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  1. 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.

  2. Electrochemical modification process of anodic alumina membrane

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    YU Mei; LIU Jian-hua; LI Song-mei

    2006-01-01

    The modification procedure of anodic alumina membrane(AAM) was studied. The AAM structure after modification was characterized by nickel nanowires prepared in AAM. Scanning electron microscopy was used to characterize the topography and structure properties of the AAM and nickel nanowires. The transformation of the current during the voltage reduction was studied. The mechanism of current and structure change during modification was discussed. The results show that a root structure produces after the AAM modification. The length of the root structure depends on the velocity of the voltage reduction. Slow voltage reduction leads to a large length of the root structure,otherwise,a short length of the root structure. At the end of the modification,the barrier layer is thin enough to be passed by electrons. Hence,the direct electrodeposition of one-dimensional nanowires can be carried out on the AAM with barrier layer and aluminum matrix successfully without any other treatments.

  3. 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, C4H10), 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.

  4. Photo Induced Membrane Separation for Water Purification and Desalination Using Azobenzene Modified Anodized Alumina Membranes.

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    Fujiwara, Masahiro; Imura, Tatsuki

    2015-06-23

    Water purification and desalination to produce end-use water are important agendas in 21st century, because the global water shortage is becoming increasingly serious. Those processes using light energy, especially solar energy, without the consumption of fossil fuels are desired for creating sustainable society. For these earth-friendly water treatments, nanoporous materials and membranes are expected to provide new technologies. We have reported before that the repetitive photo isomerization of azobenzene groups between the trans and cis isomers induced by the simultaneous irradiation of UV and visible lights accelerates the molecular movement of nearby molecules in nanoporous materials. After further studies, we recently found that the permeation of water through azobenzene modified anodized alumina membranes as a photo responsive nanoporous membrane was achieved by the simultaneous irradiation of UV and visible lights, while no water penetration occurred under no light, only single UV or visible light. The photo induced permeation of water was promoted by the vaporization of water with the repetitive photo isomerization of azobenzene. This membrane permeation achieved the purification of water solutions, because dye molecules and a protein dissolved in aqueous solutions were not involved in the photo induced penetrated water. When 3.5% of sodium chloride solution as model seawater was employed for this membrane separation, the salt content of the permeated water was less than 0.01% to accomplish the complete desalination of seawater.

  5. Fabrication and characterization of mesoporous silica nanochannels inside the channels of anodic alumina membrane

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    Moataz M. Mekawy

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Brij type surfactants (CnEOx that have different chemical structures were used to fabricate 3D Mesoporous Silica Nanochannels (MSN inside the channels of Anodic Alumina Membrane (AAM under acidic conditions. The fabricated 3D MSN were characterized using TEM-ED, SEM, Small angle XRD, and N2 isotherm. Results revealed that the synthesis of ordered 3D cubic Im3m mesostructures can be formed with tunable pore diameters varied from 4.0 to 4.9 nm that are partially affected with the length of ethylene oxide (EO group in the template surfactant.

  6. Micropolarizer of Ordered Ni Nanowire Arrays Embedded in Porous Anodic Alumina Membrane

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    PANG Yan-Tao; MENG Guo-Wen; SHAN Wen-Jun; FANG Qi; ZHANG Li-De

    2003-01-01

    A micropolarizer of nickel nanowire arrays within an anodic alumina membrane (AAM) was fabricated by an-odization of pure Al and electrodeposition of Ni, respectively. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission-electron microscopy reveal that the nanowires are polycrystal and have an average diameter of 70 nm. Spectrophotometer measurements show that the nickel nanowire arrays embedded in the AAM can only transmit polarized light vertical to the wires. An extinction ratio of 25 to 30 dB and an average insertion loss of 1.07dB in the wavelength range of l-2.5fj.rn were obtained, respectively. Thus, Ni nanowire/AAM can be used as a wire grid type micropolarizer.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Electrochemical synthesis of CdS nanowires by underpotential deposition in anodic alumina membrane templates

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    Bicer, Mustafa; Aydin, Ali Osman [Department of Chemistry, Arts and Sciences Faculty, Sakarya University, 54187 Sakarya (Turkey); Sisman, Ilkay, E-mail: isisman@sakarya.edu.t [Department of Chemistry, Arts and Sciences Faculty, Sakarya University, 54187 Sakarya (Turkey)

    2010-04-15

    Cadmium sulfide (CdS) nanowires were electrosynthesized within the pores of the anodic alumina membranes (AAM) using underpotential deposition (UPD) through an electrochemical co-deposition at room temperature (25 deg. C). The nanowire arrays were grown from an aqueous solution of CdSO{sub 4}, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), and Na{sub 2}S at pH 4.0. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) were employed to characterize the nanowires. These nanowires have uniform diameters of approximately 90 nm, and their lengths are up to 7 mum. XRD analysis reveals that the electrosynthesized nanowires deposited at -500 mV (vs. Ag/AgCl) have a preferential orientation along (1 1 0) direction for hexagonal crystal. Electrochemical and EDS results of the deposits confirm that the atomic ratio of Cd to S is very close to 1:1 stoichiometry. UV-vis absorption measurement shows a blue-shifted absorption at 488 nm because of the quantum confinement at low dimensions.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering of self-assembled thiol monolayers and supported lipid membranes on thin anodic porous alumina

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    Shayganpour, Amirreza; Salis, Barbara; Dante, Silvia

    2017-01-01

    Thin anodic porous alumina (tAPA) was fabricated from a 500 nm thick aluminum (Al) layer coated on silicon wafers, through single-step anodization performed in a Teflon electrochemical cell in 0.4 M aqueous phosphoric acid at 110 V. Post-fabrication etching in the same acid allowed obtaining tAPA surfaces with ≈160 nm pore diameter and ≈80 nm corresponding wall thickness to be prepared. The tAPA surfaces were made SERS-active by coating with a thin (≈25 nm) gold (Au) layer. The as obtained tAPA–Au substrates were incubated first with different thiols, namely mercaptobenzoic acid (MbA) and aminothiol (AT), and then with phospholipid vesicles of different composition to form a supported lipid bilayer (SLB). At each step, the SERS substrate functionality was assessed, demonstrating acceptable enhancement (≥100×). The chemisorption of thiols during the first step and the formation of SLB from the vesicles during the second step, were independently monitored by using a quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) technique. The SLB membranes represent a simplified model system of the living cells membranes, which makes the successful observation of SERS on these films promising in view of the use of tAPA–Au substrates as a platform for the development of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) biosensors on living cells. In the future, these tAPA–Au-SLB substrates will be investigated also for drug delivery of bioactive agents from the APA pores. PMID:28144566

  13. Synthesis of Nanorods Titanium Dioxide via Anodic Alumina Membrane Template and their Applications in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Suryana, R.; Sehati; Kusumandari

    2016-08-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods have been successfully synthesized through sol- gel method via Anodic Alumina Membrane (AAM) as template. AAM template was removed using 6 M NaOH solution to obtain TiO2 nanorods only. Then TiO2 nanorods were annealed at 400°C for 2 h. Phase TiO2 nanorods were characterized using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and morphology of TiO2 nanorods were observed using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). In addition, the I-V meter was used to determine the DSSC efficiency. The XRD patterns showed that all peaks of synthesized-TiO2 indicated anatase phase. AFM images confirmed that TiO2 nanorods have diameters in range 18-30 nm. TiO2 nanorods were mixed with TiO2 nanoparticles having 21 nm in size then it was applied in the DSSC with p-carotene from carrot as dye. The efficiency of DSSC using TiO2 mixed-nanorods and nanoparticles increase about 154.20% compare to using TiO2 nanoparticles only. It is considered that TiO2 nanorod structures can be effective in photon trapping thus many photon interact to dyes to produce many excited-electrons.

  14. Ultraviolet photoluminescence of porous anodic alumina films

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    2003-01-01

    Photoluminescence (PL) properties of porous anodic alumina (PAA) films prepared by using electrochemical anodization technique in a mixed solution of oxalic and sulfuric acid have been investigated. The PAA films have an intensive ultraviolet PL emission around 350 nm, of which a possible PL mechanism has been proposed. It was found that the incorporated oxalic ions, which could transform into PL centers and exist in the PAA films, are responsible for this ultraviolet PL emission.

  15. Effect of Pore Thickness and the State of Polarization on the Optical Properties of Hexagonal Nanoarray of Au/Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Membrane

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    Mohamed Shaban

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Hexagonal nanoarrays of Au particles were deposited on nanoporous anodic alumina membrane (NAAM utilizing r.f. magnetron sputtering. The thickness of the NAAMs is adjusted by changing the second anodization time from 5 min to 20 min. The surface morphology, composition, and optical properties are characterized by using SEM, EDX, and spectrophotometer, respectively. The effects of the NAAM thickness and state of polarization on the morphological changes and on the optical properties of the fabricated nanoarrays were addressed. According to the measured optical spectra, the rate of decrease of NAAMs refractive index was found to be 3.825 × 10−4 nm−1. Using the modified Kubelka-Munk radiative transfer model, the energy gap of NAAMs was calculated from diffused reflectance and was decreased from 1.682 to 1.376 as the anodization time increased from 5 to 20 min. Also, the saturation of interference fringes is substantially enhanced, and field enhancement can be achieved due to the excitation and constructive interference of surface plasmon waves by coating NAAMs with the hexagonal nanoarrays of Au. Based on the advantages of the fabrication approach and the enhanced and controlled properties, this new generation of samples can be used as promising building blocks for nanophotonic and nanoelectronics devices.

  16. High field matching effects in superconducting Nb porous arrays catalyzed from anodic alumina templates

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    Vinckx, W.; Vanacken, J.; Moshchalkov, V.V.;

    2007-01-01

    Vortex pinning in a superconducting Nb thin film deposited on an anodically grown alumina template is investigated. Anodic oxidation of aluminium layers permits under specific conditions the formation of highly ordered porous alumina, a membrane-like structure consisting of triangular arrays...... of parallel pores. Its pore diameter and interpore distance are set by careful tuning of the anodization parameters. A superconducting Nb thin film is deposited directly onto the alumina film. The porous alumina acts as a template and it allows Nb to form a periodic pinning array during its growth. Pinning...

  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. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Free-standing alumina nanobottles and nanotubes pre-integrated into nanoporous alumina membranes

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    Fang, Jinghua; Levchenko, Igor; (Ken Ostrikov, Kostya

    2014-08-01

    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.

  1. Ultra-High Density Single Nanometer-Scale Anodic Alumina Nanofibers Fabricated by Pyrophosphoric Acid Anodizing

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    Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Nishinaga, Osamu; Nakajima, Daiki; Kawashima, Jun; Natsui, Shungo; Sakaguchi, Norihito; Suzuki, Ryosuke O.

    2014-12-01

    Anodic oxide fabricated by anodizing has been widely used for nanostructural engineering, but the nanomorphology is limited to only two oxides: anodic barrier and porous oxides. Therefore, the discovery of an additional anodic oxide with a unique nanofeature would expand the applicability of anodizing. Here we demonstrate the fabrication of a third-generation anodic oxide, specifically, anodic alumina nanofibers, by anodizing in a new electrolyte, pyrophosphoric acid. Ultra-high density single nanometer-scale anodic alumina nanofibers (1010 nanofibers/cm2) consisting of an amorphous, pure aluminum oxide were successfully fabricated via pyrophosphoric acid anodizing. The nanomorphologies of the anodic nanofibers can be controlled by the electrochemical conditions. Anodic tungsten oxide nanofibers can also be fabricated by pyrophosphoric acid anodizing. The aluminum surface covered by the anodic alumina nanofibers exhibited ultra-fast superhydrophilic behavior, with a contact angle of less than 1°, within 1 second. Such ultra-narrow nanofibers can be used for various nanoapplications including catalysts, wettability control, and electronic devices.

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

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    Hiroyo Segawa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Anodization techniques by alternating current (ac are introduced in this review. By using ac anodization, laminated alumina films are fabricated. Different types of alumina films consisting of 50–200 nm layers were obtained by varying both the ac power supply and the electrolyte. The total film thickness increased with an increase in the total charge transferred. The thickness of the individual layers increased with the ac voltage; however, the anodization time had little effect on the film thickness. The laminated alumina films resembled the nacre structure of shells, and the different morphologies exhibited by bivalves and spiral shells could be replicated by controlling the rate of increase of the applied potentials.

  3. Sequential Vapor Infiltration Treatment Enhances the Ionic Current Rectification Performance of Composite Membranes Based on Mesoporous Silica Confined in Anodic Alumina.

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    Liang, Yanyan; Liu, Zhengping

    2016-12-20

    Ionic current rectification of nanofluidic diode membranes has been studied widely in recent years because it is analogous to the functionality of biological ion channels in principle. We report a new method to fabricate ionic current rectification membranes based on mesoporous silica confined in anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes. Two types of mesostructured silica nanocomposites, hexagonal structure and nanoparticle stacked structure, were used to asymmetrically fill nanochannels of AAO membranes by a vapor-phase synthesis (VPS) method with aspiration approach and were further modified via sequence vapor infiltration (SVI) treatment. The ionic current measurements indicated that SVI treatment can modulate the asymmetric ionic transport in prepared membranes, which exhibited clear ionic current rectification phenomenon under optimal conditions. The ionic current rectifying behavior is derived from the asymmetry of surface conformations, silica species components, and hydrophobic wettability, which are created by the asymmetrical filling type, silica depositions on the heterogeneous membranes, and the condensation of silanol groups. This article provides a considerable strategy to fabricate composite membranes with obvious ionic current rectification performance via the cooperation of the VPS method and SVI treatment and opens up the potential of mesoporous silica confined in AAO membranes to mimic fluid transport in biological processes.

  4. Cylindrical Three-Dimensional Porous Anodic Alumina Networks

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    Pedro M. Resende

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of a conformal three-dimensional nanostructure based on porous anodic alumina with transversal nanopores on wires is herein presented. The resulting three-dimensional network exhibits the same nanostructure as that obtained on planar geometries, but with a macroscopic cylindrical geometry. The morphological analysis of the nanostructure revealed the effects of the initial defects on the aluminum surface and the mechanical strains on the integrity of the three-dimensional network. The results evidence the feasibility of obtaining 3D porous anodic alumina on non-planar aluminum substrates.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 triangles...

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

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    Stavrinidou Eleni

    2011-01-01

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

  8. 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.

  9. Optical properties of porous anodic alumina embedded Cu nanocomposite films

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    Liu, Huiyuan; Sun, Huiyuan; Liu, Lihu; Hou, Xue; Jia, Xiaoxuan

    2015-06-01

    Porous anodic alumina embedded Cu with iridescent colors were fabricated in copper sulfate electrolyte. The films display highly saturated colors after being synthesized by an ac electrodeposition method. Tunable color in the films is obtained by adjusting anodization time, and can be adjusted across the entire visible range. Theoretical results of the changes in the structural color according to the Bragg-Snell formula are consistent with the experimental results. The films could be used in many areas including decoration, display and multifunctional anti-counterfeiting applications.

  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)

    2014-08-15

    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. Monitoring Transport Across Modified Nanoporous Alumina Membranes

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    Erich D. Steinle

    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the use of several characterization methods to examinealumina nanotubule membranes that have been modified with specific silanes. The functionof these silanes is to alter the transport properties through the membrane by changing thelocal environment inside the alumina nanotube. The presence of alkyl groups, either long(C18 or short and branched (isopropyl hydrocarbon chains, on these silanes significantlydecreases the rate of transport of permeant molecules through membranes containingalumina nanotubes as monitored via absorbance spectroscopy. The presence of an ionicsurfactant can alter the polarity of these modified nanotubes, which correlates to anincreased transport of ions. Fluorescent spectroscopy is also utilized to enhance thesensitivity of detecting these permeant molecules. Confirmation of the alkylsilaneattachment to the alumina membrane is achieved with traditional infrared spectroscopy,which can also examine the lifetime of the modified membrane. The physical parameters ofthese silane-modified porous alumina membranes are studied via scanning electronmicroscopy. The alumina nanotubes are not physically closed off or capped by the silanesthat are attached to the alumina surfaces.

  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. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Crystallography-Induced Correlations in Pore Ordering of Anodic Alumina Films

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    Roslyakov, Ilya V.; Koshkodaev, Dmitry S.; Eliseev, Andrei A.; Hermida-Merino, Daniel; Petukhov, Andrei V.; Napolskii, Kirill S.

    2016-01-01

    A crystallographic approach to tailoring the morphology and ordering degree of the porous structure of alumina films obtained by anodization of single-crystalline aluminum is discussed. The examination of porous structure of anodic alumina films formed on low-index and vicinal planes of Al single cr

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Transport properties of anodic porous alumina for ReRAM

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    Kato, S; Nigo, S; Lee, J W; Mihalik, M; Kitazawa, H; Kido, G [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0047 (Japan)], E-mail: KATO.Seiichi@nims.go.jp

    2008-03-15

    A voltage-induced bistable switching effect has been studied for M/AlO{sub x}/Al devices made of the anodic porous alumina with a top electrode of aluminium (or silver) to develop a next generation memory (AlO{sub x}-ReRAM). The resistance state of memory is switched between OFF-state (high resistance) and ON-state (low resistance), where the resistance ratio is higher than 10{sup 4}. In the thermally stimulated current (TSC) measurement, a narrow band was observed around 290 K, indicating the conduction mechanism comes from a kind of impurity band in the energy gap. An anomaly was also observed around 290 K in the temperature dependence of resistance at the ON-state.

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

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    Abel Santos

    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.

  2. AFM, SEM and TEM Studies on Porous Anodic Alumina

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    Zhu, Yuan Yuan; Ding, Gu Qiao; Ding, Jian Ning; Yuan, Ning Yi

    2010-04-01

    Porous anodic alumina (PAA) has been intensively studied in past decade due to its applications for fabricating nanostructured materials. Since PAA’s pore diameter, thickness and shape vary too much, a systematical study on the methods of morphology characterization is meaningful and essential for its proper development and utilization. In this paper, we present detailed AFM, SEM and TEM studies on PAA and its evolvements with abundant microstructures, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method. The sample preparation, testing skills and morphology analysis are discussed, especially on the differentiation during characterizing complex cross-sections and ultrasmall nanopores. The versatility of PAAs is also demonstrated by the diversity of PAAs’ microstructure.

  3. AFM, SEM and TEM Studies on Porous Anodic Alumina

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    Zhu YuanYuan

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Porous anodic alumina (PAA has been intensively studied in past decade due to its applications for fabricating nanostructured materials. Since PAA’s pore diameter, thickness and shape vary too much, a systematical study on the methods of morphology characterization is meaningful and essential for its proper development and utilization. In this paper, we present detailed AFM, SEM and TEM studies on PAA and its evolvements with abundant microstructures, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each method. The sample preparation, testing skills and morphology analysis are discussed, especially on the differentiation during characterizing complex cross-sections and ultrasmall nanopores. The versatility of PAAs is also demonstrated by the diversity of PAAs’ microstructure.

  4. 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

  5. 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

    2013-09-25

    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.

  6. 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...

  7. Textural stability of titania–alumina composite membranes

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    Kumar, Krishnankutty-Nair P.; Keizer, Klaas; Burggraaf, Anthonie J.

    1993-01-01

    Textural evolution (porosity reduction, pore and crystallite growth) in titania–alumina composite membranes has been studied using thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy and N2 physisorption techniques. The presence of alumina in the membranes improved the t

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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).

  11. Effect of Manganese Content on the Fabrication of Porous Anodic Alumina

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    C. H. Voon

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of manganese content on the formation of well-ordered porous anodic alumina was studied. Porous anodic alumina has been produced on aluminium substrate of different manganese content by single-step anodizing at 50 V in 0.3 M oxalic acid at 15°C for 60 minutes. The well-ordered pore and cell structure was revealed by subjecting the porous anodic alumina to oxide dissolution treatment in a mixture of chromic acid and phosphoric acid. It was found that the manganese content above 1 wt% impaired the regularity of the cell and pore structure significantly, which can be attributed to the presence of secondary phases in the starting material with manganese content above 1 wt%. The pore diameter and interpore distance decreased with the addition of manganese into the substrates. The time variation of current density and the thickness of porous anodic alumina also decreased as a function of the manganese content in the substrates.

  12. Development of a PDMS-grafted alumina membrane and its evaluation as solvent resistant nanofiltration membrane

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    Pinheiro de Melo, A.F.; Hoogendoorn, D.; Nijmeijer, A.; Winnubst, A.J.A.

    2014-01-01

    A new solvent resistant nanofiltration (SRNF) membrane is developed by grafting a PDMS polymer into the pores of a 5 nm γ-alumina ceramic membrane. These PDMS-grafted γ-alumina membranes were attained through a two-step synthesis. The linking agent, 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES), was first ap

  13. Excitation of anodized alumina films with a light source

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

    . 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......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...

  14. Rf glow discharge optical emission spectrometry for the analysis of arrays of Ni nanowires in nanoporous alumina and titania membranes

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    Prida, V.M.; Bordel, N.; Hernando, B. [Depto. Fisica, Universidad Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Navas, D.; Pirota, K.R.; Vazquez, M. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Hernandez-Velez, M. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Depto. Fisica Aplicada, C-XII, Universidad Autonoma Madrid, Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Menendez, A.; Pereiro, R.; Sanz-Medel, A. [Depto. Quimica Fisica y Analitica, Facultad de Quimica, Julian Claveria 8, 33006 Oviedo (Spain)

    2006-05-15

    Anodic alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and titania (TiO{sub 2}) nanoporous oxide membranes are among the most widely studied self-organized nanopore templates, formed by uniform and well aligned arrays of synthetized nanometric pores or tubes. Here, we perform a comparative study of the depth profiling analysis in self-ordered alumina and titania nanoporous membrane templates by means of the radiofrequency glow discharge coupled to optical emission spectrometry (rf-GD-OES) technique. The densely packed columnar arrays of hexagonally self-ordered nanoporous alumina membranes investigated, with an average inner pore diameter of 35 nm and 105 nm interspacing, give an uniform thickness pore length about more than 5 {mu}m, depending on the anodization time. Meanwhile, the analysis of the anodized titania nanotubes, with an average inner pore diameter of 100 nm and 40 nm wall thickness, shown to be about 300 nm in length. Each type of membranes were also studied in both cases, when the nanopores were empty and after filling with electrodeposited Ni. The direct analysis by rf-GD-OES reveals the ability of this technique to control the quality of these so synthesized nanocomposites formed by electrodeposited Ni nanowires into the alumina and titania nanoporous templates. (copyright 2006 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Rf glow discharge optical emission spectrometry for the analysis of arrays of Ni nanowires in nanoporous alumina and titania membranes

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    Prida, V. M.; Navas, D.; Pirota, K. R.; Hernandez-Velez, M.; Menéndez, A.; Bordel, N.; Pereiro, R.; Sanz-Medel, A.; Hernando, B.; Vazquez, M.

    2006-05-01

    Anodic alumina (Al2O3) and titania (TiO2) nanoporous oxide membranes are among the most widely studied self-organized nanopore templates, formed by uniform and well aligned arrays of synthetized nanometric pores or tubes. Here, we perform a comparative study of the depth profiling analysis in self-ordered alumina and titania nanoporous membrane templates by means of the radiofrequency glow discharge coupled to optical emission spectrometry (rf-GD-OES) technique. The densely packed columnar arrays of hexagonally self-ordered nanoporous alumina membranes investigated, with an average inner pore diameter of 35 nm and 105 nm interspacing, give an uniform thickness pore length about more than 5 μm, depending on the anodization time. Meanwhile, the analysis of the anodized titania nanotubes, with an average inner pore diameter of 100 nm and 40 nm wall thickness, shown to be about 300 nm in length. Each type of membranes were also studied in both cases, when the nanopores were empty and after filling with electrodeposited Ni. The direct analysis by rf-GD-OES reveals the ability of this technique to control the quality of these so synthesized nanocomposites formed by electrodeposited Ni nanowires into the alumina and titania nanoporous templates.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Structure and Optical Properties of thin Porous Anodic Alumina Films Synthesized on a Glass Surface

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    Valeev, R. G.; Petukhov, D. I.; Kriventsov, V. V.

    The structure and luminescent properties of thin nanoporous aluminum oxide films obtained by anodization of aluminum films thermally deposited on glass have been investigated. The pore size and the interpore distance depend on the anodization voltage. For all studied samples the highest emission intensity obtained at the excitation wavelength equal to 330 nm. This behavior of luminescence curves caused by defect F+ luminescent centers (O- oxygen vacancies). The presence of porous alumina films on the glass surface increases the optical absorption in the visible light region. The oscillations on the spectra are caused by Fabry-Perot interference on the anodic alumina oxide film/glass interface. The suggested technique can be used for obtaining porous aluminum oxide films on other substrates, including Indium-Tin-Oxide, and can be applied in the technology of light-emitting devices and infrared-visible-ultraviolet detectors.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Simulation and experiment of substrate aluminum grain orientation dependent self-ordering in anodic porous alumina

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    Cheng, Chuan; Ng, K. Y.; Aluru, N. R.; Ngan, A. H. W.

    2013-05-01

    Recent experiments have indicated a strong influence of the substrate grain orientation on the self-ordering in anodic porous alumina. Anodic porous alumina with straight pore channels grown in a stable, self-ordered manner is formed on (001) oriented Al grain, while disordered porous pattern is formed on (101) oriented Al grain with tilted pore channels growing in an unstable manner. In this work, numerical simulation of the pore growth process is carried out to understand this phenomenon. The rate-determining step of the oxide growth is assumed to be the Cabrera-Mott barrier at the oxide/electrolyte (o/e) interface, while the substrate is assumed to determine the ratio β between the ionization and oxidation reactions at the metal/oxide (m/o) interface. By numerically solving the electric field inside a growing porous alumina during anodization, the migration rates of the ions and hence the evolution of the o/e and m/o interfaces are computed. The simulated results show that pore growth is more stable when β is higher. A higher β corresponds to more Al ionized and migrating away from the m/o interface rather than being oxidized, and hence a higher retained O:Al ratio in the oxide. Experimentally measured oxygen content in the self-ordered porous alumina on (001) Al is indeed found to be about 3% higher than that in the disordered alumina on (101) Al, in agreement with the theoretical prediction. The results, therefore, suggest that ionization on (001) Al substrate is relatively easier than on (101) Al, and this leads to the more stable growth of the pore channels on (001) Al.

  2. 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.

  3. Structure of the carbon nanofilaments formed by liquid phase carbonization in porous anodic alumina template

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    Habazaki, H.; Kiriu, M.; M. Hayashi; Konno, H.

    2007-01-01

    Platelet structure carbon nanofilaments of ~30 nm in diameter have been prepared by heating a mixture of porous anodic alumina template and poly(vinyl)chloride (PVC) powders in an argon atmosphere, and the change in their structure and morphology with heat treatment temperature, ranging from 600 to 2800 °C, has been examined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nitrogen gas adsorption measurements. The diameter of the ca...

  4. 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.

  5. CNTs tuning and vertical alignment in anodic aluminium oxide membrane

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    Maria Sarno; Diana Sannino; Caterina Leone; Paolo Ciambelli

    2012-01-01

    Anodic aluminium oxide (AAOM) membranes were used for template growth of carbon nanotubes (CNT) inside their pores by chemical vapour deposition (CVD) of different hydrocarbons,in the absence of transition metal catalyst.A composite material,containing one nanotube for each channel,having the same length as the membrane thickness and the external diameter close to the diameter of the membrane holes,was obtained.Yield,selectivity,and quality of CNTs in terms of diameter (up to very thin CNT),carbon order,length,arrangement (i.e.number of tubes for each channel),purity,that are critical requisites for several applications were optimized by investigating the effect of changing the hydrocarbon feedstock gas,also in the presence of hydrogen.The samples produced using methane as a feedstock have a well ordered structure.The role of the alumina channels surface during the CNT growth has been investigated and its catalytic activity has been proved for the first time.

  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. Ordered three-dimensional interconnected nanoarchitectures in anodic porous alumina

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    Martín, Jaime; Martín-González, Marisol; Fernández, Jose Francisco; Caballero-Calero, Olga

    2014-01-01

    Three-dimensional nanostructures combine properties of nanoscale materials with the advantages of being macro-sized pieces when the time comes to manipulate, measure their properties, or make a device. However, the amount of compounds with the ability to self-organize in ordered three-dimensional nanostructures is limited. Therefore, template-based fabrication strategies become the key approach towards three-dimensional nanostructures. Here we report the simple fabrication of a template based on anodic aluminum oxide, having a well-defined, ordered, tunable, homogeneous 3D nanotubular network in the sub 100 nm range. The three-dimensional templates are then employed to achieve three-dimensional, ordered nanowire-networks in Bi2Te3 and polystyrene. Lastly, we demonstrate the photonic crystal behavior of both the template and the polystyrene three-dimensional nanostructure. Our approach may establish the foundations for future high-throughput, cheap, photonic materials and devices made of simple commodity plastics, metals, and semiconductors. PMID:25342247

  8. Quantification and morphology studies of nanoporous alumina membranes: a new algorithm for digital image processing.

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    Choudhari, Khoobaram S; Jidesh, Pacheeripadikkal; Sudheendra, Parampalli; Kulkarni, Suresh D

    2013-08-01

    A new mathematical algorithm is reported for the accurate and efficient analysis of pore properties of nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA) membranes using scanning electron microscope (SEM) images. NAA membranes of the desired pore size were fabricated using a two-step anodic oxidation process. Surface morphology of the NAA membranes with different pore properties was studied using SEM images along with computerized image processing and analysis. The main objective was to analyze the SEM images of NAA membranes quantitatively, systematically, and quickly. The method uses a regularized shock filter for contrast enhancement, mathematical morphological operators, and a segmentation process for efficient determination of pore properties. The algorithm is executed using MATLAB, which generates a statistical report on the morphology of NAA membrane surfaces and performs accurate quantification of the parameters such as average pore-size distribution, porous area fraction, and average interpore distances. A good comparison between the pore property measurements was obtained using our algorithm and ImageJ software. This algorithm, with little manual intervention, is useful for optimizing the experimental process parameters during the fabrication of such nanostructures. Further, the algorithm is capable of analyzing SEM images of similar or asymmetrically porous nanostructures where sample and background have distinguishable contrast.

  9. Fabrication of Alumina Nanowires from Porous Alumina Membranes by Etching in Phosphoric Acid Solution

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    Wang, Xuehua; Li, Chengyong; Ma, Lianjiao; Cao, Hong; Zhang, Baohua

    Alumina nanowires (ANWs) with high aspect ratios were synthesized by the chemical etching of porous alumina membranes (PAMs) in phosphoric acid solution. The morphology and structure of ANWs were analyzed by SEM and XRD, respectively. The results showed that the typical features of ANWs are around 35 nm in diameter and around 20 μm in length, the crystalline structure of the ANWs was amorphous, which was in accordance with that of the PAMs. Furthermore, the morphology of the PAMs was characterized by AFM and SEM in detail. On the basis of AFM and SEM observations, a possible formation mechanism of ANWs was discussed, and the inhomogeneous of the dissolution between the triple points and the side walls was considered to be the essential factor deciding the formation of ANWs.

  10. Formation and disruption of current paths of anodic porous alumina films by conducting atomic force microscopy

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    Oyoshi, K., E-mail: oyoshi.keiji@nims.go.jp [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Nigo, S.; Inoue, J.; Sakai, O.; Kitazawa, H.; Kido, G. [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan)

    2010-11-15

    Anodic porous alumina (APA) films have a honeycomb cell structure of pores and a voltage-induced bi-stable switching effect. We have applied conducting atomic force microscopy (CAFM) as a method to form and to disrupt current paths in the APA films. A bi-polar switching operation was confirmed. We have firstly observed terminals of current paths as spots or areas typically on the center of the triangle formed by three pores. In addition, though a part of the current path showed repetitive switching, most of them were not observed again at the same position after one cycle of switching operations in the present experiments. This suggests that a part of alumina structure and/or composition along the current paths is modified during the switching operations.

  11. Modulating molecular transport across peptide-modified nanoporous alumina membranes with light

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    Kumeria, Tushar; Yu, Jingxian; Alsawat, Mohammed; Kurkuri, Mahaveer D.; Santos, Abel; Abell, Andrew D.; Losic, Dusan

    2016-12-01

    We designed and fabricated a smart and stimuli responsive membrane to cater on demand molecular transporting applications. A novel photoswitchable peptide (PSP) was synthesized and attached inside nanoporous anodic alumina membranes (NAAMs) pores. The PSP specifically switched between its cis and trans photostationary states on exposure to 364 nm and 440 nm wavelength lights respectively, which not only provided the ability to control its pore diameter but also the surface chemistry. The switchable molecular transport properties of the PSP-NAAMs have been shown as a function of the light exposure. Most importantly, the molecular transport across PSP-NAAMs could be repeatedly switched between on and off state, which is highly significant for on-demand triggered drug release systems.

  12. 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.

  13. Polarization properties of porous anodic alumina with Y-branched Cu nanowires

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    Xuejun Su; Lichun Zhang; Qingshan Li; Dechun Liang

    2008-01-01

    @@ Porous anodic alumina (PAA) templates with branch structure are fabricated by the two-step anodic oxidation processes, and then the Y-branched Cu nanowires are synthesized in the templates using an alternating current (AC) deposition method. We observe the morphology image of the samples by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and measure the transmission spectrum and the polarization spectrum of the samples by the spectrophotometer. The results show that PAA films with Y-branched Cu nanowires have better transmittance in the near infrared region. An extinction ratio of 15-18 dB and an insertion loss of 0.1-0.4 dB are obtained in this region. Therefore PAA with Y-branched Cu nanowires can be used as a near-infrared micropolarizer, and this kind of micropolarizer would have a promising future in the field of photoelectricity integration.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

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

    2014-02-01

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

  17. Detailed Observation of Cell Junction in Anodic Porous Alumina with Square Cells

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    Asoh, Hidetaka; Ono, Sachiko; Hirose, Tomohito; Takatori, Ikuo; Masuda, Hideki

    2004-09-01

    The local structure of a cell junction in anodic porous alumina with square cells was studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The initiation of a square lattice pattern, which is different from a normal hexagonal cell arrangement, induced the characteristic growth of a porous structure. The obtained oxide film was formed by a close-packed array of square cells following the initiation. The shape of the pores changed from circular to square corresponding to the transformation of the cell structure at the steady state. The incorporation of unoxidized aluminum into the oxide film and the generation of voids were observed at the fourfold point of the cell junction. The height of the protrusions of the aluminum substrate at the cell junction was considerably larger than that of protrusions formed in naturally occurring anodic porous alumina with hexagonal cells. These specific features were thought to be caused by the inhomogeneous distribution of current at the square pore base.

  18. 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.

  19. Electrodeposition of photocatalytic TiO2 film on surface of alumina prepared by anodic oxidation

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    ZHANG Xin-yu; CHEN Tie-qun

    2004-01-01

    A new electrochemical method to prepare photocatalytic TiO2 thin film was developed, by which the TiO2 was electrodeposited on surface of alumina by AC electrolysis in solution consisting of K2 [TiO(C2O4 )2] and C2H2O4. The deposited TiO2 thin film was primarily characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrum (EDS) methods. The photocatalytic properties of this film were also studied by the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange. The results show that the TiO2 film electrodeposited by this method is mainly in amorphous and with a little crystalline component mixed anatase and rutile. The surface of the alumina prepared by anodic oxidation is porous and the TiO2 electrodeposited on it is scattered and incompact. TiO2 thin film fixed on the surface of alumina shows photocatalytic activity to the degradation of methyl orange.

  20. 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.

  1. Boehmite nanostructures preparation by hydrothermal method from anodic aluminium oxide membrane.

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    Yang, X; Wang, J Y; Pan, H Y

    2009-02-01

    Boehmite nanostructures were successfully synthesized from porous anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) membrane by a simple and efficient hydro-thermal method. The experiment used high purity alumina as raw material, and the whole reaction process avoided superfluous impurities to be introduced. Thus, the purity of Boehmite products was ensured. The examinations of the morphology and structure were carried out by atomic force microscope (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Composition of the specimens was analyzed using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscope (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Based on these observations the growth process was analyzed.

  2. Preparation and characterization of alumina hollow fiber membranes

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    Tao WANG; Yuzhong ZHANG; Guangfen LI; Hong LI

    2009-01-01

    With the rapid development of membrane technology in water treatment, there is a growing demand for membrane products with high performance. The inorganic hollow fiber membranes are of great interest due to their high resistance to abrasion, chemical/thermal degradation, and higher surface area/volume ratio therefore they can be utilized in the fields of water treatment. In this study, the alumina (Al2O3) hollow fiber membranes were prepared by a combined phase-inversion and sintering method. The organic binder solution (dope) containing suspended Al2O3 powders was spun to a hollow fiber precursor, which was then sintered at elevated tempera-tures in order to obtain the Al2O3 hollow fiber membrane. The dope solution consisted ofpolyethersulfone (PES), N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), which were used as polymer binder, solvent and additive, respectively. The prepared Al2O3 hollow fiber membranes were characterized by a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TG). The effects of the sintering temperature and Al2O3/PES ratios on the morphological structure, pure water flux, pore size and porosity of the membranes were also investigated extensively. The results showed that the pure water flux, maximum pore size and porosity of the prepared membranes decreased with the increase in Al2O3/PES ratios and sintering temperature. When the Al2O3/PES ratio reached 9, the pure water flux and maximum pore size were at 2547L/m2·h and 1.4μm, respectively. Under 1600℃ of sintering temperature, the pure water flux and maximum pore size reached 2398 L/(m2·h) and 2.3 μm, respectively. The results showed that the alumina hollow fiber membranes we prepared were suitable for the microfiltration process. The morphology investigation also revealed that the prepared Al2O3 hollow fiber membrane retained its'asymmetric structure even after the sintering process.

  3. CFD simulation of effect of anode configuration on gas-liquid flow and alumina transport process in an aluminum reduction cell

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    詹水清; 李茂; 周孑民; 杨建红; 周益文

    2015-01-01

    Numerical simulations of gas–liquid two-phase flow and alumina transport process in an aluminum reduction cell were conducted to investigate the effects of anode configurations on the bath flow, gas volume fraction and alumina content distributions. An Euler–Euler two-fluid model was employed coupled with a species transport equation for alumina content. Three different anode configurations such as anode without a slot, anode with a longitudinal slot and anode with a transversal slot were studied in the simulation. The simulation results clearly show that the slots can reduce the bath velocity and promote the releasing of the anode gas, but can not contribute to the uniformity of the alumina content. Comparisons of the effects between the longitudinal and transversal slots indicate that the longitudinal slot is better in terms of gas–liquid flow but is disadvantageous for alumina mixing and transport process due to a decrease of anode gas under the anode bottom surface. It is demonstrated from the simulations that the mixing and transfer characteristics of alumina are controlled to great extent by the anode gas forces while the electromagnetic forces (EMFs) play the second role.

  4. Surface modification of nanoporous alumina membranes by plasma polymerization.

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    Losic, Dusan; Cole, Martin A; Dollmann, Björn; Vasilev, Krasimir; Griesser, Hans J

    2008-06-18

    The deposition of plasma polymer coatings onto porous alumina (PA) membranes was investigated with the aim of adjusting the surface chemistry and the pore size of the membranes. PA membranes from commercial sources with a range of pore diameters (20, 100 and 200 nm) were used and modified by plasma polymerization using n-heptylamine (HA) monomer, which resulted in a chemically reactive polymer surface with amino groups. Heptylamine plasma polymer (HAPP) layers with a thickness less than the pore diameter do not span the pores but reduce their diameter. Accordingly, by adjusting the deposition time and thus the thickness of the plasma polymer coating, it is feasible to produce any desired pore diameter. The structural and chemical properties of modified membranes were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and x-ray electron spectroscopy (XPS). The resultant PA membranes with specific surface chemistry and controlled pore size are applicable for molecular separation, cell culture, bioreactors, biosensing, drug delivery, and engineering complex composite membranes.

  5. A STUDY ON MEMBRANE PROCESS WITH γ-ALUMINA MEMBRANE REACTOR FOR ETHYLBENZENE DEHYDROGENATION TO STYRENE

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    Chen Qingling; Xu Zhongqiang

    2001-01-01

    The membrane reaction of ethylbenzene(EB) dehydrogenation to styrene(ST) has been studied by using K2O/Fe2O3 industrial catalyst and γ-alumina ceramic membrane developed by our institute. In comparison with the packed bed reactor (that is, plug flow reactor, abbr. PFR) in industrial practice, the yield of styrene was increased by 5%~10% in the membrane reactor. Furthermore, mathematical modeling of membrane reaction has been studied to display the principle of optimal match between the catalytic activity and the membrane permeability.

  6. Pyrite oxidation in the presence of hematite and alumina: II. Effects on the cathodic and anodic half-cell reactions.

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    Tabelin, Carlito Baltazar; Veerawattananun, Suchol; Ito, Mayumi; Hiroyoshi, Naoki; Igarashi, Toshifumi

    2017-03-01

    The oxidative dissolution of pyrite is an important process in the redox recycling of iron (Fe) and is well-known for its role in the formation of acid mine drainage (AMD), which is considered as the most serious and widespread problem after the closure of mines and mineral processing operations. Because this process requires the movement of electrons, common metal oxides in nature that have either semiconducting (e.g., hematite) or insulating (e.g., alumina) properties may have strong effects on it. In this study, changes in the electrochemical behavior of pyrite in the presence of hematite and alumina were investigated. Results showed that the formation of surface-bound species directly influenced the anodic and cathodic half-cell reactions as well as the transfer of electrons between these sites. Pyrite pretreated in the air became anodically more reactive than that pretreated in oxygenated water, but the type of oxidizing media had little effect on the cathodic half-cell reaction. The presence of hematite and alumina during pretreatment also had strong effects on the electrochemical properties of pyrite. Chronoamperometry measurements suggest that hematite and alumina enhanced the anodic half-cell reaction but suppressed the cathodic half-cell reaction of pyrite oxidation. Increased anodic half-cell reaction in the presence of hematite could be attributed to electron "bridging" and catalytic effects of this mineral. In contrast, the effects of alumina on the anodic half-cell reaction were indirect and could be explained by the formation of Fe(3+)-oxyhydroxide surface species during pretreatment. Suppression of the cathodic half-cell reaction by both minerals was attributed to their "protective" effect on cathodic sites. Our results also point to the cathodic half-cell reaction as the rate determining-step of the overall oxidative dissolution process.

  7. Formation and Entrapment of Tris(8-hydroxyquinolinealuminum from 8-Hydroxyquinoline in Anodic Porous Alumina

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    Shohei Yamaguchi

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The formation and entrapment of tris(8-hydroxyquinolinealuminum (Alq3 molecules on the surface of anodic porous alumina (APA immersed in an ethanol solution of 8-hydroxyquinoline (HQ were investigated by absorption, fluorescence, and Raman spectroscopies. The effects of the selected APA preparation conditions (galvanostatic or potentiostatic anodization method, anodizing current and voltage values, one- or two-step anodizing process, and sulfuric acid electrolyte concentration on the adsorption and desorption of Alq3 species were examined. Among the listed parameters, sulfuric acid concentration was the most important factor in determining the Alq3 adsorption characteristics. The Alq3 content measured after desorption under galvanostatic conditions was 2.5 times larger than that obtained under potentiostatic ones, regardless of the adsorbed quantities. The obtained results suggest the existence of at least two types of adsorption sites on the APA surface characterized by different magnitudes of the Alq3 bonding strength. The related fluorescence spectra contained two peaks at wavelengths of 480 and 505 nm, which could be attributed to isolated Alq3 species inside nanovoids and aggregated Alq3 clusters in the pores of APA, respectively. The former species were attached to the adsorption sites with higher binding energies, whereas the latter ones were bound to the APA surface more weakly. Similar results were obtained for the Alq3 species formed from the HQ solution, which quantitatively exceeded the number of the Alq3 species adsorbed from the Alq3 solution. Alq3 molecules were formed in the HQ solution during the reaction of HQ molecules with the Al3+ ions in the oxide dissolution zone near the oxide/electrolyte interface through the cracks and the Al3+ ions adsorbed on surface of pore and cracks. In addition, it was suggested that HQ molecules could penetrate the nanovoids more easily than Alq3 species because of their smaller sizes, which

  8. Anodic aluminium oxide catalytic membranes for asymmetric epoxidation.

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    Cho, So-Hye; Walther, Nolan D; Nguyen, SonBinh T; Hupp, Joseph T

    2005-11-14

    Catechol-functionalized (salen)Mn complexes can be supported on mesoporous anodized aluminium oxide disks to yield catalytic membranes that are highly active in the enantioselective epoxidation of olefins when being deployed in a forced-through-flow reactor.

  9. Optical and magnetic properties of porous anodic alumina films embedded with Co nanowires

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    Zhang Jing-Jing; Li Zi-Yue; Zhang Hui-Min; Hou Xue; Sun Hui-Yuan

    2013-01-01

    A simple method to tune the optical properties of porous anodic alumina (PAA) films embedded with Co nanowires (PAA@Co nanocomposite films) is reported in this paper.The films exhibit vivid structural colors and magnetic properties.The optical properties of the films can be effectively tuned by adjusting the thickness of the PAA template.The deposition of Co nanowires greatly increases the color saturation of the PAA films.The theoretical results of the changes in structural color according to the Bragg-Snell formula are consistent with the experimental results.PAA@Co films can be used in many areas,including decoration,display,and multifunctional anti-counterfeiting applications.

  10. 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.

    2016-08-01

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. Fabrication of Gold-Coated Ultra-Thin Anodic Porous Alumina Substrates for Augmented SERS

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    Chiara Toccafondi

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Anodic porous alumina (APA is a nanostructured material used as a template in several nanotechnological applications. We propose the use of APA in ultra-thin form (<100 nm for augmented surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS. Here, the effect of in-depth thinning of the APA nanostructures for possible maximization of SERS was addressed. Anodization was carried out on ultra-thin films of aluminum on glass and/or silicon, followed by pore-opening. Gold (Au was overcoated and micro‑Raman/SERS measurements were carried out on test target analytes. Finite integration technique simulations of the APA-Au substrate were used both for the experimental design and simulations. It was observed that, under optimized conditions of APA and Au thickness, the SERS enhancement is higher than on standard APA-Au substrates based on thin (~100 nm APA by up to a factor of ~20 for test molecules of mercaptobenzoic acid. The agreement between model and experimental results confirms the current understanding of SERS as being mainly due to the physical origin of plasmon resonances. The reported results represent one step towards micro-technological, integrated, disposable, high-sensitivity SERS chemical sensors and biosensors based on similar substrates.

  13. Structurally engineered anodic alumina nanotubes as nano-carriers for delivery of anticancer therapeutics.

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    Wang, Ye; Santos, Abel; Kaur, Gagandeep; Evdokiou, Andreas; Losic, Dusan

    2014-07-01

    Here, we report a study on the biocompatibility, cell uptake and in vitro delivery of tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (Apo2L/TRAIL) by new nano-carriers called anodic alumina nanotubes (AANTs) for potential cancer therapy. AANTs were electrochemically engineered by a unique pulse anodization process, which enables precise control of the nanotube geometry, and used here as nano-carriers for drug delivery. In vitro cytotoxicity and cell uptake of AANTs was assessed using MDA-MB231-TXSA human breast cancer cells and mouse RAW 264.7 macrophage cells. AANTs exhibited excellent biocompatibility in both cell lines over a time course of five days even at a maximum concentration of AANTs of 100 μgmL(-1). Transmission electron microscopy and fluorescence microscopy confirmed a significant uptake of AANTs by RAW 264.7 cells and breast cancer cells. AANTs loaded with the pro-apoptotic protein Apo2L/TRAIL showed exceptional loading capacity (104 ± 14.4 μgmg(-1) of AANTs) and demonstrated significant decrease in viability of MDA-MB231-TXSA cancer cells due to apoptosis induction. These results demonstrate that AANTs are promising nano-carriers for drug delivery applications.

  14. 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.

  15. Changes in morphology and ionic transport induced by ALD SiO₂ coating of nanoporous alumina membranes.

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    Romero, Virginia; Vega, Víctor; García, Javier; Zierold, Robert; Nielsch, Kornelius; Prida, Víctor M; Hernando, Blanca; Benavente, Juana

    2013-05-01

    Nanoporous anodic alumina membranes (NPAMs) were produced by the two-step anodization method in sulphuric, oxalic and phosphoric acidic electrolytes displaying a hexagonally ordered spatial arrangement of pores with well controlled nanopore size distribution and low porosity. Some selected NPAMs were further modified by conformal coating their surface and inner pore walls with a thin layer of SiO2 by means of atomic layer deposition (ALD), which reduces both the pore radii and porosity but it also seems to affect to the electric fixed charge on the membranes surface. A comparative study about the influence of silica modification of NPAMs surfaces on the ionic transport through the nanoporous membranes has been performed by measuring membrane potentials and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy with NaCl solutions. According to these results, a direct correlation between the membrane effective fixed charge and the NaCl diffusion coefficient can be established. The coating with a SiO2 thin layer causes a reduction of 75% in the positive effective fixed charge of the NPAMs independently of their pore radii and the increase in counterion transport (cation transport number and diffusion coefficient) even through constrained nanopores, which can be of interest in several applications (microfluidics, drug delivery, nanofilter devices, etc.). Moreover, slight changes in the membrane/solution interface due to the SiO2 cover layer are also indicated.

  16. Polyethyleneglycol grafting of γ-alumina membranes for solvent resistant nanofiltration

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    Tanardi, C.R.; Catana, Romina; Barboiu, Mihai; Ayral, André; Vankelecom, I.F.J.; Nijmeijer, A.; Winnubst, A.J.A.

    2016-01-01

    A method is presented for grafting mesoporous g-alumina (pore size 5 nm), supported on an a-alumina ceramic membrane, with polyethylene glycols (PEG). The grafting performance of g-Al2O3 powders with various PEG grafting agents, having different molecular weights, alkoxy groups, and ureido functiona

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

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

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    Gerrard Eddy Jai Poinern

    2011-02-01

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

  19. Structure of the carbon nanofilaments formed by liquid phase carbonization in porous anodic alumina template

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    Habazaki, H. [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, N13-W8, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)], E-mail: habazaki@eng.hokudai.ac.jp; Kiriu, M.; Hayashi, M.; Konno, H. [Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, N13-W8, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)

    2007-10-15

    Platelet structure carbon nanofilaments of {approx}30 nm in diameter have been prepared by heating a mixture of porous anodic alumina template and poly(vinyl)chloride (PVC) powders in an argon atmosphere, and the change in their structure and morphology with heat treatment temperature, ranging from 600 to 2800 deg. C, has been examined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nitrogen gas adsorption measurements. The diameter of the carbon nanofilaments formed does not change with heat treatment temperature, being in agreement with the pore diameter of the template, while their length is reduced with the temperature. The platelet-type orientation of graphene layers is evident even at 600 deg. C with the layer structure further developing with increasing heat treatment temperature. The carbon nanofilaments formed at lower temperatures have micropores, while those formed at higher temperatures do not have porosity. Highly graphitized carbon nanofilaments have been obtained after heat treatment at 2800 deg. C, with another characteristic structural feature being presence of loops at the edge of graphene layers formed at 2800 deg. C.

  20. Preparation of Micro-Porous Alumina Sheet Support for Ceramic Membrane by Extrusion

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    Hemra, Khanthima; Atong, Duangduen; Aungkavattana, Pavadee

    Among several types of ceramic membrane developed for a half of century, alumina is the most extensive advantage. In this study, many types of alumina with different particle size distributions were used as a starting material for fabrication of support sheet ceramic membrane using extrusion process. The investigation focused on the alumina dough components composed of some organic binders and water. The organic binder of about 12 wt. % was required in order for dough to be easily extruded, while the amount of water added to the dough depended on the particle size of alumina powder. The particle size and size distribution of starting powder showed strong effects on pore size of sintered alumina support. The pore size decreased when smaller particle size of starting powder was used. In addition, the pore volume of the sintered alumina decreased with increasing the sintering temperature due to improvement in densification, while pore size remained the same. The mechanical strength of alumina supports was also influenced by the particle size of starting powder; the finer particle size resulted in the higher mechanical strength. However, in order to obtain a good flux for the membrane, a high mechanical strength of the support along with its effective porosity is critical concerns. In this work, the support sintered at 1450°C provided a proper porosity of approximately 40% with an acceptable mechanical strength of 30-45MPa.

  1. Novel Ceramic Materials for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Water Electrolysers' Anodes

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    Polonsky, J.; Bouzek, K.; Prag, Carsten Brorson

    2012-01-01

    Tantalum carbide was evaluated as a possible new support for the IrO2 for use in anodes of polymer electrolyte membrane water electrolysers. A series of supported electrocatalysts varying in mass content of iridium oxide was prepared. XRD, powder conductivity measurements and cyclic and linear sw...

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

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    Vazquez, A.L., E-mail: avazquezd@ipn.m [Departamento de Ingenieria Metalurgica, ESIQIE-IPN, AP 75-876, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Programa de Ingenieria Molecular, Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Eje Lazaro Cardenas 152, C.P. 07730, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Carrera, R. [Departamento de Ingenieria Metalurgica, ESIQIE-IPN, AP 75-876, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Programa de Ingenieria Molecular, Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Eje Lazaro Cardenas 152, C.P. 07730, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Arce, E. [Departamento de Ingenieria Metalurgica, ESIQIE-IPN, AP 75-876, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Castillo, N. [CINVESTAV, Departamento de Fisica. Av. IPN 2508, 07360, Mexico, D.F (Mexico); Castillo, S. [Departamento de Ingenieria Metalurgica, ESIQIE-IPN, AP 75-876, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Programa de Ingenieria Molecular, Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Eje Lazaro Cardenas 152, C.P. 07730, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Moran-Pineda, M. [Programa de Ingenieria Molecular, Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Eje Lazaro Cardenas 152, C.P. 07730, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2009-08-26

    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 O{sub 2}/He oxidizing conditions (Praxair, 2.0% O{sub 2}/He balance). According to the results, the samples that presented higher activities than those in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Al [MP] and commercial alumina in the MTBE oxidation (69%), were those prepared by Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/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.

  3. Development of hydrophobic clay–alumina based capillary membrane for desalination of brine by membrane distillation

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    Rakhi Das

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Clay–alumina compositions of 0, 20, 40 and 55 weight percent (wt% clay and rest alumina were maintained in porous support preparation by extrusion followed by sintering at 1300 °C for 2.5 h to obtain 3 mm/2 mm (outer diameter/inner diameter capillary. 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyltriethoxysilane (97% (C8 was used to modify the capillary surface of all compositions without any intermediate membrane layer to impart hydrophobic characteristics and compared in terms of contact angle produced by the capillaries with water and liquid entry pressure (LEPw. FTIR analysis showed that the hydrophilic surface of the capillary membranes was efficiently modified by the proposed grafting method. Capillary with 55 wt% clay produced a pore size of 1.43 micron and was considered as an ideal candidate for grafting with C8 polymer to impart surface hydrophobicity. The contact angle and LEPw value obtained for this modified membrane (C-55-M were 145° and 1 bar, respectively. The modified capillary membrane was applied for desalination of brine by air gap membrane distillation (AGMD at a feed pressure of 0.85 bar. Maximum flux obtained for C-55-M membrane was 98.66 L/m2 day at a temperature difference of 60 °C with salt rejection of 99.96%. Mass transfer coefficient of C-55-M was 16 × 10−3 mm/s at feed temperature of 70 °C.

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

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    Camille Desrousseaux

    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.

  5. Comparative study of formation and corrosion performance of porous alumina and ceramic nanorods formed in different electrolytes by anodization

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    Raj, V., E-mail: alaguraj2@rediffmail.com; Mumjitha, M., E-mail: mumjitha@gmail.com

    2014-01-15

    Highlights: • Alumina–titania coatings were fabricated by anodization in a single step. • The universal and cheap sulphuric acid was used as the reference electrolyte. • The minimum concentration of PTO is used to achieve ceramic nanorods. • Dense ceramic coatings were achieved at low current density and room temperature. • Anodized coatings show better corrosion resistance compared to bare aluminium. -- Abstract: Fabrication of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}–TiO{sub 2} nanoceramic coatings on aluminium was carried out in a single step using cost effective sulphuric acid electrolyte with the addition of potassium titanium oxalate (PTO) by anodization method. For comparison, the anodization was also carried out in sulphuric acid electrolyte alone. The effect of composition of the electrolyte, current density and electrolyte concentration on formation and surface characteristics of anodic alumina and ceramic coatings produced from different electrolytes have been investigated. The growth process, surface morphology, nanostructure, distribution of chemical elements, phase constitutions and corrosion resistance of the coatings formed in two different electrolytes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Tafel polarization technique and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). As the concentration of electrolyte and current density increased, the surface properties of the coating increased up to certain content and beyond that they decreased. Dense, uniform nanoceramic coatings with less surface defects were obtained from sulphuric acid + PTO electrolyte. The corrosion studies reveal that ceramic coating formed in sulphuric acid + PTO electrolyte offers better corrosion resistance compared to the alumina coating formed in sulphuric acid electrolyte.

  6. Facile Fabrication of Anodic Alumina Rod-Capped Nanopore Films with Condensate Microdrop Self-Propelling Function.

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    Li, Juan; Zhang, Wenjing; Luo, Yuting; Zhu, Jie; Gao, Xuefeng

    2015-08-26

    We report that aluminum surfaces can be endowed with condensate microdrop self-propelling (CMDSP) function by one-step voltage-rising mild anodization in hot phosphoric acid solution followed by fluorosilane modification. Via regulating reaction parameters, we can achieve anodic alumina self-standing rod-capped nanopore films and minimize their solid-liquid interface adhesion. Such low-adhesive nanostructured film owns remarkable CMDSP function, especially to condensate microdrops with sizes below 50 μm, differing from usual gravity-driven dropwise condensation on flat aluminum surfaces. Clearly, this work offers a facile, efficient, and industry-compatible approach to processing CMDSP aluminum materials, which is significant for developing innovative energy-saving air-conditioner heat exchangers.

  7. 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

  8. 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...

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Porous Alumina Films with Width-Controllable Alumina Stripes.

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

    2010-08-21

    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.

  12. Numerical and Experimental Study of the Structural Color by Widening the Pore Size of Nanoporous Anodic Alumina

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    Jiawen Li

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The structural color originated from the nanoporous anodic alumina (NAA film is related to the structural characteristics. This paper aimed to obtain different structural colors which can cover the whole visible range by widening the pore size of metal-coated NAA. First, we used the Finite Difference Time Domain (FDTD method to analyze the relationship between the physical structure and optical properties. Then, we fabricated different colors and expected color pattern by widening the pore diameter of NAA. Numerical and experimental study shows that the colors can cover the whole visible range by widening the pore diameter. This work can not only lead to better understanding of the mechanism of tuning color on NAA film, but also help us to fabricate expected color in the whole light range.

  13. HfO2/porous anodic alumina composite films for multifunctional data storage media materials under electric field control

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    Qi, Li-Qian; Pan, Di-Ya; Li, Jun-Qing; Liu, Li-Hu; Sun, Hui-Yuan

    2017-03-01

    New materials for achieving direct electric field control of ferromagnetism and resistance behavior are highly desirable in the development of multifunctional data storage devices. In this paper, HfO2 nanoporous films have been fabricated on porous anodic alumina (PAA) substrates by DC-reactive magnetron sputtering. Electrically induced resistive switching (RS) and modulated room temperature ferromagnetism are simultaneously found in a Ag/HfO2/PAA/Al (Ag/HP/Al) heterostructure. The switching mechanism between low resistance state and high resistance state is generally attributed to the formation/rupture of conductive filaments which may consist of oxygen vacancies. The combination of the electric field control of magnetization change and RS makes HP films possible for the multifunctional data storage media materials.

  14. Comparative study between yeasts immobilized on alumina beads and on membranes prepared by two routes

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    Kiyohara Pedro K.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Alumina channeled beads and rough surface membranes prepared from aqueous sols of fibrillar pseudoboehmite are able to immobilize yeasts for ethanol fermentation of sugar solutions. This paper describes comparative results of assays carried out with yeasts immobilized onto alpha-alumina beads and membranes prepared under two different conditions of processing and firing. The fermentation tests evaluated by the decrease of fermentable sugars, referred as Brix degrees per hour, indicated that the yeasts immobilized on beads had similar performance, probably because their surfaces, even being morphologically different, presented the same value of open porosity. One type of membrane (asymmetrical; precursor: pseudoboehmite; firing temperature 1,150ºC; crystal structure; alpha-alumina had better performance than the other type (asymmetrical; precursor: fibrillar pseudoboehmite plus aluminum hydroxiacetate mixture; 1,150ºC; alpha-alumina because the yeast cells entered into their porous interior through the surface slits, were immobilized and their growth was easier than on the external surface.

  15. Adsorptive removal of phenolic compounds using cellulose acetate phthalate–alumina nanoparticle mixed matrix membrane

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    Mukherjee, Raka; De, Sirshendu, E-mail: sde@che.iitkgp.ernet.in

    2014-01-30

    Highlights: • Composite membrane of cellulose–acetate–phthalate and alumina nanoparticle is cast. • Surface charge of the membrane changes with nanoparticle concentration and pH. • Separation of phenolic compounds occurs due to adsorption. • The removal efficiency is maximum for 20% nanoparticle with 91% removal of catechol. • Transmembrane pressure drop has negligible effect on solute separation. -- Abstract: Mixed matrix membranes (MMMs) were prepared using alumina nanoparticles and cellulose acetate phthalate (CAP) by varying concentration of nanoparticles in the range of 10 to 25 wt%. The membranes were characterized by scanning electron micrograph, porosity, permeability, molecular weight cut off, contact angle, surface zeta potential, mechanical strength. Addition of nanoparticles increased the porosity, permeability of the membrane up to 20 wt% of alumina. pH at point of zero charge of the membrane was 5.4. Zeta potential of the membrane became more negative up to 20 wt% of nanoparticles. Adsorption of phenolic derivatives, catechol, paranitrophenol, phenol, orthochloro phenol, metanitrophenol, by MMMs were investigated. Variation of rejection and permeate flux profiles were studied for different solutes as a function of various operating conditions, namely, solution pH, solute concentration in feed and transmembrane pressure drop. Difference in rejection of phenolic derivatives is consequence of interplay of surface charge and adsorption by alumina. Adsorption isotherm was fitted for different solutes and effects of pH were investigated. Catechol showed the maximum rejection 91% at solution pH 9. Addition of electrolyte reduced the rejection of solutes. Transmembrane pressure drop has insignificant effects on solute rejection. Competitive adsorption reduced the rejection of individual solute.

  16. 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.

  17. Preparation and Properties of Hydrothermally Stable γ-Alumina Membranes

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    Nijmeijer, Arian; Kruidhof, Henk; Bredesen, Rune; Verweij, Henk

    2001-01-01

    Supported mesoporous γ-Al2O3 membranes deteriorate and blister in steam-containing environments at high temperatures. This deterioration led us to the development of a new type of supported γ-Al2O3 membrane with significantly improved stability under hostile conditions. Two measures were taken to ac

  18. A new approach to copper ion removal from water by polymeric nanocomposite membrane embedded with γ-alumina nanoparticles

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    Ghaemi, Negin

    2016-02-01

    The ability of alumina (Al2O3) nanoparticles in adsorption of heavy metals was employed in improving the copper removal efficiency of PES membranes. Mixed matrix membranes were prepared using PES and different amounts of alumina nanoparticles by phase inversion method. The fabricated membranes were characterized in terms of morphology and performance using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) analyses, water contact angle and porosity measurements, determination of pure water flux, copper ion removal, and reusability test. Mixed matrix membranes revealed higher water permeation compared with the pristine PES membrane just by adding small amounts of nanoparticles (≤ 1.0 wt. %) as a result of increasing the membrane porosity and hydrophilicity after addition of alumina nanoparticles into the membrane matrix. Moreover, copper ion removal efficiency of alumina mixed membranes was improved. Membrane performance tests as well as adsorptive nature of alumina nanoparticles proposed that adsorption was the most possible separation mechanism by mixed matrix membranes. Reusability test of membrane confirmed the durability of removal efficiency even after four cycles of filtration.

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

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    H. Abbasian

    2014-03-01

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

  20. MEASUREMENT OF ANODIC OVERVOLTAGE BY A MODIFIED CURRENT INTERRUPTION METHOD IN CRYOLITE-ALUMINA MELTS

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    Generally, there are reasons to believe that the experimental technique has been inadequate in some works on anodic overvoltage measurements in aluminium electrolysis, therefore, the overvoltage data are not quite correct. Several causes affecting the precision of measurements were analyzed, a cell configuration ( vertical carbon anodes, insulated bottom and inner wall of graphite crucible as cathode) was used for overvoltage studies. An improved current interruption technique was used with current interrupted in less than 2μs and a simulation was applied to the oscillating potential decay curve.

  1. A NOVEL METHOD TO SYNTHESIZE N-DOPED CNTs ARRAYS VIA CHEMICAL MODIFYING POROUS ALUMINA MEMBRANE

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    CHENGYONG LI; LEI HE

    2014-01-01

    N-doped carbon nanotubes (CNTs) arrays were fabricated via simply chemical modifying porous alumina membrane (PAM) with dopamine. The diameter of N-doped CNTs is about 60–70 nm. The N/C atomic ratio is calculated to be 0.05 and the main functionality is pyridone/pyrrole N. This chemical modifying method can be used to fabricate mass of N-doped CNTs arrays in one step with single raw material.

  2. a Novel Method to Synthesize N-DOPED CNTs Arrays via Chemical Modifying Porous Alumina Membrane

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    Li, Chengyong; He, Lei

    2014-01-01

    N-doped carbon nanotubes (CNTs) arrays were fabricated via simply chemical modifying porous alumina membrane (PAM) with dopamine. The diameter of N-doped CNTs is about 60-70 nm. The N/C atomic ratio is calculated to be 0.05 and the main functionality is pyridone/pyrrole N. This chemical modifying method can be used to fabricate mass of N-doped CNTs arrays in one step with single raw material.

  3. ZIF-8 Membranes with Improved Reproducibility Fabricated from Sputter-Coated ZnO/Alumina Supports

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    Yu, Jian

    2015-11-10

    Zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) membrane has shown great potential for propylene/propane separation based on molecular sieving mechanism. Although diverse synthesis strategies were applied to prepare ZIF-8 membranes, it is still a challenge for reproducible fabrication of high-quality membranes. In this study, high-quality ZIF-8 membranes were prepared through hydrothermal synthesis under the partial self-conversion of sputter-coated ZnO layer on porous α-alumina supports. The reproducibility was significantly improved, compared with that from sol-gel coated ZnO layer, due to the highly controllable sputtering deposition of ZnO precursor. The relationship between the quality of as-synthesized membrane and amount of deposited ZnO was also determined. The effect of pressure drop in C3H6/C3H8 separation on separating performance was also examined.

  4. Influence of patterned concave depth and surface curvature on anodization of titania nanotubes and alumina nanopores.

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    Chen, Bo; Lu, Kathy

    2011-10-04

    Vertically aligned TiO(2) nanotube and Al(2)O(3) nanopore arrays have been obtained by pattern guided anodization with uniform concave depths. There are some studies about the effect of surface curvature on the growth of Al(2)O(3) nanopores. However, the surface curvature influence on the development of TiO(2) nanotubes is seldom studied. Moreover, there is no research about the effect of heterogeneous concave depths of the guiding patterns on the anodized TiO(2) nanotube and Al(2)O(3) nanopore characteristics, such as diameter, growth direction, and termination/bifurcation. In this study, focused ion beam lithography is used to create concave patterns with heterogeneous depths on flat surfaces and with uniform depths on curved surfaces. For the former, bending and bifurcation of nanotubes/nanopores are observed after the anodization. For the latter, bifurcation of a large tube into two smaller tubes occurs on concave surfaces, while termination of existing tubes occurs on convex surfaces. The growth direction of all TiO(2) nanotubes is perpendicular to the local surface and thus is different on different facets of the same Ti foil. At the edge of the Ti foil where two facets meet, the nanotube growth direction is bent, resulting in a large stress release that causes the formation of cracks.

  5. Facile fabrication of nanofluidic diode membranes using anodic aluminium oxide.

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    Wu, Songmei; Wildhaber, Fabien; Vazquez-Mena, Oscar; Bertsch, Arnaud; Brugger, Juergen; Renaud, Philippe

    2012-09-21

    Active control of ion transport plays important roles in chemical and biological analytical processes. Nanofluidic systems hold the promise for such control through electrostatic interaction between ions and channel surfaces. Most existing experiments rely on planar geometry where the nanochannels are generally very long and shallow with large aspect ratios. Based on this configuration the concepts of nanofluidic gating and rectification have been successfully demonstrated. However, device minimization and throughput scaling remain significant challenges. We report here an innovative and facile realization of hetero-structured Al(2)O(3)/SiO(2) (Si) nanopore array membranes by using pattern transfer of self-organized nanopore structures of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO). Thanks to the opposite surface charge states of Al(2)O(3) (positive) and SiO(2) (negative), the membrane exhibits clear rectification of ion current in electrolyte solutions with very low aspect ratios compared to previous approaches. Our hetero-structured nanopore arrays provide a valuable platform for high throughput applications such as molecular separation, chemical processors and energy conversion.

  6. Effects of etching time on the bottom surface morphology of ultrathin porous alumina membranes for use as masks

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    Yang, Sun A.; Choi, Yong Chan; Bu, Sang Don

    2012-11-01

    We investigated the effect of etching time on the bottom surface morphologies of ultrathin porous alumina membranes (UT-PAMs) anodized in oxalic and phosphoric acid. The morphology of the bottom surface clearly changed and a unique surface undulation was observed during the etching process. Such an undulation regarding the bottom surface is attributed to the different etching rates between the dome-shaped barrier layer and the hexagonal cell walls. The results suggest that the bottom morphology of UT-PAMs formed after the barrier layer is opened significantly affects the contact area of the bottom side with the substrate. During the initial stage of the opening process for the barrier layer, the porous section will contact the substrate rather than the walls. However, as the etching time increases, the height of the porous section becomes considerably lower than that of the walls, which means that the walls will contact the substrate with a gap between the pores and the substrate. Based on our experimental results, we propose a possible schematic diagram describing the effects of UT-PAMs with differently-shaped bottom surfaces on the shapes of fabricated nanodots when the UT-PAMs are used as masks.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Carbon Nanotube/Alumina/Polyethersulfone Hybrid Hollow Fiber Membranes with Enhanced Mechanical and Anti-Fouling Properties.

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    Feng, Yi; Wang, Kun; Davies, Chris H J; Wang, Huanting

    2015-08-20

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were incorporated into alumina/polyethersulfone hollow fibre membranes to enhance the mechanical property and the efficiency of water treatment. Results show that the incorporation of CNTs can greatly limit the formation of large surface pores, decrease the void size in support layers and improve the porosity and pore connectivity of alumina/polyethersulfone membranes. As a result of such morphology change and pore size change, both improved flux and rejection were achieved in such CNTs/alumina/polyethersulfone membranes. Moreover, the CNTs/alumina/PES membranes show higher antifouling ability and the flux recoveries after being fouled by bovine serum albumin (BSA) and humic acid were improved by 84.1% and 53.2% compared to the samples without CNT incorporation. Besides the improvement in water treatment performance, the incorporation of CNTs enhanced the tensile properties of inorganic/polymer membranes. Therefore, such CNTs/alumina/PES hollow fiber membranes are very promising candidates for good filter media in industry, considering their high efficiency and high mechanical properties.

  10. Carbon Nanotube/Alumina/Polyethersulfone Hybrid Hollow Fiber Membranes with Enhanced Mechanical and Anti-Fouling Properties

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    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Carbon nanotubes (CNTs were incorporated into alumina/polyethersulfone hollow fibre membranes to enhance the mechanical property and the efficiency of water treatment. Results show that the incorporation of CNTs can greatly limit the formation of large surface pores, decrease the void size in support layers and improve the porosity and pore connectivity of alumina/polyethersulfone membranes. As a result of such morphology change and pore size change, both improved flux and rejection were achieved in such CNTs/alumina/polyethersulfone membranes. Moreover, the CNTs/alumina/PES membranes show higher antifouling ability and the flux recoveries after being fouled by bovine serum albumin (BSA and humic acid were improved by 84.1% and 53.2% compared to the samples without CNT incorporation. Besides the improvement in water treatment performance, the incorporation of CNTs enhanced the tensile properties of inorganic/polymer membranes. Therefore, such CNTs/alumina/PES hollow fiber membranes are very promising candidates for good filter media in industry, considering their high efficiency and high mechanical properties.

  11. Preparation and thermal stability of porous alumina membranes with nano-pore arrays

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    Wang, Xue Hua; Li, Cheng Yong; Chen, Gui; He, Lei; Cao, Hong

    2010-03-01

    Porous alumina membranes (PAMs) were fabricated using a two-step oxidization method in oxalic acid. Polycrystalline PAMs have been prepared after annealing at different temperatures. The high-temperature properties of the PAMs were investigated using scanning electron microscopy, thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction and infrared spectrometer. At 870°C the amorphous alumina crystallizes to γ-Al2O3. Finally at 1228°C the alumina converts into the thermodynamically preferred phase, α-Al2O3. Differential thermal analysis showed that there was a gradual weight loss at about 900°C due to decomposed of oxalate. A mass of carboxylate ions and carboxylic groups were found in the infrared spectrum of PAMs, and reduced with the increasing of annealing temperature. Characteristic analysis with scanning electron microscopy shows that the pore structure of the PAMs was very stable and there was no detectable structural modification below 900°C, and microstructures of the pores changed slightly during the transformation from α-Al2O3 to γ-Al2O3 while increasing the annealing temperature.

  12. Mixed Matrix Carbon Molecular Sieve and Alumina (CMS-Al2O3) Membranes

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    Song, Yingjun; Wang, David K.; Birkett, Greg; Martens, Wayde; Duke, Mikel C.; Smart, Simon; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2016-07-01

    This work shows mixed matrix inorganic membranes prepared by the vacuum-assisted impregnation method, where phenolic resin precursors filled the pore of α-alumina substrates. Upon carbonisation, the phenolic resin decomposed into several fragments derived from the backbone of the resin matrix. The final stages of decomposition (>650 °C) led to a formation of carbon molecular sieve (CMS) structures, reaching the lowest average pore sizes of ~5 Å at carbonisation temperatures of 700 °C. The combination of vacuum-assisted impregnation and carbonisation led to the formation of mixed matrix of CMS and α-alumina particles (CMS-Al2O3) in a single membrane. These membranes were tested for pervaporative desalination and gave very high water fluxes of up to 25 kg m‑2 h‑1 for seawater (NaCl 3.5 wt%) at 75 °C. Salt rejection was also very high varying between 93–99% depending on temperature and feed salt concentration. Interestingly, the water fluxes remained almost constant and were not affected as feed salt concentration increased from 0.3, 1 and 3.5 wt%.

  13. Mixed Matrix Carbon Molecular Sieve and Alumina (CMS-Al2O3) Membranes.

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    Song, Yingjun; Wang, David K; Birkett, Greg; Martens, Wayde; Duke, Mikel C; Smart, Simon; Diniz da Costa, João C

    2016-07-29

    This work shows mixed matrix inorganic membranes prepared by the vacuum-assisted impregnation method, where phenolic resin precursors filled the pore of α-alumina substrates. Upon carbonisation, the phenolic resin decomposed into several fragments derived from the backbone of the resin matrix. The final stages of decomposition (>650 °C) led to a formation of carbon molecular sieve (CMS) structures, reaching the lowest average pore sizes of ~5 Å at carbonisation temperatures of 700 °C. The combination of vacuum-assisted impregnation and carbonisation led to the formation of mixed matrix of CMS and α-alumina particles (CMS-Al2O3) in a single membrane. These membranes were tested for pervaporative desalination and gave very high water fluxes of up to 25 kg m(-2) h(-1) for seawater (NaCl 3.5 wt%) at 75 °C. Salt rejection was also very high varying between 93-99% depending on temperature and feed salt concentration. Interestingly, the water fluxes remained almost constant and were not affected as feed salt concentration increased from 0.3, 1 and 3.5 wt%.

  14. Electrochemical Fabrication of Pd-Ag Alloy Nanowire Arrays in Anodic Alumina Oxide Template

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    Erhong YUE; Gang YU; Yuejun OUYANG; Baicheng WENG; Weiwei SI; Liyuan YE

    2008-01-01

    The synthesis of Pd-Ag alloy nanowires in nanopores of porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) template by electrochemical deposition technique was reported.Pd-Ag alloy nanowires with 16%-25% Ag content are expected to serve as candidates of useful nanomaterials for the hydrogen sensors.Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersed X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) were employed to characterize the morphologies and compositions of the Pd-Ag nanowires.X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to characterize the phase properties of the Pd-Ag nanowires.Pd-Ag alloy nanowire arrays with 17.28%-23.76% Ag content have been successfully fabricated by applying potentials ranging from -0.8 to -1.0 V (vs SCE).The sizes of the alloy nanowires are in agreement with the diameter of AAO nanopores.The underpotential deposition of Ag+ on Pd and Au plays an important role in producing an exceptionally high Ag content in the alloy.Alloy compositions can still be controlled by adjusting the ion concentration ratio of Pd2+ and Ag+ and the electrodeposition processes.XRD shows that nanowires obtained are in the form of alloy of Pd and Ag.

  15. 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

  16. Preparation of Porous Anodic Alumina Membrance on Glass Substrate%玻璃基底上多孔氧化铝模板的制备

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    李宏

    2014-01-01

    Al thin films were deposited by magnetron sputtering on the glass slide .And then , the porous anodic alumina membrance was fabricated by anodic oxidation in phosphate solution .Scanning electron micro-scope (SEM) showed that the highly ordered porous anodic alumina membrance without barrier layer was fabrica -ted under the condition of 195 V of voltage , 60 s of time .This method can be employed to prepare other kinds of nanostructures on the rigid substrates .%利用磁控溅射在玻璃基底上直接溅射一层铝薄膜,然后利用阳极氧化制备了多孔氧化铝模板,扫描电子显微镜图片显示在195V、60s的条件下获得的多孔氧化铝模板孔道排列规则,且双向贯通。这种方法为在玻璃等硬质基底上制备规则的纳米结构提供了一种有效途径。

  17. 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.

  18. Design of Phosphonated Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids Grafted on γ-Alumina: Potential Model for Hybrid Membranes.

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    Pizzoccaro, Marie-Alix; Drobek, Martin; Petit, Eddy; Guerrero, Gilles; Hesemann, Peter; Julbe, Anne

    2016-07-27

    Imidazolium bromide-based ionic liquids bearing phosphonyl groups on the cationic part were synthesized and grafted on γ-alumina (γ-Al₂O₃) powders. These powders were prepared as companion samples of conventional mesoporous γ-alumina membranes, in order to favor a possible transfer of the results to supported membrane materials, which could be used for CO₂ separation applications. Effective grafting was demonstrated using energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), N₂ adsorption measurements, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and special attention was paid to (31)P and (13)C solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR).

  19. Design of Phosphonated Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids Grafted on γ-Alumina: Potential Model for Hybrid Membranes

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    Pizzoccaro, Marie-Alix; Drobek, Martin; Petit, Eddy; Guerrero, Gilles; Hesemann, Peter; Julbe, Anne

    2016-01-01

    Imidazolium bromide-based ionic liquids bearing phosphonyl groups on the cationic part were synthesized and grafted on γ-alumina (γ-Al2O3) powders. These powders were prepared as companion samples of conventional mesoporous γ-alumina membranes, in order to favor a possible transfer of the results to supported membrane materials, which could be used for CO2 separation applications. Effective grafting was demonstrated using energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), N2 adsorption measurements, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and special attention was paid to 31P and 13C solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). PMID:27472321

  20. Design of Phosphonated Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids Grafted on γ-Alumina: Potential Model for Hybrid Membranes

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    Marie-Alix Pizzoccaro

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Imidazolium bromide-based ionic liquids bearing phosphonyl groups on the cationic part were synthesized and grafted on γ-alumina (γ-Al2O3 powders. These powders were prepared as companion samples of conventional mesoporous γ-alumina membranes, in order to favor a possible transfer of the results to supported membrane materials, which could be used for CO2 separation applications. Effective grafting was demonstrated using energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX, N2 adsorption measurements, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, and special attention was paid to 31P and 13C solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR.

  1. YSZ-Reinforced Alumina Multi-Channel Capillary Membranes for Micro-Filtration

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    Bo Wang

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The combined phase-inversion and sintering method not only produces ceramic hollow fibre membranes with much lower fabrication costs than conventional methods, but these membranes can also be designed to have greatly reduced transport resistances for filtration processes. The bottleneck of this technique is the weak mechanical property of the fibres, due to the small dimensions and the brittle nature of the ceramic materials. In this study, yttrium stabilised zirconia (YSZ reinforced alumina seven-channel capillary microfiltration membranes were prepared with a pore size of ~230 nm and their mechanical property and permeation characteristics were studied. It is found that the addition of YSZ can effectively enhance the mechanical property of the membrane and also increase pure water permeation flux. The Al2O3-YSZ seven-channel capillary membranes could reach a fracture load of 23.4 N and a bending extension of 0.54 mm when being tested with a 6 cm span, to meet the requirements for most industrial microfiltration applications.

  2. YSZ-Reinforced Alumina Multi-Channel Capillary Membranes for Micro-Filtration.

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    Wang, Bo; Lee, Melanie; Li, Kang

    2015-12-30

    The combined phase-inversion and sintering method not only produces ceramic hollow fibre membranes with much lower fabrication costs than conventional methods, but these membranes can also be designed to have greatly reduced transport resistances for filtration processes. The bottleneck of this technique is the weak mechanical property of the fibres, due to the small dimensions and the brittle nature of the ceramic materials. In this study, yttrium stabilised zirconia (YSZ) reinforced alumina seven-channel capillary microfiltration membranes were prepared with a pore size of ~230 nm and their mechanical property and permeation characteristics were studied. It is found that the addition of YSZ can effectively enhance the mechanical property of the membrane and also increase pure water permeation flux. The Al₂O₃-YSZ seven-channel capillary membranes could reach a fracture load of 23.4 N and a bending extension of 0.54 mm when being tested with a 6 cm span, to meet the requirements for most industrial microfiltration applications.

  3. Structural engineering of nanoporous anodic aluminium oxide by pulse anodization of aluminium.

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    Lee, Woo; Schwirn, Kathrin; Steinhart, Martin; Pippel, Eckhard; Scholz, Roland; Gösele, Ulrich

    2008-04-01

    Nanoporous anodic aluminium oxide has traditionally been made in one of two ways: mild anodization or hard anodization. The first method produces self-ordered pore structures, but it is slow and only works for a narrow range of processing conditions; the second method, which is widely used in the aluminium industry, is faster, but it produces films with disordered pore structures. Here we report a novel approach termed "pulse anodization" that combines the advantages of the mild and hard anodization processes. By designing the pulse sequences it is possible to control both the composition and pore structure of the anodic aluminium oxide films while maintaining high throughput. We use pulse anodization to delaminate a single as-prepared anodic film into a stack of well-defined nanoporous alumina membrane sheets, and also to fabricate novel three-dimensional nanostructures.

  4. Nano-hardness and elastic modulus of anodic aluminium oxide based Poly (2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate composite membranes

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    Gérrard Eddy Jai Poinern

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available In this study we determine the elastic and hardness properties of electrochemically engineered porous anodic aluminium oxide (AAO membranes and AAO membranes infiltrated with Poly (2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate to form a unique biologically compatible AAO/polymer composite. The electrochemically-synthesised membranes have a nanometre scale porous oxide structure with a mean pore diameter of 100 nm. The membranes were characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy before and after polymer infiltration. The polymer treated and untreated membranes were then examined using the nano-indentation technique to measure the hardness and subsequently determine the membrane elasticity.

  5. Anodic aluminium oxide membranes used for the growth of carbon nanotubes.

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    López, Vicente; Morant, Carmen; Márquez, Francisco; Zamora, Félix; Elizalde, Eduardo

    2009-11-01

    The suitability of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes as template supported on Si substrates for obtaining organized iron catalyst for carbon nanotube (CNT) growth has been investigated. The iron catalyst was confined in the holes of the AAO membrane. CVD synthesis with ethylene as carbon source led to a variety of carbon structures (nanotubes, helices, bamboo-like, etc). In absence of AAO membrane the catalyst was homogeneously distributed on the Si surface producing a high density of micron-length CNTs.

  6. Strong pore-size dependence of the optical properties in porous alumina membranes

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    Jeon, C. H.; Kim, D. H.; Lee, Y. S.; Han, J. K.; Choi, Y. C.; Bu, S. D.; Shin, H. Y.; Yoon, S.

    2013-11-01

    We report on the strong pore-size-dependent optical properties of porous alumina membranes (PAMs) by using the photoluminescence and the optical spectroscopic techniques. The pore diameters of our PAMs varied from 60 to 420 nm. All samples showed a sizable violet/blue emission with a strong temperature dependence. We found that the peak position of the emission shifted to higher energies with increasing pore diameter, which was in accord with the smaller binding energy extracted from the temperature dependence of the emission intensity. From the transmission spectra, we found that the effective bandgap of the PAMs shifted significantly to lower energies with increasing pore diameter, which indicated that the impurity states within the bandgap was affected strongly by the geometry of the PAM.

  7. Restrictions of Si-based Ge nanodots from porous alumina membranes

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    Zhan, Wenbo; Huangfu, Yourui; Ding, Guqiao; Ye, Hui

    2013-08-01

    This paper reports growth of ordered Ge nanodots (NDs) with uniform sizes on silicon substrates using porous alumina membranes (PAMs) as templates. The relationships between substrate temperatures (400-600 °C) and site distribution of Ge NDs are studied. Ordered arrangements of Ge NDs are realized at 400 °C and 500 °C, respectively. Due to joint effect of substrate temperature and restrictions from PAM, an uncommon size change trend is found. At 400 °C, triangular pyramid-like and short cylindrical Ge NDs are obtained with different nanopore aspect ratios of PAMs. A geometrical optic method is used to analyze the mechanism of Ge NDs with such shapes. Raman characterization is utilized to study the strain in Ge NDs. As a result, almost pure Ge content and 1.5% tensile strain are revealed, which are attributed respectively to the low substrate temperature and thermal mismatch among Si substrate, Ge ND and PAM.

  8. Antibacterial activity of zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina

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    Skoog, S.A. [Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, Box 7115, Raleigh, NC 27695-7115 (United States); Bayati, M.R. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Box 7907, Raleigh, NC 27695-7907 (United States); Petrochenko, P.E. [Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, Box 7115, Raleigh, NC 27695-7115 (United States); Division of Biology, Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD 20993 (United States); Stafslien, S.; Daniels, J.; Cilz, N. [Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, North Dakota State University, 1805 Research Park Drive, Fargo, ND 58102 (United States); Comstock, D.J.; Elam, J.W. [Energy Systems Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL 60439 (United States); Narayan, R.J., E-mail: roger_narayan@msn.com [Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, Box 7115, Raleigh, NC 27695-7115 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Box 7907, Raleigh, NC 27695-7907 (United States)

    2012-07-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Atomic layer deposition was used to deposit ZnO on nanoporous alumina membranes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Scanning electron microscopy showed continuous coatings of zinc oxide nanocrystals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Activity against B. subtilis, E. coli, S. aureus, and S. epidermidis was shown. - Abstract: Nanoporous alumina membranes, also known as anodized aluminum oxide membranes, are being investigated for use in treatment of burn injuries and other skin wounds. In this study, atomic layer deposition was used for coating the surfaces of nanoporous alumina membranes with zinc oxide. Agar diffusion assays were used to show activity of zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes against several bacteria found on the skin surface, including Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Staphylococcus epidermidis. On the other hand, zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes did not show activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococcus faecalis, and Candida albicans. These results suggest that zinc oxide-coated nanoporous alumina membranes have activity against some Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria that are associated with skin colonization and skin infection.

  9. Applying Taguchi method for optimization of the synthesis condition of nano-porous alumina membrane by slip casting method

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    Barmala, Molood [Department of Chemical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Moheb, Ahmad, E-mail: ahmad@cc.iut.ac.i [Department of Chemical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Emadi, Rahmatollah [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-10-19

    In this work thin disc type pure alumina membranes have been prepared by slip casting technique. The colloidal stabilization of micro-sized alumina suspensions with different amount of 1,2-dihydroxy-3,5-benzenedisulfonic acid disodium salt (Tiron) at various suspension concentration were examined and the suspension stability was characterized by measuring sedimentation height. Also the necessary ball milling time (used as a deflocculating process) to prepare defect free membranes was investigated. A statistical experimental design method (Taguchi method with L9 orthogonal array design) was implemented to optimize experimental conditions for the preparation of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-porous membrane. Sintering temperature, solid content and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) content were recognized and selected as important effecting parameters. Also structural studies by means of isopropanol adsorption and scanning electron microscopy were carried out on membranes. As the result of Taguchi analysis in this study, sintering temperature was the most influencing parameter on the membrane porosity. Reasonable membrane characteristics were obtained at an optimum temperature of 1400 deg. C, 20% solid content and 20 cc PVA solution per 100 g of alumina powder.

  10. Fabrication of novel nanoporous array anodic alumina solid-phase microextraction fiber coating and its potential application for headspace sampling of biological volatile organic compounds

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    Zhang Zhuomin [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Wang Qingtang [Key Laboratory of Analysis and Detection for Food Safety of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); Li Gongke, E-mail: cesgkl@mail.sysu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China)

    2012-05-21

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nanoporous array anodic alumina (NAAA) SPME coating was originally prepared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer NAAA SPME coating achieved excellent enrichment capability and selectivity for VOCs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer NAAA SPME coating can be applied for the headspace sampling of biological VOCs. - Abstract: In the study, nanoporous array anodic alumina (NAAA) prepared by a simple, rapid and stable two-step anodic oxidization method was introduced as a novel solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber coating. The regular nanoporous array structure and chemical composition of NAAA SPME fiber coating was characterized and validated by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy, respectively. Compared with the commercial polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) SPME fiber coating, NAAA SPME fiber coating achieved the higher enrichment capability (1.7-4.7 folds) for the mixed standards of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The selectivity for volatile alcohols by NAAA SPME fiber coating demonstrated an increasing trend with the increasing polarity of alcohols caused by the gradually shortening carbon chains from 1-undecanol to 1-heptanol or the isomerization of carbon chains of some typical volatile alcohols including 2-ethyl hexanol, 1-octanol, 2-phenylethanol, 1-phenylethanol, 5-undecanol, 2-undecanol and 1-undecanol. Finally, NAAA SPME fiber coating was originally applied for the analysis of biological VOCs of Bailan flower, stinkbug and orange peel samples coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) detection. Thirty, twenty-seven and forty-four VOCs of Bailan flower, stinkbug and orange peel samples were sampled and identified, respectively. Moreover, the contents of trace 1-octanol and nonanal of real orange peel samples were quantified for the further method validation with satisfactory recoveries of 106.5 and 120.5%, respectively. This work proposed a sensitive, rapid, reliable and convenient

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

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

    2014-06-01

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

  12. Growth and corrosion behaviors of thin anodic alumina membrane on AA5083 Al-Mg alloy in incalescent medium%非恒温电解液中AA5083 Al-Mg合金阳极氧化膜的制备及其耐蚀性

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    王加余; 李澄; 郑顺丽; 尹成勇; 王艳慧

    2014-01-01

    采用硼酸-硫酸-草酸电解液在铝合金表面制备有序多孔层,研究阳极氧化过程中电流随时间的变化,分析界面反应并计算膜层的生长效率。采用扫描电子显微镜、交流阻抗和动电位极化曲线研究膜层的微结构及其在不同温度环境下的耐蚀性。结果表明:在氧化层界面双离子层浓度的增大有利于提高膜层的生长效率。所制备的阳极氧化膜厚度为8~9μm,孔径为10~14 nm,膜层的微观形貌受金属基体组织结构的影响较大。在沸水封闭后膜层为分层结构,表面呈细片状。氧化膜层封闭后能够明显降低试样的自腐蚀电流密度,且耐蚀性随着环境温度的升高而具有更好的稳定性。%A self-ordered porous film was fabricated on aluminum alloy in a ternary boric-sulfuric-oxalic acid electrolyte system. By means of voltage-time response, the oxidation process as well as the growth efficiency was studied. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) was adopted to reveal the morphological and microstructural features of as-fabricated oxide layers. The corrosion protection properties of the films were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and potentiodynamic polarization measurements. The results showed that increasing the concentration of the double ionic layer located at the oxide interface could accelerate the film growth rate. The anodic oxidative layer with thickness of 8-9μm and pore diameter of 10-14 nm maintains the pattern and topography of workpieces, compared with the overall closed film with hierarchical structure. Both samples exhibited much lower corrosion current density after boil water sealing. Meanwhile, a superior stability could be achieved through raising the ambient temperature.

  13. Improvement of Method to Prepare Porous Anodic Alumina Template%多孔阳极氧化铝(PAA)模板制备方法的改进

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    2016-01-01

    通过改进制备方法成功制备出高度有序的多孔阳极氧化铝(porous anodic alumina,P从)模板.对称结构的电解池两侧容室使用等量的、相同浓度的稀硫酸电解液,能够同时对两片铝片接触电解液的面进行阳极氧化,更好的平衡了铝片两侧的压力,有利于提高所制备模板的有序度,同时提高了制备效率.

  14. Investigation of CuInSe2 nanowire arrays with core-shell structure electrodeposited at various duty cycles into anodic alumina templates

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    Cheng, Yu-Song; Wang, Na-Fu; Tsai, Yu-Zen; Lin, Jia-Jun; Houng, Mau-Phon

    2017-02-01

    Copper indium selenide (CuInSe2) nanowire (NW) arrays were prepared at various electrolyte duty cycles by filling anodic alumina templates through the pulsed electrodeposition technique. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that the nucleation mechanism of CuInSe2 NW arrays was affected by the electrodeposition duty cycle. Moreover, SEM images showed that the diameter and length of the NWs were 80 nm and 2 μm, respectively. Furthermore, PEDOT/CuInSe2 NW core-shell arrays were fabricated using surfactant-modified CuInSe2 NW surfaces showing the lotus effect. Transmission electron microscopy images confirmed that a core-shell structure was achieved. Current-voltage plots revealed that the CuInSe2 NW arrays were p-type semiconductors; moreover, the core-shell structure improved the diode ideality factor from 3.91 to 2.63.

  15. Flow maldistribution in the anode of a polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis cell employing interdigitated channels

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    Olesen, Anders Christian; Kær, Søren Knudsen

    2014-01-01

    In this work a macroscopic, steady-state, three-dimensional, computational fluid dynamics model of the anode of a high-pressure polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis cell (PEMEC) is presented. The developed model is used for studying the effect of employing an interdigitated, planar-circular ......In this work a macroscopic, steady-state, three-dimensional, computational fluid dynamics model of the anode of a high-pressure polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis cell (PEMEC) is presented. The developed model is used for studying the effect of employing an interdigitated, planar......-circular cell design on the distribution of water in the anode. In the electrolysis of water using PEMEC the anode is fed by demineralized water. Throughout the anode, oxygen is produced and a two-phase flow develops. Interdigitated channels assist in avoiding that gaseous oxygen obstructs the transport...... of liquid water towards the catalytic layer of the electrode. As opposed to the more common serpentine and parallel channels, interdigitated channels force liquid water through the porous gas diffusion layer (GDL) of the electrode. This improves the supply of water, however it increases pressure losses...

  16. 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...... focus our attention to the measurements with the MCP array. The alumina capillaries were prepared by electro-chemical oxidation of aluminium foils. For the present experiments guiding of 3-6 keV Ne ions has been studied in two samples with capillary diameter of about 140 nm and 260 nm and with capillary...... length of about 15 μm. At these energies, the ions have been efficiently guided by the capillaries up to few degrees tilt angle. In this work, we compare the results obtained by the energy dispersive spectrometer to those studied by the MCP array. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved....

  17. Development of Pd-based membranes as hydrogen diffusion anodes

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    Rego, Rosa; Oliveira, M. Cristina F. [Centro de Quimica de Vila Real, Departamento de Quimica, Universidade de Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Apartado 1013, Vila Real (Portugal); Esparbe, Isaac; Cabot, Pere L. [Laboartori de Ciencia i Tecnologia Electroquimica de Materials, Department de Quimica-Fisica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1-11, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2009-04-15

    Pd-based membranes have been prepared by Pd electroless deposition on porous stainless steel substrate and their structure, composition, morphology and thickness were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), EDS and scanning electronic microscopy (SEM). The performance of these membranes as hydrogen diffusion electrodes was evaluated in a three-electrode cell in alkaline medium. The activity towards hydrogen oxidation was high at the beginning of the experiment, but it significantly decreased with time. The major cause of this phenomenon has been attributed to the slow entry of hydrogen at the H{sub 2}/Pd interface. Even so, the technical feasibility of using these membranes as gas diffusion electrodes (GDE) has been proven. (author)

  18. The influence of hydrogen sulfide on proton exchange membrane fuel cell anodes

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    Shi, Weiyu; Yi, Baolian; Hou, Ming; Jing, Fenning; Yu, Hongmei; Ming, Pingwen

    The effect of hydrogen sulfide on proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) anodes was studied by cyclic voltammetry (CV), potential steps and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The severity of the effect of H 2S varies depending on the H 2S concentration, current density and the cell temperature. The anode humidification does not impact the poisoning rate much when the anode is exposed to H 2S. The adsorption of H 2S on the anode is dissociative and this dissociation can produce adsorbed sulfur. The dissociation potential of H 2S was studied by potential steps, and the values of the dissociation potential are about 0.4 V at 90 °C, 0.5 V at 60 °C and 0.6 V at 30 °C, respectively. The adsorbed sulfur can be oxidized at a higher potential. During CV scans, two oxidation peaks for the adsorbed sulfur at 1.07 and 1.2 V were observed at 90 °C, however a single oxidation peak could be observed at 1.2 V at 60 °C and at 1.27 V at 30 °C. Application of EIS to a H 2S|H 2 half-cell shows that the charge transfer resistance increases when the anode is exposed to H 2S because of H 2S adsorption.

  19. Anodized Aluminum Oxide Templated Synthesis of Metal-Organic Frameworks Used as Membrane Reactors.

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    Yu, Yifu; Wu, Xue-Jun; Zhao, Meiting; Ma, Qinglang; Chen, Junze; Chen, Bo; Sindoro, Melinda; Yang, Jian; Han, Shikui; Lu, Qipeng; Zhang, Hua

    2017-01-09

    The incorporation of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) into membrane-shaped architectures is of great importance for practical applications. The currently synthesized MOF-based membranes show many disadvantages, such as poor compatibility, low dispersity, and instability, which severely limit their utility. Herein, we present a general, facile, and robust approach for the synthesis of MOF-based composite membranes through the in situ growth of MOF plates in the channels of anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes. After being used as catalysis reactors, they exhibit high catalytic performance and stability in the Knoevenagel condensation reaction. The high catalytic performance might be attributed to the intrinsic structure of MOF-based composite membranes, which can remove the products from the reaction zone quickly, and prevent the aggregation and loss of catalysts during reaction and recycling process.

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

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    Berger, Nele; Es-Souni, Mohammed

    2016-07-12

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

  1. Fabrication of SnO2 Asymmetric Membranes for High Performance Lithium Battery Anode.

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    Wu, Ji; Chen, Hao; Byrd, Ian; Lovelace, Shavonne; Jin, Congrui

    2016-06-08

    Alloy electrode material like tin dioxide (SnO2) possesses much higher specific capacity as compared to commercial graphite anode in lithium ion battery (783 vs 372 mAh g(-1)). However, the huge volume change (260%) of SnO2-based anode during the alloying and dealloying process can cause significant electrode pulverization and rapid capacity loss. Herein we report the synthesis of SnO2 asymmetric membranes via a unique combination of phase inversion and sol-gel chemistry to overcome this big challenge. The SnO2 asymmetric membrane electrode demonstrates a specific capacity of 500 mAh g(-1) based on the overall electrode mass at a current density of 280 mA g(-1) (∼0.5C) with >96% capacity retention after 400 cycles. When the current density is increased from 28 to 560 mA g(-1), its overall capacity is only reduced by 36%. Such an outstanding rate and cycling performance is attributed to the existence of networking porous structure in the membrane that can provide high electrical conductivity, multiple diffusion channels, and free volumes for electrode expansion. The carbonization temperature has a dramatic impact on the electrode performance. Membranes carbonized at 500 °C show an excellent cycling performance, whereas the capacity of the membrane carbonized at 800 °C decreases by 51% in 100 cycles. Such a drastic difference in cycle life is caused by the reduction of small SnO2 NPs (∼3.9 nm) into large metallic tin spheres (∼40 nm) at 800 °C. This is the first original report on using asymmetric membrane structure to stabilize an SnO2-based lithium ion battery anode with an excellent electrochemical performance.

  2. Surface and interface analysis of poly-hydroxyethylmethacrylate-coated anodic aluminium oxide membranes

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    Ali, Nurshahidah [School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University, WA 6150 (Australia); Murdoch Applied Nanotechnology Research Group, Murdoch University, WA 6150 (Australia); Duan, Xiaofei [School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, VIC 3010 (Australia); Jiang, Zhong-Tao, E-mail: Z.Jiang@murdoch.edu.au [School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University, WA 6150 (Australia); Goh, Bee Min [School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University, WA 6150 (Australia); Lamb, Robert [School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, VIC 3010 (Australia); Tadich, Anton [Australian Synchrotron, Clayton, VIC 3086 (Australia); Poinern, Gérrard Eddy Jai; Fawcett, Derek [Murdoch Applied Nanotechnology Research Group, Murdoch University, WA 6150 (Australia); Chapman, Peter [Department of Chemistry, Curtin University, WA 6102 (Australia); Singh, Pritam [School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University, WA 6150 (Australia)

    2014-01-15

    The surface and interface of poly (2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate) (PHEMA) and anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) membranes were comprehensively investigated using Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy. It was found that 1s→π* (C=O) and 1s→σ* (C-O) transitions were dominant on the surface of both bulk PHEMA polymer and PHEMA-surface coated AAO (AAO–PHEMA) composite. Findings from NEXAFS, Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) analyses suggest the possibility of chemical interaction between carbon from the ester group of polymer and AAO membrane.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of sulfonate polystyrene-lignosulfonate-alumina (SPS-LS-Al2O3) polyblends as electrolyte membranes for fuel cell

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    Gonggo, Siang Tandi

    2015-09-01

    The new type of electrolyte membrane materials has been prepared by blend sulfonated polystyrene (SPS), lignosulfonate (LS), and alumina (SPS-LS-Al2O3) by casting polymer solution. The resulting polymer electrolyte membranes were then characterized by functional groups analysis, mechanical properties, water uptake, ion exchange capacity, and proton conductivity. SPS-LS-Al2O3 membranes with alumina composition various have been proven qualitatively by analysis of functional groups. Increasing the Al2O3 ratio resulted in higher ion exchange capacity (IEC), mechanical strength and proton conductivity, but water uptake decreased. The SPS-LS-Al2O3 blend showed higher proton conductivity than Nafion 117.

  4. Bioinert Anodic Alumina Nanotubes for Targeting of Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress and Autophagic Signaling: A Combinatorial Nanotube-Based Drug Delivery System for Enhancing Cancer Therapy.

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    Wang, Ye; Kaur, Gagandeep; Chen, Yuting; Santos, Abel; Losic, Dusan; Evdokiou, Andreas

    2015-12-16

    Although nanoparticle-based targeted delivery systems have gained promising achievements for cancer therapy, the development of sophisticated strategies with effective combinatorial therapies remains an enduring challenge. Herein, we report the fabrication of a novel nanomaterial, so-called anodic alumina nanotubes (AANTs) for proof-of-concept cancer therapy by targeting cell signaling networks. This strategy is to target autophagic and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress signaling by using thapsigargin (TG)-loaded AANTs cotreated with an autophagy inhibitor 3-methyladenine (3-MA). We first show that AANTs are nontoxic and can activate autophagy in different cell types including human fibroblast cells (HFF), human monocyte cells (THP-1), and human breast cancer cells (MDA-MB 231-TXSA). Treatment with 3-MA at a nontoxic dose reduced the level of autophagy induced by AANTs, and consequently sensitized breast cancer cells to AANTs-induced cellular stresses. To target autophagic and ER stress signaling networking, breast cancer cells were treated with 3-MA together with AANTs loaded with the prototype ER stress inducer TG. We demonstrated that 3-MA enhanced the cancer cell killing effect of AANTs loaded with TG. This effect was associated with enhanced ER stress signaling due to the combination effect of TG and 3-MA. These findings not only demonstrate the excellent biocompatibility of AANTs as novel biomaterials but also provide new opportunities for developing ER- and autophagy-targeted delivery systems for future clinical cancer therapy.

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  6. Anodic aluminium oxide membranes for immunoisolation with sufficient oxygen supply for pancreatic islets.

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    Cho, Siwoo; Lee, Sangmin; Jeong, Seong Hee; Kim, Yeongae; Kim, Song Cheol; Hwang, Woonbong; Park, Jaesung

    2013-05-01

    Immunoisolation membranes have been developed for various cell encapsulations for therapeutic purposes. However effective encapsulation systems have been hindered by low oxygen (O2) permeability or imperfect immunoisolation caused by either low porosity or non-uniform pore geometry. Here, we report an encapsulation method that uses an anodic aluminum oxide membrane formed by polyethylene oxide self-assembly to obtain nanochannels with both high selectivity in excluding immune molecules and high permeability of nutrients such as glucose, insulin, and O2. The extracorporeal encapsulation system composed of these membranes allows O2 flux to meet the O2 demand of pancreatic islets of Langerhans and provides excellent in vitro viability and functionality of islets.

  7. 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.

  8. Facile design of ultra-thin anodic aluminum oxide membranes for the fabrication of plasmonic nanoarrays

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    Hao, Qi; Huang, Hao; Fan, Xingce; Hou, Xiangyu; Yin, Yin; Li, Wan; Si, Lifang; Nan, Haiyan; Wang, Huaiyu; Mei, Yongfeng; Qiu, Teng; Chu, Paul K.

    2017-03-01

    Ultra-thin anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes are efficient templates for the fabrication of patterned nanostructures. Herein, a three-step etching method to control the morphology of AAO is described. The morphological evolution of the AAO during phosphoric acid etching is systematically investigated and a nonlinear growth mechanism during unsteady-state anodization is revealed. The thickness of the AAO can be quantitatively controlled from ∼100 nm to several micrometers while maintaining the tunablity of the pore diameter. The AAO membranes are robust and readily transferable to different types of substrates to prepare patterned plasmonic nanoarrays such as nanoislands, nanoclusters, ultra-small nanodots, and core–satellite superstructures. The localized surface plasmon resonance from these nanostructures can be easily tuned by adjusting the morphology of the AAO template. The custom AAO template provides a platform for the fabrication of low-cost and large-scale functional nanoarrays suitable for fundamental studies as well as applications including biochemical sensing, imaging, photocatalysis, and photovoltaics.

  9. Enhanced apatite-forming ability and antibacterial activity of porous anodic alumina embedded with CaO-SiO2-Ag2O bioactive materials.

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    Ni, Siyu; Li, Xiaohong; Yang, Pengan; Ni, Shirong; Hong, Feng; Webster, Thomas J

    2016-01-01

    In this study, to provide porous anodic alumina (PAA) with bioactivity and anti-bacterial properties, sol-gel derived bioactive CaO-SiO2-Ag2O materials were loaded onto and into PAA nano-pores (termed CaO-SiO2-Ag2O/PAA) by a sol-dipping method and subsequent calcination of the gel-glasses. The in vitro apatite-forming ability of the CaO-SiO2-Ag2O/PAA specimens was evaluated by soaking them in simulated body fluid (SBF). The surface microstructure and chemical property before and after soaking in SBF were characterized. Release of ions into the SBF was also measured. In addition, the antibacterial properties of the samples were tested against Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). The results showed that CaO-SiO2-Ag2O bioactive materials were successfully decorated onto and into PAA nano-pores. In vitro SBF experiments revealed that the CaO-SiO2-Ag2O/PAA specimens dramatically enhanced the apatite-forming ability of PAA in SBF and Ca, Si and Ag ions were released from the samples in a sustained and slow manner. Importantly, E. coli and S. aureus were both killed on the CaO-SiO2-Ag2O/PAA (by 100%) samples compared to PAA controls after 3 days of culture. In summary, this study demonstrated that the CaO-SiO2-Ag2O/PAA samples possess good apatite-forming ability and high antibacterial activity causing it to be a promising bioactive coating candidate for implant materials for orthopedic applications.

  10. Alumina-carbon nanofibers nanocomposites obtained by spark plasma sintering for proton exchange membrane fuel cell bipolar plates

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    Borrell, A.; Torrecillas, R. [Centro de Investigacion en Nanomateriales y Nanotecnologia (CINN) Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Universidad de Oviedo, Principado de Asturias, Parque Tecnologico de Asturias, Llanera Asturias (Spain); Rocha, V.G.; Fernandez, A. [ITMA Materials Technology, Parque Tecnologico de Asturias, Llanera Asturias (Spain)

    2012-08-15

    There is an increasing demand of multifunctional materials for a wide variety of technological developments. Bipolar plates for proton exchange membrane fuel cells are an example of complex functionality components that must show among other properties high mechanical strength, electrical, and thermal conductivity. The present research explored the possibility of using alumina-carbon nanofibers (CNFs) nanocomposites for this purpose. In this study, it was studied for the first time the whole range of powder compositions in this system. Homogeneous powders mixtures were prepared and subsequently sintered by spark plasma sintering. The materials obtained were thoroughly characterized and compared in terms of properties required to be used as bipolar plates. The control on material microstructure and composition allows designing materials where mechanical or electrical performances are enhanced. A 50/50 vol.% alumina-CNFs composite appears to be a very promising material for this kind of application. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. Synthesis and characterization of sulfonate polystyrene-lignosulfonate-alumina (SPS-LS-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) polyblends as electrolyte membranes for fuel cell

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    Gonggo, Siang Tandi, E-mail: standigonggo@yahoo.com [Chemistry Research Groups, Faculty of Teacher Training and Educational Sciences, Tadulako University (Indonesia)

    2015-09-30

    The new type of electrolyte membrane materials has been prepared by blend sulfonated polystyrene (SPS), lignosulfonate (LS), and alumina (SPS-LS-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) by casting polymer solution. The resulting polymer electrolyte membranes were then characterized by functional groups analysis, mechanical properties, water uptake, ion exchange capacity, and proton conductivity. SPS-LS-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} membranes with alumina composition various have been proven qualitatively by analysis of functional groups. Increasing the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ratio resulted in higher ion exchange capacity (IEC), mechanical strength and proton conductivity, but water uptake decreased. The SPS-LS-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} blend showed higher proton conductivity than Nafion 117.

  12. Anode purge strategy optimization of the polymer electrode membrane fuel cell system under the dead-end anode operation

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    Hu, Zhe; Yu, Yi; Wang, Guangjin; Chen, Xuesong; Chen, Pei; Chen, Jun; Zhou, Su

    2016-07-01

    Dead-ended anode (DEA) mode is commonly applied in fuel cell vehicles for the hydrogen purge at the anode side, to reduce fuel waste and enhance fuel cell efficiency. Anode purge is necessary and is definitely important with respect to removing liquid water and accumulated nitrogen in the gas diffusion layer and the flow field of the DEA-mode fuel cell. In this paper, the effect of different purge strategies on the stack performance and system efficiency is investigated experimentally using fast data acquisition and advanced tools, such as the fast cell voltage measurement (CVM) system and the mass spectrum. From the fast data acquisition, the voltage stability, liquid water and nitrogen concentration measurement in the anode exhaust are compared and analyzed under different purge strategy designs and using different purge valves. The results show that under the optimal purge strategy, the DEA fuel cell stack can achieve the desired stability and system efficiency based on the analysis of the cell voltage and purge volume. Moreover, the diameter of the purge valve has a great impact on the voltage stability because a diameter change will result in a different pressure drop and purge volume when the purge valve is open.

  13. Exceptionally strong and robust millimeter-scale graphene-alumina composite membranes.

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    Berdova, Maria; Perros, Alexander Pyymaki; Kim, Wonjae; Riikonen, Juha; Ylitalo, Tuomo; Heino, Jouni; Li, Changfeng; Kassamakov, Ivan; Hæggström, Edward; Lipsanen, Harri; Franssila, Sami

    2014-09-05

    Graphene has attracted attention as a potential strengthening material and functional component in suspended membranes as utilized in micro and nanosystems. Development of a practical and scalable fabrication process is a necessary step to allow the exceptional material properties of graphene to be fully exploited in composite structures. Using standard and scalable microfabrication processes, we fabricated free-standing chemical vapor deposition monolayer graphene-reinforced Al2O3 composite membranes, 0.5 mm in diameter, that are strong and robust. Bulge tests revealed that the graphene reinforcement increased the membrane fracture strength by a factor of at least three and maximum sustainable strain from 0.28% to at least 0.69%. We show that the graphene-reinforced membranes are even tolerant to significant cracking without loss of membrane integrity. The graphene composite membranes' freestanding area of ∼ 200 000 μm(2) is almost a thousand times larger than suspended graphene membranes reported elsewhere. The presented graphene composite membranes may be seen as representing an interesting new class of durable composite materials warranting further study and having potential for broad applicability in a variety of fields.

  14. Experimental study on the optimal purge duration of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell with a dead-ended anode

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    Lin, Yu-Fen; Chen, Yong-Song

    2017-02-01

    When a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) is operated with a dead-ended anode, impurities gradually accumulate within the anode, resulting in a performance drop. An anode purge is thereby ultimately required to remove impurities within the anode. A purge strategy comprises purge interval (valve closed) and purge duration (valve is open). A short purge interval causes frequent and unnecessary activation of the valve, whereas a long purge interval leads to excessive impurity accumulation. A short purge duration causes an incomplete performance recovery, whereas a long purge duration results in low hydrogen utilization. In this study, a series of experimental trials was conducted to simultaneously measure the hydrogen supply rate and power generation of a PEMFC at a frequency of 50 Hz for various operating current density levels and purge durations. The effect of purge duration on the cell's energy efficiency was subsequently analyzed and discussed. The results showed that the optimal purge duration for the PEMFC was approximately 0.2 s. Based on the results of this study, a methodical process for determining optimal purge durations was ultimately proposed for widespread application. Purging approximately one-fourth of anode gas can obtain optimal energy efficiency for a PEMFC with a dead-ended anode.

  15. Synthesis and Microstructure of Doped Alumina Composite Membrane by Sol-Gel Process

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    XU Xiao-hong; ZHANG Ying; WU Jian-feng; BAI Zhan-liang

    2003-01-01

    The supported membranes of Al2O3 and its modification membranes were prepared.Al2O3,Al2O3-SiO2-TiO2 and Al2O3-SiO2-TiO2-ZrO2 membranes were mamufatured by the slip-casting process using mixing boehmite,silicate,titania and zirconia sols under proper conditions,then the composite membrane was prepared.The structure and characteristics of the membrane were determined by XRD,SEM and AFM measurement.The conditions of preparation of the membrane are discussed.The thickness of the layer is about 1-2μm,the diameter of an average pore is 200-300nm and has a narrow pore distribution without crack forming.By changing the ratios of Al∶Si∶Ti∶Zr(mol),variations of surface pore size of Al2O3-SiO2-TiO2-ZrO2 membrane can be gained.

  16. Fabrication of Pd Micro-Membrane Supported on Nano-Porous Anodized Aluminum Oxide for Hydrogen Separation.

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    Kim, Taegyu

    2015-08-01

    In the present study, nano-porous anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) was used as a support of the Pd membrane. The AAO fabrication process consists of an electrochemical polishing, first/second anodizing, barrier layer dissolving and pores widening. The Pd membrane was deposited on the AAO support using an electroless plating with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) as a plating agent. The AAO had the regular pore structure with the maximum pore diameter of ~100 nm so it had a large opening area but a small free standing area. The 2 µm-thick Pd layer was obtained by the electroless plating for 3 hours. The Pd layer thickness increased with increasing the plating time. However, the thickness was limited to ~5 µm in maximum. The H2 permeation flux was 0.454 mol/m2-s when the pressure difference of 66.36 kPa0.5 was applied at the Pd membrane under 400 °C.

  17. Formation of chelating agent driven anodized TiO2 nanotubular membrane and its photovoltaic application

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    Banerjee, Subarna; Misra, Mano; Mohapatra, Susanta K.; Howard, Cameron; Mohapatra, Srikanta K.; Kamilla, Sushanta K.

    2010-04-01

    Titania (TiO2) nanotubular arrays provide an exciting material for dye sensitizing solar cells (DSSC) because of their large surface area, lower recombination losses, and fast charge transport properties along the nanotubes. In this paper, design of a next generation DSSC using a TiO2 nanotubular membrane is discussed. A single step, green process is developed to produce stable large area, free-standing TiO2 nanotubular films (in a short time, 30-60 min) by anodizing Ti using an organic electrolyte, containing disodium salt of ethylene diaminetetraacetic acid (Na2[H2EDTA]) as complexing agent, and subsequent drying. Transparent, crack-free TiO2 films, 20-41 µm thick containing ordered hexagonal TiO2 nanotubes are achieved by this process. Films having a geometrical area up to 16.5 cm2 with pore openings of 182 nm have been obtained. These films have been etched to form membranes which provide an exciting prospect for front side illuminated DSSC with good mass and photon transport properties as well as wettability. A photovoltaic efficiency of 2.7% is achieved using a front side illuminated DSSC compared to 1.77% using back side illumination.

  18. Formation of chelating agent driven anodized TiO(2) nanotubular membrane and its photovoltaic application.

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    Banerjee, Subarna; Misra, Mano; Mohapatra, Susanta K; Howard, Cameron; Mohapatra, Srikanta K; Kamilla, Sushanta K

    2010-04-09

    Titania (TiO(2)) nanotubular arrays provide an exciting material for dye sensitizing solar cells (DSSC) because of their large surface area, lower recombination losses, and fast charge transport properties along the nanotubes. In this paper, design of a next generation DSSC using a TiO(2) nanotubular membrane is discussed. A single step, green process is developed to produce stable large area, free-standing TiO(2) nanotubular films (in a short time, 30-60 min) by anodizing Ti using an organic electrolyte, containing disodium salt of ethylene diaminetetraacetic acid (Na(2)[H(2)EDTA]) as complexing agent, and subsequent drying. Transparent, crack-free TiO(2) films, 20-41 microm thick containing ordered hexagonal TiO(2) nanotubes are achieved by this process. Films having a geometrical area up to 16.5 cm(2) with pore openings of 182 nm have been obtained. These films have been etched to form membranes which provide an exciting prospect for front side illuminated DSSC with good mass and photon transport properties as well as wettability. A photovoltaic efficiency of 2.7% is achieved using a front side illuminated DSSC compared to 1.77% using back side illumination.

  19. Performance study of direct borohydride fuel cells employing polyvinyl alcohol hydrogel membrane and nickel-based anode

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    Ma, J.; Choudhury, N.A.; Sahai, Y.; Buchheit, R.G. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 (United States)

    2011-10-15

    A direct borohydride fuel cell (DBFC) employing a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogel membrane and a nickel-based composite anode is reported. Carbon-supported platinum and sputtered gold have been employed as cathode catalysts. Oxygen, air and acidified hydrogen peroxide have been used as oxidants in the DBFC. Performance of the PVA hydrogel membrane-based DBFC was tested at different temperatures and compared with similar DBFCs employing Nafion registered membrane electrolytes under identical conditions. The borohydride-oxygen fuel cell employing PVA hydrogel membrane yielded a maximum peak power density of 242 mW cm{sup -2} at 60 C. The peak power densities of the PVA hydrogel membrane-based DBFCs were comparable or a little higher than those using Nafion registered 212 membranes at 60 C. The fuel efficiency of borohydride-oxygen fuel cell based on PVA hydrogel membrane and Ni-based composite anode was found to be between 32 and 41%. The cell was operated for more than 100 h and its performance stability was recorded. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. Nanomechanical humidity detection through porous alumina cantilevers

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    Olga Boytsova

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available We present here the behavior of the resonance frequency of porous anodic alumina cantilever arrays during water vapor adsorption and emphasize their possible use in the micromechanical sensing of humidity levels at least in the range of 10–22%. The sensitivity of porous anodic aluminium oxide cantilevers (Δf/Δm and the humidity sensitivity equal about 56 Hz/pg and about 100 Hz/%, respectively. The approach presented here for the design of anodic alumina cantilever arrays by the combination of anodic oxidation and photolithography enables easy control over porosity, surface area, geometric and mechanical characteristics of the cantilever arrays for micromechanical sensing.

  1. Synthesis of ozone from air via a polymer-electrolyte-membrane cell with a doped tin oxide anode

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    Wang, YH; Cheng, S; Chan, KY

    2006-01-01

    The generation of ozone from air using an electrochemical cell consisting of an air cathode, a polymer-electrolyte-membrane (PEM), and a doped tin oxide anode is reported. This synthesis is environmentally friendly compared to the conventional high-voltage corona discharge process since NOx formation is eliminated; a higher ozone concentration is generated; and lower energy may be required. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2006.

  2. CO-Tolerant Pt–BeO as a Novel Anode Electrocatalyst in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

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    Kyungjung Kwon

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs requires less expensive catalysts and higher operating voltage. Substantial anodic overvoltage with the usage of reformed hydrogen fuel can be minimized by using CO-tolerant anode catalysts. Carbon-supported Pt–BeO is manufactured so that Pt particles with an average diameter of 4 nm are distributed on a carbon support. XPS analysis shows that a peak value of the binding energy of Be matches that of BeO, and oxygen is bound with Be or carbon. The hydrogen oxidation current of the Pt–BeO catalyst is slightly higher than that of a Pt catalyst. CO stripping voltammetry shows that CO oxidation current peaks at ~0.85 V at Pt, whereas CO is oxidized around 0.75 V at Pt–BeO, which confirms that the desorption of CO is easier in the presence of BeO. Although the state-of-the-art PtRu anode catalyst is dominant as a CO-tolerant hydrogen oxidation catalyst, this study of Be-based CO-tolerant material can widen the choice of PEMFC anode catalyst.

  3. POROUS MEMBRANE TEMPLATED SYNTHESIS OF POLYMER PILLARED LAYER

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    Zhong-wei Niu; Dan Li; Zhen-zhong Yang

    2003-01-01

    The anodic porous alumina membranes with a definite pore diameter and aspect ratio were used as templates to synthesize polymer pillared layer structures. The pillared polymer was produced in the template membrane pores, and the layer on the template surfaces. Rigid cured epoxy resin, polystyrene and soft hydrogel were chosen to confirm the methodology. The pillars were in the form of either tubes or fibers, which were controlled by the alumina membrane pore surface wettability. The structural features were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy results.

  4. Local potential evolutions during proton exchange membrane fuel cell operation with dead-ended anode - Part II: Aging mitigation strategies based on water management and nitrogen crossover

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    Abbou, S.; Dillet, J.; Maranzana, G.; Didierjean, S.; Lottin, O.

    2017-02-01

    Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells operate with dead-ended anode in order to reduce system cost and complexity when compared with hydrogen re-circulation systems. In the first part of this work, we showed that localized fuel starvation events may occur, because of water and nitrogen accumulation in the anode side, which could be particularly damaging to the cell performance. To prevent these degradations, the anode compartment must be purged which may lead to an overall system efficiency decrease because of significant hydrogen waste. In the second part, we present several purge strategies in order to minimize both hydrogen waste and membrane-electrode assembly degradations during dead-ended anode operation. A linear segmented cell with reference electrodes was used to monitor simultaneously the current density distribution along the gas channel and the time evolution of local anode and cathode potentials. To asses MEA damages, Platinum ElectroChemical Surface Area (ECSA) and cell performance were periodically measured. The results showed that dead-end mode operation with an anode plate maintained at a temperature 5 °C hotter than the cathode plate limits water accumulation in the anode side, reducing significantly purge frequency (and thus hydrogen losses) as well as MEA damages. As nitrogen contribution to hydrogen starvation is predominant in this thermal configuration, we also tested a microleakage solution to discharge continuously most the nitrogen accumulating in the anode side while ensuring low hydrogen losses and minimum ECSA losses provided the right microleakage flow rate is chosen.

  5. Enhanced electricity generation by triclosan and iron anodes in the three-chambered membrane bio-chemical reactor (TC-MBCR).

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    Song, Jing; Liu, Lifen; Yang, Fenglin; Ren, Nanqi; Crittenden, John

    2013-11-01

    A three-chambered membrane bio-chemical reactor (TC-MBCR) was developed. The stainless steel membrane modules were used as cathodes and iron plates in the middle chamber served as the anode. The TC-MBCR was able to reduce fouling, remove triclosan (TCS) from a synthetic wastewater treatment and enhance electricity generation by ~60% compared with the cell voltage before TCS addition. The TC-MBCR system generated a relatively stable power output (cell voltage ~0.2V) and the corrosion of iron plates contributed to electricity generation together with microbes on iron anode. The permeation flow from anode to cathode chamber was considered important in electricity generation. In addition, the negatively charged cathode membrane and Fe(2+)/Fe(3+) released by iron plates mitigated membrane fouling by approximately 30%, as compared with the control. The removal of COD and total phosphorus was approximately 99% and 90%. The highest triclosan removal rate reached 97.9%.

  6. Facile synthesis of free-standing silicon membranes with three-dimensional nanoarchitecture for anodes of lithium ion batteries.

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    Xia, Fan; Kim, Seong Been; Cheng, Huanyu; Lee, Jung Min; Song, Taeseup; Huang, Yonggang; Rogers, John A; Paik, Ungyu; Park, Won Il

    2013-07-10

    We propose a facile method for synthesizing a novel Si membrane structure with good mechanical strength and three-dimensional (3D) configuration that is capable of accommodating the large volume changes associated with lithiation in lithium ion battery applications. The membrane electrodes demonstrated a reversible charge capacity as high as 2414 mAh/g after 100 cycles at current density of 0.1 C, maintaining 82.3% of the initial charge capacity. Moreover, the membrane electrodes showed superiority in function at high current density, indicating a charge capacity >1220 mAh/g even at 8 C. The high performance of the Si membrane anode is assigned to their characteristic 3D features, which is further supported by mechanical simulation that revealed the evolution of strain distribution in the membrane during lithiation reaction. This study could provide a model system for rational and precise design of the structure and dimensions of Si membrane structures for use in high-performance lithium ion batteries.

  7. Preparation of alumina ceramic membranes by electrophoresis%电泳沉积法制备氧化铝陶瓷膜的研究

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    陈晓晓; 魏刚; 张元晶; 付国柱; 乔宁

    2011-01-01

    以工业级陶瓷片为支撑体,氧化铝溶胶为电泳液,采用电泳沉积的方法制备了氧化铝陶瓷膜.当在30 V的电压条件下电泳3 min,经沉积-干燥-烧结工艺,反复进行3次后,即可得到氧化铝纳滤膜.采用SEM和液-液排除法等手段对纳滤膜进行表征,结果表明,膜厚在50 μm左右,孔隙率为31.51%,平均孔径为3.1nm,孔径分布为2.88 - 5.76 nm.性能测试表明,氧化铝纳滤膜对无机污染物和有机污染物均有强的截留作用,且性能较稳定.%Alumina ceramic membranes have been prepared by electrophoresis using an industrial ceramic as the electrophoretic matrix and alumina sol as the electrophoretic liquid. A nanofiltration membrane was prepared using the electrophoretic process and a coating-drying-sintering process repeated three times. The optimum electrophoresis time was found to be 3 min with a voltage of 30 V. The Al2O3 ceramic membrane obtained under these experimental conditions was characterized by SEM and liquid-liquid displacement methods. A ceramic membrane with a thickness of 50 μm had a porosity ratio of 31. 51% , a pore size of 3. 1 nm and a pore size distribution of 2. 88 nm to 5. 76 nm. Performance tests showed that the membrane had strong interception effects on both inorganic pollutants and organic pollutants.

  8. Local potential evolutions during proton exchange membrane fuel cell operation with dead-ended anode - Part I: Impact of water diffusion and nitrogen crossover

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    Abbou, S.; Dillet, J.; Maranzana, G.; Didierjean, S.; Lottin, O.

    2017-02-01

    Operating a PEMFC with a dead-ended anode may lead to local fuel-starvation because of water and possibly nitrogen accumulation in the anode compartment. In previous works, we used a segmented linear cell with reference electrodes to monitor simultaneously the local potentials and current densities during dead-ended anode operation. The results indicated that water transport as well as nitrogen crossover through the membrane were most probably the two key factors governing fuel starvation. In this first from a set of two papers, we evaluated with more details the contributions of nitrogen crossover and water transport to hydrogen starvation. To assess nitrogen contribution, the fuel cell cathode compartment was first supplied with pure oxygen instead of air. The results showed that in the absence of nitrogen (in the cathode side) the fuel starvation was much slower than with air, suggesting that nitrogen contribution cannot be neglected. On the other hand, the contribution of water flooding to hydrogen starvation was investigated by using different cooling temperature on the cathode and anode sides in order to drive water toward the colder plate. The results showed that with a colder anode side, fuel starvation was faster. In the opposite case of a hotter anode plate, water accumulation in the anode compartment was limited, nitrogen crossover through the membrane was the main reason for hydrogen starvation in this case. To fully assess the impact of the thermal configurations on membrane-electrode assembly (MEA) degradation, aging protocols with a dead-ended anode and a fixed closing time were also performed. The results showed that operation with a hotter anode could help to limit significantly cathode ElectroChemical Surface Area (ECSA) losses along the cell area and performance degradation induced by hydrogen starvation.

  9. Fabrication and characterazation of anodic alumina with tapered porous structure%磷酸/草酸混合溶液中锥形多孔阳极氧化铝的制备和表征

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    徐艳芳; 李晓久; 刘皓

    2016-01-01

    A method to fabricate highly ordered tapered porous anodic alumina (PAA) templates in mixed solution which contains phosphoric acid and oxalic acid was presented. Firstly,highly ordered PAA templates with interpore distance of 495nm were fabricated by two-step method. On this basis, ordered tapered PAA templates with different aspect ratios were fabricated by alternately performing anodization process and pore widening process. Results showed that the aspect ratio of tapered PAA templates is linearly related to the total anodizing time,which could reach more than 100. And the relationship between tapered PAA morphology and partial anodizing time/partial pore widening time was also discussed in detail. The special structure of nano-template could expand the applications of PAA templates in fabricating metal or semiconductor nanowires,photoelectric materials and polymer materials.%提出了以磷酸/草酸混合溶液为电解液制备高度有序锥形多孔阳极氧化铝(PAA)模板的方法。首先采用二次氧化的方法,得到了孔洞排列高度有序且孔间距为495nm的PAA模板。在此基础上,采用阳极氧化过程和扩孔过程交替进行的方法,制备了不同长径比的有序锥形PAA模板。实验结果显示:锥形PAA模板的长径比与总氧化时间线性相关,可达到100以上;还说明了分段氧化时间和分段扩孔时间与锥形孔道形貌之间的关系。这种特殊结构的PAA模板可以大大拓展其在合成金属或半导体纳米线、光电材料以及高分子材料方面的应用范围。

  10. PAA@Co复合薄膜的制备及光学特性研究%Research on the Fabrication of Porous Anodic Alumina Films Embedded with Conanowires and Its Optical Properties

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    杨淑敏; 朱玉燕; 韩伟; 顾建军; 岂云开

    2015-01-01

    Alumina thin films with structural colors were fabricated by means of electrochemical oxidation in phosphoric electrolyte. Porous anodic alumina films embedded with Co nanowires in the pores, and highly color saturation and mechanical strength were fabricated by an alternative current electrodeposition. The structural col-ors of films can be effectively tuned by adjusting oxidation time. Multicolor patterns were obtained by an organ-ics-assisted process with multiple electrodeposition. The relation between the changing of structural colors and construction of films was discussed theoretically. The theoretical results are consistent with the experimental ba-sis.%在磷酸电解液中,利用一次阳极氧化工艺成功的制备了具有结构色的多孔氧化铝薄膜。采用交流电沉积方法在氧化铝薄膜的孔洞中沉积金属Co纳米线,得到了高机械强度且具有高饱和度结构色的复合薄膜。控制氧化时间,可以调控复合薄膜结构色的颜色。采用遮挡法,结合多次电沉积工艺,成功的制备出具有彩色图案的复合薄膜。理论分析了薄膜结构色的变化与其微观结构的关系,结果显示,理论分析和实验结果相吻合。

  11. 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)

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

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

  13. A Bioinspired Multifunctional Heterogeneous Membrane with Ultrahigh Ionic Rectification and Highly Efficient Selective Ionic Gating.

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    Zhang, Zhen; Kong, Xiang-Yu; Xiao, Kai; Xie, Ganhua; Liu, Qian; Tian, Ye; Zhang, Huacheng; Ma, Jie; Wen, Liping; Jiang, Lei

    2016-01-06

    A bioinspired multifunctional heterogeneous membrane composed of a block copolymer (PS-b-P4VP) membrane and a porous anodic alumina membrane is fabricated. The ionic rectification is so strong that the maximum ratio is ≈489, and the chemical actuation of the anion or cation gate from the "OFF" to the "ON" state promotes a 98.5% increase in the channel conductance.

  14. Effects of adding alumina to the nickel-zirconia anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells and a two-step sintering method for half-cells

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    Song, Xiao; Dong, Xiaolei; Li, Ming; Wang, Haiqian

    2016-03-01

    The co-sintering process of half-cells has an important effect on the flatness and performance of solid oxide fuel cells. In this study, we report a two-step sintering method to fabricate flat three-layer half-cells. The first sintering step is a freestanding sintering process at a low temperature (1280 °C). The second sintering step is a constrained sintering process at 1400 °C. The shrinkage of the anode support layer (ASL) and the curvature of the half-cell can be adjusted by adding Al2O3 into the ASL in the first sintering step. Effects of Al2O3 addition on the NiO-YSZ anode material are also studied. We find that NiO reacts with Al2O3 to form NiAl2O4 spinel at the early sintering stage. This reaction transiently promotes the grain growth of NiO. Once the reaction terminates and the NiAl2O4 spinel is formed, the grain growth of NiO will be suppressed, even at higher sintering temperatures. Our results indicate that by a proper amount (approximately 0.2 wt%) of Al2O3 addition, smaller NiO grains can be obtained while the side effects of NiAl2O4 are negligible, which is favorable to increase the conductivity and stability of the ASL, and can enhance the performance of SOFC.

  15. Design and optimization of anode flow field of a large proton exchange membrane fuel cell for high hydrogen utilization

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    Yesilyurt, Serhat; Rizwandi, Omid

    2016-11-01

    We developed a CFD model of the anode flow field of a large proton exchange membrane fuel cell that operates under the ultra-low stoichiometric (ULS) flow conditions which intend to improve the disadvantages of the dead-ended operation such as severe voltage transient and carbon corrosion. Very small exit velocity must be high enough to remove accumulated nitrogen, and must be low enough to retain hydrogen in the active area. Stokes equations are used to model the flow distribution in the flow field, Maxwell-Stefan equations are used to model the transport of the species, and a voltage model is developed to model the reactions kinetics. Uniformity of the distribution of hydrogen concentration is quantified as the normalized area of the region in which the hydrogen mole fraction remains above a certain level, such as 0.9. Geometry of the anode flow field is modified to obtain optimal configuration; the number of baffles at the inlet, width of the gaps between baffles, width of the side gaps, and length of the central baffle are used as design variables. In the final design, the hydrogen-depleted region is less than 0.2% and the hydrogen utilization is above 99%. This work was supported by The Scientific and Technolo-gical Research Council of Turkey, TUBITAK-213M023.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Highly Flexible Graphene/Mn3O4 Nanocomposite Membrane as Advanced Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries.

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    Wang, Jian-Gan; Jin, Dandan; Zhou, Rui; Li, Xu; Liu, Xing-Rui; Shen, Chao; Xie, Keyu; Li, Baohua; Kang, Feiyu; Wei, Bingqing

    2016-06-28

    Advanced electrode design is crucial in the rapid development of flexible energy storage devices for emerging flexible electronics. Herein, we report a rational synthesis of graphene/Mn3O4 nanocomposite membranes with excellent mechanical flexibility and Li-ion storage properties. The strong interaction between the large-area graphene nanosheets and long Mn3O4 nanowires not only enables the membrane to endure various mechanical deformations but also produces a strong synergistic effect of enhanced reaction kinetics by providing enlarged electrode/electrolyte contact area and reduced electron/ion transport resistance. The mechanically robust membrane is explored as a freestanding anode for Li-ion batteries, which delivers a high specific capacity of ∼800 mAh g(-1) based on the total electrode mass, along with superior high-rate capability and excellent cycling stability. A flexible full Li-ion battery is fabricated with excellent electrochemical properties and high flexibility, demonstrating its great potential for high-performance flexible energy storage devices.

  19. 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.

  20. Freestanding manganese dioxide nanosheet network grown on nickel/polyvinylidene fluoride coaxial fiber membrane as anode materials for high performance lithium ion batteries

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    Zhang, Yan; Luo, Zhongping; Xiao, Qizhen; Sun, Tianlei; Lei, Gangtie; Li, Zhaohui; Li, Xiaojing

    2015-11-01

    A novel manganese dioxide (MnO2) nanosheet network grown on nickel/polyvinylidene fluoride (Ni/PVDF) coaxial fiber membrane is successfully fabricated by a three-step route: the polyvinylidene fluoride fiber membrane is prepared by electrospinning method, and then the Ni(shell)/PVDF(core) coaxial fiber membrane with core-shell structure can be obtained by the electroless deposition, and finally the manganese dioxide nanosheet network grown on Ni/PVDF coaxial fiber membrane can be achieved by using a simple hydrothermal treatment. This as-prepared binder-free and flexible composite membrane is directly used as anode for lithium ion batteries. The excellent electrochemical performance of the composite membrane can be attributed to the unique combinative effects of nanosized MnO2 network and conductive Ni/PVDF fiber matrix as well as the porous structure of composite fiber membrane.

  1. Chemical Synthesis, Characterisation, and Biocompatibility of Nanometre Scale Porous Anodic Aluminium Oxide Membranes for Use as a Cell Culture Substrate for the Vero Cell Line: A Preliminary Study

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    Gérrard Eddy Jai Poinern

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this preliminary study we investigate for the first time the biomedical potential of using porous anodic aluminium oxide (AAO membranes as a cell substrate for culturing the Cercopithecus aethiops (African green monkey Kidney (Vero epithelial cell line. One advantage of using the inorganic AAO membrane is the presence of nanometre scale pore channels that allow the exchange of molecules and nutrients across the membrane. The size of the pore channels can be preselected by adjusting the controlling parameters of a temperature controlled two-step anodization process. The cellular interaction and response of the Vero cell line with an in-house synthesised AAO membrane, a commercially available membrane, and a glass control were assessed by investigating cell adhesion, morphology, and proliferation over a 72 h period. The number of viable cells proliferating over the respective membrane surfaces revealed that the locally produced in-house AAO membrane had cells numbers similar to the glass control. The study revealed evidence of focal adhesion sites over the surface of the nanoporous membranes and the penetration of cellular extensions into the pore structure as well. The outcome of the study has revealed that nanometre scale porous AAO membranes have the potential to become practical cell culture scaffold substrates with the capability to enhance adhesion and proliferation of Vero cells.

  2. Chemical synthesis, characterisation, and biocompatibility of nanometre scale porous anodic aluminium oxide membranes for use as a cell culture substrate for the vero cell line: a preliminary study.

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    Poinern, Gérrard Eddy Jai; Le, Xuan Thi; O'Dea, Mark; Becker, Thomas; Fawcett, Derek

    2014-01-01

    In this preliminary study we investigate for the first time the biomedical potential of using porous anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) membranes as a cell substrate for culturing the Cercopithecus aethiops (African green monkey) Kidney (Vero) epithelial cell line. One advantage of using the inorganic AAO membrane is the presence of nanometre scale pore channels that allow the exchange of molecules and nutrients across the membrane. The size of the pore channels can be preselected by adjusting the controlling parameters of a temperature controlled two-step anodization process. The cellular interaction and response of the Vero cell line with an in-house synthesised AAO membrane, a commercially available membrane, and a glass control were assessed by investigating cell adhesion, morphology, and proliferation over a 72 h period. The number of viable cells proliferating over the respective membrane surfaces revealed that the locally produced in-house AAO membrane had cells numbers similar to the glass control. The study revealed evidence of focal adhesion sites over the surface of the nanoporous membranes and the penetration of cellular extensions into the pore structure as well. The outcome of the study has revealed that nanometre scale porous AAO membranes have the potential to become practical cell culture scaffold substrates with the capability to enhance adhesion and proliferation of Vero cells.

  3. Constructing Free Standing Metal Organic Framework MIL-53 Membrane Based on Anodized Aluminum Oxide Precursor

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    Zhang, Yunlu; Gao, Qiuming; Lin, Zhi; Zhang, Tao; Xu, Jiandong; Tan, Yanli; Tian, Weiqian; Jiang, Lei

    2014-05-01

    Metal organic framework (MOF) materials have attracted great attention due to their well-ordered and controllable pores possessing of prominent potentials for gas molecule sorption and separation performances. Organizing the MOF crystals to a continuous membrane with a certain scale will better exhibit their prominent potentials. Reports in recent years concentrate on well grown MOF membranes on specific substrates. Free standing MOF membranes could have more important applications since they are independent from the substrates. However, the method to prepare such a membrane has been a great challenge because good mechanical properties and stabilities are highly required. Here, we demonstrate a novel and facile technique for preparing the free standing membrane with a size as large as centimeter scale. The substrate we use proved itself not only a good skeleton but also an excellent precursor to fulfill the reaction. This kind of membrane owns a strong mechanical strength, based on the fact that it is much thinner than the composite membranes grown on substrates and it could exhibit good property of gas separation.

  4. 特殊型纳米多孔阳极氧化铝模板的制备%Fabrication of Special-Type Nanoporous Anodic Alumina Templates

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    叶秋梅; 宋晔; 刘鹏; 胡隽隽

    2011-01-01

    Porous anodic alumina(PAA) templates have been used widely and studied extensively due to their excellent mechanical and thermal stabilities,highly-ordered hexagonal nanochannel-array architecture and controllable pore structures.In recent years,significant progress has been made in the field of PAA synthesis and a variety of special type PAA templates have been prepared by precisely adjusting the anodizing conditions.By means of the special templates,many novel functional nanomaterials have been synthesized successfully via physical or chemical processing routes.After a brief introduction to the fabrication methods of conventional PAA templates,this paper presents a comprehensive review on the fabrication approaches of PAA templates with special nanopore arrays(e.g.,branched,serrated,bone-shaped or inverted cone nanopores);diamond,triangle or square pore patterns;modulated pore structures with different diameters,lengths,geometries,and periodicity.Several critical factors including the applied electric field,temperature,type and concentration of the electrolyte which determine the pore modulation of PAA are emphasized.Finally,the development trend and future prospects of the special templates are given.%多孔阳极氧化铝(PAA)模板具有六角有序排列的柱形孔,且孔径均匀可调,加之其良好的机械和热稳定性,在纳米材料领域得到了广泛研究和应用。近年来,人们通过改变铝阳极氧化条件制备出了多种特殊型纳米PAA模板,并利用这些模板结合物理或化学方法成功地合成了多种新型纳米功能材料。本文在简要介绍常规纳米PAA模板制备的基础上,较全面地综述了诸如孔道呈分叉形、锯齿形、骨形、倒圆锥形,孔洞呈菱形、三角形、正方形,孔道或孔壁结构呈周期性变化等特殊型纳米PAA模板的制备,揭示了电场强度和电解液种类、温度在PAA孔洞形貌尺寸调控方面的重要性,并展望了这类模板的发展方向及应用前景。

  5. Thermochemical Analysis of Molybdenum Thin Films on Porous Alumina.

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    Lee, Kyoungjin; de Lannoy, Charles-François; Liguori, Simona; Wilcox, Jennifer

    2017-01-12

    Molybdenum (Mo) thin films (thickness thin-film composites were stable below 300 °C but had no reactivity toward gases. Mo thin films showed nitrogen incorporation on the surface as well as in the subsurface at 450 °C, as confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The reactivity toward nitrogen was diminished in the presence of CO2, although no carbon species were detected either on the surface or in the subsurface. The Mo thin films have a very stable native oxide layer, which may further oxidize to higher oxidation states above 500 °C due to the reaction with the porous anodized alumina substrate. The oxidation of Mo thin films was accelerated in the presence of oxidizing gases. At 600 °C in N2, the Mo thin film on anodized alumina was completely oxidized and may also have been volatilized. The results imply that choosing thermally stable and inactive porous supports and operating in nonoxidizing conditions below 500 °C will likely maintain the stability of the Mo composite. This study provides key information about the chemical and structural stability of a Mo thin film on a porous substrate for future membrane applications and offers further insights into the integrity of thin-film composites when exposed to harsh conditions.

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

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

    2011-05-30

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

  7. Formation of chelating agent driven anodized TiO{sub 2} nanotubular membrane and its photovoltaic application

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    Banerjee, Subarna; Misra, Mano; Mohapatra, Susanta K; Howard, Cameron [Chemical and Materials Engineering/MS 388, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557 (United States); Mohapatra, Srikanta K [NM Institute of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar 751009 (India); Kamilla, Sushanta K, E-mail: Misra@unr.edu [Institute of Technical Education and Research, Bhubaneswar 751030 (India)

    2010-04-09

    Titania (TiO{sub 2}) nanotubular arrays provide an exciting material for dye sensitizing solar cells (DSSC) because of their large surface area, lower recombination losses, and fast charge transport properties along the nanotubes. In this paper, design of a next generation DSSC using a TiO{sub 2} nanotubular membrane is discussed. A single step, green process is developed to produce stable large area, free-standing TiO{sub 2} nanotubular films (in a short time, 30-60 min) by anodizing Ti using an organic electrolyte, containing disodium salt of ethylene diaminetetraacetic acid (Na{sub 2}[H{sub 2}EDTA]) as complexing agent, and subsequent drying. Transparent, crack-free TiO{sub 2} films, 20-41 {mu}m thick containing ordered hexagonal TiO{sub 2} nanotubes are achieved by this process. Films having a geometrical area up to 16.5 cm{sup 2} with pore openings of 182 nm have been obtained. These films have been etched to form membranes which provide an exciting prospect for front side illuminated DSSC with good mass and photon transport properties as well as wettability. A photovoltaic efficiency of 2.7% is achieved using a front side illuminated DSSC compared to 1.77% using back side illumination.

  8. Functionalized Nanoporous Track-Etched b-PVDF Membrane Electrodes for Heavy Metal Determination by Square-Wave Anodic Stripping Voltammetry

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    Bessbousse H.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Track-etched functionalized nanoporous β-PVDF membrane electrodes, or functionalized membrane electrodes (FMEs, are electrodes made from track-etched, poly(acrylic acid (PAA functionalized nanoporous β-poly(vinylidene fluoride (β-PVDF membranes with thin porous Au films sputtered on each side as electrodes. To form the β-PVDF nanoporous membranes, β-PVDF films are irradiated by swift heavy ions. After irradiation, radical tracks are stable in the membranes. Chemical etching removes some of the radical tracks revealing nanopores. Radicals, remaining in the pores, initiate radio grafting of PAA from the pore walls of the nanoporous β-PVDF. PAA is a cation exchange polymer that adsorbs metal ions, such as Pb2+, from aqueous solutions thus concentrating the ions into the membrane. After a calibrated time the FME is transferred to an electrochemical cell for square-wave anodic stripping voltammetry analysis.

  9. Superhydrophilicity of a nanofiber-covered aluminum surface fabricated via pyrophosphoric acid anodizing

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

    2016-12-01

    A superhydrophilic aluminum surface covered by numerous alumina nanofibers was fabricated via pyrophosphoric acid anodizing. High-density anodic alumina nanofibers grow on the bottom of a honeycomb oxide via anodizing in concentrated pyrophosphoric acid. The water contact angle on the nanofiber-covered aluminum surface decreased with time after a 4 μL droplet was placed on the surface, and a superhydrophilic behavior with a contact angle measuring 2.2° was observed within 2 s; this contact angle is considerably lower than those observed for electropolished and porous alumina-covered aluminum surfaces. There was no dependence of the superhydrophilicity on the density of alumina nanofibers fabricated via different constant voltage anodizing conditions. The superhydrophilic property of the surface covered by anodic alumina nanofibers was maintained during an exposure test for 359 h. The quick-drying and snow-sliding behaviors of the superhydrophilic aluminum covered with anodic alumina nanofibers were demonstrated.

  10. Membrane-less biofuel cell based on cellobiose dehydrogenase (anode)/laccase (cathode) wired via specific os-redox polymers

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    2009-02-15

    A membrane-free biofuel cell (BFC) is reported based on enzymes wired to graphite electrodes by means of Os-complex modified redox polymers. For the anode cellobiose dehydrogenase (CDH) is used as a biocatalyst whereas for the cathode a laccase was applied. This laccase is a high-potential laccase and hence able to reduce O{sub 2} to H{sub 2}O at a formal potential higher than +500 mV versus Ag/AgCl. In order to establish efficient electrochemical contact between the enzymes and graphite electrodes electrodeposition polymers containing Os-complex with specifically designed monomer compositions and formal potentials of the coordinatively bound Os-complex were synthesised and used to wire the enzymes to the electrodes. The newly designed CDH/Os-redox polymer anode was characterised at different pH values and optimised with respect to the nature of the polymer and the enzyme-to-polymer ratio. The resulting BFC was evaluated running on {beta}-lactose as a fuel and air/O{sub 2} as an oxidising agent. The power output, the maximum current density and the electromotor force (E{sub emf}) were found to be affected by the pH value, resulting in a maximum power output of 1.9 {mu}W cm{sup -2} reached at pH 4.3, a maximum current density of about 13 {mu}A cm{sup -2} at pH 3.5, and the highest E{sub emf} approaching 600 mV at pH 4.0. (Abstract Copyright [2009], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  11. The potential of nanoporous anodic aluminium oxide membranes to influence skin wound repair.

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    Parkinson, Leigh G; Giles, Natalie L; Adcroft, Katharine F; Fear, Mark W; Wood, Fiona M; Poinern, Gerard E

    2009-12-01

    Cells respond to changes in the environment by altering their phenotype. The ability to influence cell behavior by modifying their environment provides an opportunity for therapeutic application, for example, to promote faster wound healing in response to skin injury. Here, we have modified the preparation of an aluminium oxide template to generate large uniform membranes with differing nano-pore sizes. Epidermal cells (keratinocytes) and dermal cells (fibroblasts) readily adhere to these nanoporous membranes. The pore size appears to influence the rate of cell proliferation and migration, important aspects of cell behavior during wound healing. The suitability of the membrane to act as a dressing after a burn injury was assessed in vivo; application of the membrane demonstrated adherence and conformability to the skin surface of a pig, with no observed degradation or detrimental effect on the repair. Our results suggest that keratinocytes are sensitive to changes in topography at the nanoscale level and that this property may be exploited to improve wound repair after tissue injury.

  12. The effects of hydrogen sulfide on the polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell anode catalyst: H2S-Pt/C interaction products

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    Lopes, Thiago; Paganin, Valdecir A.; Gonzalez, Ernesto R.

    2011-08-01

    The performance of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) operating on a simulated hydrocarbon reformate is described. The anode feed stream consisted of 80% H2, ∼20% N2, and 8 ppm hydrogen sulfide (H2S). Cell performance losses are calculated by evaluating cell potential reduction due to H2S contamination through lifetime tests. It is found that potential, or power, loss under this condition is a result of platinum surface contamination with elemental sulfur. Electrochemical mass spectroscopy (EMS) and electrochemical techniques are employed, in order to show that elemental sulfur is adsorbed onto platinum, and that sulfur dioxide is one of the oxidation products. Moreover, it is demonstrated that a possible approach for mitigating H2S poisoning on the PEMFC anode catalyst is to inject low levels of air into the H2S-contaminated anode feeding stream.

  13. Glutathione transferases immobilized on nanoporous alumina: flow system kinetics, screening, and stability.

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    Kjellander, Marcus; Mazari, Aslam M A; Boman, Mats; Mannervik, Bengt; Johansson, Gunnar

    2014-02-01

    The previously uncharacterized Drosophila melanogaster Epsilon-class glutathione transferases E6 and E7 were immobilized on nanoporous alumina. The nanoporous anodized alumina membranes were derivatized with 3-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane, and the amino groups were activated with carbonyldiimidazole to allow coupling of the enzymes via ε-amino groups. Kinetic analyses of the immobilized enzymes were carried out in a circulating flow system using CDNB (1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene) as substrate, followed by specificity screening with alternative substrates. A good correlation was observed between the substrate screening data for immobilized enzyme and corresponding data for the enzyme in solution. A limited kinetic study was also carried out on immobilized human GST S1-1 (also known as hematopoietic prostaglandin D synthase). The stability of the immobilized enzymes was virtually identical to that of enzymes in solution, and no leakage of enzyme from the matrix could be observed.

  14. Anodic Aluminum Oxide Membrane-Assisted Fabrication of β-In2S3Nanowires

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    2009-01-01

    In this study, β-In2S3nanowires were first synthesized by sulfurizing the pure Indium (In) nanowires in an AAO membrane. As FE-SEM results, β-In2S3nanowires are highly ordered, arranged tightly corresponding to the high porosity of the AAO membrane used. The diameter of the β-In2S3nanowires is about 60 nm with the length of about 6–8 μm. Moreover, the aspect ratio of β-In2S3nanowires is up to 117. An EDS analysis revealed the β-In2S3nanowires with an atomic ratio of nearly S/In = 1.5. X-ray diffraction and corresponding selected area electron diffraction patterns demonstrated that the β-In2S3nanowire is tetragonal polycrystalline. The direct band gap energy (Eg) is 2.40 eV from the optical measurement, and it is reasonable with literature. PMID:20596400

  15. Anodic Aluminum Oxide Membrane-Assisted Fabrication of β-In2S3Nanowires

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    Chen Chih-Jung

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this study, β-In2S3nanowires were first synthesized by sulfurizing the pure Indium (In nanowires in an AAO membrane. As FE-SEM results, β-In2S3nanowires are highly ordered, arranged tightly corresponding to the high porosity of the AAO membrane used. The diameter of the β-In2S3nanowires is about 60 nm with the length of about 6–8 μm. Moreover, the aspect ratio of β-In2S3nanowires is up to 117. An EDS analysis revealed the β-In2S3nanowires with an atomic ratio of nearly S/In = 1.5. X-ray diffraction and corresponding selected area electron diffraction patterns demonstrated that the β-In2S3nanowire is tetragonal polycrystalline. The direct band gap energy (Eg is 2.40 eV from the optical measurement, and it is reasonable with literature.

  16. Performance of two different types of anodes in membrane electrode assembly microbial fuel cells for power generation from domestic wastewater

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    2011-10-01

    Graphite fiber brush electrodes provide high surface areas for exoelectrogenic bacteria in microbial fuel cells (MFCs), but the cylindrical brush format limits more compact reactor designs. To enable MFC designs with closer electrode spacing, brush anodes were pressed up against a separator (placed between the electrodes) to reduce the volume occupied by the brush. Higher maximum voltages were produced using domestic wastewater (COD = 390 ± 89 mg L-1) with brush anodes (360 ± 63 mV, 1000 Ω) than woven carbon mesh anodes (200 ± 81 mV) with one or two separators. Maximum power densities were similar for brush anode reactors with one or two separators after 30 days (220 ± 1.2 and 240 ± 22 mW m-2), but with one separator the brush anode MFC power decreased to 130 ± 55 mW m-2 after 114 days. Power densities in MFCs with mesh anodes were very low (<45 mW m-2). Brush anodes MFCs had higher COD removals (80 ± 3%) than carbon mesh MFCs (58 ± 7%), but similar Coulombic efficiencies (8.6 ± 2.9% brush; 7.8 ± 7.1% mesh). These results show that compact (hemispherical) brush anodes can produce higher power and more effective domestic wastewater treatment than flat mesh anodes in MFCs. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. 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.

  18. Method for nanomodulation of metallic thin films following the replica-antireplica process based on porous alumina membranes

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    Palma, J. L.; Denardin, J. C.; Escrig, J.

    2017-03-01

    In this paper we have introduced a method for modulation of metallic thin films by sputtering of metals on anodized aluminum templates. Using a high deposition rate during deposition of the non-magnetic metal on the Al pattern, we have separated the two metallic surfaces and, thus, imprinted a pattern of nanohills on a non-magnetic metallic film, such as Au, Ag or Cu. The morphology of the nanostructured metallic films was determined by scanning electron microscopy. Thus, we have confirmed that the ordering degree of the Al template remained after the replication process. Additionally, and as an example of use of these films, we have prepared Supermalloy thin films deposited by sputtering onto these nanostructured non-magnetic metals. The room temperature magnetic behavior of these thin films is also studied. Interestingly, we have found that when the external magnetic field is applied out of plane of the substrate, the coercivity increases linearly as we increase the radius of the nanohills. These soft magnetic films can open new opportunities for magnetic field sensor applications.

  19. Sodium-Beta Alumina Batteries: Status and Challenges

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    Lu, Xiaochuan; Lemmon, John P.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.; Yang, Zhenguo

    2010-09-05

    Sodium-beta alumina batteries, have been extensively developed for a few decades and encouraging progress has been achieved so far. The anode is typically molten sodium while the cathode can be molten sulfur (Na-S battery) or solid transition metal halides plus a liquid phase secondary electrolyte (e.g., ZEBRA battery). The electrolyte typically used is a β"-Al2O3 solid membrane. The issues prohibiting broad commercialization of this type of technology are dependent on the materials used, but can be broadly described as relatively high cost, safety (particularly for the Na-S couple), and low power. This paper offers a review on materials and designs for the batteries and discusses the challenges ahead for further technology improvement.

  20. Self-organized magnetic nanowire arrays based on alumina and titania templates.

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    Prida, V M; Pirota, K R; Navas, D; Asenjo, A; Hernández-Vélez, M; Vázquez, M

    2007-01-01

    Densely packed arrays of magnetic nanowires have been synthesized by electrodeposition filling of nanopores in alumina and titania membranes formed by self-assembling during anodization process. Emphasis is made on the control of the production parameters leading to ordering degree and lattice parameter of the array as well as nanowires diameter and length. Structural, morphological and magnetic properties exhibited by nanowire arrays have been studied for several nanowire compositions, different ordering degree and for different nanowire aspect ratios. The magnetic behaviour of nanowires array is governed by the balance between different energy contributions: shape anisotropy of individual nanowires, the magnetostatic interaction of dipolar origin among nanowires, and magnetocrystalline and magnetoelastic anisotropies induced by the pattern templates. These novel nanocomposites, based on ferromagnetic nanowires embedded in anodic nanoporous templates, are becoming promising candidates for technological applications such as functionalised arrays for magnetic sensing, ultrahigh density magnetic storage media or spin-based electronic devices.

  1. Self-ordered nanopore arrays through hard anodization assisted by anode temperature ramp

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    Mohammadniaei, M.; Maleki, K.; Kashi, M. Almasi; Ramezani, A.; Mayamei, Y.

    2016-10-01

    In the present work, hard anodization assisted by anode temperature ramp was employed to fabricate self-ordered nanoporous alumina in the wide range of interpore distances (259-405 nm) in pure oxalic acid and mixture of oxalic and phosphoric acid solutions. Anode temperature ramp technique was employed to adjust the anodization current density to optimize the self-ordering of the nanopore arrays in the interpore range in which no ordered self-assembled hard anodized anodic aluminum oxide has reported. It is found that the certain ratios of oxalic and phosphoric acid solutions in this anodization technique increased self-ordering of the nanopores especially for anodization voltages over the 170 V by increasing alumina's viscous flow which could lead to decrease the overall current density of anodization, yet leveled up by anode temperature ramp. However, below 150 V anodization voltage, the ratio of interpore distance to the anodization voltage of the both anodization techniques was the same (~2 nm/V), while above this voltage, it increased to about 2.2 nm/V.

  2. Free-standing reduced graphene oxide/MnO2-reduced graphene oxide-carbon nanotube nanocomposite flexible membrane as an anode for improving lithium-ion batteries.

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    Li, Yong; Ye, Daixin; Shi, Bin; Liu, Wen; Guo, Rui; Pei, Haijuan; Xie, Jingying

    2017-01-09

    To solve the barriers of poor rate capability and inferior cycling stability for the MnO2 anode in lithium ion batteries, we present a highly flexible membrane anode employing two-dimensional (2D) reduced graphene oxide sheets (rGO) and a three-dimensional (3D) MnO2-reduced graphene oxide-carbon nanotube nanocomposite (MGC) by a vacuum filtration and thermal annealing approach. All the components in the 2D/3D thin film anode have a synergistic effect on the improved performance. The initial discharge specific capacity of the electrode with the MnO2 content of 56 wt% was 1656.8 mA h g(-1) and remains 1172.5 mA h g(-1) after 100 cycles at a density of 100 mA g(-1). On enhancing the density to 200 mA g(-1), the membrane-electrode still exhibits a large reversible discharging capacity of ∼948.9 mA h g(-1) after 300 cycles. Moreover, the flexible Li-ion battery with a large area also shows excellent electrochemical performance in different bending positions, which provides the potential for wearable energy storage devices.

  3. Fabrication of anodic aluminum oxide with incorporated chromate ions

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

    2012-10-01

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

  4. Enhancing low-field magnetoresistance of La0.67Ca0.33MnO3 films deposited on anodized aluminium-oxide membranes

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    Tang Wei-Hua; Li Pei-Gang; Lei Ming; Guo Yan-Feng; Chen Lei-Ming; Li Ling-Hong; Song Peng-Yun; Chen ChinPing

    2006-01-01

    In this paper we report a new method to fabricate nanostructured films.La0.67Ca0.33MnO3(LCMO)nanostructured films have been fabricated by using pulsed electron beam deposition (PED) on anodized aluminium oxide (AAO)membranes.The magnetic and electronic transport properties are investigated by using the Quantum Design physics properties measurement system (PPMS) and magnetic properties measurement system (MPMS).The resistance peak temperature (Tp) is about 85 K and the Curie temperature(Tc) is about 250 K for the LCMO film on an AAO membrane with a pore diameter of 20 nm.Large magnetoresistance ratio (MR) is observed near Tp.The MR is as high as 85 %under 1T magnetic field.The great enhancement of MR at low magnetic fields could be attributed to the lattice distortion and the grain boundary that are induced by the nanopores on the AAO membrane.

  5. Tailoring thermal conductivity via three-dimensional porous alumina.

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    Abad, Begoña; Maiz, Jon; Ruiz-Clavijo, Alejandra; Caballero-Calero, Olga; Martin-Gonzalez, Marisol

    2016-12-09

    Three-dimensional anodic alumina templates (3D-AAO) are an astonishing framework with open highly ordered three-dimensional skeleton structures. Since these templates are architecturally different from conventional solids or porous templates, they teem with opportunities for engineering thermal properties. By establishing the mechanisms of heat transfer in these frameworks, we aim to create materials with tailored thermal properties. The effective thermal conductivity of an empty 3D-AAO membrane was measured. As the effective medium theory was not valid to extract the skeletal thermal conductivity of 3D-AAO, a simple 3D thermal conduction model was developed, based on a mixed series and parallel thermal resistor circuit, giving a skeletal thermal conductivity value of approximately 1.25 W·m(-1)·K(-1), which matches the value of the ordinary AAO membranes prepared from the same acid solution. The effect of different filler materials as well as the variation of the number of transversal nanochannels and the length of the 3D-AAO membrane in the effective thermal conductivity of the composite was studied. Finally, the thermal conductivity of two 3D-AAO membranes filled with cobalt and bismuth telluride was also measured, which was in good agreement with the thermal model predictions. Therefore, this work proved this structure as a powerful approach to tailor thermal properties.

  6. Tailoring thermal conductivity via three-dimensional porous alumina

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    Abad, Begoña; Maiz, Jon; Ruiz-Clavijo, Alejandra; Caballero-Calero, Olga; Martin-Gonzalez, Marisol

    2016-12-01

    Three-dimensional anodic alumina templates (3D-AAO) are an astonishing framework with open highly ordered three-dimensional skeleton structures. Since these templates are architecturally different from conventional solids or porous templates, they teem with opportunities for engineering thermal properties. By establishing the mechanisms of heat transfer in these frameworks, we aim to create materials with tailored thermal properties. The effective thermal conductivity of an empty 3D-AAO membrane was measured. As the effective medium theory was not valid to extract the skeletal thermal conductivity of 3D-AAO, a simple 3D thermal conduction model was developed, based on a mixed series and parallel thermal resistor circuit, giving a skeletal thermal conductivity value of approximately 1.25 W·m-1·K-1, which matches the value of the ordinary AAO membranes prepared from the same acid solution. The effect of different filler materials as well as the variation of the number of transversal nanochannels and the length of the 3D-AAO membrane in the effective thermal conductivity of the composite was studied. Finally, the thermal conductivity of two 3D-AAO membranes filled with cobalt and bismuth telluride was also measured, which was in good agreement with the thermal model predictions. Therefore, this work proved this structure as a powerful approach to tailor thermal properties.

  7. Ultrasensitive cDNA detection of dengue virus RNA using electrochemical nanoporous membrane-based biosensor.

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    Varun Rai

    Full Text Available A nanoporous alumina membrane-based ultrasensitive DNA biosensor is constructed using 5'-aminated DNA probes immobilized onto the alumina channel walls. Alumina nanoporous membrane-like structure is carved over platinum wire electrode of 76 µm diameter dimension by electrochemical anodization. The hybridization of complementary target DNA with probe DNA molecules attached inside the pores influences the pore size and ionic conductivity. The biosensor demonstrates linear range over 6 order of magnitude with ultrasensitive detection limit of 9.55×10(-12 M for the quantification of ss-31 mer DNA sequence. Its applicability is challenged against real time cDNA PCR sample of dengue virus serotype1 derived from asymmetric PCR. Excellent specificity down to one nucleotide mismatch in target DNA sample of DENV3 is also demonstrated.

  8. In situ fabrication of ultrathin porous alumina and its application for nanopatterning Au nanocrystals on the surface of ion-sensitive field-effect transistors.

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    Kisner, A; Heggen, M; Fischer, W; Tillmann, K; Offenhäusser, A; Kubota, L T; Mourzina, Y

    2012-12-07

    In situ fabrication in a single step of thin films of alumina exhibiting a thickness of less than 100 nm and nanopores with a highly regular diameter distribution in order to pattern nanostructures over field-effect devices is a critical issue and has not previously been demonstrated. Here we report the fabrication in situ of 50 nm thick ultrathin nanoporous alumina membranes with a regular pore size directly over metal-free gate ion-sensitive field-effect transistors. Depositing thin films of aluminum by an electron beam at a relatively low rate of deposition on top of chips containing the transistors and using a conventional single-step anodization process permits the production of a well-adhering nanoporous ultrathin layer of alumina on the surface of the devices. The anodization process does not substantially affect the electrical properties of the transistors. The small thickness and pore size of ultrathin alumina membranes allow them to be sequentially employed as masks for patterning Au nanocrystals grown by an electroless approach directly on the top of the transistors. The patterning process using a wet chemical approach enables the size of the patterned crystals to be controlled not only by the dimensions of the pores of alumina, but also by the concentration of the reactants employed. Surface modification of these nanocrystals with alkanethiol molecules demonstrates that the electrostatic charge of the functional groups of the molecules can modulate the electrical characteristics of the transistors. These results represent substantial progress towards the development of novel nanostructured arrays on top of field-effect devices that can be applied for chemical sensing or non-volatile memories.

  9. Iron films deposited on porous alumina substrates

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    Yamada, Yasuhiro; Tanabe, Kenichi; Nishida, Naoki; Kobayashi, Yoshio

    2016-12-01

    Iron films were deposited on porous alumina substrates using an arc plasma gun. The pore sizes (120 - 250 nm) of the substrates were controlled by changing the temperature during the anodic oxidation of aluminum plates. Iron atoms penetrated into pores with diameters of less than 160 nm, and were stabilized by forming γ-Fe, whereas α-Fe was produced as a flat plane covering the pores. For porous alumina substrates with pore sizes larger than 200 nm, the deposited iron films contained many defects and the resulting α-Fe had smaller hyperfine magnetic fields. In addition, only a very small amount of γ-Fe was obtained. It was demonstrated that the composition and structure of an iron film can be affected by the surface morphology of the porous alumina substrate on which the film is grown.

  10. A Pd/C-CeO2 Anode Catalyst for High-Performance Platinum-Free Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells.

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    Miller, Hamish A; Lavacchi, Alessandro; Vizza, Francesco; Marelli, Marcello; Di Benedetto, Francesco; D'Acapito, Francesco; Paska, Yair; Page, Miles; Dekel, Dario R

    2016-05-10

    One of the biggest obstacles to the dissemination of fuel cells is their cost, a large part of which is due to platinum (Pt) electrocatalysts. Complete removal of Pt is a difficult if not impossible task for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEM-FCs). The anion exchange membrane fuel cell (AEM-FC) has long been proposed as a solution as non-Pt metals may be employed. Despite this, few examples of Pt-free AEM-FCs have been demonstrated with modest power output. The main obstacle preventing the realization of a high power density Pt-free AEM-FC is sluggish hydrogen oxidation (HOR) kinetics of the anode catalyst. Here we describe a Pt-free AEM-FC that employs a mixed carbon-CeO2 supported palladium (Pd) anode catalyst that exhibits enhanced kinetics for the HOR. AEM-FC tests run on dry H2 and pure air show peak power densities of more than 500 mW cm(-2) .

  11. Optimum structural properties for an anode current collector used in a polymer electrolyte membrane water electrolyzer operated at the boiling point of water

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    Li, Hua; Fujigaya, Tsuyohiko; Nakajima, Hironori; Inada, Akiko; Ito, Kohei

    2016-11-01

    This study attempts to optimize the properties of the anode current collector of a polymer electrolyte membrane water electrolyzer at high temperatures, particularly at the boiling point of water. Different titanium meshes (4 commercial ones and 4 modified ones) with various properties are experimentally examined by operating a cell with each mesh under different conditions. The average pore diameter, thickness, and contact angle of the anode current collector are controlled in the ranges of 10-35 μm, 0.2-0.3 mm, and 0-120°, respectively. These results showed that increasing the temperature from the conventional temperature of 80 °C to the boiling point could reduce both the open circuit voltage and the overvoltages to a large extent without notable dehydration of the membrane. These results also showed that decreasing the contact angle and the thickness suppresses the electrolysis overvoltage largely by decreasing the concentration overvoltage. The effect of the average pore diameter was not evident until the temperature reached the boiling point. Using operating conditions of 100 °C and 2 A/cm2, the electrolysis voltage is minimized to 1.69 V with a hydrophilic titanium mesh with an average pore diameter of 21 μm and a thickness of 0.2 mm.

  12. Investigation of carbon supported PtW catalysts as CO tolerant anodes at high temperature in proton exchange membrane fuel cell

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    Hassan, Ayaz; Paganin, Valdecir A.; Ticianelli, Edson A.

    2016-09-01

    The CO tolerance mechanism and the stability of carbon supported PtW electrocatalysts are evaluated in the anode of a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) at two different temperatures. The electrocatalysts are characterized by energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron spectroscopy. Employed electrochemical techniques include cyclic voltammetry, CO stripping, fuel cell polarization, and online mass spectrometry. At a cell temperature of 85 °C, the PtW/C catalyst shows higher CO tolerance compared to Pt/C due an electronic effect of WOx in the Pt 5d band, which reduces the CO adsorption. An increase in hydrogen oxidation activity in the presence of CO is observed for both the catalysts at a higher temperature, due to the decrease of the Pt-CO coverage. A reduction in the current densities occurs for the PtW/C catalyst in both polarization curves and cyclic voltammograms after 5000 cycles of the anode in the range of 0.1-0.7 V vs. RHE at 50 mVs-1. This decrease in performance is assigned to the dissolution of W, with a consequent increase in the membrane resistivity. However, the observed decline of performance is small either in the presence of pure H2 or in the presence of H2/CO.

  13. Electrochemical growth of ZnO nanowires inside nanoporous alumina templates. A comparison with metallic Zn nanowires growth

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    Ramirez, Daniel [Instituto de Quimica, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Valparaiso (Chile); Laboratoire d' Electrochimie et Chimie Analytique (UMR CNRS 7575), Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP) (France); Pauporte, Thierry; Lincot, Daniel [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie et Chimie Analytique (UMR CNRS 7575), Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris (ENSCP) (France); Gomez, Humberto [Instituto de Quimica, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Valparaiso (Chile)

    2008-10-15

    Molecular oxygen reduction in presence of Zn(II) allowed to get arrays of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires (NWs) inside thick anodic alumina membranes (AAM), previously made by anodization in oxalic acid. A Zinc (Zn) NWs array made by electrochemical deposition (ED) was employed as a metal reference in order to compare its growth behavior with respect to that of ZnO, a semiconducting material. Chronoamperometric measurements for Zn NWs showed a typical response for metallic growth inside porous templates while ZnO NWs did not show this behavior. We observed that Zn NWs grew faster than ZnO NWs as checked by the electrical charge. SEM images showed the presence of ZnO NWs only after long deposition time. X-ray diffraction data confirmed the ZnO structure. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  14. Facile method for modulating the profiles and periods of self-ordered three-dimensional alumina taper-nanopores.

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    Li, Juan; Li, Congshan; Chen, Cheng; Hao, Qingli; Wang, Zhijia; Zhu, Jie; Gao, Xuefeng

    2012-10-24

    We report a facile nanofabrication method, one-step hard anodizing and etching peeling (OS-HA-EP) of aluminum foils followed by multistep mild anodizing and etching pore-widening (MS-MA-EW), for the controllable tailoring of hexagonally packed three-dimensional alumina taper-nanopores. Their profiles can be precisely tailored by the synergistic control of anodizing time, etching time and cyclic times at the MS-MA-EW stage, exemplified by linear cones, whorl-embedded cones, funnels, pencils, parabolas, and trumpets. Meantime, their periods can also be modulated in the range of 70-370 nm by choosing matched anodizing electrolytes (e.g., H(2)C(2)O(4), H(2)SO(4), H(2)C(2)O(4)-H(2)SO(4), and H(2)C(2)O(4)-C(2)H(5)OH mixture) and anodizing voltages at the OS-HA-EP stage. We also demonstrated that the long-range ordering of nanopits and the peak voltage of stable self-ordered HA, which are unachievable in a single H(2)C(2)O(4) electrolyte system, can be effectively tuned by simply adding tiny quantity of H(2)SO(4) and C(2)H(5)OH to keep an appropriate HA current density, respectively. This method of using the combination of simple pure chemical nanofabrication technologies is very facile and efficient in realizing the controllable tailoring of large-area alumina membranes containing self-ordered taper-nanopores. Our work opens a door for exploring the novel physical and chemical properties of different materials of nanotaper arrays.

  15. DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF A CERIA-ZIRCONIA TOUGHENED ALUMINA PROTOTYPE FILTER ELEMENT MADE OF RETICULATED CERAMIC FOAM COATED WITH A CERAMIC MEMBRANE ACTING AS BARRIER FILTER FOR FLY ASH

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    Guilio A. Rossi; Kenneth R. Butcher; Stacia M. Wagner

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    The objective of this work was to fabricate subscale candle filters using a Ce-ZTA reticulated foam material. Specifically Selee fabricated 60mm diameter cylinders with one closed end and one flanged end. Selee Corporation developed a small pore size (5-10 {micro}m) filtration membrane which was applied to the reticulated foam surface to provide a barrier filter surface. The specific tasks to be performed were as follows: (Task 1) Filter Element Development--To fabricate subscale filter elements from zirconia toughened alumina using the reticulated foam manufacturing process. The filter elements were required to meet dimensional tolerances specified by an appropriate filter system supplier. The subscale filter elements were fabricated with integral flanges and end caps, that is, with no glued joints. (Task 2) Membrane Development--To develop a small pore filtration membrane that is to be applied to the reticulated foam material. This membrane was to provide filtration characteristics that meet gas turbine requirements and pressure drop or permeability requirements specified by the filter system supplier. (Task 3) Subscale Filter Element Fabrication--To fabricate six subscale filter elements with integral flanges and closed ends, as well as fine pore size filtration membranes. Three filters were to have a central clean gas channel, while three would have no central channel. The filters were to be provided to FETC for testing in laboratory systems or pilot scale exposure systems as appropriate. The candles were to meet dimensional tolerances as provided by filter system suppliers.

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

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    Jia, Xiaoxuan; Sun, Huiyuan, E-mail: huiyuansun@126.com; Liu, Lihu; Hou, Xue; Liu, Huiyuan

    2015-07-01

    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.

  17. Biocompatibility of nanometre scale porous anodic aluminium oxide membranes towards the RK 13 epithelial cell line: A preliminary study

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    G and eacute;rrard Eddy Jai Poinern

    2015-07-01

    Results: Cell proliferation over a 48 h period indicated that the AAO membranes were more than comparable with the glass control substrates. Subsequent microscopy observations revealed evidence of focal adhesion sites and cellular extensions interacting with the underlining porous membrane surface structure. Conclusions: The study has shown that AAO membranes have the potential to culture RK-13 cells and indicate a possible tissue engineering technique for producing tissues. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(7.000: 1583-1588

  18. Phase separation of a binary liquid in anodic aluminium oxide templates: a structural study by small angle neutron scattering.

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    Lefort, R; Duvail, J-L; Corre, T; Zhao, Y; Morineau, D

    2011-07-01

    The radial nanostructure of the binary liquid triethylamine/water confined in 60 nm diameter independent cylindrical pores of anodic aluminium oxide membranes is studied by small angle neutron scattering. It is shown that composition inhomogeneities are present in the confined mixtures well below the bulk critical point. An analysis of the neutron scattering form factor reveals the existence of an adsorbed water layer of a few nanometers at the liquid/alumina interface, coexisting with a TEA-rich phase in the core.

  19. Procoagulant behavior and platelet microparticle generation on nanoporous alumina.

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    Ferraz, Natalia; Hong, Jaan; Karlsson Ott, Marjam

    2010-05-01

    In the present work, we have investigated platelet microparticle (PMP) generation in whole blood after contact with nanoporous alumina. Alumina membranes with pore sizes of 20 and 200 nm in diameter were incubated with whole blood and the number of PMP in the fluid phase was determined by flow cytometry. The role of the complement system in PMP generation was investigated using an analog of the potent complement inhibitor compstatin. Moreover, the procoagulant activity of the two pore size membranes were compared by measuring thrombin formation. Results indicated that PMP were not present in the fluid phase after whole blood contact with either of the alumina membranes. However, scanning electron microscope micrographs clearly showed the presence of PMP clusters on the 200 nm pore size alumina, while PMP were practically absent on the 20 nm membrane. We probed no influence of complement activation in PMP generation and adhesion and we hypothesize that other specific material-related protein-platelet interactions are taking place. A clear difference in procoagulant activity between the membranes could also be seen, 20 nm alumina showed 100% higher procoagulant activity than 200 nm membrane. By combining surface evaluation and flow cytometry analyses of the fluid phase, we are able to conclude that 200 nm pore size alumina promotes PMP generation and adhesion while the 20 nm membrane does not appreciably cause any release or adhesion of PMP, thus indicating a direct connection between PMP generation and nanoporosity.

  20. 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.

  1. Modelling the growth of porous alumina matrix for creating hyperbolic media

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

    2016-08-01

    Porous aluminum oxide is a regular self-assembled structure. During anodization it is possible to control nano-parameters of the structure using macroscopic parameters of anodization. Porous alumina films can be used as a template for the creation of hyperbolic media. 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. As a result of our model we obtain the minimum distance between centers of alumina pores in the beginning of anodizing process. We also present the results obtained by numerical modelling of hyperbolic media based on porous alumina film.

  2. Fabrication of Porous Hydrophobic Membrane by Hard Anodic Oxidation%硬质阳极氧化制备多孔疏水膜

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    李晶; 杜锋; 于化东; 李强; 李红

    2014-01-01

    采用硬质阳极氧化技术在铝合金表面制备了微米多孔多级复合结构氧化膜层,研究了多孔结构膜层疏水特性。通过电子显微镜和接触角测量仪分析发现,不同孔结构参数具有不同接触角疏水特性。当获得致密、更小尺度的多级微孔结构时,可以增加表面空气在三相界面中所占的比重,在不进行低能材料修饰情况下,使其表面静态水接触角增加,最大可达到130 o,该结果可以为阳极氧化工业应用提供一定实验参考。%A porous oxide film layer with composite structure was fabricated based on the aluminum alloy surface using optimization hard anode oxidation technology. The hydrophobic properties of the porous membrane layer structure were studied. With analysis of contact angle measurement instrument and electron microscope, the surface of oxidation film prepared in optimized process obtains porous structure with rough morphology and the results show that porous oxide films with different structure have different hydrophobic characteristics. When the surface obtained densify and smaller porous structure,the proportion of air in the three-phase interface will increase. The surface exhibited hydrophobic with-out chemical modification and the static water contact angle was increase to 130 o. These experimental results give the experiment data for the application of anodic oxidation.

  3. Nanoparticles in alumina: Microscopy and Theory

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    Idrobo, Juan C.; Halabica, Andrej; Rashkeev, Sergey; Glazoff, Michael V.; Boatner, Lynn A.; Haglund, Richard F.; Pennycook, Stephen. J.; Pantelides, Sokrates T.

    2007-03-01

    Transition-metal nanoparticles formed by ion implantation in alumina can be used to modify the optical properties of naturally oxidized and anodized aluminum. Here, we report atomic-resolution Z-contrast images using a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) of CoFe and other metal nanoparticles in alumina. We also report electron energy loss spectra (EELS) and relate them to visual appearance and optical properties. Finally, we report first-principles density- functional calculations of nucleation mechanisms for these nanoparticles. This research was sponsored by the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering, U.S. Department of Energy, under contract DE-AC05- 00OR22725 with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managed and operated by UT-Battelle, by NSF grant No. DMR-0513048, and by Alcoa Inc.

  4. The Role of Anode Manufacturing Processes in Net Carbon Consumption

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    Khalil Khaji

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Carbon anodes are consumed in electrolysis cells during aluminum production. Carbon consumption in pre-bake anode cells is 400–450 kg C/t Al, considerably higher than the theoretical consumption of 334 kg C/t Al. This excess carbon consumption is partly due to the anode manufacturing processes. Net carbon consumption over the last three years at Emirates Aluminium (EMAL, also known as Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA Al Taweelah was analyzed with respect to anode manufacturing processes/parameters. The analysis indicates a relationship between net carbon consumption and many manufacturing processes, including anode desulfurization during anode baking. Anode desulfurization appears to increase the reaction surface area, thereby helping the Boudouard reaction between carbon and carbon dioxide in the electrolysis zone, as well as reducing the presence of sulfur which could inhibit this reaction. This paper presents correlations noted between anode manufacturing parameters and baked anode properties, and their impact on the net carbon consumption in electrolytic pots. Anode reactivities affect the carbon consumption in the pots during the electrolysis of alumina. Pitch content in anodes, impurities in anodes, and anode desulfurization during baking were studied to find their influence on anode reactivities. The understanding gained through this analysis helped reduce net carbon consumption by adjusting manufacturing processes. For an aluminum smelter producing one million tonnes of aluminum per year, the annual savings could be as much as US $0.45 million for every kg reduction in net carbon consumption.

  5. Comparative Study of Deposit through a Membrane and Spin-Coated MWCNT as a Flexible Anode for Optoelectronic Applications

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    Walid Aloui

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a comparative study between multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs thin films deposited on polyethylene terephthalate (PET substrates using (i spin-coating technique and (ii deposition through a membrane. We deduce from transparence, electrical properties, and AFM image that deposition through membrane presents better properties than spin-coating method. The concentration comparison shows that the optimum result was achieved at a concentration of 1.2 mg·mL−1 corresponding to a resistance (Rs of 180 Ω·cm−2 and an optical transparence of about 81% using a wavelength 550 nm. We will also demonstrate the use of the elaborated electrodes to fabricate the following flexible structure: PET-MWCNTs/MEH-PPV/Al. The series resistance Rs and the ideality factor n were calculated.

  6. Pd and Pt-Ru anode electrocatalysts supported on multi-walled carbon nanotubes and their use in passive and active direct alcohol fuel cells with an anion-exchange membrane (alcohol = methanol, ethanol, glycerol)

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    Bambagioni, Valentina; Bianchini, Claudio; Marchionni, Andrea; Filippi, Jonathan; Vizza, Francesco; Teddy, Jacques; Serp, Philippe; Zhiani, Mohammad

    Palladium and platinum-ruthenium nanoparticles supported on multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) are prepared by the impregnation-reduction procedure. The materials obtained, Pd/ MWCNT and Pt-Ru/ MWCNT, are characterized by TEM, ICP-AES and XRPD. Electrodes coated with Pd/ MWCNT are scrutinized for the oxidation of methanol, ethanol or glycerol in 2 M KOH solution in half cells. The catalyst is very active for the oxidation of all alcohols, with glycerol providing the best performance in terms of specific current density and ethanol showing the lowest onset potential. Membrane-electrode assemblies have been fabricated using Pd/ MWCNT anodes, commercial cathodes and anion-exchange membrane and evaluated in both single passive and active direct alcohol fuel cells fed with aqueous solutions of 10 wt.% methanol, 10 wt.% ethanol or 5 wt.% glycerol. Pd/ MWCNT exhibits unrivalled activity as anode electrocatalyst for alcohol oxidation. The analysis of the anode exhausts shows that ethanol is selectively oxidized to acetic acid, detected as acetate ion in the alkaline media of the reaction, while methanol yields carbonate and formate. A much wider product distribution, including glycolate, glycerate, tartronate, oxalate, formate and carbonate, is obtained from the oxidation of glycerol. The results obtained with Pt-Ru/ MWCNT anodes in acid media are largely inferior to those provided by Pd/ MWCNT electrodes in alkaline media.

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

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    ZHANG Lu; PAN Cao-Feng; ZHU Jing

    2008-01-01

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

  8. 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.

  9. Dual control of low concentration CO poisoning by anode air bleeding of low temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

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    Klages, Merle; Tjønnås, Johannes; Zenith, Federico; Halvorsen, Ivar J.; Scholta, Joachim

    2016-12-01

    Fuel impurities, fed to a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell, can affect stack performance by poisoning of catalyst layers. This paper describes the dynamic behaviour of a stack, including state-of-the-art membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) of three different manufacturers, at different operating conditions. The voltage transients of the step responses to CO poisoning as well as air bleed recovery are compared, revealing differences in performance loss: slow poisoning versus fast recovery, incomplete recovery and voltage oscillation. The recorded behaviour is used to develop a model, based on Tafel equation and first order dynamic response, which can be calibrated to each MEA type. Using this model to predict voltage response, a controller is built with the aim of reducing the total amount of air bleed and monitoring upstream stack processes without the need of sensors measuring the poisoning level. Two controllers are implemented in order to show the concept from a heuristic, easy to implement, and a more technical side allowing more detailed analysis of the synthesis. The heuristic algorithm, based on periodic perturbations of the manipulated variable (air-bleed), is validated on a real stack, revealing a stabilized performance without the need of detailed stack properties knowledge.

  10. 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

  11. Anodization of Aluminium using a fast two-step process

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    Murugaiya Sridar Ilango; Amruta Mutalikdesai; Sheela K Ramasesha

    2016-01-01

    Ultra-fast two-step anodization method is developed for obtaining ordered nano-pores on aluminium (Al) foil. First anodization was carried out for 10 min, followed by 3 min of second anodization at high voltage (150 V) compared to previous reports of anodization times of 12 h (40-60 V). The pore dimensions on anodized alumina are 180 nm for pore diameter and 130 nm for inter-pore distance. It was evident that by increasing the anodization voltage to 150 V, the diameter of the pores formed was above 150 nm. The electrolyte and its temperature affect the shape and size of the pore formation. At lower anodization temperature, controlled pore formation was observed. The anodized samples were characterized using the field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) to determine the pore diameter and inter-pore distance. Using UVVisible spectroscopy, the reflectance spectra of anodized samples were measured. The alumina (Al2O3) peaks were identified by x-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. The x-ray photo electron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis confirmed the Al 2p peak at 73.1 eV along with the oxygen O 1s at 530.9 eV and carbon traces C 1s at 283.6 eV.

  12. Gas and surface diffusion in modified γ-alumina systems

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    Uhlhorn, R.J.R.; Keizer, K.; Burggraaf, A.J.

    1989-01-01

    The transport of pure gases through a microporous membrane is described. The alumina-based membrane (pores 2.5-4 nm) is suitable for Knudsen diffusion separation. To improve the separation factor, interaction with and mobility on the pore wall of one of the gases of a mixture is necessary. To introd

  13. Effect of Porosity and Concentration Polarization on Electrolyte Diffusive Transport Parameters through Ceramic Membranes with Similar Nanopore Size

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    Virginia Romero

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Diffusive transport through nanoporous alumina membranes (NPAMs produced by the two-step anodization method, with similar pore size but different porosity, is studied by analyzing membrane potential measured with NaCl solutions at different concentrations. Donnan exclusion of co-ions at the solution/membrane interface seem to exert a certain control on the diffusive transport of ions through NPAMs with low porosity, which might be reduced by coating the membrane surface with appropriated materials, as it is the case of SiO2. Our results also show the effect of concentration polarization at the membrane surface on ionic transport numbers (or diffusion coefficients for low-porosity and high electrolyte affinity membranes, which could mask values of those characteristic electrochemical parameters.

  14. 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.

  15. Formation of Anodic Aluminum Oxide with Branched and Meshed Pores.

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    Kim, Byeol; Lee, Jin Seok

    2016-06-01

    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO), with a self-ordered hexagonal array, is important for various applications in nanofabrication including as the fabrication of nanotemplates and other nanostructures. With the consideration, there have been many efforts to control the characteristic parameters of porous anodic alumina by adjustment of the anodizing conditions such as the electrolyte, temperature, applied potential, and Al purity. In particular, impurities in Al are changing the morphology of an alumina film; however, the formation mechanism has not yet been explained. In this work, we anodized a high purity (99.999%, Al(high)) and low purity (99.8%, Al(low)) aluminum foil by a two-step anodization process in an oxalic acid solution or phosphoric acid. It was found that the purity of aluminum foil has influenced the morphology of the alumina film resulting in branched and meshed pores. Also, electrochemical analysis indicated that the branched and meshed pores in the low-purity Al foil formed by the presence of impurities. Impurities act as defects and change the general growth mechanism for pore formation by inducing an electric field imbalance during anodization. This work contributes to the research field of topographical chemistry and applied fields including nanofabrication.

  16. 超薄氧化铝模板的制备及应用%Review of the preparation and application of ultra-thin alumina mask

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    敖昕; 戴金辉; 时磊艳; 徐楠

    2011-01-01

    Large-scale arrays of nanostructures on substrates have many potential applications in areas such as electronics, optoelectronics, sensing, catalyst, high-density storage, solar cells, field emission devices and ultra-thin display devices. Here, we review a new surface nano-patterning approach in fabricating ordered nanostructures, in which ultra-thin anodic alumina membranes are used as fabrication masks. According to the fabrication method, two different types of ultra-thin alumina masks exist: attached UTAM and connected UTAM.In this paper, applications of ultra-thin alumina masks have been reviewed in recent years.%基板上大面积的有序纳米阵列,在电子学、光电子学、传感器、催化剂、太阳能电池、高密度储存、场发射设备和超薄显示设备等领域具有广阔的应用前景.综述了一种构造表面有序纳米结构的新方法--超薄氧化铝模板法.根据超薄氧化铝模板的制备方法又分为附着型和结合型.还总结了近年来该方法的应用.

  17. 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.

  18. Synthesis of free-standing MnO2/reduced graphene oxide membranes and electrochemical investigation of their performances as anode materials for half and full lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhao, Xiaojun; Wang, Gang; Wang, Hui

    2016-10-01

    MnO2 nanotubes/reduced graphene oxide (MnO2/RGO) membranes with different MnO2 contents are successfully synthesized by a facile two-step method including vacuum filtration and subsequent thermal reduction route. The MnO2 nanotubes obtained are 38 nm in diameter and homogeneously imbedded in RGO sheets as spacers. The synthesized MnO2/RGO membranes exhibit excellent mechanical flexibilities and free-standing properties. Using the membranes directly as anode materials for lithium batteries (LIBs), the membranes for half LIBs show superb cycling stabilities and rate performances. Importantly, the electrochemical performances of MnO2/RGO membranes show a strong dependence on the MnO2 nanotube contents in the hybrids. In addition, our results show that the hybrid membranes with 49.0 wt% MnO2 nanotube in half LIBs achieve a high reversible capacity of 1006.7 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles at a current density of 0.1 A g-1, which is higher lithium storage capacity than that of reported MnO2-carbon electrodes. Furthermore, the synthesized full cell (MnO2/RGO//LiCoO2) system also exhibit excellent electrochemical performances, which can be attributed to the unique microstructures of MnO2 and GRO, coupled with the strong synergistic interaction between MnO2 nanotubes and GRO sheets.

  19. 圆板型多孔α-Al2O3陶瓷膜支撑体的制备与表征%Preparation and characterization of circular plate-shaped porous alumina ceramic membrane support

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    李大川; 朱庆鹏; 崔双科; 同帜; 周乃然

    2012-01-01

    以α-Al2O3为骨料,羧甲基纤维素作为成孔剂,高岭土、TiO2作为高温粘结剂和烧结助剂,采用干压成型工艺和固态粒子烧结法制备出了圆板型多孔α-Al2O3陶瓷膜支撑体(=50 mm,厚度为2 mm)。研究了成孔剂用量、高温粘结剂和烧结助剂的用量、烧结温度因素对支撑体性能的影响。结果表明,制得的支撑体孔隙率在34%以上,孔径在2.23~6.75μm,耐酸碱度在98%以上,机械强度高。%Circular plate-shaped porous ceramic membrane support(diameter of 50 mm,thickness of 2 mm),with alumina as aggregate,carboxymethylcellulose as pore-fomring agent,kaolin and titanium dioxide as high temperature binder and sintering additive,was prepared by dry-pressing and solid sintering.The effects of the amount of pore-fomring agent,high temperature binder,sintering additive and sintering temperature on the properties of support were studied.The results indicate that support with porosity beyond 34%,pore size between 2.23 and 6.75 μm,acid/ alkali resistance beyond 98% and high mechanical strength was prepared.

  20. Membraner

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    Bach, Finn

    2009-01-01

    Notatet giver en kort introduktion til den statiske virkemåde af membraner og membrankonstruktioner......Notatet giver en kort introduktion til den statiske virkemåde af membraner og membrankonstruktioner...

  1. High efficiency aqueous and hybrid lithium-air batteries enabled by Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5(PO4)3 ceramic anode-protecting membranes

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    Safanama, Dorsasadat; Adams, Stefan

    2017-02-01

    Due to their extremely high specific energy, rechargeable Li-air batteries could meet the demand for large-scale storage systems to integrate renewable sources into the power grid. Li-air batteries with aqueous catholytes with high solubility of discharge products have a higher potential to reach their slightly lower theoretical limits in practical devices. In this work, we demonstrate aqueous and hybrid Li-air batteries with NASICON-type Li1+xAxGe2-x(PO4)3 ceramic as anode-protecting membrane. The LAGP ceramic pellets with room temperature conductivity >10-4 S cm-1 are synthesized by melt quenching and subsequently annealed based on our optimized heat treatment cycle. Hybrid Li-air batteries are assembled by sandwiching LAGP membranes between Li-anode chamber and catholyte solutions (of various pH values) with CNT/Pt as air-cathode. When the two electron reduction mechanism prevails, overpotentials below 0.2 V are achieved for currents up to 0.07 mA cm-2 leading to energy efficiencies exceeding 98%.

  2. Nanoporous Aluminium Oxide Membranes as Cell Interfaces

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    Dorothea Brüggemann

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanoporous anodic aluminium oxide (AAO has become increasingly important in biomedical applications over the past years due to its biocompatibility, increased surface area, and the possibility to tailor this nanomaterial with a wide range of surface modifications. AAO nanopores are formed in an inexpensive anodisation process of pure aluminium, which results in the self-assembly of highly ordered, vertical nanochannels with well-controllable pore diameters, depths, and interpore distances. Because of these outstanding properties AAO nanopores have become excellent candidates as nanostructured substrates for cell-interface studies. In this comprehensive review previous surveys on cell adhesion and proliferation on different AAO nanopore geometries and surface modifications are highlighted and summarised tabularly. Future applications of nanoporous alumina membranes in biotechnology and medicine are also outlined, for instance, the use of nanoporous AAO as implant modifications, coculture substrates, or immunoisolation devices.

  3. An integrated single photon detector array using porous anodic alumina

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    Melai, J.; Salm, C.; Schmitz, J.; Smits, S.M.; Visschers, J.L.

    2006-01-01

    The aim of the work is fabrication of a photon detector array made using IC compatible wafer-scale post-processing stepts. Plans will be presented to outline these fabrication steps. The detector comprises an integrated Micro-Channel-Plate and an imaging chip like Medipix2. The aim of the work is fa

  4. Building one-dimensional oxide nanostructure arrays on conductive metal substrates for lithium-ion battery anodes.

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    Jiang, Jian; Li, Yuanyuan; Liu, Jinping; Huang, Xintang

    2011-01-01

    Lithium ion battery (LIB) is potentially one of the most attractive energy storage devices. To meet the demands of future high-power and high-energy density requirements in both thin-film microbatteries and conventional batteries, it is challenging to explore novel nanostructured anode materials instead of conventional graphite. Compared to traditional electrodes based on nanostructure powder paste, directly grown ordered nanostructure array electrodes not only simplify the electrode processing, but also offer remarkable advantages such as fast electron transport/collection and ion diffusion, sufficient electrochemical reaction of individual nanostructures, enhanced material-electrolyte contact area and facile accommodation of the strains caused by lithium intercalation and de-intercalation. This article provides a brief overview of the present status in the area of LIB anodes based on one-dimensional nanostructure arrays growing directly on conductive inert metal substrates, with particular attention to metal oxides synthesized by an anodized alumina membrane (AAM)-free solution-based or hydrothermal methods. Both the scientific developments and the techniques and challenges are critically analyzed.

  5. 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.

  6. Calcium aluminate in alumina

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    Altay, Arzu

    The properties of ceramic materials are determined not only by the composition and structure of the phases present, but also by the distribution of impurities, intergranular films and second phases. The phase distribution and microstructure both depend on the fabrication techniques, the raw materials used, the phase-equilibrium relations, grain growth and sintering processes. In this dissertation research, various approaches have been employed to understand fundamental phenomena such as grain growth, impurity segregation, second-phase formation and crystallization. The materials system chosen was alumina intentionally doped with calcium. Atomic-scale structural analyses of grain boundaries in alumina were carried on the processed samples. It was found that above certain calcium concentrations, CA6 precipitated as a second phase at all sintering temperatures. The results also showed that abnormal grain growth can occur after precipitation and it is not only related to the calcium level, but it is also temperature dependent. In order to understand the formation mechanism of CA6 precipitates in calcium doped alumina samples, several studies have been carried out using either bulk materials or thin films The crystallization of CA2 and CA6 powders has been studied. Chemical processing techniques were used to synthesize the powders. It was observed that CA2 powders crystallized directly, however CA6 powders crystallized through gamma-Al 2O3 solid solution. The results of energy-loss near-edge spectrometry confirmed that gamma-Al2O3 can dissolve calcium. Calcium aluminate/alumina reaction couples have also been investigated. All reaction couples were heat treated following deposition. It was found that gamma-Al2O3 was formed at the interface as a result of the interfacial reaction between the film and the substrate. gamma-Al 2O3 at the interface was stable at much higher temperatures compared to the bulk gamma-Al2O3 formed prior to the CA6 crystallization. In order to

  7. Porous Alumina as a Promising Biomaterial for Public Health.

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    Bragazzi, Nicola Luigi; Gasparini, Roberto; Amicizia, Daniela; Panatto, Donatella; Larosa, Claudio

    2015-01-01

    Porous aluminum is a nanostructured material characterized by unique properties, such as chemical stability, regular uniformity, dense hexagonal porous lattice with high aspect ratio nanopores, excellent mechanical strength, and biocompatibility. This overview examines how the structure and properties of porous alumina can be exploited in the field of public health. Porous alumina can be employed for fabricating membranes and filters for bioremediation, water ultrafiltration, and microfiltration/nanofiltration, being a promising technique for having clean and fresh water, which is essential for human health. Porous alumina-based nanobiosensor coated with specific antibodies or peptides seem to be a useful tool to detect and remove pathogens both in food and in water, as well as for environmental monitoring. Further, these applications, being low-energy demanding and cost-effective, are particularly valuable in resource-limited settings and contexts, and can be employed as point of use devices in developing countries, where there is an urgent need of hygiene and safety assurance.

  8. Designing robust alumina nanowires-on-nanopores structures: superhydrophobic surfaces with slippery or sticky water adhesion.

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    Peng, Shan; Tian, Dong; Miao, Xinrui; Yang, Xiaojun; Deng, Wenli

    2013-11-01

    Hierarchical alumina surfaces with different morphologies were fabricated by a simple one-step anodization method. These alumina films were fabricated by a new raw material: silica gel plate (aluminum foil with a low purity of 97.17%). The modulation of anodizing time enabled the formation of nanowires-on-nanopores hybrid nanostructures having controllable nanowires topographies through a self-assembly process. The resultant structures were demonstrated to be able to achieve superhydrophobicity without any hydrophobic coating layer. More interestingly, it is found that the as-prepared superhydrophobic alumina surfaces exhibited high contrast water adhesion. Hierarchical alumina film with nanowire bunches-on-nanopores (WBOP) morphology presents extremely slippery property which can obtain a sliding angle (SA) as low as 1°, nanowire pyramids-on-nanopores (WPOP) structure shows strongly sticky water adhesion with the adhesive ability to support 15 μL inverted water droplet at most. The obtained superhydrophobic alumina surfaces show remarkable mechanical durability even treated by crimping or pressing without impact on the water-repellent performance. Moreover, the created surfaces also show excellent resistivity to ice water, boiling water, high temperature, organic solvent and oil contamination, which could expand their usefulness and efficacy in harsh conditions.

  9. Influence of anodization parameters on the volume expansion of anodic aluminum oxide formed in mixed solution of phosphoric and oxalic acids

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    Kao, Tzung-Ta; Chang, Yao-Chung

    2014-01-01

    The growth of anodic alumina oxide was conducted in the mixed solution of phosphoric and oxalic acids. The influence of anodizing voltage, electrolyte temperature, and concentration of phosphoric and oxalic acids on the volume expansion of anodic aluminum oxide has been investigated. Either anodizing parameter is chosen to its full extent of range that allows the anodization process to be conducted without electric breakdown and to explore the highest possible volume expansion factor. The volume expansion factors were found to vary between 1.25 and 1.9 depending on the anodizing parameters. The variation is explained in connection with electric field, ion transport number, temperature effect, concentration, and activity of acids. The formation of anodic porous alumina at anodizing voltage 160 V in 1.1 M phosphoric acid mixed with 0.14 M oxalic acid at 2 °C showed the peak volume expansion factor of 1.9 and the corresponding moderate growth rate of 168 nm/min.

  10. 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.

  11. Optical Transmittance of Anodically Oxidized Aluminum Alloy

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    Saito, Mitsunori; Shiga, Yasunori; Miyagi, Mitsunobu; Wada, Kenji; Ono, Sachiko

    1995-06-01

    Optical transmittance and anisotropy of anodic oxide films that were made from pure aluminum and an aluminum alloy (A5052) were studied. The alloy oxide film exhibits an enhanced polarization function, particularly when anodization is carried out at a large current density. It was revealed by chemical analysis that the alloy oxide film contains a larger amount of unoxidized aluminum than the pure-aluminum oxide film. The polarization function can be elucidated by considering unoxidized aluminum particles that are arranged in the columnar structure of the alumina film. Electron microscope observation showed that many holes exist in the alloy oxide film, around which columnar cells are arranged irregularly. Such holes and irregular cell arrangement cause the increase in the amount of unoxidized aluminum, and consequently induces scattering loss.

  12. Study of low concentration CO poisoning of Pt anode in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell using spatial electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

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    Reshetenko, Tatyana V.; Bethune, Keith; Rubio, Miguel A.; Rocheleau, Richard

    2014-12-01

    This paper presents experimental and modeling results of the effect of low CO concentration (2 ppm) on the spatial performance of PEMFC as well as its spatial electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) responses. The cell was operated at constant current using various cathode gases: air, O2 and H2. Due to CO adsorption on the Pt anode and its poisoning, the cell voltage decreased and spatial current redistribution was observed. The steady state voltage losses were 0.089, 0.280 and 0.295 V for the H2/O2, H2/air and H2/H2 gas configurations, respectively. EIS data revealed a pseudo-inductive behavior in the low frequency region for inlet segments of the cell operated under H2/air and H2/H2 conditions. Operation with O2 as an oxidant did not cause any pseudo-inductance. Analysis of the EIS and anode overpotential data suggested that CO oxidation occurred via chemical or electrochemical mechanisms, or a combination of both depending on the selected cathode gas. The spatial EIS data were analyzed using the equivalent electric circuits approach. The distributions of the equivalent electric circuit parameters are presented and discussed. A current distribution model and EIS interpolation technique were successfully applied for detailed analysis of CO effects on the spatial PEMFC performance and EIS.

  13. Stresses in sulfuric acid anodized coatings on aluminum

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    Alwitt, R. S.; Xu, J.; Mcclung, R. C.

    1993-01-01

    Stresses in porous anodic alumina coatings have been measured for specimens stabilized in air at different temperatures and humidities. In ambient atmosphere the stress is tensile after anodic oxidation and is compressive after sealing. Exposure to dry atmosphere causes the stress to change to strongly tensile, up to 110 MPa. The stress increase is proportional to the loss of water from the coating. These changes are reversible with changes in humidity. Similar reversible effects occur upon moderate temperature changes. The biaxial modulus of the coating is about 100 GPa.

  14. Alumina-magnesia Refractory Castables

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    Wang Jing

    2010-01-01

    @@ 1 Scope This standard specifies the classification,technical requirements,test methods,quality appraisal procedures,packing,marking,transportation,storage,and quality certificate of alumina-magnesia refractory castables.

  15. Fabrication and characterization of nanostructured Mg-doped CdS/AAO nanoporous membrane for sensing applications

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    Shaban, Mohamed; Mustafa, Mona; Hamdy, Hany

    2016-04-01

    In this study, Mg-doped CdS nanostructure was deposited onto anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane substrate using sol-gel spin coating method. The AAO membrane was prepared by a two-step anodization process combined with pore widening process. The morphology, chemical composition, and structure of the spin- coated CdS nanostructure have been studied. The morphology of the fabricated AAO membrane and the deposited Mg-doped CdS nanostructure was investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The SEM of AAO illustrates a typical hexagonal and smooth nanoporous alumina membrane with interpore distance of ~ 100 nm, the pore diameter of ~ 60 nm. SEM of Mgdoped CdS shows porous nanostructured film of CdS nanoparticles. This film well adherents and covers the AAO substrate. The energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) pattern exhibits the signals of Al, O from AAO membrane and Mg, Cd, and S from the deposited CdS. This indicates the high purity of the fabricated membrane and the deposited Mg-doped CdS nanostructure. Using X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, Scherrer equation was used to calculate the average crystallite size. Additionally, the texture coefficients and density of dislocations were calculated. The fabricated CdS/AAO was applied to detect glucose of different concentrations. The proposed method has some advantages such as simple technology, low cost of processing, and high throughput. All of these factors facilitate the use of the prepared films in sensing applications.

  16. Electro-osmotic pumping and ionic conductance measurements in porous membranes

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    Vajandar, Saumitra K.

    Electro-osmotic (EO) pumps directly convert electrical energy into fluids' kinetic energy, which have many advantages such as a simple and compact structure, no mechanical moving parts, and easy integration. In general, it is easy for EO pumps to generate enough pressure but it has been a challenge for EO pumps to produce a high flowrate. EO pumps have found applications in various micro-/nano-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) and have the potential to impact a variety of engineering fields including microelectronics cooling and bio-analytical systems. This dissertation focuses on the design, fabrication and characterization of EO pumps based on two novel porous membrane materials: SiO2-coated anodic porous alumina and SiNx-coated porous silicon. High quality porous alumina membranes of controllable pore diameters in the range of 30-100 nm and pore lengths of 60-100 mum were fabricated by electrochemical anodization. The pores are straight, uniform and hexagonally close-packed with a high porosity of up to 50%. The inner surface of the pore was coated with a thin layer (˜5 nm) of SiO2 conformally to achieve a high zeta potential. The EO pumping flowrate of the fabricated anodic alumina membranes, coated and uncoated, was experimentally measured. Results indicate that the high zeta potential of the SiO2 coating increases the pumping flowrate even though the coating reduces the porosity of the membrane. The nanostructured SiO2-coated porous anodic alumina membranes can provide a normalized flowrate of 0.125 ml/min/V/cm2 under a low effective applied voltage of 3 V, which sets a record high normalized flowrate under low applied voltage. To realize field effect control of EO pumping, we designed and fabricated SiNx-coated porous silicon membranes with the silicon core as the electrode to apply a transverse gate potential. The gate potential will modulate the zeta potential of the pore wall and thereby provide control over the EO flowrate. The membranes were

  17. Advances in aluminum anodizing

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    Dale, K. H.

    1969-01-01

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

  18. Peltier heats in cryolite melts with alumina

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    Flem, B.E.; Ratkje, S.K.; Sterten, A. [Univ. of Trondheim (Norway)

    1996-10-01

    The Seebeck coefficient was measured for cells with electrolytes of molten mixtures of sodium fluoride and aluminum fluoride saturated with alumina. The electrodes were either a pair of oxygen electrodes or a pair of aluminum electrodes. For the molar ratio NaF/AlF{sub 3} equal to 1.8, 1.2 and 1.0, the authors obtained the Seebeck coefficients {minus}1.80 mV K{sup {minus}1} at 971 C, {minus}1.63 mV K{sup {minus}1} at 813.6 C and {minus}0.583 mV K{sup {minus}1} at 758 C, respectively, for the oxygen electrodes. For the aluminum electrodes, the authors obtained the Seebeck coefficient {minus}1.23 mV K{sup {minus}1} at 962 C, for the molar ratio NaF/AlF{sub 3} equal to 1.8. The results suggest that there is a substantial reversible heat consumption at the anode during aluminum electrolysis and a large reversible heat production at the cathode. The highest temperature in the Hall-Heroult cell is then closer to the cathode than the anode. The transported entropies of Al{sup 3+} and O{sup 2{minus}} were calculated to be 77 J mol{sup {minus}1} K{sup {minus}1} and 10 J mol{sup {minus}1} K{sup {minus}1}, respectively, when the molar ratio NaF/AlF{sub 3} was equal to 1.0.

  19. Selective growth of palladium and titanium dioxide nanostructures inside carbon nanotube membranes

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    Hevia, Samuel; Homm, Pía; Cortes, Andrea; Núñez, Verónica; Contreras, Claudia; Vera, Jenniffer; Segura, Rodrigo

    2012-06-01

    Hybrid nanostructured arrays based on carbon nanotubes (CNT) and palladium or titanium dioxide materials have been synthesized using self-supported and silicon-supported anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) as nanoporous template. It is well demonstrated that carbon nanotubes can be grown using these membranes and hydrocarbon precursors that decompose at temperatures closer to 600°C without the use of a metal catalyst. In this process, carbonic fragments condensate to form stacked graphitic sheets, which adopt the shape of the pores, yielding from these moulds' multi-walled carbon nanotubes. After this process, the ends of the tubes remain open and accessible to other substances, whereas the outer walls are protected by the alumina. Taking advantage of this fact, we have performed the synthesis of palladium and titanium dioxide nanostructures selectively inside carbon nanotubes using these CNT-AAO membranes as nanoreactors.

  20. Photoluminescent behavior of heat-treated porous alumina films formed in malonic acid

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    Vrublevsky, I., E-mail: vrublevsky@bsuir.edu.by [Department of Micro and Nanoelectronics, Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics, 6 Brovka str, Minsk 220013 (Belarus); Jagminas, A. [Institute of Chemistry, A.Gostauto 9, LT-01108 Vilnius (Lithuania); Hemeltjen, S.; Goedel, W.A. [Institut fuer Chemie, Technische Universitaet Chemnitz, D-09107 (Germany)

    2010-01-15

    In the present work IR spectroscopy, electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and photoluminescence (PL) spectral measurements were applied to study the effect of treatment temperature (T) on compositional and luminescent properties of malonic acid alumina films. Our studies have shown that the heat treatment of anodic alumina films at investigated temperatures from 100 up to 700 deg. C changes their photoluminescence spectra considerably. An increase in T results in the PL intensity growth. When reaching its maximum at 600 deg. C the luminescence intensity then decreases drastically with further T growth. The films heat-treated at 500 and 600 deg. C demonstrate asymmetrical PL band with Gaussian peaks at 437 and 502 nm. We proved that the malonic acid species incorporated into the alumina bulk during the film formation are responsible for photoluminescence band with its peak at 437 nm.

  1. Gelcasting polycrystalline alumina

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    Janney, M.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1997-04-01

    This work is being done as part of a CRADA with Osram-Sylvania, Inc. (OSI) OSI is a major U.S. manufacturer of high-intensity lighting. Among its products is the Lumalux{reg_sign} line of high-pressure sodium vapor arc lamps, which are used for industrial, highway, and street lighting. The key to the performance of these lamps is the polycrystalline alumina (PCA) tube that is used to contain the plasma that is formed in the electric arc. That plasma consists of ionized sodium, mercury, and xenon vapors. The key attributes of the PCA tubes are their transparency (95% total transmittance in the visible region), their refractoriness (inner wall temperature can reach 1400{degrees}C), and their chemical resistance (sodium and mercury vapor are extremely corrosive). The current efficiency of the lamps is very high, on the order of several hundred lumens / watt. (Compare - incandescent lamps -13 lumens/watt fluorescent lamps -30 lumens/watt.) Osram-Sylvania would like to explore using gelcasting to form PCA tubes for Lumalux{reg_sign} lamps, and eventually for metal halide lamps (known as quartz-halogen lamps). Osram-Sylvania, Inc. currently manufactures PCA tubes by isostatic pressing. This process works well for the shapes that they presently use. However, there are several types of tubes that are either difficult or impossible to make by isostatic pressing. It is the desire to make these new shapes and sizes of tubes that has prompted Osram-Sylvania`s interest in gelcasting. The purpose of the CRADA is to determine the feasibility of making PCA items having sufficient optical quality that they are useful in lighting applications using gelcasting.

  2. Friction stir processed Al - Metal oxide surface composites: Anodization and optical appearance

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    Gudla, Visweswara Chakravarthy; Jensen, Flemming; Canulescu, Stela

    2014-01-01

    Multiple-pass friction stir processing (FSP) was employed to impregnate metal oxide (TiO2, Y2O3 and CeO2) particles into the surface of an Aluminium alloy. The surface composites were then anodized in a sulphuric acid electrolyte. The effect of anodizing parameters on the resulting optical...... dark to greyish white. This is attributed to the localized microstructural and morphological differences around the metal oxide particles incorporated into the anodic alumina matrix. The metal oxide particles in the FSP zone electrochemically shadowed the underlying Al matrix and modified the local...

  3. Mirror-backed Dark Alumina: A Nearly Perfect Absorber for Thermoelectronics and Thermophotovotaics

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    Farhat, Mohamed

    2016-01-28

    We present here a broadband, wide-angle, and polarization-independent nearly perfect absorber consisting of mirror-backed nanoporous alumina. By electrochemically anodizing the disordered multicomponent aluminum and properly tailoring the thickness and air-filling fraction of nanoporous alumina, according to the Maxwell-Garnet mixture theory, a large-area dark alumina can be made with excellent photothermal properties and absorption larger than 93% over a wide wavelength range spanning from near-infrared to ultraviolet light, i.e. 250 nm–2500 nm. The measured absorption is orders of magnitude greater than other reported anodized porous alumina, typically semi-transparent at similar wavelengths. This simple yet effective approach, however, does not require any lithography, nano-mixture deposition, pre- and post-treatment. Here, we also envisage and theoretically investigate the practical use of proposed absorbers and/or photothermal converters in integrated thermoelectronic and/or thermophotovoltaic energy conversion devices, which make efficient use of the entire spectrum of ambient visible to near-infrared radiation.

  4. 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.

  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. Transport properties of alumina nanofluids

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    Wong, Kau-Fui Vincent; Kurma, Tarun [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33124 (United States)], E-mail: kwong@miami.edu

    2008-08-27

    Recent studies have showed that nanofluids have significantly greater thermal conductivity compared to their base fluids. Large surface area to volume ratio and certain effects of Brownian motion of nanoparticles are believed to be the main factors for the significant increase in the thermal conductivity of nanofluids. In this paper all three transport properties, namely thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity and viscosity, were studied for alumina nanofluid (aluminum oxide nanoparticles in water). Experiments were performed both as a function of volumetric concentration (3-8%) and temperature (2-50 deg. C). Alumina nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 36 nm were dispersed in water. The effect of particle size was not studied. The transient hot wire method as described by Nagaska and Nagashima for electrically conducting fluids was used to test the thermal conductivity. In this work, an insulated platinum wire of 0.003 inch diameter was used. Initial calibration was performed using de-ionized water and the resulting data was within 2.5% of standard thermal conductivity values for water. The thermal conductivity of alumina nanofluid increased with both increase in temperature and concentration. A maximum thermal conductivity of 0.7351 W m{sup -1} K{sup -1} was recorded for an 8.47% volume concentration of alumina nanoparticles at 46.6 deg. C. The effective thermal conductivity at this concentration and temperature was observed to be 1.1501, which translates to an increase in thermal conductivity by 22% when compared to water at room temperature. Alumina being a good conductor of electricity, alumina nanofluid displays an increasing trend in electrical conductivity as volumetric concentration increases. A microprocessor-based conductivity/TDS meter was used to perform the electrical conductivity experiments. After carefully calibrating the conductivity meter's glass probe with platinum tip, using a standard potassium chloride solution, readings were

  7. Transport properties of alumina nanofluids.

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    Wong, Kau-Fui Vincent; Kurma, Tarun

    2008-08-27

    Recent studies have showed that nanofluids have significantly greater thermal conductivity compared to their base fluids. Large surface area to volume ratio and certain effects of Brownian motion of nanoparticles are believed to be the main factors for the significant increase in the thermal conductivity of nanofluids. In this paper all three transport properties, namely thermal conductivity, electrical conductivity and viscosity, were studied for alumina nanofluid (aluminum oxide nanoparticles in water). Experiments were performed both as a function of volumetric concentration (3-8%) and temperature (2-50 °C). Alumina nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 36 nm were dispersed in water. The effect of particle size was not studied. The transient hot wire method as described by Nagaska and Nagashima for electrically conducting fluids was used to test the thermal conductivity. In this work, an insulated platinum wire of 0.003 inch diameter was used. Initial calibration was performed using de-ionized water and the resulting data was within 2.5% of standard thermal conductivity values for water. The thermal conductivity of alumina nanofluid increased with both increase in temperature and concentration. A maximum thermal conductivity of 0.7351 W m(-1) K(-1) was recorded for an 8.47% volume concentration of alumina nanoparticles at 46.6 °C. The effective thermal conductivity at this concentration and temperature was observed to be 1.1501, which translates to an increase in thermal conductivity by 22% when compared to water at room temperature. Alumina being a good conductor of electricity, alumina nanofluid displays an increasing trend in electrical conductivity as volumetric concentration increases. A microprocessor-based conductivity/TDS meter was used to perform the electrical conductivity experiments. After carefully calibrating the conductivity meter's glass probe with platinum tip, using a standard potassium chloride solution, readings were taken at

  8. Design and evaluation of concentric cylinder bio fuel cell with proton exchange membrane-graphite powder–Glucose oxidase anode assembly

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    Sourish Karmakar

    2012-08-01

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  9. Alumina Coating on Carbon Fibers by Sol-Gel Method

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    2006-01-01

    Alumina precursor film was coated on carbon fibers by a sol-gel method using aluminum alkoxide solution. The optimum coating condition for the concentration of alumina alkoxide and silane coupling agent was determined to uniformly coat alumina precursor on carbon fibers. Alumina precursor converted to alumina ceramics by heating at 750℃. SEM and EPMA showed that alumina ceramics was uniformly coated on carbon fibers. The thickness of alumina layer increased with increasing coating times. The ...

  10. Processing and Performance of Alumina Fiber Reinforced Alumina Composites

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    P.Y.Lee; T.Uchijima; T.Yano

    2003-01-01

    Processing of alumina fiber-reinforced alumina matrix composites by hot-pressing was described. The mechanical properties of the composites fabricated by different sintering conditions including temperature and pressure have been investigated. The results indicated that the higher sintering temperature and pressure corresponded to the higher bulk density and higher maximum strength of the composite, whereas the pseudo-ductility of the composite was lower. The preliminary results of the composite with monazite-coated fibers showed that maximum strength could be improved up to 35% compared with the noncoated fiber composite in the same sintering condition. Moreover, the fracture behavior of the composite changed from completely brittle fracture to non-brittle fracture under the suitable sintering conditions. SEM observation of the fracture surface indicated that the coating worked as a protective barrier and avoided sintering of the fibers together even at high temperature and pressure during densification process.

  11. Anodized aluminum on LDEF

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    Golden, Johnny L.

    1993-01-01

    A compilation of reported analyses and results obtained for anodized aluminum flown on the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) was prepared. Chromic acid, sulfuric acid, and dyed sulfuric acid anodized surfaces were exposed to the space environment. The vast majority of the anodized surface on LDEF was chromic acid anodize because of its selection as a thermal control coating for use on the spacecraft primary structure, trays, tray clamps, and space end thermal covers. Reports indicate that the chromic acid anodize was stable in solar absorptance and thermal emittance, but that contamination effects caused increases in absorptance on surfaces exposed to low atomic oxygen fluences. There were some discrepancies, however, in that some chromic acid anodized specimens exhibited significant increases in absorptance. Sulfuric acid anodized surfaces also appeared stable, although very little surface area was available for evaluation. One type of dyed sulfuric acid anodize was assessed as an optical baffle coating and was observed to have improved infrared absorptance characteristics with exposure on LDEF.

  12. Anodizing Aluminum with Frills.

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    Doeltz, Anne E.; And Others

    1983-01-01

    "Anodizing Aluminum" (previously reported in this journal) describes a vivid/relevant laboratory experience for general chemistry students explaining the anodizing of aluminum in sulfuric acid and constrasting it to electroplating. Additions to this procedure and the experiment in which they are used are discussed. Reactions involved are…

  13. Effect of impregnation phases on the performance of Ni-based anodes for low temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Liu, Zhangbo; Ding, Dong; Liu, Beibei; Guo, Weiwei; Wang, Wendong; Xia, Changrong

    2011-10-01

    Impregnated nanoparticles are very effective in improving the electrochemical performance of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes possibly due to the extension of reaction sites and/or the enhancement of catalytic activity. In this work, samaria-doped ceria (SDC), pure ceria, samaria, and alumina oxides impregnated Ni-based anodes are fabricated to compare the site extending and the catalytic effects. Except for alumina, the impregnation of the other three nano-sized oxides could substantially enhance the performance of the anodes for the hydrogen oxidation reactions. Moreover, single cells with CeO2 and Sm2O3 impregnated anodes could exhibit as great performance as those with SDC impregnated anodes. When the impregnation loading reached the optimal value, 1.7 mmol cm-3, these cells exhibit very high performance, with peak power densities around 750 mW cm-2. The high performance of CeO2 and Sm2O3 impregnated anodes demonstrates that the improved performance are mainly attributed to the significantly improved electrochemical activities of the anodes, but not to the extension of triple-phase-boundary, and wet impregnation is indeed an alternative and effective technique to introduce these nano-sized catalytic active oxides into the anode configuration of SOFCs to enhance cell performance, stability and reliability.

  14. Structure of anodized Al–Zr sputter deposited coatings and effect on optical appearance

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    Gudla, Visweswara Chakravarthy [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Canulescu, Stela [Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Shabadi, Rajashekhara [Unité Matériaux et Transformations, Université Lille1, 59655 Villeneuve ‘Ascq (France); Rechendorff, Kristian [Tribology Centre, Danish Technological Institute, DK-8000 Århus C (Denmark); Dirscherl, Kai [Danish Fundamental Metrology, DK-2800 Kgs., Lyngby (Denmark); Ambat, Rajan, E-mail: ram@mek.dtu.dk [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark)

    2014-10-30

    Highlights: • Microstructure of magnetron sputtered Al–Zr coatings on AA6060 under as coated and heat treated condition. • Effect of heat treatment and precipitation of Al–Zr–Si (τ{sub 1}) phase on optical appearance of anodized layer. • Partial oxidation of τ{sub 1} precipitates after anodizing and relation to darkening of the anodized layer. • Oxidized region of τ{sub 1} precipitates was amorphous while unoxidized region retained crystallinity. • Unoxidized metallic τ{sub 1} in amorphous anodic alumina acts as light absorption centres and causes darkening after anodizing. - Abstract: The mechanism of interaction of light with the microstructure of anodized layer giving specific optical appearance is investigated using Al–Zr sputter deposited coating as a model system on an AA6060 substrate. Differences in the oxidative nature of various microstructural components result in the evolution of typical features in the anodized layer, which are investigated as a function of microstructure and correlated with its optical appearance. The Zr concentration in the coating was varied from 6 wt.% to 23 wt.%. Heat treatment of the coated samples was carried out at 550 °C for 4 h in order to evolve Al–Zr based second phase precipitates in the microstructure. Anodizing was performed using 20 wt.% sulphuric acid at 18 °C with an intention to study the effect of anodizing on the Al–Zr based precipitates in the coating. Detailed microstructural characterization of the coating and anodized layer was carried out using high resolution scanning and transmission electron microscopy, grazing incidence X-ray diffraction analysis, glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy, and optical appearance using spectrophotometry. The evolution of microstructure in the anodized layer as a function of anodizing parameters and their influence on the interaction of light is investigated and the results in general are applicable to discolouration of anodized layer on

  15. Sintering behaviour of spinel–alumina composites

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    Soumen Pal; A K Bandyopadhyay; P G Pal; S Mukherjee; B N Samaddar

    2009-04-01

    Study of alumina–magnesia binary phase diagram reveals that around 40–50 wt% alumina dissolves in spinel (MgAl2O4) at 1600°C. Solid solubility of alumina in spinel decreases rapidly with decreasing temperature, which causes exsolution of alumina from spinel phase. Previous work of one of the authors revealed that the exsolution of alumina makes some interlocking structures in between alumina and spinel phases. In the present investigation, refractory grade calcined alumina and spinel powder were used to make different batch compositions. Green pellets, formed at a pressure of 1550 kg cm-2 were fired at different temperatures of 1500°, 1550° and 1600°C for 2 h soaking time. Bulk density, percent apparent porosity, firing shrinkage etc were measured at each temperature. Sintering results were analysed to understand the mechanism of spinel–alumina interactions. SEM study of present samples does not reveal the distinct precipitation of needle shaped -alumina from spinel, but has some effect on densification process of spinel–alumina composites. Microstructural differences between present and previous work suggest an ample scope of further work in spinel–alumina composites.

  16. Wettability of Aluminum on Alumina

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    Bao, Sarina; Tang, Kai; Kvithyld, Anne; Tangstad, Merete; Engh, Thorvald Abel

    2011-12-01

    The wettability of molten aluminum on solid alumina substrate has been investigated by the sessile drop technique in a 10-8 bar vacuum or under argon atmosphere in the temperature range from 1273 K to 1673 K (1000 °C to 1400 °C). It is shown that the reduction of oxide skin on molten aluminum is slow under normal pressures even with ultralow oxygen potential, but it is enhanced in high vacuum. To describe the wetting behavior of the Al-Al2O3 system at lower temperatures, a semiempirical calculation was employed. The calculated contact angle at 973 K (700 °C) is approximately 97 deg, which indicates that aluminum does not wet alumina at aluminum casting temperatures. Thus, a priming height is required for aluminum to infiltrate a filter. Wetting in the Al-Al2O3 system increases with temperature.

  17. Fabrication of Photofunctional Nanoporous Membrane and Its Photoinactivation Effect of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Fabrication and photophysical study of photofunctional nanoporous alumina membrane (PNAM were performed, and its application of photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy (PACT was investigated. Nanoporous alumina membrane (NAM was fabricated by two-step aluminium anodic oxidation process. Surface of the fabricated NAM was modified with organo-silane agent to induce covalent bonding between NAM and a photosensitizer (PtCP: [5,10,15-triphenyl-20-(4-methoxycarbonylphenyl-porphyrin] platinum. PtCP was covalently bonded to the surface of the modified NAM by nucleophilic acyl substitution reaction process. The morphology and the photophysical properties of the fabricated PNAM were confirmed with field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM, steady-state spectroscopies, and nanosecond laser-induced time-resolved spectroscopy. For the efficacy study of PNAM in PACT, an enveloped animal virus, vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV, was utilized as a target organism. Antiviral effect of the PNAM-PACT was measured by the extent of suppression of plaque-forming units (PFU after the light irradiation. In the cultures inoculated with PACT-treated VSV, the suppression of PFU was prominent, which demonstrates that PNAM is a potential bio clean-up tool.

  18. Fabrication of anodic aluminium oxide templates on curved surfaces.

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    Yin, Aijun; Guico, Rodney S; Xu, Jimmy

    2007-01-24

    Aluminium anodization provides a simple and inexpensive way to obtain nanoporous templates with uniform and controllable pore diameters and periods over a wide range. Moreover, one of the interesting possibilities afforded by the anodization process is that the anodization can take place on arbitrary surfaces, such as curved surfaces, which has not yet been well studied or applied in nanofabrication. In this paper, we characterize the anodization of Al films on silicon substrates with a curved top surface. The structures of the resultant anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) films are examined by scanning electron microscopy. Unique features including cessation, bending, and branching of pore channels are observed in the curved area. Possible growth mechanisms are proposed, which can also contribute to the understanding of the self-organization mechanism in the formation of porous AAO membranes. The new structures may open new opportunities in optical, electronic and electrochemical applications.

  19. Formation of anodic aluminum oxide with serrated nanochannels.

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

    2010-08-11

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

  20. Structural Effects of Lanthanide Dopants on Alumina

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    Patel, Ketan; Blair, Victoria; Douglas, Justin; Dai, Qilin; Liu, Yaohua; Ren, Shenqiang; Brennan, Raymond

    2017-01-01

    Lanthanide (Ln3+) doping in alumina has shown great promise for stabilizing and promoting desirable phase formation to achieve optimized physical and chemical properties. However, doping alumina with Ln elements is generally accompanied by formation of new phases (i.e. LnAlO3, Ln2O3), and therefore inclusion of Ln-doping mechanisms for phase stabilization of the alumina lattice is indispensable. In this study, Ln-doping (400 ppm) of the alumina lattice crucially delays the onset of phase transformation and enables phase population control, which is achieved without the formation of new phases. The delay in phase transition (θ → α), and alteration of powder morphology, particle dimensions, and composition ratios between α- and θ-alumina phases are studied using a combination of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance, electron microscopy, digital scanning calorimetry, and high resolution X-ray diffraction with refinement fitting. Loading alumina with a sparse concentration of Ln-dopants suggests that the dopants reside in the vacant octahedral locations within the alumina lattice, where complete conversion into the thermodynamically stable α-domain is shown in dysprosium (Dy)- and lutetium (Lu)-doped alumina. This study opens up the potential to control the structure and phase composition of Ln-doped alumina for emerging applications.

  1. Structural Effects of Lanthanide Dopants on Alumina

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    Patel, Ketan; Blair, Victoria; Douglas, Justin; Dai, Qilin; Liu, Yaohua; Ren, Shenqiang; Brennan, Raymond

    2017-01-06

    Lanthanide (Ln3+) doping in alumina has shown great promise for stabilizing and promoting desirable phase formation to achieve optimized physical and chemical properties. However, doping alumina with Ln elements is generally accompanied by formation of new phases (i.e. LnAlO3, Ln2O3), and therefore inclusion of Ln-doping mechanisms for phase stabilization of the alumina lattice is indispensable. In this study, Ln-doping (400 ppm) of the alumina lattice crucially delays the onset of phase transformation and enables phase population control, which is achieved without the formation of new phases. The delay in phase transition (θ → α), and alteration of powder morphology, particle dimensions, and composition ratios between α- and θ-alumina phases are studied using a combination of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance, electron microscopy, digital scanning calorimetry, and high resolution X-ray diffraction with refinement fitting. Loading alumina with a sparse concentration of Ln-dopants suggests that the dopants reside in the vacant octahedral locations within the alumina lattice, where complete conversion into the thermodynamically stable α-domain is shown in dysprosium (Dy)- and lutetium (Lu)-doped alumina. This study opens up the potential to control the structure and phase composition of Ln-doped alumina for emerging applications.

  2. Electrically conductive anodized aluminum coatings

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    Alwitt, Robert S. (Inventor); Liu, Yanming (Inventor)

    2001-01-01

    A process for producing anodized aluminum with enhanced electrical conductivity, comprising anodic oxidation of aluminum alloy substrate, electrolytic deposition of a small amount of metal into the pores of the anodized aluminum, and electrolytic anodic deposition of an electrically conductive oxide, including manganese dioxide, into the pores containing the metal deposit; and the product produced by the process.

  3. Generation of Porous Alumina Layers in a Polydimethylsiloxane/Hydrogen Peroxide Medium on Aluminum Substrate in Corona Discharges

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    A. Groza

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The porous alumina (Al2O3 layer obtained at the interface between polydimethylsiloxane/hydrogen peroxide medium and aluminum substrate under charged and neutral species injection produced in negative corona discharges in air at atmospheric pressure is analyzed by different methods in this paper. The scanning electron microscopy investigations showed the uniform distribution of the pores formed in the alumina layer and their columnar structures. Both energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS measurements indicate that during the anodization process of the aluminum in the polydimethylsiloxane/hydrogen peroxide medium in corona discharge the incorporation of silicon in the structure of the alumina layer is possible.

  4. High-performance solid oxide fuel cells based on a thin La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ electrolyte membrane supported by a nickel-based anode of unique architecture

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    Sun, Haibin; Chen, Yu; Chen, Fanglin; Zhang, Yujun; Liu, Meilin

    2016-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) based on a thin La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ (LSGM) electrolyte membrane supported by a nickel-based anode often suffers from undesirable reaction/diffusion between the Ni anode and the LSGM during high-temperature co-firing. In this study, a high performance intermediate-temperature SOFC is fabricated by depositing thin LSGM electrolyte membranes on a LSGM backbone of unique architecture coated with nano-sized Ni and Gd0.1Ce0.9O2-δ (GDC) particles via a combination of freeze-drying tape-casting, slurry drop-coating, and solution infiltration. The thickness of the dense LSGM electrolyte membranes is ∼30 μm while the undesirable reaction/diffusion between Ni and LSGM are effectively hindered because of the relatively low firing temperature, as confirmed by XRD analysis. Single cells show peak power densities of 1.61 W cm-2 at 700 °C and 0.52 W cm-2 at 600 °C using 3 vol% humidified H2 as fuel and ambient air as oxidant. The cell performance is very stable for 115 h at a constant current density of 0.303 A cm-2 at 600 °C.

  5. Influence of Alumina Addition on the Optical Property of Zirconia/Alumina Composite Dental Ceramics

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    JIANG Li; LIAO Yunmao; LI Wei; WAN Qianbing; ZHAO Yongqi

    2011-01-01

    The influence of various alumina additions on the optical property of zirconia/alumina composite ceramics was investigated.The relative sintered densities,transmittances,color and the microstructure of the composite ceramics were studied.The experimental results showed that the relative sintered densities and transmittances decreased with alumina addition.The lightness increased obviously but the chroma change was small.Pure zirconia nanopowders sintered densely could obtain the relatively high transmittance,while the transmittance and the lightness of slight addition changed significantly.The zirconia/alumina composite ceramics with alumina addition less than 7.5wt% could achieve the relatively stable and reliable optical properties.

  6. Ánodos de Pt-Ru y Pt-Ir para Celdas de Combustible Alimentadas con Metano y Propano Directo Pt-Ru and Pt-Ir Anodes for Direct Methane and Propane Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

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    Bibian A Hoyos

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se evalúa el efecto de la temperatura en el desempeño de celdas de combustible de membrana de intercambio protónico alimentadas con metano y propano, utilizando oxígeno como alimentación en el cátodo. Para la oxidación de los combustibles en los ánodos, se probaron cinco catalizadores soportados en carbón: Pt, Pt85Ru15, Pt50Ru50, Pt90Ir10 y Pt50Ir50. Como catalizador en el cátodo se usó platino puro soportado en carbón. El desempeño de las celdas de combustible fue evaluado mediante curvas de polarización obtenidas a partir de los datos corriente-potencial. Los resultados indican que la oxidación de metano se ve favorecida a altas temperaturas sobre los catalizadores Pt90/Ir10, Pt50/Ir50 y Pt50/Ru50. A bajas temperaturas los mejores catalizadores resultaron ser Pt y Pt85/Ru15. La mezcla bimetálica Pt85/Ru15 fue la que presentó mejor desempeño para llevar a cabo la oxidación de propano a 30 °C.In this paper, the effect of temperature in the performance of proton exchange membrane fuel cells feed with methane and propane, using oxygen as feed to the cathode, is presented. For the fuel oxidation in the anodes, five carbon supported catalysts were tested: Pt, Pt85/Ru15, Pt50/Ru50, Pt90/Ir10, and Pt50/Ir50. Carbon-supported pure platinum was used as catalysts in the cathode side. The performance of the fuel cells was evaluated by polarization curves obtained from the current-potential data. Results indicate that methane oxidation is favoured at high temperatures on the Pt90/Ir10, Pt50/Ir50 and Pt50/Ru50 catalysts. At low temperatures the best catalysts were Pt and Pt85/Ru15. The Pt85/Ru15 bimetallic mixture showed the best performance to carry out propane oxidation at 30 °C.

  7. 热处理对铝箔阳极氧化膜结构与电化学特征的影响%Effect of heat treatment on microstructure and electrochemical characteristics of anodized alumina oxide film formed on Al foils

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    班朝磊; 何业东; 邵鑫

    2011-01-01

    将高压铝电解电容器用腐蚀铝箔在硼酸电解质溶液中进行530 V阳极氧化,应用透射电镜、X射线衍射与交流阻抗对比研究了阳极氧化对铝箔实施500℃×2 min热处理前后对表面高压阳极氧化膜的微观结构与电化学特征的影响。结果表明:高压阳极氧化膜具有明显的层状结构特征,外层晶化程度较低、晶粒细小;内层晶化程度较高、晶粒较为粗大;热处理后可以显著提高氧化膜各层的结晶程度、单位厚度阳极氧化膜耐电场强度增加,减弱了对铝箔表面隧道微孔的堵塞程度,氧化膜表观比电容相应增大,热处理及其随后的修补化成提高了阳极氧化膜的致密程度,氧化膜表观比电阻也相应增加。%Aluminum capacitor foils with tunnel etch structure were reacted with boiling water and were then anodized at 530 V in boric acid solution.During anodization,some Al foils were treated at 500 ℃ for 2 min and the others were not.Specimens of oxide film on etched Al foil were successfully prepared with focused ion beam thinning technique for TEM examination.The effect of heat treatment on microstructure,crystallinity and electrochemical performance of the anodized oxide film was examined by TEM,XRD and EIS.The results show that the film consists of distinct inner and outer layers.The crystallization with smaller crystallites in the outer layer are less than those in the inner layer.However,the heat treatment is favorable to improving the crystallinity and field strength of the film,which can reduce the tendency of the film to block up tiny etch tunnels of the Al foil and increase its specific capacitance.The heat treatment and following reanodization can also enhance the compact of the film,leading to increase its apparent specific resistance.

  8. 柠檬酸对腐蚀铝箔高压阳极氧化膜微观结构与电化学性能的影响%Effect of citric acid on microstructure and electrochemical characteristics of high voltage anodized alumina film formed on etched Al Foils

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    班朝磊; 何业东; 邵鑫

    2011-01-01

    将高压铝电解电容器用腐蚀铝箔与沸水反应,然后再在硼酸溶液或硼酸-柠檬酸混合酸溶液中进行530 V高压阳极氧化制得耐压薄膜,应用透射电镜(TEM)、X射线衍射(XRD)研究不同电解液所形成的高压阳极氧化膜的微观结构与结晶程度,利用电化学交流阻抗(EIS)、LCR数字电桥与小电流充电测试阳极氧化膜的电化学性能.结果表明:高压阳极氧化膜具有明显层状结构,内层结晶程度较高、外层结晶程度较低;与单纯硼酸溶液所形成的氧化膜相比,混合酸液所形成的阳极氧化膜的外层结晶程度与晶粒平均尺寸较大,抗电场强度与比电容均比较高,但相变使得氧化膜外层微观缺陷密度增多,氧化膜比电阻与耐电压值有所降低.%Aluminum capacitor foils with a tunnel etch structure were reacted with boiling water and then anodized at 530 V in boric acid solution or boric acid+citric acid mixed solution. The microstructure and crystallinity of the resulting anodized film were examined by TEM and XRD. The special capacitance, resistance and withstanding voltage of the film were explored with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), LCR meter and small-current charging. The results show that the high voltage anodized oxide film consists of an inner layer with high crystallinity and an outer layer with low crystallinity. However, the crystallinity of the film formed in boric acid+citric acid mixed solution is higher than that of the film formed in only boric acid solution, leading to an increase in film's field strength and special capacitance. Meanwhile, there are more defects from phase transformation in the out layer of the film formed in boric acid+citric acid mixed solution than in that of film formed in only boric acid solution, leading to a decrease in film's resistance and withstanding voltage.

  9. Frequency Shifts of Luminescence for ZnO Nanoparticles in Porous Alumina Template

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    2006-01-01

    ZnO nanoparticles in porous anodized alumina were fabricated by sol-gel method. The PL spectra of pure ZnO nanoparticles, porous alumina template and the ZnO/PAA composite system were investigated after annealed at different temperatures. The annealing of ZnO/PAA composite system displays very complicated behavior, where changing of luminescence intensity and a "red shift" of emission frequency were observed at less or higher than 500 ℃ of the annealing temperature, respectively. To explain the phenomenon, it is considered that the emission origin of the green luminescence of ZnO nanoparticles came from OZn. It is suggested that the ZnO/PAA composite system should be annealed at the temperature above 500 ℃ in order to get intense luminescence of ZnO nanoparticle.

  10. Oxygen-producing inert anodes for SOM process

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    Pal, Uday B

    2014-02-25

    An electrolysis system for generating a metal and molecular oxygen includes a container for receiving a metal oxide containing a metallic species to be extracted, a cathode positioned to contact a metal oxide housed within the container; an oxygen-ion-conducting membrane positioned to contact a metal oxide housed within the container; an anode in contact with the oxygen-ion-conducting membrane and spaced apart from a metal oxide housed within the container, said anode selected from the group consisting of liquid metal silver, oxygen stable electronic oxides, oxygen stable crucible cermets, and stabilized zirconia composites with oxygen stable electronic oxides.

  11. Alumina supported carbon composite material with exceptionally high defluoridation property from eggshell waste.

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    Lunge, Sneha; Thakre, Dilip; Kamble, Sanjay; Labhsetwar, Nitin; Rayalu, Sadhana

    2012-10-30

    A new alumina supported carbon composite material called "Eggshell Composite" (EC) was synthesized from eggshell waste as calcium source for selective fluoride adsorption from water. The effect of various synthesis parameters like eggshell (ES): Eggshell membrane (ESM) ratio, aluminium loading, mixing time and calcinations temperature to optimize the synthesis conditions for selective fluoride removal has been studied. It was observed that the synthesis parameters have significant influence on development of EC and in turn on fluoride removal capacity. EC synthesized was characterized for elemental composition, morphology, functionality and textural properties. Results showed that EC obtained from eggshell modified with alumina precursor is more selective and efficient for fluoride removal. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm were used to obtain ultimate fluoride removal capacity. The calcium and alumina species in EC shows synergistic effect in fluoride adsorption process. Fluoride sorption studies were carried out in synthetic, groundwater and wastewater. EC proved to be a potential, indigenous and economic adsorbent for fluoride removal.

  12. Lithium batteries, anodes, and methods of anode fabrication

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    Li, Lain-Jong

    2016-12-29

    Prelithiation of a battery anode carried out using controlled lithium metal vapor deposition. Lithium metal can be avoided in the final battery. This prelithiated electrode is used as potential anode for Li- ion or high energy Li-S battery. The prelithiation of lithium metal onto or into the anode reduces hazardous risk, is cost effective, and improves the overall capacity. The battery containing such an anode exhibits remarkably high specific capacity and a long cycle life with excellent reversibility.

  13. Dissolution Kinetics of Alumina Calcine

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    Batcheller, Thomas Aquinas

    2001-09-01

    Dissolution kinetics of alumina type non-radioactive calcine was investigated as part of ongoing research that addresses permanent disposal of Idaho High Level Waste (HLW). Calcine waste was produced from the processing of nuclear fuel at the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Center (INTEC). Acidic radioactive raffinates were solidified at ~500°C in a fluidized bed reactor to form the dry granular calcine material. Several Waste Management alternatives for the calcine are presented in the Idaho High Level Waste Draft EIS. The Separations Alternative addresses the processing of the calcine so that the HLW is ready for removal to a national geological repository by the year 2035. Calcine dissolution is the key front-end unit operation for the separations alternative.

  14. Application of anodizing and CAR processes for manufacturing Al/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite

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    Jamaati, Roohollah, E-mail: r.jamaatikenari@ma.iut.ac.ir [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Toroghinejad, Mohammad Reza; Najafizadeh, Abbas [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2010-06-25

    In this study, an anodizing process with different conditions was used to grow four different thicknesses of alumina on the surface of aluminum strips. Then, a continual annealing and roll-bonding (CAR) process was done to produce an aluminum matrix composite dispersed with four different volume fractions of alumina particles. The results demonstrate that when the number of cycles was increased, the distribution of alumina particles in the aluminum matrix improved, the particles became finer, and the tensile strength of the composites increased. The microstructure of the fabricated composites after 8 CAR cycles also showed an excellent distribution of alumina particles in the matrix. Moreover, it was observed that increasing alumina quantities through longer anodizing times enhanced the tensile strength of the composite to become 1.65 times higher than that of the monolithic aluminum produced by the same method, while negligible reductions were observed in the elongation value. Fracture surfaces after tensile tests were observed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to investigate the failure mode. Observations reveal that the failure mode in both CAR-processed composites and monolithic aluminum was the typical ductile fracture showing deep equiaxed dimples.

  15. Oxide anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Fergus, Jeffrey W. [Auburn University, Materials Research and Education Center, 275 Wilmore Laboratories, Auburn, AL 36849 (United States)

    2006-07-15

    A major advantage of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) over polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells is their tolerance for the type and purity of fuel. This fuel flexibility is due in large part to the high operating temperature of SOFCs, but also relies on the selection and development of appropriate materials - particularly for the anode where the fuel reaction occurs. This paper reviews the oxide materials being investigated as alternatives to the most commonly used nickel-YSZ cermet anodes for SOFCs. The majority of these oxides form the perovskite structure, which provides good flexibility in doping for control of the transport properties. However, oxides that form other crystal structures, such as the cubic fluorite structure, have also shown promise for use as SOFC anodes. In this paper, oxides are compared primarily in terms of their transport properties, but other properties relative to SOFC anode performance are also discussed. (author)

  16. Fracture toughness of advanced alumina ceramics and alumina matrix composites used for cutting tool edges

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    M. Szutkowska

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Specific characteristics in fracture toughness measurements of advanced alumina ceramics and alumina matrix composites with particular reference to α-Al2O3, Al2O3-ZrO2, Al2O3-ZrO2-TiC and Al2O3-Ti(C,N has been presented.Design/methodology/approach: The present study reports fracture toughness obtained by means of the conventional method and direct measurements of the Vickers crack length (DCM method of selected tool ceramics based on alumina: pure alumina, alumina-zirconia composite with unstabilized and stabilized zirconia, alumina–zirconia composite with addition of TiC and alumina–nitride-carbide titanium composite with 2wt% of zirconia. Specimens were prepared from submicro-scale trade powders. Vicker’s hardness (HV1, fracture toughness (KIC at room temperature, the indentation fracture toughness, Young’s modulus and apparent density were also evaluated. The microstructure was observed by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM.Findings: The lowest value of KIC is revealed by pure alumina ceramics. The addition of (10 wt% unstabilized zirconia to alumina or a small amount (5 wt% of TiC to alumina–zirconia composite improve fracture toughness of these ceramics in comparison to alumina ceramics. Alumina ceramics and alumina-zirconia ceramics reveal the pronounced character of R-curve because of an increasing dependence on crack growth resistance with crack extension as opposed to the titanium carbide-nitride reinforced composite based on alumina. R-curve has not been observed for this composite.Practical implications: The results show the method of fracture toughness improvement of alumina tool ceramics.Originality/value: Taking into account the values of fracture toughness a rational use of existing ceramic tools should be expected.

  17. Recent Development of High Alumina Refractories in China

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    WANGJin-xiang; LIUJie-hua

    1994-01-01

    The paper reviews the achievements which have been attained recently in China in high alumina refractories raw materials and their products,including 1) homogenization ,urification and electric fusion of high alumina raw materials and synthesizing of spinel from natural raw materials;2) processing principle and characteristics and microstructural features of creep-resistance high alu-mina brick ,alumina-magnesia-carbon brick and thermal shock resistanced high alumina brikc and their application in practice.

  18. Mesoporous silica nanotubes hybrid membranes for functional nanofiltration

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    El-Safty, Sherif A; Shahat, Ahmed; Mekawy, Moataz; Nguyen, Hoa; Warkocki, Wojciech; Ohnuma, Masato, E-mail: sherif.elsafty@nims.go.jp, E-mail: sherif@aoni.waseda.jp [National Institute for Materials Science, Exploratory Materials Research Laboratory for Energy and Environment, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0047 (Japan)

    2010-09-17

    The development of nanofiltration systems would greatly assist in the production of well-defined particles and biomolecules with unique properties. We report a direct, simple synthesis of hexagonal silica nanotubes (NTs), which vertically aligned inside anodic alumina membranes (AAM) by means of a direct templating method of microemulsion phases with cationic surfactants. The direct approach was used as soft templates for predicting ordered assemblies of surfactant/silica composites through strong interactions within AAM pockets. Thus, densely packed NTs were successfully formed in the entirety of the AAM channels. These silica NTs were coated with layers of organic moieties to create a powerful technique for the ultrafine filtration. The resulting modified-silica NTs were chemically robust and showed affinity toward the transport of small molecular particles. The rigid silica NTs inside AAM channels had a pore diameter of {<=} 4 nm and were used as ultrafine filtration systems for noble metal nanoparticles (NM NPs) and semiconductor nanocrystals (SC NCs) fabricated with a wide range of sizes (1.0-50 nm) and spherical/pyramidal morphologies. Moreover, the silica NTs hybrid membranes were also found to be suitable for separation of biomolecules such as cytochrome c (CytC). Importantly, this nanofilter design retains high nanofiltration efficiency of NM NPs, SC NCs and biomolecules after a number of reuse cycles. Such retention is crucial in industrial applications.

  19. Aluminum oxide as a dual-functional modifier of Ni-based anodes of solid oxide fuel cells for operation on simulated biogas

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    Wang, Feng; Wang, Wei; Ran, Ran; Tade, Moses O.; Shao, Zongping

    2014-12-01

    Al2O3 and SnO2 additives are introduced into the Ni-YSZ cermet anode of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) for operation on simulated biogas. The effects of incorporating Al2O3/SnO2 on the electrical conductivity, morphology, coking resistance and catalytic activity for biogas reforming of the cermet anode are systematically studied. The electrochemical performance of the internal reforming SOFC is enhanced by introducing an appropriate amount of Al2O3 into the anode, but it becomes worse with excess alumina addition. For SnO2, a negative effect on the electrochemical performance is demonstrated, although the coking resistance of the anode is improved. For fuel cells operating on biogas, stable operation under a polarization current for 130 h at 750 °C is achieved for a cell with an Al2O3-modified anode, while cells with unmodified or SnO2-modified Ni-YSZ anodes show much poorer stability under the same conditions. The improved performance of the cell with the Al2O3-modified anode mainly results from the suppressed coking and sintering of the anode and from the formation of NiAl2O4 in the unreduced anode. In sum, modifying the anode with Al2O3 may be a useful and facile way to improve the coking resistance and electrochemical performance of the nickel-based cermet anodes for SOFCs.

  20. Anodes for alkaline electrolysis

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    Soloveichik, Grigorii Lev

    2011-02-01

    A method of making an anode for alkaline electrolysis cells includes adsorption of precursor material on a carbonaceous material, conversion of the precursor material to hydroxide form and conversion of precursor material from hydroxide form to oxy-hydroxide form within the alkaline electrolysis cell.

  1. Inert Anode Report

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    none,

    1999-07-01

    This ASME report provides a broad assessment of open literature and patents that exist in the area of inert anodes and their related cathode systems and cell designs, technologies that are relevant for the advanced smelting of aluminum. The report also discusses the opportunities, barriers, and issues associated with these technologies from a technical, environmental, and economic viewpoint.

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

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    Lucia eIglesias

    2015-03-01

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

  3. Movable anode x-ray source with enhanced anode cooling

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    Bird, C.R.; Rockett, P.D.

    1987-08-04

    An x-ray source is disclosed having a cathode and a disc-shaped anode with a peripheral surface at constant radius from the anode axis opposed to the cathode. The anode has stub axle sections rotatably carried in heat conducting bearing plates which are mounted by thermoelectric coolers to bellows which normally bias the bearing plates to a retracted position spaced from opposing anode side faces. The bellows cooperate with the x-ray source mounting structure for forming closed passages for heat transport fluid. Flow of such fluid under pressure expands the bellows and brings the bearing plates into heat conducting contact with the anode side faces. A worm gear is mounted on a shaft and engages serrations in the anode periphery for rotating the anode when flow of coolant is terminated between x-ray emission events. 5 figs.

  4. Alumina Carbon Refractory Products for Continuous Casting

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    2008-01-01

    @@ 1 Scope This standard specifies the classification.techni-cal requirements,test methods,inspection rules,packing,marking,transportation,storage and quality certificate of alumina carbon refractory products for continuous casting.

  5. Loss tangent measurements on unirradiated alumina

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    Zinkle, S.J.; Goulding, R.H. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-04-01

    Unirradiated room temperature loss tangent for sapphire and several commercial grades of polycrystalline alumina are complied for frequencies between 10{sup 5} and 4x10{sup 11} Hz. Sapphire exhibits significantly lower values for the loss tangent at frequencies up to 10{sup 11} Hz. The loss tangents of 3 different grades of Wesgo alumina (AL300, AL995, AL998) and 2 different grades of Coors alumina (AD94, AD995) have typical values near {approx}10{sup -4} at a frequency of 10{sup 8} Hz. On the other hand, the loss tangent of Vitox alumina exhibits a large loss peak tan d{approx} 5x10{sup -3} at this frequency.

  6. Burned Microporous Alumina-Graphite Brick

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    2008-01-01

    @@ 1 Scope This standard specifies the definition,classifica-tion,technical requirements,test methods,inspection rules,marking,packing,transportation and quality certificate of burned microporous alumina-graphite brick.

  7. Ceramic Ultrafiltration Membrane from Nanosilica Particles

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    Wahid, Zarina Abdul; Ramli, Rafindde; Muchtar, Andanastuti; Mohammad, Abd Wahab

    This study attempts to develop asymmetric ceramic membrane filter from nanosilica particles for ultrafiltration (UF) membrane. The alumina tube was used as a support and was coated with SiC which acted as an intermediate layer or microfiltration (MF) layer. The UF membrane was developed using the filtration technique through chemical suspension of the particles. Nanosilica was suspended in HCl acid, iso-propanol and acetone before it was deposited on the alumina tube using a special coating assembly. The membranes were characterised for pore size, thickness and microstructure. This study found that the use of nanoparticles for membrane development could easily control the pore size as well as the thickness of the membrane. The uniformity of the membrane thickness could also be achieved through this filtration technique.

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

  9. Controlled ceramic porosity and membrane fabrication via alumoxane nanoparticles

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    Jones, Christopher Daniel

    Carboxylate-alumoxanes, [Al(O)x(OH)y(O2CR) z]n, are organic substituted alumina nano-particles synthesized from boehmite in aqueous solution which are an inexpensive and environmentally-benign precursor for the fabrication of aluminum based ceramic bodies. The carboxylate-ligand on the alumoxane determines the morphology and the porosity of the derived alumina. Investigations of A-, MA-, MEA-, and MEEA-alumoxanes, were undertaken to determine the effects of these organic peripheries on the properties of the alumina at different sintering temperatures including the morphology, surface area, pore volume, pore size, pore size distribution, and crystal phase. The effects of physically or chemically mixing different carboxylate-alumoxanes were also investigated. The alumina derived from the thermolysis of the carboxylate-alumoxanes exhibits small pore diameters and narrow pore size distributions that are desirable for use in ceramic ultrafiltration membranes. In addition, it is possible to form alumina membranes with a range of pore sizes and porosity by changing the organic periphery. This lead to investigating the ability to produce asymmetric alumina filters with characteristics that at the lower end of the ultrafiltration range. The flux, permeability, molecular weight cut-off, roughness, and wettability of the asymmetric alumina membranes derived from carboxylate-alumoxanes are determined. Comparisons of these filters are made with commercially available filters. The ability to dope carboxylate-alumoxanes via a transmetallation reaction followed by thermolysis has previously shown to result in catalytically active alumina based materials. This lead to investigations into forming catalytically active membranes. Dip-coating aqueous solutions of the doped carboxylate-alumoxanes onto porous alumina supports, followed by thermolysis, resulted in the formation of doped-alumina asymmetric filters. In addition, a novel method to form surface-modified carboxylate

  10. Electrical Conductivity and Corrosion Resistance of ZnFe2O4-Based Materials Used as Inert Anode for Aluminum Electrolysis

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    1999-01-01

    ZnFe2O4 and ZnFe2O4-based materials were tested to obtain the electrical conductivity and corrosion resistance in melting bath for aluminum electrolysis. The results proved that adequate additives, such as Ni2O3 CuO,Cu, ZnO and CeO2 would increase the electrical conductivity, and the ZnFe2O4-based anodes with these additives were of good corrosion resistance. The current density on anode, the mole ratio of NaF/AlF3 (MR) and the content of alumina in the bath effect the anode corrosion rate in different way.

  11. Fabrication of porous alumina templates with a large-scale tunable interpore distance in a H2C2O4-C2H5OH-H2O solution

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    LI Yi; LING ZhiYuan; WANG JinChi; GHEN ShuoShuo; HU Xing; HE XinHua

    2008-01-01

    Highly ordered porous alumina templates with a large-scale tunable interpore distance (100-445 nm) have been successfully fabricated under an electric field of 40-180 V by modifying oxalic acid solution with adequate alcohol. The results under our experimental conditions show that the phenomena of burning and breakdown during the high-field anodization process can be avoided by adding a proper amount of alcohol to the oxalic acid solution, An excellent linear relationship between interpore dis-tance and anodization voltage is obtained under 40-170 V, and the maximum anodization voltage that could be used to avoid burning and breakdown is 180 V.

  12. Texture development in Al/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} MMCs produced by anodizing and ARB processes

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    Jamaati, Roohollah, E-mail: r.jamaatikenari@ma.iut.ac.ir [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Toroghinejad, Mohammad Reza [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hoseini, Majid [Department of Mining, Metals and Materials Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, QC H3A 2B2 (Canada); Szpunar, Jerzy A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9 (Canada)

    2011-04-25

    Research highlights: {yields} The Rotated Cube was the major texture component for most specimens. {yields} The intensity of texture components was weak except the Rotated Cube component. {yields} The texture intensity of composite with low alumina particles was not weak. {yields} Alumina particles and also size and quantity of them are very effective on texture. - Abstract: Anodizing and accumulative roll bonding (ARB) processes were used as a new technique for manufacturing aluminum/alumina composites including various Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} quantities. Textural evolution during ARB process of composites was evaluated using X-ray diffraction (XRD). The effective parameters in texture evolution were the number of cycles (3, 5, 7 and 8 cycles) and alumina quantity (0.48, 1.13, 2.40 and 3.55 vol.%). The texture evolution demonstrated that the Rotated Cube was a major texture component for all specimens except for the produced composite containing 0.48 vol.% alumina after eight cycles. For subsequent composites, the dominant components were Copper and Dillamore. Also, for almost all specimens (except for the composite with 0.48 vol.% alumina), the intensity of the texture components (except for Rotated Cube) was very weak. All these results are related to the presence of the second phase particles and also size and quantity of them.

  13. Model of porous aluminium oxide growth during initial stage of anodization

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

    2014-10-01

    Currently, the development of nanotechnology and metamaterials requires the ability to obtain regular self-assembled structures with different parameters. One such structure is porous alumina in which the pores grow perpendicular to the substrate and are hexagonally packed. Pore size and the distance between them can be varied depending on the anodization voltage, the electrolyte and the anodization time (pore diameter - from 2 to 350 nm, the distance between the pores - from 5 to 50 nm). At the moment, there are different models describing the process of anodizing aluminum, in this paper we propose a model that takes into account the effect of layers of aluminum, aluminum oxide, and the electrolyte, as well as the influence of the effect of surface diffusion.

  14. Microfluidic anodization of aluminum films for the fabrication of nanoporous lipid bilayer support structures

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    Jaydeep Bhattacharya

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  15. Microfluidic anodization of aluminum films for the fabrication of nanoporous lipid bilayer support structures.

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    Bhattacharya, Jaydeep; Kisner, Alexandre; Offenhäusser, Andreas; Wolfrum, Bernhard

    2011-01-01

    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.

  16. Ideal anodization of silicon

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

    1997-06-01

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

  17. Direct foaming porous alumina ceramics

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    Salvini, V.R.; Sandurkov, B.A.; Klein-Gunnewiek, R.F.; Pandolfelli, V.C. [Federal Univ. of Sao Carlos, Materials Engineering Dept., FIRE Associate Lab., Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil)

    2007-07-01

    This paper presents the work carried out in order to improve the properties of these porous alumina ceramics, concerning their application as thermal insulating. Changes in solid content of ceramic suspension, variations of pore forming agents and other additives were carried out and their effects on the green and the sintered mechanical strength are also shown. According to the literature, several starch types seem to be attractive pore forming agents as well as binders for porous ceramics. Most of them consist of a mixture of two polysaccharide types, amylose (linear) and amylopectin (highly branched). Corn, potato and rice starches were used in the present study because of their difference in size and shape. In order to increase the mechanical strength of the sintered porous ceramics a part of the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} in the composition was replaced by Al(OH){sub 3}. Due to the changes of the composition and additives, porosities up to 81% and a mechanical strength of 15 MPa were obtained. (orig.)

  18. Carbon nanotube/nanofiber embedded nanoporous anodized aluminium oxide surface and its tribological properties.

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    Kushwaha, M K; Sil, Anjan; Ray, S

    2008-08-01

    Nanoporous alumina has been prepared by anodization of pure aluminium using phosphoric acid electrolyte. Carbon nanotubes/nanofibres (CNTs/CNFs) are grown within the pores by chemical vapour deposition technique, using acetylene gas as carbon precursor. Such synthesis of nanostructured carbonaceous materials within the nanoporous oxide template has high potential for many applications (e.g., electronics, magnetic, etc.) in nanotechnology. Possibility of using such material combination for engineering systems where abrasion resistance coupled with self-lubrication (at comparatively higher loads) are the key requirements, has been explored through the present work. Pore structure has been characterized by SEM/FE-SEM in this study and CNTs/CNFs have been examined by TEM, FE-SEM and Raman spectroscopy. While the pore diameters are found to lie in the range of 180-220 nm, the CNTs/CNFs diameter are observed to be in the range of 50 to 220 nm. The CNTs/CNFs growing from bottom of the pores are found to replicate the pore diameter, while those grown above the surface are varying significantly in diameter and probably matching the diameter of the catalyst, which remains adsorbed on the top surface and inner walls of the pores. On comparing friction and wear properties of both materials (viz. anodized alumina and CNTs/CNFs embedded anodized alumina) as determined by pin-on-disc machine using hardened steel disc as counterface, it is found that wear rate and coefficient of friction of CNTs embedded composite surface is significantly lower which is attributed to formation of transfer layer of hard wear resistant alumina mechanically mixed with graphitic CNTs/CNFs.

  19. Alumina ceramics prepared with new pore-forming agents

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    Zuzana Živcová

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Porous ceramics have a wide range of applications at all length scales, ranging from fi ltration membranes and catalyst supports to biomaterials (scaffolds for bone ingrowths and thermally or acoustically insulating bulk materials or coating layers. Organic pore-forming agents (PFAs of biological origin can be used to control porosity, pore size and pore shape. This work concerns the characterization and testing of several less common pore-forming agents (lycopodium, coffee, fl our and semolina, poppy seed, which are of potential interest from the viewpoint of size, shape or availability. The performance of these new PFAs is compared to that of starch, which has become a rather popular PFA for ceramics during the last decade. The PFAs investigated in this work are in the size range from 5 μm (rice starch to approximately 1 mm (poppy seed, all with more or less isometric shape. The burnout behavior of PFAs is studied by thermal analysis, i.e. thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis. For the preparation of porous alumina ceramics from alumina suspensions containing PFAs traditional slip casting (into plaster molds and starch consolidation casting (using metal molds are used in this work. The resulting microstructures are investigated using optical microscopy, combined with image analysis, as well as other methods (Archimedes method of double-weighing in water, mercury intrusion porosimetry.

  20. Electrochemical coating of dental implants with anodic porous titania for enhanced osteointegration

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    Amirreza Shayganpour

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Clinical long-term osteointegration of titanium-based biomedical devices is the main goal for both dental and orthopedical implants. Both the surface morphology and the possible functionalization of the implant surface are important points. In the last decade, following the success of nanostructured anodic porous alumina, anodic porous titania has also attracted the interest of academic researchers. This material, investigated mainly for its photocatalytic properties and for applications in solar cells, is usually obtained from the anodization of ultrapure titanium. We anodized dental implants made of commercial grade titanium under different experimental conditions and characterized the resulting surface morphology with scanning electron microscopy equipped with an energy dispersive spectrometer. The appearance of nanopores on these implants confirm that anodic porous titania can be obtained not only on ultrapure and flat titanium but also as a conformal coating on curved surfaces of real objects made of industrial titanium alloys. Raman spectroscopy showed that the titania phase obtained is anatase. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that by carrying out the anodization in the presence of electrolyte additives such as magnesium, these can be incorporated into the porous coating. The proposed method for the surface nanostructuring of biomedical implants should allow for integration of conventional microscale treatments such as sandblasting with additive nanoscale patterning. Additional advantages are provided by this material when considering the possible loading of bioactive drugs in the porous cavities.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Growth Mechanism of γ-MnS Nanorod-Arrays by Hydrothermal Method on Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template

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    Huang, Jianming; Liu, Weifeng; Lv, Yong; Yao, Lianzeng [Chinese Academy of Science, Hefei, Anhui (China)

    2010-09-15

    Hydrothermal method is a general, low-cost and convenience method which was utilized for synthesis of nanomaterials. Our research group has reported that oriented MnS nanorods on anodic aluminum oxide template were synthesized under a hydrothermal condition and demonstrated the effect of precursor content on the morphology evolution of as-samples. In order to research the growth mechanism of the arrays, herein we synthesized MnS nanorod arrays by combination of anodic aluminum oxide template and hydrothermal method on different substrates. Through-hole anodic aluminum oxide templates were prepared using Al foil (99.999%) via a two-step anodization process as described in literature. To investigate the effect of different substrates on the morphology of the-products, different substrates including anodic aluminum oxide template (sample A), one-step anodization Al foil (sample B, which was prepared by first anodizing Al foil for 10h and then removing the alumina layer with the mixed acid (0.6 M H{sub 3}PO{sub 4} and 0.15 M H{sub 2}CrO{sub 4}), where the foil still kept the close-packed concave nano-pits consistently with the nanopole of anodic aluminum oxide template), Al foil (sample C, dipped in HNO{sub 3} solution and covered by a compact alumina layer), Si wafer (sample D) respectively were put into Teflon-lined stainless steel autoclaves of 20 mL capacity filled with 16 mL mixed solution consisting of 2 mol/L MnCl{sub 4} and 2 mol/L thiourea. We kept the reaction at 150 .deg. C for 20 h. When reactions completed the products were washed three times with distilled water and absolute ethanol, respectively. Then the products were dried in an oven at 60 .deg. C.

  4. High contrast laser marking of alumina

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    Penide, J. [Applied Physics Department, University of Vigo, EEI, Lagoas-Marcosende, 9, Vigo 36310 (Spain); Quintero, F., E-mail: fquintero@uvigo.es [Applied Physics Department, University of Vigo, EEI, Lagoas-Marcosende, 9, Vigo 36310 (Spain); Riveiro, A. [Applied Physics Department, University of Vigo, EEI, Lagoas-Marcosende, 9, Vigo 36310 (Spain); Fernández, A. [Department of Engineering Design, University of Vigo, Escuela de Ingeniería Industrial, Campus Universitario, Vigo E-36310 (Spain); Val, J. del [Applied Physics Department, University of Vigo, EEI, Lagoas-Marcosende, 9, Vigo 36310 (Spain); Comesaña, R. [Materials Engineering, Applied Mechanics and Construction Department, University of Vigo, EEI, Lagoas-Marcosende, Vigo E-36310 (Spain); Lusquiños, F.; Pou, J. [Applied Physics Department, University of Vigo, EEI, Lagoas-Marcosende, 9, Vigo 36310 (Spain)

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • Laser marking of alumina using near infrared (NIR) lasers was experimentally analyzed. • Color change produced by NIR lasers is due to thermally induced oxygen vacancies. • Laser marking results obtained using NIR lasers and green laser are compared. • High contrast marks on alumina were achieved. - Abstract: Alumina serves as raw material for a broad range of advanced ceramic products. These elements should usually be identified by some characters or symbols printed directly on them. In this sense, laser marking is an efficient, reliable and widely implemented process in industry. However, laser marking of alumina still leads to poor results since the process is not able to produce a dark mark, yielding bad contrast. In this paper, we present an experimental study on the process of marking alumina by three different lasers working in two wavelengths: 1064 nm (Near-infrared) and 532 nm (visible, green radiation). A colorimetric analysis has been carried out in order to compare the resulting marks and its contrast. The most suitable laser operating conditions were also defined and are reported here. Moreover, the physical process of marking by NIR lasers is discussed in detail. Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy, High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy were also employed to analyze the results. Finally, we propose an explanation for the differences of the coloration induced under different atmospheres and laser parameters. We concluded that the atmosphere is the key parameter, being the inert one the best choice to produce the darkest marks.

  5. Bioactive glass-ceramics coatings on alumina

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    Vitale Brovarone, C.; Verne, E.; Lupo, F. [Politecnico di Torino (Italy). Materials Science and Chemical Eng. Dept.; Moisescu, C. [Jena Univ. (Germany). Otto-Schott-Inst. fuer Glaschemie; Zanardi, L.; Bosetti, M.; Cannas, M. [Eastern Piemont Univ., Novara (Italy). Medical Science Dept.

    2001-07-01

    In this work, aiming to combine the mechanical performances of alumina with the surface properties of a bioactive material, we coated full density alumina substrates by a bioactive glass-ceramic GC. This latter was specially tailored, in term of costituents and specific quantity to have a thermal expansion coefficient close to that of alumina (8.5-9{sup *}10{sup -6}/ C) which is lower than most of the bioactive glasses and glass-ceramics already in use. In this way, we sought to avoid, as much as possible, the crack formation and propagation due to residual stresses generated by the thermal expansion coefficients mismatch. Furthermore, the high reactivity of alumina toward the glass-ceramic was carefully controlled to avoid deep compositional modification of the GC that will negatively affect its bioactivity. At this purpose, an intermediate layer of an appropriate glass G was coated prior to coat the bioactive glass-ceramic. On the materials obtained, preliminary biological tests have been done to evaluate glass-ceramic biocompatibility respect to alumina. (orig.)

  6. 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.

  7. Anodisation with dynamic current control for tailored alumina coatings

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    Sieber, M.; Althöfer, I.; Höhlich, D.; Scharf, I.; Böttger, D.; Böttger, S.; Böttger, E.; Lampke, T.

    2016-03-01

    The anodic oxidation process is commonly used to refine the surface of aluminium and its alloys. Compared to the substrate, the alumina layers produced by anodising exhibit an increased hardness and chemical resistance. Thus, the corrosion and wear resistance are generally improved. The coatings are also electrically isolating and may serve decorative purposes. Applying a time-variant, dynamic electrical process control by pulse-current or current-steps is a promising approach to improve the coating properties, which is partially deployed in an industrial scale. In the present work, the influence of dynamic electrical process control on the coating properties is examined by means of a design of experiments (DOE). The effects of various electrolyte compositions and temperatures as well as processing time are considered with regard to coating thickness, hardness, wear resistance and the electrical energy consumption during the formation of the coatings. Information about the statistical significance of the effects of the parameters on the considered properties is obtained by an analysis of variance (ANOVA).

  8. The fabrication of high sensitivity gold nanorod H2S gas sensors utilizing the highly uniform anodic aluminum oxide template

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    Li, Chien-Yu; Li, Ciao-Yu; Wu, You-Lin; Hsu, Chung-Ping; Lee, Ming-Ching; Houng, Mau-Phon

    2016-12-01

    Gold nanorod were fabricated using anodic alumina oxide template for H2S gas detection. The nanorod gas sensor exhibits high surface density and contact area, which can increase detection sensitivity. The anodic alumina oxide template contains an array of pores, with a width of 70 nm and a length of 27 μ m . Au nanorod were obtained through electro-deposition under a pulse bias of -1 V. The resistance of the Au nanorod was recorded upon exposure to various concentrations of H2S. The resistance could be attributed to the high electron affinity between sulfide and Au nanorod. Au-sulfide bonds provide strong bonding, which could alter the conductivity of the sensor. The gas sensor exhibits high sensitivity and short response time for H2S detection at room temperature.

  9. The fabrication of high sensitivity gold nanorod H2S gas sensors utilizing the highly uniform anodic aluminum oxide template

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    Chien-Yu Li

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Gold nanorod were fabricated using anodic alumina oxide template for H2S gas detection. The nanorod gas sensor exhibits high surface density and contact area, which can increase detection sensitivity. The anodic alumina oxide template contains an array of pores, with a width of 70 nm and a length of 27μm. Au nanorod were obtained through electro-deposition under a pulse bias of −1 V. The resistance of the Au nanorod was recorded upon exposure to various concentrations of H2S. The resistance could be attributed to the high electron affinity between sulfide and Au nanorod. Au–sulfide bonds provide strong bonding, which could alter the conductivity of the sensor. The gas sensor exhibits high sensitivity and short response time for H2S detection at room temperature.

  10. Dielectric Performance of a High Purity HTCC Alumina at High Temperatures - a Comparison Study with Other Polycrystalline Alumina

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    Chen, Liangyu

    2014-01-01

    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 alumina material for co-firing processing. 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 thickfilm metallization successfully facilitated long term testing of high temperature silicon carbide (SiC) electronic devices for over 10,000 hours at 500 C. In order to evaluate this new high purity 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 previously tested LTCC alumina from room temperature to 550 C 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 and a selected LTCC alumina. Other technical advantages of this new co-fired material for possible high packaging applications are also discussed.

  11. Synthesis and surface characterization of alumina-silica-zirconia nanocomposite ceramic fibres on aluminium at room temperature

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    Mubarak Ali, M., E-mail: masterscience2003@yahoo.co.in [Advanced Materials Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Periyar University, Omalur Main Road, Salem 636 011, Tamil Nadu (India); Raj, V., E-mail: alaguraj2@rediffmail.com [Advanced Materials Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Periyar University, Omalur Main Road, Salem 636 011, Tamil Nadu (India)

    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.

  12. Challenges and Strategies in the Synthesis of Mesoporous Alumina Powders and Hierarchical Alumina Monoliths

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    Anne Galarneau

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available A new rapid, very simple and one-step sol-gel strategy for the large-scale preparation of highly porous γ-Al2O3 is presented. The resulting mesoporous alumina materials feature high surface areas (400 m2 g−1, large pore volumes (0.8 mL g−1 and the ��-Al2O3 phase is obtained at low temperature (500 °C. The main advantages and drawbacks of different preparations of mesoporous alumina materials exhibiting high specific surface areas and large pore volumes such as surfactant-nanostructured alumina, sol-gel methods and hierarchically macro-/mesoporous alumina monoliths have been analyzed and compared. The most reproducible synthesis of mesoporous alumina are given. Evaporation-Induced Self-Assembly (EISA is the sole method to lead to nanostructured mesoporous alumina by direct templating, but it is a difficult method to scale-up. Alumina featuring macro- and mesoporosity in monolithic shape is a very promising material for in flow applications; an optimized synthesis is described.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of alumina precursor and alumina to be used as nano composite; Sintese e caracterizacao de precursores de alumina e alumina para uso em nanocompositos

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    Antunes, M.L.P., E-mail: malu@sorocaba.unesp.b [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), Sorocaba, SP (Brazil); Santos, H. Souza [Universidade de Sao Paulo (IF/USP), SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica; Santos, P. Souza [Universidade de Sao Paulo (EP/USP), SP (Brazil). Escola Politecnica

    2009-07-01

    With the evolution of nanomaterials technology, mainly in the 90s, it was possible to observe produced composites with alumina matrix and nanomaterial as reinforcing materials. It results in a significant improvement of mechanical proprieties of these composites. Thenceforth the study of synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials has attracted great scientific interest. In this perspective, the aim of this work is to present an experimental procedure to obtain nordstrandite (aluminum hydroxide) with nanometric dimensions. Nordstrandite synthesis, obtained by the reaction of slightly amalgamated aluminum foil with aqueous ethylene glycol, which allows the control of the size of crystal produced. This control could be confirmed by X-Ray Diffraction and Electron Microscopy. Thermal transformation study is also presented. This study allowed the identification of transition aluminas that have potential to produce nanometric aluminas. (author)

  14. Dynamical Mechanical Properties for AD90 Alumina

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    REN Hui-lan; NING Jian-guo; LI Ping

    2007-01-01

    The dynamic response of polycrystalline alumina was investigated in the pressure range of 0 -13 GPa by planar impact experiments.Velocity interferometer system for any reflector(VISAR) was used to obtain free surface velocity profile and determine the Hugoniot elastic limit,and manganin gauges were employed to obtain the stress-time histories and determine Hugoniot curve.Both the free surface particle velocity profiles and Hugoniot curves indicate the dispersion of the "plastic" wave for alumina.With the measured stress histories,the complete histories of strain,particle velocity,specific volume and specific internal energy are gained by using path line principle of Lagrange analysis.The dynamic mechanical behaviors for alumina under impact loading are analyzed,such as nonlinear characteristic,strain rate dependence,dispersion and declination of shock wave in the material.

  15. Liquid-Metal Electrode to Enable Ultra-Low Temperature Sodium-Beta Alumina Batteries for Renewable Energy Storage

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    Lu, Xiaochuan; Li, Guosheng; Kim, Jin Yong; Mei, Donghai; Lemmon, John P.; Sprenkle, Vincent L.; Liu, Jun

    2014-08-01

    Metal electrodes have a high capacity for energy storage but have found limited applications in batteries because of dendrite formation and other problems. In this paper, we report a new alloying strategy that can significantly reduce the melting temperature and improve wetting with the electrolyte to allow the use of liquid metal as anode in sodium-beta alumina batteries (NBBs) at much lower temperatures (e.g., 95 to 175°C). Commercial NBBs such as sodium-sulfur (Na-S) battery and sodium-metal halide (ZEBRA) batteries typically operate at relatively high temperatures (e.g., 300-350°C) due to poor wettability of sodium on the surface of β"-Al2O3. Our combined experimental and computational studies suggest that Na-Cs alloy can replace pure sodium as the anode material, which provides a significant improvement in wettability, particularly at lower temperatures (i.e., <200°C). Single cells with the Na-Cs alloy anode exhibit excellent cycling life over those with pure sodium anode at 175 and 150°C. The cells can even operate at 95°C, which is below the melting temperature of pure sodium. These results demonstrate that NBB can be operated at ultra lower temperatures with successfully solving the wetting issue. This work also suggests a new strategy to use liquid metal as the electrode materials for advanced batteries that can avoid the intrinsic safety issues associated with dendrite formation on the anode.

  16. Quasi-hexagonal vortex-pinning lattice using anodized aluminum oxide nanotemplates

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    Hallet, X.; Mátéfi-Tempfli, M.; Michotte, S.;

    2009-01-01

    The bottom barrier layer of well-ordered nanoporous alumina membranes reveals a previously unexploited nanostructured template surface consisting of a triangular lattice of hemispherical nanoscale bumps. Quasi-hexagonal vortex-pinning lattice arrays are created in superconducting Nb films deposited...

  17. Thin flexible intercalation anodes

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    Levy, S.C.; Cieslak, W.R.; Klassen, S.E.; Lagasse, R.R.

    1994-10-01

    Poly(acrylonitrile) fibers have been pyrolyzed under various conditions to form flexible carbon yarns capable of intercalating lithium ions. These fibers have also been formed into both woven and non woven cloths. Potentiostatic, potentiodynamic and galvanostatic tests have been conducted with these materials in several electrolytes. In some tests, a potential hold was used after each constant current charge and discharge. These tests have shown some of these flexible materials to reversibly intercalate lithium ions to levels that are suitable for use as a practical battery anode.

  18. Microwave fast sintering of submicrometer alumina

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    Romualdo Rodrigues Menezes

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Commercially available alumina powder with high-purity submicrometer particle size and narrow particle size distribution was fully densified by a microwave hybrid fast firing technique. The alumina compacts were surrounded by susceptor material, which helped the heating of the samples, and sintered in a microwave oven at a frequency of 2.45 GHz and a power level of 1.8 kW. The sintered samples reached densities of 99% in sintering cycles of 30 to 40 minutes, a much shorter time than conventional sintering processes. The sintered samples showed uniform microstructures with powder particle size/average grain size rations higher than 1:2.

  19. Tribological properties of nanoscale alumina-zirconia composites

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    Kerkwijk, B.; Winnubst, A.J.A.; Verweij, H.; Mulder, E.J.; Metselaar, H.S.C.; Schipper, D.J.

    1999-01-01

    The tribological properties of zirconia (Y-TZP), alumina and their composites, alumina dispersed in zirconia (ADZ) and zirconia-toughened alumina (ZTA), were investigated. These ceramics are made by colloidal processing methods such that well-defined, homogeneous microstructures with submicron grain

  20. A Novel Processing Route for Ni-doped Alumina Composites

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    JING Mao-xiang; SHEN Xiang-qian; ZHOU Jian-xin; LI Dong-hong; LI Wang-xing

    2006-01-01

    Alumina-based composites containing 0-15wt% Ni metallic phase were produced by hot press-sintering Ni-coated alumina powders. The Ni-coated alumina powders were prepared by the aqueous heterogeneous precipitation of alumina micro-powders and nickel sulfate salt followed by reduction process. The microstructural features and dispersion of Ni phase in Ni-coated alumina powders and the subsequent alumina-Ni cermets were investigated using scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The relative density of the hot press-sintered composites was measured with the Archimedes' method while the fracture strength and the fracture toughness were defined with the three-point bending method and the micro-indentation fracture method. In the formation of alumina-Ni cermets from sintered Ni-coated alumina powders, Ni phase to some extent limits the densification rate and stifles the coarsening and growing process of alumina grains. The Ni phase is found to be located at the interfaces and the triple-joint junctions of alumina grains which results into alteration of the fracture mode of alumina and its increased fracture strength and fracture toughness if compared with monolithic alumina.

  1. Mesoporous Silicon-Based Anodes

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    Peramunage, Dharmasena

    2015-01-01

    For high-capacity, high-performance lithium-ion batteries. A new high-capacity anode composite based on mesoporous silicon is being developed. With a structure that resembles a pseudo one-dimensional phase, the active anode material will accommodate significant volume changes expected upon alloying and dealloying with lithium (Li).

  2. Microfluidic anodization of aluminum films for the fabrication of nanoporous lipid bilayer support structures

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    2011-01-01

    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...

  3. Study of the molybdenum retention in alumina; Estudio de la retencion de molibdeno en alumina

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    Wilkinson, Maria V.; Mondino, Angel V.; Manzini, Alberto [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Buenos Aires (Argentina). Centro Atomico Ezeiza. Radioquimica y Quimica de las Radiaciones

    2002-07-01

    The Argentine National Atomic Energy Commission routinely produces {sup 99} Mo by fission of highly enriched uranium contained in targets irradiated in RA-3 reactor. The current process begins with the dissolution of the irradiated target in a basic media, considering the possibility of changing the targets, it could be convenient to dissolve them in acid media. The use of alumina as a first separation step in acid dissolution processes is already known although it is necessary to determine both the type of alumina to be used and the separation conditions. The study of molybdenum retention in alumina was performed at laboratory scale, using Mo-99 as radiotracer. Different kinds of alumina were tried, varying charge solution acidity. Influence of uranium concentration in the loading solution on molybdenum retention was also studied. (author)

  4. Thermal Conductivity of Alumina-Toughened Zirconia Composites

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    Bansal, Narottam P.; Zhu, Dong-Ming

    2003-01-01

    10-mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (10YSZ)-alumina composites containing 0 to 30 mol% alumina were fabricated by hot pressing at 1500 C in vacuum. Thermal conductivity of the composites, determined at various temperatures using a steady-state laser heat flux technique, increased with increase in alumina content. Composites containing 0, 5, and 10-mol% alumina did not show any change in thermal conductivity with temperature. However, those containing 20 and 30-mol% alumina showed a decrease in thermal conductivity with increase in temperature. The measured values of thermal conductivity were in good agreement with those calculated from simple rule of mixtures.

  5. LOW TEMPERATURE SINTERING OF ALUMINA BIOCERAMIC UNDER NORMAL PRESSURE

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    2000-01-01

    Superfine alumina powder with high purity (mean particle size is less than 0. 35μm) were used as main starting material for sintering alumina ceramic. A multiple additive MgO-ZrO2 (Y2O3) was homogeneously added into the batch by the chemical coprecipitation method. Sintering of alumina bioceramic at low tempera ture (<1600C) was achieved resulting in a dense and high strength alumina ceramic with the bending strength up to 382 MPa and an improved fracture toughness. Mechanism that the multiple additives promote the sintering of alumina ceramic is discussed on the base of XRD and SEM analysis.

  6. Fabrication and optical properties of platinum nanowire arrays on anodic aluminium oxide templates

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    高铁仁; 陈子瑜; 彭勇; 李发伸

    2002-01-01

    Arrays of Pt nanowires, fabricated by electrodepositing Pt metal into nanoporous anodic aluminium oxide (AAO)templates, exhibit a preferable optical absorption band in the ultraviolet-visible (UV-VIS) spectra and present a blueshift as the wire aspect ratio increases or its radius decreases. This type of optical property of Pt nanowire/porous alumina composites has been theoretically explored using Maxwell-Garnett (MG) effective medium theory. The MG theory,however, is only applicable to nanowires with an infinitesimally small radius relative to the wavelength of an incident light. The nanowire radius is controlled by the pore radius of the host alumina, which depends on anodizing conditions such as the selected electrolyte, anodizing time, temperature and voltage. The nanowire aspect ratios depend on the amount of Pt deposited into the nanopores of AAO films. The optical absorption properties of the arrays of Pt nanowires with diameters of 24, 55 and 90nm have been investigated by the UV-VIS spectra, which show that the extinction maximum (λmax) shifts to shorter wavelength side as the wire aspect ratio increases or its radius decreases.The results are qualitatively consistent with those calculated based on the MG theory.

  7. Selective metallization of alumina by laser

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    Shrivastva, P.B.; Boose, C.A.; Kolster, B.H.; Harteveld, C.; Meinders, B.

    1991-01-01

    Nickel has been selectively deposited on an alumina substrate without any pretreatment from a flow of a nickel acetate solution using the focused beam of an excimer laser. Nickel spots as well as nickel lines were drawn and subsequently plated with an electroless Ni-B coating. Excellent adhesion of

  8. Stabilization of Self-Assembled Alumina Mesophases

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    Perez, Lidia Lopez; Perdriau, Sebastien; ten Brink, Gert; Kooi, Bart J.; Heeres, Hero Jan; Melian-Cabrera, Ignacio

    2013-01-01

    An efficient route to stabilize alumina mesophases derived from evaporation-induced self-assembly is reported after investigating various aspects in-depth: influence of the solvent (EtOH, s-BuOH, and t-BuOH) on the textural and structural properties of the mesophases based on aluminum tri-sec-butoxi

  9. 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.

  10. MECHANICAL BEHAVIOUR OF ALUMINA-ZIRCONIA COMPOSITE BY SLURRY METHOD

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    JYOTI PRAKASH

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Alumina has got some excellent properties like chemical inertness, thermal and mechanical strength against hazardous environment. Alumina is a good ceramic material which is being used for structuralapplications. To enhance the toughness and strength of the body some Zirconia is also used with it. The use of Zirconia in alumina is known as toughening of alumina. One difficulty arises, when alumina and alumina toughened composite are sintered , because the low sinterability of Alumina-Zirconia forced the compact to give very low density body. To overcome this problem alumina and alumina composites are made from slurry method which gives nearly theoretical density. The combined effect of alumina and Zirconia on the phase transformation and microstructure development of heat-treated Alumina-Zirconia composites has been studied. Slurry is prepared by adding water, dispersant, binder and anti-foaming agent. In the present study, Sintering schedule is optimized and kept constant for all samples. After sintering, mechanical behaviour of the composite has been studied.

  11. Surface modification of alumina nanoparticles with silane coupling agents

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    Prado, Luis A.S.A.; Sriyai, Montira; Ghislandi, Marcos; Schulte, Karl [Technische Universitaet Hamburg-Harburg, Hamburg (Germany). Inst. fuer Kunststoffe und Verbundwerkstoffe (M-11); Barros-Timmons, Ana [University of Aveiro (Portugal). Dept. of Chemistry. Centro de Investigacao em Materiais Ceramicos e Compositos (CICECO)

    2010-07-01

    In the present paper we describe the surface modification of alumina nanoparticles using epoxy-containing alkoxysilanes (silane coupling agents, SCA). The materials were characterized using infrared spectroscopy and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance. Whereas, neat alumina nanoparticles could be expectedly modified with the afore mentioned SCA, as evidenced by {sup 13}C CPMAS NMR, the presence of arylsulphonates at the surface of alumina caused the ringopening polymerization of the epoxide. This polymerization reaction facilitated the surface modification of alumina by the SCA. X-ray powder diffraction and {sup 27}Al MAS NMR clearly demonstrated that in spite of the SCA polymerization, there were neither structural changes nor phase transitions in the alumina after the surface modification. The surface modification decreased the thermal stability of alumina, in comparison to pristine alumina nanoparticles. (author)

  12. Hybrid intelligent PID control design for PEMFC anode system

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    Rui-min WANG; Ying-ying ZHANG; Guang-yi CAO

    2008-01-01

    Control design is important for proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) generator. This work researched the anode system of a 60-kW PEMFC generator. Both anode pressure and humidity must he maintained at ideal levels during steady operation. In view of characteristics and requirements of the system, a hybrid intelligent PID controller is designed specifically based on dynamic simulation. A single neuron PI controller is used for anode humidity by adjusting the water injection to the hydrogen cell. Another incremental PID controller, based on the diagonal recurrent neural network (DRNN) dynamic identification, is used to control anode pressure to be more stable and exact by adjusting the hydrogen flow rate. This control strategy can avoid the coupling problem of the PEMFC and achieve a more adaptive ability. Simulation results showed that the control strategy can maintain both anode humidity and pressure at ideal levels regardless of variable load, nonlinear dynamic and coupling characteristics of the system. This work will give some guides for further control design and applications of the total PEMFC generator.

  13. Degradation of alumina and zirconia toughened alumina (ZTA) hip prostheses tested under microseparation conditions in a shock device

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    Uribe, Juliana; Gremillard, Laurent; Reynard, Bruno

    2013-01-01

    This paper considers the degradation of alumina and zirconia toughened alumina vs. alumina for hip implants. The materials are as assumed to be load bearing surfaces subjected to shocks in wet conditions. The load is a peak of force; 9 kN was applied over 15 ms at 2 Hz for 800,000 cycles. The volumetric wear and roughness are lower for ZTA than for alumina. The long ZTA ageing did not seem to have a direct influence on the roughness. The ageing increased the wear volumes of ZTA and it was found to have a higher wear resistance compared to alumina.

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

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

    2008-01-01

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

  15. A multiscale physical model for the transient analysis of PEM water electrolyzer anodes.

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    Oliveira, Luiz Fernando L; Laref, Slimane; Mayousse, Eric; Jallut, Christian; Franco, Alejandro A

    2012-08-07

    Polymer electrolyte membrane water electrolyzers (PEMWEs) are electrochemical devices that can be used for the production of hydrogen. In a PEMWE the anode is the most complex electrode to study due to the high overpotential of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), not widely understood. A physical bottom-up multi-scale transient model describing the operation of a PEMWE anode is proposed here. This model includes a detailed description of the elementary OER kinetics in the anode, a description of the non-equilibrium behavior of the nanoscale catalyst-electrolyte interface, and a microstructural-resolved description of the transport of charges and O(2) at the micro and mesoscales along the whole anode. The impact of different catalyst materials on the performance of the PEMWE anode, and a study of sensitivity to the operation conditions are evaluated from numerical simulations and the results are discussed in comparison with experimental data.

  16. Graphene coated with alumina and its utilization as a thermal conductivity enhancer for alumina sphere/thermoplastic polyurethane composite

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    Kim, Ki Tae; Dao, Trung Dung [Department of Chemistry, Energy Harvest-Storage Research Center, University of Ulsan, Ulsan 680-749 (Korea, Republic of); Jeong, Han Mo, E-mail: hmjeong@mail.ulsan.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry, Energy Harvest-Storage Research Center, University of Ulsan, Ulsan 680-749 (Korea, Republic of); Anjanapura, Raghu V. [Center for Emerging Technologies, Jain Global Campus, Jain University, Jakkasandra, Ramanagara 562-112 (India); Aminabhavi, Tejraj M. [Soniya College of Pharmacy, S. R. Nagar, Dharwad 580-002 (India)

    2015-03-01

    Graphene was oxidized with H{sub 2}O{sub 2} to introduce additional anchoring sites for effective alumina coating on graphene by the sol–gel method. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies showed that the oxygen-containing groups such as hydroxyl group useful for coating were introduced by the oxidation. The transmission electron microscopy images and thermogravimetric analysis data demonstrated that the additional anchoring sites enhanced the efficiency of the alumina coating. A small amount of alumina-coated graphene synergistically improved the thermal conductivity of the alumina sphere/thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) composite without any increase in the electrical conductivity, because the electrical conductivity of graphene effectively decreased by the alumina coating. Moreover, the synergistic effect of a small amount of graphene was enhanced by the alumina coating, and the stiffening of the alumina sphere/TPU composite due to the added graphene was alleviated by the alumina coating. - Highlights: • Oxidation of graphene with H{sub 2}O{sub 2} introduced anchoring sites for alumina coating. • The anchoring sites improved the efficiency of alumina coating on graphene. • The alumina-coated graphene synergistically enhanced the thermal conductivity.

  17. Development of a novel portable-size PEMFC short stack with electrodeposited Pt hydrogen diffusion anodes

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    Alcaide, Francisco; Alvarez, Garbine; Blazquez, Jose Alberto; Miguel, Oscar [Dpto. de Energia, CIDETEC-IK4, P Miramon, 196, 20009 San Sebastian (Spain); Cabot, Pere L. [Laboratori d' Electroquimica de Materials i del Medi Ambient, Dept. Quimica Fisica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques, 1-11, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2010-06-15

    This paper presents, for the first time, a five-cell polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) short stack with electrodeposited hydrogen diffusion anodes. The anodes were manufactured by means of galvanostatic pulse electrodeposition and the cathodes by air-brushing. Nafion {sup registered} 212 was employed as a solid polymer electrolyte membrane in all cases. The short stack, whose cells had an active geometric area of 14 cm{sup 2}, was assembled and tested under different operating conditions. A peak power of about 11 W was obtained at 50 C and atmospheric pressure using hydrogen and air feed, whereas a smaller value of 8.6 W was obtained from a five-cell short PEMFC stack with conventional hydrogen diffusion anodes under the same operating conditions. The better performance of the cells described in this paper has been assigned to the higher utilization of the platinum in the electrodeposited anodes compared to the conventional ones. (author)

  18. Multi-anode ionization chamber

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    Bolotnikov, Aleksey E. (South Setauket, NY); Smith, Graham (Port Jefferson, NY); Mahler, George J. (Rocky Point, NY); Vanier, Peter E. (Setauket, NY)

    2010-12-28

    The present invention includes a high-energy detector having a cathode chamber, a support member, and anode segments. The cathode chamber extends along a longitudinal axis. The support member is fixed within the cathode chamber and extends from the first end of the cathode chamber to the second end of the cathode chamber. The anode segments are supported by the support member and are spaced along the longitudinal surface of the support member. The anode segments are configured to generate at least a first electrical signal in response to electrons impinging thereon.

  19. Rheological Properties of Aqueous Nanometric Alumina Suspensions

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    Chuanping Li

    2004-12-19

    Colloidal processing is an effective and reliable approach in the fabrication of the advanced ceramic products. Successful colloidal processing of fine ceramic powders requires accurate control of the rheological properties. The accurate control relies on the understanding the influences of various colloidal parameters on the rheological properties. Almost all research done on the rheology paid less attention to the interactions of particle and solvent. However, the interactions of the particles are usually built up through the media in which the particles are suspended. Therefore, interactions of the particle with the media, the adsorbed layers on the particle surface, and chemical and physical properties of media themselves must influence the rheology of the suspension, especially for the dense suspensions containing nanosized particles. Relatively little research work has been reported in this area. This thesis addresses the rheological properties of nanometric alumina aqueous suspensions, and paying more attention to the interactions between particle and solvent, which in turn influence the particle-particle interactions. Dense nanometric alumina aqueous suspensions with low viscosity were achieved by environmentally-benign fructose additives. The rheology of nanometric alumina aqueous suspensions and its variation with the particle volume fraction and concentration of fructose were explored by rheometry. The adsorptions of solute (fructose) and solvent (water) on the nanometric alumina particle surfaces were measured and analyzed by TG/DSC, TOC, and NMR techniques. The mobility of water molecules in the suspensions and its variation with particle volume fractions and fructose additive were determined by the {sup 17}O NMR relaxation method. The interactions between the nanometric alumina particles in water and fructose solutions were investigated by AFM. The results indicated that a large number of water layers were physically bound on the particles

  20. Rheological Properties of Aqueous Nanometric Alumina Suspensions

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    Li, Chuanping [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2004-01-01

    Colloidal processing is an effective and reliable approach in the fabrication of the advanced ceramic products. Successful colloidal processing of fine ceramic powders requires accurate control of the rheological properties. The accurate control relies on the understanding the influences of various colloidal parameters on the rheological properties. Almost all research done on the rheology paid less attention to the interactions of particle and solvent. However, the interactions of the particles are usually built up through the media in which the particles are suspended. Therefore, interactions of the particle with the media, the adsorbed layers on the particle surface, and chemical and physical properties of media themselves must influence the rheology of the suspension, especially for the dense suspensions containing nanosized particles. Relatively little research work has been reported in this area. This thesis addresses the rheological properties of nanometric alumina aqueous suspensions, and paying more attention to the interactions between particle and solvent, which in turn influence the particle-particle interactions. Dense nanometric alumina aqueous suspensions with low viscosity were achieved by environmentally-benign fructose additives. The rheology of nanometric alumina aqueous suspensions and its variation with the particle volume fraction and concentration of fructose were explored by rheometry. The adsorptions of solute (fructose) and solvent (water) on the nanometric alumina particle surfaces were measured and analyzed by TG/DSC, TOC, and NMR techniques. The mobility of water molecules in the suspensions and its variation with particle volume fractions and fructose additive were determined by the 17O NMR relaxation method. The interactions between the nanometric alumina particles in water and fructose solutions were investigated by AFM. The results indicated that a large number of water layers were physically bound on the particles

  1. Degradation behavior of anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell using LNF cathode as function of current load

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    Komatsu, Takeshi; Yoshida, Yoshiteru; Watanabe, Kimitaka; Chiba, Reiichi; Taguchi, Hiroaki; Orui, Himeko; Arai, Hajime [NTT Energy and Environment Systems Laboratories, Atsugi-shi, Kanagawa 243-0198 (Japan)

    2010-09-01

    We investigated the effect of current loading on the degradation behavior of an anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). The cell consisted of LaNi{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4}O{sub 3} (LNF), alumina-doped scandia stabilized zirconia (SASZ), and a Ni-SASZ cermet as the cathode, electrolyte, and anode, respectively. The test was carried out at 1073 K with constant loads of 0.3, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.3 A cm{sup -2}. The degradation rate, defined by the voltage loss during a fixed period (about 1000 h), was faster at higher current densities. From an impedance analysis, the degradation depended mainly on increases in the cathodic resistance, while the anodic and ohmic resistances contributed very little. The cathode microstructures were observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). (author)

  2. Fabrication of ZnO Nanowires Arrays by Anodization and High-Vacuum Die Casting Technique, and Their Piezoelectric Properties.

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    Kuo, Chin-Guo; Chang, Ho; Wang, Jian-Hao

    2016-03-24

    In this investigation, anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with arrayed and regularly arranged nanopores is used as a template in the high-vacuum die casting of molten zinc metal (Zn) into the nanopores. The proposed technique yields arrayed Zn nanowires with an aspect ratio of over 600. After annealing, arrayed zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires are obtained. Varying the anodizing time yields AAO templates with thicknesses of approximately 50 μm, 60 μm, and 70 μm that can be used in the fabrication of nanowires of three lengths with high aspect ratios. Experimental results reveal that a longer nanowire generates a greater measured piezoelectric current. The ZnO nanowires that are fabricated using an alumina template are anodized for 7 h and produce higher piezoelectric current of up to 69 pA.

  3. Fabrication of ZnO Nanowires Arrays by Anodization and High-Vacuum Die Casting Technique, and Their Piezoelectric Properties

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    Chin-Guo Kuo

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this investigation, anodic aluminum oxide (AAO with arrayed and regularly arranged nanopores is used as a template in the high-vacuum die casting of molten zinc metal (Zn into the nanopores. The proposed technique yields arrayed Zn nanowires with an aspect ratio of over 600. After annealing, arrayed zinc oxide (ZnO nanowires are obtained. Varying the anodizing time yields AAO templates with thicknesses of approximately 50 μm, 60 μm, and 70 μm that can be used in the fabrication of nanowires of three lengths with high aspect ratios. Experimental results reveal that a longer nanowire generates a greater measured piezoelectric current. The ZnO nanowires that are fabricated using an alumina template are anodized for 7 h and produce higher piezoelectric current of up to 69 pA.

  4. Study of pressing effects and variation in Pt charge in the anode on the performance of membrane electrode assemblies; Estudio de los efectos de prensado y variacion de la carga de Pt en el anodo en el rendimiento de ensambles membrana-electrodo

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    Albarran S, Irma Lorena; Flores Hernandez, J. Roberto; Cano Castillo, Ulises [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico). E-mail: ilas@iie.org.mx; Loyola, Felix (UNAM, Facultad de Quimica, Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2009-09-15

    Fabricating membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) involves different variables that determine their performance, such as: amount of the catalyst, concentration of the different solvents used in the fabrication of the catalyst dye, use of a thermomechanical process to increase the degree of adhesion between the catalyst layers and the membrane, etc. This work studied the effect of the Pt charge in the anode on performance, as well as the effect of the thermomechanical process on the fabrication of MEAs. It is evident that the optimal Pt charge should be that which provides good performance during an acceptable useful lifetime at a competitive cost. This work presents the results obtained by varying the Pt charge in the anode between 1.0 and 0.4 mgPt/cm{sup ²} while maintaining a constant charge of 1 mgPt/cm{sup ²} in the cathode. It also shows the comparison between the polarization curves and the active areas obtained in the MEAs with and without pressing during their fabrication. [Spanish] En la fabricacion de los Ensambles Membrana-Electrodo (MEA's) intervienen diferentes variables que determinan su desempeno, como lo son: cantidad de catalizador, concentracion de los diferentes solventes que se emplean en la fabricacion de la tinta catalitica, el uso de un proceso termomecanico para incrementar el grado de adherencia entre las capas cataliticas y la membrana, etc. De las variables anteriormente mencionadas, en este trabajo se estudio el efecto de la carga anodica de Pt en el desempeno, asi como del proceso termomecanico en la fabricacion de MEA's. Es evidente que la carga optima de Pt debe ser aquella que proporcione un buen rendimiento por un periodo de vida util aceptable a un costo competitivo. En este trabajo se presentan los resultados obtenidos al variar la carga de Pt en el anodo entre 1.0 a 0.4 mgPt/cm{sup ²} manteniendo una carga constante de 1 mgPt/cm{sup ²} en el catodo. Tambien se muestra la comparacion de las curvas de polarizacion y las

  5. Electrically Conductive Anodized Aluminum Surfaces

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    Nguyen, Trung Hung

    2006-01-01

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

  6. Magnetic properties and magnetization reversal of α-Fe nanowires deposited in alumina film

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    Peng, Yong; Zhang, Hao-Li; Pan, Shan-Lin; Li, Hu-Lin

    2000-05-01

    Uniform arrays of Fe nanowires were prepared by electrochemical deposition of iron into nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide films. The microstructure and crystal structures of the nanowires were studied by transmission electron microscopy and electron diffraction. It was found that each nanowire looked like a chain of dots and each dot in the chain was supposed to be a single crystal of α-Fe. Each dot was shown to be a single magnetic domain. The magnetic properties of a uniform array of Fe nanowires and the magnetization reversal in a Fe nanowire were investigated by Mössbauer spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometry, which demonstrated that the film of Fe nanowires in alumina had superior perpendicular magnetic characteristics. The magnetic studies also revealed that the moments of each single domain dot were oriented along the chain. Experimental results could be interpreted by the reversal model of "chains of spheres" with the symmetric fanning mechanism.

  7. Improvement in nanoscale contact resistance of alumina

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    Bhattacharya, Manjima; Chakraborty, Riya; Mandal, Ashok Kumar [CSIR - Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata (India); Dey, Arjun [CSIR - Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata (India); ISRO Satellite Centre, Thermal Systems Group, Bangalore (India); Mukhopadhyay, Anoop Kumar [CSIR - Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata (India); Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata 32 (India)

    2012-06-15

    In all contact-related applications such as the wear-resistant inserts, biomedical implants, high strain rate impact-resistant plates, etc., nanohardness, i.e. the intrinsic contact resistance at the nano scale, plays a major role. In spite of the wealth of literature, the studies on nanohardness of dense, coarse-grain alumina ceramics which represent many commercial varieties; have reasonably good hardness at the macro scale and characteristically exhibit R-curve behaviour, are far from significant. Here, to the best of our knowledge, we report for the first time the experimental observations of the increase in intrinsic contact resistance at the nano scale with the loading rate applied to a high-density ({proportional_to}95 % of theoretical) coarse-grain ({proportional_to}20 {mu}m) alumina ceramics. These observations were explained in terms of the initiation of nanoscale plasticity and maximum shear stress generated just underneath the nanoindenter. (orig.)

  8. Silica containing highly porous alumina ceramic

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    Svinka, R.; Svinka, V.; Zake, I.

    2011-04-01

    Porous alumina ceramic were produced by slip casting of aqueous alumina slurry with added small amount of metallic aluminium powder. Pores form in result of chemical reaction of aluminum with water by hydrogen gas evolution reaction and solidification of suspension. Porosity of such materials sintered at a temperature of 1600 - 1750°C varies from 60 to 90%. Pore size distribution and mechanical strength of these materials depend largely on the grain size of used raw materials. The major part of pores in the materials produced without additive of silica are larger than 10 ±m, but with 5 - 10 wt.% additive of silica in the raw mix pore size decreases considerably. The sintering shrinkage decreases to 2.5%. Coefficient of thermal expansion equally decreases from 8.9-10-6 K-1 to 7.1 10-6 K-1 and classification temperature increases to 1600°C, while deformation at high temperature decreases considerably.

  9. Impact of AD995 alumina rods

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    Chhabildas, L.C.; Furnish, M.D.; Reinhart, W.D. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Grady, D.E. [Applied Research Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    1997-10-01

    Gas guns and velocity interferometric techniques have been used to determine the loading behavior of an AD995 alumina rod 19 mm in diameter by 75 mm and 150 mm long, respectively. Graded-density materials were used to impact both bare and sleeved alumina rods while the velocity interferometer was used to monitor the axial-velocity of the free end of the rods. Results of these experiments demonstrate that (1) a time-dependent stress pulse generated during impact allows an efficient transition from the initial uniaxial strain loading to a uniaxial stress state as the stress pulse propagates through the rod, and (2) the intermediate loading rates obtained in this configuration lie between split Hopkinson bar and shock-loading techniques.

  10. Tribology of alumina-graphite composites

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    Yu, Chih-Yuan

    Alumina-graphite composites, which combine high wear resistance and self-lubricity, are a potential and promising candidate for advanced tribological applications. The processing, mechanical properties and tribology of alumina-graphite composites are discussed. Full density is difficult to achieve by a pressureless sintering route. Porosity of the composites increases with graphite content which causes the strength, modulus of elasticity, and hardness of the composites to decrease. The increased porosity does cause the fracture toughness to slightly increases. Tribology of alumina-graphite composites was studied with a pin-on-disk tribometer with emphasis on the following aspects: the graphite content in both pin and disk, the graphite flake size and the orientation of the graphite flakes. Scan electronic microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction are utilized to examine and characterize the wear debris and the worn surface. Results confirmed that it is necessary to optimize the structure and the supply of lubricant to improve the tribological behavior and that the arrangements of sliding couples also affect the tribology of self-lubricated ceramic composites. Continuous measurements of the friction coefficients were collected at high frequency in an attempt to correlate the tribology of alumina-graphite composites to vibrations introduced by friction. While these measurements indicate that the time frequency behavior of tribology is an important area of study, conclusions regarding the frequency response of different sliding couples could not be definitively stated. Finally, a new concept connecting instantaneous wear coefficient and instantaneous contact stress is proposed for prediction of wear behavior of brittle materials.

  11. Biological Fuel Cells and Membranes.

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    Ghassemi, Zahra; Slaughter, Gymama

    2017-01-17

    Biofuel cells have been widely used to generate bioelectricity. Early biofuel cells employ a semi-permeable membrane to separate the anodic and cathodic compartments. The impact of different membrane materials and compositions has also been explored. Some membrane materials are employed strictly as membrane separators, while some have gained significant attention in the immobilization of enzymes or microorganisms within or behind the membrane at the electrode surface. The membrane material affects the transfer rate of the chemical species (e.g., fuel, oxygen molecules, and products) involved in the chemical reaction, which in turn has an impact on the performance of the biofuel cell. For enzymatic biofuel cells, Nafion, modified Nafion, and chitosan membranes have been used widely and continue to hold great promise in the long-term stability of enzymes and microorganisms encapsulated within them. This article provides a review of the most widely used membrane materials in the development of enzymatic and microbial biofuel cells.

  12. Surface morphology, composition and thermal behavior of tungsten-containing anodic spark coatings on aluminium alloy

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    Lukiyanchuk, I.V.; Rudnev, V.S.; Kuryavyi, V.G.; Boguta, D.L.; Bulanova, S.B.; Gordienko, P.S

    2004-01-01

    Anodic spark coatings on aluminium alloy were prepared in aqueous electrolytes with sodium tungstate. The influence of boric acid addition in the electrolyte on the surface morphology, elemental and phase composition of the coatings was investigated. In both cases the coatings contained O, Al and W. The coatings obtained in electrolyte with boric acid and sodium tungstate contain also B at approximately 1 at.%. Scanning electron microscopy indicated that the coatings had three layers: the grey underlayer of anodic alumina, the second black layer of crystalline or amorphous aluminium tungstate agglomerated into fibers and the outer green layer of WO{sub 3}. It was proposed that isopoly- and heteropolyanions in the electrolyte used take part in the coating growth.

  13. Porous Aluminas: The bio template method for the synthesis of stable high surface area aluminas; Aluminas porosas: El metodo de bio-replica para la sintesis de aluminas estables de alta superficie especifica

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    Benitez Guerrero, M.; Perez Maqueda, L.; Pena Castro, P.; Pascual Cosp, J.

    2013-07-01

    Development of porous alumina has been the objective of numerous studies in recent decades, due to the intrinsic properties of aluminium oxide, such as high melting point, low thermal conductivity, chemical inertness and corrosion resistance which, in addition to a high surface area and permeability, make aluminas being used for many different industrial and technical applications. The crystallographic and textural stability of alumina acquires significant importance in those processes involving high temperatures; however, most of the synthesis methods yield metastable oxides of little interest in high-temperature processes due to the transformation to alpha phase, with the consequent reduction in surface area. The present article reviews diverse procedures for obtaining porous alumina with high specific surface area, including methods and strategies for preparing high surface alpha-alumina. Within this framework, the paper analyzes the results obtained through bio replica of lignocellulose materials. This technology allows preparing aluminas with the complex structural hierarchy of the lignocellulose templates. (Author)

  14. Synthesis and characterization of single-crystalline alumina nanowires

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    ZHAO Qing; XU Xiang-yu; ZHANG Hong-zhou; CHEN Yao-feng; XU Jun; YU Da-peng

    2005-01-01

    Alumina nanowires were synthesized on large-area silicon substrate via simple thermal evaporation method of heating a mixture of aluminum and alumina powders without using any catalyst or template. The phase structure and the surface morphology of the as-grown sample were analyzed by X-ray diffractometry(XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The chemical composition and the microstructure of the as-grown alumina nanowires were characterized using transmission electron microscope(TEM). The nanowires are usually straight and the single crystalline has average diameter of 40 nm and length of 3 - 5 μm. The growth direction is along the [002] direction. Well aligned alumina nanowire arrays were observed on the surface of many large particles. The catalyst-free growth of the alumina nanowires was explained under the framework of a vapor-solid(VS)growth mechanism. This as-synthesized alumina nanowires could find potential applications in the fabrication of nanodevices.

  15. Commercial alumina templates as base to fabricate 123-type high-T{sub c} superconductor nanowires

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    Koblischka, M.R.; Zeng, X.L.; Hartmann, U. [Institute of Experimental Physics, Saarland University, P. O. Box 151150, 66041 Saarbruecken (Germany)

    2016-04-15

    Nanowires of high-T{sub c} superconductors of the RE-123 type (RE = rare earths) were grown by the anodized alumina template method, employing commercially available alumina templates with nominal pore diameters of 20 and 100 nm. Pre-reacted YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (YBCO) and NdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub x} (NdBCO) powder was molten on top of the templates in order to fill the pores with the 123-type material. The resulting samples were oxygen-annealed at 450 C. Superconductivity with a transition temperature of 88 K (YBCO) and 96 K (NdBCO) was confirmed by means of magnetic susceptibility measurements (SQUID) using pieces of the filled template. The electric (resistance) and magnetic measurements revealed further relatively sharp superconducting transitions. To understand the dimensions of the resulting nanowires (length up to 10 μm, diameter between 100 and 250 nm), which do not correspond to the nominal pore diameters, the empty and filled commercial templates were analyzed in detail by scanning electron microscopy. We discuss the feasibility of this approach to produce larger amounts of nanowires. (copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  16. Fabrication of TiO2 Nanotanks Embedded in a Nanoporous Alumina Template

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    C. Massard

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The feasibility of surface nanopatterning with TiO2 nanotanks embedded in a nanoporous alumina template was investigated. Self-assembled anodized aluminium oxide (AAO template, in conjunction with sol gel process, was used to fabricate this nanocomposite object. Through hydrolysis and condensation of the titanium alkoxide, an inorganic TiO2 gel was moulded within the nanopore cavities of the alumina template. The nanocomposite object underwent two thermal treatments to stabilize and crystallize the TiO2. The morphology of the nanocomposite object was characterized by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM. The TiO2 nanotanks obtained have cylindrical shapes and are approximately 69 nm in diameter with a tank-to-tank distance of 26 nm. X-ray diffraction analyses performed by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM with selected area electron diffraction (SAED were used to investigate the TiO2 structure. The optical properties were studied using UV-Vis spectroscopy.

  17. Liquid-metal electrode to enable ultra-low temperature sodium-beta alumina batteries for renewable energy storage.

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    Lu, Xiaochuan; Li, Guosheng; Kim, Jin Y; Mei, Donghai; Lemmon, John P; Sprenkle, Vincent L; Liu, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Commercial sodium-sulphur or sodium-metal halide batteries typically need an operating temperature of 300-350 °C, and one of the reasons is poor wettability of liquid sodium on the surface of beta alumina. Here we report an alloying strategy that can markedly improve the wetting, which allows the batteries to be operated at much lower temperatures. Our combined experimental and computational studies suggest that addition of caesium to sodium can markedly enhance the wettability. Single cells with Na-Cs alloy anodes exhibit great improvement in cycling life over those with pure sodium anodes at 175 and 150 °C. The cells show good performance even at as low as 95 °C. These results demonstrate that sodium-beta alumina batteries can be operated at much lower temperatures with successfully solving the wetting issue. This work also suggests a strategy to use liquid metals in advanced batteries that can avoid the intrinsic safety issues associated with dendrite formation.

  18. Influence of TAC on Dispersion of Aqueous Nano Alumina Suspension

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    ZHAO Wei; YANG De-an; SONG Jian-jing; YANG Zi; LIANG Chong; XU Ming-xia; XU Ting-xian

    2004-01-01

    The stability of aqueous nano alumina powder suspensions with and without dispersant tri-ammonium citrate (TAC) was investigated by measuring zeta potential at different pH values. The isoelectric point (IEP) of alumina powder shifts towards more acidic pH range by adding TAC dispersant. The results illustrate that adsorption of TAC on alumina powder surface existed in the aqueous suspension, which leads to a high stability of the suspension.

  19. Novel self assembly behavior for γ-alumina nanoparticles

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    Osama Saber

    2012-01-01

    In this study,self assembly behavior was induced for γ-alumina nanoparticles by adsorption of dimethyl disulfide.Following this trend,we have developed a chemical process to obtain γ-alumina in the nano scale.Scanning electron microscopy images of the prepared γ-alumina showed big and strong agglomeration of the nanoparticles indicating that these nanoparticles have strong surface forces.Transmission electron microscopy images confirmed that the γ-alumina nanoparticles 3-7 nm in size were converted to uniform spherical shape in the size range of 1-2 mm after shaking with dimethyl disulfide in the presence of n-hexane at room temperature.This phenomenon did not appear in the case of alumina in the micro scale.The surface properties of the prepared γ-alumina in the nano scale were characterized and compared with the γ-alumina in the micro scale by using low temperature nitrogen adsorption-desorption system,indicating that the specific surface area of the prepared γ-alumina nanoparticles is larger than that of the γ-alumina in the micro scale.Furthermore,micro-and meso-pores were observed for the γ-alumina nanoparticles while only mesoporous structure was detected for the γ-alumina in the micro scale.These experimental results suggested that the self assembly behavior of the γ-alumina nanoparticles may be due to the selective adsorption of dimethyl disulfide in the micropores of these nanoparticles to act as bridge linking the nanoparticles.

  20. Performances of Anode-Supported BZCY Electrolyte and GBFN Cathode Membranes in Ammonia Synthesis at Atmospheric Pressure%阳极支撑BZCY电解质及GBFN阴极膜在常压合成氨中的性能研究

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    朱剑莉; 马桂林; 占忠亮

    2012-01-01

    BaZr0.1Ce0.7 Y0.2O3-α( BZCY) proton-conducting electrolyte and GdBaFeNiO5+δ(GBFN) cathode materials were prepared by the citric-nitrate process. A membrane reactor for ammonia synthesis was successfully fabricated through the following process; an anode-supported dense BZCY electrolyte membrane was first fabricated, and then on the membrane porous GBFN cathode membrane was fabricated by a simple spin coating process combined with heat treatment. The ammonia synthesis test was conducted by an electrolytic method using H2 and N2 as reactant gases. The results indicated that BZCY and GBFN were perovskite and double perovskite structures, respectively. The anode substrate showed good chemical compatibility between NiO and BZCY, and the maximum ammonia formation rate reached 1. 63 x 10-8 mol os~1ocm~2, which was higher than the reported values by similar methods to date. The high maximum ammonia formation rate mould be closely relevant to excellent electrical conduction performance for BZCY and excellent polarization performance for GBFN. The modification of Ag on the GBFN cathode was also beneficial for enhancing the ammonia formation rate.%采用硝酸盐-柠檬酸法制备了 BaZr0.1 Ce0.7 Y0.2 O3-α(BZCY)质子电解质及GdBaFeNiO5+δ(GBFN)阴极材料,用浆料旋涂法结合后续的热处理在NiO-BZCY阳极支撑体上制备致密的BZCY电解质薄膜,在电解质薄膜上制备多孔性GBFN阴极膜,成功地组装成合成氨膜反应器.以氢、氮气为反应气体,通过电解方法进行了常压合成氨试验.结果显示,BZCY及GBFN分别具有钙钛矿型及双钙钛矿型结构,NiO与BZ-CY具有良好的化学兼容性,合成氨产率高达1.63 ×10-8 mol·s-1·cm-2,高于迄今所报道的类似方法的合成氨产率.这与BZCY电解质膜优良的导电性能、GBFN膜优良的极化性能密切相关.Ag对GBFN的修饰也有利于氨产率的提高.

  1. Corrosion of Refractory Alumina-Graphite and Alumina-Graphite-Zirconia in Slag Containing Titania

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    XU Yuan; LIU Qing-cai; BAI Chen-guang; CHEN Deng-fu; Joseph W Newkirk

    2004-01-01

    The corrosion of refractory alumina-graphite and alumina-graphite-zirconia in the slag containing titania was studied by immersion tests (quasi-static and dynamic tests). Combining direct observation with microscopic investigations, a mechanism for corrosion was proposed based on the oxidation of graphite and the dissolution of refractory components. During the corrosion process, there are some special phenomena and laws that can be explained by the relation between the corrosion rate and the TiO2 mass percent, the rotational refractory velocity and the morphology of the deteriorated layer.

  2. Aqueous combustion synthesis and characterization of zirconia-alumina nanocomposites

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    Kishan, J.; Mangam, Venu; Reddy, B.S.B.; Das, Siddhartha [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal 721302 (India); Das, Karabi, E-mail: karabi@metal.iitkgp.ernet.i [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal 721302 (India)

    2010-02-04

    The zirconia-alumina nanocomposite powders with 3-48 mol% of alumina are prepared by aqueous combustion synthesis technique using stoichiometric amounts of aluminium nitrate, zirconyl nitrate and glycine. The nanopowders are compacted uniaxially and sintered at 1000 {sup o}C temperature in a muffle furnace. Thermodynamic modeling of the combustion reaction shows that, as the alumina content increases, the amount of gases produced increases with a decrease in the adiabatic flame temperature. The green and sintered densities of cold press composite powders decrease with an increase in the mol% of alumina.

  3. Rheology of Alumina-Based Graphite-Containing Castables

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    YE Fangbao; M. Rigaud; LIU Xinhong; ZHONG Xiangchong

    2005-01-01

    In this work, the rheological behavior of ultra-low cement alumina-based castables with addition of flake graphite and extruded graphite pellets has been investigated by using IBB rheometer. Emphasis has been laid on the influence of the type and amount of carbon addition on rheological properties of the alumina-based castables and the results are compared with corresponding alumina castable samples without any carbon addition. It is found that alumina-based castables with extruded graphite pellets have good rheological behavior and flowability with lower water demand ( < 6. 3% )and no segregation during the shearing of castable.

  4. Study on Electrochemical Biosensor Based on Alumina Nanochannels%基于氧化铝纳米通道的电化学生物传感器研究

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    陈燕; 李雪梅; 李秋顺; 史建国

    2014-01-01

    The perfectly ordered alumina nanochannels prepared by binary anodic oxidation was modified with amino-groups on the surface by reacting with 3-aminopropylethoxysilane and then reacted for 12 h in a buffer solution (pH 5.5)containing biotin to immobilize biotin on the surface of the nanochannels with bore diameters of ca.50 nm.Circular slice of polymer membrane with 7 mm was glued with PVC/THF solution on the top of a length of PVC tubing,and the modified alumina nanochannels prepared was glued on the base of the membrane with organic silicone rubber,which was to be used as working electrode.Potentiometric study was made with biotin-avidin system as a mode,using the modified alumina nano-channels as discerning carrier.Linear relationship between values of potential change and mass concentration of avidin was kept in the range of 0.10 to 0.60 mg·L-1 , with detection limit (3σ)of 0.05 mg·L-1 .Feasibility of determination of bio-materials of macro-molecules using the modified alumina nanochannels as bio-sensor in potentiometry was proved.%将制备好的氧化铝纳米通道经与3-氨丙基三乙氧基硅烷反应使其表面修饰了氨基后,再在含生物素的缓冲溶液(pH 5.5)中反应12 h,制成表面固定了生物素的氧化铝纳米通道,通道孔径约50 nm。另取 PVC 管一段,在其顶端用 PVC/THF 混合液粘附制备好的聚合物膜,再将上述修饰好的氧化铝纳米通道用有机硅橡胶粘在敏感膜的底部,作为工作电极待用。以生物素-亲和素体系为模型,用经修饰的氧化铝纳米通道为识别载体进行电位法检测,实现了亲和素的检测。亲和素的质量浓度在0.10~0.60 mg·L-1范围内与相应的电位变化值之间呈线性关系,检出限(3σ)为0.05 mg·L-1。试验结果验证了氧化铝纳米通道电位生物传感器测定生物大分子的可行性。

  5. Nanoporosity of Alumina Surfaces Induces Different Patterns of Activation in Adhering Monocytes/Macrophages

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    Natalia Ferraz

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study shows that alumina nanotopography affects monocyte/macrophage behavior. Human mononuclear cells cultured on alumina membranes with pore diameters of 20 and 200 nm were evaluated in terms of cell adhesion, viability, morphology, and release of proinflammatory cytokines. After 24 hours, cell adhesion was assessed by means of light microscopy and cell viability by measuring LDH release. The inflammatory response was evaluated by quantifying interleukin-1β and tumour necrosis factor-α. Finally, scanning electron microscopy was used to study cell morphology. Results showed pronounced differences in cell number, morphology, and cytokine release depending on the nanoporosity. Few but highly activated cells were found on the 200 nm porous alumina, while relatively larger number of cells were found on the 20 nm porous surface. However, despite their larger number, the cells adhering on the 20 nm surface exhibited reduced pro-inflammatory activity. The data of this paper implies that nanotopography could be exploited for controlling the inflammatory response to implants.

  6. The Dynamics of Platinum Precipitation in an Ion Exchange Membrane

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    Burlatsky, S F; Atrazhev, V V; Dmitriev, D V; Kuzminyh, N Y; Erikhman, N S

    2013-01-01

    Microscopy of polymer electrolyte membranes that have undergone operation under fuel cell conditions, have revealed a well defined band of platinum in the membrane. Here, we propose a physics based model that captures the mechanism of platinum precipitation in the polymer electrolyte membrane. While platinum is observed throughout the membrane, the preferential growth of platinum at the band of platinum is dependent on the electrochemical potential distribution in the membrane. In this paper, the location of the platinum band is calculated as a function of the gas concentration at the cathode and anode, gas diffusion coefficients and solubility constants of the gases in the membrane, which are functions of relative humidity. Under H2/N2 conditions the platinum band is located near the cathode-membrane interface, as the oxygen concentration in the cathode gas stream increases and/or the hydrogen concentration in the anode gas stream decreases, the band moves towards the anode. The model developed in this paper...

  7. Anodic Bubble Behavior and Voltage Drop in a Laboratory Transparent Aluminum Electrolytic Cell

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    Zhao, Zhibin; Wang, Zhaowen; Gao, Bingliang; Feng, Yuqing; Shi, Zhongning; Hu, Xianwei

    2016-06-01

    The anodic bubbles generated in aluminum electrolytic cells play a complex role to bath flow, alumina mixing, cell voltage, heat transfer, etc., and eventually affect cell performance. In this paper, the bubble dynamics beneath the anode were observed for the first time from bottom view directly in a similar industrial electrolytic environment, using a laboratory-scale transparent aluminum electrolytic cell. The corresponding cell voltage was measured simultaneously for quantitatively investigating its relevance to bubble dynamics. It was found that the bubbles generated in many spots that increased in number with the increase of current density; the bubbles grew through gas diffusion and various types of coalescences; when bubbles grew to a certain size with their surface reaching to the anode edge, they escaped from the anode bottom suddenly; with the increase of current density, the release frequency increases, and the size of these bubbles decreases. The cell voltage was very consistent with bubble coverage, with a high bubble coverage corresponding to a higher cell voltage. At low current density, the curves of voltage and coverage fluctuated in a regularly periodical pattern, while the curves became more irregular at high current density. The magnitude of voltage fluctuation increased with current density first and reached a maximum value at current density of 0.9 A/cm2, and decreased when the current density was further increased. The extra resistance induced by bubbles was found to increase with the bubble coverage, showing a similar trend with published equations.

  8. Damage of alumina films by medium energy hydrogen and helium ions

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    Bailey, P; Liu, Y; Alexander, M R; Koroleva, E V; Skeldon, P; Thompson, G E; Habazaki, H; Shimizu, K

    2002-01-01

    Following previous observations of detachment of amorphous, anodic alumina films from aluminium by 100 keV H sup + ions, further experiments have been carried out using H sup + , D sup + , sup 3 He sup + and sup 4 He sup + ions, at energies in the range of 0.5-270 keV, to irradiate anodized aluminium with oxides of thickness from 30 to 500 nm. Surface damage was investigated by field-emission-gun scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. Detachment of the oxide, which takes place close to, or at, the metal/oxide interface, occurred only following irradiation by H sup + and D sup + ions, with the ions being stopped in the metal rather than the oxide. The threshold fluence for initiation of detachment is approximately 3x10 sup 1 sup 5 ions cm sup - sup 2. No detachment was detected following irradiations by sup 3 He sup + and sup 4 He sup + ions with fluences up to 5x10 sup 1 sup 6 ions cm sup - sup 2 and ranges similar to those of H sup + and D sup + ions, although vacancy production i...

  9. The Influence Of The Way Of Alumina Addition On Properties Improvement Of 3YSZ Material

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    Drożdż E.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ is the best known ceramic-oxide material employed as a component of either solid electrolyte or anode cermet material for intermediate solid oxide fuel cell (IT - SOFC. The properties of traditionally produced (by mechanical mixing of oxides Al2O3/3YSZ composite with the same composition materials obtained by citrate and impregnation methods and with properties of pure tetragonal zirconia (3YSZ were compared. The materials were characterised by X-ray diffraction, SEM observations with EDX analysis, density and impedance spectroscopy measurements. The results shown that Al2O3/3YSZ composites reveals higher conductivity than pure 3YSZ and that addition of alumina (regardless of methods improve electric properties of resulting materials. Taking into account application of this materials as anode in IT-SOFC the determined values of energy activation of conductivity and microstructural properties of composites show that materials obtained by citric method are the most promising.

  10. Photo- and electroluminescence properties of lanthanide tungstate-doped porous anodic aluminum oxide

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    Staninski, Krzysztof; Piskuła, Zbigniew; Kaczmarek, Małgorzata

    2017-02-01

    A new cathode material for the potential use in light-emitting devices, based on porous anodic alumina (PAA), aluminum and ITO layers has been synthesized. Porous alumina samples with ordered pore arrays were prepared electrochemically from high purity Al sheet in H2SO4 and H3PO4. To be able to apply the matrix obtained in the electroluminescence cell, the thickness of the barrier layer of aluminum oxide was decreased by slow reduction of the anodization voltage to zero. The luminescence and electroluminescence (EL) properties of the Al2O3 matrix admixtured with Eu3+ and Tb3+ ions as well as europium and terbium tungstates, were determined. The particles of inorganic luminophore were synthesized on the walls of the matrix cylindrical nanopores in the two-step process of immersion in solutions of TbCl3 or EuCl3 and Na2WO4. The effect of the nanopores diameter and the thickness of the porous Al2O3 layer on the intensity and relative yield of electroluminescence was analyzed, the best results were obtained for 80-90 μm PAA layers with 140 nm nanopores.

  11. Anisotropic shrinkage characteristics of tape cast alumina

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    Patwardhan, Jaideep Suresh

    Dimensional control during sintering is a major issue in ceramics processing to avoid high post-sintering costs associated with machining of the fired ceramic part to desired tolerances and dimensions. Ceramic forming processes such as tape casting, injection molding, and extrusion involve shear of anisotropic particles resulting in preferential alignment of the particles in the green body. This preferential alignment causes directionality in mechanical, electrical, optical, and magnetic properties and most importantly warpage or distortion during sintering. A large effort has been devoted to synthesizing ceramic green bodies with minimal density gradients and uniform packing and modeling the sintering behavior evolution but little effort has been devoted to characterizing orientation of particles and the effect of preferential alignment on sintering shrinkage anisotropy. A systematic study was initiated to study the effect of processing variables such as shear rate, solids loading, temperature, and binder content on aqueous tape cast alumina. Three different alumina systems: A16-SG, Baikowski RC-UFX DBM and RC-LS DBM were investigated. Aqueous tapes of high solids loading alumina (56 vol. %) were tape cast at various speeds and thicknesses and assuming plane Couette flow a shear rate regime of 21--270 s-1 was investigated. Higher shear rates and high solids loading resulted in higher in-plane anisotropy whereas the anisotropy in the thickness direction was higher for low solids loading systems. The anisotropy was found to be fairly constant above a certain critical shear rate (˜100 s-1) irrespective of the temperature and the solids loading and this correlated with the viscosity-shear rate relationship of the cast slips. The higher shrinkage anisotropy in the thickness direction for the low solids loading systems (35 and 45 vol. %) was attributed to the higher amount of organics in the slip required to sustain the suitable viscosity for tape casting and

  12. NMR Revealed Activated Alumina-Water Interaction

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    ZHOU Rui; ZHOU Yan; HU Kai; JI Zhen-ping; CHENG Gong-zhen

    2005-01-01

    Three different spin-lattice relaxation times (T1) of water were obtained in activated alumina-water slurry system, which indicate that there exist three states of water: bound water, pore water and bulk water. The chemical shift (δH) decreases as the amount of water added to the system increases due to the differences in contribution of these three states of water in the samples. The δH value for adsorbed water decreases nearly linearly and T1 increases with elevating temperature, which result from the decrease in the content of bound water by the increase in thermal motion.

  13. STUDY OF ANODIC OVERVOLTAGE IN NEODYMIUM ELECTROLYSIS

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    K.R. Liu; J.S. Chen; Q. Han; X.J. Wei

    2003-01-01

    The anodic overvoltage of neodymium electrolysis was determined by slow scanning oscillogram. The effects of some factors, i.e. the temperature, the anodic current density, the concentration of Nd2O3 and the components of the electrolyte were investigated and the approaches to decrease the anodic overvoltage were also discussed. The results show that the anodic overvoltage increases with the anodic current density and decreases with the increasing temperature. The linear relation between the anodic overvoltage and the current density corresponding to Tafel equation is determined to some extent. The anodic overvoltage decreases with the increasing concentrations of LiF and NdF3. It also decreases by controlling the anodic current density properly, increasing the temperature or the concentrations of LiF and NdF3 and the reducing polar distance.

  14. DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGY FOR ANODE BALL PRODUCTION

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    G. V. Kozhevnikova

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Technology of copper anode balls manufacturing by means of cross-wedge rolling method is developed. The technology satisfies the requirements towards anode balls’ crystalline structure, form and geometrical dimensions accuracy.

  15. Chemical modification/grafting of mesoporous alumina with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS)

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    Pinheiro de Melo, A.F.; Nijmeijer, A.; Sripathi, V.G.P.; Winnubst, A.J.A.

    2015-01-01

    A method for polydimethylsiloxane grafting of alumina powders is described which involves chemical modification of the surface of mesoporous (5 nm) γ-alumina flakes with a linker (3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane: APTES), either by a solution phase (SPD) or a vapour phase (VPD) reaction, followed by PDM

  16. Development of Reproducing Alumina-Magnesia-Carbon Bricks

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    2007-01-01

    The reproducing alumina-magnesia-carbon bricks were prepared with the dumped bricks as starting materials. The bulk density, apparent porosity, crushing strength, modolus of rupture and slag resistance of the specimen were analyzed. The results show that the used refractories can be reused and recycled by the right method. The reproducing alumina-magnesia-carbon bricks with better abilities were prepared.

  17. 21 CFR 73.1010 - Alumina (dried aluminum hydroxide).

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Alumina (dried aluminum hydroxide). 73.1010 Section 73.1010 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES GENERAL LISTING OF COLOR ADDITIVES EXEMPT FROM CERTIFICATION Drugs § 73.1010 Alumina (dried...

  18. Dynamic compressive and tensile strengths of spark plasma sintered alumina

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    Girlitsky, I.; Zaretsky, E.; Kalabukhov, S.; Dariel, M. P.; Frage, N.

    2014-06-01

    Fully dense submicron grain size alumina samples were manufactured from alumina nano-powder using Spark Plasma Sintering and tested in two kinds of VISAR-instrumented planar impact tests. In the first kind, samples were loaded by 1-mm tungsten impactors, accelerated to a velocity of about 1 km/s. These tests were aimed at studying the Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL) of Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS)-processed alumina and the decay, with propagation distance, of the elastic precursor wave. In the tests of the second kind, alumina samples of 3-mm thickness were loaded by 1-mm copper impactors accelerated to 100-1000 m/s. These tests were aimed at studying the dynamic tensile (spall) strength of the alumina specimens. The tensile fracture of the un-alloyed alumina shows a monotonic decline of the spall strength with the amplitude of the loading stress pulse. Analysis of the decay of the elastic precursor wave allowed determining the rate of the irreversible (inelastic) strains in the SPS-processed alumina at the initial stages of the shock-induced inelastic deformation and to clarify the mechanisms responsible for the deformation. The 1-% addition of Cr2O3 decreases the HEL of the SPS-processed alumina by 5-% and its spall strength by 50% but barely affects its static properties.

  19. 40 CFR 721.10120 - Siloxane modified alumina nanoparticles (generic).

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    2010-07-01

    ... nanoparticles (generic). 721.10120 Section 721.10120 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.10120 Siloxane modified alumina nanoparticles (generic). (a) Chemical... as siloxane modified alumina nanoparticles (PMN P-05-687) is subject to reporting under this...

  20. Thermal Shock Behaviour of Alumina-Iron Composites

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    2002-01-01

    Thermal shock behaviour was investigated for two morphologically different composites comprising an alumina matrix and 20 vol. pct Fe particles for a wide range of quenching temperature differences (△T=100~800°C) and compared to a monolithic alumina. The retained strength and critical quenching temperature difference, △Tc, of the two composites were a significant improvement over the values for the respective monolithic alumina. Crack lengths and densities were shown to be greater for the alumina than for the two composites at all quenching temperature differences. The thermal shock resistance parameters for monolithic alumina and the two composites were calculated according to their mechanical and physical properties. The calculated results agree well with the experimental one and indicate possible explanations for the differences in thermal shock behaviour.

  1. Comparison of deep desulfurization methods in alumina production process

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    刘战伟; 李旺兴; 马文会; 尹中林; 武国宝

    2015-01-01

    Several methods of deep desulfurization in alumina production process were studied, and the costs of these methods were compared. It is found that most of the S2− in sodium aluminate solution can be removed by adding sodium nitrate or hydrogen peroxide in digestion process, and in this way the effect of S2− on alumina product quality is eliminated. However, the removal efficiency of2-23SOin sodium aluminate solution is very low by this method. Both S2− and2-23SO in sodium aluminate solution can be removed completely by wet oxidation method in digestion process. The cost of desulfurization by wet oxidation is lower than by adding sodium nitrate or hydrogen peroxide. The results of this research reveal that wet oxidation is an economical and feasible method for the removal of sulfur in alumina production process to improve alumina quality, and provide valuable guidelines for alumina production by high-sulfur bauxite.

  2. Thermal Conductivity of Alumina-reinforced Zirconia Composites

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    2005-01-01

    10-mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (10SZ) - alumina composites containing 0-30 mol% alumina were fabricated by hot pressing at 1500 C in vacuum. Thermal conductivity was determined at various temperatures using a steady-state laser heat flux technique. Thermal conductivity of the composites increased with increase in alumina content. Composites containing 0, 5, and 10-mol% alumina did not show any change in thermal conductivity with temperature. However, those containing 20 and 30-mol% alumina showed a decrease in thermal conductivity with increase in temperature. The measured values of thermal conductivity were in good agreement with those calculated from the Maxwell-Eucken model where one phase is uniformly dispersed within a second major continuous phase.

  3. Nitrogen doped carbon nanoparticles enhanced extracellular electron transfer for high-performance microbial fuel cells anode.

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    Yu, Yang-Yang; Guo, Chun Xian; Yong, Yang-Chun; Li, Chang Ming; Song, Hao

    2015-12-01

    Nitrogen doped carbon nanoparticles (NDCN) were applied to modify the carbon cloth anodes of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) inoculated with Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, one of the most well-studied exoelectrogens. Experimental results demonstrated that the use of NDCN increased anodic absorption of flavins (i.e., the soluble electron mediator secreted by S. oneidensis MR-1), facilitating shuttle-mediated extracellular electron transfer. In addition, we also found that NDCN enabled enhanced contact-based direct electron transfer via outer-membrane c-type cytochromes. Taken together, the performance of MFCs with the NDCN-modified anode was enormously enhanced, delivering a maximum power density 3.5 times' higher than that of the MFCs without the modification of carbon cloth anodes.

  4. Properties of Transition Metal Doped Alumina

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    Nykwest, Erik; Limmer, Krista; Brennan, Ray; Blair, Victoria; Ramprasad, Rampi

    Crystallographic texture can have profound effects on the properties of a material. One method of texturing is through the application of an external magnetic field during processing. While this method works with highly magnetic systems, doping is required to couple non-magnetic systems with the external field. Experiments have shown that low concentrations of rare earth (RE) dopants in alumina powders have enabled this kind of texturing. The magnetic properties of RE elements are directly related to their f orbital, which can have as many as 7 unpaired electrons. Since d-block elements can have as many as 5 unpaired electrons the effects of substitutional doping of 3d transition metals (TM) for Al in alpha (stable) and theta (metastable) alumina on the local structure and magnetic properties, in addition to the energetic cost, have been calculated by performing first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. This study has led to the development of general guidelines for the magnetic moment distribution at and around the dopant atom, and the dependence of this distribution on the dopant atom type and its coordination environment. It is anticipated that these findings can aid in the selection of suitable dopants help to guide parallel experimental efforts. This project was supported in part by an internship at the Army Research Laboratory, administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, along with a grant of computer time from the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program.

  5. Modified-starch Consolidation of Alumina Ceramics

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    JU Chenhui; WANG Yanmin; YE Jiandong; HUANG Yun

    2008-01-01

    The alumina ceramics with the homogeneous microstructure and the higher density were fabricated via the modified-starch consolidation process by 1.0 wt%of a modified starch as a consolidator/binder.The swelling behavior of the modified oxidized tapioca starch was analyzed by optical microscope,and two other corn starches(common corn starch and high amylose COrn starch)were also analyzed for comparison.The modified starch used as a binder for the consolidation swelled at about 55℃.began to gelatinize at 65℃ and then was completely gelatinized at 75℃.But the corn starches could not be completely gelatinized even at 80℃for 1 h.The high-strength green bodies(10.6 MPa)with the complex shapes were produced.The green bodies were sintered without any binder burnout procedure at 1700℃and a relative density of 95.3% was obtained for the sintered bodies,which is similar to that of the sintered sample formed by conventional slip casting.In addition,the effect of temperature on the apparent viscosity of the starch/alumina slurry in the process was investigated,and the corresponding mechanism for the starch consolidation was discussed.

  6. One-step fabrication of nanostructure-covered microstructures using selective aluminum anodization based on non-uniform electric field

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    Park, Yong Min; Kim, Byeong Hee; Seo, Young Ho

    2016-06-01

    This paper presents a selective aluminum anodization technique for the fabrication of microstructures covered by nanoscale dome structures. It is possible to fabricate bulging microstructures, utilizing the different growth rates of anodic aluminum oxide in non-uniform electric fields, because the growth rate of anodic aluminum oxide depends on the intensity of electric field, or current density. After anodizing under a non-uniform electric field, bulging microstructures covered by nanostructures were fabricated by removing the residual aluminum layer. The non-uniform electric field induced by insulative micropatterns was estimated by computational simulations and verified experimentally. Utilizing computational simulations, the intensity profile of the electric field was calculated according to the ratio of height and width of the insulative micropatterns. To compare computational simulation results and experimental results, insulative micropatterns were fabricated using SU-8 photoresist. The results verified that the shape of the bottom topology of anodic alumina was strongly dependent on the intensity profile of the applied electric field, or current density. The one-step fabrication of nanostructure-covered microstructures can be applied to various fields, such as nano-biochip and nano-optics, owing to its simplicity and cost effectiveness.

  7. Parsing abnormal grain growth in specialty aluminas

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    Lawrence, Abigail Kremer

    Grain growth in alumina is strongly affected by the impurities present in the material. Certain impurity elements are known to have characteristic effects on abnormal grain growth in alumina. Specialty alumina powders contain multiple impurity species including MgO, CaO, SiO2, and Na 2O. In this work, sintered samples made from alumina powders containing various amounts of the impurities in question were characterized by their grain size and aspect ratio distributions. Multiple quantitative methods were used to characterize and classify samples with varying microstructures. The grain size distributions were used to partition the grain size population into subpopulations depending on the observed deviation from normal behavior. Using both grain size and aspect ratio a new visual representation for a microstructure was introduced called a morphology frequency map that gives a fingerprint for the material. The number of subpopulations within a sample and the shape of the distribution on the morphology map provided the basis for a classification scheme for different types of microstructures. Also using the two parameters a series of five metrics were calculated that describe the character of the abnormal grains in the sample, these were called abnormal character values. The abnormal character values describe the fraction of grains that are considered abnormal, the average magnitude of abnormality (including both grain size and aspect ratio), the average size, and variance in size. The final metric is the correlation between grain size and aspect ratio for the entire population of grains. The abnormal character values give a sense of how different from "normal" the sample is, given the assumption that a normal sample has a lognormal distribution of grain size and a Gaussian distribution of aspect ratios. In the second part of the work the quantified measures of abnormality were correlated with processing parameters such as composition and heat treatment conditions. A

  8. Adsorption on Highly Ordered Porous Alumina

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    Mistura, Giampaolo; Bruschi, Lorenzo; Lee, Woo

    2016-10-01

    Porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) is characterized by a regular arrangement of the pores with a narrow pore size distribution over extended areas, uniform pore depth, and solid pore walls without micropores. Thanks to significant improvements in anodization techniques, structural engineering of AAO allows to accurately tailor the pore morphology. These features make porous AAO an excellent substrate to study adsorption phenomena. In this paper, we review recent experiments involving the adsorption in porous AAO. Particular attention will be devoted to adsorption in straight and structured pores with a closed end which shed new light on fundamental issues like the origin of hysteresis in closed end pores and the nature of evaporation from ink-bottle pores. The results will be compared to those obtained in other synthetic materials like porous silicon and silica.

  9. Ellipsometry of anodic film growth

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    Smith, C.G.

    1978-08-01

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

  10. Development of an electrolyte based on a composite of TEOS/PDMS/ALUMINA with phosphotungstic acid for PEMFC application

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    Hansen, D.G.; Lima, M.O.; Santa Rosa, L.O.; Jose, N.M.; Boaventura, F.J.S. [Univ. Federal da Bahia, Salvador (Brazil). Dept. of Physical Chemistry

    2009-07-01

    This study analyzed the suitability of PDMS/TEOS/Al203/PWA membranes for use in proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) applications. The membranes were prepared using a sol-gel method and were comprised of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) reticulated with tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) reinforced with alumina. Phosphotunguistic acid was used as a proton conducting species. PDMS and TEOS were reacted in a 70-30 mass proportion. Al203 and PWA were then incorporated in mass proportions of 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 per cent. The membranes were then analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric (TG), direct scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) techniques. The band characteristics of the hybrid matrix and alumina were characterized. Results of the study showed that the thermal stability and residual mass of the membranes increased with the addition of reinforcing materials. Conductivity was 10 mS per cm, which decreased with increases in crystallinity. Homogenous reinforcement distribution was observed throughout the matrix. It was concluded that the materials are suitable for PEMFC applications.

  11. Spatially resolved confocal resonant Raman microscopic analysis of anode-grown Geobacter sulfurreducens biofilms.

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    Lebedev, Nikolai; Strycharz-Glaven, Sarah M; Tender, Leonard M

    2014-02-03

    When grown on the surface of an anode electrode, Geobacter sulfurreducens forms a multi-cell thick biofilm in which all cells appear to couple the oxidation of acetate with electron transport to the anode, which serves as the terminal metabolic electron acceptor. Just how electrons are transported through such a biofilm from cells to the underlying anode surface over distances that can exceed 20 microns remains unresolved. Current evidence suggests it may occur by electron hopping through a proposed network of redox cofactors composed of immobile outer membrane and/or extracellular multi-heme c-type cytochromes. In the present work, we perform a spatially resolved confocal resonant Raman (CRR) microscopic analysis to investigate anode-grown Geobacter biofilms. The results confirm the presence of an intra-biofilm redox gradient whereby the probability that a heme is in the reduced state increases with increasing distance from the anode surface. Such a gradient is required to drive electron transport toward the anode surface by electron hopping via cytochromes. The results also indicate that at open circuit, when electrons are expected to accumulate in redox cofactors involved in electron transport due to the inability of the anode to accept electrons, nearly all c-type cytochrome hemes detected in the biofilm are oxidized. The same outcome occurs when a comparable potential to that measured at open circuit (-0.30 V vs. SHE) is applied to the anode, whereas nearly all hemes are reduced when an exceedingly negative potential (-0.50 V vs. SHE) is applied to the anode. These results suggest that nearly all c-type cytochrome hemes detected in the biofilm can be electrochemically accessed by the electrode, but most have oxidation potentials too negative to transport electrons originating from acetate metabolism. The results also reveal a lateral heterogeneity (x-y dimensions) in the type of c-type cytochromes within the biofilm that may affect electron transport to the

  12. [Vernier Anode Design and Image Simulation].

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    Zhao, Ai-rong; Ni, Qi-liang; Song, Ke-fei

    2015-12-01

    Based-MCP position-sensitive anode photon-counting imaging detector is good at detecting extremely faint light, which includes micro-channel plate (MCP), position-sensitive anode and readout, and the performances of these detectors are mainly decided by the position-sensitive anode. As a charge division anode, Vernier anode using cyclically varying electrode areas which replaces the linearly varying electrodes of wedge-strip anode can get better resolution and greater electrode dynamic range. Simulation and design of the Vernier anode based on Vernier's decode principle are given here. Firstly, we introduce the decode and design principle of Vernier anode with nine electrodes in vector way, and get the design parameters which are the pitch, amplitude and the coarse wavelength of electrode. Secondly, we analyze the effect of every design parameters to the imaging of the detector. We simulate the electron cloud, the Vernier anode and the detector imaging using Labview software and get the relationship between the pitch and the coarse wavelength of the anode. Simultaneously, we get the corresponding electron cloud for the designing parameters. Based on the result of the simulation and the practical machining demand, a nine electrodes Vernier anode was designed and fabricated which has a pitch of 891 µm, insulation width of 25 µm, amplitude of 50 µm, coarse pixel numbers of 5.

  13. Electrocatalysis of carbon anode in aluminium electrolysis

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    2002-01-01

    The anodic overvoltage of the carbon anode in aluminum electrolysis isof the order of 0.6 V at normal current densities. However, it can be reduced somewhat by doping the anode carbon with various inorganic compounds. A new apparatus was designed to improve the precision of overvoltage measurements. Anodes were doped with MgAl2O4 and AlF3 both by impregnation of the coke and by adding powder, and the measured overvoltage was compared with that of undoped samples. For prebake type anodes baked at around 1150 oC, the anodic overvoltage was reduced by 40-60 mV, and for Soderberg type anodes, baked at 950 oC, by 60-80 mV.

  14. Microstructural evolution of alumina-zirconia nanocomposites; Evolucao microestrutural de nanocompositos alumina-zirconia

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    Ojaimi, C.L.; Chinelatto, A.S.A.; Chinelatto, A.L. [Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa (UEPG), PR (Brazil); Pallone, E.M.J.A., E-mail: christianelago@yahoo.com.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Pirassununga, Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Zootecnia e Engenharia de Alimentos

    2012-07-01

    Ceramic materials have limited use due to their brittleness. The inclusion of nanosized particles in a ceramic matrix, which are called nanocomposites, and ceramic processing control by controlling the grain size and densification can aid in obtaining ceramic products of greater strength and toughness. Studies showed that the zirconia nano inclusions in the matrix of alumina favors an increase in mechanical properties by inhibiting the grain growth of the matrix and not by the mechanism of the transformation toughening phase of zirconia. In this work, the microstructural evolution of alumina nanocomposites containing 15% by volume of nanometric zirconia was studied. From the results it was possible to understand the sintering process of these nanocomposites. (author)

  15. Deformation Behaviour of Coarse Grain Alumina under Shock Loading

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    Gupta, Satish

    2013-06-01

    To develop better understanding of the shock wave induced deformation behavior of coarse grain alumina ceramics, and for measurement of its Hugoniot Elastic Limit (HEL), in-situ and recovery gas gun experiments have been carried out on coarse grain alumina (grain size ~ 10 μm), prepared in the form of discs (>99.9% TMD) by pressure-less sintering of alpha alumina powder at 1583 K. The HEL value of 1.9 GPa has been determined from the kink in the pressure history recorded using piezoresistance gauge and also from the free surface velocity history of the sample shocked to 9 GPa. The nano-indentation measurements on the alumina samples shocked to 6.5 GPa showed hardness value 15% lower than 21.3 GPa for unshocked alumina, and strong Indentation Size Effect (ISE); the hardness value was still lower and the ISE was stronger for the sample shocked to 12 GPa. The XRD measurements showed reduced particle size and increased microstrains in the shocked alumina fragments. SEM, FESEM and TEM measurements on shock treated samples showed presence of grain localized micro- and nano-scale deformations, micro-cleavages, grain-boundary microcracks, extensive shear induced deformations, and localized micro-fractures, etc. These observations led to the development of a qualitative model for the damage initiation and its subsequent growth mechanisms in shocked alumina. The work performed in collaboration with K.D. Joshi of BARC and A.K. Mukhopadhyay of CGCRI.

  16. Anaerobic electrochemical membrane bioreactor and process for wastewater treatment

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    Amy, Gary

    2015-07-09

    An anaerobic electrochemical membrane bioreactor (AnEMBR) can include a vessel into which wastewater can be introduced, an anode electrode in the vessel suitable for supporting electrochemically active microorganisms (EAB, also can be referred to as anode reducing bacteria, exoelectrogens, or electricigens) that oxidize organic compounds in the wastewater, and a cathode membrane electrode in the vessel, which is configured to pass a treated liquid through the membrane while retaining the electrochemically active microorganisms and the hydrogenotrophic methanogens (for example, the key functional microbial communities, including EAB, methanogens and possible synergistic fermenters) in the vessel. The cathode membrane electrode can be suitable for catalyzing the hydrogen evolution reaction to generate hydro en.

  17. Ballistic Performance of Alumina and Zirconia-toughened Alumina Against 7.62 Armour Piercing Projectile

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    S G. Savio

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available A study was carried out to compare the ballistic performance of high purity alumina and zirconia-toughened alumina (ZTA using depth of penetration (DoP test configuration against 7.62 mm armour piercing (AP ammunition. The effect of tile thickness on the differential efficiency factor (DEF was studied for tile thickness in the range of 3 mm to 6 mm for alumina tiles and 3 mm to 5 mm for ZTA tiles. The DEF is found to increase as tile thickness increases. An analysis on the failed shots showed that the residual shot weight does not follow a single linear relationship with ceramic tile thickness unlike the residual DoP for all thicknesses of tiles. Post-ballistic analysis on ceramic powder for particle size distribution was carried out and the results are presented.Defence Science Journal, Vol. 64, No. 5, September 2014, pp.477-483, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.64.6745

  18. CATALYTIC COMBUSTION OF PROPANE IN A MEMBRANE REACTOR WITH SEPARATE FEED OF REACTANT .1. OPERATION IN ABSENCE OF TRANS-MEMBRANE PRESSURE-GRADIENTS

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    SARACCO, G; VELDSINK, JW; VERSTEEG, GF; VANSWAAIJ, WPM

    1995-01-01

    A pilot plant study on propane catalytic combustion in a membrane reactor with separate reactant feeds is presented. The membrane consisted of a porous alumina tube activated by insertion into its pores of a Pt/gamma-Al2O3 catalyst. The role of reactants concentration and of the feed flow rates were

  19. Effects of Anode Wettability and Slots on Anodic Bubble Behavior Using Transparent Aluminium Electrolytic Cells

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    Zhao, Zhibin; Gao, Bingliang; Feng, Yuqing; Huang, Yipeng; Wang, Zhaowen; Shi, Zhongning; Hu, Xianwei

    2017-02-01

    Transparent aluminum electrolytic cells were used to study the effects of anode wettability and slots on bubble behavior in a similar environment to that used in industrial cells. Observations were conducted using two types of transparent cells, one with side-observation and the other with a bottom-observation cell design. Anodic bubbles rising process in the side channel is strongly affected by the wettability of the anode. After rising a short distance, the bubbles detach from the anode vertical surface at good-wetting anode cases, while the bubbles still attach to the vertical surface at poor-wetting anode cases. Anode slots of width of 4 mm are able to prevent smaller bubbles from coalescing into larger bubbles and thus decrease the bubble size and gas coverage on the anode. Anode slots also make a contribution in slightly reducing bubble thickness. With the presence of slots, the bubble-induced cell voltage oscillation decreases as well.

  20. Fabrication and anodic polarization behavior of lead-based porous anodes in zinc electrowinning

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    2008-01-01

    A new type of lead-based porous anode in zinc electrowinning was prepared by negative pressure infiltration.The anodie polarization potential and corrosion rate were studied and compared with those of traditional fiat anodes (Pb-0.8%Ag) used in industry.The anode eorrosion rate was determined by anode actual current density and microstructure.The results show that the anodic oxygen evolution potential decreases first and then increases with the decrease of pore diameter.The anodic potential decreases to the lowest value of 1.729 V at the pore diameter of 1.25-1.60 mm.The porous anode can decrease its actual current density and thus decrease the anodic corrosion rate.When the pore diameter is 1.60-2.00 mm,the anodic relative corrosion rate reaches the lowest value of 52.1%.

  1. Design and fabrication of alumina micro reciprocating engine

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    JIN Peng; GAO Yu-long; LIU Nan; JIANG Kylie

    2008-01-01

    Microengines are regarded as the potential replacements for batteries. Aimed at the unsatisfactory thermal property of silicon used in the combustion chambers, ceramics are chosen as the construction material in this paper. The fabrication process where alumina has been chosen as the microengine material is discussed. Vigorous FEA has been carried out, and it is found that the material satisfies the stress and deformation require-ments of the design. Then the alumina fabrication process is described. Soft reusable polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) moulds are produced from SU-8 resist masters, and alumina microengine parts are produced using the PDMS moulds. Images of the ceramic components show that the fabrication satisfies the design requirements.

  2. Processing of silicon nitride and alumina nanosize powders

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    Gonzalez, E.J.; Piermarini, G.; Hockey, B.; Malghan, S.G. [National Inst. of Standard and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (United States)

    1995-08-01

    The effects of pressure on the compaction and subsequent processing of nanosize {gamma} alumina powders were studied. A 3 mm diameter piston/cylinder die was used to compact the nanosize powders to pressures of 1 and 2.5 GPa. The green bodies were sintered at temperatures up to 1600{degrees}C. Results show that green body density can be increased by higher compaction pressures. It appears that as a result of the {gamma}-to-{alpha} transformation in alumina, higher green density does not necessarily produce a higher density sintered alumina body. The microstructures of the sintered bodies are described in terms of porosity and phase content.

  3. Alumina Paste Sublimation Suppression Barrier for Thermoelectric Device

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    Paik, Jong-Ah (Inventor); Caillat, Thierry (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Alumina as a sublimation suppression barrier for a Zintl thermoelectric material in a thermoelectric power generation device operating at high temperature, e.g. at or above 1000K, is disclosed. The Zintl thermoelectric material may comprise Yb.sub.14MnSb.sub.11. The alumina may be applied as an adhesive paste dried and cured on a substantially oxide free surface of the Zintl thermoelectric material and polished to a final thickness. The sublimation suppression barrier may be finalized by baking out the alumina layer on the Zintl thermoelectric material until it becomes substantially clogged with ytterbia.

  4. Special requirements for alumina ceramic of ESG electrode bowl

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    ZHANG Jun-an; XUE Kai; ZHANG Jia-tai; ZHANG Qiang

    2004-01-01

    At present ESG (Electrostatic Suspended Gyro) is the most precise inertia element in the world. The electrode bowl, which has direct effect on the precision of ESG, is a key part to ESG. Through the analysis of the function and characteristic of the electrode bowl in hollow rotor ESG and the present situation of new material development in the world, the alumina ceramic is regarded as the best material for the electrode bowl of hollow rotor ESG. By analyzing the present situation of alumina ceramic in the world, main technique requirements have been put forward for the alumina ceramic of ESG electrode bowl which is also fit for solid rotor ESG.

  5. Wenshan’s 800,000-ton Alumina Project Completed

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    2012-01-01

    <正>On September 26,2012,the completion ceremony of the 800,000-ton alumina project was held at the alumina factory in Matang Industrial Park, Wenshan city,Yunnan.Wenshan’s 800,000-ton alumina project and its supporting mining construction projects have been listed as one of 20 major industrial construction projects of Yunnan. The project covers an area of approximately 5,500 mu,with an estimated total investment of RMB 4,987 million. It is invested and built

  6. Porous Alumina Based Capacitive MEMS RH Sensor

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    Juhasz, L; Timar-Horvath, Veronika; Desmulliez, Marc; Dhariwal, Resh

    2008-01-01

    The aim of a joint research and development project at the BME and HWU is to produce a cheap, reliable, low-power and CMOS-MEMS process compatible capacitive type relative humidity (RH) sensor that can be incorporated into a state-of-the-art, wireless sensor network. In this paper we discuss the preparation of our new capacitive structure based on post-CMOS MEMS processes and the methods which were used to characterize the thin film porous alumina sensing layer. The average sensitivity is approx. 15 pF/RH% which is more than a magnitude higher than the values found in the literature. The sensor is equipped with integrated resistive heating, which can be used for maintenance to reduce drift, or for keeping the sensing layer at elevated temperature, as an alternative method for temperature-dependence cancellation.

  7. Fracture simulation for zirconia toughened alumina microstructure

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    Kim, Kyungmok; Forest, Bernard

    2013-01-01

    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to describe finite element modelling for fracture and fatigue behaviour of zirconia toughened alumina microstructures. Design/methodology/approach - A two-dimensional finite element model is developed with an actual $Al{_2}O{_3}$ - 10 vol% $ZrO{_2}$ microstructure. A bilinear, time-independent cohesive zone law is implemented for describing fracture behaviour of grain boundaries. Simulation conditions are similar to those found at contact between a head and a cup of hip prosthesis. Residual stresses arisen from the mismatch of thermal coefficient between grains are determined. Then, effects of a micro-void and contact stress magnitude are investigated with models containing residual stresses. For the purpose of simulating fatigue behaviour, cyclic loadings are applied to the models. Findings - Results show that crack density is gradually increased with increasing magnitude of contact stress or number of fatigue cycles. It is also identified that a micro-void brings about...

  8. Crystallography of Alumina-YAG-Eutectic

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    Farmer, Serene C.; Sayir, Ali; Dickerson, Robert M.; Matson, Lawrence E.

    2000-01-01

    Multiple descriptions of the alumina-YAG eutectic crystallography appear in the ceramic literature. The orientation between two phases in a eutectic system has direct impact on residual stress, morphology, microstructural stability, and high temperature mechanical properties. A study to demonstrate that the different crystallographic relationships can be correlated with different growth constraints was undertaken. Fibers produced by Laser-Heated Float Zone (LHFZ) and Edge-defined Film-fed Growth (EFG) were examined. A map of the orientation relationship between Al2O3 and Y3Al5O12 and their relationship to the fiber growth axis as a function of pull rate are presented. Regions in which a single orientation predominates are identified.

  9. Aluminum matrix composites reinforced with alumina nanoparticles

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    Casati, Riccardo

    2016-01-01

    This book describes the latest efforts to develop aluminum nanocomposites with enhanced damping and mechanical properties and good workability. The nanocomposites exhibited high strength, improved damping behavior and good ductility, making them suitable for use as wires. Since the production of metal matrix nanocomposites by conventional melting processes is considered extremely problematic (because of the poor wettability of the nanoparticles), different powder metallurgy routes were investigated, including high-energy ball milling and unconventional compaction methods. Special attention was paid to the structural characterization at the micro- and nanoscale, as uniform nanoparticle dispersion in metal matrix is of prime importance. The aluminum nanocomposites displayed an ultrafine microstructure reinforced with alumina nanoparticles produced in situ or added ex situ. The physical, mechanical and functional characteristics of the materials produced were evaluated using different mechanical tests and micros...

  10. Characterization of Glasses in One Type of Alumina Rich Fly Ash by Chemical Digestion Methods: Implications for Alumina Extraction

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    Lijun Zhao

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, one type of alumina rich fly ash (ARFA with about 50 wt% of alumina has been extensively investigated for alumina extraction in China. Due to the silica in ARFA, alumina extraction would have to generate a huge amount of solid waste. There is a growing interest in the glasses in ARFA, because they are composed mainly of silica and could be removed prior to alumina extraction. In this work, the glasses in ARFA have been investigated by chemical methods, that is, acid and base digestions. The chemical compositions have been measured by XRF for ARFA from the digestion processes. The K2O standard, XRD, and FTIR spectroscopies were successfully used to define the digestions processes, and size analysis and SEM-EDX provided rich information on particle transformations. As a result, acid and base digestion methods were found to produce very similar results for the glasses in ARFA. The K2O standard was attributed to the formation of glasses by illites, and TiO2 and Fe2O3 were proposed to originate from ilmenite in alumina rich coals (ARC. Some implications of the results were also discussed for the alumina extraction from ARFA.

  11. Reactions on carbon anodes in aluminium electrolysis

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    Eidet, Trygve

    1997-12-31

    The consumption of carbon anodes and energy in aluminium electrolysis is higher than what is required theoretically. This thesis studies the most important of the reactions that consume anode materials. These reactions are the electrochemical anode reaction and the airburn and carboxy reactions. The first part of the thesis deals with the kinetics and mechanism of the electrochemical anode reaction using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The second part deals with air and carboxy reactivity of carbon anodes and studies the effects of inorganic impurities on the reactivity of carbon anodes in the aluminium industry. Special attention is given to sulphur since its effect on the carbon gasification is not well understood. Sulphur is always present in anodes, and it is expected that the sulphur content of available anode cokes will increase in the future. It has also been suggested that sulphur poisons catalyzing impurities in the anodes. Other impurities that were investigated are iron, nickel and vanadium, which are common impurities in anodes which have been reported to catalyze carbon gasification. 88 refs., 92 figs., 24 tabs.

  12. Influence of the operating parameters over the current efficiency and corrosion rate in the Hall-Heroult aluminum cell with tin oxide anode substrate material

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    Virgil Constantin

    2015-01-01

    A systematic laboratory study was conducted on current efficiency and corrosion obtalned in cryolite–alumina melts with SnO2–Sb2O3–CuO ceramic inert anodes. The current efficiency (CE) was determined by measuring the total amount of oxygen evolved at the anode and was found to be~95%. The influence of operating parameters (inter-elec-trode distance, temperature and current density) was evaluated. The quantitative interdependencies as wel as the ranges of CE optimal values were established (2–3 cm, 940–960 °C and 0.7–0.8 A·cm−2). The corrosion process of these anodes was evaluated by the mass loss method. The evaluation also took care of the corrosion data, as the prob-lem of the anode corrosion appeared to be the maln obstacle for the use of those anodes in the commercial cel s. Low-ering of the ACD up to 2 cm did not aggravate anode corrosion.

  13. Finger-like voids induced by viscous fingering during phase inversion of alumina/PES/NMP suspensions

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    Wang, Bo

    2012-07-01

    The formation mechanism of phase-inversion ceramic hollow fibre membranes has not been well understood. In this paper, we report on the formation of finger-like macrovoids during non-solvent-induced phase inversion of alumina/PES/NMP suspensions. A membrane structure without such finger-like macrovoids was observed when the suspension was slowly immersed into pure ethanol or a mixture of 70. wt% NMP and 30. wt% water, whereas finger-like macrovoids occurred when the suspension was slid into the non-solvents at higher speeds. We found that the formation process of finger-like macrovoids could be fully or partially reversed when nascent membranes were taken out from water shortly after immersion, depending on the duration of the immersion. Splitting of the fingers during the formation of the macrovoids was also observed during the phase inversion of two alumina/PES/NMP suspensions. These experimental observations were not predicted by current theories of finger-like macrovoid formation in polymer membranes, but appear to mimic the well-known viscous fingering phenomenon. We therefore propose that in the phase inversion of ceramic suspensions, the viscous fingering phenomenon is an important mechanism in the formation of finger-like voids. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

  14. Fused Cast Alumina Refractory Products for Glass Tank Furnace

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    SHEN Keyin

    2006-01-01

    @@ 1 Subject and Scope The standard specifies the requirement, testing method, inspection rule and requirements for the labeling, packing, shipping and storing of the fused cast alumina refractory products for glass tanks.

  15. Direct spray pyrolysis of aluminum chloride solution for alumina preparation

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    吕国志; 张廷安; 王龙; 马思达; 豆志河; 刘燕

    2014-01-01

    The effects of pyrolysis mode and pyrolysis parameters on Cl content in alumina were investigated, and the alumina products were characterized by XRD, SEM and ASAP. The experimental results indicate that the spray pyrolysis efficiency is higher than that of static pyrolysis process, and the reaction and evaporation process lead to a multi-plot state of the alumina products by spray pyrolysis. Aluminum phase starts to transform intoγ-Al2O3 at spray pyrolysis temperature of 600 °C, which is about 200 °C lower than that of static pyrolysis process. The primary particle size of γ-Al2O3 product is 27.62 nm, and Cl content in alumina products is 0.38%at 800 °C for 20 min.

  16. High Alumina Refractory Bricks for Electric Arc Furnace Roofs

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    2007-01-01

    @@ 1 Scope This standard specifies the sort, technical requirement, test method, inspection rules, marking, packing, transportation, storage and quality certification of high alumina refractory bricks for electric arc furnace roofs.

  17. Superhydrophobic alumina surface based on stearic acid modification

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    Feng Libang, E-mail: lepond@hotmail.com [School of Mechatronic Engineering, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou 730070 (China); Zhang Hongxia; Mao Pengzhi; Wang Yanping; Ge Yang [School of Mechatronic Engineering, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou 730070 (China)

    2011-02-15

    A novel superhydrophobic alumina surface is fabricated by grafting stearic acid layer onto the porous and roughened aluminum film. The chemical and phase structure, morphology, and the chemical state of the atoms at the superhydrophobic surface were investigated by techniques as FTIR, XRD, FE-SEM, and XPS, respectively. Results show that a super water-repellent surface with a contact angle of 154.2{sup o} is generated. The superhydrophobic alumina surface takes on an uneven flowerlike structure with many nanometer-scale hollows distribute in the nipple-shaped protrusions, and which is composed of boehmite crystal and {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Furthermore, the roughened and porous alumina surface is coated with a layer of hydrophobic alkyl chains which come from stearic acid molecules. Therefore, both the roughened structure and the hydrophobic layer endue the alumina surface with the superhydrophobic behavior.

  18. High Alumina Refractory Mortars GB/T 2994-2008

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    Wang Jing; Chai Junlan

    2009-01-01

    @@ 1 Scope This standard specifies the classification, techni-cal requirements, test methods, quality appraisal pro-cedure, packing, marking, transportation, storage and quality certificate of high alumina refractory mortars.

  19. Electronic Structure of High-Pressure Alumina Polymorphs

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    LIU Xiao-Lei; DUAN Wen-Hui; GU Bing-Lin

    2000-01-01

    Electronic properties are investigated for three alumina polymorphs (corundum, Rb2 O3 (Ⅱ) and Pbnm perovskite),which are predicted as the stable structures under different pressure range, by means of the first-principles molecular dynamics method within local density functional framework. The similarity in electronic properties of the polymorphs of alumina is observed. The effect of possible phase transitions on ruby (Cr+3-doped Al2 O3)fluorescences is discussed.

  20. CSL grain boundary distribution in alumina and zirconia ceramics

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    Vonlanthen, Pierre; Grobéty, Bernard

    2008-01-01

    The distributions of general and coincidence site lattice (CSL) grain boundaries (GBs) in texture-free alumina and zirconia ceramics sintered at two different temperatures were investigated based on electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) measurements. Results were compared with the distributions obtained from random 2D spatial models and with calculated random distributions reported in the literature. All alumina samples independent on sintering temperature show the same characteristic devia...

  1. New anodizing process for magnesium alloys

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    LUO Sheng-lian; DAI Lei; ZHOU Hai-hui; CHAI Li-yuan; KUANG Ya-fei

    2006-01-01

    Compact anodic films with high hardness and good corrosion resistance on magnesium alloys were prepared by a new constant voltage and arc-free anodizing process. The effects of anodizing parameters such as applied voltage and electrolyte temperature on the peak current density and the thickness of films were investigated. In addition, the morphologies and corrosion resistance of films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and potentiodynamic polarization, respectively. The results show that the higher the applied voltage, the higher the peak current density and the thicker the films. However, too high applied voltage may result in breakdown of films and intense sparking which may deteriorate the properties of the anodic films and bring about unsafety. The new anodizing process can be applied in a wide range of temperature. The new anodic films have numbers of pores with the diameter of 0.5 - 5.0 μm which do not transverse the entire film.

  2. Porous alumina and zirconia ceramics with tailored thermal conductivity

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    Gregorová, E.; Pabst, W.; Sofer, Z.; Jankovský, O.; Matějíček, J.

    2012-11-01

    The thermal conductivity of porous ceramics can be tailored by slip casting and uniaxial dry pressing, using either fugitive pore formers (saccharides) or partial sintering. Porous alumina and zirconia ceramics have been prepared using appropriate powder types (ungranulated for casting, granulated for pressing) and identical firing regimes (but different maximum temperatures in the case of partial sintering). Thermal diffusivities have been measured by the laser- and xenon-flash method and transformed into relative thermal conductivities, which enable a temperature-independent comparison between different materials. While the porosity can be controlled in a similar way for both materials when using pore formers, partial sintering exhibits characteristic differences between alumina and zirconia (for alumina porosities below 45 %, full density above 1600 °C, for zirconia porosities below 60 %, full density above 1300 °C). The different compaction behavior of alumina and zirconia (porosity after pressing 0.465 and 0.597, respectively) is reflected in the fact that for alumina the relative conductivity data of partially sintered materials are below the exponential prediction, while for zirconia they coincide with the latter. Notwithstanding these characteristic differences, for both alumina and zirconia it is possible to tailor the thermal conductivity from 100 % down to approx. 15 % of the solid phase value.

  3. Dynamic yield and tensile strengths of spark plasma sintered alumina

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    Girlitsky, I.; Zaretsky, E.; Kalabukhov, S.; Dariel, M.; Frage, N.

    2014-05-01

    Fully dense alumina samples with 0.6 μm grain size were produced from alumina powder using Spark Plasma Sintering and tested in two types of VISAR-instrumented planar impact tests. In the tests of the first type the samples of 0.28 to 6-mm thickness were loaded by 1-mm tungsten impactors accelerated up to a velocity of about 1 km/s. These tests were aimed to study the Hugoniot elastic limit (HEL) of the SPS-processed alumina and the decay of the elastic precursor wave with propagation distance. In the second type of test the samples of ~3-mm thickness were loaded by 1-mm copper impactors accelerated up to velocities 100-1000 m/s. These tests were aimed to study the dynamic tensile (spall) strength of the alumina. The data on tensile fracture of the alumina demonstrate a monotonic decline of the spall strength with the amplitude of the loading stress pulse. The data on the decay of the elastic precursor wave allows for determining the rates of the irreversible (inelastic) strains in the SPS-processed alumina at the initial stages of shock-induced inelastic deformation and, thus, to derive some conclusions concerning the mechanisms responsible of the deformation.

  4. Adsorption of itaconic acid from aqueous solutions onto alumina

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    JELENA J. GULICOVSKI

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Itaconic acid, IA (C5H6O4, was investigated as a potential flocculant for the aqueous processing of alumina powders. The adsorption of IA, as a function of its concentration and pH value of the solution, onto the alumina surface was studied by the solution depletion method. The stability of the suspensions in the presence of itaconic acid was evaluated in light of the surface charge of the alumina powder used, the degree of dissociation of IA, as well as the sedimentation behavior and rheology of the suspensions. It was found that the adsorption process is extremely pH dependent; the maximum adsorption of IA onto alumina surface occurring at a pH close to the value of the first IA dissociation constant, pKa1. Also, IA does not influence the value of the point of zero charge of alumina. It was shown that IA represents an efficient flocculant for concentrated acidic alumina suspensions.

  5. Preparation of Ferrierite Zeolite Membranes in the Absence of Organic Structure-directing Agents

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    Xiao Hui SU; Gang LI; Rui Sen LIN; Eiichi KIKUCHI; Masahiko MATSUKATA

    2006-01-01

    Ferrierite zeolite membranes were prepared for the first time in the absence of organic structure-directing agents (SDA) on the surface of a porous α-alumina support. These membranes were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and pervaporation tests.

  6. Anodizing And Sealing Aluminum In Nonchromated Solutions

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    Emmons, John R.; Kallenborn, Kelli J.

    1995-01-01

    Improved process for anodizing and sealing aluminum involves use of 5 volume percent sulfuric acid in water as anodizing solution, and 1.5 to 2.0 volume percent nickel acetate in water as sealing solution. Replaces process in which sulfuric acid used at concentrations of 10 to 20 percent. Improved process yields thinner coats offering resistance to corrosion, fatigue life, and alloy-to-alloy consistency equal to or superior to those of anodized coats produced with chromated solutions.

  7. Influence of additives on the stability of the phases of alumina; Influencia de aditivos na estabilidade das fases da alumina

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    Rosario, D.C.C.; Gouvea, D., E-mail: deisedorosario@usp.br [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), SP (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia Metalurgica e de Materiais. Laboratorio de Processos Ceramicos

    2011-07-01

    Problems with the stability of gamma alumina in catalytic reactions have been solved with the inclusion of additives during the synthesis of alumina. These additives stabilize the temperature of phase transition allowing the use of metastable alumina at high temperatures, but the mechanisms of action of additives are not well defined. It is known that each family of additive or additives behaves in different ways for this stabilization. This work aimed to study the performance of MgO and ZrO{sub 2}, respectively at different concentrations in alumina synthesized via Pechini. The samples were analyzed by DSC, X-ray diffraction, measurement of specific surface area by BET analysis, and infrared analysis. The results showed an increase in transition temperature for both additives, and a different changes for specific surface area, showing that MgO and ZrO{sub 2} work on improving the stability but with distinct mechanisms. (author)

  8. Anodic Materials for Electrocatalytic Ozone Generation

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    Yun-Hai Wang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Ozone has wide applications in various fields. Electrocatalytic ozone generation technology as an alternative method to produce ozone is attractive. Anodic materials have significant effect on the ozone generation efficiency. The research progress on anodic materials for electrocatalytic ozone generation including the cell configuration and mechanism is addressed in this review. The lead dioxide and nickel-antimony-doped tin dioxide anode materials are introduced in detail, including their structure, property, and preparation. Advantages and disadvantages of different anode materials are also discussed.

  9. Asymmetric battery having a semi-solid cathode and high energy density anode

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    Tan, Taison; Chiang, Yet-Ming; Ota, Naoki; Wilder, Throop; Duduta, Mihai

    2016-09-06

    Embodiments described herein relate generally to devices, systems and methods of producing high energy density batteries having a semi-solid cathode that is thicker than the anode. An electrochemical cell can include a positive electrode current collector, a negative electrode current collector and an ion-permeable membrane disposed between the positive electrode current collector and the negative electrode current collector. The ion-permeable membrane is spaced a first distance from the positive electrode current collector and at least partially defines a positive electroactive zone. The ion-permeable membrane is spaced a second distance from the negative electrode current collector and at least partially defines a negative electroactive zone. The second distance is less than the first distance. A semi-solid cathode that includes a suspension of an active material and a conductive material in a non-aqueous liquid electrolyte is disposed in the positive electroactive zone, and an anode is disposed in the negative electroactive zone.

  10. Nanoporous Pirani sensor based on anodic aluminum oxide

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    Jeon, Gwang-Jae; Kim, Woo Young; Shim, Hyun Bin; Lee, Hee Chul

    2016-09-01

    A nanoporous Pirani sensor based on anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) is proposed, and the quantitative relationship between the performance of the sensor and the porosity of the AAO membrane is characterized with a theoretical model. The proposed Pirani sensor is composed of a metallic resistor on a suspended nanoporous membrane, which simultaneously serves as the sensing area and the supporting structure. The AAO membrane has numerous vertically-tufted nanopores, resulting in a lower measurable pressure limit due to both the increased effective sensing area and the decreased effective thermal loss through the supporting structure. Additionally, the suspended AAO membrane structure, with its outer periphery anchored to the substrate, known as a closed-type design, is demonstrated using nanopores of AAO as an etch hole without a bulk micromachining process used on the substrate. In a CMOS-compatible process, a 200 μm × 200 μm nanoporous Pirani sensor with porosity of 25% was capable of measuring the pressure from 0.1 mTorr to 760 Torr. With adjustment of the porosity of the AAO, the measurable range could be extended toward lower pressures of more than one decade compared to a non-porous membrane with an identical footprint.

  11. Thick and hard anodized aluminum film with large pores for surface composites

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    WANG Hui; WANG Hao-wei

    2004-01-01

    Al-base surface self-lubricating composites need thick and hard alumina membranes with large pores to add lubricants easily. This kind of porous alumina layer was fabricated in additive-containing, phosphoric acid-based solution. The effects of additive containing organic carboxylic acid and Ce salt on the properties of the oxide film and mechanism were investigated in detail with SEM and EDAX analyses. The results show that the pore diameter is about 100 nm, the film thickness increases by 4 -5 times, and the Vickers hardness improves by about 50% through adding some amount of organic carboxylic acid and Ce salt. Such an improvement in properties is explained in terms of a lower film dissolving velocity and better film quality in compound solution.

  12. Effect of alumina composition and surface integrity in alumina/epoxy composites on the ultrasonic attenuation properties.

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    Cho, Eikhyun; Park, Gwanwoo; Lee, Jae-Wan; Cho, Sung-Min; Kim, Taekyung; Kim, Joongeok; Choi, Wonjoon; Ohm, Won-Suk; Kang, Shinill

    2016-03-01

    We report a method of fabricating backing blocks for ultrasonic imaging transducers, using alumina/epoxy composites. Backing blocks contain scatterers such as alumina particles interspersed in the epoxy matrix for the effective scattering and attenuation of ultrasound. Here, the surface integrity can be an issue, where the composite material may be damaged during machining because of differences in strength, hardness and brittleness of the hard alumina particles and the soft epoxy matrix. Poor surface integrity results in the formation of air cavities between the backing block and the piezoelectric element upon assembly, hence the increased reflection off the backing block and the eventual degradation in image quality. Furthermore, with an issue of poor surface integrity due to machining, it is difficult to increase alumina as scatterers more than a specific mass fraction ratio. In this study, we increased the portion of alumina within epoxy matrix by obtaining an enhanced surface integrity using a net shape fabrication method, and verified that this method could allow us to achieve higher ultrasonic attenuation. Backing blocks were net-shaped with various mass fractions of alumina to characterize the formability and the mechanical properties, including hardness, surface roughness and the internal micro-structure, which were compared with those of machined backing blocks. The ultrasonic attenuation property of the backing blocks was also measured.

  13. Dense Membranes for Anode Supported all Perovskite IT-SOFCs

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    Rambabu Bobba

    2006-09-14

    During this first year of the project, a post doctoral fellow (Dr. Hrudananda Jena), and two graduate students (Mr. Vinay B. V. Sivareddy, Aswin Somuru), were supported through this project funds. Also, partial support was provided to three undergraduate students (Jonthan Dooley, India Snowden, Jeremy Gilmore) majoring in Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering disciplines. Various wet chemical methods of synthesis have been attempted to prepare perovskite oxide powders with a hope to improve and engineer its properties to meet the requirements of Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (IT-SOFCs) components. Various compounds were synthesized, characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM, XPS, electron microprobe and their electrical transport properties were measured by EIS at elevated temperatures and compared. Sonochemical technique (power of ultra sonic probe 750 watt) combined with hydrothermal treatment of precursors for the preparation of calcium hydroxy apatites (Ca-HAp) was used for the first time. Ca-HAp was substituted with Sr and Mg (50% replacement of Ca in Ca-HAp) to study the effect of substitution on Ca-HAp. Calcium hydroxy apatite is a bioceramic and has potential applications as artificial bone, enamel materials. In this study we tried to investigate its use as proton conductors in PC-SOFC. The properties like electrical conductivity, crystal structure, compositions of CaHAp were studied and compared with the natural bone material. The comparison found to be excellent indicating the efficiency of the preparation techniques. The typical value of conductivity measured is 0.091 x 10{sup -6} Scm{sup -1} at 25 C and 19.26 x 10{sup -6} Scm{sup -1} at 850 C with an applied frequency of 100 kHz. The conductivity increases on increasing frequency and temperature and reaches 0.05mS/cm at 500 C. The crystal structure and phase stability of perovskites as well as apatites were investigated with respect to substitution of various iso-valent and alivalent ions to determine the % of solubility in the crystal lattice of perovskite, apatites. Various electrode and electrolyte material compositions were prepared and characterized by XRD, SEM, XPS and electron microprobe. The material compositions were selected based on their thermo-physical properties to achieve compatibility with each other in ideal fuel cell operating conditions. The series of electrode materials investigated are LaGa{sub 1-x}M{sub x}O{sub 3} (M = Mn, Mg, x = 0.1), LaCr{sub 1-x}M{sub x}O{sub 3} (M = Mn, Mg, Co, x=0.1), LaNi{sub 1-x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (0 < x < 0.6) and Gd{sub 1-x}M{sub x}CoO{sub 3} (M=Ca, x=0.1). Attempts were made to prepare proton-conducting perovskites of SrCe{sub 1-x} M{sub x}O{sub 3} (M= Dy, Eu, Er, Tb, x=0.1) by using sonochemical and hydrothermal technique followed by microwave sintering processes. These compositions were prepared characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM and electrical conductivity of the pellets was measured. The interest of low temperature proton conducting electrolyte is to replace the well known oxide ion conducting solid electrolyte in SOFCs, thereby reducing the operating temperature of SOFC to lower temperature (i.e 400-600 C) and named it as PC-SOFC (proton conducting-solid oxide fuel cell).

  14. Nanosegregated bimetallic oxide anode catalyst for proton exchange membrane electrolyzer

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    Danilovic, Nemanja; Kang, Yijin; Markovic, Nenad; Stamenkovic, Vojislav; Myers, Deborah J.; Subbaraman, Ram

    2016-08-23

    A surface segregated bimetallic composition of the formula Ru.sub.1-xIr.sub.x wherein 0.1.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.0.75, wherein a surface of the material has an Ir concentration that is greater than an Ir concentration of the material as a whole is provided. The surface segregated material may be produced by a method including heating a bimetallic composition of the formula Ru.sub.1-xIr.sub.x, wherein 0.1.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.0.75, at a first temperature in a reducing environment, and heating the composition at a second temperature in an oxidizing environment. The surface segregated material may be utilized in electrochemical devices.

  15. Salt splitting using ceramic membranes

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    Kurath, D.E. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1997-10-01

    Many radioactive aqueous wastes in the DOE complex have high concentrations of sodium that can negatively affect waste treatment and disposal operations. Sodium can decrease the durability of waste forms such as glass and is the primary contributor to large disposal volumes. Waste treatment processes such as cesium ion exchange, sludge washing, and calcination are made less efficient and more expensive because of the high sodium concentrations. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Ceramatec Inc. (Salt Lake City UT) are developing an electrochemical salt splitting process based on inorganic ceramic sodium (Na), super-ionic conductor (NaSICON) membranes that shows promise for mitigating the impact of sodium. In this process, the waste is added to the anode compartment, and an electrical potential is applied to the cell. This drives sodium ions through the membrane, but the membrane rejects most other cations (e.g., Sr{sup +2}, Cs{sup +}). The charge balance in the anode compartment is maintained by generating H{sup +} from the electrolysis of water. The charge balance in the cathode is maintained by generating OH{sup {minus}}, either from the electrolysis of water or from oxygen and water using an oxygen cathode. The normal gaseous products of the electrolysis of water are oxygen at the anode and hydrogen at the cathode. Potentially flammable gas mixtures can be prevented by providing adequate volumes of a sweep gas, using an alternative reductant or destruction of the hydrogen as it is generated. As H{sup +} is generated in the anode compartment, the pH drops. The process may be operated with either an alkaline (pH>12) or an acidic anolyte (pH <1). The benefits of salt splitting using ceramic membranes are (1) waste volume reduction and reduced chemical procurement costs by recycling of NaOH; and (2) direct reduction of sodium in process streams, which enhances subsequent operations such as cesium ion exchange, calcination, and vitrification.

  16. Nanoparticle assisted coagulation of aqueous alumina suspensions

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    Abdullah Fatih Çetinel

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Colloidal processing of ceramics offers a high potential to achieve homogeneous microstructures with improved material properties. In this study, a novel forming method is investigated, which was already applied successfully for the fabrication of ceramic matrix composites (CMC, but is also considered to be a suitable direct casting technique for the fabrication of advanced ceramics with tailored microstructure and properties. The so-called nanoparticle assisted coagulation method (NPAC represents a modification of the hydrolysis-assisted solidification (HAS technique. It promises green components with high green strength, uniform density as well as homogeneous and tailored microstructure. Electrostatically stabilized colloidal suspensions with high solid loadings were produced by dispersing various fractions of submicron alumina powder and aluminium hydroxide nano-powder in water without use of any organic binder. Rheology and coagulation kinetics of suspensions and green part properties were studied regarding to modifications of pH value, setting temperature, amount of setting agent, amount of nano-powder, solids loading and process parameters like ultrasound treatment. It could be revealed that the homogeneous core-shell arrangement of submicron and nanoparticles in the colloidal state can be transmitted to the green state, which improves the microstructure and green density of the green parts. For this, the NPAC method is seen as a promising technique for the fabrication of advanced ceramics with tailored microstructure and properties.

  17. Mechanical properties of alumina porcelain during heating

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    Šín, Peter; Podoba, Rudolf; ŠtubÅa, Igor; Trník, Anton

    2014-11-01

    The mechanical strength and Young's modulus of green alumina porcelain (50 wt. % of kaolin, 25 wt. % of Al2O3, and 25 wt. % of feldspar) were measured during heating up to 900 °C and 1100 °C, respectively. To this end, we used the three point-bending method and modulated force thermomechanical analysis (mf-TMA). The loss liberation - of the physically bound water (20 - 250 °C) strengthens the sample and Young's modulus increases its values significantly. The dehydroxylation that takes place in the range of 400 - 650 °C causes a slight decrease in Young's modulus. On the other hand, the mechanical strength slightly increases in this temperature range, although it has a sudden drop at 420 °C. Beyond the dehydroxylation range, above 650 °C, both Young's modulus and mechanical strength increase. Above 950 °C, a sharp increase of Young's modulus is caused by the solid-state sintering and the new structure created by the high-temperature reactions in metakaolinite.

  18. Fuel cell membranes and crossover prevention

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    Masel, Richard I.; York, Cynthia A.; Waszczuk, Piotr; Wieckowski, Andrzej

    2009-08-04

    A membrane electrode assembly for use with a direct organic fuel cell containing a formic acid fuel includes a solid polymer electrolyte having first and second surfaces, an anode on the first surface and a cathode on the second surface and electrically linked to the anode. The solid polymer electrolyte has a thickness t:.gtoreq..times..times..times..times. ##EQU00001## where C.sub.f is the formic acid fuel concentration over the anode, D.sub.f is the effective diffusivity of the fuel in the solid polymer electrolyte, K.sub.f is the equilibrium constant for partition coefficient for the fuel into the solid polymer electrolyte membrane, I is Faraday's constant n.sub.f is the number of electrons released when 1 molecule of the fuel is oxidized, and j.sub.f.sup.c is an empirically determined crossover rate of fuel above which the fuel cell does not operate.

  19. Anodization process produces opaque, reflective coatings on aluminum

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    1965-01-01

    Opaque, reflective coatings are produced on aluminum articles by an anodizing process wherein the anodizing bath contains an aqueous dispersion of finely divided insoluble inorganic compounds. These particles appear as uniformly distributed occlusions in the anodic deposit on the aluminum.

  20. Peltier Heats in Cryolite Melts With Alumina

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    Flem, B.E.

    1996-12-31

    In the production of aluminium, improving the heat balance at the electrolytic cell may contribute to improve the energy conversion efficiency and the current efficiency of the process. The main purpose of this doctoral thesis was to measure Seebeck coefficients, or thermoelectric powers, to settle the question of reversible cooling or heating of the aluminium electrode and to decide the magnitude of the reversible Peltier effect of both the aluminium and the carbon electrode. The irreversible thermodynamics of thermocells is outlined. A thermocell using the binary system AlF{sub 3}-NaF and aluminium electrodes is described and the temperature dependence of the thermoelectric power is given. The system is extended by adding Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} to the molten electrolyte. Both thermocells with aluminium electrodes and oxygen electrodes are treated. The relevance of the thermocell measurements to the Hall-Heroult cell is discussed and an overview of trends in other thermocell systems is given. Measuring thermocell potentials of fluoride melts is complicated and so the experiments are covered in great detail. It is found that there is a reversible heat production at the cathode and a reversible cooling at the anode, which indicates that maximum temperature in the cell occurs at the cathode surface, not in the electrolyte as previously believed. When the electrolyte is saturated with both Al oxide and Al fluoride, the reversible heat effect at the cathode is approximately zero. This means that the cooling of the anode corresponds to the change of entropy in the reduction of Al oxide to Al and carbon dioxide. 186 refs., 23 figs., 25 tabs.

  1. Alumina-on-alumina total hip replacement for femoral neck fracture in healthy patients

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    Moretti Lorenzo

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Total hip replacement is considered the best option for treatment of displaced intracapsular fractures of the femoral neck (FFN. The size of the femoral head is an important factor that influences the outcome of a total hip arthroplasty (THA: implants with a 28 mm femoral head are more prone to dislocate than implants with a 32 mm head. Obviously, a large head coupled to a polyethylene inlay can lead to more wear, osteolysis and failure of the implant. Ceramic induces less friction and minimal wear even with larger heads. Methods A total of 35 THAs were performed for displaced intracapsular FFN, using a 32 mm alumina-alumina coupling. Results At a mean follow-up of 80 months, 33 have been clinically and radiologically reviewed. None of the implants needed revision for any reason, none of the cups were considered to have failed, no dislocations nor breakage of the ceramic components were recorded. One anatomic cementless stem was radiologically loose. Conclusions On the basis of our experience, we suggest that ceramic-on-ceramic coupling offers minimal friction and wear even with large heads.

  2. Alumina-zirconia composites functionalized with laminin-1 and laminin-5 for dentistry: effect of protein adsorption on cellular response.

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    Vallée, A; Faga, M G; Mussano, F; Catalano, F; Tolosano, E; Carossa, S; Altruda, F; Martra, G

    2014-02-01

    The present paper describes a study on laminin interaction with the surface of two alumina-zirconia composites with different percentages of ZrO2, both with submicrometric grain size. As major molecules within the basement membrane (BM), laminins are important protein fragments for epithelial cell adhesion and migration. On the other hand, alumina-zirconia composites are very attractive materials for dental applications due to their esthetic and mechanical properties. X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy were used to study the adsorption of two types of laminin, laminin-1 (Ln-1) and laminin-5 (Ln-5), onto the ceramics surfaces. The in vitro cell response was determined by intracellular phosphorylation of major kinases. Ceramics samples functionalized with laminins showed better cellular activation than untreated specimens; furthermore, cellular activation was found to be greater for the composite with higher percentage in zirconia when functionalized with Ln-5, whereas the adsorption of Ln-1 resulted in a greater activation for the alumina-rich oxide.

  3. Membrane dynamics

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    Bendix, Pól Martin

    2015-01-01

    Current topics include membrane-protein interactions with regard to membrane deformation or curvature sensing by BAR domains. Also, we study the dynamics of membrane tubes of both cells and simple model membrane tubes. Finally, we study membrane phase behavior which has important implications...... for the lateral organization of membranes as wells as for physical properties like bending, permeability and elasticity...

  4. LITHIUM ANODE LIMITED CYCLE SECONDARY BATTERY

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    aluminum resist corrosion in these solutions. Polyolefin and polyester nonwoven fabrics may be used as separators. Li anodes in propylene carbonate...ization. Electrode test results were used to design, construct and test cells with Li anodes and CuF2 cathodes.

  5. Increased chondrocyte adhesion on nanotubular anodized titanium.

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    Burns, Kevin; Yao, Chang; Webster, Thomas J

    2009-03-01

    Previous studies have demonstrated increased osteoblast (bone-forming cells) functions (including adhesion, synthesis of intracellular collagen, alkaline phosphatase activity, and deposition of calcium-containing minerals) on titanium anodized to possess nanometer features compared with their unanodized counterparts. Such titanium materials were anodized to possess novel nanotubes also capable of drug delivery. Since titanium has not only experienced wide spread commercial use in orthopedic but also in cartilage applications, the objective of the present in vitro study was for the first time to investigate chondrocyte (cartilage synthesizing cells) functions on titanium anodized to possess nanotubes. For this purpose, titanium was anodized in dilute hydrofluoric acid at 20 V for 20 min. Results showed increased chondrocyte adhesion on anodized titanium with nanotube structures compared with unanodized titanium. Importantly, the present study also provided evidence why. Since material characterization studies revealed significantly greater nanometer roughness and similar chemistry as well as crystallinity between nanotubular anodized and unanodized titanium, the results of the present study highlight the importance of the nanometer roughness provided by anodized nanotubes on titanium for enhancing chondrocyte adhesion. In this manner, the results of the present in vitro study indicated that anodization might be a promising quick and inexpensive method to modify the surface of titanium-based implants to induce better chondrocyte adhesion for cartilage applications.

  6. A High Temperature Electrochemical Energy Storage System Based on Sodium Beta-Alumina Solid Electrolyte (Base)

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    Anil Virkar

    2008-03-31

    This report summarizes the work done during the period September 1, 2005 and March 31, 2008. Work was conducted in the following areas: (1) Fabrication of sodium beta{double_prime} alumina solid electrolyte (BASE) using a vapor phase process. (2) Mechanistic studies on the conversion of {alpha}-alumina + zirconia into beta{double_prime}-alumina + zirconia by the vapor phase process. (3) Characterization of BASE by X-ray diffraction, SEM, and conductivity measurements. (4) Design, construction and electrochemical testing of a symmetric cell containing BASE as the electrolyte and NaCl + ZnCl{sub 2} as the electrodes. (5) Design, construction, and electrochemical evaluation of Na/BASE/ZnCl{sub 2} electrochemical cells. (6) Stability studies in ZnCl{sub 2}, SnCl{sub 2}, and SnI{sub 4} (7) Design, assembly and testing of planar stacks. (8) Investigation of the effect of porous surface layers on BASE on cell resistance. The conventional process for the fabrication of sodium ion conducting beta{double_prime}-alumina involves calcination of {alpha}-alumina + Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} + LiNO{sub 3} at 1250 C, followed by sintering powder compacts in sealed containers (platinum or MgO) at {approx}1600 C. The novel vapor phase process involves first sintering a mixture of {alpha}-alumina + yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) into a dense ceramic followed by exposure to soda vapor at {approx}1450 C to convert {alpha}-alumina into beta{double_prime}-alumina. The vapor phase process leads to a high strength BASE, which is also resistant to moisture attack, unlike BASE made by the conventional process. The PI is the lead inventor of the process. Discs and tubes of BASE were fabricated in the present work. In the conventional process, sintering of BASE is accomplished by a transient liquid phase mechanism wherein the liquid phase contains NaAlO{sub 2}. Some NaAlO{sub 2} continues to remain at grain boundaries; and is the root cause of its water sensitivity. In the vapor phase process, Na

  7. Development of topologically structured membranes of aluminum oxide

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    Bankova, A.; Videkov, V.; Tzaneva, B.

    2014-05-01

    In recent years, nanomembranes have become one of the most widely used construction material for ultrasensitive and ultrathin applications in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and other sensor structures due to their remarkable mechanical properties. Among these, the mechanical stability is of particular importance. We present an approach to the analysis of the stability of nanostructured anodic aluminum oxide free membranes subjected to mechanical bending. The membranes tested were with a thickness of 500 nm to 15 urn in various topological shapes; we describe the technological schemes of their preparation. Bends were applied to membranes prepared by using a selective process of etching and anodizing. The results of the preparation of the membranes are discussed, together with the influence of the angle of deflection, and the number of bendings. The results obtained can be used in designing MEMS structures and sensors which use nanostructured anodic aluminum oxide.

  8. A Novel Modification Approach for Natural Graphite Anode of Li-ion Batteries

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    ZHOU Xiang-yang; LI Jie; LIU Hong-zhuan; LIU Ye-xiang

    2004-01-01

    To improve the rate capability and cyclability of natural graphite anode for Li-ion batteries,a novel modification approach was developed. The modification approach included two steps: ( a ) high-energy ball milling in a rotary autoclave containing alumina balls, H3 PO4 and ethanol; ( b ) coating with pyrolytic carbon from phenlic resin. The treated graphite shows obvious improvement compared with the original natural graphite in electrochemical properties such as cyclability and rate capability, especially at high current density. The primary reasons leading to the improvement in rate capability and cyclability are that the difiusion impedance of Li + in graphite is reduced due to the fact that P filtered into graphite layers can mildly increase interlayer distances, and the fact that the structural stability of graphite surface is enhanced since the coated pyrolytic carbon can depress the co-intercalation of solvtted lithium ion.

  9. Preparation and characters of anode Ni-YSZ nanotubes of SOFC

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    Meng, X.; Yang, N.; Tan, X. [Shandong Univ., Zibo (China). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

    2010-07-01

    Nickel/yttria-stabilized zirconia (Ni-YSZ) cermet composite nanotubes with a high specific surface area were synthesized using the sol-gel method with a porous anodic alumina oxide (AAO) as a template. X-ray diffraction (XRD) scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and BET measurements were conducted to characterize the samples. The catalytic performance of the Ni-YSZ nanotubes was also evaluated using a fixed bed reactor. The analyses demonstrated that the nanotubes were approximately 200 nm. The methane conversion rate was improved by approximately 10 per cent. Results of the study suggested that the Ni-YSZ nanotubes possessed a higher catalytic performance than other Ni-YSZ powders in relation to methane oxidation. The improved performance was attributed to the higher specific surface of the nanotubes. Results indicated that the nanotubes can be used in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications. 4 refs.

  10. The mechanical reliability of alumina scales and coatings

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    Alexander, K.B.; Pruebner, K.; Tortorelli, P.F. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-08-01

    The mechanical integrity of oxide scales ultimately determines their ability to protect materials from corrosion and other environmental effects arising from deleterious reactions with gases and condensable products. The microstructure and mechanical behavior of alumina products thermally grown or deposited on Fe-28 at.% Al intermetallic alloys are being characterized in order to develop the knowledge and means to control the mechanical reliability of alumina scales by microstructural manipulation through design and processing. Mechanical characterization involved gravimetric data from cyclic oxidation experiments, in-situ observation of oxidized specimens undergoing flexural loading in a scanning electron microscope, and measurements of hardness, elastic modulus and cracking resistance by nanoindentation. Values of cracking thresholds for Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} scales were consistent with other measurements for surface and bulk alumina. The oxidation behavior of Fe{sub 3}Al alloys coated with a thin (0.5 - 1 {mu}m) alumina film deposited by plasma synthesis has been studied. During exposure in the oxidizing environment, new oxide was formed between the coating and the substrate. The presence of the deposited amorphous oxide inhibited the subsequent thermal oxidation of the metal. Because the thermally grown alumina forms under the deposit, the adherence of the coating is controlled by the strength of the metal/oxide interface that develops during oxidation.

  11. Plasma Processes : Plasma sprayed alumina coatings for radiation detector development

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    Mary Alex; V Balagi; K R Prasad; K P Sreekumar; P V Ananthapadmanabhan

    2000-11-01

    Conventional design of radiation detectors uses sintered ceramic insulating modules. The major drawback of these ceramic components is their inherent brittleness. Ion chambers, in which these ceramic spacers are replaced by metallic components with plasma spray coated alumina, have been developed in our Research Centre. These components act as thin spacers that have good mechanical strength as well as high electrical insulation and replace alumina insulators with the same dimensions. As a result, the design of the beam loss monitor ion chamber for CAT could be simplified by coating the outer surface of the HT electrode with alumina. One of the chambers developed for isotope calibrator for brachytherapy gamma sources has its outer aluminium electrode (60 mm dia × 220 mm long) coated with 250 thick alumina (97%) + titania (3%). In view of potential applications in neutron-sensitive ion chambers used in reactor control instrumentation, studies were carried out on alumina 100 to 500 thick coatings on copper, aluminium and SS components. The electrical insulation varied from 108 ohms to 1012 ohms for coating thicknesses above 200 . The porosity in the coating resulted in some fall in electrical insulation due to moisture absorption. An improvement could be achieved by providing the ceramic surface with moisture-repellent silicone oil coating. Irradiation at Apsara reactor core location showed that the coating on aluminium was found to be unaffected after exposure to 1017 nvt fluence.

  12. A study of color modulation of porous alumina processed by physical vapor deposition

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    Wang Xulongqi; Zhang Haijun; Zhang Dongxian, E-mail: zhangdx@zju.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Modern Optical Instrumentation, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310027 (China)

    2011-02-01

    With the development of the porous alumina (PA) fabrication technology, more and more scholars plough into the research of its properties, especially optical properties. Recently, we observed an interesting phenomenon that the PA templates processed by Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) show color differences related to light path difference. Our work attempts to make the principle clear and to find an effective method to modulate the color of PA samples. This article describes the details of our experimental and theoretical results. We successfully prepared some PA templates with different pore-depth by controlling the time of anodization in oxalic acid solution. In order to enhance the reflectivity of air-PA interface, a layer of TiO{sub 2} film of 18 nm is coated with PVD technique, which makes PA templates display quite distinct colors with different hole-depth. By modelling and analyzing PA samples, we make the interpretation of this optical property by taking the PA sample with 150 nm pore-depth as an example, and then put forward a way to simulate sample's color within its hole-depth and material refraction-index. The results are in good agreement with our theoretical analysis, which proves the feasibility of our simulation mode.

  13. CO2 emission free co-generation of energy and ethylene in hydrocarbon SOFC reactors with a dehydrogenation anode.

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    Fu, Xian-Zhu; Lin, Jie-Yuan; Xu, Shihong; Luo, Jing-Li; Chuang, Karl T; Sanger, Alan R; Krzywicki, Andrzej

    2011-11-21

    A dehydrogenation anode is reported for hydrocarbon proton conducting solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). A Cu-Cr(2)O(3) nanocomposite is obtained from CuCrO(2) nanoparticles as an inexpensive, efficient, carbon deposition and sintering tolerant anode catalyst. A SOFC reactor is fabricated using a Cu-Cr(2)O(3) composite as a dehydrogenation anode and a doped barium cerate as a proton conducting electrolyte. The protonic membrane SOFC reactor can selectively convert ethane to valuable ethylene, and electricity is simultaneously generated in the electrochemical oxidative dehydrogenation process. While there are no CO(2) emissions, traces of CO are present in the anode exhaust when the SOFC reactor is operated at over 700 °C. A mechanism is proposed for ethane electro-catalytic dehydrogenation over the Cu-Cr(2)O(3) catalyst. The SOFC reactor also has good stability for co-generation of electricity and ethylene at 700 °C.

  14. Part I. Corrosion studies of continuous alumina fiber reinforced aluminum-matrix composites. Part II. Galvanic corrosion between continuous alumina fiber reinforced aluminum-matrix composites and 4340 steel

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    Zhu, Jun

    Part I. The corrosion performance of continuous alumina fiber reinforced aluminum-matrix composites (CF-AMCs) was investigated in both the laboratory and field environments by comparing them with their respective monolithic matrix alloys, i.e., pure Al, A1-2wt%Cu T6, and Al 6061 T6. The corrosion initiation sites were identified by monitoring the changes in the surface morphology. Corrosion current densities and pH profiles at localized corrosion sites were measured using the scanning-vibrating electrode technique and the scanning ion-selective electrode technique, respectively. The corrosion damage of the materials immersed in various electrolytes, as well as those exposed in a humidity chamber and outdoor environments, was evaluated. Potentiodynamic polarization behavior was also studied. The corrosion initiation for the composites in 3.15 wt% NaCl occurred primarily around the Fe-rich intermetallic particles, which preferentially existed around the fiber/matrix interface on the composites. The corrosion initiation sites were also caused by physical damage (e.g., localized deformation) to the composite surface. At localized corrosion sites, the buildup of acidity was enhanced by the formation of micro-crevices resulting from fibers left in relief as the matrix corroded. The composites that were tested in exposure experiments exhibited higher corrosion rates than their monolithic alloys. The composites and their monolithic alloys were subjected to pitting corrosion when anodically polarized in the 3.15 wt% NaCl, while they passivated when anodically polarized in 0.5 M Na2SO4. The experimental results indicated that the composites exhibited inferior corrosion resistance compared to their monolithic matrix alloys. Part II. Galvanic corrosion studies were conducted on CF-AMCs coupled to 4340 steel since CF-AMCs have low density and excellent mechanical properties and are being considered as potential jacketing materials for reinforcing steel gun barrels. Coupled and

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

  16. SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES: Double gate lateral IGBT on partial membrane

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    Xiaorong, Luo; Lei, Lei; Wei, Zhang; Bo, Zhang; Zhaoji, Li

    2010-02-01

    A new SOI LIGBT (lateral insulated-gate bipolar transistor) with cathode- and anode-gates on partial membrane is proposed. A low on-state resistance is achieved when a negative voltage is applied to the anode gate. In the blocking state, the cathode gate is shortened to the cathode and the anode gate is shortened to the anode, leading to a fast switching speed. Moreover, the removal of the partial silicon substrate under the drift region avoids collecting charges beneath the buried oxide, which releases potential lines below the membrane, yielding an enhanced breakdown voltage (BV). Furthermore, a high switching speed is obtained due to the absence of the drain-substrate capacitance. Lastly, a combination of uniformity and variation in lateral doping profiles helps to achieve a high BV and low special on-resistance. Compared with a conventional LIGBT, the proposed structure exhibits high current capability, low special on-resistance, and double the BV.

  17. Method of fabricating electrode catalyst layers with directionally oriented carbon support for proton exchange membrane fuel cell

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    Liu, Di-Jia [Naperville, IL; Yang, Junbing [Bolingbrook, IL

    2012-03-20

    A membrane electrode assembly (MEA) of the invention comprises an anode and a cathode and a proton conductive membrane therebetween, the anode and the cathode each comprising a patterned sheet of longitudinally aligned transition metal-containing carbon nanotubes, wherein the carbon nanotubes are in contact with and are aligned generally perpendicular to the membrane, wherein a catalytically active transition metal is incorporated throughout the nanotubes.

  18. Pressureless sintering behavior of injection molded alumina ceramics

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    Liu W.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The pressureless sintering behaviors of two widely used submicron alumina (MgOdoped and undoped with different solid loadings produced by injection molding have been studied systematically. Regardless of the sinterability of different powders depending on their inherent properties, solid loading plays a critical role on the sintering behavior of injection molded alumina, which greatly determines the densification and grain size, and leads to its full densification at low temperatures. As compared to the MgO-doped alumina powder, the undoped specimens exhibit a higher sinterability for its smaller particle size and larger surface area. While full densification could be achieved for MgO-doped powders with only a lower solid loading, due to the fact that MgO addition can reduce the detrimental effect of the large pore space on the pore-boundary separation.

  19. Origin of High-Alumina Basalt, Andesite, and Dacite Magmas.

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    Hamilton, W

    1964-10-30

    The typical volcanic rocks of most island arcs and eugeosynclines, and of some continental environments, are basalt, andesite, and dacite, of high alumina content. The high-alumina basalt differs from tholeiitic basalt primarily in having a greater content of the components of calcic plagioclase. Laboratory data indicate that in the upper mantle, below the level at which the basaltic component of mantle rock is transformed by pressure to eclogite or pyroxenite, the entire basaltic portion probably is melted within a narrow temperature range, but that above the level of that transformation plagioclase is melted selectively before pyroxene over a wide temperature range. The broad spectrum of high-alumina magmas may represent widely varying degrees of partial melting above the transformation level, whereas narrow-spectrum tholeiite magma may represent more complete melting beneath it.

  20. Alumina Template-Dependant Growth of Cobalt Nanowire Arrays

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    L. Malferrari

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Different electrochemical regimes and porous alumina were applied for template synthesis of cobalt nanowire (nw arrays, revealing several peculiar cases. In contrast to quite uniform filling of sulfuric acid alumina templates by alternating current deposition, nonuniform growth of the Co nw tufts and mushrooms was obtained for the case of oxalic acid templates. We showed herein for the first time that such configurations arise from the spontaneous growth of cobalt nw groups evolving from the cobalt balls at the Al/alumina interface. Nevertheless, the uniform growth of densely packed cobalt nw arrays, up to tens of micrometers in length, was obtained via long-term direct current galvanostatic deposition at low current density using oxalic acid templates one-side coated by conducting layer. The unique point of this regime is the formation of hexagonal lattice Co nws with a preferred (100 growth direction.