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  1. Resorption Rate Tunable Bioceramic: Si, Zn-Modified Tricalcium Phosphate

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    Xiang Wei

    2006-08-09

    ''Resorption rate tunable bioceramic: Si and Zn-modified tricalcium phosphate'' was published in Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings (the 29th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites - Advances in Bioceramics and Biocomposites) [5].

  2. Investigation on Mechanical Properties and Microstructure of Hydroxyapatite-SiCw Composite Bioceramics

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    2005-01-01

    Hydroxyapatite-SiCw composite micropowder was synthesized using in-situ composite method,and hydroxyapatite-SiCw composite bioceramics with different content of SiCw were produced by hot pressing sintering method. The microstructures of the materials were analyzed by SEM, and the relative density, bending strength and fracture toughness of the materials were tested. The results show that the mechanical properties of composite material are best when the whisker content is 20-23.7% . The mechanical properties of the material are the best when the tensile stress acted on the composite material is parallel with the hot pressing plane, and they are the worst when the tensile stress acted on the composite material is normal to the hot pressing plane.

  3. Influence of design on bioactivity of novel CaSiO3-CaMg(SiO3)2 bioceramics: in vitro simulated body fluid test and thermodynamic simulation.

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    Sainz, M A; Pena, P; Serena, S; Caballero, A

    2010-07-01

    A new type of bioactive ceramic has been designed and obtained from high-temperature phase information from the wollastonite (CaSiO(3))-diopside (CaMg(SiO(3))(2)) phase equilibrium diagram. The selected composition was that corresponding to the eutectic point of the pseudobinary CaSiO(3)-CaMg(SiO(3))(2) system. The sintering behaviour, phase evolution, microstructural changes and in vitro bioactivity of CaSiO(3)-CaMg(SiO(3))(2) eutectic bioceramics were analysed by differential thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and image analysis. A simulation of the dissolution properties of the different materials studied, in water as well as in simulated body fluid (SBF), was also carried out by thermodynamic calculations, with the purpose of understanding the in vitro results obtained. The results demonstrate that the CaMg(SiO(3))(2) is significantly less soluble than CaSiO(3), developing an in situ porous structure (biomimetic porous bone material) with adequate biodegradation rate and stability strength when immersed in SBF. The influence of the microstructure (porosity, grain size and phase composition) on the in vitro bioactivity of the obtained bioceramics was also examined. PMID:20060937

  4. The improved mechanical properties of β-CaSiO3 bioceramics with Si3N4 addition.

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    Pan, Ying; Zuo, Kaihui; Yao, Dongxu; Yin, Jinwei; Xin, Yunchuan; Xia, Yongfeng; Liang, Hanqin; Zeng, Yuping

    2015-03-01

    The motivation of this study is to investigate the effect of Si3N4 addition on the sinterability of β-CaSiO3 ceramics. β-CaSiO3 ceramics with different content of Si3N4 were prepared at the sintering temperature ranging from 1000°C to 1150°C. The results showed that Si3N4 can be successfully used as sintering additive by being oxidized to form SiO2. The β-CaSiO3 ceramics with 3wt% Si3N4 sintered at 1100°C revealed flexural strength, hardness and fracture toughness of 157.2MPa, 4.4GPa and 2.3MPam(1/2) respectively, which was much higher than that of pure β-CaSiO3 ceramics (41.1MPa, 1.0GPa, 1.1MPam(1/2)). XRD analysis and SEM observation indicated that the main phase maintained to be β-phase after sintering. PMID:26580024

  5. Photoluminescence of Bioceramic Materials and Bioceramic Resonance

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    Ting-Kai Leung

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The development of photoluminescent of BIOCERAMIC(PLB and BIOCERAMIC resonance are based on BIOCERAMIC material, is a kind of non-ionized radiation spectrum emitting material possesses characteristics of weakening effect on water hydrogen bonds. The effect is corresponding to our previous medical-biological studies, such as microcirculation enhancement. Herein, a review is to conclude our previous study on therapeutic effect of PLB or BIOCERAMIC resonance. They are include: glucose level control on diabetics by animal model; improved motor activity on middle cerebral arterial occlusion(MCAO of rats by PLB treatment; normalizing ability to the mean current level measurement of acupuncture points on skin by PLB irradiation; enhanced propagated sensation along meridians‟ (PSM phenomenon with clinical benefits by PLB effect on different meridian channels; combine effects of PLB and BIOCERAMIC resonance on many disorders such as insomnia, migraine(a chronic sympathetic nervous system disorder and other autonomic nervous system disorder, associate clinical improvements. Thus, application of BIOCERAMIC technology for complementary therapy has scientific evidence based with good expectation. Running title: BIOCERAMIC therapy

  6. Crystalline Bioceramic Materials

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    Aza Moya, Antonio H. de; Aza, Piedad N. de; Aza Pendas, Salvador de

    2005-01-01

    [EN] A strong interest in the use of ceramics for biomedical engineering applications developed in the late 1960´s. Used initially as alternatives to metallic materials in order to increase the biocompatibility of implants, bioceramics have become a diverse class of biomaterials, presently including three basic types: relatively bioinert ceramics; bioactive or surface reactive bioceramics and bioresorbable ceramics. This review will only refer to bioceramics “sensus stricto”, it i...

  7. Effects of Zn Content on Crystal Structure, Cytocompatibility, Antibacterial Activity, and Chemical Stability in Zn-Modified Calcium Silicate Coatings

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    Li, Kai; Yu, Jiangming; Xie, Youtao; Huang, Liping; Ye, Xiaojian; Zheng, Xuebin

    2013-08-01

    In our previous study, Zn-modified calcium silicate coatings possess not only excellent chemical stability but also well antibacterial activity. Still, effects of zinc content on these properties and cytocompatibility remain unclear. In this paper, two kinds of Zn-modified calcium silicate coatings (ZC0.3, ZC0.5) were fabricated on Ti-6Al-4V substrates via plasma spraying technology. X-ray diffraction results and transmission electron microscopy observations showed that the ZC0.5 coating was composed of pure hardystonite (Ca2ZnSi2O7) phase, while, besides Ca2ZnSi2O7 phase, the amorphous CaSiO3 phase was also detected in the ZC0.3 coating. Chemical stability in Tris-HCl buffer solution and antibacterial activity of the Zn-modified calcium silicate coatings increased with an increase in zinc content. In vitro cytocompatibility evaluation demonstrated that the proliferation and alkaline phosphatase activity and collagen type I (COLI) secretion of osteoblast-like MC3T3-E1 cells on Zn-modified coatings were significantly enhanced compared to the Zn-free coating and Ti-6Al-4V control, and no cytotoxicity appeared on Zn-modified coatings. The better antibacterial activity and the enhanced capability to promote MC3T3-E1 cells differentiation of Zn-modified coatings should be attributed to the slow and constant Zn2+ releasing from the coatings.

  8. Effects of silica sol on the microstructure and mechanical properties of CaSiO3 bioceramics.

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    Pan, Ying; Yin, Jinwei; Yao, Dongxu; Zuo, Kaihui; Xia, Yongfeng; Liang, Hanqin; Zeng, YuPing

    2016-07-01

    CaSiO3 ceramics were fabricated with silica sol addition by pressureless sintering. The effects of silica sol on phase composition, microstructure and mechanical properties of CaSiO3 ceramics were investigated. The silica sol additive was found to be effective in speeding up pore elimination, improving the grain growth, decreasing the sintering temperature and shortening the sintering time. When the amount of SiO2 was 5wt%, a flexural strength of 186.2MPa was achieved with an open porosity of 3.9%. The main crystal phase was β-CaSiO3 below sintering temperature of 1150°C. PMID:27127061

  9. An introduction to bioceramics

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    Hench, Larry L

    1993-01-01

    Ceramic materials that are specially developed for use as medical and dental implants are termed bioceramics. They include alumina and zirconia, bioactive glasses, glass-ceramics, coatings and composites, hydroxyapatite and resorbable calcium phosphates, and radiotherapy glasses. This is the first textbook in a field which is growing rapidly in clinical applications including orthopedics, otolaryngology, maxillo-facial and plastic surgery, oral surgery, periodontology, and tumor therapy. Fourteen chapters, written by world experts, describe the processing, compositions, properties, surface che

  10. Bioceramics for implant coatings

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    Allison A Campbell

    2003-11-01

    Early research in this field focused on understanding the biomechanical properties of metal implants, but recent work has turned toward improving the biological properties of these devices. This has led to the introduction of calcium phosphate (CaP bioceramics as a bioactive interface between the bulk metal impart and the surrounding tissue. The first CaP coatings were produced via vapor phase processes, but more recently solution-based and biomimetic methods have emerged. While each approach has its own intrinsic materials and biological properties, in general CaP coatings promise to improve implant biocompatibility and ultimately implant longevity.

  11. Bioceramic Nanofibres by Electrospinning

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    Rajkamal Balu

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Nanoscale three-dimensional (3D scaffolds offer great promise for improved tissue integration and regeneration by their physical and chemical property enhancements. Electrospinning is a versatile bottom-up technique for producing porous 3D nanofibrous scaffolds that could closely mimic the structure of extracellular matrix. Much work has been committed to the development of this process through the years, and the resultant nanostructures have been subjugated to a wide range of applications in the field of bioengineering. In particular, the application of ceramic nanofibres in hard tissue engineering, such as dental and bone regeneration, is of increased research interest. This mini-review provides a brief overview of the bioceramic nanofibre scaffolds fabricated by electrospinning and highlights some of the significant process developments over recent years with their probable future trends and potential applications as biomedical implants.

  12. Fabrication of TiO2-SiO2 bioceramic coatings on Ti alloy and its synergetic effect on biocompatibility and corrosion resistance.

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    Mumjitha, M; Raj, V

    2015-06-01

    Most of the research work focussed on fabricating an implant material with an ideal combination of potential bioactivity on the surface and striking mechanical property of bulk in one elementary operation. Interwoven with above concept, SiO2 incorporated nanostructured titania coatings were fabricated on Ti alloy by anodization using sodium silico fluoride electrolyte (SSF). The coatings were characterized by SEM, EDS, AFM, XRD and AT-FTIR techniques. The bioactivity and biocompatibility of the anodic coatings were also investigated. The AT-FTIR, EDS and XRD studies confirm the incorporation of SiO2 into TiO2 coating was confirmed by EDS, XRD and AT-FTIR techniques. The coating formed at the optimum conditions displays a dome like structure with nano flake morphology with maximum mechanical and anticorrosion properties. AFM analysis inferred that the surface roughness of the ceramic coating is higher compared to the pure titania. The SBF test and cell adhesion results predicted that SiO2 incorporated TiO2 coating is superior in their bioactivity compared to TiO2 coating. PMID:25817608

  13. 3D Printing Bioceramic Porous Scaffolds with Good Mechanical Property and Cell Affinity.

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    Chih-Hao Chang

    Full Text Available Artificial bone grafting is widely used in current orthopedic surgery for bone defect problems. Unfortunately, surgeons remain unsatisfied with the current commercially available products. One of the major complaints is that these products cannot provide sufficient mechanical strength to support the human skeletal structure. In this study, we aimed to develop a bone scaffold with better mechanical property and good cell affinity by 3D printing (3DP techniques. A self-developed 3D printer with laser-aided gelling (LAG process was used to fabricate bioceramic scaffolds with inter-porous structures. To improve the mechanical property of the bioceramic parts after heating, CaCO3 was added to the silica ceramic slurry. CaCO3 was blended into a homogenous SiO2-sol dispersion at weight ratios varying from 0/100 to 5/95 to 9/91 (w/w. Bi-component CaCO3/SiO2-sol was prepared as a biocomposite for the 3DP scaffold. The well-mixed biocomposite was used to fabricate the bioceramic green part using the LAG method. The varied scaffolds were sintered at different temperatures ranging from 900 to 1500°C, and the mechanical property was subsequently analyzed. The scaffolds showed good property with the composite ratio of 5:95 CaCO3:SiO2 at a sintering temperature of 1300°C. The compressive strength was 47 MPa, and the porosity was 34%. The topography of the sintered 3DP bioceramic scaffold was examined by SEM, EDS and XRD. The silica bioceramic presented no cytotoxicity and good MG-63 osteoblast-like cell affinity, demonstrating good biocompatibility. Therefore, the new silica biocomposite is viable for fabricating 3DP bone bioceramics with improved mechanical property and good cell affinity.

  14. Laser Cladding of Composite Bioceramic Coatings on Titanium Alloy

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    Xu, Xiang; Han, Jiege; Wang, Chunming; Huang, Anguo

    2016-02-01

    In this study, silicon nitride (Si3N4) and calcium phosphate tribasic (TCP) composite bioceramic coatings were fabricated on a Ti6Al4V (TC4) alloy using Nd:YAG pulsed laser, CO2 CW laser, and Semiconductor CW laser. The surface morphology, cross-sectional microstructure, mechanical properties, and biological behavior were carefully investigated. These investigations were conducted employing scanning electron microscope, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and other methodologies. The results showed that both Si3N4 and Si3N4/TCP composite coatings were able to form a compact bonding interface between the coating and the substrate by using appropriate laser parameters. The coating layers were dense, demonstrating a good surface appearance. The bioceramic coatings produced by laser cladding have good mechanical properties. Compared with that of the bulk material, microhardness of composite ceramic coatings on the surface significantly increased. In addition, good biological activity could be obtained by adding TCP into the composite coating.

  15. Synthesis and evaluation of bioceramics for orthopedics and tissue culture applications

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    Demirkiran, Hande

    Hydroxyapatite is the most well known phosphate in the biologically active phosphate ceramic family by virtue of its similarity to natural bone mineral. Among all bioglass compositions BioglassRTM45S5 is one of the most bioactive glasses. This study initially started by adding different amounts (1, 2.5, 5, 10, and 25 wt.%) of BioglassRTM45S5 to synthetic hydroxyapatite in order to improve the bioactivity of these bioceramics. The chemistries formed by sintering and their effect on different material properties including bioactivity were identified by using various techniques, such as powder and thin film x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy, compression test, and nano indentation. All the results demonstrated that 10 and 25 wt.% BioglassRTM45S5 addition to hydroxyapatite and sintering at 1200°C for 4 hours yield new compositions with main Ca 5(PO4)2SiO4 and Na3Ca 6(PO4)5 crystalline phases dispersed in silicate glassy matrices, respectively. In addition, in vitro bioactivity tests such as bone like apatite formation in simulated body fluid and bone marrow stromal cell culture have shown that the crystalline and amorphous phases have an important role on improving bioactivity of these bioceramic compositions. Besides, compression test and nano indentation has given important information on compression strength and nano structure properties of these newly composed bioceramic materials and the bone like apatite layers formed on them, respectively. Finally, the effect of silicate addition on both formation and bioactivity of Na3Ca6(PO4)5 bioceramics were shown. These findings and different techniques used assisted to develop a phenomenological approach to demonstrate how the novel bioceramic compositions were composed and aid improving bioactivity of known bioceramic materials.

  16. Quality improvement of oriental melon and watermelon using bioceramics

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    Oriental melon and watermelon plants were cultivated in the soil treated with bioceramics in a greenhouse during summer season from June 1st to August 20th, 1995. Two application methods were employed, one was a mixed treatment of soil and bioceramics, and the other was a spray treatment of bioceramic solution on the stems and leaves. And two types of bioceramics were also stopped by five levels. In order to analyze the bioceramic effect on oriental melon and watermelon, the growth rate of stems, leaves and fruits were measured in the greenhouse. After harvest, the sweetness of fruits was measured and the freshness of fruits based on the storage period was tested by human taste and smell sense. The results are summarized as follows. 1. The growth rates of stems, leaves and fruits of oriental melon and watermelon were the largest in the bioceramic treatment of No. 3. 2. The density of oriental melon and watermelon was the largest in the bioceramic treatment of No. 3 and No. 2 respectively. 3. The Brix number of watermelon was 10.6 in non-bioceramic treatment and 11.5 in the bioceramic treatment of No. 2, and that of oriental melon was 8.6 in non-bioceramic treatment and 12.3 in the bioceramic treatment of No. 2. 4. The storage duration of watermelon treated with bioceramics was about 50 days in the condition of the ambient temperature of 25∼30°C. (author)

  17. 3D-printed silicate porous bioceramics using a non-sacrificial preceramic polymer binder.

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    Zocca, A; Elsayed, H; Bernardo, E; Gomes, C M; Lopez-Heredia, M A; Knabe, C; Colombo, P; Günster, J

    2015-06-01

    Silicate bioceramics possess an excellent bioactivity; however, shaping them into complex geometries is still challenging. Therefore, this paper aims to present a new strategy for the shaping of a bioglass-ceramic with controlled geometry and properties starting from a glass powder combined with a preceramic polymer, i.e. a silicon resin, and reactive fillers. The powder-based three-dimensional (3D)-printing of wollastonite (CaSiO3)-based silicate bioceramic parts was demonstrated in this work. The resin plays a dual role, as it not only acts as a non-sacrificial binder for the filler powders in the printing process but it also reacts with the fillers to generate the desired bioceramic phases. The mechanical and physical properties, i.e. ball-on-three-balls test, density, porosity and morphology, were evaluated in 3D-printed discs. These samples possessed a total porosity around 64 vol% and a biaxial flexural strength around 6 MPa. The raw materials used in this work also enabled the 3D-printing of scaffolds possessing a designed multi-scale porosity, suitable bioceramic phase assemblage and a compressive strength of 1 MPa (for cylindrical scaffolds with total porosity ~80 vol%). Solubility in TRIS/HCl and in vitro assays, i.e. viability, cytotoxicity and apoptosis assays, were also performed. In vitro tests indicated good cell viability and no cytotoxicity effect on the cells. PMID:26000907

  18. Development of calcium phosphate based bioceramics

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    Amit Sinha; A Ingle; K R Munim; S N Vaidya; B P Sharma; A N Bhisey

    2001-12-01

    Two bioceramics (Ca–P–O glass and A–W glass ceramic) were produced using conventional methods of ceramic technology. X-ray powder diffraction patterns were used for identifying the phases and 3-point bend test was carried out for the determination of fracture strength of the bioceramics. Biocompatibility of both ceramics was evaluated using animal model experiments. Histological studies showed that A–W glass ceramic implanted in the tibia of rat formed an intimate contact with newly grown bone and provided enough strength to the bone to bear the animal weight. Implants made of Ca–P–O glass was almost fully resorbed and was replaced by new bone. The implants made of both the bioceramics were biocompatible and did not exhibit any kind of adverse effect to the surrounding tissues.

  19. Akermanite bioceramics promote osteogenesis, angiogenesis and suppress osteoclastogenesis for osteoporotic bone regeneration.

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    Xia, Lunguo; Yin, Zhilan; Mao, Lixia; Wang, Xiuhui; Liu, Jiaqiang; Jiang, Xinquan; Zhang, Zhiyuan; Lin, Kaili; Chang, Jiang; Fang, Bing

    2016-01-01

    It is a big challenge for bone healing under osteoporotic pathological condition with impaired angiogenesis, osteogenesis and remodeling. In the present study, the effect of Ca, Mg, Si containing akermanite bioceramics (Ca2MgSi2O7) extract on cell proliferation, osteogenic differentiation and angiogenic factor expression of BMSCs derived from ovariectomized rats (BMSCs-OVX) as well as the expression of osteoclastogenic factors was evaluated. The results showed that akermanite could enhance cell proliferation, ALP activity, expression of Runx2, BMP-2, BSP, OPN, OCN, OPG and angiogenic factors including VEGF and ANG-1. Meanwhile, akermanite could repress expression of osteoclastogenic factors including RANKL and TNF-α. Moreover, akermanite could activate ERK, P38, AKT and STAT3 signaling pathways, while crosstalk among these signaling pathways was evident. More importantly, the effect of akermanite extract on RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis was evaluated by TRAP staining and real-time PCR assay. The results showed that akermanite could suppress osteoclast formation and expression of TRAP, cathepsin K and NFATc1. The in vivo experiments revealed that akermanite bioceramics dramatically stimulated osteogenesis and angiogenesis in an OVX rat critical-sized calvarial defect model. All these results suggest that akermanite bioceramics with the effects of Mg and Si ions on osteogenesis, angiogenesis and osteoclastogenesis are promising biomaterials for osteoporotic bone regeneration. PMID:26911441

  20. Bioceramic-Based Root Canal Sealers: A Review

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    Afaf AL-Haddad

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Bioceramic-based root canal sealers are considered to be an advantageous technology in endodontics. The aim of this review was to consider laboratory experiments and clinical studies of these sealers. An extensive search of the endodontic literature was made to identify publications related to bioceramic-based root canal sealers. The outcome of laboratory and clinical studies on the biological and physical properties of bioceramic-based sealers along with comparative studies with other sealers was assessed. Several studies were evaluated covering different properties of bioceramic-based sealers including physical properties, biocompatibility, sealing ability, adhesion, solubility, and antibacterial efficacy. Bioceramic-based sealers were found to be biocompatible and comparable to other commercial sealers. The clinical outcomes associated with the use of bioceramic-based root canal sealers are not established in the literature.

  1. Contraceptive Efficacy and Local Effects of Bioceramic IUD in Rat

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    WANG Yan; ZHANG Yuanzhen; YAN Yuhua; CHEN Weimin; LIU Wenhui; ZU Meiping

    2006-01-01

    The contraceptive efficacy and local effects of bioceramic IUD in rat were studied. The experiment was divided into four groups: bioceramic IUD group; stainless steel IUD group; operation control group; normal control group. All IUD samples were put into uterus of rats. The experimental results show that the alumina bioceramic has a strong contraceptive effect for those rats. In bioceramic IUD group the endometrial inflammation reaction was as mild as that in stainless IUD group during the early days (30 days ) and gradually abated with time during the late days (60 days ). The experiments show that the alumina bioceramic has a good biocompatibility and contraceptive effects and hint at the alumina bioceramic IUD may become a more safety reproduction family planning IUD.

  2. Bioceramic-Based Root Canal Sealers: A Review

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    Che Ab Aziz, Zeti A.

    2016-01-01

    Bioceramic-based root canal sealers are considered to be an advantageous technology in endodontics. The aim of this review was to consider laboratory experiments and clinical studies of these sealers. An extensive search of the endodontic literature was made to identify publications related to bioceramic-based root canal sealers. The outcome of laboratory and clinical studies on the biological and physical properties of bioceramic-based sealers along with comparative studies with other sealers was assessed. Several studies were evaluated covering different properties of bioceramic-based sealers including physical properties, biocompatibility, sealing ability, adhesion, solubility, and antibacterial efficacy. Bioceramic-based sealers were found to be biocompatible and comparable to other commercial sealers. The clinical outcomes associated with the use of bioceramic-based root canal sealers are not established in the literature. PMID:27242904

  3. Continuous plastic flow synthesis and characterization of nanoscale bioceramics

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    Anwar, A

    2014-01-01

    The development and use of nanoscale biomaterials offer tremendous potential for future medical diagnosis and analysis. Various types of ceramic biomaterials (bioceramics) have been studied intensively for their potential in numerous biomedical applications. Among others, advances in the synthesis and characterisation of calcium phosphate (CaP) bioceramics have contributed much to this field. The growing demand for CaP bioceramics has stimulated research and production of materials suitable f...

  4. Engineering bioceramic microstructure for customized drug delivery

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    Pacheco Gomez, Hernando Jose

    One of the most efficient approaches to treat cancer and infection is to use biomaterials as a drug delivery system (DDS). The goal is for the material to provide a sustained release of therapeutic drug dose locally to target the ill tissue without affecting other organs. Silica Calcium Phosphate nano composite (SCPC) is a drug delivery platform that successfully demonstrated the ability to bind and release several therapeutics including antibiotics, anticancer drugs, and growth factors. The aim of the present work is to analyze the role of SCPC microstructure on drug binding and release kinetics. The main crystalline phases of SCPC are alpha-cristobalite (SiO2, Cris) and beta-rhenanite (NaCaPO4, Rhe); therefore, these two phases were prepared and characterized separately. Structural and compositional features of Cris, Rhe and SCPC bioceramics demonstrated a significant influence on the loading capacity and release kinetics profile of Vancomycin (Vanc) and Cisplatin (Cis). Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy analyses demonstrated that the P-O functional group in Rhe and SCPC has high affinity to the (C=O and N-H) of Vanc and (N-H and O-H) of Cis. By contrast, a weak chemical interaction between the Si-O functional group in Cris and SCPC and the two drugs was observed. Vanc loading per unit surface area increased in the order 8.00 microg Vanc/m2 for Rhe > 4.49 microg Vanc /m2 for SCPC>3.01 microg Vanc /m2 for Cris (pnano porous structure. On the other hand, the phase composition and surface chemistry of bioactive Rhe or SCPC ceramics overruled the effect of surface area. The relatively low rate of drug release from SCPC was due to the dissolution-back precipitation reaction taking place on the material surface as confirmed by FTIR bands of surface hydroxyapatite layer at 576.5, 596.7 and 620.7 cm-1. Moreover, the solid solution of crystalline phases of SCPC enhanced the bioactivity of the composite. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and cell culture

  5. Bioactivity of calcium phosphate bioceramic coating fabricated by laser cladding

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    Zhu, Yizhi; Liu, Qibin; Xu, Peng; Li, Long; Jiang, Haibing; Bai, Yang

    2016-05-01

    There were always strong expectations for suitable biomaterials used for bone regeneration. In this study, to improve the biocompatiblity of titanium alloy, calcium phosphate bioceramic coating was obtained by laser cladding technology. The microstructure, phases, bioactivity, cell differentiation, morphology and resorption lacunae were investigated by optical microscope (OM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium (MTT) assay, tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) staining and scanning electronic microscope (SEM), respectively. The results show that bioceramic coating consists of three layers, which are a substrate, an alloyed layer and a ceramic layer. Bioactive phases of β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) and hydroxyapatite (HA) were found in ceramic coating. Osteoclast precursors have excellent proliferation on the bioceramic surface. The bioceramics coating could be digested by osteoclasts, which led to the resorption lacunae formed on its surface. It revealed that the gradient bioceramic coating has an excellent bioactivity.

  6. Structural analysis of bioceramic materials for denture application

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    Rauf, Nurlaela; Tahir, Dahlang; Arbiansyah, Muhammad

    2016-03-01

    Structural analysis has been performed on bioceramic materials for denture application by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). XRF is using for analysis chemical composition of raw materials. XRF shows the ratio 1 : 1 : 1 : 1 between feldspar, quartz, kaolin and eggshell, respectively, resulting composition CaO content of 56.78 %, which is similar with natural tooth. Sample preparation was carried out on temperature of 800 °C, 900 °C and 1000 °C. X-ray diffraction result showed that the structure is crystalline with trigonal crystal system for SiO2 (a=b=4.9134 Å and c=5.4051 Å) and CaH2O2 (a=b=3.5925 Å and c=4.9082 Å). Based on the Scherrer's equation showed the crystallite size of the highest peak (SiO2) increase with increasing the temperature preparation. The highest hardness value (87 kg/mm2) and match with the standards of dentin hardness. The surface structure was observed by using SEM also discussed.

  7. Engineering bioceramic microstructure for customized drug delivery

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    Pacheco Gomez, Hernando Jose

    One of the most efficient approaches to treat cancer and infection is to use biomaterials as a drug delivery system (DDS). The goal is for the material to provide a sustained release of therapeutic drug dose locally to target the ill tissue without affecting other organs. Silica Calcium Phosphate nano composite (SCPC) is a drug delivery platform that successfully demonstrated the ability to bind and release several therapeutics including antibiotics, anticancer drugs, and growth factors. The aim of the present work is to analyze the role of SCPC microstructure on drug binding and release kinetics. The main crystalline phases of SCPC are alpha-cristobalite (SiO2, Cris) and beta-rhenanite (NaCaPO4, Rhe); therefore, these two phases were prepared and characterized separately. Structural and compositional features of Cris, Rhe and SCPC bioceramics demonstrated a significant influence on the loading capacity and release kinetics profile of Vancomycin (Vanc) and Cisplatin (Cis). Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy analyses demonstrated that the P-O functional group in Rhe and SCPC has high affinity to the (C=O and N-H) of Vanc and (N-H and O-H) of Cis. By contrast, a weak chemical interaction between the Si-O functional group in Cris and SCPC and the two drugs was observed. Vanc loading per unit surface area increased in the order 8.00 microg Vanc/m2 for Rhe > 4.49 microg Vanc /m2 for SCPC>3.01 microg Vanc /m2 for Cris (pDrug release kinetics was dependent on the carrier as well as on the kind of drug. Different burst release and sustained release rates were measured for Vanc and Cis from the same carrier. The percentages of drug amount released from Cris, Rhe and SCPC during the burst stage (the first 2h) were: 50%, 50%, and 46% of Vanc; and 53.4%, 36.6%, and 30.6 % of Cis, respectively. Burst release was found to correlate with the pore size distribution and surface area. Furthermore, the average rates of sustained release in the period 8-216h from Cris, Rhe

  8. Calcium Orthophosphates as Bioceramics: State of the Art

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    Sergey V. Dorozhkin

    2010-01-01

    In the late 1960s, much interest was raised in regard to biomedical applications of various ceramic materials. A little bit later, such materials were named bioceramics. This review is limited to bioceramics prepared from calcium orthophosphates only, which belong to the categories of bioactive and bioresorbable compounds. There have been a number of important advances in this field during the past 30–40 years. Namely, by structural and compositional control, it became possible to choose whet...

  9. Bioceramic Resonance Effect on Meridian Channels: A Pilot Study

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    Ting-Kai Leung

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Bioceramic is a kind of material which emits nonionizing radiation and luminescence, induced by visible light. Bioceramic also facilitates the breakup of large clusters of water molecules by weakening hydrogen bonds. Hydrogen bond weakening, which allows water molecules to act in diverse ways under different conditions, is one of the key mechanisms underlying the effects of Bioceramic on biophysical and physical-chemical processes. Herein, we used sound to amplify the effect of Bioceramic and further developed an experimental device for use in humans. Thirteen patients who suffered from various chronic and acute illnesses that severely affected their sleep patterns and life quality were enrolled in a trial of Bioceramic resonance (i.e., rhythmic 100-dB sound waves with frequency set at 10 Hz applied to the skin surface of the anterior chest. According to preliminary data, a “Propagated Sensation along Meridians” (PSM was experienced in all Bioceramic resonance-treated patients but not in any of the nine control patients. The device was believed to enhance microcirculation through a series of biomolecular and physiological processes and to subject the specific meridian channels of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM to coherent vibration. This noninvasive technique may offer an alternative to needle acupuncture and other traditional medical practices with clinical benefits.

  10. Bioactivity and mineralization of hydroxyapatite with bioglass as sintering aid and bioceramics with Na3Ca6(PO4)5 and Ca5(PO4)2SiO4 in a silicate matrix

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    Hydroxyapatite and Bioglass-45S5 were sintered together creating new ceramic compositions that yielded increased apatite deposition and osteoblast differentiation and proliferation in vitro compared to hydroxyapatite. The sintered products characterized by X-ray diffraction, revealed hydroxyapatite as the main phase when small quantities (1, 2.5 and 5 wt.%) of bioglass was added. Bioglass behaved as a sintering aid with β-TCP (Ca3(PO4)2) being the minor phase. The amount of β-TCP increased with the amount of bioglass added. In compositions with larger additions of bioglass (10 and 25 wt.%), new phases with compositions of calcium phosphate silicate (Ca5(PO4)2SiO4) and sodium calcium phosphate (Na3Ca6(PO4)5) were formed respectively within amorphous silicate matrices. In vitro cell culture studies of the ceramic compositions were examined using bone marrow stromal cell (BMSC). Cell proliferation and differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells into osteoblasts were determined by Pico Green DNA assays and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, respectively. All hydroxyapatite-bioglass co-sintered ceramics exhibited larger cell proliferation compared to pure hydroxyapatite samples. After 6 days in cell culture, the ceramic with Ca5(PO4)3SiO4 in a silicate matrix formed by reacting hydroxyapatite with 10 wt.% bioglass exhibited the maximum proliferation of the BMSC's. The ALP activity was found to be largest in the ceramic with Na3Ca6(PO4)5 embedded in a silicate matrix synthesized by reacting hydroxyapatite with 25 wt.% bioglass.

  11. Calcium Orthophosphates as Bioceramics: State of the Art

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    Sergey V. Dorozhkin

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available In the late 1960s, much interest was raised in regard to biomedical applications of various ceramic materials. A little bit later, such materials were named bioceramics. This review is limited to bioceramics prepared from calcium orthophosphates only, which belong to the categories of bioactive and bioresorbable compounds. There have been a number of important advances in this field during the past 30–40 years. Namely, by structural and compositional control, it became possible to choose whether calcium orthophosphate bioceramics were biologically stable once incorporated within the skeletal structure or whether they were resorbed over time. At the turn of the millennium, a new concept of calcium orthophosphate bioceramics—which is able to promote regeneration of bones—was developed. Presently, calcium orthophosphate bioceramics are available in the form of particulates, blocks, cements, coatings, customized designs for specific applications and as injectable composites in a polymer carrier. Current biomedical applications include artificial replacements for hips, knees, teeth, tendons and ligaments, as well as repair for periodontal disease, maxillofacial reconstruction, augmentation and stabilization of the jawbone, spinal fusion and bone fillers after tumor surgery. Exploratory studies demonstrate potential applications of calcium orthophosphate bioceramics as scaffolds, drug delivery systems, as well as carriers of growth factors, bioactive peptides and/or various types of cells for tissue engineering purposes.

  12. Ion-Doped Silicate Bioceramic Coating of Ti-Based Implant.

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    Mohammadi, Hossein; Sepantafar, Mohammadmajid

    2016-09-01

    Titanium and its alloy are known as important load-bearing biomaterials. The major drawbacks of these metals are fibrous formation and low corrosion rate after implantation. The surface modification of biomedical implants through various methods such as plasma spray improves their osseointegration and clinical lifetime. Different materials have been already used as coatings on biomedical implant, including calcium phosphates and bioglass. However, these materials have been reported to have limited clinical success. The excellent bioactivity of calcium silicate (Ca-Si) has been also regarded as coating material. However, their high degradation rate and low mechanical strength limit their further coating application. Trace element modification of (Ca-Si) bioceramics is a promising method, which improves their mechanical strength and chemical stability. In this review, the potential of trace element-modified silicate coatings on better bone formation of titanium implant is investigated. PMID:26979401

  13. Atomic transfers between implanted bioceramics and tissues in orthopaedics surgery

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    Irigaray, J L; Guibert, G; Jallot, E; democrite-00023281, ccsd

    2004-01-01

    We study transfers of ions and debris from bioceramics implanted in bone sites. A contamination of surrounding tissues may play a major role in aseptic loosening of the implant. For these reasons, bioceramics require studies of biocompatibility and biofunctionality . So, in addition to in vitro studies of bioceramics, it is essential to implant them in vivo to know body reactions. We measured the concentration of mineral elements at different time intervals after implantation over a whole cross-section. We found a discontinuity of the mineral elements (Ca, P, Sr, Zn, Fe) at the interface between the implant and the receiver. The osseous attack is not global but, on the contrary, centripetal. Moreover, the fit of the concentration time course indicates that the kinetics of ossification is different for each atomic element and characterizes a distinct biological phenomenon

  14. XANES analysis of calcium and sodium phosphates and silicates and hydroxyapatite-Bioglass (registered) 45S5 co-sintered bioceramics

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    Bioglass (registered) 45S5 was co-sintered with hydroxyapatite at 1200 deg. C. When small amounts (5(PO4)2SiO4 and Na3Ca6(PO4)5 in an amorphous silicate matrix respectively. These chemistries show improved bioactivity compared to hydroxyapatite and are the subject of this study. The structure of several crystalline calcium and sodium phosphates and silicates as well as the co-sintered hydroxyapatite-Bioglass (registered) 45S5 bioceramics were examined using XANES spectroscopy. The nature of the crystalline and amorphous phases were studied using silicon (Si) and phosphorus (P) K- and L2,3-edge and calcium (Ca) K-edge XANES. Si L2,3-edge spectra of sintered bioceramic compositions indicates that the primary silicates present in these compositions are sodium silicates in the amorphous state. From Si K-edge spectra, it is shown that the silicates are in a similar structural environment in all the sintered bioceramic compositions with 4-fold coordination. Using P L2,3-edge it is clearly shown that there is no evidence of sodium phosphate present in the sintered bioceramic compositions. In the P K-edge spectra, the post-edge shoulder peak at around 2155 eV indicates that this shoulder to be more defined for calcium phosphate compounds with decreasing solubility and increasing thermodynamic stability. This shoulder peak is more noticeable in hydroxyapatite and β-TCP indicating greater stability of the phosphate phase. The only spectra that does not show a noticeable peak is the composition with Na3Ca6(PO4)5 in a silicate matrix indicating that it is more soluble compared to the other compositions.

  15. Investigation of fabrication and environmental effects on bioceramic bone scaffolds

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    Vivanco Morales, Juan Francisco

    2011-12-01

    Bioactive ceramic materials like tricalcium phosphates (TCP) have been emerging as viable material alternatives to the current therapies of bone scaffolding to target fracture healing and osteoporosis. Once scaffolds are implanted at the defect site they should provide mechanical and biological functions, ultimately serving to facilitate with surrounding native tissue. Optimal osteogenic signal expression and subsequent differentiation of cells seeded on the scaffold in both in vivo and in vitro conditions is known to be influenced by scaffold properties and biomechanical environmental conditions. Thus, the objective of this research was to investigate the effect of fabrication and environmental variables on the properties of bioceramic scaffolds for bone tissue engineering applications. Specifically, the effect of sintering temperature in the range of 950°C -1150°C of a cost-effective on a large scale manufacturing process, on the physical and mechanical properties of bioceramic bone scaffolds, was investigated. In addition, the effect of a controlled environment was investigated by implementing a bioreactor and bone loading system to study the response of ex vivo trabecular bone to compressive load while perfused with culture medium. Collectively, this thesis demonstrates that: (1) the sintering temperature to fabricate bioceramic scaffolds can be tuned to structural properties, and (2) the use of a controlled mechanical and biochemical environment can enhance bone tissue development. These findings support the development of clinically successful bioceramic scaffolds that may stimulate bone regeneration and scaffold integration while providing structural integrity.

  16. Processing and Characterization of Novel Biomimetic Nanoporous Bioceramic Surface on β-Ti Implant by Powder Mixed Electric Discharge Machining

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    Prakash, Chander; Kansal, H. K.; Pabla, B. S.; Puri, Sanjeev

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    Herein, a β-Ti-based implant was subjected to powder mixed electric discharge machining (PMEDM) for surface modification to produce a novel biomimetic nanoporous bioceramic surface. The microstructure, surface topography, and phase composition of the non-machined and machined (PMEDMed) surfaces were investigated using field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. The microhardness of the surfaces was measured on a Vickers hardness tester. The corrosion resistance of the surfaces was evaluated via potentiodynamic polarization measurements in simulated body fluid. The application of PMEDM not only altered the surface chemistry, but also imparted the surface with a nanoporous topography or a natural bone-like surface structure. The characterization results confirmed that the alloyed layer mainly comprised bioceramic oxides and carbide phases (TiO2, Nb2O5, ZrO2, SiO2, TiC, NbC, SiC). The microhardness of PMEDMed surface was twofold higher than that of the base material (β-Ti alloy), primarily because of the formation of the hard carbide phases on the machined layer. Electrochemical analysis revealed that PMEDMed surface featured insulative and protective properties and thus displayed higher corrosion resistance ability when compared with the non-machined surface. This result was attributed to the formation of the bioceramic oxides on the machined surface. Additionally, the in vitro biocompatibility of the surfaces was evaluated using human osteoblastic cell line MG-63. PMEDMed surface with a micro-, sub-micro-, and nano-structured topography exhibited bioactivity and improved biocompatibility relative to β-Ti surface. Furthermore, PMEDMed surface enabled better adhesion and growth of MG-63 when compared with the non-machined substrate.

  17. Bioceramic fabrics improve quiet standing posture and handstand stability in expert gymnasts.

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    Cian, C; Gianocca, V; Barraud, P A; Guerraz, M; Bresciani, J P

    2015-10-01

    Bioceramic fabrics have been claimed to improve blood circulation, thermoregulation and muscle relaxation, thereby also improving muscular activity. Here we tested whether bioceramic fabrics have an effect on postural control and contribute to improve postural stability. In Experiment 1, we tested whether bioceramic fabrics contribute to reduce body-sway when maintaining standard standing posture. In Experiment 2, we measured the effect of bioceramic fabrics on body-sway when maintaining a more instable posture, namely a handstand hold. For both experiments, postural oscillations were measured using a force platform with four strain gauges that recorded the displacements of the center of pressure (CoP) in the horizontal plane. In half of the trials, the participants wore a full-body second skin suit containing a bioceramic layer. In the other half of the trials, they wore a 'placebo' second skin suit that had the same cut, appearance and elasticity as the bioceramic suit but did not contain the bioceramic layer. In both experiments, the surface of displacement of the CoP was significantly smaller when participants were wearing the bioceramic suit than when they were wearing the placebo suit. The results suggest that bioceramic fabrics do have an effect on postural control and improve postural stability. PMID:26234473

  18. Calcium phosphate bioceramics prepared from wet chemically precipitated powders

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    Kristine Salma

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available In this work calcium phosphates were synthesized by modified wet chemical precipitation route. Contrary to the conventional chemical precipitation route calcium hydroxide was homogenized with planetary mill. Milling calcium oxide and water in planetary ball mill as a first step of synthesis provides a highly dispersed calcium hydroxide suspension. The aim of this work was to study the influence of main processing parameters of wet chemical precipitation synthesis product and to control the morphology, phase and functional group composition and, consequently, thermal stability and microstructure of calcium phosphate bioceramics after thermal treatment. The results showed that it is possible to obtain calcium phosphates with different and reproducible phase compositions after thermal processing (hydroxyapatite [HAp], β-tricalcium phosphate [β-TCP] and HAp/β-TCP by modified wet-chemical precipitation route. The β-TCP phase content in sintered bioceramics samples is found to be highly dependent on the changes in technological parameters and it can be controlled with ending pH, synthesis temperature and thermal treatment. Pure, crystalline and highly thermally stable (up to 1300°C HAp bioceramics with homogenous grainy microstructure, grain size up to 200–250 nm and high open porosity can be successfully obtained by powder synthesized at elevated synthesis temperature of 70°C and stabilizing ending pH at 9.

  19. Preparation and properties of β-tricalcium phosphate porous bioceramic

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    张士华; 熊党生; 崔崇

    2004-01-01

    Porous β-tricalcium phosphate bioceramic (PTCP) has important roles in surgical implants because of good biocompatibility. But the low compressive strength of the ceramic limits its application. The preparation of PTCP was improved with the adjustment of the constituents and the sintering-process. A new type of PTCP material with high compressive strength was made. The compositions, microstructure and properties of PTCP were analyzed by TG-DSC, XRD, TEM, SEM and so on. The result indicates that stearic acid burns sufficiently and gives out carbon dioxide and water vapor when slowly heated between 200 ℃ and 400 ℃ so that the porous structure like coral in β-TCP bioceramic is formed. Through crystallization at 470 ℃ and 570 ℃, more CaO-P2O5 glass-cement is converted into crystallite-glass, which is beneficial for improving the compressive strength of β-TCP bioceramic.PTCP can form a support action in bone imperfect section with good solubility.

  20. Structural characterization of pure and doped calcium phosphate bioceramics prepared by simple solid state method

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    Calcium Phosphate based bioceramic materials, in pure and doped forms have been successfully synthesized from egg shells by using solid-state method for the first time. Considering the diverse role of zinc and fluoride in biological functions, these two ions were chosen to develop the substituted bioceramic materials. Structural characterizations of these developed bioceramics were performed by using FTIR, XRD, SEM and EDS techniques. The results revealed that the fluoride doped apatite was formed in single phase containing hydroxyapatite while pure and Zinc doped apatites contained -TCP with hydroxyapatite. Experimental results and the crystallographic parameters matched well with the literature values indicating that the present experimental protocol favoured the formation of the desired bioceramics. However, to synthesize the (Ca (PO)) based bioceramic materials, such a simple solid-state approach would obviously be very helpful, not only in making the process economically feasible, but also in creating an effective material recycling technology for waste-management. (author)

  1. XANES analysis of calcium and sodium phosphates and silicates and hydroxyapatite-Bioglass (registered) 45S5 co-sintered bioceramics

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    Demirkiran, Hande [Graduate Student, Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX (United States); Hu Yongfeng; Zuin, Lucia [Beamline Scientist, Canadian Light Source, Saskatoon, SK (Canada); Appathurai, Narayana [Beamline Scientist, Synchrotron Radiation Center, Madison, WI (United States); Aswath, Pranesh B., E-mail: aswath@uta.edu [Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX (United States)

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    Bioglass (registered) 45S5 was co-sintered with hydroxyapatite at 1200 deg. C. When small amounts (< 5 wt.%) of Bioglass (registered) 45S5 was added it behaved as a sintering aid and also enhanced the decomposition of hydroxyapatite to {beta}-tricalcium phosphate. However when 10 wt.% and 25 wt.% Bioglass (registered) 45S5 was used it resulted in the formation of Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}SiO{sub 4} and Na{sub 3}Ca{sub 6}(PO{sub 4}){sub 5} in an amorphous silicate matrix respectively. These chemistries show improved bioactivity compared to hydroxyapatite and are the subject of this study. The structure of several crystalline calcium and sodium phosphates and silicates as well as the co-sintered hydroxyapatite-Bioglass (registered) 45S5 bioceramics were examined using XANES spectroscopy. The nature of the crystalline and amorphous phases were studied using silicon (Si) and phosphorus (P) K- and L{sub 2,3}-edge and calcium (Ca) K-edge XANES. Si L{sub 2,3}-edge spectra of sintered bioceramic compositions indicates that the primary silicates present in these compositions are sodium silicates in the amorphous state. From Si K-edge spectra, it is shown that the silicates are in a similar structural environment in all the sintered bioceramic compositions with 4-fold coordination. Using P L{sub 2,3}-edge it is clearly shown that there is no evidence of sodium phosphate present in the sintered bioceramic compositions. In the P K-edge spectra, the post-edge shoulder peak at around 2155 eV indicates that this shoulder to be more defined for calcium phosphate compounds with decreasing solubility and increasing thermodynamic stability. This shoulder peak is more noticeable in hydroxyapatite and {beta}-TCP indicating greater stability of the phosphate phase. The only spectra that does not show a noticeable peak is the composition with Na{sub 3}Ca{sub 6}(PO{sub 4}){sub 5} in a silicate matrix indicating that it is more soluble compared to the other compositions.

  2. Assessment of natural and synthetic wollastonite as source for bioceramics preparation.

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    Carrodeguas, R G; De Aza, A H; De Aza, P N; Baudín, C; Jiménez, J; López-Bravo, A; Pena, P; De Aza, S

    2007-11-01

    Pseudowollastonite ceramics (beta-CaSiO3) from synthetic and natural sources were assessed with regard to their properties relevant to biomedical applications. Synthetic and natural CaSiO3 powders, with average particle size of 1.6 and 13.2 microm, respectively, were first employed. Powders were pressed and sintered at 1400 degrees C for 2 h. Pseudowollastonite was the only crystalline phase in sintered materials. Glassy phase, eight times more abundant in sintered natural wollastonite (SNW) than in the synthetic one (SSW), was observed in grain boundaries and in triple points. Larger grains and bigger and more abundant pores were present in SNW, resulting in lower diametral tensile strength (26 MPa), than in SSW (42 MPa). However, by milling the natural wollastonite starting powder to a particle size of 2.0 microm and sintering (SNW-M), the microstructure became finer and less porous, and diametral tensile strength increased (48 MPa). Weibull modulus of SNW and SNW-M samples was twice that of the SSW. All the samples released Si and Ca ions, and removed phosphate ions from simulated body fluid in similar amounts and were completely coated by apatite-like spherules after soaking in simulated body fluid for 3 wk. The aqueous extracts from all samples studied were not cytotoxic in a culture of human fibroblastic cells. No differences in fibroblast-like human cells adhesion and proliferation were observed between samples. According to the obtained results, properly processed pseudowollastonite bioceramics, obtained from the natural source, exhibit the same in vitro behavior and better performance in terms of strength and reliability than do the more expensive synthetic materials. PMID:17503534

  3. Mechanochemical synthesis evaluation of nanocrystalline bone-derived bioceramic powder using for bone tissue engineering

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    Amirsalar Khandan; Ebrahim Karamian; Morteza Bonakdarchian

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: Bone tissue engineering proposes a suitable way to regenerate lost bones. Different materials have been considered for use in bone tissue engineering. Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a significant success of bioceramics as a bone tissue repairing biomaterial. Among different bioceramic materials, recent interest has been risen on fluorinated hydroxyapatites, (FHA, Ca 10 (PO 4 ) 6 F x (OH) 2−x ). Fluorine ions can promote apatite formation and improve the stability of HA in the biological...

  4. The Transformation of Calcium Phosphate Bioceramics in Vivo

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    DAI Hong-lian; CAO Xian-ying; LI Xiao-xi; YAN Yu-hua; LI Shi-pu

    2003-01-01

    To study the transformation process of calcium phosphate bioceramic in vivo,biodegradable porous β-tricalcium phosphate ceramics (β-TCP) were used in this experiment. The materials (φ5×8mm) were implanted in the tibia of rabbits. The β-TCP ceramics with bone tissue were retrieved and treated for histology, and then observed by using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and an electron probe X-ray microanalyzer (EMPA) every month. The results show that β-TCP ceramics bond to bone directly,new bones are forming and maturing with materials continuous degrading,and the materials are nearly replaced by the formed bone finally.Parts of the materials were degraded,absorpted and recrystallized,the others dispersped on the cancellous bone and the Haversian lamella with an irregular arrangement incorporating in bone formation directly by remodeling structure.

  5. Bioceramics for Hip Joints: The Physical Chemistry Viewpoint

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    Giuseppe Pezzotti

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Which intrinsic biomaterial parameter governs and, if quantitatively monitored, could reveal to us the actual lifetime potential of advanced hip joint bearing materials? An answer to this crucial question is searched for in this paper, which identifies ceramic bearings as the most innovative biomaterials in hip arthroplasty. It is shown that, if in vivo exposures comparable to human lifetimes are actually searched for, then fundamental issues should lie in the physical chemistry aspects of biomaterial surfaces. Besides searching for improvements in the phenomenological response of biomaterials to engineering protocols, hip joint components should also be designed to satisfy precise stability requirements in the stoichiometric behavior of their surfaces when exposed to extreme chemical and micromechanical conditions. New spectroscopic protocols have enabled us to visualize surface stoichiometry at the molecular scale, which is shown to be the key for assessing bioceramics with elongated lifetimes with respect to the primitive alumina biomaterials used in the past.

  6. Effect of bioceramic functional groups on drug binding and release kinetics

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    Trujillo, Christopher

    Bioceramics have been studied extensively as drug delivery systems (DDS). Those studies have aimed to tailor the drug binding and release kinetics to successfully treat infections and other diseases. This research suggests that the drug binding and release kinetics are predominantly driven by the functional groups available on the surface of a bioceramic. The goal of the present study is to explain the role of silicate and phosphate functional groups in drug binding to and release kinetics from bioceramics. alpha-cristobalite (Cris; SiO2) particles (90-150 microm) were prepared and doped with 0 microg (P-0), 39.1 microg (P-39.1), 78.2 microg (P-78.2), 165.5 microg (P-165.5) or 331 microg (P-331) of P 2O5 per gram Cris, using 85% orthophosphoric (H3PO 4) acid and thermal treatment. The material structure was analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) with Rietveld Refinement and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy with Gaussian fitting. XRD demonstrated an increase from sample P-0 (170.5373 A3) to P-331 (170.6466 A 3) in the unit cell volume as the P2O5 concentration increased in the material confirming phosphate silicate substitution in Cris. Moreover, FTIR showed the characteristic bands of phosphate functional groups of nu4 PO4/O-P-O bending, P-O-P stretching, P-O-P bending, P=O stretching, and P-O-H bending in doped Cris indicating phosphate incorporation in the silicate structure. Furthermore, FTIR showed that the nu4 PO4/O-P-O bending band around 557.6 cm-1 and P=O stretching band around 1343.9 cm-1 increased in area for samples P-39.1 to P-331 from 3.5 to 10.5 and from 10.1 to 22.4, respectively due to phosphate doping. In conjunction with the increase of the nu4 PO4/O-P-O bending band and P=O stretching band, a decrease in area of the O-Si-O bending bands around 488.1 and 629.8 cm-1 was noticed for samples P-39.1 to P-331 from 5 to 2 and from 11.8 to 5.4, respectively. Furthermore, Cris samples (200 mg, n=5 for each sample) were immersed separately in

  7. Preparation, characterization and in vitro dissolution behavior of porous biphasic α/β-tricalcium phosphate bioceramics.

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    Xie, Lu; Yu, Haiyang; Deng, Yi; Yang, Weizhong; Liao, Li; Long, Qin

    2016-02-01

    The ideal bone tissue engineering scaffolds are long-cherished with the properties of interconnected macroporous structures, adjustable degradation and excellent biocompatibility. Here, a series of porous α/β-tricalcium phosphate (α/β-TCP) biphasic bioceramics with different phase ratios of α-TCP and β-TCP were successfully synthesized by heating an amorphous calcium phosphate precursor. The chemical and morphological characterization showed that α- and β-TCP phases co-existed in the α/β-TCP bioceramics and they had interconnected pore structures with size between 200 and 500μm. The in vitro dissolution behavior and bioactivity of the dual α/β-TCP were also probed in static and dynamic SBF for the first time. The results revealed that α/β-TCP scaffolds had good in vitro bioactivity, as the formation of bone-like apatite layers was induced on the scaffolds after mineralization in SBF. Moreover, dissolution rate of α/β-TCP bioceramics in dynamic environment was higher than that under static condition. Compared with monophasic TCP ceramics, these porous α/β-TCP bioceramics displayed a tailored dissolution rate proportionate to the TCP content (α and β) in the materials. Further, the degradation profile of porous α/β-TCP was well-described by Avrami equation. The porous dual α/β-TCP bioceramics with controllable degradation behavior hold great potential to be applied in bone tissue engineering as bone substitutes. PMID:26652459

  8. The Role of Bioceramics Coating in Dental Implant Reliability and Success

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    Full Text Available Characterization of bioceramics coating and evaluation of the influence of kind of coating on"nthe implantation has been developed in recent years."nDifferent bioceramics coating like calcium phosphate, hydroxyapatite, fluorapatite and bioglass were"ncoated on dental and orthopedic implants. In-vitro and in-vivo experiments were done for evolution of"nimplant success and reliability and study of factors, which may influence the results."nResearches indicate that different bioceramic coating may affect the bone bonding mechanism."nBiodegredable calcium phosphate coating can be resorbed and be replaced with bone tissues."nHydroxyapatite cause earlier stabilization of dental implant in surrounding bone (biological fixation and"nreduce healing time. Bioglass can protect substrate and provide interfacial attachment to bone.

  9. The Technology and Properties of Digital Double Pulse Electrodepositing Ni-HA Composite Coating of Bioceramics

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    DONG He-yan; WANG Zhou; SHI Gu-guizhi; FU Chuan-qi; CHEN Wei-rong; JIN Zhong-hong; LI Yan

    2004-01-01

    This article discusses and analyses the technology, the surface image, microstructure and ability of digital double pulse electrodepositing Ni-HA composite coatings of bioceramics made on 1Crl8Ni9Ti substrate by SEM ,XRD and so on. The results shows that ( 1 ) the HA particles exit in substrate uniformly; (2) XRD result shows that there are HA peaks at 78. 023 ° ,43. 246°and 73. 120°differently; (3) The microhardnees of the composite coatings is increased with the rise of content of HA particles, and on the same conditions the microhardnees value is greater than that of common non-pulse electrodepositing Ni-HA composite coatings of bioceramics. (4) The grain size of digital double pulse electrodepositing Ni-HA composite coatings of bioceramics is much thinner than that of common D. C.

  10. Effect of bioceramic functional groups on drug binding and release kinetics

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    Trujillo, Christopher

    Bioceramics have been studied extensively as drug delivery systems (DDS). Those studies have aimed to tailor the drug binding and release kinetics to successfully treat infections and other diseases. This research suggests that the drug binding and release kinetics are predominantly driven by the functional groups available on the surface of a bioceramic. The goal of the present study is to explain the role of silicate and phosphate functional groups in drug binding to and release kinetics from bioceramics. alpha-cristobalite (Cris; SiO2) particles (90-150 microm) were prepared and doped with 0 microg (P-0), 39.1 microg (P-39.1), 78.2 microg (P-78.2), 165.5 microg (P-165.5) or 331 microg (P-331) of P 2O5 per gram Cris, using 85% orthophosphoric (H3PO 4) acid and thermal treatment. The material structure was analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) with Rietveld Refinement and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy with Gaussian fitting. XRD demonstrated an increase from sample P-0 (170.5373 A3) to P-331 (170.6466 A 3) in the unit cell volume as the P2O5 concentration increased in the material confirming phosphate silicate substitution in Cris. Moreover, FTIR showed the characteristic bands of phosphate functional groups of nu4 PO4/O-P-O bending, P-O-P stretching, P-O-P bending, P=O stretching, and P-O-H bending in doped Cris indicating phosphate incorporation in the silicate structure. Furthermore, FTIR showed that the nu4 PO4/O-P-O bending band around 557.6 cm-1 and P=O stretching band around 1343.9 cm-1 increased in area for samples P-39.1 to P-331 from 3.5 to 10.5 and from 10.1 to 22.4, respectively due to phosphate doping. In conjunction with the increase of the nu4 PO4/O-P-O bending band and P=O stretching band, a decrease in area of the O-Si-O bending bands around 488.1 and 629.8 cm-1 was noticed for samples P-39.1 to P-331 from 5 to 2 and from 11.8 to 5.4, respectively. Furthermore, Cris samples (200 mg, n=5 for each sample) were immersed separately in

  11. Kinetics of dissolution of calcium phosphate (Ca-P bioceramics

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    Lukas Brazda

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Hydroxyapatite (HAp and β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP are widely used bioceramics for surgical or dental applications. This paper is dealing with dissolution kinetics of synthetically prepared β-TCP and four types of HAp granules. Two groups of HAp, treated at different temperatures, each of them with two different granule sizes, were tested. Three corrosive solutions with different pH and simulated body fluid (SBF were used for immersing of the samples. Changes in concentrations of calcium and phosphate ions, pH level and weight changes of the samples were observed. It was found that presence of TRIS buffer enhanced dissolution rate of the β-TCP approximately two times. When exposed to SBF solution, calcium phosphate (most probably hydroxyapatite precipitation predominates over β-TCP dissolution. Results from HAp samples dissolution showed some unexpected findings. Neither heat treatment nor HAp particle size made any major differences in dissolution rate of the same mass of each HAp sample.

  12. Sputter deposited bioceramic coatings: surface characterisation and initial protein adsorption studies using surface-MALDI-MS

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    Boyd, A. R.; Burke, G. A.; Duffy, H.;

    2011-01-01

    Protein adsorption onto calcium phosphate (Ca–P) bioceramics utilised in hard tissue implant applications has been highlighted as one of the key events that influences the subsequent biological response, in vivo. This work reports on the use of surface-matrix assisted laser desorption ionisation ...

  13. Current perspectives of bio-ceramic technology in endodontics: calcium enriched mixture cement - review of its composition, properties and applications

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    Utneja, Shivani; Nawal, Ruchika Roongta; Talwar, Sangeeta; Verma, Mahesh

    2014-01-01

    Advancements in bio-ceramic technology has revolutionised endodontic material science by enhancing the treatment outcome for patients. This class of dental materials conciliates excellent biocompatibility with high osseoconductivity that render them ideal for endodontic care. Few recently introduced bio-ceramic materials have shown considerable clinical success over their early generations in terms of good handling characteristics. Calcium enriched mixture (CEM) cement, Endosequence sealer, a...

  14. Bioactivity and mineralization of hydroxyapatite with bioglass as sintering aid and bioceramics with Na{sub 3}Ca{sub 6}(PO{sub 4}){sub 5} and Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}SiO{sub 4} in a silicate matrix

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    Demirkiran, Hande [Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States); Mohandas, Arunesh; Dohi, Motokazi; Fuentes, Alonso; Nguyen, Kytai [Bioengineering Department, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States); Aswath, Pranesh, E-mail: aswath@uta.edu [Materials Science and Engineering Department, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX 76019 (United States)

    2010-01-30

    Hydroxyapatite and Bioglass-45S5 were sintered together creating new ceramic compositions that yielded increased apatite deposition and osteoblast differentiation and proliferation in vitro compared to hydroxyapatite. The sintered products characterized by X-ray diffraction, revealed hydroxyapatite as the main phase when small quantities (1, 2.5 and 5 wt.%) of bioglass was added. Bioglass behaved as a sintering aid with {beta}-TCP (Ca{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}) being the minor phase. The amount of {beta}-TCP increased with the amount of bioglass added. In compositions with larger additions of bioglass (10 and 25 wt.%), new phases with compositions of calcium phosphate silicate (Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}SiO{sub 4}) and sodium calcium phosphate (Na{sub 3}Ca{sub 6}(PO{sub 4}){sub 5}) were formed respectively within amorphous silicate matrices. In vitro cell culture studies of the ceramic compositions were examined using bone marrow stromal cell (BMSC). Cell proliferation and differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells into osteoblasts were determined by Pico Green DNA assays and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, respectively. All hydroxyapatite-bioglass co-sintered ceramics exhibited larger cell proliferation compared to pure hydroxyapatite samples. After 6 days in cell culture, the ceramic with Ca{sub 5}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}SiO{sub 4} in a silicate matrix formed by reacting hydroxyapatite with 10 wt.% bioglass exhibited the maximum proliferation of the BMSC's. The ALP activity was found to be largest in the ceramic with Na{sub 3}Ca{sub 6}(PO{sub 4}){sub 5} embedded in a silicate matrix synthesized by reacting hydroxyapatite with 25 wt.% bioglass.

  15. Surface analysis applied to metal-ceramic and bioceramic interfacial bonding

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    Full text: Low temperature plasma reactions, combined with sol-gel coatings, have been used to produce a variety of ceramic surface layers on metal substrates and interfacial layers between metals and oxides or other ceramics. These layers can be designed to be compositionally and functionally graded from the metal to bulk ceramic material, eg. silica, alumina, hydroxyapatite. The graded layers are generally <50nm thick, continuous, fully bonded to the substrate and deformable without disbonding. The objectives in design of these layers have been to produce: metal surfaces protected from oxidation, corrosion and acid attack; improved metal-ceramic bonding; and bioceramic titanium-based interfaces to bioactive hydroxyapatite for improved dental and medical implants. Modified Auger parameter studies for Si in XPS spectra show that the structure on the metal surfaces grades from amorphous, dehydroxylated silica on the outer surface through layer silicates, chain silicates, pyrosilicates to orthosilicates close to the metal interface. At the metal interface, detached grains of the metal are imaged with interpenetration of the oxide and silicate species linking the layer to the oxidised metal surface. The ∼30nm layer has a substantially increased frictional load compared with the untreated oxidised metal, i.e. behaviour consistent with either stronger adhesion of the coating to the substrate or a harder surface. The composition, structure and thickness of these layers can be controlled by the duration of each plasma reaction and the choice of the final reagent. The mechanisms of reaction in each process step have been elucidated with a combination of XPS, TOF-SIMS, TEM, SEM and FTIR. Similar, graded titanium/oxide/silicate/silica ceramic surface layers have been shown to form using the low temperature plasma reactions on titanium alloys used in medical and dental implants. Thicker (i.e. μm) overlayers of ceramic materials can be added to the graded surface layers

  16. Trend report on international and Japanese standardization activities for bioceramics and tissue engineered medical products

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    Sadami Tsutsumi

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Since porous and injectable bioceramics have recently been utilized often as scaffolds for bone regenerative medicine, the need for their standardization has increased. One of the standard proposals in ISO/TC150 and JIS has been a draft for characterization of the porous bioceramic scaffolds in both micro- and macro-scopic aspects. ISO/TC150/SC7 (Tissue engineered medical products has been co-chaired by Professor J E Lemons, Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham and Dr R Nakaoka, Division of Medical Devices, National Institute of Health Sciences, Japan. The scope of SC7 has been specified as 'Standardization for the general requirements and performance of tissue engineered medical products with the exclusion of gene therapy, transplantation and transfusion'.

  17. Processing-microstructure-property relations in HVOF sprayed calcium phosphate based bioceramic coatings.

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    Khor, K A; Li, H; Cheang, P

    2003-06-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) based bioceramic coatings were deposited onto titanium alloy substrates using the high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) spray technique. This study aimed to reveal the relations among processing parameters, microstructure, and properties of the bioceramic coatings. The processing conditions were altered through changing the starting HA powder size, content of bioinert ceramic additives or composite powder preparation techniques. Coating structure was characterized through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM); and the mechanical properties, Young's modulus and fracture toughness, of the coatings were evaluated through indentation techniques. Results demonstrated dominant influence of the melt state of HA powders on the phase composition of resultant coatings, and it was found that the HVOF HA coatings possess competitive mechanical properties. Furthermore, addition of titania or zirconia, as secondary phase in HA, showed promising effect on improving the mechanical properties of the HVOF HA-based coatings. Chemical reactions between HA and titania; and, HA and zirconia during coating deposition were revealed and characterized. Incorporation modes of the additives into HA and their reinforcing mechanisms were elucidated. The relationship among the processing, microstructure, and mechanical properties of the HVOF sprayed bioceramic coatings was summarily examined. PMID:12699659

  18. A bioceramic with enhanced osteogenic properties to regulate the function of osteoblastic and osteocalastic cells for bone tissue regeneration.

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    Roohani-Esfahani, Seyed-Iman; No, Young Jung; Lu, Zufu; Ng, Pei Ying; Chen, Yongjuan; Shi, Jeffrey; Pavlos, Nathan J; Zreiqat, Hala

    2016-01-01

    Bioceramics for regenerative medicine applications should have the ability to promote adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of osteoblast and osteoclast cells. Osteogenic properties of the material are essential for rapid bone regeneration and new bone formation. The aim of this study was to develop a silicate-based ceramic, gehlenite (GLN, Ca2Al2SiO7), and characterise its physiochemical, biocompatibility and osteogenic properties. A pure GLN powder was synthesised by a facile reactive sintering method and compacted to disc-shaped specimens. The sintering behaviour and degradation of the GLN discs in various buffer solutions were fully characterised. The cytotoxicity of GLN was evaluated by direct and indirect methods. In the indirect method, primary human osteoblast cells (HOBs) were exposed to diluted extracts (100, 50, 25, 12.5 and 6.25 mg ml(-1)) of fine GLN particles in culture medium. The results showed that the extracts did not cause any cytotoxic effect on the HOBs with the number of cells increasing significantly from day 1 to day 7. GLN-supported HOB attachment and proliferation, and significantly enhanced osteogenic gene expression levels (Runx2, osteocalcin, osteopontin and bone sialoprotein) were compared with biphasic calcium phosphate groups (BCP, a mixture of hydroxyapatite (60wt.%) and β-tricalcium phosphate(40wt.%)). We also demonstrated that in addition to supporting HOB attachment and proliferation, GLN promoted the formation of tartrate-acid resistance phosphatase (TRAP) positive multinucleated osteoclastic cells (OCs) derived from mouse bone marrow cells. Results also demonstrated the ability of GLN to support the polarisation of OCs, a prerequisite for their functional resorptive activity which is mainly influenced by the composition and degradability of biomaterials. Overall, the developed GLN is a prospective candidate to be used in bone regeneration applications due its effective osteogenic properties and biocompatibility. PMID

  19. The Effect of Photoluminescence of Bioceramic Irradiation on Middle Cerebral Arterial Occlusion in Rats

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    Zhang, Lei; Chan, Paul; Liu, Zhong-Min; Hwang, Ling-Ling; Lin, Kuo-Chi; Chan, Wing P.; Leung, Ting-Kai; Choy, Cheuk Sing

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to determine the possible effect of photoluminescence of bioceramic (PLB) on ischemic cerebral infarction (stroke), by using an animal model of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO). Sprague-Dawley rats were used to induce MCAO to block the origin of the left MCAO; three months later, the positive chronic stroke rats were selected by running tunnel maze; the MCAO rats with significant chronic stroke and neurological defects were used for treadmill experiments with varying speed settings to test their capability for restoration after muscular fatigue under conditions of with and without PLB irradiation. As a result, PLB irradiation could improve exercise completion rate and average running speed during slow and fast treadmill settings. After PLB irradiation, the selected MCAO rats successfully completed all the second-round treadmill exercises at the maximum speed setting, and they had better restoration from muscular fatigue. An in vitro cell study on astrocytes of rats by bioceramic irradiation further demonstrated increased intracellular nitric oxide. To explain these results, we suggest that cortical brain stimulation of microcirculation and enhancement of peripheral muscular activity are the main causes of the improved exercise performance in MCAO rats by PLB.

  20. The Effect of Photoluminescence of Bioceramic Irradiation on Middle Cerebral Arterial Occlusion in Rats

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    Lei Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to determine the possible effect of photoluminescence of bioceramic (PLB on ischemic cerebral infarction (stroke, by using an animal model of transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO. Sprague-Dawley rats were used to induce MCAO to block the origin of the left MCAO; three months later, the positive chronic stroke rats were selected by running tunnel maze; the MCAO rats with significant chronic stroke and neurological defects were used for treadmill experiments with varying speed settings to test their capability for restoration after muscular fatigue under conditions of with and without PLB irradiation. As a result, PLB irradiation could improve exercise completion rate and average running speed during slow and fast treadmill settings. After PLB irradiation, the selected MCAO rats successfully completed all the second-round treadmill exercises at the maximum speed setting, and they had better restoration from muscular fatigue. An in vitro cell study on astrocytes of rats by bioceramic irradiation further demonstrated increased intracellular nitric oxide. To explain these results, we suggest that cortical brain stimulation of microcirculation and enhancement of peripheral muscular activity are the main causes of the improved exercise performance in MCAO rats by PLB.

  1. Materials processing and in-vivo animal studies of nitrided hydroxyapatite bioceramics

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    Rashid, Nancy Elizabeth

    2000-10-01

    Calcium phosphate bioceramics are currently being used in medicine and dentistry, for reconstruction or repair of diseased or injured bone, but with limited success. Incorporating nitrogen into phosphate glasses has resulted in improved properties, and it is proposed that similar benefits may be gained from nitriding calcium phosphate bioceramics for bone implants as well. This work focuses on processing of hydroxyapatite and tricalcium phosphate bioceramics nitrided by using solid, liquid, gas and ion sources. These materials were characterized by chemical, structural, mechanical, and biological methods to determine both the material structure and their suitability as implant materials. Calcium nitride and NaPON glass were unsatisfactory sources of nitrogen for hydroxyapatite (HA) and/or tricalcium phosphate (TCP) ceramics. Calcium nitride, Ca3N2, is reacts with water vapor in the air, releasing ammonia, and leaving behind crystals of calcium oxide, CaO. The calcium oxide byproduct decreases the chemical stability of hydroxyapatite and HA/TCP composites in simulated body fluid. Sodium phosphorus oxynitride (NaPON) glass, in the form of a liquid sintering aid for HA, produces an inhomogeneous, composite as well. Hydroxyapatite heated at 800C in an ammonia atmosphere produces a homogeneous material with up to 2 wt% N. Infrared spectroscopy indicates cyanamide ions, CN22-, are formed by the incorporated nitrogen and impurity carbon. The use of 15N-doped ammonia results in an 15N NMR peak at 83.2 ppm, indicating P--N bonding. Raman spectroscopy may also indicate P--N bonding, but it is inconclusive. In a limited study, nitrogen may decrease the hardness and fracture toughness of the phosphate ceramic, hydroxyapatite, contrary to results expected for nitrogen in phosphate glasses. Nitrogen ions are incorporated in hydroxyapatite by ion implantation, with lower energies producing higher nitrogen contents. The highest concentration achieved was 3.55 wt% N, as determined

  2. Development and characterization of 5% mol Zn bioceramic in granular form

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    Ingrid Russoni de Lima

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Hydroxyapatite (HA is capable of accepting substitute ions within its lattice, including zinc ions. Zinc is a trace element that activates the osteogenesis of osteoblastic cells and therefore plays an important role in the activity of alkaline phosphatase enzyme. The purpose of this work was to produce and characterize 5% mol Zn bioceramic in granular form (Zn-granules for clinical applications and compare it with granules made from HA by using the same production route. Granules with addition of porogen agents were produced from powders of HA and zinc-containing HA by uniaxial pressing and heat treatment. The granules were subsequently ground and sieved. The results indicated that zinc contributed to the reduction of sample crystallinity and formed a biphasic structure after calcination at 1200 °C. Additionally, zinc release from granular material may have clinical applications as bone graft.

  3. The affect of densification and dehydroxylation on the mechanical properties of stoichiometric hydroxyapatite bioceramics

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    Laasri, S.; Taha, M. [Laboratoire de Thermodynamique Metallurgie et Rheologie des Materiaux, Universite Ibn Zohr, Faculte des sciences, BP8106 Cite Dakhla, Agadir (Morocco); Laghzizil, A., E-mail: laghzizi@fsr.ac.ma [Laboratoire de Chimie Physique Generale, Universite Mohammed V Rabat BP1014 (Morocco); Hlil, E.K. [Institut Neel MCMF, CNRS, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Chevalier, J. [Universite de Lyon, INSA-Lyon, MATEIS UMR CNRS 5510, 20 Avenue Albert Einstein, 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex (France)

    2010-10-15

    This paper reports the effects of processing densification on the mechanical properties of hydroxyapatite bioceramics. Densification of synthetic hydroxyapatite is conducted in the range 1000-1300 {sup o}C. X-ray diffraction and SEM microscopy are used to check the microstructure transformations. Vickers hardness, toughness and Young's modulus are analyzed versus the density and grain size. The sintering temperature and the particle size influence strongly the densification and the resulting mechanical properties. In addition, the critical sintering temperature appears around 1200 {sup o}C and the declined strength at the temperature up to 1200 {sup o}C is found sensitive to the dehydroxylation process of hydroxyapatite.

  4. Micro-configuration Observation of Porous Bioceramic for Sliding on Intestinal Mucus Film

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    2005-01-01

    The microstructure of the prepared porous bioceramic material, including surface porosity and apparent contact area with the artificial mucus film are computed and analyzed. The surface micro-configurations of the porous material before and after sliding on the mucus ftlm are observed in 2D and 3 D by digital microscopy. We describe how much mucus enters and stays within different pores, and how the porous material with rough/porous surface contacts with the mucus film ( elastic surface/gel). The presented results illustrate that the material with different porous structure can lead to different mucus suction, surface scraping and changes of contact area and condition during sliding, which will be active for high friction of robotic endoscope with the intestinal wall for intestinal locomotion.

  5. Standard Enucleation with Aluminium Oxide Implant (Bioceramic Covered with Patient's Sclera

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    Gian Luigi Zigiotti

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. We describe in our study a modified standard enucleation, using sclera harvested from the enucleated eye to cover the prosthesis in order to insert a large porous implant and to reduce postoperative complication rates in a phthisis globe. Methods. We perform initially a standard enucleation. The porous implant (Bioceramic is then covered only partially by the patient's sclera. The implant is inserted in the posterior Tenon's space with the scleral covering looking at front. All patients were followed at least for twelve months (average followup 16 months. Results. We performed nineteen primary procedures (19 patients, 19 eyes, M; F and secondary, to fill the orbital cavity in patients already operated by standard evisceration (7 patients, 7 eyes. There were no cases of implant extrusion. The orbital volume was well reintegrated. Conclusion. Our procedure was safe and effective. All patients had a good cosmetic result after final prosthetic fitting and we also achieved good prothesis mobility.

  6. Niobium-Doped Hydroxyapatite Bioceramics: Synthesis, Characterization and In Vitro Cytocompatibility

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    Nádia S. V. Capanema

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Doping calcium phosphates with ionic species can play an important role in biological responses promoting alkaline phosphatase activity, and, therefore inducing the generation of new bone. Thus, in this study, the synthesis of niobium-doped hydroxyapatite (Nb-HA nanosize particles obtained by the precipitation process in aqueous media followed by thermal treatment is presented. The bioceramics were extensively characterized by X-ray diffraction, wavelength dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and thermal analysis regarding their chemical composition, structure and morphology. The results showed that the precipitate dried at 110 °C was composed of amorphous calcium phosphate and HA, with polidisperse particles ranging from micro to nano dimensions. After the thermal treatment at 900 °C, the bioceramic system evolved predominantly to HA crystalline phase, with evident features of particle sintering and reduction of surface area. Moreover, the addition of 10 mol% of niobium salt precursor during the synthesis indicated the complete incorporation of the Nb(V species in the HA crystals with detectable changes in the original lattice parameters. Furthermore, the incorporation of Nb ions caused a significant refinement on the average particle size of HA. Finally, the preliminary cytocompatibility response of the biomaterials was accessed by human osteoblast cell culture using MTT and resazurin assays, which demonstrated no cytotoxicity of the Nb-alloyed hydroxyapatite. Thus, these findings seem promising for developing innovative Nb-doped calcium phosphates as artificial biomaterials for potential use in bone replacements and repair.

  7. Mechanochemical synthesis evaluation of nanocrystalline bone-derived bioceramic powder using for bone tissue engineering

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    Amirsalar Khandan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Bone tissue engineering proposes a suitable way to regenerate lost bones. Different materials have been considered for use in bone tissue engineering. Hydroxyapatite (HA is a significant success of bioceramics as a bone tissue repairing biomaterial. Among different bioceramic materials, recent interest has been risen on fluorinated hydroxyapatites, (FHA, Ca 10 (PO 4 6 F x (OH 2−x . Fluorine ions can promote apatite formation and improve the stability of HA in the biological environments. Therefore, they have been developed for bone tissue engineering. The aim of this study was to synthesize and characterize the FHA nanopowder via mechanochemical (MC methods. Materials and Methods: Natural hydroxyapatite (NHA 95.7 wt.% and calcium fluoride (CaF 2 powder 4.3 wt.% were used for synthesis of FHA. MC reaction was performed in the planetary milling balls using a porcelain cup and alumina balls. Ratio of balls to reactant materials was 15:1 at 400 rpm rotation speed. The structures of the powdered particles formed at different milling times were evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. Results: Fabrication of FHA from natural sources like bovine bone achieved after 8 h ball milling with pure nanopowder. Conclusion: F− ion enhances the crystallization and mechanical properties of HA in formation of bone. The produced FHA was in nano-scale, and its crystal size was about 80-90 nm with sphere distribution in shape and size. FHA powder is a suitable biomaterial for bone tissue engineering.

  8. Biodegradable Polymer-Coated, Gelatin Hydrogel/Bioceramics Ternary Composites for Antitubercular Drug Delivery and Tissue Regeneration

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    Mintao Xue; Hongtao Hu; Yuanquan Jiang; Jichun Liu; Hailong He; Xiaojian Ye

    2012-01-01

    A simple and effective strategy for the treatment of osteoarticular tuberculosis is proposed through combining tissue engineering approach with anti-tuberculosis drug therapy. A series of tricalcium phosphate bioceramics (TPB) composites, coated by degradable polymer outside and loaded with rifampicin (RFP)-containing gelatin hydrogel inside, were thus fabricated and successfully applied to deliver antitubercular drug RFP into osseous lesion and concomitantly to induce tissue regeneration. RF...

  9. Current perspectives of bio-ceramic technology in endodontics: calcium enriched mixture cement - review of its composition, properties and applications

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    Nawal, Ruchika Roongta; Talwar, Sangeeta; Verma, Mahesh

    2015-01-01

    Advancements in bio-ceramic technology has revolutionised endodontic material science by enhancing the treatment outcome for patients. This class of dental materials conciliates excellent biocompatibility with high osseoconductivity that render them ideal for endodontic care. Few recently introduced bio-ceramic materials have shown considerable clinical success over their early generations in terms of good handling characteristics. Calcium enriched mixture (CEM) cement, Endosequence sealer, and root repair materials, Biodentine and BioAggregate are the new classes of bio-ceramic materials. The aim of this literature review is to present investigations regarding properties and applications of CEM cement in endodontics. A review of the existing literature was performed by using electronic and hand searching methods for CEM cement from January 2006 to December 2013. CEM cement has a different chemical composition from that of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) but has similar clinical applications. It combines the biocompatibility of MTA with more efficient characteristics, such as significantly shorter setting time, good handling characteristics, no staining of tooth and effective seal against bacterial leakage. PMID:25671207

  10. Electrochemical and morphological investigation of silver and zinc modified calcium phosphate bioceramic coatings on metallic implant materials.

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    Furko, M; Jiang, Y; Wilkins, T A; Balázsi, C

    2016-05-01

    In our research nanostructured silver and zinc doped calcium-phosphate (CaP) bioceramic coatings were prepared on commonly used orthopaedic implant materials (Ti6Al4V). The deposition process was carried out by the pulse current technique at 70°C from electrolyte containing the appropriate amount of Ca(NO3)2 and NH4H2PO4 components. During the electrochemical deposition Ag(+) and Zn(2+) ions were introduced into the solution. The electrochemical behaviour and corrosion rate of the bioceramic coatings were investigated by potentiodynamic polarization and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) measurements in conventional Ringer's solution in a three electrode open cell. The coating came into contact with the electrolyte and corrosion occurred during immersion. In order to achieve antimicrobial properties, it is important to maintain a continuous release of silver ions into physiological media, while the bioactive CaP layer enhances the biocompatibility properties of the layer by fostering the bone cell growth. The role of Zn(2+) is to shorten wound healing time. Morphology and composition of coatings were studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy and Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Differential thermal analyses (DTA) were performed to determine the thermal stability of the pure and modified CaP bioceramic coatings while the structure and phases of the layers were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements. PMID:26952421

  11. Current perspectives of bio-ceramic technology in endodontics: calcium enriched mixture cement - review of its composition, properties and applications.

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    Utneja, Shivani; Nawal, Ruchika Roongta; Talwar, Sangeeta; Verma, Mahesh

    2015-02-01

    Advancements in bio-ceramic technology has revolutionised endodontic material science by enhancing the treatment outcome for patients. This class of dental materials conciliates excellent biocompatibility with high osseoconductivity that render them ideal for endodontic care. Few recently introduced bio-ceramic materials have shown considerable clinical success over their early generations in terms of good handling characteristics. Calcium enriched mixture (CEM) cement, Endosequence sealer, and root repair materials, Biodentine and BioAggregate are the new classes of bio-ceramic materials. The aim of this literature review is to present investigations regarding properties and applications of CEM cement in endodontics. A review of the existing literature was performed by using electronic and hand searching methods for CEM cement from January 2006 to December 2013. CEM cement has a different chemical composition from that of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) but has similar clinical applications. It combines the biocompatibility of MTA with more efficient characteristics, such as significantly shorter setting time, good handling characteristics, no staining of tooth and effective seal against bacterial leakage. PMID:25671207

  12. Effect of sputter deposited YSZ thin films on the fracture behavior of dental bioceramics

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    Teixeira, Erica Cappelletto Nogueira

    The fracture behavior of dental bioceramic materials was evaluated under physiologic conditions when modified by yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin film deposition. It was hypothesized that changing the YSZ thin film properties will produce a significant enhancement in the strength of bioceramic materials, ultimately promoting a more fatigue resistant construct. Porcelain, alumina, and zirconia were evaluated in terms of dynamic fatigue for an initial characterization of their fracture behavior. Data showed that strength degradation occurred in all three materials, most drastically in porcelain. Initial strength measurements, focused on depositing YSZ thin films on three unique substrates; porcelain, alumina, and zirconia, were carried out. A significant increase in strength was observed for alumina and porcelain. Since strength alone is not enough to characterize the fracture behavior of brittle materials, coated specimens of porcelain and zirconia were subjected to dynamic fatigue and Weibull analysis. Coated YSZ porcelain specimens showed a significant increase in strength at all tested stressing rates. YSZ coated zirconia specimens showed similar strength values at all stressing rates. The effect of film thickness on porcelain was also evaluated. Data demonstrated that film thickness alone does not appear to control increases in the flexural strength of a modified substrate. It is expected that deposition induced stress in YSZ sputtered films does not change with film thickness. However, a thicker film will generate a larger force at the film/substrate interface, contributing to delamination of the film. It was clear that in order to have a significant improvement in the fracture behavior of porcelain, changing the thickness of the film is not enough. The columnar structure of the YSZ films developed seems to favor an easy path for crack propagation limiting the benefits expected by the coating. The effect of a multilayered film, composed by brittle

  13. Simultaneous mechanical property and biodegradation improvement of wollastonite bioceramic through magnesium dilute doping.

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    Xie, Jiajun; Yang, Xianyan; Shao, Huifeng; Ye, Juan; He, Yong; Fu, Jianzhong; Gao, Changyou; Gou, Zhongru

    2016-02-01

    The large-area bone defects in head (including calvarial, orbital, and maxillofacial bone) and segmental bone are attracting increased attention in a wide range of clinical departments. A key requirement for the clinical success of the bioactive ceramics is the match of the mechanical behavior of the implants with the specific bone tissue to be filled. This raises the question as to what design strategy might be the best indicators for the balance between mechanical properties and biological performances. Here we go beyond the traditional approaches that use phase conversion or biphasic hybrid; instead, we achieved a simultaneous enhancement of several mechanical parameters and optimalization of biodegradability by using a dilute doping of Mg in a single-phase wollastonite bioceramic. We show that the wollastonite ceramic can be rationally tuned in phase (α or β), mechanical strength (in compression and bending mode), elastic modulus (18-23GPa), and fracture toughness (>3.2MPam(1/2)) through the usage of Mg dopant introduced at precisely defined dilute concentrations (Mg/Ca molar ratio: 1.2-2.1%). Meanwhile, the dilute Mg-doped wollastonite ceramics are shown to exhibit good bioactivity in vitro in SBF but biodegradation in Tris is inversely proportional to Mg content. Consequently, such new highly bioactive ceramics with appreciable strength and toughness are promising for making specific porous scaffolds for enhancing large segmental bone defect and thin-wall bone defect repair. PMID:26426432

  14. Push-out bond strength of bioceramic materials in a synthetic tissue fluid.

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    Noushin Shokouhinejad

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This study compared the push-out bond strength of EndoSequence Root Repair Material (ERRM and Bioaggregate (BA, new bioceramic materials, to that of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA after incubation in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS, a synthetic tissue fluid, for either 1 week or 2 months.One-hundred and twenty root sections were filled with ProRoot MTA, BA, or ERRM. Each tested material was then randomly divided into two subgroups (n = 20: root sections were immersed in PBS for 1 week or 2 months. The bond strengths were measured using a universal testing machine. After that, the failure modes were examined with stereomicroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The push-out data and failure mode categories were analyzed by two-way ANOVA and chi-square tests, respectively.The bond strength of ERRM was significantly higher than that of BA and MTA at both incubation periods. No significant difference was found between the bond strength of MTA and BA at either 1 week or 2 months. Increasing the incubation time to 2 months resulted in a significant increase in bond strength of all the materials. The failure mode was mainly mixed for MTA and BA, but cohesive for ERRM at both incubation periods.ERRM had significantly higher bond strength to root canal walls compared to MTA and BA. Increasing the incubation time significantly improved the bond strength and bioactive reaction products of all materials.

  15. Processing and characterization of multi-cellular monolithic bioceramics for bone regenerative scaffolds

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    Ari-Wahjoedi, Bambang; Ginta, Turnad Lenggo; Parman, Setyamartana; Abustaman, Mohd Zikri Ahmad

    2014-10-01

    Multicellular monolithic ceramic body is a ceramic material which has many gas or liquid passages partitioned by thin walls throughout the bulk material. There are many currently known advanced industrial applications of multicellular ceramics structures i.e. as supports for various catalysts, electrode support structure for solid oxide fuel cells, refractories, electric/electronic materials, aerospace vehicle re-entry heat shields and biomaterials for dental as well as orthopaedic implants by naming only a few. Multicellular ceramic bodies are usually made of ceramic phases such as mullite, cordierite, aluminum titanate or pure oxides such as silica, zirconia and alumina. What make alumina ceramics is excellent for the above functions are the intrinsic properties of alumina which are hard, wear resistant, excellent dielectric properties, resists strong acid and alkali attacks at elevated temperatures, good thermal conductivities, high strength and stiffness as well as biocompatible. In this work the processing technology leading to truly multicellular monolithic alumina ceramic bodies and their characterization are reported. Ceramic slip with 66 wt.% solid loading was found to be optimum as impregnant to the polyurethane foam template. Mullitic ceramic composite of alumina-sodium alumino disilicate-Leucite-like phases with bulk and true densities of 0.852 and 1.241 g cm-3 respectively, pore linear density of ±35 cm-1, linear and bulk volume shrinkages of 7-16% and 32 vol.% were obtained. The compressive strength and elastic modulus of the bioceramics are ≈0.5-1.0 and ≈20 MPa respectively.

  16. TOPICAL REVIEW: Stem cell technology using bioceramics: hard tissue regeneration towards clinical application

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    Ohnishi, Hiroe; Oda, Yasuaki; Ohgushi, Hajime

    2010-02-01

    Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are adult stem cells which show differentiation capabilities toward various cell lineages. We have already used MSCs for treatments of osteoarthritis, bone necrosis and bone tumor. For this purpose, culture expanded MSCs were combined with various ceramics and then implanted. Because of rejection response to allogeneic MSC implantation, we have utilized patients' own MSCs for the treatment. Bone marrow is a good cell source of MSCs, although the MSCs also exist in adipose tissue. When comparing osteogenic differentiation of these MSCs, bone marrow MSCs show more extensive bone forming capability than adipose MSCs. Thus, the bone marrow MSCs are useful for bone tissue regeneration. However, the MSCs show limited proliferation and differentiation capabilities that hindered clinical applications in some cases. Recent advances reveal that transduction of plural transcription factors into human adult cells results in generation of new type of stem cells called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells). A drawback of the iPS cells for clinical applications is tumor formation after their in vivo implantation; therefore it is difficult to use iPS cells for the treatment. To circumvent the problem, we transduced a single factor of either SOX2 or NANOG into the MSCs and found high proliferation as well as osteogenic differentiation capabilities of the MSCs. The stem cells could be combined with bioceramics for clinical applications. Here, we summarize our recent technologies using adult stem cells in viewpoints of bone tissue regeneration.

  17. Evaluation of the apical sealing ability of bioceramic sealer, AH plus & epiphany: An in vitro study

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    Suprit Sudhir Pawar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: This in vitro study evaluated and compared the microleakage of three sealers; Endosequence bioceramic (BC sealer, AH Plus and Epiphany. Materials and Methods: Study was done on 75 extracted human single rooted permanent teeth, which were decoronated and the root canals were instrumented. The specimens were randomly divided into three groups (n = 25 and obturated by continuous wave condensation technique. Group A: using Endosequence BC, Group B: using AH Plus sealer, Group C: using Resilon Epiphany system. Microleakage was evaluated using dye penetration method. Teeth were split longitudinally and then horizontally markings were made at 2, 4 and 6 mm from the apex. Dye penetration evaluation was done under stereomicroscope (30X magnification. Results: The dye penetration in Group B was more than in Group A and C in both vertical and horizontal directions, suggesting that newly introduced BC sealer and Epiphany sealer sealed the root canal better compared to AH Plus Sealer. Conclusion: Newer root canal sealers seal the root canal better but cannot totally eliminate leakage.

  18. In vitro bioactivity of 3D Ti-mesh with bioceramic coatings in simulated body fluid

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    Wei Yi

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available 3D Ti-mesh has been coated with bioceramics under different coating conditions, such as material compositions and micro-porosity, using a dip casting method. Hydroxyapatite (HA, micro-HA particles (HAp, a bioglass (BG and their different mixtures together with polymer additives were used to control HA-coating microstructures. Layered composites with the following coating-to-substrate designs, such as BG/Ti, HA + BG/BG/Ti and HAp + BG/BG/Ti, were fabricated. The bioactivity of these coated composites and the uncoated Ti-mesh substrate was then investigated in a simulated body fluid (SBF. The Ti-mesh substrate and BG/Ti composite did not induce biomimetic apatite deposition when they were immersed in SBF for the selected BG, a pressable dental ceramic, used in this study. After seven days in SBF, an apatite layer was formed on both HA + BG/BG/Ti and HAp + BG/BG/Ti composites. The difference is the apatite layer on the HAp + BG/BG/Ti composite was rougher and contained more micro-pores, while the apatite layer on the HA + BG/BG/Ti composite was dense and smooth. The formation of biomimetic apatite, being more bioresorbable, is favored for bone regeneration.

  19. Processing and characterization of multi-cellular monolithic bioceramics for bone regenerative scaffolds

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    Multicellular monolithic ceramic body is a ceramic material which has many gas or liquid passages partitioned by thin walls throughout the bulk material. There are many currently known advanced industrial applications of multicellular ceramics structures i.e. as supports for various catalysts, electrode support structure for solid oxide fuel cells, refractories, electric/electronic materials, aerospace vehicle re-entry heat shields and biomaterials for dental as well as orthopaedic implants by naming only a few. Multicellular ceramic bodies are usually made of ceramic phases such as mullite, cordierite, aluminum titanate or pure oxides such as silica, zirconia and alumina. What make alumina ceramics is excellent for the above functions are the intrinsic properties of alumina which are hard, wear resistant, excellent dielectric properties, resists strong acid and alkali attacks at elevated temperatures, good thermal conductivities, high strength and stiffness as well as biocompatible. In this work the processing technology leading to truly multicellular monolithic alumina ceramic bodies and their characterization are reported. Ceramic slip with 66 wt.% solid loading was found to be optimum as impregnant to the polyurethane foam template. Mullitic ceramic composite of alumina-sodium alumino disilicate-Leucite-like phases with bulk and true densities of 0.852 and 1.241 g cm−3 respectively, pore linear density of ±35 cm−1, linear and bulk volume shrinkages of 7-16% and 32 vol.% were obtained. The compressive strength and elastic modulus of the bioceramics are ≈0.5-1.0 and ≈20 MPa respectively

  20. Characterization of fabricated three dimensional scaffolds of bioceramic-polymer composite via microstereolithography technique

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    Talib, Marina; Covington, James A.; Bolarinwa, Aminat

    2014-02-01

    Microstereolithography is a method used for rapid prototyping of polymeric and ceramic components. This technique converts a computer-aided design (CAD) to a three dimensional (3D) model, and enables layer per layer fabrication curing a liquid resin with UV-light or laser source. The aim of this project was to formulate photocurable polymer reinforced with synthesized calcium pyrophosphate (CPP), and to fabricate a 3D scaffolds with optimum mechanical properties for specific tissue engineering applications. The photocurable ceramic suspension was prepared with acrylate polyester, multifunctional acrylate monomer with the addition of 50-70wt% of CPP, photoinitiators and photoinhibitors. The 3D structure of disc (5 mm height × 4 mm diameter) was successfully fabricated using Envisiontec Perfactory3® . They were then sintered at high temperature for polymer removal, to obtain a ceramic of the desired porosity. The density increased to more than 35% and the dimensional shrinkage after sintering were 33%. The discs were then subjected compressive measurement, biodegradation and bioactivity test. Morphology and CPP content of the sintered polymer was investigated with SEM and XRD, respectively. The addition of CPP coupled with high temperature sintering, had a significant effect on the compressive strength exhibited by the bioceramic. The values are in the range of cancellous bone (2-4 MPa). In biodegradation and bioactivity test, the synthesized CPP induced the formation of apatite layer and its nucleation onto the composite surface.

  1. 生物陶瓷材料在牙髓病治疗中的应用%Application of bioceramic material in endodontic therapy

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    刘佳

    2012-01-01

    生物陶瓷材料在牙髓病学领域的广泛研发和临床应用,被誉为牙髓病学材料不断更新发展的里程碑性象征.本文就生物陶瓷材料的分类、研究进展及其在牙髓病治疗中的临床应用作一综述.%Bioceramic materials have developed rapidly and been widely applied in endodontic treatment. This article reviews the classification, characteristics and endodontic application of bioceramic materials.

  2. Effect of micro-nano-hybrid structured hydroxyapatite bioceramics on osteogenic and cementogenic differentiation of human periodontal ligament stem cell via Wnt signaling pathway

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    Mao LX

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Lixia Mao,1,* Jiaqiang Liu,1,* Jinglei Zhao,1 Jiang Chang,2 Lunguo Xia,1 Lingyong Jiang,1 Xiuhui Wang,2 Kaili Lin,2,3 Bing Fang11Center of Craniofacial Orthodontics, Department of Oral and Cranio-maxillofacial Science, Top Priority Clinical Medical Center of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, Ninth People’s Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 3Shanghai Engineering Research Center of Tooth Restoration and Regeneration, School of Stomatology, Tongji University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China*These authors contributed equally to this workAbstract: The surface structure of bioceramic scaffolds is crucial for its bioactivity and osteoinductive ability, and in recent years, human periodontal ligament stem cells have been certified to possess high osteogenic and cementogenic differential ability. In the present study, hydroxyapatite (HA bioceramics with micro-nano-hybrid surface (mnHA [the hybrid of nanorods and microrods] were fabricated via hydrothermal reaction of the α-tricalcium phosphate granules as precursors in aqueous solution, and the effects of mnHA on the attachment, proliferation, osteogenic and cementogenic differentiations of human periodontal ligament stem cells as well as the related mechanisms were systematically investigated. The results showed that mnHA bioceramics could promote cell adhesion, proliferation, alkaline phosphatase (ALP activity, and expression of osteogenic/cementogenic-related markers including runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2, ALP, osteocalcin (OCN, cementum attachment protein (CAP, and cementum protein (CEMP as compared to the HA bioceramics with flat and dense surface. Moreover, mnHA bioceramics stimulated gene expression of low-density lipoprotein receptor

  3. Processing and characterization of multi-cellular monolithic bioceramics for bone regenerative scaffolds

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    Ari-Wahjoedi, Bambang, E-mail: bambang-ariwahjoedi@petronas.com.my [Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 31750 Tronoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan (Malaysia); Centre for Intelligent Signal and Imaging Research, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar (Malaysia); Ginta, Turnad Lenggo [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 31750 Tronoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan (Malaysia); Centre for Intelligent Signal and Imaging Research, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 31750 Tro (Malaysia); Parman, Setyamartana [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Bandar Seri Iskandar, 31750 Tronoh, Perak Darul Ridzuan (Malaysia); Abustaman, Mohd Zikri Ahmad [Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Company Sdn Bhd, Lvl. 52, Tower 2, PETRONAS Twin Towers, KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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    Multicellular monolithic ceramic body is a ceramic material which has many gas or liquid passages partitioned by thin walls throughout the bulk material. There are many currently known advanced industrial applications of multicellular ceramics structures i.e. as supports for various catalysts, electrode support structure for solid oxide fuel cells, refractories, electric/electronic materials, aerospace vehicle re-entry heat shields and biomaterials for dental as well as orthopaedic implants by naming only a few. Multicellular ceramic bodies are usually made of ceramic phases such as mullite, cordierite, aluminum titanate or pure oxides such as silica, zirconia and alumina. What make alumina ceramics is excellent for the above functions are the intrinsic properties of alumina which are hard, wear resistant, excellent dielectric properties, resists strong acid and alkali attacks at elevated temperatures, good thermal conductivities, high strength and stiffness as well as biocompatible. In this work the processing technology leading to truly multicellular monolithic alumina ceramic bodies and their characterization are reported. Ceramic slip with 66 wt.% solid loading was found to be optimum as impregnant to the polyurethane foam template. Mullitic ceramic composite of alumina-sodium alumino disilicate-Leucite-like phases with bulk and true densities of 0.852 and 1.241 g cm{sup −3} respectively, pore linear density of ±35 cm{sup −1}, linear and bulk volume shrinkages of 7-16% and 32 vol.% were obtained. The compressive strength and elastic modulus of the bioceramics are ≈0.5-1.0 and ≈20 MPa respectively.

  4. Analysis of radiopacity, pH and cytotoxicity of a new bioceramic material

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    Letícia Chaves de SOUZA

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available AbstractObjective RetroMTA® is a new hydraulic bioceramic indicated for pulp capping, perforations or root resorption repair, apexification and apical surgery. The aim of this study was to compare the radiopacity, pH variation and cytotoxicity of this material to ProRoot® MTA.Material and Methods Mixed cements were exposed to a digital x-ray along with an aluminum stepwedge for the radiopacity assay. pH values were verified after incubation period of 3, 24, 48, 72 and 168 hours. The cytotoxicity of each cement was tested on human periodontal ligament fibroblasts using a multiparametric assay. Data analysis was performed using ANOVA and Tukey’spost hoc in GraphPad Prism.Results ProRoot® MTA had higher radiopacity than RetroMTA®(p0.05 although pH levels of both materials reduced over time. Both ProRoot® MTA and RetroMTA® allowed for significantly higher cell viability when compared with the positive control (p<0.001. No statistical difference was observed between ProRoot® MTA and RetroMTA® cytotoxicity level in all test parameters, except for the ProRoot® MTA 48-hour extract media in the NR assay (p<0.05.Conclusion The current study provides new data about the physicochemical and biological properties of Retro® MTA concerning radiopacity, pH and cytotoxic effects on human periodontal ligaments cells. Based on our findings, RetroMTA® meets the radiopacity requirements standardized by ANSI/ADA number 572, and similar pH values and biocompatibility to ProRoot® MTA. Further studies should be performed to evaluate additional properties of this new material.

  5. Partial Pulpotomy of Immature Teeth with Apical Periodontitis using Bioceramics and Mineral Trioxide Aggregate: A Report of Three Cases.

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    Jiang, Shan; Wu, Hao; Zhang, Cheng Fei

    2016-06-01

    Pulpal necrosis of an immature permanent tooth with an open apex poses a challenge for the clinician. The conventional apexification technique using calcium hydroxide has yielded short-term success, but this technique has inevitable shortcomings. Hence, this case series aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of using bioceramics (iRoot BP) or mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) for partial pulpotomies. Three boys aged 9 to 11 years old presented with partial pulp necrosis and symptomatic apical periodontitis of the mandibular right and left second premolar. The involved teeth were treated with a partial pulpotomy using either iRoot BP (case 1 and 2) or MTA (case 3). At the 8-month follow-up, no abnormal clinical signs or symptoms were observed. Periapical radiographs revealed a significant reduction in periapical radiolucency, a marked increase in the root canal wall thickness and ongoing closure of the apical opening. The bioceramic material (iRoot BP) and MTA both produced successful outcomes in the partial pulpotomy of immature teeth with partial pulp necrosis and apical periodontitis. However, iRoot BP was superior in terms of ease of clinical application, and would therefore be a better treatment alternative than MTA. PMID:27379350

  6. Mechanical and biological properties of the micro-/nano-grain functionally graded hydroxyapatite bioceramics for bone tissue engineering.

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    Zhou, Changchun; Deng, Congying; Chen, Xuening; Zhao, Xiufen; Chen, Ying; Fan, Yujiang; Zhang, Xingdong

    2015-08-01

    Functionally graded materials (FGM) open the promising approach for bone tissue repair. In this study, a novel functionally graded hydroxyapatite (HA) bioceramic with micrograin and nanograin structure was fabricated. Its mechanical properties were tailored by composition of micrograin and nanograin. The dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) indicated that the graded HA ceramics had similar mechanical property compared to natural bones. Their cytocompatibility was evaluated via fluorescent microscopy and MTT colorimetric assay. The viability and proliferation of rabbit bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) on ceramics indicated that this functionally graded HA ceramic had better cytocompatibility than conventional HA ceramic. This study demonstrated that functionally graded HA ceramics create suitable structures to satisfy both the mechanical and biological requirements of bone tissues. PMID:25910818

  7. Degradation behavior of n-MAO/EPD bio-ceramic composite coatings on magnesium alloy in simulated body fluid

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    Highlights: • A bio-ceramic n-MAO/EPD coating was prepared by combined MAO and EPD technique. • The precipitates of Ca/P compound are formed on the surface samples during immersion. • The n-MAO/EPD coating with HA dense structure has a favorable anti-corrosion effect. • Two degradation mechanism models for the n-MAO and n-MAO/EPD coating were proposed. - Abstract: The bio-ceramic composite coatings have been fabricated on ZK60 magnesium (Mg) alloy to improve its bio-corrosion resistance in a simulated body fluid (SBF). Firstly, micro-arc oxidation coatings (n-MAO coating) with the addition of zirconium oxide (ZrO2) and cerium oxide (CeO2) nano-particles were prepared by MAO technique on ZK60Mg alloy in alkaline electrolyte. Secondly, nano-hydroxyapatite (HA) was deposited on the surface of n-MAO coatings by using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique. The degradation behavior of the coated samples was investigated by means of immersion tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in the SBF at 36.5 ± 0.5 °C. The variation of phase composition, surface and cross-section morphology of coatings at different immersion stages were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The results showed that the precipitation layer with biological activity formed on the surface of coated samples during the SBF immersion, which can inhibit Mg alloys from degrading effectively. The n-MAO/EPD composite coating with HA dense structure has a favorable anti-corrosion effect compared to the n-MAO coating. Degradation mechanism model of the corrosion process at different corrosion stages for two kinds of coatings were proposed. The long-term corrosion protection of the n-MAO/EPD composite coating was governed significantly by the synergistic effect of phase composition stability and micro structural integrity

  8. Degradation behavior of n-MAO/EPD bio-ceramic composite coatings on magnesium alloy in simulated body fluid

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    Xiong, Ying, E-mail: yxiong@zjut.edu.cn [College of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310032 (China); Lu, Chao [College of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310032 (China); Wang, Chao; Song, Renguo [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Materials Surface Science and Technology, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China)

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    Highlights: • A bio-ceramic n-MAO/EPD coating was prepared by combined MAO and EPD technique. • The precipitates of Ca/P compound are formed on the surface samples during immersion. • The n-MAO/EPD coating with HA dense structure has a favorable anti-corrosion effect. • Two degradation mechanism models for the n-MAO and n-MAO/EPD coating were proposed. - Abstract: The bio-ceramic composite coatings have been fabricated on ZK60 magnesium (Mg) alloy to improve its bio-corrosion resistance in a simulated body fluid (SBF). Firstly, micro-arc oxidation coatings (n-MAO coating) with the addition of zirconium oxide (ZrO{sub 2}) and cerium oxide (CeO{sub 2}) nano-particles were prepared by MAO technique on ZK60Mg alloy in alkaline electrolyte. Secondly, nano-hydroxyapatite (HA) was deposited on the surface of n-MAO coatings by using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique. The degradation behavior of the coated samples was investigated by means of immersion tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) in the SBF at 36.5 ± 0.5 °C. The variation of phase composition, surface and cross-section morphology of coatings at different immersion stages were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The results showed that the precipitation layer with biological activity formed on the surface of coated samples during the SBF immersion, which can inhibit Mg alloys from degrading effectively. The n-MAO/EPD composite coating with HA dense structure has a favorable anti-corrosion effect compared to the n-MAO coating. Degradation mechanism model of the corrosion process at different corrosion stages for two kinds of coatings were proposed. The long-term corrosion protection of the n-MAO/EPD composite coating was governed significantly by the synergistic effect of phase composition stability and micro structural integrity.

  9. The effect of pore size on tissue ingrowth and neovascularization in porous bioceramics of controlled architecture in vivo

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    Bai Feng; Zhang Jinkang; Wang Zhen; Liu Jian; Meng Guolin; Dong Xin [Institute of Orthopedic Surgery, Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi' an 710032 (China); Lu Jianxi; Chang Jiang, E-mail: baifeng_fmmu@126.com [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050 (China)

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    The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of pore size on tissue ingrowth and neovascularization in porous bioceramics under the accurate control of the pore parameters. For that purpose, {beta}-tricalcium phosphate ({beta}-TCP) cylinders with four different macropore sizes (300-400, 400-500, 500-600 and 600-700 {mu}m) but the same interconnection size (120 {mu}m) and unchangeable porosity were implanted into fascia lumbodorsalis in rabbits. The fibrous tissues and blood vessels formed in scaffolds were observed histologically and histomorphometrically. The vascularization of the porous bioceramics was analyzed by single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). It is found that pore size as an important parameter of a porous structure plays an important role in tissue infiltration into porous biomaterial scaffolds. The amount of fibrous tissue ingrowth increases with the decrease of the pore size. In four kinds of scaffolds with different macropore sizes (300-400, 400-500, 500-600 and 600-700 {mu}m) and a constant interconnection size of 120 {mu}m, the areas of fibrous tissue (%) were 60.5%, 52.2%, 41.3% and 37.3%, respectively, representing a significant decrease at 4 weeks (P < 0.01). The pore size of a scaffold is closely related to neovascularization of macroporous biomaterials implanted in vivo. A large pore size is beneficial for the growth of blood vessels, and the diameter of a pore smaller than 400 {mu}m limits the growth of blood vessels and results in a smaller blood vessel diameter.

  10. Hierarchical bioceramic scaffolds with 3D-plotted macropores and mussel-inspired surface nanolayers for stimulating osteogenesis

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    Xu, Mengchi; Zhai, Dong; Xia, Lunguo; Li, Hong; Chen, Shiyi; Fang, Bing; Chang, Jiang; Wu, Chengtie

    2016-07-01

    The hierarchical structure of biomaterials plays an important role in the process of tissue reconstruction and regeneration. 3D-plotted scaffolds have been widely used for bone tissue engineering due to their controlled macropore structure and mechanical properties. However, the lack of micro- or nano-structures on the strut surface of 3D-plotted scaffolds, especially for bioceramic scaffolds, limits their biological activity. Inspired by the adhesive versatility of mussels and the active ion-chelating capacity of polydopamine, we set out to prepare a hierarchical bioceramic scaffold with controlled macropores and mussel-inspired surface nanolayers by combining the 3D-plotting technique with the polydopamine/apatite hybrid strategy in order to synergistically accelerate the osteogenesis and angiogenesis. β-Tricalcium phosphate (TCP) scaffolds were firstly 3D-plotted and then treated in dopamine-Tris/HCl and dopamine-SBF solutions to obtain TCP-DOPA-Tris and TCP-DOPA-SBF scaffolds, respectively. It was found that polydopamine/apatite hybrid nanolayers were formed on the surface of both TCP-DOPA-Tris and TCP-DOPA-SBF scaffolds and TCP-DOPA-SBF scaffolds induced apatite mineralization for the second time during the cell culture. As compared to TCP scaffolds, both TCP-DOPA-Tris and TCP-DOPA-SBF scaffolds significantly promoted the osteogenesis of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) as well as the angiogenesis of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), and the TCP-DOPA-SBF group presented the highest in vitro osteogenic/angiogenic activity among the three groups. Furthermore, both TCP-DOPA-Tris and TCP-DOPA-SBF scaffolds significantly improved the formation of new bone in vivo as compared to TCP scaffolds without a nanostructured surface. Our results suggest that the utilization of a mussel-inspired Ca, P-chelated polydopamine nanolayer on 3D-plotted bioceramic scaffolds is a viable and effective strategy to construct a hierarchical structure for synergistically

  11. Hierarchical bioceramic scaffolds with 3D-plotted macropores and mussel-inspired surface nanolayers for stimulating osteogenesis

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    Xu, Mengchi; Zhai, Dong; Xia, Lunguo; Li, Hong; Chen, Shiyi; Fang, Bing; Chang, Jiang; Wu, Chengtie

    2016-07-01

    The hierarchical structure of biomaterials plays an important role in the process of tissue reconstruction and regeneration. 3D-plotted scaffolds have been widely used for bone tissue engineering due to their controlled macropore structure and mechanical properties. However, the lack of micro- or nano-structures on the strut surface of 3D-plotted scaffolds, especially for bioceramic scaffolds, limits their biological activity. Inspired by the adhesive versatility of mussels and the active ion-chelating capacity of polydopamine, we set out to prepare a hierarchical bioceramic scaffold with controlled macropores and mussel-inspired surface nanolayers by combining the 3D-plotting technique with the polydopamine/apatite hybrid strategy in order to synergistically accelerate the osteogenesis and angiogenesis. β-Tricalcium phosphate (TCP) scaffolds were firstly 3D-plotted and then treated in dopamine-Tris/HCl and dopamine-SBF solutions to obtain TCP-DOPA-Tris and TCP-DOPA-SBF scaffolds, respectively. It was found that polydopamine/apatite hybrid nanolayers were formed on the surface of both TCP-DOPA-Tris and TCP-DOPA-SBF scaffolds and TCP-DOPA-SBF scaffolds induced apatite mineralization for the second time during the cell culture. As compared to TCP scaffolds, both TCP-DOPA-Tris and TCP-DOPA-SBF scaffolds significantly promoted the osteogenesis of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) as well as the angiogenesis of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), and the TCP-DOPA-SBF group presented the highest in vitro osteogenic/angiogenic activity among the three groups. Furthermore, both TCP-DOPA-Tris and TCP-DOPA-SBF scaffolds significantly improved the formation of new bone in vivo as compared to TCP scaffolds without a nanostructured surface. Our results suggest that the utilization of a mussel-inspired Ca, P-chelated polydopamine nanolayer on 3D-plotted bioceramic scaffolds is a viable and effective strategy to construct a hierarchical structure for synergistically

  12. The effect of calcium silicate on in vitro physiochemical properties and in vivo osteogenesis, degradability and bioactivity of porous β-tricalcium phosphate bioceramics

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    Porous β-tricalcium phosphate(TCP)/calcium silicate(CS) composite bioceramics with different weight proportions were prepared to investigate the in vitro effects of CS on the physiochemical properties of TCP and the in vivo effects of CS on the degradability, osteogenesis and bioactivity of TCP. The physiochemical results showed that the addition of CS to porous TCP resulted in a looser and rougher surface and a lower solid density, compressive strength and Young's modulus and a lower pH value as compared to pure CS without any chemical interaction between the TCP and the CS. The in vivo study showed that the material degradation of porous TCP/CS composite bioceramics was slower than that of pure CS, although the osteogenesis, degradability and bioactivity were significantly increased in the long term. Thereafter, the introduction of CS into porous TCP bioceramics is an effective way to prepare bioactive bone grafting scaffolds for clinical use and to control properties such as in vivo degradability and osteoinduction of TCP. (paper)

  13. Surface microhardness of different thicknesses of a premixed bioceramic material with or without the application of a moist cotton pellet

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: This study was conducted to assess the effect of thickness and hydration condition on the surface microhardness of Endosequence Root Repair Material putty (ERRM; Brasseler USA, Savannah, GA, a premixed bioceramic material. Materials and Methods: Polymethyl methacrylate cylindrical molds with an internal diameter of 4 mm and three heights of 2, 4, and 6 mm were fabricated. In Group 1 (dry condition, the molds with heights of 2, 4, and 6 mm (10 molds of each were filled with ERRM. In Groups 2 and 3 (wet condition, a distilled water- or phosphate-buffered saline (PBS-moistened cotton pellet was placed directly on the upper surface of ERRM, respectively. The lower surface of ERRM was in contact with floral foams soaked with human blood. After 4 days, Vickers microhardness of the upper surface of ERRM was tested. The data were analyzed using two-way analysis of variance. Significance level was set at P 0.05. Conclusion: Based on the results of this study, it could be concluded that placing a moistened cotton pellet on ERRM putty up to 6 mm thick might be unnecessary to improve its surface microhardness and hydration characteristics.

  14. Bioceramic/Poly (glycolic-poly (lactic acid composite induces mineralized barrier after direct capping of rat tooth pulp tissue

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    Alfonso Gala-Garcia

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to observe the histopathological pulp response following direct pulp capping of mechanically exposed teeth in rats with a composite of beta-tricalcium phosphate-hydroxyapatite bioceramic (BC and poly (glycolic-poly (lactic acid (PLGA material or a calcium hydroxide [Ca(OH2] material, compared to BC alone and a negative control of water. Pulp of the maxillary molars was exposed, followed by capping with the experimental material. The pulpal tissue response was assessed post-operatively at 1, 7, 14 and 30 d, followed by histological analysis. The Ca(OH2 group exhibited severe acute inflammatory cell infiltration at day 14. However after 30 d, a new hard tissue with macro porous obliteration of the pulp chamber and a characteristic necrotic area had appeared. BC and Ca(OH2 capping were associated with moderate inflammation and dentinal bridge similar. Meanwhile, in the BC/PLGA composite group, there was moderate inflammatory infiltrate and formation of a dense and complete dentinal bridge. In conclusion, the BC/PLGA composite material showed a large zone of tertiary dentin, and effectively reorganized the dentin-pulp complex.

  15. Virucidal Properties of Bioceramic Derived from Chicken Feces pH 13 and its Stability in Harsh Environments.

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    Thammakarn, Chanathip; Sangsriratanakul, Natthanan; Ishida, Yuki; Suguro, Atsushi; Yamada, Masashi; Toyofuku, Chiharu; Nakajima, Katsuhiro; Kitazawa, Minori; Ota, Mari; Hakim, Hakimullah; Alam, Md Shahin; Shoham, Dany; Takehara, Kazuaki

    2016-09-01

    Bioceramic derived from chicken feces (BCX) is a material produced by a sintering process for the purpose of use in animal farms to control livestock infectious diseases. In the present study, BCX at pH 13 was evaluated for the durability of its virucidal activity in simulated field conditions. First it was shown that BCX had activity toward Newcastle disease virus, infectious bursal disease virus, and goose parvovirus within 3 min and toward avian influenza virus (AIV) within 1 hr. BCX was further tested by keeping it under simulated harsh environmental conditions with sunlight for several weeks as well as by repeatedly soaking it with water and drying under sunlight many times. After sampling every 2 consecutive weeks and every 2 (of 9) consecutive resuspensions, BCX was evaluated for its efficacy against AIV. Evaluation under the harsh conditions illustrated that BCX could retain its satisfactory efficacy toward AIV throughout 7 wk and through 9 resuspensions. It is hence concluded that BCX is an excellent material for applying in livestock farming as a trapping disinfectant, due to its efficacy to inactivate various viruses, and that this efficacy is prolonged even under harsh environmental conditions. PMID:27610720

  16. Proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of human periodontal ligament cells on akermanite and β-TCP bioceramics

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of akermanite as compared to β-TCP on attachment, proliferation, and osteogenic differentiation of human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM and actin filament labeling were used to reveal attachment and growth of hPDLCs seeded on β-TCP and akermanite ceramic. Cell proliferation was tested by lactic acid production and MTT analysis, while osteogenic differentiation was assayed by alkaline phosphatase (ALP expression and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR analysis on markers of osteopontin (OPN, dentin matrix acidic phosphoprotein-1 (DMP-1, and osteocalcin (OCN, and further detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent analysis (ELISA analysis for OCN expression. Besides, the ions released from akermanite and their effect on hPDLCs was also measured by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES, MTT analysis, ALP expression and real-time PCR analysis. hPDLCs attached well on both ceramics, but showed better spreading on akermanite. hPDLCs proliferated more rapidly on akermanite than β-TCP. Importantly, osteogenic differentiation of hPDLCs was enhanced on akermanite compared to β-TCP. Besides, Ca, Mg and Si ions were released from akermanite, while only Ca ions were released from β-TCP. Moreover, more pronounced proliferation and higher osteogenic gene expression for hPDLCs cultured with akermanite extract were detected as compared to cells cultured on akermanite. Therefore, akermanite ceramic showed an enhanced effect on proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of hPDLCs, which might be attributed to the release of ions containing Ca, Mg and Si from the material. It is suggested that akermanite ceramics may serve as a potential material for periodontal bone regeneration.

  17. Preparation and performance of fosfomycin-impregnated bioceramic%复合磷霉素多孔生物陶瓷的制备及其理化性能

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    陈文钧; 许耀; 卢建熙; 周则红; 马晓生; 姜建元

    2011-01-01

    Objective To prepare fosfomycin-impregnated bioceramic as a new kind of bone graft.Methods The fosfomycin-impregnated bioceramic was prepared by means of impregnation. After irrigation sterilization, the physical and mechanical properties of fosfomycin-impregnated bioceramic was investigated. Results The physical and mechanical property test showed that the compressive strength was in the normal range after fosfomycin loaded. Conclusions There was no significant differents after the fosfomycin-impregnated bioceramic was prepared.%目的 研制磷霉素多孔生物陶瓷复合体,为临床植骨并减少感染发生提供更好的选择.方法 将磷霉素溶液与多孔生物陶瓷浸泡,风干.测定生物陶瓷吸附磷霉素能力以及测定吸附后多孔生物陶瓷理化性能上的变化.结果 生物陶瓷吸附一定量的磷霉素后,理化性能测试提示其钙磷比和压缩强度仍在正常范围内.结论 生物陶瓷能吸附磷霉素,其理化性质吸附前后没有明显的变化.

  18. Improvement of the mechanical properties of spark plasma sintered hap bioceramics by decreasing the grain size and by adding multi-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Veljović Đ.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Composites based on HAP and oxidized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (o-MWCNT and monophase HAP materials were processed by spark plasma sintering. Starting from stoichiometric nano-sized HAP powder, monophase bioceramics were obtained with a density close to the theoretical one and with an average grain size of several hundred nanometers to micron dimensions. It was shown that decreasing the sintering temperature resulted in a decrease of the grain size, which affected an increase in the fracture toughness and hardness. The fracture toughness of an HAP/ o-MWCNT bioceramic processed at 900°C for only 5 min was 30 % higher than that of monophase HAP materials obtained under the same conditions. The addition of MWCNT during SPS processing of HAP materials caused a decrease in the grain size to the nano-dimension, which was one of the reasons for the improved mechanical properties. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III45019 i FP7-REGPOT-2009-1 NANOTECH FTM, Grant Agreement Number: 245916

  19. Magnetism and thermal induced characteristics of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} content bioceramics

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    Wu, Chun-Shiang; Hsi, Chi-Shiung [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National United University, Miaoli 36003, Taiwan (China); Hsu, Fang-Chi, E-mail: fangchi@nuu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National United University, Miaoli 36003, Taiwan (China); Wang, Moo-Chin [Department of Fragrance and Cosmetics, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan (China); Chen, Yung-Sheng [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung 803, Taiwan (China)

    2012-11-15

    Magnetic properties of Li{sub 2}O-MnO{sub 2}-CaO-P{sub 2}O{sub 5}-SiO{sub 2} (LMCPS) glasses doped with various amounts of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} were investigated. There is a dramatic change in the magnetic property of pristine LMCPS after the addition of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and crystallized at 850 Degree-Sign C for 4 h. Both the electron paramagnetic resonance and magnetic susceptibility measurements showed that the glass ceramic with 4 at% Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibited the coexistence of superparamagnetism and ferromagnetism at room temperature. When the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} content was higher than 8 at%, the LMCPS glasses showed ferromagnetism behavior. The complex magnetic behavior is due to the distribution of (Li, Mn)ferrite particle sizes driven by the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} content. The thermal induced hysteresis loss of the crystallized LMCPS glass ceramics was characterized under an alternating magnetic field. The energy dissipations of the crystallized LMCPS glass ceramics were determined by the concentration and Mn/Fe ratios of Li(Mn, Fe)ferrite phase formed in the glass ceramics. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Presence of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} in LMCPS glass ceramic promotes the growth of (Li, Mn)ferrite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The amount of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} determines the size of (Li,Mn)ferrite particles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Room temperature superparamagnetism was obtained at 4 at% of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In addition, Li(Mn, Fe)ferrite phase contributes to the magnetic energy loss. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The largest energy loss is the trade-off between the ferrite content and Mn/Fe ratio.

  20. Magnetism and thermal induced characteristics of Fe2O3 content bioceramics

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    Magnetic properties of Li2O–MnO2–CaO–P2O5–SiO2 (LMCPS) glasses doped with various amounts of Fe2O3 were investigated. There is a dramatic change in the magnetic property of pristine LMCPS after the addition of Fe2O3 and crystallized at 850 °C for 4 h. Both the electron paramagnetic resonance and magnetic susceptibility measurements showed that the glass ceramic with 4 at% Fe2O3 exhibited the coexistence of superparamagnetism and ferromagnetism at room temperature. When the Fe2O3 content was higher than 8 at%, the LMCPS glasses showed ferromagnetism behavior. The complex magnetic behavior is due to the distribution of (Li, Mn)ferrite particle sizes driven by the Fe2O3 content. The thermal induced hysteresis loss of the crystallized LMCPS glass ceramics was characterized under an alternating magnetic field. The energy dissipations of the crystallized LMCPS glass ceramics were determined by the concentration and Mn/Fe ratios of Li(Mn, Fe)ferrite phase formed in the glass ceramics. - Highlights: ► Presence of Fe2O3 in LMCPS glass ceramic promotes the growth of (Li, Mn)ferrite. ► The amount of Fe2O3 determines the size of (Li,Mn)ferrite particles. ► Room temperature superparamagnetism was obtained at 4 at% of Fe2O3 addition. ► In addition, Li(Mn, Fe)ferrite phase contributes to the magnetic energy loss. ► The largest energy loss is the trade-off between the ferrite content and Mn/Fe ratio.

  1. The n-MAO/EPD bio-ceramic composite coating fabricated on ZK60 magnesium alloy using combined micro-arc oxidation with electrophoretic deposition

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    Highlights: • Adding CeO2/ZrO2 nano-particles to modify the properties of n-MAO coating. • A bio-ceramic n-MAO/EPD composite coating was prepared by two-step methods. • The n-MAO/EPD composite coating with HA has a favorable anti-corrosion effect. - Abstract: A bio-ceramic composite coating was fabricated on ZK60 magnesium (Mg) alloy using combined micro-arc oxidation (MAO) with electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique. The MAO coating as the basal layer was produced in alkaline electrolyte with (n-MAO coating) and without (MAO coating) the addition of CeO2 and ZrO2 nano-particles, respectively. A hydroxyapatite (HA) coating as the covering layer was deposited on the n-MAO coating to improve the biological properties of the coating (n-MAO/EPD composite coating). The morphology and phase composition of three treated coatings were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The corrosion resistance of these coatings was evaluated with potentiodynamic polarization tests and immersion tests in simulated body fluid (SBF) at 36.5 ± 0.5 °C. The XRD spectra showed that the CeO2 and ZrO2 peaks can be collected in the n-MAO coating, and HA particles exists in the n-MAO/EPD composite coating. The results of corrosion tests indicated that the n-MAO/EPD composite coating owned increased bioactivity and long-term protective ability compared with the MAO coating and the n-MAO coating. Thus Mg alloy coated with the n-MAO/EPD composite coating should be more suited as biodegradable bone implants

  2. Degradation behaviour of a new bioceramic: Ca2P2O7 with addition of Na4P2O7.10H2O.

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    Lin, F H; Liao, C J; Chen, K S; Sun, J S; Liu, H C

    1997-07-01

    A newly produced bioceramic, beta-Ca2P2O7 with addition of Na4P2O7.10H2O (SDCP), has been implanted into the femoral condyle of rabbits. Within 6 weeks after implantation, most of the bioceramic is replaced by new woven bone. On the contrary, block from hydroxyapatite (HA) and beta-tricalcium phosphate (beta-TCP), which are osteoconductible, do not resorb within a short period of time. We believe that the biodegradable behaviour of SDCP may occur in two steps. The first and most important step is the digestion of particles and migration of the particles by phagocytosis. The object of this study is to examine the change in morphologies, chemical compositions and crystal structure of SDCP after soaking in distilled water for a certain period of time. The SDCP ceramic was also co-cultured with leucocytes to observe how the SDCP particles were digested by the leucocytes, so that the mechanism of biodegradable behaviour of SDCP ceramic in vivo might be clarified. Four types of sintered calcium phosphate ceramics were tested in the experiment: SDCP, pure beta-Ca2P2O7 (DCP), HA and beta-TCP. They wee soaked in distilled water at 37 degrees C for up to 30 days. The microstructure and morphology of crystals deposited on the surface were observed using scanning electron microscopy. Sodium, calcium and phosphorus ion contents in the supernatant solution were detected by atomic absorption analysis and ion coupled plasma. In summary, HA and DCP showed no significant evidence of dissolution in distilled water. In static distilled water, calcium ions may be released from beta-TCP into solution during the initial 7 days and then converted into HA by reprecipitation. The results showed that the SDCP was firstly dissolved into small grains or fragments by the solution. The small fragments should be so small as to be digested by the phagocytes in a physiological environment. PMID:9199761

  3. The n-MAO/EPD bio-ceramic composite coating fabricated on ZK60 magnesium alloy using combined micro-arc oxidation with electrophoretic deposition

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    Xiong, Ying, E-mail: yxiong@zjut.edu.cn [College of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310032 (China); Lu, Chao [College of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310032 (China); Wang, Chao; Song, Renguo [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Materials Surface Science and Technology, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Adding CeO{sub 2}/ZrO{sub 2} nano-particles to modify the properties of n-MAO coating. • A bio-ceramic n-MAO/EPD composite coating was prepared by two-step methods. • The n-MAO/EPD composite coating with HA has a favorable anti-corrosion effect. - Abstract: A bio-ceramic composite coating was fabricated on ZK60 magnesium (Mg) alloy using combined micro-arc oxidation (MAO) with electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique. The MAO coating as the basal layer was produced in alkaline electrolyte with (n-MAO coating) and without (MAO coating) the addition of CeO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2} nano-particles, respectively. A hydroxyapatite (HA) coating as the covering layer was deposited on the n-MAO coating to improve the biological properties of the coating (n-MAO/EPD composite coating). The morphology and phase composition of three treated coatings were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The corrosion resistance of these coatings was evaluated with potentiodynamic polarization tests and immersion tests in simulated body fluid (SBF) at 36.5 ± 0.5 °C. The XRD spectra showed that the CeO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2} peaks can be collected in the n-MAO coating, and HA particles exists in the n-MAO/EPD composite coating. The results of corrosion tests indicated that the n-MAO/EPD composite coating owned increased bioactivity and long-term protective ability compared with the MAO coating and the n-MAO coating. Thus Mg alloy coated with the n-MAO/EPD composite coating should be more suited as biodegradable bone implants.

  4. Bioceramics for implant coatings

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    Allison A Campbell

    2003-01-01

    During the past century, synthetic materials and devices have been developed to the point at which they can be used successfully to replace and/or restore function to diseased or damaged tissues. In the field of orthopedics, the use of metal implants has significantly improved the quality of life for countless individuals. Critical factors for implant success include proper design, material selection, and biocompatibility. Early research in this field focused on understanding the biomechan...

  5. SI Notes.

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    Nelson, Robert A.

    1983-01-01

    Discusses legislation related to SI (International Systems of Units) in the United States. Indicates that although SI metric units have been officially recognized by law in the United States, U.S. Customary Units have never received a statutory basis. (JN)

  6. Osteoblast interaction with laser cladded HA and SiO2-HA coatings on Ti-6Al-4V

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    In order to improve the bioactivity and biocompatibility of titanium endosseous implants, the morphology and composition of the surfaces were modified. Polished Ti-6Al-4V substrates were coated by a laser cladding process with different precursors: 100 wt.% HA and 25 wt.% SiO2-HA. X-ray diffraction of the laser processed samples showed the presence of CaTiO3, Ca3(PO4)2, and Ca2SiO4 phases within the coatings. From in vitro studies, it was observed that compared to the unmodified substrate all laser cladded samples presented improved cellular interactions and bioactivity. The samples processed with 25 wt.% SiO2-HA precursor showed a significantly higher HA precipitation after immersion in simulated body fluid than 100 wt.% HA precursor and titanium substrates. The in vitro biocompatibility of the laser cladded coatings and titanium substrate was investigated by culturing of mouse MC3T3-E1 pre-osteoblast cell line and analyzing the cell viability, cell proliferation, and cell morphology. A significantly higher cell attachment and proliferation rate were observed for both laser cladded 100 wt.% HA and 25 wt.% SiO2-HA samples. Compared to 100 wt.% HA sample, 25 wt.% SiO2-HA samples presented a slightly improved cellular interaction due to the addition of SiO2. The staining of the actin filaments showed that the laser cladded samples induced a normal cytoskeleton and well-developed focal adhesion contacts. Scanning electron microscopic image of the cell cultured samples revealed better cell attachment and spreading for 25 wt.% SiO2-HA and 100 wt.% HA coatings than titanium substrate. These results suggest that the laser cladding process improves the bioactivity and biocompatibility of titanium. The observed biological improvements are mainly due to the coating induced changes in surface chemistry and surface morphology. Highlights: → Laser cladding of Ti alloys with bioceramics creates new phases. → Laser cladded samples with SiO2-doped bioceramics show higher

  7. Evaluation of a Novel HA/ZrO2-Based Porous Bioceramic Artificial Vertebral Body Combined with a rhBMP-2/Chitosan Slow-Release Hydrogel

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    Shi, Yihui; Quan, Renfu; Xie, Shangju; Li, Qiang; Cao, Guoping; Zhuang, Wei; Zhang, Liang; Shao, Rongxue; Yang, Disheng

    2016-01-01

    A new HA/ZrO2-based porous bioceramic artificial vertebral body (AVB), carried a recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2)/chitosan slow-release hydrogel was prepared to repair vertebral bone defect in beagles. An ionic cross-linking was used to prepare the chitosan hydrogel (CS gel) as the rhBMP-2 slow-release carrier. The vertebral body defects were implanted with the rhBMP-2-loaded AVB in group A, or a non-drug-loaded AVB in group B, or autologous iliac in group C. The encapsulation rate of rhBMP-2 in rhBMP-2-loaded CS gel was 91.88±1.53%, with a drug load of 39.84±2.34 ng/mg. At 6, 12, 24 weeks postoperatively, radiography showed that the bone calluses gradually increased with time in group A, where the artificial vertebral body had completely fused with host-bone at 24 weeks after surgery. In group C, an apparent bone remodeling was occurred in the early stages, and the graft-bone and host-bone had also fused completely at 24 weeks postoperatively. In group B, fusion occurred less than in groups A and C. At 24 weeks after surgery, micro-computed tomography (Micro-CT) revealed that the volume of newly-formed bone in group A was significantly more than in group B (p<0.05). At 24 weeks after surgery, ultra-compressive strengths of the operated segments were 14.03±1.66 MPa in group A, 8.62±1.24 MPa in group B, and 13.78±1.43 MPa in group C. Groups A and C were both significantly higher than group B (p < 0.05). At 24 weeks postoperatively, the hard tissue sections showed that the AVB of group A had tightly fused with host bone, and that pores of the AVB had been filled with abundant nearly mature bone, and that the new bone structured similarly to a trabecular framework, which was similar to that in group C. In contrast, implant fusion of the AVB in group B was not as apparent as group A. In conclusion, the novel HA/ZrO2-based porous bioceramic AVB carried the rhBMP-2-loaded CS gel can promote the repair of bony defect, and induce bone tissue to

  8. Effect of metal-ion-to-fuel ratio on the phase formation of bioceramic phosphates synthesized by self-propagating combustion

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    Swamiappan Sasikumar and Rajagopalan Vijayaraghavan

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Synthetic calcium hydroxyapatite (HAP, Ca10 (PO46 (OH2 is a well-known bioceramic material used in orthopedic and dental applications because of its excellent biocompatibility and bone-bonding ability due to its structural and compositional similarity to human bone. Here we report, for the first time, the synthesis of HAP by combustion employing tartaric acid as a fuel. Calcium nitrate is used as the source of calcium and diammonium hydrogen phosphate serves as the source of phosphate ions. Reaction processing parameters such as the pH, fuel-oxidant ratio and autoignition temperature are controlled and monitored. The products were characterized by powder x-ray diffraction, which revealed the formation of a hexagonal hydroxyapatite phase. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR spectra showed that the substitution of a carbonate ion occurs at the phosphate site. The morphology of the particles was imaged by scanning electron microscopy, which also revealed that the particles are of submicron size. Thermal analysis showed that the phase formation takes place at the time of combustion. Surface area and porosity analysis showed that the surface area is high and that the pores are of nanometer size. The mean grain size of the HAP powder, determined by the Debye–Scherrer formula, is in the range 20–30 nm. Chemical analyses to determine the Ca : P atomic ratio in synthesized ceramics were performed, and it was found to be 1 : 1.66.

  9. Enhanced differentiation of osteoblastic cells on novel chitosan/β-1,3-glucan/bioceramic scaffolds for bone tissue regeneration

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    Bone scaffolds for regenerative medicine applications should have the ability to promote adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of osteoblast cells. Osteoconductive, osteoinductive and osteopromotive properties of the material are essential for rapid bone regeneration and new bone formation. In this study, the osteogenic potential of two novel tri-component scaffolds composed of krill chitosan, bacterial β-1,3-glucan and bioceramics (HAp or a mix of HAp/β-TCP granules) was investigated. The typical markers of the first (type I collagen), second (bone alkaline phosphatase) and third stages (osteocalcin) of the osteoblast differentiation process were evaluated during in vitro experimentation. The study was carried out using three various osteoblastic cell lines (normal human fetal osteoblast cells hFOB 1.19, human osteoblast-like cells derived from osteosarcoma Saos-2 and mouse calvarial preosteoblast cells MC3T3-E1 Subclone 4). The bone alkaline phosphatase (bALP) and osteocalcin (OC) were determined quantitatively using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays, and type I collagen (Col I) was evaluated qualitatively using the direct immunofluorescence (DIF) method. The data obtained clearly prove that novel scaffolds have the ability to increase bALP activity, to enhance extracellular matrix synthesis (Col I and OC) and to induce mineralized nodule formation during osteogenic differentiation. In conclusion, novel tri-component materials have osteoconductive and osteopromotive properties, and thus are promising materials in bone tissue engineering applications to accelerate the bone regeneration process. (paper)

  10. The n-MAO/EPD bio-ceramic composite coating fabricated on ZK60 magnesium alloy using combined micro-arc oxidation with electrophoretic deposition

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    Xiong, Ying; Lu, Chao; Wang, Chao; Song, Renguo

    2014-12-01

    A bio-ceramic composite coating was fabricated on ZK60 magnesium (Mg) alloy using combined micro-arc oxidation (MAO) with electrophoretic deposition (EPD) technique. The MAO coating as the basal layer was produced in alkaline electrolyte with (n-MAO coating) and without (MAO coating) the addition of CeO2 and ZrO2 nano-particles, respectively. A hydroxyapatite (HA) coating as the covering layer was deposited on the n-MAO coating to improve the biological properties of the coating (n-MAO/EPD composite coating). The morphology and phase composition of three treated coatings were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The corrosion resistance of these coatings was evaluated with potentiodynamic polarization tests and immersion tests in simulated body fluid (SBF) at 36.5 ± 0.5 °C. The XRD spectra showed that the CeO2 and ZrO2 peaks can be collected in the n-MAO coating, and HA particles exists in the n-MAO/EPD composite coating. The results of corrosion tests indicated that the n-MAO/EPD composite coating owned increased bioactivity and long-term protective ability compared with the MAO coating and the n-MAO coating. Thus Mg alloy coated with the n-MAO/EPD composite coating should be more suited as biodegradable bone implants.

  11. Comparative study on the biodegradation and biocompatibility of silicate bioceramic coatings on biodegradable magnesium alloy as biodegradable biomaterial

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    Razavi, M.; Fathi, M. H.; Savabi, O.; Razavi, S. M.; Hashemibeni, B.; Yazdimamaghani, M.; Vashaee, D.; Tayebi, L.

    2014-03-01

    Many clinical cases as well as in vivo and in vitro assessments have demonstrated that magnesium alloys possess good biocompatibility. Unfortunately, magnesium and its alloys degrade too quickly in physiological media. In order to improve the biodegradation resistance and biocompatibility of a biodegradable magnesium alloy, we have prepared three types of coating include diopside (CaMgSi2O6), akermanite (Ca2MgSi2O6) and bredigite (Ca7MgSi4O16) coating on AZ91 magnesium alloy through a micro-arc oxidation (MAO) and electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method. In this research, the biodegradation and biocompatibility behavior of samples were evaluated in vitro and in vivo. The in vitro analysis was performed by cytocompatibility and MTT-assay and the in vivo test was conducted on the implantation of samples in the greater trochanter of adult rabbits. The results showed that diopside coating has the best bone regeneration and bredigite has the best biodegradation resistance compared to others.

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    ?????????? ????????????-???????????? ?????? ? ????????????? ????????? (??) ???????? ??????? GexSi1-x (? = 0.01 - 0.03) p-???? ??????????? ? ?????????????? ????????? (4,2 ... 300 K). ????????????? ????? ?????????? ?? ?????-??? ?? ?????????????????? ??. ??????????? ?????????? ??????? ????????? ??????? ??? ?????????? ??. ???????? ?????????? ??????????? ?'???-??????? ?? ??????????????? ? ?? Ge-Si ??????? ???????? ?????-?????????? ?? ???????? ???????????. ?????????? ?????????? ??????????? ???...

  13. Influence of saline solution on hydration behavior of β-dicalcium silicate in comparison with biphasic calcium phosphate/hydroxyapatite bio-ceramics

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    The influence of using saline solution as mixing and curing liquid on some characteristics of β-dicalcium silicate (β-C2S) and biphasic compound tri-calcium phosphate/hydroxyapatite (TCP/HAp) bio-ceramics was investigated. β-C2S (27–30 nm) was prepared by solid state reaction at 1450 °C, while biphasic compound TCP/HAp (7–15 nm) was synthesized from an aqueous solution of Ca(NO3)2·4H2O and (NH4)2HPO4·12H2O by chemical precipitation method. Setting times, compressive strength, pH values, X-ray diffraction analysis, infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were investigated. The evaluation of cytotoxicity of both calcium silicate and biphasic compounds to human gingival fibroblasts was carried out. The use of saline solution as mixing and immersing liquid shortened the setting time for the two bio-cements. TCP/HAp did not show any mechanical strength but β-C2S showed good strength values. Both synthesized compounds showed a moderate cytotoxicity and both materials were effective in a no significant way. - Highlights: • The dissolution and hydration of β-C2S and TCP/HAp in distilled water and saline solution were studied. • TCP/HAp did not show mechanical strength, while β-C2S showed good mechanical strength. • The use of saline solution did enhances the dissolution & hydration rate. • An increase in pH values was detected when using saline solution. • Both materials showed a moderate cytotoxicity in no significant way

  14. Influence of saline solution on hydration behavior of β-dicalcium silicate in comparison with biphasic calcium phosphate/hydroxyapatite bio-ceramics

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    Radwan, M.M., E-mail: mmahmoudradwan@yahoo.com [Ceramics Dept, National Research Centre, Cairo (Egypt); Abd El-Hamid, H.K. [Ceramics Dept, National Research Centre, Cairo (Egypt); Mohamed, A.F. [The Holding Company for Production of Vaccines, Sera and Drugs (EGYVAC) (Egypt)

    2015-12-01

    The influence of using saline solution as mixing and curing liquid on some characteristics of β-dicalcium silicate (β-C{sub 2}S) and biphasic compound tri-calcium phosphate/hydroxyapatite (TCP/HAp) bio-ceramics was investigated. β-C{sub 2}S (27–30 nm) was prepared by solid state reaction at 1450 °C, while biphasic compound TCP/HAp (7–15 nm) was synthesized from an aqueous solution of Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}·4H{sub 2}O and (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}HPO{sub 4}·12H{sub 2}O by chemical precipitation method. Setting times, compressive strength, pH values, X-ray diffraction analysis, infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were investigated. The evaluation of cytotoxicity of both calcium silicate and biphasic compounds to human gingival fibroblasts was carried out. The use of saline solution as mixing and immersing liquid shortened the setting time for the two bio-cements. TCP/HAp did not show any mechanical strength but β-C{sub 2}S showed good strength values. Both synthesized compounds showed a moderate cytotoxicity and both materials were effective in a no significant way. - Highlights: • The dissolution and hydration of β-C{sub 2}S and TCP/HAp in distilled water and saline solution were studied. • TCP/HAp did not show mechanical strength, while β-C{sub 2}S showed good mechanical strength. • The use of saline solution did enhances the dissolution & hydration rate. • An increase in pH values was detected when using saline solution. • Both materials showed a moderate cytotoxicity in no significant way.

  15. Shock compaction of bioceramic composites

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    Stuivinga, M.E.C.; Carton, E.P.; Wijn, J.R. de

    2000-01-01

    A method was developed for making dense hydroxyapatite-polymer composites. Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a type of calcium phosphate, which is a bioactive material. The polymer used in this work was Polyactive™ 60/40, a block copolymer from polyethylene oxide (PEO) and polybutylene terephtalate (PBT) in a weight ratio of 60/40. It is a biodegradable polymer with bone bonding properties. In this study the submicron HA starting powders were coated in such a way that a chemical bonding existed with the...

  16. Ordering at Si(111)/o-Si and Si(111)/SiO2 Interfaces

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    Robinson, I. K.; Waskiewicz, W. K.; Tung, R. T.;

    1986-01-01

    X-ray diffraction has been used to measure the intensity profile of the two-dimensional rods of scattering from a single interface buried inside a bulk material. In both Si(111)/a-Si and Si(111)/SiO2 examples there are features in the perpendicular-momentum-transfer dependence which are not expec...... are not expected from an ideal sharp interface. The diffraction profiles are explained by models with partially ordered layers extending into the amorphous region. In the Si(111)/a-Si case there is clear evidence of stacking faults which are attributed to residual 7×7 reconstruction....

  17. Nanoporous membranes for enzyme-based organophosphate biosensors: Characterizating bio-ceramic conjugation, porosity, and activity in stable soil-gel ceramics

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    Schoeniger, J.S.; Singh, A.K.; Volponi, J. [Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (United States)] [and others

    1997-12-31

    Biosensors for organophosphates in solution may be constructed by monitoring the activities of acetylcholine esterase (AchE) or organophosphate hydrolases (OPHs) immoblized on pH-sensitive field-effect transistors (FETs). In order to construct stable sensors with control over the surface catalytic activity and transport properties, SiO2 or Si3N4 surfaces were coated with highly porous, heat-stabilized sol-gel coatings. Surface porosity was characterized using SEM and AFM. AchE or OPH were covalently attached to the porous ceramics using several different conjugation chemistries and enzyme stabilization techniques. Properties such as covalent vs. non-covalent attachment, specific activity, and robustness of enzyme activity were characterized. Data on the effect of surface modifications on sensor performance will also be presented.

  18. SiC Technology

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    Neudeck, Philip G.

    1998-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC)-based semiconductor electronic devices and circuits are presently being developed for use in high-temperature, high-power, and/or high-radiation conditions under which conventional semiconductors cannot adequately perform. Silicon carbide's ability to function under such extreme conditions is expected to enable significant improvements to a far-ranging variety of applications and systems. These range from greatly improved high-voltage switching [1- 4] for energy savings in public electric power distribution and electric motor drives to more powerful microwave electronics for radar and communications [5-7] to sensors and controls for cleaner-burning more fuel-efficient jet aircraft and automobile engines. In the particular area of power devices, theoretical appraisals have indicated that SiC power MOSFET's and diode rectifiers would operate over higher voltage and temperature ranges, have superior switching characteristics, and yet have die sizes nearly 20 times smaller than correspondingly rated silicon-based devices [8]. However, these tremendous theoretical advantages have yet to be realized in experimental SiC devices, primarily due to the fact that SiC's relatively immature crystal growth and device fabrication technologies are not yet sufficiently developed to the degree required for reliable incorporation into most electronic systems [9]. This chapter briefly surveys the SiC semiconductor electronics technology. In particular, the differences (both good and bad) between SiC electronics technology and well-known silicon VLSI technology are highlighted. Projected performance benefits of SiC electronics are highlighted for several large-scale applications. Key crystal growth and device-fabrication issues that presently limit the performance and capability of high temperature and/or high power SiC electronics are identified.

  19. Mechanical instabilities and piezoresistivity of SiGe/Si microtubes

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    Zhang, Li; Dong, Lixin; Nelson, Bradley J.

    2007-10-01

    Mechanical instabilities and piezoresistivity of individual rolled-up SiGe/Si microtubes are investigated using nanorobotic manipulation. By applying this technique, as-fabricated one-end-fixed SiGe/Si microtubes can be cut and picked up from the substrate to examine their mechanical and electromechanical properties in a free space. Individual SiGe/Si microtubes show typical Euler buckling when the uniaxial compressive load is larger than a critical value. Moreover, experiments show that 1.6-turn rolled-up SiGe/Si microtubes have similar mechanical stability to ideal seamless tubes though the former ones have a spiral-like cross sectional area instead of an ideal ring. According to the measured I-V properties, SiGe/Si microtubes show positive piezoresistivity under compressive loads.

  20. A comparative study of electroluminescence from Ge/SiO2 and Si/SiO2 films

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    Ma Shu-Yi; Chen Hui; Xiao Yong; Ma Zi-Jun; Sun Ai-Min

    2004-01-01

    Ge/SiO2 and Si/SiO2 films were deposited using the two-target alternation magnetron sputtering technique. The Au/Ge/SiO2/p-Si and Au/Si/SiO2/p-Si structures were fabricated and their electroluminescence (EL) characteristics were comparatively studied. Both Au/Ge/SiO2/p-Si and Au/Si/SiO2/p-Si structures have rectifying property. All the EL spectra from the two types of the structure have peak positions around 650-660 nm. The EL mechanisms of the structures are discussed.

  1. SiOx layer formation during plasma sputtering of Si and SiO2 targets

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    Deposition of SiOx layers of variable composition onto silicon wafers was performed by co-sputtering of spaced Si and SiO2 targets in argon plasma. Coordinate dependences of the thickness and refractive index of separately deposited Si and SiO2 layers and the SiOx layer grown during co-sputtering of targets were determined using optical techniques. It was shown that the SiOx layer composition is not equal to a simple sum of thicknesses of separately deposited Si and SiO2 layers. The coordinate dependences of the Si and SiO2 layer thicknesses were calculated. To fit the calculated and experimental data, it is necessary to assume that no less than 10% of silicon is converted to dioxide during co-sputtering. A comparison of the coordinate dependences of the IR absorbance in SiO2 and SiOx layers with experimental ellipsometric data confirmed the presence of excess oxygen in the SiOx layer. Taking into account such partial oxidation of sputtered silicon, composition isolines in the substrate plane were calculated. After annealing of the SiOx layer at 1200oC, photoluminescence was observed in a wafer area predicted by calculations, which was caused by the formation of quantum-size Si nanocrystallites. The photoluminescence intensity was maximum at x = 1.78 ± 0.3, which is close to the composition optimum for ion-beam synthesis of nanocrystals.

  2. a-Si/c-Si heterojunction solar cells on SiSiC ceramic substrates

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    LI Xudong; XU Ying; CHE Xiaoqi

    2006-01-01

    Silicon thin-film solar cells are considered to be one of the most promising cells in the future for their potential advantages, such as low cost, high efficiency, great stability, simple processing, and none-pollution. In this paper, latest progress on poly-crystalline silicon solar cells on ceramic substrates achieved by our group was reported. Rapid thermal chemical vapor deposition (RTCVD) was used to deposited poly-crystalline silicon thin films, and the grains of as-grown film were enlarged by Zone-melting Recrystallization (ZMR). As a great changein cell's structure, traditional diffused pn homojunction was replaced by a-Si/c-Si heterojunction, which lead is to distinct improvement in cell's efficiency.A conversion efficiency of 3.42% has been achieved on 1cm2 a-Si/c-Si heterojunction solar cell ( Isc =16.93 mA, Voc =310.9 mV, FF =06493, AM =1.5 G,24 ℃), while the cell with diffused homojunction only gotan efficiency of 0.6%. It indicates that a-Si emitter formed at low temperature might be more suitable for thin film cell on ceramics.

  3. The property of Si/SiGe/Si heterostructure during thermal budget characterized by HRXRD

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    Si/SiGe/Si heterostructures grown by ultra-high-vacuum chemical vapor deposition (UHVCVD) were characterized by Rutherford backscattering/Channeling (RBS/C) together with high resolution X ray diffraction (HRXRD). High quality SiGe base layer was obtained. The Si/SiGe/Si heterostructures were subject to conventional furnace annealing and rapid thermal annealing with temperature between 750 degree C and 910 degree C. Both strain and its relaxation degree in SiGe layer are calculated by HRXRD combined with elastic theory, which are never reported in other literatures. The rapid thermal annealing at elevated temperature between 880 degree C and 910 degree C for very short time had almost no influence on the strain in Si0.84Ge0.16 epilayer. However, high temperature (900 degree C) furnace annealing for 1h prompted the strain in Si0.84Ge0.16 layer to relax

  4. Flexible micromorph tandem a-Si/µc-Si solar cells

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    Söderström, Thomas; Haug, Franz-Joseph; Terrazzoni-Daudrix, Vanessa; Ballif, Christophe

    2010-01-01

    The deposition of a stack of amorphous (a-Si:H) and microcrystalline (µc- Si:H) tandem thin film silicon solar cells (micromorph) requires at least twice the time used for a single junction a-Si:H cell. However, micromorph devices have a higher potential efficiency, thanks to the broader absorption spectrum of µc-Si:H material. High efficiencies can only be achieved by mitigating the nanocracks in the µc-Si:H cell and the light-induced degradation of the a- Si:H cell. As a result,...

  5. Effect of Si/Si1-yCy/Si Barriers on the Characteristics of Si1-xGex/Si Resonant Tunneling Structures

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    HAN Ping; CHENG Xue-Mei; Masao Sakuraba; YoungCheon Jeong; Takashi Matsuura; Junichi Murota

    2000-01-01

    P-type double barrier resonant tunneling diodes (RTD) with the single Si0.6Ge0.4 quantum well and double Si0.6 Ge0.4 spacer have been realized by using an ultra clean low-pressure chemical vapor deposition system. The effect of Si1-yCy layer on the characteristics of the devices was shown by comparing the current-voltage (Ⅰ-Ⅴ) characteristics of RTD's of the barriers of Si layers with that of Si/Si1-yCy/Si structures. The peak voltage was gradually increased and the resonant current decreased obviously with increasing C content in the Si/Si1-yCy/Si barriers. The origin of the phenomena above can be attributed to the C related deep acceptor levels in the Si/Si1-yCy/Si barriers. The possible mechanism for the observed Ⅰ-Ⅴcharacteristics was shown more clearly by increasing C content to 3% and changing the thicknesses of Si and Si1-yCy layers in the Si/Si1-yCy/Si barriers.

  6. Optical characterization of Si nanocrystals in Si-rich SiOx and SiOx/SiO2 multilayers grown by ion beam sputtering

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    Si-rich SiOx single-layer and SiOx/SiO2 multilayer (ML) films have been prepared by ion beam sputtering under various conditions of stoichiometry of the SiOx layer and deposition temperature (TS). Annealing at 1100 deg. C leads to the formation of Si nanocrystals in the SiOx layers. The phase separation between SiO2 matrix and Si nanocrystals is more clearly seen at higher TS. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy images clearly demonstrate the existence of Si nanocrystals, which exhibit photoluminescence (PL) in the visible range. The PL intensity of the MLs decreases with increasing x or TS, which turns out to be caused by the reduction of the nanocrystalline Si fraction. The PL spectra are blue-shifted by increasing the oxygen content (x) or decreasing the layer thickness, which is consistent with the quantum confinement effect.

  7. Inherent paramagnetic defects in layered Si/SiO2 superstructures with Si nanocrystals

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    Jivanescu, M.; Stesmans, A.; Zacharias, M.

    2008-11-01

    An extensive electron spin resonance (ESR) analysis has been carried out on structures comprised of Si nanoparticles (˜2 nm across) embedded in a regular pattern in an amorphous SiO2 matrix, fabricated by the SiO/SiO2 superlattice approach, with the intent to reveal and quantify occurring paramagnetic defects. The as-grown state is found to exhibit only a Si dangling bond (DB) signal, which through combination of first and second harmonic X-, K-, and Q-band observations in combination with computer spectra simulation, could be conclusively disentangled as solely comprised of overlapping powder pattern spectra of Pb(0) and Pb1 defects, the archetypal intrinsic defects of the Si/SiO2 interface, with no evidence for a D line (Si DBs in disordered Si). This indicates a full crystalline system of randomly oriented Si nanocrystals (NCs). The Pb(0)/Pb1 defect system, pertaining to the NC-Si/SiO2 interfaces, is found to be both qualitatively and quantitatively much alike that of standard (high-quality) thermal Si/SiO2. The system is inherent, remaining unaffected by subsequent UV/vacuum UV irradiations. Relying on the known properties of Pb-type defects in standard microscopic Si/SiO2, the data would comply with Si nanocrystallites, in average, predominantly bordered by (111) and (100) facets, perhaps with morphology, schematically, of [100] truncated (111) octahedrons. Based on independent NC particles counting, there appears a Pb-type center at ˜71% of the Si NCs indicating the latter to be comprised of two subsystems-with or without an incorporated strain relaxing interface defect-which in that case will exhibit drastically different defect-sensitive properties, such as, e.g., photoluminescence (PL). Upon additional optical irradiation, two more defects appear, i.e., the SiO2-associated Eγ' and EX centers, where the observed density of the former, taken as criterion, indicates the SiO2 matrix to be of standard thermal oxide quality. Thus, the properties of the

  8. Si-to-Si wafer bonding using evaporated glass

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    Reus, Roger De; Lindahl, M.

    1997-01-01

    Anodic bonding of Si to Si four inch wafers using evaporated glass was performed in air at temperatures ranging from 300°C to 450°C. Although annealing of Si/glass structures around 340°C for 15 minutes eliminates stress, the bonded wafer pairs exhibit compressive stress. Pull testing revealed...

  9. Si nanoparticle interfaces in Si/SiO solar cell materials

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    Kilpeläinen, S.; Kujala, J.; Tuomisto, F.;

    2013-01-01

    Novel solar cell materials consisting of Si nanoparticles embedded in SiO2 layers have been studied using positron annihilation spectroscopy in Doppler broadening mode and photoluminescence. Two positron-trapping interface states are observed after high temperature annealing at 1100 °C. One of the...... states is attributed to the (SiO2/Si bulk) interface and the other to the interface between the Si nanoparticles and SiO2. A small reduction in positron trapping into these states is observed after annealing the samples in N2 atmosphere with 5% H2. Enhanced photoluminescence is also observed from the...

  10. Electronic states at Si-SiO2 interface introduced by implantation of Si in thermal SiO2

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    Interface traps due to excess Si introduced into the Si-SiO2 system by ion implantation are investigated. Implanted oxides are shown to have interface traps at or slightly above the Si conduction band edge with densities proportional to the density of off-stoichiometric Si at the Si-SiO2 interface. Diluted oxygen annealing is shown to result in physical separation of interface traps and equilibrium substrate electrons, demonstrating that ''interface'' states are located within a 0.5 nm thick layer of SiO2. Possible charge trapping mechanisms are discussed and the effect of these traps on MOS transistor characteristics is described using a sheet charge model. (author)

  11. Resonant Tunnelling and Storage of Electrons in Si Nanocrystals within a-SiNx/nc-Si/a-SiNx Structures

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    WANG Xiang; HUANG Jian; ZHANG Xian-Gao; DING Hong-Lin; YU Lin-Wei; HUANG Xin-Fan; LI Wei; XU Jun; CHEN Kun-Ji

    2008-01-01

    @@ The a-SiNx/nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si)/a-SiNx sandwiched structures with asymmetric double-barrier are fabricated in a plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (PECVD) system on p-type Si substrates. The nc-Si layer in thickness 5nm is fabricated from a hydrogen-diluted silane gas by the layer-by-layer deposition technique. The thicknesses of tunnel and control SiNx layers are 3nm and 20nm,respectively. Frequency-dependent capacitance spectroscopy is used to study the electron tunnelling and the storage in the sandwiched structures.Distinct frequency-dependent capacitance peaks due to electrons tunnelling into the nc-Si dots and capacitance-voltage (C- V) hysteresis characteristic due to electrons storage in the nc-Si dots are observed with the same sample.

  12. GUVERNAREA DIGITALA SI MODELELE SALE

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    Mihaela SAVA; Sofia Elena COLESCA

    2007-01-01

    Aceasta lucrare descrie modele alternative de guvernare electronica, in concordanta cu abordarile diferite ale guvernului In legatura cu posibilitatile oferite de ICT (suport pentru informatii, comunicare si interactiune, managementul cunostintelor). Mai precis, este vorba de o trecere in revista si o analiza a modelelor de guvernare dezvoltate de o initiativa internationala orientata spre cresterea si sustinerea utilizarii ICT (tehnologiile informatiei si comunicatiilor) in contextul guverna...

  13. Photoluminescence from SiO sub 2 /Si/SiO sub 2 structures

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    Photopoulos, P

    2003-01-01

    Si layers were developed on pre-oxidized Si wafers by decomposition of silane in a low pressure chemical vapour deposition reactor. By keeping the deposition time constant (2 min) three sets of samples were fabricated at deposition temperatures equal to 580, 610 and 625 deg C. The deposited Si layers were thinned by high temperature dry oxidation thus forming SiO sub 2 /Si/SiO sub 2 structures. Room temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurements showed that for those samples in which the thickness of the remaining Si layer was greater than approx 6 nm, the spectra exhibited a peak at approx 650 nm. Prolonged oxidations led to the formation of SiO sub 2 /nanocrystalline-Si/SiO sub 2 structures in which the thickness of the remaining nanocrystalline Si (nc-Si) layer was smaller than 3 nm. The PL spectra obtained from these structures were at least ten times stronger compared to the previous ones. The PL peak wavelength exhibited a weak dependence on the nc-Si layer thickness shifting from 800 to 720 nm for nc-...

  14. Reliability implications of defects in high temperature annealed Si/SiO2/Si structures

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    High-temperature post-oxidation annealing of poly-Si/SiO2/Si structures such as metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors and metal-oxide-semiconductor field effect transistors is known to result in enhanced radiation sensitivity, increased 1/f noise, and low field breakdown. The authors have studied the origins of these effects from a spectroscopic standpoint using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and atomic force microscopy. One result of high temperature annealing is the generation of three types of paramagnetic defect centers, two of which are associated with the oxide close to the Si/SiO2 interface (oxygen-vacancy centers) and the third with the bulk Si substrate (oxygen-related donors). In all three cases, the origin of the defects may be attributed to out-diffusion of O from the SiO2 network into the Si substrate with associated reduction of the oxide. The authors present a straightforward model for the interfacial region which assumes the driving force for O out-diffusion is the chemical potential difference of the O in the two phases (SiO2 and the Si substrate). Experimental evidence is provided to show that enhanced hole trapping and interface-trap and border-trap generation in irradiated high-temperature annealed Si/SiO2/Si systems are all related either directly, or indirectly, to the presence of oxygen vacancies

  15. Nanomechanical characteristics of annealed Si/SiGe superlattices

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    Wu, Ming-Jhang [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Wen, Hua-Chiang, E-mail: a091316104@gmail.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Wu, Shyh-Chi [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology, CSIST, Taoyuan 325, Taiwan (China); Yang, Ping-Feng; Lai, Yi-Shao [Central Labs, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc., 26 Chin 3rd Rd., Nantze Export Processing Zone, 811 Nantze, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Hsu, Wen-Kuang [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Wu, Wen-Fa [National Nano Device Laboratories, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Chou, Chang-Pin [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China)

    2011-08-15

    In this study, the nanomechanical damage was investigated on the annealed Si/SiGe strained-layer superlattices (SLSs) deposited using an ultrahigh-vacuum chemical vapor deposition (UHVCVD). Nanoscratch, nanoindenter, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques were used to determine the nanomechanical behavior of the SiGe films. With a constant force applied, greater hardness number and larger coefficients of friction ({mu}) were observed on the samples that had been annealed at 600 {sup o}C, suggesting that annealing of the Si/SiGe SLSs can induce greater shear resistance. AFM morphological studies of the Si/SiGe SLSs revealed that pile-up phenomena occurred on both sides of each scratch, with the formation of some pellets and microparticles. The Si/SiGe SLSs that had been subjected to annealing under various conditions exhibited significantly different features in their indentation results. Indeed, the TEM images reveal slight dislocation propagation in the microstructures. Thus, the hardness and elastic modulus can be increased slightly after annealing treatment because the existence of comparatively unstable microstructures. It is suggested that cracking phenomena dominate the damage cause of Si/SiGe SLSs.

  16. Laser chemical vapor deposition of W on Si and SiO2/Si

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    Direct write of W on bare Si and native SiO2/Si substrates has been investigated in an laser chemical vapor deposition (LCVD) system. W deposits on bare Si surface via the Si and/or H2 reduction of WF6 were self-limited in thickness to 200 - 600 Angstrom in both cases. Auger electron spectroscopic analysis showed that Si-H bonds could be poisoning the further growth of W. W deposits on native SiO2/Si were only obtainable via the H2 reduction WF6 in our laser direct-write system. The authors' experimental kinetic study indicates that HF desorption from the surface is the rate-controlling step for W deposition via the H2 reduction WF6

  17. SiC-Si interfacial thermal and mechanical properties of reaction bonded SiC/Si ceramic composites

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    Hsu, Chun-Yen; Deng, Fei; Karandikar, Prashant; Ni, Chaoying

    Reaction bonded SiC/Si (RBSC) ceramic composites are broadly utilized in military, semiconductor and aerospace industries. RBSC affords advanced specific stiffness, hardness and thermal. Interface is a key region that has to be considered when working with any composites. Both thermal and mechanical behaviors of the RBSC are highly dependent on the SiC-Si interface. The SiC-Si interface had been found to act as a thermal barrier in restricting heat transferring at room temperature and to govern the energy absorption ability of the RBSC. However, up to present, the role of the SiC-Si interface to transport heat at higher temperatures and the interfacial properties in the nanoscale have not been established. This study focuses on these critically important subjects to explore scientific phenomena and underlying mechanisms. The RBSC thermal conductivity with volume percentages of SiC at 80 and 90 vol% was measured up to 1,200 °C, and was found to decrease for both samples with increasing environmental temperature. The RBSC with 90 vol% SiC has a higher thermal conductivity than that of the 80 vol%; however, is still significantly lower than that of the SiC. The interfacial thermal barrier effect was found to decrease at higher temperatures close 1200 °C. A custom-made in-situ tensile testing device which can be accommodated inside a ZEISS Auriga 60 FIB/SEM has been setup successfully. The SiC-Si interfacial bonding strength was measured at 98 MPa. The observation and analysis of crack propagation along the SiC-Si interface was achieved with in-situ TEM.

  18. XI. Si Heidegger…

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    2012-01-01

    C’est avec raison que Lyotard a refusé l’alternative : « si grand penseur, alors pas nazi ; si nazi, pas grand penseur. » Schirmacher, un apologète de Heidegger qui a la malchance de ne pas être pris en compte par l’apologie officielle de Heidegger, répète l’alternative avec sa question : « Est-ce qu’un salaud [Charakterschwein] peut être un grand philosophe ? » Il trouve certes « consternant que Heidegger ait été nazi », mais demande à la fin : « Heidegger était-il nazi ? » Pourtant, ce n’es...

  19. 基于增材制造和凝胶注模成型技术的多孔生物陶瓷支架制备与表征%Preparation and characterization of porous bioceramic scaffold based on additive manufacturing and gel-casting technology

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    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate a novel method for the preparation of porous bioceramic scaffold ofβ-tricalcium phosphate (TCP) based on additive manufacturing and gel-casting technology. Methods Internal porous structures of scaffold were designed by computer aided design (CAD) software, resin molds were produced by stereolithography, then the bioceramic slurry were cast into the molds, and were sintered to remove the resin mold after hardening. As a result, the porous bioceramic scaffolds of β-TCP were obtained. Characteristics of microcosmic pore structures, mechanical properties and cell compatibility of the scaffolds were examined subsequently. Results Porous structures of β-TCP scaffold were consistent with the original design, with the interval porosity of 45.1% ± 1.2%. and the pore size of 300 to 500 μm; The average compressive strength was 5.3 ± 0.8 MPa;The results of in vitro test showed that osteoblasts were well attached and spread on scaffold, which indicated that the porous scaffold had good biocompatibility. Conclusion A novel method based on additive manufacturing and gel-casting technology has been proposed to produce porous bioceramic scaffold, which can provide scaffolds with complex shape and controlled internal porous structures.%  目的探讨基于增材制造和凝胶注模成型技术的多孔β-磷酸三钙(TCP)生物陶瓷支架的制备方法及其表征。方法利用计算机辅助设计(CAD)软件设计支架内部孔隙结构,通过光固化快速成型技术制造相应的树脂模具,在模具中填充生物材料,待其固化后通过热分解去除树脂模具,然后对所形成的多孔β-TCP支架的微观孔隙结构特征、力学性能以及体外细胞相容性进行检测。结果多孔β-TCP支架孔隙结构与设计结构一致,孔隙率为45.1%±1.2%,孔的尺寸为300~500μm;力学性能测试表明,支架的平均抗压强度为5.3±0.8 MPa;成骨细胞能够在支架上黏附生长

  20. Radiation-induced plasmons in Si-SiO2

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    1999-01-01

    The first level plasmons of Si in the pure Si state (corresponding to bonding energy (BE) of 116.95 eV) and in the SiO2 state (corresponding to BE of 122.0 eV) of Si-SiO2 prepared by irradiation hard and soft processing were studied with XPS before and after 60Co radiation.The experimental results indicate thatthere was an interface consisting of the two plasmons,this interface was extended by 60Co radiation, the fractions of the plasmon for Si in the Si-SiO2 werechanged with the variation of radiation dosage,the difference of the change in fraction of plasmonsfor the two kinds of samples was that the soft variedfaster than hard, the change of concentrations inplasmons for both hard and soft Si-SiO2 irradiatedin positive bias field were greater than that in bias-free field.The experimental results are explained from the view point of energy absorbed in form of quantization.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of laminated Si/SiC composites

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    Salma M. Naga

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Laminated Si/SiC ceramics were synthesized from porous preforms of biogenous carbon impregnated with Si slurry at a temperature of 1500 °C for 2 h. Due to the capillarity infiltration with Si, both intrinsic micro- and macrostructure in the carbon preform were retained within the final ceramics. The SEM micrographs indicate that the final material exhibits a distinguished laminar structure with successive Si/SiC layers. The produced composites show weight gain of ≈5% after heat treatment in air at 1300 °C for 50 h. The produced bodies could be used as high temperature gas filters as indicated from the permeability results.

  2. SiC/SiC composites and application%SiC/SiC复合材料及其应用

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    李崇俊

    2013-01-01

    日本开发的Nicalon和Tyranno两种品牌的SiC纤维占有世界上绝对性的市场份额.SiC/SiC复合材料典型的界面层是500 nm厚的单层热解碳(PyC)涂层或多层(PyC-SiC)n涂层,在湿度燃烧环境及中高温条件下界面层的稳定性是应用研究的重点.SiC/SiC复合材料,包括CVI-SiC基体和日本开发的Tyranno hex和NITE-SiC基体等,具有耐高温、耐氧化性和耐辐射性的特点,在航空涡轮发动机部件、航天热结构部件及核聚变反应堆炉第一壁材料等方面正开展工程研制应用.%The two trademarks of Nicalon and Tyranno SiC fibers,developed in Japan,occupy the overwhelming world market.The typical interlayer in SiC/SiC composites is either a single pyrolytic carbon (PyC) coating with a thickness of 500nm or multilayered (PyC-SiC)n coatings.The fiber/matrix interlayer stabilities in SiC/SiC composites are a key research topic for applications in the wet combustion environment with high temperature.The CVI-SiC matrix based SiC/SiC composites,as well as Japan produced Tyranno-hex composites and NITESiC matrix,perform the characteristics of high temperature,anti-oxidation and anti-irradiation,and are having been progressed into engineering application in the fields of aircraft turbine engine components,aerospace thermostructural parts and fusion reactor thermo-structural materials.

  3. THERMODYNAMIC STUDIES OF HIGH TEMPERATURE EQUILIBRIA OF THE Si - N, Si - C - H AND Si - O - C - H SYSTEMS

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    Kostij, Ž.; Pavlovij, P.; Stefanovij, P.

    1990-01-01

    A model of system thermodynamic equilibrium and the obtained results in the temperature interval of 1000 [K] to 6000 [K] at p = const = 1 [bar] are presented for: 1) the Si-N system for Si3N4 synthesis from Si - powder in a nitrogen thermal arc plasma. 2) the Si-C-H system for SiC synthesis from Si-powder in a propane-butane thermal arc plasma (with added hydrogen) and 3) the Si-O-C-H system for SiC synthesis from SiO2-powder in a propane-butane thermal arc plasma (with added C-powder). The d...

  4. Methods of radiation effects evaluation of SiC/SiC composite and SiC fibers

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    Youngblood, G.E.; Jones, R.H. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1998-03-01

    This report covers material presented at the IEA/Jupiter Joint International Workshop on SiC/SiC Composites for Fusion structural Applications held in conjunction with ICFRM-8, Sendai, Japan, Oct. 23--24, 1997. Several methods for radiation effects evaluation of SiC fibers and fiber-reinforced SiC/SiC composite are presented.

  5. Joining of SiC ceramics and SiC/SiC composites

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    Rabin, B.H. [Idaho National Engineering Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    1995-08-01

    This project has successfully developed a practical and reliable method for fabricating SiC ceramic-ceramic joints. This joining method has the potential to facilitate the use of SiC-based ceramics in a variety of elevated temperature fossil energy applications. The technique is based on a reaction bonding approach that provides joint interlayers compatible with SiC, and excellent joint mechanical properties at temperatures exceeding 1000{degrees}C. Recent efforts have focused on transferring the joining technology to industry. Several industrial partners have been identified and collaborative research projects are in progress. Investigations are focusing on applying the joining method to sintered a-SiC and fiber-reinforced SiC/SiC composites for use in applications such as heat exchangers, radiant burners and gas turbine components.

  6. Joining of SiC ceramics and SiC/SiC composites

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    Rabin, B.H. [Idaho National Engineering Lab., Idaho Falls, ID (United States)

    1996-08-01

    This project has successfully developed a practical and reliable method for fabricating SiC ceramic-ceramic joints. This joining method will permit the use of SiC-based ceramics in a variety of elevated temperature fossil energy applications. The technique is based on a reaction bonding approach that provides joint interlayers compatible with SiC, and excellent joint mechanical properties at temperatures exceeding 1000{degrees}C. Recent emphasis has been given to technology transfer activities, and several collaborative research efforts are in progress. Investigations are focusing on applying the joining method to sintered {alpha}-SiC and fiber-reinforced SiC/SiC composites for use in applications such as heat exchangers, radiant burners and gas turbine components.

  7. Mechanical Properties of Polyhydroxyalkanoate Bioceramic Nanocomposites

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    江涛; 胡平; 柳林; 李亚栋

    2002-01-01

    New composites prepared containing nanoscale hydroxyapatite or monetite uniformly distributed in a polyhydroxyalkanoate (polyhydroxybutyrate or polyhydroxybutyrate-hydroxyvalerate) matrix with mass fractions of 1%5% were then injected into dumb-like specimens. The results show that the tensile strength and the tensile modulus of the composites are improved. The microstructures of the composites were observed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  8. Diffuse x-ray reflectivity of strain-compensated Si/SiGe/SiC multilayer

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    The morphology of interfaces in strain-compensated Si/SiGe/SiC superlattices is investigated by means of diffuse x-ray reflection. Various structure models are assumed for an analysis of the experimental data, namely anisotropic ripples, isotropic ripples and a fractal roughness. The type of the structure and the mean distance of the ripples is determined on the basis of experimental data analysis. (author)

  9. Stress and stress monitoring in SiC-Si heterostructures

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    Pezoldt, Joerg; Niebelschuetz, Florentina; Cimalla, Volker; Stauden, Thomas [FG Nanotechnology, Institute of Micro- and Nanotechnologies, TU Ilmenau, Postfach 100565, 98684 Ilmenau (Germany); Nader, Richard; Masri, Pierre [Groupe d' Etudes des Semiconducteurs, CNRS cc074, UMR 5650, Universite Montpellier 2, Place E. Bataillon, 34095 Montpellier Cedex 5 (France); Zgheib, Charbel [Department of Electrical, Computer Communication Engineering, Notre Dame University, 5725 Deir El Kamar (Lebanon)

    2008-04-15

    Infrared ellipsometry is a valuable tool to investigate the average stress and the stress distribution in thin silicon carbide layers grown on silicon as well as to monitor the changes in the stress state during device processing. It was obtained that low temperature carbonization in combination with low temperature epitaxial growth led to a compressive stress component in the SiC-Si interface region, whereas the average stress state is tensile. Ge incorporation in the interface lowered the tensile residual stress component. Metallization of SiC increases the tensile stress in the SiC on Si. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  10. Advanced SiC fibers and SiC/SiC composites toward industrialization

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    In order to establish the industrialization basis of advanced SiC fibers and SiC/SiC composites to be used in nuclear fusion reactors, R and D of Tyranno-SA grade fibers (Cef-NITETM) and NITE-SiC/SiC with sufficient quality control has been carried out. The important elements in this effort are fiber structure control and matrix density and homogeneity control. From the continuous heat treatments of pre-crystallized SiC fibers, the improved uniformity of grain size for radial position in 7-10 μm diameter SiC fibers has been confirmed with the fiber strength over 2.0 GPa. In order to establish stable mass production of NITE-SiC/SiC (Cera-NITETM), with sufficient quality control, efforts on production of mid-products, such as green sheets, prepreg sheets and preforms, have been extensively carried out. The important elements were to improve the homogeneity and density of preform so that the following sintering process has been modified for improving structure control.

  11. Using SI Units in Mechanics.

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    Meriam, J. L.

    This paper provides an historical account of the development of the International System of Units (SI), a complete listing of these units, and rules concerning their use and proper abbreviation. Ambiguities concerning the use of the system are explained. Appendices contain conversion factors for U.S. - British to SI units along with several…

  12. SI units in radiation protection

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    International System of Units abbreviated as SI units has been adopted by most of the countries of the world. Following this development, the implementation of SI units has become mandatory with a transition period of about ten years. Some of the journals have already adopted the SI units and any material sent for publication to them must use only these. International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurement (ICRU) published letters in several journals including Physics in Medicine and Biology, Health Physics, British Journal of Radiology, etc. outlining the latest recommendations on SI units to elicit the reactions of scientists in the general field of radiological sciences. Reactions to the letters were numerous as can be seen in the correspondence columns of these journals for the last few years and ranged from great misgivings and apprehension to support and appreciation. SI units have also been the subject of editorial comments in several journals. On the basis of a survey of this literature, it may be said that there was general agreement on the long term advantage of SI units inspite of some practical difficulties in their use particularly in the initial stages. This report presents a review of SI units in radiological sciences with a view to familiarize the users with the new units in terms of the old. A time table for the gradual changeover to the SI units is also outlined. (auth.)

  13. Thermal stability of Nb-Si-N and Ta-Si-N as diffusion barriers between Cu and Si

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    In this study, Nb-Si-N and Ta-Si-N films were deposited on (100)Si wafers using a reactive sputtering technique and their thermal stability indispensable for a barrier metal against Cu was investigated using sheet resistance measurement, X-ray diffraction, and Auger electron spectroscopy depth profiling. The N2/Ar gas flow ratio for the sputter deposition of the Nb-Si-N and Ta-Si-N films with the highest thermal stability were found to be 5 % and 15 %, respectively. The Nb-Si-N film failed at 700 .deg. C, while the Ta-Si-N film failed at 900 .deg. C. the failure mechanism of the Nb-Si-N was found to be as follows : Cu atoms move to the Nb-Si-N/Si interface through the Nb-Si-N film and react with Si atoms in the Si substrate resulting in the formation of Cu3Si at the Nb-Si-N/Si interface. Also the failure mechanism of Ta-Si-N was found to be nearly the same as that of Nb-Si-N

  14. Low loss Si(3)N(4)-SiO(2) optical waveguides on Si.

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    Henry, C H; Kazarinov, R F; Lee, H J; Orlowsky, K J; Katz, L E

    1987-07-01

    We have developed an optical integrated circuit waveguide technology based on conventional Si processing. We demonstrate waveguide losses of <0.3 dB/cm in the 1.3-1.6-microm wavelength range. We use a high refractive-index core of Si(3)N(4) surrounded by SiO(2) cladding layers, which provides a highly confined optical mode adequate for butt coupling to channel substrate buried heterostructure lasers. We report the first IR transmission experiments in these waveguides and find two absorption peaks associated with H in SiO(2) and Si(3)N(4) layers at 1.40 and 1.52 microm, respectively. The peak absorptions are 2.2 and 1.2 dB/cm, respectively, and these peaks can be largely removed by annealing at 1100-1200 degrees C. PMID:20489931

  15. Effect of hydrogen on passivation quality of SiNx/Si-rich SiNx stacked layers deposited by catalytic chemical vapor deposition on c-Si wafers

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    We investigate the role of hydrogen content and fixed charges of catalytic chemical vapor deposited (Cat-CVD) SiNx/Si-rich SiNx stacked layers on the quality of crystalline silicon (c-Si) surface passivation. Calculated density of fixed charges is on the order of 1012 cm−2, which is high enough for effective field effect passivation. Hydrogen content in the films is also found to contribute significantly to improvement in passivation quality of the stacked layers. Furthermore, Si-rich SiNx films deposited with H2 dilution show better passivation quality of SiNx/Si-rich SiNx stacked layers than those prepared without H2 dilution. Effective minority carrier lifetime (τeff) in c-Si passivated by SiNx/Si-rich SiNx stacked layers is as high as 5.1 ms when H2 is added during Si-rich SiNx deposition, which is much higher than the case of using Si-rich SiNx films prepared without H2 dilution showing τeff of 3.3 ms. - Highlights: • Passivation mechanism of Si-rich SiNx/SiNx stacked layers is investigated. • H atoms play important role in passivation quality of the stacked layer. • Addition of H2 gas during Si-rich SiNx film deposition greatly enhances effective minority carrier lifetime (τeff). • For a Si-rich SiNx film with refractive index of 2.92, τeff improves from 3.3 to 5.1 ms by H2 addition

  16. Fabrication and evaluation of propagation loss of Si/SiGe/Si photonic-wire waveguides for Si based optical modulator

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    We have characterized photonic-wire waveguides with Si/SiGe/Si heterostructure ribs for Si-based optical modulators. The Si (80 nm)/Si0.72Ge0.28 (40 nm) layers grown on Si-on-insulator by molecular beam epitaxy for optical modulators were evaluated by in-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction, atomic force microscope, X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy, exhibiting that the fully-strained highly-crystalline SiGe layer was obtained. We have evaluated the propagation loss of the Si/strained SiGe/Si photonic-wire waveguides. The wavelength dependence of the propagation loss exhibits the bandgap narrowing of the strained Si0.72Ge0.28, while the optical absorption of the strained Si0.72Ge0.28 is not significant for the optical modulator application at 1.55-μm wavelength. - Highlights: • We have characterized photonic-wire waveguides with Si/SiGe/Si heterostructure ribs. • The Si/Si0.72Ge0.28 grown on Si-on-insulator were evaluated to be fully strained. • We have fabricated and evaluated the Si/strained SiGe/Si photonic-wire waveguides. • The wavelength dependence exhibits bandgap narrowing of the strained Si0.72Ge0.28. • Optical absorption of the SiGe is not significant for optical modulators at 1.55 μm

  17. Nitric acid oxidation of Si (NAOS) method for low temperature fabrication of SiO2/Si and SiO2/SiC structures

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    We have developed low temperature formation methods of SiO2/Si and SiO2/SiC structures by use of nitric acid, i.e., nitric acid oxidation of Si (or SiC) (NAOS) methods. By use of the azeotropic NAOS method (i.e., immersion in 68 wt% HNO3 aqueous solutions at 120 deg. C), an ultrathin (i.e., 1.3-1.4 nm) SiO2 layer with a low leakage current density can be formed on Si. The leakage current density can be further decreased by post-metallization anneal (PMA) at 200 deg. C in hydrogen atmosphere, and consequently the leakage current density at the gate bias voltage of 1 V becomes 1/4-1/20 of that of an ultrathin (i.e., 1.5 nm) thermal oxide layer usually formed at temperatures between 800 and 900 deg. C. The low leakage current density is attributable to (i) low interface state density, (ii) low SiO2 gap-state density, and (iii) high band discontinuity energy at the SiO2/Si interface arising from the high atomic density of the NAOS SiO2 layer. For the formation of a relatively thick (i.e., ≥10 nm) SiO2 layer, we have developed the two-step NAOS method in which the initial and subsequent oxidation is performed by immersion in ∼40 wt% HNO3 and azeotropic HNO3 aqueous solutions, respectively. In this case, the SiO2 formation rate does not depend on the Si surface orientation. Using the two-step NAOS method, a uniform thickness SiO2 layer can be formed even on the rough surface of poly-crystalline Si thin films. The atomic density of the two-step NAOS SiO2 layer is slightly higher than that for thermal oxide. When PMA at 250 deg. C in hydrogen is performed on the two-step NAOS SiO2 layer, the current-voltage and capacitance-voltage characteristics become as good as those for thermal oxide formed at 900 deg. C. A relatively thick (i.e., ≥10 nm) SiO2 layer can also be formed on SiC at 120 deg. C by use of the two-step NAOS method. With no treatment before the NAOS method, the leakage current density is very high, but by heat treatment at 400 deg. C in pure hydrogen, the

  18. Nitric acid oxidation of Si (NAOS) method for low temperature fabrication of SiO{sub 2}/Si and SiO{sub 2}/SiC structures

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    Kobayashi, H., E-mail: koba771@ybb.ne.jp [Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, and CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Imamura, K.; Kim, W.-B.; Im, S.-S.; Asuha [Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University, and CREST, Japan Science and Technology Agency, 8-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan)

    2010-07-15

    We have developed low temperature formation methods of SiO{sub 2}/Si and SiO{sub 2}/SiC structures by use of nitric acid, i.e., nitric acid oxidation of Si (or SiC) (NAOS) methods. By use of the azeotropic NAOS method (i.e., immersion in 68 wt% HNO{sub 3} aqueous solutions at 120 deg. C), an ultrathin (i.e., 1.3-1.4 nm) SiO{sub 2} layer with a low leakage current density can be formed on Si. The leakage current density can be further decreased by post-metallization anneal (PMA) at 200 deg. C in hydrogen atmosphere, and consequently the leakage current density at the gate bias voltage of 1 V becomes 1/4-1/20 of that of an ultrathin (i.e., 1.5 nm) thermal oxide layer usually formed at temperatures between 800 and 900 deg. C. The low leakage current density is attributable to (i) low interface state density, (ii) low SiO{sub 2} gap-state density, and (iii) high band discontinuity energy at the SiO{sub 2}/Si interface arising from the high atomic density of the NAOS SiO{sub 2} layer. For the formation of a relatively thick (i.e., {>=}10 nm) SiO{sub 2} layer, we have developed the two-step NAOS method in which the initial and subsequent oxidation is performed by immersion in {approx}40 wt% HNO{sub 3} and azeotropic HNO{sub 3} aqueous solutions, respectively. In this case, the SiO{sub 2} formation rate does not depend on the Si surface orientation. Using the two-step NAOS method, a uniform thickness SiO{sub 2} layer can be formed even on the rough surface of poly-crystalline Si thin films. The atomic density of the two-step NAOS SiO{sub 2} layer is slightly higher than that for thermal oxide. When PMA at 250 deg. C in hydrogen is performed on the two-step NAOS SiO{sub 2} layer, the current-voltage and capacitance-voltage characteristics become as good as those for thermal oxide formed at 900 deg. C. A relatively thick (i.e., {>=}10 nm) SiO{sub 2} layer can also be formed on SiC at 120 deg. C by use of the two-step NAOS method. With no treatment before the NAOS method

  19. The production and growth of monocrystalline Si/CoSi2/Si heterostructures after high dose ion implantation

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    CoSi2 is a favourable candidate for low ohmic interconnects in integrated circuits with high temperature stability. Its CaF2 structure is very similar to the diamond structure of Si with a lattice mismatch of only -1.2%. This allows epitaxial growth of Si/CoSi2/Si heterostructures required for three dimensional device applications. High dose Co+ implantation with subsequent annealing is a valuable method to form buried epitaxial CoSi2 layers with sharp interfaces both in (111)- and (100)-Si. The excellent crystalline quality of the surface Si layer enables the epitaxial growth of an additional Si layer to bury the silicide layer deeper into the substrate. Buried CoSi2 lines of several microns width were fabricated by implanting the Co+ ions through a thermally grown SiO2 mask patterned by photolithography. Both steps are necessary for the application of ion beam synthesis to microelectronics. (orig./BHO)

  20. Organic thin film transistors with a SiO2/SiNx/SiO2 composite insulator layer

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    Liu Xiang; Liu Hui

    2011-01-01

    We have investigated a SiO2/SiNx/SiO2 composite insulation layer structured gate dielectric for an organic thin film transistor (OTFT) with the purpose of improving the performance of the SiO2 gate insulator.The SiO2/SiNx/SiO2 composite insulation layer was prepared by magnetron sputtering.Compared with the same thickness of a SiO2 insulation layer device,the SiO2/SiNx/SiO2 composite insulation layer is an effective method of fabricating OTFT with improved electric characteristics and decreased leakage current.Electrical parameters such as carrier mobility by field effect measurement have been calculated.The performances of different insulating layer devices have been studied,and the results demonstrate that when the insulation layer thickness increases,the off-state current decreases.

  1. Synthesis and structural property of Si nanosheets connected to Si nanowires using MnCl2/Si powder source

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    Meng, Erchao; Ueki, Akiko; Meng, Xiang; Suzuki, Hiroaki; Itahara, Hiroshi; Tatsuoka, Hirokazu

    2016-08-01

    Si nanosheets connected to Si nanowires were synthesized using a MnCl2/Si powder source with an Au catalyst. The synthesis method has benefits in terms of avoiding conventionally used air-sensitive SiH4 or SiCl4. The existence of the Si nanosheets connected to the Si nanowires, like sprouts or leaves with petioles, was observed, and the surface of the nanosheets was Si{111}. The nanosheets were grown in the growth direction of perpendicular to that of the Si nanowires. It was evident from these structural features of the nanosheets that the nanosheets were formed by the twin-plane reentrant-edge mechanism. The feature of the observed lattice fringes, which do not appear for Si bulk crystals, of the Si(111) nanosheets obtained by high resolution transmission electron microscopy was clearly explained due to the extra diffraction spots that arose by the reciprocal lattice streaking effect.

  2. Si Isotopes of Brownleeite

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    Nakamura-Messenger, K.; Messenger, Scott R.; Ito, M.; Keller, L. P.; Clemett, S. J.; Jones, J. H.; Tatsuoka, H.; Zolensky, M. E.; Tatsuoka, H.

    2010-01-01

    Brownleeite is a manganese silicide, ideally stoichiometric MnSi, not previously observed in nature until its discovery within an interplanetary dust particle (IDP) that likely originated from a comet [1]. Three discrete brownleeite grains in the IDP L2055 I3 (4 microns in size, hereafter IDP I3) were identified with maximum dimensions of 100, 250 and 600 nm and fully analyzed using scanning-transmission electron microscopy (STEM) [1]. One of the grains (100 nm in size) was poikilitically enclosed by low-Fe, Mn-enriched (LIME) olivine. LIME olivine is epitaxial to the brownleeite with the brownleeite (200) parallel to the olivine c* [1]. LIME olivine is an enigmatic phase first reported from chondritic porous IDPs and some unequilibrated ordinary chondrites [ 2], that is commonly observed in chondritic-porous IDPs. Recently, LIME olivine has been also found in comet Wild-2 (Stardust) samples [3], indicating that LIME olivine is a common mineral component of comets. LIME olivine has been proposed to form as a high temperature condensate in the protosolar nebula [2]. Brownleeite grains also likely formed as high-temperature condensates either in the early Solar System or in the outflow of an evolved star or supernova explosion [1]. The isotopic composition of the brownleeite grains may strongly constrain their ultimate source. To test this hypothesis, we performed isotopic analyses of the brownleeite and the associated LIME olivine, using the NASA/JSC NanoSIMS 50L ion microprobe.

  3. AMPLEX-SiCAL

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    This paper reports on an analog signal processor using commercial 3 μm CMOS technology which has been designed and produced for the silicon luminosity calorimeter SiCAL of the ALEPH experiment. This processor is a modified version of the AMPLEX integrated circuit designed for the inner silicon detector of the UA-2 experiment. The output voltage swing has been increased to more than 5.5 Volt as required for the large dynamic range of 1000 MIPs or 3.8 pC2. A fast analog summation, based on a neural network principle called follower aggregation, computes the average input charges for triggering purposes. The chip contains 16 channels, with a charge amplifier, shaper, track-and-hold stage, multiplexer, fast analog sum and a calibration system. The power consumption of the overall chip is 100 mW. The equivalent noise charge is less than 0.13MIP (0.5 fC rms) for a 50 pF detector capacitance, and the peaking time is about 250ns

  4. Fabrication and characterization of CuxSi1-x films on Si (111) and Si (100) by pulsed laser deposition

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    Zhang, Song; Wu, Jun; He, Zhiqiang; Xie, Jun; Lu, Jingqi; Tu, Rong; Zhang, Lianmeng; Shi, Ji

    2016-05-01

    The CuxSi1-x thin films have been successfully fabricated by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The influences of laser energy fluency (I0) and deposition temperature (Td) on the phase structure were investigated. The results show that Cu deposited on Si (001) at I0 = 0.5-2.0 J/cm2, and η"-Cu3Si formed on Si (111) at I0 = 1.0-2.0 J/cm2. The films were consisted of Cu, η'-Cu3Si, ɛ-Cu15Si4 and δ-Cu0.83Si0.17 at Td = 100-500 °C on Si (001). The films were the single phase of η-Cu3Si at Td = 700 °C. In the case of Si (111), the phase structures transformed from Cu to Cu + η'-Cu3Si to η'-Cu3Si to η'-Cu3Si + η-Cu3Si with the increasing of Td. Rectangular grains were formed on Si (001), whereas triangular grains on Si (111). Cu (001) film was epitaxially grown on Si (001) at I0 = 1.5 J/cm2 and Td = 20 °C. η-Cu3Si (001) epitaxial layer was formed on Si (111) at I0 = 1.5 J/cm2 and Td = 700 °C. The epitaxial relationships of Cu (001)[100]//Si (001)[110] and η-Cu3Si (001)[-110]//Si (111)[11-2] were identified.

  5. Radiation emission from wrinkled SiGe/SiGe nanostructure

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    Fedorchenko, Alexander I.; Cheng, H. H.; Sun, G.; Soref, R. A.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 96, č. 11 (2010), s. 113104-113107. ISSN 0003-6951 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20760514 Keywords : SiGe wrinkled nanostructures * si-based optical emitter * synchrotron radiation Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 3.820, year: 2010 http:// apl .aip.org/resource/1/applab/v96/i11/p113104_s1?isAuthorized=no

  6. Nonlinear Modeling of Si/SiGe HBT Using ANN

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    Taher, H.; Schreurs, D; Vestiel, E.; Gillon, R; Nauwelaers, B.

    2004-01-01

    We present a large signal model for Si/SiGe HBTs using an Artificial Neural Network (ANN). The ANN is used to model the DC non-linearities of the intrinsic device. In this way, physical phenomena such as nonideal leakage currents and the Kirk effect can be modeled without time-consuming extraction. Capacitive nonlinearities are modeled by the well-known relationship between the capacitance and the junction voltage, ignoring the diffusion capacitance. By comparing ANN mode...

  7. Low-loss rib waveguides containing Si nanocrystals embedded in SiO2

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    Pellegrino, Paolo; Garrido Fernández, Blas; García Favrot, Cristina; Arbiol i Cobos, Jordi; Morante i Lleonart, Joan Ramon; Melchiorri, Mirko; Daldosso, Nicola; Pavesi, Lorenzo; Scheid, E; Sarrabayrouse, G.

    2005-01-01

    We report on the study and modeling of the structural and optical properties of rib-loaded waveguides working in the 600-900-nm spectral range. A Si nanocrystal (Si-nc) rich SiO2 layer with nominal Si excess ranging from 10% to 20% was produced by quadrupole ion implantation of Si into thermal SiO2 formed on a silicon substrate. Si-ncs were precipitated by annealing at 1100°C, forming a 0.4-um-thick core layer in the waveguide. The Si content, the Si-nc density and size, the Si-nc emission, a...

  8. SiC表面处理对Si3N4-SiC材料显微结构的影响%Influence of SiC Surface Treatment on Microstructure of Si3N4-SiC

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    黎军

    2004-01-01

    在用反应烧结法制备Si3N4结合SiC复合材料时,如在反应前对SiC原料进行高温表面处理,可使SiC颗粒表面生成一层SiO2氧化层,该氧化层在高温、氮气气氛中会生成Si3N4颗粒或纤维,从而有效连接各SiC颗粒.

  9. Nitriding kinetics of Si-SiC powder mixtures as simulations of reaction bonded Si3N4-SiC composites

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    Lightfoot, A.; Sheldon, B. W.; Flint, J. H.; Haggerty, J. S.

    1989-01-01

    The nitriding kinetics of Si and Si plus SiC powder mixtures were studied to simulate the fabrication of RBSN-SiC ceramic matrix composites. Very clean, assynthesized, and solvent-exposed powders were studied; C-rich and Si-rich SiC 0.04-0.05 micron diameter powders were mixed in varying concentrations with SiH4-derived 0.2-0.3 micron diameter Si powder. Complete nitridation is achieved with C-rich SiC powders in 140 min at 1250 C, and in the centers of Si-rich SiC powders in 15 min. The effects on the incubation periods, fast reaction periods, and slow reaction periods that characterize these nitriding processes were studied to explain unusual reverse reaction gradients and other effects of contamination.

  10. On the line intensity ratios of prominent Si II, Si III, and Si IV multiplets

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    Djeniže, S.; Srećković, A.; Bukvić, S.

    2010-01-01

    Line intensities of singly, doubly and triply ionized silicon (Si II, Si III, and Si IV, respectively) belonging to the prominent higher multiplets, are of interest in laboratory and astrophysical plasma diagnostics. We measured these line intensities in the emission spectra of pulsed helium discharge. The Si II line intensity ratios in the 3 s3 p22D-3 s24 p2Po, 3 s23 d2D-3 s24 f2Fo, and 3 s24 p2Po-3 s24 d2D transitions, the Si III line intensity ratios in the 3 s3 d3D-3 s4 p3Po, 3 s4 p3Po-3 s4 d3D, 3 s4 p3Po-3 s5 s3S, 3 s4 s3S-3 s4 p3Po, and 3 s4 f3Fo-3 s5 g3G transitions, and the Si IV line intensity ratios in the 4 p2Po-4 d2D and 4 p2Po-5 s2S transitions were obtained in a helium plasma at an electron temperature of about 17,000 ± 2000 K. Line shapes were recorded using a spectrograph and an ICCD camera as a highly-sensitive detection system. The silicon atoms were evaporated from a Pyrex discharge tube designed for the purpose. They represent impurities in the optically thin helium plasma at the silicon ionic wavelengths investigated. The line intensity ratios obtained were compared with those available in the literature, and with values calculated on the basis of available transition probabilities. The experimental data corresponded well with line intensity ratios calculated using the transition probabilities obtained from a Multi Configuration Hartree-Fock approximation for Si III and Si IV spectra. We recommend corrections of some Si II transition probabilities.

  11. Dimensionless Units in the SI

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    2014-01-01

    The International System of Units (SI) is supposed to be coherent. That is, when a combination of units is replaced by an equivalent unit, there is no additional numerical factor. Here we consider dimensionless units as defined in the SI, {\\it e.g.} angular units like radians or steradians and counting units like radioactive decays or molecules. We show that an incoherence may arise when different units of this type are replaced by a single dimensionless unit, the unit "one", and suggest how to properly include such units into the SI in order to remove the incoherence. In particular, we argue that the radian is the appropriate coherent unit for angles and that hertz is not a coherent unit in the SI. We also discuss how including angular and counting units affects the fundamental constants.

  12. Preparation of the fast setting and degrading Ca-Si-Mg cement with both odontogenesis and angiogenesis differentiation of human periodontal ligament cells.

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    Chen, Yi-Wen; Hsu, Tuan-Ti; Wang, Kan; Shie, Ming-You

    2016-03-01

    Develop a fast setting and controllable degrading magnesium-calcium silicate cement (Mg-CS) by sol-gel, and establish a mechanism using Mg ions to stimulate human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLs) are two purposes of this study. We have used the diametral tensile strength measurement to obtain the mechanical strength and stability of Mg-CS cement; in addition, the cement degradation properties is realized by measuring the releasing amount of Si and Mg ions in the simulated body fluid. The other cell characteristics of hPDLs, such as proliferation, differentiation and mineralization were examined while hPDLs were cultured on specimen surfaces. This study found out the degradation rate of Mg-CS cements depends on the Mg content in CS. Regarding in vitro bioactivity; the CS cements were covered with abundant clusters of apatite spherulites after immersion of 24h, while less apatite spherulites were formatted on the Mg-rich cement surfaces. In addition, the authors also explored the effects of Mg ions on the odontogenesis and angiogenesis differentiation of hPDLs in comparison with CS cement. The proliferation, alkaline phosphatase, odontogenesis-related genes (DSPP and DMP-1), and angiogenesis-related protein (vWF and ang-1) secretion of hPDLs were significantly stimulated when the Mg content of the specimen was increased. The results in this study suggest that Mg-CS materials with this modified composition could stimulate hPDLs behavior and can be good bioceramics for bone substitutes and hard tissue regeneration applications as they stimulate odontogenesis/angiogenesis. PMID:26706543

  13. Synthesis, Characterization, In Vitro Bioactivity and Biocompatibility Evaluation of Hydroxyapatite/Bredigite (Ca7MgSi4O16) Composite Nanoparticles

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    Kouhi, Monireh; Shamanian, Morteza; Fathi, Mohammadhossein; Samadikuchaksaraei, Ali; Mehdipour, Ahmad

    2016-04-01

    Silicate-based bioceramics have been found to possess excellent apatite-forming ability, and they can stimulate cell proliferation and osteogenic differentiation. In this study, bredigite (Ca7MgSi4O16) nanoparticles were synthesized and incorporated into a hydroxyapatite (HA)-based matrix to produce composite nanoparticles with improved bioactivity and biocompatibility. HA/bredigite nanoparticles containing 25% and 50% bredigite were synthesized by using the sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared techniques were used to study the phase structure, morphology, and structural properties of prepared nanoparticles. Results indicated that HA/bredigite nanoparticles with an average particle size of less than 50 nm and homogeneous distribution of bredigite were successfully synthesized. Obtained results also revealed that the presence of bredigite led to a small increase in HA lattice parameters and to a decrease in the agglomeration of composite nanoparticles. The in vitro bioactivity studies performed in the simulated body fluid showed that composite nanoparticles had higher apatite-forming ability than pure HA. The results of a cell proliferation assay revealed that the proliferation of mesenchymal stem cells in the extract of HA/bredigite was significantly higher than those in the extract of the initial HA and control group after 72 h. As the properties of HA/bredigite nanoparticles were highly improved, compared with pure HA, it is concluded that these composite nanoparticles could potentially be good candidates for use as effective bioactive materials in bone regeneration applications.

  14. Polymer-derived micro-nano-structured Si3N4/SiC-composites

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    Micro-nano-structured Si3N4/SiC-composites were prepared by liquid phase sintering of either amorphous, polymer derived Si-C-N powder or SiC1+x coated α-Si3N4 powder, followed by gas pressure sintering. The obtained microstructures were investigated by scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM). Nanosized SiC inclusions embedded in microcrystalline Si3N4 grains were analyzed by elemental mapping with electron spectroscopic imaging (ESI)

  15. Modification of potential of the silicon surface under ion plasma treatment of Si*-SiO2-Si structures

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    A charging effect is studied during ion-chemical etching and ion alloying of Si*-SiO2-Si, SiO2-Si structures as well as the effect of distorted layer formation under ion treatment of monocrystalline (Si) and polycrystalline (Si*) silicon. The modification of material layers charging is investigated using test structures. The given technique is applied to detect the depth of distorted layers and the potential of silicon composition films through changes of test structure parameters on ion processing

  16. Revealing heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys

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    Jiehua Li; Hage, Fredrik S.; Xiangfa Liu; Quentin Ramasse; Peter Schumacher

    2016-01-01

    The heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si can be attributed to the presence of AlP. Although P, in the form of AlP particles, is usually observed in the centre of primary Si, there is still a lack of detailed investigations on the distribution of P within primary Si and eutectic Si in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys at the atomic scale. Here, we report an atomic-scale experimental investigation on the distribution of P in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys. P, in the form of AlP particles...

  17. SiC-SiC and C-SiC Honeycomb for Advanced Flight Structures Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The proposed project builds upon the work done in Phase I with the development of a C-SiC CMC honeycomb material that was successfully tested for mechanical...

  18. In vitro prominent bone regeneration by release zinc ion from Zn-modified implant

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    Yusa, Kazuyuki [Department of Biochemistry, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita (Japan); Yamamoto, Osamu [Department of Bio-System Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamagata University, Yonezawa (Japan); Fukuda, Masayuki [Division of Dentistry and Oral Surgery, Akita University Hospital, Akita (Japan); Koyota, Souichi; Koizumi, Yukio [Department of Biochemistry, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita (Japan); Sugiyama, Toshihiro, E-mail: sugiyama@med.akita-u.ac.jp [Department of Biochemistry, Akita University Graduate School of Medicine, Akita (Japan)

    2011-08-26

    Highlights: {yields} We isolated the Zn{sup 2+} ions (eluted Zn{sup 2+} ion; EZ) from zinc-incorporated titanium implant. {yields} The EZ promoted the cell viability in hBMCs. {yields} The EZ stimulated preosteoblast and osteoblast marker gene expression in hBMCs. {yields} The hBMCs supplemented with EZ showed typically cell morphology when osteoblast maturing. {yields} It is revealed that the EZ also stimulates the calcium deposition of hBMCs. -- Abstract: Zinc is one of the trace elements which induce the proliferation and the differentiation of the osteoblast. In the previous study, we found that zinc ions (Zn{sup 2+} ion)-releasing titanium implants had excellent bone fixation using a rabbit femurs model. In this study, we isolated the Zn{sup 2+} ions (eluted Zn{sup 2+} ion; EZ) released from the implant surface, and evaluated the effect of EZ on the osteogenesis of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal cells (hBMCs). In the result, it was found that the EZ stimulated cell viability, osteoblast marker gene (type I collagen, osteocalcin (OC), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and bone sialoprotein (BSP)) expressions and calcium deposition in hBMCs.

  19. In vitro prominent bone regeneration by release zinc ion from Zn-modified implant

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    Highlights: → We isolated the Zn2+ ions (eluted Zn2+ ion; EZ) from zinc-incorporated titanium implant. → The EZ promoted the cell viability in hBMCs. → The EZ stimulated preosteoblast and osteoblast marker gene expression in hBMCs. → The hBMCs supplemented with EZ showed typically cell morphology when osteoblast maturing. → It is revealed that the EZ also stimulates the calcium deposition of hBMCs. -- Abstract: Zinc is one of the trace elements which induce the proliferation and the differentiation of the osteoblast. In the previous study, we found that zinc ions (Zn2+ ion)-releasing titanium implants had excellent bone fixation using a rabbit femurs model. In this study, we isolated the Zn2+ ions (eluted Zn2+ ion; EZ) released from the implant surface, and evaluated the effect of EZ on the osteogenesis of human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal cells (hBMCs). In the result, it was found that the EZ stimulated cell viability, osteoblast marker gene (type I collagen, osteocalcin (OC), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and bone sialoprotein (BSP)) expressions and calcium deposition in hBMCs.

  20. Preparation and characterization of Cu and Zn modified nickel manganite NTC powders and thick film thermistors

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    Highlights: ► Simple ball milling/thermal treatment procedure of starting oxide powders. ► Good thermistor characteristics (thermal constant, activation energy). ► Low resistivity drift obtained for Zn and Cu modified nickel manganite thermistors. ► Candidates for temperature and heat loss sensor applications. - Abstract: A simple ball milling/thermal treatment procedure was applied to obtain fine thermistor powders. Three different powder compositions were analyzed–Cu0.2Ni0.5Zn1.0Mn1.3O4, Cu0.25Ni0.5Zn1.0Mn1.25O4 and Cu0.4Ni0.5Mn2.1O4. XRD analysis showed that all three powder compositions had a cubic spinel structure. Correlation between the sintering temperature, structure and resulting electrical properties was analyzed on bulk samples. Thick film pastes were composed and segmented thick film thermistors were screen printed on alumina, dried and fired. SEM analysis revealed a typical dendrite structure with small grains and a developed surface area. Thick film sheet resistance was measured on a test matrix and the resistance decreased with increasing Cu content. The temperature dependence of sample resistance was measured in a climatic chamber enabling calculation of the material constant and activation energy. Aging of the obtained segmented thermistors was analyzed and the resistivity drift was 0.23% for the Cu0.2Ni0.5Zn1.0Mn1.3O4 NTC thick film thermistor confirming greater stability of thermistors containing Zn and Cu that in combination with the determined good thermistor characteristics make them good candidates for temperature and heat loss sensor applications.

  1. Revealing heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys

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    Li, Jiehua; Hage, Fredrik S.; Liu, Xiangfa; Ramasse, Quentin; Schumacher, Peter

    2016-04-01

    The heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si can be attributed to the presence of AlP. Although P, in the form of AlP particles, is usually observed in the centre of primary Si, there is still a lack of detailed investigations on the distribution of P within primary Si and eutectic Si in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys at the atomic scale. Here, we report an atomic-scale experimental investigation on the distribution of P in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys. P, in the form of AlP particles, was observed in the centre of primary Si. However, no significant amount of P was detected within primary Si, eutectic Si and the Al matrix. Instead, P was observed at the interface between the Al matrix and eutectic Si, strongly indicating that P, in the form of AlP particles (or AlP ‘patch’ dependent on the P concentration), may have nucleated on the surface of the Al matrix and thereby enhanced the heterogeneous nucleation of eutectic Si. The present investigation reveals some novel insights into heterogeneous nucleation of primary Si and eutectic Si by AlP in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys and can be used to further develop heterogeneous nucleation mechanisms based on adsorption.

  2. Prospective crystallization of amorphous Si films for new Si TFTs

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    Noguchi, Takashi [University of the Ryukyus, Fuculty of Engineering, Nishihara, Okinawa (Japan)

    2008-07-01

    Prospective crystallization results of amorphous silicon film are reviewed and are discussed. Silicon TFTs are playing an important role for Active-Matrix Flat Panel Displays (AM-FPD) based on amorphous or poly-Si thin-film transistors (TFTs). Poly-Si TFTs provide a possibility to develop highly functional system on pane (SoP) applications. In order to get a high performance TFT, large poly-crystal grains or high cystallinity for the film is required. Two basic crystallization techniques namely solid phase crystallization (SPC) and excimer laser crystallization (ELC) are reviewed and relating issues are described. A grain growth technique has been developed based on the two crystallization techniques, so far. In order to mount a poly-Si TFT system on a flexible panel such as a plastic, an excimer laser of UV pulse beam has an advantage for the TFT channel as well as for the source and drain contacts as a ultra-low temperature poly-Si (U-LTPS) process. To realize a high performance TFT of uniform and high carrier mobility, location control crystallization had been proposed. Some of the distinctive results for crystal orientation control of (100) and (111) face using the laser crystallization techniques are described. In the future, single-crystalline Si TFT of a functional 3D structure is expected to realize an advanced SoP for ubiquitous electronics era. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  3. Simulations and experiments of SiC heteroepitaxial growth on Si(001) surface

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    Kitabatake, Makoto; Deguchi, Masahiro; Hirao, Takashi

    1993-10-01

    Mechanism of SiC heteroepitaxial growth by the carbonization of the Si(001) surface was studied at the atomic scale using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) experiments. Heteroepitaxial growth of single crystal 3c-SiC on the Si(001) surface (3c-SiC[001]∥Si[001] and 3c-SiC[110]∥Si[110]) was observed in both the MD simulations and MBE experiments. Breaking of the Si—Si bonds and shrinkage of the [110] Si rows with C atoms are possible mechanisms for the heteroepitaxial growth of SiC on Si(001). Microscopic structures and mechanisms of the twin formations and pit formations are discussed. Ultraviolet light irradiation is proposed and confirmed to enhance the epitaxial growth of SiC in the MBE experiments.

  4. Construction and characterization of spherical Si solar cells combined with SiC electric power inverter

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    Oku, Takeo; Matsumoto, Taisuke; Hiramatsu, Kouichi; Yasuda, Masashi; Shimono, Akio; Takeda, Yoshikazu; Murozono, Mikio

    2015-02-01

    Spherical silicon (Si) photovoltaic solar cell systems combined with an electric power inverter using silicon carbide (SiC) field-effect transistor (FET) were constructed and characterized, which were compared with an ordinary Si-based converter. The SiC-FET devices were introduced in the direct current-alternating current (DC-AC) converter, which was connected with the solar panels. The spherical Si solar cells were used as the power sources, and the spherical Si panels are lighter and more flexible compared with the ordinary flat Si solar panels. Conversion efficiencies of the spherical Si solar cells were improved by using the SiC-FET.

  5. Synthesis and properties of Si and SiGe/Si nanowires

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    Redwing, Joan M.; Lew, Kok-Keong; Bogart, Timothy E.; Pan, Ling; Dickey, Elizabeth C.; Carim, A. H.; Wang, Yanfeng; Cabassi, Marco A.; Mayer, Theresa S.

    2004-06-01

    The fabrication of semiconductor nanowires, in which composition, size and conductivity can be controlled in both the radial and axial direction of the wire is of interest for fundamental studies of carrier confinement as well as nanoscale device development. In this study, group IV semiconductor nanowires, including Si, Ge and SixGe1-x alloy nanowires were fabricated by vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth using gaseous precursors. In the VLS process, gold is used to form a liquid alloy with Si and Ge which, upon supersaturation, precipitates a semiconductor nanowire. Nanoporous alumina membranes were used as templates for the VLS growth process, in order to control the diameter of the nanowires over the range from 45 nm to 200 nm. Intentional p-type and n-type doping was achieved through the addition of either trimethylboron, diborane or phosphine gas during nanowire growth. The electrical properties of undoped and intentionally doped silicon nanowires were characterized using field-assisted assembly to align and position the wires onto pre-patterned test bed structures. The depletion characteristics of back-gated nanowire structures were used to determine conductivity type and qualitatively compare dopant concentration. SiGe and SiGe/Si axial heterostructure nanowires were also prepared through the addition of germane gas during VLS growth. The Ge concentration in the wires was controllable over the range from 12 % to 25% by varying the inlet GeH4/SiH4 ratio.

  6. SiO2 as gas barrier and nano holes in SiO2 flakes

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    Sublimation of SiO is used to protect PVD aluminium flakes from water corrosion and to generate highly porous SiO2 flakes with holes in the nanometer range. SiOx/Al/SiOx sandwiches were made as well as Ag loaded porous SiO2 as antimicrobial filler

  7. Room-temperature formation of Pt$_3$Si/Pt$_2$Si films on poly-Si substrates

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    Dubkov, V P; Chizh, K V; Yuryev, V A

    2016-01-01

    We propose a way of formation of thin bilayer Pt$_3$Si/Pt$_2$Si films at room temperature on poly-Si substrates by Pt magnetron sputtering and wet etching, obtain such film, investigate its structure and phase composition and estimate the thickness of its layers. We verify by direct x-ray photoelectron-spectroscopic measurements our previous observation of the Pt$_2$Si layer formaton between Pt and poly-Si films as a result of Pt magnetron sputtering at room temperature. This layer likely appears due to high enough temperature of Pt ions in the magnetron plasma sufficient for chemical reaction of the silicide film formation on the Si surface. The Pt$_3$Si layer likely forms from the Pt--Pt$_3$Si layer (Pt$_{95}$Si$_5$), which arises under Pt film during the magnetron sputtering, as a result of Pt removal by wet etching.

  8. Si, Ge and SiGe wires for sensor application

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    Resistance and magnetoresistance of Si, Ge and Si-Ge micro- and nanowires were studied in temperature range 4,2-300 K at magnetic fields up to 14 T. The wires diameters range from 200 nm to 20 μm. Ga-In gates were created to wires and ohmic I-U characteristics were observed in all temperature range. It was found high elastic strain for Ge nanowires (of about 0,7%) as well as high magnitude of magnetoresistance (of about 250% at 14 T), which was used to design multifunctional sensor of simultaneous measurements of strain and magnetic field intensity. (authors)

  9. Influence of SiC coating thickness on mechanical properties of SiC{sub f}/SiC composite

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    Yu, Haijiao, E-mail: yunzeyu2000@163.com [College of Aerospace and Materials Engineering, National University of Defence Technology, Changsha 410073 (China); Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TR (United Kingdom); Beijing Aeronautical Technology Research Centre, Beijing 100076 (China); Zhou, Xingui; Zhang, Wei [College of Aerospace and Materials Engineering, National University of Defence Technology, Changsha 410073 (China); Peng, Huaxin [Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TR (United Kingdom); Zhang, Changrui [College of Aerospace and Materials Engineering, National University of Defence Technology, Changsha 410073 (China)

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: •CVD SiC coating improves the mechanical properties of 2D KD-I/SiC composite. •The thickness of SiC coating determines the mechanical properties of the composite. •The optimal thickness of CVD SiC coating is 0.34–1 μm. -- Abstract: Silicon carbide (SiC) coatings with varying thickness (ranging from 0.14 μm to 2.67 μm) were deposited onto the surfaces of Type KD-I SiC fibres with native carbonaceous surface using chemical vapour deposition (CVD) process. Then, two dimensional SiC fibre reinforced SiC matrix (2D SiC{sub f}/SiC) composites were fabricated using polymer infiltration and pyrolysis (PIP) process. Influences of the fibre coating thickness on mechanical properties of SiC fibre and SiC{sub f}/SiC composite were investigated using single-filament test and three-point bending test. The results indicated that flexural strength of the composites initially increased with the increasing CVD SiC coating thickness and reached a peak value of 363 MPa at the coating thickness of 0.34 μm. Further increase in the coating thickness led to a rapid decrease in the flexural strength of the composites. The bending modulus of composites showed a monotonic increase with increasing coating thickness.

  10. HV/CVD Grown Relaxed SiGe Buffer Layers for SiGe HMOSFETs

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    黄文韬; 罗广礼; 史进; 邓宁; 陈培毅; 钱佩信

    2003-01-01

    High-vacuum/chemical-vapor deposition (HV/CVD) system was used to grow relaxed SiGe buffer layers on Si substrates. Several methods were then used to analyze the quality of the SiGe films. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy showed that the upper layer was almost fully relaxed. Second ion mass spectroscopy showed that the Ge compositions were step-graded. Transmission electron microscopy showed that the misfit dislocations were restrained to the graded SiGe layers. Tests of the electrical properties of tensile-strained Si on relaxed SiGe buffer layers showed that their transconductances were higher than that of Si devices. These results verify the high quality of the relaxed SiGe buffer layer. The calculated critical layer thicknesses of the graded Si1-xGex layer on Si substrate and a Si layer on the relaxed SiGe buffer layer agree well with experimental results.

  11. Irradiation effects on thermal expansion of SiC/SiC composite materials

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    Irradiation-induced dimensional change and thermal expansion of two kinds of composites, self-particle reinforced SiCp/SiC composites and a Hi-Nicalon SiC fiber reinforced SiCf/SiC composite, and monolithic α-SiC were measured after irradiation at 0.2 dpa with irradiation temperatures of 573, 673 and 843 K using the JMTR. From the measurement, swelling was observed for the SiCp/SiC composites and the monolithic α-SiC, on the contrary, the SiCf/SiC composites showed a shrinkage. The measured thermal expansion increased with increasing the specimen temperature below the irradiation temperature, and then rapidly decreased over the irradiation temperature. The so-called 'temperature monitor effect' of the silicon carbide was clearly observed for all specimens, the monolithic α-SiC and both composites

  12. High thermal conductivity SiC/SiC composites for fusion applications -- 2

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    Kowbel, W.; Tsou, K.T.; Withers, J.C. [MER Corp., Tucson, AZ (United States); Youngblood, G.E. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1998-03-01

    This report covers material presented at the IEA/Jupiter Joint International Workshop on SiC/SiC Composites for Fusion Structural Applications held in conjunction with ICFRM-8, Sendai, Japan, Oct. 23--24, 1997. An unirradiated SiC/SiC composite made with MER-developed CVR SiC fiber and a hybrid PIP/CVI SiC matrix exhibited room temperature transverse thermal conductivity of 45 W/mK. An unirradiated SiC/SiC composite made from C/C composite totally CVR-converted to a SiC/SiC composite exhibited transverse thermal conductivity values of 75 and 35 W/mK at 25 and 1000 C, respectively. Both types of SiC/SiC composites exhibited non-brittle failure in flexure testing.

  13. Bonding in MgSi and AlMgSi Compounds Relevant to AlMgSi Alloys

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    Froseth, A. G.; Derlet, P. M.; Andersen, S.J.; Marioara, C. D.; Holmestad, R.

    2003-01-01

    The bonding and stability of MgSi and AlMgSi compounds relevant to AlMgSi alloys is investigated with the use of (L)APW+(lo) DFT calculations. We show that the $\\beta$ and $\\beta''$ phases found in the precipitation sequence are characterised by the presence of covalent bonds between Si-Si nearest neighbour pairs and covalent/ionic bonds between Mg-Si nearest neighbour pairs. We then investigate the stability of two recently discovered precipitate phases, U1 and U2, both containing Al in addi...

  14. Resonance Raman mapping as a tool to monitor and manipulate Si nanocrystals in Si-SiO2 nanocomposite

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    Specially designed laser heating experiment along with Raman mapping on Si-SiO2 nanocomposites elucidates the contribution of core and surface/interface in the intermediate frequency range (511–514 cm−1) Si phonons. The contribution of core to surface/interface increases with the size of Si nanocrystal, which itself increases on laser irradiation. Further, it is found that resonance Raman is crucial to the observance of surface/interface phonons and wavelength dependent Raman mapping can be corroborated with band edges observed in absorption spectra. This understanding can be gainfully used to manipulate and characterize Si-SiO2 nanocomposite, simultaneously for photovoltaic device applications

  15. Mo-Si alloy development

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    Liu, C.T.; Heatherly, L.; Wright, J.L. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-06-01

    The objective of this task is to develop new-generation corrosion-resistant Mo-Si intermetallic alloys as hot components in advanced fossil energy conversion and combustion systems. The initial effort is devoted to Mo{sub 5}-Si{sub 3}-base (MSB) alloys containing boron additions. Three MSB alloys based on Mo-10.5Si-1.1B (wt %), weighing 1500 g were prepared by hot pressing of elemental and alloy powders at temperatures to 1600{degrees}C in vacuum. Microporosities and glassy-phase (probably silicate phases) formations are identified as the major concerns for preparation of MSB alloys by powder metallurgy. Suggestions are made to alleviate the problems of material processing.

  16. Laser annealing of sputter-deposited -SiC and -SiCN films

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    M A Fraga; M Massi; I C Oliveira; F D Origo; W Miyakawa

    2011-12-01

    This work describes the laser annealing of -SiC and -SiCN films deposited on (100) Si and quartz substrates by RF magnetron sputtering. Two samples of -SiCN thin films were produced under different N2/Ar flow ratios. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), Raman analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR) techniques were used to investigate the composition and bonding structure of as-deposited and laser annealed SiC and SiCN films.

  17. Analysis of Si/SiGe Heterostructure Solar Cell

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    Ashish Kumar Singh

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Sunlight is the largest source of carbon-neutral energy. Large amount of energy, about 4.3 × 1020 J/hr (Lewis, 2005, is radiated because of nuclear fusion reaction by sun, but it is unfortunate that it is not exploited to its maximum level. Various photovoltaic researches are ongoing to find low cost, and highly efficient solar cell to fulfil looming energy crisis around the globe. Thin film solar cell along with enhanced absorption property will be the best, so combination of SiGe alloy is considered. The paper presented here consists of a numerical model of Si/Si1-xGex heterostructure solar cell. The research has investigated characteristics such as short circuit current density (Jsc, generation rate (G, absorption coefficient (α, and open circuit voltage (Voc with optimal Ge concentration. The addition of Ge content to Si layer will affect the property of material and can be calculated with the use of Vegard’s law. Due to this, short circuit current density increases.

  18. Morphology Analysis of Si Island Arrays on Si(001

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The formation of nanometer-scale islands is an important issue for bottom-up-based schemes in novel electronic, optoelectronic and magnetoelectronic devices technology. In this work, we present a detailed atomic force microscopy analysis of Si island arrays grown by molecular beam epitaxy. Recent reports have shown that self-assembled distributions of fourfold pyramid-like islands develop in 5-nm thick Si layers grown at substrate temperatures of 650 and 750°C on HF-prepared Si(001 substrates. Looking for wielding control and understanding the phenomena involved in this surface nanostructuring, we develop and apply a formalism that allows for processing large area AFM topographic images in a shot, obtaining surface orientation maps with specific information on facets population. The procedure reveals some noticeable features of these Si island arrays, e.g. a clear anisotropy of the in-plane local slope distributions. Total island volume analysis also indicates mass transport from the substrate surface to the 3D islands, a process presumably related to the presence of trenches around some of the pyramids. Results are discussed within the framework of similar island arrays in homoepitaxial and heteroepitaxial semiconductor systems.

  19. Diffusion mobilities in the fccA1 Cu–Si, Al–Si and Al–Cu–Si alloys

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    Highlights: ► The atomic mobilities of fcc Cu–Si, Al–Si and Al–Cu–Si alloys have been assessed. ► The calculated results agree well with various experimental diffusivities. ► The temperature and concentration dependence are taken into consideration. ► The mobility parameters obtained can be used to predict many diffusion phenomena. - Abstract: Based on the available thermodynamic parameters and experimental data of self-diffusivity, impurity diffusivity, intrinsic diffusivity, tracer diffusivity and interdiffusivity in the Cu–Si, Al–Si and Al–Cu–Si alloys, the atomic mobilities of Cu, Al and Si in face-centered cubic (fccA1) Cu–Si, Al–Si and Al–Cu–Si alloys have been critically assessed as a function of temperature and composition using the CALPHAD-type and DICTRA software package. Comparisons between the calculated and measured coefficients reveal that most of the diffusivities can be reproduced satisfactorily. The obtained mobility parameters can be used to study diffusion-related characteristics for fccA1 Cu–Si, Al–Si and Al–Cu–Si alloys.

  20. Oxidation behavior of SiC/SiC composites for helium cooled solid breeder blanket

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    In order to evaluate the oxidation behavior and mechanism of SiC/SiC composites with conventional pyrolitic graphite interface (PyC-SiC/SiC) and advanced multilayer interface (ML-SiC/SiC) in a HCSB blanket environment, a thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) in He + O2 environment at 1000 deg. C and 1200 deg. C was performed. The PyC-SiC/SiC at 1200 deg. C and the ML-SiC/SiC at 1000 deg. C and 1200 deg. C showed relatively smaller weight change during oxidation because SiO2 formed on the SiC-matrix and SiC-fiber sealed the specimen surface before the PyC interface recession by gasification of graphite due to relatively high SiO2 formation rate. While the PyC-SiC/SiC at 1000 deg. C showed significant weight loss because the specimen surface was not sealed by SiO2 and significant PyC interface recession occurred due to relatively slow SiO2 formation

  1. Interface engineering of photoelectrochemically prepared Si surfaces

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    Lewerenz, H.J.; Murrell, C.; Kanis, M.; Jungblut, H. [Department of Interfaces, Bereich Solarenergie, Hahn-Meitner-Institut Berlin, Glienicker Str. 100, D-14109 Berlin (Germany); Aggour, M. [University of Tofail, Kenitra (Morocco); Hoffmann, P.; Schmeisser, D. [Fakultaet 1, Brandenburgisch-Technische Universitaet, Cottbus (Germany)

    2002-05-01

    The oxide of Si(111) formed by electropolishing in dilute ammonium fluoride solution is analysed by photoelectron spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation. The oxidic layer is about 3.1 nm thick and contains Si-F{sub x} species as well as oxyfluorides. The oxyfluorides are found preferentially at the electropolishing layer surface. SiOH species are concentrated at the oxidic film/substrate interface. The full width half maximum of the Si 2p line indicates that the Si/electropolishing oxide interface is smoother than the Si/natural oxide interface.

  2. Microwave joining of SiC

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    Silberglitt, R.; Ahmad, I.; Tian, Y.L. [FM Technologies, Inc., Fairfax, VA (United States)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    The purpose of this work is to optimize the properties of SiC-SiC joints made using microwave energy. The current focus is on identification of the most effective joining methods for scale-up to large tube assemblies, including joining using SiC produced in situ from chemical precursors. During FY 1996, a new microwave applicator was designed, fabricated and tested that provides the capability for vacuum baking of the specimens and insulation and for processing under inert environment. This applicator was used to join continuous fiber-reinforced (CFCC) SiC/SiC composites using a polymer precursor to form a SiC interlayer in situ.

  3. Straight β-SiC nanorods synthesized by using C-Si-SiO2

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    Lai, H. L.; Wong, N. B.; Zhou, X. T.; Peng, H. Y.; Au, Frederick C. K.; Wang, N.; Bello, I.; Lee, C. S.; Lee, S. T.; Duan, X. F.

    2000-01-01

    Straight beta-silicon carbide nanorods have been grown on silicon wafers using hot filament chemical vapor deposition with iron particles as catalyst. A plate made of a C-Si-SiO2 powder mixture was used as carbon and silicon sources. Hydrogen, which was the only gas fed into the deposition system, acts both as a reactant and as a mass transporting medium. The diameter of the β-SiC nanorod ranged from 20 to 70 nm, while its length was approximately 1 μm. A growth mechanism of beta-silicon carbide nanorods was proposed. The field emission properties of the beta-silicon carbide nanorods grown on the silicon substrate are also reported.

  4. Microscopic and macroscopic characterization of the charging effects in SiC/Si nanocrystals/SiC sandwiched structures

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    Microscopic charge injection into the SiC/Si nanocrystals/SiC sandwiched structures through a biased conductive AFM tip is subsequently characterized by both electrostatic force microscopy and Kelvin probe force microscopy (KPFM). The charge injection and retention characteristics are found to be affected by not only the band offset at the Si nanocrystals/SiC interface but also the doping type of the Si substrate. On the other hand, capacitance–voltage (C–V) measurements investigate the macroscopic charging effect of the sandwiched structures with a thicker SiC capping layer, where the charges are injected from the Si substrates. The calculated macroscopic charging density is 3–4 times that of the microscopic one, and the possible reason is the underestimation of the microscopic charging density caused by the averaging effect and detection delay in the KPFM measurements. (paper)

  5. Phonon heat transport in superlattices: Case of Si/SiGe and SiGe/SiGe superlattices

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    Hijazi, M.; Kazan, M.

    2016-06-01

    We present a predictive Boltzmann model for the cross-plane thermal conductivity in superlattices. The developed model considers particle-like phonons exhibiting wave characteristics at the interfaces and makes the assumption that the phonon heat transport in a superlattice has a mixed character. Exact Boltzmann equation comprising spatial dependence of phonon distribution function is solved to yield a general expression for the lattice thermal conductivity. The intrinsic phonon scattering rates are calculated from Fermi's golden rule, and the model vibrational parameters are derived as functions of temperature and crystallographic directions by using elasticity theory-based lattice dynamics approach. The developed theory is then adapted to calculate the cross-plane thermal conductivity of superlattices. It is assumed that the phonons of wavelengths comparable or smaller than the superlattice period or the root mean square irregularity at the superlattice interfaces may be subject to a resistive scattering mechanism at the interfaces, whereas the phonons of wavelengths much greater than the superlattice period undergo ballistic transmission through the interfaces and obey dispersion relations determined by the Brillouin zone folding effects of the superlattice. The accuracy of the concept of mixed phonon transport regime in superlattices is demonstrated clearly with reference to experimental measurements regarding the effects of period thickness and temperature on the cross-plane thermal conductivity of Si/Si0.7Ge0.3 and Si0.84Ge0.16/Si0.76Ge0.3 superlattices.

  6. Palladium transport in SiC

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    Olivier, E.J., E-mail: jolivier@nmmu.ac.za [Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth (South Africa); Neethling, J.H. [Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

    2012-03-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We investigate the reaction of Pd with SiC at typical HTGR operating temperatures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The high temperature mobility of palladium silicides within polycrystalline SiC was studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Corrosion of SiC by Pd was seen in all cases. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The preferential corrosion and penetration of Pd along grain boundaries in SiC was found. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The penetration and transport of palladium silicides in SiC along grain boundaries was found. - Abstract: This paper reports on a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) study of Pd corroded SiC. The reaction of Pd with different types of SiC at typical HTGR operating temperatures was examined. In addition the high temperature mobility of palladium silicides within polycrystalline SiC was investigated. The results indicated corrosion of the SiC by Pd in all cases studied. The corrosion leads to the formation of palladium silicides within the SiC, with the predominant phase found being Pd{sub 2}Si. Evidence for the preferential corrosion and penetration of Pd along grain boundaries in polycrystalline SiC was found. The penetration and transport, without significant corrosion, of palladium silicides into polycrystalline SiC along grain boundaries was also observed. Implications of the findings with reference to the use of Tri Isotropic particles in HTGRs will be discussed.

  7. Palladium transport in SiC

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    Highlights: ► We investigate the reaction of Pd with SiC at typical HTGR operating temperatures. ► The high temperature mobility of palladium silicides within polycrystalline SiC was studied. ► Corrosion of SiC by Pd was seen in all cases. ► The preferential corrosion and penetration of Pd along grain boundaries in SiC was found. ► The penetration and transport of palladium silicides in SiC along grain boundaries was found. - Abstract: This paper reports on a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) study of Pd corroded SiC. The reaction of Pd with different types of SiC at typical HTGR operating temperatures was examined. In addition the high temperature mobility of palladium silicides within polycrystalline SiC was investigated. The results indicated corrosion of the SiC by Pd in all cases studied. The corrosion leads to the formation of palladium silicides within the SiC, with the predominant phase found being Pd2Si. Evidence for the preferential corrosion and penetration of Pd along grain boundaries in polycrystalline SiC was found. The penetration and transport, without significant corrosion, of palladium silicides into polycrystalline SiC along grain boundaries was also observed. Implications of the findings with reference to the use of Tri Isotropic particles in HTGRs will be discussed.

  8. Atomically controlled hetero-epitaxy of Fe3Si/SiGe for spintronics application

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    Molecular beam epitaxy of the ferromagnetic silicide Fe3Si on Ge and Si substrates was investigated in a wide temperature range (60-400 deg. C). Epitaxial growth of Fe3Si layers was achieved on Ge (110), Ge (111), and Si (111) substrates. Especially, very low value (2.2%) of the minimum scattering yield in RBS measurements was obtained from Fe3Si layers, which were grown on Ge (111) at low temperature (60-130 deg. C) under the stoichiometric condition (Fe:Si = 3:1). Transmission electron microscopy measurements confirmed the formation of DO3-type Fe3Si and atomically flat interface between Fe3Si and Ge (111). In addition, thermal stability of Fe3Si was guaranteed up to 300 deg. C. Such high quality Fe3Si on Ge (111) substrates can be employed to realize Ge channel spin transistors, which can be integrated with Si large-scale integrated circuits

  9. Raman scattering studies of chemical-vapor-deposited cubic SiC films of (100)Si

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    Feng, Z. C.; Mascarenhas, A. J.; Choyke, W. J.; Powell, J. A.

    1988-01-01

    Raman scattering studies for a series of CVD-grown cubic SiC single-crystal films with film thickness from 600 A to 17 microns are discussed. The results suggest that the crystalline orientations of the Si substrate and the 3C-SiC film are the same. It is found that the Si 522/cm phonon from a Si wafer is enhanced in intensity by a factor of 2-3 due to a CVD overlayer of cubic SiC, and that the 3C-SiC longitudinal optical phonon at the Gamma point from SiC/Si samples is enhanced by a factor of two or three following the removal of the Si substrate. The variation of the Raman spectrum with incident power is investigated, and a method for determining the Raman cross section for 3 C-SiC is proposed.

  10. Study and Simulation of the Heterojunction Thin Film Solar Cell a-Si(n)/a-Si(i)/c-Si(p)/a-Si(i)/a-Si(p)

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    Toufik, Zarede; Hamza, Lidjici; Mohamed, Fathi; Achour, Mahrane

    2016-05-01

    In this article, we present a study based on numerical simulation of the electrical characteristics of a thin-film heterojunction solar cell (a-Si(n)/a-Si(i)/c-Si(p)/a-Si(i)/a-Si(p)), using the automat for simulation of hetero-structures (AFORS-Het) software. This cell is composed of four main layers of silicon (Si): (i) 5 nm amorphous silicon doped n, (ii) 100 μm crystalline silicon (substrate) doped p, (iii) 5 nm amorphous silicon doped p, and (iv) 3 nm amorphous silicon intrinsic. This cell has a front and rear metal contact of aluminum and zinc oxide (ZnO) front layer transparent conductive oxide of 80 nm thickness. The simulations were performed at conditions of "One Sun" irradiation with air mass 1.5 (AM1.5), and under absolute temperature T = 300 K. The simulation results have shown a high electrical conversion efficiency of about 30.29% and high values of open circuit voltage V oc = 779 mV. This study has also shown that the studied cell has good quality light absorption on a very broad spectrum.

  11. The HFIR 14J irradiation SiC/SiC composite and SiC fiber collaboration

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    Youngblood, G.E.; Jones, R.H. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States); Kohyama, Akira; Katoh, Yutai [Kyoto Univ., Uji, Kyoto (Japan); Hasegawa, Akira [Tohoku Univ., Aramaki, Sendai (Japan); Snead, L. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Scholz, R.

    1998-09-01

    A short introduction with references establishes the current status of research and development of SiC{sub f}/SiC composites for fusion energy systems with respect to several key issues. The SiC fiber and composite specimen types selected for the JUPITER 14J irradiation experiment are presented together with the rationale for their selection.

  12. The HFIR 14J irradiation SiC/SiC composite and SiC fiber collaboration

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    A short introduction with references establishes the current status of research and development of SiCf/SiC composites for fusion energy systems with respect to several key issues. The SiC fiber and composite specimen types selected for the JUPITER 14J irradiation experiment are presented together with the rationale for their selection

  13. Assessment of Si and Al diffusion for the production of high Si and high Si-Al electrical steel

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    A trend in the production of electrical steel is to increase the concentration of Si and Al (over 3 wt%) in order to reduce magnetic losses through increased electrical resistivity. This can hardly be done in early stages of the production process due to the appearance of brittle phases; however, a concentration increase of (Si, Al) can be reached by surface deposition of Si and/or Al, followed by diffusion into the bulk. Diffusion of Si and/or Al modifies substantially the mechanical and magnetic properties of the substrate and a study of the diffusion process leading to Fe-Si-Al alloys with homogeneous or inhomogeneous distribution of (Si, Al) is needed. The industrial production of these alloys requires models predicting the concentration profile of (Si, Al) resulting from the diffusion process and the changes of the mechanical and magnetic properties associated with the resulting concentration profiles of (Si, Al). This paper assesses the diffusion process using commercial software for the modelling of diffusion-controlled transformations. Experimental validation was made on some base alloys and results for the 3 wt% Si material are reported. Substrates were coated by dipping in a molten Al-25 wt% Si alloy, followed by annealing at different temperatures and times. The results show that Si concentration profiles can be accurately predicted. However, when considering both Si and Al diffusion their interaction causes important disagreements between experimental results and model calculations

  14. Enhanced light emission from Si nanocrystals produced using SiOx/SiO2 multilayered silicon-rich oxides

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    Yoon, Jong-Hwan

    2015-07-01

    The light emission from Si nanocrystals (NCs) produced in SiO2 by annealing of SiOx/SiO2 multilayered silicon-rich oxide (SRO) is examined as a function of the SiOx layer thickness. Multilayered SRO structures are shown to produce a significant increase in emission intensities with a large redshift of spectra as compared with a single-layer SRO film. A multilayered SRO film with ∼6-nm thick SiO1.45 layers exhibits a 13-fold increase in the emission intensity with a redshift of ∼70 nm relative to a single-layer SiO1.45 SRO film with a thickness equivalent to the total SiO1.45 layer thickness in the multilayered film. The transmission electron microscopy analyses indicate that the enhancement of the emission intensity with the redshift of spectrum is caused by the enhanced aggregation of phase separated Si atoms in the former SiOx layers due to the hindering of interlayer diffusion of Si by the neighboring SiO2 layers.

  15. GeSi/Si Resonant Tunneling Diodes%GeSi/Si共振隧穿二极管

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    郭维廉

    2008-01-01

    GeSi/Si共振隧穿二极管主要包括空穴型GeSi/Si RTD、应力型GeSi/Si RTD和GeSi/Si带间共振隧穿二极管三种结构.着重讨论了后两种GeSi/Si基RTD结构;指出GeSi/Si异质结的能带偏差主要发生在二者价带之间(即△Ev>△Ec),形成的电子势阱很浅,因此适用于空穴型RTD的研制;n型带内RTD只有通过应力Si或应力GeSi来实现,这种应力型RTD为带内RTD的主要结构;而带间GeSi/Si RITD则将成为更有应用前景的、性能较好的GeSi/Si RTD器件结构.

  16. Nitrogen doping effect upon hole tunneling characteristics of Si barriers in Si1-xGex/Si resonant tunneling diode

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    Nitrogen atomic-layer (N AL) doping effects upon hole tunneling characteristics of double 4 nm-thick Si barriers in the strained Si1−xGex/Si(100) hole resonant tunneling diode (RTD) were investigated. At a Si cap layer on Si1−xGex(100) (x = 0.2 and 0.4) formed at 500 °C, it was found that NH3 reaction was drastically enhanced at 500 °C especially at the Si cap layer thickness less than 0.5 nm, and the fact indicates a possibility of significant intermixing at the Si/Si1−xGex heterointerface. From current–voltage characteristics of the RTDs, drastic current suppression by N AL doping in the Si barriers can be observed with typical degree of current suppression as high as 103–105 at − 10 mV. Moreover, it was found that N AL doping influences, not only upon such current suppression, but slightly upon negative differential conductance characteristics. - Highlights: • NH3 reaction enhancement on a thin Si cap layer on Si1−xGex(100). • Drastic current suppression by N atomic-layer doping in Si barriers. • N atomic-layer doping effect upon negative differential conductance characteristics

  17. Hybrid single mode lasers fabricated using Si/SiO2/SiON micromachined platforms

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    Ksendzov, A.; Mansour, K.

    2003-01-01

    We have devised a hybridization scheme that, given suitable Fabri-Perot (F-P) ain medium, allows us to fabricate small, mechanically robust single frequency lasers in a wide spectral range, limited only by the transparency of the SiON material.

  18. Microwave joining of SiC

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    Silberglitt, R.; Ahmad, I. [FM Technologies, Inc., Fairfax, VA (United States); Black, W.M. [George Mason Univ., Fairfax, VA (United States)] [and others

    1995-05-01

    The purpose of this work is to optimize the properties of SiC-SiC joints made using microwave energy. The current focus is on optimization of time-temperature profiles, production of SiC from chemical precursors, and design of new applicators for joining of long tubes.

  19. Emission efficiency limit of Si nanocrystals

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    Limpens, R.; Luxembourg, S.L.; Weeber, A.W.; Gregorkiewicz, T.

    2016-01-01

    One of the important obstacles on the way to application of Si nanocrystals for development of practical devices is their typically low emissivity. In this study we explore the limits of external quantum yield of photoluminescence of solid-state dispersions of Si nanocrystals in SiO2. By making use

  20. High Q SiC microresonators

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    Cardenas, Jaime; Zhang, Mian; Phare, Christopher T.; Shah, Shreyas Y.; Poitras, Carl B.; Lipson, Michal

    2013-01-01

    We demonstrate photonic devices based on standard 3C SiC epitaxially grown on silicon. We achieve high optical confinement by taking advantage of the high stiffness of SiC and undercutting the underlying silicon substrate. We demonstrate a 20 um radius suspended microring resonator with Q of 18000 fabricated on commercially available SiC-on-silicon substrates.

  1. An introduction to the New SI

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    Knotts, Sandra; Phillips, William D

    2015-01-01

    Plans are underway to redefine the International System of Units (SI) around 2018. The New SI specifies the values of certain physical constants to define units. This article explains the New SI in a way that could be used to present it to high-school physics classes.

  2. Effects of thermal annealing on photoluminescence of Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 films

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    Chen, Yin-Yu; Chao, Der-Sheng; Tsai, Hsu-Sheng; Liang, Jenq-Horng

    2016-04-01

    The mechanisms of photoluminescence (PL) originating from Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 are still unclear and need to be clarified. Thus, the purpose of this study is to thoroughly investigate the effects of ion implantation and post-annealing temperature on microstructures and PL characteristics of the Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 films. A comparative analysis was also conducted to clarify the different optical properties between the Si+ and Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 films. In this study, thermally-grown SiO2 films on Si substrates were used as the matrix materials. The Si+ ions and C+ ions were separately implanted into the SiO2 films at room temperature. After ion implantation, the post-annealing treatments were carried out using the furnace annealing (FA) method at various temperatures (600-1100 °C) for 1 h in a N2 ambient. The PL characteristics of the implanted SiO2 films were analyzed using a fluorescence spectrophotometer. The results revealed that the distinct PL peaks were observed at approximately 310, 450 and 650 nm in the Si+-implanted SiO2 films, which can be attributed to the defects, the so-called oxygen deficiency centers (ODCs) and non-bridging oxygen hole centers (NBOHCs), in the materials. In contrast to the Si+ ion implantation, the SiO2 films which were sequentially implanted with Si+ and C+ ions and annealed at 1100 °C can emit white light corresponding to the PL peaks located at around 420, 520 and 720 nm, those can be assigned to the Si-C bonding, C-C graphite-like structure (sp2), and Si nanocrystals, respectively. Moreover, a correlation between the optical properties, microstructures, and bonding configurations of the Si+/C+ implanted SiO2 films was also established in this study.

  3. Helium gas permeability of low activation SiC/SiC composite

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    Permeability of helium gas in SiC fiber reinforced SiC composite (SiC/SiC composite) was measured by using a vacuum apparatus consisting two chambers. The SiC/SiC samples were prepared by different methods; polymer infiltration and pyrolysis (PIP), PIP and melt impregnation (MI), hot pressing (HP) and liquid phase sintering (LPS). The measurement of permeability was carried out with pressure of helium ranging from 102 to 105 Pa at room temperature. The permeability of the sample made by LPS method was several orders of magnitude lower than those of the other SiC/SiC composites. The lowest permeability, 4 x 10-11 m2s-1, was observed for the SiC/SiC composite made by LPS using SiC fibers and nano powder of β-SiC. The largest permeability, 5 x 10-5 m2s-1, was observed for the SiC/SiC composite made by PIP. The permeability of the SiC/SiC composite depended on the structures of fiber bundle and matrix, and roughly corresponded to the microscopic structures, i.e. pores and cracks. (author)

  4. Si@SiOx/graphene hydrogel composite anode for lithium-ion battery

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    Bai, Xuejun; Yu, Yueyang; Kung, Harold H.; Wang, Biao; Jiang, Jianming

    2016-02-01

    A porous 3D graphene hydrogel (GH) composite embedded with Si nanoparticles coated with an ultrathin SiOx layer (Si@SiOx/GH) is successfully synthesized using a solution-based self-assembly process. The thickness of the SiOx coating, formed by an ozone treatment of the 30-50 nm diameter Si particles, increases with the treatment temperature, and its formation results in the presence of Si2+ and Si4+ on the surface of the Si nanoparticles. The GH provides an electrically conducting network of interconnecting, micron-size open cells bounded by ultrathin stacked graphene sheets onto which the coated Si nanoparticles are dispersed. The agglomeration among the Si particles decreases with increasing extent of surface oxidation. Electrodes constructed with the Si@SiOx/GH containing 71 wt.% Si@SiOx exhibit a stable storage capacity of 1020 mAh g-1 at 4 A g-1 and 1640 mAh g-1 after 140 cycles at 0.1 A g-1. The outstanding electrochemical performance can be attributed to the porous, open cell 3D structure of GH, which provides a large internal space and flexible and electrically conductive graphenic matrix that can accommodate volumetric changes of Si nanoparticles and a highly porous 3D structure of high specific surface area that allows rapid diffusion of Li-ions and easy penetration of electrolyte.

  5. One-step deposition of ultrafiltration SiC membranes on macroporous SiC supports

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    König, Katja; Boffa, Vittorio; Buchbjerg, Bjarke;

    2014-01-01

    We fabricated nearly defect-free SiC membranes for potential ultrafiltration applications by conducting pyrolysis of allylhydrido polycarbosilane in the presence of submicron α-SiC particles. The SiC membranes were developed on commercial macroporous SiC supports by a low-temperature-process in...

  6. Laser cladding of Al-Si/SiC composite coatings : Microstructure and abrasive wear behavior

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    Anandkumar, R.; Almeida, A.; Vilar, R.; Ocelik, V.; De Hosson, J.Th.M.

    2007-01-01

    Surface coatings of an Al-Si-SiC composite were produced on UNS A03560 cast Al-alloy substrates by laser cladding using a mixture of powders of Al-12 wt.% Si alloy and SiC. The microstructure of the coatings depends considerably on the processing parameters. For a specific energy of 26 MJ/m2 the mic

  7. Irradiation project of SiC/SiC fuel pin 'INSPIRE': Status and future plan

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    After the March 11 Disaster in East-Japan, Research and Development towards Ensuring Nuclear Safety Enhancement for LWR becomes a top priority R and D in nuclear energy policy of Japan. The role of high temperature non-metallic materials, such as SiC/SiC, is becoming important for the advanced nuclear reactor systems. SiC fibre reinforced SiC composite has been recognised to be the most attractive option for the future, now, METI fund based project, INSPIRE, has been launched as 5-year termed project at OASIS in Muroran Institute of Technology aiming at early realisation of this system. INSPIRE is the irradiation project of SiC/SiC fuel pins aiming to accumulate material, thermal, irradiation effect data of NITE-SiC/SiC in BWR environment. Nuclear fuel inserted SiC/SiC fuel pins are planned to be installed in the Halden reactor. The project includes preparing the NITE-SiC/SiC tubes, joining of end caps, preparation of rigs to control the irradiation environment to BWR condition and the instruments to measure the condition of rigs and pins in operation. Also, basic neutron irradiation data will be accumulated by SiC/SiC coupon samples currently under irradiation in BR2. The output from this project may present the potentiality of NITE-SiC/SiC fuel cladding with the first stage fuel-cladding interaction. (authors)

  8. High energy electron-beam irradiation effects in Si-SiOx structures

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    Nesheva, D.; Dzhurkov, V.; Šćepanović, M.; Bineva, I.; Manolov, E.; Kaschieva, S.; Nedev, N.; Dmitriev, S. N.; Popović, Z. V.

    2016-02-01

    Homogeneous SiOx films (x=1.3, 200 nm and 1000 nm thick) and composite a-Si-SiOy films (y ∼ 1.80) containing amorphous Si nanoparticles have been prepared on crystalline (c-Si) substrate. A part of the films was irradiated at temperature below 50°C by 20 MeV electrons with two different fluences (7.2x1014 and 1.44x1015 el.cm-2). Atomic force microscopy (AFM), Raman spectroscopy and capacitance (conductance) - voltage (C(G)-V) measurements on Al/c-Si/SiOx/Al or Al/c-Si/(a-Si-SiOy)/Al structures were used to get information about the irradiation induced changes in the surface morphology, the phase composition in the film bulk and at the Si-SiOx interface. The AFM results show that the electron irradiation decreases the film surface roughness of the films annealed at 250°C. The Raman scattering data imply appearance of amorphous silicon phase and some structural changes in the oxide matrix of the homogeneous SiOx films. In the composite films electron beam stimulated decrease of the defects at the a-Si/SiOy interface has been assumed. The initial C(G)-V results speak about electron induced formation of electrically active defects in the SiOy matrix of the composite films.

  9. SiO2/Si Interfacial Degradation and the Role of Oxygen Interstitials

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    Devine, R.

    1996-01-01

    High temperature annealing of Si/SiO2/Si structures in inert atmospheres is known to result in degradation of the oxide layer and electron and hole trap creation. We review our understanding of the basic mechanisms active in such structures that can result in point defect generation. Using electron spin resonance and infra-red absorption data, we demonstrate that in low oxygen content Si substrates (float zone) annealing of Si/SiO2/Si structures at high temperatures results in a gettering of ...

  10. X-ray interference topography investigation of Si/GexSi1-x/Si(001) heterosystem

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    In x-ray topographs of Si/GexSi1-x/Si(001) heterosystems, the intensity variations, which are associated with inhomogeneous GeSi thickness, are observed. The layers of GeSi and Si were grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The growth conditions preserving the pseudomorphic state of the intermediate SiGe layer from misfit dislocation appearance were kept. The topographs were recorded using a spherically bent monochromator as well as a flat one. The observed contrast peculiarities are established to be Moire (translation fault) fringes. The displacement of interference fringes due to the crystal angular position variation is observed. For Pendelloesung maxima, the dependence of their angular positions on nondiffracted layer thickness is established. The image simulated in the framework of semikinematical approach demonstrates the main contrast peculiarities observed in the topograph

  11. Abrupt GaP/Si hetero-interface using bistepped Si buffer

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    Ping Wang, Y., E-mail: yanping.wang@insa-rennes.fr; Kuyyalil, J.; Nguyen Thanh, T.; Almosni, S.; Bernard, R.; Tremblay, R.; Da Silva, M.; Létoublon, A.; Rohel, T.; Tavernier, K.; Le Corre, A.; Cornet, C.; Durand, O. [UMR FOTON, CNRS, INSA Rennes, Rennes F-35708 (France); Stodolna, J.; Ponchet, A. [CEMES-CNRS, Université de Toulouse, 29 rue Jeanne Marvig, BP 94347, 31055 Toulouse Cedex 04 (France); Bahri, M.; Largeau, L.; Patriarche, G. [Laboratoire de Photonique et Nanostructures, CNRS UPR 20, Route de Nozay, Marcoussis 91460 (France); Magen, C. [LMA, INA-ARAID, and Departamento de Física de la Materia Condensada, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain)

    2015-11-09

    We evidence the influence of the quality of the starting Si surface on the III-V/Si interface abruptness and on the formation of defects during the growth of III-V/Si heterogeneous crystal, using high resolution transmission electron microscopy and scanning transmission electron microscopy. GaP layers were grown by molecular beam epitaxy on vicinal Si (001). The strong effect of the Si substrate chemical preparation is first demonstrated by studying structural properties of both Si homoepitaxial layer and GaP/Si heterostructure. It is then shown that choosing adequate chemical preparation conditions and subsequent III-V regrowth conditions enables the quasi-suppression of micro-twins in the epilayer. Finally, the abruptness of GaP/Si interface is found to be very sensitive to the Si chemical preparation and is improved by the use of a bistepped Si buffer prior to III-V overgrowth.

  12. Si quantum dot structures and their applications

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    Shcherbyna, L.; Torchynska, T.

    2013-06-01

    This paper presents briefly the history of emission study in Si quantum dots (QDs) in the last two decades. Stable light emission of Si QDs and NCs was observed in the spectral ranges: blue, green, orange, red and infrared. These PL bands were attributed to the exciton recombination in Si QDs, to the carrier recombination through defects inside of Si NCs or via oxide related defects at the Si/SiOx interface. The analysis of recombination transitions and the different ways of the emission stimulation in Si QD structures, related to the element variation for the passivation of surface dangling bonds, as well as the plasmon induced emission and rare earth impurity activation, have been presented. The different applications of Si QD structures in quantum electronics, such as: Si QD light emitting diodes, Si QD single union and tandem solar cells, Si QD memory structures, Si QD based one electron devices and double QD structures for spintronics, have been discussed as well. Note the significant worldwide interest directed toward the silicon-based light emission for integrated optoelectronics is related to the complementary metal-oxide semiconductor compatibility and the possibility to be monolithically integrated with very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuits. The different features of poly-, micro- and nanocrystalline silicon for solar cells, that is a mixture of both amorphous and crystalline phases, such as the silicon NCs or QDs embedded in a α-Si:H matrix, as well as the thin film 2-cell or 3-cell tandem solar cells based on Si QD structures have been discussed as well. Silicon NC based structures for non-volatile memory purposes, the recent studies of Si QD base single electron devices and the single electron occupation of QDs as an important component to the measurement and manipulation of spins in quantum information processing have been analyzed as well.

  13. Current–voltage studies on -FeSi2/Si heterojunction

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    A Datta; S Kal; S Basu

    2000-08-01

    – characteristics of both -FeSi2/n-Si and -FeSi2/p-Si were studied at room temperature. The junctions were formed by depositing Fe on Si selectively followed by thermal annealing and some samples were later treated by pulsed laser. Temperature of thermal annealing and diode area were also varied. – studies on all these samples were done and ideality factors were computed. Results obtained were interpreted.

  14. Stability analysis of SiO2/SiC multilayer coatings

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    The stability behaviours of SiC coatings and SiO2/SiC coatings in helium with little impurities are studied by HSC Chemistry 4.1, the software for analysis of Chemical reaction and equilibrium in multi-component complex system. It is found that in helium with a low partial pressure of oxidative impurities under different total pressure, the key influence factor controlling Tcp of SiC depends is the partial pressure of oxidative impurities; Tcp of SiC increases with the partial pressure of oxidative impurities. In helium with a low partial pressure of different impurities, the key influence factor of Tcs of SiO2 are both the partial pressure of impurities and the amount of impurities for l mol SiO2; Tcs of SiO2 increases with the partial pressure of oxidative impurities at the same amount of the impurities for 1 mol SiO2 while it decreases with the amount of the impurities for 1 mm SiO2 at the same partial pressure of the impurities. The influence of other impurities on Tcp of SiC in He-O2 is studied and it is found that CO2, H2O and N-2 increase Tcp of SiC in He-O2 while H2, CO and CH4 decrease Tcp of SiC He-O2. When there exist both oxidative impurities and reductive impurities, their effect on Tcs of SiO2 can be suppressed by the other. In HTR-10 operation atmosphere, SiO2/SiC coatings can keep stable status at higher temperature than SiC coatings, so SiO2/SiC coatings is more suitable to improve the oxidation resistance of graphite in HTR-10 operation atmosphere compared with SiC coatings. (authors)

  15. In-situ observation of crack propagation in SiC/SiC by HVEM

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    Full text of publication follows: SiC/SiC composites are candidate materials for fusion applications due to their potential to retain strength and exhibit tough behavior at elevated temperatures. The irradiation stability of monolithic beta-SiC has been well studied and the mechanical property evaluation of SiC/SiC composites has been started under the standard test method of Continuous Fiber reinforced Ceramic Composites (CFCC's). It is important to know the initiation, coalescence and growth of crack in SiC/SiC composites. However there are no good tests for measuring the crack propagation at fracture of SiC/SiC composites than before. After mechanical testing, microstructure analysis of fracture region in SiC/SiC composites by Focused Ion Beam (FIB) was done, though the artifact during TEM specimen preparation would be introduced sometime. Recently we successfully developed a piezo driven nano indenting equipment for observation of crack propagation in SiC/SiC under the irradiation by High Voltage Electron Microscope (HVEM). Preliminary result of in-situ observation of shear crack propagation at the interface between SiC fiber and SiC matrix by HVEM shows a good agreement with the result of out situ experiment by using the cross section TEM specimen at the shear fracture interface between SiC fiber and SiC matrix prepared by FIB after the fiber pushing out testing by the nano indenter. The shear crack initiated and propagated at the interface between SiC matrix and carbon coated layer on the SiC fiber. Results of in-situ observation of crack propagation at W and SiC joining interface will be also presented. (authors)

  16. Formation of Si/SiC multilayers by low-energy ion implantation and thermal annealing

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    Dobrovolskiy, S.; Yakshin, A.E.; Tichelaar, F.D.; Verhoeven, J.; Louis, E.; Bijkerk, F.

    2010-01-01

    Si/SiC multilayer systems for XUV reflection optics with a periodicity of 10–20 nm were produced by sequential deposition of Si and implantation of 1 keV View the MathML source ions. Only about 3% of the implanted carbon was transferred into the SiC, with a thin, 0.5–1 nm, buried SiC layer being fo

  17. Swarm Intelligence (SI) in Manufacturing

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    Molinuevo, Javier Toral

    2010-01-01

    Manufacturing is a field of Engineering which is constantly changing. Due to this fact more and more complicated problems appear and have to be solved by engineers. Some of them are difficult to solve by usual numerical methods, as equations, so a new area is developing at present using Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques.There are many different tools like Genetic Algorithms, Fuzzy Logic Systems… but in this thesis we are going to focus on the Swarm Intelligence (SI) which tries to mimic...

  18. Effect of Si interface surface roughness to the tunneling current of the Si/Si1-xGex/Si heterojunction bipolar transistor

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    Hasanah, Lilik; Suhendi, Endi; Tayubi, Yuyu Rahmat; Yuwono, Heru; Nandiyanto, Asep Bayu Dani; Murakami, Hideki; Khairrurijal

    2016-02-01

    In this work we discuss the surface roughness of Si interface impact to the tunneling current of the Si/Si1-xGex/Si heterojunction bipolar transistor. The Si interface surface roughness can be analyzed from electrical characteristics through the transversal electron velocity obtained as fitting parameter factor. The results showed that surface roughness increase as Ge content of virtual substrate increase This model can be used to investigate the effect of Ge content of the virtual substrate to the interface surface condition through current-voltage characteristic.

  19. Active Oxidation of SiC

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    Jacobson, Nathan S.; Myers,Dwight L.; Harder, Bryan J.

    2011-01-01

    The high temperature oxidation of silicon carbide occurs in either a passive or active mode, depending on temperature and oxygen potential. Passive oxidation forms a protective oxide film which limits attack of the SiC:SiC(s) + 3/2 O2(g) = SiO2(s) + CO(g.) Active oxidation forms a volatile oxide and leads to extensive attack of the SiC: SiC(s) + O2(g) = SiO(g) + CO(g). The transition points and rates of active oxidation are a major issue. Previous studies are reviewed and the leading theories of passive/active transitions summarized. Comparisons are made to the active/passive transitions in pure Si, which are relatively well-understood. Critical questions remain about the difference between the active-to-passive transition and passive-to-active transition. For Si, Wagner [2] points out that the active-to-passive transition is governed by the criterion for a stable Si/SiO2 equilibria and the passive-to-active transition is governed by the decomposition of the SiO2 film. This suggests a significant oxygen potential difference between these two transitions and our experiments confirm this. For Si, the initial stages of active oxidation are characterized by the formation of SiO(g) and further oxidation to SiO2(s) as micron-sized rods, with a distinctive morphology. SiC shows significant differences. The active-to-passive and the passive-to-active transitions are close. The SiO2 rods only appear as the passive film breaks down. These differences are explained in terms of the reactions at the SiC/SiO2 interface. In order to understand the breakdown of the passive film, pre-oxidation experiments are conducted. These involve forming dense protective scales of 0.5, 1, and 2 microns and then subjecting the samples with these scales to a known active oxidation environment. Microstructural studies show that SiC/SiO2 interfacial reactions lead to a breakdown of the scale with a distinct morphology.

  20. Effect of Si interface surface roughness to the tunneling current of the Si/Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}/Si heterojunction bipolar transistor

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    Hasanah, Lilik, E-mail: lilikhasanah@upi.edu; Suhendi, Endi; Tayubi, Yuyu Rahmat; Yuwono, Heru [Department of Physics Education, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Jl. Setiabudhi 229 Bandung 40154 (Indonesia); Nandiyanto, Asep Bayu Dani [Department Kimia, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Jl. Setiabudhi 229 Bandung 40154 (Indonesia); Murakami, Hideki [Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of Matter, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8527 (Japan); Khairrurijal [Physics of Electronic Materials Research Division, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung 40132 (Indonesia)

    2016-02-08

    In this work we discuss the surface roughness of Si interface impact to the tunneling current of the Si/Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}/Si heterojunction bipolar transistor. The Si interface surface roughness can be analyzed from electrical characteristics through the transversal electron velocity obtained as fitting parameter factor. The results showed that surface roughness increase as Ge content of virtual substrate increase This model can be used to investigate the effect of Ge content of the virtual substrate to the interface surface condition through current-voltage characteristic.

  1. Porous SiC/SiC composites development for industrial application

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    Silicon carbide (SiC) is promising structural materials in nuclear fields due to an excellent irradiation resistance and low activation characteristics. Conventional SiC fibers reinforced SiC matrix (SiC/SiC composites) fabricated by liquid phase sintering (LPS-SiC/SiC composites) have been required high cost and long processing time. And microstructure and mechanical property data of finally obtained LPS-SiC/SiC composites are easily scattered, because quality of the composites depend on personal skill. Thus, conventional LPS-SiC/SiC composites are inadequate for industrial use. In order to overcome these issues, the novel “porous SiC/SiC composites” have been developed by means of liquid phase sintering fabrication process. The composites consist of porous SiC matrix and SiC fibers without conventional carbon interfacial layer. The composites don’t have concerns of the degradation interfacial layer at the severe accident. Porous SiC/SiC composites preform was prepared with a thin sheet shape of SiC, sintering additives and carbon powder mixture by tape casting process which was adopted because of productive and high yielding rate fabrication process. The preform was stacked with SiC fibers and sintered in hot-press at the high temperature in argon environment. The sintered preform was decarburized obtain porous matrix structure by heat-treatment in air. Moreover, mechanical property data scattering of the obtained porous SiC/SiC composites decreased. In the flexural test, the porous SiC/SiC composites showed pseudo-ductile behavior with sufficient strength even after heat treatment at high temperature in air. From these conclusions, it was proven that porous SiC/SiC composites were reliable material at severe environment such as high temperature in air, by introducing tape casting fabrication process that could produce reproducible materials with low cost and simple way. Therefore development of porous SiC/SiC composites for industrial application was

  2. Lattice dislocation in Si nanowires

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    Omar, M.S., E-mail: dr_m_s_omar@yahoo.co [Department of Physics, College of Science, University of Salahaddin, Arbil, Iraqi Kurdistan (Iraq); Taha, H.T. [Department of Physics, College of Science, University of Salahaddin, Arbil, Iraqi Kurdistan (Iraq)

    2009-12-15

    Modified formulas were used to calculate lattice thermal expansion, specific heat and Bulk modulus for Si nanowires with diameters of 115, 56, 37 and 22 nm. From these values and Gruneisen parameter taken from reference, mean lattice volumes were found to be as 20.03 A{sup 3} for the bulk and 23.63, 29.91, 34.69 and 40.46 A{sup 3} for Si nanowire diameters mentioned above, respectively. Their mean bonding length was calculated to be as 0.235 nm for the bulk and 0.248, 0.269, 0.282 and 0.297 nm for the nanowires diameter mentioned above, respectively. By dividing the nanowires diameter on the mean bonding length, number of layers per each nanowire size was found to be as 230, 104, 65 and 37 for the diameters mentioned above, respectively. Lattice dislocations in 22 nm diameter wire were found to be from 0.00324 nm for the 1st central lattice to 0.2579 nm for the last surface lattice. Such dislocation was smaller for larger wire diameters. Dislocation concentration found to change in Si nanowires according to the proportionalities of surface thickness to nanowire radius ratios.

  3. Ion implantation and diffusion of Al in a SiO{sub 2}/Si system

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    La Ferla, A. [Catania Univ. (Italy). Ist. di Fisica; Galvagno, G. [Catania Univ. (Italy). Ist. di Fisica; Rinaudo, S. [CORIMME, Stradale Primosole 50, 95100 Catania (Italy); Raineri, V. [CNR-IMETEM, Stradale Primosole 50, 95100 Catania (Italy); Franco, G. [CORIMME, Stradale Primosole 50, 95100 Catania (Italy); Camalleri, M. [CORIMME, Stradale Primosole 50, 95100 Catania (Italy); Gasparotto, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica, via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy); Carnera, A. [Dipartimento di Fisica, via Marzolo 8, 35131 Padova (Italy); Rimini, E. [Catania Univ. (Italy). Ist. di Fisica

    1996-08-01

    The diffusion and segregation of ion implanted Al in SiO{sub 2} and Si layers were studied for several experimental conditions. Al ions were implanted into SiO{sub 2}, Si and through a SiO{sub 2} layer into Si substrates at several energies (80, 300, 650 and 6000 keV) and doses (3.4.10{sup 14}-1.10{sup 15} cm{sup -2}). The Al diffusion coefficient in SiO{sub 2} was measured at 1200 C for times up to 5 days, and it results five orders of magnitude lower than in Si. The experiments show that the Al atoms implanted into Si do not out-diffuse during thermal treatments from the SiO{sub 2} capping layer, but segregate at the SiO{sub 2}/Si interface. The high segregation coefficient gives rise to a trapping of Al into the oxide layer comparable to the out-diffusion of Al from uncapped Si substrates. The determined parameters for Al diffusion and segregation in the SiO{sub 2}/Si system were introduced in a simulation code to calculate the Al diffusion profiles which result in agreement with the experimental data. (orig.).

  4. Ion implantation and diffusion of Al in a {SiO 2}/{Si} system

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    La Ferla, A.; Galvagno, G.; Rinaudo, S.; Raineri, V.; Franco, G.; Camalleri, M.; Gasparotto, A.; Carnera, A.; Rimini, E.

    1996-08-01

    The diffusion and segregation of ion implanted Al in SiO 2 and Si layers were studied for several experimental conditions. Al ions were implanted into SiO 2, Si and through a SiO 2 layer into Si substrates at several energies (80, 300, 650 and 6000 keV) and doses (3.4 × 10 14-1 × 10 15 cm -2). The Al diffusion coefficient in SiO 2 was measured at 1200°C for times up to 5 days, and it results five orders of magnitude lower than in Si. The experiments show that the Al atoms implanted into Si do not out-diffuse during thermal treatments from the SiO 2 capping layer, but segregate at the {SiO 2}/{Si} interface. The high segregation coefficient gives rise to a trapping of Al into the oxide layer comparable to the out-diffusion of Al from uncapped Si substrates. The determined parameters for Al diffusion and segregation in the {SiO 2}/{Si} system were introduced in a simulation code to calculate the Al diffusion profiles which result in agreement with the experimental data.

  5. Ion implantation and diffusion of Al in a SiO2/Si system

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    The diffusion and segregation of ion implanted Al in SiO2 and Si layers were studied for several experimental conditions. Al ions were implanted into SiO2, Si and through a SiO2 layer into Si substrates at several energies (80, 300, 650 and 6000 keV) and doses (3.4.1014-1.1015 cm-2). The Al diffusion coefficient in SiO2 was measured at 1200 C for times up to 5 days, and it results five orders of magnitude lower than in Si. The experiments show that the Al atoms implanted into Si do not out-diffuse during thermal treatments from the SiO2 capping layer, but segregate at the SiO2/Si interface. The high segregation coefficient gives rise to a trapping of Al into the oxide layer comparable to the out-diffusion of Al from uncapped Si substrates. The determined parameters for Al diffusion and segregation in the SiO2/Si system were introduced in a simulation code to calculate the Al diffusion profiles which result in agreement with the experimental data. (orig.)

  6. Hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 Heterostructure Nanowire Arrays

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    Liu Jian

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Novel hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 based heterostructure nanowire arrays were fabricated on silicon substrates by a one-step thermal evaporation of CdS powder. The as-grown products were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Studies reveal that a typical hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire is composed of a single crystalline Cd4SiS6 nanowire core sheathed with amorphous SiO2 sheath. Furthermore, secondary nanostructures of SiO2 nanowires are highly dense grown on the primary Cd4SiS6 core-SiO2 sheath nanowires and formed hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 based heterostructure nanowire arrays which stand vertically on silicon substrates. The possible growth mechanism of hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire arrays is proposed. The optical properties of hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire arrays are investigated using Raman and Photoluminescence spectroscopy.

  7. Modification of eutectic Si in Al–Si alloys with Eu addition

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    Al–5 wt.% Si-based alloys with 0.05 wt.% Eu addition were produced by controlled sand-casting and melt-spinning, respectively. The modification of eutectic Si caused by 0.05 wt.% Eu addition was investigated by thermal analysis, differential scanning calorimetry and multi-scale microstructure characterization techniques. In the case of controlled sand-casting, 0.05 wt.% Eu addition was found to modify the eutectic Si into a fibrous morphology. Multiply twinned Si particles were observed within eutectic Si. Furthermore, the Al2Si2Eu phase was also observed both in the vicinity of eutectic Si and within eutectic Si, which was believed to hinder Si growth. In the case of melt-spun samples, nanometer-sized Al2Si2Eu phases were observed. However, after controlled cooling in a differential scanning calorimeter, multiply twinned Si particles were observed. The formation of multiply twinned Si particles was attributed to the adsorption of Eu atoms along the 〈1 1 2〉Si growth direction of Si and at the intersection of two {1 1 1}Si facets. Twinning was observed in both fundamentally different casting processes: controlled sand-casting and melt-spinning. This is fully consistent with the well-known poisoning of the twin plane re-entrant edge and the impurity-induced twinning modification mechanisms

  8. Comparison of the thermal stabilities of NiSi films in Ni/Si, Ni/Pd/Si and Ni/Pt/Si systems

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    Wang, R N

    2003-01-01

    The effects of different interlayer materials (Pd and Pt) deposited between Ni films and Si substrates on the NiSi thermal stability are discussed. Ni sub 0 sub . sub 9 sub 4 sub 3 Pd sub 0 sub . sub 0 sub 5 sub 7 Si and Ni sub 0 sub . sub 9 sub 4 sub 5 Pt sub 0 sub . sub 0 sub 5 sub 5 Si solid solutions were formed when the samples were annealed at high temperatures and the lattice parameters of Ni sub 0 sub . sub 9 sub 4 sub 3 Pd sub 0 sub . sub 0 sub 5 sub 7 Si were calculated according to Vegard's law. The NiSi thermal stability was enhanced by interposing a Pd or Pt interlayer, and the sample with the Pt interlayer had the highest NiSi thermal stability among all the samples studied. This is attributed to the reduction of the interface energy between NiSi and Si substrates and the decrease of the driving force for the nucleation of NiSi sub 2 , induced by formation of the NiSi(200) preferred orientation and the solid solution respectively.

  9. Preparation of biomorphic SiC ceramics

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    Egelja A.

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with a new method for producing non-oxide ceramic using wood as a template. SiC with a woodlike microstructure has been prepared by carbothermal reduction reactions of Tilia wood/TEOS composite at 1873K. The porous carbon preform was infiltrated with TEOS (Si(OC2H54, as a source of silica, without pressure at 298K. The morphology of resulting porous SiC ceramics, as well as the conversion mechanism of wood to SiC ceramics, have been investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM/EDS and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD. Obtained SiC ceramics consists of β-SiC with traces of α-SiC.

  10. Differential cross sections measurement of 28Si(p,p/γ)28Si and 29Si(p,p/γ)29Si reactions for PIGE applications

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    Jokar, A.; Kakuee, O.; Lamehi-Rachti, M.

    2016-03-01

    Differential cross sections for gamma-ray emission from the 28Si(p,p/γ)28Si (Eγ = 1779 keV) and the 29Si(p,p/γ)29Si (Eγ = 1273 keV) nuclear reactions were measured in the energy range of 2.0-3.2 MeV and 2.0-3.0 MeV, respectively. The thin Si targets were prepared by evaporating natural SiO onto self-supporting Ag films. The gamma-rays and backscattered protons were detected simultaneously. An HPGe detector placed at an angle of 90° with respect to beam direction was employed to collect gamma-rays while an ion implanted Si detector placed at a scattering angle of 165° was used to detect backscattered protons. The great advantage of this work is that differential cross sections were obtained with a procedure irrespective of absolute value of the collected beam charge.

  11. Deformation effects in the 28Si + 12C and 28Si + 28Si reactions

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    C Bhattacharya; M Rousseau; C Beck; V Rauch; R M Freeman; R Nouicer; F Haas; O Dorvaux; K Eddahbi; P Papka; O Stezwski; S Szilner; D Mahboub; A Szanto De Toledo; A Hachem; E Martin; S J Sanders

    2001-07-01

    The possible occurrence of highly deformed configurations is investigated in the 40Ca and 56Ni di-nuclear systems as formed in the 28Si + 12C, 28Si reactions by using the properties of emitted light charged particles. Inclusive as well as exclusive data of the heavy fragments and their associated light charged particles have been collected by using the ICARE charged particle multidetector array. The data are analysed by Monte Carlo CASCADE statistical-model calculations using a consistent set of parameters with spin-dependent level densities. Significant deformation effects at high spin are observed as well as an unexpected large 8Be cluster emission of a binary nature.

  12. Characterization of defects in Si and SiO2-Si using positrons

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    Positron annihilation spectroscopy of overlayers, interfaces, and buried regions of semiconductors has seen a rapid growth in recent years. The characteristics of the annihilation gamma rays depend strongly on the local environment of the annihilation sites, and can be used to probe defect concentrations in a range inaccessible to conventional defect probes. Some of the recent success of the technique in examining low concentrations of point defects in technologically important Si-based structures is discussed

  13. Radiation Damage Effect on Si and SiC Detectors

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    Silicon is an extraordinary semiconductor suited for the fabrication of radiation detector. Charge carrier lifetime and mobility are high, which is very important to make the radiation detector with low noise and good time behavior. Since the fabrication technology of the silicon was mature, one could easily make a radiation detector with a sophisticated structure. Therefore, silicon detector could be the best choice for the various application areas. The depletion layers of the reverse bias rectifying barriers are used to make the silicon radiation detector with low noise. The depletion layer could be made by a silicon surface barrier (SSB) structure or a PIN junction structure. SSB detector was made by depositing the metal electrode on the n or p type silicon wafer. The p-n junction could be made with the semiconductor fabrication process, and the X-ray or α particles could be measured with the detector. The radiation tolerance of the radiation detector is also very important for the application of the detector to the harsh environment. A study on the effect of the structure of the depletion layer on the radiation tolerance was rare in most of the previous works In the present work, the silicon detectors with two types were fabricated, and their operation characteristics are compared. The dependency of the radiation damage on the detector type was studied. We also fabricated SiC detector and the neutron and gamma irradiation effect on the detector was studied. The radiation tolerance of the detector was studied. One could see the change of the leakage current and the energy resolution in SSB detector, and the operating performance of the Si PIN detector was more stable than Si Schottky detector.

  14. Fiber/matrix interfaces for SiC/SiC composites: Multilayer SiC coatings

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    Halverson, H.; Curtin, W.A. [Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ., Blacksburg, VA (United States)

    1996-08-01

    Tensile tests have been performed on composites of CVI SiC matrix reinforced with 2-d Nicalon fiber cloth, with either pyrolitic carbon or multilayer CVD SiC coatings [Hypertherm High-Temperature Composites Inc., Huntington Beach, CA.] on the fibers. To investigate the role played by the different interfaces, several types of measurements are made on each sample: (i) unload-reload hysteresis loops, and (ii) acoustic emission. The pyrolitic carbon and multilayer SiC coated materials are remarkably similar in overall mechanical responses. These results demonstrate that low-modulus, or compliant, interface coatings are not necessary for good composite performance, and that complex, hierarchical coating structures may possibly yield enhanced high-temperature performance. Analysis of the unload/reload hysteresis loops also indicates that the usual {open_quotes}proportional limit{close_quotes} stress is actually slightly below the stress at which the 0{degrees} load-bearing fibers/matrix interfaces slide and are exposed to atmosphere.

  15. Simulation analysis of the effects of a back surface field on a p-a-Si:H/n-c-Si/n+-a-Si:H heterojunction solar cell

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    Hu Yuehui; Zhang Xiangwen; Qu Minghao; Wang Lifu; Zeng Tao; Xie Yaojiang

    2009-01-01

    In order to investigate the effects of a back surface field (BSF) on the performance of a p-doped amorphous silicon (p-a-Si:H)/n-doped crystalline silicon (n-c-Si) solar cell, a heterojunction solar cell with a p-a-Si:H/nc-Si/n+-a-Si:H structure was designed. An n+-a-Si:H film was deposited on the back of an n-c-Si wafer as the BSF.The photovoltaic performance of p-a-Si:H/n-c-Si/n+-a-Si:H solar cells were simulated. It was shown that the BSF of the p-a-Si:H/n-c-Si/n+-a-Si:H solar cells could effectively inhibit the decrease of the cell performance caused by interface states.

  16. Fabrication and characterization of Ti3SiC2–SiC nanocomposite by in situ reaction synthesis of TiC/Si/Al powders

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    Baoyan Liang; Mingzhi Wang; Xiaopu Li; Yunchao Mu

    2011-12-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti3SiC2–SiC nanocomposite fabricated by in situ hot pressing (HP) synthesis process were studied. The results show that dense Ti3SiC2–SiC composite contained minor TiSi2 obtained by hot sintering at 1350°C for 1 h. The average grain size of Ti3SiC2 was 4 m in length, and the size of SiC grains is about 100 nm. With its fine microstructure, the Ti3SiC2–SiC nanocomposite shows good mechanical properties.

  17. Si3N4/SiC nanocomposite powder from a preceramic polymeric network based on poly(methylsilane as the SiC precursor

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    Gozzi Maurício F.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Si3N4/SiC nanocomposite powders were obtained from a preceramic polymeric network based on poly(methylsilane as the in situ quasi-stoichiometric SiC source. These powders were constituted of nanosized SiC particles homogeneously distributed in the Si3N4 particulate matrix. beta-SiC whiskers were grown at 1400 °C in the pores of the matrix. At 1600 °C, the alpha -> beta Si3N4 phase transition took place, but no elemental silicon from Si3N4 decomposition was detected, evidencing the protective effect of the SiC phase.

  18. Study of indentation induced cracks in MoSi2-reaction bonded SiC ceramics

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    O P Chakrabarti; P K Das; S Mondal

    2001-04-01

    MoSi2–RBSC composite samples were prepared by infiltration of Si–2 at.% Mo melt into a preform of commercial SiC and petroleum coke powder. The infiltrated sample had a density > 92% of the theoretical density (TD) and microstructurally contained SiC, MoSi2, residual Si and unreacted C. The material was tested for indentation fracture toughness at room temperature with a Vicker’s indenter and KIC was found to be 4.42 MPa√m which is around 39% higher than the conventional RBSC material. Enhancement in indentation fracture toughness is explained in terms of bowing of propagating cracks through MoSi2/SiC interface which is under high thermal stress arising from the thermal expansion mismatch between MoSi2 and SiC.

  19. Propagation of misfit dislocations from buffer/Si interface into Si

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    Liliental-Weber, Zuzanna; Maltez, Rogerio Luis; Morkoc, Hadis; Xie, Jinqiao

    2011-08-30

    Misfit dislocations are redirected from the buffer/Si interface and propagated to the Si substrate due to the formation of bubbles in the substrate. The buffer layer growth process is generally a thermal process that also accomplishes annealing of the Si substrate so that bubbles of the implanted ion species are formed in the Si at an appropriate distance from the buffer/Si interface so that the bubbles will not migrate to the Si surface during annealing, but are close enough to the interface so that a strain field around the bubbles will be sensed by dislocations at the buffer/Si interface and dislocations are attracted by the strain field caused by the bubbles and move into the Si substrate instead of into the buffer epi-layer. Fabrication of improved integrated devices based on GaN and Si, such as continuous wave (CW) lasers and light emitting diodes, at reduced cost is thereby enabled.

  20. Surface modifying of SiC particles and performance analysis of SiCp/Cu composites

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    Ming, Hu; Yunlong, Zhang; Lili, Tang; Lin, Shan; Jing, Gao; Peiling, Ding

    2015-03-01

    In this study, the electroless copper plating method was applied to deposit a Cu coating on SiCp in order to improve interface bonding performance. The SiCp surface morphology with uncoated and coated copper was investigated. The SiCp/Cu composite was fabricated by the hot-pressed sintering technology. SiC particles with various contents were used as reinforcement. The results showed that the distribution of reinforced particle with electroless plating copper coating was uniform in the copper matrix. The SiCp content played had an important role on thermal expansion coefficient and wear properties behaviors of the SiCp/Cu composites. The wear resistance capacity and thermal expansion coefficient of the composites decreased with increasing amount of SiC. Compared with the pure Cu matrix, the obtained SiCp/Cu composites had better capacity of the wear resistance. The SiCp/Cu composites increased when compared with the pure Cu material.

  1. High-performance a -Si/c-Si heterojunction photoelectrodes for photoelectrochemical oxygen and hydrogen evolution

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    Wang, Hsin Ping

    2015-05-13

    Amorphous Si (a-Si)/crystalline Si (c-Si) heterojunction (SiHJ) can serve as highly efficient and robust photoelectrodes for solar fuel generation. Low carrier recombination in the photoelectrodes leads to high photocurrents and photovoltages. The SiHJ was designed and fabricated into both photoanode and photocathode with high oxygen and hydrogen evolution efficiency, respectively, by simply coating of a thin layer of catalytic materials. The SiHJ photoanode with sol-gel NiOx as the catalyst shows a current density of 21.48 mA/cm2 at the equilibrium water oxidation potential. The SiHJ photocathode with 2 nm sputter-coated Pt catalyst displays excellent hydrogen evolution performance with an onset potential of 0.640 V and a solar to hydrogen conversion efficiency of 13.26%, which is the highest ever reported for Si-based photocathodes. © 2015 American Chemical Society.

  2. Microwave Annealing for NiSiGe Schottky Junction on SiGe P-Channel

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    Yu-Hsien Lin

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we demonstrated the shallow NiSiGe Schottky junction on the SiGe P-channel by using low-temperature microwave annealing. The NiSiGe/n-Si Schottky junction was formed for the Si-capped/SiGe multi-layer structure on an n-Si substrate (Si/Si0.57Ge0.43/Si through microwave annealing (MWA ranging from 200 to 470 °C for 150 s in N2 ambient. MWA has the advantage of being diffusion-less during activation, having a low-temperature process, have a lower junction leakage current, and having low sheet resistance (Rs and contact resistivity. In our study, a 20 nm NiSiGe Schottky junction was formed by TEM and XRD analysis at MWA 390 °C. The NiSiGe/n-Si Schottky junction exhibits the highest forward/reverse current (ION/IOFF ratio of ~3 × 105. The low temperature MWA is a very promising thermal process technology for NiSiGe Schottky junction manufacturing.

  3. On the peritectoid Ti3Si formation in Ti-Si alloys

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    Ti-13.5Si and Ti-25Si (at.%) alloys have been arc-melted from high-purity raw materials, using a water-cooled copper hearth, a non-consumable tungsten electrode, and under an Ar atmosphere gettered by titanium. The cast ingots were then heat-treated for 90 h at 1000 and 1100 deg. C in an inert atmosphere, and both the as-cast and the heat-treated alloys were characterized using scanning electron microscopy and an energy dispersive microanalysis system. The as-cast Ti-13.5Si alloy presented a eutectic microstructure composed of the TiSS and Ti5Si3 phases, while the microstructure of the as-cast Ti-25Si alloy showed the presence of large primary precipitates of Ti5Si3 in a eutectic matrix of TiSS and Ti5Si3. Subsequent heat treatment at 1100 deg. C produced no significant microstructural modifications in the Ti-25Si alloy, and it is suggested that the presence of the large primary precipitates of Ti5Si3 contributed to a reduction in the kinetics of Ti3Si formation. In the Ti-13.5Si alloys, the formation of Ti3Si was not observed after heat treatment at 1000 deg. C, but a large amount of Ti3Si was found after heat treatment at 1100 deg. C, confirming its existence in Ti-Si alloys containing low interstitial contents

  4. Si self-diffusivity using isotopically pure 30Si epitaxial layers

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    In order to understand the properties of point defects in Si, it is important to clarify temperature dependence of Si intrinsic self-diffusion coefficient over a wide temperature range. In this work, we used highly isotopically enriched 30Si epi-layers as a diffusion source to bulk and epi-layers Si and evaluated self-diffusion 30Si epi-layers were grown on each CZ-Si substrate and non-doped epi-layer grown on CZ-Si substrate using low pressure CVD with 30SiH4. Diffusion was performed in resistance furnaces under pure Ar (99.9%) atmosphere at temperature between 867 and 1300 deg. C. After annealing, the concentrations of the respective Si isotopes were measured with SIMS. Diffusion coefficients of 30Si (called Si self-diffusivity, D SD) were determined using numerical fitting process with 30Si SIMS profiles. We found no major differences in self-diffusivity between in bulk Si and epi-layers Si. It was shown that within 867-1300 deg. C range, D SD can be described by an Arrhenius equation with one single activation enthalpy, D SD = 14 exp (-4.37 eV/kT). The present result is in good agreement with that of Bracht et al

  5. Annealing induced defects in SiC, SiO{sub x} single layers, and SiC/SiO{sub x} hetero-superlattices

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    Ding, Kaining; Aeberhard, Urs; Beyer, Wolfhard; Astakhov, Oleksandr; Koehler, Florian; Finger, Friedhelm; Carius, Reinhard; Rau, Uwe [IEK5-Photovoltaik, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Leo-Brandt-Strasse, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Breuer, Uwe [Central Division of Analytical Chemistry (ZCH), Forschungszentrum Juelich, Leo-Brandt-Strasse, 52425 Juelich (Germany)

    2012-10-15

    SiC/SiO{sub x} hetero-superlattices as well as single layers of SiC and SiO{sub x} were fabricated and annealed at various annealing temperatures to investigate the evolution of annealing induced defects in these materials. We show that in SiC and SiO{sub x} materials and in SiC/SiO{sub x} multilayer system, crystallization, atomic diffusion, structural reconstruction, and hydrogen effusion take place upon annealing with different characteristic temperature dependences. The dependence of the spin densities on annealing temperature is explained as an overlap of the temperature dependence of the creation of additional dangling bonds due to hydrogen effusion and of the healing of dangling bonds due to element motion during the structural reconstruction. The stronger increase of spin density upon annealing in SiC as compared to SiO{sub 1.2} is ascribed to the effusion of a higher amount of hydrogen and the less efficient atomic diffusion up to the annealing temperature of 1050 C. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  6. Solution plasma synthesis of Si nanoparticles

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    Saito, Genki; Sakaguchi, Norihito

    2015-06-01

    Silicon nanoparticles (Si-NPs) were directly synthesized from a Si bar electrode via a solution plasma. In order to produce smaller Si-NPs, the effects of different electrolytes and applied voltages on the product were investigated in the experiments detailed in this paper. The results demonstrated that the use of an acidic solution of 0.1 M HCl or HNO3 produced Si-NPs without SiO2 formation. According to the transmission electron microscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy, the obtained Si-NPs contained both amorphous and polycrystalline Si particles, among which the smaller Si-NPs tended to be amorphous. When an alkaline solution of K2CO3 was used instead, amorphous SiO2 particles were synthesized owing to the corrosion of Si in the high-temperature environment. The pH values of KCl and KNO3 increased during electrolysis, and the products were partially oxidized in the alkaline solutions. The particle size increased with an increasing applied voltage because the excitation temperature of the plasma increased.

  7. SI PC104 Performance Test Report

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    Montelongo, S

    2005-12-16

    The Spectral Instruments (SI) PC104 systems associated with the SI-1000 CCD camera exhibited intermittent power problems during setup, test and operations which called for further evaluation and testing. The SI PC104 System is the interface between the SI-1000 CCD camera and its associated Diagnostic Controller (DC). As such, the SI PC104 must be a reliable, robust system capable of providing consistent performance in various configurations and operating conditions. This SI PC104 system consists of a stackable set of modules designed to meet the PC104+ Industry Standard. The SI PC104 System consists of a CPU module, SI Camera card, Media converter card, Video card and a I/O module. The root cause of power problems was identified as failing solder joints at the LEMO power connector attached to the SI Camera Card. The recommended solution was to provide power to the PC104 system via a PC104+ power supply module configured into the PC104 stack instead of thru the LEMO power connector. Test plans (2) were developed to test SI PC104 performance and identify any outstanding issues noted during extended operations. Test Plan 1 included performance and image acquisition tests. Test Plan 2 verified performance after implementing recommendations. Test Plan 2 also included verifying integrity of system files and driver installation after bootup. Each test plan was implemented to fully test against each set of problems noted. Test Plan presentations and Test Plan results are attached as appendices. Anticipated test results will show successful operation and reliable performance of the SI PC104 system receiving its power via a PC104 power supply module. A SI PC104 Usage Recommendation Memo will be sent out to the SI PC104 User Community. Recommendation memo(s) are attached as appendices.

  8. Thoughts on a changing SI

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    Cabiati, Franco; Bich, Walter

    2009-10-01

    The trend towards an International System of Units (SI) based on fundamental constants has been confirmed and recent actions could result in the redefinition of the four units still necessary to cover all the quantities of interest for physics and chemistry. In this paper some issues whose solution is becoming critical with the approach of the General Conference on Weights and Measures (CGPM) of 2011 are discussed. The traditional kinds of definition and the new proposals are considered on the basis of their mathematical expressions and the advantageous features of the most advanced proposal are pointed out. The problem of choosing the set of fundamental constants to be adopted as reference quantities for the SI units is addressed and a general rule for verifying that the set is sufficient and non-redundant is pointed out in the form of a linear system giving also expressions of all the units as functions of the reference constants. A partial application to the most important units and different sets of constants offers some comparative criteria and shows the advantages of a set including both h and me. A general condition to be fulfilled by an experiment in order to realize an SI unit is given and a procedure suitable to optimize the availability of the best relization on a global basis is outlined. Finally, the dissemination process is analysed to show that the implied comparisons of standards at any level are not affected by the realization uncertainty, so that the process can be continued with the same standards, independently of any change in the basic reference quantities of the unit system.

  9. Hydrogen Passivation Effect on Enhanced Luminescence from Nanocrystalline Si/SiO2 Multilayers

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    XIA Zheng-Yue; HAN Pei-Gao; XU Jun; CHEN De-Yuan; WEI De-Yuan; MA Zhong-Yuan; CHEN Kun-Ji; XU Ling; HUANG Xin-Fan

    2007-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Si/SiO2 multilayers are prepared by thermally annealing amorphous Si/SiO2 stacked structures.The photoluminescence intensity is obviously enhanced after hydrogen passivation at various temperatures. It is suggested that the hydrogen trapping and detrapping processes at different temperatures strongly influence the passivation effect. Direct experimental evidence is given by electron spin resonance spectra that hydrogen effectively reduces the nonradiative defect states existing in the Si nanocrystas/SiO2 system which enhances the radiative recombination probability. The luminescence characteristic shows its stability after hydrogen passivation even after aging eight months.

  10. Excitation wavelength dependent photoluminescence in structurally non-uniform Si/SiGe-island heteroepitxial multilayers

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    Modi, N.; Tsybeskov, L. [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey 07102 (United States); Lockwood, D. J.; Wu, X.; Baribeau, J.-M. [Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research Council, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 (Canada)

    2012-06-01

    In nanometer-size Si/SiGe-island heteroepitxial multilayers grown on Si(001), low temperature photoluminescence spectra are observed that strongly depend on the excitation wavelength and show a strong correlation with structural properties revealed by transmission electron microscopy. These experimental results can be explained by assuming that the optically created carriers are strongly localized at Si/SiGe island heterointerfaces. We show that electron-hole pairs are generated and recombine within spatial regions mainly defined by the photoexcitation penetration depth, and that the estimated exciton diffusion length is notably short and comparable with the SiGe-island average size.

  11. Interfacial microstructure of NiSi x/HfO2/SiO x/Si gate stacks

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    Integration of NiSi x based fully silicided metal gates with HfO2 high-k gate dielectrics offers promise for further scaling of complementary metal-oxide- semiconductor devices. A combination of high resolution transmission electron microscopy and small probe electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis has been applied to study interfacial reactions in the undoped gate stack. NiSi was found to be polycrystalline with the grain size decreasing from top to bottom of NiSi x film. Ni content varies near the NiSi/HfOx interface whereby both Ni-rich and monosilicide phases were observed. Spatially non-uniform distribution of oxygen along NiSi x/HfO2 interface was observed by dark field Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy and EELS. Interfacial roughness of NiSi x/HfO x was found higher than that of poly-Si/HfO2, likely due to compositional non-uniformity of NiSi x. No intermixing between Hf, Ni and Si beyond interfacial roughness was observed

  12. Near K-edge linear attenuation coefficients for Si, SiO2 and Si3N4

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    We present tabulated near K-edge linear attenuation coefficients for a range of materials commonly used in MOS construction; namely, crystalline silicon (Si-c), amorphous silicon (Si-a), amorphous silicon dioxide (SiO2-a) and amorphous silicon nitride (Si3N4-a). The coefficients were derived from total photocurrent measurements of X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) obtained at the Daresbury Synchrotron Radiation Source and show considerable near-edge structure when compared to curves generated from standard atomic data tables

  13. Phase separation of thin SiO layers in amorphous SiO/SiO2 superlattices during annealing

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    The preparation of ordered and arranged Si quantum dots using a SiO/SiO2 superlattice approach is presented. The different processes of phase separation and crystallization are studied in detail by infrared (IR) absorption and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy for different annealing temperatures from 300 to 1100 deg. C. IR spectra show a continuous shift of the Si-O-Si asymmetric stretching mode to higher energies with increasing annealing temperature, which is a sign of phase separation to Si and SiO2. Three PL bands are distinguished and correspond to the three processes of phase separation. A band centred at 2.2 eV is present in as-prepared samples and vanishes for annealing above 800 deg. C which is clearly correlated with defects. The second band shifting from 1.7 to 1.4 eV is detected for annealing temperatures between 300 and 900 deg. C. A strong red luminescence due to quantum confinement is observed for annealing above 900 deg. C. Our results indicate that the different and seemingly contradictory PL observations in the literature could originate from different states of network reorganization during the phase separation and crystallization processes. The origins of the different IR and PL bands are discussed in comparison with those of bulk crystalline SiO and SiO2

  14. High temperature oxidation of SiC under helium with low-pressure oxygen. Part 3: β-SiC-SiC/PyC/SiC

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    In the frame of generation IV gas-cooled fast reactor (GFR), the cladding materials currently considered is a SiC/SiC-based composite with a pyrocarbon interphase and a β-SiC coating on the surface to close the porosity (noted beta-SiC-SiC/PyC/SiC). These elements are subjected to temperatures going from 1300 to 1500 K in nominal operating conditions to 1900-2300 K in accidental conditions. The coolant gas considered is helium pressurized at 7 MPa. After a thermodynamic study carried out on the oxidation of beta-SiC under helium and low oxygen partial pressures, an experimental approach was made on β-SiC-SiC/PyC/SiC composites under active oxidation conditions (1400 ≤ T ≤ 2300 K; 0.2 ≤ pO2 ≤ 2 Pa). This study follows two preceding studies carried out on two polytypes of SiC: α (Part 1) and β (Part 2) under the same conditions. In these studies, the influence of the crystalline structure on the transition temperature between passive and active oxidation and on the mass loss rate was discussed. The experimental study allows to determine the oxidation rates in incidental and accidental conditions under pO2 = 0.2 and 2 Pa. The variation of the mass loss rates according to the temperature for β-SiC-SiC/PyC/SiC oxidized under pO2 = 0.2 and 2 Pa shows the existence of three domains in the zone of active oxidation. These tests also show the weak impact of the oxygen partial pressure on the mass loss rate of the material in this range of pressure for temperatures lower than 2070 K. On the other hand, beyond 2070 K, an increase of the mass loss rate leading to important damage of the material has been observed, at lower temperature under pO2 = 0.2 Pa than under pO2 = 2 Pa. This variation was associated to the effect of the oxygen partial pressure on the sublimation temperature of SiC. Similar experiments were performed on pre-oxidized samples and on the face without CVD β-SiC coating and both the results are close to the ones obtained for the face with the CVD

  15. 非晶硅/晶体硅(a-Si/c-Si)异质结%Property Investigation of a-Si/c-Si Hetero-Junction Structure

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    汪建强; 高华; 张剑; 张松; 李晨; 叶庆好; 孟凡英

    2011-01-01

    通过对非晶硅/晶体硅(a-Si/c-Si)异质结能带不连续、发射结掺杂以及界面态密度进行分析,研究它们对a-Si/c-Si异质结的界面特性,以及a-Si(N+)/c-Si(P)结构电池性能的影响.研究发现,能带不连续以及a-Si发射结高掺杂有利于实现界面复合机制由以悬挂键复合主导的复合机制向由少数载流子复合占主导的SRH(Shockly-Read-Hall)复合机制转变,有效降低界面复合速率.AFORS-HET软件模拟显示:在c-Si(P)衬底掺杂浓度为1.6×1016cm-3时,a-Si(N+)发射结掺杂浓度大于1.5×1020cm-3是获得高电池效率的必要条件;与短路电流密度相比,开路电压受a-Si/c-Si界面态密度影响更明显.%T his paper investigated the influence ot a-hi/c-bi band ottset, amorphous silicon emitter doping concentration and interface defects density on interface property of a-Si/c-Si structure. Band offset in a-Si(N+ )/c-Si(P) hetero-junction and a-Si emitter high level doping is very useful for the transformation of recombination mechanism from dangling bond to SRH (Shockly-Read-Hall). AFORS-HET simulation indicates that a-Si(N+ ) emitter doping level of over 1. 5X1020 cm~3 on c-Si(P) is an indispensable condition for achieving high efficiency. Comparing with density of short circuit current, open circuit voltage of a-Si/c-Si structure cell is much more susceptible to interface defect density.

  16. SiCp/ZL109复合材料中SiC的界面行为%SiC PARTICLES AND THEIR INTERFACIAL BEHAVIOR IN SiCp/ZL109 COMPOSITES

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    隋贤栋; 罗承萍; 欧阳柳章; 骆灼旋

    2000-01-01

    以常规TEM为工具,研究了SiCP/ZL109复合材料中数十个SiC颗粒及其界面,Si优先在SiC表面上形核、长大,形成界面Si,并形成大量SiC/Si界面.靠近SiC界面的Al基体中,普遍存在一层厚度小于1μm的"亚晶铝带",其内有大量位错.SiC与Al、SiC与Si之间虽然没有固定的晶体学位向关系,但是存在下列优先关系:(103)SiC//(111)Al,[110]SiC//[110]Al;(101)SiC//(111)Si;[110]SiC//[11]Si.

  17. Synthesis of biomorphaus SiC-ceramics

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    Egelja Adela D.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The carbothermal reduction processing of partially mineralized fir (Abies alba samples was used to obtain highly-porous SiC ceramics with cellular structure. The infiltration of TEOS (tetraetilortosilikat, Si(OC2H54 as a silica source, was conducted in order to carry out the mineralization process. Synthesis of the SiC was achieved with a C/SiO2 replica annealing at 1723 K in Ar atmosphere. The obtained samples were characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS. The experimental results revealed that the hierarchical bimorphous wood structure was preserved even after high-temperature treatment. Microstructural characterization of the ceramics revealed the presence of the P-SiC phase and traces of the a-SiC phase.

  18. Applicability of 32Si for groundwater dating

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    The paper deals with the results of a study carried out to assess the applicability of 32Si for groundwater dating. Measurements of 32Si in soil samples of the unsaturated zone, of drainage waters and plant material provide the basis for estimating the 32Si initial concentration in groundwater. Different aquifers with groundwater of young and moderate ages have been selected for groundwater studies. For comparison purposes, tritium was found to be a suitable reference isotope. A quantitative interpretation of the 32Si data is generally complicated by geochemical processes, above all in the unsaturated zone. Favourable conditions concerning the use of 32Si in hydrogeology seem to exist in phreatic sand, in limestone and, depending on the thickness and composition of the unsaturated zone, in sandstone aquifers. Further improvement of the 32Si method requires deeper knowledge of the geochemical processes affecting this isotope

  19. Si nanocrystals for third generation solar cells

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    Full text: Spontaneous self-structuring during spinodal decomposition of metastable Si-rich oxides is a very promising synthesis process of novel nanocrystalline Si structures for 3rd generation thin-film solar cells. This approach can be utilized to improve the single band gap silicon solar cells efficiency by spectrum management through the incorporation of larger band gap nanocrystalline silicon into the solar cell structure allowing a better use of the solar spectrum. Conventional techniques use high-temperature processing to obtain Si nanocrystals in SiO2 by Si-SiO2 phase separation. However, these processes are incompatible with glass substrates or thin-film stacked structures usually employed in mass production techniques (e.g in pilot lines for deployment of solar cells). An alternative approach capable of avoiding high temperature processing is the laser irradiation of substoichiometric silicon oxides. We present cw laser annealing of Si-rich oxide thin films with varying Si content to obtain Si nanocrystals embedded in silica. SiOx thin films with x4) gas was used as the Si source and two different precursor gasses, N2O and CO2, were used for oxygen incorporation. We have achieved the control of the Si ratio in the films by adjusting the relative gas flow ratios. Fine tuning the Si excess in SiOx and optimizing the annealing conditions is pursued to control the inter-nanocrystal distance to generate a network of Si nanocrystals with controlled Si/SiO2 phase separation. Our extensive computational studies of silicon nanowire networks based on realistic pseudopotential techniques have unraveled the systematics of the band gap variation under topological and structural variations. With the aid of these atomistic modeling tools, nanosponge networks are optimized for solar cell applications. The nanosponge network formation depends critically on the precise control of composition during deposition. In the case of SiOx films, it is expected that the network is

  20. Crack-healing behavior induced by oxidation in SiN/SiC nanolaminated films

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    The crack-healing behavior of SiN/SiC nanolaminated thin films in a high-temperature environment was investigated. Laminated films with a thickness of 1 μm were fabricated on a silicon substrate by ion-beam-assisted deposition. The number of layers was fixed to four, and the bilayer ratio of SiN to SiC was set to either 1 or 3. Cracked samples were heated in an air atmosphere at 600–1200 °C. In the case of the SiN/SiC nanolaminated film, the crack was perfectly filled with the oxide by heating at 1000 °C, whereas the crack of the SiN film was not healed. Moreover, the filled crack length of the SiN/SiC laminated film with a bilayer ratio of 1 was longer than that of the same type of film with a bilayer ratio of 3. These results suggest that inserting SiC layers in SiN films may confer crack-healing ability to SiN thin films. Moreover, the influence of heating on crack‐healing was investigated systematically. Crack‐healing was improved with increasing heating temperature and time. - Highlights: • SiN/SiC nano-laminated films exhibited a crack-healing ability. • Crack‐healing ability improved with a decrease in bilayer ratio of SiC to SiN. • The crack‐healing was promoted with an increase in heating temperature and time. • Crack‐healing is achieved by oxidation of SiC

  1. On the role of heterolayer relaxation in luminescence response of Si/SiGe:Er structures

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    Krasilnikova, Ludmila; Stepikhova, Margarita; Drozdov, Yurij; Krasilnik, Zakharii [Institute for Physics of Microstructures, Russian Academy of Sciences, GSP-105, 603950 Nizhny Novgorod (Russian Federation); Chalkov, Vadim; Shengurov, Vladimir [Physico-Technical Research Institute, Nizhny Novgorod State University, Gagarin Ave. 23, 603950 Nizhny Novgorod (Russian Federation)

    2011-03-15

    In this contribution we discuss the luminescence properties of Si/Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}:Er/Si structures being of interest for a laser realization. The influence of the strain relaxation processes that take place in such kind of structures on their photoluminescence response at 1.54 {mu}m has been analyzed. The studies were performed for Si/Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}:Er/Si structures with the different thickness of Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}:Er layers, and consequently the degree of strain relaxation. It is shown that the structural defects arising in Si/Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}:Er/Si structures due to the relaxation play only negligible role in their photoluminescence response. The contribution of the structural defects in the photoluminescence response at 1.54 {mu}m became apparent only in thin partially relaxed Si/Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}:Er/Si structures, the photoluminescence spectra of which are represented by the broad ''defect related'' lines. Intense photoluminescence related with the optically active Er centers of different types was observed for the strained and completely relaxed Si/Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}:Er/Si structures containing thick (d > 1 {mu}m) Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x}:Er layers. The external quantum efficiency of these structures reaches the value of 6.3 x 10{sup -5} at T =77 K. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  2. First-principles calculations on atomic and electronic properties of Si(111)/6H-SiC(0001) heterojunction

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    He, Xiao-Min; Chen, Zhi-Ming; Huang, Lei; Li, Lian-Bi

    2015-10-01

    Combining advanced transmission electron microscopy with high-precision first-principles calculations, the properties of Si(111)//6H-SiC(0001) (Si-terminated and C-terminated) heterojunction interface, such as work of adhesion, geometry property, electronic structure and bonding nature, are studied. The experiments have demonstrated that interfacial orientation relationships of Si(111)//6H-SiC(0001) heterojunction are Si[2-1-1]/6H-SiC[101¯0] and Si(111)/6H-SiC(0001). Compared with C-terminated interface, Si-terminated interface has higher adhesion and less relaxation extent.

  3. Study on in-situ Mg2Si/Al-Si composites with different compositions

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    Jing Qingxiu; Zhang Caixia; Huang Xiaodong

    2009-01-01

    Effects of chemical composition and heat treatment on microstructures and mechanical properties of in-situ Mg2Si/Al-Si composites were investigated. It was found that, in the microstructure of an Al-5.7wt% Mg2Si composite with 8.2wt% extra Si, the binary eutectic Mg2Si locates at the grain boundaries with an undeveloped Chinese script-like morphology, and the primary α-Al is formed into a cell structure due to the selective modification effect of the modifiers of mischmetal and Strontium salt; whereas in the composite with a near Al-Mg2Si eutectic composition and little extra Si content, the intercrescence eutectic Mg2Si formed with the binary eutectic a-Al grows into integrated Chinese script-like shape. As Si content increases, the eutectic Mg2Si dendrite becomes coarser in morphology but less in volum e fraction. Hardness and tensile strength of the cast Mg2Si/Al-Si composites do not increase with increasing of Mg content, but they are related to the size and morphology of the eutectic and primary Mg2Si phases. Heat treatment with optimal parameters is an effective way to improve the properties of the in-situ composites.

  4. 固相烧结SiC陶瓷%Solid State Sintered SiC Ceramics

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    武安华; 曹文斌; 李江涛; 葛昌纯

    2001-01-01

    Solid state sintered SiC ceramics were obtained by hot pressing of α-SiC, β-SiC and 1%α-SiC +99%β-SiC powders with boride and carbon as additives. Two phase transforms of 3C→6H and 6H→4H occurred during sintering process. The in situ toughening SiC ceramics can't be obtained only by rod-like grains without the weak grain-boundary.%实验采用α-SiC、β-SiC和(1%α-SiC +99%β-SiC)作为起始粉末,以B、C为添加剂,热压烧结SiC陶瓷。其烧结过程中尽管发生多型体之间的转变,但其表现形式为α-SiC的6H→4H和β-SiC的3C→6H两种形式。尽管有大量的长柱状颗粒生成,但是由于没有弱的界面结合,不能原位增强。

  5. Polarization memory effect in the photoluminescence of nc-Si-SiOx light-emitting structures.

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    Michailovska, Katerina; Indutnyi, Ivan; Shepeliavyi, Petro; Sopinskyy, Mykola

    2016-12-01

    The polarization memory (PM) effect in the photoluminescence (PL) of the porous nc-Si-SiOx light-emitting structures, containing nanoparticles of silicon (nc-Si) in the oxide matrix and passivated in a solution of hydrofluoric acid (HF), has been investigated. The studied nc-Si-SiOx structures were produced by evaporation of Si monoxide (SiO) powder in vacuum and oblique deposition on Si wafer, and then the deposited silicon oxide (SiOx) films were annealed in the vacuum at 975 °C to grow nc-Si. It was found that the PM effect in the PL is observed only after passivation of nanostructures: during etching in HF solution, the initial symmetric nc-Si becomes asymmetric elongated. It was also found that in investigated nanostructures, there is a defined orientational dependence of the PL polarization degree (ρ) in the sample plane which correlates with the orientation of SiOx nanocolumns, forming the structure of the porous layer. The increase of the ρ values in the long-wavelength spectral range with time of HF treatment can be associated with increasing of the anisotropy of large Si nanoparticles. The PM effect for this spectral interval can be described by the dielectric model. In the short-wavelength spectral range, the dependence of the ρ values agrees qualitatively with the quantum confinement effect. PMID:27255897

  6. Chemical compatibility issues associated with use of SiC/SiC in advanced reactor concepts

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    Wilson, Dane F. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-09-01

    Silicon carbide/silicon carbide (SiC/SiC) composites are of interest for components that will experience high radiation fields in the High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor (HTGR), the Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR), the Sodium Fast Reactor (SFR), or the Fluoride-cooled High-temperature Reactor (FHR). In all of the reactor systems considered, reactions of SiC/SiC composites with the constituents of the coolant determine suitability of materials of construction. The material of interest is nuclear grade SiC/SiC composites, which consist of a SiC matrix [high-purity, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) SiC or liquid phase-sintered SiC that is crystalline beta-phase SiC containing small amounts of alumina-yttria impurity], a pyrolytic carbon interphase, and somewhat impure yet crystalline beta-phase SiC fibers. The interphase and fiber components may or may not be exposed, at least initially, to the reactor coolant. The chemical compatibility of SiC/SiC composites in the three reactor environments is highly dependent on thermodynamic stability with the pure coolant, and on reactions with impurities present in the environment including any ingress of oxygen and moisture. In general, there is a dearth of information on the performance of SiC in these environments. While there is little to no excess Si present in the new SiC/SiC composites, the reaction of Si with O2 cannot be ignored, especially for the FHR, in which environment the product, SiO2, can be readily removed by the fluoride salt. In all systems, reaction of the carbon interphase layer with oxygen is possible especially under abnormal conditions such as loss of coolant (resulting in increased temperature), and air and/ or steam ingress. A global outline of an approach to resolving SiC/SiC chemical compatibility concerns with the environments of the three reactors is presented along with ideas to quickly determine the baseline compatibility performance of SiC/SiC.

  7. Switching Performance Evaluation of Commercial SiC Power Devices (SiC JFET and SiC MOSFET) in Relation to the Gate Driver Complexity

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    Pittini, Riccardo; Zhang, Zhe; Andersen, Michael A. E.

    2013-01-01

    Silicon Carbide (SiC) power devices can provide a significant improvement of power density and efficiency in power converters. The switching performances of SiC power devices are often a trade-off between the gate driver complexity and the desired performance; this is especially true for SiC BJTs...... and JFETs. The recent introduction of SiC MOSFET has proved that it is possible to have highly performing SiC devices with a minimum gate driver complexity; this made SiC power devices even more attractive despite their device cost. This paper presents an analysis based on experimental results...... of the switching losses of various commercially available Si and SiC power devices rated at 1200 V (Si IGBTs, SiC JFETs and SiC MOSFETs). The comparison evaluates the reduction of the switching losses which is achievable with the introduction of SiC power devices; this includes analysis and considerations...

  8. The Stellar Imager (SI) Vision Mission

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    Carpenter, Kenneth G.; Schrijver, Carolus J.; Karovska, Margarita; Team, SI Vision Mission

    2006-01-01

    The Stellar Imager (SI) is a UV-Optical, Space-Based Interferometer designed to enable 0.1 milli-arcsecond (mas) spectral imaging of stellar surfaces and of the Universe in general and asteroseismic imaging of stellar interiors. SI is identified as a "Flagship and Landmark Discovery Mission" in the 2005 Sun Solar System Connection (SSSC) Roadmap and as a candidate for a "Pathways to Life Observatory" in the Exploration of the Universe Division (EUD) Roadmap (May, 2005). SI will revolutionize ...

  9. Experimental and theoretical studies of Si-CN bonds to eliminate interface states at Si/SiO 2 interface

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    Maida, Osamu; Asano, Akira; Takahashi, Masao; Iwasa, Hitoo; Kobayashi, Hikaru

    2003-09-01

    Cyanide treatment, which includes the immersion of Si in KCN solutions followed by a rinse, effectively passivates interface states at Si/SiO 2 interfaces by the reaction of CN - ions with interface states to form Si-CN bonds. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements show that the concentration of the CN species in the surface region after the cyanide treatment is ˜0.25 at.%. Take-off angle-dependent measurements of the XPS spectra indicate that the concentration of the CN species increases with the depth from the Si/SiO 2 interface at least up to ˜2 nm when ultrathin SiO 2 layers are formed at 450 °C after the cyanide treatment. When the cyanide treatment is applied to metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) solar cells with structure, the photovoltage greatly increases, leading to a high conversion efficiency of 16.2% in spite of the simple cell structure with no pn-junction. Si-CN bonds are not ruptured by air mass 1.5 100 mW cm -2 irradiation for 1000 h, and consequently the solar cells show no degradation. Neither are Si-CN bonds broken by heat treatment at 800 °C performed after the cyanide treatment. The thermal and irradiation stability of the cyanide treatment is attributable to strong Si-CN bonds, whose bond energy is calculated to be 1 eV higher than that of the Si-H bond energy using a density functional method.

  10. Pd-Si binary bulk metallic glass

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    YAO KeFu; CHEN Na

    2008-01-01

    Pd80+xSi20-x (x=0, 1, and 2) binary metallic glasses with the diameter ranging from 7 to 8 mm were prepared by a combination of fluxing and water quenching or air cooling. Thermal analysis results show that with increasing Si content, the glass transition temperature Tg, the initial crystallization temperature Tx and the onset crystalliza-tion temperature Tp of Pd-Si binary glassy alloys increase. Moreover, the super-cooled liquid region reaches 61 K. It indicates that Pd-Si binary alloys possess large glass forming ability, which can be greatly improved by fluxing treatment.

  11. Pd-Si binary bulk metallic glass

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    2008-01-01

    Pd80+xSi20-x (x=0,1,and 2) binary metallic glasses with the diameter ranging from 7 to 8 mm were prepared by a combination of fluxing and water quenching or air cooling. Thermal analysis results show that with increasing Si content,the glass transition temperature Tg,the initial crystallization temperature Tx and the onset crystalliza-tion temperature Tp of Pd-Si binary glassy alloys increase. Moreover,the super-cooled liquid region reaches 61 K. It indicates that Pd-Si binary alloys possess large glass forming ability,which can be greatly improved by fluxing treatment.

  12. Impact of firing on surface passivation of p-Si by SiO2/Al and SiO2/SiNx/Al stacks

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    Chen, J.; Cornagliotti, E.; Loozen, X.; Simoen, E.; Vanhellemont, J.; Lauwaert, J.; Vrielinck, H.; Poortmans, J.

    2011-12-01

    Firing impacts on surface passivation provided by a SiO2 and SiO2/SiNx stack with evaporated Al films are studied by capacitance-based techniques on MIS capacitors. For devices with insulator layers consisting solely of as-deposited SiO2, the densities of either interface states (Dit) or fixed charges (Qfc) are hardly influenced by firing. Capping the SiO2 layer with a SiNx layer results in a shift of the peak activation energy of Dit toward the valence band (Ev) of Si. Firing this SiO2/SiNx stack leads to an increase of Qfc, a reduction of Dit, and a moderate shift of peak activation energy of Dit toward Ev. Co-firing with the Al film on top significantly reduces the Qfc, Dit, and Dit peak activation energy, which is resulting from the atomic hydrogen passivation. These results are of particular interest for the development of solar cells with rear surface passivation and local contacts.

  13. SiD Letter of Intent

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    Aihara, H., (Ed.); Burrows, P., (Ed.); Oreglia, M., (Ed.); Berger, E.L.; Guarino, V.; Repond, J.; Weerts, H.; Xia, L.; Zhang, J.; /Argonne, HEP; Zhang, Q.; /Argonne, HEP /Beijing, Inst. High Energy Phys.; Srivastava, A.; /Birla Inst. Tech. Sci.; Butler, J.M.; /Boston U.; Goldstein, Joel; Velthuis, J.; /Bristol U.; Radeka, V.; /Brookhaven; Zhu, R.-Y.; /Caltech.; Lutz, P.; /DAPNIA, Saclay; de Roeck, A.; Elsener, K.; Gaddi, A.; Gerwig, H.; /CERN /Cornell U., LNS /Ewha Women' s U., Seoul /Fermilab /Gent U. /Darmstadt, GSI /Imperial Coll., London /Barcelona, Inst. Microelectron. /KLTE-ATOMKI /Valencia U., IFIC /Cantabria Inst. of Phys. /Louis Pasteur U., Strasbourg I /Durham U., IPPP /Kansas State U. /Kyungpook Natl. U. /Annecy, LAPP /LLNL, Livermore /Louisiana Tech. U. /Paris U., VI-VII /Paris U., VI-VII /Munich, Max Planck Inst. /MIT, LNS /Chicago, CBC /Moscow State U. /Nanjing U. /Northern Illinois U. /Obninsk State Nucl. Eng. U. /Paris U., VI-VII /Strasbourg, IPHC /Prague, Inst. Phys. /Princeton U. /Purdue U. /Rutherford /SLAC /SUNY, Stony Brook /Barcelona U. /Bonn U. /UC, Davis /UC, Santa Cruz /Chicago U. /Colorado U. /Delhi U. /Hawaii U. /Helsinki U. /Indiana U. /Iowa U. /Massachusetts U., Amherst /Melbourne U. /Michigan U. /Minnesota U. /Mississippi U. /Montenegro U. /New Mexico U. /Notre Dame U. /Oregon U. /Oxford U. /Ramon Llull U., Barcelona /Rochester U. /Santiago de Compostela U., IGFAE /Hefei, CUST /Texas U., Arlington /Texas U., Dallas /Tokyo U. /Washington U., Seattle /Wisconsin U., Madison /Wayne State U. /Yale U. /Yonsei U.

    2012-04-11

    This document presents the current status of the Silicon Detector (SiD) effort to develop an optimized design for an experiment at the International Linear Collider. It presents detailed discussions of each of SiD's various subsystems, an overview of the full GEANT4 description of SiD, the status of newly developed tracking and calorimeter reconstruction algorithms, studies of subsystem performance based on these tools, results of physics benchmarking analyses, an estimate of the cost of the detector, and an assessment of the detector R and D needed to provide the technical basis for an optimised SiD.

  14. Stress-impedance effects in layered FeSiB/Cu/FeSiB films with a meander line structure

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    Stress-impedance (SI) effects were realized in layered FeSiB/Cu/FeSiB films with a meander line structure by magnetron sputtering on thin glass substrate. The SI effects were studied in the frequency range of 1-40MHz for the layered FeSiB/Cu/FeSiB films with different film thickness of FeSiB film and Cu layer. Experimental results show that the values of SI ratio increase nearly linear with the deflection of the layered FeSiB/Cu/FeSiB films at high frequencies, and a large negative SI ratio of -18.3% at a frequency of 25MHz with the deflection of 1000μm is obtained in the layered FeSiB/Cu/FeSiB films with a thicker FeSiB film, which is very attractive for the applications of stress sensors

  15. Recycling of Al-Si die casting scraps for solar Si feedstock

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    Seo, Kum-Hee; Jeon, Je-Beom; Youn, Ji-Won; Kim, Suk Jun; Kim, Ki-Young

    2016-05-01

    Recycling of aluminum die-casting scraps for solar-grade silicon (SOG-Si) feedstock was performed successfully. 3 N purity Si was extracted from A383 die-casting scrap by using the combined process of solvent refining and an advanced centrifugal separation technique. The efficiency of separating Si from scrap alloys depended on both impurity level of scraps and the starting temperature of centrifugation. Impurities in melt and processing temperature governed the microstructure of the primary Si. The purity of Si extracted from the scrap melt was 99.963%, which was comparable to that of Si extracted from a commercial Al-30 wt% Si alloy, 99.980%. The initial purity of the scrap was 2.2% lower than that of the commercial alloy. This result confirmed that die-casting scrap is a potential source of high-purity Si for solar cells.

  16. Thermogravimetric and microscopic analysis of SiC/SiC materials with advanced interfaces

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    The chemical stability of SiC/SiC composites with fiber/matrix interfaces consisting of multilayers of SiC/SiC and porous SiC have been evaluated using a thermal gravimetric analyzer (TGA). Previous evaluations of SiC/SiC composites with carbon interfacial layers demonstrated the layers are not chemically stable at goal use temperatures of 800-1100 degrees C and O2 concentrations greater than about 1 ppm. No measureable mass change was observed for multilayer and porous SiC interfaces at 800-1100 degrees C and O2 concentrations of 100 ppm to air; however, the total amount of oxidizable carbon is on the order of the sensitivity of the TGA. Further studies are in progress to evaluate the stability of these materials

  17. Experimental estimation of oxidation-induced Si atoms emission on Si(001) surfaces

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    Ogawa, Shuichi, E-mail: ogasyu@tagen.tohoku.ac.jp; Tang, Jiayi; Takakuwa, Yuji [Institute Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2015-08-15

    Kinetics of Si atoms emission during the oxidation of Si(001) surfaces have been investigated using reflection high energy electron diffraction combined with Auger electron spectroscopy. The area ratio of the 1 × 2 and the 2 × 1 domains on a clean Si(001) surface changed with the oxidation of the surface by Langmuir-type adsorption. This change in the domain ratio is attributed to the emission of Si atoms. We can describe the changes in the domain ratio using the Si emission kinetics model, which states that (1) the emission rate is proportional to the oxide coverage, and (2) the emitted Si atoms migrate on the surface and are trapped at S{sub B} steps. Based on our model, we find experimentally that up to 0.4 ML of Si atoms are emitted during the oxidation of a Si(001) surface at 576 °C.

  18. Strain relaxation in nano-patterned strained-Si/SiGe heterostructure on insulator

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    In order to evaluate the strain stability, arrays of strained Si/SiGe nano-stripes and nano-pillars were fabricated by Electron-Beam Lithography (EBL) and Reactive-Ion Etching (RIE). The strain relaxation in the patterned strained Si on SiGe-on-insulator (SGOI) was investigated by high-resolution UV micro-Raman spectroscopy. The Raman measurements before and after patterning indicate that most of the strain in the top strained Si is maintained until scaling down to 300 nm, and relaxation of <15% is observed in pillars with a dimension of 150 nm x 150 nm. In the nano-patterned heterostructure strained Si/SiGe, the observed relaxation is small, which is mainly attributed to the fully relaxed and dislocation-free SiGe virtual substrate fabricated by modified Ge condensation.

  19. Experimental estimation of oxidation-induced Si atoms emission on Si(001) surfaces

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    Kinetics of Si atoms emission during the oxidation of Si(001) surfaces have been investigated using reflection high energy electron diffraction combined with Auger electron spectroscopy. The area ratio of the 1 × 2 and the 2 × 1 domains on a clean Si(001) surface changed with the oxidation of the surface by Langmuir-type adsorption. This change in the domain ratio is attributed to the emission of Si atoms. We can describe the changes in the domain ratio using the Si emission kinetics model, which states that (1) the emission rate is proportional to the oxide coverage, and (2) the emitted Si atoms migrate on the surface and are trapped at SB steps. Based on our model, we find experimentally that up to 0.4 ML of Si atoms are emitted during the oxidation of a Si(001) surface at 576 °C

  20. Characterization of SiC-SiC composites for accident tolerant fuel cladding

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    Deck, C. P.; Jacobsen, G. M.; Sheeder, J.; Gutierrez, O.; Zhang, J.; Stone, J.; Khalifa, H. E.; Back, C. A.

    2015-11-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) is being investigated for accident tolerant fuel cladding applications due to its high temperature strength, exceptional stability under irradiation, and reduced oxidation compared to Zircaloy under accident conditions. An engineered cladding design combining monolithic SiC and SiC-SiC composite layers could offer a tough, hermetic structure to provide improved performance and safety, with a failure rate comparable to current Zircaloy cladding. Modeling and design efforts require a thorough understanding of the properties and structure of SiC-based cladding. Furthermore, both fabrication and characterization of long, thin-walled SiC-SiC tubes to meet application requirements are challenging. In this work, mechanical and thermal properties of unirradiated, as-fabricated SiC-based cladding structures were measured, and permeability and dimensional control were assessed. In order to account for the tubular geometry of the cladding designs, development and modification of several characterization methods were required.

  1. Interface properties of Si-SiO2-Ta2O5 structure by cathodoluminescence spectroscopy

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    We studied formation of the SiO2-T2O5 interface in the Si-SiO2-Ta2O5 structure using Cathodoluminescence Spectroscopy (CLS). Analyzing the evolution of CLS spectrum of the Si-SiO2 structure while depositing the Ta2O5 layer allowed to estimate an optical transmittance of the Ta2O5 layer and its band gap. Spectral features related to the formation of the SiO2-Ta2O5 interface were identified by comparison of the experimental CL spectrum of the Si-SiO2-Ta2O5 structure and its simulated counterpart. This formation involves a decomposition of silanol groups at the outer surface of the SO2 layer and creation of the SixTayO-type layer containing luminescence centers with the emission band centered at 3 eV photon energy

  2. Development of SiC/SiC composite for fusion application

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    The recent efforts to develop SiC/SiC composite materials for fusion application under the collaboration with Japan and the USA are provided, where material performance with and without radiation damage has been greatly improved. One of the accomplishments is development of the high performance reaction sintering process. Mechanical and thermal conductivity are improved extensively by process modification and optimization with inexpensive fabrication process. The major efforts to make SiC matrix by CVI, PIP and RS methods are introduced together with the representing baseline properties. The resent results on mechanical properties of SiC/SiC under neutron irradiation are quite positive. The composites with new SiC fibers, Hi-Nicalon Type-S, did not exhibit mechanical property degradation up to 10 dpa. Based on the materials data recently obtained, a very preliminary design window is provided and the future prospects of SiC/SiC technology integration is provided. (author)

  3. Nanoscale structure of Si/SiO2/organics interfaces.

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    Steinrück, Hans-Georg; Schiener, Andreas; Schindler, Torben; Will, Johannes; Magerl, Andreas; Konovalov, Oleg; Li Destri, Giovanni; Seeck, Oliver H; Mezger, Markus; Haddad, Julia; Deutsch, Moshe; Checco, Antonio; Ocko, Benjamin M

    2014-12-23

    X-ray reflectivity measurements of increasingly more complex interfaces involving silicon (001) substrates reveal the existence of a thin low-density layer intruding between the single-crystalline silicon and the amorphous native SiO2 terminating it. The importance of accounting for this layer in modeling silicon/liquid interfaces and silicon-supported monolayers is demonstrated by comparing fits of the measured reflectivity curves by models including and excluding this layer. The inclusion of this layer, with 6-8 missing electrons per silicon unit cell area, consistent with one missing oxygen atom whose bonds remain hydrogen passivated, is found to be particularly important for an accurate and high-resolution determination of the surface normal density profile from reflectivities spanning extended momentum transfer ranges, now measurable at modern third-generation synchrotron sources. PMID:25401294

  4. Synthesis, characterization, and wear and friction properties of variably structured SiC/Si elements made from wood by molten Si impregnation

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    Dhiman, Rajnish; Rana, Kuldeep; Bengu, Erman;

    2012-01-01

    We have synthesized pre-shaped SiC/Si ceramic material elements from charcoal (obtained from wood) by impregnation with molten silicon, which takes place in a two-stage process. In the first process, a porous structure of connected micro-crystals of β-SiC is formed, while, in the second process......, molten Si totally or partly infiltrates the remaining open regions. This process forms a dense material with cubic (β-)SiC crystallites, of which the majority is imbedded in amorphous Si. The synthesis of preshaped “sprocket” elements demonstrates that desired shapes of such a dense SiC/Si composite...

  5. Polycrystalline SiC as source material for the growth of fluorescent SiC layers

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    Kaiser, M.; Hupfer, T.; Jokubavicus, V.;

    2013-01-01

    Polycrystalline doped SiC act as source for fluorescent SiC. We have studied the growth of individual grains with different polytypes in the source material. We show an evolution and orientation of grains of different polytypes in polycrystalline SiC ingots grown by the Physical Vapor Transport...... method. The grain influence on the growth rate of fluorescent SiC layers grown by a sublimation epitaxial process is discussed in respect of surface kinetics....

  6. Fabrication and Properties of Ti3SiC2/SiC Composites

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    YIN Hongfeng; FAN Qiang; REN Yun; ZHANG Junzhan

    2008-01-01

    Ti3SiC2/SiC composites were fabricated by reactive hot pressing method. Effects of hot pressing temperature, the content and panicle size of SiC on phase composition, densification, mechanical properties and behavior of stress-strain of the composites were investigated. The results showed that:(1)Hot-pressing temperature influenced the phase composition of Ti3SiC2/SiC composites. The flexural strength and fracture toughness of composites increased with hot pressing temperature.(2)It became more difficult for the composites to densify when the content of SiC in composites increased. It need be sintered at higher temperature to get denser composite. The flexural strength and fracture toughness of composites increased when the content of SiC added in composites increased. However, when the content of SiC reached 50 wt%, the flexural strength and fracture toughness of composites decreased due to high content of pore in composites.(3)When the content of SiC was same, Ti3SiC2/SiC composites were denser while the particle size of SiC added in composites is 12.8μm compared with the composites that the particle size of SiC added is 3μm.The flexural strength and fracture toughness of composites increased with the increase of particle size of SiC added in composites.(4)Ti3SiC2/SiC composites were non-brittle fracture at room temperature.

  7. Passivation of surface-nanostructured f-SiC and porous SiC

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    Ou, Haiyan; Lu, Weifang; Ou, Yiyu;

    The further enhancement of photoluminescence from nanostructured fluorescent silicon carbide (f-SiC) and porous SiC by using atomic layer deposited (ALD) Al2O3 is studied in this paper.......The further enhancement of photoluminescence from nanostructured fluorescent silicon carbide (f-SiC) and porous SiC by using atomic layer deposited (ALD) Al2O3 is studied in this paper....

  8. Raman scattering in Si/SiGe nanostructures: Revealing chemical composition, strain, intermixing, and heat dissipation

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    Mala, S. A.; Tsybeskov, L., E-mail: tsybesko@njit.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey 07102 (United States); Lockwood, D. J.; Wu, X.; Baribeau, J.-M. [National Research Council, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R6 (Canada)

    2014-07-07

    We present a quantitative analysis of Raman scattering in various Si/Si{sub 1-x}Ge{sub x} multilayered nanostructures with well-defined Ge composition (x) and layer thicknesses. Using Raman and transmission electron microscopy data, we discuss and model Si/SiGe intermixing and strain. By analyzing Stokes and anti-Stokes Raman signals, we calculate temperature and discuss heat dissipation in the samples under intense laser illumination.

  9. Development of MoSi2-SiC Component for Satellite Launch Vehicle

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    G. P. Khanra; Abhay K. Jha; GiriKumar, S.; Mishra, D. K.; Sarvanan, T. T.; S C Sharma

    2012-01-01

    Intermetallic base MoSi2-SiC composite, an excellent high temperature oxidation-resistant material meant for the aerospace structural applications between 1600°C and 1700°C under oxidizing environment, has been developed successfully using powder metallurgy techniques. Mechanically milled (MM) MoSi2 powder, blended with SiC particulate was consolidated by vacuum hot pressing, yielded about 98.5% theoretical density. The composite has been characterized for physical, mechanical, and thermal pr...

  10. Minimum bar size for flexure testing of irradiated SiC/SiC composite

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    Youngblood, G.E.; Jones, R.H. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1998-03-01

    This report covers material presented at the IEA/Jupiter Joint International Workshop on SiC/SiC Composites for Fusion structural Applications held in conjunction with ICFRM-8, Sendai, Japan, Oct. 23-24, 1997. The minimum bar size for 4-point flexure testing of SiC/SiC composite recommended by PNNL for irradiation effects studies is 30 {times} 6 {times} 2 mm{sup 3} with a span-to-depth ratio of 10/1.

  11. Nanocrystal Formation in Si Implanted Thin SiO2 Layers under the Influence of an Absorbing Interface

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    Mueller, T.; Heinig, K. -H.; Moeller, W.

    2002-01-01

    Kinetic 3D lattice Monte Carlo studies are presented on Si nanocrystal (NC) formation by phase separation in 1 keV Si implanted thin SiO2 films. The simulation start from Si depth profiles calculated using the dynamic, high-fluence binary collision code TRIDYN. From the initial Si supersaturation, NCs are found to form either by nucleation, growth and Ostwald ripening at low Si concentrations. Or at higher concentrations, non-spherical, elongated Si structures form by spinodal decomposition, ...

  12. Ion beam induced crystallization of amorphous Si from NiSi2 precipitates: An in situ study

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    By first growing NiSi2 precipitates in a-Si and then irradiating with a 150 keV Si beam, the authors have studied ion beam induced epitaxial crystallization (IBIEC) of Si initiated at a-Si/NiSi2 precipitate interfaces. The growth shape and its temperature dependence are studied in-beam via in situ transmission electron microscopy. Interface roughening is evidenced. Preliminary results for the Co-Si system are also reported

  13. Microstructural stability of SiC and SiC/SiC composites under high temperature irradiation environment

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    Silicon carbide continuous fiber-reinforced silicon carbide matrix composites (SiC/SiC composite) are attractive as the structural material of advanced energy systems, including nuclear fusion. The irradiation may affect the fiber/matrix interphases which are responsible for the pseudo-ductile fracture behavior of SiC/SiC composites. In this work, the investigation of the microstructural evolution of SiC/SiC composites in a fusion environment is performed by the dual-ion irradiation method. Reinforcements were Tyranno-SA and Hi-Nicalon Type-S. The displacement damage rate was up to 100 dpa. The irradiation temperature and He/dpa ratio were up to 1673 K and 60 appm, respectively. The microstructural modification induced by the dual-ion irradiation especially occurred in the interphase. The advanced SiC fiber did not shrink and the C/SiC multilayer interphase showed a superior microstructural stability against the dual-ion irradiation at high temperatures

  14. Structure of Si-capped Ge/SiC/Si (001) epitaxial nanodots: Implications for quantum dot patterning

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    Petz, C. W.; Floro, J. A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904 (United States); Yang, D.; Levy, J. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 (United States)

    2012-04-02

    Artificially ordered quantum dot (QD) arrays, where confined carriers can interact via direct exchange coupling, may create unique functionalities such as cluster qubits and spintronic bandgap systems. Development of such arrays for quantum computing requires fine control over QD size and spatial arrangement on the sub-35 nm length scale. We employ electron-beam irradiation to locally decompose ambient hydrocarbons onto a bare Si (001) surface. These carbonaceous patterns are annealed in ultra-high vacuum (UHV), forming ordered arrays of nanoscale SiC precipitates that have been suggested to template subsequent epitaxial Ge growth to form ordered QD arrays. We show that 3C-SiC nanodots form, in cube-on-cube epitaxial registry with the Si substrate. The SiC nanodots are fully relaxed by misfit dislocations and exhibit small lattice rotations with respect to the substrate. Ge overgrowth at elevated deposition temperatures, followed by Si capping, results in expulsion of the Ge from SiC template sites due to the large chemical and lattice mismatch between Ge and C. Maintaining an epitaxial, low-defectivity Si matrix around the quantum dots is important for creating reproducible electronic and spintronic coupling of states localized at the QDs.

  15. Sr–Al–Si co-segregated regions in eutectic Si phase of Sr-modified Al–10Si alloy

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    The addition of 200 ppm strontium to an Al–10 wt% Si casting alloy changes the morphology of the eutectic silicon phase from coarse plate-like to fine fibrous networks. In order to clarify this modification mechanism the location of Sr within the eutectic Si phase has been investigated by a combination of high-resolution methods. Whereas three-dimensional atom probe tomography allows us to visualise the distribution of Sr on the atomic scale and to analyse its local enrichment, transmission electron microscopy yields information about the crystallographic nature of segregated regions. Segregations with two kinds of morphologies were found at the intersections of Si twin lamellae: Sr–Al–Si co-segregations of rod-like morphology and Al-rich regions of spherical morphology. Both are responsible for the formation of a high density of multiple twins and promote the anisotropic growth of the eutectic Si phase in specific crystallographic directions during solidification. The experimental findings are related to the previously postulated mechanism of “impurity induced twinning”. - Highlights: ► Eutectic microstructure of a Sr-modified Al–10Si alloy was studied by high resolution methods. ► Nano-sized Sr–Al- and Al-enriched regions within the eutectic Si phase have been found ► Sr–Al- and Al-enriched regions are located at the intersections of Si twin lamellae. ► The findings are related to the postulated modification mechanism of impurity induced twinning

  16. Sr–Al–Si co-segregated regions in eutectic Si phase of Sr-modified Al–10Si alloy

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    Timpel, M., E-mail: melanie.timpel@helmholtz-berlin.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Wanderka, N. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Schlesiger, R. [Institute of Materials Physics, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, 48149 Münster (Germany); Yamamoto, T. [HVEM Laboratory, Kyushu University, Motooka 744, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Isheim, D. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2220 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208-3108 (United States); Schmitz, G. [Institute of Materials Physics, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Wilhelm-Klemm-Str. 10, 48149 Münster (Germany); Matsumura, S. [HVEM Laboratory, Kyushu University, Motooka 744, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Banhart, J. [Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin (Germany)

    2013-09-15

    The addition of 200 ppm strontium to an Al–10 wt% Si casting alloy changes the morphology of the eutectic silicon phase from coarse plate-like to fine fibrous networks. In order to clarify this modification mechanism the location of Sr within the eutectic Si phase has been investigated by a combination of high-resolution methods. Whereas three-dimensional atom probe tomography allows us to visualise the distribution of Sr on the atomic scale and to analyse its local enrichment, transmission electron microscopy yields information about the crystallographic nature of segregated regions. Segregations with two kinds of morphologies were found at the intersections of Si twin lamellae: Sr–Al–Si co-segregations of rod-like morphology and Al-rich regions of spherical morphology. Both are responsible for the formation of a high density of multiple twins and promote the anisotropic growth of the eutectic Si phase in specific crystallographic directions during solidification. The experimental findings are related to the previously postulated mechanism of “impurity induced twinning”. - Highlights: ► Eutectic microstructure of a Sr-modified Al–10Si alloy was studied by high resolution methods. ► Nano-sized Sr–Al- and Al-enriched regions within the eutectic Si phase have been found ► Sr–Al- and Al-enriched regions are located at the intersections of Si twin lamellae. ► The findings are related to the postulated modification mechanism of impurity induced twinning.

  17. Scanning capacitance microscope study of a SiO2/Si interface modified by charge injection

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    Tomiye, H.; Yao, T.

    We have investigated the local electrical properties of an SiO2/Si structure using a scanning capacitance microscope (SCaM) combined with an atomic force and a scanning tunneling microscope (AFM and STM). The electrical properties of the Si substrate and the SiO2/Si interface vary with position. In this experiment we have injected charge into the SiO2 and investigated the nature of charge storage at the SiO2/Si interface. We have used the combined microscope to apply a pulse to the SiO2/Si sample, causing charge to be trapped in the SiO2/Si interface. We could clearly detect the local variation of interface charge in a non-destructive manner using the SCaM and simultaneously by capacitance-voltage (C-V) characterization. The volume of the C-V curve shift along the voltage axis due to trapped charges is dependent upon the density of the trapped charges. In doing this experiment we show one of the many possible applications of the combined SCaM/AFM/STM.

  18. Gas permeability of SiC/SiC composites as fusion reactor material

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    Permeability of helium gas in SiC/SiC composites material, which is one of the most important properties in application of SiC/SiC composite for first wall and blanket of fusion reactors, was studied by using a vacuum apparatus. Three tubular and two flat plate SiC/SiC composites were prepared by different preparation processes. The measurement of permeability coefficient of helium gas was carried out with pressure ranging from 102 to 105 Pa at room temperature. The permeability coefficient of the SiC/SiC composite largely depended on the preparation method. In three tubular materials, the SiC/SiC composite made by both polymer impregnation and pyrolysis (PIP) and melt infiltration (MI) methods showed the lowest permeability, 9.1x10-7 m2/s, which was approximately two orders of magnitude smaller than one of the material made only by PIP method. The permeability of the flat plate SiC/SiC composites made by both liquid phase sintering (LPS) and hot pressing (HP) was approximately 1.5x10-9-4.0x10-11 m2/s. The difference of permeability was related to the microscopic structure, i.e. pores and cracks

  19. siRNAmod: A database of experimentally validated chemically modified siRNAs.

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    Dar, Showkat Ahmad; Thakur, Anamika; Qureshi, Abid; Kumar, Manoj

    2016-01-01

    Small interfering RNA (siRNA) technology has vast potential for functional genomics and development of therapeutics. However, it faces many obstacles predominantly instability of siRNAs due to nuclease digestion and subsequently biologically short half-life. Chemical modifications in siRNAs provide means to overcome these shortcomings and improve their stability and potency. Despite enormous utility bioinformatics resource of these chemically modified siRNAs (cm-siRNAs) is lacking. Therefore, we have developed siRNAmod, a specialized databank for chemically modified siRNAs. Currently, our repository contains a total of 4894 chemically modified-siRNA sequences, comprising 128 unique chemical modifications on different positions with various permutations and combinations. It incorporates important information on siRNA sequence, chemical modification, their number and respective position, structure, simplified molecular input line entry system canonical (SMILES), efficacy of modified siRNA, target gene, cell line, experimental methods, reference etc. It is developed and hosted using Linux Apache MySQL PHP (LAMP) software bundle. Standard user-friendly browse, search facility and analysis tools are also integrated. It would assist in understanding the effect of chemical modifications and further development of stable and efficacious siRNAs for research as well as therapeutics. siRNAmod is freely available at: http://crdd.osdd.net/servers/sirnamod. PMID:26818131

  20. Further Developments in Modeling Creep Effects Within Structural SiC/SiC Components

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    Lang, Jerry; DiCarlo, James A.

    2008-01-01

    Anticipating the implementation of advanced SiC/SiC composites into turbine section components of future aero-propulsion engines, the primary objective of this on-going study is to develop physics-based analytical and finite-element modeling tools to predict the effects of constituent creep on SiC/SiC component service life. A second objective is to understand how to possibly manipulate constituent materials and processes in order to minimize these effects. Focusing on SiC/SiC components experiencing through-thickness stress gradients (e.g., airfoil leading edge), prior NASA creep modeling studies showed that detrimental residual stress effects can develop globally within the component walls which can increase the risk of matrix cracking. These studies assumed that the SiC/SiC composites behaved as isotropic viscoelastic continuum materials with creep behavior that was linear and symmetric with stress and that the creep parameters could be obtained from creep data as experimentally measured in-plane in the fiber direction of advanced thin-walled 2D SiC/SiC panels. The present study expands on those prior efforts by including constituent behavior with non-linear stress dependencies in order to predict such key creep-related SiC/SiC properties as time-dependent matrix stress, constituent creep and content effects on composite creep rates and rupture times, and stresses on fiber and matrix during and after creep.

  1. Advances in SiC/SiC Composites for Aero-Propulsion

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    DiCarlo, James A.

    2013-01-01

    In the last decade, considerable progress has been made in the development and application of ceramic matrix composites consisting of silicon carbide (SiC) based matrices reinforced by small-diameter continuous-length SiC-based fibers. For example, these SiC/SiC composites are now in the early stages of implementation into hot-section components of civil aero-propulsion gas turbine engines, where in comparison to current metallic components they offer multiple advantages due to their lighter weight and higher temperature structural capability. For current production-ready SiC/SiC, this temperature capability for long time structural applications is 1250 degC, which is better than 1100 degC for the best metallic superalloys. Foreseeing that even higher structural reliability and temperature capability would continue to increase the advantages of SiC/SiC composites, progress in recent years has also been made at NASA toward improving the properties of SiC/SiC composites by optimizing the various constituent materials and geometries within composite microstructures. The primary objective of this chapter is to detail this latter progress, both fundamentally and practically, with particular emphasis on recent advancements in the materials and processes for the fiber, fiber coating, fiber architecture, and matrix, and in the design methods for incorporating these constituents into SiC/SiC microstructures with improved thermo-structural performance.

  2. Microstructure and abrasive wear studies of laser clad Al-Si/SiC composite coatings

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    Anandkumar, R.; Colaco, R.; Ocelik, V.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.; Vilar, R.; Gyulai, J; Szabo, PJ

    2007-01-01

    Surface coatings of Al-Si/SiC metal-matrix composites were deposited on Al-7 wt. % Si alloy substrates by laser cladding. The microstructure of the coatings was characterized by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The microstructure of the coating mate

  3. The effect of biaxial strain on impurity diffusion in Si and SiGe

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    Larsen, Arne Nylandsted; Zangenberg, Nikolaj; Fage-Pedersen, Jacob

    2005-01-01

    Results from diffusion studies of different impurities in biaxially strained Si and Si"1"-"xGe"x for low x-values will be presented. The structures are all molecular-beam epitaxy (MBE) grown on strain-relaxed Si"1"-"xGe"x layers, and the impurity profiles are introduced during growth. We have in...

  4. Preparation of Si3N4–SiC composites by microwave route

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    M Panneerselvam; K J Rao

    2002-12-01

    Si3N4–SiC composites have been microwave sintered using -Si3N4 and -SiC as starting materials. Si3N4 rich compositions (95 and 90 vol.% Si3N4) have been sintered above 96% of theoretical density without using any sintering additives in 40 min. A monotonic decrease in relative density is observed with increase in SiC proportion in the composite. Decrease in relative density has manifested in the reduction of fracture toughness and microhardness values of the composite with increase in SiC content although the good sintering of matrix Si3N4 limits the decrease of fracture toughness. Highest value of fracture toughness of 6.1 MPa m1/2 is observed in 10 vol.% SiC composite. Crack propagation appears to be transgranular in the Si3N4 matrix and the toughening of the composites is through crack deflection around hard SiC particles in addition to its debonding from the matrix.

  5. About the International System of Units (SI) Part III. SI Table

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    Aubrecht, Gordon J., II; French, Anthony P.; Iona, Mario

    2012-01-01

    Before discussing more details of SI, we will summarize the essentials in a few tables that can serve as ready references. If a unit isn't listed in Tables I-IV, it is not part of SI or specifically allowed for use with SI. The units and symbols that are sufficient for most everyday applications are given in bold.

  6. Formation of Si/SiC multilayers by low-energy ion implantation and thermal annealing

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    Dobrovolskiy, S.; Yakshin, A. E.; Tichelaar, F. D.; Verhoeven, J.; E. Louis,; F. Bijkerk,

    2010-01-01

    Si/SiC multilayer systems for XUV reflection optics with a periodicity of 10-20 nm were produced by sequential deposition of Si and implantation of 1 key CHx+ ions. Only about 3% of the implanted carbon was transferred into the SIC, with a thin, 0.5-1 nm, buried SIC layer being formed. We investigat

  7. Effect of Nano-SiC Particles on the Performance and Microstructure of Si3N4/SiC Composite Ceramics%纳米SiC对Si3N4/SiC复相陶瓷性能及显微结构的影响

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    张伟儒; 李勇; 陈文

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, Si3 N4/SiC composite ceramics were prepared from two different raw materials with nano-SiC particles or organic precursor. Effect of nano-SiC particles on the performance and microstructure of the Si3 N4/SiC ceramics was studied, and the relation between reinforced mechanism and microstructure of materials was also investigated.%本研究通过采用纳米SiC粉体及有机前驱体两种途径,制备了Si3N4/SiC粒子(Si3 N4/纳米SiC)复相陶瓷,研究了纳米SiC对Si3 N4/SiC复相陶瓷性能及显微结构的影响,讨论了材料强化的机制与显微结构的关系.

  8. Atomic structure of carbon-induced Si(001)c(4x4) reconstruction as a Si-Si homodimer and C-Si heterodimer network

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    A combination of low-energy electron diffraction, x-ray and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, and scanning-tunneling microscopy studies, in conjunction with ab initio calculations leads us to suggest a model for the carbon (C)-induced Si(001)c(4x4) atomic structure. This surface superstructure is obtained in a defined range of C2H4 exposures at 600 deg. C. Experimental probes show that the c(4x4) superstructure involves C atoms in both surface and subsurface sites. This is reflected in well-marked features in photoemission valence- and core-level spectra. Surface carbon atoms are stabilized in Si-C heterodimers, with a surface density of about 0.25 monolayer (ML) [i.e., two C atoms per c(4x4) unit cell of eight atoms]. In the subsurface region, carbon atoms substitute for Si atoms in well-defined sites of the third or fourth layers of the Si substrate. The subsurface C density increases with C2H4 exposure time up to a limit value of about 0.5 ML, within the c(4x4) surface structure. Further exposure disrupts the c(4x4) reconstruction and leads to a (2x1) low-energy electron diffraction pattern. Interaction with atomic hydrogen shows that the surface contains a mixture of heterodimers (Si-C) and homodimers (Si-Si), with an 1:1 proportion. These assignments are supported by first-principle calculations, which yield valence band and core level states in fairly good agreement with the experiment. Furthermore, total energy calculations strongly favor C incorporation in surface Si-C dimers and in third and fourth layer sites, and rule out C incorporation in sites of the second Si layer. The most stable c(4x4) surface configuration, suggested by our calculations, consists of alternate Si-C and Si-Si dimer lines. In such a configuration, surface carbon atoms in Si-C dimers induce a surface stress that leads to charge redistribution and atomic relaxation of the adjacent Si-Si dimers, consistent with scanning-tunneling microscopy images. Additional C atoms (in excess

  9. Silane photoabsorption spectra near the Si 2p thresholds: the geometry of Si 2p excited SiH4

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    张卫华; 许如清; 李家明

    2003-01-01

    Based on the multiple-scattering self-consistent-field method, we have studied the photoabsorption spectra near the Si 2p thresholds of silane. According to our calculations, the clear assignments of the inner-shell photoabsorption spectra are provided. In comparison with the high-resolution experimental spectra, the geometric structure of the Si 2p-excited SiH4** is recommended to be of a C2v symmetry. More specifically, the Si 2p-excited Si4** have two bond lengths of 2.50 a.u. and another two bond lengths of 2.77 a.u., and the corresponding two bond angles are 104.0° and 112.5° respectively.

  10. Thermochemical instability effects in SiC-based fibers and SiC{sub f}/SiC composites

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    Youngblood, G.E.; Henager, C.H.; Jones, R.H. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (United States)

    1997-08-01

    Thermochemical instability in irradiated SiC-based fibers with an amorphous silicon oxycarbide phase leads to shrinkage and mass loss. SiC{sub f}/SiC composites made with these fibers also exhibit mass loss as well as severe mechanical property degradation when irradiated at 800{degrees}C, a temperature much below the generally accepted 1100{degrees}C threshold for thermomechanical degradation alone. The mass loss is due to an internal oxidation mechanism within these fibers which likely degrades the carbon interphase as well as the fibers in SiC{sub f}/SiC composites even in so-called {open_quotes}inert{close_quotes} gas environments. Furthermore, the mechanism must be accelerated by the irradiation environment.

  11. Nanostructured Si-alloys for silicon solar cells

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    Ding, Kaining

    2015-01-01

    In order to initiate further progress in silicon (Si) photovoltaics, a next-generation of Si solar cell concepts targeting both high performance and low-cost production needs to emerge. The objective of this thesis is to fabricate and characterize Si nanostructures embedded in a Si alloy matrix and implement these novel materials into Si based photovoltaic devices. In particular, silicon quantum dots (Si-QDs) in a silicon carbide (SiC)/Si-rich silicon oxide (SiOx) hetero-superlattice (HSL) st...

  12. On iron contamination in mechanically alloyed Cr-Si powders

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    The present work reports on iron contamination and phase transformation during high-energy ball milling from high-purity elemental powder Cr-25Si, Cr-37.5Si, Cr-50Si, and Cr-66Si mixtures (at%) and their subsequent heat treatment. Samples were characterized in the as-milled state as well as after heat treatment by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and microanalysis via energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). Only Cr peaks were observed in Cr-25Si and Cr-37.5Si powders after milling for 200 h, suggesting that amorphous phases can be formed. In Cr-50Si and Cr-66Si powders, the CrSi and CrSi2 phases were formed during ball milling, respectively. In Cr-25Si and Cr-50Si milled powders, heat-treated at 1200 deg. C for 4 h, the formation of the Cr3Si and CrSi phases dissolving up to 15 and 16.9 at%Fe, respectively, was noted. In addition, the ternary Cr9Fe9Si2 phase was also formed in heat-treated Cr-25Si powders. A small amount of Cr5Si3 and CrSi2 was formed in heat-treated Cr-37.5Si and Cr-66Si powders, respectively

  13. Lateral boron distribution in polycrystalline SiC source materials

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    Linnarsson, M. K.; Kaiser, M.; Liljedahl, R.;

    2013-01-01

    Polycrystalline SiC containing boron and nitrogen are used in growth of fluorescent SiC for white LEDs. Two types of doped polycrystalline SiC have been studied in detail with secondary ion mass spectrometry: sintered SiC and poly-SiC prepared by sublimation in a physical vapor transport setup. The...

  14. Modification of Mg{sub 2}Si in Mg–Si alloys with gadolinium

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    Ye, Lingying; Hu, Jilong, E-mail: hjlong@csu.edu.cn; Tang, Changping; Zhang, Xinming; Deng, Yunlai; Liu, Zhaoyang; Zhou, Zhile

    2013-05-15

    The modification effect of gadolinium (Gd) on Mg{sub 2}Si in the hypereutectic Mg–3 wt.% Si alloy has been investigated using optical microscope, scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction and hardness measurements. The results indicate that the morphology of the primary Mg{sub 2}Si is changed from coarse dendrite into fine polygon with the increasing Gd content. The average size of the primary Mg{sub 2}Si significantly decreases with increasing Gd content up to 1.0 wt.%, and then slowly increases. Interestingly, when the Gd content is increased to 4.0 and 8.0 wt.%, the primary and eutectic Mg{sub 2}Si evidently decrease and even disappear. The modification and refinement of the primary Mg{sub 2}Si is mainly attributed to the poisoning effect. The GdMg{sub 2} phase in the primary Mg{sub 2}Si is obviously coarsened as the Gd content exceeds 2.0 wt.%. While the decrease and disappearance of the primary and eutectic Mg{sub 2}Si are ascribed to the formation of vast GdSi compound. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that proper Gd (1.0 wt.%) addition can effectively modify and refine the primary Mg{sub 2}Si. - Highlights: ► Proper Gd (1.0 wt.%) addition can effectively modify and refine the primary Mg{sub 2}Si. ► We studied the reaction feasibility between Mg and Si, Gd and Si in Mg–Gd–Si system. ► We explored the modification mechanism of Gd modifier on Mg{sub 2}Si.

  15. Centrifugally cast Zn-27Al-xMg-ySi alloys and their in situ (Mg2Si + Si)/ZA27 composites

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    Effects of composition, mold temperature, rotating rate and modification on microstructure of centrifugally cast Zn-27Al-xMg-ySi alloys have been investigated. In situ composites of Zn-27Al-6.3Mg-3.7Si and Zn-27Al-9.8Mg-5.2Si alloys were fabricated by centrifugal casting using heated permanent mold. These composites consist of three layers: inner layer segregates lots of blocky primary Mg2Si and a litter blocky primary Si, middle layer contains without primary Mg2Si and primary Si, outer layer contains primary Mg2Si and primary Si. The position, quantity and distribution of primary Mg2Si and primary Si in the composites are determined jointly by alloy composition, solidification velocity under the effect of centrifugal force and their floating velocity inward. Na salt modifier can refine grain and primary Mg2Si and make primary Mg2Si distribute more evenly and make primary Si nodular. For centrifugally cast Zn-27Al-3.2Mg-1.8Si alloy, the microstructures of inner layer, middle layer and outer layer are almost similar, single layer materials without primary Mg2Si and primary Si are obtained, and their grain sizes increased with the mold temperature increasing

  16. Neutron irradiation effects in SiC

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    Brink, D.J. [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002 (South Africa)], E-mail: johan.brink@up.ac.za; Malherbe, J.B. [Department of Physics, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002 (South Africa); Camassel, J. [Groupe d' Etude des Semiconducteurs, University of Montpellier II, Montpellier 34095 (France)

    2009-08-15

    SiC is a wide band gap semiconductor material with potential applications in harsh environmental conditions. In this work we investigate the effects of neutron irradiation on the properties of two SiC polytypes. Changes to the optical properties were analyzed using a range of techniques including visible transmission, infra-red reflectance, Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence.

  17. Neutron irradiation effects in SiC

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    SiC is a wide band gap semiconductor material with potential applications in harsh environmental conditions. In this work we investigate the effects of neutron irradiation on the properties of two SiC polytypes. Changes to the optical properties were analyzed using a range of techniques including visible transmission, infra-red reflectance, Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence.

  18. Growth of high-quality relaxed SiGe films with an intermediate Si1-yC y layer for strained Si n-MOSFETs

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    High quality and thin relaxed SiGe films were grown on Si (0 0 1) using ultra high vacuum chemical vapor deposition (UHV/CVD) by employing an intermediate Si1-yC y layer. The Si1-yC y/SiGe bilayer was found to change mechanism of relaxation in the SiGe overlayer. Compared with the samples with a Si layer, the equilibrium critical thickness of top SiGe films with rough surface by introducing an intermediate Si0.986C0.014 layer are drastically reduced; this result was attributed to larger tensile stress in the inserted Si0.986C0.014 layer. With a 210-nm-thick Si0.8Ge0.2 overlayer, this Si0.8Ge0.2/Si0.986C0.014/Si0.8Ge0.2 heterostructure has a threading dislocation density (TDs) less than 1 x 105 cm-2 and a residual strain of 30%. The root mean square (RMS) of surface roughness for this sample was measured to be about 1.8 nm. In this SiGe/Si1-yC y/SiGe structure, C atoms in the intermediate Si layer will improve the relaxation of thin SiGe overlayer, however, the relaxation for the 700-nm-thick SiGe overlayer is independent of the addition of C. The point defects rich Si0.986C0.014 layer plays the role to confine the misfit dislocations, which formed at the interface of the top Si0.8Ge0.2 and the Si0.986C0.014 layer, and blocked the propagation of TDs. Strained-Si n-channel metal-oxide-semiconductor transistors (n-MOSFETs) with a 210-nm-thick Si0.8Ge0.2 overlayers as buffer were fabricated and examined. Drain current and effective electron mobility for the strained-Si device with this novel substrate technology was found to be 100 and 63% higher than that of control Si device. Our results show that thin relaxed Si0.8Ge0.2 films with the intermediate Si0.986C0.014 layer serve as good candidates for high-speed strained-Si devices

  19. Photoluminescence of as-grown and thermal annealed SiOx/Si-nanocrystals heterolayers grown by reactive rf sputtering

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    SiOx/Si-nanocrystals (Si NCs) heterolayers were fabricated employing a rf magnetron sputtering system. The synthesis process, through modification of the oxygen partial pressure of the plasma, promotes the synthesis of stoichiometric SiO2 layers and affect the Si NCs layer giving place to SiOx/Si NCs (1.642 stoichiometry in the interface and the crystallization of more Si NCs. The results allow us to clearly identify the origin of the PL bands; indicating that the near-infrared emission is related to the nonstoichiometric oxide while the red and green bands are originated in Si NCs.

  20. DLC-Si protective coatings for polycarbonates

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    Damasceno J.C.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a-C:H:Si (DLC-Si films were produced onto crystalline silicon and polycarbonate substrates by the rf-PACVD technique from gaseous mixtures of CH4 + SiH4 and C2H2 + SiH4. The effects of self-bias and gas composition upon mechanical and optical properties of the films were investigated. Micro-hardness, residual stress, surface roughness and refractive index measurements were employed for characterization. By incorporating low concentrations of silicon and by exploring the more favorable conditions for the rf-PACVD deposition technique, highly adherent DLC-Si thin films were produced with reduced internal stresses (lower than 1 GPa, high hardness (around 20 GPa and high deposition rates (up to 10 µm/h. Results that show the technological viability of this material for application as protective coatings for polycarbonates are also discussed.

  1. Delivery materials for siRNA therapeutics

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    Kanasty, Rosemary; Dorkin, Joseph Robert; Vegas, Arturo; Anderson, Daniel

    2013-11-01

    RNA interference (RNAi) has broad potential as a therapeutic to reversibly silence any gene. To achieve the clinical potential of RNAi, delivery materials are required to transport short interfering RNA (siRNA) to the site of action in the cells of target tissues. This Review provides an introduction to the biological challenges that siRNA delivery materials aim to overcome, as well as a discussion of the way that the most effective and clinically advanced classes of siRNA delivery systems, including lipid nanoparticles and siRNA conjugates, are designed to surmount these challenges. The systems that we discuss are diverse in their approaches to the delivery problem, and provide valuable insight to guide the design of future siRNA delivery materials.

  2. Effects of SiC amount on phase compositions and properties of Ti3SiC2-based composites

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    蔡艳芝; 殷小玮; 尹洪峰

    2015-01-01

    The phase compositions and properties of Ti3SiC2-based composites with SiC addition of 5%−30% in mass fraction fabricated by in-situ reaction and hot pressing sintering were studied. SiC addition effectively prevented TiC synthesis but facilitated SiC synthesis. The Ti3SiC2/TiC−SiC composite had better oxidation resistance when SiC added quantity reached 20% but poorer oxidation resistance with SiC addition under 15%than Ti3SiC2/TiC composite at higher temperatures. There were more than half of the original SiC and a few Ti3SiC2 remaining in Ti3SiC2/TiC−SiC with 20% SiC addition, but all constituents in Ti3Si2/TiC composite were oxidized after 12 h in air at 1500 °C. The oxidation scale thickness of TS30, 1505.78μm, was near a half of that of T, 2715μm, at 1500 °C for 20 h. Ti3SiC2/TiC composite had a flexural strength of 474 MPa, which was surpassed by Ti3SiC2/TiC−SiC composites when SiC added amount reached 15%. The strength reached the peak of 518 MPa at 20%SiC added amount.

  3. Dislocation dynamics in SiGe alloys

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    Yonenaga, I.

    2013-11-01

    The dislocation velocities and mechanical strength of bulk crystals of SixGe1-x alloys grown by the Czochralski method have been investigated by the etch pit technique and compressive deformation tests, respectively. Velocity of dislocations in the SiGe alloys of the composition range 0.004 < x < 0.08 decreases monotonically with an increase in Si content at temperature 450-700°C and under stress 3-24MPa. In contrast, velocity of dislocations in the composition range 0.92 < x < 1 first increases, then decreases and again increases with a decrease in Si content at temperature 750-850°C and under stress 3-30MPa. The velocity of dislocations was quantitatively evaluated as functions of stress and temperature. Stress-strain behaviour in the yield region of the SiGe alloys of composition 0 < x < 0.4 is similar to that of Ge at temperatures lower than about 600°C. However, the yield stress becomes temperature-insensitive at high temperatures and increases with increasing Si content. The stress-strain curves of the SiGe alloys of composition 0.95 < x < 1 are similar to those of pure Si at temperatures 800-1000°C and the yield stress increases with decreasing Si content down to x = 0.95. The yield stress of the SiGe alloys is dependent on the composition, being proportional to x(1-x), showing a maximum around x ≈ 0.5. Built-in stress fields related to local fluctuation of the alloy composition and the dynamic development of a solute atmosphere around the dislocations, may suppress the activities of dislocations and lead to the hardening of SiGe alloys.

  4. Dislocation dynamics in SiGe alloys

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    The dislocation velocities and mechanical strength of bulk crystals of SixGe1−x alloys grown by the Czochralski method have been investigated by the etch pit technique and compressive deformation tests, respectively. Velocity of dislocations in the SiGe alloys of the composition range 0.004 < x < 0.08 decreases monotonically with an increase in Si content at temperature 450–700°C and under stress 3–24MPa. In contrast, velocity of dislocations in the composition range 0.92 < x < 1 first increases, then decreases and again increases with a decrease in Si content at temperature 750-850°C and under stress 3–30MPa. The velocity of dislocations was quantitatively evaluated as functions of stress and temperature. Stress-strain behaviour in the yield region of the SiGe alloys of composition 0 < x < 0.4 is similar to that of Ge at temperatures lower than about 600°C. However, the yield stress becomes temperature-insensitive at high temperatures and increases with increasing Si content. The stress-strain curves of the SiGe alloys of composition 0.95 < x < 1 are similar to those of pure Si at temperatures 800–1000°C and the yield stress increases with decreasing Si content down to x = 0.95. The yield stress of the SiGe alloys is dependent on the composition, being proportional to x(1−x), showing a maximum around x ≈ 0.5. Built-in stress fields related to local fluctuation of the alloy composition and the dynamic development of a solute atmosphere around the dislocations, may suppress the activities of dislocations and lead to the hardening of SiGe alloys

  5. Nanoscale SiC production by ballistic ion beam mixing of C/Si multilayer structures

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    Battistig, G.; Zolnai, Z.; Németh, A.; Panjan, P.; Menyhárd, M.

    2016-05-01

    The ion beam-induced mixing process using Ar+, Ga+, and Xe+ ion irradiation has been used to form SiC rich layers on the nanometer scale at the interfaces of C/Si/C/Si/C multilayer structures. The SiC depth distributions were determined by Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) depth profiling and were compared to the results of analytical models developed for ballistic ion mixing and local thermal spike induced mixing. In addition, the measured SiC depth distributions were correlated to the Si and C mixing profiles simulated by the TRIDYN code which can follow the ballistic ion mixing process as a function of ion fluence. Good agreement has been found between the distributions provided by AES depth profiling and TRIDYN on the assumption that the majority of the Si (C) atoms transported to the neighboring C (Si) layer form the SiC compound. The ion beam mixing process can be successfully described by ballistic atomic transport processes. The results show that SiC production as a function of depth can be predicted, and tailored compound formation on the nanoscale becomes feasible, thus leading to controlled synthesis of protective SiC coatings at room temperature.

  6. Nano-SiC/SiC anti-oxidant coating on the surface of graphite

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    Jafari, H.; Ehsani, N.; Khalifeh-Soltani, S. A.; Jalaly, M.

    2013-01-01

    In this research, a dual-layer coating has been used to improve high temperature oxidation resistance of graphite substrate. For first layer, silicon carbide was applied by pack cementation method. Powder pack consisted of Si, SiC and Al2O3 and heat-treated at 1650 °C in an argon atmosphere. SEM and XRD characterizations confirmed formation of SiC diffusion coating with about 500 μm including compositionally gradient of C and Si elements. Electrophoretic deposition (EPD) was used to deposit nano SiC (SiCn) particles as second layer. Thickness of second layer of SiCn in corresponded optimal situation was 50 μm. Samples with single and dual layers were investigated in oxidation test at 1600 °C. Results showed that an extreme increase was occurred in oxidation resistance after application of second layer of nano SiC. Weight loss value for single layer coating of SiC and dual layer coating of SiCn/SiC after oxidation test for 28 h at 1600 °C were 29 wt.% and 2.4 wt.%, respectively.

  7. Investigation on The Properties of Fe-Si3N4 Bonded SiC Composite

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    ZHANG Yong; FENG Di; PENG Dayan

    2005-01-01

    The mechanical properties of pressureless sintering Fe-Si3N4 bonded SiC and Si3 N4 bonded SiC with same manufacture process have been compared in this paper.The oxidizing mechanism of Fe-Si3 N4 bonded SiC ceramic matrix composite has been investigated especially through TG-DSC (thermo gravimetric analysis-differential scanning calorimeter) experiment. During oxidation procedure the main reaction is the oxidation of SiC and Si3N4, SiO2 which form protecting film to prevent further oxidizing. And residual iron in the samples become Fe2 O3 and Fe3O4, the oxidation kinetics at 1100 ~ 1300℃ of re-Si3 N4 bonded SiC has been studied especially. The weight gain per unit area at initial stage changes according to beeline rule, in the middle according to conic, and in the last oxidation period follows parabola rule.

  8. Electron spin resonance investigation of irradiated Si-SiO2

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    The point defects of Pb and E' in two kinds of Si-SiO2 formed by different technological process, before and after irradiation with different dosage and bias field, have been examined using electron spin resonance (ESR). The experimental results show that there are Pb defects in both kinds of Si-SiO2 no matter whether they are irradiated, and the radiation of 60Co can generate more Pb defects in the Si-SiO2 systems. In the first kind of Si-SiO2 the E' defects can be observed after irradiation with positive bias field, while with free field these defects appear only when the irradiation dosage is as high as 50 kGy(Si). But there are not any E' in the second kind of Si-SiO2 even if they are irradiated. Besides, the ΔH(peak to peak) of Pb and E' in the ESR spectra indicates that Pb is referred to a slow relaxation defect but E' to a fast relaxation defect. Finally, the experimental results are qualitatively explained

  9. Adsorption of Molecular Oxygen onto Si1-xGex/Si(001) Surface

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    On the basis of ab initio calculations, the adsorption of O2 molecules onto a Si1-xGex/Si(001) surface has been considered at a qualitative level, and stable adsorption configurations of molecular oxygen have been determined. The O2 molecule was found to be chemisorbed without dissociation onto the Si1-xGex/Si(001) surface. In the case where the Si1-xGex/Si(001) surface is presented by pure Si-Si or mixed Si-Ge ad-dimers, the adsorption of O2 molecules was found to be barrierless. In the case where the surface is presented by pure Ge-Ge ad-dimers, the chemisorption barrier was found to be lower than 0.1 eV. The adsorption of O2 molecule on the Si1-xGex/Si(001) surface is accompanied by a change of the spin state of the system from the triplet to the singlet one and by a reduction of the surface chemical reactivity.

  10. Si nanocrystals embedded in SiO2: Optical studies in the vacuum ultraviolet range

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    Pankratov, V.; Osinniy, Viktor; Kotlov, A.;

    2011-01-01

    Photoluminescence excitation and transmission spectra of Si nanocrystals of different diameters embedded in a SiO2 matrix have been investigated in the broad visible-vacuum ultraviolet spectral range using synchrotron radiation. The dependence of the photoluminescence excitation spectra on the...... done. It is demonstrated that the experimentally determined blueshift of the photoluminescence excitation and absorption spectra is larger than the theoretical predictions. The influence of point defects in the SiO2 matrix on the optical and luminescence properties of the embedded Si nanocrystals is...... discussed. Moreover, it is demonstrated that no energy transfer takes place between the SiO2 and Si nanocrystals when the excitation energy is higher than the band-to-band transition energy in SiO2....

  11. Electronic Properties of Si-Hx Vibrational Modes at Si Waveguide Interface.

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    Bashouti, Muhammad Y; Yousefi, Peyman; Ristein, Jürgen; Christiansen, Silke H

    2015-10-01

    Attenuated total reflectance (ATR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in suite with Kelvin probe were conjugated to explore the electronic properties of Si-Hx vibrational modes by developing Si waveguide with large dynamic detection range compared with conventional IR. The Si 2p emission and work-function related to the formation and elimination of Si-Hx bonds at Si surfaces are monitored based on the detection of vibrational mode frequencies. A transition between various Si-Hx bonds and thus related vibrational modes is monitored for which effective momentum transfer could be demonstrated. The combination of the aforementioned methods provides for results that permit a model for the kinetics of hydrogen termination of Si surfaces with time and advanced surface characterizing of hybrid-terminated semiconducting solids. PMID:26722904

  12. SiC Formation Through Interface Reaction between C60 and Si in Plasma Environment

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    The formation of SiC through the interface reaction between C60 and Si in a plasma-assisted chemical vapour deposition system (PACVD) is investigated with a C60 film previously deposited on Si wafers. The composition and structure of the deposited samples were characterized by micro-Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results showed that SiC film was formed successfully in hydrogen plasma at a substrate temperature of 800 deg. C. The hydrogen atoms in plasma were found to enhance the production of SiC. Furthermore, the effects of the added CH4 on the formation of film were studied. Introduction of CH4 simultaneously with H2 at the beginning would suppress the formation of the initial layer of SiC due to a carbon-rich environment on the substrate, which would be disadvantageous to the further growth of the SiC film

  13. Designing the Si(100) conversion into SiC(100) by Ge

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    Nader, Richard; Masri, Pierre [Groupe d' Etude des Semiconducteurs, CNRS-UMR 5650, Universite de Montpellier II, CC 074, 34095 Montpellier, Cedex 5 (France); Niebelschuetz, Florentina; Pezoldt, Joerg [FG Nanotechnologie, Institut fuer Mikro- und Nanotechnologien, TU Ilmenau, Postfach 100565, 98684 Ilmenau (Germany); Kulikov, Dmitri V.; Kharlamov, Vladimir V.; Trushin, Yurii V. [Department of Theoretical Bases of Microelectronics, Ioffe Physical Technical Institute, ul. Polytekhnicheskaya 26, St. Petersburg 194021 (Russian Federation); Nanostructures Physics Laboratory, St. Petersburg Research and Education Center of Science and Technology, Khlopina 8/3, St. Petersburg 195220 (Russian Federation)

    2010-02-15

    The deposition of Germanium (Ge) prior to the conversion of Si(100) into 3C-SiC(100) results in changes of the structure and surface morphology of the formed silicon carbide layer. First of all it reduces the thickness of the 3C-SiC layer grown during the conversion process and therefore the probability of voids formation. Secondly, it increases the nucleation density of the formed 3C-SiC nuclei and therefore, decreases the grain size at Ge coverages below two monolayers. These affect the roughness of the SiC surface positively by modifying the width of the SiC-Si interface. If the Ge coverages exceed two monolayers the structural and morphological properties begin to degrade. (copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  14. SiO x /SiN y multilayers for photovoltaic and photonic applications

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    Nalini, Ramesh Pratibha; Khomenkova, Larysa; Debieu, Olivier; Cardin, Julien; Dufour, Christian; Carrada, Marzia; Gourbilleau, Fabrice

    2012-02-01

    Microstructural, electrical, and optical properties of undoped and Nd3+-doped SiO x /SiN y multilayers fabricated by reactive radio frequency magnetron co-sputtering have been investigated with regard to thermal treatment. This letter demonstrates the advantages of using SiN y as the alternating sublayer instead of SiO2. A high density of silicon nanoclusters of the order 1019 nc/cm3 is achieved in the SiO x sublayers. Enhanced conductivity, emission, and absorption are attained at low thermal budget, which are promising for photovoltaic applications. Furthermore, the enhancement of Nd3+ emission in these multilayers in comparison with the SiO x /SiO2 counterparts offers promising future photonic applications. PACS: 88.40.fh (Advanced materials development), 81.15.cd (Deposition by sputtering), 78.67.bf (Nanocrystals, nanoparticles, and nanoclusters).

  15. Si nanocone array optimization on crystalline Si thin films for solar energy harvesting

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    In this paper, the effects of structural parameters on the optical characteristics of crystalline Si thin films with the surface decorated by Si nanocone (SiNC) arrays are investigated by simulation. It is found that the SiNC base diameter should be equal to the array periodicity for efficient solar energy harvesting, and the optimized light absorption could already be realized when the SiNC height reaches ∼400 nm. An ultimate efficiency of ∼31.5% can be achieved when the periodicity is ∼600 nm for an 800 nm thick Si film with a 400 nm high nanocone array although the total thickness is only 1200 nm. And the ultimate efficiency could be further increased to some extent due to the enhanced light absorption in the low energy region by appropriately increasing the Si film thickness. The underlying physics is also discussed in this work.

  16. Si-nanocrystals/SiO2 thin films obtained by pyrolysis of sol-gel precursors

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    Polymer pyrolysis to nanoceramics is employed for the production of photo-luminescent thin film samples, consisting of Si-nanocrystals dispersed in silica matrix. Thin films were deposited on Si wafer by spin-coating technique from a triethoxysilane-derived sol-gel solution. This is a fast process and a low cost technique. Samples were annealed at different temperatures between 600 deg. C and 1300 deg. C, under N2 gas atmosphere. Structural evolution and luminescence from Si-ncs vs. temperature were investigated by FT-IR absorption spectroscopy and photo-luminescence. Absorption spectrum of As-Prep sample shows several vibrational bands due to Si-H, C-Hx, and Si-O-Si structural units, without any appreciable luminescence. Silica phase segregation and intense PL (790 nm) due to Si-ncs were observed on annealing at T > 1000 deg. C

  17. Dynamic segregation of metallic impurities at SiO2/Si interfaces

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    The behaviour of two metallic impurities, iron and tungsten, during oxidation of silicon wafers has been investigated using transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. Metallic contamination has been introduced by implantation of 54Fe at 65 keV and 186W at 150 keV, with a dose of 1015 at/cm2. Oxidation of Fe-contaminated Si wafer results in the precipitation of iron as β-FeSi2 at the SiO2/Si interface. The presence of these precipitates hinders the oxidation front which forms silicon pyramidal defects. Further oxidation of the precipitates leads to iron-rich cluster formation in the SiO2 layer, surrounding the pyramids. Dry oxidation of a tungsten-contaminated Si wafer is characterised by the formation of nanometric spherical precipitates in the Si layer. The size and density of these precipitates versus depth follow the as-implanted W concentration profile

  18. Atomic diffusion in annealed CU/SiO2/Si (100) system prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Cu thin films are deposited on p-type Si (100) substrates by magnetron sputtering at room temperature. The interface reaction and atomic diffusion of Cu/SiO2/Si (100) systems are studied by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS). Some significant results can be obtained. The onset temperature of interdiffusion for Cu/SiO2/Si(100) is 350 °C. With the annealing temperature increasing, the interdiffusion becomes more apparent. The calculated diffusion activation energy is about 0.91 eV. For the CU/SiO2/Si (100) systems copper silicides are not formed below an annealing temperature of 350 °C. The formation of the copper silicides phase is observed when the annealing temperature arrives at 450 °C. (condensed matter: structure, thermal and mechanical properties)

  19. SiC whisker-MoSi/sub 2/ matrix composites

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    Whisker reinforcement was investigated as a means to improve mechanical properties. Vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) SiC whisker-MoSi/sub 2/ matrix composites containing 20 vol% whiskers were fabricated by conventional hot pressing techniques. In this system, whisker reinforcement toughen the material at low temperatures when the matrix is brittle and strengthen the material at elevated temperatures when the matrix is ductile. At composite fabrication temperatures (1500-17000C) SiC and MoSi/sub 2/ do not react. For such high fabrication temperatures, SiC whiskers are currently the only fiber reinforcement material suitable for composite synthesis. No reaction between the MoSi/sub 2/ matrix and the SiC whiskers was observed as a result of hot pressing at 16000C

  20. SiC fiber reinforced reaction-bonded Si3N4 composites

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    Bhatt, Ramakrishna T.

    1986-01-01

    A technique for fabricating strong and tough SiC fiber reinforced reaction bonded Si3N4 matrix composites (SiC/RBSN) was developed. Using this technique, composites containing approximately 23, 30, and 40 volume fractions of aligned 140 micron diameter, chemically vapor deposited SiC fibers were fabricated. The room temperature physical and mechanical properties were evaluated. The results for composite tensile strength, bend strength, and fracture strain indicate that the composite displays excellent properties when compared with the unreinforced matrix of comparable porosity. The composite stress at which the matrix first cracks and the ultimate composite fracture strength increase with increasing volume fraction of fibers, and the composite fails gracefully. The mechanical property data of this ceramic composite are compared with similar data for unreinforced commercially available Si3N4 materials and for SEP SiC/SiC composites.

  1. Light emissions from LiNbO sub 3 /SiO sub 2 /Si structures

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    Wu, X L; Tang, N; Deng, S S; Bao, X M

    2003-01-01

    LiNbO sub 3 (LN) films with a high degree of (006) texture were deposited on Si-based dense SiO sub 2 layers by pulsed laser deposition. After annealing, the LN/SiO sub 2 /Si structures were revealed to have ultraviolet-, green-, and red-emitting properties related to self-trapped excitons and E' defect pairs in the SiO sub 2 surface, which are induced by the photorefractive effect of the LN films. The emission wavelength can be tuned by introducing different dopants into the LN films. Waveguiding properties of the structures were demonstrated. The results obtained indicate that the LN/SiO sub 2 /Si structures could be expected to have important applications in modern optoelectronic integration. (letter to the editor)

  2. Quantitative analysis of hydrogen in SiO2/SiN/SiO2 stacks using atom probe tomography

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    Yorinobu Kunimune

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available We have demonstrated that it is possible to reproducibly quantify hydrogen concentration in the SiN layer of a SiO2/SiN/SiO2 (ONO stack structure using ultraviolet laser-assisted atom probe tomography (APT. The concentration of hydrogen atoms detected using APT increased gradually during the analysis, which could be explained by the effect of hydrogen adsorption from residual gas in the vacuum chamber onto the specimen surface. The amount of adsorbed hydrogen in the SiN layer was estimated by analyzing another SiN layer with an extremely low hydrogen concentration (<0.2 at. %. Thus, by subtracting the concentration of adsorbed hydrogen, the actual hydrogen concentration in the SiN layer was quantified as approximately 1.0 at. %. This result was consistent with that obtained by elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA, which confirmed the accuracy of the APT quantification. The present results indicate that APT enables the imaging of the three-dimensional distribution of hydrogen atoms in actual devices at a sub-nanometer scale.

  3. Time-resolved photoluminescence of SiOx encapsulated Si

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    Kalem, Seref; Hannas, Amal; Österman, Tomas; Sundström, Villy

    Silicon and its oxide SiOx offer a number of exciting electrical and optical properties originating from defects and size reduction enabling engineering new electronic devices including resistive switching memories. Here we present the results of photoluminescence dynamics relevant to defects and quantum confinement effects. Time-resolved luminescence at room temperature exhibits an ultrafast decay component of less than 10 ps at around 480 nm and a slower component of around 60 ps as measured by streak camera. Red shift at the initial stages of the blue luminescence decay confirms the presence of a charge transfer to long lived states. Time-correlated single photon counting measurements revealed a life-time of about 5 ns for these states. The same quantum structures emit in near infrared close to optical communication wavelengths. Nature of the emission is described and modeling is provided for the luminescence dynamics. The electrical characteristics of metal-oxide-semiconductor devices were correlated with the optical and vibrational measurement results in order to have better insight into the switching mechanisms in such resistive devices as possible next generation RAM memory elements. ``This work was supported by ENIAC Joint Undertaking and Laser-Lab Europe''.

  4. p-n Junction Diodes Fabricated on Si-Si/Ge Heteroepitaxial Films

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    Das, K.; Mazumder, M. D. A.; Hall, H.; Alterovitz, Samuel A. (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    A set of photolithographic masks was designed for the fabrication of diodes in the Si-Si/Ge material system. Fabrication was performed on samples obtained from two different wafers: (1) a complete HBT structure with an n (Si emitter), p (Si/Ge base), and an n/n+ (Si collector/sub-collector) deposited epitaxially (MBE) on a high resistivity p-Si substrate, (2) an HBT structure where epitaxial growth was terminated after the p-type base (Si/Ge) layer deposition. Two different process runs were attempted for the fabrication of Si-Si/Ge (n-p) and Si/Ge-Si (p-n) junction diodes formed between the emitter-base and base-collector layers, respectively, of the Si-Si/Ge-Si HBT structure. One of the processes employed a plasma etching step to expose the p-layer in the structure (1) and to expose the e-layer in structure (2). The Contact metallization used for these diodes was a Cu-based metallization scheme that was developed during the first year of the grant. The plasma-etched base-collector diodes on structure (2) exhibited well-behaved diode-like characteristics. However, the plasma-etched emitter-base diodes demonstrated back-to-back diode characteristics. These back-to back characteristics were probably due to complete etching of the base-layer, yielding a p-n-p diode. The deep implantation process yielded rectifying diodes with asymmetric forward and reverse characteristics. The ideality factor of these diodes were between 1.6 -2.1, indicating that the quality of the MBE grown epitaxial films was not sufficiently high, and also incomplete annealing of the implantation damage. Further study will be conducted on CVD grown films, which are expected to have higher epitaxial quality.

  5. Modeling Creep Effects within SiC/SiC Turbine Components

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    DiCarlo, J. A.; Lang, J.

    2008-01-01

    Anticipating the implementation of advanced SiC/SiC ceramic composites into the hot section components of future gas turbine engines, the primary objective of this on-going study is to develop physics-based analytical and finite-element modeling tools to predict the effects of constituent creep on SiC/SiC component service life. A second objective is to understand how to possibly select and manipulate constituent materials, processes, and geometries in order to minimize these effects. In initial studies aimed at SiC/SiC components experiencing through-thickness stress gradients, creep models were developed that allowed an understanding of detrimental residual stress effects that can develop globally within the component walls. It was assumed that the SiC/SiC composites behaved as isotropic visco-elastic materials with temperature-dependent creep behavior as experimentally measured in-plane in the fiber direction of advanced thin-walled 2D SiC/SiC panels. The creep models and their key results are discussed assuming state-of-the-art SiC/SiC materials within a simple cylindrical thin-walled tubular structure, which is currently being employed to model creep-related effects for turbine airfoil leading edges subjected to through-thickness thermal stress gradients. Improvements in the creep models are also presented which focus on constituent behavior with more realistic non-linear stress dependencies in order to predict such key creep-related SiC/SiC properties as time-dependent matrix stress, constituent creep and content effects on composite creep rates and rupture times, and stresses on fiber and matrix during and after creep.

  6. Optical and Structural Properties of Si Nanocrystals in SiO2 Films

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    Timur Nikitin

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Optical and structural properties of Si nanocrystals (Si-nc in silica films are described. For the SiOx (x < 2 films annealed above 1000 °C, the Raman signal of Si-nc and the absorption coefficient are proportional to the amount of elemental Si detected by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A good agreement is found between the measured refractive index and the value estimated by using the effective-medium approximation. The extinction coefficient of elemental Si is found to be between the values of crystalline and amorphous Si. Thermal annealing increases the degree of Si crystallization; however, the crystallization and the Si–SiO2 phase separation are not complete after annealing at 1200 °C. The 1.5-eV PL quantum yield increases as the amount of elemental Si decreases; thus, this PL is probably not directly from Si-nc responsible for absorption and detected by Raman spectroscopy. Continuous-wave laser light can produce very high temperatures in the free-standing films, which changes their structural and optical properties. For relatively large laser spots, the center of the laser-annealed area is very transparent and consists of amorphous SiO2. Large Si-nc (up to ∼300 nm in diameter are observed in the ring around the central region. These Si-nc lead to high absorption and they are typically under compressive stress, which is connected with their formation from the liquid phase. By using strongly focused laser beams, the structural changes in the free-standing films can be made in submicron areas.

  7. Microstructure and Properties of TiSi2-based Composites

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    WU Ting, WANG Lian-Jun, JIANG Wan, CHEN Li-Dong; Qin, Chao

    2008-01-01

    TiSi2-SiC and TiSi2-SiC-Ti3SiC2 composites were in situ fabricated by spark plasma sintering using commercially available Si, Ti, C and TiC as starting materials. The phase constitutes and microstructures of the composites were analyzed by XRD, FESEM and TEM. It shows that the TiSi2 grains are larger than 1μm and SiC particles in the range of 200--300nm uniformly distribute in the TiSi2 matrix. The hardness, fracture toughness and bending strength of TiSi2-SiC composites increase with the SiC...

  8. Remote plasma-assisted oxidation of SiC: a low temperature process for SiC-SiO2 interface formation that eliminates interfacial Si oxycarbide transition regions

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    Remote plasma-assisted oxidation of SiC is a low temperature process, 300 deg. C, for the formation of device quality interfaces on SiC. This paper discusses two aspects of the process: (i) the motivation for eliminating high temperature oxidation processes that can generate silicon oxycarbide, Si-O-C, interfacial regions which can be a source of interfacial defects and (ii) the kinetics of the remote plasma-assisted oxidation process that effectively eliminates interfacial Si oxycarbide transition regions. The differences between interfacial relaxation at Si-SiO2 and SiC-SiO2 are based on the relative stabilities of the suboxides of Si and SiC, SiOx and (Si,C)Ox, respectively

  9. Abiologic silicon isotope fractionation between aqueous Si and Fe(III)-Si gel in simulated Archean seawater: Implications for Si isotope records in Precambrian sedimentary rocks

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    Zheng, Xin-Yuan; Beard, Brian L.; Reddy, Thiruchelvi R.; Roden, Eric E.; Johnson, Clark M.

    2016-08-01

    Precambrian Si-rich sedimentary rocks, including cherts and banded iron formations (BIFs), record a >7‰ spread in 30Si/28Si ratios (δ30Si values), yet interpretation of this large variability has been hindered by the paucity of data on Si isotope exchange kinetics and equilibrium fractionation factors in systems that are pertinent to Precambrian marine conditions. Using the three-isotope method and an enriched 29Si tracer, a series of experiments were conducted to constrain Si isotope exchange kinetics and fractionation factors between amorphous Fe(III)-Si gel, a likely precursor to Precambrian jaspers and BIFs, and aqueous Si in artificial Archean seawater under anoxic conditions. Experiments were conducted at room temperature, and in the presence and absence of aqueous Fe(II) (Fe(II)aq). Results of this study demonstrate that Si solubility is significantly lower for Fe-Si gel than that of amorphous Si, indicating that seawater Si concentrations in the Precambrian may have been lower than previous estimates. The experiments reached ∼70-90% Si isotope exchange after a period of 53-126 days, and the highest extents of exchange were obtained where Fe(II)aq was present, suggesting that Fe(II)-Fe(III) electron-transfer and atom-exchange reactions catalyze Si isotope exchange through breakage of Fe-Si bonds. All experiments except one showed little change in the instantaneous solid-aqueous Si isotope fractionation factor with time, allowing extraction of equilibrium Si isotope fractionation factors through extrapolation to 100% isotope exchange. The equilibrium 30Si/28Si fractionation between Fe(III)-Si gel and aqueous Si (Δ30Sigel-aqueous) is -2.30 ± 0.25‰ (2σ) in the absence of Fe(II)aq. In the case where Fe(II)aq was present, which resulted in addition of ∼10% Fe(II) in the final solid, creating a mixed Fe(II)-Fe(III) Si gel, the equilibrium fractionation between Fe(II)-Fe(III)-Si gel and aqueous Si (Δ30Sigel-aqueous) is -3.23 ± 0.37‰ (2

  10. Si3N4 and Si3N4/SiC composite rings for dynamic sealing of circulating fluids

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    Carrapichano, J. M.; Gomes, J. R.; Oliveira, F. J.; Silva, R F

    2003-01-01

    Silicon nitride (Si3N4) and silicon itride/silicon carbide (Si3N4/30 wt.% SiC) seal rings were tested as self-mated pairs and dissimilar sealing systems against grey cast iron. The tribological experiments were conducted in a ring-on-ring tribometer at V ≈ 4ms−1 of linear speed, in the range of 0.3–1 kN of applied load, under a pressure of 2 × 105 Pa of a mixture of 20 vol.% of hydrogen peroxide in deionised water, which gives an effective pressure (P) between 0.2 and 1.3MPa. The homologous t...

  11. Experimental and thermodynamic assessments of substitutions in the AlFeSi, FeMnSi, FeSiZr and AlCaFeSi systems (65 wt % Si) - solidification simulation

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    The substitutions of Al Si, Fe Mn and Fe Zr in some intermetallic compounds of the Al-Fe-Si, Fe-Mn-Si and Fe-Si-Zr systems are modelled in the Si-rich corner using a two sublattice model. The solidification paths of the studied alloys are determined at equilibrium. The ascalculated phase volume fractions of the alloys are compared to the experimental ones. Finally, a solidification simulation using the Gulliver-Scheil's model is performed in order to explain the formation of some precipitates experimentally observed. (authors). 14 figs., 19 refs

  12. Experimental and thermodynamic assessments of substitutions in the AlFeSi, FeMnSi, FeSiZr and AlCaFeSi systems (65 wt % Si) - solidification simulation

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    Gueneau, C. [CEA Centre d`Etudes de Saclay, 91 - Gif-sur-Yvette (France). Dept. des Procedes d`Enrichissement]|[Paris-11 Univ., 91 - Orsay (France)]|[Compagnie de Produits Chimiques et Electrometallurgiques Pechiney, 74 - Passy-Chedde (France). Lab. Graphitation; Servant, C. [Paris-11 Univ., 91 - Orsay (France); Ansara, I. [Ecole Nationale Superieure d`Electrochimie et d`Electrometallurgie, 38 - Grenoble (France)

    1994-12-31

    The substitutions of Al <-> Si, Fe <-> Mn and Fe <-> Zr in some intermetallic compounds of the Al-Fe-Si, Fe-Mn-Si and Fe-Si-Zr systems are modelled in the Si-rich corner using a two sublattice model. The solidification paths of the studied alloys are determined at equilibrium. The ascalculated phase volume fractions of the alloys are compared to the experimental ones. Finally, a solidification simulation using the Gulliver-Scheil`s model is performed in order to explain the formation of some precipitates experimentally observed. (authors). 14 figs., 19 refs.

  13. Comportamentul consumatorilor de produse si servicii financiare (investitorii)

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    Valerica Olteanu; Beatrice Vlad

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    In cadrul pietei de capital, actioneaza doua categorii de investitori: investitori profesionali si investitori individuali. Investitorii profesionali sunt considerati investitorii care detin experienta si cunostinte si sunt calificati pentru a lua decizii de investitii si pentru evaluarea riscului pe care acestea il presupun. O categorie la fel de importanta o constituie si investitorii individuali, categorie care include marii investitori denumiti si investitori institutionali (toti investit...

  14. Influence of SiC coating thickness on mechanical properties of SiCf/SiC composite

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    Yu, Haijiao; Zhou, Xingui; Zhang, Wei; Peng, Huaxin; Zhang, Changrui

    2013-11-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) coatings with varying thickness (ranging from 0.14 μm to 2.67 μm) were deposited onto the surfaces of Type KD-I SiC fibres with native carbonaceous surface using chemical vapour deposition (CVD) process. Then, two dimensional SiC fibre reinforced SiC matrix (2D SiCf/SiC) composites were fabricated using polymer infiltration and pyrolysis (PIP) process. Influences of the fibre coating thickness on mechanical properties of SiC fibre and SiCf/SiC composite were investigated using single-filament test and three-point bending test. The results indicated that flexural strength of the composites initially increased with the increasing CVD SiC coating thickness and reached a peak value of 363 MPa at the coating thickness of 0.34 μm. Further increase in the coating thickness led to a rapid decrease in the flexural strength of the composites. The bending modulus of composites showed a monotonic increase with increasing coating thickness. A chemical attack of hydrogen or other ions (e.g. a C-H group) on the surface of SiC fibres during the coating process, owing to the formation of volatile hydrogen, lead to an increment of the surface defects of the fibres. This was confirmed by Wang et al. [35] in their work on the SiC coating of the carbon fibre. In the present study, the existing ˜30 nm carbon on the surface of KD-I fibre [36] made the fibre easy to be attacked. Deposition of non-stoichiometric SiC, causing a decrease in strength. During the CVD process, a small amount of free silicon or carbon always existed [35]. The existence of free silicon, either disordered the structure of SiC and formed a new source of cracks or attacked the carbon on fibre surface resulting in properties degeneration of the KD-I fibre. The effect of residual stress. The different thermal expansion coefficient between KD-I SiC fibre and CVD SiC coating, which are 3 × 10-6 K-1 (RT ˜ 1000 °C) and 4.6 × 10-6 K-1 (RT ˜ 1000 °C), respectively, could cause residual stress

  15. Dependence of Morphology of SiOx Nanowires on the Supersaturation of Au-Si Alloy Liquid Droplets Formed on the Au-Coated Si Substrate

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    张晗; 李吉学; 张泽; 金爱子

    2001-01-01

    A thermodynamic theory about the dependence of morphology of SiOx nanowires on the super-saturation of alloy liquid droplets has been proposed on the basis of the vapour-liquid-solid growth mechanism and has been supported experimentally. By changing the Si concentration in the Au-Si liquid droplets formed on the Au-coated Si substrate, firework-, tulip- and bud-shaped SiOx nanowires were synthesized by a thermal evaporation method and distributed concentrically around some void defects in the Si substrate. Voids were formed underneath the surface of the Si substrate during the thermal evaporation at 850℃ and resulted in the Si-concentration deficient thus different saturation of Au-Si droplets. Electron microscopy analysis showed that the nanowires had an amorphous structure and were terminated by Au-Si particles.

  16. PrRuSi2 and Nd(RuxNi1-x)Si2, monoclinic variants of the CeNiSi2 structure

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    The crystal structures of PrRuSi2 and Nd(RuxNi1-x)Si2, x=0.75, 0.25 compounds were investigated by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The PrRuSi2 compound belongs to the NdRuSi2 structure type, and the atomic coordinates of the Nd(RuxNi1-x)Si2 compound are very close to those presented for the ternary TmLi1-xGe2 compound, which is isotypic with NdRuSi2. The interrelation between CaSb2, PrRuSi2, Nd(RuxNi1-x)Si2, CeNiSi2 and ZrSi2 structures is presented

  17. 微腔中nc-Si/SiN超晶格的光致发光%Photoluminescence of nc-Si/SiN Superlattices Embedded in Optical Microcavities

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    陈三; 黄信凡; 钱波; 陈坤基; 岑展鸿; 刘艳松; 韩培高; 马忠元; 徐骏; 李伟

    2006-01-01

    We fabricate a-Si/a-SiNz superlattices and a one-dimensional amorphous silicon nitride photonic crystal microcavity by plasma enhancement chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). To improve the light-emitting efficiency of the nc-Si/a-SiNz superlattices, which are made from a-Si/a-SiNz superlattices by laser annealing, an nc-Si quantum dot array is inserted into the photonic crystal microcavity. Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy analysis show that nc-Si with a size of 4nm,which is close to the designed thickness of the a-Si sublayers,is formed in the a-Si sublayers. Owing to microcavity effects,the PL peak of the nc-Si/a-SiNz superlattices embedded in the microcavity is strongly narrowed, and the intensity of the PL is enhanced by two orders of magnitude with respect to the emission of λ/2-thick nc-Si/a-SiNz superlattices. Light emission at a cavity-resonant frequency from the nc-Si/a-SiNz superlattices is enhanced while other frequencies are forbidden. This leads to the narrowing of the PL spectrum and enhancement of the intensity.%研究了一维光子晶体微腔结构对nc-Si/a-SiNz超晶格发射的调制.一维光子晶体微腔采用两种具有不同折射率的非化学组分非晶氮化硅的周期调制结构,腔中嵌入采用激光晶化方法制备的硅量子点阵列,从Raman谱和透射电子显微镜分析得到其尺寸约为3~4 nm.从光致发光谱上观察到明显的选模作用、明显变窄的发光峰以及约两个量级的发光强度的增强.微腔对硅量子点阵列发光的调制主要表现在两个方面:共振模式的增强和非共振模式的抑制.硅量子点中位于腔共振模式的辐射跃迁被增强,非共振模式的辐射跃迁被抑制,因此位于腔共振频率处的跃迁通道成为硅量子点中唯一的辐射跃迁通道,导致光致发光谱的窄化和强度的增强.因此,在提高硅材料发光效率方面,光子晶体微腔具有非常大的应用前景.

  18. siRNA and RNAi optimization.

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    Alagia, Adele; Eritja, Ramon

    2016-05-01

    The discovery and examination of the posttranscriptional gene regulatory mechanism known as RNA interference (RNAi) contributed to the identification of small interfering RNA (siRNA) and the comprehension of its enormous potential for clinical purposes. Theoretically, the ability of specific target gene downregulation makes the RNAi pathway an appealing solution for several diseases. Despite numerous hurdles resulting from the inherent properties of siRNA molecule and proper delivery to the target tissue, more than 50 RNA-based drugs are currently under clinical testing. In this work, we analyze the recent literature in the optimization of siRNA molecules. In detail, we focused on describing the most recent advances of siRNA field aimed at optimize siRNA pharmacokinetic properties. Special attention has been given in describing the impact of RNA modifications in the potential off-target effects (OTEs) such as saturation of the RNAi machinery, passenger strand-mediated silencing, immunostimulation, and miRNA-like OTEs as well as to recent developments on the delivery issue. The novel delivery systems and modified siRNA provide significant steps toward the development of reliable siRNA molecules for therapeutic use. WIREs RNA 2016, 7:316-329. doi: 10.1002/wrna.1337 For further resources related to this article, please visit the WIREs website. PMID:26840434

  19. Gold and silver/Si nanocomposite layers

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    Ag and Au nanolayers were realised by physical and chemical deposition methods on porous silicon (PS) nanostructured surfaces for biomedical applications: support for living cells, biodegradable material for the slow release of drugs/minerals, and as a bioactive material for scaffolds. Au nanoparticles on nanocrystalline Si are widely used in increasing substrate biocompatibility properties. It has an electrochemical potential of + 0.332 mV and surface energy around 25 erg/cm2, close to those of living tissues. The Au nanocrystallites orientation on nanocrystalline Si substrates is also of great interest for application in biochemistry; the Au (111)/nc-Si surface has a higher density of atoms compared with Au (100); this favours the attachment of a higher number of atoms and bio-molecules on the gold surface. Ag nanoparticles on nanocrystalline Si are important for the latter's anti-microbial properties. In minute concentrations, Ag is highly toxic to germs while relatively non-toxic to human cells. Microbes are unlikely to develop a resistance against silver, as they do against conventional and highly targeted antibiotics. The Au and Ag nanoparticles/silicon nanocomposite layers as-deposited and thermally treated were investigated by optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and biological tests using eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell cultures. The experimental results sustain the use of Au/Si and Ag/Si or combined Ag/Au/Si nanocomposite structures as biocompatible and anti-microbial matrix

  20. Microstructures in Centrifugal Casting of SiCp/AlSi9Mg Composites with Different Mould Rotation Speeds

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    WANG Kai; SUN Wenju; LI Bo; XUIE Hansong; LIU Changming

    2011-01-01

    Two ingots were produced by centrifugal casting at mould rotational speeds of 600 rpm and 800 rpm using 20 vol% SiCp/AlSi9Mg composite melt, respectively. The microstructure along the radial direction of cross-sectional sample of ingots was presented. SiC particles migrated towards the external circumference of the tube, and the distribution of SiC particles became uniform under centrifugal force. Voids in 20 vol% SiCp/AlSi9Mg composite melt migrated towards the inner circumference of the tube. The quantitative analysis results indicated that not only SiC particles but also primary a phases segregated greatly in centrifugal casting resulting from the transportation behavior of constitutions with different densities in the SiCp/AlSi9Mg composite melt. In addition, the eutectic Si was broken owing to the motion of SiCp/AlSi9Mg composite melt during centrifugal casting.

  1. SiC and their interfacial behavior in SiCp/ZL109 composites%SiC颗粒增强Al-Si复合材料中的SiC及其界面

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    隋贤栋; 罗承萍; 骆灼旋; 欧阳柳章

    2000-01-01

    以常规TEM为工具,对SiCp/ZL109复合材料中SiC颗粒及其界面进行了研究,除观察到大量α型六方6H SiC外,还观察到少量α型六方4H和菱形15R SiC.观察到的都是单一的SiC/Al及SiC界面,无论是SiC/Al或SiC/Si界面,界面清洁,结合紧密,无孔洞,无反应过渡层.

  2. Helium Gas Permeability of SiC/SiC Composite Developed for Blanket Component

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    To employ SiC/SiC composite as blanket components of a fusion reactor, permeation behavior of helium gas has to be investigated since the helium is used as the coolant. For this purpose, a vacuum system consisting of upstream and downstream chambers was fabricated for the measurement of permeability, and the permeability was measured for several SiC/SiC composite materials recently developed. For the pressure range from 102 to 105 Pa in the upstream chamber, the pressure rise due to the permeation of helium in the downstream chamber linearly increased with the pressure of the upstream chamber. Then, the permeability was roughly constant for the pressure range of the upstream chamber.The permeabilities of SiC/SiC composites produced by polymer impregnation and pyrolysis (PIP), hot pressing (HP) and melt-infiltration-finished PIP were 5 x 10-5, 4 x 10-6, and 9 x 10-7 m2/s, respectively. In the matrix structure of the SiC/SiC composite made by the PIP method with a high permeability, cracking in the matrix and pores of micron size were observed. Compared to these materials, SiC/SiC composites produced by liquid phase sintering using submicron or nanopowder of β-SiC and the HP method had extremely low permeabilities. The permeability of the SiC/SiC composite made by using submicron or nanopowder of β-SiC became 1.5 x 10-9 or 4 x 10-11 m2/s.Based upon the present data, the helium gas flow was analyzed for a blanket module consisting of only SiC/SiC composite. If a vacuum pump is attached to the module, the helium leak into a plasma can be ignored, compared to the heliums produced by fusion reactions. Hence, the entire module can be made by only SiC/SiC composite, from a viewpoint of helium permeation

  3. Physical aspects of a-Si:H/c-Si hetero-junction solar cells

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    We report on the basic properties of amorphous/crystalline hetero-junctions (a-Si:H/c-Si), their effects on the recombination of excess carriers and its influence on the a-Si:H/c-Si hetero-junction solar cells. For that purpose we measured the gap state density distribution of thin a-Si:H layers and determined its dependence on deposition temperature and doping by an improved version of near-UV-photoelectron spectroscopy. Furthermore, the Fermi level position in the a-Si:H and the valence band offset were directly measured. In combination with interface sensitive methods such as surface photovoltage analysis and our numerical simulation program AFORS-HET, we found an optimum in wafer pretreatment, doping and deposition temperature for efficient a-Si:H/c-Si solar cells without an i-type a-Si:H buffer layer. We reached at maximum 19.8% certified efficiency by a deposition at 210 deg. C with an emitter doping of 2000 ppm of B2H6 on a well cleaned pyramidally structured c-Si(n) wafer

  4. Flexible micromorph tandem a-Si/μc-Si solar cells

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    Söderström, T.; Haug, F.-J.; Terrazzoni-Daudrix, V.; Ballif, C.

    2010-01-01

    The deposition of a stack of amorphous (a-Si:H) and microcrystalline (μc-Si:H) tandem thin film silicon solar cells (micromorph) requires at least twice the time used for a single junction a-Si:H cell. However, micromorph devices have a higher potential efficiency, thanks to the broader absorption spectrum of μc-Si:H material. High efficiencies can only be achieved by mitigating the nanocracks in the μc-Si:H cell and the light-induced degradation of the a-Si:H cell. As a result, μc-Si:H cell has to grow on a smooth substrate with large periodicity (>1 μm) and the a-Si:H cell on sharp pyramids with smaller feature size (˜350 nm) to strongly scatter the light in the weak absorption spectra of a-Si:H material. The asymmetric intermediate reflector introduced in this work uncouples the growth and light scattering issues of the tandem micromorph solar cells. The stabilized efficiency of the tandem n-i-p/n-i-p micromorph is increased by a relative 15% compared to a cell without AIR and 32% in relative compared to an a-Si:H single junction solar cells. The overall process (T cell deposited on polyethylene-naphthalate plastic substrate is 9.8% after 1000 h of light soaking at Voc, 1 sun, and 50 °C.

  5. Refinement of primary Si grains in Al-20%Si alloy slurry through serpentine channel pouring process

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    Zheng, Zhi-kai; Mao, Wei-min; Liu, Zhi-yong; Wang, Dong; Yue, Rui

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a serpentine channel pouring process was used to prepare the semi-solid Al-20%Si alloy slurry and refine primary Si grains in the alloy. The effects of the pouring temperature, number of curves in the serpentine channel, and material of the serpentine channel on the size of primary Si grains in the semi-solid Al-20%Si alloy slurry were investigated. The results showed that the pouring temperature, number of the curves, and material of the channel strongly affected the size and distribution of the primary Si grains. The pouring temperature exerted the strongest effect, followed by the number of the curves and then the material of the channel. Under experimental conditions of a four-curve copper channel and a pouring temperature of 701°C, primary Si grains in the semi-solid Al-20%Si alloy slurry were refined to the greatest extent, and the lath-like grains were changed into granular grains. Moreover, the equivalent grain diameter and the average shape coefficient of primary Si grains in the satisfactory semi-solid Al-20%Si alloy slurry were 24.4 μm and 0.89, respectively. Finally, the refinement mechanism and distribution rule of primary Si grains in the slurry prepared through the serpentine channel pouring process were analyzed and discussed.

  6. Metastability of SiNx/a-Si:H crystalline silicon surface passivation for PV application

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    In this paper we investigate one of the most promising solution for crystalline silicon (c-Si) surface passivation in solar cell fabrication consisting in a double layer of intrinsic amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and amorphous silicon nitride (SiNx) obtained in PECVD system. Indeed this has led to a minority carrier lifetime up to 0.5 ms, on both p- and n-type doped c-Si substrates. We have found out that the passivation mechanism is mainly provided by the superficial field effect induced by the charge of hydrogen ions within both materials incorporated during the double layer deposition. But this high amount of hydrogen induces metastability due to ions mobility and Si-H bond breaking by high energy photons exposure. This strongly affects the passivation quality of the double layer as evident from Capacitance-Voltage measurements performed on Al/SiNx/a-Si/c-Si Metal Insulator Semiconductor and photo-conductance decay evaluated on both side passivated c-Si wafer. Particular thermal annealing procedure can be adopted at the end of the layers growth to reduce the metastability and increase the passivation quality of c-Si surfaces. This double passivation layer has been demonstrated effective to increase the photovoltaic performances of silicon based solar cell as surface passivation either on front emitter either between local back contacts

  7. Wear mechanism for spray deposited Al-Si/SiCp composites under dry sliding condition

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    滕杰; 李华培; 陈刚

    2015-01-01

    Al-Si/15%SiCp (volume fraction) composites with different silicon contents were fabricated by spray deposition technique, and typical microstructures of these composites were studied by optical microscopy (OM). Dry sliding wear tests were carried out using a block-on-ring wear machine to investigate the effect of applied load range of 10−220 N on the wear and friction behavior of these composites sliding against SAE 52100 grade bearing steel. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDAX) were utilized to examine the morphologies of the worn surfaces in order to observe the wear characteristics and investigate the wear mechanism. The results show that the wear behavior of these composites is dependent on the silicon content in the matrix alloy and the applied load. Al-Si/15%SiCp composites with higher silicon content exhibit better wear resistance in the applied load range. Under lower loads, the major wear mechanisms are oxidation wear and abrasive wear for all tested composites. Under higher loads, severe adhesive wear becomes the main wear mechanisms for Al-7Si/15%SiCp and Al-13Si/15%SiCp composites, while Al-20Si/15%SiCp presents a compound wear mechanism, consisting of oxidation, abrasive wear and adhesion wear.

  8. The roles of Eu during the growth of eutectic Si in Al-Si alloys

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    Li, Jiehua; Hage, Fredrik; Wiessner, Manfred; Romaner, Lorenz; Scheiber, Daniel; Sartory, Bernhard; Ramasse, Quentin; Schumacher, Peter

    2015-09-01

    Controlling the growth of eutectic Si and thereby modifying the eutectic Si from flake-like to fibrous is a key factor in improving the properties of Al-Si alloys. To date, it is generally accepted that the impurity-induced twinning (IIT) mechanism and the twin plane re-entrant edge (TPRE) mechanism as well as poisoning of the TPRE mechanism are valid under certain conditions. However, IIT, TPRE or poisoning of the TPRE mechanism cannot be used to interpret all observations. Here, we report an atomic-scale experimental and theoretical investigation on the roles of Eu during the growth of eutectic Si in Al-Si alloys. Both experimental and theoretical investigations reveal three different roles: (i) the adsorption at the intersection of Si facets, inducing IIT mechanism, (ii) the adsorption at the twin plane re-entrant edge, inducing TPRE mechanism or poisoning of the TPRE mechanism, and (iii) the segregation ahead of the growing Si twins, inducing a solute entrainment within eutectic Si. This investigation not only demonstrates a direct experimental support to the well-accepted poisoning of the TPRE and IIT mechanisms, but also provides a full picture about the roles of Eu atoms during the growth of eutectic Si, including the solute entrainment within eutectic Si.

  9. Microstructural characteristics of in situ Mg2Si/Al-Si composite by low superheat pouring

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available To control the morphology and size of the primary and eutectic Mg2Si phases in in situ Mg2Si/Al-Si composite and achieve a feasible and reliable technique to produce appropriate feedstock for the thixo-casting and rheo-casting of this type of material, three Al-Si matrix composites reinforced by 5wt.%, 9wt.% and 17wt.% Mg2Si with hypoeutectic, eutectic and hypereutectic compositions were prepared by the low superheat pouring (LSP process. The effects of the pouring temperature (superheat on the morphology and size distribution of primary phases (primary α-Al and Mg2Si, binary (α-Al + Mg2Si eutectic cell and eutectic Mg2Si were investigated. The experimental results show that low pouring temperature (superheat not only refines the grain structure of the primary α-Al and binary (α-Al + Mg2Si eutectic cell in three composites and promotes the formation of more non-dendritic structural semi-solid metal (SSM slurry of these phases; but also refines the primary and eutectic Mg2Si phases, which seems to be attributed to the creation of an ideal condition for the nucleation and the acquisition of a high survival of nuclei caused by the LSP process.

  10. Substitution of Si in SAPO-5

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    Wang, Xingqiao; Liu, Xinsheng; Song, Tianyou; Hu, Jianzhi; Qiu, Jianqing

    1989-04-01

    A series of SAPO-5 samples with different numbers of silicon atoms are investigated by chemical analysis, XRD and CP/MAS NMR. The results indicate that the lines at about -102 and -110 ppm observed in the 29Si NMR spectra of the SAPO-5 samples are due to the non-framework silicon phase which is structurally similar to the synthesis gel. The corrected framework compositions of SAPO-5 samples strongly suggest that Si is only substituted by framework P (case 2). Si simultaneously substituted by both framework P and Al (case 3) is unlikely.

  11. SiC materials and devices

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    Shur, Michael; Levinshtein, Michael

    2006-01-01

    After many years of research and development, silicon carbide has emerged as one of the most important wide band gap semiconductors. The first commercial SiC devices - power switching Schottky diodes and high temperature MESFETs - are now on the market. This two-volume book gives a comprehensive, up-to-date review of silicon carbide materials properties and devices. With contributions by recognized leaders in SiC technology and materials and device research, SiC Materials and Devices is essential reading for technologists, scientists and engineers who are working on silicon carbide or other wi

  12. Si microwire-array solar cells

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    Putnam, Morgan C.; Boettcher, Shannon W.; Kelzenberg, Michael D.; Turner-Evans, Daniel B.; Spurgeon, Joshua M.; Warren, Emily L.; Briggs, Ryan M.; Lewis, Nathan S.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2010-01-01

    Si microwire-array solar cells with Air Mass 1.5 Global conversion efficiencies of up to 7.9% have been fabricated using an active volume of Si equivalent to a 4 μm thick Si wafer. These solar cells exhibited open-circuit voltages of 500 mV, short-circuit current densities (J_(sc)) of up to 24 mA cm^(-2), and fill factors >65% and employed Al_2O_3 dielectric particles that scattered light incident in the space between the wires, a Ag back reflector that prevented the escape of incident illumi...

  13. Pattern formation in SiSb system

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    Csik, A.; Erdelyi, G.; Langer, G A; Daroczi, L.; Beke, D. L.; Nyeki, J.; Erdelyi, Z.

    2009-01-01

    Thermal annealing of Si/Si1-xSbx/Si amorphous thin film tri-layer samples (x=18 and 24 at%Sb) under 100 bar Ar pressure results in an interesting pattern formation. In pictures, taken by means of cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy (TEM), stripe-shaped contrast, with three maxima, parallel with the interfaces can be seen. Secondary neutral mass spectrometer (SNMS) measurements revealed that the regions with different contrasts correspond to Sb-rich and Sb-depleted regions. Furthe...

  14. Size and Location Control of Si Nanocrystals at Ion Beam Synthesis in Thin SiO2 Films

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    Mueller, Torsten; Heinig, Karl-Heinz; Moeller, Wolfhard

    2002-01-01

    Binary collision simulations of high-fluence 1 keV Si ion implantation into 8 nm thick SiO2 films on (001)Si were combined with kinetic Monte Carlo simulations of Si nanocrystal (NC) formation by phase separation during annealing. For nonvolatile memory applications, these simulations help to control size and location of NCs. For low concentrations of implanted Si, NCs form via nucleation, growth and Ostwald ripening, whereas for high concentrations Si separates by spinodal decomposition. In ...

  15. RBS characterization of the deposition of very thin SiGe/SiO2 multilayers by LPCVD

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    Multilayer structures consisting of several alternated layers of SiGe and SiO2 with thickness ranging from 2 or Si as well as the deposition of SiO2 on Si show negligible incubation times. The deposition of SiO2 on SiGe, however, exhibits an incubation time of several minutes, which would be related to the oxidation of the surface necessary for the SiO2 deposition to start. In all cases the film thickness increases linearly with deposition time, thus allowing the growth rates to be determined. These data allow the deposition process of these very thin layers to be accurately controlled

  16. Removal of C and SiC from Si and FeSi during ladle refining and solidification

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    Klevan, Ole Svein

    1997-12-31

    The utilization of solar energy by means of solar cells requires the Si to be very pure. The purity of Si is important for other applications as well. This thesis mainly studies the total removal of carbon from silicon and ferrosilicon. The decarburization includes removal of SiC particles by stirring and during casting in addition to reduction of dissolved carbon by gas purging. It was found that for three commercial qualities of FeSi75, Refined, Gransil, and Standard lumpy, the refined quality is lowest in carbon, followed by Gransil and Standard. A decarburization model was developed that shows the carbon removal by oxidation of dissolved carbon to be a slow process at atmospheric pressure. Gas stirring experiments have shown that silicon carbide particles are removed by transfer to the ladle wall. The casting method of ferrosilicon has a strong influence on the final total carbon content in the commercial alloy. Shipped refined FeSi contains about 100 ppm total carbon, while the molten alloy contains roughly 200 ppm. The total carbon out of the FeSi-furnace is about 1000 ppm. It is suggested that low values of carbon could be obtained on an industrial scale by injection of silica combined with the use of vacuum. Also, the casting system could be designed to give low carbon in part of the product. 122 refs., 50 figs., 24 tabs.

  17. Preparation and characterization of Sr-Ti-hardystonite (Sr-Ti-HT nanocomposite for bone repair application

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    Hossein Mohammadi

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Objective(s: Hardystonite (HT is Zn-modified silicate bioceramics with promising results for bone tissue regeneration. However, HT possesses no obvious apatite formation. Thus, in this study we incorporated Sr and Ti into HT to prepare Sr-Ti-hardystonite (Sr-Ti-HT nanocomposite and evaluated its in vitro bioactivity with the purpose of developing a more bioactive bone substitute material. Materials and methods:The HT and Sr-Ti-HT were prepared by mechanical milling and subsequent heat treatment. Calcium oxide (CaO, zinc oxide (ZnO and silicon dioxide (SiO2 (all from Merck were mixed with molar ratio of 2:1:2. The mixture of powders mixture was then milled in a planetary ball mill for 20 h. In the milling run, the ball-to-powder weight ratio was 10:1 and the rotational speed was 200 rpm. After synthesis of HT, 3% nanotitanium dioxide (TiO2, Degussa and 3% strontium carbonate (SrCO3, Merck were added to HT and then the mixture was ball milled and calcined at 1150°C for 6 h. Simultaneous thermal analysis (STA, X-ray diffraction (XRD, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM and Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR performed to characterize the powders. Results:XRD and FT-IR confirmed the crystal phase and silicate structure of HT and TEM images demonstrated the nanostructure of powders. Further, Sr-Ti-HT induced apatite formation and showed a higher human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSCs adhesion and proliferation compared to HT. Conclusion:Our study revealed that Sr-Ti-HT with a nanostructured crystal structure of 50 nm, can be prepared by mechanical activation to use as biomaterials for orthopedic applications.

  18. Compatibility of SiCf/SiC composite exposed to liquid Pb-Li flow

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    SiCf/SiC composites are candidate structural and functional materials for fusion blankets, attractive for their potential application for higher temperature liquid metal blankets compared to the range possible for metallic materials. However, the experimental data on the long term compatibility of SiCf/SiC composites with high temperature liquid metal is inadequate. To acquire parametric data on the compatibility of NITE SiCf/SiC composites with a high temperature liquid metal stream, the corrosion behavior was examined in liquid Pb-Li using a rotating disk apparatus. The materials used in this study were exposed to relative flow velocity of ∼10-37 cm/s at 900 deg. C for 1000 h. Oxidation layers were detected on the matrix and fiber near the surface exposed to liquid Pb-Li at 900 deg. C for 1000 h. Additional results for shorter exposure times and relationship to flow velocity are discussed.

  19. Fabrication of c-Si:H(p)/c-Si(n) Heterojunction Solar Cells with Microcrystalline Emitters

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    ZHOU Bing-Qing; LIU Feng-Zhen; ZHANG Qun-Fang; XU Ying; ZHOU Yu-Qin; LIU Jin-Long; ZHU Mei-Fang

    2006-01-01

    The p-type microcrystalline silicon (fj,c-Si) on n-type crystalline silicon (c-Si) heterojunction solar cells is fabricated by radio-frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition (rf-PECVD). The effect of the pc-Si:H p-layers on the performance of the heterojunction solar cells is investigated. Optimum μcSi:H p-layer is obtained with hydrogen dilution ratio of 99.65%, rf-power of 0.08 W/cm2, gas phase doping ratio of 0.125%, and the p-layer thickness of 15 nm. We fabricate μc-Si:H(p)/c-Si(n) heterojunction solar cells without texturing and obtained an efficiency of 13.4%. The comparisons of the solar-cell performances using different surface passivation techniques are discussed.

  20. Theoretical analysis of thermal rectification in a bulk Si/nanoporous Si device

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    Criado-Sancho, M., E-mail: mcriado@ccia.uned.es [Departamento de Ciencias y Técnicas Físicoquimicas, Facultad de Ciencias, UNED, Senda del Rey 9, 20040 Madrid (Spain); Castillo, L.F. del, E-mail: felipe@unam.mx [Departamento de Polímeros, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ap. 70-360 Coyoacán, México DF, 04510 (Mexico); Casas-Vázquez, J., E-mail: Jose.Casas@uab.es [Departament de Física, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia (Spain); Jou, D., E-mail: David.Jou@uab.es [Departament de Física, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia (Spain)

    2012-04-09

    We present a theoretical analysis of thermal rectification in a porous Si/bulk Si device, taking into account ballistic effects in phonon-pore collisions when phonon mean free path is much longer than the radius of the pores. Starting from an approximate analytical expression for the effective thermal conductivity of porous Si, we obtain the thermal rectifying coefficient of the device as a function of porosity, pore size, temperature interval, and relative lengths of porous and bulk samples. -- Highlights: ► Heat conductivity of porous Si depends on the pore size. ► Thermal rectification for nanoporous Si/bulk Si is predicted. ► Thermal rectifying coefficient is calculated. ► It is shown to be comparable or higher to that of systems previously considered.

  1. Theoretical analysis of thermal rectification in a bulk Si/nanoporous Si device

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    We present a theoretical analysis of thermal rectification in a porous Si/bulk Si device, taking into account ballistic effects in phonon-pore collisions when phonon mean free path is much longer than the radius of the pores. Starting from an approximate analytical expression for the effective thermal conductivity of porous Si, we obtain the thermal rectifying coefficient of the device as a function of porosity, pore size, temperature interval, and relative lengths of porous and bulk samples. -- Highlights: ► Heat conductivity of porous Si depends on the pore size. ► Thermal rectification for nanoporous Si/bulk Si is predicted. ► Thermal rectifying coefficient is calculated. ► It is shown to be comparable or higher to that of systems previously considered.

  2. Oxidation of hafnium on Si(001): Silicate formation by Si migration

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    The oxidation behavior of 0.6 and 1.1 ML hafnium on Si(001) was studied by using scanning reflection electron microscopy with in situ x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The submonolayer sample was designed to purposely grow SiO2 on the partially exposed surfaces, and was compared with a 1.1 ML sample to discriminate the structural and chemical differences between the two samples. This approach revealed that oxygen ions were likely to form Si-O and Hf-O bonding units separately at 400 deg. C in 2x10-6 Torr oxygen, but at 700 deg. C in 5x10-5 Torr oxygen, the bonding priority of oxygen ions transforms into Hf-O-Si bonding units implying silicate formation by Si migration. Despite silicate formation, ∼0.27-nm-thick SiO2-like layer is believed to have remained underneath silicate layers

  3. Peak Position of Photoluminescence of Si Nanocrystals versus Thickness of SiOx Thin Films

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    方应翠; 李维卿; 漆乐俊; 章壮健; 陆明

    2003-01-01

    Peak position of photoluminescence (PL) of Si nanocrystals was found to change in an exponential decay form with the increasing thickness of SiOx (0 < x < 2) thin films. The results were interpreted in terms of a model modified from the theory of Zacharias-Streitenberger (Phys. Rev. B 62 (2000) 8391) from an energetic viewpoint.It was inferred from our model that under certain conditions regarding the energies of interfaces between the substrate and Si clusters and between the matrix and the Si clusters, the further the Si cluster away from the substrate, the larger the nc-Si size until saturation is reached. This conclusion explains our PL observations according to the quantum confinement effect.

  4. Structure and chemistry of passivated SiC/SiO2 interfaces

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    Houston Dycus, J.; Xu, Weizong; Lichtenwalner, Daniel J.; Hull, Brett; Palmour, John W.; LeBeau, James M.

    2016-05-01

    Here, we report on the chemistry and structure of 4H-SiC/SiO2 interfaces passivated either by nitric oxide annealing or Ba deposition. Using aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy, we find that Ba and N remain localized at SiC/SiO2 interface after processing. Further, we find that the passivating species can introduce significant changes to the near-interface atomic structure of SiC. Specifically, we quantify significant strain for nitric oxide annealed sample where Si dangling bonds are capped by N. In contrast, strain is not observed at the interface of the Ba treated samples. Finally, we place these results in the context of field effect mobility.

  5. SiC/SiC复合材料研究现状

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    周新贵

    2010-01-01

    SiC/SiC复合材料因具有高的比强度和比刚度、良好的高温力学性能和抗氧化性能以及优异的抗辐照性能和耐腐蚀性能而受到了广泛的关注。本文对SiC/SiC复合材料最近几年在航空航天和核聚变领域的应用进行了介绍,对SiC/SiC复合材料的制备工艺进行了归纳和总结。

  6. Si adatoms as catalyst for the growth of monolayer Al film on Si(111)

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    Teng, Jing; Zhang, Lixin; Wu, Kehui; Jiang, Ying; Guo, Jiandong; Guo, Qinlin; Ebert, Philipp; Sakurai, Toshio; Wang, Enge

    2010-03-01

    Recently, we reported the growth of atomically smooth Al(111) films on Si(111) with continuously controllable thickness down to the extreme level of 1 ML. Here, we study the underlying unexpected Si adatom-mediated clustering-melting mechanism by scanning tunneling microscopy and by the first-principles calculations. The Si adatoms in the initial Si(111)3x3-Al surface act as seeds to form SiAl2 clusters. The clusters are then transformed into Al(111)1x1 by incorporating further incoming Al atoms and spontaneously releasing the Si atoms, which then participate in the next cycle of the process. As a result, a two-dimensional growth of monolayer Al(111) is achieved.

  7. SiC/SiC fuel cladding R and D Project 'SCARLET': Status and future plan

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    This paper provides the recent progress in SiC/SiC development towards early utilisation for LWRs based on NITE method. After the March 11 Disaster in East-Japan, ensuring safe technology for LWR became a top priority R and D in nuclear energy policy of Japan. Along this line, replacement of Zircaloy claddings with SiC/SiC based fuel cladding is becoming one of the most attractive options and a MEXT fund based project, SCARLET, and a METI fund based project have been launched as 5-year termed projects at Muroran Institute of Technology. These projects care for NITE process for making long SiC/SiC fuel pins and connecting technology integration. The SCARLET project also includes coolant compatibility and irradiation effect evaluations as LWR and LMFBR materials. The outline and the present status of the SCARLET project will be briefly introduced in the present paper. (authors)

  8. The Effect of Si Morphology on Machinability of Al-Si Alloys

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    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Many of the cast parts require some sort of machining like milling, drilling to be used as a finished product. In order to improve the wear properties of Al alloys, Si is added. The solubility of Si in Al is quite low and it has a crystallite type structure. It behaves as particulate metal matrix composite which makes it an attractive element. Thus, the wear and machinability properties of these type of alloys depend on the morphology of Si in the matrix. In this work, Sr was added to alter the morphology of Si in Al-7Si and Al-12Si. Cylindrical shaped samples were cast and machinability characteristics of Sr addition was studied. The relationship between microstructure and machinability was evaluated.

  9. Heavy ion induced intermixing at Ta/Si and Ta/SiO2 interfaces

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    Systematic ion beam mixing experiments have been performed on Ta/SiO2 and Ta/Si interfaces. Tantalum was evaporated on silicon and SiO2/silicon substrates by means of molecular beam epithaxy. Samples were subsequently irradiated with 500 keV Si, 100 keV C and 100 keV O ions to different ionic fluences. The irradiated samples were studied by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) to obtain the depth profiles and the interdiffusion parameters at the interfaces. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to examine the surface roughness before and after irradiation. Ballistic mixing was found in both systems. Additional contributions to diffusion parameters were thermal spike effects (Ta/Si) and chemical reactions (Ta/SiO2). Radiation enhanced diffusion was found to be the dominant process above room temperature in both systems

  10. Lattice dynamics of Cr3Si

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    Results of inelastic neutron scattering (INS) on Cr3Si (non-superconductor) for the low energy phonon branches Δ1, Δ5, Σ3, Σ1 are compared with equivalent modes of V3Si. In Cr3Si the modes have higher excitation energies, Σ3 is independent of energy in the temperature range from 80 to 300 K. A short review on the literature about INS-work concerning the lattice dynamics of A15-compounds is given. Theoretical results on lattice dynamics and electronic structure of A15 compounds have been used partly. The connection between superconducting transition temperature and lattice dynamics as well as between neutron scattering cross section and lattice dynamics is pointed out. Using Cr3Si as an example it is shown, how specific phonon modes can be measured appropriately. (author)

  11. Refractive index spectral dependence, Raman and transmission spectra of high-purity $^{28}$Si, $^{29}$Si, $^{30}$Si, and $^{nat}$Si single crystals

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    Plotnichenko, V G; Kryukova, E B; Koltashev, V V; Sokolov, V O; Dianov, E M; Gusev, A V; Gavva, V A; Kotereva, T V; Churbanov, M F

    2011-01-01

    Precise measurement of the refractive index of stable silicon isotopes $^{28}$Si, $^{29}$Si, $^{30}$Si single crystals with enrichments above 99.9 at.% and a silicon single crystal $^{nat}$Si of natural isotopic composition is performed with the Fourier-transform interference refractometry method from 1.06 to more than 80 mkm with 0.1 cm$^{-1}$ resolution and accuracy of $2 \\times 10^{-5} ... 1 \\times 10^{-4}$. The oxygen and carbon concentrations in all crystals are within $5 \\times 10^{15}$ cm$^{-3}$ and the content of metal impurities is $10^{-5} ... 10^{-6}$ at.%. The peculiar changes of the refractive index in the phonon absorption region of all silicon single crystals are shown. The coefficients of generalized Cauchy dispersion function approximating the experimental refractive index values all over the measuring range are given. The transmission and Raman spectra are also studied.

  12. Straight SiO_x nanorod Yjunctions

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    2009-01-01

    Novel straight silicon oxide [SiOx (1Si plate by thermal evaporation of mixed powders of silica and carbon nanofibers at 1300℃ and condensation on a Si substrate without assistance of any catalyst. The synthesized samples were characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The results suggested that the straight nanorod Y junctions are amorphous and consist only of elements Si and O, and these rods with diameters about 50―200 nm have a neat smooth surface. The growth of such silicon oxide nanorods may be a result of the second nucleation on the surface of rods causing a change in the growth direc- tion of silicon oxide nanorods developed.

  13. La3Si6N11

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    Hisanori Yamane

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Colorless transparent single crystals of trilanthanum hexasilicon undecanitrogen, La3Si6N11, were prepared at 0.85 MPa of N2 and 2273 K. The title compound is isotypic with Sm3Si6N11. Silicon-centered nitrogen tetrahedra form a three-dimensional network structure by sharing their corners. Layers of one type of SiN4 tetrahedra and slabs composed of the two different La3+ cations and the other type of SiN4 tetrahedra are alternately stacked along the c axis of the tetragonal unit cell. The site symmetries of the two La3+ cations are are ..m and 4.., respectively.

  14. Photoluminescence and electron field-emission properties of SiC–SiO{sub 2} core–shell fibers and 3C–SiC nanowires on silicon nanoporous pillar array

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    Wang, Haiyan, E-mail: wanghaiyan@zzuli.edu.cn [Department of Technological Physics, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Jiang, Weifen [Department of Mathematics and Information Science, North China Institute of Water Conservancy and Hydroelectric Power, Zhengzhou 450011 (China); Kang, Liping; Li, Zijiong [Department of Technological Physics, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China)

    2013-03-15

    Highlights: ► SiC–SiO{sub 2} fibers and 3C–SiC nanowires were directly grown on Si-NPA. ► Violet–blue light emitting were obtained in SiC–SiO{sub 2}/Si-NPA and nw-SiC/Si-NPA. ► Enhanced field-emission property was found in nw-SiC/Si-NPA. -- Abstract: SiC–SiO{sub 2} core–shell fibers and 3C–SiC nanowires (nw-SiC) were grown on silicon nanoporous pillar array (Si-NPA) by thermal chemical vapor deposition method with nickel as the catalyst. The morphology, structure and composition of SiC–SiO{sub 2}/Si-NPA and nw-SiC/Si-NPA were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Based on the experimental results a possible growth mechanism of nw-SiC was explained. Two broad photoluminescence peaks located at ∼409 and ∼494 nm were observed both in SiC–SiO{sub 2}/Si-NPA and nw-SiC/Si-NPA when they were excited utilizing 300 nm fluorescent light at room temperature. The field-emission (FE) measurements showed that enhanced FE property was obtained in nw-SiC/Si-NPA. The excellent optical and field-emission performances of SiC–SiO{sub 2}/Si-NPA and nw-SiC/Si-NPA were mainly attributed to the quantum confinement effects in nw-SiC and the nanometer-micron hierarchy structure of the composite systems.

  15. Laminated biomorphous SiC/Si porous ceramics made from wood veneer

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    Graphical abstract: Biomorphous SiC/Si porous ceramics has a clearly laminated structure, its micropore range from 1-10 μm which retain the wood's native characteristics. Retreatment process is a key factor which influence the free silicon content in the composites and lead to affect the basic characteristic. Crack deflection occur in the flaws, pores and weak interfaces, these allow continuous add loads and show progressive failure behavior: a step-like load-displacement response, it has high fracture toughness. Highlights: → Laminated SiC/Si porous ceramics make from wood veneer and Si with a bionic design. → It has laminated structure, and still retains wood's biomorphous characterization. → Its excellent mechanical strength connects with laminated and biological structure. → Nobody discussed this material before. -- Abstract: Biomorphous SiC/Si porous ceramics with laminated structure are prepared from beech veneer and phenolic resin. The preparation involves carbonization under vacuum and reaction with melted silicon to obtain the biomorphous carbide template. X-ray diffraction confirms that the biomorphous SiC/Si porous ceramics are mainly composed of β-SiC, free silicon and residual carbon. Scanning election microscopy observations indicate a laminated structure and 1-10 μm microporous structures, which suggest retention of the native characteristics of the wood. This paper examines mechanical properties of the final composite in relation to the lamination, porous structure, and free silicon content. The bending strength of the ceramics decreases as the apparent porosity increases. The fracture toughness increases initially with apparent density and then decreases. The fracture toughness load-displacement curve presents a step-like pattern, which suggests that the laminated SiC/Si porous ceramics have high fracture toughness.

  16. Design requirements for SiC/SiC composites structural material in fusion power reactor blankets

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    This paper recalls the main features of the TAURO blanket, a self-cooled Pb-17Li concept using SiC/SiC composites as structural material, developed for FPR. The objective of this design activity is to compare the characteristics of present-day industrial SiC-SiC composites with those required for a fusion power reactor blanket (FPR) and to evaluate the main needs of further R and D. The performed analyses indicated that the TAURO blanket would need the availability of SiC/SiC composites approximately 10 mm thick with a thermal conductivity through the thickness of approximately 15 Wm-1K-1 at 1000 C and a low electrical conductivity. A preliminary MHD analysis has indicated that the electrical conductivity should not be greater than 500 Ω-1m-1. Irradiation effects should be included in these figures. Under these conditions, the calculated pressure drop due to the high Pb-17Li velocity (approximately 1 m s-1) is much lower then 0.1 MPa. The characteristics and data base of the recently developed 3D-SiC/SiC composite, Cerasep trademark N3-1, are reported and discussed in relation to the identified blanket design requirements. The progress on joining techniques is briefly reported. For the time being, the best results have been obtained using Si-based brazing systems initially developed for SiC ceramics and whose major issue is the higher porosity of the SiC/SiC composites. (orig.)

  17. Si nanoparticle-decorated Si nanowire networks for Li-ion battery anodes

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    Hu, Liangbing

    2011-01-01

    We designed and fabricated binder-free, 3D porous silicon nanostructures for Li-ion battery anodes, where Si nanoparticles electrically contact current collectors via vertically grown silicon nanowires. When compared with a Si nanowire anode, the areal capacity was increased by a factor of 4 without having to use long, high temperature steps under vacuum that vapour-liquid-solid Si nanowire growth entails. © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  18. Infrared absorption of thin films MoSi2/SiNx micro-bridge

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    Jiang, Bo; Su, Yan; He, Yong; Wang, Kaiying

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, we report the infrared absorption and opto-electrical characteristics of multilayered thin films of MoSi2/SiNx with a micro-bridge structure. The thin films of MoSi2 deposited by radio frequency magnetron sputtering exhibit a relatively smooth surface (RMS roughness work provides the physical understanding regarding the building of micro-bridges with the high infrared absorption.

  19. Planetary and meteoritic Mg/Si and d30Si variations inherited from solar nebula chemistry

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    Dauphas, Nicolas; Poitrasson, Franck; Burkhardt, Christoph; Kobayashi, Hiroshi; Kurosawa, Kosuke

    2015-01-01

    The bulk chemical compositions of planets are uncertain, even for major elements such as Mg and Si. This is due to the fact that the samples available for study all originate from relatively shallow depths. Comparison of the stable isotope compositions of planets and meteorites can help overcome this limitation. Specifically, the non-chondritic Si isotope composition of the Earth's mantle was interpreted to reflect the presence of Si in the core, which can also explain its low density relativ...

  20. Universal Optical Response of Si-Si Bonds and its evolution from nanoparticles to bulk crystals

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    Idrobo Tapia, Juan C [ORNL; Halabica, Andrej [Vanderbilt University; Magruder, Iii, Robert H [ORNL; Haglund, Jr, Richard F [ORNL; Pennycook, Stephen J [ORNL; Pantelides, Sokrates T [ORNL

    2009-01-01

    We use quantum mechanical calculations and classical theories of the optical absorption of free and embedded nanoparticles to demonstrate a universality of the optical response of Si-Si bonds, independent of bonding configurations. We also demonstrate that the classical theory remains valid down to atomic-scale nanoparticles and that the evolution of the optical spectrum of a free nanoparticle would evolve to the bulk spectrum when the particle contains hundreds of thousands of Si atoms.

  1. Surface acoustic wave devices on AlN/3C–SiC/Si multilayer structures

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    Surface acoustic wave (SAW) propagation characteristics in a multilayer structure including a piezoelectric aluminum nitride (AlN) thin film and an epitaxial cubic silicon carbide (3C–SiC) layer on a silicon (Si) substrate are investigated by theoretical calculation in this work. Alternating current (ac) reactive magnetron sputtering was used to deposit highly c-axis-oriented AlN thin films, showing the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the rocking curve of 1.36° on epitaxial 3C–SiC layers on Si substrates. In addition, conventional two-port SAW devices were fabricated on the AlN/3C–SiC/Si multilayer structure and SAW propagation properties in the multilayer structure were experimentally investigated. The surface wave in the AlN/3C–SiC/Si multilayer structure exhibits a phase velocity of 5528 m s−1 and an electromechanical coupling coefficient of 0.42%. The results demonstrate the potential of AlN thin films grown on epitaxial 3C–SiC layers to create layered SAW devices with higher phase velocities and larger electromechanical coupling coefficients than SAW devices on an AlN/Si multilayer structure. Moreover, the FWHM values of rocking curves of the AlN thin film and 3C–SiC layer remained constant after annealing for 500 h at 540 °C in air atmosphere. Accordingly, the layered SAW devices based on AlN thin films and 3C–SiC layers are applicable to timing and sensing applications in harsh environments. (paper)

  2. Thermo-Oxidative Degradation Of SiC/Si3N4 Composites

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    Baaklini, George Y.; Batt, Ramakrishna T.; Rokhlin, Stanislav I.

    1995-01-01

    Experimental study conducted on thermo-oxidative degradation of composite-material specimens made of silicon carbide fibers in matrices of reaction-bonded silicon nitride. In SiC/Si3N4 composites of study, interphase is 3-micrometers-thick carbon-rich coat on surface of each SiC fiber. Thermo-oxidative degradation of these composites involves diffusion of oxygen through pores of composites to interphases damaged by oxidation. Nondestructive tests reveal critical exposure times.

  3. Übertragung von Si=Si-Doppelbindungen auf organische Substrate: Stabile konjugierte Systeme vs. Umlagerungsreaktionen

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    Bejan, Iulia Cornelia

    2010-01-01

    In dieser Arbeit wurde die Synthese und Charakterisierung von Systemen mit mehreren phenylen- oder vinylen-konjugierten Si=Si- bzw. C=Si-Doppelbindungen angestrebt. An diesen Verbindungen wurde die Art der Wechselwirkung sowie der Grad der Konjugation zwischen siliciumhaltigen Doppelbindungen und aromatischen Verknüpfungseinheiten untersucht. Auf diese Weise wurde die Grundlage für die Darstellung von Polymeren auf Basis dieser Bauelemente bereitet, um die aktuellen Entwicklungen von P=C- und...

  4. Hierarchically designed SiOx/SiOy bilayer nanomembranes as stable anodes for lithium ion batteries.

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    Zhang, Lin; Deng, Junwen; Liu, Lifeng; Si, Wenping; Oswald, Steffen; Xi, Lixia; Kundu, Manab; Ma, Guozhi; Gemming, Thomas; Baunack, Stefan; Ding, Fei; Yan, Chenglin; Schmidt, Oliver G

    2014-07-01

    Hierarchically designed SiOx /SiOy rolled-up bilayer nanomembranes are used as anodes for lithium-ion batteries. The functionalities of the SiO(x,y) layers can be engineered by simply controlling the oxygen content, resulting in anodes that exhibit a reversible capacity of about 1300 mA h g(-1) with an excellent stability of over 100 cycles, as well as a good rate capability. PMID:24788116

  5. Refinement of primary Si in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys by intensive melt shearing

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    Zhang, Z.; Li, H-T; Stone, IC; Fan, Z.

    2011-01-01

    Hypereutectic Al-Si based alloys are gaining popularity for applications where a combination of light weight and high wear resistance is required. The high wear resistance arising from the hard primary Si particles comes at the price of extremely poor machine tool life. To minimize machining problems while exploiting outstanding wear resistance, the primary Si particles must be controlled to a uniform small size and uniform spatial distribution. The current industrial means of refining primar...

  6. RBS using {sup 28}Si beams

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    Ophel, T.R. [Australian National Univ., Canberra, ACT (Australia); Mitchell, I.V. [University of Western Ontario, London, ON (Canada). Dept. of Physics

    1996-12-31

    Measurements of RBS using {sup 28}Si beams have been made to evaluate the enhancement of sensitivity that should obtain from kinematic suppression of silicon substrate scattering. Two detection methods were tried. Aside from a surface barrier detector, a magnetic spectrometer, instrumented with a multi-electrode gas focal plane detector, was used to indicate the resolution attainable with low energy {sup 28}Si ions. The results confirm that kinematically suppressed RBS does provide greatly improved sensitivity. 5 refs., 2 figs.

  7. Use of SWOT on SI Training

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    杨文寅

    2012-01-01

      SI, simultaneous interpretation, is always considered mysterious and machine-like. In daily practice, we are still puz⁃zled or even depressed when being told that the only path to success is the repetition of tedious practice. Definitely, practice makes perfect but enacting of scientific method enables a winged tiger. SWOT analysis, which stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, provides us with an effective training theory. This article would focus on materializing SWOT into our SI practice.

  8. The silicon vacancy in SiC

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    Janzen, Erik, E-mail: erija@ifm.liu.s [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linkoeping University, SE-581 83 Linkoeping (Sweden); Gali, Adam [Department of Atomic Physics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budafoki ut 8, H-1111 Budapest (Hungary); Carlsson, Patrick; Gaellstroem, Andreas [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linkoeping University, SE-581 83 Linkoeping (Sweden); Magnusson, Bjoern [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linkoeping University, SE-581 83 Linkoeping (Sweden); Norstel AB, Ramshaellsvaegen 15, SE-602 38 Norrkoeping (Sweden); Son, N.T. [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linkoeping University, SE-581 83 Linkoeping (Sweden)

    2009-12-01

    The isolated silicon vacancy is one of the basic intrinsic defects in SiC. We present new experimental data as well as new calculations on the silicon vacancy defect levels and a new model that explains the optical transitions and the magnetic resonance signals observed as occurring in the singly negative charge state of the silicon vacancy in 4H and 6H SiC.

  9. Silicon Photonics Cloud (SiCloud)

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    DeVore, P. T. S.; Jiang, Y.; Lynch, M.;

    2015-01-01

    Silicon Photonics Cloud (SiCloud.org) is the first silicon photonics interactive web tool. Here we report new features of this tool including mode propagation parameters and mode distribution galleries for user specified waveguide dimensions and wavelengths.......Silicon Photonics Cloud (SiCloud.org) is the first silicon photonics interactive web tool. Here we report new features of this tool including mode propagation parameters and mode distribution galleries for user specified waveguide dimensions and wavelengths....

  10. Development and Characterization of SiC)/ MoSi2-Si3N4(p) Hybrid Composites

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    Hebsur, Mohan G.

    1998-01-01

    Intermetallic compound MoSi2 has long been known as a high temperature material that has excellent oxidation resistance and electrical/thermal conductivity. Also its low cost, high melting point (2023 C), relatively low density (6.2 g/cu cm versus 9 g/cu cm for current engine materials), and ease of machining, make it an attractive structural material. However, the use of MoSi2 has been hindered due to its poor toughness at low temperatures, poor creep resistance at high temperatures, and accelerated oxidation (also known as 'pest' oxidation) at temperatures between approximately 450 and 550 C. Continuous fiber reinforcing is very effective means of improving both toughness and strength. Unfortunately, MoSi2 has a relatively high coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) compared to potential reinforcing fibers such as SiC. The large CTE mismatch between the fiber and the matrix resulted in severe matrix cracking during thermal cycling. Addition of about 30 to 50 vol % of Si3N4 particulate to MoSi2 improved resistance to low temperature accelerated oxidation by forming a Si2ON2 protective scale and thereby eliminating catastrophic 'pest failure'. The Si3N4 addition also improved the high temperature creep strength by nearly five orders of magnitude, doubled the room temperature toughness and significantly lowered the CTE of the MoSi2 and eliminated matrix cracking in SCS-6 reinforced composites even after thermal cycling. The SCS-6 fiber reinforcement improved the room temperature fracture toughness by seven times and impact resistance by five times. The composite exhibited excellent strength and toughness improvement up to 1400 C. More recently, tape casting was adopted as the preferred processing of MoSi2-base composites for improved fiber spacing, ability to use small diameter fibers, and for lower cost. Good strength and toughness values were also obtained with fine diameter Hi-Nicalon tow fibers. This hybrid composite remains competitive with ceramic matrix

  11. Fabrication and characterization of CuxSi1−x films on Si (111) and Si (100) by pulsed laser deposition

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    Song Zhang; Jun Wu; Zhiqiang He; Jun Xie; Jingqi Lu; Rong Tu; Lianmeng Zhang; Ji Shi

    2016-01-01

    The CuxSi1−x thin films have been successfully fabricated by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The influences of laser energy fluency (I0) and deposition temperature (Td) on the phase structure were investigated. The results show that Cu deposited on Si (001) at I0 = 0.5-2.0 J/cm2, and η”-Cu3Si formed on Si (111) at I0 = 1.0-2.0 J/cm2. The films were consisted of Cu, η’-Cu3Si, ε-Cu15Si4 and δ-Cu0.83Si0.17 at Td = 100-500 °C on Si (001). The films were the single phase of η-Cu3Si at Td = 700 °C. ...

  12. Microtwins and twin inclusions in the 3C-SiC epilayers grown on Si(001) by APCVD

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    2001-01-01

    Microtwins in the 3C-SiC films grown on Si(001) by APCVD were analyzed in detail using an X-ray four-circle diffractometer. The Φ scan shows that 3C-SiC films can grow on Si substrates epitaxially and the epitaxial relationship is revealed as (001)3C-SiC//(001)Si,[111]3C-SiC//[111]Si. Other diffractions emerged in the pole figures of the (111) 3C-SiC. We performed the (1010)h-SiC and the reciprocal space mapping of the (002) plane of twins for the first time, finding that the diffractions at χ=15.8° result from not hexagonal SiC but microtwins of 3C-SiC, and twin inclusions are estimated to be 1%.

  13. Precipitation kinetics of Si in aluminium alloys

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    The precipitation kinetics of Si in an Al-1.7 wt.%Si alloy after different thermal treatments has been studied by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dilatometry and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results obtained are explained by a model based on simple nucleation and growth/dissolution laws and are compared with measured precipitate size distributions. The evolution of precipitates in water-quenched samples during linear heating depicts the exothermic formation of platelets and globular Si precipitates (200-300 deg. C). The endothermal dissolution of Si platelets starts at lower temperatures than that of the globular precipitates. Coarsening and finally dissolution of globular precipitates is observed with increasing temperature. Samples slowly cooled from the solution treatment temperature present mostly globular precipitates, which are nucleated during cooling. Here, an exothermal effect related to the growth of Si precipitates increasing their volume fraction is observed at relatively high temperatures (350-460 deg. C) during linear heating. The formed precipitates are stable up to ∼460 deg. C, where the modelled critical radius becomes bigger than most of the Si precipitates formed so far

  14. Well-developed deformation in 42Si

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    Takeuchi, S; Aoi, N; Doornenbal, P; Li, K; Motobayashi, T; Scheit, H; Steppenbeck, D; Wang, H; Baba, H; Bazin, D; Càceres, L; Crawford, H; Fallon, P; Gernhäuser, R; Gibelin, J; Go, S; Grévy, S; Hinke, C; Hoffman, C R; Hughes, R; Ideguchi, E; Jenkins, D; Kobayashi, N; Kondo, Y; Krücken, R; Bleis, T Le; Lee, J; Lee, G; Matta, A; Michimasa, S; Nakamura, T; Ota, S; Petri, M; Sako, T; Sakurai, H; Shimoura, S; Steiger, K; Takahashi, K; Takechi, M; Togano, Y; Winkler, R; Yoneda, K

    2012-01-01

    Excited states in 38,40,42Si nuclei have been studied via in-beam gamma-ray spectroscopy with multi-nucleon removal reactions. Intense radioactive beams of 40S and 44S provided at the new facility of the RIKEN Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory enabled gamma-gamma coincidence measurements. A prominent gamma line observed with an energy of 742(8) keV in 42Si confirms the 2+ state reported in an earlier study. Among the gamma lines observed in coincidence with the 2+ -> 0+ transition, the most probable candidate for the transition from the yrast 4+ state was identified, leading to a 4+_1 energy of 2173(14) keV. The energy ratio of 2.93(5) between the 2+_1 and 4+_1 states indicates well-developed deformation in 42Si at N=28 and Z=14. Also for 38,40Si energy ratios with values of 2.09(5) and 2.56(5) were obtained. Together with the ratio for 42Si, the results show a rapid deformation development of Si isotopes from N=24 to N=28.

  15. The Stellar Imager (SI) Vision Mission

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    Carpenter, K G; Karovska, M; SI Vision Mission Team; Carpenter, Kenneth G.; Schrijver, Carolus J.; Karovska, Margarita; Team, SI Vision Mission

    2006-01-01

    The Stellar Imager (SI) is a UV-Optical, Space-Based Interferometer designed to enable 0.1 milli-arcsecond (mas) spectral imaging of stellar surfaces and of the Universe in general and asteroseismic imaging of stellar interiors. SI is identified as a "Flagship and Landmark Discovery Mission" in the 2005 Sun Solar System Connection (SSSC) Roadmap and as a candidate for a "Pathways to Life Observatory" in the Exploration of the Universe Division (EUD) Roadmap (May, 2005). SI will revolutionize our view of many dynamic astrophysical processes: its resolution will transform point sources into extended sources, and snapshots into evolving views. SI's science focuses on the role of magnetism in the Universe, particularly on magnetic activity on the surfaces of stars like the Sun. SI's prime goal is to enable long-term forecasting of solar activity and the space weather that it drives. SI will also revolutionize our understanding of the formation of planetary systems, of the habitability and climatology of distant p...

  16. ABLATION PROPERTY OF SiC-TaSi2 COATED CARBON/CARBON COMPOSITES

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    SHUPING LI; KEZHI LI; HEJUN LI

    2010-01-01

    To prevent the carbon/carbon (C/C) composites from ablation, a new type of ablation protective coating was prepared on the surface of the C/C composites by a step pack cementation technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis show, the coatings obtained by pack cementation were silicon carbide/tantalum silicide (SiC-TaSi2). The ablation behavior of the coated samples were evaluated by the oxyacetylene flame. The results show that, the SiC-TaSi2 coating can...

  17. Search for extremely deformed fission fragment in ^{28}Si+^{28}Si with Eurogam Phase II

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    C. BeckUniversity of Sao Paulo; Nouicer, R.; Sanders, S J; Szanto de Toledo, A.; Sl. Cavallaro(INFN Catania)

    2015-01-01

    A high-resolution study of fragment-fragment-$\\gamma$ triple coincident measurements of the symmetric-mass fission exit-channel from the ^{28}Si+^{28}Si reaction has been performed at the VIVITRON Tandem facility by using the EUROGAM Phase II $\\gamma$-ray spectrometer. The bombarding energy E_{lab}(^{28}Si) = 111.6 MeV has been chosen to populate a well known quasi-molecular resonance in ^{56}Ni. Evidence is presented for a selective population of states in ^{28}Si fragments arising from the ...

  18. ZnO/porous-Si and TiO{sub 2}/porous-Si nanocomposite nanopillars

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    Wang, Dong, E-mail: dong.wang@tu-ilmenau.de; Yan, Yong; Schaaf, Peter [Chair Materials for Electronics, Institute of Materials Engineering and Institute of Micro- and Nanotechnologies MacroNano, TU Ilmenau, Gustav-Kirchhoff-Str. 5, 98693 Ilmenau (Germany); Sharp, Thomas [Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology Ltd., Yatton, Bristol BS49 4AP (United Kingdom); Schönherr, Sven; Ronning, Carsten [Institute for Solid State Physics, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Max-Wien-Platz 1, 07743 Jena (Germany); Ji, Ran [SUSS MicroTec Lithography GmbH, Schleissheimer Str. 90, 85748 Garching (Germany)

    2015-01-01

    Porous Si nanopillar arrays are used as templates for atomic layer deposition of ZnO and TiO{sub 2}, and thus, ZnO/porous-Si and TiO{sub 2}/porous-Si nanocomposite nanopillars are fabricated. The diffusion of the precursor molecules into the inside of the porous structure occurs via Knudsen diffusion and is strongly limited by the small pore size. The luminescence of the ZnO/porous-Si nanocomposite nanopillars is also investigated, and the optical emission can be changed and even quenched after a strong plasma treatment. Such nanocomposite nanopillars are interesting for photocatalysis and sensors.

  19. Design and Manufacture of GeSi/Si Superlattice Nanocrystalline Photodetector

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    2006-01-01

    According to Maxwell's theory, the optical transmission characteristics in GeSi/Si superlattice nanocrystalline layer have been analyzed and calculated. The calculated result shows that when the total thickness L is 340nm, the single mode lightwave can be transmitted only at periodic number M≥15.5. In addition, at the direction of transmission, when the transmission distance is larger than 500μm, the lightwave intensity is decreased greatly. Based on the above parameters, the design and manufacture of GeSi/Si superlattice nanocrystalline photodetector are carried out.

  20. Stability of Ta-encapsulating Si clusters on Si(111)-(7x7) surfaces

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    Uchida, N; Miyazaki, T; Kanayama, T

    2003-01-01

    Tantalum containing Si cluster ions TaSi sub 1 sub 0 sub - sub 1 sub 3 H sub x sup + were synthesized in an ion trap and deposited onto Si(111)-(7x7) surfaces with a kinetic energy of 18 eV. Scanning tunnelling microscope observations revealed that the clusters adsorbed on the surface without decomposition, consistent with ab initio calculation results, that predicted the clusters would have stable Si-cage structures with a Ta atom at the centre. (rapid communication)

  1. Densification and Microstructural Evolutions during Reaction Sintering of SiC-Si-C Powder Compacts

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    Asgharzadeh, H.; Ehsani, N

    2011-01-01

    Porous SiC-Si-C ceramics were produced by reaction sintering (RS) of silicon carbide, silicon, and carbon powder compacts in the temperature range of 1400–1600°C. The effects of chemical composition of the starting powder, initial SiC particle size, and reaction sintering temperature and duration on the densification and microstructure of ceramic materials were studied. The results showed that increasing the amount of Si and/or C powders in the starting powder mixture had a detrimental influe...

  2. Microstructure of reactive sintered Al bonded Si3N4-SiC ceramics

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    CUI Chong; WANG Yuan-ting; JIANG Jin-guo; CHEN Guang; SUN Qiang-jin

    2006-01-01

    Aluminium nitride-silicon nitride-silicon carbide (AlN-Si3N4-SiC) composite ceramics were prepared to increase the bending strength and improve the phase structure of Si3N4-based ceramics. The ceramics were made by reactive sintering in N2 atmosphere at 1 360 ℃, using Al as sintering additive. The phase composing of ceramics was identified with an X-ray diffractometer and the microstructure of the materials was studied by scanning electron microscopy. The results indicate that the phase structure is affected remarkably and the interface modality is changed. The interface between Si3N4 and SiC becomes blurry and that between SiC and AlN matches more better at the same time. But the liquid-phase appears during the reactive sintering along with the addition of Al by which the melting point of Si is decreased. The appearance of liquid Si decreases the bending strength of the ceramics. Lower temperature nitrification technic was introduced to avoid the appearance of liquid-phase Si. The optimum addition of Al was investigated by XRD and SEM analysis in order to obtain the maximal bending strength of materials.

  3. Catalystlike behavior of Si adatoms in the growth of monolayer Al film on Si(111).

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    Teng, Jing; Zhang, Lixin; Jiang, Ying; Guo, Jiandong; Guo, Qinlin; Wang, Enge; Ebert, Philipp; Sakurai, T; Wu, Kehui

    2010-07-01

    The formation mechanism of monolayer Al(111)1x1 film on the Si(111) radical3x radical3-Al substrate was studied by scanning tunneling microscopy and first-principles calculations. We found that the Si adatoms on the radical3x radical3-Al substrate play important roles in the growth process. The growth of Al-1x1 islands is mediated by the formation and decomposition of SiAl(2) clusters. Based on experiments and theoretical simulations we propose a model where free Si atoms exhibit a catalystlike behavior by capturing and releasing Al atoms during the Al film growth. PMID:20614981

  4. Specimen size effect considerations for irradiation studies of SiC/SiC

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    Youngblood, G.E.; Henager, C.H. Jr.; Jones, R.H. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1996-10-01

    For characterization of the irradiation performance of SiC/SiC, limited available irradiation volume generally dictates that tests be conducted on a small number of relatively small specimens. Flexure testing of two groups of bars with different sizes cut from the same SiC/SiC plate suggested the following lower limits for flexure specimen number and size: Six samples at a minimum for each condition and a minimum bar size of 30 x 6.0 x 2.0 mm{sup 3}.

  5. Three-dimensional analysis of SiC/SiC composite structures for fusion reactors

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    The structural analysis of a SiC/SiC composite first wall in a tokamak fusion reactor is explored using the finite element method. The analysis is done in three dimensions under thermal and pressure loads. The effect of the three-dimensional analysis on the results is compared with that for the two-dimensional analysis. The comparison indicates that for laminated SiC/SiC composite structures, the two-dimensional analysis, which ignores the effect of the stacking sequence of the laminate and the effect of the interlaminar shear stress, is insufficient for reactor design. 9 refs., 14 refs., 2 tabs

  6. Specimen size effect considerations for irradiation studies of SiC/SiC

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    For characterization of the irradiation performance of SiC/SiC, limited available irradiation volume generally dictates that tests be conducted on a small number of relatively small specimens. Flexure testing of two groups of bars with different sizes cut from the same SiC/SiC plate suggested the following lower limits for flexure specimen number and size: Six samples at a minimum for each condition and a minimum bar size of 30 x 6.0 x 2.0 mm3

  7. Behavior of Au-Si droplets in Si(001) at high temperatures

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    Shao, Y. M.; Nie, T. X.; Jiang, Z. M.; Zou, J.

    2012-07-01

    The transport behavior of Au-Si droplets near the Si(001) surface at elevated temperatures is investigated using transmission electron microscopy. It has been found that Au-Si droplets move differently under different temperatures, which lead to the formation of SiOx surface islands on top of droplets, and result in the lateral movements of smaller droplets away from their corresponding surface islands. Since Au droplets have been widely used as catalysts to induce semiconductor nanowires, this study provides insight behavior of Au containing droplets on semiconductor surfaces, which is critical for understanding the formation mechanisms of semiconductor nanowires.

  8. Solute adsorption and entrapment during eutectic Si growth in A–Si-based alloys

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    The solute adsorption and/or segregation as well as the solute entrapment of Sr, Na and Yb atoms during eutectic Si growth in a series of high-purity Al–5 wt.% Si alloys was investigated by multi-scale microstructure characterization techniques, including high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy. The adsorption of Sr atoms was directly observed along the 〈1 1 2〉Si growth direction of Si and/or at the intersection of multiple Si twins, which can be used to interpret the poisoning of the twin plane re-entrant edge and impurity induced twinning modification mechanisms, respectively. In contrast, Yb shows a different mechanism compared to the adsorption of Sr atoms. No significant Yb-rich cluster was observed at the intersection of Si twins. However, considerable Yb-rich segregation lines were observed along the 〈1 1 2〉Si direction, which can be attributed to the solute entrapment caused by a few Si twins through the natural twin plane re-entrant edge and growth mechanism. Active poisoning of the twin plane re-entrant edge and impurity induced twinning growth mechanisms cannot be observed due to the absence of Yb atoms within eutectic Si. Furthermore, the solute entrapment of modifying elements (X, Sr or Yb) together with Al and Si was proposed to interpret the formation of Al2Si2X phases or X-rich clusters within eutectic Si. Such types of Al2Si2X phases or X-rich clusters were further proposed to be an “artefact” caused by the solute entrapment during eutectic Si growth, rather than an active factor affecting the modification. The observed solute adsorption and entrapment can be used to interpret the different observations in the cases of different modifying elements, including impurity effects and so-called “quenching modification”, thereby elucidating the modification of eutectic Si in Al–Si alloys

  9. Scaling study of Si/SiGe MODFETs for RF applications

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    Yang, L; J. R. Watling; R. C. W. Wilkins; Asenov, A; Barker, J R; Roy, S; Hackbarth, T.

    2002-01-01

    Based on the successful calibration on a 0.25 /spl mu/m strained Si/SiGe n-type MODFET, this paper presents a gate length scaling study of double-side doped Si/SiGe MODFETs. Our simulations show that gate length scaling improves device RF performance. However, the short channel effects (SCE) along with the parasitic delays limit the device performance improvements. We find that it is necessary to consider scaling (dimensions and doping) of both the lateral and vertical architecture in order t...

  10. Expanding the Repertoire of Molecular Linkages to Silicon: Si-S, Si-Se, and Si-Te Bonds.

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    Hu, Minjia; Liu, Fenglin; Buriak, Jillian M

    2016-05-01

    Silicon is the foundation of the electronics industry and is now the basis for a myriad of new hybrid electronics applications, including sensing, silicon nanoparticle-based imaging and light emission, photonics, and applications in solar fuels, among others. From interfacing of biological materials to molecular electronics, the nature of the chemical bond plays important roles in electrical transport and can have profound effects on the electronics of the underlying silicon itself, affecting its work function, among other things. This work describes the chemistry to produce ≡Si-E bonds (E = S, Se, and Te) through very fast microwave heating (10-15 s) and direct thermal heating (hot plate, 2 min) through the reaction of hydrogen-terminated silicon surfaces with dialkyl or diaryl dichalcogenides. The chemistry produces surface-bound ≡Si-SR, ≡Si-SeR, and ≡Si-TeR groups. Although the interfacing of molecules through ≡Si-SR and ≡Si-SeR bonds is known, to the best of our knowledge, the heavier chalcogenide variant, ≡Si-TeR, has not been described previously. The identity of the surface groups was determined by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and depth profiling with time-of-flight-secondary ionization mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). Possible mechanisms are outlined, and the most likely, based upon parallels with well-established molecular literature, involve surface silyl radicals or dangling bonds that react with either the alkyl or aryl dichalcogenide directly, REER, or its homolysis product, the alkyl or aryl chalcogenyl radical, RE· (where E = S, Se, and Te). PMID:27055056

  11. Electrospun a-Si using Liquid Silane/Polymer Inks

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    D.L. Schulz; J.M. Hoey; J. Smith; J. Lovaasen; C. Braun; X. Dai; K. Anderson; A. Elangovan; X. Wu; S. Payne; K. Pokhodnya; I. Akhatov; L. Pederson; P. Boudjouk

    2010-12-01

    Amorphous silicon nanowires (a-SiNWs) were prepared by electrospinning cyclohexasilane (Si{sub 6}H{sub 12}) admixed with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) in toluene. Raman spectroscopy characterization of these wires (d {approx} 50-2000 nm) shows 350 C treatment yields a-SiNWs. Porous a-SiNWs are obtained using a volatile polymer.

  12. Use of SI Metric Units Misrepresented in College Physics Texts.

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    Hooper, William

    1980-01-01

    Summarizes results of a survey that examined 13 textbooks claiming to use SI units. Tables present data concerning the SI and non-SI units actually used in each text in discussion of fluid pressure and thermal energy, and data concerning which texts do and do not use SI as claimed. (CS)

  13. Adsorption of Si on Gu(100) and (111) Surfaces

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    HE Guo-Min

    2004-01-01

    @@ Employing the density-functional theory within the generalized gradient approximation, we investigate the interaction between atomic Si and the Cu(100) and (111) surfaces. Various structures of on-surface adsorption as well as surface-substitutional adsorption for a wide range of Si coverage are considered. Our results show that both Cu(100) and (111) surfaces are active for adsorption of Si. The c(2 × 2)-Si/Cu(100) surface alloy is energetically favourable for a large range of Si chemical potential while c(2 × 2)-Si/Cu(111) is energetically favourable only under Si rich conditions.

  14. Advances in wide bandgap SiC for optoelectronics

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    Ou, Haiyan; Ou, Yiyu; Argyraki, Aikaterini;

    2014-01-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) has played a key role in power electronics thanks to its unique physical properties like wide bandgap, high breakdown field, etc. During the past decade, SiC is also becoming more and more active in optoelectronics thanks to the progress in materials growth and nanofabrication....... This paper will review the advances in fluorescent SiC for white light-emitting diodes, covering the poly-crystalline doped SiC source material growth, single crystalline epitaxy growth of fluorescent SiC, and nanofabrication of SiC to enhance the extraction efficiency for fluorescent SiC based white...

  15. Surface photovoltage studies of Si nanocrystallites prepared by electrochemical etching

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    Patel, B. K.; Rath, S.; Sahu, S. N.

    2006-06-01

    Nanocrystalline Si has been prepared by anodic etching of Si in an electrolyte consisting of ethanol and HF. The structure and surface morphology have been studied using transmission electron microscopy which reveal the cubic structure and porous morphology of Si nanocrystals (NCs). Electrochemical etching has resulted in surface oxidation of Si NCs as confirmed from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic measurements. The average size of the Si NCs has been estimated from the line broadening analysis of the Raman scattering. Unique optical transitions associated with porous Si/SiO2 quantum well (QW) like structure has been investigated by surface photovoltage (SPV) measurements.

  16. Microstructural evolution of SiC/Cu-Si composites obtained through reactive infiltration; Evolucion microestructural de composites SiC/aleaciones CuSi obtenidos a traves de infiltracion ractiva

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    Cornejo, J.; Ordonez, S.; Iturriza, I.

    2010-07-01

    The microstructural evolution of composites of SiC/Cu-Si alloys obtained through process of reactive infiltration to 1400 degree centigrade was studied. Three zones were detected in the obtained composites: the reaction zone, the transition zone and the infiltrated zone. In the reaction zone and transition zone the resulting microstructure was composed of a metallic phase, graphite laminae and SiC particles. It was found that SiC decomposes into these areas because of the alloy Cu-Si, so the available Si forms a liquid solution that a room temperature consisted of a a solid solution and a {gamma} phase (Cu{sub 5}Si). The carbon resulting from the decomposition of SiC precipitated as graphite laminae. In addition, the SiC decomposition was decreasing as the initial amount of Si in the alloy increased. (Author) 37 refs.

  17. Evidences of the existence of SiTe2 crystalline phase and a proposed new Si-Te phase diagram

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    Mishra, R.; Mishra, P. K.; Phapale, S.; Babu, P. D.; Sastry, P. U.; Ravikumar, G.; Yadav, A. K.

    2016-05-01

    The existence of two distinct crystalline phases viz., Si2Te3 and SiTe2, in the Si-Te system is established from differential thermal analysis (DTA) studies. Thermo-gravimetric (TG) data on SiTe2 indicate that the compound decomposes to Si in multiple steps via intermediate Si2Te3 phase. X-ray diffraction (XRD) reveals that SiTe2 crystallizes in P 3 ̅m1 space group with CdI2 trigonal structure, whereas Si2Te3 crystallizes in trigonal structure with space group P 3 ̅1c with varying occupation of octahedral voids. Single Si atoms fill only 1/2 of the octahedral voids in SiTe2 structure whereas in Si2Te3, Si atoms are arranged in pairs occupying 2/3 of the octahedral voids in alternating planes along c-axis. Further, X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirm the distinctness of the chemical environment in the two crystalline structures confirming the uniqueness of both the phases. DTA results on the two compounds indicate the presence of one crystallographic phase-transition in each of the compound with transition temperatures at 441 °C for Si2Te3 and 392 °C for SiTe2. At the same time both Si2Te3 and SiTe2 undergo peritectic decomposition at 683 °C and 432 °C forming [Si(s)+Te(liq)] and [α-Si2Te3(s)+Te(liq)], respectively. The system revealed eutectic reaction between β-SiTe2 and Te at 398 °C [L=Te+SiTe2]. Consequently, the phase diagram in the Si-Te system has been delineated.

  18. Gate-stack engineering for self-organized Ge-dot/SiO2/SiGe-shell MOS capacitors

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    Wei-Ting eLai

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available We report the first-of-its-kind, self-organized gate-stack heterostructure of Ge-dot/SiO2/SiGe-shell on Si fabricated in a single step through the selective oxidation of a SiGe nano-patterned pillar over a Si3N4 buffer layer on a Si substrate. Process-controlled tunability of the Ge-dot size (7.5−90 nm, the SiO2 thickness (3−4 nm, and as well the SiGe-shell thickness (2−15 nm has been demonstrated, enabling a practically-achievable core building block for Ge-based metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS devices. Detailed morphologies, structural, and electrical interfacial properties of the SiO2/Ge-dot and SiO2/SiGe interfaces were assessed using transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and temperature-dependent high/low-frequency capacitance-voltage measurements. Notably, NiGe/SiO2/SiGe and Al/SiO2/Ge-dot/SiO2/SiGe MOS capacitors exhibit low interface trap densities of as low as 3-5x10^11 cm^-2·eV^-1 and fixed charge densities of 1-5x10^11 cm^-2, suggesting good-quality SiO2/SiGe-shell and SiO2/Ge-dot interfaces. In addition, the advantage of having single-crystalline Si1-xGex shell (x > 0.5 in a compressive stress state in our self-aligned gate-stack heterostructure has great promise for possible SiGe (or Ge MOS nanoelectronic and nanophotonic applications.

  19. Gate-stack engineering for self-organized Ge-dot/SiO2/SiGe-shell MOS capacitors

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    Lai, Wei-Ting; Yang, Kuo-Ching; Liao, Po-Hsiang; George, Tom; Li, Pei-Wen

    2016-02-01

    We report the first-of-its-kind, self-organized gate-stack heterostructure of Ge-dot/SiO2/SiGe-shell on Si fabricated in a single step through the selective oxidation of a SiGe nano-patterned pillar over a Si3N4 buffer layer on a Si substrate. Process-controlled tunability of the Ge-dot size (7.5‑90 nm), the SiO2 thickness (3‑4 nm), and as well the SiGe-shell thickness (2‑15 nm) has been demonstrated, enabling a practically-achievable core building block for Ge-based metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) devices. Detailed morphologies, structural, and electrical interfacial properties of the SiO2/Ge-dot and SiO2/SiGe interfaces were assessed using transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and temperature-dependent high/low-frequency capacitance-voltage measurements. Notably, NiGe/SiO2/SiGe and Al/SiO2/Ge-dot/SiO2/SiGe MOS capacitors exhibit low interface trap densities of as low as 3-5x10^11 cm^-2·eV^-1 and fixed charge densities of 1-5x10^11 cm^-2, suggesting good-quality SiO2/SiGe-shell and SiO2/Ge-dot interfaces. In addition, the advantage of having single-crystalline Si1-xGex shell (x > 0.5) in a compressive stress state in our self-aligned gate-stack heterostructure has great promise for possible SiGe (or Ge) MOS nanoelectronic and nanophotonic applications.

  20. Transformation mechanism of n-butyl terminated Si nanoparticles embedded into Si1-xCx nanocomposites mixed with Si nanoparticles and C atoms

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    Bright-field transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images, high-resolution TEM (HRTEM) images, and fast-Fourier transformed electron-diffraction patterns showed that n-butyl terminated Si nanoparticles were aggregated. The formation of Si1-xCx nanocomposites was mixed with Si nanoparticles and C atoms embedded in a SiO2 layer due to the diffusion of C atoms from n-butyl termination shells into aggregated Si nanoparticles. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) images showed that the Si1-xCx nanocomposites mixed with Si nanoparticles and C atoms existed in almost all regions of the SiO2 layer. The formation mechanism of Si nanoparticles and the transformation mechanism of n-butyl terminated Si nanoparticles embedded into Si1-xCx nanocomposites mixed with Si nanoparticles and C atoms are described on the basis of the TEM, HRTEM, and AFM results. These results can help to improve the understanding of the formation mechanism of Si nanoparticles.

  1. Diffusion mobilities in the fcc{sub A}1 Cu-Si, Al-Si and Al-Cu-Si alloys

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    Cao, Dachun [School of Mechanical Engineering, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan, Hunan Province 411105 (China); Liu, Ya [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, 1 Gehu Road, Changzhou, Jiangsu Province 213164 (China); Su, Xuping, E-mail: sxping@cczu.edu.cn [School of Mechanical Engineering, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan, Hunan Province 411105 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, 1 Gehu Road, Changzhou, Jiangsu Province 213164 (China); Wang, Jianhua; Tu, Hao [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, 1 Gehu Road, Changzhou, Jiangsu Province 213164 (China); Huang, Jianfeng [School of Mechanical Engineering, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan, Hunan Province 411105 (China)

    2013-02-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The atomic mobilities of fcc Cu-Si, Al-Si and Al-Cu-Si alloys have been assessed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The calculated results agree well with various experimental diffusivities. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The temperature and concentration dependence are taken into consideration. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The mobility parameters obtained can be used to predict many diffusion phenomena. - Abstract: Based on the available thermodynamic parameters and experimental data of self-diffusivity, impurity diffusivity, intrinsic diffusivity, tracer diffusivity and interdiffusivity in the Cu-Si, Al-Si and Al-Cu-Si alloys, the atomic mobilities of Cu, Al and Si in face-centered cubic (fcc{sub A}1) Cu-Si, Al-Si and Al-Cu-Si alloys have been critically assessed as a function of temperature and composition using the CALPHAD-type and DICTRA software package. Comparisons between the calculated and measured coefficients reveal that most of the diffusivities can be reproduced satisfactorily. The obtained mobility parameters can be used to study diffusion-related characteristics for fcc{sub A}1 Cu-Si, Al-Si and Al-Cu-Si alloys.

  2. Si(SiMe3)2SiPh3 - a ligand for novel sub-valent tin cluster compounds.

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    Klink, R; Schrenk, C; Schnepf, A

    2014-11-14

    For the synthesis of metalloid tin cluster compounds applying the disproportionation reaction of a Sn(i) halide, silyl ligands, especially the symmetric Si(SiMe3)3 has proven to be extremely useful. Silyl ligands of lower symmetry where e.g. one SiMe3 group is substituted with SiPh3 are thereby unexplored, although the synthesis of the anionic silyl precursors is quite easy, referring to previously described methods. Here the synthesis of the silanide [Si(SiMe3)2(SiPh3)](-) as its potassium () as well as its lithium salt () in excellent yield is presented. proved to be a suitable starting material for the synthesis of subvalent tin compounds as shown by the reaction with tin halides in oxidation state +2 (SnCl2) and +1 (SnCl); i.e. on the one hand the anticipated stannide [Sn(Si(SiMe3)2SiPh3)2Cl](-) could be isolated and on the other hand the unexpectedly partly substituted ring compound Cl4Sn4[Si(SiMe3)2SiPh3]4 is obtained. As no elemental tin is formed during the reaction with SnCl, metalloid tin clusters may be present in solution too, which is supported by the nearly black color of the reaction mixture, showing that might be a suitable ligand for the synthesis of such cluster compounds. PMID:25242586

  3. Correlation between optical properties and Si nanocrystal formation of Si-rich Si oxide films prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    We have investigated the phase separation and silicon nanocrystal (Si NC) formation in correlation with the optical properties of Si suboxide (SiO x, 0 x films were deposited by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition at different nitrous oxide/silane (N2O/SiH4) flow ratios. The as-deposited films show increased Si concentration with decreasing N2O/SiH4 flow ratio, while the deposition rate and surface roughness have strong correlations with the flow ratio in the N2O/SiH4 reaction. After thermal annealing at temperatures above 1000 deg. C, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy manifest the progressive phase separation and continuous growth of crystalline-Si (c-Si) NCs in the SiO x films with increasing annealing temperature. We observe a transition from multiple-peak to single peak of the strong red-range photoluminescence (PL) with increasing Si concentration and annealing temperature. The appearance of the single peak in the PL is closely related to the c-Si NC formation. The PL also redshifts from ∼1.9 to 1.4 eV with increasing Si concentration and annealing temperature (i.e., increasing NC size). The good agreements of the PL evolution with NC formation and the PL peak energy with NC size distribution support the quantum confinement model

  4. Evolution of thin protecting Si-layer on Mn0.5Si0.5 layer at low temperatures

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    Highlights: • Evolution of 2-nm-thick protecting Si-layer on Mn0.5Si0.5 film was studied by CAFM. • Many SiO2 islands were found to form on the surface at 300 °C. • Si cap layer first oxidized and then agglomerated into SiO2 islands. • Protection capability of Si cap layer degraded after agglomeration of thin SiO2 layer. • Mechanism of agglomeration of thin SiO2 layer is discussed. - Abstract: Evolution of 2-nm-thick protecting Si-layer on amorphous Mn0.5Si0.5 films at elevated temperatures was investigated by using conductive atom force microscopy (CAFM) and other structure and composition characterization methods. At a temperature of 300 °C, a dramatic change was observed in surface morphology with many islands forming on the surface. Those islands were SiO2 islands rather than Si ones. Further studies showed that those islands formed via first oxidation of the Si cap layer followed by the agglomeration of this SiO2 layer. Because Si cap layer has widely been used as protecting materials to prevent the surface from oxidizing and contamination, this study provides an insight on the effectiveness of thin protecting Si-layer at low temperatures

  5. Absence of quantum confinement effects in the photoluminescence of Si3N4–embedded Si nanocrystals

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    Superlattices of Si-rich silicon nitride and Si3N4 are prepared by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition and, subsequently, annealed at 1150 °C to form size-controlled Si nanocrystals (Si NCs) embedded in amorphous Si3N4. Despite well defined structural properties, photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL) reveals inconsistencies with the typically applied model of quantum confined excitons in nitride-embedded Si NCs. Time-resolved PL measurements demonstrate 105 times faster time-constants than typical for the indirect band structure of Si NCs. Furthermore, a pure Si3N4 reference sample exhibits a similar PL peak as the Si NC samples. The origin of this luminescence is discussed in detail on the basis of radiative defects and Si3N4 band tail states in combination with optical absorption measurements. The apparent absence of PL from the Si NCs is explained conclusively using electron spin resonance data from the Si/Si3N4 interface defect literature. In addition, the role of Si3N4 valence band tail states as potential hole traps is discussed. Most strikingly, the PL peak blueshift with decreasing NC size, which is often observed in literature and typically attributed to quantum confinement (QC), is identified as optical artifact by transfer matrix method simulations of the PL spectra. Finally, criteria for a critical examination of a potential QC-related origin of the PL from Si3N4-embedded Si NCs are suggested.

  6. Realization of Colored Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cells with SiO2/SiNx:H Double Layer Antireflection Coatings

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We presented a method to use SiO2/SiNx:H double layer antireflection coatings (DARC on acid textures to fabricate colored multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si solar cells. Firstly, we modeled the perceived colors and short-circuit current density (Jsc as a function of SiNx:H thickness for single layer SiNx:H, and as a function of SiO2 thickness for the case of SiO2/SiNx:H (DARC with fixed SiNx:H (refractive index n=2.1 at 633 nm, and thickness = 80 nm. The simulation results show that it is possible to achieve various colors by adjusting the thickness of SiO2 to avoid significant optical losses. Therefore, we carried out the experiments by using electron beam (e-beam evaporation to deposit a layer of SiO2 over the standard SiNx:H for 156×156 mm2 mc-Si solar cells which were fabricated by a conventional process. Semisphere reflectivity over 300 nm to 1100 nm and I-V measurements were performed for grey yellow, purple, deep blue, and green cells. The efficiency of colored SiO2/SiNx:H DARC cells is comparable to that of standard SiNx:H light blue cells, which shows the potential of colored cells in industrial applications.

  7. Fabrication of highly oriented D03-Fe3Si nanocrystals by solid-state dewetting of Si ultrathin layer

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    In this paper, highly oriented nanocrystals of Fe3Si with a D03 structure are fabricated on SiO2 using ultrathin Si on insulator substrate. First, (001) oriented Si nanocrystals are formed on the SiO2 layer by solid state dewetting of the top Si layer. Then, Fe addition to the Si nanocrystals is performed by reactive deposition epitaxy and post-deposition annealing at 500 °C. The structures of the Fe–Si nanocrystals are analyzed by cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and nanobeam electron diffraction. We observe that Fe3Si nanocrystals with D03, B2, and A2 structures coexist on the 1-h post-annealed samples. Prolonged annealing at 500 °C is effective in obtaining Fe3Si nanocrystals with a D03 single phase, thereby promoting structural ordering in the nanocrystals. We discuss the formation process of the highly oriented D03-Fe3Si nanocrystals on the basis of the atomistic structural information. - Highlights: • Highly oriented Fe–Si nanocrystals (NCs) are fabricated by reactive deposition. • Si NCs formed by solid state dewetting of Si thin layers are used as seed crystals. • The structures of Fe–Si NCs are analyzed by nanobeam electron diffraction. • Most of Fe–Si NCs possess the D03 structure after post-deposition annealing

  8. 31Si(2.6 h)(n,γ)32Si cross section measured by accelerator mass spectrometry

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    Radioactive 32Si was produced by double neutron capture in natural silicon. From a measurement of the isotopic ratio 32Si/30Si by means of accelerator mass spectrometry the neutron-capture cross section for radioactive 31Si (T1/2=2.622 h) was deduced to be 73±6 mb

  9. Three Crystalline Polymorphs of KFeSi04, Potassium Ferrisilicate

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    Bentzen, Janet Jonna

    1983-01-01

    Orthorhombic α-KFeSi04 ( a =0.5478, b =0.9192, c =0.8580 nm), hexagonal β-KFeSiO4 (a =0.5309, c =0.8873 nm), and hexagonal γ-KFeSi04 (a =0.5319, c =0.8815 nm) were synthesized by devitrification of KFeSiO4 glass. Powder X-ray diffraction data are given for all three polymorphs. Alpha KFeSiO4, the...

  10. Synthesis of micro-sized interconnected Si-C composites

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    Wang, Donghai; Yi, Ran; Dai, Fang

    2016-02-23

    Embodiments provide a method of producing micro-sized Si--C composites or doped Si--C and Si alloy-C with interconnected nanoscle Si and C building blocks through converting commercially available SiO.sub.x (0

  11. Thermoelectric properties of porous SiC/C composites

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    Fujisawa, Masashi; Hata, Toshimitsu; Kitagawa, Hiroyuki; Bronsveld, Paul; Suzuki, Youki; Hasezaki, Kazuhiro; Noda, Yasutoshi; Imamura, Yuji

    2008-01-01

    We developed a porous SiC/C composite by oxidizing a SiC/C composite made from a mixed powder of wood charcoal and SiO2 (32-45 mu m) by pulse current sintering at 1600 and 1800 degrees C under a N-2 atmosphere. The microstructures of the porous SiC/C composites with oxidation and the SiC/C composite

  12. ORASELE INTELIGENTE: PERSPECTIVA DE ANSAMBLU SI IMPLICATII POLITICE

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    Mihaela PACESILA; Sofia Elena COLESCA

    2007-01-01

    Termenul de oras inteligent se refera la abilitatea administratiei orasului de a colabora cu stakeholderii din mediul urban in scopul obtinerii unor beneficii reciproce. Aparitia oraselor inteligente necesita o colaborare intensa intre municipalitate si sectorul public, dar si intre aceasta si cel privat cu scopul de a facilita adoptarea deciziilor si de a face progrese in modul de initiere a politicilor publice la nivel local, precum si pentru imbunatatirea relatiei cu cetatenii, mediul de a...

  13. The revolution in SiGe: impact on device electronics

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    SiGe is having a major impact in device electronics. The most mature application is the SiGe BiCMOS technology which is in production throughout the world. The areas of most rapid growth are in CMOS where SiGe is being considered for a wide variety of elements including raised S/D, poly-SiGe Gates, in buffer layers to create a tensile strained Si layer, and as the conducting channel in MODFETs

  14. Interface Evolution of TiN/Poly Si as Gate Material on Si/HfO2 Stack

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    JIANG Ran; YAO Li-Ting

    2008-01-01

    TiN as gate electrode in Si/HfO2/TiN/poly-Si stack is evaluated after the postmetal annealing treatments. Interface reactions are investigated using electron-energy-loss spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The work function of the TiN/poly-Si stack shows strong dependence on the postmetal deposition annealing conditions. The interfacia/product in TiN/poly-Si interface is inferred as TiSiN, which is beneficial for the whole high-k stack since TiSiN possesses higher work function compared to TiN and poly-Si.

  15. Diffusion of oxygen atom into subsurface layers of GexSi1-x/Si(001) interface

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    Ab initio calculations have been carried out to verify a possibility for an oxygen atom to transit from the bridge bond between the addimer atoms and atoms in the second subsurface layer to the bond between atoms belonging to the second and third subsurface layers of the GexSi1-x/Si(001) interface in the cases where one to three oxygen atoms are adsorbed. Pure Ge-Ge addimers at the GexSi1-x/Si(001) interface favor the oxygen diffusion into the bulk to a greater extent than pure Si-Si and mixed Si-Ge addimers do.

  16. Compatibility of PIP SiCf/SiC with LiPb at 700 deg. C

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    Silicon carbide fiber reinforced silicon carbide composites (SiCf/SiC) are promising candidate materials for fusion applications. The compatibility of SiCf/SiC composites with liquid LiPb is one of the key issues for fusion technologies. Three-dimensional SiCf/SiC composites were fabricated by polymer infiltration and pyrolysis (PIP) process and β-SiC coating was deposited by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process. The composites were exposed to static liquid LiPb for 500 h at 700 deg. C. The results showed that the liquid LiPb penetrated through the open pores of the cut surface of the composites and reacted with the matrix and fibers, which caused a weight change and a severe degradation of the mechanical property to the uncoated composites. As for the coated composites, the mechanical property was degraded and the weight increased because of the absorption of LiPb, although the CVD SiC coating was compatible with LiPb and protected fibers and matrix beneath.

  17. Atomic state and characterization of nitrogen at the SiC/SiO2 interface

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    We report on the concentration, chemical bonding, and etching behavior of N at the SiC(0001)/SiO2 interface using photoemission, ion scattering, and computational modeling. For standard NO processing of a SiC MOSFET, a sub-monolayer of nitrogen is found in a thin inter-layer between the substrate and the gate oxide (SiO2). Photoemission shows one main nitrogen related core-level peak with two broad, higher energy satellites. Comparison to theory indicates that the main peak is assigned to nitrogen bound with three silicon neighbors, with second nearest neighbors including carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen atoms. Surprisingly, N remains at the surface after the oxide was completely etched by a buffered HF solution. This is in striking contrast to the behavior of Si(100) undergoing the same etching process. We conclude that N is bound directly to the substrate SiC, or incorporated within the first layers of SiC, as opposed to bonding within the oxide network. These observations provide insights into the chemistry and function of N as an interface passivating additive in SiC MOSFETs

  18. Mechanism for silicide formation in Ag(Cu)/Si and Ag(Co)/Si upon annealing

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    Ag(Co) alloy and Ag(Cu) alloy films were prepared on HF-cleaned Si by using DC magnetron sputtering and were then annealed in vacuum (3 X 10-5 Torr) to investigate the effects of Co and Cu precipitation on the material properties of the Ag alloy films and on the reaction between alloy element (Co, Cu) and Si. The annealing of a Ag(Cu)/Si structure for 30 min at 200 .deg. C produced a uniform Cu3Si layer at the Ag(Cu)-Si interface, as a result of reaction of the segregated Cu with Si. This lowered the resistivity from 5.3 to 3.2 μΩ-cm, and also led to improved adhesion properties. In contrast, the annealing of a Ag(Co)/Si structure at 400 .deg. C produced a cobalt silicide in the Ag(Co) film, resulting from reaction of the diffused Si with Co precipitates, probably at the grain boundaries. The Co silicide formed at 400 .deg. C slightly increased the resistivity, which continued to decrease at temperatures of 500 .deg. C and higher. The different diffusing species in formation of Co silicide and Cu silicide may be attributed to the difference in the temperature of silicde formation and the mobility of the species.

  19. Fluorescence enhancement of single DNA molecules confined in Si/SiO2 nanochannels

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    Westerlund, F.; Persson, Karl Fredrik; Kristensen, Anders;

    2010-01-01

    We demonstrate that the detected emission intensity from YOYO-labeled DNA molecules confined in 180 nm deep Si/SiO2 nano-funnels changes significantly and not monotonically with the width of the funnel. This effect may be of importance for quantitative fluorescence microscopy and for experiments...

  20. Transport, Charge Sensing, and Quantum Control in Si/SiGe Double Quantum Dots

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    Wang, Ke; Koppinen, Panu; Dovzhenko, Yuliya; Petta, Jason

    2011-03-01

    Si/SiGe quantum dots hold great promise as ultra-coherent qubits. In comparison with the GaAs system, Si has a weaker hyperfine interaction due to the zero nuclear spin of 28 Si and smaller spin-orbit coupling due to its lighter atomic weight. However, the fabrication of highly controllable Si/SiGe quantum dots is complicated by valley degeneracy, the larger effective electron mass, and the difficulty of obtaining high quality samples. Here we develop a robust fabrication process for depletion mode Si/SiGe quantum dots, demonstrating high quality ohmic contacts and low-leakage Pd top gates. We report DC transport measurements as well as charge sensing in single and double quantum dots. The quantum dot gate electrode pattern allows a relatively high level of control over the confinement potential, tunneling rates, and electron occupation. Funded by the Sloan and Packard Foundations, NSF, and DARPA QuEST. We thank Jag Shah for logistical support.

  1. Graphene growth at the interface between Ni catalyst layer and SiO2/Si substrate.

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    Lee, Jeong-Hoon; Song, Kwan-Woo; Park, Min-Ho; Kim, Hyung-Kyu; Yang, Cheol-Woong

    2011-07-01

    Graphene was synthesized deliberately at the interface between Ni film and SiO2/Si substrate as well as on top surface of Ni film using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) which is suitable for large-scale and low-cost synthesis of graphene. The carbon atom injected at the top surface of Ni film can penetrate and reach to the Ni/SiO2 interface for the formation of graphene. Once we have the graphene in between Ni film and SiO2/Si substrate, the substrate spontaneously provides insulating SiO2 layer and we may easily get graphene/SiO2/Si structure simply by discarding Ni film. This growth of graphene at the interface can exclude graphene transfer step for electronic application. Raman spectroscopy and optical microscopy show that graphene was successfully synthesized at the back of Ni film and the coverage of graphene varies with temperature and time of synthesis. The coverage of graphene at the interface depends on the amount of carbon atoms diffused into the back of Ni film. PMID:22121737

  2. Green bean biofortification for Si through soilless cultivation: plant response and Si bioaccessibility in pods.

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    Montesano, Francesco Fabiano; D'Imperio, Massimiliano; Parente, Angelo; Cardinali, Angela; Renna, Massimiliano; Serio, Francesco

    2016-01-01

    Food plants biofortification for micronutrients is a tool for the nutritional value improvement of food. Soilless cultivation systems, with the optimal control of plant nutrition, represent a potential effective technique to increase the beneficial element content in plant tissues. Silicon (Si), which proper intake is recently recommended for its beneficial effects on bone health, presents good absorption in intestinal tract from green bean, a high-value vegetable crop. In this study we aimed to obtain Si biofortified green bean pods by using a Si-enriched nutrient solution in soilless system conditions, and to assess the influence of boiling and steaming cooking methods on Si content, color parameters and Si bioaccessibility (by using an in vitro digestion process) of pods. The Si concentration of pods was almost tripled as a result of the biofortification process, while the overall crop performance was not negatively influenced. The Si content of biofortified pods was higher than unbiofortified also after cooking, despite the cooking method used. Silicon bioaccessibility in cooked pods was more than tripled as a result of biofortification, while the process did not affect the visual quality of the product. Our results demonstrated that soilless cultivation can be successfully used for green bean Si biofortification. PMID:27530434

  3. Green bean biofortification for Si through soilless cultivation: plant response and Si bioaccessibility in pods

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    Montesano, Francesco Fabiano; D’Imperio, Massimiliano; Parente, Angelo; Cardinali, Angela; Renna, Massimiliano; Serio, Francesco

    2016-01-01

    Food plants biofortification for micronutrients is a tool for the nutritional value improvement of food. Soilless cultivation systems, with the optimal control of plant nutrition, represent a potential effective technique to increase the beneficial element content in plant tissues. Silicon (Si), which proper intake is recently recommended for its beneficial effects on bone health, presents good absorption in intestinal tract from green bean, a high-value vegetable crop. In this study we aimed to obtain Si biofortified green bean pods by using a Si-enriched nutrient solution in soilless system conditions, and to assess the influence of boiling and steaming cooking methods on Si content, color parameters and Si bioaccessibility (by using an in vitro digestion process) of pods. The Si concentration of pods was almost tripled as a result of the biofortification process, while the overall crop performance was not negatively influenced. The Si content of biofortified pods was higher than unbiofortified also after cooking, despite the cooking method used. Silicon bioaccessibility in cooked pods was more than tripled as a result of biofortification, while the process did not affect the visual quality of the product. Our results demonstrated that soilless cultivation can be successfully used for green bean Si biofortification. PMID:27530434

  4. SiC-Si as a support material for oxygen evolution electrode in PEM steam electrolysers

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    Nikiforov, Aleksey; Tomás García, Antonio Luis; Petrushina, Irina;

    2011-01-01

    The need of higher energy efficiency in hydrogen production has promoted the research on improved catalysts for water electrolysis. In this work, a novel supported catalyst for oxygen evolution electrodes was prepared and characterized with different techniques. IrO2 supported on a SiC/Si composi...

  5. Anomalous defect processes in Si implanted amorphous SiO2, II

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    Aanomalous features of the defects in Si implanted amorphous SiO2 are reported. The numbers of E1prime centers and B2 centers are found to increase monotonically with implanted Si dose, in contrast to the saturating feature of these numbers in Ar implanted samples. Moreover, when H ions are implanted in amorphous SiO2 predamaged by Si implantation, both of the density and the number of E1prime centers increase and they reach a constant value at a small H dose. We point out that these anomalies can be explained in terms of the difference in the cross-section for defect annihilation in the specimens implanted with Si ions and other ions, in accordance with the homogeneous model proposed by Devine and Golanski. We consider that the main mechanism of defect annihilation is the recombination of an E1prime center and an interstitial O, which is stabilized by an implanted Si, reducing the cross-section in Si-implanted specimens. ((orig.))

  6. Carrier extraction dynamics from Ge/Si quantum wells in Si solar cells

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    To address the carrier extraction mechanism that determines the fundamental characteristics, such as current density, open circuit voltage, and fill factor in nanostructure-based solar cells, we performed photoluminescence (PL) decay measurements of the Ge/Si quantum wells (QWs) in crystalline-silicon (c-Si) solar cells. We found that the PL decay time of Ge/Si QWs depends on the temperature and the applied electric field; this dependence reflects the carrier separation characteristics of electron–hole pairs in Ge/Si QWs. Above ∼ 40 K, the electron–hole pairs are rapidly separated by the thermal excitation and the built-in electric field of c-Si solar cells. In contrast, at 20 K the PL decay time remains almost unchanged for an applied electric field of up to ± 1 V. These results indicate that the electrons confined in the type-II band offsets could be thermally excited and then extracted by an applied electric field. - Highlights: • Carrier extraction mechanism in nanostructure-based solar cells • Photoluminescence dynamics in Ge/Si quantum wells in Si solar cells • Carrier separation characteristics of electron-hole pairs in type-II Ge/Si QWs

  7. Nanoscale Structuring by Misfit Dislocations in Si1-xGex/Si Epitaxial Systems

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    Shiryaev, S.Y.; Jensen, Flemming; Hansen, J. Lundsgaard; Petersen, Jon Wulff; Larsen, Arne Nylandsted

    1997-01-01

    New capabilities of misfit dislocations for spatial manipulation of islands in Si1-xGex/Si heteroepitaxial systems have been elucidated. Formation of highly ordered Ge-island patterns on substrates prestructured by slip bands of misfit dislocations is revealed. The major sources leading to the or...

  8. Energetics of ultrathin CoSi sub 2 film on a Si(001) surface

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    Kang, B S; Kang, H J; Sohn, K S

    2003-01-01

    We present a first-principles study on the structural stability of Co silicide phases and their magnetic properties for 1-2 monolayers (ML) of Co deposited on Si(001). The Co-Si interaction between the nearest neighbouring sites at the surface layer is strongly attractive. The formation of CoSi in the subsurface layer is energetically more favourable than that in a surface layer. The interdiffusion of a Co atom to the fourfold (tetrahedral) site is found to be energetically favourable. For surface alloy films of 1 and 2 ML Co on Si(001), there are no Co atoms at the surface due to the interdiffusion of Co atoms. The structural stability of the 'fourfold Si surface' model with the CoSi sub 2 phase is compared with that of the sixfold model. Our result for the surface and interface of a thin CoSi sub 2 /Si(001) film is consistent with experimental and other theoretical data.

  9. X-Ray Videomicroscopy Studies of Eutectic Al-Si Solidification in Al-Si-Cu

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    Mathiesen, R. H.; Arnberg, L.; Li, Y.; Meier, V.; Schaffer, P. L.; Snigireva, I.; Snigirev, A.; Dahle, A. K.

    2011-01-01

    Al-Si eutectic growth has been studied in-situ for the first time using X-ray video microscopy during directional solidification (DS) in unmodified and Sr-modified Al-Si-Cu alloys. In the unmodified alloys, Si is found to grow predominantly with needle-like tip morphologies, leading a highly irregular progressing eutectic interface with subsequent nucleation and growth of Al from the Si surfaces. In the Sr-modified alloys, the eutectic reaction is strongly suppressed, occurring with low nucleation frequency at undercoolings in the range 10 K to 18 K. In order to transport Cu rejected at the eutectic front back into the melt, the modified eutectic colonies attain meso-scale interface perturbations that eventually evolve into equiaxed composite-structure cells. The eutectic front also attains short-range microscale interface perturbations consistent with the characteristics of a fibrous Si growth. Evidence was found in support of Si nucleation occurring on potent particles suspended in the melt. Yet, both with Sr-modified and unmodified alloys, Si precipitation alone was not sufficient to facilitate the eutectic reaction, which apparently required additional undercooling for Al to form at the Si-particle interfaces.

  10. Precipitation and strengthening phenomena in Al-Si-Ge and Al-Cu-Si-Ge alloys

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    The objective of this work was to determine whether Al rich Al-Si-Ge and 2000 type Al-Cu-Si-Ge alloys have sufficient hardness to be useful for structural applications. It is shown that in Al-Si-Ge it is not possible to achieve satisfactory hardness through a conventional heat treatment. This result is explained in terms of sluggish precipitation of the diamond-cubic Si-Ge phase coupled with particle coarsening. However, Al-Cu-Si-Ge displayed a uniquely fast aging response, a high peak hardness and a good stability during prolonged aging. The high hardness of the Cu containing alloy is due to the dense and uniform distribution of fine θ' precipitates (metastable Al2Cu) which are heterogeneously nucleated on the Si-Ge particles. High resolution TEM demonstrated that in both alloys all the Si-Ge precipitates start out, and remain multiply twinned throughout the aging treatment. Since the twinned section of the precipitate does not maintain a low index interface with the matrix, the Si-Ge precipitates are equiaxed in morphology. Copyright (2000) AD-TECH - International Foundation for the Advancement of Technology Ltd

  11. Refinement of primary Si in hypereutectic Al-Si alloys by intensive melt shearing

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    Zhang, Z.; Li, H.-T.; Stone, I. C.; Fan, Z.

    2012-01-01

    Hypereutectic Al-Si based alloys are gaining popularity for applications where a combination of light weight and high wear resistance is required. The high wear resistance arising from the hard primary Si particles comes at the price of extremely poor machine tool life. To minimize machining problems while exploiting outstanding wear resistance, the primary Si particles must be controlled to a uniform small size and uniform spatial distribution. The current industrial means of refining primary Si chemically by the addition of phosphorous suffers from a number of problems. In the present paper an alternative, physical means of refining primary Si by intensive shearing of the melt prior to casting is investigated. Al-15wt%Si alloy has been solidified under varying casting conditions (cooling rate) and the resulting microstructures have been studied using microscopy and quantitative image analysis. Primary Si particles were finer, more compact in shape and more numerous with increasing cooling rate. Intensive melt shearing led to greater refinement and more enhanced nucleation of primary Si than was achieved by adding phosphorous. The mechanism of enhanced nucleation is discussed.

  12. Generation of pyridyl coordinated organosilicon cation pool by oxidative Si-Si bond dissociation

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    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract An organosilicon cation stabilized by intramolecular pyridyl coordination was effectively generated and accumulated by oxidative Si-Si bond dissociation of the corresponding disilane using low temperature electrolysis, and was characterized by NMR and CSI-MS.

  13. Thermally Active Screw Dislocations in Si, SiC, PbSe, and SiGe Nanowires

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    Al-Ghalith, Jihong; Ni, Yuxiang; Xiong, Shiyun; Volz, Sebastian; Dumitrica, Traian

    We elucidate thermal conductivity along the screw dislocation line, which represents a transport direction inaccessible to classical theories. By using equilibrium and non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations, and the atomistic Green function method, we uncover a Burgers vector dependent thermal conductivity reduction in Si, SiC, PbSe, and SiGe nanowires. The effect is uncorrelated with the classical theory of Klemens. The influence of dislocations on thermal transport originates in the highly deformed core region, which represents a significant source of anharmonic phonon-phonon scattering. High strain reduces the phonon relaxation time, especially in the longitudinal acoustic branches, and creates an effective internal thermal resistance around the dislocation axis. The effect can be distinguished from the thermal transport reduction caused by the nanowire surface imperfections and vacancies. Our results have implications for designing materials useful for high-temperature electronics and thermoelectric applications.

  14. Determination of band offsets in strained-Si heterolayers

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    Maiti, C.K.; Samanta, S.K.; Chatterjee, S.; Dalapati, G.K.; Bhattacharya, S.; Armstrong, B.M.; Gamble, H.S.; McCarthy, J.; Perova, T.S.; Moore, R.A

    2004-09-01

    Strained-Si/SiGe/Si structures are of increasing importance for microelectronic applications. A fully relaxed-SiGe buffer layer is required for growing strained-Si for applications towards high performance field effect transistors (FETs) having strained-Si as the channel. Preparation of epitaxial strained-Si layers on relaxed-SiGe (001) heterostructures using low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) is reported. Gas source molecular beam epitaxy (GSMBE) grown strained-Si films are used to compare with LPCVD strained-Si films. Characterization of the strained-Si layers has been performed using AFM, TEM and Raman spectroscopy. Conduction and valence band offsets of strained-Si on relaxed-SiGe heterostructures have been extracted from measured capacitance-voltage (C-V) profiling of MOS capacitors fabricated on strained-Si using SiO{sub 2} as the dielectric. Extracted experimental values of the valence and conduction band offsets are in good agreement with theoretical predictions.

  15. Microstructural characterization of as-cast Cr-Si alloys

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    This work presents results of microstructural characterization of as-cast Cr-Si alloys. The alloys were prepared by arc melting pure Cr (min. 99.996%) and Si (min. 99.998%) powder mixtures under argon atmosphere in a water-cooled copper crucible with nonconsumable tungsten electrode and titanium getter. The phases were identified by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), using the back-scattered electron (BSE) image mode and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results confirm the currently accepted Cr-Si phase diagram in terms of the invariant reactions and solid phases present in this system. Small corrections are proposed for the compositions of the liquid phase in the following reactions: (i) L ↔ CrSS+Cr3Si, from 15 to 16 at.% Si; (ii) L+αCr5Si3 ↔ CrSi, from 51 at.% Si to slightly above 53 at.% Si; (iii) L ↔ CrSi+CrSi2, from 56 to slightly above 57 at.% Si; (iv) L ↔ CrSi2+Si, from 82 to slightly above 85 at.% Si

  16. Hysteresis in the Active Oxidation of SiC

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    Jacobson, Nathan S.; Harder, Bryan J.; Myers, Dwight L.

    2011-01-01

    Si and SiC show both passive oxidation behavior where a protective film of SiO2 forms and active oxidation behavior where a volatile suboxide SiO(g) forms. The active-to-passive and passive-to-active oxidation transitions are explored for both Si and SiC. Si shows a dramatic difference between the P(O2) for the two transitions of 10-4 bar. The active-to-passive transition is controlled by the condition for SiO2/Si equilibrium and the passive-to-active transition is controlled by the decomposition of SiO2. In the case of SiC, the P(O2) for these transitions are much closer. The active-to-passive transition appears to be controlled by the condition for SiO2/SiC equilibrium. The passive-to-active transition appears to be controlled by the interfacial reaction of SiC and SiO2 and subsequent generation of gases at the interface which leads to scale breakdown.

  17. Investigation of structural and electrical properties of flat a-Si/c-Si heterostructure fabricated by EBPVD technique

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    Demiroğlu, D. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Ayazağa 34469, Istanbul (Turkey); Tatar, B. [Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics, Namık Kemal University, Değirmenaltı, Tekirdağ (Turkey); Kazmanli, K.; Urgen, M. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Ayazağa 34469, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2013-12-16

    Flat amorphous silicon - crystal silicon (a-Si/c-Si) heterostructure were prepared by ultra-high vacuum electron beam evaporation technique on p-Si (111) and n-Si (100) single crystal substrates. Structural analyses were investigated by XRD, Raman and FEG-SEM analysis. With these analyses we determined that at the least amorphous structure shows modification but amorphous structure just protected. The electrical and photovoltaic properties of flat a-Si/c-Si heterojunction devices were investigated with current-voltage characteristics under dark and illumination conditions. Electrical properties of flat a-Si/c-Si heterorojunction; such as barrier height Φ{sub B}, diode ideality factor η were determined from current-voltage characteristics in dark conditions. These a-Si/c-Si heterostructure have good rectification behavior as a diode and exhibit high photovoltaic sensitivity.

  18. Continuous SiC fiber, CVI SiC matrix composites for nuclear applications: Properties and irradiation effects

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    Katoh, Yutai, E-mail: katohy@ornl.gov [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Ozawa, Kazumi; Shih, Chunghao; Nozawa, Takashi [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Shinavski, Robert J. [Hyper-Therm High Temperature Composites, Inc., Huntington Beach, CA (United States); Hasegawa, Akira [Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi-ken (Japan); Snead, Lance L. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2014-05-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) continuous fiber-reinforced, SiC-matrix composites (SiC/SiC composites) are industrially available materials that are promising for applications in nuclear environments. The SiC/SiC composites consisting of near-stoichiometric SiC fibers, stoichiometric and fully crystalline SiC matrices, and the pyrocarbon (PyC) or multilayered PyC/SiC interphase between the fiber and the matrix are considered particularly resistant to very high radiation environments. This paper provides a summary compilation of the properties of these composites, specifically those with the chemically vapor-infiltrated (CVI) SiC matrices, including newly obtained results. The properties discussed are both in unirradiated condition and after neutron irradiation to intermediate fluence levels (most data are for <∼10 displacement per atom) at 300–1300 °C.

  19. Influence of remaining C on hardness and emissivity of SiC/SiO{sub 2} nanocomposite coating

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    Yi, J. [Center for Composite Materials, Harbin Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 3010, Harbin 150001 (China)]. E-mail: yj_hit@163.com; He, X.D. [Center for Composite Materials, Harbin Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 3010, Harbin 150001 (China); Sun, Y. [Center for Composite Materials, Harbin Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 3010, Harbin 150001 (China); Li, Y. [Center for Composite Materials, Harbin Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 3010, Harbin 150001 (China); Li, M.W. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 428, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2007-06-30

    SiC/SiO{sub 2} nanocomposite coating was deposited by electron beam-physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) through depositing SiC target on pre-oxidized 316 stainless steel (SS) substrate. High melting point component C remained and covered on the surface of ingot after evaporation. When SiC ingot was reused, remaining C had an effect on the composition, hardness and emissivity of SiC/SiO{sub 2} nanocomposite coating. The composition of ingot and coating was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The influence of remaining C on hardness and spectral normal emissivity of SiC/SiO{sub 2} nanocomposite coating was investigated by nanoindentation and Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FTIR), respectively. The results show that remaining C has a large effect on hardness and a minor effect on spectral normal emissivity of SiC/SiO{sub 2} nanocomposite coating.

  20. Continuous SiC fiber, CVI SiC matrix composites for nuclear applications: Properties and irradiation effects

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    Silicon carbide (SiC) continuous fiber-reinforced, SiC-matrix composites (SiC/SiC composites) are industrially available materials that are promising for applications in nuclear environments. The SiC/SiC composites consisting of near-stoichiometric SiC fibers, stoichiometric and fully crystalline SiC matrices, and the pyrocarbon (PyC) or multilayered PyC/SiC interphase between the fiber and the matrix are considered particularly resistant to very high radiation environments. This paper provides a summary compilation of the properties of these composites, specifically those with the chemically vapor-infiltrated (CVI) SiC matrices, including newly obtained results. The properties discussed are both in unirradiated condition and after neutron irradiation to intermediate fluence levels (most data are for <∼10 displacement per atom) at 300–1300 °C