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  1. Mechanical properties of free standing porous anodic alumina films

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    Ignashev, E.; Shulgov, V.

    2012-01-01

    Free-standing films of anodic alumina obtained from the one-sided anodization of aluminum were studied. The flexural strength of free-standing porous anodic alumina films to the lateral bending, circular bending, and microhardness were studied.

  2. Fabrication of alumina films with laminated structures by ac anodization

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    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. (paper)

  3. Formation of complex anodic films on porous alumina matrices

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    Alexander Zahariev; Assen Girginov

    2003-04-01

    The kinetics of growth of complex anodic alumina films was investigated. These films were formed by filling porous oxide films (matrices) having deep pores. The porous films (matrices) were obtained voltastatically in (COOH)2 aqueous solution under various voltages. The filling was done by re-anodization in an electrolyte solution not dissolving the film. Data about the kinetics of re-anodization depending on the porosity of the matrices were obtained. On the other hand, the slopes of the kinetic curves during reanodization were calculated by two equations expressing the dependence of these slopes on the ionic current density. A discrepancy was ascertained between the values of the calculated slopes and those experimentally found. For this discrepancy a possible explanation is proposed, related to the temperature increase in the film, because of that the real current density significantly increases during re-anodization.

  4. Ordered Nanomaterials Thin Films via Supported Anodized Alumina Templates

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    Mohammed eES-SOUNI; Salah ehabouti

    2014-01-01

    Supported anodized alumina template films with highly ordered porosity are best suited for fabricating large area ordered nanostructures with tunable dimensions and aspect ratios. In this paper we first discuss important issues for the generation of such templates, including required properties of the Al/Ti/Au/Ti thin film heterostructure on a substrate for high quality templates. We then show examples of anisotropic nanostructure films consisting of noble metals using these templates, discus...

  5. Ordered Nanomaterial Thin Films via Supported Anodized Alumina Templates

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    Es-Souni, Mohammed; Habouti, Salah

    2014-01-01

    Supported anodized alumina template films with highly ordered porosity are best suited for fabricating large-area ordered nanostructures with tunable dimensions and aspect ratios. In this paper, we first discuss important issues for the generation of such templates, including required properties of the Al/Ti/Au/Ti thin-film heterostructure on a substrate for high-quality templates. We then show examples of anisotropic nanostructure films consisting of noble metals using these templates, discu...

  6. Ordered Nanomaterials Thin Films via Supported Anodized Alumina Templates

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    Mohammed eES-SOUNI

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Supported anodized alumina template films with highly ordered porosity are best suited for fabricating large area ordered nanostructures with tunable dimensions and aspect ratios. In this paper we first discuss important issues for the generation of such templates, including required properties of the Al/Ti/Au/Ti thin film heterostructure on a substrate for high quality templates. We then show examples of anisotropic nanostructure films consisting of noble metals using these templates, discuss briefly their optical properties and their applications to molecular detection using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy. Finally we briefly address the possibility to make nanocomposite films, exemplary shown on a plasmonic-thermochromic nanocomposite of VO2-capped Au-nanorods.

  7. Preparation of Porous Alumina Film on Aluminum Substrate by Anodization in Oxalic Acid

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    2002-01-01

    Self-ordering of the cell arrangement of the anodic porous alumina was prepared in oxalic acid solution at a constant potential of 40V and at a temperature of 20°C. The honeycomb structure made by one step anodization method and two step anodization method is different.Pores in the alumina film prepared by two step anodization method were more ordered than those by one step anodization method.

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

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    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

  9. 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.

  10. Formation of Nanoporous Anodic Alumina by Anodization of Aluminum Films on Glass Substrates.

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    Lebyedyeva, Tetyana; Kryvyi, Serhii; Lytvyn, Petro; Skoryk, Mykola; Shpylovyy, Pavlo

    2016-12-01

    Our research was aimed at the study of aluminum films and porous anodic alumina (PAA) films in thin-film РАА/Al structures for optical sensors, based on metal-clad waveguides (MCWG). The results of the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies of the structure of Al films, deposited by DC magnetron sputtering, and of PAA films, formed on them, are presented in this work.The study showed that the structure of the Al films is defined by the deposition rate of aluminum and the thickness of the film. We saw that under anodization in 0.3 M aqueous oxalic acid solution at a voltage of 40 V, the PAA film with a disordered array of pores was formed on aluminum films 200-600 nm thick, which were deposited on glass substrates with an ultra-thin adhesive Nb layer. The research revealed the formation of two differently sized types of pores. The first type of pores is formed on the grain boundaries of aluminum film, and the pores are directed perpendicularly to the surface of aluminum. The second type of pores is formed directly on the grains of aluminum. They are directed perpendicularly to the grain plains. There is a clear tendency to self-ordering in this type of pores. PMID:27083584

  11. Excitation of anodized alumina films with a light source

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    Aggerbeck, Martin; Canulescu, Stela; Rechendorff, K.;

    Optical properties of anodized aluminium alloys were determined by optical diffuse reflectance spectroscopy of such films. Samples with different concentrations of dopants were excited with a white-light source combined with an integrating sphere for fast determination of diffuse reflectance. The...... UV-VIS reflectance of Ti-doped anodized aluminium films was measured over the wavelength range of 200 nm to 900 nm. Titanium doped-anodized aluminium films with 5-15 wt% Ti were characterized. Changes in the diffuse light scattering of doped anodized aluminium films, and thus optical appearance, with...... doping are discussed. Using the Kubelka-Munk model on the diffuse reflectance spectra of such films, the bandgap Eg of the oxide alloys can be determined....

  12. Blue luminescence in porous anodic alumina films: the role of the oxalic impurities

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    Gao Tao; Zhang Li

    2003-01-01

    Porous anodic alumina (PAA) films with ordered nanopore arrays have been prepared by electrochemically anodizing aluminium in oxalic acid solutions, and the role of the oxalic impurities in the optical properties of PAA films has been discussed. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements show that the PAA films obtained have a blue PL band with a peak position at around 470 nm; the oxalic impurities, incorporated in the PAA films during the anodization processes and already existing in them, could be being transformed into PL centres and hence responsible for this PL emission.

  13. Surface of Alumina Films after Prolonged Breakdowns in Galvanostatic Anodization

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    Christian Girginov

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Breakdown phenomena are investigated at continuous isothermal (20∘C and galvanostatic (0.2–5 mA cm−2 anodizing of aluminum in ammonium salicylate in dimethylformamide (1 M AS/DMF electrolyte. From the kinetic (-curves, the breakdown voltage ( values are estimated, as well as the frequency and amplitude of oscillations of formation voltage ( at different current densities. The surface of the aluminum specimens was studied using atomic force microscopy (AFM. Data on topography and surface roughness parameters of the electrode after electric breakdowns are obtained as a function of anodization time. The electrode surface of anodic films, formed with different current densities until the same charge density has passed (2.5 C cm−2, was assessed. Results are discussed on the basis of perceptions of avalanche mechanism of the breakdown phenomena, due to the injection of electrons and their multiplication in the volume of the film.

  14. Porous Alumina Films with Width-Controllable Alumina Stripes

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    Huang Shi-Ming

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Porous alumina films had been fabricated by anodizing from aluminum films after an electropolishing procedure. Alumina stripes without pores can be distinguished on the surface of the porous alumina films. The width of the alumina stripes increases proportionally with the anodizing voltage. And the pores tend to be initiated close to the alumina stripes. These phenomena can be ascribed to the electric field distribution in the alumina barrier layer caused by the geometric structure of the aluminum surface.

  15. Porous Alumina Films with Width-Controllable Alumina Stripes

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    Huang Shi-Ming; Pu Lin; Shi Yi; Huang Kai; Wu Zhi-Ming; Ji Li; Kang Jun-Yong

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Porous alumina films had been fabricated by anodizing from aluminum films after an electropolishing procedure. Alumina stripes without pores can be distinguished on the surface of the porous alumina films. The width of the alumina stripes increases proportionally with the anodizing voltage. And the pores tend to be initiated close to the alumina stripes. These phenomena can be ascribed to the electric field distribution in the alumina barrier layer caused by the geometric structure o...

  16. Hollow carbon nanospheres/silicon/alumina core-shell film as an anode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Li, Bing; Yao, Fei; Bae, Jung Jun; Chang, Jian; Zamfir, Mihai Robert; Le, Duc Toan; Pham, Duy Tho; Yue, Hongyan; Lee, Young Hee

    2015-01-01

    Hollow carbon nanospheres/silicon/alumina (CNS/Si/Al2O3) core-shell films obtained by the deposition of Si and Al2O3 on hollow CNS interconnected films are used as the anode materials for lithium-ion batteries. The hollow CNS film acts as a three dimensional conductive substrate and provides void space for silicon volume expansion during electrochemical cycling. The Al2O3 thin layer is beneficial to the reduction of solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) formation. Moreover, as-designed structure...

  17. Analysis and self-lubricating treatment of porous anodic alumina film formed in a compound solution

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    A porous anodic film on aluminum was prepared in a mixed electrolyte of phosphoric acid and organic acid and cerium salt, and ultrasonic impregnation technology was applied on it to form self-lubricating surface composite. The structure and chemical composition of the film and its lubricity after self-lubricating treatment were investigated in detail. EPMA indicates the cross-section of anodized film has two distinct oxide layers. Al, O and P are found in the film with different distribution in the two layers. XPS analysis on the electron binding energy of the component elements show the chemical composition of film surface are Al2O3, Ce(OH) and some phosphates. The structure of anodized film is amorphous with XRD analysis. The tribological tests shows the frictional coefficient of the self-lubricating surface composite coating is 0.25, much lower than anodized aluminum and aluminum substrate, which is about 0.55 and 0.85, respectively, and it is also durable for a long period of time in comparison with the lubricating coating fabricated by hot-dipping method. SEM images show some PTFE particles are added into the nanoholes of anodic oxide film

  18. Preparation of mesoporous alumina films by anodization: Effect of pretreatments on the aluminum surface and MTBE catalytic oxidation

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    Mesoporous materials are both scientifically and technologically important because of the presence of voids of controllable dimensions at atomic, molecular, and nanometric scales. Over the last decade, there has been both an increasing interest and research effort in the synthesis and characterization of these types of materials. The purposes of this work are to study the physical and chemical changes in the properties of mesoporous alumina films produced by anodization in sulphuric acid by different pretreatments on the aluminium surface such as mechanical polishing [MP] and electropolishing [EP]; and to compare their properties such as morphology, structure and catalytic activity with those present in commercial alumina. The morphologic and physical characterizations of the alumina film samples were carried out by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The chemical evaluations were performed by the oxidation of methyl-tert-butyl-ether (MTBE) at 400 deg. C under O2/He oxidizing conditions (Praxair, 2.0% O2/He balance). According to the results, the samples that presented higher activities than those in Al2O3/Al [MP] and commercial alumina in the MTBE oxidation (69%), were those prepared by Al2O3/Al [EP]. The average mesoporous diameter was 17 nm, and the morphological shape was equiaxial; thus, that pore distribution was the smallest of all with a homogeneous distribution.

  19. Aluminum microstructures on anodic alumina for aluminum wiring boards.

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    Jha, Himendra; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Sakairi, Masatoshi; Takahashi, Hideaki

    2010-03-01

    The paper demonstrates simple methods for the fabrication of aluminum microstructures on the anodic oxide film of aluminum. The aluminum sheets were first engraved (patterned) either by laser beam or by embossing to form deep grooves on the surface. One side of the sheet was then anodized, blocking the other side by using polymer mask to form the anodic alumina. Because of the lower thickness at the bottom part of the grooves, the part was completely anodized before the complete oxidation of the other parts. Such selectively complete anodizing resulted in the patterns of metallic aluminum on anodic alumina. Using the technique, we fabricated microstructures such as line patterns and a simple wiring circuit-board-like structure on the anodic alumina. The aluminum microstructures fabricated by the techniques were embedded in anodic alumina/aluminum sheet, and this technique is promising for applications in electronic packaging and devices. PMID:20356280

  20. X-Ray-, Cathodo-, and Photoluminescence of Yttrium-Aluminum Composites on Porous Anodic Alumina Films

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    Khoroshko, L. S.; Kortov, V. S.; Gaponenko, N. V.; Raichyonok, T. F.; Tikhomirov, S. A.; Pustovarov, V. A.

    2016-07-01

    Yttrium-aluminum composites doped with terbium were synthesized by precipitation on porous anodic alumina fi lms grown on silicon substrates. The fabricated structures demonstrated x-ray-, cathodo-, and photoluminescence with characteristic bands of trivalent terbium upon excitation by Cu Kα x-rays of energy 8.86 keV, a 180-keV electron beam, and optical UV radiation, respectively. The terbium luminescence bands increased in intensity as the terbium concentration increased from 0.01 to 0.25 mol%. The intensity of a broad band in the blue spectral region with a maximum at 410 nm that was due to photoluminescence of the porous anodic alumina fi lm increased as the excitation wavelength increased from 260 to 340 nm. Simultaneously, the intensities of luminescence bands in the range 480-650 nm associated with Tb 3 + 5 D 4 - 7 F j ( j = 3, 4, 5, 6) transitions decreased. The possibility of practical application of the synthesized luminescent structures was discussed.

  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. Rational Design of Photonic Dust from Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Films: A Versatile Photonic Nanotool for Visual Sensing

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    Chen, Yuting; Santos, Abel; Wang, Ye; Kumeria, Tushar; Ho, Daena; Li, Junsheng; Wang, Changhai; Losic, Dusan

    2015-08-01

    Herein, we present a systematic study on the development, optimisation and applicability of interferometrically coloured distributed Bragg reflectors based on nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA-DBRs) in the form of films and nanoporous microparticles as visual/colorimetric analytical tools. Firstly, we synthesise a complete palette of NAA-DBRs by galvanostatic pulse anodisation approach, in which the current density is altered in a periodic fashion in order to engineer the effective medium of the resulting photonic films in depth. NAA-DBR photonic films feature vivid colours that can be tuned across the UV-visible-NIR spectrum by structural engineering. Secondly, the effective medium of the resulting photonic films is assessed systematically by visual analysis and reflectometric interference spectroscopy (RIfS) in order to establish the most optimal nanoporous platforms to develop visual/colorimetric tools. Then, we demonstrate the applicability of NAA-DBR photonic films as a chemically selective sensing platform for visual detection of mercury(II) ions. Finally, we generate a new nanomaterial, so-called photonic dust, by breaking down NAA-DBRs films into nanoporous microparticles. The resulting microparticles (μP-NAA-DBRs) display vivid colours and are sensitive towards changes in their effective medium, opening new opportunities for developing advanced photonic nanotools for a broad range of applications.

  3. Effect of annealing on photoluminescence and optical properties of porous anodic alumina films formed in sulfuric acid for solar energy applications

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    Ghrib, Mondher, E-mail: mondherghrib@yahoo.fr [Photovoltaic Laboratory Research and Technology Centre of Energy, Borj-Cedria Science and Technology Park, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Ouertani, Rachid, E-mail: rachid.ouertani@crten.rnrt.tn [Photovoltaic Laboratory Research and Technology Centre of Energy, Borj-Cedria Science and Technology Park, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Gaidi, Monir; Khedher, Najoua [Photovoltaic Laboratory Research and Technology Centre of Energy, Borj-Cedria Science and Technology Park, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia); Salem, Mohamed Ben [L3M, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte, 7021 Zarzouna (Tunisia); Ezzaouia, Hatem [Photovoltaic Laboratory Research and Technology Centre of Energy, Borj-Cedria Science and Technology Park, BP 95, 2050 Hammam-Lif (Tunisia)

    2012-04-01

    Photoluminescence and optical properties of porous oxide films formed by two-step aluminum anodization at a fixed current 200 mA have been investigated. It was found that the crystallographic structure depend strongly on the annealing temperature. X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveals an amorphisation of the porous oxide films after annealing. This evolution has been confirmed by Raman spectroscopy measurement. Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) in the UV-vis and near infra red (IR) spectra shows that refraction index n increases and the extinction coefficient k decreases with annealing temperature. This observation has been confirmed with reflectivity measurements. As a consequence the reflectivity reaches 97% when porous alumina films were annealed at 650 Degree-Sign C. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements show two PL peaks in the emission and excitation spectra. The first emission peak is centered at 460 nm ({alpha}-band) and the second ({beta}-band) shifts from 500 to 525 nm, depending on excitation wavelength. For excitation spectra, one spectral peak is located at 271 nm and the second shifts to longer wavelengths with increasing emission wavelength. The results indicate the existence of two PL centers. One is associated with oxygen adsorption at the pore wall and oxygen vacancies inside the alumina. The other is related to the adsorption of water and/or OH groups at the surface of the pore wall and to structure defects and sulfur inclusion inside the films.

  4. Effect of annealing on photoluminescence and optical properties of porous anodic alumina films formed in sulfuric acid for solar energy applications

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    Photoluminescence and optical properties of porous oxide films formed by two-step aluminum anodization at a fixed current 200 mA have been investigated. It was found that the crystallographic structure depend strongly on the annealing temperature. X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveals an amorphisation of the porous oxide films after annealing. This evolution has been confirmed by Raman spectroscopy measurement. Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) in the UV-vis and near infra red (IR) spectra shows that refraction index n increases and the extinction coefficient k decreases with annealing temperature. This observation has been confirmed with reflectivity measurements. As a consequence the reflectivity reaches 97% when porous alumina films were annealed at 650 °C. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements show two PL peaks in the emission and excitation spectra. The first emission peak is centered at 460 nm (α-band) and the second (β-band) shifts from 500 to 525 nm, depending on excitation wavelength. For excitation spectra, one spectral peak is located at 271 nm and the second shifts to longer wavelengths with increasing emission wavelength. The results indicate the existence of two PL centers. One is associated with oxygen adsorption at the pore wall and oxygen vacancies inside the alumina. The other is related to the adsorption of water and/or OH groups at the surface of the pore wall and to structure defects and sulfur inclusion inside the films.

  5. Growth behavior of anodic porous alumina formed in malic acid solution

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    Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi; Suzuki, Ryosuke O.

    2013-11-01

    The growth behavior of anodic porous alumina formed on aluminum by anodizing in malic acid solutions was investigated. High-purity aluminum plates were electropolished in CH3COOH/HClO4 solutions and then anodized in 0.5 M malic acid solutions at 293 K and constant cell voltages of 200-350 V. The anodic porous alumina grew on the aluminum substrate at voltages of 200-250 V, and a black, burned oxide film was formed at higher voltages. The nanopores of the anodic oxide were only formed at grain boundaries of the aluminum substrate during the initial stage of anodizing, and then the growth region extended to the entire aluminum surface as the anodizing time increased. The anodic porous alumina with several defects was formed by anodizing in malic acid solution at 250 V, and oxide cells were approximately 300-800 nm in diameter.

  6. 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

    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...

  7. Effects of single and two stages anodizing on nonporous anodic alumina template at different potentials

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    The porous anodic alumina has extensive applications as mold or template for filling the highly ordered patterned ID nanomaterials (semiconductors, magnetic nanowires etc.) and as a mask for nano dots of different materials. Pores in anodic alumina synthesized under appropriate conditions are self organized. Pore density, pore diameter, interpore distance may be changed through variation of different parameter such as anodic potential, choice of electrolyte, temperature and kind of pre-treatment. The porous anodic alumina has been synthesized by single and double stage anodizing at different potentials. The potentials used were 40V, 50V, 60V and 70V. By comparison of ordered pore formation under both the conditions, it has been found that pores formed in doubly anodized alumina are more ordered/organized than in singly anodized anodic alumina at same potential used for both type of synthesis. SEM images revealed that the pore density in the singly anodized alumina was greater than in doubly anodized alumina prepared under the same potential. Using the SEM image, the pore diameter in the case of doubly anodized alumina was found to be in the range of 50- 70 nm, whereas, for singly anodized alumina pore diameter was found to be in the range of 50-100 nm. Scanning electron Microscope images and electrochemical parameters showed that two stage anodizing is better than single stage anodizing to achieve highly ordered nanoporous alumina template. (author)

  8. 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.

  9. Effect of anodizing voltage on the sorption of water molecules on porous alumina

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    Vrublevsky, I., E-mail: vrublevsky@bsuir.edu.by [Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Department of Micro and Nanoelectronics, 220013 Minsk (Belarus); Chernyakova, K. [Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, Department of Micro and Nanoelectronics, 220013 Minsk (Belarus); Bund, A.; Ispas, A.; Schmidt, U. [Fachgebiet Elektrochemie und Galvanotechnik, Technische Universitaet Ilmenau, 98693 Ilmenau (Germany)

    2012-05-01

    The amount of water adsorbed on different centers on the surface of oxalic acid alumina films is a function of the anodizing voltage. It is decreased with increasing the anodizing voltage from 20 up to 50 V, came up to maximum value at 20-30 V and slightly increased at voltages above 50 V. Water adsorption by oxide films formed at voltages below 50 V can be due to the negative surface charge that is present on the alumina surface. The negative surface charge disappears in the films formed at voltages higher than 50 V, and thus, the water is adsorbed on aluminum ions in a tetrahedral and octahedral environment. The correlation between anodizing conditions of aluminum in oxalic acid and the structure and composition of anodic alumina was established by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses (TG/DTA).

  10. Effect of anodizing voltage on the sorption of water molecules on porous alumina

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    The amount of water adsorbed on different centers on the surface of oxalic acid alumina films is a function of the anodizing voltage. It is decreased with increasing the anodizing voltage from 20 up to 50 V, came up to maximum value at 20-30 V and slightly increased at voltages above 50 V. Water adsorption by oxide films formed at voltages below 50 V can be due to the negative surface charge that is present on the alumina surface. The negative surface charge disappears in the films formed at voltages higher than 50 V, and thus, the water is adsorbed on aluminum ions in a tetrahedral and octahedral environment. The correlation between anodizing conditions of aluminum in oxalic acid and the structure and composition of anodic alumina was established by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric and differential thermal analyses (TG/DTA).

  11. Terbium luminescence in alumina xerogel fabricated in porous anodic alumina matrix under various excitation conditions

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    Terbium-doped alumina xerogel layers are synthesized by the sol-gel method in pores of a porous anodic alumina film 1 μm thick with a pore diameter of 150–180 nm; the film is grown on a silicon substrate. The fabricated structures exhibit terbium photoluminescence with bands typical of trivalent terbium terms. Terbium X-ray luminescence with the most intense band at 542 nm is observed for the first time for such a structure. Morphological analysis of the structure by scanning electron microscopy shows the presence of xerogel clusters in pore channels, while the main pore volume remains unfilled and pore mouths remain open. The data obtained confirm the promising applications of fabricated structures for developing matrix converters of X-rays and other ionizing radiations into visible light. The possibilities of increasing luminescence intensity in the matrix converter are discussed.

  12. Electrochemically replicated smooth aluminum foils for anodic alumina nanochannel arrays.

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    Biring, Sajal; Tsai, Kun-Tong; Sur, Ujjal Kumar; Wang, Yuh-Lin

    2008-01-01

    A fast electrochemical replication technique has been developed to fabricate large-scale ultra-smooth aluminum foils by exploiting readily available large-scale smooth silicon wafers as the masters. Since the adhesion of aluminum on silicon depends on the time of surface pretreatment in water, it is possible to either detach the replicated aluminum from the silicon master without damaging the replicated aluminum and master or integrate the aluminum film to the silicon substrate. Replicated ultra-smooth aluminum foils are used for the growth of both self-organized and lithographically guided long-range ordered arrays of anodic alumina nanochannels without any polishing pretreatment. PMID:21730530

  13. Novel structure formation at the bottom surface of porous anodic alumina fabricated by single step anodization process.

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    Ali, Ghafar; Ahmad, Maqsood; Akhter, Javed Iqbal; Maqbool, Muhammad; Cho, Sung Oh

    2010-08-01

    A simple approach for the growth of long-range highly ordered nanoporous anodic alumina film in H(2)SO(4) electrolyte through a single step anodization without any additional pre-anodizing procedure is reported. Free-standing porous anodic alumina film of 180 microm thickness with through hole morphology was obtained. A simple and single step process was used for the detachment of alumina from aluminum substrate. The effect of anodizing conditions, such as anodizing voltage and time on the pore diameter and pore ordering is discussed. The metal/oxide and oxide/electrolyte interfaces were examined by high resolution scanning transmission electron microscope. The arrangement of pores on metal/oxide interface was well ordered with smaller diameters than that of the oxide/electrolyte interface. The inter-pore distance was larger in metal/oxide interface as compared to the oxide/electrolyte interface. The size of the ordered domain was found to depend strongly upon anodizing voltage and time. PMID:20493719

  14. Synthesis of aluminum oxy-hydroxide nanofibers from porous anodic alumina.

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    Jha, Himendra; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Sakairi, Masatoshi; Takahashi, Hideaki

    2008-10-01

    A novel method for the synthesis of aluminum oxy-hydroxide nanofibers from a porous anodic oxide film of aluminum is demonstrated. In the present method, the porous anodic alumina not only acts as a template, but also serves as the starting material for the synthesis. The porous anodic alumina film is hydrothermally treated for pore-sealing, which forms aluminum oxy-hydroxide inside the pores of the oxide film as well as on the surface of the film. The hydrothermally sealed porous oxide film is immersed in the sodium citrate solution, which selectively etches the porous aluminum oxide from the film, leaving the oxy-hydroxide intact. The method is simple and gives highly uniform aluminum oxy-hydroxide nanofibers. Moreover, the diameter of the nanofibers can be controlled by controlling the pore size of the porous anodic alumina film, which depends on the anodizing conditions. Nanofibers with diameters of about 38-85 nm, having uniform shape and size, were successfully synthesized using the present method. PMID:21832599

  15. Synthesis of aluminum oxy-hydroxide nanofibers from porous anodic alumina

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    Jha, Himendra; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Sakairi, Masatoshi; Takahashi, Hideaki [Laboratory of Interface Microstructure Analysis (LIMSA), Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)], E-mail: himendra@eng.hokudai.ac.jp

    2008-10-01

    A novel method for the synthesis of aluminum oxy-hydroxide nanofibers from a porous anodic oxide film of aluminum is demonstrated. In the present method, the porous anodic alumina not only acts as a template, but also serves as the starting material for the synthesis. The porous anodic alumina film is hydrothermally treated for pore-sealing, which forms aluminum oxy-hydroxide inside the pores of the oxide film as well as on the surface of the film. The hydrothermally sealed porous oxide film is immersed in the sodium citrate solution, which selectively etches the porous aluminum oxide from the film, leaving the oxy-hydroxide intact. The method is simple and gives highly uniform aluminum oxy-hydroxide nanofibers. Moreover, the diameter of the nanofibers can be controlled by controlling the pore size of the porous anodic alumina film, which depends on the anodizing conditions. Nanofibers with diameters of about 38-85 nm, having uniform shape and size, were successfully synthesized using the present method.

  16. Characterization of the porous anodic alumina nanostructures with a metal interlayer on Si substrates

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    Porous anodic alumina (PAA) films produced by the anodization technique have made possible the mass production of porous nano-scale structures where the pore height and diameter are controllable. A metal interlayer is observed to have a significant influence on the characteristics of these PAA nanostructures. In this study, we investigate in-depth the effect of the current density on the properties of porous anodic alumina nanostructures with a metal interlayer. A thin film layer of tungsten (W) and titanium (Ti) was sandwiched between a porous anodic alumina film and a silicon (Si) substrate to form PAA/W/Si and PAA/Ti/Si structures. The material and optical characteristics of the porous anodic alumina nanostructures, with and without a metal interlayer, on silicon substrates were studied using the scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) measurements. The current densities of the porous anodic alumina nanostructures with the metal interlayer are higher than for the PAA/Si, resulting in an increase of the growth rate of the oxide layer. It can be observed from the X-ray diffraction curves that there is more aluminum oxide inside the structure with the metal interlayer. Furthermore, it has been found that there is a reduction in the photoluminescence intensity of the oxygen vacancy with only one electron due to the formation of oxygen vacancies inside the aluminum oxide during the re-crystallization process. This leads to competition between the two kinds of different oxygen-deficient defect centers (F+ and F centers) in the carrier recombination mechanism from the PL spectra of the porous anodic alumina nanostructures, with and without a metal interlayer, on silicon substrates. -- Highlights: • Study of porous anodic alumina (PAA) films with metal interlayers on silicon. • The highly ordered PAA film with a fairly regular nano-porous structure. • The luminescence properties of PAA films were

  17. Chemo-mechanical softening during in situ nanoindentation of anodic porous alumina with anodization processing

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    Cheng, C; Ngan, AHW

    2013-01-01

    Simultaneous application of mechanical stresses on a material as it undergoes an electrochemical reaction can result in interesting coupling effects between the chemical and mechanical responses of the material. In this work, anodic porous alumina supported on Al is found to exhibit significant softening during in situ nanoindentation with anodization processing. Compared with ex situ nanoindentation without anodization processing, the in situ hardness measured on the alumina is found to be m...

  18. Modulation of Transmission Spectra of Anodized Alumina Membrane Distributed Bragg Reflector by Controlling Anodization Temperature

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    Zheng WenJun; Fei GuangTao; Wang Biao; Zhang Li

    2009-01-01

    Abstract We have successfully prepared anodized alumina membrane distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) using electrochemical anodization method. The transmission peak of this distributed Bragg reflector could be easily and effectively modulated to cover almost any wavelength range of the whole visible spectrum by adjusting anodization temperature.

  19. Modulation of Transmission Spectra of Anodized Alumina Membrane Distributed Bragg Reflector by Controlling Anodization Temperature

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    Zheng WenJun

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract We have successfully prepared anodized alumina membrane distributed Bragg reflector (DBR using electrochemical anodization method. The transmission peak of this distributed Bragg reflector could be easily and effectively modulated to cover almost any wavelength range of the whole visible spectrum by adjusting anodization temperature.

  20. Nanostructural Engineering of Nanoporous Anodic Alumina for Biosensing Applications

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    Josep Ferré-Borrull

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Modifying the diameter of the pores in nanoporous anodic alumina opens new possibilities in the application of this material. In this work, we review the different nanoengineering methods by classifying them into two kinds: in situ and ex situ. Ex situ methods imply the interruption of the anodization process and the addition of intermediate steps, while in situ methods aim at realizing the in-depth pore modulation by continuous changes in the anodization conditions. Ex situ methods permit a greater versatility in the pore geometry, while in situ methods are simpler and adequate for repeated cycles. As an example of ex situ methods, we analyze the effect of changing drastically one of the anodization parameters (anodization voltage, electrolyte composition or concentration. We also introduce in situ methods to obtain distributed Bragg reflectors or rugate filters in nanoporous anodic alumina with cyclic anodization voltage or current. This nanopore engineering permits us to propose new applications in the field of biosensing: using the unique reflectance or photoluminescence properties of the material to obtain photonic barcodes, applying a gold-coated double-layer nanoporous alumina to design a self-referencing protein sensor or giving a proof-of-concept of the refractive index sensing capabilities of nanoporous rugate filters.

  1. Enhanced gas separation factors of microporous polymer constrained in the channels of anodic alumina membranes

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    Chernova, Ekaterina; Petukhov, Dmitrii; Boytsova, Olga; Alentiev, Alexander; Budd, Peter; Yampolskii, Yuri; Eliseev, Andrei

    2016-08-01

    New composite membranes based on porous anodic alumina films and polymer of intrinsic microporosity (PIM-1) have been prepared using a spin-coating technique. According to scanning electron microscopy, partial penetration of polymer into the pores of alumina supports takes place giving rise to selective polymeric layers with fiber-like microstructure. Geometric confinement of rigid PIM-1 in the channels of anodic alumina causes reduction of small-scale mobility in polymeric chains. As a result, transport of permanent gases, such as CH4, becomes significantly hindered across composite membranes. Contrary, the transport of condensable gases (CO2, С4H10), did not significantly suffer from the confinement due to high solubility in the polymer matrix. This strategy enables enhancement of selectivity towards CO2 and C4H10 without significant loss of the membrane performance and seems to be prospective for drain and sweetening of natural gas.

  2. Superhydrophobicity of Bionic Alumina Surfaces Fabricated by Hard Anodizing

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    Jing Li; Feng Du; Xianli Liu; Zhonghao Jiang; Luquan Ren

    2011-01-01

    Bionic alumina samples were fabricated on convex dome type aluminum alloy substrate using hard anodizing technique.The convex domes on the bionic sample were fabricated by compression molding under a compressive stress of 92.5 MPa.The water contact angles of the as-anodized bionic samples were measured using a contact angle meter (JC2000A) with the 3 μL water drop at room temperature.The measurement of the wetting property showed that the water contact angle of the unmodified as-anodized bionic alumina samples increases from 90° to 137° with the anodizing time.The increase in water contract angle with anodizing time arises from the gradual formation of hierarchical structure or composite structure.The structure is composed of the micro-scaled alumina columns and pores.The height of columns and the depth of pores depend on the anodizing time.The water contact angle increases significantly from 96° to 152° when the samples were modified with self-assembled monolayer of octadecanethiol (ODT),showing a change in the wettability from hydrophobicity to super-hydrophobicity.This improvement in the wetting property is attributed to the decrease in the surface energy caused by the chemical modification.

  3. Structural Engineering of Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Photonic Crystals by Sawtooth-like Pulse Anodization.

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    Law, Cheryl Suwen; Santos, Abel; Nemati, Mahdieh; Losic, Dusan

    2016-06-01

    This study presents a sawtooth-like pulse anodization approach aiming to create a new type of photonic crystal structure based on nanoporous anodic alumina. This nanofabrication approach enables the engineering of the effective medium of nanoporous anodic alumina in a sawtooth-like manner with precision. The manipulation of various anodization parameters such as anodization period, anodization amplitude, number of anodization pulses, ramp ratio and pore widening time allows a precise control and fine-tuning of the optical properties (i.e., characteristic transmission peaks and interferometric colors) exhibited by nanoporous anodic alumina photonic crystals (NAA-PCs). The effect of these anodization parameters on the photonic properties of NAA-PCs is systematically evaluated for the establishment of a fabrication methodology toward NAA-PCs with tunable optical properties. The effective medium of the resulting NAA-PCs is demonstrated to be optimal for the development of optical sensing platforms in combination with reflectometric interference spectroscopy (RIfS). This application is demonstrated by monitoring in real-time the formation of monolayers of thiol molecules (11-mercaptoundecanoic acid) on the surface of gold-coated NAA-PCs. The obtained results reveal that the adsorption mechanism between thiol molecules and gold-coated NAA-PCs follows a Langmuir isotherm model, indicating a monolayer sorption mechanism. PMID:27171214

  4. Characterization of nanopores ordering in anodic alumina

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    Mátéfi-Tempfli, Stefan; Mátéfi-Tempfli, M.; Piraux, L.

    2008-01-01

    A simple characterization method of the ordering of the nanopores is described for nanoporous anodized aluminium oxides. The method starts with image analysis on scanning electron microscopy representations for the purpose to find repetitive shapes and their centres, i.e. nanopores. Then triangle...

  5. Growth of porous anodized alumina on the sputtered aluminum films with 2D–3D morphology for high specific surface area

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    The porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with high-aspect-ratio pore channels is widely used as a template for fabricating nanowires or other one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures. The high specific surface area of AAO can also be applied to the super capacitor and the supporting substrate for catalysis. The rough surface could be helpful to enhance specific surface area but it generally results in electrical field concentration even to ruin AAO. In this article, the aluminum (Al) films with the varied 2D–3D morphology on Si substrates were prepared using magnetron sputtering at a power of 50 W–185 W for 1 h at a working pressure of 2.5 × 10−1 Pa. Then, AAO was fabricated from the different Al films by means of one-step hybrid pulse anodizing (HPA) between the positive 40 V and the negative −2 V (1 s:1 s) for 3 min in 0.3 M oxalic acid at a room temperature. The microstructure and morphology of Al films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope, respectively. Some hillocks formed at the high target power could be attributed to the grain texture growth in the normal orientation of Al(1 1 1). The 3D porous AAO structure which is different from the conventional 2D planar one has been successfully demonstrated using HPA on the film with greatly rough hillock-surface formed at the highest power of 185 W. It offers a potential application of the new 3D AAO to high specific surface area devices.

  6. Growth of porous anodized alumina on the sputtered aluminum films with 2D-3D morphology for high specific surface area

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    Liao, M. W.; Chung, C. K.

    2014-08-01

    The porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with high-aspect-ratio pore channels is widely used as a template for fabricating nanowires or other one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures. The high specific surface area of AAO can also be applied to the super capacitor and the supporting substrate for catalysis. The rough surface could be helpful to enhance specific surface area but it generally results in electrical field concentration even to ruin AAO. In this article, the aluminum (Al) films with the varied 2D-3D morphology on Si substrates were prepared using magnetron sputtering at a power of 50 W-185 W for 1 h at a working pressure of 2.5 × 10-1 Pa. Then, AAO was fabricated from the different Al films by means of one-step hybrid pulse anodizing (HPA) between the positive 40 V and the negative -2 V (1 s:1 s) for 3 min in 0.3 M oxalic acid at a room temperature. The microstructure and morphology of Al films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope, respectively. Some hillocks formed at the high target power could be attributed to the grain texture growth in the normal orientation of Al(1 1 1). The 3D porous AAO structure which is different from the conventional 2D planar one has been successfully demonstrated using HPA on the film with greatly rough hillock-surface formed at the highest power of 185 W. It offers a potential application of the new 3D AAO to high specific surface area devices.

  7. Growth of porous anodized alumina on the sputtered aluminum films with 2D–3D morphology for high specific surface area

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    Liao, M.W.; Chung, C.K., E-mail: ckchung@mail.ncku.edu.tw

    2014-08-01

    The porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with high-aspect-ratio pore channels is widely used as a template for fabricating nanowires or other one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures. The high specific surface area of AAO can also be applied to the super capacitor and the supporting substrate for catalysis. The rough surface could be helpful to enhance specific surface area but it generally results in electrical field concentration even to ruin AAO. In this article, the aluminum (Al) films with the varied 2D–3D morphology on Si substrates were prepared using magnetron sputtering at a power of 50 W–185 W for 1 h at a working pressure of 2.5 × 10⁻¹ Pa. Then, AAO was fabricated from the different Al films by means of one-step hybrid pulse anodizing (HPA) between the positive 40 V and the negative -2 V (1 s:1 s) for 3 min in 0.3 M oxalic acid at a room temperature. The microstructure and morphology of Al films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope and atomic force microscope, respectively. Some hillocks formed at the high target power could be attributed to the grain texture growth in the normal orientation of Al(1 1 1). The 3D porous AAO structure which is different from the conventional 2D planar one has been successfully demonstrated using HPA on the film with greatly rough hillock-surface formed at the highest power of 185 W. It offers a potential application of the new 3D AAO to high specific surface area devices.

  8. Silver as Anode in Cryolite—Alumina-Based Melts

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    Kucharik, M.; Chamelot, Pierre; Cassayre, Laurent; Taxil, Pierre

    2007-01-01

    The anodic behaviour of silver was investigated in cryolite—alumina-based melt. Silver has a lower melting point (ca. 960◦C) than the other metals considered as possible inert materials for aluminium electrolysis. The working temperature used in aluminium industry is approximately 960◦C, depending on the melt composition. Therefore, the stability of silver during the anodic process was tested at 870◦C in an acidic electrolyte consisting of 65.5 mass % Na3AlF6 + 22.9 mass % AlF3 + 5.7 mass ...

  9. Advanced morphological analysis of patterns of thin anodic porous alumina

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    Different conditions of fabrication of thin anodic porous alumina on glass substrates have been explored, obtaining two sets of samples with varying pore density and porosity, respectively. The patterns of pores have been imaged by high resolution scanning electron microscopy and analyzed by innovative methods. The regularity ratio has been extracted from radial profiles of the fast Fourier transforms of the images. Additionally, the Minkowski measures have been calculated. It was first observed that the regularity ratio averaged across all directions is properly corrected by the coefficient previously determined in the literature. Furthermore, the angularly averaged regularity ratio for the thin porous alumina made during short single-step anodizations is lower than that of hexagonal patterns of pores as for thick porous alumina from aluminum electropolishing and two-step anodization. Therefore, the regularity ratio represents a reliable measure of pattern order. At the same time, the lower angular spread of the regularity ratio shows that disordered porous alumina is more isotropic. Within each set, when changing either pore density or porosity, both regularity and isotropy remain rather constant, showing consistent fabrication quality of the experimental patterns. Minor deviations are tentatively discussed with the aid of the Minkowski measures, and the slight decrease in both regularity and isotropy for the final data-points of the porosity set is ascribed to excess pore opening and consequent pore merging. - Highlights: • Thin porous alumina is partly self-ordered and pattern analysis is required. • Regularity ratio is often misused: we fix the averaging and consider its spread. • We also apply the mathematical tool of Minkowski measures, new in this field. • Regularity ratio shows pattern isotropy and Minkowski helps in assessment. • General agreement with perfect artificial patterns confirms the good manufacturing

  10. Advanced morphological analysis of patterns of thin anodic porous alumina

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    Toccafondi, C. [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Department of Nanophysics, Via Morego 30, Genova I 16163 (Italy); Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Department of Nanostructures, Via Morego 30, Genova I 16163 (Italy); Stępniowski, W.J. [Department of Advanced Materials and Technologies, Faculty of Advanced Technologies and Chemistry, Military University of Technology, 2 Kaliskiego Str., 00-908 Warszawa (Poland); Leoncini, M. [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Department of Nanostructures, Via Morego 30, Genova I 16163 (Italy); Salerno, M., E-mail: marco.salerno@iit.it [Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Department of Nanophysics, Via Morego 30, Genova I 16163 (Italy)

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    Different conditions of fabrication of thin anodic porous alumina on glass substrates have been explored, obtaining two sets of samples with varying pore density and porosity, respectively. The patterns of pores have been imaged by high resolution scanning electron microscopy and analyzed by innovative methods. The regularity ratio has been extracted from radial profiles of the fast Fourier transforms of the images. Additionally, the Minkowski measures have been calculated. It was first observed that the regularity ratio averaged across all directions is properly corrected by the coefficient previously determined in the literature. Furthermore, the angularly averaged regularity ratio for the thin porous alumina made during short single-step anodizations is lower than that of hexagonal patterns of pores as for thick porous alumina from aluminum electropolishing and two-step anodization. Therefore, the regularity ratio represents a reliable measure of pattern order. At the same time, the lower angular spread of the regularity ratio shows that disordered porous alumina is more isotropic. Within each set, when changing either pore density or porosity, both regularity and isotropy remain rather constant, showing consistent fabrication quality of the experimental patterns. Minor deviations are tentatively discussed with the aid of the Minkowski measures, and the slight decrease in both regularity and isotropy for the final data-points of the porosity set is ascribed to excess pore opening and consequent pore merging. - Highlights: • Thin porous alumina is partly self-ordered and pattern analysis is required. • Regularity ratio is often misused: we fix the averaging and consider its spread. • We also apply the mathematical tool of Minkowski measures, new in this field. • Regularity ratio shows pattern isotropy and Minkowski helps in assessment. • General agreement with perfect artificial patterns confirms the good manufacturing.

  11. Nanocarbon-Coated Porous Anodic Alumina for Bionic Devices

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    Morteza Aramesh; Wei Tong; Kate Fox; Ann Turnley; Dong Han Seo; Steven Prawer; Kostya (Ken) Ostrikov

    2015-01-01

    A highly-stable and biocompatible nanoporous electrode is demonstrated herein. The electrode is based on a porous anodic alumina which is conformally coated with an ultra-thin layer of diamond-like carbon. The nanocarbon coating plays an essential role for the chemical stability and biocompatibility of the electrodes; thus, the coated electrodes are ideally suited for biomedical applications. The corrosion resistance of the proposed electrodes was tested under extreme chemical conditions, su...

  12. Nanocarbon-Coated Porous Anodic Alumina for Bionic Devices

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    Morteza Aramesh

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available A highly-stable and biocompatible nanoporous electrode is demonstrated herein. The electrode is based on a porous anodic alumina which is conformally coated with an ultra-thin layer of diamond-like carbon. The nanocarbon coating plays an essential role for the chemical stability and biocompatibility of the electrodes; thus, the coated electrodes are ideally suited for biomedical applications. The corrosion resistance of the proposed electrodes was tested under extreme chemical conditions, such as in boiling acidic/alkali environments. The nanostructured morphology and the surface chemistry of the electrodes were maintained after wet/dry chemical corrosion tests. The non-cytotoxicity of the electrodes was tested by standard toxicity tests using mouse fibroblasts and cortical neurons. Furthermore, the cell–electrode interaction of cortical neurons with nanocarbon coated nanoporous anodic alumina was studied in vitro. Cortical neurons were found to attach and spread to the nanocarbon coated electrodes without using additional biomolecules, whilst no cell attachment was observed on the surface of the bare anodic alumina. Neurite growth appeared to be sensitive to nanotopographical features of the electrodes. The proposed electrodes show a great promise for practical applications such as retinal prostheses and bionic implants in general.

  13. Alumina Thin Film Growth: Experiments and Modeling

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    Wallin, Erik

    2007-01-01

    The work presented in this thesis deals with experimental and theoretical studies related to the growth of crystalline alumina thin films. Alumina, Al2O3, is a polymorphic material utilized in a variety of applications, e.g., in the form of thin films. Many of the possibilities of alumina, and the problems associated with thin film synthesis of the material, are due to the existence of a range of different crystalline phases. Controlling the formation of the desired phase and the transformati...

  14. Iron migration from the anode surface in alumina electrolysis

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    Zhuravleva, Elena N.; Drozdova, Tatiana N.; Ponomareva, Svetlana V.; Kirik, Sergei D.

    2013-01-01

    Corrosion destruction of two-component iron-based alloys used as an anode in high-temperature alumina electrolysis in the melt of NaF/KF/AlF3 electrolyte has been considered. Ni, Si, Cu, Cr, Mn, Al, Ti in the amount of up to 10% have been tested as the dopants to an anode alloys. The composition of the corrosion products has been studied using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and electron microprobe analysis. It has been established that the anode corrosion is induced by a surface electrochemical polarization and iron atom oxidation. Iron ions come into an exchange interaction with the fluoride components of the melted electrolyte, producing FeF2. The last interacts with oxyfluoride species transforming into the oxide forms: FeAl2O4, Fe3O4, Fe2O3. Due to the low solubility, the iron oxides are accumulated in the near-electrode sheath. The only small part of iron from anode migrates to cathode that makes an production of high purity aluminum of a real task. The alloy dopants are also subjected to corrosion in accordance with electromotive series resulting corrosion tunnels on the anode surface. The oxides are final compounds which collect in the same area. The corrosion products form an anode shell which is electronic conductor at electrolysis temperature. The electrolysis of alumina occurs beyond the corrosion shell. The rate limiting step in the corrosion is the electrolyte penetration through corrosion shell to the anode surface. The participation of the released oxygen in the corrosion has not been observed.

  15. Depositing Adherent Ag Films On Ti Films On Alumina

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    Honecy, Frank S.

    1995-01-01

    Report discusses cleaning of ceramic (principally, alumina) substrates in preparation for sputter deposition of titanium intermediate films on substrates followed by sputter deposition of outer silver films. Principal intended application, substrates sliding parts in advanced high-temperature heat engines, and outer silver films serve as solid lubricants: lubricating properties described in "Solid Lubricant for Alumina" (LEW-15495).

  16. Iron migration from the anode surface in alumina electrolysis

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    Zhuravleva, Elena N.; Drozdova, Tatiana N.; Ponomareva, Svetlana V. [Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, 660041 (Russian Federation); Kirik, Sergei D., E-mail: kiriksd@yandex.ru [Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, 660041 (Russian Federation); Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology SB RAS, Krasnoyarsk, 660036 (Russian Federation)

    2013-01-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Corrosion destruction of two-component iron-based alloys in high-temperature aluminum electrolysis in the cryolite alumina melt has been studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It was found that at the first stage oxidative polarization of iron atoms on the anode surface into Fe{sup 2+} takes place. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fe{sup 2+} interacts with cryolite melt producing FeF{sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer FeF{sub 2} gives oxides FeAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The participation of oxygen in the corrosion has not been observed. - Abstract: Corrosion destruction of two-component iron-based alloys used as an anode in high-temperature alumina electrolysis in the melt of NaF/KF/AlF{sub 3} electrolyte has been considered. Ni, Si, Cu, Cr, Mn, Al, Ti in the amount of up to 10% have been tested as the dopants to an anode alloys. The composition of the corrosion products has been studied using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and electron microprobe analysis. It has been established that the anode corrosion is induced by a surface electrochemical polarization and iron atom oxidation. Iron ions come into an exchange interaction with the fluoride components of the melted electrolyte, producing FeF{sub 2}. The last interacts with oxyfluoride species transforming into the oxide forms: FeAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Due to the low solubility, the iron oxides are accumulated in the near-electrode sheath. The only small part of iron from anode migrates to cathode that makes an production of high purity aluminum of a real task. The alloy dopants are also subjected to corrosion in accordance with electromotive series resulting corrosion tunnels on the anode surface. The oxides are final compounds which collect in the same area. The corrosion products form an anode shell which is electronic conductor at electrolysis temperature. The

  17. Iron migration from the anode surface in alumina electrolysis

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    Highlights: ► Corrosion destruction of two-component iron-based alloys in high-temperature aluminum electrolysis in the cryolite alumina melt has been studied. ► It was found that at the first stage oxidative polarization of iron atoms on the anode surface into Fe2+ takes place. ► Fe2+ interacts with cryolite melt producing FeF2. ► FeF2 gives oxides FeAl2O4, Fe3O4, Fe2O3. ► The participation of oxygen in the corrosion has not been observed. - Abstract: Corrosion destruction of two-component iron-based alloys used as an anode in high-temperature alumina electrolysis in the melt of NaF/KF/AlF3 electrolyte has been considered. Ni, Si, Cu, Cr, Mn, Al, Ti in the amount of up to 10% have been tested as the dopants to an anode alloys. The composition of the corrosion products has been studied using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and electron microprobe analysis. It has been established that the anode corrosion is induced by a surface electrochemical polarization and iron atom oxidation. Iron ions come into an exchange interaction with the fluoride components of the melted electrolyte, producing FeF2. The last interacts with oxyfluoride species transforming into the oxide forms: FeAl2O4, Fe3O4, Fe2O3. Due to the low solubility, the iron oxides are accumulated in the near-electrode sheath. The only small part of iron from anode migrates to cathode that makes an production of high purity aluminum of a real task. The alloy dopants are also subjected to corrosion in accordance with electromotive series resulting corrosion tunnels on the anode surface. The oxides are final compounds which collect in the same area. The corrosion products form an anode shell which is electronic conductor at electrolysis temperature. The electrolysis of alumina occurs beyond the corrosion shell. The rate limiting step in the corrosion is the electrolyte penetration through corrosion shell to the anode surface. The participation of the released oxygen in the corrosion has

  18. Final report on the characterization of the film on inert anodes

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    Windisch, C.F. Jr.; Stice, N.D.

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    Results of post-test microscopic and elemental analysis of the reaction zone on polarized cermet inert anodes, over a range of current densities and alumina concentrations, suggest that an alumina film does not form to protect the anode from dissolution. Rather, significant morphological and compositional changes occur at or near the anode surface. These changes and the chemical reactions that cause them involve the cermet material itself and appear to be responsible for properties that were previously assigned to an alumina film. In particular, a reaction layer formed from the cermet material may have protective properties, while changes in roughness and porosity may contribute to the electrochemical impedance.

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

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    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.

  20. Ellipsometry of anodic film growth

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    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.

  1. Vertical single- and double-walled carbon nanotubes grown from modified porous anodic alumina templates

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    Vertical single-walled and double-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT and DWNT) arrays have been grown using a catalyst embedded within the pore walls of a porous anodic alumina (PAA) template. The initial film structure consisted of a SiOx adhesion layer, a Ti layer, a bottom Al layer, a Fe layer, and a top Al layer deposited on a Si wafer. The Al and Fe layers were subsequently anodized to create a vertically oriented pore structure through the film stack. CNTs were synthesized from the catalyst layer by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD). The resulting structure is expected to form the basis for development of vertically oriented CNT-based electronics and sensors

  2. Assessment of Binding Affinity between Drugs and Human Serum Albumin Using Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Photonic Crystals.

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    Nemati, Mahdieh; Santos, Abel; Law, Cheryl Suwen; Losic, Dusan

    2016-06-01

    In this study, we report an innovative approach aiming to assess the binding affinity between drug molecules and human serum albumin by combining nanoporous anodic alumina rugate filters (NAA-RFs) modified with human serum albumin (HSA) and reflectometric interference spectroscopy (RIfS). NAA-RFs are photonic crystal structures produced by sinusoidal pulse anodization of aluminum that present two characteristic optical parameters, the characteristic reflection peak (λPeak), and the effective optical thickness of the film (OTeff), which can be readily used as sensing parameters. A design of experiments strategy and an ANOVA analysis are used to establish the effect of the anodization parameters (i.e., anodization period and anodization offset) on the sensitivity of HSA-modified NAA-RFs toward indomethacin, a model drug. To this end, two sensing parameters are used, that is, shifts in the characteristic reflection peak (ΔλPeak) and changes in the effective optical thickness of the film (ΔOTeff). Subsequently, optimized NAA-RFs are used as sensing platforms to determine the binding affinity between a set of drugs (i.e., indomethacin, coumarin, sulfadymethoxine, warfarin, and salicylic acid) and HSA molecules. Our results verify that the combination of HSA-modified NAA-RFs with RIfS can be used as a portable, low-cost, and simple system for establishing the binding affinity between drugs and plasma proteins, which is a critical factor to develop efficient medicines for treating a broad range of diseases and medical conditions. PMID:27128744

  3. Unifying the templating effects of porous anodic alumina on metallic nanoparticles for carbon nanotube synthesis

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    Haase, Mark R., E-mail: Mark.R.Haase@gmail.com, E-mail: haasemr@mail.uc.edu; Alvarez, Noe T.; Malik, Rachit; Schulz, Mark; Shanov, Vesselin [580 Engineering Research Center, Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering (United States)

    2015-09-15

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are a promising material for many applications, due to their extraordinary properties. Some of these properties vary in relation to the diameter of the nanotubes; thus, precise control of CNT diameter can be critical. Porous anodic alumina (PAA) membranes have been successfully used to template electrodeposited catalyst. However, the catalysts used in CNT synthesis are frequently deposited with more precise techniques, such as electron beam deposition. We test the efficacy of PAA as a template for electron beam-deposited catalyst by studying the diameter distribution of CNTs grown catalyst of various thicknesses supported by PAA. These are then compared by ANOVA to the diameter distributions of CNTs grown on metal catalyst supported by a conventional alumina film. These results also allow a unified description of two templating effects, the more common particles-in-pores model, and the recently described particles-between-pores.

  4. Preparation of Si Nanocrystals Using Anodic Porous Alumina Template Formed on Silicon Substrate

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    WU Jun-Hui; PU Lin; ZOU Jian-Ping; MEI Yong-Feng; ZHU Jian-Min; BAO Xi-Mao

    2000-01-01

    A novel technique to extend template application ofanodic porous alumina to Si has been reported. First, porous alumina template about 400 nm thick was prepared on silicon substrate by anodizing thin aluminum film with high purity of 99.99% in 15 wt.% sulfuric acid under a constant voltage of 20 V and at an electrolyte temperature of 5°C. Then, amorphous Si layer approximately 50nm in thickness was deposited onto the surface of template by using electron beam evaporation technique followed by an Xe ion beam bombardment, upon which as-coated Si layer at the pore mouth could be removed into pores smootlly. Three runs were performed by repeating above process of deposition and post bombardment. Finally, samples were annealed at 800°C for 30min in nitrogen.Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction analysis reveal Si nanocrystals with a size of 15-20nm being formed in the pores of template.

  5. Highly ordered hexagonally arranged nanostructures on silicon through a self-assembled silicon-integrated porous anodic alumina masking layer

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    A combined process of electrochemical formation of self-assembled porous anodic alumina thin films on a Si substrate and Si etching through the pores was used to fabricate ideally ordered nanostructures on the silicon surface with a long-range, two-dimensional arrangement in a hexagonal close-packed lattice. Pore arrangement in the alumina film was achieved without any pre-patterning of the film surface before anodization. Perfect pattern transfer was achieved by an initial dry etching step, followed by wet or electrochemical etching of Si at the pore bottoms. Anisotropic wet etching using tetramethyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAH) solution resulted in pits in the form of inverted pyramids, while electrochemical etching using a hydrofluoric acid (HF) solution resulted in concave nanopits in the form of semi-spheres. Nanopatterns with lateral size in the range 12-200 nm, depth in the range 50-300 nm and periodicity in the range 30-200 nm were achieved either on large Si areas or on pre-selected confined areas on the Si substrate. The pore size and periodicity were tuned by changing the electrolyte for porous anodic alumina formation and the alumina pore widening time. This parallel large-area nanopatterning technique shows significant potential for use in Si technology and devices.

  6. Layer growth mechanisms on metallic electrodes under anodic polarization in cryolite-alumina melt

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    Highlights: •Oxidation mechanisms of Fe, Ni and Co were studied at low potential in cryolite alumina melt. •At low overpotential, anodic dissolution of metal M occurs. •At the metal surface, Mn+ react with Al3+ and O2− to form an Al-containing spinel. •A minimal current density is required to precipitate the spinel phase. •With further polarization, a monoxide layer grows at the metal/spinel interface. -- Abstract: The anodic behavior of Fe, Ni, Co electrodes was investigated in a cryolite-alumina melt at 960 °C, by electrochemical techniques, microstructural characterizations and thermodynamic calculations, to provide a fundamental understanding of layers formation at metal (M) electrode surface. At low overpotential, anodic dissolution of M occurs; when the Mn+ concentration at the surface reaches saturation, a MxAl3−xO4 spinel phase precipitates. Then, a dense MyO layer grows at the metal/spinel interface. As for Fe, polarization at higher overpotentials lead to the same layers of spinel and monoxide, but pores at the metal/FeyO interface cause loss of adhesion of the oxide film

  7. Magnetic properties of iron films on anodized aluminum underlayer

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    A one-step anodization process was used to prepare the anodic alumina (AA) film on glass. Using the AA as an inserted underlayer, iron films with thickness of tN in the range of 10 ∼ 35 nm were deposited by argon ion sputtering. The iron film deposited on AA underlayer exhibited different magnetic behaviors from the iron film deposited on glass or on aluminum underlayer. The perpendicular coercivity of film deposited on AA underlayer reached a maximal value of about 1 kOe at tN = 30 nm. We believe that the improvement of magnetic properties came from the modulation of the morphology of Fe film by the porous structure of AA underlayer.

  8. Plasmonic properties of gold-coated nanoporous anodic alumina with linearly organized pores

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    Dheeraj Pratap; P Mandal; S Anantha Ramakrishna

    2014-12-01

    Anodization of aluminium surfaces containing linearly oriented scratches leads to the formation of nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) with the nanopores arranged preferentially along the scratch marks. NAA, when coated with a thin gold film, support plasmonic resonances. Dark-field spectroscopy revealed that gold-coated NAA with such linearly arranged pores shows a polarization-dependent scattering, that is larger when the incident light is polarized parallel to the scratch direction than when polarized perpendicular to the scratch direction. Fluorescence studies from rhodamine-6G (R6G) molecules dissolved in polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and deposited on these NAA templates showed that fluorescence can be strongly enhanced with the bare NAA due to multiple light scattering in the NAA, while fluorescence from the molecules deposited on gold-coated NAA is strongly quenched due to the strong plasmonic coupling.

  9. Study the effect of striping in two-step anodizing process on pore arrangement of nano-porous alumina

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    Two-step anodic oxidation of aluminum is generally employed to produce the ordered porous anodized alumina (PAA). Dissolving away (striping) the oxide film after the first anodizing step plays a key role in the final arrangement of nano-pores. In this work, different striping durations between 1 and 6 h were applied to the sample that was initially anodized at a constant voltage of 40 V at 17 deg. C for 15 h. The striping duration of 3 h was realized as the optimum time for achieving the best ordering degree for the pores. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used during and at the end of the process to examine the cross section and finishing surface of the specimens. Linear-angular fast Fourier transform (LA-FFT), an in-house technique based on MATLAB software, was employed to assess the ordering degree of the anodized samples.

  10. Study the effect of striping in two-step anodizing process on pore arrangement of nano-porous alumina

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    Rahimi, M.H. [Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Saramad, S., E-mail: ssaramad@aut.ac.ir [Department of Physics, Amirkabir University of Technology, Hafez Avenue, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Tabaian, S.H.; Marashi, S.P. [Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Zolfaghari, A. [Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Research Centre of Iran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mohammadalinezhad, M. [Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-10-15

    Two-step anodic oxidation of aluminum is generally employed to produce the ordered porous anodized alumina (PAA). Dissolving away (striping) the oxide film after the first anodizing step plays a key role in the final arrangement of nano-pores. In this work, different striping durations between 1 and 6 h were applied to the sample that was initially anodized at a constant voltage of 40 V at 17 deg. C for 15 h. The striping duration of 3 h was realized as the optimum time for achieving the best ordering degree for the pores. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used during and at the end of the process to examine the cross section and finishing surface of the specimens. Linear-angular fast Fourier transform (LA-FFT), an in-house technique based on MATLAB software, was employed to assess the ordering degree of the anodized samples.

  11. Nanoporous Anodic Alumina: A Versatile Platform for Optical Biosensors

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA has become one of the most promising nanomaterials in optical biosensing as a result of its unique physical and chemical properties. Many studies have demonstrated the outstanding capabilities of NAA for developing optical biosensors in combination with different optical techniques. These results reveal that NAA is a promising alternative to other widely explored nanoporous platforms, such as porous silicon. This review is aimed at reporting on the recent advances and current stage of development of NAA-based optical biosensing devices. The different optical detection techniques, principles and concepts are described in detail along with relevant examples of optical biosensing devices using NAA sensing platforms. Furthermore, we summarise the performance of these devices and provide a future perspective on this promising research field.

  12. Rational engineering of nanoporous anodic alumina optical bandpass filters

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    Santos, Abel; Pereira, Taj; Law, Cheryl Suwen; Losic, Dusan

    2016-08-01

    Herein, we present a rationally designed advanced nanofabrication approach aiming at producing a new type of optical bandpass filters based on nanoporous anodic alumina photonic crystals. The photonic stop band of nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) is engineered in depth by means of a pseudo-stepwise pulse anodisation (PSPA) approach consisting of pseudo-stepwise asymmetric current density pulses. This nanofabrication method makes it possible to tune the transmission bands of NAA at specific wavelengths and bandwidths, which can be broadly modified across the UV-visible-NIR spectrum through the anodisation period (i.e. time between consecutive pulses). First, we establish the effect of the anodisation period as a means of tuning the position and width of the transmission bands of NAA across the UV-visible-NIR spectrum. To this end, a set of nanoporous anodic alumina bandpass filters (NAA-BPFs) are produced with different anodisation periods, ranging from 500 to 1200 s, and their optical properties (i.e. characteristic transmission bands and interferometric colours) are systematically assessed. Then, we demonstrate that the rational combination of stacked NAA-BPFs consisting of layers of NAA produced with different PSPA periods can be readily used to create a set of unique and highly selective optical bandpass filters with characteristic transmission bands, the position, width and number of which can be precisely engineered by this rational anodisation approach. Finally, as a proof-of-concept, we demonstrate that the superposition of stacked NAA-BPFs produced with slight modifications of the anodisation period enables the fabrication of NAA-BPFs with unprecedented broad transmission bands across the UV-visible-NIR spectrum. The results obtained from our study constitute the first comprehensive rationale towards advanced NAA-BPFs with fully controllable photonic properties. These photonic crystal structures could become a promising alternative to traditional optical

  13. Photonic stop bands in quasi-random nanoporous anodic alumina structures

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    Maksymov, Ivan; Pallares, Josep; Marsal, Lluis F

    2011-01-01

    The existence of photonic stop bands in the self-assembled arrangement of pores in porous anodic alumina structures is investigated by means of rigorous 2D finite- difference time-domain calculations. Self-assembled porous anodic alumina shows a random distribution of domains, each of them with a very definite triangular pattern, constituting a quasi-random structure. The observed stop bands are similar to those of photonic quasicrystals or random structures. As the pores of nanoporous anodic alumina can be infiltrated with noble metals, nonlinear or active media, it makes this material very attractive and cost-effective for applications including inhibition of spontaneous emission, random lasing, LEDs and biosensors.

  14. Rapid fabrication of self-ordered porous alumina with 10-/sub-10-nm-scale nanostructures by selenic acid anodizing.

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    Nishinaga, Osamu; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Natsui, Shungo; Suzuki, Ryosuke O

    2013-01-01

    Anodic porous alumina has been widely investigated and used as a nanostructure template in various nanoapplications. The porous structure consists of numerous hexagonal cells perpendicular to the aluminum substrate and each cell has several tens or hundreds of nanoscale pores at its center. Because the nanomorphology of anodic porous alumina is limited by the electrolyte during anodizing, the discovery of additional electrolytes would expand the applicability of porous alumina. In this study, we report a new self-ordered nanoporous alumina formed by selenic acid (H2SeO4) anodizing. By optimizing the anodizing conditions, anodic alumina possessing 10-nm-scale pores was rapidly assembled (within 1 h) during selenic acid anodizing without any special electrochemical equipment. Novel sub-10-nm-scale spacing can also be achieved by selenic acid anodizing and metal sputter deposition. Our new nanoporous alumina can be used as a nanotemplate for various nanostructures in 10-/sub-10-nm-scale manufacturing. PMID:24067318

  15. Effects of a magnetic field on growth of porous alumina films on aluminum

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    The effects induced by a magnetic field on the oxide film growth on aluminum in sulfuric, oxalic, phosphoric and sulfamic acid, and on current transients during re-anodizing of porous alumina films in the barrier-type electrolyte, were studied. Aluminum films of 100 nm thickness were prepared by thermal evaporation on Si wafer substrates. We could show that the duration of the anodizing process increased by 33% during anodizing in sulfuric acid when a magnetic field was applied (0.7 T), compared to the process without a magnetic field. Interestingly, such a magnetic field effect was not found during anodizing in oxalic and sulfamic acid. The pore intervals were decreased by ca. 17% in oxalic acid. These findings were attributed to variations in electronic properties of the anodic oxide films formed in various electrolytes and interpreted on the basis of the influence of trapped electrons on the mobility of ions migrating during the film growth. The spin dependent tunneling of electrons into the surface layer of the oxide under the magnetic field could be responsible for the shifts of the current transients to lower potentials during re-anodizing of heat-treated oxalic and phosphoric acid alumina films.

  16. Effects of a magnetic field on growth of porous alumina films on aluminum

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    Ispas, Adriana; Bund, Andreas [Technische Universitaet Dresden, Physikalische Chemie und Elektrochemie, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Vrublevsky, Igor, E-mail: vrublevsky@bsuir.edu.b [Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics Minsk, Department of Micro and Nanoelectronics, 220013 Minsk (Belarus)

    2010-05-01

    The effects induced by a magnetic field on the oxide film growth on aluminum in sulfuric, oxalic, phosphoric and sulfamic acid, and on current transients during re-anodizing of porous alumina films in the barrier-type electrolyte, were studied. Aluminum films of 100 nm thickness were prepared by thermal evaporation on Si wafer substrates. We could show that the duration of the anodizing process increased by 33% during anodizing in sulfuric acid when a magnetic field was applied (0.7 T), compared to the process without a magnetic field. Interestingly, such a magnetic field effect was not found during anodizing in oxalic and sulfamic acid. The pore intervals were decreased by ca. 17% in oxalic acid. These findings were attributed to variations in electronic properties of the anodic oxide films formed in various electrolytes and interpreted on the basis of the influence of trapped electrons on the mobility of ions migrating during the film growth. The spin dependent tunneling of electrons into the surface layer of the oxide under the magnetic field could be responsible for the shifts of the current transients to lower potentials during re-anodizing of heat-treated oxalic and phosphoric acid alumina films.

  17. Preparation of highly-ordered carbon nanotube arrays in the anodized alumina template

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    A highly-ordered, hexagonally arranged alumina nanopore template was prepared by self-organized two-step anodization process of aluminium in oxalic acid solution. Highly parallel pores were obtained within domains of a few micrometers. Highly-ordered, parallel carbon nanotube arrays were successfully grown in the alumina template nanopores by chemical vapor deposition catalyzed by alumina itself. The nanotube arrays are suitable for channeling of particle beams. The structures of aluminium, alumina template and carbon nanotubes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD). The growth mechanism and formation condition of both alumina template and carbon nanotube were discussed. (authors)

  18. Fabrication of cobalt nanowires from mixture of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid and ethylene glycol using porous anodic alumina template

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    Porous anodic alumina template is synthesized by electrochemical anodization of aluminum and used to grow cobalt nanowires. The cobalt nanowires produced by direct current electrodeposition are characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and physical property measurement system. Test results indicate that the average diameter of cobalt nanowires is about 45 nm, which is generally the same as the pore diameter of porous anodic alumina template, and the cobalt nanowires electrodeposited from mixture of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid and ethylene glycol have a smoother surface and better magnetic properties than cobalt nanowires electrodeposited from aqueous solution, and they show a better squareness. Therefore it can be concluded that the cobalt nanowires electrodeposited from mixture of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquid and ethylene glycol using porous anodic alumina template can be used as a perpendicular magnetic recording film

  19. An electrochemical impedance study on cermet anodes in alumina-saturated molten cryolite

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    This paper reports on electrochemical impedance spectra of NiO-NiFe2O4-Cu cermet anodes in alumina-saturated molten cryolite at anodic potentials above the decomposition potential of alumina which exhibited a loop with a characteristic frequency of about 1 Hz. A similar feature was observed using platinum anodes under the same experimental conditions. Analysis of these data suggests the loop was due to gas bubbling. Features associated with charge-transfer processes were not sufficiently resolved to determine the corrosion properties of the cermet anode

  20. 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.

  1. Understanding improved osteoblast behavior on select nanoporous anodic alumina

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Siyu Ni,1 Changyan Li,1 Shirong Ni,2 Ting Chen,1 Thomas J Webster3,4 1College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Donghua University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Pathophysiology, Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA; 4Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials Research, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Abstract: The aim of this study was to prepare different sized porous anodic alumina (PAA and examine preosteoblast (MC3T3-E1 attachment and proliferation on such nanoporous surfaces. In this study, PAA with tunable pore sizes (25 nm, 50 nm, and 75 nm were fabricated by a two-step anodizing procedure in oxalic acid. The surface morphology and elemental composition of PAA were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. The nanopore arrays on all of the PAA samples were highly regular. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis suggested that the chemistry of PAA and flat aluminum surfaces were similar. However, contact angles were significantly greater on all of the PAA compared to flat aluminum substrates, which consequently altered protein adsorption profiles. The attachment and proliferation of preosteoblasts were determined for up to 7 days in culture using field emission scanning electron microscopy and a Cell Counting Kit-8. Results showed that nanoporous surfaces did not enhance initial preosteoblast attachment, whereas preosteoblast proliferation dramatically increased when the PAA pore size was either 50 nm or 75 nm compared to all other samples (P<0.05. Thus, this study showed that one can alter surface energy of aluminum by modifying surface nano-roughness alone (and not changing chemistry through an anodization process to improve osteoblast density, and, thus, should be

  2. Electrochemical fabrication of 2D and 3D nickel nanowires using porous anodic alumina templates

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    Mebed, A. M.; Abd-Elnaiem, Alaa M.; Al-Hosiny, Najm M.

    2016-06-01

    Mechanically stable nickel (Ni) nanowires array and nanowires network were synthesized by pulse electrochemical deposition using 2D and 3D porous anodic alumina (PAA) templates. The structures and morphologies of as-prepared films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy, respectively. The grown Ni nanowire using 3D PAA revealed more strength and larger surface area than has grown Ni use 2D PAA template. The prepared nanowires have a face-centered cubic crystal structure with average grain size 15 nm, and the preferred orientation of the nucleation of the nanowires is (111). The diameter of the nanowires is about 50-70 nm with length 3 µm. The resulting 3D Ni nanowire lattice, which provides enhanced mechanical stability and an increased surface area, benefits energy storage and many other applications which utilize the large surface area.

  3. Effect of change in cation composition of cryolite-alumina melts on anodic overwork

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    Stationary polarization of platinum and glass carbon anodes in minor KF and LiF doped cryolite-alumina melt at different concentrations of alumina is searched in laboratory cell. Individual additive of LiF results in the raise of anode overvoltage by 50-80 mV at glass carbon and ∼25 mV at platinum anodes. Substitution of part of Na+ ions for Li+ in the amount to ∼3.7 mol.% of LiF (∼1.8 mas.%) results in the low polarization

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

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

  5. Effect of Aluminum Purity on the Pore Formation of Porous Anodic Alumina

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    Anodic alumina oxide (AAO), a self-ordered hexagonal array, has various applications in nanofabrication such as the fabrication of nanotemplates and other nanostructures. In order to obtain highly ordered porous alumina membranes, a two-step anodization or prepatterning of aluminum are mainly conducted with straight electric field. Electric field is the main driving force for pore growth during anodization. However, impurities in aluminum can disturb the direction of the electric field. To confirm this, we anodized two different aluminum foil samples with high purity (99.999%) and relatively low purity (99.8%), and compared the differences in the surface morphologies of the respective aluminum oxide membranes produced in different electric fields. Branched pores observed in porous alumina surface which was anodized in low-purity aluminum and the size; dimensions of the pores were found to be usually smaller than those obtained from high-purity aluminum. Moreover, anodization at high voltage proceeds to a significant level of conversion because of the high speed of the directional electric field. Consequently, anodic alumina membrane of a specific morphology, i. e., meshed pore, was produced

  6. Rhodamine B absorbed by anodic porous alumina: Stokes and anti-Stokes luminescence study

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    An organic dye, rhodamine B (RhB) solution, has been used to impregnate anodic porous alumina (PA) in order to form RhB/PA nanocomposites. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of PA films impregnated with RhB are investigated and compared with those in liquid solution. The PL mechanism of RhB/PA nanocomposites has been investigated through the effect of energy excitation. We show the possibility of energy transfer from alumina nanocrystallites to RhB molecules. The interactions between chemical species in the internal surface of PA and the RhB molecules can play a key role in PL emission, which has been proved by the Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) measurements. Moreover, it is also found that the PL intensity of the nanocomposite increases with the PL of the PA layer. The effective cross section of RhB in PA has been estimated to be in the order of 8.4x10-17cm2. An anti-Stokes PL (APL) has been observed from RhB/PA. The linear variation of the APL intensity with the laser power (IAPLαP0.97) indicates that one photon is involved in emission process

  7. The experimental dielectric function of porous anodic alumina in the infrared region; a comparison with the Maxwell-Garnett model

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    Wäckelgård, Ewa

    1996-06-01

    The infrared reflectance from thin alumina films on metal substrates has a deep minimum for p-polarized light at oblique incidence. This originates from absorption when light couples with a longitudinal optical (LO) phonon mode with k-vector zero. The absorption band is wide for amorphous alumina and is shifted to longer wavelengths for porous oxides compared to non-porous ones. Anodic alumina, prepared in phosphoric acid, with a pore volume fraction of 0.3, has been investigated. The s- and p-polarized reflectance has been measured for selected angles of incidence between 0953-8984/8/23/019/img1 and 0953-8984/8/23/019/img2, and the dielectric function has been determined from these measurements. The effective dielectric function has been calculated using Maxwell-Garnett effective-medium theory for a two-component anisotropic medium consisting of air-filled cylindrical pores perpendicular to the surface in an alumina matrix with optical constants of non-porous evaporated alumina. The theoretical and experimental results are in good agreement, which shows that the redshift of the LO mode absorption for p-polarized light can be explained by the presence of pores.

  8. Fast fabrication of a high-aspect-ratio, self-ordered nanoporous alumina membrane by using high-field anodization

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    A series of processes for the fast fabrication of nanoporous anodic alumina membranes with high-aspect-ratio, self-ordered pore arrays was developed based on a high-field 2-step anodization in a 0.3 M oxalic electrolyte. The dielectric breakdown commonly driven by the high electric field was circumvented by using a linear sweep of the initial voltage from 0 to 140 V, followed by a constant voltage of 140 V for the first step and by using a controlled growth rate that was adjusted by varying the electrolyte concentration while applying an instantaneous constant voltage of 140 V for the second step. A thick nanoporous film of about 120 um was grown within 2 hours with an average interpore distance of 310 nm and an average pore size of 50 nm, where the aspect ratio of the pores was over 2000. In order to overcome the problems associated with a thick barrier layer formed during the high-field anodization, we applied a pulsed electrochemical detachment technique to remove the base Al metal. A through-hole membrane with a pore size of about 210 nm was fabricated after widening the pores through a chemical etching of the pore walls. These novel processes ensure reliable fabrication of a high-field nanoporous anodic alumina membrane and provide a new template for nano-scale research.

  9. NEW SYNTHETIC METHOD AND CHARACTERIZATION OF CERAMIC FILMS PREPARED BY ANODIC OXIDATION OF ALUMINUM UNDER SPARKING DISCHARGE

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    Yamada, M.; Mita, I.

    1986-01-01

    A new synthetic method of ceramic films by anodic oxidation of aluminium was developed. Most of the crystals in the films are composed of eta or alpha-alumina. These ceramic films can incorporate a lot of metals by electrolytic methods.

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoporous Alumina Films and their Application to Nanorod Array Fabrication

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    Abolhassani Monfared, Negar

    The purpose of this study is to synthesize and characterize the nanoporous structures that can be obtained by the anodization of thin film aluminum sputter deposited on a silicon wafer substrate. This study also investigated the application of nanoporous alumina to fabricate nanorod arrays by using preceramic polymers. Although there are many studies on the effect of anodizing conditions on anodized alumina, there are a few studies on anodizing of thin film aluminum. Anodized thin film of aluminum supported on silicon could have several applications that involve integrating the nanoporous structures into chemical and biological sensors and as templates for creating hierarchically complex nanostructures that are integrated with microelectronic circuits. In this study the different attributes of anodizing parameters in the synthesis of nanoporous structures on thin film aluminum compared to the results of studies on aluminum bulk is investigated. These differences can be due to attributes of the material, the resistance of the substrate and the reactions of substrate during anodizing. In this study the effects of different anodizing parameters and the contribution of each parameter were investigated using statistical approaches for quantification of pore sizes, their distributions and pore densities. This approach has never been previously used for studying the aluminum anodization. Until now, studies have always been based on average of the structure parameters with the hypothesis of homogeneity and uniformity of the structure which is not the case for anodization of thin film aluminum. To investigate the relative effect of each parameter, the Taguchi method and signal-to-noise calculation were applied. A new fabrication method for making nanorod arrays was introduced. In this method, nanoporous alumina was used as a casting mold for being filled by a preceramic polymer. KDT Ceraset polysilazane 20 (PSZ) and KDT Ceraset polyureasilazane (PUSZ) were two preceramic

  11. Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Platforms: Engineered Surface Chemistry and Structure for Optical Sensing Applications

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    Tushar Kumeria; Abel Santos; Dusan Losic

    2014-01-01

    Electrochemical anodization of pure aluminum enables the growth of highly ordered nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) structures. This has made NAA one of the most popular nanomaterials with applications including molecular separation, catalysis, photonics, optoelectronics, sensing, drug delivery, and template synthesis. Over the past decades, the ability to engineer the structure and surface chemistry of NAA and its optical properties has led to the establishment of distinctive photonic structur...

  12. Characterization of the anomalous luminescence properties from self-ordered porous anodic alumina with oxalic acid electrolytes

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    The pore height and diameter of the nanoscale structure of porous anodic alumina (PAA) film produced by the anodization technique are controllable. The structures can be applied for the fabrication of visible spectral range optical devices. In this study we characterized the luminescence properties of self-ordered PAA films evaporated onto silicon substrates. Anomalous luminescence properties produced by carrier confinement were observed in PAA films fabricated with the introduction of oxalic acid electrolytes during the anodization process. The recombination mechanisms were characterized by measuring the temperature-dependent photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The PL spectra of PAA films show an asymmetrical luminescence profile in the blue emission region. The Gaussian function divides these into two subbands. The subbands originate from two different kinds of oxygen-deficient defect centers, namely, F+ (oxygen vacancy with only one electron) and F (oxygen vacancy with two electrons) centers. The F centers are densest at the surface but show a gradual decrease with an increase in the pore wall depth and electrolyte concentration. However, the reverse trend is observed for the F+ centers. In strong contrast to the commonly expected trend of a uniform reduction in non-radiative recombination with decreasing lattice temperature, we observed an anomalous low-temperature PL growth and decline between the F and F+ centers. Theoretical models corroborate the anomalous temperature behavior. All the calculations are in agreement with the experimental observations.

  13. Method for Synthesizing Metal Nanowires in Anodic Alumina Membranes Using Solid State Reduction

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    Martinez-Inesta, Maria M (Inventor); Feliciano, Jennie (Inventor); Quinones-Fontalvo, Leonel (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    The invention proposes a novel method for the fabrication of regular arrays of MNWs using solid-state reduction (SSR). Using this method copper (Cu), silver (Ag), and palladium (Pd) nanowire (NWs) arrays were synthesized using anodic alumina membranes (AAMs) as templates. Depending on the metal loading used the NWs reached different diameters.

  14. Density control of electrodeposited Ni nanoparticles/nanowires inside porous anodic alumina templates by an exponential anodization voltage decrease

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    Porous alumina templates have been fabricated by applying an exponential voltage decrease at the end of the anodization process. The time constant η of the exponential voltage function has been used to control the average thickness and the thickness distribution of the barrier layer at the bottom of the pores of the alumina structure. Depending on the η value, the thickness distribution of the barrier layer can be made very uniform or highly scattered, which allows us to subsequently fine tune the electrodeposition yield of nickel nanoparticles/nanowires at low voltage. As an illustration, the pore filling percentage with Ni has been varied, in a totally reproducible manner, between ∼3 and 100%. Combined with the ability to vary the pore diameter and repetition step over ∼2 orders of magnitude (by varying the anodization voltage and electrolyte type), the control of the pore filling percentage with metal particles/nanowires could bring novel approaches for the organization of nano-objects

  15. Electrochemical behaviors of anodic alumina sealed by Ce-Mo in NaCl solutions

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    TIAN Lian-peng; ZHAO Xu-hui; ZHAO Jing-mao; ZHANG Xiao-feng; ZUO Yu

    2006-01-01

    The elimination of toxic materials in sealing methods for anodic films on 1070 aluminum alloy was studied. The new process uses chemical treatments in cerium solution and an electrochemical treatment in a molybdate solution. Potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy(EIS) were used to study the influences of sealing methods on the corrosion behavior of anodic films in NaCl solutions. The results show that the Ce-Mo sealing makes the surface structure and morphology of anodic films uniform and compact. Ce and Mo produce a cooperative effect to improve the corrosion resistance of anodic films. Anodic films sealed by Ce-Mo provide high corrosion resistance both in acidic and basic solutions.

  16. Blister formation in alumina thin films bombarded with xenon ions

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    Blisters have been observed in evaporated alumina thin films after xenon irradiation. The aim of this study is to further understand the mechanisms responsible for such a process. Surface blistering dependence on the thickness of the alumina films as well as irradiation fluence, temperature and post-irradiation thermal annealing have been investigated. From our experimental results, it has been proved that the substrate-alumina interface is not responsible for blistering. The application of a gas pressure model and a lateral compressive stress model shows that the latter seems to be more adequate in explaining blister formation. (author)

  17. Nanoporous hard data: optical encoding of information within nanoporous anodic alumina photonic crystals

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    Santos, Abel; Law, Cheryl Suwen; Pereira, Taj; Losic, Dusan

    2016-04-01

    Herein, we present a method for storing binary data within the spectral signature of nanoporous anodic alumina photonic crystals. A rationally designed multi-sinusoidal anodisation approach makes it possible to engineer the photonic stop band of nanoporous anodic alumina with precision. As a result, the transmission spectrum of these photonic nanostructures can be engineered to feature well-resolved and selectively positioned characteristic peaks across the UV-visible spectrum. Using this property, we implement an 8-bit binary code and assess the versatility and capability of this system by a series of experiments aiming to encode different information within the nanoporous anodic alumina photonic crystals. The obtained results reveal that the proposed nanosized platform is robust, chemically stable, versatile and has a set of unique properties for data storage, opening new opportunities for developing advanced nanophotonic tools for a wide range of applications, including sensing, photonic tagging, self-reporting drug releasing systems and secure encoding of information.Herein, we present a method for storing binary data within the spectral signature of nanoporous anodic alumina photonic crystals. A rationally designed multi-sinusoidal anodisation approach makes it possible to engineer the photonic stop band of nanoporous anodic alumina with precision. As a result, the transmission spectrum of these photonic nanostructures can be engineered to feature well-resolved and selectively positioned characteristic peaks across the UV-visible spectrum. Using this property, we implement an 8-bit binary code and assess the versatility and capability of this system by a series of experiments aiming to encode different information within the nanoporous anodic alumina photonic crystals. The obtained results reveal that the proposed nanosized platform is robust, chemically stable, versatile and has a set of unique properties for data storage, opening new opportunities for

  18. Layer growth mechanisms on metallic electrodes under anodic polarization in cryolite-alumina melt

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    Oudot, Magaly; Cassayre, Laurent; Chamelot, Pierre; Gibilaro, Mathieu; Massot, Laurent; Pijolat, Michèle; Bouvet, Sylvie

    2014-01-01

    The anodic behavior of Fe, Ni, Co electrodes was investigated in a cryolite-alumina melt at 960 °C, by electrochemical techniques, microstructural characterizations and thermodynamic calculations, to provide a fundamental understanding of layers formation at metal (M) electrode surface. At low overpotential, anodic dissolution of M occurs; when the Mn+ concentration at the surface reaches saturation, a MxAl3-xO4 spinel phase precipitates. Then, a dense MyO layer grows at the metal/spinel inte...

  19. Vertically aligned nanowires on flexible silicone using a supported alumina template prepared by pulsed anodization

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    Mátéfi-Tempfli, Stefan; Mátéfi-Tempfli, M.

    2009-01-01

    Carpets of vertically aligned nanowires on flexible substrates are successfully realized by a template method. Applying special pulsed anodization conditions, defect-free nanoporous alumina structures supported on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a flexible silicone elastomer, are created. By using t...... this template with nanopores ending on a conducting underlayer, a high-density nanowire array can be simply grown by direct DCelectrodeposition on the top of the silicone rubber. © 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.......Carpets of vertically aligned nanowires on flexible substrates are successfully realized by a template method. Applying special pulsed anodization conditions, defect-free nanoporous alumina structures supported on polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a flexible silicone elastomer, are created. By using...

  20. Anodic titania films as anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Titania thin films were prepared through the anodisation of titanium metal in a 1.0 M sulphuric acid solution at 80 oC utilising a series of pulsed dc constant currents of increasing magnitude. Films were then tested as a potential anode material for lithium batteries using a variety of techniques. Electrochemical testing revealed that the films (3.8 cm2) offered good rate capabilities affording a constant capacity of 48 μAh for a constant current of 10 μA which decreased to 25 μAh on increasing the current to 1250 μA. Cyclic voltammetry was conducted over a range of scan rates from which capacitive currents were examined and rate constants, transfer coefficients and diffusion coefficients calculated. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was conducted over six potentials in the range 0.1-2.7 V with the experimental data successfully modelled using an equivalent circuit with the notation R(Q(RW))C. TEM observation of focussed ion beam milled cross-sections showed significant structural differences between the as-anodised film and those cycled in a lithium battery. Raman spectroscopy showed that the films had an anatase character that transformed into an unidentified lithium-containing, titanate phase on cycling. Based on a film thickness of 100 nm, and assuming density of 4 g cm-3 such films offered a stable capacity of 316 mAh g-1

  1. Highly Ordered Carbon Nanotube Arrays with Open Ends Grown in Anodic Alumina Nanoholes

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    2003-01-01

    Highly ordered multiwalled carbon nanotube arrays were fabricated by pyrolysis of acetylene within anodic alumina templates.Nanotubes are very uniform in diameter and open at both ends. High resolution transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction analysis show that the carbon nanotubes are well graphitized. These standing and open carbon nanotubes are possible to offer a potential elegant technique for electron emitting devices,chemical functionalization and nanotube composites.

  2. Protein Crystallization by Anodic Porous Alumina (APA) Template: The Example of Hen Egg White Lysozyme (HEWL)

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    Eugenia Pechkova; Nicola Luigi Bragazzi; Claudio Nicolini

    2015-01-01

    In this communication, we report anodic porous alumina (APA) template induced crystallization. The APA nanotemplate was prepared on the glass substrate for the hen egg white lysozyme (HEWL) crystal growth. The changes in the lysozyme crystals morphology, namely in the a/c axis ratio, were observed in the crystal grown by APA nanotemplate, but not in the crystal obtained with classical hanging drop vapor diffusion method, under the same experimental conditions. The comparison of the diffractio...

  3. Fabrication of one-dimensional alumina photonic crystals by anodization using a modified pulse-voltage method

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    Highlights: • The alumina multilayer structure with alternating high and low refractive index is fabricated. • This multilayer shows a strong photonic band gap (PBG) and vivid film colors. • The first PBG could be modulated easily by varying the duration time of constant high or low voltages. • Fabrication of the photonic crystal is obtained by directly electrochemical anodization. • The formation mechanism of multilayer is also discussed. - Abstract: The alumina nanolayer structure with alternating high and low porosities is conveniently fabricated by applying a modified pulse voltage waveform with constant high and low voltage. This structure shows the well-defined layer in a long-range structural periodicity leads to a strong photonic band gap (PBG) from visible to near infrared and brilliant film colors. Compared with the previous reported tuning method, this method is more simple and flexible in tuning the PBG of photonic crystals (PCs). The effect of duration time of high, low and 0 V voltages on PBG is discussed. The first PBG could be modulated easily from the visible to near infrared region by varying the duration time of constant high or low voltages. It is also found that the 0 V lasting for appropriate time is helpful to improve the quality of the PCs. The formation mechanism of multilayer is also discussed

  4. Fabrication of one-dimensional alumina photonic crystals by anodization using a modified pulse-voltage method

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    Li, Shou-Yi [Key Laboratory of Atomic and Molecular Physics & Functional Materials of Gansu Province, College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Wang, Jian, E-mail: wangjian@nwnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Atomic and Molecular Physics & Functional Materials of Gansu Province, College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Wang, Gang [Key Laboratory of Atomic and Molecular Physics & Functional Materials of Gansu Province, College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Wang, Ji-Zhou [Science and Technology on Vacuum Technology and Physics Laboratory, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wang, Cheng-Wei, E-mail: cwwang@nwnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Atomic and Molecular Physics & Functional Materials of Gansu Province, College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • The alumina multilayer structure with alternating high and low refractive index is fabricated. • This multilayer shows a strong photonic band gap (PBG) and vivid film colors. • The first PBG could be modulated easily by varying the duration time of constant high or low voltages. • Fabrication of the photonic crystal is obtained by directly electrochemical anodization. • The formation mechanism of multilayer is also discussed. - Abstract: The alumina nanolayer structure with alternating high and low porosities is conveniently fabricated by applying a modified pulse voltage waveform with constant high and low voltage. This structure shows the well-defined layer in a long-range structural periodicity leads to a strong photonic band gap (PBG) from visible to near infrared and brilliant film colors. Compared with the previous reported tuning method, this method is more simple and flexible in tuning the PBG of photonic crystals (PCs). The effect of duration time of high, low and 0 V voltages on PBG is discussed. The first PBG could be modulated easily from the visible to near infrared region by varying the duration time of constant high or low voltages. It is also found that the 0 V lasting for appropriate time is helpful to improve the quality of the PCs. The formation mechanism of multilayer is also discussed.

  5. Morphological evolution of porous nanostructures grown from a single isolated anodic alumina nanochannel

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    Chen, Shih-Yung; Wang, Yuh-Lin [Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Chang, Hsuan-Hao; Lai, Ming-Yu [Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, PO Box, 23-166, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Liu, Chih-Yi, E-mail: ylwang@pub.iams.sinica.edu.tw [Department of Photonics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)

    2011-09-07

    Porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes have been widely used as templates for growing nanomaterials because of their ordered nanochannel arrays with high aspect ratio and uniform pore diameter. However, the intrinsic growth behavior of an individual AAO nanochannel has never been carefully studied for the lack of a means to fabricate a single isolated anodic alumina nanochannel (SIAAN). In this study, we develop a lithographic method for fabricating a SIAAN, which grows into a porous hemispherical structure with its pores exhibiting fascinating morphological evolution during anodization. We also discover that the mechanical stress affects the growth rate and pore morphology of AAO porous structures. This study helps reveal the growth mechanism of arrayed AAO nanochannels grown on a flat aluminum surface and provides insights to help pave the way to altering the geometry of nanochannels on AAO templates for the fabrication of advanced nanocomposite materials.

  6. Anodic behaviour of oxidised Ni-Fe alloys in cryolite-alumina melts

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    Chapman, Vivien, E-mail: v.singleton@student.unsw.edu.a [Centre for Electrochemical and Mineral Processing, School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052 (Australia); Welch, Barry J. [Welbank Consulting Ltd., PO Box 207, Whitianga 3542 (New Zealand); Skyllas-Kazacos, Maria [Centre for Electrochemical and Mineral Processing, School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney 2052 (Australia)

    2011-01-01

    Nickel-iron alloys have been identified as promising inert anode candidates for the Hall-Heroult process. In this study, binary Ni-Fe alloys of various compositions were subjected to short-term galvanostatic electrolysis in a cryolite-alumina bath at 960 {sup o}C. Prior to electrolysis, the anodes were oxidised at 800 {sup o}C for 48 h, forming a protective scale. Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 3-x}O{sub 4} and Ni{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}O were identified as the major scale components using a combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Anodes having Ni content of 50-65 wt% performed adequately during short-term electrolysis, operating at a steady potential of 3-3.5 V vs. AlF{sub 3}/Al. Overall, it was found that the pre-formed oxide scale was effective in reducing anode wear and fluoridation. In the absence of a pre-formed scale, anodes were shown to undergo appreciable internal corrosion and/or passivation due to metal fluoride formation. Analysis of the anodes following electrolysis was performed using XRD and electron microprobe analysis (EPMA).

  7. Anodic behaviour of oxidised Ni-Fe alloys in cryolite-alumina melts

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    Nickel-iron alloys have been identified as promising inert anode candidates for the Hall-Heroult process. In this study, binary Ni-Fe alloys of various compositions were subjected to short-term galvanostatic electrolysis in a cryolite-alumina bath at 960 oC. Prior to electrolysis, the anodes were oxidised at 800 oC for 48 h, forming a protective scale. Fe2O3, NixFe3-xO4 and NixFe1-xO were identified as the major scale components using a combination of X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Anodes having Ni content of 50-65 wt% performed adequately during short-term electrolysis, operating at a steady potential of 3-3.5 V vs. AlF3/Al. Overall, it was found that the pre-formed oxide scale was effective in reducing anode wear and fluoridation. In the absence of a pre-formed scale, anodes were shown to undergo appreciable internal corrosion and/or passivation due to metal fluoride formation. Analysis of the anodes following electrolysis was performed using XRD and electron microprobe analysis (EPMA).

  8. Regularity control of porous anodic alumina and photodegradation activity of highly ordered titania nanostructures

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    LIU Xiang-zhi; XU Ming-xia; TIAN Yu-ming; SHANG Meng; ZHANG Ping

    2006-01-01

    A two-step anodizing process was used to prepare wide-range highly ordered porous anodic alumina membrane (PAA) in the electrolyte of oxalic acid. The effects of anodic voltage,anodizing time,size of aluminium foil and additives on the regularity of PAA membrane were also studied in the process of two-step anodization. The template method was combined with the sol-electrophoresis deposition and sol-gel method respectively to prepare highly ordered titania nanostructures. The diameter and length of the obtained nanostructures were determined by the pore size and depth of the PAA template. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the morphology and phase structure of the PAA template and the titania nanostructures. The results show that the anodizing time and the additive of ethanol have a great effect on the regularity of PAA template. This can be explained from the self-organized process and the current density theory. A theoretical model based on the self-organized process was established to discuss the formation mechanism of PAA template from the chemical perspective. The titania nanostructures prepared with this method has a high specific surface area. Furthermore,the photocatalytic activity of titania nanostructures on methyl orange were studied. Compared with ordinary titania membranes,the titania nanostructures synthesized with this method have higher photodegradation activity.

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

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

  10. Palladium coated porous anodic alumina membranes for gas reforming processes

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    Wu, Jeremy P.; Brown, Ian W. M.; Bowden, Mark E.; Kemmitt, Timothy

    2010-11-01

    Nanostructured ceramic membranes with ultrathin coatings of palladium metal have been demonstrated to separate hydrogen gas from a gas mixture containing nitrogen with 10% carbon dioxide and 10% hydrogen at temperatures up to 550 °C. The mechanically robust and thermally durable membranes were fabricated using a combination of conventional and high-efficiency anodisation processes on high purity aluminium foils. A pH-neutral plating solution has also been developed to enable electroless deposition of palladium metal on templates which were normally prone to chemical corrosion in strong acid or base environment. Activation and thus seeding of palladium nuclei on the surface of the template were essential to ensure uniform and fast deposition, and the thickness of the metal film was controlled by time of deposition. The palladium coated membranes showed improved hydrogen selectivity with increased temperature as well as after prolonged exposure to hydrogen, demonstrating excellent potential for gas separation technologies.

  11. Electric field control of magnetization in Cu2O/porous anodic alumina hybrid structures at room temperature

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    Qi, L. Q.; Liu, H. Y.; Sun, H. Y.; Liu, L. H.; Han, R. S.

    2016-04-01

    Cu2O nanoporous films are deposited on porous anodic alumina (PAA) substrates by DC-reactive magnetron sputtering. This paper focuses on voltage driven magnetization switching in Cu2O/PAA (CP) composite films prepared by DC-reactive magnetron sputtering. By applying a dc electric field, the magnetization of the CP composite films can be controlled in a reversible and reproducible way and shows an analogous on-off behavior. The magnitude of the change in the magnetization was about 75 emu/cm3 as the electric field was switched on and off. Resistive switching behavior was also observed in as-prepared CP composite films. Further analysis indicated that the formation/rupture of conducting filaments composed of oxygen vacancies is likely responsible for the changes in the magnetization as well as in the resistivity. Such reversible change of magnetization controlled by an electric field at room temperature may have applications in spintronics and power efficient data storage technologies.

  12. Effect of Temperature of Oxalic Acid on the Fabrication of Porous Anodic Alumina from Al-Mn Alloys

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of temperature of oxalic acid on the formation of well-ordered porous anodic alumina on Al-0.5 wt% Mn alloys was studied. Porous anodic alumina has been produced on Al-0.5 wt% Mn substrate by single-step anodising at 50 V in 0.5 M oxalic acid at temperature ranged from 5°C to 25°C for 60 minutes. The steady-state current density increased accordingly with the temperature of oxalic acid. Hexagonal pore arrangement was formed on porous anodic alumina that was formed in oxalic acid of 5, 10 and 15°C while disordered porous anodic alumina was formed in oxalic acid of 20 and 25°C. The temperature of oxalic acid did not affect the pore diameter and interpore distance of porous anodic alumina. Both rate of increase of thickness and oxide mass increased steadily with increasing temperature of oxalic acid, but the current efficiency decreased as the temperature of oxalic acid increased due to enhanced oxide dissolution from pore wall.

  13. Synthesis and Photoluminescence Enhancement of Silver Nanoparticles Decorated Porous Anodic Alumina

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    Song Ye; Yidong Hou; Renyi Zhu; Shulong Gu; Jingquan Wang; Zhiyou Zhang; Sha Shi; Jinglei Du

    2011-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were successfully assembled in porous anodic alumina (AAO) templates via a green silver mirror reaction. The Ag NPs/AAO composite templates then were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Furthermore, the photoluminescence (PL) properties were also investigated. Compared with the blank AAO, the PL intensity of Ag NPs/AAO templates are enhanced and the maximum enhancement is 2.58 times. Based on the local electric field enhancement effect, the theoretical values were also deduced, which are basically coincident with the experimental.

  14. Study and utilization of residual sludges rich in alumina from an anodizing process

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    Residual sludges from a process of anodizing were studied by x-ray diffraction as part of research into alternative materials for the chemical industry. The sludge containing mainly bayerite Al(OH)3 and bohemite AlO(OH). The phases of α and β alumina were identified at 700 degrees, corundum phase is present at 850 degrees. Zeolite A is synthesized from these and by means of hydrothermal, which was identified by X-ray diffraction. Scanning microscopy of zeolite A shows a high degree of crystallinity. (author)

  15. Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Platforms: Engineered Surface Chemistry and Structure for Optical Sensing Applications

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    Tushar Kumeria

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Electrochemical anodization of pure aluminum enables the growth of highly ordered nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA structures. This has made NAA one of the most popular nanomaterials with applications including molecular separation, catalysis, photonics, optoelectronics, sensing, drug delivery, and template synthesis. Over the past decades, the ability to engineer the structure and surface chemistry of NAA and its optical properties has led to the establishment of distinctive photonic structures that can be explored for developing low-cost, portable, rapid-response and highly sensitive sensing devices in combination with surface plasmon resonance (SPR and reflective interference spectroscopy (RIfS techniques. This review article highlights the recent advances on fabrication, surface modification and structural engineering of NAA and its application and performance as a platform for SPR- and RIfS-based sensing and biosensing devices.

  16. The effect of sulfuric acid on pore initiation in anodic alumina formed in oxalic acid

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    Behnam Hafezi

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a tracer study on pore initiation in anodic alumina in oxalic acid was performed. Effects of some experimental parameters such as applied electrical potential, electrolyte composition and heat pretreatment were evaluated. Electrochemical and morphological experiments were performed using potentiostatic anodizing and scanning electron microscopy (SEM techniques, respectively. Effect of electrolyte composition on current density was discussed. In various electrical potentials, electrolyte composition had different effects on current density. Addition of sulfuric acid into oxalic acid increased porosity. Also, distribution of pore size and pore diameter were influenced by presence of sulfuric acid. Effect of electrolyte composition on the morphology of aluminum surface layer depended on the electric potential. Current density and porosity of aluminum surface layer was decreased by heat pretreatment.

  17. SELF-ORGANIZED FORMATION OF HEXAGONAL NANOPORE ARRAYS IN ANODIC ALUMINA

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    ZHOU WEI-YA; TANG DONG-SHENG; LI YU-BAO; LIU ZU-QIN; ZOU XIAO-PING; WANG GANG

    2001-01-01

    Conditions for a self-organized formation of ordered hexagonal structure in anodic alumina were investigated, using oxalic or sulphuric acid as an electrolyte. Highly-ordered nanopore arrays with pore densities of 9 × 109- 6.5 × l0l0cm-2 and high aspect ratios over 3000 were fabricated by a two-step anodization process. The array exhibits characteristics analogous to a two-dimensional polycrystalline structure of a few micrometres in size. The interporc distance can be controlled by changing the electrolyte and/or the applied voltage. The formation mechanism of ordered arrays is consistent with a previously proposed mechanical stress model, i.e., the repulsive forces between neighbonring pores at the metal/oxide interface promote the formation of hexagonally ordered pores during the oxidation process.

  18. Morphology and transmittance of porous alumina on glass substrate

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    Guo Peitao, E-mail: guopeitao@hotmail.com [Wuhan University of Technology. Wuhan (China); Xia Zhilin [Wuhan University of Technology. Wuhan (China); Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials and Application Technology, Xiangtan University, Ministry of Education, Xiangtan (China); Xue Yiyu [Wuhan University of Technology. Wuhan (China); Huang Caihua [China Three Gorges University, Yichang (China); Zhao Lixin [Wuhan University of Technology. Wuhan (China)

    2011-02-01

    The porous optical film has higher threshold of laser-induced damage than densified films, for the study of mechanism of laser-induced damage of porous optical film with ordered pore structure. Porous anodic alumina (PAA) film with high transmittance on glass substrate has been prepared. Aluminum film was deposited on glass substrate by means of resistance and electron beam heat (EBH) evaporation. Porous alumina was prepared in oxalic acid solution under different anodizing conditions. At normal incidence, the optical transmittance spectrum over 300-1000 nm spectra region was obtained by spectrophotometer. SEM was introduced to analysis the morphology of the porous alumina film. The pore aperture increased with the increase of anodizing voltage, which resulted in a rapid decrease of the pore concentration and the optical thickness of porous alumina film. Damage morphology of porous alumina film is found to be typically defects initiated, and the defect is the pore presented on the film.

  19. Effect of the local electric field on the formation of an ordered structure in porous anodic alumina

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    Lazarouk, S. K.; Katsuba, P. S.; Leshok, A. A.; Vysotskii, V. B.

    2015-09-01

    Experimental data and a model are presented, and the electric field that appears in porous alumina during electrochemical anodic oxidation of aluminum in electrolytes based on an aqueous solution of oxalic acid at a voltage of 90-250 V is calculated. It is found that the electric field in the layers with a porosity of 1-10% in growing alumina reaches 109-1010 V/m, which exceeds the electric strength of the material and causes microplasma patterns emitting visible light at the pore bottom, the self-organization of the structure of porous alumina, and the anisotropy of local porous anodizing. Moreover, other new effects are to be expected during aluminum anodizing under the conditions that ensure a high electric field inside the barrier layer of porous oxide.

  20. Positron energy-loss measurements in thin alumina films

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    Transmitted-positron energy loss measurements were performed on approximately 100A alumina films with incident positron energies ranging from 0.5 to 3.0 keV. The positrons were electrostatically focussed on the film and the transmitted positrons were energy analyzed using a four-grid retarding field analyzer coupled with a two-stage channel electron multiplier plate connected with a phosphor screen. A strong transmitted elastic peak as well as indications of discrete energy losses were detected in these measurements. The observed discrete loss effects occurred at an average energy of approx. 25 eV and possibly approx. 50 eV. These findings are consistent with reported electron loss peaks due to plasmon excitation in alumina films

  1. Tribocorrosion Behavior of Aluminum/Alumina Composite Manufactured by Anodizing and ARB Processes

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    Jamaati, Roohollah; Toroghinejad, Mohammad Reza; Szpunar, Jerzy A.; Li, Duanjie

    2011-12-01

    In the present work, tribocorrosion behavior of Al/Al2O3 composite strips manufactured by anodizing and accumulative roll bonding (ARB) processes was investigated. The alumina quantity was 0.48, 1.13, and 3.55 vol.% in the aluminum matrix. Tribocorrosion experiments were conducted using a ball-on-plate tribometer, where the sliding contact was fully immersed in 1 wt.% NaCl solution. The composite sample served as a working electrode and its open circuit potential (OCP) was monitored before, during, and after sliding. In order to characterize the electrochemical behavior of the surface before and after sliding electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used and wear was also measured. Furthermore, the influence of quantity and distribution of reinforcement particles in the matrix on OCP and EIS was evaluated. It was found that the quantity, shape, size, and dispersion of alumina particles in the aluminum matrix strongly affected the measured tribocorrosion characteristics. The results showed that inhomogeneous, lower quantity, fine, and acicular-shape alumina particles cause serious materials loss in tribocorrosion process.

  2. Hydrogen removal from e-beam deposited alumina thin films by oxygen ion beam

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    Hydrogen interstitials and oxygen vacancies defects create energy levels in the band gap of alumina. This limits the application of alumina as a high-k dielectric. A low thermal budget method for removal of hydrogen from alumina is discussed. It is shown that bombardment of alumina films with low energy oxygen ion beam during electron beam evaporation deposition decreases the hydrogen concentration in the film significantly

  3. Nanoporous alumina formed by self-organized two-step anodization of Ni3Al intermetallic alloy in citric acid

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    Highlights: ► Anodic porous alumina was formed by Ni3Al intermetallic alloy anodization. ► The anodizations were conducted in 0.3 M citric acid. ► Nanopores geometry depends on anodizing voltage. ► No barrier layer was formed during anodization. - Abstract: Formation of the nanoporous alumina on the surface of Ni3Al intermetallic alloy has been studied in details and compared with anodization of aluminum. Successful self-organized anodization of this alloy was performed in 0.3 M citric acid at voltages ranging from 2.0 to 12.0 V using a typical two-electrode cell. Current density records revealed different mechanism of the porous oxide growth when compared to the mechanism pertinent for the anodization of aluminum. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy experiments confirmed the differences in anodic oxide growth. Surface and cross-sections of the Ni3Al intermetallic alloy with anodic oxide were observed with field-emission scanning electron microscope and characterized with appropriate software. Nanoporous oxide growth rate was estimated from cross-sectional FE-SEM images. The lowest growth rate of 0.14 μm/h was found for the anodization at 0 °C and 2.0 V. The highest one – 2.29 μm/h – was noticed for 10.0 V and 30 °C. Pore diameter was ranging from 18.9 nm (2.0 V, 0 °C) to 32.0 nm (12.0 V, 0 °C). Interpore distance of the nanoporous alumina was ranging from 56.6 nm (2.0 V, 0 °C) to 177.9 nm (12.0 V, 30 °C). Pore density (number of pore occupying given area) was decreasing with anodizing voltage increase from 394.5 pores/μm2 (2.0 V, 0 °C) to 94.9 pores/μm2 (12.0 V, 0 °C). All the geometrical features of the anodic alumina formed by two-step self-organized anodization of Ni3Al intermetallic alloy are depending on the operating conditions.

  4. Alumina-coated patterned amorphous silicon as the anode for a lithium-ion battery with high coulombic efficiency

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    He, Yu.; Yu, Xiqian; Wang, Yanhong; Li, Hong; Huang, Xuejie [Beijing National Laboratory for Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China)

    2011-11-09

    A patterned silicon electrode as the anode of lithium ion batteries is fabricated by microfabrication technology. An ultrathin alumina layer is coated on the patterned electrode by atomic layer deposition (ALD). This results in obviously enhanced coulombic efficiency and cycling performance. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  5. 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.

  6. Nanoporous Anodic Alumina 3D FDTD Modelling for a Broad Range of Inter-pore Distances.

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    Bertó-Roselló, Francesc; Xifré-Pérez, Elisabet; Ferré-Borrull, Josep; Pallarès, Josep; Marsal, Lluis F

    2016-12-01

    The capability of the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method for the numerical modelling of the optical properties of nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) in a broad range of inter-pore distances is evaluated. FDTD permits taking into account in the same numerical framework all the structural features of NAA, such as the texturization of the interfaces or the incorporation of electrolyte anions in the aluminium oxide host. The evaluation is carried out by comparing reflectance measurements from two samples with two very different inter-pore distances with the simulation results. Results show that considering the texturization is crucial to obtain good agreement with the measurements. On the other hand, including the anionic layer in the model leads to a second-order contribution to the reflectance spectrum. PMID:27518230

  7. Fabrication and optical property of metal nanowire arrays embedded in anodic porous alumina membrane

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    Takase, Kouichi; Shimizu, Tomohiro; Sugawa, Kosuke; Aono, Takashige; Shirai, Yuma; Nishida, Tomohiko; Shingubara, Shoso

    2016-06-01

    Nanowires embedded in nanopores are potentially tough against surface scraping and agglomeration. In this study, we have fabricated Au and Ni nanowires embedded into anodic porous alumina (APA) and investigated their reflectance to study the effects of surface plasmon absorption properties and conversion from solar energy to thermal energy. Au nanowires embedded into APA show typical gold surface plasmon absorption at approximately 530 nm. On the other hand, Ni nanowires show quite a low reflectance under 600 nm. In the temperature elevation test, both Au and Ni nanowire samples present the same capability to warm up water. It means that Ni nanowires embedded into APA have almost the same photothermal activity as Au nanowires.

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

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    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

  9. 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.

  10. Anodization of nanoporous alumina on impurity-induced hemisphere curved surface of aluminum at room temperature

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    2011-01-01

    Nanoporous alumina which was produced by a conventional direct current anodization [DCA] process at low temperatures has received much attention in various applications such as nanomaterial synthesis, sensors, and photonics. In this article, we employed a newly developed hybrid pulse anodization [HPA] method to fabricate the nanoporous alumina on a flat and curved surface of an aluminum [Al] foil at room temperature [RT]. We fabricate the nanopores to grow on a hemisphere curved surface and characterize their behavior along the normal vectors of the hemisphere curve. In a conventional DCA approach, the structures of branched nanopores were grown on a photolithography-and-etched low-curvature curved surface with large interpore distances. However, a high-curvature hemisphere curved surface can be obtained by the HPA technique. Such a curved surface by HPA is intrinsically induced by the high-resistivity impurities in the aluminum foil and leads to branching and bending of nanopore growth via the electric field mechanism rather than the interpore distance in conventional approaches. It is noted that by the HPA technique, the Joule heat during the RT process has been significantly suppressed globally on the material, and nanopores have been grown along the normal vectors of a hemisphere curve. The curvature is much larger than that in other literatures due to different fabrication methods. In theory, the number of nanopores on the hemisphere surface is two times of the conventional flat plane, which is potentially useful for photocatalyst or other applications. PACS: 81.05.Rm; 81.07.-b; 82.45.Cc. PMID:22087646

  11. NdBa2Cu3Ox nanowires grown in anodized alumina templates by microwave heating

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    Nanowires of NdBa2Cu3Ox (NdBCO) are grown employing commercial anodized alumina templates (pore diameters of 10 nm and 100 nm, overall thickness of 50 μm) and pre-prepared NdBCO powders. The heating was performed employing a kitchen-type microwave furnace at a power of 550 W for 5 min. This treatment is sufficient to melt the NdBCO powder on top of the alumina template. In contrast to previous experiments using a laboratory furnace at a temperature of 1050 C, the temperature here is not surpassing 450 C. As a result, the templates remain fully flat and the structure of the nanopores is not affected by the heat treatment. An additional oxygen annealing step is required to obtain superconducting nanowires. Superconductivity with a transition temperature of 88 K is confirmed by means of magnetic susceptibility measurements (SQUID, AC susceptibility). The resulting nanowires are analyzed in detail employing electron microscopy (SEM, TEM).

  12. Deposition of palladium nanoparticles on the pore walls of anodic alumina using sequential electroless deposition

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    Palladium nanoparticles were deposited using a sequential electroless deposition technique on the pore walls of nanoporous anodic alumina. For the particle deposition a Pd(NH3)42+ solution was soaked in the alumina membrane and a heated air flow was applied in order to reduce the palladium complex to palladium metal nanoparticles. By repeating the deposition process the size of the nanoparticles could be tailored in this investigation between 6 and 11 nm. The size of the nanoparticles was also affected by the concentration of the Pd(NH3)42+ solution, i.e., higher concentration yielded larger particle mean diameters. The samples were investigated using high resolution scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction (XRD), inductively coupled plasma with a mass spectrometer, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Analysis revealed narrow size distributions of the particles as well as uniform particle coverage of the pore walls. No by-products were observed with EDS, and with the XRD analysis the metallic palladium crystallinity was confirmed

  13. On the variation in the electrical properties and ac conductivity of through-thickness nano-porous anodic alumina with temperature

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    The electrical response of self-organized through-thickness anodic alumina with hexagonal arrangement of cylindrical pores has been studied as a function of temperature. Mechanically stable thick porous anodic alumina was prepared, by through-thickness anodic oxidation of aluminum sheet in sulfuric acid, with extremely high aspect ratio pores exhibiting fairly uniform diameter and interpore distance. It was observed that the electrical properties of through-thickness anodic alumina are very sensitive to minute changes in temperature and the role of surface conductivity in governing its electrical response cannot be overlooked. At high frequencies, intrinsic dielectric response of anodic alumina was dominant. The frequency-dependent conductivity behavior at low and intermediate frequencies was explained on the basis of correlated barrier hopping (CBH) and quantum mechanical tunneling (QMT) models, respectively. Experimental data was modeled using an equivalent circuit consisting of Debye circuit, for bulk alumina, parallel to surface conduction path. The surface conduction was primarily based on two circuits in series, each with a parallel arrangement of a resistor and a constant phase element. This suggested heterogeneity in alumina pore surface, possibly related with islands of physisorbed water separated by the regions of chemisorbed water. Temperature dependence of some circuit elements has been analyzed to express different charge migration phenomena occurring in nano-porous anodic alumina

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

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

    2007-06-01

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

  15. Fabrication of optical chemical ammonia sensors using anodized alumina supports and sol-gel method.

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    Markovics, Akos; Kovács, Barna

    2013-05-15

    In this comparative study, the fabrication and the sensing properties of various reflectometric optical ammonia gas sensors are described. In the first set of experiments the role of the support material was investigated on four different sensor membranes. Two of them were prepared by the adsorption of bromocresol green indicator on anodized aluminum plates. The applied anodizing voltages were 12 V and 24 V, which resulted in different dynamic ranges and response times for gaseous ammonia. The sol-gel method was used for the preparation of the other batch of sensors. These layers were coated on anodized aluminum plates (24 V) and on standard microscope cover glasses. In spite of the identical sensing chemistry, slightly different response times were measured merely because of the aluminum surface porosity. Gas molecules can remain entrapped in the pores, which results in delayed recovery time. On the other hand, the porous oxide film provides excellent adhesion, making the anodized aluminum an attractive support for the sol-gel layer. PMID:23618145

  16. Structural, optical and mechanical properties of amorphous and crystalline alumina thin films

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    Thin films of amorphous alumina of thickness 350 nm were deposited on fused silica substrates by electron beam evaporation. Amorphous films were annealed at several temperatures in the range: 400–1130 °C and changes in film crystallinity, short-range structure, optical and mechanical properties were studied. X-ray diffraction studies found that crystallization starts at 800 °C and produces γ and δ-alumina, the latter phase grows with heat treatment and the sample was mostly δ and θ-alumina after annealing at 1130 °C. The as-deposited amorphous alumina films have low hardness of 5 to 8 GPa, which increases to 11 to 12 GPa in crystalline sample. 27Al Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance was used to study the short-range order of amorphous and crystalline alumina films and it was found that amorphous alumina film contains AlO5 and AlO4 structural units in the ratio of 1:2. The concentration of AlO5 was significantly suppressed in crystalline film, which contains 48% of Al3+ ions in AlO6, 7% in AlO5 and 45% in AlO4 units. - Highlights: • Structure–property correlations in alumina films grown by electron-beam evaporation • Amorphous films crystallize into γ and δ-alumina on annealing in air at 800 °C. • δ and θ-alumina films are stable up to 1130 °C and do not transform to α-phase. • Amorphous alumina films contain [5]Al and [4]Al structural units in the ratio of 1:2. • [5]Al decreases whereas [6]Al concentration increases on crystallization

  17. Structure and Magnetic Properties of Ni Nanowires Array Fabricated by Direct Current Electro-deposition in Anodic Alumina Membrane

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    HUANG Xinmin; ZHU Hong; XU Jinxia

    2005-01-01

    Ordered nanostructure arrays of Ni-Al2O3 were synthesized by direct current electro-deposition in anodic alumina membranes (AAM). The investigation with an electron microscope,an X-ray diffractmeter and a vibration sample magnetometer indicates that the Ni nanowires, growing in the pores of AAM with about 45nm in diameter, are monocrystalline and have a definite preferred crystallizing orientation. The magnetic behavior of the arrays and their mechanism were discussed.

  18. Room Temperature Ammonia and Humidity Sensing Using Highly Ordered Nanoporous Alumina Films

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    Craig A. Grimes

    2002-03-01

    Full Text Available The effect of pore size and uniformity on the response of nanoporous alumina, formed on aluminum thick films through an anodization process, to ammonia and humidity at room temperature is reported. Pore sizes examined range from 13 nm to 48 nm, with pore size standard deviations ranging from 2.6 nm to 7.8 nm. The response of the material to ammonia and humidity is a strong function of pore size and operating frequency. At 5 kHz an alumina sensor with an average pore size of 13.6 nm, standard deviation 2.6 nm, exhibits a factor of two change in impedance magnitude as it is cycled between an ammonia and argon environment. At 5 kHz the same sensor exhibits a well-behaved change in impedance magnitude of 103 over 20% to 90% relative humidity. Cole-Cole plots of the 5 Hz to 13 MHz measured impedance spectra, modeled using equivalent circuits, are used to resolve the effects of adsorption and ion migration.

  19. Growth of multioxide planar film with the nanoscale inner structure via anodizing Al/Ta layers on Si

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    An Al/Ta bilayer specimen prepared by a successive sputter-deposition of a 150-nm tantalum layer and a 180-nm aluminium layer onto a silicon wafer is anodically processed in a sequence of steps in oxalic acid electrolytes, at voltages of up to 53 V, which generates a 260-nm alumina film with well-ordered nanoporous structure. Further potentiodynamic reanodizing the specimen to 220 V causes the simultaneous growth of a 65-nm tantalum oxide layer beneath the alumina film and an array of oxide 'nanocolumns' (∼50 mn wide, ∼80 nm apart, ∼7 x 109 cm-2 population density) penetrating the alumina pores and reaching precisely to the top of the alumina film. The complete filling of the alumina pores is assisted by the high Pilling-Bedworth ratio for Ta/Ta2O5 and a substantially increased transport number for tantalum species (0.4), which is an average value of all migrating tantalum ions with different oxidation states. The nanocolumns are shown to be composed of a unique, regular mixture of Ta2O5 (dominating amount), suboxides TaO2 and TaOx (0.5 2O3, metallic Ta and Al aggregates, tantalum diboride (TaB2) and oxidized boron from the electrolyte. The ionic transport processes determining the self-organized growth of these planar oxide nanostructures are considered and described conceptually

  20. Mechanical failure of anodic films on aluminum and tantalum

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    Anodized specimens of aluminum and tantalum were deformed in laboratory air; strain to failure and the failure characteristics of the oxide film were evaluated optically. Barrier-type anodic aluminum oxide films of thickness greater than approximately 400A failed at approximately 0.925% strain normal to the tensile axis and apparently suppresssed substrate slip emergence. Thinner anodic films on aluminum failed along substrate slip traces at approximately 1.12% strain. These films did not suppress slip emergence, but were apparently stronger. The presence of a porous oxide superimposed on thin barrier-type films caused them to fail in the thick film mode; this was the only effect of a porous layer. Anodic films on mechanically polished tantalum failed at approximately 0.28% strain, independent of thickness, but showed a failure mode dependence on thickness analogous to that of aluminum. Films on chemically polished tantalum substrates always failed in simple tension, but showed a thickness dependence, failing at approximately 0.14% strain for thicknesses greater than approximately 680A, and approximately 0.20% strain for thicknesses less than that value. Failure of these films was accompanied by separation of the films from the substrate. 18 figures

  1. Optically optimized photoluminescent and interferometric biosensors based on nanoporous anodic alumina: a comparison.

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    Santos, Abel; Kumeria, Tushar; Losic, Dusan

    2013-08-20

    Herein, we present a comparative study about the sensing performance of optical biosensors based on photoluminescence spectroscopy (PLS) and reflectometric interference spectroscopy (RIfS) combined with nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) platforms when detecting different analytes under distinct adsorption conditions. First, NAA platforms are structurally engineered in order for optimizing the optical signals obtained by PLS and RIfS. Then, the most optimal NAA platforms combined with PLS and RIfS are quantitatively compared by detecting two different analytes: d-glucose and l-cysteine under nonspecific and specific adsorption conditions, respectively. The obtained results demonstrate that such parameters as the analyte nature and adsorption conditions play a direct role in the sensing performance of these platforms. However, as this study demonstrates, PLS-NAA platforms are more sensitive than RIfS-NAA ones. The former shows better linearity (i.e., proportional change in the sensing parameter with analyte concentration), higher sensitivity toward analytes (i.e., sharper change in the sensing parameter with analyte concentration), and lower limit of detection (i.e., minimum detectable concentration of analyte). PMID:23862775

  2. Protein-releasing conductive anodized alumina membranes for nerve-interface materials.

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    Altuntas, Sevde; Buyukserin, Fatih; Haider, Ali; Altinok, Buket; Biyikli, Necmi; Aslim, Belma

    2016-10-01

    Nanoporous anodized alumina membranes (AAMs) have numerous biomedical applications spanning from biosensors to controlled drug delivery and implant coatings. Although the use of AAM as an alternative bone implant surface has been successful, its potential as a neural implant coating remains unclear. Here, we introduce conductive and nerve growth factor-releasing AAM substrates that not only provide the native nanoporous morphology for cell adhesion, but also induce neural differentiation. We recently reported the fabrication of such conductive membranes by coating AAMs with a thin C layer. In this study, we investigated the influence of electrical stimulus, surface topography, and chemistry on cell adhesion, neurite extension, and density by using PC 12 pheochromocytoma cells in a custom-made glass microwell setup. The conductive AAMs showed enhanced neurite extension and generation with the electrical stimulus, but cell adhesion on these substrates was poorer compared to the naked AAMs. The latter nanoporous material presents chemical and topographical features for superior neuronal cell adhesion, but, more importantly, when loaded with nerve growth factor, it can provide neurite extension similar to an electrically stimulated CAAM counterpart. PMID:27287158

  3. Corrosion Behaviour of Titanium Anodized Film in Different Corrosive Environments

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    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.

  4. 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.

  5. Carbon nanotube film anodes for flexible lithium ion batteries

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    Yoon, Sora; Lee, Sehyun; Kim, Soyoung; Park, Kyung-Won; Cho, Daehwan; Jeong, Youngjin

    2015-04-01

    In this study, carbon nanotube (CNT) film anodes are prepared for use in flexible lithium ion batteries, and the electrochemical performance of the CNT film anodes is evaluated. The CNT films are synthesized via chemical vapor deposition and direct spinning. The films are heat-treated under a nitrogen atmosphere at a high temperature to study the effects of heat treatment on the battery performance. The electrodes made with the CNT films are characterized via charge-discharge test, cyclic voltammetry, and impedance measurement. The results indicate that batteries with films heat-treated under a nitrogen atmosphere show a higher capacity, which can be a result of their high crystalline perfection. The impedance analysis shows that a lower resistance at the interface can be obtained by using heat-treated films. The charge-discharge tests are carried out by adjusting the rate from C/2 to 10C, and when the rate slows from 10C to 1C, the capacity of the samples largely recovers. The nitrogen/heat-treated CNT film electrodes present a capacity that is twice as high, such as 2C, 5C, and 10C, than untreated CNT film electrodes. These results indicate that the carbon nanotube film anodes have high potential for use in portable and wearable computers due to their flexibility.

  6. Effect of Anodic Alumina Oxide Pore Diameter on the Crystallization of Poly(butylene adipate).

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    Sun, Xiaoli; Fang, Qunqun; Li, Huihui; Ren, Zhongjie; Yan, Shouke

    2016-04-01

    Poly(butylene adipate) (PBA) was infiltrated into the anodic alumina oxide (AAO) templates with the pore diameter of around 30, 70, and 100 nm and PBA nanotubes with different diameters were prepared. The crystallization and phase transition behavior of the obtained PBA nanotubes capped in the nanopores have been explored by using X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry. Only α-PBA crystals form in the bulk sample during nonisothermal crystallization. By contrast, predominant β-PBA crystals form in the AAO templates. The β-PBA crystals formed in the nanopores with pore diameter less than 70 nm prefer to adopt an orientation with their b-axis parallel to the long axis of the pore. During the melt recrystallization, it was found that the critical temperature (Tβ), below which pure β-crystals form, is 20 °C for bulk PBA. It drops down significantly with the pore diameter for the PBA in the AAO template. Moreover, the β-crystals in the porous template exhibit larger lattice parameters compared with the bulk crystals. By monitoring the change of β-crystals in the heating process, it was found that β-crystals in the AAO template with the pore diameter of 30 nm (D30) melt directly while the β-crystals transform to α-crystals in the template with the pore diameter of 100 nm (D100). The intensity of (020) Bragg peak of β-crystals decreases at a similar rate in both D30 and D100 but disappears at a relatively lower temperature in D30. On the other hand, the β(110) peak intensity of β-PBA crystals formed in the D100 template decreases first at slower rate before α crystals appear, and then at a faster rate once the β to α phase transition takes place. PMID:27008378

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

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

  8. Life Studies of Metal Films on Beta-Alumina at High Temperature

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    Williams, R.; Kisor, A.; Fiebig, B.; Cortez, R.; Ryan, M.; Shields, V.; Homer, M.

    2000-01-01

    Applications of metallic films on sodium beta-alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) ceramic in technology for the alkali metal thermal to electric converter (AMTEC) include both electrode and metallization functions.

  9. Effect of heat treatment on bioactivity of anodic titania films

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    Anodic oxidation could be employed to produce crystalline titania films on Ti6Al4 V surfaces for inducing apatite formation in simulated body fluid (SBF). In this work, the effect of further heat treatment on the bioactivity of anodic titania films was researched. The surface constitution, morphology, crystal structure and apatite-forming ability of titania films were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results indicated the apatite formation on the Ti6Al4 V surfaces could be attributed to abundance of Ti-OH groups formed via anodic oxidation, but subsequent heat treatment would decrease the amount of surface hydroxyl (OH) groups and result in the loss of the apatite-forming ability.

  10. Tunable structural color of anodic tantalum oxide films

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    Sheng Cui-Cui; Cai Yun-Yu; Dai En-Mei; Liang Chang-Hao

    2012-01-01

    Tantalum (Ta) oxide films with tunable structural color were fabricated easily using anodic oxidation.The structure,components,and surface valence states of the oxide filns were investigated by using gazing incidence X-ray diffractometry,X-ray photoelectron microscopy,and surface analytical techniques.Their thickness and optical properties were studied by using spectroscopic ellipsometry and total reflectance spectrum.Color was accurately defined using L*a*b* scale.The thickness of compact Ta2O5 films was linearly dependent on anodizing voltage.The film color was tunable by adjusting the anodic voltage.The difference in color appearance resulted from the interference behavior between the interfaces of air-oxide and oxide-metal.

  11. Topotactic preparation of textured alumina ceramics from dehydroxylation of gibbsite films

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    In this paper, textured alumina ceramics were prepared from dehydroxylation of gibbsite films and the pseudomorphic and topotactic nature of the dehydroxylation of textured gibbsite films has been investigated. First, the precursor film with a (001)-textured structure was obtained via vacuum filtration deposition of diluted aqueous suspensions of gibbsite nanoplatelets. Subsequently, (001)-textured α-alumina ceramics were successfully achieved by sintering of the deposited gibbsite films without addition of α-alumina seeds. The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD) results show that, during the phase transition from gibbsite to α-alumina, both layered morphology and crystal's axis orientation have been retained to a considerable extent. For the first time, a direct XRD evidence of gibbsite topotactic dehydroxylation to the α-alumina phase is presented. It is believed that the method described here exploits gibbsite's pseudomorphic and topotactic dehydroxylation, not on individual particles scale but on a bulk form. The resulting structure can be considered as inorganic scaffolds which can have applications for fabrication of dense, textured alumina-based ceramics and other layered/textured nanocomposites. - Highlights: • Gibbsite nanoplatelets were assembled on their basal plane to form (001)-textured films. • Textured alumina ceramics were prepared by sintering textured gibbsite films without addition of α-alumina seeds. • Both pseudomorphic and topotactic aspects were exploited in bulk form instead of individual nanoparticulate size. • Direct XRD evidence of the topotactic dehydroxylation from gibbsite to α-alumina is presented in this work

  12. Preparing magnetic yttrium iron garnet nanodot arrays by ultrathin anodic alumina template on silicon substrate

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    Zheng, Hui; Han, Mangui, E-mail: han-mangui@yahoo.com; Deng, Longjiang [National Engineering Research Center of Electromagnetic Radiation Control Materials, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu 610054 (China); Zheng, Liang; Zheng, Peng; Qin, Huibin [Institute of Electron Device and Application, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310008 (China); Wu, Qiong [Magnetism Key Laboratory of Zhejiang Province, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310018 (China)

    2015-08-10

    Ultrahigh density periodically ordered magnetic yttrium iron garnet (Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}, YIG) nanodot arrays have been prepared by pulsed laser deposition through an ultrathin alumina mask (UTAM). UTAM having periodically ordered circularly shaped holes with 350 nm in diameter, 450 nm in inter-pore distance, and 700 nm in height has been prepared on silicon substrate. Furthermore, the microstructure and magnetic properties of YIG nanodot arrays have been characterized. Nanodot arrays with a sharp distribution in diameter centered at 340 nm with standard deviation of 10 nm have been fabricated. Moreover, typical hysteresis loops and ferromagnetic resonance spectra in in-plane and out-of-plane revealed that this unique structure greatly influences the magnetics properties of YIG. First, coercivity of YIG nanodot arrays in in-plane was increased about from 15 Oe of YIG films to 500 Oe. Then, the degree of uniformity about nanodot height decided that two or more resonance peaks in out-of-plane were detected in the spectra. The peak-to-peak linewidth values were about 94 Oe and 40 Oe in the parallel and perpendicular directions, respectively, which indicated that the values were larger by the two-magnon scattering. Consequently, this pattering method creates opportunities for studying physics in oxide nanomagnets and may be applied in spin-wave devices.

  13. Room temperature H2S gas sensing characteristics of platinum (Pt) coated porous alumina (PoAl) thick films

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    The study reports H2S gas sensing characteristics of platinum (Pt) coated porous alumina (PoAl) films. The porous alumina (PoAl) thick layers were formed in the dark on aluminum substrates using an electrochemical anodization method. Thin semitransparent platinum (Pt) films were deposited on PoAl samples using chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. The films were characterized using energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The thicknesses of coated and bare films were measured using ellipsometry. The sensing properties such as sensitivity factor (S.F.), response time, recovery time and repeatability were measured using a static gas sensing system for H2S gas. The EDAX studies confirmed the purity of Pt–PoAl film and indicated the formation of pure platinum (Pt) phase. The ellipsometry studies revealed the thickness of PoAl layer of about 15–17 μm on aluminum substrates. The SEM studies demonstrated uniform distribution of spherical pores with a size between 0.250 and 0.500 μm for PoAl film and nearly spherical platinum particles with average particle size ∼100 nm for Pt–PoAl film. The gas-sensing properties of these samples were studied in a home-built static gas characterization system. The H2S gas sensing properties of Pt–PoAl at 1000 ppm of H2S gave maximum sensitivity factor (S.F.) = 1200. The response time and recovery time were found to be 2–3 min and ∼1 min respectively. Further, the measurement of H2S gas sensing properties clearly indicated the repeatability of gas sensing response of Pt–PoAl film. The present study indicated the significant potential of Pt coated PoAl films for H2S gas sensing applications in diverse areas. - Highlights: • Electrochemical anodization, cheap and effective method for fabrication of PoAl. • Chemical bath deposition, a simple and effective method for deposition of Pt on PoAl. • A nano-composite film sensor with high sensitivity (S.F. = 1200). • The study

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

  15. Digital simulation of anodic stripping voltammetry from thin film electrodes

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    The anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) is routinely applied to control of Cu(II) in heavy water in the primary cooling loop of the Nuclear Power Reactor. The anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) is a very well-known technique in electroanalytical chemistry. However, due to the complexity of the phenomena, it is practised with the fundamentals of empiric considerations. A geometric model for the anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) from thin film electrodes which can be calculated by explicit digital simulation method is proposed as a possibility of solving the electrochemically reversible, cuasi-reversible and irreversible reactions under linear potential scan and multiple potential scans. (Until now the analytical mathematical method was applied to reversible reactions). All the results are compared with analytical solutions and experimental results and it permits to conclude that the anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV) can be studied with the simplicity and potentialities of explicit digital simulation methods. (M.E.L.)

  16. Research of the photovoltaic properties of anodized films of Sn

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    Afanasyev, D. A.; Ibrayev, N. Kh; Omarova, G. S.; Smagulov, Zh K.

    2015-04-01

    The results of studies of photovoltaic properties of solar cells based on porous tin oxide films, sensitized with an organic dye are presented. Porous films were prepared by electrochemical anodization of tin in alkaline electrolytes based on aqueous solution of NaOH and aqueous ammonia NH4OH. It was found that the time of anodizing of the Sn films affects on conversion efficiency of light energy into electrical energy. Increasing of the sorption time leads to an increase of the number of molecules on the surface of the porous film. For the solar cell based on tin oxide there is a strong dark current, which significantly reduces the efficiency of conversion of light energy into electrical energy.

  17. Corrosion of cermet anodes during low temperature electrolysis of alumina. Final report

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    Kozarek, R.L.; Ray, S.P.; Dawless, R.K.; LaCamera, A.F.

    1997-09-26

    Successful development of inert anodes to replace carbon anodes in Hall cells has the potential benefits of lower energy consumption,lower operating costs, and reduced CO{sub 2} and CO emissions. Using inert anodes at reduced current density and reduced operating temperature (800 C) has potential for decreasing the corrosion rate of inert anodes. It may also permit the use of new materials for containment and insulation. This report describes the fabrication characteristics and the corrosion performance of 5324-17% Cu Cermet anodes in 100 hour tests. Although some good results were achieved, the corrosion rate at low temperature (800 C) is varied and not significantly lower than typical results at high temperature ({approximately} 960 C). This report also describes several attempts at 200 hour tests, with one anode achieving 177 hours of continuous operation and another achieving a total of 235 hours but requiring three separate tests of the same anode. The longest run did show a lower wear rate in the last test; but a high resistance layer developed on the anode surface and forced an unacceptably low current density. It is recommended that intermediate temperatures be explored as a more optimal environment for inert anodes. Other electrolyte chemistries and anode compositions (especially high conductivity anodes) should be considered to alleviate problems associated with lower temperature operation.

  18. Spectroscopic and nonlinear photophysical characterization of organic octupolar-compounds supported by anodic-alumina nanotube-arrays

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    Morales-Saavedra, O.G., E-mail: omar.morales@ccadet.unam.mx [Lab. of Nonlinear Optics, Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, CCADET-UNAM Cd. Universitaria, Coyoacan, A.P. 70-186, C.P. 04510 Mexico City (Mexico); Ontiveros-Barrera, F.G. [Lab. of Nonlinear Optics, Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, CCADET-UNAM Cd. Universitaria, Coyoacan, A.P. 70-186, C.P. 04510 Mexico City (Mexico); Hennrich, G. [Departamento de Quimica Organica, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Mata-Zamora, M.E.; Rodriguez-Rosales, A.A.; Banuelos, J.G. [Lab. of Nonlinear Optics, Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, CCADET-UNAM Cd. Universitaria, Coyoacan, A.P. 70-186, C.P. 04510 Mexico City (Mexico)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: > Preparation of organic-inorganic nanostructured hybrid materials. > Insertion of octupolar compounds in alumina nanotube arrays. > Linear and nonlinear photophysical characterization of solid-state hybrid structures. > Fabrication of photonic materials. - Abstract: Amorphous anodic alumina membranes (AAM) comprising highly ordered nanometric porous arrays (porous anodic aluminas: PAA) with 1D-nanotube dimensions of {approx}75 nm in diameter and 45 microns in depth were successfully prepared and used as nanostructured host networks for different functionalized octupolar chromophores (named here Oct-(n)). Atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies performed on the developed hybrid systems confirmed a homogeneous insertion of these organic molecules into the PAA nanotube-arrays. Samples with high structural quality were selected for several photophysical characterizations: Comprehensive X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical spectroscopic characterizations performed according to UV-vis absorption, photoluminescent (PL) and Raman measurements revealed the structural and optical performance of these molecules within the PAA-confinement. Since the implemented optical chromophores were specifically functionalized for nonlinear optical (NLO) applications, the obtained Oct-(n)/PAA-based amorphous hybrids were also characterized according to cubic NLO-techniques such as third harmonic generation (THG) and the Z-Scan method. PAA-confined octupolar chromophores have shown interesting linear and NLO optical properties which have not yet been intensively investigated in bulk hybrid systems; hence, the obtained hybrid nanostructures represent a promising field of investigation in the route to functional octupolar-based materials, where different self-assembled molecular structures may be formed, giving rise to enhanced linear and NLO-properties.

  19. Sorption of plutonium on anodized aluminum

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    Adsorption of plutonium on anodic alumina films was investigated. The results obtained suggest that equilibrium in the aqueous solution-solid surface system is achieved after 3 hours. In case of aqueous solutions maximum sorption was observed at pH 3.5. The adsorption isotherms for both aqueous and ethanolic solutions are presented. Up to 15 μg of Pu can be adsorbed by 1 cm2 of anodic alumina surface. (author)

  20. Nanoporous alumina formed by self-organized two-step anodization of Ni{sub 3}Al intermetallic alloy in citric acid

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    Stepniowski, Wojciech J., E-mail: wstepniowski@wat.edu.pl [Department of Advanced Materials and Technology, Faculty of New Technologies and Chemistry, Military University of Technology, Kaliskiego 2 Str., 00-908 Warszawa (Poland); Cieslak, Grzegorz; Norek, Malgorzata; Karczewski, Krzysztof; Michalska-Domanska, Marta; Zasada, Dariusz; Polkowski, Wojciech; Jozwik, Pawel; Bojar, Zbigniew [Department of Advanced Materials and Technology, Faculty of New Technologies and Chemistry, Military University of Technology, Kaliskiego 2 Str., 00-908 Warszawa (Poland)

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Anodic porous alumina was formed by Ni{sub 3}Al intermetallic alloy anodization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The anodizations were conducted in 0.3 M citric acid. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanopores geometry depends on anodizing voltage. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer No barrier layer was formed during anodization. - Abstract: Formation of the nanoporous alumina on the surface of Ni{sub 3}Al intermetallic alloy has been studied in details and compared with anodization of aluminum. Successful self-organized anodization of this alloy was performed in 0.3 M citric acid at voltages ranging from 2.0 to 12.0 V using a typical two-electrode cell. Current density records revealed different mechanism of the porous oxide growth when compared to the mechanism pertinent for the anodization of aluminum. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy experiments confirmed the differences in anodic oxide growth. Surface and cross-sections of the Ni{sub 3}Al intermetallic alloy with anodic oxide were observed with field-emission scanning electron microscope and characterized with appropriate software. Nanoporous oxide growth rate was estimated from cross-sectional FE-SEM images. The lowest growth rate of 0.14 {mu}m/h was found for the anodization at 0 Degree-Sign C and 2.0 V. The highest one - 2.29 {mu}m/h - was noticed for 10.0 V and 30 Degree-Sign C. Pore diameter was ranging from 18.9 nm (2.0 V, 0 Degree-Sign C) to 32.0 nm (12.0 V, 0 Degree-Sign C). Interpore distance of the nanoporous alumina was ranging from 56.6 nm (2.0 V, 0 Degree-Sign C) to 177.9 nm (12.0 V, 30 Degree-Sign C). Pore density (number of pore occupying given area) was decreasing with anodizing voltage increase from 394.5 pores/{mu}m{sup 2} (2.0 V, 0 Degree-Sign C) to 94.9 pores/{mu}m{sup 2} (12.0 V, 0 Degree-Sign C). All the geometrical features of the anodic alumina formed by two-step self-organized anodization of Ni{sub 3}Al intermetallic alloy are depending on the

  1. Effective Stress Reduction in Diamond Films on Alumina by Carbon Ion Implantation

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    方志军; 夏义本; 王林军; 张伟丽; 马哲国; 张明龙

    2002-01-01

    We show the effective stress reduction in diamond films by implanting carbon ions into alumina substrates prior to the diamond deposition. Residual stresses in the films are evaluated by Raman spectroscopy and a more reliable method for stress determination is presented for the quantitative measurement of stress evolution. It is found that compressive stresses in the diamond films can be partly offset by the compressive stresses in the alumina substrates, which are caused by the ion pre-implantation. At the same time, the difference between the offset by the pre-stressed substrates and the total stress reduction indicates that some other mechanisms are also active.

  2. Properties of alumina films by atmospheric pressure metal-organic chemical vapour deposition

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    Haanappel, V.A.C.; Corbach, van H.D.; Fransen, T.; Gellings, P.J.

    1994-01-01

    Thin alumina films were deposited at low temperatures (290–420°C) on stainless steel, type AISI 304. The deposition process was carried out in nitrogen by metal-organic chemical vapour deposition using aluminum tri-sec-butoxide. The film properties including the protection of the underlying substrat

  3. 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.

  4. Guided transmission of slow Ne ions through the nanochannels of highly ordered anodic alumina

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    Mátéfi-Tempfli, Stefan; Mátéfi-Tempfli, M.; Piraux, L.;

    2006-01-01

    A highly ordered hexagonally close-packed nanochannels array was prepared using the self-ordering phenomena during a two-step anodization process of a high purity aluminium foil. The anodized aluminium oxide, with pore diameters of about 280nm and interpore distances of about 450nm was prepared as...

  5. The model thin film alumina catalyst support suitable for catalysis-oriented surface science studies

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • New model catalyst on “AlOx-thin film/FeCrAl” support is presented. • Metal substrate minimizes sample charging, allows fast and uniform heating. • Surface is rough to model the catalyst support's morphology. • Planar alumina is stable in air/gases/solutions and similar to γ-Al2O3. • New model support is suitable for in situ XPS, STM, TPD, TPR, etc. - Abstract: The preparation of thin continuous alumina film at the surface of metal substrate in UHV (ultra high vacuum) conditions is described. The peculiarities of the obtained films studied by XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and STM (scanning tunneling microscopy) are discussed. The long-term durability of the oxide film was tested and proved both under ambient conditions and in acidic aqueous solutions. The stability of the planar alumina samples toward oxidation by oxygen was checked in the wide ranges of gas pressure and sample temperature. The suggested procedure ensures the controlled and reproducible preparation of thin alumina films – model support appropriate for wet chemistry catalyst preparation, suitable for STM and for other Surface Science techniques studies of alumina supported metal catalysts

  6. The model thin film alumina catalyst support suitable for catalysis-oriented surface science studies

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    Nartova, Anna V., E-mail: avnartova@gmail.com [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, Lavrentieva Ave., 5, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Pirogova St., 2, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Bukhtiyarov, Andrey V., E-mail: avb@catalysis.ru [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, Lavrentieva Ave., 5, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Kvon, Ren I., E-mail: kvon@catalysis.ru [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, Lavrentieva Ave., 5, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Bukhtiyarov, Valerii I., E-mail: vib@catalysis.ru [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis SB RAS, Lavrentieva Ave., 5, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Pirogova St., 2, Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation)

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • New model catalyst on “AlOx-thin film/FeCrAl” support is presented. • Metal substrate minimizes sample charging, allows fast and uniform heating. • Surface is rough to model the catalyst support's morphology. • Planar alumina is stable in air/gases/solutions and similar to γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. • New model support is suitable for in situ XPS, STM, TPD, TPR, etc. - Abstract: The preparation of thin continuous alumina film at the surface of metal substrate in UHV (ultra high vacuum) conditions is described. The peculiarities of the obtained films studied by XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and STM (scanning tunneling microscopy) are discussed. The long-term durability of the oxide film was tested and proved both under ambient conditions and in acidic aqueous solutions. The stability of the planar alumina samples toward oxidation by oxygen was checked in the wide ranges of gas pressure and sample temperature. The suggested procedure ensures the controlled and reproducible preparation of thin alumina films – model support appropriate for wet chemistry catalyst preparation, suitable for STM and for other Surface Science techniques studies of alumina supported metal catalysts.

  7. Structured Ni catalysts on porous anodic alumina membranes for methane dry reforming: NiAl 2 O 4 formation and characterization

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    Zhou, Lu

    2015-06-29

    This communication presents the successful design of a structured catalyst based on porous anodic alumina membranes for methane dry reforming. The catalyst with a strong Ni-NiAl2O4 interaction shows both excellent activity and stability. This journal is © The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  8. Fabrication of Nonsintered Alumina-Resin Hybrid Films by Inkjet-Printing Technology

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    Jang, Hun Woo; Kim, Jihoon; Kim, Hyo-tae; Yoon, Youngjoon; Lee, Sung-nam; Hwang, Haejin; Kim, Jonghee

    2010-07-01

    We used the inkjet printing to fabricate alumina-resin hybrid films without a high temperature sintering process. Single- and co-solvent ink systems showing different evaporation behaviors were formulated in order to understand their impacts on the inkjet-printing of the alumina dots, lines, and films. The packing densities of the inkjet-printed alumina films from both ink systems were around 60% which is higher than the value obtained by other conventional methods. Since the high temperature sintering process was avoided, the polymer-resin was infiltrated through the inkjet-printed alumina films by the same inkjet printing as a binder. The microstructures of these hybrid films were investigated in order to confirm if the microvoids in the films were filled with the resin. The dielectric properties of these hybrid films such as relative permittivity and Q-value were measured in order to assess if these hybrid materials is applicable to three-dimensional (3D) system integration as ceramic package substrates.

  9. The interface structure and band alignment at alumina/Cu(Al) alloy interfaces-Influence of the crystallinity of alumina films

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    Both epitaxial and amorphous ultra-thin alumina films were grown on a Cu-9 at.%Al(1 1 1) substrate by selective oxidation of Al in the alloy in ultra high vacuum. The crystallinity of the alumina films was controlled by oxidation temperature. The photoelectron spectra of Al 2p, O 1s and valence band were measured in-situ during oxidation. The influence of the crystallinity on the interface structure between the alumina films and the substrate was discussed by analyzing the Al 2p spectra composed of multiple peaks. The energy difference between the Fermi level of the substrate and the valence band maximum of the alumina films (band offset) was derived from the valence band spectra. The energy band alignment at the interface between each of the two alumina films and the substrate was revealed by combining the binding energy values of the core levels with the band offset values. The influence of the alumina crystallinity on the band alignment was discussed.

  10. Preparation of anodic films of stabilized zirconium at ambient temperature

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    It was prepared zirconium oxide films through the anodic oxidation of the zirconium at constant current density in phosphoric acid solution.The film growth is characterized, at the cronopotenciograms curves, by linear increase of the potential and region of film breakdown, with potential oscillations. The films were analysed by x-rays and SEM. It was observed the formation of zirconia films in the monoclinic phase in H3 P O4 solution. When H3 P O4 was use with Na2 [Ca(EDTA)] complex were detected the formation of zirconium oxide partiality stabilized in the tetragonal cubic form. It was also observed that varying the concentration of the complex and the applied current density it was possible to obtain different quantity of the stabilized phase. (author)

  11. The influence of the deposition parameters on the porosity of thin alumina films on steel

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    DUSAN KICEVIC

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available The influence of the deposition parameters on the porosity of thin alumina films electrophoretically deposited on steel from aqueous suspensions was investigated. The effects of the applied voltage, deposition time, suspension temperature and the solid content of the aqueous suspension on the porosity of the obtained alumina films have been determined using optical microscopy coupled with image analysis. It was shown that the lowest film porosity was obtained from a suspension containing 20 wt.% alumina powder at the lowest applied voltage (30 V, for a longer deposition time (10 min using a suspension temperature of 30 ºC. This behavior can be explained by the smaller amount of hydrogen evolved on the cathode during the electrophoretic deposition process.

  12. Nano structured porous anodized aluminium oxide by using C2H2O4 for electronic applications: Study of the cell potential effects on formation of porous alumina

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    In this research, a nano porous anodized aluminium oxide AAO thin film was successfully grown onto oxide layer on silicon substrate. The anodization of Si/ SiO2/ Al substrate was conducted in a vigorous stirring oxalic acid bath solution. The rate of growth, morphology and also the kinetic study of the AAO thin film were investigated. The resulting array, pores structure and pores density of AAO strongly depends on an applied voltage of the anodizing process. (author)

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Fabrication of superhydrophobic niobium pentoxide thin films by anodization

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    We report a simple method to fabricate a niobium oxide film with a lotus-like micro–nano surface structure. Self-assembled niobium pentoxide (Nb2O5) films with superhydrophobic property were fabricated by an anodization and a hydrophobic treatment. This process has several advantages such as low cost, simplicity and easy coverage of a large area. The surface of fabricated Nb2O5 film was changed from hydrophilic to superhydrophobic surface by a treatment using fluoroaldyltrimethoxysilane (FAS) solution. This value is considered to be the lowest surface free energy of any solid, based on the alignment of -CF3 groups on the surface. In particular, among FAS coated surfaces, the micro–nano complex cone structured Nb2O5 film showed the highest water-repellent property with a static contact angle of ca. 162°. This study gives promising routes from biomimetic superhydrophobic surfaces.

  16. Fabrication and characterization of ultra-water-repellent alumina-silica composite films

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    Ultra-water-repellent (UWR) films were prepared by microwave plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition using trimethylmethoxysilane and aluminium (III) diisopropoxide ethylacetoacetate (ADE) as raw materials. The film was mainly composed of silica and alumina and was apparently transparent. The film thickness was approximately 500 nm. The sample surface was treated with an organosilane in order to introduce hydrophobic groups. The hydrophobic modification led to a water contact angle of more than 1500, whose value corresponds to the UWR surface. The hardness of film with an optimized Al content was significantly improved compared with that without Al. The maximum hardness was 1.71 GPa. In consequence, we successfully prepared an UWR film in the silica-alumina system

  17. Structural transformation of nickel hydroxide films during anodic oxidation

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    Crocker, R.W.; Muller, R.H.

    1992-05-01

    The transformation of anodically formed nickel hydroxide/oxy-hydroxide electrodes has been investigated. A mechanism is proposed for the anodic oxidation reaction, in which the reaction interface between the reduced and oxidized phases of the electrode evolves in a nodular topography that leads to inefficient utilization of the active electrode material. In the proposed nodular transformation model for the anodic oxidation reaction, nickel hydroxide is oxidized to nickel oxy-hydroxide in the region near the metal substrate. Since the nickel oxy-hydroxide is considerably more conductive than the surrounding nickel hydroxide, as further oxidation occurs, nodular features grow rapidly to the film/electrolyte interface. Upon emerging at the electrolyte interface, the reaction boundary between the nickel hydroxide and oxy-hydroxide phases spreads laterally across the film/electrolyte interface, creating an overlayer of nickel oxy-hydroxide and trapping uncharged regions of nickel hydroxide within the film. The nickel oxy-hydroxide overlayer surface facilitates the oxygen evolution side reaction. Scanning tunneling microscopy of the electrode in its charged state revealed evidence of 80 {endash} 100 Angstrom nickel oxy-hydroxide nodules in the nickel hydroxide film. In situ spectroscopic ellipsometer measurements of films held at various constant potentials agree quantitatively with optical models appropriate to the nodular growth and subsequent overgrowth of the nickel oxy-hydroxide phase. A two-dimensional, numerical finite difference model was developed to simulate the current distribution along the phase boundary between the charged and uncharged material. The model was used to explore the effects of the physical parameters that govern the electrode behavior. The ratio of the conductivities of the nickel hydroxide and oxy-hydroxide phases was found to be the dominant parameter in the system.

  18. Fabrication and properties of anodic alumina humidity sensor with through-hole structure

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    2008-01-01

    Through-hole structural humidity sensor was fabricated by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering deposition of gold electrodes on two sides of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes which were prepared by two-step anodization procedure at 0-5℃ and 40 V in 0.5 mol/L oxalic acid electrolyte. The investigation on the impedance at various humid conditions showed a linear relationship between impedance and relative humidity over the range of 12%-97% RH. Other excellent properties such as rapid response and good reproducibility were also obtained.

  19. Effect of various de-anodizing techniques on the surface stability of non-colored and colored nanoporous AAO films in acidic solution

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    Awad, Ahmed M.; Shehata, Omnia S.; Heakal, Fakiha El-Taib

    2015-12-01

    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) is well known as an important nanostructured material, and a useful template in the fabrication of nanostructures. Nanoporous anodic alumina (PAA) with high open porosity was prepared by adopting three de-anodizing regimes following the first anodizing step and preceding the second one. The de-anodizing methods include electrolytic etching (EE) and chemical etching using either phosphoric acid (PE) or sodium hydroxide (HE) solutions. Three of the obtained AAO samples were black colored by electrodeposition of copper nanoparticles in their pores. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization techniques were used to characterize the electrochemical performance of the two sets of the prepared samples. In general, the data obtained in aggressive aerated 0.5 M HCl solution demonstrated dissimilar behavior for the three prepared samples despite that the second anodizing step was the same for all of them. The data indicated that the resistance and thickness of the inner barrier part of nano-PAA film, are the main controlling factors determining its stability. On the other hand, coloring the film decreased its stability due to the galvanic effect. The difference in the electrochemical behavior of the three colored samples was discussed based on the difference in both the pore size and thickness of the outer porous part of PAA film as supported by SEM, TEM and cross-sectional micrographs. These results can thus contribute for better engineering applications of nanoporous AAO.

  20. Label-Free Detection of Telomerase Activity in Urine Using Telomerase-Responsive Porous Anodic Alumina Nanochannels.

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    Liu, Xu; Wei, Min; Liu, Yuanjian; Lv, Bingjing; Wei, Wei; Zhang, Yuanjian; Liu, Songqin

    2016-08-16

    Telomerase is closely related to cancers, which makes it one of the most widely known tumor marker. Recently, many methods have been reported for telomerase activity measurement in which complex label procedures were commonly used. In this paper, a label-free method for detection of telomerase activity in urine based on steric hindrance changes induced by confinement geometry in the porous anodic alumina (PAA) nanochannels was proposed. Telomerase substrate (TS) primer was first assembled on the inside wall of PAA nanochannels by Schiff reaction under mild conditions. Then, under the action of telomerase, TS primer was amplified and extended to repeating G-rich sequences (TTAGGG)x, which formed multiplex G-quadruplex in the presence of potassium ions (K(+)). This configurational change led to the increment of steric hindrance in the nanochannels, resulting in the decrement of anodic current of potassium ferricyanide (K3[Fe(CN)6]). Compared with previously reported methods based on PAA nanochannels (usually one G-quadruplex formed), multiplex repeating G-quadruplex formed on one TS primer in this work. As a result, large current drop (∼3.6 μA, 36%) was obtained, which gave facility to improve the detection sensitivity. The decreased ratio of anodic current has a linear correlation with the logarithm of HeLa cell number in the range of 10-5000 cells, with the detection limit of seven cells. The method is simple, reliable, and has been successfully applied in the detection of telomerase in urine with good accuracy, selectivity and reproducibility. In addition, the method is nondestructive test compared to blood analysis and pathology tests, which is significant for cancer discovery, development, and prognosis. PMID:27420905

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

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

  2. Deposition of nanostructured crystalline and corrosion resistant alumina film on bell metal at low temperature by rf magnetron sputtering

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    Aluminium oxide films deposited by rf magnetron sputtering for protective coatings have been investigated. The alumina films are found to exhibit grainy surface microstructure. The grain size, structure and density depend on different system parameters such as argon and/or oxygen flow rate and applied rf power etc. The effect of transition of the discharge from metallic to reactive mode on the surface characteristics of the alumina film is studied. X-ray diffractometry reveals that in poisoned mode of sputtering and under optimized power and pressure, crystalline alumina film can be grown. Different system conditions are optimized for corrosion resistant aluminium oxide films with good adhesion properties. Nanostructured alumina film is obtained at lower pressure (8 x 10-4 to 9 x 10-4 Torr) by rf reactive magnetron sputtering.

  3. Improved stability of free-standing lipid bilayers based on nanoporous alumina films

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    Hirano-Iwata, Ayumi; Taira, Tasuku; Oshima, Azusa; Kimura, Yasuo; Niwano, Michio

    2010-05-01

    In this study, we propose a method for improving the stability of free-standing bilayer lipid membranes (BLMs) by preparing BLMs across nanoporous alumina films. The use of porous alumina reduced individual membrane size to improve the BLM stability. The BLMs were stable under an applied voltage of ±1 V. The lifetime of the BLMs was 16-30 h with and without incorporated gramicidin channels. Electric properties of the BLMs as a platform for channel-current recordings are also discussed. Since the total area of the BLMs is still large to facilitate protein incorporation, our approach is useful for designing highly sensitive biosensors based on channel proteins.

  4. Non-isothermal kinetics of phase transformations in magnetron sputtered alumina films with metastable structure

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    Highlights: • Non-isothermal kinetics of phase transformations in alumina films was investigated. • The structure of alumina films affects kinetics of the transformation processes. • Kinetic triplets of all transformation processes were determined. • The KAS, FWO, FR and IKP methods for determination of Ea and A were used. • The Málek method for determination of the kinetic model was used. - Abstract: The paper reports on non-isothermal kinetics of transformation processes in magnetron sputtered alumina thin films with an amorphous and γ-phase structure leading ultimately to the formation of the thermodynamically stable α-Al2O3 phase. Phase transformation sequences in the alumina films were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) at four different heating rates (10, 20, 30, 40 °C/min). Three isoconversional methods (Kissinger–Akahira–Sunose (KAS), Flynn–Wall–Ozawa (FWO) and Friedman (FR) method) as well as the invariant kinetic parameters (IKP) method were used to determine the activation energies for transformation processes. Moreover, the pre-exponential factors were determined using the IKP method. The kinetic models of the transformation processes were determined using the Málek method. It was found that the as-deposited structure of alumina films affects kinetics of the transformation processes. The film with the amorphous as-deposited structure heated at 40 °C/min transforms to the crystalline γ phase at a temperature of ∼930 °C (Ea,IKP = 463 ± 10 kJ/mol) and subsequently to the crystalline α phase at a temperature of ∼1200 °C (Ea,IKP = 589 ± 10 kJ/mol). The film with the crystalline γ-phase structure heated at 40 °C/min is thermally stable up to ∼1100 °C and transforms to the crystalline α phase (Ea,IKP = 511 ± 16 kJ/mol) at a temperature of ∼1195 °C. The empirical two-parameter Šesták–Berggren kinetic model was found to be the most adequate one to describe all transformation processes in

  5. Anodization of AZ91 magnesium alloy in alkaline solution containing silicate and corrosion properties of anodized films

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    LI Ling-ling; CHENG Ying-liang; WANG Hui-min; ZHANG Zhao

    2008-01-01

    The anodization of AZ91 magnesium alloy in an alkaline electrolyte of 100g/L NaOH+20g/L Na2B4O7·10H2O+50g/L C6H5Na3O7·2H2O+60g/L Na2SiO3·9H2O was studied.The corrosion resistance of the anodized films was studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization techniques.The microstructure of the films was examined with scanning electronic microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffractometer (XRD).The results show that,under the experimental conditions,the optimum anodizing time and the optimum anodizing current density are 40min and 20mA/cm2 respectively for obtaining the anodic film with high corrosion resistance.The XRD pattern shows that the components of the anodized film consist of MgO and Mg2 (SiO4).

  6. Exploding metal film active anode source experiments on the lion extractor ion diode

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    This paper reports that exploding metal film anode plasma source (EM-FAAPS) experiments show that intense beams with improved turn-on time compared to epoxy-filled-groove anodes can be produced. When a plasma opening switch is used to provide the current path that explodes the thin film anode the ion turn-on time is reduced by about 5 ns compared with the previous scheme in which an electron collector on the anode provided this current, and by 10 ns compared to epoxy anodes

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

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

    2009-07-15

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

  8. Functionally graded alumina-based thin film systems

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    Moore, John J.; Zhong, Dalong

    2006-08-29

    The present invention provides coating systems that minimize thermal and residual stresses to create a fatigue- and soldering-resistant coating for aluminum die casting dies. The coating systems include at least three layers. The outer layer is an alumina- or boro-carbide-based outer layer that has superior non-wettability characteristics with molten aluminum coupled with oxidation and wear resistance. A functionally-graded intermediate layer or "interlayer" enhances the erosive wear, toughness, and corrosion resistance of the die. A thin adhesion layer of reactive metal is used between the die substrate and the interlayer to increase adhesion of the coating system to the die surface.

  9. Direct sub-nanometer scale electron microscopy analysis of anion incorporation to self-ordered anodic alumina layers

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    Gonzalez-Rovira, L.; Lopez-Haro, M.; Hungria, A.B.; El Amrani, K. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Cadiz, Republica Saharaui s/n, 11510 Puerto Real, Cadiz (Spain); Sanchez-Amaya, J.M. [Titania, Ensayos y Proyectos Industriales, S.L. Parque Tecnobahia, Edificio RETSE, Nave 4, 11500 El Puerto de Santa Maria (Cadiz) (Spain); Calvino, J.J. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Cadiz, Republica Saharaui s/n, 11510 Puerto Real, Cadiz (Spain); Botana, F.J., E-mail: javier.botana@uca.e [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering and Inorganic Chemistry, University of Cadiz, Republica Saharaui s/n, 11510 Puerto Real, Cadiz (Spain)

    2010-11-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Morphological and chemical characterization at atomic scale of porous alumina layers anodised in ordered regimes. {yields} Characterization based on the use of FEG-SEM, STEM-HAADF, STEM-EELS and STEM-X-EDS. {yields} Nanoscale distribution of P-, C- and S-bearing species in the pore wall. - Abstract: Ordered porous alumina layers prepared by two-step anodising in phosphoric, oxalic and sulphuric acids have been characterized at sub-nanometer scale using electron microscopy techniques. FEG-SEM and STEM-HAADF images allowed estimating the pore size, cell wall and pore wall thicknesses of the layers. Nanoanalytical characterization has been performed by STEM-EELS and STEM-X-EDS. Detailed features of the spatial distribution of anions in the pore wall of the films have been obtained. Maximum concentration of P-species occurs, approximately, at the middle of the pore wall; adjacent to the pore for C-species, whereas the distribution of S-species appears to be uniform.

  10. The preparation and corrosion resistance of Ce and Nd modified anodic films on aluminum

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    Li Qizheng; Tang Yuming [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Zuo Yu, E-mail: zuoy@mail.buct.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)

    2010-04-15

    Rare earth element Ce and Nd modified anodic films were prepared on aluminum surface by a relatively simple method: the aluminum samples were first immersed in Ni(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} solutions containing Ce or Nd salts at 90 deg. C, then were dried and anodized. The contents of Ce or Nd in the anodic films were from 0.5% to 0.9%, and about 4-5% Ni was also introduced in the films. The modified anodic films were more compact with much smaller pores and increased hardness. In neutral, acidic and basic NaCl solutions, the rare earth modified films showed obviously improved corrosion resistance. The Ce modified films showed better corrosion resistance than Nd modified films. The cracking resistance of the films under heating was also improved.

  11. The preparation and corrosion resistance of Ce and Nd modified anodic films on aluminum

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    Rare earth element Ce and Nd modified anodic films were prepared on aluminum surface by a relatively simple method: the aluminum samples were first immersed in Ni(NO3)2 solutions containing Ce or Nd salts at 90 deg. C, then were dried and anodized. The contents of Ce or Nd in the anodic films were from 0.5% to 0.9%, and about 4-5% Ni was also introduced in the films. The modified anodic films were more compact with much smaller pores and increased hardness. In neutral, acidic and basic NaCl solutions, the rare earth modified films showed obviously improved corrosion resistance. The Ce modified films showed better corrosion resistance than Nd modified films. The cracking resistance of the films under heating was also improved.

  12. Submicron fabrication by local anodic oxidation of germanium thin films

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    Oliveira, A. B.; Medeiros-Ribeiro, G.; Azevedo, A.

    2009-08-01

    Here we describe a lithography scheme based on the local anodic oxidation of germanium film by a scanning atomic force microscope in a humidity-controlled atmosphere. The oxidation kinetics of the Ge film were investigated by a tapping mode, in which a pulsed bias voltage was synchronized and applied with the resonance frequency of the cantilever, and by a contact mode, in which a continuous voltage was applied. In the tapping mode we clearly identified two regimes of oxidation as a function of the applied voltage: the trench width increased linearly during the vertical growth and increased exponentially during the lateral growth. Both regimes of growth were interpreted taking into consideration the Cabrera-Mott mechanism of oxidation applied to the oxide/Ge interface. We also show the feasibility of the bottom-up fabrication process presented in this work by showing a Cu nanowire fabricated on top of a silicon substrate.

  13. Formation of Porous Anodic Oxide Film on Titanium in Phosphoric Acid Electrolyte

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    Liu, Z.; Thompson, G. E.

    2015-01-01

    A sequential breakdown anodizing conditions on cp-Ti in phosphoric acid has been investigated in the present study. Anodic oxide films were formed at 100, 150, and 200 V, examined by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, glow discharge optical emission spectrometry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. A porous oxide texture was formed at each voltage. The thickness of anodic porous oxide increased with the increase of anodic voltage. Nano-particulates were formed around and within the pores, and the size of pores increased with increased voltage due to the expansion of particulates. The amorphous-to-crystalline transition was initiated during the film growth. The degree of crystallinity in the anodic oxide film fabricated at 200 V is more abundant than 150 and 100 V. Increased content of the phosphorus species was incorporated into the porous film with the increase of anodic voltage, stabilizing for the nanocrystals developed within the oxide.

  14. Anodic luminescence, structural, photoluminescent, and photocatalytic properties of anodic oxide films grown on niobium in phosphoric acid

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    Stojadinović, Stevan; Tadić, Nenad; Radić, Nenad; Stefanov, Plamen; Grbić, Boško; Vasilić, Rastko

    2015-11-01

    This article reports on properties of oxide films obtained by anodization of niobium in phosphoric acid before and after the dielectric breakdown. Weak anodic luminescence of barrier oxide films formed during the anodization of niobium is correlated to the existence of morphological defects in the oxide layer. Small sized sparks generated by dielectric breakdown of formed oxide film cause rapid increase of luminescence intensity. The luminescence spectrum of obtained films on niobium under spark discharging is composed of continuum radiation and spectral lines caused by electronic spark discharging transitions in oxygen and hydrogen atoms. Oxide films formed before the breakdown are amorphous, while after the breakdown oxide films are partly crystalline and mainly composed of Nb2O5 hexagonal phase. The photocatalytic activity of obtained oxide films after the breakdown was investigated by monitoring the degradation of methyl orange. Increase of the photocatalytic activity with time is related to an increase of oxygen vacancy defects in oxide films formed during the process. Also, higher concentration of oxygen vacancy defects in oxide films results in higher photoluminescence intensity.

  15. Nanoporous gold-alumina core-shell films with tunable optical properties

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    Tuning of the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of nanoporous metals is at the heart of manipulating light within extremely small volumes for the implementation of optical devices at the nanoscale. In this work, nanoporous gold-alumina core-shell films with fixed gold skeletons and different thicknesses of alumina shells are fabricated using chemical corrosion and subsequent atomic layer deposition. Optical transmission of the nanoporous composite films can be tailored through LSPR excitations of the three-dimensional gold skeleton and the alterable alumina shells as the covering dielectric. A 92 nanometer red-shift of the LSPR band is attained via its dielectric medium dependence and the comparable decay length with pore size. The widely tunable optical transmission and significantly improved stability thus suggest incorporating nanoporous gold-alumina into promising nano-devices with reliable performance. Low temperature surface decoration (<100 deg. C) provides a universal route to tune the optical properties while retaining the spatial geometry of the metallic nanostructures.

  16. Study and application of alumina films for the realization of metal-insulator-semiconductor structures

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    Alumina used in thin films on silicon substrate (MIS structures) or deposited on silica SiO2 as second dielectric for MIIS structures is actually investigated. In a theoretical part concerning MIS structure properties all the defects of the C(V) curves have been extensively checked off. After a description of the deposition method used, the experimental results are reviewed. With the deposition method used, we realize amorphous alumina films at low temperatures (T∼150 deg. C). The treatment of the surface before deposition is important for the reproducibility of the films and the properties of the interface. Al2O3-Si. The films have good electrical characteristics and a heat treatment at 500 deg. C with argon as atmosphere is helpful. Alumina contains negative charges and we establish a surface inversion of the silicon type (VFB>0). The density of surface states NSS is approximately 1011 e-bar/cm2. The deposition method investigated has a direct application for integrated circuits technology; it may be used for multilayers structures, the obtention of reduced MOST threshold voltages and memory elements MIIS. (author)

  17. High-temperature anodized WO3 nanoplatelet films for photosensitive devices.

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    Sadek, Abu Z; Zheng, Haidong; Breedon, Michael; Bansal, Vipul; Bhargava, Suresh K; Latham, Kay; Zhu, Jianmin; Yu, Leshu; Hu, Zheng; Spizzirri, Paul G; Wlodarski, Wojtek; Kalantar-zadeh, Kourosh

    2009-08-18

    Anodization at elevated temperatures in nitric acid has been used for the production of highly porous and thick tungsten trioxide nanostructured films for photosensitive device applications. The anodization process resulted in platelet crystals with thicknesses of 20-60 nm and lengths of 100-1000 nm. Maximum thicknesses of approximately 2.4 microm were obtained after 4 h of anodization at 20 V. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the as-prepared anodized samples contain predominantly hydrated tungstite phases depending on voltage, while films annealed at 400 degrees C for 4 h are predominantly orthorhombic WO3 phase. Photocurrent measurements revealed that the current density of the 2.4 microm nanostructured anodized film was 6 times larger than the nonanodized films. Dye-sensitized solar cells developed using these films produced 0.33 V and 0.65 mA/cm2 in open- and short-circuit conditions. PMID:19627158

  18. Fabrication of superhydrophobic niobium pentoxide thin films by anodization

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    Jeong, Bong-Yong [Future Convergence Ceramic Division, Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology, Seoul 153-801 (Korea, Republic of); Jung, Eun-Hye [Future Convergence Ceramic Division, Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology, Seoul 153-801 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Chemical Engineering, Inha University, Incheon 402-024 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jin-Ho, E-mail: jhkim@kicet.re.kr [Electronic and Optic Materials Division, Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology, Seoul 153-801 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-07-01

    We report a simple method to fabricate a niobium oxide film with a lotus-like micro–nano surface structure. Self-assembled niobium pentoxide (Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}) films with superhydrophobic property were fabricated by an anodization and a hydrophobic treatment. This process has several advantages such as low cost, simplicity and easy coverage of a large area. The surface of fabricated Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} film was changed from hydrophilic to superhydrophobic surface by a treatment using fluoroaldyltrimethoxysilane (FAS) solution. This value is considered to be the lowest surface free energy of any solid, based on the alignment of -CF{sub 3} groups on the surface. In particular, among FAS coated surfaces, the micro–nano complex cone structured Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} film showed the highest water-repellent property with a static contact angle of ca. 162°. This study gives promising routes from biomimetic superhydrophobic surfaces.

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

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

  20. Photocatalytic activity of porous TiO2 films prepared by anodic oxidation

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    WANG Wei; TAO Jie; WANG Tao; WANG Ling

    2007-01-01

    Anatase titanium dioxide is an active photocatalyst, however, it is difficult to be immobilized on the substrate.The crystalline TiO2 porous film was prepared directly on the surface of pure titanium by anodic oxidation. The film was then used for photocatalysis via the methyl orange degradation method. The effects of anodization voltage, pH value, TiO2 film area and degradation time on the photocatalyst were investigated respectively by UV-visible spectrum. It was indicated that the TiO2 film prepared by anodic oxidation at 140 V had the best photocatalysis capability and the degradation of methyl orange was accelerated with acid addition.

  1. Room temperature H{sub 2}S gas sensing characteristics of platinum (Pt) coated porous alumina (PoAl) thick films

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    More, P.S., E-mail: p_smore@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, Institute of Science, Mumbai 400 032 (India); Raut, R.W. [Department of Botany, Institute of Science, Mumbai 400 032 (India); Ghuge, C.S. [Department of Physics, Institute of Science, Mumbai 400 032 (India)

    2014-02-14

    The study reports H{sub 2}S gas sensing characteristics of platinum (Pt) coated porous alumina (PoAl) films. The porous alumina (PoAl) thick layers were formed in the dark on aluminum substrates using an electrochemical anodization method. Thin semitransparent platinum (Pt) films were deposited on PoAl samples using chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. The films were characterized using energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The thicknesses of coated and bare films were measured using ellipsometry. The sensing properties such as sensitivity factor (S.F.), response time, recovery time and repeatability were measured using a static gas sensing system for H{sub 2}S gas. The EDAX studies confirmed the purity of Pt–PoAl film and indicated the formation of pure platinum (Pt) phase. The ellipsometry studies revealed the thickness of PoAl layer of about 15–17 μm on aluminum substrates. The SEM studies demonstrated uniform distribution of spherical pores with a size between 0.250 and 0.500 μm for PoAl film and nearly spherical platinum particles with average particle size ∼100 nm for Pt–PoAl film. The gas-sensing properties of these samples were studied in a home-built static gas characterization system. The H{sub 2}S gas sensing properties of Pt–PoAl at 1000 ppm of H{sub 2}S gave maximum sensitivity factor (S.F.) = 1200. The response time and recovery time were found to be 2–3 min and ∼1 min respectively. Further, the measurement of H{sub 2}S gas sensing properties clearly indicated the repeatability of gas sensing response of Pt–PoAl film. The present study indicated the significant potential of Pt coated PoAl films for H{sub 2}S gas sensing applications in diverse areas. - Highlights: • Electrochemical anodization, cheap and effective method for fabrication of PoAl. • Chemical bath deposition, a simple and effective method for deposition of Pt on PoAl. • A nano-composite film sensor with high sensitivity

  2. Custom-designed arrays of anodic alumina nanochannels with individually tunable pore sizes

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    We demonstrate a process to selectively tune the pore size of an individual nanochannel in an array of high-aspect-ratio anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) nanochannels in which the pore sizes were originally uniform. This novel process enables us to fabricate arrays of AAO nanochannels of variable sizes arranged in any custom-designed geometry. The process is based on our ability to selectively close an individual nanochannel in an array by using focused ion beam (FIB) sputtering, which leads to redeposition of the sputtered material and closure of the nanochannel with a capping layer of a thickness depending on the energy of the FIB. When such a partially capped array is etched in acid, the capping layers are dissolved after different time delays due to their different thicknesses, which results in differences in the time required for the following pore-widening etching processes and therefore creates an array of nanochannels with variable pore sizes. The ability to fabricate such AAO templates with high-aspect-ratio nanochannels of tunable sizes arranged in a custom-designed geometry paves the way for the creation of nanophotonic and nanoelectronic devices. (paper)

  3. Characterization of the alumina film with cerium doped on the iron-aluminide diffusion coating

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    Zhan, Q., E-mail: zhanqin1983@163.com; Yang, H.G.; Zhao, W.W.; Yuan, X.M.; Hu, Y.

    2013-11-15

    An iron-aluminide layer with a thin alumina film on the top as a composite tritium permeation barrier (TPB) coating was characterized under different oxidation conditions. The TPB coating was prepared initially on a China Low Activation Ferritic-Martensitic (CLAM) steel by a pack cementation aluminizing process and then an alumina film was formed on the surface of this iron-aluminide diffusion layer by an oxidizing process. To modify the properties of the FeAl/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite TPB coatings, the rare earth element (cerium) was introduced as a dopant while oxidizing. Characterization showed that a continuous oxide scale with a thickness of about 300–400 nm was formed on the FeAl diffusion layer. The film was mainly composed of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped with a little CeO{sub 2}. In addition, the concentration of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} increased with elevated temperature while oxidizing. The phase transformation behavior of alumina scale on the surface of an iron-aluminide layer was studied in this paper.

  4. Direct fabrication of 3D graphene on nanoporous anodic alumina by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Zhan, Hualin; Garrett, David J.; Apollo, Nicholas V.; Ganesan, Kumaravelu; Lau, Desmond; Prawer, Steven; Cervenka, Jiri

    2016-01-01

    High surface area electrode materials are of interest for a wide range of potential applications such as super-capacitors and electrochemical cells. This paper describes a fabrication method of three-dimensional (3D) graphene conformally coated on nanoporous insulating substrate with uniform nanopore size. 3D graphene films were formed by controlled graphitization of diamond-like amorphous carbon precursor films, deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD). Plasma-assisted graphitization was found to produce better quality graphene than a simple thermal graphitization process. The resulting 3D graphene/amorphous carbon/alumina structure has a very high surface area, good electrical conductivity and exhibits excellent chemically stability, providing a good material platform for electrochemical applications. Consequently very large electrochemical capacitance values, as high as 2.1 mF for a sample of 10 mm3, were achieved. The electrochemical capacitance of the material exhibits a dependence on bias voltage, a phenomenon observed by other groups when studying graphene quantum capacitance. The plasma-assisted graphitization, which dominates the graphitization process, is analyzed and discussed in detail.

  5. Exploding metal film active anode source experiments on the LION extractor ion diode

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    In this paper the authors report results using an extractor geometry magnetically insulated ion diode on the 0.5 TW LION accelerator. Experiments with an exploding metal film active anode plasma source (EMFAAPS) have shown that intense beams with significantly improved turn-on time compared to epoxy-filled-groove anodes can be produced. A new geometry, in which a plasma switch is used to provide the current path that explodes the thin film anode, has improved the ion efficiency (to typically 70%) compared with the previous scheme in which an electron collector on the anode provided this current. Leakage electron current is reduced when no collector is used

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Low-temperature-annealed alumina/polyimide gate insulators for solution-processed ZnO thin-film transistors

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    Highlights: • The surface property of the polyimide gate insulator was successfully modified by the introduction of a low-temperature-annealed amorphous alumina interlayer. • The alumina/polyimide gate insulator showed excellent electrical insulating properties. • The solution-processed ZnO TFT with the alumina/polyimide gate insulator exhibited reasonable TFT performance. - Abstract: We report here a low-temperature-annealed alumina/polyimide gate insulator with excellent electrical insulating properties for solution-processed ZnO TFTs. In this study, 150 nm-thick polyimide and 20 nm-thick alumina thin films were deposited by a simple spin-coating followed by a 200 °C-annealing process. With the deposition of the alumina interlayer, the surface of the polyimide film was successfully modified. We prepared ZnO TFTs annealed at 230 °C to investigate the potential of the prepared gate insulator. The field-effect mobility and the on/off current ratio of solution-processed ZnO TFTs with an alumina/polyimide gate insulator were 0.11 cm2/V s and 1.8 × 105, respectively, whereas a ZnO TFT with a polyimide gate insulator was inactive. The alumina interlayer introduced here might provide a compatible interface for the ZnO semiconductor

  9. Optimization of Aluminum Anodization Conditions for the Fabrication of Nanowires by Electrodeposition

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    Fucsko, Viola

    2005-01-01

    Anodized alumina nanotemplates have a variety of potential applications in the development of nanotechnology. Alumina nanotemplates are formed by oxidizing aluminum film in an electrolyte solution.During anodization, aluminum oxidizes, and, under the proper conditions, nanometer-sized pores develop. A series of experiments was conducted to determine the optimal conditions for anodization. Three-micrometer thick aluminum films on silicon and silicon oxide substrates were anodized using constant voltages of 13-25 V. 0.1-0.3M oxalic acid was used as the electrolyte. The anodization time was found to increase and the overshooting current decreased as both the voltage and the electrolyte concentrations were decreased. The samples were observed under a scanning electron microscope. Anodizing with 25V in 0.3M oxalic acid appears to be the best process conditions. The alumina nanotemplates are being used to fabricate nanowires by electrodeposition. The current-voltage characteristics of copper nanowires have also been studied.

  10. Realisation and advanced engineering of true optical rugate filters based on nanoporous anodic alumina by sinusoidal pulse anodisation

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    Santos, Abel; Yoo, Jeong Ha; Rohatgi, Charu Vashisth; Kumeria, Tushar; Wang, Ye; Losic, Dusan

    2016-01-01

    This study is the first realisation of true optical rugate filters (RFs) based on nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) by sinusoidal waves. An innovative and rationally designed sinusoidal pulse anodisation (SPA) approach in galvanostatic mode is used with the aim of engineering the effective medium of NAA in a sinusoidal fashion. A precise control over the different anodisation parameters (i.e. anodisation period, anodisation amplitude, anodisation offset, number of pulses, anodisation temperature and pore widening time) makes it possible to engineer the characteristic reflection peaks and interferometric colours of NAA-RFs, which can be finely tuned across the UV-visible-NIR spectrum. The effect of the aforementioned anodisation parameters on the photonic properties of NAA-RFs (i.e. characteristic reflection peaks and interferometric colours) is systematically assessed in order to establish for the first time a comprehensive rationale towards NAA-RFs with fully controllable photonic properties. The experimental results are correlated with a theoretical model (Looyenga-Landau-Lifshitz - LLL), demonstrating that the effective medium of these photonic nanostructures can be precisely described by the effective medium approximation. NAA-RFs are also demonstrated as chemically selective photonic platforms combined with reflectometric interference spectroscopy (RIfS). The resulting optical sensing system is used to assess the reversible binding affinity between a model drug (i.e. indomethacin) and human serum albumin (HSA) in real-time. Our results demonstrate that this system can be used to determine the overall pharmacokinetic profile of drugs, which is a critical aspect to be considered for the implementation of efficient medical therapies.This study is the first realisation of true optical rugate filters (RFs) based on nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) by sinusoidal waves. An innovative and rationally designed sinusoidal pulse anodisation (SPA) approach in galvanostatic

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

  12. Microstructure of thermally grown and deposited alumina films probed with positrons

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    Somieski, Bertram; Hulett, Lester D.; Xu, Jun; Pint, Bruce A.; Tortorelli, Peter F.; Nielsen, Bent; Asoka-Kumar, Palakkal; Suzuki, Ryoichi; Ohdaira, Toshiyuki

    1999-03-01

    Aluminum oxide films used for corrosion protection of iron and nickel aluminides were generated by substrate oxidation as well as plasma and physical vapor depositions. The films grown by oxidation were crystalline. The others were amorphous. Defect structures of the films were studied by positron spectroscopy techniques. Lifetimes of the positrons, and Doppler broadening of the γ photons generated by their annihilation, were measured as functions of the energies with which they were injected. In this manner, densities and sizes of the defects were determined as functions of depths from the outer surfaces of the films. Alumina films generated by oxidation had high densities of open volume defects, mainly consisting of a few aggregated vacancies. In the outer regions of the films the structures of the defects did not depend on substrate compositions. Positron lifetime measurements, and the S and W parameters extracted from Doppler broadening spectra, showed uniform distributions of defects in the crystalline Al2O3 films grown on nickel aluminide substrates, but these data indicated intermediate layers of higher defect contents at the film/substrate interfaces of oxides grown on iron aluminide substrates. Amorphous films generated by plasma and physical vapor deposition had much larger open volume defects, which caused the average lifetimes of the injected positrons to be significantly longer. The plasma deposited film exhibited a high density of large cavities.

  13. Adsorption orientation of sodium of polyaspartic acid effect on anodic films formed on magnesium alloy

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    Liu, YuPing; Zhang, Dingfei; Chen, Changguo; Zhang, Jiangang; Cui, libo

    2011-06-01

    We previously reported organic addition agent in improving the performance of anodic film formed on magnesium alloy. Here we report that the environment-friendly electrolyte with sodium of polyaspartic acid (PASP) affects the anodizing process including the microstructure, phase constituents and corrosion performance. We have used SEM, XRD, XPS and polarization curve to study in detail the electrolyte impact. Our results show that the anodic film in electrolyte with 19.2-28.8 g/L PASP is compact, smooth and high corrosion resistant. And also, increasing the PASP concentration ranging from 9.6 to 28.8 g/L results in enhancing the cell voltage, thickness and the content of compound including MgO and Mg 2SiO 4 in anodic film. Interestingly, the anodic film is non-stoichiometric oxide. Comparing with Tafel curves of the anodic film to the addition of PASP or not to, the corrosion current density is 1-2 magnitudes less than the later. Furthermore, a plausible model we propose that the anodizing process is regulated by two main plausible adsorption orientations of PASP at the surface anode. With the increasing of PASP content, the adsorption orientation may transit from "end-on" to "flat-on". This research using organic addition agent PASP may further broaden applications of organic additive in the anti-corrosion engineering and electrochemical surface treatment of magnesium alloy.

  14. An anodic alumina supported Ni-Pt bimetallic plate-type catalysts for multi-reforming of methane, kerosene and ethanol

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    Zhou, Lu

    2014-05-01

    An anodic alumina supported Ni-Pt bimetallic plate-type catalyst was prepared by a two-step impregnation method. The trace amount 0.08 wt% of Pt doping efficiently suppressed the nickel particle sintering and improved the nickel oxides reducibility. The prepared Ni-Pt catalyst showed excellent performance during steam reforming of methane, kerosene and ethanol under both 3000 h stationary and 500-time daily start-up and shut-down operation modes. Self-activation ability of this catalyst was evidenced, which was considered to be resulted from the hydrogen spillover effect over Ni-Pt alloy. In addition, an integrated combustion-reforming reactor was proposed in this study. However, the sintering of the alumina support is still a critical issue for the industrialization of Ni-Pt catalyst. Copyright © 2014, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin film anode for proton conducting batteries

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    Meng, Tiejun; Young, Kwo; Beglau, David; Yan, Shuli; Zeng, Peng; Cheng, Mark Ming-Cheng

    2016-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous Si (a-Si:H) thin films deposited by chemical vapor deposition were used as anode in a non-conventional nickel metal hydride battery using a proton-conducting ionic liquid based non-aqueous electrolyte instead of alkaline solution for the first time, which showed a high specific discharge capacity of 1418 mAh g-1 for the 38th cycle and retained 707 mAh g-1 after 500 cycles. A maximum discharge capacity of 3635 mAh g-1 was obtained at a lower discharge rate, 510 mA g-1. This electrochemical discharge capacity is equivalent to about 3.8 hydrogen atoms stored in each silicon atom. Cyclic voltammogram showed an improved stability 300 mV below the hydrogen evolution potential. Both Raman spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy studies showed no difference to the pre-existing covalent Si-H bond after electrochemical cycling and charging, indicating a non-covalent nature of the Si-H bonding contributing to the reversible hydrogen storage of the current material. Another a-Si:H thin film was prepared by an rf-sputtering deposition followed by an ex-situ hydrogenation, which showed a discharge capacity of 2377 mAh g-1.

  16. INFLUENCE OF MAGNETIC FIELD ON ACCURACY OF ECM BY CHANGING THE CONDUCTIVITY OF ANODE FILM

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    FAN Zhijian; ZHANG Lixin; TANG lin

    2008-01-01

    The change of conductivity, thickness and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) appearance of the anode film of CrWMn in 10( NaNO3 at different anode potential either with or without the magnetic field applied are investigated by testing film resistance, galvanostatic transient and using SEM to design magnetic circuit in magnetic assisted electrochemical machining (MAECM). The experiments show that the anode film has semi-conducting property. Compared with the situation without magnetic field applied, the resistance of the film formed at 1.8V (anode potential) increased and decreased at 4.0V while B=0.4T and the magnetic north pole points toward anode. The SEM photo demonstrates that the magnetic field will densify the film in the passivation area and quicken dissolution of the anode metal in over-passivation area. Based on the influence of magnetic field on electrochemical machining(ECM) due to the changes of the anode film conductivity behavior, the magnetic north pole should be designed to point towards the workpiece surface that has been machined. Process experiments agree with the results of test analysis.

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

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

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

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

    2014-01-30

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  20. Properties of thin anodic oxide films on zirconium alloys

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    Thin (0.1-0.2 μm) anodic oxide films were formed on zirconium, Zircaloy-2 and Zr-2.5 wt% Nb alloy specimens and examined by AC impedance spectroscopy (using both metal and aqueous electrolyte contacts), UV/VIS interferometry, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The SEM studies showed that the extent of oxide cracking was a function of the particular alloy and the electrolyte in which the oxide was formed. AC impedance spectroscopy showed that with metallic contacts a Young impedance behaviour was observed as a result of local conduction paths in the oxide film, probably resulting from second phase particles. The extent of cracking in the oxide was identified best from SEM and AC impedance measurements in aqueous electrolytes, and did not appear to contribute to the results obtained with metallic contacts. Large discrepancies between the apparent oxide thicknesses measured from AC impedance data obtained from measurements with aqueous electrolyte and liquid metal contacts, respectively, were shown to result from surface roughness and inadequate wetting by the liquid metals. These discrepancies could be eliminated by using evaporated platinum contacts, which also showed evidence for local conduction in the oxides. UV/VIS interferometry results for the oxide refractive indices and oxide thicknesses gave much scatter because of the small number of fringes available for the analysis and the difficulties in establishing the positions of interference minima with the same accuracy as was possible for interference maxima. The use of this combination of techniques still appears to be the best method for investigating the presence of conducting paths in thick porous oxide films on these alloys. Preference should be given to using evaporated rather than liquid metal contacts when studying such oxides. The advantages of easy removal for the liquid metal contacts often, however, outweigh the errors introduced by surface roughness when using them for repetitive measurements

  1. Structured SiCu thin films in LiB as anodes

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    Both helical and inclined columnar Si–10 at.% Cu structured thin films were deposited on Cu substrates using glancing angle deposition (GLAD) technique. In order to deposit Cu and Si two evaporation sources were used. Ion assistance was utilized in the first 5 min of the GLAD to enhance the adhesion and the density of the films. These films were characterized by thin film XRD, GDOES, SEM, and EDS. Electrochemical characterizations were made by testing the thin films as anodes in half-cells for 100 cycles. The results showed that the columnar SiCu thin film delivered 2200 mAh g−1, where the helical one exhibited 2600 mAh g−1, and, their initial coulombic efficiencies were found to be 38%–50% respectively. For the columnar and the helical thin film anodes, sustainable 520 and 800 mAh g−1 with 90% and 99% coulombic efficiencies were achieved for 100 cycles. These sustainable capacities showed the importance of the thin film structure having nano-sized crystals and amorphous particles. The higher surface area of the helices increases the capacity of the electrode because the contact area of the thin film anode with Li ions is increased, and the polarization which otherwise forms on the anode surface due to SEI formation is decreased. In addition, because of larger interspaces between the helices the ability of the anode to accommodate the volumetric changes is improved, which results in a higher coulombic efficiency and capacity retention during cycling test. - Highlights: • Cu and Si atoms were co-evaporated to form composite thin film. • GLAD is an alternative method to form new electrodes for LIB. • Uses of the composite helices and nanocolumns as anodes were shown experimentally. • IAD was used to improve the adhesion of the structured thin films. • High surface area, porosities and Cu presence improve the Si anode performance

  2. Controlled fabrication of patterned lateral porous alumina membranes

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    Confined lateral alumina templates are fabricated with different pore sizes by changing the acid electrolyte and the anodization voltage. The control of the number of pore rows down to one dimension is also achieved, by controlling the thickness of the starting aluminum film as well as the anodization voltage. We observe that the mechanism of pore formation in the lateral regime is very similar to that in the classical vertical situation

  3. Understanding Persulfate Production at Boron Doped Diamond Film Anodes

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    This research used molecular modeling and rotating disk electrode experiments (RDE) to investigate possible reaction pathways for persulfate production via electrolysis of sulfuric acid solutions using boron doped diamond (BDD) film anodes. Density functional theory (DFT) modeling indicated that uncatalyzed oxidation of SO42− and HSO4− occurs at lower potentials than water oxidation, and that sulfate radical species (SO4−• and HSO4• ) may be produced via direct electron transfer, or via reaction with hydroxyl radicals. The RDE experiments indicated that rates of persulfate generation were strongly dependent of the condition of the electrode surface, and that aged electrode surfaces favored water oxidation over direct SO42− and HSO4− oxidation. Combination of sulfate radical species in solution is the lowest energy pathway for persulfate production. Sulfate radical species may also react with radical sites on the electrode surface and produce chemisorbed intermediates that can stabilize sulfate radical species. Reaction of the chemisorbed intermediates with a bisulfate radical can produce persulfate via a surface catalyzed pathway. However, the activation barriers for this pathway are much higher than those for persulfate production via solution phase species

  4. Thin film fuel cells with vanadium oxide anodes: Strain and stoichiometry effects

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    Highlights: • Vanadium oxides of varying stoichiometry have been studied as anodes in thin film solid oxide fuel cells. • V2O3 and V2O5 anodes show superior performance. • Calculated thermal strain and phase stability provide insights into experimental observations. - ABSTRACT: Thin film solid oxide fuel cells incorporating vanadium oxide anodes having open circuit potential of 1 V with hydrogen fuel have been realized. The as-deposited anode stoichiometry was varied by choice of growth conditions of vanadium oxide and a striking correlation to fuel cell performance (open circuit potential and peak power density) is observed. Possible mechanisms leading to the experimental observations based on calculated thermodynamic phase stability under fuel cell operating environments, spectroscopic analysis of the anodes and strain-related arguments are presented

  5. 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.

  6. Metal-insulator transition in nanocomposite VOx films formed by anodic electrodeposition

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    Tsui, Lok-kun; Hildebrand, Helga; Lu, Jiwei; Schmuki, Patrik; Zangari, Giovanni

    2014-01-01

    The ability to grow VO2 films by electrochemical methods would open a low-cost, easily scalable production route to a number of electronic devices. We have synthesized VOx films by anodic electrodeposition of V2O5, followed by partial reduction by annealing in Ar. The resulting films are heterogeneous, consisting of various metallic/oxide phases and including regions with VO2 stoichiometry. A gradual metal insulator transition with a nearly two order of magnitude change in film resistance is ...

  7. Growth of porous type anodic oxide films at micro-areas on aluminum exposed by laser irradiation

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    Kikuchi, Tatsuya [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, N13-W8, Kita-Ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)], E-mail: kiku@eng.hokudai.ac.jp; Sakairi, Masatoshi [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, N13-W8, Kita-Ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Takahashi, Hideaki [Asahikawa National College of Technology, Syunkohdai, 2-2, 1-6, Asahikawa 071-8142 (Japan)

    2009-11-30

    Aluminum covered with pore-sealed anodic oxide films was irradiated with a pulsed Nd-YAG laser to remove the oxide film at micro-areas. The specimen was re-anodized for long periods to examine the growth of porous anodic oxide films at the area where substrate had been exposed by measuring current variations and morphological changes in the oxide during the re-anodizing. The chemical dissolution resistance of the pore-sealed anodic oxide films in an oxalic acid solution was also examined by measuring time-variations in rest potentials during immersion. The resistance to chemical dissolution of the oxide film became higher with increasing pore-sealing time and showed higher values at lower solution temperatures. During potentiostatic re-anodizing at five 35-{mu}m wide and 4-mm long lines for 72 h after the film was removed the measured current was found to increase linearly with time. Semicircular columnar-shaped porous type anodic oxide was found to form during the re-anodizing at the laser-irradiated area, and was found to grow radially, thus resulting in an increase in the diameter. After long re-anodizing, the central and top parts of the oxide protruded along the longitudinal direction of the laser-irradiated area. The volume expansion during re-anodizing resulted in the formation of cracks, parallel to the lines, in the oxide film formed during the first anodizing.

  8. Growth of porous type anodic oxide films at micro-areas on aluminum exposed by laser irradiation

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    Aluminum covered with pore-sealed anodic oxide films was irradiated with a pulsed Nd-YAG laser to remove the oxide film at micro-areas. The specimen was re-anodized for long periods to examine the growth of porous anodic oxide films at the area where substrate had been exposed by measuring current variations and morphological changes in the oxide during the re-anodizing. The chemical dissolution resistance of the pore-sealed anodic oxide films in an oxalic acid solution was also examined by measuring time-variations in rest potentials during immersion. The resistance to chemical dissolution of the oxide film became higher with increasing pore-sealing time and showed higher values at lower solution temperatures. During potentiostatic re-anodizing at five 35-μm wide and 4-mm long lines for 72 h after the film was removed the measured current was found to increase linearly with time. Semicircular columnar-shaped porous type anodic oxide was found to form during the re-anodizing at the laser-irradiated area, and was found to grow radially, thus resulting in an increase in the diameter. After long re-anodizing, the central and top parts of the oxide protruded along the longitudinal direction of the laser-irradiated area. The volume expansion during re-anodizing resulted in the formation of cracks, parallel to the lines, in the oxide film formed during the first anodizing.

  9. Fabrication of one-dimensional ZnO nanotube and nanowire arrays with an anodic alumina oxide template via electrochemical deposition

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    In this work, two kinds of one-dimensional ZnO nanowires (NWs) and nanotubes (NTs) were synthesized by using electrochemical deposition with the aid of a high aspect ratio anodic alumina oxide (AAO) template. ZnO NWs and NTs were characterized by using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. An AAO template was fabricated by two-step anodization in 0.3 M oxalic acid with a voltage of 80 V. The thickness and channel diameter of the AAO template were about 150 μm and 120–150 nm, respectively. The morphologies of the ZnO nanostructures synthesized under 20 vol.% H2O2 with various electrolyte concentrations of 0.1 M and 0.5 M ZnSO4, were NTs and NWs, respectively. Both NTs and NWs were uniform in size, which corresponded to the sizes of AAO pores. The thickness of the NTs walls can be controlled based on the deposition time and current density. The crystallinity of the ZnO NTs and NWs annealing in the air were restricted by AAO pore. The growth of the ZnO NTs and NWs was caused by heterogeneous nucleation, and different growth rates through the wall of the AAO will result in different nanostructures, with the growth of the NTs being slower than that of the NWs. - Highlights: • Templated electrodeposition of ZnO nanotubes (NTs) and nanowires (NWs) • ZnO NTs and NWs fabricated using anodic alumina oxide templates • The growth mechanism of ZnO NTs and NWs is modeled

  10. Tribological behaviour of anodised alumina nanohoneycombs

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    Wang, Shuo; 王硕

    2012-01-01

    Anodic alumina nanohoneycombs (AAO) have been widely used because of its convenient fabrication and controllable pores’ geometry. A lot of investigations have been conducted to study its physical and chemical properties. However, the mechanical properties, especially tribological properties, of such a popular nanomaterial still remain almost unknown. In this project, a series of scratch experiments were conducted on AAO films fabricated by a two-step anodisation method. The testing system...

  11. Fabrication of Sn-Ni alloy film anode for Li-ion batteries by electrochemical deposition

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    ZHANG Da-wei; YANG Chen-ge; DAI Jun; WEN Jian-wu; WANG Long; CHEN Chun-hua

    2009-01-01

    Sn-Ni alloy films for Li-ion batteries were fabricated by electrochemical deposition with rough copper foils as current collectors.The influence of electrochemical-deposition temperature and heat treatment were also investigated.By galvanostatic cell cycling the film anodes can deliver a steady specific capacity.The morphological changes cause the differences in capacity retention.After farther heat treatment,the film anodes present a better cycle performance,with a specific capacity of 314 mA-h/g after 100 cycles.This high capacity retention can be due to its smooth,compact surface formed in the heat treatment process.

  12. Impact of nanostructured anode on low-temperature performance of thin-film-based anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    Park, Jung Hoon; Han, Seung Min; Yoon, Kyung Joong; Kim, Hyoungchul; Hong, Jongsup; Kim, Byung-Kook; Lee, Jong-Ho; Son, Ji-Won

    2016-05-01

    The impact of a nanostructured Ni-yttria-stabilized zirconia (Ni-YSZ) anode on low-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (LT-SOFC) performance is investigated. By modifying processing techniques for the anode support, anode-supported SOFCs based on thin-film (∼1 μm) electrolytes (TF-SOFCs) with and without the nanostructured Ni-YSZ (grain size ∼100 nm) anode are fabricated and a direct comparison of the TF-SOFCs to reveal the role of the nanostructured anode at low temperature is made. The cell performance of the nanostructured Ni-YSZ anode significantly increases as compared to that of the cell without it, especially at low temperatures (500 °C). The electrochemical analyses confirm that increasing the triple-phase boundary (TPB) density near the electrolyte and anode interface by the particle-size reduction of the anode increases the number of sites available for charge transfer. Thus, the nanostructured anode not only secures the structural integrity of the thin-film components over it, it is also essential for lowering the operating temperature of the TF-SOFC. Although it is widely considered that the cathode is the main factor that determines the performance of LT-SOFCs, this study directly proves that anode performance also significantly affects the low-temperature performance.

  13. Studies of an extractor geometry magnetically insulated ion diode with an exploding metal film anode plasma

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    Magnetically insulated diodes (MIDs) are of interest as ion sources for inertial confinement fusion. The authors examined several issues that are of concern with MIDs, including ion turn-on delay and anode plasma production, and diode impedance history and particle current scaling with the applied magnetic field and gas spacing. The LION pulsed power generator (1.5 MV, 4 Ω, 40 ns pulse length) was used to power an extractor geometry magnetically insulated (radical magnetic field) ion beam diode. The diode was studied with three anode configurations. In the first, with epoxy-filled-groove (epoxy) anodes, scaling of the ion and electron currents with the gap and the magnetic field was examined. He found that the observed ion current is consistent with a diode model that has been successful with barrel geometry MIDs. The electron leakage current scaled proportionally to 1/Bd2, where d is the anode-cathode gap spacing and B is the magnetic field strength. Studies of ion beam propagation in vacuum showed that space charge non-neutrality near the magnetic field coils caused the beam to expand initially. Later in the ion pulse (20 to 30 ns), the beam expansion became much less severe. The second anode configuration utilized an electron collector protruding above an epoxy anode surface. With the collector, he observed less bremsstrahlung across the active anode region. The last anode configuration studied was the exploding metal film active anode plasma source (EMFAAPS). Current from the accelerator was directed by an electron collector or a plasma opening switch through a thin aluminum film, which exploded to form the anode plasma

  14. Optical constants of anodic aluminum oxide films formed in oxalic acid solution

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    The anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films with highly ordered nanopore arrays were prepared in oxalic acid solution under different anodizing voltage and time, its surface and cross section appearances were characterized by using field emission scanning electron microscopy, the transmission spectra with the interference fringes were measured at normal incidence over the wavelength range 200 to 2500 nm. Then the modified Swanepoel method was used for the determination of the optical constants and thickness of the free standing AAO films. The results indicate that the refractive index increases with the increase of anodizing voltage and the decrease of anodizing time, which is mainly due to the content of Al2O3 with octahedron increases in the AAO films. The dispersion of the refractive index is discussed in terms of the single-oscillator Wemple-DiDomenico model, and the energy dependence of the absorption coefficient can be described using the direct transition model proposed by Tauc. Likewise, the optical energy gap Eg is derived from Tauc's extrapolation, and Eg increases from 4.178 to 4.256 eV with the anodizing voltage, but is weakly dependent on anodizing time. All the results are self-consistent in the paper

  15. Optical constants of anodic aluminum oxide films formed in oxalic acid solution

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    Wang Jian [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Wang Chengwei [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)], E-mail: cwwang@nwnu.edu.cn; Li Yan [College of Physics and Electronic Engineering, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Liu Weimin [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2008-09-01

    The anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films with highly ordered nanopore arrays were prepared in oxalic acid solution under different anodizing voltage and time, its surface and cross section appearances were characterized by using field emission scanning electron microscopy, the transmission spectra with the interference fringes were measured at normal incidence over the wavelength range 200 to 2500 nm. Then the modified Swanepoel method was used for the determination of the optical constants and thickness of the free standing AAO films. The results indicate that the refractive index increases with the increase of anodizing voltage and the decrease of anodizing time, which is mainly due to the content of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with octahedron increases in the AAO films. The dispersion of the refractive index is discussed in terms of the single-oscillator Wemple-DiDomenico model, and the energy dependence of the absorption coefficient can be described using the direct transition model proposed by Tauc. Likewise, the optical energy gap E{sub g} is derived from Tauc's extrapolation, and E{sub g} increases from 4.178 to 4.256 eV with the anodizing voltage, but is weakly dependent on anodizing time. All the results are self-consistent in the paper.

  16. Periodic porous silicon thin films with interconnected channels as durable anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    A novel porous Si (PSi) films with interconnected channels and periodic nanostructures are fabricated by a facile electrochemical etching method. The films thus obtained feature highly porous structures with nano-branches connecting pores, possessing periodically varying porosity profiles along the film thickness direction. These periodic porous Si films are found to be promising anode materials for rechargeable lithium ion batteries with a high reversible specific capacity over 2500 mAh g−1 and capacity retention over 83% after 60 cycles, which compares favorably with the conventional Si-based electrodes, including the commercially available Si nanoparticles, sputtered Si thin films, and the normal porous Si films with homogenous porosities. The improved cycling stability achieved on the periodic porous Si film is ascribed to its special nanoporous morphology featuring high surface area, interconnecting nano-branches, and structural periodicity, which helps efficiently accommodate the volume expansion and contraction along both the vertical and the planner directions during lithiation and delithiation. - Highlights: • Free-standing porous Si films with interconnected channels have been fabricated. • These PSi films as anode deliver a high reversible specific capacity over 2500 mAh g−1. • The special porous structure plays an important role in stabilizing the anodes

  17. Fabrication and optical properties of TiO sub 2 nanowire arrays made by sol-gel electrophoresis deposition into anodic alumina membranes

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    Lin, Y; Yuan, X Y; Xie, T; Zhang, L D

    2003-01-01

    Ordered TiO sub 2 nanowire arrays have been successfully fabricated into the nanochannels of a porous anodic alumina membrane by sol-gel electrophoretic deposition. After annealing at 500 deg. C, the TiO sub 2 nanowire arrays and the individual nanowires were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). SEM and TEM images show that these nanowires are dense and continuous with a uniform diameter throughout their entire length. XRD and SAED analysis together indicate that these TiO sub 2 nanowires crystallize in the anatase polycrystalline structure. The optical absorption band edge of TiO sub 2 nanowire arrays exhibits a blue shift with respect of that of the bulk TiO sub 2 owing to the quantum size effect.

  18. Fabrication and optical properties of TiO2 nanowire arrays made by sol-gel electrophoresis deposition into anodic alumina membranes

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    Ordered TiO2 nanowire arrays have been successfully fabricated into the nanochannels of a porous anodic alumina membrane by sol-gel electrophoretic deposition. After annealing at 500 deg. C, the TiO2 nanowire arrays and the individual nanowires were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and x-ray diffraction (XRD). SEM and TEM images show that these nanowires are dense and continuous with a uniform diameter throughout their entire length. XRD and SAED analysis together indicate that these TiO2 nanowires crystallize in the anatase polycrystalline structure. The optical absorption band edge of TiO2 nanowire arrays exhibits a blue shift with respect of that of the bulk TiO2 owing to the quantum size effect

  19. Formation of Al-Si Composite Oxide Film by Hydrolysis Precipitation and Anodizing

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    Zhe-Sheng Feng; Ying-Jie Xia; Jia Ding; Jin-Ju Chen

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a new technique in the high dielectric constant composite oxide film preparation.On the basis of nanocompsite high dielectric constant aluminum oxide film growth technology, a new idea of adulterating Si oxide species into the aluminum composite film was proposed. As a result, the specific capacitance and withstanding voltage of the composite oxide film formed at the anodizing voltage of 20V are enhanced, and the leakage current of the aluminum composite oxide film is reduced through incorporation of Si oxide species.

  20. Effects of the voltage and time of anodization on modulation of the pore dimensions of AAO films for nanomaterials synthesis

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    Chahrour, Khaled M.; Ahmed, Naser M.; Hashim, M. R.; Elfadill, Nezar G.; Maryam, W.; Ahmad, M. A.; Bououdina, M.

    2015-12-01

    Highly-ordered and hexagonal-shaped nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) of 1 μm thickness of Al pre-deposited onto Si substrate using two-step anodization was successfully fabricated. The growth mechanism of the porous AAO film was investigated by anodization current-time behavior for different anodizing voltages and by visualizing the microstructural procedure of the fabrication of AAO film by two-step anodization using cross-sectional and top view of FESEM imaging. Optimum conditions of the process variables such as annealing time of the as-deposited Al thin film and pore widening time of porous AAO film were experimentally determined to obtain AAO films with uniformly distributed and vertically aligned porous microstructure. Pores with diameter ranging from 50 nm to 110 nm and thicknesses between 250 nm and 1400 nm, were obtained by controlling two main influential anodization parameters: the anodizing voltage and time of the second-step anodization. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals amorphous-to-crystalline phase transformation after annealing at temperatures above 800 °C. AFM images show optimum ordering of the porous AAO film anodized under low voltage condition. AAO films may be exploited as templates with desired size distribution for the fabrication of CuO nanorod arrays. Such nanostructured materials exhibit unique properties and hold high potential for nanotechnology devices.

  1. Preparation and crystalline phase of a TiO2 porous film by anodic oxidation

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    WANG Wei; TAO Jie; ZHANG Weiwei; TAO Haijun; WANG Ling

    2005-01-01

    Anatase titanium dioxide is an active photocatalyst, but it is difficult to immobilize on the substrate. A crystalline TiO2 porous film was prepared directly on the surface of pure titanium by anodic oxidation in this work. Constant voltage and constant current anodic oxidation were adopted with sulphuric acid used as the electrolyte, pure titanium as the anode and copper as the cathode. The morphology and structure of the porous film on the substrate were analyzed with the aid of Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and X-ray Diffraction (XRD). The effects of the parameters of anodic oxidation (such as voltage, the concentration of sulphuric acid, anodization time and current density) on the aperture and the crystalline phase of the TiO2 porous film were systematically investigated. The results indicate that the increase of current density facilitates the augment of the aperture and the generation of anatase and rutile. In addition, the forming mechanism of anatase and rutile TiO2 porous films was discussed.

  2. 纳米多孔Al2O3薄膜的制备及其光致发光%Preparation and Photoluminescence of Nanoporous Alumina Films

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    帖长军; 许勤芳; 王倩

    2011-01-01

    Porous alumina film was fabricated in oxalic acid electrolyte by a two-step anodization method at room temperature. The film was annealed at 600℃ in the air. The surface morphology and crystalline state of the annealed film were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, respectively.The constituent elements on the film surface were determincd by Energy Disperse Spectroscopy. The results showed that the film was amorphous and presented highly ordered structures with uniform pore distribution. and included trace carbon. The film presented a blue-green emission band at 470nm when it was excited at 340nm. We find that the origin of the emission band was related to the Oxalate luminophore.%利用二次阳极氧化法在室温条件下制备了多孔氧化铝薄膜.采用扫描电镜、能量色散谱和X射线衍射对空气环境中600℃退火处理的多孔氧化铝薄膜进行了表面形貌、成分和结晶形式分析,结果表明多孔氧化铝薄膜孔阵排列有序、孔径大小一致,含有微量的C元素且为非晶态结构.在340nm的光激发条件下,多孔氧化铝薄膜出现峰值位于470nm的蓝绿发光带.通过分析得出,此光致发光带与草酸根离子发光基团有关.

  3. Preparation and photoluminescence of nanoporous alumina films%纳米多孔Al2O3薄膜的制备及其光致发光

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    李志军; 许勤芳; 王倩

    2011-01-01

    Porous alumina film is fabricated in oxalic acid electrolyte by a two-step anodization method at room temperature. The film is annealed at 600 ℃ in the air. The surface morphology and crystalline state of the annealed film are investigated by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, respectively. The constituent elements on the film surface are determined by energy disperse spectroscopy. The results show that the film is amorphous and present highly ordered structures with uniform pore distribution, and includes trace carbon. The film presents a blue-green emission band at 470 nm when it is excited at 340 nm. A possible mechanism is proposed that the origin of the emission band is related to the oxalate luminophore.%利用二次阳极氧化法在室温条件下制备了多孔氧化铝薄膜.采用扫描电镜、能量色散谱和X射线衍射对空气中600℃退火处理的多孔氧化铝薄膜进行了表面形貌、成分和结晶形式分析.结果表明,多孔氧化铝薄膜孔阵排列有序,孔径大小一致,含有微量的C元素且为非晶态结构.在340 nm的光激发下,多孔氧化铝薄膜出现峰值位于470nm的蓝绿发光带,此光致发光带与草酸根离子发光基团有关.

  4. Synthesis and tribological properties of diamond-like carbon films by electrochemical anode deposition

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    Li, Yang; Zhang, GuiFeng; Hou, XiaoDuo; Deng, DeWei

    2012-06-01

    Diamond-like carbon films (DLC) are deposited on Ti substrate by electrochemical anodic deposition at room temperature in pure methanol solution using a pulsed DC voltage at a range from 200 V to 2000 V. Raman spectroscopy analysis of the films reveals two broaden characteristic absorption peaks centred at ˜1350 cm-1 and 1580 cm-1, relating to D- and G-band of typical DLC films, respectively. A broad peak centred at 1325-1330 cm-1 is observed when an applied potential is 1200 V, which can confirm that the deposited films contained diamond structure phase. Tribological properties of the coated Ti substrates have been measured by means of a ball-on-plate wear test machine. A related growth mechanism of DLC films by the anodic deposition mode has also been discussed.

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

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    Chen, Jianwen; Yao, Manwen; Yao, Xi

    2016-02-01

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

  6. Hierarchically oriented macroporous anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell with thin ceria electrolyte film.

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    Chen, Yu; Zhang, Yanxiang; Baker, Jeffrey; Majumdar, Prasun; Yang, Zhibin; Han, Minfang; Chen, Fanglin

    2014-04-01

    Application of anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with ceria based electrolyte has often been limited by high cost of electrolyte film fabrication and high electrode polarization. In this study, dense Gd0.1Ce0.9O2 (GDC) thin film electrolytes have been fabricated on hierarchically oriented macroporous NiO-GDC anodes by a combination of freeze-drying tape-casting of the NiO-GDC anode, drop-coating GDC slurry on NiO-GDC anode, and co-firing the electrolyte/anode bilayers. Using 3D X-ray microscopy and subsequent analysis, it has been determined that the NiO-GDC anode substrates have a porosity of around 42% and channel size from around 10 μm at the electrolyte side to around 20 μm at the other side of the NiO-GDC (away from the electrolyte), indicating a hierarchically oriented macroporous NiO-GDC microstructure. Such NiO-GDC microstructure shows a tortuosity factor of ∼1.3 along the thickness direction, expecting to facilitate gas diffusion in the anode during fuel cell operation. SOFCs with such Ni-GDC anode, GDC film (30 μm) electrolyte, and La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-GDC (LSCF-GDC) cathode show significantly enhanced cell power output of 1.021 W cm(-2) at 600 °C using H2 as fuel and ambient air as oxidant. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) analysis indicates a decrease in both activation and concentration polarizations. This study has demonstrated that freeze-drying tape-casting is a very promising approach to fabricate hierarchically oriented porous substrate for SOFC and other applications. PMID:24621230

  7. Evolution of insoluble eutectic Si particles in anodic oxidation films during adipic-sulfuric acid anodizing processes of ZL114A aluminum alloys

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    Hua, Lei; Liu, Jian-hua; Li, Song-mei; Yu, Mei; Wang, Lei; Cui, Yong-xin

    2015-03-01

    The effects of insoluble eutectic Si particles on the growth of anodic oxide films on ZL114A aluminum alloy substrates were investigated by optical microscopy (OM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The anodic oxidation was performed at 25°C and a constant voltage of 15 V in a solution containing 50 g/L sulfuric acid and 10 g/L adipic acid. The thickness of the formed anodic oxidation film was approximately 7.13 μm. The interpore distance and the diameters of the major pores in the porous layer of the film were within the approximate ranges of 10-20 nm and 5-10 nm, respectively. Insoluble eutectic Si particles strongly influenced the morphology of the anodic oxidation films. The anodic oxidation films exhibited minimal defects and a uniform thickness on the ZL114A substrates; in contrast, when the front of the oxide oxidation films encountered eutectic Si particles, defects such as pits and non-uniform thickness were observed, and pits were observed in the films.

  8. Thin-film sulfuric acid anodizing as a replacement for chromic acid anodizing

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    Kallenborn, K. J.; Emmons, J. R.

    1995-01-01

    Chromic acid has long been used to produce a thin, corrosion resistant (Type I) coating on aluminum. Following anodizing, the hardware was sealed using a sodium dichromate solution. Sealing closes up pores inherent in the anodized coating, thus improving corrosion resistance. The thinness of the brittle coating is desirable from a fatigue standpoint, and chromium was absorbed by the coating during the sealing process, further improving corrosion resistance. Unfortunately, both chromic acid and sodium dichromate contain carcinogenic hexavalent chromium. Sulfuric acid is being considered as a replacement for chromic acid. Sulfuric acid of 10-20 percent concentration has traditionally been used to produce relatively thick (Types II and III) or abrasion resistant (Type III) coatings. A more dilute, that is five weight percent, sulfuric acid anodizing process, which produces a thinner coating than Type II or III, with nickel acetate as the sealant has been developed. The process was evaluated in regard to corrosion resistance, throwing power, fatigue life, and processing variable sensitivity, and shows promise as a replacement for the chromic acid process.

  9. Analysis of chemical dissolution of the barrier layer of porous oxide on aluminum thin films using a re-anodizing technique

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    Chemical dissolution of the barrier layer of porous oxide formed on thin aluminum films (99.9% purity) in the 4% oxalic acid after immersion in 2 mol dm-3 sulphuric acid at 50 deg. C has been studied. The barrier layer thickness before and after dissolution was calculated using a re-anodizing technique. It has been shown that above 57 V the change in the growth mechanism of porous alumina films takes place. As a result, the change in the amount of regions in the barrier oxide with different dissolution rates is observed. The barrier oxide contains two layers at 50 V: the outer layer with the highest dissolution rate and the inner layer with a low dissolution rate. Above 60 V the barrier oxide contains three layers: the outer layer with a high dissolution rate, the middle layer with the highest dissolution rate and the inner layer with a low dissolution rate. We suggest that the formation of the outer layer of barrier oxide with a high dissolution rate is linked with the injection of protons or H3O+ ions from the electrolyte into the oxide film at the anodizing voltages above 57 V

  10. Thin film Li-Ion batteries with carbon anode

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    Merta, J.; Bludská, Jana; Jakubec, Ivo

    Brno: University of Technology Brno, 2003, s. 37-40. ISBN 80-214-2298-X. [Advanced Batteries and Accumulators /4./. Brno (CZ), 15.06.2003-19.06.2003] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4032918 Keywords : carbon anode Subject RIV: CA - Inorganic Chemistry

  11. Characterization of native and anodic oxide films formed on commercial pure titanium using electrochemical properties and morphology techniques

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    Potentiostatically anodized oxide films on the surface of commercial pure titanium (cp-Ti) formed in sulfuric (0.5 M H2SO4) and in phosphoric (1.4 M H3PO4) acid solutions under variables anodizing voltages were investigated and compared with the native oxide film. Potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, EIS, were used to predicate the different in corrosion behavior of the oxide film samples. Scanning electron microscope, SEM, and electron diffraction X-ray analysis, EDX, were used to investigate the difference in the morphology between different types of oxide films. The electrochemical characteristics were examined in phosphate saline buffer solution, PSB (pH 7.4) at 25 deg. C. Results have been shown that the nature of the native oxide film is thin and amorphous, while the process of anodization of Ti in both acid solutions plays an important role in changing the properties of passive oxide films. Significant increase in the corrosion resistance of the anodized surface film was recorded after 3 h of electrode immersion in PSB. On the other side, the coverage (θ) of film formed on cp-Ti was differed by changing the anodized acid solution. Impedance results showed that both the native film and anodized film formed on cp-Ti consist of two layers. The resistance of the anodized film has reached to the highest value by anodization of cp-Ti in H3PO4 and the inner layer in the anodized film formed in both acid solutions is also porous.

  12. Application of anodizing as a pre-treatment for nickel plating on aluminum

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    Effect of anodizing on subsequent electroplating of nickel on aluminum was investigated. Electroplated nickel did not exhibit any adhesion with un-anodized aluminum. Formation of a very thin anodized alumina film prior to nickel plating led to an excellent adhesion between the nickel film and the substrate. If the thickness of the alumina film increased, adhesion of electroplated nickel was significantly deteriorated and became similar to that of un-anodized bare aluminum. The study revealed that deposition proceeded through pores and defects in the insulator alumina film. These pores and defects also acted as nucleation and anchor points for nickel deposit. There was larger number of nucleation/ anchor points on thin alumina films. This provided better adhesion of nickel with the substrate as well as excellent coverage in relatively shorter times. On the other hand, very rough and poorly adherent nickel deposits formed on thick anodized films. Therefore, it may be used as precursor for producing nickel powder with controlled particle size as well as a catalyst with high specific surface area for hydrogenation and dehydrogenation reactions. (author)

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

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

    2012-03-01

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

  14. Improving Si Anode Performance by Forming Copper Capped Copper-Silicon Thin Film Anodes for Rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted -- Highlights: • Cu layer is deposited on the substrate as a transition zone to improve the adhesion • Highly adherent CuSi films are deposited by magnetron sputtering • Cu layer is deposited on CuSi film to improve the anode performance • Top Cu layer acts as a glue to improve the physical and the mechanical properties • EIS analyses are done at different SOC for the pristine and 30 cycled samples -- Abstract: In this work, we deposit a bare and a Cu capped CuSi films (that contains 10 %at. Cu 3 μm thicknesses) by magnetron sputtering. The samples are galvanostatically tested with C/12 rate: the Cu capped CuSi film delivers 850 mAhg−1 after 30th cycles, and it retains stable up to 100 cycle with 99% coulombic efficiency, whilst the bare CuSi film performs a gradual decrease in capacity over 100 cycles. To understand the electrochemical process kinetics, influence the cycling performance, the impedance is measured by using impedance spectroscopy in equilibrium conditions at various states of charges. The results show Cu atoms being ductile, form a network to prevent the electronic isolation of Si particles or delamination of the film. Plus, they buffer the mechanical stress generated in the electrode following the volumetric changes during cycling. In the presence of the Cu top layer the surface reactivity of the CuSi electrode, and its interaction with the electrolyte, is also changed leading to a stable passive film formation and longer cycle life. Therefore, the top layer does not only exert remarkable favorable effects on the capacity, but also improves the coulombic efficiency and the rate capability of the electrode

  15. A flexible freestanding Si/rGO hybrid film anode for stable Li-ion batteries

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    Zhang, Haoxuan; Jing, Shilong; Hu, Yanjie; Jiang, Hao; Li, Chunzhong

    2016-03-01

    The fabrication of flexible freestanding electrodes with superior electrochemical performance is challenging now in consumer electronics miniaturization. Herein, we demonstrate a simple and scalable synthesis of hollow silicon nanosheets, which then hybridizes with rGO into flexible films by layer-by-layer assembly process. The resulting Si/rGO films, when applied as a free-standing LIBs anode, exhibit a high reversible specific capacity of 904 mAh g-1 at 200 mA g-1 (about 2 times higher than theoretical value of graphite anode), and meanwhile maintain a long cycle life (650 mAh g-1 after 150 cycles). In addition, a flexible full battery has also been assembled based on the flexible film as an anode and the commercial LiCoO2 as a cathode, which impressively delivers a high specific capacity of 700 and 613 mAh g-1 at 50 mA g-1 after 15 cycles in flat and bent state, respectively. Such intriguing electrochemical performances can be mainly attributed to the two-dimensional hollow nanostructure of silicon and their strong synergistic effect with rGO. It is reckoned that our Si/rGO films are a promising anode for advanced flexible LIBs.

  16. Formation of self-repairing anodized film on ACM522 magnesium alloy by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Highlights: •We studied plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) for a magnesium alloy, ACM522. •Amorphous film was obtained from silicate solution, while crystalline film was deposited from phosphate solution. •Both anodized films using silicate and phosphate solutions indicated a self-repairing behavior. •The addition of Na2B4O7 to the phosphate solution reduced the cracks on a self-repaired film. -- Abstract: Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) on a die-casting ACM522 Mg alloy was conducted in aqueous silicate and phosphate solutions. The corrosion behavior of the anodized ACM522 Mg alloy was investigated in detail. During the investigation, the self-repairing behavior of the anodized films was evaluated by a salt spray test for 168 h, and the mechanism of this self-repairing was discussed in terms of thermodynamic equilibrium constants. Furthermore, the effects of additives to the phosphate solution on the self-repairing behavior were examined, and the addition of Na2B4O7 was found to effectively reduce cracks on a self-repaired film

  17. The effect of different aluminum alloy surface compositions on barrier anodic film formation

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    The authors have grown barrier anodic coatings on samples of aluminum alloy with different elemental surface compositions. In one series of experiments, they characterized the surface composition present on 6061 aluminum alloy samples after different chemical treatments including a detergent-water and methyl-ethyl ketone solvent clean, a 50% nitric acid-water etch, and a concentrated nitric acid-ammonium bifluoride etch. They anodized samples which were prepared similarly to those analyzed to evaluate the practical effects of the three different surface compositions. The anodization voltage rise time to 950V at constant current was used as a figure of merit. The solvent cleaned and the 50% nitric acid etched samples required, respectively, 113% and 41% more time to reach 950V than the concentrated nitric acidammonium bifloride etched samples. In a second series of experiments, they alternately anodized groups of either 6061 or 1100 (commercially pure) aluminum alloy, observed rise times to 950V, and measured chloride ion concentrations in the electrolyte. Longer rise times and higher chloride ion concentrations were observed for the 1100 samples. It was observed that the chloride ion concentration fell from initially high levels when 6061 samples were anodized. The results of both series of experiments augment the results of other investigators, who report that the surface species initially present on aluminum have a significant effect on anodic film formation

  18. Electrochromic Properties of Iridium Oxide Films Prepared by Pulsed Anodic Electrodeposition

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    Jung, Youngwoo; Tak, Yongsug; Lee, Jaeyoung

    2002-12-01

    Thin films of iridium oxide to be used as an electrochromic material were prepared by pulsed anodic current electrodeposition onto indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates. Before the pulsed electrodeposition, iridium oxide films formed by cyclic voltammetry (CV) played an important role in good adhesion as a seed layer. Iridium oxide films with light-blue color (100 mC/cm2) were deposited when anodic current of 0.07 mA/cm2 for 0.5 sec was superimposed on off-time of 0.5 sec (i.e., zero current) in each cycle. During CV experiment in phosphate buffered saline solution, electrodeposited iridium oxide films exhibited anodic electrochromism of blue and black color at two oxidation potentials (i.e., the ejection of H+) of +0.5 V and +0.9 V (vs. SCE), respectively, while on the cathodic scan, black thin film became colorless due to the injection of H+. When +0.9 V and -0.7 V were applied for coloring and bleaching observation in different pulse voltammetry, minimal times needed for each process are 9 sec and 5 sec, respectively.

  19. Wear Resistance of Anodic Titanium Dioxide Films Produced on Ti-6Al-4V Alloy

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    María Laura Vera; Mario Roberto Rosenberger; Carlos Enrique Schvezov; Alicia Esther Ares

    2015-01-01

    Ti-6Al-4V alloy with TiO2 coating is the most commonly selected material to construct an aortic heart valve. Wear resistance is the main mechanical property to be evaluated for this purpose. In this paper, the wear resistance of TiO2 thin films obtained by anodic oxidation of Ti-6Al-4V is evaluated. Anodic oxidation was performed at 20 V to 70 V with a H2SO4 1 M electrolyte. The samples were thermally treated at 500°C for 1 h, and crystalline phases of TiO2 were obtained. The wear was perform...

  20. Influence of silicon on the growth of barrier-type anodic films on titanium

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    Tanvir, M. Tauseef; Fushimi, K; Shimizu, K.; Nagata, S; Skeldon, P; Thompson, G.E.; Habazaki, H.

    2007-01-01

    Amorphous anodic titania, stabilised by incorporation of silicon species, is shown to grow to high voltages on sputter-deposited, single-phase Ti–Si alloys during anodizing at a constant current density in ammonium pentaborate electrolyte. The films comprise two main layers, with silicon species confined to the inner layers. An amorphous-to-crystalline transition occurs at 60 V on the Ti–6 at.% Si alloy, while the transition is suppressed to voltages above 140 V on alloys with 12 and 26 at.% ...

  1. FIB-SEM investigation of trapped intermetallic particles in anodic oxide films on AA1050 aluminium

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    Jariyaboon, Manthana; Møller, Per; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.;

    2011-01-01

    using focused ion beam-scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM), SEM, and EDX. Findings - The intermetallic particles in the substrate material consisted of Fe or both Fe and Si with two different structures: irregular and round shaped. FIB-SEM cross-sectioned images revealed that the irregular....../Si ratio of the intermetallic particles decreased after anodizing. Originality/value - This paper shows that dual beam FIB-SEM seems to be an easy, less time consuming and useful method to characterize the cross-sectioned intermetallic particles incorporated in anodic film on aluminium....

  2. Synthesis and characterization of nanoporous anodic oxide film on aluminum in H3PO4 + KMnO4 electrolyte mixture at different anodization conditions

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    Verma, Naveen; Jindal, Jitender; Singh, Krishan Chander; Mari, Bernabe

    2016-04-01

    The micro structural properties of nanoporous anodic oxide film formed in H3PO4 were highly influenced by addition of a low concentration of KMnO4 (0.0005 M) in 1 M H3PO4 solution. The KMnO4 as additive enhanced the growth rate of oxide film formation as well as thickness of pore walls. Furthermore the growth rate was found increased with increase in applied current density. The increase in temperature and lack of stirring during anodization causes the thinness of pore wall which leads to increase in pore volume. With the decrease in concentration of H3PO4 in anodizing electrolyte from 1M to 0.3 M, keeping all other conditions constant, the decrease in porosity was observed. This might be due to the dissolution of aluminium oxide film in highly concentrated acidic solution.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of Fe3P composite nanorods produced by phosphate reduction in anodized alumina templates

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    A synthetic method for nanoscale iron phosphide rod production based on reductive annealing of iron phosphate deposited in porous alumina membranes has been explored. Two methods of pore filling, incipient wetness and drip-drying of precursor phosphate particles, were investigated. Reduction was carried out in a flowing H2/Ar atmosphere at 650-800 deg. C for 2 h and the template was removed by dissolution in NaOH. Particle morphology, composition and phase were examined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive spectroscopy. The data suggest that rods are formed as heterogeneous structures comprising Fe3P nanoparticles within an amorphous matrix

  4. The mechanism study of trace Cr(VI) removal from water using Fe{sup 0} nanorods modified with chitosan in porous anodic alumina

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    Sun, Li, E-mail: sunli@wtu.edu.cn [School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan 430073 (China); Yuan, Zhigang, E-mail: zgyuan@mail.ustc.edu.cn [School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan 430073 (China); Gong, Wenbang [School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan 430073 (China); Zhang, Lide [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Xu, Zili; Su, Gongbing; Han, Donggui [School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Wuhan Textile University, Wuhan 430073 (China)

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • PAA can limit the size, disperse Fe{sup 0} nanorods and protect them from oxidation. • PAA and chitosan act as bridges between Fe{sup 0} and Cr(VI) by the surface charges. • The adsorption capacity calculated (118.76 mg g{sup −1}) agreed with the measured one. • Trace Cr(VI) removal was a spontaneous adsorption reduction process. - Abstract: Fe{sup 0} nanorods modified with chitosan in porous anodic alumina (PAA) were prepared as adsorbent. Adsorption of trace Cr(VI) onto adsorbent was tested as a function of solution pH value, initial Cr(VI) concentration and adsorption time. The results showed that PAA can limit the size, disperse Fe{sup 0} nanorods and protect them from oxidation. In the adsorption process, it was found that both PAA and chitosan can supply bridges between Fe{sup 0} nanorods and Cr(VI) through the surface electrostatic attraction, and a small amount of PAA was etched. The optimum adsorption capacity obtained from the Langmuir model is 118.76 mg g{sup −1} which agrees with the experimental value at pH 5.0. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that Cr(VI) was reduced to Cr(III) on the adsorbent surface. The adsorption behavior of Cr(VI) onto adsorbent was fitted well with the Langmuir model. The adsorption process followed the pseudo-second-order kinetic model, which implied that the adsorption process was chemisorptions. Intraparticle diffusion study shows that the internal diffusion of adsorbent is not the sole rate-controlling step. The Gibbs free energy change (ΔG° < 0) indicated that the process of Cr(VI) onto adsorbent was spontaneous. Besides, the aluminum sheets could be regenerated and be anodized to produce PAA.

  5. Pitting corrosion protection of stainless steel by sputter deposited hafnia, alumina, and hafnia-alumina nanolaminate films

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    316L stainless steel coated with sputter deposited HfO2, Al2O3, and HfO2-Al2O3 nanolaminate films were subjected to direct current cyclic potentiodynamic polarization (DCP) in Hanks' balanced salt solution electrolyte. Postexposure morphology was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with in situ energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). SEM/EDS data show that bare steel and steel coated with single-layer HfO2 develop pits with perforated covers. These pits become autocatalytic, consistent with an observed positive DCP hysteresis. On the other hand, SEM/EDS data show that steel coated with Al2O3 and HfO2-Al2O3 nanolaminate films does not develop autocatalytic pits, consistent with an observed negative DCP hysteresis. However, Al2O3 splinters upon polarization whereas the HfO2-Al2O3 nanolaminate remains intact. The areas of worst damage in the nanolaminate correspond to pit cover rupture before autocatalysis, allowing pit and bulk electrolyte to mix and the newly exposed steel surface to repassivate. The films' diverse behavior is discussed in terms of a model for perforated pit growth that requires occlusion until an autocatalytic geometry is established. The authors conclude that the key property a film must have to arrest autocatalytic geometry development is the ability to rupture locally at an early stage of pit growth.

  6. Exploration of the Direct Use of Anodized Alumina as a Mold for Nanoimprint Lithography to Fabricate Magnetic Nanostructure over Large Area

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    M. Tofizur Rahman

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available We have explored the direct use of anodized alumina (AAO fabricated on an Si wafer as a mold for the nanoimprint lithography (NIL. The AAO mold has been fabricated over more than 10 cm2 area with two different pore diameters of 163±24 nm and 73±7 nm. One of the key challenges of the lack of bonding between the antisticking self-assembled monolayer (SAM and the AAO has been overcome by modifying the surface chemistry of the fabricated AAO mold by coating it with thin SiO2 layer. Then we have applied the commonly used silane-based self-assembled monolayer (SAM on these SiO2-coated AAO molds and achieved successful imprinting of resist pillars with feature size of 172±25 nm by using the mold with a pore diameter of 163±24 nm. Finally, we have achieved (001 oriented L10 FePt patterned structure with a dot diameter of 42±4 nm by using a AAO mold with a pore diameter of 73±7 nm. The perpendicular Hc of the unpatterned and patterned FePt is about 3.3 kOe and 12 kOe, respectively. These results indicate that AAO mold can potentially be used in NIL for fabricating patterned nanostructures over large area.

  7. Platinum thin film anodes for solid acid fuel cells

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    Louie, Mary W.; Haile, Sossina M.

    2011-01-01

    Hydrogen electro-oxidation kinetics at the Pt | CsH_2PO_4 interface have been evaluated. Thin films of nanocrystalline platinum 7.5–375 nm thick and 1–19 mm in diameter were sputtered atop polycrystalline discs of the proton-conducting electrolyte, CsH_2PO_4, by shadow-masking. The resulting Pt | CsH_2PO_4 | Pt symmetric cells were studied under uniform H_2-H_2O-Ar atmospheres at temperatures of 225–250 °C using AC impedance spectroscopy. For thick platinum films (>50 nm), electro-oxidation o...

  8. Indium-Doped Zinc Oxide Thin Films as Effective Anodes of Organic Photovoltaic Devices

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    Ziyang Hu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Indium-doped zinc oxide (IZO thin films were prepared by low-cost ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP. Both a low resistivity (3.13×10−3 Ω cm and an average direct transmittance (400∼1500 nm about 80% of the IZO films were achieved. The IZO films were investigated as anodes in bulk-heterojunction organic photovoltaic (OPV devices based on poly(3-hexylthiophene and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester. The device fabricated on IZO film-coated glass substrate showed an open circuit voltage of 0.56 V, a short circuit current of 8.49 mA cm-2, a fill factor of 0.40, and a power conversion efficiency of 1.91%, demonstrating that the IZO films prepared by USP technique are promising low In content and transparent electrode candidates of low-cost OPV devices.

  9. Metal-insulator transition in nanocomposite VOx films formed by anodic electrodeposition

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    Tsui, Lok-kun; Hildebrand, Helga; Lu, Jiwei; Schmuki, Patrik; Zangari, Giovanni

    2013-11-01

    The ability to grow VO2 films by electrochemical methods would open a low-cost, easily scalable production route to a number of electronic devices. We have synthesized VOx films by anodic electrodeposition of V2O5, followed by partial reduction by annealing in Ar. The resulting films are heterogeneous, consisting of various metallic/oxide phases and including regions with VO2 stoichiometry. A gradual metal insulator transition with a nearly two order of magnitude change in film resistance is observed between room temperature and 140 °C. In addition, the films exhibit a temperature coefficient of resistance of ˜ -2.4%/ °C from 20 to 140 °C.

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

  11. Operational characteristics of thin film solid oxide fuel cells with ruthenium anode in natural gas

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    Takagi, Yuto; Kerman, Kian; Ko, Changhyun; Ramanathan, Shriram

    2013-12-01

    Direct utilization of hydrocarbons in low temperature solid oxide fuel cells is of growing interest in the landscape of alternative energy technologies. Here, we report on performance of self-supported micro-solid oxide fuel cells (μSOFCs) with ruthenium (Ru) nano-porous thin film anodes operating in natural gas and methane. The μSOFCs consist of 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia thin film electrolytes, porous platinum cathodes and porous Ru anodes, and were tested with dry natural gas and methane as fuels and air as the oxidant. At 500 °C, comparable power densities of 410 mW cm-2 and 440 mW cm-2 were obtained with dry natural gas and methane, respectively. In weakly humidified natural gas, open circuit voltage of 0.95 V at 530 °C with peak power density of 800 mW cm-2 was realized. The μSOFC was continuously operated at constant voltage of 0.7 V with methane, where quasi-periodic oscillatory behavior of the performance was observed. Through post-operation XPS studies it was found that the oxidation state of Ru anode surfaces significantly differs depending on the fuel used, oxidation being enhanced with methane or natural gas. The nature of the oscillation is discussed based on the transition in surface oxygen coverage states and electro-catalytic activity of Ru anodes.

  12. Influences of the main anodic electroplating parameters on cerium oxide films

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    Yang, Yang; Yang, Yumeng; Du, Xiaoqing; Chen, Yu [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, Zhejiang (China); Zhang, Zhao, E-mail: eaglezzy@zjuem.zju.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, Zhejiang (China); Zhang, Jianqing [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027, Zhejiang (China); State Key Laboratory for Corrosion and Protection of Metals, Shenyang 110016 (China)

    2014-06-01

    Cerium oxide thin films were fabricated onto 316 L stainless steel via a potentiostatically anodic electrodeposition approach in the solutions containing cerium(III) nitrate (0.05 M), ammonia acetate (0.1 M) and ethanol (10% V/V). The electrochemical behaviors and deposition parameters (applied potential, bath temperature, dissolving O{sub 2} and bath pH) have been investigated. Results show that, the electrochemical oxidation of Ce{sup 3+} goes through one electrochemical step, which is under charge transfer control. The optimum applied potential for film deposition is 0.8 V. Bath temperature plays a significant effect on the deposition rate, composition (different colors of the film) and surface morphology of the deposits. Due to the hydrolysis of Ce{sup 3+}, cerous hydroxide is facility to form when the bath temperature is higher than 60 °C. The electroplating bath pH is another key role for the anodic deposition of cerium oxide thin films, and the best bath pH is around 6.20. N{sub 2} or O{sub 2} purged into the bath will result in film porosities and O{sub 2} favors cerium oxide particles and film generation.

  13. Influences of the main anodic electroplating parameters on cerium oxide films

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    Cerium oxide thin films were fabricated onto 316 L stainless steel via a potentiostatically anodic electrodeposition approach in the solutions containing cerium(III) nitrate (0.05 M), ammonia acetate (0.1 M) and ethanol (10% V/V). The electrochemical behaviors and deposition parameters (applied potential, bath temperature, dissolving O2 and bath pH) have been investigated. Results show that, the electrochemical oxidation of Ce3+ goes through one electrochemical step, which is under charge transfer control. The optimum applied potential for film deposition is 0.8 V. Bath temperature plays a significant effect on the deposition rate, composition (different colors of the film) and surface morphology of the deposits. Due to the hydrolysis of Ce3+, cerous hydroxide is facility to form when the bath temperature is higher than 60 °C. The electroplating bath pH is another key role for the anodic deposition of cerium oxide thin films, and the best bath pH is around 6.20. N2 or O2 purged into the bath will result in film porosities and O2 favors cerium oxide particles and film generation.

  14. Influences of the main anodic electroplating parameters on cerium oxide films

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    Yang, Yang; Yang, Yumeng; Du, Xiaoqing; Chen, Yu; Zhang, Zhao; Zhang, Jianqing

    2014-06-01

    Cerium oxide thin films were fabricated onto 316 L stainless steel via a potentiostatically anodic electrodeposition approach in the solutions containing cerium(III) nitrate (0.05 M), ammonia acetate (0.1 M) and ethanol (10% V/V). The electrochemical behaviors and deposition parameters (applied potential, bath temperature, dissolving O2 and bath pH) have been investigated. Results show that, the electrochemical oxidation of Ce3+ goes through one electrochemical step, which is under charge transfer control. The optimum applied potential for film deposition is 0.8 V. Bath temperature plays a significant effect on the deposition rate, composition (different colors of the film) and surface morphology of the deposits. Due to the hydrolysis of Ce3+, cerous hydroxide is facility to form when the bath temperature is higher than 60 °C. The electroplating bath pH is another key role for the anodic deposition of cerium oxide thin films, and the best bath pH is around 6.20. N2 or O2 purged into the bath will result in film porosities and O2 favors cerium oxide particles and film generation.

  15. Electrochemical micromachining of titanium using laser oxide film lithography: excimer laser irradiation of anodic oxide

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    Chauvy, P.-F.; Hoffmann, P.; Landolt, D

    2003-04-30

    In electrochemical micromachining using oxide film laser lithography (OFLL), the pattern is formed by laser irradiation of an anodic oxide film. On the irradiated areas of the film the underlying metal is then selectively dissolved in an appropriate electrolyte, the non-irradiated oxide acting as a mask. The physical interactions of 308 nm XeCl excimer laser radiation with anodically formed oxide films on titanium were studied using single pulse irradiation at varying fluence and two different pulse durations. The irradiated surfaces were characterized by secondary electron microscopy (SEM), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) profiling and X-ray-induced photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), additionally, their electrochemical dissolution behaviour in an electropolishing electrolyte was evaluated. Numerical simulation was applied to the estimation of the temperature profiles at the surface of the irradiated samples. Results suggest that depending on irradiation conditions different mechanisms may be responsible for the loss of the protective properties of the oxide film. The creation of a Ti(O) solid solution resulting from diffusion of oxygen from the film into the underlying molten metal was shown to be effective at high fluences. The loss of protective properties observed at lower fluences was tentatively attributed to the creation of ionic defects in the oxide by a photolytic process.

  16. Effects of thermal treatment on the anodic growth of tungsten oxide films

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    This work reports the investigation of the effects of thermal treatment on anodic growth tungsten oxide (WO3). The increase of the thermal treatment temperature above 400 °C significantly influences WO3 film where high porosity structure reduces to more compact film. As-grown film is amorphous, which transforms to monoclinic/orthorhombic phase upon annealing at 300–600 °C. With the reducing of porous structure, preferential growth of (002) plane shifts to (020) plane at 600 °C with more than twentyfold increase of peak's intensity compared to the film annealed at 500 °C. Films annealed at low thermal treatment show better ion intercalation and reversibility during electrochemical measurements; however, it has larger optical band gap. Photoelectrochemical measurement reveals that film annealed at 400 °C exhibits the best photocatalytic performance among the films annealed at 300–600 °C. - Highlights: • Porosity of the WO3 reduces as annealing temperature increases above 400 °C. • As-grown film is amorphous which transforms to monoclinic/orthorhombic upon annealing. • As-grown film shows better ion intercalation in electrochemical process. • Optical band gap of WO3 reduces as the annealing temperature increases. • Film annealed at 400 °C exhibits best photocatalytic performance

  17. A Thin Film Deposition of ZnO:Al Thin Film on the Alumina Substrate for Gas Sensor

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    The thin layer deposition of ZnO:Al on the alumina substrate by using sputtering method for gas sensor application has been done. Deposition of ZnO:Al thin film was carried out with following sputtering parameters i.e. : electrodes voltage of 2.2 kV, current 10 mA and temperature 250 ℃, variation of deposition time from 30 to 150 minutes with 30 minutes interval and variation of vacuum pressure : 1 x 10-2 atm, 2 x 10-2 atm, 3 x 10-3 atm, 4 x 10-2 atm and 5 x 10-2 atm. From the characterization it was found that the lowest resistance in 64 kΩ order which is obtained in 90 minutes of deposition time and operation pressure 4 x 10-2 atm. Measurement result show the optimum that sensitivity 24 % for C2H5OH gas, 19.77 % for NH3 gas and 17.53 % for SO2 gas that sensitivity at 141.54 concentration/volume. (author)

  18. Growth of anodic films on compound semiconductor electrodes: InP in aqueous (NH sub 4) sub 2 S

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    Buckley, D N

    2002-01-01

    Film formation on compound semiconductors under anodic conditions is discussed. The surface properties of InP electrodes were examined following anodization in a (NH sub 4) sub 2 S electrolyte. The observation of a current peak in the cyclic voltammetric curve was attributed to selective etching of the substrate and a film formation process. AFM images of samples anodized in the sulfide solution revealed surface pitting. Thicker films formed at higher potentials exhibited extensive cracking as observed by optical and electron microscopy, and this was explicitly demonstrated to occur ex situ rather than during the electrochemical treatment. The composition of the thick film was identified as In sub 2 S sub 3 by EDX and XPS. The measured film thickness varies linearly with the charge passed, and comparison between experimental thickness measurements and theoretical estimates for the thickness indicate a porosity of over 70 %. Cracking is attributed to shrinkage during drying of the highly porous film and does n...

  19. Decisive influence of colloidal suspension conductivity during electrophoretic impregnation of porous anodic film supported on 1050 aluminium substrate

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    Fori, Benoit; Taberna, Pierre-Louis; Arurault, Laurent; Bonino, Jean-Pierre

    2014-01-01

    The present paper studies the influence of suspension conductivity on the electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of nanoparticles inside a porous anodic aluminium oxide film. It is shown that an increase in the suspension’s conductivity enhances impregnation of the anodic film by the nanoparticles. Two mechanisms are seen to promote the migration of particles into the pores. Indeed an increase in the suspension conductivity leads on the one hand to a strengthening of the electric field ...

  20. Electrical behaviour, characteristics and properties of anodic aluminium oxide films coloured by nickel electrodeposition

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    Arurault, Laurent; Zamora, Gaël; Vilar, Virginie; Winterton, Peter; Bes, René

    2010-01-01

    Porous anodic films on 1050 aluminium substrate were coloured by AC electrodeposition of nickel. Several experiments were performed at different deposition voltages and nickel concentrations in the electrolyte in order to correlate the applied electrical power to the electrical behaviour, as well as the characteristics and properties of the coatings. The content of nickel inside the coatings reached 1.67 g/m2, depending on the experimental conditions. According to the applied AC voltage in...

  1. Electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance study of polyelectrolyte film growth under anodic conditions

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    Nilsson, Sara; Björefors, Fredrik; Robinson, Nathaniel D

    2013-01-01

    Coating hard materials such as Pt with soft polymers like poly-l-lysine is a well-established technique for increasing electrode biocompatibility. We have combined quartz crystal microgravimetry with dissipation with electrochemistry (EQCM-D) to study the deposition of PLL onto Pt electrodes under anodic potentials. Our results confirm the change in film growth over time previously reported by others. However, the dissipation data suggest that, after the short initial phase of the process, th...

  2. Properties of anodic oxides grown on a hafnium–tantalum–titanium thin film library

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A ternary thin film combinatorial materials library of the valve metal system Hf–Ta–Ti obtained by co-sputtering was studied. The microstructural and crystallographic analysis of the obtained compositions revealed a crystalline and textured surface, with the exception of compositions with Ta concentration above 48 at.% which are amorphous and show a flat surface. Electrochemical anodization of the composition spread thin films was used for analysing the growth of the mixed surface oxides. Oxide formation factors, obtained from the potentiodynamic anodization curves, as well as the dielectric constants and electrical resistances, obtained from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, were mapped along two dimensions of the library using a scanning droplet cell microscope. The semiconducting properties of the anodic oxides were mapped using Mott–Schottky analysis. The degree of oxide mixing was analysed qualitatively using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy depth profiling. A quantitative analysis of the surface oxides was performed and correlated to the as-deposited metal thin film compositions. In the concurrent transport of the three metal cations during oxide growth a clear speed order of Ti > Hf > Ta was proven.

  3. Properties of anodic oxides grown on a hafnium–tantalum–titanium thin film library

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    A ternary thin film combinatorial materials library of the valve metal system Hf–Ta–Ti obtained by co-sputtering was studied. The microstructural and crystallographic analysis of the obtained compositions revealed a crystalline and textured surface, with the exception of compositions with Ta concentration above 48 at.% which are amorphous and show a flat surface. Electrochemical anodization of the composition spread thin films was used for analysing the growth of the mixed surface oxides. Oxide formation factors, obtained from the potentiodynamic anodization curves, as well as the dielectric constants and electrical resistances, obtained from electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, were mapped along two dimensions of the library using a scanning droplet cell microscope. The semiconducting properties of the anodic oxides were mapped using Mott–Schottky analysis. The degree of oxide mixing was analysed qualitatively using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy depth profiling. A quantitative analysis of the surface oxides was performed and correlated to the as-deposited metal thin film compositions. In the concurrent transport of the three metal cations during oxide growth a clear speed order of Ti > Hf > Ta was proven. (paper)

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

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    Tsai, Chia-Chan; Chen, Jiun-Tai

    2014-01-14

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

  5. Whisker formation on a thin film tin lithium-ion battery anode

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    Li, Juchuan; Yang, Fuqian; Cheng, Yang-Tse [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, 177 F Paul Anderson Tower, Lexington, KY 40506 (United States); Ye, Jia [Electron Microscopy Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506 (United States)

    2011-02-01

    Tin (Sn) is a candidate material for anodes (negative electrodes) of lithium-ion batteries because of its high theoretical energy capacity. In this paper, we report an observation of Sn-whisker growth on Sn-thin films after lithiation and delithiation. The compressive stress generated by electrochemical lithiation of the Sn-thin films is likely the driving force for the growth of the Sn whiskers. Attention should therefore be paid to the issue of Sn-whisker growth for Sn-based electrodes since Sn whiskers may penetrate through the separator, and short-circuit the electrochemical cell. (author)

  6. Effect of UV radiation on the growth and breakdown voltage of anodic oxide films on niobium

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    Formation rates of anodic Nb2O5 films grown under galvanostatic conditions decrease in the presence of UV radiation, unlike those grown in the absence of UV radiation. This may be due to the development of a positive space charge near the solution/oxide interface which is responsible for an increase in electronic current in the film during its formation. Value of breakdown voltage also increases in the presence of UV radiations. The effect of current density and resistivity of the solution upon the breakdown voltage, both in the presence and absence of UV radiation, is discussed in terms of Ikonopisov theory of breakdown voltage. (author). 19 refs., 6 figs

  7. Heterogeneous growth of anodic oxide film on a polycrystalline titanium electrode observed with a scanning electrochemical microscope

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    Fushimi, Koji; Okawa, Tsuyoshi; Azumi, Kazuhisa; Seo, Masahiro

    2000-02-01

    A scanning electrochemical microscope (SECM) was applied to study anodic oxide film grown on a polycrystalline titanium electrode in deaerated pH 8.4 borate solution. The probe current images of SECM could detect the heterogeneous growth of anodic oxide film, depending on the substrate crystal grains. This heterogeneity increased with increasing the film formation potential at the potential higher than 3 V (SHE). The study of the dependence of film thickness on the substrate grain has been also supported with Raman microprobe spectroscopy.

  8. Optical Polarization Properties of Metal Nanowire Array Film Synthesized by Electrodeposition Technology

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    梁燕萍; 史启祯; 吴振森; 王尧宇; 高胜利

    2005-01-01

    Metal nanowire array films were prepared by electrodepositing Cu, Ag, Ni, Co and Cu-Ag on porous anodic alumina film. Optical transmittance of both the porous anodic alumina film and metal nanowire array film was measured in the wavelength range of 400---2600 nm under an obliquely incident light. The experimental results show that metal nanowire array films exhibit a prominent polarization function. It was found that optical polarization properties can be improved by choosing suitable kinds of electrodepositing metal, controlling the shape and length of nanowire, and changing the incident angle.

  9. Electrochemical investigation on silicon/titanium carbide nanocomposite film anode for Li-ion batteries

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    A Si/TiC nanocomposite film was synthesized by a surface sol-gel method in combination with a following heat-treatment process. The electrochemical properties of the film anode for lithium ion batteries were investigated by galvanostatic charge-discharge tests, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectrum (EIS). Because of the homogeneous distribution of Si active particles in TiC matrix, the Si/TiC composite showed reversible lithium storage capacities of about 1000 and 1300 mAh g-1 at 160 and 80 mA g-1 even after 80 cycles, respectively. Using two-parallel diffusion path model, the reactive mechanisms of Li with Si/TiC composite film were interpreted. The chemical diffusion coefficients of the Si/TiC nanocomposite film at different electrode potentials were also discussed.

  10. Fabrication of single phase p-CuInSe2 nanowire arrays by electrodeposited into anodic alumina templates

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    Single-phase CuInSe2 nanowire (NW) arrays were prepared at various pH values in a heated electrolyte by using pulse electrodeposition techniques and an anodized aluminum oxide template. X-ray diffraction showed that the CuInSe2 NW nucleation mechanism received H+ constraints when the NWs were deposited at pH 1.7 with a (112) orientation and annealed at 550 °C. The CuInSe2 NW band gap was determined to be approximately 1 eV through optical measurements. Transmission electron microscopy showed that at the pH value of 1.7, small particles of the single-phase CuInSe2 NWs aligned along the crystallographic direction are nucleated to form large particles. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that the NW diameter and the length were 80 nm and 2.3 μm, respectively. From Mott–Schottky and Ohmic contact plots, the CuInSe2 NWs were found to be p-type semiconductors, and their work function was estimated to be approximately 4.69 eV

  11. Fabrication and Characterization of TiO2 Nano Rods by Electrochemical Deposition into an Anodic Alumina Template

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    Ikraam, Muhammad; Shahid, Sammia; Zaman, Sabah; Sarwar, M. N.

    2016-05-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods have been successfully grown into a track-etched anodized aluminium oxide membrane (AAM) by a particulate electrochemical deposition from an aqueous medium. The prepared TiO2 sols get stabilized against aging at pH 2. It was found that TiO2 nanorods grown from dilute aqueous solution with a low concentration gave a stable and uniform growth. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results revealed that TiO2 nanorods dried at 500°C were a mixture of anatase and brookite phases. Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) images confirmed that TiO2 nanorods had a smooth morphology and longitudinal uniformity in diameter. A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image showed that TiO2 nanorods grown by electrochemical deposition from the dilute aqueous sol had a dense structure and possessed a repetitive pattern, containing small particles with an average size of 15 nm. Based on kinetic studies, it was found that uniform TiO2 nanorods with high-quality morphology were obtained under optimum conditions at an applied potential of 5 V, a uniform current density of 500 mA, and a deposition time of 5 h.

  12. Fabrication and Characterization of TiO2 Nano Rods by Electrochemical Deposition into an Anodic Alumina Template

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    Ikraam, Muhammad; Shahid, Sammia; Zaman, Sabah; Sarwar, M. N.

    2016-08-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods have been successfully grown into a track-etched anodized aluminium oxide membrane (AAM) by a particulate electrochemical deposition from an aqueous medium. The prepared TiO2 sols get stabilized against aging at pH 2. It was found that TiO2 nanorods grown from dilute aqueous solution with a low concentration gave a stable and uniform growth. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results revealed that TiO2 nanorods dried at 500°C were a mixture of anatase and brookite phases. Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) images confirmed that TiO2 nanorods had a smooth morphology and longitudinal uniformity in diameter. A scanning electron microscope (SEM) image showed that TiO2 nanorods grown by electrochemical deposition from the dilute aqueous sol had a dense structure and possessed a repetitive pattern, containing small particles with an average size of 15 nm. Based on kinetic studies, it was found that uniform TiO2 nanorods with high-quality morphology were obtained under optimum conditions at an applied potential of 5 V, a uniform current density of 500 mA, and a deposition time of 5 h.

  13. Atomic layer deposition of TiO2 thin films on nanoporous alumina templates: Medical applications

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    Narayan, Roger J.; Monteiro-Riviere, Nancy A.; Brigmon, Robin L.; Pellin, Michael J.; Elam, Jeffrey W.

    2009-06-01

    Nanostructured materials may play a significant role in controlled release of pharmacologic agents for treatment of cancer. Many nanoporous polymer materials are inadequate for use in drug delivery. Nanoporous alumina provides several advantages over other materials for use in controlled drug delivery and other medical applications. Atomic layer deposition was used to coat all the surfaces of a nanoporous alumina membrane in order to reduce the pore size in a controlled manner. Neither the 20 nm nor the 100 nm TiO2-coated nanoporous alumina membranes exhibited statistically lower viability compared to the uncoated nanoporous alumina membrane control materials. Nanostructured materials prepared using atomic layer deposition may be useful for delivering a pharmacologic agent at a precise rate to a specific location in the body. These materials may serve as the basis for “smart” drug delivery devices, orthopedic implants, or self-sterilizing medical devices.

  14. Formation of barrier-type anodic films on ZE41 magnesium alloy in a fluoride/glycerol electrolyte

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    Highlights: • Barrier anodic films formed on ZE41 Mg alloy in glycerol/fluoride electrolyte. • Films contain oxygen and fluorine species; formation ratio ∼1.3 nm V−1. • Nanocrystalline film structure, with MgO and MgF2. • Zinc enrichment in alloy beneath anodic film. • Modified film formed above Mg-Zn-RE second phase. - Abstract: Barrier-type, nanocrystalline anodic films have been formed on a ZE41 magnesium alloy under a constant current density of 5 mA cm−2 in a glycerol/fluoride electrolyte, containing 5 vol.% of added water, at 293 K. The films contain magnesium, fluorine and oxygen as the major species, and lower amounts of alloying element species. The films grow at an efficiency of ∼0.8 to 0.9, with a formation ratio in the range of ∼1.2 to 1.4 nm V−1 at the matrix regions and with a ratio of ∼1.8 nm V−1 at Mg-Zn-RE second phase. At the former regions, rare earth species are enriched at the film surface and zinc is enriched in the alloy. A carbon- and oxygen-rich band within the film suggests that the films grow at the metal/film and film/electrolyte interfaces

  15. Characterization of titanium thin films anodically grown in phosphoric acid; Caracterisation des films d'oxyde de titane obtenus anodiquement dans l'acide phosphorique

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    Khadiri, M.E.; Benyaich [Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, Lab. d' Electrochimie et Chimie Analytique, Marakech (Morocco); Oueriagli, A.; Outzourhit, A.; Ameziane, E.L. [Faculte des Sciences Semlalia, Lab. de Physique du Solide et des Couches Minces, Marakech (Morocco)

    2004-08-01

    Ti-Cu(2%) alloy was anodized in a 5 M phosphoric acid solution under various voltages ranging from 10 to 35 V. The composition, the structural and optical properties of the as-grown oxide films were studied. It was found that the color of the anodized substrates varied from yellow to blue depending on the anodizing voltage. The films formed on the alloy are amorphous and the oxidation state of Ti on their surface is mainly +4. On the other hand it was found that the thickness of the films increases linearly with anodization voltage at rate of 1.94 nm/V, while the refractive index at the wavelength corresponding to the reflectance minimum was practically constant. These films were also found to have excellent protective properties for the examined alloy. (authors)

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  17. CrNx and Cr1-xAlxN as template films for the growth of α-alumina using ac reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Crystalline alumina thin films were deposited on WC-Co substrates using a reactive inverted cylindrical ac magnetron sputtering technique with a chromium oxide prelayer. The interfacial prelayer of chromium oxide was prepared by controlled oxidation of CrNx and Cr1-xAlxN films deposited previously using the same ac reactive magnetron configured with one Cr and Al target. The oxidation was carried out by annealing CrNx and Cr1-xAlxN films in air at 973 and 1373 K, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray microanalysis were carried out to investigate the thin film surface morphology and composition. The alumina coatings obtained on oxidized CrNx films (templates) were smooth and consisted primarily of κ and α phases. The diffraction peaks from the γ phase were not observed in any of the alumina coatings. The morphology and phase composition of the alumina coatings on the oxidized Cr1-xAlxN films (templates) were strongly dependent on the aluminum content in the films

  18. Effect of Si additions on thermal stability and the phase transition sequence of sputtered amorphous alumina thin films

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    Bolvardi, H.; Baben, M. to; Nahif, F.; Music, D., E-mail: music@mch.rwth-aachen.de; Schnabel, V.; Shaha, K. P.; Mráz, S.; Schneider, J. M. [Materials Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Kopernikusstr. 10, D-52074 Aachen (Germany); Bednarcik, J.; Michalikova, J. [Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron DESY, FS-PE group, Notkestrasse 85, D-22607 Hamburg (Germany)

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    Si-alloyed amorphous alumina coatings having a silicon concentration of 0 to 2.7 at. % were deposited by combinatorial reactive pulsed DC magnetron sputtering of Al and Al-Si (90-10 at. %) split segments in Ar/O{sub 2} atmosphere. The effect of Si alloying on thermal stability of the as-deposited amorphous alumina thin films and the phase formation sequence was evaluated by using differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. The thermal stability window of the amorphous phase containing 2.7 at. % of Si was increased by more than 100 °C compared to that of the unalloyed phase. A similar retarding effect of Si alloying was also observed for the α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} formation temperature, which increased by more than 120 °C. While for the latter retardation, the evidence for the presence of SiO{sub 2} at the grain boundaries was presented previously, this obviously cannot explain the stability enhancement reported here for the amorphous phase. Based on density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations and synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments for amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with and without Si incorporation, we suggest that the experimentally identified enhanced thermal stability of amorphous alumina with addition of Si is due to the formation of shorter and stronger Si–O bonds as compared to Al–O bonds.

  19. Effect of Si additions on thermal stability and the phase transition sequence of sputtered amorphous alumina thin films

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    Si-alloyed amorphous alumina coatings having a silicon concentration of 0 to 2.7 at. % were deposited by combinatorial reactive pulsed DC magnetron sputtering of Al and Al-Si (90-10 at. %) split segments in Ar/O2 atmosphere. The effect of Si alloying on thermal stability of the as-deposited amorphous alumina thin films and the phase formation sequence was evaluated by using differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. The thermal stability window of the amorphous phase containing 2.7 at. % of Si was increased by more than 100 °C compared to that of the unalloyed phase. A similar retarding effect of Si alloying was also observed for the α-Al2O3 formation temperature, which increased by more than 120 °C. While for the latter retardation, the evidence for the presence of SiO2 at the grain boundaries was presented previously, this obviously cannot explain the stability enhancement reported here for the amorphous phase. Based on density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations and synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments for amorphous Al2O3 with and without Si incorporation, we suggest that the experimentally identified enhanced thermal stability of amorphous alumina with addition of Si is due to the formation of shorter and stronger Si–O bonds as compared to Al–O bonds

  20. Low-temperature alpha-alumina thin film growth: ab initio studies of Al adatom surface migration

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    Wallin, E; Helmersson, U [Plasma and Coatings Physics Division, IFM Material Physics, Linkoeping University, SE-581 83 Linkoeping (Sweden); Muenger, E P; Chirita, V, E-mail: ulfhe@ifm.liu.s [Theoretical Physics Division, IFM Theory and Modelling, Linkoeping University, SE-581 83 Linkoeping (Sweden)

    2009-06-21

    Investigations of activation energy barriers for Al surface hopping on alpha-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (0 0 0 1) surfaces have been carried out by means of first-principles density functional theory calculations and the nudged elastic band method. Results show that surface diffusion on the (most stable) Al-terminated surface is relatively fast with an energy barrier of 0.75 eV, whereas Al hopping on the O-terminated surface is slower, with barriers for jumps from the two metastable positions existing on this surface to the stable site of 0.31 and 0.99 eV. Based on this study and on the literature, the governing mechanisms during low-temperature alpha-alumina thin film growth are summarized and discussed. Our results support suggestions made in some previous experimental studies, pointing out that limited surface diffusivity is not the main obstacle for alpha-alumina growth at low-to-moderate temperatures, and that other effects should primarily be considered when designing novel processes for low-temperature alpha-alumina deposition.

  1. Low-temperature α-alumina thin film growth: ab initio studies of Al adatom surface migration

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    Investigations of activation energy barriers for Al surface hopping on α-Al2O3 (0 0 0 1) surfaces have been carried out by means of first-principles density functional theory calculations and the nudged elastic band method. Results show that surface diffusion on the (most stable) Al-terminated surface is relatively fast with an energy barrier of 0.75 eV, whereas Al hopping on the O-terminated surface is slower, with barriers for jumps from the two metastable positions existing on this surface to the stable site of 0.31 and 0.99 eV. Based on this study and on the literature, the governing mechanisms during low-temperature α-alumina thin film growth are summarized and discussed. Our results support suggestions made in some previous experimental studies, pointing out that limited surface diffusivity is not the main obstacle for α-alumina growth at low-to-moderate temperatures, and that other effects should primarily be considered when designing novel processes for low-temperature α-alumina deposition.

  2. Spectroscopic investigation of vacuum-arc anode plasmas for thin film deposition

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    A vacuum-arc plasma source has been designed and tested for fabrication of thin films, which are clear of droplets. In order to avoid these droplets, the source has been designed to produce pulsed plasmas generated by the anode, and to screen the substrate against the plasma streaming away from the cathode spot. We present here spectroscopic measurements and analyses carried out in order to characterize the electron population of this anode plasma. The vacuum arc was first operated with a carbon anode of diameter 0.5 mm and an arc current of 192 A. The visible and near-infrared spectra were recorded with various resolutions, in direct view of the anode spot, with an intensified CCD camera. Dominant C+ and C2+ lines were identified and the plasma parameters deduced from their relative intensities showed that local thermal equilibrium was reached, giving an electron temperature about 3.2 eV and an electron density around 2.5x1017 cm-3. The study was extended to lower currents of 140, 92 and 65 A. The temperature and the density monotonically decreased down to about 2 eV and 1.5x1015 cm-3

  3. Investigation on the atomic oxygen erosion resistance of sol-gel alumina-silica composite films on Kapton

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    Alumina-silica composite films with various Al/Si molar ratios were deposited on Kapton substrate by sol-gel method and their atomic oxygen (AO) erosion resistance was tested in a ground-based AO simulator. The surface morphologies and structures of the composite films were analyzed by scanning electronic microscopy, atomic force microscopy, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results indicate that with increasing the Si content, the film surfaces tend to become smooth from a particle-like morphology of the AlOOH film. The composite films are a diphase structure composed of crystal AlOOH and amorphous SiO2, where Al-O-Si bonds were detected between the two phases. The AO exposure results suggest that the composite films with Al/Si = 1/1 and 1/2 have the best AO erosion resistance. The erosion yield of the coated Kapton decreases to 2.4 x 10-26 cm3|atom-1, two orders of magnitude less than the value of 3.0 x 10-24 cm3|atom-1 of pristine Kapton. Unlike the silica film, no crack was observed in the composite films during AO exposure. However, the micro-pores in the composite films with lower Si content become the path of AO eroding Kapton substrate. As the Si content increases, the composite films provide excellent AO protection for Kapton substrate. This is due to the good toughness and densification of the composite films

  4. The resistive switching memory of CoFe2O4 thin film using nanoporous alumina template

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    Jiang, Changjun; Wu, Lei; Wei, WenWen; Dong, Chunhui; Yao, Jinli

    2014-01-01

    A novel conductive process for resistive random access memory cells is investigated based on nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide template. Bipolar resistive switching characteristic is clearly observed in CoFe2O4 thin film. Stable and repeatable resistive switching behavior is acquired at the same time. On the basis of conductive filament model, possible generation mechanisms for the resistive switching behaviors are discussed intensively. Besides, the magnetic properties of samples (before an...

  5. Electrodeposited porous metal oxide films with interconnected nanoparticles applied as anode of lithium ion battery

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    Highlights: • Highly porous NiO film is prepared by a co-electrodeposition method. • Porous NiO film is composed of interconnected nanoparticles. • Porous structure is favorable for fast ion/electron transfer. • Porous NiO film shows good lithium ion storage properties. - Abstract: Controllable synthesis of porous metal oxide films is highly desirable for high-performance electrochemical devices. In this work, a highly porous NiO film composed of interconnected nanoparticles is prepared by a simple co-electrodeposition method. The nanoparticles in the NiO film have a size ranging from 30 to 100 nm and construct large-quantity pores of 20–120 nm. As an anode material for lithium ion batteries, the highly porous NiO film electrode delivers a high discharge capacity of 700 mA h g−1 at 0.2 C, as well as good high-rate performance. After 100 cycles at 0.2 C, a specific capacitance of 517 mA h g−1 is attained. The good electrochemical performance is attributed to the interconnected porous structure, which facilitates the diffusion of ion and electron, and provides large reaction surface area leading to improved performance

  6. Anodically synthesized titania films for lithium batteries: Effect of titanium substrate and surface treatment

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    A number of titania films have been produced through anodising high purity titanium from different suppliers in either the as-received state or following polishing and etching. Anodising was carried out galvanostatically for a period of 10 min in 0.2 M H2SO4. The performance of the films was then evaluated as potential anode materials for lithium batteries. Raman spectroscopy showed these films had spectra characteristic of anatase with the presence of some rutile whilst the spectra of the lithiated state was characteristic of the orthorhombic phase of LixTiO2. The surface condition in particular was found to have an effect on the electrochemical performance and properties of the films most notably on capacity fade. Whilst the electrodes produced from as-received titanium demonstrated stable cycle capacities after the initial few cycles, those on polished and etched substrates faded over 50 cycles. The best performing films offered a capacity of at least ∼48 μAh cm-2 over the 50 cycles. All the electrodes examined however did show signs of the film having being damaged as a result of electrochemical cycling. With the wide range of anodising parameters that can be altered there is considerable scope for optimising the electrochemical performance of films produced through such a technique.

  7. Electrodeposited porous metal oxide films with interconnected nanoparticles applied as anode of lithium ion battery

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    Xiao, Anguo, E-mail: hixiaoanguo@126.com; Zhou, Shibiao; Zuo, Chenggang; Zhuan, Yongbing; Ding, Xiang

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Highly porous NiO film is prepared by a co-electrodeposition method. • Porous NiO film is composed of interconnected nanoparticles. • Porous structure is favorable for fast ion/electron transfer. • Porous NiO film shows good lithium ion storage properties. - Abstract: Controllable synthesis of porous metal oxide films is highly desirable for high-performance electrochemical devices. In this work, a highly porous NiO film composed of interconnected nanoparticles is prepared by a simple co-electrodeposition method. The nanoparticles in the NiO film have a size ranging from 30 to 100 nm and construct large-quantity pores of 20–120 nm. As an anode material for lithium ion batteries, the highly porous NiO film electrode delivers a high discharge capacity of 700 mA h g{sup −1} at 0.2 C, as well as good high-rate performance. After 100 cycles at 0.2 C, a specific capacitance of 517 mA h g{sup −1} is attained. The good electrochemical performance is attributed to the interconnected porous structure, which facilitates the diffusion of ion and electron, and provides large reaction surface area leading to improved performance.

  8. Deposition of alumina thin film by dual magnetron sputtering: Is it γ-Al2O3?

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    Alumina thin films were deposited by reactive dual magnetron sputtering at 550 °C on cemented carbide substrates. A Young’s modulus of 315 GPa and a Vickers hardness of 2348 were determined by nanoindentation and were compared to reference materials. The crystal structure of such films is usually referred to as γ-Al2O3; however, the crystal structure of cubic γ-Al2O3 is not well defined, not even for bulk materials. The alumina grain size of the films was about 50 nm as measured by dark-field imaging in a transmission electron microscope. The energy-filtered electron diffraction patterns were segmented: one part showed an amorphous intensity distribution, not known for γ-Al2O3, the other part contained reflections arranged in rings, the brightest of which had lattice spacings of the (4 0 0) and (4 4 0) reflections of γ-Al2O3. Therefore, the structure of the thin films is referred to as pseudo γ-Al2O3. This nomenclature expresses that this phase is different from γ-Al2O3 but among the Al2O3 phases is most closely related to this phase. Differences between the two crystal structures are highlighted and discussed with respect to lattice spacings, intensities of the various reflections, chemical composition and other physical properties. The pseudo γ-Al2O3 films contained an Al/Ar mole fraction ratio of about 17 as determined by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.

  9. ATOMIC LAYER DEPOSITION OF TITANIUM OXIDE THIN FILMS ONNANOPOROUS ALUMINA TEMPLATES FOR MEDICAL APPLICATIONS

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    Brigmon, R.

    2009-05-05

    Nanostructured materials may play a significant role in controlled release of pharmacologic agents for treatment of cancer. Many nanoporous polymer materials are inadequate for use in drug delivery. Nanoporous alumina provides several advantages over other materials for use in controlled drug delivery and other medical applications. Atomic layer deposition was used to coat all the surfaces of the nanoporous alumina membrane in order to reduce the pore size in a controlled manner. Both the 20 nm and 100 nm titanium oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes did not exhibit statistically lower viability compared to the uncoated nanoporous alumina membrane control materials. In addition, 20 nm pore size titanium oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes exposed to ultraviolet light demonstrated activity against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Nanostructured materials prepared using atomic layer deposition may be useful for delivering a pharmacologic agent at a precise rate to a specific location in the body. These materials may serve as the basis for 'smart' drug delivery devices, orthopedic implants, or self-sterilizing medical devices.

  10. Effect of crystallographic orientation on the anodic formation of nanoscale pores/tubes in TiO2 films

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    Self-organized nanopores and nanotubes have been produced in thin films of titanium (Ti) prepared using filtered cathodic vacuum arc (FCVA), DC- and RF-sputter deposition systems. The anodization process was performed using a neutral electrolyte containing fluoride ions with an applied potential between 2 and 20 V (for clarity the results are only presented for 5 V). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques were used to characterise the films. It was found that the crystallographic orientation of the Ti films played a significant role in determining whether pores or tubes were formed during the anodic etching process.

  11. Sn–Al core–shell nanocomposite as thin film anode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Wei, Lin; Zhang, Kai; Tao, Zhanliang, E-mail: taozhl@nankai.edu.cn; Chen, Jun

    2015-09-25

    Highlights: • Sn (core)–Al (shell) nanocomposite thin film is prepared by magnetron sputtering method. • The effect of Al on the structure and electrochemical performance has been investigated. • Improved electrochemical performance is obtained. - Abstract: In this paper, we report on the preparation of Sn (core)–Al (shell) nanocomposite thin films by co-sputtering Sn target and Al target, and their application as anode of lithium-ion batteries. Instrumental analyses of X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscope have been used to characterize the structure and morphology. The results reveal that the thin film is composed of core–shell structure with Sn nanoparticle core and Al amorphous shell. Furthermore, measurements of charge–discharge, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy have been employed to characterize the electrochemical performance of Sn–Al film. The Sn–Al thin film with 18 wt% Al delivers high capacities of 822, 460 and 313 mA h g{sup −1} in the second 2nd, 60th and 200th cycles, respectively. Meanwhile, a discharge capacity of 420 mA h g{sup −1} is obtained at 3000 mA g{sup −1}. The excellent electrochemistry performance is owing to the core–shell structure in which Al shell can alleviate the expansion of volume of Sn particles and restrain the aggregation of Sn particles. The results indicate that Sn–Al thin film is a promising anode for lithium-ion batteries.

  12. Sn–Al core–shell nanocomposite as thin film anode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Highlights: • Sn (core)–Al (shell) nanocomposite thin film is prepared by magnetron sputtering method. • The effect of Al on the structure and electrochemical performance has been investigated. • Improved electrochemical performance is obtained. - Abstract: In this paper, we report on the preparation of Sn (core)–Al (shell) nanocomposite thin films by co-sputtering Sn target and Al target, and their application as anode of lithium-ion batteries. Instrumental analyses of X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscope have been used to characterize the structure and morphology. The results reveal that the thin film is composed of core–shell structure with Sn nanoparticle core and Al amorphous shell. Furthermore, measurements of charge–discharge, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy have been employed to characterize the electrochemical performance of Sn–Al film. The Sn–Al thin film with 18 wt% Al delivers high capacities of 822, 460 and 313 mA h g−1 in the second 2nd, 60th and 200th cycles, respectively. Meanwhile, a discharge capacity of 420 mA h g−1 is obtained at 3000 mA g−1. The excellent electrochemistry performance is owing to the core–shell structure in which Al shell can alleviate the expansion of volume of Sn particles and restrain the aggregation of Sn particles. The results indicate that Sn–Al thin film is a promising anode for lithium-ion batteries

  13. Solid Lubricant For Alumina

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    Dellacorte, Christopher; Pepper, Stephen V.; Honecy, Frank S.

    1993-01-01

    Outer layer of silver lubricates, while intermediate layer of titanium ensures adhesion. Lubricating outer films of silver deposited on thin intermediate films of titanium on alumina substrates found to reduce sliding friction and wear. Films provide effective lubrication for ceramic seals, bearings, and other hot sliding components in advanced high-temperature engines.

  14. ``Lithium-free'' thin-film battery with in situ plated Li anode

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    Neudecker, B.J.; Dudney, N.J.; Bates, J.B.

    2000-02-01

    The Li-free thin-film battery with the cell configuration Li diffusion blocking overlayer/Cu/solid lithium electrolyte (Lipon)/LiCoO{sub 2} is activated by in situ plating of metallic Li at the Cu anode current collector during the initial charge. Electrochemical cycling between 4.2 and 3.0 V is demonstrated over 1,000 cycles at 1 mA/cm{sup 2} or over 500 cycles at 5 mA/cm{sup 2}. As corroborated by scanning electron microscopy during electrochemical cycling, the overlayer is imperative for a high cycle stability; otherwise the plated Li rapidly develops a detrimental morphology, and the battery loses most of its capacity within a few cycles. The Li-free thin-film battery retains the high potential of a Li cell while permitting its fabrication in air without the complications of a metallic Li anode. Thus, the Li-free thin-film battery survives solder reflow conditions, simulated by a rapid heating to 250 C for 10 min in air followed by quenching to room temperature, without any signs of degradation.

  15. Process for High-Rate Fabrication of Alumina Nanotemplates

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    Myung, Nosang; Fleurial, Jean-Pierre; Yun, Minhee; West, William; Choi, Daniel

    2007-01-01

    An anodizing process, at an early stage of development at the time of reporting the information for this article, has shown promise as a means of fabricating alumina nanotemplates integrated with silicon wafers. Alumina nanotemplates are basically layers of alumina, typically several microns thick, in which are formed approximately regular hexagonal arrays of holes having typical diameters of the order of 10 to 100 nm. Interest in alumina nanotemplates has grown in recent years because they have been found to be useful as templates in the fabrication of nanoscale magnetic, electronic, optoelectronic, and other devices. The present anodizing process is attractive for the fabrication of alumina nanotemplates integrated with silicon wafers in two respects: (1) the process involves self-ordering of the holes; that is, the holes as formed by the process are spontaneously arranged in approximately regular hexagonal arrays; and (2) the rates of growth (that is, elongation) of the holes are high enough to make the process compatible with other processes used in the mass production of integrated circuits. In preparation for fabrication of alumina nanotemplates in this process, one first uses electron-beam evaporation to deposit thin films of titanium, followed by thin films of aluminum, on silicon wafers. Then the alumina nanotemplates are formed by anodizing the aluminum layers, as described below. In experiments in which the process was partially developed, the titanium films were 200 A thick and the aluminum films were 5 m thick. The aluminum films were oxidized to alumina, and the arrays of holes were formed by anodizing the aluminum in aqueous solutions of sulfuric and/or oxalic acid at room temperature (see figure). The diameters, spacings, and rates of growth of the holes were found to depend, variously, on the composition of the anodizing solution, the applied current, or the applied potential, as follows: In galvanostatically controlled anodizing, regardless of the

  16. One-step hydrothermal crystallization of a layered double hydroxide/alumina bilayer film on aluminum and its corrosion resistance properties.

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    Guo, Xiaoxiao; Xu, Sailong; Zhao, Lili; Lu, Wei; Zhang, Fazhi; Evans, David G; Duan, Xue

    2009-09-01

    A zinc-aluminum layered double hydroxide (ZnAl-LDH)/alumina bilayer film has been fabricated on an aluminum substrate by a one-step hydrothermal crystallization method. The LDH film was uniform and compact. XRD patterns and SEM images showed that the LDH film was highly oriented with the c-axis of the crystallites parallel to the substrate surface. The alumina layer existing between the LDH film and the substrate was formed prior to the LDH during the crystallization process. Polarization measurements showed that the bilayer film exhibited a low corrosion current density value of 10(-8) A/cm(2), which means that the LDH/alumina bilayer film can effectively protect aluminum from corrosion. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) showed that the impedance of the bilayer was 16 MOmega, meaning that the film served as a passive layer with a high charge transfer resistance. The adhesion between the film and the substrate was very strong which enhances its potential for practical application. PMID:19441823

  17. Solid-state electrochromic cell with anodic iridium oxide film electrodes

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    A new solid-state electrochromic cell has been fabricated using an anodic iridium oxide film (AIROF) display electrode. The cell has the symmetric sandwich structure AIROFvertical-barNafionvertical-barAIROF, with the Nafion solid electrolyte opacified by an in situ precipitation technique. A symmetric square-wave voltage of 1.5 V amplitude produces clearly perceivable color changes from pale to dark blue-gray in approx. =1 sec when viewed in diffuse reflection. Good open-circuit optical memory is exhibited:

  18. Porous anodic film formation on an Al-3.5 wt % Cu alloy

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    Páez, M. A.

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available The morphological development of porous anodic films in the initial stages is examined during anodizing an Al-3.5 wt % Cu alloy in phosphoric acid. Using transmission electron microscopy a sequence of ultramicrotomed anodic sections reveals the dynamic evolution of numerous features in the thickening film in the initial stages of anodizing. The morphological changes in the anodic oxide in the initial stages of its formation appears related to the formation of bubbles during film growth. From Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS analysis of the film, the formation of the bubbles is associated with the enrichment of copper in the alloy due to growth of the anodic oxide. On the other hand, during constant current anodizing of Al-Cu in phosphoric acid, the current efficiency is considerably less than that for anodizing superpure aluminium under similar conditions. From the contrasting results between the charge consumed calculated from RBS and the real charge consumed during anodizing, oxygen gas bubbles generation and copper oxidation seem to be of less importance on the low efficiency for film formation. It is apparent that the main cause of losing efficiency for film growth on Al-Cu is associated with generation of oxygen at residual second phase, with the development of stresses in the film and, the consequence of these effects on film cracking during film growth.

    En este trabajo se examinó el desarrollo morfológico de películas anódicas porosas en los estados iniciales de la anodización de una aleación de aluminio Al-3,5 % p/p Cu. La observación de una secuencia de secciones ultramicrotomadas del metal y su película anódica, por microscopía electrónica de transmisión, revela la evolución dinámica de numerosos detalles morfológicos durante los inicios del crecimiento de la película anódica. Los cambios morfológicos en el óxido anódico, en los inicios de su formación, aparecen relacionados a la formación de

  19. Synthesis of mono- and bi-layer MFI zeolite films on macroporous alumina tubular supports: Application to nanofiltration

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    Said, Ali; Limousy, Lionel; Nouali, Habiba; Michelin, Laure; Halawani, Jalal; Toufaily, Joumana; Hamieh, Tayssir; Dutournié, Patrick; Daou, T. Jean

    2015-10-01

    This work is dedicated to the development of MFI-type structure zeolite films (single-layer or bilayer) on the internal layer of a specific macroporous alumina tubular support for nanofiltration applications. The bottom MFI layer was obtained by direct hydrothermal synthesis while a secondary growth method was used for the top MFI layer. A complete characterization of the obtained MFI membranes (single-layer or bilayer) is proposed using various techniques, such as X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, mercury porosimetry and nitrogen sorption measurements. Dense and highly crystallized films of MFI-type structure zeolite were obtained for both single-layer and bilayer MFI films. The total film thickness were around 7.1±0.5 μm and 14.5±1 μm for single-layer and bilayer MFI films respectively. The Si/Al molar ratio of the MFI films varied between 185 and 305 for single-layer and bilayer MFI films respectively. The hydraulic permeability of the tubular MFI membrane was achieved by the filtration of pure water. The hydraulic permeability of the single-layer and bilayer MFI membranes decreased rapidly at the beginning of the conditioning process, and stabilized at 1.08×10-14 m3 m-2 and 1.02×10-15 m3 m-2 after 15 h and the rejection rates of neutral solute (Vb 12) are 10% and 50% for the single-layer and bilayer MFI films respectively.

  20. The Effect of Silane on the Microstructure, Corrosion, and Abrasion Resistances of the Anodic Films on Ti Alloy

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    Wang, Jinwei; Chen, Jiali

    2016-04-01

    Anodic oxide films on Ti-6Al-4V alloy are prepared using sodium hydroxide as the base electrolyte containing aminopropyl trimethoxysilane (APS) as an additive. Some APS undergo hydrolysis, adsorption, and chemical reaction with the TiO x to form Ti-O-Si bond as confirmed by ATR-FTIR and XPS spectra, and in turn their surface appearance and roughness are greatly changed with the addition of APS as observed by their SEM images. These amino anodic films possess much higher corrosive resistances since the formation of Ti-O-Si complex enhances the compactness of the anodic films and the existence of aminopropyl groups inside the pores provides additional blocking effects. Besides, their improvement in anti-abrasive capability is attributed to the toughening effect of the chemically bonded silanes and the lubrication functions from both the chemically bonded and physically absorbed silanes between the touched interfaces.

  1. In Situ Carbonized Cellulose-Based Hybrid Film as Flexible Paper Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Cao, Shaomei; Feng, Xin; Song, Yuanyuan; Liu, Hongjiang; Miao, Miao; Fang, Jianhui; Shi, Liyi

    2016-01-20

    Flexible free-standing carbonized cellulose-based hybrid film is integrately designed and served both as paper anode and as lightweight current collector for lithium-ion batteries. The well-supported heterogeneous nanoarchitecture is constructed from Li4Ti5O12 (LTO), carbonized cellulose nanofiber (C-CNF) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) using by a pressured extrusion papermaking method followed by in situ carbonization under argon atmospheres. The in situ carbonization of CNF/CNT hybrid film immobilized with uniform-dispersed LTO results in a dramatic improvement in the electrical conductivity and specific surface area, so that the carbonized paper anode exhibits extraordinary rate and cycling performance compared to the paper anode without carbonization. The flexible, lightweight, single-layer cellulose-based hybrid films after carbonization can be utilized as promising electrode materials for high-performance, low-cost, and environmentally friendly lithium-ion batteries. PMID:26727586

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

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

  3. Preparation of open-through anodized aluminium oxide films with a clean method

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    AAO membranes were detached from Al substrates via an anodic voltage pulse using aqueous HClO4 solution without any organic reagents. Previous studies used a mixture of HClO4(aq) and 2,3-butanedione or methanol. However, 2,3-butanedione has a strong disagreeable odour, methanol is harmful, and the oxidized products of organic reagents contaminate the AAO template. Eliminating organic reagents makes the detachment process easy and clean, with great potential for the mass fabrication and application of AAO films. The voltage and acidity are critical factors in obtaining open-through AAO films. We propose a mechanism for the detachment process, consistent with our experimental results

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

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

  5. Effect of anodic oxide films on low temperature mechanical behavior of niobium single crystals

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    The effect of thin (less than or equal to 1500 A) anodic oxide films on the mechanical behavior of single crystals of niobium at low temperatures (T less than or equal to 0.15 T/sub M/) was investigated. Oxide films affect mechanical behavior in two ways: the yield stress is reduced and the stress-strain curves are serrated over an appreciable range of strains. When oxide-coated specimens are also prestrained into stage I at 3000K, the serrations observed at low temperatures disappear, the flow stress is further reduced, the ductility is increased, and a three-stage work hardening behavior occurs. A model involving generation and motion of nonscrew dislocations from the oxide-metal interface is used to explain the results

  6. Effects of benzotriazole on anodized film formed on AZ31B magnesium alloy in environmental-friendly electrolyte

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    An environmental-friendly electrolyte of silicate and borate, which contained an addition agent of 1H-benzotriazole (BTA) with low toxicity (LD50 of 965 mg/kg), was used to prepare an anodized film on AZ31B magnesium alloy under the constant current density of 1.5 A/dm2 at room temperature. Effects of BTA on the properties of the anodized film were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersion spectrometry (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), loss weight measurement, potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), respectively. The results demonstrated that anodized growth process, surface morphology, thickness, phase structure and corrosion resistance of the anodized film were strongly dependant on the BTA concentration, which might be attributed to the formation of an BTA adsorption layer on magnesium substrate surface. When the BTA concentration was 5 g/L in the electrolyte, a compact and thick anodized film could provide excellent corrosion resistance for AZ31B magnesium alloy.

  7. Enhanced tribological behavior of anodic films containing SiC and PTFE nanoparticles on Ti6Al4V alloy

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    Li, Songmei, E-mail: songmei_li@buaa.edu.cn; Zhu, Mengqi; Liu, Jianhua; Yu, Mei; Wu, Liang; Zhang, Jindan; Liang, Hongxing

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • An environmental friendly sodium tartrate (C{sub 4}O{sub 6}H{sub 4}Na{sub 2}) electrolyte is used. • SiC and PTFE nanoparticles reduce friction coefficient of composite films. • SiC and PTFE nanoparticles demonstrate a favorable synergistic effect on improving tribological properties of composite films. • Lubricating mechanisms of SiC and PTFE nanoparticles are discussed. - Abstract: Anodic films containing SiC and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) nanoparticles were successfully fabricated on Ti6Al4V alloy by using anodic oxidation method in an environmental friendly electrolyte. The morphology, structure and composition of the films were studied with the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS). The results showed that the film contained a layered structure and have a surface full of petaloid bulges, which was totally different from the common anodic oxide film of the porous kind. The tribological properties of the films were investigated with dry friction tests in terms of the friction coefficient, wear rate and the morphology of worn surfaces. The results indicated that the SiC/PTFE composite film exhibited much better anti-wear and anti-friction performances than that of the SiC composite film, the PTFE composite film and the ordinary film without nanoparticles. The SiC/PTFE composite film has friction coefficient of 0.1 and wear rate of 20.133 mg/m, which was decreased respectively by 80% and 44.5% compared with that of the ordinary film. The lubricating mechanisms of the composite film containing SiC and PTFE nanoparticles were discussed. PTFE nanoparticles could lead to the formation of lubricating layer while SiC nanoparticles inside the lubricating layer turned sliding friction to rolling friction.

  8. Enhanced tribological behavior of anodic films containing SiC and PTFE nanoparticles on Ti6Al4V alloy

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    Highlights: • An environmental friendly sodium tartrate (C4O6H4Na2) electrolyte is used. • SiC and PTFE nanoparticles reduce friction coefficient of composite films. • SiC and PTFE nanoparticles demonstrate a favorable synergistic effect on improving tribological properties of composite films. • Lubricating mechanisms of SiC and PTFE nanoparticles are discussed. - Abstract: Anodic films containing SiC and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) nanoparticles were successfully fabricated on Ti6Al4V alloy by using anodic oxidation method in an environmental friendly electrolyte. The morphology, structure and composition of the films were studied with the scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS). The results showed that the film contained a layered structure and have a surface full of petaloid bulges, which was totally different from the common anodic oxide film of the porous kind. The tribological properties of the films were investigated with dry friction tests in terms of the friction coefficient, wear rate and the morphology of worn surfaces. The results indicated that the SiC/PTFE composite film exhibited much better anti-wear and anti-friction performances than that of the SiC composite film, the PTFE composite film and the ordinary film without nanoparticles. The SiC/PTFE composite film has friction coefficient of 0.1 and wear rate of 20.133 mg/m, which was decreased respectively by 80% and 44.5% compared with that of the ordinary film. The lubricating mechanisms of the composite film containing SiC and PTFE nanoparticles were discussed. PTFE nanoparticles could lead to the formation of lubricating layer while SiC nanoparticles inside the lubricating layer turned sliding friction to rolling friction

  9. Light-weight free-standing carbon nanotube-silicon films for anodes of lithium ion batteries.

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    Cui, Li-Feng; Hu, Liangbing; Choi, Jang Wook; Cui, Yi

    2010-07-27

    Silicon is an attractive alloy-type anode material because of its highest known capacity (4200 mAh/g). However, lithium insertion into and extraction from silicon are accompanied by a huge volume change, up to 300%, which induces a strong strain on silicon and causes pulverization and rapid capacity fading due to the loss of the electrical contact between part of silicon and current collector. Si nanostructures such as nanowires, which are chemically and electrically bonded to the current collector, can overcome the pulverization problem, however, the heavy metal current collectors in these systems are larger in weight than Si active material. Herein we report a novel anode structure free of heavy metal current collectors by integrating a flexible, conductive carbon nanotube (CNT) network into a Si anode. The composite film is free-standing and has a structure similar to the steel bar reinforced concrete, where the infiltrated CNT network functions as both mechanical support and electrical conductor and Si as a high capacity anode material for Li-ion battery. Such free-standing film has a low sheet resistance of approximately 30 Ohm/sq. It shows a high specific charge storage capacity (approximately 2000 mAh/g) and a good cycling life, superior to pure sputtered-on silicon films with similar thicknesses. Scanning electron micrographs show that Si is still connected by the CNT network even when small breaking or cracks appear in the film after cycling. The film can also "ripple up" to release the strain of a large volume change during lithium intercalation. The conductive composite film can function as both anode active material and current collector. It offers approximately 10 times improvement in specific capacity compared with widely used graphite/copper anode sheets. PMID:20518567

  10. Light-Weight Free-Standing Carbon Nanotube-Silicon Films for Anodes of Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Cui, Li-Feng

    2010-07-27

    Silicon is an attractive alloy-type anode material because of its highest known capacity (4200 mAh/g). However, lithium insertion into and extraction from silicon are accompanied by a huge volume change, up to 300%, which induces a strong strain on silicon and causes pulverization and rapid capacity fading due to the loss of the electrical contact between part of silicon and current collector. Si nanostructures such as nanowires, which are chemically and electrically bonded to the current collector, can overcome the pulverization problem, however, the heavy metal current collectors in these systems are larger in weight than Si active material. Herein we report a novel anode structure free of heavy metal current collectors by integrating a flexible, conductive carbon nanotube (CNT) network into a Si anode. The composite film is free-standing and has a structure similar to the steel bar reinforced concrete, where the infiltrated CNT network functions as both mechanical support and electrical conductor and Si as a high capacity anode material for Li-ion battery. Such free-standing film has a low sheet resistance of ∼30 Ohm/sq. It shows a high specific charge storage capacity (∼2000 mAh/g) and a good cycling life, superior to pure sputtered-on silicon films with similar thicknesses. Scanning electron micrographs show that Si is still connected by the CNT network even when small breaking or cracks appear in the film after cycling. The film can also "ripple up" to release the strain of a large volume change during lithium intercalation. The conductive composite film can function as both anode active material and current collector. It offers ∼10 times improvement in specific capacity compared with widely used graphite/copper anode sheets. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of electrochromic plate-like tungsten oxide films by acidic treatment of electrochemical anodized tungsten

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    Highlights: • Plate-like WO3·2H2O films were prepared by electrochemical anodization followed by acidic treatment. • The enhanced electrochromic properties of the films were caused by their high surface area. • The WO3 films demonstrated electrochemical stability after the first 100 cycles. - Abstract: Tungsten films on ITO glass were anodized into a porous amorphous WO3 film morphology at 60 V. The follow-up acidic treatment of the anodized WO3 films in H2SO4 solution transformed the morphology into plate-like WO3·2H2O. Glancing incident X-ray diffraction and Raman scattering spectra indicated that the growth of plate-like WO3·2H2O films was caused by a dissolution–precipitation reaction in H2SO4 solution. The plate-like WO3·2H2O transformed into monoclinic WO3 by dehydration at 400 °C, and it collapsed into a dense particle-like one at 500 °C due to the strain of dehydration. Due to its highly porous plate-like morphology, the 400 °C-annealed WO3 film has the highest optical modulation of 52% and coloration efficiency of 71 cm2/C at 633 nm

  12. Composition, structure and electrical properties of alumina barrier layers grown in fluoride-containing oxalic acid solutions

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    Jagminas, A. [Institute of Chemistry, A. Gostauto 9, LT-01108 Vilnius (Lithuania)], E-mail: jagmin@ktl.mii.lt; Vrublevsky, I. [Department of Microelectricals, Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectricals, 6 Brovka Street, Minsk 220013 (Belarus); Kuzmarskyte, J.; Jasulaitiene, V. [Institute of Chemistry, A. Gostauto 9, LT-01108 Vilnius (Lithuania)

    2008-04-15

    The composition, structure and electrical properties of alumina barrier layers grown by anodic oxidation in F{sup -}-containing (FC) and F{sup -}-free (FF) oxalic acid solutions were studied using the re-anodizing/dissolution technique, Fourier-transformed infrared and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. These results confirmed formation in FC anodizing solutions of films structurally different from ones grown in FF oxalic acid baths. It was found that the barrier layer of FC alumina films is composed of two layers differing in the dissolution rate. These differences are related to the formation in the FC electrolyte of a barrier layer composed of a more microporous outer part and a thin, non-porous and non-scalloped inner part consisting of aluminum oxide and aluminum fluoride.

  13. Pulsed magnetron sputtering of alumina films: crystalline phases at low temperatures

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    Medium-frequency-pulsed reactive magnetron sputtering was used to deposit transparent alumina layers of about 5 microns thickness onto X10CrA124 steel substrates.Substrate temperature, plasma density and bias voltage were varied to show their influence on the structure and properties of the deposited alumina layers. At high plasma densities already in the temperature region below 500 deg C partially crystalline γ-Al2O3 was found. With the occurrence of this phase the hardness of the layers increased drastically, from 10 GPa, the value for amorphous alumina, to about 19 GPa. At substrate temperatures above 700 deg C most of the layers completely consist of α-Al2O3 and reach the hardness of the bulk material (corundum: 22 GPa). The variation of plasma density impressively demonstrated the possibility to replace the thermal activation of the reactive deposition of crystalline Al2O3 by a plasma-induced one. (author). 8 refs., 2 figs., 1 photo

  14. Facile synthesis of multilayer-like Si thin film as high-performance anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Wang, Mingxu; Geng, Zhongrong

    2016-05-01

    For the silicon anodes in lithium-ion batteries, it is well known that the enormous volumetric expansion/contraction is also the mainly reason for the capacity fading. In this manuscript, a new kind of Si thin films was prepared with a radio frequency magnetron sputtering method. By using a periodic modulation negative bias on the substrate, a density-modulated multilayer-like silicon thin films with different layer densities were used as anode materials of lithium-ion batteries, and which displayed a high capacity and stable cycling performances. The reason for the charming electrochemical performances may be owned to the particular density modulated microstructure of the Si thin films. It is conjectured that the lower density can as compliant layers and which provided the volume for the higher-density layer expansion in the process of the lithiation/delithiation. In contrast to the conventional silicon anodes, the density modulated microstructure in this work could exploit a new approach to silicon thin-film anode materials with outstanding electrochemical properties and mechanical stability. And these reports may be provide a new way to prepare the Si thin films for the high-energy, safe, and low-cost batteries.

  15. Preparation and characterization of superhydrophobic surfaces based on hexamethyldisilazane-modified nanoporous alumina

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    Sanli Deniz

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Superhydrophobic nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (alumina surfaces were prepared using treatment with vapor-phase hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS. Nanoporous alumina substrates were first made using a two-step anodization process. Subsequently, a repeated modification procedure was employed for efficient incorporation of the terminal methyl groups of HMDS to the alumina surface. Morphology of the surfaces was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, showing hexagonally ordered circular nanopores with approximately 250 nm in diameter and 300 nm of interpore distances. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy-attenuated total reflectance analysis showed the presence of chemically bound methyl groups on the HMDS-modified nanoporous alumina surfaces. Wetting properties of these surfaces were characterized by measurements of the water contact angle which was found to reach 153.2 ± 2°. The contact angle values on HMDS-modified nanoporous alumina surfaces were found to be significantly larger than the average water contact angle of 82.9 ± 3° on smooth thin film alumina surfaces that underwent the same HMDS modification steps. The difference between the two cases was explained by the Cassie-Baxter theory of rough surface wetting.

  16. Fe-30Ni-5NiO alloy as inert anode for low-temperature aluminum electrolysis

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    Zhu, Yuping; He, Yedong; Wang, Deren

    2011-05-01

    Fe-30Ni-5NiO alloy anodes were prepared by a spark plasma sintering process for aluminum electrolysis. NiO nano-particles with the size of ˜20 nm were dispersed in the anodes. The oxidation behaviors of the anodes were investigated at 800°C and 850°C, respectively. The electrolysis corrosion behaviors were tested in a cryolite-alumina electrolyte at a low temperature of 800°C with anodic current densities of ˜0.5 A/cm2. The results indicated that the oxidation kinetic of the anodes followed a parabolic law. A continuous Fe2O3 film selectively formed on the surface of the anode during the electrolysis process. A semi-continuous Al2O3 layer was observed at oxide film/alloy interface, probably caused by an in-situ chemical dissolution process.

  17. Mathematical modeling of sustainability of porous Al2O3 growth during two-stage anodization process

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    Aryslanova, Elizaveta M.; Alfimov, Anton V.; Chivilikhin, Sergey A.

    2015-06-01

    Currently, due to the development of nanotechnology and metamaterials, it has become important to obtain regular nanoporous structures with different parameters, such as porous anodic alumina films that are used for synthesis of various nanocomposites. In this work we consider the motion of the interfaces between electrolyte and alumina layers, and between alumina and aluminum layers. We also took into account the dynamics of moving boundaries and the change of small perturbations of these boundaries. Each area under Laplace's equation is solved for the potential of the electric field. The growth of porous alumina is described with the theory of small perturbations. Small perturbations of the interface are considered, which lead to small changes in potential and current in the boundaries. As a result of the developed model we obtained the minimum distance between centers of aluminum oxide pores in the beginning of anodizing process and the wavelength of porous structure irregularities.

  18. Growth characterization of anodic film on AZ91D magnesium alloy in an electrolyte of Na2SiO3 and KF

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    Weiping Li; Liqun Zhu; Yihong Li; Bo Zhao

    2006-01-01

    Anodization of AZ91D magnesium alloy in the electrolyte solution of 0.5 mol/L of sodium silicate and 1.0 mol/L of potassium fluoride was investigated. The anodic films were characterized using optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The corrosion resistance of the various anodized alloys was evaluated by a fast corrosion test using the solution of hydrochloric acid and potassium dichromate. The results showed that the addition of KF resulted in the presence of NaF in the anodic film. The thickness of the anodic film formed under a constant current density of 20 mA/cm2 for 16 min at 60℃ exceeded 100 μm. The growth of the anodic film could be divided into three stages based on the anodizing time; the growth rate was much faster during stage Ⅱ than in stages Ⅰ and Ⅲ. The anodic film exhibited the highest corrosion resistance for the AZ91 alloy,which is attributed to the fact that the anodization was maintained until the end of stage Ⅱ.

  19. Counting electrons transferred through a thin alumina film into Au chains

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    N. Nilius, N.; Ganduglia-Pirovano, M.; Brázdová, V.; Kulawik, M.; Sauer, J; Freund, H

    2008-01-01

    Low-temperature STM measurements combined with density functional theory calculations are employed to study the adsorption of gold on alumina/NiAl(110). The binding of Au monomers involves breaking of an oxide Al-O bond below the adatom and stabilizing the hence undercoordinated O ion by forming a new bond to an Al atom in the NiAl. The adsorption implies negative charging of the adatom. The linear arrangement of favorable binding sites induces the self-organization of Au atoms into chains. F...

  20. ANODIC STRIPPING VOLTAMMETRY AT A MERCURY FILM ELECTRODE: BASELINE CONCENTRATIONS OF CADMIUM, LEAD, AND COPPER IN SELECTED NATURAL WATERS

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    A simple, rapid, and inexpensive anodic stripping voltammetric method with a mercury thin film electrode is reported for the establishment of baseline concentrations of cadmium, lead, and copper in natural waters. The procedure for routine surface preparation of wax-impregnated g...

  1. TiO2 nanotube formation by Ti film anodization and their transport properties for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Iraj, M.; Kolahdouz, M.; Asl-Soleimani, E.; Esmaeili, E.; Kolahdouz Esfahani, Z.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we present the synthesis of TiO2 nanotube (NT) arrays formed by anodization of Ti film deposited on a fluorine-doped tin oxide-coated glass substrate by direct current magnetron sputtering. NH4F/ethylene glycol electrolyte was used to demonstrate the growth of stable nanotubes at room

  2. Repairing of anodic oxide films on Al-Zn alloy coated steel after removal with photon rupture in solutions

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    Analysis of abrupt destroyed of passive oxide films on Al - Zn alloy layer coated on steel and its repair is important to understand the localized corrosion of steels. In the present investigation, anodic oxide films formed on Al - Zn coated steel specimens were removed by photon rupture method (one pulse of focused pulsed Nb - YAG laser beam irradiation) aat a constant potential in sodium borate solutions, pH = 9.2, with / without chloride ions to monitor the current transient. Irradiation with a pulsed laser in solutions causes abrupt removal of the anodic oxide film on the specimen at the laser-irradiated area. Without chloride ions, oxide films were reformed in the sodium borate solution at - 0.5 to 1 V after removal of the anodic oxide film, However, in chloride ions containing solutions, pitting corrosion of Zn - 55 mass % Al coated layers occurs at high potentials, while film reformation occurs at low potentials. It was also found that chloride ions enhance dissolution of aluminum and zinc at the very initial period after laser irradiation

  3. Wear Resistance of Anodic Titanium Dioxide Films Produced on Ti-6Al-4V Alloy

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    María Laura Vera

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Ti-6Al-4V alloy with TiO2 coating is the most commonly selected material to construct an aortic heart valve. Wear resistance is the main mechanical property to be evaluated for this purpose. In this paper, the wear resistance of TiO2 thin films obtained by anodic oxidation of Ti-6Al-4V is evaluated. Anodic oxidation was performed at 20 V to 70 V with a H2SO4 1 M electrolyte. The samples were thermally treated at 500°C for 1 h, and crystalline phases of TiO2 were obtained. The wear was performed in a ball-on-flat recip‐ rocating machine with a range of loads from 1 gf to 4 gf and times between 60 s and 1200 s, using a diamond sphere as counterface. The counterface oscillates at 0.5 Hz and 4 mm in amplitude. The wear is measured using a profilometer and is calculated as the worn volume. The wear resistance of the coated samples is larger than the substrate, and increases with thickness and with crystalline coating.

  4. Monitoring Volumetric Changes in Silicon Thin-Film Anodes through In Situ Optical Diffraction Microscopy.

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    Duay, Jonathon; Schroder, Kjell W; Murugesan, Sankaran; Stevenson, Keith J

    2016-07-13

    A high-resolution in situ spectroelectrochemical optical diffraction experiment has been developed to understand the volume expansion/contraction process of amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin-film anodes. Electrodes consisting of 1D transmissive gratings of silicon have been produced through photolithographic methods. After glovebox assembly in a home-built Teflon cell, monitoring of the diffraction efficiency of these gratings during the lithiation/delithiation process is performed using an optical microscope equipped with a Bertrand lens. When the diffraction efficiency along with optical constants obtained from in situ spectroscopic ellipsometry is utilized, volume changes of the active materials can be deduced. Unlike transmission electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy characterization methods of observing silicon's volume expansion, this experiment allows for real-time monitoring of the volume change at charge/discharge cycles greater than just the first few along with an experimental environment that directly mimics that of a real battery. This technique shows promising results that provide needed insight into understanding the lithium alloying reaction and subsequent induced capacity fade during the cycling of alloying anodes in lithium-ion batteries. PMID:27311132

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

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

    2003-01-01

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

  6. Analysis on porous aluminum anodic oxide film formed in Re-OA-H3PO4 solution

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    An anodic porous film on aluminum was prepared in a mixed electrolyte of phosphoric acid and organic acid and cerium salt. The growth, morphology and chemical composition of the film were investigated. The results indicate that the growth of porous layers in this solution undergo three stages during anodizing, as in other conventional solution, while the whole growth rate is nonlinear. This electrolyte is sensitive to anodizing temperature, which affects current density in great degree. SEM indicates the surface morphology of film is strongly dependent on temperature and current density and its cross-section has two distinct oxide layers. Al, O and P are found in the film with different distribution in the two layers with EPMA. However, Ce has been detected on the outer surface with EDAX. XPS analysis on the electron binding energy of the component elements show the chemical composition of oxide film surface are Al2O3, Ce(OH) and some phosphates. The formation mechanics of Ce compound is also deduced

  7. Fabrication and characterization of anodic oxide films on a Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al titanium alloy

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    Jian-hua Liu; Jun-lan Yi; Song-mei Li; Mei Yu; Yong-zhen Xu

    2009-01-01

    Anodic oxide films of the titanium alloy Ti-10V-2Fe-3Al in ammonium tartrate electrolyte without hydrofluoric acid or fluoride were fabricated.The morphology,components,and microstructure of the films were characterized by scanning electron mi-croscopy (SEM),X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS),X-ray diffraction (XRD),and Raman spectroscopy.The results showed that the films were thick,uniform,and nontransparent.Such films exhibited sedimentary morphology,with a thickness of about 3 μm,and the pore diameters of the deposits ranged from several hundred nanometers to 1.5 μm.The films were mainly titanium dioxide.Some coke-like deposits,which may contain or be changed by OH,NH,C-C,C-O,and C=O groups,were doped in the firms.The films were mainly amorphous with a small amount of anatase and rutile phase.

  8. Effects of laminating and co-firing conditions on the performance of anode-supported Ce0.8Sm0.201.9 film electrolyte

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    Li X.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to evaluate the laminating and co-firing technique on the performance of anode-supported Ce0.8Sm0.2O1.9 (SDC film electrolyte and its single cell, NiO-YSZ and NiOSDC anode-supported SDC film electrolytes were fabricated by laminating 24 sheets of anode plus one sheet of electrolyte and co-firing. La0.4Sr0.6Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ (LSCF-SDC cathode was coated on the SDC electrolytes to form a single cell. The lamination was tried at different laminating temperatures and pressures and the co-firing was carried out at different temperatures. The results showed that the laminating temperature should above the glass transition temperature (Tg of the binder. The laminating pressure of 70 MPa resulted in warp of the samples. The best co-firing temperature of the anode-supported SDC film electrolyte was 1400°C. The SDC film electrolyte formed well adherence to the anode. The NiO-YSZ anode had larger flexural strength than the NiO-SDC anode. The NiO-YSZ anode-supported SDC film electrolyte single cell had an open circuit voltage of 0.803 V and a maximum power density of 93.03 mW/cm2 with hydrogen as fuel at 800°C.

  9. Influence of ethanol content in the precursor solution on anodic electrodeposited CeO2 thin films

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    Ceria thin films have been anodically deposited onto 316L stainless steel in bath solutions containing different volume ratios of ethanol (0, 10, 40, 70 and 100% v/v). The influence of ethanol content on the electroplating behavior, and the structural and corrosion properties of the cerium oxide films were studied with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, ellipsometry, X-ray diffraction, and Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Results show that ethanol content plays a significant role on the properties of the deposited ceria films but negligible effect on their electroplating behavior. The as-deposited films are mostly in the Ce(IV) oxidation state and the stoichiometry is around CeO1.90 for all samples. With the increase of ethanol content from 0 to 100% v/v, the average grain diameter and film thickness of the obtained ceria film decrease from 16.8 nm to 11.1 nm and from 32.9 nm to 15.8 nm, respectively. Using a deposition bath solution containing 10% v/v ethanol, a layer of compacted yellowish gold ceria film with the minimum porosity of 19.9%, mean crystalline diameter of 15.4 nm, and maximum corrosion resistance of 3.31 × 10−5 Ω has been obtained. - Highlights: • Ethanol plays a negligible effect on ceria film anodic electroplating behavior. • Average grain diameter and thickness of the film decrease with the ethanol addition. • Appropriate amount of ethanol can markedly improve the film quality. • Film color changes gradually with increasing ethanol addition into deposition bath. • Nanocrystalline CeO1.90 films of golden yellowish have been obtained

  10. 多孔阳极氧化铝的化学修饰及其应用于过氧化氢的测定%Chemical Modification of Porous Anodic Alumina and Application in Detection of Hydrogen Peroxide

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    徐国荣; 唐安平

    2011-01-01

    A new hydrogen peroxide electrochemical biosensor was fabricated through adsorbed cytochrome C in porous anodic alumina chemically modified. The barrier layer at the bottom of the porous anodic alumina was erased by chemical and electrochemical erosion. The Au nano particles were deposited in porous anodic alumina by two-step electroless deposition, and then the cytochrome C was immobilization on Nano Au bed in solution including L-cyste-ine through self-assembled technology. Then a new hydrogen peroxide biosensor was fabricated. The electrochemical and electro catalytic behavior of the cytochrome C electrode was characterized by cyclic voltammetry and chrono-amperometry. The cytochrome C electrode showed a pair of stable and well-defined peaks at about -50 mV and -190 mV at 80 mV/s in pH 7.0 PBS and displayed excellent electro catalytic responses to the reduction of hydrogen peroxide with linear relationship over a concentration range from 1.5xl0-5 mol/L to 4. 8xl0-4 mol/L,and a detection limit of 3.5 x10-6 mol/L( S/N = 3). The results of this study reveal porous anodic alumina chemically modified could be used for the design of biosensors with good operational lifetimes.%多孔阳极氧化铝经化学修饰后吸附细胞色素C,制备了过氧化氢生物传感器电极。多孔阳极氧化铝通过电化学和化学腐蚀阻挡层后,用两步无电沉积方法制备了纳米金修饰的多孔阳极氧化铝电极,再在含有L-半胱氨酸的细胞色素C的溶液中通过吸附制备细胞色素C电极。用循环伏安法和计时电流法测试细胞色素C电极的电化学性能及催化对过氧化氢的还原。结果表明,包覆的细胞色素C电极显示较好的稳定性,在扫描速度为80 mV/s时于-50 mV、-190mV附近出现一对稳定的氧化还原峰。该电极对过氧化氢具有良好的电催化还原性能,在1.5×10-5mol/L~4.8×10-4 mol/L浓度范围内,电流与浓度呈良好的线性关系。多孔阳极氧化铝

  11. 多孔氧化铝膜上自组织生长Sn纳米点阵列的研究%Spontaneous formation of ordered Sn nanodot array on porous anodic alumina membrane

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    黄丽清; 潘华强; 王军; 童慧敏; 朱可; 任冠旭; 王永昌

    2007-01-01

    以多孔阳极氧化铝膜(porous anodic alumina,PAA)为基片,采用真空电子束蒸发的方法在多孔氧化铝膜上制备了高度有序度的Sn纳米点阵列.锡纳米点阵的XRD与块体锡的完全相同,扫描电镜(SEM)测试结果表明,所制备的金属Sn纳米点阵与阳极氧化铝膜的多孔阵列具有完全相同的有序结构,阵列中每个Sn纳米粒子的形状为球形的,其直径接近于PAA膜的孔直径.对Sn纳米点阵形成过程和形成机理进行了讨论.

  12. Report on the source of the electrochemical impedance on cermet inert anodes

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    Windisch, C.F. Jr.; Stice, N.D.

    1991-02-01

    the Inert Electrode Program at Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) is supported by the Office of Industrial Processes of the US Department of Energy and is aimed at improving the energy efficiency of Hall-Heroult cells through the development of inert anodes. The inert anodes currently under study are composed of a cermet material of the general composition NiO-NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}-Cu. The program has three primary objectives: (a) to evaluate the anode material in a scaled-up, pilot cell facility, (b) to investigate the mechanisms of the electrochemical reactions at the anode surface, and (c) to develop sensors for monitoring anode and/or electrolyte conditions. This report covers the results of a portion of the studies on anode reaction mechanisms. The electrochemical impedances of cermet inert anodes in alumina-saturated molten cryolite as a function of frequency, current density, and time indicated that a significant component of the impedance is due to the gas bubbles produced at the anode during electrolysis. The data also showed a connection between surface structure and impedance that appears to be related to the effects of surface structure on bubble flow. Given the results of this work, it is doubtful that a resistive film contributes significantly to the electrochemical impedances on inert anodes. Properties previously assigned to such a film are more likely due to the bubbles and those factors that affect the properties and dynamics of the bubbles at the anode surface. 12 refs., 16 figs., 3 tabs.

  13. The potential and challenges of thin-film electrolyte and nanostructured electrode for yttria-stabilized zirconia-base anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    Noh, Ho-Sung; Yoon, Kyung Joong; Kim, Byung-Kook; Je, Hae-June; Lee, Hae-Weon; Lee, Jong-Ho; Son, Ji-Won

    2014-02-01

    Thin-film electrolytes and nanostructured electrodes are essential components for lowering the operation temperature of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs); however, reliably implementing thin-film electrolytes and nano-structure electrodes over a realistic SOFC platform, such as a porous anode-support, has been extremely difficult. If these components can be created reliably and reproducibly on porous substrates as anode supports, a more precise assessment of their impact on realistic SOFCs would be possible. In this work, structurally sound thin-film and nano-structured SOFC components consisting of a nano-composite NiO-yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) anode interlayer, a thin YSZ and gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) bi-layer electrolyte, and a nano-structure lanthanum strontium cobaltite (LSC)-base cathode, are sequentially fabricated on a porous NiO-YSZ anode support using thin-film technology. Using an optimized cell testing setup makes possible a more exact investigation of the potential and challenges of thin-film electrolyte and nanostructured electrode-based anode-supported SOFCs. Peak power densities obtained at 500 °C surpass 500 mW cm-2, which is an unprecedented low-temperature performance for the YSZ-based anode-supported SOFC. It is found that this critical, low-temperature performance for the anode-supported SOFC depends more on the electrode performance than the resistance of the thin-film electrolyte during lower temperature operation.

  14. Experiments in anodic film effects during electrorefining of scrap U-10Mo fuels in support of modeling efforts

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    A monolithic uranium molybdenum alloy clad in zirconium has been proposed as a low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel option for research and test reactors, as part of the Reduced Enrichment for Research and Test Reactors program. Scrap from the fuel's manufacture will contain a significant portion of recoverable LEU. Pyroprocessing has been identified as an option to perform this recovery. A model of a pyroprocessing recovery procedure has been developed to assist in refining the LEU recovery process and designing the facility. Corrosion theory and a two mechanism transport model were implemented on a Mat-Lab platform to perform the modeling. In developing this model, improved anodic behavior prediction became necessary since a dense uranium-rich salt film was observed at the anode surface during electrorefining experiments. Experiments were conducted on uranium metal to determine the film's character and the conditions under which it forms. The electro-refiner salt used in all the experiments was eutectic LiCl/KCl containing UCl3. The anodic film material was analyzed with ICP-OES to determine its composition. Both cyclic voltammetry and potentiodynamic scans were conducted at operating temperatures between 475 and 575 C. degrees to interrogate the electrochemical behavior of the uranium. The results show that an anodic film was produced on the uranium electrode. The film initially passivated the surface of the uranium on the working electrode. At high over potentials after a trans-passive region, the current observed was nearly equal to the current observed at the initial active level. Analytical results support the presence of K2UCl6 at the uranium surface, within the error of the analytical method

  15. Anodic polarization behavior and film breakdown potential of pure copper in the simulated geological environment containing carbonate

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    In order to clarify the influence of environmental factors on the corrosion behavior of copper overpacks in oxidizing environment, potentiodynamic and potentiostatic anodic polarization tests were performed in carbonate aqueous solutions at 80degC. As the results, the passivation was promoted and film breakdown was suppressed in higher carbonate concentrations, in lower chloride ion concentrations, and in higher pH conditions. The sulfate ion tended to promote the film breakdown of copper. The effects of the composition of the test solutions on the anodic polarization curve of copper in bentonite/sand mixture were quite smaller than those in simple aqueous solution. By comparison with previous data for lower temperature condition, it was clarified that passivation of copper was promoted in higher temperature condition, but breakdown potential, Eb was independent of temperature. The Eb, was expressed as a function of the ratio of aggressive ion and inhibiting ion such as [Cl-]/[HCO3-] and [SO42-]/[HCO3-], and it was confirmed that the Eb was lowered with increasing the ratio. When the ratio exceeds a certain value, the Eb was no longer able to be determined since the anodic polarization curve becomes active dissolution type. The lower limit of Eb in passive type region was estimated to be about -200 mV vs. SCE. The results of potentiostatic tests showed that pitting corrosion or non-uniform corrosion was observed at the potentials over Eb or second current peak potentials in anodic polarization curve. (author)

  16. Enhanced lithium storage performance in three-dimensional porous SnO2-Fe2O3 composite anode films

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    As one of the most promising anode materials in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), SnO2 attracts wide research attention. The practical application of SnO2 anodes, however, is mainly hampered by huge volume variation during cycling and large initial irreversible capacity. In this paper, three-dimensional porous SnO2-Fe2O3 composite films have been fabricated using the electrostatic spray deposition technique. As an anode for LIBs, the hierarchical porous SnO2-Fe2O3 film possesses a high reversible capacity (1034.1 mAh g-1) and a high initial Coulombic efficiency of 82.9% at a current density of 0.2 A g-1. At the same time, it shows good capacity retention with a capacity of 1025.6 mAh g-1 after 240 cycles and excellent rate performance. The enhanced lithium storage performance should be attributed to the synergistic effect between SnO2 and Fe2O3, as well as the three-dimensional hierarchical porous structure. The results demonstrate that such a three-dimensional porous composite anode shows great potential for application in high-energy lithium-ion batteries

  17. Pengaruh Pemasukan Alumina Terhadap Operasi Tungku Reduksi di PT. Inalum Kuala Tanjung

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    Sudjana, Putra Eka

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    Produksi aluminium cair di PT INALUM memerlukan bahan baku utama berupa alumina (Al2O3). Pemasukan alumina (Al2O3) mempunyai dua metode yaitu Regular Feeding dan Demand Feeding. Metode demand feeding yang digunakan yaitu pemasukan alumina (Al2O3) berdasarkan kebutuhan . Konsentrasi alumina (Al2O3) pada operasi tungku reduksi berkisar antara 2% - 4%. Konsentrasi alumina (Al2O3) < 1% akan menyebabkan terjadinya efek anoda atau anode effect (AE) dan konsentrasi alumina (Al2O3) ...

  18. Decomposition of methanol on partially alumina-encapsulated Pt nanoclusters supported on thin film Al2O3/NiAl(1 0 0)

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    Highlights: • Methanol on partially alumina-encapsulated Pt clusters decomposed on the uncovered Pt sites. • Methanol decomposition occurs via dehydrogenation to CO and scission of the C–O bond. • The dehydrogenation on partially encapsulated Pt clusters was hindered to some extent. • The C–O bond scission on partially encapsulated Pt clusters was altered little in comparison to that on Pt clusters. - Abstract: Various surface probe techniques were applied to investigate the decomposition of methanol on partially alumina-encapsulated Pt nanoclusters on an ordered thin film of Al2O3/NiAl(1 0 0). The alumina-encapsulated Pt clusters were prepared on annealing Pt clusters (grown by vapor deposition onto the Al2O3/NiAl(1 0 0) at 300 K) to 650 K under UHV conditions. The annealed cluster became a Pt1+–Pt2+ state and partially encapsulated with inert alumina. Methanol on the partially encapsulated Pt clusters decomposed only on the uncovered Pt sites, and through both dehydrogenation to CO and scission of the C–O bond. In comparison to the reactions on Pt clusters, the C–O bond scission was altered little on the partially encapsulated clusters whereas the dehydrogenation was hindered to a certain extent. The quantities of CO and hydrogen produced from the dehydrogenation per surface Pt on the partially encapsulated clusters amounted to only half those on Pt clusters. The altered methanol decomposition was correlated to both electronic and ensemble effects

  19. Photo-induced properties of non-annealed anatase TiO2 mesoporous film prepared by anodizing in the hot phosphate/glycerol electrolyte

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    Highlights: ► The TiO2 mesoporous film can be formed by anodizing of titanium specimens in the hot phosphate/glycerol electrolyte. ► The mesoporous film formed at 20 V without annealing was a mixture of amorphous phase and nanograined anatase, which clearly showed strong 〈0 0 1〉 preferred orientation. ► Even without annealing, the as-anodized anatase TiO2 mesoporous film showed high photocatalytic activities for decomposition of water and methylene blue. ► The as-anodized anatase TiO2 mesoporous film also showed superhydrophilicity with UV light irradiation. - Abstract: In this study, anatase crystalline TiO2 mesoporous film was formed by anodizing of titanium specimens without annealing procedures. The specimens were anodized at 3 and 20 V in 0.6 mol dm−3 K2HPO4 and 0.2 mol dm−3 K3PO4/glycerol electrolyte at 433 K. The obtained films had mesoporous structures with pore diameters as small as ∼10 nm. The mesoporous film formed at 20 V without annealing (MP-20V) was a mixture of amorphous phase and nanograined anatase, which clearly showed strong 〈0 0 1〉 preferred orientation, whereas that at 3 V was completely amorphous. Even without annealing, the MP-20V showed high photocatalytic activities for decomposition of water and methylene blue. In contrast, the anodic TiO2 nanotube film formed in NH4F/ethylene glycol electrolyte revealed photocatalytic activities only after annealing at 723 K, because of the amorphous nature of the as-anodized nanotube film. The MP-20V film also showed superhydrophilicity with UV light irradiation.

  20. Ultrasound-assisted anodization of aluminum in oxalic acid

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    Porous anodic alumina is an important nanoscale template for fabrication of various nanostructures. We report a new ultrasound-assisted anodization process in oxalic acid. Under the continuous irradiation of ultrasound, the one-step-anodized sample has a smooth and clean surface, and two-step-anodization brings ordered porous anodic alumina with higher growth rate of 52 μm/h. The ultrasound applied during the anodization can clean the surface and enhance the nanopore growth since it can accelerate the oxide dissolving on the electrolyte/oxide interface. The ultrasound-assisted anodization may be utilized for other anodizations.

  1. Ion guiding in alumina capillaries

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    Juhász, Z.; Sulik, B.; Biri, S.;

    2009-01-01

    Transmission of a few keV impact energy Ne ions through capillaries in anodic alumina membranes has been studied with different ion counting methods using an energy dispersive electrostatic spectrometer, a multichannel plate (MCP) array and sensitive current-measurement. In the present work, we...

  2. Pulsed laser deposited Cr2O3 nanostructured thin film on graphene as anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Graphical abstract: A different approach for the fabrication of an anode material system that comprises pulsed laser-deposited (PLD) Cr2O3 grown on few layer graphene (FLG) by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) was used. The electrochemical performance of Cr2O3 nanostructured thin film was improved by FLG, which make it a promising candidate for future lithium-ion batteries application. - Highlights: • Pulsed laser deposition technique was used to deposit Cr2O3 on few-layer graphene (FLG). • FLG improved the electrochemical performance of Cr2O3 nanostructured thin film. • Good stable cycle of Cr2O3/FLG/Ni electrode make it one of the promise anode materials for future lithium-ion batteries. - Abstract: Pulsed laser deposition technique was used to deposit Cr2O3 nanostructured thin film on a chemical vapor deposited few-layer graphene (FLG) on nickel (Ni) substrate for application as anode material for lithium-ion batteries. The experimental results show that graphene can effectively enhance the electrochemical property of Cr2O3. For Cr2O3 thin film deposited on Ni (Cr2O3/Ni), a discharge capacity of 747.8 mA h g−1 can be delivered during the first lithiation process. After growing Cr2O3 thin film on FLG/Ni, the initial discharge capacity of Cr2O3/FLG/Ni was improved to 1234.5 mA h g−1. The reversible lithium storage capacity of the as-grown material is 692.2 mA h g−1 after 100 cycles, which is much higher than that of Cr2O3/Ni (111.3 mA h g−1). This study reveals the differences between the two material systems and emphasizes the role of the graphene layers in improving the electrochemical stability of the Cr2O3 nanostructured thin film

  3. Influence of the morphology and microstructure on the photocatalytic properties of titanium oxide films obtained by sparking anodization in H{sub 3}PO{sub 4}

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    Souza Sikora, Mariana de; Viana Rosario, Adriane [Laboratorio Interdisciplinar de Eletroquimica e Ceramica (LIEC), DQ, UFSCar, P.O. Box: 676, 13565-905, Sao Carlos (Brazil); Chaves Pereira, Ernesto, E-mail: decp@power.ufscar.b [Laboratorio Interdisciplinar de Eletroquimica e Ceramica (LIEC), DQ, UFSCar, P.O. Box: 676, 13565-905, Sao Carlos (Brazil); Paiva-Santos, Carlos O. [Laboratorio Computacional em Analises Cristalograficas e Cristalinas - LabCACC, Instituto de Quimica, UNESP, 14800-900, Araraquara, SP (Brazil)

    2011-03-30

    Research highlights: {yields} Variation of morphology and microstructure of TiO{sub 2} with applied charge. {yields} Influence of morphology on photoactivity of TiO{sub 2} films prepared by sparking anodization. {yields} Influence of crystallite size on photoactivity of TiO{sub 2} films prepared by sparking anodization. - Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate changes in morphology and microstructure of TiO{sub 2} films, prepared by sparking anodization of Ti in a H{sub 3}PO{sub 4} solution, by applying different formation charges. We show that although films obtained by this technique are rarely used in photocatalytic applications, the morphological and microstructural changes during sparking anodization produce TiO{sub 2} films that can be used as photocatalysts. In contrast to qualitative analysis commonly found in the literature, we used quantitative methods of analysis to quantify average pore diameter and pore density from the morphology and structural parameters from X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns using the Rietveld refinement. The results indicated that changes in both the morphology and crystalline structure have a strong influence on the photoactivity of the films. From this investigation, we concluded that, for films prepared in early stages of anodization, the morphology had the biggest influence on photoactivity, and after applying 72C of charge, crystalline properties dominated the photocatalytic characteristics of the films.

  4. Influence of the morphology and microstructure on the photocatalytic properties of titanium oxide films obtained by sparking anodization in H3PO4

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    Research highlights: → Variation of morphology and microstructure of TiO2 with applied charge. → Influence of morphology on photoactivity of TiO2 films prepared by sparking anodization. → Influence of crystallite size on photoactivity of TiO2 films prepared by sparking anodization. - Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate changes in morphology and microstructure of TiO2 films, prepared by sparking anodization of Ti in a H3PO4 solution, by applying different formation charges. We show that although films obtained by this technique are rarely used in photocatalytic applications, the morphological and microstructural changes during sparking anodization produce TiO2 films that can be used as photocatalysts. In contrast to qualitative analysis commonly found in the literature, we used quantitative methods of analysis to quantify average pore diameter and pore density from the morphology and structural parameters from X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns using the Rietveld refinement. The results indicated that changes in both the morphology and crystalline structure have a strong influence on the photoactivity of the films. From this investigation, we concluded that, for films prepared in early stages of anodization, the morphology had the biggest influence on photoactivity, and after applying 72C of charge, crystalline properties dominated the photocatalytic characteristics of the films.

  5. Self-sealing of unsealed aluminium anodic oxide films in very different atmospheres

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    González, J. A.

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available It is widely believed that the corrosion resistance behaviour of bare aluminium in natural environments is superior to that of unsealed anodised aluminium. However, results obtained in the exposure of unsealed anodised aluminium specimens with three different film thicknesses, in 9 atmospheres of Ibero-America with salinity levels between 3.9 and 517 mg.m-2.d-1 chloride, clearly shows the reverse to be true. After a sufficient time, which is shorter the higher the precipitation rate and the environmental relative humidity, a self-sealing process takes place, leading to coatings that surpass the quality standards demanded in industrial practice. Anodic films, sealed and unsealed, are protective coatings whose quality improves with ageing in most natural environments.

    Está muy difundida la idea de que el comportamiento del aluminio es superior al del aluminio anodizado y sin sellar, desde el punto de vista de la resistencia a la corrosión, en los ambientes naturales. Sin embargo, los resultados obtenidos en la exposición de anodizados sin sellar, de tres espesores diferentes, a 9 atmósferas de Iberoamérica, con salinidades comprendidas entre 3,9 y 517 mg.m-2.d-1 de cloruros, muestran, sin lugar a dudas, lo contrario. Con tiempo suficiente, tanto más rápidamente cuanto mayor sean las precipitaciones y la humedad relativa ambiental, tiene lugar un proceso de autosellado que conduce a recubrimientos que superan las normas de calidad exigidas en la práctica industrial. Los anodizados, sellados y sin sellar, son recubrimientos protectores que mejoran su calidad, en la mayoría de los ambientes naturales, con el envejecimiento.

  6. Study of metal pillar nanostructure formation with thin porous alumina template

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    In the present paper, the nickel pillared nanostructure fabrication by electrochemical deposition of Ni into the pores of thin porous anodic alumina is considered. The main characteristics of these structures, obtained by scanning electron microscopy and atomic-force microscopy, are presented. Information on geometrical parameters of porous host and pillar nanostructure elements has been obtained. The influence of the barrier layer thinning at the pore bottom on nucleation and growth of the ordered metal nanopillars is discussed. The process of functional layer formation based on thin aluminum and Al2O3 films with incorporated nickel pillars is analyzed. This process may be used for fabrication of advanced high density magnetic memory devices. - Highlights: • Ni pillars were fabricated by electrochemical deposition into thin porous anodic alumina. • Impact of oxide barrier layer thinning at pore bottom on nucleation and growth of Ni pillars. • The process proposed is to be used for fabrication of high density magnetic memory devices

  7. Evaluation of Cadmium-Free Thick Film Materials on Alumina Substrates

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    L. H. Perdieu

    2009-09-01

    A new cadmium-free material system was successfully evaluated for the fabrication of thick film hybrid microcircuits at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T). The characterization involved screen printing, drying and firing two groups of resistor networks which were made using the current material system and the cadmium-free material system. Electrical, environmental and adhesion tests were performed on both groups to determine the more suitable material system. Additionally, untrimmed test coupons were evaluated to further characterize the new materials. The cadmiumfree material system did as well or better than the current material system. Therefore, the new cadmium-free material system was approved for use on production thick film product.

  8. Vortex pinning in superconducting Nb thin films deposited on nanoporous alumina templates

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    Vinckx, W.; Vanacken, J.; Moshchalkov, V.V.;

    2006-01-01

    We present a study of magnetization and transport properties of superconducting Nb thin films deposited on nanoporous aluminium oxide templates. Periodic oscillations in the critical temperature vs. field, matching effects in fields up to 700 mT and strongly enhanced critical currents were observ...... pinning centers, which enhances vortex pinning in broad field and temperature ranges. © EDP Sciences/Società Italiana di Fisica/Springer-Verlag 2006....

  9. Repassivation behavior of 316L stainless steel in borate buffer solution: Kinetics analysis of anodic dissolution and film formation

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    Xu, Haisong; Sun, Dongbai; Yu, Hongying

    2015-12-01

    The repassivation behavior of metals or alloys after oxide film damage determines the development of local corrosion and corrosion resistance. In this work, the repassivation kinetics of 316L stainless steel (316L SS) are investigated in borate buffer solution (pH 9.1) by using the abrading electrode technique. The current densities flowing from bare 316L SS surface are measured by potentiostatic method and analyzed to characterize repassivation kinetics. The initial stages of current decay (t Avrami kinetics. Then the two independent components are analyzed individually. The film formation rate and the thickness of film are compared in different applied potential. It is shown that anodic dissolution dominates the repassivation for a short time during the early times, and a higher applied potential will promote the anodic dissolution of metal. The film growth rate increases slightly with increasing in potential. Correspondingly, increase in applied potential from 0 VSCE to 0.8 VSCE results in thicker monolayer, which covers the whole bare surface at the time of θ = 1. The electric field strengths through the thin passive film could reach 3.97 × 106 V cm-1.

  10. Metal-induced crystallization of highly corrugated silicon thick films as potential anodes for Li-ion batteries.

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    Qu, Fei; Li, Chilin; Wang, Zumin; Strunk, Horst P; Maier, Joachim

    2014-06-11

    Silicon has turned into one of the most promising anodes for high energy rechargeable Li-ion batteries. However, a huge volume expansion during alloying with Li always induces serious pulverization/delamination for microsized electrodes as well as undesired accumulation of solid electrolyte interphase (SEI). Many efforts have focused on various nanoengineering and binding strategies to construct integrated, robust ionic/electronic wiring networks but with a trade-off between active/inactive material ratio and performance retention. Here, we first apply a metal-induced crystallization (AIC) principle for immiscible metal/semiconductor systems (Si/Al bilayers in this work) to prepare microthick Si films consisting of a high density of isolated nanocolumns. This method furthermore brings about low temperature crystallization of initial amorphous Si and conformal coating of ion-conductive oxide to enhance the Li transport kinetics of bulk and interface. Both highly satisfactory capacity retention (1650 mAh/g after 500 cycles) and rate performance (∼1000 mAh/g at 8C) are achieved for such thick Si film anodes. This methodology can be used to prepare thick film samples with well-defined nanostructures but free of extra binder and conductive additives. It enables much higher area specific capacity than for inactive-component contained slurry samples and thin film samples. This postdeposition pore-creating can be extended to more alloying or conversion electrodes of thick films for high capacity Li/Na ion batteries. PMID:24797020

  11. Improving the stability of nanostructured silicon thin film lithium-ion battery anodes through their controlled oxidation.

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    Abel, Paul R; Lin, Yong-Mao; Celio, Hugo; Heller, Adam; Mullins, C Buddie

    2012-03-27

    Silicon and partially oxidized silicon thin films with nanocolumnar morphology were synthesized by evaporative deposition at a glancing angle, and their performance as lithium-ion battery anodes was evaluated. The incorporated oxygen concentration was controlled by varying the partial pressure of water during the deposition and monitored by quartz crystal microbalance, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. In addition to bulk oxygen content, surface oxidation and annealing at low temperature affected the cycling stability and lithium-storage capacity of the films. By simultaneously optimizing all three, films of ~2200 mAh/g capacity were synthesized. Coin cells made with the optimized films were reversibly cycled for ~120 cycles with virtually no capacity fade. After 300 cycles, 80% of the initial reversible capacity was retained. PMID:22372404

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

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    Tsung-Chieh Cheng; Chu-Chiang Chou

    2015-01-01

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

  13. Multifunctional substrates of thin porous alumina for cell biosensors

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    Toccafondi, Chiara

    2014-02-27

    We have fabricated anodic porous alumina from thin films (100/500 nm) of aluminium deposited on technological substrates of silicon/glass, and investigated the feasibility of this material as a surface for the development of analytical biosensors aiming to assess the status of living cells. To this goal, porous alumina surfaces with fixed pitch and variable pore size were analyzed for various functionalities. Gold coated (about 25 nm) alumina revealed surface enhanced Raman scattering increasing with the decrease in wall thickness, with factor up to values of approximately 104 with respect to the flat gold surface. Bare porous alumina was employed for micro-patterning and observation via fluorescence images of dye molecules, which demonstrated the surface capability for a drug-loading device. NIH-3T3 fibroblast cells were cultured in vitro and examined after 2 days since seeding, and no significant (P > 0.05) differences in their proliferation were observed on porous and non-porous materials. The effect on cell cultures of pore size in the range of 50–130 nm—with pore pitch of about 250 nm—showed no significant differences in cell viability and similar levels in all cases as on a control substrate. Future work will address combination of all above capabilities into a single device.

  14. Electrolytic Sn/Li{sub 2}O coatings for thin-film lithium ion battery anodes

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    Li, Ching-Fei; Lai, Chien-Chang; Wang, Ming-Jia; Yen, Shiow-Kang [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 40227 (China); Ho, Wen-Hsien; Jiang, Chi-Sheng [Taiwan Textile Research Institute, Taipei 23674 (China)

    2011-01-15

    Sn/Li{sub 2}O composite coatings on stainless steel substrate, as anodes of thin-film lithium battery are carried out in SnCl{sub 2} and LiNO{sub 3} mixed solutions by using cathodic electrochemical synthesis and subsequently annealed at 200 C. Through cathodic polarization tests, three major regions are verified: (I) O{sub 2}+4H{sup +}+4e{sup -}{yields}2H{sub 2}O({proportional_to}0.25 to -0.5 V), (II) 2H{sup +}+2e{sup -}{yields}H{sub 2}, Sn{sup 2+}+2e{sup -}{yields}Sn, and NO{sub 3}{sup -}+H{sub 2}O+2e{sup -}{yields}NO{sub 2}{sup -}+2OH{sup -}(-0.5 to -1.34 V), and (III) 2H{sub 2}O+2e{sup -}{yields}H{sub 2}+2OH{sup -}(-1.34 to -2 V vs. Ag/AgCl). The coated specimens are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), cyclic voltammetry (CV), and charge/discharge tests. The nano-sized Sn particles embedded in Li{sub 2}O matrix are obtained at the lower part of region II such as -1.2 V, while the micro-sized Sn with little Li{sub 2}O at the upper part, such as -0.7 V. Charge/discharge cycle tests elucidated that Sn/Li{sub 2}O composite film showed better cycle performance than Sn or SnO{sub 2} film, due to the retarding effects of amorphous Li{sub 2}O on the further aggregation of Sn particles. On the other hand, the one tested for cut-off voltage at 0.9 V (vs. Li/Li{sup +}) is better than those at 1.2 and 1.5 V since the incomplete de-alloy at lower cut-off voltage may inhibit the coarsening of Sn particles, revealing capacity 587 mAh g{sup -1} after 50 cycle, and capacity retention ratio C50/C2 81.6%, higher than 63.5% and 49.1% at 1.2 and 1.5 V (vs. Li/Li{sup +}), respectively. (author)

  15. Characterization of thin hydroxyapatite layers formed on anodic titanium oxide films containing Ca and P by hydrothermal treatment.

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    Ishizawa, H; Ogino, M

    1995-09-01

    An anodic titanium oxide film containing Ca and P (AOFCP) was formed on commercially pure titanium which was anodized in an electrolytic solution of dissolved beta-glycerophosphate (beta-GP) and calcium acetate (CA). Hydroxyapatite (HA) crystals were precipitated by hydrothermally heating the AOFCP at 300 degrees C. After hydrothermal treatment, the film was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX), and tensile tests. The morphology, composition, and amount of HA crystals precipitated were significantly affected by the composition of the electrolytes. Near-stoichiometric HA crystals with high crystallinity were precipitated completely covering the AOFCP surface at specific electrolyte concentrations. The HA layers were thin at 1-2 microns in thickness. The adhesive strength of the film increased with decreasing electrolyte concentration and the maximum value was about 40 MPa. In vitro tests for 300 days suggested that the stability of the film was high. The high adhesive strength may result from the AOFCP existing as an intermediate layer between the HA layer and a titanium substrate. The intervention of the AOFCP may have prevented abrupt changes in Ca and P content at an HA coating-titanium interface as seen in a plasma-sprayed one. The porous TiO2 matrix of the AOFCP may be suitable for nucleation sites of HA crystals, as well as SiO2 matrix of silicate bioactive glasses or glass ceramics. PMID:8567705

  16. Preparation of sodium beta″-alumina electrolyte thin film by electrophoretic deposition using Taguchi experimental design approach

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    Highlights: • Sodium beta″ alumina electrolyte thin film is successfully prepared via electrophoretic deposition. • The ionic conductivity of the optimized electrolyte disk is 0.138 S cm-1. • A Daniell-typed cell is built which approves the reversible Na+ conduction at only 100 °C. - Abstract: With the desire to lowering the working temperature of Na-β″-Al2O3 solid electrolyte (BASE) based batteries, electrophoretic deposition process is employed to fabricate 300 μm thick Na-β″-Al2O3 sheet with densification microstructure and high ionic conductivity. Taguchi design of experiment approach with signal to noise ratio analysis is utilized to optimize the operation parameters. The results show that the TiO2 content in the precursor powders is critical to determine the ionic conductivity of the resulting electrolyte. X-Ray diffraction analysis and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy examination point out that Ti4+ can enter the crystal lattice of Na-β″-Al2O3, which results in the variation of lattice parameters, densifies the microstructure and improves both β″ phase content and ionic conductivity of the resulting sample. The thin Na-β″-Al2O3 disk obtained under the optimized conditions Exhibit 97% β″ phase content and relatively high ionic conductivity. Moreover, a Daniell-typed cell built with this optimized sample disk, using copper/zinc redox couples as electrodes and 1 M NaBF4 in DMSO as the secondary electrolyte, shows reversible charge and discharge behaviors at relatively low temperature, 100 °C

  17. 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...

  18. Production of lithium positive ions from LiF thin films on the anode in PBFA II

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    The production of positive lithium ions using a lithium-fluoride-coated stainless steel anode in the particle beam fusion accelerator PBFA II is considered from both the experimental and theoretical points of view. It is concluded that the mechanism of Li+ ion production is electric field desorption from the tenth-micron-scale crystallites which compose the columnar growth of the LiF thin film. The required electric field is estimated to be of the order of 5 MV/cm. An essential feature of the mechanism is that the crystallites are rendered electronically conducting through electron-hole pair generation by MeV electron bombardment of the thin film during the operation of the diode. It is proposed that the ion emission mechanism is an electronic conductivity analogue to that discovered by Rollgen for lithium halide crystallites which were rendered ionically conducting by heating to several hundred degrees Celsius. Since an electric field desorption mechanism cannot operate if a surface flashover plasma has formed and reduced the anode electric field to low values, the possibility of flashover on the lithium fluoride coated anode of the PBFA II Li+ ion source is studied theoretically. It is concluded with near certainty that flashover does not occur

  19. Changes in the morphology of porous anodic films formed on aluminium in natural and artificial ageing

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    López, V.

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available Transmission electron microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy are used to demonstrate that the water retained in porous anodic aluminium oxide films is the main reason for their reactivity under electron beam irradiation in the TEM, accelerated ageing in an oven at 100 °C, or natural ageing over months and years in an outdoor atmosphere. Though the kinetics in each medium is highly different, there is a clear similarity between the structural and physical-chemical transformations that take place. Unsealed layers, practically free of water, hardly change their structure under the effect of electron beams and show the same impedance plots after hours at 100 °C or after years at environmental temperature in dry atmospheres.

    La microscopía electrónica de transmisión, por una parte, y la espectroscopia de impedancia electroquímica, por otra, demuestran que el agua retenida en las películas anódicas porosas de óxido de aluminio es la principal responsable de su reactividad bajo la irradiación del haz de electrones en el MET, en el envejecimiento acelerado en la estufa a 100 ºC o en el envejecimiento natural de meses y años en la atmósfera a temperatura ambiente. Aunque, de cinéticas muy diferentes, existe una indudable semejanza entre las transformaciones estructurales y físico-químicas que tienen lugar en los tres medios. Las capas sin sellar, prácticamente exentas de agua, apenas cambian su estructura por efecto del haz de electrones y muestran los mismos diagramas de impedancia después de horas a 100 ºC o de años a temperatura ambiente en atmósferas secas.

  20. Purification and carbon-film-coating of natural graphite as anode materials for Li-ion batteries

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    A process of modification of natural graphite materials as anode for lithium ion batteries was attempted. The process started with the treatment of natural graphite with concentrated hydrochloric acid and concentrated sulfuric acid in a thermal autoclave, followed by the in situ polymerization of resorcinol-formaldehyde resin to coat the graphite, then heat-treatment. SEM, XRD, Raman and electrochemical charge-discharge analysis showed that the surface defects and impurities on natural graphite were eliminated by purification of the concentrated acids, and carbon-film encapsulation modified the surface structure of the graphite and reduced its BET surface area. The as-obtained natural graphite sample presented an initial charge-discharge coulombic efficiency of 88.4% and a reversible capacity of 355.8 mAh g-1. The proposed process paves a way to prepare a promising anode material with excellent performance with low cost of natural graphite for rechargeable lithium ion batteries

  1. The effect of solvent on the kinetics of anodic film formation on zirconium, zircaloy-2 and titanium in 0.05M Li2SO4

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    Zirconium, zircaloy-2 and titanium were anodized in 0.05M Li2SO4 at a constant current density of 8 mA.cm-2 in aqueous medium. The kinetics of anodic film formation were found to vary with the metal. With zirconium, the rate of formation changed abruptly at 150V, the rate falling from 2.27V.sec-1 to 1.43V.sec-1. The breakdown voltage was found to be 240V, whil st with titanium it was limited to 65V. Zircaloy-2 too behaved like zirconium but t he rate fell from 2.083 V.sec-1 to 1.428 V.sec-1. The kinetics of anodic film formation were then studied in glycolic medium. The rates of formation of anodic films were found to be uniform and greater with zirconium and zircaloy-2 when anodized in glycolic medium, than in aqueous medium. When titanium was anodized, the rates were found to be increased with increase in glycolic content from 10% ethylene glycolic medium to 90% ethylene glycolic medium. This increase in the r ates of film formation is attributed to the difference in the dielectric constants of water and ethylene glycol. (author). 5 refs

  2. Synthesis, characterization and performance of robust poison-resistant ultrathin film yttria stabilized zirconia - nickel anodes for application in solid electrolyte fuel cells

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    Garcia-Garcia, F. J.; Yubero, F.; Espinós, J. P.; González-Elipe, A. R.; Lambert, R. M.

    2016-08-01

    We report on the synthesis of undoped ∼5 μm YSZ-Ni porous thin films prepared by reactive pulsed DC magnetron sputtering at an oblique angle of incidence. Pre-calcination of the amorphous unmodified precursor layers followed by reduction produces a film consisting of uniformly distributed tilted columnar aggregates having extensive three-phase boundaries and favorable gas diffusion characteristics. Similarly prepared films doped with 1.2 at.% Au are also porous and contain highly dispersed gold present as Ni-Au alloy particles whose surfaces are strongly enriched with Au. With hydrogen as fuel, the performance of the undoped thin film anodes is comparable to that of 10-20 times thicker typical commercial anodes. With a 1:1 steam/carbon feed, the un-doped anode cell current rapidly falls to zero after 60 h. In striking contrast, the initial performance of the Au-doped anode is much higher and remains unaffected after 170 h. Under deliberately harsh conditions the performance of the Au-doped anodes decreases progressively, almost certainly due to carbon deposition. Even so, the cell maintains some activity after 3 days operation in dramatic contrast with the un-doped anode, which stops working after only three hours of use. The implications and possible practical application of these findings are discussed.

  3. 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.

  4. Surface characteristics of hydroxyapatite films deposited on anodized titanium by an electrochemical method

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    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

  5. On the relationship between the structure of self-assembled carboxylic acid monolayers on alumina and the organization and electrical properties of a pentacene thin film

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    Lang, Philippe; Mottaghi, Daniel; Lacaze, Pierre-Camille

    2016-03-01

    The modification of insulating surfaces by self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) is an elegant way of tailoring the gate dielectric of organic field effect transistors (OFET) to pentacene and is commonly used to improve electrical performance. A SAM based on an alkylcarboxylic acid deposited on a thin layer of alumina, serving as the gate dielectric is considered. The relationship between carrier mobility and (i) the length of the carboxylic acid (CH3(CH2)nCOOH; n = 9, 14, 18), (ii) substrate preparation and (iii) the SAM and pentacene thin film structures is considered. The size and boundaries of pentacene grains are not limiting factors for carrier mobility, and the most relevant parameter, which depends on whether there is a SAM or not, is the organization of the first pentacene layers in contact with the gate dielectric. The variation of the interplanar distance d(0 0 1) of the pentacene layers close to the alumina surface is much greater without SAM than with, and this could explain the lower carrier mobility observed in the case of a bare alumina dielectric. The relationship between the disorder associated with this variation and mobility is discussed.

  6. Study of preparation and surface morphology of self-ordered nanoporous alumina; Estudo da preparacao e da morfologia de superficie de alumina nanoporosa auto-organizada

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    Rodrigues, Elisa Marchezini; Martins, Maximiliano Delany, E-mail: elisamarch@gmail.com, E-mail: MG.mdm@cdtn.br [Centro de Desenvolvimento da Tecnologia Nuclear (CDTN/CNEN-MG), Belo Horizonte, MG. (Brazil); Silva, Ronald Arreguy, E-mail: arregsilva@yahoo.com.br [Centro Universitario de Belo Horizonte (UniBH), Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

    2013-07-01

    Nanoporous alumina is a typical material that exhibits self-ordered nanochannels spontaneously organized in hexagonal shape. Produced by anodizing of metallic aluminum, it has been used as a template for production of materials at the nanoscale. This work aimed to study the preparation of nanoporous alumina by anodic anodizing of metallic aluminum substrates. The nanoporous alumina was prepared following the methodology proposed by Masuda and Fukuda (1995), a two-step method consisting of anodizing the aluminum sample in the potentiostatic mode, removing the layer of aluminum oxide (alumina) formed and then repeat the anodization process under the same conditions as the first anodization. This method produces nanoporous alumina with narrow pore diameter distribution and well-ordered structure. (author)

  7. Conical tungsten stamps for the replication of pore arrays in anodic aluminium oxide films.

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    LeClere, D J; Thompson, G E; Derby, B

    2009-06-17

    A tungsten master stamp has been generated by applying a novel procedure that includes two-step anodizing, followed by sequential anodizing and pore widening to develop nominally funnelled pores. These conical-shaped pores were filled with tungsten by sputter coating to manufacture a master stamp. Under a pressure of 65 MPa, the master stamp successfully embossed the surface of annealed and electropolished aluminium. The embossed surface was then used to control the position of pores created by anodizing under the conditions used to produce the original pore array. PMID:19468168

  8. Decomposition of methanol on partially alumina-encapsulated Pt nanoclusters supported on thin film Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/NiAl(1 0 0)

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    Chao, C.S.; Li, Y.D.; Liao, T.W.; Hung, T.C.; Luo, M.F., E-mail: mfl28@phy.ncu.edu.tw

    2014-08-30

    Highlights: • Methanol on partially alumina-encapsulated Pt clusters decomposed on the uncovered Pt sites. • Methanol decomposition occurs via dehydrogenation to CO and scission of the C–O bond. • The dehydrogenation on partially encapsulated Pt clusters was hindered to some extent. • The C–O bond scission on partially encapsulated Pt clusters was altered little in comparison to that on Pt clusters. - Abstract: Various surface probe techniques were applied to investigate the decomposition of methanol on partially alumina-encapsulated Pt nanoclusters on an ordered thin film of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/NiAl(1 0 0). The alumina-encapsulated Pt clusters were prepared on annealing Pt clusters (grown by vapor deposition onto the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/NiAl(1 0 0) at 300 K) to 650 K under UHV conditions. The annealed cluster became a Pt{sup 1+}–Pt{sup 2+} state and partially encapsulated with inert alumina. Methanol on the partially encapsulated Pt clusters decomposed only on the uncovered Pt sites, and through both dehydrogenation to CO and scission of the C–O bond. In comparison to the reactions on Pt clusters, the C–O bond scission was altered little on the partially encapsulated clusters whereas the dehydrogenation was hindered to a certain extent. The quantities of CO and hydrogen produced from the dehydrogenation per surface Pt on the partially encapsulated clusters amounted to only half those on Pt clusters. The altered methanol decomposition was correlated to both electronic and ensemble effects.

  9. Wetting and Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2 Nanotube Arrays Prepared via Anodic Oxidation of E-Beam Evaporated Ti Thin Films

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    Soon Wook Kim

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs are fabricated on quartz substrate by anodizing E-beam evaporated Ti films. E-beam evaporated Ti films are directly anodized at various anodizing voltages ranging from 20 to 45 V and their morphological, wetting, and photocatalytic properties are examined. The photocatalytic activity of the prepared TNAs is evaluated by the photodecomposition of methylene blue under UV illumination. The TNAs prepared at an anodizing voltage of 30 V have a high roughness of 30.1 nm and a low water contact angle of 7.5°, resulting in a high photocatalytic performance. The surface roughness of the TNAs is found to correlate inversely with the water contact angle. High roughness (i.e., high surface area, which leads to high hydrophilicity, is desirable for effective photocatalytic activity.

  10. Ultra-thick porous films of graphene-encapsulated silicon nanoparticles as flexible anodes for lithium ion batteries

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    Highlights: • A flexible and porous RGO/Si composite film as thick as 25 μm was readily prepared. • The porous structure enhances the contact area of the active material and electrolyte. • RGO provides continuous conductive path for Si NPs and prevents them from pulverizing. • The electrode shows a high specific capacity and an excellent rate capability. - Abstract: Silicon is a highly promising anode material of lithium ion batteries (LIBs) for its low insertion voltage and high reversible capacity. A flexible, honeycomb-like film of reduced graphene (RGO)/Si nanoparticles (NPs) composite with a thickness as thick as 25 μm is synthesized by a facile vacuum filter assembly process. The Si NPs are enwrapped into the RGO sheets with an areal density of 0.65 mg cm−2. The ultra-thick composite film is directly employed as an anode for LIBs without using any binder and conductive additive. The flexible RGO sheet coat enables the electrode to maintain the structural integrity and provide continuous conductive paths for Si NPs. The electrode exhibits a high capacity of 2370 mA h g−1 over 50 cycles at a current of 210 mA g−1 and a capacity higher than 1000 mA h g−1 at a current density of 4200 mA g−1 after 500 cycles. Especially, the electrode exhibits excellent rate capability, indicating that it may be applied to the high-power LIBs as a flexible, high areal capacity, binder-free and free-standing anode

  11. Anodization Mechanism on SiC Nanoparticle Reinforced Al Matrix Composites Produced by Power Metallurgy

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    Sonia C. Ferreira

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Specimens of aluminum-based composites reinforced by silicon carbide nanoparticles (Al/SiCnp produced by powder metallurgy (PM were anodized under voltage control in tartaric-sulfuric acid (TSA. In this work, the influence of the amount of SiCnp on the film growth during anodizing was investigated. The current density versus time response and the morphology of the porous alumina film formed at the composite surface are compared to those concerning a commercial aluminum alloy (AA1050 anodized under the same conditions. The processing method of the aluminum alloys influences the efficiency of the anodizing process, leading to a lower thicknesses for the unreinforced Al-PM alloy regarding the AA1050. The current density versus time response is strongly dependent on the amount of SiCnp. The current peaks and the steady-state current density recorded at each voltage step increases with the SiCnp volume fraction due to the oxidation of the SiCnp. The formation mechanism of the anodic film on Al/SiCnp composites is different from that occurring in AA1050, partly due the heterogeneous distribution of the reinforcement particles in the metallic matrix, but also to the entrapment of SiCnp in the anodic film.

  12. Inert Electrodes Program: Characterization of the reaction layer or film on PNL (Pacific Northwest Laboratory) inert anodes: Progress Report for April-December 1989

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    Windisch, C.F. Jr.; Stice, N.D.

    1990-05-01

    This progress report addresses activities conducted at Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) between April 1989 and December 1989 to characterize the reaction layer or film previously proposed by PNL to form on cermet anodes during the electrolytic production of aluminum in Hall-Heroult cells. Formation of this resistive film was thought to protect the cermet anode from corrosion reactions that would otherwise occur in the molten cryolite electrolyte. The results of potential-step studies, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and post-mortem microscopic analysis of polarized anodes suggest that the processes of corrosion of the metallic phase of the anode and the production of oxygen gas are separable and exhibit very different kinetic behavior. The corrosion reactions occur predominantly at low anode potentials, appear to show diffusion control, and may be related to the porosity of the anode. The oxygen production reaction is the predominant reaction above 2.2 V, exhibits activation control, occurs primarily on the surface of the anode, and is accompanied by an increase in surface roughness at higher current densities. Evidence presented in this report indicates that the production of oxygen shuts down the corrosion reactions, possibly through a pore-blocking mechanism. In addition, roughness effects may help explain some of the impedance relationships previously observed by PNL for these anodes. Although the present results do not rule out the formation of a protective layer or film, they strongly indicate mechanisms other than the formation of a macroscopic protective film for the apparent attenuation of corrosion reactions at typical operating current densities. 11 refs.

  13. Understanding adhesion at as-deposited interfaces from ab initio thermodynamics of deposition growth: thin-film alumina on titanium carbide

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    We investigate the chemical composition and adhesion of chemical vapour deposited thin-film alumina on TiC using and extending a recently proposed nonequilibrium method of ab initio thermodynamics of deposition growth (AIT-DG) (Rohrer and Hyldgaard 2010 Phys. Rev. B 82 045415). A previous study of this system (Rohrer et al 2010 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 22 015004) found that use of equilibrium thermodynamics leads to predictions of a non-binding TiC/alumina interface, despite its industrial use as a wear-resistant coating. This discrepancy between equilibrium theory and experiment is resolved by the AIT-DG method which predicts interfaces with strong adhesion. The AIT-DG method combines density functional theory calculations, rate-equation modelling of the pressure evolution of the deposition environment and thermochemical data. The AIT-DG method was previously used to predict prevalent terminations of growing or as-deposited surfaces of binary materials. Here we extend the method to predict surface and interface compositions of growing or as-deposited thin films on a substrate and find that inclusion of the nonequilibrium deposition environment has important implications for the nature of buried interfaces. (fast track communication)

  14. Cycling behaviour of sponge-like nanostructured ZnO as thin-film Li-ion battery anodes

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    Highlights: • Zn is thermally oxidized in ambient air to obtain sponge-like ZnO film. • Polycrystalline, transparent, porous thin film is obtained. • Film exhibits stabile specific capacity (∼300 mAh g−1) after prolonged cycling. • Sponge-like ZnO film shows promising prospects as Li-ion battery anode. - Abstract: Single phase wurtzitic porous ZnO thin films are obtained by a simple two-step method, involving the sputtering deposition of a sponge-like metallic Zn layer, followed by a moderately low temperature treatment for the complete zinc oxidation. Thanks to its 3D nanostructuration, the superimposition of small branches able to grow in length almost isotropically and forming a complex topography, sponge-like ZnO can combine the fast transport properties of one dimensional material and the high surface area usually provided by nanocrystalline electrodes. When galvanostatically tested in lithium cell, after the initial decay, it can provide an almost stable specific capacity higher than 50 μAh cm−2 after prolonged cycling at estimated 0.7 C, with very high Coulombic efficiency

  15. Highly transparent and conductive double-layer oxide thin films as anodes for organic light-emitting diodes

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    Double-layer transparent conducting oxide thin film structures containing In-doped CdO (CIO) and Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) layers were grown on glass by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition and ion-assisted deposition (IAD), respectively, and used as anodes for polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs). These films have a very low overall In content of 16 at. %. For 180-nm-thick CIO/ITO films, the sheet resistance is 5.6 Ω/□, and the average optical transmittance is 87.1% in the 400-700 nm region. The overall figure of merit (Φ=T10/Rsheet) of the double-layer CIO/ITO films is significantly greater than that of single-layer CIO, IAD-ITO, and commercial ITO films. CIO/ITO-based PLEDs exhibit comparable or superior device performance versus ITO-based control devices. CIO/ITO materials have a much lower sheet resistance than ITO, rendering them promising low In content electrode materials for large-area optoelectronic devices

  16. Cycling behaviour of sponge-like nanostructured ZnO as thin-film Li-ion battery anodes

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    Garino, Nadia, E-mail: nadia.garino@iit.it [Center for Space Human Robotics @Polito, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento, 21, 10129 Turin (Italy); Lamberti, Andrea; Gazia, Rossana; Chiodoni, Angelica [Center for Space Human Robotics @Polito, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento, 21, 10129 Turin (Italy); Gerbaldi, Claudio, E-mail: claudio.gerbaldi@polito.it [Center for Space Human Robotics @Polito, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Corso Trento, 21, 10129 Turin (Italy); GAME Lab, Department of Applied Science and Technology – DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin (Italy)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • Zn is thermally oxidized in ambient air to obtain sponge-like ZnO film. • Polycrystalline, transparent, porous thin film is obtained. • Film exhibits stabile specific capacity (∼300 mAh g{sup −1}) after prolonged cycling. • Sponge-like ZnO film shows promising prospects as Li-ion battery anode. - Abstract: Single phase wurtzitic porous ZnO thin films are obtained by a simple two-step method, involving the sputtering deposition of a sponge-like metallic Zn layer, followed by a moderately low temperature treatment for the complete zinc oxidation. Thanks to its 3D nanostructuration, the superimposition of small branches able to grow in length almost isotropically and forming a complex topography, sponge-like ZnO can combine the fast transport properties of one dimensional material and the high surface area usually provided by nanocrystalline electrodes. When galvanostatically tested in lithium cell, after the initial decay, it can provide an almost stable specific capacity higher than 50 μAh cm{sup −2} after prolonged cycling at estimated 0.7 C, with very high Coulombic efficiency.

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

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

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

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

    2015-10-15

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

  19. Microfluidic anodization of aluminum films for the fabrication of nanoporous lipid bilayer support structures

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    Bhattacharya, Jaydeep; Kisner, Alexandre; Offenhäusser, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    Summary Solid state nanoporous membranes show great potential as support structures for biointerfaces. In this paper, we present a technique for fabricating nanoporous alumina membranes under constant-flow conditions in a microfluidic environment. This approach allows the direct integration of the fabrication process into a microfluidic setup for performing biological experiments without the need to transfer the brittle nanoporous material. We demonstrate this technique by using the same microfluidic system for membrane fabrication and subsequent liposome fusion onto the nanoporous support structure. The resulting bilayer formation is monitored by impedance spectroscopy across the nanoporous alumina membrane in real-time. Our approach offers a simple and efficient methodology to investigate the activity of transmembrane proteins or ion diffusion across membrane bilayers. PMID:21977420

  20. Study of preparation and surface morphology of self-ordered nanoporous alumina

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    Nanoporous alumina is a typical material that exhibits self-ordered nanochannels spontaneously organized in hexagonal shape. Produced by anodizing of metallic aluminum, it has been used as a template for production of materials at the nanoscale. This work aimed to study the preparation of nanoporous alumina by anodic anodizing of metallic aluminum substrates. The nanoporous alumina was prepared following the methodology proposed by Masuda and Fukuda (1995), a two-step method consisting of anodizing the aluminum sample in the potentiostatic mode, removing the layer of aluminum oxide (alumina) formed and then repeat the anodization process under the same conditions as the first anodization. This method produces nanoporous alumina with narrow pore diameter distribution and well-ordered structure. (author)

  1. Sputtering Deposition of Sn-Mo-Based Composite Anode for Thin-Film Li-Ion Batteries

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    Mani Chandran, T.; Balaji, S.

    2016-06-01

    The role of electrochemically inactive molybdenum in alleviating the anomalous volume expansion of tin anode upon charge-discharge cycling has been investigated. Tin-molybdenum thin-film composite anodes for Li-ion batteries were prepared using a direct-current sputtering method from a tin metal target incorporating molybdenum element. Results of structural and compositional analyses confirmed the presence of tin and molybdenum. The elemental ratio obtained from energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy confirmed the feasibility of tailoring the thin-film composition by varying the ratio of metallic elements present in the sputtering target. Scanning electron micrographs of the samples revealed the occurrence of flower-like open morphology with Mo inclusion in a Sn matrix. The gravimetric discharge capacity for pure Sn, Sn-rich, and Mo-rich samples was 733 mAh g-1, 572 mAh g-1, and 439 mAh g-1, respectively, with capacity retention after 50 cycles of 22%, 61%, and 74%, respectively. Mo inclusion reduced the surface resistivity of the Sn anode after the initial charge-discharge cycle. The charge-transfer resistance after the first cycle for pure Sn, Sn-rich, and Mo-rich samples was 17.395 Ω, 5.345 Ω, and 2.865 Ω, respectively. The lithium-ion diffusion coefficient also increased from 8.68 × 10-8 cm2S-1 for the pure Sn sample to 2.98 × 10-5 cm2S-1 for the Mo-rich sample.

  2. In situ bismuth-film electrode for square-wave anodic stripping voltammetric determination of tin in biodiesel

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    Highlights: → A bismuth-film electrode for tin determination. → The sensor showed excellent performance. → High levels of tin were found in biodiesel samples. - Abstract: A bismuth-film electrode (BiFE) was applied in square-wave anodic stripping voltammetry (SWASV) in order to determine Sn (IV) in biodiesel samples. In situ simultaneous deposition of tin and bismuth at -1.2 V for 90 s was carried out in a supporting electrolyte containing 0.1 mol L-1 acetate buffer (pH 4.5) and 1.73 mmol L-1 caffeic acid as the complexing agent. A single well-defined anodic stripping peak was observed at -0.58 V for the oxidation of Sn to Sn (II), which was used as the analytical signal. The calibration curve was obtained in the concentration range of 0.17-7.83 μmol L-1 with the detection limit being 0.14 μmol L-1 (r = 0.9990). Repeatability and reproducibility for the measurement of the current peak were characterized by relative standard deviations of 3.6% and 4.1%, respectively, for a 5.0 μmol L-1 Sn (IV) solution (n = 10). The method was validated by comparing the results obtained with those provided by application of the atomic absorption spectroscopy technique.

  3. Formation of niobium oxide film with duplex layers by galvanostatic anodization

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    Studies on niobium anodization in the mixture of 1 M H3PO4 and 1 wt % HF at galvanostatic anodization are described here in detail. Interestingly, duplex niobium oxide consisting of thick barrier oxide and correspondingly thick porous oxide was prepared at a constant current density of higher than 0.3 mAcm-2, whereas simple porous type oxide was formed at a current density of lower than 0.3 mAcm-2. In addition, simple barrier or porous type oxide was obtained by galvanostatic anodization at a single electrolyte of either 1 M H3PO4 or 1 wt % HF, respectively. The formation mechanism of duplex type structures was ascribed to different forming voltages required for moving anions

  4. Multi-band emission in a wide wavelength range from tin oxide/Au nanocomposites grown on porous anodic alumina substrate (AAO)

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    The photoluminescence (PL) properties of tin oxide nanostructures are investigated. Three samples of different morphology, induced by deposition process and various geometrical features of nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) substrate, are analyzed. X-ray photoelectronic spectroscopy (XPS) analysis reveals the presence of two forms of tin oxide on the surface of all studied samples: SnO and SnO2. The former form is typical for reduced surface with bridging oxygen atoms and every other row of in-plane oxygen atoms removed. The oxygen defects give rise to a strong emission in visible region. Two intense PL peaks are observed centered at about 540 (band I) and 620 (band II) nm. The origin of these bands was ascribed to the recombination of electrons from the conduction band (band I) and shallow traps levels (band II) to the surface oxygen vacancy levels. Upon deposition of Au nanoparticles on the top of tin oxide nanostructures the emission at 540 and 620 nm disappears and a new band (band III) occurs in the range >760 nm. The PL mechanism operating in the studied systems is discussed. The tin oxide/Au nanocomposites can be used as efficient multi-band light emitters in a wide (from visible to near infrared) wavelength range.

  5. Fabrication of thick gel-like films by anodizing iron in a novel electrolyte based on dimethyl sulfoxide and H2SiF6

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    Highlights: → The thick nanoporous bi-layered film formation by iron anodizing is presented. → A novel electrolyte is based on dimethyl sulfoxide and silica hexafluoride acid. → On drying and subsequently annealing a hematite (a-Fe2O3) possessing a hierarchical morphology is formed. - Abstract: The thick bi-layered gel-like film has been grown by anodizing iron in a novel electrolyte composition based on dimethyl sulfoxide and silica hexafluoride acid (H2SiF6) and examined. The thickness of the anodic film composed of the inner orange-colored nanoporous layer and the outer cherry-colored gel-like layer increased at a constant rate up to 40-50 μm depending on the bath composition and anodizing conditions. Under drying and subsequently annealing, the gel layer shrinks and cracks producing hierarchical morphology of thick films mainly composed of hematite (a-Fe2O3). Scanning electron microscopy, Moessbauer, Raman and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopies, and X-ray diffraction have been applied to reveal the composition and morphology of these novel films before and following various post-treatments.

  6. Atomic/Molecular Layer Deposition of Lithium Terephthalate Thin Films as High Rate Capability Li-Ion Battery Anodes.

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    Nisula, Mikko; Karppinen, Maarit

    2016-02-10

    We demonstrate the fabrication of high-quality electrochemically active organic lithium electrode thin films by the currently strongly emerging combined atomic/molecular layer deposition (ALD/MLD) technique using lithium terephthalate, a recently found anode material for lithium-ion battery (LIB), as a proof-of-the-concept material. Our deposition process for Li-terephthalate is shown to well comply with the basic principles of ALD-type growth including the sequential self-saturated surface reactions, a necessity when aiming at micro-LIB devices with three-dimensional architectures. The as-deposited films are found crystalline across the deposition temperature range of 200-280 °C, which is a trait highly desired for an electrode material but rather unusual for hybrid inorganic-organic thin films. Excellent rate capability is ascertained for the Li-terephthalate films with no conductive additives required. The electrode performance can be further enhanced by depositing a thin protective LiPON solid-state electrolyte layer on top of Li-terephthalate; this yields highly stable structures with capacity retention of over 97% after 200 charge/discharge cycles at 3.2 C. PMID:26812433

  7. Nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide as a promising material for the electrostatically-controlled thin film interference filter

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    This study presents the approach to implement the electrostatically-controlled thin film optical filter by using a nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (np-AAO) layer as the key suspended micro structure. The bi-stable optical filter operates in the visible spectral range. In this work, the presented bi-stable optical filter has averaged reflectivity of 60%, and the central wavelengths are 580 and 690 nm respectively for on and off states. The presented np-AAO layer offers the following merits for the thin film optical filter: (1) material properties of np-AAO film, such as refractive index, elastic modulus and dielectric constant, can be easily changed by a low temperature pore-widening process, (2) in-use stiction of the suspended np-AAO structure can be reduced by the small contact area of nanoporous textures, (3) driving (pull-in) voltage can be reduced due to a large dielectric constant (εAAO is 7.05) and small stiffness of np-AAO film and (4) dielectric charging can be reduced by the np-AAO material; thus the offset voltage is small. The study reports the design, fabrication and experimental results of the bi-stable optical filter to demonstrate the advantages of the presented device. The np-AAO material also has the potential for applications of other electrostatic drive micro devices. (paper)

  8. Morphological control of anodic crystalline TiO{sub 2} nanochannel films for use in size-selective photocatalytic decomposition of organic molecules

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    Tsuji, E., E-mail: e-tsuji@eng.hokudai.ac.jp [Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Division of Materials Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Taguchi, Y. [Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Aoki, Y. [Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Division of Materials Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Hashimoto, T.; Skeldon, P.; Thompson, G.E. [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL England (United Kingdom); Habazaki, H. [Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan); Division of Materials Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628 (Japan)

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The crystalline TiO{sub 2} nanochannel films were formed by anodizing titanium at 20 V in glycerol electrolyte containing various amounts of K{sub 3}PO{sub 4}, K{sub 2}HPO{sub 4} and KH{sub 2}PO{sub 4} at 433 K. • The growth rate of the films increased with an increase in the basicity of the electrolyte, leading to highly ordered nanochannel structures (the pore size was as small as ∼10 nm). • Size-selective photocatalytic decomposition for small organic molecules was achieved by utilizing the highly ordered TiO{sub 2} nanochannel films. - Abstract: We report the size-selective photocatalytic decomposition of organic molecules using crystalline anodic TiO{sub 2} nanochannel films as the photocatalyst. The porous TiO{sub 2} films were formed by anodizing titanium at 20 V in glycerol electrolyte containing various amounts of K{sub 3}PO{sub 4}, K{sub 2}HPO{sub 4}, and KH{sub 2}PO{sub 4} at 433 K. Regardless of the electrolyte composition, the as-formed TiO{sub 2} films had a crystalline anatase structure. The basicity of the electrolyte markedly influenced the morphology of the TiO{sub 2} nanochannel films; more regular nanochannels developed with increasing basicity of the electrolyte. Because the diameter of the nanochannels in the films formed in a basic electrolyte was as small as ∼10 nm, the anodic TiO{sub 2} nanochannel films with a thickness of 5 μm revealed a selective photocatalytic decomposition of methylene blue (MB) in a mixture of MB and direct red 80 (DR) kept under UV irradiation. The importance of the diameter of the nanochannels and their uniformity for size-selective decomposition of organic molecules were investigated.

  9. Morphological control of anodic crystalline TiO2 nanochannel films for use in size-selective photocatalytic decomposition of organic molecules

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The crystalline TiO2 nanochannel films were formed by anodizing titanium at 20 V in glycerol electrolyte containing various amounts of K3PO4, K2HPO4 and KH2PO4 at 433 K. • The growth rate of the films increased with an increase in the basicity of the electrolyte, leading to highly ordered nanochannel structures (the pore size was as small as ∼10 nm). • Size-selective photocatalytic decomposition for small organic molecules was achieved by utilizing the highly ordered TiO2 nanochannel films. - Abstract: We report the size-selective photocatalytic decomposition of organic molecules using crystalline anodic TiO2 nanochannel films as the photocatalyst. The porous TiO2 films were formed by anodizing titanium at 20 V in glycerol electrolyte containing various amounts of K3PO4, K2HPO4, and KH2PO4 at 433 K. Regardless of the electrolyte composition, the as-formed TiO2 films had a crystalline anatase structure. The basicity of the electrolyte markedly influenced the morphology of the TiO2 nanochannel films; more regular nanochannels developed with increasing basicity of the electrolyte. Because the diameter of the nanochannels in the films formed in a basic electrolyte was as small as ∼10 nm, the anodic TiO2 nanochannel films with a thickness of 5 μm revealed a selective photocatalytic decomposition of methylene blue (MB) in a mixture of MB and direct red 80 (DR) kept under UV irradiation. The importance of the diameter of the nanochannels and their uniformity for size-selective decomposition of organic molecules were investigated

  10. Low-temperature anodic bonding using thin films of lithium-niobate-phosphate glass

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    This paper reports on the investigation of a low-temperature anodic bonding process with layers of a lithium-niobate-phosphate glass on chip level. The glass layers are deposited by means of rf sputtering. The applied glass is characterised by its high ion conductivity, enabling anodic bonding at room temperature. Results of the optimisation process concerning the intrinsic stress of the glass layers and the thermal exposure of the substrates through the deposition process are presented. The stoichiometry of the glass layers is verified through Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS). The bonding strength is measured by tensile tests. Microfabricated atomic vapour cells are used for hermeticity tests of the bonding by absorption measurements of the caesium D1 line. (paper)

  11. Morphology and performances of the anodic oxide films on Ti6Al4V alloy formed in alkaline-silicate electrolyte with aminopropyl silane addition under low potential

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    Oxide films on Ti6Al4V alloy are prepared using sodium hydroxide–sodium silicate as the base electrolyte with addition of aminopropyl trimethoxysilane (APS) as additive by potentiostatic anodizing under 10 V. APS is incorporated into the films during anodizing and the surface morphology of the oxide films is changed from particle stacked to honeycomb-like porous surfaces as shown by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with Energy Disperse Spectroscopy (EDX). The surface roughness and aminopropyl existence on the oxide films result in their differences in wettability as tested by the surface profile topography and contact angle measurements. The anti-abrasive ability of the anodic films is improved with the addition of APS due to its toughening effects and serving as lubricants in the ceramic oxide films as measured by ball-on-disk friction test. Also, potentiodynamic corrosion test proves that their anticorrosive ability in 3.5 wt.% NaCl is greatly improved as reflected by their much lower corrosion current (Icorr) and higher corrosion potential (Ecorr) than those of the substrate.

  12. Morphology and performances of the anodic oxide films on Ti6Al4V alloy formed in alkaline-silicate electrolyte with aminopropyl silane addition under low potential

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    Chen, Jiali; Wang, Jinwei, E-mail: wangjw@ustb.edu.cn; Yuan, Hongye

    2013-11-01

    Oxide films on Ti6Al4V alloy are prepared using sodium hydroxide–sodium silicate as the base electrolyte with addition of aminopropyl trimethoxysilane (APS) as additive by potentiostatic anodizing under 10 V. APS is incorporated into the films during anodizing and the surface morphology of the oxide films is changed from particle stacked to honeycomb-like porous surfaces as shown by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with Energy Disperse Spectroscopy (EDX). The surface roughness and aminopropyl existence on the oxide films result in their differences in wettability as tested by the surface profile topography and contact angle measurements. The anti-abrasive ability of the anodic films is improved with the addition of APS due to its toughening effects and serving as lubricants in the ceramic oxide films as measured by ball-on-disk friction test. Also, potentiodynamic corrosion test proves that their anticorrosive ability in 3.5 wt.% NaCl is greatly improved as reflected by their much lower corrosion current (I{sub corr}) and higher corrosion potential (E{sub corr}) than those of the substrate.

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

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

  14. Dose distribution around a needle-like anode X-ray tube: Dye-film vs. planar thermoluminescent detectors

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    The dosimetry around the X-ray tube with a needle-like anode (NAXT), developed at the Inst. of Nuclear Studies, for interstitial brachytherapy has been performed using (1) dye films (Gafchromic XR-T), (2) large-area thermoluminescent (TL) detectors - prepared either by gluing TL powder onto thin Al foil (so-called planar detectors with spatial resolution of 0.1 mm) and (3) miniature (2 mm diameter and 0.5 mm thick) TL detectors. The measurements were performed in following geometries. (1) Needle inside a PMMA cylinder - the planar TL detector mounted on the surface of the cylinder. (2) Needle inside a thick block of PMMA and TL detector mounted vertically 7 mm from needle axis. TL detectors were read with the planar (2D) thermoluminescence reader, developed at IFJ, with a sensitive CCD (charge couple device) camera. Gafchromic films were evaluated with a system based on Agfa Arcus 1200 scanner and calibrated with X-rays (35 kV) filtered with 0.03 mm Mo and with Co-60 photons. The intensity distribution of TL light on the planar detector was calibrated in terms of absorbed dose to water, using 137Cs gamma-rays. TL planar detectors seem to be a promising tool for 2D dosimetry of miniature X-ray sources. Obtained results for TLDs and Gafchromic films seem to be comparable but differences have been found. Both methods are useful for measurements of dose distribution around the NAXT X-rays source. (authors)

  15. MoOx thin films deposited by magnetron sputtering as an anode for aqueous micro-supercapacitors

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    Can Liu

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available In order to examine the potential application of non-stoichiometric molybdenum oxide as anode materials for aqueous micro-supercapacitors, conductive MoOx films (2 ≤ x ≤ 2.3 deposited via RF magnetron sputtering at different temperatures were systematically studied for composition, structure and electrochemical properties in an aqueous solution of Li2SO4. The MoOx (x ≈ 2.3 film deposited at 150 °C exhibited a higher areal capacitance (31 mF cm−2 measured at 5 mV s−1, best rate capability and excellent stability at potentials below −0.1 V versus saturated calomel electrode, compared to the films deposited at room temperature and at higher temperatures. These superior properties were attributed to the multi-valence composition and mixed-phase microstructure, i.e., the coexistence of MoO2 nanocrystals and amorphous MoOx (2.3 < x ≤ 3. A mechanism combining Mo(IV oxidation/reduction on the hydrated MoO2 grain surfaces and cation intercalation/extrusion is proposed to illustrate the pseudo-capacitive process.

  16. Compositionally graded SiCu thin film anode by magnetron sputtering for lithium ion battery

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    Polat, B. D.; Eryilmaz, O. L.; Keles, O; Erdemir, A; Amine, Khalil

    2015-10-22

    Compositionally graded and non-graded composite SiCu thin films were deposited by magnetron sputtering technique on Cu disks for investigation of their potentials in lithium ion battery applications. The compositionally graded thin film electrodes with 30 at.% Cu delivered a 1400 mAh g-1 capacity with 80% Coulombic efficiency in the first cycle and still retained its capacity at around 600 mAh g-1 (with 99.9% Coulombic efficiency) even after 100 cycles. On the other hand, the non-graded thin film electrodes with 30 at.% Cu exhibited 1100 mAh g-1 as the first discharge capacity with 78% Coulombic efficiency but the cycle life of this film degraded very quickly, delivering only 250 mAh g-1 capacity after 100th cycles. Not only the Cu content but also the graded film thickness were believed to be the main contributors to the much superior performance of the compositionally graded SiCu films. We also believe that the Cu-rich region of the graded film helped reduce internal stress build-up and thus prevented film delamination during cycling. In particular, the decrease of Cu content from interface region to the top of the coating reduced the possibility of stress build-up across the film during cycling, thus leading to a high electrochemical performance.

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

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

    2010-12-20

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

  18. Free-standing alumina nanobottles and nanotubes pre-integrated into nanoporous alumina membranes

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    A novel interfacial structure consisting of long (up to 5 μm), thin (about 300 nm), highly-ordered, free-standing, highly-reproducible aluminum oxide nanobottles and long tubular nanocapsules attached to a rigid, thin (less than 1 μm) nanoporous anodic alumina membrane is fabricated by simple, fast, catalyst-free, environmentally friendly voltage-pulse anodization. A growth mechanism is proposed based on the formation of straight channels in alumina membrane by anodization, followed by neck formation due to a sophisticated voltage control during the process. This process can be used for the fabrication of alumina nanocontainers with highly controllable geometrical size and volume, vitally important for various applications such as material and energy storage, targeted drug and diagnostic agent delivery, controlled drug and active agent release, gene and biomolecule reservoirs, micro-biologically protected platforms, nano-bioreactors, tissue engineering and hydrogen storage. (paper)

  19. Electrostatic layer-by-layer a of platinum-loaded multiwall carbon nanotube multilayer: A tunable catalyst film for anodic methanol oxidation

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    A simple layer-by-layer (LBL) electrostatic adsorption technique was developed for deposition of films composed of alternating layers of positively charged poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) and negatively charged multiwall carbon nanotubes bearing platinum nanoparticles (Pt-CNTs). PDDA/Pt-CNT film structure and morphology up to six layers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, showing the Pt-CNT layers to be porous and uniformly deposited within the multilayer films. Electrochemical properties of the PDDA/Pt-CNT films, as well as electrocatalytic activity toward methanol oxidation, were investigated with cyclic voltammetry. Significant activity toward anodic methanol oxidation was observed and is readily tunable through changing film thickness and/or platinum-nanoparticle loading. Overall, the observed properties of these PDDA/Pt-CNT multilayer films indicated unique potential for application in direct methanol fuel cell

  20. Moisture-Induced Alumina Scale Spallation: The Hydrogen Factor

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    Smialek, James L.

    2010-01-01

    For some time the oxidation community has been concerned with interfacial spallation of protective alumina scales, not just upon immediate cool down, but as a time-delayed phenomenon. Moisture-induced delayed spallation (MIDS) and desktop spallation (DTS) of thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) refer to this process. It is most apparent for relatively adherent alumina scales that have survived initial cool down in a dry environment, have built up considerable thickness and strain energy, and have been somewhat damaged, such as by cyclic oxidation cracking. Indeed, a "sensitive zone" can be described that maximizes the observed effect as a function of all the relevant factors. Moisture has been postulated to serve as a source of interfacial hydrogen embrittlement. Hydrogen is derived from reaction with aluminum in the alloy at an exposed interface. The purpose of this monograph is to trace the close analogy of this phenomenon to other hydrogen-induced effects, such as embrittlement of aluminides and blistering of alloys and anodic alumina films. A formalized, top-down, logic-tree structure is presented as a guide to this discussion. A theoretical basis for interfacial weakening by hydrogen is first cited, as are demonstrations of hydrogen detection as a reaction product or interfacial species. Further support is provided by critical experiments that recreate the moisture effect, but by isolating hydrogen from other potential causative factors. These experiments include tests in H 2-containing atmospheres or cathodic hydrogen charging. Accordingly, they strongly indicate that interfacial hydrogen, derived from moisture, is the key chemical species accounting for delayed alumina scale spallation.

  1. SnOx Thin Films Deposited by Reactive Magnetron Sputtering for Microbatteries Anodes

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    XING Guang-jian; YANG Zhi-min; SHEN Wan; MAO Chang-hui; DU Jun

    2004-01-01

    SnOx thin films, with various oxygen deficiencies, are deposited from a Sn target on to silicon substratesby reactive magnetron sputtering. The SnOx films are characterized by X-ray diffraction ( XRD ) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS). Influences of deposition conditions such as oxygen partial pressure and annealing temperature on the characteristicsof the films are discussed in detail. The high reversible capacity and cycle performance characteristics of SnOxare also described. The results show that stoichiometric parameter x increases with the increase in oxygen partial pressure. The chargedischarge performance of the SnOxfilms is found to be dependent on x value.

  2. Formation of double ring patterns on Co2MnSi Heusler alloy thin film by anodic oxidation under scanning probe microscope

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    Double ring formation on Co2MnSi (CMS) films is observed at electrical breakdown voltage during local anodic oxidation (LAO) using atomic force microscope (AFM). Corona effect and segregation of cobalt in the vicinity of the rings is studied using magnetic force microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Double ring formation is attributed to the interaction of ablated material with the induced magnetic field during LAO. Steepness of forward bias transport characteristics from the unperturbed region of the CMS film suggest a non equilibrium spin contribution. Such mesoscopic textures in magnetic films by AFM tip can be potentially used for memory storage applications.

  3. Sacrificial anode stability and polarization potential variation in a ternary Al-xZn-xMg alloy in a seawater-marine environment

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    Muazu, Abubakar; Aliyu, Yaro Shehu; Abdulwahab, Malik; Idowu Popoola, Abimbola Patricia

    2016-06-01

    In this paper, the effects of zinc (Zn) and magnesium (Mg) addition on the performance of an aluminum-based sacrificial anode in seawater were investigated using a potential measurement method. Anodic efficiency, protection efficiency, and polarized potential were the parameters used. The percentages of Zn and Mg in the anodes were varied from 2% to 8% Zn and 1% to 4% Mg. The alloys produced were tested as sacrificial anodes for the protection of mild steel in seawater at room temperature. Current efficiency as high as 88.36% was obtained in alloys containing 6% Zn and 1% Mg. The polarized potentials obtained for the coupled (steel/Al-based alloys) are as given in the Pourbaix diagrams, with steel lying within the immunity region/cathodic region and the sacrificial anodes within the anodic region. The protection offered by the sacrificial anodes to the steel after the 7th and 8th week was measured and protection efficiency values as high as 99.66% and 99.47% were achieved for the Al-6%Zn-1%Mg cast anode. The microstructures of the cast anodes comprise of intermetallic structures of hexagonal Mg3Zn2 and body-centered cubic Al2Mg3Zn3. These are probably responsible for the breakdown of the passive alumina film, thus enhancing the anode efficiency.

  4. 阳极氧化法制备多孔氧化铝膜的形成过程研究%Investigation on the growth sequence of porous anodic aluminum oxide films by two-step anodization

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    刘海凤; 路丙强; 梁冬林; 魏水强; 苟凯佩; 王凡; 文衍宣

    2012-01-01

    采用阳极氧化技术,研究了电压对多孔氧化铝膜生长过程的影响.使用扫描电镜( SEM)对在草酸-水-乙醇体系中形成的多孔氧化铝膜形貌进行观测.结果表明,在第二步氧化过程中,在40V氧化电压下,多孔氧化铝膜的有序度和孔径随反应时间延长而降低;在80 V下,经过长时间反应,AAO膜表面腐蚀严重,难以获得平整的多孔结构.预氧化过程所形成的薄氧化层有效保护了多孔氧化铝表面,同时对多孔结构具有短距离诱导作用.改变氧化电压、电解质浓度和反应时间,有序孔排列的结构参数也有所改变.高电场下,孔道的相互作用促进了其生长分化,形成了两种不同的孔道结构.%The detailed growth processes of porous anodic aluminum oxide films influenced by the applied voltage were studied via anodization method. The appearance of the porous anodic aluminum oxide films formed in oxalic acid-water-ethanol solution was studied by SEM. At the second anodization step, the ordering degree and pore size of oxide films decreased at 40 V, while the rough surface of AAO by severe corrosion was obtained at 80 V. Whereas, the surface oxide layer generated by pre-anodization provided effective protection at the early stage of high-voltage anodization, and guided the formation of ordered pores array in short range. The structural parameters of ordered pores array were dependent on the applied voltage, electrolyte concentration and reaction time. At high applied voltage, the cause of interaction forces between neighboring pores enhances the differentiation of pore growth, and hence two different pores growth behaviors in the internal and surface of AAO membrane are observed.

  5. Effects of applied voltage on the properties of anodic zirconia thin film on (100) silicon

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    The formation of thin zirconium dioxide (ZrO2) film by anodisation of 150 nm thick zirconium (Zr) film on n-type silicon (Si) was investigated. Anodisation was performed in 1 M NaOH (pH 14) at six different voltages ranging from 5 V to 60 V. All anodisation processes were done for 15 min at room temperature in the bath with constant stirring. At lower voltages (5 V and 10 V), the anodised films are crystalline with high temperature cubic or tetragonal ZrO2 phases. For films anodised at voltages > 20 V, monoclinic ZrO2 appears along with the tetragonal or cubic ZrO2. The monoclinic phases exist mostly at the top part of the oxide with more tetragonal or cubic ZrO2 nearer to the oxide/substrate interface. For samples anodised above 40 V, the oxide cracks severely and delaminates from the substrate with the degree of delamination more severe as the anodisation voltages were increased to 60 V. At these voltages, the high temperature phases are no longer stabilised leading to the phase transformation to monoclinic ZrO2. Anodisation at 20 V is therefore thought as an adequate voltage for the formation of relatively smooth oxide. This oxide has a root-mean-square value of 0.55 nm, no cracks and reveals the highest breakdown voltage. - Highlights: ► 150 nm zirconium films on silicon were anodised to form thin zirconia film. ► Crystalline ZrO2 films formed with predominantly tetragonal or cubic phases. ► Duplex ZrO2 layer with tetragonal or cubic oxide near the oxide/substrate interface.

  6. High-Performance Protonic Ceramic Fuel Cells with Thin-Film Yttrium-Doped Barium Cerate-Zirconate Electrolytes on Compositionally Gradient Anodes.

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    Bae, Kiho; Lee, Sewook; Jang, Dong Young; Kim, Hyun Joong; Lee, Hunhyeong; Shin, Dongwook; Son, Ji-Won; Shim, Joon Hyung

    2016-04-13

    In this study, we used a compositionally gradient anode functional layer (AFL) consisting of Ni-BaCe0.5Zr0.35Y0.15O3-δ (BCZY) with increasing BCZY contents toward the electrolyte-anode interface for high-performance protonic ceramic fuel cells. It is identified that conventional homogeneous AFLs fail to stably accommodate a thin film of BCZY electrolyte. In contrast, a dense 2 μm thick BCZY electrolyte was successfully deposited onto the proposed gradient AFL with improved adhesion. A fuel cell containing this thin electrolyte showed a promising maximum peak power density of 635 mW cm(-2) at 600 °C, with an open-circuit voltage of over 1 V. Impedance analysis confirmed that minimizing the electrolyte thickness is essential for achieving a high power output, suggesting that the anode structure is important in stably accommodating thin electrolytes. PMID:27029066

  7. The passive film characterization and anodic polarization behavior of 11% Cr ferritic/martensitic and 15% Cr oxide dispersion strengthened steels in different electrolytic solutions

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    The ferritic/martensitic (F/M) and oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels are the most promising candidate materials for future nuclear power plants. In the present work, the passive film compositions and its correlation with anodic polarization behavior of 11% Cr F/M and 15% Cr ODS steels was examined in different electrolytic solutions of borate buffer, acidic, acidified chloride and in chloride solution. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis of the passive film reveals the existence of the layers of Cr2O3 and Fe2O3 and in 15% Cr ODS steel along with Y2O3. The open circuit potential and potentiodynamic anodic polarization measurements show that pitting corrosion resistance is strongly dependent on electrolytic solutions and passive film compositions. The ODS steel indicated increased breakdown potential and wider passive range as compared to F/M steel in chloride containing media. In a non-chloride environment, this difference is not prominent. However, low pitting corrosion resistance of both steels in chloride solutions was attributable to Cl− and microstructural inhomogeneity. The SEM micrographs of surface morphology of corrosion attack showed severe pitting corrosion attack in chloride solutions. The anodic polarization behavior of F/M and ODS steels in different electrolytic solutions was studied for this work in relation to passive film compositions.

  8. Effects of anodic passivation on the constitution, stability and resistance to corrosion of passive film formed on an Fe-24Mn-4Al-5Cr alloy

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    The effects of anodic aging time and potential on the corrosion resistance, stability and constitution of the passive film formed on an Fe-24Mn-4Al-5Cr alloy in 50% HNO3 solution were studied by using combined electrochemical measurements and Auger electron spectroscopic (AES)/X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) analysis. In the anodic passive region, prolonged anodic aging time or increased passivating potential can induce better protective and stable properties of the passive film and better resistance to corrosion. With increasing aging time from 15 min to 5 h, the time required for the potential decay from the passive to active state increases from about 300 up to above 12,000 s, and the corrosion resistance in 1 mol l-1 Na2SO4 solution of Fe-24Mn-4Al-5Cr alloy, characterized by polarization curves, is superior to that of Fe-13% Cr-0.1% C stainless steel. AES and XPS analyses of the aging passive film show that these improvements of properties are related to modifications of the passive layer with time. The increase of resistance to corrosion is attributed to Al2O3 and Cr2O3 enrichment and oxides of Fe and Mn depletion in the passive film and a thickening of the effective barrier layer of oxides

  9. Dose distribution around a needle-like anode X-ray tube: dye-film vs. planar thermoluminescent detectors.

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    Budzanowski, M; Olko, P; Marczewska, B; Czopyk, L; Slapa, M; Stras, W; Traczyk, M; Talejko, M

    2006-01-01

    The dosimetry around the X-ray tube with a needle-like anode (NAXT), developed at the Institute of Nuclear Studies, for interstitial brachytherapy has been performed using (1) dye films (Gafchromic XR-T), (2) large-area thermoluminescent (TL) detectors--prepared either by gluing TL powder onto thin Al foil (so-called planar detectors with spatial resolution of 0.1 mm) and (3) miniature (2 mm diameter and 0.5 mm thick) TL detectors. The measurements were performed in following geometries. (1) Needle inside a PMMA cylinder--the planar TL detector mounted on the surface of the cylinder. (2) Needle inside a thick block of PMMA and TL detector mounted vertically 7 mm from needle axis. TL detectors were read with the planar (2D) thermoluminescence reader, developed at IFJ, with a sensitive CCD (charge couple device) camera. Gafchromic films were evaluated with a system based on Agfa Arcus 1200 scanner and calibrated with X rays (35 kV) filtered with 0.03 mm Mo and with Co-60 photons. The intensity distribution of TL light on the planar detector was calibrated in terms of absorbed dose to water, using (137)Cs gamma-rays. TL planar detectors seem to be a promising tool for 2D dosimetry of miniature X-ray sources. Obtained results for TLDs and Gafchromic films seem to be comparable but differences have been found. Both methods are useful for measurements of dose distribution around the NAXT X-rays source. PMID:16614087

  10. Nanoporous Thin Film Templates for the Fabrication of Nanowires and Nanotubes

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    Bordo, Kirill

    2011-01-01

    templates on free-standing thin-film substrates was developed. The method involves the use of water-soluble NaCl release layer produced by means of e-beam evaporation in high vacuum. The PAA templates are fabricated via anodization of thin Al films supported by thin layers of e-beam evaporated silicon oxide...... of nanowires or nanotubes are obtained. Such arrays can be subsequently integrated into e.g. solar cells and other electronic devices. This thesis is focused on the fabrication of thin-film porous anodic alumina (PAA) templates on different substrates. The fabrication of organic nanowires and...... nanotubes via melt- or solution-assisted wetting of PAA templates is also studied. Supported PAA templates were obtained by anodization of thin Al films. Thin Al films produced by evaporation of Al onto different substrates were studied by SEM and AFM. It has been found that the structure and surface...

  11. Temperature Dependence of Thin Film Spiral Inductors on Alumina Over a Temperature Range of 25 to 475 C

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    Ponchak, George E.; Jordan, Jennifer L.; Scardelletti, Maximilian C.

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we present an analysis of inductors on an Alumina substrate over the temperature range of 25 to 475 C. Five sets of inductors, each set consisting of a 1.5, 2.5, 3.5, and a 4.5 turn inductor with different line width and spacing, were measured on a high temperature probe station from 10 MHz to 30 GHz. From these measured characteristics, it is shown that the inductance is nearly independent of temperature for low frequencies compared to the self resonant frequency, the parasitic capacitances are independent of temperature, and the resistance varies nearly linearly with temperature. These characteristics result in the self resonant frequency decreasing by only a few percent as the temperature is increased from 25 to 475 C, but the maximum quality factor decreases by a factor of 2 to 3. These observations based on measured data are confirmed through 2D simulations using Sonnet software.

  12. Electron transfer across anodic films formed on tin in carbonate-bicarbonate buffer solution

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    Impedance and steady-state data were recorded in order to study the kinetics of electron transfer between passive tin electrodes and an electrolytic solution containing the K3Fe(CN)6-K4Fe(CN)6 redox couple. Film thickness plays a key role in determining the type of electronic conduction of these oxide covered electrodes. Electron exchange with the oxide takes place with participation of the conduction band in the semiconducting film. A mechanism involving direct electron tunneling through the space charge barrier is the most suitable to interpret the experimental evidence

  13. Semi-transparent ordered TiO2 nanostructures prepared by anodization of titanium thin films deposited onto the FTO substrate

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    Szkoda, Mariusz; Lisowska-Oleksiak, Anna; Grochowska, Katarzyna; Skowroński, Łukasz; Karczewski, Jakub; Siuzdak, Katarzyna

    2016-09-01

    In a significant amount of cases, the highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays grow through anodic oxidation of a titanium metal plate immersed in electrolyte containing fluoride ions. However, for some practical applications, e.g. solar cells or electrochromic windows, the semi-transparent TiO2 formed directly on the transparent, conductive substrate is very much desired. This work shows that high-quality Ti coating could be formed at room temperature using an industrial magnetron sputtering system within 50 min. Under optimized conditions, the anodization process was performed on 2 μm titanium films deposited onto the FTO (fluorine-tin-oxide) support. Depending on the electrolyte type, highly ordered tubular or porous titania layers were obtained. The fabricated samples, after their thermal annealing, were investigated using scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and UV-vis spectroscopy in order to investigate their morphology, crystallinity and absorbance ability. The photocurrent response curves indicate that materials are resistant to the photocorrosion process and their activity is strongly connected to optical properties. The most transparent TiO2 films were fabricated when Ti was anodized in water electrolyte, whereas the highest photocurrent densities (12 μA cm-2) were registered for titania received after Ti anodization in ethylene glycol solution. The obtained results are of significant importance in the production of thin, semi-transparent titania nanostructures on a commercial scale.

  14. Self-assembly silicon/porous reduced graphene oxide composite film as a binder-free and flexible anode for lithium-ion batteries

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    A Si/porous reduced graphene oxide (rGO) composite film synthesized by evaporation and leavening method are developed as a high-performance anode material for lithium ion batteries. The porous structure as buffer base can effectively release the volume expansion of the silicon particles, increase the electrical conductivity and reduce the transfer resistance of Li ions. The Si/porous rGO composite film presents high specific capacity and good cycling stability (1261 mA h g−1 at 50 mA g−1 up to 70 cycles), as well as enhanced rate capability. This approach to prepare such a unique structure is a low-cost and facile route for the silicon-based anode materials

  15. 原子层沉积技术合成氧化铝薄膜包覆二硝酰胺铵%Alumina Thin Film Coated Ammonium Dinitramide Fabricated by Atomic Layer Deposition

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    龚婷; 秦利军; 严蕊; 胡岚; 姬月萍; 冯昊

    2014-01-01

    通过原子层沉积(ALD)技术以三甲基铝和水作为前驱体在二硝酰胺铵(ADN)表面沉积氧化铝包覆膜。分别采用扫描电子显微镜(SEM), X射线光电子能谱(XPS)对包覆后ADN的表面形貌、化学成分进行了分析,通过蒸汽吸附分析仪(VSA)对包覆氧化铝薄膜的ADN样品进行了吸湿性测试,并且对ADN表面氧化铝薄膜生成机理进行了探讨。结果表明:ALD氧化铝薄膜对ADN表面形成了完整的包覆,薄膜厚度最高可达数百纳米。包覆有ALD氧化铝薄膜的ADN样品暴露在潮湿空气中48 h形貌不发生明显变化。在25℃,湿度70%的环境条件下, VSA测得包覆200和400周期氧化铝薄膜的ADN吸湿率分别为40.99%和40.75%。以上研究结果表明,尽管ALD氧化铝对ADN表面实现了完整包覆并在潮湿空气中维持了样品形貌,被包覆的ADN样品吸湿性尚未获得明显改善。%To deposit alumina thin films on ammonium dinitramide (ADN) by atomic layer deposition (ALD), trimethylaluminum and water were used as the precursors. The surface morphology and chemical compositions of the ALD alumina coated ADN were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spec-troscope (XPS). The hygroscopic property of the ALD alumina coated ADN was studied by a vapor adsorption ana-lyzer (VSA). The possible mechanism of ALD alumina film growth on the surface of ADN was discussed. The charac-terization results indicate that the ALD alumina film completely covers the surface of ADN. The thickness of the alu-mina film can reach hundreds of nanometers. After 48 h of air exposure, the shapes and topologies of the alumina coated ADN particles are maintained. The hygroscopicity of the ADN samples coated by 200 and 400 cycles of ALD alumina are 40.99%and 40.75%, respectively. Although the ALD alumina coating completely covers the surface of ADN and successfully maintains the shapes and topologies of ADN particles in a wet environment

  16. Direct Growth of Bismuth Film as Anode for Aqueous Rechargeable Batteries in LiOH, NaOH and KOH Electrolytes

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    Wenhua Zuo; Pan Xu; Yuanyuan Li; Jinping Liu

    2015-01-01

    As promising candidates for next-generation energy storage devices, aqueous rechargeable batteries are safer and cheaper than organic Li ion batteries. But due to the narrow voltage window of aqueous electrolytes, proper anode materials with low redox potential and high capacity are quite rare. In this work, bismuth electrode film was directly grown by a facile hydrothermal route and tested in LiOH, NaOH and KOH electrolytes. With low redox potential (reduction/oxidation potentials at ca. −0....

  17. Conductivity and thermoelectric properties of nanostructure tin oxide thin films

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Tin oxide thin films doped with iron or copper were deposited on glass and porous alumina substrates, using the co-deposition dip coating sol–gel technique. Alumina substrate was prepared by the anodizing technique. Samples were sintered for 2 h at temperature 600 °C. The XRD spectrum of deposited samples shows a polycrystalline structure with a clear characteristic peak of SnO2 cassiterite phase. From (I–V characteristics measured at different temperatures for samples prepared on glass substrates, the density of states at the Fermi level was calculated. Thermoelectric effect was measured with a change of temperature for prepared samples under low pressure 1 mbar. Seebeck coefficient, the carrier concentration, the charge carrier mobility and the figure merit were determined for prepared samples under low pressure 1 mbar. Seebeck coefficient was improved when films were deposited on porous Alumina substrates.

  18. Vanadium nitride as a novel thin film anode material for rechargeable lithium batteries

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    Vanadium mononitride (VN) thin films have been successfully fabricated by magnetron sputtering. Its electrochemical behaviour with lithium was examined by galvanostatic cell cycling and cyclic voltammetry. The capacity of VN was found to be stable above 800 mAh g-1 after 50 cycles. By using ex situ X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction as well as in situ spectroelectrochemical measurements, the electrochemical reaction mechanism of VN with lithium was investigated. The reversible conversion reaction of VN into metal V and Li3N was revealed. The high reversible capacity and good stable cycle of VN thin film electrode made it a new promising lithium-ion storage material for future rechargeable lithium batteries

  19. Investigation of film solidification and binder migration during drying of Li-Ion battery anodes

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    Jaiser, Stefan; Müller, Marcus; Baunach, Michael; Bauer, Werner; Scharfer, Philip; Schabel, Wilhelm

    2016-06-01

    The property determining micro-structure of battery electrodes essentially evolves during drying, appointing it a paramount, yet insufficiently understood processing step in cell manufacturing. The distribution of functional additives such as binder or carbon black throughout the film strongly depends on the drying process. A representative state-of-the-art model system comprising graphite, polymeric binder, carbon black and solvent is investigated to gain an insight into the underlying processes. A new experimental approach is introduced that allows for revelation of the evolution of binder concentration gradients throughout the film during drying. Binder is detected by means of energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) at the top and bottom surface. Drying kinetics is investigated and the impact of the drying process on electrochemical performance is disclosed. The enrichment of binder at the surface, which is observed while applying high drying rates, is shown to depend on two fundamental processes, namely capillary action and diffusion. The findings reveal characteristic drying stages that provide fundamental insights into film solidification. Based on that, a top-down consolidation mechanism capable of explaining the experimental findings is disclosed. Adhesion of the active layer to the substrate is shown to strongly depend on the local binder concentration in the vicinity of the substrate.

  20. Lithiation and Delithiation Mechanisms of Gold Thin Film Model Anodes for Lithium Ion Batteries: Electrochemical Characterization

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    Lithium Ion batteries have to be significantly improved to fulfill the challenging needs in electromobility or large scale energy storage technology. In this context the use of model electrodes such as single-crystals or thin films allows well-defined mechanistic studies. Here we present a detailed electrochemical investigation of the lithiation–delithiation behavior of Au thin film model electrodes in ionic liquid electrolyte. Cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic-, stepwise potentiostatic lithiation–delithiation cycles, as well as galvanostatic intermittent titration technique, GITT, measurements were performed. We found nearly identical mechanism of Li insertion and extraction in these three types of measurements at different current levels. The mechanism of alloying or lithiation deviated from the mechanism of dealloying or delithiation. While during the lithiation process two main plateaus related to phase transformations occur in the potential–time curves three main plateaus appear during delithiation. First results of theoretical simulations confirm a high number of possible metastable phases in the Li–Au system. The measurements also point to the influence of SEI-film formation on the cycling behavior. Based on these insights a mechanistic sequence and a phase evolution diagram for the electrochemical alloying of Li with Au are presented

  1. 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.

  2. Properties of surface film on lithium anode with LiNO3 as lithium salt in electrolyte solution for lithium–sulfur batteries

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    The properties and the deposition process of surface film on lithium metal with LiNO3 as lithium salt in electrolyte solution are investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning probe microscopy (SPM), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). XPS spectra and depth profile of the surface film show that LiNO3 represents a significant role in the formation of the film, which is attributed to the reaction between lithium metal and the electrolyte solution. With the strong oxidation of LiNO3, the surface film consists of both inorganic species such as LiNxOy and organic species such as ROLi and ROCO2Li. The height and phase images obtained by a SPM system show that the surface film formed with LiNO3 is a homogenous surface film. Combined with EIS spectra and SPM images, the appropriate rate of the reaction between lithium metal and electrolyte solution with LiNO3 is a significant factor to from a homogeneous surface film. The SEM images show that the surface film on lithium metal immersed in electrolyte solution with LiNO3 for several hours becomes smooth and compact. The compact and homogenous surface film formed with LiNO3 brings about the enhanced stability of lithium anode and the improved cycle life of lithium–sulfur batteries.

  3. Metal ion analysis in contaminated water samples using anodic stripping voltammetry and a nanocrystalline diamond thin-film electrode

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    Boron-doped nanocrystalline diamond thin-film electrodes were employed for the detection and quantification of Ag (I), Cu (II), Pb (II), Cd (II), and Zn (II) in several contaminated water samples using anodic stripping voltammetric (ASV). Diamond is an alternate electrode that possesses many of the same attributes as Hg and, therefore, appears to be a viable material for this electroanalytical measurement. The nanocrystalline form has been found to perform slightly better than the more conventional microcrystalline form of diamond in this application. Differential pulse voltammetry (DPASV) was used to detect these metal ions in lake water, well water, tap water, wastewater treatment sludge, and soil. The electrochemical results were compared with data from inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometric (ICP-MS) and or atomic absorption spectrometric (AAS) measurements of the same samples. Diamond is shown to function well in this electroanalytical application, providing a wide linear dynamic range, a low limit of quantitation, excellent response precision, and good response accuracy. For the analysis of Pb (II), bare diamond provided a response nearly identical to that obtained with a Hg-coated glassy carbon electrode

  4. Determination of Antimony (III in Real Samples by Anodic Stripping Voltammetry Using a Mercury Film Screen-Printed Electrode

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    Olga Domínguez-Renedo

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a procedure for the determination of antimony (III by differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry using a mercury film screen-printed electrode as the working electrode. The procedure has been optimized using experimental design methodology. Under these conditions, in terms of Residual Standard Deviation (RSD, the repeatability (3.81 % and the reproducibility (5.07 % of the constructed electrodes were both analyzed. The detection limit for Sb (III was calculated at a value of 1.27×10–8 M. The linear range obtained was between 0.99 × 10–8 – 8.26 × 10–8 M. An analysis of possible effects due to the presence of foreign ions in the solution was performed and the procedure was successfully applied to the determination of antimony levels in pharmaceutical preparations and sea water samples.

  5. Effect of alumina film prepared by pack cementation aluminizing and thermal oxidation treatment of stainless steels on hydrogen permeation

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    A technique concerned in preparing Al2O3 barrier film on the surface of stainless steels (00Cr17Ni14Mo2 and 1Cr18Ni9Ti) was studied. In order to test the permeation behavior, hydrogen was used to simulate the deuterium and tritium. Firstly, pack cementation aluminizing process was adopted to form a aluminum rich layer on the surface of stainless steels. The composition, structure and morphology of the layers were characterized by metallography, XRD and SEM. The aluminizing layer shows the compact structure and mainly FeAl phase. The layer shows multiplayer characteristics, which consists of inner layer (25 μm), external layer (5 μm) and transitional layer (30 μm). The good adherence can be seen between the sub-layers and the interface between the layer and substrate as observed by metallography. The mass fraction of the element Al in the aluminizing layer exceeds to 30%. Then the thermal oxidation processes were taken on the aluminized layer to form the Al2O3 film. The phase structure, the surface morphology, and three-dimension morphology of the Al2O3 film were characterized by the XRD, SEM/EDS and SPM. The thickness of Al2O3 film was tested by the ellipsometry technique. It shows that an even and compact Al2O3 film was grown on the aluminizing layer. The film thickness is about 0.6 μm in case of oxidization for 2 h at 900 degree C and 3 Pa oxygen pressure. In order to examine the hydrogen permeation property of the materials, the hydrogen permeation treatment were taken to both the treated and untreated alloys. Then the amount of hydrogen in the surface region of the alloys was measured by elastic recoil detection (ERD) method. It is found that the atomic content of hydrogen droppes gradually with the increasing depth of the surface. And the atomic content of hydrogen at the distance of 0.2 μm from the surface is 0.007% that is about to the hydorgen composition of the stainless steel originally. This implies that the hydrogen atoms can not be diffused

  6. YBCO nanowires grown by the alumina template method

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    YBa2Cu3Ox (YBCO) nanowires are grown by the anodized alumina template method, starting from pre-sintered YBCO powder. As templates, we have employed commercially available alumina templates with pore diameters of 30 nm and 100 nm, and an overall thickness of 50 μm. An oxygen annealing step is required to obtain superconducting nanowires. Superconductivity with a transition temperature of 88 K is confirmed by means of magnetic susceptibility measurements. The resulting nanowires are analyzed in detail employing electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The separation of the nanowires of the templates is not yet established, but individual nanowires of up to 10 μm length could be separated from the template. In several cases, the template pores are not completely filled by the superconducting material, which implies that the observed length is similar to what could be expected from regular grain growth. Resistance measurements using cut pieces of the filled templates were carried out as a function of temperature. These pieces were covered with Au films on top and bottom in order to provide the electric contacts. The measurements confirmed the magnetically determined critical temperatures.

  7. Formation process of a strong water-repellent alumina surface by the sol-gel method

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    A novel strong water-repellent alumina thin film is fabricated by chemically adsorbing stearic acid (STA) layer onto the porous and roughened aluminum film coated with polyethyleneimine (PEI). The formation process and the structure of the strong water-repellent alumina film are investigated by means of contact angle measurement and atomic force microscope (AFM). Results show that the water contact angles for the alumina films increase with the increase of the immersion time in the boiling water, and meanwhile, the roughness of the alumina films increases with the dissolution of the boehmite in the boiling water. Finally, the strong water-repellent film with a high water contact angle of 139.1 deg. is obtained when the alumina films have distinct roughened morphology with some papillary peaks and porous structure. Moreover, both the roughened structure and the hydrophobic materials of the STA endow the alumina films with the strong water-repellence.

  8. Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PE-CVD) yields better Hydrolytical Stability of Biocompatible SiOx Thin Films on Implant Alumina Ceramics compared to Rapid Thermal Evaporation Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD).

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    Böke, Frederik; Giner, Ignacio; Keller, Adrian; Grundmeier, Guido; Fischer, Horst

    2016-07-20

    Densely sintered aluminum oxide (α-Al2O3) is chemically and biologically inert. To improve the interaction with biomolecules and cells, its surface has to be modified prior to use in biomedical applications. In this study, we compared two deposition techniques for adhesion promoting SiOx films to facilitate the coupling of stable organosilane monolayers on monolithic α-alumina; physical vapor deposition (PVD) by thermal evaporation and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PE-CVD). We also investigated the influence of etching on the formation of silanol surface groups using hydrogen peroxide and sulfuric acid solutions. The film characteristics, that is, surface morphology and surface chemistry, as well as the film stability and its adhesion properties under accelerated aging conditions were characterized by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), and tensile strength tests. Differences in surface functionalization were investigated via two model organosilanes as well as the cell-cytotoxicity and viability on murine fibroblasts and human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSC). We found that both SiOx interfaces did not affect the cell viability of both cell types. No significant differences between both films with regard to their interfacial tensile strength were detected, although failure mode analyses revealed a higher interfacial stability of the PE-CVD films compared to the PVD films. Twenty-eight day exposure to simulated body fluid (SBF) at 37 °C revealed a partial delamination of the thermally deposited PVD films whereas the PE-CVD films stayed largely intact. SiOx layers deposited by both PVD and PE-CVD may thus serve as viable adhesion-promoters for subsequent organosilane coupling agent binding to α-alumina. However, PE-CVD appears to be favorable for long-term direct film exposure to aqueous

  9. Structure and microwave dielectric properties of Bi1.5Zn1.0Nb1.5O7 thin films deposited on alumina substrates by pulsed laser deposition

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    Bi1.5Zn1.0Nb1.5O7 (BZN) thin films were deposited on polycrystalline alumina substrates by pulsed laser deposition at different substrate temperatures. The phase structure and surface morphology were characterized using X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and atomic force microscopy. Microwave dielectric properties were performed using split-post dielectric resonator method at spot frequencies of 10, 15 and 19 GHz, respectively. The XRD results indicate that the as-deposited Bi1.5Zn1.0Nb1.5O7 thin films deposited at 650 °C are amorphous in nature. The dielectric permittivity and loss tangent of the amorphous BZN thin films are 75.5 and 0.013 at 10 GHz, respectively. As the measure frequency increased to 19 GHz, the dielectric permittivity slightly decreases and loss tangent slightly increases. BZN thin films were crystallized after the post-annealing by a rapid thermal annealing in air for 30 min. The crystallized BZN thin films exhibit the excellent dielectric properties and frequency responses. The dielectric permittivity and loss tangent of the crystallized BZN thin films are 154 and 0.038 at 10 GHz, respectively. - Highlights: ► Bi1.5Zn1.0Nb1.5O7 BZN thin films were deposited on polycrystalline alumina substrates. ► Dielectric properties were evaluated by split-post dielectric resonator method. ► BZN films exhibit excellent dielectric properties in the microwave frequency range. ► The dielectric constant of crystallized BZN films is 154 at 10 GHz

  10. One-step synthesis of continuous free-standing Carbon Nanotubes-Titanium oxide composite films as anodes for lithium-ion batteries

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    Highlights: • CNTs/TiO2 compoiste films synthesized are continuous and free-standing. • The film can be directly used as flexible, binder-free Lithium-Ion Battery electrode. • The CNTs/TiO2 electrodes exhibit excellent rate capacity and cyclic stability. • Our strategy is readily applicable to fabricate other CNTs-based composite films. - Abstract: Continuous free-standing Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs)/Titanium oxide (TiO2) composite films were fabricated in a vertical CVD gas flow reactor with water sealing by the One-Step Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) approach. The composite films consist of multiple layers of conductive carbon nanotube networks with titanium oxide nanoparticles decorating on carbon nanotube surface. The as-synthesized flexible and transferrable composite films show excellent electrochemical properties, when the content of tetrabutyl titanate is 19.0 wt.%, which can be promising as binder-free anodes for Lithium-Ion Battery (LIB) applications. It demonstrates remarkably high rate capacity of 150 mAh g−1, as well as excellent high rate cyclic stability over 500 cycles (current density of 3000 mA g−1). Such observations can be attributed to the relatively larger surface area and pore volume comparing with pristine CNT films. Great potentials of CNTs/TiO2 composite films for large-scale production and application in energy devices were shown

  11. Sodium beta-alumina thin films as gate dielectrics for AlGaN/GaN metal-insulator-semiconductor high-electron-mobility transistors

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    Tian Ben-Lang; Chen Chao; Li Yan-Rong; Zhang Wan-Li; Liu Xing-Zhao

    2012-01-01

    Sodium beta-alumina (SBA) is deposited on AlGaN/GaN by using a co-deposition process with sodium and Al2O3 as the precursors.The X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectrum reveals that the deposited thin film is amorphous.The binding energy and composition of the deposited thin film,obtained from the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)measurement,are consistent with those of SBA.The dielectric constant of the SBA thin film is about 50.Each of the capacitance-voltage characteristics obtained at five different frequencies shows a high-quality interface between SBA and A1GaN.The interface trap density of metal-insulator-semiconductor high-electron-mobility transistor (MISHEMT)is measured to be (3.5~9.5)× 1010 cm-2.eV-1 by the conductance method.The fixed charge density of SBA dielectric is on the order of 2.7x1012 cm-2.Compared with the AlGaN/GaN metal semiconductor hetcrostructure high-electron-mobility transistor (MESHEMT),the AlGaN/GaN MISHEMT usually has a threshold voltage that shifts negatively.However,the threshold voltage of the AlGaN/GaN MISHEMT using SBA as the gate dielectric shifts positively from -5.5 V to-3.5 V.From XPS results,the surface valence-band maximum (VBM-EF) of AlGaN is found to decrease from 2.56 eV to 2.25 eV after the SBA thin film deposition.The possible reasons why the threshold voltage of AlGaN/GaN MISHEMT with the SBA gate dielectric shifts positively are the influence of SBA on surface valence-band maximum (VBM-EF),the reduction of interface traps and the effects of sodium ions,and/or the fixed charges in SBA on the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG).

  12. Nanostructured WO3 thin film as a new anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Nanostructured WO3 thin film has been successfully fabricated by radio-frequency magnetron sputtering method and its electrochemistry with lithium was investigated for the first time. The reversible discharge capacity of WO3/Li cells cycled between 0.01 V and 4.0 V was found above 626 mAh/g during the first 60 cycles at the current density 0.02 mA/cm2. By using X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and selected-area electron diffraction measurements, the reversible conversion of WO3 into nanosized metal W and Li2O was revealed. The high reversible capacity and good recyclability of WO3 electrode made it become a promising cathode material for future rechargeable lithium batteries.

  13. Optical and magnetic properties of PAA@Fe nanocomposite films

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    Full Text Available A simple method to fabricate porous anodic alumina films embedded with Fe is reported. The films exhibit vivid structural colors and magnetic properties after being synthesized by an ac electrodeposition method. The optical properties of the samples can be effectively tuned by varying the oxidation time of aluminum. The coercivity mechanism of the Fe nanowires in our case is consistent with fanning reversal mode. PAA@Fe films can be used in many areas including decoration, display and multifunctional anti-counterfeiting applications.

  14. A dual-chamber microbial fuel cell with conductive film-modified anode and cathode and its application for the neutral electro-Fenton process

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    This study reports on the modification of the anode and the cathode in a dual-chamber microbial fuel cell (MFC) with a polypyrrole (PPy)/anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonate (AQDS) conductive film to boost its performance and the application of the MFC to drive neutral electron-Fenton reactions occurring in the cathode chamber. The MFC equipped with the conductive film-coated anode and cathode delivered the maximum power density of 823 mW cm-2 that was one order of magnitude larger than that obtained in the MFC with the unmodified electrodes. This was resulted from the enhanced activities of microbial metabolism in the anode and oxygen reduction in the cathode owing to the decoration of both electrodes with the PPy/AQDS composite. The MFC with the modified electrodes resulted in the largest rate of H2O2 generation in the cathode chamber by the two-electron reduction of O2. The increase in the concentration of H2O2 was beneficial for the enhancement in the amount of hydroxyl radicals produced by the reaction of H2O2 with Fe2+, thus allowing an increased oxidative ability of the electro-Fenton process towards the decolorization and mineralization of an azo dye (i.e., Orange II) at pH 7.0.

  15. Controllable fabrication of nanowire-like CuO film by anodization and its properties

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    Wang, Yongqian, E-mail: cugwyq@126.com [Faculty of Material Science and Chemistry, China University of Geoscience, Wuhan 430074 (China); Jiang, Tingting; Meng, Dawei; Jin, Hongyun [Faculty of Material Science and Chemistry, China University of Geoscience, Wuhan 430074 (China); Yu, Meihua [Guangxi Experiment Centre of Science and Technology, Nanning 530004 (China)

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The average diameter of single nanowire is only 25 nm and the length can be tuned. • The method has the advantages of pure CuO phase and fast reaction rate. • H{sub 2}O–EtOH mix solvent can significantly improve optical and photocatalytic activities. • Clarify the growth process in detail. - Abstract: We report a simple electrochemical etching and a subsequent heat treatment to synthesize nanowire-like CuO thin films with pure phase at room temperature. The reaction media has great effect on microstructure of products to significantly improve optical and photocatalytic activities of materials. Detailed characterizations of the synthesized nanomaterials are performed utilizing X-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) to study their crystalline phase and morphology. The photoluminescence (PL) spectrum shows a main emission peak and a blue emission band whose centers are located at 352 nm and 463 nm, respectively. Photocatalytic study demonstrated the degradation of methylene blue (MB) can reach 95.6% after 210 min irradiation, showing its potential application in waste water treatment. A plausible growth mechanism for the transformation is also proposed.

  16. Microstructural control of Ni-YSZ cermet anode for planer thin-film solid oxide fuel cells

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    Ni-Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2 (Ni-YSZ) cermet anode was fabricated for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) by conventional ceramic processing using NiO-YSZ composite particles. Microstructures of the anode were carefully characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The Ni-YSZ cermet anode was consisting of fine YSZ connections, as the conducting pass of oxygen ions, on the surface of Ni network, as that of electrons, with continuous pore structure and as that of gaseous species. No amorphous phases were present at the interface between Ni and YSZ, and there was an orientation relationship between Ni and YSZ grains (111)Ni//(111)YSZ. The cermet anode showed a high electrical performance at 800 deg. C. These results indicated that the electrochemical activity of the Ni-YSZ cermet anode was enhanced with the present microstructure

  17. Preparation and characterization of TiO2 anode film with spinodal phase separation structure in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Guli, Mina; Yao, Jianxi; Zhao, Jingyong; Rao, Wangping; Xiao, Li; Tian, Hongxin

    2013-10-01

    Low electronic transmission efficiency and high charge recombination are the existing problems of photoanode film in traditional dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). This paper put forward the photoanode TiO2 films with spinodal phase separation structure (SPSS) and continuous TiO2 skeleton which were triggered by the photopolymerization of organic monomers in a photomonomer-inorganic precursor system. The photoanode TiO2 films fabricated by different precursor solution compositions and different coating layers were characterized mainly by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), photocatalysis and photoelectric performance test. The results indicated that, the as-prepared TiO2 anode film with seven coating layers and heat treated at 500 °C showed higher photoelectric conversion efficiency at about 2% than that of other samples with less coating layers and lower heat treatment temperature. The film also showed excellent photocatalytic activity by using methylene blue (MB) dye as a model organic substrate under fluorescent lamp irradiation. It is suggested that the film with SPSS structure has the potential to improve the electronic transmission efficiency and reduce the carrier recombination due to its particular structure, higher surface area, and lack of bottleneck in electronic transmission. It is worth noting that the SPSS structure provides new ideas to develop new photoanode films and further improve the photoelectric conversion performance of the DSSC in future.

  18. Synthesis by anodic-spark deposition of Ca- and P-containing films on pure titanium and their biological response

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    Banakh, Oksana; Journot, Tony; Gay, Pierre-Antoine; Matthey, Joël; Csefalvay, Catherine; Kalinichenko, Oleg; Sereda, Olha; Moussa, Mira; Durual, Stéphane; Snizhko, Lyubov

    2016-08-01

    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, Ca3(PO4)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.

  19. Synthesis and surface characterization of alumina-silica-zirconia nanocomposite ceramic fibres on aluminium at room temperature

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    Alumina-silica-zirconia nanocomposite (ASZNC) ceramic fibres were synthesized by conventional anodization route. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force microscopy (AFM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Energy Dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy (EDAX) were used to characterize the morphology and crystalloid structure of ASZNC fibres. Current density (DC) is one of the important parameters to get the alumina-silica-zirconia nanocomposite (ASZNC) ceramic fibres by this route. Annealing of the films exhibited a drastic change in the properties due to improved crystallinity. The root mean square roughness of the sample observed from atomic force microscopic analysis is about 71.5 nm which is comparable to the average grain size of the coatings which is about 72 nm obtained from X-Ray diffraction. The results indicate that, the ASZNC fibres are arranged well in the nanostructure. The thickness of the coating increased with the anodizing time, but the coatings turned rougher and more porous. At the initial stage the growth of ceramic coating increases inwards to the metal substrate and outwards to the coating surface simultaneously. Subsequently, it mainly grows towards the metal substrate and the density of the ceramic coating increases gradually, which results in the decrease of the total thickness as anodizing time increases. This new approach of preparing ASZNC ceramic fibres may be important in applications ranging from gas sensors to various engineering materials.

  20. Synthesis and surface characterization of alumina-silica-zirconia nanocomposite ceramic fibres on aluminium at room temperature

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    Mubarak Ali, M.; Raj, V.

    2010-04-01

    Alumina-silica-zirconia nanocomposite (ASZNC) ceramic fibres were synthesized by conventional anodization route. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force microscopy (AFM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Energy Dispersive X-Ray spectroscopy (EDAX) were used to characterize the morphology and crystalloid structure of ASZNC fibres. Current density (DC) is one of the important parameters to get the alumina-silica-zirconia nanocomposite (ASZNC) ceramic fibres by this route. Annealing of the films exhibited a drastic change in the properties due to improved crystallinity. The root mean square roughness of the sample observed from atomic force microscopic analysis is about 71.5 nm which is comparable to the average grain size of the coatings which is about 72 nm obtained from X-Ray diffraction. The results indicate that, the ASZNC fibres are arranged well in the nanostructure. The thickness of the coating increased with the anodizing time, but the coatings turned rougher and more porous. At the initial stage the growth of ceramic coating increases inwards to the metal substrate and outwards to the coating surface simultaneously. Subsequently, it mainly grows towards the metal substrate and the density of the ceramic coating increases gradually, which results in the decrease of the total thickness as anodizing time increases. This new approach of preparing ASZNC ceramic fibres may be important in applications ranging from gas sensors to various engineering materials.

  1. Study on the fabrication of back surface reflectors in nano-crystalline silicon thin-film solar cells by using random texturing aluminum anodization

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    Shin, Kang Sik; Jang, Eunseok; Cho, Jun-Sik; Yoo, Jinsu; Park, Joo Hyung; Byungsung, O.

    2015-09-01

    In recent decades, researchers have improved the efficiency of amorphous silicon solar cells in many ways. One of the easiest and most practical methods to improve solar-cell efficiency is adopting a back surface reflector (BSR) as the bottom layer or as the substrate. The BSR reflects the incident light back to the absorber layer in a solar cell, thus elongating the light path and causing the so-called "light trapping effect". The elongation of the light path in certain wavelength ranges can be enhanced with the proper scale of BSR surface structure or morphology. An aluminum substrate with a surface modified by aluminum anodizing is used to improve the optical properties for applications in amorphous silicon solar cells as a BSR in this research due to the high reflectivity and the low material cost. The solar cells with a BSR were formed and analyzed by using the following procedures: First, the surface of the aluminum substrate was degreased by using acetone, ethanol and distilled water, and it was chemically polished in a dilute alkali solution. After the cleaning process, the aluminum surface's morphology was modified by using a controlled anodization in a dilute acid solution to form oxide on the surface. The oxidized film was etched off by using an alkali solution to leave an aluminum surface with randomly-ordered dimple-patterns of approximately one micrometer in size. The anodizing conditions and the anodized aluminum surfaces after the oxide layer had been removed were systematically investigated according to the applied voltage. Finally, amorphous silicon solar cells were deposited on a modified aluminum plate by using dc magnetron sputtering. The surfaces of the anodized aluminum were observed by using field-emission scanning electron microscopy. The total and the diffuse reflectances of the surface-modified aluminum sheets were measured by using UV spectroscopy. We observed that the diffuse reflectances increased with increasing anodizing voltage. The

  2. Surface characterisation and photocatalytic performance of N-doped TiO2 thin films deposited onto 200 nm pore size alumina membranes by sol–gel methods

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    Membrane filtration is employed for water treatment and wastewater reclamation purposes, but membranes alone are unable to remove pollutant molecules and certain pathogens. Photocatalytically active N-doped TiO2 coatings have been deposited by sol–gel onto 200 nm pore size alumina membranes for water treatment applications using two different methods, via pipette droplets or spiral bar applicator. The uncoated and coated membranes were characterised by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX). Both coatings showed the presence of N-doped anatase, with a surface coverage between 84 and 92%, and nitrogen concentration (predominantly interstitial) of 0.9 at.%. The spiral bar applicator deposited coatings exhibit a thicker mud-cracked surface layer with limited penetration of the porous membrane, whilst the pipette deposited coatings have mostly penetrated into the bulk of the membrane and a thinner layer is present at the surface. The photocatalytic activity (PCA), measured through the degradation of carbamazepine (CBZ), under irradiation of a solar simulator was 58.6% for the pipette coating and 63.3% for the spiral bar coating. These photocatalytically active N-doped sol–gel coated membranes offer strong potential in forming the fundamental basis of a sunlight based water treatment system. - Highlights: • Sol gel N-doped TiO2 thin films were deposited on 200 nm pore size Al2O3 membranes. • Two sol–gel methods have been compared – pipette drop and spiral bar deposition. • The coatings showed a similar microstructure and composition but different morphology. • The PCA (degradation of carbamazepine) was ∼60% for both sol–gel coatings. • The coated membranes are promising for use in a membrane based water treatment system

  3. Preparation via an electrochemical method of graphene films coated on both sides with NiO nanoparticles for use as high-performance lithium ion anodes

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    We report on a simple strategy for the direct synthesis of a thin film comprising interconnected NiO nanoparticles deposited on both sides of a graphene sheet via cathodic deposition. For the co-electrodeposition, graphene oxide (GO) is treated with water-soluble cationic poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) which acts as a stabilizer and trapping agent to form complexes of GO and Ni2+. The positively charged complexes migrate toward the stainless steel substrate, resulting in the electrochemical deposition of PEI-modified GO/Ni(OH)2 at the electrode surface under an applied electric field. The as-synthesized film is then converted to graphene/NiO after annealing at 350 ° C. The interconnected NiO nanoparticles are uniformly deposited on both sides of the graphene surface, as evidenced by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectrometry. This graphene/NiO structure shows enhanced electrochemical performance with a large reversible capacity, good cyclic performance and improved electronic conductivity as an anode material for lithium ion batteries. A reversible capacity is retained above 586 mA h g−1 after 50 cycles. The findings reported herein suggest that this strategy can be effectively used to overcome a bottleneck problem associated with the electrochemical production of graphene/metal oxide films for lithium ion battery anodes. (paper)

  4. Porous alumina based ordered nanocomposite coating for wear resistance

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    Yadav, Arti; Muthukumar, M.; Bobji, M. S.

    2016-08-01

    Uniformly dispersed nanocomposite coating of aligned metallic nanowires in a matrix of amorphous alumina is fabricated by pulsed electrodeposition of copper into the pores of porous anodic alumina. Uniform deposition is obtained by controlling the geometry of the dendritic structure at the bottom of pores through stepwise voltage reduction followed by mild etching. The tribological behaviour of this nanocomposite coating is evaluated using a ball on flat reciprocating tribometer under the dry contact conditions. The nanocomposite coating has higher wear resistance compared to corresponding porous alumina coating. Wear resistant nanocomposite coating has wide applications especially in protecting the internal surfaces of aluminium internal combustion engines.

  5. Photoelectrode thin film of dye-sensitized solar cell fabricated by anodizing method and spin coating and electrochemical impedance properties of DSSC

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    The paper studies the photoelectrode thin film of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) fabricated by anodizing method, explores the structure and properties of the fabricated photoelectrode thin film, measures the photoelectric conversion efficiency of DSSC, and finds the electrochemical impedance properties of DSSCs assembled by photoelectrode thin films in different thicknesses. Besides, in order to increase the specific surface area of nanotubes, this paper deposits TiO2 nanoparticles (TNP) on the surface of titanium oxide nanotube (TNT). As shown in experimental results, the photoelectric conversion efficiency of the DSSC fabricated by the study rises to 6.5% from the original 5.43% without TnB treatment, with an increase of photoelectric conversion efficiency by 19.7%. In addition, when the photoelectrode thin film is fabricated with mixture of TNTs and TNP in an optimal proportion of 2:8 and the photoelectrode thin film thickness is 15.5 μm, the photoelectric conversion efficiency can reach 7.4%, with an increase of 36.7% from the original photoelectric conversion efficiency at 5.43%. Besides, as found in the results of electrochemical impedance analysis, the DSSC with photoelectrode thin film thickness at 15.5 μm has the lowest charge-conduction resistance (Rk) value 9.276 Ω of recombined electron and conduction resistance (Rw) value 3.25 Ω of electrons in TiO2.

  6. Improved performance of solid oxide fuel cell with pulsed laser deposited thin film ceria–zirconia bilayer electrolytes on modified anode substrate

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    Highlights: ► Fabricate thin film YSZ/SDC bilayer electrolytes SOFCs by pulsed laser deposition. ► The thin YSZ layer blocks electronic current in SDC layer. ► The bilayer cell retains the chemical, mechanical and structural integrity. ► The electrochemical performance and OCVs of the cell have been improved. -- Abstract: Bilayer electrolytes composed of an yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) layer (∼2 μm) and a samaria doped ceria (SDC) layer (∼6 μm) have been successfully fabricated by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique at 600 °C for thin film solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). A NiO-YSZ (60:40 wt.% with 10 wt.% starch) anode supported YSZ/SDC bilayer electrolytes cell with Sm0.5Sr0.5CoO3−δ-Ce0.8Sm0.2O2−δ (SSC-SDC, 70:30 wt.%) cathode was tested, yielding open circuit voltage (OCV) value of 0.843 V and maximum power density of 0.87 W cm−2 at 700 °C. With a NiO-YSZ anode functional layer (50:50 wt.%) introduced into anode/electrolyte interface, significantly enhanced cell performance was achieved, i.e., the cell OCV of 0.959 V and 0.98 V with maximum power density of 1.19 W cm−2 and 1.08 W cm−2 at 750 °C and 700 °C, respectively. The electrical current leakage in the SDC single layer cell caused by the reduction of Ce4+ to Ce3+ in reducing environment has been eliminated by depositing the YSZ thin film as a blocking layer. Characterization analysis of the cell showed that the bilayer electrolyte deposited by PLD technique have retained the chemical, mechanical and structural integrity of the cell

  7. Dielectric Performance of High Purity HTCC Alumina at High Temperatures - A Comparison Study with Other Polycrystalline Alumina

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    Chen, Liang-Yu

    2012-01-01

    A very high purity (99.99+) high temperature co-fired ceramic (HTCC) alumina has recently become commercially available. The raw material of this HTCC alumina is very different from conventional HTCC alumina, and more importantly there is no glass additive in this co-fired material. Previously, selected HTCC and LTCC (low temperature co-fired ceramic) alumina materials were evaluated at high temperatures as dielectric and compared to a regularly sintered 96 polycrystalline alumina (96 Al2O3), where 96 alumina was used as the benchmark. A prototype packaging system based on regular 96 alumina with Au thick-film metallization successfully facilitated long term testing of high temperature silicon carbide (SiC) electronic devices for over 10,000 hours at 500C. In order to evaluate this new HTCC alumina for possible high temperature packaging applications, the dielectric properties of this HTCC alumina substrate were measured and compared with those of 96 alumina and a LTCC alumina from room temperature to 550C at frequencies of 120 Hz, 1 KHz, 10 KHz, 100 KHz, and 1 MHz. A parallel-plate capacitive device with dielectric of the HTCC alumina and precious metal electrodes were used for measurements of the dielectric constant and dielectric loss of the co-fired alumina material in the temperature and frequency ranges. The capacitance and AC parallel conductance of the capacitive device were directly measured by an AC impedance meter, and the dielectric constant and parallel AC conductivity of the dielectric were calculated from the capacitance and conductance measurement results. The temperature and frequency dependent dielectric constant, AC conductivity, and dissipation factor of the HTCC alumina substrate are presented and compared to those of 96 alumina. Other technical advantages of this new co-fired material for possible high packaging applications are also discussed.

  8. Pulsed laser deposited Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructured thin film on graphene as anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Graphical abstract: A different approach for the fabrication of an anode material system that comprises pulsed laser-deposited (PLD) Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} grown on few layer graphene (FLG) by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) was used. The electrochemical performance of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructured thin film was improved by FLG, which make it a promising candidate for future lithium-ion batteries application. - Highlights: • Pulsed laser deposition technique was used to deposit Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} on few-layer graphene (FLG). • FLG improved the electrochemical performance of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructured thin film. • Good stable cycle of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}/FLG/Ni electrode make it one of the promise anode materials for future lithium-ion batteries. - Abstract: Pulsed laser deposition technique was used to deposit Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructured thin film on a chemical vapor deposited few-layer graphene (FLG) on nickel (Ni) substrate for application as anode material for lithium-ion batteries. The experimental results show that graphene can effectively enhance the electrochemical property of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. For Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin film deposited on Ni (Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Ni), a discharge capacity of 747.8 mA h g{sup −1} can be delivered during the first lithiation process. After growing Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin film on FLG/Ni, the initial discharge capacity of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}/FLG/Ni was improved to 1234.5 mA h g{sup −1}. The reversible lithium storage capacity of the as-grown material is 692.2 mA h g{sup −1} after 100 cycles, which is much higher than that of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Ni (111.3 mA h g{sup −1}). This study reveals the differences between the two material systems and emphasizes the role of the graphene layers in improving the electrochemical stability of the Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructured thin film.

  9. The Temperature Stage Which Used At Anode Paste Doughing Process In Green Plant PT Inalum

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    Simatupang, Dian Christian

    2011-01-01

    Anode is raw material which used in electrolyse process aluminium smelting, where anode is form mixed of cokes and coal tar pitch, containing carbon element which required in smelting process of alumina to produce aluminium. PT INALUM has been able to produce anode it self, while cathode is still be imported from other countries. Aluminium smelter process which taking place continiously require many of anode, good quality and durable, especially temperature at doughing process of anode paste ...

  10. Pilot tests of application of cryolite-alumina concentrate in aluminium production

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    The results of pilot tests of obtaining method and application of cryolite-alumina concentrate obtained from sludge in aluminium production are considered. Chemical and mineralogical composition of initial raw material and cryolite-alumina concentrate are studied. The tests are shown that concentrate can be used as anode cover of electrolytic cells.

  11. Improving the direct electron transfer in monolithic bioelectrodes prepared by immobilization of FDH enzyme on carbon-coated anodic aluminum oxide films

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    Alberto eCastro-Muñiz

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The present work reports the preparation of binderless carbon-coated porous films and the study of their performance as monolithic bioanodes. The films were prepared by coating anodic aluminum oxide (AAO films with a thin layer of nitrogen-doped carbon by chemical vapor deposition. The films have cylindrical straight pores with controllable diameter and length. These monolithic films were used directly as bioelectrodes by loading the films with D-fructose dehydrogenase (FDH, an oxidoreductase enzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of D-fructose to 5-keto-D-fructose. The immobilization of the enzymes was carried out by physical adsorption in liquid phase and with an electrostatic attraction method. The latter method takes advantage of the fact that FDH is negatively charged during the catalytic oxidation of fructose. Thus the immobilization was performed under the application of a positive voltage to the CAAO film in a FDH-fructose solution in McIlvaine buffer (pH 5 at 25 ºC. As a result, the FDH modified electrodes with the latter method show much better electrochemical response than that with the conventional physical adsorption method. Due to the singular porous structure of the monolithic films, which consists of an array of straight and parallel nanochannels, it is possible to rule out the effect of the diffusion of the D-fructose into the pores. Thus the improvement in the performance upon using the electrostatic attraction method can be ascribed not only to a higher uptake, but also to a more appropriate molecule orientation of the enzyme units on the surface of the electrodes.

  12. Improving the direct electron transfer in monolithic bioelectrodes prepared by immobilization of FDH enzyme on carbon-coated anodic aluminum oxide films

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    Castro-Muñiz, Alberto; Hoshikawa, Yasuto; Komiyama, Hiroshi; Nakayama, Wataru; Itoh, Tetsuji; Kyotani, Takashi

    2016-02-01

    The present work reports the preparation of binderless carbon-coated porous films and the study of their performance as monolithic bioanodes. The films were prepared by coating anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films with a thin layer of nitrogen-doped carbon by chemical vapor deposition. The films have cylindrical straight pores with controllable diameter and length. These monolithic films were used directly as bioelectrodes by loading the films with D-fructose dehydrogenase (FDH), an oxidoreductase enzyme that catalyzes the oxidation of D-fructose to 5-keto-D-fructose. The immobilization of the enzymes was carried out by physical adsorption in liquid phase and with an electrostatic attraction method. The latter method takes advantage of the fact that FDH is negatively charged during the catalytic oxidation of fructose. Thus the immobilization was performed under the application of a positive voltage to the CAAO film in a FDH-fructose solution in McIlvaine buffer (pH 5) at 25 ºC. As a result, the FDH modified electrodes with the latter method show much better electrochemical response than that with the conventional physical adsorption method. Due to the singular porous structure of the monolithic films, which consists of an array of straight and parallel nanochannels, it is possible to rule out the effect of the diffusion of the D-fructose into the pores. Thus the improvement in the performance upon using the electrostatic attraction method can be ascribed not only to a higher uptake, but also to a more appropriate molecule orientation of the enzyme units on the surface of the electrodes.

  13. Reduced Graphene Oxide/Boron Nitride Composite Film as a Novel Binder-Free Anode for Lithium Ion Batteries with Enhanced Performances

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    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Abstract: Reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/boron nitride (BN) composite films were successfully fabricated by facile vacuum filtration and subsequent thermal treatment. Their morphology, structure and electrochemical performance were systematically characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Importantly, the as-prepared rGO/BN composite film with a 2 wt.% BN content as binder-free anode material for lithium ion batteries (LIBs) exhibited a high reversible capacity of 278 mAh·g−1 at a high current density of 100 mA·g−1, high rate capability, and high capacity retention over the first 200 cycles. The enhanced electrochemical performances of rGO/BN composite film are attributed to the unique structure and the synergistic effects between layered BN and graphene, which favored electrolyte penetration and buffered the volume expansion during the lithiation and delithiation process. In addition, this work not only provides a versatile strategy for fabrication of other graphene-based films, but also shows the potential promise of rGO/BN composite film for other energy storage devices

  14. Direct Growth of Bismuth Film as Anode for Aqueous Rechargeable Batteries in LiOH, NaOH and KOH Electrolytes

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    Wenhua Zuo

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available As promising candidates for next-generation energy storage devices, aqueous rechargeable batteries are safer and cheaper than organic Li ion batteries. But due to the narrow voltage window of aqueous electrolytes, proper anode materials with low redox potential and high capacity are quite rare. In this work, bismuth electrode film was directly grown by a facile hydrothermal route and tested in LiOH, NaOH and KOH electrolytes. With low redox potential (reduction/oxidation potentials at ca. −0.85/−0.52 V vs. SCE, respectively and high specific capacity (170 mAh·g−1 at current density of 0.5 A·g−1 in KOH electrolyte, Bi was demonstrated as a suitable anode material for aqueous batteries. Furthermore, by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS analysis, we found that with smaller Rs and faster ion diffusion coefficient, Bi electrode film in KOH electrolyte exhibited better electrochemical performance than in LiOH and NaOH electrolytes.

  15. Enhanced flux pinning in MOD YBa2Cu3O7−δ films by ion milling through anodic alumina templates

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    A straightforward and reproducible method has been developed for creating c increase of ∼50% was achieved in self-field, whereas at 1 T a more than doubling of Jc was observed along ab, part of this enhancement coming from uncorrelated pinning effective over all field directions. X-ray analysis confirmed an additional in-plane microstrain component which can be attributed to oxygen disorder induced during the ion milling process. (paper)

  16. Flexible solid-state Li-ion battery using Ge thin film anode and LiCoO2 cathode

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    Vieira, E. M. F.; Ribeiro, J. F.; Silva, M. M.; Dupont, L.; Correia, J. H.; Goncalves, L. M.

    2015-01-01

    Flexible and solid – state Li-ion bat-teries (LIBs) can offer flexibility, lightweight and easy portability in large-scale energy storage, with significantly higher power and long cycle life. The anode is a crucial component affecting the perfor-mance of LIBs. Here, we investigate the electrochem-ical performance of e-beam deposited Ge anode (300 nm thick) coupled with LiCoO2/LiPON (cath-ode/solid-state electrolyte) in a microbattery system fabricated only by PVD techniques. LiCoO2 cathode wa...

  17. Characterization and corrosion resistance of anodic electrodeposited titanium oxide/phosphate films on Ti-20Nb-10Zr-5Ta bioalloy

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    Popa, Monica; Vasilescu, Cora; Drob, Silviu I.; Osiceanu, Petre; Anastasescu, Mihai; Calderon-Moreno, Jose M., E-mail: josecalderonmoreno@yahoo.com [Institute of Physical Chemistry ' Ilie Murgulescu' of the Romanian Academy, Bucharest (Romania)

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    In this work, the anodic galvanostatic electrodeposition of an oxidation film containing phosphates on Ti-20Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy from orthophosphoric acid solution is presented. Its composition was determined by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman micro-spectroscopy, and its topography by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The corrosion resistance of the coated alloy in simulated human fluid (by linear polarization method and monitoring of open circuit potentials, corresponding open circuit potential gradients) as well as the characterization of the coating (by Raman spectroscopy and depth profile X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)) deposited in a period of 300 h soaking in simulated human body fluid were studied. The electrodeposited film was composed of amorphous titanium dioxide and contained phosphate groups. The corrosion resistance of the coated Ti-20Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy in neutral and alkaline Ringer's solutions was higher than that of the bare alloy due to the protective properties of the electrodeposited film. The corrosion parameters improved over time as result of the thickening of the surface film by the deposition from the physiological solution. The deposited coating presented a variable composition in depth: at the deeper layer nucleated nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and at the outer layer amorphous calcium phosphate. (author)

  18. Characterization and corrosion resistance of anodic electrodeposited titanium oxide/phosphate films on Ti-20Nb-10Zr-5Ta bioalloy

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    In this work, the anodic galvanostatic electrodeposition of an oxidation film containing phosphates on Ti-20Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy from orthophosphoric acid solution is presented. Its composition was determined by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman micro-spectroscopy, and its topography by atomic force microscopy (AFM). The corrosion resistance of the coated alloy in simulated human fluid (by linear polarization method and monitoring of open circuit potentials, corresponding open circuit potential gradients) as well as the characterization of the coating (by Raman spectroscopy and depth profile X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)) deposited in a period of 300 h soaking in simulated human body fluid were studied. The electrodeposited film was composed of amorphous titanium dioxide and contained phosphate groups. The corrosion resistance of the coated Ti-20Nb-10Zr-5Ta alloy in neutral and alkaline Ringer's solutions was higher than that of the bare alloy due to the protective properties of the electrodeposited film. The corrosion parameters improved over time as result of the thickening of the surface film by the deposition from the physiological solution. The deposited coating presented a variable composition in depth: at the deeper layer nucleated nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite and at the outer layer amorphous calcium phosphate. (author)

  19. Enhancement of Raman light scattering in dye-labeled cell membrane on metal-containing conducting polymer film

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    Grushevskaya, H. V.; Krylova, N. G.; Lipnevich, I. V.; Orekhovskaja, T. I.; Egorova, V. P.; Shulitski, B. G.

    2016-03-01

    An enhanced Raman spectroscopy method based on a plasmon resonance in ultrathin metal-containing LB-film deposited on nanoporous anodic alumina supports has been proposed. This material has been utilized to enhance Raman scattering of light in fluorescent-labeled subcellular membrane structures. It has been shown that the plasmon resonance between vibrational modes of the organometallic complexes monolayers and dye-labeled subcellular structures happens. It makes possible to detect interactions between living cell monolayers and an extracellular matrix.

  20. Lithium silicon tin oxynitride (Li ySiTON): high-performance anode in thin-film lithium-ion batteries for microelectronics

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    Neudecker, B. J.; Zuhr, R. A.; Bates, J. B.

    A lithium-ion thin-film battery, consisting of the amorphous silicon tin oxynitride anode (`SiTON'), the amorphous lithium phosphorus oxynitride electrolyte (`Lipon'), and a crystalline LiCoO 2 cathode, can be heated at 250°C in air for 1 h which exceeds by far the required solder reflow conditions for electronic circuit assembly. Moreover, the performance of such a battery was found to even improve after the heat treatment. The Li ySiTON profile between 0 and 1.2 V vs. Li was determined in SiTON/Lipon/LiCoO 2 lithium-ion thin-film cells equipped with a Li metal reference electrode. By comparison with a Sn 3N 4/Lipon/LiCoO 2 three-electrode lithium-ion thin-film cell, a model for the electrochemical insertion/extraction process of Li ySiTON was suggested. The SiTON/Lipon/LiCoO 2 cells sustained 5 mA/cm 2 between 4.2 and 2.7 V while the anode supplied a reversible discharge capacity of about 340 μA h/mg or even 450 μA h/mg after heating at 250°C in air for 1 h. A long-term cycling stability test of a SiTON/Lipon/LiCoO 2 battery between 3.93 and 2.7 V demonstrated that the Li ySiTON capacity faded only by 0.001% per cycle when charging was stopped as soon as the Li ySiTON potential reached 0 V vs. Li. When this cathode-heavy cell was charged to 4.1 V (Li ySiTON at 0 V vs. Li), a significantly higher reversible discharge capacity was obtained over ˜5000 cycles.

  1. Bauxite and alumina

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    Bray, E.L.

    2009-01-01

    The article provides information on bauxite and alumina mining. U.S. states like Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia produced small amounts of bauxite and bauxitic clays for nonmetallurgical uses. Total metallurgical-grade bauxite imports in 2008 is cited. The leading suppliers of bauxite to the U.S. are Jamaica, Guinea and Brazil. The estimated domestic production of alumina in 2008 is mentioned. It also discusses consumption and prices of both bauxite and alumina.

  2. Alumina Templates on Silicon Wafers with Hexagonally or Tetragonally Ordered Nanopore Arrays via Soft Lithography

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    Due to the potential importance and usefulness, usage of highly ordered nanoporous anodized aluminum oxide can be broadened in industry, when highly ordered anodized aluminum oxide can be placed on a substrate with controlled thickness. Here we report a facile route to highly ordered nanoporous alumina with the thickness of hundreds-of-nanometer on a silicon wafer substrate. Hexagonally or tetragonally ordered nanoporous alumina could be prepared by way of thermal imprinting, dry etching, and anodization. Adoption of reusable polymer soft molds enabled the control of the thickness of the highly ordered porous alumina. It also increased reproducibility of imprinting process and reduced the expense for mold production and pattern generation. As nanoporous alumina templates are mechanically and thermally stable, we expect that the simple and cost effective fabrication through our method would be highly applicable in electronics industry

  3. Significant room-temperature ferromagnetism in porous ZnO films: The role of oxygen vacancies

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    Hou, Xue; Liu, Huiyuan [College of Physics Science & Information Engineering, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Films of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Sun, Huiyuan, E-mail: huiyuansun@126.com [College of Physics Science & Information Engineering, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Films of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Liu, Lihu; Jia, Xiaoxuan [College of Physics Science & Information Engineering, Hebei Normal University, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Films of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang 050024 (China)

    2015-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Porous ZnO films were deposited on porous anodic alumina substrates. • Significant ferromagnetism (FM) has been observed in porous ZnO films (110 emu/cm{sup 3}). • The strong magnetic anisotropy was observed in the porous ZnO films. • The origin of FM is attributed to the oxygen vacancy with a local magnetic moment. - Abstract: Pure porous ZnO films were prepared by direct current reactive magnetron sputtering on porous anodic alumina substrates. Remarkably large room-temperature ferromagnetism was observed in the films. The highest saturation moment along the out-of-plane direction was about 110 emu/cm{sup 3}. Experimental and theoretical results suggested that the oxygen vacancies and the unique porous structure of the films are responsible for the large ferromagnetism. There are two modes of coupling between oxygen vacancies in the porous ZnO films: (i) exchange interactions directly between the oxygen vacancies and (ii) with the mediation of conduction electrons. In addition, it was found that the magnetic moment of ZnO films can be changed by tuning the concentration of oxygen vacancies. These observations may be useful in the development of ZnO-based spintronics devices.

  4. Fabrication and properties of nanoporous GaN films

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    Nanopore arrays with pore diameters of approximately 75 nm were fabricated in GaN films by inductively coupled plasma etching using anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films as etch masks. Nanoporous AAO films were formed on the GaN surface by evaporating an Al film onto a GaN epilayer and subsequently anodizing the aluminum. To minimize plasma-induced damage, the template was exposed to CF4-based plasma conditions. Scanning electron microscopy analysis shows that the diameter and the periodicity of the nanopores in the GaN were directly transferred from the original anodic alumina template. The pore diameter in the AAO film can be easily controlled by tuning the anodization conditions. Atomic force microscopy, photoluminescence, and micro-Raman techniques were employed to assess the etched GaN nanopore surface. This cost-effective, nonlithographic method to produce nano-patterned GaN templates is expected to be useful for growth and fabrication of nitride-based nanostructures and photonic band gap materials

  5. Investigation of in-pile formed corrosion films on zircaloy fuel-rod claddings by impedance spectroscopy and galvanostatic anodization

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    Hot-cell investigations have been executed to study the corrosion behaviour of irradiated Zircaloy fuel-rod claddings by impedance spectroscopy and galvanostatic anodization. The thickness of the compact oxide at the metal/oxide interface and the thickness of the minimum barrier oxide have been determined at different positions along the claddings. As shown by analysis, both quantities first increase and then decrease with increasing thickness of the total oxide. (author) 6 figs., 33 refs

  6. Thin Film Microbatteries

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    aerosol spray coating, for one or more components of the battery. The active materials used for the thin film cathodes and anodes are familiar intercalation compounds, but the microstructures and often the cycling properties of the thin films may be quite distinct from those of battery electrodes formed from powders. The thin film cathodes are dense and homogeneous with no added phases such as binders or electrolytes. When deposited at ambient temperatures, the films of cathodes, such as LiCoO2, V2O5, LiMn2O4, LiFePO4 are amorphous or nanocrystalline. But even in this form, they often act as excellent cathodes with large specific capacities and good stability for hundreds to thousands of cycles. Annealing the cathode films at temperatures of 300 to 800 C may be used to induce crystallization and grain growth of the desired intercalation compound. Crystallizing the cathode film generally improves the Li chemical diffusivity in the electrode material, and hence the power delivered by the battery, by 1-2 orders of magnitude. The microstructure is also tailored by the deposition and heat treatment. Figure 3 shows a fracture edge of an annealed LiCoO2 cathode film on an alumina substrate. The columnar microstructure, which is typical of a vapor deposited film, sinters at high temperatures leaving small fissures between the dense columns. Such crystalline films also may have a preferred crystallographic orientation. For LiCoO2 films the crystallographic texture differs for films deposited by sputtering versus pulse laser ablation processes. To improve the manufacturability of the thin film batteries, it would be beneficial to eliminate or minimize the temperature or duration of the annealing step. Several efforts have lead to low temperature fabrication of thin film batteries on polyimide substrates, but the battery capacity and rate are lower than those treated at high temperatures. For the battery anode, many designs use a vapor-deposited metallic lithium film as both the

  7. Anodic self-organized transparent nanotubular/porous hematite films from Fe thin-films sputtered on FTO and photoelectrochemical water splitting

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    Wang, L.; Lee, C.-Y.; Kirchgeorg, R.; Liu, N.; Lee, K.; Kment, Š.; Hubička, Zdeněk; Krýsa, J.; Olejníček, J.; Čada, M.; Zbořil, R.; Schmuki, P.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 41, č. 12 (2015), s. 9333-9341. ISSN 0922-6168. [Pannonian Symposium on Catalysis /12./. Třešť, 16.09.2014-20.09.2014] Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : hematite * nanotubular * anodization * magnetron * sputtering * water splitting Subject RIV: BL - Plasma and Gas Discharge Physics Impact factor: 1.221, year: 2014

  8. Anodic oxidation of Zircaloy-2

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    Conte, A.; Borello, A.; Cabrini, A.

    1976-07-01

    The anodic polarization of zircaloy-2 in different electrolytic baths has been investigated in order to obtain thick oxide films with properties suitable for wear applications. The operative conditions to obtain hard, thick, compact oxide films resistant to thermal shocks have been determined. The influence of the bath composition and temperature on the oxide growth is reported.

  9. Microporous alumina ceramic membranes

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    Anderson, Marc A.; Sheng, Guangyao

    1993-01-01

    Several methods are disclosed for the preparation microporous alumina ceramic membranes. For the first time, porous alumina membranes are made which have mean pore sizes less than 100 Angstroms and substantially no pores larger than that size. The methods are based on improved sol-gel techniques.

  10. Tribological and stability investigations of alkylphosphonic acids on alumina surface

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    Alumina substrates are commonly used for various micro-/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS). For efficient and lifetime longevity of these devices, lubricant films of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) with nanometer thickness are increasingly being employed. In the present paper, we report preparation, tribological and stability investigations of alkylphosphonic acids on the alumina surface. The alkylphosphonic acids were prepared on the alumina surface using the liquid phase deposition method. The effectiveness of modification of the alumina surface by alkylphosphonic acids was investigated using water contact angle measurements, secondary ion mass spectrometry, X-ray photoelectron and infrared spectroscopy. Frictional behavior in milinewton load range was studied by microtribometry. It is shown that surface modification of the alumina surface by alkylphosphonic acids reduces the coefficient of friction values compared to the unmodified alumina. In comparison to the non-modified alumina surface, all tested alkylphosphonic acids cause a decrease in the friction coefficients in friction tests for counterparts made from different materials, such as steel, zirconia and silicon nitride. It is also found that the alumina surface modified by alkylphosphonic acids with longer chain has a higher degree of hydrophobicity and lower coefficient of friction. The best frictional properties are obtained for the system consisting of the alumina surface modified by n-octadecylphosphonic acid and silicon nitride counterpart. Stability tests in different environmental conditions: laboratory, acidic and alkaline solutions were also monitored.

  11. A transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of annealing induced γ-phase nucleation, clustering, and interfacial dynamics in reactively sputtered amorphous alumina thin films

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    Pure α-Al2O3 exhibits a very high degree of thermodynamical stability among all metal oxides and forms an inert oxide scale in a range of structural alloys at high temperatures. We report that amorphous Al2O3 thin films sputter deposited over crystalline Si instead show a surprisingly active interface. On annealing, crystallization begins with nuclei of a phase closely resembling γ-Alumina forming almost randomly in an amorphous matrix, and with increasing frequency near the substrate/film interface. This nucleation is marked by the signature appearance of sharp (400) and (440) reflections and the formation of a diffuse diffraction halo with an outer maximal radius of ≈0.23 nm enveloping the direct beam. The microstructure then evolves by a cluster-coalescence growth mechanism suggestive of swift nucleation and sluggish diffusional kinetics, while locally the Al ions redistribute slowly from chemisorbed and tetrahedral sites to higher anion coordinated sites. Chemical state plots constructed from XPS data and simple calculations of the diffraction patterns from hypothetically distorted lattices suggest that the true origins of the diffuse diffraction halo are probably related to a complex change in the electronic structure spurred by the a-γ transformation rather than pure structural disorder. Concurrent to crystallization within the film, a substantially thick interfacial reaction zone also builds up at the film/substrate interface with the excess Al acting as a cationic source

  12. A transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study of annealing induced γ-phase nucleation, clustering, and interfacial dynamics in reactively sputtered amorphous alumina thin films

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    Kumar, A. K. Nanda, E-mail: aknk27@yahoo.com; Subramanian, B. [ECMS Division, Central Electro Chemical Research Institute, Karaikudi (India); Prasanna, S. [Department of Physics, PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore (India); Jayakumar, S. [Department of Physics, PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research, Coimbatore (India); Rao, G. Mohan [Department of Instrumentation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India)

    2015-03-28

    Pure α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibits a very high degree of thermodynamical stability among all metal oxides and forms an inert oxide scale in a range of structural alloys at high temperatures. We report that amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films sputter deposited over crystalline Si instead show a surprisingly active interface. On annealing, crystallization begins with nuclei of a phase closely resembling γ-Alumina forming almost randomly in an amorphous matrix, and with increasing frequency near the substrate/film interface. This nucleation is marked by the signature appearance of sharp (400) and (440) reflections and the formation of a diffuse diffraction halo with an outer maximal radius of ≈0.23 nm enveloping the direct beam. The microstructure then evolves by a cluster-coalescence growth mechanism suggestive of swift nucleation and sluggish diffusional kinetics, while locally the Al ions redistribute slowly from chemisorbed and tetrahedral sites to higher anion coordinated sites. Chemical state plots constructed from XPS data and simple calculations of the diffraction patterns from hypothetically distorted lattices suggest that the true origins of the diffuse diffraction halo are probably related to a complex change in the electronic structure spurred by the a-γ transformation rather than pure structural disorder. Concurrent to crystallization within the film, a substantially thick interfacial reaction zone also builds up at the film/substrate interface with the excess Al acting as a cationic source.

  13. Role of the tip induced local anodic oxidation in the conductive atomic force microscopy of mixed phase silicon thin films

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    Vetushka, Aliaksi; Fejfar, Antonín; Ledinský, Martin; Rezek, Bohuslav; Stuchlík, Jiří; Kočka, Jan

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 7, 3-4 (2010), s. 728-731. ISSN 1862-6351 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LC06040; GA AV ČR KAN400100701; GA MŠk LC510; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA100100902 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10100521 Keywords : local anodic oxidation (LAO) * conductive atomic force microscopy (C- AFM ) Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/123289759/abstract

  14. Texture properties of nanoporous TiO2 films prepared by anodic electrodeposition using a structure directing agent

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    Rathouský, Jiří; Wessels, K.; Wark, M.; Oekermann, T.

    Amsterdam : Elsevier B.V./Ltd, 2007 - (Xu, R.; Gao, Z.; Chen, J.; Yan, W.), s. 1494-1501 ISBN 978-0-444-53186-5. - (Studies in surface science and catalysis. Vol. 170 B) R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0577 Grant ostatní: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft(DE) OE 420/3-1 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Source of funding: V - iné verejné zdroje Keywords : TiO2 * anodic electrodeposition * mesoporous layers Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  15. Electrochemical investigation on nanoflower-like CuO/Ni composite film as anode for lithium ion batteries

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    Nanoflower-like CuO/Ni film was prepared by electrodeposition method in an alkaline nickel electroplating solution, and the nanoflower-like CuO film was obtained by direct oxidation on copper substrate. The nanoflower-like CuO was crystalline with space group of C2/c, and the amorphous Ni particle layer on the surface of film contacted well with the nanoflower-like CuO. The electrochemical properties of CuO/Ni film were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and galvanostatic charge-discharge tests. Since the metallic Ni can act as conductor and catalyst, the CuO/Ni film exhibits higher initial coulombic efficiency (72.1%) than the pure CuO film (57.0%), and better capacity retention (96.3% of the 2nd cycle) than the pure CuO film (67.8% of the 2nd cycle) at the current density of 0.1 mA cm-2

  16. 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

  17. Reuse of activated alumina

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    Hobensack, J.E. [Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc., Piketon, OH (United States)

    1991-12-31

    Activated alumina is used as a trapping media to remove trace quantities of UF{sub 6} from process vent streams. The current uranium recovery method employs concentrated nitric acid which destroys the alumina pellets and forms a sludge which is a storage and disposal problem. A recently developed technique using a distilled water rinse followed by three dilute acid rinses removes on average 97% of the uranium, and leaves the pellets intact with crush strength and surface area values comparable with new material. Trapping tests confirm the effectiveness of the recycled alumina as UF{sub 6} trapping media.

  18. Facile fabrication of cuprous oxide nanocomposite anode films for flexible Li-ion batteries via thermal oxidation

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    Graphical abstract: - Abstract: In the present work, nanostructured Cu2O films are directly grown from a Cu metal foil by means of a rapid thermal oxidation process. The structural characteristics of the films are investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and attenuated total reflectance Fourier-transformed infrared spectroscopy. The electrochemical behaviour is investigated in both lithium (liquid electrolyte) and all-solid lithium polymer cells. At a discharge/charge rate of C/5, the films can provide a specific capacity greater than 220 mAh g−1 in the all-solid configuration, with excellent cycling stability and capacity retention after prolonged cycling. High surface area, short diffusion path and good conduction of the Cu2O films are considered to be responsible for the good electrochemical performance, along with the use of the polymeric electrolyte which is directly formed in situ on the electrode film surface. The present findings can provide a new and easy approach to fabricate nanocomposite films with interesting performance as negative electrode particularly for the next generation of flexible all-solid-state Li-ion microbatteries.

  19. Highly porous Ti/SnO2 network composite film as stable binder-free anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A 3D porous Ti/SnO2 network film was designed and prepared. • The 3D network composites consists of Ti core and SnO2 shell. • The 3D network film shows promising capacity and enhanced cycling performance. - Abstract: Electrodes with three-dimensional (3D) nanostructure are expected to improve the energy and power densities of lithium ion batteries. Herein, we report a 3D porous Ti/SnO2 nanocomposite which was prepared by a novel experimental procedure combining the dealloying technique and hydrothermal treatment. Its structure and electrochemical properties were investigated with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy and galvanostatic charge–discharge tests. The results of electrochemical tests showed that the porous composite anode presented the largest reversible capacity of 616.0 mA h g−1 at the first cycle; and it still delivered a reversible Li storage capacity of 432.5 mA h g−1 after 100 cycles. Our work suggests the possibility of further improving the specific capacity/energy density of 3D microelectrodes by designing ordered hybrid nanostructure arrays

  20. Lithium silicon tin oxynitride (Li{sub y}SiTON): high-performance anode in thin-film lithium-ion batteries for microelectronics

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    Neudecker, B.J.; Zuhr, R.A.; Bates, J.B. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Solid State Div.

    1999-09-01

    A lithium-ion thin-film battery, consisting of the amorphous silicon tin oxynitride anode ('SiTON'), the amorphous lithium phosphorus oxynitride electrolyte ('Lipon'), and a crystalline LiCoO{sub 2} cathode, can be heated at 250 C in air for 1 h which exceeds by far the required solder reflow conditions for electronic circuit assembly. Moreover, the performance of such a battery was found to even improve after the heat treatment. The Li{sub y}SiTON profile between 0 and 1.2 V vs. Li was determined in SiTON/Lipon/LiCoO{sub 2} lithium-ion thin-film cells equipped with a Li metal reference electrode. By comparison with a Sn{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Lipon/LiCoO{sub 2} three-electrode lithium-ion thin-film cell, a model for the electrochemical insertion/extraction process of Li{sub y}SiTON was suggested. The SiTON/Lipon/LiCoO{sub 2} cells sustained 5 mA/cm{sup 2} between 4.2 and 2.7 V while the anode supplied a reversible discharge capacity of about 340 {mu}A h/mg or even 450 {mu}A h/mg after heating at 250 C in air for 1 h. A long-term cycling stability test of a SiTON/Lipon/LiCoO{sub 2} battery between 3.93 and 2.7 V demonstrated that the Li{sub y}SiTON capacity faded only by 0.001% per cycle when charging was stopped as soon as the Li{sub y}SiTON potential reached 0 V vs. Li. When this cathode-heavy cell was charged to 4.1 V (Li{sub y}SiTON at 0 V vs. Li), a significantly higher reversible discharge capacity was obtained over {proportional_to}5000 cycles. (orig.)