%, then rapidly when further increasing the Ni concentration to 0.4 wt.%. Excellent wettability with bright appearance was obtained for the Sn-0.7Cu-0.05Ni solder due to diminished interfacial tension. The tensile properties improved after adding Ni content to 0.05 wt.% due to the presence of the refined dot-like IMC particles, in agreement with theoretical predictions based on the combination of dispersion and grain-refinement strengthening mechanisms. Refined microstructure and enhanced mechanical properties were obtained for the Cu/Sn-0.7Cu-0.05Ni/Cu solder joint.

  11. Optimization of Residual Stresses in MMC's through Process Parameter Control and the use of Heterogeneous Compensating/Compliant Interfacial Layers. OPTCOMP2 User's Guide

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    Pindera, Marek-Jerzy; Salzar, Robert S.

    1996-01-01

    A user's guide for the computer program OPTCOMP2 is presented in this report. This program provides a capability to optimize the fabrication or service-induced residual stresses in unidirectional metal matrix composites subjected to combined thermomechanical axisymmetric loading by altering the processing history, as well as through the microstructural design of interfacial fiber coatings. The user specifies the initial architecture of the composite and the load history, with the constituent materials being elastic, plastic, viscoplastic, or as defined by the 'user-defined' constitutive model, in addition to the objective function and constraints, through a user-friendly data input interface. The optimization procedure is based on an efficient solution methodology for the inelastic response of a fiber/interface layer(s)/matrix concentric cylinder model where the interface layers can be either homogeneous or heterogeneous. The response of heterogeneous layers is modeled using Aboudi's three-dimensional method of cells micromechanics model. The commercial optimization package DOT is used for the nonlinear optimization problem. The solution methodology for the arbitrarily layered cylinder is based on the local-global stiffness matrix formulation and Mendelson's iterative technique of successive elastic solutions developed for elastoplastic boundary-value problems. The optimization algorithm employed in DOT is based on the method of feasible directions.

  12. Two-Step Physical Deposition of a Compact CuI Hole-Transport Layer and the Formation of an Interfacial Species in Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Gharibzadeh, Saba; Nejand, Bahram Abdollahi; Moshaii, Ahmad; Mohammadian, Nasim; Alizadeh, Amir Hossein; Mohammadpour, Rahele; Ahmadi, Vahid; Alizadeh, Abdolali

    2016-08-09

    A simple and practical approach is introduced for the deposition of CuI as an inexpensive inorganic hole-transport material (HTM) for the fabrication of low cost perovskite solar cells (PSCs) by gas-solid phase transformation of Cu to CuI. The method provides a uniform and well-controlled CuI layer with large grains and good compactness that prevents the direct connection between the contact electrodes. Solar cells prepared with CuI as the HTM with Au electrodes displays an exceptionally high short-circuit current density of 32 mA cm(-2) , owing to an interfacial species formed between the perovskite and the Cu resulting in a long wavelength contribution to the incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency (IPCE), and an overall power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.4 %. The growth of crystalline and uniform CuI on a low roughness perovskite layer leads to remarkably high charge extraction in the cells, which originates from the high hole mobility of CuI in addition to a large number of contact points between CuI and the perovskite layer. In addition, the solvent-free method has no damaging side effect on the perovskite layer, which makes it an appropriate method for large scale applications of CuI in perovskite solar cells.

  13. Organic Solar Cells Based on WO2.72 Nanowire Anode Buffer Layer with Enhanced Power Conversion Efficiency and Ambient Stability.

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    You, Longzhen; Liu, Bin; Liu, Tao; Fan, Bingbing; Cai, Yunhao; Guo, Lin; Sun, Yanming

    2017-04-12

    Tungsten oxide as an alternative to conventional acidic PEDOT:PSS has attracted much attention in organic solar cells (OSCs). However, the vacuum-processed WO3 layer and high-temperature sol-gel hydrolyzed WOX are incompatible with large-scale manufacturing of OSCs. Here, we report for the first time that a specific tungsten oxide WO2.72 (W18O49) nanowire can function well as the anode buffer layer. The nw-WO2.72 film exhibits a high optical transparency. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of OSCs based on three typical polymer active layers PTB7:PC71BM, PTB7-Th:PC71BM, and PDBT-T1:PC71BM with nw-WO2.72 layer were improved significantly from 7.27 to 8.23%, from 8.44 to 9.30%, and from 8.45 to 9.09%, respectively compared to devices with PEDOT:PSS. Moreover, the photovoltaic performance of OSCs based on small molecule p-DTS(FBTTh2)2:PC71BM active layer was also enhanced with the incorporation of nw-WO2.72. The enhanced performance is mainly attributed to the improved short-circuit current density (Jsc), which benefits from the oxygen vacancies and the surface apophyses for better charge extraction. Furthermore, OSCs based on nw-WO2.72 show obviously improved ambient stability compared to devices with PEDOT:PSS layer. The results suggest that nw-WO2.72 is a promising candidate for the anode buffer layer materials in organic solar cells.

  14. Effects of Post Annealing Treatments on the Interfacial Chemical Properties and Band Alignment of AlN/Si Structure Prepared by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Sun, Long; Lu, Hong-Liang; Chen, Hong-Yan; Wang, Tao; Ji, Xin-Ming; Liu, Wen-Jun; Zhao, Dongxu; Devi, Anjana; Ding, Shi-Jin; Zhang, David Wei

    2017-12-01

    The influences of annealing temperature in N2 atmosphere on interfacial chemical properties and band alignment of AlN/Si structure deposited by atomic layer deposition have been investigated based on x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry. It is found that more oxygen incorporated into AlN film with the increasing annealing temperature, resulting from a little residual H2O in N2 atmosphere reacting with AlN film during the annealing treatment. Accordingly, the Si-N bonding at the interface gradually transforms to Si-O bonding with the increasing temperature due to the diffusion of oxygen from AlN film to the Si substrate. Specially, the Si-O-Al bonding state can be detected in the 900 °C-annealed sample. Furthermore, it is determined that the band gap and valence band offset increase with increasing annealing temperature.

  15. Effects of Post Annealing Treatments on the Interfacial Chemical Properties and Band Alignment of AlN/Si Structure Prepared by Atomic Layer Deposition

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    Sun, Long; Lu, Hong-Liang; Chen, Hong-Yan; Wang, Tao; Ji, Xin-Ming; Liu, Wen-Jun; Zhao, Dongxu; Devi, Anjana; Ding, Shi-Jin; Zhang, David Wei

    2017-02-01

    The influences of annealing temperature in N2 atmosphere on interfacial chemical properties and band alignment of AlN/Si structure deposited by atomic layer deposition have been investigated based on x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry. It is found that more oxygen incorporated into AlN film with the increasing annealing temperature, resulting from a little residual H2O in N2 atmosphere reacting with AlN film during the annealing treatment. Accordingly, the Si-N bonding at the interface gradually transforms to Si-O bonding with the increasing temperature due to the diffusion of oxygen from AlN film to the Si substrate. Specially, the Si-O-Al bonding state can be detected in the 900 °C-annealed sample. Furthermore, it is determined that the band gap and valence band offset increase with increasing annealing temperature.

  16. Magnetization reorientation induced by interfacial structures in ultrathin disordered FePt film sandwiched by SiO{sub 2} layers

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    Yang, Guang; Zhang, Jing-Yan [Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); State Key Laboratory of Magnetism, Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Wang, Shou-Guo, E-mail: sgwang@iphy.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Magnetism, Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Jiang, Shao-Long; Zhao, Yun-Chi [Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Ma, Qi-Di; Wang, Chao; Dong, Bo-Wen; Liu, Jia-Long; Zhang, Ying; Sun, Young [State Key Laboratory of Magnetism, Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Wu, Zheng-Long [Analytical and Testing Center, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Yu, Guang-Hua, E-mail: ghyu@mater.ustb.edu.cn [Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2015-10-30

    In general, ultrathin disordered FePt film exhibits in-plane magnetic anisotropy due to large demagnetization fields and negligible volume anisotropy. Here, we demonstrated that magnetization reorientation from in-plane to out-of-plane takes place when ultrathin disordered FePt film is sandwiched by amorphous SiO{sub 2} layers and annealed at 350 °C. Based on the interfacial and structural analysis from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy, the reorientation originates from the electronic structural changes because of strong bonding between Fe and O atoms at the top FePt/SiO{sub 2} interface. This interface anisotropy plays a crucial role in the magnetic behaviour, resulting in magnetization reorientation of ultrathin disordered FePt film.

  17. Three-dimensional carbon nanotube-textile anode for high-performance microbial fuel cells.

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    Xie, Xing; Hu, Liangbing; Pasta, Mauro; Wells, George F; Kong, Desheng; Criddle, Craig S; Cui, Yi

    2011-01-12

    Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) harness the metabolism of microorganisms, converting chemical energy into electrical energy. Anode performance is an important factor limiting the power density of MFCs for practical application. Improving the anode design is thus important for enhancing the MFC performance, but only a little development has been reported. Here, we describe a biocompatible, highly conductive, two-scale porous anode fabricated from a carbon nanotube-textile (CNT-textile) composite for high-performance MFCs. The macroscale porous structure of the intertwined CNT-textile fibers creates an open 3D space for efficient substrate transport and internal colonization by a diverse microflora, resulting in a 10-fold-larger anolyte-biofilm-anode interfacial area than the projective surface area of the CNT-textile. The conformally coated microscale porous CNT layer displays strong interaction with the microbial biofilm, facilitating electron transfer from exoelectrogens to the CNT-textile anode. An MFC equipped with a CNT-textile anode has a 10-fold-lower charge-transfer resistance and achieves considerably better performance than one equipped with a traditional carbon cloth anode: the maximum current density is 157% higher, the maximum power density is 68% higher, and the energy recovery is 141% greater.

  18. Three-Dimensional Carbon Nanotube−Textile Anode for High-Performance Microbial Fuel Cells

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    Xie, Xing

    2011-01-12

    Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) harness the metabolism of microorganisms, converting chemical energy into electrical energy. Anode performance is an important factor limiting the power density of MFCs for practical application. Improving the anode design is thus important for enhancing the MFC performance, but only a little development has been reported. Here, we describe a biocompatible, highly conductive, two-scale porous anode fabricated from a carbon nanotube-textile (CNT-textile) composite for high-performance MFCs. The macroscale porous structure of the intertwined CNT-textile fibers creates an open 3D space for efficient substrate transport and internal colonization by a diverse microflora, resulting in a 10-fold-larger anolyte-biofilm-anode interfacial area than the projective surface area of the CNT-textile. The conformally coated microscale porous CNT layer displays strong interaction with the microbial biofilm, facilitating electron transfer from exoelectrogens to the CNT-textile anode. An MFC equipped with a CNT-textile anode has a 10-fold-lower charge-transfer resistance and achieves considerably better performance than one equipped with a traditional carbon cloth anode: the maximum current density is 157% higher, the maximum power density is 68% higher, and the energy recovery is 141% greater. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  19. Effect of dye-sensitized solar cells based on the anodizing TiO2 nanotube array/nanoparticle double-layer electrode

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    Yang, Jun Hyuk; Wung Bark, Chung; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Choi, Hyung Wook

    2014-11-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays fabricated by anodization are very attractive for dye-sensitized solar cells owing to their superior charge percolation and slower charge recombination. Highly ordered, vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays have been prepared by a three-step anodic oxidation. In this work, we considered the aforementioned strategies to improve the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells. Employing one of these approaches, the use of oxide semiconductors in the form of a TiO2 nanotube array was attempted as a novel means of improving the electron transport through the film. We fabricated a novel TiO2 nanoparticle/TiO2 nanotube array double-layer photoelectrode by a layer-by-layer assembly process, and we thoroughly investigated the effect of various structures on sample efficiency. Dye-sensitized solar cells with a light-to-electric energy conversion efficiency of 5.48% were achieved at a simulated solar light irradiation of 100 mW/cm2 (AM 1.5).

  20. MgO-hybridized TiO2 interfacial layers assisting efficiency enhancement of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Sakai, Nobuya; Ikegami, Masashi; Miyasaka, Tsutomu

    2014-02-01

    Interfacial modification of a thin TiO2 compact layer (T-CL) by hybridization with MgO enhanced the quantum conversion efficiency of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (ssDSSCs) comprising a multilayer structure of transparent electrode/T-CL/dye-sensitized mesoporous TiO2/hole conductor/metal counter electrode. The Mg(CH3COO)2 treatment was employed to introduce a MgO-TiO2 CL (T/M-CL), which enhanced the physical connection and conduction between the CL and mesoporous semiconductor layer as a consecutive interface, owing to the dehydration reaction of Mg(CH3COO)2. The photocurrent density of ssDSSC was increased 33% by the T/M-CL compared with the T-CL, using an equivalent amount of adsorbed dye. The ssDSSC with the T/M-CL yielded the highest efficiency of 4.02% under irradiation at 100 mW cm-2. The electrical impedance spectroscopy showed that the charge-transfer resistance (Rct) of the photoelectrode with T/M-CL was reduced by 300 Ω from the reference non-treated T-CL electrode. Characterized by the intrinsically low Rct of the compact layer, the T/M-CL is capable of improving the photovoltaic performance of solid-state sensitized mesoscopic solar cells.

  1. Effect of surface pretreatment on interfacial chemical bonding states of atomic layer deposited ZrO{sub 2} on AlGaN

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    Ye, Gang; Arulkumaran, Subramaniam; Ng, Geok Ing; Li, Yang; Ang, Kian Siong [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Wang, Hong, E-mail: ewanghong@ntu.edu.sg [School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798, Singapore and CINTRA CNRS/NTU/Thales, UMI 3288, 50 Nanyang Drive, Singapore 637553 (Singapore); Ng, Serene Lay Geok; Ji, Rong [Data Storage Institute, Agency for Science Technology and Research (A-STAR), 5 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117608 (Singapore); Liu, Zhi Hong [Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, 1 CREATE Way, Singapore 138602 (Singapore)

    2015-09-15

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) of ZrO{sub 2} on native oxide covered (untreated) and buffered oxide etchant (BOE) treated AlGaN surface was analyzed by utilizing x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. Evidenced by Ga–O and Al–O chemical bonds by XPS, parasitic oxidation during deposition is largely enhanced on BOE treated AlGaN surface. Due to the high reactivity of Al atoms, more prominent oxidation of Al atoms is observed, which leads to thicker interfacial layer formed on BOE treated surface. The results suggest that native oxide on AlGaN surface may serve as a protecting layer to inhibit the surface from further parasitic oxidation during ALD. The findings provide important process guidelines for the use of ALD ZrO{sub 2} and its pre-ALD surface treatments for high-k AlGaN/GaN metal–insulator–semiconductor high electron mobility transistors and other related device applications.

  2. Tailoring morphology in free-standing anodic aluminium oxide: control of barrier layer opening down to the sub-10 nm diameter.

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    Gong, Jie; Butler, William H; Zangari, Giovanni

    2010-05-01

    Free-standing, highly ordered porous aluminium oxide templates were fabricated by three-step anodization in oxalic, sulfuric or phosphoric acid solutions, followed by dissolution of the aluminium substrate in HgCl(2). Opening of the pore bottoms on the barrier layer side of these templates was carried out by using chemical or ion beam etching. Chemical etching is capable of achieving full pore opening, but partial pore opening occurs inhomogeneously. On the contrary, ion beam etching enables homogeneous and reproducible partial pore opening, with the pore size controlled through the etching time. By this method, pore openings as small as 5 nm can reliably be obtained.

  3. Impact of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} passivation layer on interfacial and electrical properties of atomic-layer-deposited ZrO{sub 2} gate dielectric on GaAs

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    Gong, Youpin; Zhai, Haifa; Liu, Xiaojie; Kong, Jizhou; Wu, Di; Li, Aidong, E-mail: adli@nju.edu.cn

    2014-02-01

    ZrO{sub 2} gate dielectric films were fabricated on n-GaAs substrates by atomic layer deposition (ALD), using metal organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD)-derived ultrathin Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} film as interfacial control layer between ZrO{sub 2} and n-GaAs. The interfacial structure, capacitance–voltage and current–voltage properties of ZrO{sub 2}/n-GaAs and ZrO{sub 2}/Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}/n-GaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors have been investigated. The introduction of an ultrathin Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} control layer can effectively suppress the formation of As oxides and high valence Ga oxide at the high k/GaAs interface which evidently improved the electrical properties of GaAs-based MOS capacitors, such as higher accumulation capacitance and lower leakage current density. It was found that the current conduction mechanism of MOS capacitors varied from Poole–Frenkel emission to Schottky–Richardson emission after introducing the thin Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer. The band alignments of interfaces for ZrO{sub 2}/GaAs and ZrO{sub 2}/Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}/GaAs were established, which indicates that the conduction band offset (CBO) for ZrO{sub 2}/GaAs and ZrO{sub 2}/Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}/GaAs stacks are ∼1.45 and ∼1.62 eV, correspondingly.

  4. Nano-carbon coating layer prepared by the thermal evaporation of fullerene C60 for lithium metal anodes in rechargeable lithium batteries.

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    Arie, Arenst Andreas; Lee, Joong Kee

    2011-07-01

    A nano carbon coating layer was prepared by the thermal evaporation of fullerene C60 on the surface of lithium metal anodes for rechargeable lithium batteries. The morphology and structure of the carbon layer was firstly investigated by Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The effects of the nano-carbon coating layer on the electrochemical performance of the lithium electrode were then examined by charge-discharge tests and impedance spectroscopy. Raman spectra of carbon coating layer showed two main peaks (D and G peaks), indicating the amorphous structure of the film. A honey comb-like structure of carbon film was observed by TEM photographs, providing a transport path for the transport of lithium ions at the electrode/electrolyte interface. The carbon coated lithium electrodes exhibited a higher initial coulombic efficiency (91%) and higher specific capacity retention (88%) after the 30th cycle at 0.2 C-rate between 3.4 and 4.5 V. Impedance measurements showed that the charge transfer resistance was significantly reduced after cycle tests for the carbon coated electrodes, revealing that the more stable solid electrolyte (SEI) layer was established on their surface. Based on the experimental results, it suggested that the presence of the nano-carbon coating layer might suppress the dendritic growth on the surface of lithium metal electrodes, as confirmed by the observation of SEM images after cycle tests.

  5. Evolution mechanism of the interfacial reaction layers in the joints of diffusion bonded Mo and Ai foils

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    LI Jinglong; ZHAO Fengkuan; YANG Weihua; XIONG Jiangtao; ZHANG Fusheng; Lü Xuechao

    2009-01-01

    Mo foil (10-20 μm in thickness) and Al foil (20-60 μm in thickness) were vacuum diffusion bonded at 600-640 ℃ under 20 MPa for 54 min-6 h. The joints were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) to study the evolution mechanism of the reaction layers. The results show that Al atoms diffuse into Mo grain boundaries and form reaction products as Mo3Als, MoAl4, MoAl5 and MoAl12. The surface oxide film is eroded by the growths of the reaction products that plow into the lamellar texture of Mo grain boundaries. Mo3Al8 layer grows by "taking root" downwards and transforms into MoAl4 and MoAl5 phases upwards by absorbing Al atoms. MoAl12 layer grows up from MoAl5 layer in the same way. When the supplement of Al atoms ceases, MoAl12 transforms reversely into MoAl5 and MoAl3 into MoAl4 via the loss of Al atoms. However, MoAl4 continues to precipitate from Mo3Al8 layer. At last, there are MoAl4 and Mo3Al8 remained on the joint interface.

  6. 层层组装修饰Ni片阳极的光催化辅助电解水制氢%Ni anode modified by layer by layer assembly and its application in water electrolysis assisted by photocatalysis

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    常明; 陈爱平; 何洪波; 马磊; 李春忠

    2012-01-01

    TiO2/ZnO nanorode arrays (TiO2/ZnONRs) and TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2NTs) were assembled on Ni substrate anodes by the layer by layer (LBL) process. The anode of an alkaline electrolytic cell for water electrolysis was irradiated by ultraviolet light. The water electrolysis process was coupled with photocatalytic decomposition of water for hydrogen preparation. A new process for hydrogen preparation of water electrolysis assisted by photocatalysis (WEAP) was proposed and experimentally confirmed. FE-SEM, XRD, EDS, UV-Vis and WEAP measurement were used to characterize the structure and performance of modified Ni anode. The rate of hydrogen evolution in WEAP of modified Ni anode with TiO2/ZnONRs was higher than that with TiO2NTs. Comparing to sole Ni anode, the rate of hydrogen evolution of TiO2/ZnONRs and TiO2NTs modified Ni anode was increased by 1. 75 and 1. 50 times respectively. And the consumption of electric power was decreased by 10. 5% and 9. 0% respectively.%采用层层组装的方法在Ni片阳极上分别组装TiO2/ZnO纳米棒阵列(TiO2/ZnONRs)和TiO2纳米管阵列(TiO2NTs).以碱性电解池为基础,采用紫外线辐照阳极,将光催化与电解水有机地耦合在一起,提出并实现了光催化辅助电解水制氢的新过程.通过FE-SEM、XRD、EDS、UV-Vis和光催化辅助电解水制氢(WEAP)等方法,对修饰电极的结构和性能进行了表征和测试.结果表明,TiO2/ZnONRs比TiO2NTs修饰Ni阳极的光催化辅助电解水产氢速率快.TiO2/ZnONRs和TiO2NTs修饰Ni电极比纯Ni片作阳极的WEAP过程产氢速率分别提高了1.75和1.50倍.电耗分别降低了约10.5%和9.0%.

  7. Interfacial reactions between titanium and borate glass

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    Brow, R.K. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Saha, S.K.; Goldstein, J.I. [Lehigh Univ., Bethlehem, PA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science

    1992-12-31

    Interfacial reactions between melts of several borate glasses and titanium have been investigated by analytical scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). A thin titanium boride interfacial layer is detected by XPS after short (30 minutes) thermal treatments. ASEM analyses after longer thermal treatments (8--120 hours) reveal boron-rich interfacial layers and boride precipitates in the Ti side of the interface.

  8. Polyethylenimine Interfacial Layers in Inverted Organic Photovoltaic Devices: Effects of Ethoxylation and Molecular Weight on Efficiency and Temporal Stability.

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    Courtright, Brett A E; Jenekhe, Samson A

    2015-12-02

    We report a comparative study of polyethylenimine (PEI) and ethoxylated-polyethylenimine (PEIE) cathode buffer layers in high performance inverted organic photovoltaic devices. The work function of the indium-tin oxide (ITO)/zinc oxide (ZnO) cathode was reduced substantially (Δφ = 0.73-1.09 eV) as the molecular weight of PEI was varied from 800 g mol(-1) to 750 000 g mol(-1) compared with the observed much smaller reduction when using a PEIE thin film (Δφ = 0.56 eV). The reference inverted polymer solar cells based on the small band gap polymer PBDTT-FTTE (ITO/ZnO/PBDTT-FTTE:PC70BM/MoO3/Ag), without a cathode buffer layer, had an average power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.06 ± 0.22%. Incorporation of a PEIE cathode buffer layer in the same PBDTT-FTTE:PC70BM blend devices gave an enhanced performance with a PCE of 7.37 ± 0.53%. In contrast, an even greater photovoltaic efficiency with a PCE of 8.22 ± 0.10% was obtained in similar PBDTT-FTTE:PC70BM blend solar cells containing a PEI cathode buffer layer. The temporal stability of the inverted polymer solar cells was found to increase with increasing molecular weight of the cathode buffer layer. The results show that PEI is superior to PEIE as a cathode buffer layer in high performance organic photovoltaic devices and that the highest molecular weight PEI interlayer provides the highest temporal stability.

  9. Influence of the heat treatment condition of alloy AlCu4Mg1 on the microstructure and properties of anodic oxide layers

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    Morgenstern, R.; Dietrich, D.; Sieber, M.; Lampke, T.

    2017-03-01

    Due to their outstanding specific mechanical properties, high-strength, age-hardenable aluminum alloys offer a high potential for lightweight security-related applications. However, the use of copper-alloyed aluminum is limited because of their susceptibility to selective corrosion and their low wear resistance. These restrictions can be overcome and new applications can be opened up by the generation of protective anodic aluminum oxide layers. In contrast to the anodic oxidation of unalloyed aluminum, oxide layers produced on copper-rich alloys exhibit a significantly more complex pore structure. It is the aim of the investigation to identify the influence of microstructural parameters such as size and distribution of the strengthening precipitations on the coating microstructure. The aluminum alloy EN AW-2024 (AlCu4Mg1) in different heat treatment conditions serves as substrate material. The influence of the strengthening precipitations’ size and distribution on the development of the pore structure is investigated by the use of high-resolution scanning electron microscopy. Integral coating properties are characterized by non-destructive and light-microscopic thickness measurements and instrumented indentation tests.

  10. Self-organized nanotubular oxide layers on Ti-6Al-7Nb and Ti-6Al-4V formed by anodization in NH4F solutions.

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    Macak, Jan M; Tsuchiya, Hiroaki; Taveira, Luciano; Ghicov, Andrei; Schmuki, Patrik

    2005-12-15

    The present work reports the fabrication of self-organized porous oxide-nanotube layers on the biomedical titanium alloys Ti-6Al-7Nb and Ti-6Al-4V by a simple electrochemical treatment. These two-phase alloys were anodized in 1M (NH(4))(2)SO(4) electrolytes containing 0.5 wt % of NH(4)F. The results show that under specific anodization conditions self-organized porous oxide structures can be grown on the alloy surface. SEM images revealed that the porous layers consist of arrays of single nanotubes with a diameter of 100 nm and a spacing of 150 nm. For the V-containing alloy enhanced etching of the beta phase is observed, leading to selective dissolution and an inhomogeneous pore formation. For the Nb-containing alloy an almost ideal coverage of both phases is obtained. According to XPS measurements the tubes are a mixed oxide with an almost stoichiometric oxide composition, and can be grown to thicknesses of several hundreds of nanometers. These findings represent a simple surface treatment for Ti alloys that has high potential for biomedical applications.

  11. The effect of hydration layers on the anodic growth and on the dielectric properties of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} for electrolytic capacitors

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    Scaduto, G., E-mail: scaduto_giuseppe@libero.it [Electrochemical Material Science Laboratory, Facoltà di Ingegneria, Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Ed. 6, 90128 Palermo (Italy); Santamaria, M., E-mail: monica.santamaria@unipa.it [Electrochemical Material Science Laboratory, Facoltà di Ingegneria, Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Ed. 6, 90128 Palermo (Italy); Bocchetta, P., E-mail: patrizia.bocchetta@unisalento.it [Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell' Innovazione, Università del Salento, via Monteroni, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Di Quarto, F., E-mail: francesco.diquarto@unipa.it [Electrochemical Material Science Laboratory, Facoltà di Ingegneria, Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Ed. 6, 90128 Palermo (Italy)

    2014-01-01

    Hydrous films were grown on high purity and cubicity Al foils for electrolytic capacitors in deionized water, ethylene glycol–deionized water and glycerol–deionized water at different immersion times. According to X-ray diffraction patterns the hydration treatment allowed growing a pseudo boehmite layer on Al surface whose morphology is appreciably affected by the bath composition. Capacitance measurements and photoelectrochemical findings suggest that a more compact barrier layer forms during the immersion in alcohol containing solutions. The hydration in water allowed saving energy and preparing more blocking oxide films. The beneficial effect of hydration in hot water on the specific capacitance was evidenced only for films formed at 300 V due to the crystallization of amorphous alumina in γ′-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. - Highlights: • Hydrous films were grown on Al foils in hot H{sub 2}O and alcohol–H{sub 2}O mixtures. • Hydrous films' solid state properties were studied as a function of growing condition. • Hydrous films sensitively influence charge consumption during anodizing process. • Hydrous films sensitively influence dielectric properties of anodic Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  12. Interfacial chemical reaction and multiple gap state formation on three layer cathode in organic light-emitting diode: Ca/BaF2/Alq3

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    Kim, Tae Gun; Lee, Hyunbok; Yi, Yeonjin; Lee, Seung Mi; Kim, Jeong Won

    2015-07-01

    A three layer cathode is a promising stack structure for long lifetime and high efficiency in organic light-emitting diodes. The interfacial chemical reactions and their effects on electronic structures for alkaline-earth metal (Ca, Ba)/Alq3 [tris(8-hydroxyquinolinato)aluminum] and Ca/BaF2/Alq3 are investigated using in-situ X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, as well as molecular model calculation. The BaF2 interlayer initially prevents direct contact between Alq3 and the reactive Ca metal, but it is dissociated into Ba and CaF2 by the addition of Ca. As the Ca thickness increases, the Ca penetrates the interlayer to directly participate in the reaction with the underlying Alq3. This series of chemical reactions takes place irrespective of the BaF2 buffer layer thickness as long as the Ca overlayer thickness is sufficient. The interface reaction between the alkaline-earth metal and Alq3 generates two energetically separated gap states in a sequential manner. This phenomenon is explained by step-by-step charge transfer from the alkaline-earth metal to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital states of Alq3, forming new occupied states below the Fermi level.

  13. Interfacial chemical reaction and multiple gap state formation on three layer cathode in organic light-emitting diode: Ca/BaF{sub 2}/Alq{sub 3}

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    Kim, Tae Gun; Kim, Jeong Won, E-mail: jeongwonk@kriss.re.kr [Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), 267 Gajeong-ro, Daejeon 305-340 (Korea, Republic of); Korea University of Science and Technology (UST), 206 Gajeong-ro, Daejeon 305-350 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Hyunbok [Department of Physics, Kangwon National University, 1 Gangwondaehak-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do 200-701 (Korea, Republic of); Yi, Yeonjin [Institute of Physics and Applied Physics, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemoon-Gu, Seoul 120-749 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Seung Mi [Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), 267 Gajeong-ro, Daejeon 305-340 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-14

    A three layer cathode is a promising stack structure for long lifetime and high efficiency in organic light-emitting diodes. The interfacial chemical reactions and their effects on electronic structures for alkaline-earth metal (Ca, Ba)/Alq{sub 3} [tris(8-hydroxyquinolinato)aluminum] and Ca/BaF{sub 2}/Alq{sub 3} are investigated using in-situ X-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, as well as molecular model calculation. The BaF{sub 2} interlayer initially prevents direct contact between Alq{sub 3} and the reactive Ca metal, but it is dissociated into Ba and CaF{sub 2} by the addition of Ca. As the Ca thickness increases, the Ca penetrates the interlayer to directly participate in the reaction with the underlying Alq{sub 3}. This series of chemical reactions takes place irrespective of the BaF{sub 2} buffer layer thickness as long as the Ca overlayer thickness is sufficient. The interface reaction between the alkaline-earth metal and Alq{sub 3} generates two energetically separated gap states in a sequential manner. This phenomenon is explained by step-by-step charge transfer from the alkaline-earth metal to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital states of Alq{sub 3}, forming new occupied states below the Fermi level.

  14. Comparative Study of SiO2, Al2O3, and BeO Ultrathin Interfacial Barrier Layers in Si Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Devices

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    J. H. Yum

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In a previous study, we have demonstrated that beryllium oxide (BeO film grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD on Si and III-V MOS devices has excellent electrical and physical characteristics. In this paper, we compare the electrical characteristics of inserting an ultrathin interfacial barrier layer such as SiO2, Al2O3, or BeO between the HfO2 gate dielectric and Si substrate in metal oxide semiconductor capacitors (MOSCAPs and n-channel inversion type metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs. Si MOSCAPs and MOSFETs with a BeO/HfO2 gate stack exhibited high performance and reliability characteristics, including a 34% improvement in drive current, slightly better reduction in subthreshold swing, 42% increase in effective electron mobility at an electric field of 1 MV/cm, slightly low equivalent oxide thickness, less stress-induced flat-band voltage shift, less stress induced leakage current, and less interface charge.

  15. Impact of Ir gate interfacial oxide layers on performance of AlGaN/GaN HEMT

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    Vallo, Martin, E-mail: martin.vallo@savba.sk [Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 841 04 Bratislava (Slovakia); Lalinský, Tibor; Dobročka, Edmund; Vanko, Gabriel [Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 841 04 Bratislava (Slovakia); Vincze, Andrej [International Laser Cente, Ilkovičova 3, 841 04 Bratislava (Slovakia); Rýger, Ivan [Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, 841 04 Bratislava (Slovakia)

    2013-02-15

    The impact of 15 nm thick Schottky gate contact layer based on conductive Ir oxides grown by thermal oxidation in O{sub 2} ambient at 500 °C for 1 and 10 min, respectively, on performance of circular high electron mobility transistor (C-HEMT) has been investigated. Besides the effects of the gate barrier height increase (∼0.32 eV) and gate leakage current decrease (2–4 orders) with the time of oxidation, the shift of both threshold voltage (∼1 V) and peak of transconductance (∼2 V) of the C-HEMT device towards the zero gate voltage has been introduced. X-ray diffraction and depth profiles of secondary ion mass spectroscopy are employed to analyze the microstructure and composition of the gate contacts. They revealed the mixture of Ir and Ir oxides (IrO, IrO{sub 2}) that have not been formed in the whole gate contact layer thickness. All results confirmed the oxidation proceeding from the top of the Ir gate contact layer up to the interface. A promise of Ir oxides based gate contact layers for design of thermally stable HEMT devices with an enhancement mode of operation could be available.

  16. Interfacial forces in aqueous media

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    van Oss, Carel J

    2006-01-01

    Thoroughly revised and reorganized, the second edition of Interfacial Forces in Aqueous Media examines the role of polar interfacial and noncovalent interactions among biological and nonbiological macromolecules as well as biopolymers, particles, surfaces, cells, and both polar and apolar polymers. The book encompasses Lifshitz-van der Waals and electrical double layer interactions, as well as Lewis acid-base interactions between colloidal entities in polar liquids such as water. New in this Edition: Four previously unpublished chapters comprising a new section on interfacial propertie

  17. 2D Space-Confined Synthesis of Few-Layer MoS2 Anchored on Carbon Nanosheet for Lithium-Ion Battery Anode.

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    Zhou, Jingwen; Qin, Jian; Zhang, Xiang; Shi, Chunsheng; Liu, Enzuo; Li, Jiajun; Zhao, Naiqin; He, Chunnian

    2015-04-28

    A facile and scalable 2D spatial confinement strategy is developed for in situ synthesizing highly crystalline MoS2 nanosheets with few layers (≤5 layers) anchored on 3D porous carbon nanosheet networks (3D FL-MoS2@PCNNs) as lithium-ion battery anode. During the synthesis, 3D self-assembly of cubic NaCl particles is adopted to not only serve as a template to direct the growth of 3D porous carbon nanosheet networks, but also create a 2D-confined space to achieve the construction of few-layer MoS2 nanosheets robustly lain on the surface of carbon nanosheet walls. In the resulting 3D architecture, the intimate contact between the surfaces of MoS2 and carbon nanosheets can effectively avoid the aggregation and restacking of MoS2 as well as remarkably enhance the structural integrity of the electrode, while the conductive matrix of 3D porous carbon nanosheet networks can ensure fast transport of both electrons and ions in the whole electrode. As a result, this unique 3D architecture manifests an outstanding long-life cycling capability at high rates, namely, a specific capacity as large as 709 mAh g(-1) is delivered at 2 A g(-1) and maintains ∼95.2% even after 520 deep charge/discharge cycles. Apart from promising lithium-ion battery anode, this 3D FL-MoS2@PCNN composite also has immense potential for applications in other areas such as supercapacitor, catalysis, and sensors.

  18. A quinoxaline based N-heteroacene interfacial layer for efficient hole-injection in quantum dot light-emitting diodes

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    Bai, Linyi; Yang, Xuyong; Ang, Chung Yen; Nguyen, Kim Truc; Ding, Tao; Bose, Purnandhu; Gao, Qiang; Mandal, Amal Kumar; Sun, Xiao Wei; Demir, Hilmi Volkan; Zhao, Yanli

    2015-07-01

    A series of N-heterocyclic quinoxaline derivatives was successfully synthesized and applied as hole transport layers in quantum dot light-emitting diodes (QLEDs). By inducing sp2 N-atoms into the quinoxaline backbone, the electron affinity of the obtained material was enhanced, and its optical properties and bandgap became tunable. Quinoxaline based N-heteroacenes show a narrow bandgap, high thermal stability, and aligned film morphology. The resulting N-heteroacene polymer based QLED exhibits superior performance to poly(9-vinylcarbazole) based QLED. This study presents a strategy towards the design of novel N-rich molecules for the fabrication of QLEDs with improved performance.A series of N-heterocyclic quinoxaline derivatives was successfully synthesized and applied as hole transport layers in quantum dot light-emitting diodes (QLEDs). By inducing sp2 N-atoms into the quinoxaline backbone, the electron affinity of the obtained material was enhanced, and its optical properties and bandgap became tunable. Quinoxaline based N-heteroacenes show a narrow bandgap, high thermal stability, and aligned film morphology. The resulting N-heteroacene polymer based QLED exhibits superior performance to poly(9-vinylcarbazole) based QLED. This study presents a strategy towards the design of novel N-rich molecules for the fabrication of QLEDs with improved performance. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Synthesis and characterization details. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03197d

  19. Effect of anodic aluminum oxide template imprinting on TiO2 blocking layer of flexible dye-sensitized solar cell.

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    Kim, Kang-Pil; Lee, Sang-Ju; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Hwang, Dae-Kue

    2013-03-01

    In this paper, we have proposed a new flexible dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) structure that employs an Anodic Aluminum Oxide (AAO) template imprinted TiO2 blocking layer, in which the AAO template creates TiO2 nano-particle aggregated islands on the TiO2 blocking layer. The TiO2 blocking layer prevents charge recombination between the metal foil and the liquid electrolyte. TiO2 nano-particle aggregated islands improve the scattering of incident light during back illumination and provide the wider surface area, yielding enhanced power conversion efficiency (PCE). All the flexible DSSC structure with TiO2 nano-particle aggregated islands on the TiO2 blocking layer exhibited higher photocurrent than did conventional DSSC because light that passed through the photoanode was scattered, thereby giving it improved PCE that was as much as 23% higher than that of a conventional DSSC. This proposed method is an effective manufacturing process for flexible DSSC.

  20. Microfabrication of an anodic oxide film by anodizing laser-textured aluminium

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    2007-01-01

    A simple method for the fabrication of microstructures of an aluminium anodic oxide film (anodic alumina) by anodizing laser-textured aluminium is demonstrated. In the process, the aluminium substrate was first textured by a low power laser beam, and then the textured aluminium was subjected to anodizing, to develop a continuous, thick porous layer on the textured surface. Microstructures with a depth of a few to several tens of micrometres were fabricated successfully on the anodic oxide fil...

  1. Composition of interfacial layers in complex food emulsions before and after aeration: effect of egg to milk protein ratio.

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    Martinet, V; Valentini, C; Casalinho, J; Schorsch, C; Vaslin, S; Courthaudon, J-L

    2005-01-01

    Whipped emulsions were prepared at pilot scale from fresh milk, whole egg, and other ingredients, for example, sugars and stabilizers (starch, polysaccharides). Egg content was varied: 4 recipes were studied differing in their egg to milk protein ratio (0, 0.25, 0.38, and 0.68). Protein and fat contents were kept constant by adjusting the recipes with skim-milk powder and fresh cream. Emulsions were prepared by high-pressure homogenization and whipped on a pilot plant. Particle-size distribution determined by laser-light scattering showed an extensive aggregation of fat globules in both mix and whipped emulsions, regardless of recipe. Amount of protein adsorbed at the oil-water interface and protein composition of adsorbed layer were determined after isolation of fat globules. Protein load is strongly increased by the presence of egg in formula. Values obtained for the whipped emulsions were dramatically lower than those obtained for the mix by a factor of 2 to 3. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-PAGE indicated a preferential adsorption of egg proteins over milk proteins at the oil-water interface, regardless of recipe. This phenomenon was more marked in aerated than in unaerated emulsions, showing evidence for desorption of some milk proteins during whipping. Egg proteins stabilize mainly the fat globule surface and ensure emulsion stability before whipping. Air bubble size distribution in whipped emulsions was measured after 15 d storage. When the egg to milk protein ratio is decreased to 0.25, large air cells appear in whipped emulsions during storage, indicating mousse destabilization. The present work allows linking the protein composition of adsorbed layers at the fat globule surface to mousse formula and mousse stability.

  2. Layered nickel sulfide-reduced graphene oxide composites synthesized via microwave-assisted method as high performance anode materials of sodium-ion batteries

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    Qin, Wei; Chen, Taiqiang; Lu, Ting; Chua, Daniel H. C.; Pan, Likun

    2016-01-01

    Layered nickel sulfide (NS)-reduced graphene oxide (RGO) composites are prepared via a simple microwave-assisted method and subsequent annealing in N2/H2 atmosphere. A detailed array of characterization tools are used to study their morphology, structure and electrochemical performance. It was found that these composites exhibit significantly improved sodium-ion storage ability as compared with pure NS under galvanostatic cycling at a specific current of 100 mA g-1 in a potential limitation of 0.005-3.0 V. Furthermore, the composite with the RGO content of 35 wt.% achieves a high maximum reversible specific capacity of about 391.6 mAh g-1 at a specific current of 100 mA g-1 after 50 cycles. These results prove that NS-RGO composites are highly promising when applied directly as anode materials in sodium-ion batteries.

  3. Local anodic oxidation on hydrogen-intercalated graphene layers: oxide composition analysis and role of the silicon carbide substrate

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    Colangelo, Francesco; Piazza, Vincenzo; Coletti, Camilla; Roddaro, Stefano; Beltram, Fabio; Pingue, Pasqualantonio

    2017-03-01

    We investigate nanoscale local anodic oxidation (LAO) on hydrogen-intercalated graphene grown by controlled sublimation of silicon carbide (SiC). Scanning probe microscopy was used as a lithographic and characterization tool in order to investigate the local properties of the nanofabricated structures. The anomalous thickness observed after the graphene oxidation process is linked to the impact of LAO on the substrate. Micro-Raman (μ-Raman) spectroscopy was employed to demonstrate the presence of two oxidation regimes depending on the applied bias. We show that partial and total etching of monolayer graphene can be achieved by tuning the bias voltage during LAO. Finally, a complete compositional characterization was achieved by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy.

  4. Local anodic oxidation on hydrogen-intercalated graphene layers: oxide composition analysis and role of the silicon carbide substrate.

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    Colangelo, Francesco; Piazza, Vincenzo; Coletti, Camilla; Roddaro, Stefano; Beltram, Fabio; Pingue, Pasqualantonio

    2017-03-10

    We investigate nanoscale local anodic oxidation (LAO) on hydrogen-intercalated graphene grown by controlled sublimation of silicon carbide (SiC). Scanning probe microscopy was used as a lithographic and characterization tool in order to investigate the local properties of the nanofabricated structures. The anomalous thickness observed after the graphene oxidation process is linked to the impact of LAO on the substrate. Micro-Raman (μ-Raman) spectroscopy was employed to demonstrate the presence of two oxidation regimes depending on the applied bias. We show that partial and total etching of monolayer graphene can be achieved by tuning the bias voltage during LAO. Finally, a complete compositional characterization was achieved by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy.

  5. Two-dimensional layered compound based anode materials for lithium-ion batteries and sodium-ion batteries.

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    Xie, Xiuqiang; Wang, Shijian; Kretschmer, Katja; Wang, Guoxiu

    2017-03-20

    Rechargeable batteries, such as lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries, have been considered as promising energy conversion and storage devices with applications ranging from small portable electronics, medium-sized power sources for electromobility, to large-scale grid energy storage systems. Wide implementations of these rechargeable batteries require the development of electrode materials that can provide higher storage capacities than current commercial battery systems. Within this greater context, this review will present recent progresses in the development of the 2D material as anode materials for battery applications represented by studies conducted on graphene, molybdenum disulfide, and MXenes. This review will also discuss remaining challenges and future perspectives of 2D materials in regards to a full utilization of their unique properties and interactions with other battery components.

  6. Electrochemical performance study of Ni/Ni-GDC double-layer anode-supported IT-SOFC%Ni/Ni-GDC双层阳极支撑型IT-SOFC性能研究

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    郭桂平; 彭开萍

    2015-01-01

    采用硝酸盐-柠檬酸溶胶-凝胶低温自蔓延燃烧法制备GDC粉末,用共压法制备了NiO-GDC单层阳极、NiO/NiO-GDC双层阳极及其单电池,并测试了其性能。研究结果表明:经H2还原后,Ni/Ni-GDC双层阳极外层为多孔结构,由粒径较大的Ni粒子团形成了稳定的电子电导通道及燃料通道;内层孔隙较小、较少,Ni均匀分布于GDC构成的支撑骨架中。Ni/Ni-GDC双层阳极的孔隙率及电导率都高于Ni-GDC单层阳极,从450~700℃,其电导率比Ni-GDC单层阳极都稳定高出15%~20%。单电池的测试结果表明:Ni/Ni-GDC双层阳极支撑单电池在700、650、600℃的最大功率密度分别为0.383、0.329、0.204 W/cm2,比Ni-GDC单层阳极支撑单电池分别高出了8.95%、79.38%、84.76%。Ni/Ni-GDC双层阳极支撑单电池具有比Ni-GDC单层阳极支撑单电池更高的中温、特别是低温电化学性能。%GDC electrolyte powder was synthesized by nitrate-citric acid sol-gel auto combustion method in low temperature. NiO-GDC single-layer anode, NiO/NiO-GDC double-layer anode and their single cells were prepared by co-pressing, then their properties were tested. The test results show that after reduction by H2, the outer layer of the Ni/Ni-GDC double-layer anode is porous and stable electronic conductivity channel and fuel channel is formed by the Ni particle groups with large size. In the inner layer, pores are less and smal er, and Ni particles distribute uniformly in the skeleton structure formed by GDC particle. Both the porosity and conductivity of Ni/Ni-GDC double-layer anode are higher than Ni-GDC single-layer anode; its conductivities from 450 to 700℃are al 15%~20%higher than Ni-GDC single-layer anode. The single celltest shows that the peak power densities of Ni/Ni-GDC double-layer anode-supported single cellat temperature 700, 650 and 600℃are respectively 0.383, 0.329 and 0.204 W/cm2, which are respectively 8.95%, 79.38%, 84

  7. Roles of blocking layer and anode bias in processes of impurity-band transition and transport for GaAs-based blocked-impurity-band detectors

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    Wang, Xiaodong; Wang, Bingbing; Chen, Xiaoyao; Chen, Yulu; Hou, Liwei; Xie, Wei; Pan, Ming

    2016-11-01

    Recently, GaAs-based BIB detector has attracted a lot of attention in the area of THz photovoltaic detection due to potential application values in security check and drug inspection. However, the physical mechanisms involving in carrier transition and transport are still unclear due to the poor material quality and immature processing technique. In this paper, the dark current and THz response characteristics have thus been numerically studied for GaAs-based blocked-impurity-band (BIB) detectors. The key parameters and physical models are constructed by simultaneously considering carrier freeze-out and impurity-band broadening effects. Roles of blocking layer and anode bias in processes of impurity-band transition and transport are intensively investigated, and the results can be well explained by numerical models. It is demonstrated that the effective electric field for the detector is only located in the absorbing layer, and can determine to a large extent the magnitude of the dark current and THz response. While the blocking layer not only can suppress dark current but also can attenuate responsivity due to its electric-field modulation effect.

  8. Atomic Layer Deposition Al2O3 Coatings Significantly Improve Thermal, Chemical, and Mechanical Stability of Anodic TiO2 Nanotube Layers

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    2017-01-01

    We report on a very significant enhancement of the thermal, chemical, and mechanical stability of self-organized TiO2 nanotubes layers, provided by thin Al2O3 coatings of different thicknesses prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD). TiO2 nanotube layers coated with Al2O3 coatings exhibit significantly improved thermal stability as illustrated by the preservation of the nanotubular structure upon annealing treatment at high temperatures (870 °C). In addition, a high anatase content is preserved in the nanotube layers against expectation of the total rutile conversion at such a high temperature. Hardness of the resulting nanotube layers is investigated by nanoindentation measurements and shows strongly improved values compared to uncoated counterparts. Finally, it is demonstrated that Al2O3 coatings guarantee unprecedented chemical stability of TiO2 nanotube layers in harsh environments of concentrated H3PO4 solutions. PMID:28291942

  9. Photoactive layered nanocomposites obtained by direct transferring of anodic TiO2 nanotubes to commodity thermoplastics

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    Sanz, Ruy; Buccheri, Maria Antonietta; Zimbone, Massimo; Scuderi, Viviana; Amiard, Guillaume; Impellizzeri, Giuliana; Romano, Lucia; Privitera, Vittorio

    2017-03-01

    TiO2 nanotubes demonstrated to be a versatile nanostructure for biomaterials, clean energy and water remediation applications. However, the cost of titanium and the poor mechanical properties of the nanotubes hinder their adoption at large scale. This work presents a straightforward and scalable method for transferring photoactive anodic TiO2 nanotubes from titanium foils to commodity thermoplastic polymers, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polycarbonate, and polymethylmetacrylate, allowing the reusing of the remaining titanium. The obtained flexible nanocomposites reach a maximum photonic efficiencies of 0.038% (ISO-10678:2010) representing the 93% of photonic efficiency of TiO2 nanotubes on titanium. In addition, the nanocomposites and TiO2 nanotubes on titanium present similar antibacterial properties under 1 mW cm-2 UV-A, 60% of Escherichia coli survival after 1 h of exposition. The final objective of this work is to point out main concepts and key parameters for a low-cost fabrication of a photoactive nanocomposite material.

  10. Hydrothermal synthesis of layer-controlled MoS2/graphene composite aerogels for lithium-ion battery anode materials

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    Zhao, Bing; Wang, Zhixuan; Gao, Yang; Chen, Lu; Lu, Mengna; Jiao, Zheng; Jiang, Yong; Ding, Yuanzhang; Cheng, Lingli

    2016-12-01

    Layer-controlled MoS2/graphene aerogels (MoS2/GA) composites are synthesized by a facile hydrothermal route, in which few-layer (5-15 layers) MoS2 nanosheets with high crystalline are decorated on the surface of graphene nanosheets homogeneously and tightly. The number of the MoS2 layers can be easily controlled through adjusting the amount of molybdenum source in the reaction system. Moreover, the growth mechanism of the lay-controlled MoS2/GA composites is proposed. The three-dimensional MoS2/GA with macroporous micro-structure not only shortens the transportation length of electrons and ions, but also restrains the re-stacking of MoS2 effectively, stabilizing the electrode structure during repeated charging/discharging processes. Electrochemical tests demonstrate that this few-layer MoS2/GA composite exhibits a high reversible capacity of 1085.0 mAh g-1 at current density of 100 mA g-1, as well as extraordinarily high cycling stability and rate capability.

  11. Electrosynthesized Ni-Al Layered Double Hydroxide-Pt Nanoparticles as an Inorganic Nanocomposite and Potentate Anodic Material for Methanol Electrooxidation in Alkaline Media

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    Biuck Habibi

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    Full Text Available In this study, Ni-Al layered double hydroxide (LDH-Pt nanoparticles (PtNPs as an inorganic nano-composite was electrosynthesized on the glassy carbon electrode (GCE by a facile and fast two-step electrochemical process. Structure and physicochemical properties of PtNPs/Ni-Al LDH/GCE were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry and electrochemical methods. Then, electrocatalytic and stability characterizations of the PtNPs/Ni-Al LDH/GCE for methanol oxidation in alkaline media were investigated in detail by cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, and chronopotentiometry measurements. PtNPs/Ni-Al LDH/GCE exhibited higher electrocatalytic activity than PtNPs/GCE and Ni-Al LDH/GCE. Also, the resulted chronoam-perograms indicated that the PtNPs/Ni-Al LDH/GCE has a better stability. Copyright © 2017 BCREC GROUP. All rights reserved Received: 30th March 2016; Revised: 29th July 2016; Accepted: 9th September 2016 How to Cite: Habibi, B., Ghaderi, S. (2017. Electro Synthesized Ni-Al Layered Double Hydroxide-Pt Nanoparticles as an Inorganic Nanocomposite and Potentate Anodic Material for Methanol Electro-Oxidation in Alkaline Media. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 12(1: 1-13 (doi:10.9767/bcrec.12.1.460.1-13 Permalink/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.12.1.460.1-13

  12. Self-assembly surface modified indium-tin oxide anodes for single-layer light-emitting diodes

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    Morgado, J; Charas, A; Matos, M; Alcacer, L; Cacialli, F

    2003-01-01

    We study the effect of indium-tin oxide surface modification by self assembling of highly polar molecules on the performance of single-layer light-emitting diodes (LEDs) fabricated with polyfluorene blends and aluminium cathodes. We find that the efficiency and light-output of such LEDs is comparable to, and sometimes better than, the values obtained for LEDs incorporating a hole injection layer of poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) doped with polystyrene sulphonic acid. This effect is attributed to the dipole-induced work function modification of indium-tin oxide.

  13. Anodic oxidation

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    Ross, Sidney D; Rudd, Eric J; Blomquist, Alfred T; Wasserman, Harry H

    2013-01-01

    Anodic Oxidation covers the application of the concept, principles, and methods of electrochemistry to organic reactions. This book is composed of two parts encompassing 12 chapters that consider the mechanism of anodic oxidation. Part I surveys the theory and methods of electrochemistry as applied to organic reactions. These parts also present the mathematical equations to describe the kinetics of electrode reactions using both polarographic and steady-state conditions. Part II examines the anodic oxidation of organic substrates by the functional group initially attacked. This part particular

  14. Fluorinated copper phthalocyanine nanowires for enhancing interfacial electron transport in organic solar cells.

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    Yoon, Seok Min; Lou, Sylvia J; Loser, Stephen; Smith, Jeremy; Chen, Lin X; Facchetti, Antonio; Marks, Tobin J; Marks, Tobin

    2012-12-12

    Zinc oxide is a promising candidate as an interfacial layer (IFL) in inverted organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells due to the n-type semiconducting properties as well as chemical and environmental stability. Such ZnO layers collect electrons at the transparent electrode, typically indium tin oxide (ITO). However, the significant resistivity of ZnO IFLs and an energetic mismatch between the ZnO and the ITO layers hinder optimum charge collection. Here we report that inserting nanoscopic copper hexadecafluorophthalocyanine (F(16)CuPc) layers, as thin films or nanowires, between the ITO anode and the ZnO IFL increases OPV performance by enhancing interfacial electron transport. In inverted P3HT:PC(61)BM cells, insertion of F(16)CuPc nanowires increases the short circuit current density (J(sc)) versus cells with only ZnO layers, yielding an enhanced power conversion efficiency (PCE) of ∼3.6% vs ∼3.0% for a control without the nanowire layer. Similar effects are observed for inverted PTB7:PC(71)BM cells where the PCE is increased from 8.1% to 8.6%. X-ray scattering, optical, and electrical measurements indicate that the performance enhancement is ascribable to both favorable alignment of the nanowire π-π stacking axes parallel to the photocurrent flow and to the increased interfacial layer-active layer contact area. These findings identify a promising strategy to enhance inverted OPV performance by inserting anisotropic nanostructures with π-π stacking aligned in the photocurrent flow direction.

  15. Amorphous Ultrathin SnO2 Films by Atomic Layer Deposition on Graphene Network as Highly Stable Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Xie, Ming; Sun, Xiang; George, Steven M; Zhou, Changgong; Lian, Jie; Zhou, Yun

    2015-12-23

    Amorphous SnO2 (a-SnO2) thin films were conformally coated onto the surface of reduced graphene oxide (G) using atomic layer deposition (ALD). The electrochemical characteristics of the a-SnO2/G nanocomposites were then determined using cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge/discharge curves. Because the SnO2 ALD films were ultrathin and amorphous, the impact of the large volume expansion of SnO2 upon cycling was greatly reduced. With as few as five formation cycles best reported in the literature, a-SnO2/G nanocomposites reached stable capacities of 800 mAh g(-1) at 100 mA g(-1) and 450 mAh g(-1) at 1000 mA g(-1). The capacity from a-SnO2 is higher than the bulk theoretical values. The extra capacity is attributed to additional interfacial charge storage resulting from the high surface area of the a-SnO2/G nanocomposites. These results demonstrate that metal oxide ALD on high surface area conducting carbon substrates can be used to fabricate high power and high capacity electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

  16. Sustainable Redox Mediation for Lithium-Oxygen Batteries by a Composite Protective Layer on the Lithium-Metal Anode.

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    Lee, Dong Jin; Lee, Hongkyung; Kim, Yun-Jung; Park, Jung-Ki; Kim, Hee-Tak

    2016-02-03

    A synergic combination of a soluble -redox mediator and a protected Li metal -electrode to prevent the self-discharge of the redox mediator is realized by -exploiting a 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidinyl 1-oxyl (TEMPO) redox mediator and an Al2 O3 /PVdF-HFP composite -protective layer (CPL). Stabilization of Li metal by simple CPL coating is effective at -suppressing the chemical reduction of the oxidized TEMPO and opens up the possibility of sustainable redox mediation for robust cycling of Li-O2 batteries.

  17. Effects of cobalt addition on the catalytic activity of the Ni-YSZ anode functional layer and the electrochemical performance of solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Guo, Ting; Dong, Xiaolei; Shirolkar, Mandar M; Song, Xiao; Wang, Meng; Zhang, Lei; Li, Ming; Wang, Haiqian

    2014-09-24

    The effects of cobalt (Co) addition in the Ni-YSZ anode functional layer (AFL) on the structure and electrochemical performance of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses confirmed that the active metallic phase is a Ni(1-x)Co(x) alloy under the operation conditions of the SOFC. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observations indicate that the grain size of Ni(1-x)Co(x) increases with increasing Co content. Thermogravimetric analyses on the reduction of the Ni(1-x)Co(x)O-YSZ powders show that there are two processes: the chemical-reaction-controlled process and the diffusion-controlled process. It is found that the reduction peak corresponding to the chemical-reaction-controlled process in the DTG curves moves toward lower temperatures with increasing Co content, suggesting that the catalytic activity of Ni(1-x)Co(x) is enhanced by the doping of Co. It is observed that the SOFC shows the best performance at x = 0.03, and the corresponding maximum power densities are 445, 651, and 815 mW cm(-2) at 700, 750, and 800 °C, respectively. The dependence of the SOFC performance on the Co content can be attributed to the competing results between the decreased three-phase-boundary length in the AFL and the enhanced catalytic activity of the Ni(1-x)Co(x) phase with increasing Co content.

  18. Role of Ge and Si substrates in higher-k tetragonal phase formation and interfacial properties in cyclical atomic layer deposition-anneal Hf1-xZrxO2/Al2O3 thin film stacks

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    Dey, Sonal; Tapily, Kandabara; Consiglio, Steven; Clark, Robert D.; Wajda, Cory S.; Leusink, Gert J.; Woll, Arthur R.; Diebold, Alain C.

    2016-09-01

    Using a five-step atomic layer deposition (ALD)-anneal (DADA) process, with 20 ALD cycles of metalorganic precursors followed by 40 s of rapid thermal annealing at 1073 K, we have developed highly crystalline Hf1-xZrxO2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) thin films (DADA ALD process. We surmise that the interfacial metal germanate layer also function as a diffusion barrier limiting excessive Ge uptake into the dielectric film. An ALD Al2O3 passivation layer of thickness ≥1.5 nm is required to minimize Ge diffusion for developing highly conformal and textured HfO2 based higher-k dielectrics on Ge substrates using the DADA ALD process.

  19. Ideal anodization of silicon

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    Yamani, Z.; Thompson, W.H.; AbuHassan, L.; Nayfeh, M.H. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1110 W. Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801 (United States)

    1997-06-01

    Silicon has been anodized such that the porous layer is passivated with a homogeneous stretching phase by incorporating H{sub 2}O{sub 2} in the anodization mixture. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements show that the Si{endash}H stretching mode oriented perpendicular to the surface at {approximately}2100cm{sup {minus}1} dominates the spectrum with negligible contribution from the bending modes in the 600{endash}900cm{sup {minus}1} region. Material analysis using Auger electron spectroscopy shows that the samples have very little impurities, and that the luminescent layer is very thin (5{endash}10 nm). Scanning electron microscopy shows that the surface is smoother with features smaller than those of conventional samples. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  20. Interfacial behavior of polymer electrolytes

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    Kerr, John; Kerr, John B.; Han, Yong Bong; Liu, Gao; Reeder, Craig; Xie, Jiangbing; Sun, Xiaoguang

    2003-06-03

    Evidence is presented concerning the effect of surfaces on the segmental motion of PEO-based polymer electrolytes in lithium batteries. For dry systems with no moisture the effect of surfaces of nano-particle fillers is to inhibit the segmental motion and to reduce the lithium ion transport. These effects also occur at the surfaces in composite electrodes that contain considerable quantities of carbon black nano-particles for electronic connection. The problem of reduced polymer mobility is compounded by the generation of salt concentration gradients within the composite electrode. Highly concentrated polymer electrolytes have reduced transport properties due to the increased ionic cross-linking. Combined with the interfacial interactions this leads to the generation of low mobility electrolyte layers within the electrode and to loss of capacity and power capability. It is shown that even with planar lithium metal electrodes the concentration gradients can significantly impact the interfacial impedance. The interfacial impedance of lithium/PEO-LiTFSI cells varies depending upon the time elapsed since current was turned off after polarization. The behavior is consistent with relaxation of the salt concentration gradients and indicates that a portion of the interfacial impedance usually attributed to the SEI layer is due to concentrated salt solutions next to the electrode surfaces that are very resistive. These resistive layers may undergo actual phase changes in a non-uniform manner and the possible role of the reduced mobility polymer layers in dendrite initiation and growth is also explored. It is concluded that PEO and ethylene oxide-based polymers are less than ideal with respect to this interfacial behavior.

  1. Characterization of La0.995Ca0.005NbO4/Ni anode functional layer by electrophoretic deposition in a La0.995Ca0.005NbO4 electrolyte based PCFC

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    Bozza, Francesco; Schafbauer, W.; Meulenberg, W.A.

    2012-01-01

    The Electrophoretic Deposition (EPD) technique has been applied to the preparation of a porous La0.995Ca0.005NbO4/Ni composite anode layer, deposited on a porous pre-sintered La0.995Ca0.005NbO4/Ni support. Powders of La0.995Ca0.005NbO4 and NiO were suspended in a solution of acetylacetone, iodine...

  2. Interfacial and near interfacial crack growth phenomena in metal bonded alumina

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    Kruzic, Jamie Joseph

    2002-03-01

    Metal/ceramic interfaces can be found in many engineering applications including microelectronic packaging, multi-layered films, coatings, joints, and composite materials. In order to design reliable engineering systems that contain metal/ceramic interfaces, a comprehensive understanding of interfacial and near interfacial failure mechanisms is necessary.

  3. Effects of Interfacial Charges On Doped and Undoped HFOX Stack Layer with Tin Metal Gate Electrode For Nano-Scaled CMOS Generation

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    S. Chatterjee

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A comparison of the interfacial charges present in the high-k stacked gate dielectrics for Zr-doped HfOx and undoped HfOx samples with titanium nitride (TiN metal gate electrode is reported here. The metal gate work function value (4.31 eV for TiN gate electrode was extracted from the TiN/SiO2 /p-Si capacitor. The calculated charge densities in both doped and undoped films are of the order of 1012 cm – 2. The interfacial charge present in the high-k/SiO2 interface is negative for ALD deposited pure HfO2 samples; where as the charges are positive for RF-sputter deposited pure HfO2 and Zr-doped HfOx samples. The existence of positive interface charges may be due to the fabrication process.

  4. Use of Anodic TiO2 Nanotube Layers as Mesoporous Scaffolds for Fabricating CH3NH3PbI3 Perovskite-based Solid State Solar Cells

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    Salazar, Raul; Altomare, Marco; Lee, Kiyoung; Tripathy, Jyotsna; Kirchgeorg, Robin; Nguyen, Nhat Truong; Mokhtar, Mohamed; Alshehri, Abdelmohsen; Al-Thabaiti, Shaeel A.; Schmuki, Patrik

    2016-01-01

    We optimize the deposition of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite into mesoporous electrodes consisting of anodic TiO2 nanotube layers. By a simple spin coating approach, complete filling of the tube scaffolds is obtained, that leads to interdigitated perovskite structures in conformal contact with the TiO2 tube counterparts. Such assemblies can be used as solid state solar cells in hole-transporting material-free configuration, i.e., the tube scaffold serves as electron collector and blocking layer, while...

  5. Graphene wrapping as a protective clamping layer anchored to carbon nanofibers encapsulating Si nanoparticles for a Li-ion battery anode

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    Shin, Jungwoo; Park, Kyusung; Ryu, Won-Hee; Jung, Ji-Won; Kim, Il-Doo

    2014-10-01

    Carbon nanofibers encapsulating Si nanoparticles (CNFs/SiNPs) were prepared via an electrospinning method and chemically functionalized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APS) to be grafted onto graphene oxide (GO). As a result, the thin and flexible GO, which exhibits a negative charge in aqueous solution, fully wrapped around the APS-functionalized CNFs with a positive surface charge via electrostatic self-assembly. After the formation of chemical bonds between the epoxy groups on GO and the amine groups in APS via an epoxy ring opening reaction, the GO was chemically reduced to a reduced graphene oxide (rGO). Electrochemical and morphological characterizations showed that capacity loss by structural degradation and electrolyte decomposition on Si surface were significantly suppressed in the rGO-wrapped CNFs/SiNPs (CNFs/SiNPs@rGO). Superior capacities were consequently maintained for up to 200 cycles at a high current density (1048 mA h g-1 at 890 mA g-1) compared to CNFs/SiNPs without the rGO wrapping (304 mA h g-1 at 890 mA g-1). Moreover, the resistance of the SEI layer and charge transfer resistance were also considerably reduced by 24% and 88%, respectively. The described graphene wrapping offers a versatile way to enhance the mechanical integrity and electrochemical stability of Si composite anode materials.Carbon nanofibers encapsulating Si nanoparticles (CNFs/SiNPs) were prepared via an electrospinning method and chemically functionalized with 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APS) to be grafted onto graphene oxide (GO). As a result, the thin and flexible GO, which exhibits a negative charge in aqueous solution, fully wrapped around the APS-functionalized CNFs with a positive surface charge via electrostatic self-assembly. After the formation of chemical bonds between the epoxy groups on GO and the amine groups in APS via an epoxy ring opening reaction, the GO was chemically reduced to a reduced graphene oxide (rGO). Electrochemical and morphological

  6. Interfacial reactions between PbO-rich glasses and aluminium composites

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    Ison, S J

    2000-01-01

    565 deg C occurs when dissolution rate exceeds oxidation rate, exposing the fresh Al anode to the glass melt. Under inert atmosphere (at 583 deg C), air oxidation is not possible and galvanic cell redox reactions generate an excessive copper interlayer as the system attempts to sustain the oxide layer at the anode. Similar behaviour is observed in those coatings formed on the alloy using glass C (containing Al sub 2 O sub 3 and Na sub 2 O). In this case, the interfacial reactions involve the PbO of the glass and Pb-rich spherical precipitates are formed in the interfacial region, along side sodium aluminosilicate phases, precipitated from the PbO-depleted glass. The behaviour in both systems indicates that oxygen diffuses through the edge of the glass drop, from the atmosphere, to the substrate/glass interface. Coatings formed on the MMCs in air exhibited a porosity of approx 10%, attributed to the production of CO sub 2 gas through the oxidation of SiC at the glass/MMC interface by oxygen diffusion from the ...

  7. Interfacial Modification and Dispersion of Short Carbon Fiber and the Properties of Composite Papers as Gas Diffusion Layer for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC

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    Zhijun Hu

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Short carbon fibers (SCF were modified with oxidation and coupling treatment to improve their water-wettability and bonding properties. Four types of dispersants were studied and discussed. Short carbon fibers/plant fiber (PF composite papers were prepared by papermaking techniques. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM and tests to determine zeta potential, absorbance, tensile index, and conductivity were carried out to investigate the modified effect of SCF and the interfacial properties. Modification experimental results showed that the surface grooves were deepened and new superficial grooves were generated by the liquid acid oxidation. The reaction with the silane coupling agent provided higher density and more uniform distribution on the SCF surface than that of organic titanate, and it obviously increased the roughness and the absolute value of zeta potential. After modification, the hydrophilic properties and dispersion in aqueous solutions were improved, the SCFs could form a good mechanical grip with plant fibers, and the conductivity and physical strength of SCF/PF composite papers were enhanced. It was shown that there was obvious adhesive binding at the fiber overlap nodes by the SEM analysis. It was confirmed that the improvement of physical properties of composite paper can be ascribed to the interfacial enhancement.

  8. A comparative study on the electrical parameters of Au/n-Si Schottky diodes with and without interfacial (Ca1.9Pr0.1Co4Ox) layer

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    Kaya, A.; Çetinkaya, H. G.; Altındal, Ş.; Uslu, I.

    2016-05-01

    In order to compare the main electrical parameters such as ideality factor (n), barrier height (BH) (ΦI-V), series (Rs) and shunt (Rsh) resistances and energy density distribution profile of surface states (Nss), the Au/n-Si (MS) Schotthy diodes (SDs), with and without interfacial (Ca1.9Pr0.1Co4Ox) layer were obtained from the current-voltage (I-V ) measurements at room temperature. The other few electrical parameters such as Fermi energy level (EF), BH (ΦC-V), Rs and voltage dependence of Nss profile were also obtained from the capacitance-voltage (C-V ) measurements. The voltage dependence of Nss profile has two distinctive peaks in the depletion region for two diodes and they were attributed to a particular distribution of Nss located at metal-semiconductor (MS) interface. All of these results have been investigated at room temperature and results have been compared with each other. Experimental results confirmed that interfacial (Ca1.9Pr0.1Co4Ox) layer enhanced diode performance in terms of rectifier rate (RR = IF/IR at ± 3.4V), Nss (at 0.5eV) and Rsh (-3.4V) with values of 265, 5.38 × 1013eV-1 ṡcm-2 and 7.87 × 104Ω for MS type Schottky barrier diode and 2.56 × 106, 1.15 × 1013eV-1 ṡcm-2 and 7.50 × 108Ω for metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) type SBD, respectively. It is clear that the rectifying ratio of MIS type SBD is about 9660 times greater than MS type SBD. The value of barrier height (BH) obtained from C-V data is higher than the forward bias I-V data and it was attributed to the nature of measurements. These results confirmed that the interfacial (Ca1.9Pr0.1Co4Ox) layer has considerably improved the performance of SD.

  9. In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction investigation of the evolution of a PbO₂/PbSO₄ surface layer on a copper electrowinning Pb anode in a novel electrochemical flow cell.

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    Clancy, Marie; Styles, Mark J; Bettles, Colleen J; Birbilis, Nick; Chen, Miao; Zhang, Yansheng; Gu, Qinfen; Kimpton, Justin A; Webster, Nathan A S

    2015-03-01

    This paper describes the quantitative measurement, by in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction (S-XRD) and subsequent Rietveld-based quantitative phase analysis and thickness calculations, of the evolution of the PbO2 and PbSO4 surface layers formed on a pure lead anode under simulated copper electrowinning conditions in a 1.6 M H2SO4 electrolyte at 318 K. This is the first report of a truly in situ S-XRD study of the surface layer evolution on a Pb substrate under cycles of galvanostatic and power interruption conditions, of key interest to the mining, solvent extraction and lead acid battery communities. The design of a novel reflection geometry electrochemical flow cell is also described. The in situ S-XRD results show that β-PbO2 forms immediately on the anode under galvanostatic conditions, and undergoes continued growth until power interruption where it transforms to PbSO4. The kinetics of the β-PbO2 to PbSO4 conversion decrease as the number of cycles increases, whilst the amount of residual PbO2 increases with the number of cycles due to incomplete conversion to PbSO4. Conversely, complete transformation of PbSO4 to β-PbO2 was observed in each cycle. The results of layer thickness calculations demonstrate a significant volume change upon PbSO4 to β-PbO2 transformation.

  10. Tinv Scaling and Gate Leakage Reduction for n-Type Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor with HfSix/HfO2 Gate Stack by Interfacial Layer Formation Using Ozone-Water-Last Treatment

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    Oshiyama, Itaru; Tai, Kaori; Hirano, Tomoyuki; Yamaguchi, Shinpei; Tanaka, Kazuaki; Hagimoto, Yoshiya; Uemura, Takayuki; Ando, Takashi; Watanabe, Koji; Yamamoto, Ryo; Kanda, Saori; Wang, Junli; Tateshita, Yasushi; Wakabayashi, Hitoshi; Tagawa, Yukio; Tsukamoto, Masanori; Iwamoto, Hayato; Saito, Masaki; Oshima, Masaharu; Toyoda, Satoshi; Nagashima, Naoki; Kadomura, Shingo

    2008-04-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate a wet treatment for the HfSix/HfO2 gate stack of n-type metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (nMOSFET) fabricated by a gate-last process in order to scale down the electrical thickness at inversion state Tinv value and reduce the gate leakage Jg. As a result, we succeeded in scaling down Tinv to 1.41 nm without mobility or Jg degradation by ozone-water-last treatment. We found that a high-density interfacial layer (IFL) is formed owing to the ozone-water-last treatment, and Hf diffusion to the IFL is suppressed, which was analyzed by high-resolution angle-resolved spectroscopy.

  11. Control of an interfacial MoSe2 layer in Cu2ZnSnSe4 thin film solar cells: 8.9% power conversion efficiency with a TiN diffusion barrier

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    Shin, Byungha; Zhu, Yu; Bojarczuk, Nestor A.; Jay Chey, S.; Guha, Supratik

    2012-07-01

    We have examined Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) solar cells prepared by thermal co-evaporation on Mo-coated glass substrates followed by post-deposition annealing under Se ambient. We show that the control of an interfacial MoSe2 layer thickness and the introduction of an adequate Se partial pressure (PSe) during annealing are essential to achieve high efficiency CZTSe solar cells—a reverse correlation between device performance and MoSe2 thickness is observed, and insufficient PSe leads to the formation of defects within the bandgap as revealed by photoluminescence measurements. Using a TiN diffusion barrier, we demonstrate 8.9% efficiency CZTSe devices with a long lifetime of photo-generated carriers.

  12. High temperature interfacial superconductivity

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    Bozovic, Ivan [Mount Sinai, NY; Logvenov, Gennady [Port Jefferson Station, NY; Gozar, Adrian Mihai [Port Jefferson, NY

    2012-06-19

    High-temperature superconductivity confined to nanometer-scale interfaces has been a long standing goal because of potential applications in electronic devices. The spontaneous formation of a superconducting interface in bilayers consisting of an insulator (La.sub.2CuO.sub.4) and a metal (La.sub.1-xSr.sub.xCuO.sub.4), neither of which is superconducting per se, is described. Depending upon the layering sequence of the bilayers, T.sub.c may be either .about.15 K or .about.30 K. This highly robust phenomenon is confined to within 2-3 nm around the interface. After exposing the bilayer to ozone, T.sub.c exceeds 50 K and this enhanced superconductivity is also shown to originate from a 1 to 2 unit cell thick interfacial layer. The results demonstrate that engineering artificial heterostructures provides a novel, unconventional way to fabricate stable, quasi two-dimensional high T.sub.c phases and to significantly enhance superconducting properties in other superconductors. The superconducting interface may be implemented, for example, in SIS tunnel junctions or a SuFET.

  13. Electrically Conductive Anodized Aluminum Surfaces

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    Nguyen, Trung Hung

    2006-01-01

    Anodized aluminum components can be treated to make them sufficiently electrically conductive to suppress discharges of static electricity. The treatment was conceived as a means of preventing static electric discharges on exterior satin-anodized aluminum (SAA) surfaces of spacecraft without adversely affecting the thermal-control/optical properties of the SAA and without need to apply electrically conductive paints, which eventually peel off in the harsh environment of outer space. The treatment can also be used to impart electrical conductivity to anodized housings of computers, medical electronic instruments, telephoneexchange equipment, and other terrestrial electronic equipment vulnerable to electrostatic discharge. The electrical resistivity of a typical anodized aluminum surface layer lies between 10(exp 11) and 10(exp 13) Omega-cm. To suppress electrostatic discharge, it is necessary to reduce the electrical resistivity significantly - preferably to anodized surface becomes covered and the pores in the surface filled with a transparent, electrically conductive metal oxide nanocomposite. Filling the pores with the nanocomposite reduces the transverse electrical resistivity and, in the original intended outer-space application, the exterior covering portion of the nanocomposite would afford the requisite electrical contact with the outer-space plasma. The electrical resistivity of the nanocomposite can be tailored to a value between 10(exp 7) and 10(exp 12) Omega-cm. Unlike electrically conductive paint, the nanocomposite becomes an integral part of the anodized aluminum substrate, without need for adhesive bonding material and without risk of subsequent peeling. The electrodeposition process is compatible with commercial anodizing production lines. At present, the electronics industry uses expensive, exotic, electrostaticdischarge- suppressing finishes: examples include silver impregnated anodized, black electroless nickel, black chrome, and black copper. In

  14. Studies on improved hole injection into N,N'-Bis(3-methylphenyl)- N,N'-diphenylbenzidine hole transport layer in the device by thermal annealing of indium tin oxide anode

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    Dasi, Gnyaneshwar; Asokan, K.; Thangaraju, Kuppusamy

    2017-03-01

    We demonstrate the improved hole injection into N,N'-Bis(3-methylphenyl)- N,N'-diphenylbenzidine (TPD) hole transport layer (HTL) by thermal annealing of ITO anode in hole-only devices (HODs). ITO anode was patterned and annealed at different temperatures (200, 300, and 400 °C) under the normal ambient. ITO film annealed at 400 °C shows the higher sheet resistance of 185 Ω/□ and the Hall measurement also confirms the drastic increase in the resistivity after 300 °C. The drastic decrease of Hall carrier concentration and mobility after 300 °C is attributed to the trapping of free carriers and scattering from the chemisorbed oxygen at grain boundaries. XRD analysis shows the increasing crystallite size as annealing temperature increases. SEM images show that ITO thin film annealed at 400 °C exhibits the wrinkle kind of morphological structures. AFM studies also supported the significant changes with an increase in the surface roughness of ITO film annealed after 300 °C. The fabricated HOD based on ITO anode annealed at 300 °C exhibited the improved hole injection than that of pristine and 200 °C annealed ITO-based HODs, and it is drastically decreased for 400 °C annealed ITO-based device below that of pristine device. It is reported that the annealing of ITO film at 400 °C under the normal ambient changes its surface morphology and/or surface chemical properties which play a role in the hole-injection properties. These results show that annealing of ITO anode upto 300 °C under the normal ambient improves the hole injection into TPD HTL in HODs, which will also be useful to enhance the hole injection and improve the charge balance in organic light-emitting diodes to improve the efficiencies.

  15. Hydroxyl-Terminated CuInS2-Based Quantum Dots: Potential Cathode Interfacial Modifiers for Efficient Inverted Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Chen, Hui; Chao, Pengjie; Han, Dengbao; Wang, Huan; Miao, Jingsheng; Zhong, Haizheng; Meng, Hong; He, Feng

    2017-03-01

    The use of interfacial modifiers on cathode or anode layers can effectively reduce the recombination loss and thus have potential to enhance the device performance of polymer solar cells. In this work, we demonstrated that hydroxyl-terminated CuInS2-based quantum dots could be potential cathode interfacial modifiers on ZnO layer for inverted polymer solar cells. By casting of a thin film of CuInS2-based quantum dots onto ZnO layer, the controlled devices show obvious enhancements of open-circuit voltage, short-circuit current, and fill factor. With an optimized interfacial layer with ∼7 nm thickness, an improvement of power conversion efficiency up to 16% is obtained and the optimized power conversion efficiency of PTB7-based (PTB7: poly[[4,8-bis[(2-ethylhexyl)oxy]benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b']dithiophene-2,6-diyl][3-fluoro-2-[(2-ethylhexyl) carbonyl] thieno[3,4-b] thiophenediyl

  16. Anodic growth of titanium dioxide nanostructures

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    2010-01-01

    Disclosed is a method of producing nanostructures of titanium dioxide (TiO 2 ) by anodisation of titanium (Ti) in an electrochemical cell, comprising the steps of: immersing a non-conducting substrate coated with a layer of titanium, defined as the anode, in an electrolyte solution...... an electrical contact to the layer of titanium on the anode, where the electrical contact is made in the electrolyte solution...

  17. The study of origin of interfacial perpendicular magnetic anisotropy in ultra-thin CoFeB layer on the top of MgO based magnetic tunnel junction

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    Li, Zhi-Peng; Li, Shaoping; Zheng, Yuankai; Fang, Jason; Chen, Lifan; Hong, Liang; Wang, Haifeng

    2016-10-01

    A comprehensive microstructure study has been conducted experimentally for identifying the origin or mechanism of perpendicular magnetic anisotropy (PMA) in the ultra-thin (10 Å) CoFeB layer on the top of magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ). The high resolution transmission electron microscopy reveals that the feature of crystal structure in 10 Å-CoFeB layer is localized in nature at the CoFeB-MgO interface. On the other hand, the strain-relaxed crystalline structure is observed in the thick CoFeB (20 Å) layer at the CoFeB-MgO interface, associated with a series of dislocation formations. The electron energy loss spectroscopy further suggests that the local chemical stoichiometry of the ultra-thin 10 Å-CoFeB layer is notably changed at the CoFeB-MgO interface, compared with an atomic stoichiometry in a thick 20 Å-CoFeB layer. The origin of PMA mechanism is therefore identified experimentally as an interface effect, which can be attributed to a change of local atom bonding or lattice constant of the transition metal at the CoFeB-MgO based MTJ interface. Furthermore, such a local interfacial atom bonding change is seemly induced by the localized anisotropic strain and consistent with previous theoretical speculations and calculations. The observed experimental findings provide some perspective on microstructure and chemistry on PMA in ultra-thin CoFeB film at the MTJ interface, then deepening our understanding of the mechanism of PMA within MTJ stack and thus facilitating advancement for emerging spintronics technology.

  18. Interfacial effects in multilayers

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    Barbee, T.W. Jr. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., CA (United States). Chemistry and Materials Science Dept.

    1998-12-31

    Interfacial structure and the atomic interactions between atoms at interfaces in multilayers or nano-laminates have significant impact on the physical properties of these materials. A technique for the experimental evaluation of interfacial structure and interfacial structure effects is presented and compared to experiment. In this paper the impact of interfacial structure on the performance of x-ray, soft x-ray and extreme ultra-violet multilayer optic structures is emphasized. The paper is concluded with summary of these results and an assessment of their implications relative to multilayer development and the study of buried interfaces in solids in general.

  19. Anomalous Hall effect suppression in anatase Co:TiO2 by the insertion of an interfacial TiO2 buffer layer

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    Lee, Y.J.; Jong, de M.P.; Wiel, van der W.G.; Kim, Y.; Brock, J.D.

    2010-01-01

    We present the effect of introducing a TiO2 buffer layer at the SrTiO3/Co:TiO2 interface on the magnetic and structural properties of anatase Co:TiO2 (1.4 at. % Co). Inserting the buffer layer leads to suppression of the room-temperature anomalous Hall effect, accompanied by a reduced density of Co

  20. Optical appearance of AC anodized Al/TiO2 composite coatings

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    Bordo, Kirill; Gudla, Visweswara Chakravarthy; Ambat, Rajan;

    2014-01-01

    AC anodization of Friction Stir Processed (FSP) surface composites of Al/TiO2 was systematically investigated with an aim to understand the effect of the anodization parameters on the optical appearance of the anodic layer. FSP-treated Al samples were anodized at different frequencies and voltage...

  1. 渗铝钢合金层/基体界面的生长模型研究%Interfacial growing model between alloy layer and matrix of aluminized steel

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    韩存仓; 刘爱萍; 张伟

    2011-01-01

    Starting from the diffusion characteristic of the aluminized layer in the diffusion process of hot dip aluminized steel, in accordance with the crystal nucleus forming theory of intermetallic compound new phase, the growing model of the interfacial intermetallic compounds between alloy layer and steel matrix of hot dip aluminized steel was established. The experimental results show that the growing model can comparatively accurately calculate the intermetallic compound growth thickness of the interface between allov laver and steel matrix.%从钢的热浸镀铝钢扩散特点出发,根据金属间化合物新相晶核形成理论,建立了界面金属间化合物的生长行为模型.经试验验证,该模型能比较准确地计算扩散过程中界面金属间化合物相的生长厚度.

  2. Investigation of Ag-TiO2 Interfacial Reaction of Highly Stable Ag Nanowire Transparent Conductive Film with Conformal TiO2 Coating by Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Yeh, Ming-Hua; Chen, Po-Hsun; Yang, Yi-Ching; Chen, Guan-Hong; Chen, Hsueh-Shih

    2017-03-20

    The atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique is applied to coat Ag nanowires (NWs) with a highly uniform and conformal TiO2 layer to improve the stability and sustainability of Ag NW transparent conductive films (TCFs) at high temperatures. The TiO2 layer can be directly deposited on Ag NWs with a surface polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) coat that acts a bed for TiO2 seeding in the ALD process. The ALD TiO2 layer significantly enhances the thermal stability at least 100 fold when aged between 200-400 °C and also provides an extra function of violet-blue light filtration for Ag NW TCFs. Investigation into the interaction between TiO2 and Ag reveals that the conformal TiO2 shell could effectively prevent Ag from 1D-to-3D ripening. However, Ag could penetrate the conformal TiO2 shell and form nanocrystals on the TiO2 shell surface when it is aged at 400 °C. According to experimental data and thermodynamic evaluation, the Ag penetration leads to an interlayer composed of mixed Ag-Ag2O-amorphous carbon phases and TiO2-x at the Ag-TiO2 interface, which is thought to be caused by extremely high vapor pressure of Ag at the Ag-TiO2 interface at a higher temperature (e.g., 400 °C).

  3. Fabrication of anodic aluminum oxide with incorporated chromate ions

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

    2012-10-01

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

  4. The influence of MoOx gap states on hole injection from aluminum doped zinc oxide with nanoscale MoOx surface layer anodes for organic light emitting diodes

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    Jha, Jitendra Kumar; Santos-Ortiz, Reinaldo; Du, Jincheng; Shepherd, Nigel D.

    2015-08-01

    The effective workfunction of Al doped ZnO films (AZO) increased from 4.1 eV to 5.55 eV after surface modification with nanoscale molybdenum sub-oxides (MoOx). Hole only devices with anodes consisting of 3 nm of MoOx on AZO exhibited a lower turn-on voltage (1.5 vs 1.8 V), and larger charge injection (190 vs 118 mA/cm2) at the reference voltage, compared to indium tin oxide (ITO). AZO devices with 10 nm of MoOx exhibited the highest workfunction but performed poorly compared to devices with 3 nm of MoOx, or standard ITO. Ultraviolet photoelectron, X-ray photoelectron, and optical spectroscopies indicate that the 3 nm MoOx films are more reduced and farther away from MoO3 stoichiometry than their 10 nm equivalents. The vacancies associated with non-stoichiometry result in donor-like gap states which we assign to partially occupied Mo 4d levels. We propose that Fowler-Nordheim tunneling from these levels is responsible for the reduction in threshold voltage measured in devices with 3 nm of MoOx. A schematic band diagram is proposed. The thicker MoOx layers are more stoichiometric and resistive, and the voltage drop across these layers dominates their electrical performance, leading to an increase in threshold voltage. The results indicate that AZO with MoOx layers of optimal thickness may be potential candidates for anode use in organic light emitting diodes.

  5. The effects of deposition temperature on the interfacial properties of SiH4 reduced blanket tungsten on TiN glue layer

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    Lee, Young J.; Park, Chong-Ook; Kim, Dong-Won; Chun, John S.

    1994-10-01

    Low pressure chemical vapor deposition tungsten films were deposited at various temperatures, using a WF6-SiH4-H2 gas mixture. The impurity distribution at the W/TiN interface was investigated by Auger electron spectroscopy depth profiling. Some fluorine accumulation at the interface is observed when the tungsten is deposited below 300°C. However, above 300°C, no accumulation of fluorine could be observed. A result obtained from thermodynamic calculations using SOLGASMIX-PV suggests that this phenomenon is closely associated with the highly oxidized surface layer of TiN at the initial stage of deposition. The reaction of the gas mixture with the TiN surface layer seems to enhance the fluorine accumulation, which lowers the adherence of the interface and increases the contact resistance.

  6. On the kinetics of MoSe2 interfacial layer formation in chalcogen-based thin film solar cells with a molybdenum back contact

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    Shin, Byungha; Bojarczuk, Nestor A.; Guha, Supratik

    2013-03-01

    We have studied the temperature dependent kinetics of MoSe2 formation between molybdenum and Cu2ZnSnSe4 (CZTSe) films during annealing in the presence of Se. CZTSe is an emerging light-absorbing material for thin film solar cell applications, and thermal treatment of this layer constitutes a critical part of the device processing. The formation of MoSe2 in this system is modeled using a three step mechanism—diffusion of Se through CZTSe, diffusion of Se through MoSe2, and reaction between Se and Mo. Applying the results of the model to experimental results reveals that the MoSe2 formation is limited by the diffusion of Se through the CZTSe layer.

  7. Effect of vertically oriented few-layer graphene on the wettability and interfacial reactions of the AgCuTi-SiO2f/SiO2 system.

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    Sun, Z; Zhang, L X; Qi, J L; Zhang, Z H; Hao, T D; Feng, J C

    2017-03-22

    With the aim of expanding their applications, particularly when joining metals, a simple but effective method is reported whereby the surface chemical reactivity of SiO2f/SiO2 (SiO2f/SiO2 stands for silica fibre reinforced silica based composite materials and f is short for fibre) composites with vertically oriented few-layer graphene (VFG, 3-10 atomic layers of graphene vertically oriented to the substrate) can be tailored. VFG was uniformly grown on the surface of a SiO2f/SiO2 composite by using plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD). The wetting experiments were conducted by placing small pieces of AgCuTi alloy foil on SiO2f/SiO2 composites with and without VFG decoration. It was demonstrated that the contact angle dropped from 120° (without VFG decoration) to 50° (with VFG decoration) when the holding time was 10 min. The interfacial reaction layer in SiO2f/SiO2 composites with VFG decoration became continuous without any unfilled gaps compared with the composites without VFG decoration. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) was employed to investigate the interaction between VFG and Ti from the AgCuTi alloy. The results showed that VFG possessed high chemical reactivity and could easily react with Ti even at room temperature. Finally, a mechanism of how VFG promoted the wetting of the SiO2f/SiO2 composite by the AgCuTi alloy is proposed and thoroughly discussed.

  8. Effects of anodizing potential and temperature on the growth of anodic TiO2 and its photoelectrochemical properties

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    Kapusta-Kołodziej, Joanna; Syrek, Karolina; Pawlik, Anna; Jarosz, Magdalena; Tynkevych, Olena; Sulka, Grzegorz D.

    2017-02-01

    Although nanoporous/nanotubular anodic TiO2 has been broadly investigated, there is still much to be learned about the fabrication, morphological characterization and applications of anodic TiO2 formed in the glycerol-based electrolyte. Nanoporous anodic titanium oxide (ATO) layers on Ti were prepared via a three-step anodization in a glycerol solution containing NH4F (0.38 wt%) and H2O (1.79 wt%). The effects of anodizing potential (30-70 V) and temperature (10-40 °C) on the growth and morphology of ATO layers were investigated in detail. The structural and morphological characterizations of received ATO layers were performed for the studied potentials and temperatures. Moreover, photoelectrochemical properties of formed TiO2 were studied as well. It has been shown, that the morphology of fabricated nanoporous ATO layers are strongly altered by anodizing temperature and potential. Particularly, an interesting finding is that the growth rate gradually increases up to 50 V independently of anodizing temperature and then decreases when anodizing potential increases to 70 V. Moreover, for all investigated anodizing temperatures, the structural features of ATO layers, such as the cell size, inner layer pore diameter, outer layer pore diameter, increase with increasing anodizing potential. The annealing of ATO samples synthesized at 20 °C revealed that the anatase grain size increases with increasing anodizing potential. It is noteworthy to mention that the highest photoconversion efficiency values were observed for samples synthesized at the anodizing temperature of 20 °C and 40 V.

  9. Phase diagrams modified by interfacial penalties

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    Atanacković T.M.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The conventional forms of phase diagrams are constructed without consideration of interfacial energies and they represent an impor­tant tool for chemical engineers and metallurgists. If interfacial energies are taken into consideration, it is intuitively obvious that the regions of phase equilibria must become smaller, because there is a penalty on the formation of interfaces. We investigate this phe­nomenon qualitatively for a one-dimensional model, in which the phases occur as layers rather than droplets or bubbles. The modified phase diagrams are shown in Chapters 3 and 4.

  10. Lithium Ion Battery Anode Aging Mechanisms

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    Victor Agubra

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Degradation mechanisms such as lithium plating, growth of the passivated surface film layer on the electrodes and loss of both recyclable lithium ions and electrode material adversely affect the longevity of the lithium ion battery. The anode electrode is very vulnerable to these degradation mechanisms. In this paper, the most common aging mechanisms occurring at the anode during the operation of the lithium battery, as well as some approaches for minimizing the degradation are reviewed.

  11. Lithium Ion Battery Anode Aging Mechanisms

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    Victor Agubra; Jeffrey Fergus

    2013-01-01

    Degradation mechanisms such as lithium plating, growth of the passivated surface film layer on the electrodes and loss of both recyclable lithium ions and electrode material adversely affect the longevity of the lithium ion battery. The anode electrode is very vulnerable to these degradation mechanisms. In this paper, the most common aging mechanisms occurring at the anode during the operation of the lithium battery, as well as some approaches for minimizing the degradation are reviewed.

  12. Effect of graphene layer thickness and mechanical compliance on interfacial heat flow and thermal conduction in solid-liquid phase change materials.

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    Warzoha, Ronald J; Fleischer, Amy S

    2014-08-13

    Solid-liquid phase change materials (PCMs) are attractive candidates for thermal energy storage and electronics cooling applications but have limited applicability in state-of-the-art technologies due to their low intrinsic thermal conductivities. Recent efforts to incorporate graphene and multilayer graphene into PCMs have led to the development of thermal energy storage materials with remarkable values of bulk thermal conductivity. However, the full potential of graphene as a filler material for the thermal enhancement of PCMs remains unrealized, largely due to an incomplete understanding of the physical mechanisms that govern thermal transport within graphene-based nanocomposites. In this work, we show that the number of graphene layers (n) within an individual graphene nanoparticle has a significant effect on the bulk thermal conductivity of an organic PCM. Results indicate that the bulk thermal conductivity of PCMs can be tuned by over an order of magnitude simply by adjusting the number of graphene layers (n) from n = 3 to 44. Using scanning electron microscopy in tandem with nanoscale analytical techniques, the physical mechanisms that govern heat flow within a graphene nanocomposite PCM are found to be nearly independent of the intrinsic thermal conductivity of the graphene nanoparticle itself and are instead found to be dependent on the mechanical compliance of the graphene nanoparticles. These findings are critical for the design and development of PCMs that are capable of cooling next-generation electronics and storing heat effectively in medium-to-large-scale energy systems, including solar-thermal power plants and building heating and cooling systems.

  13. Ellipsometry of anodic film growth

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    Smith, C.G.

    1978-08-01

    An automated computer interpretation of ellisometer measurements of anodic film growth was developed. Continuous mass and charge balances were used to utilize more fully the time dependence of the ellipsometer data and the current and potential measurements. A multiple-film model was used to characterize the growth of films which proceeds via a dissolution--precipitation mechanism; the model also applies to film growth by adsorption and nucleation mechanisms. The characteristic parameters for film growth describe homogeneous and heterogeneous crystallization rates, film porosities and degree of hydration, and the supersaturation of ionic species in the electrolyte. Additional descriptions which may be chosen are patchwise film formation, nonstoichiometry of the anodic film, and statistical variations in the size and orientation of secondary crystals. Theories were developed to describe the optical effects of these processes. An automatic, self-compensating ellipsometer was used to study the growth in alkaline solution of anodic films on silver, cadmium, and zinc. Mass-transport conditions included stagnant electrolyte and forced convection in a flow channel. Multiple films were needed to characterize the optical properties of these films. Anodic films grew from an electrolyte supersatuated in the solution-phase dissolution product. The degree of supersaturation depended on transport conditions and had a major effect on the structure of the film. Anodic reaction rates were limited by the transport of charge carriers through a primary surface layer. The primary layers on silver, zinc, and cadmium all appeared to be nonstoichiometric, containing excess metal. Diffusion coefficients, transference numbers, and the free energy of adsorption of zinc oxide were derived from ellipsometer measurements. 97 figures, 13 tables, 198 references.

  14. Impedance spectroscopy of highly ordered nano-porous electrodes based on Au-AAO (anodic aluminum oxide) structure.

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    Ahn, Jaehwan; Cho, Sungbo; Min, Junhong

    2013-11-01

    Electrochemical measurements using the microelectrodes are increasingly utilized for the label-free detection of the small amount of biological materials such as DNA, protein, and cells. However, the interfacial electrode impedance increases and may hinder the detection of weak signals as the size of electrode decreases. To enhance the measurement sensitivity while reducing the electrode size, in this study, microelectrodes employing a nanoporous structure were fabricated and characterized by using electrical impedance spectroscopy. We made the highly ordered honeycomb nanoporous structure of Anodic Aluminum Oxide (AAO) by electrochemical anodizing and formed Au layer on the surface of AAO (Au/AAO) by electroless Au plating method. The electrical characteristics of the fabricated Au/AAO electrodes were evaluated by using de Levie's model derived for the pore electrodes. As a result, the interfacial electrode impedance of the fabricated Au/AAO electrodes was 2-3 order lower than the value of the planar electrodes at frequencies below 1 kHz. It implies this nanoporous electrode could be directly applied to label free detection of biomaterials.

  15. Advances in aluminum anodizing

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    Dale, K. H.

    1969-01-01

    White anodize is applied to aluminum alloy surfaces by specific surface preparation, anodizing, pigmentation, and sealing techniques. The development techniques resulted in alloys, which are used in space vehicles, with good reflectance values and excellent corrosive resistance.

  16. Mussel-Inspired Polydopamine Coating for Enhanced Thermal Stability and Rate Performance of Graphite Anodes in Li-Ion Batteries.

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    Park, Seong-Hyo; Kim, Hyeon Jin; Lee, Junmin; Jeong, You Kyeong; Choi, Jang Wook; Lee, Hochun

    2016-06-08

    Despite two decades of commercial history, it remains very difficult to simultaneously achieve both high rate capability and thermal stability in the graphite anodes of Li-ion batteries because the stable solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer, which is essential for thermal stability, impedes facile Li(+) ion transport at the interface. Here, we resolve this longstanding challenge using a mussel-inspired polydopamine (PD) coating via a simple immersion process. The nanometer-thick PD coating layer allows the formation of an SEI layer on the coating surface without perturbing the intrinsic properties of the SEI layer of the graphite anodes. PD-coated graphite exhibits far better performances in cycling test at 60 °C and storage test at 90 °C than bare graphite. The PD-coated graphite also displays superior rate capability during both lithiation and delithiation. As evidenced by surface free energy analysis, the enhanced performance of the PD-coated graphite can be ascribed to the Lewis basicity of the PD, which scavenges harmful hydrofluoric acid and forms an intermediate triple-body complex among a Li(+) ion, solvent molecules, and the PD's basic site. The usefulness of the proposed PD coating can be expanded to various electrodes in rechargeable batteries that suffer from poor thermal stability and interfacial kinetics.

  17. Anodic etching of GaN based film with a strong phase-separated InGaN/GaN layer: Mechanism and properties

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    Gao, Qingxue; Liu, Rong; Xiao, Hongdi; Cao, Dezhong; Liu, Jianqiang; Ma, Jin

    2016-11-01

    A strong phase-separated InGaN/GaN layer, which consists of multiple quantum wells (MQW) and superlattices (SL) layers and can produce a blue wavelength spectrum, has been grown on n-GaN thin film, and then fabricated into nanoporous structures by electrochemical etching method in oxalic acid. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) technique reveals that the etching voltage of 8 V leads to a vertically aligned nanoporous structure, whereas the films etched at 15 V show branching pores within the n-GaN layer. Due to the low doping concentration of barriers (GaN layers) in the InGaN/GaN layer, we observed a record-low rate of etching (partial relaxation of compressive stress due to the increased light-extracting surface area and light-guiding effect. Such a compressive stress relaxation can be further confirmed by Raman spectra.

  18. Anodization and Optical Appearance of Sputter Deposited Al-Zr Coatings

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    Gudla, Visweswara Chakravarthy; Canulescu, Stela; Shabadi, Rajashekhara

    2014-01-01

    Anodized Al alloy components are extensively used in various applications like architectural, decorative and automobiles for corrosion protection and/or decorative optical appearance. However, tailoring the anodized layer for specific optical appearance is limited due to variation in composition...

  19. Effect of ethylene glycol bis (propionitrile) ether (EGBE) on the performance and interfacial chemistry of lithium-rich layered oxide cathode

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    Hong, Pengbo; Xu, Mengqing; Zheng, Xiongwen; Zhu, Yunmin; Liao, Youhao; Xing, Lidan; Huang, Qiming; Wan, Huaping; Yang, Yongjun; Li, Weishan

    2016-10-01

    Ethylene glycol bis (propionitrile) ether (EGBE) is used as an electrolyte additive to improve the cycling stability and rate capability of Li/Li1.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13O2 cells at high operating voltage (4.8 V). After 150 cycles, cells with 1.0 wt% of EGBE containing electrolyte have remarkable cycling performance, 89.0% capacity retention; while the cells with baseline electrolyte only remain 67.4% capacity retention. Linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and computation results demonstrate that EGBE preferably oxidizes on the cathode surface compared to the LiPF6/carbonate electrolyte. In order to further understand the effects of EGBE on Li1.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13O2 cathode upon cycling at high voltage, electrochemical behaviors and ex-situ surface analysis of Li1.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13O2 are investigated via electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electron spectroscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and inductive coupled plasma spectroscopy (ICP-MS). The improved cycling performance can be attributed to more stable and robust surface layer yield via incorporation of EGBE, which mitigates the oxidation of electrolyte on the cathode electrode, and also inhibits the dissolution of bulk transition metal ions as well upon cycling at high voltage.

  20. Impact of post-deposition annealing on interfacial chemical bonding states between AlGaN and ZrO{sub 2} grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Ye, Gang; Arulkumaran, Subramaniam; Ng, Geok Ing; Li, Yang; Ang, Kian Siong [Novitas, Nanoelectronics Center of Excellence, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Wang, Hong, E-mail: ewanghong@ntu.edu.sg [Novitas, Nanoelectronics Center of Excellence, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); CINTRA CNRS/NTU/Thales, UMI 3288, 50 Nanyang Drive (Singapore); Ng, Serene Lay Geok; Ji, Rong [Data Storage Institute, Agency for Science Technology and Research (A-STAR), 5 Engineering Drive 1, 117608 (Singapore); Liu, Zhi Hong [Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, 1 CREATE Way, Singapore 138602 (Singapore)

    2015-03-02

    The effect of post-deposition annealing on chemical bonding states at interface between Al{sub 0.5}Ga{sub 0.5}N and ZrO{sub 2} grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) is studied by angle-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. It has been found that both of Al-O/Al 2p and Ga-O/Ga 3d area ratio decrease at annealing temperatures lower than 500 °C, which could be attributed to “clean up” effect of ALD-ZrO{sub 2} on AlGaN. Compared to Ga spectra, a much larger decrease in Al-O/Al 2p ratio at a smaller take-off angle θ is observed, which indicates higher effectiveness of the passivation of Al-O bond than Ga-O bond through “clean up” effect near the interface. However, degradation of ZrO{sub 2}/AlGaN interface quality due to re-oxidation at higher annealing temperature (>500 °C) is also found. The XPS spectra clearly reveal that Al atoms at ZrO{sub 2}/AlGaN interface are easier to get oxidized as compared with Ga atoms.

  1. L{sub g} = 100 nm In{sub 0.7}Ga{sub 0.3}As quantum well metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors with atomic layer deposited beryllium oxide as interfacial layer

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    Koh, D., E-mail: dh.koh@utexas.edu, E-mail: Taewoo.Kim@sematech.org [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Microelectronics Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78758 (United States); SEMATECH, Inc., Albany, New York 12203 (United States); Kwon, H. M. [Department of Electronics Engineering, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, T.-W., E-mail: dh.koh@utexas.edu, E-mail: Taewoo.Kim@sematech.org; Veksler, D.; Gilmer, D.; Kirsch, P. D. [SEMATECH, Inc., Albany, New York 12203 (United States); Kim, D.-H. [SEMATECH, Inc., Albany, New York 12203 (United States); GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Malta, New York 12020 (United States); Hudnall, Todd W. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 78666 (United States); Bielawski, Christopher W. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78712 (United States); Maszara, W. [GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Santa Clara, California 95054 (United States); Banerjee, S. K. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Microelectronics Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas 78758 (United States)

    2014-04-21

    In this study, we have fabricated nanometer-scale channel length quantum-well (QW) metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors (MOSFETs) incorporating beryllium oxide (BeO) as an interfacial layer. BeO has high thermal stability, excellent electrical insulating characteristics, and a large band-gap, which make it an attractive candidate for use as a gate dielectric in making MOSFETs. BeO can also act as a good diffusion barrier to oxygen owing to its small atomic bonding length. In this work, we have fabricated In{sub 0.53}Ga{sub 0.47}As MOS capacitors with BeO and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and compared their electrical characteristics. As interface passivation layer, BeO/HfO{sub 2} bilayer gate stack presented effective oxide thickness less 1 nm. Furthermore, we have demonstrated In{sub 0.7}Ga{sub 0.3}As QW MOSFETs with a BeO/HfO{sub 2} dielectric, showing a sub-threshold slope of 100 mV/dec, and a transconductance (g{sub m,max}) of 1.1 mS/μm, while displaying low values of gate leakage current. These results highlight the potential of atomic layer deposited BeO for use as a gate dielectric or interface passivation layer for III–V MOSFETs at the 7 nm technology node and/or beyond.

  2. Interfacial charge-induced polarization switching in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} bi-layer

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    Kim, Yu Jin; Park, Min Hyuk; Jeon, Woojin; Kim, Han Joon; Moon, Taehwan; Lee, Young Hwan; Kim, Keum Do; Hyun, Seung Dam; Hwang, Cheol Seong, E-mail: cheolsh@snu.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science & Engineering and Inter-University Semiconductor Research Center, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-744 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-12-14

    Detailed polarization switching behavior of an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Pb(Zr,Ti)O{sub 3} (AO/PZT) structure is examined by comparing the phenomenological thermodynamic model to the experimental polarization–voltage (P-V) results. Amorphous AO films with various thicknesses (2–10 nm) were deposited on the polycrystalline 150-nm-thick PZT film. The thermodynamic calculation showed that the transition from the ferroelectric-like state to the paraelectric-like state with increasing AO thickness occurs at ∼3 nm thickness. This paraelectric-like state should have exhibited a negative capacitance effect without permanent polarization switching if no other adverse effects are involved. However, experiments showed typical ferroelectric-like hysteresis loops where the coercive voltage increased with the increasing AO thickness, which could be explained by the carrier injection through the thin AO layer and trapping of the carriers at the AO/PZT interface. The fitting of the experimental P-V loops using the thermodynamic model considering the depolarization energy effect showed that trapped charge density was ∼±0.1 Cm{sup −2} and critical electric field at the Pt electrode/AO interface, at which the carrier transport occurs, was ∼±10 MV/cm irrespective of the AO thickness. Energy band model at each electrostatic state along the P-V loop was provided to elucidate correlation between macroscopic polarization and internal charge state of the stacked films.

  3. Bubble-Sheet-Like Interface Design with an Ultrastable Solid Electrolyte Layer for High-Performance Dual-Ion Batteries.

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    Qin, Panpan; Wang, Meng; Li, Na; Zhu, Haili; Ding, Xuan; Tang, Yongbing

    2017-02-22

    In this work, a bubble-sheet-like hollow interface design on Al foil anode to improve the cycling stability and rate performance of aluminum anode based dual-ion battery is reported, in which, a carbon-coated hollow aluminum anode is used as both anode materials and current collector. This anode structure can guide the alloying position inside the hollow nanospheres, and also confine the alloy sizes within the hollow nanospheres, resulting in significantly restricted volumetric expansion and ultrastable solid electrolyte interface (SEI). As a result, the battery demonstrates an excellent long-term cycling stability within 1500 cycles with ≈99% capacity retention at 2 C. Moreover, this cell displays an energy density of 169 Wh kg(-1) even at high power density of 2113 W kg(-1) (10 C, charge and discharge within 6 min), which is much higher than most of conventional lithium ion batteries. The interfacial engineering strategy shown in this work to stabilize SEI layer and control the alloy forming position could be generalized to promote the research development of metal anodes based battery systems.

  4. Energy Parameters of Interfacial Layers in Composite Systems: Graphene – (Si, Cu, Fe, Co, Au, Ag, Al, Ru, Hf, Pb and Semiconductor (Si,Ge – (Fe, Co, Cu, Al, Au, Cr, W, Pb

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    B.P. Koman

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available On the basis of the non-equilibrium thermodynamics relations and the surface physics phenomena we calculate adhesion and energy parameters to characterize the interfacial interactions in graphene – (Si, Cu, Fe, Co, Au, Ag, Al, Ru, Hf, Pb and semiconductor (Si, Ge – (Fe, Co, Cu, Al, Au, Cr, W, Pb systems. We analyze trends of the interfacial energy, interfacial tension, work of adhesion and the energy of adhesive bonds on the contacting element’s atomic number in the periodic table and on the electronegativity difference of interacting elements. Thus, this work provides theoretical basis for the development of new composite materials.

  5. Interfacial rheology: an overview of measuring techniques and its role in dispersions and electrospinning.

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    Pelipenko, Jan; Kristl, Julijana; Rošic, Romana; Baumgartner, Saša; Kocbek, Petra

    2012-06-01

    Interfacial rheological properties have yet to be thoroughly explored. Only recently, methods have been introduced that provide sufficient sensitivity to reliably determine viscoelastic interfacial properties. In general, interfacial rheology describes the relationship between the deformation of an interface and the stresses exerted on it. Due to the variety in deformations of the interfacial layer (shear and expansions or compressions), the field of interfacial rheology is divided into the subcategories of shear and dilatational rheology. While shear rheology is primarily linked to the long-term stability of dispersions, dilatational rheology provides information regarding short-term stability. Interfacial rheological characteristics become relevant in systems with large interfacial areas, such as emulsions and foams, and in processes that lead to a large increase in the interfacial area, such as electrospinning of nanofibers.

  6. Porous and mesh alumina formed by anodization of high purity aluminum films at low anodizing voltage

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    Abd-Elnaiem, Alaa M., E-mail: alaa.abd-elnaiem@science.au.edu.eg [KACST-Intel Consortium Center of Excellence in Nano-manufacturing Applications (CENA), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt); Mebed, A.M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Al-Jouf University, Sakaka 2014 (Saudi Arabia); El-Said, Waleed Ahmed [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt); Abdel-Rahim, M.A. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt)

    2014-11-03

    Electrochemical oxidation of high-purity aluminum (Al) films under low anodizing voltages (1–10) V has been conducted to obtain anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with ultra-small pore size and inter-pore distance. Different structures of AAO have been obtained e.g. nanoporous and mesh structures. Highly regular pore arrays with small pore size and inter-pore distance have been formed in oxalic or sulfuric acids at different temperatures (22–50 °C). It is found that the pore diameter, inter-pore distance and the barrier layer thickness are independent of the anodizing parameters, which is very different from the rules of general AAO fabrication. The brand formation mechanism has been revealed by the scanning electron microscope study. Regular nanopores are formed under 10 V at the beginning of the anodization and then serve as a template layer dominating the formation of ultra-small nanopores. Anodization that is performed at voltages less than 5 V leads to mesh structured alumina. In addition, we have introduced a simple one-pot synthesis method to develop thin walls of oxide containing lithium (Li) ions that could be used for battery application based on anodization of Al films in a supersaturated mixture of lithium phosphate and phosphoric acid as matrix for Li-composite electrolyte. - Highlights: • We develop anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with small pore size and inter-pore distance. • Applying low anodizing voltages onto aluminum film leads to form mesh structures. • The value of anodizing voltage (1–10 V) has no effect on pore size or inter-pore distance. • Applying anodizing voltage less than 5 V leads to mesh structured AAO. • AAO can be used as a matrix for Li-composite electrolytes.

  7. Emulsions for interfacial filtration.

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    Grillet, Anne Mary; Bourdon, Christopher Jay; Souza, Caroline Ann; Welk, Margaret Ellen; Hartenberger, Joel David; Brooks, Carlton, F.

    2006-11-01

    We have investigated a novel emulsion interfacial filter that is applicable for a wide range of materials, from nano-particles to cells and bacteria. This technology uses the interface between the two immiscible phases as the active surface area for adsorption of targeted materials. We showed that emulsion interfaces can effectively collect and trap materials from aqueous solution. We tested two aqueous systems, a bovine serum albumin (BSA) solution and coal bed methane produced water (CBMPW). Using a pendant drop technique to monitor the interfacial tension, we demonstrated that materials in both samples were adsorbed to the liquid-liquid interface, and did not readily desorb. A prototype system was built to test the emulsion interfacial filter concept. For the BSA system, a protein assay showed a progressive decrease in the residual BSA concentration as the sample was processed. Based on the initial prototype operation, we propose an improved system design.

  8. Understanding the mechanisms of interfacial reactions during TiO2 layer growth on RuO2 by atomic layer deposition with O2 plasma or H2O as oxygen source

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    Chaker, A.; Szkutnik, P. D.; Pointet, J.; Gonon, P.; Vallée, C.; Bsiesy, A.

    2016-08-01

    In this paper, TiO2 layers grown on RuO2 by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using tetrakis (dimethyla-mino) titanium (TDMAT) and either oxygen plasma or H2O as oxygen source were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and depth-resolved X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The main objective is to investigate the surface chemical reactions mechanisms and their influence on the TiO2 film properties. The experimental results using XRD show that ALD deposition using H2O leads to anatase TiO2 whereas a rutile TiO2 is obtained when oxygen-plasma is used as oxygen source. Depth-resolved XPS analysis allows to determine the reaction mechanisms at the RuO2 substrate surface after growth of thin TiO2 layers. Indeed, the XPS analysis shows that when H2O assisted ALD process is used, intermediate Ti2O3 layer is obtained and RuO2 is reduced into Ru as evidenced by high resolution transmission electron microscopy. In this case, there is no possibility to re-oxidize the Ru surface into RuO2 due to the weak oxidation character of H2O and an anatase TiO2 layer is therefore grown on Ti2O3. In contrast, when oxygen plasma is used in the ALD process, its strong oxidation character leads to the re-oxidation of the partially reduced RuO2 following the first Ti deposition step. Consequently, the RuO2 surface is regenerated, allowing the growth of rutile TiO2. A surface chemical reaction scheme is proposed that well accounts for the observed experimental results.

  9. Highly electrically conductive layered carbon derived from polydopamine and its functions in SnO2-based lithium ion battery anodes.

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    Kong, Junhua; Yee, Wu Aik; Yang, Liping; Wei, Yuefan; Phua, Si Lei; Ong, Hock Guan; Ang, Jia Ming; Li, Xu; Lu, Xuehong

    2012-10-25

    Thin carbonized polydopamine (C-PDA) coatings are found to have similar structures and electrical conductivities to those of multilayered graphene doped with heteroatoms. Greatly enhanced electrochemical properties are achieved with C-PDA-coated SnO(2) nanoparticles where the coating functions as a mechanical buffer layer and conducting bridge.

  10. Embedment of nano-sized Ag layer into Ag-doped In2O3 films for use as highly transparent and conductive anode in organic solar cells

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    Cho, Da-Young; Na, Seok-In; Chung, Kwun-Bum; Kim, Han-Ki

    2015-08-01

    By inserting a nano-sized Ag layer between bottom Ag-doped In2O3 (AIO) and a top AIO layer, we were able to control the sheet resistance and optical transmittance of AIO films for application in organic solar cells (OSCs) as a transparent electrode. To optimize the AIO/Ag/AIO multilayer, we investigated the electrical, optical, structural and morphological properties of the AIO/Ag/AIO multilayer as a function of Ag interlayer thickness with a constant bottom and top AIO thickness of 35 nm. The optimized AIO/Ag/AIO multilayer showed a much lower resistivity of 3.988 × 10-5 Ω cm and a higher optical transmittance of 84.79% than the values (4.625 × 10-4 Ω cm and 78.36%) of the single AIO film, due to the high conductivity of the metallic Ag layer and the antireflection effect of the symmetric AIO/Ag/AIO structure. In addition, we investigated the performances of OSCs with AIO/Ag/AIO electrodes as a function of Ag interlayer thickness to determine the optimal Ag thickness to produce a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the OSCs. Based on the PCE of the OSCs, we correlated the performance of the OSCs with the Ag interlayer thickness in the AIO/Ag/AIO multilayer and suggested a possible mechanism to explain the dependency of PCE on Ag thickness in AIO/Ag/AIO multilayer electrodes.

  11. Role of MoO3 as an anode buffer layer in organic photovoltaic cells%MoO3对有机太阳能电池性能影响的研究

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    王娜娜; 于军胜; 王琦; 单娟; 蒋亚东

    2011-01-01

    Using molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) as anode buffer layer, organic photovoltalc (OPV) cells with a structure of ITO/MoOa/P3HT/C60/Bphen/Ag was studied. The effect of thickness of MoO3 on electrical characteristics of the device was systematically investigated. From the conventional equivalent circuit model, the series resistance of cell was calculated. Also, the absorption spectrum was measured by a spectrophotometer. The results indicate that at the optimized thickness of MoO3, the short circuit current, open circuit voltage and fill factor were all increased. The MoO3 layer plays an important role in forming good interface contact between anode and donor, which decreases the series resistance and improves the carrier transfer and collection efficiencies. Moreover, MoO3 has high optical transparency and can not decrease the photon absorption efficiency.%采用MoO3作为阳极缓冲层,制备了结构为ITO/MoO3/P3HT/C60/Bphen/Ag的有机太阳能电池器件,研究了MoO3薄膜厚度对器件性能的影响.采用常用的等效电路模型,仿真计算得到MoO3缓冲层对器件串联电阻的影响.此外,测试了器件的吸收光谱,研究了MoO3缓冲层对器件光子吸收的作用.结果表明,在MoO3厚度为1 nm时,器件的短路电流密度、开路电压和填充因子都得到了提高.MoO3可以改善电极和有机层的界面接触性能,能够有效降低器件的串联电阻,提高载流子的传输和收集效率;同时,MoO3缓冲层透过率高,不会对器件的光吸收效率造成影响.

  12. The effects of ultra-thin cerium fluoride film as the anode buffer layer on the electrical characteristics of organic light emitting diodes

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    Lu, Hsin-Wei [Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, 70101, Taiwan (China); Tsai, Cheng-Che [Department of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Tung Fang Design Institute, Kaohsiung, 82941, Taiwan (China); Hong, Cheng-Shong [Department of Electronic Engineering, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Kaohsiung, 824, Taiwan (China); Kao, Po-Ching [Department of Electrophysics, National Chiayi University, Chiayi 60004, Taiwan (China); Juang, Yung-Der [Department of Materials Science, National University of Tainan, Tainan, 70005, Taiwan (China); Chu, Sheng-Yuan, E-mail: chusy@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, 70101, Taiwan (China); Advanced Optoelectronic Technology Center, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, 70101, Taiwan (China)

    2016-11-01

    Highlights: • OLEDs were enhanced efficiency by depositing CeF{sub 3} buffer layer. • The surface roughness was smoother of the CeF{sub 3} buffer layer. • The surface energy and polarity were increased of the CeF{sub 3} buffer layer. • Admittance spectroscopy showed that increased capacitance. • The carrier injection was enhanced in the space charge region. - Abstract: In this study, the efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) was enhanced by depositing a CeF{sub 3}film as an ultra-thin buffer layer between the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode and α-naphthylphenylbiphenyldiamine (NPB) hole transport layer, with the structure configuration ITO/CeF{sub 3} (0.5, 1, and 1.5 nm)/α-naphthylphenylbiphenyl diamine (NPB) (40 nm)/tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq{sub 3}) (60 nm)/lithium fluoride (LiF) (1 nm)/Al (150 nm). The enhancement mechanism was systematically investigated via several approaches. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy results revealed the formation of the UV-ozone treated CeF{sub 3} film. The work function increased from 4.8 eV (standard ITO electrode) to 5.22 eV (0.5-nm-thick UV-ozone treated CeF{sub 3} film deposited on the ITO electrode). The surface roughness of the UV-ozone treated CeF{sub 3} film was smoother than that of the standard ITO electrode. Further, the UV-ozone treated CeF{sub 3} film increased both the surface energy and polarity, as determined from contact angle measurements. In addition, admittance spectroscopy measurements showed an increased capacitance and conductance of the OLEDs. Accordingly, the turn-on voltage decreased from 4.2 V to 3.6 V at 1 mA/cm{sup 2}, the luminance increased from 7588 cd/m{sup 2} to 24760 cd/m{sup 2}, and the current efficiency increased from 3.2 cd/A to 3.8 cd/A when the 0.5-nm-thick UV-ozone treated CeF{sub 3} film was inserted into the OLEDs.

  13. Dentin-cement Interfacial Interaction: Calcium Silicates and Polyalkenoates

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    Atmeh, A.R.; Chong, E.Z.; Richard, G; Festy, F.; Watson, T.F.

    2012-01-01

    The interfacial properties of a new calcium-silicate-based coronal restorative material (Biodentine™) and a glass-ionomer cement (GIC) with dentin have been studied by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), micro-Raman spectroscopy, and two-photon auto-fluorescence and second-harmonic-generation (SHG) imaging. Results indicate the formation of tag-like structures alongside an interfacial layer called the “mineral infiltration zone”, where the alkaline c...

  14. Anodized aluminum on LDEF

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    Golden, Johnny L.

    1993-01-01

    A compilation of reported analyses and results obtained for anodized aluminum flown on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) was prepared. Chromic acid, sulfuric acid, and dyed sulfuric acid anodized surfaces were exposed to the space environment. The vast majority of the anodized surface on LDEF was chromic acid anodize because of its selection as a thermal control coating for use on the spacecraft primary structure, trays, tray clamps, and space end thermal covers. Reports indicate that the chromic acid anodize was stable in solar absorptance and thermal emittance, but that contamination effects caused increases in absorptance on surfaces exposed to low atomic oxygen fluences. There were some discrepancies, however, in that some chromic acid anodized specimens exhibited significant increases in absorptance. Sulfuric acid anodized surfaces also appeared stable, although very little surface area was available for evaluation. One type of dyed sulfuric acid anodize was assessed as an optical baffle coating and was observed to have improved infrared absorptance characteristics with exposure on LDEF.

  15. Anodizing Aluminum with Frills.

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    Doeltz, Anne E.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    "Anodizing Aluminum" (previously reported in this journal) describes a vivid/relevant laboratory experience for general chemistry students explaining the anodizing of aluminum in sulfuric acid and constrasting it to electroplating. Additions to this procedure and the experiment in which they are used are discussed. Reactions involved are…

  16. The effects of ultra-thin cerium fluoride film as the anode buffer layer on the electrical characteristics of organic light emitting diodes

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    Lu, Hsin-Wei; Tsai, Cheng-Che; Hong, Cheng-Shong; Kao, Po-Ching; Juang, Yung-Der; Chu, Sheng-Yuan

    2016-11-01

    In this study, the efficiency of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) was enhanced by depositing a CeF3film as an ultra-thin buffer layer between the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode and α-naphthylphenylbiphenyldiamine (NPB) hole transport layer, with the structure configuration ITO/CeF3 (0.5, 1, and 1.5 nm)/α-naphthylphenylbiphenyl diamine (NPB) (40 nm)/tris(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq3) (60 nm)/lithium fluoride (LiF) (1 nm)/Al (150 nm). The enhancement mechanism was systematically investigated via several approaches. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy results revealed the formation of the UV-ozone treated CeF3 film. The work function increased from 4.8 eV (standard ITO electrode) to 5.22 eV (0.5-nm-thick UV-ozone treated CeF3 film deposited on the ITO electrode). The surface roughness of the UV-ozone treated CeF3 film was smoother than that of the standard ITO electrode. Further, the UV-ozone treated CeF3 film increased both the surface energy and polarity, as determined from contact angle measurements. In addition, admittance spectroscopy measurements showed an increased capacitance and conductance of the OLEDs. Accordingly, the turn-on voltage decreased from 4.2 V to 3.6 V at 1 mA/cm2, the luminance increased from 7588 cd/m2 to 24760 cd/m2, and the current efficiency increased from 3.2 cd/A to 3.8 cd/A when the 0.5-nm-thick UV-ozone treated CeF3 film was inserted into the OLEDs.

  17. Development of Planar Metal Supported SOFC with Novel Cermet Anode

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Hjelm, Johan; Klemensø, Trine;

    2009-01-01

    Metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells are expected to offer several potential advantages over conventional anode (Ni-YSZ) supported cells, such as increased resistance against mechanical and thermal stresses and a reduction in materials cost. When Ni-YSZ based anodes are used in metal supported...... SOFC, electrode material from the active anode layer may interdiffuse with the metallic support during sintering. The purpose of this work is to illustrate how the interdiffusion problem can be circumvented by using an alternative anode design based on porous and electronically conducting layers......, into which electrocatalytically active materials are infiltrated after sintering. The paper presents the recent results on the electrochemical performance and durability of the novel planar metal-supported SOFC design. The results presented in the paper show that the novel cell and anode design has...

  18. Planar metal-supported SOFC with novel cermet anode

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Hjelm, Johan; Klemensø, Trine;

    2011-01-01

    Metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells are expected to offer several potential advantages over conventional anode (Ni-YSZ) supported cells. For example, increased resistance against mechanical and thermal stresses and a reduction in material costs. When Ni-YSZ based anodes are used in metal...... supported SOFC, elements from the active anode layer may inter-diffuse with the metallic support during sintering. This work illustrates how the inter-diffusion problem can be circumvented by using an alternative anode design based on porous and electronically conducting layers, into which...... electrocatalytically active materials are infiltrated after sintering. The paper presents the electrochemical performance and durability of the novel planar metal-supported SOFC design. The electrode performance on symmetrical cells has also been evaluated. The novel cell and anode design shows a promising performance...

  19. 多层水系流延和共烧法制备具有阳极功能层固体氧化物燃料电池%Multilayer Aqueous Tape Casting of Solid Oxide Fule Cell with Anode Active Layer

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    王程程; 罗凌虹; 吴也凡; 侯冰雪; 程亮; 石纪军

    2012-01-01

    采用多层水系流延和共烧方法制备具有阳极功能层的单电池。阳极基底、阳极功能层、电解质层和阴极层分别为Ni-YSZ、Ni-ScSZ、YSZ和LSM-ScSZ。在H2/空气气氛中,分别在700、750、800℃测试具有阳极功能层的单电池,其最大功率密度分别为:0.30、0.55W/cm2和0.8W/cm2;其对应的电池欧姆电阻(R0)分别为0.39、0.30cm2和0.19cm2。电池的极化电阻则分别为1.28、0.91cm2和0.62cm2。采用相同工艺制备无阳极功能层的单电池,其在700、750、800℃的最大功率密度分别为0.21、0.31W/cm2和0.56W/cm2,对应的R0为0.41、0.39cm2和0.28cm2。电池的极化电阻为1.40、1.27cm2和0.91cm2。这说明采用的多层水系流延和共烧法制备的固体氧化物燃料电池的阳极功能层能有效减小电池的活化极化,从而提高单电池的电化学性能。%The anode-supported single cells with an anode active layer were prepared by a multilayer aqueous tape casting and co-sintering method. Nickel/yttria-stabilized zirconia (Ni/YSZ), nickel/scandia-stabilized zirconia (Ni/ScSZ) cermets, YSZ and LSM-ScSZ were used as the materials of anode substrate, anode active layer, electrolyte and cathode, respectively. When H2/air is used as operating gases, the maximum power density of the single cell with the anode active layer is 0.30, 0.55 and 0.8 W/cm2 at 700, 750 and 800 ℃, the ohmic resistance is 0.39, 0.30 and 0.19 I).cm2, and the polarization resistance is 1.28, 0.91 and 0.62 Ω.cm2, respectively. Compared to the single cell without the anode active layer, the maximum power density of the anode-supported single cells with the anode active layer is 0.21, 0.31 and 0.56W/cm2, the ohmic resistance is 0.41, 0.39 and 0.28 Ω.cm2, and the polarization resistance is 1.40, 1.27 and 0.91 D.cm2, respectively. The results show that the cell with the anode active layer prepared by multilayer aqueous tape casting can reduce the activation polarization and

  20. Designing nanostructures for interfacial phonon transport via Bayesian optimization

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    Ju, Shenghong; Feng, Lei; Hou, Zhufeng; Tsuda, Koji; Shiomi, Junichiro

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate optimization of thermal conductance across nanostructures by developing a method combining atomistic Green's function and Bayesian optimization. With an aim to minimize and maximize the interfacial thermal conductance (ITC) across Si-Si and Si-Ge interfaces by means of Si/Ge composite interfacial structure, the method identifies the optimal structures from calculations of only a few percent of the entire candidates (over 60,000 structures). The obtained optimal interfacial structures are non-intuitive and impacting: the minimum-ITC structure is an aperiodic superlattice that realizes 50% reduction from the best periodic superlattice. The physical mechanism of the minimum ITC can be understood in terms of crossover of the two effects on phonon transport: as the layer thickness in superlattice increases, the impact of Fabry-P\\'erot interference increases, and the rate of reflection at the layer-interfaces decreases. Aperiodic superlattice with spatial variation in the layer thickness has a degree...

  1. INTERFACIAL MASS TRANSPORT IN OXIDE CRYSTAL GROWTH

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    2002-01-01

    @@ A space high temperature in situobservation instrument (SHITISOI) is dedicated to visualize and record the whole growth process of oxide crystal in high temperature melts and solutions. Model experiments using transparent liquids such as KNbO3,Li2B4O7+KNbO3 were chosen to investigate effects of interracial mass transport in oxide crystal growth. For the scaling of the coupled velocity, heat and concentration fields in KNbO3 crystal growth, a rotating crystal growth process was performed and the widths of interfacial concentration, heat and momentum transition zones (The "boundary layers") are obtained, which are 7.5×10-a, 8.6×10-2 and 4.4×10-1 cm,respectively. Hence one can expect that interfacial concentration gradient will be confined to a narrow layer and in region of major concentration change at the in terface. In order to study a mechanism based on the interfacial mass transport resulting from hydrodynamics, the growth of KNbO3 grain in high temperature Li2B4O7 and KNbO3 solutin was studied. The result shows that the pivotal feature in the KNbO3 crystal growth is the initiated by KNbO3 solute surface tension gra dient which is caused by the slow diffusion of KNbO3 solutes. Direct comparison of the model predictions and experimental observed phenomena demonstrate the predictive capability of this model.

  2. Kinetic multi-layer model of aerosol surface and bulk chemistry (KM-SUB): the influence of interfacial transport and bulk diffusion on the oxidation of oleic acid by ozone

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    Shiraiwa, Manabu; Pfrang, Christian; Pöschl, Ulrich

    2010-05-01

    Aerosols are ubiquitous in the atmosphere and have strong effects on climate and public health. Gas-particle interactions can significantly change the physical and chemical properties of aerosols such as toxicity, reactivity, hygroscopicity and radiative properties. Chemical reactions and mass transport lead to continuous transformation and changes in the composition of atmospheric aerosols ("chemical aging"). Resistor model formulations are widely used to describe and investigate heterogeneous reactions and multiphase processes in laboratory, field and model studies of atmospheric chemistry. The traditional resistor models, however, are usually based on simplifying assumptions such as steady state conditions, homogeneous mixing, and limited numbers of non-interacting species and processes. In order to overcome these limitations, Pöschl, Rudich and Ammann have developed a kinetic model framework (PRA framework) with a double-layer surface concept and universally applicable rate equations and parameters for mass transport and chemical reactions at the gas-particle interface of aerosols and clouds [1]. Based on the PRA framework, we present a novel kinetic multi-layer model that explicitly resolves mass transport and chemical reaction at the surface and in the bulk of aerosol particles (KM-SUB) [2]. The model includes reversible adsorption, surface reactions and surface-bulk exchange as well as bulk diffusion and reaction. Unlike earlier models, KM-SUB does not require simplifying assumptions about steady-state conditions and radial mixing. The temporal evolution and concentration profiles of volatile and non-volatile species at the gas-particle interface and in the particle bulk can be modeled along with surface concentrations and gas uptake coefficients. In this study we explore and exemplify the effects of bulk diffusion on the rate of reactive gas uptake for a simple reference system, the ozonolysis of oleic acid particles, in comparison to experimental data and

  3. Effect of surface anodization on stability of orthodontic microimplant

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    Karmarker, Sanket; Yu, Wonjae

    2012-01-01

    Objective To determine the effect of surface anodization on the interfacial strength between an orthodontic microimplant (MI) and the rabbit tibial bone, particularly in the initial phase after placement. Methods A total of 36 MIs were driven into the tibias of 3 mature rabbits by using the self-drilling method and then removed after 6 weeks. Half the MIs were as-machined (n = 18; machined group), while the remaining had anodized surfaces (n = 18; anodized group). The peak insertion torque (PIT) and the peak removal torque (PRT) values were measured for the 2 groups of MIs. These values were then used to calculate the interfacial shear strength between the MI and cortical bone. Results There were no statistical differences in terms of PIT between the 2 groups. However, mean PRT was significantly greater for the anodized implants (3.79 ± 1.39 Ncm) than for the machined ones (2.05 ± 1.07 Ncm) (p orthodontic MIs may enhance their early-phase retention capability, thereby ensuring a more reliable source of absolute anchorage. PMID:23112925

  4. Microstructural characterization and mechanical property of active soldering anodized 6061 Al alloy using Sn-3.5Ag-xTi active solders

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    Wang, Wei-Lin, E-mail: wangwl77@gmail.com; Tsai, Yi-Chia, E-mail: tij@itri.org.tw

    2012-06-15

    Active solders Sn-3.5Ag-xTi varied from x = 0 to 6 wt.% Ti addition were prepared by vacuum arc re-melting and the resultant phase formation and variation of microstructure with titanium concentration were analyzed using X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The Sn-3.5Ag-xTi active solders are used as metallic filler to join with anodized 6061 Al alloy for potential applications of providing a higher heat conduction path. Their joints and mechanical properties were characterized and evaluated in terms of titanium content. The mechanical property of joints was measured by shear testing. The joint strength was very dependent on the titanium content. Solder with a 0.5 wt.% Ti addition can successfully wet and bond to the anodized aluminum oxide layers of Al alloy and posses a shear strength of 16.28 {+-} 0.64 MPa. The maximum bonding strength reached 22.24 {+-} 0.70 MPa at a 3 wt.% Ti addition. Interfacial reaction phase and chemical composition were identified by a transmission electron microscope with energy dispersive spectrometer. Results showed that the Ti element reacts with anodized aluminum oxide to form Al{sub 3}Ti-rich and Al{sub 3}Ti phases at the joint interfaces. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Active solder joining of anodized Al alloy needs 0.5 wt.% Ti addition for Sn-3.5Ag. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The maximum bonding strength occurs at 3 wt.% Ti addition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Ti reacts with anodized Al oxide to form Al{sub 3}Ti-rich and Al{sub 3}Ti at joint interface.

  5. Structure of anodized Al–Zr sputter deposited coatings and effect on optical appearance

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    Gudla, Visweswara Chakravarthy [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Canulescu, Stela [Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Shabadi, Rajashekhara [Unité Matériaux et Transformations, Université Lille1, 59655 Villeneuve ‘Ascq (France); Rechendorff, Kristian [Tribology Centre, Danish Technological Institute, DK-8000 Århus C (Denmark); Dirscherl, Kai [Danish Fundamental Metrology, DK-2800 Kgs., Lyngby (Denmark); Ambat, Rajan, E-mail: ram@mek.dtu.dk [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark)

    2014-10-30

    Highlights: • Microstructure of magnetron sputtered Al–Zr coatings on AA6060 under as coated and heat treated condition. • Effect of heat treatment and precipitation of Al–Zr–Si (τ{sub 1}) phase on optical appearance of anodized layer. • Partial oxidation of τ{sub 1} precipitates after anodizing and relation to darkening of the anodized layer. • Oxidized region of τ{sub 1} precipitates was amorphous while unoxidized region retained crystallinity. • Unoxidized metallic τ{sub 1} in amorphous anodic alumina acts as light absorption centres and causes darkening after anodizing. - Abstract: The mechanism of interaction of light with the microstructure of anodized layer giving specific optical appearance is investigated using Al–Zr sputter deposited coating as a model system on an AA6060 substrate. Differences in the oxidative nature of various microstructural components result in the evolution of typical features in the anodized layer, which are investigated as a function of microstructure and correlated with its optical appearance. The Zr concentration in the coating was varied from 6 wt.% to 23 wt.%. Heat treatment of the coated samples was carried out at 550 °C for 4 h in order to evolve Al–Zr based second phase precipitates in the microstructure. Anodizing was performed using 20 wt.% sulphuric acid at 18 °C with an intention to study the effect of anodizing on the Al–Zr based precipitates in the coating. Detailed microstructural characterization of the coating and anodized layer was carried out using high resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction analysis, glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, and optical appearance using spectrophotometry. The evolution of microstructure in the anodized layer as a function of anodizing parameters and their influence on the interaction of light is investigated and the results in general are applicable to discolouration of anodized layer on

  6. Electrically conductive anodized aluminum coatings

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    Alwitt, Robert S. (Inventor); Liu, Yanming (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A process for producing anodized aluminum with enhanced electrical conductivity, comprising anodic oxidation of aluminum alloy substrate, electrolytic deposition of a small amount of metal into the pores of the anodized aluminum, and electrolytic anodic deposition of an electrically conductive oxide, including manganese dioxide, into the pores containing the metal deposit; and the product produced by the process.

  7. Interfacial solvation thermodynamics

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    Ben-Amotz, Dor

    2016-10-01

    Previous studies have reached conflicting conclusions regarding the interplay of cavity formation, polarizability, desolvation, and surface capillary waves in driving the interfacial adsorptions of ions and molecules at air-water interfaces. Here we revisit these questions by combining exact potential distribution results with linear response theory and other physically motivated approximations. The results highlight both exact and approximate compensation relations pertaining to direct (solute-solvent) and indirect (solvent-solvent) contributions to adsorption thermodynamics, of relevance to solvation at air-water interfaces, as well as a broader class of processes linked to the mean force potential between ions, molecules, nanoparticles, proteins, and biological assemblies.

  8. Effect of nanoscale patterned interfacial roughness on interfacial toughness.

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    Zimmerman, Jonathan A.; Moody, Neville Reid; Mook, William M. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN); Kennedy, Marian S. (Clemson University, Clemson, SC); Bahr, David F. (Washington State University, Pullman, WA); Zhou, Xiao Wang; Reedy, Earl David, Jr.

    2007-09-01

    The performance and the reliability of many devices are controlled by interfaces between thin films. In this study we investigated the use of patterned, nanoscale interfacial roughness as a way to increase the apparent interfacial toughness of brittle, thin-film material systems. The experimental portion of the study measured the interfacial toughness of a number of interfaces with nanoscale roughness. This included a silicon interface with a rectangular-toothed pattern of 60-nm wide by 90-nm deep channels fabricated using nanoimprint lithography techniques. Detailed finite element simulations were used to investigate the nature of interfacial crack growth when the interface is patterned. These simulations examined how geometric and material parameter choices affect the apparent toughness. Atomistic simulations were also performed with the aim of identifying possible modifications to the interfacial separation models currently used in nanoscale, finite element fracture analyses. The fundamental nature of atomistic traction separation for mixed mode loadings was investigated.

  9. Roles of interfacial reaction on mechanical properties of solder interfaces

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    Liu, Pilin

    This study investigated roles of interfacial reaction in fracture and fatigue of solder interconnects. The interfacial reaction phases in the as-reflowed and after aging were examined by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM) while interfacial mechanical properties were determined from a flexural peel fracture mechanics technique. Because of their widespread uses in microelectronic packaging, SnPb solder interfaces, and Bi-containing Pb-free solder interfaces were chosen as the subjects of this study. In the interfacial reaction study, we observed a complicated micro structural evolution during solid-state aging of electroless-Ni(P)/SnPb solder interconnects. In as-reflowed condition, the interfacial reaction produced Ni3Sn 4 and P-rich layers. Following overaging, the interfacial microstructure degenerated into a complex multilayer structure consisting of multiple layers of Ni-Sn compounds and transformed Ni-P phases. In SnPb solder interfacial system, fatigue study showed that the overaging of the high P electroless Ni-P/SnPb interconnects resulted in a sharp reduction in the fatigue resistance of the interface in the high crack growth rate regime. Fracture mechanism analysis indicated that the sharp drop in fatigue resistance was triggered by the brittle fracture of the Ni3Sn2 intermetallic phase developed at the overaged interface. The fatigue behavior was strongly dependent on P concentration in electroless Ni. Kirkendall voids were found in the interfacial region after aging, but they did not cause premature fracture of the solder interfaces. In Bi-containing solder interfacial system, we found that Bi segregated to the Cu-intermetallic interface during aging in SnBi/Cu interconnect. This caused serious embrittlement of Sn-Bi/Cu interface. Further aging induced numerous voids along the Cu3Sn/Cu interface. These interfacial voids were different from Kirkendall voids. Their formation was explained on basis of vacancy condensation at the

  10. The impact of the inclination of the anode bottom on anode gas covering in the Hall-Heroult cell

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    Poncsak, S.; Kiss, L.I.; Perron, A. [Quebec Univ., Chicoutimi, PQ (Canada). Dept. des Sciences Appliquees; Perron, S. [Alcan Arvida Research and Development Centre, Jonquiere, PQ (Canada)

    2006-07-01

    The electrical efficiency and the energy consumption of aluminium electrolysis cells is influenced by carbon dioxide bubbles generated at the anode-bath interface. Electrically isolating these carbon-dioxide bubbles increases the ohmic resistance and ultimately, the energy consumption of the aluminium reduction cell. This study examined the impact of the anode inclination and current density on gas coverings and bath velocity for both carbon dioxide-cryolite and air-water systems. A bubble layer simulator based on a Lagrangian description of the bubble layer was constructed to examine these effect. Since the rate of gas production is determined by the applied current density, anode covering can be decreased only by a faster evacuation of the gas from the inter-electrode space. The curvature of the anode bottom promotes the release of the bubbles thereby decreasing the mean value of the covering. New anodes have a square shape with a flat, horizontal bottom. Inhomogeneous current distribution results in non-uniform anode consumption and the corners become progressively rounded during electrolysis. The curvature increases the interelectrode distance around the corner. Results illustrating the effect of the anode curvature on gas covering were obtained through the use of the bubble layer simulator based on the Lagrangian description.14 refs., 2 tabs., 4 figs.

  11. Preparation and Properties of Al-Ni Composite Anodic Films on Aluminum Surface

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    ZHAO Xuhui; YE Hao; ZHANG Xiaofeng; ZUO Yu

    2012-01-01

    Ni element was introduced to aluminum surface by a simple chemical immersion method,and Al-Ni composite anodic films were obtained by following anodizing.The morphology,structure and composition of the Al-Ni anodic films were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM),energy disperse spectroscopy (EDS) and atomic force microscopy(AFM).The electrochemical behaviors of the films were studied by means of polarization measurement and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS).The experimental results show that the A1-Ni composite anodic film is more compact with smaller pore diameters than that of the Al anodic film.The introduction of nickel increases the impedances of both the barrier layer and the porous layer of the anodic films.In NaCl solutions,the Al-Ni composite anodic films show higher impedance values and better corrosion resistance.

  12. Self-ordering behavior of nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) in malonic acid anodization

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    Lee, W; Nielsch, K; Goesele, U [Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Weinberg 2, D-06120 Halle (Germany)

    2007-11-28

    The self-ordering behavior of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) has been investigated for anodization of aluminum in malonic acid (H{sub 4}C{sub 3}O{sub 4}) solution. In the present study it is found that a porous oxide layer formed on the surface of aluminum can effectively suppress catastrophic local events (such as breakdown of the oxide film and plastic deformation of the aluminum substrate), and enables stable fast anodic oxidation under a high electric field of 110-140 V and {approx}100 mA cm{sup -2}. Studies on the self-ordering behavior of AAO indicated that the cell homogeneity of AAO increases dramatically as the anodization voltage gets higher than 120 V. Highly ordered AAO with a hexagonal arrangement of the nanopores could be obtained in a voltage range 125-140 V. The current density (i.e., the electric field strength (E) at the bottom of a pore) is an important parameter governing the self-ordering of the nanopores as well as the interpore distance (D{sub int}) for a given anodization potential (U) during malonic acid anodization.

  13. Nanotube Arrays in Porous Anodic Alumina Membranes

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    Liang LI; Naoto KOSHIZAKI; Guanghai LI

    2008-01-01

    This review summarizes the various techniques developed for fabricating nanotube arrays in porous anodic alumina membranes (AAMs). After a brief introduction to the fabrication process of AAMs, taking carbons, metals, semiconductors, organics, biomoleculars, and heterojunctions as typical examples, attention will be focused on the recently established methods to fabricate nanotubes in AAM, including electrochemical deposition, surface sol-gel, modified chemical vapor deposition, atomic layer deposition, and layer-by-layer growth. Every method is demonstrated by one or two reported results. Finally, this review is concluded with some perspectives on the research directions and focuses on the AAM-based nanotubes fields.

  14. Fabrication of anode supported PEN for solid oxide fuel cell

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    谢淑红; 崔崑; 夏风; 肖建中

    2004-01-01

    Fabrication process for anode supported planar PEN of intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) was introduced, in which tape casting and screen printing methods were used. Gd2O3 doped CeO2(GDC) powders were prepared by solid reaction method. Anode tape was produced by tape casting. Electrolyte and cathode were produced by screen printing. The GDC powder's component, thermal expand coefficient, the porosity, density and microstructure of anode and electrolyte were investigated . It was shown that an bi-layer with dense thin electrolyte film and porous anode support and with good coherency of the electrolyte film to the anode could be realized after co-sintering the green tape at 1 350℃ by optimizing the power characteristics of the starting materials in the slurry.

  15. Surface and interfacial creases in a bilayer tubular soft tissue

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    Razavi, Mir Jalil; Pidaparti, Ramana; Wang, Xianqiao

    2016-08-01

    Surface and interfacial creases induced by biological growth are common types of instability in soft biological tissues. This study focuses on the criteria for the onset of surface and interfacial creases as well as their morphological evolution in a growing bilayer soft tube within a confined environment. Critical growth ratios for triggering surface and interfacial creases are investigated both analytically and numerically. Analytical interpretations provide preliminary insights into critical stretches and growth ratios for the onset of instability and formation of both surface and interfacial creases. However, the analytical approach cannot predict the evolution pattern of the model after instability; therefore nonlinear finite element simulations are carried out to replicate the poststability morphological patterns of the structure. Analytical and computational simulation results demonstrate that the initial geometry, growth ratio, and shear modulus ratio of the layers are the most influential factors to control surface and interfacial crease formation in this soft tubular bilayer. The competition between the stretch ratios in the free and interfacial surfaces is one of the key driving factors to determine the location of the first crease initiation. These findings may provide some fundamental understanding in the growth modeling of tubular biological tissues such as esophagi and airways as well as offering useful clues into normal and pathological functions of these tissues.

  16. In-situ spectroscopic studies and interfacial engineering on FeSe/oxide heterostructures:Insights on the interfacial superconductivity

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    彭瑞; 徐海超; 封东来

    2015-01-01

    The discovery of high temperature superconductivity in single-layer FeSe/SrTiO3 provides a new platform for ex-ploring superconductivity and pursuing higher Tc (superconducting transition temperature) through fabricating artificial heterostructures. In this paper, we review the recent progress in studying and tuning the interfacial superconductivity in single-layer FeSe, through the combined in-situ spectroscopic studies and atomic-scale engineering. By fabricating arti-ficial heterostructures, various interfacial factors were tuned, and the corresponding evolutions of electronic structure and superconducting gap behavior were investigated. These studies enrich the current understanding on the interfacial super-conductivity, and provide clues for further enhancing Tc through interface engineering.

  17. Interfacial chemistry and structure in ceramic composites

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    Jones, R.H.; Saenz, N.T.; Schilling, C.H.

    1990-09-01

    The interfacial chemistry and structure of ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) play a major role in the properties of these materials. Fiber-matrix interfaces chemistries are vitally important in the fracture strength, fracture toughness, and fracture resistance of ceramic composites because they influence fiber loading and fiber pullout. Elevated-temperature properties are also linked to the interfacial characteristics through the chemical stability of the interface in corrosive environments and the creep/pullout behavior of the interface. Physical properties such as electrical and thermal conductivity are also dependent on the interface. Fiber-matrix interfaces containing a 1-{mu}m-thick multilayered interface with amorphous and graphitic C to a 1-nm-thick SiO{sub 2} layer can result from sintering operations for some composite systems. Fibers coated with C, BN, C/BC/BN, and Si are also used to produce controlled interface chemistries and structures. Growth interfaces within the matrix resulting from processing of CMCs can also be crucial to the behavior of these materials. Evaluation of the interfacial chemistry and structure of CMCs requires the use of a variety of analytical tools, including optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive x-ray analysis. A review of the interfacial chemistry and structure of SiC whisker- and fiber-reinforced Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} and SiC/SiC materials is presented. Where possible, correlations with fracture properties and high-temperature stability are made. 94 refs., 10 figs.

  18. Laser-Ultrasonic Measurement of Elastic Properties of Anodized Aluminum Coatings

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    Singer, F.

    Anodized aluminum oxide plays a great role in many industrial applications, e.g. in order to achieve greater wear resistance. Since the hardness of the anodized films strongly depends on its processing parameters, it is important to characterize the influence of the processing parameters on the film properties. In this work the elastic material parameters of anodized aluminum were investigated using a laser-based ultrasound system. The anodized films were characterized analyzing the dispersion of Rayleigh waves with a one-layer model. It was shown that anodizing time and temperature strongly influence Rayleigh wave propagation.

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

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    Erdogan, Pembe; Birol, Yucel

    2012-09-01

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

  20. Some Aspects of Interfacial Phenomena in Steelmaking and Refining

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    Wang, L. J.; Viswanathan, N. N.; Muhmood, L.; Kapilashrami, E.; Seetharaman, S.

    2016-08-01

    Unique experiments were designed to study the surface phenomena in steelmaking reactions. The concept of surface sulfide capacities and an understanding of the surface accumulation of surface-active species, based on experimental results, are presented. In order to understand the flow phenomenon at slag/metal interface, experiments were designed to measure the interfacial velocity of S on the surface of an iron drop immersed in an aluminosilicate slag using the X-ray sessile drop method. The oscillation of the iron drop in the slag due to the change in the surface concentration of sulfur at the slag-metal interface was monitored by X-ray imaging. From the observations, the interfacial velocity of sulfur was evaluated. Similar experiments were performed to measure the interfacial velocity of oxygen at the interface as well as the impact of oxygen potential on the interfacial velocity of sulfur. The interfacial shear viscosity and the dilatational modulus were also evaluated. In a study of the wetting of alumina base by iron drop at constant oxygen pressure under isothermal condition, the contact angle was found to be decreased with the progress of the reaction leading to the formation of hercynite as an intermediate layer creating non-wetting conditions. In the case of silica substrate, an intermediate liquid fayalite layer was formed.

  1. Modelling the initial stage of porous alumina growth during anodization

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

    2013-05-01

    Artificially on the surface of aluminum there may be build a thick layer of Al2O3, which has a porous structure. In this paper we present a model of growth of porous alumina in the initial stage of anodizing, identifying dependencies anodizing parameters on the rate of growth of the film and the distance between the pores and as a result of the created model equations were found for changes in the disturbance of alumina for the initial stage of anodizing aluminum oxide porous border aluminum-alumina and alumina-electrolyte, with the influence of surface diffusion of aluminum oxide.

  2. High resolution cross strip anodes for photon counting detectors

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    Siegmund, O. H. W.; Tremsin, A. S.; Vallerga, J. V.; Abiad, R.; Hull, J.

    2003-05-01

    A new photon counting, imaging readout for microchannel plate sensors, the cross strip (XS) anode, has been investigated. Charge centroiding of signals detected on two orthogonal layers of sense strip sets are used to derive photon locations. The XS anode spatial resolution (<3 μm FWHM) exceeds the spatial resolution of most direct charge sensing anodes, and does so at low gain (<2×10 6). The image linearity and fidelity are high enough to resolve and map 7 μm MCP pores, offering new possibilities for astronomical and other applications.

  3. In situ characterization of nanoscale catalysts during anodic redox processes

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    Sharma, Renu [National Institute of Standards and Technology; Crozier, Peter [Arizona State University; Adams, James [Arizona State University

    2013-09-19

    Controlling the structure and composition of the anode is critical to achieving high efficiency and good long-term performance. In addition to being a mixed electronic and ionic conductor, the ideal anode material should act as an efficient catalyst for oxidizing hydrogen, carbon monoxide and dry hydrocarbons without de-activating through either sintering or coking. It is also important to develop novel anode materials that can operate at lower temperatures to reduce costs and minimized materials failure associated with high temperature cycling. We proposed to synthesize and characterize novel anode cermets materials based on ceria doped with Pr and/or Gd together with either a Ni or Cu metallic components. Ceria is a good oxidation catalyst and is an ionic conductor at room temperature. Doping it with trivalent rare earths such as Pr or Gd retards sintering and makes it a mixed ion conductor (ionic and electronic). We have developed a fundamental scientific understanding of the behavior of the cermet material under reaction conditions by following the catalytic oxidation process at the atomic scale using a powerful Environmental Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (ESTEM). The ESTEM allowed in situ monitoring of structural, chemical and morphological changes occurring at the cermet under conditions approximating that of typical fuel-cell operation. Density functional calculations were employed to determine the underlying mechanisms and reaction pathways during anode oxidation reactions. The dynamic behavior of nanoscale catalytic oxidation of hydrogen and methane were used to determine: ? Fundamental processes during anodic reactions in hydrogen and carbonaceous atmospheres ? Interfacial effects between metal particles and doped ceria ? Kinetics of redox reaction in the anode material

  4. Lithium batteries, anodes, and methods of anode fabrication

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    Li, Lain-Jong

    2016-12-29

    Prelithiation of a battery anode carried out using controlled lithium metal vapor deposition. Lithium metal can be avoided in the final battery. This prelithiated electrode is used as potential anode for Li- ion or high energy Li-S battery. The prelithiation of lithium metal onto or into the anode reduces hazardous risk, is cost effective, and improves the overall capacity. The battery containing such an anode exhibits remarkably high specific capacity and a long cycle life with excellent reversibility.

  5. Effect of aluminium alloy surface heterogeneities on anodic layer growth and properties; Efecto de las heterogeneidades superficiales de las aleaciones de aluminio sobre el crecimiento y propiedades de las capas anodicas

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    Bartolome, M. J.; Feliu, J.V.; Lopez, E.; Gonzalez, J. A.; Feliu, S.

    2007-07-01

    In the present work, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is used to study sealed and unsealed anodic coatings obtained on pure-Al and on Al-Cu, Al-Mg-Si and Al-Mg alloys. In general, the sealing process is seen to produce a significant increase in the O/A ratio in the anodic coatings. this increase is more considerable with the Al-Cu and Al-Mg alloys than with the pure Al and the Al-Mg-Si alloy, perhaps due to the greater porosity of the coatings obtained on the former. An attempt is made to establish possible relationships between anodic film characteristics and surface heterogeneities, which also act in the phase prior to anodising. According to the results of this work, these heterogeneities affect the degree of dissolution of the metallic substrate during the anodising operation. (Author)

  6. ELLIPSOMETRIC INVESTIGATION OF THE SILICON / ANODIC-OXIDE INTERFACE

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    Palik, E.; Bermudez, V.

    1983-01-01

    Ellipsometric measurements have been carried out during growth and etch back of anodic oxides on Si in 2M KOH. Pronounced variations in ψ and Ɗ occur as etching proceeds through the SiO2/Si interface and also during the initial stages of re-anodization. The results are interpreted in terms of changes in the stoichiometry and thickness of an SiOx (0⩽x⩽2) connective layer.

  7. Formation and Morphology of Anodic Oxide Films of Ti

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    2001-01-01

    The morphology and structure of the oxide films of Ti in H3PO4 were investigated by galvanostatic anodization, SEM and XRD. The oxide film grew from some pores in the grooves to layered microdomains as increasing anodizing voltage. The crystallinity of the oxide films decreased with the increase of the concentration of the electrolyte. The model has been proposed for the growth of the oxide films by two steps, i.e. by uniform thickening and by local deposition.

  8. The influence of Hall drift to the ionization efficiency of anode layer Hall plasma accelerator%霍尔漂移对阳极层霍尔等离子体加速器电离效率的影响

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    耿少飞; 唐德礼; 邱孝明; 聂军伟; 于毅军

    2012-01-01

    The Hall drift of electrons in anode layer plasma accelerator is analyzed based on Lorentz transformation.It is shown that Hall drift does not exist always in the cross-field.If the ratio of E to B is lager than light speed,Hall drift will disappear.The further analysis shows that the Hall drift is not always in the form of gyration.It is also in the forms of wave and straight line,depending on electric-magnetic field configuration and initial energy of electrons.The electric-magnetic configuration determines the speed of drift,and then affects electron energy.This can determine the ionization efficiency in discharge.A numerical simulation using the Particle-in-Cell method is performed.The result indicates that a nice ratio of E and B will produce high ionization efficiency(for argon,this value is about 4×10~6).This value will change with working gas according to the ionization cross section determined by electron energy.%以洛伦兹变换方法为基础,分析了阳极层霍尔等离子体加速器中电子的霍尔漂移,结果表明在交叉场中,霍尔漂移并不总是存在的,E/B的比值大于光速时,霍尔漂移将不存在.进一步的分析表明,霍尔漂移也并不总是回旋形式的,不同的电磁场配置以及不同的电子初始能量将带来不同形式的漂移,包括回旋形式,波浪线形式,甚至直线形式.电磁场的配置也决定着霍尔漂移的速度,在很大程度上影响着电子的能量,这就决定了放电时的电离效率.对不同电磁场配置进行数值模拟发现,合理的电磁场比值能够得到更好的电离效率(对于氩,这个数值大约为4×10~6).不同的气体,根据其电离碰撞截面与电子能量的关系,都有不同的合理比值.

  9. Spatial atomic layer deposition on flexible porous substrates: ZnO on anodic aluminum oxide films and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} on Li ion battery electrodes

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    Sharma, Kashish [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309 (United States); Routkevitch, Dmitri; Varaksa, Natalia [InRedox, Longmont, Colorado 80544 (United States); George, Steven M., E-mail: Steven.George@Colorado.Edu [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309 and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309 (United States)

    2016-01-15

    Spatial atomic layer deposition (S-ALD) was examined on flexible porous substrates utilizing a rotating cylinder reactor to perform the S-ALD. S-ALD was first explored on flexible polyethylene terephthalate polymer substrates to obtain S-ALD growth rates on flat surfaces. ZnO ALD with diethylzinc and ozone as the reactants at 50 °C was the model S-ALD system. ZnO S-ALD was then performed on nanoporous flexible anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films. ZnO S-ALD in porous substrates depends on the pore diameter, pore aspect ratio, and reactant exposure time that define the gas transport. To evaluate these parameters, the Zn coverage profiles in the pores of the AAO films were measured using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). EDS measurements were conducted for different reaction conditions and AAO pore geometries. Substrate speeds and reactant pulse durations were defined by rotating cylinder rates of 10, 100, and 200 revolutions per minute (RPM). AAO pore diameters of 10, 25, 50, and 100 nm were utilized with a pore length of 25 μm. Uniform Zn coverage profiles were obtained at 10 RPM and pore diameters of 100 nm. The Zn coverage was less uniform at higher RPM values and smaller pore diameters. These results indicate that S-ALD into porous substrates is feasible under certain reaction conditions. S-ALD was then performed on porous Li ion battery electrodes to test S-ALD on a technologically important porous substrate. Li{sub 0.20}Mn{sub 0.54}Ni{sub 0.13}Co{sub 0.13}O{sub 2} electrodes on flexible metal foil were coated with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} using 2–5 Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD cycles. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD was performed in the S-ALD reactor at a rotating cylinder rate of 10 RPM using trimethylaluminum and ozone as the reactants at 50 °C. The capacity of the electrodes was then tested versus number of charge–discharge cycles. These measurements revealed that the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} S-ALD coating on the electrodes enhanced the capacity stability. This S

  10. Interfacial Instabilities in Evaporating Drops

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    Moffat, Ross; Sefiane, Khellil; Matar, Omar

    2007-11-01

    We study the effect of substrate thermal properties on the evaporation of sessile drops of various liquids. An infra-red imaging technique was used to record the interfacial temperature. This technique illustrates the non-uniformity in interfacial temperature distribution that characterises the evaporation process. Our results also demonstrate that the evaporation of methanol droplets is accompanied by the formation of wave-trains in the interfacial temperature field; similar patterns, however, were not observed in the case of water droplets. More complex patterns are observed for FC-72 refrigerant drops. The effect of substrate thermal conductivity on the structure of the complex pattern formation is also elucidated.

  11. Manufacturing of anode supported SOFCs: Processing parameters and their influence

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    Ramousse, Severine; Menon, Mohan; Brodersen, Karen;

    2007-01-01

    The establishment of low cost, highly reliable and reproducible manufacturing processes has been focused for commercialization of SOFC technology. A major challenge in the production chain is the manufacture of anode-supported planar SOFC's single cells in which each layer in a layered structure ...

  12. Impact of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} interfacial layers on InGaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor interface properties in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/La{sub 2}O{sub 3}/InGaAs gate stacks deposited by atomic-layer-deposition

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    Chang, C.-Y., E-mail: cychang@mosfet.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp; Takenaka, M.; Takagi, S. [Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Systems, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0032 (Japan); JST-CREST, K' s Gobancho, 7 Gobancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0076 (Japan); Ichikawa, O.; Osada, T.; Hata, M.; Yamada, H. [JST-CREST, K' s Gobancho, 7 Gobancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0076 (Japan); Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd., 6 Kitahara, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 300-3294 (Japan)

    2015-08-28

    We examine the electrical properties of atomic layer deposition (ALD) La{sub 2}O{sub 3}/InGaAs and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/La{sub 2}O{sub 3}/InGaAs metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors. It is found that the thick ALD La{sub 2}O{sub 3}/InGaAs interface provides low interface state density (D{sub it}) with the minimum value of ∼3 × 10{sup 11} cm{sup −2} eV{sup −1}, which is attributable to the excellent La{sub 2}O{sub 3} passivation effect for InGaAs surfaces. It is observed, on the other hand, that there are a large amount of slow traps and border traps in La{sub 2}O{sub 3}. In order to simultaneously satisfy low D{sub it} and small hysteresis, the effectiveness of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/La{sub 2}O{sub 3}/InGaAs gate stacks with ultrathin La{sub 2}O{sub 3} interfacial layers is in addition evaluated. The reduction of the La{sub 2}O{sub 3} thickness to 0.4 nm in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/La{sub 2}O{sub 3}/InGaAs gate stacks leads to the decrease in hysteresis. On the other hand, D{sub it} of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/La{sub 2}O{sub 3}/InGaAs interfaces becomes higher than that of the La{sub 2}O{sub 3}/InGaAs ones, attributable to the diffusion of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} through La{sub 2}O{sub 3} into InGaAs and resulting modification of the La{sub 2}O{sub 3}/InGaAs interface structure. As a result of the effective passivation effect of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} on InGaAs, however, the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/10 cycle (0.4 nm) La{sub 2}O{sub 3}/InGaAs gate stacks can realize still lower D{sub it} with maintaining small hysteresis and low leakage current than the conventional Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/InGaAs MOS interfaces.

  13. Microstructure and optical appearance of anodized friction stir processed Al - Metal oxide surface composites

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    Gudla, Visweswara Chakravarthy; Jensen, Flemming; Bordo, Kirill

    2014-01-01

    Multiple-pass friction stir processing (FSP) was employed to impregnate Ti, Y and Ce oxide powders into the surface of an Aluminium alloy. The FSP processed surface composite was subsequently anodized with an aim to develop optical effects in the anodized layer owing to the presence of incorporated...... oxide particles which will influence the scattering of light. This paper presents the investigations on relation between microstructure of the FSP zone and optical appearance of the anodized layer due to incorporation of metal oxide particles and modification of the oxide particles due to the anodizing...

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

  15. Hydroxyapatite growth on anodic TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Tsuchiya, Hiroaki; Macak, Jan M; Müller, Lenka; Kunze, Julia; Müller, Frank; Greil, Peter; Virtanen, Sannakaisa; Schmuki, Patrik

    2006-06-01

    In the present work, we study the growth of hydroxyapatite formation on different TiO(2) nanotube layers. The nanotube layers were fabricated by electrochemical anodization of titanium in fluoride-containing electrolytes. To study various nanotube lengths, layers with an individual tube diameter of 100 nm were grown to a thickness of approximately 2 mum or 500 nm. The ability to form apatite on the nanotube layers was examined by immersion tests combined with SEM, XRD and FT-IR investigations. For reference, experiments were also carried out on compact anodic TiO(2) layers. The results clearly show that the presence of the nanotubes on a titanium surface enhances the apatite formation and that the 2-mum thick nanotube layer triggers deposition faster than the thinner layers. Tubes annealed to anatase, or a mixture of anatase and rutile are clearly more efficient in promoting apatite formation than the tubes in their "as-formed" amorphous state.

  16. Interfacial Properties Modification of Carbon Fiber/ Polyarylacetylene Composites

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    FU Hong-jun; MA Chong-qi; KUANG Nai-hang; LUAN Shi-lin

    2007-01-01

    This work was dedicated to performing surface oxidation and coating treatments on carbon fibers (CF) and investigating the changes of fiber surface properties after these treatments, including surface composition, relative volume of functional groups, and surface topography with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and atom force microscopy (AFM) technology. The results show that,after oxidation treatments, interfacial properties between CF and non-polar polyarylacetylene (PAA) resin are remarkably modified by removing weak surface layers and increasing fiber surface roughness. Coating treatment by high char phenolic resin solution after oxidation makes interface of CF/PAA composites to be upgraded and the interfacial properties further bettered.

  17. Interfacial Effects on Pentablock Ionomer Thin Films

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    Etampawala, Thusitha; Ratnaweera, Dilru; Osti, Naresh; Shrestha, Umesh; Perahia, Dvora; Majewski, Jaroslaw

    2011-03-01

    The interfacial behavior of multi block copolymer thin films results from a delicate balance between inherent phase segregation due to incompatibility of the blocks and the interactions of the individual blocks with the interfaces. Here in we report a study of thin films of ABCBA penta block copolymers, anionically synthesized, comprising of centered randomly sulfonated polystyrene block to which rubbery poly-ethylenebutalene is connected, terminated by blocks of poly-t-butylstyrene, kindly provided by Kraton. AFM and neutron reflectometry studies have shown that the surface structure of pristine films depends on film thickness and ranges from trapped micelles to thin layered films. Annealing above Tg for the styrene block results in rearrangements into relatively featureless air interface. Neutron reflectivity studies have shown that annealed films forms layers whose plane are parallel to the solid substrate with the bulky block at the air interface and the ionic block at the solid interface.

  18. Anodes for alkaline electrolysis

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    Soloveichik, Grigorii Lev

    2011-02-01

    A method of making an anode for alkaline electrolysis cells includes adsorption of precursor material on a carbonaceous material, conversion of the precursor material to hydroxide form and conversion of precursor material from hydroxide form to oxy-hydroxide form within the alkaline electrolysis cell.

  19. Inert Anode Report

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    none,

    1999-07-01

    This ASME report provides a broad assessment of open literature and patents that exist in the area of inert anodes and their related cathode systems and cell designs, technologies that are relevant for the advanced smelting of aluminum. The report also discusses the opportunities, barriers, and issues associated with these technologies from a technical, environmental, and economic viewpoint.

  20. Movable anode x-ray source with enhanced anode cooling

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    Bird, C.R.; Rockett, P.D.

    1987-08-04

    An x-ray source is disclosed having a cathode and a disc-shaped anode with a peripheral surface at constant radius from the anode axis opposed to the cathode. The anode has stub axle sections rotatably carried in heat conducting bearing plates which are mounted by thermoelectric coolers to bellows which normally bias the bearing plates to a retracted position spaced from opposing anode side faces. The bellows cooperate with the x-ray source mounting structure for forming closed passages for heat transport fluid. Flow of such fluid under pressure expands the bellows and brings the bearing plates into heat conducting contact with the anode side faces. A worm gear is mounted on a shaft and engages serrations in the anode periphery for rotating the anode when flow of coolant is terminated between x-ray emission events. 5 figs.

  1. The anodizing behavior of aluminum in malonic acid solution and morphology of the anodic films

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    Ren, Jianjun; Zuo, Yu

    2012-11-01

    The anodizing behavior of aluminum in malonic acid solution and morphology of the anodic films were studied. The voltage-time response for galvanostatic anodization of aluminum in malonic acid solution exhibits a conventional three-stage feature but the formation voltage is much higher. With the increase of electrolyte concentration, the electrolyte viscosity increases simultaneously and the high viscosity decreases the film growth rate. With the concentration increase of the malonic acid electrolyte, the critical current density that initiates local "burning" on the sample surface decreases. For malonic acid anodization, the field-assisted dissolution on the oxide surface is relatively weak and the nucleation of pores is more difficult, which results in greater barrier layer thickness and larger cell dimension. The embryo of the porous structure of anodic film has been created within the linear region of the first transient stage, and the definite porous structure has been established before the end of the first transient stage. The self-ordering behavior of the porous film is influenced by the electrolyte concentration, film thickness and the applied current density. Great current density not only improves the cell arrangement order but also brings about larger cell dimension.

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

  3. Solid/liquid interfacial free energies in binary systems

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    Nason, D.; Tiller, W. A.

    1973-01-01

    Description of a semiquantitative technique for predicting the segregation characteristics of smooth interfaces between binary solid and liquid solutions in terms of readily available thermodynamic parameters of the bulk solutions. A lattice-liquid interfacial model and a pair-bonded regular solution model are employed in the treatment with an accommodation for liquid interfacial entropy. The method is used to calculate the interfacial segregation and the free energy of segregation for solid-liquid interfaces between binary solutions for the (111) boundary of fcc crystals. The zone of compositional transition across the interface is shown to be on the order of a few atomic layers in width, being moderately narrower for ideal solutions. The free energy of the segregated interface depends primarily upon the solid composition and the heats of fusion of the component atoms, the composition difference of the solutions, and the difference of the heats of mixing of the solutions.

  4. Quantitative morphological characterization of bicontinuous Pickering emulsions via interfacial curvatures

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    Reeves, Matthew; Stratford, Kevin; Thijssen, Job H. J.

    Bicontinuous Pickering emulsions (bijels) are a physically interesting class of soft materials with many potential applications including catalysis, microfluidics and tissue engineering. They are created by arresting the spinodal decomposition of a partially-miscible liquid with a (jammed) layer of interfacial colloids. Porosity $L$ (average interfacial separation) of the bijel is controlled by varying the radius ($r$) and volume fraction ($\\phi$) of the colloids ($L \\propto r/\\phi$). However, to optimize the bijel structure with respect to other parameters, e.g. quench rate, characterizing by $L$ alone is insufficient. Hence, we have used confocal microscopy and X-ray CT to characterize a range of bijels in terms of local and area-averaged interfacial curvatures. In addition, the curvatures of bijels have been monitored as a function of time, which has revealed an intriguing evolution up to 60 minutes after bijel formation, contrary to previous understanding.

  5. Anode Simulation and Cathode Design for Electrolytic Dressing of Diamond Profile Wheel

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    ZOU Feng; YU Aibing; TAN Yefa

    2005-01-01

    The design methods of anode and cathode are proposed for precision profile grinding. Based on the electrolytic machining theory, electrolytic equilibrium condition and Faraday′s law of electrolysis are applied to establishing the mathematical model of profile diamond dressing process-es. A finite element method (FEM) program is developed to solve the inverse boundary problem of Laplace′s equation. Desired anode contour or cathode shape is determined by computing the distribution of electric potential layer by layer. Electrolytic machining experiment is carried out to verify the simulated anode shape. The research result shows that shape deviation between designed cathode and profile wheel increases with the value of angle between feed rate and the normal to anode surface. The shape of simulated anode is consistent with the contour of metal-bonded diamond profile wheel for a given cathode. Based on the anode contour, cathode shape can also be designed accurately.

  6. Anodic passivation of Pb-Ag-Nd anode in fluoride-containing H2SO4 solution

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    钟晓聪; 蒋良兴; 刘芳洋; 李劼; 刘业翔

    2015-01-01

    An attempt was made to build up a thick and compact oxide layer rapidly by pre-treating the Pb-Ag-Nd anode in fluoride-containing H2SO4 solution. The passivation reaction of Pb-Ag-Nd anode during pre-treatment process was investigated using cyclic voltammetry, linear scanning voltammetry, environmental scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. The results show that PbF2 and PbSO4 are formed near the potential of Pb/PbSO4 couple. The pre-treatment in fluoride-containing H2SO4 solution contributes to the formation of a thick, compact and adherent passive film. Furthermore, pre-treatment in fluoride-containing H2SO4 solution also facilitates the formation of PbO2 on the anodic layer, and the reason could be attributed to the formation of more PbF2 and PbSO4 during the pre-treatment which tend to transform to PbO2 during the following electrowinning process. In addition, the anodic layer on anode with pre-treatment in fluoride-containing H2SO4 solution is thick and compact, and its predominant composition isβ-PbO2. In summary, the pre-treatment in fluoride-containing H2SO4 solution benefits the formation of a desirable protective layer in a short time.

  7. Na-Ion Battery Anodes: Materials and Electrochemistry.

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    Luo, Wei; Shen, Fei; Bommier, Clement; Zhu, Hongli; Ji, Xiulei; Hu, Liangbing

    2016-02-16

    The intermittent nature of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, calls for sustainable electrical energy storage (EES) technologies for stationary applications. Li will be simply too rare for Li-ion batteries (LIBs) to be used for large-scale storage purposes. In contrast, Na-ion batteries (NIBs) are highly promising to meet the demand of grid-level storage because Na is truly earth abundant and ubiquitous around the globe. Furthermore, NIBs share a similar rocking-chair operation mechanism with LIBs, which potentially provides high reversibility and long cycling life. It would be most efficient to transfer knowledge learned on LIBs during the last three decades to the development of NIBs. Following this logic, rapid progress has been made in NIB cathode materials, where layered metal oxides and polyanionic compounds exhibit encouraging results. On the anode side, pure graphite as the standard anode for LIBs can only form NaC64 in NIBs if solvent co-intercalation does not occur due to the unfavorable thermodynamics. In fact, it was the utilization of a carbon anode in LIBs that enabled the commercial successes. Anodes of metal-ion batteries determine key characteristics, such as safety and cycling life; thus, it is indispensable to identify suitable anode materials for NIBs. In this Account, we review recent development on anode materials for NIBs. Due to the limited space, we will mainly discuss carbon-based and alloy-based anodes and highlight progress made in our groups in this field. We first present what is known about the failure mechanism of graphite anode in NIBs. We then go on to discuss studies on hard carbon anodes, alloy-type anodes, and organic anodes. Especially, the multiple functions of natural cellulose that is used as a low-cost carbon precursor for mass production and as a soft substrate for tin anodes are highlighted. The strategies of minimizing the surface area of carbon anodes for improving the first-cycle Coulombic efficiency are

  8. Improved Interfacial Bonding in Magnesium/Aluminum Overcasting Systems by Aluminum Surface Treatments

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    Zhang, Hui; Chen, Yiqing; Luo, Alan A.

    2014-12-01

    "Overcasting" technique is used to produce bimetallic magnesium/aluminum (Mg/Al) structures where lightweight Mg can be cast onto solid Al substrates. An inherent difficulty in creating strong Mg/Al interfacial bonding is the natural oxide film on the solid Al surfaces, which reduces the wettability between molten Mg and Al substrates during the casting process. In the paper, an "electropolishing + anodizing" surface treatment has been developed to disrupt the oxide film on a dilute Al-0.08 wt pct Ga alloy, improving the metallurgical bonding between molten Mg and Al substrates in the bimetallic experiments carried out in a high-vacuum test apparatus. The test results provided valuable information of the interfacial phenomena of the Mg/Al bimetallic samples. The results show significantly improved metallurgical bonding in the bimetallic samples with "electropolishing + anodizing" surface treatment and Ga alloying. It is recommended to adjust the pre-heating temperature and time of the Al substrates and the Mg melt temperature to control the interfacial reactions for optimum interfacial properties in the actual overcasting processes.

  9. Formation of anodic aluminum oxide with serrated nanochannels.

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

    2010-08-11

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

  10. Self-Assembled Nanoporous Titania Layers on Ti Alloys by Anodic Oxidation%钛合金阳极氧化法制备自组装纳米多孔结构薄膜

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    张文彦; 李广忠; 奚正平; 张健; 汤慧萍; 汪强兵

    2012-01-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays or nanoporous films fabricated by potentiostatic anodization of titanium (titanium alloy) in F-containing electrolytes constitute a material architecture that offers a large internal surface area and excellent electron percolation pathways for vectorial charge transfer between interfaces. The material architecture has proven to be of great interest for use in water photoelectrolysis, photocatalysis, heterojunction solar cells, and gas sensing. The parameters for TiO2 nanoporous film fabrication are found by changing the anodic oxidation voltage and phase composition of titanium alloys. When the anodization potential is below 30 V, TiO2 nanoporous film by anodizing TLM alloy aged at 550 °C for long time can be obtained%钛及钛合金在含有F-离子的电解液中阳极氧化,可自组装制备出有序TiO2纳米多孔或纳米管阵列薄膜,这类纳米阵列膜材料具有极大的内比表面积和优异的电子传输性能,可以用作纳米结构制备模板、高灵敏度传感器、染料敏化太阳能电池等.以TLM钛合金为阳极氧化的基片,通过改变阳极氧化电压、钛合金相结构,找到了制备纳米多孔阵列的参数,通过条件试验发现,在恒电压小于30 V时,经时效处理的TLM钛合金表面可以制备得到合金元素掺杂的TiO2纳米多孔结构薄膜.

  11. Surface Characteristics and Electrochemical Impedance Investigation of Spark-Anodized Ti-6Al-4V Alloy

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    Garsivaz jazi, M. R.; Golozar, M. A.; Raeissi, K.; Fazel, M.

    2014-04-01

    In this study, the surface characteristic of oxide films on Ti-6Al-4V alloy formed by an anodic oxidation treatment in H2SO4/H3PO4 electrolyte at potentials higher than the breakdown voltage was evaluated. Morphology of the surface layers was studied by scanning electron microscope. The results indicated that the diameter of pores and porosity of oxide layer increase by increasing the anodizing voltage. The thickness measurement of the oxide layers showed a linear increase of thickness with increasing the anodizing voltage. The EDS analysis of oxide films formed in H2SO4/H3PO4 at potentials higher than breakdown voltage demonstrated precipitation of sulfur and phosphor elements from electrolyte into the oxide layer. X-ray diffraction was employed to exhibit the effect of anodizing voltage on the oxide layer structure. Roughness measurements of oxide layer showed that in spark anodizing, the Ra and Rz parameters would increase by increasing the anodizing voltage. The structure and Corrosion properties of oxide layers were studied using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques, in 0.9 wt.% NaCl solution. The obtained EIS spectra and their interpretation in terms of an equivalent circuit with the circuit elements indicated that the detailed impedance behavior is affected by three regions of the interface: the space charge region, the inner compact layer, and outer porous layer.

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

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

    2015-02-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Description of recent in operando and in situ analysis methodology. • Surface science approach using photoemission for analysis of cathode surfaces and interfaces. • Ageing and fatigue of layered oxide Li-ion battery cathode materials from the atomistic point of view. • Defect formation and electronic structure evolution as causes for cathode degradation. • Significance of interfacial energy alignment and contact potential for side reactions. - Abstract: This overview addresses the atomistic aspects of degradation of layered LiMO{sub 2} (M = Ni, Co, Mn) oxide Li-ion battery cathode materials, aiming to shed light on the fundamental degradation mechanisms especially inside active cathode materials and at their interfaces. It includes recent results obtained by novel in situ/in operando diffraction methods, modelling, and quasi in situ surface science analysis. Degradation of the active cathode material occurs upon overcharge, resulting from a positive potential shift of the anode. Oxygen loss and eventual phase transformation resulting in dead regions are ascribed to changes in electronic structure and defect formation. The anode potential shift results from loss of free lithium due to side reactions occurring at electrode/electrolyte interfaces. Such side reactions are caused by electron transfer, and depend on the electron energy level alignment at the interface. Side reactions at electrode/electrolyte interfaces and capacity fade may be overcome by the use of suitable solid-state electrolytes and Li-containing anodes.

  13. MICROSTRUCTURE ANALYSIS OF INTERFACIAL LAYER WITH TUNGSTEN INERT GAS WELDING-BRAZING JOINT OF ALUMINUM ALLOY/STAINLESS STEEL%铝合金/不锈钢钨极氩弧熔-钎焊接头界面层的微观结构分析

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    林三宝; 宋建岭; 杨春利; 马广超

    2009-01-01

    Against the background of the required weight reduction in transportation through lightweight construction, the application of hybrid structures, where aluminum alloy and steel are jointed together, has a high technical and economical potential. But jointing of material combinations of aluminum alloy and steel is problematic by fusion welding since brittle intermetallic compounds (IMCs) are formed between aluminum alloy and steel. Nowadays, tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding-brazing offers a great potential for aluminum alloy and steel jointing. In this process, the sheet and filler metal are heated or melted by TIG heat, and the joint has a dual characteristic: in aluminum alloy side it is a welding joint, while in steel side it is a brazing joint. However, in the dynamic heating process, the heating temperature changes so quickly and the reaction time between the liquid filler metal and solid steel is so short that it is more difficult to control the IMC layer's growth, predominantly its thickness and microstructures. Most of past reports about the brazing of aluminum alloy and steel indicate Al-Fe binary IMC layers, e.g., Fe_2Al_5 and FeAl_3, formed in the brazing joint, which are detrimental to the mechanical properties of the joint. Si additions are used to limit the growth of the brittle Al-Fe IMC layer between aluminum alloy and steel by replacing Al-Fe phases with less detrimental Al-Fe-Si phases in aluminizing and furnace brazing of aluminum alloy and steel. By now, there have been few reports of investigating the interfacial layer of TIG welding-brazing joint of aluminum alloy and stainless steel. In this paper, a butt TIG welding-brazing joint of aluminum alloy/stainless steel was formed using Al-Si eutectic filler wire with modified Noclock flux precoated on a steel surface. The microstructure characteristics of the welded seam-steel interfacial layer were analyzed by OM, SEM and EDS and its mechanical properties were measured by dynamic ultra

  14. Surface characteristics of hydroxyapatite films deposited on anodized titanium by an electrochemical method

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    Lee, Kang [Research Institute, Kuwotech, 970–88, Wolchul-dong, Buk-ku, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Department of Dental Materials and Research Center of Nano-Interface Activation for Biomaterials, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Yong-Hoon; Brantley, William A. [Division of Restorative, Prosthetic and Primary Care Dentistry, College of Dentistry, The Ohio State, University, Columbus, OH (United States); Choe, Han-Cheol, E-mail: hcchoe@chosun.ac.kr [Department of Dental Materials and Research Center of Nano-Interface Activation for Biomaterials, School of Dentistry, Chosun University, Gwangju (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-11-01

    The biocompatibility of anodized titanium (Ti) was improved by an electrochemically deposited calcium phosphate (CaP) layer. The CaP layer was grown on the anodized Ti surface in modified simulated body fluid (M-SBF) at 85 °C. The phases and morphologies for the CaP layers were influenced by the electrolyte concentration. Nano flake-like precipitates that formed under low M-SBF concentrations were identified as hydroxyapatite (HAp) crystals orientated in the c-axis direction. In high M-SBF concentrations, the CaP layer formed micro plate-like precipitates on anodized Ti, and micropores were covered with HAp. Proliferation of murine preosteoblast cell (MC3T3-E1) on the HAp/anodized Ti surfaces was significantly higher than for untreated Ti and anodized Ti surfaces. - Highlights: • CaP layers were grown on anodized Ti surfaces by an electrochemical deposition process. • Phases and morphologies of layers were influenced by the electrolyte concentration. • Superior cell proliferation was observed on hydroxyapatite-coated anodized surfaces.

  15. The effect of the carbon nanotube buffer layer on the performance of a Li metal battery

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    Zhang, Ding; Zhou, Yi; Liu, Changhong; Fan, Shoushan

    2016-05-01

    Lithium (Li) metal is one of the most promising candidates as an anode for the next-generation energy storage systems because of its high specific capacity and lowest negative electrochemical potential. But the growth of Li dendrites limits the application of the Li metal battery. In this work, a type of modified Li metal battery with a carbon nanotube (CNT) buffer layer inserted between the separator and the Li metal electrode was reported. The electrochemical results show that the modified batteries have a much better rate capability and cycling performance than the conventional Li metal batteries. The mechanism study by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy reveals that the modified battery has a smaller charge transfer resistance and larger Li ion diffusion coefficient during the deposition process on the Li electrode than the conventional Li metal batteries. Symmetric battery tests show that the interfacial behavior of the Li metal electrode with the buffer layer is more stable than the naked Li metal electrode. The morphological characterization of the CNT buffer layer and Li metal lamina reveals that the CNT buffer layer has restrained the growth of Li dendrites. The CNT buffer layer has great potential to solve the safety problem of the Li metal battery.Lithium (Li) metal is one of the most promising candidates as an anode for the next-generation energy storage systems because of its high specific capacity and lowest negative electrochemical potential. But the growth of Li dendrites limits the application of the Li metal battery. In this work, a type of modified Li metal battery with a carbon nanotube (CNT) buffer layer inserted between the separator and the Li metal electrode was reported. The electrochemical results show that the modified batteries have a much better rate capability and cycling performance than the conventional Li metal batteries. The mechanism study by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy reveals that the modified battery has a

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  17. Fabrication of alumina films with laminated structures by ac anodization

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    Hiroyo Segawa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Anodization techniques by alternating current (ac are introduced in this review. By using ac anodization, laminated alumina films are fabricated. Different types of alumina films consisting of 50–200 nm layers were obtained by varying both the ac power supply and the electrolyte. The total film thickness increased with an increase in the total charge transferred. The thickness of the individual layers increased with the ac voltage; however, the anodization time had little effect on the film thickness. The laminated alumina films resembled the nacre structure of shells, and the different morphologies exhibited by bivalves and spiral shells could be replicated by controlling the rate of increase of the applied potentials.

  18. Interfacial crystalline structures in injection over-molded polypropylene and bond strength.

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    Yan, Bowen; Wu, Hong; Jiang, Genjie; Guo, Shaoyun; Huang, Jian

    2010-11-01

    This paper describes interfacial crystalline structures found in injection overmolded polypropylene components and the relationship of these structures to bond strength between the components. The combined effects of the development of hierarchical gradient structures and the particular thermomechanical environment near the interface on the interfacial crystalline structures were investigated in detail by PLM, SEM, DSC, WAXD, and infrared dichroism spectroscopy. The experimental results showed that during molding there was competitive formation of interfacial crystalline structures consisted of "shish-kebab" layer (SKL) and a transcrystalline layers (TCL). Variation in shear stress (controlled by injection pressure and injection speed) plays an important role in the formation of the SKL. The formation of TCL is influenced by the thermal environment, namely melt temperature and mold temperature. Increasing within certain limits, interfacial temperature and the thermal gradient near the interface promotes β-iPP growth. The relationship between interfacial crystalline structures and interfacial bond strength was established by lap shear measurement. The interfacial bond strength is improved by enhancing the formation of TCL, but reduced if SKL predominates.

  19. InP-to-InGaAs interfacial strain grown by using tertiarybutylarsine and tertiarybutylphosphine

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    XU; Xiangang(徐现刚); CUI; Deliang(崔得良); TANG; Zhe(唐喆); HAO; Xiaopeng(郝霄鹏); K.Heime

    2002-01-01

    Lattice-matched InGaAs/InP heterostructures have been grown by using metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy (MOVPE) with tertiarybutylarsine (TBAs), tertiarybutylphosphine (TBP) as the group Ⅴ sources. The results of X-ray diffraction on InGaAs/InP single herterostructure show that there is a compressive-strained interfacial layer at the InP-to-lnGaAs interface. X-ray diffraction of InGaAs/InP superlattices is successfully simulated by using the same interfacial layer. TBAs purging of InP surface has a significant influence on the interfacial strain. A novel gas switching sequence, which switches group Ⅲ to the run line earlier than TBAs, is proposed to reduce this interfacial strain. As a result,the average compressive strain of superlattices decreases, and a blue shift of photoluminescence (PL)peak energy and narrowing in PL width are obtained.

  20. Thin flexible intercalation anodes

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    Levy, S.C.; Cieslak, W.R.; Klassen, S.E.; Lagasse, R.R.

    1994-10-01

    Poly(acrylonitrile) fibers have been pyrolyzed under various conditions to form flexible carbon yarns capable of intercalating lithium ions. These fibers have also been formed into both woven and non woven cloths. Potentiostatic, potentiodynamic and galvanostatic tests have been conducted with these materials in several electrolytes. In some tests, a potential hold was used after each constant current charge and discharge. These tests have shown some of these flexible materials to reversibly intercalate lithium ions to levels that are suitable for use as a practical battery anode.

  1. The effect of capillary pressure for concave liquid-vapor interface on interfacial evaporation

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    张金涛; 王补宣; 彭晓峰

    2001-01-01

    The analysis in this paper demonstrates that the capillary pressure on the concave liquid-vapor interface will promote the interfacial evaporation, therefore clarifying the confusion over the great difference between the estimated and real rate of interfacial evaporation. This difference increases with decreasing capillary radius, and becomes more apparent for liquid with high latent heat. The present analysis also shows that the capillary pressure on the concave interface will result in a decrease in liquid phase equilibrium temperature, which can explain the possibility of vapor bubble formation on micro liquid layer interfacial evaporation under low superheat, or even below the nominal saturated temperature.

  2. Electrical Resistance Measurements and Microstructural Characterization of the Anode/Interconnect Contact in Simulated Anode-Side SOFC Conditions

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    Harthøj, Anders; Alimadadi, Hossein; Holt, Tobias

    2015-01-01

    in phase transformation of the steel and in formation of oxides with a poor electrical conductivity in the anode. In this study, the area specific resistance (ASR) of the steel Crofer 22 APU, in contact with a Ni/YSZ anode with and without a tape casted CeO2 barrier layer was measured in simulated SOFC....... The zone is austenitic at the exposure temperature but transforms to ferrite during cooling. When a CeO2 nickel diffusion barrier layer was used The ASR was considerably higher. These results imply that nickel diffusion is not only detrimental: It leads to microstructural instability but also results......Metallic interconnects in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks are often in direct contact with a nickel/yttria stabilized zirconia (Ni/YSZ) cermet anode. Interdiffusion between the two components may occur at the operating temperature of 700–850◦C. The alteration of chemical composition can result...

  3. Photoelectrochemical evidence of nitrogen incorporation during anodizing sputtering--deposited Al-Ta alloys.

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    Zaffora, A; Santamaria, M; Di Franco, F; Habazaki, H; Di Quarto, F

    2016-01-01

    Anodic films were grown to 20 V on sputtering-deposited Al-Ta alloys in ammonium biborate and borate buffer solutions. According to glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, anodizing in ammonium containing solution leads to the formation of N containing anodic layers. Impedance measurements did not evidence significant differences between the dielectric properties of the anodic films as a function of the anodizing electrolyte. Photoelectrochemical investigation allowed evidencing that N incorporation induces a red-shift in the light absorption threshold of the films due to the formation of allowed localized states inside their mobility gap. The estimated Fowler threshold for the internal photoemission processes of electrons resulted to be independent of the anodizing electrolyte confirming that N incorporation does not appreciably affect the density of states distribution close to the conduction band mobility edge. The transport of photogenerated carriers has been rationalized according to the Pai-Enck model of geminate recombination.

  4. Introductory lecture on corrosion chemistry: a focus on anodic hydrogen evolution on Al and Mg.

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    Frankel, G S; Fajardo, S; Lynch, B M

    2015-01-01

    The increase in the rate of hydrogen evolution (HE) on dissolving Mg surfaces with increasing anodic current density or potential, which is sometimes called the negative difference effect, has been the topic of much discussion in recent years. A review of the very recent contributions to this subject is given in this paper. Increased catalytic activity of the corrosion product layer, either from the accumulated impurities or from the Mg oxy-hydroxide itself, is shown to have a minor influence on the anodic HE observed on dissolving Mg at high anodic current densities and potentials. Al exhibits similar characteristics during anodic polarization in concentrated HCl, although the anodic HE rate on Al is less than on Mg. Possible mechanisms for the anodic hydrogen are provided and implications in the area of intergranular corrosion and environmental cracking are discussed.

  5. Exciton quenching at PEDOT:PSS anode in polymer blue-light-emitting diodes

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    Abbaszadeh, D.; Wetzelaer, G. A. H. [Molecular Electronics, Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen (Netherlands); Dutch Polymer Institute, P.O. Box 902, 5600 AX, Eindhoven (Netherlands); Nicolai, H. T. [TNO/Holst Centre, High Tech Campus 31, 5605 KN, Eindhoven (Netherlands); Blom, P. W. M., E-mail: blom@mpip-mainz.mpg.de [Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-12-14

    The quenching of excitons at the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) anode in blue polyalkoxyspirobifluorene-arylamine polymer light-emitting diodes is investigated. Due to the combination of a higher electron mobility and the presence of electron traps, the recombination zone shifts from the cathode to the anode with increasing voltage. The exciton quenching at the anode at higher voltages leads to an efficiency roll-off. The voltage dependence of the luminous efficiency is reproduced by a drift-diffusion model under the condition that quenching of excitons at the PEDOT:PSS anode and metallic cathode is of equal strength. Experimentally, the efficiency roll-off at high voltages due to anode quenching is eliminated by the use of an electron-blocking layer between the anode and the light-emitting polymer.

  6. An Analysis of Mechanical Properties of Anodized Aluminum Film at High Stress

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    Zhao, Xixi; Wei, Guoying; Yu, Yundan; Guo, Yuemei; Zhang, Ao

    2015-10-01

    In this paper, a new environmental-friendly electrolyte containing sulfuric acid and tartaric acid has been used as the substitute of chromic acid for anodization. The work discussed the influence of anodizing voltages on the fatigue life of anodized Al 2024-T3 by performing fatigue tests with 0.1 stress ratio (R) at 320 MPa. Meanwhile the fatigue cycles to failure, yield strength, tensile strength and fracture surface of anodic films at different conditions were investigated. The results showed that the fatigue life of anodized and sealed specimens reduced a lot compared to aluminum alloy, which can be attributed to the crack sites initiated at the oxide layer. The fracture surface analyses also revealed that the number of crack initiation sites enlarged with the increase of anodizing voltage.

  7. The effect of interfacial intermixing on magnetization and anomalous Hall effect in Co/Pd multilayers

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    Guo, Zaibing

    2015-05-01

    The effect of interfacial intermixing on magnetization and anomalous Hall effect (AHE) in Co/Pd multilayers is studied by using rapid thermal annealing to enhance the interfacial diffusion. The dependence of saturation magnetization and coercivity on the temperature of rapid thermal annealing at 5 K is discussed. It is found that AHE is closely related to the relative thickness of the Co and Pd layers. Localized paramagnetism has been observed which destroys AHE, while AHE can be enhanced by annealing.

  8. Nanostructures Using Anodic Aluminum Oxide

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    Valmianski, Ilya; Monton, Carlos M.; Pereiro, Juan; Basaran, Ali C.; Schuller, Ivan K.

    2013-03-01

    We present two fabrication methods for asymmetric mesoscopic dot arrays over macroscopic areas using anodic aluminum oxide templates. In the first approach, metal is deposited at 45o to the template axis to partially close the pores and produce an elliptical shadow-mask. In the second approach, now underway, nanoimprint lithography on a polymer intermediary layer is followed by reactive ion etching to generate asymmetric pore seeds. Both these techniques are quantified by an analysis of the lateral morphology and lattice of the pores or dots using scanning electron microscopy and a newly developed MATLAB based code (available for free download at http://ischuller.ucsd.edu). The code automatically provides a segmentation of the measured area and the statistics of morphological properties such as area, diameter, and eccentricity, as well as the lattice properties such as number of nearest neighbors, and unbiased angular and radial two point correlation functions. Furthermore, novel user defined statistics can be easily obtained. We will additionally present several applications of these methods to superconducting, ferromagnetic, and organic nanostructures. This work is supported by AFOSR FA9550-10-1-0409

  9. 从头计算确定FeAs超导层能够作为锂离子电池的新型负极材料%An ab initio study for electrochemistry:Superconductor layer FeAs as a novel anode material for lithium ion batteries

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    张猛; 陶石; 黄伟峰; 宋礼; 吴自玉; 储旺盛

    2015-01-01

    通过第一性原理计算发现这些传统的铁基超导层状材料(FeA s )不仅十分适合作为锂离子电池负极,同时它们还具有1044 m A h/g 的高理论容量,几乎是传统石墨负极材料的三倍容量.计算证实,在第一次充电过程中,Li/FeAs将首先通过两步转换反应形成最终产物Li3 As和Fe .在接下来的放‐充电过程中则主要通过As和锂离子之间的合金化反应来实现电池的可持续充放电,其电化学平台分别为0.77 V 和1.66 V ,这与硅负极材料的合金化反应机理十分类似.鉴于这类材料高的能量密度及好的动力学性能,我们有理由相信铁基超导层状材料可以作为一种复杂功能化的电极材料而应用于未来的电池储能系统.%A potential application of Fe‐based layers (FeAs ,FeSe) as a new promising anode material was proposed in the fields of second batteries by systematic first‐principles calculations . The calculation results indicate that those conventional superconductor layers ,such as FeAs ,can deliver a theoretical capacity of 1 044 mAh/g ,three times higher than that of the graphite‐type anode .Further dynamic investigation suggests that Li/FeAs experiences a conversion reaction forming Li3 As and Fe through a two‐step reaction in the first cycle .In the following cycles ,Li‐ion reversibly intercalates into arsenic at 0.77 V or deintercalates from Li3 As at 1.16 V ,which is similar to the lithiation/de‐lithiation mechanism of silicon anode materials .Based on their high energy density and good dynamic mechanism ,these superconductor layers are thought to be a complex functional electrode candidates for future large‐energy batteries systems .

  10. Modeling of the anode side of a direct methanol fuel cell with analytical solutions

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    Mosquera, Martín A

    2010-01-01

    In this work, analytical solutions were derived (for any methanol oxidation reaction order) for the profiles of methanol concentration and proton current density by assuming diffusion mass transport mechanism, Tafel kinetics, and fast proton transport in the anodic catalyst layer of a direct methanol fuel cell. An expression for the Thiele modulus that allows to express the anodic overpotential as a function of the cell current, and kinetic and mass transfer parameters was obtained. For high cell current densities, it was found that the Thiele modulus ($\\phi^2$) varies quadratically with cell current density; yielding a simple correlation between anodic overpotential and cell current density. Analytical solutions were derived for the profiles of both local methanol concentration in the catalyst layer and local anodic current density in the catalyst layer. Under the assumptions of the model presented here, in general, the local methanol concentration in the catalyst layer cannot be expressed as an explicit fun...

  11. Mesoporous Silicon-Based Anodes

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    Peramunage, Dharmasena

    2015-01-01

    For high-capacity, high-performance lithium-ion batteries. A new high-capacity anode composite based on mesoporous silicon is being developed. With a structure that resembles a pseudo one-dimensional phase, the active anode material will accommodate significant volume changes expected upon alloying and dealloying with lithium (Li).

  12. Enhancing power conversion efficiency of polymer solar cells via treatment of PEDOT:PSS anode buffer layer using DMF solvent%利用溶剂DMF处理聚合物太阳能电池的PEDOT:PSS阳极缓冲层提高能量转换效率

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    王海涛; 章文峰; 陈博学; 杨上峰

    2012-01-01

    N, N-dimethyl formamide (DMF), an organic solvent, was used to treat poly ( 3, 4-ethylenedioxythio-phene): poly (styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT: PSS) anode buffer layer, in poly (3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT): [6, 6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) polymer solar cells,resulting in significant enhancement of power conversion efficiency (PCE). There are mainly two ways for treating PEDOT:PSS anode buffer layer: mixing the original PEDOT:PSS solution 4 : 1 (v/v) with DMF solvent, and, directly spin-coating DMF solvent on PEDOT:PSS anode buffer layer fabricated using the original solution. Power conversion efficiency of the latter was enhanced significantly, and the PCE of the ITO/PEDOT:PSS/P3HT: PCBM/A1 polymer solar cell device by using DMF-treated (3 000 rpm) PEDOT:PSS increased by 35% (from 3.16% to 4.27%). In order to explore the mechanism of PCE enhancement of polymer solar cells. The Ⅰ-Ⅴ curve of a solar cell under illumination and in the dark, and the incident photon-to-current collection efficiency (IPCE) spectra; transmittance, conductivity and surface morphology of PEDOT:PSS buffer layer; UV-visible absorption and surface morphology of P3HT: PCBM active layer were studied. The results show that conductivity improvement and surface morphology changes of PEDOT:PSS buffer layer improve hole extraction and collection. Surface morphology changes of P3HT: PCBM layer improve optical absorption enhancement of the active layer and the electron collection.%通过有机溶剂N,N-二甲基甲酰胺(DMF)处理P3HT:PCBM聚合物太阳能电池的PEDOT:PSS阳极缓冲层,能量转换效率得到了很大程度提高.DMF处理PEDOT:PSS阳极缓冲层主要有以下两种方式:①DMF 11∶4(v/v)混合原始的PEDOT:PSS溶液;②直接旋涂DMF在PEDOT:PSS阳极缓冲层上.其中后者的效果最为显著,器件结构为ITO/PEDOT:PSS/P3HT:PCBM/Al的电池通过直接旋涂DMF(3 000 rpm)处理PEDOT:PSS阳极缓冲层后,电池效率由3.16%提高到4.27

  13. Electrical transport through single-wall carbon nanotube-anodic aluminum oxide-aluminum heterostructures

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    Kukkola, Jarmo; Rautio, Aatto; Sala, Giovanni; Pino, Flavio; Tóth, Géza; Leino, Anne-Riikka; Mäklin, Jani; Jantunen, Heli; Uusimäki, Antti; Kordás, Krisztián; Gracia, Eduardo; Terrones, Mauricio; Shchukarev, Andrey; Mikkola, Jyri-Pekka

    2010-01-01

    Aluminum foils were anodized in sulfuric acid solution to form thick porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films of thickness ~6 µm. Electrodes of carboxyl-functionalized single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT) thin films were inkjet printed on the anodic oxide layer and the electrical characteristics of the as-obtained SWCNT-AAO-Al structures were studied. Nonlinear current-voltage transport and strong temperature dependence of conduction through the structure was measured. The microstructure and chemical composition of the anodic oxide layer was analyzed using transmission and scanning electron microscopy as well as x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Schottky emission at the SWCNT-AAO and AAO-Al interfaces allowed by impurity states in the anodic aluminum oxide film together with ionic surface conduction on the pore walls of AAO gives a reasonable explanation for the measured electrical conduction. Calcined AAO is proposed as a dielectric material for SWCNT-field effect transistors.

  14. Effect of Sintering Temperature and Applied Load on Anode-Supported Electrodes for SOFC Application

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    Full Text Available Anode-supported cells are prepared by a sequence of hot pressing and co-sintering processes for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC applications. Commercially available porous anode tape (NiO/YSZ = 50 wt %/50 wt %, anode tape (NiO/YSZ = 30 wt %/70 wt %, and YSZ are used as the anode substrate, anode functional layer, and electrolyte layer, respectively. After hot pressing, the stacked layers are then sintered at different temperatures (1250 °C, 1350 °C, 1400 °C and 1450 °C for 5 h in air. Different compressive loads are applied during the sintering process. An (La,SrMnO3 (LSM paste is coated on the post-sintered anode-supported electrolyte surface as the cathode, and sintered at different temperatures (1100 °C, 1150 °C, 1200 °C and 1250 °C for 2 h in air to generate anode-supported cells with dimensions of 60 × 60 mm2 (active reaction area of 50 × 50 mm2. SEM is used to investigate the anode structure of the anode-supported cells. In addition, confocal laser scanning microscopy is used to investigate the roughness of the cathode surfaces. At sintering temperatures of 1400 °C and 1450 °C, there is significant grain growth in the anode. Furthermore, the surface of the cathode is smoother at a firing temperature of 1200 °C. It is also found that the optimal compressive load of 1742 Pa led to a flatness of 168 µm/6 cm and a deformation of 0.72%. The open circuit voltage and power density of the anode-supported cell at 750 °C were 1.0 V and 178 mW·cm−2, respectively.

  15. Origin of Photovoltage Enhancement via Interfacial Modification with Silver Nanoparticles Embedded in an a-SiC:H p-Type Layer in a-Si:H Solar Cells.

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    Li, Tiantian; Zhang, Qixing; Ni, Jian; Huang, Qian; Zhang, Dekun; Li, Baozhang; Wei, Changchun; Yan, Baojie; Zhao, Ying; Zhang, Xiaodan

    2017-03-17

    We used silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) embedded in the p-type semiconductor layer of hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) solar cells in the Schottky barrier contact design to modify the interface between aluminum-doped ZnO (ZnO:Al, AZO) and p-type hydrogenated amorphous silicon carbide (p-a-SiC:H) without plasmonic absorption. The high work function of the Ag-NPs provided a good channel for the transport of photogenerated holes. A p-type nanocrystalline SiC:H layer was used to compensate for the real surface defects and voids on the surface of Ag-NPs to reduce recombination at the AZO/p-type layer interface, which then enhanced the photovoltage of single-junction a-Si:H solar cells to values as high as 1.01 V. The Ag-NPs were around 10 nm in diameter and thermally stable in the p-type a-SiC:H film at the solar-cell process temperature. We will also show that a wide range of photovoltages between 1.01 and 2.89 V could be obtained with single-, double-, and triple-junction solar cells based on the single-junction a-Si:H solar cells with tunable high photovoltage. These solar cells are suitable photocathodes for solar water-splitting applications.

  16. Annealing-induced interfacial toughening using a molecular nanolayer.

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    Gandhi, Darshan D; Lane, Michael; Zhou, Yu; Singh, Amit P; Nayak, Saroj; Tisch, Ulrike; Eizenberg, Moshe; Ramanath, Ganapathiraman

    2007-05-17

    Self-assembled molecular nanolayers (MNLs) composed of short organic chains and terminated with desired functional groups are attractive for modifying surface properties for a variety of applications. For example, organosilane MNLs are used as lubricants, in nanolithography, for corrosion protection and in the crystallization of biominerals. Recent work has explored uses of MNLs at thin-film interfaces, both as active components in molecular devices, and as passive layers, inhibiting interfacial diffusion, promoting adhesion and toughening brittle nanoporous structures. The relatively low stability of MNLs on surfaces at temperatures above 350-400 degrees C (refs 12, 13), as a result of desorption or degradation, limits the use of surface MNLs in high-temperature applications. Here we harness MNLs at thin-film interfaces at temperatures higher than the MNL desorption temperature to fortify copper-dielectric interfaces relevant to wiring in micro- and nano-electronic devices. Annealing Cu/MNL/SiO2 structures at 400-700 degrees C results in interfaces that are five times tougher than pristine Cu/SiO2 structures, yielding values exceeding approximately 20 J m(-2). Previously, similarly high toughness values have only been obtained using micrometre-thick interfacial layers. Electron spectroscopy of fracture surfaces and density functional theory modelling of molecular stretching and fracture show that toughening arises from thermally activated interfacial siloxane bridging that enables the MNL to be strongly linked to both the adjacent layers at the interface, and suppresses MNL desorption. We anticipate that our findings will open up opportunities for molecular-level tailoring of a variety of interfacial properties, at processing temperatures higher than previously envisaged, for applications where microlayers are not a viable option-such as in nanodevices or in thermally resistant molecular-inorganic hybrid devices.

  17. Effect of CrO3 Sealing Time on Anodized A12024-T3

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    Korda, Akhmad A.; Hidayat, R. Z.

    2016-08-01

    The effect of CrO3 sealing time on anodized aluminum alloy has been investigated. A1 2024-T3 were used as substrate. Anodizing was carried out using chromic acid. CrO3 sealing was conducted in CrO3 solution for 30, 60, 90, 120 and 150 minutes. As comparison, other specimens were also prepared as anodized and boiled water sealing. Thickness of the coating was observed by optical microscope. Anodized and sealing layer was analyzed by X- ray diffraction. The hardness of as anodized, boiled water sealing and CrO3 sealing were compared. The highest hardness is achieved by CrO3 sealed specimen and followed by boiled water sealing and as anodized specimens. The longer the processes of CrO3 sealing the higher layer thickness and therefore the higher hardness of the oxide layer. The best resistance to electrolyte penetration is achieved by the CrO3 sealed specimen followed by boiled water sealed and as anodized specimens. The higher thickness of oxide layer, the higher the resistance against electrolyte penetration.

  18. Effect of the blocking layer prepared by sol-gel method on the double composite TiO2 photo-anode%溶胶-凝胶法制备的阻挡层对双层复合TiO2光阳极性能的影响

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    The dense TiO2 blocking layer with different thickness was prepared on conductive glass by sol-gel method, and the outer TiO2 porous film was prepared by hydrothermal method. The influence of preparation methods and the thickness of dense barrier films on surface morphology and absorbance were analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and UV-vis spectrophotometer. In addition, the electrical properties of the DSSC were studied. The results indicate that, when the barrier layer is prepared by sintering each layer, the composite photo-anode possesses a relatively loose surface morphology, and therefore has a maximum absorbance. At the same time, the DSSC presents the best electrical properties. The thickness of the barrier layer has little effect on absorbance and electrical properties, but when the number of barrier layer is 8, the photo-anode has the maximum absorbance and DSSC has the best electrical properties.%用溶胶-凝胶法在导电玻璃上制备不同成膜方式和层厚的TiO2致密膜阻挡层,采用水热法制备外层多孔TiO2薄膜.用场发射扫描电镜(FE-SEM)和紫外-可见分光光度计分析阻挡层成膜方式和层厚对复合光阳极薄膜的表面形貌和吸光度的影响,并研究其对应的DSSC的电学性能.结果表明:阻挡层经层层烧结,复合光阳极具有较疏松的表面形貌,吸光度和DSSC的电学性能最佳;阻挡层的层厚对复合膜的吸光度和DSSC的电学性能影响不大,但层数为8层时具有最好的吸光度和电学性能.

  19. Effect of High Frequency Pulsing on the Interfacial Structure of Anodised Aluminium-TiO2

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    Gudla, Visweswara Chakravarthy; Jensen, Flemming; Bordo, Kirill;

    2015-01-01

    out using a high frequency pulse and pulse reverse pulse technique at a fixed frequency in a sulfuric acid bath. The structure of the composites and the anodized layer was studied using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. The pulse reverse pulse anodizing technique, using a negative...... potential on the low voltage cycle, showed extensive pore branching and pore generation at the TiO2 particle-anodic alumina matrix interface. However, the pulse anodizing technique using zero potential during the low voltage cycle showed no such features in the pore morphology, but only entrapment of TiO2...

  20. Interfacial transport processes and rheology

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    This textbook is designed to provide the theory, methods of measurement, and principal applications of the expanding field of interfacial hydrodynamics. It is intended to serve the research needs of both academic and industrial scientists, including chemical or mechanical engineers, material and surface scientists, physical chemists, chemical and biophysicists, rheologists, physiochemical hydrodynamicists, and applied mathematicians (especially those with interests in viscous fluid mechanics and continuum mechanics).As a textbook it provides materials for a one- or two-semester graduate-level

  1. A comparative study of graphene-coated stainless steel fiber felt and carbon cloth as anodes in MFCs.

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    Hou, Junxian; Liu, Zhongliang; Li, Yanxia; Yang, Siqi; Zhou, Yu

    2015-05-01

    This study investigated the stainless steel-based materials and their potential in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) anode application. Herein, AISI 316L stainless steel fiber felts (SSFFs) were used as anodes in MFCs and their performance was compared with the carbon cloth anode MFCs. The experimental results showed that the unmodified carbon cloth (CC) anode had a better performance than the unmodified SSFF anode. However, after coating a thin layer of graphene (GN) on SSFF and CC, the power density of the MFC equipped with the modified SSFF was 2,143 mW m(-2), much higher than that of the graphene-modified CC-MFC which was only 1,018 mW m(-2). The experimental results proved that the use of durable metallic backbones combined with a thin layer of carbon nanoparticles offers exciting opportunities in the advancement of MFC anode design.

  2. Multi-anode ionization chamber

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    Bolotnikov, Aleksey E. (South Setauket, NY); Smith, Graham (Port Jefferson, NY); Mahler, George J. (Rocky Point, NY); Vanier, Peter E. (Setauket, NY)

    2010-12-28

    The present invention includes a high-energy detector having a cathode chamber, a support member, and anode segments. The cathode chamber extends along a longitudinal axis. The support member is fixed within the cathode chamber and extends from the first end of the cathode chamber to the second end of the cathode chamber. The anode segments are supported by the support member and are spaced along the longitudinal surface of the support member. The anode segments are configured to generate at least a first electrical signal in response to electrons impinging thereon.

  3. Probing Interfacial Processes on Graphene Surface by Mass Detection

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    Kakenov, Nurbek; Kocabas, Coskun

    2013-03-01

    In this work we studied the mass density of graphene, probed interfacial processes on graphene surface and examined the formation of graphene oxide by mass detection. The graphene layers were synthesized by chemical vapor deposition method on copper foils and transfer-printed on a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). The mass density of single layer graphene was measured by investigating the mechanical resonance of the QCM. Moreover, we extended the developed technique to probe the binding dynamics of proteins on the surface of graphene, were able to obtain nonspecific binding constant of BSA protein of graphene surface in aqueous solution. The time trace of resonance signal showed that the BSA molecules rapidly saturated by filling the available binding sites on graphene surface. Furthermore, we monitored oxidation of graphene surface under oxygen plasma by tracing the changes of interfacial mass of the graphene controlled by the shifts in Raman spectra. Three regimes were observed the formation of graphene oxide which increases the interfacial mass, the release of carbon dioxide and the removal of small graphene/graphene oxide flakes. Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) grant no. 110T304, 109T209, Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant (IRG) grant no 256458, Turkish Academy of Science (TUBA-Gebip).

  4. How intermixing and anharmonicity enhances interfacial thermal conductance?

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    Polanco, Carlos; Zhang, Jingjie; Le, Nam; Rastgarkafshgarkolaei, Rouzbeh; Norris, Pamela; Ghosh, Avik

    2015-03-01

    The thermal conductance at an interface, whether ballistic or diffusive, can be expressed as a product of the number of conducting channels (M) and their average transmission (T). The common expectation is that interfacial defects reduce T and thus hurt the conductance. This is however at odds with recent simulations showing that a thin intermixing layer can in fact enhance the conductance. We argue that such an enhancement occurs when the increase in number of modes outweighs the reduction in their average transmission. The new channels open as a result of (a) the random interfacial structure that relaxes the conservation rules for the transverse momentum and promotes transitions between formerly symmetry disallowed channels; and (b) inelastic scattering through phonon-phonon interactions that allow modes beyond the contact cut-off frequency to contribute to transport. We use these results to build a back of the envelope model for interfacial conductance that depends on the mixing distribution, the anharmonic strength, the phonon polarization and wavelength. Non-Equilibrium Green's Function (NEGF) as well as Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations on Si/mixed layer/Ge, as well as simpler FCC crystals support our results. NSF-CAREER (QMHP 1028883), NSF-IDR (CBET 1134311), XSEDE (TG-DMR130123).

  5. Polymer composite electrolytes having core-shell silica fillers with anion-trapping boron moiety in the shell layer for all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries.

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    Shim, Jimin; Kim, Dong-Gyun; Kim, Hee Joong; Lee, Jin Hong; Lee, Jong-Chan

    2015-04-15

    Core-shell silica particles with ion-conducting poly(ethylene glycol) and anion-trapping boron moiety in the shell layer were prepared to be used as fillers for polymer composite electrolytes based on organic/inorganic hybrid branched copolymer as polymer matrix for all-solid-state lithium-ion battery applications. The core-shell silica particles were found to improve mechanical strength and thermal stability of the polymer matrix and poly(ethylene glycol) and boron moiety in the shell layer increase compatibility between filler and polymer matrix. Furthermore, boron moiety in the shell layer increases both ionic conductivity and lithium transference number of the polymer matrix because lithium salt can be more easily dissociated by the anion-trapping boron. Interfacial compatibility with lithium metal anode is also improved because well-dispersed silica particles serve as protective layer against interfacial side reactions. As a result, all-solid-state battery performance was found to be enhanced when the copolymer having core-shell silica particles with the boron moiety was used as solid polymer electrolyte.

  6. Electrochemical modification process of anodic alumina membrane

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    YU Mei; LIU Jian-hua; LI Song-mei

    2006-01-01

    The modification procedure of anodic alumina membrane(AAM) was studied. The AAM structure after modification was characterized by nickel nanowires prepared in AAM. Scanning electron microscopy was used to characterize the topography and structure properties of the AAM and nickel nanowires. The transformation of the current during the voltage reduction was studied. The mechanism of current and structure change during modification was discussed. The results show that a root structure produces after the AAM modification. The length of the root structure depends on the velocity of the voltage reduction. Slow voltage reduction leads to a large length of the root structure,otherwise,a short length of the root structure. At the end of the modification,the barrier layer is thin enough to be passed by electrons. Hence,the direct electrodeposition of one-dimensional nanowires can be carried out on the AAM with barrier layer and aluminum matrix successfully without any other treatments.

  7. 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 located in a TiO2 unit in the oxide layer, but rather in a mixed Ti-Al oxide layer. The optical band gap energy of the anodic oxide layers was determined by vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy in the energy range from 4.1 to 9.2 eV (300–135 nm). The results indicate that amorphous anodic Al2O3 has a direct...

  8. An excellent candidate for largely reducing interfacial thermal resistance: a nano-confined mass graded interface

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    Zhou, Yanguang; Zhang, Xiaoliang; Hu, Ming

    2016-01-01

    Pursuing extremely low interfacial thermal resistance has long been the task of many researchers in the area of nano-scale heat transfer, in particular pertaining to improve heat dissipation performance in electronic cooling. While it is well known and documented that confining a macroscopic third layer between two dissimilar materials usually increases the overall interfacial thermal resistance, no research has realized the fundamental decrease in resistance so far. By performing nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations, we report that the overall interfacial thermal resistance can be reduced by 6 fold by confining mass graded materials with thickness of the order of nanometers. As comparison we also studied the thermal transport across the perfectly abrupt interface and the widely used alloyed (rough) interface, which shows an opposing and significantly large increase in the overall thermal resistance. With the help of frequency dependent interfacial thermal conductance and wave packet dynamics simulation, different mechanisms governing the heat transfer across these three types of interfaces are identified. It is found that for the rough interface there are two different regimes of interfacial heat transfer, which originates from the competition between phonon scattering and the thickness of the interface. The mechanism of dramatically improved interfacial heat transfer across the nano-confined mass graded interface resides in the minor phonon reflection when the phonons first reach the mass graded area and the rare occurrence of phonon scattering in the subsequent interior region. The phonons are found to be gradually truncated by the geometric interfaces and can travel through the mass graded layer with a high transmission coefficient, benefited from the small mass mismatch between two neighboring layers in the interfacial region. Our findings provide deep insight into the phonon transport across nano-confined mass graded layers and also offer significant

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

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    Gerrard Eddy Jai Poinern

    2011-02-01

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

  10. Interfacial stresses in strengthened beam with shear cohesive zone model

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    Zergua Abdesselam

    2015-02-01

    The failure of strengthened beams with fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) materials is due to high stress concentration of FRP–concrete interface. Understanding the cause and mechanism of the debonding of the FRP plate and the prediction of the stress distribution at the concrete–FRP interface are important for more effective strengthening technique. This paper presents an analytical solution, based on Smith and Teng’s equations, for interfacial shear and normal stresses in reinforced concrete (RC) beams strengthened with a fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) plate. However, the shear stress–strain relationship is considered to be bilinear curve. The effects of the shear deformations are calculated in an RC beam, an adhesive layer, and an FRP plate. The results of parametric study are compared with those of Smith and Teng. They confirm the accuracy of the proposed approach in predicting both interfacial shear and normal stresses.

  11. Corrosion Behaviour of Titanium Anodized Film in Different Corrosive Environments

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    Mr. Sunil D. Kahar

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Anodizing is an electrochemical process in which thickness of the natural oxide layer is increased and converted it into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant film. Titanium is used as a biocompatible material in human implants due to its excellent corrosion and wears resistance. Stable, continuous, highly adherent, and protective oxide films can be developed on titanium using various acid or alkaline baths. Anodizing of titanium generates a spectrum of different color without use of dyes. This spectrum of color dependent on the thickness of the oxide, voltage ranges, interference of light reflecting off the oxide surface and reflecting off the underlying metal surface. The anodized film of Titanium is mainly consists of TiO2 or mixtures of TiO2 & Ti2O3 etc. In the present work, Pure Titanium plate has been anodized using bath of Chromic Acid at different voltage range. The anodized film is characterized by visual observation, SEM & EDAX analysis & A.C Impedance Spectroscopy, while the corrosion studies were performed using Potentiodynamic studies were performed in 3.5% NaCl & 0.1N H2SO4. The Results show that the anodized film of Titanium show different spectrum of colors from Brown-Violet-Tea or Peacock. SEM & EDAX analyses show that the anodized film of Titanium is mainly made up of TiO2 and Ti2O3. Potentiodynamic study implies that the film developed on Titanium using the bath of Chromic Acid exhibits good corrosion resistance. The A.C. Impedance study shows that the film is more compact, adherent and more uniform in chromic acid bath.

  12. High-capacity nanocarbon anodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhang, Haitao; Sun, Xianzhong; Zhang, Xiong; Lin, He; Wang, Kai; Ma, Yanwei, E-mail: ywma@mail.iee.ac.cn

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • The nanocarbon anodes in lithium-ion batteries deliver a high capacity of ∼1100 mA h g{sup −1}. • The nanocarbon anodes exhibit excellent cyclic stability. • A novel structure of carbon materials, hollow carbon nanoboxes, has potential application in lithium-ion batteries. - Abstract: High energy and power density of secondary cells like lithium-ion batteries become much more important in today’s society. However, lithium-ion battery anodes based on graphite material have theoretical capacity of 372 mA h g{sup −1} and low charging-discharging rate. Here, we report that nanocarbons including mesoporous graphene (MPG), carbon tubular nanostructures (CTN), and hollow carbon nanoboxes (HCB) are good candidate for lithium-ion battery anodes. The nanocarbon anodes have high capacity of ∼1100, ∼600, and ∼500 mA h g{sup −1} at 0.1 A g{sup −1} for MPG, CTN, and HCB, respectively. The capacity of 181, 141, and 139 mA h g{sup −1} at 4 A g{sup −1} for MPG, CTN, and HCB anodes is retained. Besides, nanocarbon anodes show high cycling stability during 1000 cycles, indicating formation of a passivating layer—solid electrolyte interphase, which support long-term cycling. Nanocarbons, constructed with graphene layers which fulfill lithiation/delithiation process, high ratio of graphite edge structure, and high surface area which facilitates capacitive behavior, deliver high capacity and improved rate-capability.

  13. Determination of interfacial tension from crystallization and dissolution data: a comparison with other methods.

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    Wu, W; Nancollas, G H

    1999-02-01

    Methods for the determination of interfacial tension between a solid and a liquid are reviewed including solubility/particle size, crystallization and dissolution kinetics. The use of solubility as a function of particle size, originally put forward by Ostwald and later corrected by Freundlich, may be unjustified for determining interfacial tension at solid-liquid interfaces. The interfacial tension values between solutions and sparingly soluble minerals such as hydroxyapatite, fluorapatite, brushite, octacalcium phosphate, calcium oxalate monohydrate, barium sulfate, calcium sulfate, calcite, and divalent metal fluorides are discussed. A comparison of these results is made with contact angle or wetting measurements. The interfacial tension values obtained from constant composition reaction kinetics are of the same order of magnitude as those determined using a contact angle method involving thin layer wicking techniques.

  14. A biomimetic approach to enhancing interfacial interactions: polydopamine-coated clay as reinforcement for epoxy resin.

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    Yang, Liping; Phua, Si Lei; Teo, Jun Kai Herman; Toh, Cher Ling; Lau, Soo Khim; Ma, Jan; Lu, Xuehong

    2011-08-01

    A facile biomimetic method was developed to enhance the interfacial interaction in polymer-layered silicate nanocomposites. By mimicking mussel adhesive proteins, a monolayer of polydopamine was constructed on clay surface by a controllable coating method. The modified clay (D-clay) was incorporated into an epoxy resin, it is found that the strong interfacial interactions brought by the polydopamine benefits not only the dispersion of the D-clay in the epoxy but also the effective interfacial stress transfer, leading to greatly improved thermomechanical properties at very low inorganic loadings. Rheological and infrared spectroscopic studies show that the interfacial interactions between the D-clay and epoxy are dominated by the hydrogen bonds between the catechol-enriched polydopamine and the epoxy.

  15. Alcohol-soluble interfacial fluorenes for inverted polymer solar cells: sequence induced spatial conformation dipole moment.

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    Chen, Lie; Liu, Xiangfu; Wei, Yingkai; Wu, Feiyan; Chen, Yiwang

    2016-01-21

    Three fluorene-based alcohol-soluble organic small molecule electrolytes (SMEs) with different conjugated backbones, namely, TFTN-Br, FTFN-Br and FTTFN-Br, were designed as cathode interfacial layers for inverted polymer solar cells (i-PSCs). The insertion of SMEs to the ITO/active layer interfaces effectively lowered the energy barrier for electron transport and improved the inherent compatibility between the hydrophilic ITO and hydrophobic active layers. Due to these advantages, the device based on poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT):(6,6)-phenyl-C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) with TFTN-Br as the cathode interfacial layer achieved an improved power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.8%, which is a 26% improvement when compared to the standard device comprising ZnO cathode interfacial layers (PCE = 3.0%). Devices with FTFN-Br and FTTFN-Br also showed an improved PCE of 3.1% and 3.5%, respectively. The variation in device performance enhancement was found to be primarily correlated with the different conformation of their assembly onto the electrode caused by the joint sequence of the polar group of the SMEs, consequently impacting the dipole moment and interface morphology. In addition, introducing SMEs as the cathode interfacial layer also produced devices with long-term stability.

  16. The effect of the carbon nanotube buffer layer on the performance of a Li metal battery.

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    Zhang, Ding; Zhou, Yi; Liu, Changhong; Fan, Shoushan

    2016-06-07

    Lithium (Li) metal is one of the most promising candidates as an anode for the next-generation energy storage systems because of its high specific capacity and lowest negative electrochemical potential. But the growth of Li dendrites limits the application of the Li metal battery. In this work, a type of modified Li metal battery with a carbon nanotube (CNT) buffer layer inserted between the separator and the Li metal electrode was reported. The electrochemical results show that the modified batteries have a much better rate capability and cycling performance than the conventional Li metal batteries. The mechanism study by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy reveals that the modified battery has a smaller charge transfer resistance and larger Li ion diffusion coefficient during the deposition process on the Li electrode than the conventional Li metal batteries. Symmetric battery tests show that the interfacial behavior of the Li metal electrode with the buffer layer is more stable than the naked Li metal electrode. The morphological characterization of the CNT buffer layer and Li metal lamina reveals that the CNT buffer layer has restrained the growth of Li dendrites. The CNT buffer layer has great potential to solve the safety problem of the Li metal battery.

  17. Effects of anode active materials to the storage-capacity fading on commercial lithium-ion batteries

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    Kwak, Gunho; Park, Jounghwan; Lee, Jinuk [Energy Business Division, Samsung SDI Co. Ltd., Sungsung-Dong, Cheonan-Si, Chungcheongnam-Do 330-300 (Korea); Kim, Sinja; Jung, Inho [Corporate R and D Center, Samsung SDI Co. Ltd., Sungsung-Dong, Cheonan-Si, Chungcheongnam-Do 330-300 (Korea)

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    Thermal storage of prismatic Li-ion cell with different types of anodes has been performed at 60 C for 15 days to 30 days. The results were compared for two anodes: natural-like graphite (NLG) with styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR, 2.5 wt.%) binder and artificial graphite (AG) with polyvinylidene fluoride (PVdF, 6 wt.%) as binder. The storage-capacity fading behavior of the commercial Li-ion cell was studied by dissection the storage cells and analyzing their electrodes and solid electrolyte interphase (SEI), allows lithium-ion transfer but prevents electron migration using SEM, DSC, FT-IR, XRD and impedance analysis. Side-reaction and transformation of the passivation film on NLG anode contributed the capacity loss. Self-discharge of NLG cell due to high specific surface area was one of the main factors for capacity fading. Impedance analysis revealed that the interfacial resistance at NLG anode was larger than that of the AG anode. The increase of lithium alkylcarbonate and lithium carbonate due to reductive decomposition of electrolyte with storage time decreased the charge and increased the interfacial resistance. (author)

  18. Effects of anode active materials to the storage-capacity fading on commercial lithium-ion batteries

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    Kwak, Gunho; Park, Jounghwan; Lee, Jinuk; Kim, Sinja; Jung, Inho

    Thermal storage of prismatic Li-ion cell with different types of anodes has been performed at 60 °C for 15 days to 30 days. The results were compared for two anodes: natural-like graphite (NLG) with styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR, 2.5 wt.%) binder and artificial graphite (AG) with polyvinylidene fluoride (PVdF, 6 wt.%) as binder. The storage-capacity fading behavior of the commercial Li-ion cell was studied by dissection the storage cells and analyzing their electrodes and solid electrolyte interphase (SEI), allows lithium-ion transfer but prevents electron migration using SEM, DSC, FT-IR, XRD and impedance analysis. Side-reaction and transformation of the passivation film on NLG anode contributed the capacity loss. Self-discharge of NLG cell due to high specific surface area was one of the main factors for capacity fading. Impedance analysis revealed that the interfacial resistance at NLG anode was larger than that of the AG anode. The increase of lithium alkylcarbonate and lithium carbonate due to reductive decomposition of electrolyte with storage time decreased the charge and increased the interfacial resistance.

  19. Interfacial Chemical Composition and Molecular Order in Organic Photovoltaic Blend Thin Films Probed by Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy.

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    Razzell-Hollis, Joseph; Thiburce, Quentin; Tsoi, Wing C; Kim, Ji-Seon

    2016-11-16

    Organic electronic devices invariably involve transfer of charge carriers between the organic layer and at least one metal electrode, and they are sensitive to the local properties of the organic film at those interfaces. Here, we demonstrate a new approach for using an advanced technique called surface-enhanced raman spectroscopy (SERS) to quantitatively probe interfacial properties relevant to charge injection/extraction. Exploiting the evanescent electric field generated by a ∼7 nm thick layer of evaporated silver, Raman scattering from nearby molecules is enhanced by factors of 10-1000× and limited by a distance dependence with a measured decay length of only 7.6 nm. When applied to the study of an all-polymer 1:1 blend of P3HT and F8TBT used in organic solar cells, we find that the as-cast film is morphologically suited to charge extraction in inverted devices, with a top (anode) interface very rich in hole-transporting P3HT (74.5%) and a bottom (cathode) interface slightly rich in electron-transporting F8TBT (55%). While conventional, uninverted P3HT:F8TBT devices are reported to perform poorly compared to inverted devices, their efficiency can be improved by thermal annealing but only after evaporation of a metallic top electrode. This is explained by changes in composition at the top interface: annealing prior to silver evaporation leads to a greater P3HT concentration at the top interface to 83.3%, exaggerating the original distribution that favored inverted devices, while postevaporation annealing increases the concentration of F8TBT at the top interface to 34.8%, aiding the extraction of electrons in a conventional device. By nondestructively probing buried interfaces, SERS is a powerful tool for understanding the performance of organic electronic devices.

  20. Analysis of peel strength of consisting of an aluminum sheet, anodic aluminum oxide and a copper foil laminate composite

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    Shin, Hyeong-Won; Lee, Hyo-Soo; Jung, Seung-Boo

    2017-01-01

    Laminate composites consisting of an aluminum sheet, anodic aluminum oxide, and copper foil have been used as heat-spreader materials for high-power light-emitting diodes (LEDs). These composites are comparable to the conventional structure comprising an aluminum sheet, epoxy adhesives, and copper foil. The peel strength between the copper foil and anodic aluminum oxide should be more than 1.0 kgf/cm in order to be applied in high-power LED products. We investigated the effect of the anodic aluminum oxide morphology and heat-treatment conditions on the peel strength of the composites. We formed an anodic aluminum oxide layer on a 99.999% pure aluminum sheet using electrochemical anodization. A Ti/Cu seed layer was formed using the sputtering direct bonding copper process in order to form a copper circuit layer on the anodic aluminum oxide layer by electroplating. The developed heat spreader, composed of an aluminum layer, anodic aluminum oxide, and a copper circuit layer, showed peel strengths ranging from 1.05 to 3.45 kgf/cm, which is very suitable for high-power LED applications.

  1. Effect of Interfacial Molecular Orientation on Power Conversion Efficiency of Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Xiao, Minyu; Joglekar, Suneel; Zhang, Xiaoxian; Jasensky, Joshua; Ma, Jialiu; Cui, Qingyu; Guo, L Jay; Chen, Zhan

    2017-03-08

    A wide variety of charge carrier dynamics, such as transport, separation, and extraction, occur at the interfaces of planar heterojunction solar cells. Such factors can affect the overall device performance. Therefore, understanding the buried interfacial molecular structure in various devices and the correlation between interfacial structure and function has become increasingly important. Current characterization techniques for thin films such as X-ray diffraction, cross section scanning electronmicroscopy, and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy are unable to provide the needed molecular structural information at buried interfaces. In this study, by controlling the structure of the hole transport layer (HTL) in a perovskite solar cell and applying a surface/interface-sensitive nonlinear vibrational spectroscopic technique (sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy (SFG)), we successfully probed the molecular structure at the buried interface and correlated its structural characteristics to solar cell performance. Here, an edge-on (normal to the interface) polythiophene (PT) interfacial molecular orientation at the buried perovskite (photoactive layer)/PT (HTL) interface showed more than two times the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of a lying down (tangential) PT interfacial orientation. The difference in interfacial molecular structure was achieved by altering the alkyl side chain length of the PT derivatives, where PT with a shorter alkyl side chain showed an edge-on interfacial orientation with a higher PCE than that of PT with a longer alkyl side chain. With similar band gap alignment and bulk structure within the PT layer, it is believed that the interfacial molecular structural variation (i.e., the orientation difference) of the various PT derivatives is the underlying cause of the difference in perovskite solar cell PCE.

  2. Non contact probing of interfacial stiffnesses between two plates by Zero-Group Velocity Lamb modes

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    Mezil, Sylvain; Royer, Daniel; Prada, Claire

    2014-01-01

    A non contact technique using Zero-Group Velocity (ZGV) Lamb modes is developed to probe the bonding between two solid plates coupled by a thin layer. The layer thickness is assumed to be negligible compared with the plate thickness and the acoustic wavelength. The coupling layer is modeled by a normal and a tangential spring to take into account the normal and shear interfacial stresses. Theoretical ZGV frequencies are determined for a symmetrical bi-layer structure and the effect of the interfacial stiffnesses on the cut-off and ZGV frequencies are evaluated. Experiments are conducted with two glass plates bonded by a drop of water, oil, or salol, leading to a few micrometer thick layer. An evaluation of normal and shear stiffnesses, is obtained using ZGV resonances locally excited and detected with laser ultrasonic techniques.

  3. Determination of sulfuric acid concentration for anti-cavitation characteristics of Al alloy by two step anodizing process to forming nano porous.

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    Lee, Seung-Jun; Kim, Seong-Kweon; Jeong, Jae-Yong; Kim, Seong-Jong

    2014-12-01

    Al alloy is a highly active metal but forms a protective oxide film having high corrosion resistance in atmosphere environment. However, the oxide film is not suitable for practical use, since the thickness of the film is not uniform and it is severly altered with formation conditions. This study focused on developing an aluminum anodizing layer having hardness, corrosion resistance and abrasion resistance equivalent to a commercial grade protective layer. Aluminum anodizing layer was produced by two-step aluminum anodizing oxide (AAO) process with different sulfuric acid concentrations, and the cavitation characteristics of the anodized coating layer was investigated. In hardness measurement, the anodized coating layer produced with 15 vol.% of sulfuric acid condition had the highest value of hardness but exhibited poor cavitation resistance due to being more brittle than those with other conditions. The 10 vol.% of sulfuric acid condition was thus considered to be the optimum condition as it had the lowest weight loss and damage depth.

  4. Effect of anodization on corrosion behaviour and biocompatibility of Cp-titanium in simulated body fluid

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    Archana Singh; B P Singh; Mohan R Wani; Dinesh Kumar; J K Singh; Vakil Singh

    2013-10-01

    The objective of this investigation is to study the effectiveness of anodized surface of commercial purity titanium (Cp-Ti) on its corrosion behaviour in simulated body fluid (SBF) and proliferation of osteoblast cells on it, to assess its potentiality as a process of surface modification in enhancing corrosion resistance and osseointegration of dental implants. Highly ordered nano-porous oxide layer, with nano-sized pores, is developed on the surface of Cp-Ti through electrochemical anodization in the electrolyte of aqueous solution of 0.5% HF at 15 V for 30 min at 24 °C. The nano-porous feature of the anodized surface is characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM). Pores of some anodized samples are sealed by exposing the anodized surface in boiling water. Corrosion behaviour of the anodized specimen is studied in Ringer’s solution at 30 ± 2 °C, using electrochemical impedance and cyclic polarization technique. Biocompatibility of the anodized surface is accessed using MG63 osteoblast cells. Both corrosion as well as pitting resistance of Cp-Ti in simulated body fluid are found to be highest in the anodized and sealed condition and followed in decreasing order by those of anodized and unanodized ones. Significantly higher MG63 osteoblast cell proliferations are found on the anodized surface than that on the unanodized one. Anodized Cp-Ti develops nano-size surface pores, like that of natural bone. It enhances corrosion and pitting resistance and also the process of osteoblast cell proliferation on Cp-Ti.

  5. Interfacial studies of chemical-vapor-infiltrated ceramic matrix composites

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    Brennan, J.J. (United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, CT (USA))

    1990-06-15

    The objective of this program was to investigate the fiber-matrix interfacial chemistry in chemical-vapor-infiltrated SiC matrix composites utilizing NICALON SiC and Nextel 400 mullite fibers and how this interface influences composite properties such as strength, toughness and environmental stability. The SiC matrix was deposited using three different reactants: methyldichlorosilane, methyltrichlorosilane and dimethyldichlorosilane. It was found that by varying the reactant gas flow rates, the ratio of carrier gas to reactant gas, the type of carrier gas (hydrogen or argon), the flushing gas used in the reactor prior to deposition (hydrogen or argon) or the type of silane reactant gas used, the composition of the deposited SiC could be varied from very silicon rich (75 at.%) to carbon rich (60%) to almost pure carbon. Stoichiometric SiC was found to bond very strongly to both NICALON and Nextel fibers, resulting in a weak and brittle composite. A thin carbon interfacial layer deposited either deliberately by the decomposition of methane or inadvertently by the introduction of argon into the reactor prior to silane flow resulted in a weakly bonded fiber-matrix interface and strong and tough composites. However, composites with this type of interface were not oxidatively stable. Preliminary results point ot the use of a carbon-rich SiC (mixture of carbon plus SiC) interfacial zone to achieve a relatively weak, crack-deflecting fiber-matrix bond but also exhibiting oxidative stability. (orig.).

  6. Interfacial Shear Strength of Oxide Scale and SS 441 Substrate

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    Liu, Wenning; Sun, Xin; Stephens, Elizabeth; Khaleel, Moe

    2011-05-01

    Recent developments on decreasing the operating temperature for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have enabled the use of high-temperature ferritic alloys as interconnect materials. Oxide scale will inevitably grow on the ferritic interconnects in a high-temperature oxidation environment of SOFCs. The growth of the oxide scale induces growth stresses in the scale layer and on the scale/substrate interface. These growth stresses combined with the thermal stresses induced after stacking cooling by the thermal expansion coefficient mismatch between the oxide scale and the substrate may lead to scale delamination/buckling and eventual spallation, which may lead to serious cell performance degradation. Hence, the interfacial adhesion strength between the oxide scale and the substrate is crucial to the reliability and durability of the metallic interconnect in SOFC operating environments. In this article, we applied an integrated experimental/modeling methodology to quantify the interfacial adhesion strength between the oxide scale and the SS 441 metallic interconnect. The predicted interfacial strength is discussed in detail.

  7. Interfacial Shear Strength of Oxide Scale and SS 441 Substrate

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    Liu, Wenning N.; Sun, Xin; Stephens, Elizabeth V.; Khaleel, Mohammad A.

    2011-05-01

    Recent developments on decreasing the operating temperature for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) have enabled the use of high temperature ferritic alloys as interconnect materials. Oxide scale will inevitably grow on the ferritic interconnects in a high temperature oxidation environment of SOFCs. The growth of the oxide scale induces growth stresses in the scale layer and on the scale/substrate interface. These growth stresses combined with the thermal stresses induced upon stacking cooling by the thermal expansion coefficient mismatch between the oxide scale and the substrate may lead to scale delamination/buckling and eventual spallation, which may lead to serious cell performance degradation. Hence the interfacial adhesion strength between the oxide scale and the substrate is crucial to the reliability and durability of the metallic interconnect in SOFC operating environments. In this paper, we applied an integrated experimental/modeling methodology to quantify the interfacial adhesion strength between the oxide scale and the SS 441 metallic interconnect. The predicted interfacial strength is discussed in details.

  8. Numerical simulation of interfacial reaction between titanium and zirconia

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    Liu Aihui

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Based on the conservation laws of energy and mass, and taking into account the effect of chemical reaction between liquid titanium and zirconia ceramic mold on the concentration field and the temperature field, a comprehensive mathematical model for numerical simulation of heat and mass transfer has been established to study the interfacial reaction between liquid Ti and ZrO2 ceramic mold. With the proposed model, numerical simulations were preformed to investigate the effects of pouring temperature and holding time on the oxygen concentrations and reactive layer thickness in metal. The results showed that both the oxygen concentration and the thickness of reactive layer in metal increase with the increase of the holding time and the pouring temperature. The development of reactive layer thickness with time consists of three stages: inoculation (0-1 s, linear increase (1-5 s and parabolic increase (after 5 s.

  9. Interfacial instabilities in vibrated fluids

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    Porter, Jeff; Laverón-Simavilla, Ana; Tinao Perez-Miravete, Ignacio; Fernandez Fraile, Jose Javier

    2016-07-01

    Vibrations induce a range of different interfacial phenomena in fluid systems depending on the frequency and orientation of the forcing. With gravity, (large) interfaces are approximately flat and there is a qualitative difference between vertical and horizontal forcing. Sufficient vertical forcing produces subharmonic standing waves (Faraday waves) that extend over the whole interface. Horizontal forcing can excite both localized and extended interfacial phenomena. The vibrating solid boundaries act as wavemakers to excite traveling waves (or sloshing modes at low frequencies) but they also drive evanescent bulk modes whose oscillatory pressure gradient can parametrically excite subharmonic surface waves like cross-waves. Depending on the magnitude of the damping and the aspect ratio of the container, these locally generated surfaces waves may interact in the interior resulting in temporal modulation and other complex dynamics. In the case where the interface separates two fluids of different density in, for example, a rectangular container, the mass transfer due to vertical motion near the endwalls requires a counterflow in the interior region that can lead to a Kelvin-Helmholtz type instability and a ``frozen wave" pattern. In microgravity, the dominance of surface forces favors non-flat equilibrium configurations and the distinction between vertical and horizontal applied forcing can be lost. Hysteresis and multiplicity of solutions are more common, especially in non-wetting systems where disconnected (partial) volumes of fluid can be established. Furthermore, the vibrational field contributes a dynamic pressure term that competes with surface tension to select the (time averaged) shape of the surface. These new (quasi-static) surface configurations, known as vibroequilibria, can differ substantially from the hydrostatic state. There is a tendency for the interface to orient perpendicular to the vibrational axis and, in some cases, a bulge or cavity is induced

  10. Enhanced corrosion resistance and biocompatibility of β-type Ti–25Nb–25Zr alloy by electrochemical anodization

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    Huang, Her-Hsiung [Department of Dentistry, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, 112 Taiwan (China); Graduate Institute of Basic Medical Science, China Medical University, Taichung, 404 Taiwan (China); Department of Biomedical Informatics, Asia University, Taichung, 413 Taiwan (China); Department of Stomatology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, 112 Taiwan (China); Wu, Chia-Ping; Sun, Ying-Sui; Huang, Hsun-Miao [Institute of Oral Biology, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, 112 Taiwan (China); Lee, Tzu-Hsin, E-mail: biomaterials@hotmail.com [School of Dentistry, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, 402 Taiwan (China); Oral Medicine Center, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital, Taichung, 402 Taiwan (China)

    2013-12-31

    The biocompatibility of implants is largely determined by their surface characteristics. This study presents a novel method for performing electrochemical anodization on β-type Ti–25Nb–25Zr alloy with a low elastic modulus (approximately 70 GPa). This method results in a thin hybrid layer capable of enhancing the surface characteristics of the implants. We investigated the surface topography and microstructure of the resulting Ti–25Nb–25Zr alloy. The corrosion resistance was evaluated using potentiodynamic polarization curve measurements in simulated body fluid. The cytotoxicity was evaluated according to International Organization for Standardization 10993–5 specification. Cell adhesion of human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells on the test specimens was observed using scanning electron microscopy and fluorescence microscopy. The anodization produced a thin (approximately 40 nm-thick) hybrid oxide layer with a nanoporous outer sublayer (pore size < 15 nm) and a dense inner layer. The thin hybrid oxide layer increased the corrosion resistance of the Ti–25Nb–25Zr alloy by increasing the corrosion potential and decreasing both the corrosion rate and passive current. Ti–25Nb–25Zr alloys with and without anodization treatment were non-toxic. Surface nanotopography on the anodized Ti–25Nb–25Zr alloy enhanced protein adsorption and cell adhesion. Our results demonstrate that electrochemical anodization increases the corrosion resistance and cell adhesion of β-type Ti–25Nb–25Zr alloy while providing a lower elastic modulus suitable for implant applications. - Highlights: • An electrochemical anodization was applied to β-type Ti–25Nb–25Zr alloy surface. • Anodized surface had nanoscale hybrid oxide layer. • Anodized surface increased corrosion resistance due to dense inner sublayer. • Anodized surface enhanced cell adhesion due to nanoporous outer sublayer. • Electrochemical anodization has potential as implant surface treatment.

  11. Single-step direct fabrication of pillar-on-pore hybrid nanostructures in anodizing aluminum for superior superhydrophobic efficiency.

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    Jeong, Chanyoung; Choi, Chang-Hwan

    2012-02-01

    Conventional electrochemical anodizing processes of metals such as aluminum typically produce planar and homogeneous nanopore structures. If hydrophobically treated, such 2D planar and interconnected pore structures typically result in lower contact angle and larger contact angle hysteresis than 3D disconnected pillar structures and, hence, exhibit inferior superhydrophobic efficiency. In this study, we demonstrate for the first time that the anodizing parameters can be engineered to design novel pillar-on-pore (POP) hybrid nanostructures directly in a simple one-step fabrication process so that superior surface superhydrophobicity can also be realized effectively from the electrochemical anodization process. On the basis of the characteristic of forming a self-ordered porous morphology in a hexagonal array, the modulation of anodizing voltage and duration enabled the formulation of the hybrid-type nanostructures having controlled pillar morphology on top of a porous layer in both mild and hard anodization modes. The hybrid nanostructures of the anodized metal oxide layer initially enhanced the surface hydrophilicity significantly (i.e., superhydrophilic). However, after a hydrophobic monolayer coating, such hybrid nanostructures then showed superior superhydrophobic nonwetting properties not attainable by the plain nanoporous surfaces produced by conventional anodization conditions. The well-regulated anodization process suggests that electrochemical anodizing can expand its usefulness and efficacy to render various metallic substrates with great superhydrophilicity or -hydrophobicity by directly realizing pillar-like structures on top of a self-ordered nanoporous array through a simple one-step fabrication procedure.

  12. Synthesis by anodic-spark deposition of Ca- and P-containing films on pure titanium and their biological response

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    Banakh, Oksana, E-mail: oksana.banakh@he-arc.ch [Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie (HES-SO), Eplatures-Grise 17, CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland); Journot, Tony; Gay, Pierre-Antoine; Matthey, Joël; Csefalvay, Catherine [Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie (HES-SO), Eplatures-Grise 17, CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland); Kalinichenko, Oleg [Ukrainian State University of Chemical Technology (SHEI), Gagarin av. 8, Dnepropetrovsk, UA-49005 (Ukraine); Sereda, Olha [Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), Rue Jaquet-Droz 1, CH-2000 Neuchâtel (Switzerland); Moussa, Mira; Durual, Stéphane [Laboratory of Biomaterials, University of Geneva, rue Barthelemy Menn 19, CH-1205 Geneva (Switzerland); Snizhko, Lyubov [Ukrainian State University of Chemical Technology (SHEI), Gagarin av. 8, Dnepropetrovsk, UA-49005 (Ukraine)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • ​CP-4 Ti was treated by anodic spark oxidation in the electrolyte containing Ca and P ions by varying process time and electrolyte concentration. • Ca/P ratio in layers is 0.23–0.47, much lower than in hydroxyapatites (1.67). It means coatings should be resorbable in a biological medium • After immersion in SBF, Ca and P content in layers decrease. Ca and P loss occurs faster in thin layers than in thicker coatings. • The biological response of the samples suggests their excellent biocompatibility and even stimulating effects on osteoblasts proliferation. - Abstract: The purpose of this work is to characterize the anodized layers formed on titanium by anodic-spark deposition in an electrolyte containing Ca and P ions, Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}, studied for the first time. The oxidation experiments were performed at different periods of time and using different concentrations of electrolyte. The influence of the process parameters (time of electrolysis and electrolyte concentration) on the surface morphology and chemical composition of the anodized layers was studied. It has been found that it is possible to incorporate Ca and P into the growing layer. A response of the anodized layers in a biological medium was evaluated by their immersion in a simulated body fluid. An enrichment of titanium and a simultaneous loss of calcium and phosphorus in the layer after immersion tests indicate that these coatings should be bioresorbable in a biological medium. Preliminary biological assays were performed on some anodized layers in order to assess their biocompatibility with osteoblast cells. The cell proliferation on one selected anodized sample was assessed up to 21 days after seeding. The preliminary results suggest excellent biocompatibility properties of anodized coatings.

  13. Pulsed laser deposited Si on multilayer graphene as anode material for lithium ion batteries

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    Gouri Radhakrishnan

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Pulsed laser deposition and chemical vapor deposition were used to deposit very thin silicon on multilayer graphene (MLG on a nickel foam substrate for application as an anode material for lithium ion batteries. The as-grown material was directly fabricated into an anode without a binder, and tested in a half-cell configuration. Even under stressful voltage limits that accelerate degradation, the Si-MLG films displayed higher stability than Si-only electrodes. Post-cycling images of the anodes reveal the differences between the two material systems and emphasize the role of the graphene layers in improving adhesion and electrochemical stability of the Si.

  14. High field matching effects in superconducting Nb porous arrays catalyzed from anodic alumina templates

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    Vinckx, W.; Vanacken, J.; Moshchalkov, V.V.;

    2007-01-01

    Vortex pinning in a superconducting Nb thin film deposited on an anodically grown alumina template is investigated. Anodic oxidation of aluminium layers permits under specific conditions the formation of highly ordered porous alumina, a membrane-like structure consisting of triangular arrays...... of parallel pores. Its pore diameter and interpore distance are set by careful tuning of the anodization parameters. A superconducting Nb thin film is deposited directly onto the alumina film. The porous alumina acts as a template and it allows Nb to form a periodic pinning array during its growth. Pinning...

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  16. Three-dimensional microstructure of high-performance pulsed-laser deposited Ni-YSZ SOFC anodes.

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    Kennouche, David; Hong, Jongsup; Noh, Ho-Sung; Son, Ji-Won; Barnett, Scott A

    2014-08-07

    The Ni-yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) anode functional layer in solid oxide fuel cells produced by pulsed laser-deposition was studied using three-dimensional tomography. Anode feature sizes of ~130 nm were quite small relative to typical anodes, but errors arising in imaging and segmentation were shown using a sensitivity analysis to be acceptable. Electrochemical characterization showed that these cells achieved a relatively high maximum power density of 1.4 W cm(-2) with low cell resistance at an operating temperature of 600 °C. The tomographic data showed anode three-phase boundary density of ~56 μm(-2), more than 10 times the value observed in conventional Ni-YSZ anodes. Anode polarization resistance values, predicted by combining the structural data and literature values of three-phase boundary resistance in an electrochemical model, were consistent with measured electrochemical impedance spectra, explaining the excellent intermediate-temperature performance of these cells.

  17. Tracer studies of anodic films formed on aluminium in malonic and oxalic acids

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    Garcia-Vergara, S.J. [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, The University of Manchester, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD (United Kingdom)], E-mail: s.garcia-vergara@manchester.ac.uk; Skeldon, P.; Thompson, G.E. [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, The University of Manchester, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD (United Kingdom); Habakaki, H. [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, N13-W8, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)

    2007-12-30

    Using a tungsten-containing layer, incorporated into sputtering-deposited aluminium, as a tracer, the growth of porous anodic films in malonic and oxalic acid electrolytes has been investigated using transmission electron microscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and nuclear reaction analysis. Comparisons were also made with films formed in phosphoric acid electrolyte, which have been studied previously. The findings reveal a distortion of the tracer layer within the barrier region of the porous films, evident as a lagging of the tracer beneath the pores relative to that in the adjacent cell wall region. Further, the films are significantly thicker than the layer of metal consumed during anodizing and display smooth-sided pores. The anodizing behaviours are consistent with a major role for field-assisted flow of film material within the barrier layer in the development of the pores.

  18. Thermally Nitrided Stainless Steels for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates: Part 2: Beneficial Modification of Passive Layer on AISI446

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    Wang, Heli [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Brady, Michael P [ORNL; More, Karren Leslie [ORNL; Meyer III, Harry M [ORNL; Turner, John [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

    2004-01-01

    Thermal nitridation of AISI446 mod-1 superferritic stainless steel for 24 h at 1100 C resulted in an adherent, inward growing surface layer based on (Cr, Fe){sub 2}N{sub 1-x} (x = 0--0.5). The layer was not continuous, and although it resulted in low interfacial contact resistance (ICR) and good corrosion resistance under simulated polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) cathodic conditions; poor corrosion resistance was observed under simulated anodic conditions. Nitridation for 2 h at 1100 C resulted in little nitrogen uptake and a tinted surface. Analysis by SEM, XPS, and AES suggested a complex heterogeneous modification of the native passive oxide film by nitrogen rather than the desired microns-thick exclusive Cr-rich nitride layer. Surprisingly, this modification resulted in both good corrosion resistance under simulated cathodic and anodic conditions and low ICR, well over an order of magnitude lower than the untreated alloy. Further, little increase in ICR was observed under passivating polarization conditions. The potential of this phenomenon for PEMFC bipolar plates is discussed.

  19. Interfacial adhesion for microelectronics and MEMS devices

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    Kennedy, Marian Siobhan

    2007-12-01

    test methods is not the same. Both test methods were used to test both reliability of metal-dielectrcs and the adhesion between metal-polymers and metal-metal interfaces. In Au/Si interfaces, competing mechanisms of stress corrosion cracking and diffusion control the evolution of interface toughness (Chapter 6). A separate study of roughness using W/Si showed quantitatively that increasing the surface area fraction of the well adhered layers increases the interfacial fracture energy (Chapter 7). For polymer-metal interfaces, the control of surface contaminants affected adhesion much more than metal-dielectric interfaces (Chapter 8).

  20. Biocatalytic anode for glucose oxidation utilizing carbon nanotubes for direct electron transfer with glucose oxidase

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    Vaze, Abhay; Hussain, Nighat; Tang, Chi [Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3060 (United States); Leech, Donal [School of Chemistry, National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland); Rusling, James [Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3060 (United States); Department of Cell Biology, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT 06032 (United States); School of Chemistry, National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)

    2009-10-15

    Covalently linked layers of glucose oxidase, single-wall carbon nanotubes and poly-L-lysine on pyrolytic graphite resulted in a stable biofuel cell anode featuring direct electron transfer from the enzyme. Catalytic response observed upon addition of glucose was due to electrochemical oxidation of FADH{sub 2} under aerobic conditions. The electrode potential depended on glucose concentration. This system has essential attributes of an anode in a mediator-free biocatalytic fuel cell. (author)

  1. Interfacial instabilities and Kapitsa pendula

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    Krieger, Madison

    2015-11-01

    Determining the critera for onset and amplitude growth of instabilities is one of the central problems of fluid mechanics. We develop a parallel between the Kapitsa effect, in which a pendulum subject to high-frequency low-amplitude vibrations becomes stable in the inverted position, and interfaces separating fluids of different density. It has long been known that such interfaces can be stabilized by vibrations, even when the denser fluid is on top. We demonstrate that the stability diagram for these fluid interfaces is identical to the stability diagram for an appopriate Kapitsa pendulum. We expand the robust, ``dictionary''-type relationship between Kapitsa pendula and interfacial instabilities by considering the classical Rayleigh-Taylor, Kelvin-Helmholtz and Plateau instabilities, as well as less-canonical examples ranging in scale from the micron to the width of a galaxy.

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

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

    2015-01-01

    -alkali carbonate slurry. Electrochemical testing, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), with and without the Ni-YSZ layer highlighted the promotional effect of the Ni-YSZ anode layer, and revealed the contributions of Ni/NiO, and potentially K/K2O, redox couple(s). Treated...

  3. Improved ceramic anodes for SOFCs with modified electrode/electrolyte interface

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    Abdul Jabbar, Mohammed Hussain; Høgh, Jens Valdemar Thorvald; Zhang, Wei

    2012-01-01

    The electrode performance of solid oxide fuel cell anode with Pd nanoparticles at the interface of ScYSZ electrolyte and Sr0.94Ti0.9Nb0.1O3 (STN) electrode introduced in the form of metal functional layer have been investigated at temperatures below 600 °C. A metal functional layer consisting of ...

  4. Fermi level de-pinning of aluminium contacts to n-type germanium using thin atomic layer deposited layers

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    Gajula, D. R., E-mail: dgajula01@qub.ac.uk; Baine, P.; Armstrong, B. M.; McNeill, D. W. [School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queen' s University Belfast, Ashby Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AH (United Kingdom); Modreanu, M.; Hurley, P. K. [Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Lee Maltings, Cork (Ireland)

    2014-01-06

    Fermi-level pinning of aluminium on n-type germanium (n-Ge) was reduced by insertion of a thin interfacial dielectric by atomic layer deposition. The barrier height for aluminium contacts on n-Ge was reduced from 0.7 eV to a value of 0.28 eV for a thin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interfacial layer (∼2.8 nm). For diodes with an Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} interfacial layer, the contact resistance started to increase for layer thicknesses above 2.8 nm. For diodes with a HfO{sub 2} interfacial layer, the barrier height was also reduced but the contact resistance increased dramatically for layer thicknesses above 1.5 nm.

  5. Interfacial studies of chemical-vapor-infiltrated (CVI) ceramic matrix composites. Final report

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    Brennan, J.J.

    1990-03-31

    The objective of this program was to investigate the fiber/matrix interfacial chemistry in CVI SiC matrix composites utilizing Nicalon SiC and Nextel 440 mullite fibers and to determine how this interface influences composite properties such as strength, toughness, and environmental stability. The SiC matrix was deposited using three different reactants; methyldichlorosilane (MDS), methyltrichlorosilane (MTS), and dimethyldichlorosilane (DMDS). The fiber/matrix interface was tailored by means of introducing a carbon, BN, or carbon rich SiC interfacial layer. It was found that applying a carbon interfacial layer to either NICALON or Nextel 440 fibers prior to deposition of SiC resulted in a weakly bonded interface that imparted toughness to CVI matrix composite through its ability to deflect matrix cracks. This carbon layer can be applied either deliberately by the decomposition of methane or by utilizing an argon flushing gas in the reactor that apparently interrupted the normal deposition of SiC from silane precursors and instead allowed carbon to deposit. It was found that this carbon interfacial layer, no matter how it was deposited, was not oxidatively stable at elevated temperatures, leading to severe degradation of composite properties.

  6. STUDY OF ANODIC OVERVOLTAGE IN NEODYMIUM ELECTROLYSIS

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    K.R. Liu; J.S. Chen; Q. Han; X.J. Wei

    2003-01-01

    The anodic overvoltage of neodymium electrolysis was determined by slow scanning oscillogram. The effects of some factors, i.e. the temperature, the anodic current density, the concentration of Nd2O3 and the components of the electrolyte were investigated and the approaches to decrease the anodic overvoltage were also discussed. The results show that the anodic overvoltage increases with the anodic current density and decreases with the increasing temperature. The linear relation between the anodic overvoltage and the current density corresponding to Tafel equation is determined to some extent. The anodic overvoltage decreases with the increasing concentrations of LiF and NdF3. It also decreases by controlling the anodic current density properly, increasing the temperature or the concentrations of LiF and NdF3 and the reducing polar distance.

  7. DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGY FOR ANODE BALL PRODUCTION

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    G. V. Kozhevnikova

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Technology of copper anode balls manufacturing by means of cross-wedge rolling method is developed. The technology satisfies the requirements towards anode balls’ crystalline structure, form and geometrical dimensions accuracy.

  8. Interfacial reaction between the oxidized SiC particles and Al-Mg alloys

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    2001-01-01

    The interfacial reactions of oxidized SiC particles reinforced Al-Mg matrix composites were investigated by the field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE- SEM), TEM and X-ray diffraction. It was found that the nanoscale MgO forms initially due to the interfacial reaction, then whether it reacts with molten Al continuously or not depends on the content of Mg in the matrix and its covering densification at the surface of particles. When there is not enough Mg in the matrix for the formation of dense MgO layer, MgO will transform into MgAl2O4 crystal owing to the continuous reaction with SiO2 and molten Al. When dense MgO layer forms at the surface of the particles due to the affluence of Mg for the initial reaction, it will protect the inner SiC from the attack of molten Al. However, the reaction products of both MgO and MgAl2O4 are thermo-stable phases at the surface of the particles under high temperature. The results clarify the interfacial reaction route and they are of great value to the control of the interfacial reactions and their interfacial design of the composites.

  9. An experimental investigation of the interfacial condensation heat transfer in steam/water countercurrent stratified flow in a horizontal pipe

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    Chu, In Cheol; Yu, Seon Oh; Chun, Moon Hyun [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Byong Sup; Kim, Yang Seok; Kim, In Hwan; Lee, Sang Won [Korea Electric Power Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1998-12-31

    An interfacial condensation heat transfer phenomenon in a steam/water countercurrent stratified flow in a nearly horizontal pipe has been experimentally investigated. The present study has been focused on the measurement of the temperature and velocity distributions within the water layer. In particular, the water layer thickness used in the present work is large enough so that the turbulent mixing is limited and the thermal stratification is established. As a result, the thermal resistance of the water layer to the condensation heat transfer is increased significantly. An empirical correlation of the interfacial condensation heat transfer has been developed. The present correlation agrees with the data within {+-} 15%. 5 refs., 6 figs. (Author)

  10. Surface characteristics and electrochemical corrosion behavior of a pre-anodized microarc oxidation coating on titanium alloy.

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    Cui, W F; Jin, L; Zhou, L

    2013-10-01

    A porous bioactive titania coating on biomedical β titanium alloy was prepared by pre-anodization followed by micro arc oxidation technology. The effects of pre-anodization on the phase constituent, morphology and electrochemical corrosion behavior of the microarc oxidation coating were investigated. The results show that pre-anodization has less influence on the phase constituent and the surface morphology of the microarc oxidation coating, but improves the inner layer density of the microarc oxidation coating. The decrease of plasma discharge strength due to the presence of the pre-anodized oxide film contributes to the formation of the compact inner layer. The pre-anodized microarc oxidation coating effectively inhibits the penetration of the electrolyte in 0.9% NaCl solution and thus increases the corrosion resistance of the coated titanium alloy in physiological solution.

  11. Anodic slimes formation in copper electrowinning

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    Ipinza, J.

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available The slime formation in acidic electrolytes of copper with several metallic impurities has been studied. On Pb-Ca-Sn anode surface firstly the formation of PbSO4 takes place, then, it is transformed in PbO2, which covers the anode surface. It was experimentally established the formation of a manganese dioxide double layer at the anode. This layer was always composed of a thick external layer of non-adhering and easily removable scales, and of a thin internal layer, which adheres relatively well to the surface of the electrode. It was found that the manganese dioxide present in the slime is of different nature: a non-adhering layer produced by electrolysis (ε-MnO2 on the PbO2 surface and a pure chemical precipitate in the solution (β- MnO2. Lead sulfate was found on the β-MnO2layer when iron was in the electrolyte. When arsenic or antimony was present in the electrolyte, the slime was lead sulfate and amorphous compounds of those ions. Slime of Chilean electrowinning (EW plants is also discussed.

    Se estudió la formación de borras anódicas debido a la presencia de varias impurezas metálicas en electrólitos de cobre. Sobre la superficie de un ánodo de Pb-Ca-Sn se forma primero PbSO4 y luego se transforma en PbO2, el cual cubre la superficie del ánodo. Se estableció experimentalmente la formación de una doble capa de dióxido de manganeso en el ánodo. Esta estuvo siempre compuesta por una capa externa gruesa, no adherente y de fácil remoción, y otra interna delgada y adherida a la superficie del electrodo. Se encontró que los óxidos de manganeso en las borras eran de distinta naturaleza: una capa no adherente producida por electrólisis sobre la superficie de PbO2 (ε-MnO2 y una producida sólo por precipitación química en la solución (β-MnO2. A1 existir hierro en el electrólito se encontró sulfato de

  12. Interfacial Refraction Through Curved and Plane-Layered Media

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    Kehoe, A.B.

    2001-07-17

    Two laser beam tracing codes, AXIAL and CYLINDER, have been written to determine a laser beam path through plane and cylindrical interfaces. For cylindrical interfaces, an equation set was derived which describes the path of the laser beam. For plane interfaces, it was not possible to derive a single equation set. Instead, it was necessary to divide the domain up into small elements or regions. The laser beam path was then determined by calculating the path of the laser beam through each region. AXIAL and CYLINDER can be used to determine where an LDA should be positioned so that velocity measurements can be made at a specified point.

  13. The Microstructure and Capacitance Characterizations of Anodic Titanium Based Alloy Oxide Nanotube

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    Po Chun Chen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a simple anodization process to fabricate ordered nanotubes (NTs of titanium and its alloys (Ti-Mo and Ti-Ta. TiO2, MoO3, and Ta2O5 are high dielectric constant materials for ultracapacitor application. The anodic titanium oxide contains a compact layer on the NT film and a barrier layer under the NT film. However, the microstructure of oxide films formed by anodic Ti-Mo and Ti-Ta alloys contains six layers, including a continuous compact layer, a continuous partial porous layer, a porous layer, a net layer, an ordering NT film, and an ordering compact barrier layer. There are extra layers, which are a partial porous layer and a porous layer, not presented on the TiO2 NT film. In this paper, we fabricated very high surface area ordered nanotubes from Ti and its alloys. Based on the differences of alloys elements and compositions, we investigated and calculated the specific capacitance of these alloys oxide nanotubes.

  14. Anodic oxide growth on Zr in neutral aqueous solution

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    Z Tun; J J Noël; D W Shoesmith

    2008-10-01

    Anodization and subsequent cathodic reactions on a thin-film sample of Zr were studied with in-situ neutron reflectometry (NR) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The NR results during anodization showed the originally 485 Å thick Zr film generally behaved similar to a bulk electrode in neutral solution. The anodization ratio measured at applied potentials increased in steps of 0.5 V was somewhat higher than the value determined by coulometry, while the Pilling Bedworth ratio is in good agreement with published data. Thickening of the oxide layer, accelerated immediately after each potential increase, gradually decreased over several hours, but remained non-zero even after ∼ 12 h. The thickened oxide eventually cracked when its thickness reached ∼ 120 Å, causing loss of passivation. Surprisingly, neither the anodization ratio nor the Pilling Bedworth ratio showed any discontinuity at the time of oxide cracking, and the EIS behaviour remained qualitatively as before. This observation is taken as the evidence that the cracked and intact regions of the electrode behave more or less independently as parallel electrodes. When the potential was eventually switched to cathodic polarity, NR shows, as expected, that the effects of oxide cracking were irreversible. However, the electrode resistance recovered partially suggesting the cracks were rapidly plugged with newly formed oxide.

  15. Control of interfacial intermetallic compounds in Fe–Al joining by Zn addition

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    Yang, J. [Key Laboratory of Robot and Welding Automation of Jiangxi Province, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi 330031 (China); Center for Advanced Materials Joining, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada); Li, Y.L., E-mail: liyulong1112ster@gmail.com [Key Laboratory of Robot and Welding Automation of Jiangxi Province, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi 330031 (China); Zhang, H. [Key Laboratory of Robot and Welding Automation of Jiangxi Province, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi 330031 (China); Guo, W. [Center for Advanced Materials Joining, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada); School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191 (China); Zhou, Y. [Center for Advanced Materials Joining, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada)

    2015-10-01

    By Zn addition to the fusion zone, the interfacial intermetallic compounds (IMCs) of laser Al/steel joint changed from layered Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5} and needle-like FeAl{sub 3} to layered Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5−x}Zn{sub x} and dispersed FeZn{sub 10} with minor Al-rich amorphous phase. This resulted in an improvement in the joint strength and the change of failure mode.

  16. Interfacial shear rheology of DPPC under physiologically relevant conditions.

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    Hermans, Eline; Vermant, Jan

    2014-01-07

    Lipids, and phosphatidylcholines in particular, are major components in cell membranes and in human lung surfactant. Their ability to encapsulate or form stable layers suggests a significant role of the interfacial rheological properties. In the present work we focus on the surface rheological properties of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC). Literature results are confusing and even contradictory; viscosity values have been reported differ by several orders of magnitude. Moreover, even both purely viscous and gel-like behaviours have been described. Assessing the literature critically, a limited experimental window has been explored correctly, which however does not yet include conditions relevant for the physiological state of DPPC in vivo. A complete temperature and surface pressure analysis of the interfacial shear rheology of DPPC is performed, showing that the monolayer behaves as a viscoelastic liquid with a domain structure. At low frequencies and for a thermally structured monolayer, the interaction of the molecules within the domains can be probed. The low frequency limit of the complex viscosity is measured over a wide range of temperatures and surface pressures. The effects of temperature and surface pressure on the low frequency viscosity can be analysed in terms of the effects of free molecular area. However, at higher frequencies or following a preshear at high shear rates, elasticity becomes important; most probably elasticity due to defects at the edge of the domains in the layer is probed. Preshearing refines the structure and induces more defects. As a result, disagreeing interfacial rheology results in various publications might be due to different pre-treatments of the interface. The obtained dataset and scaling laws enable us to describe the surface viscosity, and its dependence under physiological conditions of DPPC. The implications on functioning of lung surfactants and lung surfactant replacements will be discussed.

  17. Extended propagation model for interfacial crack in composite material structure

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    闫相桥; 冯希金

    2002-01-01

    An interfacial crack is a common damage in a composite material structure . An extended propaga-tion model has been established for an interfacial crack to study the dependence of crack growth on the relativesizes of energy release rates at left and right crack tips and the properties of interfacial material characterize thegrowth of interfacial crack better.

  18. Interfacial exchange coupling induced anomalous anisotropic magnetoresistance in epitaxial γ'-Fe₄N/CoN bilayers.

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    Li, Zirun; Mi, Wenbo; Wang, Xiaocha; Zhang, Xixiang

    2015-02-18

    Anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR) of the facing-target reactively sputtered epitaxial γ'-Fe4N/CoN bilayers is investigated. The phase shift and rectangular-like AMR appears at low temperatures, which can be ascribed to the interfacial exchange coupling. The phase shift comes from the exchange bias (EB) that makes the magnetization lag behind a small field. When the γ'-Fe4N thickness increases, the rectangular-like AMR appears. The rectangular-like AMR should be from the combined contributions including the EB-induced unidirectional anisotropy, intrinsic AMR of γ'-Fe4N layer and interfacial spin scattering.

  19. Integral equation for the interfacial tension of liquid metal in contact with ionic melt

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    Kobelev, O A; Kobelev, Oleg A.; Kobelev, Alexandr V.

    2004-01-01

    The closed integral equations for the interfacial tension as a function of external polarization at the liquid metal - ionic melt interface are derived. The version of Popel'-Pavlov isotherm is applied to the analysis of electrocapillary curves (ecc), i.e. the dependences of interfacial tension on electrode potential. The interaction between adsorbed particles is taken into account within 'two exchange parameters' approximation. The type of the distribution of electric potential in the double electric layer (del) is assumed to be like 'in series connected capacitors'. The methods of solution are proposed for the analysis of the experimental ecc's.

  20. Miscibility–dispersion, interfacial strength and nanoclay mobility relationships in polymer nanocomposites

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    Carretero-González, Javier

    2009-01-01

    Fully dispersed layered silicate nanoparticles (nanoclay) in a polymer matrix have provided a new class of multi-functional materials exhibiting several performance improvements over conventional composites. Yet the challenges of miscibility and interfacial strength might prevent nanocomposites from realizing their full potential. In this paper we demonstrate the effect of the chemical characteristics of the nanoclay on the miscibility and dispersion in the polymer matrix as well as on the interfacial strength of the bound polymer and the nanoclay mobility, all of which determine the macroscopic properties of the nanocomposite. © 2009 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  1. Microfluidic destabilization of viscous stratifications: Interfacial waves and droplets

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    Hu, Xiaoyi; Cubaud, Thomas

    2016-11-01

    Microfluidic two-fluid flows with large differences in viscosity are experimentally investigated to examine the role of fluid properties on hydrodynamic destabilization processes at the small scale. Two- and three-layer flow configurations are systematically studied in straight square microchannels using miscible and immiscible fluid pairs. We focus our attention on symmetric three-layer stratifications with a fast central stream made of low-viscosity fluid and a slow sheath flow composed of high-viscosity fluid. We quantify the influence of the capillary and the Reynolds numbers on the formation and evolution of droplets and wavy stratifications. Several functional relationships are developed for the morphology and dynamics of droplets and interfacial waves including size, celerity and frequency. In the wavy stratification regime, the formation and entrainment of thin viscous ligaments from wave crests display a rich variety of dynamics either in the presence or in the absence of interfacial tension between liquids. This work is supported by NSF (CBET-1150389).

  2. Anode purge strategy optimization of the polymer electrode membrane fuel cell system under the dead-end anode operation

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    Hu, Zhe; Yu, Yi; Wang, Guangjin; Chen, Xuesong; Chen, Pei; Chen, Jun; Zhou, Su

    2016-07-01

    Dead-ended anode (DEA) mode is commonly applied in fuel cell vehicles for the hydrogen purge at the anode side, to reduce fuel waste and enhance fuel cell efficiency. Anode purge is necessary and is definitely important with respect to removing liquid water and accumulated nitrogen in the gas diffusion layer and the flow field of the DEA-mode fuel cell. In this paper, the effect of different purge strategies on the stack performance and system efficiency is investigated experimentally using fast data acquisition and advanced tools, such as the fast cell voltage measurement (CVM) system and the mass spectrum. From the fast data acquisition, the voltage stability, liquid water and nitrogen concentration measurement in the anode exhaust are compared and analyzed under different purge strategy designs and using different purge valves. The results show that under the optimal purge strategy, the DEA fuel cell stack can achieve the desired stability and system efficiency based on the analysis of the cell voltage and purge volume. Moreover, the diameter of the purge valve has a great impact on the voltage stability because a diameter change will result in a different pressure drop and purge volume when the purge valve is open.

  3. Effect of a direct magnetic field on the interfacial microstructure between molten aluminium and solid iron

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    HAN Yi; BAN Chun-yan; BA Qi-xian; GUO Shi-jie; WANG Shu-han; CUI Jian-zhong

    2006-01-01

    Effect of a direct magnetic field on the interfacial microstructure between molten alurninium and solid iron was studied. The intermetallic phases formed in the intermetallic layers were investigated by means of electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was found that the DC magnetic field can reduce the average thickness of the intermetallic layer and the average aluminium content in the intermetallic layer. Moreover, the intermetallic phases formed in the intermetallic layers are identified as Al3Fe and Al5Fe2 in the absence of the DC magnetic field, while only Al5Fe2 phase present in the presence of the DC magnetic field.

  4. Atomic and Molecular Layer Deposition for Enhanced Lithium Ion Battery Electrodes and Development of Conductive Metal Oxide/Carbon Composites

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    Travis, Jonathan

    The performance and safety of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are dependent on interfacial processes at the positive and negative electrodes. For example, the surface layers that form on cathodes and anodes are known to affect the kinetics and capacity of LIBs. Interfacial reactions between the electrolyte and the electrodes are also known to initiate electrolyte combustion during thermal runaway events that compromise battery safety. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) and molecular layer deposition (MLD) are thin film deposition techniques based on sequential, self-limiting surface reactions. ALD and MLD can deposit ultrathin and conformal films on high aspect ratio and porous substrates such as composite particulate electrodes in lithium-ion batteries. The effects of electrode surface modification via ALD and MLD are studied using a variety of techniques. It was found that sub-nm thick coatings of Al2O 3 deposited via ALD have beneficial effects on the stability of LIB anodes and cathodes. These same Al2O3 ALD films were found to improve the safety of graphite based anodes through prevention of exothermic solid electrolyte interface (SEI) degradation at elevated temperatures. Ultrathin and conformal metal alkoxide polymer films known as "metalcones" were grown utilizing MLD techniques with trimethylaluminum (TMA) or titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and organic diols or triols, such as ethylene glycol (EG), glycerol (GL) or hydroquinone (HQ), as the reactants. Pyrolysis of these metalcone films under inert gas conditions led to the development of conductive metal oxide/carbon composites. The composites were found to contain sp2 carbon using micro-Raman spectroscopy in the pyrolyzed films with pyrolysis temperatures ≥ 600°C. Four point probe measurements demonstrated that the graphitic sp2 carbon domains in the metalcone films grown using GL and HQ led to significant conductivity. The pyrolysis of conformal MLD films to obtain conductive metal oxide/carbon composite films

  5. Effect of aluminum anodizing in phosphoric acid electrolyte on adhesion strength and thermal performance

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    Lee, Sulki; Kim, Donghyun; Kim, Yonghwan; Jung, Uoochang; Chung, Wonsub

    2016-01-01

    This study examined the adhesive bond strength and thermal performance of the anodized aluminum 6061 in phosphoric acid electrolyte to improve the adhesive bond strength and thermal performance for use in metal core printed circuit boards (MCPCB). The electrolyte temperature and applied voltage were altered to generate varied pore structures. The thickness, porosity and pore diameter of the anodized layer were measured. The pore morphologies were affected most by temperature, which was the driving force for ion transportation. The mechanism of adhesive bond was penetration of the epoxy into the pores. The optimal anodization conditions for maximum adhesive bond strength, 27 MPa, were 293 K and 100V. The maximum thermal conductivity of the epoxy-treated anodized layer was 1.6 W/m·K at 273 K. Compared with the epoxy-treated Al layer used for conventional MCPCBs, the epoxy-treated anodized layer showed advanced thermal performance due to a low difference of thermal resistance and high heat dissipation.

  6. Modeling interfacial fracture in Sierra.

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    Brown, Arthur A.; Ohashi, Yuki; Lu, Wei-Yang; Nelson, Stacy A. C.; Foulk, James W.,; Reedy, Earl David,; Austin, Kevin N.; Margolis, Stephen B.

    2013-09-01

    This report summarizes computational efforts to model interfacial fracture using cohesive zone models in the SIERRA/SolidMechanics (SIERRA/SM) finite element code. Cohesive surface elements were used to model crack initiation and propagation along predefined paths. Mesh convergence was observed with SIERRA/SM for numerous geometries. As the funding for this project came from the Advanced Simulation and Computing Verification and Validation (ASC V&V) focus area, considerable effort was spent performing verification and validation. Code verification was performed to compare code predictions to analytical solutions for simple three-element simulations as well as a higher-fidelity simulation of a double-cantilever beam. Parameter identification was conducted with Dakota using experimental results on asymmetric double-cantilever beam (ADCB) and end-notched-flexure (ENF) experiments conducted under Campaign-6 funding. Discretization convergence studies were also performed with respect to mesh size and time step and an optimization study was completed for mode II delamination using the ENF geometry. Throughout this verification process, numerous SIERRA/SM bugs were found and reported, all of which have been fixed, leading to over a 10-fold increase in convergence rates. Finally, mixed-mode flexure experiments were performed for validation. One of the unexplained issues encountered was material property variability for ostensibly the same composite material. Since the variability is not fully understood, it is difficult to accurately assess uncertainty when performing predictions.

  7. Interfacial gauge methods for incompressible fluid dynamics

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    Saye, Robert

    2016-01-01

    Designing numerical methods for incompressible fluid flow involving moving interfaces, for example, in the computational modeling of bubble dynamics, swimming organisms, or surface waves, presents challenges due to the coupling of interfacial forces with incompressibility constraints. A class of methods, denoted interfacial gauge methods, is introduced for computing solutions to the corresponding incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. These methods use a type of “gauge freedom” to reduce the...

  8. [Vernier Anode Design and Image Simulation].

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    Zhao, Ai-rong; Ni, Qi-liang; Song, Ke-fei

    2015-12-01

    Based-MCP position-sensitive anode photon-counting imaging detector is good at detecting extremely faint light, which includes micro-channel plate (MCP), position-sensitive anode and readout, and the performances of these detectors are mainly decided by the position-sensitive anode. As a charge division anode, Vernier anode using cyclically varying electrode areas which replaces the linearly varying electrodes of wedge-strip anode can get better resolution and greater electrode dynamic range. Simulation and design of the Vernier anode based on Vernier's decode principle are given here. Firstly, we introduce the decode and design principle of Vernier anode with nine electrodes in vector way, and get the design parameters which are the pitch, amplitude and the coarse wavelength of electrode. Secondly, we analyze the effect of every design parameters to the imaging of the detector. We simulate the electron cloud, the Vernier anode and the detector imaging using Labview software and get the relationship between the pitch and the coarse wavelength of the anode. Simultaneously, we get the corresponding electron cloud for the designing parameters. Based on the result of the simulation and the practical machining demand, a nine electrodes Vernier anode was designed and fabricated which has a pitch of 891 µm, insulation width of 25 µm, amplitude of 50 µm, coarse pixel numbers of 5.

  9. Interfacial Effects on Nanoscale Wrinkling in Gold-Covered Polystyrene.

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    Chapman, Craig T; Paci, Jeffrey T; Lee, Won-Kyu; Engel, Clifford J; Odom, Teri W; Schatz, George C

    2016-09-21

    Nanoscale wrinkling on the surfaces of polymer-based materials can be precisely controlled by depositing thin metal films of varying thicknesses. The deposition of these films fundamentally alters the mechanical properties of the substrates in ways that are not simply described using traditional continuum mechanical frameworks. In particular, we find, by modeling within a finite element analysis approach, that the very act of depositing a metal film may alter the Young's modulus of the polymer substrate to depths of up to a few hundred nanometers, creating a modified interfacial skin layer. We find that simulated wrinkle patterns reproduce the experimentally observed features only when the modulus of this surface layer varies by more than ∼500 nm and is described using a sigmoidal gradient multiplier.

  10. Electrocatalysis of carbon anode in aluminium electrolysis

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    2002-01-01

    The anodic overvoltage of the carbon anode in aluminum electrolysis isof the order of 0.6 V at normal current densities. However, it can be reduced somewhat by doping the anode carbon with various inorganic compounds. A new apparatus was designed to improve the precision of overvoltage measurements. Anodes were doped with MgAl2O4 and AlF3 both by impregnation of the coke and by adding powder, and the measured overvoltage was compared with that of undoped samples. For prebake type anodes baked at around 1150 oC, the anodic overvoltage was reduced by 40-60 mV, and for Soderberg type anodes, baked at 950 oC, by 60-80 mV.

  11. Effect of Atmospheric Ions on Interfacial Water

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    Chien-Chang Kurt Kung

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The effect of atmospheric positivity on the electrical properties of interfacial water was explored. Interfacial, or exclusion zone (EZ water was created in the standard way, next to a sheet of Nafion placed horizontally at the bottom of a water-filled chamber. Positive atmospheric ions were created from a high voltage source placed above the chamber. Electrical potential distribution in the interfacial water was measured using microelectrodes. We found that beyond a threshold, the positive ions diminished the magnitude of the negative electrical potential in the interfacial water, sometimes even turning it to positive. Additionally, positive ions produced by an air conditioner were observed to generate similar effects; i.e., the electrical potential shifted in the positive direction but returned to negative when the air conditioner stopped blowing. Sometimes, the effect of the positive ions from the air conditioner was strong enough to destroy the structure of interfacial water by turning the potential decidedly positive. Thus, positive air ions can compromise interfacial water negativity and may explain the known negative impact of positive ions on health.

  12. Interfacial area transport in bubbly flow

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    Ishii, M.; Wu, Q.; Revankar, S.T. [Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN (United States)] [and others

    1997-12-31

    In order to close the two-fluid model for two-phase flow analyses, the interfacial area concentration needs to be modeled as a constitutive relation. In this study, the focus was on the investigation of the interfacial area concentration transport phenomena, both theoretically and experimentally. The interfacial area concentration transport equation for air-water bubbly up-flow in a vertical pipe was developed, and the models for the source and sink terms were provided. The necessary parameters for the experimental studies were identified, including the local time-averaged void fraction, interfacial area concentration, bubble interfacial velocity, liquid velocity and turbulent intensity. Experiments were performed with air-water mixture at atmospheric pressure. Double-sensor conductivity probe and hot-film probe were employed to measure the identified parameters. With these experimental data, the preliminary model evaluation was carried out for the simplest form of the developed interfacial area transport equation, i.e., the one-dimensional transport equation.

  13. Adhesive strength of medical polymer on anodic oxide nanostructures fabricated on biomedical β-type titanium alloy.

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    Hieda, Junko; Niinomi, Mitsuo; Nakai, Masaaki; Cho, Ken; Mohri, Tomoyoshi; Hanawa, Takao

    2014-03-01

    Anodic oxide nanostructures (nanopores and nanotubes) were fabricated on a biomedical β-type titanium alloy, Ti-29Nb-13Ta-4.6Zr alloy (TNTZ), by anodization in order to improve the adhesive strength of a medical polymer, segmented polyurethane (SPU), to TNTZ. TNTZ was anodized in 1.0M H3PO4 solution with 0.5 mass% NaF using a direct-current power supply at a voltage of 20V. A nanoporous structure is formed on TNTZ in the first stage of anodization, and the formation of a nanotube structure occurs subsequently beneath the nanoporous structure. The nanostructures formed on TNTZ by anodization for less than 3,600s exhibit higher adhesive strengths than those formed at longer anodization times. The adhesive strength of the SPU coating on the nanoporous structure formed on top of TNTZ by anodization for 1,200s improves by 144% compared to that of the SPU coating on as-polished TNTZ with a mirror surface. The adhesive strength of the SPU coating on the nanotube structure formed on TNTZ by anodization for 3,600s increases by 50%. These improvements in the adhesive strength of SPU are the result of an anchor effect introduced by the nanostructures formed by anodization. Fracture occurs at the interface of the nanoporous structure and the SPU coating layer. In contrast, in the case that SPU coating has been performed on the nanotube structure, fracture occurs inside the nanotubes.

  14. Usage of Neural Network to Predict Aluminium Oxide Layer Thickness

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    2015-01-01

    This paper shows an influence of chemical composition of used electrolyte, such as amount of sulphuric acid in electrolyte, amount of aluminium cations in electrolyte and amount of oxalic acid in electrolyte, and operating parameters of process of anodic oxidation of aluminium such as the temperature of electrolyte, anodizing time, and voltage applied during anodizing process. The paper shows the influence of those parameters on the resulting thickness of aluminium oxide layer. The impact of...

  15. Effects of Anode Wettability and Slots on Anodic Bubble Behavior Using Transparent Aluminium Electrolytic Cells

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    Zhao, Zhibin; Gao, Bingliang; Feng, Yuqing; Huang, Yipeng; Wang, Zhaowen; Shi, Zhongning; Hu, Xianwei

    2017-02-01

    Transparent aluminum electrolytic cells were used to study the effects of anode wettability and slots on bubble behavior in a similar environment to that used in industrial cells. Observations were conducted using two types of transparent cells, one with side-observation and the other with a bottom-observation cell design. Anodic bubbles rising process in the side channel is strongly affected by the wettability of the anode. After rising a short distance, the bubbles detach from the anode vertical surface at good-wetting anode cases, while the bubbles still attach to the vertical surface at poor-wetting anode cases. Anode slots of width of 4 mm are able to prevent smaller bubbles from coalescing into larger bubbles and thus decrease the bubble size and gas coverage on the anode. Anode slots also make a contribution in slightly reducing bubble thickness. With the presence of slots, the bubble-induced cell voltage oscillation decreases as well.

  16. Fabrication and anodic polarization behavior of lead-based porous anodes in zinc electrowinning

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    2008-01-01

    A new type of lead-based porous anode in zinc electrowinning was prepared by negative pressure infiltration.The anodie polarization potential and corrosion rate were studied and compared with those of traditional fiat anodes (Pb-0.8%Ag) used in industry.The anode eorrosion rate was determined by anode actual current density and microstructure.The results show that the anodic oxygen evolution potential decreases first and then increases with the decrease of pore diameter.The anodic potential decreases to the lowest value of 1.729 V at the pore diameter of 1.25-1.60 mm.The porous anode can decrease its actual current density and thus decrease the anodic corrosion rate.When the pore diameter is 1.60-2.00 mm,the anodic relative corrosion rate reaches the lowest value of 52.1%.

  17. Interfacial functionalization and engineering of nanoparticles

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    Song, Yang

    also of the metal elements in the nanoparticle cores, in contrast to the bulk-exchange counterparts where these distributions were homogeneous within the nanoparticles, as manifested in contact angle, UV--vis, XPS, and TEM measurements. More interestingly, the electrocatalytic performance of the Janus nanoparticles was markedly better than the bulk-exchange ones, suggesting that the segregated distribution of the polar ligands from the apolar ones might further facilitate charge transfer from Ag to Au in the nanoparticle cores, leading to additional improvement of the adsorption and reduction of oxygen. This interfacial protocol was then adopted to prepare trimetallic Ag AuPt Neapolitan nanoparticles by two sequential galvanic exchange reactions of 1-hexanethiolate-capped silver nanoparticles with gold(I)-thiomalic acid and platinum(II)-hexanethiolate complexes. As both reactions were confined to an interface, the Au and Pt elements were situated on two opposite poles of the original Ag nanoparticles, which was clearly manifested in elemental mapping of the nanoparticles, and consistent with the damping and red-shift of the nanoparticle surface plasmon resonance. As nanoscale analogs to conventional amphiphilic molecules, the resulting Janus nanoparticles were found to form oil-in-water micelle-like or water-in-oil reverse micelle-like superparticulate structures depending on the solvent media. These unique characteristics were exploited for the effective transfer of diverse guest nanoparticles between organic and water phase. The transfer of hydrophobic nanoparticles from organic to water media or water-soluble nanoparticles to the organic phase was evidenced by TEM, DLS, UV-Vis, and PL measurements. In particular, line scans based on EDS analysis showed that the vesicle-like structures consisted of multiple layers of the Janus nanoparticles, which encapsulated the guest nanoparticles in the cores. The results highlight the unique effectiveness of using Janus

  18. Ultra-High Density Single Nanometer-Scale Anodic Alumina Nanofibers Fabricated by Pyrophosphoric Acid Anodizing

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    Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Nishinaga, Osamu; Nakajima, Daiki; Kawashima, Jun; Natsui, Shungo; Sakaguchi, Norihito; Suzuki, Ryosuke O.

    2014-12-01

    Anodic oxide fabricated by anodizing has been widely used for nanostructural engineering, but the nanomorphology is limited to only two oxides: anodic barrier and porous oxides. Therefore, the discovery of an additional anodic oxide with a unique nanofeature would expand the applicability of anodizing. Here we demonstrate the fabrication of a third-generation anodic oxide, specifically, anodic alumina nanofibers, by anodizing in a new electrolyte, pyrophosphoric acid. Ultra-high density single nanometer-scale anodic alumina nanofibers (1010 nanofibers/cm2) consisting of an amorphous, pure aluminum oxide were successfully fabricated via pyrophosphoric acid anodizing. The nanomorphologies of the anodic nanofibers can be controlled by the electrochemical conditions. Anodic tungsten oxide nanofibers can also be fabricated by pyrophosphoric acid anodizing. The aluminum surface covered by the anodic alumina nanofibers exhibited ultra-fast superhydrophilic behavior, with a contact angle of less than 1°, within 1 second. Such ultra-narrow nanofibers can be used for various nanoapplications including catalysts, wettability control, and electronic devices.

  19. The effect of porosity gradient in a Nickel/Yttria Stabilized Zirconia anode for an anode-supported planar solid oxide fuel cell

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    An, Chung Min; Sammes, Nigel [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States); Song, Jung-Hoon [RIST, Pohang (Korea); Kang, Inyong [Department of Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)

    2010-02-01

    In this paper, a graded Ni/YSZ cermet anode, an 8 mol.%YSZ electrolyte, and a lanthanum strontium manganite (LSM) cathode were used to fabricate a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) unit. An anode-supported cell was prepared using a tape casting technique followed by hot pressing lamination and a single step co-firing process, allowing for the creation of a thin layer of dense electrolyte on a porous anode support. To reduce activation and concentration overpotential in the unit cell, a porosity gradient was developed in the anode using different percentages of pore former to a number of different tape-slurries, followed by tape casting and lamination of the tapes. The unit cell demonstrated that a concentration distribution of porosity in the anode increases the power in the unit cell from 76 mW cm{sup -2} to 101 mW cm{sup -2} at 600 C in humidified hydrogen. Although the results have not been optimized for good performance, the effect of the porosity gradient is quite apparent and has potential in developing superior anode systems. (author)

  20. TEM and HREM study on the fine structure and the interfacial structure of bainite

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    李凤照; 敖青; 顾英妮; 姜江; 孙东升; 戴吉岩; 彭红樱

    1996-01-01

    The fine structure of bainite,the morphology and distribution of carbide in steels and the morphology of bainite in Cu-Zn-Al alloys have been investigated with TEM.The interfacial structure ledges and interfacial crystal lattice images of Cu-Zn-Al alloys have also been investigated with HREM.The addition of alloying microelements can fine the structure of bainitic ferrite markedly.The bainitic ferrite is composed of subunits or subchunks.The carbides differ in morphologies and are distributed in between laths,inside the plates and on the boundaries of subunits.There are abundant fine structures in bainitic ferrite.In the primary bainite of Cu-Zn-Al alloy there are interfacial structure ledges,the height of which is about 3 -40 nm,equal to 15-200 atomic layers.The phase transformation mechanism of bainite is discussed.

  1. Electrochemical properties of carbon-coated Si/B composite anode for lithium ion batteries

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    Kim, Hyung Sun; Chung, Kyung Yoon; Cho, Byung Won [Battery Research Center, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul 136-791 (Korea)

    2009-04-01

    Carbon-coated Si and Si/B composite powders prepared by hydrocarbon gas (argon + 10 mol% propylene) pyrolysis were investigated as the anodes for lithium-ion batteries. Carbon-coated silicon anode demonstrated the first discharge and charge capacity as 1568 mAh g{sup -1} and 1242 mAh g{sup -1}, respectively, with good capacity retention for 10 cycles. The capacity fading rate of carbon-coated Si/B composite anode decreased as the amounts of boron increased. In addition, the cycle life of carbon-coated Si/B/graphite composite anode has been significantly improved by using sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (NaCMC) and styrene butadiene rubber (SBR)/NaCMC mixture binders compared to the poly(vinylidene fluoride, PVdF) binder. A reversible capacity of about 550 mAh g{sup -1} has been achieved at 0.05 mAm g{sup -1} rate and its capacity could be maintained up to 450 mAh g{sup -1} at high rate of 0.2 mAm g{sup -1} even after 30 cycles. The improvement of the cycling performance is attributed to the lower interfacial resistance due to good electric contact between silicon particles and copper substrate. (author)

  2. Electrochemical properties of carbon-coated Si/B composite anode for lithium ion batteries

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    Kim, Hyung Sun; Chung, Kyung Yoon; Cho, Byung Won

    Carbon-coated Si and Si/B composite powders prepared by hydrocarbon gas (argon + 10 mol% propylene) pyrolysis were investigated as the anodes for lithium-ion batteries. Carbon-coated silicon anode demonstrated the first discharge and charge capacity as 1568 mAh g -1 and 1242 mAh g -1, respectively, with good capacity retention for 10 cycles. The capacity fading rate of carbon-coated Si/B composite anode decreased as the amounts of boron increased. In addition, the cycle life of carbon-coated Si/B/graphite composite anode has been significantly improved by using sodium carboxymethyl cellulose (NaCMC) and styrene butadiene rubber (SBR)/NaCMC mixture binders compared to the poly(vinylidene fluoride, PVdF) binder. A reversible capacity of about 550 mAh g -1 has been achieved at 0.05 mAm g -1 rate and its capacity could be maintained up to 450 mAh g -1 at high rate of 0.2 mAm g -1 even after 30 cycles. The improvement of the cycling performance is attributed to the lower interfacial resistance due to good electric contact between silicon particles and copper substrate.

  3. The performance of 3-D graphite doped anodes in microbial electrolysis cells

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    Yasri, Nael G.; Nakhla, George

    2017-02-01

    This study investigated the use of granular activated carbon (GAC) as high surface area 3-dimensional (3-D) anode in MECs systems. The interfacial anodes' charge transfer resistance of the doped GAC did not impact the overall performance of MECs. Based on our finding, the 3-D anode packed with GAC-doped with nonconductive calcium sulfide (CaS) outperformed the more conductive iron (II) sulfide (FeS), magnetite (Fe3O4), or GAC without doping. The results showed higher current densities for 3-D CaS (40.1 A/m3), as compared with 3-D FeS (34.4 A/m3), 3-D Fe3O4 (29.8 A/m3), and 3-D GAC (23.1 A/m3). The higher current density in the 3-D CaS translated to higher coulombic efficiency (96.7%), hydrogen yield (3.6 mol H2/mol acetate), and attached biomass per anode mass (54.01 mg COD biomass/g GAC). Although the 3-D MEC achieved similar hydrogen yield, hydrogen recovery efficiency, and COD removal rate to a conventional sandwich type MEC, the current density, coulombic efficiency, and overall energy efficiency were higher.

  4. Anode protection system for shutdown of solid oxide fuel cell system

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    Li, Bob X; Grieves, Malcolm J; Kelly, Sean M

    2014-12-30

    An Anode Protection Systems for a SOFC system, having a Reductant Supply and safety subsystem, a SOFC anode protection subsystem, and a Post Combustion and slip stream control subsystem. The Reductant Supply and safety subsystem includes means for generating a reducing gas or vapor to prevent re-oxidation of the Ni in the anode layer during the course of shut down of the SOFC stack. The underlying ammonia or hydrogen based material used to generate a reducing gas or vapor to prevent the re-oxidation of the Ni can be in either a solid or liquid stored inside a portable container. The SOFC anode protection subsystem provides an internal pressure of 0.2 to 10 kPa to prevent air from entering into the SOFC system. The Post Combustion and slip stream control subsystem provides a catalyst converter configured to treat any residual reducing gas in the slip stream gas exiting from SOFC stack.

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

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

    2012-10-01

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

  6. Bioinspired design and interfacial failure of biomedical systems

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    Rahbar, Nima

    The deformation mechanism of nacre as a model biological material is studied in this project. A numerical model is presented which consists of tensile pillars, shear pillars, asperities and aragonite platelets. It has been shown that the tensile pillars are the main elements that control the global stiffness of the nacre structure. Meanwhile, ultimate strength of the nacre structure is controlled by asperities and their behavior and the ratio of L/2D which is itself a function of the geometry of the platelets. Protein/shear pillars provide the glue which holds the assembly of entire system together, particularly in the direction normal to the platelets main axis. This dissertation also presents the results of a combined theoretical/computational and experimental effort to develop crack resistant dental multilayers that are inspired by the functionally graded dento-enamel junction (DEJ) structure that occurs between dentin and enamel in natural teeth. The complex structures of natural teeth and ceramic crowns are idealized using at layered configurations. The potential effects of occlusal contact are then modeled using finite element simulations of Hertzian contact. The resulting stress distributions are compared for a range of possible bioinspired, functionally graded architecture. The computed stress distributions show that the highest stress concentrations in the top ceramic layer of crown structures are reduced significantly by the use of bioinspired functionally graded architectures. The reduced stresses are shown to be associated with significant improvements (30%) in the pop-in loads over a wide range of clinically-relevant loading rates. The implications of the results are discussed for the design of bioinspired dental ceramic crown structures. The results of a combined experimental and computational study of mixed mode fracture in glass/cement and zirconia/cement interfaces that are relevant to dental restorations is also presented. The interfacial fracture

  7. Recycling rice husks for high-capacity lithium battery anodes.

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    Jung, Dae Soo; Ryou, Myung-Hyun; Sung, Yong Joo; Park, Seung Bin; Choi, Jang Wook

    2013-07-23

    The rice husk is the outer covering of a rice kernel and protects the inner ingredients from external attack by insects and bacteria. To perform this function while ventilating air and moisture, rice plants have developed unique nanoporous silica layers in their husks through years of natural evolution. Despite the massive amount of annual production near 10(8) tons worldwide, so far rice husks have been recycled only for low-value agricultural items. In an effort to recycle rice husks for high-value applications, we convert the silica to silicon and use it for high-capacity lithium battery anodes. Taking advantage of the interconnected nanoporous structure naturally existing in rice husks, the converted silicon exhibits excellent electrochemical performance as a lithium battery anode, suggesting that rice husks can be a massive resource for use in high-capacity lithium battery negative electrodes.

  8. Interfacial microstructure and mechanical property of Ti6Al4V/A6061 dissimilar joint by direct laser brazing without filler metal and groove

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    Song, Zhihua, E-mail: zhsong@jwri.osaka-u.ac.jp [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, Osaka, Ibaraki 567-0047 (Japan); Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing Technology, Ministry of Education (China); Nakata, Kazuhiro [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, Osaka, Ibaraki 567-0047 (Japan); Wu, Aiping [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Key Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing Technology, Ministry of Education (China); Liao, Jinsun [Kurimoto Ltd., Osaka 559-0021 (Japan)

    2013-01-10

    Laser brazing of Ti6Al4V and A6061-T6 alloys with 2 mm thickness was conducted by focusing laser beam on aluminum alloy side, and the effect of laser offset distance on microstructure and mechanical properties of the dissimilar butt joint was investigated. Laser offset has a great influence on the thickness of interfacial intermetallic compound (IMC) layer and the mechanical property of joint. The thickness of interfacial IMC layer is less than 500 nm, and the average tensile strength of the joint reaches 64% of aluminum base material strength, when suitable welding conditions are used. The interfacial IMC is TiAl{sub 3}. The formation of interfacial IMC layer and its effect on mechanical property of the joint are discussed in the present study.

  9. Epitaxial Cubic Ce2O3 Films via Ce-CeO2 Interfacial Reaction.

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    Stetsovych, Vitalii; Pagliuca, Federico; Dvořák, Filip; Duchoň, Tomáš; Vorokhta, Mykhailo; Aulická, Marie; Lachnitt, Jan; Schernich, Stefan; Matolínová, Iva; Veltruská, Kateřina; Skála, Tomáš; Mazur, Daniel; Mysliveček, Josef; Libuda, Jörg; Matolín, Vladimír

    2013-03-21

    Thin films of reduced ceria supported on metals are often applied as substrates in model studies of the chemical reactivity of ceria based catalysts. Of special interest are the properties of oxygen vacancies in ceria. However, thin films of ceria prepared by established methods become increasingly disordered as the concentration of vacancies increases. Here, we propose an alternative method for preparing ordered reduced ceria films based on the physical vapor deposition and interfacial reaction of Ce with CeO2 films. The method yields bulk-truncated layers of cubic c-Ce2O3. Compared to CeO2 these layers contain 25% of perfectly ordered vacancies in the surface and subsurface allowing well-defined measurements of the properties of ceria in the limit of extreme reduction. Experimentally, c-Ce2O3(111) layers are easily identified by a characteristic 4 × 4 surface reconstruction with respect to CeO2(111). In addition, c-Ce2O3 layers represent an experimental realization of a normally unstable polymorph of Ce2O3. During interfacial reaction, c-Ce2O3 nucleates on the interface between CeO2 buffer and Ce overlayer and is further stabilized most likely by the tetragonal distortion of the ceria layers on Cu. The characteristic kinetics of the metal-oxide interfacial reactions may represent a vehicle for making other metastable oxide structures experimentally available.

  10. Ionic Liquids as the MOFs/Polymer Interfacial Binder for Efficient Membrane Separation.

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    Lin, Rijia; Ge, Lei; Diao, Hui; Rudolph, Victor; Zhu, Zhonghua

    2016-11-23

    Obtaining strong interfacial affinity between filler and polymer is critical to the preparation of mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) with high separation efficiency. However, it is still a challenge for micron-sized metal organic frameworks (MOFs) to achieve excellent compatibility and defect-free interface with polymer matrix. Thin layer of ionic liquid (IL) was immobilized on micron-sized HKUST-1 to eliminate the interfacial nonselective voids in MMMs with minimized free ionic liquid (IL) in polymer matrix, and then the obtained IL decorated HKUST-1 was incorporated into 4,4'-(hexafluoroisopropylidene)diphthalic anhydride-2,3,5,6-tetramethyl-1,3-phenyldiamine (6FDA-Durene) to fabricate MMMs. Acting as a filler/polymer interfacial binder, the favorable MOF/IL and IL/polymer interaction can facilitate the enhancement of MOF/polymer affinity. Compared to MMM with only HKUST-1 incorporation, MMM with IL decorated HKUST-1 succeeded in restricting the formation of nonselective interfacial voids, leading to an increment in CO2 selectivity. The IL decoration method can be an effective approach to eliminate interfacial voids in MMMs, extending the filler selection to a wide range of large-sized fillers.

  11. Reactions on carbon anodes in aluminium electrolysis

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    Eidet, Trygve

    1997-12-31

    The consumption of carbon anodes and energy in aluminium electrolysis is higher than what is required theoretically. This thesis studies the most important of the reactions that consume anode materials. These reactions are the electrochemical anode reaction and the airburn and carboxy reactions. The first part of the thesis deals with the kinetics and mechanism of the electrochemical anode reaction using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The second part deals with air and carboxy reactivity of carbon anodes and studies the effects of inorganic impurities on the reactivity of carbon anodes in the aluminium industry. Special attention is given to sulphur since its effect on the carbon gasification is not well understood. Sulphur is always present in anodes, and it is expected that the sulphur content of available anode cokes will increase in the future. It has also been suggested that sulphur poisons catalyzing impurities in the anodes. Other impurities that were investigated are iron, nickel and vanadium, which are common impurities in anodes which have been reported to catalyze carbon gasification. 88 refs., 92 figs., 24 tabs.

  12. Electrolyte effects on the surface chemistry and cellular response of anodized titanium

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    Ohtsu, Naofumi, E-mail: nohtsu@mail.kitami-it.ac.jp [Instrumental Analysis Center, Kitami Institute of Technology, 165 Koen-cho, Kitami, Hokkaido 090-8507 (Japan); Kozuka, Taro; Hirano, Mitsuhiro [Instrumental Analysis Center, Kitami Institute of Technology, 165 Koen-cho, Kitami, Hokkaido 090-8507 (Japan); Arai, Hirofumi [Department of Biotechnology and Environmental Chemistry, Kitami Institute of Technology, Kitami, Hokkaido 090-8507 (Japan)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Ti samples were anodized using various electrolytes. • Anodization decreased carbon adsorption, improving hydrophilicity. • Improved hydrophilicity led to improved cellular attachment. • Only one electrolyte showed any heteroatom incorporation into the TiO{sub 2} layer. • Choice of electrolyte played no role on the effects of anodization. - Abstract: Anodic oxidation of titanium (Ti) material is used to enhance biocompatibility, yet the effects of various electrolytes on surface characteristics and cellular behavior have not been completely elucidated. To investigate this topic, oxide layers were produced on Ti substrates by anodizing them in aqueous electrolytes of (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}O·5B{sub 2}O{sub 3}, (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}SO{sub 4}, or (NH{sub 4}){sub 3}PO{sub 4}, after which their surface characteristics and cellular responses were examined. Overall, no surface differences between the electrolytes were visually observed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that the anodized surfaces are composed of titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}), while incorporation from electrolyte was only observed for (NH{sub 4}){sub 3}PO{sub 4}. Surface adsorption of carbon contaminants during sterilization was suppressed by anodization, leading to lower water contact angles. The attachment of MC3T3-E1 osteoblast-like cells was also improved by anodization, as evidenced by visibly enlarged pseudopods. This improved attachment performance is likely due to TiO{sub 2} formation. Overall, electrolyte selection showed no effect on either surface chemistry or cellular response of Ti materials.

  13. Structural evolution, thermomechanical recrystallization and electrochemical corrosion properties of Ni-Cu-Mg amorphous coating on mild steel fabricated by dual-anode electrolytic processing

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    Abdulwahab, M.; Fayomi, O. S. I.; Popoola, A. P. I.

    2016-07-01

    The electrolytic Ni-Cu based alloy coating with admixed interfacial blend of Mg have been successfully prepared on mild steel substrate by dual anode electroplating processes over a range of applied current density and dwell time. The electrocodeposition of Ni-Cu-Mg coating was investigated in the presence of other bath additives. The influence of deposition current on surface morphology, adhesion behavior, preferred crystal orientation, surface topography and electrochemical activity of Ni-Cu-Mg alloy coating on mild steel were systematically examined. The thermal stability of the developed composite materials was examined via isothermal treatment. Scanning electron microscope equipped with EDS, X-ray diffraction, Atomic force microscope, micro-hardness tester and 3 μmetrohm Potentiostat/galvanostat were used to compare untreated and isothermally treated electrocodeposited composite. The induced activity of the Ni-Cu-Mg alloy changed the surface modification and results to crystal precipitation within the structural interface by the formation of Cu, Ni2Mg3 phase. The obtained results showed that the introduction of Mg particles in the plating bath generally modified the surface and brings an increase in the hardness and corrosion resistance of Ni-Cu-Mg layers fabricated. Equally, isothermally treated composites demonstrated an improved properties indicating 45% increase in the micro-hardness and 79.6% corrosion resistance which further showed that the developed composite is thermally stable.

  14. Anodic oxidized nanotubular titanium implants enhance bone morphogenetic protein-2 delivery.

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    Bae, In-Ho; Yun, Kwi-Dug; Kim, Hyun-Seung; Jeong, Byung-Chul; Lim, Hyun-Pil; Park, Sang-Won; Lee, Kwang-Min; Lim, Young-Chai; Lee, Kyung-Ku; Yang, Yunzhi; Koh, Jeong-Tae

    2010-05-01

    Implant failure has been attributed to loosening of an implant from the host bone possibly due to poor osseointegration. One promising strategy for improving osseointegration is to develop a functional implant surface that promotes osteoblast differentiation. In this study, a titanium (Ti) surface was functionalized by an anodic oxidation process and was loaded with recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2). The following four groups of Ti surfaces were prepared: machined (M), anodized machined (MA), resorbable blast medium (RBM), and anodized RBM (RBMA). The surfaces were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and contact angle measurements. The results showed that a Ti oxide layer (TiO(2)) was observed in the anodized surfaces in the form of nanotubes, approximately 100 nm in diameter and 500 nm in length. The hydrophilic properties of the anodized surfaces were significantly improved. The adsorbed rhBMP-2 loaded on the nonanodized surfaces and lyophilized showed spherical particle morphology. However, the adsorbed rhBMP-2 showed a dispersed pattern over the anodized surfaces. The velocity of the rhBMP-2 released from the surfaces was measured to determine if the anodized surface can improve in delivery efficiency. The results showed that the release velocity of the rhBMP-2 from the anodized surfaces was sustained when compared with that of the nonanodized surfaces. In addition, the rhBMP-2 released from the surface was found to be bioactive according to the alkaline phosphatase activity and the level of calcium mineral deposition. These results suggest that the TiO(2) nanotubular structure formed by anodizing is a promising configuration for sustained rhBMP-2 delivery.

  15. Interfacial area and interfacial transfer in two-phase systems. DOE final report

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    Ishii, Mamoru; Hibiki, T.; Revankar, S.T.; Kim, S.; Le Corre, J.M.

    2002-07-01

    In the two-fluid model, the field equations are expressed by the six conservation equations consisting of mass, momentum and energy equations for each phase. The existence of the interfacial transfer terms is one of the most important characteristics of the two-fluid model formulation. The interfacial transfer terms are strongly related to the interfacial area concentration and to the local transfer mechanisms such as the degree of turbulence near interfaces. This study focuses on the development of a closure relation for the interfacial area concentration. A brief summary of several problems of the current closure relation for the interfacial area concentration and a new concept to overcome the problem are given.

  16. Self-ordered nanopore arrays through hard anodization assisted by anode temperature ramp

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    Mohammadniaei, M.; Maleki, K.; Kashi, M. Almasi; Ramezani, A.; Mayamei, Y.

    2016-10-01

    In the present work, hard anodization assisted by anode temperature ramp was employed to fabricate self-ordered nanoporous alumina in the wide range of interpore distances (259-405 nm) in pure oxalic acid and mixture of oxalic and phosphoric acid solutions. Anode temperature ramp technique was employed to adjust the anodization current density to optimize the self-ordering of the nanopore arrays in the interpore range in which no ordered self-assembled hard anodized anodic aluminum oxide has reported. It is found that the certain ratios of oxalic and phosphoric acid solutions in this anodization technique increased self-ordering of the nanopores especially for anodization voltages over the 170 V by increasing alumina's viscous flow which could lead to decrease the overall current density of anodization, yet leveled up by anode temperature ramp. However, below 150 V anodization voltage, the ratio of interpore distance to the anodization voltage of the both anodization techniques was the same (~2 nm/V), while above this voltage, it increased to about 2.2 nm/V.

  17. Influence of Metal Sulfides as Anode Catalysts on Performance of H2S SOFC

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    钟理; 刘曼; 韩国林; CHUANGKar

    2003-01-01

    Two anode catalysts with Pt, MoS2 and composite metal sulfides (MoS2+NiS), are investigated for electrochemical oxidation of hydrogen sulfide in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) at temperatures 750-850℃. The catalysts comprising MoS2 and MoS2+NiS exhibited good electrical conductivity and catalytic activity. MoS2 and composite catalysts were found to be more active than Pt, a widely used catalyst for high temperature H2S/O2 fuel cell at 750-850℃. However, MoS2 itself sublimes above 450℃. In contrast, composite catalysts containing both Mo and transition metal (Ni) are shown to be stable and effective in promoting the oxidation of H2S in SOFC up to 850℃. However, electric contact is poor between the platinum current collecting layer and the composite metal sulfide layer, so that the cell performance becomes worse. This problem is overcome by adding conductive Ag powder into the anode layer (forming MoS2+NiS+Ag anode material) to increase anode electrical conductance instead of applying a thin laver of platinum on the top of anode.

  18. PEO of pre-anodized Al–Si alloys: Corrosion properties and influence of sealings

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    Mohedano, M., E-mail: marta.mohedano@hzg.de [Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht, Magnesium Innovation Centre, Institute of Materials Research, Max-Planck-Str. 1, D-21502 Geesthacht (Germany); Matykina, E.; Arrabal, R.; Mingo, B.; Pardo, A. [Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • A356 gravity-cast and rheocast pre-anodized aluminium alloys were coated by PEO. • Different sealing techniques were applied after the coating process. • Iron-rich constituents of the substrate occlude the continuity of the porous anodic film. • PEO coatings consisted of a mixture of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and mullite. • Post-treatments improved both hydrophobic and corrosion properties. - Abstract: Voltage-controlled PEO coatings were developed on A356 aluminum alloys (gravity-cast and rheocast) with a pre-anodized layer. The influence of the alloy manufacturing process and the effect of Si-rich phase on the structure and composition of the oxide layers were evaluated using SEM, EDS and XRD. The pre-anodized oxide layer preserves the microstructure of the substrate due to the presence of secondary phases that have a different behavior relative to the matrix during anodizing. PEO coatings consisted of a mixture of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and mullite. The corrosion behavior and the effectiveness of different sealing techniques based on salts of nickel, cobalt, cerium and phosphonic acid were also studied. Post-treatments improved the hydrophobic properties of the coatings and showed a beneficial effect, significantly increasing the coating impedance and thereby reducing the susceptibility to corrosion.

  19. New anodizing process for magnesium alloys

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    LUO Sheng-lian; DAI Lei; ZHOU Hai-hui; CHAI Li-yuan; KUANG Ya-fei

    2006-01-01

    Compact anodic films with high hardness and good corrosion resistance on magnesium alloys were prepared by a new constant voltage and arc-free anodizing process. The effects of anodizing parameters such as applied voltage and electrolyte temperature on the peak current density and the thickness of films were investigated. In addition, the morphologies and corrosion resistance of films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and potentiodynamic polarization, respectively. The results show that the higher the applied voltage, the higher the peak current density and the thicker the films. However, too high applied voltage may result in breakdown of films and intense sparking which may deteriorate the properties of the anodic films and bring about unsafety. The new anodizing process can be applied in a wide range of temperature. The new anodic films have numbers of pores with the diameter of 0.5 - 5.0 μm which do not transverse the entire film.

  20. Tuning anatase and rutile phase ratios and nanoscale surface features by anodization processing onto titanium substrate surfaces.

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    Roach, M D; Williamson, R S; Blakely, I P; Didier, L M

    2016-01-01

    Both the anatase (A) and rutile (R) phases of titanium oxide have shown enhanced antimicrobial and bioactivity levels but the specific A/R phase ratio needed for the best results is still unknown. In this study titanium samples were anodized to produce specific ratios of anatase and rutile phases within the oxide layers. Specific ratios produced included maximum A minimum R, minimum A maximum R, 50% A 50% R, minimum A minimum R, and a non-anodized titanium control group. Samples were characterized for phase distributions within the oxide layers, surface porosity, corrosion resistance, and bioactivity. Results indicated the targeted phase ratios were reproducibly achieved during the anodization process. Samples containing the highest levels of anatase showed the largest individual pore sizes, but a lower overall percent porosity value compared to samples containing higher rutile levels. EBSD examination of the anodized layer cross-sections provided valuable new spatial information on the distribution of anatase and rutile phases within the anodized layers. Highly porous oxide layers showed significantly higher corrosion rates compared to non-anodized titanium, but no significant differences were shown in the icorr values between samples containing primarily anatase phase, samples containing primarily rutile phase, and samples containing an approximate 50:50 mixture of the two phases. Minimum A minimum R samples showed substantially less porosity compared to the other anodization groups, a significantly lower oxide thickness, and comparable corrosion rates to non-anodized titanium. All samples within the study showed apatite production in simulated body fluid within the seven day test period indicating enhanced bioactivity.