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  1. Features of the formation of anodic niobium oxide in a potassium nitrate melt

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    Skatkov, L.I.; Malyuk, Yu.I.

    1988-07-10

    This work is a further development of the investigations of the processes of the anodization of niobium in nitrate melts of salts at temperatures allowing recrystallization of the oxide. The anodic films of niobium formed in a nitrate melt consist of sandwiches of phases of Nb/sub 2/O/sub 5/, NbO/sub 2/, and NbO (from the outer surface of the anodic oxide film toward the niobium substrate), and high anodization temperatures cause the intense dissolution of oxygen in the niobium substrate. During the formation of an anodic oxide film, it becomes saturated with the anionic and cationic components of the electrolyte. The uptake of the anions is most significant in the initial stages of growth of the oxide layer, while saturation with potassium occurs in the final stages of anodization.

  2. Anodic and air oxidation of niobium studied by ion beam analysis with implanted Xe marker

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    Xe marker implantation and backscattering analysis were used to study the growth mechanism of anodic oxides on niobium. In 5 wt% aqueous ammonium citrate solution, analysis of the Xe marker movement demonstrated that the oxide was formed mainly within the existing oxide through the transport of both niobium cations and oxygen anions from each side when the anodic oxidation was carried out with a constant current density of 1.0 mA cm-2 and a limiting oxidation potential from 60 to 100 V. During anodization, the transport numbers of niobium increased with the elevation of potential. The air oxidation behavior of niobium and the profile of Xe ions at the temperature of 200-500 C were also studied. The growth law of niobium oxide was obtained and no movement of the peak position of Xe ions was observed when the temperature was below 350 C. (orig.)

  3. Visible light photo response from N-doped anodic niobium oxide after annealing in ammonia atmosphere

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    Niobium oxide films with a thickness of approximately 165 nm were prepared by electrochemical anodization. These anodic oxide layers were then treated in an ammonia atmosphere at different temperatures and durations, and characterized with XRD, XPS, ToF-SIMS and photoelectrochemical methods. Under optimized conditions nitrogen doping of the niobium oxide films takes place, resulting in a distinct photo response in the visible range of light.

  4. Preparation of self-organized porous anodic niobium oxide microcones and their surface wettability

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    Porous anodic niobium oxide with a pore size of ∼10 nm was formed at 10 V in glycerol electrolyte containing 0.6 mol dm-3 K2HPO4 and 0.2 mol dm-3 K3PO4 at 433 K. After prolonged anodizing for 5.4 ks, niobium oxide microcones develop on the surface. X-ray diffraction patterns of the anodized specimens revealed that the initially formed anodic oxide is amorphous, but an amorphous-to-crystalline transition occurs during anodizing. As a consequence of the preferential chemical dissolution of the initially formed amorphous oxide, due to different solubility of the amorphous and crystalline oxides, crystalline oxide microcones appear on the film surface after prolonged anodizing. The surface is superhydrophilic. After coating with fluorinated alkylsilane, the surface becomes superhydrophobic with a contact angle of 158o for water. The surface is also oil repellent, with a contact angle as high as 140o for salad oil.

  5. Influence of electropolishing and anodic oxidation on morphology, chemical composition and corrosion resistance of niobium

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    The work presents results of the studies performed on electropolishing of pure niobium in a bath that contained: sulphuric acid, hydrofluoric acid, ethylene glycol and acetanilide. After the electropolishing, the specimens were subjected to anodic passivation in a 1 mol dm−3 phosphoric acid solution at various voltages. The surface morphology, thickness, roughness and chemical composition of the resulting oxide layers were analysed. Thusly prepared niobium samples were additionally investigated in terms of their corrosion resistance in Ringer's solution. The electropolished niobium surface was determined to be smooth and lustrous. The anodisation led to the growth of barrier-like oxide layers, which were enriched in phosphorus species. - Highlights: • Pure niobium was electropolished and subsequently anodised in a H3PO4 solution. • Phosphorus was successfully introduced into the oxide layers after the treatment. • Corrosion resistance of niobium in Ringer's solution was improved after anodising

  6. Surfactant-assisted growth of anodic nanoporous niobium oxide with a grained surface

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    Nanoporous niobium oxide film with a maximum thickness of 520 nm was prepared by anodizing niobium in a mixture of 1 wt% HF, 1 M H3PO4, and a small amount of Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate (SDS) surfactant. The porosity of the anodic niobium oxide prepared without SDS is irregular with the surface of the oxide suggesting a grained surface pattern rather than an ordered porous structure. A proper amount of SDS addition can prepare a pore arrangement with stripe patterns. The pore depth and surface pattern were strongly affected by the concentration of SDS and bath temperature. We found that the addition of SDS surfactant facilitated improvement in the chemical resistance of niobium oxide, leading to the formation of pores with a longer length compared to those prepared without a SDS surfactant. This can be in part ascribed to the protection of the surface by the physical adsorption of SDS on the surface due to a charge-charge interaction and be in part attributed to the formation of Nb=O bonding on the outermost oxide layer by SDS. When anodization was carried out for 4 h, the surface dissolution of niobium oxide was observed, which means that the maximum tolerance time against chemical dissolution was less than 4 h.

  7. Formation of niobium oxide film with duplex layers by galvanostatic anodization

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    Studies on niobium anodization in the mixture of 1 M H3PO4 and 1 wt % HF at galvanostatic anodization are described here in detail. Interestingly, duplex niobium oxide consisting of thick barrier oxide and correspondingly thick porous oxide was prepared at a constant current density of higher than 0.3 mAcm-2, whereas simple porous type oxide was formed at a current density of lower than 0.3 mAcm-2. In addition, simple barrier or porous type oxide was obtained by galvanostatic anodization at a single electrolyte of either 1 M H3PO4 or 1 wt % HF, respectively. The formation mechanism of duplex type structures was ascribed to different forming voltages required for moving anions

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  9. STUDY ON COMPOSITION IN NIOBIUM ANODE

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    Li Chunguang; Gao Yong; Dong Ningli

    2004-01-01

    Niobium capacitor uses electrolytic Nb2O5 as dielectric layer formed on surface of porous niobium anode through electrolytic reaction. Analysis of Scanning Electronics Microscope (SEM) combined with X-ray Photoemission Spectrum(XPS) shows that the formed niobium oxide dielectric consists of not only Nb2O5, but also two kinds of low valence niobium NbO2 and NbO oxide. When using different electrolytic reaction conditions, different valence niobium oxide shows different relative content. The fact provides an important basis for analyzing and improving performances of niobium capacitor.

  10. Improved electrical properties of silicon-incorporated anodic niobium oxide formed on porous Nb-Si substrate

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    In the present study, porous Nb-Si alloy films with isolated nano-column morphology have been successfully developed by oblique angle magnetron sputtering on to aluminum substrate with concave cell structure. The deposited films are amorphous with the 15 at% silicon supersaturated into niobium. The porous Nb-15 at% Si films, as well as niobium films with similar morphology, are anodized at several voltages up to 50 V in 0.1 mol dm-3 ammonium pentaborate electrolyte. Due to the presence of sufficient gaps between neighboring columns, the gaps are not filled with anodic oxide, despite the large Pilling-Bedworth ratio (for instance, 2.6 for Nb/Nb2O5) and hence, a linear correlation between the reciprocal of capacitance and formation voltage is obtained for the Nb-15 at% Si. From the comparison with the anodic films formed on porous niobium films, it has been found that silicon addition improves the thermal stability of anodic niobium oxide; the change in capacitance and increase in leakage current become small for the Nb-Si. The findings indicate the potential of oblique angle deposition to tailor porous non-equilibrium niobium alloy films for high performance niobium-base capacitor.

  11. Control of morphology and surface wettability of anodic niobium oxide microcones formed in hot phosphate-glycerol electrolytes

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    Highlights: → Anodic niobium oxide microcones with nanofiber morphology are formed simply by anodizing. → The cone size and its tip angle are controlled by anodizing condition. → The surface shows extremely high contact angle for water after coating with a fluoroalkyl layer. - Abstract: We report the fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces with a hierarchical morphology by self-organized anodizing process. Simply by anodizing of niobium metal in hot phosphate-glycerol electrolyte, niobium oxide microcones, consisting of highly branched oxide nanofibers, develop on the surface. The size of the microcones and their tip angles are controlled by changing the applied potential difference in anodizing and the water content in the electrolyte. Reduction of the water content increases the size of the microcones, with the nanofibers changing to nanoparticles. The size of microcones is also reduced by increasing the applied potential difference, without influencing the tip angle. The hierarchical oxide surfaces are superhydrophilic, with static contact angles close to 0o. Coating of the anodic oxide films with a monolayer of fluoroalkyl phosphate makes the surfaces superhydrophobic with a contact angle for water as high as 175o and a very small contact angle hysteresis of only 2o. The present results indicate that the larger microcones with smaller tip angles show the higher contact angle for water.

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

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

  13. On some peculiarities of surface properties of niobium anodic oxide crystals

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    Gomozov, V.; Deribo, S.; Tulskiy, G.; Skatkov, L.

    2012-01-01

    Changes in surface properties of anodic crystal films Nb2O5 during the extraction of oxygen anions from near-surface layer are considered. It is shown that the anion extraction brings about a phase transition in oxide which is accompanied by a change in conductivity resulting from structure distortion occurring during disordering in oxide crystals.

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

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

  15. EELS investigations of stoichiometric niobium oxides and niobium-based capacitors

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    Bach, David

    2009-01-01

    A comprehensive electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) study of stoichiometric niobium oxides and niobium was performed in a transmission electron microscope. Numerous EELS features were identified allowing the distinction of different Nb-oxidation states. Optimized sensitivity factors were determined for accurate quantification of the Nb-O system which were applied to nanoscale analysis of solid-electrolyte capacitors with Nb anodes and anodically grown niobium-oxide layers as dielectric.

  16. Temperature dependence of electric resistance of anodic oxide films on niobium base alloy NbTsU

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    Electrical resistance of oxide coatings formed on the surface of the NbTsU niobium alloy in aqueous solutions of alkaline electrolytes is investigated. Some anomalies related to the conditions of coating formation are canceled in temperature dependences of electrical resistance. The values of activation energy of electroconducting processes for different temperature intervals are calculated

  17. 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

  18. Аnodic formation of nanoporous crystalline niobium oxide

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    LEONID SKATKOV

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available The research results of anodic deposition of crystalline niobium oxide are presented in this work. The factors that have an impact on crystalline phase nucleation and its primary growth are revealed. Dependence of morphology and properties of nanoporous niobium oxide on modes of its formation is shown.

  19. Аnodic formation of nanoporous crystalline niobium oxide

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    LEONID SKATKOV; LARISA LYASHOK; VALERIY GOMOZOV; IRINA TOKAREVА; BORIS ВAYRACHNIY

    2014-01-01

    The research results of anodic deposition of crystalline niobium oxide are presented in this work. The factors that have an impact on crystalline phase nucleation and its primary growth are revealed. Dependence of morphology and properties of nanoporous niobium oxide on modes of its formation is shown.

  20. Niobium oxide compositions and methods for using same

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    Goodenough, John B; Han, Jian-Tao

    2014-02-11

    The disclosure relates a niobium oxide useful in anodes of secondary lithium ion batteries. Such niobium oxide has formula Li.sub.xM.sub.1-yNb.sub.yNb.sub.2O.sub.7, wherein 0.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.3, 0.ltoreq.y.ltoreq.1, and M represents Ti or Zr. The niobium oxide may be in the form of particles, which may be carbon coated. The disclosure also relates to an electrode composition containing at least one or more niobium oxides of formula Li.sub.xM.sub.1-yNb.sub.yNb.sub.2O.sub.7. The disclosure further relates to electrodes, such as anodes, and batteries containing at least one or more niobium oxides of formula Li.sub.xM.sub.1-yNb.sub.yNb.sub.2O.sub.7. Furthermore, the disclosure relates to methods of forming the above.

  1. Fabrication of superhydrophobic niobium pentoxide thin films by anodization

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

  2. Fabrication of superhydrophobic niobium pentoxide thin films by anodization

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

    2014-07-01

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

  3. Niobium-titanium oxide alloys

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    Oxide dispersion strengthening of niobium with TiO2 has lead to a material which combines superior mechanical properties with the excellent biocompatibility and corrosion resistance of the soft metal niobium. Modern analytical tools including TEM with advanced analysis features (EDX and EELS) were used to clarify the mechanism being a dissolution of the oxide at sintering temperatures and a controlled precipitation by proper aging. The influence of variations of the oxide content, the sintering conditions and the aging treatment were investigated in order to optimize the alloy. The best combination of properties was found with a Nb-1%TiO2 variant with optimized oxygen content. Strength can very well be correlated with TEM data of dispersion parameters. Applications for this ODS niobium alloy are seen in the field of high-load bearing medical implants but also in chemical engineering wherever the good corrosion resistance of niobium is needed in combination with higher mechanical and thermal strength. 14 refs., 17 figs., 3 tabs. (Author)

  4. Niobium-doped titanium oxide anode and ionic liquid electrolyte for a safe sodium-ion battery

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    Usui, Hiroyuki; Domi, Yasuhiro; Shimizu, Masahiro; Imoto, Akinobu; Yamaguchi, Kazuki; Sakaguchi, Hiroki

    2016-10-01

    The anode properties of Nb-doped rutile TiO2 electrodes were investigated in an ionic liquid electrolyte comprised of N-methyl-N-propylpyrrolidinium cation and bis(fluorosulfonyl)amide anion for use in a safe Na-ion battery. Although the electrolyte's conductivity was lower than that of a conventional organic electrolyte at 30 °C, it showed high conductivity comparable to that of the organic electrolyte at 60 °C. The Nb-doped TiO2 electrode showed excellent cyclability in the ionic liquid electrolyte at 60 °C: a high capacity retention of 97% was observed even at the 350th cycle, which is comparable to value in the organic electrolyte (91%). In a non-flammability test in a closed system, no ignition was observed with the ionic liquid electrolyte even at 300 °C. These results indicate that combination of a Nb-doped TiO2 anode and ionic liquid electrolyte gives not only an excellent cyclability but also high safety for a Na-ion battery operating at a temperature below the sodium's melting point of 98 °C.

  5. Study on the mechanism of the anodization of niobium by using ion-implanting Xe+ markers and RBS analysis

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    The mechanism of anodic oxidation on niobium in the solution of aqueous ammonium citrate (w = 5%) was studied with the layers of ion-implanted Xe atom markers in different depth and analysed by the methods of RBS, X-ray and AES and the ions migration numbers under different anodic potentials were calculated. The main reason for the forming of oxide films is the migration of both metal cations and oxygen anions in contrary directions and the area in which the oxide film formed is nearer the sample surface, which is connected with the solution, with the higher anodic potential. The composition of the oxide film is Nb2O5

  6. The oxidation behavior and protection of niobium

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    Perkins, Roger A.; Meier, Gerald H.

    1990-08-01

    Despite years of effort, researchers have been unable to develop a high-temperature niobium-base alloy with the ability to form a protective oxide scale. Although some of the alloys tested have potentially useful properties, the alloying elements usually act to the detriment of at least one property. Currently, niobium-base alloys are protected from high-temperature oxidation with a highly reliable silicide coating. This article reviews the efforts to develop oxidation-resistant alloys and summarizes the results of recent research on oxidation-resistant niobium-base intermetallics.

  7. Electrochemical niobium oxide coating in molten NaNO3-KNO3

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    Kinetics of anodic oxide film growth on niobium in molten NaNO3-KNO3 (50 mol %) is studied in galvanostatic and potentiostatic conditions. Basic kinetic parameters of the oxide-coating process are determined. Chemical composition of the oxide coatings is established

  8. Niobium-doped strontium titanates as SOFC anodes

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Kammer Hansen, Kent; Wallenberg, L. Reine;

    2008-01-01

    Sr-vacancy compensated Nb-doped SrTiO(3) with the nominal composition Sr(0.94)Ti(0.9)Nb(0.1)O(3) has been evaluated as part of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode material in terms of redox stability, electrical conductivity, as well as electrochemical properties. Sr(0.94)Ti(0.9)Nb(0.1)O(3) has ...

  9. Electrical breakdown and electronic current of niobium-niobium oxide-electrolyte systems

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    Breakdown voltages and electronic current data (at constant voltage) for anodic niobium oxide films in contact with mixed solutions of aqueous electrolytes + diethylene glycol of varying concentrations and compositions at 308 K have been obtained. Breakdown voltage as well as electronic current have been found to depend on electrolyte concentration, composition and resistivity. The effects of electrolyte concentration, composition and resistivity on breakdown voltage have been discussed in terms of Ikonopisov electron avalanche model and the theory of Di Quarto. The values of parameters for impact ionization co-efficient (α) and primary electronic current (j0) have been evaluated. The major factor contributing to the decrease in breakdown voltage with increasing electrolyte concentration is the increasing primary electronic current, j0. (author). 10 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs

  10. Study of niobium oxidation by photoelectron spectroscopy

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    The chemical composition of thin oxide layers, grown on clean niobium, in low oxygen pressure, was studied by a surface analysis method: X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. The purpose of this study was to find the best conditions for the building of Nb/Nb oxide/Pb Josephson junctions, and particularly to minimise the interface thickness during the formation of the insulator film (Nb2O5) on the metal (Nb). This interface is essentially formed by the monoxide (NbO) and dioxide (NbO2). Nb 3d XPS core level peak positions and area ratios (obtained by the signal decomposition) of the components of the total peak, were used to determine the presence of the different oxidation states II, IV and V, their relative abundance, oxide thicknesses and their depth distribution. All this information was extracted by a special numerical procedure

  11. Electrical analysis of niobium oxide thin films

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    Graça, M.P.F., E-mail: mpfg@ua.pt [I3N & Physics Department, Aveiro University, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Saraiva, M. [I3N & Physics Department, Aveiro University, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Freire, F.N.A. [Mechanics Engineering Department, Ceará Federal University, Fortaleza (Brazil); Valente, M.A.; Costa, L.C. [I3N & Physics Department, Aveiro University, Campus Universitário de Santiago, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal)

    2015-06-30

    In this work, a series of niobium oxide thin films was deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering. The total pressure of Ar/O{sub 2} was kept constant at 1 Pa, while the O{sub 2} partial pressure was varied up to 0.2 Pa. The depositions were performed in a grounded and non-intentionally heated substrate, resulting in as-deposited amorphous thin films. Raman spectroscopy confirmed the absence of crystallinity. Dielectric measurements as a function of frequency (40 Hz–110 MHz) and temperature (100 K–360 K) were performed. The dielectric constant for the film samples with thickness (d) lower than 650 nm decreases with the decrease of d. The same behaviour was observed for the conductivity. These results show a dependence of the dielectric permittivity with the thin film thickness. The electrical behaviour was also related with the oxygen partial pressure, whose increment promotes an increase of the Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} stoichiometry units. - Highlights: • Niobium oxide thin films were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering. • XRD showed a phase change with the increase of the P(O{sub 2}). • Raman showed that increasing P(O{sub 2}), Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} amorphous increases. • Conductivity tends to decrease with the increase of P(O{sub 2}). • Dielectric analysis indicates the inexistence of preferential grow direction.

  12. Electrical analysis of niobium oxide thin films

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    In this work, a series of niobium oxide thin films was deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering. The total pressure of Ar/O2 was kept constant at 1 Pa, while the O2 partial pressure was varied up to 0.2 Pa. The depositions were performed in a grounded and non-intentionally heated substrate, resulting in as-deposited amorphous thin films. Raman spectroscopy confirmed the absence of crystallinity. Dielectric measurements as a function of frequency (40 Hz–110 MHz) and temperature (100 K–360 K) were performed. The dielectric constant for the film samples with thickness (d) lower than 650 nm decreases with the decrease of d. The same behaviour was observed for the conductivity. These results show a dependence of the dielectric permittivity with the thin film thickness. The electrical behaviour was also related with the oxygen partial pressure, whose increment promotes an increase of the Nb2O5 stoichiometry units. - Highlights: • Niobium oxide thin films were deposited by reactive magnetron sputtering. • XRD showed a phase change with the increase of the P(O2). • Raman showed that increasing P(O2), Nb2O5 amorphous increases. • Conductivity tends to decrease with the increase of P(O2). • Dielectric analysis indicates the inexistence of preferential grow direction

  13. DEVELOPMENT OF OXIDATION RESISTANT TITANIUM ALLOYS BY NIOBIUM ADDITION

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    Ackland, Graeme; Siemers, Carsten; Tegner, Bengt E.; Saksl, K.; Brunke, F.; Kohnke, M,

    2014-01-01

    The application of titanium alloys is limited to 550°C due to their poor oxidation resistance. It is known that the addition of niobium improves the oxidation resistance of titanium whereas elements like vanadium do not support titanium’s oxidation behaviour. Hence, the underlying mechanisms are not understood. In the present study, different binary titanium-niobium and titanium-vanadium alloys as well as commercially pure titanium were investigated. Oxidation experiments were carried out at ...

  14. Oxidation protection for niobium and its alloys at high temperature

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    Problems, related to increasing heat resistance of niobium and niobium-base alloys, are considered. It is mentioned, that when developing coatings to protect niobium and niobium alloy products against oxidation, one should preliminarily create a butter layer, preventing matrix interaction with the coating components, at metallic base - protective coating boundary. Depending on the temperature regime and the product application conditions, the coating can be formed on the basis of molybdenum disilicide or high-melting alloyed silicides. Besides, a composition, containing a low-melting component and high-melting filler, can be used for its creation

  15. Niobium alloy heat pipes for use in oxidizing environments

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    Niobium alloys have been used for many years in rocket propulsion systems and afterburner sections of gas turbine engines. In these applications, adequate oxidation resistance is provided by protective silicide coatings. By utilizing these coatings and niobium powder metallurgy to produce porous wicks, it has been demonstrated that niobium alloy heat pipes can comfortably operate in flame temperatures exceeding 3000 K. Results of lithium corrosion tests on C-103 (Nb-10%Hf-1%Ti) up to 1477 K will be presented along with thermal performance data for specific heat pipe designs

  16. Niobium alloy heat pipes for use in oxidizing environments

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    Craig Wojcik, C.

    1991-01-01

    Niobium alloys have been used for many years in rocket propulsion systems and afterburner sections of gas turbine engines. In these applications, adequate oxidation resistance is provided by protective silicide coatings. By utilizing these coatings and niobium powder metallurgy to produce porous wicks, it has been demonstrated that niobium alloy heat pipes can comfortably operate in flame temperatures exceeding 3000 K. Results of lithium corrosion tests on C-103 (Nb-10%Hf-1%Ti) up to 1477 K will be presented along with thermal performance data for specific heat pipe designs.

  17. Alkali oxide-tantalum, niobium and antimony oxide ionic conductors

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    Roth, R. S.; Brower, W. S.; Parker, H. S.; Minor, D. B.; Waring, J. L.

    1975-01-01

    The phase equilibrium relations of four systems were investigated in detail. These consisted of sodium and potassium antimonates with antimony oxide and tantalum and niobium oxide with rubidium oxide as far as the ratio 4Rb2O:llB2O5 (B=Nb, Ta). The ternary system NaSbO3-Sb2O4-NaF was investigated extensively to determine the actual composition of the body centered cubic sodium antimonate. Various other binary and ternary oxide systems involving alkali oxides were examined in lesser detail. The phases synthesized were screened by ion exchange methods to determine mobility of the mobility of the alkali ion within the niobium, tantalum or antimony oxide (fluoride) structural framework. Five structure types warranted further investigation; these structure types are (1) hexagonal tungsten bronze (HTB), (2) pyrochlore, (3) the hybrid HTB-pyrochlore hexagonal ordered phases, (4) body centered cubic antimonates and (5) 2K2O:3Nb2O5. Although all of these phases exhibit good ion exchange properties only the pyrochlore was prepared with Na(+) ions as an equilibrium phase and as a low porosity ceramic. Sb(+3) in the channel interferes with ionic conductivity in this case, although relatively good ionic conductivity was found for the metastable Na(+) ion exchanged analogs of RbTa2O5F and KTaWO6 pyrochlore phases.

  18. Development of a niobium-doped titania inert anode for titanium electrowinning in molten chloride salts.

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    Snook, Graeme A; McGregor, Katherine; Urban, Andrew J; Lanyon, Marshall R; Donelson, R; Pownceby, Mark I

    2016-08-15

    The direct electrochemical reduction of solid titanium dioxide in a chloride melt is an attractive method for the production of titanium metal. It has been estimated that this type of electrolytic approach may reduce the costs of producing titanium sponge by more than half, with the additional benefit of a smaller environmental footprint. The process utilises a consumable carbon anode which releases a mixture of CO2 and CO gas during electrolysis, but suffers from low current efficiency due to the occurrence of parasitic side reactions involving carbon. The replacement of the carbon anode with a cheap, robust inert anode offers numerous benefits that include: elimination of carbon dioxide emissions, more efficient cell operation, opportunity for three-dimensional electrode configurations and reduced electrode costs. This paper reports a study of Nb-doped titania anode materials for inert anodes in a titanium electrolytic reduction cell. The study examines the effect of niobium content and sintering conditions on the performance of Nb-doped TiO2 anodes in laboratory-scale electrolysis tests. Experimental findings, including performance in a 100 h laboratory electrolysis test, are described. PMID:27265026

  19. Stress dependent oxidation of sputtered niobium and effects on superconductivity

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    We report on the suppression of room temperature oxidation of DC sputtered niobium films and the effects upon the superconductive transition temperature, Tc. Niobium was sputter-deposited on silicon dioxide coated 150 mm wafers and permitted to oxidize at room temperature and pressure for up to two years. Resistivity and stress measurements indicate that tensile films greater than 400 MPa resist bulk oxidation with measurements using transmission electron microscope, electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectric spectroscopy, and secondary ion mass spectrometry confirming this result. Although a surface oxide, Nb2O5, consumed the top 6–10 nm, we measure less than 1 at. % oxygen and nitrogen in the bulk of the films after the oxidation period. Tc measurements using a SQUID magnetometer indicate that the tensile films maintained a Tc approaching the dirty superconductive limit of 8.4 K after two years of oxidation while maintaining room temperature sheet resistance. This work demonstrates that control over niobium film stress during deposition can prevent bulk oxidation by limiting the vertical grain boundaries ability to oxidize, prolonging the superconductive properties of sputtered niobium when exposed to atmosphere

  20. Stress dependent oxidation of sputtered niobium and effects on superconductivity

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    David Henry, M.; Wolfley, Steve; Monson, Todd; Clark, Blythe G.; Shaner, Eric; Jarecki, Robert

    2014-02-01

    We report on the suppression of room temperature oxidation of DC sputtered niobium films and the effects upon the superconductive transition temperature, Tc. Niobium was sputter-deposited on silicon dioxide coated 150 mm wafers and permitted to oxidize at room temperature and pressure for up to two years. Resistivity and stress measurements indicate that tensile films greater than 400 MPa resist bulk oxidation with measurements using transmission electron microscope, electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectric spectroscopy, and secondary ion mass spectrometry confirming this result. Although a surface oxide, Nb2O5, consumed the top 6-10 nm, we measure less than 1 at. % oxygen and nitrogen in the bulk of the films after the oxidation period. Tc measurements using a SQUID magnetometer indicate that the tensile films maintained a Tc approaching the dirty superconductive limit of 8.4 K after two years of oxidation while maintaining room temperature sheet resistance. This work demonstrates that control over niobium film stress during deposition can prevent bulk oxidation by limiting the vertical grain boundaries ability to oxidize, prolonging the superconductive properties of sputtered niobium when exposed to atmosphere.

  1. THE INFLUENCE OF NIOBIUM ON THE ACIDITY AND STRUCTURE OF GAMMA-ALUMINA-SUPPORTED VANADIUM OXIDES

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    Sathler M.N.B.; Eon J.G.

    1998-01-01

    Gamma-alumina-supported niobium oxide was used as a support for vanadium oxides. The influence of the addition of niobium oxide was studied by looking for changes in the structure and acid-base character of superficial species. Vanadium oxide was deposited using the continuous adsorption method; niobium oxide was impregnated using the incipient wetness method. The catalysts were characterized by XPS, UV-visible and IR spectroscopy. Catalytic tests were performed using propane oxidation reacti...

  2. Synthesis and Characterization of Niobium-doped TiO2 Nanotube Arrays by Anodization of Ti-20Nb Alloys

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    Zhengchao Xu; Qi Li; Shian Gao; Jianku Shangi

    2012-01-01

    Well crystallized niobium-doped TiO; nanotube arrays (TiNbO-NT) were successfully synthesized via the anodization of titanium/niobium alloy sheets, followed with a heat treatment at 550 ℃ for 2 h. Morphology analysis results demonstrated that both the titanium/niobium alloy microstructure and the dissolution strength of electrolyte played major roles in the formation of nanotube structure. A single-phase microstructure was more favorable to the formation of uniform nanotube arrays, while modulating the dissolution strength of electrolyte was required to obtain nanotube arrays from the alloys with multi-phase microstructures. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron (XPS) analysis results clearly demonstrated that niobium dopants (Nb^5+) were successfully doped into TiO2 anatase lattice by substituting Ti^4+ in this approach.

  3. Oxidation resistance of composite silicide coatings on niobium

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    This paper reports the oxidation of NbSi2-MoSi2 composite silicide coatings produced by diffusive siliconizing of molybdenum films on a niobium surface. Molybdenum-coated niobium was siliconized and an x-ray microspectral analysis of the composite silicide coating showed the phase composition to be an ca 80-um-thick outer molybdenum disilicide film with a characteristic coarsely crystalline columnar structure, and inner ca 20-um film of niobium disilicide consisting of the tiny columnar crystals, and a substrate/coating interface comprising a thin, 2-3 um film of lower silicide, i.e., Nb5Si3. The average grain sizes, unit cell parameters, and x-ray determined densities of the Mo films obtained by various methods are shown

  4. Change of chemical states of niobium in the oxide layer of zirconium–niobium alloys with oxide growth

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    The change of chemical states of niobium with oxide growth was examined in the oxide layers of Zr–2.5Nb around the first kinetic transition by the conversion electron yield – X-ray absorption near-edge structure measurements. The detailed depth profiles of niobium chemical states were obtained in both the pre- and the post-transition oxide layers of Zr–2.5Nb formed in water at 663 K for 40–280 d. The depth profiling revealed that the inner oxide layer remained protective to oxidizing species even though in the post-transition region and this excellent stability of barrierness would be attributed the suppression of hydrogen pickup. (author)

  5. Plasma Niobium Surface Alloying of Pure Titanium and its Oxidation at 900 ℃

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    WANG Wen-bo; ZHONG Xu; HE Zhi-yong; WANG Zhen-xia; ZHANG Ping-ze

    2007-01-01

    A niobium-modified layer on pure titanium surface was obtained by means of double glow plasma surface alloying technique. The modified layer was uniform, continuous, compact and well adhered to the substrate. The niobium composition in the modified layer decreased gradually from the surface to the substrate. The oxidation behavior of the niobium-modified layer was investigated and compared with the untreated surface at 900 ℃ for 100 h. Characterization of the layers was performed using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope, respectively. The test results show that the oxidation behavior of pure titanium was improved by niobium alloying process. Niobium has a positive influence on the oxidation resistance.

  6. Synthesis of piezoelectric and bioactive NaNbO3 from metallic niobium and niobium oxide.

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    Prado da Silva, Marcelo Henrique; da Rocha, Daniel Navarro; de Andrade Gobbo, Luciano; Dos Santos Azevedo, Luciana Maria; Louro, Luís Henrique Leme; Machado Costa, Andréa; Brant de Campos, José

    2016-07-01

    NaNbO3 was synthesized by two different routes, one using metallic niobium powder, and another using niobium oxide (Nb2 O5 ) powder. In both routes an aqueous sodium hydroxide solution was used to hydrothermally treating the powders. In the first approach, the solution concentrations were 3M, 1M, and 0.5M. The second route used solution concentrations of 10M and 12.5M. After the hydrothermal treatments, the powders were heat treated in order to synthesize NaNbO3 . The products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) with Rietveld refinement. The phases were identified by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD) with Rietveld refinement. It was observed that the molar concentrations of the solutions had opposing effects for each route. An antiferroelectric phase was found in both routes. In the niobium metallic route, a ferroelectric phase was also synthesized. This study proves that piezoelectric NaNbO3 can be obtained after alkali treatment of both Nb and Nb2 O5. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part B: Appl Biomater, 104B: 979-985, 2016. PMID:25980635

  7. Evaluation of niobium dimethylamino-ethoxide for chemical vapour deposition of niobium oxide thin films

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    Chemical vapour deposition (CVD) processes depend on the availability of suitable precursors. Precursors that deliver a stable vapour pressure are favourable in classical CVD processes, as they ensure process reproducibility. In high vacuum CVD (HV-CVD) process vapour pressure stability of the precursor is of particular importance, since no carrier gas assisted transport can be used. The dimeric Nb2(OEt)10 does not fulfil this requirement since it partially dissociates upon heating. Dimethylamino functionalization of an ethoxy ligand of Nb(OEt)5 acts as an octahedral field completing entity and leads to Nb(OEt)4(dmae). We show that Nb(OEt)4(dmae) evaporates as monomeric molecule and ensures a stable vapour pressure and, consequently, stable flow. A set of HV-CVD experiments were conducted using this precursor by projecting a graded molecular beam of the precursor onto the substrate at deposition temperatures from 320 °C to 650 °C. Film growth rates ranging from 8 nm·h−1 to values larger than 400 nm·h−1 can be obtained in this system illustrating the high level of control available over the film growth process. Classical CVD limiting conditions along with the recently reported adsorption–reaction limited conditions are observed and the chemical composition, and microstructural and optical properties of the films are related to the corresponding growth regime. Nb(OEt)4(dmae) provides a large process window of deposition temperatures and precursor fluxes over which carbon-free and polycrystalline niobium oxide films with growth rates proportional to precursor flux are obtained. This feature makes Nb(OEt)4(dmae) an attractive precursor for combinatorial CVD of niobium containing complex oxide films that are finding an increasing interest in photonics and photoelectrochemical water splitting applications. The adsorption–reaction limited conditions provide extremely small growth rates comparable to an atomic layer deposition (ALD) process indicating that HV

  8. Evaluation of niobium dimethylamino-ethoxide for chemical vapour deposition of niobium oxide thin films

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    Dabirian, Ali [Laboratory for Photonic Materials and Characterization, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Station 17, 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Kuzminykh, Yury, E-mail: yury.kuzminykh@empa.ch [Laboratory for Photonic Materials and Characterization, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Station 17, 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Feuerwerkerstrasse 39, 3602 Thun (Switzerland); Wagner, Estelle; Benvenuti, Giacomo [3D-Oxides, 70 Rue G. Eiffel Technoparc, 01630 St Genis Pouilly (France); ABCD Technology, 12 route de Champ-Colin, 1260 Nyon (Switzerland); Rushworth, Simon [Tyndall National Institute, Lee Maltings, Dyke Parade, Cork (Ireland); Hoffmann, Patrik, E-mail: patrik.hoffmann@empa.ch [Laboratory for Photonic Materials and Characterization, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Station 17, 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Feuerwerkerstrasse 39, 3602 Thun (Switzerland)

    2014-11-28

    Chemical vapour deposition (CVD) processes depend on the availability of suitable precursors. Precursors that deliver a stable vapour pressure are favourable in classical CVD processes, as they ensure process reproducibility. In high vacuum CVD (HV-CVD) process vapour pressure stability of the precursor is of particular importance, since no carrier gas assisted transport can be used. The dimeric Nb{sub 2}(OEt){sub 10} does not fulfil this requirement since it partially dissociates upon heating. Dimethylamino functionalization of an ethoxy ligand of Nb(OEt){sub 5} acts as an octahedral field completing entity and leads to Nb(OEt){sub 4}(dmae). We show that Nb(OEt){sub 4}(dmae) evaporates as monomeric molecule and ensures a stable vapour pressure and, consequently, stable flow. A set of HV-CVD experiments were conducted using this precursor by projecting a graded molecular beam of the precursor onto the substrate at deposition temperatures from 320 °C to 650 °C. Film growth rates ranging from 8 nm·h{sup −1} to values larger than 400 nm·h{sup −1} can be obtained in this system illustrating the high level of control available over the film growth process. Classical CVD limiting conditions along with the recently reported adsorption–reaction limited conditions are observed and the chemical composition, and microstructural and optical properties of the films are related to the corresponding growth regime. Nb(OEt){sub 4}(dmae) provides a large process window of deposition temperatures and precursor fluxes over which carbon-free and polycrystalline niobium oxide films with growth rates proportional to precursor flux are obtained. This feature makes Nb(OEt){sub 4}(dmae) an attractive precursor for combinatorial CVD of niobium containing complex oxide films that are finding an increasing interest in photonics and photoelectrochemical water splitting applications. The adsorption–reaction limited conditions provide extremely small growth rates comparable to an

  9. THE INFLUENCE OF NIOBIUM ON THE ACIDITY AND STRUCTURE OF GAMMA-ALUMINA-SUPPORTED VANADIUM OXIDES

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    Full Text Available Gamma-alumina-supported niobium oxide was used as a support for vanadium oxides. The influence of the addition of niobium oxide was studied by looking for changes in the structure and acid-base character of superficial species. Vanadium oxide was deposited using the continuous adsorption method; niobium oxide was impregnated using the incipient wetness method. The catalysts were characterized by XPS, UV-visible and IR spectroscopy. Catalytic tests were performed using propane oxidation reaction at 400oC. For coverage below the monolayer, both vanadium and niobium oxides were observed in slightly condensed superficial species. The presence of vanadium oxide on the support was found to increase the Lewis acidity and create some Bronsted acidity. Higher catalytic activity and selectivity for propene were associated with vanadium oxides. The presence of niobium did not contribute to the modification of the chemical properties of superficial vanadium but did decrease the adsorption of vanadium on the alumina.

  10. The Influence of Oxide on the Electrodeposition of Niobium from Alkali Fluoride Melts

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    Christensen, Erik; Wang, Xingdong; Barner, Jens H. Von;

    1994-01-01

    Electrodeposit of niobium metal from K2NbF7-LiF-NaF-KF-Na2O melts at 700-degrees-C has been investigated. It was found that the equilibrium oxidation state of niobium was four for initial O2-/Nb(V) ratios of up to at least one. On the other hand when a niobium metal sheet was used for the reducti...

  11. Preparation and characterization of niobium oxide coated cellulose fiber

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    Hydrous niobium(V) oxide has been investigated with respect to its surface acid strength, ion exchange capacity, and use as specific sorbent for many metal ions. The Nb2O5/cellulose composite was prepared by reacting α-cellulose with NbCl5-n (OC2H5)n, in nonaqueous solvent, under nitrogen atmosphere and submitting the obtained material to hydrolysis. An increase in the crystallinity degree is observed in the composite material because the precursor reagent reacts with the amorphous phase of the cellulose fibers. Loadings between 4.5 and 16.0% of the oxide were achieved and in every case the oxide particles uniformly cover the fiber surface. Lewis and Broensted acid sites were determined by using pyridine as the basic molecular probe

  12. Ruthenium oxide-niobium hydroxide composites for pseudocapacitor electrodes

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    A simple solution-based method has been developed to vary the composition of redox active ruthenium oxide with highly proton-conducting niobium hydroxide to create stable, high capacitance electrodes at elevated temperatures. This method presents a dramatic departure from most other ruthenium oxide systems, which are prepared through annealing of hydrous ruthenium oxide. Typically RuO2 processed at high temperature only exhibits high electrical conductivity and suffers from poor proton conduction, giving low overall capacitances. Here, the optimized Ru/Nb oxide composition can be used to achieve high power densities, high capacitances, and stabilized electrodes while significantly reducing ruthenium content. Extensive materials characterization including high-resolution cross-sectional TEM, elemental mapping, XRD, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and proton NMR were used to evaluate the structure of the material system. The electrochemically inert niobium oxide serves as a network former enhancing accessibility to redox active ruthenium oxide. The dispersion of RuO2 in the NbO(OH)x matrix results in reduced RuO2 particle size, as observed via TEM and XRD, while also increasing the proton concentration in the material. Interconnected RuO2 particles provide electrically conducting pathways, even at low Ru contents, where percolation networks remain intact. Ruthenium is more efficiently utilized in the Ru/Nb composites and ruthenium content can be significantly reduced without decreasing capacitive performance. In addition, the composite electrodes, with the fine mixing of Ru and Nb, give higher power performance than for RuO2 alone.

  13. HOW DOES NIOBIUM IMPROVE THE OXIDATION RESISTANCE OF COMMERCIALLY PURE TITANIUM?

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    Ackland, Graeme; Siemers, Carsten; Tegner, Bengt E.; Saksl, K.; Brunke, F.; Kohnke, M,

    2015-01-01

    The application of titanium alloys is limited to 550°C due to their poor oxidation resistance. It is known that the addition of niobium decelerates the oxidation of titanium alloys whereas elements like vanadium do not improve titanium’s oxidation resistance. The underlying mechanisms are not yet well understood. In the present study, different binary titanium-niobium and titanium-vanadium alloys as well as commercially pure titanium were investigated. Oxidation experiments were carried out a...

  14. High temperature oxidation resistance in titanium–niobium alloys

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    Highlights: • The conventional explanation for oxidation resistance is disproven, an alternative presented. • A generic analytic diffusion model for oxidation resistance is presented. • We develop a class of oxidation resistant niobium–titanium alloys. • Calculation, microscopy, spectroscopy and diffraction analysis of the alloys. • The theory is verified in oxidation tests. - Abstract: Titanium alloys are ideally suited for use as lightweight structural materials, but their use at high temperature is severely restricted by oxidation. Niobium is known to confer oxidation-resistance, and here we disprove the normal explanation, that Nb5+ ions trap oxygen vacancies. Using density functional theory calculation, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) we show that Nb is insoluble in TiO2. In fact, the Ti–Nb surface has three-layer structure: the oxide itself, an additional Nb-depleted zone below the oxide and a deeper sublayer of enhanced Nb. Microfocussed X-ray diffraction also demonstrates recrystallization in the Nb-depleted zone. We interpret this using a dynamical model: slow Nb-diffusion leads to the build up of a Nb-rich sublayer, which in turn blocks oxygen diffusion. Nb effects contrast with vanadium, where faster diffusion prevents the build up of equivalent structures

  15. High temperature oxidation resistance in titanium–niobium alloys

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    Tegner, B.E. [School of Physics, SUPA and CSEC, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ (United Kingdom); Zhu, L. [School of Physics, SUPA and CSEC, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ (United Kingdom); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191 (China); Siemers, C. [Technische Universitat Braunschweig, Institut fur Werkstoffe, Langer Kamp 8, 38106 Braunschweig (Germany); Saksl, K. [Slovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Materials Research, Watsonova 47, 04353 Kosice (Slovakia); Ackland, G.J., E-mail: gjackland@ed.ac.uk [School of Physics, SUPA and CSEC, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3JZ (United Kingdom)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • The conventional explanation for oxidation resistance is disproven, an alternative presented. • A generic analytic diffusion model for oxidation resistance is presented. • We develop a class of oxidation resistant niobium–titanium alloys. • Calculation, microscopy, spectroscopy and diffraction analysis of the alloys. • The theory is verified in oxidation tests. - Abstract: Titanium alloys are ideally suited for use as lightweight structural materials, but their use at high temperature is severely restricted by oxidation. Niobium is known to confer oxidation-resistance, and here we disprove the normal explanation, that Nb{sup 5+} ions trap oxygen vacancies. Using density functional theory calculation, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) we show that Nb is insoluble in TiO{sub 2}. In fact, the Ti–Nb surface has three-layer structure: the oxide itself, an additional Nb-depleted zone below the oxide and a deeper sublayer of enhanced Nb. Microfocussed X-ray diffraction also demonstrates recrystallization in the Nb-depleted zone. We interpret this using a dynamical model: slow Nb-diffusion leads to the build up of a Nb-rich sublayer, which in turn blocks oxygen diffusion. Nb effects contrast with vanadium, where faster diffusion prevents the build up of equivalent structures.

  16. Formation and dissolution behaviour of niobium oxide in phosphoric acid solutions

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    The effect of phosphoric acid concentration and temperature on the formation and dissolution process of niobium oxide was investigated using capacitance, potential and galvanostatic measurements. The formation rate of the niobium oxide increases with increasing phosphoric acid concentration and decreases with increasing temperature. The dissolution rate of the niobium oxide is accelerated by increasing phosphoric acid concentration and temperature. The activation energy was calculated for both the formation and dissolution process and found to be 8.93 and 16.65 kJ/mol respectively. The effect of formation voltage on the dissolution process of niobium oxide was also investigated. The oxide film formed at high-formation voltage has a more defective character than that formed at lower voltage. This enhances the dissolution process of the oxide. The effect of current density on the formation rate and the thickness during the oxide film growth was measured. (orig.)

  17. Electrochemical behaviour of niobium and niobium passive films in nitric acid solutions

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    Electrochemical behaviour of bare niobium and phosphoric acid anodized niobium electrodes is investigated in nitric acid solutions. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and polarisation techniques have been used to investigate the open-circuit growth of the passive film. The stability of the anodic oxide film has been studied as a function of the formation voltage, formation current density and concentration of the ambient electrolyte. The results show that the Nb-Nb2O5-1M HNO3 does not behave as a perfect dielectric. The flat band potential and donor concentration of the semiconducting anodic oxide film have been calculated from the Mott-Schottky plots. (author)

  18. Synthesis and electrochemical characterization of porous niobium oxide coated 316L SS for orthopedic applications

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    Niobium oxide was prepared using sol-gel process and coated on 316L stainless steel (SS) substrate via dip-coating technique. The surface characterization results after a thermal treatment revealed that the coated surface was porous, uniform and well crystalline on the substrate. The corrosion resistance and bioactivity of the porous niobium oxide coated 316L SS in simulated body fluid (SBF) solution was evaluated. The in vitro test revealed a layer of carbonate-containing apatite formation over the coated porous surface. The results indicated that the porous niobium oxide coated 316L SS exhibited a high corrosion resistance and an enhanced biocompatibility in SBF solution.

  19. Formation and oxidation resistance of NbSi2 coatings on niobium by pack cementation

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    NbSi2 coatings were formed on niobium by halide-activated pack cementation process. The as-coated niobium samples were oxidized in air up to 1723 K by thermogravimetry method. The surface and cross-sectional morphology, phase composition and element distribution of the NbSi2 coatings before and after oxidation were characterized by SEM, XRD and EPMA. The results show that the as-formed coatings consist of single phase of hexagonal NbSi2 and the oxidation resistance of pure niobium can be greatly improved by pack siliconizing. (orig.)

  20. Studies on the preparation of pure niobium oxide from pyrochlore concentrate

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    1983-02-01

    The applicability of acid leaching to the recovery of niobium oxide from pyrochlore concentrates has been investigated using hydrofluoric acid. Variables such as acid concentration, temperature, time of reaction, ratio of solid to acid, speed of agitation and particle size were correlated with the recovery of niobium oxide. It is suggested that the process is diffusion-controlled. This is supported by the dependance of reaction rate on agitation speed and by the relatively low activation energy, ..delta..H=1,86kcal/mole. The optimum conditions for extracting niobium oxide from leach solution using either methylisobutyl ketone or n-tributylphosphoric acid were also studied.

  1. Studies on the preparation of pure niobium oxide from pyrochlore concentrate

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    The applicability of acid leaching to the recovery of niobium oxide from pyrochlore concentrates has been investigated using hydrofluoric acid. Variables such as acid concentration, temperature, time of reaction, ratio of solid to acid, speed of agitation and particle size were correlated with recovery of niobium oxide. It is suggested that the process is diffusion-controlled. This is supported by the dependance of reaction rate on agitation speed and by the relatively low activation energy, δH=1,86kcal/mole. The optimum conditions for extracting niobium oxide from leach solution using either methylisobutyl ketone or n-tributylphosphoric acid were also studied. (orig.)

  2. Improving the oxidation protection of niobium and tantalum by the use of multilayer coatings

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    Dzyadykevich, Y. V.; Kytskay, L. I.

    1997-01-01

    This article examines how the applicability of the refractory metals niobium and tantalum in high-temperature applications can be improved through the use of high-temperature, multilayer coatings based on molybdenum disilicide for oxidation resistance.

  3. Niobium oxide-polydimethylsiloxane hybrid composite coatings for tuning primary fibroblast functions.

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    Young, Matthew D; Tran, Nhiem; Tran, Phong A; Jarrell, John D; Hayda, Roman A; Born, Chistopher T

    2014-05-01

    This study evaluates the potential of niobium oxide-polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) composites for tuning cellular response of fibroblasts, a key cell type of soft tissue/implant interfaces. In this study, various hybrid coatings of niobium oxide and PDMS with different niobium oxide concentrations were synthesized and characterized using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS), and contact angle goniometry. The coatings were then applied to 96-well plates, on which primary fibroblasts were seeded. Fibroblast viability, proliferation, and morphology were assessed after 1, 2, and 3 days of incubation using WST-1 and calcein AM assays along with fluorescent microscopy. The results showed that the prepared coatings had distinct surface features with submicron spherical composites covered in a polymeric layer. The water contact angle measurement demonstrated that the hybrid surfaces were much more hydrophobic than the original pure niobium oxide and PDMS. The combination of surface roughness and chemistry resulted in a biphasic cellular response with maximum fibroblast density on substrate with 40 wt % of niobium oxide. The results of the current study indicate that by adjusting the concentration of niobium oxide in the coating, a desirable cell response can be achieved to improve tissue/implant interfaces. PMID:23776075

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

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

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

    2016-06-29

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

  6. Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic application of ordered mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites

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    Gao, Juan-Li; Gao, Shuang; Liu, Chun-Ling; Liu, Zhao-Tie; Dong, Wen-Sheng, E-mail: wsdong@snnu.edu.cn

    2014-11-15

    Graphical abstract: The ordered mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites have been synthesized by a multi-component co-assembly method associated with a carbonization process. - Highlights: • Ordered mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites were synthesized. • The content of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} in the composites could be tuned from 38 to 75%. • Niobium species were highly dispersed in amorphous carbon framework walls. • The composites exhibited good catalytic performance in the dehydration of fructose. - Abstract: Ordered mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites have been synthesized by a multi-component co-assembly method associated with a carbonization process using phenolic resol as carbon source, niobium chloride as precursor and amphiphilic triblock copolymer Pluronic F127 as template. The resulting materials were characterized using a combination of techniques including differential scanning calorimetry–thermogravimetric analysis, N{sub 2} physical adsorption, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The results show that with increasing the content of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} from 38 to 75% the specific surface area decreases from 306.4 to 124.5 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}, while the ordered mesoporous structure is remained. Niobium species is well dispersed in the amorphous carbon framework. The mesoporous carbon–niobium oxide composites exhibit high catalytic activity in the dehydration of fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural. A 100% conversion of fructose and a 76.5% selectivity of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural were obtained over the carbon–niobium oxide composite containing 75% Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} under the investigated reaction conditions.

  7. The oxidative coupling of methane and the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane over a niobium promoted lithium doped magnesium oxide catalyst

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    Swaan, H.M.; Li, X.; Seshan, K.; Ommen, van, B.; Ross, J.R.H.

    1993-01-01

    The promoting effect of niobium in a Li/MgO catalyst for the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) and for the oxidative dehydrogenation of ethane (ODHE) has been studied in some detail. It has been found that a Li/Nb/MgO catalyst with 16 wt % niobium showed the highest activity for the C2 production in the OCM reaction; the activity at 600 °C was ten times that of the Li/MgO catalyst at the same temperature. The Li/Nb/MgO catalyst was also slightly more active for the ODHE reaction than was th...

  8. Q degradations in superconducting niobium cavities

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    In the past year, several laboratories around the world have observed degradations of the Q value of superconducting niobium cavities made from high thermal conductivity niobium under certain cooldown conditions. Especially under slow cooldown or warmup to temperatures < 200 K of larger systems severe degradations have been reported. A systematic study of the influence of the cooldown speed, warmup conditions, multiple cooldowns and chemical surface treatment on cavity performance of cavities manufactured from niobium of different purity has been conducted. Possible cures such as anodic oxidation are being explored and results of these investigations are reported

  9. Investigation of solution-processed bismuth-niobium-oxide films

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    The characteristics of bismuth-niobium-oxide (BNO) films prepared using a solution process were investigated. The BNO film annealed at 550 °C involving three phases: an amorphous phase, Bi3NbO7 fluorite microcrystals, and Nb-rich cubic pyrochlore microcrystals. The cubic pyrochlore structure, which was the main phase in this film, has not previously been reported in BNO films. The relative dielectric constant of the BNO film was approximately 140, which is much higher than that of a corresponding film prepared using a conventional vacuum sputtering process. Notably, the cubic pyrochlore microcrystals disappeared with increasing annealing temperature and were replaced with triclinic β-BiNbO4 crystals at 590 °C. The relative dielectric constant also decreased with increasing annealing temperature. Therefore, the high relative dielectric constant of the BNO film annealed at 550 °C is thought to result from the BNO cubic pyrochlore structure. In addition, the BNO films annealed at 500 °C contained approximately 6.5 atm. % carbon, which was lost at approximately 550 °C. This result suggests that the carbon in the BNO film played an important role in the formation of the cubic pyrochlore structure.

  10. Biomimetic novel nanoporous niobium oxide coating for orthopaedic applications

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    Niobium oxide was synthesized by sol–gel methodology and a crystalline, nanoporous and adherent coating of Nb2O5 was deposited on 316L SS using the spin coating technique and heat treatment. The synthesis conditions were optimized to obtain a nanoporous morphology. The coating was characterized using attenuated total reflectance-Infrared spectroscopy (ATR-IR), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and the formation of crystalline Nb2O5 coating with nanoporous morphology was confirmed. Mechanical studies confirmed that the coating has excellent adherence to the substrate and the hardness value of the coating was excellent. Contact angle analysis showed increased hydrophilicity for the coated substrate. In vitro bioactivity test confirmed that the Nb2O5 coating with nanoporous morphology facilitated the growth of hydroxyapatite (HAp). This was further confirmed by the solution analysis test where increased uptake of calcium and phosphorous ions from simulated body fluid (SBF) was observed. Electrochemical evaluation of the coating confirmed that the crystalline coating is insulative and protective in nature and offered excellent corrosion protection to 316L SS. Thus, this study confirmed that the nanoporous crystalline Nb2O5 coating conferred bioactivity and enhanced corrosion resistance on 316L SS.

  11. Niobium Oxide Film Deposition Using a High-Density Plasma Source

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    Chow, R; Schmidt, M; Coombs, A; Anguita, J; Thwaites, M

    2006-01-27

    Niobium oxide was deposited reactively using a new type of high-density plasma sputter source. The plasma beam used for sputtering is generated remotely and its path to the target defined by the orthogonal locations of two electromagnets: one at the orifice of the plasma tube and the other just beneath the target plane. To accommodate very large batches of substrates, the trade-off between load capacity and deposition rates was evaluated. The effect on deposition rate was determined by moving the plasma source away from the target in one direction and by moving the target assembly away in an orthogonal direction. A simple methodology was used to reestablish the reactive deposition rate and oxide quality even when large changes were made to the chamber geometry. Deposition parameters were established to produce nonabsorbing niobium oxide films of about 100- and 350-nm thicknesses. The quality of the niobium oxide films was studied spectroscopically, ellipsometrically, and stoichiometrically.

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

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

    1991-01-01

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

  13. Preliminary studies of synthesis and purification of niobium (V) oxide as intermediary for the obtention of ceramics

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    The preparation of niobium (V) oxide from niobium (V) chloride, containing iron and tantalum as impurities, by reaction with ethanol under anhydrous conditions was studied. The oxide, used as ceramic precursor, with size, particle forms, distribution and highly controlled purity, was obtained by hydrolysis of the ethoxide. (author)

  14. Niobium oxide thin films formed by plasma immersion oxygen ion implantation

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    In analogy to conventional beam-line ion implantation, plasma immersion ion implantation can be combined with a deposition technique to an ion assisted coating process. The structure and composition of a coating and its interface to the substrate can be modified by ion implantation. By means of electron beam evaporation and oxygen plasma immersion ion implantation niobium oxide films were prepared at low substrate temperatures (< 200 C). The film composition and thickness were determined by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry. The results show that oxygen plasma immersion ion implantation leads to incorporation of oxygen into niobium in several steps, corresponding to niobium oxide phases with different stoichiometries. By contrast to conventional beam-line ion implantation at low pressures, two channels for oxidation can be distinguished, ion implantation of high-energy species and radiation enhanced in-diffusion of low-energy species from the plasma. The latter is driven by thermodynamic forces. (orig.)

  15. Formation and Morphology of Anodic Oxide Films of Ti

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    The morphology and structure of the oxide films of Ti in H3PO4 were investigated by galvanostatic anodization, SEM and XRD. The oxide film grew from some pores in the grooves to layered microdomains as increasing anodizing voltage. The crystallinity of the oxide films decreased with the increase of the concentration of the electrolyte. The model has been proposed for the growth of the oxide films by two steps, i.e. by uniform thickening and by local deposition.

  16. High reactivity of nanosized niobium oxide cluster cations in methane activation: A comparison with vanadium oxides

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    The reactions between methane and niobium oxide cluster cations were studied and compared to those employing vanadium oxides. Hydrogen atom abstraction (HAA) reactions were identified over stoichiometric (Nb2O5)N+ clusters for N as large as 14 with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. The reactivity of (Nb2O5)N+ clusters decreases as the N increases, and it is higher than that of (V 2O5)N+ for N ≥ 4. Theoretical studies were conducted on (Nb2O5)N+ (N = 2–6) by density functional calculations. HAA reactions on these clusters are all favorable thermodynamically and kinetically. The difference of the reactivity with respect to the cluster size and metal type (Nb vs V) was attributed to thermodynamics, kinetics, the electron capture ability, and the distribution of the unpaired spin density. Nanosized Nb oxide clusters show higher HAA reactivity than V oxides, indicating that niobia may serve as promising catalysts for practical methane conversion

  17. Redox Stable Anodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Guoliang eXiao

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs can convert chemical energy from the fuel directly to electrical energy with high efficiency and fuel flexibility. Ni-based cermets have been the most widely adopted anode for SOFCs. However, the conventional Ni-based anode has low tolerance to sulfur-contamination, is vulnerable to deactivation by carbon build-up (coking from direct oxidation of hydrocarbon fuels, and suffers volume instability upon redox cycling. Among these limitations, the redox instability of the anode is particularly important and has been intensively studied since the SOFC anode may experience redox cycling during fuel cell operations even with the ideal pure hydrogen as the fuel. This review aims to highlight recent progresses on improving redox stability of the conventional Ni-based anode through microstructure optimization and exploration of alternative ceramic-based anode materials.

  18. Porous Anodic Aluminum Oxide with Serrated Nanochannels

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    Li, Dongdong; Zhao, Liang; Lu, Jia G.

    2010-03-01

    Self-assembled nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane with straight channels has long been an important tool in synthesizing highly ordered and vertically aligned quasi-1D nanostructures for various applications. Recently shape-selective nanomaterials have been achieved using AAO as a template. It is envisioned that nanowires with multi-branches will significantly increase the active functional sites for applications as sensors, catalysts, chemical cells, etc. Here AAO membranes with serrated nanochannels have been successfully fabricated via a two-step annodization method. The serrated channels with periodic intervals are aligned at an angle of ˜25^circ along the stem channels. The formation of the serrated channels is attributed to the evolution of oxygen gas bubbles and the resulted plastic deformation in oxide membrane. In order to reveal the inside channel structure, Platinum are electrodeposited into the AAO template. The as-synthesized serrated Pt nanowires demonstrate a superior electrocatalytic activity. This is attributed to the enhanced electric field strength around serrated tips as shown in the electric field simulation by COMOSL. Moreover, hierarchical serrated/straight hybrid structures can be constructed using this simple and novel self assembly technique.

  19. Self-ordering behavior of nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) in malonic acid anodization

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    Lee, W; Nielsch, K; Goesele, U [Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics, Weinberg 2, D-06120 Halle (Germany)

    2007-11-28

    The self-ordering behavior of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) has been investigated for anodization of aluminum in malonic acid (H{sub 4}C{sub 3}O{sub 4}) solution. In the present study it is found that a porous oxide layer formed on the surface of aluminum can effectively suppress catastrophic local events (such as breakdown of the oxide film and plastic deformation of the aluminum substrate), and enables stable fast anodic oxidation under a high electric field of 110-140 V and {approx}100 mA cm{sup -2}. Studies on the self-ordering behavior of AAO indicated that the cell homogeneity of AAO increases dramatically as the anodization voltage gets higher than 120 V. Highly ordered AAO with a hexagonal arrangement of the nanopores could be obtained in a voltage range 125-140 V. The current density (i.e., the electric field strength (E) at the bottom of a pore) is an important parameter governing the self-ordering of the nanopores as well as the interpore distance (D{sub int}) for a given anodization potential (U) during malonic acid anodization.

  20. The electrochemical behavior of niobium low-pressure-plasma-sprayed coatings in hydrochloric acid

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    Niobium coatings vacuum plasma sprayed under an inert atmosphere onto steel substrates are shown to be dense and free from visible oxide. Electrochemical analysis in deaerated 0.5 M and 4 M hydrochloric acid solutions indicates that vacuum plasma-sprayed niobium coatings are highly resistant to both general and local corrosion. Cyclic voltammetry in deaerated 4 M hydrochloric acid showed no breakdown during the anodic potentiodynamic sweep, behavior similar to that observed for pure niobium foil. The feasibility of applying low-pressure-plasma-sprayed niobium coatings for the protection of steel substrates in highly aggressive hydrochloric acid solutions was established. (Auth.)

  1. Corrosion protection of AZ91 magnesium alloy by anodizing in niobium and zirconium-containing electrolytes

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    A new Nb + Zr-based anodized coating was designed for the corrosion protection of AZ91 magnesium alloy. Polarization curves and electrochemical impedance diagrams plotted in Na2SO4 electrolyte showed its high protective effect. Analysis of the chemical composition by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicated that the coating mainly consisted of (i) magnesium metaborate and metaphosphate, (ii) MgF2 and ZrF4, and (iii) Nb2O5, ZrO2 and MgO. A higher concentration of fluorine at both interfaces and an enrichment in Zr compared to Nb were revealed by SEM and EDS analyses. Thus, Zr-based compounds and MgF2 play a key role in the anti-corrosion ability of the coating.

  2. Tunable structural color of anodic tantalum oxide films

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

    2012-01-01

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

  3. High reactivity of nanosized niobium oxide cluster cations in methane activation: A comparison with vanadium oxides.

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    Ding, Xun-Lei; Wang, Dan; Wu, Xiao-Nan; Li, Zi-Yu; Zhao, Yan-Xia; He, Sheng-Gui

    2015-09-28

    The reactions between methane and niobium oxide cluster cations were studied and compared to those employing vanadium oxides. Hydrogen atom abstraction (HAA) reactions were identified over stoichiometric (Nb2O5)N(+) clusters for N as large as 14 with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. The reactivity of (Nb2O5)N(+) clusters decreases as the N increases, and it is higher than that of (V 2O5)N(+) for N ≥ 4. Theoretical studies were conducted on (Nb2O5)N(+) (N = 2-6) by density functional calculations. HAA reactions on these clusters are all favorable thermodynamically and kinetically. The difference of the reactivity with respect to the cluster size and metal type (Nb vs V) was attributed to thermodynamics, kinetics, the electron capture ability, and the distribution of the unpaired spin density. Nanosized Nb oxide clusters show higher HAA reactivity than V oxides, indicating that niobia may serve as promising catalysts for practical methane conversion. PMID:26429016

  4. Functionalization of niobium electrodes for the construction of impedimetric biosensors

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    Helali, S. [Unite de recherche de Physique des Semiconducteurs et Capteurs, IPEST, La Marsa (Tunisia)], E-mail: salwahleli@yahoo.fr; Abdelghani, A.; Hafaiedh, I. [Unite de recherche de Physique des Semiconducteurs et Capteurs, IPEST, La Marsa (Tunisia); Martelet, C. [Centre de Genie Electrique de Lyon, CEGELY, ECL, 69134 Ecully cedex (France); Prodromidis, M.I.; Albanis, T. [Department of Chemistry, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina (Greece); Jaffrezic-Renault, N. [Laboratoire des Sciences Analytiques, CNRS UMR 5180, Batiment Raulin, Universite de Claude Bernard, 69622 Villeurbanne Cedex (France)

    2008-07-01

    This paper describes the development of an impedimetric immunosensor, based on niobium/niobium oxide (Nb/NbOxHy) electrodes, for the detection of atrazine. Niobium oxide was anodically formed onto niobium electrodes at 25 V in 1 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}. Hydrous oxide layers were then silanized with APTES, and using glutaraldehyde as a cross linker, Fab fragment k47 antibody was covalently immobilized onto the surface of the electrodes. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to characterize the building-up of the immunosensors as well as the binding of atrazine to its specific antibody. In presence of ferricyanide redox species and under a cathodic polarization voltage (- 1.2 V versus SCE), the relationship between the concentration of atrazine and the change of the electron transfer resistance value was studied.

  5. Functionalization of niobium electrodes for the construction of impedimetric biosensors

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    This paper describes the development of an impedimetric immunosensor, based on niobium/niobium oxide (Nb/NbOxHy) electrodes, for the detection of atrazine. Niobium oxide was anodically formed onto niobium electrodes at 25 V in 1 M H2SO4. Hydrous oxide layers were then silanized with APTES, and using glutaraldehyde as a cross linker, Fab fragment k47 antibody was covalently immobilized onto the surface of the electrodes. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to characterize the building-up of the immunosensors as well as the binding of atrazine to its specific antibody. In presence of ferricyanide redox species and under a cathodic polarization voltage (- 1.2 V versus SCE), the relationship between the concentration of atrazine and the change of the electron transfer resistance value was studied

  6. Electrochemical oxidation of biological pretreated and membrane separated landfill leachate concentrates on boron doped diamond anode

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    Zhou, Bo; Yu, Zhiming; Wei, Qiuping; Long, HangYu; Xie, Youneng; Wang, Yijia

    2016-07-01

    In the present study, the high quality boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes with excellent electrochemical properties were deposited on niobium (Nb) substrates by hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) method. The electrochemical oxidation of landfill leachate concentrates from disc tube reverse osmosis (DTRO) process over a BDD anode was investigated. The effects of varying operating parameters, such as current density, initial pH, flow velocity and cathode material on degradation efficiency were also evaluated following changes in chemical oxygen demand (COD) and ammonium nitrogen (NH3sbnd N). The instantaneous current efficiency (ICE) was used to appraise different operating conditions. As a result, the best conditions obtained were as follows, current density 50 mA cm-2, pH 5.16, flow velocity 6 L h-1. Under these conditions, 87.5% COD and 74.06% NH3sbnd N removal were achieved after 6 h treatment, with specific energy consumption of 223.2 kWh m-3. In short, these results indicated that the electrochemical oxidation with BDD/Nb anode is an effective method for the treatment of landfill leachate concentrates.

  7. MEASUREMENT OF THE HIGH-FIELD Q-DROP IN A LARGE-GRAIN NIOBIUM CAVITY FOR DIFFERENT OXIDATION PROCESSES

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    Gianluigi Ciovati; Peter Kneisel; Alex Gurevich

    2008-01-23

    In this contribution, we present the results from a series of RF tests at 1.7 K and 2.0 K on a single-cell cavity made of high-purity large (with area of the order of few cm2) grain niobium which underwent various oxidation processes. After initial buffered chemical polishing, anodization, baking in pure oxygen atmosphere and baking in air up to 180 °C was applied with the objective of clearly identifying the role of oxygen and the oxide layer on the Q-drop. During each rf test a temperature mapping system was used allowing to measure the local temperature rise of the cavity outer surface due to RF losses, which gives information about the losses location, their field dependence and space distribution on the RF surface. The results confirmed that the depth affected by baking is about 20 – 30 nm from the surface and showed that the Q-drop did not re-appear in a previously baked cavity by further baking at 120 °C in pure oxygen atmosphere or in air up to 180 °C. A statistic of the position of the “hot-spots” on the cavity surface showed that grain-boundaries are not the preferred location. An interesting correlation was found between the Q-drop onset, the quench field and the low-field energy gap, which supports the hypothesis of thermo-magnetic instability governing the Q-drop and the baking effect.

  8. 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.

  9. Anodic oxide growth on Zr in neutral aqueous solution

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    Z Tun; J J Noël; D W Shoesmith

    2008-10-01

    Anodization and subsequent cathodic reactions on a thin-film sample of Zr were studied with in-situ neutron reflectometry (NR) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The NR results during anodization showed the originally 485 Å thick Zr film generally behaved similar to a bulk electrode in neutral solution. The anodization ratio measured at applied potentials increased in steps of 0.5 V was somewhat higher than the value determined by coulometry, while the Pilling Bedworth ratio is in good agreement with published data. Thickening of the oxide layer, accelerated immediately after each potential increase, gradually decreased over several hours, but remained non-zero even after ∼ 12 h. The thickened oxide eventually cracked when its thickness reached ∼ 120 Å, causing loss of passivation. Surprisingly, neither the anodization ratio nor the Pilling Bedworth ratio showed any discontinuity at the time of oxide cracking, and the EIS behaviour remained qualitatively as before. This observation is taken as the evidence that the cracked and intact regions of the electrode behave more or less independently as parallel electrodes. When the potential was eventually switched to cathodic polarity, NR shows, as expected, that the effects of oxide cracking were irreversible. However, the electrode resistance recovered partially suggesting the cracks were rapidly plugged with newly formed oxide.

  10. Oxidation behavior of niobium aluminide intermetallics protected by aluminide and silicide diffusion coatings

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    The isothermal and cyclic oxidation behavior of a new class of damage-tolerant niobium aluminide (Nb3Al-xTi-yCr) intermetallics is studied between 650 C and 850 C. Protective diffusion coatings were deposited by pack cementation to achieve the siliciding or aluminizing of substrates with or without intervening Mo or Ni layers, respectively. The compositions and microstructures of the resulting coatings and oxidized surfaces were characterized. The isothermal and cyclic oxidation kinetics indicate that uncoated Nb-40Ti-15Al-based intermetallics may be used up to ∼750 C. Alloying with Cr improves the isothermal oxidation resistance between 650 C and 850 C. The most significant improvement in oxidation resistance is achieved by the aluminization of electroplated Ni interlayers. The results suggest that the high-temperature limit of niobium aluminide-based alloys may be increased to 800 C to 850 C by aluminide-based diffusion coatings on ductile Ni interlayers. Indentation fracture experiments also indicate that the ductile nickel interlayers are resistant to crack propagation in multilayered aluminide-based coatings

  11. 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. PMID:27427755

  12. High Performance SLED Fabricated by Pulsed Anodic Oxidation

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    GAO Xin; BO Bao-xue; ZHANG Jing; LI Hui; QU Yi

    2009-01-01

    InGaAs/AlGaAs MQW superluminescent LED (SLED) is fabricated by using pulsed anodic oxidation and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). The power and spectral output characteristics of three kinds of device structures are investigated. An output power above 10mW with FWHM of 18nm is demonstrated at a current of 150mA.

  13. A review of liquid metal anode solid oxide fuel cells

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    ALIYA TOLEUOVA

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This review discusses recent advances in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC variant that uses liquid metal electrodes (anodes with the advantage of greater fuel tolerance and the ability to operate on solid fuel. Key features of the approach are discussed along with the technological and research challenges that need to be overcome for scale-up and commercialisation.

  14. Silicide Coating Fabricated by HAPC/SAPS Combination to Protect Niobium Alloy from Oxidation.

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    Sun, Jia; Fu, Qian-Gang; Guo, Li-Ping; Wang, Lu

    2016-06-22

    A combined silicide coating, including inner NbSi2 layer and outer MoSi2 layer, was fabricated through a two-step method. The NbSi2 was deposited on niobium alloy by halide activated pack cementation (HAPC) in the first step. Then, supersonic atmospheric plasma spray (SAPS) was applied to obtain the outer MoSi2 layer, forming a combined silicide coating. Results show that the combined coating possessed a compact structure. The phase constitution of the combined coating prepared by HAPC and SAPS was NbSi2 and MoSi2, respectively. The adhesion strength of the combined coating increased nearly two times than that for single sprayed coating, attributing to the rougher surface of the HAPC-bond layer whose roughness increased about three times than that of the grit-blast substrate. After exposure at 1200 °C in air, the mass increasing rate for single HAPC-silicide coating was 3.5 mg/cm(2) because of the pest oxidation of niobium alloy, whereas the combined coating displayed better oxidation resistance with a mass gain of only 1.2 mg/cm(2). Even more, the combined coating could significantly improve the antioxidation ability of niobium based alloy at 1500 °C. The good oxidation resistance of the combined silicide coating was attributed to the integrity of the combined coating and the continuous SiO2 protective scale provided by the oxidation of MoSi2. PMID:27243944

  15. Investigation of anodic oxide coatings on zirconium after heat treatment

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    Highlights: • Oxide layers prepared via PEO of zirconium were subjected to heat treatment. • Surface characteristics were determined for the obtained oxide coatings. • Heat treatment led to the partial destruction of the anodic oxide layer. • Pitting corrosion resistance of zirconium was improved after the modification. - Abstract: Herein, results of heat treatment of zirconium anodised under plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) conditions at 500–800 °C are presented. The obtained oxide films were investigated by means of SEM, XRD and Raman spectroscopy. The corrosion resistance of the zirconium specimens was evaluated in Ringer's solution. A bilayer oxide coatings generated in the course of PEO of zirconium were not observed after the heat treatment. The resulting oxide layers contained a new sublayer located at the metal/oxide interface is suggested to originate from the thermal oxidation of zirconium. The corrosion resistance of the anodised metal was improved after the heat treatment

  16. Synthesis of iridescent Ni-containing anodic aluminum oxide films by anodization in oxalic acid

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    Xu, Qin; Ma, Hong-Mei; Zhang, Yan-Jun; Li, Ru-Song; Sun, Hui-Yuan

    2016-02-01

    Ni-containing anodic aluminum oxide films with highly saturated colors were synthesized using an ac electrodeposition method, and the optical and magnetic characteristics of the films were characterized. Precisely controllable color tuning could be obtained using wet-chemical etching to thin and widen the anodic aluminum oxide films pores isotropically before Ni deposition. Magnetic measurements indicate that such colored composite films not exhibit obvious easy magnetization direction. The resulted short (200 nm in length) and wide (50 nm in diameter) Ni nanowires present only fcc phase. The magnetization reversal mechanism is in good agreement with the symmetric fanning reversal mode which is discussed in detail. Such films may find applications in decoration, display and multifunctional anti-counterfeiting applications.

  17. Oxidation resistance coating for niobium base structural composites

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    Oxidation behavior of Al-rich Mo(Si,Al)2 base alloys, which is a candidate material for the oxidation resistance coating on Nb base structural composites, were investigated by thermogravimetry. The Mo(Si,Al)2 base alloys containing Mo5(Si,Al)3 up to about 10 vol% exhibits excellent oxidation resistance at temperatures ranging from 780 to 1580 K, particularly at 1580 K due to continuous Al2O3 layer development. To evaluate the applicability of the Mo(Si,Al)2 base coating, plasma spraying on Nb base composites were undertaken. However, interface reaction layer was found to form during the following heat treatment. Preparation of Mo(Si,Al)2/Al2O3/Nb layered structures via powder metallurgical process was attempted to preclude diffusion reaction between coating and substrate. (orig.)

  18. Anodic Aluminum Oxide Templates for Nano wires Array Fabrication

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

  19. Formation and Thermal Stability of Large Precipitates and Oxides in Titanium and Niobium Microalloyed Steel

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    ZHUO Xiao-jun; WOO Dae-hee; WANG Xin-hua; LEE Hae-geon

    2008-01-01

    As-cast CC slabs of microalloyed steels are prone to surface and sub-surface cracking. Precipitation phenomena in-itiated during solidification reduce ductility at high temperature. The unidirectional solidification unit is employed to sim-ulate the solidification process during continuous casting. Precipitation behavior and thermal stability are systemati-cally investigated. Samples of adding titanium and niobium to steels have been examined using field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), electron probe X-ray microanalyzer (EPMA), and transmission electron microscope (TEM). It has been found that the addition of titanium and niobium to high-strength low-alloyed (HSLA) steel resuited in undesirable large precipitation in the steels, i. e. , precipitation of large precipitates with various morphologies. The composition of the large precipitates has been determined. The effect of cooling rate on (Ti, Nb)(C, N) precipitate formation is investigated. With increasing the cooling rate, titanium-rich (Ti,Nb)(C, N) precipitates are transformed to niobium-rich (Ti,Nb)(C,N) precipitates. The thermal stability of these large precipitates and oxides have been assessed by carrying out various heat treatments such as holding and quenching from temperature at 800 and 1 200 ℃. It has been found that titanium-rich (Ti,Nb)(C,N) precipitate is stable at about 1 200 ℃ and niobi-um-rich (Ti,Nb)(C,N) precipitate is stable at about 800 ℃. After reheating at 1 200 ℃ for 1 h, (Ca, Mn)S and TiN are precipitated from Ca-Al oxide. However, during reheating at 800 ℃ for 1 h, Ca-Al-Ti oxide in specimens was stable. The thermodynamic calculation of simulating the thermal process is employed. The calculation results are in good agreement with the experimental results.

  20. Low temperature oxidation of niobium alloy with silicon-aluminium coating

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    Using the gravimetry methods heat resistance of niobium-titanium-aluminium alloy in the air and at 700 deg C in the initial state and when it is protected by silicide-aluminium coatings (with variable content of aluminium) is investigated. Using X-ray diffraction and micro X-ray diffraction analyses, mechanisms of the alloy oxidation and the coating protective effect are studied. The role of aluminium in the formation of coatings is analyzed and according to bend tests the plasticity of the coatings is evaluated

  1. Mesoporous Niobium Oxide Spheres as an Effective Catalyst for the Transamidation of Primary Amides with Amines

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    Ghosh, Subhash Chandra

    2014-02-06

    Mesoporous niobium oxide spheres (MNOS), conveniently prepared by a novel antisolvent precipitation approach, have been shown to be an effective catalyst for the transamidation of primary amides with amines. This novel transamidation can be efficiently carried out under solvent-free conditions and is applicable to a wide range of primary amides and amines to provide N-alkyl amides in good to excellent yields. The catalyst is highly stable and reusable. The application of this transamidation reaction has been demonstrated in the synthesis of antidepressant drug moclobemide and other druglike compounds. © 2014 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH&Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Passivated niobium cavities

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    Myneni, Ganapati Rao; Hjorvarsson, Bjorgvin; Ciovati, Gianluigi

    2006-12-19

    A niobium cavity exhibiting high quality factors at high gradients is provided by treating a niobium cavity through a process comprising: 1) removing surface oxides by plasma etching or a similar process; 2) removing hydrogen or other gases absorbed in the bulk niobium by high temperature treatment of the cavity under ultra high vacuum to achieve hydrogen outgassing; and 3) assuring the long term chemical stability of the niobium cavity by applying a passivating layer of a superconducting material having a superconducting transition temperature higher than niobium thereby reducing losses from electron (cooper pair) scattering in the near surface region of the interior of the niobium cavity. According to a preferred embodiment, the passivating layer comprises niobium nitride (NbN) applied by reactive sputtering.

  3. Anodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Operating at Low Temperatures

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    Abdul Jabbar, Mohammed Hussain

    . On the other hand, low-temperature operation poses serious challenges to the electrode performance. Effective catalysts, redox stable electrodes with improved microstructures are the prime requisite for the development of efficient SOFC anodes. The performance of Nb-doped SrT iO3 (STN) ceramic anodes......An important issue that has limited the potential of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) for portable applications is its high operating temperatures (800-1000 ºC). Lowering the operating temperature of SOFCs to 400-600 ºC enable a wider material selection, reduced degradation and increased lifetime......, an investigation on the effect of application of cathodic polarization on Ni-YSZ anodes is described....

  4. Formation of Nanoporous Tin Oxide Layers on Different Substrates during Anodic Oxidation in Oxalic Acid Electrolyte

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    Leszek Zaraska

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanoporous tin oxide layers were obtained on various Sn substrates including high- and low-purity foils and wire by one-step anodic oxidation carried out in a 0.3 M oxalic acid electrolyte at various anodizing potentials. In general, amorphous oxide layers with the atomic ratio of Sn : O (1 : 1 were grown during anodization, and a typical structure of the as-obtained film consists of the “outer” layer with less regular, interconnetted pores and the “inner” layer with much more uniform and regular channels formed as a result of vigorous gas evolution. It was found that the use of electrochemical cell with the sample placed horizontally on the metallic support and stabilized by the Teflon cover, instead of the typical two-electrode system with vertically arranged electrodes, can affect the morphology of as-obtained layers and allows fabrication of nanoporous oxides even at anodizing potentials up to 11 V. An average pore diameter in the “outer” oxide layer increases with increasing anodizing potential, and no significant effect of substrate purity on the structure of anodic film was proved, except better uniformity of the oxides grown on high-purity Sn. A strong linear relationship between the average steady-state current density and anodizing potential was also observed.

  5. Accounting for the Dynamic Oxidative Behavior of Nickel Anodes.

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    Smith, Rodney D L; Berlinguette, Curtis P

    2016-02-10

    The dynamic behavior of the anodic peak for amorphous nickel oxy/hydroxide (a-NiOx) films in basic media was investigated. Chronocoulometry of films with known nickel concentrations reveals that a total of four electrons per nickel site comprise the signature anodic peak at 1.32 V during the first oxidative scan, and two electrons are passed through the associated cathodic peak on the reverse scan. The anodic and cathodic signals each contain two electrons on the successive scans. Catalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER) was detected within the anodic peak, which is at a lower potential than is widely assumed. In order to rationalize these experimental results, we propose that the four-electron oxidation event is the conversion of the film from nickel(II) hydroxide ([Ni(II)-OH](-)) to a higher valent nickel peroxide species (e.g., Ni(IV)-OO or Ni(III)-OO·). The subsequent reduction of the nickel peroxide species is confined by a chemical step resulting in the accumulation of [Ni(II)-OOH](-), which is then oxidized by two electrons to form Ni(IV)-OO during the subsequent oxidative scan on the time scale of a cyclic voltammetric experiment. Our proposed mechanism and the experimental determination that each nickel site is oxidized by four electrons helps link the myriad of seemingly disparate literature data related to OER catalysis by nickel electrodes. The faster catalysis that occurs at higher oxidative potentials is derived from a minority species and is not elaborated here. PMID:26829375

  6. Electrochemical Fabrication of Niobium Silicon Alloys from Oxide Powder Mixtures

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    Fanke Meng; Huimin Lu

    2013-01-01

    NbSi alloys were prepared by direct electrochemically reducing four mixed Nb2O5 and SiO2 powders (Nb-10Si, Nb-20Si, Nb-30Si, and Nb-37.5Si) in molten CaCl2 electrolyte at 900°C. The samples were characterized with scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). No oxidized phases were remained by XRD tests. Under SEM, Nb phase was scattered in Nb5Si3 phase for the samples of Nb-10Si, Nb-20Si, and Nb-30Si. For the sample of Nb-37.5Si...

  7. Ultrafine Nb2O5 Nanocrystal Coating on Reduced Graphene Oxide as Anode Material for High Performance Sodium Ion Battery.

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    Yan, Litao; Chen, Gen; Sarker, Swagotom; Richins, Stephanie; Wang, Huiqiang; Xu, Weichuan; Rui, Xianhong; Luo, Hongmei

    2016-08-31

    Ultrafine niobium oxide nanocrystals/reduced graphene oxide (Nb2O5 NCs/rGO) was demonstrated as a promising anode material for sodium ion battery with high rate performance and high cycle durability. Nb2O5 NCs/rGO was synthesized by controllable hydrolysis of niobium ethoxide and followed by heat treatment at 450 °C in flowing forming gas. Transmission electron microscopy images showed that Nb2O5 NCs with average particle size of 3 nm were uniformly deposited on rGO sheets and voids among Nb2O5 NCs existed. The architecture of ultrafine Nb2O5 NCs anchored on a highly conductive rGO network can not only enhance charge transfer and buffer the volume change during sodiation/desodiation process but also provide more active surface area for sodium ion storage, resulting in superior rate and cycle performance. Ex situ XPS analysis revealed that the sodium ion storage mechanism in Nb2O5 could be accompanied by Nb(5+)/Nb(4+) redox reaction and the ultrafine Nb2O5 NCs provide more surface area to accomplish the redox reaction.

  8. Ultrafine Nb2O5 Nanocrystal Coating on Reduced Graphene Oxide as Anode Material for High Performance Sodium Ion Battery.

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    Yan, Litao; Chen, Gen; Sarker, Swagotom; Richins, Stephanie; Wang, Huiqiang; Xu, Weichuan; Rui, Xianhong; Luo, Hongmei

    2016-08-31

    Ultrafine niobium oxide nanocrystals/reduced graphene oxide (Nb2O5 NCs/rGO) was demonstrated as a promising anode material for sodium ion battery with high rate performance and high cycle durability. Nb2O5 NCs/rGO was synthesized by controllable hydrolysis of niobium ethoxide and followed by heat treatment at 450 °C in flowing forming gas. Transmission electron microscopy images showed that Nb2O5 NCs with average particle size of 3 nm were uniformly deposited on rGO sheets and voids among Nb2O5 NCs existed. The architecture of ultrafine Nb2O5 NCs anchored on a highly conductive rGO network can not only enhance charge transfer and buffer the volume change during sodiation/desodiation process but also provide more active surface area for sodium ion storage, resulting in superior rate and cycle performance. Ex situ XPS analysis revealed that the sodium ion storage mechanism in Nb2O5 could be accompanied by Nb(5+)/Nb(4+) redox reaction and the ultrafine Nb2O5 NCs provide more surface area to accomplish the redox reaction. PMID:27508452

  9. Multi-metallic anodes for solid oxide fuel cell applications

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    A new method for direct preparation of materials for solid oxide fuel cell anode - Ni- YSZ cermets - based on mechanical alloying (MA) of the original powders is developed, allowing to admix homogeneously any component. Additive metals are selected from thermodynamic criteria, leading to compacts consolidation through sintering by activated surface (SAS). The combined process MA-SSA can reduce the sintering temperature by 300 deg C, yielding porous anodes. Densification mechanisms are discussed from quasi-isothermal sintering kinetics results. Doping with Ag, W, Cu, Mo, Nb, Ta, in descending order, promotes the densification of pellets through liquid phase sintering and evaporation of metals and oxides, which allow reducing the sintering temperature. Powders and pellets characterization by electronic microscopy and X-ray diffraction completes the result analyses. (author)

  10. Alternative anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Goodenough, John B.; Huang, Yun-Hui [Texas Materials Institute, ETC 9.102, 1 University Station, C2200, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712 (United States)

    2007-11-08

    The electrolyte of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is an O{sup 2-}-ion conductor. The anode must oxidize the fuel with O{sup 2-} ions received from the electrolyte and it must deliver electrons of the fuel chemisorption reaction to a current collector. Cells operating on H{sub 2} and CO generally use a porous Ni/electrolyte cermet that supports a thin, dense electrolyte. Ni acts as both the electronic conductor and the catalyst for splitting the H{sub 2} bond; the oxidation of H{sub 2} to H{sub 2}O occurs at the Ni/electrolyte/H{sub 2} triple-phase boundary (TPB). The CO is oxidized at the oxide component of the cermet, which may be the electrolyte, yttria-stabilized zirconia, or a mixed oxide-ion/electron conductor (MIEC). The MIEC is commonly a Gd-doped ceria. The design and fabrication of these anodes are evaluated. Use of natural gas as the fuel requires another strategy, and MIECs are being explored for this application. The several constraints on these MIECs are outlined, and preliminary results of this on-going investigation are reviewed. (author)

  11. Barrier and porous anodic oxides on InSb

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    Suleiman, A.; Hashimoto, T. [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, University of Manchester, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD (United Kingdom); Skeldon, P. [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, University of Manchester, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD (United Kingdom)], E-mail: peter.skeldon@manchester.ac.uk; Thompson, G.E. [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, University of Manchester, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD (United Kingdom); Echeverria, F. [Dpto de Ing. Metalurgica y de Materiales, Universidad de Antioquia, Oficina 18-240, Calle 67 No. 53-108, A.A. 1226, Medellin (Colombia); Graham, M.J.; Sproule, G.I.; Moisa, S. [Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research Council of Canada, Montreal Road, Ottawa, K1A 0R6 (Canada); Habazaki, H. [Graduate Engineering School, Hokkaido University, N13 W8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Bailey, P.; Noakes, T.C.Q. [Daresbury Laboratory, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4AD (United Kingdom)

    2008-05-15

    Anodizing of InSb at 5 mA cm{sup -2} in sodium tungstate electrolyte is shown to produce barrier-type amorphous oxide at relatively low voltages, to about 40 V, and porous-type amorphous oxide at increased voltages. The barrier-type amorphous oxide, consisting of units of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}, distributed relatively uniformly throughout the film, develops at a formation ratio of 2.2 {+-} 0.2 nm V{sup -1}. The outer 15-20% of the film also contains tungsten species. The relatively high efficiency of barrier film growth reduces significantly with transition to porous oxide, which is associated additionally with generation of oxygen at the film surface. The final oxide, at 65 V, comprises pores, of typical diameter 80 nm, orientated approximately normal to the substrate and extending from a barrier region to the film surface.

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

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

    2009-08-01

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

  13. Vanadium-based anode catalysts for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Fu, X.Z.; Luo, J.L.; Chuang, K.T.; Sanger, A.R. [Alberta Univ., Edmonton, AB (Canada). Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering; Tu, H.Y. [Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ., Shanghai (China). Inst. of Fuel Cell, School of Mechanical Engineering; Yang, Q.M. [Vale-Inco Ltd., Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    2010-07-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are considered as important electricity generators because they convert carbon-containing fuels from fossil sources to electricity without generating pollution. Syngas is more available and less expensive than highly purified hydrogen. However, when exposed to syngas at SOFC operating temperatures, conventional nickel anode catalysts result in carbon deposition, which compromises their performance. Syngas derived from conversion of hydrocarbon or coal resources normally also contain hydrogen sulphide, which poisons nickel anode catalysts. In order to use syngas, it is necessary to either stringently clean the feed, which is a costly process, or develop catalysts that can operate using impure feed and are not prone to carbon deposition. This paper discussed the development of a vanadium-based material (VOx) which is an active anode catalyst for SOFCs, that is not prone to coking and is sulfur resistant. The VOx material was obtained by decomposition and reduction of ammonium metavanadate (NH{sub 4}VO{sub 3}) at high temperature. Coking and sulfur resistance of as-prepared VOx and nickel were compared in hydrogen sulphide-containing syngas environments at 900 degrees Celsius. It was concluded that the VOx material had much higher coking resistance and sulfur tolerance than nickel. The SOFC with VOx anode catalyst demonstrated excellent performance using hydrogen sulphide-containing syngas as fuel. 3 refs.

  14. Oxidation studies of niobium thin films at room temperature by X-ray reflectivity

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    We report the results of growth kinetics of oxidation process on niobium thin film surfaces exposed to air at room temperature by using a surface sensitive non-destructive X-ray reflectivity technique. The oxidation process follows a modified Cabrera-Mott model of thin films. We have shown that the oxide growth is limited by the internal field due to the contact potential which develops during the initial stage of oxidation. The calculated contact potential for 100 and 230 A thick films is 0.81 ± 0.14 and 1.20 ± 0.11 V respectively. We report that 40% increase in the contact potential increases the growth rate for the first few mono layers of Nb2O5 from ∼2.18 to ∼2790 A/s. The growth rates of oxidation on these samples become similar after the oxide thicknesses of ∼25 A are reached. We report on the basis of our studies that a protective layer should be grown in situ to avoid oxidation of Nb thin film surface of Nb/Cu cavities.

  15. Raman and photoelectron spectroscopic investigation of high-purity niobium materials: Oxides, hydrides, and hydrocarbons

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    Singh, Nageshwar; Deo, M. N.; Nand, Mangla; Jha, S. N.; Roy, S. B.

    2016-09-01

    We present investigations of the presence of oxides, hydrides, and hydrocarbons in high-purity (residual resistivity ratio, ˜300) niobium (Nb) materials used in fabrication of superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities for particle accelerators. Raman spectroscopy of Nb materials (as-received from the vendor as well as after surface chemical- and thermal processing) revealed numerous peaks, which evidently show the presence of oxides (550 cm-1), hydrides (1277 and 1385 cm-1: ˜80 K temperature), and groups of hydrocarbons (1096, 2330, 2710, 2830, 2868, and 3080 cm-1). The present work provides direct spectroscopic evidence of hydrides in the electropolished Nb materials typically used in SRF cavities. Raman spectroscopy thus can provide vital information about the near-surface chemical species in niobium materials and will help in identifying the cause for the performance degradation of SRF cavities. Furthermore, photoelectron spectroscopy was performed on the Nb samples to complement the Raman spectroscopy study. This study reveals the presence of C and O in the Nb samples. Core level spectra of Nb (doublet 3d5/2 and 3d3/2) show peaks near 206.6 and 209.4 eV, which can be attributed to the Nb5+ oxidation state. The core level spectra of C 1 s of the samples are dominated by graphitic carbon (binding energy, 284.6 eV), while the spectra of O 1 s are asymmetrically peaked near binding energy of ˜529 eV, and that indicates the presence of metal-oxide Nb2O5. The valence-band spectra of the Nb samples are dominated by a broad peak similar to O 2p states, but after sputtering (for 10 min) a peak appears at ˜1 eV, which is a feature of the elemental Nb atom.

  16. Electrochemical Energy Storage Applications of CVD Grown Niobium Oxide Thin Films.

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    Fiz, Raquel; Appel, Linus; Gutiérrez-Pardo, Antonio; Ramírez-Rico, Joaquín; Mathur, Sanjay

    2016-08-24

    We report here on the controlled synthesis, characterization, and electrochemical properties of different polymorphs of niobium pentoxide grown by CVD of new single-source precursors. Nb2O5 films deposited at different temperatures showed systematic phase evolution from low-temperature tetragonal (TT-Nb2O5, T-Nb2O5) to high temperature monoclinic modifications (H-Nb2O5). Optimization of the precursor flux and substrate temperature enabled phase-selective growth of Nb2O5 nanorods and films on conductive mesoporous biomorphic carbon matrices (BioC). Nb2O5 thin films deposited on monolithic BioC scaffolds produced composite materials integrating the high surface area and conductivity of the carbonaceous matrix with the intrinsically high capacitance of nanostructured niobium oxide. Heterojunctions in Nb2O5/BioC composites were found to be beneficial in electrochemical capacitance. Electrochemical characterization of Nb2O5/BioC composites showed that small amounts of Nb2O5 (as low as 5%) in conjunction with BioCarbon resulted in a 7-fold increase in the electrode capacitance, from 15 to 104 F g(-1), while imparting good cycling stability, making these materials ideally suited for electrochemical energy storage applications. PMID:27420568

  17. Structural transformation of nickel hydroxide films during anodic oxidation

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

    1992-05-01

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

  18. Ultra-structural evaluation of an anodic oxidated titanium dental implant.

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    Yamagami, Akiyoshi; Nagaoka, Noriyuki; Yoshihara, Kumiko; Nakamura, Mariko; Shirai, Hajime; Matsumoto, Takuya; Suzuki, Kazuomi; Yoshida, Yasuhiro

    2014-01-01

    Anodic oxidation is used for the surface treatment of commercial implants to improve their functional properties for clinical success. Here we conducted ultrastructural and chemical investigations into the micro- and nanostructure of the anodic oxide film of a titanium implant. The anodic oxidized layer of a Ti6Al4V alloy implant was examined ultrastructurally by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). They were also analyzed using energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The TEM revealed that the oxide layer of the Ti6Al4V implant prepared through anodic oxidation was separated into two layers. Al and V were not present on the top surface of the anodic oxide. This can be attributed to the biocompatibility of the anodic oxidized Ti6Al4V alloy implant, because the release of harmful metal ions such as Al and V can be suppressed by the biocompatibility. PMID:25483382

  19. X-ray reflectivity study of formation of multilayer porous anodic oxides of silicon.

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    Chu, Y.; Fenollosa, R.; Parkhutik, V.; You, H.

    1999-07-21

    The paper reports data on the kinetics of anodic oxide films growth on silicon in aqueous solutions of phosphoric acids as well as a study of the morphology of the oxides grown in a special regime of the oscillating anodic potential. X-ray reflectivity measurements were performed on the samples of anodic oxides using an intense synchrotron radiation source. They have a multilayer structure as revealed by theoretical fitting of the reflectivity data. The oscillations of the anodic potential are explained in terms of synchronized oxidation/dissolution reactions at the silicon surface and accumulation of mechanic stress in the oxide film.

  20. Supported and inserted monomeric niobium oxide species on/in silica: a molecular picture.

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    Tranca, Diana C; Wojtaszek-Gurdak, Anna; Ziolek, Maria; Tielens, Frederik

    2015-09-14

    The geometry, energetic, and spectroscopic properties of molecular structures of silica-supported niobium oxide catalysts are studied using periodic density functional calculations (DFT) and compared with experimental data. The calculations are done for Nb oxide species inserted or grafted in/on an amorphous hydroxylated silica surface. Different positions of the Nb atom/atoms in the silica structure have been investigated. By means of DFT calculations the geometry and the degree of hydration of Nb oxide species with oxidation state +5 have been studied. The local Nb geometry depends on different parameters such as the number of Nb-O-Si groups vs. Nb-O-H groups, the formation of H bonds and the distance between Nb atoms. The interaction between the oxide and silanol groups occurs by formation of Si-O-Nb bonds with chemically and thermally stable Brønsted and Lewis acid sites. UV-Vis, reflection absorption infrared vibrational spectra (RAIRS) as well as various thermodynamic properties have also been investigated in order to get a better insight into the system studied and to provide support to possible experimental studies. PMID:26250394

  1. Niobium-gallium oxide with a high concentration of Cr3+ ions: Photoluminescence and structural characteristics

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    Costa, G. K. B.; Pedro, S. S.; López, A.; Carvalho, I. C. S.; Cella, N.; Sosman, L. P.

    2016-10-01

    This work presents photoluminescence data for gallium-niobium oxide with chromium ion as an impurity. The samples were obtained by the solid-state method (SSM) and the wet-chemical method (WCM) and investigated by X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, excitation, and photoacoustic and X-ray fluorescence. The color of the sample obtained by the SSM was pink, while the color of the sample prepared by the WCM was green. This dramatic difference was associated with Cr3+ concentration and with the neighborhood of the doping ions, obtained from crystallographic data, which is strongly dependent on the preparation method. The difference between the samples was also verified in the photoacoustic and excitation spectra, in which the energy bands were located at different energy levels; on the other hand, in the photoluminescence spectra, no band shift was observed. All spectra were assigned to chromium ions at nonequivalent octahedral sites.

  2. Removal of organic contaminants from secondary effluent by anodic oxidation with a boron-doped diamond anode as tertiary treatment

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    Garcia-Segura, Sergi, E-mail: sergigarcia@ub.edu [Advanced Water Management Centre, The University of Queensland, Level 4, Gehrmann Bld. (60), St Lucia, QLD 072 (Australia); Laboratori d’Electroquímica dels Materials i del Medi Ambient, Departament de Química Física, Facultat de Química, Universitat de Barcelona, Martí i Franquès 1-11, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Keller, Jürg [Advanced Water Management Centre, The University of Queensland, Level 4, Gehrmann Bld. (60), St Lucia, QLD 072 (Australia); Brillas, Enric [Laboratori d’Electroquímica dels Materials i del Medi Ambient, Departament de Química Física, Facultat de Química, Universitat de Barcelona, Martí i Franquès 1-11, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Radjenovic, Jelena, E-mail: j.radjenovic@awmc.uq.edu.au [Advanced Water Management Centre, The University of Queensland, Level 4, Gehrmann Bld. (60), St Lucia, QLD 072 (Australia)

    2015-02-11

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Mineralization of secondary effluent by anodic oxidation with BDD anode. • Complete removal of 29 pharmaceuticals and pesticides at trace level concentrations. • Organochlorine and organobromine byproducts were formed at low μM concentrations. • Chlorine species evolution assessed to evaluate the anodic oxidation applicability. - Abstract: Electrochemical advanced oxidation processes (EAOPs) have been widely investigated as promising technologies to remove trace organic contaminants from water, but have rarely been used for the treatment of real waste streams. Anodic oxidation with a boron-doped diamond (BDD) anode was applied for the treatment of secondary effluent from a municipal sewage treatment plant containing 29 target pharmaceuticals and pesticides. The effectiveness of the treatment was assessed from the contaminants decay, dissolved organic carbon and chemical oxygen demand removal. The effect of applied current and pH was evaluated. Almost complete mineralization of effluent organic matter and trace contaminants can be obtained by this EAOP primarily due to the action of hydroxyl radicals formed at the BDD surface. The oxidation of Cl{sup −} ions present in the wastewater at the BDD anode gave rise to active chlorine species (Cl{sub 2}/HClO/ClO{sup −}), which are competitive oxidizing agents yielding chloramines and organohalogen byproducts, quantified as adsorbable organic halogen. However, further anodic oxidation of HClO/ClO{sup −} species led to the production of ClO{sub 3}{sup −} and ClO{sub 4}{sup −} ions. The formation of these species hampers the application as a single-stage tertiary treatment, but posterior cathodic reduction of chlorate and perchlorate species may reduce the risks associated to their presence in the environment.

  3. Removal of organic contaminants from secondary effluent by anodic oxidation with a boron-doped diamond anode as tertiary treatment

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Mineralization of secondary effluent by anodic oxidation with BDD anode. • Complete removal of 29 pharmaceuticals and pesticides at trace level concentrations. • Organochlorine and organobromine byproducts were formed at low μM concentrations. • Chlorine species evolution assessed to evaluate the anodic oxidation applicability. - Abstract: Electrochemical advanced oxidation processes (EAOPs) have been widely investigated as promising technologies to remove trace organic contaminants from water, but have rarely been used for the treatment of real waste streams. Anodic oxidation with a boron-doped diamond (BDD) anode was applied for the treatment of secondary effluent from a municipal sewage treatment plant containing 29 target pharmaceuticals and pesticides. The effectiveness of the treatment was assessed from the contaminants decay, dissolved organic carbon and chemical oxygen demand removal. The effect of applied current and pH was evaluated. Almost complete mineralization of effluent organic matter and trace contaminants can be obtained by this EAOP primarily due to the action of hydroxyl radicals formed at the BDD surface. The oxidation of Cl− ions present in the wastewater at the BDD anode gave rise to active chlorine species (Cl2/HClO/ClO−), which are competitive oxidizing agents yielding chloramines and organohalogen byproducts, quantified as adsorbable organic halogen. However, further anodic oxidation of HClO/ClO− species led to the production of ClO3− and ClO4− ions. The formation of these species hampers the application as a single-stage tertiary treatment, but posterior cathodic reduction of chlorate and perchlorate species may reduce the risks associated to their presence in the environment

  4. Electrochemical degradation of clofibric acid in water by anodic oxidation

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    Sires, Ignasi [Laboratori de Ciencia i Tecnologia Electroquimica de Materials, Departament de Quimica Fisica, Facultat de Quimica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1-11, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Cabot, Pere Lluis [Laboratori de Ciencia i Tecnologia Electroquimica de Materials, Departament de Quimica Fisica, Facultat de Quimica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1-11, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Centellas, Francesc [Laboratori de Ciencia i Tecnologia Electroquimica de Materials, Departament de Quimica Fisica, Facultat de Quimica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1-11, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Garrido, Jose Antonio [Laboratori de Ciencia i Tecnologia Electroquimica de Materials, Departament de Quimica Fisica, Facultat de Quimica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1-11, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Rodriguez, Rosa Maria [Laboratori de Ciencia i Tecnologia Electroquimica de Materials, Departament de Quimica Fisica, Facultat de Quimica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1-11, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Arias, Conchita [Laboratori de Ciencia i Tecnologia Electroquimica de Materials, Departament de Quimica Fisica, Facultat de Quimica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1-11, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Brillas, Enric [Laboratori de Ciencia i Tecnologia Electroquimica de Materials, Departament de Quimica Fisica, Facultat de Quimica, Universitat de Barcelona, Marti i Franques 1-11, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)]. E-mail: brillas@ub.edu

    2006-10-05

    Aqueous solutions containing the metabolite clofibric acid (2-(4-chlorophenoxy)-2-methylpropionic acid) up to close to saturation in the pH range 2.0-12.0 have been degraded by anodic oxidation with Pt and boron-doped diamond (BDD) as anodes. The use of BDD leads to total mineralization in all media due to the efficient production of oxidant hydroxyl radical ({center_dot}OH). This procedure is then viable for the treatment of wastewaters containing this compound. The effect of pH, apparent current density, temperature and metabolite concentration on the degradation rate, consumed specific charge and mineralization current efficiency has been investigated. Comparative treatment with Pt yields poor decontamination with complete release of stable chloride ion. When BDD is used, this ion is oxidized to Cl{sub 2}. Clofibric acid is more rapidly destroyed on Pt than on BDD, indicating that it is more strongly adsorbed on the Pt surface enhancing its reaction with {center_dot}OH. Its decay kinetics always follows a pseudo-first-order reaction and the rate constant for each anode increases with increasing apparent current density, being practically independent of pH and metabolite concentration. Aromatic products such as 4-chlorophenol, 4-chlorocatechol, 4-chlororesorcinol, hydroquinone, p-benzoquinone and 1,2,4-benzenetriol are detected by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and reversed-phase chromatography. Tartronic, maleic, fumaric, formic, 2-hydroxyisobutyric, pyruvic and oxalic acids are identified as generated carboxylic acids by ion-exclusion chromatography. These acids remain stable in solution using Pt, but they are completely converted into CO{sub 2} with BDD. A reaction pathway for clofibric acid degradation involving all these intermediates is proposed.

  5. The key factor determining the anodic deposition of vanadium oxides

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    This work demonstrates that anodic deposition of vanadium oxide (denoted as VOx.nH2O) can be considered as the chemical co-precipitation of V5+ and V4+ oxy-/hydroxyl species and the accumulation of V5+ species at the vicinity of electrode surface is the key factor for the successful anodic deposition of VOx.nH2O at a potential much more negative than the equilibrium potential of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). The results of in situ UV-vis spectra show that the V4+/V5+ ratio near the electrode surface can be controlled by varying the applied potential, leading to different, three-dimensional (3D) nanostructures of VOx.nH2O. The accumulation of V5+ species due to V4+ oxidation at potentials ≥0.4 V (vs. Ag/AgCl) has been found to be very similar to the phenomenon by adding H2O2 in the deposition solution. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) results show that all VOx.nH2O deposits can be considered as aggregates consisting of mixed V5+ and V4+ oxy-/hydroxyl species with the mean oxidation state significantly increasing with the applied electrode potential.

  6. Measurement of the high-field Q-drop in a high-purity large-grain niobium cavity for different oxidation processes

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    Ciovati, Gianluigi; Kneisel, Peter; gurevich, alex

    2007-06-01

    The most challenging issue for understanding the performance of superconducting radio-frequency (rf) cavities made of high-purity (residual resistivity ratio > 200) niobium is due to a sharp degradation (“Q-drop”) of the cavity quality factor Q0(Bp) as the peak surface magnetic field (Bp) exceeds about 90 mT, in the absence of field emission. In addition, a low-temperature (100 – 140 C) “in-situ” baking of the cavity was found to be beneficial in reducing the Q-drop. In this contribution, we present the results from a series of rf tests at 1.7 K and 2.0 K on a single-cell cavity made of high-purity large (with area of the order of few cm2) grain niobium which underwent various oxidation processes, after initial buffered chemical polishing, such as anodization, baking in pure oxygen atmosphere and baking in air up to 180 °C, with the objective of clearly identifying the role of oxygen and the oxide layer on the Q-drop. During each rf test a temperature mapping system allows measuring the local temperature rise of the cavity outer surface due to rf losses, which gives information about the losses location, their field dependence and space distribution. The results confirmed that the depth affected by baking is about 20 – 30 nm from the surface and showed that the Q-drop did not re-appear in a previously baked cavity by further baking at 120 °C in pure oxygen atmosphere or in air up to 180 °C. These treatments increased the oxide thickness and oxygen concentration, measured on niobium samples which were processed with the cavity and were analyzed with Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) and Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS). Nevertheless, the performance of the cavity after air baking at 180 °C degraded significantly and the temperature maps showed high losses, uniformly distributed on the surface, which could be completely recovered only by a post-purification treatment at 1250 °C. A statistic of the position of the “hot-spots” on the

  7. Titanium-Niobium Oxides as Non-Noble Metal Cathodes for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

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    Akimitsu Ishihara

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In order to develop noble-metal- and carbon-free cathodes, titanium-niobium oxides were prepared as active materials for oxide-based cathodes and the factors affecting the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR activity were evaluated. The high concentration sol-gel method was employed to prepare the precursor. Heat treatment in Ar containing 4% H2 at 700–900 °C was effective for conferring ORR activity to the oxide. Notably, the onset potential for the ORR of the catalyst prepared at 700 °C was approximately 1.0 V vs. RHE, resulting in high quality active sites for the ORR. X-ray (diffraction and photoelectron spectroscopic analyses and ionization potential measurements suggested that localized electronic energy levels were produced via heat treatment under reductive atmosphere. Adsorption of oxygen molecules on the oxide may be governed by the localized electronic energy levels produced by the valence changes induced by substitutional metal ions and/or oxygen vacancies.

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

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    Liu, Z.; Thompson, G. E.

    2015-01-01

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

  9. Properties of thin anodic oxide films on zirconium alloys

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

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

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

  11. Composite anodes based on nanotube titanium oxide from electro-oxidation of Ti metal substrate

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    Pozio, A.; Carewska, M.; Mura, F.; D'Amato, R.; Falconieri, M.; De Francesco, M.; Appetecchi, G. B.

    2014-02-01

    In this manuscript is reported an investigation on lithium-ion battery composite anodes based on nanotube titanium oxide active material obtained from electrochemical oxidation of titanium metal substrates. Nanotube TiO2 showed a good nominal capacity, particularly taking into account that no electronic conductive additive as well as no binder was incorporated into the TiO2 material. The performance of nanotube titanium oxide anode tapes was compared with that of electrodes based on TiO2 both commercially available and obtained from laser pyrolysis. Cycling tests have indicated that the anodes based on electrosynthesized nanotube TiO2 exhibit the best performance in terms of capacity values and rate capability in combination with very good capacity retention and coulombic efficiency leveling 100% even at high rates.

  12. Anodic deposition of hydrous ruthenium oxide for supercapacitors

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    Hu, Chi-Chang; Liu, Ming-Jue; Chang, Kuo-Hsin

    This communication demonstrates the success in the anodic deposition of hydrous ruthenium oxide (denoted as RuO 2· xH 2O) from RuCl 3· xH 2O in aqueous media with/without adding acetate ions (CH 3COO -, AcO -) as the complex agent. The benefits of as-deposited RuO 2· xH 2O include the low electron-hopping resistance and the low contact resistance at the Ti-RuO 2· xH 2O interface which are clarified in electrochemical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) studies. The cycling stability, specific capacitance, and power performance of as-deposited RuO 2· xH 2O are further improved by annealing in air at 150 °C for 2 h. The morphologies of as-deposited and annealed RuO 2· xH 2O films, examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), are very similar to that of thermally decomposed RuO 2. The high onset frequencies of 660 and 1650 Hz obtained from EIS spectra for the as-deposited and annealed RuO 2· xH 2O films, respectively, definitely illustrate the high-power merits of both oxide films prepared by means of the anodic deposition without considering the advantages of its simplicity, one-step, reliability, low cost, and versatility for electrode preparation.

  13. Oxidation and interdiffusion behavior of Niobium substrate coated MoSi2 coating prepared by spark plasma sintering

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    Graphical abstract: Dense MoSi2 coating was successfully prepared on the Niobium substrate by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The MoSi2 coating shows excellent oxidation resistance at high temperatures of 1200–1500 °C. - Highlights: • A MoSi2 coating on Nb substrate was prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS). • Phase and microstructure of the MoSi2 coating were studied. • Oxidation behavior of MoSi2 coating at high temperatures from 1200 °C to 1500 °C in air was investigated. • MoSi2 coating prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS) shows excellent high temperature oxidation resistance. • The interdiffusion behavior between MoSi2 coating and Nb at high temperatures was investigated. - Abstract: In order to protect Niobium material from oxidation, MoSi2 coating was prepared on the Niobium substrate by spark plasma sintering. Oxidation behavior of MoSi2 coating was investigated in air over the temperature range of 1200–1500 °C. The interfacial diffusion between MoSi2 coating and Niobium substrate was also examined. Dense MoSi2 coating was successfully prepared using spark plasma sintering. The porosities of top and side coatings are about 5.5% and 6.4%, respectively. No cracks were present in the MoSi2 coating. Cracking and spallation of the SiO2 scale did not occur at test temperatures. Two intermediate phases—(Nb,Mo)5Si3 and Nb5Si3 phases, were detected in the boundary of MoSi2 coating and Nb substrate. The growth of the reaction layer was dominated by the diffusion of Si toward the Nb substrate and obeyed a parabolic rate law. A multi-layered structural coating formed on Nb substrate, which consisted of MoSi2, (Mo,Nb)5Si3 and Nb5Si3 in turn

  14. Solid oxide fuel cell power plant with an anode recycle loop turbocharger

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    Saito, Kazuo; Skiba, Tommy; Patel, Kirtikumar H.

    2016-09-27

    An anode exhaust recycle turbocharger (100) has a turbocharger turbine (102) secured in fluid communication with a compressed oxidant stream within an oxidant inlet line (218) downstream from a compressed oxidant supply (104), and the anode exhaust recycle turbocharger (100) also includes a turbocharger compressor (106) mechanically linked to the turbocharger turbine (102) and secured in fluid communication with a flow of anode exhaust passing through an anode exhaust recycle loop (238) of the solid oxide fuel cell power plant (200). All or a portion of compressed oxidant within an oxidant inlet line (218) drives the turbocharger turbine (102) to thereby compress the anode exhaust stream in the recycle loop (238). A high-temperature, automotive-type turbocharger (100) replaces a recycle loop blower-compressor (52).

  15. Solid oxide fuel cell power plant with an anode recycle loop turbocharger

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    Saito, Kazuo; Skiba, Tommy; Patel, Kirtikumar H.

    2015-07-14

    An anode exhaust recycle turbocharger (100) has a turbocharger turbine (102) secured in fluid communication with a compressed oxidant stream within an oxidant inlet line (218) downstream from a compressed oxidant supply (104), and the anode exhaust recycle turbocharger (100) also includes a turbocharger compressor (106) mechanically linked to the turbocharger turbine (102) and secured in fluid communication with a flow of anode exhaust passing through an anode exhaust recycle loop (238) of the solid oxide fuel cell power plant (200). All or a portion of compressed oxidant within an oxidant inlet line (218) drives the turbocharger turbine (102) to thereby compress the anode exhaust stream in the recycle loop (238). A high-temperature, automotive-type turbocharger (100) replaces a recycle loop blower-compressor (52).

  16. Influence of precipitating agent in the preparation of hydrous niobium oxide by the method of homogeneous precipitation

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    This work reports the preparation, characterization and study of the ion exchange behavior of hydrous niobium oxide prepared by a homogeneous precipitation method. The precipitating agent was obtained in aqueous solution by thermal decomposition of urea or ammonium carbonate. The compounds were chemically and physically characterized by X-ray diffractometry, thermal analysis (TG/DTG), surface area measurements and ion exchange behavior with sodium. The materials prepared with ammonium carbonate presented a higher degree of crystallinity and better ion exchange capacity with sodium than materials prepared with urea. In the homogeneous precipitation method, materials were obtained with specific surface area of 123 - 224 m2 g-1. A variation of the preparation process produced hydrous niobium oxide with a different degree of hydration and specific surface area. This provided materials with different physico-chemical properties. (author)

  17. OXIDATION OF DRY HYDROCARBONS AT HIGH-POWER DENSITY ANODES

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    K.Krist; O. Spaldon-Stewart; R. Remick

    2004-03-01

    This work builds upon discoveries by the University of Pennsylvania and others pertaining to the oxidation of dry hydrocarbon fuels in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells. The work reported here was restricted primarily to dry methane and confirms that YSZ-based cells, having ceria in the anode as a catalyst and copper in the anode as a current collector, can operate on dry methane for extended periods. Thirty-three lab-scale cells of various designs were fabricated and operated under a variety of conditions. The longest-lived cell gave stable performance on dry methane at 800 C for over 305 hours. Only slight carbon deposition was noted at the completion of the test. A corresponding nickel/YSZ-based anode would have lasted for less than an hour under these test conditions (which included open circuit potential measurements) before carbon fouling essentially destroyed the cell. The best performing cell achieved 112 mW/cm{sub 2} on dry methane at 800 C. Several problems were encountered with carbon fouling and declining open circuit voltages in many of the test cells after switching from operation on hydrogen to dry methane. Although not rigorously confirmed by experimentation, the results suggested that air infiltration through less than perfect perimeter seals or pinholes in the electrolytes, or both gave rise to conditions that caused the carbon fouling and OCV decline. Small amounts of air reacting with methane in a partial oxidation reaction could produce carbon monoxide that, in turn, would deposit the carbon. If this mechanism is confirmed, it implies that near perfect hardware is required for extended operation. Some evidence was also found for the formation of electrical shorts, probably from carbon deposits bridging the electrolyte. Work with odorized methane and with methane containing 100-ppm hydrogen sulfide confirmed that copper is stable at 800 C in dry hydrocarbon fuels in the presence of sulfur. In a number of cases, but not exclusively, the

  18. AFM based anodic oxidation and its application to oxidative cutting and welding of CNT

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    2009-01-01

    Probe anodic oxidation by atomic force microscope (AFM) is one of the most important techniques in fabricating nano structures and devices. The technique was further studied in this paper. By analyzing the distribution of the electric field on substrate surface the dependence of oxide characters on field was discussed. The impacts of various parameters on oxide fabrication were experimentally studied. Based on these studies, we realized the oxidative cutting and welding of carbon nanotube (CNT) by the AFM based oxidation technique and provided a novel technique for the assembly and fabrication of CNT based nano devices.

  19. METHOD OF PRODUCING NIOBIUM METAL

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    Wilhelm, H.A.; Stevens, E.R.

    1960-05-24

    A process is given for preparing ductile niobium metal by the reduction of niobium pentoxide with carbon. The invention resides in the addition, to the reaction mass, of from 0.05 to 0.4 atom of titanium (in the form of metallic titanium, titanium carbide, and/or titanium oxide) per one mole of niobium pentoxide. The mixture is heated under subatmospheric pressure to above 1300 deg C but below the melting point of niobium, and the carbon- and oxygen-free niobium sponge obtained is cooled under reduced pressure.

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

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

    2003-01-01

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

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

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    M. Ovundur

    2015-03-01

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

  2. Sol-Gel Synthesis and Characterization of Cubic Bismuth Zinc Niobium Oxide Nanopowders

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    Ganchimeg Perenlei

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth zinc niobium oxide (BZN was successfully synthesized by a diol-based sol-gel reaction utilizing metal acetate and alkoxide precursors. Thermal analysis of a liquid suspension of precursors suggests that the majority of organic precursors decompose at temperatures up to 150°C, and organic free powders form above 350°C. The experimental results indicate that a homogeneous gel is obtained at about 200°C and then converts to a mixture of intermediate oxides at 350–400°C. Finally, single-phased BZN powders are obtained between 500 and 900°C. The degree of chemical homogeneity as determined by X-ray diffraction and EDS mapping is consistent throughout the samples. Elemental analysis indicates that the atomic ratio of metals closely matches a Bi1.5ZnNb1.5O7 composition. Crystallite sizes of the BZN powders calculated from the Scherrer equation are about 33–98 nm for the samples prepared at 500–700°C, respectively. The particle and crystallite sizes increase with increased sintering temperature. The estimated band gap of the BZN nanopowders from optical analysis is about 2.60–2.75 eV at 500-600°C. The observed phase formations and measured results in this study were compared with those of previous reports.

  3. Secondary electron yield and Auger electron spectroscopy measurements on oxides, carbide, and nitride of niobium

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    Secondary electron yield measurements before and after Ar ion sputtercleaning were made on Nb and Nb compounds of interest for rf superconductingcavities. Total secondary electron yields (sigma) for primary energies 20--1500 eV were measured for solid Nb (sigma/sub max/ = 1.3 at 300 eV), anodized Nb2O5 (sigma/sub max/ = 1.2 at 300 eV), and powders of Nb(sigma/sub max/ = 1.0 at 400 eV), NbO (sigma/sub max/ = 0.9 at 400 eV), NbO2 (sigma/sub max/ = 1.0 at 400 eV), Nb2O5 (sigma/sub max/ = 0.95 at 400 eV), NbC(sigma/sub max/ = 0.8 at 400 eV), and NbN (sigma/sub max/ = 0.8 at 500 eV). Determinations were made for Auger elemental sensitivities, and the relationship between Auger peak heights and oxide stoichiometry is discussed. The sputter etch rate of anodized Nb2O5 was measured by depth profiling anodic coatings of known thickness

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  5. Anode materials for sour natural gas solid oxide fuel cells

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    Danilovic, Nemanja

    Novel anode catalysts have been developed for sour natural gas solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications. Sour natural gas comprises light hydrocarbons, and typically also contains H2S. An alternative fuel SOFC that operates directly on sour natural gas would reduce the overall cost of plant construction and operation for fuel cell power generation. The anode for such a fuel cell must have good catalytic and electrocatalytic activity for hydrocarbon conversion, sulfur-tolerance, resistance to coking, and good electronic and ionic conductivity. The catalytic activity and stability of ABO3 (A= La, Ce and/or Sr, B=Cr and one or more of Ti, V, Cr, Fe, Mn, or Co) perovskites as SOFC anode materials depends on both A and B, and are modified by substituents. The materials have been prepared by both solid state and wet-chemical methods. The physical and chemical characteristics of the materials have been fully characterized using electron microscopy, XRD, calorimetry, dilatometry, particle size and area, using XPS and TGA-DSC-MS. Electrochemical performance was determined using potentiodynamic and potentiostatic cell testing, electrochemical impedance analysis, and conductivity measurements. Neither Ce0.9Sr0.1VO3 nor Ce0.9 Sr0.1Cr0.5V0.5O3 was an active anode for oxidation of H2 and CH4 fuels. However, active catalysts comprising Ce0:9Sr0:1V(O,S)3 and Ce0.9Sr 0.1Cr0.5V0.5(O,S)3 were formed when small concentrations of H2S were present in the fuels. The oxysulfides formed in-situ were very active for conversion of H2S. The maximum performance improved from 50 mW cm-2 to 85 mW cm -2 in 0.5% H2S/CH4 at 850°C with partial substitution of V by Cr in Ce0.9Sr0.1V(O,S)3. Selective conversion of H2S offers potential for sweetening of sour gas without affecting the hydrocarbons. Perovskites La0.75Sr0.25Cr0.5X 0.5O3--delta, (henceforth referred to as LSCX, X=Ti, Mn, Fe, Co) are active for conversion of H2, CH4 and 0.5% H2S/CH4. The order of activity in the different fuels depends on

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

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

  7. Electrode Reaction Pathway in Oxide Anode for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Li, Wenyuan

    Oxide anodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) with the advantage of fuel flexibility, resistance to coarsening, small chemical expansion and etc. have been attracting increasing interest. Good performance has been reported with a few of perovskite structure anodes, such as (LaSr)(CrMn)O3. However, more improvements need to be made before meeting the application requirement. Understanding the oxidation mechanism is crucial for a directed optimization, but it is still on the early stage of investigation. In this study, reaction mechanism of oxide anodes is investigated on doped YCrO 3 with H2 fuel, in terms of the origin of electrochemical activity, rate-determining steps (RDS), extension of reactive zone, and the impact from overpotential under service condition to those properties. H2 oxidation on the YCs anodes is found to be limited by charge transfer and H surface diffusion. A model is presented to describe the elementary steps in H2 oxidation. From the reaction order results, it is suggested that any models without taking H into the charge transfer step are invalid. The nature of B site element determines the H2 oxidation kinetics primarily. Ni displays better adsorption ability than Co. However, H adsorption ability of such oxide anode is inferior to that of Ni metal anode. In addition, the charge transfer step is directly associated with the activity of electrons in the anode; therefore it can be significantly promoted by enhancement of the electron activity. It is found that A site Ca doping improves the polarization resistance about 10 times, by increasing the activity of electrons to promote the charge transfer process. For the active area in the oxide anode, besides the traditional three-phase boundary (3PB), the internal anode surface as two-phase boundary (2PB) is proven to be capable of catalytically oxidizing the H2 fuel also when the bulk lattice is activated depending on the B site elements. The contribution from each part is estimated by switching

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

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

    2015-10-15

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

  9. 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.

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

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    LIN Hui; YU Jun-sheng; ZHANG Wei

    2012-01-01

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

  11. Macrokinetic relationships between anodic processes in chlorine electrolysis on ruthenium-titanium oxide anodes

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    Effect of porosity on kinetics of the main (chlorine evolution) and side (oxygen evolution and anodic dissolution of ruthenium dioxide) reactions for chlorine electrolysis conditions has been analyzed. Making allowance for chlorine hydrolysis secondary reaction, the distribution of chlorine concentration, solution pH and current densities of the main and side processes over the porous anode depth, have been found. It is shown that solution acidification in the anode pores due to chlorine hydrolysis can bring about replacement of oxygen evolution and ruthenium dioxide dissolution side reactions toward the porous anode external sides thus affecting its selectivity and corrosion resistance

  12. Oxidation and interdiffusion behavior of Niobium substrate coated MoSi2 coating prepared by spark plasma sintering

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    Yan, JianHui; Wang, Yi; Liu, LongFei; Wang, Yueming

    2014-11-01

    In order to protect Niobium material from oxidation, MoSi2 coating was prepared on the Niobium substrate by spark plasma sintering. Oxidation behavior of MoSi2 coating was investigated in air over the temperature range of 1200-1500 °C. The interfacial diffusion between MoSi2 coating and Niobium substrate was also examined. Dense MoSi2 coating was successfully prepared using spark plasma sintering. The porosities of top and side coatings are about 5.5% and 6.4%, respectively. No cracks were present in the MoSi2 coating. Cracking and spallation of the SiO2 scale did not occur at test temperatures. Two intermediate phases-(Nb,Mo)5Si3 and Nb5Si3 phases, were detected in the boundary of MoSi2 coating and Nb substrate. The growth of the reaction layer was dominated by the diffusion of Si toward the Nb substrate and obeyed a parabolic rate law. A multi-layered structural coating formed on Nb substrate, which consisted of MoSi2, (Mo,Nb)5Si3 and Nb5Si3 in turn.

  13. Fundamental problems with conducting oxides used as anodes

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    Some problems encountered with conducting oxides when used for oxygen and chlorine anodic evolution are outlined and discussed. Also described are the classes of oxides under investigation, their applications and the immediate interests in relation to the technological demands; the preparation procedure is reviewed with emphasis on the more significant parameters for the surface characterization. These include BET surface area, morphology, chemical composition, conductivity, response to pH, point of zero charge, proton exchange ability, electrochemical 'spectrum' and electrochemical active surface area. Examples are given for RuO2, IrO2, NiCo2O4 and Co3O4. The electrocatalytic activity is also discussed by illustrating the effect of morphology and porosity, the anomalies in the determination of the reaction orders, the retarding effect of acidity in Cl2 evolution, the misleading Tafel slope due to diffusion of products with active electrodes. A review on the present understanding of the factors determining the effect of the nature of the oxides on the electrocatalytic activity is then made. (C.L.B.)

  14. Influence of addition of calcium oxide on physicochemical properties of Portland cement with zirconium or niobium oxide

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    Mario Tanomaru-Filho

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: Calcium oxide (CaO may be added to mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA or Portland cement (PC to improve physicochemical and biological properties. Aims: To evaluate the physicochemical properties of PC associated with radiopacifiers and CaO. Materials and Methods: MTA Angelus, PC + 30% zirconium oxide (Zr, or 30% niobium oxide (Nb associated with 10 or 20% of CaO were evaluated. Gilmore needles were used to evaluate initial and final setting time. Compressive strength was evaluated after the periods of 24 hours and 21 days. pH was analyzed after 3, 12, 24 hours, 7, 14, 21 days. Solubility and flow tests were performed based on the ISO 6876. The data obtained were submitted to analysis of variance and Tukey tests (P ≤ 0.05. Results: The associations with 10% CaO showed greater strength that the associations with 20% CaO. The shortest initial setting time was observed for the association PC + Zr + 20% CaO and MTA. All the cements presented alkaline pH. The flow of all cements was similar. The highest solubility was found in the associations with 20% CaO. Conclusion: The addition of CaO to PC favored the alkaline property and the PC + Zr + 20% CaO presented setting time similar to MTA.

  15. Characterization of Human Gingival Fibroblasts on Zirconia Surfaces Containing Niobium Oxide

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    Young-Dan Cho

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available It was indicated that tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (TZP containing yttria (Y2O3 and niobium oxide (Nb2O5 ((Y,Nb-TZP could be an adequate dental material to be used at esthetically important sites. The (Y,Nb-TZP was also proved to possess its osteogenic potential comparable with those conventional dental implant material, titanium (Ti. The objective of the current study was to characterize cellular response of human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs to smooth and rough surfaces of the (Y,Nb-TZP disc, which were obtained by polishing and sandblasting, respectively. Various microscopic, biochemical, and molecular techniques were used to investigate the disc surfaces and cellular responses for the experimental (Y,Nb-TZP and the comparing Ti groups. Sandblasted rough (Y,Nb-TZP (Zir-R discs had the highest surface roughness. HGFs cultured on polished (Y,Nb-TZP (Zir showed a rounded cell morphology and light spreading at 6 h after seeding and its proliferation rate significantly increased during seven days of culture compared to other surfaces. The mRNA expressions of type I collagen, integrin α2 and β1 were significantly stimulated for the Zir group at 24 h after seeding. The current findings, combined with the previous results, indicate that (Y,Nb-TZP provides appropriate surface condition for osseointegration at the fixture level and for peri-implant mucosal sealing at the abutment level producing a suitable candidate for dental implantation with an expected favorable clinical outcome.

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

  17. Direct methanol utilization in intermediate temperature liquid-tin anode solid oxide fuel cells

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    Highlights: • Modification of Sn-based anode with Cu/SDC improves power density. • Cu and SDC improve wetting of Sn on YSZ and reduce anode polarization resistance. • Carbon formation has not been observed in SOFCs containing tin-based anodes. • Micro-channel structure in the anode reduces gas conversion resistance. - Abstract: Direct utilization of methanol in liquid tin anode solid oxide fuel cells has been experimentally demonstrated at 1023 K. A Cu and SDC modified Sn anode solid oxide fuel cell had a maximum power density of 259.2 mW/cm2 during operation on methanol. Carbon deposition was not observed in the Raman spectra of the post-test anodes. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy indicated that gas conversion resistance increased when using methanol instead of hydrogen. The micro-channel architecture of the electrode mitigated the increase. Scanning electron microscopy images showed that addition of Cu and Sn improved wetting of Sn on YSZ and reduced anode polarization resistance. The anode gases were analyzed by mass spectroscopy and a mechanism for electrochemical oxidation of methanol has been proposed

  18. Evaluation of nickel-titanium oxide-niobium pentoxide metal ceramic composite as interconnect for solid oxide fuel cell

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    Budur, Abhijith

    With increasing importance for clean energy, fuel cells have gained great significance in recent decades. Solid oxide fuel cells are easy to transport due to presence of solid electrolyte and also have requisite electrical properties,but have been obstructed by their limitation to be used at only temperatures greater than 6000C and less than 8000C. To construct a stack of cells, materials that are good electrical conductors and having necessary mechanical strengths at that temperatures are being considered as interconnects between the cells. Evaluation of Nickel-Titanium dioxide-Niobium pentoxide (NTN) as interconnect and comparison to Stainless Steel 441 alloy has been made in this research. The criteria for evaluation are the resistance, long-term stability and the power density characteristics of the cell for each interconnect. Electrical measurements by impedance spectroscopy techniques were conducted at variousworking temperatures using a gas mixture of 10 % hydrogen and 90% nitrogen to evaluate both interconnect materials in the working range of fuel cells. Scanning Electron Microscopy images of Lanthanum Strontium Manganite paste before and after the fuel cell measurements are shown.The results showed that both NTN and Stainless Steel 441 interconnects exhibit similar electrical properties under operating conditions of the fuel cell. Since theNTN interconnect is less prone to corrosion and does not have the effect of chromium poisoning, it can be considered as a viable interconnect material for solid oxide fuel cells.

  19. New Niobium Capacitors with Stable Electrical Parameters

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    Lohwasser, W.; M. Stenzel; Zillgen, H.

    2002-01-01

    The replacement of the anode material in tantalum capacitors by a new generation of high CV niobium powders offers the possibility to get an economical alternative to tantalum for a wide range of applications. Due to the high CV potential of niobium powder there is also an alternative to low voltage aluminum electrolytic capacitors. We developed a new niobium capacitor which shows stable electrical values. By optimizing the structure of the dielectric and the cathodic layers as well as the pr...

  20. Passive behavior of niobium and niobium-titanium alloys in sulfuric acid solutions

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    The electrochemical behavior of niobium and niobium-titanium alloys has been investigated in dearated aqueous 0.1 mol/L H2SO4 solutions, at 25 C. The studies were carried out through cyclic voltammetry, potentiostatic technique and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The analyses of cyclic voltammograms indicate that the metal and alloys behave like valve metals and a passivating film grows on the metal surface during the anodic polarization. The corrosion current density for Nb and Nb-47 % Ti alloy decreases as the potential increases. With Nb-2% Ti alloy an increase in steady-state current density with the potential is observed. The passivating film resistance for Nb and alloys varies between 5 and 50 MΩ, depending on the final potential for the formation of oxide film. From the impedance data it was possible to propose the existence of a duplex film on Nb-2 % Ti surface

  1. Lithium alloys and metal oxides as high-capacity anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Highlights: •Progress in lithium alloys and metal oxides as anode materials for lithium-ion batteries is reviewed. •Electrochemical characteristics and lithium storage mechanisms of lithium alloys and metal oxides are summarized. •Strategies for improving electrochemical lithium storage properties of lithium alloys and metal oxides are discussed. •Challenges in developing lithium alloys and metal oxides as commercial anodes for lithium-ion batteries are pointed out. -- Abstract: Lithium alloys and metal oxides have been widely recognized as the next-generation anode materials for lithium-ion batteries with high energy density and high power density. A variety of lithium alloys and metal oxides have been explored as alternatives to the commercial carbonaceous anodes. The electrochemical characteristics of silicon, tin, tin oxide, iron oxides, cobalt oxides, copper oxides, and so on are systematically summarized. In this review, it is not the scope to retrace the overall studies, but rather to highlight the electrochemical performances, the lithium storage mechanism and the strategies in improving the electrochemical properties of lithium alloys and metal oxides. The challenges and new directions in developing lithium alloys and metal oxides as commercial anodes for the next-generation lithium-ion batteries are also discussed

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

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

    2014-01-01

    The band structure of pure and Ti-alloyed anodic aluminum oxide has been examined as a function of Ti concentration varying from 2 to 20 at. %. The band gap energy of Ti-alloyed anodic Al oxide decreases with increasing Ti concentration. X-ray absorption spectroscopy reveals that Ti atoms...... are not located in a TiO2 unit in the oxide layer, but rather in a mixed Ti-Al oxide layer. The optical band gap energy of the anodic oxide layers was determined by vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy in the energy range from 4.1 to 9.2 eV (300–135 nm). The results indicate that amorphous anodic Al2O3 has a direct...

  3. Nickel/Yttria-stabilised zirconia cermet anodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Primdahl, Søren

    1999-01-01

    This thesis deals with the porous Ni/yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) cermet anode on a YSZ electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Such anodes are predominantly operated in moist hydrogen at 700°C to 1000°C, and the most important technological parameters are the polarization resistance and

  4. Microstructure and optical appearance of anodized friction stir processed Al - Metal oxide surface composites

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    Gudla, Visweswara Chakravarthy; Jensen, Flemming; Bordo, Kirill;

    2014-01-01

    Multiple-pass friction stir processing (FSP) was employed to impregnate Ti, Y and Ce oxide powders into the surface of an Aluminium alloy. The FSP processed surface composite was subsequently anodized with an aim to develop optical effects in the anodized layer owing to the presence of incorporated...

  5. Ni modified ceramic anodes for direct-methane solid oxide fuel cells

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    Xiao, Guoliang; Chen, Fanglin

    2016-01-19

    In accordance with certain embodiments of the present disclosure, a method for fabricating a solid oxide fuel cell is described. The method includes synthesizing a composition having a perovskite present therein. The method further includes applying the composition on an electrolyte support to form an anode and applying Ni to the composition on the anode.

  6. 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...

  7. Oxidation and interdiffusion behavior of Niobium substrate coated MoSi{sub 2} coating prepared by spark plasma sintering

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    Yan, JianHui, E-mail: jhyan@hnust.edu.cn; Wang, Yi; Liu, LongFei; Wang, Yueming

    2014-11-30

    Graphical abstract: Dense MoSi{sub 2} coating was successfully prepared on the Niobium substrate by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The MoSi{sub 2} coating shows excellent oxidation resistance at high temperatures of 1200–1500 °C. - Highlights: • A MoSi{sub 2} coating on Nb substrate was prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS). • Phase and microstructure of the MoSi{sub 2} coating were studied. • Oxidation behavior of MoSi{sub 2} coating at high temperatures from 1200 °C to 1500 °C in air was investigated. • MoSi{sub 2} coating prepared by spark plasma sintering (SPS) shows excellent high temperature oxidation resistance. • The interdiffusion behavior between MoSi{sub 2} coating and Nb at high temperatures was investigated. - Abstract: In order to protect Niobium material from oxidation, MoSi{sub 2} coating was prepared on the Niobium substrate by spark plasma sintering. Oxidation behavior of MoSi{sub 2} coating was investigated in air over the temperature range of 1200–1500 °C. The interfacial diffusion between MoSi{sub 2} coating and Niobium substrate was also examined. Dense MoSi{sub 2} coating was successfully prepared using spark plasma sintering. The porosities of top and side coatings are about 5.5% and 6.4%, respectively. No cracks were present in the MoSi{sub 2} coating. Cracking and spallation of the SiO{sub 2} scale did not occur at test temperatures. Two intermediate phases—(Nb,Mo){sub 5}Si{sub 3} and Nb{sub 5}Si{sub 3} phases, were detected in the boundary of MoSi{sub 2} coating and Nb substrate. The growth of the reaction layer was dominated by the diffusion of Si toward the Nb substrate and obeyed a parabolic rate law. A multi-layered structural coating formed on Nb substrate, which consisted of MoSi{sub 2}, (Mo,Nb){sub 5}Si{sub 3} and Nb{sub 5}Si{sub 3} in turn.

  8. Investigating the structure and biocompatibility of niobium and titanium oxides as coatings for orthopedic metallic implants.

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    Pradhan, D; Wren, A W; Misture, S T; Mellott, N P

    2016-01-01

    Applying sol gel based coatings to orthopedic metallic implant materials can significantly improve their properties and lifespan in vivo. For this work, niobium (Nb2O5) and titanium (TiO2) oxides were prepared via solution processing in order to determine the effect of atomic arrangement (amorphous/crystalline) on bioactivity. Thermal evaluation on the synthesized materials identified an endotherm for Nb2O5 at 75 °C with 40% weight loss below 400 °C, and minimal weight loss between 400 and 850 °C. Regarding TiO2 an endotherm was present at 92 °C with 25% weight loss below 400 °C, and 4% between 400 and 850 °C. Phase evolution was determined using High Temperature X-ray Diffraction (HT-XRD) where amorphous-Nb2O5 (450 °C), hexagonal-Nb2O5 (525 °C), orthorhombic-Nb2O5 (650 °C), amorphous-TiO2 (275 °C) and tetragonal TiO2 (500 °C) structures were produced. Simulated body fluid (SBF) testing was conducted over 1, 7 and 30 days and resulted in positive chemical and morphological changes for crystalline Nb2O5 (525 °C) and TiO2 (500 °C) after 30 days of incubation. Rod-like CaP deposits were observed on the surfaces using Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM) and Grazing Incidence-X-ray Diffraction (GI-XRD) shows that the deposits were X-ray amorphous. Cell viability was higher with the TiO2 (122%) samples when compared to the growing cell population while Nb2O5 samples exhibited a range of viability (64-105%), partially dependent on materials atomic structure. PMID:26478387

  9. Possible influence of surface oxides on the optical response of high-purity niobium material used in the fabrication of superconducting radio frequency cavity

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    Singh, Nageshwar; Deo, M. N.; Roy, S. B.

    2016-09-01

    We have investigated the possible influence of surface oxides on the optical properties of a high-purity niobium (Nb) material for fabrication of superconducting radio frequency (SCRF) cavities. Various peaks in the infrared region were identified using Fourier transform infrared and Raman spectroscopy. Optical response functions such as complex refractive index, dielectric and conductivity of niobium were compared with the existing results on oxides free Nb and Cu. It was observed that the presence of a mixture of niobium-oxides, and probably near other surface impurities, appreciably influence the conducting properties of the material causing deviation from the typical metallic characteristics. In this way, the key result of this work is the observation, identification of vibrational modes of some of surface complexes and study of its influences on the optical responses of materials. This method of spectroscopic investigation will help in understanding the origin of degradation of performance of SCRF cavities.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Anodic oxidation of oxytetracycline: Influence of the experimental conditions on the degradation rate and mechanism

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    Annabel Fernandes; Catarina Oliveira; MARIA J PACHECO; Lurdes Ciríaco; Ana Lopes

    2014-01-01

    The anodic oxidation of oxytetracycline was performed with success using as anode a boron-doped diamond electrode. The experiments were conducted in batch mode, using two different electrochemical cells: an up-flow cell, with recirculation, that was used to evaluate the influence of recirculation flow rate; and a stirred cell, used to determine the influence of the applied current density. Besides oxytetracyclin electrodegradation rate and mineralization extent, oxidation by-products were als...

  13. The Microstructure and Capacitance Characterizations of Anodic Titanium Based Alloy Oxide Nanotube

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    Po Chun Chen; Sheng Jen Hsieh; Chien Chon Chen; Jun Zou

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a simple anodization process to fabricate ordered nanotubes (NTs) of titanium and its alloys (Ti-Mo and Ti-Ta). TiO2, MoO3, and Ta2O5 are high dielectric constant materials for ultracapacitor application. The anodic titanium oxide contains a compact layer on the NT film and a barrier layer under the NT film. However, the microstructure of oxide films formed by anodic Ti-Mo and Ti-Ta alloys contains six layers, including a continuous compact layer, a continuous partial poro...

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

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    WANG Wei; TAO Jie; WANG Tao; WANG Ling

    2007-01-01

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

  15. Conversion Reaction-Based Oxide Nanomaterials for Lithium Ion Battery Anodes.

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    Yu, Seung-Ho; Lee, Soo Hong; Lee, Dong Jun; Sung, Yung-Eun; Hyeon, Taeghwan

    2016-04-01

    Developing high-energy-density electrodes for lithium ion batteries (LIBs) is of primary importance to meet the challenges in electronics and automobile industries in the near future. Conversion reaction-based transition metal oxides are attractive candidates for LIB anodes because of their high theoretical capacities. This review summarizes recent advances on the development of nanostructured transition metal oxides for use in lithium ion battery anodes based on conversion reactions. The oxide materials covered in this review include oxides of iron, manganese, cobalt, copper, nickel, molybdenum, zinc, ruthenium, chromium, and tungsten, and mixed metal oxides. Various kinds of nanostructured materials including nanowires, nanosheets, hollow structures, porous structures, and oxide/carbon nanocomposites are discussed in terms of their LIB anode applications. PMID:26627913

  16. Performance of alternative oxide anodes for the electrochemical oxidation of hydrogen and methane in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Tu, H.; Apfel, H.; Stimming, U. [Department of Physics E19, Technical University of Munich, James-Franck-Strasse 1, D-85748 Garching (Germany)

    2006-07-15

    The electrode performances of the alternative oxides: La{sub 0.05}Ca{sub 0.95}Cr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95}O{sub 3-{delta}}-8YSZ and Ce{sub 0.8}TM{sub 0.2}O{sub 2-{delta}}(TM=Mn, Co) for the direct electrochemical oxidation of methane are investigated to assess their potential as anode materials for efficient methane conversion in a SOFC. The electrochemical oxidation of hydrogen was also studied, for comparison. The oxides are characterised electrochemically with impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range from 10 mHz to 1MHz, using a three-electrode geometry. They are compared to a standard Ni/8YSZ anode for the electrochemical oxidation of hydrogen. It is found that La{sub 0.05}Ca{sub 0.95}Cr{sub 0.05}Ti{sub 0.95}O{sub 3-{delta}}-8YSZ demonstrates a poor electrochemical activity in both hydrogen and methane. However, the electrochemical activity of Ce{sub 0.8}Mn{sub 0.2}O{sub 2-{delta}} is promising, but the electronic conductivity needs to be increased, e.g., by adding a conducting oxide, before it can be used as an anode material in a SOFC. (Abstract Copyright [2006], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  17. Catalytic properties of niobium compounds

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    The catalytic activity and selectivity of niobium compounds including oxides, salts, organometallic compounds and others are outlined. The application of these compounds as catalysts to diversified reactions is reported. The nature and action of niobium catalysts are characteristic and sometimes anomalous, suggesting the necessity of basic research and the potential use as catalysts for important processes in the chemical industry. (Author)

  18. Electro-Oxidation of Concentrated Ce(Ⅲ) at Carbon Felt Anode in Nitric Acid Media

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    2006-01-01

    Electro-oxidation of Ce( Ⅲ) to Ce( Ⅳ ) in parallel plate flow type electrolyzer divided with cation exchange membrane was carried out in nitric acid media at carbon felt anode under galvanostatic conditions. Carbon felt was used as an anode for its high specific surface area and high oxygen evolution overpotential. Pt coated Ti plates were used as cathcurrent efficiency (92%) until about 80% of Ce( Ⅲ) was oxidized. Then, oxygen evolution, accompanied by terminal voltage jump, took place, lowering current efficiency. Ce( Ⅲ ) was oxidized up to 90% with current efficiency of 62%. In this mode, strong carbon felt anode oxidation was observed. The wear out of carbon felt was 46% in six consequent runs (6 h of operation). After each run, carbon felt surface had to be renewed with slightly alkaline solution to remove carbon oxidation products and ensure regular operational conditions. When anode surface was blocked, oxygen evolution took place from the beginning of electrolysis due to higher actual current density. The wear out of carbon felt anode could be minimized by means of oxygen evolution prevention. In the case when electrolysis had been stopped before oxygen evolution started (at Ce( Ⅳ ) conversion of about 80% ), the wear out of anode was less than 2% during 6 consequent runs (4 h of operation).

  19. Antisolvent Precipitation for the Synthesis of Monodisperse Mesoporous Niobium Oxide Spheres as Highly Effective Solid Acid Catalysts

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    Li, Cheng Chao

    2012-03-20

    We have developed a low-cost reaction protocol to synthesize mesoporous Nb 2O 5-based solid acid catalysts with external shape control. In the synthesis, monodisperse glycolated niobium oxide spheres (GNOS) were prepared by means of a simple antisolvent precipitation approach and subsequently converted to mesoporous niobium oxide spheres (MNOS) with a large surface area of 312m 2g -1 by means of the hydrothermal treatment. The antisolvent acetone used to obtain GNOS was recovered through distillation at high purity. The obtained mesoporous MNOS were functionalized further with sulfate anions at different temperatures or incorporated with tungstophosphoric acid to obtain recyclable solid acid catalysts. These MNOS-based catalysts showed excellent performance in a wide range of acid-catalyzed reactions, such as Friedel-Crafts alkylation, esterification, and hydrolysis of acetates. As they are monodisperse spheres with diameters in the submicrometer range, the catalysts can be easily separated and reused. © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. The surface treatment on oxide film of pure titanium Part 1. The effect of Anodic oxidation

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    Ge Wang; Xiangrong Cheng

    2006-01-01

    目的:研究阳极氧化对纯钛种植材料氧化膜的影响.方法:5片直径9 mm厚2 mm的纯钛在升压速度为7~8 v/min、电流密度≤10 mA/cm2的条件下分别进行阳极氧化处理,(A)10 v 10 min,(B)24 v 10 min,(C) 40 v 10 min,(D)24 v 40 min,(E) 24 v 2 h.用potentiostat仪检测以上样品在生理盐水和人造海水中的电化学行为.结果:以上样品的颜色呈:A蓝色,B淡黄色,C粉红色,D金黄色,E深黄色.随着电压的升高和作用时间的延长,2.55峰渐渐强化,2.34峰弱化.在生理盐水中,阳极氧化膜的开路电势稳定于0 mV,而自然氧化膜则很快从-50上升到-40 mV,极化电流比自然氧化膜的低100倍.在人造海水中,阳极氧化膜的开路电势稳定在-90 mV,自然氧化膜则从-480 mV快速上升到-310 mV,且活化电流明显高于阳极氧化膜.结论:阳极氧化膜的颜色可能和膜的厚度有关,而颜色对种植体上的修复体有影响,因此,金黄色被选为理想的颜色.2.55和2.34峰的变化规律尚无法解释.阳极氧化膜的稳定性和耐腐蚀性远远高于自然氧化膜.因此,阳极氧化法是一种提高纯钛氧化膜耐腐蚀性的好方法.%Objectives: To study the oxide film of pure titanium implant material treated by anodic oxidation. Methods: Five commercially pure (CP) titanium sheets (9mm in diameter and 2mm thick) were treated by the speed of 7-8 v/min of potential, the current density ≤10mA/cm2 to (A) 10v for 10min, (B) 24v for 10min, (C) 40v for 10min, (D) 24v for 40min, (E) 24v for 2hr in Kawahara's electrochemical solution. The electro-chemical behavior of anodic oxide film and natural oxide film was studied using a potentiostat. Results: The samples color changed from white to the following sequence blue, light gold, pink, media gold and dark gold. Along with potential and time going on, XRD patterns showed that the peak 2.55 strengthened, and peak 2.34 weakened. The voltage-time curve in physiological salt solution (PSS) showed

  1. Comparison of Anodic Community in Microbial Fuel Cells with Iron Oxide-Reducing Community.

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    Yokoyama, Hiroshi; Ishida, Mitsuyoshi; Yamashita, Takahiro

    2016-04-28

    The group of Fe(III) oxide-reducing bacteria includes exoelectrogenic bacteria, and they possess similar properties of transferring electrons to extracellular insoluble-electron acceptors. The exoelectrogenic bacteria can use the anode in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) as the terminal electron acceptor in anaerobic acetate oxidation. In the present study, the anodic community was compared with the community using Fe(III) oxide (ferrihydrite) as the electron acceptor coupled with acetate oxidation. To precisely analyze the structures, the community was established by enrichment cultures using the same inoculum used for the MFCs. High-throughput sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene revealed considerable differences between the structure of the anodic communities and that of the Fe(III) oxide-reducing community. Geobacter species were predominantly detected (>46%) in the anodic communities. In contrast, Pseudomonas (70%) and Desulfosporosinus (16%) were predominant in the Fe(III) oxide-reducing community. These results demonstrated that Geobacter species are the most specialized among Fe(III)-reducing bacteria for electron transfer to the anode in MFCs. In addition, the present study indicates the presence of a novel lineage of bacteria in the genus Pseudomonas that highly prefers ferrihydrite as the terminal electron acceptor in acetate oxidation. PMID:26767577

  2. Efficient processing of reaction-sintered silicon carbide by anodically oxidation-assisted polishing

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    Tu, Qunzhang; Shen, Xinmin; Zhou, Jianzhao; He, Xiaohui; Yamamura, Kazuya

    2015-10-01

    Reaction-sintered silicon carbide (RS-SiC) is a promising optical material for the space telescope systems. Anodically oxidation-assisted polishing is a method to machine RS-SiC. The electrolyte used in this study is a mixture of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and hydrochloric acid (HCl), and the oxidation potential has two modes: constant potential and high-frequency-square-wave potential. Oxide morphologies are compared by scanning electron microscope/energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and scanning white-light interferometer. The results indicate that anodic oxidation under constant potential can not only obtain a relatively smooth surface but also be propitious to obtain high material removal rate. The oxidation depth in anodic oxidation under constant potential is calculated by comparing surface morphologies before and after hydrofluoric acid etching. The theoretical oxidation rate is 5.3 nm/s based on the linear Deal-Grove model. Polishing of the oxidized RS-SiC is conducted to validate the machinability of the oxide layer. The obtained surface roughness root-mean-square is around 4.5 nm. Thus, anodically oxidation-assisted polishing can be considered as an efficient method, which can fill the performance gap between the rough figuring and fine finishing of RS-SiC. It can improve the machining quality of RS-SiC parts and promote the application of RS-SiC products.

  3. Facile synthesis of reduced graphene oxide-porous silicon composite as superior anode material for lithium-ion battery anodes

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    Jiao, Lian-Sheng; Liu, Jin-Yu; Li, Hong-Yan; Wu, Tong-Shun; Li, Fenghua; Wang, Hao-Yu; Niu, Li

    2016-05-01

    We report a new method for synthesizing reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-porous silicon composite for lithium-ion battery anodes. Rice husks were used as a as a raw material source for the synthesis of porous Si through magnesiothermic reduction process. The as-obtained composite exhibits good rate and cycling performance taking advantage of the porous structure of silicon inheriting from rice husks and the outstanding characteristic of graphene. A considerably high delithiation capacity of 907 mA h g-1 can be retained even at a rate of 16 A g-1. A discharge capacity of 830 mA h g-1 at a current density of 1 A g-1 was delivered after 200 cycles. This may contribute to the further advancement of Si-based composite anode design.

  4. Fabrication and Characterization of Graded Anodes for Anode-Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells by Tape Casting and Lamination

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    Beltran-Lopez, J.F.; Laguna-Bercero, M.A.; Gurauskis, Jonas;

    2014-01-01

    Graded anodes for anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are fabricated by tape casting and subsequent cold lamination of plates using different compositions. Rheological parameters are adjusted to obtain stable suspensions for tape casting. The conditions for the tape casting...... and homogeneous distribution of nickel, zirconia, and pores. The laminated samples showed a total porosity of 18.7%(in vol%) and a bimodal pore size distribution centered in 20 and 150 nm, and the measured electrical resistivity of this sample was 120±12 μΩ cm. The novelty of the present work is the lamination...... of tapes at room temperature without using plasticizers. This is made by the combination of two different binders with varying Tg (glass transition temperature) which resulted in plastic deformation at room temperature. Those results indicate that the proposed process is a cost-effective method...

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

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

    2014-01-30

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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    M. Gombár

    2014-01-01

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

  9. 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.

  10. The electrochemical oxidation of H{sub 2} and CO at patterned Ni anodes of SOFCs

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    Utz, Annika

    2011-07-01

    In this work, a deeper understanding of the electrochemical oxidation at SOFC anodes was gained by the experimental characterization of patterned Ni anodes in H{sub 2}-H{sub 2}O and CO-CO{sub 2} atmosphere. By high resolution data analysis, the Line Specific Resistance attributed to charge transfer and its dependencies on gas composition, temperature and polarization voltage were identified. Furthermore, the comparison of the performance of patterned and cermet anodes was enabled using a transmission line model. (orig.)

  11. Biocatalytic anode for glucose oxidation utilizing carbon nanotubes for direct electron transfer with glucose oxidase

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    Vaze, Abhay; Hussain, Nighat; Tang, Chi [Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3060 (United States); Leech, Donal [School of Chemistry, National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland); Rusling, James [Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3060 (United States); Department of Cell Biology, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT 06032 (United States); School of Chemistry, National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)

    2009-10-15

    Covalently linked layers of glucose oxidase, single-wall carbon nanotubes and poly-L-lysine on pyrolytic graphite resulted in a stable biofuel cell anode featuring direct electron transfer from the enzyme. Catalytic response observed upon addition of glucose was due to electrochemical oxidation of FADH{sub 2} under aerobic conditions. The electrode potential depended on glucose concentration. This system has essential attributes of an anode in a mediator-free biocatalytic fuel cell. (author)

  12. Enhanced in vitro biological activity generated by surface characteristics of anodically oxidized titanium – the contribution of the oxidation effect

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Anodically oxidized titanium surfaces, prepared by spark discharge, have micro-submicron surface topography and nano-scale surface chemistry, such as hydrophilic functional groups or hydroxyl radicals in parallel. The complexity of the surface characteristics makes it difficult to draw a clear conclusion as to which surface characteristic, of anodically oxidized titanium, is critical in each biological event. This study examined the in vitro biological changes, induced by various surface characteristics of anodically oxidized titanium with, or without, release of hydroxyl radicals onto the surface. Anodically oxidized titanium enhanced the expression of genes associated with differentiating osteoblasts and increased the degree of matrix mineralization by these cells in vitro. The phenotypes of cells on the anodically oxidized titanium were the same with, or without, release of hydroxyl radicals. However, the nanomechanical properties of this in vitro mineralized tissue were significantly enhanced on surfaces, with release of hydroxyl radicals by oxidation effects. In addition, the mineralized tissue, produced in the presence of bone morphogenetic protein-2 on bare titanium, had significantly weaker nanomechanical properties, despite there being higher osteogenic gene expression levels. We show that enhanced osteogenic cell differentiation on modified titanium is not a sufficient indicator of enhanced in vitro mineralization. This is based on the inferior mechanical properties of mineralized tissues, without either being cultured on a titanium surface with release of hydroxyl radicals, or being supplemented with lysyl oxidase family members.

  13. Platinum-Niobium(V Oxide/Carbon Nanocomposites Prepared By Microwave Synthesis For Ethanol Oxidation

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    Virginija KEPENIENĖ

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, Pt nanoparticles were deposited by means of microwave synthesis on the primary carbon supported Nb2O5 composite which was prepared in two different ways: (A by dispersion of Nb2O5 and carbon with the mass ratio equal to 1:1 in a 2-propanol solution by ultrasonication for 30 min. with further desiccation of the mixture and (B by heating the Nb2O5/C composite obtained according to the procedure (A at 500 °C for 2 h. The transmission electron microscopy was used to determine the shape and the size of catalyst particles. X-ray diffraction and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy were employed to characterize the structure and composition of the synthesized catalysts. The electrocatalytic activity of the synthesized catalysts towards the oxidation of ethanol in an alkaline medium was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.22.2.8609

  14. Improvement of biological properties of titanium by anodic oxidation and ultraviolet irradiation

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    Li, Baoe [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130 (China); Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050 (China); Li, Ying [Stomatological Hospital, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin 300070 (China); Li, Jun [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130 (China); Fu, Xiaolong; Li, Changyi [Stomatological Hospital, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin 300070 (China); Wang, Hongshui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130 (China); Liu, Shimin [Business School, Tianjin University of Commerce, Tianjin 300134 (China); Guo, Litong [China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116 (China); Xin, Shigang [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050 (China); Liang, Chunyong, E-mail: liangchunyong@126.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130 (China); Li, Haipeng, E-mail: lhpcx@163.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300130 (China)

    2014-07-01

    Anodic oxidation was applied to produce a homogeneous and uniform array of nanotubes of about 70 nm on the titanium (Ti) surface, and then, the nanotubes were irradiated by ultraviolet. The bioactivity of the Ti surface was evaluated by simulated body fluid soaking test. The biocompatibility was investigated by in vitro cell culture test. The results showed that bone-like apatite was formed on the anodic oxidized and UV irradiated Ti surface, but not on the as-polished Ti surface after immersion in simulated body fluid for two weeks. Cells cultured on the anodic oxidized Ti surface showed enhanced cell adhesion and proliferation, also presented an up-regulated gene expression of osteogenic markers OPG, compared to those cultured on the as-polished Ti surface. After UV irradiation, the cell behaviors were further improved, indicating better biocompatibility of Ti surface. Based on these results, it can be concluded that anodic oxidation improved the biological properties (bioactivity and biocompatibility) of Ti surface, while UV irradiation improved the biocompatibility to a better extent. The improved biological properties were attributed to the nanostructures as well as the enhanced hydrophilicity. Therefore, anodic oxidation combined with UV irradiation can be used to enhance the biological properties of Ti-based implants.

  15. Electro-oxidation of perfluorooctanoic acid by carbon nanotube sponge anode and the mechanism.

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    Xue, An; Yuan, Zi-Wen; Sun, Yan; Cao, An-Yuan; Zhao, Hua-Zhang

    2015-12-01

    As an emerging persistent organic pollutant (POPs), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) exists widely in natural environment. It is of particular significance to develop efficient techniques to remove low-concentration PFOA from the contaminated waters. In this work, we adopted a new material, carbon nanotube (CNT) sponge, as electrode to enhance electro-oxidation and achieve high removal efficiency of low-concentration (100μgL(-1)) PFOA from water. CNT sponge was pretreated by mixed acids to improve the surface morphology, hydrophilicity and the content of carbonyl groups on the surface. The highest removal efficiencies for low-concentration PFOA electrolyzed by acid-treated CNT sponge anode proved higher than 90%. The electro-oxidation mechanism of PFOA on CNT sponge anode was also discussed. PFOA is adsorbed on the CNT sponge rapidly increasing the concentration of PFOA on anode surface. When the potential on the anode is adjusted to more than 3.5V, the adsorbed PFOA undergoes electrochemically oxidation and hydrolysis to produce shorter-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids with less CF2 unit. The efficient electro-oxidation of PFOA by CNT sponge anode is due to the combined effect of adsorption and electrochemical oxidation. These findings provide an efficient method to remove actual concentration PFOA from water. PMID:26172515

  16. Development and Testing of High Surface Area Iridium Anodes for Molten Oxide Electrolysis

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    Shchetkovskiy, Anatoliy; McKechnie, Timothy; Sadoway, Donald R.; Paramore, James; Melendez, Orlando; Curreri, Peter A.

    2010-01-01

    Processing of lunar regolith into oxygen for habitat and propulsion is needed to support future space missions. Direct electrochemical reduction of molten regolith is an attractive method of processing, because no additional chemical reagents are needed. The electrochemical processing of molten oxides requires high surface area, inert anodes. Such electrodes need to be structurally robust at elevated temperatures (1400-1600?C), be resistant to thermal shock, have good electrical conductivity, be resistant to attack by molten oxide (silicate), be electrochemically stable and support high current density. Iridium with its high melting point, good oxidation resistance, superior high temperature strength and ductility is the most promising candidate for anodes in high temperature electrochemical processes. Several innovative concepts for manufacturing such anodes by electrodeposition of iridium from molten salt electrolyte (EL-Form? process) were evaluated. Iridium electrodeposition to form of complex shape components and coating was investigated. Iridium coated graphite, porous iridium structure and solid iridium anodes were fabricated. Testing of electroformed iridium anodes shows no visible degradation. The result of development, manufacturing and testing of high surface, inert iridium anodes will be presented.

  17. Anode Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells - Deconvolution of Degradation into Cathode and Anode Contributions

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    Hagen, Anke; Liu, Yi-Lin; Barfod, Rasmus;

    2007-01-01

    of the cathode were strongly dependent on the pO(2); they were significantly smaller when testing in oxygen compared to air. Microstructural analysis of the cathode/electrolyte interface of a not-tested reference cell carried out after removal of the cathode showed sharp craters on the electrolyte surface where...... the LSM particles had been located. After testing in air, these craters flattened out and decreased in size, indicating the decrease of three phase boundary length. In contrast, they remained almost unchanged after testing in oxygen giving an explanation for the observed smaller - mainly anode related...

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

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

    2015-10-13

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

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

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

    2015-10-13

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

  20. 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.

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

  3. A novel Ni/ceria-based anode for metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    Rojek-Wöckner, Veronika A.; Opitz, Alexander K.; Brandner, Marco; Mathé, Jörg; Bram, Martin

    2016-10-01

    For optimization of ageing behavior, electrochemical performance, and sulfur tolerance of metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells a new anode concept is introduced, which is based on a Ni/GDC cermet replacing the established Ni/YSZ anodes. In the present work optimized processing parameters compatible with MSC substrates are specified by doing sintering studies on pressed bulk specimen and on real porous anode structures. The electrochemical performance of the Ni/GDC anodes was characterized by means of symmetrical electrolyte supported model-type cells. In this study, three main objectives are pursued. Firstly, the effective technical realization of the Ni/GDC concept is demonstrated. Secondly, the electrochemical behavior of Ni/GDC porous anodes is characterized by impedance spectroscopy and compared with the current standard Ni/YSZ anode. Further, a qualitative comparison of the sulfur poisoning behavior of both anode types is presented. Thirdly, preliminary results of a successful implementation of the Ni/GDC cermet into a metal-supported single cell are presented.

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

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

    2007-01-01

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

  5. Integration of niobium oxide-based resistive switching cells with different select properties into nanostructured cross-bar arrays

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    Memristive devices with different underlying physical mechanisms are investigated and compared with respect to their utilization in passive cross-bar arrays for computing and memory applications. Niobium oxide-based metal–insulator–metal structures in various configurations exhibit abrupt filamentary resistive switching, filamentary resistive switching together with a threshold switching effect and analog switching characteristics. It is found that the initial electroforming step, which is mandatory for filamentary cells, causes problems if no individual selector device ensuring internal current compliance is applied. In contrast, cells based on analog switching are forming free and could be operated without difficulty. Thus they might be of value for utilization as passive circuit elements. (paper)

  6. Surface characteristics and electrochemical corrosion behavior of a pre-anodized microarc oxidation coating on titanium alloy.

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    Cui, W F; Jin, L; Zhou, L

    2013-10-01

    A porous bioactive titania coating on biomedical β titanium alloy was prepared by pre-anodization followed by micro arc oxidation technology. The effects of pre-anodization on the phase constituent, morphology and electrochemical corrosion behavior of the microarc oxidation coating were investigated. The results show that pre-anodization has less influence on the phase constituent and the surface morphology of the microarc oxidation coating, but improves the inner layer density of the microarc oxidation coating. The decrease of plasma discharge strength due to the presence of the pre-anodized oxide film contributes to the formation of the compact inner layer. The pre-anodized microarc oxidation coating effectively inhibits the penetration of the electrolyte in 0.9% NaCl solution and thus increases the corrosion resistance of the coated titanium alloy in physiological solution.

  7. Studies on anodic oxide coating with low absorptance and high emittance on aluminum alloy 2024

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    Siva Kumar, C. [Department of Post-graduate studies in Chemistry, Central College, Bangalore (India); Sharma, A.K. [Thermal Process Section, ISRO Satellite Centre, Vimanapura Post, Bangalore (India); Mahendra, K.N.; Mayanna, S.M. [Department of Post-graduate studies in Chemistry, Central College, Bangalore (India)

    2000-01-01

    Anodization of AA 2024 in sulfuric acid bath containing glycerol, lactic acid and ammonium metavenadate has been studied to develop white anodic oxide coating. Investigation on the influence of various operating parameters - coating thickness, current density and ammonium metavenadate concentration on the optical properties was carried out to optimize the process. Infrared, atomic absorption spectroscopic techniques and scanning electron micrograph were used to characterize the coating. The obtained oxide coating provides a ratio of solar absorptance ({alpha}) to infrared emittance ({epsilon}), as low as 0.2. The optical properties and hardness values measured under optimum experimental conditions support its use as a thermal control coating.

  8. Direct determination of fluorine in niobium oxide using slurry sampling electrothermal high-resolution continuum source molecular absorption spectrometry

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    Aiming for a round-robin test, a new method for the direct determination of fluorine in niobium oxide has been developed. It is based on the use of high-resolution molecular absorption spectra of calcium mono-fluoride (CaF) generated in the graphite tube, combined with the slurry sampling technique. The absorption measurement was performed at the 606.44 nm CaF rotational line. By using graphite tubes with zirconium carbide (ZrC) modified platform, the molecular absorption sensitivity of CaF has been improved by a factor of 20, and no additional chemical modifier was necessary. Generally, non-spectral interferences were observed in the presence of HCl, H2SO4, and H3PO4. For HCl, additional spectral interference occurred due to an overlap of the absorption spectra of CaF and CaCl. However, due to the absence of these mentioned substances in the current material, such interferences do not exist for this application. The characteristic mass found for the CaF 606.44 nm line was 0.1 ng; the limit of detection was 5 mg fluorine per kg solid sample (3σ criterion). The results obtained by the method were within the range of certified values. Comparing to the classical method such as the pyrohydrolysis-photometric method, the developed new method showed clear advantages regarding sensitivity and specificity. The time requirement for one sample analysis was strongly shortened from several hours to only some minutes. - Highlights: • First time determination of fluorine in niobium oxide using the slurry sampling technique • Application of calcium fluoride molecular absorption in graphite tube with ZrC modification • Higher specificity, better sensitivity, and huge time saving compared with the classical method based on pyrohydrolysis • New method verified by successful participation in round robin test

  9. Direct determination of fluorine in niobium oxide using slurry sampling electrothermal high-resolution continuum source molecular absorption spectrometry

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    Huang, Mao Dong; Becker-Ross, Helmut [Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften—ISAS—e.V., Department Berlin, Albert-Einstein-Str. 9, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Okruss, Michael, E-mail: michael.okruss@isas.de [Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften—ISAS—e.V., Department Berlin, Albert-Einstein-Str. 9, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Geisler, Sebastian; Florek, Stefan [Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften—ISAS—e.V., Department Berlin, Albert-Einstein-Str. 9, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Richter, Silke; Meckelburg, Angela [BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Reference Materials, Richard-Willstätter-Str. 11, 12489 Berlin (Germany)

    2014-04-01

    Aiming for a round-robin test, a new method for the direct determination of fluorine in niobium oxide has been developed. It is based on the use of high-resolution molecular absorption spectra of calcium mono-fluoride (CaF) generated in the graphite tube, combined with the slurry sampling technique. The absorption measurement was performed at the 606.44 nm CaF rotational line. By using graphite tubes with zirconium carbide (ZrC) modified platform, the molecular absorption sensitivity of CaF has been improved by a factor of 20, and no additional chemical modifier was necessary. Generally, non-spectral interferences were observed in the presence of HCl, H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, and H{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. For HCl, additional spectral interference occurred due to an overlap of the absorption spectra of CaF and CaCl. However, due to the absence of these mentioned substances in the current material, such interferences do not exist for this application. The characteristic mass found for the CaF 606.44 nm line was 0.1 ng; the limit of detection was 5 mg fluorine per kg solid sample (3σ criterion). The results obtained by the method were within the range of certified values. Comparing to the classical method such as the pyrohydrolysis-photometric method, the developed new method showed clear advantages regarding sensitivity and specificity. The time requirement for one sample analysis was strongly shortened from several hours to only some minutes. - Highlights: • First time determination of fluorine in niobium oxide using the slurry sampling technique • Application of calcium fluoride molecular absorption in graphite tube with ZrC modification • Higher specificity, better sensitivity, and huge time saving compared with the classical method based on pyrohydrolysis • New method verified by successful participation in round robin test.

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  11. Durability Prediction of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anode Material under Thermo-Mechanical and Fuel Gas Contaminants Effects

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    Iqbal, Gulfam; Guo, Hua; Kang , Bruce S.; Marina, Olga A.

    2011-01-10

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) operate under harsh environments, which cause deterioration of anode material properties and service life. In addition to electrochemical performance, structural integrity of the SOFC anode is essential for successful long-term operation. The SOFC anode is subjected to stresses at high temperature, thermal/redox cycles, and fuel gas contaminants effects during long-term operation. These mechanisms can alter the anode microstructure and affect its electrochemical and structural properties. In this research, anode material degradation mechanisms are briefly reviewed and an anode material durability model is developed and implemented in finite element analysis. The model takes into account thermo-mechanical and fuel gas contaminants degradation mechanisms for prediction of long-term structural integrity of the SOFC anode. The proposed model is validated experimentally using a NexTech ProbostatTM SOFC button cell test apparatus integrated with a Sagnac optical setup for simultaneously measuring electrochemical performance and in-situ anode surface deformation.

  12. Synthesis, Characterization, and Optimization of Novel Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anodes

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    This dissertation presents research on the development of novel materials and fabrication procedures for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes. The work discussed here is divided into three main categories: all-oxide anodes, catalyst exsolution oxide anodes, and Ni-infiltrated anodes. The all-oxide and catalyst exsolution anodes presented here are further classi?ed as Ni-free anodes operating at the standard 700-800°C SOFC temperature while the Ni-infiltrated anodes operate at intermediate temperatures (≤650°C). Compared with the current state-of-the-art Ni-based cermets, all-oxide, Ni-free SOFC anodes offer fewer coking issues in carbon-containing fuels, reduced degradation due to fuel contaminants, and improved stability during redox cycling. However, electrochemical performance has proven inferior to Ni-based anodes. The perovskite oxide Fe-substituted strontium titanate (STF) has shown potential as an anode material both as a single phase electrode and when combined with Gd-doped ceria (GDC) in a composite electrode. In this work, STF is synthesized using a modified Pechini processes with the aim of reducing STF particle size and increasing the electrochemically active area in the anode. The Pechini method produced particles ? 750 nm in diameter, which is signi°Cantly smaller than the typically micron-sized solid state reaction powder. In the first iteration of anode fabrication with the Pechini powder, issues with over-sintering of the small STF particles limited gas di?usion in the anode. However, after modifying the anode firing temperature, the Pechini cells produced power density comparable to solid state reaction based cells from previous work by Cho et al. Catalyst exsolution anodes, in which metal cations exsolve out of the lattice under reducing conditions and form nanoparticles on the oxide surface, are another Ni-free option for standard operating temperature SOFCs. Little information is known about the onset of nanoparticle formation, which

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

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

    2005-01-01

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

  14. Application of infiltrated LSCM-GDC oxide anode in direct carbon/coal fuel cells.

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    Yue, Xiangling; Arenillas, Ana; Irvine, John T S

    2016-08-15

    Hybrid direct carbon/coal fuel cells (HDCFCs) utilise an anode based upon a molten carbonate salt with an oxide conducting solid electrolyte for direct carbon/coal conversion. They can be fuelled by a wide range of carbon sources, and offer higher potential chemical to electrical energy conversion efficiency and have the potential to decrease CO2 emissions compared to coal-fired power plants. In this study, the application of (La, Sr)(Cr, Mn)O3 (LSCM) and (Gd, Ce)O2 (GDC) oxide anodes was explored in a HDCFC system running with two different carbon fuels, an organic xerogel and a raw bituminous coal. The electrochemical performance of the HDCFC based on a 1-2 mm thick 8 mol% yttria stabilised zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte and the GDC-LSCM anode fabricated by wet impregnation procedures was characterized and discussed. The infiltrated oxide anode showed a significantly higher performance than the conventional Ni-YSZ anode, without suffering from impurity formation under HDCFC operation conditions. Total polarisation resistance (Rp) reached 0.8-0.9 Ω cm(2) from DCFC with an oxide anode on xerogel and bituminous coal at 750 °C, with open circuit voltage (OCV) values in the range 1.1-1.2 V on both carbon forms. These indicated the potential application of LSCM-GDC oxide anode in HDCFCs. The chemical compatibility of LSCM/GDC with carbon/carbonate investigation revealed the emergence of an A2BO4 type oxide in place of an ABO3 perovskite structure in the LSCM in a reducing environment, due to Li attack as a result of intimate contact between the LSCM and Li2CO3, with GDC being stable under identical conditions. Such reaction between LSCM and Li2CO3 was not observed on a LSCM-YSZ pellet treated with Li-K carbonate in 5% H2/Ar at 700 °C, nor on a GDC-LSCM anode after HDCFC operation. The HDCFC durability tests of GDC-LSCM oxide on a xerogel and on raw bituminous coal were performed under potentiostatic operation at 0.7 V at 750 °C. The degradation mechanisms were

  15. High performance fuel electrode for a solid oxide electrochemical cell

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    Jabbar, Mohammad; Høgh, Jens Valdemar Thorvald; Bonanos, Nikolaos

    2013-01-01

    A high performance anode (fuel electrode) for use in a solid oxide electrochemical cell is obtained by a process comprising the steps of (a) providing a suitably doped, stabilized zirconium oxide electrolyte, such as YSZ,ScYSZ, with an anode side having a coating of electronically conductive perovskite oxides selected from the group consisting of niobium-doped strontium titanate, vanadium-doped strontium titanate, tantalum-doped strontium titanate and mixtures thereof, thereby obtaining a por...

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

  17. Other Oxides Pre-removed from Bangka Tin Slag to Produce a High Grade Tantalum and Niobium Oxides Concentrate

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    Permana, S.; Soedarsono, J. W.; Rustandi, A.; Maksum, A.

    2016-05-01

    Indonesia, as the second largest tin producer in the world, has a byproduct from the production of tin. This byproduct is in the forms of tin slag containing tantalum pentoxide (Ta2O5) and niobium pentoxide (Nb2O5). This study focuses on the recovery of tantalum pentoxide and niobium pentoxide from the tin slag. In the process, one part of the tin slag sample was sieved only (BTS), and the other was roasted at 900°C, water quenched and then sieved (BTS-RQS). Samples BTS and BTS-RQS were characterized by thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and X-ray flourence (XRF). One part of BTS-RQS sample was dissolved in hydrofluoric acid (HF) and the other was dissolved in hydrochloric acid (HCl), washed with distilled water, then dissolved into sodium hydroxide (NaOH). Each sample was characterized by using XRF. The BTS sample produced the highest recovery of 0.3807 and 0.6978% for Ta2O5 and Nb2O5, respectively, from the particle size of -1.00+0.71 and a fraction of 47.29%, while BTS-RQS produced the highest recovery of 0.3931 and 0.8994% for Ta2O5 and Nb2O5, respectively, on the particle size of -0.71+0350 and a fraction of 21%. BTS-RQS, dissolved with 8% hydro fluoride acid, yields tantalum pentoxide and niobium pentoxide with a ratio of 2.01 and 2.09, respectively. For the sample BTS-RQS dissolve first with 6M hydrochloric acid, washed with distilled water, then dissolved with sodium hydroxide 10M, the yield ratios are 1.60 and 1.84 for tantalum pentoxide and niobium pentoxide, respectively. In this study, it is found that the dissolution by using hydrofluoric acid 8% yields the best ratio.

  18. Oxidation of phenol and chlorophenols on platinized titanium anodes in an acidic medium

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    Mokbel, Saleh Mohammed; Kolosov, E. N.; Mikhalenko, I. I.

    2016-06-01

    A comparative study of oxidation of phenol, 3-chlorophenol, 4-chlorophenol, and 2,4-dichlorophenol on Pt/Ti and Ce,Pt/Ti electrocatalysts is performed via cyclic voltammetry. It is shown that the surface morphology and roughness of the anode do not change after modification with cerium. The formal kinetic orders of electrooxidation of all compounds are found to be less than one. It is shown that the β temperature coefficients of the rate of oxidation of chlorophenols grow by 10 to 50% when the Ce,Pt/Ti anode is used at a substrate concentration of 1 mM. A tenfold increase in concentration reduces the effect of cerium additive, except for 3-chlorophenol: the latter exhibits a 250% increase in the β value, compared to the Pt/Ti anode.

  19. Influence of Anodic Conditions on Self-ordered Growth of Highly Aligned Titanium Oxide Nanopores

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractSelf-aligned nanoporous TiO2templates synthesized via dc current electrochemical anodization have been carefully analyzed. The influence of environmental temperature during the anodization, ranging from 2 °C to ambient, on the structure and morphology of the nanoporous oxide formation has been investigated, as well as that of the HF electrolyte chemical composition, its concentration and their mixtures with other acids employed for the anodization. Arrays of self-assembled titania nanopores with inner pores diameter ranging between 50 and 100 nm, wall thickness around 20–60 nm and 300 nm in length, are grown in amorphous phase, vertical to the Ti substrate, parallel aligned to each other and uniformly disordering distributed over all the sample surface. Additional remarks about the photoluminiscence properties of the titania nanoporous templates and the magnetic behavior of the Ni filled nanoporous semiconductor Ti oxide template are also included.

  20. A Review of RedOx Cycling of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Anode

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    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Solid oxide fuel cells are able to convert fuels, including hydrocarbons, to electricity with an unbeatable efficiency even for small systems. One of the main limitations for long-term utilization is the reduction-oxidation cycling (RedOx cycles of the nickel-based anodes. This paper will review the effects and parameters influencing RedOx cycles of the Ni-ceramic anode. Second, solutions for RedOx instability are reviewed in the patent and open scientific literature. The solutions are described from the point of view of the system, stack design, cell design, new materials and microstructure optimization. Finally, a brief synthesis on RedOx cycling of Ni-based anode supports for standard and optimized microstructures is depicted.

  1. Nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide with a long-range order and tunable cell sizes by phosphoric acid anodization on pre-patterned substrates

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    Surawathanawises, Krissada; Cheng, Xuanhong

    2014-01-01

    Nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) has been explored for various applications due to its regular cell arrangement and relatively easy fabrication processes. However, conventional two-step anodization based on self-organization only allows the fabrication of a few discrete cell sizes and formation of small domains of hexagonally packed pores. Recent efforts to pre-pattern aluminum followed with anodization significantly improve the regularity and available pore geometries in AAO, while systematic study of the anodization condition, especially the impact of acid composition on pore formation guided by nanoindentation is still lacking. In this work, we pre-patterned aluminium thin films using ordered monolayers of silica beads and formed porous AAO in a single-step anodization in phosphoric acid. Controllable cell sizes ranging from 280 nm to 760 nm were obtained, matching the diameters of the silica nanobead molds used. This range of cell size is significantly greater than what has been reported for AAO formed in phosphoric acid in the literature. In addition, the relationships between the acid concentration, cell size, pore size, anodization voltage and film growth rate were studied quantitatively. The results are consistent with the theory of oxide formation through an electrochemical reaction. Not only does this study provide useful operational conditions of nanoindentation induced anodization in phosphoric acid, it also generates significant information for fundamental understanding of AAO formation. PMID:24535886

  2. Nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide with a long-range order and tunable cell sizes by phosphoric acid anodization on pre-patterned substrates.

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    Surawathanawises, Krissada; Cheng, Xuanhong

    2014-01-20

    Nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) has been explored for various applications due to its regular cell arrangement and relatively easy fabrication processes. However, conventional two-step anodization based on self-organization only allows the fabrication of a few discrete cell sizes and formation of small domains of hexagonally packed pores. Recent efforts to pre-pattern aluminum followed with anodization significantly improve the regularity and available pore geometries in AAO, while systematic study of the anodization condition, especially the impact of acid composition on pore formation guided by nanoindentation is still lacking. In this work, we pre-patterned aluminium thin films using ordered monolayers of silica beads and formed porous AAO in a single-step anodization in phosphoric acid. Controllable cell sizes ranging from 280 nm to 760 nm were obtained, matching the diameters of the silica nanobead molds used. This range of cell size is significantly greater than what has been reported for AAO formed in phosphoric acid in the literature. In addition, the relationships between the acid concentration, cell size, pore size, anodization voltage and film growth rate were studied quantitatively. The results are consistent with the theory of oxide formation through an electrochemical reaction. Not only does this study provide useful operational conditions of nanoindentation induced anodization in phosphoric acid, it also generates significant information for fundamental understanding of AAO formation.

  3. Electrochemical Impedance Modeling of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anode

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    Mohammadi, R.; Søgaard, Martin; Ramos, Tania;

    2014-01-01

    A simulation package for the impedance response of SOFC anodes is presented here. The model couples the gas transport in gas channels and within a porous electrode with the electrochemical kinetics. The gas phase mass transport is modeled using mass conservation equations. A transmission line model...... (TLM), which is suitably modified to account for the electrode microstructural details, is used for modeling the impedance arising from the electrochemical reactions. In order to solve the system of nonlinear equations, an in-house code based on the finite difference method was developed. Some...

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  5. Electrochemical and morphological analyses on the titanium surface modified by shot blasting and anodic oxidation processes

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    In recent years, many surface modification processes have been developed in order to induce the osseointegration on titanium surface and thus to improve the implants' biocompatibility. In this work, Ti surface has been modified by shot blasting followed by anodic oxidation process in order to associate the good surface characteristics of both processes to obtain a rough and porous surface able to promote the titanium surface bioactivity. Commercially pure titanium (grade 2) plates were used on the surface treatments that were as follows: Shot blasting (SB) performed using alumina (Al2O3) particles, and anodic oxidation (AO) using NaOH electrolyte. The morphology, structural changes and the open-circuit potentials (OCP) of the surfaces were analyzed. It can be observed that an increase on the roughness of the blasted surface and a rough and porous surface happens after the AO process. The anodic film produced is thin and followed the blasted surface topography. It can be observed that there are small pores with regular shape covering the entire surface. X-ray diffraction results showed the presence of the anatase and rutile phases on the blasted and anodized surface after heat treatment at 600 °C/1 h. Concerning electrochemical measurements, when the different samples were submitted to open-circuit conditions in a physiological electrolyte, the protective effect increases with the oxidation process due to the oxide layer. When the surface was blasted, the OCP was more negative when compared with the Ti surface without surface treatments. - Highlights: ► A combination of shot blasting and anodic oxidation surface treatments is proposed. ► Both processes produced an increase in roughness compared to the polished surface. ► The combination of processes produced a rough and porous surface. ► Open circuit results show that the protective effect increases with oxidation process. ► The combination of processes presents the better results in this work

  6. Fracture toughness of solid oxide fuel cell anode substrates determined by a double-torsion technique

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    Pećanac, G.; Wei, J.; Malzbender, J.

    2016-09-01

    Planar solid oxide fuel cell anode substrates are exposed to high mechanical loads during assembly, start-up, steady-state operation and thermal cycling. Hence, characterization of mechanical stability of anode substrates under different oxidation states and at relevant temperatures is essential to warrant a reliable operation of solid oxide fuel cells. As a basis for mechanical assessment of brittle supports, two most common anode substrate material variants, NiO-3YSZ and NiO-8YSZ, were analyzed in this study with respect to their fracture toughness at room temperature and at a typical stack operation temperature of 800 °C. The study considered both, oxidized and reduced materials' states, where also an outlook is given on the behavior of the re-oxidized state that might be induced by malfunctions of sealants or other functional components. Aiming at the improvement of material's production, different types of warm pressed and tape cast NiO-8YSZ substrates were characterized in oxidized and reduced states. Overall, the results confirmed superior fracture toughness of 3YSZ compared to 8YSZ based composites in the oxidized state, whereas in the reduced state 3YSZ based composites showed similar fracture toughness at room temperature, but a higher value at 800 °C compared to 8YSZ based composites. Complementary microstructural analysis aided the interpretation of mechanical characterization.

  7. Bacterial nanometric amorphous Fe-based oxide: a potential lithium-ion battery anode material.

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    Hashimoto, Hideki; Kobayashi, Genki; Sakuma, Ryo; Fujii, Tatsuo; Hayashi, Naoaki; Suzuki, Tomoko; Kanno, Ryoji; Takano, Mikio; Takada, Jun

    2014-04-23

    Amorphous Fe(3+)-based oxide nanoparticles produced by Leptothrix ochracea, aquatic bacteria living worldwide, show a potential as an Fe(3+)/Fe(0) conversion anode material for lithium-ion batteries. The presence of minor components, Si and P, in the original nanoparticles leads to a specific electrode architecture with Fe-based electrochemical centers embedded in a Si, P-based amorphous matrix.

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

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

  9. Physical Properties of Mixed Conductor Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anodes of Doped CeO2

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    Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg; Lindegaard, Thomas; Hansen, Uffe Rud;

    1994-01-01

    conductivity vs. oxygen partial pressure. For both typesof conductivity a dependence on dopant valency was observed. The electronic conductivity was independent of dopantradius in contrast to the ionic which was highly dependent. These measured physical properties are compared with the idealrequirements...... for solid oxide fuel cell anodes. Not all requirements are fulfilled. Measures to compensate for this arediscussed....

  10. High-performance anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell with impregnated electrodes

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    Osinkin, D. A.; Bogdanovich, N. M.; Beresnev, S. M.; Zhuravlev, V. D.

    2015-08-01

    The 61%NiO + 39%Zr0.84Y0.16O1.92 (NiO-YSZ) and 56%NiO + 44%Zr0.83Sc0.16Ce0.01O1.92 (NiO-CeSSZ) composite powders have been prepared using two-steps and one-step combustion synthesis, respectively. The Ni-YSZ anode substrate with a low level of electrical resistance (less than 1 mOhm cm) and porosity of about 53% in the reduced state was fabricated. The functional layer of the anode with the high level of electrochemical activity was made of NiO-CeSSZ. The single anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell with the bi-layer Ni-cermet anode, Zr0.84Sc0.16O1.92 film electrolyte and the Pt + 3% Zr0.84Y0.16O1.92 cathode was fabricated. The power density and the U-I curves of the fuel cell at initial state and after impregnation of the cathode and anode by praseodymium and cerium oxides, respectively, have been measured at different temperatures. The maximum of power density of the initial fuel cell was 0.35 W cm-2 at conditions of wet hydrogen (air) supply to the anode (cathode) at 900 °C. After the electrodes were impregnated, the value of power density increased by seven times and was approximately 2.4 W cm-2 at 0.6 V. It was suggested that after the electrodes impregnation the polarization resistance of the fuel cell was determined by the gas diffusion in the supported anode.

  11. Effects of ultrasound on electrochemical oxidation mechanisms of p-substituted phenols at BDD and PbO2 anodes

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    The effects of low-frequency (40 kHz) ultrasound are investigated with regard to the effectiveness and mechanisms of electrochemical oxidation of p-substituted phenols (p-nitrophenol, p-hydroxybenzaldehyde, phenol, p-cresol, and p-methoxyphenol) at BDD (boron-doped diamond) and PbO2 anodes. Although ultrasound improved the disappearance rates of p-substituted phenols at both the BDD and PbO2 anodes, the degree of enhancement varied according to the type of p-substituted phenol and type of anode under consideration. At the BDD anode, the %Increase values were in the range 73-83% for p-substituted phenol disappearance and in the range 60-70% for COD removal. However, at the PbO2 anode, the corresponding %Increase values were in the range 50-70% for disappearance of p-substituted phenols and only 5-25% for COD removal, much lower values than obtained at the BDD anode. Further investigations on the influence of ultrasound on the electrochemical oxidation mechanisms at BDD and PbO2 anodes revealed that the different increase extent were due to the specialized electrochemical oxidation mechanisms at these two anodes. The hydroxyl radicals were mainly free at the BDD electrodes with a larger reaction zone, but adsorbed at the PbO2 electrodes with a smaller reaction zone. Therefore, the enhancement due to ultrasound was greater at the BDD anode than at the PbO2 anode.

  12. Anodic oxidation of oxytetracycline: Influence of the experimental conditions on the degradation rate and mechanism

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    Annabel Fernandes

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The anodic oxidation of oxytetracycline was performed with success using as anode a boron-doped diamond electrode. The experiments were conducted in batch mode, using two different electrochemical cells: an up-flow cell, with recirculation, that was used to evaluate the influence of recirculation flow rate; and a stirred cell, used to determine the influence of the applied current density. Besides oxytetracyclin electrodegradation rate and mineralization extent, oxidation by-products were also assessed. Both the flow rate and the applied current density have shown positive influence on the oxytetracycline oxidation rate. On the other hand, the mineralization degree presented the highest values at the lowest flow rate and the lowest current density tested. The main oxidation by-products detected were oxalic, oxamic and maleic acids.

  13. Auto-inhibition effects in anodic oxidation of phenols for electrochemical waste-water purification

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    Conway, B. E.; H. AL-MAZNAI

    2001-01-01

    Removal or modification of noxious organic impurities in waste-waters is a major challenge for environmental science. Pollutants such as phenols and their derivatives, as well as PCBs, have attracted special attention. In recent years, the possibilities of effecting direct electrocatalytic oxidations at high-area electrodes such as supported Pt or RuO2 have been investigated. However, in a number of cases, especially with phenolic impurities, application of anodic oxidation fails to lead to c...

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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    Jung, Youngwoo; Tak, Yongsug; Lee, Jaeyoung

    2002-12-01

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

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

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

  17. Anodic destruction of abamectin acaricide solution by BDD-anodic oxidation

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    M. Errami; R. Salghi; Ebenso, Eno E.; Messali, M.; Al-Deyab, S.S.; B. Hammouti

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the study of the electrochemical oxidation of the pesticide Abamectin at a boron-doped diamond (BDD). The effect of using different supporting electrolytes (NaCl, K2SO4, Na2CO3 and Na2SO4) during the galvanostatic electrolysis of Abamectin was investigated.The influence of several operating parameters, such as applied current density, effect of electrolytes (NaCl), was investigated. UV spectroscopy and chemical oxygen demand measurements were conducted t...

  18. Feed-forward control of a solid oxide fuel cell system with anode offgas recycle

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    Carré, Maxime; Brandenburger, Ralf; Friede, Wolfgang; Lapicque, François; Limbeck, Uwe; da Silva, Pedro

    2015-05-01

    In this work a combined heat and power unit (CHP unit) based on the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology is analysed. This unit has a special feature: the anode offgas is partially recycled to the anode inlet. Thus it is possible to increase the electrical efficiency and the system can be operated without external water feeding. A feed-forward control concept which allows secure operating conditions of the CHP unit as well as a maximization of its electrical efficiency is introduced and validated experimentally. The control algorithm requires a limited number of measurement values and few deterministic relations for its description.

  19. Anodic oxidation of o-nitrophenol on BDD electrode: Variable effects and mechanisms of degradation

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    Rabaaoui, Nejmeddine, E-mail: chimie_tunisie@yahoo.fr [Materials, Environment and Energy Laboratory (06/UR/12-01), Science Faculty of Gafsa, 2112, University of Gafsa (Tunisia); Saad, Mohamed El Khames [Materials, Environment and Energy Laboratory (06/UR/12-01), Science Faculty of Gafsa, 2112, University of Gafsa (Tunisia); Moussaoui, Younes [Materials, Environment and Energy Laboratory (06/UR/12-01), Science Faculty of Gafsa, 2112, University of Gafsa (Tunisia); Physical Organic Chemistry Laboratory, Science Faculty of Sfax, University of Sfax (Tunisia); Allagui, Mohamed Salah [Science Faculty of Gafsa, University of Gafsa (Tunisia); Bedoui, Ahmed [Materials, Environment and Energy Laboratory (06/UR/12-01), Science Faculty of Gafsa, 2112, University of Gafsa (Tunisia); Science Faculty of Gabes, 6072, University of Gabes (Tunisia); Elaloui, Elimame [Materials, Environment and Energy Laboratory (06/UR/12-01), Science Faculty of Gafsa, 2112, University of Gafsa (Tunisia); Science Faculty of Gafsa, University of Gafsa (Tunisia)

    2013-04-15

    Highlights: ► Anodic oxidation is an effective method for degrading o-nitrophenol. ► The effect of operating parameters on the degradation was investigated. ► The main intermediate products were determined by HPLC technique. ► A plausible degradation pathway of o-nitrophenol was proposed. -- Abstract: The electrochemical oxidation of pesticide, o-nitrophenol (ONP) as one kind of pesticide that is potentially dangerous and biorefractory, was studied by galvanostatic electrolysis using boron-doped diamond (BDD) as anode. The influence of several operating parameters, such as applied current density, supporting electrolyte, and initial pH value, was investigated. The best degradation occurred in the presence of Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} (0.05 M) as conductive electrolyte. After 8 h, nearly complete degradation of o-nitrophenol was achieved (92%) using BDD electrodes at pH 3 and at current density equals 60 mA cm{sup −2}. The decay kinetics of o-nitrophenol follows a pseudo-first-order reaction. Aromatic intermediates such as catechol, resorcinol, 1,2,4-trihydroxybenzene, hydroquinone and benzoquinone and carboxylic acids such as maleic glycolic, malonic, glyoxilic and oxalic, have been identified and followed during the ONP treatment by chromatographic techniques. From these anodic oxidation by-products, a plausible reaction sequence for ONP mineralization on BDD anodes is proposed.

  20. Study of Sr2Mg(Mo0.8Nb0.2)O6-δ as anode material for solid oxide fuel cells using hydrocarbons as fuel

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    Escudero, M. J.; Gómez de Parada, I.; Fuerte, A.; Daza, L.

    2013-12-01

    Sr2Mg(Mo0.8Nb0.2)O6-δ (SMMNb) was investigated as potential anode material of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) for direct oxidation of methane. The compound was prepared by solid state reaction, followed by annealing under reducing atmosphere of 10% H2/N2 at 900 °C. The structural and morphological properties of fresh and reduced material were characterized by XRD, XPS and SEM. Additionally, catalytic properties towards oxidation of methane, electrical properties in reducing atmosphere as well as thermal and chemical compatibility with common SOFC electrolytes were investigated. These results reveal a double perovskite single phase in the fresh and reduced compound and, after reduction, a change in the niobium valence was observed. SMMNb shows a good activity for methane partial oxidation as well as combined reforming reaction. The material presents a semiconductor behaviour with n-type electronic conduction and an excellent thermal compatibility with SOFC electrolytes such as SDC, GDC and LSGM, based on similarity of values of TEC. However, this material reacts with zirconia-based electrolytes (YSZ and ScSZ). Although, a low electrochemical activity for H2 and CH4 oxidation was found, SMMNb demonstrates high tolerance to carbon deposition when the anode is exposed to methane.

  1. 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.

  2. Reduced Graphene Oxide/Tin-Antimony Nanocomposites as Anode Materials for Advanced Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Ji, Liwen; Zhou, Weidong; Chabot, Victor; Yu, Aiping; Xiao, Xingcheng

    2015-11-11

    Reduced graphene oxides loaded with tin-antimony alloy (RGO-SnSb) nanocomposites were synthesized through a hydrothermal reaction and the subsequent thermal reduction treatments. Transmission electron microscope images confirm that SnSb nanoparticles with an average size of about 20-30 nm are uniformly dispersed on the RGO surfaces. When they were used as anodes for rechargeable sodium (Na)-ion batteries, these as-synthesized RGO-SnSb nanocomposite anodes delivered a high initial reversible capacity of 407 mAh g(-1), stable cyclic retention for more than 80 cycles and excellent cycle stability at ultra high charge/discharge rates up to 30C. The significantly improved performance of the synthesized RGO-SnSb nanocomposites as Na-ion battery anodes can be attributed to the synergetic effects of RGO-based flexible framework and the nanoscale dimension of the SnSb alloy particles (batteries.

  3. Optimization of dry reforming of methane over Ni/YSZ anodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Guerra, Cosimo; Lanzini, Andrea; Leone, Pierluigi; Santarelli, Massimo; Brandon, Nigel P.

    2014-01-01

    This work investigates the catalytic properties of Ni/YSZ anodes as electrodes of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) to be operated under direct dry reforming of methane. The experimental test rig consists of a micro-reactor, where anode samples are characterized. The gas composition at the reactor outlet is monitored using a mass spectrometer. The kinetics of the reactions occurring over the anode is investigated by means of Isotherm reactions and Temperature-programmed reactions. The effect of the variation of temperature, gas residence time and inlet carbon dioxide-methane volumetric ratio is analyzed. At 800 °C, the best catalytic performance (in the carbon safe region) is obtained for 1.5 reactions, respectively. In other ranges, dry reforming and reverse water gas shift are the dominant reactions and the inlet feed reaches almost the equilibrium condition provided that a sufficient gas residence time is obtained.

  4. Performance of laboratory polymer electrolyte membrane hydrogen generator with sputtered iridium oxide anode

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    Labou, D.; Slavcheva, E.; Schnakenberg, U.; Neophytides, S.

    The continuous improvement of the anode materials constitutes a major challenge for the future commercial use of polymer electrolyte membranes (PEM) electrolyzers for hydrogen production. In accordance to this direction, iridium/titanium films deposited directly on carbon substrates via magnetron sputtering are operated as electrodes for the oxygen evolution reaction interfaced with Nafion 115 electrolyte in a laboratory single cell PEM hydrogen generator. The anode with 0.2 mg cm -2 Ir catalyst loading was electrochemically activated by cycling its potential value between 0 and 1.2 V (vs. RHE). The water electrolysis cell was operated at 90 °C with current density 1 A cm -2 at 1.51 V without the ohmic contribution. The corresponding current density per mgr of Ir catalyst is 5 A mg -1. The achieved high efficiency is combined with sufficient electrode stability since the oxidation of the carbon substrate during the anodic polarization is almost negligible.

  5. Mineralization of bisphenol A (BPA) by anodic oxidation with boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode

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    Murugananthan, M. [Satellite Venture Business Laboratory, Utsunomiya University, 7-1-2 Yoto, Utsunomiya, Tochigi 321-8585 (Japan)], E-mail: muruga.chem@gmail.com; Yoshihara, S. [Department of Energy and Environmental Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Utsunomiya University, 7-1-2 Yoto, Utsunomiya, Tochigi 321-8585 (Japan)], E-mail: sachioy@cc.utsunomiya-u.ac.jp; Rakuma, T.; Shirakashi, T. [Department of Energy and Environmental Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Utsunomiya University, 7-1-2 Yoto, Utsunomiya, Tochigi 321-8585 (Japan)

    2008-06-15

    Anodic oxidation of bisphenol A (BPA), a representative endocrine disrupting chemical, was carried out using boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode at galvanostatic mode. The electro-oxidation behavior of BPA at BDD electrode was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetric technique. The extent of degradation and mineralization of BPA were monitored by HPLC and total organic carbon (TOC) value, respectively. The results obtained, indicate that the BPA removal at BDD depends on the applied current density (I{sub appl}), initial concentration of BPA, pH of electrolyte and supporting medium. Galvanostatic electrolysis at BDD anode cause concomitant generation of hydroxyl radical that leads to the BPA destruction. The kinetics for the BPA degradation follows a pseudo-first order reaction with a higher rate constant 12.8 x 10{sup -5} s{sup -1} for higher I{sub appl} value 35.7 mA cm{sup -2}, indicating that the oxidation reaction is limited by I{sub appl} control. Complete mineralization of BPA was achieved regardless of the variables and accordingly the mineralization current efficiency was calculated from the TOC removal measurements. Considering global oxidation process, the effect of supporting electrolytes has been discussed in terms of the electro generated inorganic oxidants. The better performance of BDD anode was proved on a comparative study with Pt and glassy carbon under similar experimental conditions. A possible reaction mechanism for BPA degradation involving three main aromatic intermediates, identified by GC-MS analysis, was proposed.

  6. Mineralization of bisphenol A (BPA) by anodic oxidation with boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode

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    Anodic oxidation of bisphenol A (BPA), a representative endocrine disrupting chemical, was carried out using boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode at galvanostatic mode. The electro-oxidation behavior of BPA at BDD electrode was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetric technique. The extent of degradation and mineralization of BPA were monitored by HPLC and total organic carbon (TOC) value, respectively. The results obtained, indicate that the BPA removal at BDD depends on the applied current density (Iappl), initial concentration of BPA, pH of electrolyte and supporting medium. Galvanostatic electrolysis at BDD anode cause concomitant generation of hydroxyl radical that leads to the BPA destruction. The kinetics for the BPA degradation follows a pseudo-first order reaction with a higher rate constant 12.8 x 10-5 s-1 for higher Iappl value 35.7 mA cm-2, indicating that the oxidation reaction is limited by Iappl control. Complete mineralization of BPA was achieved regardless of the variables and accordingly the mineralization current efficiency was calculated from the TOC removal measurements. Considering global oxidation process, the effect of supporting electrolytes has been discussed in terms of the electro generated inorganic oxidants. The better performance of BDD anode was proved on a comparative study with Pt and glassy carbon under similar experimental conditions. A possible reaction mechanism for BPA degradation involving three main aromatic intermediates, identified by GC-MS analysis, was proposed

  7. Microstructure, mechanical and electrical properties of Ni-YSZ anode supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    G. Matula

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Investigation of the Ni-YSZ cermets for anode supported solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC prepared byuniaxial pressure, sintered and reduced pellets of NiO-YSZ.Design/methodology/approach: Density examination, shrinkage examination, transverse rupture strengthtests, microstructure examination.Findings: Basing on the investigations of the anode Ni-YSZ type fabricated with powder metallurgy it wasfound of that density of sintered samples depends on NiO portion, temperature of sintering and reducing. Increaseof sintering temperature causes increase of density. Moreover increase of NiO portion and reducing temperaturecauses decrease of density and linear contraction of anode.Practical implications: The Ni-YSZ cermets fabricated using of powder metallurgy are characterized by verygood properties and can be used as SOFC anode. Powder metallurgy gives the possibility to manufacturing cermetused as an anode for SOFC on the basis of Ni-YSZ.Originality/value: Investigations of compacted, sintered and reduced samples with different amount of NiOgives information about optimal manufacturing conditions and volume fraction of NiO/YSZ components. Thisinformation is especially important at production process of extruded tubes.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  10. Large Scale Inert Anode for Molten Oxide Electrolysis Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Molten oxide electrolysis is a demonstrated laboratory-scale process for producing oxygen from the JSC-1a lunar simulant; however, critical subsystems necessary for...

  11. Low level electron field emission current intensities obtained from niobium samples

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    We present results obtained with an experimental set-up allowing measurements of DC field emission currents in the range of 10-18 to 10-5 A. The experiments are carried out in ultra high vacuum (P-10 Torr) and at room temperature. The detection of currents in the range of 10-18-10-12 A is performed with an electron multiplier located behind a grid anode. Higher currents are measured using a bulk anode and a picoammeter. The whole system has been designed to study niobium samples from sheets used to build superconducting accelerator cavities. Measures in the low current range have shown electron emission regimes that seem not to fit the Fowler-Nordheim law. A possible mechanism for such emissions involving the surface oxide layer is proposed. Comparisons of the electron field emission from samples prepared by different surface treatments as chemical etching, electropolishing, oxide coating by anodization, are presented. (orig.)

  12. Electrochemical Characteristics of Tin Oxide-Graphite as Anode Material for Lithium-ion Cells

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    Hasanaly, Siti Munirah

    2010-03-01

    Tin oxide anode materials used in lithium-ion cells experience large volume changes during charging and discharging which cause substantial losses in capacity. In this work, the tin oxide-graphite composite is proposed as an alternative anode material to overcome this problem. The composite was synthesised from a solution of tin chloride dihydrate and graphite powders with citric acid as the chelating agent. In this sol-gel method, a solid phase is formed through a chemical reaction in a liquid phase at moderate temperature. The technique offers several advantages compared to the solid state synthesis technique such as the ability to maintain the homogeneous mixture of precursors during synthesis and to produce small particles. The electrochemical behaviour of the anode material was investigated by means of galvanostatic charge discharge technique. An initial reversible capacity of 748 mAh/g is obtained and nearly 600 mAh/g was retained upon the reaching the fifth cycle. This study shows that the presence of graphite is able to minimise the agglomeration of tin particles that causes large volume changes during cycling, thereby improving cyclability of the anode material.

  13. Electrochemical oxidation of polyethylene glycol in electroplating solution using paraffin composite copper hexacyanoferrate modified (PCCHM) anode

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    Rajesh S. Bejankiwar; Abir Basu; Max Cementi

    2004-01-01

    Electrochemical oxidation of polyethylene glycol(PEG) in an acidic(pH 0.18 to 0.42) and high ionic strength electroplating solution was investigated. The electroplating solution is a major source of wastewater in the printing wiring board industry. A paraffin composite copper hexacyanoferrate modified(PCCHM) electrode was used as the anode and a bare graphite electrode was used as the cathode. The changes in PEG and total organic carbon(TOC) concentrations during the course of the reaction were monitored. The efficiency of the PCCHM anode was compared with bare graphite anode and it was found that the former showed significant electrocatalytic property for PEG and TOC removal. Chlorides present in the solution were found to contribute significantly in the overall organic removal process. Short chain organic compounds like acetic acid, oxalic acid, formic acid and ethylene glycol formed during electrolysis were identified by HPLC method. Anode surface area and applied current density were found to influence the electro-oxidation process, in which the former was found to be dominating. Investigations of the kinetics for the present electrochemical reaction suggested that the two stage first-order kinetic model provides a much better representation of the overall mechanism of the process if compared to the generalized kinetic model.

  14. Solution processed nickel oxide anodes for organic photovoltaic devices

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    Mustafa, Bestoon; Griffin, Jonathan; Alsulami, Abdullah S.; Lidzey, David G.; Buckley, Alastair R., E-mail: alastair.buckley@sheffield.ac.uk [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Hicks Building, Hounsfield Road, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7RH (United Kingdom)

    2014-02-10

    Nickel oxide thin films have been prepared from a nickel acetylacetonate (Ni(acac)) precursor for use in bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic devices. The conversion of Ni(acac) to NiO{sub x} has been investigated. Oxygen plasma treatment of the NiO layer after annealing at 400 °C affords solar cell efficiencies of 5.2%. Photoelectron spectroscopy shows that high temperature annealing converts the Ni(acac) to a reduced form of nickel oxide. Additional oxygen plasma treatment further oxidizes the surface layers and deepens the NiO work function from 4.7 eV for the annealed film, to 5.0 eV allowing for efficient hole extraction at the organic interface.

  15. Synthesis of Coral-Like Tantalum Oxide Films via Anodization in Mixed Organic-Inorganic Electrolytes

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    Yu, Hongbin; Zhu, Suiyi; Yang, Xia; Wang, Xinhong; Sun, Hongwei; Huo, Mingxin

    2013-01-01

    We report a simple method to fabricate nano-porous tantalum oxide films via anodization with Ta foils as the anode at room temperature. A mixture of ethylene glycol, phosphoric acid, NH4F and H2O was used as the electrolyte where the nano-porous tantalum oxide could be synthesized by anodizing a tantalum foil for 1 h at 20 V in a two–electrode configuration. The as-prepared porous film exhibited a continuous, uniform and coral-like morphology. The diameters of pores ranged from 30 nm to 50 nm. The pores interlaced each other and the depth was about 150 nm. After calcination, the as-synthesized amorphous tantalum oxide could be crystallized to the orthorhombic crystal system. As observed in photocatalytic experiments, the coral-like tantalum oxide exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity for the degradation of phenol than that with a compact surface morphology, and the elimination rate of phenol increased by 66.7%. PMID:23799106

  16. Synthesis of coral-like tantalum oxide films via anodization in mixed organic-inorganic electrolytes.

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    Hongbin Yu

    Full Text Available We report a simple method to fabricate nano-porous tantalum oxide films via anodization with Ta foils as the anode at room temperature. A mixture of ethylene glycol, phosphoric acid, NH4F and H2O was used as the electrolyte where the nano-porous tantalum oxide could be synthesized by anodizing a tantalum foil for 1 h at 20 V in a two-electrode configuration. The as-prepared porous film exhibited a continuous, uniform and coral-like morphology. The diameters of pores ranged from 30 nm to 50 nm. The pores interlaced each other and the depth was about 150 nm. After calcination, the as-synthesized amorphous tantalum oxide could be crystallized to the orthorhombic crystal system. As observed in photocatalytic experiments, the coral-like tantalum oxide exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity for the degradation of phenol than that with a compact surface morphology, and the elimination rate of phenol increased by 66.7%.

  17. The contribution of mediated oxidation mechanisms in the electrolytic degradation of cyanuric acid using diamond anodes.

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    Bensalah, Nasr; Dbira, Sondos; Bedoui, Ahmed

    2016-07-01

    In this work, the contribution of mediated oxidation mechanisms in the electrolytic degradation of cyanuric acid using boron-doped diamond (BDD) anodes was investigated in different electrolytes. A complete mineralization of cyanuric acid was obtained in NaCl; however lower degrees of mineralization of 70% and 40% were obtained in Na2SO4 and NaClO4, respectively. This can be explained by the nature of the oxidants electrogenerated in each electrolyte. It is clear that the contribution of active chlorine (Cl2, HClO, ClO(-)) electrogenerated from oxidation of chlorides on BDD is much more important in the electrolytic degradation of cyanuric acid than the persulfate and hydroxyl radicals produced by electro-oxidation of sulfate and water on BDD anodes. This could be explained by the high affinity of active chlorine towards nitrogen compounds. No organic intermediates were detected during the electrolytic degradation of cyanuric acid in any the electrolytes, which can be explained by their immediate depletion by hydroxyl radicals produced on the BDD surface. Nitrates and ammonium were the final products of electrolytic degradation of cyanuric acid on BDD anodes in all electrolytes. In addition, small amounts of chloramines were formed in the chloride medium. Low current density (≤10mA/cm(2)) and neutral medium (pH in the range 6-9) should be used for high efficiency electrolytic degradation and negligible formation of hazardous chlorate and perchlorate. PMID:27372125

  18. Effect of Oxide Inclusions on Electrochemical Properties of Aluminium Sacrificial Anodes

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    M. Emamy; A. Keyvani; M. Mahta; J. Campbell

    2009-01-01

    Oxide films are incorporated into melts by an entrainment process, and are expected to be present in most metals, but particularly cast Al alloys. The oxides are necessarily present as folded-over double films (bifilms) that are effectively cracks. Their effect on the electrochemical behaviour of cast Al-5Zn-0.02ln sacrificial anodes was studied in 3 wt pct sodium chloride solution using the NACE efficiency evaluation. Three methods were employed to entrain progressive amounts of oxide in the alloy, including the addition of Al-Zn-ln maching chips to the charge, increasing the pouring height, and agitating the melt. The introduction of oxide bifilms in the cast alloy resulted in the deterioration of the electrochemical properties of the sacrificial anodes, such as current capacity and anode efficiency, and introduced increasing variability in these properties. The results suggest that corrosion behaviour is strongly related to the presence of bifilms suspended in the liquid alloy because bifilms provide crack paths allowing the corrodant to penetrate deeply into the metal matrix, and simultaneously provide localized galvanic cells because of the precipitation of Fe rich intermetallic compounds on their outer surfaces.

  19. Electrochemically induced oxidative removal of As(III) from groundwater in a dual-anode sand column.

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    Tong, Man; Yuan, Songhu; Wang, Zimeng; Luo, Mingsen; Wang, Yanxin

    2016-03-15

    In situ treatment of high-arsenic groundwater cost-effectively is still challenging. We proposed an in situ treatment approach which utilizes O2 produced from groundwater electrolysis to increase the redox potential for oxidative removal of arsenic. A sand column was configured to simulate groundwater flow in an aquifer, and a stable anode, a stable cathode and an iron anode were arrayed in an upward mode in the column to evaluate the performance on arsenic removal from the groundwater induced by the oxidative precipitation of Fe(2+) by O2. As(III) at 500μg/L was efficiently oxidized to As(V) by the stable anode followed by the reactive oxidants produced from Fe(II)-O2, and total As were completely removed by the newly formed amorphous iron hydroxides. Quantitative models for the dependence of As(III) oxidation, total As removal and Fe(II) oxidative precipitation on the flow rate and the current density applied to Fe anode were developed. The presence of humic substance promoted the oxidation of As(III) on the stable anode but inhibited the oxidation and removal induced by Fe(II) oxidative precipitation. A stable performance on As(III) oxidation and removal was observed in a 10-day continuous operation. Results from this study prove that groundwater electrolysis could be applicable for oxidative removal of As(III) in porous media, with a controllable and lasting treatment efficiency. PMID:26642445

  20. High-relative-dielectric-constant bismuth-niobium-oxide films prepared using Nb-rich precursor solution

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    Ariga, Tomoki; Inoue, Satoshi; Matsumoto, Shin; Onoue, Masatoshi; Miyasako, Takaaki; Tokumitsu, Eisuke; Shimoda, Tatsuya

    2015-09-01

    Various ceramic materials have been developed for electronic devices. Bismuth-niobium-oxide (BNO) films prepared by a chemical solution deposition (CSD) method have the cubic pyrochlore phase, high relative dielectric constant, and low tangent loss (tan δ). We found that a BNO cubic pyrochlore crystal was Nb-rich, even though its pyrochlore formula is A2B2O7. The crystallization temperature of BNO increased with increasing Nb ratio. The relative dielectric constants of BNO films were related to the Nb ratio in the precursor solution. The dielectric constant of the BNO films was 250 when the Bi and Nb ratios in BNO precursor solutions were 4 and 6, respectively, and the sintering temperature was 600 °C. In addition, the tan δ was less than 0.01 at 1 kHz, which is higher than the reported values of BNO systems despite using the CSD method. These results show that the properties of BNO films prepared by the CSD method were associated with the Nb ratio in the precursor solution. Furthermore, the dielectric characteristics indicated that the Nb-rich BNO films have potential applications in electronic devices.

  1. Direct determination of fluorine in niobium oxide using slurry sampling electrothermal high-resolution continuum source molecular absorption spectrometry

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    Huang, Mao Dong; Becker-Ross, Helmut; Okruss, Michael; Geisler, Sebastian; Florek, Stefan; Richter, Silke; Meckelburg, Angela

    Aiming for a round-robin test, a new method for the direct determination of fluorine in niobium oxide has been developed. It is based on the use of high-resolution molecular absorption spectra of calcium mono-fluoride (CaF) generated in the graphite tube, combined with the slurry sampling technique. The absorption measurement was performed at the 606.44 nm CaF rotational line. By using graphite tubes with zirconium carbide (ZrC) modified platform, the molecular absorption sensitivity of CaF has been improved by a factor of 20, and no additional chemical modifier was necessary. Generally, non-spectral interferences were observed in the presence of HCl, H2SO4, and H3PO4. For HCl, additional spectral interference occurred due to an overlap of the absorption spectra of CaF and CaCl. However, due to the absence of these mentioned substances in the current material, such interferences do not exist for this application. The characteristic mass found for the CaF 606.44 nm line was 0.1 ng; the limit of detection was 5 mg fluorine per kg solid sample (3σ criterion). The results obtained by the method were within the range of certified values. Comparing to the classical method such as the pyrohydrolysis-photometric method, the developed new method showed clear advantages regarding sensitivity and specificity. The time requirement for one sample analysis was strongly shortened from several hours to only some minutes.

  2. Formation of Ultrafine Metal Particles and Metal Oxide Precursor on Anodized Al by Electrolysis Deposition

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    2000-01-01

    Nickel was deposited by ac electrolysis deposition in the pores of the porous oxide film of Al produced by anodizing in phosphoric acid. Ultrafine rod-shaped Ni particles were formed in the pores. At the same time a film of Ni oxide precursor was developed on the surface of the porous oxide film. The Ni particles and the Ni oxide precursor were examined by SEM, TEM and X-ray diffraction. The thickness of the barrier layer of the porous oxide film was thin and it attributed to the formation of the metal particles, while the formation of the oxide precursor was associated with the surface pits which were developed in the pretreatment of Al.

  3. The effect of porosity gradient in a Nickel/Yttria Stabilized Zirconia anode for an anode-supported planar solid oxide fuel cell

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    An, Chung Min; Sammes, Nigel [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States); Song, Jung-Hoon [RIST, Pohang (Korea); Kang, Inyong [Department of Chemical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)

    2010-02-01

    In this paper, a graded Ni/YSZ cermet anode, an 8 mol.%YSZ electrolyte, and a lanthanum strontium manganite (LSM) cathode were used to fabricate a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) unit. An anode-supported cell was prepared using a tape casting technique followed by hot pressing lamination and a single step co-firing process, allowing for the creation of a thin layer of dense electrolyte on a porous anode support. To reduce activation and concentration overpotential in the unit cell, a porosity gradient was developed in the anode using different percentages of pore former to a number of different tape-slurries, followed by tape casting and lamination of the tapes. The unit cell demonstrated that a concentration distribution of porosity in the anode increases the power in the unit cell from 76 mW cm{sup -2} to 101 mW cm{sup -2} at 600 C in humidified hydrogen. Although the results have not been optimized for good performance, the effect of the porosity gradient is quite apparent and has potential in developing superior anode systems. (author)

  4. Scale-up of B-doped diamond anode system for electrochemical oxidation of phenol simulated wastewater in batch mode

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    Zhu Xiuping [Department of Environmental Engineering, Peking University, Key Laboratory of Water and Sediment Sciences, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871 (China); Ni Jinren, E-mail: nijinren@iee.pku.edu.cn [Department of Environmental Engineering, Peking University, Key Laboratory of Water and Sediment Sciences, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871 (China); Wei Junjun; Chen Pan [Department of Environmental Engineering, Peking University, Key Laboratory of Water and Sediment Sciences, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2011-10-30

    Scale-up of boron-doped diamond (BDD) anode system is critical to the practical application of electrochemical oxidation in bio-refractory organic wastewater treatment. In this study, the scale-up of BDD anode system was investigated on batch-mode electrochemical oxidation of phenol simulated wastewater. It was demonstrated that BDD anode system was successfully scaled up by 121 times without performance deterioration based on the COD and specific energy consumption (E{sub sp}) models in bath mode. The COD removal rate and E{sub sp} for the scaled-up BDD anode system through enlarging the total anode area while keeping similar configuration, remained at the similar level as those before being scaled up, under the same area/volume value, current density, retention time and wastewater characteristics. The COD and E{sub sp} models used to describe the smaller BDD anode system satisfactorily predicted the performance of the scaled-up BDD anode system. Under the suitable operating conditions, the COD of phenol simulated wastewater was reduced from 540 mg l{sup -1} to 130 mg l{sup -1} within 3 h with an E{sub sp} of only 34.76 kWh m{sup -3} in the scaled-up BDD anode system. These results demonstrate that BDD anode system is very promising in practical bio-refractory organic wastewater treatment.

  5. Superconductive niobium films coating carbon nanotube fibers

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    Salvato, M.; Lucci, M.; Ottaviani, I.; Cirillo, M.; Behabtu, N.; Young, C. C.; Pasquali, M.; Vecchione, A.; Fittipaldi, R.; Corato, V.

    2014-11-01

    Superconducting niobium (Nb) has been successfully obtained by sputter deposition on carbon nanotube fibers. The transport properties of the niobium coating the fibers are compared to those of niobium thin films deposited on oxidized Si substrates during the same deposition run. For niobium films with thicknesses above 300 nm, the niobium coating the fibers and the thin films show similar normal state and superconducting properties with critical current density, measured at T = 4.2 K, of the order of 105 A cm-2. Thinner niobium layers coating the fibers also show the onset of the superconducting transition in the resistivity versus temperature dependence, but zero resistance is not observed down to T = 1 K. We evidence by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and current-voltage measurements that the granular structure of the samples is the main reason for the lack of true global superconductivity for thicknesses below 300 nm.

  6. Superconductive niobium films coating carbon nanotube fibers

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    Superconducting niobium (Nb) has been successfully obtained by sputter deposition on carbon nanotube fibers. The transport properties of the niobium coating the fibers are compared to those of niobium thin films deposited on oxidized Si substrates during the same deposition run. For niobium films with thicknesses above 300 nm, the niobium coating the fibers and the thin films show similar normal state and superconducting properties with critical current density, measured at T = 4.2 K, of the order of 105 A cm−2. Thinner niobium layers coating the fibers also show the onset of the superconducting transition in the resistivity versus temperature dependence, but zero resistance is not observed down to T = 1 K. We evidence by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and current-voltage measurements that the granular structure of the samples is the main reason for the lack of true global superconductivity for thicknesses below 300 nm. (paper)

  7. Losses in superconducting Niobium Films caused by Interface Tunnel Exchange

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    Junginger, Tobias; Weingarten, Wolfgang; Welsch, Carsten

    2012-01-01

    Identifying the loss mechanisms of niobium film cavities enables an accurate determination of applications for future accelerator projects and points to research topics required to mitigate their limitations. Measurements on samples show that the electric field is a dominant loss mechanism for niobium films, acting through interface tunneling between localized states in surface oxides and delocalized states in the superconducting niobium.

  8. Dependence of Performance of Organic Light-emitting Devices on Sheet Resistance of Indium-tin-oxide Anodes

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    2006-01-01

    The dependence of the performance of organic light-emitting devices(OLEDs) on the sheet resistance of indium-tin-oxide(ITO) anodes was investigated by measuring the steady state current density brightness voltage characteristics and the electroluminescent spectra. The device with a higher sheet resistance anode shows a lower current density, a lower brightness level, and a higher operation voltage. The electroluminescence(EL) efficiencies of the devices with the same structure but different ITO anodes show more complicated differences. Furthermore, the shift of the light-emitting zone toward the anode was found when an anode with a higher sheet resistance was used. These performance differences are discussed and attributed to the reduction of hole injection and the increase in voltage drop over ITO anode with the increase in sheet resistance.

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  10. A solid oxide fuel cell with a gadolinia-doped ceria anode: Preparation and performance

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    Marina, O.A.; Bagger, C.; Primdahl, S.;

    1999-01-01

    The application of doped ceria as an anode material in high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) is described. Deposition of an anchoring layer of YSZ particles was used to obtain sufficient adhesion between a porous Ce0.6Gd0.4O1.8 (CG4) anode and an yrttria-stabilised zirconia (YSZ...... internal resistance of 0.39 Ohm cm(2) at 0.71 V cell voltage and a power density of 470 mW/cm(2) was obtained at 1000 degrees C using H-2/H2O/N-2 = 9/1.2/89.8 as the fuel and air as oxidant. A current density of 0.25 A/cm(2) at an area specific internal resistance of 2 Ohm cm(2) was obtained with CH4/H2O...

  11. Bioactive titanium metal surfaces with antimicrobial properties prepared by anodic oxidation treatment

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    YUE ChongXia; YANG BangCheng; ZHANG XingDong

    2009-01-01

    In order to endow titanium metals with bioactivity and antimicrobial properties,titanium plates were subjected to anodic oxidation treatment in NaCI solutions in this study.The treated titanium metals could induce apatite formation in the fast calcification solution,and osteoblasts on the treated titanium surfaces proliferated well as those on the untreated titanium metal surfaces.The treated metals could inhibit S.aureus growth in the microbial culture experiments.It was assumed that Ti-OH groups and Ti-CI groups formed on the treated titanium surface were responsible for the bioactivity and antimicrobial properties of the metals.The anodic oxidation treatment was an effective way to prepare bioactive titanium surfaces with antimicrobial properties.

  12. Bioactive titanium metal surfaces with antimicrobial properties prepared by anodic oxidation treatment

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    2009-01-01

    In order to endow titanium metals with bioactivity and antimicrobial properties, titanium plates were subjected to anodic oxidation treatment in NaCl solutions in this study. The treated titanium metals could induce apatite formation in the fast calcification solution, and osteoblasts on the treated titanium surfaces proliferated well as those on the untreated titanium metal surfaces. The treated metals could inhibit S. aureus growth in the microbial culture experiments. It was assumed that Ti-OH groups and Ti-Cl groups formed on the treated titanium surface were responsible for the bioactivity and antimicrobial properties of the metals. The anodic oxidation treatment was an effective way to prepare bioactive titanium surfaces with antimicrobial properties.

  13. A mixed proton-oxide ion-electron conducting anode for highly coking-resistant solid oxide fuel cells

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    Highlights: • A multi-phase mixed proton-oxide ion-electron conducting anode was employed. • BaO/Ni interfaces facilitate water-mediated carbon removal. • Fast oxygen ions flux and formed water are favorable for hydrocarbon reformation. - Abstract: A multi-phase mixed proton-oxide ion-electron conducting composite is employed as a new anode material for a coking-resistant solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) based on oxide ion conducting electrolyte, operated in methane and ethanol. The formation of BaO/Ni interfaces can effectively readily adsorb water and facilitate water-mediated carbon removal. The fast oxygen ions flux and formed steam at anode side are also found to be favorable for hydrocarbon reformation to promote the cell performance and long term stability. At 700 °C, maximum power densities of 580 and 368 mW cm−2 are achieved in methane and ethanol, respectively. The resistance against carbon deposition is significantly improved, showing stable voltage in 120 h durability test

  14. Transformation and removal of arsenic in groundwater by sequential anodic oxidation and electrocoagulation

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    Zhang, Peng; Tong, Man; Yuan, Songhu; Liao, Peng

    2014-08-01

    Oxidation of As(III) to As(V) is generally essential for the efficient remediation of As(III)-contaminated groundwater. The performance and mechanisms of As(III) oxidation by an as-synthesized active anode, SnO2 loaded onto Ti-based TiO2 nanotubes (Ti/TiO2NTs/Sb-SnO2), were investigated. The subsequent removal of total arsenic by electrocoagulation (EC) was further tested. The Ti/TiO2NTs/Sb-SnO2 anode showed a high and lasting electrochemical activity for As(III) oxidation. 6.67 μM As(III) in synthetic groundwater was completely oxidized to As(V) within 60 min at 50 mA. Direct electron transfer was mainly responsible at the current below 30 mA, while hydroxyl radicals contributed increasingly with the increase in the current above 30 mA. As(III) oxidation was moderately inhibited by the presence of bicarbonate (20 mM), while was dramatically increased with increasing the concentration of chloride (0-10 mM). After the complete oxidation of As(III) to As(V), total arsenic was efficiently removed by EC in the same reactor by reversing electrode polarity. The removal efficiency increased with increasing the current but decreased by the presence of phosphate and silica. Anodic oxidation represents an effective pretreatment approach to increasing EC removal of As(III) in groundwater under O2-limited conditions.

  15. Polymer Photovoltaic Cells with Rhenium Oxide as Anode Interlayer.

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    Full Text Available The effect of a new transition metal oxide, rhenium oxide (ReO3, on the performance of polymer solar cells based on regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT and methanofullerene [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM blend as buffer layer was investigated. The effect of the thickness of ReO3 layer on electrical characteristics of the polymer solar cells was studied. It is found that insertion of ReO3 interfacial layer results in the decreased performance for P3HT: PCBM based solar cells. In order to further explore the mechanism of the decreasing of the open-circuit voltage (Voc, the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS is used to investigate the ReO3 oxidation states. Kelvin Probe method showed that the work function of the ReO3 is estimated to be 5.13eV after thermal evaporation. The results indicated the fact that a portion of ReO3 decomposed during thermal evaporation process, resulting in the formation of a buffer layer with a lower work function. As a consequence, a higher energy barrier was generated between the ITO and the active layer.

  16. The cooperative electrochemical oxidation of chlorophenols in anode-cathode compartments

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    Wang Hui [Laboratory of Environmental Technology, INET, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Wang Jianlong [Laboratory of Environmental Technology, INET, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)], E-mail: wangjl@tsinghua.edu.cn

    2008-06-15

    By using a self-made carbon/polytetrafluoroethylene (C/PTFE) O{sub 2}-fed as the cathode and Ti/IrO{sub 2}/RuO{sub 2} as the anode, the degradation of three organic compounds (phenol, 4-chlorophenol, and 2,4-dichlorophenol) was investigated in the diaphragm (with terylene as diaphragm material) electrolysis device by electrochemical oxidation process. The result indicated that the concentration of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) was 8.3 mg/L, and hydroxyl radical (HO{center_dot}) was determined in the cathodic compartment by electron spin resonance spectrum (ESR). The removal efficiency for organic compounds reached about 90% after 120 min, conforming to the sequence of phenol, 4-chlorophenol, and 2,4-dichlorophenol. And the dechlorination degree of 4-chlorophenol exceeded 90% after 80 min. For H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, HO{center_dot} existed in the catholyte and reduction dechlorination at the cathode, the mineralization of organics in the cathodic compartment was better than that in the anodic compartment. The degradation of organics was supposed to be cooperative oxidation by direct or indirect electrochemical oxidation at the anode and H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, HO{center_dot} produced by oxygen reduction at the cathode. High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) allowed identifying phenol as the dechlorination product of 4-chlorophenol in the cathodic compartment, and hydroquinone, 4-chlorocatechol, benzoquinone, maleic, fumaric, oxalic, and formic acids as the main oxidation intermediates in the cathodic and anodic compartments. A reaction scheme involving all these intermediates was proposed.

  17. Electrochemical Oxidation Using BDD Anodes Combined with Biological Aerated Filter for Biotreated Coking Wastewater Treatment

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    Wang, C.R.; Hou, Z. F.; M. R. Zhang; J. Qi; Wang, J.

    2015-01-01

    Coking wastewater is characterized by poor biodegradability and high microorganism toxicity. Thus, it is difficult to meet Grade I of Integrated Wastewater Discharge Standard of China by biological treatment technology; specifically, COD cannot meet above standard due to containing refractory organics. A novel coupling reactor, electrochemical oxidation using BDD anodes and biological aerated filter (BAF), has been developed for carbon and nitrogen removal from biotreated coking wastewater, f...

  18. Electrodeposition of cerium oxide on porous silicon via anodization and enhancement of photoluminescence

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    Mizuhata, Minoru; Kubo, Yohei; Maki, Hideshi

    2016-02-01

    A porous Si/cerium oxide composite (PSi/CeO2) was synthesized by electrodeposition of CeO2 via anodic oxidation on PSi. The PSi photoluminescence (PL) was enhanced. The anodically oxidized PSi substrates in HF solution had macropores (diameter 2 μm), mesopores (diameter 15 nm), and micropores (diameter less than 4 nm). Emission at 700 nm from microporous PSi (microPSi) was observed under ultraviolet irradiation. Transmission electron microscopy showed that in microPSi/CeO2, the oxide was infiltrated into microPSi by anodization. The deposited amount of CeO2 depended on the reaction time, applied voltage, temperature, and reaction species concentrations in anodization. Emission by microPSi/CeO2 at 650 nm was observed; the PL intensity was higher (about 10-30 times) than that of PSi because of energy transfer from CeO2 to nanosized Si in porous layers produced by HF etching. The lifetime of the PL of microPSi/CeO2 was longer than that of microPSi. Excitation spectra of microPSi/CeO2 at 650 nm and diffuse-reflectance spectra showed that the excitation peak for microPSi/CeO2 was similar to the absorbance of CeO2, and excitation of microPSi/CeO2 gave two peaks, at 3.7 and 4.4 eV; these peaks originated from the absorptions of CeO2 and Si nanocrystals. The PL of PSi was enhanced in microPSi/CeO2 because of efficient energy transfer from CeO2 to the Si nanocrystal.

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

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

  20. 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.

  1. Olive mill wastewater treatment by anodic oxidation with parallel plate electrodes.

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    Panizza, Marco; Cerisola, Giacomo

    2006-03-01

    Olive mill wastewater is characterized by very high chemical oxygen demand (COD) values and contains high concentrations of polyphenols that inhibit the activity of micro-organisms during biological oxidations. In this paper, the applicability of electrochemical oxidation of a real olive-mill wastewater was studied by performing galvanostatic electrolysis using parallel plate electrodes. A mixed titanium and ruthenium oxide (Ti/TiRuO2) was used as anode and stainless steel as cathode. The effect of chloride concentration and applied current on the removal of COD, aromatic content and colour was investigated. The experimental results showed that an effective electrochemical oxidation was achieved in which the wastewater was decolourised and the COD and aromatic content completely eliminated. In particular, the mineralisation took place by indirect oxidation, mediated by active chlorine, and the COD removal rate was enhanced by the addition of 5 g L(-1) of NaCl to the wastewater and by increasing the applied current. PMID:16510168

  2. Oxidation of H2 and CO in a fuel cell with a Platinum-tin Anode

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    Javier González

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available This report describes the construction and evolution of a fuel cell with a bi-metallic anode of Pt-Sn supported on carbon, as catalysts for oxidation of pure hydrogen, pure CO and a 2% CO in H2 mixture. Both, cathode and anode were made with a structure composed by a diffusive layer and a catalytic layer. The diffusive layer was made with a carbon cloth while the catalytic layer contained the platinum and tin supported on carbon. To test the performance of the catalytic mixture, a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC was developed with an original design for the gas distributation plates. The reactants were feed to ambient temperature and 3 psig in the anode side, while 5 psig pure oxygen was used in the cathode. The anode catalytic load was 0.57 mg/cm2 of platinum and 0.08 mg/cm2 of tin. The catalytic load in cathode was 0.85 mg/cm2 of pure platinum. It was found that this caralytic mixture is tolerant to CO presence.

  3. Highly durable anode supported solid oxide fuel cell with an infiltrated cathode

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    Samson, Alfred Junio; Hjalmarsson, Per; Søgaard, Martin;

    2012-01-01

    An anode supported solid oxide fuel cell with an La0.6Sr0.4Co1.05O3_δ (LSC) infiltrated-Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (CGO) cathode that shows a stable performance has been developed. The cathode was prepared by screen printing a porous CGO backbone on top of a laminated and co-fired anode supported half cell......, consisting of a Nieyttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) anode support, a Niescandia-doped yttria-stabilized zirconia (ScYSZ) anode, a ScYSZ electrolyte, and a CGO barrier layer. LSC was introduced into the CGO backbone by multiple infiltrations of an aqueous nitrate solution followed by firing. The cell...... in the resistance from the recorded impedance was observed during long term testing. The power density reached 0.79Wcm-2 at a cell voltage of 0.6 V at 750 deg. C. Post test analysis of the LSC infiltrated-CGO cathode by scanning electron microscopy revealed no significant micro-structural difference...

  4. The Effects of Different Anodizing Voltages on the Nanoporous Titanium Oxide

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    DİKİİCİ, Tuncay; Toparli, Mustafa

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to invesitigate and analyze the nanoporous titanium oxide layers produced on titanium (Cp-Ti) by electrochemical anodization with different voltages (5, 10, 20, 40, 80 V). Titanium oxide (TiO2) layers were formed in a %1.5 HF solution using a dc power supply for 30 min. The effect of applied potential on the physical properties of nanoporous strucutre including pore diameter, wall thickness, interpore distance and film thickness was studied. The surface roughness...

  5. Electrocatalytic Materials and Techniques for the Anodic Oxidation of Various Organic Compounds

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    Stephen Everett Treimer

    2002-06-27

    The focus of this thesis was first to characterize and improve the applicability of Fe(III) and Bi(V) doped PbO{sub 2} film electrodes for use in anodic O-transfer reactions of toxic and waste organic compounds, e.g. phenol, aniline, benzene, and naphthalene. Further, they investigated the use of alternative solution/electrode interfacial excitation techniques to enhance the performance of these electrodes for remediation and electrosynthetic applications. Finally, they have attempted to identify a less toxic metal oxide film that may hold promise for future studies in the electrocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis of O-transfer reactions using metal oxide film electrodes.

  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. 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.

  8. Facile hydrothermal preparation of niobium pentaoxide decorated reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for supercapacitor applications

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    Murugan, M.; Kumar, R. Mohan; Alsalme, Ali; Alghamdi, Abdulaziz; Jayavel, R.

    2016-04-01

    Facile synthesis of graphene-Nb2O5 composite has been reported. Graphene oxide was prepared by the modified Hummer's method. The metal oxide (Nb2O5) was introduced to the graphene to form the composite by the hydrothermal method. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA). SEM and TEM results revealed that the metal oxide particles are uniformly dispersed on the surface of thin sheets of well-defined multilayered graphene structure. Thermal stability of the graphene metal oxide nanocomposites was also investigated. The CV measurements reveal a significant enhancement in the specific capacitance reaching 321 Fg-1 at a scan rate of 10 mV s-1. With promising electrochemical characteristics, Nb2O5 decorated graphene nanocomposite are explored as potential electrode material for supercapacitor applications.

  9. The application of niobium and tantalum oxides for implant surface passivation.

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    Starikov, V. V.; Starikova, S. L.; Mamalis, A. G.; Lavrynenko, S. N.; Ramsden, Jeremy J.

    2007-01-01

    Despite the advantages of ceramics, with their high corrosion stability in vivo, most medical implant constructions are still made from metals [1]. To increase the corrosion stability of metals, different coatings are applied to the implant surfaces, typically such coatings are the oxides of the metals in the implants [2]. For an oxide film to have protective properties it must satisfy the following requirements: • to be unbroken and pore-free; • to have good adhesi...

  10. Niobium powder synthesized by calciothermic reduction of niobium hydroxide for use in capacitors

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    Baba, Masahiko; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Suzuki, Ryosuke O.

    2015-01-01

    Metallic niobium powder was produced for applications in electric capacitors via calciothermic reduction of niobium hydroxide in molten CaCl2. Sub-micrometer spherical metallic particles with coral-like morphologies reflected the particle size of the starting oxide powder. A fine powder was obtained from the mixtures of niobium hydroxide and CaO or Ca(OH)2, respectively. Sintered pellets of the metallic powder showed a higher capacitance (CV) than those of the simply reduced powder without pr...

  11. Electrochemical Oxidation of Ammonia on Ir Anode in Potential Fixed Electrochemical Sensor

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    HAN Yi-ping; LUO Peng; CAI Chen-xin; XIE Lei; LU Tian-hong

    2008-01-01

    Ir catalyst possesses a good electrocatalytic activity and selectivity for the oxidation of NH3 and/or NH4OH at Ir anode in the potential fixed electrochemical sensor with the neutral solution.Owing to the same electrochemical behavior of NH3 and NH4OH in a NaCIO4 solution,NH4OH can be used instead of NH3 for the experimental convenience.It was found that the potential of the oxidation peak of NH4OH at the Ir/GC electrode in NaCIO4 solutions is at about 0.85 V,and the current density of the oxidation peak of NH4OH is linearly proportional to the concentration of NH4OH.The electrocatalytic oxidation of NH4OH is diffusion-controlled.Especially,Ir has no electrocatalytic activity for the CO oxidation,illustrating that CO does not interfere in the measurement of NH4OH and the potential fixed electrochemical NH3 sensor with the neutral solution,and the anodic Ir catalyst possesses a good selectivity.Therefore,lr may have practical application in the potential fixed electrochemical NH3 sensor with the neutral solution.

  12. Graphite coated with manganese oxide/multiwall carbon nanotubes composites as anodes in marine benthic microbial fuel cells

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    Fu, Yubin, E-mail: ffyybb@ouc.edu.cn; Yu, Jian; Zhang, Yelong; Meng, Yao

    2014-10-30

    Highlights: • MnO{sub 2}/MWCNTs composites anode exhibits faster reaction kinetics. • The surfaces of MnO{sub 2}/MWCNTs composites anode exhibits better wettability. • A BMFC using the modified anode have excellent power output. - Abstract: Improving anode performance is of great significance to scale up benthic microbial fuel cells (BMFCs) for its marine application to drive oceanography instruments. In this study, manganese oxide (MnO{sub 2})/multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) composites are prepared to be as novel anodes in the BMFCs via a direct redox reaction between permanganate ions (MnO{sub 4}{sup −}) and MWCNTs. The results indicate that the MnO{sub 2}/MWCNTs anode has a better wettability, greater kinetic activity and higher power density than that of the plain graphite (PG) anode. It is noted that the MnO{sub 2} (50% weight percent)/MWCNTs anode shows the highest electrochemical performance among them and will be a promising material for improving bioelectricity production of the BMFCs. Finally, a synergistic mechanism of electron transfer shuttle of Mn ions and their redox reactions in the interface between modified anode and bacteria biofilm are proposed to explain its excellent electrochemical performance.

  13. Lateral V/VOx/V Tunnel Junctions Formed by Anodic Oxidation

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    Kirkwood, David; West, Kevin; Lu, Jiwei; Wolf, Stuart

    2008-03-01

    Anodization has been found to be a simple and cost effective technique to produce oxide films of many transition metals. In this work, we have used anodic oxidation as a means of fabricating lateral V/VOx/V junctions. Vanadium wires grown by ion beam deposition were patterned by lithography and an active working window was defined on the wire. VOx was then grown under galvanostatic control in a two electrode electrochemical micro-cell. A droplet of oxygen rich saturated Boric acid was used as the electrolyte to electrically connect the Vandium working electrode to a Platinum wire counter electrode. A constant current of approximately 100 μA/cm^2 was maintained through the cell for various amounts of time. Electrical measurements of the resulting V/VOx/V junctions indicate a metal to insulator transition (MIT) near 340 ^oK that is similar to the structural phase transition and accompanied MIT of VO2 which occurs at this temperature. A 4-fold change in resistance is observed in the junctions. Below this transition temperature a typical junction behavior is observed with a dramatic change in resistance state from high to low with increasing applied current. This non-linear IV characteristic on the junction with a size of 5 μm by 15 μm suggests that the anodized VOx film behaves like a tunneling barrier.

  14. Transition metal oxide-carbon composites as conversion anodes for sodium-ion battery

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    Herein, we characterize various metal oxide-carbon composites, i.e. CuO-MCMB (mesocarbon microbeads), Fe2O3–MCMB and NiO-MCMB, as anode materials for application in sodium-ion battery. The electrodes, supposed to react through a conversion mechanism, are studied in terms of structure, morphology and electrochemical behavior in sodium cell. The results demonstrate a specific capacity of the order of 100 mAh g−1 for Fe2O3–MCMB and NiO-MCMB, and of about 300 mAh g−1 for CuO-MCMB. The remarkable performance of the latter suggests the copper oxide-based electrode as the preferred anode material for battery application. Indeed, further study aimed to clarify the Na/CuO-MCMB reaction mechanism is performed by ex-situ X-ray diffraction on electrode material cast onto aluminum support. The study suggests a partial conversion reaction for CuO-based anode that is considered suitable candidate in replacement of sodium metal, in efficient and safe Na-ion battery

  15. Electrochemical combustion of indigo at ternary oxide coated titanium anodes

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    María I. León

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The film of iridium and tin dioxides doped with antimony (IrO2-SnO2–Sb2O5 deposited on a Ti substrate (mesh obtained by Pechini method was used for the formation of ·OH radicals by water discharge. Detection of ·OH radicals was followed by the use of the N,N-dimethyl-p-nitrosoaniline (RNO as a spin trap. The electrode surface morphology and composition was characterized by SEM-EDS. The ternary oxide coating was used for the electrochemical combustion of indigo textile dye as a model organic compound in chloride medium. Bulk electrolyses were then carried out at different volumetric flow rates under galvanostatic conditions using a filter-press flow cell. The galvanostatic tests using RNO confirmed that Ti/IrO2-SnO2-Sb2O5 favor the hydroxyl radical formation at current densities between 5 and 7 mA cm-2, while at current density of 10 mA cm-2 the oxygen evolution reaction occurs. The indigo was totally decolorized and mineralized via reactive oxygen species, such as (·OH, H2O2, O3 and active chlorine formed in-situ at the Ti/IrO2-SnO2-Sb2O5 surface at volumetric flow rates between 0.1-0.4 L min-1 and at fixed current density of 7 mA cm-2. The mineralization of indigo carried out at 0.2 L min-1 achieved values of 100 %, with current efficiencies of 80 % and energy consumption of 1.78 KWh m-3.

  16. OBTENTION OF POROUS TITANIUM DIOXIDE COATINGS BY ANODIC OXIDATION FOR PHOTOCATALYTIC APPLICATIONS

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    Hernán D. Traid

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Titanium dioxide is one of the most used materials in heterogeneous photocatalysis process due its low cost, low toxicity and high photocatalytic activity. In the present work, porous TiO2 coatings are obtained by anodic oxidation, starting at constant current density and continuing at constant potential of 120 V in spark discharge conditions. After the oxidation, the coatings received a thermal treatment. The studied variable was the current density. The curves of current density and potential showed characteristics fluctuations of spark discharge. Micrographs of the oxides showed an average pore diameter of 100 nm. Diffractograms showed, in all cases, the presence of the anatase and rutile phases of TiO2, showing an increase of the rutile fraction when the current density was higher. The synthesized oxides showed favorable characteristics as potential materials for heterogeneous catalysis processes for water treatment.

  17. Auto-inhibition effects in anodic oxidation of phenols for electrochemical waste-water purification

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    B. E. CONWAY

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available Removal or modification of noxious organic impurities in waste-waters is a major challenge for environmental science. Pollutants such as phenols and their derivatives, as well as PCBs, have attracted special attention. In recent years, the possibilities of effecting direct electrocatalytic oxidations at high-area electrodes such as supported Pt or RuO2 have been investigated. However, in a number of cases, especially with phenolic impurities, application of anodic oxidation fails to lead to continuous Faradaic oxidation currents owing to the electrode surfaces becoming blocked with polymeric oxidation products leading to auto-inhibition (“passivation” of the desired electrode process. Examples of such effects with phenols and related compounds are examined comparatively in the present paper by means of cyclic volatammetry and chronoamperometry.

  18. Rational design of metal oxide nanocomposite anodes for advanced lithium ion batteries

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    Li, Yong; Yu, Shenglan; Yuan, Tianzhi; Yan, Mi; Jiang, Yinzhu

    2015-05-01

    Metal-oxide anodes represent a significant future direction for advanced lithium ion batteries. However, their practical applications are still seriously hampered by electrode disintegration and capacity fading during cycling. Here, we report a rational design of 3D-staggered metal-oxide nanocomposite electrode directly fabricated by pulsed spray evaporation chemical vapor deposition, where various oxide nanocomponents are in a staggered distribution uniformly along three dimensions and across the whole electrode. Such a special design of nanoarchitecture combines the advantages of nanoscale materials in volume change and Li+/electron conduction as well as uniformly staggered and compact structure in atom migration during lithiation/delithiation, which exhibits high specific capacity, good cycling stability and excellent rate capability. The rational design of metal-oxide nanocomposite electrode opens up new possibilities for high performance lithium ion batteries.

  19. Effect of postdeposition annealing on the structure, composition, and the mechanical and optical characteristics of niobium and tantalum oxide films.

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    Cetinörgü-Goldenberg, Eda; Klemberg-Sapieha, Jolanta-Ewa; Martinu, Ludvik

    2012-09-20

    Optical, mechanical, and thermal properties of optical thin films are very important for a reliable device performance. In the present work, the effect of annealing on the stability and the characteristics of niobium and tantalum oxide films grown at room temperature (RT) by dual ion beam sputtering were studied. The refractive index (n(λ)), extinction coefficient (k(λ)), hardness (H), reduced Young's modulus (E(r)), and film stress (σ) were investigated as a function of the annealing temperature (T(A)). X-ray diffraction analysis showed that all as-deposited films were amorphous, and crystallization was observed only after annealing at 700°C. Compositional analyses confirmed that the atomic ratio of oxygen to metal in as-deposited and annealed films was close to 2.5, indicating that the films were stoichiometric pentoxides of Nb and Ta. The properties of Nb(2)O(5) and Ta(2)O(5) films were, respectively, affected by postdeposition annealing: n(λ) values (at 550 nm) decreased from 2.30 to 2.20 and from 2.14 to 2.08, the average H and E(r) values increased from 5.6 to 7.4 GPa, and from 121 to 132 GPa for Nb(2)O(5), and from 6.5 to 8.3 GPa, and from 132 to 144 GPa for Ta(2)O(5), and the initial low compressive stress for both materials changed to tensile. We explain the variation of the coating material properties in terms of film stoichiometry, crystallinity, electronic structure, and possible reactions at the film-substrate interface. PMID:23033019

  20. Sulfur Poisoning of the Water Gas Shift Reaction on Anode Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Hagen, Anke

    2013-01-01

    Investigation of fuels containing sulfur impurities is important regarding durability of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) because they are present in various potential fuels for SOFC applications. The effect of H2S in the ppm range on the performance of state-of-the-art anode supported SOFC at 850...... and 750°C is evaluated in either hydrogen/steam or hydrogen/steam/CO fuel. It was found that the poisoning effect is more severe in H2/H2O/CO vs. H2/H2O fuel. Only ∼8 ppm H2S can be allowed in the CO containing fuel without risking damage to the anode, whereas 90 ppm (or even more) is possible in H2/H2O...

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

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    Chen, Jianwen; Yao, Manwen; Yao, Xi

    2016-02-01

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

  2. 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.

  3. Anodic oxides on InAlP formed in sodium tungstate electrolyte

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    Suleiman, A. [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, University of Manchester, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD (United Kingdom); Skeldon, P. [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, University of Manchester, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD (United Kingdom)], E-mail: p.skeldon@manchester.ac.uk; Thompson, G.E. [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, University of Manchester, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD (United Kingdom); Echeverria, F. [Corrosion and Protection Group, University of Antioquia, Medellin (Colombia); Graham, M.J.; Sproule, G.I.; Moisa, S.; Quance, T. [Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research Council of Canada, Montreal Road, Ottawa K1A 0R6 (Canada); Habazaki, H. [Graduate Engineering School, Hokkaido University, N13 W8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)

    2010-02-15

    Amorphous anodic oxide films on InAlP have been grown at high efficiency in sodium tungstate electrolyte. The films are shown to comprise an outer layer containing indium species, an intermediate layer containing indium and aluminium species and an inner layer containing indium, aluminium and phosphorus species{sub .} The layering correlates with the influence on cation migration rates of the energies of In{sup 3+}-O, Al{sup 3+}-O and P{sup 5+}-O bonds, which increase in this order. The film surface becomes increasingly rough with increase of the anodizing voltage as pores develop in the film, which appear to be associated with generation of oxygen gas.

  4. Methane Steam Reforming over an Ni-YSZ Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anode in Stack Configuration

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    D. Mogensen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The kinetics of catalytic steam reforming of methane over an Ni-YSZ anode of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC have been investigated with the cell placed in a stack configuration. In order to decrease the degree of conversion, a single cell stack with reduced area was used. Measurements were performed in the temperature range 600–800°C and the partial pressures of all reactants and products were varied. The obtained rates could be well fitted with a power law expression (r ∝PCH40.7. A simple model is presented which is capable of predicting the methane conversion in a stack configuration from intrinsic kinetics of the anode support material. The predictions are compared with the stack measurements presented here, and good agreement is observed.

  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. PMID:26726567

  6. Oxygen release and exchange in niobium oxide MEHPPV hybrid solar cells

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    Lira-Cantu, M.; Norrman, K.; Andreasen, J.W.;

    2006-01-01

    exchange was demonstrated using O-18(2)-isotopic labeling in combination with time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) imaging analysis of devices and oxide substrates. TOF-SIMS depth profiling confirmed O-18 incorporation throughout the device in hybrid solar cells. The results...

  7. Influence of niobium addition on microstructure, mechanical properties and oxidation resistance of ZrN coatings

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    In this study, Zr-Nb-N coatings with 0–3.8 at.% Nb addition were deposited by magnetron co-sputtering deposition. The results reveal that Nb atoms substitute Zr atoms in Zr-N lattice, forming the solid solution structure. All the Zr-Nb-N coatings illustrate a dense columnar structure with the preferred orientation of (200), showing independent of Nb addition. Nanoindentation result reveals a promoted hardness of the Zr-Nb-N coatings from 23.9 ± 0.7 GPa to 28.4 ± 0.5 GPa with enhanced Nb content from 0 to 2.8 at.% due to both the solid solution strengthening and Hall–Petch effect. Scratch tests show that adhesion between substrates and coatings can be improved by Nb addition. After oxidation in air at 600 °C for 2 h, microstructural studies indicate the oxide scales consist of monoclinic-ZrO2 outer layer and tetragonal-ZrO2 inner layer. Moreover, ZrO2 can be stabilized in the tetragonal phase by Nb doping. The Zr-Nb-N coating with 1.3 at.% Nb addition exhibits superior oxidation resistance, while excess Nb addition produces detrimental effects on oxidation resistance. - Highlights: • Moderate Nb addition improves the hardness and adhesion of Zr-Nb-N coatings. • Significant improvement of oxidation resistance is obtained by Nb addition. • GAXRD and TEM microstructural studies of the Zr-Nb-N coatings. • Phase stabilization of tetragonal-ZrO2 is achieved by Nb addition

  8. Influence of niobium addition on microstructure, mechanical properties and oxidation resistance of ZrN coatings

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    Wu, Z.T. [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Qi, Z.B. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xiamen University of Technology, Xiamen 361005 (China); Jiang, W.F. [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Wang, Z.C., E-mail: zcwang@xmu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Liu, B. [Xiamen Annaiwy New Material CO., LTD, Xiamen 361005 (China)

    2014-11-03

    In this study, Zr-Nb-N coatings with 0–3.8 at.% Nb addition were deposited by magnetron co-sputtering deposition. The results reveal that Nb atoms substitute Zr atoms in Zr-N lattice, forming the solid solution structure. All the Zr-Nb-N coatings illustrate a dense columnar structure with the preferred orientation of (200), showing independent of Nb addition. Nanoindentation result reveals a promoted hardness of the Zr-Nb-N coatings from 23.9 ± 0.7 GPa to 28.4 ± 0.5 GPa with enhanced Nb content from 0 to 2.8 at.% due to both the solid solution strengthening and Hall–Petch effect. Scratch tests show that adhesion between substrates and coatings can be improved by Nb addition. After oxidation in air at 600 °C for 2 h, microstructural studies indicate the oxide scales consist of monoclinic-ZrO{sub 2} outer layer and tetragonal-ZrO{sub 2} inner layer. Moreover, ZrO{sub 2} can be stabilized in the tetragonal phase by Nb doping. The Zr-Nb-N coating with 1.3 at.% Nb addition exhibits superior oxidation resistance, while excess Nb addition produces detrimental effects on oxidation resistance. - Highlights: • Moderate Nb addition improves the hardness and adhesion of Zr-Nb-N coatings. • Significant improvement of oxidation resistance is obtained by Nb addition. • GAXRD and TEM microstructural studies of the Zr-Nb-N coatings. • Phase stabilization of tetragonal-ZrO2 is achieved by Nb addition.

  9. Characterization and quantification of oxides generated by anodization on titanium for implantation purposes

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    Aloia Games, L.; Pastore, J.; Bouchet, A.; Ballarre, J.

    2011-12-01

    The use of titanium as implant material is widely known in the surgery field. The formation of natural or artificial compact and protective oxide is a convenient tool for metal protection and a good way to generate phosphate deposits to enhance biocompatibility and bone fixation with the existing tissue. The present work has the aim of superficially modify commercially pure titanium sheets used in orthopedics and odontology, with a potencistatic anodization process with an ammonium phosphate and ammonium fluoride solution as electrolyte. The objective is to generate titanium oxides doped with phosphorous on the surface, to promote bioactivity. The characterization and quantification of the generated deposits is presented as a starting point for the future application of these materials. The applied characterization methods are X ray diffraction, micro-Raman spectroscopy analysis for evaluating the chemical and phase composition on the modified surface and PDI image analysis techniques that allow the segmentation of SEM images and the measurement and quantification of the oxides generated by the anodization process. The samples with polished treated surface at 30V have the deposit of a phosphate rich thick layer covering almost all the surface and spherical-shaped titanium oxide crystals randomly placed (covering more than 20% of the surface area).

  10. Characterization and quantification of oxides generated by anodization on titanium for implantation purposes

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    The use of titanium as implant material is widely known in the surgery field. The formation of natural or artificial compact and protective oxide is a convenient tool for metal protection and a good way to generate phosphate deposits to enhance biocompatibility and bone fixation with the existing tissue. The present work has the aim of superficially modify commercially pure titanium sheets used in orthopedics and odontology, with a potencistatic anodization process with an ammonium phosphate and ammonium fluoride solution as electrolyte. The objective is to generate titanium oxides doped with phosphorous on the surface, to promote bioactivity. The characterization and quantification of the generated deposits is presented as a starting point for the future application of these materials. The applied characterization methods are X ray diffraction, micro-Raman spectroscopy analysis for evaluating the chemical and phase composition on the modified surface and PDI image analysis techniques that allow the segmentation of SEM images and the measurement and quantification of the oxides generated by the anodization process. The samples with polished treated surface at 30V have the deposit of a phosphate rich thick layer covering almost all the surface and spherical-shaped titanium oxide crystals randomly placed (covering more than 20% of the surface area).

  11. Anodic oxidation of salicylic acid on BDD electrode: Variable effects and mechanisms of degradation

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    Highlights: ► Oxidation with BDD is a powerful electrochemical method able to mineralize. ► SA is oxidized to aromatic compounds then CO2 and H2O. ► Polymeric intermediate products were formed. - Abstract: The degradation of 100 mL of solution with salicylic acid (SA) in the pH range 3.0–10.0 has been studied by anodic oxidation in a cell with a boron-doped diamond (BDD) anode and a stainless steel cathode, both of 3 cm2 area, by applying a current of 100, 300 and 450 mA at 25 °C. Completed mineralization is always achieved due to the great concentration of hydroxyl radical (·OH) generated at the BDD surface. The mineralization rate increases with increasing applied current, but decreases when drug concentration rises from 200 mg L−1. Nevertheless, the pH effect was not significant. During oxidation it was observed that catechol, 2,5-dihydroxylated benzoic acid, 2,3-dihydroxylated benzoic acid and hydroquinone were formed as aromatic intermediates. In addition, ion-exclusion chromatography allowed the detection of fumaric, maleic, oxalic and formic as the ultimate carboxylic acid.

  12. Novel Size and Surface Oxide Effects in Silicon Nanowires as Lithium Battery Anodes

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    McDowell, Matthew T.

    2011-09-14

    With its high specific capacity, silicon is a promising anode material for high-energy lithium-ion batteries, but volume expansion and fracture during lithium reaction have prevented implementation. Si nanostructures have shown resistance to fracture during cycling, but the critical effects of nanostructure size and native surface oxide on volume expansion and cycling performance are not understood. Here, we use an ex situ transmission electron microscopy technique to observe the same Si nanowires before and after lithiation and have discovered the impacts of size and surface oxide on volume expansion. For nanowires with native SiO2, the surface oxide can suppress the volume expansion during lithiation for nanowires with diameters <∼50 nm. Finite element modeling shows that the oxide layer can induce compressive hydrostatic stress that could act to limit the extent of lithiation. The understanding developed herein of how volume expansion and extent of lithiation can depend on nanomaterial structure is important for the improvement of Si-based anodes. © 2011 American Chemical Society.

  13. Anodic oxidation of salicylic acid on BDD electrode: Variable effects and mechanisms of degradation

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    Rabaaoui, Nejmeddine, E-mail: chimie_tunisie@yahoo.fr [Faculte des Sciences de Sfax, Departement de Chimie, 3038 Sfax (Tunisia); Allagui, Mohamed Salah [Faculte des Sciences de Gafsa, Campus Universitaire Sidi Ahmed Zarrouk, 2112 Gafsa (Tunisia)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Oxidation with BDD is a powerful electrochemical method able to mineralize. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SA is oxidized to aromatic compounds then CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Polymeric intermediate products were formed. - Abstract: The degradation of 100 mL of solution with salicylic acid (SA) in the pH range 3.0-10.0 has been studied by anodic oxidation in a cell with a boron-doped diamond (BDD) anode and a stainless steel cathode, both of 3 cm{sup 2} area, by applying a current of 100, 300 and 450 mA at 25 Degree-Sign C. Completed mineralization is always achieved due to the great concentration of hydroxyl radical ({center_dot}OH) generated at the BDD surface. The mineralization rate increases with increasing applied current, but decreases when drug concentration rises from 200 mg L{sup -1}. Nevertheless, the pH effect was not significant. During oxidation it was observed that catechol, 2,5-dihydroxylated benzoic acid, 2,3-dihydroxylated benzoic acid and hydroquinone were formed as aromatic intermediates. In addition, ion-exclusion chromatography allowed the detection of fumaric, maleic, oxalic and formic as the ultimate carboxylic acid.

  14. Superior corrosion resistance by niobium coating

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    Niobium is a reactive metal which passivates spontaneously in many aggressive environments. Niobium metal also has favorable thermal and mechanical properties for use in the chemical process industries as process equipment or ancillary components which require high reliability and extensive service life. Niobium coatings can be used in applications where superior resistance against aqueous corrosion or erosion in hot-gases is needed. In this study the corrosion resistance of electrodeposited niobium on AISI 316 stainless steels in acid media has been studied. The structure and composition of niobium coatings are reviewed. The morphology, microstructure and defects were studied using a scanning electron microscope. In short term experiments the electrolyte was 30% H2SO4 at a temperature of 298 K and during long term measurements the electrolyte was 1 M H2SO4. Both Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) electrochemical methods were used to characterize the corrosion behavior of base material and coating-base material system. Short term measurement procedure for coated samples consisted of four different measurements. Polarization resistance values measured by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy showed that the corrosion resistance of niobium coatings was related to the development of a passive layer on the niobium surface. The Long Cyclic Anodic Polarization curves showed that electrodeposited niobium coatings are capable of isolating the substrate material completely from the electrolyte. The Potentiostatic Exertion measurements showed that the corrosion resistance of electrodeposited niobium coatings was five orders of magnitude better than of the base material AISI 316 in 30 % H2SO2 electrolyte

  15. Production of planar copper-based anode supported intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells cosintered at 950 °C

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    De Marco, Vincenzo; Grazioli, Alberto; Sglavo, Vincenzo M.

    2016-10-01

    Copper-based anode supported planar Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells are produced and characterized in the present work. The most important advancement is related to the use of copper within the anodic layer, this giving promising results for feeding Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with carbon and sulphur containing fuels. Both anode and Li2O containing-Gadolinia Doped Ceria based electrolyte are produced by water based tape casting process. The supporting anode is coupled to the electrolyte by thermopressing, the cathode being obtained by screen printing. A 3 h isotherm at 950 °C allows to obtain the cosintering of the three layers. The electrochemical test performed on such cells reveals a 0.8 V open circuit voltage and a power density higher than 26 mW cm-2 at 650 °C.

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

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    孔令斌; 陆梅; 李梦轲; 郭新勇; 力虎林

    2003-01-01

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

  17. Marker behaviour of implanted xenon during the anodic oxidation of aluminium: evidence and interpretation of dose dependant splitting effect

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    Using 2 MeV lithium ions backscattering and transmission electron microscopy techniques, a part of xenon atoms introduced by implantation in aluminium metal under the initial oxide layer is shown to be tranported by the moving metal-oxide interface during anodic oxidation. From specific anodization conditions (V sup(ct), T = 900C) this splitting of the initial xenon distribution is interpreted in terms of bubble formation and growth above a given local concentration threshold. A schematic model for this behaviour evolution is proposed. This dose dependance is of practical interest in the determination of transport numbers. Although unambiguously measured they may be subject to significant systematic uncertainties which are discussed

  18. Cycle Life of Commercial Lithium-Ion Batteries with Lithium Titanium Oxide Anodes in Electric Vehicles

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    Xuebing Han

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The lithium titanium oxide (LTO anode is widely accepted as one of the best anodes for the future lithium ion batteries in electric vehicles (EVs, especially since its cycle life is very long. In this paper, three different commercial LTO cells from different manufacturers were studied in accelerated cycle life tests and their capacity fades were compared. The result indicates that under 55 °C, the LTO battery still shows a high capacity fade rate. The battery aging processes of all the commercial LTO cells clearly include two stages. Using the incremental capacity (IC analysis, it could be judged that in the first stage, the battery capacity decreases mainly due to the loss of anode material and the degradation rate is lower. In the second stage, the battery capacity decreases much faster, mainly due to the degradation of the cathode material. The result is important for the state of health (SOH estimation and remaining useful life (RUL prediction of battery management system (BMS for LTO batteries in EVs.

  19. 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.

  20. Accelerated creep in solid oxide fuel cell anode supports during reduction

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    Frandsen, H. L.; Makowska, M.; Greco, F.; Chatzichristodoulou, C.; Ni, D. W.; Curran, D. J.; Strobl, M.; Kuhn, L. T.; Hendriksen, P. V.

    2016-08-01

    To evaluate the reliability of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks during operation, the stress field in the stack must be known. During operation the stress field will depend on time as creep processes relax stresses. The creep of reduced Ni-YSZ anode support at operating conditions has been studied previously. In this work a newly discovered creep phenomenon taking place during the reduction is reported. This relaxes stresses at a much higher rate (∼×104) than creep during operation. The phenomenon was studied both in three-point bending and uniaxial tension. Differences between the two measurements could be explained by newly observed stress promoted reduction. Finally, samples exposed to a small tensile stress (∼0.004 MPa) were observed to expand during reduction, which is in contradiction to previous literature. These observations suggest that release of internal residual stresses between the NiO and the YSZ phases occurs during reduction. The accelerated creep should practically eliminate any residual stress in the anode support in an SOFC stack, as has previously been indirectly observed. This phenomenon has to be taken into account both in the production of stacks and in the simulation of the stress field in a stack based on anode supported SOFCs.

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

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

    2015-09-23

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

  2. Fabrication of High power, High-Efficiency Linear Array Diode Lasers by Pulse Anodic Oxidation

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    Gao, Xin; Zhang, Jing; Li, Hui; Qu, Yi; Bo, Baoxue

    2006-09-01

    InGaAlAs/AlGaAs/GaAs double-quantum-well (DQW) linear array diode lasers with asymmetric wide waveguide have been successfully fabricated by pulse anodic oxidation upon molecular beam epitaxy material growth. High-efficiency and high-power quasi-continuous-wave (QCW) output has been realized at 808 nm wavelength. The threshold current and slope efficiency of the prepared high-fill-factor QCW devices are 24 A and 1.25 A/W, respectively, and a maximum wall-plug efficiency of 51% has been achieved.

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

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    迟广俊; 姚素薇

    2004-01-01

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

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

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

    2007-06-01

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

  5. Methane Steam Reforming over an Ni-YSZ Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anode in Stack Configuration

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    Mogensen, David; Grunwaldt, Jan-Dierk; Hendriksen, Peter Vang;

    2014-01-01

    The kinetics of catalytic steam reforming of methane over an Ni-YSZ anode of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) have been investigated with the cell placed in a stack configuration. In order to decrease the degree of conversion, a single cell stack with reduced area was used. Measurements were...... performed in the temperature range 600-800 degrees C and the partial pressures of all reactants and products were varied. The obtained rates could be well fitted with a power law expression (r proportional to P-CH4(0.7)). A simple model is presented which is capable of predicting the methane conversion...

  6. Methane Steam Reforming over an Ni-YSZ Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Anode in Stack Configuration

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    Mogensen, D.; J.-D. Grunwaldt; Hendriksen, P. V.; J. U. Nielsen; K. Dam-Johansen

    2014-01-01

    The kinetics of catalytic steam reforming of methane over an Ni-YSZ anode of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) have been investigated with the cell placed in a stack configuration. In order to decrease the degree of conversion, a single cell stack with reduced area was used. Measurements were performed in the temperature range 600-800 degrees C and the partial pressures of all reactants and products were varied. The obtained rates could be well fitted with a power law expression (r proportional ...

  7. Accelerated creep in solid oxide fuel cell anode supports during reduction

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    Frandsen, Henrik Lund; Makowska, Malgorzata Grazyna; Greco, Fabio;

    2016-01-01

    To evaluate the reliability of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks during operation, the stress field in the stack must be known. During operation the stress field will depend on time as creep processes relax stresses. The creep of reduced Ni-YSZ anode support at operating conditions has been...... studied previously. In this work a newly discovered creep phenomenon taking place during the reduction is reported. This relaxes stresses at a much higher rate (∼ x104) than creep during operation. The phenomenon was studied both in three-point bending and uniaxial tension. Differences between the two...

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

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

  9. Study on the influences of reduction temperature on nickel-yttria-stabilized zirconia solid oxide fuel cell anode using nickel oxide-film electrode

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    Jiao, Zhenjun; Ueno, Ai; Suzuki, Yuji; Shikazono, Naoki

    2016-10-01

    In this study, the reduction processes of nickel oxide at different temperatures were investigated using nickel-film anode to study the influences of reduction temperature on the initial performances and stability of nickel-yttria-stabilized zirconia anode. Compared to conventional nickel-yttria-stabilized zirconia composite cermet anode, nickel-film anode has the advantage of direct observation at nickel-yttria-stabilized zirconia interface. The microstructural changes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy. The reduction process of nickel oxide is considered to be determined by the competition between the mechanisms of volume reduction in nickel oxide-nickel reaction and nickel sintering. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was applied to analyze the time variation of the nickel-film anode electrochemical characteristics. The anode performances and microstructural changes before and after 100 hours discharging and open circuit operations were analyzed. The degradation of nickel-film anode is considered to be determined by the co-effect between the nickel sintering and the change of nickel-yttria-stabilized zirconia interface bonding condition.

  10. Degradation of 1-hydroxy-2,4-dinitrobenzene from aqueous solutions by electrochemical oxidation: role of anodic material.

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    Quiroz, Marco A; Sánchez-Salas, José L; Reyna, Silvia; Bandala, Erick R; Peralta-Hernández, Juan M; Martínez-Huitle, Carlos A

    2014-03-15

    Electrochemical oxidation (ECOx) of 1-hydroxy-2,4-dinitrobenzene (or 2,4-dinitrophenol: 2,4-DNP) in aqueous solutions by electrolysis under galvanostatic control was studied at Pb/PbO2, Ti/SnO2, Ti/IrxRuySnO2 and Si/BDD anodes as a function of current density applied. Oxidative degradation of 2,4-DNP has clearly shown that electrode material and the current density applied were important parameters to optimize the oxidation process. It was observed that 2,4-DNP was oxidized at few substrates to CO2 with different results, obtaining good removal efficiencies at Pb/PbO2, Ti/SnO2 and Si/BDD anodes. Trends in degradation way depend on the production of hydroxyl radicals (OH) on these anodic materials, as confirmed in this study. Furthermore, HPLC results suggested that two kinds of intermediates were generated, polyhydroxylated intermediates and carboxylic acids. The formation of these polyhydroxylated intermediates seems to be associated with the denitration step and substitution by OH radicals on aromatic rings, this being the first proposed step in the reaction mechanism. These compounds were successively oxidized, followed by the opening of aromatic rings and the formation of a series of carboxylic acids which were at the end oxidized into CO2 and H2O. On the basis of these information, a reaction scheme was proposed for each type of anode used for 2,4-D oxidation.

  11. Anode materials for hydrogen sulfide containing feeds in a solid oxide fuel cell

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    Roushanafshar, Milad

    SOFCs which can directly operate under high concentration of H2S would be economically beneficial as this reduces the cost of gas purification. H2S is highly reactive gas specie which can poison most of the conventional catalysts. As a result, developing anode materials which can tolerate high concentrations of H2S and also display high activity toward electrochemical oxidation of feed is crucial and challenging for this application. The performance of La0.4Sr0.6TiO3+/-delta -Y0.2Ce0.8O2-delta (LST-YDC) composite anodes in solid oxide fuel cells significantly improved when 0.5% H2 S was present in syngas (40% H2, 60% CO) or hydrogen. Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry analyses revealed that the rate of electrochemical oxidation of all fuel components improved when H2S containing syngas was present in the fuel. Electrochemical stability tests performed under potentiostatic condition showed that there was no power degradation for different feeds, and that there was power enhancement when 0.5% H2S was present in various feeds. The mechanism of performance improvement by H2S was discussed. Active anodes were synthesized via wet chemical impregnation of different amounts of La0.4Ce0.6O1.8 (LDC) and La 0.4Sr0.6TiO3 (L4ST) into porous yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). Co-impregnation of LDC with LS4T significantly improved the performance of the cell from 48 mW.cm-2 (L4ST) to 161 mW.cm -2 (LDC-L4ST) using hydrogen as fuel at 900 °C. The contribution of LDC to this improvement was investigated using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) as well as transmission electron microscopy (TEM). EIS measurements using symmetrical cells showed that the polarization resistance decreased from 3.1¦O.cm 2 to 0.5 O.cm2 when LDC was co-impregnated with LST, characterized in humidified H2 (3% H2O) at 900 °C. In addition, the microstructure of the cell was modified when LDC was impregnated prior to L4ST into the porous YSZ. TEM and SEM

  12. Cytocompatibility of titanium metal injection molding with various anodic oxidation post-treatments

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    Metal injection molding (MIM) is a near net shape manufacturing method that allows for the production of components of small to moderate size and complex shape. MIM is a cost-effective and flexible manufacturing technique that provides a large innovative potential over existing methods for the industry of implantable devices. Commercially pure titanium (CP-Ti) samples were machined to the same shape as a composite feedstock with titanium and polyoxymethylene, and these metals were injected, debinded and sintered to assess comparative biological properties. Moreover, we treated MIM-Ti parts with BIOCOAT®, BIODIZE® and BIOCER®, three different anodic oxidation techniques that treat titanium using acid, alkaline and anion enriched electrolytes, respectively. Cytocompatibility as well as morphological and chemical features of surfaces was comparatively assessed on each sample, and the results revealed that MIM-Ti compared to CP-Ti demonstrated a specific surface topography with a higher roughness. MIM-Ti and BIOCER® samples significantly enhanced cell proliferation, cell adhesion and cell differentiation compared to CP-Ti. Interestingly, in the anodization post-treatment established in this study, we demonstrated the ability to improve osseointegration through anionic modification treatment. The excellent biological response we observed with MIM parts using the injection molding process represents a promising manufacturing method for the future implantable devices in direct contact with bones. - Highlights: ► Metal injection molding technique gives titanium a specific surface roughness. It enhances the biological response. ► Anodic oxidation method adds Ca, P, and Mg ions on the surface, promoting the cell adhesion. ► Cytocompatibility analyses show an increased cell adhesion and proliferation on MIM-Ti compared to pure titanium.

  13. Investigation into the diffusion and oxidation behavior of the interface between a plasma-sprayed anode and a porous steel support for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Zhang, Shan-Lin; Li, Cheng-Xin; Li, Chang-Jiu; Liu, Meilin; Yang, Guan-Jun

    2016-08-01

    Porous metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have attracted much attention because their potential to dramatically reduce the cost while enhancing the robustness and manufacturability. In particular, 430 ferritic steel (430L) is one of the popular choice for SOFC support because of its superior performance and low cost. In this study, we investigate the oxidation and diffusion behavior of the interface between a Ni-based anode and porous 430L support exposed to a humidified (3% H2O) hydrogen atmosphere at 700 °C. The Ni-GDC (Ce0.8Gd0.2O2-δ) cermet anodes are deposited on the porous 430L support by atmospheric plasma spraying (APS). The effect of exposure time on the microstructure and phase structure of the anode and the supports is studied and the element diffusion across the support/anode interface is characterized. Results indicate that the main oxidation product of the 430L support is Cr2O3, and that Cr and Fe will diffuse to the anode and the diffusion thickness increases with the exposure time. The diffusion thickness of Cr and Fe reach about 5 and 2 μm, respectively, after 1000 h exposure. However, the element diffusion and oxidation has little influence on the area-specific resistance, indicating that the porous 430L steel and plasma sprayed Ni-GDC anode are promising for durable SOFCs.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  15. Infiltrated lanthanum strontium chromite anodes for solid oxide fuel cells: Structural and catalytic aspects

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    Oh, Tae-Sik; Yu, Anthony S.; Adijanto, Lawrence; Gorte, Raymond J.; Vohs, John M.

    2014-09-01

    Infiltration is a widely used fabrication method for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) composite electrodes. Here we report a study of the structure and electrocatalytic properties of SOFC anodes composed of a layer of lanthanum, strontium chromite (La0.8Sr0.2CrO3, LSCr), both with and without added transition metal dopants, infiltrated into a porous yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) matrix. The structural evolution of the electrode upon reduction and under typical SOFC operating conditions is compared to that reported previously for La0.8Sr0.2Cr0.5Mn0.5O3-YSZ composite anodes. For the transition metal doped materials, a portion of the metal dopants were found to be exsolved from the LSCr lattice upon reduction and to be effective in promoting electro-oxidation of hydrogen. Exsolved cobalt particles were also found to be relatively stable when exposed to hydrocarbon fuels with low activity for the formation of carbon deposits.

  16. Calcination/acid-activation treatment of an anodic oxidation TiO2/Ti film catalyst

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    YAO Zhongping; JIANG Yanli; JIANG Zhaohua; ZHU Hongkui; BAI Xuefeng

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this work was to investigate the effects of calcination/acid-activation on the composition, structure, and photocatalytic (PC) re-duction property of an anodic oxidation TiO2/Ti film catalyst. The surface morphology and phase composition were examined by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The catalytic property of the film catalysts was evaluated through the removal rate of potassium chromate during the PC reduction process. The results showed that the film catalysts were composed of anatase and mtile TiO2 with a mi-cro-porous surface structure. The calcination treatment increased the content of TiO2 in the film, changed the relative ratio of anatase and rutile TiO2, and decreased the size of the micro pores of the film cat.a/ysts. The removal rate of potassium chromate was related to the tech-nique parameters of calcination/acid-activation treatment. When the anodic oxidation TiO2Ti film catalyst was calcined at 873 K for 30 min and then acid-activated in the concentrated H2SO4 for 60 min, it presented the highest catalytic property, with the removal rate of potassium chromate of 96.3% during the PC reduction process under the experimental conditions.

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

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    P. Michal

    2016-07-01

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

  18. Titanium oxide layers on aluminium substrates produced by the anodic spark deposition process

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    Titanium oxide layers were prepared on pure aluminium substrates by the anodic spark deposition method. The formed crystalline titania (TiO2) phases rutile and anatase and the sodium titanium oxide (Na0.23TiO2) were identified. The corresponding crystallite size values were obtained from X-ray diffraction data by means of the Rietveld method. The crystallite size of each of these phases continuously increases with rising current density. Furthermore, the two-dimensional distribution of the titania phases on the sample surface was determined by Raman spectroscopy. It was found that the rutile/anatase ratio is inhomogeneous distributed on an observed area of 400 x 400 μm2.

  19. Performance Factors and Sulfur Tolerance of Metal Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with Nanostructured Ni:GDC Infiltrated Anodes

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    Nielsen, Jimmi; Sudireddy, Bhaskar Reddy; Hagen, Anke;

    2015-01-01

    Two metal supported solid oxide fuel cells (active area 16 cm2) with nanostructured Ni:GDC infiltrated anodes, but different anode and support microstructures were studied in respect to sulfur tolerance at the aimed operating temperature of 650ºC. The studied MS-SOFCs are based on ferretic stainl...... anode is significantly more sulfur tolerant than the conventional Ni/YSZ cermet anode. © 2015 ECS - The Electrochemical Society......Two metal supported solid oxide fuel cells (active area 16 cm2) with nanostructured Ni:GDC infiltrated anodes, but different anode and support microstructures were studied in respect to sulfur tolerance at the aimed operating temperature of 650ºC. The studied MS-SOFCs are based on ferretic...... stainless steel (FeCr) and showed excellent performance characteristics at 650ºC with area specific resistances (ASR) of 0.35 Ωcm2 and 0.7 Ωcm2 respectively. The sulfur tolerance testing was performed by addition/removal of 2, 5, and 10 ppm H2S in hydrogen based fuel under galvanostatic operation...

  20. A Stability Study of Ni/Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Anode for Direct Ammonia Solid Oxide Fuel Cells.

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    Yang, Jun; Molouk, Ahmed Fathi Salem; Okanishi, Takeou; Muroyama, Hiroki; Matsui, Toshiaki; Eguchi, Koichi

    2015-12-30

    In recent years, solid oxide fuel cells fueled with ammonia have been attracting intensive attention. In this work, ammonia fuel was supplied to the Ni/yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) cermet anode at 600 and 700 °C, and the change of electrochemical performance and microstructure under the open-circuit state was studied in detail. The influence of ammonia exposure on the microstructure of Ni was also investigated by using Ni/YSZ powder and Ni film deposited on a YSZ disk. The obtained results demonstrated that Ni in the cermet anode was partially nitrided under an ammonia atmosphere, which considerably roughened the Ni surface. Moreover, the destruction of the anode support layer was confirmed for the anode-supported cell upon the temperature cycling test between 600 and 700 °C because of the nitriding phenomenon of Ni, resulting in severe performance degradation.

  1. Performance Factors and Sulfur Tolerance of Metal Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with Nanostructured Ni:GDC Infiltrated Anodes

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    Nielsen, Jimmi; Sudireddy, Bhaskar Reddy; Hagen, Anke;

    2016-01-01

    Two metal supported solid oxide fuel cells (active area 16 cm2) with nanostructured Ni:GDC infiltrated anodes, possessing different anode and support microstructures were studied in respect to sulfur tolerance at an operating temperature of 650°C. The studied MS-SOFCs are based on ferretic...... stainless steel (FeCr) and showed excellent performance characteristics at 650°C with fuel utilization corrected area specific resistances of 0.35 Ωcm2 and 0.7 Ωcm2 respectively. The sulfur tolerance testing was performed by periodic addition of 2, 5, and 10 ppm H2S in hydrogen based fuel under...... galvanostatic operation at a current load of 0.25 Acm−2. The results were compared with literature on the sulfur tolerance of conventional SOFC Ni/YSZ cermet anode. The comparison in terms of absolute cell resistance increase and relative anode polarization resistance increase indicates, that the nanostructured...

  2. Ni coarsening in the three-phase solid oxide fuel cell anode - a phase-field simulation study

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    Chen, Hsun-Yi; Cronin, J Scott; Wilson, James R; Barnett, Scott A; Thornton, Katsuyo

    2012-01-01

    Ni coarsening in Ni-yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) solid oxide fuel cell anodes is considered a major reason for anode degradation. We present a predictive, quantative modeling framework based on the phase-field approach to systematically examine coarsening kinetics in such anodes. The initial structures for simulations are experimentally acquired functional layers of anodes. Sample size effects and error analysis of contact angles are examined. Three phase boundary (TPB) lengths and Ni surface areas are quantatively identified on the basis of the active, dead-end, and isolated phase clusters throughout coarsening. Tortuosity evolution of the pores is also investigated. We find that phase clusters with larger characteristic length evolve slower than those with smaller length scales. As a result, coarsening has small positive effects on transport, and impacts less on the active Ni surface area than the total counter part. TPBs, however, are found to be sensitive to local morphological features and are only i...

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

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

    2000-02-01

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

  4. Improvement of corrosion resistance of AZ31 Mg alloy by anodizing with co-precipitation of cerium oxide

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    Salah Abdelghany SALMAN; Ryoichi ICHINO; Masazumi OKIDO

    2009-01-01

    Anodizing of AZ31 Mg alloy in NaOH solution by co-precipitation of cerium oxide was investigated. The chemical composition and phase structure of the coating film were determined via optical microscopy, SEM and XRD. The corrosion properties of the anodic film were characterized by using potentiodynamic polarization curves in 17 mmol/L NaCl and 0.1 mol/L Na2SO4 solution at 298 K. The corrosion resistance of AZ31 magnesium alloy is significantly improved by adding cerium oxide to alkaline solution. In addition, the surface properties are enhanced and the film contains no crack.

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

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

  6. Ceria-Based Anodes for Next Generation Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Mirfakhraei, Behzad

    Mixed ionic and electronic conducting materials (MIECs) have been suggested to represent the next generation of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes, primarily due to their significantly enhanced active surface area and their tolerance to fuel components. In this thesis, the main focus has been on determining and tuning the physicochemical and electrochemical properties of ceria-based MIECs in the versatile perovskite or fluorite crystal structures. In one direction, BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.1 M0.1O3-delta (M = Fe, Ni, Co and Yb) (BZCY-M) perovskites were synthesized using solid-state or wet citric acid combustion methods and the effect of various transition metal dopants on the sintering behavior, crystal structure, chemical stability under CO2 and H 2S, and electrical conductivity, was investigated. BZCY-Ni, synthesized using the wet combustion method, was the best performing anode, giving a polarization resistance (RP) of 0.4 O.cm2 at 800 °C. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis showed that this was due to the exsolution of catalytic Ni nanoparticles onto the oxide surface. Evolving from this promising result, the effect of Mo-doped CeO 2 (nCMO) or Ni nanoparticle infiltration into a porous Gd-doped CeO 2 (GDC) anode (in the fluorite structure) was studied. While 3 wt. % Ni infiltration lowered RP by up to 90 %, giving 0.09 O.cm2 at 800 °C and exhibiting a ca. 5 times higher tolerance towards 10 ppm H2, nCMO infiltration enhanced the H2 stability by ca. 3 times, but had no influence on RP. In parallel work, a first-time study of the Ce3+ and Ce 4+ redox process (pseudocapacitance) within GDC anode materials was carried out using cyclic voltammetry (CV) in wet H2 at high temperatures. It was concluded that, at 500-600 °C, the Ce3+/Ce 4+ reaction is diffusion controlled, probably due to O2- transport limitations in the outer 5-10 layers of the GDC particles, giving a very high capacitance of ca. 70 F/g. Increasing the temperature ultimately

  7. Flame oxidation of stainless steel felt enhances anodic biofilm formation and current output in bioelectrochemical systems.

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    Guo, Kun; Donose, Bogdan C; Soeriyadi, Alexander H; Prévoteau, Antonin; Patil, Sunil A; Freguia, Stefano; Gooding, J Justin; Rabaey, Korneel

    2014-06-17

    Stainless steel (SS) can be an attractive material to create large electrodes for microbial bioelectrochemical systems (BESs), due to its low cost and high conductivity. However, poor biocompatibility limits its successful application today. Here we report a simple and effective method to make SS electrodes biocompatible by means of flame oxidation. Physicochemical characterization of electrode surface indicated that iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) were generated in situ on an SS felt surface by flame oxidation. IONPs-coating dramatically enhanced the biocompatibility of SS felt and consequently resulted in a robust electroactive biofilm formation at its surface in BESs. The maximum current densities reached at IONPs-coated SS felt electrodes were 16.5 times and 4.8 times higher than the untreated SS felts and carbon felts, respectively. Furthermore, the maximum current density achieved with the IONPs-coated SS felt (1.92 mA/cm(2), 27.42 mA/cm(3)) is one of the highest current densities reported thus far. These results demonstrate for the first time that flame oxidized SS felts could be a good alternative to carbon-based electrodes for achieving high current densities in BESs. Most importantly, high conductivity, excellent mechanical strength, strong chemical stability, large specific surface area, and comparatively low cost of flame oxidized SS felts offer exciting opportunities for scaling-up of the anodes for BESs.

  8. Effective improvement of interface modified strontium titanate based solid oxide fuel cell anodes by infiltration with nano-sized palladium and gadolinium-doped cerium oxide

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    Abdul Jabbar, Mohammed Hussain; Høgh, Jens Valdemar Thorvald; Zhang, Wei;

    2013-01-01

    The development of low temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes by infiltration of Pd/Gd-doped cerium oxide (CGO) electrocatalysts in Nb-doped SrTiO3 (STN) backbones has been investigated. Modification of the electrode/electrolyte interface by thin layer of spin-coated CGO (400-500 nm) con...

  9. An investigation of oxide composite anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Liu, Bo

    This thesis is aimed to develop high-capacity, inexpensive, long cycle life and environmentally benign anode for lithium-ion batteries. With those goals in mind, a novel oxide alloy composite materials MO-Sn xCoyCz (MO=GeO2, SnO2, SiO and SiO2) have been proposed and investigated. Mechanical alloying method has been used to synthesize oxide alloy composite anode material. The MO-SnxCo yCz composite has the potential to combine the advantageous properties of both Sn-Co-C (long cycle life) and MO (high capacity) and, thereby, improve the overall electrochemical performance. The as-milled materials were studied by BET, laser particle analyzer, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), pair distribution function (PDF), extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS). Evaluating from electrochemical performance, tap density, and cost, GeO2 and SiO are the most promising candidates alloyed with Sn-Co-C system. The GeO 2 composite anode shows a reversible capacity over 800 mAh/g with good capacity retention. Furthermore, the 1st cycle coulombic efficiency has been improved up to 80%. Compared with GeO2, SiO has an advantage on the price. A series of composite anode materials of xSiO * (1-x)SnxCoyC z were studied by electrochemical method. The composition of 50 wt.%SiO-50 wt.%Sn30Co30C40 shows the best electrochemical performance. Two different milling methods (ultra high-energy milling and SPEX milling) were employed to prepare the samples. Ultra high-energy milling sample exhibited superior electrochemical performance. Stabilized lithium metallic powder technique is employed on this anode to improve the first cycle coulombic efficiency. Full-cell configuration (Li1.2Ni 0.15Co0.10Mn0.55O2 vs. 50 wt.%SiO-50 wt.% Sn30Co30C40) has been cycled over 200 cycles successfully. The SiO-SnxFeyC z (x : y: z molar ratio) composite has been milled in different compositions. Metallic iron was employed instead of cobalt, which cuts the cost significantly but does not

  10. Fabrication of TiO2 Crystalline Coatings by Combining Ti-6Al-4V Anodic Oxidation and Heat Treatments

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    María Laura Vera

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The bio- and hemocompatibility of titanium alloys are due to the formation of a TiO2 layer. This natural oxide may have fissures which are detrimental to its properties. Anodic oxidation is used to obtain thicker films. By means of this technique, at low voltages oxidation, amorphous and low roughness coatings are obtained, while, above a certain voltage, crystalline and porous coatings are obtained. According to the literature, the crystalline phases of TiO2, anatase, and rutile would present greater biocompatibility than the amorphous phase. On the other hand, for hemocompatible applications, smooth and homogeneous surfaces are required. One way to obtain crystalline and homogeneous coatings is by heat treatments after anodic oxidation. The aim of this study is to evaluate the influence of heat treatments on the thickness, morphology, and crystalline structure of the TiO2 anodic coatings. The characterization was performed by optical and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray reflectometry. Coatings with different colors of interference were obtained. There were no significant changes in the surface morphology and roughness after heat treatment of 500°C. Heat treated coatings have different proportions of the crystalline phases, depending on the voltage of anodic oxidation and the temperature of the heat treatment.

  11. Corrosion Behavior of Anodic Oxidized TiO2 Film in Seawater

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    WANG Min; WANG Wei; HE Benlin; SUN Mingliang; YIN Yansheng; LIU Lan; ZOU Wuyuan; XU Xuefei

    2010-01-01

    TiO2 films were formed on metallic titanium substrates by the anodic oxidation method in H2SO4 solution under the 80V D.C..Phase component and microstructure were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD)and scanning electron microscopy(SEM).Water contact angles on titanium oxide film surface were measured under both dark and sunlight illumination conditions.Corrosion tests were carried out in seawater under different illumination conditions by electrochemistry impedance spectrum(EIS)and polarization curves.The result showed that the TiO2 film prepared by the anodic oxidation method was anatase with a uniform structure and without obvious pores or cracks on its surface.The average water contact angle of the film was 116.4 ° in dark,in contrast to an angle of 42.7 ° under the UV illumination for 2 hours,which demonstrates good hydrophobic property.The anti-corrosion behavior of the TiO2 film was declining with the extended immersion time.Under dark conditions,however,the hydrophobic TiO2 film retarded the water infiltrating into the substrate.The impedance changed slowly and the corrosion current density was 2 orders of magnitude lower than that with the film illuminated by sunlight.All of those mentioned above indicate that the TiO2 film possesses much better performance under dark condition,and it can be applied as an engineering material under dark seawater environment.

  12. Effect of Samarium Oxide on the Electrical Conductivity of Plasma-Sprayed SOFC Anodes

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    Panahi, S. N.; Samadi, H.; Nemati, A.

    2016-05-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are rapidly becoming recognized as a new alternative to traditional energy conversion systems because of their high energy efficiency. From an ecological perspective, this environmentally friendly technology, which produces clean energy, is likely to be implemented more frequently in the future. However, the current SOFC technology still cannot meet the demands of commercial applications due to temperature constraints and high cost. To develop a marketable SOFC, suppliers have tended to reduce the operating temperatures by a few hundred degrees. The overall trend for SOFC materials is to reduce their service temperature of electrolyte. Meanwhile, it is important that the other components perform at the same temperature. Currently, the anodes of SOFCs are being studied in depth. Research has indicated that anodes based on a perovskite structure are a more promising candidate in SOFCs than the traditional system because they possess more favorable electrical properties. Among the perovskite-type oxides, SrTiO3 is one of the most promising compositions, with studies demonstrating that SrTiO3 exhibits particularly favorable electrical properties in contrast with other perovskite-type oxides. The main purpose of this article is to describe our study of the effect of rare-earth dopants with a perovskite structure on the electrical behavior of anodes in SOFCs. Sm2O3-doped SrTiO3 synthesized by a solid-state reaction was coated on substrate by atmospheric plasma spray. To compare the effect of the dopant on the electrical conductivity of strontium titanate, different concentrations of Sm2O3 were used. The samples were then investigated by x-ray diffraction, four-point probe at various temperatures (to determine the electrical conductivity), and a scanning electron microscope. The study showed that at room temperature, nondoped samples have a higher electrical resistance than doped samples. As the temperature was increased, the electrical

  13. Effect of Samarium Oxide on the Electrical Conductivity of Plasma-Sprayed SOFC Anodes

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    Panahi, S. N.; Samadi, H.; Nemati, A.

    2016-10-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are rapidly becoming recognized as a new alternative to traditional energy conversion systems because of their high energy efficiency. From an ecological perspective, this environmentally friendly technology, which produces clean energy, is likely to be implemented more frequently in the future. However, the current SOFC technology still cannot meet the demands of commercial applications due to temperature constraints and high cost. To develop a marketable SOFC, suppliers have tended to reduce the operating temperatures by a few hundred degrees. The overall trend for SOFC materials is to reduce their service temperature of electrolyte. Meanwhile, it is important that the other components perform at the same temperature. Currently, the anodes of SOFCs are being studied in depth. Research has indicated that anodes based on a perovskite structure are a more promising candidate in SOFCs than the traditional system because they possess more favorable electrical properties. Among the perovskite-type oxides, SrTiO3 is one of the most promising compositions, with studies demonstrating that SrTiO3 exhibits particularly favorable electrical properties in contrast with other perovskite-type oxides. The main purpose of this article is to describe our study of the effect of rare-earth dopants with a perovskite structure on the electrical behavior of anodes in SOFCs. Sm2O3-doped SrTiO3 synthesized by a solid-state reaction was coated on substrate by atmospheric plasma spray. To compare the effect of the dopant on the electrical conductivity of strontium titanate, different concentrations of Sm2O3 were used. The samples were then investigated by x-ray diffraction, four-point probe at various temperatures (to determine the electrical conductivity), and a scanning electron microscope. The study showed that at room temperature, nondoped samples have a higher electrical resistance than doped samples. As the temperature was increased, the electrical

  14. Realization of tin oxide like anode for the manufacture of the organic solar cells

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    Khelil A.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The transparent oxides such as SnO2, In2O3 and ZnO continue to arouse a private interest for their various applications. The objective of the various studies being to carry out the layers which are simultaneously most transparent and most conducting possible. Thus in the field of the solar spectrum, the transmission of the layers must be higher than 80% and their conductivity exceeding 103 (Ohm.cm-1. Their transparency which is related to the value of their forbidden band must be higher than 3.7 e V. Their electric properties as for them depend on the composition of the layers and a possible doping. In this work, one characterized layers of SnO2 deposited by chemical pulverization, one carried out measurements by, electronic scan microscopy, diffraction of x-rays and also of the optical measurements and electronic. It results from it that the layers are conducting and transparent in the visible one but they are relatively rough, following its characterizations, one carried out organic photovoltaic cells using these layers of SnO2 and also of the commercial ITO like anode in these components. More particularly one was interested in the influence of the presence of a fine layer of gold between the anode and organic material.

  15. Stability of the anodic growth porous tungsten oxide in different solutions

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    Chai, Y.; Yam, F. K.; Hassan, Z. [Nano-Optoelectronic Research and Technology Laboratory, School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang (Malaysia)

    2015-05-15

    This article presents the study of the stability of the anodic growth porous tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) film in different solutions. As-anodized films are relatively stable in acidic electrolytes like sulphuric acid (H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}), hydrochloric acid (HCl) but not in oxalic acid. In higher pH solution, rate of dissolution of the WO{sub 3} film is higher. Annealing at 400 °C for 2 h transform the as-grown sample from amorphous phase to the crystalline phase and this significantly improve the stability of the film in high pH solution. Photocurrent measurements reveal that there is no significant difference of the electrolyte used (0.5 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, 0.33 M H{sub 3}PO{sub 4}, 0.1 M sodium sulfate (Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4})) on the photocurrent. As-annealed films exhibit good stablility for the long photoelectrochemical (PEC) measurements (1700 s) in 0.5 M H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} and 0.1 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}. There is no effect on the photocurrent for the variation of the concentration of the acidic solution (H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}). However, lower photocurrent was obtained as the concentration of Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} was increased.

  16. Electrochemical incineration of dimethyl phthalate by anodic oxidation with boron-doped diamond electrode

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    HOU Yining; QU Jiuhui; ZHAO Xu; LIU Huijuan

    2009-01-01

    The anodic oxidation of aqueous solutions containing dimethyl phthalate (DMP) up to 125 mg/L with sodium sulfate (Na2SO4) as supporting electrolyte within the pH range 2.0-10.0 was studied using a one-compartment batch reactor employing a boron-doped diamond (BDD) as anode. Electrolyses were carried out at constant current density (1.5-4.5 mA/cm2). Complete mineralization was always achieved owing to the great concentration of hydroxyl radical (·OH) generated at the BDD surface. The effect of pH, apparent current density and initial DMP concentration on the degradation rate of DMP, the specific charge required for its total mineralization and mineralization current efficiency was investigated systematically. The mineralization rate of DMP was found to be pH-independent and to increase with increasing applied current density. Results indicated that this electrochemical process was subjected, at least partially, to the mass transfer of organics onto the BDD surface. Kinetic analysis of the temporal change of DMP concentration during electrolysis determined by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) revealed that DMP decay under all tested conditions followed a pseudo first-order reaction. Aromatic intermediates and generated carboxylic acids were identified by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) and a general pathway for the electrochemical incineration of DMP on BDD was proposed.

  17. Polyaniline-Coated Carbon Nanotube Ultrafiltration Membranes: Enhanced Anodic Stability for In Situ Cleaning and Electro-Oxidation Processes.

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    Duan, Wenyan; Ronen, Avner; Walker, Sharon; Jassby, David

    2016-08-31

    Electrically conducting membranes (ECMs) have been reported to be efficient in fouling prevention and destruction of aqueous chemical compounds. In the current study, highly conductive and anodically stable composite polyaniline-carbon nanotube (PANI-CNT) ultrafiltration (UF) ECMs were fabricated through a process of electropolymerization of aniline on a CNT substrate under acidic conditions. The resulting PANI-CNT UF ECMs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, a four-point conductivity probe, cyclic voltammetry, and contact angle goniometry. The utilization of the PANI-CNT material led to significant advantages, including: (1) increased electrical conductivity by nearly an order of magnitude; (2) increased surface hydrophilicity while not impacting membrane selectivity or permeability; and (3) greatly improved stability under anodic conditions. The membrane's anodic stability was evaluated in a pH-controlled aqueous environment under a wide range of anodic potentials using a three-electrode cell. Results indicate a significantly reduced degradation rate in comparison to a CNT-poly(vinyl alcohol) ECM under high anodic potentials. Fouling experiments conducted with bovine serum albumin demonstrated the capacity of the PANI-CNT ECMs for in situ oxidative cleaning, with membrane flux restored to its initial value under an applied potential of 3 V. Additionally, a model organic compound (methylene blue) was electrochemically transformed at high efficiency (90%) in a single pass through the anodically charged ECM. PMID:27525344

  18. Combining adsorption with anodic oxidation as an innovative technique for removal and destruction of organics.

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    Brown, N W; Roberts, E P L

    2013-01-01

    Coupling of adsorption with electrochemical oxidation is a novel approach to the treatment of aqueous organics that has demonstrated a number of key benefits over the individual application of these processes. This is based on a highly conducting adsorbent material, developed under the trade name Nyex™, that is able to rapidly adsorb the organics and anodically oxidise them within a single treatment unit. Successful scale up of the process (in both continuous and batch operation) has been achieved for the polishing of two separate groundwaters (one containing relatively simple petrol, diesel and their degradation products and the other with a range of more complex organics). Treatment showed that low discharge consents can be achieved, including the removal of more complex and difficult to treat compounds to below the limits of detection. Energy consumption for electrochemical regeneration was relatively low (down to 0.5 kWh/m(3)) suggesting that the process could be a practical alternative approach for effluent polishing.

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

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    2001-01-01

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

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

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    Ziyang Hu

    2011-01-01

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

  1. Solid oxide fuel cell anode image segmentation based on a novel quantum-inspired fuzzy clustering

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    Fu, Xiaowei; Xiang, Yuhan; Chen, Li; Xu, Xin; Li, Xi

    2015-12-01

    High quality microstructure modeling can optimize the design of fuel cells. For three-phase accurate identification of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) microstructure, this paper proposes a novel image segmentation method on YSZ/Ni anode Optical Microscopic (OM) images. According to Quantum Signal Processing (QSP), the proposed approach exploits a quantum-inspired adaptive fuzziness factor to adaptively estimate the energy function in the fuzzy system based on Markov Random Filed (MRF). Before defuzzification, a quantum-inspired probability distribution based on distance and gray correction is proposed, which can adaptively adjust the inaccurate probability estimation of uncertain points caused by noises and edge points. In this study, the proposed method improves accuracy and effectiveness of three-phase identification on the micro-investigation. It provides firm foundation to investigate the microstructural evolution and its related properties.

  2. Science Letters:Anodic oxidation of salicylic acid at Ta/BDD electrode

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    2007-01-01

    Boron-doped diamond (BDD) film electrodes using Ta as substrates were employed for anodic oxidation of salicylic acid (SA). The effects of operational variables including initial concentration, current density, temperature and pH were examined.The results showed that BDD films deposited on the Ta substrates had high electrocatalytic activity for SA degradation. There was little effect of pH on SA degradation. The current efficiency (CE) was found to be dependent mainly on the initial SA concentration,current density and temperature. Chemical oxygen demand (COD) was reduced from 830 mg/L to 42 mg/L under a current density of 200 A/m2 at 30 ℃.

  3. Boron-doped diamond anodic oxidation of ethidium bromide: Process optimization by response surface methodology

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    Highlights: ► Boron-doped diamond was used to degrade ethidium bromide. ► The process was optimized by a central composite rotatable design coupled with response surface methodology. ► Applied current is proved to be the most significant variable. ► A possible reaction sequence involving all the detected byproducts was proposed. - Abstract: The degradation of ethidium bromide (EtBr), a DNA intercalating pollutant, had been studied by anodic oxidation on boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode under galvanostatic conditions. A central composite rotatable design coupled with response surface methodology was implemented to optimize the various operating parameters involved, among initial pH, flow rate, applied current and supporting electrolyte concentration, on the treatment efficiency; the latter was assessed in terms of color removal, COD removal, specific energy consumption and general current efficiency. Of the four parameters involved, applied current had a considerable effect on all the response factors. Optimum EtBr degradation was achieved by applying a current of 0.90 A, 9.0 mM Na2SO4, flow rate of 400 ml min−1 and pH 6.2 at 60 min of electrolysis, being reduced color by 80.2% and COD by 29.7%, with an energy consumption of 398.32 kW h (kg COD)−1 and a general current efficiency of 10.1%. Under these optimized conditions, EtBr decays followed pseudo first-order kinetics. Moreover, HPLC analysis of the BDD-treated solution allowed the detection of a number of reaction intermediates, and a possible reaction sequence involving all the detected byproducts was proposed for the electrochemical oxidation of EtBr on BDD anode.

  4. Anodic oxidation of coke oven wastewater: Multiparameter optimization for simultaneous removal of cyanide, COD and phenol.

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    Sasidharan Pillai, Indu M; Gupta, Ashok K

    2016-07-01

    Anodic oxidation of industrial wastewater from a coke oven plant having cyanide including thiocyanate (280 mg L(-1)), chemical oxygen demand (COD - 1520 mg L(-1)) and phenol (900 mg L(-1)) was carried out using a novel PbO2 anode. From univariate optimization study, low NaCl concentration, acidic pH, high current density and temperature were found beneficial for the oxidation. Multivariate optimization was performed with cyanide including thiocyanate, COD and phenol removal efficiencies as a function of changes in initial pH, NaCl concentration and current density using Box-Behnken experimental design. Optimization was performed for maximizing the removal efficiencies of these three parameters simultaneously. The optimum condition was obtained as initial pH 3.95, NaCl as 1 g L(-1) and current density of 6.7 mA cm(-2), for which the predicted removal efficiencies were 99.6%, 86.7% and 99.7% for cyanide including thiocyanate, COD and phenol respectively. It was in agreement with the values obtained experimentally as 99.1%, 85.2% and 99.7% respectively for these parameters. The optimum conditions with initial pH constrained to a range of 6-8 was initial pH 6, NaCl as 1.31 g L(-1) and current density as 6.7 mA cm(-2). The predicted removal efficiencies were 99%, 86.7% and 99.6% for the three parameters. The efficiencies obtained experimentally were in agreement at 99%, 87.8% and 99.6% respectively. The cost of operation for degradation at optimum conditions was calculated as 21.4 USD m(-3). PMID:27039363

  5. Niobium(v) chloride and imidazolium bromides as efficient dual catalyst systems for the cycloaddition of carbon dioxide and propylene oxide

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    Wilhelm, Michael E.

    2014-02-19

    The application of niobium(v) chloride and several imidazolium bromides as catalyst systems for the cycloaddition of propylene oxide (PO) with carbon dioxide to propylene carbonate (PC) is reported. A set of 31 different imidazolium bromides has been synthesized with varying substituents at all five imidazolium ring atoms, of which 17 have not been reported before. The impact of different substitution patterns (steric and electronic changes and solubility in PO) at the imidazolium ring on the catalytic activity was investigated. The optimisation of the catalyst structure allows for the valorisation of carbon dioxide under mild reaction conditions with high reaction rates in very good yield and selectivity for PC. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.

  6. Niobium(v) chloride and imidazolium bromides as efficient dual catalyst systems for the cycloaddition of carbon dioxide and propylene oxide

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    Wilhelm, Michael E.

    2014-01-01

    The application of niobium(v) chloride and several imidazolium bromides as catalyst systems for the cycloaddition of propylene oxide (PO) with carbon dioxide to propylene carbonate (PC) is reported. A set of 31 different imidazolium bromides has been synthesized with varying substituents at all five imidazolium ring atoms, of which 17 have not been reported before. The impact of different substitution patterns (steric and electronic changes and solubility in PO) at the imidazolium ring on the catalytic activity was investigated. The optimisation of the catalyst structure allows for the valorisation of carbon dioxide under mild reaction conditions with high reaction rates in very good yield and selectivity for PC. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.

  7. Electrocatalytic Oxidation of Cellulose to Gluconate on Carbon Aerogel Supported Gold Nanoparticles Anode in Alkaline Medium

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    Hanshuang Xiao

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The development of high efficient and low energy consumption approaches for the transformation of cellulose is of high significance for a sustainable production of high value-added feedstocks. Herein, electrocatalytic oxidation technique was employed for the selective conversion of cellulose to gluconate in alkaline medium by using concentrated HNO3 pretreated carbon aerogel (CA supported Au nanoparticles as anode. Results show that a high gluconate yield of 67.8% and sum salts yield of 88.9% can be obtained after 18 h of electrolysis. The high conversion of cellulose and high selectivity to gluconate could be attributed to the good dissolution of cellulose in NaOH solution which promotes its hydrolysis, the surface oxidized CA support and Au nanoparticles catalyst which possesses high amount of active sites. Moreover, the bubbled air also plays important role in the enhancement of cellulose electrocatalytic conversion efficiency. Lastly, a probable mechanism for electrocatalytic oxidation of cellulose to gluconate in alkaline medium was also proposed.

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

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

  9. Fabrication and formation of bioactive anodic zirconium oxide nanotubes containing presynthesized hydroxyapatite via alternative immersion method

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    Hydroxyapatite (HA) coating has been widely applied on metallic biomedical implants to enhance their biocompatibility. It has been reported that HA coating can be formed on annealed zirconium with anodic zirconium oxide nanotubular arrays after immersion in simulated biological fluid (SBF) for about 14 days. In the present study, we apply an alternative immersion method (AIM) to form presynthesized HA on ZrO2 nanotubes. The AIM-treated specimen was then moved to the SBF to evaluate the capability for the formation of HA on it. The HA coating formed after only 2 days immersion and thickened after 5 days in the SBF. The HA coating is the carbonated HA with a ratio of Ca to P of about 1.4, similar to the physiological HA containing other minor elements such as Mg and Na. The results demonstrate that the AIM treatment is indeed suitable for the zirconium oxide nanotubes and highly accelerates the formation of HA coating in comparison with the existing methods, i.e. the annealing of the as-formed zirconium oxide nanotubular arrays.

  10. Anodic oxides on a beta type Nb-Ti alloy and their characterization by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

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    Woldemedhin, Michael Teka; Hassel, Achim Walter [Max Planck Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Duesseldorf (Germany); Institute for Chemical Technology of Inorganic Materials, Johannes Kepler University, Linz (Austria); Raabe, Dierk [Max Planck Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Duesseldorf (Germany)

    2010-04-15

    Anodic oxides were grown on the surface of an electropolished (Ti-30 at% Nb) beta-titanium ({beta}-Ti) alloy by cyclic voltammetry. The scan rate was 100 mV s{sup -1} between 0 and 8 V in increments of l V in an acetate buffer of pH 6.0. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was carried out right after each anodic oxide growth increment to study the electronic properties of the oxide/electrolyte interface in a wide frequency range from 100 kHz to 10 MHz with an AC perturbation voltage of 10 mV. A film formation factor of 2.4 nm V{sup -1} was found and a relative permittivity number (dielectric constant) of 42.4 was determined for the oxide film formed. Mott-Schottky analysis on a potentiostatically formed 7 nm thick oxide film was performed to assess the semiconducting properties of the mixed anodic oxide grown on the alloy. A flat band potential of -0.47 V (standard hydrogen electrode, SHE) was determined, connected to a donor density of 8.2 x 10{sup 17} cm{sup -3}. {beta}-Ti being highly isotropic in terms of mechanical properties should be superior to the stiffer {alpha}-Ti compound. Its application, however, requires a passivation behaviour comparable or better than {alpha}-Ti which in fact is found. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

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

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    WANG Zhen; LI HuLin

    2001-01-01

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

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

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    WANG; Zhen

    2001-01-01

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

  13. Anode gas recirculation for improving the performance and cost of a 5-kW solid oxide fuel cell system

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    Torii, Ryohei; Tachikawa, Yuya; Sasaki, Kazunari; Ito, Kohei

    2016-09-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have the potential to efficiently convert chemical energy into electricity and heat and are expected to be implemented in stationary combined heat and power (CHP) systems. This paper presents the heat balance analysis for a 5-kW medium-sized integrated SOFC system and the evaluation of the effect of anode gas recirculation on the system performance. The risk of carbon deposition on an SOFC anode due to anode gas recirculation is also assessed using the C-H-O diagram obtained from thermodynamic equilibrium calculations. These results suggest that a higher recirculation ratio increases net fuel utilization and improves the electrical efficiency of the SOFC system. Furthermore, cost simulation of the SOFC system and comparison with the cost of electricity supply by a power grid indicates that the capital cost is sufficiently low to popularize the SOFC system in terms of the total cost over one decade.

  14. A modified anode/electrolyte structure for a solid oxide electrochemical cell and a method for making said structure

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    2013-01-01

    -stabilised zirconium oxide electrolyte and (c) a metallic and/or a ceramic electrocatalyst in the shape of interlayers incorporated in the interface between the anode and the electrolyte. This assembly is first sintered at a given temperature and then at a lower temperature in reducing gas mixtures. These heat...... steps (a) and (b), (d) applying a layer of the selected anode backbone onto the electrolyte with applied interlayers, (e) sintering the raw assembly and (f) infiltrating the electrocatalyst precursor into the sintered assembly and heat treating the assembly to incorporate additional electrocatalyst into...... treatments resulted in a distribution of the metallic and/or ceramic interlayers in the electrolyte/anode backbone junction taking place. The structure is prepared by (a) depositing a ceramic interlayer onto one side of the electrolyte, (b) optionally applying a metallic interlayer thereon, (c) repeating...

  15. 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)

  16. Three-Dimensional Crumpled Reduced Graphene Oxide/MoS2 Nanoflowers: A Stable Anode for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Xiong, Fangyu; Cai, Zhengyang; Qu, Longbing; Zhang, Pengfei; Yuan, Zefang; Asare, Owusu Kwadwo; Xu, Wangwang; Lin, Chao; Mai, Liqiang

    2015-06-17

    Recently, layered transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have gained great attention for their analogous graphite structure and high theoretical capacity. However, it has suffered from rapid capacity fading. Herein, we present the crumpled reduced graphene oxide (RGO) decorated MoS2 nanoflowers on carbon fiber cloth. The three-dimensional framework of interconnected crumpled RGO and carbon fibers provides good electronic conductivity and facile strain release during electrochemical reaction, which is in favor of the cycling stability of MoS2. The crumpled RGO decorated MoS2 nanoflowers anode exhibits high specific capacity (1225 mAh/g) and excellent cycling performance (680 mAh/g after 250 cycles). Our results demonstrate that the three-dimensional crumpled RGO/MoS2 nanoflowers anode is one of the attractive anodes for lithium-ion batteries.

  17. Investigation of Metal Oxide/Carbon Nano Material as Anode for High Capacity Lithium-ion Cells

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    Wu, James Jianjun; Hong, Haiping

    2014-01-01

    NASA is developing high specific energy and high specific capacity lithium-ion battery (LIB) technology for future NASA missions. Current state-of-art LIBs have issues in terms of safety and thermal stability, and are reaching limits in specific energy capability based on the electrochemical materials selected. For example, the graphite anode has a limited capability to store Li since the theoretical capacity of graphite is 372 mAh/g. To achieve higher specific capacity and energy density, and to improve safety for current LIBs, alternative advanced anode, cathode, and electrolyte materials are pursued under the NASA Advanced Space Power System Project. In this study, the nanostructed metal oxide, such as Fe2O3 on carbon nanotubes (CNT) composite as an LIB anode has been investigated.

  18. Degradation mechanisms in solid oxide electrolysis anodes: Cr poisoning and cation interdiffusion

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    High temperature steam electrolysis is one of the most efficient processes for hydrogen generation from water with no CO2 emissions using electricity and heat from nuclear or concentrated solar plants. Solid Oxide Electrolytic Cells (SOEC) are the proposed technology being researched and developed for this purpose. Over a long period of operation of the cells, various sources for degradation in the cells' electrochemical performance prevail, and hence the cell resistance increases and the process becomes inefficient. Our research is aimed at identifying the mechanisms for the loss in the electrochemical performance of the cell, particularly of the oxygen electrode, namely the anode. We are performing post-mortem analysis of the anode materials from SOEC stacks that were subject to demonstration tests over 2000 hours. We are focusing on two mechanisms of degradation: i) on the diffusion and reaction of chromium from the stainless steel interconnects onto the bond layer (cobaltite) and electrode (manganite) surface; ii) inter-diffusion of electrode and composite cations dissociating the anode composition. Chromium penetrates into the electrode microstructure through vapour-phase or solid state transport and reacts with the electrode material to form secondary and inactive phases which block the active sites. We have employed Raman Spectroscopy and identified the secondary phases, on the surface of the bong layer, that include mainly Cr2O3, LaCrO3, La2O3 and Co3O4, which have much lower conductivity than the original perovskite structure. We used scanning Auger Electron Nano-spectroscopy (AES) to study the local variations in the air electrode and the bond layer microchemistry and microstructure on a nano-to-micron scale. Chromium was clearly seen to be present in the cobaltite bond layer, and the chromium content was observed to monotonically decrease along the thickness of the bond layer. The manganite and manganite/zirconia composite electrode layers did not

  19. Novel Mg-Doped SrMoO3 Perovskites Designed as Anode Materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Vanessa Cascos

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available SrMo1−xMxO3−δ (M = Fe and Cr, x = 0.1 and 0.2 oxides have been recently described as excellent anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells at intermediate temperatures (IT-SOFC with LSGM as the electrolyte. In this work, we have improved their properties by doping with aliovalent Mg ions at the B-site of the parent SrMoO3 perovskite. SrMo1−xMgxO3−δ (x = 0.1, 0.2 oxides have been prepared, characterized and tested as anode materials in single solid-oxide fuel cells, yielding output powers near 900 mW/cm−2 at 850 °C using pure H2 as fuel. We have studied its crystal structure with an “in situ” neutron power diffraction (NPD experiment at temperatures as high as 800 °C, emulating the working conditions of an SOFC. Adequately high oxygen deficiencies, observed by NPD, together with elevated disk-shaped anisotropic displacement factors suggest a high ionic conductivity at the working temperatures. Furthermore, thermal expansion measurements, chemical compatibility with the LSGM electrolyte, electronic conductivity and reversibility upon cycling in oxidizing-reducing atmospheres have been carried out to find out the correlation between the excellent performance as an anode and the structural features.

  20. Kinetics of the electrolytic Fe+2/Fe+3 oxidation on various anode materials

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    Cifuentes, L.

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available The kinetics of the electrolytic Fe+2/Fe+3 oxidation, relevant to hydro-electrometallurgical processing, have been studied on lead, platinum, ruthenium oxide, iridium oxide and graphite anodes in ferrous sulfate-sulfuric acid solutions. The oxidation rate depends on ferrous sulfate concentration, solution temperature and degree of agitation. Potentiodynamic studies show that: a the highest oxidation rate is obtained on platinum; b lead is unsuitable as anodic material for the said reaction; c the remaining anode materials show a similar and satisfactory performance.

    Se ha estudiado la cinética de la oxidación electrolítica Fe+2/Fe+3 -relevante para el procesamiento hidroelectrometalúrgico- sobre plomo, platino, óxido de rutenio, óxido de iridio y grafito en soluciones de sulfato ferroso en ácido sulfúrico. La velocidad de oxidación depende de la concentración de sulfato ferroso, la temperatura de la solución y el grado de agitación. Estudios potenciodinámicos demuestran que: a las mayores velocidades de oxidación se obtienen sobre platino; b el plomo es inadecuado como material anódico para la reacción mencionada; c los materiales anódicos restantes exhiben un desempeño similar y satisfactorio.

  1. Mild oxidation treatment of graphite anode for Li-ion batteries

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    GUO Hua-jun; LI Xin-hai; WANG Zhi-xing; PENG Wen-jie; GUO Yong-xing

    2005-01-01

    The graphite was modified by mild oxidation, and the effects of modification temperature and soaking time on the characteristics of graphite were investigated. The structure and characteristics of the graphite were determined by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, BET surface area, particle size analysis and electrochemical measurements. The results show that the modified graphite has a better-developed crystallite structure, larger average particle diameter, smaller surface area, and better electrochemical characteristics than the untrented graphite. The sample mild-oxidized at 600 ℃ for 3 h has the best electrochemical performances with a reversible capacity of 304.5 mA·h/g, a irreversible capacity of 66.4 mA·h/g, and a initial coulombic efficiency of 82.1%. The charge/discharge properties and a cycling stability of the prototype lithium ion batteries with modified graphite as anodes are improved. Its capacity retention ratio at the 200th cycle is enhanced from 66.75% to 90.15%.

  2. The effect of H2S on the performance of Ni-YSZ anodes in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Rasmussen, Jens Foldager Bregnballe; Hagen, Anke

    2009-01-01

    Biomass-derived fuel, e.g. biogas, is a potential fuel for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). At operating temperature (850 °C) reforming of the carbon-containing biogas takes place over the Ni-containing anode. However, impurities in the biogas, e.g. H2S, can poison both the reforming...... and the electrochemical activity of the anode. Tests of single anode-supported planar SOFCs were carried out in the presence of H2S under current load at 850 °C. The cell voltage dropped as we periodically added 2–100 ppm H2S to an H2-containing fuel in 24 h intervals, but it regenerated to the initial value after we...... turned off the H2S. Evaluation of the changes of the cell voltage suggests that saturation coverage was reached at approximately 40 ppm H2S. A front-like movement of S-poisoning over the anode was seen by monitoring the in-plane voltage in the anode. Furthermore, impedance spectra showed that mainly...

  3. Electrochemical, structural and surface characterization of nickel/zirconia solid oxide fuel cell anodes in coal gas containing antimony

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    Marina, Olga A.; Pederson, Larry R.; Coyle, Christopher A.; Thomsen, Edwin C.; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Edwards, Danny J.

    The interactions of antimony with the nickel-zirconia anode in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have been investigated. Tests with both anode-supported and electrolyte-supported button cells were performed at 700 and 800 °C in synthetic coal gas containing 100 ppb to 9 ppm antimony. Minor performance loss was observed immediately after Sb introduction to coal gas resulting in ca. 5% power output drop. While no further degradation was observed during the following several hundred hours of testing, cells abruptly and irreversibly failed after 800-1600 h depending on Sb concentration and test temperature. Antimony was found to interact strongly with nickel resulting in extensive alteration phase formation, consistent with expectations based on thermodynamic properties. Nickel antimonide phases, NiSb and Ni 5Sb 2, were partially coalesced into large grains and eventually affected electronic percolation through the anode support. Initial degradation was attributed to diffusion of antimony to the active anode/electrolyte interface to form an adsorption layer, while the late stage degradation was due the Ni-Sb phase formation. Assuming an average Sb concentration in coal gas of 0.07 ppmv, a 500 μm thick Ni/zirconia anode-supported cell is not expected to fail within 7 years when operated at a power output of 0.5 W cm -2 and fuel utilization above 50%.

  4. A spiraled niobium tin superconductive ribbon

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    Coles, W. D.

    1973-01-01

    Copper film is vapor-deposited on clean ribbon and sprayed with photosensitive etch-resistant material. Photographic film masks are placed on ribbon and exposed to ultraviolet light. Etchant removes copper and exposure to oxidizing atmosphere forms niobium oxide. Photosensitive material is removed and ribbon is immersed in molten temperatures.

  5. Exploration of alloy surface and slurry modification to improve oxidation life of fused silicide coated niobium alloys

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    Levine, S. R.; Grisaffe, S. J.

    1972-01-01

    Edge and surface modifications of niobium alloys were investigated prior to coating with Si-20Cr-20Fe and slurry composition modification for performance in a 1370 C ambient pressure slow cycle test. The best coating obtained was Si-20Cr-20Mn with an average life of 63 cycles, compared to 40 for Si-20Cr-20Fe on FS-85 (100 percent improvement in weight parity life). Edge beading extended the lives of Si-20Cr-20Fe-coated Cb-752 and FS-85 to 57 and 41 cycles respectively (50 and 20 percent improvements in weight parity life respectively). W, Al2O3 and ZrO2(CaO) surface modifications altered coating crack frequency and microstructure and increased life somewhat.

  6. Ethylene glycol as a new sustainable fuel for solid oxide fuel cells with conventional nickel-based anodes

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    Highlights: • Ethylene glycol could be used as a sustainable fuel for solid oxide fuel cells. • Ethylene glycol was beneficial in suppressing coke formation on Ni anode. • A high power output of 1200 mW cm−2 was obtained with ethylene glycol at 750 °C. • An excellent operational stability was obtained with ethylene glycol fuel. - Abstract: In this study, renewable ethylene glycol (EG) was exploited as a potential fuel for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with conventional nickel yttria-stabilized zirconia (Ni–YSZ) cermet anodes for sustainable electric power generation. Carbon deposition behaviors over Ni–YSZ anodes under different carbon-containing atmospheres such as EG, glycerol, ethanol and methane were characterized through thermodynamic prediction, oxygen-temperature programmed oxidation and SEM–EDX analysis. EG was observed to be better than acetic acid and glycerol and much better than methane and ethanol in terms of carbon deposition. A calculation of the open-circuit voltages of EG-fueled SOFCs suggested that EG is a suitable fuel for SOFCs. A maximum power output of 1200 mW cm−2 at 750 °C was obtained from a cell operating on EG-steam fuel, which is only a little lower than that from a cell based on hydrogen fuel. The cell was further operated stably on an EG-steam gas mixture for 200 h with no apparent performance degradation, carbon deposition over the anode, Ni agglomeration, or change in the morphology of the anodes. The current study confirmed the practical applicability of EG as a direct fuel for SOFCs, which may have a great effect on future energy systems

  7. Anode regeneration following carbon depositions in an industrial-sized anode supported solid oxide fuel cell operating on synthetic diesel reformate

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    Subotić, Vanja; Schluckner, Christoph; Mathe, Jörg; Rechberger, Jürgen; Schroettner, Hartmuth; Hochenauer, Christoph

    2015-11-01

    Carbon deposition is a primary concern during operation of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) fueled with carbon-containing fuels. It leads to cell degradation and thus reduces SOFC sustained operation and durability. This paper reports on an experimental investigation of carbon formation on the nickel/yttria-stabilized zirconia (Ni/YSZ) anode of an anode-supported SOFC and its regeneration. The cell was fueled with a synthetically produced diesel reformate to investigate and simulate the cell behavior under real operating conditions. For this purpose the cell was operated under load to determine the critical operating time. Rapid carbon generation, such as at open circuit voltage (OCV), can be prevented when the cell is under load. Carbon depositions were detected using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and further analyzed by Raman spectroscopy. Industrial-size cells suitable for commercial applications were studied. This study proves the reversibility of carbon formation and the reproducibility of the regeneration process. It shows that carbon formations can be recognized and effectively, fully and cell-protecting regenerated. It indicates the excellent possibility of using SOFCs in the automotive industry as an auxiliary power unit (APU) or combined power-heat unit, operated with diesel reformate, without danger from cell degradation caused by carbon-containing fuels.

  8. Chemical compatibility and properties of suspension plasma-sprayed SrTiO3-based anodes for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Zhang, Shan-Lin; Li, Cheng-Xin; Li, Chang-Jiu

    2014-10-01

    La-doped strontium titanate (LST) is a promising, redox-stable perovskite material for direct hydrocarbon oxidation anodes in intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). In this study, nano-sized LST and Sm-doped ceria (SDC) powders are produced by the sol-gel and glycine-nitrate processes, respectively. The chemical compatibility between LST and electrolyte materials is studied. A LST-SDC composite anode is prepared by suspension plasma spraying (SPS). The effects of annealing conditions on the phase structure, microstructure, and chemical stability of the LST-SDC composite anode are investigated. The results indicate that the suspension plasma-sprayed LST-SDC anode has the same phase structure as the original powders. LST exhibits a good chemical compatibility with SDC and Mg/Sr-doped lanthanum gallate (LSGM). The anode has a porosity of ∼40% with a finely porous structure that provides high gas permeability and a long three-phase boundary for the anode reaction. Single cells assembled with the LST-SDC anode, La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.8Mg0.2O3 electrolyte, and La0.8Sr0.2CoO3-SDC cathode show a good performance at 650-800 °C. The annealing reduces the impedances due to the enhancement in the bonding between the particles in the anode and interface of anode and LSGM electrolyte, thus improving the output performance of the cell.

  9. Niobium in rail steels

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    The strengthening capacity of niobium in high carbon steels is governed by the carbon content, soaking conditions prior to rolling and the finish rolling temperature. Yield and tensile strengths may be increased by up to 70-100 MPa (10-15 k.s.i.) in C-Mn-Cr rails with niobium additions of about 0.03 percent. The strengthening mechanism appears to be precipitation hardening of niobium carbonitride in the pro-eutectoid ferrite and ferrite lamellae in pearlite. In addition, ductility improvements may be effected through the austenite grain refining action of niobium in hot rolling leading to a reduction in pearlite colony size

  10. Alternative anode materials for methane oxidation in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Sfeir, Joseph; Grätzel, Michael

    2005-01-01

    Fuel Cells are electrochemical devices that are able to directly convert chemical energy to electrical energy, without any Carnot limitation. Hence, their energy efficiencies are relatively high. Among the various types of fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are operated at high temperatures and in principle can run on various fuels such as natural gas and hydrogen. As natural gas is sought to become one of the main fuels of the next decades, its direct feed to a SOFC is desirable as th...

  11. Niobium based coatings for dental implants

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    Niobium based thin films were deposited on stainless steel (SS) substrates to evaluate them as possible biocompatible surfaces that might improve the biocompatibility and extend the life time of stainless steel dental implants. Niobium nitride and niobium oxide thin films were deposited by reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering under standard deposition conditions without substrate bias or heating. The biocompatibility of the surfaces was evaluated by testing the cellular adhesion and viability/proliferation of human cementoblasts during different culture times, up to 7 days. The response of the films was compared to the bare substrate and pieces of Ti6Al4V; the most commonly used implant material for orthopedics and osteo-synthesis applications. The physicochemical properties of the films were evaluated by different means; X-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. The results suggested that the niobium oxide films were amorphous and of stoichiometric Nb2O5 (a-Nb2O5), while the niobium nitride films were crystalline in the FCC phase (c-NbN) and were also stoichiometric with an Nb to N ratio of one. The biological evaluation showed that the biocompatibility of the SS could be improved by any of the two films, but neither was better than the Ti6Al4V alloy. On the other hand, comparing the two films, the c-NbN seemed to be a better surface than the oxide in terms of the adhesion and proliferation of human cemetoblasts.

  12. Niobium based coatings for dental implants

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    Ramírez, G.; Rodil, S. E.; Arzate, H.; Muhl, S.; Olaya, J. J.

    2011-01-01

    Niobium based thin films were deposited on stainless steel (SS) substrates to evaluate them as possible biocompatible surfaces that might improve the biocompatibility and extend the life time of stainless steel dental implants. Niobium nitride and niobium oxide thin films were deposited by reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering under standard deposition conditions without substrate bias or heating. The biocompatibility of the surfaces was evaluated by testing the cellular adhesion and viability/proliferation of human cementoblasts during different culture times, up to 7 days. The response of the films was compared to the bare substrate and pieces of Ti6Al4V; the most commonly used implant material for orthopedics and osteo-synthesis applications. The physicochemical properties of the films were evaluated by different means; X-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. The results suggested that the niobium oxide films were amorphous and of stoichiometric Nb2O5 (a-Nb2O5), while the niobium nitride films were crystalline in the FCC phase (c-NbN) and were also stoichiometric with an Nb to N ratio of one. The biological evaluation showed that the biocompatibility of the SS could be improved by any of the two films, but neither was better than the Ti6Al4V alloy. On the other hand, comparing the two films, the c-NbN seemed to be a better surface than the oxide in terms of the adhesion and proliferation of human cemetoblasts.

  13. Effect of the stoichiometry of niobium oxide on the resistive switching of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} based metal–insulator–metal stacks

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    Hanzig, F., E-mail: florian.hanzig@ww.tu-freiberg.de [Institute of Materials Science, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, 09599 Freiberg (Germany); Mähne, H. [NaMLab gGmbH, 01187 Dresden (Germany); Veselý, J. [Institute of Materials Science, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, 09599 Freiberg (Germany); Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University Prague, 121 16 Prague (Czech Republic); Wylezich, H.; Slesazeck, S. [NaMLab gGmbH, 01187 Dresden (Germany); Leuteritz, A. [Institute of Materials Science, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, 09599 Freiberg (Germany); Zschornak, M. [Institute of Experimental Physics, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, 09599 Freiberg (Germany); Motylenko, M.; Klemm, V. [Institute of Materials Science, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, 09599 Freiberg (Germany); Mikolajick, T. [NaMLab gGmbH, 01187 Dresden (Germany); Nanoelectronic Materials, TU Dresden, 01187 Dresden (Germany); Rafaja, D. [Institute of Materials Science, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, 09599 Freiberg (Germany)

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    Highlights: • In Pt/Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Al, oxygen from Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} diffused towards Al and formed aluminum oxide. • Diffusion-induced under-stoichiometry of Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} facilitated bipolar resistive switching. • In Pt/Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Pt, no oxygen diffusion was observed; Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} remained stoichiometric. - Abstract: The oxygen concentration profiles, which develop at the interfaces between niobium pentoxide and the Al or Pt electrode in a metal–insulator–metal stack, were investigated by means of the X-ray and electron energy loss spectroscopies in a scanning transmission electron microscope with high resolution. The contact between Al and Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} was found to facilitate diffusion of oxygen from Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} to the Al electrode and to support the formation of a thin aluminum oxide layer at the Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Al interface. In contrast, almost no diffusion of oxygen from Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} was observed at the Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Pt interface. Different extent of the oxygen diffusion correlates with the observed differences in the resistive switching of the Pt/Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Al and Pt/Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}/Pt stacks.

  14. Effect of the stoichiometry of niobium oxide on the resistive switching of Nb2O5 based metal–insulator–metal stacks

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    Highlights: • In Pt/Nb2O5/Al, oxygen from Nb2O5 diffused towards Al and formed aluminum oxide. • Diffusion-induced under-stoichiometry of Nb2O5 facilitated bipolar resistive switching. • In Pt/Nb2O5/Pt, no oxygen diffusion was observed; Nb2O5 remained stoichiometric. - Abstract: The oxygen concentration profiles, which develop at the interfaces between niobium pentoxide and the Al or Pt electrode in a metal–insulator–metal stack, were investigated by means of the X-ray and electron energy loss spectroscopies in a scanning transmission electron microscope with high resolution. The contact between Al and Nb2O5 was found to facilitate diffusion of oxygen from Nb2O5 to the Al electrode and to support the formation of a thin aluminum oxide layer at the Nb2O5/Al interface. In contrast, almost no diffusion of oxygen from Nb2O5 was observed at the Nb2O5/Pt interface. Different extent of the oxygen diffusion correlates with the observed differences in the resistive switching of the Pt/Nb2O5/Al and Pt/Nb2O5/Pt stacks

  15. Dielectric properties and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies of niobium oxide thin films prepared by direct liquid injection chemical vapor deposition method

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    Niobium oxide thin films were grown by direct liquid injection chemical vapor deposition using Nb(OC2H5)5 precursor. Influence of reactant's molar ratios [oxygen:Nb(OC2H5)5] and deposition temperatures on films properties such as growth rate, stoichiometry, crystal structure, morphology, dielectric constant and leakage current were studied. Films start crystallizing above 340 °C in O2 atmosphere and become crystalline at 400 °C. The surface roughness of weakly crystalline and crystalline films was significantly affected by deposition temperatures and reactant's molar ratios. It was found that decrease in surface roughness improved leakage current. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic studies showed that films were in different oxidation states (Nb2+, Nb4+ and Nb5+). The dielectric constants of films were improved by increasing oxygen ratios. At ratio (150:1), the film showed high dielectric constant value (47) at 340 °C and leakage current density of 2.0 × 10−5 A/cm2 (at 3 V). - Highlights: • High dielectric constant (47) of Nb2O5 thin film with chemical vapor deposition • The change in morphology as a function of growth temperature and O2 molar ratio • A stoichiometric Nb2O5 phase and smooth surface show better electrical properties

  16. Novel synthesis of tin oxide/graphene aerogel nanocomposites as anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Wu, Zheyu [College of Material Science and Engineering, Liaoning Technical University, Fuxin 123000 (China); Energy & Materials Engineering Centre, College of Physics and Materials Science, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Li, Xifei, E-mail: xfli2011@hotmail.com [Energy & Materials Engineering Centre, College of Physics and Materials Science, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Tai, Limin, E-mail: tailimin@163.com [College of Material Science and Engineering, Liaoning Technical University, Fuxin 123000 (China); Song, Haoze; Zhang, Yiyan; Yan, Bo; Fan, Linlin; Shan, Hui [Energy & Materials Engineering Centre, College of Physics and Materials Science, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Li, Dejun, E-mail: dli1961@126.com [Energy & Materials Engineering Centre, College of Physics and Materials Science, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China)

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    A novel method of mechanical exfoliation followed by hydrothermal approach was proposed to synthesize the tin oxide/graphene aerogels (SnO{sub 2}/GAs) nanocomposites. Homogeneous distribution of SnO{sub 2} nanocrystals on GAs was confirmed by SEM, XRD and TEM characterization. It was found that optimized exfoliation of the SnS{sub 2} is the key factor to obtain high electrochemical lithiation/delithiation performance of the anodes. The as-prepared SnO{sub 2}/GA nanocomposites exhibited high reversible capacity (up to 1086.7 mAh g{sup −1} after 100 cycles) and excellent cycling stability. The improved rate capability was also obtained, for instance, the reversible capacity at a current density of 800 mA g{sup −1} is over 447.9 mAh g{sup −1}, and then recovered to as high as 784.4 mAh g{sup −1} at a current density of 100 mA g{sup −1}. - Highlights: • A novel approach was employed to synthesize the SnO{sub 2}/GA nanocomposites. • The designed SnO{sub 2}/GAs exhibited high reversible capacity and excellent cycling stability. • The volume change challenge of SnO{sub 2} was markedly alleviated by the GA matrix. • The novel synthesis method can be extended for other materials in lithium ion batteries.

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

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

    2005-01-01

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

  18. Anodic oxidation of textile dyehouse effluents on boron-doped diamond electrode

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    Tsantaki, Eleni; Velegraki, Theodora; Katsaounis, Alexandros [Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Polytechneioupolis, GR-73100 Chania (Greece); Mantzavinos, Dionissios, E-mail: mantzavi@mred.tuc.gr [Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Polytechneioupolis, GR-73100 Chania (Greece)

    2012-03-15

    The electrochemical oxidation of textile effluents over a boron-doped diamond anode was investigated in the present study. Experiments were conducted with a multi-component synthetic solution containing seventeen dyes and other auxiliary inorganics, as well as an actual effluent from a textile dyeing process. The effect of varying operating parameters, such as current density (4-50 mA/cm{sup 2}), electrolyte concentration (0.1-0.5 M HClO{sub 4}), initial solution pH (1-12.3) and temperature (22-43 Degree-Sign C), on process efficiency was investigated following changes in total organic carbon (TOC), chemical oxygen demand (COD) and color. Complete decolorization accompanied by significant mineralization (up to 85% depending on the conditions) could be achieved after 180 min of treatment. Performance was improved at higher electrolyte concentrations and lower pH values, while the effect of temperature was marginal. Energy consumption per unit mass of COD removed was favored at lower current densities, since energy was unnecessarily wasted to side reactions at higher densities.

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

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

    2010-07-16

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

  20. Effects of anodic aluminum oxide membrane on performance of nanostructured solar cells

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    Dang, Hongmei; Singh, Vijay

    2015-05-01

    Three nanowire solar cell device configurations have been fabricated to demonstrate the effects of the host anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) membrane on device performance. The three configurations show similar transmittance spectra, indicating that AAO membrane has negligible optical absorption. Power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the device is studied as a function of the carrier transport and collection in cell structures with and without AAO membrane. Free standing nanowire solar cells exhibit PCE of 9.9%. Through inclusion of AAO in solar cell structure, interface defects and traps caused by humidity and oxygen are reduced, and direct contact of CdTe tentacles with SnO2 and formation of micro shunt shorts are prevented; hence PCE is improved to 11.1%-11.3%. Partially embedded nanowire solar cells further reduce influence of non-ideal and non-uniform nanowire growth and generate a large amount of carriers in axial direction and also a small quantity of carriers in lateral direction, thus becoming a promising solar cell structure. Thus, including AAO membrane in solar cell structure provides favorable electro-optical properties as well as mechanical advantages.

  1. Surface decoration of anodic aluminium oxide in synthesis of Nafion (registered) -115 nanowire arrays

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    An extrusion method, using anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) membranes as templates, has been developed to fabricate Nafion[reg] -115 nanowire arrays. Surface decoration of the templates plays an important role in the synthesis of the Nafion[reg] -115 nanowire arrays. By using sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as a surfactant in the surface decoration, the filling rate of the Nafion[reg] -115 nanowires in the corresponding template exceeds 95%, compared with the filling rate of 42% in an undecorated template, while on using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a surfactant, the filling rate is only about 20%. Systematical investigations show that the effect of surface decoration is induced by the combination of surface tension and electrostatic force (radial component), of which the radial component of the electrostatic force is more important. This effect is significant in organic nanowire fabrication; furthermore, the as-synthesized organic nanowires would have potential application such as in organic electronics, optoelectronic devices, and nanoscale proton exchange membrane fuel cells

  2. Novel synthesis of tin oxide/graphene aerogel nanocomposites as anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    A novel method of mechanical exfoliation followed by hydrothermal approach was proposed to synthesize the tin oxide/graphene aerogels (SnO2/GAs) nanocomposites. Homogeneous distribution of SnO2 nanocrystals on GAs was confirmed by SEM, XRD and TEM characterization. It was found that optimized exfoliation of the SnS2 is the key factor to obtain high electrochemical lithiation/delithiation performance of the anodes. The as-prepared SnO2/GA nanocomposites exhibited high reversible capacity (up to 1086.7 mAh g−1 after 100 cycles) and excellent cycling stability. The improved rate capability was also obtained, for instance, the reversible capacity at a current density of 800 mA g−1 is over 447.9 mAh g−1, and then recovered to as high as 784.4 mAh g−1 at a current density of 100 mA g−1. - Highlights: • A novel approach was employed to synthesize the SnO2/GA nanocomposites. • The designed SnO2/GAs exhibited high reversible capacity and excellent cycling stability. • The volume change challenge of SnO2 was markedly alleviated by the GA matrix. • The novel synthesis method can be extended for other materials in lithium ion batteries

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

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

    2014-12-15

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

  4. Remarkable enhancement of upconversion luminescence on 2-D anodic aluminum oxide photonic crystals.

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    Wang, He; Yin, Ze; Xu, Wen; Zhou, Donglei; Cui, Shaobo; Chen, Xu; Cui, Haining; Song, Hongwei

    2016-05-21

    Lanthanide-doped upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) are attracting extensive attention due to their unique physical properties and great application potential. However, the lower luminescence quantum yield/strength is still an obstacle for real application. Local field modulation is a promising method to highly enhance the upconversion luminescence (UCL) of the UCNPs. In this work, a novel kind of two-dimensional photonic crystal (2D-PC), anodic aluminum oxides (AAOs), was explored to improve the UCL of NaYF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) nanoplates (NPs). An optimum enhancement factor (EF) of 65-fold was obtained for the overall intensity of Er(3+) under 980 nm excitation, and 130-fold for the red emission. Systematic studies indicate that UCL enhancement mainly originates from the enlargement of the excitation field by scattering and reflection of AAO PCs. It should also be highlighted that the modulation of 2D-PC on the UCL of NaYF4:Yb(3+),Er(3+) NPs demonstrates weak size-dependent and thickness-dependent behavior, which is well consistent with the stimulated electromagnetic field distribution by the finite difference time domain (FDTD) method. PMID:27139324

  5. Role of Iron Anode Oxidation on Transformation of Chromium by Electrolysis

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    Sarahney, Hussam; Mao, Xuhui; Alshawabkeh, Akram N.

    2012-01-01

    The potential for chemical reduction of hexavalent chromium Cr(VI) in contaminated water and formation of a stable precipitate by Zero Valent Iron (ZVI) anode electrolysis is evaluated in separated electrodes system. Oxidation of iron electrodes produces ferrous ions causing the development of a reducing environment in the anolyte, chemical reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) and formation of stable iron-chromium precipitates. Cr(VI) transformation rates are dependent on the applied electric current density. Increasing the electric current increases the transformation rates; however, the process is more efficient under lower volumetric current density (for example 1.5 mA L−1 in this study). The transformation follows a zero order rate that is dependent on the electric current density. Cr(VI) transformation occurs in the anolyte when the electrodes are separated as well as when the electrolytes (anolyte/catholyte) are mixed, as used in electrocoagulation. The study shows that the transformation occurs in the anolyte as a result of ferrous ion formation and the product is a stable Fe15Cr5(OH)60 precipitate. PMID:23284182

  6. Role of Iron Anode Oxidation on Transformation of Chromium by Electrolysis.

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    Sarahney, Hussam; Mao, Xuhui; Alshawabkeh, Akram N

    2012-12-30

    The potential for chemical reduction of hexavalent chromium Cr(VI) in contaminated water and formation of a stable precipitate by Zero Valent Iron (ZVI) anode electrolysis is evaluated in separated electrodes system. Oxidation of iron electrodes produces ferrous ions causing the development of a reducing environment in the anolyte, chemical reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) and formation of stable iron-chromium precipitates. Cr(VI) transformation rates are dependent on the applied electric current density. Increasing the electric current increases the transformation rates; however, the process is more efficient under lower volumetric current density (for example 1.5 mA L(-1) in this study). The transformation follows a zero order rate that is dependent on the electric current density. Cr(VI) transformation occurs in the anolyte when the electrodes are separated as well as when the electrolytes (anolyte/catholyte) are mixed, as used in electrocoagulation. The study shows that the transformation occurs in the anolyte as a result of ferrous ion formation and the product is a stable Fe(15)Cr(5)(OH)(60) precipitate.

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

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    Jaya Sarkar; Gobinda Gopal Khan; A Basumallick

    2007-06-01

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

  8. Electrically conducting polymer nanostructures confined in anodized aluminum oxide templates (AAO

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Intrinsically or extrinsically conducting polymers are considered good candidates for replacement of metals in specific applications. In order to further expand their applications, it seems necessary to examine the influence of confinement effects on the electric properties of nanostructured conducting polymers in comparison to the bulk. The present study reports a novel way to fabricate and characterize high quality and controllable one-dimensional (1D polymer nanostructures with promising electrical properties, with the aid of two examples polyaniline (PANI and poly(vinylidene fluoride with multiwall carbon nanotubes (PVDF-MWCNT as representative of intrinsically and extrinsically conducting polymers, respectively. In this work, porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO templates have been used both as a nanoreactor to synthesize 1D PANI nanostructures by polymerization of the ANI monomer and as a nanomold to prepare 1D PVDFMWCNT nanorods by melt infiltration of the precursor PVDF-MWCNT film. The obtained polymer nanostructures were morphologically and chemically characterized by SEM and Confocal Raman Spectroscopy, respectively, and the electrical properties determined by Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy (BDS in a non-destructive way. SEM study allowed to establish the final nanostructure of PANI and PVDF-MWCNT and confirmed, in both cases, the well-aligned and uniform rodlike polymer nanostructures. Confocal Raman Microscopy has been performed to study the formation of the conducting emeraldine salt of PANI through all the length of AAO nanocavities. Finally, the electrical conductivity of both types of polymer nanostructures was easily evaluated by means of Dielectric Spectroscopy.

  9. Development of SOFC anodes resistant to sulfur poisoning and carbon deposition

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    Choi, Song Ho

    The advantages of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) over other types of fuel cells include high energy efficiency and excellent fuel flexibility. In particular, the possibility of direct utilization of fossil fuels and renewable fuels (e.g., bio-fuels) may significantly reduce the cost of SOFC technologies. However, it is known that these types of fuels contain many contaminants that may be detrimental to SOFC performance. Among the contaminants commonly encountered in readily available fuels, sulfur-containing compounds could dramatically reduce the catalytic activity of Ni-based anodes under SOFC operating conditions. While various desulphurization processes have been developed for the removal of sulfur species to different levels, the process becomes another source of high cost and system complexity in order to achieve low concentration of sulfur species. Thus, the design of sulfur tolerant anode materials is essential to durability and commercialization of SOFCs. Another technical challenge to overcome for direct utilization of hydrocarbon fuels is carbon deposition. Carbon formation on Ni significantly degrades fuel cell performance by covering the electrochemically active sites at the anode. Therefore, the prevention of the carbon deposition is a key technical issue for the direct use of hydrocarbon fuels in a SOFC. In this research, the surface of a dense Ni-YSZ anode was modified with a thin-film coating of niobium oxide (Nb2O5) in order to understand the mechanism of sulfur tolerance and the behavior of carbon deposition. Results suggest that the niobium oxide was reduced to NbO 2 under operating conditions, which has high electrical conductivity. The NbOx coated dense Ni-YSZ showed sulfur tolerance when exposed to 50 ppm H2S at 700°C over 12 h. Raman spectroscopy and XRD analysis suggest that different phases of NbSx formed on the surface. Further, the DOS (density of state) analysis of NbO2, NbS, and NbS2 indicates that niobium sulfides can be considered

  10. Proposal of a new biokinetic model for niobium

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    There are two niobium isotopes generated in nuclear power plants: 95 Nb and 94 Nb. Workers and members of the public are subjects to intake these radionuclides in accident situation. For dose calculation purpose, it is very important to develop a model that describes in a more realistic way the kinetics of niobium inside of the human body. Presently the model adopted by ICRP (ICRP, 1989) is based on animal studies and describes the behavior of niobium in human being in a simple manner. The new model proposal describes the kinetics of the niobium from the intake into the blood until the excretion, doing this in a more realistic form and considering not only data from animals but data from human beings as well. For this objective, a workers group of a niobium extraction and processing industry exposed to stable niobium (93 Nb) in oxide insoluble form with associated uranium, was monitored for uranium and niobium determination in urinary and fecal excretion, by mass spectrometry. Based in the ratios of the niobium concentration in urinary and faecal excretion of this workers and animal data study, a new biokinetic model for niobium was proposed, with the followings modifications relative to ICRP model: a new compartment that represents muscular tissue; the fractions which are deposited into the compartment are modified; a third component in the retention equation of the bone tissue; introduction of recirculation between organs and blood. The new model was applied for a case of accidental intake and described adequately the experimental data

  11. Buffered Electrochemical Polishing of Niobium

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    Ciovati, Gianluigi [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States); Tian, Hui [Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States); College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (United States); Corcoran, Sean [Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ. (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA (United States)

    2011-03-01

    The standard preparation of superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) cavities made of pure niobium include the removal of a 'damaged' surface layer, by buffered chemical polishing (BCP) or electropolishing (EP), after the cavities are formed. The performance of the cavities is characterized by a sharp degradation of the quality factor when the surface magnetic field exceeds about 90 mT, a phenomenon referred to as 'Q-drop.' In cavities made of polycrystalline fine grain (ASTM 5) niobium, the Q-drop can be significantly reduced by a low-temperature (? 120 °C) 'in-situ' baking of the cavity if the chemical treatment was EP rather than BCP. As part of the effort to understand this phenomenon, we investigated the effect of introducing a polarization potential during buffered chemical polishing, creating a process which is between the standard BCP and EP. While preliminary results on the application of this process to Nb cavities have been previously reported, in this contribution we focus on the characterization of this novel electrochemical process by measuring polarization curves, etching rates, surface finish, electrochemical impedance and the effects of temperature and electrolyte composition. In particular, it is shown that the anodic potential of Nb during BCP reduces the etching rate and improves the surface finish.

  12. Effects of Anodic Voltages on Microstructure and Properties of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Coatings on Biomedical NiTi Alloy

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    Jilin Xu; Fu Liu; Junming Luo; Liancheng Zhao

    2013-01-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) coatings,formed under various anodic voltages (320-440 V) on biomedical NiTi alloy,are mainly composed of γ-Al2O3 crystal phase.The evolution of discharging sparks during the PEO process under different anodic voltages was observed.The surface and cross-sectional morphologies,composition,bonding strength,wear resistance and corrosion resistance of the coatings were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM),thin-film X-ray diffraction (TF-XRD),energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS),surface roughness,direct pull-off test,ball-on-disk friction and wear test and potentiodynamic polarization test,respectively.The results showed that the evolution of discharging sparks during the PEO process directly influenced the microstructure of the PEO coatings and further influences the properties.When the anodic voltage increased from 320 V to 400 V,the corrosion resistance and wear resistance of the coatings slowly increased,and all the bonding strength was higher than 60 MPa; further increasing the anodic voltages,especially up to 440 V,although the thickness and γ-Al2O3 crystallinity of the coatings further increased,the microstructure and properties of the coatings were obviously deteriorated.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  14. Energy level alignment of electrically doped hole transport layers with transparent and conductive indium tin oxide and polymer anodes

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    Fehse, Karsten; Olthof, Selina; Walzer, Karsten; Leo, Karl; Johnson, Robert L.; Glowatzki, Hendrik; Bröker, Benjamin; Koch, Norbert

    2007-10-01

    Using ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy, we investigated the energy level alignment at the interfaces of typical anodes used in organic electronics, indium tin oxide (ITO) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), with the oligomeric hole transport material N ,N,N',N'-tetrakis(4-methoxyphenyl)-benzidine (MeO-TPD), and studied the influence of electrical interface doping by the strong electron acceptor tetrafluoro tetracyanoquinodimethane (F4-TCNQ). The fundamentally different anode materials with work functions of 4.40eV (ITO) and 4.85eV (PEDOT:PSS) show different hole injection barriers, which also depend on the thickness of the F4-TCNQ interface dopant layer. PEDOT:PSS anodes exhibit a consistently lower hole injection barrier to MeO-TPD compared to ITO by 0.1eV. We attribute this low hole injection barrier to additional charge transfer reactions at the PEDOT:PSS/MeO-TPD interface. In contrast, the deposition of the electron acceptor at the interface helps significantly to lower the hole injection barrier for ITO anodes.

  15. Combined Theoretical and Experimental Investigation and Design of H2S Tolerant Anode for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Gerardine G. Botte; Damilola Daramola; Madhivanan Muthuvel

    2009-01-07

    A solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is a high temperature fuel cell and it normally operates in the range of 850 to 1000 C. Coal syngas has been considered for use in SOFC systems to produce electric power, due to its high temperature and high hydrogen and carbon monoxide content. However, coal syngas also has contaminants like carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and hydrogen sulfide (H{sub 2}S). Among these contaminants, H{sub 2}S is detrimental to electrode material in SOFC. Commonly used anode material in SOFC system is nickel-yttria stabilized zirconia (Ni-YSZ). The presence of H{sub 2}S in the hydrogen stream will damage the Ni anode and hinder the performance of SOFC. In the present study, an attempt was made to understand the mechanism of anode (Ni-YSZ) deterioration by H{sub 2}S. The study used computation methods such as quantum chemistry calculations and molecular dynamics to predict the model for anode destruction by H{sub 2}S. This was done using binding energies to predict the thermodynamics and Raman spectroscopy to predict molecular vibrations and surface interactions. On the experimental side, a test stand has been built with the ability to analyze button cells at high temperature under syngas conditions.

  16. New silicides for new niobium protective coatings

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    Efforts to improve at high temperature the oxidation resistance of pure niobium or commercial niobium alloys have led to the development of a pack cementation process for the co-deposition of Si, Ti, Cr and Fe. Owing to the knowledge of the quaternary Nb(Ti)-T-Cr-Si phase diagrams (T=Fe or Co or Ni) and of the crystallographic features of phases present in the silicide coatings, new protective coatings have been applied on pure niobium and Cb752 alloy. The results of the crystallographic study of three new silicides isostructural with Nb3Fe3CrSi6, in which Nb is substituted by Ti and Fe by Co or Ni are reported. The oxidation performances of two new coatings mainly consisting of such a silicide are also outlined. (orig.)

  17. Coordination Compounds of Niobium(IV) Oxide Dihalides Including the Synthesis and the Crystallographic Characterization of NHC Complexes.

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    Bortoluzzi, Marco; Ferretti, Eleonora; Marchetti, Fabio; Pampaloni, Guido; Pinzino, Calogero; Zacchini, Stefano

    2016-05-01

    The 1:1 molar reactions of NbOX3 with SnBu3H, in toluene at 0 °C in the presence of oxygen/nitrogen donors, resulted in the formation of NbOX2L2 (X = Cl, L2 = dme, 2a; X = Br, L2 = dme, 2b; X = Cl, L = thf, 2c; X = Cl, L = NCMe, 2d; dme = 1,2-dimethoxyethane, thf = tetrahydrofuran), in good yields. The 1:2 reactions of freshly prepared 2d and 2b with the bulky NHC ligands 1,3-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene, Imes, and 1,3-bis(2,6-dimethylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene, Ixyl, respectively, afforded the complexes NbOCl2(Imes)2, 3, and NbOBr2(Ixyl)2, 4, in 50-60% yields. The reactions of 2b with NaOR, in tetrahydrofuran, gave NbOCl(OR) (R = Ph, 5; R = Me, 6) in about 60% yields. All the products were characterized by analytical and spectroscopic techniques; moreover DFT calculations were carried out in order to shed light on synthetic and structural features. Compounds 3 and 4, whose molecular structures have been ascertained by X-ray diffraction, represent very rare examples of crystallographically characterized niobium-NHC systems.

  18. Coordination Compounds of Niobium(IV) Oxide Dihalides Including the Synthesis and the Crystallographic Characterization of NHC Complexes.

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    Bortoluzzi, Marco; Ferretti, Eleonora; Marchetti, Fabio; Pampaloni, Guido; Pinzino, Calogero; Zacchini, Stefano

    2016-05-01

    The 1:1 molar reactions of NbOX3 with SnBu3H, in toluene at 0 °C in the presence of oxygen/nitrogen donors, resulted in the formation of NbOX2L2 (X = Cl, L2 = dme, 2a; X = Br, L2 = dme, 2b; X = Cl, L = thf, 2c; X = Cl, L = NCMe, 2d; dme = 1,2-dimethoxyethane, thf = tetrahydrofuran), in good yields. The 1:2 reactions of freshly prepared 2d and 2b with the bulky NHC ligands 1,3-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene, Imes, and 1,3-bis(2,6-dimethylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene, Ixyl, respectively, afforded the complexes NbOCl2(Imes)2, 3, and NbOBr2(Ixyl)2, 4, in 50-60% yields. The reactions of 2b with NaOR, in tetrahydrofuran, gave NbOCl(OR) (R = Ph, 5; R = Me, 6) in about 60% yields. All the products were characterized by analytical and spectroscopic techniques; moreover DFT calculations were carried out in order to shed light on synthetic and structural features. Compounds 3 and 4, whose molecular structures have been ascertained by X-ray diffraction, represent very rare examples of crystallographically characterized niobium-NHC systems. PMID:27082642

  19. Application of wet powder spraying for anode supported solid oxide fuel cell with a perovskite SrTi{sub 0.98}Nb{sub 0.02}O{sub 3-{delta}} anode

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    Gdaniec, Pawel; Karczewski, Jakub; Bochentyn, Beata; Gazda, Maria; Kusz, Boguslaw [Faculty of Applied Physics and Mathematics, Gdansk University of Technology, ul. Narutowicza 11/12, Gdansk, 80-233 (Poland); Molin, Sebastian; Jasinski, Piotr [Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, Gdansk University of Technology, ul. Narutowicza 11/12, Gdansk, 80-233 (Poland); Krupa, Andrzej [Institute of Fluid Flow Machinery, Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Fiszera 14, Gdansk, 80-231 (Poland)

    2013-12-15

    Anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell with SrTi{sub 0.98}Nb{sub 0.02}O{sub 3-{delta}}anode, yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolyte and La(Ni{sub 0.6}Fe{sub 0.4})O{sub 3{+-}{delta}} cathode has been successfully fabricated and evaluated. Process of anode support fabrication has been presented. Wet powder spraying and high temperature sintering method have been studied and applied to deposit the thin electrolyte layer.In order to improve catalytic properties of the anode, it has been impregnated with Ni. Electrical properties of fuel cells have been measured to determine their performance. The open cell voltage of 1.08 V and maximum power density at the level of 160 mWcm {sup -2} were observed at 800 C. (copyright 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. Carbon monoxide tolerant platinum electrocatalysts on niobium doped titania and carbon nanotube composite supports

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    Rigdon, William A.; Huang, Xinyu

    2014-12-01

    In the anode of electrochemical cells operating at low temperature, the hydrogen oxidation reaction is susceptible to poisoning from carbon monoxide (CO) which strongly adsorbs on platinum (Pt) catalysts and increases activation overpotential. Adsorbed CO is removed by oxidative processes such as electrochemical stripping, though cleaning can also cause corrosion. One approach to improve the tolerance of Pt is through alloying with less-noble metals, but the durability of alloyed electrocatalysts is a critical concern. Without sacrificing stability, tolerance can be improved by careful design of the support composition using metal oxides. The bifunctional mechanism is promoted at junctions of the catalyst and metal oxides used in the support. Stable metal oxides can also form strong interactions with catalysts, as is the case for platinum on titania (TiOx). In this study, niobium (Nb) serves as an electron donor dopant in titania. The transition metal oxides are joined to functionalized multi-wall carbon nanotube (CNT) supports in order to synthesize composite supports. Pt is then deposited to form electrocatalysts which are characterized before fabrication into anodes for tests as an electrochemical hydrogen pump. Comparisons are made between the control from Pt-CNT to Pt-TiOx-CNT and Pt-Ti0.9Nb0.1Ox-CNT in order to demonstrate advantages.

  1. High temperature niobium alloys

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    Niobium alloys are currently being used in various high temperature applications such as rocket propulsion, turbine engines and lighting systems. This paper presents an overview of the various commercial niobium alloys, including basic manufacturing processes, properties and applications. Current activities for new applications include powder metallurgy, coating development and fabrication of advanced porous structures for lithium cooled heat pipes

  2. Niobium coating techniques

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    Calatroni, S

    2008-01-01

    We will give a historical overview of the niobium on copper sputtering technology for RF cavities and discuss the main advantages and disadvantages with respect to bulk niobium cavities. Some highlights of the present understanding will be given and some recent developments in the coating technology will be discussed.

  3. Fracture strength of micro-tubular solid oxide fuel cell anode in redox cycling experiments

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    Pusz, Jakub; Smirnova, Alevtina; Mohammadi, Alidad; Sammes, Nigel M. [Department of Chemical, Materials, and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Connecticut, 44 Weaver Road, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States)

    2007-01-01

    The maximum fracture strength of Ni/8YSZ anodes exposed to several redox cycles is compared. The anodes were fabricated using fine and coarse particle size powders. Fine-structured powders show a 77% increase in mechanical strength after exposure to three redox cycles. The coarse-structured material did not produce similar results and redox cycling resulted in gradual decrease in the mechanical stability of the supports. The impact of redox cycling on the microstructure was evaluated using SEM. Fine-structured anodes tend to agglomerate leading to decreased porosity. Coarse anodes did not show any significant changes in microstructure while exposed to redox cycling. The electrochemical performance evaluated under load conditions, and after the first redox cycle, indicates a 40% improvement for the cell fabricated using a fine-structured anode powder. The increase in performance is believed to be due to better adhesion between the anode material and the Ni current collector. The cell fabricated using a coarse-structured anode powder did not recover after the redox cycle. (author)

  4. Effects of ultrasound on electrochemical oxidation mechanisms of p-substituted phenols at BDD and PbO{sub 2} anodes

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    Zhu Xiuping [Department of Environmental Engineering, Peking University, Key Laboratory of Water and Sediment Sciences, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871 (China); Ni Jinren, E-mail: nijinren@iee.pku.edu.c [Department of Environmental Engineering, Peking University, Key Laboratory of Water and Sediment Sciences, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871 (China); Li Hongna; Jiang Yi; Xing Xuan [Department of Environmental Engineering, Peking University, Key Laboratory of Water and Sediment Sciences, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100871 (China); Borthwick, Alistair G.L. [Department of Engineering Science, Oxford University, Parks Rd., Oxford OX1 3PJ (United Kingdom)

    2010-08-01

    The effects of low-frequency (40 kHz) ultrasound are investigated with regard to the effectiveness and mechanisms of electrochemical oxidation of p-substituted phenols (p-nitrophenol, p-hydroxybenzaldehyde, phenol, p-cresol, and p-methoxyphenol) at BDD (boron-doped diamond) and PbO{sub 2} anodes. Although ultrasound improved the disappearance rates of p-substituted phenols at both the BDD and PbO{sub 2} anodes, the degree of enhancement varied according to the type of p-substituted phenol and type of anode under consideration. At the BDD anode, the %Increase values were in the range 73-83% for p-substituted phenol disappearance and in the range 60-70% for COD removal. However, at the PbO{sub 2} anode, the corresponding %Increase values were in the range 50-70% for disappearance of p-substituted phenols and only 5-25% for COD removal, much lower values than obtained at the BDD anode. Further investigations on the influence of ultrasound on the electrochemical oxidation mechanisms at BDD and PbO{sub 2} anodes revealed that the different increase extent were due to the specialized electrochemical oxidation mechanisms at these two anodes. The hydroxyl radicals were mainly free at the BDD electrodes with a larger reaction zone, but adsorbed at the PbO{sub 2} electrodes with a smaller reaction zone. Therefore, the enhancement due to ultrasound was greater at the BDD anode than at the PbO{sub 2} anode.

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

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

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

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

    2010-04-15

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  8. NIR fluorescence spectroscopic investigations of Er{sup 3+}-ions doped borate based tellurium calcium zinc niobium oxide glasses

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    Ravi, O. [Department of Instrumentation, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502 (India); Dhoble, S.J. [Department of Physics, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur 440033 (India); Ramesh, B.; Devarajulu, G. [Department of Physics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502 (India); Reddy, C. Madhukar [Department of Physics, AP Model School, Yerravaripalem 517194 (India); Linganna, K. [Department of Physics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502 (India); Reddy, G. Rajasekhar [Department of Instrumentation, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502 (India); Raju, B. Deva Prasad, E-mail: drdevaprasadraju@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502 (India); Department of Future Studies, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati 517502 (India)

    2015-08-15

    A series of Er{sup 3+} ions doped tellurium calcium zinc niobium borate glasses were prepared by the melt quenching technique. The prepared samples were investigated by optical absorption and near infrared fluorescence spectroscopic studies. The obtained Judd–Ofelt intensity parameters Ω{sub λ} (λ=2, 4 and 6) were determined through experimental and calculated oscillator strengths obtained from absorption spectra and their results are studied and compared with reported literature. The stark-level energies of {sup 4}I{sub 13/2} excited and {sup 4}I{sub 15/2} ground states were evaluated by using both the absorption and emission measurements. The effect of Er{sup 3+} ion concentration on the emission intensity of {sup 4}I{sub 13/2}→{sup 4}I{sub 15/2} transition was discussed. Intense and broad 1.53 µm infrared fluorescence is observed at 980 nm diode laser excitation. Photoluminescence (PL) and its decay behavior studies were carried out for the transition {sup 4}I{sub 13/2}→{sup 4}I{sub 15/2} at 1.53 µm emission. The broad emission together with higher values of the bandwidth (81 nm), stimulated emission cross-section (32.25×10{sup −22} cm{sup 2}) and lifetime (530 µs for 1.0 mol% of Er{sup 3+}) of level {sup 4}I{sub 13/2} make these glasses attractive for broadband amplifiers. From the analysis of spectroscopic data, the present glass is a prospective photonic material for practical applications in the visible and NIR region. - Highlights: • In this study we prepared TCZNB glasses doped with Er{sup 3+} ions. • Glasses are characterized with absorption, emission and lifetime analysis. • Judd–Ofelt theory is used to calculate radiative properties. • TCZNB glasses could be used as NIR lasers.

  9. NIR fluorescence spectroscopic investigations of Er3+-ions doped borate based tellurium calcium zinc niobium oxide glasses

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    A series of Er3+ ions doped tellurium calcium zinc niobium borate glasses were prepared by the melt quenching technique. The prepared samples were investigated by optical absorption and near infrared fluorescence spectroscopic studies. The obtained Judd–Ofelt intensity parameters Ωλ (λ=2, 4 and 6) were determined through experimental and calculated oscillator strengths obtained from absorption spectra and their results are studied and compared with reported literature. The stark-level energies of 4I13/2 excited and 4I15/2 ground states were evaluated by using both the absorption and emission measurements. The effect of Er3+ ion concentration on the emission intensity of 4I13/2→4I15/2 transition was discussed. Intense and broad 1.53 µm infrared fluorescence is observed at 980 nm diode laser excitation. Photoluminescence (PL) and its decay behavior studies were carried out for the transition 4I13/2→4I15/2 at 1.53 µm emission. The broad emission together with higher values of the bandwidth (81 nm), stimulated emission cross-section (32.25×10−22 cm2) and lifetime (530 µs for 1.0 mol% of Er3+) of level 4I13/2 make these glasses attractive for broadband amplifiers. From the analysis of spectroscopic data, the present glass is a prospective photonic material for practical applications in the visible and NIR region. - Highlights: • In this study we prepared TCZNB glasses doped with Er3+ ions. • Glasses are characterized with absorption, emission and lifetime analysis. • Judd–Ofelt theory is used to calculate radiative properties. • TCZNB glasses could be used as NIR lasers

  10. Measurements of the Thermodynamic Stabilities of the Niobium and Tantalum Oxides using a High-Temperature Galvanic Cell

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    Thermodynamic data for Nb2O4,8, NbO and Ta2O5 have been obtained from six different galvanic cells operating between 1030 and 1300°K. The electrolyte used is a solid solution of either ThO2 (94 wt. %)- Y2 O3 or ThO2 (98.6 wt. %)- CaO which remains an ionic conductor at lower oxygen activities and higher temperatures than the more commonly used zirconia-based electrolytes. The YFeOs phase was detected on the surface of the ThO2 - Y2 O3 electrolyte where it had been in contact with the Fe, Fe0,95O electrode. More stable readings were obtained using the ThO2-CaO electrolyte with the Fe, Fe0,95O electrode. A comparison between the temperature variation of the Gibbs energy of formation of Nb2 O4,8 obtained in this study and that of Nb2O5 from calorimetric data indicates that the homogeneity range of the pentoxide increases with increasing temperature. Two independent Gibbs-energy-of-formation equations were determined for NbO. Values from the two equations differ by 600 calories, but the data from one of the NbO cells are suspected of containing a systematic error. There is considerable disagreement between the enthalpy and entropy values for NbO obtained in this study and those calculated from thermal data. It is suggested that this difference may indicate a homogeneity range for NbO. The thermodynamic stability of Ta2O5 obtained in this study is in excellent agreement with the thermal data. The effect of the solubility of oxygen in niobium and tantalum on the results for NbO and Ta2O5 is discussed. (author)

  11. Assessment of the cathode contribution to the degradation of anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    Hagen, Anke; Liu, Yi-Lin; Barfod, Rasmus;

    2008-01-01

    The degradation of anode-supported cells was studied over 1500 h as a function of cell polarization either in air or oxygen on the cathode side. Based on impedance analysis, contributions of the anode and cathode to the increase of total resistance were assigned. Accordingly, the degradation rate......-stabilized zirconia electrolyte and consequently a reduced three-phase boundary length. (C) 2008 The Electrochemical Society....

  12. Controlled surface oxidation of multi-layered graphene anode to increase hole injection efficiency in organic electronic devices

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    Han, Tae-Hee; Kwon, Sung-Joo; Seo, Hong-Kyu; Lee, Tae-Woo

    2016-03-01

    Ultraviolet ozone (UVO) surface treatment of graphene changes its sp2-hybridized carbons to sp3-bonded carbons, and introduces oxygen-containing components. Oxidized graphene has a finite energy band gap, so UVO modification of the surface of a four-layered graphene anode increases its surface ionization potential up to ∼5.2 eV and improves the hole injection efficiency (η) in organic electronic devices by reducing the energy barrier between the graphene anode and overlying organic layers. By controlling the conditions of the UVO treatment, the electrical properties of the graphene can be tuned to improve η. This controlled surface modification of the graphene will provide a way to achieve efficient and stable flexible displays and solid-state lighting.

  13. Facile synthesis of binder-free reduced graphene oxide/silicon anode for high-performance lithium ion batteries

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    Zhang, Wei; Zuo, Pengjian; Chen, Cheng; Ma, Yulin; Cheng, Xinqun; Du, Chunyu; Gao, Yunzhi; Yin, Geping

    2016-04-01

    A novel binder-free reduced graphene oxide/silicon (RGO/Si) composite anode has been fabricated by a facile doctor-blade coating method. The relatively low C/O ratio plays an important role for the fabrication of the bind-free multilayered RGO/Si electrode with silicon nanoparticles encapsulating among the RGO sheet layers. The RGO provides the electron transport pathway and prevents the electrode fracture caused by the volume changes of active silicon particles during cycling. The RGO/Si composite anode with a silicon content of 66.7% delivers a reversible capacity of 1931 mAh g-1 at 0.2 A g-1 and still remains 92% of the initial capacity after 50 cycles.

  14. Enhanced performance in organic photovoltaic devices with a KMnO4 solution treated indium tin oxide anode modification

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    Yang Qian-Qian; Zhao Su-Ling; Xu Zheng; Zhang Fu-Jun; Yan Guang; Kong Chao; Fan Xing; Zhang Yan-Fei; Xu Xu-Rong

    2012-01-01

    The properties of poly(3-hexylthiophene):(6,6)-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) organic photovoltaic devices (OPVs) wvith an indium tin oxide (ITO) anode treated by a KMnO4 solution are investigated.The optimized KMnO4 solution has a concentration of 50 mg/L,and ITO is treated for 15 min.The modification of ITO anode results in an enhancement of the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the device,which is responsible for the increase of the photocurrent.The performance enhancement is attributed to the work function modification of the ITO substrate through the strong oxygenation of KMnO4,and then the charge collection efficiency is improved.

  15. Indium doped niobium phosphates as intermediate temperature proton conductors

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    Huang, Yunjie; Li, Qingfeng; Anfimova, Tatiana;

    2013-01-01

    Indium doped niobium phosphates were prepared from precursors of trivalent indium oxide, pentavalent niobium oxide and phosphoric acid. The obtained materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, impedance spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. It was found...... that the indium doping promoted formation of the cubic Nb2P4O15 phase instead of the monoclinic Nb5P7O30 phase in the pristine niobium phosphates and enhanced the preservation of OH functional groups in the phosphates. The preserved OH functionalities in the phosphates after the heat treatment at 650 °C...

  16. Ni/Ni-YSZ current collector/anode dual layer hollow fibers for micro-tubular solid oxide fuel cells

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    Kanawka, K.; Othman, M.H.D.; Droushiotis, N.; Wu, Z.; Kelsall, G.; Li, K. [Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)

    2011-10-15

    A co-extrusion technique was employed to fabricate a novel dual layer NiO/NiO-YSZ hollow fiber (HF) precursor which was then co-sintered at 1,400 C and reduced at 700 C to form, respectively, a meshed porous inner Ni current collector and outer Ni-YSZ anode layers for SOFC applications. The inner thin and highly porous ''mesh-like'' pure Ni layer of approximately 50 {mu}m in thickness functions as a current collector in micro-tubular solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), aiming at highly efficient current collection with low fuel diffusion resistance, while the thicker outer Ni-YSZ layer of 260 {mu}m acts as an anode, providing also major mechanical strength to the dual-layer HF. Achieved morphology consisted of short finger-like voids originating from the inner lumen of the HF, and a sponge-like structure filling most of the Ni-YSZ anode layer, which is considered to be suitable macrostructure for anode SOFC system. The electrical conductivity of the meshed porous inner Ni layer is measured to be 77.5 x 10{sup 5} S m{sup -1}. This result is significantly higher than previous reported results on single layer Ni-YSZ HFs, which performs not only as a catalyst for the oxidation reaction, but also as a current collector. These results highlight the advantages of this novel dual-layer HF design as a new and highly efficient way of collecting current from the lumen of micro-tubular SOFC. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  18. Fluorine-Doped Tin Oxide Nanocrystal/Reduced Graphene Oxide Composites as Lithium Ion Battery Anode Material with High Capacity and Cycling Stability.

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    Xu, Haiping; Shi, Liyi; Wang, Zhuyi; Liu, Jia; Zhu, Jiefang; Zhao, Yin; Zhang, Meihong; Yuan, Shuai

    2015-12-16

    Tin oxide (SnO2) is a kind of anode material with high theoretical capacity. However, the volume expansion and fast capability fading during cycling have prevented its practical application in lithium ion batteries. Herein, we report that the nanocomposite of fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) is an ideal anode material with high capacity, high rate capability, and high stability. The FTO conductive nanocrystals were successfully anchored on RGO nanosheets from an FTO nanocrystals colloid and RGO suspension by hydrothermal treatment. As the anode material, the FTO/RGO composite showed high structural stability during the lithiation and delithiation processes. The conductive FTO nanocrystals favor the formation of stable and thin solid electrolyte interface films. Significantly, the FTO/RGO composite retains a discharge capacity as high as 1439 mAhg(-1) after 200 cycles at a current density of 100 mAg(-1). Moreover, its rate capacity displays 1148 mAhg(-1) at a current density of 1000 mAg(-1).

  19. Study on Improving the Oxidation Efficiency of Lead Anode Slime%提高铅阳极泥氧化效率的研究

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    程永强

    2014-01-01

    影响铅阳极泥氧化的因素较多,本试验主要研究了温度及湿度对阳极泥氧化的影响。通过控制不同的温度和阳极泥含水量,对阳极泥氧化过程进行了监测。当温度在21~35℃范围时,阳极泥氧化速度较快,最佳的氧化温度为21~25℃。在采取保湿措施的同时,减少氧化过程中水分的蒸发,有利于阳极泥的氧化,最佳的湿度条件为阳极泥含水15%~25%。%T here are many influence factors in the oxidation of anode alime . T his test mainly studies the influence of temperature and humidity on the oxidation of anode slime . By controlling the different temperature and anode alime water content , the anode alime oxidation process is monitored . When the temperature is in the range of 21℃ to 35℃ , Anode slime oxidation speed is faster , the best oxidation temperature is 21℃ to 25℃ . As the same time of taking moisturizing measures , water evaporation is reduced in the oxidation process . This is good for the oxidation of anode slime;the best humidity condition is anode alime water content 15% to 25% .

  20. Niobium matrix composites for high temperature turbine blades, phase 2

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    Heng, Sangvavann; Laferla, Raffaele; Tuffias, Robert H.

    1991-01-01

    This program demonstrated the feasibility of fabricating fiber-reinforced MMC (niobium matrix) turbine blades to net shape by chemical vapor infiltration (CVI). A controllable, repeatable niobium infiltration process was developed, and the kinetics of both deposition and infiltration were studied. Several continuous refractory fibers (Nicalon, Nextel 440, FP-Al2O3, HPZ, and tungsten mesh) were investigated as potential reinforcements for strengthening niobium. Thermodynamic and experimental evaluation indicated FP-Al2O3 and tungsten to be the most chemically compatible with niobium, while Nicalon, FP-Al2O3, and tungsten were found to be best with regard to reinforcing capability. Finally, a protective coating for iridium was found to provide substantial oxidation protection to the niobium blade matrix.

  1. Electrochemical degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in creosote solution using ruthenium oxide on titanium expanded mesh anode.

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    Tran, Lan-Huong; Drogui, Patrick; Mercier, Guy; Blais, Jean-François

    2009-05-30

    In this study, expanded titanium (Ti) covered with ruthenium oxide (RuO(2)) electrode was used to anodically oxidize polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in creosote solution. Synthetic creosote-oily solution (COS) was prepared with distilled water and a commercial creosote solution in the presence of an amphoteric surfactant; Cocamidopropylhydroxysultaine (CAS). Electrolysis was carried out using a parallelepipedic electrolytic 1.5-L cell containing five anodes (Ti/RuO(2)) and five cathodes (stainless steel, 316 L) alternated in the electrode pack. The effects of initial pH, temperature, retention time, supporting electrolyte, current density and initial PAH concentration on the process performance were examined. Experimental results revealed that a current density of 9.23 mA cm(-2) was beneficial for PAH oxidation. The sum of PAH concentrations for 16 PAHs could be optimally diminished up to 80-82% while imposing a residence time in the electrolysis cell of 90 min. There was not a significant effect of the electrolyte (Na(2)SO(4)) concentration on oxidation efficiency in the investigated range of 500-4000 mg/L. However, an addition of 500 mg Na(2)SO(4)L(-1) was required to reduce the energy consumption and the treatment cost. Besides, there was no effect of initial PAH concentration on oxidation efficiency in the investigated range of 270-540 mg PAHL(-1). Alkaline media was not favourable for PAH oxidation, whereas high performance of PAH degradation could be recorded without initial pH adjustment (original pH around 6.0). Likewise, under optimal conditions, 84% of petroleum hydrocarbon (C(10)-C(50)) was removed, whereas removal yields of 69% and 62% have been measured for O&G and COD, respectively. Microtox and Daphnia biotests showed that electrochemical oxidation using Ti/RuO(2) could be efficiently used to reduce more than 90% of the COS toxicity. PMID:18926633

  2. Influence of voltage waveform on anodic film of AZ91 Mg alloy via plasma electrolytic oxidation: Microstructural characteristics and electrochemical responses

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    Ko, Young Gun [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Eung Seok [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 426-791 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Dong Hyuk, E-mail: dhshin@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 426-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-02-15

    Highlights: • The effect of voltage waveform on the anodic film structure is significant. • The anodic film by asymmetric-sine wave is denser than that by half-sine wave. • Asymmetric-sine wave results in excellent electrochemical properties. -- Abstract: The present study investigated how the voltage waveform influenced the microstructural characteristics and electrochemical responses of the anodic film on AZ91 Mg alloy coated by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO). PEO coatings of AZ91 Mg alloy were performed for 600 s in an alkaline silicate electrolyte with respect to the voltage waveform such as half-sine and asymmetric-sine waveforms. Microstructural observations on cross section of the anodic film utilizing scanning electron microscope revealed that the anodic film formed via asymmetric-sine wave was much denser in structure than that via half-sine counterpart since the occurrence of the cathodic breakdown between the anodic pulses could effectively suppress the formation of the micro-pores and discharge channels in the anodic films. Thereby, the hardness and corrosion properties of the anodic film formed by asymmetric-sine wave were found to be superior to those by half-sine wave. In addition, electrochemical responses were interpreted in relation to the equivalent circuit model consisting of resistor and capacitor elements within an electrical cell.

  3. Behaviour of Al2O3 scales on Fe-Al and Fe-Ni-Al alloys with small additions of titanium, zirconium, niobium and vanadium on thermal cycling and creep in oxidizing and carburizing atmospheres

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    Aluminium as an alloying element in steels is beneficial for the formation of slow-growing oxide layers at high temperatures. Steels with aluminium as the oxide former are of interest for use in carburizing atmospheres with low O2 partial pressures, e.g. coal gasification or the high temperature nuclear reactor. The behaviour of Al2O3 layers on ferritic and austenitic steels with small additions of titanium, zirconium, niobium and vanadium was studied by measuring radiocarbon penetration in thermal cycling and creep experiments. The oxide layers on the ferritic steels adhered well and were compact with a high carburization resistance. In the creep tests on the austenitic alloys, cracking of the oxide layer and subsequent intergranular oxidation and carburization were observed. (orig.)

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

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

    2010-12-20

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

  5. 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.

  6. Electro oxidation of Phenol on a Ti/RuO{sub 2} anode: effect of some electrolysis parameters

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    Santos, Iranildes D. dos; Dutra, Achilles J.B. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (PEMM/COPPE/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Coordenacao dos Programas de Pos-Graduacao de Engenharia. Programa de Engenharia Metalurgica e de Materiais; Afonso, Julio C., E-mail: julio@iq.ufrj.b [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IQ/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica. Dept. de Quimica Analitica

    2011-07-01

    The influences of electrolysis time, anodic area, current density and supporting electrolyte on phenol and its byproducts degradation on a Ti/RuO{sub 2} anode were investigated. It was observed that phenol and its byproducts were rapidly broken down in the presence of chloride ions. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) data have shown that the presence of chloride ions lead to chlorophenols formation, due to reactions with Cl{sub 2} and/or OCl{sup -} generated during electrolysis. However, these intermediate products were also degraded later by the oxidizing agents. The standards established by the CONAMA (Brazilian National Council for the Environment) for phenols and chlorophenols in effluents were achieved after 360 min of electrolysis with a current density of 10 mA cm-2. Cyclic voltammograms obtained with the anodes before and after 436 h of electrolysis under severe salinity conditions (2 mol L-1) and current density (800 mA cm-2) showed that Ti/RuO{sub 2} did not lose its electrocatalytic properties. This fact indicates that Ti/RuO{sub 2} can be used for the treatment of effluents containing phenols in a chloride environment. (author)

  7. Performance evaluation of a liquid tin anode solid oxide fuel cell operating under hydrogen, argon and coal

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    Khurana, Sanchit; LaBarbera, Mark; Fedkin, Mark V.; Lvov, Serguei N.; Abernathy, Harry; Gerdes, Kirk

    2015-01-01

    A liquid tin anode solid oxide fuel cell is constructed and investigated under different operating conditions. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) is used to reflect the effect of fuel feed as the EIS spectra changes significantly on switching the fuel from argon to hydrogen. A cathode symmetric cell is used to separate the impedance from the two electrodes, and the results indicate that a major contribution to the charge-transfer and mass-transfer impedance arises from the anode. The OCP of 0.841 V for the cell operating under argon as a metal-air battery indicates the formation of a SnO2 layer at the electrolyte/anode interface. The increase in the OCP to 1.1 V for the hydrogen fueled cell shows that H2 reduces the SnO2 film effectively. The effective diffusion coefficients are calculated using the Warburg element in the equivalent circuit model for the experimental EIS data, and the values of 1.9 10-3 cm2 s-1 at 700 °C, 2.3 10-3 cm2 s-1 at 800 °C and 3.5 10-3 cm2 s-1 at 900 °C indicate the system was influenced by diffusion of hydrogen in the system. Further, the performance degradation over time is attributed to the irreversible conversion of Sn to SnO2 resulting from galvanic polarization.

  8. Influence of oxidative nanopatterning and anodization on the fatigue resistance of commercially pure titanium and Ti-6Al-4V.

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    Ketabchi, Amirhossein; Weck, Arnaud; Variola, Fabio

    2015-04-01

    With an increasingly aging population, a significant challenge in implantology is the creation of biomaterials that actively promote tissue integration and offer excellent mechanical properties. Engineered surfaces with micro- and nanoscale topographies have shown great potential to control and direct biomaterial-host tissue interactions. Two simple yet efficient chemical treatments, oxidative nanopatterning and anodization, have demonstrated the ability to confer exciting new bioactive capacities to commercially pure titanium and Ti-6Al-4V alloy. However, the resulting nanoporous and nanotubular surfaces require careful assessment in regard to potential adverse effects on the fatigue resistance, a factor which may ultimately cause premature failure of biomedical implants. In this work, we have investigated the impact of oxidative nanopatterning and anodization on the fatigue resistance of commercially pure titanium and Ti-6Al-4V. Quantitative (e.g., S-N curves) and qualitative analyses were carried out to precisely characterize the fatigue response of treated metals and compare it to that of polished controls. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging revealed the effects of cyclic loading on the fracture surface and on the structural integrity of chemically grown nanostructured oxides. Results from this study reinforce the importance of mechanical considerations in the development and optimization of micro- and nanoscale surface treatments for metallic biomedical implants.

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

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

    2016-05-25

    In this work, a facile and low temperature processed anodic oxidation approach is proposed for fabricating compact and homogeneous titanium dioxide film (AO-TiO2). In order to realize morphology and thickness control of AO-TiO2, the theory concerning anodic oxidation (AO) is unveiled and the influence of relevant parameters during the process of AO such as electrolyte ingredient and oxidation voltage on AO-TiO2 formation is observed as well. Meanwhile, we demonstrate that the planar perovskite solar cells (p-PSCs) fabricated in ambient air and utilizing optimized AO-TiO2 as electron transport layer (ETL) can deliver repeatable power conversion efficiency (PCE) over 13%, which possess superior open-circuit voltage (Voc) and higher fill factor (FF) compared to its counterpart utilizing conventional high temperature processed compact TiO2 (c-TiO2) as ETL. Through a further comparative study, it is indicated that the improvement of device performance should be attributed to more effective electron collection from perovskite layer to AO-TiO2 and the decrease of device series resistance. Furthermore, hysteresis effect about current density-voltage (J-V) curves in TiO2-based p-PSCs is also unveiled. PMID:27150310

  10. Ultrahigh capacity anode material for lithium ion battery based on rod gold nanoparticles decorated reduced graphene oxide

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    Atar, Necip, E-mail: necipatar@gmail.com [Department of Chemical Engineering, Pamukkale University, Denizli (Turkey); Eren, Tanju [Department of Chemical Engineering, Pamukkale University, Denizli (Turkey); Yola, Mehmet Lütfi [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Sinop University, Sinop (Turkey)

    2015-09-01

    In this study, we report the synthesis of rod shaped gold nanoparticles/2-aminoethanethiol functionalized reduced graphene oxide composite (rdAuNPs/AETrGO) and its application as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. The structure of the rdAuNPs/AETrGO composite was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The electrochemical performance was investigated at different current rates by using a coin-type cell. It was found that the rod shaped gold nanoparticles were highly dispersed on the reduced graphene oxide sheets. Moreover, the rdAuNPs/AETrGO composite showed a high specific gravimetric capacity of about 1320 mAh g{sup −1} and a long-term cycle stability. - Highlights: • We prepared rod shaped gold nanoparticles functionalized reduced graphene oxide. • The nanocomposite was used as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. • The nanocomposite showed a high specific gravimetric capacity of about 1320 mAh g{sup −1}. • The nanocomposite exhibited a long-term cycle stability.

  11. Ultrahigh capacity anode material for lithium ion battery based on rod gold nanoparticles decorated reduced graphene oxide

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    In this study, we report the synthesis of rod shaped gold nanoparticles/2-aminoethanethiol functionalized reduced graphene oxide composite (rdAuNPs/AETrGO) and its application as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. The structure of the rdAuNPs/AETrGO composite was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The electrochemical performance was investigated at different current rates by using a coin-type cell. It was found that the rod shaped gold nanoparticles were highly dispersed on the reduced graphene oxide sheets. Moreover, the rdAuNPs/AETrGO composite showed a high specific gravimetric capacity of about 1320 mAh g−1 and a long-term cycle stability. - Highlights: • We prepared rod shaped gold nanoparticles functionalized reduced graphene oxide. • The nanocomposite was used as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. • The nanocomposite showed a high specific gravimetric capacity of about 1320 mAh g−1. • The nanocomposite exhibited a long-term cycle stability

  12. Interaction of human osteoblast-like Saos-2 and MG-63 cells with thermally oxidized surfaces of a titanium-niobium alloy.

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    Marta Vandrovcova

    Full Text Available An investigation was made of the adhesion, growth and differentiation of osteoblast-like MG-63 and Saos-2 cells on titanium (Ti and niobium (Nb supports and on TiNb alloy with surfaces oxidized at 165°C under hydrothermal conditions and at 600°C in a stream of air. The oxidation mode and the chemical composition of the samples tuned the morphology, topography and distribution of the charge on their surfaces, which enabled us to evaluate the importance of these material characteristics in the interaction of the cells with the sample surface. Numbers of adhered MG-63 and Saos-2 cells correlated with the number of positively-charged (related with the Nb2O5 phase and negatively-charged sites (related with the TiO2 phase on the alloy surface. Proliferation of these cells is correlated with the presence of positively-charged (i.e. basic sites of the Nb2O5 alloy phase, while cell differentiation is correlated with negatively-charged (acidic sites of the TiO2 alloy phase. The number of charged sites and adhered cells was substantially higher on the alloy sample oxidized at 600°C than on the hydrothermally treated sample at 165°C. The expression values of osteoblast differentiation markers (collagen type I and osteocalcin were higher for cells grown on the Ti samples than for those grown on the TiNb samples. This was more particularly apparent in the samples treated at 165°C. No considerable immune activation of murine macrophage-like RAW 264.7 cells on the tested samples was found. The secretion of TNF-α by these cells into the cell culture media was much lower than for either cells grown in the presence of bacterial lipopolysaccharide, or untreated control samples. Thus, oxidized Ti and TiNb are both promising materials for bone implantation; TiNb for applications where bone cell proliferation is desirable, and Ti for induction of osteogenic cell differentiation.

  13. UV-treated graphene oxide as anode interfacial layers for P3HT : PCBM solar cells

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    Cheng, Cheng-En; Tsai, Cheng-Wei; Pei, Zingway; Lin, Tsung-Wu; Chang, Chen-Shiung; Shih-Sen Chien, Forest

    2015-06-01

    Solution-processable graphene oxide (GO) ultrathin films were introduced as anode interfacial layers (AILs) for polymer solar cells (PSCs). The photovoltaic performance of PSCs containing thermal- and UV-treated GO was comparable to that of PSCs with conventional poly(3,4-ethyledioxythiphene):poly(styrenesulfonate) AILs. UV treatment induced the surface activation of GO; an increase in the work function of UV-treated GO improved the energy band alignment at the GO/poly(3-hexylthiophene) interface, which accounted for the efficient hole collection and photovoltaic performance of PSCs with treated GO.

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

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    2008-01-01

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

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

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

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    Gapin, Andrew Isaac

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

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  18. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Illuminating Performance Evolution of Porous Core–Shell Structured Nickel/Nickel Oxide Anode Materials

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    Highlights: • The electrochemical reaction kinetics of the Ni/NiO anode was studied for the first time. • Charge transfer resistance is main contribution to total resistance during discharge process. • The slow growth of the SEI film is responsible for the capacity fading upon cycling. • Some promising strategies to optimize NiO anode performance were summarized. - Abstract: The electrochemical reaction kinetics of the porous core–shell structured Ni/NiO anode for Li ion battery application is systematically investigated by monitoring the electrochemical impedance evolution for the first time. The electrochemical impedance under prescribed condition is measured by using impedance spectroscopy in equilibrium conditions at various depths of discharge (DOD) during charge–discharge cycles. The Nyquist plots of the binder-free porous Ni/NiO electrode are interpreted with a selective equivalent circuit composed of solution resistance, solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) film, charge transfer and solid state diffusion. The impedance analysis shows that the change of charge transfer resistance is the main contribution to the total resistance change during discharge, and the surface configuration of the obtained electrode may experience significant change during the first two cycles. Meanwhile, the increase of internal resistance reduced the utilization efficiency of the active material may be another convincing factor to increase the irreversible capacity. In addition, the impedance evolution of the as-prepared electrode during charge–discharge cycles reveals that the slow growth of the SEI film is responsible for the capacity fading after long term cycling. As a result, several strategies are summarized to optimize the electrochemical performances of transition metal oxide anodes for lithium ion batteries

  19. A High-Performing Sulfur-Tolerant and Redox-Stable Layered Perovskite Anode for Direct Hydrocarbon Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Ding, Hanping; Tao, Zetian; Liu, Shun; Zhang, Jiujun

    2015-12-01

    Development of alternative ceramic oxide anode materials is a key step for direct hydrocarbon solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Several lanthanide based layered perovskite-structured oxides demonstrate outstanding oxygen diffusion rate, favorable electronic conductivity, and good oxygen surface exchange kinetics, owing to A-site ordered structure in which lanthanide and alkali-earth ions occupy alternate (001) layers and oxygen vacancies are mainly located in [LnOx] planes. Here we report a nickel-free cation deficient layered perovskite, (PrBa)0.95(Fe0.9Mo0.1)2O5 + δ (PBFM), for SOFC anode, and this anode shows an outstanding performance with high resistance against both carbon build-up and sulfur poisoning in hydrocarbon fuels. At 800 °C, the layered PBFM showed high electrical conductivity of 59.2 S cm-1 in 5% H2 and peak power densities of 1.72 and 0.54 W cm-2 using H2 and CH4 as fuel, respectively. The cell exhibits a very stable performance under a constant current load of 1.0 A cm-2. To our best knowledge, this is the highest performance of ceramic anodes operated in methane. In addition, the anode is structurally stable at various fuel and temperature conditions, suggesting that it is a feasible material candidate for high-performing SOFC anode.

  20. Technological challenges in extractive metallurgy and refining of niobium, tantalum and preparation of their alloys

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    Manufacturing of refractory and reactive metals, their alloys and fabricated products has been always difficult due to their high affinity with atmospheric gases, stringent specifications and exhaustive quality requirements. In the field of development of these materials, Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), Hyderabad has been at the fore front in accepting the challenges for the advancement of technological growth. Extensive developments have been carried out during the last few decades in the field of niobium, tantalum, zirconium etc in the form of pure metal, their compounds and alloys. Over the period of time, efforts have been made for developing sophisticated facilities along with trained man power for manufacturing of critical items for which technical knowhow is not available either with private industries or any other organizations in the country. In the field of reactive metals, though general theory is well established, production is intriguing and requires expert handling on the field. At NFC, efforts were put towards industrial adoptability of the useful knowledge gained from lab scale to reliable production scale. Comprehensive study was conducted to systematically study the effects of various process parameters starting from ore to the metals and their alloys, equipment were modified for ease of operation with stress on recycling/reusing of the waste and handling of effluents. However scale of operation and therefore cost of production has been matter of concern in the field of tantalum and niobium. Electron beam refining is used for production of highly pure reactive and refractory metals like tantalum, niobium, zirconium etc. and their alloys under high vacuum. Special Materials Plant (SMP) at Nuclear Fuel Complex, Hyderabad has developed processes for production of niobium oxide, tantalum oxide, tantalum metal powder, tantalum anodes/capacitors, potassium tantalum fluoride, Nb thermit, Nb metal granules, RRR grade niobium, Nb base alloys such as Zr

  1. Recent advances in nanostructured Nb-based oxides for electrochemical energy storage

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    Yan, Litao; Rui, Xianhong; Chen, Gen; Xu, Weichuan; Zou, Guifu; Luo, Hongmei

    2016-04-01

    For the past five years, nanostructured niobium-based oxides have emerged as one of the most prominent materials for batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cell technologies, for instance, TiNb2O7 as an anode for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), Nb2O5 as an electrode for supercapacitors (SCs), and niobium-based oxides as chemically stable electrochemical supports for fuel cells. Their high potential window can prevent the formation of lithium dendrites, and their rich redox chemistry (Nb5+/Nb4+, Nb4+/Nb3+) makes them very promising electrode materials. Their unique chemical stability under acid conditions is favorable for practical fuel-cell operation. In this review, we summarized recent progress made concerning the use of niobium-based oxides as electrodes for batteries (LIBs, sodium-ion batteries (SIBs), and vanadium redox flow batteries (VRBs)), SCs, and fuel cell applications. Moreover, crystal structures, charge storage mechanisms in different crystal structures, and electrochemical performances in terms of the specific capacitance/capacity, rate capability, and cycling stability of niobium-based oxides are discussed. Insights into the future research and development of niobium-based oxide compounds for next-generation electrochemical devices are also presented. We believe that this review will be beneficial for research scientists and graduate students who are searching for promising electrode materials for batteries, SCs, and fuel cells.

  2. Engineering of the energetic structure of the anode of organic photovoltaic devices utilizing hot-wire deposited transition metal oxide layers

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    Graphical abstract: In this work we perform successful engineering of the anode of organic photovoltaics based on poly(3-hexylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl butyric acid methyl ester blends by using metal oxide transport layers exhibiting shallow gap states which act as a barrier-free path for hole transport toward the anode. - Highlights: • Interface engineering of the anode. • Organic photovoltaics (OPVs). • Shallow gap states. • Barrier-free hole transport. • Design rules for interface engineering in OPVs. - Abstract: In this work we use hydrogen deposited molybdenum and tungsten oxides (chemically described as H:MOxx ≤ 3 where M = Mo or W) to control the energetics at the anode of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaics (OPVs) based on poly(3-hexylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PC71BM) blends. Significantly improved current densities and open circuit voltages were achieved as a result of improved hole transport from the P3HT highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) toward indium tin oxide (ITO) anode. This was attributed to the formation of shallow gap states in these oxides which are located just below the Fermi level and above the polymer HOMO and thus may act as a barrier-free path for the extraction of holes. Consequently, these states can be used for controlling the energetic structure of the anode of OPVs. By using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy it was found that dependent on the deposition conditions these gap states and work function of the metal oxides may be tailored to contribute to the precise alignment of the HOMO of the organic semiconductor (OSC) with the Fermi level of the anode electrode resulting in further enhancement of the device performance

  3. Engineering of the energetic structure of the anode of organic photovoltaic devices utilizing hot-wire deposited transition metal oxide layers

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    Vasilopoulou, M., E-mail: mariva@imel.demokritos.gr [Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Department of Microelectronics, National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos, POB 60228, 15310 Agia Paraskevi, Attiki (Greece); Stathopoulos, N.A.; Savaidis, S.A. [Department of Electronics, Technological and Educational Institute (TEI) of Piraeus, Petrou Ralli & Thivon, 12244 Aegaleo (Greece); Kostis, I. [Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Department of Microelectronics, National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos, POB 60228, 15310 Agia Paraskevi, Attiki (Greece); Department of Electronics, Technological and Educational Institute (TEI) of Piraeus, Petrou Ralli & Thivon, 12244 Aegaleo (Greece); Papadimitropoulos, G. [Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Department of Microelectronics, National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos, POB 60228, 15310 Agia Paraskevi, Attiki (Greece); Davazoglou, D., E-mail: d.davazoglou@imel.demokritos.gr [Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Department of Microelectronics, National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos, POB 60228, 15310 Agia Paraskevi, Attiki (Greece)

    2015-09-30

    Graphical abstract: In this work we perform successful engineering of the anode of organic photovoltaics based on poly(3-hexylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl butyric acid methyl ester blends by using metal oxide transport layers exhibiting shallow gap states which act as a barrier-free path for hole transport toward the anode. - Highlights: • Interface engineering of the anode. • Organic photovoltaics (OPVs). • Shallow gap states. • Barrier-free hole transport. • Design rules for interface engineering in OPVs. - Abstract: In this work we use hydrogen deposited molybdenum and tungsten oxides (chemically described as H:MO{sub x}x ≤ 3 where M = Mo or W) to control the energetics at the anode of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic photovoltaics (OPVs) based on poly(3-hexylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PC{sub 71}BM) blends. Significantly improved current densities and open circuit voltages were achieved as a result of improved hole transport from the P3HT highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) toward indium tin oxide (ITO) anode. This was attributed to the formation of shallow gap states in these oxides which are located just below the Fermi level and above the polymer HOMO and thus may act as a barrier-free path for the extraction of holes. Consequently, these states can be used for controlling the energetic structure of the anode of OPVs. By using ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy it was found that dependent on the deposition conditions these gap states and work function of the metal oxides may be tailored to contribute to the precise alignment of the HOMO of the organic semiconductor (OSC) with the Fermi level of the anode electrode resulting in further enhancement of the device performance.

  4. Fastest Electropolishing Technique on Niobium for Particle Accelerators

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    A.T. Wu, S. Jin, R.A. Rimmer, X.Y. Lu, K. Zhao

    2011-09-01

    Field emission on the inner surfaces of niobium (Nb) superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities is still one of the major obstacles for reaching high accelerating gradients for SRF community. Our previous experimental results [1] seemed to imply that the threshold of field emission was related to the thickness of Nb surface oxide layers. In this contribution, a more detailed study on the influences of the surface oxide layers on the field emission on Nb surfaces will be reported. By anodization technique, the thickness of the surface pentoxide layer was artificially fabricated from 3nm up to 460nm. A home-made scanning field emission microscope (SFEM) was employed to perform the scans on the surfaces. Emitters were characterized using a scanning electron microscope together with an energy dispersive x-ray analyzer. The experimental results could be understood by a simple model calculation based on classic electromagnetic theory as shown in Ref.1. Possibly implications for Nb SRF cavity applications from this study will be discussed.

  5. Comparative analysis on surface property in anodic oxidation polishing of reaction-sintered silicon carbide and single-crystal 4H silicon carbide

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    Shen, Xinmin; Tu, Qunzhang; Deng, Hui; Jiang, Guoliang; He, Xiaohui; Liu, Bin; Yamamura, Kazuya

    2016-04-01

    For effective machining of difficult-to-machine materials, such as reaction-sintered silicon carbide (RS-SiC) and single-crystal 4H silicon carbide (4H-SiC), a novel polishing technique named anodic oxidation polishing was proposed, which combined with the anodic oxidation of substrate and slurry polishing of oxide. By scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX) observation and atomic force microscopy analysis, both the anodic oxidation behaviors of RS-SiC and 4H-SiC were investigated. Through comparison of the surfaces before and after hydrofluoric acid etching of the oxidized samples by the scanning white light interferometry (SWLI) measurement, the relationships between oxidation depth and oxidation time were obtained, and the calculated oxidation rate for RS-SiC was 5.3 nm/s and that for 4H-SiC was 5.8 nm/s based on the linear Deal-Grove model. Through anodic oxidation polishing of RS-SiC substrate and 4H-SiC substrate, respectively, the surface roughness rms obtained by SWLI was improved to 2.103 nm for RS-SiC and to 0.892 nm for 4H-SiC. Experimental results indicate that anodic oxidation polishing is an effective method for the machining of RS-SiC and 4H-SiC samples, which would improve the process level of SiC substrates and promote the application of SiC products in the fields of optics, ceramics, semiconductors, electronics, and so on.

  6. Vapor-phase fabrication of β-iron oxide nanopyramids for lithium-ion battery anodes.

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    Carraro, Giorgio; Barreca, Davide; Cruz-Yusta, Manuel; Gasparotto, Alberto; Maccato, Chiara; Morales, Julián; Sada, Cinzia; Sánchez, Luis

    2012-12-01

    The other polymorph: A vapor-phase route for the fabrication of β-Fe(2)O(3) nanomaterials on Ti substrates at 400-500 °C is reported. For the first time, the β polymorph is tested as anode for lithium batteries, exhibiting promising performances in terms of Li storage and rate capability.

  7. Characterisation of the Ni/ScYSZ interface in a model solid oxide fuel cell anode

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    Schmidt, Michael Stenbæk; Hansen, Karin Vels; Norrman, Kion;

    2008-01-01

    A nickel point electrode setup was used as a model of an SOFC anode on three slightly different electrolytes of zirconia stabilised by co-doping with scandia and yttria. The effect of electrolyte impurities on the electrode polarisation resistance was investigated by correlating electrochemical i...

  8. Kinetics of Carbon Monoxide Electro-Oxidation in Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells from Ni-YSZ Patterned-Anode Measurements

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    Hanna, J.

    2013-04-17

    A mathematical model is developed around the framework of a reduced mechanism describing electrochemical oxidation of carbon monoxide on Ni-YSZ patterned anodes. The electro-oxidation mechanism involves three reactions, one describing adsorption/ desorption of COonNi, and two single-electron charge-transfer steps inwhich the surface adsorbate CO(Ni) participates directly. These steps are coupled with surface transport in a reaction-diffusion model for which analytic equilibrium and steady-state solutions are derived. As much as possible, we make use of existing, independent, published information about heterogeneous chemistry, surface transport, and other model parameters. The only unknowns in our model are taken to be the kinetic rate constants of the electrochemical reactions, which we evaluate by fitting the model predictions to previously published patterned-anode experiments [B. Habibzadeh, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA (2007)]. The results show that diffusion of CO on the Ni surface to the three-phase boundary is the rate-controlling process for CO electro-oxidation. Moreover, from a reaction standpoint, the charge-transfer process is dominated by a slow step involving CO(Ni). These findings collectively demonstrate the critical dependence of the electro-oxidation process to the direct participation of CO. © 2013 The Electrochemical Society. All rights reserved.

  9. Investigation of iron-chromium-niobium-titanium ferritic stainless steel for solid oxide fuel cell interconnect applications

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    Yang, Zhenguo; Xia, Guan-Guang; Wang, Chong-Min; Nie, Zimin; Templeton, Joshua; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Singh, Prabhakar

    As part of an effort to develop cost-effective ferritic stainless steel-based interconnects for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks, both bare AISI441 and AISI441 coated with (Mn,Co) 3O 4 protection layers were studied in terms of its metallurgical characteristics, oxidation behavior, and electrical performance. The addition of minor alloying elements, in particular Nb, led to formation of Laves phases both inside grains and along grain boundaries. In particular, the Laves phase which precipitated out along grain boundaries during exposure at intermediate SOFC operating temperatures was found to be rich in both Nb and Si. The capture of Si in the Laves phase minimized the Si activity in the alloy matrix and prevented formation of an insulating silica layer at the scale/metal interface, resulting in a reduction in area-specific electrical resistance (ASR). However, the relatively high oxidation rate of the steel, which leads to increasing ASR over time, and the need to prevent volatilization of chromium from the steel necessitates the application of a conductive protection layer on the steel. In particular, the application of a Mn 1.5Co 1.5O 4 spinel protection layer substantially improved the electrical performance of the 441 by reducing the oxidation rate.

  10. Calculation of contact angles at triple phase boundary in solid oxide fuel cell anode using the level set method

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    Sun, Xiaojun [Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo (Japan); Hasegawa, Yosuke [Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo (Japan); CREST, JST (Japan); Kohno, Haruhiko [Department of Mechanical Information Science and Technology, Kyushu Institute of Technology (Japan); Jiao, Zhenjun [Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo (Japan); CREST, JST (Japan); Hayakawa, Koji [Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo (Japan); Okita, Kohei [College of Industrial Technology, Nihon University (Japan); Shikazono, Naoki, E-mail: shika@iis.u-tokyo.ac.jp [Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo (Japan); CREST, JST (Japan)

    2014-10-15

    A level set method is applied to characterize the three dimensional structures of nickel, yttria stabilized zirconia and pore phases in solid oxide fuel cell anode reconstructed by focused ion beam-scanning electron microscope. A numerical algorithm is developed to evaluate the contact angles at the triple phase boundary based on interfacial normal vectors which can be calculated from the signed distance functions defined for each of the three phases. Furthermore, surface tension force is estimated from the contact angles by assuming the interfacial force balance at the triple phase boundary. The average contact angle values of nickel, yttria stabilized zirconia and pore are found to be 143°–156°, 83°–138° and 82°–123°, respectively. The mean contact angles remained nearly unchanged after 100 hour operation. However, the contact angles just after reduction are different for the cells with different sintering temperatures. In addition, standard deviations of the contact angles are very large especially for yttria stabilized zirconia and pore phases. The calculated surface tension forces from mean contact angles were close to the experimental values found in the literature. Slight increase of surface tensions of nickel/pore and nickel/yttria stabilized zirconia were observed after operation. Present data are expected to be used not only for the understanding of the degradation mechanism, but also for the quantitative prediction of the microstructural temporal evolution of solid oxide fuel cell anode. - Highlights: • A level set method is applied to characterize the 3D structures of SOFC anode. • A numerical algorithm is developed to evaluate the contact angles at the TPB. • Surface tension force is estimated from the contact angles. • The average contact angle values are found to be 143o-156o, 83o-138o and 82o-123o. • Present data are expected to understand degradation and predict evolution of SOFC.

  11. Diesel auto-thermal reforming for solid oxide fuel cell systems: Anode off-gas recycle simulation

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    Highlights: • Diesel reformation with solid oxide fuel cell anode off-gas recycle simulation. • Thermodynamic modeling complemented experiments to optimize fuel reformation. • Comparisons of diesel reforming with anode off-gas recycle and direct water/air. • Single-tube reformer with Rh/CeO2–ZrO2 catalyst for diesel autothermal reforming. - Abstract: Diesel auto-thermal reformation (ATR) with solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack anode off-gas recycle (AOGR) has a reliable steam recycling supply to the reformer and improves overall system efficiency. For the lab-scale experiments, it is crucial to develop a cost-effective technique to simulate the AOGR effects on hydrocarbon catalytic reformation due to safety and cost considerations of providing the full recycle composition in the absence of fuel cell stack hardware. The present work combined thermodynamic modeling and experiments to compare diesel ATR performance with AOGR and with direct water/air inputs as recycle simulation (RS). Variations of input water and air flow were employed to simulate the effects of recycle gas on syngas production and to analyze the contribution of recycled CO2 dry reforming. A single-tube reformer with Rh/CeO2–ZrO2 catalyst was used for diesel ATR experiments with a photo-acoustic micro-soot meter to monitor carbon formation in the reformate effluent. Experimental results suggest water and air input flows are two key variables to simulate performance of diesel ATR with AOGR, whereas gas hourly space velocity and reforming temperature do not significantly affect the recycle simulation process in syngas production. The optimum AOGR ratio for an SOFC stack with 65% fuel utilization was identified as 45% for diesel ATR to achieve maximum syngas production and reforming efficiency with a given input air flow

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

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

    2014-02-01

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

  13. Microstructural degradation of Ni-YSZ anodes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Thyden, K.

    2008-03-15

    Ni-YSZ cermets have been used as anode materials in SOFCs for more than 20 years. Despite this fact, the major cause of degradation within the Ni-YSZ anode, namely Ni sintering / coarsening, is still not fully understood. Even if microstructural studies of anodes in tested cells are of technological relevance, it is difficult to identify the effect from isolated parameters such as temperature, fuel gas composition and polarization. Model studies of high temperature aged Ni-YSZ cermets are generally performed in atmospheres containing relatively low concentrations of H2O. In this work, the microstructural degradation in both electrochemically longterm tested cells and high-temperature aged model materials are studied. Since Ni particle sintering / coarsening is attributed to be the major cause of anode degradation, this subject attains the primary focus. A large part of the work is focused on improving microstructural techniques and shows that the application of low acceleration voltages (<= 1 kV) in a FE-SEM makes it possible to obtain two useful types of contrast between the phases in Ni-YSZ composites. By changing between the ordinary lateral SE detector and the inlens detector, using similar microscope settings, two very different sample characteristics are probed: 1) The difference in secondary emission coefficient, delta, between the percolating and non-percolating Ni is maximized in the low-voltage range due to a high delta for the former and the suppression of delta by a positive charge for the latter. This difference yields a contrast between the two phases which is picked up by an inlens secondary electron detector. 2) The difference in backscatter coefficient, eta, between Ni and YSZ is shown to increase with decreasing voltage. The contrast is illustrated in images collected by the normal secondary detector since parts of the secondary signals are generated by backscattered electrons. High temperature aging experiments of model Ni-YSZ anode cermets show

  14. Preparation of 3D nanoporous copper-supported cuprous oxide for high-performance lithium ion battery anodes.

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    Liu, Dequan; Yang, Zhibo; Wang, Peng; Li, Fei; Wang, Desheng; He, Deyan

    2013-03-01

    Three-dimensional (3D) nanoporous architectures can provide efficient and rapid pathways for Li-ion and electron transport as well as short solid-state diffusion lengths in lithium ion batteries (LIBs). In this work, 3D nanoporous copper-supported cuprous oxide was successfully fabricated by low-cost selective etching of an electron-beam melted Cu(50)Al(50) alloy and subsequent in situ thermal oxidation. The architecture was used as an anode in lithium ion batteries. In the first cycle, the sample delivered an extremely high lithium storage capacity of about 2.35 mA h cm(-2). A high reversible capacity of 1.45 mA h cm(-2) was achieved after 120 cycles. This work develops a promising approach to building reliable 3D nanostructured electrodes for high-performance lithium ion batteries.

  15. Improving the stability of nanostructured silicon thin film lithium-ion battery anodes through their controlled oxidation.

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    Abel, Paul R; Lin, Yong-Mao; Celio, Hugo; Heller, Adam; Mullins, C Buddie

    2012-03-27

    Silicon and partially oxidized silicon thin films with nanocolumnar morphology were synthesized by evaporative deposition at a glancing angle, and their performance as lithium-ion battery anodes was evaluated. The incorporated oxygen concentration was controlled by varying the partial pressure of water during the deposition and monitored by quartz crystal microbalance, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. In addition to bulk oxygen content, surface oxidation and annealing at low temperature affected the cycling stability and lithium-storage capacity of the films. By simultaneously optimizing all three, films of ~2200 mAh/g capacity were synthesized. Coin cells made with the optimized films were reversibly cycled for ~120 cycles with virtually no capacity fade. After 300 cycles, 80% of the initial reversible capacity was retained. PMID:22372404

  16. Preparation and application of a titanium dioxide/graphene oxide anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Siwińska-Stefańska, Katarzyna; Kurc, Beata

    2015-12-01

    This paper describes the synthesis and physicochemical properties of a new type of titania/graphene oxide (TA/GO) composite. Titania powder was synthesized via the sol-gel method, and its surface was functionalized with N-2-(aminoethyl)-3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (AAPTS) to increase its adhesion to graphene oxide. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), non-invasive back scattering (NIBS), porous structure parameters (low-temperature nitrogen sorption), degree of modification of titania and TA/GO determined by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), impedance analysis, charging/discharging and cyclic voltammetry were carried out. At a current density of 50 mA g-1, the good cyclability exhibited by the TA/GO anode can be readily retained at 370 mAh g-1 after 50 cycles, which is outstanding among the TiO2 composites reported in the literature.

  17. Niobium coatings on 316L stainless steel for improving corrosion resistance

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    Niobium coatings were deposited onto 316L stainless steel substrates by ion-beam-assisted deposition. The coatings, deposited under 250 eV ion bombardment with [Ar+]/[Nb] ratios ranging from 0.68 to 0.8, were dense and showed no sign of pitting corrosion in a 3% NaCl solution. Also, based on the result of scratch tests, niobium coatings may act as sacrificial anodes and protect substrates. (orig.)

  18. Niobium in gray cast iron

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    The potential for utilization of niobium in gray cast iron is appraised and reviewed. Experiments described in literature indicate that niobium provides structural refinement of the eutectic cells and also promotes pearlite formation. (Author)

  19. One hundred angstrom niobium wire

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    Cline, H. E.; Rose, R. M.; Wulff, J.

    1968-01-01

    Composite of fine niobium wires in copper is used to study the size and proximity effects of a superconductor in a normal matrix. The niobium rod was drawn to a 100 angstrom diameter wire on a copper tubing.

  20. Nucleophile-directed selectivity towards linear carbonates in the niobium pentaethoxide-catalysed cycloaddition of CO2 and propylene oxide

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    Dutta, Barnali

    2014-01-01

    Homoleptic Nb-complexes combined with selected organic nucleophiles generate very active catalytic systems for the cycloaddition of propylene oxide and CO2 under ambient conditions. An unprecedented reaction pathway towards an acyclic organic carbonate is observed when extending the study to [Nb(OEt)5] in combination with 4-dimethylamino-pyridine (DMAP) or tetra-n-butylammonium bromide (TBAB). Mechanistic insights of the reaction are provided based on experimental and spectroscopic evidences. This journal is © the Partner Organisations 2014.

  1. Apatite Formation and Biocompatibility of a Low Young's Modulus Ti-Nb-Sn Alloy Treated with Anodic Oxidation and Hot Water.

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    Hidetatsu Tanaka

    Full Text Available Ti-6Al-4V alloy is widely prevalent as a material for orthopaedic implants because of its good corrosion resistance and biocompatibility. However, the discrepancy in Young's modulus between metal prosthesis and human cortical bone sometimes induces clinical problems, thigh pain and bone atrophy due to stress shielding. We designed a Ti-Nb-Sn alloy with a low Young's modulus to address problems of stress disproportion. In this study, we assessed effects of anodic oxidation with or without hot water treatment on the bone-bonding characteristics of a Ti-Nb-Sn alloy. We examined surface analyses and apatite formation by SEM micrographs, XPS and XRD analyses. We also evaluated biocompatibility in experimental animal models by measuring failure loads with a pull-out test and by quantitative histomorphometric analyses. By SEM, abundant apatite formation was observed on the surface of Ti-Nb-Sn alloy discs treated with anodic oxidation and hot water after incubation in Hank's solution. A strong peak of apatite formation was detected on the surface using XRD analyses. XPS analysis revealed an increase of the H2O fraction in O 1s XPS. Results of the pull-out test showed that the failure loads of Ti-Nb-Sn alloy rods treated with anodic oxidation and hot water was greater than those of untreated rods. Quantitative histomorphometric analyses indicated that anodic oxidation and hot water treatment induced higher new bone formation around the rods. Our findings indicate that Ti-Nb-Sn alloy treated with anodic oxidation and hot water showed greater capacity for apatite formation, stronger bone bonding and higher biocompatibility for osteosynthesis. Ti-Nb-Sn alloy treated with anodic oxidation and hot water treatment is a promising material for orthopaedic implants enabling higher osteosynthesis and lower stress disproportion.

  2. Apatite Formation and Biocompatibility of a Low Young's Modulus Ti-Nb-Sn Alloy Treated with Anodic Oxidation and Hot Water.

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    Tanaka, Hidetatsu; Mori, Yu; Noro, Atsushi; Kogure, Atsushi; Kamimura, Masayuki; Yamada, Norikazu; Hanada, Shuji; Masahashi, Naoya; Itoi, Eiji

    2016-01-01

    Ti-6Al-4V alloy is widely prevalent as a material for orthopaedic implants because of its good corrosion resistance and biocompatibility. However, the discrepancy in Young's modulus between metal prosthesis and human cortical bone sometimes induces clinical problems, thigh pain and bone atrophy due to stress shielding. We designed a Ti-Nb-Sn alloy with a low Young's modulus to address problems of stress disproportion. In this study, we assessed effects of anodic oxidation with or without hot water treatment on the bone-bonding characteristics of a Ti-Nb-Sn alloy. We examined surface analyses and apatite formation by SEM micrographs, XPS and XRD analyses. We also evaluated biocompatibility in experimental animal models by measuring failure loads with a pull-out test and by quantitative histomorphometric analyses. By SEM, abundant apatite formation was observed on the surface of Ti-Nb-Sn alloy discs treated with anodic oxidation and hot water after incubation in Hank's solution. A strong peak of apatite formation was detected on the surface using XRD analyses. XPS analysis revealed an increase of the H2O fraction in O 1s XPS. Results of the pull-out test showed that the failure loads of Ti-Nb-Sn alloy rods treated with anodic oxidation and hot water was greater than those of untreated rods. Quantitative histomorphometric analyses indicated that anodic oxidation and hot water treatment induced higher new bone formation around the rods. Our findings indicate that Ti-Nb-Sn alloy treated with anodic oxidation and hot water showed greater capacity for apatite formation, stronger bone bonding and higher biocompatibility for osteosynthesis. Ti-Nb-Sn alloy treated with anodic oxidation and hot water treatment is a promising material for orthopaedic implants enabling higher osteosynthesis and lower stress disproportion. PMID:26914329

  3. Reaction layers structure of silicide coatings on niobium alloys

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    This paper reports on fused silicide coatings that are used to protect niobium alloys against high temperature oxidation. Quantitative electron microprobe analysis was used to characterize the complex multilayer structure of Si-20w/oFE-20w/oCR fused silicide coating on four niobium containing alloys: niobium, Cb752, WC3009, and Nb-46.5 Ti. The outer coating layer structure on all four alloys was similar, consisting of either two or three phases. The three phase outer coating layer on the niobium, WC3009, and the Nb-Ti substrate alloys was determined to be made of two MSi phases and one MSi2 phase. This outer MSi2 phase contained base alloy elements. Coated samples were compared using cyclic oxidation testing. The fused silicide coating structure and protectiveness were determined to be a function of the base alloy composition

  4. Niobium based coatings for dental implants

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    Ramirez, G., E-mail: enggiova@hotmail.com [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito Exterior s/n, CU, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Facultad de Quimica, Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Rodil, S.E. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito Exterior s/n, CU, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Arzate, H. [Laboratorio de Biologia Celular y Molecular, Facultad de Odontologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, CU, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Muhl, S. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Circuito Exterior s/n, CU, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Olaya, J.J. [Unidad de Materiales, Departamento de Ingenieria Mecanica y Mecatronica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Cra. 30 45-03 Bogota (Colombia)

    2011-01-15

    Niobium based thin films were deposited on stainless steel (SS) substrates to evaluate them as possible biocompatible surfaces that might improve the biocompatibility and extend the life time of stainless steel dental implants. Niobium nitride and niobium oxide thin films were deposited by reactive unbalanced magnetron sputtering under standard deposition conditions without substrate bias or heating. The biocompatibility of the surfaces was evaluated by testing the cellular adhesion and viability/proliferation of human cementoblasts during different culture times, up to 7 days. The response of the films was compared to the bare substrate and pieces of Ti6Al4V; the most commonly used implant material for orthopedics and osteo-synthesis applications. The physicochemical properties of the films were evaluated by different means; X-ray diffraction, Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. The results suggested that the niobium oxide films were amorphous and of stoichiometric Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5} (a-Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}), while the niobium nitride films were crystalline in the FCC phase (c-NbN) and were also stoichiometric with an Nb to N ratio of one. The biological evaluation showed that the biocompatibility of the SS could be improved by any of the two films, but neither was better than the Ti6Al4V alloy. On the other hand, comparing the two films, the c-NbN seemed to be a better surface than the oxide in terms of the adhesion and proliferation of human cemetoblasts.

  5. Growth of Hollow Transition Metal (Fe, Co, Ni) Oxide Nanoparticles on Graphene Sheets through Kirkendall Effect as Anodes for High-Performance Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Yu, Xianbo; Qu, Bin; Zhao, Yang; Li, Chunyan; Chen, Yujin; Sun, Chunwen; Gao, Peng; Zhu, Chunling

    2016-01-26

    A general strategy based on the nanoscale Kirkendall effect has been developed to grow hollow transition metal (Fe, Co or Ni) oxide nanoparticles on graphene sheets. When applied as lithium-ion battery anodes, these hollow transition metal oxide-based composites exhibit excellent electrochemical performance, with high reversible capacities and long-term stabilities at a high current density, superior to most transition metal oxides reported to date.

  6. A High-Performing Sulfur-Tolerant and Redox-Stable Layered Perovskite Anode for Direct Hydrocarbon Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Hanping Ding; Zetian Tao; Shun Liu; Jiujun Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Development of alternative ceramic oxide anode materials is a key step for direct hydrocarbon solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Several lanthanide based layered perovskite-structured oxides demonstrate outstanding oxygen diffusion rate, favorable electronic conductivity, and good oxygen surface exchange kinetics, owing to A-site ordered structure in which lanthanide and alkali-earth ions occupy alternate (001) layers and oxygen vacancies are mainly located in [LnO x ] planes. Here we report a n...

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  8. Electrochemical performance of a solid oxide fuel cell with an anode based on Cu-Ni/CeO2 for methane direct oxidation

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    Hornés, Aitor; Escudero, María J.; Daza, Loreto; Martínez-Arias, Arturo

    2014-03-01

    A CuNi-CeO2/YSZ/LSF solid oxide fuel cell has been fabricated and tested with respect to its electrochemical activity for direct oxidation of dry methane. The electrodes have been prepared by impregnation of corresponding porous YSZ layers, using reverse microemulsions as impregnating medium for the anode (constituted by Cu-Ni at 1:1 atomic ratio in combination with CeO2). On the basis of I-V electrochemical testing complemented by impedance spectroscopy (IS) measurements it is shown the ability of the SOFC for direct oxidation of methane in a rather stable way. Differences in the behavior as a function of operating temperature (1023-1073 K) are also revealed and examined on the basis of analysis of IS spectra.

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

  10. Comparison of the Oxidation Behaviors of Zircaloy-4 Implanted with Cerium and Niobium Ions%Ce/Nb离子注入Zr-4合金氧化行为的比较

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    陈小文; 蒋建平; 陈洪; 白新德; 薛祥义

    2006-01-01

    The aim of the work was to make the comparison of the effect of cerium ion implantation with that of niobium ion implantation by using a MEVVA source at the energy of 40 keV with a dose ranging from 1 × 1016 ions/cm2to 1 × 1017 ions/cm2 at the maximum temperature of 130℃. It was interesting to find that a significant improvement was achieved in the oxidation behavior of cerium-implanted Zircaloy-4 compared with that of as-received Zircaloy-4. The oxidation behavior of niobiumimplanted Zircaloy-4, however, was somewhat deteriorated after niobium ions implantation. Glancing Angle X-ray Diffraction (GAXRD) showed that the addition of cerium transformed the phase from monoclinic zirconia to hexagonal zirconia, while no phase transformation occurred as a result of niobium ions implantation, no matter how much the dose of implanted niobium ions was. The mechanisms of the improvement or deterioration of the oxidation behavior were discussed further.%利用MEVVA源对Zr-4合金分别进行1×1016 ions/cm2至1×1017ions/cm2剂量的铈离子与铌离子注入,比较了Ce/Nb离子注入对Zr-4合金氧化行为的影响.结果表明,铈离子注入可以较大程度地提高Zr-4合金的抗氧化性能,而铌离子注入则在一定程度上使Zr-4合金的氧化性能下降.GAXRD分析显示,铈离子注入促进了氧化锆由单斜相向六方相的转变,但铌离子注入却对氧化锆相的转变没有影响.并探讨了Ce/Nb离子注入影响Zr-4合金氧化行为的机理.

  11. Niobium doped lanthanum calcium ferrite perovskite as a novel electrode material for symmetrical solid oxide fuel cells

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    Kong, Xiaowei; Zhou, Xiaoliang; Tian, Yu; Wu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Jun; Zuo, Wei

    2016-09-01

    Development of cost-effective and efficient electrochemical catalysts for the fuel cells electrode is of prime importance to emerging renewable energy technologies. Here, we report for the first time the novel La0.9Ca0.1Fe0.9Nb0.1O3-δ (LCFNb) perovskite with good potentiality for the electrode material of the symmetrical solid oxide fuel cells (SSOFC). The Sc0.2Zr0.8O2-δ (SSZ) electrolyte supported symmetrical cells with impregnated LCFNb and LCFNb/SDC (Ce0.8Sm0.2O2-δ) electrodes achieve relatively high power outputs with maximum power densities (MPDs) reaching up to 392 and 528.6 mW cm-2 at 850 °C in dry H2, respectively, indicating the excellent electro-catalytic activity of LCFNb towards both hydrogen oxidation and oxygen reduction. Besides, the MPDs of the symmetrical cells with LCFNb/SDC composite electrodes in CO and syngas (CO: H2 = 1:1) are almost identical to those in H2, implying that LCFNb material has similar catalytic activities to carbon monoxide compared with hydrogen. High durability in both H2, CO and syngas during the short term stability tests for 50 h are also obtained, showing desirable structure stability, and carbon deposition resistance of LCFNb based electrodes. The present results indicate that the LCFNb perovskite with remarkable cell performance is a promising electrode material for symmetrical SOFCs.

  12. Low temperature solid oxide fuel cells with proton-conducting Y:BaZrO3 electrolyte on porous anodic aluminum oxide substrate

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    This paper presents the architecture of a nano thin-film yttrium-doped barium zirconate (BYZ) solid-oxide fuel cell that uses nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) as a supporting and gas-permeable substrate. The anode was fabricated by sputtering 300 nm platinum thin film that partially covered the AAO surface pores, followed by an additional conformal platinum coating to tune the pore size by atomic layer deposition. Two different nano-porous anode structures with a pore size of 10 nm or 50 nm were deposited. Proton-conducting BYZ ceramic electrolyte with increasing thicknesses of 300, 600, and 900 nm was deposited on top of the platinum anode by pulsed laser deposition, followed by a 200 nm layer of porous Pt sputtered on BYZ electrolyte as a cathode. The open circuit voltage (OCV) of the fuel cells was characterized at 250 °C with 1:1 volumetric stoichiometry of a methanol/water vapor mixture as the fuel. The OCVs were 0.17 V with a 900 nm-thick BYZ electrolyte on 50 nm pores and 0.3 V with a 600 nm-thick BYZ electrolyte on 10 nm pores, respectively, but it increased to 0.8 V for a 900 nm-thick BYZ electrolyte on 10 nm pores, indicating that increasing the film thickness and decreasing a surface pore size help to reduce the number of electrolyte pinholes and the gas leakage through the electrolyte. A maximum power density of 5.6 mW/cm2 at 250 °C was obtained from the fuel cell with 900 nm of BYZ electrolyte using methanol vapor as a fuel. - Highlights: • A low temperature ceramic fuel cell on nano-porous substrate was demonstrated. • A thin-film yttrium doped barium zirconate (BYZ) was deposited as an electrolyte. • An open circuit voltage (OCV) was measured to verify the BYZ film quality. • An OCV increased by increasing BYZ film thickness and decreasing pore size of anode. • The current–voltage performance was measured using vaporized methanol fuel at 250 °C

  13. Low temperature solid oxide fuel cells with proton-conducting Y:BaZrO{sub 3} electrolyte on porous anodic aluminum oxide substrate

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    Ha, Seungbum [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Daehak-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151–742 (Korea, Republic of); Su, Pei-Chen [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Ji, Sanghoon [Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology, Seoul National University, Daehak-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151–742 (Korea, Republic of); Cha, Suk Won, E-mail: swcha@snu.ac.kr [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Daehak-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151–742 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-10-01

    This paper presents the architecture of a nano thin-film yttrium-doped barium zirconate (BYZ) solid-oxide fuel cell that uses nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) as a supporting and gas-permeable substrate. The anode was fabricated by sputtering 300 nm platinum thin film that partially covered the AAO surface pores, followed by an additional conformal platinum coating to tune the pore size by atomic layer deposition. Two different nano-porous anode structures with a pore size of 10 nm or 50 nm were deposited. Proton-conducting BYZ ceramic electrolyte with increasing thicknesses of 300, 600, and 900 nm was deposited on top of the platinum anode by pulsed laser deposition, followed by a 200 nm layer of porous Pt sputtered on BYZ electrolyte as a cathode. The open circuit voltage (OCV) of the fuel cells was characterized at 250 °C with 1:1 volumetric stoichiometry of a methanol/water vapor mixture as the fuel. The OCVs were 0.17 V with a 900 nm-thick BYZ electrolyte on 50 nm pores and 0.3 V with a 600 nm-thick BYZ electrolyte on 10 nm pores, respectively, but it increased to 0.8 V for a 900 nm-thick BYZ electrolyte on 10 nm pores, indicating that increasing the film thickness and decreasing a surface pore size help to reduce the number of electrolyte pinholes and the gas leakage through the electrolyte. A maximum power density of 5.6 mW/cm{sup 2} at 250 °C was obtained from the fuel cell with 900 nm of BYZ electrolyte using methanol vapor as a fuel. - Highlights: • A low temperature ceramic fuel cell on nano-porous substrate was demonstrated. • A thin-film yttrium doped barium zirconate (BYZ) was deposited as an electrolyte. • An open circuit voltage (OCV) was measured to verify the BYZ film quality. • An OCV increased by increasing BYZ film thickness and decreasing pore size of anode. • The current–voltage performance was measured using vaporized methanol fuel at 250 °C.

  14. Electrochemical degradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in creosote solution using ruthenium oxide on titanium expanded mesh anode

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    Tran, Lan-Huong; Drogui, Patrick; Mercier, Guy [Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Centre Eau Terre et Environnement), Universite du Quebec, 490 rue de la Couronne, C.P. 7500, Quebec, Qc G1K 9A9 (Canada); Blais, Jean-Francois, E-mail: blaisjf@ete.inrs.ca [Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Centre Eau Terre et Environnement), Universite du Quebec, 490 rue de la Couronne, C.P. 7500, Quebec, Qc G1K 9A9 (Canada)

    2009-05-30

    In this study, expanded titanium (Ti) covered with ruthenium oxide (RuO{sub 2}) electrode was used to anodically oxidize polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) in creosote solution. Synthetic creosote-oily solution (COS) was prepared with distilled water and a commercial creosote solution in the presence of an amphoteric surfactant; Cocamidopropylhydroxysultaine (CAS). Electrolysis was carried out using a parallelepipedic electrolytic 1.5-L cell containing five anodes (Ti/RuO{sub 2}) and five cathodes (stainless steel, 316L) alternated in the electrode pack. The effects of initial pH, temperature, retention time, supporting electrolyte, current density and initial PAH concentration on the process performance were examined. Experimental results revealed that a current density of 9.23 mA cm{sup -2} was beneficial for PAH oxidation. The sum of PAH concentrations for 16 PAHs could be optimally diminished up to 80-82% while imposing a residence time in the electrolysis cell of 90 min. There was not a significant effect of the electrolyte (Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) concentration on oxidation efficiency in the investigated range of 500-4000 mg/L. However, an addition of 500 mg Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} L{sup -1} was required to reduce the energy consumption and the treatment cost. Besides, there was no effect of initial PAH concentration on oxidation efficiency in the investigated range of 270-540 mg PAH L{sup -1}. Alkaline media was not favourable for PAH oxidation, whereas high performance of PAH degradation could be recorded without initial pH adjustment (original pH around 6.0). Likewise, under optimal conditions, 84% of petroleum hydrocarbon (C{sub 10}-C{sub 50}) was removed, whereas removal yields of 69% and 62% have been measured for O and G and COD, respectively. Microtox and Daphnia biotests showed that electrochemical oxidation using Ti/RuO{sub 2} could be efficiently used to reduce more than 90% of the COS toxicity.

  15. Electrochemical degradation of Reactive Brilliant Red K-2BP on Ti/RuTiIrSnMn oxide anode in a batch cell

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    LUO JIANCHENG

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Electrochemical degradation of Reactive Brilliant Red K-2BP on Ti/RuTiIrSnMn oxide anode in chloride containing solution was investigated by voltammetry and electrolysis in a batch cell. It is found that the degradation mechanism of K-2BP on Ti/RuTiIrSnMn oxide anode involves an indirect electrocatalytic oxidation, in which K-2BP is oxidized by the electrochemically generated active chlorine. This degradation reaction follows pseudo-first order reaction kinetics. Ti/RuTiIrSnMn oxide exhibits excellent electrocata­lytic activity toward the generation of active chlorine from chloride. Hence, K-2BP can be electrochemically degraded effectively in chloride containing solution. The decolorization efficiency was found to increase with the decrease in pH and with the increase in current density, NaCl concentration, temperature, and flow rate of the solution.

  16. Synthesis and characterization of new ternary transition metal sulfide anodes for H 2S-powered solid oxide fuel cell

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    Vorontsov, V.; Luo, J. L.; Sanger, A. R.; Chuang, K. T.

    A number of ternary transition metal sulfides with general composition AB 2S 4 (where A and B are different transition metal atoms) have been prepared and investigated as potential anode catalysts for use in H 2S-powered solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). For the initial screening, polarization resistance of the materials was measured in a two electrode symmetrical cell at 700-850 °C. Vanadium-based materials showed the lowest polarization resistance, and so were chosen for subsequent full cell tests using the configuration [H 2S, AV 2S 4/YSZ/Pt, air] (where A = Ni, Cr, Mo). MoV 2S 4 anode had superior activity and performance in the full cell setup, consistent with results from symmetrical cell tests. Polarization curves showed MoV 2S 4 had the lowest potential drop, with up to a 200 mA cm -2 current density at 800 °C. The highest power density of ca. 275 mW cm -2 at 800 °C was obtained with a pure H 2S stream. Polarization resistance of materials was a strong function of current density, and showed a sharp change of slope attributable to a change in the rate-limiting step of the anode reaction mechanism. MoV 2S 4 was chemically stable during prolonged (10 days) exposure to H 2S at 850 °C, and fuel cell performance was stable during continuous 3-day operation at 370 mA cm -2 current density.

  17. A Terminally Bound Niobium Methylidyne.

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    Kurogi, Takashi; Carroll, Patrick J; Mindiola, Daniel J

    2016-04-01

    Complex (PNP)Nb(CH3)2(OAr) (PNP = N[2-P(i)Pr2-4-methylphenyl]2(-), Ar = 2,6-(i)Pr2C6H3), prepared from treatment of (PNP)NbCl3 with NaOAr followed by 2 equiv of H3CMgCl, can be oxidized with [FeCp2][OTf] to afford (PNP)Nb(CH3)2(OAr)(OTf). While photolysis of the latter resulted in formation of a rare example of a niobium methylidene, (PNP)Nb═CH2(OAr)(OTf), treatment of the dimethyl triflate precursor with the ylide H2CPPh3 produced the mononuclear group 5 methylidyne complex, (PNP)Nb≡CH(OAr). Adding a Brønsted base to (PNP)Nb═CH2(OAr)(OTf) also resulted in formation of the methylidyne. Solid-state structural analysis confirms both methylidene and methylidyne moieties to be terminal, having very short Nb-C distances of 1.963(2) and 1.820(2) Å, respectively. It is also shown that methylidyne for nitride cross-metathesis between (PNP)Nb≡CH(OAr) and NCR (R = tert-butyl or 1-adamantyl) results in formation of a neutral and mononuclear niobium nitride, (PNP)Nb≡N(OAr), along with the terminal alkyne HC≡CR. PMID:26977892

  18. Performance and life-time behaviour of NiCu-CGO anodes for the direct electro-oxidation of methane in IT-SOFCs

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    Sin, A.; Kopnin, E.; Dubitsky, Y.; Zaopo, A.; Aricò, A. S.; La Rosa, D.; Gullo, L. R.; Antonucci, V.

    An anodic cermet of NiCu alloy and gadolinia doped ceria has been investigated for CH 4 electro-oxidation in IT-SOFCs. Polarization curves have been recorded in the temperature range from 650 to 800 °C. A maximum power density of 320 mW cm -2 at 800 °C has been obtained in the presence of dry methane in an electrolyte-supported cell. The electrochemical behaviour during 1300 h operation in dry methane and in the presence of redox-cycles has been investigated at 750 °C; variation of the electrochemical properties during these experiments have been interpreted in terms of anode morphology modifications. The methane cracking process at the anode catalyst has been investigated by analysing the oxidative stripping of deposited carbon species.

  19. Performance and life-time behaviour of NiCu-CGO anodes for the direct electro-oxidation of methane in IT-SOFCs

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    Sin, A.; Kopnin, E.; Dubitsky, Y.; Zaopo, A. [Pirelli Labs S.p.A., Viale Sarca 222, I-20126 Milan (Italy); Arico, A.S.; La Rosa, D.; Gullo, L.R.; Antonucci, V. [CNR-ITAE, Via Salita Santa Lucia Sopra Contesse 5, I-98125 Messina (Italy)

    2007-01-10

    An anodic cermet of NiCu alloy and gadolinia doped ceria has been investigated for CH{sub 4} electro-oxidation in IT-SOFCs. Polarization curves have been recorded in the temperature range from 650 to 800{sup o}C. A maximum power density of 320mWcm{sup -2} at 800{sup o}C has been obtained in the presence of dry methane in an electrolyte-supported cell. The electrochemical behaviour during 1300h operation in dry methane and in the presence of redox-cycles has been investigated at 750{sup o}C; variation of the electrochemical properties during these experiments have been interpreted in terms of anode morphology modifications. The methane cracking process at the anode catalyst has been investigated by analysing the oxidative stripping of deposited carbon species. (author)

  20. Double anodization experiments in tantalum

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    Albella, J.M.; Fernandez, M.; Gomez-Aleixandre, C.; Martinez-Duart, J.M.; Montero, I.

    1985-10-01

    Based on our previous model of anodization, a new formula is given for the relation between the breakdown voltage V /SUB B/ during the anodic oxidation of tantalum and the anodization parameters. The formula predicts the well known diminution of V /SUB B/ with the logarithm of the electrolyte concentration. The model also explains the experimentally-observed fact that V /SUB B/ is solely determined by the latter electrolyte in double anodization experiments.